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AWIHL Round 1 Wrap Up

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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

AJIHL Season Preview: The Sydney Wolf Pack

Wolfpack wins 2014-15 season The fourth AJIHL season is just around the corner! The league has spawned some of the AIHL’s up and coming talent in the past and is a great way to see them in action before they hit the top level. If you are in need of a hockey fix and some cheap thrills then the AJIHL is the answer. As the countdown to the season approaches it is only fitting we bring you a preview of what each team can bring. 2014-2015 Season Ranking = 4th 2014-2015 Final Ranking = 1st Additions: Luke Zvonicek, Jackson Knight, Harrison Good, Dylan Lavery, Alex Elias, Ben Pullen, Marcus Richter, Tom Roberts. Subtractions: Scott Clemie (age), Jarrod Smith (age), Cameron Smith(drafted to Sabres) , Jake Burgess(age) , Jackson Knott(age) , Jack Oxlade, Tim Russell (drafted to Sabres) , Alex Olencewicz (Injured) Forwards Brendan Kong Patrick Nadin Jake Knott Nick Air Alex Elias Luke Zvonicek Harry Good Dylan Lavery Marcus Richter Defence Jackson Knight Charlie Frazer Danny Blazevic Bayley Kubara Morgan Leck Ben Pullen Tom Roberts Goal Jono Hughes There is a change of the old guard that won last season’s championship. As veterans Scott Clemie, Jarrod Smith and Jake Burgess all move on, the remaining core of Nadin, Kubara, Knott and Kong will be leant on to defend the championship. Whilst Cameron Smith is a big loss, the Wolf Pack have picked up Luke Zvonicek who is just as tenacious and also nifty around the net. Amelia Matheson is back behind the bench for the Wolf Pack and likes the combination of core and fresh faces “We have a fast and fit and extremely determined team. All the players are coming off their AIHL, ESCL and Midget seasons, so are ready to go. Whilst no team has won back to back just yet Matheson is confident in the makeup of this year’s team. “They all get on like brothers which is important for chemistry and in the conversations I have had so far they are all focused on winning again” She will be supported behind the bench this year by Michelle Cox. The Wolf Pack have a veteran in net they can count on in Jono Hughes, but Matheson stresses Defence still needs improvement from last year’s squad. “Whilst we have some of the best defenceman in Australia for their age groups, we need to still collectively execute the systems and get everyone on the same page quickly”. The Wolf Pack still have a solid core to do the job led by Patrick Nadin who enters his 3rd AJIHL season and is coming off his second AIHL season where he tallied 7 points for the Newcastle Northstars. Nadin will however be a part of what appears to be a younger outfit than last year with the addition of players such as Lavery, Good and Richter, who will have to handle the step up on a team that everyone will be hungry to beat. Pat Nadin

Victoria takes out the 2015 Brown Trophy

Brown Trophy Winners Victoria 2016

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

1. Victoria
2. Western Australia
3. Queensland
4. South Australia
5. New South Wales
6. Australian Capital Territory

2015 Girls Hockey Weekend

The 2015 World Girls’ Ice Hockey Week2015GirlsDayend 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.