New Zealand entered a women's team into the World Floorball Championship Qualifications for the first time in 2015. Having never really played against many women's teams, this tournament was set to be an invaluable experience and a real challenge. The qualification tournament was held on 22-25 January in Pakenham, Australia with four teams vying for three spots at the 10th Women's World Floorball Championships in Tampere, Finland, in December 2015.
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Event Overview
Team Presentations
NZ faced Singapore in their first game, and managed to keep the score close in the first and third periods, but some quick goals in the second period sealed their fate. The first NZ women's international goal was scored by the youngest member of the team, Georgia Kibblewhite (14 years old!), assisted by Ashleigh Mudge. 

NZ 1 Singapore(by period 1st 0:1, 2nd 0:5, 3rd 1:2)
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Best Player for NZ - Anita Jones
It was a very defensive second game against the tournament hosts, Australia. NZ were unable to get any points on the scoreboard, but successfully defended two power plays and some amazing saves were made by goalkeeper Maria Hegarty - 38 in total! 

NZ 0 Australia(by period 1st 0:3, 2nd 0:4, 3rd 0:1)
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Best Player for NZ - Keryn Scrimshaw
Facing their strongest opponents in their final game, NZ really stepped up the intensity against Japan. Touted as the best game of the tournament by some, it was an exciting finish with NZ making the tournament winners work hard for their goals. The second period of the game was the only goalless period of the entire tournament and goalkeeper Maria Hegarty again made an incredible 49 saves! 

NZ 0 Japan(by period 1st 0:2, 2nd 0:0, 3rd 0:1)
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Best Player for NZ - Maria Hegarty

Final Tournament Placings
1. Japan, 2. Singapore, 3. Australia, 4. New Zealand

Congratulations to Maria Hegarty who was selected as Goalkeeper in the tournament All Star team.

Despite coming away without a win, the NZ team never gave up and will take a lot of positives from this event. 2015 has seen huge developments in women's floorball in New Zealand, with more women involved in the sport and more playing at a competitive level which is a great sign for the future. The focus now shifts to the next World Floorball Championship Qualifier in 2017!


2015 NZW Team
1 - Maria Hegarty
4 - Caitlin Sercombe
5 - Maria Hamber
7 - Sophie Scott
8 - Nia Emrys
9 - Debbie Sutton
11 - Anita Jones (captain)
13 - Kathryn Blake
14 - Ashleigh Mudge
16 - Susie Young
17 - Jane Bertschinger
21 - Keryn Scrimshaw
22 - Nicolette Jones
26 - Georgia Kibblewhite

Coach - Christian Bertschinger
Team Manager - Megan Porter