Taniwha Hockey Programme

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“Taniwha Hockey Programme” 


The Taniwha Hockey Programme is a Hockey Northland initiative focused on players at U13, U15 and U18 levels that have a love of Hockey who aspire to become a better player.

The programme will run for six weeks on Sunday afternoons starting November 1st.

This programme is designed for field players only.

Player to coach ratio will be kept low so players can benefit from more direct coaching. (1:8 for U13 and 1:6 for U15 & U18)

Please encourage the players that would likely benefit from participating in the Taniwha Hockey programme and we would like you to encourage eligible club members to apply.

Please complete the application document and tell us why you should be chosen to attend the Taniwha Hockey Programme.

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Cost per participant will be $150.

Applications will close 5pm Friday October 23rd.

Any Queries please email:        taniwhahockey@northlandhockey.org.nz 

The philosophies of the Taniwha Hockey Programme centre around five points

-Personalised Environment: Individualised training to maximise the skill potential of each person

-Build Great Habits: Development of great training habits and standards to compete at the highest levels

-Broaden Game Understanding: Create students of the game who understand how to implement the skills they learn in a game situation

-Push the Boundaries: Encourage each player to explore their creativity while exposing them to a wide range of skills and thinking from around the globe

-Love for Hockey: Create an experience to develop a passion for the game for life


The programme will be led by Henry Wong and Rocio Gonzalez Canda

 Henry has an extensive coaching career both nationally and internationally and Rocio has played for the Argentinian women’s nation team and coached at a national age group level.


Playing Highlights:

-Former player Argentinian National Team

-Seven-time Argentinian club championship winner including four national club championships with G.E.B.A

-Three-time national champions in Argentinian Regional Championship with Buenos Aires

-Played for KHC Leuven in Belgium

-Silver Medalist Junior World Cup 2009

Coaching Highlights:

-8 years coaching various girls teams in Argentinan local/national club championship

-Coached first Men’s team of Vrijbroek Hockey Club in Belgium

-Coached Leuven U16 Girls in national club championship in Belgium



Coaching Highlights:

-Two-time NHL K Cup Champions

-Two-time U21 Men’s National Champions

-Blacksticks Women’s Support Coach

-Belgium U15 Boys National Team Assistant 

-U21 Women’s National Assistant 

-U18 Men’s National Specialist Coach

-Various Coaching & Technical roles in Victory Hockey Club in Belgium


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