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1 Hockey Australia Annual Report 2007/2008 hockey.org.au

2 Hockey Australia Sponsors Hockey Australia proudly acknowledges its partners Principal Partner

3 Contents Vision and Mission Statement 4 Current Organisation Chart 5 Message from the Australian Sports Commission 6-7 President s Report 8 Chief Executive s Report 9 The Year in Review National Coach s Report - Men National Coach s Report - Women Game Development Report Commercial Department Report Australian Hockey League Report 26 International Hockey Federation Report 27 Indoor Report 27 Veterans Report 28 Country Report 29 Oceania Hockey Federation Report 30 State Reports Results Life Members 46 Hall of Fame Inductees 46 Hockey Australia Level 1, South Road Bentleigh VIC 3204 Ph (03) Fax (03) Photos by: Grant Treeby Images, Daniel Carson, Reg Blunt and Alex Johnston

4 Vision "Australian hockey - Fostering excellence for all" Hockey Australia and the State Hockey Associations together aim to maintain Australia's pre-eminent position in elite hockey, and to be a world leader in our approach to the game and the results we achieve. We also aim to make hockey the 'game for everyone' - a sport that is accessible and enjoyable for male and female Australians of all ages and backgrounds. Mission Achieving this vision will require the collective efforts of the Australian hockey community. This community includes the leading administrative bodies - Hockey Australia and the State Hockey Associations - and the many thousands of volunteers within regional associations, hockey clubs and schools throughout the country. It encompasses hockey players and coaches, from our national teams through to beginners and club players. All members of the community have a part to play. For its part, Hockey Australia's mission is: "To encourage, promote, develop and administer hockey at all levels in order to maintain Australian hockey as a world leader and a game for everyone. This will be done through managing Australia's international high performance program and maximising participation, enjoyment and community profile." Formation Hockey Australia formed in November 2000 following the amalgamation of the Australian Hockey Association and Women s Hockey Australia and is a full member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH). It comprises membership of all eight States and Territories. Each State Association is comprised of regional associations, which are in turn made up of clubs. In some States, clubs affiliate directly with the State body. Hockey Australia exists to provide Australians with the opportunity to play hockey from junior levels through to elite competition, including the Olympic Games. It is responsible for delivering these benefits to Australian hockey players through its Member States and ensuring hockey in Australia achieves consistent success, a strong and positive public profile and continuing player and spectator support at all levels. Page 4

5 Board and Staff Organisational Chart (as at October 2008) Board of Directors Pam Tye (President) Stuart Grimshaw HA Commissions (Vice President) Renita Garard (Finance Director) Richard Aggiss Stuart Carruthers Bob Claxton David Gilbert John Hall Ken Read Danni Roche Chief Executive Linden Adamson Executive Assistant Vacant High Performance Finance & Administration Game Development Marketing Events Finance & Administration Manager Greg Hill Finance Officer Murray Steart Administration Assistant Carmel Langan Game Development Manager Brendan Denning Game Development Coordinator Vacant Competitions Coordinator Joshua Burt Membership Officer Vacant Projects Officer Karen Kwok Operations & Events Officer (P/T) Georgia Green Marketing Manager James Young (Perth) Business Development Coordinator Vacant Communications Manager Shaun Anderson Marketing Officer Naomi Maclean Events Manager Tina Brullo Operations & Events Officer (P/T) Georgia Green Competitions Manager (WCT) Ron Riley Competitions Manager (MCT) TBD Women s Program Management Group Men s Program National Coach Frank Murray High Performance Manager Liz Booth National Coach Barry Dancer Assistant Coach (Junior teams) Katrina Powell Scholarship Coach Kate Starre Administration Assistant (P/T) Tina Price AIS Administrative Staff Anne Konrath Shayley McGurk-Davy Assistant Coach Colin Batch Assistant Coach (Junior Teams) Mark Hager HA Commissions Performance Analyst Ian Hicks Coaching Manager Ian Rutledge (Canberra) Performance Analyst Jason Duff Athlete s Chair Renita Garard NTID Coordinator Joe Kelly (Darwin) National Training Centres ACT NSW - NT- SA- QLD- TAS- VIC- WA- Anthony Thornton (women) Ben Bishop (men) John Bessell (women) Larry McIntosh (men) Melissa Hall (women and men) Jason Butcher (women and men) Mark Rutter (women) Greg Browning (men) Andrew McDonald (men and women) Toni Cumpston (women) John Mowat (men) Neil Hawgood (women) David Bell (men) Indoor Chair Dave Gilbert Officiating Chair Ken Read Country Chair Rowley Tompsett Veterans Chair Bob Claxton Market Advisory Group Chair- Stuart Carruthers Page 5

6 Winning PartnershiP The Australian Sports Commission proudly supports Hockey Australia The Australian Sports Commission is the Australian Government agency that develops, supports and invests in sport at all levels in Australia. Hockey Australia has worked closely with the Australian Sports Commission to develop hockey from community participation to high-level performance. Hockey Australia is one of many national sporting organisations that has formed a winning partnership with the Australian Sports Commission to develop its sport in Australia. AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION Page 6

7 Message from the Australian Sports Commission Australia, for its small population and remoteness of location, continues to confound the world with its achievements on the international sporting stage. This position has been reached by the development of a comprehensive and effective national sport system that encourages sport and physical activity for all Australians and creates opportunities to enable those who are talented and motivated to reach their potential. This system has evolved with the strong support of the Australian Government, State/Territory and local governments, the private sector and sporting organisations at all levels. At the national level primary responsibility for developing and directing sport lies with national sporting organisations. On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Sports Commission plays central leadership, co-ordination, funding and advocacy roles in the operation of the Australian sport system, largely through the national sporting organisations. Indeed the Australian Government, through the Commission, is the major investor in Australian sport. In the Australian Government, through the Commission, provided Hockey Australia with funding of approximately $5.4 million for the development of the sport and its continued enhancement at the grass-root and elite levels, including $1.25 million for the Australian Institute of Sport program and $576,000 for the Australian Government Sports Training Grant scheme. The Australian Sports Commission recognises that Hockey Australia has continued to work to build its membership base and continues to support and develop a number of very worthwhile programs to promote the sport of hockey around Australia. On behalf of the Commission, I look forward to working with Hockey Australia in future for the betterment of Australian sport. Brent Espeland Acting Chief Executive Officer Australian Sports Commission Page 7

8 President s Report It is with great pleasure that I present my President s report for How do you measure success? From the aspect of on field-off field success, I believe players, coaches, officials and administrators have all had a large measure of success during Whilst these successes are articulated throughout this report, it is appropriate to acknowledge the tremendous effort and commitment all the coaches and support staff put in prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Their passion and professional approach have shown once again how valuable their expert knowledge and approach is to Hockey Australia (HA), factors demonstrated many times with the results in World Cups, Champion s Trophies and International matches. It is time to reflect on the role that HA plays in the overall development of our athletes and consider programs that will increase the participation levels as well as maintain the high standards that have been created. Additionally, we should review operating strategies. The Sport Review Panel set up by the government is to investigate the reforms required to ensure that Australia s sporting system remains prepared for the challenges of the future. This will of course impact on the future strategies of HA whether it is at the elite level or the grassroots community level. There is a need to continually review the Strategic Plan as was done this year, bearing in mind the significant emerging challenges arising with all sport in Australia. As well, there are growing challenges at international competition level, together with new sporting trends; the need to keep ahead of the pack requires the best in coaching, medical sciences, sports medicine and vision. Of course technology continues to play a huge role in every aspect of the game. Not only are databases and statistics important but the tracking devices and performance indication technologies that are used in the sports sciences and the overall use of specifically designed programs that assist each and every athlete are crucial. It is imperative that HA maintains its involvement globally to enhance every aspect of decision making, whether it is rules, coaching, governance or competitions. Thank you to those who continue to represent HA on FIH committees we are very proud of the work you are involved in and I wish our current nominees luck in the FIH elections. Whilst this is my last report, I feel confident and encouraged by the changes that are occurring and look forward to future successes both on and off the field. There are significant challenges facing the sport industry over the next Olympiad, particularly in relation to participation, funding, facilities and volunteers. Innovative approaches will need to be introduced: to provide a new direction for our sport that will build on the social capital in regions, to provide sufficient funding, to increase participation levels and keep current players in the game, to lift the profile, to stay a world leader. The new era which sees changes in personnel at the top will provide Hockey Australia with a different base on which to operate at all levels and remain the great sport it is. I am confident that HA together with its many partners will maintain a robust identity and develop performance plans and budgets that will achieve the objectives set down. This will include the identification and development of athlete talent, coaching, international competition, applied sports science and medical support, equipment and effective administration and governance. This can only happen with strength and if there is unity and sound support around Australia which is built on trust and respect. HA recognises and thanks the wonderful support given by the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport to not only the High Performance program but to our Indigenous Program, the female coach apprenticeship program and all other initiatives and leadership given in areas of governance. Hockey, as an Olympic sport gets great support from the Australian Olympic Committee and recognises its role in providing assistance and pathways to elite athletes. The Australian Commonwealth Games Association is another national organisation assisting and providing support to HA. Thank you also to our sponsors listed elsewhere in this report. In conclusion I would like to make special mention of the HA Board and thank you all for the time and continued effort given to the cause of maintaining and indeed improving what we are recognising today, those who have prepared the way so well and so passionately over the last 100 years. Hockey has a great tradition built up because leaders have been unstinting in the contribution they have made. Thanks everyone, I have enjoyed my time with this great sport, hockey. Pamela M Tye AM President Page 8

9 Chief Executive s Report The reporting year commenced with a strong determination by staff to achieve the goals of the strategic plan, to capitalise on opportunities and address and overcome the challenges of a federated system and resources that were insufficient in some areas to meet expectations. Game Development The National programs for training and education, participation growth and in the broadest sense electronic communications are fundamentally sound and provide immense opportunities for whole sport improvement in these key result areas. There is sufficient evidence available that where there are adequate resources devoted to these programs that good results can be and are achieved. Governance The HA Board directs the strategic goals and policies of the organisation and reviews the planning process annually. Major stakeholders are invited to contribute, but there is an inconsistent take up of the opportunity. A review of the strategic plan was conducted early in 2008, facilitated by consultant, Scott Way of PKF. The resulting plan, a little more operationally focussed than previously, was provided for comment to state associations, with (disappointingly) little or no response. The long awaited and very necessary review of the Hockey Australia (HA) constitution was implemented and will be considered by Council for adoption. Financial Performance Once again there was enormous dependence on government funding for program implementation particularly in the high performance area. The Beijing Olympic preparation was expensive and yet the majority of the cost was met without a large commitment of HA funds. The annual operating result will be a deficit after the performance of the investment portfolio is taken into account. Normal activities are as forecast and to budget. Australian Government Hockey remained one of the highest funded sports in Australia. This has been due to a number of factors, including the organisation s adherence to the strict accountability requirements and the Australian Sports Commission acceptance of our management competence and the continued high level performance of the Australian teams in international competition. We have been fortunate to deal with knowledgeable, supportive and competent consultants at both the ASC and the Australian Institute of Sport. The next four year funding cycle outcomes will be crucial to ongoing plans, performance and results. High Performance Full program details and competition information are reported elsewhere in the annual report, but clearly the direction during the reporting period was to achieve the best possible preparation for the Olympic Games. Our high performance programs are coach driven and we were extremely fortunate that our National Coaches were focussed, demanding and extremely hard-working. I feel privileged to have been able to work with two total professionals, who as well as being amongst the best in the world in their profession, are both very fine people as well. To Barry Dancer and Frank Murray my personal thanks. I also want to record my acknowledgement to our players and team support staff, who were unwavering in their commitment to achieve the best possible performances. The sport is fortunate to have such high calibre people involved in our programs and I would hope their contribution is neither taken for granted nor under-valued. Conclusion Thank you to the HA staff in the National and High Performance offices. Working with limited resources and high outside expectations is not easy and we have had highs and lows. Sport is not always an easy industry in which to work, but there can be immense satisfaction as well. Thank you for your commitment, industry and work ethic, I have certainly appreciated it and I wish you well for the future. Linden Adamson Chief Executive Page 9

10 The Year In Review Photos from top to bottom left to right: Kobie McGurk during the 2007 Oceania Cup; Hope Munro during the 2007 Oceania Cup; Brent Livermore and David Guest during the 2007 Oceania Cup; Mark Knowles during the 2007 Oceania Cup; Nathan Eglington during the 2007 New Zealand Test Series; the Kookaburras celebrate during the 2007 Test Series against New Zealand. Page 10

11 From top to bottom left to right: Matthew Wells and Luke Doerner at the 2007 Men s Champions Trophy; Mark Knowles and Jamie Dwyer collect Player of the Year Awards; Eddie Ockenden at the 2007 Men s Champions Trophy; Kookaburras victory at the 5 Nations Tournament in South Africa; Hope Munro celebrates during the Test Series against Great Britain; Kate Hollywood in action in the 5 Test Series against Great Britain. Page 11

12 Photos from top to bottom left to right: SmokeFree WA Thundersticks celebrate their AHL win; Blakeney and Smith in action at the Men s AHL; Alison Bruce from NSW Arrows in action at the Women s AHL; SmokeFree WA Diamonds celebrate their AHL win; the Kookaburras take on Korea in the Perth 4 Nations Tournament; the Kookaburras sign autographs at the Hook in2 Hockey Superclinic in Darwin; the Kookaburras at the Darwin 4 Nations Tournament. Page 12

13 Photos top to bottom left to right: Eli Matheson, Des Abbott and Eddie Ockenden at the Darwin 4 Nations Tournament; Nikki Hudson in action at the 2008 Women s Champions Trophy; Angie Lambert at the 2008 Women s Champions Trophy; Megan Rivers at the 2008 Women s Champions Trophy; Kiel Brown and Fegus Kavanagh with the Mens Champions Trophy; the Kookaburras celebrate successs at the 2008 Men s Champions Trophy. Page 13

14 National Coach s Report - Men By July 2007 the focus of our national high performance program was shifting strongly towards the final stages of preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games. Olympic Program The focus in 2007 was aimed primarily at ensuring qualification through the Oceania Cup so as to avoid the complication of having to qualify in early 2008 through one of the Olympic Qualifying tournaments. The Oceania Cup tournament was played in Buderim in September and became a 3-nation series that included Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand had developed into a formidable opponent with a very seasoned squad in which a lot of their players had benefited from development in European club competitions as well as a full national program. Their world ranking did not accurately reflect the quality of their team. In a tight match in the final we won 3-1 and were all relieved to get past the hurdle of qualification. Prior to this tournament our national team was able to participate in the Olympic Test Event in Beijing in August. The Test Event provided a valuable opportunity to investigate the conditions, organisation and logistics in Beijing twelve months out from the Olympic Games. With the support of the AIS and AOC we were able to use medical and sports science staff to investigate the environmental conditions and various performance strategies that may be useful in this location. The matches and training in Beijing also served as good preparation for our Olympic qualifying event. We were then faced with the opportunity to play in the Champions Trophy Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We were successful in reaching the final of the tournament having performed in less than convincing style in the round matches. We lost the final 1-0 against Germany after a slow start. Even though we were without a player for approximately twenty minutes due to suspension, we had the better of the last three quarters of this match and it was a very courageous performance that the team could be proud of. The hot and humid conditions in Kuala Lumpur were very similar to those that we expected in Beijing for the Olympic tournament and therefore it was a very valuable tournament to use to be able to assess at what stage our team and individuals within our group were at. Overall our team at the Champions Trophy did not possess the passion, vitality and team ethos needed for us to be consistently ahead of our opponents. A 5 Nation Tournament in South Africa in January 2008 provided an opportunity to expose some less experienced players and also rest a number of the more experienced players from international competition to allow them to build their fitness base. It was hoped that these strategies could collectively rejuvenate the squad. The performances against Germany, Holland and Spain in this tournament re-emphasised some of the core values that are so important to the success of our team. In the middle of March we commenced a centralised block of training at the AIS Hockey Unit in Perth for the final 19 weeks of preparation prior to the Olympics. The squad of 24 athletes enjoyed a very intense training environment as full-time athletes. Training blocks of approximately five weeks were interspersed with international competition blocks. The first of these training blocks was very successful with the squad settling quickly into the Perth environment and training particularly well. A major challenge during this period was to maintain strong squad unity at a time when individual players were experiencing mounting selection pressures. The first round of international competition was two 4-nation tournaments against Korea, India and China that were conducted in Perth and Darwin in late April / early May. This competition involved 8 matches that provided the opportunity for squad development in a tournament environment. It also was an important selection point in determining the direction selection would take for a tour to Europe in June. During this series of matches we were able to expose 22 players in our squad with Nathan Eglington and Travis Brooks not available due to injury. We were successful in winning both tournaments, albeit the second one very narrowly in the final. The second training block through the remainder of May and early June became a difficult stage with the squad s progress being restricted by a range of injury and illness concerns. At the end of this period there were four players who could not be considered for selection due to injury. The European tour in June proved to be very successful with the team winning two preparatory matches against Belgium and then winning the Champions Trophy in Rotterdam. In Belgium the team put together two encouraging performances that built confidence in preparation for the tournament. We were successful in winning the Champions Trophy due to the growth in the team s performance within the tournament. The strength of our defensive game, the potency of our counterattacks and our strong mentality proved to be very valuable attributes in this tournament. Whilst the score of 4-1 against Spain in the final was a flattering result, it generated optimism as we entered the final month of preparation. Overall in Rotterdam the team displayed a vastly improved style of play than in the 2007 Champions Trophy. However we needed to be mindful that the competition landscape in Beijing would be very different with the environmental conditions and the stage of preparation of our major opponents very different indeed. The final month of our preparation included the finalisation of our Olympic Team selection, some centralised training at the AIS in Perth and then a 3-match series against Korea in Cairns. The selection of the Olympic team consisted of the selection of sixteen players in the team and two players who would remain on standby during the Olympics and be available to replace an injured player during the tournament. The series in Cairns provided quality competition against a team that over the last few years had threatened seriously for medals at world level events. We involved 20 players in this series with the 16 players in our Olympic Team selection and 4 additional players. We needed the additional players to play in this series to allow us to properly manage some physical issues that we had with members of the Olympic Team as well as maintain the final preparations of our standby players to a sufficient level. In the end it proved very important that the preparations of the standby players were adequately maintained, as we needed Andrew Smith to play in our final two matches in the Olympic tournament when Grant Schubert was injured in our final round match.we started the series well but as our opposition improved we failed to make the progress that was necessary in our own game. We won the series 2-0 but there remained uneasiness about the overall level of our performance in this series. Page 14

15 Our preparations in Beijing involved the team having 10 days prior to competition to assimilate to the conditions and the logistics of the Olympic environment. This period included a solid week of practice sessions and two practice matches against New Zealand (won 3-1) and Germany (won 2-1), followed by a lighter couple of days before commencing competition. Our performances against Canada (won 6-1) and South Africa (won 10-0) were quite comprehensive and allowed our attacking group to gain some valuable confidence, especially as this group was quite inexperienced. Pakistan presented some different challenges in our third match with the opposition flooding deep in defence and also denying our counterattacking game by not going forward with many numbers in their attack. We were more tentative in our attacking build-up in this match but eventually due to weight of territorial possession we ground out a 3-1 win. In our fourth match against Holland a draw would more than likely be sufficient for both teams gain a semi-final position. Regardless, both teams played in a positive manner creating a reasonable number of goalscoring opportunities and the 2-2 result was probably a fair indication and a sufficient result for both teams in the context of the tournament. It was important in the final round match and in preparation that we shared the workload around the team; that we escaped without an injury; and we improved the quality of our previous performances. Unfortunately, whilst we able to share the workload Grant Schubert did sustain a knee injury that ruled him out of the remainder of the tournament. In addition, our overall performance against Great Britain lacked the energy and support play that was necessary. Unfortunately, in this match there were too many of our players that played one of their poorer individual performances for the tournament. The semi-final presented a different mental challenge and a very mature Spanish team, that we expected would have improved significantly from when we last played them in the final of the Champions Trophy, especially as they would have become very hardened from the extremely close matches they had played in their pool on the way to the finals. In the final we had the bonus of a goal in the first minute of the game and then another two minutes after half-time to lead 2-0 at that stage. In the first half we hadn t been playing well and certainly did not deserve to be leading by this margin. To the credit of the Spanish team they held their nerve and disappointingly, we were unable to lift the level of our performance. As the second half progressed the trend of the game was looking ominous. In the end a late goal for Spain sealed the result 3-2 for them and they deservedly won a place in the final. Unfortunately, it is fair to say that we did not deserve to play in the final and there will remain a lot of soul searching to try and understand why we didn t play to a level that we could be proud of. The Bronze Medal match against Holland proved to be a very open affair in which we were able to generate a number of very incisive attacks and good goalscoring opportunities especially with some fast-break attacks. The 6-2 result and the style with which we played went a small way toward sweetening the sour taste that remained from our semi-final performance. This Bronze Medal result for the team was not what we wanted to achieve but is probably a fair reward for how the team performed in the tournament. At the start of this Olympic campaign, and after the Olympic success in Athens, our program set itself some very lofty goals of maintaining the world number-one ranking and winning both the 2006 World Cup and 2008 Olympic Games. We had hoped that by the Kookaburras maintaining the longevity of success throughout this Olympic cycle we would have generated a much stronger presence of the Kookaburras brand on the Australian sporting landscape and hence generate a more significant profile for hockey in this country. For a range of reasons, we were not able to sustain the success we would have hoped and achieve the major goals we set ourselves. With this comes a degree of disappointment when I reflect on the last four years. However, I do believe that the Kookaburras have continued to present a very positive image to our own hockey community and the world hockey community. I would hope that most hockey followers have been enthused and entertained by the way the team has played on a lot of occasions. That is why it was so pleasing to finish in such good style in our last match in Beijing. Apart for the playing performances I would like to think that this generation of Kookaburras have been an outstanding group of young men who have consistently demonstrated what it is to be a strong team and presented a healthy image for our sport and a strong role model for future generations of hockey players. This group of athletes have been extremely well supported by a world-class support staff. The cooperation and commitment of the staff has ensured that the athletes have received professional assistance in the many facets of their development. I have considered it a privilege to have the opportunity to be Head Coach of the Kookaburras and will look back with many fond memories of experiences, friendships and achievements that have been part of that experience. I would like to think our national men s program is well placed to continue the success of this period and hopefully take it to another level. Barry Dancer Head Coach Australian Men s Hockey Team Image: Barry Dancer at training Page 15

16 National Coach s Report - Women The focus of the National Program for 2007/08 centred around: Finalising the identification of those athletes from whom we would choose the sixteen for the Beijing Olympics. Continuing to develop our younger players from the 2005 Junior World Cup indeed our entire midfield now consists of players from this group following the retirements of World Cup duo Karen Smith and Donna-Lee Patrick (through injury), as well as the absence of Wendy Beattie from the game. Preparing the group for the rigours of an Olympics played in the Beijing environment. Testing ourselves against our major opposition in such a way that they were not able to set up on us. While these were priorities, we also had to ensure that enough work was being done with the group that will come into the national squad following retirements post Beijing. High Performance Program In the final half of 2007, the program saw players located within their home National Training Centre Program or at the HA High Performance Centre in Perth. This centralised/decentralised mix is achieved with great support from the Australian Sports Commission through its high performance arm, the Australian Institute of Sport and the various State Institutes and Academies. All players completed a preseason type conditioning program across the November January period. This program was, in large part, completed in each player s home environment under the guidance of central staff and the direct supervision of local staff. The AIS, through its sports science allocation, increased its level of support over this period to provide a higher level of service coordination. This increase, coupled with the experience gained from the test event was a significant factor in ensuring the conditioning of the National Senior Squad. This also allowed the athletes to sufficiently complete the intense final six months of their preparation for Beijing. Squad Structure The Women s program continued to utilise a base squad structure that consisted of three mutually exclusive squads; National Senior, Development and Junior Squads. Development Squad and Junior Squad athletes were catered for through a program of short-term scholarships at the AIS, a development and preparation program delivered within their home NTC location and several international competition opportunities including an AIS/Australia A tour of South Africa, Ireland and England, a Junior tour of South Africa and two matches against the touring Great Britain team in January. Over 2007/08, a total of 46 short-term scholarships covering 29 athletes were awarded to enable nationally identified athletes to relocate to Perth and train under the supervision of the National Coaching Staff for periods ranging from one to four weeks at a time. These scholarships were jointly funded by the AIS and the various State Institutes and Academies. These scholarships are a necessity but are not considered a sufficient value-add activity to ensure increased standards and expectations within our emerging and junior athletes. Staffing 10 coaches were employed full-time within the Women s program eight NTC coaches (three jointly with the Men s program) and two National Coaches. In addition a full-time scholarship coach was located within the Perth Program. Three additional consultant coaches, Trish Heberle and Clover Maitland in Perth and Des King in Brisbane, assisted us in providing each athlete with a quality daily training environment. Support staff in the areas of physiology, strength and conditioning and ACE were sourced through the various State Institutes and Academies, with the central staff provided through our cooperative agreement with the WA Institute of Sport. As indicated, the increase in physiology resource in 2007/08 had a marked impact on the overall program. Psychology services were supplied independently through Neil McLean from the University of WA. International Competition In 2007/08 the Senior Team played 30 matches for 22 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses. Over the same period, the AIS/ Australia A Team played 12 matches against senior international teams: South Africa (3 wins and 1 loss), Ireland (4 wins) and Great Britain (5 wins: 3 in England and 2 in Perth). The Junior Team toured South Africa playing a four-test series for four wins. The Beijing Test event was the most significant result with Australia defeating Argentina, China and South Africa before winning the event on penalties after the final against China finished in a 2-2 draw. This and three matches prior (two matches against China and one match versus South Africa) were vital in educating our athletes on the levels of conditioning required if we were to be competitive in August 2008 at Beijing. The Olympic Qualifying Event took on a different complexion after FIH introduced a quota system for Olympic qualification that saw Oceania qualify for two spots. To lose the final 1-0 in Buderim after defeating New Zealand in the round game indicated just how close the competition in women s world hockey has become. This result was disappointing (and costly) given the iniquitous differential between the world ranking points allocated to positions in the Oceania Qualifier compared with the European Qualifier. Even though the world ranking points system has now been improved, the result in Buderim highlights the need to seriously consider the benefits of allowing players from other nations to utilise the AHL as part of their development and preparation program. Any short-term gain attained by an AHL team needs to be weighed against longerterm implications to the National program and its consequent funding. The timing of the Champions Trophies in women s hockey over the Olympiad has been disastrous with three Champions Trophies played in fourteen months between December 2005 and January 2007 and the 2008 Champions Trophy tournament played in June just two months Page 16

17 out from the Olympics. As a consequence, only two teams; Germany (because the tournament was in Monchengladbach) and Argentina approached the 2008 Champions Trophy with a real desire to win the tournament. Indeed the Netherlands left eleven of their players at home; similar to what we did in 2007 (only for a different reason). Given the need for us to still have to trick up games to win, we took an approach where we would not expose any more of our game than was already widely known by oppositions. Under these circumstances, the results although disappointing, were understandable. We had three narrow one-goal losses which did nothing to diminish our belief that we were capable of beating every other team in Beijing, albeit that we would need our share of the breaks against the Dutch. Player Support Our Program is put together with tremendous support from the ASC, the AIS and Hockey Australia direct. Twenty players had full-time scholarships to the AIS in 2007 with all 24 National Squad players relocating to Perth in February Wendy Beattie was added to the National squad after returning to hockey for the 2008 AHL. To enable these athletes to commit full-time to the program required considerable funding. This was provided through four sources: A training grant from the Australian Government A weekly living allowance through the AIS Medal Incentive Funding from the Australian Olympic Council Direct Athlete Support from Hockey Australia The amount of support provided both directly to our athletes and through less conspicuous efforts by people behind the scenes continues to give us the best possible chance of achieving success at world level events such as the Olympics. This is despite the increasing support given to female sport, and in particular women s hockey, in other countries such as China, Korea, Japan and Great Britain. It is crucial that we are aware of this level of support and acknowledge it it should not be taken for granted. The support is not just financial. AIS staff, in particular Peter Fricker, Michael McGovern and Dennis Hatcher provide invaluable support as do the staff in the HA Melbourne office ably led by Linden Adamson. These people, although they do not travel to the Olympics, should not be left in any doubt as to how much their efforts are appreciated by each and every member of the High Performance Program both athletes and staff. Frank Murray Head Coach Australian Women s Team Image: Frank Murray Page 17

18 Game Development Department Report Hockey Australia s Game Development department has continued to attempt to bring the national and state objectives closer together in the past year. Progress has been made in some areas with regard to this, however in others there remains some distance between the differing goals of the nine organisations. National Game Development Conference The highlight of the year was the second National Game Development Conference, held in Buderim Queensland in conjunction with the Olympic Qualifying tournament. The theme was Game Development are we keeping up with the game?, and was a workshop format for the two day conference. A number of innovative presentations and discussions were held, and all outcomes were posted on the Hockey Australia website. Representatives from national, state and regional levels of Game Development were in attendance, and this year s conference built upon the success of the inaugural 2005 event. National Hockey Census and Club Survey In 2007 the use of an online survey system not only made it easier for associations, clubs and schools to complete, it also helped to reduce the costs associated with conducting the Census. Once the Census was completed online the information was then sent and stored on a central database, eliminating the need to re-enter all the information received via , fax and post as in previous years. There were other difficulties encountered in completing this year s census primarily related to staff handover. It should be noted that 2007 saw the highest return rate for the census to date, although there were still some State Association s that did not contribute as Hockey Australia required. Several formulas were revised when analysing the 2007 returns, owing to knowledge gained from previous attempts. This meant that some figures differ quite considerably to 2006 findings, however previous Census results were then re-calculated using the improved formula s to enable relevant comparisons. The 2007 census reveals that there are 229,984 hockey players in Australia. This was a decrease of 11,444 (4.7%) from In 2007 there were: 91,626 players in club winter competitions 126,402 school hockey players 11,956 modified hockey players Similar to 2006, there are again more female players than male; with 120,203 or 52.26% female players nationally and 109,781 or 47.73% male players nationally % of teams were in regional/country areas and 40.22% teams were in metropolitan areas. Hockey Australia would like to thank the clubs and associations who participated in the census. Junior Hockey Policy (JHP) HA recently made the full policy document available to the hockey public after adoption by state and territory associations in March JHP brochures for parents and providers were also made available during the 2008 winter season. Hockey is one of the first sports to put in place a review process to monitor the impact of the JHP. The online survey was designed in conjunction with the Australian Catholic University and was ed to associations and clubs as part of the 2007 National Hockey Census. The aim of the Junior Hockey Survey was to analyse current practices of associations and clubs across Australia to assess the current environment in junior hockey as a benchmark prior to the full implementation of the JHP. Results from the Junior Hockey Survey have been broken down by state/ territory and structured in line with the six guidelines of the JHP. HA is to liaise with each state/ territory on recommended key issues/ areas for improvement identified from the findings and to develop strategies to address these issues. Despite repeated requests, only one State Association has responded to discuss recommended key issues/ areas for improvement identified from the findings and to develop strategies to address these issues. Given this policy has been adopted by HA and a majority of State Associations, it is in danger of not resulting in any changes or improvements to the junior hockey environment and instead be a written document only. Rookey and Hook in2 Hockey underwent a thorough review in the first half of the year which led to changes being made to the content, branding and structure of both programs and what was known as the Player Participation Pathway (PPP). As such Hook in2 Hockey is now Hockey Australia s national recruitment program across both the school and club/association environments. Rookey is now the modified game that is played within a Hook in2 Hockey program.this consolidation of brands is inline with the stated organisational aim to have fewer brands in the junior participation market. Hook in2 Hockey is now able to, and in many areas of Perth and regional Queensland has replaced other junior programs such as Minkey. Image: Kiel Brown at the Superclinic in Darwin Page 18

19 Hook in2 Hockey continues to be targeted at primary school aged children approximately 5-12 years old. However the program is now progressively tiered into three distinct stages with specific target age groups for each stage, making it more flexible for deliverers and userfriendly for consumers. The three stages are: School = 5-8 years old using modified (previously Rookey) equipment Community Stage 1 = 5-8 years old using traditional hockey equipment Community Stage 2 = 9-12 years old using traditional hockey equipment The modified hockey equipment previously known as Rookey equipment is now also referred to as Hook in2 Hockey equipment and branded accordingly. Kookaburra Sport is now the Official Equipment Provider of the Hook in2 Hockey Participant Packs (equipment or apparel) for community program participants. In addition Kookaburra Sport will provide the paddle sticks that will be used predominately for school Hook in2 Hockey programs. The marketing of Hook in2 Hockey to clubs and associations has been a major focus with Hockey Australia undertaking a direct selling initiative in the early part of 2008 to inform volunteer personnel about the program. In addition the National Marketing Campaign was linked to Hook in2 Hockey through the use of the program s face, Jamie Dwyer. In conjunction with the Darwin 4 Nations tournament and with assistance from the NT Hockey Association the first Hook in2 Hockey Super Clinic was held with over 100 participants receiving coaching from the majority of the Kookaburras squad. Former Hockeyroo and triple Olympic gold medallist, Rechelle Hawkes has also been appointed as Hook in2 Hockey Ambassador and replaces national squad members Angie Lambert (nee Skirving) and Liam de Young. Hockey Australia would like to thank both Angie and Liam for their whole hearted contribution to the promotion of the program and the sport in general during their time as Ambassadors for the Hook in2 Hockey program. Hook in2 Hockey Service Agreements have been put in place with all but one, Hockey Victoria, of the state/territory associations. At the completion of the financial year three states Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia had achieved the minimum performance in terms of participants required for the state/territory association to receive an allocation of program revenue. Performance in all other states has been below expectations and questions the allocation of resources to the program being provided by the respective states. Total participant number for the financial year were 4,406 with over 75% of these participants coming from Queensland and Western Australia. Hockey Australia is committed to ensuring the ongoing success and viability of Hook in2 Hockey, however in order to effect any truly generational change to the current Minkey/ Hook in2 Hockey scenario, HA and the state/territory associations need to work together in a unified approach. HockeyNet The introduction of a partnership between HA and SportingPulse some five years ago, to provide a national platform for both membership management and competition management, saw the hockey community embrace the HockeyNet websites at a greater rate than of any sport in the country, despite a very loud objection in many quarters with regard to privacy concerns and having to have internet access to view fixtures. HA and State Associations together worked to overcome these views, and in a short period of time this lead to SportingPulse s web domain being the number two sporting website in Australia behind afl.com.au, primarily driven by how strongly hockey embraced this technology. Victoria was one of the leading State s in achieving this outcome. The initial agreement between HA and SportingPulse was costing HA, State and Regional Association s significant amounts in licensing fees and bandwidth, which did result in some reluctance to utilise the options available, and was not providing full benefit to the sport. The agreement effectively meant that the more hockey used the websites, the greater the costs for the sport. Since the expiration of that first agreement, HA has worked extremely hard in ensuring the sport was recognised for its contribution to SportingPulse s success, and how this would equate to any potential new agreement between the two organisations. The current agreement provides hockey with opportunities never experienced before. Full access to the SportingPulse product suite which includes membership and competition management software, websites for States, regional associations and clubs (for example mentonehockey. org.au), facility management software, communication tools etc all at no cost to any members of the hockey community, with a retail value of around $500,000 p.a. Hockey s revenue is not directly dependent upon how many members subscribe hockey earns this revenue via website page impressions. There is no doubt however that hockey s (continued) attractiveness to major sponsors is the ability to be associated with game reminders, site update notices etc not the selling or distribution of member details to other organisations this is not something that myhockey permits. The benefits to be gained by the introduction of myhockey for those members and supporters of our sport, in the current sponsorship environment, represents our sport s best opportunity to gain significant sponsorship revenue in both the short term and the future. It also provides our sport with opportunities such as broadcasting hockey footage on our websites, and submitting match results via sms and other exciting initiatives. Indigenous Program The past twelve months has seen the continuation of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) funded Indigenous Sports Program (ISP), with four of the eight states and territories QLD, NT, SA & WA participating. This reporting period has again seen the ASC s ISP Key Outputs and Activities being achieved in the following areas: Active Participation increasing the number of Indigenous Australians participating in hockey activities. Infrastructure and Skill Development increasing the number of accredited coaches and officials. Access to Facilities, Equipment and Competition Structures increase the awareness of cultural diversity of Indigenous Australians among non- Indigenous sports administrators. Development and Support Assisting Indigenous clubs and sporting organisations to coordinate their services and programs. Page 19

20 Game Development Department Report Cont. Female Apprentice Coach Program Following the successful commencement of the inaugural Female Coach Apprenticeship Program, it was decided to continue with the program initiative with the support of the Australian Sports Commission. The program is now driven primarily by Hockey Australia s Coaching Manager. It is designed to provide opportunities for female coaches to progress from their current coaching environment to the elite level. Six participants for the program were announced in January 2008, as follows: Tate Napier (WA) Chantrelle Carey (NT) Cathy Taylor-Alt (QLD) Lynne Fitzpatrick (ACT) Tracey Cameron (TAS) Kimberly Hughes (SA) The FCAP was launched with a Professional Development Workshop facilitated by Trish Heberle (former Great Britain Women s Coach and TIS NTC coach). It was held in conjunction with the Queensland leg of the Hockeyroos vs Great Britain Home Series. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate discussions based on observations from the matches, exploring the technical, tactical and physical requirements of the modern international game. The workshop was very well received by participants, who enjoyed the open forum style of learning, Trish Heberle s insights into being a female coach at the elite level and the opportunity to meet and discuss the Toowoomba match with Frank Murray pre and post-match. Since the launch of the new HockeyEd Community and Beginner online training programs in April 2007, 2706 umpires/ coaches have either registered for a new accreditation, renewal or recognition of current competency coaches have registered and 325 of those have completed their accreditation (new, renewal or RCC) umpires have registered and 453 of those have completed their accreditation (new, renewal or RCC). Hockey Australia has also transitioned approximately 300 state umpiring badges from WA, QLD and SA across to the new HockeyEd structure. The Development Level Coach and Umpire programs were trialled in Melbourne during the 2008 U18 Women s Championships and in Hobart during the U21 Women s Championships, respectively. Program content and resources for facilitators/ coordinators and participants will be made available electronically through a secure page on the HA website. Assessor Training specific to the HockeyEd program has been conducted in six out of the eight states with WA and NSW yet to participate. HockeyEd Memberships were launched on the 15th of January, 2008 and are available for purchase online. The membership adds value to being accredited by providing a number of exciting benefits and resources specific to the level of accreditation. Individuals obtaining a new accreditation, upgrading or renewing their accreditation receive a HockeyEd Membership as part of their accreditation. Hockey Australia continues to educate and promote HockeyEd to the hockey community through direct communication with accredited coaches/ umpires and via a significant national and state website presence (including online registration). Promotional resources including; posters, an electronic flyer and advert have been produced for clubs and associations to utilise. Officiating Commission The Officiating Commission held one face to face meeting during the year. Major outcomes of this meeting were: Recommendation of future Game Development involvement with Veterans Championships appointments Hockey Australia will undertake research into grassroots umpiring issues Hockey Australia Codes of Conduct were updated and amended to reflect current FIH requirements During the year, nominations were sought for appointment to the Officiating Commission, however Jan Hadfield, Gary Marsh and Don Prior were re-appointed by the HA Board for a further two years. Official of the Year Hockey Australia s Official of the Year can be awarded to an umpire, umpire coach/ manager or technical official, and nominations for this award are based upon the following criteria: Currently actively officiating within Australia Also officiating at national and/or international level Level of achievement during the twelve month period Contribution to development of officiating in Australia at club, regional, state or national level is the fifth year of Hockey Australia s Official of the Year being awarded. Page 20

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