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TRY HOCKEY!!

Vanuatu Hockey Federation is hosting an OPEN DAY at Wan Smol Bag.

Tuesday the 12th of July at 3pm at the sports field, Wan Smol Bag.

BLONG EVRIWAN - Gel, boi, mama and ol man!!more

Vanuatu has the best player in the Pacific!

But in what sport?

Hockey! And his name is Hiro Namu, Captain of team Vanuatu who won the silver medal at World League Round 1 in Fijimore

Junior Outreach Program

The hockey development officers have been very busy in the first four months of the year. Here is an update of the activity which has been happening.more

Mens National Squad announced for Fiji

The Men’s National Hockey squad has been announced for the World League Round One to be held in Suva, Fiji on the 26th of June.more

New Committee

The Annual General Meeting was held at the end of March and there has been a few changes to the committee. We welcome all new members joining the already strong team to push hockey forward.more

Mary Siro wins major international award!

National hockey player and Wan Smol Bag staff member Mary Siro has won the Queens Young Leader award for work with all Mama's and Pikinini around Efate!more

South Pacific Games Success!

Men have won the silver medal and the Women the bronze in the most successful tournament ever for Vanuatu in hockey only months after the devastating Tropical Cyclone Pam.more

Bitter sweet FIH award for VHF

The VHF has been recognised Internationally for their overwhelming development and growth over the past 5 years, as the winner of the FIH Etienne Glichitch Award.

However the award comes with tragic irony as just days after the international award was announced, the VHF was forced to cancel the National Men’s team participation in the upcoming Oceania Cup due to funding.more

Women’s national team bound for WLR1

The Vanuatu National Women’s Hockey Team has been announced after over 4 months of training and preparation. The final team has been narrowed down to 14 athletes, who will travel to Suva, Fiji this December to compete in the Oceania Pacific Cup/ World League round 1.more

Vanuatu U.18 Defeat Fiji in a whirlwind of talent and speed

As only a very new federation, Vanuatu Hockey has come leaps and bounds in the last 2 years, taking it to teams with all the experience.more

Vanuatu makes International ripples in the Pacific

It hasn't taken too long for Vanuatu to make its mark on the hockey world. After conception in 2006, the Vanuatu Hockey Federation hasn't stopped for air - jumping from project to project in a rapid flurry of development.more

Youth Olympic Preparations Move Forward

Preparations to hold Vanuatu’s first ever Official Olympic Tournament are moving along swiftly, despite a few initial funding hurdles. This coming March, Port Vila will be the host of the Youth Olympic Oceania Hockey5s Qualifier – with over 80 athletes and Officials traveling to Vanuatu to compete for a place in the most prestigious international youth competition.more

All Six Countries Confirm for Hockey5s

All six active Federations in the Oceania Hockey Federation have confirmed their participation in the upcoming Youth Olympics Qualifier to be held here in Port Vila, Vanuatu in March 2014.

Teams from New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa PNG and Vanuatu have confirmed they will be sending mens and womens and Australia thier mens U.18 teams to compete in the event.more

Official Opening marks a big day for Vanuatu Sport

Wednesday morning saw the grand opening of Wan Smolbag’s new sports field. The build up to this day has been phenomenal, with a great amount of regional and international media interested in the exciting project.

Pidgin Radio ABC Interview: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/tokpisin/2013-10-21/vanuatu-i-redi-nao-long-nupla-hockey-sports-field/1207556more

A great place to volunteer

Check out this ABC radio interview with Development volunteer Jenny Bowtell working & loving life with the Vanuatu Hockey Federation:

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/tokpisin/radio/onairhighlights/meri-australia-i-helpim-vanuatu-hockey-sport/1207070more

YOUTH OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS COMING TO VANUATU!!!!!!!

For the first time in Vanuatu history, Port Vila is to be the host of an Official Olympic event.

The Vanuatu Hockey Federation (VHF) is excited to announce its success in their recent bid to host the Youth Olympic Oceania Qualifiers in Port Vila, March 2014!!!more

A NEW FIELD FOR VANUATU HOCKEY!!!!

After 5 months of hard work the VHF is so excited to present its brand new hockey field! IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!

Have a listen to our ABC Australia Radio interview about the new field & its prospects:

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/tokpisin/2013-10-21/vanuatu-i-redi-nao-long-nupla-hockey-sports-field/1207556more

Grand final Spectacular for boys in Aus

Our two exchange players Hiro Namu and Morris Aromalo competed in thier first (but defintely not last) Australian hockey league grand final on the weekend. The boys competed for Casuarina Hockey Club in the Tweed Heads Div 2 in Queensland Australia.more

Players Gain Life Experience on Hockey Exchange

Two Ni Vanuatu hockey players, currently living in Queensland Australia as part of a new player exchange have been given a world of opportunity, not just on the hockey field.more

Bringing Hockey to Havannah Harbor

Hockey is Vanuatu’s fastest growing sport, as it continues to spread throughout villages and island in North Efate. In the past 2 months, The Vanuatu Hockey Federation (VHF) has held a number of workshops to over 400 girls and boys in villages and islands including Mangiliui, Moso and Lelepa.more

Naganga Sports for Development

The VHF recently attended the Nabanga Sports for Development "National Sports Federation Session" coming away with a range of great new ideas and contacts.more

And we have a FIH International Ranking!

Vanuatu Men and Women are now world class- the newest addition to FIH International World Rankings.

http://www.fih.ch/en/fih/events/worldranking

Down the bottom to begin with but that will change soon enough.

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Select Sports Group hits a goal for Pacific Hockey

Select Sports Group of Just Hockey Australia , GoHockey New Zealand and Mazon Hockey have recently come onboard as a fantastic supporter of Pacific Island hockey. For years Just Hockey has been the key supplier for both Papua New Guinea and Fiji Hockey including support of lesser financial bodies including Vanuatu and Samoa Hockey.more

Aelan Hockey - across the water to Moso

We are starting a new Havannah Habour North Efate League! Moso is getting in on the action first. 60 + kids running around with a hockey stick in their hand and a beautiful beach as a back drop. What could be better!!more

Hiro + Morris Swing into Casuarina HC

Namu and Aromalo competed in their first game for Casuarina on the weekend, drawing with competition leaders 3-3. They have also been given a sponsorship deal with leading hockey retailer Just Hockey, who identify talented athletes and support them with free equipment including shoes and sticks.more

Local MPs Support Elite Youth Hockey Exchange

Support from local MPs have given two young athletes the opportunity extend their skills and compete at an elite level in an Australian Hockey Club.

After fantastic success at the Junior World Cup Qualifiers in Gold Coast this past March, an Australian Hockey club invited two Ni Vanuatu players to join their team in a top level league for three months.more

Red hot finals Seris!

The Wan Smol Bag, Vanuatu Hockey league finals were wrapped up on Friday night with some hotly contested matches in all divisions.more

New 6 a side Hockey League a Cracking Success

For the first time, Vanuatu has its own Hockey League. The Port Vila 6-a-side Hockey League started last Friday at Wansmolbag Sport Centre. The Vanuatu Hockey Federation has 6 U.15 teams, 5 women’s teams and 6 men’s teams. Already these teams are busting at the seams and new teams are wanting to eneter!more

Melbourne club TEM Hockey get collecting for Vanuatu

This year the Toorak East Malvern Hockey club, of Melbourne Australia have reached out to support Vanuatu Hockey, donating over 200kg of hockey equipment.

The club looked to all players to support and work together for the cause, cleaning out their closets, wardrobes and garages of their unused sticks, uniforms and shoes.

http://www.boroondarareviewlocal.com.au/story/1430484/tropical-treat-for-fledgling-hockey-league/?cs=2403more

Forming Bonds with Casuarina Hockey club, QLD Australia.

Casuarina Hockey Club has been instrumental in assisting Vanuatu Under 21 Men’s team to win a bronze medal at the recent Oceania Junior World cup qualifiers held on the Gold Coast.

See: http://www.hockeyqld.com.au/News/ArtMID/5215/ArticleID/1356/Casuarina-Hockey-Club-builds-strong-bonds-through-hockeymore

Vanuatu Defeat PNG for the Bronze at the Junior World Cup Qualifiers!

The Vanuatu U.21 boys have done their country proud - defeating Papua New Guinea for the first ever time in Hockey History.

In the Bronze medal game at the Junior World Cup Qualifiers, the boys were able to defeat the experienced PNG team, with a closing score of 2-1.more

Impressing at the North Coast Acadamy, Grafton NSW.

After being in the country only 2 days, the boys have already turned a few heads, with their speed agility and natural ability impressing.

The team was invited to train at the North Coast Academy of Sport Hockey Camp in Grafton NSW. This academy is set up to support young and upcoming talented players, with fantastic facilities and new sporting technology.more

Exciting New Uniform Sponsorship with Fi-Ta

The Vanuatu Hockey Federation is going to look better than ever at the Junior World Cup Qualifiers this February.

The team has very generously been sponsored by Fi-Ta Performance Sports Wear, with the kind help and generosity of Benjamin Webb.

The VHF will be keeping the new uniforms a secret from the team - impressing the boys no doubt with their own names on the back of their shirt. We Cant wait to see them!more

Vanuatu to send an U. 21 team to the Junior World Cup Qualifiers, Gold Coast

The Vanuatu Hockey Federation (VHF) is excited to announce the selected team for the Junior World Cup Qualifiers, to be held in Gold Coast, Australia this coming February.

After bringing home the bronze medal from the Oceania Pacific Cup in Fiji this past December, the team is rallied and preparing for a new and exciting challenge.more

2012 Oceania Pacific Cup News - Cyclone Survival and a Bronze Medal

After an exciting but tiring week on the hockey field at the Pacific Games in Suva, Fiji, the Vanuatu Hockey team have now found themselves stranded in Suva due to Cyclone Evan.

The mens and womens team performed fantastically throughout the week, with the boys coming home with a bronze medal, and the girls improving fantastically to narrowly miss out in the bronze medal match to Samoa.

The teams were extremely impressive, with all competitors being surprised by the high standard and improvement Vanuatu demonstrated on the Hockey field.more

2012 Oceania Pacific Cup News - Glorious Girls

Games against Papua New Guniea and Samoa proved that the team had the talent and speed to be competitive. As their understanding of full field hockey developed, the girls were able to demonstrate good team play, impressing other teams as well as representatives of the Oceania Hockey Federation.

In the bronze medal match against Samoa, the girls came out with a extraordinary perforce. Injured, overheated and exhausted from the most intense week of exercise of their lives, the girls pulled out something special to finish the Bronze medal game in a tie at 1-1. Unfortunately this did not quite get them over the line, with Samoa getting a lucky goal in extra time.more

2012 Oceania Pacific Cup News - So terribly close!

The Boys game against PNG was a big one - important to prove to ourselves, and important to move into the gold medal match against the formidable Fiji.

With Samoa unfortunately pulling out due to financial reasons, this was our big game for us, and we knew it!more

2012 Oceania Pacific Cup News - Full Field Nerves

For Vanuatu women, this was our first ever time to play on a full sized field, with our field back at home smaller than a quarter of a normal hockey field. However, this young team stood up to the challenge with a strong heart and a hunger to learn and improve.

Our first game against the more experienced Fiji proved a great learning curve. For a team of girls, many who had started playing hockey just six months before - we always knew it was going to be tough. But despite our lack of experience, we proved that we had the skill, speed and dedication to be a fierce competitor in the future and manged to come away with our first ever goal in an international match!more

2012 Oceania Pacific Cup News - A big improvement

For the Boys first game against Australia Country, we came out to show just how much we have improved in a year. And boy did we do so!

From a brutal scoreline of 14-0 last year, the boys came though with the goods, and started their tournament with a goal against the young aussie team, finished with an impressive 9-1 scoreline.more

A First for Vanuatu Hockey

For the first time in Vanuatu Sporting History, Vanuatu will be sending a women’s hockey team to compete in an official international tournament.more

National Mens and Womens Team Annouced

After a month of intense training and fitness, the final mens and womens national teams have been selected. Out of an initial training squad, 14 men and 13 women were selected in the final team to represent Vanuatu in the Oceania Pacific Cup in Suva, Fiji in December this year.more

PHP success with a Coach the Coaches Workshop

The VHF developed the Pikinini Hockey Program PHP to encourage hockey at a grassroots level into schools around Efate. After only six months in action, the program has achieved some great results, implementing a fun, healthy and sustainable plan into schools curriculum. In July 2012 Top Australian Coach john Mowatt came across to deliver a coach the coaches workshop.more

Pikinini Hockey Program Kicks Off in 2012

The Pikinini Hockey Program, which is supported by the Australian Sports Outreach Program's Pacific Sport Development Grant, has officially launched..more

Oceania Pacific Cup News - Day 5 - Lucky it's not rugby

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.

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Oceania Pacific Cup News - Day 4 - The Wantoks

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.

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Oceania Pacific Cup News - Day 3 - The Last of the Antipodeans

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.

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Oceania Pacific Cup News Day 2 - Austrlia Country U21 - Things Are Always Bigger in The Country

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.

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Oceania Pacific Cup News Day 1 - Fiji - A Baptism of Fir

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.

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Five Hockey Players To Make Shefa Province Proud At Oceania Pacific Cup

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.

 

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Vanuatu Men's Team to Compete for World Ranking Points

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.

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Final Oceania Pacific Cup Men's National Team Announced

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!

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Gryphon and Futuro Supports the Men's National Team in shaping up for OPC!

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!

 

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VASANOC Supports Vanuatu Hockey for First International Competition

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.

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Brian Fitzpatrick wins the Havannah Resort Raffle!

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.

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24 Man Pre-Squad Announced for Oceania Pacific Cup

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.

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1908 Sports Management assists Tanoliu Hockey Club

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 more 

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VHF Youth Activity Features on FIH Website!

You can check it out here:

http://www.fih.ch/files/Sport/Youth/Vanuatu%202010%20Youth%20Challenge.pdf

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WSB Smashers Take Out Gillion Supa 8s

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.

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OHF Development Officer Gill Gemming Visits Port Vila

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!

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Tanoliu Skelet Tops Table After First Round Triumphs

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.     

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Gilion Super 8s a First For Vanua Hockey

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.   

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FIH 'Age Fit' Pikinini Hockey Day Goes Gangbusters

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. 

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MCI Clean Sweep annual Easter Sixes Tournament

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..

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National Hockey Development Plan Update

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.   

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VHF AGM 2011 a busy day!

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.

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U12 and Womens Teams Join in Province of Origin Tournament

The annual Province of Origin Tournament has grown steadily over the last two years with two Junior and two Womens provinces joining the competition for the first time in 2010.more

Independens Knockaot Kup Hemi Mekem Hockey Histori

Las Fridei we i bin pas hemi wan dei we i ko long buk blo histori blong hockey long Vanuatu from hemi fes taem we i gat womens team we i stap kompit from. Vanuatu Hockey Federesen (VHF) hemi holdem wan Independence Hockey Knockaot daon lo Wan Smolbag Sports Kot mo foa womens tems wetem siks mens tems hemi faet from tufala kups.more

Kasse Takes Out Gillion Hockey 11s Championship

Winning contested ball in the midfield and the ability to convert goal-scoring chances was the major difference between Kasse and their local rivals, Skelet Fish, as they took out the inaugural Gillion Hockey 11s trophy in style, winning 2 - 0.more

OHF Development Officer Gill Gemming visits Vanuatu

It was a proud week for hockey in Vanuatu as we had a visit from the OHF Development Officer Gill Gemming from New Zealand. Gill had a very productive couple of days that included Introductory Umpiring and Skills clincs as well as providing plenty of advice and much needed equipment to the VHF.more

Too Little Too Late for Smolbag Smashers

Gilion Hockey 11s Championship Round 6

A high-scoring winning margin was needed for the Smolbag Smashers to gain entry into the grand final of the Gilion Hockey 11s Championship held at Ulei Secondary School Oval. A one-nil result against a vastly improving Development Squad last weekend was not enough to leapfrog Tanoliu Skelet Fish as they were narrowly defeated 2 – 1 by Tanoliu Kasse earlier in the final match up of round games.more

VHF Participates in VASANOC Olympic Sports Week Festival

Hockey was the newest Federation and was well represented at the inaugural Olympic Sports Festival hosted by VASANOC from 20th - 25th June. Introductory games and an information booth was the order of the week with female games only held on the day themed 'Women in Sport'.more

Tu Tems blo Tanoliu i Topem Gillion Hockey 11 Tabol

Gilion Hockey 11s Championship Round 5

Las wikend hemi wan gudfala roan blop tu tems blo Tanoliu Hockey Klub from tufala tems ia hemi fasem tu top plesis blo Gillion Hockey 11 Championship tabol.more

Berry Brace Cements Tanoliu Kasse on Top

Gilion Hockey 11s Champinoship Round 3

Two goals to scoring machine Jerry Berry saw Tanoliu Kasse pip Skelet Fish 2 goals to 1 to finish the first round of games in the Councillor Gillion Hockey 11s Championship.more

Kasse on Top After 2nd Round of Gillion Hockey 11s

A record haul of 8 goals to deadly striker Jerry Berry propels Kasse to the top of the table as Skelet Fish and the Smashers had to settle for a draw.more

Hockey History in Tanoliu!

Vanuatu's first ever 11-a-side hockey tournament kicked off over the weekend with four teams vying for the top prize in the inuagural Gillion 11's Tanoliu Championship. Big thanks goes to Shefa Provincial Councillor Gillion for the generous sponsorship of the 8 week tournament.more

Nominations for Tanoliu Hockey League now open!

The VHF is proud to start accepting nominations for teams to enter the inaugural Tanoliu Hockey 11 League. This is the first ever 11-a-side hockey tournament in Vanuatu and with four teams already registered you need to get in quick! Contact Ross on 27119 or George on 5417073 for more infomore

Rangers take out Easter Sixes Knockout

Eight teams from three clubs were represeted in the inaugural Easter Sixes Knockout. It was a great way to start the season as over 50 players took part in the knockout day tournament, shaking off the summer cobwebs ad vying for the trophy and prizes.more

VHF AGM 2010 Minutes

Attached are the meeting minutes for the AGM. Thanks to all who attended and congratulations to the newly elected Office Bearers.more

VHF AGM Tuesday 9th March 2010

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th March at Wan Smolbag Sports Senta starting at 5pm. All interesetd parties are welcome to attend. Click for agendamore

Derek Wilshire Visits Vanuatu

The former President and life member of Oceania Hockey, Mr Derek Wilshire, paid a welcome visit to Port Vila during February...more

VHF Concludes Schools Hockey Program

This week marks the successful completion of the Vanuatu Hockey Federations’ School Hockey Program, which has seen hundreds of students from around Port Vila participate in a series of Hockey clinics run by VHF coaches and players......more
VHF Super Sixes Finalists

Vanuatu Super Sixes Goes Down to the Wire

The Wan Smol Bag X-Boys have taken out the first Vanuatu Super Sixes Youth Hockey Tournament in a tight, hard fought final against the Malapoa Mazon at the Wan Smol Bag Sports Senta on Saurday afternoon...more

VHF To Host "Vanuatu Super Sixes" Youth Hockey Tou

The VHF is to host the first Vanuatu "Super Sixes" Youth Hockey Tournament on the 18th of October...more
VHF Competition

VHF Gains Membership to Oceania Hockey

The VHF is please to be included as a member of the Ocenaia Hockey Federation.more
Vanuatu XI

Vanuatu Defeats Suva Presidents XI

The visiting Vanuatu Hockey team defeated a Suva Hockey selection 4 - 0 in a XI a side match held at the National Hockey Centre on Thursday 20th March.more
some of the participants

VHF Runs Hockey Clinic at Mele - 28/01/08

Last Thursday afternoon the Vanuatu Hockey Federation held a clinic to introduce the sport of hockey to the kids of Mele.more

Red Pips Green in Pikinini Hockey Competition

The Vanuatu Hockey Federation held a month-long mini hockey tournament for boys' and girls' at Wan Smol Bag Sports Court with the finals being played on Tuesday. Four teams entered; six to a team which included at least two girls and the average age of participants was eleven.more
Vila North

Schools Program Underway

The local schools surrounding the Wan Smolbag Youth Centre Sports Court has started an Introduction to Hockey course as part of Smolbag's commitment to providing schools with regular physical education as part of their curriculum.more

Tigers Maul Smashers in Mangoes Indy Cup

Tagabe Tigers overcome Smolbag Smashers in the inaugural Independence Day Knockout Cup.more

Hockey Open Day A Roaring Success

A healthy turnout of men and women of all ages and fulup pikininis ensured the Hockey Day on Sunday was a success.more

Vanuatu Hockey Now Has Sideboards

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Smolbag Smashers in Bowl Final at Suva Sixes

A team made up of young men affiliated with Wan Smolbag's Yut Senta made their way to Fiji over the Easter long weekend for an invitational six-a-side tournament.more
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Preparations are under way for World League Round 1 in Fiji. The Mens team will be hoping to go one better than the silver they won at last years Pacific Games! Team to be announced soon!

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