I suspect we all now know we are well and truly into winter. The old adage of “Whatever you think you need to wear to watch hockey, double it” is certainly in play. Watching any winter sport can be an ordeal for supporters but at least most of our venues have shelter and a dry surface to stand on. Most are also providing coffee and hot food on the weekends which I certainly appreciate when travelling about our many venues (at least 10). We are very conscious that our Home at Nga Puna Wai does not yet have its social hub (everyone’s goal is “a quality sports themed café”) but is not for the want of effort by ourselves, Sport Canterbury and the Council. We continue to push for this being in action as soon as possible so our clubs, schools and their supporters can socialise after games – such a crucial part of our hockey sporting culture.
National U21 squads
Congratulations to a whopping 15 Canterbury U21 players who made the National U21 squads - Jessie Anderson, Emily Baker, Millie Calder, Hayley Cox, Gerogie Mackay-Stewart, Sarsha Marsters, Arabella Sheild, Maddie Story, Maddie Wotton, Margot Willis, Emily Wium, Louis Beckert, Moss Jackson, Gus Wakeling and Simon Yorston.
The squads aim to build towards the Sultan of Johor (Men) in October in Malaysia, and the Tri-Nations Series (Women) later in the 2019 season in Australia.
Connetics SSP Shields
The Connetics SSP shields remain safely in the hands of St Andrew's College and Rangi Ruru after rounds five and three respectively. STAC have seen off challenges from CBHS, Burnside, Christ's and Shirley Boys, and will meet St Bede's next, while Rangi beat Villa, survived a draw with CGHS, beat Burnside and now come up against STAC this Friday.
Connetics SSP Boys Shield results
St Andrew's College: 7 Christchurch Boys High School: 3
St Andrew's College: 4 Burnside High School: 0
St Andrew's College: 4 Christ's College: 0
St Andrew's College: 10 Shirley Boys High School: 0
Connetics SSP Girls Shield results
Rangi Ruru: 3 Villa Maria College: 1
Rangi Ruru: 1 Christchurch Girls' High School: 1
Rangi Ruru: 5 Burnside High School: 1
Connetics SSP Boys draw
Connetics SSP Girls draw
Massive spike in kids' sport injuries
Children playing sport are suffering injuries at a massively increased rate and intense training regimes are being partly blamed.
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) data shows the number of sports injury rates for all rugby, football, netball, basketball and gymnastics reported for children under 15 went up 60 percent between 2008 and 2017. That was more than twice the increase in the 15-19 age group, which had a 29 percent rise.
Wellington Girls' College sports director Carolyn Kirkpatrick said children wanting to become professional athletes were being promised a high-intensity pathway to reach their goal...more
In response to feedback received we have taken the opportunity to review and realign the CPL/Div1 draw for Round 2 - starting Saturday 15 June. Please check the draw on the website as most games have changed.
Note: The Div1 draw for 13 July is dependent on CPL Porritt Cup Game 3 results so is unavailable until completion of those games.
Platinum Men: Please note that due to the above changes one Platinum Men's game each week has changed. Please check the website for these changes.
We have three coach development opportunities coming up in the next couple of weeks as follows:
- Advanced Coaching Forum
- 'Developing Goalkeepers' Coaches Workshop
- Coach Mentoring Workshop
If you are a club or school coach and would like to develop your coaching find out more information regarding these courses here.
Please ensure that all players who have suffered a possible concussion injury are identified and, if required, properly tested. Refer to our Head Injury Memo here.
Sportsmed run a Concussion Clinic for any athlete with suspected concussion, including the athletes history, a neurological examination and a vestibular and neuro cognitive assessment if required.
Please contact them to make an appointment if you have suffered an head knock - 03 366 0620; 0800 INJURY or email@example.com.
U18 build-up tournament
Our U18 teams braved the cold, and atrocious conditions, on Saturday and Sunday to play in the Queens' Birthday build-up tournament against men's and women's teams from Southern, South Canterbury and Tasman. Despite the NPW turfs flooding early on Saturday morning all but one of the scheduled games were completed.
Canterbury Regional Men: 2 Southern Regional Men: 2
Canterbury Regional Men: 4 Southern Regional Men: 1
Canterbury Regional Women: 3 Southern Regional Women: 1
Canterbury Regional Women: 4 Southern Regional Women: 1
Canterbury Association Men: 5 Southern B Men: 1
Canterbury Association Men: 3 South Canterbury Men: 2
Our Canterbury teams also took part in a nutrition workshop with Rebecca Cooke from High Performance Sport NZ on the Sunday of Queens Birthday.
FIH Pro League
The Black Sticks men kicked of their European leg of the FIH Pro League with a hard fought draw with the Netherlands on Tuesday, while the Black Sticks Women outplayed USA on Sunday running out with a 3-0 victory. Both teams now start a hectic three weeks in Europe as they face off against their northern hemisphere counterparts...more