NZ Teams compete at 2014 World Championships

New Zealand Canoe Polo teams ranked amongst the best in the world. 29 September 2014 New Zealand Canoe Polo teams have completed their month-long campaign finishing amongst the best in the world at the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Thury-Harcourt, France. The championships which attracts 600 athletes and 50,000 spectators is dominated by strong European teams who regularly rank in the top five and this year was no different. New Zealand teams, however, managed to squeeze into the standings lifting their profile again this time around and showing that they are a force to be reckoned with. 70-410 MB2-703 The New Zealand men’s team, Paddle Blacks, went into the competition with a world ranking of 13, and are now ranked 7thfrom their hard-fought campaign. The women’s team, Paddle Ferns, cemented their position as top four in the world, as did the under-21 men’s team, Junior Paddle Blacks. The under-21 women’s teamwere the only medallists bringing home a bronze medal for their efforts. Teams left New Zealand at the beginning of September to attend weekend tournaments in the Netherlands, France and Belgium before heading to the main event in Normandy, France.The level of competition prior to the tournament helped New Zealand in its quest for medals. Despite the high rankingsthe teams need more elite competition and the lack of opportunity was summed up well by the bronze medal-winning captain Sophie Winton who believed all teams benefited from the experience. “In Europe, the teams have so many tournaments throughout the year compared to us, we’ve got less than five”, she said. Teams will start arriving back in the country within the next fortnight for the start of the local canoe polo season looking to impart knowledge,share new skills and train hard for the next big event. The teams are below. NZ Paddle Ferns (Women) Tania Dugdale (captain) – Christchurch Megan Juno – Palmerston North Erin Bolton – Palmerston North Emma Hicks – Palmerston North Jordan Housiaux – Otaki Hannah Staples – Christchurch Olivia Spencer-Bower – Christchurch Paddle Blacks (men) James Mitchell (captain) – Palmerston North Jed Graham – Christchurch Nevan Hadley – Palmerston North Hamish Dugdale – Christchurch Matt Keong – Palmerston North Conor Sellwood – Palmerston North Luke Dustin – Palmerston North Carl Duncan – Palmerston North NZ under-21 women Sophie Winton (captain) – Hawke’s Bay Britney Rolston – Auckland Stephanie Dryfhout – Palmerston North Lara Pritchard – Wairarapa Sian Fendall – Palmerston North Ella Richardson – Hawke’s Bay Jordan Pfeiler – Waikanae Sarah Ralton – Christchurch Junior Paddle Blacks (under-21 men) Sam Hapeta (captain) – Palmerston North Jordan Hinton – Hawke’s Bay James Gibb – Auckland Jade Johnson – Christchurch Aaron Crabb – Palmerston North Ollie Maassen – Palmerston North Max Whitaker-Mills – Palmerston North Rod McDonald – Auckland

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New Zealand Canoe Polo under-21 team takes bronze at World Championships

New Zealand woke up this morning to the news that the under 21 junior paddle ferns women’s canoe polo team had taken bronze overnight. The junior paddle ferns, captained by Sophie Winton of Hawke’s Bay, narrowly loss against eventual winner France earlier in the day. The final score was 4-2 to France, which was a huge improvement on the 8-1 loss to France that the team had had the day before. The team knew they needed to bring out the big guns for their final to ensure they bought the bronze home. After an epic battle NZ came out on top winning 7-5. The under 21 junior paddle blacks faced Germany in their semi final narrowly missing the bronze and placing 4th. The NZ senior paddle ferns have made it through to the semi finals and face Germany tonight. 200-120 70-461 The NZ senior paddle blacks face the reigning champions the Netherlands tonight. The outcome of this game will see them play for 5/6 or 7/8 late this evening (NZT). You can follow the teams at https://www.facebook.com/nzcanoepoloassoc The team: Junior Paddle Ferns (under -21 women) Sophie Winton (captain) – Hawke’s Bay Sian Fendall – Palmerston North Sarah Ralton – Christchurch Stephaine Dryfhout – Palmerston North Jordyn Phifer – Otaki Lara Pritchard – Wairarapa Britnay Rolstan – Palmerston North Ella Richardson – Hawke’s Bay Nick Burnett – Coach Peter Housiaux – Coach

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New Zealand Canoe Polo under-21 teams to challenge top teams in the World Championships semi final

Both the NZ under 21 mens and womens canoe polo teams

have made it to the semi finals of the World Championships being held in Normandy, France this weekend. The junior paddle ferns, captained by Sophie Winton of Hawke’s Bay, will come up against first ranked France following a hard fought battle against Poland which insured the team a place in the semi finals. The game against Poland was extremely close going goal for goal until the junior paddle ferns got one up and managed to maintain their lead until the final whistle. The junior paddle blacks, captained by Sam Hapeta of Palmerston North, will also face France in their semi final. The junior paddle blacks have had an impressive pre-world tour managing to win the u21 section of both the European Cup and Briezh, and placing 5th at the Poppies tournament in the senior division. The junior paddle blacks played higher ranked Great Brittain yesterday caused an upset and winning 7-5. The senior men and women have pool play games to finish, however, the chances are high of both teams making it through to the semi finals. You can follow the teams at https://www.facebook.com/nzcanoepoloassoc Also information can be found at http://www.canoeicf.com/icf/NewsGallery/News/France-and-Germany-ready-for-a-busy-weekend.html The teams are:

Junior Paddle Blacks (under-21 men)Sam Hapeta (captain) – Palmerston NorthJordan Hinton – Hawke’s BayJames Gibb – AucklandJade Johnson – Christchurch Aaron Crabb – Palmerston North Ollie Maassen – Palmerston North Max Whitaker-Mills – Palmerston North Rod McDonald – Auckland Junior Paddle Ferns (under -21 women)Sophie Winton (captain) – Hawke’s BaySian Fendall – Palmerston NorthSarah Ralton – ChristchurchStephaine Dryfhout – Palmerston North Jordyn Phifer – Otaki Lara Pritchard – Wairarapa Britnay Rolstan – Palmerston North Ella Richardson – Hawke’s Bay  

   

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2013 National League Documents Available

The 2013 National League documents are now available, we apologise for the delay in getting these published.
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Please visit the <a href="http://nzcanoepolo.org.nz/competitions/national-league-championships/">National League page</a> to view the format documents and access the team information document that is required with entry.  Entries close 1st March for A grade and 21st March for B/C grade.
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NZL U21 Women Bronze Medalists

The 2012 Canoe Polo World Championships have come to a close with the New Zealand Teams doing us proud. Three of our four teams made semi finals in their respective categories with the U21 women’s bronze medal being the highlight.
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The U21 ladies played France in a closely fought semi-final early yesterday for a 1 : 2 result in favour of the French. The Kiwi girls did a great job of turning around the disappointment of a loss in the semi to dominate all over the pitch against Great Britain for a 3 : 6 win to secure the bronze medal. Germany went on to claim the U21 title.

The NZ U21 men demonstrated fantastic form in another NZL v. FRA semi-final. The Kiwi’s showed enormous heart in this game against an in form and experienced French side but gave up the win (2 : 1) with the French awarded a goal penalty in the last 15 seconds of the game. The bronze medal match against Germany later in the day also went to the wire with a one all scoreline at full time. The Kiwi U21s again demonstrated exciting and skillful polo to match the game hardened Germans but conceded the win in sudden death.

Today the senior women faced the 2010 World Champions Great Britain in the semi-final. The NZ ladies played a fantastic team game against the reigning world champs but  conceded the game 4 : 3. Australia also lost their semi-final to Germany ensuring trans tasman rivalary for the bronze medal match. NZL went down to AUS 2 : 0 in another closely fought contest.
Overall this has been a highly successful championships for the New Zealand squad with our teams demonstrating in tough competition they are right up there with the best in Europe. Huge congratulations to the New Zealand U21 Women’s Team – 2012 World Championships bronze medalists!!300-207

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Oceania Championships

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The Oceania Championships Tournament was hosted by New Zealand at Lake Roto Kohatu, Christchurch during Easter, 29 – 31 March 2013.  Categories included:

U21 Womens

U21 Mens

Veterans (over 30)

Masters (over 45)

Senior Women

Senior Men

 

In winning three of the five categories with sufficient entries, Australia regained the Julian Carter Trophy which has been held by New Zealand for a number of years.  New Zealand will be going all out to get that trophy back in 2015!

 

Full results are:

Final Placings

Mens

1

Aus Mens A

2

NZ Mens A

3

NZ Mens B

4

Aus Mens B

Women

1

Aus Women

2

NZ Womens A

3

NZ Women B

4

NZ WU21 B

5

NZ WU21 A

Youth

1

NZ MU21 A

2

NZ MU21 B

3

Aus U21

Veterans

1

Aus Vets

2

NZ Vets A

3

NZ Vets B

Masters

1

NZ Masters

2

Aus Masters


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2013 Secondary Schools Champs Results

Final results from the 2013 NSSC competition are below, a pat on the back to all the teams that participated and congratulations to those that
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Senior Open Division 1
1st Palmerston North Boys High School
2nd Horowhenua College
3rd Taradale High School
4th St Johns College
5th Hastings Boys High School
6th Wairarapa College
7th Feilding High School
8th Napier Boys High School
9th Onslow College
Senior Open Division 2
1st Havelock North High School
2nd Napier Boys High School
3rd Karamu High School
4th Palmerston North Boys High School
5th Mt Albert Grammar
6th Rongotai College
7th Otaki College
8th Hamilton Boys High School
9th Wellington College
10th Freyberg High School
Senior Girls Division 1
1st Taradale High School
2nd Wairarapa College
3rd Karamu High School
4th Horowhenua High School
Senior Girls Division 2
1st Napier Girls High School
2nd Karamu High School
3rd Horowhenua High School
4th Waikato Diocesan School
5th Palmerston North Girls High School
Junior Open
1st Horowhenua High School
2nd Hastings Boys High School
3rd Karamu High School
4th Palmerston North Boys High School
5th St Johns College
6th Wairarapa College
7th Feilding High School
8th Onslow College
Junior Girls
1st Taradale High School
2nd Karamu High School
3rd Feilding High School
4th Horowhenua College
5th Wairarapa College

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South Island Secondary School Champs

The South Island Secondary School Champs were held in Oamara on August 24 and 25.teststarter Teams from all over the South Island in what was reported to be a great competition. Full results, tournament teams and final results can be found here. siss tourn team male SISS Boys Tournament team from top L-R. Allan McDonald (SBHS), Paul Ritcher (James Hargest), Kevin-Dean Huxtable (Greymouth), Alec Adamson (James Hargest), Ryan O’Connor (Greymouth), Aaron Blyleven (Middleton), Dave Buter (Middleton) and Jeremy Flett (Middleton)   siss tourn team female SISS Girls Tournament team from top L-R. Eleanor Hay (Otago Girls), Anna Flett (James Hargest), Hannah Redman (Middleton), Lydia Nutall (Middleton), Kelly McMillan (Middleton), Katie Flett (James Hargest) and Ella Hall (James Hargest)300-209

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