Calling: Australian Team Selectors for 2018 Nationals

UHA is calling for nominations team selectors for the upcoming Nationals in Perth.
Selectors are required for the following teams: Junior (Trans-Tasman), Elite Men, Elite Women, Masters Men and Master's Women's (Worlds).
Please email the UHA Secretary (Kate Howard secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au) if you are interested in assisting outlining which team and your experience.

Eden Brown named as Beau Bere Award recipient

Eden Brown has been announced as the newest recipient of the AUF's Beau Bere Award.

Eden was recognized for her contribution to underwater hockey in New South Wales, Victoria and Australia at both the development and representative level.

Eden Brown (right) with the 2016 Masters Women's World Championship cup.

In her local club, the University of Wollongong UWH club, she often runs training sessions for the promising junior athletes that attend club nights. She has been selected as the chaperone for the NSW U19s boy’s and girl’s teams attending nationals on the Gold Coast in January 2017.

Starting playing in Drouin, Victoria, Eden has gone on to achieve numerous state and national selections. She has been a valuable representative for the NSW and Victorian Elite Women’s teams for many years. In recent years, she helped the NSW team to 4 consecutive grand finals, coming away with silver on each occasion. Eden was also awarded the MVP award in a losing side in the 2017 year’s Elite Women’s final at Nationals on the Gold Coast.

Her representative honours also extend to the international stage. Eden first represented Australia at the World Championships in Paris in 1994. She is still participating at that level having won gold in the Masters Women's division at the 2016 World Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa in March. That feat was achieved while coaching the Australian Elite women’s team.

The AUF noted that Eden’s attributes in both playing and developing the game made her an ideal candidate for the AUF Beau Bere Award.

 

Rhys Milburn named AUF Sportsperson of the year

West Australian underwater hockey and underwater rugby player Rhys Milburn was recently named AUF Sportsperson of the year.

Rhys Milburn in action at the 2016 CMAS World Underwater Hockey Championships.

Rhys was recognised as a member of the WA state team for underwater hockey and underwater rugby that won both national championships. Winning the national rugby championships was particularly meritorious given that it was only the second competition WA had entered.

Rhys was a key member in the Australian Underwater Hockey team that won the World Championship in April 2016 in Stellenbosch South Africa.

 

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.