AWIHL

Pirates lose to Saints and Eagles

The Canberra Pirates have lost two exhibition games in New South Wales over the weekend. In their first game the Pirates were shutout 0-6 by the LCC Saints, the winners of the 2016 NSW Women’s League season at the Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink. The team then travelled to Canterbury for their second game, taking on the Canterbury Eagles where they were shutout 0-4. For more information see the clubs Facebok post.

– Canberra Pirates 0-6 LCC Saints (30 April 2017, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
– Canberra Pirates 0-4 Canterbury Eagles (30 April 2017, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)

2017 AW2SCS: Western Division – Series 1

Series 1 of the 2017 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series – Western Division has finished with all three teams picking up at least one win. At the end of Series 1 Western Australia sit on top of the Western Division standings, six points ahead of the Adelaide Valkyries. Western Australia also lead the league as a whole, two points clear of the New South Wales Bombers. Competition resumes on 22 July when the Gold Coast hosts Series 2 of the East Division while Series 2 of the Western Division is set for 12 August.

There were also a couple of changes to the teams heading into Series 1 of the Western Division. The Western Australian team dropped the “Hawkettes” from their team name and will be play simply as Western Australia. While the South Australian Valkyries are now known as the Adelaide Valkyries.

For more information see the competition’s Facebook page.

Results
– Western Australia 7-2 Melbourne Dragons (15:00, 29 April 2017)
– Western Australia 8-0 Adelaide Valkyries (16:15, 29 April 2017)
– Adelaide Valkyries 3-4 Melbourne Dragons (17:30, 29 April 2017)
– Western Australia 16-0 Melbourne Dragons (18:45, 29 April 2017)
– Adelaide Valkyries 2-1 Melbourne Dragons (12:00, 30 April 2017)
– Western Australia 12-0 Adelaide Valkyries (13:15, 30 April 2017)
(all games held at the Cockburn Ice Arena)

Western Division standings

Team GP W T L PTS
Western Australia 4 4 0 0 8
Adelaide Valkyries 4 1 0 2 2
Melbourne Dragons 4 1 0 3 2

League standings

Team GP W T L PTS
Western Australia 4 4 0 0 8
New South Wales Bombers 4 3 0 1 6
Canberra Pirates 4 3 0 1 6
Melbourne Dragons 4 1 0 3 2
Adelaide Valkyries 4 1 0 2 2
Brisbane Blaze 4 0 0 4 0

Note: Games consist of three 18 minute periods with no stop clock and a two minute break between periods. The competition is open to players over the age of 14 however AWIHL players must have league approval before competing.

Last updated 1 May 2017

Pirates lose exhibition series to Northstars Women

The Canberra Pirates have lost two exhibition games against the Newcastle Northstars Women’s team at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium over the weekend. The Pirates were defeated 0-2 in Game 1 and 0-1 in Game 2. The Pirates return to Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series competition in July for Series 2 of the East Division.

For more information on the Pirates see their Facebook page

Schedule
– Canberra Pirates 0-2 Newcastle Northstars (22 April 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Canberra Pirates 0-1 Newcastle Northstars (23 April 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)

2017 AW2SCS: East Division – Series 1

Series 1 of the 2017 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series – East Division has finished with wins for the Canberra Pirates and New South Wales Bombers. At the end of Series 1 the Bombers sit on top of the East Division standings, edging out the Pirates on goal difference. Competition resumes on 29 April when Perth hosts Series 1 of the West Division while Series 2 of the East Division is set for 22 July.

For more information see the competition’s Facebook page.

Results
– Canberra Pirates 2 – 1 New South Wales Bombers (12:30, 8 April 2017)
– Canberra Pirates 5 – 1 Brisbane Blaze (16:00, 8 April 2017)
– New South Wales Bombers 11 – 3 Brisbane Blaze (17:15, 8 April 2017)
– New South Wales Bombers 1 – 0 Canberra Pirates (07:00, 9 April 2017)
– New South Wales Bombers 7 – 1 Brisbane Blaze (08:15, 9 April 2017)
– Canberra Pirates 10 – 3 Brisbane Blaze (12:15, 9 April 2017)
(all games held at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre)

Standings

Team GP W T L PTS
New South Wales Bombers 4 3 0 1 6
Canberra Pirates 4 3 0 1 6
Brisbane Blaze 4 0 0 4 0

Canberra Pirates release 2017 roster

The Canberra Pirates have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series. The Pirates begin their season on 8 April at home at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre where they will be competing in the East Division’s Series 1 against the Brisbane Blaze and New South Wales Bombers.

Goaltenders
– Rhiannon Brooks – #30
– Hannah Butler – #33

Skaters
– Leisha Armstrong – #9
– Nicole Casalis – #10
– Sarah Christensen – #44
– Elfie Fok – #12
– Nikita Horvath – #19
– Fiona Jeffery – #43
– Jess Joss – #8
Eiland Kenyon – #5
– Kimberley Macleod – #3
– Jess McNeill – #29
– Casey Murphy – #87
– Sarah Pilbeam – #42
– Maddie Prescott – #66
– Rish Rummukainen – #11
– Karen Stuart-Williams – #16
– Jane Weatherstone – #80

2017 Adelaide Rush player awards

The Adelaide Rush held their end of season presentation lunch today at The Hilton Hotel and presented their 2016-17 season player awards.

– Most Valuable Player: Natlie Ayris
– Highest Point Scorer: Natalie Ayris
– Most Improved: Sarah Wise
– Rookie of the Year: Sarah Christensen
– President’s Award: Nikki Brammer
– Arch D Radio Award for Best Player: Tess Reynolds

Melbourne Dragons release 2017 roster

The Melbourne Dragons have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series. The Dragons begin their season on 29 April in Perth, Western Australia where they will be competing in the Western Division’s Series 1 against the South Australian Valkyries and Western Australian Hawkettes.

Roster
– Dana Ciernohorsky
– Caroline Dean
– Christine Dutton
– Melanie Galdes
– Emma Heggie
– Maki Katsuyama
– Paula Keen
– Lauren McNabb
– Linda Mendham
Cien Pereira
– Kathrin Scheuerlein
– Paige Scully
– Tara Scully
Emma Steele
– Marie Stella
– Lianora Taralrud-Bay

Staff
– Coach: Jaiden Murray
– Coach: Rylie Padjen
– Coach: Stuart Philps
– Coach: Lawrie Pigot
– Manager: Emma Poynton
– Assistant Manager: Shelley Alexander
– Assistant Manager: Ruth Brooks

2017 AW2SCS season dates announced

The dates for the 2017 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series (AW2SCS) have been announced. The 2017 season will feature five series, increasing from three in 2016, and will be split into two separate divisions. The East Division will feature the Canberra Pirates, New South Wales Bombers and the newly formed Brisbane Blaze. The Western Division will consist of the Melbourne Dragons (previously competing as two teams known as the White Dragons and Black Dragons), South Australian Valkyries and Western Australian Hawkettes. Both Divisions will compete in two series each before all six teams come together for the Finals series in Melbourne at the end of September.

The Tier 2 competition was setup in 2016 under the name of the Australian Women’s Tier 2 Ice Hockey League. The 2016 Series 1 included the Bombers, Pirates, Black Dragons and White Dragons and was won by the Bombers. Series 2 expanded to six teams to include the Hawkettes and Valkyries with the Hawkettes defeating the Bombers in the final 6-0. The final series of 2016 shrink back to a four team competition with the withdrawal of the Valkyries and the White Dragons and was won by the Hawkettes.

2017 schedule
East Division:
– Series 1: 8 April – 9 April 2017 (Canberra, ACT)
– Series 2: 22 July – 23 July 2017 (Gold Coast, QLD)

Western Division:
– Series 1: 29 April – 30 April 2017 (Perth, WA)
– Series 2: 12 August – 13 August 2017 (Adelaide, SA)

Finals
– 23 September – 24 September 2017 (Melbourne, VIC)

2017 AWIHL playoffs

The Sydney Sirens have won the 2017 Joan McKowen Trophy after defeating the Brisbane Goannas 4-3 following a shootout. The Sirens advanced to the final after defeating the Adelaide Rush 10-0 in the semifinals while the Goannas progressed with a 3-0 win over the Melbourne Ice in their semifinal. The win gives the Sirens their first Joan McKowen Trophy having previously finished as runners-up.

For more information see the esportsdesk.com website or read the article on the final by Bernard McNamara at theAIHL.com.

Semifinals
– Adelaide Rush 0 – 10 Sydney Sirens (17:00, 11 March 2017, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Melbourne Ice 0 – 3 Brisbane Goannas (19:30, 11 March 2017, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)

Third place game
– Melbourne Ice 14 – 1 Adelaide Rush (16:00, 12 March 2017, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)

Grand final
– Brisbane Goannas 3 – 4 SO Sydney Sirens (18:30, 12 March 2017, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)

Last updated 12 March 2017

Shona Powell named AWIHL Skaters Network Player of the Month

Melbourne Ice forward Shona Powell has been named the AWIHL Skaters Network Player of the Month for February. Powell finishes the regular season in fifth place in terms of points with nine goals and thirteen assists from seven games.

For full league statistics see the esportsdesk.com website