The Kiwis played well for the full 70 minutes, creating a glut of great scoring opportunities and defending strongly.
The Junior Black Sticks opened the scoring against China in the 25th minute with Julia King netting a field goal. The score doubled just one minute later when Sian Fremaux crashed a goal in from a penalty corner.
With 20 minutes remaining on the clock, Philippa Symes added to the score sheet before Rose Keddell scored from another penalty corner to blow the score out to 4-0.
China were able to pull one back late when Lui Yuyue’s penalty corner shot was deflected into goal by a defender.
Head coach Chris Leslie was pleased with the end result, and said focus had now shifted to trying to finish the tournament on a high with a big effort against Germany.
“We are really excited to play Germany, it will be a hard competition. I’m sure they want to win the game as much as we want to win it. Our motivation is to finish ninth.”
Team captain Jenny Storey echoed the sentiment of her coach.
“I think we definitely improved but we would have deserved to be in the top eight. We have had a few disappointments along the way.
“It will be tough playing Germany with their home crowd but we will show our best. I know that there will be a lot of German fans tomorrow but our Kiwi fans will make some noise as well,” Storey said.
The Junior Black Sticks will now face host nation Germany at 1.30am on Monday (NZ time), while China join Korea in the 11th/12th classification match.