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Vantage Black Sticks overcome by Australia

Vantage Black Sticks overcome by Australia

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been defeated 4-1 by Australia at the International Festival of Hockey</p>
<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been defeated 4-1 by hosts Australia at the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne.<br>
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The world number two ranked Kookaburras sealed their place in Sunday’s final thanks to two goals in each half against the Kiwis.<br>
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Australia opened a 2-0 lead at the end of the fourth quarter after field goals from Blake Govers and Aaron Kleinschmidt.<br>
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Just after the halftime break Kleinschmidt scored his double before the Black Sticks pulled a goal back through a great individual effort in the circle by Jared Panchia.<br>
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The Kookaburras secured the result 10 minutes from fulltime when Kiran Arunasalam slipped a ball past goalkeeper George Enersen for his side’s fourth goal.<br>
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Assistant coach Bryce Collins said it was a frustrating match in which his side played well in patches but weren’t able to capitalise on their chances.<br>
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“I think when we look back at the game film we will be disappointed with some of the goals we conceded, and up front we created a fair bit throughout the game but weren’t good enough to finish them off,” he said.<br>
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“We played some really good hockey particularly in the fourth quarter which is encouraging, and we are improving but there’s still a lot of work to be done.<br>
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“Our focus is now on Pakistan and we are determined to do well and score some goals against them to make it through to the final.” <br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks have a day off before going up against Pakistan at 5:30pm on Saturday night (NZ time), with live coverage 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: 1 </strong>(Jared Panchia)<br>
<strong>AUSTRALIA: 4</strong> (Aaron Kleinschmidt 2, Blake Govers, Kiran Arunasalam)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Australia 2-0<br>
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