On Friday, the AIHL released the 2015 AIHL schedule. Everyone has poured over it to find all the big exciting match-ups around the league, and to plan those road trips to far-off places in search of their hockey fix.
A couple of cool things to note about the Ice’s schedule:
- The first game of the season is a home game against the Ice Dogs on ANZAC Day
- The first Melbourne Derby is a Thursday night game less than a week later (30th April)
- Speaking of Thursday games, we have three of them against the Mustangs.
- Only one of those Thursday games is an Ice home game (23rd July), so get your tickets for the other games early!
- We finish the season with a weekend road trip to Sydney, followed by a weekend road trip to Perth, and one last game at home against the Bears.
Without further ado, we present to you the
Lazy Efficient Person’s AIHL 2015 Schedule, in a whole bunch of digital formats! You can:
- Download a PDF directly from the AIHL
- Download files for your calendar of choice:
- CSV File
- ICS File
- Check your programs documentation to find out which one you should use, and how to import it. These files are off-line and do not update.
- Subscribe to our Google Calendar using this ICS link
- Check your programs documentation about how to subscribe to an online iCal calendar. This is an online calendar, which we will be updating with results (and schedule changes if required) as they become available.
With all of these different ways to keep up-to-date, you should have no reason for forgetting about a game across the season.
It’s all happening in Australian hockey this week. As the women’s league hurtles towards the finals, the AIHL is stirring again with tryouts, practices and one big announcement.
This weekend is the final round of the AWIHL season before the finals in March. The Melbourne Ice visit the Sirens in Penrith while the Adrenaline travel to Brisbane to face the Goannas. Melbourne and Adelaide are still deadlocked in first place on the ladder with the exact same number of wins, unbeaten by everyone except each other. With both teams on the road in the final week, could we finally see one of them blink? The Goannas and the Sirens won’t be able to break into the top two spots for the finals, but there’s still plenty of room for every team to try to grab a good position before all four teams meet in Newcastle in two weeks’ time.
Meanwhile, many AIHL teams have been quietly gearing up for the 2013 season, getting back to practices and starting their selection process. Perth Thunder have been particularly talkative about their tryouts, with the return of Stan Scott’s Coach’s Corner (Part 1 & part 2) and even some video interviews. The Melbourne Ice are having their first tryout session tonight at 8pm, and fans are invited to come and watch from the St Moritz Bar along with club President Emma Poynton. And even those AIHL players who are still enjoying the northern hemisphere’s hockey season are turning heads – check out this week’s Buffalo Sabres feature on Melbourne defenceman Todd Graham.
But the biggest news this week was one that affects the whole league: this season, AIHL games will be shown on Fox Sports. (And further information from the Newcastle North Stars, who spoke with the commissioner and ATC Productions manager James Morgan.) It’ll be one featured game per week, and delayed, but nonetheless it’s a huge step forward for a sport that’s still trying to claw its way towards mainstream consciousness. The first game to air will be the Ice vs Mustangs season opener, and will be shown on ANZAC Day, which could give it an even bigger viewership. And for those of us who are already converts, it gives us a few more chances to see games held interstate that we wouldn’t otherwise get a look at. A huge win for Australian hockey all round.
The AWIHL returns this weekend after their summer break to start the second half of their summer season. Round four sees the North Star Sirens visiting the Adrenaladies for two matches in Adelaide, which will be interesting after their exciting matches in Newcastle back in November, especially since the Sirens could really do with a win if they want to catch up to Adelaide in points. Meanwhile, the Melbourne Ice will be heading up to Queensland to take on the Goannas in Brisbane.
OK, guys: here it is. Nathan Walker has transferred from HC Vitkovice Steel to the US Hockey League. Why is this important?
Last weekend saw the end of the 2013 hockey season in Melbourne, with the AJIHL and the IHV summer league both playing their last games before the Christmas break. The Blackhawks and the Red Wings played twice last week, on Friday and Sunday. Both wins went to the Blackhawks, who finish the first half of the season at the top of the ladder with a comfortable two-win margin. Now, though, it’s going to be a quiet six weeks until we see some hockey in Melbourne again. Normally Jane and I would spend most of January avoiding the sun, drinking cold beers and sinking into despair of the Chicago Blackhawks’ inability to score power play goals, but who knows if we’ll even have any NHL games to complain about this summer?
Note: our report on last weekend’s Melbourne Ice games are going to be a little later than usual as Jane has been ill this week. She will have a report on the double header against the Sirens, but right now her top priority is resting and getting healthy. Get well soon, Jane!
First up, the most important news of the day: if you live in Melbourne, head down to the Comics Lounge tonight and help the Melbourne Ice women’s team raise some funds for their trip to the AWIHL finals in March! Tickets are $20 and you can buy them directly from the Melbourne Ice players at the door. You get a great comedy variety show at a bargain price and help send the Ice to Newcastle for the finals – what’s not to like? (Unless you’re a Sirens, Goannas or Adrenaline fan, I suppose…)
Tomorrow night there’s the now-familiar fixture of Friday night AJIHL action between the Blackhawks and the Redwings at 8pm and again on Sunday as the junior league wraps up the first half of the season for the summer break. The last AWIHL games already played out last weekend, of course, with the Ice and the Adrenaline taking full points for the second week running. Read on for more about the AWIHL, some bits and pieces of AIHL news and more… Continue reading
In the past week we saw a cracking second round of AWIHL hockey. The Melbourne Ice won their first home games against the Brisbane Goannas, as Jane covered yesterday, and the Adelaide Adrenaline won two bruising games against the North Star Sirens. It leaves Melbourne and Adelaide tied for equal first in the standings, with the Sirens one win behind. There’s no AWIHL hockey this weekend, but it’ll resume with the Sirens playing the Ice in Melbourne on December 1 & 2.
In the mean time, this weekend features two Redwings vs Blackhawks AJIHL games at the Icehouse, one at 8pm tonight and the second on Sunday afternoon. Not to mention a whole stack of announcements about what next year has in store for the AIHL.