2017 Australia National Women’s Team Announced

Submitted by Kayla Franchesca 

The National Women’s Team will be competing at the Division 2 Group A IIHF World Championships in Gangneung, Korea in April. After winning last year’s Division 2 Group B World Championship in Spain, the girls are focused at competing for another medal. Lindsay McAlpine and Stuart Philps are back again behind the bench and will be joined by 14 returning veterans from last year’s gold medal winning team.

The mission ahead provides some tough and unfamiliar competition as the Aussies take on South Korea, North Korea, Great Britain, Slovenia and the Netherlands. It has been two years since the Aussies competed in Division 2 Group A and the dynamic of the group has changed since then.   Slovenia appears to be a familiar foe however the two teams have traded blowouts over the years with a 7-3 victory in 2013 but a 5-1 loss in 2014. Needless to say it will be an exciting and challenging tournament ahead. The team heads to Sapporo for a 5 day training camp prior before taking on North Korea on April the 2nd. 

The team also gets a boost from veteran players such as Amelia Matheson who have worn the green and gold but didn’t participate at last year’s tournament. “I’m excited, I’m nervous but I’m ready to be back. It’s going to be a great experience with a great team and great coaching staff. We have a super dedicated team and I really hope we represent our country well and make everyone back home proud!” Mel quoted. The roster for this year is listed below: 

 

GOALIES: 

  

Ashleigh Brown 

QLD 

Michelle Coonan 

SA 

  

 

F: 

 

Natalie Ayris 

SA 

Emily Davis-Tope 

VIC 

Kristelle Vanderwolf 

VIC 

Sharna Godfrey 

NSW 

Shona Powell 

Vic 

Sharnita Crompton 

NSW 

Madsion Poole 

WA 

Kate Tihema 

SA 

Kath McOnie 

NSW 

  

Courtney Poole 

 

WA 

  

 

 D:  

Amelia Matheson 

NSW 

Georgia Carson 

Vic 

Stephanie Newmark 

USA 

Kelly Costa 

QLD 

Rylie Padjen 

VIC 

Sari Lehmann 

SA 

Remi Harvey 

NSW