Calling underwater hockey players
UNDERWATER hockey is developing into a nationally acclaimed sport, and Wonthaggi is now recruiting.
Players from Wonthaggi recently participated in the Australian Titles, but teammates had to be borrowed by some of the other teams to allow play to go ahead.
“Victoria is struggling. States like Western Australia and Queensland have great numbers competing so they have much stronger sides. We are looking to fill an U/19 boys’ and girls’ team and an U/15 to compete next year,” coach Steve Dunn said.
“We would love to see players from Leongatha and Foster join us at trainings.”
Steve said he is looking into holding Monday night matches at Leongatha.
“We would train at 8pm and play from 8.30pm until 9.30pm,” he said.
“It’s a great sport and it’s a fantastic challenge for those who love to be in the water.”
Training in Wonthaggi starts on Thursday, February 9. Junior players will play between 7pm and 8pm. Senior players will train at the deep end of the pool at the same time and start their own match from 8pm until 9pm.
As well as Steve, Dave and Tracey McFee and Caleb Berry will be coaching.
Steve encouraged everyone who enjoys water based sports to come along and have a go.
“We’ve had top surfers play underwater hockey because it helps improve their breath hold. It’s great for people who love snorkelling, are involved with the lifesaving or have been part of a swim club,” he said.
“It’s a really challenging sport. Players work incredibly hard while holding their breath, so it’s fantastic for fitness.
“We also play some Monday nights at the Leongatha pool.
“We need new players at U/19 level, both males and females.We also need players who are under 15, around Grade Six to Year 8.The club can supply gear for you to play and membership is only $25 for the year if you are under 19,” Mr Dunn said.
Join Tom, Roy and Caterina who are going to the World Titles in July as Under 19 players.
“We are trying to get an Under 19 male and female team to represent Victoria at the National Titles in Tasmania next January. We are also in need of more numbers for Under 15 state teams. This is a great sport for anyone who like diving, surfing, lifesaving and has been a swimming club member but wants a change.
Our players have had some amazing opportunities to play all over Australia and also in countries such as Hungary, South Africa and New Zealand. Come and give underwater hockey a go! Check out the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey facebook page.
For more information or to express interest in joining training, contact Steve Dunn on 5674 3446.
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