Underwater Hockey Development Weekend

Hobart | Friday 16 - Sunday 18 September, 2016


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!!!


The 2014 Margaret River Rumble

Mageret River Rumble - Winning Juniors

Margaret River Rumble - Winning Junior team

The 2014 Margaret River Rumble was a great success with a total of 15 teams! 12 senior teams and 3 junior teams; an impressive effort for a regional club rumble which had interstate players travelling across the continent to be involved.Congratulations to the winning team which consisted of: Tom Miller, Sean Marsh, Hayley Digney, Jason Miles and Shania.
The wooden Spoon was taken by the team: Jason Miezis, Moshe, Greg Biffin, Drew McKenzie, Michaela, Kathleen Oshea.
As you can see from the image (below), the tradition to dress-up the wooden spooners remains in tact. A beautiful tradition and fantastic turnout for a regional club - Well done Magaret River UWH and organisers.
Other notable awards from the event include:
Best and Fairest female: Clare Gleeson
Best and Fairest male: Craig McKenzie
Highest goal scorers: Hayley Digney and Jason Miles
Rising star awards were taken out by Lachy Pendlbury and Nathalie Iredale.
Magaret River Rumble - Winning Team

Margaret River Rumble - Winning Team


Margaret River Rumble - Wooden Spoon Team

Margaret River Rumble - Wooden Spoon Team

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.