Applications open: Australian Elite & Masters coaches and managers

Underwater Hockey Australia calls for applications for Coaches and Managers for the Elite and Masters Australian teams for 2019 & 2020.

At this stage the tournament schedule is not decided and we will be looking for input from coaches as to proposed schedules. World championships will be in August of 2020, location TBA, while in 2019 there is a range of options across a range of dates.

Attached are coach and manager application forms, interested applicants should complete and return via email to secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au by Friday 14th December.

Australian Women’s Masters secure silver at 20th World Championships

Australia was well represented at the 20th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships held recently in Quebec, Canada, fielding teams in all four divisions (Elite Women's, Elite Men's, Masters Women's and Masters Men's).

The event, which ran from July 19 to 29, saw more than 600 players and officials from 16 Underwater Hockey playing nations converge on the beautiful French Canadian city for two-weeks of high intensity competition.

The Masters Women's team were the best performed of the Australian contingent, returning with silver medal, after playing France in the World Championship game.

Masters Women on the podium

The Australian Masters Women on the podium at the 20th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships. [Photo: Mike Martyn]

Following solid performances in the round robin the team entered the knock-out stages as the third seed and proceeded on a charmed run into the championship game, a 6-0 win over Argentina in the quarterfinal was followed by a gritty 2-1 win over Colombia in the semifinal. The Australian women started the World Championship game strongly, attested by the 1-1 halftime scoreline. With the game well and truly in the balance, the early stages of the second half was hotly contested but as players began to tire, the French team's fitness began to tell. A number of quick goals to the French put the result beyond doubt. The 6-1 final scoreline was bolstered by a number of late goals to the French.

Australian Masters Women

The Australian Masters Women stand for the national anthem prior to the championship game versus France. [Photo: Mike Martyn]

The other three Australian teams did not fare quite as well. The Australian Elite Men's team finished the round-robin as the 3rd seeded team in Group A (with a W-D-L record of 4-1-1) but suffered a nail-biting 1-2 loss to Turkey in the quarterfinal. They went on to finish the competition in 7th place after defeating Spain 3-2 in the 7th v 8th play-off game.

The Elite Women and the Men's Masters teams both finished the competition in 6th place. The Elite Women sat as the third seed in Group B at the conclusion of the round-robin (with a 3-1-2 record) but suffered a 3-5 defeat in the quarterfinal at the hands of a strong South African team. Their final standing following a gallant 0-2 defeat in the 5th v 6th game against the French women. The Masters Men's team was defeated by GB 0-1 in the quarterfinal.

The 2018 Australian World Championship contingent. [Photo: Mike Martyn]

The Australian teams were accompanied by a significant support contingent, headlined by team managers Andrew Robert-Tissot and Mike Martyn as well as the exceptionally hardworking physio team of Nick Stepkovitch, Jolanta Lewandowska, Marleen van Gastel, Katie Turner and Marlissa Dijk.

A complete list of results and the final standings can be viewed online at https://uwhscores.com/t/worlds2018 and replays of all championship games can be streamed online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOBvfJcIdm9QeKn7zdECNA.

The next CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships for the Elite and Masters divisions will likely be held in Australia in 2020.

Australian Junior Teams for 2018

Underwater Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the 2018 Australian U19 teams that will participate in the Trans Tasman Championships . The tournament will be held in Rotorua, New Zealand 7-12 October 2018.

U19 Women

Congratulations to:

  • Gabrielle Larsson (TAS)
  • Sophie Williams (TAS)
  • Alice Allport (QLD)
  • Sarah Hartley (QLD)
  • Mahala Fannon (TAS)
  • Caterina Alleway (VIC)
  • Jazmin Grainger-dee (QLD)
  • Kirrily Hopkins (VIC)
  • Jess Cohen (TAS)
  • Claudia Marsh (WA)
  • Kasey Hoskins (VIC)
  • Maybelle Barr (WA)
  • Coach: Amar Sarmiento

Men

  • Bailey Annear
  • Aidan Du Toit
  • James Iredale
  • Blake Jendrzejak
  • Tim Ferguson
  • Olli Annear
  • Nick Zuideveld
  • Ben Robinson
  • Clay Duke
  • Tasman Inglis
  • Quinn Du Toit
  • Kai Wagner
  • Luke Williams
  • Dan Allport
  • Josiah Hartley
  • Bradley Peters
  • Ben Stepkovitch (senior player)
  • Marco Roelfs (senior player)
  • Emmanuel Zapata Toro (senior player)
  • Coach: Greg Stinston
  • Manager: Jumpy Jendrzejak

2018 Australian Elite & Masters Teams Announced

CaUnderwater Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the 2018 Australian Elite & Masters teams that will participate in the 20th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships in Quebec, Canada. Congratulations to:

Elite Men

  • Coach: David Lambert (TAS)
  • Captain: Tom Miller (WA)
  • Vice-Captain: Nick Martyn (TAS)
  • Amar Sarmiento (WA)
  • Gary Rosewarne (NSW)
  • Gavan Wise (WA)
  • Jack Robert-Tissot (TAS)
  • Jamie North (WA)
  • Josh Mackenzie (WA)
  • Matthew Paine (TAS)
  • Rhys Milburn (WA)
  • Shannon Griffiths (WA)
  • Stewart Parkinson (SA)
  • Emergency: Todd Canavan (VIC)
  • Emergency: Sam Thompson (QLD)

Elite Women

  • Coach: Eden Brown (VIC)
  • Captain: Belinda Keeley (VIC)
  • Vice-Captain: Hannah Robert-Tissot (TAS)
  • Vice-Captain: Marie Tousignant (WA)
  • Alice van der Woude (TAS)
  • Briody Hilder (TAS)
  • Eliza Game (TAS)
  • Katelyn Tenbensel (VIC)
  • Phoebe Stewart (VIC)
  • Sarah Tindal (SA)
  • Sarah Walker (WA)
  • Victoria Wickham (TAS)
  • Zoe Canavan (WA)

Masters Men

  • Andrew Dunlop (NSW)
  • David Sutcliffe (WA)
  • Gareth Mann (WA)
  • Hamish Ride (VIC)
  • Jacko Smit (NSW)
  • Jason Miezis (WA)
  • Juan Castaño (VIC)
  • Peter McGovern (WA)
  • Phillip Ackerman (NSW)
  • Rees Quilford (VIC)
  • Ryan Heckenberg (NSW)
  • Shane Blackham (WA)

Masters Women

  • Captain: Amy Barry-Macaulay (VIC)
  • Playing coach: Kirsteen Reid (VIC)
  • Jane Gilligan (WA)
  • Jane McMahon (QLD)
  • Jasmine Mann (WA)
  • Julia Slotwinski (TAS)
  • Lucy Perdomo Cruz (VIC)
  • Marion Creser (NSW)
  • Meegan Kepert (VIC)
  • Michaela Dommisse (WA)
  • Steph Goodrick (ACT)

Team Managers

  • Andrew Robert-Tissot (TAS)
  • Mike Martyn (TAS)

Team Physios

  • Nicholas Stepkovitch (NSW)
  • Jola Lewandowska
  • Katie Turner
  • Marlene Van Gastel
  • Marlissa Dijk

Referees

  • Nathan Whelan (TAS)
  • Robbie Kilpatrick (TAS)

AUF membership portal open for renewal

The Australian Underwater Federation (AUF) has opened the 2018-2019 membership renewal process. Featuring a new secure online membership system, it has never been easier to join or renew. By becoming a member of the AUF you join an Australia wide family of underwater enthusiasts who are making a contribution to bring sport, conservation and awareness to the underwater world. 2017/18 memberships expire on 30 June 2018.

The 2018/19 price structure is:

Senior Earlybird special (until 30 June): $80
Junior U18 Earlybird special (until 30 June): $40
Senior Membership: $95 (from 1 July)
Junior U18 Membership: $50 (from 1 July)

Join or renew online at https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=4073

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Calling all Australian Women’s Masters players

Expressions of interest are sought to fill a position on the Australian Masters Woman's Team that will compete in the CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships in Quebec 15th-28th July.

Interested players will be assessed based on their postal application and previous experiences. The panel of selectors includes Kirsteen Reid, Eden Brown and Bronwyn Mackenzie.

Criteria:

1) Has Worlds experience at either Elite or Masters level or is already suitably equipped to compete at that level;
2) Proven fitness and a commitment to developing level of fitness in the next two months;
3) Is available to attend both training camps prior to worlds (Homebush: 29th June to 1st July & Quebec 15th - 19th July);
3) Ability to follow instructions and specific direction and adapt to the team plan accordingly;
4) Can make all past and current player payments at the time of selection;

Due to time constraints and uniform and player payment schedules expression of interest must be received by Sunday 13th May.

Interested players please email the coach, Kirsteen Reid (krchook@optusnet.com.au)

Calling Australian Men’s Masters players

Due to player injury concerns, Underwater Hockey Australia is calling for nominations from players interested in joining the Australian Men's Masters team which will contest the 2018 CMAS Worlds in Quebec, Canada from 16-28 July.

One spot is open for selection. Interested players should contact Rees Quilford (0408584 846 or rees@destinationq.com.au) by COB April 28. Interested players will need pay the registration and participation fees immediately.

Nominating players will be assessed for suitability (taking into account fitness, skill level, game awareness and playing history) by a panel of selectors. The team will likely be finalised in early May.

 

UHA AGM 2018

The UHA Annual General Meeting 2018 will be held on Saturday, 26 May at the University of Melbourne.

UHA Executive positions vacant include:

The UHA AGM 2017 minutes can be viewed online.

 

2018 Australian Team Coaches Announced

Underwater Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the appointments of Australian Team Coaches and Managers for 2018:

  • U19 Men: Greg Stinson
  • U19 Women: Amar Sarmiento
  • U23 Men:  Nick Martyn
  • U23 Women: Hannah Robert-Tissot
  • Women's Masters: Kirsteen Reed
  • Men's Masters: TBA
  • Junior Managers (joint-position): Jumpy Jendrzejak (Men) & Lee-Marie Stinson (Women)

This is in addition to the 2018 Elite Men's and Women's coaches, David Lambert and Eden Brown, who were announced late last year.

Thank you to all applicants.

Information for 2018 Australian Elite & Masters Teams

The HSQ (Hockey Subaquatique Québec) is hosting the world’s best underwater hockey players at "the Sports and Physical Education Pavilion Pool (Pavillon d’éducation physique et des sports (PEPS) pool), located at the heart of Université Laval campus, Quebec City, Province of Quebec, Canada” from 19-28 July 2018.

Information is available online and on facebook.

The Australian Elite teams have booked a pre-competition camp 14-17th July and so must arrive by 13th July. The Masters teams will need to arrive by 18th July to attend the opening ceremony.

The Hotel Universel has been booked for all teams and support staff for 16 nights (13-29 July), and is 5 minutes walk to the pool.

SELECTIONS

In order to be eligible to be selected in any team players must:

Complete an online google form https://goo.gl/pxrxAK (on mobile, tablet or computer)
AND
Pay a $600 deposit by 8th Jan 2018 to:

Account Name: UWH Worlds 2018
BSB: 037-014
Account Number: 252232

The deposit is vital so we can pay for accommodation and competition fees (due early Feb 2018)

Please email payment advice to manager@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Players not selected will be refunded their deposit (minus any costs associated with attended training camps).

Selection for all teams will be held in Perth following the Nationals Finals on Saturday afternoon 13th Jan.

Elite teams will have compulsory training on Sunday afternoon (12-6pm) 14 January 2018 and Monday morning (8-12pm) 15 January 2018.

PROVISIONAL BUDGET

At this stage elite player’s total individual costs are estimated to be around $5,500 including airfares, training camps, accommodation, competition fees, car hire and uniforms. This is only approximate at this stage and dependent on exchange rates and actual costs. Masters costs are estimated to be around $1,000 less also depending on arrival time in Quebec. Airfares to training .camps will be equalised as occurred in 2017.

Payment can be organised via ASF but the payment schedule must be met and will be reimbursed when the ASF monies are received. More information will be sent to those interested.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND DETAILS

We will send out more information after the Nationals to those that have been selected.

We will also use google forms to gather information regarding uniforms, flight details and accommodation requirements as planning develops.

Any queries please contact us at – manager@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Could you please also circulate this information to all interested players.

Cheers, Andrew Robert-Tissot and Mike Martyn