Waikato University Hockey is excited to announce our Premier Coaches for the 2018 season.

We welcome back Kirsten Petrie to lead our Women’s side, Kirsten is a vastly experienced coach, having been assistant coach at NHL level along with age group representative sides plus coaching NZ Presidents.

Matt Rees-Gibbs will be returning from playing overseas to return as Premier Men’s coach. It’s hoped that once again the Premier Men will be challenging at the business end of the local competition and Midlands Intercity.

Any players wishing to trial for our Premier squads this season are invited to attend our clubs trials on Sunday the 18th of Feb and Sunday the 4th of March at St Paul's.

Happy New Years everyone, hope you are looking forward to the new season. We'd like to invite all new and returning players to attend our 2018 trials, we have teams available for all levels of hockey. If you are interested in playing but can't make it to either of our trials then please let us know.

Sunday 18 February at St Paul's Collegiate.

Sunday 4 March at St Paul's Collegiate.

Women please be there at 5pm to register and warm up, turf time starts at 5:30pm, finishing at 6:30pm. Men please be there at 6pm to register and warm up, turf time starts at 6:30pm, finishing at 7:30pm.

We are also having three open nights on Wednesday 14 February, 21 February and 28 February, 6:30pm to 7:30pm also at St Paul's Collegiate. These are a chance to have a friendly hit around and work off a bit of rust before the season starts. Again, everyone is welcome.

For more information check out the Facebook events for club trials and open nights. Look forward to seeing you all there!

The twenty seventeen University of Waikato Hockey prize giving will be held at Bar101 on Saturday 9 September.

Gather around as we mull over the highlights of the season that has just gone. Awards for each teams; most valuable, most improved players. Awards for coaches, supporters, umpires and representative players.

Doors open at 7pm, the ceremony starts at 7:30pm. Entry is only $5 per person.

Any other additional queries, enquire further with your coaches or the esteemed committee.

Get along to Gallagher this Saturday to watch some great hockey!

Of course there will be some awesome Varsity teams playing so get your red and black pompoms out and come and cheer us on! Both of our Premier teams have made the finals along with our Reserve Women and Reserve 2 Men.

Woman's Reserve 1 Div Championship Match 1:30pm HOG Reserves vs Uni Reserve A Water 1

Men's Reserve 2 Championship Match 2pm Insight Fraser Tech vs Uni Reserve B Water 2

Men's Premier Championship Match 5:00pm Collegians vs Uni Storage King Water 1

Woman's Premier Championship Match 6:45pm Fraser Tech vs Uni Active Fitness Women Water 1

Cafe will be cracking so pop along for a few beers to support us!

Loyal disciples of University hockey. Wanting something to express your undying commitment to Varsity Hockey? Then look no further than these Varsity Hockey hoodies.

Available in sizes 8 to 18 for hockey's finest sheilas. Or the standard adult size range from XS to XXXL, so from little Aaron Box to the ultimate rig Paul Hamlin. Orders need to be in by this Friday (11th August), so that the hot hoods can be in your hands by finals' weekend. Price is a very modest $60.

So get in quick by either contacting your respective coaches or go directly to the source, Wade Guthrie.

Annual Varsity Hockey quiz night! Raggle up your team mates, or just friends in general. It's at a licensed premises (Shenanigans, Victoria St), so minors will need to have adult supervision.

Doors open at 7, team entries in by 7:23, first question at 7:30 sharp.

Prizes for podium finishers. May or may not be spot prizes.

Entry fee is $2 per person. 6 people maximum per team.

Well done to The University of Waikato mens team that beat The University of Auckland in the final to become Tertiary Sport NZ National Tertiary Hockey Champions for 2017!

Congrats to Liam, Taz, Simon, Fletcher, Davin, Josh and Aaron who were part of the University team. Josh and Taz were also selected in the tournament team, great work!

Massive congratulations to our University Be Active Fitness Premier team mate Tash Fitzsimons on being selected in the Vantage Black Sticks World League team!

After the success of the event last year, we thought we would try it again. Same idea, different beers!

The second annual Varsity Hockey Beer Tasting is coming up soon - Friday 12 May. You will have to be in quick as spaces are strictly limited.

Starting at 7:30pm upstairs at Little George, $20 will get you tasting sizes of five different (and slightly unusual) beers, a larger beer to wet your whistle and some snacks to munch on. You'll hear an interesting story or two about the beers and audience participation is encouraged :)

Payment will need to be made by Thursday 11 May in order to secure your spot (and so we know how much beer to get!). You can pay cash to Brendon Jones or the committee executive, or pay directly into the club account via Internet banking (Waikato University Hockey Club 03-1555-0091780-00, use your name and "beer" in the reference fields).

See you there!

We hope everyone survived the long weekend and the wild weather! Here is a round up from the previous weeks games...

Both our premier teams took on Fraser Tech, this were both big games with Storage King Premier Men defending the OneStaff Challenge Shield and our Be Active Fitness Women challenging for the Shield.

Storage King Premier Men had a tough match but managed to ease out to a 3-1 win and retain the Shield for another week.

Be Active Fitness Women also had a close battle, Tech scored from a PC in the opening quarter but the Varsity Women soon settled into the game. and scored an equaliser. After half time and some inspirational words we managed to slot two quick goals and go up 3-1. The last quarter was tough with Tech having several PC's, they managed to peg one back but Varsity held on for a well earned 3-2 win which meant they took the OneStaff Shield off Tech! Congrats to both of our Premier teams who now both hold the OneStaff Shield !

Reserve A Women also beat Fraser Tech 5-1

Reserve A Men drew 3-3 with Collegians

One2one Photography Reserve B Women lost 2-1 to Marist

Reserve B Men lost 3-0 to Suburbs

Social Women lost 5-0 to Old Girls

Social Men lost 4-2 to Old Boys North Care