On Saturday 30 March 2019 we begin our new season. Obviously the huge change for us is bringing our brand new turfs at Nga Puna Wai into our competitions structures and having our community enjoy this new environment. We know there will be some initial issues as we do this, so please bear with us & know we will be working on solutions.
We will continue to use Nunweek Park, Marist Park and Waimakariri Hockey Stadium for competitions and know that most of our community will be familiar with these grounds.
But Nga Puna Wai will be different from what you are used to. We will be part of a sporting hub where other sports communities will be using their facilities, and the general public will be enjoying the wide open spaces around and through Nga Puna Wai. No longer will we be only playing games behind high fences in front of just hockey people. It is exciting to showcase hockey to these other communities and we need to remind ourselves we should do this in a quality way that reflects the values we have built up over so many years.
The other thing we need to be aware of is that the Council is still completing many parts of the Hub. The tennis and rugby league areas are still be finished so please be very aware of not entering any restricted areas.
There are also other aspects we need to use which are not ready for the start of our season. The most important one is the social area inside the Hub building. Understandably the Council and the Hub manager (Sport Canterbury) have been very busy testing the completed sporting facilities (athletics and hockey) and delivering two very large events (Pro League and the National Athletics Championships). Both CCC and Sport Canterbury are very aware of the importance of providing a quality social environment for our teams and supporters to enjoy, and know that we introduced the changes to our competitions (CPL/Div1 played on Saturday) specifically to build this social aspect at Nga Puna Wai. We are all working to have this ready as soon as we possibly can.
Nga Puna Wai - what you need to know if you're playing there
Changing rooms - your team will be allocated a changing room. These are located down the boulevarde on the right. Please keep these tidy (i.e. remove your rubbish). Toilets and showers are available in each changing room. No alcohol is allowed.
Embankment - the embankment between turf#1 and the athletics track will be re-sown next week and will be unavailable for at least 4 wks. Please keep off.
Supervisors - will be managing the games. As Nga Puna Wai is a Council facility we have more procedures that need to be adhered to. Supervisors will be watering the turfs and turning the lights on and off.
Public toilets - are situated between turf#1 and the athletics track, at the carpark end
First Aid - there will be first aid kits and ice in the middle dugouts on each turf. There is an AED attached to the side of the Hub building between turf#1 and the hub.
Draws etc - there will be a noticeboard halfway up the boulevard with draws and important notices attached.
2019 Season Rules and Regulations
The Canterbury Hockey Competition Rules and Regulations 2019 describe the rules and regulations that apply to all competitions administered by Canterbury Hockey - including Senior, Grass, Secondary School, Junior, Masters and social hockey. All fixtures scheduled by Canterbury Hockey will adhere to these rules and regulations.
Please click here to read this document before taking the field this season.
Congratulations to our finalists
The ORIX New Zeland Canterbury Sports Awards take place on Friday 29 March at the Wigram Airforce Museum. Congratulations to Olivia Merry who is a finalist in the Sportswoman of the Year Award, and Gareth Greenfield who is a finalist in the Official of the Year Award.
The event will honour sporting excellence as well as the invaluable contributions of dedicated coaches, administrators, officials and volunteers.
For the full list of finalists please click here.
Canterbury Hockey are excited to offer a number of upcoming coach development opportunities throughout March and April. If you are coaching in 2019, whether it be open grade, Kwik Sticks, or Minis and Funsticks, please make sure you check out the workshops and pre-season meetings we have on offer.
Courses include Coach Accreditation Workshops for Open Grade and Small Sticks and pre-season coach meetings for CPL/Div1, Kwik Sticks 11-aside, Kwik Sticks 6-aside, Mini and Kiwi coaches.
Click here for more information.
Red and Black, two colours best viewed with one eye
It's part of being a Cantabrian.
Together with athletes, sports and events WeAreCanterbury tells the positive and inspiring stories from the people who created them. Check out articles from Waitaki in the South to Kaikoura in the North, and every red and black corner of the world.
Visit their website here or follow them on Facebook here, and read/watch great stories from some of our famous (and not so famous) Canterbury athletes.
Congratulations to the Canterbury Women's 45+ team who came home from the National Masters Tournament in Hamilton with the gold medal after remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament. The team scored 20 goals and only conceded three.
Our Men's 65+ brought home the silver medal, while the Men's 60+, Canterbury/Hawke's Bay Men's 55+ and the Men's 35+ all secured third spot at the end of the week. Ten teams headed to tournament to represent Canterbury at the beginning of March and came home with some great results...and stories!
Click here for full results.
Canterbury U21 team/squad
The Canterbury U21 Men's team and the U21 Women's squad have been named to take part in the 2019 National Vantage U21 Tournament in North Harbour in May. Congratulations to all those players named.
The Canterbury U21 Women will head north to defend their title after comfortably dispatching arch-rivals Auckland 3-0 in their final, while the men will be aiming to be in the medal this time round after missing out on the silverware last year going down 1-2 to Auckland in the battle for the bronze.
Click here for the teams.
Need a rental car?
A huge thank you to the team from Apex Car Rentals for supporting Canterbury Hockey again this year.
As well as supplying us with a car for our Community Hockey Officer Will Zhou to use throughout the year, they also offer a fantastic deal to all Canterbury Hockey supporters when it comes to renting a car.
So if you need a rental car at any stage this year make sure you click here to access the Canterbury Hockey discounted rates.
Pro League - Christchurch
Nga Puna Wai turned it on for five matches in the 2019 FIH Pro League. Christchurch played host to the Great Britain men/women, the German men/women and the Chinese women in February. The weather played ball and spectators were treated to five international test matches with mixed results for our Black Sticks.
The first game hosted at Nga Puna Wai featured our Vantage Black Sticks Men (WR:8) up against the Great Britain Men (WR:7) in front of a sell out crowd. Great Britain came out firing and slotted three goals in the second quarter to give them a commanding 3-0 lead at halftime. They then followed this up with another early in the third quarter and a fifth mid-way through, before Nick Woods and Hugo Inglis took the score to 5-2. But GB finished the stronger of the two teams and ran out with a comfortable 6-2 victory. The Black Sticks Women came into their match against the Rio Olympic Champions on the back of two defeats determined to bounce back. Olivia Merry's 5th minute strike gave the Black Sticks a perfect start before GB restored parity with a penalty stroke. Ella Gunsen found the back of the net in the second quarter before Merry scored two stunning strikes to establish a commanding lead. Amy Robinson finished off the scoring to see the Black Sticks grab their first win of the Pro League, 5-1.
A week later the Germans were in town and it was the Black Sticks Women first up against the Die Danas who were ranked one spot ahead of them. The Black Sticks made the perfect start when Amy Robinson opened the scoring in the 1st minute but it was the Germans who dominated the rest of the match, levelling the scores in early in the second period and adding another just before the halftime break. The 3-1 lead remained intact on the final whistle. The German men had the lion share of possession in their match against the Black Sticks and took complete control in the 3rd quarter opening up a 2-0 lead. Blair Tarrant scored a rare goal for the Black Sticks but a moment of brilliance from Florian Fuchs sealed a 3-1 triumph for Germany.
The Vantage Black Sticks Women finished off their three games at Nga Puna Wai in style beating the Chinese Women 2-0 in a tight match that produced very little opportunities for both sides. The Black Sticks grabbed the lead early in the second half but then had to withstand some increased pressure from China, before Olivia Merry scored her second of the match to seal the win with a well taken penalty stroke.
The week showcased some outstanding hockey from some of the best teams in the world, and it was fantastic to see so many of our community out at Nga Puna Wai enjoying the experience of international hockey. The sell-out crowds for both the GB and German games created a spectacular atmosphere.
A huge thank you has to go out to the huge amount of volunteers who gave up their time (and in some cases, their opportunity to watch the game) to make sure that the thousands of you who attended had a memorable experience.
Make sure you check out this amazing drone footage of Nga Puna Wai and Pro League - click here.
What a great way to christen this amazing stadium and we look forward to doing it all again next year!
Black Sticks in schools
During the FIH Pro League in Christchurch we were lucky enough to take some of our Black Sticks Women out to Halswell School, Lemonwood Grove and West Spreydon School. It was great to see the girls interact so easily with all the children. A big thank you to Rose Keddell, Shiloh Gloyn, Megan Hull, Olivia Shannon, Alia Jaques, Kirsten Pearce, Frances Davies, Tarryn Davey, Sam Charlton, Amy Robinson, Kelsey Smith and Liz Thompson who gave up their time to talk to the children and impart some words of wisdom to all the budding athletes out there.
FIH Pro League standings
Halfway through the FIH Pro League and the Vantage Black Sticks teams results are a bit of a mixed bag. After 8 games the Vantage Black Sticks Women are sitting middle of the table with 4 wins and 4 losses, while the Vantage Black Sticks Men have played 7 games and currently sit bottom of the table with 2 draws and 5 losses. Results as follows:
Black Sticks Women
New Zealand 0 - Netherlands 1
New Zealand 0 - Belgium 1
New Zealand 5 (Olivia Merry 3, Ella Gunson, Amy Robinson) - Great Britain 1
New Zealand 1 (Amy Robinson) - Germany 3
New Zealand 2 (Olivia Merry 2) - China 0
New Zealand 3 (Olivia Merry, Kirsten Pearce, Ella Gunson) - USA 1
New Zealand 0 - Argentina 3
New Zealand 3 (Olivia Merry 2, Amy Robinson) - Australia 1
Black Sticks Men
New Zealand 3 (Hugo Inglis 2, Kane Russell) - Netherlands 4
New Zealand 4 (Hugo Inglis, Aidan Sarikaya, Nic Woods, Stephen Jenness) - Belgium 4
New Zealand 2 (Nic Woods, Hugo Inglis) - Great Britain 6
New Zealand 1 (Blair Tarrant) - Germany 3
New Zealand 3 (Jared Panchia, Stephen Jenness, Dylan Thomas) - Spain 3
New Zealand 1 (Kane Russell) - Argentina 2
New Zealand 1 (Hayden Phillips) - Australia 5
How to raise a champion: balance is better
Waimairi School will host a presentation from Sport Canterbury on Thursday 28 March, with personal experiences from guest speakers, to debunk the myths of what some parents and coaches believe is the way to future sporting success for their children. Speakers include Andrea Hewitt (triathlete) and Anton Cooper (mountain biking).
Challenging the Myths
- Early specialisation is good X
- Childhood success leads to adult success X
- Successful athletes focus on winning X
Click here for more information and to register.