2018 Winter Hockey Season – July 14 & 15

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

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay Tornadoes 9-4

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

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

IGA Player of the Week Award to Alex Birse.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 2-1

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

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

IGA Player of the Week Award to Penny Beckworth.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Saints White 1-6

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 0-2

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

 

 

 

 

2018 Winter Hockey Season June 30 & July 1

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

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 2-5

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

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

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 1-2

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

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

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 2-0

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

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

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

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

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-1

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

2017 Hockey Season – Grand Final

 The 2017 hockey season finished on a high for the Newtown Hockey Club, with 3 Premierships and 2 Runners Up placings. Congratulations to all the teams who played on Grand Final day, and to all of the teams and players who represented the Club in this hockey season.

 

Under 12

Newtown Rebels vs Bellarine Lightning 3-2

An all-round team performance saw Newtown Rebels run out Premiers with a 3-2 win over Bellarine Lightning.

It was a tense first half for both players and supporters! Early on, Lightning had much of the ball, and it wasn’t until late in the first half that Newtown started to put some serious pressure on the Lightning defence. The first goal of the game was an excellent follow-up goal from Kiah after a short corner.

The second half saw Brandon and Harry score goals to take the score to 3-0, and give the Rebels some breathing space. Newtown were starting to look as though they might be comfortable winners, but Lightning had other ideas. With around 8 mins to go, Lightning scored two ‘lightning’ fast goals, one after the other, to bring the score to 3-2.

Rebels showed tremendous calm, way beyond their years, and more than can be said for the supporters who were just a little nervous!!! With only 30 seconds to go, the ball was again deep in Lightning’s forward half. Clever thinking saw a pass to Harry who cleared the ball, sending it safely to Newtown’s forward half. The clearance was followed shortly by the umpires final whistle.

It has been a fantastic hockey season for the Rebels team. The team has worked hard and listened to their coaches. Thank you to AJ and all coaches who have so kindly given their time. Thank you also to all of the parents – your support has been very much appreciated. Go Rebels!!!

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 3-1

Newtown Spirit played Golden Plains in the U14 Grand Final, their 3rd head-to-head game in 4 weeks. Golden Plains had the most recent win 2 weeks ago, so Spirit knew they needed to work hard, and the crowd was buzzing with anticipation.

From the start, Spirit looked to be more determined, as they were first to the ball and their passing was very accurate. Some early highlights from the first half were Charley and Nick teaming up on the right wing to take us deep into attack, and Riley and Harry keeping Golden Plains under pressure. Charley, Claudia, Grace and Harley worked well in the midfield and took the ball up into attack. Good passing from Will to Nick, and then Harry took the ball into the half-circle and drew a short corner. From the short corner, Jamie had a mis-hit but then steadied for another hit to score a goal.

Golden Plains bounced back immediately and had a chance of their own but the hit was wide. Through tight defence from Angus, Harley, Ella, Bailey and Amelia, Spirit was able to keep the play forward for the remainder of the half, and we had a few attacking chances but no further scores.

In the second half, Golden Plains had a hit on goal within the first minutes, but Max’s goalkeeping reflexes were great and he kicked the ball clear. Sam was able to get clear in attack soon after and hit the ball past Golden Plains’ goalie to give Spirit a 2-0 lead. Spirit’s passing in the second half was again a stand-out. Ella, Sam, Amelia, Jamie all shared the ball around and showed great use of the ball that was missing a little in the first 2 finals matches.

Will was persistent in attack and hit our 3rd goal. As they do at stoppages, Golden Plains again got the jump on us, and passed through our defence to goal, making the score 3-1. Golden Plains then had a few short corners but they were well defended. Then it was Newtown’s turn to have 2 short corners, but also without any score. With the final siren, the score was Newtown Spirit 3 to Golden Plains 1.

It’s been great to see Coaches Carl and Darren mould this group of young players into an excellent team of good sports, and we look forward to their continued development in future hockey seasons. Well done U14 Newtown Spirit.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 2-1

The big day finally arrived.  To our dismay, we had a setback even before the game started when we found out that Angus had broken his hand the day before the game!  In our warm up talk we focused on two things; (a) Torquay would come at us hard from the start as they had done during our previous encounters, and (b) we would only win this game if we played at no less than 100% intensity.  We reinforced amongst ourselves that we had to play a tight defence from the very start as the first goal would be all important.

And as we expected, Torquay attacked with all barrels blazing.  The first half was like trench warfare with Torquay attacking us with rapid fire.  It’s not the way we normally like to play but Torquay forced us into this approach.  Fortunately our defence was strongly led by Luka and Corey who made sure that all of the key Torquay forwards were marked tightly and kept Torquay from scoring.  Callum, Byron and Ollie took on the task of keeping the key Torquay forwards scoreless which they had successfully achieved at half time.  Rachael S and Declan made sure that their opposing wingers did not get any cheap shots at goal.  We managed to break through into our forward line every now and again in the first half but they tagged our forwards Tom, Sam and Erin so tightly that we were starting to get frustrated with the lack of freedom that we normally experience.

Early in the second half, Torquay managed to sneak a goal.  It wasn’t their best shot at goal for the day but nevertheless the ball found itself on the wrong side of the baseline in the net.  Now at this point in time, an average team would have hung their heads after trying so hard and not getting on the score board.  However the Strikers saw this differently.  They knew that Torquay would be so overjoyed after working so hard and scoring the first goal that they might temporarily drop their guard.  Suddenly the game opened up and started to look more like our preferred way to play in the open fields instead of in the trenches.  We started working the ball out wide and linking our passes nicely.

We eventually earned a short corner and knew that this was now the time to look into our collection or arsenal to find some high-tech weaponry; and we found Rachel V.  Poised at the top of the D, Tom sent a firm straight pass to Rachel.  “Smack” went the ball when she struck it and “thud” it went as it hit the back of the net.  We celebrated briefly but knew we were only half way there, so we rolled up our sleeves and got straight back to business.  Torquay were probably in shock at this point because they were not expecting this.  Again, this was the opportunity to hurry up and score another goal.  We played it back and forward a bit more whilst the game still resembled our preferred open game.

With 5 minutes remaining in the game, Jonah eventually spotted Jamie up high and fired a long range pass to him.  Suddenly Jamie was one-on-one against the goalie.  Eager to join the party of goal-scorers with his sister, Jamie kept his cool, controlled the ball nicely under pressure and tip-toed around the goalie to put the ball in the net.  Again, we only had a short celebration because this time Torquay woke up and we had to roll up our sleeves and get back into the trenches to fight them off.  They came blazing at us again for the last 5 minutes, however our defence that worked so tirelessly in the first half staved off the barrage.

Some may think we were lucky to win this game because Torquay had so many more chances than us.  But on reflection we won because in the face of adversity we persisted and never gave up.  Our defence just relentlessly kept doing what they had to do and our forwards kept their chins up when things were not going their way and waited for the right opportunity.  A very well deserved win to a fantastic team of players.  You did it and you deserved it!

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 0-7

What a good night for a hockey game. We started the game very well, moving the ball from one side to the other. Falcons had some chances and some short corners but could not convert them to a score. The high intensity pace of the game saw both teams working hard and both had attacking chances early in the game. Falcons forwards made space but a lack of calling meant Torquay were able to mark our players and delayed passes were cut off.

Campbell was under pressure in goals from the beginning and made many great saves in the first half. Torquay were able to convert their opportunities and the score at half time was 0-3. Falcons continued to use back passes and switches well to get the ball out of defence and try to find a way into attack. A great shot by Nic M was saved at chest height by the Torquay keeper. Some nice work by Alex in good position, and overlapping to get the ball into attack. Solid defence by Sean and a great ball to space found Tom P leading to pick it up and into attack, but no result on the score board.

Newtown continued to attack in the second half, but still couldn’t find a way to goal. Torquay continued to attack and added 2 more goals – 0-5.  Some great work by Zed got the ball into attack and Newtown earned a number of short corners and chances in front of goal.  A pass from Zed went across the face of goal, unfortunately without any  Falcons stick connecting. Falcons continued to work hard with Leo and Clarke getting the ball forward but without success on the score board. Torquay continued to mount attacks and put the defence under pressure. Lachie and Sean were able to gain possession and prevent a score but Torquay’s tight marking made it difficult to mount any significant attacks.

As the game came to a close the score on the board showed 7-0 to Torquay. Falcons played very well but could not convert the chances. Without Campbell’s efforts in goals, the score would have been even higher.

Congratulations to Falcons on finishing 2nd, after a difficult year. A focus on regular team selection and training will help Falcons in their aim to do even better in 2018.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Red 1-2

2017 Hockey Season – Preliminary Finals

Getting even closer to the end of the hockey season, and the excitement is building, with our teams keeping the crowds entranced right to the end.

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 2-1

Torquay applied great intensity from the first whistle and they had more possession of the ball early in the game. Jamie had a hit from the top of the D in the first minutes which was wide, but overall both teams were evenly matched. Charley gave a great pass off to Harry who weaved through the Torquay defence to score a goal.

The rest of the first half was a tough slog from both teams. Torquay’s one-on-one defence made it difficult for Spirit to have their usual fast-flowing and passing game. There were short corners awarded to both teams but neither could break through for a goal for the remainder of the half.

At half-time, coaches Carl and Darren asked the team to run hard and to be on the run when we are awarded free hits, and in defence to have our sticks down with knees bent.

Torquay came out firing in the second half and with a good pass deep into attack, they goaled to make the score 1-1. Spirit rebounded with a good pass from Jamie to Will but Will’s reverse-stick hit was defended. Torquay then had a series of short corners, all of which Spirit were able to hold off. When Spirit then went forward, they had a few unlucky misses with Claudia perfectly placed on post to receive a pass from Jamie. Jamie’s hit off a short corner went to Ella but the bouncing ball got away from her. Sam, Will and Grace also had some good play up forward where we had a few short corners. Unfortunately we couldn’t convert, and Will’s hit at goal went wide.

With scores locked at 1-1 after the second half, we went into extra time for a golden goal. Spirit immediately went into attack with Harry drawing the Torquay goalie out very far from goals. Harry was able to get the ball out to Jamie who drew a short corner. Ella delivered the short corner out to Jamie who made no mistake, scoring a goal and putting Spirit through to the Grand Final.

It’s sure to be a great contest against Golden Plains and we hope to see a huge crowd cheering for the U14 Spirit team on Saturday.

Under 17

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-4

Torquay used pace and space to create attacks from the beginning of the game, with slick passing to switch the play. Spirit defended valiantly, with Oliver and Hudson cutting off many Torquay attacks and stopping shots at goal. They were well backed up by goalkeeper Max who made many saves. The midfield defence of Caleb, Jemma and Cassidy cleared the ball out of deep defence time and again and sent Spirit toward goal.

Some great through passes by Hudson and Oscar found Miles running hard, picking up the ball and threatening the Torquay defence.  Great positioning and persistence by Harry, Olivia, Brianna and Emily won the ball for Spirit. Their efforts sent the ball into the forward half and there were some promising advances into attack. There were opportunities from good play in the circle but sticks just failed to connect.

Congratulations to Newtown Spirit on a great effort in this hockey season. Bring on 2018.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints 3-1

This was a great game from both teams. Falcons came to play some great hockey, with very good passing, calling and switching the play from one side to the other. This is the type of play the team has been aiming for all this hockey season.

Our first goal came from a variation on a short corner, which Leo scooped into the net and the score was 1-0. Some good running off the ball into space by all the forwards was great to see. There were plenty of attacks from Saints, stopped dead by our goalkeeper, Campbell.

A quick chat at half time and the team were ready to go into the second half with renewed determination. Some great running by Niko earned a penalty stroke, which Sean took, but unfortunately it was saved by the Saints keeper. 10 minutes later, there was another penalty stroke after Tom met with some determined opposition from Saints. Clarke executed successfully and the score was 2-0.

Saints returned to the attack and finished with a goal, 2-1. A quick free hit from Alex to Leo, and passes to Gus, then to Zed got the ball into the circle. A reverse stick hit by Zed under the diving goalkeeper was finished off by Adham who was running to the post, resulting in a fantastic team goal.

A 100% effort by all players, from defence to forward line was fantastic to see, earning the team a well deserved win and passage to the Grand Final. Well done everyone.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 3-2

So we have one more game to go for the hockey season. The Spirit players are playing with great spirit within themselves but they can also see that constructive teamwork is a successful formula. Midfielder Callum McWaters scored the winning goal in the first period of Golden goal time on. A captain’s goal.

The game had been tight, and Torquay had many penalty corners. Many shots were saved by much improved goalkeeper Brodie Birse. Our field goals were set up from defence with skilful link up through midfield and accurate crosses in the scoring circle. This was great work to beat a worthy opponent who deserved to finish on top of the ladder.

Form can be elusive at times. There were moments in the game where doubt could have taken over. However there is a strong work ethic to keep at it. We move on quickly to win the next passage of play. So this was a great effort by all to make the Grand Final. We have now beaten every team in the competition this year.

Relax and enjoy the Grand Final day this week.

 

Grand Finals This Week

Grand Final Day on Saturday September 16 promises to be a very exciting one for Newtown Hockey Club and a great finish to the 2017 hockey season. We have teams participating in 5 of the 7 Hockey Geelong competitions, so come along and cheer them on. The first match starts at 8.15 am with U12 Newtown Rebels on the field, and the last match for the day features the D1 Men Newtown Falcons at 5.30 pm.

Check the fixture here  ……..