SA Suns

The SA Suns (formerly Southern Suns - prior to 2015) [1] are a women's field hockey team based in South Australia that competes in the Australian Hockey League (AHL).[2] The SA Suns won national championships in 1995 and 2011.

SA Suns
CityAdelaide
LeagueAustralian Hockey League
Founded1993 (1993)
Home arenaState Hockey Centre
ColoursYellow, Dark Blue, Red
Head coachMark Dedman
CaptainJane Claxton, Karri McMahon
WebsiteSA Suns

Current TeamEdit

The following is the SA Suns team roster[3] for the 2018 AHL:

Head coaches: Mark Dedman

  1. Mariana Lagos
  2. Jane Claxton (C)
  3. Celeste Foord
  4. Emily Grist
  5. Holly Evans
  6. Euleena MacLachlan
  7. Amy Hunt
  8. Alison Penington
  9. Michaela Spano
  10. Karri McMahon (C)
  11. Ashleigh Morrison
  12. Lucy Talbot
  13. Leah Welstead
  14. Amy Hammond (GK)
  15. Hattie Shand
  16. Ashlee Wells (GK)

HistoryEdit

Name ChangesEdit

Since the founding of the Women's Australian Hockey League, the SA Suns have competed under five different names.

Name Changes
No. Years Name
1 1993–1996 Diet Coke Adelaide Suns
2 1997–1998,
2001–2007
Adelaide Suns
3 1999–2000 Adelaide Bank Suns
4 2008–2014 Southern Suns
5 2015–present SA Suns

National ChampionshipsEdit

2011 Women's Australian Hockey LeagueEdit

At the 2011 AHL, the SA Suns won the Australian Hockey League for the second time.

This was the first time the SA Suns had won in 16 years, defeating the NSW Arrows 1–0 in the final.[4][5]

The SA Suns lineup included Hockeyroo members Holly Evans, Bianca Greenshields, Georgie Parker and Elise Stacy. The team was also aided by New Zealand imports Melody Cooper, Clarissa Eshuis and Kayla Sharland.[6] The team was coached by former Kookaburra, Craig Victory.[7]

The team concluded the tournament with 7 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, scoring 29 goals and conceding 14.

2011 SA Suns Lineup
Head Coach
Craig Victory
Players
· Casey Bell
· Brooklyn Buchecker
· Jessica Cibich
· Jane Claxton
· Catherine Connolly
· Melody Cooper
· Clarissa Eshuis
· Holly Evans
· Laura Germein
· DeAnne Gilbert
· Bianca Greenshields
· Sarah Harrison
· Georgie Kiel
· Leesa McDonald
· Anna McGregor
· Karri McMahon
· Airlie Ogilvie
· Georgie Parker
· Janelle Pisani
· Tess Reynolds
· Kayla Sharland
· Elise Stacy
· Amy Watters

1995 Women's Australian Hockey LeagueEdit

The SA Suns won their maiden Australian Hockey League title in 1995.[5][8]

The team included 1992 Olympians and Hockeyroo members, Juliet Haslam OAM, Kate Allen OAM and Alison Peek OAM.[9][10]

1984 Olympian Tricia Heberle was head coach of the team.

Previous PlacingsEdit

The following table shows the SA Suns' final placings at the AHL since its founding.[11]

SA Suns – Tournament History
Year Position Year Position
1993 · 2006 · 5th
1994 · 5th 2007 · 8th
1995 · 1st 2008 · 5th
1996 · 2009 · 6th
1997 · 3rd 2010 · 5th
1998 · 2011 · 1st
1999 · 7th 2012 · 6th
2000 · 4th 2013 · 6th
2001 · 7th 2014 · 6th
2002 · 4th 2015 · 6th
2003 · 6th 2016 · 9th
2004 · 6th 2017 · 7th
2005 · 4th 2018 · 6th

Notable playersEdit

Notable players who have played for the SA Suns include:

CoachesEdit

Previous Head Coaches of the SA Suns have been:

Home StadiumEdit

The team's home stadium is the State Hockey Centre (South Australia) (also known as the Pines Stadium) which is located north of the Adelaide CBD in Gepps Cross. The stadium has a capacity of about 4,000 with 330 permanent seats. The stadium was used for the 1997 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy.

Honour RollEdit

AHL Championships: 1995, 2011
AHL Finals Appearances: 1995, 2011
AHL Podium Finishes: 1995 (1st), 1996 (3rd), 2011 (1st)
AHL Player of the Tournament: Karri McMahon (2013), Jane Claxton (2015)
AHL Player of the Final: Kayla Sharland (2011)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Suns set to compete successfully with the best teams in the country". hockeysa.com.au. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  2. ^ http://www.hockey.org.au/index.php?id=291[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "South Australia". hockeyaustralia.altiusrt.com. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  4. ^ http://www.hockey.org.au/index.php?id=90&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=641&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=88&cHash=1bf2bc8d68
  5. ^ a b "Southern Suns defeat NSW to win AHL Grand Final". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  6. ^ http://hosting3.sportingpulse.com/www.hockeyvictoria.org.au/index.php?id=11&tx_ttnews%5BpS%5D=1256818448&tx_ttnews%5Bpointer%5D=107&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=927&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=12&cHash=817cc38c96
  7. ^ http://www.hockeysa.com.au/index.php?id=433
  8. ^ "Hockey SA > About Us > History". hockeysa.com.au. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  9. ^ "Premiers Reading Challenge". premiersreadingchallenge.sa.edu.au. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  10. ^ "Starting Blocks - An introduction to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games". Archived from the original on 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  11. ^ "SA Suns". hockeysa.com.au. Retrieved 2016-07-26.