Black Sticks play out frenetic draw

Author
Rikki Swannell ,
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Other Sport,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 11:27AM
The Black Sticks celebrating a goal against Korea (Supplied)
The Black Sticks celebrating a goal against Korea (Supplied)

Updated 12.54pm: The Black Sticks have drawn 3-all with South Korea in a frenetic final pool game in the world league hockey semi-finals in Argentina.

Having come from two goals down, New Zealand led 3-2 with just three minutes to play before Korea scored from a penalty corner.

Korea scored twice in the first quarter, before Hugo Inglis pulled one back in the second quarter.

Phil Burrows and Simon Child added goals in the third quarter.

Striker Hugo Inglis said the game had a bit of everything.

"It went down to the wire, I mean we gave them a two goal lead in the first quarter, so it was nice to get back in front. Then we held on at the end."

Midfielder Ryan Archibald said they just chipped away.

"We just have a lot of confidence in the group, and we trusted each other. We just kept our heads down, kept getting stuck in."

It means New Zealand finishes second in the group, and have avoided Olympic champions Germany in the quarter-finals.

Ryan Archibald said that's likely to leave them playing Canada in the last eight.

"Which is a good draw for us in the quarterfinal. We know we're a much better side than Canada, so if we perform in that game we should get to the semifinals."

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