Month: November 2016

Sabres and Wolf Pack announce 2016-17 rosters

The Sydney Sabres and Sydney Wolf Pack have announced their team rosters for the upcoming 2016-17 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League season. The schedule for the season has yet to be released but is expected to start mid-December or January.

Sydney Sabres
Nick Air
James Barton
Ellesse Carini
– Lachlan Good
Joey Gunner
Mohak Issar
Joshua Kleipas
Liam Manwarring
– Austin Matthews
Nathan Moncrieff
Branson Moore
Jack Ransome
Tim Russell
– Hayden Savage
Kory Sheridan
Aiden Sillato
Dale Tilsted
Jayden Whitbread
Charles Yole
– Coach: Jimmy Dufour
– Coach: Jason Kvisle

Sydney Wolf Pack
– Alberic Benjamin
– Ignacy Benjamin
Danny Blazevic
– Liam Chalker
Alex Elias
Harrison Good
Jake Knott
Brendan Kong
– Matthew Kopp
Dylan Lavery
Lachlan McKenzie
Tom Roberts
– Alex Ross
– Luca Tramonte
– James Urweiss
Nicholas Weiland
Luke Zvonicek
– Coach: Michelle Cox
– Coach: Amelia Matheson

Update on the 2016-17 AJIHL season

Further updates have come to light regarding the 2016-17 AJIHL season. Last years Tier 2 teams have been moved up to the main competition with the league splitting into two conferences. The first conference will involve Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide while the second will consist of Brisbane, Canberra and two Sydney teams. An earlier announcement by Ice Hockey NSW had mentioned that Perth would field two teams however this is yet to be confirmed. While Victoria had been expected to drop to one team however Ice Hockey Victoria is yet to make a final decision on whether they will field one or two teams in the competition.

Due to the increased number of states competing in this years competition the format has been altered in order to keep costs down. The regular season will consist of conference based tournaments hosted in each city. The tournaments are expected to take place in January, February and March/April. Finals between all of the participating states will be hosted by the higher ranked teams.

2016-17 AWIHL season: Round 3

Round 3 of the 2016-17 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Sydney Sirens defeating the Brisbane Goannas in both games at Iceworld Boondall. Following their wins the Sirens move back to the top of the standings, one point clear of the second placed Melbourne Ice. Next week the Sirens host the Ice in Canterbury.

For more information see the esportsdesk.com website.

Round 3 results:
– Sydney Sirens 2 – 1 SO Brisbane Goannas (16:00, 26 November 2016, Iceworld Boondall).
– Sydney Sirens 5 – 4 SO Brisbane Goannas (07:30, 27 November 2016, Iceworld Boondall).

Standings at the end of Round 3:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Sydney Sirens 4 2 2 0 0 10
Melbourne Ice 4 3 0 0 1 9
Brisbane Goannas 4 1 0 2 1 5
Adelaide Rush 4 0 0 0 4 0

2017 National Championship dates announced

Ice Hockey Australia have announced the dates and locations for the 2017 National Championships.

– McCrae-Williamson Jamboree: 10 June – 12 June
– Ginsberg Trophy: Perth, 9 August – 12 August
– DeFris Trophy: Melbourne, 12 July – 15 July
– Tange Trophy: Adelaide, 29 June – 2 July
– Brown Trophy: Newcastle, 4 October – 7 October
– OiHAN: Canberra 10 – 12 March, Melbourne 9 – 11 June, Adelaide 3 – 5 November

Australian Women’s under-18 team seeking donations

The Australian Women’s national under-18 ice hockey team has partnered with the Australian Sports Foundation to help raise funds for the upcoming 2017 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championships Division I Group B Qualification tournament, set to be held from 26 to 29 January 2017 in Spain. The partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation allows all donations to the team to be tax deductible.

For more information or to make a donation see the Australian Sports Foundation website.

Thunder sign Ruck as head coach

Perth Thunder have announced the signing of Dave Ruck as head coach for the upcoming 2017 season. Ruck replaces Dave Kenway who stepped down from the position due to family and work commitments and took on the role of Director of Hockey. Ruck previously played for the Thunder from 2012 to 2015, recording 35 points in his 81 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

2016-17 AWIHL season: Round 2

Round 2 of the 2016-17 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Melbourne Ice defeating the Adelaide Rush in both games at the Adelaide Ice Arena. Following their wins the Ice move to the top of the standings, three points clear of the second placed Sirens. Competition resumes in two weeks with the Brisbane Goannas hosting the Sydney Sirens on 26 and 27 November at Iceworld Boondall.

For more information see the esportsdesk.com website.

Round 2 results:
– Melbourne Ice 7 – 1 Adelaide Rush (16:30, 12 November 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena).
Game Card: Not Available
– Melbourne Ice 13 – 0 Adelaide Rush (10:00, 13 November 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena).
Game Card: Not Available

Standings at the end of Round 2:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 4 3 0 0 1 9
Sydney Sirens 2 2 0 0 0 6
Brisbane Goannas 2 1 0 0 1 3
Adelaide Rush 4 0 0 0 4 0

2016-17 AJIHL season to start mid-December

The 2016-17 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League season is expected kick off mid-December, pushed back from the previous seasons October start. New South Wales and Western Australia will maintain their two teams in the competition while Victoria has opted to fold one of their two teams for the season. It is currently unclear which of the two Melbourne teams has been axed by the state. Last years Tier 2 teams based in the ACT, Queensland and South Australia are also expected to return. A format for the for the season has yet to be released by the league.