2018 Hockey Season – May 19 & 20

We are nearly one third of the way through the 2018 hockey season already, and there were some great matches again this week.

Under 6

Our Joeys players are learning to pass the ball accurately and work with other players to get the ball back again. There were some lovely straight passes from all the players, with Casey and Joseph doing especially well. Dribbling and ball control skills are getting better each week, and scanning is a valuable tool in getting through the Monster Forest.

Under 8

Newtown Spirit vs College Green

Spirit concentrated on getting into position swiftly when umpires signalled free hits during an Under 8 encounter with College Green at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. While both teams initially clustered their play in the middle of the field, Spirit players soon started looking for options to move the ball around their opposition by heading out wide. Right half Oliver provided excellent square passing opportunities for his team mates, while Maia was in great position on the wing. Summah and Pollyanna were enthusiastic contributors and Braxton put in a pearler of a game, moving his body into the best possible position to pressure opposition players time and again.

The team marked well and called loudly during the game. Acting on Coach Kellie’s half-time instructions, they swiftly got themselves into position the minute the umpire blew the whistle during the second half, which featured a quicker, more spread-out style of play from the young Newtown outfit.

Kellie gave the Best Team Player Award to the side’s youngest player – Braxton – for his stand-out game of the season. She said Braxton had listened to her instructions, acted on them, kept his body in the right position and didn’t take his eye off the ball. Well done Braxton for a great game.

Many thanks to College Green for lending one of its players to Spirit to even up numbers. Ava’s help was much appreciated.

Newtown Rebels vs College Blue

Newtown Rebels continue to show great understanding and strategic thinking despite their relative inexperience. Determination to get the ball by Sam, George and Edward gave Newtown the advantage and the play moved into attack quickly. Excellent awareness of team mates’ positioning saw some very effective passing in front of goals between Edward and George, opening up space to move forward. Sofia was always in good position, with stick on the ground and provided some quick free passes to outmanoeuvre the opposition defence. Harrison and Zeph worked hard in the second half, keeping their sticks down to gain possession, and then followed up with some accurate passing to team mates and spaces.

Best Team Player Award to Zeph.

Newtown Strikers vs College White

A great game by Newtown Strikers, with some excellent teamwork and passing. Lachie showed great focus on the ball and perseverance, and finished with the Best Team Player Award for this week.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Spirit v Kardinia 1-0

Kellie felt like it must have been the end of season game……all of our skills and team playing were excellent. Sticks were down, playing the ball out wide, and excellent passes. In the second half she wanted us to play around the low grassed areas so we had a better chance to push the ball and have better control. She also wanted us to get out of the way of our own players, we were mingling together a little bit so we had reduced opportunity to pass to anyone. We needed to make sure we were keeping our triangle setup and make sure we were at least 5 steps away from each other. Kellie wanted us to pretend that we all hadn’t had a shower in a week and we were really smelly!

The second half saw us score the one and only goal by Leo with help from Matilda. But we did have a lot of opportunity at goals and Kellie’s advice was that we shouldn’t stop, keep at the ball when heading in for a goal – keep attacking the ball. All the skills continue to be executed brilliantly. Hamish again had a ball free game – not one touch! Hamish also celebrated his 28 games – apologies for not reporting this at the 25 game milestone. Awards went to Nate and Matilda.

Newtown Rebels vs Red Jaguars 2-0

Thank you to Ruben and Matilda for joining us for our game against Red Jaguars after having already played for Spirit.

Great footwork from Baxter throughout the game and moving himself around to be in the right position. Emma, Ruby, Alex and Jai worked extremely well together with good strong passes and working the ball down the line to create our goal scoring opportunities. Eliza was everywhere throughout the game and her determination and tenacity stopped Red Jaguars many times when they had gained control of the ball. In only her second game India displayed a growing confidence and saw her stealing the ball off her opponents stick. Eliza and Matilda also worked together creating a strong back line to prevent Red Jaguars scoring and knowing when to leave the ball.

Although we were making good strong passes, Claire discussed at halftime that a lot of Newtown players as well as the opposition were crowding the middle. Emma played a great supporting role along the wing and covered so much ground and reading the play so well. Some fantastic ball control from Ruben through the centre of field while under pressure from the opposition and with Tommy staying close by. Amelia was supported by Elliott in the goals and made a great power kick and stopped a second attempt on goals by going to goal in the splits. Elliott followed the play throughout the game and moved position on the field as required.

Player of the match was awarded to Eliza and Subway voucher was awarded to Elliott.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 1-0

The new look Strikers team played their most even game so far. With a more attacking line-up to start the game, Surry made several long runs into the forward line and the team eventually capitalised with a quick push in to the goal by Meyah from close range. Our forwards began to run in support of the ball carrier and continually applied pressure in front of goals. Two short corners eventuated and those involved in these set play’s, tried their best to execute what we had practised at training. We will continue to focus on our long and accurate pushing and clean hitting of the ball in this regard.

Zac and Will communicated well on the last line of defence, stopping several of the opposition attacks deep in the circle. With encouragement, they swept the ball out wide in order for our half backs and wings to run on to. Lisette continued her great form on the right wing from the previous week and made several long runs along the sideline, keeping the ball on her stick and maintaining possession. Avah started the game confidently at half back, tackling well and sending the ball forward to the run of Michael and Lisette. She played her best game of the season, earning the Best Team Player for the week. Well done Avah! Michael played a slightly different role this week in the first half, moving to an inner position and listened well in regard to positioning and his role in both defence and attack! Kye was once again very solid across half back and broke the game open with his clean hits through the opposition players, enabling our forwards to run on to them. He maintained his positioning extremely well, pushing up and covering back when required. Madison played a number of positions during the game, showing her flexibility and providing plenty of run as a forward target in the latter part of the game. Hannah suited up in the goalie gear this week for her first time and despite not being required for the majority of the game, she made a fantastic clearing kick from the goal line in what was the opposition’s most promising move forward. Great job Hannah!

The second half saw a shuffle of positions and with Zac moving to an inner position he combined well with Jacob and Madison on the left side of the field. Several fast breaks resulted from wide passes out of congestion in the middle which was pleasing to see. Despite no changes to the overall score line in the second half there was some very positive team play and everyone embraced the opportunity to try out different positions. A thank you to Jacob for filling in for us this week. His determination and persistence to successfully win the ball on several occasions, earnt him our Subway award.

Under 10 Girls

Team Orange vs Team Non-bibs 1-1

Non-bibs team – Lily, Aimee, Phoebe, Amelia, Ruby, Lauren. Goalscorer Ruby.

Team Orange – Zoe, Elliott, Maddison, Stella, Matilda, Alex. Goalscorer Maddison.

We focused on wanting to go wide and quickly with the ball but also making sure our teammates are there to receive the ball. A couple of very close misses by Phoebe on goals by never giving up and pushing the ball well. Great talking from Ruby to Lily and decision making so penalties were taken quickly. A strong pass from Amelia to Aimee to set up Ruby to score. Fancy turns by Stella were displayed throughout the game.

At half time Claire discussed good position but make sure your team mate knows you’re there and only need to call once. Trust the full back to make the decision and they move into required spots to stop the run of play. Look ahead so you know what you’re going to do. Nice strong passes but need to follow up in case of missed shot. Aim for team mates stick side and work on switching the play.

In the second half, Alex set up a pass to Madison to score.  We have seen some great development in skills and confidence over the last few weeks as the girls adjust to the faster surface.

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-3

Strikers had their opportunities in the 1st half but failed to penetrate the Torquay defence which had an extra field player with no GK in their net. Torquay made the most of Strikers turnovers scoring from the field and penalty corners (3-0). Max had a great game but ran out of legs trying to dodge and weave around the Torquay defence. Charlotte and Sam were also good players for the Strikers.

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 2-2

Saturday morning brought the match between Newtown Spirit and Golden Plains.  On rotation in goal, Daniel warmed up well and did a great job keeping Golden Plains scoreless in the first half.  Leading up front in attack, Ollie A, Liam K and Bella kept pressure in the circle providing us with a series of short corners which Liam P-H capitalised on for a strong goal.  Taking our lead of 1-0 into the second half, Gil used strong passing play from Emma and Ollie J to score a lovely hard goal which was drilled past the Golden Plains keeper.

The tide seemed to turn though at 2-0 down and Golden Plains attacked more strongly. Our defence, including our halfback Grace and fullbacks Issy and Lachie (who bravely played despite some soreness) cleared a number of strong passes and hits from the circle.  Golden Plains continued to drive forward and two goals to Golden Plains followed after strong short corner play.

Coach Tom congratulated the players on a tough game and encouraged players to concentrate on three keys aspects for our future games:

  1. Marking a player and keeping your stick down;
  2. Looking to move the ball wide to provide good opportunities for attacking play in order to avoid the pack that tends to congest the middle of the field; and
  3. Keeping the ball under control and dribbling it on your own stick without needing to get it away in a hurry.  That way, you provide yourself with time to look for options and your team mates can move themselves into positions to receive the ball.

A 2-2 draw with Golden Plains played with great keenness and energy, keep up the super work Newtown Spirit, keep enjoying your hockey and see you at training!

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers  5-0

Spirit were missing a few players with JCC on but were lucky to have Isabel and Liam available to fill-in from U12. Spirit had the majority of possession in the first half and were eventually on the scoreboard with a goal to Will from a short corner. The second goal came from an intercept by Charley who was able to accelerate away to an open goal from the 25 yard line. A through ball that found Grace in space was the catalyst for the third Spirit goal for the half.

Spirit goal keeper for this round, Ethan, had a quiet first half but was in the action early in the second half with Strikers attacking goal from the start of play, followed by a short corner. Great kicking skills from Ethan kept Strikers scoreless and led to a counterattack by Spirit. Grace was ideally positioned on the right post and a well placed pass from Charley resulted in a second goal to Grace. The final goal was to Liam from a short corner with the score finishing at 5:0. It was a tough game for the opposition Strikers who playing without a goal keeper, but to their credit they fought hard for the whole match.

Special thanks to Ethan for a sterling effort in goal this week, and to Isabel and Liam for stepping up from U12. See you all at training 5:30pm on Thursday and our next game on Sunday 27th May 10:15am against Kardinia Maroon.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 0-5

Strikers and Spirit met on Sunday for a second encounter in the season.  Strikers were down to 8 players and Spirit 10.  This meant Strikers played without a goalie.

Coach Telfer had requested that the players run hard and long throughout match given the absence of numbers and was not disappointed.  The players really matched the Spirit team in general play.  Ultimately Spirit was able to score as a product of there being no goalie but Strikers managed  to limit the opportunities even though they were outnumbered on the field.  0-4 at half time.  At the break the message was even more running and for the forwards to sit further back to facilitate passes from defense.  This worked and Strikers created repeat short corners and opportunities throughout the half.  At the end the scoreline was 0-5 but it was a hard working and credible effort.  Special mention for Lillie who played her best game for the season.

Under 17

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 6-1

Newtown Spirit played Newtown Strikers in what is always a tightly contested game, and Sunday’s game did not disappoint. Full credit to Oliver, Amelia and Harry who played up from the U/14s to make a full Spirit team, and were instrumental in the successful outcome of the game. The pressure was on Strikers for the full game as they played with only 7 players.

Spirit made the most of the advantage and played decisively throughout the game with Miles, Tom, Angus and Ben strong in attack, and Rachel as always, strong in defence displaying her excellent flat stick tackling. Miles showed terrific speed and determination to chase down balls and was able to convert 4 throughout the game. Tom was also strong in attack and scored 2 goals.

During the post match talk Coach Paul praised the team for “using their wits” during the game and encouraged them to replicate that play and mindset in the upcoming contests against Torquay. He also said Amelia did an extremely good job filling in, as did all our extras in their second game of the day. Well done team for working hard and getting a win.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 1-6

The U17 Strikers played very well given the lack of numbers and the ring in coach they had this week. The final score was 6 – 1 but for much of the fist half we were able to gallantly hold Spirit at 1 all. We only had 6 confirmed before the game but Oliver Telfer was able to step in to help us avoid a forfeit. Well done to all of the Strikers players – everyone stepped up to the challenge and played well and made great second efforts to win the ball.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 0-9

It was a tough game for Falcons this week, coming up against the Torquay 1’s! Torquay had their usual Premier League suspects which proved to be far too strong and in the end we went down 9-0.
There is certainly some room for improvement with some tightening up in defence. But there were also some positives – when we moved the ball quickly and transitioned we looked threatening and provided some scoring opportunities. We look forward to the challenge next time we meet.

Luke Porra was IGA Player of the Game with a strong performance in defence. It was great to see the old poise, skill, strength and determination back that we know and love!

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 0-4

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-3

With a lot of players out this weekend, we fronted up with a fairly young team.  However this did not prevent us form playing some great hockey.  Some strong defensive play in the first half with Tom Mc, Vince and Willy O guarding their opponents tightly and Will H continuing with his very impressive goalkeeping. Woody came off injured late in the first half after being hit in the foot by friendly fire.

A cheap goal by Torquay had us down 1-0 at half time in what was a very competitive game.  Tom C and Oli both played great in the mid-field ably supported by a cameo from Stu, and together created many opportunities to help drive the ball forward.  Unfortunately we started to tire in the second half and weren’t able to get on the scoreboard.  Despite what seemed to be a very competitive and relatively even game, we finished with a loss against the top team.  However there are some very promising signs as this team is finding good structure and coordination. More wins are just around the corner.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-0

Two wins in a row! A great game from Newtown Spirit, with never-say-die attitudes shown by all players. Torquay began the game with only 10 players and no keeper, and we took advantage of this to score the only goal of the game in the first few minutes. A quick and accurate pass out of the midfield defence to the right corner, and then a pass across the front of the goal found Emma A there to swoop on the ball and put it in the empty net. Newtown continued to work well together with Emma, Jessie  and Kellie continually putting pressure on the opposition and giving it their all. Great position and growing confidence and ball control skills saw Sarah gain possession and pass to our advantage, and De and Kirsty worked back to gather the passes through from the midfield.

The midfield and back line held strongly throughout the game, closing down space for the Torquay forwards and not allowing them to dominate. Great co-operation and adaptability between Peta, Andie, Meg, Wendy, Tracey and Hillary created a seamless defence unit, and good position and marking of the opposition blocked many forward moves. We survived a number of Torquay short corners late in the game, and a scramble in front of goal, but the whistle blew with no further score on the board. Great work Spirit.

 

2018 Hockey Season – May 12 & 13

Round 4 of the 2018 Hockey Season saw some  standout performances and excellent results. The willingness of junior players in particular to try new positions and new challenges provides a positive outlook for both the players and the Club in future.

Under 6 Joeys

Our U6 players are showing improvement in their hockey skills with each week of this hockey season, with some excellent dribbling and reverse stick work.  This week’s focus on passing to another player saw some accurate and firm passes, with players quickly ready to move to the next position to continue a 1-2 passing sequence. Great work by all!

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs College White

Spirit showcased strong passing and marking when it took on College White in Under 8 competition at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. While full back Oliver capably protected the goals, his team-mates used the sidelines as much as they could to overcome congestion in the middle of the field. With strong free hits from Summah and Pollyanna on the half-back line, forwards Braxton, Drew and Maia worked hard to make the most of every opportunity to carry the ball forward into attack.

The team’s linked game continues to improve with each game of the hockey season. Summah triggered several great passages of play, including a strong free hit out wide to Pollyanna, who fired it through to Drew and he scored a goal.

The wide play was just what Coach Kellie ordered in her half-time address. She also asked her team to be ready as soon as Spirit won a free and to always watch the ball. Spirit enjoyed more of the attack in the second half until the hard-working College outfit regrouped and increased pressure on the Newtown players through strong forward runs. That didn’t stop Spirit from fighting hard though, with Braxton and Maia applying useful tackles to hinder College’s progress. Oliver was fantastic as the last line of defence, stopping many opposition forays towards goal and sending the ball out to his team-mates.

After the game Coach Kellie said she was impressed by her team’s play and applauded their work in setting up “clock face” positions at the last free of the game. She awarded two Subway Best Team Player awards for the game, with Oliver and Summah worthy recipients. Oliver did a great job in front of goals, while Summah marked the opposition skilfully, constantly watched the ball and worked hard all game.

Newtown Strikers vs Red Jaguars

Newtown Strikers had a fantastic match this week against the Red Jaguars.  Strikers started well, consistently moving forward and attacking strongly, despite being a player down. Whenever  Jaguars had possession, Strikers defended and worked hard as a team to regain control of the ball.

At half-time Colleen praised the team’s efforts and said there was very little to improve upon as they were playing so well and had taken on board all her comments from previous games! In the second half Strikers continued to dominate and showed more confidence, particularly when passing to one another and attacking.

All in all Strikers had a great game this week and Neve was awarded Subway Player of  the Week for a hugely improved performance. Congratulations Neve!

Newtown Rebels vs Kardinia Kookaburras

A great team game by Newtown Rebels, with good focus on the ball and determination to gain possession shown by all players. Great tackling and interceptions with sticks on the ground provided the impetus for forward moves. Excellent vision and quick passing by George and Sofia found team mates Sam and Harrison in good positions and able to receive the ball. Edward in goals didn’t have a lot to do in the first half but maintained his vigilance, and when moved up the field worked well with team mates to control the play and give Rebels the advantage.

Subway Best Team Player Award went to Sofia, who was always in good position and ready to gain possession and move the team into attack.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Bellarine 4-0

Another great game played by all! Kellie was excited by the team’s decisions making skills to take the ball out wide, our ability to move the ball, how we were taking our time, positioning ourselves well to make a play, calling for the ball and we were getting to the ball first. All of this saw our ability to put heaps of pressure on the opposition. We continued to improve on our game plan of moving the ball to the right, so playing to our strength. One of the things Kellie wanted us to be mindful of in the second quarter was, if playing down the centre and we can’t play to the right look right over to the left, as we had opportunities in the first half, to make passes to free player right over on the left. Ruben scored two goals in first half, one was from persistence and excellent pushes of the ball.

Second quarter saw lots of play in our offence but a great opposition goalie nearly saw us remain goalless….however some great team work, from short corners saw two goals to Leo. Kellie’s comments focused around using our team mates with passing, sticks were down, we were getting to the ball early and our passes in the circle. It was reported the Hamish didn’t even get to touch the ball in goalie position this week! Best Team Player Awards went to Lucy and Charlotte for listening to Kellie and carrying out her instructions during the game.

Newtown Strikers vs Red Jaguars 0-0

Newtown Rebels vs Kardinia 8-0

Under 10 Girls

A great game by all the girls, with some fantastic strategic thinking and skills on display.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 2-1

Torquay were so dominant in the 1st half that it was a matter of how many goals they would score. However they only scored 1 goal, largely thanks to 1st time Goalkeeper Chloe who saved many shots on goals. Alice and Madeline were also great in defence which inspired the team after the break to an excellent 2nd half with a great strike for goal by Tom. Ruby’s speed and skill at right wing was fantastic, running down the wing setting up Amber in the right spot in the circle to score the team’s winning goal. Great effort all.

Newtown Spirit vs Bellarine Thunder 2-0

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 0-4

Newtown Strikers vs Bellarine 2-1

Strikers met Bellarine at Stead Park on Sunday coming off some improved performances.  After a few early volleys either way, Strikers got into their rhythm and started to attack.  Jarrett undertook a number of driving runs through the field to set up opportunities and was ultimately rewarded with a goal.  Bellarine then countered with their own goal and the game was on level terms at the half.

In the second half the team was full of running.  Oliver made some excellent baseline runs and was rewarded with a goal.  Sam R set up many plays and Kenna played another great game in goals.  Overall the team played an excellent team game and the players have progressed rapidly from the first two weeks to implement a sound hockey structure on the field.  Well done Strikers.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-1

Strikers were looking to avenge our 2:1 loss to Torquay back in round 1 on Saturday. Luka and Harry were back for the team but Lotte was away. The first half saw good defense from both teams, and Strikers’ passing was better than in prior weeks, with a notable passage of play when Sam, Oscar, EJ passed the ball cleanly up to Miles whose hit was just wide of goal. Torquay had 2 Penalty Corners but failed to convert, and Strikers also couldn’t convert theirs, leaving the scores at nil-all to half time.

In the second half Strikers continued to have some good attacks forward through Miles, Harry, Jack, Oscar and Jarret, but Torquay’s full-back had our measure on many occasions. With 10 minutes left, a Torquay attack brought Luka right of goal, they then passed left and scored and the final score was 1-nil to Torquay.

Things to work on are our speed in defense and following up with second efforts, and making more use of the wings as we go into attack.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 0-1

Newtown Spirit played a strong defensive game against Kardinia on Saturday. With only 8 Spirit players available Kardinia loaned players to make a side.

Spirit players put in a solid performance throughout the game. There were some good attacks from both sides with Kardinia converting in the second half to win the game.

Rachel was strong in defense and played a number of impressive flat stick tackles. Max was strong in goals and minimised Kardinia conversions to just one goal. Coach Paul commented that “all players gave 100%, Ben and Emily made space, there were great passes from Miles and Tom, Rachel played another great game and Angus played his best game yet”. Well done Spirit.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Red 6-0

Falcons had a solid game against Saints Red on the weekend coming out on top with a 6-0 win.  All players contributed to the win and when we transitioned and used quick passes we looked really dangerous.  A shout out goes to Sam who played his first game for the Falcons and proved to be a serious threat up on the forward line.

Goal scorers were Tom, Sean, Gus, Alex, Callum and Sam. It is great to see the team starting to gel and work together to play some nice hockey.

The IGA Player of the Week went to Tom Mahon who keeps growing in confidence and is displaying some great skills and great team hockey. Looking to forward to this weekend when we face the reigning premiers Torquay, it should be a fun encounter!!

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 1-0

With four teams in Division One Womens play we are going to get to know the other teams up close and personal. Each club are formidable foes who demand we rise to the challenge each week to lift our game to a new level. This week we met Saints for the second time or as they say in the boxing ring – round two. With Mother’s Day weekend and Geelong Rep teams playing after Club play, our list numbers were low, so we called for back-up … thankfully seasoned veterans Meg and Mon could step in for the first time this season. To allow for one sub a new Junior Girl, Ella, was invited to play and lucky for us so was able to answer the call (despite playing a Junior Girls rep game the night before and an U17 game earlier in the day). In her debut senior game Ella fit right in and has demonstrated that she is capable division one player.

With new faces to the team, the team meeting once again started with introductions. As a story spoiler, Newtown wins 1-0 over Saints!! The score is very much indicative of the play. It was an even battle, with both teams playing solid, strong, quick counter attack hockey. Neither team giving much to the other – but grief! While there were opportunities I wouldn’t say they were high percentage. Falcons did a good job of setting their structure to get play out to the side and worked the side lines with good triangle play. The whole Falcons team did a good job of manning up in transition. Forwards worked hard to come back with loud footsteps, channels and marking to keep Saints defenders at bay. Midfield stopped play early when Saints tried to mount a quick counter, and supported our teams two way play in transition. Our backfield held solid with Zoe providing a couple key saves and Astrid did a great job maintaining possession out of the right half with good choice of when to do the small game vs hard clearing balls from the back while keeping her man from scoring chances.

The goal came off some great team play that originated from a good breakout from team structure, fantastic midfield linking with strikers and then Hailey going one on one with the keeper with a couple of change of direction moves to create open net behind the keeper … wish we had it on video!!! Nice weekend to get a win!!!

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 2-5

Newtown Spirit played Geelong on Sunday, registering our fourth game together as a developing team. In the first half we played well with good structure and passing and although we had limited opportunities to score we were able to answer Geelong’s opening goal. And a fine reply it was with a good example of one-touch hockey in the attacking circle before finding the back of the goal.

We started the second half in the same manner but Geelong stepped up their game a couple of gears and we were simply outplayed. The positive though was the team continued to persevere and we were rewarded with a late goal to see the final score 5 – 2 in Geelong’s favour.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 2-1

Newtown Spirit approached this game with some confidence after the previous week’s excellent performance, and this showed from the start. Spirit had the majority of play, with the ball mostly in our attacking half for the first half.  Excellent midfield play and solid defence by Andie, Kellie and Lauren didn’t let Golden Plains get any real superiority. Hillary and Tracey at full back were always in good position and blocked the play whenever Golden Plains tried to attack. Golden Plains had a number of attacks but none really caused any great concern for the defence. Emma and Katie again worked hard, linking the play from defence to attack and ran hard to ensure that Rebels moved into attack. Rebels created a number of attacks and opportunities in front of goal and Deanne tipped one in after some scrambled play close to the goal.

The second half saw Rebels continue to mark opponents well, limiting the effectiveness of any Golden Plains attacks. Golden Plains scored with a strong hit on a short corner and the game was back on equal terms. Katie and Emma continued to create avenues to attack and linked well with Sarah, Jessie J and Deanne, with Jessie scoring another goal to put Rebels in front again. Despite a number of Golden Plains attacks in the final 10 minutes of the game, the Rebels defence held and the team was very pleased to claim its first win of the hockey season.

 

 

2018 Hockey Season – May 5 & 6

The 2018 hockey season is proving to be an interesting one so far. New players are joining the teams as the season progresses, and this has meant readjustments in some cases. All teams are working hard and giving their best efforts, with some great results.

Under 6 Joeys

Our U6 Joeys players are having fun playing games like ‘Rob the Nest’ and ‘Monster Forest’, all while learning the skills of the game. Dribbling skills are improving and there are some nice reverse stick skills appearing.

The support and involvement of parents is much appreciated, and really adds to the enjoyment of the hockey season for these future superstars of the Club.

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Red Jaguars

Spirit played its best game so far of the hockey season when the young team met Red Jaguars at Lloyd Reserve in Under 8 competition on Saturday. The team, with Oliver joining their ranks for the first time, showed growing confidence on the field, putting together passages of linked play, keeping their eyes on the ball and their sticks down.

In a quick-paced first half, Spirit moved the ball between themselves well, tackled hard and marked their opposition strongly. Well-directed free hits triggered some quality moves forward into attack including one in the first half where Pollyanna directed a strong ball across to Drew at right wing, who carried it forward and shot for goal. In the second half, Braxton sent a great free wide to Drew, he pushed it forward to Oliver who collected it cleanly and headed towards goal. Summah showcased her great trapping skills at full back, stopping the opposition on several occasions while Maia played with enthusiasm at centre forward, giving her teammates options in attack.

At the end of the match Coach Kellie said everyone had played their best game so far. She awarded Pollyanna the Subway Best Team Player award for her efforts including getting to the ball quickly.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay

The Strikers had another good match this week against Torquay Tornadoes. Both teams were missing players but those on the field all worked hard to produce a great game.  The teams were evenly matched and did lots of running to make up for the missing players. Strikers and Torquay both attacked strongly and defended well.

At half-time Colleen praised the team’s efforts and reminded players to find space and spread out so that the person with the ball has someone to pass to.

With each game, Strikers are improving their skills, showing more confidence and working better as a team. Isabelle was awarded Subway Player of the Week for a fantastic performance, particularly when attacking. Congratulations Isabelle!

Newtown Rebels vs Kardinia Kangaroos

Another excellent game from the Rebels team. With the assistance of Oscar in the first half, borrowed from Kardinia, Rebels created many strong moves into the attack zone. Quick free passes and good scanning for free team mates allowed Rebels to move the ball quickly. Sticks on the ground and great focus on the ball and the play from Sam, George and Edward meant that Rebels were able to intercept many of the Kardinia advances and turn them back to our advantage. Sofia continued to maintain great position for the whole game, and with Harrison and Zeph joining us for the second half, Rebels continued to work well as a team with excellent passing and good running to pressure the Kardinia opposition.  Nice work by Zeph to keep focus on the game and stick on the ground.

Subway Best Team Player Award went to Sam this week, for some great work clearing the ball away from goals.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 2-2

WOW!! What a wonderfully competitive game of hockey to watch. We had Leo as captain and Hamish in goals and thank you to Brayden and George for filling in to make up our numbers.

Coach Kellie started the game with plenty of points and reminders for Spirit to take on board. With no interchange coach Kellie suggested that hockey is a game of “keepings off” and the game could be played with little running and lots of passing between players. Also, a reminder that frees can be “run on” and its not always necessary to pass first. Players should keep their sticks down and push forward through the Torquay players feet to win the free. Coach Kellie quickly went through the roles of each position as a refresher for all players.

Leo had a fabulous first half with a couple of tries at goal, but Torquay pushed the ball away both times. Brayden ran the ball well numerous times up the wing to pass to Emme who showed great control of the ball. The full backs, Ruben and Lucy, played great defence coming out to meet the ball and getting the ball out to the wings, Emme and Pollyanna many times. Charlotte showed great control of the ball also sending the ball up the sidelines. Hamish did a wonderful job as goalie kicking many attempts away, but Torquay finally scored a goal. Spirit quickly matched that goal with Brayden scoring and Emme backing him up.

Half time and Coach Kellie had many praises for Spirit. All players having a fantastic game with great second efforts and tackling till they got the free. Annabelle playing really well in the centre. A reminder for everyone to mark their Torquay players and stay away from the middle cluster of players (AKA Took Tooks), passing out to the wings.

Spirit started the second half strongly and persisted with each tackle winning many frees. Ruben used these opportunities well by running on with the frees to get the ball out to Charlotte, Oscar and George who showed great ball control in getting the ball forward. With no interchange a few Spirit players were tiring but they all played on with great determination. There was great team play all throughout the game and with Torquay scoring another goal making the score 1-2 Spirit had to try something spectacular. In the last minute of the game, the ball was up Spirits scoring end, a short corner was called, and the whistle blew for full time. Spirit tried for goal and after the second short corner was called, Brayden with help from nearly all of his team mates scored a goal to make it a draw. Annabelle was named Best Team Player for her persistence and great plays in the centre and Ruben received the Subway Award for showing terrific ball control and lovely play-ons.

Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Strikers 1-1

Firstly thank you to Jacob and Mai for volunteering to help the Rebels team with numbers and also wishing Eliza a speedy recovery for your hand injury.

Jai and Tommy’s positioning allowed fast movement of the ball to see Tommy score in the opening minutes. Throughout the first half it had been quiet for Mai as nominated kicker and Amelia in the back half. Baxter did not stop moving and kept his eyes on the ball, creating options for passing to. Lucinda and Emma kept to their positions and chased the play when there was a turnover to regain possession. Alex showed her power pushing and great blocking skills. After half time Jai swapped into nominated kicker role and Amelia and Mai moved up into the inner role. The girls made great blocks and passing the ball back down the line. After a few attempts on goal Strikers found the goal to draw the game.

Players of the game were Tommy (Subway Award) and Baxter (Best Team Player), both didn’t stop for the entire game and showed fantastic positioning.

Under 10 Girls

Purple team
Matilda, Alex, Phoebe, Lily and Lauren
Pink team
Amelia, Maddison, Stella, Aimee and Elliott
This week we welcomed Phoebe, Lauren, Alex and Maddison to the U10 Girls program. After a quick warmup the girls took to the field for a 5 a side game.

We saw good strong passing from everyone. Great work from Phoebe creating pressure on the line causing a turnover and just missed out on scoring. Very close attempts on goals by Maddison in the first half and then a great defensive role in goals for the second half. Great trapping skills shown by Lauren and Alex making great strong shots and was rewarded with a goal. Stella, Aimee and Elliott focused on moving the ball well down the field and good work by everyone with sticks on the ground. Lily made great defensive play in goals. Matilda never gave up and was rewarded with a goal. Amelia showed some great stick work and also scored a goal before retiring with a hand injury.

We need to work on spreading out and looking for spaces and hitting through the gaps or run into the gap. While walking up to take penalties we need to be looking for options and making eye contact with team mates. Remember if the way ahead is blocked then pass the ball backwards or look for options to pass behind. Great game girls.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 2-1

On a lovely Sunday morning at Stead Park, Newtown Spirit met Torquay.  On rotation in goal, Liam PH did an excellent job keeping Torquay scoreless in the first half.  We worked hard to maintain our positions and took the opportunity to spread the ball out wide then using Lachie, Gil and Liam K up front.

Great defence by our half backs Emma and Ollie A (who recovered well after his injury to score our first goal), saw Torquay driven back from the goal.  Displaying excellent control, Matilda showed the team the benefits of keeping the ball on your stick dribbling past a number of players.  Again, playing strong on the wing and holding her position, Bella marked well in defence.  After a break up the field by Liam K, Lachie scored an excellent goal which delighted all on the sideline.

The second half really tested Issy and Daniel in their position as fullbacks and it was credit to them both and to Liam PH as they kept out a number of attempts by Torquay on goal.  After tight play, Torquay were on the scoreboard in the middle of the second half with their first goal.  With little time to spare before the whistle, our team all worked hard to mark up on players and “keeping their sticks down”, did a great job to overcome a series of short corners which placed increased pressure on our defence.  The game ended 2-1 with lots of smiles for a game played well.  Great job Newtown Spirit, keep it up.

Newtown Strikers vs Bellarine Lightning 3-1

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Maroon 2-2

The Strikers came off an improved performance in the second half of last week and carried that form into the game against Kardinia.  From the outset the ball was deep in the Strikers’ attacking half. Reward came shortly after with a pair of excellent finishes from Oliver.  In general play the team ran hard and played wide.  Kardinia were not done for though with a late first half strike leaving the game in the balance.

During the second half both teams had periods of control.  The Strikers lost their shape with players out of position on a couple of occasions and this let Kardinia in for a late leveler.  In the frenetic final minute Newtown secured a short corner that had parents reaching for phones to capture a golden moment but the ball was kept out and the whistle beat the Strikers.

A great team game and a deserved draw.

Newtown Spirit – Bye

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 0-5

With both teams short of players, Strikers and Spirit fielded 9 players for their encounter on Saturday.

Luka was away for the game, so EJ suited up as goalkeeper and did a fantastic job, making numerous saves all game, as Spirit had most of the attack. Sam and Jarret showed good composure and judgement under pressure, making great passes forward, but Spirit’s defenders were impenetrable. At half time, the score was Strikers 0-2.

The 2nd half started better, but when going forward our wings were often behind the ball carrier running straight up the middle, and as in the first half, Spirit’s defence was water-tight.  Final score was 0-5.

A few areas Coach Darren wants the team to work on are to pass the ball early, and moving the ball forward by hitting on angles.  We need to follow up with second efforts after defending and to hit the ball with more accuracy and the right amount of force, as we missed some opportunities to go forward with inaccurate passing.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 5-0

This week Newtown Spirit played Newtown Strikers 9 a side, in a strong attacking game by Spirit. The start of the first half saw the teams evenly matched with the Strikers taking an opportunity and a shot on goal saved by Spirit goalie Angus. Spirit responded with Miles taking a shot on goal and Ben creating a short corner opportunity. With an increase in attack Spirit were able to convert with both Tom and Miles scoring. Rachel and Oliver provided a strong defence to keep the score 2-nil at half time.

Spirit came out strong In the second half with a quick goal from Miles, followed by another by Tom and again by Miles to bring the score to 5-nil. After the game coach Paul described the game as a fantastic team effort, and rated Rachel the star of the backline with Oliver holding strong in the middle to close down the Striker attacks. Well done team.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 3-3

IGA Player of the Week Award to Lachie Birse.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 1-5

The pre-game talk included everyone introducing themselves as we are still getting to know each other.  Torquay is always going to be a formidable side and today was no exception.  First half found our Falcons hemmed into the defensive end which gave the backfield opportunity to work on breakout patterns we had run at practice.  While we were able to use our backs to get the ball wide we had trouble connecting with the next layer of midfield to get the ball up into attack.  It took a while before Torquay was able to find their first goal off of a PC. Torquay flooded an extra man up into the midfield and we were a bit slow in countering that so Zoe was busy kicking, batting and poking balls and keeping the ball out of the goal.

Going into the half time with the Falcons down 4-0 the ladies renewed their focus and clarified marking roles and structure positions.  Falcons were able to get their small game going, allowing more support around the ball as attack was generated.  On an attack PC Penny sauntered up from the backline to pullout and ended up deflecting the ball into the back of Torquay’s goal to give the Falcons first score of the second half. Better man to man marking helped contain Torquay’s attack and we held them to 1 goal in the second. The ladies were happy with a 1-1 draw for the second half.  Each game we are getting to know each other better and implementing structure and tactical play better in both of the big game and small game.  So both play and the score lines are improving as we go.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 2-1

The Men’s D2 Spirit claimed their first win for the season against a solid Golden Plains outfit, building on the improvement from the previous week. It was a fast-paced game and we were able to apply some pressure and secure two goals in the first half through Dave and AJ. Harrison (Harry) (U14) and Tom (U17) made their debuts in senior hockey in this game. Both young men played with good skill and maturity and provided some great penetration up forward, very welcome additions to the team.

Golden Plains came hard at us in the second half and being unaccustomed to having a full quota on the bench we lost our structure at times, an opportunity to improve next week. However, a great game in the goals from Will saw us over the line with a 2-1 win. It’s also hard not to mention the defensive work of Jimmy and Tom who worked tirelessly throughout the game. No doubt Geelong will prove to be a tough opposition next week but we’re developing well and looking forward to the contest.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Saints White 0-1

A very pleasing game by Spirit this week, with everyone working hard to limit the effectiveness of the Saints attacks.

We expected a strong Saints team, and that’s what we got. It would be fair to say that the majority of the game was played in our defensive half, with Saints creating lots of attack and many opportunities in front of goal, with a number of shots wide of the goal. However, great defence and great positioning by the midfield and backs, Kellie, Andie, Meg, Wendy, Hill and Tracey intercepted many of Saints forward moves and got the ball away from the danger area.

Good work and tireless running by Beth, Emma, Wendy, Katie and Peta provided the links to get the ball forward for Deanne and Kirsty. It was pleasing to see Rebels get the ball into our attack area on a number of occasions and some good teamwork and passing occurring.

The one goal of the game was scored from a penalty stroke, and although Claire saved many other Saints shots, her legs weren’t long enough to save the shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

Great work team!

2018 Hockey Season – April 28 & 29

Round 2 of the 2018 hockey season saw teams begin to settle and get used to their team mates and game plans. There were some excellent efforts in all levels.

Under 8

Newtown Spirit v Newtown Strikers

Spirit players put in a strong game against Newtown stablemate Strikers when the enthusiastic teams met in Under-8 competition at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. With Drew, Braxton and Maia on the forward line, Michael and Summah at halfback and Pollyanna in goals, the team combined well in a congested first half of play. Despite the crowding, there were some great examples of teamwork, with Drew running beautifully into gaps to collect the ball. At one stage Summah powered a lovely free hit out wide to Drew who was waiting near the sideline to avoid the crush of players.

At half time Coach Kellie applauded her players for marking well and watching the ball. She urged them to spread out and be aware of where their teammates were on the field. With a quick position shuffle at half time, which included Summah moving to goalie and Michael to right wing, the play resumed. Both teams lifted in the second half, with spectators treated to a faster, flowing and more open match than the first half.

Summah did a great job defending the goals at fullback and was calm under attack, Braxton tackled with determination and Maia marked strongly and kept applying pressure to the opposition. Michael added speed and skill at right wing and Pollyanna worked hard at centre forward. Drew had a ripper second half and, in a stand-out moment, carried the ball more than half the field, evading opposition tackles, in an impressive lone run to goal successfully.

Strikers, who also goaled during the match, enjoyed strong passages of play during the game too, which was great to see.

Coach Kellie told her young Spirit team they’d played a “beautiful” second half, praising their tackling, positioning and ball movement. She awarded the Subway Best Team Player award to Drew for his fantastic match, saying he listened and followed her instructions and always kept his stick on the ground.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit

Strikers had another good match this week against Newtown Spirit. Both teams were evenly matched and all players contributed enthusiastically to produce a great team effort.

In the first half, Spirit started strongly but the Strikers responded well and showed some very effective defending skills. Then, as their confidence grew, they started to attack more. At half-time Colleen praised the team’s efforts and reminded them to keep calling to one another and stay in position.

In the second half, Strikers continued to move forward more and their passing improved also. All in all, it was a very close match which, very fairly, ended in a draw.

Jacob was awarded Subway Player of the Week for a great performance, as well as listening to and acting upon Colleen’s instructions. Well done Jacob!

Newtown Rebels vs Torquay

An excellent game from Rebels, with Zeph in great position in front of goals and defending well. Strong passing by all players got the ball moving forward into attack, and Sofia and George lead many forays into the attack zone. Great work by Amelia, keeping her stick down, and making the opposition work hard to regain control. Edward showed great thinking whenever he got the ball, with effective passing and good ball control skills, often denying Torquay their planned advance to goal. Great free passes to people in space set up forward moves for Rebels. Strong passes and hard running by Harrison prevented Torquay gaining the advantage.  Thanks to Sam who played for Torquay in the second half to even up the numbers. Subway Best Team Player Award to Edward.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong College 2-0

Another great game from Strikers on the weekend saw them earn another win for this hockey season. Unfortunately we did not capitalise on all the well earned short corners due to some outstanding goal keeping by the College keeper. Everyone was making sure that the ball was over the D line before attempting to push the ball in.

Great calling from Zac and Ruby throughout the game giving their team mates options to pass to. Emma and Meyah worked together with their tackling in the centre of the field and never gave up, while also watching the ball and following on. Eliza and Meyah both successfully scored and Jai unfortunately was denied a goal. Surry and Jai were calling to each other and earning the penalties to bring on the chance to score from a short corner. Great positioning from Amelia allowing her to trap the ball and sending the ball straight on to Jai in front of goals. Great positioning from Will throughout the game and trapping the ball. It was a very quiet morning for Elliott as our goal keeper as our rotating backs of Alex, Zac, Lucinda, Tommy and Ruby stopped any attempts on goals before they reached her. Kye worked throughout the game on the wing keeping the ball moving along the line and then moving in to the goal post.

Coach Jane spoke to the team about making sure they are not crowding the play and keeping in their position as this gives options. Also a need to pass to the sides for our wings to bring the ball along the sidelines and then pass into the D. We need to focus on our short corners to convert into goals.

Player of the match was awarded to Jai for never giving up and consistent dribbling creating pressure on the opposition and Zac awarded the Subway voucher for his constant tackling.

Newtown Spirit vs Red Jaguars 1-0

What a fantastic game – from Hamish and his goalie effort (think he stopped about 5 goals) to a beautiful play involving a number of the team, that saw Ruben score the only goal for the game.

The opposition were fast and strong but because we were playing the ball down the sides rather than through the middle we were able to keep up the pressure and play a great game.

Tactics that Kellie talked about were to play down the right side to ensure that you are playing the oppositions weaker side and when going in for the ball make sure you push it forward once your stick is on the ball…..as this will see you push the ball through the oppositions legs and score a free pass.

Best Team Player Awards went to Leo and Hamish with excellent efforts throughout the game.

Under 10 Girls

On Monday night we played our first ever Under 10 Girls game at Stead Park.

Elliott, Ruby, Lily and Matilda were in the purple while pink team consisted of Aimee, Stella, Amelia and Claire filled in to even up the numbers. All the girls played really well on the faster surface. Great calling from Ruby helped to keep possession of the ball and moving the ball from player to player. Amelia would move up to the attacker to stop the run of play. Elliott and Lily rotated positions from the wing to full back throughout the game to support the purple team while Matilda covered so much of the field. Stella never gave up and created options by staying in position. Aimee trapped the ball well and fought off the tackles to score twice. Goals were scored by Ruby, Matilda, Aimee and Amelia. Well done girls for a great first game.

So girls if you are available on Monday nights, please join us and bring a friend to try out.

 

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 1-4

The U’12 Strikers vs Spirit game was exciting to watch and evenly matched in the 1st half with goalie Mai saving a number of Spirit goal opportunities. Our positional play keeps improving each week, Alice’s passing was excellent and both Tom and Max played well. Unfortunately we hit double trouble or double Liam (s) in the 2nd half and Spirit players roaming free outside the posts! Result 1-4 with a last second goal from our Max.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 4-1

U12 Spirit welcomed Brandon and Daniel to the team for the 2018 hockey season. A good team game lifted Spirit to a 4-1 win over the Newtown Strikers with a number of players settling well into their positions particularly Emma and Issy in their roles as half backs.  Playing a key role in attack, Liam K and Lachie led the charge to combine for a great initial goal followed by a strong individual effort by Liam K for our second goal.

The defence was tested on a number of occasions by good running play from Strikers but Ollie J and Liam P-H in defence proved a strong and determined line of defence.  Showing his pace and skill with the ball, Liam P-H scored another strong goal for Spirit.  An outstanding effort in goal saw Oli A keep numerous shots from Strikers out of the goal with diving saves and strong kicks to clear the ball from the circle.

Strikers were rewarded for continued pressure with their goal scored 7 seconds from the end of play.  Good skills and improved positional play from Bella (playing on the post but also running along the wing), Grace (also using her skills to carry the ball out wide on the wing) and Gil, had play moving up to the circle with a strong goal by Gil to convert on a series of great passes between players.  Gil’s goal came from taking time to control the ball and looking for opportunities for passes.  Great to see Coach Tom emphasising team play as a key strategy.  Well done Spirit : a great result and an excellent team game.

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 2-3

Newtown enjoyed the majority of possession early in the first half but weren’t able to score due to some desperate defence by Torquay. Equally impressive around the Newtown goal were Luca and goal keeper Grace who were able to clear three attacks on goal by Torquay. Newtown scored late in the half through Harry to go into the half time break with a 1:0 lead.

Torquay equalised early in the second half from a short corner, but Newtown were soon back in front again following a succession of short corners and an opportunistic goal from Will. Sensing that the game was slipping away, Torquay changed up a gear and scored two quick goals to lead 3:2. It was a gallant effort by Newtown to try and equalise with only a few minutes remaining, but to no avail.

A tough game, however all should be proud of their efforts and unlucky to concede a late winning goal by Torquay. Thanks to Grace the rostered on goal keeper, fantastic performance for a first time in goal and against tough opposition. It is a bye for us this coming weekend, but training is still on this week so see you all at 5:30pm on Thursday.

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 1-7

This week Strikers met Geelong on Pitch 1 at Stead Park.  We had 14 players and the benefit of a full bench on a warm Saturday.

Geelong started very strongly and the ball was locked in the Strikers’ defensive half for much of the first half.  Despite some stoic defence when it was raining balls, some got through and by the conclusion of the first half Geelong held sway by 7 goals. Lillie had a strong half on the wing.  It would have been easy at this time to throw in the towel however Strikers fought very hard in the second half to win the half 1-0. Some long balls from Jarret playing through Maggie set up Robbo and a short corner with an excellent goal from Robbo.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 5-1

Strikers bounced back from their 1-nil loss against Torquay last week with a 5-1 win against Kardinia. Miles scored a goal within the first minute, and we had most of the posession in the first half, with great passing from E.J., Harry and new youngsters Jarret and Sam S giving Miles another goal, and Oscar scoring 2 goals in the first half. Luka’s goalkeeping was incredible, saving some excellent hits from Kardinia, in particular a high ball half-way through the second half.

Kardinia lifted late in the second half and scored after a quick turnover, but generally our defence through Caleb, Ella, Jack and Sam R was strong all day. The game ended 5-1 after Miles and Jack had hits on goal saved and then Miles got a hit past the goalie.

 Coach Darren was pleased with the effort and said he wants the team to continue working on their possession game, keep talking and letting the ball carrier know when you’re in good position to receive, and to run hard and keep clear of the opposition.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-0

Newtown Spirit played a solid defensive game against a strong Torquay side on Sunday to draw the game nil/nil. Full credit to goalie Angus who stepped in for the game and made a number of great saves including a heart stopping high stick save with only five minutes to go. Rachel also made an impressive flat-stick block in front of goals to clear the ball in the first half.

Spirit increased the intensity of attack in the second half, including a shot on goal by Emily and a short corner opportunity created by Miles, and were unlucky not to score. After the game coach Paul commented the team “did a perfect job of keeping Torquay scoreless”. A great team effort.

 Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 4-2

It was a solid 4-2 win by Falcons against Geelong this week. Some great team play resulted in numerous scoring opportunities. Lots of movement up forward provided plenty of space for the forwards to work into and with a young forward line growing in confidence, Jonah (2 goals), Callum and Tom scored great goals.

The defence was solid with Sean and Lachie leading the way and Will was sensational in goals saving numerous goal attempts by Geelong. For Will’s outstanding effort in goals he was awarded the IGA Friendly Grocer Player of the Week. Keep up the great works boys!

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 0-2

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Corio 1-2

Spirit faced a determined Corio outfit on Saturday. We were up against it from the start playing with no subs and one man off injured halfway through the first half, so undermanned with only 10 players most of the game. Throughout the game Spirit were equal to the task, and the score was 0-0 at half time. The lessons learnt from the previous week were evident with a more coordinated approach to our passing resulting in some good passages of play.

Marty was a clear frustration to the Corio forwards, with some great saves as well as coordinating our defence. Corio’s persistence paid off though and scored the first two goals. This however was answered with a great through ball from Dave sending Will on a spectacular run down the wing, Will was airborne over Corio’s keeper as the ball hit the back of the goal! The game opened up in the latter stages of the second half as both sides fatigued and we created a good number of opportunities, just not converted. The end score was 2 – 1 in Corio’s favour.

Corio was the deserved winner at the end of the day but the substantial improvement from last week was great to see. For a side still finding their feet and learning to play together we’re enjoying our hockey and heading in the right direction.

Votes from the team: Dave, Ian, and Jimmy F. Goals: 1 to Will

Injuries: Olli copped a ball to the head and sat the rest of the game out. Get better soon Olli.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Red 0-7

A disappointing score for this game, but one which did not reflect the performance of the team and the overall standard of the game. Newtown Spirit showed some great teamwork and excellent positioning in defence with Tracey and Hillary blocking many Saints attempts to get into the circle in the first half. Good linking between the defence and the midfield with Andie, Beth and Wendy working hard, and covering their opponents well.

Peta put in a strong game as usual, with some great clearing passes which sent our forwards into attack. Great running by Julie and determined hassle by Kellie saw the ball move into attack and Kirsty and Deanne made some nice moves to gain possession. Not having the advantage of a bench meant that players tired as the game progressed and it was hard work to keep up with the younger Saints team.  However, despite this, every player continued to give their best effort and congratulations are due to all.

 

 

2018 Hockey Season – April 21 & 22

2018 got off to a good start, with all teams beginning their hockey season on April 21 and 22. Although the weather was more like summer hockey, the effort and intensity in the games was fantastic.

Under 6 Joeys

The first day of the Joeys hockey season saw 10 keen players aged 3 to 5 arrive, ready to have some fun with hockey. Our games focused on dribbling the ball and keeping it on the stick while looking ahead for obstacles or oncoming players. Good ball control and concentration were evident, and with the players learning to use some reverse stick skills, it was a very impressive first session.

One of the enjoyable aspects of the Joeys program is the willing availability of parents and siblings to support these budding hockey superstars, and we love to see them jump in and join our games. We finished the session off with a game which has proved to be a favourite for the Joeys players – ‘Monster Forest’, and it was very pleasing to see how well the new players did in winding their way through the forest of monsters. We are looking forward to a very enjoyable hockey season, and learning some hockey skills while having lots of fun.

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Spirit v Torquay

Spirit launched its 2018 winter hockey season with enthusiasm when it clashed with Torquay in perfect conditions at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. The Under-8 team, which welcomed Spirit newcomers Maia and Braxton to its line-up, showed promising signs for the months ahead as all players worked hard to keep their opposition from scoring. Michael showed he had lost none of his skills over summer with an impressive defensive display in goals in the first half, shutting down many Torquay attacks and feeding the ball out to teammates. He added a hefty dose of skill and speed to the forward line after the break, with his constant hard work rewarded with a successful shot on goal.

Pollyanna and Summah patrolled across the half-back line, pushing the ball to forwards Braxton and Maia. The forward duo showed they weren’t afraid to have a go, getting their bodies into position to tackle Torquay in their first game for Spirit. While the talented Torquay players dominated the attack in the first half, Spirit didn’t give up. Pollyanna had a great individual run up much of the ground on one occasion and Summah applied wonderful pressure to block several forward pushes by Torquay players. Spirit’s Drew volunteered to help bolster Torquay numbers for the game and proved to be a real asset for the opposition, playing a fantastic match in a calm, controlled manner.

At half time Coach Kellie said an under-siege Spirit was doing well but needed to concentrate on watching the ball at all times and meeting the ball instead of hanging back. Spirit enjoyed a strong second half, with possession split more evenly between the two teams. There was some solid passing by the Newtown outfit as players worked to put their coach’s message into action.

After the game Coach Kellie applauded their second-half efforts. She awarded the Subway Best Team Player award to Michael for his outstanding play and great decision making.

Newtown Rebels vs College Green

An excellent first game effort by Newtown Rebels. With a player borrowed from College Green, our team showed some fantastic endeavour and desire to get the ball.  With 4 players in their first hockey season, the level of skills shown was very impressive. Great concentration by all players and great approach to the ball with sticks on the ground saw Sam, Edward and George win the ball away from College on many occasions. Zeph did a great job in front of goals, and was always looking for a player to pass to on his free hits. Sofia was in great position in attack and worked well with George to move the ball into attack. Once players had gained possession of the ball, it was very pleasing to see them continue on and move forward to the attack zone.

Subway Best Team Player award to George, with very pleasing efforts from all the players.

Newtown Strikers vs College Blue

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 6-0

Welcome to all our new and returning players and what a wonderful morning we had to kickstart the hockey season. Firstly thank you to Eliza for coming and supporting the team while injured.

Coach Jane got everyone ready with pre game training and assured everyone knew their role. Focusing on supporting each other and running with a quick change of direction. This helped to get to goal scoring happening throughout the second half of the game with goals scored by Jai, Alex, Ruby, Meyah and Surry. Kye played the ball along the line and followed on and came so close to scoring as well. By also passing to each other the team were able to move the ball quickly down the field.

Meyah trapped the ball just before it would have gone off field and pushed it straight in front of goals for Ruby to just tap it over the line to score. Amelia was watching the movement of the game and positioning herself ready to defend in the goalie role. Elliott, Avah and Tommy never gave up in defence and were constantly trapping the ball and then keeping the ball moving. Zac, Lucinda and Emma rotated positions throughout the game and added pressure to the opposition. Will played a fantastic game and listened to all instructions given to him and was rewarded with being named Best Team Player and Kye received the Subway award.

Under 10 Girls

We are still trying to gather enough players to begin this program, and are aiming to commence on Monday April 30.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay Tornadoes 1-1

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 1-2

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 8-0

The first game of the winter hockey season was off to a relatively slow start with both teams testing each other early and sharing ball possession. Spirit were able to break through for the first goal when Harry ran into the D and flicked one past the goal keeper. It was rapidly followed by a second goal from a short corner. Strikers reacted and were soon attacking the Spirit goal and earned a short corner. Spirit defended well and immediately counterattacked with a long ball up field to Nick, who beat a defender and scored, leaving the half time score at 3:0.

Spirit were attacking early in the second half and Jack was able to find a gap between the goalie’s feet to go 4:0 up shortly after start of play. Spirit enjoyed the majority of possession in the second half and great defence from the fullbacks prevented any attacks on the Spirit goal. Most of the play was in the Striker’s half and they succumbed to constant pressure on goal with four further goals to Spirit and a final score of 8:0.

Great first game for the season with Spirit strong on marking, keeping position and spreading the ball to the wing. Special thanks to Amelia for volunteering to be goal keeper for the first game, directing traffic and organising the defence with much authority. Look forward to seeing you all at training at 5:30pm on Thursday.

Under 17 Mixed

U17 Strikers vs Torquay 1-2

 The game was very even with both teams making forward advances, but defence was good on both sides. While Strikers had their chances, none found the back of the goal. Torquay was able to take the ball deep into their circle, and with congestion around goals got a ball through to take a 1-nil lead. Sam Robson saved a big chance from Torquay late in the first half, so we went to the break with the score 1-nil in Torquay’s favour.

The second half saw Newtown step up a gear and we seemed to have more possession of the ball, particularly up forward. Harry provided some good chances with crosses into goal for our forwards and we had a few shots on goal that were just wide. With 11 minutes to go, Strikers equalised through a penalty corner hit from Miles, and a minute later we nearly had the lead after a cross from Tom to Jack.  Torquay were able to score with 4 minutes remaining after our focus in defence dropped a little. Torquay then had 3 penalty corners to finish out the game but great keeping from Luka and our defenders kept the score to 2-1.

It was a really entertaining game played to a high standard in the warm conditions, and everyone had a good contribution. Special mention to E.J. who is quite new to hockey and did really well, and thanks to Tom for ‘doubling-up’ and enabling us to field 11 players.

U17 Spirit vs Kardinia 3-2

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay Tornadoes 3-2

It’s back!! Walking through the gates at Stead Park it was great to see local hockey back in action for the 2018 hockey season.

The Falcons had their first hit out against the Torquay Tornadoes. All were interested to see who would turn up for the Torquay team given the whispers that they had recruited heavily. They certainly had a strong line up but possibly not as strong as anticipated given that Thomo lined up for them!

Poor scheduling from the coach meant that he only arrived towards the end of the first half! Upon arrival though it was great to see some new guys playing for the Falcons in Jonah, Corey, Brodie and Callum. They all played really well and will be a great asset to the team as they grow in confidence. It was also great to see some old players back in Luke, Matt & Tom Moly, playing strong hockey alongside the usual suspects.

There were some great passages of play with nice ball movement. Still plenty of room for improvement and things to work on. In the end it was a nice 3-2 win with Zed, Matt and Sean scoring the goals. Looking forward to the upcoming game against Geelong this Sunday.

The IGA Friendly Grocer Player of the Week award went to Callum, with a great debut into the Falcons team.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 0-1

With the amalgamation of the Falcons and Strikers teams from 2017 and the inclusion of some new players, the team took to the pitch without any recent experience of playing together. From the start, the team looked good, with plenty of passing and a good standard of skills on display. Good defence moved the ball out of danger well, and great running in the midfield pushed the play into attack. Both Falcons and Saints had chances in the circle but neither team was able to score.

The second half saw Falcons continue to play well, with improved interchange switches making positional changes smoother. Falcons controlled the play well in patches and put Saints defence under pressure. The team was looking to pass wide, and with improved switching and looking for space was able to create promising attacks. One-two passing was effective, and was part of a very good team effort. It looked as if the game was heading for a draw, but with only minutes to go Saints capitalised on a free forward on the post to score the only goal of the game.

Great keeping by Zoe kept out many Saints attempts to score. The IGA Friendly Grocer Player of the Week award went to Ashlee.  Well done all.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Saints White 1-6

A great effort by Angus McW, making his senior debut, who scored a goal with his first touch having only been on the field a couple of minutes.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 1-6

The availability of an off-field coach and a reserve bench of players gave the team a positive outlook right from the start of the game. Newtown began well, with great midfield defence from Kellie, Beth and Andie cutting off Geelong attacks and feeding the ball to our forwards. Good running and position by Emma A and Wendy despite these being new roles for them, and Peta’s strength and ball control allowed Spirit to gain possession and move forward. Lauren provided some speed and there were near misses in the circle on a number of occasions with Deanne and Kirsty in good position. Sarah C, making her return to the field after a 7 year absence, showed that despite her nerves, she hadn’t forgotten anything. She latched on to some great passes and took off with the ball headed into attack, doing a great job. Kellie scored to give Newtown the first score of the game.

The defence was good with Tracey, Hillary and Jessie J (on the field), backed up by Claire in goals. Unfortunately, Geelong found space for players in the circle which allowed them to tip the ball in close to the goal. However, the score was in no way a reflection of the standard of the game, and the 2018 hockey season looks promising for Newtown Spirit.