Round 1 of the 2019 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series has finished with wins for the New South Wales Bombers, Melbourne Chargers, WA Blaze and Canberra Pirates. The Bombers sit atop the standings at the end of the round, two points of the second placed Chargers. Round 2 of the competition is scheduled for 13 and 14 July in Adelaide.
There have also been a couple of changes during the off-season. Previously announced as the Perth Blaze, the Western Australian team have changed their name to the WA Blaze. The team is the second to use to use the Blaze name with the Brisbane Blaze previously representing Queensland in 2017. The other change to the competition sees the Southern Stars drop out of the competition having represented Queensland during the 2018 season.
Results (all times local)
– New South Wales Bombers 3-1 Canberra Pirates (19:00, 5 April 2019)
– WA Blaze 1-3 New South Wales Bombers (12:15, 6 April 2019)
– Melbourne Chargers 5-2 Canberra Pirates (15:45, 6 April 2019)
– Adelaide Valkyries 1-7 WA Blaze (17:00, 6 April 2019)
– Melbourne Chargers 3-3 New South Wales Bombers (18:15, 6 April 2019)
– New South Wales Bombers 12-1 Adelaide Valkyries (07:30, 7 April 2019)
– WA Blaze 2-3 Canberra Pirates (08:45, 7 April 2019)
– Melbourne Chargers 6-1 Adelaide Valkyries (12:15, 7 April 2019)
– Canberra Pirates 1-3 New South Wales Bombers (15:45, 7 April 2019)
– Melbourne Chargers 4-0 WA Blaze (17:00, 7 April 2019)
– Canberra Pirates 7-2 Adelaide Valkyries (18:15, 7 April 2019)
Western Australia will be represented by the Perth Blaze in the Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series (AW2SCS). Western Australia previously competed in the tournament under the names of Western Australia and the Western Australian Hawkettes from 2016-2017 and announced their intention to return to the competition last month. The Blaze have adopted the branding of the AWIHL’s Perth Inferno and will compete in their first AW2SCS tournament in Canberra from 5 to 8 April. The club also released their 2019 team roster for the tournament.
The Canberra Pirates have announced the appointment of Ben Pearce to the position of assistant coach. Pearce will work under head coach Donald MacDonald. For more information see the announcement from the club.
Western Australia have announced their intention to form a team for the 2019 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series. Western Australia previously competed in 2016 under the name of Western Australian Hawkettes and in 2017 simply as Western Australia and won the 2017 regular season and playoffs. For more information see the Women’s Ice Hockey Western Australia.
The Canberra Pirates held their 2018 awards night on 5 October. The Pirates announced club awards and awards specific to their two teams that played in the Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series and New South Wales Women’s League.
– Club Award: Alexandra Rose
– Most Improved: Brittany Williams
– Rookie of the Year: Brittany Williams
– Pirates Spirit Award: Dilli Kenyon
– Most Valuable Player: Chelsea Rieger
– Leading Goal Scorer: Chelsea Rieger
– Best Defence: Peta Lehoczky
– Player’s Player: Peta Lehoczky
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– Most Valuable Player: Kristy Tank
– Leading Goal Scorer: Ebony Brunt
– Best Defense: Kirsten Hudson
– Player’s Player: Kristy Tank