Winter 2018 Awards

The Braves saw three teams make finals this season (with Senior D narrowly missing out) but despite closely contested battles, was not able to convert these into a trophy. Irrespective of this, we have plenty to celebrate this season. We saw some outstanding development amongst our players, with several being offered development opportunities and thriving in their new team environments. Each year we highlight select achievements, but a huge thank you must be extended to all of our players for buying in to the program we are trying to develop. We look forward to continued success in future seasons.


The Mick Costello Award recognises the contribution our players make to the club. In 2018 this award was presented to Gav Brien. Gav has coached the Senior D team for a number of years, and has been an advocate for the pathways between various levels of the club. Intending to take a season off coaching this year, Gav stepped up to fill a vacancy in the Senior D team to ensure we continued to provide support and guidance to our developing players.


The Phil McKay Award recognises the contribution of our non-playing volunteers. In 2018 this was awarded to Simon Holmes. Having won the award in 2017, Simon continues to show outstanding dedication to his role as Head Coach, and supported various club initiatives including coach development, merchandising, culture, as well as standing on the bench for no less than three teams during what was a transitional year. Made a life member of IHV in 2018, the Braves are proud to call Simon one of our own and thank him for tackling the year with enthusiasm.


Congratulations to the following players for an outstanding 2018 Winter season:

Team MVP Highest Points Best Defence Coaches Award
Premier A Steve Belic Adrian Nash Michael McDowell Travis Dangstorp
Senior B Steve Wright Damon Gribble Matthew Craig Holly Bolton
Senior C Alex Barnes Paul McCorquodale Rémi Béland Mathew Blair
Senior D Tom Robertson John Belic Michael Best Kia van der Vliet


Congratulations to Conor O’Brien for achieving the best goaltending results at the club.


We would also like to acknowledge the oustanding efforts of Adrian Nash who was awarded IHV’s Hugh Spot Lloyd Memorial Trophy for being the highest point scorer in Premier A this year. Adrian recorded 10 goals, 17 assists for 27 points during the 15 games of the regular season.

Announcement: Braves 2019 Executive Committee

Following the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 10th October 2018, the Braves Ice Hockey Club is proud to announce its 2019 Executive and Management Team.

President: Daniel Fuentes
Vice President: TBA
Secretary: Bianca Cassar
Treasurer: Kieran Gooley
Ordinary Member 1: Andrew McKendrick
Ordinary Member 2: Jesseca Kirwan
Ordinary Member 3: Lindsay Nash
Ordinary Member 4: Justin Powell

The Braves are delighted to announce Daniel Fuentes as incoming President; Daniel brings a wealth of experience in business management, marketing and operations, has been with the club since its founding in 1997, and has served as its Vice President for three years.

In addition to retaining the experience of Bianca Cassar and Jesseca Kirwan, we welcome some exciting fresh faces this year, with Linsday a long-serving member of the Braves, Justin bringing a seasoned perspective from involvement with multiple clubs across the country, and Kieran providing a perspective on organisational management outside of sport.

The Braves would also like to acknowledge the dedication of those committee members stepping out of their current roles.

Thank you to Andrew McKendrick who has stewarded the club as President these past two years. During his tenure, he enjoyed the 2017 IHV Premier A championship winning season, and spearheaded a cultural shift that will set the Braves up for the years to come. Whilst stepping aside from the Presidency, Andrew will continue on as an Ordinary Member.

We also thank Alexander Pak for six years of sound financial management as the Braves Treasurer, Michelle Clarkson, whose service included a year as Secretary, and Michael Best who has been our club Delegate for a number of years. Alex, Shelly and Michael have all offered to continue to contribute to the club through special projects and we appreciate their ongoing support for our initiatives.

Finally, thank you the members who attended Wednesday night’s AGM proceedings – we wouldn’t be here without you.

Go Braves!

Notice of Braves IHC Annual General Meeting

This post serves as formal notice that the Braves Ice Hockey Club will hold its Annual General Meeting on :

  • Date: Wednesday 10th October 2018 at 7.00pm
  • Location: Billy’s District, Ground Level, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands.

Nominations are now open for the following positions:

  • President (2 year term)
  • Treasurer (2 year term)
  • Ordinary Member – multiple roles (1 year term)

A member of the Braves may:

  • nominate himself or herself; or
  • with the member’s consent, be nominated by another member.

Nominations can be made by email to Bianca Cassar, Secretary Braves IHC at

Note: This year’s AGM will not be held in conjunction with Winter Presentation Night, given the 21st birthday celebrations planned. The 21st birthday event is scheduled for Saturday 27th October. More information is available here.

IHV Winter Finals 2018 – Braves Premier A vs Jets

Friday night saw the Premier A Braves, the first of our 3 play-off teams, start their finals campaign.

After a very even start with both teams probing and taking their time to settle, it was Adrian Nash and the Braves who capitalised from a change in tempo at the 7.16 mark of the first period, off some clever passing starting below net from Matt ‘Beans’ Stringer and Travis Dangstorp. This set the tone for the remainder of the period seeing sustained full-ice pressure by a heavy forechecking Braves squad and leading to a second goal just before the buzzer by Dylan Black from ‘Beans’ who recorded his second assist on the night.

The second saw the Jets respond, as expected, and, with it, increased physicality that saw them spend more time in the penalty box than they’d have liked. Unfortunately the Braves did not capitalise on these opportunities until just before the end of the 2nd period with Dalvean scoring from the doorstep in the slot from an Andrew Belic feed. The excitement and energy from a 3-0 lead was short-lived, however, as the Jets, through Sam Hodic, pegged one back with 45 seconds left in the second.

The 3rd stanza started tensely with the Jets upping the tempo again and pulling a second goal back minutes into the period through their Captain Hobbins (Croft, Love) and tying the game 5 minutes later through a seriously sweet top-shelf laser from Jukka Kanto (Parolin). The final 10 minutes saw a very tense bench for the reigning champions as the clock ticked towards the end of regulation and overtime.

Coming out of the blocks hard, in spite of starting OT a player down, the Braves had the early running however a few shifts of sustained pressure saw Jets # 92 Madden (unassisted) alone and pick up a turned over puck and put it past Shane Murphy (25 saves/ .863% ) to end the contest and send the Jets through to the next round.

While a sudden and disappointing end to the season there were a huge number of positives including turning around a premiership hangover and unearthing some scoring power after the loss of our 3 top scorers from the previous season. As always, we look to next pre-season hungrily and with excitement.

Summer 2017 Awards Announced

Last weekend, the Braves celebrated the completion of the 2017/18 IHV Summer Season at our annual Presentation Night. Whilst none of the teams reached finals, each saw considerable development throughout the season, and all players can be proud of their achievements.

Rick Dwyer Award

The Rick Dwyer Award recognises those who are dedicated to the club and its members, supporting them to improve their hockey through the Summer program. In 2017/18 this award was presented to Leigh Crossley. Leigh joined the club via the IHV Draft in 2017, promptly bringing energy and enthusiam to his team. At the completion of his playing season, Leigh offered to coach our summer players, taking the helm of the Mohicans in Division 4. With experience as a junior development coach in inline hockey, Leigh guided the team through a tough season, and helped build solid foundations which will stand the players in good stead in the future. In addition to his coaching, Leigh embodied the values of the club, and was instrumental in fundraising activities to support one of the Mohicans players after a significant injury. We thank Leigh for his continued commitment to the club and its players.

Playing Awards

Congratulations to the following players for an outstanding season:

Team MVP Highest Points Best Defense Coaches Award
Kiowa (D1) Conor O’Brien Mike Killip Chris Bridgett Jon Gourlay
Navajos (D2) Cohen Smithyman Brad Pyers Simon Birch Jimmy de Niese
Apaches (D3) Daniel Zwagerman Daniel Griffin Daniel Harper Martin De Bono
Cherokees (D3) William Place Josh Facchini Katrina Pullin Dylan O’Rourke
Mohicans (D4) Jack Challis Ambrose Potter Sarah Marshall Kenneth Suico
Comanches (D5) Ryan Kaye Edison Tooley Mark Hill Alan Taylor

The club would also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our coaching panel over the past six months. Our sincere thanks to Adam Bunting, Andy McKendrick, Ben Nicol, Daniel Fuentes, Dominic Zielinski, Dylan McKenzie, Gav Brien, Leigh Crossley, and Spike Black, and to Braves Head Coach Simon Holmes for overseeing coaches development. We would also like to thank Jess Kirwan for coordinating the season and our team managers for their assistance throughout: Ben Thompson, Debi Hansberry, James Pattison, Katrina Pullin, Nadja Egorova and Shelly Clarkson.

We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing you all again next season.