From New Zealand to Asia, Europe and the Americas – the IIHF Global Girls’ Game is back, this time on weekend of 5-6 March 2022. The weekend-long game between the Team Blue and Team White players starts with a prologue on Thursday in Singapore and then on early Saturday in New Zealand before reaching Asia, Europe and eventually the last puck drop on Sunday evening in Canada.

New Zealand held 3 games as below, however only the Auckland game counted toward the official IIHF standings, as only one game per country can be counted.

Wellington – Blue vs. White – 8:45am
Canterbury – Blue vs. White – 4:30pm
Auckland – Blue vs. White – 4:45pm

Auckland:

A total of 24 girls participated in what was a closely contested game with Team White pulling out a 3-1 victory.

Everyone had a great time and were very excited to be part of the Global Girls Game. Anjali Mulari scored all 3 goals for Team White, and both goaltenders Zadia Paulse and Janet Kidd made some big saves for their respective teams.

The girls also attended Learn to Play in Auckland earlier in the morning, morning to assist with coaching and the kids loved having them out as coaches.

Wellington:

Global girls weekend off to a blast with WIHA’s Wellington Women’s Ice Hockey amongst the first in the World to start the weekend off.
 
Despite Covid’s best efforts, we still managed to have 21 players hit the ice.
 
There was a lot of smiles and laughter had by all. The teams were made of brand new, never played a game before, to those that grew up on ice and have been playing for several years. The final outcome saw Team White ( Bunnies ) win the game 8-5. The blue team ( Queen-bees) certainly put up a great battle and great goals scored by both.

Christchurch:

On March 5th at the Alpine ice arena in Christchurch New Zealand there was two games played under the banner of the IIHF Global Girls Game.

The First game was played at 430 pm with players aged as young as 9 to adults with  19 skaters and two goalies playing. It was a great exposure to a lot of the younger players as they had never played a full ice game. The game was a great contest ultimately won by team white with 16 seconds left in the game with a final score of White 6 to Blue 5. With Nerhys Gordon picking up 3 goals and an assist

Game two which started at 545pm was more of a rep level game consisting of 19 skaters and two goalies again. The game was a hard fought battle with team white winning again. Team white came out with the win with a final score of team white 5 over team blue 4. With Anneke Cameron getting 2 goals and 1 assist including the game winning goal half way thru the 3rd period

I would like to thank all the players, volunteers, CIHA, NZIHF and the IIHF for helping with the success of the games and the growth of women’s ice hockey around New Zealand and the rest of the world.

View the full worldwide results on the IIHF website here: https://www.iihf.com/en/static/32322/global_girls_game_2021_2022