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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…..


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.


Please contact us if you have any questions.



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Summer Hockey Roundup November 10

Summer Hockey is Great Fun.

One of the great things about summer hockey is the chance to play in the same team with friends and family. There is a more social focus, and there are no sheep stations up for grabs. This makes summer hockey a good time for new players to try the game out. It’s also a good opportunity for ex-players to return to the field and rediscover their skills and enjoyment of hockey. The smaller field and higher player density contributes to learning both skills and strategies which can be carried on to future participation.

This week’s summer hockey matches did not include any Junior games because of the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday. There were some great efforts from our senior teams, with the Masters and Friday Family matches again providing great opportunities for new players.

Senior Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Grammar 8-4

Flame On vs Gators 15-5

Newtown Spirit vs The Jag Bags 7-6

Waaah Spaced vs Plainers 8-4

Masters Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 6-1. Great play by Rohan, Ian and Claire for Strikers, with Spirit well served by Chris, Marion and Stewart.

Friday Family

Supersonics vs Saints 5-0 (forfeit)

Rockets vs Bellarine 3-7. Excellent efforts from Will and Ollie, with Charlotte sneaking in a goal again. Great running the whole game by Noah.

New players are welcome to join our teams, with room for more players in the U17,  Kookas Junior and Masters Mixed teams.


Summer Hockey Roundup November 3

Summer Hockey Is All About Fun

The summer hockey season provides a great opportunity to keep active and have some fun with hockey. For new players or those returning to the game, it provides a relaxed way to learn or rediscover some skills. Play with friends and family, or make new friends.

Reminder: there is no hockey next week (November 5 & 6) for the junior teams due to the Melbourne Cup events.

More players wanted

More players are wanted for the U17 teams on Tuesday nights, plus Kookas on Friday, so if you are available, check the details and register here….

Beginners are welcome.

Supersonics are looking for some fill-in players next Friday as they will be playing an ‘Us vs Us’ game. White shirt and socks, maroon shorts.

Under 10 Mixed – Monday October 29

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 8-1. Great effort by new players Archer and Hugh who both scored again for Spirit. Nice goal for Strikers by Jacob.

Under 12 Mixed – Tuesday October 30

 Newtown Strikers vs Golden Plains 10-7. Excellent use of the width of the field this week and some great passing.

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 3-5

U14 Mixed -Tuesday October 30

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 10-2. Lovely game by Amelia, with all players making great tackles and interceptions.

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia White 7-4

U17 Mixed – Tuesday October 30

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 2-8

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 3-8

Senior Mixed – Wednesday October 31

Flame On vs Roped In 7-6

Newtown Strikers vs Bunny Bots 6-6

Waaah Spaced vs Newtown Spirit 8-4

Masters Mixed – Thursday November 1

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Black 12-4

Newtown Strikers vs Saints Red 6-4. Great debut game in Masters from Kellie, with Claire S frequently in perfect position on the wing.

Friday Family – Friday November 2

Rockets vs Not Fast Just Furious – received a forfeit but had a very enjoyable ‘Us vs Us’ game. Thanks to Darren, Harry and Peta for filling in. The contest between Noah and his dad Jason was very entertaining.

Supersonics vs Wombles 9-5. Great last line defence by Darren.

Kookas Junior Hockey – Friday November 2

Some excellent scanning and passing from Olivia and Annabel, and great calling  by Annabel.


2018 Winter Hockey Season – Preliminary Final

The 2018 hockey season is drawing to a close and what fantastic games our 4 teams put in!

It was a beautiful day for the Preliminary Finals, but fortune didn’t favour our U12 and U14 teams, with matches which couldn’t have been any closer. As we had two teams playing each other in the U17 Final, one team was always going to have to bow out for this hockey season. Congratulations and well done to all the teams on a fantastic hockey season.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 1-2

This was a very close game, with Newtown Spirit using the width of the field to advantage, and creating many forward moves. Well considered passes to team mates and good scanning combined with some excellent ball control skills was a feature of Spirit’s game. Great defence by Ollie A and great running back to cover by Emma despite this being a new position for her. As the final whistle drew closer with the score at 1-1, it looked as if we were headed for extra time. However Kardinia scored the winning goal with 2 seconds to spare in the game, giving Spirit no chance to reply.


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Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 2-2

Crunch time for Newtown today and a must win game to make it through to the grand final. Geelong wasted no time in making ground up the field from the whistle, but stoic defence from Newtown was able to neutralise the pressure from a series of short corners. Geelong were dominating possession and territory for most of the first half, but in one of the few instances Newtown were able to make it into opposition territory, we were able to win a free hit near the 25. As a bonus, one of Geelong’s more dominant players had a short break for a few minutes beside the tech bench. Newtown sensed an opportunity to capitalise and Charley produced a decisive run up the left side of the field and delivered a cross into the D for Basyl tap in the first goal. Unfortunately, Geelong were back to full strength soon after and equalised with the half ending 1:1.

The second half was a more even contest with Newtown now confident they had the measure of Geelong after their first half performance. Play moved from end to end through the majority of the half with both teams having multiple chances to score. The deadlock was finally broken with 5 minutes remaining when Newtown attacked up the right wing and into the D earning a short corner. Grace was ideally positioned near the post and hit the ball in for a 2:1 lead. Geelong realising their dominant season may end prematurely, ramped up the pressure and reciprocated with an equaliser from a short corner with 3 minutes remaining of the clock. The score was 2:2 at the final whistle, so it was into 7 minutes of extra time each way, or a golden goal to finish the game.

Neither team was able to bother the scoreboard in extra time with the game finally ending a 2:2 draw. Geelong moved through to the grand final against Torquay courtesy of their higher position on the ladder at the end of the regular season. Newtown can hold their heads high, as this game demonstrated how far we have come during the hockey season, previously having been beaten by Geelong in the two earlier encounters. See you all at presentation night at 6pm on Wednesday 19th Sept so we can celebrate what has been a great season of hockey.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 2-0

Strikers and Spirit faced off in the U17 Preliminary Final on Saturday. Spirit had beaten Strikers in all 5 of their encounters during the home and away season, so Strikers knew they’d need to bring their best performances to be in with a chance. Caleb was a stand-out early with his excellent defensive pressure, he dispossessed players on many occasions and both he and Sam R made some really nice strong passes forward. Spirit had a few early chances with their fast attackers getting through for a hit on goal, but Oscar defended one hit, then cleared a Penalty Corner hit shortly after. Spirit came forward again with a ball across goal but there was no-one to receive it.

Strikers then had a chance up forward with Oscar passing to Harry and Harry scored. Strikers were soon into attack again with a Penalty Corner but Ella’s hit to Jack was defended. Spirit kept the pressure on Strikers defenders with one hit just wide of goal, and a subsequent Spirit Penalty Corner was cleared well by Miles.

In the second half, Spirit had another Penalty Corner early, and again Strikers defended well, with Miles then running the ball into attack and passing to Harry who hit a great reverse-stick into goal to give Strikers a 2-nil lead. Strikers had a few more opportunities with Sam S and Jarret taking the ball forward on the wings, and Miles, Harry, Oscar and Jack bringing the ball into the circle, but Spirit held off further goals. With the clock ticking down, Spirit lifted to have the majority of the attack for the last 10 minutes, but Strikers’ defence was rock-solid, with Luka deflecting a hit on goal and Caleb, Sam R, Ella, EJ, Jack, Oscar and Miles keeping Spirit clear and causing their hits to be wide of goals. With a final score of 2-nil to Strikers, we go on to meet Torquay in the Grand Final next week as underdogs, but this week’s game has shown that we have what it takes to win the U17 Barnes Shield for Newtown.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 0-2

Newtown Spirit played Newtown Strikers in a highly competitive game on Saturday to determine who would go through to the grand final against Torquay. As expected both sides were determined to win and played an exceptional level of hockey. On coach’s orders Spirit came out hard in the first half with Spirit playing forward and putting on the pressure. With a break away at the 11 minute mark Strikers were able to take control of the play and score with a deflection high into the corner of the goal. Undeterred Spirit increased the pressure and won many short corners, however, were unable to convert. In the second half Spirit remained focused and attacked often, though were unable to penetrate the Strikers defense with the final result 2:0 to the Strikers.

Congratulations to Strikers for a well played game and to Spirit for really pushing them throughout the game to the final whistle. It was fantastic to see so many Spirit players lift during the game and as always thanks to our U/14 players who were exceptional, our two Harry’s, Oliver, and Angus who stepped up at the last minute to fill the goalie position. Sadly next year Newtown Spirit will lose Rachel, Oliver and Emily who will be moving up a level. These players have been so strong throughout this season, we thank them for their efforts and leadership and wish them all well for the next season. For those who will remain in the U/17 team next year it is exciting to see the team potential and how it may develop over another season, particularly with so many strong younger players really developing their talent.

2018 Winter Hockey Season – Semi-Finals

Congratulations to the 6 teams who earned a place in the semi-finals for this hockey season. They provided some great excitement and some tense moments for the spectators with well deserved applause at the end.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 0-2

After a convincing win against Geelong in the last week of the fixtures (which had been an unexpected result following Geelong’s otherwise dominant season), there was a real sense of anticipation heading into the Preliminary Final. Geelong was back at full strength and this showed from the whistle with a strong passage of play resulting in an almost immediate early goal. It was, however, the only time in the game that Geelong demonstrated unmatched passing as for the remainder of the first half, the tightly fought contest we have come to see from the U12 Spirit players was exemplified. Playing in goal and facing a number of strong short corner plays and a stroke, Lachie played an outstanding game. His agility, fearlessness in facing strong hits and his ability to read the play, meant that he ably withstood the Geelong attack. The Geelong players’ frustration at his efforts and those of our fullbacks was clear and they were sent back from the circle time and again with controlled clearances and accurate tackling. As they have done well in the latter part of the season. Ollie A and Basyl combined to provide a strong wall of defence.

Showing the tenacity and courage which has grown over the course of the season, Emma played another strong role in the half line. Geelong’s attacking runs were often broken by her tackles, sometimes against players head and shoulders taller than her.  Liam P-H combined well with Emma and Kate in defence and displayed his usual and important speed and skill on the ball. Liam P-H’s ability to draw the player to create opportunities for other team mates and to switch play from one side of the field to the other, allowed for movement to our inners, Brandon, Issy and Gil. This saw increased pressure in front of our goal and there were a number of really close hits, with one rebounding from the post, that could so easily have seen us share 1-1 with Geelong, but not to be.

Continuing with her usual controlled use of the ball and her speed in carrying the ball forward, Matilda played a strong role on the wing and as an inner. She was ably assisted by Bella, who was so close to scoring in the second half, and Grace and Daniel. Grace and Daniel positioned themselves well during attacking short corners looking for the rebound opportunities off the goalie’s pads. Further strong opportunities came through hits on goal by Liam K and Spirit held Geelong to 1-0 deep into the second half until Geelong were able to score again after a series of short corners. Whilst it was a disappointment to leave the field with a 2-0 loss, Spirit should hold their heads up high after an excellent team game.  All 14 players under Coach Tom’s direction made an impact on the day. The lessons from this match for the Preliminary Final against Kardinia are to look to move the ball wide, to be available in attack, to follow up if the opposing players get past you, to take free hits early and to force short corners when in the circle so we have our strongest opportunity for scoring. Thank you to the players who were patient with substitutions given we had all 14 players in attendance. Bring your A game for our game against Kardinia bright and early on Saturday.

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Bellarine 2-1

The two games in this hockey season against Bellarine have both ended in draws so this was poised to be an even contest, but with a definite result one way or another. Bellarine needed to win to progress based on ladder position and were attacking early but Jack did a fantastic job to keep them scoreless. Newtown were eventually able to gain possession and launch their own attacks but the half finished at 0:0 with neither team able to gain any advantage.

It was a positive start to the second half with an attack up the left wing by Brandon, passing off to Charley in field and then to Basyl camped in the D, who was unlucky to have his deft deflection miss the goal. Newtown kept the pressure on and locked the ball in the Bellarine half and produced another multi player attack including Sam, Will and the ever present Basyl in the D, who hit the target this time for a 1:0 lead. A second goal came soon after to Ethan following some scrappy play in front of goal. Loose defence by Newtown allowed Bellarine to claw back one goal with only 5 mins remaining on the clock, and sensing an opportunity to keep their season alive, Bellarine were quickly back on the Newtown D earning two short corners. The Newtown defence was equal to the task and kept the score 2:1 at the final whistle to break the string of draws against Bellarine this season.

Fantastic team effort to make the next finals round, see you all at training on Thursday to prepare for the game against Geelong and an opportunity to the make the grand final.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 2-2

Newtown Strikers and Kardinia had a re-match of last week’s game in their elimination Final on Saturday. The higher intensity of the game was evident from the start of play, and Kardinia really took the game up to Strikers. Both teams were looking for quick, long passes but many of them didn’t connect, and the best scoring opportunities in the first half came from Penalty Corners, with 3 a-piece, and Kardinia managing to score on their last Penalty Corner to go into the half-time break with a 1-nil lead.

In the second half Strikers levelled after Miles took the ball into attack and passed to Oscar who scored. Oscar followed up with a nice pass to Jack but Kardinia defended, and after a Strikers Penalty corner, Kardinia streamed into attack leaving us short in defence and scored a second goal. Kardinia followed up immediately after with another attack but Luka defended well. With a Preliminary-final berth on the line, Strikers kept cool, and Jack, Sam S and Oscar combined to draw scores level 2-all. With no further scoring, the game went into “Golden Goal” time with 2 7-minute halves. Strikers seemed to have the upper hand with 3 Penalty Corners through the two Sams and Jarret, and Harry also had a few hits on goal but all were defended. With “Golden Goal” time nearly complete, Kardinia drew a Penalty Corner but Strikers held them off. With the final score being 2-all, Strikers progress to next week’s Preliminary-final due to their higher ladder position.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-2

Newtown Spirit played Torquay in a highly anticipated first semi-final on Saturday 1 September 18. As expected both teams played a tough game, but the attacking play was largely by a full strength Torquay in the first half. Spirit defended strongly with Tom, Oliver and Rachel resolute in blocking, clearing and keeping the Torquay attack at bay. Goalie Max was called upon to keep the ball out multiple times in the first half with some spectacular saves. At half time however, the scores were 1 – 0 Torquay’s way.

The second half saw a more determined Newtown press the attack to Torquay, with a number of good passing attacks executed on each side involving many of the team, notably Miles, Gus and Ben resulting in a number of shots on goal, deflection opportunities, and short corners. However the Torquay defence and goalie played well and Newtown were kept scoreless. Riley made some strong intercepts and Emily had some nice touches on the ball and was well positioned on the post. Torquay maintained their attacking pressure throughout the half, the final score was 2 – 0 to Torquay, setting up a Spirit vs Strikers elimination final next week. Thanks to both of our Harry’s, and Oliver who played up from U14’s and contributed solidly to the Newtown game. Keep up the momentum Spirit!

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 3-4

Unfortunately it was somewhat of a disappointing end to the hockey season with the Falcons losing to Geelong in the Elimination final 4-3. The team was fired up to get a good start and this was achieved with Matt scoring early. Geelong then scored their first goal with some determined play in the goal circle. Matt again stepped up to the plate and delivered a sensational toma into the top right corner pegging back the lead. Unfortunately after this the team seemed to fall into a bit of a lull and Geelong pounced with quick turnovers to open up their forward line. Geelong then scored the next two goals with one just on half time to give them a 3-2 lead.

We re-grouped at half time and the message was to play simple hockey, work the ball around the back and wait for our opportunities to open up space and get the ball forward. We had all the play in the second half and Gus scored a nice goal from a short corner to level 3-3. Unfortunately another quick turn over resulted in Geelong sneaking forward and scoring an opportune goal to put them in front. We pressed really hard in the last 15 minutes and had all the play in our forward half, but even with multiple short corners we just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. I know the players were disappointed with the loss and we certainly had our chances, but that’s hockey!

Thanks to the players for a great season, it was lots of fun and I would like to thank all those that contributed to the Falcons throughout the year.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 0-4

First round of playoff activity found Lady Falcons versus Saints.  It was back to back weekends of playing them, with the final game of the regular hockey season ending up against them as well.  Hoping to come out on the other side of the score board and pull off an upset we came out focused for warm up. There were strong individual performances on every area of the pitch, and the ladies can feel very good about how they played.  Unfortunately, we just couldn’t put together a solid enough flow of team play to provide consistent and supported pressure in the Saints backfield.  We did create some attack play and earned corners but not enough polish (aka lack of practice) to get conversions to keep us in the game. In my opinion it wasn’t a case of our bad play, just that Saints played a stronger possession and team game, keeping us reactionary.

There are a number of positives to take from the game as we were getting more numbers up the field and not leaving poor Hailey and Erin alone to do it on their own.  We created enough opportunities to keep the game close.  From start to finish of the season we cut down on the number of penalty corners we gave Saints.   Thanks to Jessie J for coming out and being bench coach, it certainly helped and gave us an opportunity to try and change up our tactics to create scores.


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Preliminary Finals Next Week

Come out to Stead Park for the Preliminary Finals and cheer on our 4 participating teams.





Saturday September 8

8.30 am – U12 – Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia

9.45 am – U14 – Newtown Spirit vs Geelong

11.00 am – U17 – Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers