Gold Coaster Mike Gough says the future looks bright for Australian ice hockey after the Mighty Roos national team created history in Newcastle earlier this week.
It has been a long battle for respect but Australia is finally being treated as one of the big boys after earning promotion to the world class Division 1 for the first time.
At the IIHF World Championship Division 2 Group B in Newcastle this week, the Aussies went through undefeated to earn their first promotion to Division 1.
They capped off the week by defeating China 1-0 in the deciding game, which was the biggest win in the nation's hockey history.
...Australia now enters Division 1 and will line up against the best in the world, including Team USA and Russia.
Mighty Roos? Hee hee hee.
And note that they have to keep saying ice hockey to distinguish it from the popular sports of field hockey, and underwater hockey. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.