2017 Australian Teams

With the Palm Beach Nationals fast approaching it's time to get organised for the selection of the 2017 Australian Teams.

If you are interested in trialing for a team there are a few things you need to do:

  • Fill in the attached Nomination Form
  • Send you form to the relevant team manager and coach
  • Pay your deposit of $300 ($500 for Age Groups) (the team manager will supply bank details when you send them your form)
  • Attend selections on Friday 13th January at Palm Beach Aquatic Centre or Contact the coach to submit a postal nomination.

Contact details:

Elite Team Manager manager [at] underwaterhockeyaustralia [dot] org [dot] au

Men Coach David Lambert lambert [dot] coach [at] gmail [dot] com

Women Coach Eden Brown edenbrown63 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Age Group Manager Sandra Milner uwhmum [at] hotmail [dot] com

U23 Women Coaches Hannah Robert-Tissot and Nina Barry-Macaulay (Co-Coaches) nina [dot] b-m [at] hotmail [dot] com and hrobert-tissot [at] hotmail [dot] com

U23 Men Coaches Nick Martyn and Greg Stinson (Assistant Coach) director [at] underwaterhockeyaustralia [dot] com [dot] au

U19 Women Coach Chris Wenman and Chris Cleaver (Assistant Coach) cwenman [at] amrshire [dot] wa [dot] gov [dot] au

U19 Men Coaches Steve Cleary and Jack Robert-Tissot (Assistant Coach) scleary [at] cnw [dot] com [dot] au

For further information contact the relevant team managers or coaches

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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. 

 

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

 

Trans Tasman 2014

The Trans Tasman Underwater Hockey Tournament

AUS U23 Men - Gold Medalists

AUS U23 Men - Gold Medalists

Monday 7 July – Friday 11th July 2014

Wellington, New Zealand.

Post competition blues set in as the Australian players, Coaches and Management begin to trickle home to their above water realities.

Last weeks Trans Tasman tournament bought together the best of Australia and New Zealand’s U19 and U23 underwater hockey players, with some extras thrown in the mix for good measure. The U23 Men’s division hosted a fluoro clad Barbarian team as well as the national U23 Men teams, while a Amazons team (the Baked BeaNZ) played in the U23 Womens’ division, with equally impressive attire (though the real costumes came out on presentation night – and the Kiwi’s certainly know how to dress up!).

Including the Barbarian and Amazon teams in the tournament provided a challenging and exciting opportunity for our athletes to play against diverse elite level teams. The Amazon team was made up of four world champions from the 2013 NZ Elite Women’s team and others from the world champion U23 Women team. They proved the strongest team by far in the round robin, but the Australian U23 Women managed to score two goals against them over the course of the tournament, the only team to do so. In addition to these bonus teams, cross over games were played in the round robin, adding extra diversity and interest to the tournament. It got particularly interesting when the U19 teams started beating the U23 teams, the AUS U23 women lost 3-0 to the NZ U19 A team on day four of the tournament.

Despite this loss, the AUS U23 Women team improved dramatically and were in for a chance at taking the gold. Their results against the NZ U23 team improved from a 12-0 defeat on day one, to a 3-2 defeat (with only 7 players, resting two injuries) on day three. They unfortunately lost their final against NZ 4-0.

The U19 Men had an equally close tournament, winning and drawing against the NZ U19 Men during the round robin, with an exciting upset when the NZ U19 B team beat the NZ U19 A team. In a close semi final that went into over time the AUS U19 made it into the grand final, just missing out on the gold to NZ U19 Men A (4-2).

The AUS U19 Women played phenomenally for such a young team. The underdogs from the beginning they showed a commitment to improving and learning and managed to score some goals over the tournament against the NZ U19 teams.

The champions of the tournament, the U23 Men, managed to turn a disappointing start into a spectacular end. They were defeated by NZ U23 Men in the first three games of the round robin, drew one game, won a game, lost some more, and went on to win the final 3-1. Huge congratulations to the AUS U23 Men who played their final with a professionalism and commitment to be incredibly proud of, and managed to look reasonable in denim on denim (on denim…). Massive compliments to Matt McCartney (TAS) who took home a well-deserved Most Valuable Player award.

UHA would like to thank all those who made last week possible. New Zealand underwater hockey, you put on a fantastic tournament that truly embraced the ideals of strengthening cross-Tasman friendships; you hosted a remarkable tournament that displayed a commitment to improving the sport, and developing and inspiring our junior players by providing diverse opposition and a fair tournament. Thank you to Sandra Millner, the team manager capable of anything, and who gives everything. To the chaperones and parents, thank you for your help, support, encouragement and assistance in all things. To the coaches and to the athletes, who showed fair conduct, friendliness and a dedication to give their all. Congratulations everyone, your efforts last week have made us all excited for Spain 2015.

For more photos and regular updates visit the underwater hockey Australia face book page.

Sandra - We couldn't have done it without you!

Sandra - We couldn't have done it without you!

Nick and co.

Our precious physio's - Thank you!

Team Lists for Australian U19 and U23

There was a buzz at The Hobart Aquatic Centre over last weekend as selections were held for the age group teams heading to New Zealand for the Trans Tasman Competition in July 2014.

This years selections were particularly exciting. In 2014 Australia will field all four age groups, with the first ever  selection of a U23 Women team to complete the set. The buzz in the air culminated in whiteboards full of arrows and courts full of enthusuatic players aiming to impress.

As always the event was excellently organised and facilitated. The weekend involved selectors, coaches, speakers and guest mentors providing the highest level of training, advice, critique and support for Australia's next generation of underwater hockey players.

The excitement in Hobart was perhaps heightened by the omnipresent Aged Group Worlds in 2015. An event certainly in the minds of coaches and players involved in the weekend.

Thanks goes to all those who participated, and congratulations to those who made the teams.

Under 19 Women:

Kaiah Jones (Captain)
Phoebe Dalby (Vice Captain)
Miriam Cockerill
Izzy Dunn
Elise Cleary
Emma Condie
Kate Boulus
Sarah Walker
Maggie Biffin
Annabelle Biffin
Natalie Iredale
Rebecca Woodman

Under 19 Men:

Jared Magill (Captain)
Tom Milner
Alistair Climie
Dan Gould
Jayden Skinner
Ti Pere
Connor Munnings
Richard Cleary
Declan Hilder
Mitch Jones
Matthew Isles
Sam Lohrey

Under 23 Women:

Eliza Game (Captain)
Katelyn Tenbensel
Tori Wickham
Claudia Payne
Briody Hilder
Romy Keppel
Anika Buckley
Sarah Tindall
Molly Martin
Kami Reyes –Perdomo

Under 23 Men:

Matt McCartney (Captain)
Shannon Griffiths (Captain)
Matt Paine
Harry van der Woude
James Milner
Alex Barnes-Keoghan
Ben Stepkovitch
Sean Conaty
Callum Wishart
Mitchell Piccoli
Josh MacKenzie

Trans Tasman Junior Competition 2014

Details have been announced for this years Trans Tasman Competition.

The Tournament will be held at the Kilburnie Pool in Wellington, New Zealand from the 5th - 13th July, 2014. Australia hopes to fill four teams in the following categories:

U19 Men - Coach: Steve Cleary (TAS)
U23 Men - Coach: Nick Martyn (TAS)
U19 Women - Coach: Chris Wenman (WA)
U23 Women - Coach: Nina Barry-Macaulay (VIC)

Selections for these teams will be held at the Gold Coast Nationals in January, 2014. Postal nominations will be accepted from those unable to attend. All prospective players must nominate to play. This involves participation in selections or postal vote, a $150 nomination fee, and the completion of nomination forms.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact the Team Manager, Sandra Milner, via email: uwhmum [at] hotmail [dot] com.