|29 April 2020 We hope that everyone is staying safe in their bubbles and the transition to level 3 has gone well for our community. While we currently have no hockey happening we hope that it won’t be long now until we can get back on the turf and reconnect with our friends while playing our amazing sport. We will provide a further update around when the 2020 Hockey Season can start once we have more information from Sport New Zealand and the Government with regards to what is possible at each of the alert levels.|
|GOVERNMENT COVID 19 UPDATES|
|CLICK HERE FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT|
|Hockey New Zealand in partnership/consultation with our Associations has made some important decisions in recent weeks as the Covid 19 pandemic has progressed. The cancellation of all domestic representative tournaments for the 2020 season. Please click here for all the information on this decision. School Sports New Zealand announced last week that a decision will be made on Winter Tournament Week in early June. Please continue to check their website for the most up to date information in this space. Prior to the Level 4 lockdown, Hockey New Zealand announced that all community hockey had been postponed until the 2nd of May. Hockey New Zealand have been working with Sport New Zealand and several other NSO’s to understand what activity is going to be possible at each alert level. We will aim to have more information around this in the next week. We are keenly awaiting the government announcement on the 11th of May around when we will be moving out of Level 3. We understand that this is a difficult time, we will aim to provide our community as much information as possible throughout this dynamic situation.|
|SPORT NEW ZEALAND LEVEL INFORMATION|
|VISIT THE SPORT NZ WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION|
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|Hopefully you’re still practicing hockey at home and enjoying some classic games on your screens, as we all do the right thing and stay home to look after each other. Way to go NZ! If you need a little more entertainment, our good mates from Sky Sport are offering free trials for Lightbox & Neon, showing blockbuster movies and award-winning TV. They have also thrown in the chance to win 1 of 10 Neon 12-month Subscriptions on them when you subscribe. Sky have been a big supporter of hockey – they back the Black Sticks and have broadcast many of our national events including the National Hockey Championship. Now is our chance to sign up, enjoy the free trials and show Sky some love from the hockey community, so we can see more hockey on telly in the future (and free trials are pretty sweet too, so why not!?) Enjoy!|
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|MISSING LIVE SPORT?|
|Sky Sport have you covered with replays of the awesome 2019 TSB Community Trust Series in Stratford between the Vantage Black Sticks Men and Japan. Make sure you head to the Sky website for full coverage of when the matches are going to be shown.|
|CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE|
|MASTERS WORLD CUP UPDATE|
It’s great to see the recent
conversations going on with regard to the postponement of the various
WMH 2020 World Cup events. Clearly WMH’s decision to postpone the
World Cups to 2021 has some flow-on effects which need considering
before any decisions are made with regard to participation. Adding
three World Cup events to the currently scheduled early May
Trans-Tasman tournament creates some interesting questions
particularly around participation, player availability and selection
criteria and costs for each event.
We’ve asked WMH to confirm how the postponement will affect the current two yearly cycle of events, specifically if the cycle will simply move out a year or whether it will remain as it is with another World Cup to be played in 2022. We’ve not had a definitive response at this stage.
We’re conscious that this uncertainty currently limits our ability to make reasonable and pragmatic decisions for 2021 but wanted you to to understand that we are considering all our options and will update you as soon as we have the information required.
|WATCH ‘HOME HOCKEY’ VIDEOS ON SKY|
|Some of our top hockey coaches and Vantage Black Sticks players have been working with Sky Sport to put together some outstanding hockey training videos for our community called ‘Home Hockey’ These videos and drills are designed for you to do while you are at home so that when you return to the turf you will have new skills to impress with. Make sure you check out this awesome series which has new episodes coming out weekly. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SKY SPORT NEXT CONTENT|
|FIH HOCKEY PRO LEAGUE UPDATE|
|The FIH has announced that Season 2 of the FIH Hockey Pro League will now be completed up to June 2021, this will allow ideal preparation for the teams as they work their way towards the Tokyo Games. Season 3 will begin in the latter part of 2021 and will culminate in 2022. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY|
|HOCKEY CHAMPION KEVIN TUTTY PASSES AWAY|
Hockey New Zealand has today learned
of the passing of a long time champion of the sport Kevin Tutty.
Tutty was a well-respected journalist who had a more than 40-year
career with the Christchurch Press.|
Tur Borren who was part of the 1976 Gold Medal Winning Olympic Hockey Team Commented “Tutts had a tough job, gradually replacing CV Walter as the principal journalist covering hockey in Canterbury. He approached this challenge with a modesty which we came to respect. In my memory, it seemed to be often raining whilst Kevin stood patiently on the sideline. He was always pleased to see us and I suspect Chris Maister was his favourite. Rest In peace, old mate”.
While Kevin Tutty was a keen cricket buff he played an integral role in helping grow the Canterbury Hockey scene to the powerhouse Association it has come to be today.
In his early days, Tutty was an excellent hockey player where he played the sport to a very high level.
His first job in covering hockey came in 1971 and a decade later he found himself covering the Hockey World Cup in Mumbai where he shared a room with commentator Bryan Waddle.
He took great pleasure in covering the 1976 Olympics where our men brought home the Gold Medal. He has played hockey at Ashburton College with one of the team members Paul Ackerley.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family from all of the New Zealand hockey community.
Stuff wrote an awesome article in 2012 when Kevin Tutty retired from the Christchurch Press. Make sure you click the link below to read about one of our great Sports Journalists. CLICK HERE FOR THE STUFF ARTICLE
|VANTAGE BLACK STICKS UPCOMING SCHEDULE|
|DUE TO THE COVID 19 SITUATION ALL VANTAGE BLACK STICKS MATCHES ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD|
|UPCOMING DOMESTIC EVENTS|
|Due to the COVID 19 Situation, the 2020 Representative National Calendar has been cancelled. We will announce details around the 2021 National Calendar later in 2020.|