AJIHL news: 8 October 2017

The start of the 2017-18 season is getting closer however the AJIHL have yet to announce the full season schedule and the participating teams. Here is what we know so far:

Teams
– The Adelaide Generals have held a training camps on 22 September, 29 September and 5 October.
– The Brisbane Blitz will be holding training camps on 25 October and 1 November.
– The Melbourne Glaciers are expected to return for the 2017-18 season.
– The Perth Sharks will again represent Western Australia in the league. Ice Hockey WA have also mentioned they may reform the Perth Pelicans as an exhibition team which will play games against the Sharks between AJIHL tournaments.
– Currently no confirmation on the Sydney teams however Brisbane have two Sydney tournaments scheduled for December.

Schedule
– Adelaide tournament: 21-22 October. Venue: Adelaide Ice Arena. Known participants: Adelaide Generals, Melbourne Glaciers
– Perth tournament: 9-10 December. Venue: Unknown. Known participants: Adelaide Generals, Perth Sharks
– Sydney tournament #1: 9-10 December. Venue: Unknown. Known participants: Brisbane Blitz
– Sydney tournament #2: 16-17 December. Venue: Unknown. Known participants: Brisbane Blitz
– Brisbane tournament #1: 24-25 February. Venue: Iceworld Boondall. Known participants: Brisbane Blitz
– Brisbane tournament #2: 10-11 March. Venue: Iceworld Boondall. Known participants: Brisbane Blitz
– Finals: 15-18 March. Venue: O’Brien Group Arena

In other news Sebastian Gobeil has been announced as the head coach for the Brisbane Blitz for the upcoming season. Gobeil was the teams assistant coach last season and replaces Darryl Dunsford in the head coach role. The Blitz are expected to announce the rest of the management team in the coming weeks.

2017 Brown National Championship

The 2017 Jim Brown National Championship has finished with Queensland defeating Victoria 2-0 in the final to claim the Jim Brown Trophy. It is Queensland’s first win since 1976, a drought which was the longest in the tournaments 54 year history. The tournament was open to players 17 years and over, however players over the age of 23 must have played less then six AIHL games in the current season. This years tournament consisted of teams from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. All games were held at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium in Newcastle and the tournament ran from 4 October to 7 October 2017.

For more information see the tournament website.

Preliminary round:
– Game 1: New South Wales 3-0 Western Australia (07:30, 4 October 2017)
– Game 2: South Australia 1-4 Queensland (08:45, 4 October 2017)
– Game 3: Victoria 5-2 Australian Capital Territory (10:30, 4 October 2017)
– Game 4: Western Australia 11-1 South Australia (17:00, 4 October 2017)
– Game 5: Australian Capital Territory 1-6 New South Wales (19:00, 4 October 2017)
– Game 6: Queensland 7-0 Victoria (07:00, 5 October 2017)
– Game 7: New South Wales 4-3 SO South Australia (08:45, 5 October 2017)
– Game 8: Australian Capital Territory 2-4 Western Australia (10:30, 5 October 2017)
– Game 9: Queensland 11-2 Australian Capital Territory (17:15, 5 October 2017)
– Game 10: Western Australia 2-1 Victoria (19:00, 5 October 2017)
– Game 11: Australian Capital Territory 1-7 South Australia (07:00, 6 October 2017)
– Game 12: Victoria 2-0 New South Wales (08:45, 6 October 2017)
– Game 13: Western Australia 6-4 Queensland (10:30, 6 October 2017)
– Game 14: South Australia 2-1 SO Victoria (16:00, 6 October 2017)
– Game 15: Queensland 1-5 New South Wales (17:45, 6 October 2017)

Standings

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Western Australia 5 4 0 0 1 12
New South Wales 5 3 1 0 1 11
Queensland 5 3 0 0 2 9
Victoria 5 2 0 1 2 7
South Australia 5 1 1 1 3 6
Australian Capital Territory 5 0 0 0 5 0

Playoff round:
– Semifinal 1: Victoria 3-2 Western Australia (07:30, 7 October 2017)
– Semifinal 2: Queensland 4-2 New South Wales (09:15, 7 October 2017)
– 3rd/4th Placement: New South Wales 1-5 Western Australia (16:30, 7 October 2017)
– Final: Queensland 2-0 Victoria (18:15, 7 October 2017)

Last updated 7 October 2017

Adelaide Rush 2017-18 roster

The Adelaide Rush have released their roster for the upcoming 2017-18 AWIHL season. Into the team are Keesha Atkins, Shania Chenoweth, Candice Mitchell, Ashley Pelkey, Madeleine Prescott, Tiffany Venning, Sally Wilson and Hannah Wright. While dropped from the roster are Katrina Dobo, Tina Girdler, Kelly Harris, Sari Lehmann, Sara-Anne Lemanski and Samara Mihal

Skaters
#12 Natalie Ayris
#17 Shania Chenoweth
#4 Sarah Christensen
#19 Lily-Mae Edwards
#22 Tonii Larpent
#18 Candice Mitchell
#91 Marina Nottle
#2 Ashley Pelkey
#66 Madeleine Prescott
#87 Tess Reynolds
#6 Tiffany Venning
#59 Kirsty Venus
#71 Sally Wilson
#44 Sarah Wise
#7 Hannah Wright

Goaltenders
#33 Keesha Atkins
#30 Jo Phillis

Staff
– Head Coach: Josef Rezek
– Assistant Coach: Corey Smith
– Manager: Nikki Brammer

Sydney Sirens 2017-18 roster

The Sydney Sirens have released their roster for the upcoming 2017-18 AWIHL season. Into the team are Lara Azzopardi, Elizabeth Chia, Georgia Clarke, Sara Edmonds, Kristen Embrey, Emily Even, Katie Facaris, Paula Keen, Annelie Kvisle, Melanie Lloyd and Krista Murphy. While dropped from the roster are Erin Bow, Sera Dogramaci, Sandra Giustiniani, Krista Korhonen, Andrea Lim, Fiona Moon, Alex Stefan and Kaylee White

Skaters
Lara Azzopardi
Erin Beaver (I)
Ava Calabria
Elizabeth Chia
Georgia Clarke
Stephenie Cochrane
Sharnita Crompton
Sara Edmonds
Kristen Embrey (I)
Emily Even
Sharna Godrey
Remi Harvey
– Annelie Kvisle
Melanie Lloyd
Amelia Matheson
Hollie McFadden
Kath McOnie
– Krista Murphy
Shiarna Tarasenko
Chloe Walker

Goaltenders
Ella Licari
Katie Facaris
– Paula Keen

Staff
– Coach: Troy Morgan
– Coach: Jeff Helbren
– Goaltender Coach: Sera Dogramaci
– General Manager: Peter Azzopardi
– Equipment Manager: Michael Sinclair
– Treasurer: Neil McFadden
– Media/Marketing: Courtney Laura
– Photos/Design: Mark Bradford

Melbourne Ice Women 2017-18 roster

The Melbourne Ice have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017-18 AWIHL season. Into the team are Stephanie Bell, Hollie Bolton, Sarah Dash, Christina Dutton, Julia Gabrielson, Kim Lo, Georgia Moore, Jessica Pinkerton, Marnie Pullin, Ebony Rama, Katherine Sheurlein. While dropped from the roster are Ashlei Aparicio, Christine Cockerell, Emily Davis-Tope, Tytti Kyrölä and Emma Poynton

Skaters
Gabby Aston
Stephanie Bell
Hollie Bolton
Isobel Cantrill
Georgia Carson
Sarah Dash (I)
– Christina Dutton
Shae Ganac
Nicole Jones
Christina Julien (I)
Eiland Kenyon
Kim Lo
Georgia Moore
Hope Newman
Rylie Padjen
Jessica Pinkerton (I)
Shona Powell
Marnie Pullin
Ebony Rama
Krystyn Raymundo
Katherine Sheurlein
Emma Steele
Kristelle Vanderwolf

Goaltenders
Ruth Brophy
Jenelle Carson
Julia Gabrielson
Tara Woods

AJIHL news: 27 September 2017

Ice Hockey WA have announced that they are looking to revive the Perth Pelicans as an exhibition team for the upcoming 2017-18 season. The Pelicans played in the AJIHL from 2013 to 2016 before being folded due to a change in league structure. If Ice Hockey WA can attract enough players the Pelicans will play games solely against the Perth Sharks, with games being played between AJIHL tournaments. The Perth Sharks will continue to compete in the AJIHL as Western Australia’s sole team. For more information see the announcement from Ice Hockey WA.

2017 AW2SCS: Finals

The finals of the 2017 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series have finished with Western Australia defeating the New South Wales Bombers 7-1 in the grand final. The win gives Western Australia their first AW2SCS title, having finished third last season. The Melbourne Dragons finished in third place after defeating the Canberra Pirates in a shootout and the Brisbane Blaze finished fifth after beating the Adelaide Valkyries 3-0. The finals were held at the O’Brien Group Arena and saw each team compete in two games against two teams outside of their own division to complete the regular season. Following the completion of the regular season the teams progressed to the playoffs with qualifying based on their final position in the league standings.

Following the playoffs Western Australia competed in an exhibition game against the Melbourne Ice Women. The Ice won the game 3-2. The game was held as part of Western Australia’s bid to enter the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League in the 2018-19 season.

For more information see the eSportsdesk webpage and the competition’s Facebook page. Also see Thor Technology’s Youtube page for the grand final between Western Australia and the New South Wales Bombers.

Regular season
– Melbourne Dragons 1-2 Brisbane Blaze (13:15, 23 September 2017)
– Adelaide Valkyries 0-9 New South Wales Bombers (14:30, 23 September 2017)
– Western Australia 10-1 Canberra Pirates (15:45, 23 September 2017)
– Brisbane Blaze 7-0 Adelaide Valkyries (17:00, 23 September 2017)
– New South Wales Bombers 2-13 Western Australia (18:15, 23 September 2017)
– Canberra Pirates 2-3 Melbourne Dragons (19:30, 23 September 2017)

Playoffs
– SF1: Western Australia 7-1 Melbourne Dragons (20:45, 23 September 2017)
– SF2: New South Wales Bombers 2-1 Canberra Pirates (10:00, 23 September 2017)
– 5th/6th Placement: Brisbane Blaze 3-0 Adelaide Valkyries (13:15, 24 September 2017)
– BMG: Melbourne Dragons 2-1 SO Canberra Pirates (14:30, 24 September 2017)
– GMG: Western Australia 7-1 New South Wales Bombers (15:45, 24 September 2017)

Exhibition
– Melbourne Ice Women 3-2 Western Australia (17:00, 24 September 2017)

League standings

Team GP W T L PTS
Western Australia 10 10 0 0 20
New South Wales Bombers 10 7 1 2 15
Canberra Pirates 10 4 1 5 9
Melbourne Dragons 10 4 0 6 8
Brisbane Blaze 10 3 0 7 6
Adelaide Valkyries 10 1 0 9 2

East Division standings

Team GP W T L PTS
New South Wales Bombers 10 7 1 2 15
Canberra Pirates 10 4 1 5 9
Brisbane Blaze 10 3 0 7 6

Western Division standings

Team GP W T L PTS
Western Australia 10 10 0 0 20
Melbourne Dragons 10 4 0 6 8
Adelaide Valkyries 10 1 0 9 2

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 24 September 2017