Success for Australia

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Australian teams experienced great success at the 18th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Eger, Hungary from 23 to 31 August 2013.

With 84 athletes and more than ten support staff it was the largest contingent Australia has ever sent to an international tournament.

All seven Australian teams progressed through to the semi final stage and four teams collected medals.

The Master's Men and Master's Women were crowned World Champions after winning their respective finals. The Master’s Women defeated South Africa 7-2 in the playoff game after going through the tournament undefeated. The Master’s Men won an epic final 4-1 against the Netherlands to secure gold.

The U23 Men had a seesawing final match against New Zealand but were defeated 2-4 to collect silver.

The Elite Men recovered from a heart breaking semi final loss to France (2-1 after extra time) to collect bronze. They defeated Great Britain 7-1 in a one sided final.

The Elite Women were unable to overcome a strong and well-drilled South African outfit in the bronze medal playoff. They tried their hearts out but were defeated 4-1.

The U19 Men and Women’s teams faced France and South Africa in their respective finals. The U19 Men lost 3-4 in an entertaining contest while the U19 Women lost 3-4 in a nail biting game decided in extra time.

Full results from the tournament can be viewed online at: http://www.horizonsolutions.tv/leagues/world-underwater-hockey-championships-2013?view=results

Thank you to all those who sent messages of support and followed the action online.

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Thank you players, officials and supporters

Thank you to all the Australian players, officials and supporters that attended the 2013 World Championships in Eger, Hungary.

The tournament proved to be a great success for us. With 84 athletes it was the largest contingent we have ever sent. All of the seven teams we fielded made it through to the semi final stage and we had four teams in the medals.

Congratulations to the Master's Men and Master's Women on bringing home gold, the U23 Men on silver and the Elite Men on bronze.

Finally thank you for all the messages of support and encouragement from back home and around the world.

See you in the water back in Oz.
Rees Quilford
Director, Underwater Hockey Australia

UWH Worlds 2013 officially underway

Congratulations to our flag bearers Alex Barnes-Keoghan and Eden Brown. Two fantastic ambassadors for the Australian contingent here at Eger.


A short clip of Alex and Eden proudly carrying the flag at the opening ceremony. Footage by Ian Barnes-Keoghan.

The opening ceremony of the 18th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships

How to follow the progress of team Australia

The 18th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships are currently underway in Eger, Hungary. The competition will run over the period of 23-31 August 2013.

Australia has teams competing in seven divisions: U19 Men, U19 Women, U23 Men, Elite Men, Elite Women, Men's Masters and Women's Masters.

We will be posting regular updates on social media:

The full draw and results can be viewed online at:

Video of the games on Courts 1 & 2 will be streamed live via YouTube at:

2013 Australian Teams

The 2013 Australian Underwater Hockey teams were selected at the recent Australian Underwater Hockey Championships.

The teams will participate in the 2013 CMAS World Underwater Hockey Championships to be held in Eger, Hungary in August.

The teams and squads were named as follows:

Team Officials

  • Sandra Milner (Manager)
  • Jane Gilligan (Manager)
  • Nick Stepkovitch (Team Physiotherapist)

Referees

  • Simon Talbot
  • Pieter van Der Woode
  • Robbie Kilpatrick
  • Helen Canavan
  • Angus Sinclair
  • Tim Helm
  • Steve Kars

U19 Women

2013 Australian U19 Women's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian U19 Women's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Tori Wickham (Captain)
  • Olivia Sanderson (Vice Captain)
  • Claudia Payne
  • Romy Keppel
  • Briody Hilder
  • Tate Strudwick
  • Meg Pardoe
  • Sunny Pascoe-Thompson
  • Jackie Connell
  • Kamilla Rayes Perdomo
  • Nina Barry-Macaulay (Coach)

U19 Men

2013 Australian Men's U19 Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian U19 Men's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Josh MacKenzie (Captain)
  • Alex Barnes -Keoghan
  • Jayden Skinner
  • Tom Milner
  • Richard Cleary
  • Declan Hilder
  • Jared Magill
  • Toby Bond
  • Hayden Wenman
  • Cameron Lewis
  • Ben Stepkovitch
  • Mungo Trumble
  • Steve Cleary (Coach)

U23 Men

2013 Australian U23 Men's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian U23 Men's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Mitch Piccoli (Captain)
  • Matt Paine (Vice Captain)
  • Callum Wishart
  • Harry van der Woude
  • Russell George
  • James Milner
  • Jamie North
  • Rhys Milburn
  • Shannon Griffiths
  • Matt McCartney
  • Cameron Moylan
  • Pat Meaney
  • David Sutcliffe (Coach)

Women

2013 Australian Women's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian Women's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Belinda Keeley (Captain)
  • Lena Plambeck
  • Lisa Smith
  • Kirsteen Reid
  • Kate Howard
  • Amy Barry-Macaulay
  • Camille White
  • Eliza Game
  • Hannah Robert-Tissot
  • Fiona Walsh
  • Alice van der Woude
  • Marie Tousignant
  • Katelyn Tenbensel (Reserve)
  • Zoe Canavan (Reserve)
  • David Lambert (Coach)

Elite Men

2013 Australian Men's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian Men's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Blake Sutcliffe (Captain)
  • Nick Martyn (Vice Captain)
  • Craig Thomas
  • Jack Robert-Tissot
  • Nick Yong
  • James Rossiter
  • Luke Rector
  • Gavin Wise
  • Jason Miezis
  • Tom Miller
  • Stewart Parkinson
  • Rees Quilford
  • Arni Piccoli (Coach)

Women's Masters

2013 Australian Women's Masters Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian Women's Masters Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Natalie Wickham (Captain)
  • Claire Forward
  • Julia Foulkes
  • Stephanie Goodrick
  • Julia Slotwinski
  • Jan Tyler
  • Janet Meyer
  • Nix Arryo
  • Bronwyn MacKenzie
  • Michaela Dommisse
  • Jasmine Mann
  • Denise House (Reserve)
  • Eden Brown (Coach)

Men Masters

2013 Australian Men's Masters Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian Men's Masters Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Greg Stinson
  • Derek Dufall
  • John Bridley
  • Patrick Kelly
  • Dave Sutcliffe
  • Greg Bush
  • Phil Ackerman
  • Thorsten Johansen
  • Gareth Mann
  • Mark Stanton
  • Craig MacKenzie (Coach)

Physiotherapy at Nationals and Worlds

Hi all, just a quick note FYI.

As you may or not be aware, I will be in Hobart to cover all the teams competing at the nationals.

Thanks to the generosity of Pieter van der Woude, I have been offered accommodation on his boat and as such am able to bring some  physio students with me to help. They are Bachelor & Doctoral  students from Australian Catholic University [Sydney], Fontys [NED] and the George Washington University [USA] who are spending time with me to learn and fulfill  part of their formal requirements for their  professional qualification  as well as a steep learning curve into the world of Underwater Hockey.

Hence their ‘volunteering ‘for the exercise . Their cost are covered by external research sponsorship as well as Pieter’s generosity.

My main  aim for  bringing them with me is to follow up on the work I did  in Hobart this march at the training camp in terms of screening and injury prevention. I followed up  with  some  US students in QLD at the Trans –Tasman comp and hope to continue this at Hobart 2013. I will need your support in helping me  get access to all of the  Australian team members during the comp for screening / follow up and continued implementation/ refinement  of preventative injury strategies. I will  also be issuing all competitors with a USB containing all the  necessary exercise regimes etc.

I am documenting all I do for the purposes of validating proven injury  prevention strategies for this sport. I have done this in the past for Triathlons, Surf Life Saving, Touch Football & Endurance Paddling [ refer attachment example]. I also aim to have  this ready for formal publication in an internationally  peer reviewed  sports medicine journal for  the ultimate benefit of the sport.

When I attended at Coimbra last year 23 of the 24 athletes [2 teams] turned up with some form of injury and I had my work cut out for me getting them game ready.  I had some surprise help for two days from an ex- student who flew herself down from Eindhoven [NED] to assist, keen to work with me again.

As there will be  up to 7 teams scheduled for Hungary I do not want to be faced with a similar situation as the resources would be definitely overstretched. [I have some European students keen to volunteer their time at their expense to help in Hungary. For those of you who were in Coimbra, Jola was first to put her hand up again for 2013]

I will be flying into Hobart  early Tuesday 22nd Jan. I can be operational  from Tuesday PM as soon as able .

While I expect to be working primarily poolside I am staying  only 8 mins from the pool and can work wherever, if not from the boat.

My contact phone is 0412 167 976.

Text me on this number if you need any of your players seen to plus to organise a suitable time to re –screen and  capture any new  Australian  team players who may not have been seen before by my crew.

Our Availability will be anytime and fit in to suit games/training/meetings etc as far as possible. We will also be available  on the 29th as we do not fly out until  Wed 30th AM.

If you have any  questions or queries,  or injury concerns closer to the time, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail (steppo@tpg.com.au) or use the mobile text  if urgent.

Please pass this info on to anyone who needs to know for Hobart & Hungary.

Thanks and looking forward to catching up with you in Hobart.

Nick Stepkovitch,
Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Australia Cup / Trans Tasman Championships 2012 results

Underwater Hockey Australia, on behalf of the Australian Underwater Federation, hosted the 2012 Australia Cup / Trans Tasman Underwater Hockey Championships at the Miami Swimming Complex, Gold Coast from 7-13 July 2012.

Final Standings

U/19 Women

  1. New Zealand (Trans Tasman Champions)
  2. Australia

Final MVP: Cara Christopher (New Zealand)

U/19 Men

  1. New Zealand (Trans Tasman Champions)
  2. Australia

Final MVP: Josh MacKenzie (Australia)

U/23 Men

  1. Australia (Trans Tasman Champions)
  2. New Zealand

Final MVP: Matt Paine (Australia)

Elite Women

  1. New Zealand (Trans Tasman and Australia Cup Champions)
  2. Australia Gold
  3. Amazons
  4. Australia Green
  5. New Zealand U23

Final MVP: Kaitlyn White (New Zealand)

Elite Men

  1. Australia (Trans Tasman and Australia Cup Champions)
  2. New Zealand
  3. Barbarians

Finals MVP: Andre Heller (New Zealand)

 

Day 5 (Finals) Results

Elite Women        57 (Semi Final): New Zealand (7) v Amazons (0)

Elite Women        58 (Semi Final): Australia Gold (3) v Australia Green (1)

Elite Men              59 (Semi Final): New Zealand (3) v Barbarians (2)

U19 Women         60 (Final): New Zealand (8) v Australia (0) MVP: Cara Christopher

U/19 Men             61 (Final): New Zealand (3) v Australia (2) MVP: Josh MacKenzie

U23 Men              62 (Final): New Zealand (1) v Australia (4) MVP: Matt Paine

Elite Women       63 (3rd v 4th Final): Amazons (3) v Australia Green (1)

Elite Women       64 (Final): New Zealand (3) v Australia Gold (1) MVP: Kaitlyn White

Elite Men             65 (Final): New Zealand (1) v Barbarians (3) MVP: Andre Heller

 

Standings at the conclusion of Day 4

U19 Men P W D L F GF GA
New Zealand 4 3 1 21 0
Australia 4 1 3 0 21
U19 Women P W D L F GF GA
New Zealand 6 5 1 36 8
Australia 6 1 5 8 36
U23 Men P W D L F GF GA
Australia 4 4 16 2
New Zealand 4 4 2 16
Elite Men
Australia Cup P W D L F GF GA
Australia 6 5 1 16 10
New Zealand 6 3 1 2 15 12
Barbarians 6 6 9 18
Trans-Tasman P W D L F GF GA
Australia 3 2 1 8 5
New Zealand 3 1 2 5 8
Elite Women
Australia Cup P W D L F GF GA
New Zealand 8 8 49 5
Australia Gold 8 5 1 2 17 14
Australia Green 8 3 1 4 17 20
Amazons 8 2 6 9 27
New Zealand U23 8 1 7 9 33
Trans-Tasman P W D L F GF GA
New Zealand 4 4 26 4
Australia Gold 4 1 1 2 5 11
Australia Green 4 1 4 6 22

 

Day 4 Results

Elite Women         39: New Zealand (9) v NZ U23 (0)

Elite Men              40: Australia (4) v New Zealand (2)

Elite Women         41: Amazons (2) v Australia Green (1)

U19 Men              42: Australia (1) v New Zealand (1)

U/19 Women        43: Australia (2) v New Zealand (5)

U23 Men              44: Australia (5) v New Zealand (1)

Elite Women         45: Australia Gold (3) v NZ U23 Women (1)

Elite Men              46: Barbarians (2) v New Zealand (3)

Elite Women        47: New Zealand (4) v Australia Green (1)

48: NO GAME

Crossover             49: NZ U19 Men (0) v NZ U23 Men (1)

Crossover             50: Australia U19 Men (1) v Australia U23 Men (7)

U/19 Women        51: Australia (0) v New Zealand (4)

Elite Men              52: Barbarians (2) v Australia (3)

Elite Women         53: Amazons (0) v Australia Gold (1)

54: NO GAME

Crossover             55: NZ U/19 Women (0) v NZ U/23 Women (12)

Crossover             56: NZ Elite Men (8) v Australia U23 Men (0)

 

Results Day 3

Elite Women               Game 21: Australia Green (4) def NZ U23 Women (2)

Elite Men                    Game 22: Barbarians (2) v Australia (3)

Elite Women               Game 23: Amazons (1) v New Zealand (7)

U19 Men                    Game 24: New Zealand (4) v Australia (0)

U/19 Women               Game 25: New Zealand (10) v Australia (0)

U23 Men                    Game 26: New Zealand (1) v Australia (5)

Elite Women               Game 27: Australia Gold (4) v Australia Green (3)

Elite Men                    Game 28: New Zealand (2) v Australia (2)

Elite Women               Game 29: Amazons (0) v NZ U23 Women (2)

Game 30: No Game

Crossover                   Game 31: Australia U19 Men (0) v NZ U23 Men (10)

Crossover                   Game 32: NZ U19 Men (1) v Australia U23 Men (3)

U/19 Women               Game 33: New Zealand (6) v Australia (1)

Elite Men                    Game 34: New Zealand (4) v Barbarians (2)

Elite Women               Game 35: Australia Green (1) v New Zealand (7)

Elite Women               Game 36: Australia Gold (2) v Amazons (1)

Crossover                   Game 37: Australia U19 Women (0) v NZ U/23 Women (15)

Crossover                   Game 38: Australia Elite Men (6) v Australia U23 Men (0)

Results Day 2

Elite Women               Game 3: Amazons (0) def by New Zealand (8)

Elite Men                    Game 4: New Zealand (3) def Barbarians (0)

Elite Women               Game 5: Australia Gold (5) def NZ U23 Women (1)

U23 Men                    Game 6: Australia (3) def New Zealand (0)

U/19 Women               Game 7: New Zealand (7) def Australia (1)

U19 Men                    Game 8: Australia (0) def by New Zealand (8)

Elite Women               Game 9: Amazons (1) def by Australia Green (5)

Elite Men                    Game 10: Australia (2) def Barbarians (1)

Elite Women               Game 11: New Zealand (6) def NZ U23 Women (0)

U23 Men                    Game 12: Australia (3) def New Zealand (0)

Elite Women               Game 13: Australia Gold (0) drew Australia Green (0)

U19 Men                    Game 14: New Zealand (8) def Australia (0)

Game 15: No game

Elite Men                    Game 16: Australia (2) def New Zealand (1)

U/19 Women               Game 17: Australia (4) drew New Zealand (4)

Crossover                    Game 18: Barbarians (9) def Australia (0)

Elite Women               Game 19: New Zealand (3) def Australia Gold (2)

Elite Women               Game 20: Amazons (4) def NZ U23 Women (2)

Results Day 1

Elite Women               Game 1: Australia Gold (0) def by New Zealand (5)

Elite Women               Game 2: Australia Green (4) def New Zealand (1)

 

 

 

Australia Cup / Trans Tasman Championships 2012 participants

U19 Mens Division

AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND
Josh Mackenzie (C) 7 Justin Sturrock 2
Tom Milner 2 Jamie Booth 3
Toby Bond 3 Alex Kane 4
Jared Magill 4 Julian Debruyne 5
Job Carr-Turbitt 5 Danyon Kemp 6
Declan Hilder 6 Fergus Griffin 7
Dan Gould 8 Geordie Hasson 8
Richard Cleary 10 Lachlan Brown
Ben Stepkovitch 11 Nick Healey 10
Hayden Wenman 12 James Christian 11
Alistair Climie 13 Coach: Sam Cooper
Coach: Steve Cleary

 

U19 Womens Division

AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND
Sunny Pasco Thompson 2 Freya Slessor (Captain) 12
Claudia Payne 3 Cara Christopher (VC) 8
Tate Strudwick 4 Thamsyn Newton 2
Phoebe Dalby 5 Rebecca Daley 3
Megan Pardoe 6 Natalie Harris 4
Briody Hilder 7 Gabi Steer 5
Miriam Cockerill 8 Simone Jarrett 6
Olivia Sanderson 9 Kelly Saunders 7
Caitlyn Smart 10 Juliet Bevis 9
Aleshya Sneglar 11 Greer Carmine 10
Tori Wickham 12 Vanessa Brill-Holland 11
Molly Martin 15 Lauren McKee 13
 Coach: Kirsteen Reid Coach: Angela Whiteman

 

U23 Mens Division

AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND
Mitch Piccoli 11 Hamish Arthur 11
Alex Barnes-Keoghan 2 Jamie Belesky 7
Patrick Meaney 3 Zachary Coombs-King 6
James Milner 12 Tom Cutler 9
Harry Van der Woude 7 Louis Flavell –Birch 3
Callum Wishart 10 Mackley Lindsay 2
Tim Ogden 6 Leon Lindsay -Russell 8
Matt McCartney 4 Liam Privett 10
Matt Paine 9 James Rowe 4
Shannon Griffith 8 Sam Schulz 5
Russell George 5 Matt Trevelyan 9
Coach: Nick Martyn Coach: Warwick King

 

Elite Mens Division

AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND
James Rossiter (C) Reuben Friedlander (C) 14
Thorsten Johansen Andrew Gunn (VC) 8
Rhys Milburn Andrew Harris 2
Jamie North Kyle Hattie 3
Scott Mackenzie Brendan Maxwell 4
Alec Johnston Richard Hoksbergen 6
Craig Thomas Mike Hoksbergen 7
Nick Yong Liam Robertson 9
Jack Robert-Tissot Max Retter 10
Todd Canavan Leo Lines 12
Flo Stotz Andre Heller 13
Will Bowling Coach: Tibor Mackor
Coach: Arnie Piccoli
BARBARIANS
Jason Miezis
David Sutcliffe
Scott Digney
Nick Martyn
Karl Paton
Ron Brear
Luke Rector
Matt Blair
Joel Hattie
Sam Cooper
Rees Quilford

 

Elite Womens Division

AUSTRALIAN GOLD AUSTRALIA GREEN
Belinda Watts-Keeley (C) 12 Marie-Soleil Tousignant (C) 2
Hannah Robert-Tissot (VC) 3 Alice Van der Woude (VC) 13
Julia Foulkes 2 Fiona Walsh 3
Eliza Gaime 6 Lisa Smith 4
Zoe Canavan 7 Emily Shaw 5
Kerrie Hammond 8 Jane Davis 6
Steph Goodrick 9 Rebekah Milburn 7
Lena Plambeck 10 Amy Barry-Macaulay 11
Aleshya Snelgar 11 Tori Wickham 12
Kirsteen Reid 13 Molly Martin 15
Coaches: David Lambert and Eden Brown
NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND U23
Zoe Firth (C) 11 Portia Manukuo 2
Claire George (VC) 9 Christie Whitehead 3
Louise Daley 2 Grace McGaw 4
Sabrina Quarente 3 Courtney Coughlan 5
Cali Manley 4 Georgia Child 6
Letitia Jackson 5 Rona Wignall 7
Leah Chamberlin 6 Jessica Freeland 9
Rachel Colquhoun 8 Megan Burrows 11
Abby Vorstermans 10 Justine Rance 12
Carmen Claassen 12 Georgia Farmer 13
Kaitlyn White 13 Coach: Alex Coombs-King
Coach: Andrew Carr
AMAZONS
Bronwyn Mackenzie
Catalina Chica Perez
Hayley Digney
Jess Morgan
Rebecca Brosnan
Elektra Kalaugher
Jane Fahy
Jane Gilligan
Jenny Catran
Janet Meyer

Referees

  • Simon Talbot (Tournament Referee)
  • Matt Adkins
  • Andrew Berry
  • Helen Canavan
  • Tony Colquhoun
  • Rob Feist
  • Chris Meek
  • Lucy Perdomo
  • Anthea Phipps
  • Carol Rose
  • Angus Sinclair
  • Paul Thomas
  • Pieter Van der Woude
  • Daryl Walsh

Volunteers

Underwater Hockey Australia expresses its heartfelt thanks to the volunteers for their assistance:

  • Russell Cox
  • Ann Lam
  • Craig MacKenzie
  • Zoe Canavan
  • Gavan Wise
  • Lena Plambeck
  • Karl Paton
  • Jessica Morgan
  • Janet Myer
  • Luke Rector
  • Scott Digney
  • Jason Miezis
  • Nick Stepkovitch

Hungary to host 2013 Underwater Hockey World Championships

CMAS recently announced that the 2013 Underwater Hockey World Championships will be held in Eger, Hungary.

At a recent meeting of the CMAS Board of Director approved a request from the Hungarian Divers Federation to host the tournament from August 23 to September 1, 2013.

The CMAS memorandum states "The Organising Committee will be set up within two weeks and will carry out all the activities in order to make the WC not only a success, but a joyful and memorable gathering of the best CMAS athletes in this discipline."

CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships, Portugal

Australia sent an Elite Men's and Elite Women's team to the 17th CMAS Elite World Championship of Underwater Hockey held in Coimbra, Portugal from 16 - 27 August 2011.

The Australian Men and Women's teams

The Australian Men and Women's teams.

Results

Australian Elite Men win gold

The Australian Men's team won gold with a 6 - 1 win over South Africa in the World Championship game.

The win ended a drought of sorts for the Australian Men as it was their first title since the 2002 win in Calgary. They did it in style, the 6-1 scoreline was the largest margin in a World Championship Men's final for more than a decade.

The Australian Men's team celebrates their World Championship win

The Australian Men's team celebrates their World Championship win

The boys made their way through a very even round robin stage in unspectacular fashion. Six wins, two draws (to Great Britain and South Africa) and one loss (to France) was solid but uninspiring.

It looked as though it would leave them as the third placed seed. However, a surprise loss by France to Turkey in the final round robin game saw Australia leap frog the French in the standings and enter the finals as the second seed.

This meant a quarter final match up against a hard working Great Britain team who had proved stiff competition in their drawn round robin match. While it was a tight and hard fought contest, Australia progressed to the semi-final with a workmanlike 4-2 win.

France loomed has their semi-final opponent after atoning for their stock round robin loss with a massive 13-0 win over the Turks in a controversial quarter final. Following a spiteful first half the French played uncontested for most of the second half - swimming in goal after goal - when the Turkish team refused to contest the game due to perceived umpiring bias.

The two teams have a history of producing close matches in the pointy end of the competition.  The teams had met in the semi finals in the previous two World Championships and in both cases the French had prevailed in extra time. As such, there was no shortage of motivation amongst the Australia boys to put in a big effort. In an intense and physical encounter an unselfish team performance saw the Australian boys reverse the result of previous years winning 3-2 to book themselves a ticket to the big dance.

Australia's opponent in the final was a South African team that had progressed undefeated through the competition. Spectators arrived at the pool expecting a close match but in the minds of many the South African team was the strong favourite to take out the title.

In a close and frantic opening saw the puck move from end to end. Blake Sutcliffe got on the end of a solid multi phase drive from the middle of the court to score the first  goal four minutes into the game. Nick Yong extended the lead when his break away resulted in Australia's second goal at the midway point of the first half.

South Africa reduced the margin shortly after.  With Australia a man down in the sin bin the South Africans where able to take advantage of a penalty in front of goal to score.

The game see-sawed back and forward for the remainder of the half but neither team was able to penetrate the opposition defence. Halftime saw Australia hold a 2-1 lead.

South Africa opened the second half strongly but the Australian defence held firm. A sustained counter attack saw the Aussie boys work the puck up the pool before scoring their third goal four minutes in.

Tom Miller had the opportunity to stretch the lead shortly after when he found himself in the clear in three metres out from goal but a wayward flick over the top of the goal allowed the South Africans to clear the puck. Thankfully for him the Australian boys were able to lock the play in their attacking third and score a minute or so later.

Nick Yong looked to have put the result beyond doubt shortly afterwards when his break away goal stretched the lead out to 5-1. The South African's had other ideas and next four minutes saw them make a  sustained attack on goal. Once again the Australian defensive structures held strong.

Another Australian goal in the final minutes of the game stretched the margin out to 6-1 and ensured the largest margin in a World Championship Men's final in more than a decade.

The win reasserted Australia's dominance in the international Men's division and delivered a tenth World Championship title from the 16 competitions we have contested.

Australian Elite Women win silver

The Australian Women's team collected Silver, losing 1 - 3 to Great Britain in a closely fought World Championship decider.

The Australia Women's team on the podium

The Australia Women's team on the podium

The Australian girls record of five wins, one draw (with France) and one loss (to Great Britain) saw them finish the round robin stage as the second seed.

The GB team had defeated them quite comfortably 5-1 in the early stages of the round robin but the Australian's gave themselves every chance in the final after their impressive run through the finals. They defeated Canada 5-1 in their quarter final match then followed it up with 5-0 win over France in the semi-final.

The final was a high skill and physical exchange. The GB girls skipped out to an early lead before the Australian girls pegged back a goal. Another first half GB goal saw that margin sit at 2-1 at halftime.

The Australian girls came out after the break all guns blazing but the GB were able to absorb the pressure before putting the result beyond doubt with a third goal.

Find out more

The Australian Men's teams journey to Gold.

Worlds photos:

Do you have any other pics from this competition to share with us? We are particularly looking for names and photos of each of the teams that played in this competition. Please email communicationsofficer@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au with any photos including the date and competition that was played and the names of the people in the photo.