Tuesday the 12th of July at 3pm at the sports field, Wan Smol Bag.
BLONG EVRIWAN - Gel, boi, mama and ol man!!more
Vanuatu 5 - Samoa 0
Nope, that's not a typo, we got up well against a young Samoan team that will be much harder to beat in a couple of years.
A scrappy goal in the first half to a scrambling Emile John had it on a bush knife edge until Bob Iawila scratched out another short range field goal 10 mins into the second half to give us a breath.
Then, arguably the goal of the tournament. A turnover and on the counter Nalpini Alick puts Onis Namu away, trailing left on the top of the circle, he pings a backstick tomahawk into the top corner of the goal! Some champagne hockey.
Bob bagged another nice field goal and our one and only set move on a penalty corner actually paid off with Nalpini deflecting the last goal home.
For a young team, the boys behaviour on and off the field has been excellent and they have been embraced by the greater Pacific hockey community and beyond. They can,t wait to meet the women's team.
Thanks for all your support, it's been a great week and the team is already looking forward to next year.more
PNG 5 - Vanuatu 2
Sensational game from the boys yesterday and all in attendance extremely impressed, including International Hockey Federation President, Leandro Negre, who, as witnessed at the tournament dinner function last night, would towel up Sepp Blatter in a Dancing With the Presidents competition.
Two field goal opportunities and two penalty corner chances for us in the first half, we were unlucky to go into the break 2 - 0 down. Bouyed by our chances with some strong midfield possession, we came out strong in the second half but conceded another.
And then it came. Some forward momentum and super-sub, Bob Stewart, slots a field goal on the run from the top of the circle! First goal for Vanua Hockey . Five minutes later, some good lead up play down the left from Ben Kalo and Big Bob slots another one from a cross at mid-range and it's all on at 3 - 2 down. Crowd goes wild. Rah.
To their credit, PNG hit back shortly after against the run of play and we had a handful more attacks into their zone.
Right back Peter Harry from the Tanoliu Club was outstanding, punching well above his 5' 6'' frame and showing real dedication and tenacity. The mid-field and defence superb and the forwards learning quickly.
One-shoulder Danny lined up for us again and had another great game. One minute from time they scored their 5th goal and he popped his shoulder again. We will miss him against Samoa on Friday.
NZ Barbarians 15 - Vanuatu 0
With 9 members in the NZ Black Sticks team and the rest NZ National League players, the Baabaas are the OPC champs for the last 2 years and they didn't hold back. One short with fullback John Stewart was rested from a fever last night, our boys stood up tall and are improving rapidly with some much stronger midfield running from Hiro Namu and Nalpini Alick, we had a couple of good goes at 'em.
We are expecting more from our attack now which has to be a good sign. 6 - nil down at half-time with some ripper saves from Robin Warren, our goal was to limit the damage to under 16 goals - the score NZ put against Samoa so the boys are stoked.
Back to the test matches tomorrow against wantoks PNG and our new goal is to get a goal. We are staying next to the PNG teams and they have been a hoot with a bit of pidgin support.
Australian country 14 - Vanuatu 0
A tough match in the middle of the day against a big opposition. Defence continuously tested against a team that didn't hold back with an extra sub.
7 down at halftime, we came out and played the first 23 minutes of the second half for only one goal and a couple of circle penetrations, thanks in part to some valuable advice from Oceania Secretary Bob Claxton. Some tired legs blew it out in last 5 mins but really stoked witht how the boys are holding up.
Peter Harry and William Kalo improving out of sight and a special mention to Robin Warren who stepped in the goals for one-shoulder Danny and did a great job.
NZ Barbarians tomorrow who are looking very sharp.more
Fiji 10 - Vanuatu 0
Momentous game this arvo against host nation and reigning Pacific champs, Fiji. The lopsided scoreline deserves explaining as the boys impressed all who witnessed their international debut.
Only 2 nil down at halftime thanks to both inexperience and some great saves, we were unlucky not to convert 3 red hot chances which has kept all in good spirits.
An stellar performance from keeper Danny Toara - easily man of match for both teams - ended 4 minutes before time with a dislocated shoulder and a flurry of late goals. Could prove a big blow, send good vibes for a speedy recovery. John Stewart also receiving attention to a stick to chin.
The two above along with Robin Warren and Onis Namu were standouts.
Australian Country U21s tomorrow.more
Tanoliu Hockey Club has five representatives that will travel to Fiji for the Oceania Pacific Cup as part of the first Vanuatu hockey team to take part in the International Hockey Federation event. William Kalo, Morris Aromalo, Jerry Kalnagisu, Peter Harry and Netan Charley will all line up for Vanuatu against the other Pacific nations.
While still a new sport to many in Vanuatu, the National Men's National Hockey Team has been invited by the International Hockey Fedration to compete in the Oceania Pacific Cup (OPC) in Fiji in December. Vanuatu will play against PNG, Fiji and Samoa in the tournament which is the first qualifying stage for World Cup and Commonwealth Games. Australian Country and New Zealand Barbarians will field teams in the tournament to make up numbers and also expose the Pacific nations to a high standard of competition.more
Below is the final makeup of the team:
Onis Namu (c), Danny Toara, Morris Amoralo, Peter Harry, Hiro Namu, Ben Kalo, Robin Warren, Nalpini Alick, William Kalo, Jack Arnold, Nasse Stewart, Bob Stewart, John Stewart, Emile John, Philip Kalo, Jerry Berry, George Kalkaua (Team Manager), Ross Fraser (Coach)
Congratulations to all the boys and VHF hemi sua se bae yu mekem Vanuatu praod!more
The men's national enjoyed a day of skills and drills from hockey legends Brian and Murray Fitzpatrick and footy legend Gary Belcher to help them prepare for their first Oceania Pacific Cup in Fiji in December.
Thanks to Rob Hammond at Gryphon and Brian and Murray at Futuro the Men's team now has a set of decent composite sticks to take away.
Check out Rob and Brian's Gryphon Life article here - http://gryphon-life.com/?p=6693
Tank yu tumas Gryphon!
In December the Vanuatu Men’s Hockey team will compete for the first time in the Oceania Pacific Cup in Fiji. This international tournament is the first qualifying step for Commonwealth and Olympic Games and Vanuatu will play against Fiji, Samoa, PNG, Australia Country and New Zealand Maori. The week long requires each team to follow international standards in safety equipment for the goal keeper and players and hence VASANOC were able to secure a grant to purchase this equipment through Olympic Solidarity funding. The equipment package includes shin guards for all players, a full set of goal keeping protective equipment and face masks and gloves for short-corner defending.
In delivering the grant at a handing over ceremony in front of the Men’s National Pre-Squad at the Wan Smolbag Sports Court on Friday, Henry Tavoa, CEO of VASANOC stated, ‘Not only do you have the opportunity to represent your country but also to learn valuable lessons about leadership, friendship and discipline that you can take back to your communities and I wish each of you good luck at the tournament.’
Onis Namu, President of VHF replied, ‘Thank you VASANOC for your support and while it will be a tough competition we hope to do Vanuatu proud!’ The VHF would also like to acknowledge the other main sponsors of the team - Mangoes Resort, The Havannah, Air Vanuatu and Tanna Coffee for their generous support.more
The Havannah Resort Raffle was drawn on Monday at 4pm by the CEO of VASANOC, Mr Henry Tavoa, in front of the Men’s National Pre-squad and members of the VHF Executive in attendance. The raffle is to raise funds for the Men’s National team to compete at the Oceania Pacific Cup in Fiji in December for the first time. The lucky winner with ticket number 00222 is Brian Fitzpatrick of Bogangar, NSW, Australia. Congratulations to Brian who has won a holiday for two to Vanuatu courtesy of Havannah Resort and Air Vanuatu valued at over AUD$5500!
Thank you to everyone who supported the fundraising event and a very big thank you to The Havannah Resort and Air Vanuatu for supporting the development of youth and hockey in Vanuatu. The final National squad will be announced on Friday 21st October.more
Twelve players from the Tanoliu Hockey Club have been selected in the 24-man national pre-squad to compete at the Oceania Pacific Cup in Suva, Fiji in December. Pre-squad training has commenced and as this year will be Vanuatu’s first appearance at the International Hockey Federation sanctioned event, they are tipped to be highly competitive in the battle for the World Ranking Points on offer.
Below is the 24 man squad: Onis Ben, Bob Stewart, Robin Warren, Nasse Stewart, Hiro Namu, John Stewart, Noel Noel, Roger Simeon, Kalanga Job, Jack Arnold, Ben Kalo, Nalpini Alick, Willie Kora, James Kalo, Joel Donald, Peter Danny, Morris Donald, Jerry Berry, Phillip Kalo, Paul George, William Kalo, Martin Ishmael, Marius Willy, Nathan Tom.more
A holiday in paradise turned into an opportunity for sport development for the generous Director of an Australian sports management company called 1908, Mr Nathan Godfrey. During May this year Nathan was enjoying a relaxing break from his busy schedule at the luxurious Havannah Resort when he got chatting to a friendly staff member, Helen Willie, whom mentioned that the sport of hockey is very popular in the nearby village of Tanoliu... Click to read moremore
It was a bigfala upset as the red hot favourites, Tanoliu Kasse, was pipped at the post 2 goals to 1 against WSB Smashers in the final of the Gillion Supa 8s at Freshwota Field on Wednesday. In a bruising first half, Smashers stunned the large crowd as they went into the break ahead thanks to a well worked field goal converted by Thompson Job.
Kasse clawed their way back into the tussle through a strike by midfielder Morris Bani and looked to have the upper hand with a handful of missed opportunities costing them dearly. Rex Ben was the hero for Smashers with the winning goal and stunning the Kasse team that was undefeated going into the final.
A bigfala thankyou goes to Councillor Gillion for his great support.more
Long manis June Oceania Hockey Federation Development Officer Gill Gemming hemi bin kam mekem wan visit long Vanuatu blong jekem ol aktiviti blong hockey long kaontri, mekem sam planning mitings wetem VHF Eksekutif mo runem coaching mo playing workhsops wetem skul teja, umpires mo coahces blong Efate. Gill hemi bin karem fulup resources mo ekwipmen blong donatem long VHF from New Zealand.
Mo tu hemi bin joinem VHF Executive insaed sam mitings wetem ol bigman blong VASANOC mo Department blong Yut mo Spots blohng pasem sam ting ting long saed development blong hockey long Vanuatu. VHF i wantem sendem wan BIGFALA tank yu i go long Gill mo mifala long VHF i hop se bae yumi lukim Gill bakegen ino long taem!more
Skelet remain undefeated after the first round of matches between the four teams vying for the Gillion Super 8s trophy. The first 3 weeks of matches has seen some very close contests in mixed conditions at the Freshwota field. With 3 wins from 3 outings, Skelet may prove to have the mettle to take back-to-back Gilion trophies and will certainly go into the second round of matches as favourites after their 7 - 1 thumping of Kasse in the last week of matches. Smolbag Stingers are in close contention after their hard fought 3 - 2 victory over local rivals the Smashers last week and will fancy their chances going into the business end of the season.more
Shefa Councilor Gilion showed tremendous faith in supporting grass roots hockey in 2010 when sponsoring the first ever 11-a-side hockey tournament in the country. He has once again backed the development of youth and sport by standing by hockey and supporting the Gilion Super 8s Championship to be held at Freshwota Field in Port Vila over the next three months. Four teams across 3 clubs have registered for the competition and is a first to be held on a grass field in the capital. Matches start on Wednesday 25th May from 2pm.more
The FIH Age Fit Youth Challenge was taken up with gusto by the VHF this year with the holding of a Pikinini Hockey Day down at the WSB Sports Court. 39 boys and girls between the age of 6 and 12 took part and were guided by 4 coaches across 3 clubs.
With 14 of the youngsters not having played hokcey before the programme consisted of introductory clinics and basic drills as well a 5-a-side round robin tournament of 10 minute games with modified rules and a small field size.
Tanoliu Hockey Club was a strong showing on the day with 15 youth participating and one of their mixed teams coming out on top of the tournament with a narrow victory over MCI in the final.more
The MCI Kings and MCI Womens made the most of the home court advantage as they both edged out Tanoliu teams to earn bragging rights as the best Sixes team over the annual Easter Sixes tournament held at the WSB Sports Centre. Click the heading for more..more
The National Hockey Development Plan (NHDP) for 2011 - 2015 has been completed and can be found under the 'Documents' page in the top menu. This is the second four year plan that has been developed by the VHF and continues on from the first implementation of 2007 and has an increased focus on participation growth, club development and providing a national pathway for representation.more
There was plenty to talk about at the Vanautu Hockey Federation 2011 Annual General Meeting. After a huge 2010 that included the inaugural 11-a-side league in North Efate and the first ever junior and womens competitions, the VHF Exectutive are excited about the plans ahead for 2011. The minutes for this meeting including the 2010 Annual Report can be found in the 'DOCUMENTS' link at the top of the page.more