11 Dec 2015

Black Sticks into World League Final final four

12:39 pm on 11 December 2015

The New Zealand women's hockey team has won through to the semi-finals of the World League Final in Argentina after beating Great Britain 2-1 in their quarter-final.

The Black Sticks' Olivia Merry.

The Black Sticks' Olivia Merry. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Black Sticks dominated large periods of the game and opened the scoring through captain Anita Punt midway through the first half.

The British equalised through a penalty strike six minutes from time.

With the game looking destined for a shoot-out, Olivia Merry delivered the killer blow with less than a minute on the clock courtesy of a stinging reverse shot which squeezed past the goalkeeper's chest.

The Black Sticks will play Germany in the semi-finals after they upset Australia in a penalty shootout.

Captain Anita Punt said it was a gutsy performance from her side, who showed determination to fight until the final whistle.

"Credit to the girls, we fought really hard throughout the game and I'm so proud of them all. Great Britain were after the shoot-out but we kept battling and were disciplined with our structure. I'm just really happy right now," she said.

Merry said: "I had no idea that ball was going in, I just turned and shot. It was a tight angle. That is the best we have played this tournament and for us the tournament has only just really started. Whether we play Australia or Germany. we don't mind. We have played them both in the past few weeks."

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