Juniors making a splash
championship, get a bit of momentum building and hopefully we can go better this year and win the championship.”
Expectations are high for the Heat, who finished second to Brisbane last season off the back of a 26-14 record, before they fell to Canberra in the best-ofthree preliminary final. A SURGE in ice hockey’s popularity has seen a WA women’s team entered into the national competition for the first time.
Based at Cockburn Ice Arena, the Perth Inferno started their inaugural 12match Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season with two away game wins against Adelaide on November 10 and 11.
Perth Inferno coach Paul Graham said with 23 talented players, including 13-year-old young gun Nikki Sharp and US import Elizabeth Scala, his team had the potential to finish in the top three. YOUNG female water polo players in Cockburn are making quite a splash in the sport.
The Water Polo WA junior competition season is only four games in but Cockburn Junior Water Polo Club’s Under-14 B girls are on a roll, sitting comfortably in the top half of the ladder.
After a nail-biting 10-9 loss to North Coast Phoenix in game 1, the girls have dominated their next three matches, beating Melville (17-0), UWA City Beach (124) and Phantoms (15-2).
Club president and team coach Natalie Turner said the club was only a few years old, which made the results even sweeter.
“We are a new club with some dedicated youngsters who have been working together for more than a year now,” she said.
“The team is spearheaded by scoring sensation Tina Cavka, who has accumulated a staggering 20
“Having a team in the national competition gives WA players a clear pathway to the national team for the first time,” he said.
“Every sportsperson dreams of representing their country and now WA’s female ice hockey players have an opportunity to do that.
“It also opens up other opportunities for players that they have not had before. For example, 13-yearold Nikki Sharp, who will compete in the AWIHL in December once she turns 14, is aiming to use this opportunity to access a scholarship into the US high school system.”
Forrestfield scrap metal goals, including 12 in one match, and the excellent goalkeeping skills of Mia Tigchelaar.
“While these two have made a huge impact, it is the general teamwork of the whole team that has made us a standout side.
“It’s good that other clubs are standing up and taking notice of us. business C. D. Dodd has thrown its support behind both the WA men and women’s ice hockey teams as a major sponsor.
Graham said the support of local businesses was vital to a team like his.
“C. D. Dodd’s support means we can afford luxuries such as a team uniform for travelling,” he said.
“Team members want to be as professional as they can and C. D. Dodd coming on board allows them to do that while also easing their financial burden.”
Perth Inferno’s first home games will be against Sydney on November 24 and 25 at Cockburn Ice Arena.
“We have a handful of seniors playing on loan to other clubs, while this is the only team playing under our banner.
“Our juniors train on a Friday night and the whole club gets together on Sunday morning at Cockburn ARC.
“It’s the start of great things for the club.”