Trans Tasman 2016

A warm up for Age Group Worlds 2017

From 2-10 July, 2016, the Age group Tans Tasman tournament was held at Hobart Aquatic and Leisure Centre. A heartfelt congratulations to New Zealand who took gold in all categories. Hosting this tournament in Hobart provided a rare and fantastic opportunity to trial the venue with an international tournament in preparation for hosting the Age Group World Championships in 2017.

Event organisers are collecting constructive and positive feedback from coaches, players, spectators and volunteers involved in the Trans Tasman tournament. This information will inform the plans for next years championships.

Also trailed during the recent tournament was a love streaming Youtube channel where spectators could watch games on the internet. This channel allowed viewers to stream games live and watch past matches, without charge - making the viewing and spectator process accessible and easy. A crowd funding page to cover the costs involved in filming and uploading is live here. Initiatives such as this are vital for the growth and development of our sport - show your support here. 

 

GOLD GOLD GOLD for AUSTRALIA!

A huge congratulations to all players, coaches, volunteers, referees, managers, physiotherapists and support crew involved in this years UWH World Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa!

The Elite Women's team finished a competitive tournament in 6th place, with the Masters Men and Women, and Elite Men's team bringing home the Gold.

We look forward to sharing a report with you shortly.

Team AUSTRALIA 2016

Team AUSTRALIA 2016

 

AUS Elite Women 2016

AUS Elite Women 2016

AUS Masters Men 2016

AUS Masters Men 2016

AUS Masters Women 2016

AUS Elite Men 2016

AUS Elite Men 2016

Trans Tasman 2016 – Hobart

U23 Men 2015

U23 Men 2015 World Championships Spain

The Age Group Trans Tasman Competition will be held from 2-10 July 2016, at the Hobart Aquatic Centre, Tasmania, Australia.

In 2014 New Zealand hosted a fantastic Tras Tasman tournament in the charming city of Wellington. As the host nation, New Zealand fielded a team in every devision, with two barbarian teams to add diversity and challenge to the mix. Australia hopes to make a similar contribution to the 2016 Trans Tasmans and is aiming to field two teams in each devision.

Selections

A squad of up to 24 players (2 teams) per division will be selected at the Bunbury Nationals in January 2016. Those unable to attend these selections can nominate by post.

The final teams will be named at the 1st training camp.

For further details, contact Australian Age Groups Team Manager - Sandra Milner at uwhmum [at] hotmail [dot] com

 

Australian Elite and Masters Selections

Mens Selections (Elite and Masters)
Venue: Challenge Pool, 100 Stephenson Ave, Mount Claremont WA
Dates and times:
Saturday 17th   POOL TIME: 9.00-11.00am and 4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 18th      POOL TIME: 9.00-11.00am and 4.00-6.00pm
Monday 19th     POOL TIME: 9.00-10.30am and 12.30-2.00pm        
 
 
Womens Selections (Elite and Masters)
Venue: Hobart Aquatic Centre, 1 Davies Ave, Queens Domain TAS
Dates and times:
Saturday 24th   POOL TIME: 12.30-2.30pm and 3.30-5.30pm
Sunday 24th     POOL TIME: 10.30-12.30am and 1.30-3.30pm
        
 
Australian Team Training Camp
Venue: South West Sports Centre, 1 Rotary Ave, Withers WA
Dates and times:
Saturday 2nd Jan POOL TIME: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 3rd Jan    POOL TIME: 10.00am to 5.00pm
*Note: Each of the teams will have a court for 3.5 hours each on both days.
Selection Process

Selection Process

2016 Nomination Form

2016 Nomination Form

2016 Australian Underwater Hockey Team Selection Process

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KEY DATES

Elite Men and Masters Men

Saturday 17th to Monday 19th October, Perth (3 days) Nominations close: Monday 12th October

Elite Ladies and Masters Ladies

Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th October, Hobart (2 days) Nominations close: Monday 19th October

Nomination Fee: $300.00 per player

This fee must be paid prior to selections. If this fee is not paid written approval by way of a financial agreement must be provided from Cathy Waldron, Team Manager. Email forms to cathywaldron [at] bigpond [dot] com

Unsuccessful players will be refunded their Nomination Fee LESS the pool hire costs.

Players who are selected and subsequently WITHDRAW will forfeit the Nomination Fee.

Training Camp Costs: All players attending the selections must provide their flight receipts to the coach. Flights will be equalized between ALL players attending

selections (Elite and Masters combined).

Pool and Room Hire will be shared equally between ALL players attending the selections. Pool and Room Hire will be deducted from the Nomination fee.

All players will be billeted by local players in both Hobart and Perth. A (local) player will be nominated to schedule this. Where this is not achievable accommodation will be sought and the costs will be equalized between ALL players attending the selections. Meals will be paid for by the individual.

Transport to and from the Airport and pool will be organized by the hosts. Where this is not achievable transport will be sought and the costs will be equalized between ALL players attending the selections.

Nomination Forms: Trials:

All players must submit nomination forms (see attachment) prior to Selections. Players nominating for both categories need only pay one Nomination Fee of $300.00.

For both camps it is anticipated that the Elite Selection trials will be held during the first day and the team will be announced. Following this the Masters Selections will occur and the team announced. A schedule of games and training sessions will ensue. Those who were not selected will take part as opposition for the Australian teams and should not expect to take part in the Australian Team training camp after the team is announced (although it is up to the coaches).

To ensure we do not miss a development opportunity for those players on the fringe ofnational team selection we will appoint a mentor / coach to co-ordinate and offer feedback to those that stay and play as opposition. (For the ladies it will depend on numbers).

It is anticipated that for the elite teams 12 team members plus an additional one or two reserve players will be selected for each team. However a coach may elect to announce a squad of 14 players from which the final team of 12 will be chosen at the January training camp.

Masters may elect to select a smaller team (8) at the initial selections and to host final selections at the January Training camp. Masters may elect to only select 10 or 11 players to travel to Worlds.

All teams are entitled to consider two postal nominations at selections.

Key dates:

Attendance at Selections as per above dates.
Training Camp on the 2nd-3rd January in Bunbury WA (the weekend prior to the nationals).
TBC: Possible training camp between January and March.
For Elites – 3 day training camp preceding Worlds in Stellenbosch. March 23rd – April 2nd CMAS World Championships South Africa.

HOST WEBSITE: http://www.uwhworlds2016.co.za

 

Contact details

Team Manager Cathy Waldron  e. cathywaldron [at] bigpond [dot] com m.0429 376 793

COACH Masters Ladies Kirsteen Reid e. krchook [at] optusnet [dot] com [dot] au m. 0411 172 373

COACH Elite Ladies Eden Brown e. edenbrown63 [at] yahoo [dot] com m.0408 381 051

COACH Elite Ladies Tania Mcleish e [dot] tania [at] ledutchie [dot] eu m.0438 632 804

DOWNLOAD FORMS FROM UHA Facebook page or contact coaches above

III Age Group World Championships

U23 Men 2015

U23 Men 2015, Spain

6-15 August 2015 - Castellon, Spain

UHA Welcomes home all athletes, coaches and supporters from the recent World championships in Spain and to all those continuing their journeys abroad, UHA wish you safe travels. To all those who competed: we are proud of you and we commend you.

 

Australia is left with mixed feelings after the recent Age group world championships held in Castellon, Spain from the 6-15 August. Firstly, Awe at the talent and commitment shown by our young athletes, excitement for their potential and thrill that that the next Age Group World Champs will be hosted on home soil in Hobart, Tasmania. These feelings are mixed with a sense of pride attached to our team’s outstanding efforts, and disappointment at a few almost wins.

 

This Aged Group World Championships was impressively competitive, with each division hosting a group of world-class teams. There were many draws during the round robin and several finals ended in overtime.

 

Australia arrived in Spain on Sunday the 2nd of August, with training beginning for most teams on Tuesday the 4th. These days of practice matches pre-tournament provided valuable preparation for the Australian sides, it allowed them the opportunity to adapt and adjust to the time difference and climate, and to re-familiarise themselves with their team mates who come from all across our vast nation.

 

The round robin began on Saturday 8 August. Each division had a single round robin, the U19 Men boasting the largest group of 1o teams. The U23 Men and Women, and U19 Women all had 8 countries represented. In total 12 countries attended this world championship.

 

Australia’s U19 Men and Women’s teams finished in 6 place. Both teams show exciting potential with commendable demonstrations of teamwork and skill in this high stakes tournament. The U19 Women have an average age of only 15, given their achievements in Spain, this is a team no doubt on their way to success. They demonstrated commitment, skills and determination in their overtime games against Canada and Spain on the final days of the tournament. They have all made us all very proud.

 

The U23 Women finished in 5 place at the end of the round robin, moving to 4th after defeating New Zealand in overtime 3-2 in the first of the knock out matches. Their Semi-final against Netherlands ended in a nail biting 4-3, leading them into a bronze medal play off against Great Britain where they were defeated 1-0. These close matches reflect the intensity of this competition and remind us of the difference a single goal can make.

 

Australia’s Medal bearers the U23 Men’s team finished the round robin undefeated, with a draw against Turkey. They pushed through each final to end in first place, meeting turkey in the Grand Final. The Turkish team where physically large with a remarkable presence on the bottom of the pool. Despite Australia’s best efforts to switch, to open the game up and to run around the Turkish giants, they were defeated 3-1 and bought home the Silver. Josh Mackenzie from West Australia finished the game with a remarkable breakaway goal.

 

In addition to the outstanding efforts of all the Australian athletes, there was a large supporter presence at this tournament, and UHA thanks all of the parents, supporters and coaches who travelled to Castellon, cheering from the stands for each match.

 

Importantly, UHA would like to give special thanks to Nick Stepokivitch the Physio and his team, and Sandra Millner, the Team Manager – without who our presence at competitions like this would simply not be possible.

 

Here’s to Hobart 2017!

U23 Women 2015

U23 Women 2015

U23 Men 2015

U23 Men 2015

SELECTION CRITERIA 2015

The selection criteria for 2015 is available to be viewed on the UHA Selection Criteria page.

Selection criteria, coaches and contact details have been finalised for the upcoming selections, which will be held in January during the Underwater Hockey National Championships, in Sydney. Teams for selection include the U19 Men and Woman and U23 Men and Women who will travel to the Aged Groups Championships in Spain, August 2015. Also included is criteria for the Elite Men and Women squads to be selected for to be confirmed Trans Tasman Tournament (2015) and the 2016 World Championships in South Africa.

For a full list of coaches, contact information and criteria, view the selection criteria page. 

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