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

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 admin@hockeygeelong.asn.au.

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

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.

 

U13 Carnival 5

 

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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.

Female Umpires Wanted

Hockey Victoria are offering a Level 1 Umpires Course for women only, to be led by Janelle Bond. Janelle has an Australian Badge Accreditation, which is the highest level available in Australia.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about umpiring from a very experienced official.

The course will be run on Monday April 7, at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne.

Get your registration in soon as places are likely to go quickly.

 

Information for Umpires

Umpires are an essential part of playing hockey – and a great influence on our enjoyment of the game.  Becoming an accredited umpire can lead to great options for developing your own game, and travel to tournaments throughout Australia, and maybe even internationally.  One former Hockey Geelong member, Jan Adams was well regarded as an international umpire.

 

Newtown Hockey Club is fortunate to have a great team of excellent umpires, with many of aged between 14 to 20.  We are very proud to have as members of our Club the past five winners of the Hockey Geelong Most Improved Umpire trophy – David Fitzgerald, Luke Hatton, Leo Fitzgerald, Zed Armistead and Christian O’Halloran.

 

If you would like to learn more about umpiring, start by attempting the online test for the Community Level Umpire.  Go to HockeyEd to create an account, and follow the directions from there.

 

Hockey Geelong are providing some UMPIRE DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS, which are a great opportunity to get the correct interpretations.  These are suitable for both Junior and Senior Umpires, to be held at Stead Park on Monday March 17.  Bookings are essential.  Welcome to Courtney Pearson, in her new role as Junior Umpire Mentor Co-ordinator.

 

Hockey Victoria have a Junior Umpires Development Pathway to help umpires aged between 14 to 23 improve their performance, with the ultimate possibility of umpiring at National Championships.  If you are interested, register before May 19.

 

Newtown Hockey Club is required to provide approximately 15 umpires each week for junior and senior matches. If you would like to umpire for Newtown Hockey Club junior matches, contact Sean Fitzgerald.  If you would like to be rostered for Hockey Geelong senior matches, contact David Fitzgerald.

 

Umpire and Coach Development

Members are invited to further their umpiring and coaching skills by attending a Hockey Victoria Umpire or Coach Development Day.  The first course is on March 2.

These are a great opportunity to brush up your knowledge and learn the latest interpretations and teaching methods.  There are plenty of umpiring tips and advice from Premier League umpires.  It is suitable for all umpires, even if you have done this in previous years or don’t want to complete all the steps for accreditation.

Meet at Stead Park at 11:15 am to car pool.

Umpire accreditation can be obtained through Hockey Victoria.