Aim High with Hockey

Do you love playing hockey? Do you love it just for the fun and friendship of the game?

That’s a great reason to play hockey! And there are lots of ways you can participate and enjoy your game.





Want To Play For Australia?

Boys, girls, men and women can play hockey, with the chance to play at higher levels and represent their Association, their region, their State or their country.

Australia has a great reputation and history in international hockey circles, with the Kookaburras ranked no. 1 men’s team in the world, and the Hockeyroos ranked no. 5 women’s team.

So if you aspire to improve your game and maybe play for Victoria or Australia, how do you start the journey?


Training for all teams is held each week during the winter season, April to September. Try to attend as many training sessions as you can. Coaches are there to assist learning and development of skills for you and your team mates. If you have a particular skill you would like to work on, let your coach know.

EYAS (Enhanced Youth Athlete Scheme)

Newtown Hockey Club also offers a series of additional training sessions for junior players during the year. Guest coaches may be invited to present these sessions, with the aim of introducing higher level skills and strategies. These sessions are advertised in the newsletter and on Facebook as they are scheduled.

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EYAS with guest coach, Ken Parkin







Hockey Geelong Winter Competition

All teams from U10 upward play in the Hockey Geelong Winter competition, and compete for the Premiership of their division each year. The 2017 season saw the Club win Premierships in U12, U14 and U17 divisions, with Runners Up placings in the Division 1 and Division 2 Senior Men’s competitions.

The Newtown Falcons teams in Division 1 Men’s and Division 1 Women’s competitions are the highest standard teams in the club, and both have had success in recent years. Newtown Falcons Men have claimed Premierships in  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and Runners Up in 2017. Newtown Falcons Women finished as Premiers in 2014 and Runners Up in 2016.

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Newtown Falcons 2017

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Newtown Falcons 2017







Hockey Geelong Representative teams

Hockey Geelong selects junior and senior teams each year which compete in the Hockey Victoria Metropolitan Winter competitions. These teams train each week at Stead Park, Corio, and play home and away matches at Stead Park or at various locations in Melbourne.

Junior representative teams are fielded in u14 and U16 boys and girls competitions, with ages taken at January 1, 2018 for the 2018 season. Games are played on Friday nights, so players can play in both local competitions and Hockey Geelong teams. Coaches are appointed by Hockey Geelong to guide the development of these teams.

Nominations for the Hockey Geelong 2018 junior representative teams close on February 1, 2018. Selection trials will be held on Sunday, February 4 and 11, 2018.

Senior representative teams are entered, with 2 teams each for men and women. The 2017 season saw Hockey Geelong win the VicLeague 1 Women’s Premiership, and this team will play in the Premier League competition in 2018. Hockey Geelong teams are also entered in the Masters competitions (over 35) for men and women. For further details of the senior and Masters teams, contact

Both junior and senior players may also participate in Hockey Geelong teams which compete in the Victorian Country Championships.

Junior Country Championships will be held in Melbourne on May 19 & 20 (date to be confirmed). Competitions are available for U13, U15 and U17 boys and girls teams. Stay tuned for information from Hockey Geelong regarding these teams.

Senior Country Championships are held for men and women on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, June 9 to 11.  The Men’s Championships are held in Melbourne and the Women’s Championships at Stead Park, Corio. Teams are available for open men and women and Masters women (over 35).

Western Wildcats Regional teams

Regional teams are selected for U13, U15, U17 boys and girls teams to compete in the Victorian Junior State Championships to be held July 3 to 6. The Western Wildcats teams include players from Hockey Geelong, Altona Hockey Club, Footscray Hockey Club and Werribee Hockey Club. Nominations for these teams are due on April 23.  Selection trials will be conducted for these teams on April 29 and May 6.

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Western Wildcats U13 State Champions









Victorian teams

Hockey Victoria selects junior and senior teams for both Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. Teams are selected for U13, U14, U15, U18 and U21 teams, as well as Senior (Australian Hockey League) and Masters teams. Nominations are called for these at various times during the year.

Nominations for the U15 boys and girls teams close on February 5.

The Hockey Victoria Academy program offers further opportunities for development of U13, U15, U18 players and goalkeepers.

Registrations for the 2018 Under 13 Draft Camp, to be held on April 5 & 6, are open and close on March 30. The Draft Camp is a two-day program which helps players refine existing skills, and learn new and exciting skills and concepts.  The Draft Camp provides a pathway to potential selection in the Hockey Victoria U13 Academy.

Nominations for the Hockey Victoria U21 Men’s and Women’s teams close on March 25.

Hockey Victoria Country U21 and Senior teams are selected from players participating during the Senior Country Championships. These teams then compete in the Australian Country Championships.

School Sport Victoria select teams to participate in the School Sport Australia Championships for 12 & Under boys and girls, and 16 & Under boys and girls. Nominations for the 2018 12 & Under teams are now open, and close on March 1.

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Hockey Victoria Country team members

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U13 Hockey Victoria White

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Hockey Victoria Masters 50+

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School Sport Victoria 12 & Under – Gold medal at the Pacific School Games



Australian teams

Players may be selected to represent Australia in international competitions, generally after having played in a high level State team.

Hockey Australia Country U21 or Senior teams are selected from players participating in the Australian Country Championships. 2017 saw the Country U21 team participate in the Oceania Challenge Cup against teams from New Zealand, Fiji and Japan.

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Hockey Australia Country U21 team vs New Zealand U21 – Congratulations Sean Fitzgerald.








Don’t Forget The Umpires!

Umpires also have the opportunity to develop their officiating skills by participating in these higher level competitions. Tutoring and training is available for umpires for Hockey Geelong competitions and higher level competitions.

Check the education opportunities for umpires and coaches which Hockey Victoria provide. More details ………


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Sean Fitzgerald – On the Umpires Panel at the Junior State Championships

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Leo Fitzgerald – Umpiring for the Oceania Challenge Cup

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


Geelong U13 Carnival

A great effort by all players at the Geelong U13 Carnival on Sunday July 20.


The Carnival pitted teams made up of players from clubs within Hockey Geelong against teams from regional Victoria.  Both Hockey Geelong teams did very well with only one loss between them for the entire carnival.  Overall it was a very enjoyable day for the players and their families.


Geelong A finished in second place with a silver medal, coming up against the eventual winners of the Carnival, Glenelg, in the last match.  Congratulations to our Club members who were part of this team:

  • Caleb Barnett, Tom Charleson, Josh D’Arcy, Lachie D’Arcy, Matthew Horne, Tom Mahon, Jonah McKinnon, Erin Skene, Chloe Smith and Emily West.


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Match results were: vs Warrnambool 1-0, vs Werribee 2-0, vs Ballarat 4-0, vs Geelong B 0-0, vs Bellarine 2-0, vs West Gippsland 2-1, vs Glenelg 0-2.




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Geelong B also had a great carnival, with 4 wins and 3 draws to finish in 3rd position.  Great work!  Congratulations to these members who put in such a great effort in this team:

  • Declan Brown, Miles Rau, Amber Reilley, Miles Reilley, Laura Ryan

Match results were: vs Werribee 1-0, vs Ballarat 2-0, vs Bellarine 2-1, vs Geelong A 0-0, vs West Gippsland 0-0, vs Glenelg 0-0, vs Warrnambool 3-0


The Carnival also provided an opportunity for young umpires to gain some extra experience and mentoring.  Thanks to Courtney Pearson, Luke Hatton and Leo Fitzgerald for their efforts in this regard.  Well done to the participants – Chris Warner, Gus McKinnon, Lachie D’Arcy, Molly Duncan and Emma Hatton.

Junior State Championships Report

Congratulations to all those who are participating in the Western Wildcats teams in the Victorian Junior State Championships.

Results have been mixed but it’s fantastic to see everyone putting in their best performances.

U13 Boys – vs North East Devils 3-4, vs South East Cougars 4-0, vs North West Tigers 1-3, vs South West Eagles 7-0, vs Central Flames 1-2, vs North West Lightning 7-1.  Good work by Jonah McKinnon and great keeping by Josh D’Arcy.  The Classification final saw the Southern Sharks take the win 4-2, with the Wildcats finishing in 6th place.  Great work by all.

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Josh D’Arcy in action with Jonah McKinnon in support.

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U13 Girls – vs South East Cougars 1-0, vs North East Devils 1-0, vs South West Eagles 4-0, vs North West Tigers 3-0, vs North East Knights 2-1, vs Eastern Hotshots 2-0.  This is a great effort to win 5 out of 6 matches.  The team continued its great performances in the Classification final with a 4-0 win against North West Lightning to finish in 5th place.  Well done all.

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Rachel van der Ploeg put in a great effort.




U15 Boys – vs North East Devils 4-2, vs South East Cougars 8-1, vs North West Tigers 1-0, vs South West Eagles 4-0, vs Eastern Hotshots 2-1, vs Southern Sharks 0-2.

The Final saw a rematch between the Wildcats and Southern Sharks.  A great effort by the Wildcats closed the gap a little but the Sharks prevailed for a 1-0 win.  Great work by the Wildcats to finish as Runners Up in the State Championships.

Matt Barnett, Adam Gieles, Jimmy Jirik and Angus McKinnon all played a great part in these results.

U17 Boys – vs North East Devils 2-4, vs South East Cougars 2-1, vs North West Tigers 1-4, vs South West Eagles 1-2, vs Southern Sharks 0-2, vs North West Lightning 6-0.

Sean Fitzgerald and James Humphries worked hard in these games.

U17 Girls – vs South East Cougars 4-0, vs North East Devils 2-1, vs South West Eagles 4-0, vs North West Tigers 2-2, vs Southern Sharks 4-0, vs North East Knights 1-0.

The Final saw the Wildcats pitted against the North West Tigers, and a very close match resulted in a 1-0 win for the Wildcats to earn them the title of State Champions.  Congratulations to the team and to Tiahna Proebstl for her effort and her participation in this team.


Having ten players from our Club selected in these teams is a fantastic achievement – reaching a comparable level with many of the metropolitan clubs in this aspect.

Victorian Country Selection

Congratulations to Jessie Johnson on her selection in the 2014 Victorian Women’s Country team.  Jessie will play as the goalkeeper in what is likely to be a fantastic team and a great experience at the Australian Country Championships.  The tournament will be played from August 2 to 9 in Clyde Park, Queensland.


Even at Jessie’s young age, she has a wealth of hockey experience, having begun playing hockey at the age of 5.  Jessie’s goalkeeping expertise is demonstrated every time she pads up, with excellent performances for both the Newtown Falcons Division 1 women’s team and the Hockey Geelong Vic League 1 Women’s team.


Jessie is keen to share her knowledge and expertise with others, and has been working with the junior goalkeepers in the Newtown Club, offering individual guidance and advice as required.