While the Cape Town E-Prix and Ocean Race are sure to have spectators flocking to Green Point and the V&A Waterfront, winter sport enthusiasts will also have something to look forward to with some international ice hockey on offer.
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Sponsored by the City of Cape Town (CoCT), the International Ice Hockey Federation’s 2023 Senior Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B got underway at the Ice Station at Grand West yesterday, culminating in a hard-fought clash between South Africa and Australia.
The first game of the five-day championship, which had a total of ten games, was a match between New Zealand and Croatia.
Today’s fixtures will see Australia take on Belgium at 4pm, followed by New Zealand against the host nation at 8pm.
The Kiwis then return to the ice tomorrow to take on Croatia in Thursday’s only fixture at 8pm.
On Friday, New Zealand will play their third straight game against Belgium before South Africa comes up against Croatia.
Following a rest day on Saturday, Australia comes up against New Zealand in Sunday’s early game before South Africa takes on Belgium.
The City’s sponsorship of the tournament forms part of its efforts to provide more support to women’s sports and elevate the status of women’s sports in the country.
“The standard of play on the ice is world championship level and our role is to provide support and an enabling environment to ensure the athletes showcase the best of their ability,” said Mayco member JP Smith. “We believe this has the potential to grow the status of ice hockey, attract new fans and other sponsors for the sustainability of the sport going forward.”
“The City of Cape Town is proud to partner with the Western Province Ice Hockey Association to contribute towards achieving these goals.”
The tournament runs until Sunday, 26 February.
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