III Age Group World Championships

U23 Men 2015

U23 Men 2015, Spain

6-15 August 2015 - Castellon, Spain

UHA Welcomes home all athletes, coaches and supporters from the recent World championships in Spain and to all those continuing their journeys abroad, UHA wish you safe travels. To all those who competed: we are proud of you and we commend you.

 

Australia is left with mixed feelings after the recent Age group world championships held in Castellon, Spain from the 6-15 August. Firstly, Awe at the talent and commitment shown by our young athletes, excitement for their potential and thrill that that the next Age Group World Champs will be hosted on home soil in Hobart, Tasmania. These feelings are mixed with a sense of pride attached to our team’s outstanding efforts, and disappointment at a few almost wins.

 

This Aged Group World Championships was impressively competitive, with each division hosting a group of world-class teams. There were many draws during the round robin and several finals ended in overtime.

 

Australia arrived in Spain on Sunday the 2nd of August, with training beginning for most teams on Tuesday the 4th. These days of practice matches pre-tournament provided valuable preparation for the Australian sides, it allowed them the opportunity to adapt and adjust to the time difference and climate, and to re-familiarise themselves with their team mates who come from all across our vast nation.

 

The round robin began on Saturday 8 August. Each division had a single round robin, the U19 Men boasting the largest group of 1o teams. The U23 Men and Women, and U19 Women all had 8 countries represented. In total 12 countries attended this world championship.

 

Australia’s U19 Men and Women’s teams finished in 6 place. Both teams show exciting potential with commendable demonstrations of teamwork and skill in this high stakes tournament. The U19 Women have an average age of only 15, given their achievements in Spain, this is a team no doubt on their way to success. They demonstrated commitment, skills and determination in their overtime games against Canada and Spain on the final days of the tournament. They have all made us all very proud.

 

The U23 Women finished in 5 place at the end of the round robin, moving to 4th after defeating New Zealand in overtime 3-2 in the first of the knock out matches. Their Semi-final against Netherlands ended in a nail biting 4-3, leading them into a bronze medal play off against Great Britain where they were defeated 1-0. These close matches reflect the intensity of this competition and remind us of the difference a single goal can make.

 

Australia’s Medal bearers the U23 Men’s team finished the round robin undefeated, with a draw against Turkey. They pushed through each final to end in first place, meeting turkey in the Grand Final. The Turkish team where physically large with a remarkable presence on the bottom of the pool. Despite Australia’s best efforts to switch, to open the game up and to run around the Turkish giants, they were defeated 3-1 and bought home the Silver. Josh Mackenzie from West Australia finished the game with a remarkable breakaway goal.

 

In addition to the outstanding efforts of all the Australian athletes, there was a large supporter presence at this tournament, and UHA thanks all of the parents, supporters and coaches who travelled to Castellon, cheering from the stands for each match.

 

Importantly, UHA would like to give special thanks to Nick Stepokivitch the Physio and his team, and Sandra Millner, the Team Manager – without who our presence at competitions like this would simply not be possible.

 

Here’s to Hobart 2017!

U23 Women 2015

U23 Women 2015

U23 Men 2015

U23 Men 2015

2013 Australian Teams

The 2013 Australian Underwater Hockey teams were selected at the recent Australian Underwater Hockey Championships.

The teams will participate in the 2013 CMAS World Underwater Hockey Championships to be held in Eger, Hungary in August.

The teams and squads were named as follows:

Team Officials

  • Sandra Milner (Manager)
  • Jane Gilligan (Manager)
  • Nick Stepkovitch (Team Physiotherapist)

Referees

  • Simon Talbot
  • Pieter van Der Woode
  • Robbie Kilpatrick
  • Helen Canavan
  • Angus Sinclair
  • Tim Helm
  • Steve Kars

U19 Women

2013 Australian U19 Women's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian U19 Women's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Tori Wickham (Captain)
  • Olivia Sanderson (Vice Captain)
  • Claudia Payne
  • Romy Keppel
  • Briody Hilder
  • Tate Strudwick
  • Meg Pardoe
  • Sunny Pascoe-Thompson
  • Jackie Connell
  • Kamilla Rayes Perdomo
  • Nina Barry-Macaulay (Coach)

U19 Men

2013 Australian Men's U19 Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian U19 Men's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Josh MacKenzie (Captain)
  • Alex Barnes -Keoghan
  • Jayden Skinner
  • Tom Milner
  • Richard Cleary
  • Declan Hilder
  • Jared Magill
  • Toby Bond
  • Hayden Wenman
  • Cameron Lewis
  • Ben Stepkovitch
  • Mungo Trumble
  • Steve Cleary (Coach)

U23 Men

2013 Australian U23 Men's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian U23 Men's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Mitch Piccoli (Captain)
  • Matt Paine (Vice Captain)
  • Callum Wishart
  • Harry van der Woude
  • Russell George
  • James Milner
  • Jamie North
  • Rhys Milburn
  • Shannon Griffiths
  • Matt McCartney
  • Cameron Moylan
  • Pat Meaney
  • David Sutcliffe (Coach)

Women

2013 Australian Women's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian Women's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Belinda Keeley (Captain)
  • Lena Plambeck
  • Lisa Smith
  • Kirsteen Reid
  • Kate Howard
  • Amy Barry-Macaulay
  • Camille White
  • Eliza Game
  • Hannah Robert-Tissot
  • Fiona Walsh
  • Alice van der Woude
  • Marie Tousignant
  • Katelyn Tenbensel (Reserve)
  • Zoe Canavan (Reserve)
  • David Lambert (Coach)

Elite Men

2013 Australian Men's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian Men's Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Blake Sutcliffe (Captain)
  • Nick Martyn (Vice Captain)
  • Craig Thomas
  • Jack Robert-Tissot
  • Nick Yong
  • James Rossiter
  • Luke Rector
  • Gavin Wise
  • Jason Miezis
  • Tom Miller
  • Stewart Parkinson
  • Rees Quilford
  • Arni Piccoli (Coach)

Women's Masters

2013 Australian Women's Masters Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian Women's Masters Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Natalie Wickham (Captain)
  • Claire Forward
  • Julia Foulkes
  • Stephanie Goodrick
  • Julia Slotwinski
  • Jan Tyler
  • Janet Meyer
  • Nix Arryo
  • Bronwyn MacKenzie
  • Michaela Dommisse
  • Jasmine Mann
  • Denise House (Reserve)
  • Eden Brown (Coach)

Men Masters

2013 Australian Men's Masters Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

2013 Australian Men's Masters Underwater Hockey team. Photo by Jack Robert-Tissot.

  • Greg Stinson
  • Derek Dufall
  • John Bridley
  • Patrick Kelly
  • Dave Sutcliffe
  • Greg Bush
  • Phil Ackerman
  • Thorsten Johansen
  • Gareth Mann
  • Mark Stanton
  • Craig MacKenzie (Coach)