One last linkspam post

The season’s over, the weather’s getting warmer, and we all face week after week of no hockey. Yes, there’s the AWIHL season, but that’s, like, ages away! Fortunately, musical duo Me&Him, (made up of Melbourne Ice’s Jason Baclig and Olympic speed skater Lachlan Hay) hit the studio to remind us that summer isn’t just “that time when there’s no AIHL” and there are actually nice things about it, too.

Read on for actual news about the AIHL and the finals in what will probably be the last big news post for a while.

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Party now, write later

I know what you’re thinking. Why are things so quiet around here? The AIHL finals were last weekend! The highlight of the season! And the Melbourne Ice won! After three of the best games of the season and seeing their team win the Goodall Cup, don’t Jane and Chelsea have anything to say about it?

Image from AIHL Facebook, caption by Texts From Last Period.

Well, we have plenty to say about the finals, don’t you worry – we just have to get over our sleep deprivation/hangovers first, and remember how to say things other than “MELBOURNE ICE ARE THE BEST! WOOOOOOOO!” (I’m still not sure my hands are back to 100% of their usual function after the way Jane was squeezing them during the last thirty seconds of the grand final.) For now, let’s just say that this weekend was a blast. We had a fantastic time in Newcastle, meeting people who until now we’d only known via email, comments sections and Twitter. We loved the hospitality and infinite patience of the staff at Warners At The Bay motel, who survived a weekend of guests prone to 24-hour partying and the occasional nude run. We saw some of the best hockey games of the year. And of course, we saw the Melbourne Ice make history by winning their third straight championship, their first ever on the road.

We screamed. We cheered. We just about died from the tension at the end of Sunday’s game. When I called my dad to wish him a happy Father’s Day and apologise for missing it, I was both hoarse and too happy to sound very sorry. Fortunately my dad didn’t want much from me to make it up to him.

(The next day, I got my hair cut for the first time since the Melbourne Ice jersey presentation night on April 26. I may have grumbled when a certain friend told me it would be bad luck to ‘mess with the flow’ mid-season, but hey, it worked!)

Thank you to the Melbourne Ice for an amazing season, a killer grand final, and for making us feel like part of the family. We’ll have a full report on the weekend’s three spectacular games in time. But tonight, we’re just going to go down to the Harbourtown Hotel for one last chance to celebrate the end of this season with the best team in the world. GO ICE!

To Newcastle and beyond!

And so, on Sunday afternoon, the AIHL regular season finally came to a close. The Blue Tongues, despite being shut out of the finals, brought their best game to Adelaide for a double-header against the Adrenaline. The Tongues won Saturday’s game by a good margin, but the Adrenaline came back on Sunday, beating the Tongues in a shootout after a tough, penalty-filled game and an extraordinary four goals by Greg Oddy. The Tongues are pleased with their end-of-season performance, though, despite missing out on the finals, especially as their double-header against Adelaide came after a Thursday night match against the Melbourne Ice. The Mustangs unfortunately ended their season with two losses on the road in the Bauer conference, losing to the Knights and the Bears to take this year’s wooden spoon. And the Thunder ended their impressive first season with a tough weekend against the North Stars and the Ice Dogs, losing both games but putting up an impressive fight. (Meanwhile, at the Icehouse, the Melbourne Ice played against themselves.)

And now, we look to finals weekend in Newcastle, and what comes next…

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