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)

Australian Underwater Hockey Championships 2013 – Hobart, Tasmania

The Tasmanian Underwater Hockey Association hosted the Australian Underwater Hockey Championships from 24-28 January 2013. The competition was held at Hobart Aquatic Centre.

Overall Results

Championship State: Tasmania

U15 Division

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships U15 Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships U15 Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia. Photo: Jack Robert-Tissot

U15 Final:

Western Australia (6) def Tasmania (3)
MVP: Tate Strudwick (WA)

Overall Standings:

  1. Western Australia
  2. Tasmania
  3. Victoria

U19 Division

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships U19 Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia.

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships U19 Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia. Photo: Jack Robert-Tissot

U19 Final:

Western Australia (3) def Tasmania (1)
MVP: Josh Mackenzie (WA)

Overall Standings:

  1. Western Australia
  2. Tasmania A
  3. Victoria
  4. Tasmania B

Masters Division

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Masters Gold Medal winning team: Tasmania.

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Masters Gold Medal winning team: Tasmania. Photo: Jack Robert-Tissot

Masters Final:

Tasmania (4) def Western Australia (3)
Final MVP: Colin Hepher (TAS)

Overall Standings:

  1. Tasmania A
  2. Western Australia
  3. South Australia
  4. New South Wales
  5. Tasmania B

Women's Division

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Women's Gold Medal winning team: Tasmania.

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Women's Gold Medal winning team: Tasmania. Photo: Jack Robert-Tissot

Women's Final:

Tasmania (3) def Victoria (2)
MVP: Nat Wickham (TAS)

Overall Standings:

  1. Tasmania
  2. Victoria
  3. New South Wales
  4. Western Australia
  5. Queensland

Men's Division

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Men's Open Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia.

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Men's Open Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia. Photo: Jack Robert-Tissot

Open Final:

Western Australia (6) def Tasmania (3)
MVP: Nick Marytn (TAS)

Overall Standings:

  1. Western Ausrtalia
  2. Tasmania
  3. Queensland
  4. Victoria
  5. New South Wales

 

Day 5 Results (28th Jan 2013)

The results of the Grand Finals were as follows:

  • U15 Final: Western Australia (6) def Tasmania (3); Final MVP: Tate Strudwick (WA)
  • U19 Final: Western Australia (3) def Tasmania (1); Final MVP: Josh Mackenzie (WA)
  • Masters Final: Tasmania (4) def Western Australia (3); Final MVP: Colin Hepher (TAS)
  • Women Final: Tasmania (3) def Victoria (2); Final MVP: Nat Wickham (TAS)
  • Open Final: Western Australia (6) def Tasmania (3); Final MVP: Nick Marytn (TAS)

The results of the other finals were as follows:

  • Masters Bronze Medal Game: South Australia def New South Wales
  • Women Bronze Medal Game: New South Wales def Western Australia
  • Open Bronze Medal Game: Queensland def Victoria

Day 4 Results (27/01/2013)

Open Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
67 Western Australia  (6) def  Tasmania  (2)
68 New South Wales  (4) def  Victoria  (2)
73 Queensland  (4) def  Tasmania  (2)
74 Western Australia (7) def  Victoria  (1)
79 Queensland  (2) def  New South Wales (1)
85 5th - Victoria  (1) def  4th -NSW (0)
87 2nd - Tasmania (5) def  3rd - Queensland (2)
Women  Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
69 Tasmania (11) def   Queensland  (0)
70 New South Wales (3) def   Western Australia  (0)
75 Victoria  (18) def   Queensland  (0)
76 Western Australia  (3) def   Tasmania  (3)
81 Victoria  (2) def   New South Wales  (2)
88  5th - Western Australia  (8) def   4th - Queensland  (1)
89  2nd - Victoria  (4) def   3rd - NSW (0)
Masters
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
71 Western Australia  (8) def   South Australia  (0)
72 Tasmania A  (15) def   New South Wales  (0)
77 South Australia  (9) def   Tasmania B (1)
78 Tasmania A  (3) def   Western Australia  (1)
83 New South Wales (8) def   Tasmania B  (3)
90 2nd - Western Australia (8) def   3rd - South Australia (0)
Juniors (U 19)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
80  2nd - Tasmania A  (8) def   3rd - Victoria  (1)
Juniors (U 15)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
82  2nd - Western Australia  (11) def   3rd - Victoria  (2)

Day 3 Results (26/01/2013)

Open Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
49 Tasmania  (5) def Victoria  (0)
50 Western Australia  (7) def New South Wales  (1)
59 Queensland (1) drew Victoria  (1)
60 Tasmania  (2) def New South Wales  (1)
66 Western Australia  (3) def Queensland  (2)
Women  Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
45 Western Australia  (10) def Queensland  (0)
46 Tasmania  (3) def New South Wales  (0)
53 Victoria  (3) def Western Australia  (0)
55 New South Wales  (8) def Queensland  (0)
64 Tasmania  (4) def Victoria  (2)
Masters
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
47 Tasmania A  (13) def Tasmania B  (0)
48 Western Australia  (7) def New South Wales  (0)
56 Tasmania A  (11) def South Australia  (0)
58 Western Australia  (13) def Tasmania B  (0)
65 South Australia  (8) def New South Wales  (1)
Juniors (U 19)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
52 Tasmania  A  (15) def Victoria  (1)
54 Western Australia  (17) def Tasmania  B (0)
61 Victoria  (8) def Tasmania B  (2)
62 Western Australia  (4) def Tasmania  A (2)
Juniors (U 15)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
51 Western Australia  (9) def Victoria  (2)
57 Tasmania  (8) def Victoria  (1)
63 Tasmania  (5) drew Western Australia  (5)

Day 2 Results (25/01/2013)

Open Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
25 Queensland  (4) def New South Wales  (1)
26 Western Australia (5) def Victoria  (1)
34 Tasmania (3) def Queensland  (1)
36 Victoria (5) def New South Wales (3)
43 Western Australia  (3) drew Tasmania  (3)
Women  Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
27 Victoria  (2) def New South Wales (1)
28 Tasmania (8) def Western Australia  (3)
37 Victoria  (10) def Queensland  (0)
38 New South Wales  (3) drew Western Australia  (3)
44 Tasmania  (14) def Queensland  (0)
Masters
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
23 New South Wales  (2) def Tasmania B  (1)
24 Tasmania A  (3) drew Western Australia  (3)
31 South Australia  (8) def Tasmania B  (0)
33 Tasmania A  (8) def New South Wales  (0)
41 Western Australia  (14) def South Australia  (0)
Juniors (U 19)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
30 Victoria  (10) def Tasmania B  (1)
32 Western Australia  (6) def Tasmania A  (0)
39 Western Australia  (6) def Victoria  (0)
40 Tasmania  A  (19) def Tasmania  B  (0)
Juniors (U 15)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
29 Tasmania  (3) def Western Australia  (2)
35 Western Australia  (8) def Victoria  (2)
42 Tasmania  (7) def Victoria  (4)

 

Day 1 Results (24/01/2013)

Open Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
1 Western Australia (6) def Queensland  (0)
2 Tasmania  (5) def New South Wales  (0)
10 Queensland  (4) def Victoria  (2)
12 Western Australia  (4) draw New South Wales (4)
19 Tasmania  (3) def Victoria  (0)
Women  Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
3 Tasmania  (4) def Victoria  (1)
4 New South Wales  (11) def Queensland  (1)
11 Victoria  (7) def Western Australia  (1)
13 Tasmania  (3) def New South Wales  (1)
20 Western Australia (11) def Queensland  (0)
Masters
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
5 Western Australia  (13) def Tasmania B  (0)
6 South Australia  (3) def New South Wales  (1)
14 Tasmania A  (15) def Tasmania B  (0)
16 Western Australia  (13) def New South Wales  (0)
21 Tasmania A  (11) def South Australia  (0)
Juniors (U 19)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
7 Tasmania A (13) def Victoria (0)
8 Western Australia  (20) def Tasmania B (0)
17 Western Australia  (15) def Victoria  (0)
18 Tasmania A (19) def Tasmania B (0)
Juniors (U 15)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
9 Tasmania (13) def Victoria  (0)
15 Western Australia (9) def Victoria (1)
22 Tasmania (7) def Western Australia  (4)

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

Queensland Underwater Hockey Titles 2012

By Marc Richards, CUA President & Co-Convenor

Cairns Underwater Association LogoThe Cairns Underwater Association Inc. (CUA) was this year’s host of the Queensland State Titles, held in brilliant sunshine at the Woree Olympic Pool on the Saturday 15th September. Of the five teams that competed three travelled from the state’s southeast corner providing the mostly inexperienced local Cairns’ side much needed insight into competitive play, techniques and game fitness. The fifth team was a Barbarians side made up of players from Brisbane, Cairns and other competing teams. Unfortunately Townsville players were unable to attend and there was a missed chance to contest the northern interclub cup.


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The 30 minute per game in a single round robin format provided four hard fought games for each team with time after the last official game for the ladies to have a training game together.

A barbeque lunch was prepared by Nicola and her friends & family and a buffet dinner with presentation at Trumpy’s motel restaurant capped off the one day event.

The Tweed Gold Coast Free Divers – Bullrouts team dominated the competition and took out the trophy for the 13th time and were lead by their captain Karl Paton and other multiple Title winners including Ian Brown, Lee Thomas and James Rossiter.

Individual trophies were presented to each winning team member and each team captain.

The CUA wishes to thank the players, referees, visiting teams and Russell Cox (UWH Commissioner) for making this event possible. The Titles may prove a boosting to Cairns UWH and above all firing an urge amongst local players to engage if further competitions.

As co-convenor I sincerely wish to thank Warren Hughes for a job well done as well as the other supporting organisers Nicola. Larnie, Trumpy, Julie, Matt Mason and of course my fellow club players.

Game results

Toowoomba (0) v Gold Coast (23)
Morayfield (6) v Barbarians (3)
Cairns (0) v Gold Coast (18)
Toowoomba (2) v Morayfield (8)
Cairns (11) v Barbarians (2)
Gold Coast (22) v Morayfield (0)
Cairns (8) v Morayfield (2)
Barbarians (13) v Toowoomba (3)
Cairns (10) v Toowoomba (4)
Barbarians (0) v Gold Coast (21)

Final standings

  1. Gold Coast
  2. Cairns
  3. Morayfield
  4. Barbarians
  5. Toowoomba

Victorian State Titles: A Resounding Success

By Kevin Chisholm

On the 26th of August, the Victorian State Titles were held. They were organised by the committee, mostly Wolfy and Steph, so obviously the first question was “Is there even a pool booked?”

There was. And what a pool. 2m deep, 25m long, and I have no idea how wide, with a bottom as smooth as silk and water as clear as the sky. It was a thing of beauty.

The second obvious question was “Who will play?” It seems a strange question considering every player in Victoria knows every other player, and has shared bodily fluids one way or another to the point where we can play the game ‘2 degrees of separation’ with disturbing success. But after last year’s two team titles, it was a serious concern.

Again, our worries were needless. “Build it, and they will come…” said the voice in Wolfy’s head. And come they did.

The senior teams, in order of finishing, were;

  • The Wizards
    Hendo’s Hooligans  are a regular fixture, and with their team of internationals, interstaters and outright poaching from other clubs, they had a formidable line-up. Unfortunately, the Harlem Globetrotters called in a last minute cancellation, and so a few stalwarts who actually regularly play at Xavier sneaked in. The team took a little while to get their game together, but once they were sorted they were impressive.
  • Warragul
    The surprise package of the comp, with a stellar line-up of mostly Warragul players as well as a couple of affiliates pulled in through their kiwi links. Craig was always going to be the danger forward of the comp, but the surprise was how well he was supported by his team. The only team to score against the Wizards or Wonthaggi, their forward line was the benchmark of the comp.
  • Wonthaggi
    Last year’s unstoppable juggernaut this year declared that they would rather see an even five or six teams than two ‘superteams’, which everyone knew meant Kev had been too lazy to organise a decent team. Still, they pulled a couple of salty old sea dogs out, replacing the injured Lachy Wishart with the great Gary O’Connor and calling Cassie De Lacy Vawden out of retirement in her secluded mountain retreat.
  • Richmond
    The Dead Club still managed to pull together a great team, despite their fearless leader not playing due to chronic limp wristedness. (be nice to Steven, it’s a real disease) Tim Helm played a great comp, showing the steely edge he usually hides behind his nice guy exterior
  • Geelong
    The hosts of the comp, Geelong put together an experienced team, but playing with only 85% of the salary cap meant they were unable to secure contracts on local heroes Critter and Camile. In their absence, the Stuart 'The Sillver Fox' McCallum, and rookie of the year Rustal Briggs stepped up.

There were two notable absences; Ballarat, who were talking up their chances in the lead up to the comp, but presumably pulled out when they discovered that the comp was not going to be held in Ballarat (and more shockingly, that there was an ‘outside Ballarat’ at all.) Monash did not put in a team as they did not have the numbers, but it they were well represented in all the other teams.

The comp itself was a very even affair, starting with a 0-0 draw between Wizards and Wonthaggi. Any of the top four teams could have gone close, but at the end it was clear that the Wizards were the deserving champs. A controversial tie did not end up being settled by goal difference, after Warragul refused to roll over for a set of fin keepers, blitzing a tiring Wonthaggi  4-1, and leaving Wizards the only undefeated team at the end of the day.

The junior comp was also held with players from Geelong, Wonthaggi, Melbourne and Warragul. All teams played well, but it was the home team that ended up on top. Kaia, Erik and Jayden were the best players on the day for their respective clubs, and the ability of all juniors led to the formation of not one but two state junior teams.

Congratulations to Xavier, and many thanks to Wolfy and Steph for organising a fantastic comp!

Kev

Kevin Chisholm is a member of the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey club in Victoria. His interests include tree-lopping and teaching. He was a member of the Irish Underwater Canoe Polo team which participated in the 2006 CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships in Sheffield, England.

The official account of the 2012 Victorian State Championships is available on the Victorian Underwater Hockey Commission website.

Roughing it up with Underwater Rugby

By Ron Brear

Sydney Underwater Hockey club, namely Catalina Perez and Francis Yanga, organised a fantastic learn-to-play Underwater Rugby night with the University of NSW underwater rugby club. This was a great cross promotion of our fantastic sport. It was just another regular Wednesday night and we had an outstanding representation with a dozen underwater Hockey players from Wollongong and Sydney turning up with energy bubbling out of their eyes. Eamon McCormack was the devil reincarnated with long breath holds, smooth moves and rough tactics on the goals. Sydney Hockey are continuing to talk to the club and teeing up some nights for the Rugby players to come along to Hockey. Thanks Catalina and Francis for your efforts.

NSW State Titles 2012

By Ron Brear, NSW Underwater Hockey Commission President

Underwater Hockey game during the NSW State Titles 2012

The NSW Underwater Hockey Commission held its state championships at Ryde Aquatic Centre on the 12th of August. The competition had excellent attendance with players coming from Wollongong, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle and even an Australian UWH Delegates team from all over the country. NSW underwater hockey would like to thank all the players for the fantastic spirit and goodwill that was felt in all the games that promoted a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

All the teams played each other once providing a good amount of game time and an even competition for all involved. Congratulations to Sydney on narrowly winning the Competition and becoming the new state champions. Their consistent quality hockey got them over the line.

Newcastle Underwater Hockey also deserves a round of applause. They are a new club that only started 6 months ago, they turned up to the pool with fire in their eyes and hunger for gold in their bellies. At the end of the competition their hunger wasn't filled but the fire was still there. They ended up with the bronze but they are sure to be a force in years to come.

Lastly I would like to thank the generous volunteers for their time and effort in making the competition happen: Andy Davies, Lena Plambeck, Phil Ackerman, Graham Woody, Andrew Dunlop and Jason Beck.

Final Standings

  1. Sydney Underwater Hockey club
  2. Wollongong Underwater Hockey club
  3. Newcastle Underwater Hockey club