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2 - 10 Aug 2014

Istanbul, Turkey

Our National Reps at this event
New Zealand Youth Men - Mens' Competiiton
 Cameron HayesPlayer
 Jack RossPlayer
 Lachie WatsonPlayer
 Andy SkoraTeam Coach

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5 Aug 2014 Cam Hayes & Jack Ross lead attack on Croatia
Youth men came close to major upset in Turkey!

New Zealand youth men proved that they can match it with the best overnight when they came close to upsetting one of the Worlds super powers of water polo in going down 8-11 to Croatia at the World Youth Men's Championships in Istanbul.

Croatia had the better of the first quarter leading 4-2 at the break. But then the stadium erupted as the minnows from the Southern Hemisphere edged their way into the game and led 5-4 at the half way break.

Finding themselves locked at 7 goals apiece by the end of the third quarter, the kiwis sensed an upset not even thought about before. But the Croatians finished the better and the score finished up at 11-8 in their favour.

Cameron Hayes led the attack with 3 goals, Jack Ross netted two, Chris Cormack and Callum Lane rounded of the New Zealand scoring with a goal each.
4 Aug 2014 Link to watch games in Turkey
Here is a link for you to watch the Junior Mens games currently being played in Istanbul:

2 Aug 2014 Junior Men touch down in Turkey
The NZ Youth men's team, coached by Hutt's Andy Skora, ended its preparation for the World Youth Men's Championships in Budapest and have now touched down in Turkey

Jack Ross, Lachie Watson and Cam Hayes have now settled down in their hotel in Istanbul ready for opening ceremony. They have drawn the bye in the first round before taking on Serbia and Croatia in the next two matches
26 Jul 2014 Jozsef's home town of Eger hosting Junior Men
Hutt?s Andy Skora and his 2014 New Zealand Water Polo  Youth men have touched down in in the picturesque Hungarian town of Eger ? home of the Hutt Heat?s Senior Coach ? Dr Jozsef Sike

The team will spend just over a week being made to feel extremely welcome by  Jozsef and his Hungarian hosts, lapping up the intensity of Hungarian training and the water polo culture that surrounds Hungarian life.

The locals came out in force to welcome our youth team and to play a match against their youth team- 16 to 18 year olds.   The end result was 20-10 in the NZ Youth teams favour; but that didn't matter- new friendships were made and it serves as good preparation for the end goal- performing well in Turkey next month at the Youth Worlds.

Result; NZ 20 ( C Cormack, Lachie Watson (Hutt) 3 goals, Jack Ross (Hutt) , J.McLean , C.Lane, D.Marsden , M.Hansen,P. Hargraves, A. Sunde 2 goals,T.Harris 1).

23 Jul 2014 Lachie, Jack, Cam and Andy off to Istanbul
The New Zealand Youth Mens team departed for to Turkey to compete in the World Youth Mens Championships starting on August 2nd in Istanbul.

Hutt Members of the team are:
*  Jack Ross - Player
*  Lachie Watson - Player
*  Cameron Hayes - Player
*  Andy Skora - Coach

The team will spend nine days in a Hungarian training camp based in Eger with a side trip to Budapest on 27 July.  

The team have drawn  Croatia, Serbia, Canada and Peru in the preliminary rounds before crossing over with another group in the second round. At the last World Championships the NZ Youth finished 10th and are aiming to equal or better that performance.

The finals will be held on 10 August and a trip to Gallipoli is scheduled the day after to pay their respects in the fallen ANZACS in World War 1
30 Jan 2014 Jack and Lachie going to Istanbul
Hutt's Jack Ross and Lachlan Watson have been selected in the New Zealand Youth Mens team for the World Youth Mens Championships in Istanbul in August 2014 with pre tour training planned in Australia, New Zealand and Hungary from July 22nd approximately.

Well done boys!
15 May 2012 2012 NZ Under 16 Boys Team Announced
Congratulations to Jack Ross and L achie Watson who have been selected for the NZWP Under 16 Boys team.

The team is being coached by Hutt's Andy Skora.

There will be a Camp beginning on Friday June 22nd at Millennium for the series and games on Tuesday June 26 to Friday June 29th for the Challenge Cup and a game also against Corona Del Mar Under 16/18 side from California.

Following the series with Queensland and the Pan Pacs, the B96 squad to play in the 2014 World Youth Championships will be announced.

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