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Marist duo offered New Zealand scholarships

Pravin Narain
Saturday, November 25, 2017

MARIST Hockey Club players Liam Bentley and Dale Johansen have been offered a one-year scholarship to study at Mount Roskill Grammar School in Auckland, New Zealand next year.

Johansen, who is from Taveuni, said he was surprised when he was awarded the scholarship.

"I was really excited after getting the scholarship in New Zealand as I was not expecting to get it," he said.

"It means a lot to me and my family. New Zealand will offer a lot to us in terms of developing our skills to have a great future in hockey. I started playing hockey for Marist four years ago and it has rewarded me."

Bentley was carrying his family tradition forward since his father Je'an Bentley also played hockey for Fiji.

"It is a proud moment to get the scholarship," he said.

"I will work harder and become a good hockey player."

Marist Hockey Club official Paul Fraser said the duo had bright future in hockey.

"We managed to get them the contract through club contacts and the duo did very well in hockey competition this year and we thought there would not be a lot of opportunities in Fiji so we decided to send them to New Zealand," Fraser said.

"They have a great potential to go further in their hockey career."

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