Inline Ferns are heading to the World Champs

Inline hockey isn’t something Puck Yeah has ever covered before, and according to the archives, neither has The Crowd Goes Wild. So with New Zealand’s national women’s inline hockey team all together in Hamilton for a 4-day training camp, the timing was perfect to pay a visit.

Along with former Kiwi Winter Olympian now CGW reporter Anna Willcox, we jumped into the D-Max and headed down State Highway 1 to interview captain Tara Tissink, plus her assistant captains Anjalia Mulari and Helen Murray, whom also leads the Ice Fernz in the frozen version of the game.

The story aired last night with plenty of good adlib by presenters Wairangi Koopu and James McOnie afterwards about the sport and what they imagined could be the selection process for the Ferns. Catch the full video below.

The Inline Ferns begin their campaign this Saturday (9pm NZST) against Canada. Also included in their pool is Australia and Spain, whom finished second last year.

There is some tough competition in Asiago with last year’s victors USA looking to take it out again, but New Zealand are also wanting to improve upon their sixth-place finish with a spot on the podium and a medal around their necks.

All games will be live streamed via World Skate TV.


Inline Ferns round-robin schedule:

July 14: New Zealand v Canada at 9pm NZST
July 16: New Zealand v Spain at 12am NZST
July 16: New Zealand v Australia at 10pm NZST