Black Sticks men seal ninth place at Games

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 21:13 09/08/2012

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The New Zealand men's hockey team have ended their disappointing Olympic campaign on a positive note with a 3-1 victory over Argentina in the playoff for ninth today.

The men's Black Sticks virtually put the game to bed with three first half goals - to Stephen Jenness, Nick Wilson and a penalty corner strike from Richard Petherick - though the only scoring in the second came from Argentina's Pedro Ibarra at a penalty corner.

The result couldn't mask what has been a below average tournament for the New Zealand side.

On the back of victory in the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia, and with a hugely experienced side, the seventh-ranked Black Sticks were expected to fire more shots than they did in London.

But a victory over India, to go with two draws and two losses in pool play, was their only success before today's meaningless playoff match. They finish ninth of 12 teams.

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- Fairfax Media

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