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Vantage Black Sticks runners up in Melbourne

Vantage Black Sticks runners up in Melbourne

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have finished second at the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne</p>
<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks Men have finished second at the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne after being edged 2-1 by hosts Australia in the final.<br>
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New Zealand played well through large patches of the game but weren’t able to stop the world number two ranked Kookaburras finding the back of the net.<br>
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Australia opened the scoring right on the stroke of halftime when Jake Whetton slipped a ball past goalkeeper Richard Joyce.<br>
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Blake Govers doubled his side’s lead midway through the third quarter after ripping a penalty corner drag flick into the roof of the net.<br>
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The Black Sticks kept themselves in the game when George Muir scored an opportune field goal in the 49<sup>th</sup> minute to reduce the deficit.<br>
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The Kiwis continued to press hard and mount pressure on the Kookaburras over the final 10 minutes but couldn’t find an equalising strike.<br>
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Vantage Black Sticks captain Arun Panchia was pleased with the effort from his side despite the final result.<br>
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“We’re pleased with our progress throughout the tournament and played one of our better games here tonight against Australia,” he said.<br>
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“It was good to put together a performance like that in the final. We knew Australia would create chances but we defended our circle well and held them out well for most of the match.<br>
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“It was a great game but we’re definitely disappointed with the final result and we have plenty to work on going forward.”<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>(George Muir)<br>
<strong>AUSTRALIA: 2</strong> (Jake Whetton, Blake Govers)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Australia 1-0<br>
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