Applications for 2018-19 Australian Junior Team Coaches & Managers

Underwater Hockey Australia (UHA) is seeking applications for Australian Junior Team Coaches & Managers for 2018-19.

This will include participation in the CMAS Age Group World Championships scheduled for Sheffield, England in 2019 and the 2018 Trans-Tasman Championship to be held in Wellington, New Zealand.

Interested parties should complete the UHA Coach / Manager Application Form.

Applications for should be submitted by COB November 5th.

Please submit all submissions via email to the UHA secretary: secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Australian Elite Team selection criteria

The athlete Selection Criteria for the Elite Australian Underwater Hockey teams that will participate in the 2018 CMAS World Championships held in Vancover, Canada is now available.

The sport specific athlete selection criteria will be utilised in the identification, ranking and selection of athletes for Australian open and women elite teams, it can be downloaded at: AUS UWH Athlete Selection Criteria 2018

Call for nominations: Australian Masters Women & Men’s Coaches

Underwater Hockey Australia (UHA) seeks applicants for the position of Australian Team Coaches (Masters Women and Men). The position is for Quebec, Canada Worlds 2018.

Interested applicants should download complete the UHA Coach Application Form.

Applications should be sent to Kathryn Howard, Secretary, Underwater Hockey Australia (secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au).

Applications will close 22.9.17 and applicants will be advised by mid-October.

UHA AGM 2017

The Underwater Hockey Australia Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 17th
June 2017 at the  New Sydney Hotel in Hobart Tasmania.

Hobart to host CMAS Age Group UWH Championships

Hobart will play host to the 4th CMAS Age Group Underwater Hockey Championships from 13-22 July 2017

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

U15’s – The Celebrities of UWH.

Totally Wild filming at Gold Coast Nationals 2014

Totally Wild filming at Gold Coast Nationals 2014

It is an exciting time to be a junior in the Australian underwater hockey community. The development of junior involvement both at a national and international level has risen substantially over the past decade, and continues on an exciting incline. More over, our junior’s are exposed to celebrity opportunities, like those experienced by Caleb Thomas, Perri Adkins and Tom Robinson at the recent National Championships held on the Gold Coast.

During the tournament, Caleb, Perri (captains of the QLD U15 team), and Tom (captain of the VIC U15 team) were interviewed by host of the TV show Totally Wild. In their poolside interviews, the three captains explained to Totally Wild viewers exactly how our crazy sport works, and why it’s so much fun!

Their interviews will contribute to Totally Wild’s ‘underwater hockey story’, which airs this Saturday, March 8th at 8am on channel 11. After this episode goes to air, it will then be available to watch online at: http://tenplay.com.au/channel-eleven/totally-wild

Caleb and Perri being interviewed for TV show Totally Wild.

Caleb and Perri (QLD) being interviewed for Totally Wild.

Tom (VIC) bieng interviewed by Toally Wild at Gold Coast Nationals.

Tom (VIC) bieng interviewed for Toally Wild.

 

Lena Plambeck receives AUF’s Best Sportsperson Award

Graham Henderson presents Lena Plambeck with AUF Best Sportsperson Award

Graham Henderson presents Lena Plambeck with AUF Best Sportsperson Award

At the recent National Championships held in Palm Bach, Queensland, Lena Plambeck was presented with the Australian Underwater Federation's prestigious annual prize: Sportsperson of the Year.

Originally a New South Whales player, Lena represented the West Australian Women's team at this years Nationals. Her experience is extensive, Lena has played for and captained several Australian teams and sports a handful of gold medals and championship trophies. However, it is not only these successes which won her this award.

The AUF Sportsperson of the Year is adjudicated on the following sub categories.

  1. Personal attitude to competitive underwater sports.
  2. Conduct in relation to fellow competitors.
  3. Participation in Club and minor competitions.
  4. Participation in State and major competitions.
  5. Assistance and encouragement rendered to others in improving their ability.
  6. Contributions towards the betterment of the nominee’s Club.

Over the course of Lena's underwater hockey career, she has excelled. All who know her can easily understand her  eligibility for this nomination. Lena is a deserving recipient, having dedicated much of her experience and expertise in underwater hockey to the development of the sport and its players.

 

Queensland Nationals 2014

The 2014 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships at the Palm Beach Aquatic Centre from 23rd to 27th January.

The five day event saw 25 teams across five divisions slug it out at one of the best Underwater Hockey pools in Australia.

The tireless work of Tournament Organiser, Russell Cox, and his colleagues on the Queensland Underwater Hockey committee ensured that the tournament ran seamlessly. Through its administrative excellence Queensland has set an exceptionally high standard for future National Championships.

Final placings

Under 15

2014 Australian U15 division champions, Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

2014 Australian U15 division champions, Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Final placings:

  1. WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2
  2. TASMANIA
  3. WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1
  4. VICTORIA
  5. QUEENSLAND

MVPs Maggie Biffin (WA) and Isaac Bridley (TAS)

Under 19

2014 Australian U19 division champions, Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

2014 Australian U19 division champions, Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Final placings:

  1. WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  2. TASMANIA
  3. QUEENSLAND
  4. VICTORIA

MVP: Josh Mackenzie (WA)

Elite Women

2014 Australian Elite Women's division champions, Tasmania [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

2014 Australian Elite Women's division champions, Tasmania [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Final placings:

  1. TASMANIA
  2. NEW SOUTH WALES
  3. VICTORIA
  4. WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  5. QUEENSLAND

MVP Phoebe Stewart (NSW)

Open

Australian Open division champions Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Australian Open division champions Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Final placings:

  1. WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  2. TASMANIA
  3. VICTORIA
  4. NEW SOUTH WALES 1
  5. QUEENSLAND
  6. NEW SOUTH WALES 2

MVPs Tom Miller (WA) and Dwayne Stinson (WA)

Masters

Australian Open division champions Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Australian Open division champions Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Final placings:

  1. WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1
  2. TASMANIA 2
  3. SA/ACT
  4. QUEENSLAND
  5. WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2

MVP: Derek Duffal (WA1)

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@hotmail.com.