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Selwyn Times: October 10, 2017

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October 10 2017 23 SPORTS Serving up new courts THE FIRST ball has been served in celebration of the opening of three new tennis courts in Weedons. Weedons Tennis Club celebrated the opening of its three new courts recently with a formal gathering of tennis players, guests and community members. The tennis courts have been moved and realigned to allow for a larger cricket oval for the Weedons Cricket Club as part of the community pavilion redevelopment. The opening was held at Weedons Reserve with the event organised by the club’s secretary Julie Cockburn. The first serve was made by Stratton Construction owner Andrew Stratton, who with his team of workers constructed the tennis courts, fencing and volley board. It was attended by district councillor Jeff Bland, who spoke about the unique area and how the community can enjoy Weedons. Weedons Reserve Committee chairman Peter Holmes spoke about the hard work reserve members had put into the facility and the great facilities available for tennis, cricket and golf. Weedons Tennis Club chairman Alan Drewett spoke about the beginning of the club in 1910, ACE: The new courts at Weedons Tennis Club. The ribbon was cut by Joy Curragh. the continuation of junior tennis and the introduction of the president’s team six years ago. The cutting of the blue and green ribbons to open the new courts was performed by Weedons’ oldest resident and former tennis player Joy Curragh. The cutting of the cake, iced by Kirstie Hamilton, was performed by two junior club members – Laura Hamilton and Mitchell Cockburn. Mrs Cockburn said it was a relaxed environment. “A great afternoon was had by all,” she said. SLAP SHOT: Brooke Whitman has been selected in the under-18 women’s national ice hockey team to travel to Kuala Lumpur in March. Lincoln High girl in national ice hockey team • By Andrew King LINCOLN HIGH’S Brooke Whitman has been selected in the under-18 women’s national ice hockey team. The 14-year-old is part of the team that will travel to Kuala Lumpur in March to compete in the IIHF ice hockey women’s challenge cup Asia tournament. They will face Thailand, Singapore and a Chinese Taipei team. She played a crucial role in the under-18 team last year that won the International Ice Hockey Federation Challenge Cup of Asia after going through the tournament undefeated. Brooke’s father, Howard, said she is a pure, clean player who doesn’t mind “the hits” but she really enjoys just playing the game. She plays defence for the Canterbury Minors Ice Hockey club in the midget grade and in the senior Canterbury women’s team. The tournament gives Asian countries that are not in the world championship programme, or that play in a lower division, a chance to compete. Other Canterbury players included in the side are Burnside High’s Phoebe Thompson, Alyssa Murphy and Katelyn Heyrick; St Andrew’s Ellie Dugdale; Marian College’s Millicent Smith and Shirley Boys’ High’s fill-in goalie Lilly Forbes. DESIGNER FASHION AT OUTLET PRICES SMART BRANDS SMARTER PRICES HORNBY 409 Main South Road | Open 10am–5pm, 7 days