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Vantage Black Sticks third at Four Nations

Vantage Black Sticks third at Four Nations

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have finished third at Tauranga leg of the University of Waikato Four Nations</p>
<span>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have finished third at Tauranga leg of the University of Waikato Four Nations after a thrilling 5-4 victory over Japan.<br>
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New Zealand controlled much of the first half and led 2-0 at halftime before an incredible surge saw a further seven goals scored between the two sides in the second half.<br>
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Japan scored three unanswered goals after the break to take the lead before the Black Sticks struck twice in the final five minutes to snatch the result.<br>
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Marcus Child scored a first half double while Dominic Newman, Kane Russell and Hugo Inglis also added to the New Zealand score card.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said while it was disappointing to have missed out on the final, it was pleasing to finish in a positive manner.<br>
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“It was a tough match in hot conditions but I thought both sides played at a high tempo and we are pleased to come away with the result,” he said.<br>
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“We’re looking forward to continuing the challenge in Hamilton next week. This series is a fantastic opportunity to progress ahead of a very busy year.”<br>
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After a high tempo opening quarter the Kiwis took the advantage when captain Blair Tarrant slipped a great ball into the circle for Marcus Child who tapped in past the goalkeeper.<br>
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Child scored his second goal of the match in the 25<sup>th</sup> minute after swooping on a penalty corner deflection and hitting home.<br>
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With New Zealand in control at halftime, Japan pulled a goal back immediately after the break when Shota Yamada sent a penalty corner flick into the cage.<br>
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Just a minute later it was a highlight reel moment for the Black Sticks when Marcus Child sent a long sideline overhead into the circle for Dominic Newman to showcase some brilliant skills and fire a bouncing ball past the goalkeeper.<br>
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Japan mounted an incredible comeback after the New Zealand goal, scoring three times through Hirotaka Zendana, Tsubasa Yamamizu and Koji Yamasaki to take the lead.<br>
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But the Black Sticks equalised through a 55<sup>th</sup> minute penalty corner flick from Kane Russell before a stunning effort saw Hugo Inglis net just two minutes from the final whistle.<br>
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In the Four Nations final, Belgium held on under huge late pressure to defeat India 2-1 in a top quality clash.<br>
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Belgium scored a goal in each half with a Tom Boon penalty corner and Sebastien Dockier field goal, while India’s lone goal came from Mandeep Singh in the 19<sup>th</sup> minute.<br>
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With the Tauranga leg of the University of Waikato Four Nations now decided, teams head to Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton for the next series from 24-28 January.<br>
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The first day’s action in Hamilton sees Belgium play Japan at 5:45pm before the Vantage Black Sticks meet India at 7:30pm.<br>
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Tickets for all matches in Hamilton are still available through <a href="http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/category/sports/hockey">www.dashtickets.co.nz</a> while matches will also be streamed live through the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nzblacksticks/">Vantage Black Sticks Facebook page</a>.<br>
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<a href="http://blacksticks.co.nz/News/university-of-waikato-mens-four-nations">CLICK HERE for more on the University of Waikato Four Nations</a><br>
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FINALS DAY RESULTS – BLAKE PARK, TAURANGA<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS:</strong> <strong>5 </strong>(Marcus Child 2, Dominic Newman, Kane Russell, Hugo Inglis)<br>
<strong>JAPAN:</strong> <strong>4</strong> (Shota Yamada, Hirotaka Zendana, Tsubasa Yamamizu, Koji Yamasaki)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Vantage Black Sticks 2-0<br>
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BELGIUM:</strong> <strong>2 </strong>(Tom Boon, Sebastien Dockier)<strong> <br>
INDIA:</strong> <strong>1 </strong>(Mandeep Singh)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 1-1<br>
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