By Sam Watson
WONTHAGGI Underwater Hockey Club continues to punch above their weight, with 23 members taking part in April’s Australian Underwater Hockey Titles.
The titles, played in Hobart over Easter weekend, saw a significant amount of Wonthaggi players help Victoria win medals.
The under 15s, who won silver, included five Wonthaggi players out of 10, and the under 19s, who won bronze, included seven Wonthaggi players.
Wonthaggi also had three players in the men’s open squad, and they managed to pick up silver.
As did the women’s open squad, that included another three members of the club.
Two more players from Wonthaggi, William Stein and Felix Maund, played for Queensland – who were short on numbers due to COVID restrictions.
Victorian Underwater Hockey Commission president and former Wonthaggi local Kevin Chisholm said it was fantastic to see the team back in the water.
“It’s been a tough year for underwater hockey in Victoria with pools being closed but the guys did a great job of training with limited opportunity,” Chisholm said.
“They didn’t have much time to practice as a team, but they got together and improved throughout the contest.”
“I think all the Wonthaggi players were really happy with how they went, there was some great individual and team efforts.”
Chisholm said the club’s ability to support their juniors so well, is the biggest reason behind their over-representation at national level.
“It’s been happening for 15-20 years, the way the members support the juniors is great.”
The team was very thankful for the coaching efforts of Lucero Perdomo in the under 15s and Romy Keppel in the under 19s.
And Chisholm said the immense support from the parents was amazing once again.