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)

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

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

Australian team nomination deposits

Dear players

One month ago I sent out an information package for those interested in trying out for the Australian teams. I has come to my notice that a number of you have not had an opportunity to read it yet. So I am summarising the bit you need to know urgently. If you want to try out for an Australian team you need to have deposited $500 in the Australian Underwater Hockey Account and returned the appropriate forms to me before selections. Bank Account details are below. If you are not selected the money will be refunded. I would also encourage you to read the information package now. If you are struggling financially or have any other  questions please talk to me by email or my phone number is 03 62280110.

If you can not make it to Nationals for tryouts but want to be considered please deposit your money,send me the forms and an email expressing your interest in being in a team.

Bank: Westpac (Rosny Branch)
A/C Name: Australian Underwater Hockey Commission
BSB: 037-014
A/C 241867

Sandra Milner
Aus Manager UWH teams

Australian Team Information for Worlds 2013

Dear players,

Below is the information pack for Australian players nominating for selection in the UWH World Championships in Hungary in 2013.

Selections will take place after Nationals Finals on 28 January 2013 at the Aquatic Centre Hobart.

Players need to have deposited $500 to the account below and returned the relevant forms to be eligible for selections.

Bank account details:

Bank Westpac (Rosny Branch)
A/C Name: Australian Underwater Hockey Commission
BSB 037-014
A/C 241867

Thanks for your help.

If you have any questions please ask (uwhmum@hotmail.com).

Sandra Milner
Australian Team Manager

Physiotherapy at Nationals and Worlds

Hi all, just a quick note FYI.

As you may or not be aware, I will be in Hobart to cover all the teams competing at the nationals.

Thanks to the generosity of Pieter van der Woude, I have been offered accommodation on his boat and as such am able to bring some  physio students with me to help. They are Bachelor & Doctoral  students from Australian Catholic University [Sydney], Fontys [NED] and the George Washington University [USA] who are spending time with me to learn and fulfill  part of their formal requirements for their  professional qualification  as well as a steep learning curve into the world of Underwater Hockey.

Hence their ‘volunteering ‘for the exercise . Their cost are covered by external research sponsorship as well as Pieter’s generosity.

My main  aim for  bringing them with me is to follow up on the work I did  in Hobart this march at the training camp in terms of screening and injury prevention. I followed up  with  some  US students in QLD at the Trans –Tasman comp and hope to continue this at Hobart 2013. I will need your support in helping me  get access to all of the  Australian team members during the comp for screening / follow up and continued implementation/ refinement  of preventative injury strategies. I will  also be issuing all competitors with a USB containing all the  necessary exercise regimes etc.

I am documenting all I do for the purposes of validating proven injury  prevention strategies for this sport. I have done this in the past for Triathlons, Surf Life Saving, Touch Football & Endurance Paddling [ refer attachment example]. I also aim to have  this ready for formal publication in an internationally  peer reviewed  sports medicine journal for  the ultimate benefit of the sport.

When I attended at Coimbra last year 23 of the 24 athletes [2 teams] turned up with some form of injury and I had my work cut out for me getting them game ready.  I had some surprise help for two days from an ex- student who flew herself down from Eindhoven [NED] to assist, keen to work with me again.

As there will be  up to 7 teams scheduled for Hungary I do not want to be faced with a similar situation as the resources would be definitely overstretched. [I have some European students keen to volunteer their time at their expense to help in Hungary. For those of you who were in Coimbra, Jola was first to put her hand up again for 2013]

I will be flying into Hobart  early Tuesday 22nd Jan. I can be operational  from Tuesday PM as soon as able .

While I expect to be working primarily poolside I am staying  only 8 mins from the pool and can work wherever, if not from the boat.

My contact phone is 0412 167 976.

Text me on this number if you need any of your players seen to plus to organise a suitable time to re –screen and  capture any new  Australian  team players who may not have been seen before by my crew.

Our Availability will be anytime and fit in to suit games/training/meetings etc as far as possible. We will also be available  on the 29th as we do not fly out until  Wed 30th AM.

If you have any  questions or queries,  or injury concerns closer to the time, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail (steppo@tpg.com.au) or use the mobile text  if urgent.

Please pass this info on to anyone who needs to know for Hobart & Hungary.

Thanks and looking forward to catching up with you in Hobart.

Nick Stepkovitch,
Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist