The New Zealand women's hockey team has missed a chance to qualify for next year's World Cup after finishing fourth at the World League tournament in Rotterdam.
The Black Sticks lost the bronze medal match to Korea in a dramatic shoot-out after the sides were locked at 3-3 at fulltime.
The shootout, won 3-2 by Korea, brought an end to a pulsating playoff. The first half was all action as the sides shared six goals as the game flew from end to end, with stalwarts Krystal Forgesson, Katie Glynn and Kayla Sharland all getting on the board for the Kiwis.
After a scoreless second half, Sharland and Sam Charlton found the back of the net in the shootout but Anita Punt, Charlotte Harrison and Gemma Flynn had their attempts blocked.
New Zealand end the tournament with three wins and three losses. The top three teams from the semifinal tournament qualify directly for the 2014 World Cup, but New Zealand still have a good chance of making it.
They are in if Argentina finish in the top four of the other World League semifinal tournament, or if they win the Oceania Cup in Taranaki in October.
If New Zealand don't win the Oceania Cup, the world rankings may come into play to help them out, depending on which countries automatically qualify as continental champions.
The men's Black Sticks play in their bronze medal match against the Dutch tonight.
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