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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS WIN POOL OF DEATH

The Vantage Black Sticks have made it to the quarter-finals of the FIH Women’s World Cup after beating India, to top their pool, in a thrilling encounter at Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam on Thursday night local time.

The Kiwis once again showed grit and determination to come away with a 4-3 win in an enthralling match. The so-called ‘pool of death’ proved no match for the Black Sticks as they took away 2 wins and a draw.

It was a tough start to the game as India scored a sensational goal in the fourth minute to give an early lead. But the Kiwis kept their chins up and bounced back with a strong hit into the goal from Olivia Merry that put things back on level pegging late in the first quarter.

A number of penalty corners were conceded by the Black Sticks but once again their defence held firm with Hope Ralph and player of the match Brooke Roberts pivotal in the continued denial of an Indian goal. At the other end Tessa Jopp took advantage of a loose ball with a minute to go in the first half to give the Kiwis a deserved half-time lead.

The Black Sticks received a penalty corner early in the second half with Megan Hull, earning her 50th cap, hammering it goalward and finding the stick of Frances Davies to give the side a 2 goal buffer.

New Zealand continued to deny penalty corners back in their half but conceded a goal when there was some confusion after a yellow card to midfielder Tarryn Davey. India continued to press and, much like the game against England, a number of penalty corners were conceded but found a brick wall waiting for them.

Olivia Merry restored the Black Sticks’ 2 goal advantage late in the second half but India were not to be written off as they scored in the 59th minute and then won another pair of penalty corners in the final seconds. But it wasn’t to be, with New Zealand resolute in defence to secure a monumental win and move on, undefeated, to the quarter finals.

Their next match will be on the 13th July NZT with the time TBC. The game, broadcast live on Spark Sport, will be against either Germany or South Africa and will take place at Wagener Stadium. 

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