The Australian Hockey League’s (AHL), widely recognized reputation as one of the world’s strongest and most competitive national leagues shows no sign of disappearing as the 2008 men’s tournament commences this weekend in Canberra, Australia.
And with the OAMPS Queensland Blades, led by Kookaburras Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles, looking to create history by becoming the first team in men’s AHL history to win three championships in a row, the 2008 men’s tournament is sure be a fast n’ furious event.
Running over a two week period from February 25 – 8 March in
The six other state teams will also be looking to spoil the Blades’ party, with the Northpharm NT Stingers, Canberra Labor Club Lakers, MIA Tassie Tigers and the Southern Hotshots eager to add the AHL championship to their trophy cabinet for the first time.
While team success will be the overall objective at the AHL, the two week tournament also provides a vital stepping stone for those looking to impress national coach Barry Dancer. Olympic squad selection will be made at the conclusion of the tournament, so fans can expect to see players holding nothing back as they attempt to lead their teams to national glory.
“The Kookaburras recently competed in a 5-nation tournament in
At the same time, Dancer says he expects to see the more experienced Kookaburra players who didn’t compete in the 5 nation tournament to be in perfect shape for the tournament after having a few months away from competitive international hockey.
“A few of the more experienced Kookaburra players did not compete at the 5 nation tournament so they were given an opportunity to prepare for the AHL. So I would expect these players to be playing some of their best hockey at this years’ AHL.”
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