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Silver for Vantage Black Sticks in Auckland

Silver for Vantage Black Sticks in Auckland

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks have finished runners up at the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final</p>
<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks have finished runners up at the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final after being defeated 3-0 by Netherlands in the gold medal match.<br>
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The world number one ranked Dutch were held well by the Kiwis early in the match but gained momentum as time progressed.<br>
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After a fiercely fought opening quarter, Netherlands stamped their mark with two goals in quick succession to open a 2-0 lead at halftime.<br>
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Kelly Jonker found the back of the net from close range in the 24<sup>th</sup> minute before Maria Verschoor added her side’s second just one minute later thanks to a crashing reverse stick shot into the corner.<br>
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Laurien Leurink delivered another goal for the visitors early in the third quarter and while the Black Sticks continued to fight they weren’t able to find a way past the defence of Netherlands, which did not concede a single goal at the tournament.<br>
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During the medal presentations, defender Stacey Michelsen took away top honours with the Best Player award while team-mate Sally Rutherford was named Best Goalkeeper. <br>
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Head coach Mark Hager paid credit to Netherlands after the match saying they were too strong.<br>
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“I thought we played well for the first 10 minutes and fell away after that. We conceded two goals in the second quarter and both were a bit soft,” he said.<br>
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“They hurt us through the midfield so plenty of lessons learned – we need to start again and be better next time. We’ve got to match the intensity for the whole game and not just bits and pieces.<br>
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“The Dutch were better tonight, they didn’t concede a goal all tournament so you’ve got to give them credit. They are a class act with a lot of depth in their team.”<br>
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In the bronze medal match, Korea held on for a 1-0 win over England thanks to an eighth minute Jongeun Kim penalty corner goal.<br>
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Full results, standings and information from the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final can be found on the FIH website <a href="http://www.fih.ch/">www.fih.ch</a> <br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS: 0</strong><br>
<strong>NETHERLANDS: 3 </strong>(Kelly Jonker 24’, Maria Verschoor 25’, Laurien Leurink 32’)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Netherlands 2-0<br>
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