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New Zealand Women to play for gold

New Zealand Women to play for gold

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<p>The New Zealand Women will play for a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games</p>
<p class="">The New Zealand Women will play for a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after securing a thrilling 2-1 shoot-out victory over England in the semi finals.<br>
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It was an absorbing game which saw both sides produce 60 minutes of top shelf hockey after which nothing separated them at fulltime.<br>
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With goalkeeper Sally Rutherford playing an impressive match during regulation time, head coach Mark Hager made the decision to put a fresh Grace O’Hanlon in for the deciding shoot-out.<br>
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During the shoot-out O’Hanlon made four absolutely remarkable saves with Hannah Martin the only English player able to beat her.<br>
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Samantha Harrison scored to put things on level terms going into the final shot, which captain Stacey Michelsen calmly buried into the back of the net.<br>
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<span>New Zealand now move on to the gold medal game at 2:45pm (NZ time) on Saturday where they face a rematch against trans-Tasman rivals Australia, live on TVNZ Duke.<br>
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Losers of the semi finals England and India will play-off for bronze earlier in the day.</span><br>
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Head coach Mark Hager wasn’t able to watch the final stages of the shoot-out which he described as ‘heart pumping’.<br>
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“I had to turn away and I couldn’t watch the final shot, I was just too tense,” he said.<br>
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“Grace was brilliant, she kept us alive and ignited our players in the shoot-out. I also want to praise Sally who was outstanding and really kept us in the game under huge pressure.<br>
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“For Stacey to come in and win the game I thought was very fitting. I’m just so pleased for her and very proud of how she always puts her hand up with the mindset ‘I’m going to get this done’.<br>
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O’Hanlon said her homework paid off during the shoot-out, where it seemed she knew exactly where each England player was looking to go.<br>
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“I did my homework and scouting very thoroughly but I also just went out there wanting to play my game and rely on my instincts.<br>
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“Shoot-outs are a specific skill of mine, I’m a big unit and pretty quick. Huge credit to Sally too as she’s yet to concede a goal and is an amazing keeper, so I was happy to play my role.”<br>
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<a href="https://www.gc2018.com/sport/hockey">CLICK HERE for more on hockey at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games</a><br>
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New Zealand 0</strong><br>
<strong>England 0</strong><br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 0-0<br>
<em>New Zealand won shoot-out 2-1<br>
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