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Vantage Black Sticks finish sixth overall

Vantage Black Sticks finish sixth overall

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have finished sixth at the Hockey World League Semi Final in Johannesburg</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: FIH/Getty Images</em><br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Men have finished sixth overall at the Hockey World League Semi Final in Johannesburg after being edged 1-0 by Ireland in their classification playoff.<br>
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It was a tight contest which saw both sides locked in a goalless stalemate for most of the game before Ireland delivered the winning strike with a 49<sup>th</sup> minute field goal from Alan Sothern.<br>
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New Zealand created some quality scoring opportunities over the final 10 minutes as they fought for an equaliser but weren’t able to cross the Irish line.<br>
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The result sees Ireland secure the final automatic qualification spot up for grabs at the tournament for the 2018 Hockey World Cup in India.<br>
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The Black Sticks will now need to go down a different route to qualify for the World Cup with their next opportunity through the Oceania Cup from 11-15 October in Sydney.<br>
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Experienced campaigner Shea McAleese marked a huge personal milestone during the match with his 250<sup>th</sup> test appearance for New Zealand.<br>
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<a href="http://blacksticks.co.nz/News/mens-world-league-semi-final-johannesburg">CLICK HERE for more on the World League Semi Final in Johannesburg</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 0</strong><br>
<strong>IRELAND 1: </strong>(Alan Sothern)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 0-0<br>
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