Exciting news to report, 'The Australian National Youth Team' won
Gold at the 2003 World Ice Hockey Championships held in Mexico,
March 2003. Congratulations to all involved starting with Vlad
Rubes, Sandi Haselgrove, Rob Donkersloot, team captain and
Victoria's own Lliam Webster and former National Coaching Director
Stewart Hicks. A sensational effort by all involved and an amazing
result for Australian Hockey! The boys returned home Tuesday so be
sure to offer a big congratulations on a monumental effort.
Victorian players represented were Sean Jones, Dean Dunstan, Peter
Matus (Asst Captain), Matt Pearson and Lliam Webster (Captain). Hope
I didn't miss anyone! For more info regarding the trip visit the
Puckhandlers.com message board.
Pro League Playoffs -
Finals start this Friday night (March 14) at Puckhandlers, 7:45pm!
Johnno DeBoos and John Tsakmakis lead the 'Labeda Inferno' up
against Daniel Gunn and Ross Fisher of the 'Bauer Reservoir Dogs' in
the best of three league semi final (Fri 14th - Wed 19th - Fri
21st). These two teams have a long history of intense match ups
which include last years semi final which went to a penalty shootout
(even that went into extra shots and then ended in mayhem!) as well
as the 2001 Grand Final where the Dogs came back from a 4 - 0
scoreline to win in the final seconds. The Inferno - Dogs match up
will be a beauty and everyone is encouraged to come down and check
out Playoff Pro League action! The Red Star Bruins are straight in
the grand final (Wed 26th - Fri 28th - Wed Apr 2nd) after finishing
the league in first place and will play the winner of the
Inferno/Dogs clash. The players all appreciate your support.
'Tuesday Night League'
- 14 round league for Seniors (15 years and above). League starts on
May 20 and concludes Sept 16 (all dates and details below). Spots
will fill fast (already many teams booked) so please get on to me
asap if you are interested or require more information. All players
and teams welcome!
Silver (2 'Pro players' per team permitted)
Bronze (No state players, no A grade players from previous season)
Divisions will fill up fast (many teams booked), please get on to me
asap to ensure your team doesn't miss out.
Each week games will happen Tuesday nights between 7pm and 10:30pm.
$1,232 per team. Based on a full team of 10 players (recommended)
this amounts to $123.20 (worked that all out myself...) per player
for the entire season.
FINALS ARE FREE!!
A Tuesday night Party will be held and awards presented for:
MVP, Most assists, Best Defense, Best Goalie, Popular Choice.
1st and 2nd place trophies will be presented after grand finals.
Round 1 - May 20
Round 2 - May 27
Round 3 - June 3
Round 4 - June 10
Round 5 - June 17
Round 6 - June 24
Round 7 - July 15
Round 8 - July 22
Round 9 - July 29
Round 10 - Aug 5
Round 11 - Aug 12
Round 12 - Aug 19
Round 13 - Aug 26
Round 14 - Sept 2
Semi Finals - Sept 9
Grand Final - Sept 16
Vic State Teams -
State Teams have (finally) whipped into shape. All teams look to be
quietly going about their respective business of planning to take
out this years Australian National Title. All Vic teams will be
participating in the 'Team USA Coaching Camp' at Puckhandlers over
the school holidays prior to leaving for Nationals. Judged on last
years success the coach of the USA National Men's team is again
coming out to coach the Victorian Sr Men's Team as well as oversee
and organise a coaching camp for all state team participating this
year. Good luck to all involved.
FREE Coaching Clinic -
Yes, you read correctly, FREE! The Team USA National Coach will be
conducting a comprehensive coaching clinic at Puckhandlers on Sunday
April 13 from 2 -5pm. If you are at all interested in learning more
about the game of hockey, this is a must! For more information and
to book in please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr Silver Cup - Dates
are June 28 - 29 and July 3 - 6. Once again expect to have Canberra,
Hobart and Launceston booked for the big event as well as the usual
local regulars. These tournaments are always a lot of fun and if you
haven't entered before they come highly recommended. If you are a
regular please book soon to ensure your spot as I only have 24
available. Divisions will once again be Paper (Beginner), Bronze
(C-B Grade) and Silver (B - A grade).
Junior Silver Cup -
Dates will be Monday July 7 thru to Sunday July 13th. Book in quick
as the Junior Silver Cup is always very popular and a load of fun
for the kids during holidays. The last JSC had 40 teams and 400
players participating and was aired on Melbourne TV for the first
time. If you and your team are interested in booking please let me
know soon. Individuals keen to play that don't have teams also send
through an email to advise of your availability.
That is it for now from Australia's favorite hockey website
www.puckhandlers.com Look forward to seeing many of you at the
Nationals on the Sunshine Coast!
Thanks for tuning in,