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!

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U23 Women 2015

U23 Men 2015

U23 Men 2015

Asian Underwater Hockey Championship (AUHC) 2015

13-15 November 2015, Jakarta - Indonesia

Indonesia will be hosting this years AUHC in Jakarta, Indonesia. It will be held from the 13th to the 15th of November. Players from Philippines, Singapore, China, Japan and Indonesia are expected to join the event. And invitations are exended to any Australian teams/players interested in attending.

 

Following previous AUHC tournaments, Indonesia will host a Nations Cup and Challenge Cup. The Nations cup will include a male and female division, open to Asian countries only. The Challenge cup will use a mixed team format and encourages a high level of social hockey, forming teams of combined Asian and Australian players. There will also be exhibition matches between an all-Australian team with each Asian nation.

 

The tournament ill be hosted at the Universitas Pelita Harapan Swimming Pool, one of the top private university in Indonesia. The campus is located in Karawaci, Tangerang which is 15-20km away from Jakarta CBD. Karawaci is a well-developed satellite town so all modern amenities and services are available.

 

The tournament pool is olympic size, with 2 playing courts planned. The length of each court will be 21m x 12m. Court 1 depth will be 1.8m, court 2 will be 1.8m  and slightly sloping to 1.6m. Tiles for the pool is blue in color, size of tile is 5x5cm.

 

Like previous AUHC, there will be an optional post event trip that will be arranged by the tournament organisers. It will be a 4 days 3 night trip, 16-19 November. Further information will be provided at a later date.

 

The tournament fee is expected to be similar to previous AUHC tournaments. About USD 100 per participant.

 

Aryaduta lippo village is the choice accommodation for AUHC 2015. Current booking rates on booking.com is about USD 66 per night for 1 twin room.

 

Stay tuned for more information.

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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SELECTION CRITERIA 2015

The selection criteria for 2015 is available to be viewed on the UHA Selection Criteria page.

Selection criteria, coaches and contact details have been finalised for the upcoming selections, which will be held in January during the Underwater Hockey National Championships, in Sydney. Teams for selection include the U19 Men and Woman and U23 Men and Women who will travel to the Aged Groups Championships in Spain, August 2015. Also included is criteria for the Elite Men and Women squads to be selected for to be confirmed Trans Tasman Tournament (2015) and the 2016 World Championships in South Africa.

For a full list of coaches, contact information and criteria, view the selection criteria page.