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Resurgent Black Sticks down Argentina

Resurgent Black Sticks down Argentina

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Women have responded with a 1-0 victory over hosts Argentina in game two</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: Hernan Pablo Barrios</em><br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Women have responded with a 1-0 victory over hosts Argentina in the second of six tests in Buenos Aires.<br>
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Just a day after their opening 3-0 defeat the Black Sticks shook off the rust and played a much more structured game against the world number three ranked side.<br>
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Captain for the match Olivia Merry proved the deciding factor when she calmly converted a penalty stroke in the 43<sup>rd</sup> minute.<br>
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<span>It was a fitting performance for defender Ella Gunson, who brought up her 150<sup>th</sup> test cap during the match.</span><br>
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Assistant coach Sean Dancer said it was pleasing to respond from the opening loss with a positive and aggressive approach.<br>
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“It was a very closely contested match but we were able to create a lot of chances and defended really well,” he said.<br>
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“I was impressed with our team’s fight and spirit under pressure, especially in the final quarter where we stood up and Grace O’Hanlon made some good saves in goal.<br>
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“We will look to train and improve in a few keys areas over the next 48 hours before our next game knowing Argentina will come out more aggressive after a loss.”<br>
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The Black Sticks have a rest day tomorrow ahead of the third test at 10:00am on Friday morning (NZ time), with the <a href="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/SQYKrcmFbP7">game streamed live online</a><br>
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<a href="http://hockeynz.co.nz/Events/Full-Events-Listing/vantage-black-sticks-women-vs-argentina-1">CLICK HERE for more on the Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Argentina</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 1: </strong>(Olivia Merry)<br>
<strong>ARGENTINA 0</strong><br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 0-0<br>
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