The Sirens took out their opening weekend at home defeating the Adelaide Rush 6-0 on Saturday and 8-1 on Sunday.
It was evident in the opening period on Saturday that the Sirens would set the pace for this game.
Dominating possession, interfering with the few plays Adelaide had, the Sirens started to get under the Rush's skin, leading to the first power play of the game.
In spite of suffering numerous penalties, the Sirens successfully killed them all keeping Adelaide Rush scoreless in game one.
With 78 shots on, Adelaide Rush keeper Joanne Phillis stood strong between the pipes the entire game, with an onslaught of shots on, only letting in 6.
Sharna Godfrey had a great opening weekend, with two goals in the first period, finishing with four with goals by the third period.
Amelia Matheson added to the score with a goal in the dying minute of second period, and a dream goal for Shiarna Tarasenko scoring on her Sirens debut.
The Sirens held their composure, and while the Rush upped the pressure in the the second period, they dropped off in the third.
Game two, come Sunday morning, the Adelaide Rush team were ready to skate. They pushed from the moment the puck dropped and really pushed the pace into full speed.
Throughout this game, both teams suffered more penalties and the physicality of the game had picked up compared to Saturday nights matchup.
Once again Sharna Godfrey led the scoring early in first period, followed quickly by Stephenie Cochrane and Erin Bow helping the Sirens to a 3-0 lead early in the first.
Reaching out with a tap of her stick, Adelaide Rush’s Kirsty Venus scored the only goal for Adelaide on their away trip bringing the score to 3-1 in the first period.
Venus’ goal lifted her team as they came out pumping hard in the second period.
In the final half of the second, Sharna Godfrey got her second goal while Andrea Lim and Amelia Matheson got their first of the night pulling the Sirens lead to 6-1.
The Sirens defence was stronger this game, and Adelaide could not find their way through. In spite of end to end hockey, neither team showed exhaustion or letting up until the final buzzer sounded.
Shooting from the blue line, Fiona Moon sent the puck past Rush goalkeeper Tina Girdler.
Both teams were battling hard towards the end of the period, but flying out from a penalty, Amelia Matheson found the net one more time for the Sirens to end the game 8-1.
For a relatively new team, head coach Mitchell Kelleher was note happy with how his team came together.
“I think we struggled a little bit against Sydney, they’re a top side, so while we did lose, I really think we built on the systems that we had in place yesterday," he said.
“I am really impressed with how the girls reacted from yesterdays game, and how they played today. We had a lot more chances and even scored our first goal.
"We are a developing team at the moment, so we are going to have games like this, but it gives us a good base to build upon now.
"The goalies were outstanding, yesterday Jo Phillis stood on her head for us, for Jo to pull out an awesome save percentage on 78 shots is incredible. And for Tina in her first AWIHL game, again she did great with the shots at 78 again. It was amazing to see her do that.
"There are a lot of things we need to work on, today we tightened up more defensively, and the quality of shots were due to that.”
Sydney Sirens Head Coach Troy was happy with his side's start.
“I think it was a good start to the series. We have been training really hard and we have been waiting to see how the girls are measuring up. They’re skating really well, they’re fit, which is a bonus, and we got a home round for once," he said.
"We are very happy we came out of it injury free, all the girls are happy, and we are looking forward to the next practice and then facing the Goannas in Brisbane.”
“Our shot count was very high as usual, we will keep working on our speed and our end-zone play. We want to play a really upbeat tempo of hockey, which we started to do last season, with the new players we have got on board, we can really play that brand of hockey to even a higher standard.”
“For the spectators that were here they would have seen those new additions, and adding the Beaver at the back, a 6”2 girl, she really steadies the ship. We have a long way to go, I can see us climbing the charts and we have pencilled the calendar for December 3 when Melbourne are coming to town, and we really cant wait to play them again.”
“Thank you to the spectators that came out this weekend, join us on Dec 3 against Melbourne, if you want to see some really fast hockey be in Canterbury on Dec 3.”