The Philippines wishes to achieve a gold medal in water hockey at SEA Games 30

The 30th SEA Games in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11 last year saw athletes compete in a rather underwater sport with extremely difficult challenges for the athletes, when they have to transform into mermaids fighting under the lake.

As usual, the Philippines has put on the list of competing sports quite unique.

Hockey is one of the world’s favorite sports with interesting antagonism. This subject has 2 teams fighting with the goal of bringing the hockey ball into the opponent’s net to score many goals.

But the two teams will have to use the sticks to hit the ball into the opponent’s goal. This game requires good technical players and excellent visibility and determination to win the team.

Hockey is played on many different terrains, most commonly on ice rinks, but it is also played underwater.

It is underwater hockey, one of the strange competitions that the Philippines – the host country of the 30-year SEA Games this year has tried to mobilize members of the underwater hockey federation in Southeast Asia to attend to organize and win gold in this subject.

So, what is underwater hockey? This subject was born very accidentally in a situation unrelated to sports. In the 1950s, the British Navy often devised ways to practice and play in a manner similar to ice hockey in the water to help divers improve their ability.

In 1954, Underwater hockey (also known as Octopus – Octopus) was officially considered a sport after Alan Blake founded the first club, Southsea Sub-Aqua in England.

Underwater hockey is a very difficult subject because the athlete needs to be a good swimmer, able to dive deep and keep a good breath for as long as possible. Therefore, besides competing to score on the opponent’s goal, this is also a swimming game with deep diving, who has the ability to dive longer can bring victory for their team.

The ball used in water hockey is of normal size, round and flat but it is important that it has enough weight to sink to the bottom. Usually, an orb to play in this interesting match weighs between 1.3 – 1.5kg.

Each member of the match may use a hockey stick about 30cm long, not too long for the athlete to move easily and use a stick to hit the opponent’s net.

Each team participates in water hockey including 10 athletes, of which 6 players compete and the remaining 4 will be in reserve. This sport does not distinguish between men and women, as long as you have good health, you can play it.

Explore Underwater Hockey sport

World sports existed a lot of underwater competitions but speaking of the “monster” level, So Underwater hockey held the No. 1 position. It also holds the No. 1 position by the bottom of the lake, the competitor must not only swim well, dive well, but also need to hold his breath.

The water hockey that happened so casually in circumstances has nothing to do with sports. By 1954, Underwater hockey (also known as Octopush) was officially considered a sport after Alan Blake founded the first club, Southsea Sub-Aqua in England. The water hockey then responded enthusiastically by the harmonious combination of swimming and diving skills, while the form of ice hockey and basketball hybridization.

Both men and women can participate in this subject, just have a good tolerance to the challenge of holding a breath for a certain time under water. They were equipped with fins, masks, snorkels, a rubber protective glove, a headscarf and a small stick about 30 cm long to control the puck (similar to ice hockey balls) weighing from 1.3 – 1.5 kg is covered with plastic to create friction at the bottom of the pool.

Regular water hockey matches take place at a swimming pool with a length of 25 m, a width of 12 m, reaching a depth of 2 – 4 m and 2 heads with 2 metal trays with a length of 3 m. Spectators of this strange sport will watch from the surface of the lake or enjoy it directly on the screen recorded by the camera or close-up view of the mirror-shaped swimming pools.

Every water hockey game brings excitement and attracts viewers’ attention by playing “unique”. The two teams wade into the water, each team has 10 people (6 matches, 4 reserves) and is recognized by the paint color of the club. After the referee’s order, 12 fishermen swim and dive the 2 teams face-down, they slam into the bottom of the water together, curl the holder and pass the ball to the direction of the tray (considered a subject in ice hockey or football) of the opponent before making scoring shots (the ball is completely in the tray).