2017 Australian Teams

With the Palm Beach Nationals fast approaching it's time to get organised for the selection of the 2017 Australian Teams.

If you are interested in trialing for a team there are a few things you need to do:

  • Fill in the attached Nomination Form
  • Send you form to the relevant team manager and coach
  • Pay your deposit of $300 ($500 for Age Groups) (the team manager will supply bank details when you send them your form)
  • Attend selections on Friday 13th January at Palm Beach Aquatic Centre or Contact the coach to submit a postal nomination.

Contact details:

Elite Team Manager manager [at] underwaterhockeyaustralia [dot] org [dot] au

Men Coach David Lambert lambert [dot] coach [at] gmail [dot] com

Women Coach Eden Brown edenbrown63 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Age Group Manager Sandra Milner uwhmum [at] hotmail [dot] com

U23 Women Coaches Hannah Robert-Tissot and Nina Barry-Macaulay (Co-Coaches) nina [dot] b-m [at] hotmail [dot] com and hrobert-tissot [at] hotmail [dot] com

U23 Men Coaches Nick Martyn and Greg Stinson (Assistant Coach) director [at] underwaterhockeyaustralia [dot] com [dot] au

U19 Women Coach Chris Wenman and Chris Cleaver (Assistant Coach) cwenman [at] amrshire [dot] wa [dot] gov [dot] au

U19 Men Coaches Steve Cleary and Jack Robert-Tissot (Assistant Coach) scleary [at] cnw [dot] com [dot] au

For further information contact the relevant team managers or coaches

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Trans Tasman 2016

A warm up for Age Group Worlds 2017

From 2-10 July, 2016, the Age group Tans Tasman tournament was held at Hobart Aquatic and Leisure Centre. A heartfelt congratulations to New Zealand who took gold in all categories. Hosting this tournament in Hobart provided a rare and fantastic opportunity to trial the venue with an international tournament in preparation for hosting the Age Group World Championships in 2017.

Event organisers are collecting constructive and positive feedback from coaches, players, spectators and volunteers involved in the Trans Tasman tournament. This information will inform the plans for next years championships.

Also trailed during the recent tournament was a love streaming Youtube channel where spectators could watch games on the internet. This channel allowed viewers to stream games live and watch past matches, without charge - making the viewing and spectator process accessible and easy. A crowd funding page to cover the costs involved in filming and uploading is live here. Initiatives such as this are vital for the growth and development of our sport - show your support here. 

 

Underwater Hockey Development Weekend

Hobart | Friday 16 - Sunday 18 September, 2016

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Thinking about developing your coaching? Thinking about developing your refereeing? Thinking about developing your playing/UWH understanding?
Then we have the weekend for you!!!
When - Sat 17th and Sun 18th Sept
Where - Hobart
Cost - Free for travelling players, get yourself to Hobart on the afternoon/evening of Friday 16th Sept, the local players will organise billets and lifts for everyone!!
The schedule:
Fri 16th - PM Out of water presentations
Sat 17th - AM Morning presentations and practical skills/drills - PM Hobart Cup Pot Luck tournament 3v3 and 6v6 - Dinner/Party evening (small cost if you want to attend the party/dinner)
Sun 18th - AM Morning presentations and practical skills/drills - PM Hobart Cup Pot Luck tournament 3v3 and 6v6 - Fly home that night.
Australian Referee coordinator Angus Sinclair will be co-ordinating referee training, courses and mentoring from senior referees over the weekend.
Senior Australian coaches will run coaching courses, mentoring and information sessions.
This will serve as a development camp weekend for players working towards the 2017 Junior Worlds teams, and a build block for players looking to enter into Elite teams for 2017. Plus it will be a FUN WEEKEND!
So, book your flights, send us your details and come on down to Hobart for a fun weekend of Hockey! Fill in the attached form with your info, or contact us through facebook or the UHA website. Hopefully see some of you soon!!!

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Trans Tasman 2016 – Hobart

U23 Men 2015

U23 Men 2015 World Championships Spain

The Age Group Trans Tasman Competition will be held from 2-10 July 2016, at the Hobart Aquatic Centre, Tasmania, Australia.

In 2014 New Zealand hosted a fantastic Tras Tasman tournament in the charming city of Wellington. As the host nation, New Zealand fielded a team in every devision, with two barbarian teams to add diversity and challenge to the mix. Australia hopes to make a similar contribution to the 2016 Trans Tasmans and is aiming to field two teams in each devision.

Selections

A squad of up to 24 players (2 teams) per division will be selected at the Bunbury Nationals in January 2016. Those unable to attend these selections can nominate by post.

The final teams will be named at the 1st training camp.

For further details, contact Australian Age Groups Team Manager - Sandra Milner at uwhmum [at] hotmail [dot] com

 

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

Trans Tasman 2014

The Trans Tasman Underwater Hockey Tournament

AUS U23 Men - Gold Medalists

AUS U23 Men - Gold Medalists

Monday 7 July – Friday 11th July 2014

Wellington, New Zealand.

Post competition blues set in as the Australian players, Coaches and Management begin to trickle home to their above water realities.

Last weeks Trans Tasman tournament bought together the best of Australia and New Zealand’s U19 and U23 underwater hockey players, with some extras thrown in the mix for good measure. The U23 Men’s division hosted a fluoro clad Barbarian team as well as the national U23 Men teams, while a Amazons team (the Baked BeaNZ) played in the U23 Womens’ division, with equally impressive attire (though the real costumes came out on presentation night – and the Kiwi’s certainly know how to dress up!).

Including the Barbarian and Amazon teams in the tournament provided a challenging and exciting opportunity for our athletes to play against diverse elite level teams. The Amazon team was made up of four world champions from the 2013 NZ Elite Women’s team and others from the world champion U23 Women team. They proved the strongest team by far in the round robin, but the Australian U23 Women managed to score two goals against them over the course of the tournament, the only team to do so. In addition to these bonus teams, cross over games were played in the round robin, adding extra diversity and interest to the tournament. It got particularly interesting when the U19 teams started beating the U23 teams, the AUS U23 women lost 3-0 to the NZ U19 A team on day four of the tournament.

Despite this loss, the AUS U23 Women team improved dramatically and were in for a chance at taking the gold. Their results against the NZ U23 team improved from a 12-0 defeat on day one, to a 3-2 defeat (with only 7 players, resting two injuries) on day three. They unfortunately lost their final against NZ 4-0.

The U19 Men had an equally close tournament, winning and drawing against the NZ U19 Men during the round robin, with an exciting upset when the NZ U19 B team beat the NZ U19 A team. In a close semi final that went into over time the AUS U19 made it into the grand final, just missing out on the gold to NZ U19 Men A (4-2).

The AUS U19 Women played phenomenally for such a young team. The underdogs from the beginning they showed a commitment to improving and learning and managed to score some goals over the tournament against the NZ U19 teams.

The champions of the tournament, the U23 Men, managed to turn a disappointing start into a spectacular end. They were defeated by NZ U23 Men in the first three games of the round robin, drew one game, won a game, lost some more, and went on to win the final 3-1. Huge congratulations to the AUS U23 Men who played their final with a professionalism and commitment to be incredibly proud of, and managed to look reasonable in denim on denim (on denim…). Massive compliments to Matt McCartney (TAS) who took home a well-deserved Most Valuable Player award.

UHA would like to thank all those who made last week possible. New Zealand underwater hockey, you put on a fantastic tournament that truly embraced the ideals of strengthening cross-Tasman friendships; you hosted a remarkable tournament that displayed a commitment to improving the sport, and developing and inspiring our junior players by providing diverse opposition and a fair tournament. Thank you to Sandra Millner, the team manager capable of anything, and who gives everything. To the chaperones and parents, thank you for your help, support, encouragement and assistance in all things. To the coaches and to the athletes, who showed fair conduct, friendliness and a dedication to give their all. Congratulations everyone, your efforts last week have made us all excited for Spain 2015.

For more photos and regular updates visit the underwater hockey Australia face book page.

Sandra - We couldn't have done it without you!

Sandra - We couldn't have done it without you!

Nick and co.

Our precious physio's - Thank you!

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.

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