After two days of competition, a clear divide is starting to appear. Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales are all sitting on six points, with South Australia and Queensland each on three points
The results of da three will be critical to all teams, with playoff positions up for grabs. The games between Victoria and Western Australia and then Western Australia and New South Wales will determine the first three positions, so will create keen competition in these games.
Results so far;
Victoria 7 d South Australia 4
New South Wales 8 d Queensland 5
Western Australia 15 d Aust. Capital Territory 0
Victoria 9 d New South Wales 6
South Australia 9 d Aust Capital Territory 1
Western Australia 11 d Queensland 1
New South Wales 8 d South Australia 3
Queensland 8 d Aust Capital Territory 2
Our National Player Development Director – Ryan O’Handley, supported by our Chief Medical Officer – Dr Dan George, presented research into the effects of body checking on younger age players.
The Board of IHA has resolved that in the interests of player safety, we will implement the changes detailed in the bulletin for the Defris 2018 championship. These changes are closely aligned to the upcoming IIHF rule book.
Video examples of the new definitions can be found here.
As the videos are nearly 80MB in size, we recommend that you download the videos for viewing offline.
We are pleased to announce that Dave Ruck (WA) has been appointed as Head Coach of the WM20 (Junior) team and will be supported by David Ferrari (NSW) as Assistant Coach. We wish them all the best for their upcoming championship in Reykjavik, Iceland during January 2019.
The 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship Division III Group B Qualification is taking place in Queenstown, New Zealand, with Fraser Ohlson from Ice Hockey Victoria representing Australia as a Linesman. Fraser returns to the International arena for another World Championship and is aiming to show why Australian officials are regularly chosen to officiate at these prestigious events.
Details on the Championship, can be found on the IIHF website at: http://www.iihf.com/competition/656/.
Fraser is currently scheduled to officiate South Africa vs New Zealand at 17:00 AEDT on Thursday 26th April 2018, Hong Kong vs South Africa at 17:00 on Friday 27th April 2018, and New Zealand vs Hong Kong at 17:00 on Saturday 28th April 2018.
Ice Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the National Championship schedule for 2018. This year Championship play will return to Canberra with the DeFris Trophy being hosted by IHACT.
Ginsberg Trophy Under 13 16th – 19th August
O’Brien Group Arena, 105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands, Melbourne
DeFris Trophy Under 15 1st – 5th August
Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Rink, 1 Irving St, Phillip, Canberra
Tange Trophy 18 and Under 18th – 21st July
HISS, 230 Macquarie Rd, Warners Bay, Newcastle
Brown Trophy Open Age Men
CIA, 401 Progress Dr, Bibra Lakes, Perth
Game schedules for all tournaments will be posted when they become available.