Underwater Hockey World Championships

The New Zealand Women’s Elite with their silver medals.

The New Zealand Women’s Elite with their silver medals.

The New Zealand Women’s and Men’s Elite underwater hockey teams travelled to Stellenbosch, South Africa in March for the Underwater Hockey World Championships. The Women’s Elite were the defending champions and competition was fierce. The women came out top in their pool to head into the quarter-finals, with the men also making the quarters.

The men played later that day against rivals Great Britain, after a strong battle, lost 5–4 and came out 5th overall.

The women won their quarter-final match-up, playing France in the semi-finals, and again had a very strong game, winning 7–0 to put themselves into the final against home- and host-nation South Africa. In a close final match up, the Kiwis fought hard to an even score of 3–3, but with five minutes to go South Africa scored a 4th goal that the Kiwis couldn’t match.

With a final score of 4–3 to South Africa, the women came away with silver medals – a huge accomplishment – and are happy that they played such a great game of hockey in the final.

Elite Men:

  1. Australia
  2. Turkey
  3. Great Britain
  4. Colombia
  5. NZ

Elite Women:   

  1. South Africa
  2. NZ
  3. France