Player EOI for 2020 Australian Teams

Elite and Masters players interested in participating in Australian team training camps programs preparing for the CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships (to be held at the Gold Coast in July 2020) are asked to complete an online expression of interest.

NOTE: COMPETITION INFORMATION AND TEAM SELECTION DETAIL WILL BE CIRCULATED IN DECEMBER 2019

At this stage training camps in 2019 are being planned for:

  • Elite Womens: October 5-6th, Hobart
  • Elite Mens: Sept 6-8th, Perth
  • Womens Masters : October 5-6th, Perth
  • Mens Masters: October, date & venue TBC

Further details can be obtained from the coaches:

The team managers (Mike & Andy) can be contacted via email at manager@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Applications Open: UHA Treasurer committee position

Underwater Hockey Australia is calling for expressions of interest for the committee position of Treasurer. The role is a two-year term (2019-2020).

View the position description for UHA Treasurer online

Please email: secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au to express your interest.

Calling all referees: 2019 EOI

The UHA calls for expressions of interest from prospective referees interested in any assisting on upcoming competitions.

A number of opportunities exist for new starters right through to highly experienced referees, including:

  • Kings Cup
    8-9 June
    Refereeing opportunities exist to participate in the upcoming National club comp. No set funding available.
  • New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship
    5-8 September
    These championships are open to those who have some experience refereeing, and wish to further their long term refereeing. It is an ideal competition to use as a stepping stone to international level refereeing. Funding for airfares, accommodation and most meals is available. Assistance with special leave documentation for representation at a National and or International event also available on request.
  • QLD state titles
    5-6 October
  • WA state titles
    November (TBC)
  • SEA Games
    30 November - 11 December, Philippines
    ********EOI CLOSING DATE 27/05/2019********* 
    Calling for experienced referees with international experience, or international elite players who can demonstrate their ability to referee at this level. Funding for airfares, accommodation and most meals is available. Assistance with special leave documentation for representation at a National and or International event also available on request.
  • Australian Nationals Championship
    19-24th January 2020, Sydney, Australia
    Open to all those who wish to further their refereeing career. A level 1 accreditation is preferable, as is previous refereeing experience at club level. All referees at this competition will be considered and assessed for the Worlds competition. Please contact me for clarification. Funding for airfares, accommodation and most meals is available. Assistance with special leave documentation for representation at a National and or International event also available on request.
  • 2020 CMAS Elite and Masters World Championships
    July 2020, Australia
    We will require experienced referees with at least Level 2 accreditation, and/or previous international experience or international elite players who can demonstrate their ability to referee at this level. Previous refereeing at Nationals is highly desired, either as a playing or non-playing referee. It is expected that anybody interested in this competition will referee at the Nationals in January 2020. There will be far more places available at this competition as it is located in Australia. Funding for airfares, accommodation and most meals is available. Assistance with special leave documentation for representation at a National and or International event also available on request.

Interested parties should contact Angus Sinclair via email (referee@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au).

Submissions should include the following:

  1. Preferred competition and availability
  2. Current referee qualification ranked Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and star (if known).
  3. An account of recent refereeing activity at club, state, national or international. This can be a general statement or a summary of events attended as a referee (preferred).

AUF memberships open for renewal

The Australian Underwater Federation (AUF) has opened the 2019-2020 membership renewal process.

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. 2018/19 memberships expire on 30 June 2019.

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

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Australian Elite & Masters Team Coaches Announced

Underwater Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the following coaching appointments for the 2019-20 Elite and Masters Australian teams:

  • Greg Bush: Australian Elite Men
  • Nathan Whelan: Australian Elite Women
  • Eden Brown: Australian Masters Women

Congratulations to the successful applicants.

Australian U24 Men’s team announced

The UHA is super excited to announce our Under 24 Men's Australian team that will contest the upcoming 2019 CMAS Age Group World Championships scheduled for 14-24 August in Sheffield, England . Congratulations to:

  • Tom Milner (C): TAS/NSW
  • Hunter Jones (VC): WA
  • Mason Gillespie: WA
  • Bailey Annear: WA
  • James Iredale: WA
  • Aidan Dutoit: QLD
  • Marco Roelfs: QLD
  • Andres Londono: QLD
  • Ben Robinson: VIC
  • Dan Gould: TAS
  • Ben Linton: TAS
  • Emmanuel Zapata: NSW
  • First reserve: Connor Munnings: TAS
  • Second reserve: Henry Owens: TAS

Congrats to all players!

Nominations for Australian Age Group teams

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PROSPECTIVE WORLDS AGE GROUP AUSTRALIAN TEAM MEMBERS:NOMINATIONS FOR ALL DIVISIONS ARE STILL OPEN

Nominations closed Midnight, 17th Feb 2019

Read the information pack: https://bit.ly/2Rx4GjL

Complete the online nomination: https://goo.gl/forms/QfDXvtUvIUEFEAKA3

Underwater Hockey Australia calls for player nominations for the U19 & U24 Australian teams that will participate in the 2019 Age Group Worlds in Sheffield, England.

We encourage all prospective nominees to complete the nomination process as soon as possible as nominations will strictly close at midnight on the 17th Feb 2019. If, for financial purposes or otherwise, alternative arrangements are required, please contact management immediately.

Only nominees that have completed the nomination process can be considered squad members eligible for final selections.

Squad members eligible for selections will be announced after nominations close.

For more information on Worlds, the nomination process or how to contact officials please read the information pack, available at: https://bit.ly/2Rx4GjL

Find out more

Lee-Maree Stinson
Team manager – Jnr Women’s
leemaree.stinson@gmail.com
+61 428 240 681

Clayton Jenderzkak
Team Manager – Jnr Men’s
jumpyliss@gmail.com
+61 417 994 004

Try-Outs for 2019 Australian Age Group Teams

Selections for the Australian teams participating in the CMAS Age Group World Championships in Sheffield, UK in August 2019 will be held from 2:15pm to 3:15pm on Thursday 24 January.

Court allocations for the selections are as follows:

  • U19 & U24 Women – Court 1
  • U19 & U24 Men – Court 2

Interested players are strongly encouraged to speak to the relevant coach and/or team manager prior to selections.

Men
U19 Coach:      Greg Stinson (0403 410 235)
U24 Coach:      Nick Martyn (0408 238 509)
Manager:        Jumpy Jendrzejak (0417 994 004)

Women
U19 Coach:     Amar Sarmiento (0404 649 080)
U24 Coach:     Hannah Robert-Tissot (0407 786 656)
Manager:        Lee Stinson (0428 240 681)

Applications open: Australian Men’s Elite & Masters coaches

Submissions for these positions are now closed.

Underwater Hockey Australia calls for applications for Coaches and Managers for the Elite Men's and Masters Men's 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, 1 March 2019.

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.