The fact that we are in the July school holidays is another sign that the year, and our winter season, is well passed the halfway mark. We are excited about finishing our season with our Finals Weekend (23 – 25 August), this time at Nga Puna Wai – a tad more complicated to organise than our previous venue at Marist Park given the other activity that happens around the Hub. We are confident the things our community have enjoyed in previous Finals Weekends (great hockey, plenty of people and the ability to socialise) will all happen again. The Team is getting back up to speed around hosting big hockey events again as we have had the National Universities Tournament in early July and will then have the Rankin Cup/India Shield Secondary School Boys Tournaments in early September. Exciting for our city and our hockey community.
Dugout numbers - juniors
Please remember that only team personnel (players, coaches and managers) are allowed in the dugouts during a game. We have had increasing incidents of parents in the dugouts during games, this is not permitted.
All U18 teams through to next round
Both the regional teams are through to Pool C with maximum points, while our association teams are both through to the quarter-finals.
The Regional Girls needed a win against Auckland on Tuesday to ensure they went through as top qualifier in their pool. The game was a tight affair right from the start with both teams battling for the top spot and the right to take maximum points through to the next round. The Canterbury girls were first to draw blood when captain Emily Baker grabbed her first goal of the tournament from a penalty corner. Auckland fought hard in the second quarter and were rewarded in the 18th minute to see the teams go into the halftime break on even pegging. As the game see-sawed throughout the second half it was the Canterbury girls who made the most of their opportunities...more
Please remember that all our junior umpires are learning and probably not very confident when they take the field. Please be patient and support them.
National Tertiary Tournament
Ngå Puna Wai was selected to play host to the 2019 National University Tournament, the Canterbury Men were looking to back up their 2018 win with another great performance in front of their home crowd. On the Women’s side Waikato University in 2018 stormed through the competition on their way to the title.
The opening few days threw out plenty of surprises and set up what was going to be an exciting final day. The Otago University and AUT Men’s sides came into their match on the final day knowing the winner would earn a spot in the Gold Medal match, Otago went up by two goals in the match and then held off a fast finishing AUT side to complete the win and book their spot in the final.
U15 teams named
Canterbury Hockey is pleased to announce the U15 Girls' and Boys' teams for the 2019 representative season.
The Canterbury U15A Girls' head to Dunedin looking for a three-peat after winning the trophy for the second year in a row in 2018, while the U15A Boys' travel to Whangarei for their Premier Tournament. The U15B Girls have won the Championship Trophy for the last 7 years and will look to add to this in Nelson this year, while the U15B Boys will be looking to go one better than last year and bring home the trophy from Wanganui.
Canterbury U15 Boys' Teams - click here
Canterbury U15 Girls' Teams - click here
Connetics SSP shields
The Connetics SSP shields remained safely in the St Andrew's College and Rangi Ruru trophy cabinets as the competition rolled into the school holidays. STAC comfortably dispatched Timaru Boys' High School in their last game, while Rangi survived a final quarter fightback from Christchurch Girls' High to secure the shield the 17th time.
Christchurch Boys have put themselves into top four contention with a 2-0 victory over Burnside High. Boys’ high are now level on points with fourth placed Christ’s College, with their match up in the final round potentially a decisive one in the race for the final spot in the semi-finals.
St. Margaret’s College got their revenge over Villa Maria College on Friday night, increasing the gap to four points after a 2-0 victory in the Connetics Secondary School Premier (SSP) competition. St. Andrew’s College sit only three points out of the top four after a strong 6-1 victory over bottom placed Burnside High...more
McCann makes the most
A change of scene has been just the tonic for Rachel McCann, as she wrestles with the disappointment of missing out on this year’s Black Sticks squad.
The HSOB/Burnside striker has just returned from playing a season for Manheimer in Germany, which she credits with helping her rediscover her passion for the game.
That doesn’t mean her drive to play for New Zealand has diminished, in fact, quite the opposite.
'I was struggling to make the Blacksticks and I wanted to keep playing high level hockey and hopefully get back in, so it was a case of where could I go to get what I needed and Germany was a great option,’ said McCann.
Hockey in Hurunui
Hockey in the Hurunui District has had a massive boost with the official opening of a $450,000 multi turf at Amuri Area School last week.
The half turf, which will suit six-a-side hockey and sports such as futsal, has been in the pipeline for the past two years thanks to some passionate parents and a supportive principal.
Amuri Area School principal James Griggs said he was approached by some school parents who wanted to provide more opportunities for people to play hockey in the area.
“These parents were really passionate about growing the sport and providing opportunities for our students and the community to get involved in hockey.”