GOLD GOLD GOLD for AUSTRALIA!

A huge congratulations to all players, coaches, volunteers, referees, managers, physiotherapists and support crew involved in this years UWH World Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa!

The Elite Women's team finished a competitive tournament in 6th place, with the Masters Men and Women, and Elite Men's team bringing home the Gold.

We look forward to sharing a report with you shortly.

Team AUSTRALIA 2016

Team AUSTRALIA 2016

 

AUS Elite Women 2016

AUS Elite Women 2016

AUS Masters Men 2016

AUS Masters Men 2016

AUS Masters Women 2016

AUS Elite Men 2016

AUS Elite Men 2016

Australian Elite and Masters Selections

Mens Selections (Elite and Masters)
Venue: Challenge Pool, 100 Stephenson Ave, Mount Claremont WA
Dates and times:
Saturday 17th   POOL TIME: 9.00-11.00am and 4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 18th      POOL TIME: 9.00-11.00am and 4.00-6.00pm
Monday 19th     POOL TIME: 9.00-10.30am and 12.30-2.00pm        
 
 
Womens Selections (Elite and Masters)
Venue: Hobart Aquatic Centre, 1 Davies Ave, Queens Domain TAS
Dates and times:
Saturday 24th   POOL TIME: 12.30-2.30pm and 3.30-5.30pm
Sunday 24th     POOL TIME: 10.30-12.30am and 1.30-3.30pm
        
 
Australian Team Training Camp
Venue: South West Sports Centre, 1 Rotary Ave, Withers WA
Dates and times:
Saturday 2nd Jan POOL TIME: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 3rd Jan    POOL TIME: 10.00am to 5.00pm
*Note: Each of the teams will have a court for 3.5 hours each on both days.
Selection Process

Selection Process

2016 Nomination Form

2016 Nomination Form

2016 Australian Underwater Hockey Team Selection Process

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KEY DATES

Elite Men and Masters Men

Saturday 17th to Monday 19th October, Perth (3 days) Nominations close: Monday 12th October

Elite Ladies and Masters Ladies

Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th October, Hobart (2 days) Nominations close: Monday 19th October

Nomination Fee: $300.00 per player

This fee must be paid prior to selections. If this fee is not paid written approval by way of a financial agreement must be provided from Cathy Waldron, Team Manager. Email forms to cathywaldron [at] bigpond [dot] com

Unsuccessful players will be refunded their Nomination Fee LESS the pool hire costs.

Players who are selected and subsequently WITHDRAW will forfeit the Nomination Fee.

Training Camp Costs: All players attending the selections must provide their flight receipts to the coach. Flights will be equalized between ALL players attending

selections (Elite and Masters combined).

Pool and Room Hire will be shared equally between ALL players attending the selections. Pool and Room Hire will be deducted from the Nomination fee.

All players will be billeted by local players in both Hobart and Perth. A (local) player will be nominated to schedule this. Where this is not achievable accommodation will be sought and the costs will be equalized between ALL players attending the selections. Meals will be paid for by the individual.

Transport to and from the Airport and pool will be organized by the hosts. Where this is not achievable transport will be sought and the costs will be equalized between ALL players attending the selections.

Nomination Forms: Trials:

All players must submit nomination forms (see attachment) prior to Selections. Players nominating for both categories need only pay one Nomination Fee of $300.00.

For both camps it is anticipated that the Elite Selection trials will be held during the first day and the team will be announced. Following this the Masters Selections will occur and the team announced. A schedule of games and training sessions will ensue. Those who were not selected will take part as opposition for the Australian teams and should not expect to take part in the Australian Team training camp after the team is announced (although it is up to the coaches).

To ensure we do not miss a development opportunity for those players on the fringe ofnational team selection we will appoint a mentor / coach to co-ordinate and offer feedback to those that stay and play as opposition. (For the ladies it will depend on numbers).

It is anticipated that for the elite teams 12 team members plus an additional one or two reserve players will be selected for each team. However a coach may elect to announce a squad of 14 players from which the final team of 12 will be chosen at the January training camp.

Masters may elect to select a smaller team (8) at the initial selections and to host final selections at the January Training camp. Masters may elect to only select 10 or 11 players to travel to Worlds.

All teams are entitled to consider two postal nominations at selections.

Key dates:

Attendance at Selections as per above dates.
Training Camp on the 2nd-3rd January in Bunbury WA (the weekend prior to the nationals).
TBC: Possible training camp between January and March.
For Elites – 3 day training camp preceding Worlds in Stellenbosch. March 23rd – April 2nd CMAS World Championships South Africa.

HOST WEBSITE: http://www.uwhworlds2016.co.za

 

Contact details

Team Manager Cathy Waldron  e. cathywaldron [at] bigpond [dot] com m.0429 376 793

COACH Masters Ladies Kirsteen Reid e. krchook [at] optusnet [dot] com [dot] au m. 0411 172 373

COACH Elite Ladies Eden Brown e. edenbrown63 [at] yahoo [dot] com m.0408 381 051

COACH Elite Ladies Tania Mcleish e [dot] tania [at] ledutchie [dot] eu m.0438 632 804

DOWNLOAD FORMS FROM UHA Facebook page or contact coaches above

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)

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 [at] hotmail [dot] 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 [at] tpg [dot] com [dot] 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

Calling for player expressions of interest for the 2013 Australian Teams

Dear Players,

As many of you will know the 2013 CMAS World Championships will be held in Eger, Hungary. This should be a fabulous competition and I know Columbia, South Africa, Great Britain, New Zealand, Argentina and Canada have already put in nominations. I have attached the information pack for you.

On behalf of UHA I need to know who is planning to nominate for selection. I know it is impossible to say for certain what you will be doing almost one year away but we need to have a reasonable idea of what teams we can commit to as we have to pay the deposit for accommodation by 30th Nov.

The aim is to field teams in the following divisions:

  • U19 Women
  • U19 Men
  • U23 Men
  • Elite Women
  • Elite Men
  • Women’s Masters
  • Men’s Masters

The plan is for the Elite and Masters teams to leave Australia on 14th August, to start training on 16th August. The U19 and U23 teams will leave Australia on 17th August to start training on 19th August.

The accommodation I have tentatively booked is the Bulls Blood package which means we have transfers from Budapest to Eger and back, accommodation is five minutes walk from the pool, three meals per day, 3 1/2- 4 star and I have specified I want air conditioning.

Below I have done some rough costings. Please be aware they are dependent on currency fluctuations , possible changes in flight costs and do not include training camps

Please email me as soon as you can if you are going to try out or not (I am as keen to know from as many players as possible - both yes and no) on uwhmum [at] hotmail [dot] com. I definitely need to know by 1st November.

Thanks,
Sandra Milner
Australian Team Manager

Approximate costs

  • U19 = $5800
  • U23 = $5400
  • Elites/Masters = $5530

Please email me for a full breakdown of costs.

Download the CMAS Hungary Information Pack (PDF 1.6MB)

 

ATTENTION: ELITE MEN’S PLAYERS

Due to the withdrawal of a player selected in the original squad, Underwater Hockey Australia (UHA) is calling for nominations from interested players for the Australian Elite Men's team which will participate in the forthcoming Trans Tasman Competition to be held on the Gold Coast 9-13 July 2012.

All nominations should outline:

  • Name
  • DOB
  • Contact details (email and phone)
  • Detailed outline of relevant playing history
  • Preferred position
  • Nominations should be sent to the Australian Men's team coach Arnold Piccoli (picabs [at] iinet [dot] net [dot] au) ASAP.

The nominal deadline for the submission of nominations is 31 May 2012. Following that date applications will be considered by the UHA selection panel until a suitable applicant is selected.

Information for 2012 Australian Elite teams

The following information relates the Australian 2012 Men's and Women's team:

Thank you for the deposits and training camp payments received to date. Those who haven't paid please do so immediately.

The Competition

The Southern Hemisphere / Trans Tasman Championships will be held at the Miami Aquatic Centre from 9-13 July 2012.   Training sessions for Australian teams will be held on the Sunday the 8th and Monday the 9th of July.

Both Arnie and Dave need you to be there by the morning of Saturday 7th July. The  finals will be held on Friday the 13th of July. I will be booking accommodation from the Saturday morning for the elite teams. The accommodation will be about 5 minutes drive form the pool on the beach at Burleigh Beach, directly opposite the beach. The accommodation at this stage will be at the Mediterranean Breakers Resort. It is very good, self contained, an indoor and out door pool, directly opposite beach , walking distance to the supermarket and shops. It will be about $ 40 - 45 a night per player.

If you are not intending to stay with the team or require additional room for a spouse/ family member you need to advice me ASAP as I need to put down non refundable deposits for each room. You also need to discuss with your coach if you will not be staying with them team.

Flights

You will need to book your own flights which will be equalised amongst your team. Please send a receipt for all flight bookings as this is considered to be a deposit in a sense to your overall payment plan. Please try as hard as possible to reduce the costs to your team mates. This means book it now. Not a week before the comp! I will be printing current flights costs from a number of airlines and keeping them in my files, if your costs are considered to be excessive you will need to meet the costs above what is deemed to be reasonable. Once you have booked please send me your receipt.

Tournament Costs

I am waiting for final costs form the organizers of the event so I cannot confirm these just yet. As soon as these are available I will forward you the final payment plan.

Player detail forms

Many people attempted to fill these in at National selections or training camp. However for most of you they were incomplete. Please provide all details, including medical and AUF details.

Sports Foundation

The financial cycles for using this system are locked in so if we wish to use this as a means of reducing team costs then all team members within a team need to agree and we need to submit costs to them ASAP.

Team Captains need to discuss this with their teams and  let me know ASAP if they wish to go down this path. If I do not hear from you by Monday the 26th of March I will assume you are not seeking to use the Sports Foundation.

Uniforms

I will be ordering bathers, hoodies and tops for all team members. In order to reduce costs I would like to suggest that players provide their own navy blue pants (although I am able to source these as well if required).

Please indicate sizes on the player detail forms sheets below. Men please bear in mind the Men's bathers are low cut at the front so if you may want to select a larger size. They are the same cut of bathers we had at 2012 Worlds and 2011 Southerns. All players will need to order new bathers.

Transport

We will discuss later, it is about 5 minute by car to the pool but too far to walk. There may be some players who have access to vehicles.

Finally

  1. Fill in player forms all details please and return ASAP.
  2. Pay deposits/ training camp costs (if not done so)
  3. Captains: please let me know if there is interest in using the Sports Foundation and if pants are required as part of the uniform.

For more information please contact Kirsteen Reid (krchook [at] optusnet [dot] com [dot] au or 03 9578 3508).