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Admirals Finish 3rd, Bright Future Ahead

We had mixed success over the weekend against the Dunedin Thunder. On Saturday the team pummeled the last placed Thunder 8 goals to 2. However a series of injuries put us in a difficult position and we just couldn’t pull it together enough to sink Dunedin on Sunday, battling all the way but going down 2-0 at the end of the night.

Saturday game stats HERE. Sunday game stats HERE.

These results mean that the team misses out on a finals berth by only 3 points and finishes the 2016 season in 3rd place ahead of Botany Swarm and Dunedin Thunder.

This season has been an immense success for us as a club, having finished in last place for the previous number of seasons. This season also shows that everything the players and management are trying to build is starting to come to fruition.

The club will also hold the Toa Kauhanga Riri trophy (TKRT) for the second summer in a row having lost it early in the season before reclaiming the trophy and successfully defending it twice; including victories against the leagues toughest opponent – the Skycity Stampede.

We can also celebrate two more players reaching the coveted 100 NZIHL games mark. Both Andy Hart and Nick Henderson reached the milestone and both players had superb seasons to match.

Overall the team saw a broad spectrum of players contributing to the score sheet this year and a number of young players getting to wear the blue and gold for the first time. This is a testament to the culture and systems that have been put in place to maximize and develop our local talent.

Another success of the culture we are implementing is player discipline. Both physically and mentally the players have had massive improvements over the last couple of seasons and can take pride in the fact that we were the only team to have no players suspended or ejected from games. We also finished this season with the lowest number of penalty minutes. The level of fitness every player on the ice has is very apparent as we can compete hard for a full 60 minutes.

The West Auckland Admirals have always played with immeasurable amounts of passion for hockey and loyalty to the team and its players. This now has a defined direction and drive for victory. And the players performance is showing that it’s paying off.

We the Admirals, its management, volunteers and all of its fans are part of a family which is now growing in a direction that will see great success come to the team in the future.

The players and everyone involved thank those who come out to support the team, it means a lot to the players.

Bring on 2017, watch out for the West Auckland Admirals!