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Upcoming EventsMay26Sat1:00 pm Saturday Social Hockey @ King Lloyd ReserveSaturday Social Hockey @ King Lloyd ReserveMay 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pmSaturday Social Hockey Is Back! Hooray! Do you like playing hockey but just want to play social hockey? Or have you never played hockey but thought you might like to have a go? If you love playing hockey but don’t really have the time (or the fitness) to commit to … Read more →Jun2Sat1:00 pm Saturday Social Hockey @ King Lloyd ReserveSaturday Social Hockey @ King Lloyd ReserveJun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pmSaturday Social Hockey Is Back! Hooray! Do you like playing hockey but just want to play social hockey? Or have you never played hockey but thought you might like to have a go? If you love playing hockey but don’t really have the time (or the fitness) to commit to … Read more →Jun16Sat1:00 pm Saturday Social Hockey @ King Lloyd ReserveSaturday Social Hockey @ King Lloyd ReserveJun 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pmSaturday Social Hockey Is Back! Hooray! Do you like playing hockey but just want to play social hockey? Or have you never played hockey but thought you might like to have a go? If you love playing hockey but don’t really have the time (or the fitness) to commit to … Read more →Jun19Tue4:30 pm Come and Try Hockey @ Lloyd ReserveCome and Try Hockey @ Lloyd ReserveJun 19 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pmHockey Is A Great Sport For The Whole Family Come and Try Hockey. It’s a game which provides great exercise and keeps players active. Participation helps to develop hand-eye coordination, agility and balance, while promoting stamina and endurance. But the main focus is on having fun with friends and learning … Read more →Jun23Sat1:00 pm Saturday Social Hockey @ King Lloyd ReserveSaturday Social Hockey @ King Lloyd ReserveJun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thanks to Bill Soo and his team for organising test drives of the HAVAL vehicles at the Season Launch.
HAVAL is the No.1 SUV brand in China, selling over a million vehicles each year – about the same number of all new vehicles sold in Australia. HAVAL are building a reputation in Australia for quality, luxury and value for money.
The company is offering a special discount for Hockey Victoria members (not available to anyone else in the market) – up to an extra $1000 over and above the best negotiated Deal on all new HAVAL SUVs.
Newtown City Hockey Club loves hockey, and we want everyone else to love it too. The Club welcomes new members at any time, and is especially interested in promoting and developing girls hockey opportunities. Our goal is to increase the number of girls and women playing hockey, through programs available for players at any age or skill level.
What Can Girls Hockey Achieve?
Why do girls play sport? The main reasons for most girls are to have fun, to make new friends, and to learn new skills. Girls hockey can cater for all of these reasons, and many girls who begin playing hockey go on to develop lifelong friendships, on and off the hockey field.
Hockey is a team game with great benefits for health and social connection. It provides a great cardio workout, improved hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Team games also help to build teamwork and leadership skills. And it’s fun!
There are many opportunities for girls to develop skills and play hockey at higher levels. So if your goal is to represent the Geelong region, or Victoria or even Australia, hockey is a great sport to choose.
See what some of our girls hockey players say about why they love hockey.
What is your favourite position on the hockey field?
Centre, because you get to run a lot.
What’s the best part of being in a hockey team?
Using team work. And it’s fun to play with other people. It makes me feel happy.
If you were Newtown City Hockey Club president, what would you do?
I’d make sure there was hot chocolate at half time!
What’s the best part of playing hockey?
When you make new friends. That means you have even more people to play with at hockey. I like that.
Why is your coach so important?
She is very important to us. She keeps us going so we can get better and better. She teaches us how to get around the player in front of us, she teaches us to pass to our teammates. She teaches us lots and lots of things. I do like her a lot.
What are some important rules in hockey?
That you keep your eye on the ball and your stick on the ball. And that you treat everyone nicely, like you treat your family.
What can hockey teach you?
To work with a team and when you play you learn the skills of the game.
How long will you play?
Well, I’m eight now, so maybe until I’m 45?
What do you like most about hockey?
Scoring goals. Hockey makes me feel happy. I like playing when kids on my team are from my school.
Girls Hockey Carnival
The Hockey Geelong ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ Carnival on Sunday, March 25 provided a great opportunity for the Club’s younger girls to experience hockey on a synthetic surface.
The players were treated to a skills clinic from Victorian Vipers players, Olivia Colasurdo and Sophie Taylor. Both players are in National Junior Squads and vying for selection in the Hockeyroos, the Australian Women’s Hockey Team.
After the skills clinic, the players tried out their skills and teamwork with a series of short games. Six teams participated in the Carnival in total, with two teams representing Newtown Hockey Club. The players had a great day, learning more about the skills necessary for the faster game style on the synthetic surface and loving the opportunity to play with other girls. The girls loved getting their pink t-shirts and pink hockey balls.
Thanks to the coaches, team managers and umpires, and all the parents and supporters on the sidelines.
U10 Girls Hockey Competition
Registrations are now open for players for the U10 Girls Hockey Competition, which commences on Monday April 23. Games will be played at Stead Park, John St, Corio, at 5.30 pm. Games will be played as half-field games with 7 players per team. More details here……
Come and join us. We’d love to have you.
Win/ Win For All Of Us
Newtown Hockey Club is managed by volunteers, without any paid employees.
The Club’s income is derived from fees paid by members, as well as special fundraising ventures. Members’ fees cover about 75% of the expenditure which the Club incurs each year.
The Club aims to keep members’ fees at reasonable levels, with the aim of encouraging more people to participate. Therefore fundraising ventures are a vital contributor to Newtown Hockey Club’s ability to provide an affordable and enjoyable experience for members.
The 2018 target for special fundraising ventures and income not derived from membership fees is $10,000.
The Club is participating in the People’s Choice Credit Union Community Lottery, where all money from each ticket sold goes directly to the Newtown Hockey Club. Tickets are $2 each. The first prize is a Toyota Rav 4 GXL, but there are 100 fantastic prizes in total. Check the 2018-community-lottery-prize-list here.
There is also an Early Bird Prize, drawn on May 15 – a Toyota Yaris Ascent 1.3L Petrol Auto 5 Door Hatch valued at $20,206.
Tickets are available for sale until August 31, with the final prize draw on October 9. Tickets are available online now, and we will have some paper tickets available from May 1.
Buy your tickets now and share this link with your friends and family.
We have a number of other ways in which you can support Newtown Hockey Club and help keep members’ fees at reasonable levels. Check them out to see if you can or your friends or family can help.
Play Hockey With A Family Friendly Club
Newtown City Hockey Club is the largest hockey club in Victoria outside the Melbourne Metropolitan area. With over 350 members and 20 teams, the Club offers the opportunity for people to play hockey at whatever level they choose.
New Members Are Welcome
The Club welcomes players of any age, and any level of skill or experience. New members are welcome at any time of the year, as there are teams playing in both winter and summer seasons.
Winter season games are April to September, and the summer season is October to February. The winter season is the main competition, with the most participants. The summer season provides a more social environment, and this often makes the summer season a good place to try the game out.
If you are new to hockey, or haven’t played for a while, you could start with one of these options:
- Hookin2Hockey – a Come and Try program for boys and girls aged 5 to 12.
- Kookas Midweek hockey – a less structured program for boys and girls aged 5 to 12.
- Saturday Social hockey – a fun opportunity for boys, girls, men and women to play hockey, There is no commitment to be there every week. It’s a great way for families to play together. This program is run only during the winter season.
- Summer hockey programs – includes Mixed Masters (over 35) and Friday Family competitions – both good places for less experienced adults to play hockey.
- Join a team training session – join one of the regular training sessions for the various teams.
New members are welcome to try one of these first, before deciding whether to join the Club.
Teams and Competitions
If you have decided that you would like to join the Club, we have teams for boys and girls from 3 to 16 (turning 17) and teams for senior men and women.
Fees, Charges and Registration
Costs to play include Hockey Victoria membership fees, and fees to play in a team or a program. All players must register in order to be placed in a team.
Register online at home or come along to Registration Day on February 18.
Uniform and Equipment
Equipment is available for loan to participants in the Hookin2Hockey program. Junior equipment packs are available for sale through the club.
Uniform is required for teams competing in the Hockey Geelong competition, but is not required for U6 Joeys, Kookas and Saturday Social players.
Uniform and equipment information can be found here…..
Team training for the winter season is conducted at Lloyd Reserve, Newtown for the U8 and U10 teams, or at Stead Park, Corio for the U12, U14, U17 and senior men and women. All players are encouraged to attend regularly. Training is not conducted during the summer season.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
The many facets of the Newtown Hockey Club are illustrated in the 2017 Annual Report, which was presented to members at the Annual General Meeting on November 23.
The Club had a very successful year, because of the contributions of many club members in a wide variety of roles – both on-field and off-field. Special thanks to the Management Committee, who each put in many hours behind the scenes. Without their efforts, the Club and the members would not enjoy such a successful year. Thanks to Claire Barnes, Andrea Crosbie, Lachlan Birse, Darren Bradbury, Penny Beckworth, Dianne Fitzgerald, Zenon Skuza, Richard Stella, Chris Stuart, Peter Stuart.
Highlights of 2017
A sustainable club.
- The 40th Anniversary of the foundation of the Newtown City Hockey Club, and the Gala Dinner to celebrate the occasion.
- Continuing growth of membership, with 365 members during the period of this financial year, representing a 48% increase in the past 10 years.
- 127 new or rejoining members for the season
- Remains the largest hockey club in Geelong and the largest hockey club in Victoria outside the Melbourne metropolitan area.
- Come and Try hockey clinics were conducted in 9 local schools and education organisations, with over 1500 participants involved.
- Hook In 2 Hockey programs consistently see at least 1/3 of participants join the Newtown Hockey Club and play regularly.
- Financial management and fundraising projects have put the Club in a very sound financial situation.
Success on the field.
- 19 teams entered in all 9 divisions of the Hockey Geelong competition
- 9 teams participated in the Hockey Geelong Finals Series, with 5 teams winning through to the Grand Final.
- 3 Junior Premierships and 2 Senior Runners Up placings for the season.
- 18 members participated as players, officials or umpires at Western Wildcats Regional, State and National level.
- 63 members of the Club contributed to the conduct of and development of hockey in Geelong as administrators, officials and players for the local competition and for Hockey Geelong representative teams.
- Continuing recruitment and development of new umpires.
A welcoming club.
- Potential new members have a variety of ways to try the sport before making a commitment to join the Club, with Hook In 2 Hockey, Kookas midweek, open training sessions, Saturday Social and low cost options during the summer season available.
- Programs offered for children and adults, boys, girls, men, women, with members ranging in age from 3 to 70+
- The only hockey club in Geelong to offer a program for boys and girls Under 6 – Joeys
- 47.6% of Newtown Hockey Club members are female, 50% of teams have a female coach or manager, 57% of players in U6 – U10 are female, 51% of senior players are female.
- Communication with members and promotion of the Newtown Hockey Club to the local community have improved.
Congratulations to members doing great things.
- Sean Fitzgerald was selected in the Hockey Australia U21 Country team.
- Jonah McKinnon named Hockey Geelong Most Improved Umpire for 2017.
- Craig Molyneux was inducted into the Hockey Geelong Hall of Fame, well deserved recognition for his contribution to hockey in Geelong over many years.
- Claire Barnes had a very memorable year. She was awarded an Order of Australia medal in June for service to hockey, and played her 700th game for Newtown Hockey Club in September, setting a new club record.
- Chris Stuart was awarded Life Membership of the Newtown City Hockey Club. Chris has served the Club exceptionally well for 27 years, with roles as team manager, Kiosk supervisor, Catering Manager, fundraising organiser, Management Committee member. Huge thanks Chris for your dedication, your enthusiasm and your support for the Club.
- Many thanks to Dianne Fitzgerald who has given 11 years of excellent service to the Club as the Uniforms and Equipment co-ordinator. Dianne is now taking a well-earned rest.
Sponsors and Supporters
Thanks to the organisations and businesses who have provided support during this year.
On to 2018 …….
Congratulations to the Committee who have been appointed to lead the Club for the 2017/2018 year. We appreciate your commitment and value your time and effort.
President: Claire Barnes
Secretary: Andrea Crosbie
Treasurer: Lachlan Birse
Committee members: Darren Bradbury, Penny Beckworth, Peta Hanley, Zenon Skuza, Chris Stuart, Peter Stuart
There are many areas where members can assist, and offer their time on a one-off or a semi-regular basis. We are especially looking for volunteers to assist with uniform and equipment sales, and we have vacancies for Vice President plus 1 committee member. If you have some time to help, please let us know.