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 ( 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

Queensland Underwater Hockey Titles 2012

By Marc Richards, CUA President & Co-Convenor

Cairns Underwater Association LogoThe Cairns Underwater Association Inc. (CUA) was this year’s host of the Queensland State Titles, held in brilliant sunshine at the Woree Olympic Pool on the Saturday 15th September. Of the five teams that competed three travelled from the state’s southeast corner providing the mostly inexperienced local Cairns’ side much needed insight into competitive play, techniques and game fitness. The fifth team was a Barbarians side made up of players from Brisbane, Cairns and other competing teams. Unfortunately Townsville players were unable to attend and there was a missed chance to contest the northern interclub cup.

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The 30 minute per game in a single round robin format provided four hard fought games for each team with time after the last official game for the ladies to have a training game together.

A barbeque lunch was prepared by Nicola and her friends & family and a buffet dinner with presentation at Trumpy’s motel restaurant capped off the one day event.

The Tweed Gold Coast Free Divers – Bullrouts team dominated the competition and took out the trophy for the 13th time and were lead by their captain Karl Paton and other multiple Title winners including Ian Brown, Lee Thomas and James Rossiter.

Individual trophies were presented to each winning team member and each team captain.

The CUA wishes to thank the players, referees, visiting teams and Russell Cox (UWH Commissioner) for making this event possible. The Titles may prove a boosting to Cairns UWH and above all firing an urge amongst local players to engage if further competitions.

As co-convenor I sincerely wish to thank Warren Hughes for a job well done as well as the other supporting organisers Nicola. Larnie, Trumpy, Julie, Matt Mason and of course my fellow club players.

Game results

Toowoomba (0) v Gold Coast (23)
Morayfield (6) v Barbarians (3)
Cairns (0) v Gold Coast (18)
Toowoomba (2) v Morayfield (8)
Cairns (11) v Barbarians (2)
Gold Coast (22) v Morayfield (0)
Cairns (8) v Morayfield (2)
Barbarians (13) v Toowoomba (3)
Cairns (10) v Toowoomba (4)
Barbarians (0) v Gold Coast (21)

Final standings

  1. Gold Coast
  2. Cairns
  3. Morayfield
  4. Barbarians
  5. Toowoomba

Victorian State Titles: A Resounding Success

By Kevin Chisholm

On the 26th of August, the Victorian State Titles were held. They were organised by the committee, mostly Wolfy and Steph, so obviously the first question was “Is there even a pool booked?”

There was. And what a pool. 2m deep, 25m long, and I have no idea how wide, with a bottom as smooth as silk and water as clear as the sky. It was a thing of beauty.

The second obvious question was “Who will play?” It seems a strange question considering every player in Victoria knows every other player, and has shared bodily fluids one way or another to the point where we can play the game ‘2 degrees of separation’ with disturbing success. But after last year’s two team titles, it was a serious concern.

Again, our worries were needless. “Build it, and they will come…” said the voice in Wolfy’s head. And come they did.

The senior teams, in order of finishing, were;

  • The Wizards
    Hendo’s Hooligans  are a regular fixture, and with their team of internationals, interstaters and outright poaching from other clubs, they had a formidable line-up. Unfortunately, the Harlem Globetrotters called in a last minute cancellation, and so a few stalwarts who actually regularly play at Xavier sneaked in. The team took a little while to get their game together, but once they were sorted they were impressive.
  • Warragul
    The surprise package of the comp, with a stellar line-up of mostly Warragul players as well as a couple of affiliates pulled in through their kiwi links. Craig was always going to be the danger forward of the comp, but the surprise was how well he was supported by his team. The only team to score against the Wizards or Wonthaggi, their forward line was the benchmark of the comp.
  • Wonthaggi
    Last year’s unstoppable juggernaut this year declared that they would rather see an even five or six teams than two ‘superteams’, which everyone knew meant Kev had been too lazy to organise a decent team. Still, they pulled a couple of salty old sea dogs out, replacing the injured Lachy Wishart with the great Gary O’Connor and calling Cassie De Lacy Vawden out of retirement in her secluded mountain retreat.
  • Richmond
    The Dead Club still managed to pull together a great team, despite their fearless leader not playing due to chronic limp wristedness. (be nice to Steven, it’s a real disease) Tim Helm played a great comp, showing the steely edge he usually hides behind his nice guy exterior
  • Geelong
    The hosts of the comp, Geelong put together an experienced team, but playing with only 85% of the salary cap meant they were unable to secure contracts on local heroes Critter and Camile. In their absence, the Stuart ‘The Sillver Fox’ McCallum, and rookie of the year Rustal Briggs stepped up.

There were two notable absences; Ballarat, who were talking up their chances in the lead up to the comp, but presumably pulled out when they discovered that the comp was not going to be held in Ballarat (and more shockingly, that there was an ‘outside Ballarat’ at all.) Monash did not put in a team as they did not have the numbers, but it they were well represented in all the other teams.

The comp itself was a very even affair, starting with a 0-0 draw between Wizards and Wonthaggi. Any of the top four teams could have gone close, but at the end it was clear that the Wizards were the deserving champs. A controversial tie did not end up being settled by goal difference, after Warragul refused to roll over for a set of fin keepers, blitzing a tiring Wonthaggi  4-1, and leaving Wizards the only undefeated team at the end of the day.

The junior comp was also held with players from Geelong, Wonthaggi, Melbourne and Warragul. All teams played well, but it was the home team that ended up on top. Kaia, Erik and Jayden were the best players on the day for their respective clubs, and the ability of all juniors led to the formation of not one but two state junior teams.

Congratulations to Xavier, and many thanks to Wolfy and Steph for organising a fantastic comp!


Kevin Chisholm is a member of the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey club in Victoria. His interests include tree-lopping and teaching. He was a member of the Irish Underwater Canoe Polo team which participated in the 2006 CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships in Sheffield, England.

The official account of the 2012 Victorian State Championships is available on the Victorian Underwater Hockey Commission website.

Roughing it up with Underwater Rugby

By Ron Brear

Sydney Underwater Hockey club, namely Catalina Perez and Francis Yanga, organised a fantastic learn-to-play Underwater Rugby night with the University of NSW underwater rugby club. This was a great cross promotion of our fantastic sport. It was just another regular Wednesday night and we had an outstanding representation with a dozen underwater Hockey players from Wollongong and Sydney turning up with energy bubbling out of their eyes. Eamon McCormack was the devil reincarnated with long breath holds, smooth moves and rough tactics on the goals. Sydney Hockey are continuing to talk to the club and teeing up some nights for the Rugby players to come along to Hockey. Thanks Catalina and Francis for your efforts.

NSW State Titles 2012

By Ron Brear, NSW Underwater Hockey Commission President

Underwater Hockey game during the NSW State Titles 2012

The NSW Underwater Hockey Commission held its state championships at Ryde Aquatic Centre on the 12th of August. The competition had excellent attendance with players coming from Wollongong, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle and even an Australian UWH Delegates team from all over the country. NSW underwater hockey would like to thank all the players for the fantastic spirit and goodwill that was felt in all the games that promoted a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

All the teams played each other once providing a good amount of game time and an even competition for all involved. Congratulations to Sydney on narrowly winning the Competition and becoming the new state champions. Their consistent quality hockey got them over the line.

Newcastle Underwater Hockey also deserves a round of applause. They are a new club that only started 6 months ago, they turned up to the pool with fire in their eyes and hunger for gold in their bellies. At the end of the competition their hunger wasn’t filled but the fire was still there. They ended up with the bronze but they are sure to be a force in years to come.

Lastly I would like to thank the generous volunteers for their time and effort in making the competition happen: Andy Davies, Lena Plambeck, Phil Ackerman, Graham Woody, Andrew Dunlop and Jason Beck.

Final Standings

  1. Sydney Underwater Hockey club
  2. Wollongong Underwater Hockey club
  3. Newcastle Underwater Hockey club

Australia Cup / Trans Tasman Championships 2012 results

Underwater Hockey Australia, on behalf of the Australian Underwater Federation, hosted the 2012 Australia Cup / Trans Tasman Underwater Hockey Championships at the Miami Swimming Complex, Gold Coast from 7-13 July 2012.

Final Standings

U/19 Women

  1. New Zealand (Trans Tasman Champions)
  2. Australia

Final MVP: Cara Christopher (New Zealand)

U/19 Men

  1. New Zealand (Trans Tasman Champions)
  2. Australia

Final MVP: Josh MacKenzie (Australia)

U/23 Men

  1. Australia (Trans Tasman Champions)
  2. New Zealand

Final MVP: Matt Paine (Australia)

Elite Women

  1. New Zealand (Trans Tasman and Australia Cup Champions)
  2. Australia Gold
  3. Amazons
  4. Australia Green
  5. New Zealand U23

Final MVP: Kaitlyn White (New Zealand)

Elite Men

  1. Australia (Trans Tasman and Australia Cup Champions)
  2. New Zealand
  3. Barbarians

Finals MVP: Andre Heller (New Zealand)


Day 5 (Finals) Results

Elite Women        57 (Semi Final): New Zealand (7) v Amazons (0)

Elite Women        58 (Semi Final): Australia Gold (3) v Australia Green (1)

Elite Men              59 (Semi Final): New Zealand (3) v Barbarians (2)

U19 Women         60 (Final): New Zealand (8) v Australia (0) MVP: Cara Christopher

U/19 Men             61 (Final): New Zealand (3) v Australia (2) MVP: Josh MacKenzie

U23 Men              62 (Final): New Zealand (1) v Australia (4) MVP: Matt Paine

Elite Women       63 (3rd v 4th Final): Amazons (3) v Australia Green (1)

Elite Women       64 (Final): New Zealand (3) v Australia Gold (1) MVP: Kaitlyn White

Elite Men             65 (Final): New Zealand (1) v Barbarians (3) MVP: Andre Heller


Standings at the conclusion of Day 4

U19 Men P W D L F GF GA
New Zealand 4 3 1 21 0
Australia 4 1 3 0 21
U19 Women P W D L F GF GA
New Zealand 6 5 1 36 8
Australia 6 1 5 8 36
U23 Men P W D L F GF GA
Australia 4 4 16 2
New Zealand 4 4 2 16
Elite Men
Australia Cup P W D L F GF GA
Australia 6 5 1 16 10
New Zealand 6 3 1 2 15 12
Barbarians 6 6 9 18
Trans-Tasman P W D L F GF GA
Australia 3 2 1 8 5
New Zealand 3 1 2 5 8
Elite Women
Australia Cup P W D L F GF GA
New Zealand 8 8 49 5
Australia Gold 8 5 1 2 17 14
Australia Green 8 3 1 4 17 20
Amazons 8 2 6 9 27
New Zealand U23 8 1 7 9 33
Trans-Tasman P W D L F GF GA
New Zealand 4 4 26 4
Australia Gold 4 1 1 2 5 11
Australia Green 4 1 4 6 22


Day 4 Results

Elite Women         39: New Zealand (9) v NZ U23 (0)

Elite Men              40: Australia (4) v New Zealand (2)

Elite Women         41: Amazons (2) v Australia Green (1)

U19 Men              42: Australia (1) v New Zealand (1)

U/19 Women        43: Australia (2) v New Zealand (5)

U23 Men              44: Australia (5) v New Zealand (1)

Elite Women         45: Australia Gold (3) v NZ U23 Women (1)

Elite Men              46: Barbarians (2) v New Zealand (3)

Elite Women        47: New Zealand (4) v Australia Green (1)


Crossover             49: NZ U19 Men (0) v NZ U23 Men (1)

Crossover             50: Australia U19 Men (1) v Australia U23 Men (7)

U/19 Women        51: Australia (0) v New Zealand (4)

Elite Men              52: Barbarians (2) v Australia (3)

Elite Women         53: Amazons (0) v Australia Gold (1)


Crossover             55: NZ U/19 Women (0) v NZ U/23 Women (12)

Crossover             56: NZ Elite Men (8) v Australia U23 Men (0)


Results Day 3

Elite Women               Game 21: Australia Green (4) def NZ U23 Women (2)

Elite Men                    Game 22: Barbarians (2) v Australia (3)

Elite Women               Game 23: Amazons (1) v New Zealand (7)

U19 Men                    Game 24: New Zealand (4) v Australia (0)

U/19 Women               Game 25: New Zealand (10) v Australia (0)

U23 Men                    Game 26: New Zealand (1) v Australia (5)

Elite Women               Game 27: Australia Gold (4) v Australia Green (3)

Elite Men                    Game 28: New Zealand (2) v Australia (2)

Elite Women               Game 29: Amazons (0) v NZ U23 Women (2)

Game 30: No Game

Crossover                   Game 31: Australia U19 Men (0) v NZ U23 Men (10)

Crossover                   Game 32: NZ U19 Men (1) v Australia U23 Men (3)

U/19 Women               Game 33: New Zealand (6) v Australia (1)

Elite Men                    Game 34: New Zealand (4) v Barbarians (2)

Elite Women               Game 35: Australia Green (1) v New Zealand (7)

Elite Women               Game 36: Australia Gold (2) v Amazons (1)

Crossover                   Game 37: Australia U19 Women (0) v NZ U/23 Women (15)

Crossover                   Game 38: Australia Elite Men (6) v Australia U23 Men (0)

Results Day 2

Elite Women               Game 3: Amazons (0) def by New Zealand (8)

Elite Men                    Game 4: New Zealand (3) def Barbarians (0)

Elite Women               Game 5: Australia Gold (5) def NZ U23 Women (1)

U23 Men                    Game 6: Australia (3) def New Zealand (0)

U/19 Women               Game 7: New Zealand (7) def Australia (1)

U19 Men                    Game 8: Australia (0) def by New Zealand (8)

Elite Women               Game 9: Amazons (1) def by Australia Green (5)

Elite Men                    Game 10: Australia (2) def Barbarians (1)

Elite Women               Game 11: New Zealand (6) def NZ U23 Women (0)

U23 Men                    Game 12: Australia (3) def New Zealand (0)

Elite Women               Game 13: Australia Gold (0) drew Australia Green (0)

U19 Men                    Game 14: New Zealand (8) def Australia (0)

Game 15: No game

Elite Men                    Game 16: Australia (2) def New Zealand (1)

U/19 Women               Game 17: Australia (4) drew New Zealand (4)

Crossover                    Game 18: Barbarians (9) def Australia (0)

Elite Women               Game 19: New Zealand (3) def Australia Gold (2)

Elite Women               Game 20: Amazons (4) def NZ U23 Women (2)

Results Day 1

Elite Women               Game 1: Australia Gold (0) def by New Zealand (5)

Elite Women               Game 2: Australia Green (4) def New Zealand (1)




Australia Cup / Trans Tasman Championships 2012 participants

U19 Mens Division

Josh Mackenzie (C) 7 Justin Sturrock 2
Tom Milner 2 Jamie Booth 3
Toby Bond 3 Alex Kane 4
Jared Magill 4 Julian Debruyne 5
Job Carr-Turbitt 5 Danyon Kemp 6
Declan Hilder 6 Fergus Griffin 7
Dan Gould 8 Geordie Hasson 8
Richard Cleary 10 Lachlan Brown
Ben Stepkovitch 11 Nick Healey 10
Hayden Wenman 12 James Christian 11
Alistair Climie 13 Coach: Sam Cooper
Coach: Steve Cleary


U19 Womens Division

Sunny Pasco Thompson 2 Freya Slessor (Captain) 12
Claudia Payne 3 Cara Christopher (VC) 8
Tate Strudwick 4 Thamsyn Newton 2
Phoebe Dalby 5 Rebecca Daley 3
Megan Pardoe 6 Natalie Harris 4
Briody Hilder 7 Gabi Steer 5
Miriam Cockerill 8 Simone Jarrett 6
Olivia Sanderson 9 Kelly Saunders 7
Caitlyn Smart 10 Juliet Bevis 9
Aleshya Sneglar 11 Greer Carmine 10
Tori Wickham 12 Vanessa Brill-Holland 11
Molly Martin 15 Lauren McKee 13
 Coach: Kirsteen Reid Coach: Angela Whiteman


U23 Mens Division

Mitch Piccoli 11 Hamish Arthur 11
Alex Barnes-Keoghan 2 Jamie Belesky 7
Patrick Meaney 3 Zachary Coombs-King 6
James Milner 12 Tom Cutler 9
Harry Van der Woude 7 Louis Flavell –Birch 3
Callum Wishart 10 Mackley Lindsay 2
Tim Ogden 6 Leon Lindsay -Russell 8
Matt McCartney 4 Liam Privett 10
Matt Paine 9 James Rowe 4
Shannon Griffith 8 Sam Schulz 5
Russell George 5 Matt Trevelyan 9
Coach: Nick Martyn Coach: Warwick King


Elite Mens Division

James Rossiter (C) Reuben Friedlander (C) 14
Thorsten Johansen Andrew Gunn (VC) 8
Rhys Milburn Andrew Harris 2
Jamie North Kyle Hattie 3
Scott Mackenzie Brendan Maxwell 4
Alec Johnston Richard Hoksbergen 6
Craig Thomas Mike Hoksbergen 7
Nick Yong Liam Robertson 9
Jack Robert-Tissot Max Retter 10
Todd Canavan Leo Lines 12
Flo Stotz Andre Heller 13
Will Bowling Coach: Tibor Mackor
Coach: Arnie Piccoli
Jason Miezis
David Sutcliffe
Scott Digney
Nick Martyn
Karl Paton
Ron Brear
Luke Rector
Matt Blair
Joel Hattie
Sam Cooper
Rees Quilford


Elite Womens Division

Belinda Watts-Keeley (C) 12 Marie-Soleil Tousignant (C) 2
Hannah Robert-Tissot (VC) 3 Alice Van der Woude (VC) 13
Julia Foulkes 2 Fiona Walsh 3
Eliza Gaime 6 Lisa Smith 4
Zoe Canavan 7 Emily Shaw 5
Kerrie Hammond 8 Jane Davis 6
Steph Goodrick 9 Rebekah Milburn 7
Lena Plambeck 10 Amy Barry-Macaulay 11
Aleshya Snelgar 11 Tori Wickham 12
Kirsteen Reid 13 Molly Martin 15
Coaches: David Lambert and Eden Brown
Zoe Firth (C) 11 Portia Manukuo 2
Claire George (VC) 9 Christie Whitehead 3
Louise Daley 2 Grace McGaw 4
Sabrina Quarente 3 Courtney Coughlan 5
Cali Manley 4 Georgia Child 6
Letitia Jackson 5 Rona Wignall 7
Leah Chamberlin 6 Jessica Freeland 9
Rachel Colquhoun 8 Megan Burrows 11
Abby Vorstermans 10 Justine Rance 12
Carmen Claassen 12 Georgia Farmer 13
Kaitlyn White 13 Coach: Alex Coombs-King
Coach: Andrew Carr
Bronwyn Mackenzie
Catalina Chica Perez
Hayley Digney
Jess Morgan
Rebecca Brosnan
Elektra Kalaugher
Jane Fahy
Jane Gilligan
Jenny Catran
Janet Meyer


  • Simon Talbot (Tournament Referee)
  • Matt Adkins
  • Andrew Berry
  • Helen Canavan
  • Tony Colquhoun
  • Rob Feist
  • Chris Meek
  • Lucy Perdomo
  • Anthea Phipps
  • Carol Rose
  • Angus Sinclair
  • Paul Thomas
  • Pieter Van der Woude
  • Daryl Walsh


Underwater Hockey Australia expresses its heartfelt thanks to the volunteers for their assistance:

  • Russell Cox
  • Ann Lam
  • Craig MacKenzie
  • Zoe Canavan
  • Gavan Wise
  • Lena Plambeck
  • Karl Paton
  • Jessica Morgan
  • Janet Myer
  • Luke Rector
  • Scott Digney
  • Jason Miezis
  • Nick Stepkovitch

Video showcasing the Wollongong Potluck 4s Competition

This excellent video produced by Edwin Kwan and featuring commentary by Andy Davis showcases the 20th Anniversary Wollongong Potluck 4s competition.

Thanks to Edwin and Andy and the rest of Wollongong for a great event and an excellent video.

Hungary to host 2013 Underwater Hockey World Championships

CMAS recently announced that the 2013 Underwater Hockey World Championships will be held in Eger, Hungary.

At a recent meeting of the CMAS Board of Director approved a request from the Hungarian Divers Federation to host the tournament from August 23 to September 1, 2013.

The CMAS memorandum states “The Organising Committee will be set up within two weeks and will carry out all the activities in order to make the WC not only a success, but a joyful and memorable gathering of the best CMAS athletes in this discipline.”

Tasmania to host 2013 Nationals

The Australian Underwater Hockey Commission recently endorsed a proposal by the Tasmanian Underwater Hockey Association to host the 2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships.

The event will be held from 24-28 January 2013 at the Hobart Aquatic Centre.