Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - Submitted by North Star Sirens - Sera Dogramaci / Ellie-Marie Watts
With the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season over for another year, North Star-Sirens goaltender Sera Dogramaci tells it us how it all went down in Adelaide.
The North Star-Sirens headed into the weekend determined to win and break the Silver Sirens Curse, having won Silver in every year of the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey league – 6 in total.
The playoff game on Saturday against Brisbane was never going to be easy . The Goannas put up a fight and the score line certainly didn't reflect how hard they worked.
They were determined to post a win and kept pressuring us. Sami Lai opened up the scoring for Sirens two minutes into the game, the only goal of the period.
The second period saw goals from Captain Kaylee White and Melissa Rulli to bring the score line up to 3-0.
Halfway through the second period the Sirens switched goalies and I (Sera Dogramaci) entered the net after Ash Brown had a great game, closing down the Goannas on several goal scoring chances.
The current match report doesn't show, but we’re working on getting it corrected.
Entering the third period the Goannas notched up a goal on a power play. The game itself was penalty ridden, and the girls were screening me, and although I knew the shot was coming, it was hard to judge where it was going.
A good slap shot from Import Erin Weber to get that one.
The Sirens collected a couple more goals from Rachael White, Sharna Godfrey and Sami Lai again.
We bombarded Goanna’s goalie Kristy Bruske with 47 shots and she played exceptionally well but the players in front of her couldn't always support her.
The game ended 6-1.
The Sirens advanced to the semis against Adelaide (the Ice beat out Adelaide 7-3 in the first Finals match).
The semi-final against Adelaide was always going to be tough.
This was a team that had only lost one game in the regular season – in a shootout to Melbourne in Round Two of the season.
Their loss on the Saturday made them determined to make it through to the grand-final.
We knew this, and we did what we could to manipulate the mental aspect of the game.
Adelaide played as strong as they had all season, and the Sirens put on their best performance.
At the end of the first period we were down 3-1 and still had a strong chance to tie up the game.
In the second period however the Adrenaline put three more goals in the back of our net and there were many times during the game where Ash and I (I played the third period) were left on our own to defend the net.
A few back door goals by the Adrenaline players gave them the advantage. Another game riddled with penalties that hurt both teams.
We had a few great scoring chances, but we seemed to miss the net or hit the post.
Although the score line read 10-3 at the end of the game, the last two on me were deflections off my own defencemen.
The hockey gods were not on our side that morning.
For the first time in AWIHL history the Sirens were not in the grand-final match, but each player knew how hard they played and we could still hold our head high at the end of the game and know we gave it our best. It was just unfortunate.
The Bronze Medal game against the Goannas – same ref again. We couldn't understand why.
Facing the Goannas again knowing they were determined to win this one and put up another tough fight.
Kristy Bruske again played an outstanding game for the Goannas and stopped 38 of the 43 shots we put on her.
The Sirens had a slow start and the only goal of the first period came from Amelia Matheson while we were on a power play.
Sharnita Crompton scored our only goal of the second period while the Goannas managed to slip one past me while on a power play (Ash and I switched again halfway through the second period).
It took two or three rebound shots for Jemma Wallace to get that one. The Goannas were certainly fighting till the death.
Third period, the Sirens started to play like they could.
Three goals were put in the Goannas net, which was only answered by one goal from the Goannas, again by Jemma Wallace, again while they were on a power play.
The game ended 5-2 in favour of the Sirens.
We never actually received bronze medals for it – seems like they only get handed out to gold and silver placings.
The Sirens may not have taken out the Championship, but they played an excellent season, representing Newcastle and the North Stars Organisation with six wins and six losses and ending on 18 points in the AWIHL Standings.