Batley Underwater Hockey Tournament
A Junior Underwater hockey Tournament for under 13 years old players was held at Batley Sports and Tennis Centre on
The tournament attracted 7 teams : from the
The sport of underwater hockey or octopush involves wearing mask, fins and snorkel and holding your breath while you push a lead puck around the bottom of the swimming pool. Working as a team is essential since you can only hold your breath so long and then have to surface before going down again. Matches at the tournament were 6 minutes each way. As you can imagine it is important to change ends since defending the deep end is much harder.
Each team has 10 players : 6 in the water and 4 subs who can swap at any time during the game. There are 2 referees in the water who decide whether a goal has been scored and also make sure that nobody fouls for example pushing the puck with your hand instead of the small bat.
The tournament was extremely exciting with an overall winner in
In third place was local team
4th place was Nemo a team from
5th was Batley . This was a first tournament for all of the Batley players many of whom only started playing in May last year. Junior octopush sessions run every Sunday at Batley Sports and Tennis Centre from 5.30 till For more infromation please contact the sports centre.
6th place was Xarifa a team from
Finally a mixed
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and it is hoped to become an annual event as it used to be 10 years ago. Batley has actually trained many junior players who have gone on to represent