As a sports reporter, I have the priviledge of being sideline for countless epic encounters.

Saturday's Intercity women's hockey final was up there with the best of them.

The Rotorua Aces, playing in front of a passionate home crowd, won an extra-time shootout against Mount Maunganui, after trailing 3-0 at halftime but fighting back to 3-all at the end of normal time.

Sporting success so often comes down to mental strength and the Aces are the perfect example. Personally, I am not the strongest person mentally. I'm a sulker. When the going gets tough, I give up. So to see


Nicoll-Klokstad is one of the good guys