14 Dec 2018

Hockey Hitz - December

Hockey Hitz - December

Author: Canterbury Hockey  /  Categories: News  / 
On behalf of the whole team at Canterbury Hockey, I wish you all an enjoyable an safe Christmas and New Year break. Like us, I suspect you are all “puffed” and looking forward to some R & R with family and friends.

It has been another very good year at Canterbury Hockey and we all should be proud of what we have achieved at all levels – Junior, School, Open, Masters and Representative/Club and School/Development/Events/Running our Business. This is a result not of just the Canterbury Hockey team, but very much because of all our volunteers at club and School level who really do allow us to deliver our game. Then there is next year – this will be a watershed year as our new turfs at Nga Puna Wai will allow us to deliver more practices, competitions and tournaments. You will have already seen the changes we are making to our competitions as we now have turf capacity. Along with this, being the “Home of Canterbury Hockey “, Nga Puna Wai will also be where we are based. Operating in a brand new sporting hub will add so much to our profile and confidence – we are no longer are we in Recovery Mode but rather Growth Mode.

Rod Templeton
Chief Executive

Pro League tickets selling fast!

Make sure you get in quick to secure your Pro League tickets before prices go up next Friday. We'd hate for you to miss out on watching the Vantage Black Sticks men and women taking on Great Britain, Germany, Pakiston (men) and China (women) at Nga Puna Wai in February. The Vantage Black Sticks men and women will play back-to-back double headers.

Friday 8 February, 5pm - Vantage Black Sticks v Great Britain (men and women)

Friday 15 February, 5pm - Vantage Black Sticks v Germany (men and women)

Sunday 17 February, 3.30pm - Vantage Black Sticks v India (men) and China (women)

Get your tickets here.


We've finalised the Competition Structure for 2019 with the major change seeing Div 1 moving to Saturdays to play alongside CPL. We're also bringing our thinking into line with Sport NZ's development strategies which outline guidelines for player welfare and age appropriate competitions. Canterbury Hockey, our Board, as well as other sports in Canterbury, are taking steps to address these important considerations. So looking to 2019, our competition structure will reflect these strategies by limiting secondary school players to a set number of games over a weekend and by making the Platinum grade compulsory for all year 9's and 10's (with play up abilities for year 10's). 

Keep an eye on our website in 2019 for the full competition structure.


Nga Puna Wai Opening

On Sunday we introduced our brand new, world-class hockey turfs at Nga Puna Wai to our hockey community. The RPC 2018/9 intake played an exhibition game on Turf 1, while Turf 2 was available for all to try Renegade Hockey or just chase a ball into the goals...more
For those who didn't make it down to the opening you can still head down and check out the new facilities whenever you like.

2019 Coaching positions available

Are you up for a challenge?
Are you keen to be part of a successful representative campaign?

Canterbury Hockey are seeking applications for the following head coach and assistant coach positions:

  • Canterbury Cavaliers
  • Canterbury Cats
  • Canterbury Senior Men
  • Canterbury Senior Women
  • Canterbury U18 Regional Men
  • Canterbury U18 Association Men
  • Canterbury U18 Association Women

If you think you have what it takes to get the best out of our representative players, click here for more information.


Red & Black Sports Pack

With 21 matches over 5 local sporting codes the Red & Black Sports Pack is perfect for any sports lover.

5 x Mitre 10 Cup rugby games (Canterbury Rugby)
5 x BK Super Smash 20/20 cricket games (Canterbury Kings)
5 x ISPS Handa Premiership football games (Canterbury Dragons)
3 x FIH Pro League double header hockey games (Vantage Black Sticks)
3 x Sals National Basketball League games (Canterbury Rams)

Every pack includes and adult AND child ticket.

Click here for more information.


Red and Black, two colours best viewed with one eye. It's part of being a Cantabrian.

Together with OUR athletes, OUR sports and OUR events, WeAreCanterbury will tell the stories from the people who created them in a positive and empowering way. WeAreCanterbury is dedicated to Canterbury's successes and learning from the Waitaki in the south to Kaikoura in the north and every red and black corner in the world.

Some of the stories already up on the site...

  • The Painful Realisation - Rosa Flanagan (Athletics)
  • We Had to Change - Marianne Delaney-Hoshek (Netball)
  • Double, No Trouble - Michael Vink (Cycling)

Check out their website here.

2018 Awards Dinner

Congratulations to all our 2019 award winners.

The 2018 Annual Canterbury Hockey Awards Dinner once again showcased the amazing hockey community we have in the province. It was an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the successes over the last 12 months and recognise the competition winners, our umpires, our service recipients, our representative MVPs and our Supreme Award winners. 

Click here for full rundown of winners.

Representative season

Our Representative teams again performed well in 2018. We had 16 teams attend Hockey NZ National tournaments, with 5 team golds going to our U21 Women, U18 Association Women, U15A Girls, U15B Girls and our Primary A Girls. 3 team silvers went to our Senior Men, U18 Regional Women and U18 Association Men, while our Cavaliers and U15B Boys brought home team bronzes.

The Canterbury Cavaliers started their NHL campaign with a bang to finish top of the table going into the semi-finals. Unfortunately a loss to North Harbour in the semi saw them play Auckland for the bronze medal. A convincing 6-0 thrashing ensured 3rd spot belonged to the Cavs! The Canterbury Cats went through pool play unbeaten, but with two wins and five draws it wasn’t enough to grab a spot in the top four. They faced off against Capital in the 5th/6th play-off, winning 3-2 and grabbing 5th spot.

The Senior Men, better known now as the ‘Beavers’, were also looking to go one better than last year and claim the trophy, but had to settle for the silver medal again losing to North Harbour in their final. The Senior Women, aka the Barracudas, were looking to go one better than last year and bring home a gold medal, but unfortunately fell short, losing their 3rd/4th playoff to finish 4th.

The Under 21 Men battled with Auckland for the bronze medal in Hamilton and unfortunately came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard, going down 2-1 to finish 4th. At Under 21 level, our U21 Women had a year to remember, comfortably beating arch rivals Auckland 3-0 in their final to see them go one better than last year and bring home the silverware in 2018.

The U18 Regional Men were hoping to defend their national title from the previous year but unfortunately fell short, finishing the tournament in 6th place. The U18 Regional Women picked up the silver medal for the second year in a row at their tournament in Dunedin, losing to Central in a shootout.

The U18 Association Boys lost only one game at their tournament in North Harbour, beaten by Wellington in the final to pick up the silver medal. The U18 Association Girls remained unbeaten throughout the week in Palmerston North, coming home with gold for the second consecutive year after a win against Hawke’s Bay in their final.

The U15A Boys finished top of their pool but then suffered a loss in their semi-final to see them up against Northland for the bronze medal, unfortunately they lost that match and finished 4th. The U15A Girls were unbeaten at the National U15 Premier tournament in Napier and came home with the gold medal for the second year in a row, beating Auckland in their final.

The U15B Boys unfortunately lost their semi-final against South Canterbury in Dunedin but went on to beat Thames Valley in their next match to bring home the bronze medal. The U15B Girls showed their supremacy once again at the National U15 Championship tournament in Carterton, winning the tournament for the 7th consecutive year.

The U13A Boys unfortunately dropped out of the top 8 at Hatch Cup but completed their tournament with wins in their final games and finished 9th. The U13A Girls were unbeaten at Collier Trophy and finished with the gold medal for the second year in a row.


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