Open European Championship for Juniors 2014
25th - 26th Oct 2014
8 UWR Junior Teams will travel to Mülheim / Germany to participate on XI. UWR OECJ.
This year, for the first time, junior women teams play in the Euopean Championship.
Underwater Rugby in Naenae, Lower Hutt
The Wellington team has secured an additional pool booking in Naenae, Lower Hutt.
Training is on Thursdays between 8:30 - 9:30pm.
NZUWR is introducing Underwater Rugby to the Lower Hutt region and we hope to attract new players for this fascinating sport.
Naenae is a fantastic pool for training. The water depth of 3.3 m is on the shallow side but this is ideal for beginners and younger players. For the advanced players it will mean a higher pace and more action at the bottom of the pool. The pool has sloping sides behind the goals but there is enough distance between the goals and ample space in width.
The facilities are very clean and there are nice hot showers after the training.
If you're interested to give it a go or just want to come and have a look, please feel free to contact us or show up at the pool on a Thursday at 8.30pm.
(n)ODEX 2014 - Sydney
Australia's Interstate Underwater-Rugby tournament (n)ODEX was held on the 13th / 14th September 2014 in the open air pool of the Ashfield Aquatic Centre in Sydney.
Two NZUWR teams from Auckland and Wellington were invited to compete in the clubs tournament against 7 other teams from Australia, followed by the Trans-Tasman game between Australia and New Zealand.
Auckland with 9 players (3 subs) played very well in the tournament and only lost the semifinals by one goal in a penalty shoot out against Tasmania. Auckland ended up third after winning the Bronze match against Brisbane (UDGE) 5:0
Wellington was only able to sign up with 5 players, but lucky enough to be joined by Mikayla Graham from Auckland to present a complete team of 6 in the water. Wellington did very well considering and won in the play-offs to come 5th in the final results.
New Zealand and Australia selected their strongest players to fight for the Trans-Tasman Cup. The game was very even and had to go into over time to decide the winner. Australia won 2:1 against New Zealand.
Mikayla, the only female player from NZ also played in the all female game for the selection of talents for the world champs next year in Columbia.
All in all a great weekend of Underwater Rugby. It was great to see how the sport has grown in Australia and New Zealand and how much more competitive the teams were this year. The weekend ended with the prize giving on Sunday night, a great party… and lots of talk about the world championships in Columbia 2015.