A NUMBER of Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club and state representative players have just returned from the 2018 Underwater Hockey National Titles held in Perth.
The week-long championship was a huge success, especially for the Under 15 Victorian team that won gold defeating Western Australia 6 goals to 5 in what was a very tense and hard-fought battle for the title.
Western Australia had won the U15 Division in four out of the previous five years however Victoria was determined to spoil their pool dominance.
Under 15s superstar Kasey Hoskins said it was a combination of hard work and determination that got her team over the line.
“We ended up playing WA a number of times throughout the week including the round robin games, semi-final and then again in the gold medal playoff. They are a very strong and well drilled team.”
Victoria scored first, however WA struck back quickly to even the score.
It was a seesawing game with scores tied three all at half time.
“We continued to push hard despite being down early in the second half when we were penalised and a player down.
“It looked like WA were going to swim over the top of us, however we came storming back to win gold by just one goal,” Kasey said.
All the games were filmed and live streamed including the finals and can be viewed via the Underwater Hockey Australia Youtube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4dHs8nn8_yXcg6v0o9St4w
The Victorian U19 team (stacked full of Wonthaggi players) also had a great week, playing some great team hockey and were unlucky to finish fourth missing out on a bronze medal to Tasmania.
Victoria also competed in the Elite Men and Women Divisions.
Several Wonthaggi players were subsequently selected for Australian Training Squads and will now be attending interstate training camps aiming for national selection in the Trans-Tasman Teams which will tour New Zealand later this year in October.
The Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club trains each week at the Wonthaggi pool on a Thursday night.
The club provides a safe and supportive environment for interested players (juniors and seniors) to come and try the sport and loans the required equipment (fins, mask, snorkel, caps, gloves and sticks).
The juniors start at 7pm and the seniors commence at 8pm.
Anyone interested in playing locally or checking out this fantastic sport should contact the club via its Facebook page.
Wonthaggi players star at under water hockey titles