2018 Winter Hockey Season – July 14 & 15

We are now well and truly on the path to the end of another hockey season, and the senior teams were out to improve their finals chances.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay Tornadoes 9-4

Torquay got the jump on the Falcons early in the game, going a couple of goals up with some fast play. Falcons worked hard to even the game up, and went into half time with a score of 4-4.

The second half saw Falcons take control and the scoreboard at the end of the game showed a pleasing result.

IGA Player of the Week Award to Alex Birse.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 2-1

Lady Falcons added another check to the win column in a tightly contested 2-1 win v Geelong who are currently top of the table. Team talk pregame again included going over names.

Falcons put together one of their better games so far this hockey season. School holidays allowed some players to recover from injuries to come back into the lineup, plus two double ups from Division 2 (thank you Katie and Kellie) and we had a bench that lasted the whole game. In what was one of our best passing games, Falcons managed to get some consistent passages of attack pressure and created free play goal. We were very close to having a few more get to the back of the net, but will be happy to have them convert in the games to come. Defence were solid, keeping penalty corners to a minimum and when necessary Zoe stood strong and tall. Well done ladies.

IGA Player of the Week Award to Penny Beckworth.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Saints White 1-6

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 0-2

Newtown Spirit continues to improve each week, and although the scoreboard was not to our liking, the game was very much to our liking. Spirit began the game well, with many attacks reaching the circle as a result of excellent co-operation between defence and mifield. Solid defence and great positioning by Tracey, Andie and Hillary saw us gain possession, and quick free hits and good vision by Peta moved the play forward, using team mates in space in attack. Kellie, Emma and Katie continually chased and pressured the opposition when they had the ball and we won many short corners. Unfortunately, none of them resulted in a score. Georgie and Sarah both controlled the ball well on the forward line and co-operation with Jessie and other team mates resulted in many shots at goal from field play. Unfortunately again, none of these scored but there were a number which missed by very narrow margins. Great effort by all players, with the remaining matches promising some exciting games.

 

 

 

 

2018 Winter Hockey Season June 30 & July 1

The last part of the hockey season sees the senior teams putting in some great efforts, with good prospects of playing in the finals at stake. There were no junior hockey matches this week because of the school holidays.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 2-5

The Falcons came up against our old nemesis Torquay last weekend. Torquay were missing all their big guns which unfortunately seemed to change our mindset leading into the game, thinking we were confident of a win. We certainly started that way with some nice play in the first 5 minutes leading to a nice goal scored by Matt B. Unfortunately that’s where it ended with Torquay stepping into gear taking control through the mid-field with some great structured team hockey. Their accurate passing and using space well meant they ended up with numerous short corner opportunities which they converted.

At halftime we were 3-1 down and there were some home truths discussed about the way we were playing, particularly not respecting the opposition and our ball movement. Unfortunately the second half was much like the first with Torquay more desperate for the ball and controlling the space. The end result was a 5-2 loss. With the next weekend off we certainly need to come out next game firing with a greater desire and desperation to win and a willingness to trust each other with quick ball movement. Looking forward to us re-grouping and playing the type of hockey I know we possess.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 1-2

In a well fought match, our Falcons went down 2-1. Once again chances to score were there as we had the goalie beat, but we couldn’t quite get it over the line. A great job by our Captain Emma to do a good job of controlling the middle. Ashlee denied attack through the top of our circle and forced the opposition to find another way in. Our young guns, Hailey and Erin ran their guts out and are really getting a handle on both the defensive and attacking side of their play and maturing into great all round players. Shannon and Astrid had their share of running as inners and had some great linking play. Pen was her solid, consistent self and helped wall up the defense while Zoe was dominant in the circle with some timely slides and strong clears – a questionable stroke put  Saints ahead on the scoreboard.

With a little experience under her belt – well okay a lot, like 500+ games, Peta was tremendous in the sweeper role and her ability to relieve pressure with nice, hard clearances. While not able to run at full capacity, Georgie was able to stretch the field and keep the Saints fullbacks busy. Katie now has her second Division 1 game and improved upon her fine play of last week. Thanks to Beth and Kellie for stepping up as well in double up capacity and on the same day!! As inner and half back players they had lots of running (like they didn’t get enough in the first game). I feel a bit like a broken record but we really are so close to a winning result. Well played everyone! Enjoy your week off.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 2-0

A very good game by the Division 2 men, with our second consecutive victory, this week against Torquay. We were aided by some handy re-inforcements – thanks Brodie, Craig, Dave W and Callum and also thanks to Nick who joined us in his first game.

A good solid game of hockey, with excellent defence and attack and everyone working hard and well together. Pleasingly we kept our cool and moved the ball around well. Dave F was slightly nervous starting as kicking back, but the rest of the team kept most of the play down the attacking end and a good passage of play resulted in Axel putting away his first goal of the season. With Brodie’s arrival we had a sub until Nick copped a nasty whack in the hand and was off the field and in the Emergency Department getting x-rayed later in the day.

Early in the second half Craig sent a hard ball into the D, with AJ getting a nice touch right next to the post to take us to a 2-0 lead. Several other forays came close, but no more goal success. Continued strong defence and great running from the halves and inners managed to keep Torquay from scoring. Final result 2-0.

The spread of votes around most members of the team was an indication of the all-round great teamwork and contribution that was on display. Overall votes Dave W -3 , Callum – 2, Craig – 1. Looking forward to the next game in 2 weeks.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-1

An excellent game by Newtown Spirit, with strong defence and great team passing in attack. Tracey and Hillary intercepted many of Torquay’s attempts to enter the circle and passed quickly and effectively to running teammates, Kellie, Emma and Beth. Great marking by Andie throughout the game with some fantastic last minute clearances in deep defence. Despite strong knocks during the game, Beth and Wendy both returned to the game and continued to give 100% effort, gaining possession and using team mates well. Jessie continues to give maximum effort all over the field and worked well with team mates to create forward moves for Spirit. Excellent work by De on the left wing to receive the ball from midfield, and then look for good options to pass, with some nice back passes proving useful. Sarah found great space on the right wing, and controlled the ball well to take the team into attack on many occasions.  Unfortunately, Torquay were able to score the only goal of the game, but Spirit showed great determination and strategy and will look to continue this game style in the last part of the hockey season.

2018 Winter Hockey Season – June 23 & 24

The last round of matches this week before the winter hockey season breaks for the school holidays, and we are probably all looking forward to the return of longer days and warmer weather.

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Spirit v Geelong College Blue

Great start for Spirit with good spreading out across the field. Spirit team members were pushed to defend from the first whistle. It was great to see Coach Kellie hug Amelia in the first 9 minutes for trying hard. But there was plenty of push forward by Spirit too with enthusiastic play by Oliver and Drew throughout the game. Edie worked hard in goals, keeping great position. Braxton marked his player well through the centre. Drew & Pollyanna worked well together out wide too.

Summah was great at focusing on having her stick down, which paid off with a great stop and pass. Oliver scored the first goal for Spirit with an excellent run down the field. There was great calling from all players, making Coach Kellie smile!

With lots of College attack in the 2nd half they found the goals. Braxton was great in the second half pushing the ball well in the final few minutes, getting close to goals.

Thanks to Amelia for filling in. Edie earned the Subway Player of the Week, with great play – keeping her focus and stick on the ground.

 Newtown Strikers v Kardinia Kookaburras

Strikers had a another strong performance this week against Kardinia Kookaburras.

Throughout the game Strikers passed well to one another and attacked strongly, working well together as a team. All players worked hard and, when the opposition had possession of the ball, they never gave up and defended well. Strikers are improving each week of the hockey season, particularly by taking free hits quickly and cleanly which catches their opponents off-guard. The players are listening well to their coach Colleen by staying in the correct positions, not crowding around the ball and moving into space to ensure their teammates always have someone to pass to.

All in all, another excellent game and Willow was awarded Subway Player of the Week for moving around well and finding space. Congratulations Willow!

Newtown Rebels vs College White

College White were unable to field a team as they had many players away on holidays, but Newtown Rebels found a way to have some fun with a ‘Parents vs Kids’ match.

Fantastic running and ball control skills by George who began on the ‘Parents’ team, with Dion (Zeph’s dad) and Tash (Marlo’s mum) discovering some long forgotten or newly discovered hockey skills. The ‘Kids’ played very well together with Edward, Marlo and Zeph doing some great passing and Sam ever watchful in front of goals. When Harrison joined the game, and with a team switch between George and Zeph, the ‘Kids’ began to move the ball very quickly, finding space in attack and taking free passes very effectively. Great work by Zeph, keeping his stick on the ground, and making some excellent tackles, putting pressure on the opposition. A great fun game with some really good hockey skills in evidence.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Rebels v Bellarine 9-0

Congratulations to Eliza and Amelia on reaching 50 game milestones. Thank you to Rach for coaching the team for the last couple of weeks.

A fantastic game by everyone this week with multiple goal scorers and others that had some very close attempts. It was rather quiet for Ruby in goals so after halftime she changed to nominated kicker. Despite being unwell Elliott backed up Ruby in goals and blocked anything that came her way. Amelia also in the back line and also played forward and nearly scored her first goal of the season. Alex showed how far you can push the ball without using a golf swing and making smart choices. Jai and Tommy teamed up together through the middle and were a scoring machine. India moved straight to the corner post in from the wing and successfully flicked in the ball to score her first 2 goals. Emma and Eliza never gave up throughout the mid field with great trapping and tackling. Lucinda focused on keeping the ball in play when it was close to the sideline and pushing the ball up the field. Mia showed some lovely ball control. Baxter made fantastic position to be able to tap the ball across the line to score his first 2 goals. The goals were very crowded at times and everyone kept at the ball until they scored. Subway and Best Team Player Awards were presented to Tommy and India.

Newtown Spirit vs Red Jaguars 1-2

With plenty of reminders from Kellie before the start of the game everyone was ready to run, tackle and play well. Kellie reminded everyone to use the width of the field with square balls and go out sideways. By using the sidelines, the opposition may push the ball over the boundary and that’s perfectly ok cause we win the push in. Be ready to switch between attack and defence, remember to mark players and have confidence in your dribbling skills.

With 3 of our team members out we were pleased to have Ruby, Amelia and Michael fill in. It took a while for everyone to work together with new members but slowly the passes were getting out to the sides and we were feeling more confident with dribbling, tackling and meeting the ball. Kellie suggested at half time to keep the ball out of the middle as the grass is clumpy, so the ball won’t run smoothly. We need to be ahead of the ball. There were numerous times when there was no one to pass onto as the forwards were behind the ball. We need better positioning and more marking of the ball. Kellie asked the team what they thought of the game and most knew where they needed to improve.

The second half was a better game of skills with more marking and tackling. Not our best game of this hockey season but everyone came away having learnt that we need to keep the pressure up and have more confidence in ourselves to dribble up the field, come out to meet the ball and stay ahead of the ball particularly if you are a forward. Red Jaguars certainly were more confident than the last time we played them as they met the ball a lot better and kept up the pressure throughout the game. The final score was 1:2 with Red Jaguars the winners. Subway and Best team player Awards went to Ruby for meeting the ball well and playing confidently and Annabelle for trusting herself and great movement of the ball out wide.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 0-12

Geelong were dominant from the start and all through the game winning 12-0. Their game was everything the Strikers should aim for in our game plan – playing their roles, attacking from the wings and in correct positions in the circle to name a few. Curtis and Amber were both able to play well in defence and attack and Thamindu marked his opponent in defence. Lots of lessons to learn from this game against the top team in the competition.

Newtown Spirit Bye

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 7-2

Despite having some tired and sore bodies, Spirit put up a great showing in the third Newtown derby. Captain for the day Lachie was in the action early on the half line as the play was end to end in a quick-paced, even contest. Harry’s first of 5 goals was immediately countered from Strikers and we knew we were in for a tight tussle. Luca was again excellent in defence, supported this week by Sam and Charlie in Amelia’s absence. Harry controlled the midfield well, switching play several times and sending some great balls through to the forwards, to Grace and Brandon on the right, and Basyl and Ethan out left.

Ethan’s lead in to the centre was honoured in the second half leading to an exciting 1 on 1 contest with Gus, who was unlucky not to keep the ball out. Spirit scored an excellent goal from a
well-executed short corner drill, but not to be denied Strikers scored a second goal from another powerful strike in the second half despite Jack’s lunging efforts. An entertaining game before the 3
week break for school holidays.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 1-0

Strikers played host to Kardinia on Sunday and with 1 win apiece and their last encounter a draw, both teams were hungry for a win.

Miles was away and Strikers were given 2 fill-ins from Kardinia which allowed us to have 11 on the field. The first half was an even contest with Kardinia having 2 penalty corners and Strikers having one, but neither side was able to convert. Our passes to free players and the transition out of defence is working well and it was good to see Jack, Caleb and Harry combining to move the ball swiftly into attack.

In the second half, we had a great chance early on with Jack intercepting a hit in from Kardinia’s 25 yard line but his hit on goal was wide. Another opportunity occurred with fill-in Ben and Jarret getting past the goalie but a Kardinia defender saved the ball right on the goal line. EJ and Jarret passed the ball out of defence nicely, giving Jack a chance in attack that went across the face of goal. Our goal finally came late in the game when Jarret passed to Harry who scored a nice goal, giving us a 1-0 win.

Our next game is against Newtown Spirit on Saturday July 21.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-4

A young 8 sided Spirit played an in form 9 sided Torquay last Sunday. Thanks to Harry, Oli and Angus for stepping up from U/1s and playing well in a fast paced and tough game.

Torquay came out strongly from the outset with multiple shots on goal in the first half saved well by Angus. At the 20 minute mark Torquay managed to score, however, Spirit remained strong with Rachel and Oliver a solid defensive combination on the backline to keep the score 1:0 at half time. Coach Paul praised and encouraged Spirit’s defence and they held off many attacks from Torquay in the second half. With fantastic passing down the wing and a strong pass from Miles, Riley was in the perfect position to score and did so effectively. However, two short corner opportunities to Torquay were converted and followed up with another strong goal to see Torquay with a 4:1 win. Credit to Torquay for a highly competitive game and well done Spirit on a fast paced, tough game that tested both defensive and attacking skills for the full game.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Red 4-1

It was a frustrating game for the Falcons this week!  Even though we ended up victors against the Saints Red team 4:1 it was certainly a long way off from where we should be playing.  There were lots of undisciplined aspects to our game which was disappointing.  We did try and focus on our short game, particularly out of defence and this was one pleasing aspect.  We were able to generate lots of scoring opportunities which was also pleasing but unfortunately at times were unable to finish off (the coach was banished to the backline after missing 2 simple goals served up on a platter by Matt B!!).

We certainly need to refocus and come out next week concentrating on our game as we take on the might of Torquay.

IGA Player of the Week Award to Tom Mahon.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 1-7

Thanks to Katie and Jessie J for stepping up and helping us to start the game with a couple of subs, and congrats to Katie on her first Division One game. Given injury and absence from the regular lineup Kylie also suited up for her first game of the season. Unfortunately, her knee wasn’t quite ready. Amanda had her knee act up as well so it wasn’t long before the team entered the second half and the remaining 11 had to tough it out.

An experienced Torquay team were able to generate a fairly steady attack, earning corners and converting on their opportunities. Young Falcon, Hayley, had a go in the midfield and did a good job of containing her opponent. Ainsley was instrumental in thwarting the Torquay attack on many occasions and had some great assists into our attack play. Young player Erin played a great two way game, coming back on defence to slow down Torquay’s attacking defenders and working hard to create attack.

A strong Torquay defence didn’t allow many opportunities. For spectators there was some very good between 25s hockey. Congrats to Erin Skene who was the IGA Player of the Game.

 

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 3-1

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 2-5

The game began on a positive note with Spirit showing some great teamwork and determination in defence, with Andie, Tracey and Hill making interceptions and getting the ball clear to our midfield. Astrid and Jessie worked hard on the forward line and Deanne and Kirsty made some great moves to meet the ball coming out of defence. Golden Plains began to take control of the game though and found space to attack through the centre of the field, and with some slick passing scored two goals before half time.

The second half began on a better note with a number of short corners in our favour, and giving us some optimism when Astrid scored a goal from a difficult angle. However Golden Plains continued to find plenty of space in the middle and their quick play caught us out on occasion. Late in the second half, there were some excellent passages of play from Astrid, Jessie and Kellie, which saw us create a number of attacks, and Kellie was in the right spot to finish with a goal.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Winter Hockey Season – June 16 & 17

A very cold and wet weekend but that didn’t stop our teams from putting together some great performances. We are now heading into the second half of the hockey season so our teams will be hoping to come home strongly with the benefit of practice and familiarity.

Under 8

Newtown Rebels vs Red Jaguars

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Kangaroos

Strikers had a great match this week against the Kardinia Kangaroos. Coach Colleen was extremely pleased with their performance, Strikers worked well as a team and it is clear to see all players’ skills are improving every week. Particular strengths were getting in front of their opponents, improved communication by calling to each other for the ball and passing well to find space.

All in all, another excellent game and Cormac was awarded Subway Player of the Week for his hard work in defence and for never giving up. Congratulations Cormac!

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia Kookaburras

Spirit players were kept on their toes by the tenacious Kardinia Kookaburras in the latest round of Under 8 competition at Lloyd Reserve. The Newtown team had to dig deep to hinder their opposition’s attacking moves in chilly conditions on Saturday morning.

Oliver showed great control during the game, staying out wide on the wing and, on several occasions, spinning with the ball to keep Kookaburra players from getting possession. Braxton and Summah patrolled the right side of the field, opening up play and working well together.

At half time Coach Kellie urged her players to get themselves into their clock-face positions as soon as the umpire signalled a Spirit free. If the decision went against them, she instructed them to swiftly mark a player. With a position reshuffle, Spirit threw themselves into action and worked hard to follow their coach’s instructions. With Drew having a strong impact as centre forward and Maia and Edie playing nice and wide on the wings, the team kept up the pressure on their opposition and didn’t give in during the entertaining match. Pollyanna stopped several Kardinia runs in her role as right half back.

Coach Kellie presented the Subway best team player award to Drew, who had a wonderful game characterised by great marking and clever moving into open spaces. He also displayed good awareness of the positions of his team mates and the opposition. Great effort Drew.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Rebels vs Geelong College 2-1

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 1-2

This was such a great game to watch as a spectator from the side lines. The pressure was there all game, with excellent movement out wide, we were on the ball straight away. We were using all our players, weren’t waiting for the whistle and we were having 2nd, 3rd & even 4th attempts at the ball.

Kellie wanted us to go a little more square with our passes in the second half and to dribble just a touch longer, just a tactic we can use to know we have possession of the ball. Our passes down the left side were excellent but Kellie wants us to work on having a player ahead of the ball on the right side. Our opposition was strong in the back line and a tactic was to push straight for the feet of the opposition when we had the ball in the circle. We were excellent at running together as a team into the offence space today but we need to know that if we are doing this then, if they get possession of the ball, the forwards need to switch “just like that” (Kellie clicked her fingers) to be in front of the ball.

It needs to be mentioned that the last time we played this team we lost 6:0…..WOW what an improvement! Nate scored a goal and best team players went to Matilda and Leo.

Under 10 Girls

Team Pink vs Team Purple 1-0

A fantastic game again this week from all the girls, with players showing great control and great running to get to the ball in space. Each week sees improvement in the strategies, scanning and passing wide with great trapping from Amelia, Phoebe and Ruby.  Good ball control and speedy passages of play with Matilda, Maddie and Aimee showing determination to attack. Great thinking  and some great back passes by Elliott and Stella, with Lily, Alex and Zoe in good position to intercept opposition passes.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Bellarine Thunder 1-1

Strikers played another good team game against a skilled opposition in Bellarine. Mai was our goal scorer with a great goal shot after short corner re-bound and Tom played very well in the mid-field with his one on one elusive stick skills. It was Sam’s first game in goal and after really enjoying last week’s training his enthusiasm continued with some great saves against the Bellarine forwards. Madeline saved the day on a number of occasions in defence and Brayden worked tirelessly all over the field – a great team result. Strikers will need to follow our game plan vs Geelong this week.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 4-3

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-6

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia Blue 9-1

The pitch was sopping wet for the start of play following heavy rain overnight. None of the passes were finding their mark as the ball was halted in its tracks by the sheet of water on the pitch. Newtown quickly adapted their style of play to a short passing game and success wasn’t far away with the first goal to Nick from right cross from Charley. Kardinia equalised almost immediately, but another Charley and Nick effort grabbed the lead back for Newtown at 2:1. Charley was in the action again soon after to put Newtown ahead 3:1, and an attack up the left wing produced a goal for Will to lead 4:1. The rain looked like it might hold off for the half but hopes were dashed by a heavy downpour 30 seconds before the half time whistle, which left the players drenched for the half time debrief.

Newtown kept the pressure on at the start of the second half with goals to Nick and Will early on, both coming from short corners. Sam produced a 7th goal from a melee in front of goal and an 8th to Charley came from an attack up the left side of the field. A series of short corners awarded to Newtown eventually yielded another goal to Sam, and a final tomahawk by Will from the top of the D left the score at 9:1.

Great game from Newtown who adapted well to the conditions and used both right and left sides of the field to progress and put pressure on the goal. A relatively quiet day in goal for Jack who had the dependable Luca and Amelia holding the fort at the back. Let’s hope for better conditions next week against the Strikers.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 9-0

Newtown Spirit with a team of ten played a decisive and attacking game against Kardinia in round 7. Kardinia to their credit played with many junior players, however, Spirit were dominant, played a strong team game, and were rewarded with a 9:0 victory.

Spirit came out strong from the first whistle, with Emily scoring within the first five minutes with a beautiful deflection on the post. Less than two minutes later Miles scored a quick goal for a 2:0 lead. Kardinia replied immediately with a strong shot on goal saved by goalie Max. With twelve minutes left in the first half Spirit kicked their play up a gear with Tom scoring the first of his two goals. Excellent passing and positive team talk saw the wings utilised well. Oli on the wing and Ben at right inner passed well to Emily on the post who scored another two goals in quick succession. With four minutes to the half time whistle Miles won a short corner and Angus scored a terrific goal.In a dynamic finish to the half Emily scored her fourth goal for a half time total of 7:0.

Spirit came out confident in the second half and scored within the first five minutes with Tom converting again. Undeterred Kardinia replied quickly with an attack on goal though pressure from Max stopped the attack. In the final minutes Miles scored his second goal to bring the game result to 9:0. Full credit to all players for a terrific team game that focused on playing wide and passing. Oliver and Rachel were strong in defence and closed down the Kardinia attack. Riley and Ben utilised the wings to great effect. Tom and Miles were strong in attack. Coach Paul praised all players after the match with special mentions to Emily, Oliver and Ben. All players were instrumental in the final result today, well done team.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 1-5

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 1-1

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 0-1

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 2-8

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Saints White 0-1

A fantastic game by Spirit, who have shown improvement in each game of the return matches against opposing teams.  Spirit worked well together with some excellent linking and passing to teammates, and great use of space. Saints put plenty of pressure on our defence but Spirit’s covering of opponents and positioning didn’t allow the stronger Saints players to dominate the game. Saints had plenty of shots at goal but the AMAZING Jessie J in goals was more than equal to the task. Fantastic effort team.

 

 

 

2018 Winter Season – June 2 & 3

This week’s matches had some real highlights, as we head toward the middle of the hockey season.

Under 8

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia Kookaburras

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Rebels

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 5-0

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 2-2

Kellie ws proud of the intensity and the way we were keeping our sticks down. She gave us a tactic to work at and that was to just dribble the ball, there was always at least 4 opposition players around us and if we could just dribble the ball then they would be forced to use strong tackling techniques which would then draw the free. Kellie encouraged us to use our excellent stick skills to dribble through the traffic. Kellie also made the comment that we were using the field how we should; staying away from the centre.

Half time saw Kellie talking about hockey terminology just to make sure we all knew what she was asking of us. “Up the field” means to play in the direction of attack & “drop back” means to move into your defence position. Kellie also helped us learn more about long and short corners, (the technical side) – but also how it was important to be at the ready and quick so we put pressure on the ball. She also talked about marking our players and the only position that shouldn’t be marking a player would be the centre forward and the full back if they are loose.

The games was ours until the last couple of the minuties where Gellong College were able to get their second goal, to even the score. It was a great game to be a spectator at and the team should be congratulated on a great effort, with lots of great stick & ball technique. Awards went to Annabelle and Pollyanna (congratulations on 25 games too Pollyanna). Goals were scored by Lucy and Ruben.

Newtown Rebels vs Torquay 2-0

There was a great amount of pressure on right from the start of the game and an extremely well matched game. It was hard fought through the centre and into the defence for both teams. Tommy was up for the challenge in goals and successfully defended every attack on goals. Alex and Amelia in the back half’s were making smart decisions with their strokes and pushing the ball out wide or changing direction of play. Both also moved up the field to stop the advancing Torquay team. Mia and India were constantly on the move along the wings and trapping the ball well. Well done to Mia on her debut game. India was so close to scoring her first goal but was denied by the Torquay kicker. Eliza, Jai and Emma were a formidable team through the centre with the amount of running this group completed and never giving up even when struck by their opponent through to their tackling. Baxter and Ruby showed great composure under pressure and gained possession back on multiple occasions. It was a hard fought game but with everyone working together we came away with the victory.
Alex was awarded player of the match for her super strong pushes and Mia was awarded the Subway voucher for her listening to instructions and doing everything asked of her.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 2-2

The Newtown U/12 Strikers drew 2-2 with Torquay which was a great result from our previous encounter. Strikers played a good team game with improved passing but Torquay were always very skillful and fast on the break. Strikers came back from a goal down each time with good team goals from Brayden and Max. Chloe had another good game in goals and Sam encouraged the team with a tackling count and Tom work tirelessly in the centre. Defenders Ebony, Madeline and Mai forced Torquay errors on many occasions. Great team effort.

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 4-0

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Strikers – Bye

Newtown Spirit vs Bellarine 0-0

It was a frenetic pace from the get-go from both teams, in stark contrast to the game last week. Playing in the limelight of Pitch 1 in front of the crowd basking in the warmth of the sun on the terraces, must have been sufficient to get the adrenaline flowing! Play rapidly switched from end to end with nothing to differentiate the two teams for much of the half. Newtown did manage to sneak the ball over the goal line towards the end of the first half but there was an infringement in the melee in front of goal, so the score remained at 0:0.

Newtown had the majority of possession and opportunities in the second half and were playing a well structured game with lots of passing and spreading the ball. Bellarine were relying on surprise counter-attacks by a couple of their tall fast players, but the Newtown defence was awake to their strategy. Newtown was unlucky not to score from a few late short corners, but credit to Bellarine for defending well and holding Newtown to a 0:0 draw.

Thanks to Jack for keeping goal this week and putting his lightning quick reflexes to use a couple of times during the game to keep the opposition scoreless. A mention also for Lachie and Nick who found themselves in the thick of the action for much of the game and did very well to remain calm and composed under pressure. No game next weekend due to the long weekend, so there is no training on Thursday.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 0-4

Newtown Strikers hosted Newtown Spirit on Sunday in their 3rd encounter for the season.
Strikers ball movement continues to improve and we had some entries into the half-circle including one nice attack from Miles and Oscar that drew the Spirit goalkeeper away from goal, EJ then received the ball but his hit was defended by another Spirit defender.
Amelia gave us a good option on the left wing and received a few passes to take us forward, but we couldn’t keep the ball clear of Spirit defence.
Luka in goals, Caleb, and our two Sams (Sam R and Sam S) in defence had a really good game under continuous pressure, but Spirit’s speed up forward enabled them to score 1 goal in the first half and 3 in the second half. Final score was 4-nil to Spirit.
Things for the team to work on are being aware of the loose players during penalty corners, staying with the opposition ball carrier and following up with second efforts when we’re defending.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 4-0

Newtown Spirit played Newtown Strikers on Sunday in a highly competitive game that tested both sides. The Strikers started out strong in attack with goalie Angus making some impressive saves for the Spirit in the first half to keep the scores 0:0. Midway through the first half the Strikers turned the ball over to Miles who attacked and made a decisive goal to put the Spirit ahead. A quick reply by the Strikers saw the Spirit goalie pushed off to the side and created an opportunity for the Strikers who got a shot off on goal, saved just in time by Oliver sweeping across goals to keep the score 1:0. Both sides showed impressive attacking and defensive skills and the score remained unchanged at half time. The Spirit players took on their coach’s half time advice, picking up players and getting the ball wide. The result was terrific team play along the wing with a ball to Oli who passed to Miles who then found Emily perfectly positioned on the post and deflected the ball beautifully to score the Spirit’s second goal. With attacking momentum Spirit put the pressure on and Miles was able to score again to take the score to 3:0. With 10 minutes remaining Spirit created a couple of short corners though were unable to convert. A great piece of play soon after saw Angus pass to Riley along the wing who then found Emily again perfectly positioned though not able to convert. With 2 minutes on the clock Miles made a dynamic attack with another scoring shot goal with the final result 4:0. At the wrap up coach Paul commented that “playing wide in the second half changed the course of the game”, “Emily played brilliantly, Riley made space all through the game, Harry played really well, and the rest of the team played fantastic”. Well done Spirit on another great team effort and thanks to Angus and Oli for playing up from U/14’s.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 6-3

It was a tale of two halves for the Falcons this week. Even though the sun was shining and it was a great day for hockey the Falcons came out playing like it was winter; cold,wet and miserable!! The first half was one to forget with poor structure, ball movement and too many players ball watching resulted in us being 2-0 down to Geelong at the half time break. After a bit of a rev up at half time the boys suddenly started to play some team hockey. Matt B provided a spark by moving into the forward line creating lots of opportunities but more importantly got the score board ticking over. The boys held their structure and played great disciplined hockey which resulted in a 6-1 second half. It was pleasing to see the boys turn it around in the second half and get some reward for effort. It was also pleasing to see players work for each other with lots of unselfish, unrewarded passages of play. Matt B was IGA player of the game. Hope you all have a relaxing hockey free long weekend!

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 0-2

For this game we only had a couple of introductions to do. While we started with a pretty healthy roster of 14 by the start of game we were down to 13. Part way through the first 1/2 we were down to 12 and before end of the game we had 11. Geelong sits top of the ladder so to go down 2-0 reflects a well contested match. Our young guns Hailey, Erin, and Ella all had solid games. Hailey, Erin and Shannon should have had GPS on to monitor their kilometers as they had to help hold an assertive Geelong backfield eager to overlap and join the play. Our defenders Ainsley, Astrid, Mon and Meg with Jessie J in goals did a good job of withstanding some segments of sustained attack, giving up minimal PC in the first half and only 1 (maybe two) in the second half. Midfielders Emma, Pen, Deb were busy trying to control an often overloaded and busy center core. While we didn’t get on the scoreboard, we did have some great attack opportunities. Well done ladies!

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Corio 1-6

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Red 0-4