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.

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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

 

Games Records Set

The 2015 season saw 2 new games records set for the Newtown City Hockey Club, both of which are likely to stand for a few years yet.

Sean Fitzgerald holds the record for the most number of junior games played for Newtown City Hockey Club, with a fantastic total of 260 junior games. Having started playing hockey at the age of 7, Sean has achieved this total with regular participation in junior matches, often playing in 2 age groups each week for a number of years. With the next closest current junior player having a tally of 175 junior games, this record is likely to stand for quite a while. In his last year of playing in Under 17 competition, Sean has also amassed 68 senior games, giving him a total of over 300 games for the Club. A great effort from a great club member.

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260 Junior Games – a great record!

Claire Barnes holds the record for the most games played for the Club, with 659 games – all senior games. Claire began playing hockey with the Club in its first year of senior competition in 1978, and has missed only a couple of seasons along the way. Playing as goalkeeper for many of these games has probably helped reduce wear and tear and prolong her career, but her enthusiasm for the game continues unabated.

Congratulations to junior players who reached Games milestones during the 2015 season:

  • 25 Junior Games – Oliver Ayerbe, Declan Brown, Josh D’Arcy, Meyah Fursland, Will Jennings, Tom Mahon, Nathan Mehes, Amber Reilley, Miles Reilley, Oliver Russell, Rachel Stephenson, Angus Skeen,  Erin Skene, Emily West
  • 50 Junior Games – Amelia Charleson, Tom Charleson, Olivia Clarke, Byron Lanyon, Claudia Paul, Miles Rau, Angus Richardson, Sam Robson, Luka Steinwedel, Jamie van der Ploeg
  • 75 Junior Games – Tom Charleson, Monique Chester, Lachlan D’Arcy, Eneko Fischer, Tom McDonald, Tom Pearson, Luke Pearson, Corey Stella, Hudson Stoop, Cassidy Whiteside, Hailey Wyld
  • 100 Junior Games – Jonah McKinnon, Jennifer Weslh
  • 175 Junior Games – Alex Birse

Well done to senior players on reaching these milestones:

  • 50 Games – Martin Andrews, Bronwen Charleson, Julie Clarke, Michael Fitzgerald, Jacinta Gebert, Richard Stella
  • 100 Games – Matt Jennings, Meg Kelly, Luke Porra, Dominique Russell, James Wood
  • 150 Games – Kellie Barnes, Jack Hockley Samon
  • 200 Games – Penny Beckworth, Nerida Campbell, Will Crosbie, Ainsley Stuart, Jessica Welsh
  • 250 Games – Andrea Woodhead
  • 300 Games – Samantha Dean, Sean Fitzgerald, Nicola Maher, Andrew Stuart
  • 350 Games – David Fitzgerald
  • 400 Games – Hillary Davis
  • 450 Games – Peta Hanley

Congratulations to all these players on their participation and their effort. Hockey truly is a game for all the family and for all ages and levels of skill.

 

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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Midweek Junior Hockey Begins

The Midweek Junior Hockey Program commenced on July 14, and although the weather was not pleasant, it was great to see some keen hockey players arrive for the game.

The Midweek program aims to provide another opportunity for boys and girls to play hockey, with the game time scheduled on Tuesdays to avoid clashes with other weekend commitments.

 The game started with all jumpers on in the cold weather, but play soon warmed up. There was some great running with the ball from Amelia and Cameron, with Seb staying wide and calling very well to his team mates. Great passing by Rory, who was looking for players leading to space.

The ‘Bibs’ team were well served by Gil and Kenna, running to space, and using some great back passes. They even got hot and had to take their jumpers off!! Tejai got into the action with some nice tackles, keeping his stick on the ground all the time.

Great covering of their opponents by both teams saw a close game, but the ‘Non-bibs’ team capitalised on through passes to the front of the goals to score a couple.

 We look forward to the game next week – and hopefully to better weather.

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New players are welcome, whether you are new to the game or have played before.  Read more ………..

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.