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 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

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!