Stars get appetite for Bay delights

By Jonathan Dine

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Samantha Charlton and Stacey Michelsen taking a break from festivities to enjoy some local cuisine. Photo / Instagram
Samantha Charlton and Stacey Michelsen taking a break from festivities to enjoy some local cuisine. Photo / Instagram

The Hawke's Bay Festival of Hockey teams enjoyed a day of rest yesterday preparing for the business end of the tournament.

The Black Sticks "abducted" social media as they drank in the sights and sounds of the Bay on a gloomy day. They posted their movements on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

After some breakfast and a review of Sunday's win over China the team hit the gym.

"Multi-tasking this morning at Black Sticks camp. Breakfast plus a little bit of game review," they posted.

Some of the girls then showed off their strength in the gym to the 1700 followers of the Festival of Hockey Instagram page.

"Our team gymnast @brookeneal1(Brooke Neal) showing us how a handstand is done in the gym this morning," they posted.

After working up a hunger the team refuelled, posting "@samanthacharlton (Samantha Charlton)and @staceymichelsen (Stacey Michelsen) trying out the local cuisine! Chantal Organics was today's choice for a healthy lunch."

The Black Sticks are back to business today as they take on tournament newcomers Ireland, at 6pm.

While the Hawke's Bay Cup will be the main drawcard of the festival, the Furnware and Affiliate Cups have garnered plenty of local interest.

Hannah Mason from Iona College said her side had been doing plenty of training leading up to their first game tomorrow against Havelock North High School.

"We have had many fitness and skill sessions as well as some team bonding and a hit around warm up game against a team of under-15 girls who are travelling over to Australia to compete later this year."

Yesterday the team was treated to a training with former Black Stick striker Katie Glynn followed by them getting to watch their heroes train.

"We are all super excited for the competition and for a small number of us this is our third and final year so we are looking to win the cup as well add a gold medal to our two previous silver medals from this competition."

Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule said the Hawke's Bay Cup, an eight-nation hockey event, was one of the most understated achievements for Hawke's Bay.

"This is the first time the region has ever hosted a multi-year multi-nation international event."

Mayor Yule said the Hastings District Council, the Regional Sports Park and Hawke's Bay Sports Events and Education Consortium had worked extremely hard for the past three years to make this event a success.

"It is my view that we have achieved what we set out to do."

He said the show was a truly international event with an amazing display of hockey in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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