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Vantage Black Sticks overcome by Kookaburras

Vantage Black Sticks overcome by Kookaburras

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been defeated 5-1 by hosts Australia at the Oceania Cup in Sydney</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: Planet Hockey<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been defeated 5-1 by hosts Australia in their opening match at the Oceania Cup in Sydney.<br>
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The world number two ranked Kookaburras took a narrow 1-0 lead into halftime before scoring two goals in each of the third and fourth quarters.<br>
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Striker Daniel Harris made his debut for the Vantage Black Sticks and scored his side’s lone goal through a 57<sup>th</sup> minute penalty corner.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said it was a tough challenge with the Kookaburras capitalising on their chances in the attacking circle.<br>
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“I thought at times we played some good hockey and our outletting was well controlled, but Australia created opportunities in the circle and were pretty ruthless in their finishing,” he said.<br>
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“There were a couple of loose goals late in the game which inflated the score line but we certainly need to tidy up parts of our game and put them under more pressure.”<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Men face Papua New Guinea next up at 5pm on Saturday night (NZ time) followed by the Vantage Black Sticks Women versus Hockeyroos.<br>
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<a href="http://www.blacksticks.co.nz/News/2017-oceania-cup-sydney">CLICK HERE for more on the 2017 Oceania Cup</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS MEN: 1</strong> (Daniel Harris)<br>
<strong>AUSTRALIA: 5 </strong>(Jeremy Hayward 2, Jake Whetton, Tom Craig, Dylan Wotherspoon)<br>
Halftime: Australia 1-0<br>
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