National Hockey Week

The first ever National Hockey Week, from Saturday May 28 to Sunday June 5, is about celebrating the achievements of our members and of the Australian men’s and women’s hockey teams – the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos.

With the 2016 Summer Olympics coming up in August, we will all be glued to the television to watch and marvel at the skills of the Aussie players, and cheer them on to a medal.

National Hockey Week is also a great chance for us to share hockey with the Geelong community – and show why it’s such good fun!

 

The Kookaburras are currently ranked the #1 men’s team in the world, and the Hockeyroos are not far behind at #3 in the women’s teams rankings. Jamie Dwyer, named International Player of the Year on 5 occasions, has indicated the Rio Olympics will be his last tournament for Australia, but even at the age of 36, he still has silky skills and is a danger to the opposition in any game.

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Hockey is:

  • Having fun
  • Open to everyone
  • Co-operating with your team mates
  • Knowing the skills
  • Exciting and energetic
  • Young and old players

 

Why Play Hockey?

Playing a team sport such as hockey provides lots of benefits:

  • Fun
  • Friendship and camaraderie
  • Keeping active and fit
  • Leadership, co-operation and teamwork skills
  • Respect for other participants and varying levels of ability
  • Development of skills and self-esteem
  • A chance to play for Victoria or even Australia

 

Who Can Play Hockey?

Anyone from the age of 3 to 70+ can play hockey. Newtown City Hockey Club welcomes anyone who would like to have a go at hockey, regardless of previous experience or skill level.

 

When Can I Play Hockey?

The winter season (April to September) is the main season but hockey is also played during the summer (October to February) in modified formats. Players can join a team which plays in a regular competition, or can join a social game where teams and attendance are flexible.

 

Future Kookaburra or Hockeyroo?

We would love to discover a future Kookaburra or Hockeyroo in our community during National Hockey Week. It might even be your son or daughter, so bring them along to our free Hook In 2 Hockey program on May 31. Check the program details here.

National Hockey Week

Future Kookaburras or Hockeyroos?

Hockey really is a sport for the whole family, and the Newtown City Hockey Club loves to see our families all playing together.

So if you are an adult who used to play hockey at school, and wouldn’t mind having a game again, or even if you have never played before – we would love to have you join us for our Saturday Social game at 1.00 pm each Saturday. We can loan you a stick and you don’t need a uniform – and it’s half-field so you don’t need to be superfit.

Enquiries welcome: contact Claire Barnes, ph 0417 015130

 

Family Fun Day 2016

The 2016 season is on the horizon and so is the Family Fun Day, with some great activities lined up to entertain the whole family.

 
Newtown’s Family Fun Day is a great way to get the family together for some fun and games. With lots of free activities, good food and games to play, there will be something for everyone to do!

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Fun on the Jumping Castle

Family Fun Day - KLR Cup

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Bring a rug or chair and come on down to King Lloyd Reserve, Newtown from 12pm on Sunday 10th April for a day of family entertainment. Try your hand at Connect 4, heaps of mini-games, races for all ages, skills competitions or just the all ages jumping castle! For those who love to play hockey, the Parents vs Kids match is always great to beat your mum or dad.

If you’re looking for something a little slower, check out the stalls and vintage car display, or bring a rug and enjoy a performance from Tap.Jack, winners of the 2016 Geelong’s Best Busker competition!

The BBQ will be running hot, with great salads, fantastic fruit, and our popular cake stall too. There’ll be a Trivia competition, raffle, prizes and giveaways, so don’t miss out! Come and join the family fun.

 

Feature Event – KLR Cup Match

The feature match between The Legends vs The Young Guns is on again, with the winning team taking possession of the KLR Cup. The match was hotly contested and greatly enjoyed by all in 2015, players and spectators alike. Legends have played more than 200 games for the Club but the Young Guns are right behind them! Will the Young Guns win the trophy back this year? Make sure you’re there to cheer them on – game starts at 1:30pm.

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Fun for the whole family

Family Fun Day Feast

And there’s delicious food too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newtown’s Family Fun Day is for everyone so make sure to bring along your friends and neighbours.

Uniform and junior hockey equipment will also be for sale, so don’t miss this chance to get sorted before the season begins.

 

Annual General Meeting 2015

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Newtown City Hockey will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday November 19, at Stead Park, Corio.

All members are invited to attend. Share the triumphs and highlights of the year, and give us your comments and suggestions to make 2016 even better.

The Annual Report will be presented to the members, and elections will be conducted for positions on the Committee for 2016.

The Annual General Meeting Agenda will also include a proposal to adopt Revised By-Laws for the Club.

Members are invited to submit a Nomination for Office or even just an offer of occasional help. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward a Proxy Voting Form prior to the meeting.

The evening will also feature a short presentation from our two of our starring members:

  • Grant Van der Ploeg – recently returned from touring as the Performance Analyst for the Burras, Australia’s U21 Men’s Hockey team

Deb Barnett Sports Wall of Fame 2

 

  • Deb Barnett – recently inducted to the University of Alberta, Canada, Sports Wall of Fame

 

 

 

A light supper will be served, giving us a chance to mingle and ask Deb and Grant more about their experiences.

 The Annual Meeting will be followed by a General Meeting, at which the Draft Strategic Plan 2015-18 for the Club will be reviewed. All comments and suggestions from members will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Summer Hockey Is Coming

The summer hockey season is getting closer and as the weather is starting to improve, we can look forward to some great fun without the cold and rain of winter. Summer hockey is a great way to have some fun in a less serious atmosphere, and a good opportunity to get your friends and family involved in this great game.

There are lots of programs available, so there is something for every one, regardless of the level of experience or skill.

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The summer hockey season for 2015/2016 will run from October 12 to February 26, with a break over the Christmas/ January period. The competitions are half-field with 7 players per team. Ages for all summer hockey teams are taken at January 1 of the current competition year.

Players may participate in the following teams/ competitions:

Monday

  • Under 11 – Geelong College, Claremont Ave, Newtown, 6 to 7 pm

Tuesday

  • U13/ U15/U17 – Stead Park, 5.30 – 8.30 p.m.

Wednesday

  • Under 8 (Minkey)  – Geelong College, Claremont  Ave, Newtown. 6 to 7 pm.
  • Mixed senior (men and women) – Stead Park, 6 to 9 pm. Minimum age 14 years.

Thursday

  • Mixed Masters – Stead Park, 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Minimum age 35 years.
  • U17 Girls only competition – Stead Park, 5.30 to 6.30 pm. For girls aged 13 to 16 at 1/1/15.

Friday

  • Hook In 2 Hockey – 4.30 to 5.30 pm at Lloyd Reserve, for beginner boys and girls aged 5 to 12
  • Mixed Family – Stead Park, 6 to 9 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 26. An ideal opportunity for a fun game with all ages and all skill levels welcome.

Fees are:

  • U8 –  $20
  • U11/ U13/U15/U17 – $60
  • Senior Wednesday – $80
  • Friday Family competition – $80
  • Masters – $80

Hockey Victoria Membership

If you have registered and paid your Hockey Victoria membership during the winter season ($35 for players aged < 18, or $45 for players aged > 18), there is no need to pay this again until the beginning of the next winter season.

If you have not paid a Hockey Victoria fee for this winter season, there will be a fee of $15 for seniors (aged over 18) or $10 for juniors (aged under 18) which will cover you for insurance and Hockey Victoria fees until the next winter season. This fee will appear on our registration page in late September.

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

 

If you would like to play in a summer hockey team, register here

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Mid-week Junior Hockey

Newtown Hockey Club is pleased to announce a new mid-week junior hockey program, and invites any interested players to join us.

 

This program will run during the traditional winter season, to provide an alternative game time for boys and girls who are committed to other sports or leisure activities on Saturday mornings.

Games will be played at Lloyd Reserve, Newtown, from 4.30 to 5.30 pm on Tuesdays. The program will run for 10 weeks, commencing on July 14, and finishing on September 15. The program is suitable for boys and girls aged 8 to 12.

Total cost of participation is $50 for the 10 week program, which includes:

The purchase of club uniform is optional. Each player will need to provide their own hockey stick, shinguards, and mouthguard. Equipment packages (stick, ball, shinguards) can also be purchased from the Club.

To confirm your interest, please register here for the Hockey Victoria registration and the Midweek Junior Program.

 

This is the second alternative program Newtown City Hockey Club is able to offer concurrently with the regular winter hockey season. The Saturday Social program offers a fun and commitment-free opportunity for individuals to play hockey, regardless of age, ability, or experience.