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Summer Hockey Season

The summer hockey season for 2017/ 2018 will run from October 16 to February 27, with a break over the Christmas/ January period. The competitions are half-field with 7 players per team. Ages for summer hockey teams are taken at January 1, 2017.

We offer the following teams for summer hockey competitions:

Monday

  • Under 10 – Geelong College, Claremont Ave, Newtown, 6 to 7 pm

Tuesday

  • U12 – Stead Park, usually 5.30 p.m.
  • U14 – Stead Park, usually 6.30 p.m.
  • U17 – Stead Park, usually 7.30 pm

Wednesday

  • Under 6 Joeys – Lloyd Reserve, Newtown, 4.30 to 5 pm. Commences October 18.
  • Under 8 – Geelong College, Claremont  Ave, Newtown, 6 to 7 pm.
  • Mixed senior (men and women) – Stead Park, 6.30 to 9.30 pm. Minimum age 14 years.

Thursday

  • Mixed Masters – Stead Park, 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Minimum age 35 years.

Friday

  • Kookas Junior – 4.30 to 5.30 pm at Lloyd Reserve, for boys and girls aged 5 to 12
  • Mixed Family – Stead Park, 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Teams include both junior and senior players. This competition is ideal for beginner adults or those who are returning to play after some time away from the game. Minimum age 10 years.

Saturday

  • Saturday Social games will continue at Lloyd Reserve, 1.00 pm each Saturday until September 30. An ideal opportunity for a fun game with all ages and all skill levels welcome.

Fees are:

  • U6 – $10
  • U8/ U10 –  $60
  • U12/U14/U17 – $70
  • Senior Mixed Wednesday – $90
  • Friday Family competition – $90
  • Mixed Masters – $90

Hockey Victoria Membership

If you have registered and paid your Hockey Victoria membership during the winter season, there is no need to pay this again until January 1, 2018.  At January 1, 2018, each player will need to pay the Hockey Victoria fee ($50 for players aged < 18, or $65 for players aged > 18), which will provide registration and insurance cover for the next twelve months, until December 31, 2018. This fee must be paid before playing in any match.

Training  

No training is conducted over the summer season, but coaching is available through the team coaches.

Enquiries    Contact Claire Barnes 0417 015130, if you have any problems or questions

    Payment of summer hockey fees may be made direct to the Club bank account (see information below) but the preferred option is payment via Onesport at the time of registration.

    Payment of summer hockey fees

2017 Hockey Season – May 13 & 14

Round 4 of the hockey season was another week with some fantastic hockey at all levels of the Club’s teams.

Kookas

There were 3 teams playing this game and while it seemed that Team Mosquitoes would win, both Team Orange and Team Red persevered and showed some excellent switching and accurate passing. Welcome to Tom, who joined his cousin Ebony, and like Ebony, showed great skills for his first game of hockey. Good efforts by Emily to cut off opposition passes with stick on the ground and focus on the ball. Braydn did a great job in both attack and defence, showing his improving skills and game concentration. Charlie worked hard as usual, making good runs and creating space to receive the ball in.

Saturday Social

A great game of Saturday Social hockey this week, with Georgia and Chris joining us for a game. Rachel and Ruby worked well together in a hard to beat mother/ daughter combination. With Sam and Zen on opposite teams, there was a bit at stake in the tackles and the honours were fairly even at the end of the game. Cassie and Charlotte had great communication and some great running to space opened up the play for some nice attacks.

Under 6 Joeys

Great work again by our U6 players, showing some good skills and ball control. Great scanning when dribbling and now moving on to accurate passing.

Under 8

Newtown Raiders vs Torquay Tornadoes

Well done to everybody on another great game. It was a tough match with 3 of our players unable to make it this week but we still did an awesome job! Thank you to Stella who joined our team, helping us to field a side! Well done to Charlie and Jesse who did a fantastic job in the centre and goal keeping. Oscar did a superb job on the wing – not only trying to bring the play into the forward line but also helping to stop several attempts at goal. He managed to play on after being struck on the hand by another player’s hockey stick!

Lily and Stella did a great job on the wing supporting our Centre and Goalkeeper. Chloe also demonstrated some good ball skills in the backline. It is great to see everybody improve individually each week.

Congratulations to Jesse for being awarded the Subway player of the match! Jesse’s concentration on the ball in the last 15min of the second half made a big difference to the whole game.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia Kangaroos

Spirit had to dig deep defensively during a crowded encounter against the enthusiastic Kardinia Kangaroos in Under 8 action at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. While a constant huddle of players around the ball made for a messy game, Spirit worked hard to shut down opposition assaults on goals. With Michael and Baxter standing strong in full back, the duo managed to thwart many goal attempts. On one occasion Michael calmly and cleanly stopped a hard hit just in front of the goals, clearing it from the danger zone for his team despite the pressure. Drew, at left half back, was another key defender right from the starting whistle while Avah showed her customary skill in intercepting the ball, looking for teammates and then passing it on. Juliette kept to her position out wide at right wing, giving her teammates a great option to open up the play.

At half time Coach Kellie urged her young charges to bypass the muddle in the middle by passing out wide, rather than restricting themselves to the congested central corridor. She asked Spirit to use their voices, keep their eye on the ball and only use the flat side of the stick. Kardinia Kangaroos sprang into action the minute play resumed, taking the ball swiftly into their attacking zone and that’s where it remained for much of the game.  Summah and Avah, playing as full backs, withstood strong pressure from the Roos and repelled the ball to safety time and again. Summah put in a sterling game, standing strongly in front of the opposition and never backing down. She didn’t waste time when taking free hits either, remembering to send the ball wide where it was picked up by players including Juliette.

Centre half back Pollyanna got amongst the defensive action in the circle and battled hard to clear the ball. There was also a lovely passage of play triggered by Drew, who cleanly directed the ball out left to a running Michael. Michael, with Pollyanna in support, launched himself into attack in one of the few fast breaks by Spirit in the second half while Braydn provided options at centre forward. After the game ended Coach Kellie praised her team for their strong defence and their efforts to direct play out wide. While applauding lovely play by Michael and Avah, she awarded the Subway Best Team Player award to Summah, saying it was the best game she’d ever seen the youngster play. Good work Spirit and well done Summah.

Newtown Rebels Bye

Newtown Strikers vs College White

Strikers this week fielded a full team and as a result gave up a player to support the Newtown Raiders who were a little short, huge thanks Stella. College fronted up with an army of players that resulted in a substantial bench and many player changes for them. The Strikers played a very attacking game this week with most of the game played in Newtown’s centre and forward lines. In the first half the boys (Will and Alex) attacked well with support from Eliza and Isabella in the centre. The backs however saw little of the ball. In the second half Darren alternated the positions which saw the girls have a go at attacking. Matilda and Lucy in forward did well attacking with a few shots on goal, and Matilda scoring after some great passing from the centres. This week Strikers held their positions well, some great dribbling and very strong passing into attack. Alex won the Subway Encouragement award and Assistant Coach Harry Bradbury umpired the whole game single-handedly.  Well Done Team.

Under 10 South

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 3-0

Half time heard Kellie saying “loving your work” with excellent linking of play. One of the linkages saw a pass from Nate to Meyah to score Spirit’s first goal. There was praise for keeping eyes on the opposition but we had to use our voices better by saying “I’ve got it” and then making sure we had an awareness of where the other players were. Kellie talked about how the opposition had some strong and long pushes and wanted us to work on that in the next half with lowering our stance as we moved into a push. Otherwise she was really happy and was enjoying watching the spirit play.

The second half saw Max make a solo dash from before the half line right into the goal area, avoiding the opposition. It was very fast with great control of the ball and a shot a goal which unfortunately saw the goal post deflect it. There was a big cheer from the crowd. Kellie praised the strong tackling. But there where times when everyone was at the ball……we needed to think about being the player who was not on the ball and being out of the tackle so we could be the one that players could pass to. Subway award went to Seb and Best Team Player award went to Meyah – 2 goals and always in the play!

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-16

Well done to Torquay who out played us on the day and took advantage of all opportunities. Amber was set the task of goal keeper and was under pressure right from the start of the game. She saved multiple attacks on goal through out the game. Isabel, Ruby, Jai and Isla made up the front line and made some good passes. Thamindu and Amelia assisted Amber in defensive roles. Alex and Anna rotated from the wings to present options from passing wide and Brandon was the roving player from the game. Elliott and Eliza May covered a great amount of the field throughout the game.

At half time we discussed taking our free shots quickly by looking to the umpire when the whistle is blown to see who the ball has been awarded to. Also make sure to pass ball to the wings and not to the centre. During a free pass make sure to pick an opposing playing and stand in front of them. Thamindu and Amelia both sustained ball injuries in the closing minutes of the game. Amber was awarded Best Team Player for all her work in goals and Thamindu the Subway Award for never giving up and returning to the field after being injured.

Under 12

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 6-1

Spirit had a fantastic game this week with some brilliant play by all the team. This week it felt like the team has clicked and have shaken out the cobwebs from the summer period. It was such a great match to watch. Maggie stepped into goals this week and for the first half I think she was a little cold due to much of the play being in our forward line. From the very beginning it seemed that spirit had their fame face on and were out to score some goals. We even had what seemed to be an extra forward this week as Angus was playing the highest full back position I have ever seen. Peter soon had him back where he belonged! Both our full backs made sure the ball hardly passed by them and very quickly had the ball back up to our forwards through the inners and wings.

Mia managed to find the goal 3 times thanks to some brilliant balls from her team mates. Angus also scored 3 goals with one coming off a brilliant short corner. Angus pushed the ball out to Oliver who then passed it back to Angus who at this stage had stepped right next to the goal post and slotted the ball in behind the goalie. Great team work despite being brothers! Maggie had a bit more work in the second half as I think we were getting a little tired and they managed to score once while maggie and Liam saved a certain couple more.

Well done to all the Spirit players. It was great to have the Whelan’s back who certainly played like they had not had a break!

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 4-3

A close and hard fought match by the Strikers to take the win against Torquay. It was great to see some of the skills being taught at training being utilised throughout the game. Tom was our rock in defence stopping the ball and flat passing out wide to his teammates. Alice started the game in left half back playing good defence. Later in the game she played right wing using the triangle format effectively with Jack and Archie. Ruby was strong in the centre keeping her stick flat when trapping the ball, always a reliable player. Goal scorers were Rory scoring 2 in the first half and Jack scoring 2 in the second half. Well done team!

Newtown Rebels vs Bellarine Thunder 2-0

Rebels put on a strong performance this week, beating Bellarine Thunder 2-0.  Kiah’s sharpshooting skills were on display scoring both goals early in the game.  Despite the ball being in Rebels’ attacking end for most of the game, Rebels were unable to score again due to a tight Thunder defence. Excellent hustle from Adele, Imogen and Mai to keep the ball in the forward line put constant pressure on Thunder.  There was some heat on the ball in the ‘D’ with strong fast unselfish passes that required equally skilful ball control by the receiver. Pat showed some excellent movement and control through congestion almost pulling off two further goals.

More pressure was placed on the Rebels defence in the second half.  At half time, AJ had asked for more switches from the midfield to open the Thunder defence.  The players responded with switches from Sam and Pat to Lachlan and Luca allowing the ball to be moved quickly by Basyl and Brandon out of harms away and back into attack.  The quick switches allowed several scoring opportunities with Teijai and Kiah unlucky not to score due to a very strong Thunder last line of defence.  Rebels showed some real improvement this week using angles and switches to their advantage.  Well done to Isobel who tried her hand as goalie!!!

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs  Golden Plains 1-1

Newtown Spirit played Golden Plains on Saturday. Spirit being undefeated were a big target for the winless Golden Plains team, and they came out firing. Golden Plains had speed through the centre which game them many attacking opportunities, but with the return of our regular goalie, Max, and some great defending from Ella, Ely, Max, Riley, Will and Grace, Spirit kept those attacks at bay. Charley and Harry looked dangerous in attack but Golden Plains seized the ball and put a score on the board. Golden Plains followed up shortly after with a short corner but couldn’t convert. Spirit kept their nerve and with a long corner, were able to get through Golden Plains’ defenders and Jamie scored a nice goal to level scores 1-all.

The coach’s instructions at half-time were not to crowd the forwards by keeping the ball wide, to concentrate on firm, accurate hits, and to prevent Golden Plains’ fast breaks particularly through the centre. The team took this advice in and in the second half there was more use of the wings with Will, Harley, Charley and Grace moving the ball up on the left, and Riley, Nick, Bailey and Claudia running hard with the ball on the right. Golden Plains’ fast breaks continued to be disrupted by Ella, and Max defended a few certain goals to keep Golden Plains scoreless in the second half. Spirit almost had a repeat of last week with a few short corners late in the second half, but this week we couldn’t convert. It was another exciting game that ended in a 1-all draw, and while Golden Plains sits low on the ladder we wouldn’t be surprised to see them feature in the finals.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 1-3

A great first half by Strikers to keep Torquay goaless.

Under 17

Newtown Spirit  vs Newtown Strikers 0-4

Spirit had two early opportunities on goal via short corners but weren’t able to convert, unlike Strikers who managed to score from their first short corner. Strikers’ second goal came soon after following a free hit in the Spirit half and some loose defence around the D.

Despite the half time score, the Spirit players were not despondent and held the majority of possession early in the 2nd half, but weren’t able to penetrate the Strikers defence close to goal. Spirit were playing high to put pressure on the opposition goal, but were found exposed when a length of the field counterattack resulted in a 3rd goal for Strikers.  Spirit appeared to lose any momentum they had built early in the half and Strikers were able to score a 4th goal soon after. A gallant effort by all in the face of strong competition and a big thanks to Harry and Max from U14 for helping out.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 4-0

Strikers played a fantastic game of hockey.  It was great to see them bounce back after last week’s loss to Torquay.  Corey and Callum created an impenetrable defence once again.  Ollie was also back making it very difficult for Spirit to get through to the defensive 25.  Up forward, Sam had a couple of near misses, including one hitting the post.  Erin had a dominant game up forward scoring two goals and setting Callum up for one as well.  One of Erin’s goals was scored from a well planned set play from a short corner which is becoming a recurring theme.

Thanks to the U14’s (Ella, Will and Jamie) who filled in and and not only helped our regulars to maintain fresh legs to run out the game but also made valuable contributions in their own right; you are all welcome to play with us again!

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong Jaguars 8-1

Superhero Round. Nick Fury (Coach) gathered his forces to do battle with the mighty villains of planet 12347 in the far off galaxy of Geelong.

The Superheroes came to play against the Mighty Villains in a game of hockey. The game started well with Iron-Man (Lachie) using his jet propeller to switch the ball from one side to the other. He was well backed up by Captain America (Sean), spinning his stick to his mates on the forward line. Hawkeye (Pat) also sent his shot whistling to the forwards. It wasn’t long before Daredevil (Hamish) scored with a nice shot from a short corner. The Mighty Villains struck back and from open play got one past the Hulk (Campbell) to even the score at 1-1. There was plenty of one to one passing and calling, and the Falcon (Clarke) swooped on to a pass and put the ball in the goal. Score 2-1 at half time.

The second half saw many attacks by the Mighty Villains but they came to nothing, thanks to the Hulk, Iron-Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Falcon and Blade (Nick P). Lots of switching, passing and calling gave our forward line hope. Deadpool (Adham) had the crowd oohing and aahing, with his fast running and funny jokes. The forwards were well backed up by Ant-Man (Nic M) and Thor (Zed) with his mighty thunder stick. Blade scored twice from open play, and then Black Panther (Elgan) set up Deadpool for another goal from open play. Deadpool scored a hat trick with his third goal coming from a hard drive in front of the keeper and in it went. Daredevil had a second shot on the top of the circle, and ended with 2 goals for the game. Star Lord (Jimmy) got in on the act with many moves across the front of the field.

Coach Nick Fury was mighty pleased with a fantastic effort from his team.

Newtown Strikers vs Saints Black 0-5

We knew that Saints would come at us hard and they didn’t disappoint, the game was played at a fast pace with both teams mounting a number of attacking plays. Unfortunately, even though both teams were relatively evenly matched, the Saints midfield were able to overrun our defensive efforts a number of times resulting in the 5 goals scored.

Brodie made a number of great saves with support from Jimmy and our movement out of defense through Carl, Pete, Corey and Tom meant that Thomas, Jonah, Hudson, Hamish and Alex were able to force Saints back onto the defensive.  Big thanks to Ian for being our super sub and helping run the bench. Funnily enough we had a similar start to last season so games like this will be a great baseline to see how much we have improved over the course of this season.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Newtown Strikers 3-1

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Falcons 1-3

Strikers had a really positive game against Falcons on Sunday. The whole match was relatively even with both sides having good procession of the ball. Strikers had some strong runs down the wing with Elese taking it from the back half, getting past everyone and hitting a beautiful goal in the top left corner to make it one all.

Our defence was much better this week with players being manned up but unfortunately a couple of fumbles in the back defence saw Falcons score 2 more goals.  All in all we are working well as a team and getting to know how we all play and we will only improve as the season progresses.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 1-1

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 2-8

Having some interchange players provided Spirit with some good running in the first half, and the first part of the game was relatively even. Golden Plains created numerous attacks, but these were well defended by Kellie, Beth, and Rachael. Good co-operation between Rachael and Erin saw the ball moved down the right side of the field to Katie and lifted our spirits with some accurate passing. A nice square pass in the circle by Kirsty saw Katie latch on to the ball with a goal the result.

The second half again saw some pleasing passages of play with Lauren, Jacinta and Deanne showing good teamwork and purposeful passing. Good marking in most cases limited Golden Plains’ successful attempts in the circle. At one stage the score was 2-4.  However, the last part of the second half saw Golden Plains become more dominant and more effective, finding space in the circle to end the game with a score of 2-8.

2016 Hockey Season – August 20 & 21

What a great hockey season this has been so far, and the last round of home and away games brought great excitement for our younger players in particular. With 2 Premierships claimed, end of year presentations happening for the lower junior players, and 9 teams progressing to the Semi-Finals next week,  it was a fantastic weekend all round.

As this round was also designated RESPECT round by Hockey Geelong, there were some wonderful examples of fair play and sportsmanship, and some great messages written on the RESPECT WALL.

Recognition – Enjoyment – Sportsmanship – Participation – Everyone – Caring – Teamwork

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Congratulations to our players who received the Fair Play awards during the weekend, and will now be sporting a pair of rainbow socks. Well done Jack, Riley, Hailey.

2 Premierships in Under 11

The Newtown Rebels team claimed the Under 11 North Premiership in emphatic fashion in the inaugural year of the competition. The team finished the hockey season undefeated, with 14 wins, 1 draw and a goal difference of +77.  What an amazing performance, with 3 first-year players in the team, and little previous experience playing on synthetic surface fields. Who says you can’t learn good hockey skills playing on grass? Who says girls get neglected and ignored in mixed teams? The team is to be commended for the sportsmanship and respectful attitude they have shown to all teams in this competition. As the season began with low player numbers for some of the opposition teams, Newtown Rebels happily loaned players to the opposition team to ensure a fair go for all players.

A fantastic hockey season

A fantastic hockey season for Newtown Rebels – Under 11 North Premiers

Newtown Spirit also claimed a Premiership with an impressive season in the Under 11 South competition – 12 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses and a goal difference of +51. The final match of the season was an exciting one, against the Runners Up, Kardinia. A great effort by all players, with excellent efforts by the 3 first-year players and 2 Under 8 players who stepped up to help out.

We look forward to the Exhibition Match which will be played on Grand Final Day, September 10, between the Premiers of the two Under 11 competitions – Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Spirit. What a match it will be!

Kookas Midweek

 More wet weather this week so we took to the verandah again to play some fun hockey in relative dryness. Matilda joined us and showed that skill and determination has very little to do with size. Great skills and great teamwork by Matilda with Jai and Ella always in good position to receive the ball and pass it to advantage. Sam, Sam and Amy got their team off to a flying start with some lovely goals as a result of long passes and players running on. The gap between the scores narrowed in the second half with some nice rebounds by Jai and Matilda but couldn’t overcome the strong opposition and the silky ball skills of Sam, Sam and Amy.

Under 8

Newtown Spirit v Torquay Tornadoes

Newtown Spirit put in a convincing display of skill, teamwork and enthusiasm against Torquay Tornadoes to sign off its 2016 winter campaign at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. The Under 8 team has steadily developed over the past months and wasted little time in its final game to spring into attack. Within minutes Nate had goaled, Ruben showed some great ball control and the accurate passes between Spirit players kept them in attack and pressuring the Torquay defence. Half backs Lucy and Meyah and centre forward Charlotte combined well to kick start several forward runs, with Spirit players including Avah and Max peppering the goals in a confident first half. At half time Coach Kellie praised her charges for showing great vision, saying they were passing the ball between themselves to get around their opposition, keeping to their positions and passing out wide. She encouraged them to keep their sticks down low to the ground and set them a target of at least four touches before shooting for goal. “Keep it up guys, I like it,’’ she said.

And so did the Spirit spectators watching on the sidelines as the team headed out for the second half with their customary determination. But Torquay put up a good fight, putting more pressure on Spirit’s defence with fast breaks and shots on goal. But that didn’t stop Spirit from launching its own forward forays with some great linked play between Nate, Ruben, Charlotte, Lucy, Max and Meyah. Avah worked hard in full back, directing the ball to her half backs so they could run it into attack once again. Kellie applauded the team’s efforts at the game’s end, highlighting Spirit’s impressive team work and positioning throughout the entire match. Max and Ruben received Best Team Player awards for the final game for their strong efforts.

Thanks should go to Pollyanna for volunteering to play for Torquay on Saturday. She did some good stops and tackles and has clearly improved in her time filling in for Newtown’s Under-8 teams. Spirit’s game on Saturday was a fitting end to the 2016 season. Well done Spirit players for your great attitude and effort, thanks to Kellie for coaching and umpiring so well and a round of applause to the parents for supporting the team during the competition.

Newtown Rebels vs College White

The last game of the season saw the Rebels take on College White.  The whole team came together brilliantly showcasing all of the skills and tactics they have learnt throughout the year.  Each player stuck to their positions and roles enabling clean passing, and creating few opportunities for the opposition to score. Some very impressive passages of play between players resulted in many successful attempts at goal. A special high five for Hannah who scored her first goal….Super effort Hannah! Surry, Scarlett and Georgie received Best Team Player awards – well done!  On behalf of the coaching and management team, well done to all for great season of Hockey!!!!  We look forward to seeing you all in the Summer season.

Newtown Raiders vs Newtown Strikers

A lovely game by Raiders to finish off a very enjoyable hockey season. Great hockey skills, game strategies and teamwork were on display with all players contributing to the team performance. Cate and Eliza worked well together to take the ball into attack, with fast dribbling skills, and with Isabel making great interceptions and quick free passes, Raiders looked to put pressure on the Strikers’ defence.  Eamonn was in great position in front of goals, stopping many of Strikers attempts to score and deflecting other attacks. Oscar, Charlotte and Jesse found some great position and made some nice passes. Great concentration by the team this week saw Raiders mark their players and gain possession to send the ball into attack. Best Team Player award to Eamonn.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Raiders

Thank you to all Strikers players and parents for a fantastic year. Thank you to Alex S for cheering on the team from the sidelines and we look forward to seeing you back playing next year.

Amy and Ruby paired up early in the game to assist in attacking the goals. Alex J has been working throughout the season with her ball control and turning. Eliza was unstoppable throughout the mid field and put into practice everything that we have worked on for the year. Emma was fantastic on the wing with her passing along the side lines and Isla never stopped tackling. Amelia played in goals again and was proving hard to get the ball past. During the second half she joined the rest of the team on the field and assisted Ruby with another goal.  Eliza was awarded Best Team Player.

 We are so proud of you all for your sportsmanship throughout the season and willingness to play for the opposition. Thank you for a wonderful season and your dedication. We hope to see you for Summer hockey with most of the team moving onto Under 11s for next season.

Under 11 North

Newtown Rebels vs Bellarine Thunder 4-0

Newtown Rebels played Bellarine Thunder at Stead Park on Saturday in their round 15 and final match of the season. Rebels continued their good form from last week and had the majority of the play all game. We had a number of short corners and troubled the Bellarine defenders who did really well under so much attack from Newtown. The final score was Newtown 4-0, with one goal each to Basyl, Kiah, Olivia and Patrick.

U11 Rebels great hockey season

Newtown Rebels vs Bellarine Thunder

Season Summary:

Basyl runs all over the pitch from deep in defence right up to the circle, he’s been great at stealing the ball from the opposition and taking it right up to the scoring zone. Brandon’s stick skills while dribbling on the run are great to see and his ability to find good passing options has been outstanding in the latter part of this season. Charlotte and Genevieve are getting a lot more of the ball in the second half of the season and this will continue next season as they gain more confidence in their game play and strength in their hits. Grace is fearless in defence and very few balls get past her, but she also had some time in attack. Earlier in the season, she scored 2 goals, and she’ll be a very versatile player for her team next year. Imogen has played some great games this season where she has been able to get quite a few hits in. She scored a goal in Round 8 which was fantastic to see.

Kiah has been a great scorer for the team all season. She makes good position near goals each game and was the leading goalscorer with Patrick, both on 17 goals. Luca spent a lot of time in defence for us, he reads the play well and runs fast to get to the ball and defend. His jinks past attackers in the latter part of the season were great, and he was also a very handy attacker, scoring 5 goals during the season. Olivia has set a great example for the rest of the team. She defends opposition attacks through the centre really well, comes back into defence when needed and is also really dangerous in attack where she made goals from short corners her speciality late in the season. Patrick is one of our first-year players and surprised everyone with his brilliant goal-scoring ability in Round 2, and continued that through the season to finish with 17 goals. His strong hits will be sure to hit many more goals next season. Sam’s stick skills are very good and he loves moving the ball from left to right as he dribbles the ball past opponents. Keep up the good work and don’t forget to look for a pass earlier! Teijai is another of our first-year players and he’s been really handy in attack, scoring 9 goals for the season including a ripper in Round 7 just before the final siren that the team loved as it gave them a close-fought win.

The enthusiasm of the whole team and their improvement during the season has been really great to see. Coach AJ and Team Manager Zen congratulate the team on a fantastic unbeaten season and we look forward to following all of our players’ progress in future seasons with Newtown City Hockey Club. Thanks also to the parents and supporters of our players who helped us run the games smoothly, and who gave the players so much encouragement at every game.

Under 11 South

 Newtown Strikers vs Golden Plains 0-6

 Enthusiasm, commitment and attention to coaching advice given came together in the last game of the hockey season for Strikers, with some excellent examples of teamwork and use of space out wide. Solid defence by Jack, Nathan and some really good approaches to the ball by Michael in goals saw Newtown get the ball out of trouble in defence. Great passing to team mates in good position ahead of the ball by Lachlan, Declan and Owen allowed Zoe, Alex, Grace and Gil to create some attacks and some narrowly missed opportunities in front of goal. It even looked like Chris was going to score another goal this week by being in the right spot at the right time, but it didn’t quite work out. The strategy of playing the ball wide worked really well, and the team looked great when this strategy was used. Unfortunately there was a lot of play down the middle and lack of marking the opposition allowed Golden Plains plenty of opportunities to set up goals, which they happily took advantage of. Best Team Player awards to Zoe and Declan. Thanks to all the players, team manager Morven and parents for their enthusiasm and effort during this season, and we can look forward to some great games in 2017 from these players.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 2-1

It was hard to imagine it was the final game of what has been a brilliant season for the Spirit team. We were up against Kardinia who came out with a very determined attitude. We were a little caught off guard to say the least! The team panicked a little and once again tended to follow the ball instead of holding their positions.  Matilda was in goals this week and made a brilliant save to deny Kardinia what would have been a great goal. However the second time the ball was in the goal circle it unfortunately hit the back board. Well done Matilda on a great game.

The second half saw Spirit calm down and hold their positions. Kellie was most relieved. There were some great passages of play and Liam was very strong in the middle making determined tackles and following through. We had 2 on the bench this week so there are lots of changes. The kids did really well adapting to their different positions when Kellie moved them. With some great passes through the half backs and up to the forwards, Spirit were able to convert 3 goals which had us finish 2 games clear at the top of the ladder!

Well done to the entire team. You have been a joy to work with this year and you should all be very proud of yourselves.

Under 13

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 8-0

This week was RESPECT week and it was fantastic to see so many players acknowledging and asking questions about what the day was all about.  This week U13 Spirit played Kardinia and at one point in the game a Kardinia player was hit very hard in the foot by the ball, the player fell to the ground holding their foot and I was incredibly impressed by how many of our players gathered around the player to make sure they were OK.  That is exactly what RESPECT day is all about. Showing great sportsmanship, caring for fellow players regardless of who they are, where they come from, how old or young, tall or small, dark skin or white skin or whether they are right or wrong.  So well done team on showing great sportsmanship and remember Respect day isn’t just a one off day we need to demonstrate these values every day.  A big congratulations to Riley who won the coloured socks, he played a great game and certainly demonstrated the values of the day.  Look forward to seeing the socks at training Riley!!

The Spirit played a great game of hockey with again some fantastic team work. Players were looking for others who were free with lots of great talking.  We worked well at taking the ball wide and then crossing into the circle to create lots of scoring opportunities and this was evident with both Nick and Claudia scoring their very first goals in Hockey.  Awesome!!

Well done team on another great game and let’s keep up the great team play leading into the first final this Saturday.  It should be a fun game against the Strikers!!

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 3-1

On Saturday the Strikers met Torquay in the final home and away game of the season. Special thanks to Ely, Max and to Sam S for filling in. In a tough first half the Strikers had a number of opportunities but could not penetrate the Torquay defence until late through Miles and then Harry on the cusp of half time.  In the first half Harry, Sam R and Miles were all solid contributors along with Kade and Harrison.

 Down to 9 players for the second half the question was whether the Strikers could hold on against a determined Torquay team.  There was some great play in the second half from Angus R in defence who was fantastic, Olivia, Ella and Sam S and Jonah.  Miles ran all day up and down the pitch.   The Strikers held on for a commendable win in the circumstances 3-1.

U13 Strikers - a great hockey season

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay

 

Under 15

Newtown Strikers vs Bellarine Storm 5-2

What an action packed game for the week that was Bellarine Storm. It was a convincing win that saw the team bag five goals against Bellarine Storm. It was a highly contested match that saw Newtown giving the game their all in, at times extremely difficult circumstances, and clearly showing they were the better team – on a number of levels. Starting on the pitch without a full compliment of players created a gap in the backline with Eneko padded up to be our last line of resistance. Bellarine managed to score early despite tight opposition. Thanks must go to Max (U13) who had remained kitted up as goalie and resting between games he graciously helped us out at half time coming in as goalie, giving us a full team who played an awesome running game and ‘owned’ the play driving it to the win that was. Our sticks were on the ground and we ran with and pressured the opposition fairly at every turn. Everyone put in such solid effort that they are all to be highly commended. Particular mention must go to Hailey who was singled out by the Geelong Hockey Association to be Awarded Player of the Day in the Respect Round – valuing fair and decent play. Congratulations all and be proud of finishing second on the ladder. Well deserved and all the best for the finals rounds.

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 5-1

Under 17

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 9-0

Last match of the 2016 home and away season, and Spirit were pretty well manned today – only a couple out, leaving us in a better position than Kardinia. Off to a good start, with positive attack even with the resettling of players, that comes with a variety of ins and outs each week! Monique working hard, running to position herself both in best position to receive the ball and on the post when required. Monique’s efforts paid off with 2 post goals scored within the first half. Great to see Monique’s attention to this role and good lesson for all players. Some frustrations coming for Spirit, when they resorted to leading down the centre of the ground, allowing congestion and therefore difficulties with elimination to result. Beautiful work from Dan to refocus back to using the width of the pitch and passing purposefully up the ground, allowed further opportunity to score. Jonah also scored in the first half to take the lead to 3:0 at halftime.

Second half more effectively attacking though not without some niggles between team players. Scoring opportunities giving goals to Matt, Alex, Dan and Gus in the second half.  Overall team effort with lovely pressure from wings and insides, and as always very solid defence from Tom. Into finals now Spirit – well deserved.

Newtown Strikers – Bye

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints 7-5

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 4-1

With the Torquay Tornadoes going down to their other Division 1 side, the Strikers 4th spot on the ladder was confirmed regardless of the result of the Geelong match.  That being said, we saw the game as being a great chance to get into form before the finals. Having a full bench meant that we were able to run hard for the majority of the game, unfortunately there were a few injuries which hopefully will come right by next weekend. Although we ended up winning the game 4 goals to 1 it wasn’t our best performance but on the plus side it acted as a reminder of the type of hockey that we will have to bring next week vs Saints.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 2-2

A great game by Falcons who had the majority of the play and lead for much of the game. Great defence by Penny, Deb, Bec W and Elese who teamed well with great attack moves by Nicole, Bec C, Jess and Tiahna. Torquay managed to sneak a goal in to force a draw in the last few minutes of the game.

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 0-14

Strikers last game of the season was not how we wanted to finish. Geelong came out fighting to prove they were number one, and did very well. Although the score reflected a one sided game, Strikers held their heads high and persisted till the final whistle went. It was a wonderful effort by our mids and forwards to try and penetrate the Geelong defence. Our defenders did a fantastic job stopping a number of goals as well. Well done to the Strikers for your great sportsmanship.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-1

Spurred on by Coach Don’s mid week text a healthy squad turned up to see if Spirit could get a win and then Bellarine lose and then the mathematical equalisation bye equation would work and then finals would come our way. Yep Don may have had too many spirits as he texted us all but hey he is a half glass full sort of guy.

Well we had a go. Fitzy and Stu and Brodie were fighting over each other to keep out Torquay forwards. Craig with his beard trimmed and Ian with his beard used all their experience wisely. Young guns Alex, Hudson and Tom Mac fired up. Woodsy and AJ played well out wide but forgot to change sides after half time. Sharpshooter Tom P scored the equaliser. Niko almost got a deflection from a late penalty corner to nearly achieve the dream. Richard and David C moved well in the midfield. Luke stuck to his task of manning up on anyone that Don didn’t want to.
Where was our own Gordo?

A spirited effort by all. A gutsy end to the season. Thanks to Don and Gordo and Craig for leading us this year.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Rebels vs Geelong 0-3

The final game for the season for the Rebels and the girls stepped up and played well against the current ladder leaders. Solid defence from Ros and Hill with great sweeps and sharp calls from Eichelle ensured that Geelong’s attacks were shut down. Mid-field, Colleen, Jacinta and Pam played well and were well supported by Kellie and Katelyn in bringing play forward. Andy, Nicola and Sharon made some great moves into Geelong’s territory. Despite the score Rebels played well to finish off the season.

2017 will be ‘The Season’!

2016 Hockey Season Starts

April 16 sees the start of another hockey season for Newtown City Hockey Club and the Hockey Geelong competition.

The winter hockey season begins on April 16, and continues until September 11, with some breaks for school holidays. Games for our younger teams (U6, U8, U11 and Kookas) are played at Lloyd Reserve, Newtown.  Games and training for older teams (U13, U15, U17, senior men and women) are at Stead Park, Corio on synthetic surface. The Saturday Social program will also begin on April 16 at Lloyd Reserve.

The Club will start the winter hockey season in anticipation of a very enjoyable and successful year. With the number of members increasing, and likely to hit 350 this season, the Club will retain its position as one of the largest hockey clubs in Regional Victoria.

The Summer Olympics, coming up midway through the season, are expected to create extra interest in the sport of hockey, especially as the Australian men’s and women’s teams, the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos, are expected to perform well.

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As a Destination Hockey Hub, Newtown Hockey Club aims to provide the opportunity for as many people as possible to participate in the sport of hockey – and have fun doing it. It’s not all about winning -it’s about having fun with friends, making new friends, being active, doing your best, learning new skills.

At Newtown Hockey Club, we love our hockey – and we want everyone else to love it too! Or at least try it out and see whether you love it like we do.

We offer many ways for interested people to try it out without needing to commit huge amounts of money initially!

  • Hook In 2 Hockey – free programs for children aged 5 to 12
  • Kookas Midweek junior hockey for children aged 5 to 12 – suitable for those who are not yet ready for a formal competition
  • Saturday Social hockey – for children and adults of any age in a very social, informal environment
  • Or come to a junior or training session first – see what you think before signing up.

If you do love it like we do and would like to join a team or program, let us know – just register here.

 

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Summer Hockey Starts

The 2015/2016 Summer Hockey Season kicks off with the U11 teams playing their first matches at Rankin Field, Geelong College.

New players are always welcome and the summer hockey season is a great place to start a lifelong love of hockey. Matches for all age groups are half-field with 7 players per team, which means each player is very involved in the game – no standing out on the wing and not getting the ball.

 The cost of playing hockey is lower in the summer season – fees are lower, uniform rules are not so strictly policed, so it’s a great chance to try it out and see if you like this great game.

There are teams for all ages and all levels of skill, so even if you have never played before – or played a long time ago, we would love to have you join one of our teams.

We have teams for:

  • Under 8 Mixed
  • Under 11 Mixed
  • Under 13 Mixed
  • Under 15 Mixed
  • Under 17 Mixed
  • U17 Girls only
  • Senior mixed
  • Friday Family – very mixed – junior, senior, beginners

More details here ……

 

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