Junior Country Championships 2014

The Hockey Victoria Junior Country Championships are a great way for players to improve their skills by playing against teams and players from all over Victoria, and a great way to make new friends in the hockey community.  The Championships also provide another step in the pathway to selection in regional teams such as the Western Wildcats which will participate in the Junior State Championships from July 1 to 4.


The 2014 Junior Country Championships are being held in Melbourne on May 24 and 25, with Hockey Geelong represented in U13 and U15 competitions.  Congratulations to our Club members who are participating in these teams.

U13 – Caleb Barnett, Declan Brown, Joshua D’Arcy (GK), Lachlan D’Arcy, Jonah McKinnon, Miles Rau, Amber Reilley

U15A  – Jimmy Jirik, Angus McKinnon, Erin Skene, Chloe Smith, Corey Stella, Jesse Stewart

U15B – Matt Barnett, Adam Gieles, Saskia Lee (GK), Bella Missio, Hudson Stoop, Chris Warner

The weekend produced some great results, and some learning opportunities for all.  Congratulations to all players on the effort they put in.

U13 Boys – vs Albury Wodonga 2-2, vs West Gippsland 0-0, vs North Central 0-4, vs Central Victoria 0-4
U15 Pool A – vs Albury Wodonga 0-2, vs North Central 1-3, vs East Gippsland 0-6, vs Warrnambool 3-2
U15 Pool B – vs Sunraysia 2-3, vs Central Victoria 0-4, vs Wimmera 11-0, vs West Gippsland 2-4, vs Ballarat 2-0, finished in 4th position

Great Work Emma!

With the announcement this week of the teams for the School Sport Victoria 16 and Under Girls Hockey team, Emma Hatton has added yet another highlight to her growing list of achievements.


Emma began playing hockey with the Newtown City Hockey Club at the age of 4, in one of the Minkey teams playing at Lloyd Reserve.  Right from the beginning, Emma was a determined and fearless player.  Emma showed her willingness to work hard as she matured and progressed through the different levels of junior competition, and was a member of the first Hockey Geelong representative team entered at U13 level in the Hockey Victoria competition.


At the age of 12, Emma became a regular member of the Club’s Division 1 Women’s team, all the while continuing to play in Hockey Geelong representative teams, and is currently playing at both junior and senior levels.  The 2013 season saw Emma named as the Best and Fairest Player for the Hockey Geelong VicLeague 1 Women’s team.


Emma has participated in numerous Western Wildcats regional teams in recent years, and has also been recognised for her efforts with State selection.  Emma was a member of the School Sport Victoria 12 and Under team, and has been part of U12 and U14 Victorian Development Squads.  Emma has also been selected in the Victorian U13 Girls team (Captain), the Victorian U15 Girls team, the Victorian U15 Girls Indoor team and the Victorian U18 Girls team (at the age of 15).


Emma Hatton Victorian U15

Congratulations Emma.  It’s great to see her being rewarded for all her hard work.


U18 Country Hockey Tour

The annual U18 Country Hockey Tours to Malaysia are on again in 2014.


These tours are run by Mike Nelson, a long-time worker for Country Hockey, and provide a great opportunity for players to learn more about other cultures, learn more about their hockey and travel – all at the same time.  Members of our Club, Amy and Luke, enjoyed these last year and found them a great experience.


The tours are aimed at planning and delivering affordable touring opportunities for Country Victoria hockey players, young and old. Tours have included most states in Australia as well as a variety of international locations – Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Fiji and New Zealand.


The 2014 tour will take an U18 Boys and an U18 Girls team to Singapore and Malaysia, from July 4 to 13.  The tour cost is approximately $3600, plus uniform costs.


Tour costs include airfares, insurance, in-country airport transfers & travel, Guides, B&B accommodation, some evening meals and attractions and team costs. Costs listed are indicative and are subject to cost variations and changes to the value of the Australian dollar.


For further information, contact

Michael Nelson       POST:    20 Blackwood Ave.     WY YUNG  Vic 3875

Phone:  0416048680

Email:  mpnelson@bigpond.net.au

U21 State Team Selection

Congratulations to Harry Dolenc, who has been selected in the Hockey Victoria U21 Men’s team, following on from his participation in the Victorian U21 Indoor team in 2013.


Harry’s hockey career continues to prosper, and while the Newtown City Hockey Club is proud to take some credit for starting him on this pathway, Harry has earned the rewards of his hard work.


Harry began his hockey career at the age of 5, when he joined the Newtown City Hockey Club and played in the Minkey (Mini-hockey) program at Lloyd Reserve, Newtown.  The program provides a great basis for young players to learn the skills and strategies of hockey, and Harry learnt these lessons well.  Harry has demonstrated a high standard of skill and inspired many of his fellow players over the ensuing years.  A former recipient of the Hockey Geelong John Stephenson Award, Harry has also served as an excellent role model both on and off the field.

Harry has played in Western Wildcats Regional and Victorian Junior Country teams at U13, U15 and U17 levels.  He was selected in the 16 & Under School Sport Victoria team, was named as a reserve for the Australian Schoolboys tour to South Africa, and in 2011, gained selection in the Hockey Victoria U18 Men’s team, playing in the National Championships.  2013 saw a further step in his career when he was selected in the Hockey Victoria U21 Men’s Indoor team.

Harry has played with Altona Hockey Club in the last few years, and is a regular member of their Premier League team.  In addition, we have been very pleased to have Harry continue to play with the Newtown City Hockey Club in the Division 1 Men Newtown Falcons team.  It was especially pleasing to have Harry as part of the team which won the Club’s first Division 1 Men’s Premiership in 2013.

We congratulate Harry on his endeavour and effort and his achievements, and wish him well for the U21 National tournament, to be played June 30 to July 11.


U15 & U18 National Championships Results

Congratulations to all members on their participation in the 2014 U15 and U18 National Championships.


Vic U18 Emma 2

The U18 Women’s Championships saw Emma Hatton playing in the Victoria Blue (1) team.  The team finished with 2 wins and 1 draw, which was enough to put them into the Bronze Medal match.  A good start in the match saw Victoria score first, and Victoria managed to hold out ACT for a 3-2 win and a Bronze Medal.  This is a great effort as Emma was one of the youngest players in the team.


Vic U18 Girls Emma








The U18 Men’s Championships Victorian Blue and White teams included Mack Dolenc, Ryan Parry, Will Crosbie and James Humphries.


Both teams struggled to play all matches to their full potential, but the players enjoyed the experience.  The Victoria (1) team with Ryan and Mack, had 3 wins and 1 draw in their pool matches but lost the semi-final to Queensland 2-4.  They then faced WA in the Bronze Medal final and although they had drawn 2-2 in their pool game, failed to improve on that and lost 5-1.  A couple of nasty injuries to Victorian players in that game didn¹t help.


Vic U18 Boys - Mack

Ryan and Mack both played well during the Championships.  Ryan always looked dangerous around goals and finished with 4 himself, and Mack’s attack on the ball was outstanding.


Vic U18 Boys - ryan










U18 Vic Boys - James and Will

Will Crosbie and James Humphries were part of the Victoria (2) team, and although the team had some very tough matches, the final match finished as a draw which went to a penalty shoot out to decide the winner.



Vic U18 Boys





Vic U18 Boys - Will









Gus McKinnon U15 Vic Boys

Congratulations to Gus McKinnon and the Victorian U15 Boys team who finished with a silver medal.  Gus reports that he enjoyed the tournament immensely, learned heaps and worked super hard. The team ended the tournament with 3 wins and 2 draws and played in the final against NSW.  A fantastic game saw Victoria finish with a very close loss 4-3, in  a match where the result could have gone either way for the whole game! A well deserved Silver medal was the result, the best result for Victoria for a while!



Vic U15 Boys

The team was presented with their medals by (Victorian) Kookaburras players – Chris Ciriello, George Bazeley, Glen Simpson and Russell Ford.



A great effort by all – with much to look forward to in future.