Girls Hockey Scores Goals

Newtown City Hockey Club loves hockey, and we want everyone else to love it too. The Club welcomes new members at any time, and is especially interested in promoting and developing girls hockey opportunities. Our goal is to increase the number of girls and women playing hockey, through programs available for players at any age or skill level.

 

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What Can Girls Hockey Achieve?

Why do girls play sport? The main reasons for most girls are to have fun, to make new friends, and to learn new skills. Girls hockey can cater for all of these reasons, and many girls who begin playing hockey go on to develop lifelong friendships, on and off the hockey field.

Hockey is a team game  with great benefits for health and social connection. It provides a great cardio workout, improved hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Team games also help to build teamwork and leadership skills. And it’s fun!

There are many opportunities for girls to develop skills and play hockey at higher levels. So if your goal is to represent the Geelong region, or Victoria or even Australia, hockey is a great sport to choose.

See what some of our girls hockey players say about why they love hockey.

Matilda

What is your favourite position on the hockey field?girls hockey
Centre, because you get to run a lot.
What’s the best part of being in a hockey team?
Using team work. And it’s fun to play with other people. It makes me feel happy.
If you were Newtown City Hockey Club president, what would you do?
I’d make sure there was hot chocolate at half time!

 

Pollyanna

What’s the best part of playing hockey?girls hockey
When you make new friends. That means you have even more people to play with at hockey. I like that.
Why is your coach so important?
She is very important to us. She keeps us going so we can get better and better. She teaches us how to get around the player in front of us, she teaches us to pass to our teammates. She teaches us lots and lots of things. I do like her a lot.
What are some important rules in hockey?
That you keep your eye on the ball and your stick on the ball. And that you treat everyone nicely, like you treat your family.

Amelia

What can hockey teach you?girls hockey
To work with a team and when you play you learn the skills of the game.
How long will you play?
Well, I’m eight now, so maybe until I’m 45?
What do you like most about hockey?
Scoring goals. Hockey makes me feel happy. I like playing when kids on my team are from my school.

Girls Hockey Carnival

The Hockey Geelong ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ Carnival on Sunday, March 25 provided a great opportunity for the Club’s younger girls to experience hockey on a synthetic surface.

The players were treated to a skills clinic from Victorian Vipers players, Olivia Colasurdo and Sophie Taylor. Both players are in National Junior Squads and vying for selection in the Hockeyroos, the Australian Women’s Hockey Team.

After the skills clinic, the players tried out their skills and teamwork with a series of short games. Six teams participated in the Carnival in total, with two teams representing Newtown Hockey Club. The players had a great day, learning more about the skills necessary for the faster game style on the synthetic surface and loving the opportunity to play with other girls. The girls loved getting their pink t-shirts and pink hockey balls.

Thanks to the coaches, team managers and umpires, and all the parents and supporters on the sidelines.

 

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Hockey Carnival

U10 Girls Hockey Competition

Registrations are now open for players for the U10 Girls Hockey Competition, which commences on Monday April 23. Games will be played at Stead Park, John St, Corio, at 5.30 pm.  Games will be played as half-field games with 7 players per team. More details here……

Come and join us. We’d love to have you.

 

 

Come and Play Hockey

Play Hockey With A Family Friendly Club

Newtown City Hockey Club is the largest hockey club in Victoria outside the Melbourne Metropolitan area. With over 350 members and 20 teams, the Club offers the opportunity for people to play hockey at whatever level they choose.

New Members Are Welcome

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

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

Getting Started

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

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

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

Teams and Competitions

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

More details here …..

Fees, Charges and Registration

Costs to play include Hockey Victoria membership fees, and fees to play in a team or a program. All players must register in order to be placed in a team.

Register online at home or come along to Registration Day on February 18.

Check the details here ……

Uniform and Equipment

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

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

Uniform and equipment information can be found here…..

Training

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

Enquiries:

Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

 

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Play Hockey with Us – Anyone Can Play

 

Aim High with Hockey

Do you love playing hockey? Do you love it just for the fun and friendship of the game?

That’s a great reason to play hockey! And there are lots of ways you can participate and enjoy your game.

 

 

 

 

Want To Play For Australia?

Boys, girls, men and women can play hockey, with the chance to play at higher levels and represent their Association, their region, their State or their country.

Australia has a great reputation and history in international hockey circles, with the Kookaburras ranked no. 1 men’s team in the world, and the Hockeyroos ranked no. 5 women’s team.

So if you aspire to improve your game and maybe play for Victoria or Australia, how do you start the journey?

Training

Training for all teams is held each week during the winter season, April to September. Try to attend as many training sessions as you can. Coaches are there to assist learning and development of skills for you and your team mates. If you have a particular skill you would like to work on, let your coach know.

EYAS (Enhanced Youth Athlete Scheme)

Newtown Hockey Club also offers a series of additional training sessions for junior players during the year. Guest coaches may be invited to present these sessions, with the aim of introducing higher level skills and strategies. These sessions are advertised in the newsletter and on Facebook as they are scheduled.

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EYAS with guest coach, Ken Parkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hockey Geelong Winter Competition

All teams from U10 upward play in the Hockey Geelong Winter competition, and compete for the Premiership of their division each year. The 2017 season saw the Club win Premierships in U12, U14 and U17 divisions, with Runners Up placings in the Division 1 and Division 2 Senior Men’s competitions.

The Newtown Falcons teams in Division 1 Men’s and Division 1 Women’s competitions are the highest standard teams in the club, and both have had success in recent years. Newtown Falcons Men have claimed Premierships in  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and Runners Up in 2017. Newtown Falcons Women finished as Premiers in 2014 and Runners Up in 2016.

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Newtown Falcons 2017

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Newtown Falcons 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hockey Geelong Representative teams

Hockey Geelong selects junior and senior teams each year which compete in the Hockey Victoria Metropolitan Winter competitions. These teams train each week at Stead Park, Corio, and play home and away matches at Stead Park or at various locations in Melbourne.

Junior representative teams are fielded in u14 and U16 boys and girls competitions, with ages taken at January 1, 2018 for the 2018 season. Games are played on Friday nights, so players can play in both local competitions and Hockey Geelong teams. Coaches are appointed by Hockey Geelong to guide the development of these teams.

Nominations for the Hockey Geelong 2018 junior representative teams close on February 1, 2018. Selection trials will be held on Sunday, February 4 and 11, 2018.

Senior representative teams are entered, with 2 teams each for men and women. The 2017 season saw Hockey Geelong win the VicLeague 1 Women’s Premiership, and this team will play in the Premier League competition in 2018. Hockey Geelong teams are also entered in the Masters competitions (over 35) for men and women. For further details of the senior and Masters teams, contact admin@hockeygeelong.asn.au.

Both junior and senior players may also participate in Hockey Geelong teams which compete in the Victorian Country Championships.

Junior Country Championships will be held in Melbourne on May 19 & 20 (date to be confirmed). Competitions are available for U13, U15 and U17 boys and girls teams. Stay tuned for information from Hockey Geelong regarding these teams.

Senior Country Championships are held for men and women on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, June 9 to 11.  The Men’s Championships are held in Melbourne and the Women’s Championships at Stead Park, Corio. Teams are available for open men and women and Masters women (over 35).

Western Wildcats Regional teams

Regional teams are selected for U13, U15, U17 boys and girls teams to compete in the Victorian Junior State Championships to be held July 3 to 6. The Western Wildcats teams include players from Hockey Geelong, Altona Hockey Club, Footscray Hockey Club and Werribee Hockey Club. Nominations for these teams are due on April 23.  Selection trials will be conducted for these teams on April 29 and May 6.

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Western Wildcats U13 State Champions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victorian teams

Hockey Victoria selects junior and senior teams for both Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. Teams are selected for U13, U14, U15, U18 and U21 teams, as well as Senior (Australian Hockey League) and Masters teams. Nominations are called for these at various times during the year.

Nominations for the U15 boys and girls teams close on February 5.

The Hockey Victoria Academy program offers further opportunities for development of U13, U15, U18 players and goalkeepers.

Registrations for the 2018 Under 13 Draft Camp, to be held on April 5 & 6, are open and close on March 30. The Draft Camp is a two-day program which helps players refine existing skills, and learn new and exciting skills and concepts.  The Draft Camp provides a pathway to potential selection in the Hockey Victoria U13 Academy.

Nominations for the Hockey Victoria U21 Men’s and Women’s teams close on March 25.

Hockey Victoria Country U21 and Senior teams are selected from players participating during the Senior Country Championships. These teams then compete in the Australian Country Championships.

School Sport Victoria select teams to participate in the School Sport Australia Championships for 12 & Under boys and girls, and 16 & Under boys and girls. Nominations for the 2018 12 & Under teams are now open, and close on March 1.

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Hockey Victoria Country team members

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U13 Hockey Victoria White

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Hockey Victoria Masters 50+

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School Sport Victoria 12 & Under – Gold medal at the Pacific School Games

 

 

Australian teams

Players may be selected to represent Australia in international competitions, generally after having played in a high level State team.

Hockey Australia Country U21 or Senior teams are selected from players participating in the Australian Country Championships. 2017 saw the Country U21 team participate in the Oceania Challenge Cup against teams from New Zealand, Fiji and Japan.

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Hockey Australia Country U21 team vs New Zealand U21 – Congratulations Sean Fitzgerald.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Forget The Umpires!

Umpires also have the opportunity to develop their officiating skills by participating in these higher level competitions. Tutoring and training is available for umpires for Hockey Geelong competitions and higher level competitions.

Check the education opportunities for umpires and coaches which Hockey Victoria provide. More details ………

 

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Sean Fitzgerald – On the Umpires Panel at the Junior State Championships

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Leo Fitzgerald – Umpiring for the Oceania Challenge Cup

Newtown Hockey Club in 2017

The many facets of the Newtown Hockey Club are illustrated in the 2017 Annual Report, which was presented to members at the Annual General Meeting on November 23.

The Club had a very successful year, because of the contributions of many club members in a wide variety of roles – both on-field and off-field. Special thanks to the Management Committee, who each put in many hours behind the scenes. Without their efforts, the Club and the members would not enjoy such a successful year. Thanks to Claire Barnes, Andrea Crosbie, Lachlan Birse, Darren Bradbury, Penny Beckworth, Dianne Fitzgerald, Zenon Skuza, Richard Stella, Chris Stuart, Peter Stuart.

Highlights of 2017

A sustainable club.

  • The 40th Anniversary of the foundation of the Newtown City Hockey Club, and the Gala Dinner to celebrate the occasion.
  • Continuing growth of membership, with 365 members during the period of this financial year, representing a 48% increase in the past 10 years.
  • 127 new or rejoining members for the season
  • Remains the largest hockey club in Geelong and the largest hockey club in Victoria outside the Melbourne metropolitan area.
  • Come and Try hockey clinics were conducted in 9 local schools and education organisations, with over 1500 participants involved.
  • Hook In 2 Hockey programs consistently see at least 1/3 of participants join the Newtown Hockey Club and play regularly.
  • Financial management and fundraising projects have put the Club in a very sound financial situation.

Success on the field.

  • 19 teams entered in all 9 divisions of the Hockey Geelong competition
  • 9 teams participated in the Hockey Geelong Finals Series, with 5 teams winning through to the Grand Final.
  • 3 Junior Premierships and 2 Senior Runners Up placings for the season.
  • 18 members participated as players, officials or umpires at Western Wildcats Regional, State and National level.
  • 63 members of the Club contributed to the conduct of and development of hockey in Geelong as administrators, officials and players for the local competition and for Hockey Geelong representative teams.
  • Continuing recruitment and development of new umpires.

A welcoming club.

  • Potential new members have a variety of ways to try the sport before making a commitment to join the Club, with Hook In 2 Hockey, Kookas midweek, open training sessions, Saturday Social and low cost options during the summer season available.
  • Programs offered for children and adults, boys, girls, men, women, with members ranging in age from 3 to 70+
  • The only hockey club in Geelong to offer a program for boys and girls Under 6 – Joeys
  • 47.6% of Newtown Hockey Club members are female, 50% of teams have a female coach or manager, 57% of players in U6 – U10 are female, 51% of senior players are female.
  • Communication with members and promotion of the Newtown Hockey Club to the local community have improved.

Congratulations to members doing great things.

  • Sean Fitzgerald was selected in the Hockey Australia U21 Country team.
  • Jonah McKinnon named Hockey Geelong Most Improved Umpire for 2017.
  • Craig Molyneux was inducted into the Hockey Geelong Hall of Fame, well deserved recognition for his contribution to hockey in Geelong over many years.
  • Claire Barnes had a very memorable year. She was awarded an Order of Australia medal in June for service to hockey, and played her 700th game for Newtown Hockey Club in September, setting a new club record.
  • Chris Stuart was awarded Life Membership of the Newtown City Hockey Club. Chris has served the Club exceptionally well for 27 years, with roles as team manager, Kiosk supervisor, Catering Manager, fundraising organiser, Management Committee member. Huge thanks Chris for your dedication, your enthusiasm and your support for the Club.
  • Many thanks to Dianne Fitzgerald who has given 11 years of excellent service to the Club as the Uniforms and Equipment co-ordinator. Dianne is now taking a well-earned rest.

 

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Chris Stuart – awarded Life Membership of Newtown Hockey Club

Sponsors and Supporters

Thanks to the organisations and businesses who have provided support during this year.

Just Hockey

Browns Mensland

Horton Automotive

HF Richardson

City of Greater Geelong

Rebel Sport

Subway

Novotel Geelong

Nardi Produce Pty Ltd

On to 2018 …….

Congratulations to the Committee who have been appointed to lead the Club for the 2017/2018 year. We appreciate your commitment and value your time and effort.

President: Claire Barnes

Secretary: Andrea Crosbie

Treasurer: Lachlan Birse

Committee members: Darren Bradbury, Penny Beckworth, Peta Hanley, Zenon Skuza, Chris Stuart, Peter Stuart

There are many areas where members can assist, and offer their time on a one-off or a semi-regular basis. We are especially looking for volunteers to assist with uniform and equipment sales, and we have vacancies for Vice President plus 1 committee member. If you have some time to help, please let us know.

Nomination for Office

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