NZCPA would like to announce that Kelly Hepburn has been appointed to the Schools Director position. Kelly brings a wealth of experience and passion to our executive team, we will see Kelly in her element hosting the Secondary School Nationals final 24-26 March at Makino Aquatic in Feilding. Welcome Kelly.
After a successful stint as the Oceania Squads manager, we are pleased to announce the appointment of David Morritt onto the Executive as a the Squads Director. We are looking forward to being able to better organise and deliver our Squads activities. David has a number of ideas on how we can improve our systems and processes after his Oceania experience and feedback.
NZCPA would like to advise all it members that the 2017 AGM will be held 3rd June 2017, 1pm at Naenae Pool, 2 Everest Ave, Naenae, Lower Hutt.
The previous minutes and annual report can be found on the website http://nzcanoepolo.org.nz/resources-landing-page/publications/
NZCPA held our first awards dinner on the 18th March in Christchurch. The evening was a huge success with our members able to celebrate an immensely successful 2016 and award its members in the following categories.
Most valued administrator: Penny Dustin
Most valued coach: Carl Massarotto
Most valued referee: Michael Beauchamp
NZ Player Awards
Most valued player (Coach choice)
Paddle Ferns: Jordan Housiaux
Paddle Blacks: Matt Keong
u21 Paddle Ferns: Stephanie Dryfhout
u21 Paddle Blacks: Aaron Crabb
Player’s Player (voted by team)
Paddle Ferns: Jordan Housiaux
Paddle Blacks: Matt Keong
u21 Paddle Ferns: Stephanie Dryfhout
u21 Paddle Blacks: Aaron Crabb
Most Player Potential (Coach choice)
Female: Madison Gaiger-Grove
Male: Cole Hawkins
Congratulations to all recipients, and a big thank you to Andi Fear-Ross and Olivia Spencer-Bower for all your time and effort spent making the evening such a huge success.
We look forward to seeing what 2017 brings.
NZCPA are pleased to announce the representative teams who will be competing at the 2017 Oceania Championships 22-24 April, Palmerston North. The previous Oceania championships saw our teams take away gold in six out of the seven categories, which enabled NZ to regain the Julian Carter memorial trophy which Australia had claimed in 2013.
During the 2016 Canoe Polo World Championships, the New Zealand Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s Teams qualified entry to the 2017 World Games being held in Wroclaw, Poland during 20th-30th July. Following the Oceania championships, the NZ Men’s and Women’s Squads will continue preparation for this. New Zealand Senior A teams will be selected to compete at the 2017 World games after/ at the 2017 Oceania championships.
We look forward to seeing our teams in action in the coming weeks. Well done paddlers.
Snr Womens A
Erin Bolton (V Capt)
Jordy Housiaux (Capt)
Snr Womens B
Sarah Adderley (Ralton) (V Capt)
Sophie Winton (Cap)
U21 Women A
Kate Blincoe (Capt)
Klara Richter (V Capt)
U21 Women B
India McJarrow-Keller (Capt)
Mikayla Mead (V Capt)
U18 Women A
Krista McJarrow-Keller (Capt)
Amy Saunders (V Capt)
U18 Women B
Jess Forbes (Capt)
Mia Thomas (V Capt)
Ashleigh Van Uffelen
Senior men A:
Senior Men B:
Jason Dalziel (co-captain)
Luke Dustin (co-captain)
U21 Men A
Ethan Flanders (C)
Connor Taylor (VC)
U21 Men B
James McNatty (C)
Hunter Burns (v captain)
Tom Whale (captain)
U18 Men B
Gordon Brown (captain)
An impressive 57 teams have registered to compete in the 2017 national league series. With tournaments due to kick off in the next few weeks we are sure these teams will showcase our sport with some hard fought games and impressive skills. Good luck teams.
A GRADE OPEN
Bailiffs Burnside Canoe Polo Club
Hurricanes A1 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Hurricanes A2 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Justice Burnside Canoe Polo Club
JustUs Burnside Canoe Polo Club
Knights Wellington Canoe Polo
Storms Auckland Canoe Polo
Tūkaitaua Wellington Canoe Polo
Viking Black Kiwi Canoe Polo
Viking Bronze Kiwi Canoe Polo
Viking Gold Kiwi Canoe Polo
Vikings Valhalla Kiwi Canoe Polo
A GRADE WOMEN
Dumbledore’s Army (DA) Horowhenua Canoe Polo
Generation Y Otaki Canoe Club
Hurrikets A Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
NemMrs Burnside Canoe Polo Club
Sirens Wellington Canoe Polo
Valkyries Black Kiwi Canoe Polo
Valkyries X Kiwi Canoe Polo
B GRADE OPEN
Argonauts Deep South Canoe Polo Club
Demons Deep South Canoe Polo Club
Guvnors Burnside Canoe Polo Club
Hot Shots Burnside Canoe Polo Club
Hurricanes B1 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Hurricanes B2 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Hurricanes B3 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Paddle Ferns Other
Paladins Wellington Canoe Polo
Sentinels Burnside Canoe Polo Club
Slackers Auckland Canoe Polo
Vikings all stars Kiwi Canoe Polo
Vikings iron Kiwi Canoe Polo
Vikings silver Kiwi Canoe Polo
Vikings steel Kiwi Canoe Polo
Wallies Otaki Canoe Club
Wai Worries Wairarapa Paddlers
X Wai Z Wairarapa Paddlers
B GRADE WOMEN
Angels Deep South Canoe Polo Club
Avengers Auckland Canoe Polo
Guardians Burnside Canoe Polo Club
Hurrikets B1 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Hurrikets B2 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Hurrikets B3 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Hurrikets B4 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Valkyries Phoenix Kiwi Canoe Polo
Valkyries Ravens Kiwi Canoe Polo
Valkyries Swifts Kiwi Canoe Polo
Wai Wonders Wairarapa Paddlers
Wildcats Otaki Canoe Club
C GRADE OPEN
Hurricanes C1 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Hurricanes C2 Hawkes Bay Canoe Club
Rapscallions Auckland Canoe Polo
Tron Hamilton Canoe Polo
Vikings Blue Kiwi Canoe Polo
Vikings Chrome Kiwi Canoe Polo
Vikings Red Kiwi Canoe Polo
New Zealand Canoe Polo Association are seeking a selector for the following positions:
•Senior Women (Oceania teams and World Games team)
•Senior Men (World Games team)
Selection for the teams are as follows:
•Senior Women: Oceania teams (Otaki training camp March 4/5), World Games team (Oceania Championships April 22-24th)
•Senior Men: World Games team (Oceania Championships April 22-24th)
· The roles will involve selecting teams in coordination with the respective Head coaches and assistant coaches.
· Any reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed.
· Applicants for the Men’s Selector are to be sent to Andi FearRoss email@example.com (due to conflict of interest with Executive Director), Women’s Selector are to be sent to James Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
Selectors appointed should ideally:
· Know the game, skills and tactics involved.
· Be familiar with other requirements (such as dynamics of a tour) for Teams competing at international level
· Be flexible to the requirements of the Team Coach.
· Be able to assess the Applicants in an unbiased and impartial manner.
Applications to be completed by 24 February.
NZCPA are pleased to announce the following coach and manager appointments for the 2017 Oceania campaign.
Head Coach Women: Peter Housiaux
Assistant Women’s coach: Luke Anderson
U18 W coach: Lydia Nuttall
U18 coach mentor: Kate Bolton
Head Men’s Coach: Steve Hunt
Assistant Men’s Coach: Eric Gurden
Squad manager: David Morritt
Assistant Squad Manager: Anita Sharratt
Assistant Squad Manager (Women): Meryn Hinton
With over 120 player applications for Oceania we are sure that the coach and management team will be busy over the next few months shaping the teams ready to defend the Julian Carter memorial trophy.
The New Zealand women’s canoe polo team (Paddle Ferns) beat Germany 3-2 this morning to secure gold at the canoe polo world championships in Syracuse, Italy.
The team captained by Jordan Housiaux went undefeated throughout the championships; however, in the last game of pool play drew with the defending champion German side 2-2. The Paddle Ferns went on to face 3rd ranked France in their semi final to topple them 4-2 to send the paddle ferns through to the grand final.
The final was a powerful display of what the paddle ferns had to offer, Housiaux scored the first goal in the opening minutes of the game, followed by Emma Hicks of Palmerston North. The team went into half time up by 2 and feeling the positive support of the crowd.
Early into the second half the Germans put on offensive pressure, however, the paddle ferns stayed cool, calm and collected and with some outstanding goaling by Kate Bolton held the Germans out for most of the half.
With 7 minutes to go the Germans turned the heat up and managed to turn over the ball, only to be shut down by the kiwi’s defence. Desperation set in for the Germans with 4 minutes left on the clock and they played a ‘press’ (one on one marking) on the paddle ferns, however, a bit of pressure was nothing for the paddle ferns who retained the ball and kept pressure on the offensive.
3 minutes remained in the game and the German side made a vital error by an illegal substitution taking their team down to 4 players for 2 minutes of the game, however, managed to come back and score 2 goals in the remaining time. Germany’s comeback had come too late as the Paddle Ferns had done enough to secure them the gold medal for 2016.
The last time the NZ women won a medal it was at the 2006 world championships where they secured the silver medal, losing to Germany. Of the silver medal team two players Olivia Spencer-Bower and Megan Lyons still represent NZ in the paddle ferns. The gold medal is the first ever gold for NZ canoe polo.
The build up for the world championships has been 15 months of hard work including 7 training and selection camps, as well as competing as a team in the national league competition, and heading over to Europe a month early to acclimatise and compete in local tournaments.
Coach Peter Housiaux said he felt ‘pretty good’ after the gold winning match ‘the women deserved the medal and have worked their hearts out and the total team work and total trust’ won them the game.
From here after a well deserved rest the team will be focusing on the world games in Wroclaw, Poland next year. After coaching for the past 4 world championships Housiaux’s message for New Zealand players was ‘keep going at it, we have a huge number of top athletes coming through and feeding in. The more we get in, the better we get at these types of events’.
The NZ tour was its most successful to date as the final placing for the teams were:
1st Paddle Ferns
3rd Junior Paddle Ferns
5th Paddle Blacks
6th Junior Paddle Blacks
Game footage can be found at https://www.facebook.com/emaah.hicks/videos/10208915808230873/
Jordan Housiaux (c)
Coach: Peter Housiaux
Womens Manager: Jane Bertelsen
James Mitchell (c)
Coach: Steve Hunt
Mens Manager: Lisa Hunt
U21 Junior Paddle Ferns
Stephanie Dryfhout (c)
Jordyn Pfeiler (vc)
Coach: Luke Anderson
U21 Junior Paddle Blacks
Sam Hapeta (c)
Coach: Mike Taylor
The New Zealand canoe polo teams who have been selected to represent the country and the sport are set to head off to Europe early August. The teams are on an extended tour from August ensuring they acclimatise and have the opportunity to play together in elite completion before the world championships.
New Zealand is represented by four team the Paddle Blacks (senior men), Paddle Ferns (senior women), Junior Paddle Blacks (u21 men), Junior Paddle Ferns (u21 women). All teams are aiming for podium finishes these world championships. The previous world championships saw the Junior Paddle Ferns take bronze, and both the Paddle Ferns and Junior Paddle Blacks narrowly missing out of a medal by placing 4th.
Palmerston North based James Mitchell has again been selected to captain the Paddle Blacks who impressively climbed up to 7th position from 12th at the last world championships held in France in 2014. Mitchell stated ‘I have been lucky enough to have had a very long and successful international career and I see this current tour really as the culmination of that. At the last World championships we had a new core group of young elite athletes who performed exceedingly well helping our team place 7th. This group’s potential has really sparked the desire in me to continue my elite career; to help nurture and encourage their elite development. I believe we have the skills, desire and ability to achieve the Paddle Blacks best ever result on the world stage. Our team goal is to win a medal at the World Championships. This will also assure our entry into the 2017 World Games, which has never been achieved by the Paddle Blacks before.’
The Paddle Blacks team of 10 are an accumulation of 7 returning players from the 2014 team and 3 players whom have represented NZ on the international scene at Oceania in 2015 where NZ took the gold from the Aussie in 5 out of the 6 finals.
The team have completed their final training camp before heading off to Europe where they train in Ghent before competing at the first of 2 pre-worlds tournaments in August. Mitchell stated ‘We have been in serious training of 12+ hours a week since last September, not to mention plenty of tournaments and national training camps. Our last domestic training camp was at the beginning of July in Hamilton. Now it’s just the hard work of early morning paddle sessions in the cold and gym in the evenings.’ The world championships are being held in Syracuse, Italy 31 August – 2 September.