2018 Women's Australian Hockey League

The 2018 Women's Australian Hockey League was the 26th edition of the women's field hockey tournament. The 2018 edition of the tournament was held between 6 – 28 October, and featured a new format from previous editions.[1]

2018 Women's Australian Hockey League
Tournament details
Host countryAustralia Australia
CityGold Coast (finals venue)
Dates6 – 28 October
Teams8
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsNew South Wales NSW Arrows (10th title)
Runner-upQueensland QLD Scorchers
Third placeAustralian Capital Territory Canberra Strikers
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored155 (6.46 per match)
Top scorer(s)Queensland Rebecca Greiner
Queensland Jodie Kenny
Victoria (Australia) Emily Hurtz (9 goals)
Best playerAustralian Capital Territory Elena Tice
Victoria (Australia) Lily Brazel
2017 (previous) (next) 2019

The finals phase of the 2018 tournament was held in the Queensland city of the Gold Coast, from the 25 – 28 October.[2]

NSW Arrows won the tournament for the tenth time, after defeating the QLD Scorchers 7–6 in the gold medal match.[3] Canberra Strikers won the bronze medal after defeating VIC Vipers 2–0 in a penalty shoot-out following a 4–4 draw.

Competition FormatEdit

Unlike previous editions of the Women's Australian Hockey League, the 2018 edition will include a very different format. Instead of the tournament being held at a single venue, the teams will play at least one home and away match during the pool stage, before converging on a singular venue for the Classification Round.[4]

The teams will be divided into two Pool A and Pool B, both consisting of four teams, with each team playing each other once. The teams will then progress to the Classification round, with each team playing a qualifying match, before progressing to either the fifth to eighth place playoffs, or the first to fourth place playoffs.

Rule InnovationsEdit

As well as a new format, the 2018 AHL brought in new rule innovations from standard international hockey.[5]

Field Goal ConversionsEdit

When a field goal is scored the same athlete will have an automatic one-on-one shootout with the goalkeeper for an extra goal.

Power PlaysEdit

Each team possesses a five-minute Power Play to use at the end of either the second or fourth quarters, when teams are reduced to nine players each and where that team’s goals are worth double.

The allocation of Power Plays will be decided by the team which wins a pre-game coin toss. For example, if the coin toss winner elects to take their Power Play at end of the fourth quarter, the opposition must use at theirs at the end of the second quarter.

In the second and fourth quarters, the clock is initially set for 10 minutes, then re-set for a further five minutes for the Power Play. Play will re-commence with a centre pass taken by the team in possession of the Power Play.

Point AllocationEdit

All matches must have an outright result so drawn matches will be decided in a penalty shoot-out. Match points will be as follows:

· 5 points for a win
· 2 points to each team in the event of a draw
· 1 point will be awarded to the winner of the shoot-out
· 0 points to the loser of the match

Participating teamsEdit

VenuesEdit

Sydney Melbourne Perth
Sydney Olympic Park State Netball and Hockey Centre Perth Hockey Stadium
Capacity: 8,000 Capacity: 8,000 Capacity: 6,000
     
Adelaide
State Hockey Centre
Capacity: 4,000
 
Brisbane
Queensland State Hockey Centre
Capacity: 1,000
 
Canberra Hobart Darwin
National Hockey Centre Tasmanian Hockey Centre Marrara Hockey Centre
Gold Coast
Finals Venue: Gold Coast Hockey Centre

ResultsEdit

Preliminary RoundEdit

Pool AEdit

Pos Team Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
1   QLD Scorchers 3 2 0 0 1 23 6 +17 10
2   NSW Arrows 3 2 0 0 1 13 6 +7 10
3   Canberra Strikers 3 2 0 0 1 6 5 +1 10
4   Tassie Van Demons 3 0 0 0 3 1 26 −25 0
6 October 2018
14:00 (AEST)
NSW Arrows   5–3   QLD Scorchers
Smith   4'4'
Watterson   38'
Stewart   50'50'
Report Kenny   27'
Greiner   58'58'
Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
Umpires:
Kylie Seymour (AUS)
Michelle Farnill (AUS)
6 October 2018
17:30 (AEST)
Tassie Van Demons   0–3   Canberra Strikers
Report Evans   12'
M. Bone   55'56'
Tasmanian Hockey Centre, Hobart
Umpires:
Kerryl Chandler (AUS)
Kristy Robertson (AUS)

14 October 2018
13:00 (AEST)
Tassie Van Demons   1–8   NSW Arrows
Lawrence   60' Report Watterson   13'13'
Jenner   26'
Stewart   30'30'55'55'
Johnston   54'
Tasmanian Hockey Centre, Hobart
Umpires:
Caroline Davis (AUS)
Michelle Farnill (AUS)
14 October 2018
13:00 (AEST)
Canberra Strikers   1–5   QLD Scorchers
Taseska   10' Report Taylor   22'40'
Greiner   60'60'60'
National Hockey Centre, Canberra
Umpires:
Kerryl Chandler (AUS)
Emily Carroll (AUS)

20 October 2018
14:00 (AEST)
Canberra Strikers   2–0   NSW Arrows
Middleton   28'28' Report
National Hockey Centre, Canberra
Umpires:
Emily Carroll (AUS)
Kristy Robertson (AUS)
20 October 2018
18:00 (AEST)
QLD Scorchers   15–0   Tassie Van Demons
Kershaw   3'3'
Malone   10'10'27'27'27'46'46'
Greiner   23'23'
Kenny   28'28'28'
Holzberger   39'
Report
Queensland State Hockey Centre, Brisbane
Umpires:
Aleisha Neumann (AUS)
Tamara Leonard (AUS)

Pool BEdit

Pos Team Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
1   VIC Vipers 3 3 0 0 0 15 0 +15 15
2   SA Suns 3 2 0 0 1 6 3 +3 10
3   WA Diamonds 3 1 0 0 2 7 5 +2 5
4   NT Pearls 3 0 0 0 3 1 21 −20 0
7 October 2018
14:00 (ACST)
SA Suns   3–2   WA Diamonds
Welstead   28'28'28' Report Rogers-Uff   41'
Tonkin   54'
State Hockey Centre, Adelaide
Umpires:
Nicola Brown (AUS)
Melissa Trivic (AUS)
7 October 2018
17:00 (ACST)
NT Pearls   0–13   VIC Vipers
Report Utri   7'42'42'
Brazel   7'
Hurtz   11'15'44'44'
Gravenall   30'
Ratcliffe   30'40'40'
Hammond   45'
Marrara Hockey Centre, Darwin
Umpires:
Bernadette Pangrazio (AUS)
Lauren Berndt (AUS)

13 October 2018
15:45 (AEST)
VIC Vipers   1–0   WA Diamonds
Ratcliffe   60' Report
State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne
Umpires:
Nicola Brown (AUS)
Cassigy Gallagher (AUS)
13 October 2018
17:00 (ACST)
SA Suns   3–0   NT Pearls
McMahon   30'30'41' Report
State Hockey Centre, Adelaide
Umpires:
Tamara Leonard (AUS)
Aleisha Neumann (AUS)

20 October 2018
16:00 (AWST)
WA Diamonds   5–1   NT Pearls
Squibb   40'40'56'56'
Slattery   43'
Report Martin-Brown   8'
Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth
Umpires:
Melissa Trivic (AUS)
Kimberleigh Todd (AUS)

21 October 2018
14:00 (AEST)
VIC Vipers   1–0   SA Suns
Gravenall   45' Report
State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne
Umpires:
Michelle Farnill (AUS)
Nicola Brown (AUS)

Classification RoundEdit

 
QuarterfinalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
25 October 2018
 
 
  QLD Scorchers13
 
27 October 2018
 
  NT Pearls0
 
  QLD Scorchers2
 
25 October 2018
 
  Canberra Strikers1
 
  SA Suns0 (2)
 
28 October 2018
 
  Canberra Strikers (p.s.o)0 (4)
 
  QLD Scorchers6
 
25 October 2018
 
  NSW Arrows7
 
  NSW Arrows6
 
27 October 2018
 
  WA Diamonds0
 
  NSW Arrows4
 
25 October 2018
 
  VIC Vipers3 Third place match
 
  VIC Vipers6
 
28 October 2018
 
  Tassie Van Demons0
 
  Canberra Strikers (p.s.o)4 (2)
 
 
  VIC Vipers4 (0)
 

QuarterfinalsEdit

25 October 2018
13:00 (AEST)
QLD Scorchers   13–0   NT Pearls
Kenny   15+'43'49'
Greiner   22'22'
Wilkinson   24'24'
Eleison   25'
Kershaw   28'29'49'49'
M. Fitzpatrick   33'
Report
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Michelle Farnill (AUS)
Melissa Trivic (AUS)

25 October 2018
14:45 (AEST)
SA Suns   0–0   Canberra Strikers
Report
Penalties
Spano  
Evans  
Welstead  
Claxton  
2–4   Taseska
  Middleton
  Tice
  Evans
  E. Bone
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Kerryl Chandler (AUS)
Tamara Leonard (AUS)

25 October 2018
16:30 (AEST)
VIC Vipers   6–0   Tassie Van Demons
Padget   5'5'
Ratcliffe   18'41'41'
Brazel   20'
Report
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Kristy Robertson (AUS)
Caroline Davis (AUS)

25 October 2018
18:15 (AEST)
NSW Arrows   6–0   WA Diamonds
Jenner   11'28'28'
Smith   31'31'
Stewart   34'
Report
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Nicola Brown (AUS)
Emily Carroll (AUS)

Fifth to eighth place classificationEdit

 
CrossoverFifth place match
 
      
 
27 October 2018
 
 
  NT Pearls0
 
28 October 2018
 
  SA Suns5
 
  SA Suns2 (3)
 
27 October 2018
 
  WA Diamonds (p.s.o)2 (4)
 
  WA Diamonds10
 
 
  Tassie Van Demons0
 
Seventh place match
 
 
28 October 2018
 
 
  NT Pearls5
 
 
  Tassie Van Demons3
CrossoverEdit
October 2018
08:45 (AEST)
NT Pearls   0–5   SA Suns
Report Talbot   17'17'
Spano   26'
Grist   53'54'
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Emily Carroll (AUS)
Caroline Davis (AUS)

October 2018
10:30 (AEST)
WA Diamonds   10–0   Tassie Van Demons
Slattery   4'46'46'
Broek   11'59'59'59'
Squibb   20'
Bestall   27'27'
Report
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Tamara Leonard (AUS)
Michelle Farnill (AUS)
Seventh and eighth placeEdit
October 2018
08:45 (AEST)
NT Pearls   5–3   Tassie Van Demons
J. Graf   18'18'
Lidbetter   33'33'
G. Graf   41'
Report Gunn   6'6'
Arthur   55'
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Nicola Brown (AUS)
Caroline Davis (AUS)
Fifth and sixth placeEdit
October 2018
08:45 (AEST)
SA Suns   2–2   WA Diamonds
Grist   15'60' Report Broek   58'58'
Penalties
McMahon  
Welstead  
Evans  
Claxton  
Spano  
——
McMahon  
3–4   Malan
  Squibb
  Rockliff
  Broek
  Slattery
——
  Slattery
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Kerryl Chandler (AUS)
Michelle Farnill (AUS)

First to fourth place classificationEdit

Semi-finalsEdit
27 October 2018
12:30 (AEST)
QLD Scorchers   2–1   Canberra Strikers
Holzberger   14'
Kenny   25'
Report Bailey-Price   48'
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Melissa Trivic (AUS)
Nicola Brown (AUS)

27 October 2018
14:00 (AEST)
NSW Arrows   4–3   VIC Vipers
Smith   30'30'
Williams   36'36'
Report Hurtz   47'47'55'
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Kerryl Chandler (AUS)
Kristy Robertson (AUS)
Third and fourth placeEdit
28 October 2018
12:30 (AEST)
Canberra Strikers   4–4   VIC Vipers
Gaughan   23'23'
E. Bone   34'
Tice   45'
Report Brazel   17'17'
Hurtz   57'57'
Penalties
Taseska  
Middleton  
Tice  
2–0   Hurtz
  Ratcliffe
  Brazel
  Bates
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Tamara Leonard (AUS)
Kristy Robertson (AUS)
FinalEdit
28 October 2018
15:30 (AEST)
QLD Scorchers   6–7   NSW Arrows
S. Fitzpatrick   12'12'56'
Kenny   33'
Kershaw   59'59'
Report Williams   5'5'
Hayes   21'21'
Farrell   35'
Stewart   49'
Wilson   53'
Gold Coast Hockey Centre, Gold Coast
Umpires:
Melissa Trivic (AUS)
Emily Carroll (AUS)

AwardsEdit

Player of the Tournament Top Goalscorer Player of the Final Goalkeeper of the Tournament
  Elena Tice
  Lily Brazel
  Rebecca Greiner
  Jodie Kenny
  Emily Hurtz
  Kaitlin Nobbs   Rachael Lynch

StatisticsEdit

Final StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
    NSW Arrows 6 5 0 0 1 30 15 +15 25 Gold Medal
    QLD Scorchers 6 4 0 0 2 44 14 +30 20 Silver Medal
    Canberra Strikers 6 2 2 0 2 11 11 0 16 Bronze Medal
4   VIC Vipers 6 4 0 1 1 28 8 +20 22
5   WA Diamonds 6 2 1 0 3 19 13 +6 13
6   SA Suns 6 3 0 2 1 13 5 +8 19
7   NT Pearls 6 1 0 0 5 6 42 −36 5
8   Tassie Van Demons 6 0 0 0 6 4 47 −43 0

GoalscorersEdit

There were 155 goals scored in 24 matches, for an average of 6.46 goals per match.

9 goals

8 goals

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Source: Hockey Australia

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 AHL Schedule & Details Announced Ahead Of 2019 Revamp". Hockey Australia. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 Women's Australian Hockey League (AHL)". haockeyaustralia.altiusrt.com. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  3. ^ "NSW Arrows Claim Last-Ever AHL Title In Thriller". Hockey Australia. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 AHL Fixture" (PDF). Hockey Australia. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  5. ^ "A Simple Breakdown Of The 2018 AHL Rule Innovations". Hockey Australia. Retrieved 7 October 2018.

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