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Ginsberg Tournament 2018 Recap

The Ginsberg tournament came to an end yesterday afternoon with Victoria going down to NSW in a shootout loss in the Grand Final going down 6-5. Despite the tough loss, our Victorian team fought all the way to the end and did an amazing job. A huge congratulations to the whole team, they did Victoria proud, never gave up and showed us the the future is bright for hockey here in Victoria!

The team staff reported the kids played fair, clean hockey and plays well beyond their years. Their commitment to the team and never give up attitude allowed every single player to exceed expectations to provide some of the best hockey the coaches have seen for the age group.

Tommy Forest was awarded the Team MVP award as well as the Best Goalie award of the tournament, voted on by all teams. The whole team also won the Fair Play award for the least penalty minutes of all teams during the tournament.

The tournament doesn’t just happen without the help of the incredible volunteers behind the scenes. Ruth Brooks stepped in to the role of Tournament Director with some great support by Val Webster. Ruth provided the tournament with great direction with many commentating on the great organisation of the event – on behalf of IHV and everyone involved in the tournament, thank you Ruth for your massive contribution this week. Your time and effort is appreciated by everyone involved.

Georgia Carson and her coaching and team stuff worked hard and against some recent coaching changes to provide a tournament result that we’re all proud of and a culture within the team of positivity and encouragement, pushing the players to be the best they can be. Good coaches build not just good players, but good people and their Fair Play award for the team and the result really demonstrate Georgia and her team hit the mark. This extends to all the coaching team that does work behind the scenes every weekend with this age group that build the steps towards this result.

Special mentions to our veteran players Matt Nikitin, AJ Harris, Ollie Ashby and Niamh Gallacher for outstanding performances in the Grand Final and also to our rookies putting a huge stamp on the tournament – Jett Porter, Jed Lake and Alexei Rayzman who proved to be key future stars of Ice Hockey Victoria.

Plenty of work happens over the weekend. We’d like to thank Adam Harrington for the music and Jason Bajada for announcing the whole tournament. �Andrew May, Mario Pansino and Jayme Law who have no players in the team but helped in penalty box on more than one occasion and a special thanks also to Tamara Lake, Jenny Parolin and Kelly Harper for being there everyday and helping no matter what.

We’d also like to extend even further thanks to any parent who brings their child to play and support the sport – every little piece is appreciated and valued. Results like this aren’t possible without your commitment.

Congratulations to the team and thank you everyone (including O’Brien Group Arena) for a great tournament weekend!

Hockey Festival

Come to Melbourne’s first ever Hockey Festival to launch the 2018 Ice Hockey Winter Season. Four Australian Ice Hockey League teams, eight games and only one champion.

To launch the 2018 season Melbourne Ice is hosting the Adelaide Adrenaline, CBR Brave and Melbourne Mustangs. Watch the best of the best fine tune for the season ahead and dine with all the AIHL players on Saturday night as they raise funds for local junior hockey.

Concussions are a huge challenge for many sports and thanks to our event partner, Stop Concussions, we will be holding the very first educational concussion forum for all Ice Hockey Victoria players, coaches, officials parents and the attending AIHL teams, putting ice hockey ahead of any other sport in Australia.

The Hockey Festival begins on Saturday 14th April, 2018 at O’Brien Group Arena with a FREE concussion seminar presented by Natalie Perkins BSc (Anat.& Ex.Phys), BAppSc (PHTY), Director of Bodyworks Physiotherapy and the official Australian Ambassador of StopConcussions Foundation. This course is free for all Ice Hockey Victoria and Edge of Excellence players, parents, officials, coaches and volunteers.

The seminar will include:

  1. Definition of concussion
  2. Signs and symptoms of a concussion
  3. Basic pathophysiology (ie. what happens in a concussion)
  4. Immediate management of concussion (what “rest” means)
  5. Common clinical trajectories of concussion
  6. Concussion rehabilitation
  7. Return to play
  8. Busting the myths according to the latest research


Later that evening there will be a charity dinner held in the St. Moritz Bar at the O’Brien Group Arena where the funds raised will go towards the Ice Hockey Victoria Junior program and Stopconcussions. You can dine with the players of the Australian Ice Hockey League and a jersey from each team will be auctioned off.

Charity Dinner

Where: St Moritz Bar in O’Brien Group Arena
When: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $35/head

Book your seat at the table here !


Off Ice Officials Course

Ice Hockey Victoria

Off Ice Officials Course for Scorers and Timekeepers

Where: O’Brien Group Arena
When: Wednesday 18th April, 2018.
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

This course will cover scoring IHV games on esportsdesk and managing penalties.To register your attendance email Maureen at and you will be sent confirmation and information about what to bring on the night.

Melbourne Dragons – 2018 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series

The Melbourne Dragons fly off to Canberra this weekend in what will be their third year
participating in the Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series, they begin their season at the
Phillip Ice Skating Centre competing against the Adelaide Valkyries, Brisbane Stars, Canberra
Pirates and Sydney Bombers.
The team roster was announced earlier this month, welcoming some new and familiar faces
back to the Dragons, along with the exciting announcement of a Dragons development
squad. This year we bid farewell to one of the Dragons Maki Katsuyama as she heads back
home to Japan. Two Dragons from the 2017 squad, Christine Dutton and Ketta Scheuerlein
were selected to play with the Melbourne Ice Women’s squad, and favourite matte helmet
coloured fierce goalie Paula Keen was selected to play for the Sydney Sirens.
The Melbourne Dragons finished in third place in the 2017 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show
Case Series defeating the Canberra Pirates at the O’Brien Group Arena in Melbourne in a
shootout and claiming the Bronze. This year the team are working hard and have their heart
set on the gold.
The Dragons are ready and eager to battle the other states to represent their home state,
Melbourne. Following the two tryout sessions which were held at each of the Melbourne
rinks and the observation at training sessions, this looks to be the Dragons strongest team
to date. “Remember you are playing for your state, the logo on your chest, give it 110%” –
Coach Lawrie Pigot.
Unfortunately, Lawrie will not be able to join the team in Canberra due to a personal
commitment, but has been a key element in prepping the team and will certainly be missed
over the weekend. Emma Poynton has stepped in and will lead the team into battle. Coach
Poynton brings a wealth of knowledge from her years of playing Ice Hockey and her
background in sports development, and no doubt the team will be in good hands. Emma
and the team are being supported by team managers, Shelley Alexander and Ruth Brooks
who have been working day through night and doing a tremendous amount of work behind
the scenes to get the team ready to go!
Pride Tape and Purple Dragons Pucks are also being sold by the team to assist with the costs
in participating in the tournament. Thank you to all the supporters, family, and friends for
your overwhelming support to date.

– Gabby Aston
– Stephanie Bell
– Amanda Blondin
– Dana Ciernohorsky
– Shelly Clarkson
– Caroline Dean

– Lauren Diduszko
– Natalie Efimoff
– Debra Hansberry
– Lauren McNabb
– Norelle Owen
– Emily Page
– Ketta Scheuerlein
– Paige Scully
– Tara Scully
– Marie Stella
– Samantha Bennett
– Sarah Kneebone
Development squad
– Emma Heggie
– Alethea Jones
– Sarah McNabb
– Georgia Sobol
– Lianora Taralrud-Bay
– Amelia Wales