Monday, April 29, 2013

News for Creatives, Theatre Lovers, Music Lovers and so much more

News for Creatives

Storytelling for Change is a 4-week course that will help you better connect with your audience, whether in a meeting with one person or in a presentation to hundreds of people.  To make this course widely accessible, it is free!
By the end of this 4-module course, you will better be able to:
  • Tell personal stories that help you to connect with others in order to inspire change,
  • Use a set of specific storytelling skills to tell powerful stories, and
  • Appreciate the importance of how you present yourself and connect with others (i.e. your “presence”) in leading change initiatives.
Course content will consist of readings, online videos and discussions/activities.  Each week, you will receive the materials for the upcoming lab.  The materials will consist of two things:
  • Lab prep (1-2 hours): To be completed before your lab group meets, and
  • Lab guide (typically 2 hours): To be completed together with the rest of your lab group when you meet.
Upon completing each lab, the lab group leader for the week will be asked to fill out a simple feedback form to share the group’s progress.
Each week you will also be encouraged to practice your new storytelling skills and make sure you are able to transfer your knowledge into action.  Remember the age-old saying: “Words are mere bubbles of water, deeds are drops of gold.”
There are no in-person teachers or facilitators for this course.  You will work through the course with a group called your “lab group”.  PANSA KZN is looking for interested people to form the lab groups (minimum of two people and a maximum of six).  The course dates are from May 11 – June 14 2013, once a week.  The groups will meet at the PANSA KZN offices each week and will be provided with the materials to complete the course.  If you are interested, please reply to by Friday 3 May, 12:00, with your name and contact details (email address and cell phone number).  We will be scheduling one lab group on a Tuesday afternoon from 13:00 to 15:00, and one group on a Thursday morning from 10:00 to 12:00.  Please also let us know which group you would like to join.

Testimonials: “This was so applicable and tangible.  It is something I can start applying now, and keep practicing in different areas of my life.” “Great for crafting and developing storieskzn@ in a way that make them more persuasive and touching.”
Do not miss out on this enriching opportunity!
The learning partner:
In developing this course, Acumen is excited to partner with The Ariel Group.  The Ariel Group has trained Acumen’s Global Fellows in storytelling for the past five years.  Drawing on the same exercises performers use, the Ariel Group training builds critical skills in the areas of leadership development, communication skills, team building, change management, and coaching and development.  More information can be found at

(Source - Pansa)

(Source - HealthBox)

Music News - Luna Paige for St Clements

One of South Africas top female vocalists Luna Paige will play at St. Clements this Saturday 4 May at 7.30pm.
Tickets R60 at the door. Tel 031 2022511

Since 2003 Luna has released 3 original English albums and 1 exceptional live Afrikaans CD & DVD. All 4 of these albums received rave reviews and have been featured and/or play listed on national radio stations, TV programs, glossy magazines and print media. 

Check out Luna's website for more info and reviews on her albums and shows. 

Luna will be performing a collection of songs from these albums. She recently started dabbling in blues and country and will prepare some brand new (never released) songs! Luna also decided to work on some special cover songs by artists that inspire her and that were recommended by her fans.

Her performances are bound to impress and leave you proud of SA music, aching for more. 

(Source - St Clements) 

Theatre News

The African Passion Returns to Durban 

Dates: Fri 26th April at 7pm, Sat 27th April at 2pm and 7pm and FINAL show on Sun 28th April at 2pm

Tickets: R100 per person

Venue:  Durban Christian Centre, (Thunder Dome) Mayville, Durban

Booking 0861 915 8000 (Computicket) to book or click here to book online or you can pay at the door.For block bookings, contact Ailsa Windsor on 083 250 2690 or

Catalina UnLtd in Durban, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund is bringing the nation an exciting brand-new, original gospel opera-musical – The African Passion – which returns to Durban after touring the county.

The libretto is written by Themi Venturas and the music is composed by Phelelani Mnomiya (celebrated and award-winning gospel choral composer) Anthony Govender (of Destiny Music) and the Young Mbazo (grandchildren of world-renown accapella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo).

Under the direction of Themi Venturas the show features Bonginkhosi ‘Faca’ Kulu as Jesus, Natalia da Rocha as his mother Mary, Sharon Dee as Mary Magdalene, Grant Jacobs as Simon Peter, Dewaldt Von Solms as Pontius Pilate, Caitlin Kilburn as Pilate’s wife, Blessing Xaba as Caiaphas, Aubrey Lodewyk as Annas and a host of other superb singers featuring the isicathamiya group Young Mbazo.

The cast of 21 are supplemented in each centre throughout SA by a 60-strong local choir. The African Passion plays out against a spectacular audio-visual background using the latest in modern AV technology in costumes designed by Nompumelelo Mkhize. Choreography is by Daisy Spencer and vocal direction by Desireé Govender.

For further info contact Radwinn (Tour Manager) at 0742727055 or follow our Facebook page

(Source - Catalina Theatre) 

Art News

Visual Artists Needed for Hilton Festival

The Witness Hilton Arts Festival, KZN’s foremost annual arts and theatre festival, scheduled to take place from 12 – 15 September this year, is inviting visual artists to apply to participate. The visual arts component of the festival is an integral part of the programming mix, with hundreds of KZN, national and international visual artists exhibiting at the festival.

“The festival organisers greatly value the participation of all artists, old and new.  We are delighted to be able to supply a platform for local and visiting talented artists and we are constantly looking at ways to add interest and diversity to what has become a major aspect of this event,” says Festival Director, Sue Clarence.

“Owing to the ever-growing number of applicants vs the amount of appropriate indoor space available, it is necessary for there to be a selection process. Emphasis will be placed on variety and improved quality,” says Clarence.

The festival is inviting interested artists to apply. Artists should  please email: and include a short (one sentence) description of their art form; approximate measurements / range of measurements, of their art work; a website address, if possible and one ortwo photos, as attachments. 

Closing date is 4pm Thursday 16 May. Those artists, old and new, who have already contacted the Hilton College Theatre/Festival office, office, expressing an interest in this year’s festival, do not need to re-submit details. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been successful, by no later than 20 May 2013, and will receive details regarding allocated space, costs, set-up times and arrangements, and indemnity.  Artists sharing a room will be put in touch with each other to discuss strategy. 

(Source - Publicity Matters) 

Finally we leave you with this Parody Piece by Timothy Sparks 

An Interview with a celebrity who became a Poet.
Rex Bond (41) starred in thirteen films made in the typically modern manner. Counting plot, theme subject and underscore all significant handmaidens to his vaunting imagination Bond gave up his career of hamming and CGI for the rather more uncertain life of Poet. Why?

Why did you leave the world of movies to become a Bard?
: The costumes mainly. I was tired of playing opposite ladies who look frozen. Haddock?
That is interesting. When did you decide it was time to change?
When I watched Scorsese’s ‘Age of Innocence,’ and decided I could not compete with Daniel Day Lewis.
You always told me the death of 35mms also played a part?
:  Not true. The average attention span is 0.057 seconds. I was tired of moving pictures.
How did you start writing?
: I looked at a South African magazine called You, read the back copy of pages of insignificant celebrities; and decided I did not want to sound like a piece that landed in a salad.
What was your first poem then?
: A sonnet translated from mixing words from a You short story and pushing them against the Cubist corners of words, found in my writing class.
Do you find a purpose in this creative way?
: Not sure what you mean?
Do any modern actors inspire you?
: Is Gustav Mahler an actor? No seriously I appreciate the dialogue of Oasis, the English rock band. It takes genius to speak as they do.
Do you mean the accents?
: I mean the impromptu dialogue, the sincere pleasure of living, the disregard of conventions.
Would you go to University?
: I don’t believe there are still Universities in this era. A pub is cheaper in the long run.
Most informative. Where is the muse going?
: Home hopefully. I want to amaze myself, to be known as the Trafalgar I mean the Niagara of Poets.
Parting Shot.
: The Youth.

We hope you enjoyed that bit of Parody by Timothy Sparks.
He is a freelance writer based in Durban.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Poetry, News from East Coast Radio, Theatre news and More

The Fire of Nightingales

Of words and the white
Ascent of doves,
Stones full of sea,
Bricks and silent thought seals
The heart with a thousand pyramids.

The world we know is disappearing
As a cannon reports
The half-story of a war;
A meeting on a train, the silent smile
Of the girl whose soul wears
The colour red, loosed hair
Signals flag: the exile of continents…
The heart of the child
Tells the story of the rubble,
Sacrifice in the heat and heartless
Beats of stumbling, she Slavnj: “Yes, yes,
The old music still clings,”
A heart meeting in silence
In the loud clamour,
But under gun and under fear
Always the roar of fountains.

As a child reading
Braille in a world without fences
Where a land in transit;
Lines of words traverse the world
A carriage in the house of wounds,
On the edge of cliffs, under the blue sky;

The wind alembic, burns on the heels of Αρης*.  

*Ares- Greek god of War, son of Zeus.

Timothy Sparks      24 April 2013
Contact Tim for your freelance writing needs - email:

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Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk headed for a record year.
This year’s Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk looks set to be the biggest yet, with over 20 000 people having already entered. The 5km route has reached capacity and is now closed for entries. Walkers are however encouraged to sign up for the 10, 15 or 20km routes.
Participants are not only encouraged to get their friends and family to ‘tag along’, but also to tag it on social media on the day. Ahead of entries closing on 30 April, some Sharks rugby players and the Breakfast Stack team showed us their version of ‘social net-walking’ near the Moses Mabhida Stadium. (see photos attached)

Discovery Sponsorship Manager Sandile Mkari says, “We want to inspire the community to be more physically active and live healthier lifestyles. By participating in the event people have the opportunity to get outdoors, have fun and take the steps to improve their health and fitness levels.” East Coast Radio’s General Manager Trish Taylor adds, “The Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk sees people from all walks of life walk alongside each other, there’s a real sense of friendship among participants. You also don’t have to be very fit to take part, anyone – young and old, fit or not – can tag along.”
Time and space is limited so enter today at selected Totalsports stores across KwaZulu-Natal or online at


The Breakfast Stack's Darren Maule and Natarah Nadesan say cheese along with Sharks player Anton Bresler

(Source - East Coast Radio) 

BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Balance

The new BlackBerry® Q10 smartphone is designed for ultimate performance and crafted with precision to deliver the speed and connectivity customers need to help them keep moving. When used with BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10, BlackBerry® Balance technology keeps personal apps and information separate from work data and apps, so customers can confidently stay ahead and take action all day long. With BlackBerry Balance, having one phone for your work and personal life has never been easier.

BlackBerry Balance

BlackBerry Balance elegantly separates and secures work applications and data from personal content and lets you easily switch between your personal and professional profile for quick access to work apps and data. In the BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Balance lets you maintain one message store for all your accounts, but is also designed to prevent you from accidentally sending content from work to contacts in your personal profile. The Work space is fully encrypted and secured, giving your organization the assurance that important content and applications are protected, even if you don’t set a password on the phone for personal use. It lets you get the most out of your smartphone for personal use while satisfying your organization’s need for security.

With BlackBerry Balance and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, organizations can confidently let you use your BlackBerry Q10 smartphone to gain access to work email, apps and content, which won’t compromise your personal experience and use. All of your personal apps and information are kept separate and private from work data and apps, and with a simple swipe you can easily switch between the two.

Helpful Links:
For more information on the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone please visit BlackBerry Q10.

(Source - Blackberry) 

Theatre News


Bring your family and friends to enjoy this endearing production filled with fun and laughter!

Dates:  2nd – 19th May 2013, Thu, Fri and Sat at 8pm, Sun 2pm and 6pm
Duration:  1hr 55mins (20mins interval)
Tickets:  R100 per person
Booking: 0861 915 8000 (Computicket) to book or click here to book online (

Starring :  Vivian Moodley and Bassy Bhola
Directed by:  Yugan Naidoo
Produced by:  Dingalings Productions in association with Catalina UnLtd

Synopsis: Quarter Beans Bru is set in a Durban eatery (Patels) best known for its appetising vegetarian bunnies at yester year’s prices. This becomes the backdrop for a delightful conversation which threads its way from the arcades of Durban City,  the inner story  of Grey Street and surrounding areas and of course the famous, infamous and flamboyant personalities of the time. The two story tellers played by playwright, filmmaker and comedian Vivian Moodley and stage personality Bassy Bhola will bring to life historical developments that pertains to the Indian diaspora and celebrates many unsung heroes of the past.

The play is written and directed by Yugan Naidoo and produced by Dingalings Productions.

The show runs Thur-Sun from the 2nd May 2013 until the 19th May 2013 at the Catalina Theatre, Wilsons Wharf. Book at Computicket or call the theatre for more information 031 837 5999 (10am to 4pm)

(Source - Catalina Theatre) 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Exclusive Interview with the CEO of BASA Michelle Constant

This week I had the pleasure of doing an interview with the CEO
of BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) Michelle Constant.


Michelle Constant - CEO BASA

Ten Questions with Michelle Constant.

1.  Where were you born?

I was born in Marianhill Monastery in KZN.

2.  What does it take to be on radio? 

A lot of energy, preparation and often blind faith.  Twenty years on, I have never done what I would consider the perfect show.  It's like playing golf - you are constantly competing with yourself.

3.  What is BASA? 

Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) is a Not for Profit which leverages the relationship between business and the arts.  We believe in the broader value of the arts in society, and this supports our mandate.

4.  Tell us about a day in the life for you at BASA?

My job is incredibly diverse.  I spend my time working with businesses, arts organisations and government.  I attend an inordinate number of arts events on a weekly basis.  I am involved in meetings, workshops, presentations, proposals, speeches and much more.

5.  What does it take to be a CEO?

Hard work, exercise and an excellent team.

6.  What tips do you have for young people starting out their career now?

Passion, Curiosity, Hard Work are an absolute requirement.

7.  What are you reading now?

I am currently studying at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) part-time, so all my reading is study related - and is focussed on the Social Entrepreneurship space.

8.  Notice you write columns for a few magazines, any tips for writers?

Writing is a bit like running - at some point you hit that infamous brick wall.  You have to force your way through it to the next creative space.  This can take a while, and sometime requires, as Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka suggests, a trip to the pub, in order to 'break on through to the other side'

9.  Which South African Artist impresses you?

The intensity and purity of color in Robert Hodgins' works is wonderful.

10.  How can Business help the Arts?

Through monetary support, pro-bono mentorship and in kind support.  Business can help the arts in as much the same way that the arts can help business - it's an equitable partnership that offers true opportunities of Shared Value

What an interesting young lady dear readers.

You can follow Michelle on Twitter -

To find out more about BASA visit their website -

Don't forget to enter the BASA Awards supported by Anglo American - Entries close 10 May 2013

Interview by Fred Felton ( @fredfelton )

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

News from Vida e caffe, Art News, Indaba is coming and so is Social net-walking

Something interesting from Vida e caffe

Which is your favourite drink?
With 23 different drinks on the menu, and at least nine different ways* in which you can order them, the options are as individual as our customers. We'd like to know how you like yours. Circle your favourite drink on our current cup sleeve and tweet a pic of it, or just tweet a pic of the drink itself.
Tweet a pic using #favouritevida and you could win two months of caffe.

(Source - Vida e caffe) 

A Wonderful Art Event For Umhlanga 

Tourism INDABA - Africa's top travel show, 11 - 14 May 2013, Durban ICC

INDABA 2013 set to pay tribute to the strength of South Africa’s tourism trade

Just weeks away now, INDABA 2013 will be a celebration and showcase of South Africa’s professional, hard-working and vibrant tourism industry and the variety of world-class tourist offerings available to suit every budget.
South African Tourism is finalising preparations for a high-quality four-day show in Durban from 11 - 14 May 2013, purely aimed at stimulating hundreds of millions of rands of business between the tourism trade and buyers looking to invest in the destination.
“We are very excited to see that exhibitors and hosted buyers have again confirmed their attendance in considerable numbers for INDABA this year. Our industry is of course all about the bottom line of the revenue the tourism industry generates for the South African economy. It is about statistics, targets, rands and cents and projections. But it is also about so much more. Ours is a people-centred industry employing hundreds of thousands of dedicated individuals solely committed to ensuring the best possible holiday experience for millions of international tourists and locals eager to explore one of the most beautiful destinations on earth,” said South African Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Thulani Nzima.
“It is at INDABA every year that our tourism industry puts its best foot forward and showcases its collective strength. INDABA remains Africa’s top travel show and the platform where our industry proudly displays products and experiences of every possible kind - suiting every taste, every budget and every desired travel experience. And it does so with professionalism, with skill, and always with a smile. As South African Tourism, we take the responsibility of creating a conducive trade environment at INDABA very seriously. We are on target to meet our goal of hosting 250 top quality international buyers this year, all with a stated intention of doing serious business in a market showing considerable growth. But we know that while we create the environment, the demand and appetite for consumers to travel to South Africa, we are only as strong as our tourism industry, whose expertise we rely heavily on to package deals and close sales, bringing millions of tourists here. So INDABA is a collaborative effort between the public and private sector and a showcase we are really looking forward to,” Nzima added.
SA Tourism has noted recent industry concerns about the standard catering and beverage policy at INDABA. The Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre holds full rights to catering at the venue, which it enforces as a standard condition of most venues, local and international, and similar to the situation at other international shows such as ITB and WTM.
“We understand some of the frustrations raised and know the importance in the hospitality industry of creating a welcoming business and networking environment. We likewise understand the importance for exhibitors and the trade to share a beer, or a glass of wine and some snacks after a hard day’s trade on the busy show floor. We are confident though, that while certainly abiding with the ICC rules, that the functions, beach parties, stand parties and trade events that are so integral to INDABA will continue to be synonymous with the success of the show. We are constantly taking exhibitor and buyer feedback on board, knowing that they are the most important stakeholders at INDABA, and we will continue to do so going forward,” said Nzima.
Everything at INDABA this year is designed to facilitate connections, networking and constructive business engagement between buyers and exhibitors. The speed marketing sessions focusing on ‘Heritage and Culture’, ‘Wine Routes of South Africa’ and ‘South Africa’s National Parks’ will expose a wide cross-section of South Africa’s tourism product to top quality buyers under one roof. Our ‘INDABA Connect’ system will allow for the easy and effective exchange of tourism information and contacts and for follow-up post INDABA engagement. Our Matchmaking Diary system too is aimed at facilitating constructive engagement and quality meetings between exhibitors and buyers.
INDABA 2013 continues to embrace the benefits of the digital destination marketing age, with a first-ever Travel Bloggers Conference on the eve of INDABA. Another first at INDABA is a Heritage and Culture Pavilion facilitated by the National Department of Tourism and SA Tourism, in partnership with the Moja Heritage Collection, which will put South Africa’s heritage and culture tourism offering in the mainstream of the destination’s tourism attractions and showcase our country’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
For more information on the show and for details on how to register to attend, visit

(Source - South African Tourism) 

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Social net-walking for little ones!

The Discovery East Coast Radio Mini Big Walk on Saturday 25 May is specially geared towards little ones under the age of seven, so make sure your child ‘tags along’. It isn’t just a healthy way to spend a morning with your child, but the exciting 1.5km walking route goes through the Wet ‘n Wild and Sea World sections of uShaka Marine World.

The uShaka mascots recently showed East Coast Radio presenter Jane Linley-Thomas and her children, Cooper, Rocco and Lula what the route will entail. (Please see photos attached). The walk also culminates in a wonderful dolphin show for the kids. As an added bonus you and your child can stay to enjoy fun activities after the walk, since entry into the Sea World is free for the rest of the day. 

The entry fee for the Discovery East Coast Radio Mini Big Walk is the same as last year, just R30. This includes one adult and R15 per additional person over the age of seven years old. Parents need to remember that entries have to close once we have reached the limit of 1500 Mini Big Walkers. So, to avoid disappointment enter your little walker today. You can enter online at

Jane Linley-Thomas and her children Cooper, Rocco and Lula join in with uShaka mascots to see Discovery East Coast Radio Mini Big Walk route.jpg

Jane Linley-Thomas and her children Cooper, Rocco and Lula join in with uShaka mascots to see Discovery East Coast Radio Mini Big Walk route

(Source - East Coast Radio) 

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Loads of Apps from Blackberry just for you, Spar Hockey News and Networking Events

Blackberry Apps Just For You

BlackBerry Z10

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The latest BlackBerry® 10 apps available in BlackBerry® World™.


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Here are some useful business apps for you this week:
  • Vault Password Manager (XLabz Technologies Pvt Ltd): Never forget a password again with this secure and safe password manager and keeper.
  • Business Cards for BlackBerry 10 (Saper-ek): Scan and store your business cards on your BlackBerry smartphone.
  • Hide Files for BlackBerry 10 (Runisoft Ltd): Hide any file or folder on your BlackBerry 10 smartphones. This app is perfect if your company uses one device for multiple people, or if you simply want to keep your data safe from snoops.
  • Find Near Me (XLabz Technologies Pvt Ltd): This app helps you locate a variety of places – from Restaurants to Wi-Fi hotspots – near your location.
  • A Day in Life (XLabz Technologies Pvt Ltd): A Day in Life allows you to jot down your free-form thoughts in a digital journal for later reference.
  • SayIt (BachKhoa University): If you ever find yourself needing a personal assistant, organizer, encyclopedia, or a dictionary while on the go with your BlackBerry Z10, you are going to want SayIt. Offering all of these features plus a 25 language translator, SayIt is a veritable Swiss knife of usefulness. This app is part of the Built for BlackBerry program, and you can find a handy video demo right here.

 For the latest BlackBerry news, press releases and headlines, follow @BlackBerry_ZA and @BlackBerryNews on Twitter.

(Source - Blackberry) 

SPAR aQuellé School Girls’ Hockey Tournament
Greytown High School
Saturday 20 April

Almost a year to the day since the 2012 tournament, girls’ hockey first teams from around the Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi region will congregate atGreytown High School to compete in the third SPAR aQuellé School Girls Hockey Tournament on Saturday 20 April.

The Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi region has had two different schools representing the region down in Durban as they competed in the final of the growing tournament. In the inaugural tournament in 2011 Wembley College represented the region finishing 10th overall in the province whilst Ladysmith High School were the 2012 champions, finishing 7th overall in KwaZulu Natal.

The defending champions Ladysmith High School have prior commitments and will not be in the running to defend their 2012 title, leaving the title of the 2013 wide open with no favourites.

Tournament Director, Les Galloway enthused, “We are delighted at how the 2013 regionals have played out so far. The tournament at Wembley College last year was magnificent and we are anticipating another wonderful day of hockey with loads of fast paced action.”

Managing Director for SPAR KZN, Rob Philipson shared Galloway’s sentiments, “The tournament is turning three this year and I am amazed how it has fast become a firm favourite on the hockey calendar. We look forward to welcoming the new regional champion to the finals in July.”

Eight teams have already reserved their spots in the finals that will be taking place at Thomas More College and St Mary’s DSG on the weekend of 20 and 21 July. They are Ferrum High School (Northern KZN); Creston College (Ugu and Sisonke); Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High (PMB Central); St Anne’s (PMB North); Durban Girls’ High School (Durban South); Ashton College (Durban North); Durban Girls’ College (Durban Central) and St Mary’s DSG (Highway).

The tournament has a Facebook page – SPAR aQuellé School Girls’ Hockey Tournament and a Twitter account - @SPARGirlsHockey. Spectators and players are encouraged to visit the page and check out all the action from the regionals.


Ladysmith High School defender stretches to gain possession of the ball in a very difficult game at last years regional which was won by Ladysmith High School.

(Source - SPAR Hockey) 


(Source - Hirsch's)

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