Vacancy: 2023 Australian Masters Women Coach

We have been able to fill nearly all of the Australian team coaching and administrative positions, however, one remains vacant. As such, the UHA seeks nominations for the Masters Women Coach for the ELITE/MASTERS World Championships, Gold Coast Australia (currently scheduled for July 2023).

*Note Tenure of Elite/Masters coaching positions will be from successful selection until post World Championship Tournament 2023.

This role can be filled by a player/coach. If you think this is for you, please email your nomination to director@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Re-advertised Australian team positions

We have been able to fill a number of the Australian team coaching and administrative positions but a number remain vacant or applications were received late. 

As such, the UHA seeks nominations for the below roles:

ELITE/MASTERS World Championships, Gold Coast Australia (currently scheduled for July 2023).

  • Coach Elite Women*
  • Coach Masters Women*

*Note Tenure of Elite/Masters coaching positions will be from successful selection until post World Championship Tournament 2023.

AGE GROUP World Championships, Istanbul, Turkey (currently scheduled for mid-year 2024)

  • U24 Men**
  • U19 Women**
  • Manager 1
  • Manager 2

**Note Tenure of U24/U19 coaching positions will be from successful selection until post World Championship Tournament 2024 (this may include an international tournament during 2023).
Selection nominations will close at the end of May 2022.

It is expected that selection of Australian national team coach and manager positions will be confirmed by mid June 2022 via an out of session state representative POSTAL vote. 

Australian 2020 Elite Teams

The Australian Elite teams for 2020 were announced at the recent Australian UWH Championships. The selected teams are as follows:

Australian Elite Women’s Team

  • Hannah Robbert-Tissot (C)
  • Eliza Game
  • Romy Keppel
  • Sunny Pasco-Thompson
  • Alice Van Der Woude
  • Sasha Baudestil
  • Zoe Canavan
  • Dan Hunt
  • Katelyn Tenbensel
  • Tori Wickham
  • Briody Hilder
  • Kate Howard

Australian Elite Team 2020 Australian Elite Men’s Team

  • Tom Miller (Captain)
  • Gavan Wise
  • Todd Canavan
  • Josh Mackenzie
  • Gary Rosewarne
  • Mason Gillespie
  • Shannon Griffiths
  • Amar Sarmiento
  • Stewart Parkinson
  • Scott Mackenzie
  • Hunter Jones
  • Rhys Milburn
  • Joel Hattie (Reserve)
  • Max Campbell (Reserve)

Call-out: Australian Team Selectors

The UHA is calling for nominations for national team selectors for the 2020 Australian teams for the following categories:

  • Elite Womens AUS
  • Elite Mens AUS
  • Masters Women AUS
  • Masters Men AUS

Selectors are required to be in Sydney for the Australian Underwater Hockey Championships on the 24th January.

If you are interested in applying for any of these roles please email UHA at secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Call-out: Australian Junior Coaches (2020-21)

The UHA is calling for nominations for COACHING positions for Australian Age Games Teams in 2020-21.

Applications are requested for the following teams:

  • U19 Men
  • U19 Women
  • U24 Men
  • U24 Women

Commitment requirements include:

  • Address interested athletes at 2020 Nationals in Sydney on Friday 24 January (30 mins);
  • Attend annual weekend training academy scheduled for 30-31 May 2020 on the Gold Coast (funded)
  • Attend selection process for Pacific Rim Competition (funded; date & venue tbc)
  • Attend Pacific Rim Competition scheduled for 5-8 December 2020 in Cairns (funded)
  • Attend formal selection process for Worlds squad at the 2021 Nationals (Jan 2021 – date & venue tbc)
  • Attend annual weekend training academy and/or training camps in May 2021 (funded)
  • Attend World Championships in mid-2021 (date & venue tbc; funded)

Administrative requirements include:

  • Develop tailored training programs and team strategy documentation;
  • Provide regular individual feedback to players;
  • Liaison with parents and team managers;
  • Liaison and formal progress reporting to UHA committee;

All coaches will be required to obtain a Working with Children check and have or are keen to gain their formal Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Qualifications.

If you are interested in applying for any of these roles please submit an overview of your experience to the UHA (secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au) by midday 23 January 2020.

2020 World Champs: Oz team information pack

The 21st CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships are being held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from 20 July to1 August 2020. This is a state-of-the-art facility that hosted the swimming and diving events during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and is up to full Olympic standard.

Information for players interested in trialing for Australian teams is now available as follows:

Australian Women’s Masters secure silver at 20th World Championships

Australia was well represented at the 20th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships held recently in Quebec, Canada, fielding teams in all four divisions (Elite Women’s, Elite Men’s, Masters Women’s and Masters Men’s).

The event, which ran from July 19 to 29, saw more than 600 players and officials from 16 Underwater Hockey playing nations converge on the beautiful French Canadian city for two-weeks of high intensity competition.

The Masters Women’s team were the best performed of the Australian contingent, returning with silver medal, after playing France in the World Championship game.

Masters Women on the podium

The Australian Masters Women on the podium at the 20th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships. [Photo: Mike Martyn]

Following solid performances in the round robin the team entered the knock-out stages as the third seed and proceeded on a charmed run into the championship game, a 6-0 win over Argentina in the quarterfinal was followed by a gritty 2-1 win over Colombia in the semifinal. The Australian women started the World Championship game strongly, attested by the 1-1 halftime scoreline. With the game well and truly in the balance, the early stages of the second half was hotly contested but as players began to tire, the French team’s fitness began to tell. A number of quick goals to the French put the result beyond doubt. The 6-1 final scoreline was bolstered by a number of late goals to the French.

Australian Masters Women

The Australian Masters Women stand for the national anthem prior to the championship game versus France. [Photo: Mike Martyn]

The other three Australian teams did not fare quite as well. The Australian Elite Men’s team finished the round-robin as the 3rd seeded team in Group A (with a W-D-L record of 4-1-1) but suffered a nail-biting 1-2 loss to Turkey in the quarterfinal. They went on to finish the competition in 7th place after defeating Spain 3-2 in the 7th v 8th play-off game.

The Elite Women and the Men’s Masters teams both finished the competition in 6th place. The Elite Women sat as the third seed in Group B at the conclusion of the round-robin (with a 3-1-2 record) but suffered a 3-5 defeat in the quarterfinal at the hands of a strong South African team. Their final standing following a gallant 0-2 defeat in the 5th v 6th game against the French women. The Masters Men’s team was defeated by GB 0-1 in the quarterfinal.

The 2018 Australian World Championship contingent. [Photo: Mike Martyn]

The Australian teams were accompanied by a significant support contingent, headlined by team managers Andrew Robert-Tissot and Mike Martyn as well as the exceptionally hardworking physio team of Nick Stepkovitch, Jolanta Lewandowska, Marleen van Gastel, Katie Turner and Marlissa Dijk.

A complete list of results and the final standings can be viewed online at https://uwhscores.com/t/worlds2018 and replays of all championship games can be streamed online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOBvfJcIdm9QeKn7zdECNA.

The next CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships for the Elite and Masters divisions will likely be held in Australia in 2020.

Australian Junior Teams for 2018

Underwater Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the 2018 Australian U19 teams that will participate in the Trans Tasman Championships . The tournament will be held in Rotorua, New Zealand 7-12 October 2018.

U19 Women

Congratulations to:

  • Gabrielle Larsson (TAS)
  • Sophie Williams (TAS)
  • Alice Allport (QLD)
  • Sarah Hartley (QLD)
  • Mahala Fannon (TAS)
  • Caterina Alleway (VIC)
  • Jazmin Grainger-dee (QLD)
  • Kirrily Hopkins (VIC)
  • Jess Cohen (TAS)
  • Claudia Marsh (WA)
  • Kasey Hoskins (VIC)
  • Maybelle Barr (WA)
  • Coach: Amar Sarmiento

Men

  • Bailey Annear
  • Aidan Du Toit
  • James Iredale
  • Blake Jendrzejak
  • Tim Ferguson
  • Olli Annear
  • Nick Zuideveld
  • Ben Robinson
  • Clay Duke
  • Tasman Inglis
  • Quinn Du Toit
  • Kai Wagner
  • Luke Williams
  • Dan Allport
  • Josiah Hartley
  • Bradley Peters
  • Ben Stepkovitch (senior player)
  • Marco Roelfs (senior player)
  • Emmanuel Zapata Toro (senior player)
  • Coach: Greg Stinston
  • Manager: Jumpy Jendrzejak

2018 Australian Elite & Masters Teams Announced

CaUnderwater Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the 2018 Australian Elite & Masters teams that will participate in the 20th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships in Quebec, Canada. Congratulations to:

Elite Men

  • Coach: David Lambert (TAS)
  • Captain: Tom Miller (WA)
  • Vice-Captain: Nick Martyn (TAS)
  • Amar Sarmiento (WA)
  • Gary Rosewarne (NSW)
  • Gavan Wise (WA)
  • Jack Robert-Tissot (TAS)
  • Jamie North (WA)
  • Josh Mackenzie (WA)
  • Matthew Paine (TAS)
  • Rhys Milburn (WA)
  • Shannon Griffiths (WA)
  • Stewart Parkinson (SA)
  • Emergency: Todd Canavan (VIC)
  • Emergency: Sam Thompson (QLD)

Elite Women

  • Coach: Eden Brown (VIC)
  • Captain: Belinda Keeley (VIC)
  • Vice-Captain: Hannah Robert-Tissot (TAS)
  • Vice-Captain: Marie Tousignant (WA)
  • Alice van der Woude (TAS)
  • Briody Hilder (TAS)
  • Eliza Game (TAS)
  • Katelyn Tenbensel (VIC)
  • Phoebe Stewart (VIC)
  • Sarah Tindal (SA)
  • Sarah Walker (WA)
  • Victoria Wickham (TAS)
  • Zoe Canavan (WA)

Masters Men

  • Andrew Dunlop (NSW)
  • David Sutcliffe (WA)
  • Gareth Mann (WA)
  • Hamish Ride (VIC)
  • Jacko Smit (NSW)
  • Jason Miezis (WA)
  • Juan Castaño (VIC)
  • Peter McGovern (WA)
  • Phillip Ackerman (NSW)
  • Rees Quilford (VIC)
  • Ryan Heckenberg (NSW)
  • Shane Blackham (WA)

Masters Women

  • Captain: Amy Barry-Macaulay (VIC)
  • Playing coach: Kirsteen Reid (VIC)
  • Jane Gilligan (WA)
  • Jane McMahon (QLD)
  • Jasmine Mann (WA)
  • Julia Slotwinski (TAS)
  • Lucy Perdomo Cruz (VIC)
  • Marion Creser (NSW)
  • Meegan Kepert (VIC)
  • Michaela Dommisse (WA)
  • Steph Goodrick (ACT)

Team Managers

  • Andrew Robert-Tissot (TAS)
  • Mike Martyn (TAS)

Team Physios

  • Nicholas Stepkovitch (NSW)
  • Jola Lewandowska
  • Katie Turner
  • Marlene Van Gastel
  • Marlissa Dijk

Referees

  • Nathan Whelan (TAS)
  • Robbie Kilpatrick (TAS)

2018 Australian Team Coaches Announced

Underwater Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the appointments of Australian Team Coaches and Managers for 2018:

  • U19 Men: Greg Stinson
  • U19 Women: Amar Sarmiento
  • U23 Men:  Nick Martyn
  • U23 Women: Hannah Robert-Tissot
  • Women’s Masters: Kirsteen Reed
  • Men’s Masters: TBA
  • Junior Managers (joint-position): Jumpy Jendrzejak (Men) & Lee-Marie Stinson (Women)

This is in addition to the 2018 Elite Men’s and Women’s coaches, David Lambert and Eden Brown, who were announced late last year.

Thank you to all applicants.