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Kayo Sports to stream AWIHL ‘Game of the Week’


21 NOVEMBER 2019     In an exciting step forward for the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) and Ice Hockey Australia (IHA), Australian multi-sport streaming service, Kayo Sports, will stream the league’s ‘Game of the Week’ for the 2019/20 season.

The AWIHL was established in 2007 and is the premier women’s ice hockey league in Australia with five current clubs across Australia, including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. 

The AWIHL ‘Game of the Week’ highlights package will be available to stream on-demand on Kayo throughout the season, from November 2019 to February 2020, including the AWIHL Joan McKowen Cup Final Series.

The package will include 20 minutes of goal-scoring highlights and fast action ice hockey, along with commentary and player interviews.

Fans can subscribe to Kayo at, with new customers eligible for the 14-day free trial.

Kayo is available on iOS and Android devices, laptop, PC and on TV with Telstra TV, compatible
Android TV devices, Apple TV and Chromecast Ultra.

For further information please contact:
AWIHL Marketing, Mark Weber – 0498 989 805
AWIHL Commissioner, Melissa Rulli – 0411 187 830
IHA Women’s Director, Kylie Taylor – 0413 585 048

2019-2020 IIHF Championship Program

IIHF Championship Program

The following officials have been assigned to officiate at IIHF World Championships for the 2019/2020 season:

Gabrielle Aston – Referee at 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship Division III, Bulgaria, Sofia, 4/12/2019 to 10/12/2019

Bethany Bowshall – Linesman at the 2020 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship Division I, Group A, Germany, Fussen, 3/1/2020 to 9/1/2020

Kent Unwin – Referee at 2020 IIHF U20 World Championship Division III, Bulgaria, Sofia, 13/1/2020 to 19/1/2020

Grainge Phillips – Referee at 2020 IIHF U18 World Championship Division III Group A, Turkey, Istanbul, 16/3/2020 to 22/3/2020

Fraser Ohlson – Linesman at 2020 IIHF U18 World Championship Division II Group B, China, Tianjin, 21/3/2020 to 27/3/2020

Casper Russelhuber – Linesman at 2020 IIHF U18 World Championship Division III Group B, Luxembourg, Kockelscheuer, 29/3/2020 to 4/4/2020

Ainslie Gardner – Referee at 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship Division II Group A, Spain, Jaca, 29/3/2020 to 4/4/2020
* due to a scheduling conflict, Ainslie is unable to attend but thanks the IIHF for consideration.

2019-2020 IIHF Licenses

IIHF Licenses

The following officials have been allocated an IIHF License for the 2018/2019 season.

Referee Linesman
Gabrielle Aston NSW F B Nicholas Air NSW M C
Ainslie Gardner QLD F B Bethany Bowshall SA F B
Robert Love-Dekazos VIC M C Joshua Delle Coste WA M C
Grainge Phillips QLD M B Russell Dow VIC M B
Cory Ross WA M B Fraser Ohlson VIC M B
Jeffrey Scott NSW M B Cien Pereira VIC F B
Kent Unwin NSW M B Luke Power ACT M B
Casper Russelhuber VIC M B

Officiating Positions – Expressions of Interest

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA), seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for the following positions:

National Officiating Manager
National Officiating Performance Manager

The board of IHA has restructured its officiating structure to better meet our objectives in this area. This restructure sees the traditional role of the RIC split between 2 new positions. Essentially, the function of allocating officials to games at National Tournaments, National Leagues and the AIHL is separated from the RIC function of developing and growing this essential part of our sport. The Board believes that this new structure will give better outcomes with respect to developing our officials nationally and improving their performance.

  • All applications are to be emailed to the Executive Officer, Ice Hockey Australia no later than October 29, 2019

Defence Force Ice Hockey Connection

History was made in Adelaide when, for the first time, all officials in an ice hockey competition were not only Air Force members but all Flight Lieutenants (FLTLTs).

FLTLTS Brown, Parks and Cunningham

The first all-Defence officials team, from left, FLTLT Mitchell Brown, FLTLT Chris Parks, and FLTLT Peter Cunningham.

The Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) match, between the Sydney Ice Dogs and Adelaide Adrenaline on 23 June 2019, was officiated by Australian Defence Force Ice Hockey Association members FLTLTs Mitchell Brown, Christopher Parks, and Pete Cunningham.

The FLTLTs are all maritime patrol and response officers at RAAF Base Edinburgh. Due to the high deployment rate of our defence personnel, the unlikely occurrence of having all three officials being available and rostered on, only occurred in this match.

ADF Ice Hockey Association secretary FLTLT Cunningham said the game was highly physical, giving the crowd plenty to cheer about and the officials no shortage of work. “The speed and skill demonstrated by both teams highlighted the exciting level of ice hockey on show in Australia,” he said.

Game referee FLTLT Chris Parks said it was always a great time officiating at the top level of Australian ice hockey. “It wasn’t until after the game we realised we had just been the first all-Defence officials team for the AIHL, and making it even more unique was that we are all maritime patrol and response officers,” he said.

Congratulations on making history, and thank you for your service to our community, both in ice hockey and in the Defence Force.