Maori/All Stars Profiles 2021 - #1
Posted September 18, 2021
As part of the IHNZ 25th celebrations, an exhibition game is being held between a New Zealand All Stars team and a New Zealand Maori team.
This match will showcase some of our most exciting talent in hockey and we look forward to introducing the members of these teams over the following days.
This game will be broadcast live on Sky Sport Next.
New Zealand All Stars Coaching Team:
From having played in an All Stars team against a New Zealand World Cup team in 2000 Clyde Jackson is this year’s coach of the All Stars. Clyde will be keen to bring a solid team together to play against the NZ Maori team.
Clyde began playing Inline Hockey in his late 30’s after many years representing New Zealand at Roller (Quad) Hockey. Clyde has represented New Zealand at numerous events as both a player and a coach and has over 25 years of experience at coaching Inline Hockey. Hockey runs in the Jackson family as Maria has also played both codes at a representative level and their boys, William and Jacob are current representative players.
Clyde remains an active coach and mentor of the Panthers inline hockey teams, players and coaches and his experience has been invaluable on a number of coaching committees.
He is a life member of Mt Wellington Roller Sports Club and a past recipient of the IHNZ Distinguished Service Award presented in 2015 at the 20th IHNZ Anniversary Celebration.
Nick Thom became involved in Inline Hockey after participating in the Oceania’s as a speed skater in 1996. Nick is well known throughout New Zealand hockey as a player, New Zealand representative and coach.
He has coached many NZ teams including; 14s, 16s, 23s and Masters. In 2019 he was a player and coach of the NZ Masters team winning gold at the AAU event in Hawaii and coached the NZ AAU 14U team to a Silver medal.
Pete Shields has been a long standing member of IHNZ since his children became involved with the Waihi Miners Club. He has managed various teams including both Senior Men and Senior Women.
Most notably Pete managed the Senior Men in Toulouse France and also Bratislava, Slovakia where the final IIHF hosted world inline hockey event took place. He has also attended NARCh and AAU in the USA and took time out to drive Route 66 in 2015 with two NZ hockey friends.
Pete has held positions with inline hockey at club, regional and national level ranging from team manager, operations committee and Board member. He is also a past disciplinary chair for the Central region.
New Zealand Maori Coaching Team:
Shane Clark has been a pivotal member of the Inline Hockey New Zealand Coaching team after being involved with roller sports for many years as both a speed skater and an inline hockey player. He was instrumental in lifting the NZ Senior men’s team 5 ranking points when taking a representative team to Germany to the IIHF World Championships in Division 1.
He is a coach and player who enjoys giving back to the sport and enjoys motivating players and setting individual goals leading to improvements. His mentoring has helped to facilitate his players best performance through a sound understanding of training and technical strategies required for inline hockey as a specialised sport.
Shane was a member of the planning panel who reviewed and developed the NZ Inline Hockey Level 1 specific coaching qualification and was one of the facilitators presenting the programme to beginner coaches in NZ. Shane continues to volunteer his time and is now involved with the redevelopment of the Christchurch Lions club. He is a firm believer in the gathering and sharing of knowledge from international coaches and players to provide opportunities for New Zealand players to excel and further develop the overall game in New Zealand.
Shane coached the inaugural NZ Maori Team Exhibition Game and is a past recipient of the IHNZ Distinguished Service Award presented in 2015 at the 20th IHNZ Anniversary Celebration.
Willy Harvey has been involved with Inline Hockey for over 30 years. He has coached across the grades for the Ravens Club, the Central InterRegional teams and New Zealand representative teams. Willy has been part of the IHNZ travelling group as a Manager at Worlds on two separate occasions.
Willy has also played a huge part in the governance and development of Inline Hockey as well and has been the Chairman of New Plymouth Roller Sports Club and the Central Region and as a coaching coordinator for New Zealand teams. In recognition of these roles Willy is a past recipient of the IHNZ Distinguished Service Award presented in 2015 at the 20th IHNZ Anniversary Celebration.
As well as Inline hockey, Willy has a passion for Rugby as both a player and a coach.
Scott Collins is well known throughout the hockey community and has been a long standing member of the Auckland Sabres club for over 20 years and became National Champions in 2013. Scott has been a stalwart of the Northern Region Senior Men team, New Zealand Senior Men and more recently the Masters team who won the AAU Masters trophy in Hawaii, 2019.
Scott helmed the Super League 2014 and 2015 Champion sides and was an inaugural team member of the New Zealand Maori team in 2015. After a move for work, Scott and the family are now located in the Lower North and is currently playing for the Rimutaka Renegades.
Keep an eye out for the rest of the team members over the following weeks!