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.

Coaches Announced for Junior Teams

Following the call for nominations late last year, the coaches for the Australian Junior underwater hockey teams have been announced.

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

Alongside this, Sandra Milner (TAS) has been re-appointed as Team Manager for the Australian Junior Teams.

The coaches and team manager will serve a two year term, which includes this years Trans Tasman competition and the 2015 World Championships. Selections for the Junior teams will be held at the approaching Gold Coast Nationals.

The appointment of coaches for Elite teams has been delayed due to a change in the World Championships, where the Juniors and Elite/Master divisions have been split over two years. The next Elite/Masters World Championships will be held in 2016.

U19 Girls team at 2013 Worlds in Hungary

U19 Girls team at 2013 Worlds in Hungary

 

Steve Dunn wins AUF Beau Beere Award

Victorian Underwater Hockey stalwart Steve Dunn was recently announced as the 2013 recipient of the Australian Underwater Federation's Beau Beere Award.

Named after a prominent sports administrator, the award is bestowed to the person considered to have done the most for the advancement of underwater sports in Australia during the previous twelve months. A long term resident of Inverloch in South Eastern Victoria, Steve was recognised for his contribution to Underwater Hockey and especially for his junior development work.

Steve's association with the sport goes back to the opening of the Wonthaggi indoor pool in 1980. As a member of the South Gippsland Dive Club and the South Eastern Area Board Rider's Club he suggested that the two clubs play one another in a game of Underwater Hockey. He played with the eventual victors of that foundation game, the Board Riders team.

After more than thirty years he is still actively involved. In that time he has served as President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey club.

Steve Dunn receives the 2013 Beau Beere Award.

Steve Dunn receives the 2013 Beau Beere Award.

The award was announced by the Federal President of the Australian Underwater Federation, Graham Henderson, who acknowledged Steve’s long and dedicated service, “He has held numerous administrative positions over the years along with huge input into the promotion of juniors into the Club and sport.”

“Steve is to be congratulated for all his achievements. His nomination showed the respect, consideration and esteem with which he is held,” said Mr Henderson.

Steve was presented his award at a function held at the Wonthaggi pool after the final club game for the year. The current president of the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey club, Kevin Chisholm, said it was well-deserved recognition, “It is great to see Steve being acknowledged at a national level. He has had an enormous influence sport of Underwater Hockey, not just here in the local area but across Victoria and Australia.”

“Steve’s enduring legacy is getting so many kids involved. He had a huge influence on my development within the sport and literally hundreds of people have played Underwater Hockey as a result of his passion. He teaches young kids about the importance of commitment and discipline. He instils a respect for fair play in everyone he teaches,” said Mr. Chisholm.

After all these years, Steve’s passion for Underwater Hockey hasn’t waned. Week after week, he attends the regular Thursday night session at the Wonthaggi pool. There, he puts the junior players through their paces before joining the adults for their game. Steve is the only foundation member still actively involved in the club.

When deliberating the nominations the federal board considered the future effects of the contribution made to the sport and the benefit to others achieved through nominee’s activities. Steve’s hard work certainly fulfils both criteria. His efforts have helped Wonthaggi become one of the most successful clubs in Victoria and the biggest producer of junior players in the state. Over the years dozens players have gone on to represent Victoria and Australia.

Not content with his contribution to date, Steve is busy preparing another crop of junior players who will travel to the Gold Coast in late January. There, they will compete in the Australian National Championships and Underwater Hockey will continue to benefit from Steve’s passion and dedication.

Changes to the UHA Committee

It has been a big year for Underwater Hockey in Australia. The year kicked off with a hugely successful National Championships in Hobart. The tournament attracted more than 200 participants across six divisions and included the introduction of an U15 junior division.

Our representative teams also enjoyed some fantastic results at the 18th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships in Eger, Hungary in August. With 84 athletes and more than ten support staff it was the largest contingent Australia has ever sent to an international Underwater Hockey tournament. All seven Australian teams progressed through to the semi-final stage and four teams collected medals. The Master's Men and Master's Women were crowned World Champions after winning their respective finals. The U23 Men collected silver while the Elite Men overcame a heart breaking semi-final loss to France (2-1 after extra time) to collect bronze with a 7-1 win over Great Britain. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of the coaches and administrative staff who attended the competition. In particular, Sandra Milner and Jane Gilligan did an amazing job coordinating managing the teams. I would also like to acknowledge the work of our junior team chaperones, Ben and Laura , their work is much appreciated by the UHA committee and the players who traveled. Also a massive thank you to all of the parents and supporters who attended or followed our progress from afar.

On behalf of the UHA and as a player involved on the trip I would also like to express gratitude to the Australian team physios, Nick, Mary-Anne and Lolia, who accompanied us on our trip to Hungary. They did an enormous amount of work on the trip and their knowledge played a vital role in the success that our teams experienced.

Underwater Hockey Australia Annual General Meeting

More recently, the Underwater Hockey Australia AGM saw some substantial changes to the committee. Lena Plambeck (Director of Coaching), Craig Mackenzie (Games Commissioner) and Jodie Miners (Communications Officer) did not re-nominate for their positions. All three made an enormous contribution to the committee and to the betterment of Underwater Hockey here in Australia. They have spent countless hours working within their respective portfolios. Their work will hold the organisation in good stead for the coming years. On the bright side, a new generation of people have stepped up to fill their roles. Nick Martyn is the new Games Commissioner, Nina Barry-Macaulay will fill the Communications Officer role and Angus Sinclair takes the lead on the refereeing portfolio as Director of Refereeing.

I have also decided to step down from the Director role. It has been an interesting and rewarding experience but I feel it is time for a new direction. Unfortunately no nominations were received so the position remains vacant. I will act in the role for the next couple of months so that a suitable replacement can be found.

There have also been some significant changes at State level. Joe Tindal stepped down from his position in South Australia. Joe has made an amazing contribution to the sport in Adelaide. He will be sorely missed.

Next year is looking like an exciting year. Nationals will be held on the Gold Coast in January. Mid-year we will send U19 and U23 teams to New Zealand for Trans Tasmans. We are also looking to hold an Australian club championships in the second half of the year. Hopefully there will be more news on that front shortly.

Please stay safe over the festive season and I look forward to seeing you in the water in 2014.

Rees Quilford, Acting Executive Director, Underwater Hockey Australia

Fundraiser for typhoon relief fund

The proceeds of the fundraiser

The proceeds of the fundraiser.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful on record, destroyed thousands of homes as it tracked across central Philippines before going on to strike Vietnam. Winds of more than 300km/h, flash flooding and landslides have left families without shelter, food and water. Thousands of people are feared dead in the Philippines.

The Australian Underwater Hockey community has a close relationship with our friends from the Philippines. Players from across Australia have attended tournaments in Manila over the past few years. This time last year more than a dozen players attended the post-tournament dive trip on the island of Coron. The island was devastated by the storm.

A fundraiser gathering was held at the the Great Northern Hotel in Carlton North on Saturday 16th of December 2013. About thirty players and friends dropped in for a meal or a drink. A total of $780 was raised and will be donated to the Red Cross' Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.

Thank you to Tim Helm for donating a range of super delicious preserves for the raffle and to all of those that donated.

Success for Australia

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Australian teams experienced great success at the 18th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Eger, Hungary from 23 to 31 August 2013.

With 84 athletes and more than ten support staff it was the largest contingent Australia has ever sent to an international tournament.

All seven Australian teams progressed through to the semi final stage and four teams collected medals.

The Master's Men and Master's Women were crowned World Champions after winning their respective finals. The Master’s Women defeated South Africa 7-2 in the playoff game after going through the tournament undefeated. The Master’s Men won an epic final 4-1 against the Netherlands to secure gold.

The U23 Men had a seesawing final match against New Zealand but were defeated 2-4 to collect silver.

The Elite Men recovered from a heart breaking semi final loss to France (2-1 after extra time) to collect bronze. They defeated Great Britain 7-1 in a one sided final.

The Elite Women were unable to overcome a strong and well-drilled South African outfit in the bronze medal playoff. They tried their hearts out but were defeated 4-1.

The U19 Men and Women’s teams faced France and South Africa in their respective finals. The U19 Men lost 3-4 in an entertaining contest while the U19 Women lost 3-4 in a nail biting game decided in extra time.

Full results from the tournament can be viewed online at: http://www.horizonsolutions.tv/leagues/world-underwater-hockey-championships-2013?view=results

Thank you to all those who sent messages of support and followed the action online.

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Thank you players, officials and supporters

Thank you to all the Australian players, officials and supporters that attended the 2013 World Championships in Eger, Hungary.

The tournament proved to be a great success for us. With 84 athletes it was the largest contingent we have ever sent. All of the seven teams we fielded made it through to the semi final stage and we had four teams in the medals.

Congratulations to the Master's Men and Master's Women on bringing home gold, the U23 Men on silver and the Elite Men on bronze.

Finally thank you for all the messages of support and encouragement from back home and around the world.

See you in the water back in Oz.
Rees Quilford
Director, Underwater Hockey Australia