30 Jun 2015

Black Sticks expecting tough match against Japan

10:28 am on 30 June 2015

The Black Sticks Women are ready for a tough challenge when they face off against Japan in the quarters at the FIH World League Semi-Final in Antwerp.

The Black Sticks' Gemma Flynn and Anita Punt.

The Black Sticks' Gemma Flynn and Anita Punt. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The two sides have had a balanced record against one another in recent times with each team coming away with one win and a draw in the last three encounters.

The Black Sticks were unbeaten through pool play and are looking to maintain that momentum going into the sudden-death clash.

In fact the Kiwi defence has yet to concede a single goal through four pool games.

Defender Liz Thompson said they are expecting Japan to play a defensive style but that they are also dangerous on the counter attack.

"Japan are always a really solid team to play and I think it's quite good that the last two games against them have been a draw and a loss," she said.

"We're not going to go in ahead of ourselves and we know they are going to be tough, but we're looking forward to it."

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