The Canterbury Under 21 Men's hockey team that contests the Hockey New Zealand National Under 21 Tournament each May is a regional team that represents the Canterbury region as defined by Hockey New Zealand. This means that the team is selected from the best eligible players in the five provincial associations within the greater Canterbury region - Canterbury, Malvern, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast.
The philosophy in selecting this team is to select the best available players as the primary focus for this team is to win the national title on offer and as a result maximise the number of players from the team that earn national honours. This means that players from outside of the 19-21 age group (i.e. under 18 and below) will be considered.
It is also important for players to recognise that as a result of the philosophy being about achieving the best result possible at the national tournament, the coach is not required to ensure all players receive similar levels of playing time. The coach is expected to utilise the available players as best as possible to ensure the best result possible and if this means some players receive less playing time than others across the week of national tournament, then that decision is supported by the Canterbury Hockey Association.
Player eligibility stipulates a player may turn 21 in the year of the tournament, but anyone who is older than this (i.e. turns 22 or older in the year of the tournament) is not permitted to play.
In addition, given the Under 21 teams can include Guest Players in accordance with Hockey New Zealand regulations, players that were unable to trial or train with the team, but were currently part of a national squad and interested in playing for Canterbury, were considered.
2013 Trial & Selection Process
The finalised trial process overview for the Canterbury Under 21 Women's team can be viewed via the link below:
Canterbury Under 21 Men's Trial Process Overview
Canterbury Under 21 Men's Trial Nomination Form
In addition, given the Under 21 teams can include Guest Players in accordance with Hockey New Zealand regulations, players that were unable to trial or train with the team, but are currently part of a national squad and interested in playing for Canterbury, will be considered.
2013 Team Information
The following players have been selected to represent Canterbury at the Hockey New Zealand 2013 National Under 21 Tournament to be played in Whangarei from 7-12 May (inclusive) are:
St Bede's College/HSOB/Burnside
2013 Management Group