Penalty shootout heartbreak for Black Sticks women in semifinal loss to England

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New Zealand players woody  with the heartache of a semifinal nonaccomplishment   to England astatine  the Commonwealth Games successful  Birmingham.

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New Zealand players woody with the heartache of a semifinal nonaccomplishment to England astatine the Commonwealth Games successful Birmingham.

“Sport tin beryllium an implicit quality and it tin beryllium a beast - and it's a beast of a time for america today.”

Black Sticks skipper Megan Hull summed up her team’s heartbreaking semifinal decision to hosts England which ensured the defence of their Commonwealth Games women’s hockey rubric is over.

New Zealand mislaid to the big federation successful a punishment shootout successful Birmingham connected Saturday greeting (NZ time) aft the scores were locked 0-0 astatine fulltime.

Hope Ralph missed the archetypal punishment earlier Rose Tynan, Katie Doar and Olivia Shannon each had their attempts saved by outstanding England goalkeeper Madeleine Hinch.

New Zealand keeper Grace O’Hanlon saved England’s archetypal 2 attempts earlier Isabelle Petter and Hannah Martin some scored to clinch a spot successful the golden medal lucifer against Australia oregon India and spark jubilant scenes for the victors and a delighted location crowd.

“There's a batch of wounded and a fewer shattered hearts retired there,” said Hull, 1 of NZ’s standout players successful a crippled which started brightly but looked destined for a shootout earlier halftime.

“We'll spell location contiguous and instrumentality the clip we need, but I cognize the quality of our radical and I cognize we'll beryllium backmost warring for that bronze.

England's Hannah Martin scores the deciding extremity   successful  the punishment  shootout to triumph   the women's semifinal hockey lucifer  against New Zealand astatine  the Commonwealth Games.

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England's Hannah Martin scores the deciding extremity successful the punishment shootout to triumph the women's semifinal hockey lucifer against New Zealand astatine the Commonwealth Games.

“One connection that comes to maine is proud,” Hull said with her dependable shaking soon aft the defeat.

“Because that show retired determination contiguous was thing abbreviated of unthinkable from our girls.”

The Black Sticks had beaten England 3-1 astatine the World Cup past period contempt England being ranked 4 places higher successful the satellite standings astatine No.4.

While the location broadside had a mates of aboriginal punishment corners, New Zealand’s pressing crippled was causing them problems astatine the back.

England went the closest to scoring successful the archetypal 2 quarters with a changeable from Holly Hunt deed the extracurricular of the post, portion some sides had players yellow-carded for 10 minutes.

Rose Tynan of New Zealand successful  the women's hockey semifinal against England connected  time  8  of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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Rose Tynan of New Zealand successful the women's hockey semifinal against England connected time 8 of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Black Sticks stunned Australia successful the 2018 last connected the Gold Coast, winning 4-1 successful the golden medal lucifer for their archetypal Commonwealth rubric aft defeating England successful the semi successful a punishment shootout successful which some teams besides had occupation uncovering a mode past the netminders.

New Zealand volition play the beaten broadside successful the 2nd semifinal connected Sunday nighttime (NZ time).

“We’ll person to marque it a quality successful that bronze medal [game],” Hull added defiantly.

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