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28 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, July 9, 2015 www.times.co.nz SALE sale sale sale sale sale sale sale sale sale HEAPS OF OTHER SPECIALS IN STORE!!! 5TEKohaRd The Hub Botany Ph (09) 271 4421 Open 7 Days: Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm; Sun 10am-4pm. 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The 18-year-old is the first New Zealander, male or female, to be offered a scholarship to play the top level of college ice hockey in the United States. She will be attending St Lawrence University in upstate New York from next month. St Lawrence plays in NCAA division one, in the same conference as the likes of Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Last year, St Lawrence was ranked 11th out of the 34 teams in the division, with a 19 win, 12 loss and five draw record. The opportunity arose when Grace was in Canada at the Ontario Hockey Academy, and was spotted by a St Lawrence scout while playing in a tournament. “ The coach liked how I played and offered me a spot,” she told the Times. “[Playing in college] is the pinnacle of women’s hockey. All the Olympic players go through there so it’s quite special. “St Lawrence is in quite a competitive division so it will be really fun.” She credits past NZ players for laying the groundwork to her pioneering endeavour. “It’s definitely a huge achievement, but hopefully I’m the first of many who will play division one. The opportunity’s only come around because of other players who have pushed the boundaries for women’s hockey in NZ. I definitely owe them a lot. “Hopefully I can make an impact and make good contacts.” Grace Harrison joined the Botany Swarm for this year’s New Zealand Ice Hockey League campaign through her association with assistant coach Jeff Boehme. She made her debut against the defending champion Canterbury Red Devils last month, coming on for the final 15 minutes of a 2-8 defeat. The Red Devils scored two goals from nine shots during her shift, “so my save percentage is atrocious right now,” she says. “It was fun. Because it was the third period, it was a lot slower than I expected it to be so that was a relief. “My heart was definitely racing. It’s a starting point, we’ll see what happens from there. I need to get my feet faster and a little bit more confident.” Playing alongside men is nothing new for women’s ice hockey players in NZ, and vice versa. Due to the small number of players, teams are mixed throughout the junior grades. The NZIHL is one of only a few leagues around the world which allows male and female goalies at the open level. “ There are only 60 registered women players so there’s definitely not enough for good competition. “It’s been fun playing with some of the guys I grew up playing with since I was seven. “It’s cool to be back on the same team as them and they are some of the best friends I’ll ever have so it’s good to be able to talk to them and spin yarns. “ The NZIHL is really good preparation for me to go overseas because it won’t be too much different from the hockey I’ll be facing at St Lawrence.” Harrison wasn’t used in the Swarm’s matches against the West Auckland Admirals on the weekend. Botany went down 2-7 on Saturday before bouncing back with a 6-3 win on Sunday. ICE HOCKEY Pioneering export Grace Harrison in her New Zealand Ice Hockey League debut for the Botany Swarm. Photo supplied Baseball fair HOWICK Pakuranga Baseball Club’s Zac Dignan is one of five young Kiwi baseballers who will be winging their way to attend the World Children’s Baseball Fair (WCBF) in Chiba, Japan, in August. The prestigious fair was founded in 1989 by home run kings Sadaharu Oh and Hank Aaron, along with Dr Akiko Agishi. The mission of the organisation is “to share the dream of friendship and teamwork with the children of the world and to sow the seeds of that dream through an international baseball fair”. The group which includes players from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, will be chaperoned by North Shore City Baseball Club’s Kevin Blackman. “ The opportunity to represent New Zealand Baseball as a chaperone and attend this global event in Japan is an amazing opportunity. Having spoken to previous chaperones who had attended over the years it is an event that was highly recommended and something I wanted to be part of. “ The Japanese are an amazing people and the opportunity to visit their country is a huge privilege and obviously the chance to immerse myself in baseball and learn some new skills from some hugely experienced coaches is a great opportunity as well.” Jemma off to worlds HOWICK College pupil Jemma Manchester has been confirmed in the New Zealand team for the mountain bike world championships. Jemma will compete in the under-19 women’s cross-country, along with Dunedin’s Shannon Hope. New Zealand is sending a 30- strong team to the event in Andorra, headed by Commonwealth Games medallists Anton Cooper and Sam Gaze. Jemma is the reigning Oceania under-19 champion, having also won the under-17 title previously. The world championships start on September 1.
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