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The Australian Women's Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) is an amateur women's ice hockey league in Australia. This league represents the highest level national competition for women's hockey and is currently represented in five states: South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria. The Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. The current champions are the Melbourne Ice
South Australia is a state in the southern central part of Australia. It covers some of the most arid parts of the country. With a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth-largest of Australia's states and territories by area, and fifth largest by population. It has a total of 1.7 million people, and its population is the second most highly centralised in Australia, after Western Australia, with more than 77 percent of South Australians living in the capital, Adelaide, or its environs. Other population centres in the state are relatively small; Mount Gambier, the second largest centre, has a population of 28,684.
Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, with Papua New Guinea located less than 200 km across it from the mainland. The state is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi).
New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Coral and Tasman Seas to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In March 2019, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.
In 2005, the probability of establishing a national women's ice hockey league was discussed by the National Women's Council. Due to large costs to players to participate in such a league, an alternative proposal for a much shorter Showcase Series was passed around for consideration to begin in the 2006 season. The Series would see four teams competing in mini-tournaments during February to June. Each round robin style tournament would occur over a weekend and throughout the Showcase Series period between February to June, each team would travel twice and host the tournament once. The first Showcase series was planned in February 2006 for Newcastle, New South Wales. The second series would be in March 2006 in Bendigo, Victoria, the third would occur in April 2006 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. In May, the series would be held in Adelaide, South Australia and in June the fifth series would take place in Brisbane, Queensland. At this time, a full season would follow in November 2006 and stretch over into summer 2007.
The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and includes the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas. It is the hub of the Greater Newcastle area which includes most parts of the local government areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.
The first Showcase Series proved to be successful where, in each min-series, 3 teams would play each other twice in a round robin style tournament. Five clubs ended up being involved in the Showcase Series which consisted of 5 mini-tournaments held on a weekend each month in a different city.The Showcase Series returned for a second season in October 2006, and ran until February 2007. A national women's league did not start in November 2006, as previously hoped. In this second season 4 mini-series were held, one weekend mini tournament was played each month between only 4 teams representing Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Brisbane, Queensland, Adelaide, South Australia and Sydney, New South Wales. The purpose of the Showcase Series continued to be as a precursor to a national women's league that was being actively planned.
The official formation of the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) was in 2007, following the two seasons of "Showcase Series" that were held in 2006 and 2007.The Australian Women's Ice Hockey League is recognised by Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) as the premier senior women’s national ice hockey competition. The league its inaugural season with four teams: Adelaide Assassins, Brisbane Goannas, Melbourne Dragons, and Sydney Sirens. The team that won the finals series at the end of each season became the AWIHL champions and were presented a perpetual trophy that was donated by Westlakes Trophies and Framing and was called the West Lakes Trophy.
The Australian Ice Hockey Federation, currently trading as Ice Hockey Australia (IHA), is the official national governing body of ice hockey in Australia and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. It was first established in 1908, making it one of the oldest national ice hockey associations in the world.
The Brisbane Goannas are in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League. The team is based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The Goannas Women’s Ice Hockey Club (GWIHC) is a non-profit incorporated association, governed by a volunteer management committee, focusing on the development of female players of all abilities and ages. Jad Daley is the President of the committee. Ice World Boondall is their home arena. The team's charity is Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland.
The Sydney Sirens are an ice hockey team in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League. The team is based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
From the 2010–2011 season onward, the Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy has been presented to the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League finals championship team and has been used since. The winning team is awarded a "keeper" trophy, however the original Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy has never been presented to a winning team in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League.
The Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy is the annually awarded championship trophy, of the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League (AWIHL), to the winner of the AWIHL finals. Originally donated in 1995, the trophy is named after Joan McKowen who died September 15, 1992 and her husband Maxwell McKowen died in 2010.
The West Lakes Trophy was formerly the Trophy awarded to the champions of the finals series in the AWIHL. From the 2010-2011 seasons onwards, with the introduction of the Joan McKowen trophy, the West Lakes Trophy became the trophy awarded to the minor premiers for the AWIHL and current remains so. The minor premiers are the team that finish first place at the end of the regular season.
In October 2010, the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League conducted a competition to replace the original league logo with a new one. The competition closed December 1, 2010, and the original logo was replaced by the current one.
There are Currently 5 teams in the AWIHL, representing the Australian cities Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.
|Australian Women's Ice Hockey League|
|Melbourne Ice||Melbourne, VIC||O'Brien Group Arena||2006||Melbourne Dragons (2006-2010)|
|Adelaide Rush||Adelaide, SA||Ice Arena (Adelaide)||2006||Adelaide Assassins (2006-2010), Adelaide Adrenaline (2011-2015)|
|Brisbane Goannas||Brisbane, QLD||Ice World Boondall||2006|
|Sydney Sirens||Canterbury, New South Wales||Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink||2006||North Star Sirens (2011-2013)|
|Perth Inferno||Perth, Western Australia||Cockburn Ice Arena||2018|
It is anticipated that the league will grow to six or seven teams in the future. It has been speculated that New Zealand may join the league in the upcoming years.
Starting their time in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League as the Adelaide Assassins, the team began by winning the finals championship for the first 5 years in a row. The Assassins were renamed the Adelaide Adrenaline when they became part of the existing club that had a men's team in the national competition, the Australian Ice Hockey League in the 2011–2012 season. At the beginning of the 2016 season, the Adelaide Adrenaline were renamed the Adelaide Rush.
Queensland is represented by the Brisbane Goannas in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League.
Victoria was originally represented by the Melbourne Dragons in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League up until 2010, when they began playing under (trading as) the Melbourne Ice. Continuing to run as a separate Club under their own Committee they share their name with one of Melbourne's national men's teams in the Australian Ice Hockey League, operating under an MOU with support and guidance from Melbourne Ice. From 2010, the Melbourne Ice home stadium was the Medibank Icehouse, which was renamed as of September 1, 2015, the O'Brien Group Arena.
The Sydney Sirens were one of the four founding teams in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League and represent New South Wales. From 2011 to 2013 the Sydney Sirens were known as the North Star Sirens but reverted to their original name which they presently use.
In July 2018 it was announced that a fifth team would be joining the AWIHL, the Perth Inferno.
The regular season in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League runs from October to March and in season 2018-19 it will consist of 30 regular season games plus 4 games at Finals. Each team will play 12 regular season games and the top four teams head to the finals weekend. In addition to the top players from across Australia, each team is allowed a maximum of four imports on their roster with two eligible to play in any one game. In the 2018-19 season the AWIHL will be the first National competition under Ice Hockey Australia to play the regulation three 20 minute stop time periods.
The Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) is Australia's top-level ice hockey league. It is sanctioned by Ice Hockey Australia and it is run by its own board of directors. AIHL players are amateurs. Players are not paid to play in the AIHL, but receive other benefits such as the use of a car, and accommodation during the season. The AIHL has attracted players up to and including NHL players. AIHL games are shorter than typical hockey games, consisting of two 15-minute periods and a 20-minute 3rd, instead of three 20-minute periods that are usually played under normal North American and IIHF hockey regulations. The current champions are the Sydney Bears.
In 1940, a study of 314 women in New Zealand and Australia was done. Most of the women in the study were middle class, conservative, Protestant and white. The study found that 183 participated in sport. The twenty-fourth most popular sport that these women participated in was ice hockey, with one woman having played the sport. The sport was tied with baseball and bowls.
Ice hockey in Australia is only a moderately popular sport, with low participation and spectator attendance figures when compared with many other sports played in the country.
The Australian Junior Ice Hockey League (AJIHL) is an Australian junior ice hockey league sanctioned by Ice Hockey Australia. The league is open to players 20 years of age or younger and is a national competition competing during the summer season in Australia. The league was formed in 2012 and its first season starting in the same year with the commencement of the 2012 AJIHL season which ran from October 20, 2012 to March 17, 2013. The AJIHL season runs from October to March.
The 2014 AIHL season was the 15th season of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). It ran from 12 April 2014 until 24 August 2014, with the Goodall Cup finals following on 30 and 31 August. The Melbourne Mustangs won both the H Newman Reid Trophy for finishing first in the regular season, and the Goodall Cup after defeating the Melbourne Ice in the final.
The Adelaide Rush are a women's ice hockey team in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League, which is the highest level national competition in Australia. The team is based in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
The Melbourne Ice are an ice hockey team in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League. The team is based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The 2015–16 AWIHL season is the ninth season of the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League. It will run from 24 October 2015 until 24 January 2016.
The Brisbane Blitz are an Australian junior ice hockey team based in Brisbane, Queensland playing in the second tier of the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League referred to as AJIHL Tier 2. They represent the first junior ice hockey team from Queensland as part of the proposed 2nd expansion of the AJIHL, which is the most elite level for ice hockey at a national level for ages between 16–20 years old.
The Adelaide Generals are an Australian junior ice hockey team based in Adelaide, South Australia playing in the second tier of the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League referred to as AJIHL Tier 2. They represent the first junior ice hockey team from South Australia as part of the proposed 2nd expansion of the AJIHL, which is the most elite level for ice hockey at a national level for ages between 16–20 years old.
The 2014–15 AWIHL season is the eighth season of the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League. It ran from 25 October 2015 until 15 February 2015.
The 2008–09 AWIHL season is the second season of the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League. It ran from 11 October 2008 until 1 February 2009.
The 2009–10 AWIHL season is the third season of the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League. It ran from 17 October 2009 until 14 February 2010.
The 2016 AIHL season was the 17th season of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). It ran from 23 April 2016 until 21 August 2016, with the Goodall Cup finals following on 27 and 28 August. The Melbourne Ice won the H Newman Reid Trophy after finishing the regular season with the most points. The Newcastle North Stars won the Goodall Cup for the second year in a row after defeating the CBR Brave in the final.
The 2016–17 AWIHL season is the tenth season of the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League. It ran from 29 October 2016 until 26 February 2017.