Australian Hockey League

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Not to be confused with Australian Ice Hockey League.
Australian Hockey League
AHLLogo.JPG
Sport Field Hockey
Inaugural season 1991
No. of teams 8
Country Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Victoria Vikings (men)
Queensland Scorchers (women)
Most titles WA Thundersticks (10 times)(men)
NSW Arrows (9 times)(women)
Official website Official website

The Australian Hockey League (AHL) [1] is Australia’s premier national domestic field hockey competition. Despite its non-professional nature, AHL is considered one of the strongest and most competitive national field hockey leagues in the world. The AHL consists of both men's and women's competition. It includes many players from the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos, and participating in the AHL is a selection requirement for all Australian national squad members.

History[edit]

The first season of the Australian Men's National Hockey League (former AHL) took place in 1991, when the perpetual national championship was replaced by a new-look format. The competition, which was played over a two-month period, did not limit player eligibility to state of origin. Six teams competed in the first year - Brisbane Blades, Melbourne Redbacks, Adelaide Hotshots, Canberra Lakers, Sydney Stingrays and Tamworth Frogs. In 1991 and 1992, both the National Championship and the National Hockey League was played, placing a financial burden on the states. From 1993, the decision was made to play the National Hockey League as the sole competition in determining Australia's champion State.

The league has since evolved into an eight team competition played on a home and away basis before climaxing with a finals series. In 2000, 2004 and 2008 however, the league reverted to a two-week championship format. This format is designed to replicate the intense nature and heavy playing schedule of the Olympic Games. The league embraced some big changes leading into the 2001 season as the former Men's and Women's National Hockey League combined to form the Australian Hockey League (AHL). Both the men's and women's leagues shifted their seasons from mid-year to February–April and a unique format was adopted. The format devised allows a high level of hockey to be seen across Australia through four weeks of home-and-away competition. The league then climaxes with a full finals week that comprises three-round matches, the semi-finals and finals.

Competition format[edit]

2015[edit]

The 2015 tournaments are hosted in Darwin (men's league) and Sydney (women's league) from 25 September to 2 October. The tournament is divided into two pools, Pool A and Pool B, consisting of four teams with each team playing the others in its pool in the first round (round robin). The top two teams in each of these pools then progress to Pool C, the pool from which they can progress to the grand final. Also, the bottom two teams in these pools go into Pool D. The teams then play the teams that they haven’t already played, carrying the points from their first round match against the other team that came through with them. The top two teams in Pool C go on to contest the grand final, while the bottom two teams in Pool C contest for the bronze medal. The top two teams in Pool D contest for 5th/6th place and the bottom two in Pool D contest for 7th/8th place.

For the first time ever, all 48 games of the AHL were streamed live on the Tenplay website (Network Ten), produced by live streaming company Hockey Zone (owned by Brisbane Hockey).[2] International fans could also watch the games via the IHF or Livestream.

2016[edit]

The AHL format has been slightly altered for 2016.[3] The Men's and Women's Leagues will be played together in Perth at the Perth Hockey Stadium, in conjunction with the Under 13 Australian Carnival.

In 2016 a number of invitational teams from New Zealand, Malaysia and India have been invited to compete. Meaning the number of competing teams increases to 10 (women) and 12 (men).[4]

Competition rules[edit]

Played under FIH international rule. 4 x 15 minute quarters.

In Finals matches if the match is a draw at the end of 60 minutes the match proceeds to a penalty shootout competition.

Points[edit]

Result Points
Win 3
Draw 1
Loss 0

Finals Matches[edit]

Men[edit]

Cross-Over Games
Semi-Final 1 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A
Semi-FInal 2 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B
Classification 1 5th Pool B v 6th Pool A
Classification 2 5th Pool A v 6th Pool B
Classification 3 3rd Pool B v 4th Pool A
Classification 4 3rd Pool A v 4th Pool B

Finals
Gold = Winner of Semi-Final 1 v Winner of Semi-Final 2
Bronze = Loser of (Semi-Final 1 v Loser of Semi-Final 2
Classification 5 (11th Place) = Loser of Classification 1 v Loser of Classification 2
Classification 6 (9th Place) = Winner of Classification 1 v Winner of Classification 2
Classification 7 (7th Place) = Loser of Classification 3 v Loser of Classification 4
Classification 8 (5th Place) = Winner of Classification 3 v Winner of Classification 4

Women[edit]

Cross-Over Games
Semi-Final 1 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A
Semi-FInal 2 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B
Classification 1 5th Pool A v 5th Pool B
Classification 2 3rd Pool B v 4th Pool A
Classification 3 3rd Pool A v 4th Pool B
Classification 4 4th Pool B v 5th Pool A
Classification 5 4th Pool A v 5th Pool B
Classification 6 3rd Pool A v3rd Pool B

Finals
Gold = Winner of Semi-Final 1 v Winner of Semi-Final 2
Bronze = Loser of (Semi-Final 1 v Loser of Semi-Final 2

Men's[edit]

Men's Team State Home Venue Year Joined AHL Championships Years AKA or Incorporated Teams
Canberra Lakers Australian Capital Territory ACT National Hockey Centre, Canberra 1991 0 Vision City Canberra Lakers (1993)
Canberra Labor Club Lakers (2002-2007)
ACT Strikers (2011)
New South Wales Waratahs New South Wales New South Wales Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre 1991 3 1997
2001
2005
Sydney Stingrays (1991-1992)
Tamworth Frogs (1991-1993)
Sydney Scorpions (1993-1994)
NSW Warriors (1995-2000)
NSW Panthers (2001-2004)
Territory Stingers Northern Territory Northern Territory Marrara Hockey Centre 1998 0 Gryphon Territory Stingers (2001)
Atlas Territory Stingers (2002)
Vodafone Territory Stingers (2003-2005)
Northpharm Territory Stingers (2006-2008)
NT Stingers (2009, 2011, 2013)
Darwin Airport Stingers (2010, 2012)
Queensland Blades Queensland Queensland Queensland State Hockey Centre 1991 9 1991
2003
2004
2006
2007
2010
2012
2013
2015
Brisbane Blades (1991-1997)
North Queensland Barras (1993-2000)
SA Hotshots South Australia South Australia State Hockey Centre 1991 0 Adelaide Hotshots (1991-2007)
Southern Hotshots (2008-2014)
Tassie Tigers Tasmania Tasmania Tasmanian Hockey Centre 1992
(DNC 1993)
1 2014 Tasmania Tigers (2011-2013)
MIA Tassie Tigers (2002-2008)
Victoria Vikings Victoria (Australia) Victoria State Netball and Hockey Centre 1991 3 1996
1998
2016
Melbourne Redbacks (1991-1992, 1994-2001)
VIS Redbacks (1993)
Azuma Vikings (2005-2006)
WA Thundersticks Western Australia Western Australia Perth Hockey Stadium 1992 10 1992
1993
1994
1995
1999
2000
2002
2008
2009
2011
Perth Thundersticks (1992, 1994-2001)
WAIS Thundersticks (1993)

Men's results[edit]

Year Champion Runner-Up Player of the Tournament Highest Goalscorer Player of the Final Goalkeeper of the Tournament Play the Whistle
1991 Brisbane Blades Melbourne Redbacks Colin Batch (Redbacks) David Shaw (Redbacks) 20
1992 Perth Thundersticks Brisbane Blades Jay Stacy (Redbacks)
Todd Williams (Tigers)
1993 WAIS Thundersticks Sydney Scorpions
1994 Perth Thundersticks
1995 Perth Thundersticks Brisbane Blades Lachlan Elmer (Hotshots) Bobby Crutchley (Lakers) 17
1996 Melbourne Redbacks Brisbane Blades Jay Stacy (Redbacks) Jeremy Hiskins (Redbacks) 13
Greg Corbitt (Thundersticks) 13
1997 NSW Warriors Perth Thundersticks Jay Stacy (Redbacks) Glen Kingston (Lakers) 14
1998 Melbourne Redbacks Canberra Lakers Daniel Sproule (Tigers) Daniel Davison (Thundersticks) 12
1999 Perth Thundersticks Queensland Blades Michael York (Lakers) Craig Keegan (Tigers) 15
2000 Perth Thundersticks NSW Warriors Brent Livermore (Warriors) Craig Keegan (Tigers) 10
2001 NSW Panthers Perth Thundersticks Matthew Wells (Tigers) Michael McCann (Panthers)
2002 SmokeFree WA Thundersticks Queensland Blades Zain Wright (Tigers) Andrew Smith (Vikings) 23
2003 Queensland Blades SmokeFree WA Thundersticks Matthew Wells (Tigers) Andrew Smith (Vikings) 15
2004 Queensland Blades SmokeFree WA Thundersticks Stephen Mowlam (Vikings) Troy Elder (Blades) 9 Dean Butler (Blades)
2005[5] NSW Waratahs Queensland Blades Rob Hammond (Blades) Taeke Taekema (Waratahs) 14 Michael McCann (Waratahs)
2006[6] Queensland Blades MIA Tassie Tigers Mark Knowles (Blades) Chris Ciriello (Vikings) 13 Dean Butler (Blades)
2007[7] Queensland Blades SmokeFree WA Thundersticks Bevan George (Thundersticks) Marcus Richardson (Tigers) 12 Mark Knowles (Blades)
2008[8] SmokeFree WA Thundersticks OAMPS Queensland Blades Bevan George (Thundersticks) Luke Doerner (Vikings) 9 Aaron Hopkins (Thundersticks)
2009[9] SmokeFree WA Thundersticks OAMPS Queensland Blades Brent Livermore (Waratahs) Jason Wilson (Blades) 13 Graeme Begbie (Thundersticks)
2010[10] OAMPS Queensland Blades NSW Waratahs Des Abbott (Stingers)
Simon Orchard (Waratahs)
Josh Miller (Waratahs) 14 Jason Wilson (Blades)
2011[11] WA Thundersticks NSW Waratahs Eddie Ockenden (Tigers) Eddie Ockenden (Tigers) 11
Wouter Hermkens (Lakers)11
Sam Pike (Thundersticks) 11
Sam Pike (Thundersticks)
2012[12] Queensland Blades WA Thundersticks Simon Orchard (Waratahs) Chris Ciriello (Vikings) Matthew Swann (Blades) Canberra Lakers
2013[13] Queensland Blades Victoria Vikings Eddie Ockenden (Tigers) Aaron Kershaw (Lakers) 5
Mark Paterson (Waratahs) 5
2014[14] Tassie Tigers WA Thundersticks Eddie Ockenden (Tigers) Blake Govers (Waratahs) 9 Tristan Clemons (Tigers) Leon Hayward (Stingers) Tassie Tigers
2015[15] Queensland Blades WA Thundersticks Eddie Ockenden (Tigers) Blake Govers (Waratahs) 10 Cale Cramer (Blades) Andrew Charter (Lakers) Tassie Tigers
2016 Victorian Vikings WA Thundersticks Chris Ciriello (Vikings) 10

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Women's[edit]

Team State Home Venue Year Joined AHL Championships Years AKA or Incorporated Teams
Canberra Strikers Australian Capital Territory ACT National Hockey Centre 1991 ACTAS Strikers (1995-1996)
Canberra Labor Club Strikers (2002-2007)
ACT Strikers (2011)
New South Wales Arrows New South Wales New South Wales Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre 1991 9 1993
1996
1998
1999
1999
2000
2001
2002
2009
2014
NSW Balsam Arrows (1993-1995)
NSWIS Arrows (2000-2004)
Territory Pearls Northern Territory Northern Territory Marrara Hockey Centre 1993
(DNC 1996-1999)
Darwin Blazez (1993-1995)
Paspaley Territory Pearls (2006-2007)
NT Pearls (2008-2009, 2011-2013)
Darwin Airport Territory Pearls (2010)
Queensland Scorchers Queensland Queensland Queensland State Hockey Centre 1991 6 1992
1997
2005
2013
2015
2016
QAS/QLD Scorchers (1995-1997, 2000)
SA Suns South Australia South Australia State Hockey Centre 1991 2 1995
2011
Diet Coke Adelaide Suns (1993-1996)
Adelaide Suns (1997-1998, 2001-2007)
Adelaide Bank Suns (1999-2000)
Southern Suns (2008-2014)
Tassie Van Demons Tasmania Tasmania Tasmanian Hockey Centre 1996 Tasmanian Van Demons (1996-2000)
Wrest Point Van Demons (2001-2003, 2005-2008)
Wrest Point Casino Van Demons (2004)
Victorian Vipers Victoria (Australia) Victoria State Netball and Hockey Centre 1991 2 2003
2012
VIS Viper (1993-2004)
Azuma Vipers (2005-2006)
WA Diamonds Western Australia Western Australia Perth Hockey Stadium 1991 7 1991
1994
2004
2006
2007
2008
2010
WAIS Diamonds (1993-2002)

Women's results[edit]

Year Champion Runner-Up Player of the Tournament Highest Goalscorer Player of the Final Goalkeeper of the Tournament Play the Whistle
1993 NSW Arrows Canberra Labor Club Strikers Lisa Powell (Strikers)
1994 WA Diamonds Queensland Scorchers Rechelle Hawkes (Diamonds)
1995 SA Suns NSW Arrows Renita Farrell (Scorchers)
1996 NSW Arrows WA Diamonds Alyson Annan (Arrows)
1997 Queensland Scorchers Canberra Labor Club Strikers Alyson Annan (Arrows)
1998 NSW Arrows Queensland Scorchers Michelle Andrews (Diamonds)
1999 NSW Arrows Canberra Labor Club Strikers Katrina Powell (Strikers)
2000 NSW Arrows Queensland Scorchers Katrina Powell (Strikers) Karen Smith (Scorchers)
2001 NSW Arrows Queensland Scorchers Melanie Twitt (Arrows) Nina Bonner (Arrows)
2002 NSW Arrows Queensland Scorchers Louise Dobson (Vipers) Nikki Hudson (Scorchers) 16
2003 Victorian Vipers Queensland Scorchers Carmel Bakurski (Suns) Katrina Powell (Strikers) 15 Rachel Imison (Vipers)
2004 SmokeFree WA Diamonds Canberra Labor Club Strikers Emily Halliday (Diamonds)
Sarah Taylor (Strikers)
Hope Brown (Scorchers) 5 Emily Halliday (Diamonds)
2005 Queensland Scorchers SmokeFree WA Diamonds Rachel Imison (Vipers) Suzie Faulkner (Scorchers) 9 Madonna Blyth (Scorchers)
2006 SmokeFree WA Diamonds Queensland Scorchers Peta Gallagher (Strikers) Peta Gallagher (Strikers) 11 Emily Halliday (Diamonds)
2007 SmokeFree WA Diamonds Queensland Scorchers Rebecca Sanders (Arrows) Suzie Faulkner (Scorchers) Kim Walker (Diamonds)
2008 SmokeFree WA Diamonds Queensland Scorchers Madonna Blyth (Scorchers) Suzie Faulkner (Scorchers) 7 Kobie McGurk (Diamonds)
2009 NSW Arrows Queensland Scorchers Hope Munro (Diamonds) Emily Hurtz (Arrows) 9 Fiona Johnson (Arrows)
2010 SmokeFree WA Diamonds Queensland Scorchers Madonna Blyth (Scorchers) Ashleigh Nelson (Diamonds) 9 Ashleigh Nelson (Diamonds)
2011
Details
Southern Suns NSW Arrows Jodie Kenny (Scorchers) Ashleigh Nelson (Diamonds) 9
Sofie McLeod (Van Demons) 9
Kayla Sharland (Suns)
2012
Details
Victorian Vipers NSW Arrows Anna Flanagan (Strikers) Reggie Ashton (Scorchers) Claire Messent (Vipers) WA Diamonds
2013[17]
Details
Queensland Scorchers WA Diamonds Karri McMahon (Suns) Holli Webster (Arrows) Penny Squibb (Diamonds) Ashlee Wells (Diamonds)
2014
Details
NSW Arrows Queensland Scorchers Casey Sablowski (Arrows) Jodie Kenny (Scorchers) 9 Casey Sablowski (Arrows)
2015[18]
Details
Queensland Scorchers Victorian Vipers Jane Claxton (Suns) Emily Hurtz (Vipers) 6 Rachael Lynch (Vipers) Rachael Lynch (Vipers)
2016
Details
Queensland Scorchers Victorian Vipers Emily Hurtz (Vipers) 5

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