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Australian Ambassador accepts a jersey from National Coach Ryan O'Handley and Kevin Brown, Treasurer, and Chef de Mission.
National Senior Team Belgrade 2014
Game 1 Australia v Israel.
The Australian Men’s senior team grabbed a much need point from the first game, but missed out on another point by 15 seconds, in the extra period. Australia outplayed a very talented Israel leading by one goal after the first, then two after the second period. Australia’s penalty kill was tested severely with 20 minutes defended before Israel got on the board with Australia down to 3 men, and Israel 6 with their goalie on the bench. Israel pressed with Australia still having one man in the box and tied the game. Extra time with four on three, then four on four went back and forth with both teams nearly closing it out, until a loose puck created an opportunity for Israel and they capitalised, scoring with 5.9 seconds to go in extra time. Goalkeeper Kimlin had a blinder of a game and was unlucky to have the game end this way.
Game 2 Australia v Estonia.
Australia started well against a powerhouse team from Estonia who jump out to 1 goal lead at the 5m 13secs. Australia rallied and Cameron Todd equalised the score at 11.15 mark. From this point on Estonia took it up a level scoring a power play goal and then a further 2 unanswered goals. To finish the first period 4-1
The second period saw the Australian fighting spirit come out, with a number of scoring opportunities. Estonia did get another goal with the score at the end of the second period being 5-1.
MVP of the match was Anthony Kimlim who saved 49 of 54 shots, although the result did not go our way this game demonstrated the Australia’s true fighting spirit with a number of the young players stepping up and playing extremely well.
Game 3 Australia V Iceland
Australia came out strong against Iceland in this must win game. With Australia applying all the pressure. Half through the first period Iceland score against the flow to take a 1-0 lead, which they took into the first break. Australia dominated the second period, attacking time and time again. With Todd Graham and Greg Oddy both scoring in the period to take a 2-1 lead into the break. Again in the third period Australia controlled the puck applying all the pressure on Iceland, late in the third Iceland scored a wrap around goal to tie up the game. Overtime was end to end until the puck took a bad rebound giving Iceland a break away to win the game 3-2
Mvp Mitch Humphries
Australia V Belgium
Australia came out hard against Belgium in this must win game, taking control of the game early scoring at the 3:47 mark and then again 13.34. Australia further dominated the 2nd period both on the scoreboard and the ice. Scoring a further 4 more goals with Belgium getting one back late in the second period. The third period saw Australia successfully kill 8 mins of penalties. Mitch Humphries scored his first goal for the NST giving Australia a 7-1 victory.
MVP: Lliam Webster
Australia V Serbia
The final game of the tournament was for a Bronze medal. The game was a continuous arm wrestle with end-to-end hockey, with the scores ties at the end of the first. The second period saw Australia dominate control of the puck, with 3 power plays and 12 shots the Australians, were unlucky not to take the lead on numerous occasions. With scores still ties at 0-0 at the beginning of the third, both teams cam out hard and fast. Again with end to end hockey being played numerous opportunities. Later in the third period with 2m45sec left in the game Serbia got the go ahead goal. The last 90 sec saw Australia pull the goalie and go on the offensive. Unfortunately Australia was not able to grab the late goal and lost 0-1. Finishing the tournament in 4th
NWT Game 3 & 4 Reports
Game 3 against New Zealand was a critical match for Team Australia. A loss would surely put our girls in danger of relegation. The Aussies came out very strong however and after going behind by 1 goal in the 1st period the Team rallied for 3 consecutive goals to take control of the game. A late tally by NZ with 2 min left made it interesting but no threat was mustered and the win was never in doubt. Australia winning 3-2.
Our 4th game was a barn burner with the final score being 7-5 to Poland. The pre-game strategy was to neutralise Poland’s number 7 as she is the strongest player in the tournament.
Unfortunately it took our girls a couple of periods to understand the importance of defence coverage of their star player and we were down 3-1 with number 7 scoring 2 goals and an assist in the 1st period.
We out scored Poland in the second with goals by Shona Green (PP) and Tracy Hocutt kept ending the 2nd period 4-3 down. Poland scored a quick goal to start the 3rd period at the 51 second mark. With a wrist shot to the top corner over Jodie Walker’s shoulder.
Less than 4 minutes later, Aussie players showed character by bouncing back with a power play goal by Hocutt (2nd goal of the game). Four Australian penalties in less than 10 minutes allowed the momentum to shift back to Poland and they scored a PP goal on the 4th penalty to take a 6-4 lead.
Goalie Jodie Walker was injured 14 minutes into the period with a separated clavicle (collar bone). Michelle Coonan replaced her and was in net for the 6th goal. With a 2 goal deficit and an offensive zone face off Australia pulled it’s goalie. Despite a lot of offensive pressure in their zone Poland was able to break away and score an empty net goal.
The Australian girls did not stop battling and Shona Green scored her second goal to narrow the score to 7-5. We pulled our goalie for the last minute but were unable to close the gap.
Note – Shona Green (Captain) lead the team on the ice with 12 shots on goal. The Australian team had their best offensive effort with 40 shots but unfortunately defensive errors and penalties at critical times took away our opportunity for a medal.
The Team will play Korea in its last game with final placing still to be decided. Game time is Saturday 9:15 PM AEST. Live streaming is available on the Asiago tournament website.
NWT Management Team
Australian 2014 National Youth Team Gold Medallist
Congratulations to the Australian 2014 National Youth Team who have claimed the Gold Medal and Back to Division II. The NYT claimed the Gold Medal in SOFIA Bulgaria at The 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division III Group A.
National Women’s Team Update - Monday April 7, 2014
Following the initial 3 days at the AIS European Training Centre in Varese the National Womens team took a 3 hours bus across northern Italy to arrive in the host town of Asiago. The town is a quaint little ski village and the whole town is very proud to be hosting the Womens World Championship (Div 2A) tournament.
We are accommodated in a small boutique hotel with the Polish team and the service is first class. The manager has been bending over backwards to accommodate our needs. We can’t thank them enough.
The first game on our schedule was against Great Britain. Coming into the tournament they were the team who have been relegated form the division above and knowing this they were going to be the team to beat. The Australian team began with a very strong and hard 1st period and were very unfortunate after dominating the play to finish the first down 2-1. Shona Green from Alivia were the point takers.
Following the break the GB team came out with a renewed force and pressured our side into making some costly errors to take the upper had going into the 3rd period with a 4-1 lead.
The 3rd period saw Alivia Del Basso score our 2nd goal from Shona Green’s assist. The girls showed the true Australian spirit and dominated the play but not the score board. Finals score was 6-2 to Great Britain. A few niggles which can be managed overnight.
The local support has been huge for our team as we are the non-European novelty. However we have around 15 parents and family member who have travelled to Asiago supporting our team in which really helps spur the girls on.
Next up the NWT faces Italy at 8.30pm (Asaigo time), or 4:30am AEST.
The Australian Womens Ice Hockey Team Management Crew.
Aussie Women go down to host Italy
Australia played Italy, the home side that are a well balanced team with a full 21 player squad. Italy's speed and play making in the first period pressured our player’s space and time creating a lot of opportunities for their team.
Jodie Walker theoretically faced 24 shots mainly from scoring areas. We scored on our only shot of the period from Sharnita Crompton who kept us close at 2-1. With 2 minutes left in the period a late goal by Italy at 18:01 made it 3-1.
A power play at 11.34 of the 2nd period brought us close to Italy with a 3-2 score. We showed determination and spirit in the 2nd as we tightened up our team defence and forced Italy back into their zone.
With only 14 seconds left in the period however Australia iced the puck causing a defence zone face off. A break down in the slot coverage caused Italy to regain a 2 goal lead. Shots on goal were now 36 to 6 at the end of the 2nd.
Australia did not give up and came back hard in the third with character and effort. Italy's 1st line accounted for 36 of the 53 shots faced by Jodie Waker. This offensive pressure allowed them to score 2 more goals in the third despite the Aussies hard work on team defence. Final score 6 -2 Italy.
Untimely penalties allowed Italy to dictate the play and game momentum. Today is a day off and the team is re-grouping physically and mentally to face NZ tomorrow.
National Women’s Team Begins Championships Tonight
The 2014 National Women’s Team begins its campaign in Asiago, Italy tonight against Great Britain. The Brits have returned to Division II Group A after a difficult Div 1 tournament last year. Our Team held a short camp at the AIS European Training Centre in Varese, Italy and are now ready to go.
All games will be live streamed and can be found on the IIHF Women’s World (WW) Championship website for Division II Group A - Asiago, Italy. Game time for Australia’s opener is 12:45 AM tonight AEST. The direct link is http://www.idealweb.tv/campionati-femminili-hockey-2014/
Aussie Game Times (AEST)
Australia vs Great Britain - 12:45 AM, Monday (7/4/14)
Italy vs Australia – 4:30 AM, Tuesday (8/4/14)
Australia vs New Zealand – 12:45 AM, Thursday (10/4/14)
Poland vs Australia – 9:15 PM, Thursday (10/4/14)
Australia vs Korea – 9:15 PM, Saturday (12/4/14)
IHA 2014 NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM ANNOUNCED
Player selections have been made for IHA’s Australian National Women’s Team by the team’s coaching staff Lee Brown and John Botterill in preparation for the 2014 World Championships Division IIA Championship being held in Asiago, Italy scheduled for the April 6-12 2014.
Selections for the team were made through invited players attending the 2013-2014 selection camps conducted in Melbourne (November 2013 & January 2014) as well as the Asia Challenge Cup in Harbin, China (March 2014). The team will now be motivated, engaged and well prepared for its competition in Italy vs Great Britain, Italy, New Zealand, Korea (South), and Poland.
Shona Green (Vic) Rylie Padjen (ACT)
Emily Teed (Vic) Sari Lehmann (S.A.)
Kate Thihema (S.A.) Sarah Teed (Vic)
Olivia Dawson (ACT) Stephanie Newmark (N.S.W.)
Alivia Del Basso (WA) Remi Harvey (N.S.W.)
Georgia Moore (Vic) Christine Cockrell (Vic)
Tiffany Venning (Qld)
Tracy Hocutt (Qld) Goaltenders
Tess Reynolds (S.A.) Jodie Walker (Vic)
Sharnita Crompton (N.S.W.) Michelle Coonan (S.A.)
Brittany Parkyn (Qld)
The 2014 Management Team and the National Women’s Program congratulate all players on their dedication and selection to the team.
John McCrae-Williamson Jamboree
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We are Potential!
The McCrae-Williamson Jamboree is Ice Hockey Australia’s premier event for 7-11 year old players. It is designed to foster the development of young athletes , coaches and parents in the sport of ice hockey through a fun, competitive and fantastic event.
Dates of Jamboree - June 6th to 9th 2014
The IceArena Adelaide South Australia
AUSTRALIA MENS NATIONAL SENIOR TEAM
From the Office of the Team Manager
The team to represent Australia in the upcoming Senior Men’s World Championship Division IIA, in Belgrade Serbia, from the 9th of April to the 15th of April 2014, has been approved by the board of IHA. The coaching staff is excited about the blend of younger players introduced this year, and has high hopes of moulding the group into a powerhouse over the next few years, and return Australia to division 1.
Cliff, William - NSW
Corstens, Darren - SA
Geric , Adam - QLD
Humphries, Mitchell - VIC
Webster, Liam - VIC
McDowell, Brendan - VIC
McKenzie, Austin - VIC
Oddy, Greg - SA
Powell, Thomas - VIC
Schlamp, Michael - NSW
Stephenson, Scott - NSW
Todd, Cameron - NSW
Stephenson, Todd - NSW
Byers, James - ACT
Graham, Todd - VIC
Harding, Josh - SA
Kudla, David - WA
McGregor, Shannon - NSW
Sturrock, Greg - VIC
Rummukainen, Mark - ACT
Kimlin, Anthony - NSW
Carson, Fraser - VIC
Martin, Olivier - NSW
Phillips, Dahlen - VIC
Darge, Wehebe - SA
Funes, Brian - NSW
Jones, Sean - VIC
Walker, Nathan - NSW
Manning, David - SA
Gebert, Ben - SA
Huxley, David - SA
Dunwoodie, David - NSW
Wong, Marcus - VIC
Kyros, Jordan - WA
Wilson, Sam - WA
IHA 2014 NATIONAL U18 YOUTH TEAM ANNOUNCED
Player selections for IHA’s Australian National U18 Youth Team by the team’s coaching staff Steven Lindsay and Andrew Reynolds this past weekend in preparation for the 2014 World Championships Division IIIA Championship being held in Sofia Bulgaria scheduled for the 24 - 30 March 2014.
Selections for the team were made through invited players attending the 2013 Tange Championship in Newcastle and selection camps conducted in Melbourne (12/10/13), Sydney (13/10/13) and in Perth (19/10/13). The team will now be engaged in three fitness programs leading up to the championship with final selections to be announced in the third week of December 2013.
Lachlan Allport (NSW)
Jake Knott (NSW)
Casey Kubara (NSW)
Hayden Sheard (NSW)
Luke Zvonicek (NSW)
Anthony Barnes (QLD)
Mitchell Henning (QLD)
Zach Boyle (SA)
Remy McGuiness (SA)
Sam Hodic (VIC)
Ryan Smith (WA)
Kieran Webster (WA)
Josh Hansen (NSW)
Riley Major (NSW)
Daniel Pataky (NSW)
Corey Stringer (VIC)
Jamie Campbell (WA)
Alastair Punler (WA)
Nick Mizen (NSW)
Tynan Theobald (VIC)
Ted Fabijan – F (SA)
Jackson Knight - D (NSW)
Brendon Kong - F (NSW)
David Mahood - D (WA)
Joe Moore – G (QLD)
David Sowa – F (VIC)
The 2014 Management Team congratulates all players on their dedication and selection to the team.