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Come and Play Hockey

Play Hockey With A Family Friendly Club

Newtown City Hockey Club is the largest hockey club in Victoria outside the Melbourne Metropolitan area. With over 350 members and 20 teams, the Club offers the opportunity for people to play hockey at whatever level they choose.

New Members Are Welcome

The Club welcomes players of any age, and any level of skill or experience.  New members are welcome at any time of the year, as there are teams playing in both winter and summer seasons.

Winter season games are April to September, and the summer season is October to February. The winter season is the main competition, with the most participants. The summer season provides a more social environment, and this often makes the summer season a good place to try the game out.

Getting Started

If you are new to hockey, or haven’t played for a while, you could start with one of these options:

  • Hookin2Hockey – a Come and Try program for boys and girls aged 5 to 12.
  • Kookas Midweek hockey – a less structured program for boys and girls aged 5 to 12.
  • Saturday Social hockey – a fun opportunity for boys, girls, men and women to play hockey, There is no commitment to be there every week. It’s a great way for families to play together. This program is run only during the winter season.
  • Summer hockey programs – includes Mixed Masters (over 35) and Friday Family competitions – both good places for less experienced adults to play hockey.
  • Join a team training session –  join one of the regular training sessions for the various teams.

New members are welcome to try one of these first, before deciding whether to join the Club.

Teams and Competitions

If you have decided that you would like to join the Club, we have teams for boys and girls from 3 to 16 (turning 17) and teams for senior men and women.

More details here …..

Fees, Charges and Registration

Costs to play include Hockey Victoria membership fees, and fees to play in a team or a program. All players must register in order to be placed in a team.

Register online at home or come along to Registration Day on February 18.

Check the details here ……

Uniform and Equipment

Equipment is available for loan to participants in the Hookin2Hockey program. Junior equipment packs are available for sale through the club.

Uniform is required for teams competing in the Hockey Geelong competition, but is not required for U6 Joeys, Kookas and Saturday Social players.

Uniform and equipment information can be found here…..

Training

Team training for the winter season is conducted at Lloyd Reserve, Newtown for the U8 and U10 teams, or at Stead Park, Corio for the U12, U14, U17 and senior men and women. All players are encouraged to attend regularly. Training is not conducted during the summer season.

Enquiries:

Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

 

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Play Hockey with Us – Anyone Can Play

 

Stick2Hockey – Come and Play

Stick2Hockey

Hockey is a great sport for the whole family, and Hookin2Hockey and Stick2Hockey programs are an excellent way to make new friends and to start a lifelong love of hockey.

The Stick2Hockey program aims to provide a bridge between Hookin2Hockey and participation in one of the Newtown Hockey Club teams which compete in the Hockey Geelong competitions. The program is suitable for children who may have learnt some hockey skills but are still learning the strategies of the game and developing skills.

The 8 week Stick2Hockey program is open to boys or girls aged 5 to 12, providing an opportunity to play hockey games, and continue developing skills and learning game strategies. The program is flexible and relaxed, with the main emphasis on having fun and continuing to develop skills. Modified game formats are used to foster teamwork and develop confidence for the participants. Games are played on a smaller field, with 5 to 7 players per team, so everyone is involved. There is no formal competition, but players will be grouped into teams to play games and learn further skills. Bring a friend and double the fun.

It is not compulsory to participate in a Hookin2Hockey program before joining the Stick2Hockey games.

Uniform is not required, but may be purchased through the club if desired. Equipment (stick and ball) is available for loan to participants if required. Each child should have a mouthguard and a pair of shinguards.

At the end of the program, players may choose to progress to one of the club competition teams, or return for a further Stick2Hockey program.

Fees include:

Stick2Hockey program fee – $30 – includes a free pair of Newtown Hockey Club socks

Registration with Hockey Victoria/ Hockey Australia. Payment of this fee provides personal accident insurance cover until December 31, 2020.

  • $30 for players 8 or under
  • $52.50 for players aged 9 to 10
  • $73.00 for players aged 11 to 18. Payment of this fee provides personal accident insurance cover until December 31, 2020.

Details and registration information here. Enquiries: Claire, 0417 015130

Stick2Hockey

Having Fun with Hockey

 

 

2020 Hockey – Are We There Yet?

In the normal situation, the 2020 hockey season would just have completed matches for Round 5. Many of us are a little like that child in the back seat on a long road trip, asking are we there yet? And the answer is – very nearly.

Return to Training

It is likely that training will resume in the next week or two, although in a different format, and the possibility of a shortened 2020 hockey season commencing in late July is slightly more realistic. However, there are many factors to consider and actions required before we can get out on the field.

We must abide by the guidelines and restrictions currently in place, set by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Geelong Hockey Association and Newtown City Hockey Club must prepare a ‘Return to Play’ plan which manages all the risks to participants and ensures the safety of all. The plan must be submitted to the City of Greater Geelong, and when approved, we will be given permission to access the facilities at Stead Park and at Lloyd Reserve.

The ‘Return to Play’ plan will include such things as:

  • groups of 10 players plus 1 coach may train. While the logistics of this are still to be fine tuned, this will require players to reserve their place for each training session in order to ensure that this limit is not exceeded.
  • no physical contact allowed. Players to remain 1.5 metres away whenever possible.
  • parents to keep a reasonable distance away and practice social distancing. Good idea to stay in your car.
  • players must sign in and out, including contact details and time of entry and departure. Players must leave the facility promptly at the end of the session.
  • separate points for entry and exit of players at the beginning and end of the training session. Extra time allowed between sessions to reduce the number of people entering/ leaving at the same time.
  • hand sanitiser and disinfectant facilities available at entry and exit.
  • no equipment to be shared. No bibs or face masks to be used (unless they are your own). Balls, cones etc to be handled only by the coach.
  • toilets will be available for use, but social areas and change rooms will be closed.
  • regular cleaning of toilet and other surfaces which participants may come into contact with.

We may also need to consider arranging training at different times and venues in order to meet the needs of all players, and remain within the specified limit of 10 players.

Please let us know if you would like to resume training by completing this survey.

These guidelines also make it possible that Hookin2Hockey programs may resume in coming months.

2020 Hockey Season Format

There are a number of formats under which the 2020 hockey season may operate:

  • Start July 18 (after school holidays), finish September 19 (1st week of school holidays) = 10 weeks
  • Start July 18, finish October 24, excluding school holidays (September 26, October 3) = 13 weeks
  • With 2 or 3 week finals series, or without finals (so that every team plays more games) and with Premiership awarded to team on top of the ladder
  • Matches scheduled during school holidays for junior competition
  • Matches scheduled midweek instead of training to provide additional games
  • Season extended after the traditional finish time, with matches in October/ November

If you have not already done so, please complete this quick 2 minute survey to let us know which of these options you would prefer.

2020 Hockey Season Training (U10)

The 2020 winter hockey season will begin on Saturday April 18, so it’s time to start our pre-season training.

Our coaches are looking forward to a year of fun with hockey, and as always, love to see the development in skills and confidence which players demonstrate throughout the hockey season.

Players are encouraged to attend training for their team as often as possible. Under 10 teams train at Lloyd Reserve at 4.30 pm each Wednesday. Under 8 players are welcome to join these sessions if they wish.

Training aims to provide both fun and learning for the players, incorporating fun games, training drills and game strategies.

Read more …….

 

Hockey Season 2019 – Preliminary Finals

The Preliminary Finals on September 7 showed the improvement in team play and team strategy which has occurred during the 2019 winter hockey season. Two excellent matches featuring teams from Newtown Hockey Club were played and we congratulate the players, coaches and managers on the way they represented the Club.

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia White 3-1

Last Saturday Spirit played Kardinia White in the preliminary final, a team we had not beaten until the last home and away match of the hockey season on the 24th of August. We went in with some confidence after a 7 nil win against them in that last round match, but as we know, finals can produce unexpected results. So, Spirit ran onto the pitch without any complacency and this was justified in the opening minutes with Kardinia putting us on notice early that a repeat of our previous meeting was unlikely. The ball was hotly contested and possession was shared equally in the opening minutes. An early chance with Harry W running in open space deep into the D didn’t come off. Kardinia tightened up in defense. Harry B found a way in a congested D to break the deadlock and give us a 1 nil lead. Spirit started to gain a greater share of the ball and gave Kardinia little opportunity past their 25 line. We ran the ball well into offense and looked likely to score on numerous occasions. A well-earned short corner saw the two Harry’s combine, Harry W finishing off with a tomahawk to give us our second. Kardinia continued to press us with close, honest tackling that hampered our attempts to open up the play. They pressed harder into offense and forced a short corner with 5 minutes left in the half. Spirit defenders held firm and the score at half time stood at 2 nil.

The second half started tense. The ball spent most of the time between the 25 lines without either team really threatening goals. Great running by Adam across centre pitch helped prevent Kardinia breaking through their 25 line on numerous occasions. It wasn’t until 10 minutes in that Spirit managed a short corner when Harry W ran the ball into the D. A powerful shot by Harry B just missed. Kardinia reacted well, earning a short corner and scored their first with about 12 minutes left. The rising tension was capped when Harry B fired in a great running goal with about 8 minutes to go sending the score to 3 – 1. The remainder of the match saw defensive play by both teams, Spirit defending their lead, Kardinia focused on closing down space that we were creating up forward.

Congratulations to Spirit on making the grand final and to Kardinia White on a hard fought match. Newtown Spirit will face up to Kardinia Blue in the Grand Final, in what is expected to be another fantastic game between the two teams.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 0-1

In chilly conditions Newtown Spirit tackled a determined Geelong Jaguars in the Preliminary Final on Saturday. There was even play with hard marking by both sides at the start of the game. Spirit players displayed lots of fast paced running and more confidence this time round against our opposition.  Jaguars were provided with 2 short corners but our replacement goalie E.J did some fantastic dives which prevented them from scoring. Both Tom and Jarret were able to apply lots of pressure with great run and passing, and created scoring opportunities. Harley was able to continue his fierce determination and fast running down the wing, but was unlucky to miss his target. Jaguars however did finally score their first goal, ending the first half as 1-nil.

Spirit started the second half with the same level of intensity.  Harri worked tirelessly in both attack and defence, marking up and continued cutting off balls to the winger. With Spirit’s hungry attitude both Bailey and Caleb provided some fantastic defence work, their best so far. Mitchell was able to link up some great passing to allow some scoring opportunities. Angus and Ethan were valiant with their usual hard running, marking, tackling, and always looked to pass. Nick continued his ideal role as winger, always ready to slot a goal, but unfortunately Spirit wasn’t able to replicate its great form from the previous 2 weeks.  Desperate to win, our players took the game on, but we probably needed to be smarter and more cohesive to work the ball forward.  With a tense last 5 minutes both sides were unable to produce further goals.  The end score, nil to 1, is definitely telling it was a tough game but Spirit should be proud to have made it this far to the finals after a rocky season, and to have conceded just the one goal against the league’s highest scoring side.

Thank-you EJ to fill-in as a replacement goalie, and also to Mitchell for doubling up every week. See you at presentation night.