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Vantage Black Sticks beaten in opener

Vantage Black Sticks beaten in opener

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Women have been edged 2-1 by Japan in their opening match in Cromwell</p>
<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks Women have been edged 2-1 by Japan in their opening match at the Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations in Cromwell.<br>
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Both sides battled hard throughout the game with Akiko Kato and Samantha Harrison trading field goals to go into halftime locked up at 1-1.<br>
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Japan broke the deadlock just five minutes from fulltime when Shihori Oikawa scored from a penalty corner to snatch the result.<br>
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Auckland 21-year-old Lulu Tuilotolava made her international debut in the narrow loss.<br>
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Head coach for the series Sean Dancer said his side wasn’t clinical on either side of the ball.<br>
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“It’s a disappointing final result for us and I thought our basics let us down at times in both circles. It was a scrappy first half with both sides creating scoring opportunities but lacking finishing touches,” he said.<br>
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“We need to make sure we recover well and get ready for a tough game against Australia tomorrow which we know they will certainly be up for.”<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks are back in action at 2:30pm tomorrow against trans-Tasman rivals Australia in a rematch of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games final.<br>
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The Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations is proudly supported by presenting partner Pioneer Energy and the Central Otago District Council.<br>
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<a href="http://www.blacksticks.co.nz/News/pioneer-energy-tri-nations-women" style="font-family: inherit;">CLICK HERE for more on the Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations</a><br>
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<strong>VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 1:</strong> (Samantha Harrison)<br>
<strong>JAPAN 2:</strong> (Akiko Kato, Shihori Oikawa)<br>
Halftime: 1-1<br>
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