Australian Unicycle Hockey League Canberra Tournament

Second tournament of the year completed. 

Canberra hosted their first tournament for the newly formed Australian Unicycle Hockey League (AUHL) over the weekend.

Teams that took part in the competition were the Canberra Bushrangers, SWS Wombats, NBUC Stingrays, NBUC Riptides, North Canberra Roos, Newtown Zombies, and SWS Vikings.

Though only the second tournament of the year, it was clear from first bully off that all teams had improved since the competition a month before.

The previous tournament winners, South-West Sydney Wombats, found themselves with many tough games as teams aimed up in an attempt to shut down their players. They played well to grind out enough wins to take second place.

The Stingrays from the Northern Beaches managed to pull their team together after seventh spot in the previous tournament. Focusing their aggression on winning games instead of fighting with each other on court, they managed to keep it together to take third place.

The clear stars of the tournament were the South-West Sydney Vikings who despite fielding a four man side pillaged their way to tournament champions. Through skilled passing and excellent court coverage they shut out enough opposing teams to take the top spot.

It was great to see that many teams outside of the top three managed draws with teams on the podium. This showed that the level of unicycle hockey in Australia is improving rapidly with many teams dedicating more time to team practice and skills sessions. This recent improvement in Australian hockey is most likely due to the newly formed AUHL.

Video of the Month - April

You know when the sign says "3 have died! Walk bikes", there will be some technical riding.

A well shot video showing some very extreme trails at Moab Munifest in southeastern Utah. The two day mountain unicycling festival concluded on March 23 last month and this video was released soon after.

Keen eyes will recognise many well known mountain and trial riders throughout.

Munifest Moab 2014 #GoPro from LS3 Aerial on Vimeo.

Video of the Month - March

A new seventeen-minute video has been released featuring current World Flatland and EUC Street Champion Krisz Kovács and EUC Trials Champion Márk Fábián.

"This Fire" contains footage filmed over the last two years and was edited by "Sinco", a household name in extreme unicycling.

Sit back and enjoy some skilled street, flatland and trials, filmed against an amazing European backdrop.

 

this fire from sinco on Vimeo.

Photos and Videos

Here is a collection of all the stories, videos and public photos we know about for APUC/Uninats 2013.

If you have photos or videos we can add here, send details to aus_newsletter [at] unicycling [dot] org [dot] au (the editor) or contact us. Either links or reasonably sized attachments are fine.

The best video and the best photo of APUC/Uninats 2013 (as judged by the Uninats13 organising comittee) that is received before Feb 14th will win a $50 voucher from Unicycle.com AU!

Videos

Uninats 2013 Street/Flat Video - Isaac Conyers

UniNats 2013 from Isaac Conyers on Vimeo.

Uninats 2013 Playlist - Hippo Unicycles - 10 Videos

Uninats 2013 - unicycleking

2 Unicycle Hockey Teams to represent Australia at APUC 2103

Two teams have been selected to represent Australia at this years Asia Pacific Unicycle Championships in Canberra. The teams were chosen by a selection panel. The teams, whose names are still to be revealed are;

Charles Allum - NBUC
Ashley Curtis - Revesby
Luke Hilderbraat - Revesby
Tom Lambert - Canberra
Jamey Mossengren - NBUC
Nic Vevers - Canberra

Cris Bailiff - Sydney
Nic Ballantyne - Revesby
Cameron Blight - Revesby
Ryan Chadwick - Sydney
Luke Machon - NBUC
Shane Machon - NBUC
Matt Price - Sydney

Congratulations to all of the above mentioned people. In the case of unavailability, please notify us, and a replacement will be selected.

You will be contacted in regards to training details shortly.

Regards,
Ashley Curtis

Newcastle unicyclist looking for other riders

If you are a Newcastle rider, there's a new unicyclist in town by the name of Chris. He would like to meet up with other riders. If you want to connect, please email the AUS newsletter editor at: aus_newsletter [at] unicycling [dot] org [dot] au

APUC/Uninats 2013 Timetable

UniNats 2013, hosting the 4th Asia Pacific Unicycle Championships (APUC) 2013 - will be held in Canberra ACT from the 12-16th December, brought to you by the AUS and the ACT Unicycle Riders Society.

The detailed event timetable is available on the ACTURS Uninats + APUC website

Help Samuel Johnson on his 15,000KM "Love Your Sister" unicycle ride for Breast Cancer

Samuel Johnson, well known the Australian actor, is setting off on February 15th on a marathon 15,000 KM unicycle ride around Australia, to raise $1 Million for breast cancer.

Samuel has contacted the AUS to invite all Australian unicyclists to join in and help out with this mammoth ride, which is going to take him a year to complete!

Here's what Samuel has to say to all unicycle riders:

Hello!

My name is Samuel Johnson. My sister has terminal breast cancer.

She is the mother of two beaut boys and as such is keen for me to help her remind every mum in the land to be breast aware.

How? Well, starting on the 15th of February, 2013 I will ride my unicycle around the entire country, hitting up hundreds of communities and every capital city.

We are officially attempting to break the Guinness world-record for longest distance traveled on a one-wheeler (15,000 kms) and are proud of our lofty aim to raise $1 million for the Garvan Research Foundation.

Kris Holm gives talk about unicycling

Extreme unicyclist, Kris Holm, recently spoke about the sport at FEAT (Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks), an annual evening of presentations by adventure sportspeople. Check out what he had to say: http://www.featcanada.ca/2013/07/kris-holm-mountains-and-unicycles/

North American Unicycling Convention and Championships 2013

US unicyclists recently held their North American Unicycling Convention and Championships. There are loads of videos circulating on YouTube about the event. Here's one compilation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9djGzZuXZY
but also check out the high jump (highest jump cleared 125 cm!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZCgPKSI7Bc

2013 NZ Unicycle Nationals

For Aussies needing a prelude to Uninats in December - the NZ Unicycle Nationals are happening in October, in Dargaville. There'll be high jump, long jump, muni, street rides, hockey games and more. Find more info on the Facebook Event Page http://www.facebook.com/events/153656898139295/

When: 25 Oct 2013 to 28 Oct 2013

Packing a unicycle

Read the best advice I've heard on packing a uni for travel from an expert. Ken Looi posted this advice on his Adventure Unicyclist site: http://www.adventureunicyclist.com/articles2/unitouring/packing-unicycles/

Uninats 2013/APUC 2013 ACTURS Website & Timetable

UniNats 2013 with the Asia Pacific Unicycle Championships (APUC) 2013 - will be held in Canberra ACT from the 12-16th December, hosted by the ACT Unicycle Riders Society.

For more details see the ACTURS Uninats 2013 website.

AUS Street and Flat weekend 2013 - Sydney April 20+21st

Chris Wallace has organised the AUS Street & Flat 2013 to be held at Waterloo skatepark, Sydney - 20th and the 21st of April. Be ready to ride by 10.00am on Saturday 20th!

The entry price for competitors is $20, and you will need to be a current AUS member to cover insurance ($10 to join on the day if you're not currently a member).

It is free for spectators! The prizes are a medal and certificate.

They are awarded to first, second and third place in the following events:

  • Street expert
  • Street intermediate
  • Flat expert
  • Flat intermediate
  • High jump
  • Long jump

    If you would like to be a judge for the Street and Flatland comps then please contact Chris via the Facebook page or  by email ChrisW1096 [at] gmail [dot] com ASAP. Judges very much wanted!
For any questions about the event and to follow the organisation check out the Street & Flat Facebook page. 

 

Interstate hockey weekend

Eight hockey teams converged on Riverwood, Sydney a couple of weekends ago to fight it out for the coveted interstate Unicycle Hockey Cup.

Revesby B vs Sydney Hockey Orange

Revesby A were tipped take out the cup, with a strong team headed by Ashely Curtis. They did not disappoint.

But the big surprise came from the Northern Beaches Unicycle Club, Sydney. Having only been in operation since mid 2012, NBUC fielded two teams, one of which took out second place - snatching that honour from Sydney Hockey! Hats off to Charlie Allum for getting some hockey action going north of the bridge and getting his teams' skills up so quickly.

So here's how it went down: Revesby A - 1st place, NBUC A - 2nd place, Sydney Hockey Orange - 3rd place.

Congrats to all the other teams that took part: Canberra A and B, Sydney Hockey Black, NBUC B and Revesby B. Many thanks to all the organisers - especially to Ashley for arranging the event and fantastic facilities, to Cris for admin and insurance, and to the refs on the day.

Huge thanks to all the teams who participated, especially those who journeyed up from Canberra and Melbourne. Thanks too to all the supporters - with a shout out to Jess who monitored the team draws. It was a great tournament and we can't wait for the next one - hopefully before Uninats.

Thanks Vicki for the photos!

Cup winners

If you would like to try your hand at hockey - it's awesome fun! - check this website for details of clubs and games.