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.

Games Records 260 Junior Games

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.


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:


  • Under 11 – Geelong College, Claremont Ave, Newtown, 6 to 7 pm


  • U13/ U15/U17 – Stead Park, 5.30 – 8.30 p.m.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.


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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Payment of summer hockey fees

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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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.


Newtown Hockey Club Day

Celebrate the Maroon and White!


Come and join the fun on May 30, and celebrate the fantastic club we are all part of.


The sausages will be sizzling on the BBQ at Stead Park, and there will be some special treats and give aways too.  If you need new socks or uniform, bring your money and you can buy what you need.  Or pick up a Newtown coffee mug and a hoodie for those cold days on the sideline.


Pick up your SportsPass card too. All players who have registered with Hockey Victoria will receive a SportsPass Card as part of their registration entitlement. Once you have activated your card, you will be able to receive great deals and discount offers from over 140 brands. And every time you use your card, you are helping to raise funds for the Newtown Hockey Club.  Check out how this works on our Fundraising page.

 With 11 matches featuring Newtown Hockey Club teams on the agenda, there will be plenty of cheering to do.


While our U8 and U11 players will play their matches as usual at Lloyd Reserve on May 30, we haven’t forgotten them.  Our U8 and U11 players are asked to join us at Stead Park after their games finish, to run out with the senior teams at the start of their games.

The first matches start at 9.15 with both the U13 Newtown Spirit and Newtown Strikers team on the pitches. The U13 Newtown Spirit team, with 6 players in this team who are still Under 11, has had some great results so far, and will be showing off both their skills and their fantastic work ethic.

The U13 Newtown Strikers team are currently sitting in top of the ladder position, and will be playing against second placed team, Torquay Tornadoes, so we can expect a great contest.

At 10.15, we see the U15 teams take the field, with Newtown Spirit facing up to Golden Plains, and Newtown Strikers against Torquay. Despite a somewhat unsettled start to the season, both U15 teams have performed very well. Newtown Spirit are clear leaders on the ladder and 2nd placed Newtown Strikers will have a great battle against 4th placed Torquay.

The Under 17 Newtown Strikers team is up next at 11.15. Their opponent, Saints, will be looking to improve on their previous result against Newtown, who are comfortably settled in 1st place on the ladder.

At 12.30, the Division 1 Women get under way, and Newtown Strikers will be looking to repeat their previous win against the 2014 Runners Up, Bellarine. The Newtown Falcons team follows on at 2.00 pm with a tough match against Geelong, who are dominating the D1 competition this year.

At 2.00 pm on Pitch 2, the D2 Women Newtown Rebels takes on Saints. With a very close game between these 2 teams at the last encounter, and with some great form in recent matches, Newtown Rebels will take the field with plenty of optimism.  Newtown Spirit women have a bye this week but their players will be there to cheer their fellow players on.

With an uplifting win last week to their credit, the D2 Men Newtown Spirit will take on Corio at 3.30 pm, with even more determination and effort.

To round off a day of great hockey, stay around for the two games at 5.00 pm. The D2 Men Newtown Strikers are up against Geelong White. Having just had their first loss for this season, the Strikers team will be keen to bounce back and show that they can maintain top spot on the ladder.

The D1 Men’s match will be an exciting contest between the 2014 Grand Final participants – Newtown Falcons and Torquay, so it should be a very exciting match, and an excellent opportunity to see some fast hockey with silky skills and teamwork.

With the 2015 season nearly halfway through, these matches could well be a taste of what the finals will be like.  Come along and be part of the action and the excitement of Newtown Hockey.