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It s a home final!
Southern Stampede will play a home final at
Queenstown Ice Arena on September 8 after
winning both games against the Canterbury
Red Devils, in Christchurch, at the weekend.
The team won 6-5 and 6-2 to finish at the top
of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League table,
and will meet the Canterbury Red Devils in
Queenstown boxer Richie Hadlow put in an
excellent controlled performance against a
tough Jarrod McLaughlan, of Blenheim, to
secure the welterweight novice Canterbury
title on the weekend, while local girl Elizabeth
Regan claimed the light welterweight title on
her debut, against Christchurch fighter Sarah
Ward. The full team is preparing for the
Southland Champs on September 8.
Player heads stateside for big break
Booted: Queenstown's Junior
Football Fern Georgia Brown.
Chance to train with top US women's coach has teen fired up
By SUE FEA
Queenstown's very own Junior
Football Fern Georgia Brown
could soon be turning heads in the
United States, where she will take
up a scholarship at Texas Tech
University in January.
The 18 year old may not be
returning triumphant from the
FIFA under-20 Women's World
Cup in Japan, but Brown has
thoroughly enjoyed the experi-
As the one of the youngest and
newest team members she did not
get a lot of game time during the
tournament, but said the experi-
ence was ''absolutely amazing''.
Brown played a few warm-up
games in Kobe, but the Junior
Ferns had a disappointing loss in
their crucial match against Mex-
ico, losing 4-0 on Sunday night,
missing out on the quarterfinals.
The young forward said she felt
privileged to be part of a team that
had such a wealth of experience,
including players that had just
been to the Olympics and trained
with the Ferns.
Selection for the Junior Ferns,
which was only confirmed at the
end of July, has postponed
Brown's start at Texas Tech from
August to January.
Daughter of former New Zealand
Ski Team member Derek Brown
and wife, Anna, Georgia was born
and raised in Queenstown, com-
pleting high school at St Hilda's
Collegiate in Dunedin.
She has been playing football
since the age of 8 and now has her
sights on some top international
''Fortunately I will now be
attending a great university in
Lubbock, Texas, with a fantastic
coach, Tom Stone, who is
involved with the US under-20
Her first scholarship offer was at
the start of year 13 to a university
in Philadelphia, but selection for
the New Zealand squad opened up
Brown hopes to study either sport
science and nutrition, design and
architecture or marketing and
She said she always thought it
would be ''cool'' to get into a New
Zealand team but living in the
south restricted her chances so
she packed up and moved to
Auckland early this year.
Each week she trained eight
hours with the initial New
Zealand squad and two hours
with her club team, then played a
full game on Sundays. She was
delighted to make the cut.
Part-time jobs and mum and dad
helped.''I couldn't have done it
without my parents,'' Brown said.
Ella working her way back to fitness
Determined competitor: Queenstown swimmer Ella Ferguson.
Photo: BROOKE GARDINER/FAIRFAX NZ
By BROOKE GARDINER
Talented Queenstown swim-
mer Ella Ferguson is on a
mission to get back to her pre-
injury condition after back
surgery which saw her out of
the water for more than a
''My goal is to get back to the
times I was at before I
stopped,'' she said.
The 17-year-old returned to
the pool in June, after having
a discectomy last August for a
She has her sights set on
making the finals at the
National Age Group Cham-
pionships in Wellington in
''I had a bulging disc hitting
on a nerve. It was affecting
my swimming and tumble
turns and I was losing
flexibility,'' she said.
In the months leading up to
her back surgery, Ella said
she found it difficult to train
knowing she would be out of
the water for such a long
And getting back in the water
has not been easy either, with
Ella having to get used to
being at the back of the squad
rather than the front.
Having completed just two
training sessions, she was
called to join the Wakatipu
High School team at the South
Island Secondary Schools
meet in Invercargill in June
and to her surprise managed
to make national age group
qualifying times for the 50m
and 100m backstroke events.
Ella said she was looking
forward to heading to Timaru
this weekend to compete in
the South Island Champion-
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