Well what a year it’s been, there has been plenty of ups and downs but a great season had by all. I would like to start with a big thanks to 2017’s Executive committee especially Neil Milligan and Kim Dewar who without their help and input this year would have been especially hard. As some you may be aware our AGM was recently held at Herb Graham Recreation Centre, with just over the quorum required for this to take place, I would like to thank Anna Shepherd, Merle Nuber & Jody Cookson whom attended and represented their respective clubs it’s fantastic to have your input and voices heard on our association issues, direction and topics to help guide NIHA to be what you want it to be. I really wish more members would attend these they happen once a year and give you a chance to get involved with NIHA and give the Executive a clear understanding of your wants and expectations from the next season and in the future, so please next AGM make the time to attend and let us know what you want from NIHA because we volunteer our time to service you as a member and it would be nice if you could let us know what and how you would like things done rather than carpark chats or change-room discussions which effectively lead to no action. Step up and have a say it’s your club after all!
So what’s changed since the AGM well some of you may have heard I have stepped down from the Presidency for the final time after a total of six years of service four as President, one as Vice President one as a Senior Development Co-Ordinator since founding the club with help from Rob Cox and Caroline Roxborough in 2011. I hope this will open the door for some new vision and direction for NIHA, as I slowly move out of the Executive I have volunteered for the very last time in any committee role for NIHA as the 2018 Senior Development Co-Ordinator and a secondary position NIHA Coaching Co-Ordinator. Unfortunately no one has put their hand up for the top job and many other crucial positions leaving NIHA currently without a President so if you have the curry why not step up and have a go it’s a twelve month gig with small to medium commitment and would suit someone who loves hockey in all forms, It’s really not as hard or demanding as you think and I recommend anyone who is at a minimum well organised (N.B. you will be supported and guided all the way guaranteed).
Next year sees Neil continue his role as NIHA Treasurer but with great anticipation we welcome a new face to the table, Ms Lee Hall who is taking over Neil’s secondary role of NIHA Secretary for 2018, thank you Lee for helping out I’m sure you’ll enjoy your time welcome to the team! We also need to say thank you to Andrew Poole who is stepping down from the Vice Presidency after two years of service, thank you Andrew. The new VP for the 2018 season will be Kim Dewar who will continue also carrying the secondary role of Junior Development Co-Ordinator as well as this Kim will be the acting President until the position is filled, thank you Kim and good luck for 2018.
As you can see there are only a few people volunteering for you, most of whom are double tasking effectively doubling the work load. A situation like this is not healthy for any club and quickly leads to volunteer burn out, limited vision and negative atmospheres so I beg you all to just take a moment to think about the ramifications that could result if we don’t as members of NIHA each do our part and help share the work load, this club won’t run itself. We need your help we are grossly understaffed which is dramatically limiting the services we can offer you as a club simply because of manpower, nearly every idea that came across the table at the AGM from the members who made time to attend couldn’t be actioned on just because we had no volunteers available to action the work required to make these ideas a reality, these where all great ideas all on the back burner this means we are operating only giving you the minimum service and this really affects you the member in the end, we just can’t physically do it all and your involvement no matter how small or in what way only increases NIHA’s ability to give you more and improve your hockey experience.
The question I have been getting continuously since finals has been “Cooko when is the End of Season Gala Awards?” so to answer your question and stop the rumour mill, we have had a few issues this season as IHWA split the season which pushed seniors finals into late October meaning we have found it hard to secure a venue due to Christmas party demand over November and December, the other issue was manpower meaning a late start on trying to organise it.
The final nail in the coffin seen an unusually high amount of late fees from members at the end of October NIHA was owed just over $13k in fees from members whom had failed to pay their club fees when due, fortunately Neil has worked tirelessly to recover these debts and has now thankfully halved the outstanding amount which is great, though if you’re one of these guys come on get your fees paid you have had since at least April to settle this and the rest of the club shouldn’t have to support your recreational activity.
2017 Saw some success for the club and I would like to congratulate Northern Arctic D1 for their Silver, Northern Spartans MGT for their Silver and our Northern Arctic also managed to win their IHWA Division as did our Northern Wildcats in the IHWA Bantam Division.
Congratulations to the following individual IHWA award recipients:
IHWA Pee-Wee U12s:
Rookie of the Year – Sean Christie (Northern Dragons)
Best Defenseman – Nikki Sharp (Northern Dragons)
IHWA Bantams U16s:
Rookie of the Year – Skyler Luo (Northern Wildcats)
Highest Points – Skyler Luo (Northern Wildcats)
Most Valuable Player – Skyler Luo (Northern Wildcats)
Best Goaltender – Dillion Dewar (Northern Wildcats)
IHWA Midgets U18s:
Rookie of the Year – Celeste Adams (Northern Spartans)
Most Valuable Player – Liam McAuley (Northern Spartans)
IHWA Division 3:
Most Improved Player – Vivian Vu (Northern Apache)
Best Defenseman – Aaron Purdy (Northern Titans)
IHWA Division 2:
Most Improved Player – Ryan Smyth (Northern Wolverines)
IHWA Division 1:
Highest Points – Jaymie McDonnell (Northern Pirates)
Best Defenseman – Russell Fleay (Northern Arctic)
Most Valuable Player – Jason Bull (Northern Arctic)
IHWA Perth Premier League:
Best Goaltender – Todd Maclou (Northern Vikings)
Highest Points – Chris Whynot (Northern Vikings)
IHWA Women’s Achievement Award – Poole Trophy:
Sam Ellis – (Northern Panthers)
Special mention to the following members who represented Western Australia this season:
Ginsberg Cup 2017 Kurt De Fris Trophy 2017 Tange Trophy 2017 Brown Trophy 2017
Nikki Sharp Liam McAuley Liam McAuley Rodney Arnold
Cameron Bell Skyler Luo Mitchel Crommelin
Blake Jones Dillion Dewar Shaun Tobin
Jack Clarke Matthew Cupich
2017 Brown Trophy – NIHA’S Shaun Tobin was awarded tournament MVP and Highest Points
Congratulations to you all and Shaun what a great effort! Guy’s well done!
2017 also seen a few of our members in the eyes of the national team selectors and with great pride and admiration I would like to congratulate the following people on their honourable and tremendously outstanding achievement to wear the kangaroo on their chest. Well done on your 2018 squad selection achievement all the best of luck and wishing you all the best from all of us at NIHA. Go get em’ guys!
2018 U18 Australian Women’s Team
2018 Australian Youth Team
The 2017 season had a few plans which didn’t come to fruition such as the bar and some improvements to the players’ benches and change rooms. Whilst these projects didn’t begin they are still planned and we would like to continue with them in the future with a little extra manpower hopefully we can get things rolling next season. We have a few more plans to help develop the facility to more benefit our needs and we will be working closely with XIA management in coming months and over the season to start actioning some changes and improvements.
New for 2018 season will be the beginning of the U10s Atom teams with NIHA, after planning meetings with IHWA next season will see the first sanctioned league in this age group in Western Australia’s history. To ensure the success of this new league NIHA will be investing heavily in new infrastructure to divide the ice surface into cross ice surfaces. The league will be set up as per Hockey Canada’s new small area games initiative which should help to produce some great skill sets similar to what we seen from the boom of inline hockey in the late 90’s & 00’s where players were playing and training on basketball courts and small roller rinks regularly this situation developed some highly skilled confined space skills of many of the highly skilled home grown players of today like Thunders Liam Jeffries, Johnathon Bremmner, Brad Young, Jordy Kyros, Sam Wison, Andrew Cox and Shaun Tobin all of who’s skills benefited from the situations of small area games under the coaching and direction of our very own Rick Cooper.
We are currently scoping the purchase of temporary barriers and smaller sized nets etc. for the new program. Soon we will be calling out for some helpers with some of these projects over summer to make this happen, I hope to see you there for this. We are also currently scoping initiatives for equipment management, specialised training equipment and training seminars and camps (this is were having you guys at the AGM would have been valuable to have you input to exactly what you want us to organise). Lot’s planned so it should be a pretty exciting season ahead.
With my last words as President of NIHA, thank you too all of you for allowing me to lead you all to a successful , prosperous and highly sociable club atmosphere, it’s been tremendously humbling to see this club grow from the day it started in January of 2011. My family and I have poured a lot of time and effort with the help of many others into making NIHA what it is today, it is sad to be stepping down from the helm but there comes a time when I must concentrate my efforts more on my home, health and new beginnings. To all of you that have stood by my side in any role to make all of this happen you all rock, I wish you all the best from here and I hope a new leader is found who can take you guys to the next level. It’s been an honour peeps!
May all your shots find the net!
Love Cooko xx
Carn’ The Mighty Vikings…… YeeooW!
The Northern Ice Hockey Association is a non-profit incorporated association dedicated to supporting the playing of ice hockey in Perth WA. The NIHA Executive Committee manages the Association on behalf of its members. The Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month (unless noted otherwise below) at 7:00pm, with the meeting typically convening at XIA or other available locations. The meetings are open to all Club members to attend, with prior notification (to ensure seating).
Ms. Kim Dewar
Mr Neil Milligan
Ms. Lee Hall
Mr Shawn Cookson
Ms Kim Dewar
Mr Shawn Cookson
Ms Samantha Ellis
NIHA are looking for interested people for the head coaching position of our Atom,Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams. These roles are important for the continued growth of NIHA as well as ice hockey in Perth, while providing excellent coaching experience that can lead to state and national team positions. Note that we are also happy to hear from you if you are interested in an assistant coaching position.
NIHA are looking for interested people to apply for the Team Manager position of our Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams. We anticipate that we will have an Atom, a Pee Wee team, a Bantam team and a Midget teams this year and hence we are looking to fill 4 positions. Team Managers are the most important people in running the club, as they act to integrate on ice activities with NIHA administrative responsibilities. They are critical to a team having a fun and successful season.