Nominations for Australian Age Group teams open

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

Nominations close: 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

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.

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.

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.