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Newsletter: April - 2012

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“EVERYBODY IS WATCHING - LETS TAKE IT TO A NEW LEVEL” Welcome  to  another  hockey  season  and  the  Gold  Coast  Hockey   Academy’s  first  newsle8er  for  2012.  With  the  second  year  upon  us   at  the  Academy  our  key  priority  is  to  strive  for  conBnual   improvement  within  our  programs  and  services  to  enable  all   members  with  opportunity  to  reach  their  aspiraBons. Most  are  now  familiar  with  the  Academy  model  and  Ber  program.   The  Academy’s  mission  is  both  simple  and  achievable  –  to  unite  all   players  from  all  clubs  in  pursuit  of  excellence.  It  is  also  a  priority  of   ours  to  ensure  the  Academy  provides  “something  for  everyone.”   With  this  in  mind  a  focus  is  to  conBnue  to  source  top  quality   matches  for  our  members  to  view  that  were  once  confined  to  capital   ciBes;  extend  training  programs  to  all  age  groups  inclusive  of   veterans;  provide  fitness  classes  to  our  members  and  parents  with   access  to  the  Academy  gymnasium;  and  of  course  provide   professional  learning  experiences  for  coaches  from  all  clubs  to   conBnue  to  develop  their  skills  with  the  newly  formed  “coaches   club”  under  the  direcBon  of  Brent  Livermore  promoBng  knowledge   sharing.  It  is  pleasing  to  see  already  this  year  the  number  of  players  that   have  commi8ed  to  Ber  1,  2  and  3  squads.  Tier  1  is  intense  and   focuses  on  high  performance  hockey  whilst  Ber  2  challenges  our   junior  club  players  to  work  towards  becoming  a  Ber  one  player  in  the   future.  Tier  3  encompasses  representaBve  hockey  and  this  season  is   now  upon  us.  RepresentaBve  numbers  are  growing  by  the  week.   2012  saw  record  numbers  represent  the  Gold  Coast  and  this  year   looks  just  as  epic  with  our  junior  teams  currently  training  showing   enthusiasm  and  clientele  to  enter  two  teams  per  age  group.  

Have you got what it takes to put words into actions?

This  coming  weekend  sees  our  senior  men’s  and  women’s  teams   compeBng  in  the  state  Btles  in  Brisbane.  We  wish  them  luck  in  their   pursuit  of  a  medal  and  acknowledge  and  commend  their   commitment  to  Gold  Coast  Hockey.   There  has  been  change  implemented  within  the  state  Btle  model   from  HQ  this  year  with  the  abolishment  of  premier  league  and  the   incepBon  of  super  league  –  whereby  the  la8er  will  see  Gold  Coast   merge  with  Tweed  Border  to  form  the  best  regional  team  in  men’s   and  women’s  hockey  to  compete  at  the  state  hockey  centre  in   Brisbane  in  June.  This  will  determine  who  the  number  one  zone  is  in   Queensland  in  men’s  and  women’s  hockey. For  those  sBll  unsure  about  taking  up  Academy  membership  I   encourage  you  to  contact  Academy  Administrator  Malcom  Rickard  to   gain  a  greater  insight  to  what  Academy  program  suits  you.  All   programs  operate  under  the  direcBon  of  Olympic  Gold  Medallist   Brent  Livermore  and  the  growth  in  all  players  within  the  first  year  of   operaBon  has  been  excepBonal. The  Academy  offers  personalised  technical  development  by   accredited  coaches  to  enhance  player  and  team  performance  in   addiBon  to  fitness  and  strength  and  condiBoning. Enjoy  the  reading  that  follows  that  showcases  the  talent  and  hard   work  of  many  academy  members  that  have  achieved  and   represented  our  associaBon  with  pride  at  recent  naBonal  and   internaBonal  tournaments.  Their  stories  typify  the  Academy  values   that  are  embedded  into  their  daily  training  and  pracBce  to  ensure   both  personal  and  sporBng  success. Sue  Dalton  -­‐  Academy  Director

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Gold Coast Hockey Academy News til April 2012

If EXCELLENCE is possible, GOOD is not enough

Coaches Club

Throughout  2012  the  GC  Hockey  Academy  has  an  iniBaBve  to  build   coaches  knowledge,  resources  and  support  to  ensure  we  can  all  help   develop  the  players  with  the  similar  language  and  coaching   strategies. To  date  we  have  had  2  sessions  which  have  been  of  huge  success   with  strong  supporBve  messages  that  we  are  all  learning  from.   Coaches  Club  is  for  anyone  who  would  like  to  listen,  learn  or  provide   input  in  a  relaxed  environment  where  everyone  is  encouraged  to  ask   or  discuss  there  ideas.

GC Academy Gym and Fitness Program The  Academy  is  fortunate  to  have  amazing  faciliBes  for  the  athletes  and   all  members.  

The  Academy  Athletes  train  condiBoning,  strength,  power,  injury  rehab   and  prevenBon  in  the  Academy  gym  on  a  Monday,  Tuesday  and  Thursday   We  can  all  learn  from  each  other  and  this  is  a  perfect  secng  for  us  all   adernoon  from  4.30pm to  share  ideas  and  strategies  for  both  on  field  and  off  field  endeavors. Fitnance  Traineeships  for  all  year  10,  11  and  12  Students  is  available  for   Please  come  along  to  our  next  session  which  will  be  17th  May. Cert  3  and  Cert  4  in  Fitnance.  Fitnance  are  running  programs  Thursdays   for  the  traineeships  but  are  looking  to  grow  this  in  2012/2013. Club  Fitness  and  Members  Gym  Memberships  are  available  -­‐  please   contact  the  Academy  for  more  info  on  this  if  you  are  interested.

Level 1 - Coach Accreditation It’s  that  Bme  of  the  year  again.  Time  to  get  your  club  and  training  into   gear  for  2012. On  the  16th  and  17th  of  February  2012  -­‐  GCHA  and  Brent  Livermore   held  a  Level  1  Coaching  AccreditaBon  Course  at  GCHA  Hockey   Complex.  It  was  open  to  anyone  who  is  wishing  to  learn  more  about   coaching  and  would  like  to  become  an  accredited  coach  through   Hockey  Australia.

Personal  Training A8enBon  Hockey  Mum’s  and  Dad’s: Don’t  let  your  kids  have  all  the  fun  at  Hockey……why  not  kill  two  birds   No  previous  accreditaBon  was  required  to  a8end.    This  is  for  Coaches,   with  the  one  stone,  by  joining  our  new….. Parents  and  Athletes.  It  was  aligned  with  the  HA  iniBaBve  and  is  a   criBcal  KPI  for  the  program.  The  extension  the  GC  Hockey  Academy  is   PARENTS  FITNESS  TRAINING          and  /  or  MUMS  MORNING  BOOTCAMP. providing  to  this  is  the  ongoing  Coaches  Club. Get  fi8er,  faster  and  stronger  at  the  same  Bme  your  children  are  training   at  the  newly  formed  Gold  Coast  Hockey  Gym.  Training  will  include  boot-­‐   As  menBoned  above  the  newly  formed  coaches  club  has  been   established  this  year  for  coaches  to  meet  monthly  to  discuss  local   camp,  circuit  and  general  fitness  training  designed  to  help  you  lose   issues  and  developments  in  Hockey. weight,  tone  up  and  get  stronger!! All  parBcipaBng  coaches  will  be  invited  to  be  part  of  this  iniBaBve   which  is  aimed  at  fostering  and  improve  our  sport  for  all  members.   Well  done  to  all  that  have  a8ended.  To  date  we  have  20  Coaches  on   the  pathway  to  Level  1  AccreditaBon.  

COST:  only  $100  for  10  SESSIONS!              (Valid  for  12  weeks) PARENTS  FITNESS  TRAINING Tuesday,  Wednesday  and  Thursday  adernoons. 4:30pm  session  finishing  at  5:15pm 5:25pm  session  finishing  at  6:10pm MUMS  MORNING  BOOTCAMP Monday    and  Wednesday  mornings  at  9.15  am Ader  school  drop  off  sessions. CONTACT:  For  further  informaBon  contact           Ma8  Lomas  –  0400  345  129                                         mdlomas@hotmail.com                                               (Fully  qualified  personal  trainer)

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Gold Coast Hockey Academy News til April 2012 General administration Welcome  back  to  the  new  season  of  Hockey.  Our  inaugural  year  proved  to  be  an  exciBng  start  to  the  academy  programme  culminaBng  in  5  state   premiership  wins.  This  season  we  hope  to  build  on  this  success  by  broadening  the  Academy  Programs  and  offering  addiBonal  services  that  will  be   available  to  all  GCHA  members. Ader  years  without  usage  of  the  co8age,  we  have  now  moved  the  Academy  in,  providing  us  with  more    Admin  space  ,  meeBng  rooms  and  athlete   faciliBes.  This  will  assist  the  Academy  in  providing  its  members  with  an  even  be8er  support  base..   To  help  celebrate  the  opening  of  the  Academy  Co8age,  we  are  having  a  “house  warming’  this  coming  Friday  Night  11th  May  starBng  at  6.30  pm.   We  invite  all  members  of  GCHA    to  join  us  for  a  sausage  sizzle  and  a  short  presentaBon  by  Brent  Livermore  on  the  aims  and  direcBon  of  the   Academy.  Again  on  the  Saturday  morning  we  invite  members  to  join  us  for  a  sausage  sizzle  on  the  lawn  in  front  of  the  Academy  Co8age. This  year  sees  the  introducBon  of  traineeships  in  partnership  with  the  Fitnance  organisaBon,  which  provides  athletes  with  the  opportunity  to  gain   Cert  3  and  4  in  personal  fitness  and  training.    The  Gold  Coast  centre  acts  as  the  campus  for  these  traineeships  and  they  contribute  towards  their   OP  equivalent.  We  anBcipate  that  more  athletes  will  be  encouraged  to  parBcipate  in  these  traineeships  in  the  years  ahead  and  take  advantage  of   the  faciliBes  we  have  at  the  centre. Our  Gym  program    was  established  last  year  and  uBlised  by  our  Tier  1  athletes  as  part  of  our  agenda    to  provide  “one  stop  shop”  training  to  our   athletes  in  both  skills  and  fitness.  Our  Fitnance  students  are  playing  an  acBve  role  in    help  improve  the  Gym  faciliBes  and  will  be  the  future   trainers  of  our  up  and  coming  younger  athletes  .   In  addiBon,  our  qualified  personal  trainer  Ma8  Lomas  is  offering  classes  for  players  ,  parents  and  other  interested  people  wishing  to  get  fit  with   Gym  sessions,  coinciding  with  junior  trainings  schedules  and  games.  We  encourage  all  members  to  take  advantage  of  these  faciliBes  as  we  grow   the  equipment  and  offer  more  sessions  to  a  wider  secBon  of  our  members  and  their  friends. The  Coaching  Club  has  been  established  this  year  and  two  sessions  have  been  completed,  as  well  as  our  program  for  level  one  coaching  courses.   These  courses  and  the  Coaching  club  have  been  established  to  offer  a  higher  level  of  coaching  knowledge  to  our  Gold  Coast  club  and   representaBve  coaches  and  managers. These  sessions  have  proved  valuable  for  both  new  and  seasoned  coaches  and  we  encourage  all  coaches  to  get  involved  with  this  iniBaBve. Our  rep  programme  has  begun  and  we  are  encouraging  all  our  athletes  to  parBcipate  as  we  nominate  teams  in  all  age  groups  for  the  respecBve   State  Titles  and  regional  championships.  Where  we  have  the  interest  in  the  respecBve  age  groups,    two  or  more  teams  will  be  sent. Brent,  Craig  and  Drew  are  working  with  the  appointed  coaches  in  developing  the  teams  and  Academy  Tier  programs  ,in  order  to  perform  well  and   be  great  ambassadors  of  our  AssociaBng  at  the  various  state  championships  and  carnivals. We  invite  and  encourage  all  junior  players  to  parBcipate  in  the  Academy  and  extend  the  invitaBon  to  come  along  and  trial  with  us  so  we  can   discuss  opportuniBes  for  individual  athletes  regardless  of  their  level  and  development  stage. The  aim  of  the  Academy  remains  targeted  at  providing  a  broad  training  scope  for  our  aspiring  athletes  as  they  reach  for  their  goals  .  Good  luck  to   all  our  athletes  as  they  strive  for  their  goals  in  2012. Mal  Rickard.

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GC ACADEMY - TIER 1

GC HOCKEY ACADEMY COTTAGE HOUSE WARMING BBQ AND INFO EVENING Boxes are unpacked Rooms decorated Fridge & pantry stocked & we want you to celebrate with us Friday 11th may 6.00pm – 10.00pm Saturday 12th may 9.00am – 12.00noon

Sausage sizzle Drop in for Dinner or Breakfast Check out our new Home

Great conversation All welcome Come & catch up on what we are all about

We  are  well  onto  way  for  the  season  2012.   For  some  of  us  who  played  in  the  World   Series  Hockey  have  already  played  a  season   of  14  games  in  1  month,  it  was  a  good   preseason  to  lid  the  spirit  for  season  2012   proper. Ader  the  successful  2011,  it  is  now  Bme  for   us  all  to  raise  the  bar  and  not  be  saBsfied   with  short  term  success  as  it  can  camouflage   key  areas  that  need  to  be  improved  for  long   term  success.  We  should  always  strive  for   bigger  and  be8er,  and  this  means  someBmes   looking  within,  being  innovaBve  and  stepping   outside  our  comfort  zone. Therefore  since  returning  to  the  Academy   from  India  all  coaches  and  staff  will  look   forward  to  some  challenging  Bme  ahead  and   we  will  focus  on  bringing  the  athletes  on  the   journey  as  they  strive  to  develop  and  achieve   with  the  RepresentaBve  Season  fast   approaching.

GC ACADEMY TIER 2, 3 AND TIER V Since  well  before  the  start  of  the  season  Tier   2  squads  have  been  going  strong.  While  most   have  been  relaxing  and  thinking  of  how  rusty   the  first  few  weeks  of  the  season  will  be,   some  have  shown  their  true  commitment  to   the  goals  they  want  to  achieve  this  year  in   the  U11,  U13  and  U15  age  groups.  Of  late,   this  commi8ed  group  of  players  (they  know   who  they  are)  has  really  started  to  shine  in   their  respecBve  age  groups,  to  the  point   where  at  even  such  an  early  stage  in  the   season,  rep  selectors,  parents  and  general   supporters  are  noBcing  a  general  lid  in  the   game  quality  across  the  board.  Promising   signs  for  the  upcoming  representaBve   season!

Over the next month or so I plan to have all members of the GC Hockey Academy assessed in both physical and skill attributes, and by combining this with match assessment we will focus on developing areas that a deficient more prominently here on the Coast. My personal focus is to raise all levels and standards to ensure members are challenged and pushed which will build a toughness and resilience for all ages. Already in 2012 we have had some strong representation in U18s Nationals, Aust Schoolboys Trip and Aust Country Tour. This is a credit to the players involved and also the players who help them in training. Well done, please enjoy their stories in this newsletter. Also throughout this next period our focus will be to support the coaches in completing the Level 1 Accreditation and along the way support the club members with coaching and playing resources to share the messages. Lets dig deep and support each other.

 Brent  Livermore  OAM  -­‐  Head  Coach  Director already  ader  only  one  week  of  training  we   have  had  a  record  number  of  veteran  players   show  up  to  either  sessions  on  Monday   adernoon  or  Tuesday  morning.  The   commitment  and  pure  open  mindedness  to   absorb  absolutely  everything  thrown  at  them   is  outstanding  and  it’s  great  to  see  that   compeBBve  spark  in  everyone  fire  up  more   and  more. TIER  3

That  Bme  of  the  year  has  come  around  again   so  fast,  representaBve  tournaments  are   bearing  down  on  us  with  only  seven  weeks   unBl  the  first  game  of  the  QLD  U13s   tournament  and  U15s  being  one  week  later.   The  word  has  slowly  spread  through  every   club  that  this  year  we  want  to  have  as  much   The  pressure  has  been  put  on  us  here  at  the   of  a  presence  as  possible  at  every   academy  now  to  expand  even  more.  The   tournament.  All  tournaments  are  relaBvely   feeling  in  the  air  is  that  the  other  junior   close  by  this  year,  the  player  base  is  there   players  don’t  want  these  current  Tier  2   and  the  skill  is  definitely  there,  so  the  target   players  to  have  all  of  the  spot  light.  New   is  to  have  2  teams  go  each  tournament.  Most   faces  are  coming  out  of  the  woodwork  and   people  will  agree  that  these  are  the   are  eager  to  improve.  For  those  who  are  sBll   tournaments  and  experiences  that  sBck  with   considering  it,  now  is  the  Bme  to  come  and   you  forever  so  we  want  to  give  as  many   join  these  new  faces.  For  Gold  Coast  hockey  it   people  as  possible  the  opportunity  to  put  on   can  only  be  a  good  thing,  let’s  see  what   the  black  and  gold  and  represent  the  Gold   you’re  all  capable  of! Coast  in  the  best  way  they  can.  Squad   numbers  are  sBll  growing  at  each  Thursday   TIER  V session  for  both  age  groups  and  final   selecBon  is  sBll  a  while  out,  there  a  whole   As  the  saying  goes,  ‘you  can’t  teach  an  old   heap  of  players  indicaBng  why  they  should  be   dog  new  tricks’.  Well  apparently  you  can   given  the  representaBve  honour.   because  the  veterans  of  the  Gold  Coast   AssociaBon  are  showing  up  in  droves  to   sharpen  up  their  skills  once  again  before  their   upcoming  tournaments.  Interest  was  first   acted  upon  late  last  year  for  this  concept  and  

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CHAMPIONS! U18S WOMENS NATIONALS

U18S QLD MEN FINISH 4TH Gold  Coast  was  fortunate  to  have  4  players  represenBng  QLD   in  the  U18s  NaBonals  in  Brisbane  throughout  April. Corey  Piggin,  Corey  Weyer,  and  Labrador  BHL  Players  Josh   Myno8  and  Sco8  Harbison  were  also  part  of  the  team.  Due  to   unfortunate  injury  to  Luke  Tyne,  he  had  to  pull  out  with   ruptured  ligaments  in  his  ankle. Former  Gold  Coaster,  Kyle  Gildea  recently  moved  to   Melbourne  was  at  the  tournament  represenBng  Victoria. Queensland,  who  where  quite  a  young  team  performed   gallantly  -­‐    finishing  in  a  disappoinBng  4th  posiBon.  They  say   they  are  disappointed  based  on  the  last  game  against  WA.  As   they  felt  they  should  have  won  the  bronze,  as  Vic  and  NSW   where  the  standout  teams. New  South  Wales  have  defeated  Victoria  (5-­‐3)  in  a  Bght   contest  at  the  State  Hockey  Center  Brisbane  today  to  take  out   the  U18  NaBonal  Championships.    The  hard  fought  game  was   between  the  two  most  dominant  teams  of  the  week,  New   South  Wales  and  Victoria.

The  Queensland  Under  18  Girls  recently  travelled  to  newcastle   to  compete  in  the  NaBonal  Titles.   Brooke  Anderson  and  Madeleine  James  were  part  of  the   victorious  QLD  Womens  side  who  were  crowned  champions.

Queensland  was  defeated  by  Western  Australia  (4-­‐1)  in  the   bronze  medal  match  earlier  in  the  day.  

Brooke  and  Maddie  said,  “  this  must  be  be4er  than  winning   Olympic  Gold  in  Athens.” Ader  arriving  we  didn't  waste  any  Bme  gecng  in  to  the   compeBBon  with  a  tough  first  phase  taking  on  the  top  3  teams   of  2011,  losing  only  to  the  slick  New  South  Wales  side  1-­‐0.  Ader   a  tesBng  start  we  conBnued  on  to  the  finals  remaining   undefeated,  finishing  top  of  the  table  at  the  end  of  the  round-­‐ robin.   We  then  took  on  South  Australia  in  the  semi  final  and  came   away  with  a  convincing  4-­‐0  win,  leaving  us  in  a  great  posiBon  to   take  on  the  second  placed  Victoria  in  the  final.  Ader  two   disappoinBng  finals  losses  to  the  Vics  in  2010  and  2011  we   were  determined  to  get  on  top  this  year.  The  Queensland   Under  18  Girls  defeated  the  Victorians  convincingly  6-­‐1  in  the   final.   The  win  is  a  credit  to  the  efforts  of  both  the  coaching  staff  and   players.  We  are  both  extremely  proud  to  have  been  part  of  the   winning  side.  

U18  Men  NaBonal  Championship  Final  Day  Scores NSW  4  VIC  3 WA  4  QLD  1 TAS  6  SA  3 NT  6  ACT  2 Final  Placing   1  NSW 2  VIC 3  WA 4  QLD 5  TAS 6  SA 7  NT 8  ACT PAST/  CURRENT  CHAMPIONS:   Debbie  Bowman  Sullivan • Born 4th July • As captain, she led the Australian Womens team to Olympic gold in Seoul in 1988. • HQLD Hall of Fames 2008 • Debbie has achieved her level 3 coaching accreditation.

Brooke  &  Maddie  x  

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COMMITTMENT - Courage to set goals and do whatever it takes to succeed.

AUSTRALIAN U16’S ALLSCHOOLS TOUR TO EUROPE. March  2012  saw  2  of  our  Gold  Coast  Hockey  Academy  Tier  1  Seniors  parBcipate  in  an  Adventure  of  a  life  Bme,  doing  what  they  love  and  only   something  that  we  dream  of. Corey  Piggin  and  Joel  Schaefer  were  selected  in  the  Australian  U16  School  Boys  Hockey  Team,  as  their  luck  would  have  it  they  were  provided   the  opportunity  to  Tour  Europe,  they  visited  places  such  as  France,  Belgium,  Germany  and  The  Netherlands,  to  play  against  some  of  the  world’s   best  U18  junior  players. “It  was  an  experience  of  a  lifeCme  and  I  can’t  wait  to  tour  again  if  given  the  opportunity”  stated  Corey  Piggin  “and  I  thank  everyone  that  helped   me  get  there”     “To  play  against  great  teams  like  the  Belgium  team,  provided  me  with  further  skills  and  confidence  on  the  hockey  field  and  the  friends  I  made   will  last  a  lifeCme” Corey  felt  “The  way  they  got  the  ball  and  gave  the  ball  was  really  impressive,  they  used  their  players  a  lot  more  than  we  do.    They  seemed  to   have  good  Hockey  Heads  (knowledge  of  the  game)  they  knew  how  to  uClise  each  other  to  achieve  the  end  result.” Joel  stated  that  “I  matured  as  a  player  and  a  person;  it  was  a  fantasCc  opportunity  to  be  able  to  take  in  the  other  cultures  surroundings  and   lifestyles” “It  was  really  good,  it  was  a  different  style  of  hockey  compared  to  what  we  are  used  to”,  he  said  “They  transfer  the  ball  a  lot  so  the  game  play   was  much  faster.      It  was  more  physical  than  what  we  are  used  to  from  playing  kids  of  our  own  age.” Joel  wanted  to  say  “Thanks  heaps  to  my  mum,  because  without  her  support  and  fundraising  this  opportunity  would  never  have  arisen.” According  to  the  boys  the  Belgium  team  were  the  European  Champions  in  2011  and  whilst  they  had  several  new  players  in  the  team,  the  new   squad  depth  was  sBll  of  a  very  high  standard. Unfortunately  the  boys  were  unsuccessful  against  France  and  Belgium  losing  by  one  goal  in  each  match;  however  the  boys  weren’t  going  to   stop  there,  coming  out  and  beaBng  both  Germany ��and  Netherlands  towards  the  end  of  the  tour.       CongratulaBons  boys  on  a  great  tour  and  we  wish  you  the  best  of  luck  in  your  future  hockey  endeavours. Australia  v  France  –  Match  1  result:    3-­‐2  &  Match  2  result:    2-­‐1 Australia  v  Belgium  –  Match  3  result:    3-­‐4 Australia  v  Netherlands  –  Match  4  result:    6-­‐2   Australia  v  Germany  –  Match  5  result:  3-­‐4,      Match  6  result:  4-­‐1  

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COMMITTMENT - Courage to set goals and do whatever it takes to succeed.

INAUGRAL WORLD SERIES HOCKEY EVENT - INDIA 2012

From the first time I heard of World Series Hockey (WSH) and then subsequently signing on for it, I have always believed that this is an idea whose time had come. Hockey as a sport is inherently attractive to watch and we all enjoy the spectacle that 2 time each olympiad, either for the Olympic or Commonwealth Games. All it needed was the vision and financial backing to create a sustainable ecosystem, which I believe World Series Hockey will do. The experience in World Series Hockey has been further fortified post tournament after the exposure to the inaugural WSH with the Chennai Cheetahs. Everything was organized professionally, as athletes we were treated like professionals and had endless support from our franchise owner Mr. Nanwani - Granite Mine Owner. For the first time as an elite hockey player we were treated like super stars on and off the field. I enlightened it to the a NBA Basketballer - road trips, 5-6 star hotels, massage and recovery with the supporters culture and passion overflowing everyday in the media for the past 3 months but more so the 32 days of the tournament. As a franchise - the Chennai Cheetahs – should have been a strong for the league title simply because of the experience of our management staff and team list. With Spaniard Jose Brasa, we have a coach who is not only internally renowned, but also knows the local conditions extremely well having been coach of the Indian team. The franchise owner Mr Nanwani is a passionate hockey fan and it was both exciting and pressurizing having to play for a privately owned franchise. In the last decade, Indian hockey has dropped off a bit. The WSH will help revive the sport in the country and for the future of the game in India and around the Globe. From my expereince in the past and during the league I noticed from close quarters the Indian players. The potential, and skill levels, of individual players here is really good. They play with passion and their ball control is amazing. Personally I am very excited to be a part of this tournament. With the rules being tweaked to make hockey more attractive, it will not only be exciting for the players, but from the viewer point of view as well it was thoroughly entertaining. TV Viewership alone for the first 4 weeks out 5 weeks topped 32 million, surpassing English Premier League Soccer and other sport during that period. It was equal to the IPL Cricket. For the Chennai Cheetah, we possibly underperformed, finishing 6th position but could have been in third position and into the finals if we had have won our last game in Mumbai. It was a game we dominated with 9 PCA’s for the match with no conversion when we where striking at 50%. WSH was a huge success with 327 goals from 62 matches that were all played live on TV 6 hours per day for the month. And being olympic year all the players look forward to the next edition. Truely an experience of a lifetime and we all look forward to Series 2.

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HOCKEYZONE - HOCKEY ON TV WEEKLY

COACHES CLUB Slowly but surely we are building the next level of coaches in supporting all those interested in the Coaches Club for 2012. To date we have had 2 casual discussions and meetings to kickstart the program in 2012.

Hockey Zone - TV4ME - Thursdays at 7:30pm Catch all the latest happenings in and around the Brisbane "Hockey Zone" on digital TV. It's broadcast all over Australia on Thursdays at 7:30pm (Qld Time) on TV4ME. Broadcast by the Seven Network, most digital television sets will be capable of receiving this free to air digital channel. If your's doesn't have a digital tuner then you'd better get yourself a Set Top Box! In Brisbane, TV4ME is on Channel 74. In other areas TV4ME is broadcast on Channel 64. If you miss Hockey Zone on Thursday night, the program is also broadcast at other times. Check the 4ME TV Guide for those times, eg Fri 3:30pm & Sat 9:00am (Qld Time) - do check your local guide too! Hockey Zone Website Find out more about Hockey Zone simply by visiting the Hockey Zone TV Website where you'll find details of the program and links to other sites. There are also links to YouTube where segments of the show are regularly posted. On YouTube you'll be able to select a segment to watch and enjoy at your leisure

It has been a huge success with some great discussion and conversation in and around the game. Our focus is to chat about many things, on field, off field, tech bench awareness, injury and first aid, leadership, team culutre; just to name a few. It is a key fact and part of the education for coaches, players and parents that, each teacher is speaking a similar language with similar key messages whilst coaching. This will assist in going along way to build consistency and knowledge about the way we play. Please feel free to come on down and be part of the Club. Next session: Hope to see you there. MAY 17TH 3RD COACHES CLUB SEMINAR : Topics to be Covered: On Turf/ Practical Tech Bench Awarenes - (TBC by Karen Feckner) Manager Responsibility Coaches Manual/ Handbook Risk Management/ Injury All Coaches, Rep Coaches and Managers to be present prior to Rep Season also.

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AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY TEAM TOUR TO ASIA. From  the  15th  Bl  29th  of  April,  Emma   Walter  of  the  Gold  Coast  Hockey  Academy   travelled  with  the  Australian  Womens   Country  Team  on  a  tour  of  Thailand  and   Malaysia. Both  the  Mens  and  Womens  Australian   Country  team  had  the  opportunity  to  play   a  3  test  series  with  the  Thailand  NaBonal   Squad  who  were  preparing  for  the  Asia   Cup. Emma  played  8  matches  whilst  on  tour  and   with  a  huge  success  was  undefeated. As  a  tour  it  was  not  just  hockey  as  some  of   the  highlights  away  from  the  Hockey  pitch   was  the  experience  in  visiBng  local  markets   which  were  of  many  kinds  including  the   floaBng  markets  and  night  markets  of   Thailand.  Always  a  Bme  for  plenty  of   shopping  and  indulging  in  the  local  culture   and  cuisine. When  on  tour  they  had  the  opportunity  to   visit  the  NaBonal  Parks,  small  village  in   Malaka,  2hrs  from  Kuala  Lumpur. The  games  against  the  U21’s  and  NaBonal   Development  side  were  played  in  extreme   temperatures  of  45  degrees  or  on  other   days  in  lightning  storms. Whilst  in  Kuala  Lumpur  as  tourist  shopping   was  a  key  past  Bme  one  day  they  got   caught  up  in  the  KL  Street  Riots. A  few  adventurous  nights  of  partying  in  the   karaoke  bars,  night  clubs  and  the  fun  of   tuktuk  rides.


UP AND COMING COMPETITION OVERVIEW U13S GOLD COAST 2012

U15S GOLD COAST 2012

Under 13 girls The under 13 girls will this year be heading to Bundaberg to contest the state titles. Following on from a strong performance finishing 5th last year the girls will again be pushing for top spot. Strong southern cross results have the Gold Coast team primed for a shot at the title.

U15  Girls This  year  the  U15  Girls  state  championship  takes  us  just   a  li8le  way  north  to  the  Sunshine  Coast.  Based  on  last   year  the  Gold  Coast  lead  into  the  compeBBon  ranked   fourth  and  the  main  threats  will  again  come  from   Brisbane,  Toowoomba  and  Tweed  Heads.  The  squad   unfortunately  has  lost  a  large  amount  of  the  experience   from  last  year  due  to  players  moving  out  of  the  age   group,  this  has  been  replaced  by  the  fresh  talent  coming   through  from  the  U13  team  and  the  overall   improvement  of  the  current  squad  members.  This  year   the  main  goal  is  to  again  make  the  semi  finals  and  then   take  aim  at  the  main  contenders  to  push  them  off  the   top.

The under 13 girls have already been to Sunshine Coast for their first day of southern cross. Under the guidance of stand-in coach Craig Bigham the girls played well going down to Tweed and Ipswich and getting a win over Sunshine Coast. The girls now have another southern cross carnival in the build up to the state championships in Bundaberg in June.

Under 13 boys With a large number of last years representative side still available the under 13 boys have top spot certainly in their sights. Last year the boys came in 4th and the boys this year are confident they can push for the title when they travel to Wawrick in June. The competition for spots has been strengthen by good performances of players coming into the age group and Selections will be very tough.

U15  Boys This  year  the  Gold  Coast  U15  Boys  team  one  again  lead   into  their  state  championship  ranked  first.  Ader  two   fantasBc  years  at  the  top  the  pressure  is  on  to  make  it  a   third  Btle  in  as  many  years.  The  challenge  this  year  is   even  bigger  due  to  a  large  reshuffle  of  players  moving   out  of  the  age  group  making  way  for  the  fresh  players   who  are  developing  their  strength  more  with  every   training  session.  The  tournament  this  year  is  in   Maryborough  and  our  team  will  most  likely  see  Brisbane   as  the  biggest  challenge  in  their  path  to  their  first  goal  of   making  the  semi  finals.

The boys travel to sunshine coast this weekend for Coulter shield games in the lead up to their state titles to be held in Wawrick. Numbers have been very good at training for both teams but we are always looking for more as we have high hopes of sending a second team to both championships.

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UP AND COMING COMPETITION OVERVIEW OPENS MEN’S AND WOMENS HOCKEY QLD STATE CHAMPS - 2012 With the abolishment of Premier League and inception of Super League this year Gold Cost used this weekend’s state opens titles to expose many younger talented athletes to state titles competition for growth and development. The girls performed admirably and were highly competitive in a very tough top half of the draw in a 12 team competition. After day 1 with two wins over Ipswich and Cairns, the Gold Coast girls topped their pool and progressed through to the next round. On Sunday morning the Coast faced a very tough and experienced Townsville team that ended up overcoming the coast 1 nil in a very entertaining hard fought game. In order to progress through to the final on Monday afternoon the Gold Coast needed to win their afternoon clash by 4 goals against the fancied Sunshine Coast that had a very impressive line up and strong team game. The game was top quality and both teams had many opportunities to score. Karina Curtis was solid in the defensive circle for the Gold Coast and our team play was a highlight, but unfortunately the goals just didn’t come when the opportunities presented. The game ended up a nil all draw which allowed the Sunshine Coast to head through to the final. Disappointing for the Gold Coast team who were close, but good signs ahead for our youth. The team then Drew with tweed on the final day to be placed 5th overall. For the men the competition was normal format with 8 teams in the top division which had Gold Coast pooled in with Townville, Cairnes and Rockhampton. A strong pool and real test for the men who enjoyed the tough competition against the Premier League Teams after the success from last year. After day 1 for the mens, it had resulted in a win and a loss but with a good opportunity to make the semi finals in the crossover. In the opening match against the eventual pool winners and finalist, Townville who come out in match 1 all guns blazing to defeat Gold Coast 4-1. A disappointing opening match which was a scappy standard from the men. In game two Gold Coast took on the reigning winners of last year's premier league. Gold Coast, pushing to make up for Game 1. Gold Coast started with a flyer and went into the lead 2-0, However the 2-0 lead didn't last long as Cairns scored straight after the restart. In the last few minutes of the half Gold Coast were awarded a stroke following Harris being shoved in the back as he shot at goal. Bigham and Harris added another 2 goals which was enough to secure the win 4-2. On Sunday, Gold Coast went in to the third round robin game knowing that they had to win by at least 4 goals in order to make it into the top two of their pool. Craig Bigham opened the scoring after 5 mins and despite a number of opportunities Gold Coast couldn't convert until the last minute when Bigham converted a PC with an impressive drag flick. Unfortunately Gold Coast weren't able to keep the goals going, unable to convert numerous opportunities. Rockhampton managed to claw one back half way through the second half meaning Gold Coast needed to then score 3 goals to make it into the top two. Gold Coast managed to only score one more goal through a Mark Harris pass into the circle which was chipped in by Dan Ginnaw. Gold Coast therefore come up against Toowoomba in the cross over to secure a place in the 5th vs 6th playoff. Gold Coast were intent on winning their game against Toowoomba to ensure they weren't in the relegation match. Mark Harris, true to his normal form, scored in the first three minutes dragging around the keeper and securely tapping it in goal. Reece Buckingham then scored with a chip shot over the keeper before Craig Bigham scored a few minutes before half time through a solo run tomahawk. Returning from the half time break Gold Coast continued the goal scoring run with Joey Reardon converting a PC with a tomahawk before Dan Ginnaw closed of the scoring with Gold Coast's impressive defense keeping Toowoomba goalless and winning 5-0. In the playoff for 5th and 6th, Gold Coast come up against pool opposition, Rockhampton. And in what was a very shaky start, Gold Coast got back on track to eventually claim 5th position with a 3-2 win. Overall a pleasing result but now we have strong belief that we should have been a top 4 team and possibly in the final.

The focus now shifts to the newly formed “super league” for our women and men where the best Gold Coasters will merge with the best from the Tweed to represent the South Coast region in the highest level of competition in the state in Brisbane in June. The competition promises to be exciting and our teams are shaping up to be highly competitive to contest the title. It will be great viewing and we hope the Gold Coast community can get behind our competitors over the course of the weekend from June 9 – 11.

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FITNANCE TO SUPPORT GC HOCKEY ACADEMY

AJenKon  All  Athletes:        re    Cert  lll  and  Cert  1V  in  Fitness  (Personal  Trainer) Gold  Coast  Hockey  Academy  extends  the  opportunity  to  gain  a  qualificaBon  in  the  Fitness  industry. A  newly  formed  partnership  between  Gold  Coast  Hockey  Academy  and  Fitnance  Australia  Pty  Ltd,  will  provide  a  fully   accredited  Cert  lll  in  Fitness.  This  is  an  excepBonal  opportunity  for  high  performance  athletes  to  extend  their  sporBng   achievements  and  at  the  same  Bme  gain  a  valuable  traineeship  within  the  SporBng  Industry. The  accreditaBon  contributes  to  the  Senior  School  cerBficate  providing  8  points  for  the  Cert  lll  and  will  be  Hockey   specific. This  Course  will    involve  the  trainee  spending  Thursday  “at  school”  in  the  Gold  Coast  Academy  Gym,  where  they  will  be   trained  and  paid  by  Fitnance  for  their  day’s  work.  There  is  no  cost  to  the  student  for  this  Traineeship  which  is  valued  at   $1500.  There  is  also  the  opportunity  to  build  your  career  further  by  parBcipaBng  in  the  Cert  lV  Fitness  course  which   qualifies  the  student  as  a  Personal  Trainer.    Year  10,  11  and  12  students  are  invited  to  parBcipate  in  this  course.  For  the  younger  athletes  the    informaBon  provided   opens  another  opportunity    when  considering    career  opBons  for  your  future. An  invitaBon  to  visit  Fitnance  Head  Office  in  Brisbane  this  Thursday  9th  February  is  extended  to  our  athletes.  This  will   involve  a  work  experience  session  by  the  Fitnance  team,  where  the  opportuniBes  available  will  be  discussed.

If  you  are  interested  in  a8ending,  or  you  have  queries  regarding  this  Course  please  contact  Mal  Rickard  on   mal@gchockeyacademy.org.au    or  Brent  Livermore  on  brent@gchockeyacademy.org.au  

Please  check  out  the  Fitnance  website  at  www.fitnance.com.au  

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MAY/ JUNE - THE MONTHS AHEAD

GC HOCKEYACADEMY 2012

• MAY 11TH - GC HOCKEY ACADEMY BBQ AND INFO EVENING FOR EVERYONE • MAY/ JUNE - GC HOCKEY REPS PROGRAM • MAY - ATHLETE ASSESSMENTS • MAY/ JUNE - Matt Lomas Personal Training for Parents and members • May/ June - GYM Operational for Memberships • MAY - Level 1 Coach Assessments to be completed - Please advise Academy • MAY 17TH - 3RD COACHES CLUB SEMINAR : ! Topics to be Covered: ! ! ! ! !

On Turf/ Practical Tech Bench Awarenes - (TBC by Karen Feckner)

All Coaches, Rep Coaches and Managers to be present prior to Rep Season also. Manager Responsibility Coaches Manual/ Handbook Risk Management/ Injury

Please confirm your interest to mal@gchockeyacademy.org.au

• JUNE/ JULY - COACHES CLUB CONTINUES • JUNE LONG WEEKEND - SUPER LEAGUE COMPETITION • June Long Weekend - Masters Competition on the Gold Coast • June - Allschools State Championships • MELBOURNE CUP SWEEP • July Holidays - U13s and U15s State Titles • July Holidays - Holiday Coaching Clinics • Regular Competition

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GC HOCKEYACADEMY 2012

2012 HA & HQLD CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2012 Championship Roster DATES

EVENT

TYPE

VENUE

9 - 14 January

Australian U15 Indoor Championships

M&W

Perth, WA

9 - 14 January

Australian U18 Indoor Championships

M&W

Brisbane, QLD

3 - 5 February

Qld U18 Trials

M&W

Brisbane, QLD

M

Brisbane, QLD

10 - 21 April

Australian U18 Championships

10 - 21 April

Australian U18 Championships

W

Newscastle, NSW

M&W

Brisbane, QLD

Qld Masters (40+ & 50's) Championships

M

Gladstone

24 - 27 May

Qld U19 Secondary School Championships

M

Gympie

26 - 29 May

Qld U19 Secondary School Championships

W

Cairns

9 - 11 June

Super League

9 - 11 June

Qld Masters (45+ & 55+) Championships

5 - 7 May

Open Championships

5 - 7 May

M&W

Brisbane

M

Gold Coast

4 - 17 June

Qld U12 Secondary Primary School Championships

M&W

Townsville

25 - 29 June

Qld U13 Championships

M

Warwick

25 - 29 June

Qld U13 Championships

W

Bundaberg

2 - 6 July

Qld U15 Championships

M

Maryborough

2 - 6 July

Qld U15 Championships

W

Sunshine Coast

10 - 21 July

Australian U21 Championships

M

Hobart, TAS

10 - 21 July

Australian U21 Championships

W

Adelaide, SA

14 - 16 July

Qld Masters (W) Championships

W

Brisbane, QLD

27 July - 12 August 29 July - 4 Aug

OLYMPIC GAMES Australian Country Championships

ASSEMBLY

London, UK M&W

Bendigo, VIC

22-24 September

Qld U18 Championships

M

Ipswich

22-24 September

Qld U18 Championships

W

Gold Coast

29 Sept - 6 Oct

Australian U15 Championships

M

Adelaide, SA

29 Sept - 6 Oct

Australian U15 Championships

W

Canberra, ACT

29 Sept - 6 Oct

Australian U13 Championships

M

North Nowra, NSW

29 Sept - 6 Oct

Australian U13 Championships

W

Perth, WA

29 Sept - 13 Oct

Australian Masters Championships

M

Hobart, TAS

27 Sept - 6 Oct

Australian Masters Championships

W

Melbourne, VIC

16 - 27 Oct

Australian Hockey League (AHL)

M

Canberra, ACT

16 - 27 Oct

Australian Hockey League (AHL)

W

Perth, WA

2 - 8 Dec

Australian Open Indoor Championships

M&W

Canberra, ACT

2 - 8 Dec

Australian U21 Indoor Championships

M&W

Central Coast, NSW

TBA

State Indoor Team Challenge (Open & U21)

M&W

TBA

TBA

State Indoor Team Challenge (U18 & U15)

M&W

TBA

As at 17 January 2012 *dates and venues subject to change

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GC Hockey Academy News May 2012