Ice hockey

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Owen Dell says his trip to the Czech Repub­lic last week was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and some­thing he would like to re­peat.

The 14-year-old Tow­ers School pupil, who plays for Gilling­ham-based In­victa Mav­er­icks un­der-15s, spent four days in Nym­burk, as part of an Eng­land Na­tional team pro­gramme de­signed to repli­cate the In­ter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion’s World Cham­pi­onships. The team played four games, win­ning two of them.

The Czechs are fifth in the world rank­ings, while Great Bri­tain are 24th, em­pha­sis­ing the gap in tal­ent and skill level but Dell was pleased that he and his team-mates did well.

He said: “I en­joyed the week and play­ing abroad is some­thing I’d like to do in the fu­ture.”

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