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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: 




Ashleigh Brown 


Michelle Coonan 






Natalie Ayris 


Emily Davis-Tope 


Kristelle Vanderwolf 


Sharna Godfrey 


Shona Powell 


Sharnita Crompton 


Madsion Poole 


Kate Tihema 


Kath McOnie 



Courtney Poole 






Amelia Matheson 


Georgia Carson 


Stephanie Newmark 


Kelly Costa 


Rylie Padjen 


Sari Lehmann 


Remi Harvey 





Heading into Round 7 the Sydney Sirens were yet to be defeated.  The Brisbane Goanna’s were keen to upset the streak and narrow the gap in the standings.  The Melbourne Ice hosted the Adelaide Rush and were determined to make up ground in the standings and remind the competition they were the defending champions.

On Saturday night the Siren’s didn’t show any signs of slowing down.  Racing out to a 5-0 lead after two periods of play. Stepenie Cochrane completed her hat-trick early in the third period extending the lead out to 6-0.  Brisbane courageuosly responded never giving up as Kelly Costa spoilt the shutout and Emma Gray leaving the Goannas with a slightly more palatable 6-2 loss, but momentum they could take into Sunday.

The 6-2 game however would be overshadowed by Melbourne’s 17-3 display against the Rush.  Shona Powell and Kristelle Mariz Van Der Wolf were unstoppable with 5 goal performances each.  Not to mention Christina Julien adding 4 goals to the scoresheet as well.  For the Rush, there were some positives whilst Ayris and Harris were left off the scoresheet they did get scoring depth from Samara Mihal, Lily-Mae Edwards and Tess Reynolds. It was a busy night in net for Joanne Phyliss as she faced a whopping 72 shots.

 Despite finishing the scoring on Saturday night, the Goanna’s found themselves in a hole down 2-0 after two periods of play on Sunday against the spirited Sirens. As Imogen Perry weathered the storm in net, the Goanna’s found their way onto the scoresheet thanks to MacDonald and Gray tying up the game 2-2 by midway through the third period. Sharnita Crompton responded for the Sirens with what would be the game winner up 3-2.  Godfrey sent Brisbane home with an insurance marker at 4-2 as the Sirens remained undefeated.

Down South the Melbourne Ice did not slow down with a 10-1 victory over the Rush.  Sending a message to the Sirens that maybe next time they face each other it could be a different story.  Tina Girdler was solid in net for the first two periods facing 47 shots. Whilst Melbourne were up 4-0 after two periods, it could have been worse if not for Girdler. Rylie Padjen this time played the sniper netting a hat-trick.  Nat Ayris spoiled the shutout for Melbourne Ice Goalie Tara Woods at the end of the third. 

Australian Officials at World Championships

The 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III has kicked off in Dunedin, New Zealand, with Fraser Ohlson from Ice Hockey Victoria representing Australia as a Linesman.  Fraser returns to the International scene to showcase the officiating talent within Ice Hockey Australia and further develop his International officiating career.

Details on the Championship, including free live stream, can be found on the IIHF website at:

Tune in on Saturday 21st January 2017 at 11:30am AEDST to watch Bulgaria take on Chinese Taipei and support Fraser as he represents Australia as part of the “third team on the ice”.


Round 6 was a weekend of rematches, as Melbourne hosted the Sydney Sirens looking for redemption on home ice whilst the Rush were searching for their first win of the season on home ice against Brisbane.

On Saturday in Melbourne, Sharna Godfrey stole the show early on for the Sirens as she popped home two goals less than 30 seconds apart with 5 minutes to go in the first period. He teammate Erin Beaver teamed up with Kaylee White to push ahead 3-0 halfway through the second period. Kristelle Marix Van Der Wolf, stopped the bleeding for the Ice with an individual effort responding with a goal just 20 seconds later.  The comeback would be shortlived as Stephenie Cochrane restored the 3 goal lead a minute later on the powerplay.  The Sirens continued to dominate peppering the Ice net with 25 shots in the second, but Licari managed to keep her team chances alive, enough for Christina Julien to bring the Ice within two heading into the third period.

A tight third period saw the shot count equal as the Ice were determined to make a comeback.  It would not be their night however as Sandra Guistiniani buried the insurance marker with minutes to spare finishing the game 5-2.

Sunday night however would be a different story.  Christina Julien picked up where she left off scoring first for the Ice with less than five minutes to go.  Sirens Erin Beaver equalised with just 21 seconds to go in the first. The tit for tat didn’t stop there as Emma Poynton put the Ice ahead again, the Sirens responded yet again in the dying minutes of the period with  a clutch goal from Sharnita Crompton.

Crompton’s seemed to change the momentum of the game as Cochrane followed suit with a goal early in third putting the Sirens ahead 3-2. The Sirens looked to have the game in hand, however the Ice fought through to the final minutes Tytti Kyrola tied it up with two minutes to go forcing a shootout.

The trading of goal for goal however would stop there as the Sirens buried both their first two penalty shots thanks to Beaver and Cochrane cementing their first place in the standings and continuing their undefeated Streak.

The Goannas were also on a roll in Round 6 as they defeated the Adelaide Rush 8-1 and 7-2 respectively.  Emma Gray and Rosanna Routledge were on fire on Saturday netting a hat trick and two goals respectively, whilst Imogen Perry continued to impress between the pipes as the Rush hammered the net with 61 shots but couldn’t seem to crack her. 

On Sunday Brittany Parkyn got her Goanna’s rolling, tallying two goals on the night.  Natalie Ayris put in a massive effort for her Adelaide Rush with two goals on the game but it wouldn’t be enough as Brisbane finished the game with a 7-2 victory.

The two wins push the Goanna’s into second place on the standings as they try to chase down the hot Sydney Sirens.




2017 National Peewee Development Camp in Full swing


The 2017 IHA National Development Camps have begun with our the National Peewee Player Development Camp underway. Building on the success of the 2016 camps, the 2017 camps are on schedule to be just as successful. IHA have an impressive line-up of coaches with Scott Dutertre returning as our International Skills coach for both camps. The camps not only develop the skills of players but also provide specific Goalie development.
The camp is being run at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium at Warners Bay, a fantastic venue to hold this premier hockey event.
IHA cannot conduct these camps without the support of sponsors such as the Stopconcussions Foundation and Skaters Network.

Photo by Mark Bradford