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The Ice Blacks Against The Aussies

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Scott Newman
Scott Newman

This weekend in sport is not only about the Bledisloe Rugby test. It also features two matches of the coolest sport on the planet! (Ice Hockey) The New Zealand Ice Blacks are also lining up the Aussies with two games in Dunedin during the NZ Winter Games.

The Australian team has recently been demoted from the Division I world group. They will be pumped up to come across the ditch and perform well against a new look New Zealand team. The Ice Blacks enjoyed winning gold at home during the IIHF Division III World Championships which means a promotion into world group II. The Australian team have a lot of experience from their lengthy stay in Division I. Where Division II is new to the kiwis.

Both of the games will be televised on Sky TV with live coverage of game II on Sunday 23rd August, 5pm. You can find tickets for either event at the winter games here www.ticketdirect.co.nz/list_events.asp (Tickets cost from $15.00ea.)

The Ice Blacks roster is a good mix of the top offensive talents in the New Zealand League. With the Canterbury Red Devils & Southern Stampede teams in complete control of the standings. They deserve the 13 roster spots in the team. Christopher Eaden is the league leader in points with 57 & goals with 30 in 14 games. He has great speed and vision on the Ice. His team mate Paris Heyd is second in the league with 44 points in 13 games. Here is hoping that the dominance of Canterbury and the Stampede can rise to the next level in taking it to a very good Australian side.

If you live in the Otago area then please make an effort to go and support the Kiwis at the Dunedin Ice Stadium, 101 Victoria Road, Saint Kilda, Dunedin. Go the Ice Blacks!!! (& The All Blacks!)

The ICE BLACKS Roster

Defense
Corey Down, Admirals (Captain)
Blake Jackson, Admirals
Daniel Nicholls, Red Devils
Mitchell Oak, Red Devils
Hayden Argyle,Stampede
Stacey Rout, Stampede
Andrew Hay, Swarm
Lyle Idoine, Swarm
Forwards
Christopher Eaden, Red Devils
Dale Harrop, Red Devils
Paris Heyd, Red Devils
Adam Soffer, Red Devils
Stefan Speck, Red Devils
Braden Lee, Stampede
Simon Glass, Stampede
Brett Speirs, Stampede
KC Ball, Swarm
Jordan Challis, Swarm
Joshua Hay, Swarm
Martin Lee, Swarm
Goaltenders
Justin Findlay, Red Devils
Zak Nothling, Swarm
Rick Parry, Thunder

 

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