Australian Women's Ice Hockey League
Australian Women's Ice Hockey League logo
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2006
Inaugural season 2006
No. of teams 4
Country(ies) Flag of Australia.svg Australia
Most recent champion(s) Melbourne Ice
Official website

The Australian Women's Ice Hockey League is an amateur women's ice hockey league in Australia. Following a showcase series in 2005, The league was formed officially in 2006 and played its first season the same year. The league's season runs from October to March. From 2010/11 Finals onwards the Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy has been presented to the AWIHL Championship team.

History Edit

AWIHL original logo

The original AWIHL logo used from 2006 to 2010

Beginning Edit

Showcase SeriesEdit

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Forming the AWIHLEdit

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. [4] The Australian Women's Ice Hockey League is recognised by Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) as the premier senior women’s national ice hockey competition.[5] 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.[6]

Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy Edit

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.

West Lakes Trophy Edit

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.[7]

Logo change Edit

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.[8]

Teams Edit

Team City/Area Arena Founded Joined Former Name
Australian Women's Ice Hockey League
Melbourne Ice Melbourne, VIC O'Brien Group Arena 2006 Melbourne Dragons (2006-2010)
Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide, SA Ice Arena (Adelaide) 2006 Adelaide Assassins](2006-2010)
Brisbane Goannas Brisbane, QLD Ice World Boondall 2006
Sydney Sirens Canterbury, NSW Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink 2006 North Star Sirens (2011-2013)

It is anticipated that the league will grow to five or six teams in the future. It has been speculated that New Zealand may join the league in the upcoming years.[9][10]

Season structure Edit

The regular season in the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League consists of 12 games played by each team and runs from October to March. In addition to the top players from across Australia, each team is allowed a maximum of three imports to play in any one game. Each game consists of two 17-minute stop-time periods and a 20-minute 3rd period as opposed to the standard three 20-minute periods.

Champions Edit

  • 2006 - Adelaide Assasins
  • 2007 - Adelaide Assasins
  • 2008 - Adelaide Assasins
  • 2009 - Adelaide Assasins
  • 2010 - Adelaide Assasins[11]
  • 2011 - Melbourne Ice
  • 2012 - Adelaide Adrenaline[12]
  • 2013 - Melbourne Ice[13]
  • 2014 - Melbourne Ice
  • 2015 - Melbourne Ice

References Edit

  1. "National Women's League". Ice Hockey Australia. 
  2. "Women's Showcase Series (2006)". Ice Hockey Australia. 
  3. "Women's Showcase Series (2007)". Ice Hockey Australia. 
  4. "Australian Women's Ice Hockey League". Player Development Insider. 
  5. XSYTE. "Brisbane Goannas - League History". 
  6. "showcase series". 
  7. "Ice Hockey Australia Annual Report March 2012 - February 2013". 
  8. "Ice Hockey Australia - AWIHL LOGO COMPETITION - Pointstreak Sites". 
  9. Australian Women's Ice Hockey League
  10. . Archived from the original on December 1, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
  11. "Ice Hockey Australia - Adelaide Assasins AWIHL 2010 League Champions - Pointstreak Sites". 
  12. Zone Hockey. "FINALS: Late Adrenaline flurry secures Joan McKowen Trophy - AWIHL FINALS: Late Adrenaline flurry secures Joan McKowen Trophy - Australian Women's Ice Hockey League". 
  13. "Melbourne Ice Women AWIHL Champions". Melbourne Ice. 

External links Edit

Flag of Australia.svg Ice hockey in Australia Flag of Australia.svg
Australian Ice Hockey League         Adelaide AdrenalineCanberra KnightsGold Coast Blue TonguesMelbourne IceMelbourne MustangsNewcastle North StarsPerth ThunderSydney BearsSydney Ice Dogs
Goodall Cup
Ice Hockey Australia
Men's Australian National TeamWomen's Australian National Team
Competitions around the World

Asia League - Bahrain - CIHL Hong Kong - China - Hong Kong - India - Indonesia - Japan - Kuwait - Kyrgyzstan - Macau - Malaysia - Mongolia - North Korea - Philippines - Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macau League - Singapore - South Korea - Taiwan - Thailand - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan


South African Super League (List of South African champions)

Middle East

Israel - United Arab Emirates - Qatar


Australia - New Zealand

Latin America

Argentina - Brazil - Mexico

Defunct leagues

Japan Ice Hockey League - Korean Ice Hockey League

Women's leagues

Australia - Hong Kong - Japan (league) - Japan (tournament) - North Korea

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