<h1>South Island Schools Championships</h1>
The 5th New Zealand Canoe Polo South Island Schools Championships are being held at the Splash Palace aquatic centre in Invercargill on 2nd & 3rd August.
Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
School contact information
Category entered – U19 Open, U15 Open, U19 Girls or U15 Girls Player list – include names and dates of birth
Contact details for person in charge of team (phone and email)
* Ages are at 00:00 1/1/2014 Entries close Friday 4th July.
The entry fee of $100 + GST ($115) per team should be paid by direct credited to 02 0876 0048375 00. Please include your schools name as a reference and ensure this is paid by the 4th July. GST invoices can be provided on request.
• Categories may be combined at the discretion of the organisers if required by entry numbers. Should a low number of entries be received, the event may take the form of a mini tournament and player development.
• Teams must only have players from one school.
• The draw will be sent by email to the team contacts and posted on www.canoepolonz.org.nz .
• The pool is booked from 8am – 8pm Saturday and 8am – 3pm Sunday. Depending on entries these hours may be reduced. So please contact me before travel/accommodation is confirmed.
• Hire gear is available from the local Invercargill club @ $5 per player. Payment for gear will be required prior to the first game.
• All teams will be required to assist with duty and refereeing.
• NZCPA rules 2012 will be used, but without the shot clock. (Also no pushing in U15 grade)
• Upper arm covering must be worn – e.g: Rashie, Polyprop top or T-shirt.<a href="http://www.teststarter.com/C4040-109.html">C4040-109</a>
New Zealand Teams will be competing at the 2014 World Championships in Thury-Harcourt, France during September.
See more information on the competition here.
– 30th March. Check out our up and coming stars in action.
European Canoe Polo Cup
6-7 September 2014
The NZ under 21 mens canoe polo team have made it to the finals of the European Cup being held in Assen, Netherlands this weekend as they build up to the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in France at the end of the month.
The team, captained by Sam Hapeta of Palmerston North, will come up against Germany following five wins and one loss in their journey to the finals. Ironically, their only defeat in this competition was against Germany with a loss of 5-2 in their first game of the tournament.
They fared better in theirnext games winning against Sweden 10-0, Denmark 5-4, Lithuania 13-3, Poland 8-4 and a tight semi-final against Netherlands 2-1.
Hapeta is upbeat about their chances in the final saying the team are working well together.
“We were a bit rusty in our first game against Germany. We know they are going to be tough in the final but they are beatable”, Hapeta says. “The other teams are scoring from fast breaks rather than getting through our strong defence and we are definitely playing good New Zealand polo which these European teams are not used to.
New Zealand will play Germany overnight (NZ time).
As an amateur sport, each player has had to fundraise the $8000 cost of attending. Next weekend they play in the Breizh Cup in France, the following weekend at the Poppies Tournament in Belgium before arriving in Normandy, France for the World Championship from 22-29 September.
You can follow the team at https://www.facebook.com/u21juniorpaddleblacks
The team are:
|Junior Paddle Blacks (under-21 men)Sam Hapeta (captain) – Palmerston NorthJordan 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
New Zealand Canoe Polo teams are getting ready to take on the world as they departed for Europe this week. Four teams made up of this country’s finest players will be aiming for a podium finish at the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Thury-Harcourt, France. Canoe Polo is a relatively unknown sport, mainly due to its non-inclusion in Commonwealth or Olympic Games schedules and its lack of television coverage, however, it is a growing sport worldwide with European teams enjoying tournaments most weekends. The sport is a cross between water polo, basketball and kayaking played on a 35m x 23m court with a goal suspended at each end. Teams are made up of up to eight players, with five on the court at any one time. The object of the game is to pass the ball to your players and score as many goals as possible, all the time being jostled by the other team. It all comes down to tactics and positional play. New Zealand has long been sending teams to the World Championships which are held every two years. Its women’s team is currently ranked fourth and men ranked fifth in the world. In 2012, an under-21 men’s
NZCPA would like to congratulate the following players who have been selected to represent NZ at the World Champs in France during September.
Tania Dugdale (Captain)
NZ U21 Women
Sophie Winton (Captain)
Well done ladies.
Vikings Black – A Grade Open Champions for 2014
Congratulations to Viking Black in continuing with the strong performance seen over the previous two rounds to win this year’s National League Open title.
Also congratulations to Generation Y who after many years of knocking on the door managed to topple the mighty Valkyries to take out the Women’s title.
The weekend saw some great games of a high standard and a few “upsets” along the way. Full results are posted on the National League page.
Top Scorers over the weekend:
No 1 Viking Development 14
No 1 Viking Gold 13
No 4 Viking Gold 13
No 3 Hurricanes 11
No 10 Avengers 10
noting that first 9 games were not recorded against players.