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Selwyn Times: July 19, 2016

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16 Tuesday July 19 2016 SELWYN TIMES Brad Shaw’s third chance of gold HOCKEY HERO: Canterbury Cavaliers captain Brad Shaw will head to his third Olympic Games with the Black Sticks. He believes the experiences of Beijing and London can work in his team’s favour. Sports reporter Gordon Findlater talks to Canterbury’s Brad Shaw who hopes to claim a medal in his third Olympic Games with the Black Sticks. • By Gordon Findlater BRAD SHAW is hoping its a case of being third time lucky at the Rio Olympics. After what he describes as inconsistent performances from New Zealand squads in Beijing and London, he’s hopeful the Black Sticks have the right plan going into this year’s games. “At previous games, we’ve played really well, but have struggled to get results against weaker opposition we should be beating. In Beijing we could only manage a draw with China, and in London we lost our opening game to Korea. We should be beating them nine out of 10 times,” said Shaw. Now an experienced Olympian, he is also aware of the foreign environment players must be prepared for. He described his first experience in Beijing as eye opening, even to the point of seeking a sports psychologist a week into the event. “It’s not something you get used to, you just have to be prepared. The media hype and Olympic village are huge.” Shaw claimed his spot in New Zealand hockey folk-law in 2008, when New Zealand faced Argentina in an Olympic qualifier. The match went into sudden-death extra time. Shaw grabbed the match-winning goal for the Black Sticks, booking their spot in the Beijing Olympics. “I haven’t scored too many goals in my career, but seem to have a knack for scoring memorable ones.” The defender comes from a proud hockey family. Older brother Hayden Shaw represented the Black Sticks at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and was known as the drag-flick shot expect during his career. Brad Shaw began playing hockey at age four, playing in the local park. He played his first competitive hockey for club-side Selwyn, which his father also played for. Shaw still plays for the club now known as Southern following the amalgamation of the Selwyn and Sydenham. While at Shirley Boys’ High, he helped the school during a successful period for its hockey team. He playing alongside the likes of former New Zealand international cricketer Michael Papps, who he described as a handy mid-fielder. Canterbury’s provincial men’s team didn’t acquire the services of Shaw until 2004. Prior to that, he travelled north to play for Midlands, due to what he described as a different view in playing styles to the Canterbury set-up at the time. Former Black Sticks assistant coach Andrew Hastie was Shaw’s first Canterbury men’s coach and was impressed with the player he had seen come through various age group teams. “He was a really strong player. Uncompromising. He’s one of those guy’s that always plays with his heart. He wears it on his sleeve and he just goes for it,” said Hastie. Shaw has since become Canterbury captain, a role Hastie believes the 33-year-old thrives in. “He’s our go-to player, always gives 100 percent. He plays the game in the right spirit and gives everything on the field.” The 2004 Champions Trophy was Shaw’s first international tournament, making his debut against Pakistan. Hardly given the ideal start to his international career, he first took to the field for 30 seconds while a teammate addressed a broken shoe lace. Gun sHoW Club Stand Riccarton Park Function Centre Riccarton Raceway, Christchurch sAtuRdAy 23 Rd July 2016 9Am - 4Pm Public Admission $10.00 WW2 & vietnAm veteRAns FRee cHildRen 12 & undeR WitH Adult FRee relationship property, employment law and resolving contractual and estate disputes. 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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday July 19 2016 17 at Olympics Lincoln rugby on TV Since then, he has gone on to represent New Zealand at two Olympic Games, two Commonwealth Games and a Hockey World Cup. Being a teacher at St Andrew’s Preparatory School, having a family and an international hockey career has been a fine balancing act. “My wife is [the one] to thank. I’ve also taken a lot of time off teaching through the second and third terms of school to get myself ready for Rio. It’s a big decision to make with work, a family and the Olympic Games,” said Shaw. When Shaw returns to his teaching job at the conclusion of the Olympics, let’s hope he has a new piece of memorabilia to show off to his students. The Black Sticks open their Olympic campaign against Australia on August 6. They also face Great Britain, Belgium, Spain and Brazil in their pool. Black Sticks Olympics men’s squad – Ryan Archibald, Simon Child, James Coughlan, Blair Hilton, Hugo Inglis, Stephen Jenness, Devon Manchester, Shea McAleese, Shay Neal, Arun Panchia, Hayden Phillips, Kane Russell, Brad Shaw, Blair Tarrant, Nick Wilson, Nic Woods. Date of birth: February 13, 1983 Height: 181cm Hometown: Christchurch Position: Defender Caps: 179 Shirt No: 12 Fact: Shaw played representative softball and, as a teenager, He had to make a decision to gave up the summer sport to concentrate on his hockey career. Lincoln High School student Daniella Judge writes about the school’s first nationally televised rugby match, which will double as a charity fundraiser AT NOON on Saturday Lincoln High School will be holding a ‘Sport and Doing Good Day’ where a number of our sports teams will be playing on the Lincoln High School grounds. This also includes a few games involving local primary schools. This will all lead up to the UC Championship rugby game. The UC Championship is the premier school boys’ rugby competition in the Crusaders region. Lincoln High School has entered its first XV in this competition since 2006. At 2.45pm the first XV will be against Ashburton and the game will be televised nationally on Sky TV (on Land Rover 1 st XV rugby on the Rugby Channel). This is the first time that a Lincoln High School team has been televised nationally. The majority of the profits from this event will go to the Ronald McDonald House and contribute to the 2016 Lincoln High School council’s Doing Good Campaign. Within this campaign, we hope MAKING IT COUNT: Lincoln High School halfback Logan Crofts scoring a try on full time during a recent game against Waimea. Lincoln will be taking on Ashburton on Saturday in its first nationally televised game which will also be a charity fundraiser. ​ to raise $20,000 over the course of the year for charities and organisations of our choosing. The campaign is based on one of the Lincoln High School values – doing good for others. The campaign has got off to a great start with us raising more than $2000 for the Heart Foundation and $2000 for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (through Pink Shirt Day). Students have also been volunteering for multiple organisations including Camp Quality, The Delta Community Trust Friendship Group and the Selwyn Lions Club. We would like to raise as much money as we can for Ronald McDonald House. We encourage all who can to come along. There will be a variety of food stalls, games for the kids to play, music, raffles to be won and sports games to watch. Our Sport and Doing Good Day is a great opportunity for Selwyn as a community to come together to support the local players and do some good. The schedule for the day is: Noon: Primary school basketball tournament starts 12.30pm: Kick-off Waihora v Darfield under 14.5 rugby 2pm: Under 14.5 rugby and basketball finishes 2.40pm: Hakas start for first XV 2.45pm: First XV kicks off 4pm: First XV finishes 4.30pm: After match function THE HOME OF GOOD BAKING Purchase 2 x 2L Dairy Dale milk to enter the draw to win $1,000 worth of bread & milk for your family! 25 WINNERS - 1 PER STORE! Promotion valid 1st July - 31st July 2016. Winners will be contacted Friday 5th August 2016. Terms & conditions apply. Full terms and conditions can be found at MILK Dairy Dale 2L varieties. $ 5 98 2 FOR or $3.19 each 6 X RING DONUTS $ 7 50 (Excludes filled) Promotional pricing available while stocks last from 18/07/16 to 24/07/16. Images are serving suggestions only. Open 7 days | 8 Convenient local locations Hornby • Barrington • Ferry Rd • Papanui • Riccarton • Upper Riccarton • New Brighton • Rangiora BAKERIES