2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Qualification

Australian U18 Women defeat Romania to finish seventh

The Australian women’s national under-18 team have won their final game of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Qualification tournament, defeating Romania 7-6 following a shootout. The result means Australia finishes the tournament in seventh place. Natalie Ayris was named best Australian player of the match and Kate Tihema was selected as best Australian player of the tournament. In other games of the day China beat Poland 5-2 to finish fifth, Kazakhstan defeated Great Britain 2-0 to finish in third place, and Austria defeated Italy 3-2 to finish first and gain promotion to the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women World Championship Division I tournament.

For more information see the tournament page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

  • Romania 6 – 7 SO Australia (11:45, 11 January 2016, Nockhalle). Game Card

Final ranking
1. Austria
2. Italy
3. Kazakhstan
4. Great Britain
5. China
6. Poland
7. Australia
8. Romania

Australian U18 Women lose final group match

The Australian women’s national under-18 team have lost their third game of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Qualification tournament, losing to Great Britain 2-3. Kate Tihema was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day China defeated Romania 9-3, Italy beat Poland 4-2 and Austria shutout Kazakhstan 5-0. Australia finishes last in Group B at the end of the preliminary round, nine points behind group winners Italy, while Group A was won by Austria. The teams now move into the playoff round with Australia taking on Romania for a seventh place classification.

For more information see the tournament page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

  • Great Britain 3 – 2 Australia (11:45, 10 January 2016, Nockhalle). Game Card

Group A standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Austria 3 3 0 0 0 9
Kazakhstan 3 2 0 0 1 6
China 3 1 0 0 2 3
Romania 3 0 0 0 3 0

Group B standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Italy 3 3 0 0 0 9
Great Britain 3 2 0 0 1 6
Poland 3 1 0 0 2 3
Australia 3 0 0 0 3 0

Italy defeat Australian U18 Women

The Australian women’s national under-18 team have lost their second game of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Qualification tournament, losing to Italy 0-8. Keesha Atkins was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Great Britain beat Poland 3-1, Kazakhstan shutout Romania 15-0 and Austria defeated China 3-1. After the end of the second round Australia is sitting last in Group B, six points behind leaders Italy, while Kazakhstan lead Group A. The teams now have a rest day and return to the ice on Sunday with Australia taking on Great Britain in the last of their group matches.

For more information see the tournament page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

  • Australia 0 – 8 Italy (15:15, 8 January 2016, Nockhalle). Game Card

Group A standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 0 6
Austria 2 2 0 0 0 6
China 2 0 0 0 2 0
Romania 2 0 0 0 2 0

Group B standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Italy 2 2 0 0 0 6
Great Britain 2 1 0 0 1 3
Poland 2 1 0 0 1 3
Australia 2 0 0 0 2 0

Australian U18 Women lose opener to Poland

The Australian women’s national under-18 team have lost their opening game of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Qualification tournament, losing to Poland 0-11. Forward Sara Sammons was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Kazakhstan beat China 5-2, Italy defeated Great Britain 3-1 and Austria shutout Romania 12-0. After the end of the first round Australia is sitting last in Group B, trailing leaders Poland by three points, while Austria lead Group A. Australia take on Italy today in their second game of the tournament.

For more information see the tournament page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

  • Poland 11 – 0 Australia (11:45, 7 January 2016, Nockhalle). Game Card

Group A standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Austria 1 1 0 0 0 3
Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 0 3
China 1 0 0 0 1 0
Romania 1 0 0 0 1 0

Group B standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Poland 1 1 0 0 0 3
Italy 1 1 0 0 0 3
Great Britain 1 0 0 0 1 0
Australia 1 0 0 0 1 0

Australian U18 Women lose to EHC Gipsy Girls Villach

The Australian women’s national under-18 team have lost their exhibition game 1-3 against EHC Gipsy Girls Villach at the Eishalle Radenthein. The game is being held as part of the teams training camp before the start of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Qualification tournament in Spittal an der Drau and Radenthein, Austria which begins on 7 January. The Australian’s let two goals through in the first period before getting one back with Courtney Poole scoring three minutes into the second period. The Gipsy Girls responded with their own goal with the second period finishing 1-3. The score remained unchanged through the third with the game ending 1-3.

For more information on the upcoming 2016 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship Division I Qualification see the tournament page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

  • Australia U18 Women 1 – 3 EHC Gipsy Girls Villach (4 January 2016, Eishalle Radenthein)

Australian U18 Women’s roster announced for World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) have announced the Australian Women’s under-18 team roster for the upcoming 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships. Australia will compete in the Division I Qualification tournament in Spittal an der Drau and Radenthein, Austria from 7 January to 11 January 2016. The tournament will also mark the teams debut at the World Championship having previously only competed in exhibition series. Olivia Fruzynski, who was initially selected for the team, is currently injured and it not expected to compete however will travel with the team as a reserve.

For more information on the team see the article on the players from Melbourne by Docklands News or the article on the team announcement by the IHA.

You can also follow the team on their Facebook page

Goaltenders
– Keesha Atkins (WA) (Brisbane Goannas)
– Tianna Wiesler-Elaya (NSW)

Skaters
– Celeste Adams (WA)
Natalie Ayris (A) (SA) (Adelaide Adrenaline)
– Lara Azzopardi (NSW) (Sydney Sirens)
– Abi Brown (QLD) (Brisbane Goannas)
– Isobel Cantrill (VIC)
– Ebony Chandram-Rama (VIC) (Melbourne Ice)
– Taylor Cookson (WA)
– Emily Davis-Tope (VIC) (Melbourne Ice)
– Olivia Fruzynski (injured) (WA)
– Sophie Gillen (WA)
Christiarn Hall (C) (NSW) (AIK 2)
– Charlotte Kelly (QLD) (Brisbane Goannas)
– Eiland Kenyon (ACT)
– Isla Malcolm (WA)
Cleo Mayer (NSW)
Courtney Poole (WA)
– Sara Sammons (WA)
– Emily Sweeney (WA)
Kate Tihema (A) (SA) (Adelaide Adrenaline)

Staff
– Head Coach: Tamra Jones (SA)
– Assistant Coach: Jo Frankenberger (WA)
– Manager: Teresa Moriarty (QLD)
– Team Physio: Kelly Costa (QLD)
– Equipment Manager: Jim Jones
– Chef de Mission: Mark Stephenson (NSW)