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Silver finish for New Zealand Men

Silver finish for New Zealand Men

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<p>The New Zealand Men have come away with a silver medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games</p>
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The New Zealand Men have come away with a silver medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after being beaten 2-0 by hosts Australia in the final.<br>
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As expected, it was a tight battle between the trans-Tasman rivals with a strong second quarter from Australia allowing them to score twice to take a 2-0 advantage into halftime.<br>
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Aaron Kleinschmidt scored from open play in the 21<sup>st</sup> minute before Matt Dawson converted from a penalty corner two minutes from the end of the quarter.<br>
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The Kiwis created their share of chances and came close to scoring on several occasions but were shut out by the world number one ranked hosts.<br>
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The silver medal adds to the tally for the New Zealand Men having previously won silver in Manchester 2002 and bronze at Delhi 2010.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said while it was disappointing not to win gold, the performance throughout the competition was impressive.<br>
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“Today I didn’t think we were as clinical as we needed to be but Australia were the better team and overall we are quite happy,” he said.<br>
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“We put together some good hockey over the past few weeks and played very well especially early in the pool stage.<br>
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“We’ve got a relatively fresh group and lot of them are at their first Commonwealth Games so will take away some valuable experience, and for us it’s onwards to bigger things.”<br>
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New Zealand 0</strong><br>
<strong>Australia 2:</strong> (Aaron Kleinschmidt, Matt Dawson)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Australia 2-0</span>
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