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Contents Australian University Games.................................... 4 Indoor for Beginners............................................... 6 Indoor Equipment .................................................. 7 Alyson Annan ........................................................ 8 FIH announces changes to Indoor game.................... 9 Men’s AHL Live Streamed.......................................10 Hockeyroo for a Day..............................................11

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Olivia Attard

Australian University Games In a little over four weeks’ time, Griffith University students will join over 7,500 participants from 41 universities across the nation, and will arrive on the Gold Coast to take part in the largest annual multisport event – the Australian University Games. Despite the lethargies that cold and flu season bring, student registrations for this year’s Northern University Games in July, continued to pile high with pride. Such contagious enthusiasm to participate has evidently carried over to this year’s Australian University Games.

Griffith University Games Event Manager, Natalee Black, says Aussie Games will consist of approximately 430 participants from Griffith alone. “It’s all location based in terms of how many participants we get,” she said. “Gold Coast is local so we get heaps more, last year was in Adelaide.”

9s, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, football, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby union 7s, squash, tenpin bowling, tennis, touch, volleyball and water polo. Hockey competitor and team manager, Tessa Long, is a regular Uni Games contender who says she will always continue to partake in such events. “Being involved in Uni games I’ve made a bunch of new friends,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to play hockey and have a laugh with the people on the pitch, plus it’s a good break from studies.” The Australian University Games exists to provide university students with access to opportunities to contribute their effort and skills through sport in the hope that the experiences they have on the sporting field will assist them to develop a ‘healthy body – healthy mind’ connection, as well as develop long-lasting friendships with their peers. Students will hone their leadership and communication skills through sport and will set themselves up for successful endeavours long after the event is over and they have graduated with their degrees. To find out how to register for the Australian University Games, contact the Head Office on 07 3876 2610 or visit their website

“It’s nice to be able to play hockey and have a laugh with the people on the pitch, plus it’s a good break from studies.” Griffith University, who are the host University for this year’s games, will be looking to field a strong team and give the interstate teams a run for their money. This year, the sports contested will be AFL

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2013 Australian University Games Hermitude


OpeningCeremony Sunday 29th September 6pm-Midnight

Social Program Venues:

Liv + Melbas + Vainity + Paris + Shuffle Themes: SUNDAY - Team Colours MONDAY - Childhood Heros TUESDAY - onesie WEDNESDAY - Tight & Bright THURSDAY - Witches & Wizards FRIDAY - 1990’s

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Indoor for Beginners Indoor hockey is an indoor variant of “traditional” outdoor field hockey. It is not to be confused with other indoor hockey variants such as rink hockey or floorball. It is traditionally and mainly played as a pastime by outdoor field hockey players during the off-season, when the outdoor pitches are frozen, or alternatively conditions are too hot for outdoor play. Indoor field hockey is played in regular national and international championships. The first Indoor Field Hockey World Cup was organized in 2003. It included countries which do not compete at the highest level of the outdoor game. Indoor field hockey differs from its outdoor parent in several ways: • The playing field is smaller than the outdoor pitch. An indoor pitch is 18m to 22m wide by 36m to 44m long, divided by a center line. The shooting circle is a semicircle measured out 9m from each goal post. Side-boards mark the sidelines, helping to keep the ball in the field and allowing players to play against it. Despite who hit it, when the ball goes over the endline the defensive team will receive a hit coming out. The pitch is made of wood or synthetic material. The board surface facing inwards to playing surface is angled slightly to encourage ball to bounce down not up.

• The goals are smaller than a field hockey: 2m high by 3m wide and a minimum of 1m deep. (This is the same size as Team Handball goals as early indoor hockey used existing handball courts) • A team consists of 5 players on the pitch, 4 field players and 1 goalkeeper, with a maximum 12 players on a team. • Internationally the game is divided into 2 periods of 20 minutes. Halftime break is 15 minutes. In case of a regulation tie teams play up to two 5-minute goldengoal overtimes; otherwise, the game will be decided by penalty strokes (5 rounds for each team followed by sudden-death rounds in case of ties). • The players may not hit the ball, but only push it or deflect it, and may not raise the ball except in the shooting circle, with the purpose of scoring a goal. • The balls and the sticks are similar, but players prefer lighter sticks than for the outdoor game. The small field and sideboards make indoor field hockey a quick, technical and physical game. Some of the original rules eventually influenced outdoor hockey, such as unrestricted substitution. It is often an ideal game for field hockey players to develop vision on and off the ball, developing a better understanding of tactics and set plays

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Indoor Equipment STICK: Indoor sticks are much thiner and lighter than regular outdoor sticks. This makes it easier for the player as indoor requires players to be quick, a lighter stick allows for this.

SHIN PADS: Although there is no hitting alound in indoor hockey shin pads are still an essential safety item for indoor hockey players.

SHOES: Although not essenital, indoor shoes provide players with more protection and grip compared to regualr trainers. turf hockey shoes are not permitted on the indoor surface. MOUTH GUARD: Mouth guards are essential piece of safety equipment. Becasue of the small court size players are often in close proximity to the opposition and their sticks. GLOVE: are popluar in indoor due to the nature of the game. because the ball may not be lifted this means players can keep thier hand on the ground when tackeling. A glove will help protect your hand from a knock from a stick or ball. FACEMASK: As with outdoor a facemask can only be used in corners. With a smaller field shots come fast and a facemask can give a player the extra confidence they need to make a crucial save.

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Lawrence West - Thursday, 10 October 2013

Alyson Annan Former Australian hockey star Alyson Annan OAM has been announced as the seventh and final Inductee into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame at the National Sports Museum this afternoon. Annan joins Clint Robinson OAM (surf life saving, canoe/kayak), Graeme Lloyd (baseball), Ron Coote AM (rugby league), Stan ‘The Man’ Longinidis (kick boxing), Victor Kovalenko OAM (coach, sailing) and Ted Harris AC (sports administration) as 2013 Inductees. Each will receive the highest national sporting honour that can be bestowed when they are officially inducted at The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala Dinner, proudly presented by Etihad Airways at Crown Melbourne tonight. Annan was a pivotal force in the Australian women’s hockey team which played with global dominance for almost a decade. The team’s feats included five consecutive Champions Trophies between 1993 and 1999, two World Cups (1994 and 1998) and two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2000). 

Annan was the leading goal scorer at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and at the World Cup in 1998 and was a member of the Hockeyroos side that won the first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal, in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, beating England 8-1 in the final. She represented Australia 228 times and her 166 career goals for Australia remain unmatched. 

“To be recognised by The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is a great honour.

The team’s feats cluded five consecutive Champions Trophies between 1993 and 1999, two World Cups (1994 and 1998) and two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2000). 

Although Annan is being recognised for her individual achievements within the sport she continues to carry her famous team spirit and gratitude to coach, Ric Charlesworth.

“We were all motivated to be the best we can be,” said Annan.

“Ric Charlesworth’s undeniable ability to bring the best and the worst out in people is extraordinary.

“It is a shame that it is only when you get older that you begin to realise just how good it was, how great our team was and how dedicated we were to achieve our goals.”

“Alyson was voted the best in the world in 1999 and her record of representing Australia almost 230 times and having been a prolific scorer with an acknowledged ability as a game winner contributed to her success,” Robert de Castella MBE, Chairman of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame selection committee recognised Annan’s individual contribution to her team’s ultimate success.
“Alyson was voted the best in the world in 1999 and her record of representing Australia almost 230 times and having been a prolific scorer with an acknowledged ability as a game winner contributed to her success,” de Castella said.

“She scored 166 goals across her international career which is just a phenomenal accomplishment.”

Cam Vale, Hockey Australia Chief Executive, said “The award is an honour truly befitting an individual of her status. She is without doubt one of the greatest hockey players ever to grace the turf in Australian colours.”

“Throughout the 1990s, she was arguably the best player in the world; a brilliantly skilful midfield player with an outstanding goal scoring record, she had it all – skill, strength, tactical nous and an unquenchable desire to succeed,”

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Vale added.

“Not only did Alyson play a fundamental role in the success of the Hockeyroos on the pitch, she helped to put our sport on the map, inspiring women to pick up a stick and earning hockey a special place in the hearts of Australians everywhere.” 

 Established in 1985, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame aims to preserve and celebrate

the history of Australian Sport and excite the next generation of Australians to achieve their potential both in sport and in life. 

With a vision and values built around the words of the first Inductee and Legend, Sir Donald Bradman AC, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is determined to carry to all Australians everywhere the symbol of excellence, as represented by its 518 Members across all sports and genders.

FIH announces changes to Indoor game

Indoor Hockey set to become even more dynamic and entertaining ahead of 2015 World Cup The International Hockey Federation (FIH) Executive Board decided at its recent meeting in Lausanne a number of pioneering changes to Indoor Hockey that will come into force on 1 September 2013. The most significant of the forthcoming modifications to the Rules of Indoor Hockey is a move which will reduce the number of players on the field of play from six to five per team. The decision to decrease the number of players is another bold step forward by the FIH, and is in line with the FIH’s strategic vision of enhancing and evolving rules and formats to maintain hockey’s position as one of the most progressive sports on the Olympic Programme. The move is certain to create more space on the field of play, ensuring even more exciting action for the spectators and television audiences around the world.

A critical factor in the decision-making process of the FIH Executive Board was the desire to align Indoor Hockey to a future standardized complementary format of the game: Hockey5s. This new version of Hockey is already proving to be something of a hit, and will be showcased globally for the first time at the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 in Nanjing. The FIH will be promoting the game worldwide in the buildup to the YOG, encouraging more nations to take up this format. An FIH Task Force containing representatives from all five continents has been given the responsibility of developing the concept to include Hockey5s, ParaHockey and BeachHockey. Their objective will be to find one overarching Hockey5s product which will continue to grow the game on a truly global level.

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Hockey Victoria - September 18th, 2013

Men’s AHL live streamed Australia’s elite inter-state competition to be broadcast to a global audience For all of you fans out there who like a bit of hockey live streaming, we have some great news. The men’s Australian Hockey League (AHL) will be broadcasting 20 of the competition’s 24 matches courtesy of a partnership between Hockey Victoria and Hockey Zone. The matches, which will be played at Melbourne’s State Netball & Hockey Centre between Friday 27th and Sunday 5th October 2013, will be live streamed through the Hockey Victoria website,www. . The AHL is the premier hockey competition in Australia, being a national championships contested by teams representing each of the country’s eight states and territories. Each

state team contains the finest players in the region, many of which are established members of Australia’s sensational Kookaburras team. It is widely regarded as one of the strongest and most competitive field hockey leagues in the world. Last year’s competition winners were the OAMPS Queensland Blades, a team that was certainly not short of international quality. Mark Knowles, Rob Hammond, Matty Swann and five times FIH Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer (pictured) all played a part in the Queensland victory. With the FIH Junior World Cup, Rabobank Hockey World Cup and the Commonwealth Games all on the horizon, you can be sure that the players will be giving absolutely everything to get selected for those high profile international events.

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Author: Lawrence West

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Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Hockeyroo for the day? Well, wonder no more! We’re celebrating six days to go to the International Super Series Hockey 9s with a once in a lifetime opportunity. Thanks to the Hockeyroos athletes and coaching team, we’re auctioning off this incredible opportunity to join the Hockeyroos camp for the final day of the 2013 International Super Series Hockey 9s in Perth on Sunday 20th October. The lucky winner of the auction will become an honorary Hockeyroo and get the chance to: • hear coach Adam Commens talk tactics before the match • warm-up with the team • sit in the players’ dugout during the match • stand inside the team huddle for the half and full time speech • join the team for a team photo You’ll be in the thick of the action to see how the elite players prepare for an international match and have the chance to chat one-on-one with the stars of the Hockeyroos. Bid for yourself, your child or someone special to experience something very few people get the privilege to.

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