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Alivia Del Basso was in fine form on Saturday night, as the Melbourne Ice opened their AWIHL season with a 6-4 victory against the Sydney Sirens at the O’Brien Group Arena. Alivia opened the scoring early on, before showing great chemistry with import debutant, Carly Rolph who scored a pair. The Sirens bombarded the Ice net with 50 shots on goal but ultimately weren’t able to steal the win. The Sirens’ aggressive, offensive breed of hockey didn’t do them any favours Sunday. The six penalties called against their team may not have proved crucial, but it certainly disrupted the flow of their game. The combination of Del Basso, Rolph and Shona Powell proved too strong for the Sirens; with all three walking away with goals and assists to their names, as the Ice secured a 7-5 win. The Sirens and Ice weren’t the only teams in a close battle this weekend as the Goannas and Adrenaline both staged comebacks to force shootouts. Saturday saw the Goannas race out to a 3-1 lead only to have the Adrenaline claw back 3-3 with 14 minutes to go. The Goannas took the lead again two more times of which rookie Abi Brown scored her first goal in a Goannas Uniform of which everyone thought could be the game winner at 5-4. Adrenaline coach Joey Rezek had other plans as he called a timeout and pulled his goalie. The move pulled off as the Adrenaline tied the game with less than a second left on the clock. Adrenaline Kirsty Venus managed to get the game winner as the fourth shooter completing a gutsy effort by both teams.
Sunday would see a role reversal. This time the Goannas staging the comeback from a 3-0 deficit. They scored three unanswered to force yet another shootout but the streak would end there as the Adrenaline put their shootout skills to work again emerging with the 4-3 win. The AWIHL will be back in two weeks November 7th and 8th as the Adelaide Adrenaline head to Sydney and the Goannas head south to Melbourne. For the full AWIHL schedule go to AWIHL 2015 Schedule Article Courtesy of Ryan Darnley
Victoria reclaims the 2015 Brown Trophy after defeating WA 6-0 in the final.
Victoria played host at the O’Brien Group Arena and didn’t waste anytime in their pursuit for gold as they defeated South Australia 10-1 in the opening game, with National Team forward Brendan McDowell chipping in a hat trick early.
Defending 2014 Champions Western Australia matched Victoria’s pace led by Jordan Kyros (1 goal, 2 assists) with a 6-0 victory over ACT.
But the big scores didn’t last long as QLD battled NSW for a hard fought 4-2 win. They would later fall short by the same score to WA in their next match up.
It would be the midway point of the tournament that Victoria and Western Australia would finally meet. But unfortunately for Western Australia Scott Corbett caught fire notching a natural hat-trick including the game winner in a tight 4-2 game.
Corbett would eventually finish the tournament as highest point scorer, chipping in at least a point a game including the closest game of the tournament against a determined QLD outfit, backstopped by the Tournament’s best goalkeeper Nick Novysedlak.
QLD would eventually fall short of making the finals thanks to WA in the semi. They did however manage to secure Bronze defeating SA 3-1.
Melbourne Mustangs Matt Stringer got things started in the final with the first goal of the game, and then went onto steal the show with a hat-trick of his own.
Victoria can now put the Brown Trophy back in their cabinet where it has been missing since 2012. How long it remains there, will be up to the other states in 2016.
Highest Point Scorer = Scott Corbett (Victoria)
Best Goalkeeper = Nick Novysedlak
MVPs per state
VIC = Scott Corbett
WA = Jordy Kyros
QLD = Matt Courtney
NSW = Jayden Ryan
SA = Dillan Wallace
ACT = Adam Wombey
Standings For 2016
2. Western Australia
4. South Australia
5. New South Wales
6. Australian Capital Territory
The 2015 World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend will be held October 10-11. We are look forward to increasing the number of events globally from 465 last season to even more! The World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend is a global opportunity for girls to try out hockey as a new sport. Thousands of participants took part in previous years across the world.
The Australian Women’s Council have events planned for Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
Women’s ice hockey is one of the fastest growing sports in the world thanks to events like this one and to similar programs that are being run in many countries. There are over 48 countries running this event this year.
What is the World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend?
It is an opportunity for girls of all ages to try ice hockey. It is an opportunity for hosts all around the world to bring girls from their community together on the ice so they can:
- be introduced to basic skills in hockey in a positive, fun and safe environment learn about opportunities in ice hockey in their community learn about fair play, sportspersonship, and teamwork meet new friends and have a chance to fall in love with a new sport.
For more information on this World Wide event from the International Ice Hockey Federation click here.
Sydney information click here.
Melbourne information click here.