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Vantage Black Sticks lift in second test

Vantage Black Sticks lift in second test

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have put together a strong performance in the second test in Bendigo</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: Grant Treeby</em><br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Men have put together a strong performance despite being beaten 2-0 by hosts Australia in Bendigo.<br>
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After Sunday night’s 4-0 loss to the world number two ranked Kookaburras, the young Black Sticks side played a much better game in the second of two test matches.<br>
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New Zealand played with urgency on defence and continued to create scoring chances but were unable to convert for a second successive game.<br>
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Aaron Kleinschmidt opened the scoring for Australia with an 11<sup>th</sup> minute field goal before Blake Govers secured the result early in the fourth quarter.<br>
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Vantage Black Sticks head coach Darren Smith said it was pleasing to see an improvement leading on from the first test.<br>
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“It was a much stronger effort from us today. We defended well for much of the match, protected our circle and limited their opportunities,” he said.<br>
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“We created a lot of opportunities and could have done better there. We had five penalty corners but with all the changes in our PC bracket it was hard to get a rhythm.<br>
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“We’re really looking forward to heading to Melbourne now with some momentum despite the result, and getting stuck into our first game against Japan on Wednesday.”<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks face the world number two ranked Kookaburras, Japan and Pakistan at the International Festival of Hockey from 8-12 November.<br>
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All New Zealand games at the International Festival of Hockey will be broadcast live on SKY Sport.<br>
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<a href="http://hockeynz.co.nz/Events/Full-Events-Listing/international-festival-of-hockey">CLICK HERE for more on the International Festival of Hockey</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS: 0</strong><br>
<strong>AUSTRALIA: 2</strong> (Aaron Kleinschmidt, Blake Govers)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Australia 1-0<br>
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