Victorian Junior State Championships

 The Victorian Junior State Championships will be held in Melbourne from June 30 to July 3.  The Junior State Championships provide the opportunity for junior hockey players from all parts of Victoria to compete at a higher level, and allow any players with aspirations of being selected in a Victorian State team the chance to be seen by those selecting the teams.  Hockey Victoria gathers information about individual players from these Championships in order to build a comprehensive profile of each player.

With competing teams representing 10 different zones within Victoria, there is always strong competition for a place in the Western Wildcats team, which represents our Western Metro zone.  Members of the Western Wildcats teams are selected from players from Hockey Geelong, Altona Hockey Club, Footscray Hockey Club and Werribee Hockey Club.  Teams are selected for U13 Boys and Girls, U15 Boys and Girls and U17 Boys and Girls.

With 25 of the 102 members selected in the 2015 Western Wildcats teams coming from Hockey Geelong, we can be very proud of the 11 members of the Newtown Hockey Club who have made the teams. Congratulations to all these players, with special congratulations to those making their first appearance at this level – Lachie D’Arcy, Miles Reilley, Corey Stella and Hamish Boyd.  Well done all.

Congratulations to our 2015 Western Wildcats squad members

  • U13 Boys – Lachie D’Arcy, Miles Reilley, Jamie Van der Ploeg, Josh D’Arcy
  • U15 Girls – Rachel Van der Ploeg
  • U15 Boys – Corey Stella
  • U17 Boys – Matt Barnett, Hamish Boyd, Sean Fitzgerald, Adam Gieles, Gus McKinnon.


Junior State Championships 2014

Western Wildcats U13 Boys


Games Milestones

What fantastic games milestones!

Newtown City Hockey Club is proud to recognise and celebrate games milestones achieved by our members.  The contribution which members make by playing in matches and representing the Club is the reason why we exist.   Congratulations to these players who have achieved games milestones in these first 5 rounds of the 2015 season.

25 Junior Games

Oliver Ayerbe, Imogen Clarke, Will Jennings, Taylah Fursland, Emily West

50 Junior Games

Tom Charleson, Amelia Charleson, Luka Steinwedel

100 Club Games

Dom Russell

200 Club Games

Nerida Campbell, Will Crosbie, Jess Welsh

300 Club Games

Sean Fitzgerald, Nicola Maher

400 Club Games

Hillary Davis

450 Club Games

Peta Hanley


Current Club record holders are:

  • Most junior games – Sean Fitzgerald 249

Sean Fitzgerald


  • Most senior women’s games – Claire Barnes 645
  • Most senior men’s games – Ashley Shaw 364


Support Our Fundraising

The Club has a fundraising target of $5000 for this season, with funds used to support these programs:

  • Conduct of hockey clinics in local schools, assisting us to recruit new members
  • Subsidies for State and regional representative players
  • Preparation and improvement of the ground at Windsor Road, adjacent to Lloyd Reserve, thus allowing year round availability for hockey
  • Future development of facilities at Lloyd Reserve, including a synthetic pitch

Help us to achieve this fundraising target:  

  • Book your domestic or international holiday travel and accomodation through Boonchoo Tour and Travel.  Contact John McKenzie 4208 0225 for further details or just to get a quote.
  • Shop at Rebel Sport – each time you use your Rebel Sport Season Pass card (linked to Newtown Hockey Club), the club receives a credit
  • Buy an Entertainment Book membership – just $55 for a Geelong book or $65 for a capital city book.  If you are travelling next holidays, why not buy a Sydney book (or wherever you are headed).  Entertainment memberships are available either as book or as a digital membership so you can share it with your family too.
    • Check the great discounts and 2 for 1 offers which are available in the Geelong book

Roll’d – Thanks for Your Support

Roll’d have been providing fresh, healthy and very tasty Vietnamese street food in Melbourne for a few years and have now opened a store in Westfield Shopping Centre, Geelong.

As part of their opening activities, Roll’d invited sports clubs to bring their members along for a free B lunch, a delicious bowl of noodles, salad and chicken/ beef/ pork or tofu, with a chance to win a $2000 prize.

This was not only a chance for free food – but an opportunity to savour the Roll’d Vietnamese recipes which have been handed down within this family owned business – and many of our members took this opportunity with great delight.

We are very pleased to announce that Newtown City Hockey Club was the winner of the prize, and we are very grateful to receive from Tin Ly and from Roll’d, a cheque for $2000.


Roll'd supports our hockey family.

Thanks Roll’d – a great family business supporting a great family Club.


Roll’d has a strong focus on food, family and friends.  We are delighted that Roll’d have chosen to support our Club and our focus on hockey, fun, family and friends.

So from our hockey family to the Roll’d family – THANK YOU!


Festival of Sails Fundraising

Fundraising for 2015 is about to kick off, with the Festival of Sails in January coming up quickly.


Newtown Hockey Club obtains its income from:

  • fees paid by members
  • fundraising ventures conducted by the Club
  • grants received
  • sponsorship by businesses

Fundraising events are organised with the aim of contributing to the development and improvement of facilities provided for use by Club members.

As not all members are able to participate in fundraising ventures, costs associated with fielding teams are covered by the fees paid by members, with some subsidies provided by grants and sponsorship arrangements.

The Club has received  a number of grants which will be used for:

  • purchase of an iPad and video equipment for use at training.
  • preparation and maintenance of an additional grass playing surface adjacent to Lloyd Reserve, for use in winter and summer seasons
  • purchase of equipment – face masks, goalkeeping gear, first aid kit, sticks for loan to new Saturday Social players

Thanks to


Telstra Kids Fund






Community Sport and Recreation Awards









VicHealth Active Club Grants



Members’ playing fees are used for:

  • affiliation with Hockey Victoria and Hockey Australia
  • personal accident insurance for all players
  • match and training fees for use of Stead Park
  • cost of Lloyd Reserve fields and pavilion
  • team entry fees to Hockey Geelong
  • equipment – balls, goalkeeping gear
  • umpires fees
  • coaching honouraria
  • trophies, team photos and games badges
  • scholarships and subsidies for players selected in regional and State teams


So where does our fundraising go?

As the majority of the Club’s members live within 10 minutes drive of Lloyd Reserve (230 of 300), the availability of a synthetic pitch in the central Geelong area would be a time saver when travelling to matches and training.  The time taken to travel to match venues has been noted as a probable barrier to new members joining the club.

The Club aims to construct a synthetic surface pitch in the Newtown area, preferably near to or at Lloyd Reserve.  It is acknowledged that this aim will not be achieved within the next few years – more likely it will take 5 years or more to achieve. Hockey Victoria have stated their aim of seeing Hockey Geelong with 2000 players by the year 2020 – about 900 more players than current levels. Even though there are two synthetic pitches at Stead Park, an increase to 2000 players in the Geelong area will require more top class facilities. The availability of such a facility could potentially drive further increases in membership of the Newtown Hockey Club and of other clubs within Hockey Geelong.

While funding would be sought from Government and Council sources, the Club must be able to show its ability to provide some funds toward such a major project – including paying for some initial feasibility studies.  Therefore our annual fundraising ventures are aimed at building cash reserves to be put toward the cost.

How Can Our Members Help?

Each member has an important part to play in achieving financial stability for the Club:

  • pay your fees promptly
  • participate in the Club’s fundraising ventures.  If you are unable to do so, we will gratefully accept any donations you can offer.
  • refer any potential sponsors to the Club’s Sponsorship committee. Contact Bronwen Charlesonph 0428 399228
  • recruit new members to the Club.  More members will give us a better case for seeking funding.


Carols by the Bay

Unfortunately the Denis Walter Carols by the Bay event was cancelled last week due to the heavy rain, so this means that we will not receive the income we had expected for our cleanup services to contribute to our fundraising total for this year.

Festival of Sails

The major event each year on the Club’s fundraising calendar is the Festival of Sails, run over the Australia Day period by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, which raises about $4500. Funds are raised through recycling of aluminium cans and through the payment which the Club receives for supplying volunteers to keep the event clean and tidy – clearing tables, picking up rubbish, emptying rubbish bins.

We are seeking volunteers (adults or juniors aged 15 or over) to fill 92 shifts (3 hours each) as follows.  We would really appreciate your help, so if you are available on any of these days please let us know.

  • Friday January 23rd: 12 noon-3 pm, 3-6 pm, 6-9 pm
  • Saturday January 24th: 6 am-9, 9-12, 12-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12 midnight
  • Sunday January 25th: – 6 am-9, 9-12, 12-3, 3-6, 6-9 pm
  • Monday January 26th: 6 am-9, 9-12, 12-3, 3-6 pm

Enquiries: Claire Barnes, 0417 015130