The Brisbane Goannas have announced the signing of Darryl Dunsford as head coach for the 2019-20 AWIHL season. He replaces Matthew Gilpin who coached the team in the 2018-19 season. Dunsford previously coached the Brisbane Blitz of the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League in 2016-17. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Perth Inferno have announced the re-signing of American forward Elizabeth Scala for the 2019-20 AWIHL season. Scala played twelve games for the Inferno last season, recording 34 points. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– President: Alicia Kelly
– Vice President: Darren Sharp
– Treasurer: Cara Minney-Smith
– Secretary: Matt Mosley
– Marketing and Media: Paul Graham
– Merchandising Manager: Danielle King
– Community Liason: Mickey Kordas
– General Committee: Thomas Boschman
– General Committee: Marina Nottle
The New Zealand Women’s national team will play a two game exhibition series in Australia against the Melbourne Ice Women and Sydney Sirens. The matches will take place between 25 and 28 October with the venue(s) to be announced.
The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League have announced the winners of their 2018-19 season player awards. The Sydney Sirens picked up four of the six awards with the Melbourne picking up the remaining two. For more information see the league’s announcement.
The Melbourne Ice have won the 2019 Joan McKowen Trophy after defeating the Sydney Sirens 4-3 in the grand final. The Ice advanced to the final after defeating the Brisbane Goannas 9-2 in the semifinals while the Sirens progressed with a 6-3 win over the Perth Inferno. The win gives the Ice their second title in a row and their seventh title overall.
The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League have released a short promo video for the upcoming 2019 finals. The playoffs start on 9 March with the semifinals and finish on 10 March with a third place game and the grand final. The four games are held at the Adelaide Ice Arena will be streamed via the AWIHL’s YouTube account.