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.




U13 Carnival in Geelong

The Geelong Carnival for U13 Mixed teams is held each year, with participating teams coming from both country and metropolitan areas in Victoria.  The 2014 Carnival will be held on Sunday July 20, at Stead Park, Corio.  Matches will be played from 8 am to 4 pm.


This annual Carnival is always a great chance to meet new friends, and to catch up with those you may have met previously at regional and State tournaments.  It’s a great opportunity to work on your hockey skills, and most importantly, a day of fun for all.


Players must be aged under 13 at January 1, 2014.  Hockey Geelong will enter one team, and possibly two if space permits.  If you are aged 10 to 12 at the beginning of this year, why not have a go?  Put your name down and join the fun.


To register your interest, return the U13 Carnival Registration Form to Ruth McKinnon by July 6.


Umpires will be needed so if you are available, please contact Ruth McKinnon.  Helpers to make the day run smoothly would also be appreciated. Contact Ruth McKinnon for details.

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