Ice Hockey Australia have released the roster for the Australian women’s team for the upcoming 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B tournament. The competition will take place from 23 February to 29 February in Akureyri, Iceland with Australia competing against Croatia, Iceland, New Zealand, Turkey and Ukraine.
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
The Australian women’s national under-18 team have won their second game of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Group B Qualification tournament, defeating Mexico 5-0. Forward Natalie Ayris was named best Australian player of the match. In the other game of the day Spain defeated Romania 9-4. As a result of their win and Spain’s defeat of Romania Australia wins the tournament with a game in hand and is promoted to Division I Group B for 2018. Australia take on Romania today in their final game of the tournament.
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.
The Australian women’s national under-18 team have lost their opening game of the 2015 Denmark Tour series against Denmark 2-12. The Australian’s trailed the Danes at the end of the first period with a score of 0-4. In the second period Denmark added three goals to their total with Australia getting one back with a goal from Natalie Ayris to finish the period 1-7. Australia’s Madison Poole scored the teams second goal in the third period however Denmark pilled on five more goals to finish the game 2-12.
The team is currently on the 2015 Denmark Tour which began on 25 July and included a training camp prior the the series of exhibition games. Game one of the series was held yesterday while game two is scheduled for today.