With the recent announcement by the AIHL that there will be no Goodall Cup season for 2021, the Adelaide Adrenaline would like to provide you with an update from the club, and share our plans for enabling you to see as much as possible of our players in action in 2021.
First and foremost, our focus this year will be the continued development of our players, so that they can provide the best possible performance in competing for the Goodall Cup in 2022 and beyond. Our decisions and actions this year will be primarily informed by this focus, and we will be guided by our coaching staff and players in our direction for the year.
We will also be mindful of maintaining the long-term wellbeing of the club, our playing group, and our community. To this end, we will continue to support the development and promotion of hockey in South Australia, and work towards developing the strategy, structure, and culture within the Adrenaline that will contribute to continued team success.
Although planning is still ongoing, our intention is to, at a minimum, hold a series of intra-club games between May and August for fans to attend. Our coaches have presented some interesting ideas for making these games as competitive and entertaining as possible. This series of games will be held in addition to the continuation of the club’s usual training sessions.
Regarding playing other AIHL teams, rest assured that we are looking into making this happen. We are in discussions regarding some form of limited competition against one or both Melbourne teams later in the year, and we thank them for their strong interest in involving the Adrenaline in their plans.
However, the need for Adelaide to travel to play other AIHL teams means there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. Recent COVID cases in Perth and Melbourne have highlighted the ongoing uncertainty regarding border and travel restrictions, and the speed with which circumstances can change. There are significant costs and organising efforts required for any interstate competition, and at present there remains a high risk to the club and players associated with interstate travel.
Although we have the distinction of playing in an elite nationwide competition, the reality is that the Adrenaline is a not-for-profit community club. The players give up their time (and even their money) to represent Adelaide, and the club is administered by a very small group of volunteer fans. We rely on the generosity of you as fans and sponsors to take part in the league each season, and do not have the capacity to absorb unexpected financial losses.
One thing we can say with certainty: for our players to take to the ice, whether that be training, playing intra-club games, or traveling interstate, the Adrenaline will need the support of our entire community. Ice time, uniforms, and the running costs of the club come at a significant cost – even without the travel requirements of an AIHL season. As the year progresses, we will be looking to provide a range of opportunities for you to support the club, through sponsorship, ticket and merchandise sales, fundraising events, and volunteering.
The Adrenaline are thankful to be part of a hockey community as passionate as Adelaide’s – attendance at recent events such as the IHSA Premier League finals and Challenge Cup Tournament shows that a huge appetite for hockey still remains in this city. Adrenaline fans have shown that they are enthusiastic and committed, even through some challenging times, and your continued positivity and support means the world to everyone involved in the club. And those of you who put your faith in the club into action through sponsorship are invaluable in enabling the club to continue to function. We are incredibly grateful to all of you who support and cheer on the Adrenaline – we hope to reward your faith in 2021, and long into the future.