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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.
  • U16 – Stead Park, usually 7.30 pm
  • U18 – 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/U16/U18 – $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.

Players who were not registered with Hockey Victoria during the winter season must register with Hockey Victoria for the Off-season membership. This fee will appear on our Club registration page at the end of September.

  • HV 2017 Adult Offseason Playing Membership (Over 18 as at 31 December 2016) $ 25.00
  • HV 2017 Youth Offseason Playing Membership (Aged 10 – 17 as at 31 December 2016) $ 20.00
  • HV 2017 Junior Offseason Playing Membership (Under 10 as at 31 December 2016) $ 15.00

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

    All summer hockey fees should be paid by October 30, 2017.

    Payment of 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.

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2017 Hockey Season – August 26 & 27

The last home and away match for the 2017 hockey season saw some fantastic efforts from all our teams, showing how much players have worked as a team and improved during the year.

Kookas

Coming to the end of this term of Kookas games, and players were perhaps a little tired this week. There were some great examples of teamwork and good play with Tom making some nice free passes and recognising when and where to pass the ball to the advantage of his team. Ebony continues to show fantastic understanding of the strategies of hockey, and her running to space creates many opportunities to move play forward. Braydn made some great traps and is always thinking about deception and ball control tricks to outwit the opposition. Lennie’s desire to get the ball and be able to pass it well has improved each week.

Under 8

Newtown Spirit v Kardinia Kangaroos

Spirit marked the end of the U8 winter hockey season with arguably its best game ever in a showcase of skill against talented Kardinia Kangaroos at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. Playing at full strength, Spirit revealed just how much the team had developed over the 2017 competition. By keeping to their positions, players created room to move the ball across the field. With Baxter effective in defence as sweeper, Braydn standing strong in front of goals and a half-back line of Michael, Avah and Pollyanna, the team withstood many strong attacks by the opposition.

Pollyanna was in fine form, trapping the ball and firing it to well-positioned teammates including one shot to Avah that led to her goaling. Braydn made sensible selections from free hits that found Spirit targets eager to launch into attack. Wings Drew and Juliette hugged the sidelines, latching onto wide passes and helping Spirit move the ball effectively around their opposition while Summah provided attacking power at centre forward.

At half time Coach Kellie praised her players for their calling and marking and for creating space through good positioning. She then shuffled player positions before the action restarted.

Centre forward Braydn celebrated the beginning of the second half with a great individual run and goal – his first ever in U8 competition – and his beaming smile was a game highlight for Newtown spectators on the sidelines. Michael, full back, showed why he is such a valuable player for Spirit with excellent defensive work under pressure during impressive attacks by Kardinia Kangaroos. He cleared the ball away safely time and again.

All Spirit players displayed good passing and tackling during the competitive game, as did their opposition. In one example of fantastic linked play Avah, in her last U8 game before she moves up to U10s, sent the ball to Drew, who pushed it to Pollyanna with great accuracy. She then delivered a smashing cross to Juliette on the right. It was just one example of how Spirit has learnt to navigate the ball effectively around opposition players during the course of the year. And it was wonderful to watch.

After the final whistle Coach Kellie labelled the game “really great” and applauded players for getting their sticks down, tackling well and getting into effective clock-face positions.
“Really well done – I’m so impressed,’’ she said. While the whole team played strongly, Coach Kellie shone the spotlight on Braydn’s “beautiful game” over both halves, drawing attention to his ball control and ability to take time and think before passing. She awarded Pollyanna the Subway Best Team Player award, saying it was her best match for the year and one characterised by fantastic traps, good use of the ball and clever positioning.

Congratulations to Spirit for a great winter season and many thanks to Coach Kellie for helping shape this band of young players into a skilful squad with a strong love of hockey. “The important thing to me is if you had fun,” she said. “I really hope to see you all here next year and I love being able to watch you develop over the season.” Thank you also to the team’s supporters on the sidelines every week for their positive contribution to the junior competition. It is much appreciated.

Newtown Rebels Bye

Newtown Raiders vs Torquay Tornadoes

What a great team effort this week by Raiders. It’s especially nice to see players showing great sportsmanship and happily volunteering to play for the opposition team when they are short of players – thanks Isabelle and Oscar.

Thanks to Genevieve who joined us for this game from Rebels, and was always focused on the ball and ready to gain possession and move into attack for Raiders. Great running by Charlotte and Oscar, with Chloe making some nice traps on the wing. Oliver and Jesse showed us some great ball control skills and strong passes. Hannah did a great job at full back, keeping the ball away from goals and passing quickly for free hits.

In the second half, Isabelle moved into midfield defence, taking the free hits well and looking for teammates in space. Lily helped out in defence in front of goals, and was very effective in meeting the ball early and clearing the ball to the side to limit Torquay’s scoring ability.

The improvement shown during this hockey season by all these players was very pleasing, and congratulations to them all on their efforts. Best Team Player Award went to Lily this week, with great focus and concentration on the play.

Under 10

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 3-7

We knew the opposition was going to be tough today…..but coach Kellie and parents were very impressed with everyone’s game, it was certainly an exciting match to watch from the sidelines. We had some excellent positioning and decision making. We were moving the ball well, with our sticks down and having some brilliant 2nd and 3rd attempts at the ball. Also we were getting to the ball early but Kellie encouraged the team to take an extra moment to see where we were going to pass it because we were sending it back to quickly, at times, into a ‘sea of orange top’ players.

The second half saw us score our second goal against Torquay and you could see the team lift and even though it was a tough opposition Spirit didn’t let that phase them right through the half. Our third goal saw Max in a lone run towards goal and Hana in a perfect square position to receive the ball…….seconds later Hana delivered a great through pass to Max which saw him goal.

Best Team Player Awards went to Scarlett and Bella. What a great team the Spirit has turned out to be……..congratulations on a great hockey season! Thank you Kellie and we look forward to picking up where we left off in 2018.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay Tornadoes 0-3

Thank you to everyone involved in Strikers season this year. We hope you enjoyed yourself and we hope to see you for summer hockey or next season. Good luck to those moving up age groups, we wish you all the best.

Tornadoes got an early goal in the game which saw our team refocus and put more pressure on. Great passes from Ruby and Alex throughout the game created some attempts on goals and a lot of short corners in the later part of the game. Thamindu backed up Isla in goals and saved multiple attempts on goals from the Tornadoes. Amelia, Isabel and Eliza kept the ball moving and showed some good blocking skills. Charlie and Jai worked the mid field together with lots of calling and teamwork. Anna and Amber both saw options to get the turnover and then push on quickly. Emma on the wing made great position and getting in front of her opponent and constantly moving and Elliott worked further on her defensive game. Unfortunately our attempts on goals didn’t covert but the team showed how much they have developed over the season. Again thank you for a wonderful season.

Under 12

Newtown Rebels vs Kardinia 3-0

Second-placed Newtown Rebels played against ladder leader Kardinia on Saturday. The teams were very evenly matched with the ball moving back and forth across the pitch into each team’s forward line. There were some early penetrations from Rebels with Sam drawing a short corner and Patrick taking a shot from the top of the D. Kardinia also had a few short corners which were defended well by Rebels. Rebels eventually got a score on the board via Harry taking the ball into attack and making a nice cross to Brandon who scored.

At half time, Sam said the Rebels intensity was great, and they kept it up in the second half. Lachlan and Imogen gave some nice passes on the wings as did Kiah, Pat and Adele up forward, which saw Adele score our second goal. Kardinia kept attacking and had a few penalty corners but couldn’t capitalise. Harry and Luca were great in defence, and when Luca fell heavily mid-way through the half, Pat took his place and also defended well. Rebels’ final goal came from a nice run by Basyl through the centre, passing to Teijai on post to tap the ball past the goalie.

Coach AJ was really happy with the passing from all the team, and he encouraged the team to keep it up as we meet Kardinia again next Saturday for our first final of this hockey season.

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong College 2-0

Congratulations Strikers! Well it was another inspiring game by Strikers to cement their place in the finals. The first half was a hard fought battle to score with Geelong College making it difficult for Strikers. There were quite a few near misses by Strikers and Geelong College attacked strongly on a number of occasions but our ever reliable back line held firm and Ruby, our goalie, made a few great saves.

In the second half we came on stronger and finally managed to score through Chloe and her new trademark goal. Shortly after there was some very skillful play by Adam that created an opportunity for Rory to score. Geelong College attacked strongly in the final minutes and thankfully for us the whistle blew ending the match.

Best on ground went to Chloe, followed by Rory for his hard work and Jamie for being our ‘secret weapon’.

It was another entertaining and skillful match to watch and it was a pleasure seeing how far our team has progressed and improved throughout this hockey season. We are very proud of the way they have played as a team right from the start of the season and have bonded and worked hard together to become the wonderful team they are. We are very much looking forward to playing in our first final.

Newtown Spirit vs Bellarine Lightning 0-1

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 10-1

Golden Plains were expected to come out firing and they didn’t disappoint, with their fast forwards getting through and having a hit which luckily was wide, in the first 2 minutes. Spirit weren’t rattled, and immediately returned fire with a nice sequence of passes from Harry, Claudia, Will back to Harry and finally Charley who put the ball past the goalie. Golden Plains had another hit on goal which was wide, and then Spirit took the ball forward and Jamie had a nice hit from the top right of the D to take the score to 2-nil. Golden Plains had another attack and this time were successful, making the score 2-1, and by half time Spirit had a 3-1 lead after Jamie scored from a short corner.

In the second half, Spirit scored through Will early, which really took the wind out of Golden Plains’ sails. Their goalie did really well against many Spirit attacks, but Spirit still managed to add 7 goals in the second half through Harry (5), Sam (1) and Will (1) giving a final score of 10-1. Coach Carl congratulated the team on their really strong performance and asked them to maintain that level of intensity for the finals.

It was good to see Spirit do some switching off the ball in the back half, with Bailey, Ella, Harley, Nick and Sam putting into practice some of the plays Coach Carl has been wanting to see. Ella also did really well to stop their key attackers and to clear the ball out of defence on multiple occasions. Thanks to Ruby from U12 Strikers for being goalie for the day, she did a fantastic job for the team.

Hopefully we’ll have Amelia, Angus, Max and Grace return on Sunday for our rematch with Golden Plains in our first final.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-6

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 6-1

It was great to see the full team of Strikers who have qualified for the finals arrive to play, meaning we could have a full dress rehearsal before the finals start next week.  We got off to a bit of a nervous start with Spirit breaking through our defences early in the game and getting the first goal on the board.  We didn’t react particularly well to this initially and many of our players looked tense and struggling to get into their normal rhythm.  Spirit threatened us continuously in the first 15 minutes with most of the play in our defensive half.  Our defenders played well though and stuck to our game plan.  Declan and Rachael S showed great discipline manning their opposing wings who stayed up high.  We eventually found our rhythm and went into half time with a 2-1 lead.

At the half time break, we felt we had not really hit our peak yet.  We took a deep breath and backed ourselves that if we focus on what we have been doing well all year (leading, passing, calling) then the results will come – and they did.  There was some great linking up through the mid-field via Corey and Callum.  It was great to see a good spread of goal scorers with goals to Jonah (2), Jamie (1), Erin (1), Angus (1) and Tom (1).  It was good to see the team keep their heads up and push on when they were down and when they didn’t feel that things were going their way.

Well done to the team for finishing this hockey season on top of the ladder.  We have a big game against Torquay next week in the first week of the finals; we will need to show the same determination to win that game.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 1-6

The first half was an evenly matched affair with neither team dominating possession. Spirit were first to score when Miles took matters into his own hands and carved through the Strikers defence, however Strikers equalised soon after via a short corner.

The second half looked like a different game as Strikers had the majority of possession and were able to pile on pressure and goals throughout the half. Despite the best efforts of stand-in goal keeper Tom, Strikers scored 5 further goals to end the game 6:1 up.

With the winter blues behind us we can hopefully field a full strength team this weekend coming for the start of the final series, which will allow us to play everyone in their preferred positions, and give us our best chance of progressing beyond the first week of finals.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay Tornadoes 4-1

Well you couldn’t have asked for a better end to the hockey season. We’ll ignore the fact that Torquay only had 9 players as that was the handicap that we’ve had to endure a number of times this season.

The game was played at a quick pace with Torquay focusing on offensive pressure which we were able to use to our advantage every time there was a turn over, attacking in numbers resulting in a number of impressive team goals.

After the game it was great to have most of the team stick around for an end of season catch up, reminiscing over the season that was. It was a tough year but I couldn’t be more proud of everyone’s determination and positivity regardless of the outcome of the games.

Good luck to the other Newtown sides that made the finals this season, we’ll be cheering you onto success.

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 2-2

Falcons began the game in anticipation of a good game, with a full team plus interchange being a rarity. The game started at a great pace with Falcons earning a short corner, and Clarke scored the first goal with a strong drag flick. 5 minutes later, Saints replied after some loose marking and the score was 1-1.

Play continued to seesaw and there were some great chances created by both teams which had the coach ‘oohing and aahing’. Some nice passing out of defence to forwards in space in the D saw Clarke with a nice quick pass to Niko who made no mistake and scored, and the scoreboard said 2-1.

Falcons came out after the half time chat, aiming to chase the ball carrier down and limit Saints ability to move forward. The game continued at a quick pace, with both teams still creating chances in the scoring circle. There was plenty of switching, calling and passing and this was a great feature of this game. With 3 minutes to go in the game, Saints managed to find space in front of goal and scored to even the game at 2-2.

A great effort by Falcons, with lots of opportunities created, but unable to finish with the result on the scoreboard which the play deserved. Well done all.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons Bye

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 0-5

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Red 0-0

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay Tornadoes 5-0 (forfeit)

A win is a win, but Spirit were disappointed not to be playing our last game of the season after such a pleasing game the previous week. Thanks to all the Spirit players for their efforts and perseverance this season, even during the games where we were under pressure with low numbers of players.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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