April 28, 2011

Aussies hot for ice hockey first

IT’S like the bobsled movie Cool Runnings, but on skates. Australia’s elite female ice hockey players are preparing to take on the world’s best in the middle of a scorching summer heatwave, hitting the ice while the temperature outside reaches almost 40C.

Despite barely figuring on the Australian sporting radar and living in a climate more suited to surfing, the squad of 20 is hoping to take the gold at this week’s ice hockey world titles.The event is being staged at Warners Bay rink near Newcastle, the first time it has ever been held outside Europe.Aussie defender Anna Ruut said the home team was in with a strong chance.

The 24-year-old, from Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, tried netball and soccer as a child but always dreamed of hitting the ice.

“I pretty much had to wait until I was old enough to drive myself to the ice rink before I could try,” she said yesterday.

The Aussie team was due to play its first match last night against Belgium.

The Daily Telegraph, 02.02

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