Junior Country Championships

Saturday 18 MAY & Sunday 19 MAY, 2019

This competition is the annual Victorian Country Association hockey competition which is held in Melbourne in which teams compete against other Victorian regional associations.

Features of this event are:
• Under 13, 15 and 18 in boys and girls country representative teams
• Participate in a fun event over two days; 6 x 35 minute games.
• Strengthen your hockey skills and confidence in the game
• One of Victoria’s largest junior hockey event
• Provides all country Associations with an opportunity to travel together and represent their local area.

Under 13 competition: Born on or after 1 January 2006 Under 15 competition: Born on or after 1 January 2004 Under 18 competition: Born on or after 1 January 2001

All players must be registered and a member with Hockey Victoria by 1st of May 2019. You need to be registered with a Club from WGHA, but if you are currently registered with Gippsland Bull’s and would like to play you could do a dual registration with WGHA at no extra cost.

Team selection: Tuesday 30th April 5-6pm @ Bellbird Park
Training: Tuesday 7th & 14th May 5-6pm @ Bellbird Park

COST: $55 per player

Uniform: Navy shorts, bottle green hockey socks. Player shirts will be provided for the event. Mouth guard & shin guards must be worn.

Game Venues
Under 13 (Boys & Girls) Under 15 (Boys & Girls) Under 18 (Boys & Girls)

Essendon Hockey Centre Greensborough Hockey Centre State Netball Hockey Centre

Address of Venue
Essendon Hockey Centre: 1 Hockey Lane, Ascot Vale. Greensborough Hockey Centre: Plenty Park, Memorial Drive, Plenty.
State Netball Hockey Centre: 10 Brens Drive, Royal Park.

Please register your child’s interest by emailing Annette Zurrer on annettez@dcsi.net.au
If you have any questions please contact Annette on 0488299333 or your clubs junior development officer Andrew Mock (Gulls) 0417 705 744, Sam Taylor (Aztecs) 0459 959 96 or Graham Lyle (Drouids) 0437 986 064

Regional Development Program – 2018

Welcome to the Pilot Gippsland Bulls Regional Development Program.

The focus of the Pilot Program is to broaden the development framework for Victoria’s regional hockey players, this commences with the Gippsland project before rolling out to further regional areas over the next couple of years.

To confirm your position in the 2018/19 Development program, please complete registration which is a commitment to pay and you will be invoiced directly from the HV Finaance department.

If you have any further questions or queries regarding the Academy program after reading the information on our website, please contact Lachlan Anderson (landerson@hockeyvictoria.org.au).

Please find attached a document that outlines the program with dates and locations HERE – http://www.wgha.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/5292A310-CC7F-AF47-51328831950CADC811.pdf

Cost: The program cost is…

$220 Up Front Pay in 1 installment (after invoice from Hockey Victoria)


$240 Split Over 4 Installments (after invoice from Hockey Victoria)

Please register in the appropriate link attached. Register Here – https://gippslandbullsregional.eventdesq.com/reg/types
We are looking forward to a terrific initial program and developing the next future Victorian representatives from the Gippsland Arean a very exciting development for the Gippsland hockey community and Hockey Victoria (HV), for the first time ever HV will offer local development opportunities for regional junior players under the banner of HV’s highly successful Academy Program.


2018 HAVAL Junior State Championships

Dear Clubs & Regional Associations,

Please be aware that nominations are now open for both players and coaches to participate in the 2018 HAVAL Junior State Championships.

The event will run from Tuesday 3rd July – Friday 6th July at the State Netball Hockey Centre and Footscray Hockey Centre.

Trials for all Regional teams will take place on Sunday 25th March and for all Metro teams on either Sunday 29th April or Sunday 6th May. Please use the links below for further information on trial locations.

Player Nomination Links

Below are the links to nominate to trial as a player for either the Metro or Regional Zone teams.

Metropolitan Player Nomination Link – https://2018jscmetronoms.eventdesq.com/ Regional Player Nomination Link – https://2018jscregionalnoms.eventdesq.com/

Please note that Regional Player Nominations close at 10.00 am 19th March and Metropolitan Player Nominations close at 10am on Monday 23rd April. No late nominations will be accepted.


Coach Nomination Links

We are pleased to announce that coach nominations are also open.

Metropolitan Zone Coach Nomination Link – https://www.jotform.com/hockeyvictoria/2018-jsc-metro-coach-noms

Regional Zone Coach Nomination Link – https://www.jotform.com/hockeyvictoria/2018-jsc-regional-coach-noms

Please note that Regional Coach Nominations close 10.00 am Monday 19th March and Metropolitan Coach Nominations close 10am Monday 9th April.

We ask that you please share the appropriate player and coach nomination links within your club as well as across your website and social media platforms. Your support of this terrific event is very much appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Ben Seccull

Events & Indoor Hockey Manager

Regional Player Development Academy coming to Gippsland

Dear Gippsland Hockey Player,

We are excited to announce the transition towards our first ever Regional Junior Player Development Academy, in line with the Metro High Performance Academies for junior players. The Pilot Program will be implemented in partnership with the Gippsland Bulls, Latrobe Valley HA, West Gippsland HA and East Gippsland HA.

However, there is no change to the 2018 HAVAL JSC process at all (trials, etc).

It is hugely important to note that the intention of this development is to provide a recognisable existing regional entity as the platform for the player/coach development in Gippsland.

In this case, this entity is the Gippsland Bulls (just as WestVic may be the entity for the South West Country Zone when we implement the new model in that region).

The new model will ensure the focus is on the future of junior development in the region and establishing a two-way relationship between the Gippsland Bulls and the three Associations, which will drive the development of hockey players in the region.

As communicated to all Regional Associations recently, Gippsland will be the first regional zone to pilot the new model, which would see the following issues addressed:

  • Crystalise junior player development pathway, which would see more local development opportunities for children (therefore reducing the travel burden for kids and parents while still accessing professionally developed and delivered program);
  • Introduce a local junior player development program designed by HV High Performance Team; and
  • Establish a coach development pathway which would ensure self-sustainability for the region in the future.

The desired outcomes of the above model would be an increase in JCC team participation (and the improved results) from the three local associations, improved JSC results for the Zone, increased regional player representation in the State Teams, reduced travel relating to player development, and local employment/development opportunities for coaches and an administrator.

We understand that the model will take time to fully embed, but it is very important to commence the transition now.

With this in mind, HV will move to implement the following minor changes to the South East Cougars Zone immediately:

  • Rename the zone to Gippsland Bulls.
  • Implement minor change to Zone uniform to reflect the change.
  • Form a Zone Committee with representatives from LVHA, EGHA, WGHA and Gippsland Bulls to oversee the transition.

In March, HV will meet with the local Association and the Gippsland Bulls to finalise the details for the Regional Academy, which will commence in the last quarter of 2018. More details will be distributed in the near future.

If you have any questions in regards to the above, please email Sash Herceg on sherceg@hockeyvictoria.org.au