News: Awards and Recognition

Global Stars - Waihi Leader 2 May 2019

Published 6 Jul 2019 by Admin in Awards and Recognition and Tournaments

Waihi Miners Global Stars

From: Waihi Leader, 2 May 2019

A total of seven players from one Waihi club will represent New Zealand in international hockey competitions this year.

The junior hockey players from Waihi Miners Inline Hockey club will be competing at the AAU Inline Hockey Junior Olympics 2019 in Hawaii and Inline Hockey World Championship (part of World Roller Games) in Barcelona in June and July.

The players at the AAU Inline Hockey Junior Olympics are Braydon Burr, Zac Williams (under 12) and Honza Andrews and Bree Heays (under 14).

Jamie Mudford, Luke Barakat and Joeb Ibbotson will compete at the Inline Hockey World Championship in Spain.

The players were selected for these events from Kiwi trials late last year and early 2019. They have attended training camps in New Plymouth, Hamilton and Wellington to prepare.

Club treasurer Jana Andrews says the club is special in that it is always well represented at major overseas hockey events.

“The Waihi club has had many successful players over the years who competed at a high level nationally and internationally. Some of the players are going for the first time, others are seasoned New Zealand representatives.”

The players have a big local fundraising push towards their trip as they must raise at least $4500 each. Fundraising events have included garage sales and selling produce in markets.

Group fundraising events have included public skating, holiday skating and zorb soccer sessions.

The club’s rink is at the Waihi Events Centre on Haszard St.

There are public skate nights on Saturday nights throughout the school term.

Miners Inline Hockey Club - Committee Report AGM 2018

Published 22 Feb 2018 by Admin in Awards and Recognition and General News

2017 Club of the Year

We would like to welcome all our new 2017 players. It has been wonderful to see how much you have all improved during the season and your love of the game continues to grow.

In 2017 our committee has been in the process of reviewing and updating our club constitution to reflect our club’s needs and create a robust document to see us into the future. Thank you to all club members that provided feedback. This has now been completed and has been registered with the Charities Services

The past year has seen the club implementing new policies eg. Age guideline policy, Social networking policy, Complaints process policy, and Nationals Selection Guidelines.

We continue to provide loan gear for junior players to help them get into the sport. This is at no cost to the families and allows them time to purchase gear as they can afford it during the first couple of years. We endeavor to continue to break down barriers that prevent new players joining our fantastic sport.

We have taken part in the Sport Waikato “This is ME” programme to encourage more girls and women into physical activity. The Waihi Miners stall was well attended and it was great to see the sport of inline hockey get more exposure.

In January 2018, Johnnie Andrews-Nye, Reid Samson and Nick Barakat planned and presented our first ever Youth Hockey Camp. The feedback from the 12 children that attended was very positive and there were lots of smiling faces. This was followed up by a club Pre-Season training which was also well attended by our club players and enjoyed by all.


We held two coaching sessions to up skill and support our coaches. This was provided by Hockeywise, an inline hockey specialist. We are committed to continuing the development of our coaches in 2018.

Gina Davis, a past member, who is now playing overseas took each of our teams for a coaching session. This is part of our ongoing commitment to be constantly looking at ways to support our coaches, players and referees.

We have rebranded our Mighty Pucks programme for 2018 to make it clearer to potential participants what each programme will focus on: Learn to Skate and Learn to Play; previously Level 1 and Level 2. New eye-catching posters have also been designed. This initiative brings in new members to the club.

Public Skate Night

Saturday Skate Night continued to be well attended in 2017. This also brings in new members to our club and allows our club members to enjoy more time on their skates. For a small town, this is an event that gives children something positive to do on a Saturday night. At Halloween and Christmas, we held a special fun skate night for the community. Special mention must go to Reid Samson and Jamie Mudford for helping to make the Christmas Skate Night so enjoyable.

New scooters were purchased to replace old worn out scooters. We have also purchased foam barriers to improve the safety of skate night and replaced the wooden skating ramp that was worn out and becoming a hazard. A limbo stick was also purchased to bring another fun aspect to our regular Saturday night skate event.

We conducted a health and safety review which resulted in the purchase of new scooters, removal and replacement of old ramps, safety netting around the rink, and the implementation of a hazard register and accident reporting form. Shelving in the skate room for the storage of skates for community skate night were replaced as the skates could easily fall off the shelves. New angled shelving has made access and storage of skates much easier and safer.

We supported Bluelight and helped them to run skating events during the school holidays. We supply the volunteers and skates for free. This is a free event and encourages children to give skating a go. These sessions attract approximately 100 children each time. Thank you to our club members that volunteer their time to assist Bluelight at these events.


The introduction of floorball in Term 4 2017 was been a huge success and was well received by those that attended. Participants put on skates for the last week of floorball. This was hugely popular and gave the kids an introduction to inline hockey.

We supported Waihi College with their Asian exchange students and Explore Programme by providing skating sessions.

At the beginning of the year in March we held a “Bring a Friend” day to offer friends of players a chance to come and try Inline Hockey. These new initiatives are aimed at increasing our membership.

Tournaments in Waihi

In March 2017 we hosted a Junior Mixer Weekend bringing in clubs from all over the North Island from Levin to Kerikeri. This was the third year we had run this event. It is very well supported and brings revenue into the area as families stay, play and eat here for the weekend; the weekend also generates fundraising for the club via the team entry fees and popular Miners Café. The Mixer Weekend is a relaxed and fun environment for U10 and U12 players to enjoy inline hockey.

Safety nets have been installed around the entire rink making it safer for spectators. This allowed us to host a Senior Social Inline Hockey event for the first time this year in September. These events are open to the public to come and watch at no charge.

Representative Teams & Players

In 2017, 13 club members were selected to represent the Central Region at the yearly inline Hockey Regional competition held over Labour Weekend in October 2017: U10: Justus Chapman, Lukas Chapman, U12: Braydon Burr, U14: Matt Barakat, U16: Joeb Ibbotson, Luke Barakat, U19: Nick Barakat, Johnnie Andrews-Nye, Joeb Ibbotson, Senior Women: Jamie Mudford, Shania Bate Masters: Luke Burgess, Veterans: Daryl Shave, Viv Barakat, Glenn Williams, Luke Burgess.

In August 2017, 2 club members, Nick Barakat and Johnnie Andrews-Nye, represented New Zealand in the Junior Men’s team that completed in the Roller Games World Championships in Inline Hockey in China, Nanjing.

U16's and Seniors represented the club at Nationals in 2017. Both teams were competitive and represented their club well.

We are proud of all of our 2017 players. Your commitment to your sport and the positive way in which you conduct yourselves at games is a credit to you and your families.

Hauraki/Thames-Coromandel District Sports Awards 2017

Jamie Mudford, Nick Barakat and Johnnie Andrews-Nye were nominated for Junior Sportswoman/Sportsman respectively.

The Waihi Miners Inline Hockey Club received Club of the Year at the 2017 Hauraki/Thames-Coromandel District Sports Awards. All of our members have helped contribute towards this and we should all be very proud of this achievement.

Thank you to all members that took on the responsibility of a club position in 2017. Without volunteers we would not have a club and please know that your contribution is very much appreciated. Thank you also to the parents and caregivers that support these passionate inline hockey players and get them to the games, cheering them on from the sidelines.


We would like to acknowledge and thank the Valder Ohinemuri Charitable Trust for the funding that enabled us to purchase new scooters for skate night, and also First Sovereign Trust who covered the cost of the safety nets for the rink which allowed us to safely host U10 and U12 games last year and our first 3on3 Senior Social event.

The funds raised from the telephone book deliveries not only subsidized tournaments and dinners but also helped to fund the coaching clinics, floorball and promotion of the club.

2017 Club of the Year

2017 Club of the Year

Strong season for Waihi Inline Hockey

Published 12 Dec 2016 by Viv Barakat in Awards and Recognition

From the Hauraki Herald, November 2016 - Jill Cleave

2016 Miners Rep Players

Representatives 2016:
Back row: Bradley Rickard, left, Caleb Ibbotson, Reid Samson, Shania Bate, Luke Burgess, Daryl Shave, Viv Barakat and Leighton Duerre.
Middle row: Glenn Williams, left, Joeb Ibbotson, Luke Barakat, Thomas Heays, Jamie Mudford and Nick Barakat. Front row: Matt Barakat, left, Braydon Burr, Bree Heays, Dylan Lovell and Noah Burgess.

Waihi was well-represented across all grades of the New Zealand Inter Regional Inline Hockey Championships for 2016.

Rachelle Heays said the Miners inline Hockey Club players, playing for Central Region, covered from Under 10 to Open grades.

"We are very proud of our reps who helped their teams bring home several gold medals which was the culmination of a great year of hockey for the club," she said.

Braydon and Dylan Lovell played in the Central U10 team, Matt Barakat and Bree Heays played in the U12 team, Luke Barakat and Noah Burgess played in the U14 team and Jamie Mudford played in the Junior Women side. They all did their part in bringing home gold medals.

Also helping Central to win medals were Joeb Ibbotson, Bradley Rickard and Nick Barakat in the U17 team, Shania Bate in the Senior Women and Veterans Viv Barakat, Daryl Shave, Leighton Duerre, Andy Wilton and Luke Burgess.

The Central U21 team with Nick Barakat, Thomas Heays and Reid Samson, the Senior Men with Caleb Ibbotson and the Masters with Glenn Williams each took home a. bronze medal.

In addition to this Caleb Ibbotson played in goal for the Green Senior Men's Open League team which won the Open League competition. Open League teams were selected from the top men's players from all over New Zealand.

Miners club member Leighton Duerre, went to Italy in June for the FIRS World Cup with New Zealand Veterans team.

Joeb lbbotson, Jamie Mudford, Caleb lbbotson, Viv Barakat, Daryl Shave and Luke Burgess all played in Hawaii at the AAU Inline Hockey Championships during July with Matt Barakat and Noah Burgess going along as well as part of the New Zealand Junior Development side.

Local Inline Hockey Players represent New Zealand

Published 8 Jul 2015 by Viv for Admin in Awards and Recognition and Tournaments

Eight Waihi Miners Inline Hockey players received an early 2014 Christmas present by being selected for New Zealand Inline Hockey teams to play in the 2015 Oceania Tournament to be hosted in Moe, Victoria, Australia during April. Players were informed in December after attending trials in New Plymouth in October 2014.

Those who were selected to represent New Zealand in the following team grades are as follows:
New Zealand Under 12’s Toby Grindlay (Goalie), New Zealand Under 14 Junior Women’s, Katie Lovell and Jamie Mudford, New Zealand Under 14’s, Joeb Ibbotson, New Zealand Under 17’s, Zane Cleary, Johnnie Andrews-Nye and Caleb Ibbotson (Goalie) and the New Zealand Vet’s, Luke Burgess (Goalie). Toby Grindlay described hearing the news as "amazing”. Having being selected in 2014 for the Central Region Oceania team, this was Toby’s first selection for a New Zealand team.

Weekend team trainings were held in various venues around the North Island to prepare for the Oceania Tournament with Katie Lovell and Jamie Mudford travelling to Levin twice to train with the New Zealand Under 14 Junior Women’s team. While a great bonding experience as the team previously played against each other during 2014, there was also a lot of hard work involved with full day training sessions designed to challenge but also bring the team together as a unit. On top of attending the New Zealand team trainings and the Waihi Miners team trainings, each of the players also worked on their own individual training sessions leading up to the Tournament. Joeb Ibbotson worked on his cardio and general fitness by running and biking. Johnnie Andrew-Nye has been working hard during the past 12 months leading up to the Oceania tournament with daily hockey specific workouts ranging from shooting techniques, hill sprints and weight training to increase his overall fitness and skills for Inline Hockey.

The Waihi Miners Inline Hockey Club travelled to Auckland and competed in the 2015 Bauer Cup over the Easter long weekend. Many of the New Zealand Representatives left for Australia the day after the Bauer Tournament including most of those from the Waihi Miners Inline Hockey Club. For some, as this was the first time being selected into a New Zealand team, their families travelled over to Australia with them to share in the experience to watch their family members play international Inline Hockey.

Arriving in Moe, the teams were greeted by representatives from the New Zealand Inline Hockey Association (NZIHA) who had travelled prior to set up the accommodation, travel, training schedules and to prepare for the 4 days of non stop games. A tradition in Inline Hockey is to kit the “Rookies” out in outrageous outfits and to complete some “dares”. Rookie treatment included parading around the venue while dressed as a hula girl, wearing clown outfits and doing a lap on the rink. A number of Waihi Miners players all participated in their Rookie dares with good humour while creating some lasting memories.

The Athlete’s Parade was held on Thursday 9th April and as each team was walked onto the rink, the players names were announced to the rink. For some this was a very defining and proud moment hearing their name being announced during the ceremony.

During the four days of games, Australia had an official web site that was updated regularly with the scores. Luckily for the Waihi Miners Inline Hockey Club, Simon Lovell was over in Moe providing real-time game commentary, photos and videos via the Waihi Miners Facebook page. Many friends and family here in New Zealand were thankful for the continuous and exciting updates as to how the teams were playing. For some their hard work, dedication and training paid off in winning their games against Australia. There was some amazing hockey played with some very close results.

New Zealand Team’s Tournament results as follows:
First place: New Zealand Junior Women’s and New Zealand Under 14 team’s.
Second Place: New Zealand Under 12’s, New Zealand Under 17’s and New Zealand Vet’s.
Australia claimed the Oceania Cup back from New Zealand from the previous year.

A highlight of the Tournament for NZ Under 17 Goalie Caleb Ibbotson was being the goalie in the game that New Zealand won against Australia. Despite having represented New Zealand three times before, being picked for this years New Zealand team was “wickedly exciting as well as feeling totally proud of his team and his hard work”.

After the closing ceremony a number of players swapped their spare Players Jerseys as a souvenir to bring home. Being able to proudly display not only their New Zealand Player Jersey but also their rivals.

2015 Miners Oceania Team

Photo Credit : Sally Grindlay.
Back row, left to right: Caleb Ibbotson (Goalie), Zane Cleary, Joeb Ibbotson & Luke Burgess (Goalie)
Front row, Left to right: Johnnie Andrews-Nye, Toby Grindlay (Goalie), Katie Lovell and Jamie Mudford.

Waihi is home to a growing number of Central Region and New Zealand Inline Hockey representative players and each year this number continues to expand. Already this year, Waihi Miners Under 12 player Matt Barakat has been asked to join the Inline Hockey team travelling to California, America to compete in the 2015 June NARCH tournament. Matt is travelling with the New Plymouth Ravens Club and is spending 12 days playing International Inline Hockey. The club congratulates Matt on his invitation and wishes him all the best.

Waihi Miners Reps Players 2014

Published 10 Oct 2014 by Viv for Admin in Awards and Recognition

From: Waihi Leader 9th October 2014

The Waihi Miners Inline Hockey Club was founded in 1995. Throughout the season, the club attends various tournaments, playing in the Central Region draw and a number of pre-organised friendly games against other clubs.

Since 1995, the club has had a number of teams competing in the yearly NZ National Inline Hockey Championships. The top three teams from each of the three regions are eligible to enter the National Championships that are hosted by various clubs. Currently the regions consist of the Northern, Central and Lower Region's.

In 2013, the entire Waihi Miners Inline Hockey club travelled to New Plymouth to complete at the Nationals and this year the Waihi Miners Under 16 team is currently in New Plymouth competing against the 3 other regions at the NZ National Inline Hockey Championships. The Under 16 team worked hard throughout the 2014 season to place 3rd overall within the Central Region to obtain a place at the NZ National Championships. We wish the team good luck and success.

Every Labour weekend since 1997, the New Zealand Inline Hockey Regional Championship has been played in a venue at one of the three regions Inline Hockey rink's. Since 1998 the Waihi Miners club have had a number of players selected for various Central Region teams and 2014 is no different with the highest number of Waihi Miners players being selected. 23 Waihi Miners Inline Hockey players travelled to the Hamilton Rink to attended the 2014 Central Region Trials. Players trialled in the JW's, U12, U14 & U16 grades. Out of the 23 players, 13 were selected from the Waihi Miners Inline Hockey club for each grade including another 3 Waihi Miners for the Masters grade.

The Waihi Miners Inline Hockey Club would like to congratulate the following players who have been selected in the following 2014 Central Region teams:

Junior Women's: Shania Bate (Goalie), Katie Lovell, Jamie Mudford (Reserve) and Dechan Holley (Reserve).

Under 12's: Toby Grindlay (Goalie), Lucus Barakat and Matt Barakat.

Under 14's: Jaiden Pert (Goalie) and Joeb Ibbotson.

Under 16's: Caleb Ibbotson (Goalie), Nathan Lovell and Zane Cleary.

Under 19's: Rhys Allen and Johnnie Andrew-Nye.

Veterans: Luke Burgess (Goalie), Viv Barakat and Andy Wilton.

Waihi Miners Central Region Reps - 2014

Photo: Waihi Miners Central Region Rep players.

From top left to right:
Dechan Holley, Zane Cleary, Rhys Allen, Viv Barakat.
Jaiden Pert, Nathan Lovell, Johnnie Andrew-Nye, Katie Lovell, Shania Bate.
Jamie Mudford, Lucus Barakat, Matt Barakat, Joeb Ibbotson.
Caleb Ibbotson and Toby Grindlay.
Absent: Luke Burgess and Andy Wilton.

This year the New Zealand Inline Hockey Regional Championships are being held in Auckland. The club wishes these players and their teams good luck during the Labour Weekend tournament.

Over the years the Waihi Miners Inline Hockey Club have had players selected for various New Zealand Inline Hockey teams who have competed in International tournaments both here in New Zealand and in venues around the World representing New Zealand. This included the 2014 Oceania tournament, between New Zealand and Australia and Regional teams held in Hamilton this year.