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Summer Hockey Season

The summer hockey season for 2018/ 2019 will run from October 15 to February 22, 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, 2018.

We offer the following teams for summer hockey competitions:


  • Under 10 – Geelong College, Claremont Ave, Newtown, 5.45 to 7.30 pm


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


  • Under 6 – Lloyd Reserve, Newtown, 4.30 to 5 pm
  • 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.


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


  • 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 Social games will continue at Lloyd Reserve, 1.00 pm each Saturday until September 29. 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 2018 winter season, there is no need to pay this again until January 1, 2019.  At January 1, 2019, each player will need to pay the Hockey Victoria fee, which will provide registration and insurance cover for the next twelve months, until December 31, 2019. This fee must be paid before playing in any match.

The Hockey Victoria membership fees for 2018 are:

  • U10 at January 1, 2018 – $43
  • Youth (aged 10 to 17 at January 1, 2018) – $65
  • Adult (aged 18 or over at January 1, 2018) – $90

If you haven’t played during the winter season and paid the Hockey Victoria fee above, you will need to purchase a Hockey Victoria Off-season membership before playing. This fee will be available on our registration page in late September. The fee is:

  • U10 at January 1, 2018 – $15
  • Youth (aged 10 to 17 at January 1, 2018) – $20
  • Adult (aged 18 or over at January 1, 2018) – $25


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, 2018.

    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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2018 Winter Hockey Season – August 25 & 26

With the last of the home and away matches for the 2018 hockey season completed, six teams are heading to finals, while others can rest and relax for a little while.

Congratulations to all teams on their efforts in this hockey season. It has been great to see the number of families participating and the friendships which have developed during the year. We hope to see many people playing in the summer hockey season, which will begin in mid-October.

Under 10 Excellence

Special congratulations to our Under 10 Mixed teams. We began this hockey season with 2 teams entered in the Hockey Geelong competition, but extra players joining resulted in the entry of an additional team and reshuffling the 2 teams into 3. The players all adapted very well to the change and have demonstrated a very high standard of play all through the year. Many players have shown great maturity, good sportsmanship and great skills and game understanding. Goalkeepers are always in demand in a hockey team, and the performance of Hamish Scudamore for U10 Spirit has been outstanding in this role. Hamish is one to watch in the future, as he already shows great goalkeeping skill and tactical awareness.

There are no finals for the U10 teams, so the Premiership is decided on the final ladder placings. We are delighted to note that Newtown Strikers finished as Premiers for the 2018 hockey season, with Newtown Rebels as Runners Up (despite having played 2 less games than other teams). Newtown Spirit were placed in 4th position, but only separated from the 3rd placed team on goal difference.

U10 Girls

Well done to the girls who participated each week in the Hockey Geelong U10 Girls program. With 13 players from all clubs, 7 from Newtown, involved during the hockey season, teams were randomly selected each week from those in attendance. The development of skills and game strategy was very pleasing to see, and also showed in those who were also playing in the U10 Mixed teams. Friendships were formed during the program too, and it is hoped that this program will progress to U12 in 2019, with more players participating.

Congratulations on your efforts – Ruby, Amelia, Elliott, Stella, Lily, Alex, Matilda. The program finished last week, with the girls and families enjoying some after game dinner and chat.

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Hockey Geelong U10 Girls

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Hockey Geelong U10 Girls






Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Spirit v Newtown Rebels

Spirit showed just how much they have improved in 15 rounds in an action-packed game against club mates Rebels as they closed out the winter hockey season on Saturday.

With the sun shining at Lloyd Reserve, the two Newtown teams gave spectators an entertaining spectacle that featured fast breaks, strong defence and great linked play. With Drew protecting the goals and delivering well-placed free hits out of defence to forwards Braxton, Summah and Ollie, the team took advantage of any chances they had to push forward. But Rebels kept Spirit under pressure, with the opposition working the ball into their attacking zone time and again. Spirit half backs Pollyanna, Edie and Maia toiled tirelessly to keep the Rebels at bay, with all delivering great free hits out to players including Ollie, who positioned himself beautifully out wide and latched on to any ball that came his way.

Spirit tackled, trapped, marked and passed strongly, creating space by keeping to their positions. They also put in some great second efforts to keep the game flowing.

After a position reshuffle at half time, the team took to the field with renewed vigour. Half back Braxton powered a beautiful through ball to Drew on the forward line, who shot it off to a well-positioned Edie and she capably forced a free. The linked play was just one of many examples where Spirit’s teamwork shone through. It was also clearly evident within the Rebels team, with their players working the ball well in both attack and defence.

After the final whistle Coach Kellie praised her team for their strong game, applauding them for creating more opportunities to run into attack. She told the team they had called more and marked players well. She awarded Braxton a Subway award for his great game that included well timed tackles and clever delivery of the ball. Pollyanna also received a Subway voucher after playing a cracker of a game. Well done Spirit for a great winter season and thanks to Coach Kellie for a sterling job at the helm. See you next year.

Newtown Strikers vs College Green

Strikers had another great performance this week against College Green. Strikers started the game confidently by attacking strongly, forcing College Green to defend for the majority of the first half. Strikers showed their improved skills by controlling the ball well andpassing accurately to other team members. Strikers kept their positions which enabled them to find space and continually move forward.

At half-time, Colleen told Strikers they were playing extremely well as a team and to carry on doing the same!

In the second half, Strikers again attacked quickly and strongly and the play continued to flow well. Strikers again showed how much they have improved since the start of the season. Well done Strikers for a fabulous last match of the hockey season!

Cormac and Odin were awarded Subway Players of the Week for their improved performances over the season. Congratulations Cormac and Odin!

Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Spirit

Newtown Rebels finished off the hockey season with an excellent game, showing great focus on the ball with sticks on the ground and always ready to put pressure on the opposition. Players showed lots of desire to get the ball, although at times moving out of their positions to do so. Great running by George, Harrison and Sam and good passing by Ella, Sofia, Marlo and Edward allowed Rebels to move the ball into attack well. Zeph and Amelia made some lovely interceptions with good scanning before deciding where to pass to space for team mates. Improved marking of the opposition was pleasing, not allowing Spirit to move forward easily, although their strong defence make Rebels work hard. Subway Awards to Ella and Zeph.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 0-1

The pre game coaching heard Kellie asking the team to use the field and our team mates – this would be the key to us being competitive in this match. We needed to ensure the ball went to a team mate, any loose balls or passing to a free space would see the opposition get it straight away. Our all round skills today would be imperative to being competitive, as we knew the opposition would have touch tackles. Kellie gave the team the opportunity to pick their own position for the game, which was really exciting.

The game was so exciting, with lots of excellent & pressure plays – it was so intense, with intense speed, using the ball well and stepping up to the ball rapidly. Kellie wanted the players in the second half to stick to their players, as we did lose momentum when we were out of our position in the first half. We also needed to call for the ball, look for our team mates, and if one of our team mates had the ball, let them know if they were about to be tackled by the opposition.

At the conclusion of the game Kellie and the parents all agreed that it was the best game ever! We all enjoyed watching the plays, the strong ball movement, how we were making more options, and how we naturally fell into our positions. We looked dangerous all game with Kellie feeling like there was a goal on the tip of her tongue all game. There was a unlucky goal scored by Strikers in the dying minutes of the gamer that left us feeling defeated but we can hold our heads high as we showed how strong we can be. It’s been a joy this season to watch each player grow and develop their skills. All the best to the players for next year. Four Subway Awards were handed out – Hamish & Lucy received one for being conscious of where they were sending the ball back to, thinking before doing. Nate and Charlotte received theirs for being intense and strong all game.

Newtown Rebels vs Geelong College 3-0

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 4-0

Newtown Strikers Bye

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-2

In the final game for this hockey season Strikers met Torquay on Pitch 1 at Stead Park.  An excellent Torquay attack and goal early put Strikers under real pressure.  Strikers rallied and play a solid team defense to repel the Torquay team until a chance goal late in the half put Torquay up by 2.  Several close chances for Strikers either just passed the post or were the subject of excellent saves.  Strikers successfully implemented the team plan of spreading wide and using the wings.  An entertaining first half.

In the second half Strikers fought hard again with resolute defending and counterattack.  Both sides were scoreless in the second half with Torquay prevailing 2-0.  Despite the scoreline it was perhaps the Strikers most complete performance against a team that is high on the ladder.  Strikers dominated periods of play, ran hard and were desperate in defence.

Special thanks to Phil Telfer for his coaching this season.  He has provided excellent, measured guidance for the kids and this is appropriately evidence by the level of improvement in the team over the year.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia Blue 5-0

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 3-2

Harry and Coach Darren were away but Sam R and Miles returned, and we had Oliver from U14, for Strikers’ game against Kardinia. Coach Deb decided to mix the players’ positions up a bit and had EJ and Ella up forward, with Miles playing in defence. This change must have caught Kardinia off-guard, as EJ received the ball and with a big hit scored a goal in the opening minutes of the game.

That was followed up by another goal to Oscar, but to Kardinia’s credit they steadied and had a few entries into their attacking circle, but Miles’ stick-work was excellent, trapping bouncing balls on his reverse-stick and leading out of defence. Strikers had further chances through Penalty Corners but Kardinia did well to block hits from Ella, Oscar and EJ.

In the second half, Kardinia turned the tables on Strikers and had 2 early goals to bring the scores level 2-all, but from there Strikers really took control of the game. Our defence in EJ, Caleb, Sam R and Luka were impenetrable, and good passing saw us create lots of opportunities. Miles hit our 3rd goal with a bouncing hit over through the goalie, and there were some good runs from defence into the attacking circle from Jack and Miles, and a number of crosses and passes in front of goal that we were unlucky not to score from. Final score was 3-2.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-1

Newtown Spirit vs TorquayNewtown Spirit played Torquay with 13 team members on Sunday in a tightly contested match. Spirit started strongly and with a good passing game penetrated the attacking circle many times in the first half including three shots at goal early on. Torquay resisted the pressure and at half time the score was 0:0. ln the second half Torquay increased the intensity of their attacking play and produced many solid passing and attacking plays; but Spirit defended strongly with Rachel and Oliver in deep defence, and Tom and Angus chasing down and clearing balls from the circle.

In the last quarter Spirit re-established their passing game with Ben and Miles playing well along the wing and passing quickly to our forwards who had run hard to gain good deflection positions. This resulted in one attack consisting of a great run by Angus then a pass to Ben who passed to Harry whose strike was deflected in by Oli. A quality goal that had the crowd on their feet in applause. Both teams continued to contest and with only two minutes remaining Torquay attacked and converted to equalise resulting in a one-all draw.

Coach Paul praised the team after the game commending all on playing well, short corners, putting in the effort, creating many 1-2’s, making good decisions in the D, chasing down free balls, and stopping Torquay from running with the ball. He praised Oliver and Rachel for their rock solid defence, Harry and Oli for a “cracker” of a game and Ben for playing a lot better.

Thanks to Oli and Harry for playing up from U/14’s and for being instrumental in today’s successful outcome. Well done to all players for their individual efforts, passing well, chasing down balls and ultimately improving the team result with a draw. Well done all players keep up the hard work with a determined effort against Torquay in the semi-final next weekend!

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 4-1

IGA Player of the Week Luke Hatton

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 2-4

IGA Player of the Week Award Deb Barnett

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Corio 2-8

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Red 0-5

Newtown Spirit has shown great cohesiveness during this hockey season, with a strong and reliable defence and this last game was no exception. Great midfield play and pressure on the opposing players by Kellie, Andie and Beth was well backed up by Wendy, always in the right position, and Tracey, meeting the opposition onslaught early to deflect attacks. Great running and position both in attack and defence by Katie, Emma and Amelia allowed the play to move forward into our attacking area, where De, Jessie, Peta and Sarah were always ready to receive and look for team mates in good position. Spirit had a number of attacks which reached the goal circle and shots at goal which unfortunately didn’t result in scores, although not for lack of trying.

Well done and congratulations to all the members of the team. Although eliminated from the finals, it has been an enjoyable year and the improvement both individually and as a team has been very pleasing. Although our goal difference was significantly negative  (we won’t mention how large), the 16 goals scored for the year gave us all some heart and enthusiasm for next year. Thanks to Paul whose coaching efforts have been much appreciated. Bring on 2019!


2018 Hockey Season – April 21 & 22

2018 got off to a good start, with all teams beginning their hockey season on April 21 and 22. Although the weather was more like summer hockey, the effort and intensity in the games was fantastic.

Under 6 Joeys

The first day of the Joeys hockey season saw 10 keen players aged 3 to 5 arrive, ready to have some fun with hockey. Our games focused on dribbling the ball and keeping it on the stick while looking ahead for obstacles or oncoming players. Good ball control and concentration were evident, and with the players learning to use some reverse stick skills, it was a very impressive first session.

One of the enjoyable aspects of the Joeys program is the willing availability of parents and siblings to support these budding hockey superstars, and we love to see them jump in and join our games. We finished the session off with a game which has proved to be a favourite for the Joeys players – ‘Monster Forest’, and it was very pleasing to see how well the new players did in winding their way through the forest of monsters. We are looking forward to a very enjoyable hockey season, and learning some hockey skills while having lots of fun.

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Spirit v Torquay

Spirit launched its 2018 winter hockey season with enthusiasm when it clashed with Torquay in perfect conditions at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. The Under-8 team, which welcomed Spirit newcomers Maia and Braxton to its line-up, showed promising signs for the months ahead as all players worked hard to keep their opposition from scoring. Michael showed he had lost none of his skills over summer with an impressive defensive display in goals in the first half, shutting down many Torquay attacks and feeding the ball out to teammates. He added a hefty dose of skill and speed to the forward line after the break, with his constant hard work rewarded with a successful shot on goal.

Pollyanna and Summah patrolled across the half-back line, pushing the ball to forwards Braxton and Maia. The forward duo showed they weren’t afraid to have a go, getting their bodies into position to tackle Torquay in their first game for Spirit. While the talented Torquay players dominated the attack in the first half, Spirit didn’t give up. Pollyanna had a great individual run up much of the ground on one occasion and Summah applied wonderful pressure to block several forward pushes by Torquay players. Spirit’s Drew volunteered to help bolster Torquay numbers for the game and proved to be a real asset for the opposition, playing a fantastic match in a calm, controlled manner.

At half time Coach Kellie said an under-siege Spirit was doing well but needed to concentrate on watching the ball at all times and meeting the ball instead of hanging back. Spirit enjoyed a strong second half, with possession split more evenly between the two teams. There was some solid passing by the Newtown outfit as players worked to put their coach’s message into action.

After the game Coach Kellie applauded their second-half efforts. She awarded the Subway Best Team Player award to Michael for his outstanding play and great decision making.

Newtown Rebels vs College Green

An excellent first game effort by Newtown Rebels. With a player borrowed from College Green, our team showed some fantastic endeavour and desire to get the ball.  With 4 players in their first hockey season, the level of skills shown was very impressive. Great concentration by all players and great approach to the ball with sticks on the ground saw Sam, Edward and George win the ball away from College on many occasions. Zeph did a great job in front of goals, and was always looking for a player to pass to on his free hits. Sofia was in great position in attack and worked well with George to move the ball into attack. Once players had gained possession of the ball, it was very pleasing to see them continue on and move forward to the attack zone.

Subway Best Team Player award to George, with very pleasing efforts from all the players.

Newtown Strikers vs College Blue

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 6-0

Welcome to all our new and returning players and what a wonderful morning we had to kickstart the hockey season. Firstly thank you to Eliza for coming and supporting the team while injured.

Coach Jane got everyone ready with pre game training and assured everyone knew their role. Focusing on supporting each other and running with a quick change of direction. This helped to get to goal scoring happening throughout the second half of the game with goals scored by Jai, Alex, Ruby, Meyah and Surry. Kye played the ball along the line and followed on and came so close to scoring as well. By also passing to each other the team were able to move the ball quickly down the field.

Meyah trapped the ball just before it would have gone off field and pushed it straight in front of goals for Ruby to just tap it over the line to score. Amelia was watching the movement of the game and positioning herself ready to defend in the goalie role. Elliott, Avah and Tommy never gave up in defence and were constantly trapping the ball and then keeping the ball moving. Zac, Lucinda and Emma rotated positions throughout the game and added pressure to the opposition. Will played a fantastic game and listened to all instructions given to him and was rewarded with being named Best Team Player and Kye received the Subway award.

Under 10 Girls

We are still trying to gather enough players to begin this program, and are aiming to commence on Monday April 30.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay Tornadoes 1-1

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 1-2

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 8-0

The first game of the winter hockey season was off to a relatively slow start with both teams testing each other early and sharing ball possession. Spirit were able to break through for the first goal when Harry ran into the D and flicked one past the goal keeper. It was rapidly followed by a second goal from a short corner. Strikers reacted and were soon attacking the Spirit goal and earned a short corner. Spirit defended well and immediately counterattacked with a long ball up field to Nick, who beat a defender and scored, leaving the half time score at 3:0.

Spirit were attacking early in the second half and Jack was able to find a gap between the goalie’s feet to go 4:0 up shortly after start of play. Spirit enjoyed the majority of possession in the second half and great defence from the fullbacks prevented any attacks on the Spirit goal. Most of the play was in the Striker’s half and they succumbed to constant pressure on goal with four further goals to Spirit and a final score of 8:0.

Great first game for the season with Spirit strong on marking, keeping position and spreading the ball to the wing. Special thanks to Amelia for volunteering to be goal keeper for the first game, directing traffic and organising the defence with much authority. Look forward to seeing you all at training at 5:30pm on Thursday.

Under 17 Mixed

U17 Strikers vs Torquay 1-2

 The game was very even with both teams making forward advances, but defence was good on both sides. While Strikers had their chances, none found the back of the goal. Torquay was able to take the ball deep into their circle, and with congestion around goals got a ball through to take a 1-nil lead. Sam Robson saved a big chance from Torquay late in the first half, so we went to the break with the score 1-nil in Torquay’s favour.

The second half saw Newtown step up a gear and we seemed to have more possession of the ball, particularly up forward. Harry provided some good chances with crosses into goal for our forwards and we had a few shots on goal that were just wide. With 11 minutes to go, Strikers equalised through a penalty corner hit from Miles, and a minute later we nearly had the lead after a cross from Tom to Jack.  Torquay were able to score with 4 minutes remaining after our focus in defence dropped a little. Torquay then had 3 penalty corners to finish out the game but great keeping from Luka and our defenders kept the score to 2-1.

It was a really entertaining game played to a high standard in the warm conditions, and everyone had a good contribution. Special mention to E.J. who is quite new to hockey and did really well, and thanks to Tom for ‘doubling-up’ and enabling us to field 11 players.

U17 Spirit vs Kardinia 3-2

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay Tornadoes 3-2

It’s back!! Walking through the gates at Stead Park it was great to see local hockey back in action for the 2018 hockey season.

The Falcons had their first hit out against the Torquay Tornadoes. All were interested to see who would turn up for the Torquay team given the whispers that they had recruited heavily. They certainly had a strong line up but possibly not as strong as anticipated given that Thomo lined up for them!

Poor scheduling from the coach meant that he only arrived towards the end of the first half! Upon arrival though it was great to see some new guys playing for the Falcons in Jonah, Corey, Brodie and Callum. They all played really well and will be a great asset to the team as they grow in confidence. It was also great to see some old players back in Luke, Matt & Tom Moly, playing strong hockey alongside the usual suspects.

There were some great passages of play with nice ball movement. Still plenty of room for improvement and things to work on. In the end it was a nice 3-2 win with Zed, Matt and Sean scoring the goals. Looking forward to the upcoming game against Geelong this Sunday.

The IGA Friendly Grocer Player of the Week award went to Callum, with a great debut into the Falcons team.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 0-1

With the amalgamation of the Falcons and Strikers teams from 2017 and the inclusion of some new players, the team took to the pitch without any recent experience of playing together. From the start, the team looked good, with plenty of passing and a good standard of skills on display. Good defence moved the ball out of danger well, and great running in the midfield pushed the play into attack. Both Falcons and Saints had chances in the circle but neither team was able to score.

The second half saw Falcons continue to play well, with improved interchange switches making positional changes smoother. Falcons controlled the play well in patches and put Saints defence under pressure. The team was looking to pass wide, and with improved switching and looking for space was able to create promising attacks. One-two passing was effective, and was part of a very good team effort. It looked as if the game was heading for a draw, but with only minutes to go Saints capitalised on a free forward on the post to score the only goal of the game.

Great keeping by Zoe kept out many Saints attempts to score. The IGA Friendly Grocer Player of the Week award went to Ashlee.  Well done all.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Saints White 1-6

A great effort by Angus McW, making his senior debut, who scored a goal with his first touch having only been on the field a couple of minutes.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 1-6

The availability of an off-field coach and a reserve bench of players gave the team a positive outlook right from the start of the game. Newtown began well, with great midfield defence from Kellie, Beth and Andie cutting off Geelong attacks and feeding the ball to our forwards. Good running and position by Emma A and Wendy despite these being new roles for them, and Peta’s strength and ball control allowed Spirit to gain possession and move forward. Lauren provided some speed and there were near misses in the circle on a number of occasions with Deanne and Kirsty in good position. Sarah C, making her return to the field after a 7 year absence, showed that despite her nerves, she hadn’t forgotten anything. She latched on to some great passes and took off with the ball headed into attack, doing a great job. Kellie scored to give Newtown the first score of the game.

The defence was good with Tracey, Hillary and Jessie J (on the field), backed up by Claire in goals. Unfortunately, Geelong found space for players in the circle which allowed them to tip the ball in close to the goal. However, the score was in no way a reflection of the standard of the game, and the 2018 hockey season looks promising for Newtown Spirit.


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.


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.


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.