The Vantage Black Sticks Women have won the bronze medal after defeating Korea 1-0 at the World League Semi Final in Brussels.

It was a tight game with very few chances for either side, but defender Brooke Neal provided the pivotal strike with a penalty corner flick just six minutes from fulltime.

New Zealand held much of the possession throughout the contest but couldnt hit all cylinders in the attacking half against the defensive Koreans.

Head coach Mark Hager said it wasnt their best performance of the tournament, but pleasing to come away with the result.

"I think we were all feeling a bit flat after yesterday [penalty shoot-out loss to the Dutch], and I dont think weve got over it yet," he said.

"Sometimes that happens in sport and you need to be resilient so I was happy that we were able to get that late goal and win the game.

"On the whole I think we need to be a bit fitter and work on our attacking skills leading into Oceania Cup and the World League Final later this year."

The Kiwis come away from the tournament with a record of five wins, one loss and a draw (lost on penalty shoot-out), with a stellar defensive record of just two goals scored against.

The bronze medal finish earns the Vantage Black Sticks valuable world ranking points as well as qualification for the 2018 Hockey World Cup in London.

New Zealand also qualified for the FIH Womens World League Final in Auckland from 17-26 November, although they were already an automatic inclusion as the host nation.

The Netherlands, China and Korea will join New Zealand at the World League Final, while the top four finishers at the World League Semi Final in Johannesburg will also book a spot.



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