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


Christmas in July

July 26 was the date for our Christmas celebration – a great idea as we are not here to celebrate Christmas together when it actually is Christmas.


A good crowd of members gathered at the Pavilion at Lloyd Reserve made for a warm and cosy evening.  The evening featured all the usual Christmas trimmings – Santa, Christmas tinsel, Bonbons and paper hats, presents for the children. And of course lots of delicious food so we could eat our fill – roast meat and vegetables, Plum Pudding and custard, pavlova, the odd glass of wine.  Good conversation and friends to share it with – and room for the kids to run around outside.

Christmas in July 2

Xmas in July

Christmas in July 3

Thanks to Chris and her kitchen crew for the lovely meal.

Sharp Minds at the Trivia Night

The 2014 Trivia Night was another great success, thanks to Nicola and Boris and the interesting and varied range of questions.  Who knew that there were more than 17000 islands in the Indonesian territory? And Miles entertained us all with his visual illustrations for the music questions.

Thanks to all the teams for participating in such good spirit.  Thanks to Bron for giving everyone the answer to the question about Thursday’s child!

Well done to Hopefuls, 3G, Invincible, AllStars, Sharpies and Basyl’s Ninja Turtles.

The last round of questions saw Sharpies and Basyl’s Ninja Turtles tied on 101 points.  A tiebreaker round failed to split the teams so the winner was decided on the toss of a coin – good choice by Basyl saw the BNT declared winners.  Probably just as well we had 2 prize packs so the Sharpies also went home with prizes.

Thanks to all those who donated prizes.  Special thanks to:

Trivia Night 2014

Mark May 31 in your diary now as a great opportunity to have fun and mingle with fellow club members.


Trivia questions, games, competitions, prizes, fun for all ages.


The annual NCHC Trivia Night is on again, with quiz master (mistress?) Nicola Maher in charge of the entertainment.  There will be plenty of brain teasing games and head scratching questions to ponder, with topics including sport, current affairs, music, films, literature, and some questions for the younger members of the Club too.  This gives every member of your team a chance to show their expertise on their favourite topic.  And if you get really stumped by a question – you can always buy the answer!


Make up your table of 8, or join a table when you get there.  It’s all about having fun!


Where:                       Masonic Centre, Regent St, Belmont

When:                         Saturday May 31.  Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start

How much:                $10 Adults/ $5 Students

RSVP:                         By May 24, to Claire, or 0417 015130

Refreshments:           BYO snacks, Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks available from bar, No BYOG