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The Star: March 23, 2017

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44 Thursday March 23 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Sport Value Cars www.valuecarswarehouse.co.nz 32 Moorhouse Ave | 03 366 7768 The Star The biggest range of vehicles in one location Young stars of tournament week From Monday, top secondary school athletes will take part in a number of national events around the country in what is known as ‘summer tournament week’. Gordon Findlater looks at some of the city’s brightest hopes Rowing If the recent South Island secondary school championships are anything to go by, the Maadi Cup could have a new firsttime winner. The St Andrew’s College boys’ eight powered to a convincing win over 2016 Maadi Cup champions Christ’s College. St Andrew’s finished in a blistering time of 5min 58.29sec. Christchurch Boys’ High School finished third and will also fancy their chances in the cup race. In the girls’ eight, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School will look to win their first Jubilee Cup since 2010. They took this year’s South Island championships title by the slimmest of margins, finishing half a second ahead of Christchurch Girls’ High School. St Margaret’s College, winner of the 2015 Jubilee Cup, will be looking Ice skater’s world championship preparation not ideal • By Gordon Findlater A LACK of ice in Christchurch has made preparing for an ice hockey world championship challenging to say the least. Chris Eaden is the only Christchurch-based player in the New Zealand Ice Blacks team to compete in the IIHF division 2 Group B Ice Hockey World Championship in Auckland next month. Eaden, 26, played his last competitive match more than six months ago when the Canterbury Red Devils went down to the Southern Stampede in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League finals series. Canterbury began pre-season training last week, but it’s a far cry from the ideal preparation for an improved effort in the cup race after finishing nine seconds off the pace at the South Island championships. Volleyball Burnside High School’s senior girls’ team have a chance to win their third straight national title in Palmerston North. The team went unbeaten at both the South Island and Canterbury championships this month, not even dropping a set. The squad’s two under-18 New Zealand players, Libby Collett and Chloe Mikaera, returned home from China last week after playing in the under-18 Asian championships under the guidance of Burnside coach Sam Ryburn. “Were tracking okay, but it’s a very tough competition. There’s about eight school that can take it out so I’m expecting it NO ICE: A lack of time on the ice has meant more time in the gym for Chris Eaden. ​ ahead of representing your country. “I haven’t played since August, to be another torrid affair,” said Ryburn. On the boys’ side, Shirley Boys’ High School will go in as the top Canterbury seed after winning the Canterbury champs at the weekend. Tennis St Andrew’s look a strong so I’m a little bit nervous to tell you the truth,” said Eaden. During the domestic season, YOUNG GUN: Dylan Heap will lead a young Christ’s College team at the national champs in Auckland next week. chance to win another national mixed title in Auckland. They looked untroubled at the South Island championships in Timaru this month and won the 2016 New Zealand championships by not dropping a set against Auckand’s St Kentigern College in the final. In the boys’ competition, Eaden trains regularly with the Canterbury team. However, during the off-season, paying $380 a hour to hire ice can be a stretch for training individually. It hasn’t stopped him from staying in shape. Unlike the ice, the gym is easily accessible. He operates the Eaden Project, his own gym on Wordsworth St. “At the moment, everything is done in the gym.” The Canterbury forward has represented New Zealand on a number of occasions. He has been to a trio of age-group world championships. He was the top point-scorer of all nations at the under-20 division 3 World Junior Championships in 2008. He has also been to three men’s championships. However, he hasn’t done so since 2011 due Christ’s will carry local hopes with current New Zealand under-16 champion Dylan Heap leading the charge. They have a young squad, with all the players year 12 or younger. However, they’re expected to be a top four hope. Rangi Ruru and St Margaret’s shared results at the Canterbury and South Island championships but will struggle against the depth of the North Island schools. Cricket St Bede’s College will fly the flag for Canterbury at the junior secondary school boys’ tournament in Palmerston North. They qualified for the year 9 and 10 tournament by defeating Christchurch Boys in the regional qualifying final. Year 10 student, Matt Boyle, who also plays for the school’s first XI, could be key to success. He won the year 9 batting award at the Christchurch metro cricket youth awards after scoring 613 runs at an average of 153 in his first year at school. to the cost of representing New Zealand. Ice hockey is a pay-to-play sport in New Zealand, meaning players have to fund themselves to travel to world championships. With this year’s champs in Auckland, Eaden believes the Ice Blacks have their best team to date, due to costs being less of an issue for players. “It’s about $3000 this year, where as it’s normally more than double that,” said Eaden. Eaden flew to Melbourne with the Ice Blacks on Tuesday. They will play four warmup games against Australian domestic teams. 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The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday March 23 2017 45 Sport Highlanders ‘desperate’ for win against Brumbies • By Steve Hepburn THERE IS zero chance the Highlanders are going to relax now their derby run is over. The Highlanders travelled to Canberra today to take on the Brumbies on Saturday night. After playing the other four New Zealand sides in the first four rounds, the Highlanders finally get to play an overseas side. Mary Westwood M 021 557 731 P 03 347 4711 mary.westwood@harcourts.co.nz www.harcourts.co.nz Four Seasons Realty Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008 Why not put me to the test As I do stand out from the rest If you’re ready to sell then so am I So go ahead give me a try!!! In fact, of their next nine games, only one – the Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium on April 8 – is against a New Zealand team. So the stage is set for the side to get back on track and put together a run of wins. But it is not going to just happen. Highlanders assistant coach Mark Hammett said the side was mindful of a Brumbies outfit coming off an impressive 28-12 dismantling of the Waratahs in Four Seasons Realty Sydney. ‘’We’ve had a really good look at the Brumbies and they are a South African-style team with x-factor as well. We are pretty desperate. We’re not underestimating them at all,’’ Hammett said. ‘’We have had close games against them. They’re a great side who had a good win in the weekend.’’ Sitting 15th on the table, there 2017 SUPER 18 TiPPing ComPETi T ion RoUnD 5 March 24 th -25 th CRUSADERS V fORCE REBELS V wARATAhS BLUES V BULLS BRUmBIES V hIGhLANDERS SUNwOLvES V STORmERS kINGS V LIONS ChEETAhS V ShARkS JAGUARES V REDS ChIEfS & hURRICANES, BYES BREnT JEffERiES A1 Auto CRuSADERS REBELS BLuES HigHLANDERS StoRMERRS LioNS SHARkS REDS BRoUghT To yoU By ThE ChRiSTChURCh STaR is a sniff of desperation within the southern franchise. 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