From Stam­pede to Ice Sticks

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA FEATURES -

The New Zealand Ice Black team to com­pete at the world champs in Spain this year has been named with strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Queen­stown. Stam­pede play­ers Bert Haines and Cal­lum Burns are in the team with Kane Easter­brook as re­serve goalie. For­mer Queen­stown play­ers now at Otago Univer­sity Con­nor Har­ri­son, Mitchell Frear and Luke Pick­er­ing are also in the team as well as Ryan Lee, who has re­cently been play­ing in Mel­bourne. Ross Burns is the team’s as­sis­tant man­ager and One on One physio Natalie Mur­phy is step­ping up from her role as Stam­pede phys­io­ther­a­pist, to the Ice Blacks. The group would travel to the Czech Repub­lic for train­ing in March be­fore com­pet­ing in the sec­ond di­vi­sion of the champs in Jaca, Spain, in April. Burns said there was ex­cel­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Queen­stown, with 17-year-old Wakatipu High School stu­dent Cal­lum Burns a stand out be­cause of his age.

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