Rochdale Underwater Hockey Club

2019 News

2nd National Veterans Tournament Leeds 19 October 2019

Yesterday saw the 2nd National Veterans Tournament take place in Leeds for players over 50.

Three players from the Rochdale club took part, playing on the “GB Supervets” team. This was a team of players put together from all over the country, Rochdale, Yorkshire, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Devon.

Our first 2 matches were against the Centurions which was a comfortable win and allowed us to get used to our other players and get the subbing sorted.

Then we played the Southern team. Last year’s winners and red hot favourites again. Final score was 4-1 against us, but we were very close to scoring again on a number of occasions.

Next up was the Midlands. A very physical game but another good win for us and by now we were working well as a team.

Our last game in the Round robin was against Yorkshire, they thought we would be a pushover, that changed when we got the first goal and the second and then the third, Yorkshire got one goal back and then from what looked like a goal for us, we were celebrating and it was scooped off the edge of the tin and swum the full length of the pool for a second Yorkshire goal.

It was then a desperate fight to hold on until full time and our 3rd victory.

Semi-final time and who do we play, Yorkshire. They had had a roasting from their captain and were out for victory, we scored first, then Yorkshire, and the same in the second half, full time 2-2, but there has to be a winner. 4-aside, no subs, golden goal.

Unfortunately that was the end of the road for us, we had the puck very close to their goal mouth and then they counter-attacked all the way back up the pool.

However we had won a bronze medal, which was a lot better than we had hoped for at the beginning of the day.


World Underwater Hockey Championships Sheffield August 2019

August 2019 will see Sheffield host the underwater hockey World Age Group Championships.

Three Rochdale players have been selected to play for Great Britain and one coach from the Rochdale club has been selected for the coaching staff.

Tiegan Alexander (18) and Ella Tomlinson (15) have been selected for the women's Under-19 team.

Tiegan has been playing since she was 10 years old and Ella since she was 9 and have both played for Rochdale's junior teams at all age levels, and also the Manchester C team and Lancashire Ladies over the last few years.

Isaac Rhodes-Dawson (17) has been selected for the men's Under-19 team, he joined the club when he was 9 and has played for the Rochdale junior teams and currently competes with Manchester A team at the highest level competitions.

Tiegan, Ella and Isaac are all now focused on their fitness and skills training on the run up to the start of the World Championships in 2 months time.

Mick Hyde has been selected as the Assistant Coach for the men's Under-19's team. He has been playing and coaching at the Rochdale club for the last 38 years, helping to develop young players from their initial start at the club through to national and international standard players.

Underwater hockey is a team based sport, played with a plastic coated lead puck on the bottom of the swimming pool. The puck is moved using small bats approximately 30cms long, players wear a mask, snorkel and a pair of fins and are required to hold their breath while underwater and playing the puck. It is a great team sport requiring teamwork, fitness and and individual skills, and one of the only sports to be played in 3 dimensions.

The Rochdale club meets at Oulder Hill school pool in Rochdale on Thursday evenings 7:30 to 9:00pm.

Isaac Rhodes-Dawson selected for Team GB under 19 Men

On 27 April Rochdale player Isaac Rhodes-Dawson was selected to play at the World Underwater Hockey Championships to be held in Sheffield July this year. Congratulatons Isaac!

Rochdale Coach Mick Hyde has also been appointed to the Team GB Coaching team and will be busy during the World Championships in Sheffield July 2019.

BOA Junior National Championships 2019

Ponds Forge Sheffield 27 April

Congratulations to the Under 19's Mixed team who won Silver medals at the Championships. Rochdale members Molly Lees, Isaac Rhodes-Dawson, Becci Northover and Tiegan Alexander played on the team with George Lythe, Jake Charnock and Declan McNulty.

Rochdale under 12 members Adam McCormack, Poppy Kershaw, Thomas Kay, George Jenkins, and Harry Lees played in the mixed U12 team which won Bronze medals at the National competition.

Our Under 14's and Under 16's players also put in good performances but missed out on the medals this time.

Players are now looking forward to next year's Nationals at Plymouth on 4th July.

BOA Qualifiers 2019 at John Charles Centre, Leeds Saturday 16.3.2019

Good luck to Isaac Rhodes-Dawson, Becci Northover, Ella Tomlinson and Agathe Martin from the Rochdale club who are competing with Manchester B team.

It’s another underwater hockey weekend with both the Manchester A and Manchester B teams are in action this weekend against the top 24 teams in the country at Qualifiers in Leeds...

The top 8 teams qualify for the National Finals in June.

Teams finishing 9th-16th go through to the National Plate Competition also in June

The bottom 8 teams will play off for the BOA Bowl tomorrow


2019 Manchester Octopush Tournament.

Last Saturday 9th March, saw 8 members of the club compete at the Manchester Octopush Tournament.

Thanks to Ella Tomlinson, Tiegan Alexander, Helen Hyde, Jack Midgley, Isaac Rhodes-Dawson, Jacob Redmond, Dane Oliver Bradwell, Mick Hyde

10 teams took part including the GB Mens Under 24s and Under 19s teams.

Rochdale successfully achieved victories against York, MDG and the Yorkshire Puddings. Finishing in 5th place overall. (The GB Teams were excluded from the placings)

Not a bad result as there were some very good teams playing, and most teams were at least 15 kilos a player heavier than the Rochdale team.


Rochdale Players selected for 2019 World Championships

Ella Tomlinson and Tiegan Alexander were selected on 3 March to play on the under 19 ladies team GB under coaches Jo Pichforth and Belinda Archer at the Underwater Hockey World Championships which will be held in Sheffied later this year. Congratulations both!


Ladies Nationals 23 February 2019 Sheffield

In their second Ladies Nationals - Lancashire Ladies narrowly missed out on competing in the Championship Group having lost out in a golden goal Inter group play off match.

They did however go on to win their remaining 6 games in the Bowl without conceding a goal and putting 39 goals past their opposition to win the Bowl trophy and get a well deserved gold medal each for all their efforts.

All their training and game time has really paid off.

Great effort girls - I’ve no doubt you’ll be in the Championship Group in 2020 and will be competing as one of the top 7 Ladies teams in GB!

Congratulations to Becci Northover and Ella Tomlinson from Rochdale

Contact Information

Rochdale Underwater Hockey Club

Oulder Hill Leisure Complex
Hudsons Walk
OL11 5EF

Tel: 01706 373967

Meeting times

Thursdays 7:30 to 8:30pm

Minimum age 8

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