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Black Sticks win four-nation tournament

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/04/2017

New Zealand have defended their women's Festival of Hockey title in resounding style, beating Japan 3-0 in the final in Hastings.

In a repeat of last year's final, the fifth-ranked Black Sticks rose to the occasion against world No.11 Japan, lodging a fully deserved win.

The top qualifiers for the final, they created the superior chances and went to halftime 1-0 ahead courtesy of Rachel McCann's goal in the fifth minute. Her contribution was a simple tap-in at the far post following slick buildup work from Olivia Merry.

Japan had their moments after the break but New Zealand made sure of victory via twin late strikes within the space of 60 seconds.

With less than four minutes on the clock, Rose Keddell drove the ball high with a powerful reverse stick shot.

Merry capped a fine game by pouncing on a loose ball in front of goal shortly afterwards.

Earlier, the Hockeyroos secured third place by beating the United States 3-2 in a penalty shootout.

The scores were locked 1-1 at fulltime before the world No.4 Australians clinched victory over the sixth-ranked Americans.

Kate Hanna put the Hockeyroos in front with a goal on the stroke of halftime.

As has often been the case at the four-nation tournament, the Australians leaked a goal in the dying moments. Caitlin Van Sickle pounced on a loose ball from a penalty corner to snare the equaliser with less than two minutes remaining.

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