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Hockey - 22. January 2012.

Bronze for Argentina in Cordoba

  
 (Translation from the original Spanish ( Host nation's Confederation ,CAH's, press office  journalist, Rodrigo Spiess)   editing and additional information from our staff editor John Coxon. 
 
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Initially Las Leonas pressed forward  but lacked accuracy close in the goal area and gort nothing. the best chance in a relatively uneventful first half was a directr shot on goal from Josephine Sruoga  but it was cleared to safety by Amelia Gibson. 
 
In the second half , New Zealand were able gain ground and Julia King on 21  minutes  found with the first direct shot found the net. The black Sticks had two more shots on goal but these were well taken care of by  Laura del Colle. ( Belen succie was rested for this game - Laura del Colle is a resident of Rosario the CT2012 venue ) 
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Delfina Merino (28 ') brought Las Leonas level seven minutes later in open play weaving round severla players to strike home. Delfi  was key at bothering the New zelands defence in the second half. On 47 minutes  Anita Punt   converted a short and nine  minutes later, Sofia Maccari returned the compliment  to level matters at two each.
 
After that the host team  upped their game and pressed forward but despite many forays into New Zealand's territory they missed several great opportunities  failing  in the final thrust inside the circle. improved significantly over a long passage of play and we have several opportunities to move ahead in the score, but without effect in the final thrust and the final whistle  went and we were in for extra time on golden goals.  The tie was decided by a short corner with Silvia firing home the winner on the 80th minute. 
 
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The national team now  look forward to  the final stretch in preparation for  the Champions Trophy at Rosario's between 28th January and 5th February) in Rosario at the World Championship stadium.  Elsewhere today, Australia 's hockeyroos rocked the Dutch, one of the favourites for an olympic medal under Max Caldas by securing a 4-2 win in the first friendly of their pre-Olympic tour in Europe. They  play again tonight. 
 
Argentine Squad:- 
Laura Del Colle, (Goal Keeper ) Florence Habif, Silvina D'Elia, Noel Barrionuevo, Rosario Luchetti, Josefina Sruoga, Macarena Rodriguez, Mariela Scarone, Luciana Aymar (Captain), Carla Rebecchi ,Daniela Sruoga.
 
Substitutes  used :-
Jimena  Cedrés, Carla Dupuy, Delfina Merino, Rocio Sanchez Moccia, Sofia Maccari. 
Coach: Carlos Retegui. 
 
New Zealand Squad 
Amelia Gibson,(Goal Keeper ) Alana Millington, Emily Naylor, Clarissa Eshuis, Lucy Talbot, Stacey Michelsen, Kayla Sharland (Captain ), Krytal Forgesson, Charlotte Harrison, Samantha Harrison, Gemma Flynn
 
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Substitutes  used :-
Alana Millington, Samantha Charlton, Julia King, Rhiannon Dennison, Gemma Flynn, Sophie Devine, Anita Punt. 
Coach: Mark Hager. 
 
FIH Umpires  Sarah Wilson (GBR) and Kang Hyun Hee (KOR)
 
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Source :Press Office CAH / Journalist Rodrigo Spiess - Rodrigo Twitter   CAH Press Photo / Matthias Correa Arce. CAH Official site 
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