Excitement peaks at Sydney’s National Champs

 

The Australian Underwater Hockey National Championships drew to a close last Sunday with an exciting end to an incredibly well-run and enjoyed tournament.

 

The 2015 Australian National Underwater Hockey Championships was hosted by the NSW Underwater Hockey community and held at the Knox Grammar Aquatic Centre in Wahroonga (Sydney). Twenty-seven teams from five different states competed across the divisions: U15, U19, Elite Men, Elite Women and Masters. The tournament began on Tuesday January 20 with a brief formal opening ceremony and social BBQ, and ended on Sunday January 25th with some breathtakingly close finals.

 

The elite divisions saw some of the most exciting and impressive finals hockey from recent years. In the women’s final WA (3) and NSW (2) played goal for goal until the final minutes when WA scored putting them in the lead to close the match. Hayley Digney from WA was awarded MVP.

 

The Men’s final (see above footage) drew a huge crowd – both spectators in water and out were treated to the underwater showdown of 2015, and some of Australia’s most eventful underwater hockey. TAS came into the final the underdogs having fought their way through the round-robin with a collection of losses and wins and battling through the semi-final to defeat VIC (1) goal to (2). WA, the reigning champions have been strong in the elite Men’s division for many years. Both teams showcased a mix of experience and up and coming talent. After a thrilling thirty minutes the teams finished on a draw, forcing overtime. Two extra five minute halves were played with Tasmania scoring and managing to defend WA’s efforts, the final score: TAS (4) vs WA (3). Nick Martin, full back for TAS, was awarded MVP.

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Men: VIC defend a TAS free puck

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Juniors fight it out on the strike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting the finals day was the U15 division, where WA (7) defeated TAS (0). Despite the disparity amongst the teams in this division there were some impressive demonstrations of sportsmanship and community amongst the young players. Pool side all junior teams shared in the excitement, supporting and encouraging each other and their state. A particularly heartwarming moment occurred in the TAS (20) vs VIC (2) game, when TAS coach gathered his team and instructed them to give the opposition an opportunity to score. The Victorian team included some inexperienced players and a combination of VIC and NSW competitors. Tasmania’s good will allowed the Victorian team the opportunity to develop and enjoy a couple of goals. UHA is proud of the fairness and sincerity demonstrated by all its young athletes at this years nationals.

 

TAS (8) dominated in the U19 division, defeating WA (2). Two Tasmanian players were also awarded MVP for these matches. Harry Owens in the U15 division and Dan Gould in the U19.

 

Interestingly, two West Australian teams faced each other in the Masters final: WA Country (0) was defeated by WA Metro (7). Despite their loss, Pat Kelly from WA Country impressed the spectators and was awarded the MVP accolade for the Masters arena.

 

This years nationals facilitated some impressive and sensational underwater hockey matches. Special thanks and praises go to Billy Hodgets, and the team of volunteers and referees who gave their time and efforts to make this tournament the best it could be.

 

UHA look forward already to the next Nationals, which will be held in Bunbury, WA from January 4-8, 2016.

 

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Sydney to host 2015 National Championships

The NSW Underwater Hockey branch will host the 2015 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships.

The event will be held at Knox Grammar School from the 19th to 25th of January 2015.

Read more about the event at: http://underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au/events/31/2015-australian-national-championships/

Queensland Nationals 2014

The 2014 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships at the Palm Beach Aquatic Centre from 23rd to 27th January.

The five day event saw 25 teams across five divisions slug it out at one of the best Underwater Hockey pools in Australia.

The tireless work of Tournament Organiser, Russell Cox, and his colleagues on the Queensland Underwater Hockey committee ensured that the tournament ran seamlessly. Through its administrative excellence Queensland has set an exceptionally high standard for future National Championships.

Final placings

Under 15

2014 Australian U15 division champions, Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

2014 Australian U15 division champions, Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Final placings:

  1. WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2
  2. TASMANIA
  3. WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1
  4. VICTORIA
  5. QUEENSLAND

MVPs Maggie Biffin (WA) and Isaac Bridley (TAS)

Under 19

2014 Australian U19 division champions, Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

2014 Australian U19 division champions, Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Final placings:

  1. WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  2. TASMANIA
  3. QUEENSLAND
  4. VICTORIA

MVP: Josh Mackenzie (WA)

Elite Women

2014 Australian Elite Women's division champions, Tasmania [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

2014 Australian Elite Women's division champions, Tasmania [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Final placings:

  1. TASMANIA
  2. NEW SOUTH WALES
  3. VICTORIA
  4. WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  5. QUEENSLAND

MVP Phoebe Stewart (NSW)

Open

Australian Open division champions Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Australian Open division champions Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Final placings:

  1. WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  2. TASMANIA
  3. VICTORIA
  4. NEW SOUTH WALES 1
  5. QUEENSLAND
  6. NEW SOUTH WALES 2

MVPs Tom Miller (WA) and Dwayne Stinson (WA)

Masters

Australian Open division champions Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Australian Open division champions Western Australia [Photo: Tyrone Canning, Mako Productions]

Final placings:

  1. WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1
  2. TASMANIA 2
  3. SA/ACT
  4. QUEENSLAND
  5. WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2

MVP: Derek Duffal (WA1)

Australian Underwater Hockey Championships 2013 – Hobart, Tasmania

The Tasmanian Underwater Hockey Association hosted the Australian Underwater Hockey Championships from 24-28 January 2013. The competition was held at Hobart Aquatic Centre.

Overall Results

Championship State: Tasmania

U15 Division

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships U15 Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships U15 Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia. Photo: Jack Robert-Tissot

U15 Final:

Western Australia (6) def Tasmania (3)
MVP: Tate Strudwick (WA)

Overall Standings:

  1. Western Australia
  2. Tasmania
  3. Victoria

U19 Division

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships U19 Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia.

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships U19 Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia. Photo: Jack Robert-Tissot

U19 Final:

Western Australia (3) def Tasmania (1)
MVP: Josh Mackenzie (WA)

Overall Standings:

  1. Western Australia
  2. Tasmania A
  3. Victoria
  4. Tasmania B

Masters Division

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Masters Gold Medal winning team: Tasmania.

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Masters Gold Medal winning team: Tasmania. Photo: Jack Robert-Tissot

Masters Final:

Tasmania (4) def Western Australia (3)
Final MVP: Colin Hepher (TAS)

Overall Standings:

  1. Tasmania A
  2. Western Australia
  3. South Australia
  4. New South Wales
  5. Tasmania B

Women's Division

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Women's Gold Medal winning team: Tasmania.

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Women's Gold Medal winning team: Tasmania. Photo: Jack Robert-Tissot

Women's Final:

Tasmania (3) def Victoria (2)
MVP: Nat Wickham (TAS)

Overall Standings:

  1. Tasmania
  2. Victoria
  3. New South Wales
  4. Western Australia
  5. Queensland

Men's Division

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Men's Open Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia.

2013 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships Men's Open Gold Medal winning team: Western Australia. Photo: Jack Robert-Tissot

Open Final:

Western Australia (6) def Tasmania (3)
MVP: Nick Marytn (TAS)

Overall Standings:

  1. Western Ausrtalia
  2. Tasmania
  3. Queensland
  4. Victoria
  5. New South Wales

 

Day 5 Results (28th Jan 2013)

The results of the Grand Finals were as follows:

  • U15 Final: Western Australia (6) def Tasmania (3); Final MVP: Tate Strudwick (WA)
  • U19 Final: Western Australia (3) def Tasmania (1); Final MVP: Josh Mackenzie (WA)
  • Masters Final: Tasmania (4) def Western Australia (3); Final MVP: Colin Hepher (TAS)
  • Women Final: Tasmania (3) def Victoria (2); Final MVP: Nat Wickham (TAS)
  • Open Final: Western Australia (6) def Tasmania (3); Final MVP: Nick Marytn (TAS)

The results of the other finals were as follows:

  • Masters Bronze Medal Game: South Australia def New South Wales
  • Women Bronze Medal Game: New South Wales def Western Australia
  • Open Bronze Medal Game: Queensland def Victoria

Day 4 Results (27/01/2013)

Open Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
67 Western Australia  (6) def  Tasmania  (2)
68 New South Wales  (4) def  Victoria  (2)
73 Queensland  (4) def  Tasmania  (2)
74 Western Australia (7) def  Victoria  (1)
79 Queensland  (2) def  New South Wales (1)
85 5th - Victoria  (1) def  4th -NSW (0)
87 2nd - Tasmania (5) def  3rd - Queensland (2)
Women  Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
69 Tasmania (11) def   Queensland  (0)
70 New South Wales (3) def   Western Australia  (0)
75 Victoria  (18) def   Queensland  (0)
76 Western Australia  (3) def   Tasmania  (3)
81 Victoria  (2) def   New South Wales  (2)
88  5th - Western Australia  (8) def   4th - Queensland  (1)
89  2nd - Victoria  (4) def   3rd - NSW (0)
Masters
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
71 Western Australia  (8) def   South Australia  (0)
72 Tasmania A  (15) def   New South Wales  (0)
77 South Australia  (9) def   Tasmania B (1)
78 Tasmania A  (3) def   Western Australia  (1)
83 New South Wales (8) def   Tasmania B  (3)
90 2nd - Western Australia (8) def   3rd - South Australia (0)
Juniors (U 19)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
80  2nd - Tasmania A  (8) def   3rd - Victoria  (1)
Juniors (U 15)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
82  2nd - Western Australia  (11) def   3rd - Victoria  (2)

Day 3 Results (26/01/2013)

Open Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
49 Tasmania  (5) def Victoria  (0)
50 Western Australia  (7) def New South Wales  (1)
59 Queensland (1) drew Victoria  (1)
60 Tasmania  (2) def New South Wales  (1)
66 Western Australia  (3) def Queensland  (2)
Women  Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
45 Western Australia  (10) def Queensland  (0)
46 Tasmania  (3) def New South Wales  (0)
53 Victoria  (3) def Western Australia  (0)
55 New South Wales  (8) def Queensland  (0)
64 Tasmania  (4) def Victoria  (2)
Masters
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
47 Tasmania A  (13) def Tasmania B  (0)
48 Western Australia  (7) def New South Wales  (0)
56 Tasmania A  (11) def South Australia  (0)
58 Western Australia  (13) def Tasmania B  (0)
65 South Australia  (8) def New South Wales  (1)
Juniors (U 19)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
52 Tasmania  A  (15) def Victoria  (1)
54 Western Australia  (17) def Tasmania  B (0)
61 Victoria  (8) def Tasmania B  (2)
62 Western Australia  (4) def Tasmania  A (2)
Juniors (U 15)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
51 Western Australia  (9) def Victoria  (2)
57 Tasmania  (8) def Victoria  (1)
63 Tasmania  (5) drew Western Australia  (5)

Day 2 Results (25/01/2013)

Open Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
25 Queensland  (4) def New South Wales  (1)
26 Western Australia (5) def Victoria  (1)
34 Tasmania (3) def Queensland  (1)
36 Victoria (5) def New South Wales (3)
43 Western Australia  (3) drew Tasmania  (3)
Women  Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
27 Victoria  (2) def New South Wales (1)
28 Tasmania (8) def Western Australia  (3)
37 Victoria  (10) def Queensland  (0)
38 New South Wales  (3) drew Western Australia  (3)
44 Tasmania  (14) def Queensland  (0)
Masters
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
23 New South Wales  (2) def Tasmania B  (1)
24 Tasmania A  (3) drew Western Australia  (3)
31 South Australia  (8) def Tasmania B  (0)
33 Tasmania A  (8) def New South Wales  (0)
41 Western Australia  (14) def South Australia  (0)
Juniors (U 19)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
30 Victoria  (10) def Tasmania B  (1)
32 Western Australia  (6) def Tasmania A  (0)
39 Western Australia  (6) def Victoria  (0)
40 Tasmania  A  (19) def Tasmania  B  (0)
Juniors (U 15)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
29 Tasmania  (3) def Western Australia  (2)
35 Western Australia  (8) def Victoria  (2)
42 Tasmania  (7) def Victoria  (4)

 

Day 1 Results (24/01/2013)

Open Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
1 Western Australia (6) def Queensland  (0)
2 Tasmania  (5) def New South Wales  (0)
10 Queensland  (4) def Victoria  (2)
12 Western Australia  (4) draw New South Wales (4)
19 Tasmania  (3) def Victoria  (0)
Women  Elite
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
3 Tasmania  (4) def Victoria  (1)
4 New South Wales  (11) def Queensland  (1)
11 Victoria  (7) def Western Australia  (1)
13 Tasmania  (3) def New South Wales  (1)
20 Western Australia (11) def Queensland  (0)
Masters
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
5 Western Australia  (13) def Tasmania B  (0)
6 South Australia  (3) def New South Wales  (1)
14 Tasmania A  (15) def Tasmania B  (0)
16 Western Australia  (13) def New South Wales  (0)
21 Tasmania A  (11) def South Australia  (0)
Juniors (U 19)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
7 Tasmania A (13) def Victoria (0)
8 Western Australia  (20) def Tasmania B (0)
17 Western Australia  (15) def Victoria  (0)
18 Tasmania A (19) def Tasmania B (0)
Juniors (U 15)
Game Team (score)   Team (score)
9 Tasmania (13) def Victoria  (0)
15 Western Australia (9) def Victoria (1)
22 Tasmania (7) def Western Australia  (4)