Hockey Season 2019 – June 1 & 2

As the hockey season progresses, it is pleasing to see players stepping up to the challenge of the game, with some younger players filling in for older teams and really enjoying it.

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Rebels

Saturday’s game was one to be proud of for Spirit. All players displayed an improved ability to maintain their field position during game play. This resulted in passages of play which used the width of the ground, and gave players time to display their improving stick skills.

Maia’s game exemplified the areas of improvement seen in the team and she received the Subway Award this week. The Best Team Player Award went to Joseph for being willing to even the numbers and play for Spirit when his team had a bye. Thank you Joseph and well done Spirit.

Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Spirit

This week’s game showed players working hard to focus on the play and intercept passes by Spirit.  There were some great efforts from Luc, Albie and Isaac to gain possession and keep control of the ball before looking for someone to pass to.  Lennie, Manny and Jake were always ready to chase and tackle and were able to make some lovely passes to move the ball into attack for Rebels.  Kai’s desire to asssist his team and get the ball was fantastic and he was always available when needed. Kasey continues her great work, with steady play following great tackles.

Newtown Strikers – Bye

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 2-2

Spirit were excited to play against their friends from Newtown Strikers again this week and were keen to make amends for the loss earlier in the season. Strikers had most of the possession early in the game and put Spirit’s defence under pressure. Spirit lacked discipline in sticking to their positions and got drawn into the congested centre of the pitch. Strikers took the lead in the first half and if not for some great tackling and defensive work by Baxter, Oscar and Drew the score would have been higher than 1-0.

Spirit came out strongly after half time and made much better use of space to string together some good passes. Perseverance from George, Matilda and Michael up front gave Spirit an equaliser. After a few great shots that were stopped by the Spirit defence Strikers eventually got a second goal. Just like last week, the team really pulled together in second half and didn’t give up. A fantastic goal from Michael in the dying seconds of the game made it a draw 2-2.

Great team work and perseverance again this week – if they can do it for two halves they will be unstoppable!

Newtown Strikers v Newtown Spirit

Spectators were treated to a fantastic match between the two Newtown sides. These two teams last met in the first round of the hockey season and the improvement from then to now from individuals and teams was notable.

Strikers had majority of the play and field position in both halves of the game creating several scoring shots and penalty corners. Spirit was able to use their speed through the middle of the field which enabled them to be very dangerous on the counter attack. Both Strikers goals scored by Madison and Avah came from terrific passing, positioning and showed great goal sense to slot past the Spirit goal keeper.

The battle continued, with one minute to go the score was 2-1 to Strikers, before Spirit were able to fight through desperate defence from the Strikers to tie the game 2-2.
Stand out performances were from Grace, who showed real determination and mental toughness, and Edward who is gaining confidence every week and contributing with several tackles and passes to teammates.
Awards to Grace and Edward: Grace – Subway Award, Edward – Best Team Player Award

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 0-10

Newtown Spirit played a strong defensive game despite what the score line showed. This young team are showing courage and improvement every game. It is not easy to take defeat well, but Spirit continue to show camaraderie and sportsmanship regardless. Well done to our captain this week Grace M.

The match was dominated by an older, faster and more experienced Kardinia team. Whilst our attackers tried hard we just didn’t seem to be able to get past Kardinia’s defence before their attackers would whisk it away again. Having said that some great play was seen from our somewhat frustrated attackers to name a few: Nate, Grace F, Bella, Leo and Grace M. Meanwhile our own defence handled the pressure with gusto, Ruben, Charlotte, Lucy, Leo and our brave goalie Hamish had a tough job and saved many so all in all it could have been a lot worse.

The team were cheered up by a team outing in the afternoon letting off some steam in a less pressured bowling show down. This was followed by a noisy happy dinner at The Groove Train and by the time ice-cream came all were healed and restored!

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-3

We were coming off the bye this week, and had a full squad at the game, which was great to see. Before the game Kurt emphasised to the team how well we worked as a cohesive team when our effort levels were high, and we worked together.

Unfortunately the week off meant we were a little slow in getting back into the flow, with lots of congested play, and some hockey ping pong. The kids however were pushing up and back, and had a few shots on goal. Our defence was again strong, keeping out the Torquay forwards, and keeping the first half fairly even, unfortunately a late goal to Torquay saw us go into half time 0-1.

Kurt again rallied the troops at the break, and made a few changes to try and get some more drive forward, and hopefully get on the board.

We had some very good movement forward on a few occasions, when we looked up, we found the players in space, and nearly scored on several occasions. Torquay was continuing to run hard, and moved the ball wide around our defence, and managed to get in another 2 goals. In the end we went down 0-3, but the kids were fighting it out to the final whistle.

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs GBS Black 2-0

This week 4 players from other teams help Strikers to a great win. It was exciting to see how well the players came together and worked as a team. A combination of quick and accurate passing created opportunities. We were strong in defence and looked for free players. Basyl and Jai displayed some great stick work and Kayla worked her position well. Most of the play was in Strikers’ attacking half and they drew around a dozen short corners. Basyl and Max scored impressive goals to help Strikers to a solid win. Thanks to Eliza, Jai, Luca and Mai for filling in.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia Blue 0-4

On Saturday Spirit, down three players, came up against top team, Kardinia Blue. They pressured us right from the opening whistle, playing very direct hockey and passing quickly. Their intensity resulted in a score only 2 minutes in, followed quickly by a short corner, and then 2 minutes later, another goal to take the score to 2 nil. Spirit fought back, manning up well and took some opportunities to counter attack with Luca running the ball out of the back line. Kardinia scored again before half time but Spirit was lifting, led by Grace, holding possession longer, passing more accurately and marking the opposition more closely. Half time score was 3 nil.

Coach Darren praised the team for the turn-around late in the half and urged, once again, to look for space out wide when coming out of defense.

Spirit started the second half with a different level of intensity, with Matilda running out of offence to man up on key Kardinia strikers in defense. Mai saved a certain goal and we held Kardinia scoreless for the first 12 minutes of the half. Kardinia’s 4th goal seemed to spur Spirit on even more, starting with Mai repelling what would have been Kardinia’s 5th. Scoring opportunities were created; one with Adam running the ball skillfully from right centre into the D and passing to Harry resulting in a short corner. Another saw our Full Back, Tom, almost score. In the closing minutes, another short corner had Adam & Matilda combining to create another opportunity that very nearly resulted in a goal. Score at full time was 4 nil.

All up a great effort with the score not really reflective of the lift in Spirit in the second half. Well done everyone.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 2-3

After an easy first game in round 1, Kardinia took us by surprise with a very tense start to the game last Saturday in round 6. Once again with no substitutes for Newtown Spirit, the team showed lots of determination with several players working tirelessly across the midfield to gain the upper hand. A number of scoring opportunities arose after a few short corners, but our opponents were too strong in their defence. Kardinia managed to score 2 goals to nil for Spirit at half time.

There was vigorous contest of the ball from both sides during the second half of the game, where Spirit gained lots of possessions and became more aggressive, and Ethan scored a brilliant first goal followed by another from Tom. With Kardinia showing no signs of slowing, Spirit increased their tackling skills with lots of great passing wide across the field. With less than 2 minutes remaining, despite Tom gaining possession in the circle keeping the ball locked in our attacking end, we were unable to score another goal. All boys played exceptionally well in this very tight game. Thank-you to Harry Whelan for filling in.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 1-5

Strikers came out strongly against Torquay on Sunday, scoring early with a lovely goal by Sam following a fast attack through the centre with Ben. With 10 minutes left in the first half Torquay replied. Strikers were able to absorb pressure in defence and kept the score even until the half time mark.

The second half saw a similar style of play with good passing by both sides. However, Torquay pulled away through continual pressure on Strikers via both team and individual play. The final result of 5:1 to Torquay reflected the continued pressure and to some measure a reduction in marking by Strikers towards the end game. Credit to Strikers for a positive start and terrific team play at the outset. Thanks to Tilly for stepping up from U/14s to provide a valuable player on the wing and a substitute option for the team.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 0-7

Senior Men

Newtown Spirit Bye

Newtown Strikers vs Saints 1 2-5

An excellent game for Strikers in their first match against a Division 1 team in the new combined competition.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Saints White 0-5

Newtown Spirit are continuing to develop great teamwork and create attacks, although couldn’t find the lucky touch in front of goal this week. A steady defence lead by Kirsty A and Tracey held their ground and met Saints early, turning the ball back to our advantage on many occasions. Excellent marking in the midfield and great running on more than one occasion denied Saints what seemed like certain goals. Highlight of the game was a 50 yard sprint by Beth back to help defend the goals, and then she saved the shot on the line!  With players looking for each other, rather than just getting rid of the ball, there were some nice passages of play which penetrated deep into the attacking circle. We had a number of shots at goal which just missed, and we are due for some luck soon. Great work by Maryanne in her first game for 25 years, and thanks to Kate for filling in – dragged off the sideline at the last minute.

 

Hockey Season 2019 – May 18 & 19

Round 4 of this hockey season saw some very summery weather, which meant hard work maintaining the pace for many teams, but the continued effort was fantastic.

Highlight of the week this week was the first win for this hockey season for the U12 Spirit team. After a couple of tough matches, the team still came out and gave it everything they had.

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Rebels vs Golden Plains

Newtown Rebels played Golden Plains on Saturday. We were a couple of players short and were very lucky to have Paige fill in for the team and she played really well. In the first half, she made a couple of great passes and was in great position, and Manny scored two goals with great focus on the play. Isaac, one of our youngest players, showed great commitment in chasing and defending.

In the second half, Albie made some really good tackles, and Lenny scored a goal. Paige continued to show her skills, made a good tackle and a nice dribble. Newtown Rebels are really showing some good team work, and listening to Claire’s instructions to spread out to make space for passes. Well played everyone! Thanks to Lenny and Manny for each playing a half for Golden Plains, continuing the great sportsmanship shown by this team.

Paige was the deserving winner of the Subway award for the game.

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia

This week Newtown Strikers faced up against Kardinia and they managed to keep Kardinia scoreless, whilst scoring many goals themselves.  The standout feature in the first half was the good calling and great passing up the wings and into attack by Strikers, leading to several shots at goal.  Other great things to see were the tackles made by Lucy, and Josien cutting off a pass from defence and being rewarded with a goal.

Strikers didn’t slow down in the second half, with lots of running from the whole team.  Audrey scored a goal after great passing play by the team.  Josien also made a great tackle on the goal line and pushed the ball into the goals, and Charlie ran hard into goal for a successful deflection.

Coach Maggie was very happy with the team, especially with their passing.  This week’s awards Subway and Best Team Player Awards went to Audrey and Charlie.

Newtown Spirit – Bye

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Strikers v Geelong College 5-0

Strikers lined up for their 4th round match against Geelong College who were playing their first game of this hockey season. From the first push back Strikers were dominating play and field position. To Geelong College’s credit, they defended valiantly with several on the line saves to deny the Strikers attack. Strikers continued to build on last week’s performance using width and depth which was rewarded with a goal before half time.

The second half saw more improvement with terrific ball movement and positional play allowing great passing sequences netting a further 4 goals. Harrison played a great game with fantastic enthusiasm and Zac used his elite hitting skills to break open the game to allow teammates space to attack behind defensive lines.
Goal scorers Zac (3) and Will B (2). Subway and Best Team Player Awards to Zac and Harrison

Newtown Spirit vs GBS Black 5-1

Newtown Spirit got off to a flying start this week with a great run from Michael straight off the opening whistle. The first half continued at pace with some great passing from Spirit and amazing team work. It was great to see everyone working hard to find space and get the ball outside of the congested centre of the pitch. Spirit kept up the pressure right through the first half and a goal from Matilda saw them take the lead.

After lots of running in the first half in the warm conditions, the second half was a bit slower but the great passing continued and the Spirit defence played well together to keep the opposition at bay. Three goals from George and another from Matilda saw Spirit take home the win.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Rebels 1-1

The kids all came together well again this week. We started with only 9 on the field, but luckily Rebels were very kind and loaned us Brayden, bringing the numbers up to be 10 on 10. All the kids continued to run hard this week, and spreading around the field, back to the form that got us the win in week 2.

With people away, Amber dropped back in defence, and did a great job with Thamindu keeping a solid back line defence, both teaming up well with Mai to stop many forward thrusts and spread the ball wide out of defence. Isabel, Scarlett and Sam provided plenty of run out of the back line, with Charlie dropping back to help when the heat was on. Chloe and Brayden provided great link play, running the lines, and helping to bring the ball up the field, linking in with Kye to get the ball into dangerous positions in the forward line, where Sam, Charlie and Brayden all got shots on goal. At half time the kids came in looking exhausted, with the scores reflecting the game at 0-0.

It was very pleasing to see the kids keep running in the second half, especially the midfield, who had done plenty of two way running in the first half. After fighting hard in defence, the kids were a little unlucky with a rebound, and Rebels got on the scoreboard.

Strikers didn’t drop their heads and kept pushing hard. Some good composed play through the middle saw us again pushing forward, getting a couple of short corners, and we were very close to scoring, with the ball at one stage bouncing off the post. Strikers kept running hard, some great change of direction with her running saw Isabel run the ball out of defence, and put the ball into the middle, linking up with Sam, and Brayden, again pushing us forward. Some good work in the D saw a pass get to Charlie, who got a shot through the defence, and we had levelled the scoreboard. The kids kept running hard and looked dangerous right up to the final whistle. In the end a fitting final score of 1-1.

Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Strikers 1-1

Rebels had a fast, furious and high-quality game against Strikers this weekend. The final result of 1:1 was indicative of the closeness of the two teams.

The first half was a tight affair with a lot of hard running to defend the fast breaks from the Strikers. Our defenders worked very hard to keep Strikers at bay, with Isla showing some fancy footwork as the goalie to keep one good opportunity out.  Our attacks on goal were well constructed with Rebels moving the ball well to the top of the D. Rach reminded the team to make sure they keep running deep into the D to create pressure on the defenders and get rebound opportunities.

The second half was a similarly fast paced affair, with Perri breaking the deadlock to score, the result of a good team effort to force the ball forward.

Elliot was voted as the MVP in this game for her positioning as a deep full back, often clearing the ball away from goal whilst under pressure. A great game of Hockey played in tremendous spirit.

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 3-1

Both teams were evenly matched during the game and with both teams without a GK there was plenty of pressure on defenders. Golden Plains scored the first goal after a number of skilled attacks vs Newtown. Leo, Ruben and Charlotte were brilliant in defence and kept intercepting Golden Plains’ passes, assisting a great team effort seeing Hamish score our first goal for the season and his personally – what a goal! Ruben, who did not want to play as GK in goalie gear ended up being a goal keeper saving many Golden Plains chances.

Spirit had many contributors on the day with Grace F, Emma, Emme, Sam and Bella getting into good positions on the field as it is important we go into attack out wide to the wings. Emma R showed great stick skill with a number of forward runs and scored our second goal to go 2-1 up at half time (thanks for filling in Emma).

The 2nd half was very exciting as Golden Plains had double figures in Penalty Corners to ours NIL and Spirit defence continued to deny them off the post, last second deflections or out wide so it was certainly our day. Nate had a great game as Captain and led the way on PC defence too. ‘Sticks on the ground’ was a popular call from the bench and defence turned to attack on many occasions and one with Grace M scoring our 3rd goal which was awesome for the team. Well done team.

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia White 1-5

Spirit had a tough match against Kardinia who piled on the pressure from the opening whistle. Our defenders held up well until around midway through the half when Kardinia finally broke through and scored. Spirit hit back with some excellent passing out wide and great teamwork through Amber, Grace and Claudia to give us our first real scoring opportunity. Matilda finished off the good work to even the score at 1 all. Kardinia replied with 2 goals in quick succession and put Spirit firmly on the back foot.

Mitchell, Adam & Thomas had their work cut out in defense under huge pressure and playing out of their usual positions. Mai, under siege from the Kardinia forwards, made a great save when the ball came in hot from a short corner.

At the half time break with the score at 1-3, coach Darren stressed the need for our defenders to force the ball out wide to avoid giving the Kardinia forwards an easy angle at the goals.

Our defense was kept under pressure in the second half with most of the play on the sad side of the centre. Izzy and Claudia teamed up well on the wing with Izzy at times displaying skillful ball control to keep possession. Kardinia scored 2 further goals and took a well-deserved 5-1 win. Well done Spirit for a valiant effort.

Thanks to Claudia for filling in this week with 3 of our players away at the Junior Country Championships. Thanks also to Deanne for stepping in as team manager (and providing me with scant detail and dubious ‘factual’ information on which to base this report).

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Blue 0-4

Strikers came up against the in form Kardinia Blue team on Saturday. Despite a number of great saves from goalkeeper Ollie, Kardinia set up some good play and managed to score. Tom and Max were relentless in defence and Oskar was persistent in chasing down the ball and applying pressure. Kate played a focussed, consistent game and some terrific passes and great running with the ball gave Strikers a few chances to score but Kardinia’s defence was too strong.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 6-0

What an exciting game playing our other Newtown Team for our last sunny autumn day. Both sides were down on players but still managed to play a fierce game.  Spirit stood their ground early against determined Strikers and at times pushed deep into attack to prevent Strikers in gaining any goals. Spirit worked tirelessly across the midfield giving several players control to gain our brilliant first goal 15 minutes into the game by Tom from the half circle.  Then slowly but surely Spirit gained the upper hand controlling the ball to gain yet another goal straight after by Tom then later another excellent goal by Harri. New player Mason managed to show some talent to support the Spirit Team before leaving at half time, where the score was 3-0.

Spirit manage to dominate in the second half and were too strong for Strikers, where there was vigorous contest for the ball. Harley and Max gained lots of possessions to support Tom and Ethan on several occasions, along with Mitchell’s sheer determination.  Bailey claimed some great defending skills along with Angus, and Caleb to prevent Strikers from achieving any goals.  Spirit managed to earn a number of short corners to give scoring opportunities and brilliant goals each to Harri, Ethan and Tom, which gave us our final score.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 0-6

Newtown Strikers played Newtown Spirit on Sunday in a friendly though competitive game. Strikers faced a strong opposition who were able to score well through some very good passing sequences and individual play. There were however, many positives to be taken from the game. Our fullbacks played up to put pressure on the opposition and support our attacking play. We were also a player down for the first half which tested the team physically and all players put in and ran hard. Thanks to Mason for swapping teams and playing for us in the second half. Spirit scored 3 goals in the first half and another 3 in the second half to win the game 6:0 at the final whistle.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints 1-3

Falcons lined up for the second time this season to play Saints with a similar line up to the first game.  In the first go around Falcons met defeat with a 0-4 result, played a full roster allowing for some rest and struggled to get past the goalkeeper.  By start of game, with two double ups, Claire and Georgie, from Division Two, Falcons had 11 Warriors determined to do their best and they did not disappoint.   With the only rest relief to come by swapping for a time with a teammate, each and every Falcon played with grit and dogged determination.  The game was well contested with a lot of mid zone play, when Saints would get into the Falcons defensive zone the ladies created a strong defense with forwards and mids helping back, with very few penalty corners allowed and none that resulted in a goal against.

Of the three goals Saints got it was from field play and usually a result of transition that occurred in the attacking zone with players pushed up the field and where  Saints, upon gaining possession released the ball quickly up field.  While we did a good job of making the first stop and kill the play, Saints’ quick use of ball eventually caught us with numerical disadvantage in our defensive 25.  With similar resolve showed in the final 12 minutes of the Torquay game, Falcons once again mustered energy and focus to open the field up and score one to break the goose egg on our side of the score board.  With still time to get more scores on the board, Falcons did apply pressure but couldn’t add to the tally.  What a terrific team effort, with everyone leaving it all on the field.  Congrats to Astrid, Charley, Claire, Emily, Emma, Georgie, Hailey, Maggie, Siobhan, Xanthia, and Deb on a fantastic game.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 7-0

Continuing the run of form that Spirit have been having, we were able to apply pressure throughout the game, creating a large number of scoring opportunities and forcing mistakes from the opposition which we were able to capitalise on.

We’ve got some tough games coming up which will be a chance to gauge where we are within the competition, regardless of the opposition we’ll give it our best.

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Blue 0-2

A very warm 25 degree day for late autumn proved to be challenging for Strikers.  Geelong scored early in the game from a corner but we were confident that we could claw it back with 2 on the bench and Geelong having no bench in the heat.  We controlled the general play better than Geelong and had many entries into our offensive D than they did.  However we just could not seem to get through Geelong’s last line of defence.

Geelong managed to put another ball in the net in the second half.  We continued to penetrate up forward and had much more offensive play than Geelong in the second half but unfortunately remained scoreless.  We will be hungry for a rematch later in the year.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 2-2

Buoyed up by a win in the previous round, Newtown Spirit came out with enthusiasm and purpose. Better use of the wings and square passing allowed Claudia, Isabel and Deb to find space to move into attack, with confident approaches to the ball and pressure on the opposition. Great defence by Bron and Kylie at full back, with Lauren, Andie and Beth meeting the younger opposition early, and making effective passes to team mates.

Newtown scored the first goal, with Georgie showing great determination and good vision, and with Deanne and Katie in good position leading to receive and use team mates in supporting positions.

Torquay rebounded and continued to attack, with lots of play making it to our defensive zone, but slightly misdirected passes did not allow them to capitalise on all their opportunities. They were successful in putting two in the net, but Spirit redoubled their efforts and continued to push forward. With only a few minutes to go, and facing an upcoming operation, Kylie gave it her ‘all or nothing’ effort, and moved into the forward zone to score the equalising goal with less than 1 minute remaining on the clock. A fantastic effort by all with some excellent team play and maximum effort.

Saturday Social

The warm weather also meant it was a lovely day to play some Saturday Social hockey, with having fun being the main aim.

Welcome to Fletcher who joined us for his first game. Great work from Luke, Atticus, Heston, Kate and Claire who worked well together to move the ball into attack. Not to be outdone, the skills and strategy shown by Brett, Audrey, Charlotte, Fletcher and Maryanne were a match and there were many forays into the scoring area at both ends of the field.

Play Hockey With Us

Play Hockey With A Family Friendly Club

Newtown City Hockey Club is the largest hockey club in Victoria outside the Melbourne Metropolitan area. With over 350 members and 16 teams during summer and winter seasons, the Club offers the opportunity for people to play hockey at whatever level they choose.

New Members Are Welcome

The Club welcomes players of any age, and any level of skill or experience.  New members are welcome at any time of the year, as there are teams playing in both winter and summer seasons.

Winter season games are April to September, and the summer season is October to February. The winter season is the main competition, with the most participants. The summer season provides a more social environment, and this makes the summer season a good place to try the game out.

Getting Started

If you are new to hockey, or haven’t played for a while, you could start with one of these options:

  • Hookin2Hockey – a Come and Try program for boys and girls aged 5 to 12.
  • Kookas Midweek hockey – a less structured program for boys and girls aged 5 to 12.
  • Saturday Social hockey – a fun opportunity for boys, girls, men and women to play hockey, There is no commitment to be there every week. It’s a great way for families to play together. This program is run only during the winter season.
  • Summer hockey programs – includes Mixed Masters (over 35) and Friday Family competitions – both good places for less experienced adults to play hockey.
  • Join a team training session –  join one of the regular training sessions for the various teams.

New members are welcome to try one of these first, before deciding whether to join the Club.

Teams and Competitions

If you have decided that you would like to join the Club, we have teams for boys and girls from 3 to 16 (turning 17) and teams for senior men and women.

More details here …..

Fees, Charges and Registration

Costs to play include Hockey Victoria and Hockey Australia membership fees, and Club fees to play in a team or a program. All players who register will be included in a team.

Register online at home or come along to Registration Day on February 24.

Check the details here ……

Uniform and Equipment

Equipment is available for loan to participants in the Hookin2Hockey program. Junior equipment packs are available for sale through the club.

Uniform is required for teams competing in the Hockey Geelong competition, but is not required for U6 Joeys, Kookas and Saturday Social players.

Uniform and equipment information can be found here…..

Training

Team training for the winter season is conducted at Lloyd Reserve, Newtown for the U8 and U10 teams, or at Stead Park, Corio for the U12, U14, U17 and senior men and women. All players are encouraged to attend regularly. Training is not conducted during the summer season.

Enquiries:

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Summer Hockey Roundup – December 1

The summer hockey season is heading for the Christmas break, and it’s great to see the teamwork and the skills improving each week.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 6-2. A great game from Newtown Spirit, with the second half showing the benefit of great passing in the goal circle by Archer, Nate and Hugh. Excellent midfield play by Ruben, Pollyanna and Annabel. Sam’s sprint from the interchange bench to defend the goal, and subsequent saves on the goal line were a highlight.

Newtown Strikers Bye

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 5-5. A very even game with both teams showing fantastic focus on the play and great interceptions. Excellent positioning and ball control by Thamindu, Amber and Charlie resulted in some lovely passes and created many attacks. Great work by Charlotte making concerted efforts to get the ball.

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Bellarine 7-6. An excellent game by Strikers, with the second half teamwork and passing to space a highlight. Great running by Mitchell, Harry and Oliver, with Kenna and Harriet showing great awareness of their team mates and space to make effective passes. Matilda, Bella and Paige all showed great determination and perseverance, and great teamwork.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia White 2-5

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 9-12

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 7-14

Senior Mixed

Waaah Spaced vs Grammar 17-2

Newtown Spirit vs Roped In – 3-10

Newtown Strikers vs Saints 2-18

Flame On vs Slip Slop Slap – 15-5, and a very fun match!

Masters Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 8-5. A very enjoyable game, with ‘give it your all’ efforts from Danny and Chris, well backed up by Zen and Ashley. Great skills by Ian to weave through the crowded path to goal. Excellent work for Strikers by Will, Kellie and Justin with Don solid in defence. Rohan showed great skills, controlling the ball well and making great position. Claire S found some lovely position, both in defence and attack.

Friday Family

Supersonics vs Bellarine 7-8. Excellent positioning and perseverance by Grace and Kirsty, well backed up by Corey and Germaine.

Rockets vs Wombles 4-5. Fantastic running and calling by Will, Noah, Harry and Ollie led to some great passes and plenty of attack. Great defence by Tracey kept out lots of goals.

Kookas Junior

Excellent passing by Lily, with Olivia showing great awareness of the best option for her passes. Annabel was in great position to receive the ball. Great determination by Hugo and Will to get the ball.

 

Life Membership Awarded

Congratulations to David Wyld, who is the newest addition to the list of Life Members of the Newtown City Hockey Club. The members at the Annual General Meeting approved the award, and we offer sincere thanks to David for his commitment and service to the Club.

The Rules of Association of the Newtown City Hockey Club state that Life Membership may be awarded in recognition of long term outstanding service, and David certainly qualifies for this criteria.

David joined the Newtown City Hockey Club in 2001 as a young senior player. In 2003, David took on the role of Secretary for the Club, and remained in that role for 3 years, a fantastic contribution considering his relatively short membership of the Club at that point. Since that time, David has regularly taken on a variety of roles within the Club, acting as Junior and Senior Team Coach, Team Manager, Umpire, Website Co-ordinator.

David has also gone on to play 375 games for the Club and currently holds the record for the most number of male games played.

David has always been an enthusiastic and willing contributor to the Club’s activities, regardless of whether or not he has an official role. David received a Gold Merit Award in 2014, and it is very appropriate to recognise his commitment and service to the Club with a Life Membership.

We chatted to David this week about his time at the Club, and asked him to tell us a little more about his participation with the Club.

1.  How did you come to join NCHC initially?
I came relatively late to hockey having played tennis at a junior level and was introduced to the world of field hockey as part of the year 10 phys ed program at high school.  Peter Cannon who was our school chaplain was also a member of Newtown Hockey Club and recommended that if I was interested in playing, Newtown was a great place to start.  He suggested that I come out and play a few games during the summer season, but back when I started, summer wasn’t as casual as it is now and I can remember being completely intimidated by the speed and skill of the players out on the field.  After that I was hooked, even though my parents didn’t actively support me playing, there were a number of members in the club that helped me get started.  Chief among them was Rob Lane who every week would drive into the city to pick me up and take me out to our games at Stead Park (this definitely beat a 45min bike ride before and after playing).

2.  What are some of the highlights/ things you have enjoyed about being a member of the Club?
The obvious highlight of being a member of NCHC has been the life long friendships that I’ve made.  Wine and trivia nights have been highlights, also having opportunities to coach junior as well as senior men’s and women’s teams over the years has been great fun.

3.  What aspects of hockey keep you interested and participating?
One of the things that I’ve always loved about hockey is that even when I make a mistake, I can typically double my efforts and make up for it.  As far as the drive to continue participating, hockey is a great way to stay fit and having a regular excuse to catch up with old (yes you’re old Andrew) and new friends is a bonus.

4.  Is there anything you would like to see happen for NCHC in the future?

I’d like to see NCHC continue to have a family and junior development focus.  I’ve had one daughter grow up through the club and is now playing seniors and am about to start that journey again with my other daughter who’s just starting Joeys this year.  I see it being critically important not just for NCHC’s future, but the future of the sport, that clubs like ours continue to promote the life long benefits and enjoyment that hockey provides.  I’ve spent the past 20+ years playing hockey, loving it now more than ever and look forward to many more years with Newtown City Hockey Club.

Thanks David, and all those members along the way who have helped to ensure an enjoyable and welcoming environment. We look forward to the continuation of  your enthusiasm for hockey and for the Newtown Hockey Club for many more years.

 

 

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Life Membership to David Wyld – a well deserved award.

 

 

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