Games Milestones

What fantastic games milestones!

Newtown City Hockey Club is proud to recognise and celebrate games milestones achieved by our members.  The contribution which members make by playing in matches and representing the Club is the reason why we exist.   Congratulations to these players who have achieved games milestones in these first 5 rounds of the 2015 season.

25 Junior Games

Oliver Ayerbe, Imogen Clarke, Will Jennings, Taylah Fursland, Emily West

50 Junior Games

Tom Charleson, Amelia Charleson, Luka Steinwedel

100 Club Games

Dom Russell

200 Club Games

Nerida Campbell, Will Crosbie, Jess Welsh

300 Club Games

Sean Fitzgerald, Nicola Maher

400 Club Games

Hillary Davis

450 Club Games

Peta Hanley


Current Club record holders are:

  • Most junior games – Sean Fitzgerald 249

Sean Fitzgerald


  • Most senior women’s games – Claire Barnes 645
  • Most senior men’s games – Ashley Shaw 364


Match reports March 28 & 29

The first round of senior hockey matches began with some great examples of skilful play.  On a warm day and with a number of players missing, all teams worked hard and showed great promise for the season ahead.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 5-1

A hard game to start the season vs Saints Black, and with some recruitment for both sides with the addition of Premier league players to both sides it was going to be a great game to watch and it didn’t disapoint.
Saints were out of the blocks early and playing an impressive brand of hockey with quick ball movement and effective passing, they scored in the first 5-10 mins with some lacklustre defending and good attacking.  Falcons then decided that they were actually here to play hockey and started to play the way we wanted to, with quick ball movement, player support around the ball and some razzle dazzle skills from old and new players alike.
There were tight and tense moments in the game but with the defense holding strong, midfield controlling the center of the field and the forwards scoring a handful of goals, we were able to come away with a hard fought 5-1 victory.
Goals to debutants Lauchlan C (2) and Keiran S (1) along with James H (1) and ‘fullback’ Sean F (1), who will not be allowed to leave the defense again this season (haha).  A great start to the season Falcons

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Newtown Strikers 8-1

A good team effort by Falcons considering we didn’t have a full team.  With a number of changes to the 2014 lineup, the players settled well early.  Katey and Rachel created great space on the forward line, and with Shelby and Phoebe running well, Falcons were able to pile on the pressure.  Goals were scored by Rachel, Katey and Penny. Welcome to new member Emma who played an important role in linking play into attack.

It was very warm for the Strikers’ first game of the season, not helped by the absence of a bench (both teams were short and goalie-less) but we survived nonetheless! Despite a less than flattering final score of 1-8, we managed some good play and improved as the game progressed.  As a team of (almost) exclusive forwards, we were more comfortable moving the ball forward (mainly through the running of Bec, Jess, Eliza, Kate, Molly) than trying to defend.  Fortunately, we roped in Colleen just before the game (a much needed doubled-up – thanks Colleen) in full back and Peta also stepped back to help out in defence; combined with Jacqui and Amanda moving back quickly when required we were able to thwart quite a few scoring attempts by the Falcons.  In the end, however, the Falcons’ attacking power proved too great. We did, however, have some reason to celebrate in the second half when Jacqui took control of the ball in our D and smashed one through the Falcons’ defence – great effort.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 11-2

Strikers had a friendly game against the Spirit in the first round before Easter.  It was a warm afternoon with a few players feeling the effects of a full term game in the heat afterwards.  Strikers had many returnees from last year with a few exceptions and a few welcome additions.  The combination of Nik, Brendan and Lachie Baensch in the forward line was formidable and we hope this bodes well for the season ahead.

Spirit lived up to their name and showed great determination and a great work ethic. Great defence by Don and Chris, backed up by great keeping by Brodie prevented many more goals. Lachie D took the field to bolster numbers, playing against his dad, and showed some great skills. Alex, Tim and Rowan created a number of attacks, with 2 goals being scored.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Corio 7-0

A new name, a new face and the old Maroons were back for another season. Welcome to Angela who quickly found her place in the centre and was key to leading many charges forward with Bron C. With a little help from our friends Katey and Rachel, we were able to find the back of the net before the end of the first half. Sound defence from Hillary and Jessie kept Corio at bay. Playing well mid field was Jacinta who made many passes out to Deanne who was well placed to lead many attacks. 5 more goals followed before the final whistle. A huge thanks to Penny, Claire, Jessie J, Katey and Rachel  for filling in. A great result for the first match back.

Newtown Rebels vs Golden Plains 2-0

A great start to 2015 by Rebels, against 2014 finalists Golden Plains, especially as we only had 9 players.  Solid defence by Bron K, Nerida and a flawless game by Katelyn prevented Golden Plains from gaining any ascendancy, with Colleen and Deb backing up well. Great running on the forward line and leading to the ball by Monique and Erin saw them able to penetrate the circle and Meredith was in great position to assist. Goals to Monique and Bron. Excellent team work and position play by all.



Family Fun Day Report

The Family Fun Day on March 22 got the 2015 season off to a great start for members and families.

The weather was perfect and there was plenty to do, whether you wanted to relax or to show off your skills.

Thanks to John McKenzie and our Premier Partner, Boonchoo Tour and Travel, for sponsoring the day.  It’s lovely to see ex-members returning to the Club, with John’s children having joined us in 2014.

Boonchoo Tour and Travel


The Jumping Castle was an early favourite with kids of all sizes.


A great day for jumping around at the Family Fun Day.

The face painter was good at her job – with some great artwork on display.



Loved the face painting







The penalty strokes and ‘Beat the Keeper’ contests were always popular.  Thanks to our keepers, Josh, Brodie and Jessie, for padding up in the heat – and having the heat put on them as well.

Friendly competition

Great work Josh














Will and Sean were there to show our younger players a few tricks.

Will and Sean teaching skills


And there were ‘young’ players there – maybe potential players in another year – or 4!

Future hockey star


The next hockey player in the Hanley family - or the next musician








Great dribbling skills won the race for Tom.

Fastest dribbler


The musical entertainment, provided by Lisa Hanley and Kate Lineker, added to the enjoyment of the day.

The Hanley sisters

Thanks to Town and Country Meats and Nardi Produce who provided prizes for the raffle.




Minding the Cake Stall


And then there was the food with the BBQ and the lunch boxes, and the Cake Stall! Yum.  Thanks to Tom for minding the Cake Stall – hope he didn’t eat too much of the product!


But the highlight of the day was the KLR Cup match – the Legends vs the Young Guns.  We predicted a tight match, which would keep the crowd breathless with anticipation.  I’m not sure about the breathless bit, but it was a very tight match.  The Young Guns, marshalled by Will, outnumbered the Legends by a huge margin.



The Young Guns scored first and held the lead for most of the game, with some great skills on display. But the Legends showed that old hockey players never die, they just keep going and going – and evened the score with 1 minute to go in the game.





The playing umpire, Sean, declared that the match would be decided with a ‘next goal wins’ rule, and the Legends pressed home their advantage to score, and claim the KLR Cup for the second year.

Thanks for the game

There was a great mix of players on both teams, all of whom had great fun.  Not quite sure how Josh came to be classed as a Legend, although he is undoubtedly a legendary keeper.

Lachie was happy to accept the KLR Cup on behalf of the Legends team – a fitting recognition of the effort of the players, with the Cup greatly admired by the opposition.

The Legends win again

Young Guns or Legends


Family Fun Day

The Newtown Hockey Club Family Fun Day for 2015 will provide some great entertainment and fun activities for the whole family, so bring everyone along.


With the 2015 season due to begin on March 28 for senior teams, the Family Fun Day is a chance to get the whole club family together and launch the season off to a great start with some free fun activities and games.  The local community is also welcome – come and see what the Newtown Hockey Club has to offer, and why we were named Community Sporting Club of the Year in 2014. Bring your friends along too.

The Family Fun Day will be held from 12 noon to 3 pm on Sunday March 22, at Lloyd Reserve, Windsor Rd, Newtown.

For the kids, we have lined up Face Painting and the Jumping Castle, and the Castle is suitable for children up to 15 years, so don’t be shy – come and have a go.  We have lots of games to play – with hockey skills challenges, races and general activities which are great for both kids and adults.  Come and try out your skills in the ‘Beat the Keeper’ or ‘Penalty Stroke’ competitions, or see who has the longest hit in the Club. Challenge mum or dad to take you on at the mini-sports competitions, or just have some fun with the frisbee or soccer ball.

Family fun on the Jumping Castle

We have competitions, prizes and giveaways too, so don’t miss out! Come and join the family fun.


Sales of uniform and junior hockey equipment will also be on offer, so don’t miss this chance to get sorted before the season begins.

We have some delicious food and cold drinks lined up to keep our energy levels up – with the chicken skewers and BBQ running hot, lovely salads, and a gourmet lunch box.  For afters, there’s some fantastic fruit salad or perhaps a cake from the cake stall.

chicken kebab

Bring a rug or a chair and sit and enjoy the musical entertainment – provided by Kate Lineker and Lisa Hanley.

Feature event – the KLR cup

The feature match between The Legends vs The Young Guns is on again, with the winning team taking possession of the KLR Cup.  The Young Guns will be out to show that they can match it with the Legends, after the inaugural win by the Legends team in 2014. The match proved to be very entertaining for the crowd of spectators last year, so we want to see some real enthusiasm from the supporters this year.


If you have played more than 200 games (total junior and senior) for the Club, you are invited to be part of the Legends team.

Players for both teams will need to put their name down early on the day to secure their place, as the match is scheduled for 1.30 pm.

Enquiries:  Claire Barnes, 0417 015130, email


Community Sporting Club of the Year

The Victorian Govenment’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards for 2014 provided an inspiring look at the vast array of sporting and recreational activities available in many Victorian communities. The Awards program included the announcement of the Community Sporting Club of the Year.

sport and rec awards

We are thrilled and very honoured that Newtown City Hockey Club has been named Community Sporting Club of the Year.


The Community Sporting Club of the Year Award is valuable recognition of the programs which the Club offers, which encourage any interested person to try hockey, regardless of age, skill level or experience. The Club aims to share the enjoyment and social interaction which comes with a team sport played in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.

The Club is particularly proud of the Joeys and Saturday Social programs.

The Joeys program for children aged 3 to 5 provides a solid base from which to develop skills and game play with a strong focus on fun and small games, for children who will move on to play in more organised competitions in the next few years. The young players have strong support from mums and dads too, with many parents getting involved and helping teach these future stars.


In its second year, the Saturday Social program has grown in popularity with increasing numbers of players turning up for a game of hockey in a fun, relaxed, non-competitive environment where everyone is encouraged to have a go. It has successfully attracted the participation of people who would not normally have signed up for a competitive sport.

Saturday Social

The program has allowed the senior people of the Newtown Hockey community to join in – parents and grandparents of players enjoying playing a fun sport with their children and grandchildren. Some of these players have not played hockey since university or high school days, so it’s great to see them getting out and active and having great fun. It’s also fantastic to see the parents who have never played hockey before, but who join in because their son or daughter has begun to play. A number of these players, having experienced the relaxed atmosphere of the Saturday Social games, and having discovered ‘I CAN do this’, have gone on to play in the regular winter hockey competitions.

And of course, the afternoon tea that is shared by participants after the game is an added attraction.

These programs, together with the Mixed Masters program for men and women aged over 35, which commenced in 2014, has seen an influx of new members to the Club, with 92 new members joining during the 2014 season. This has seen the Club maintain a position as the largest hockey club in regional Victoria.



Continued Success

The receipt of this award, Community Sporting Club of the Year, has added further excitement to what has been an extremely successful and pleasing year for the Newtown City Hockey Club.

The Club’s strong focus on junior development has paid off this season with 21 members of the Club participating in Regional (Western Wildcats) and Victorian Indoor and Outdoor hockey teams and 1 Tasmania team at Junior, Senior and Masters National championships over the past year. With 3 members named in the Hockey Victoria Junior Academy, 3 in the Victorian Futures Squad, and 1 as a shadow player for the Australian 16 & Under Schoolgirls team, the outlook for the next few years is very exciting.

Improvements in coaching and training programs saw the Club reap the benefits with a record 8 teams participating in the 2014 Hockey Geelong Grand Finals – with 1 team in every available division, and 2 teams in the Division 2 Women’s competition. Fantastic skill and team play saw the Club finish the season with 5 Premierships and 3 Runners Up, including a clean sweep of all the senior divisions’ titles – another record of which we can be very proud.

With the support of Leisure Networks and Hockey Victoria, Newtown City Hockey Club will continue to work on improving the administration of the Club and on growing the game of hockey.
Congratulations also to Club member, Courtney Pearson, who was shortlisted in the Community Umpire/Official category. Well done Courtney on your fantastic year!