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.

 

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 [at] hotmail [dot] 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

 

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 expression of interest for the Australian Women’s Masters

We are calling for expressions of interest from eligible (32yrs and over as at 1st January 2013) women who are keen to try out for the UWH World Champs in Hungary next year.
Selections will take place after the Elite Women's selections in Hobart in January. Postal votes are welcome.
There are four countries who have registered teams (including us) with others pending. We will field a team if the numbers and nominations are of a competitive standard.
Please email the Australian Women's Masters coach, Eden Brown (edenbrown63 [at] yahoo [dot] com) if you would like more information.

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)