Life Membership Awarded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Life Membership to David Wyld – a well deserved award.

 

 

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Summer Hockey Roundup – November 24

Summer hockey continues to showcase some great efforts from our players, although it would be nice to have some summer weather somewhere between the extremes of either hot or cold. We have two more matches to play before the Christmas break, and will be back in February for the last 4 summer hockey games.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Spirit Bye

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 2-3

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia Blue 2-1

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Maroon 3-4

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia Maroon 17-2. Some fantastic passing to players who positioned themselves well to get into the circle behind the defence. Was nice to see that every player got on the scoreboard.

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Pink 4-2

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 7-10

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong College 6-12

Senior Mixed

Flame On vs Plainers 11-4

Waaah Spaces vs Bunny Bots 7-3

Newtown Spirit vs Squidgies 1-20

Newtown Strikers vs Beers Later 4-5

Masters Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Black 6-5. Thanks to Andrew and Rodan for filling in, adding some attacking moves , with Chris and Stewart making good intercepts in the midfield. Great marking by Ashley to blunt the Saints attack.

Newtown Strikers vs Saints Red 6-5

Friday Family

Rockets vs Saints 4-7. Great game and good running from Will, Harry and Oliver, with Jason using the spaces well. Tracey was solid on the last line of defence, guiding the ball away from goal on many occasions.

Supersonics vs Not Fast Just Furious 7-9

Kookas Junior

Paxton and Lily had some fun this week, with some great positioning in front of goals and good running to follow up after a pass.

Summer Hockey Roundup November 10

Summer Hockey is Great Fun.

One of the great things about summer hockey is the chance to play in the same team with friends and family. There is a more social focus, and there are no sheep stations up for grabs. This makes summer hockey a good time for new players to try the game out. It’s also a good opportunity for ex-players to return to the field and rediscover their skills and enjoyment of hockey. The smaller field and higher player density contributes to learning both skills and strategies which can be carried on to future participation.

This week’s summer hockey matches did not include any Junior games because of the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday. There were some great efforts from our senior teams, with the Masters and Friday Family matches again providing great opportunities for new players.

Senior Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Grammar 8-4

Flame On vs Gators 15-5

Newtown Spirit vs The Jag Bags 7-6

Waaah Spaced vs Plainers 8-4

Masters Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 6-1. Great play by Rohan, Ian and Claire for Strikers, with Spirit well served by Chris, Marion and Stewart.

Friday Family

Supersonics vs Saints 5-0 (forfeit)

Rockets vs Bellarine 3-7. Excellent efforts from Will and Ollie, with Charlotte sneaking in a goal again. Great running the whole game by Noah.

New players are welcome to join our teams, with room for more players in the U17,  Kookas Junior and Masters Mixed teams.

 

Summer Hockey Roundup November 3

Summer Hockey Is All About Fun

The summer hockey season provides a great opportunity to keep active and have some fun with hockey. For new players or those returning to the game, it provides a relaxed way to learn or rediscover some skills. Play with friends and family, or make new friends.

Reminder: there is no hockey next week (November 5 & 6) for the junior teams due to the Melbourne Cup events.

More players wanted

More players are wanted for the U17 teams on Tuesday nights, plus Kookas on Friday, so if you are available, check the details and register here….

Beginners are welcome.

Supersonics are looking for some fill-in players next Friday as they will be playing an ‘Us vs Us’ game. White shirt and socks, maroon shorts.

Under 10 Mixed – Monday October 29

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 8-1. Great effort by new players Archer and Hugh who both scored again for Spirit. Nice goal for Strikers by Jacob.

Under 12 Mixed – Tuesday October 30

 Newtown Strikers vs Golden Plains 10-7. Excellent use of the width of the field this week and some great passing.

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 3-5

U14 Mixed -Tuesday October 30

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 10-2. Lovely game by Amelia, with all players making great tackles and interceptions.

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia White 7-4

U17 Mixed – Tuesday October 30

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 2-8

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 3-8

Senior Mixed – Wednesday October 31

Flame On vs Roped In 7-6

Newtown Strikers vs Bunny Bots 6-6

Waaah Spaced vs Newtown Spirit 8-4

Masters Mixed – Thursday November 1

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Black 12-4

Newtown Strikers vs Saints Red 6-4. Great debut game in Masters from Kellie, with Claire S frequently in perfect position on the wing.

Friday Family – Friday November 2

Rockets vs Not Fast Just Furious – received a forfeit but had a very enjoyable ‘Us vs Us’ game. Thanks to Darren, Harry and Peta for filling in. The contest between Noah and his dad Jason was very entertaining.

Supersonics vs Wombles 9-5. Great last line defence by Darren.

Kookas Junior Hockey – Friday November 2

Some excellent scanning and passing from Olivia and Annabel, and great calling  by Annabel.

 

2018 Winter Hockey Season – Preliminary Final

The 2018 hockey season is drawing to a close and what fantastic games our 4 teams put in!

It was a beautiful day for the Preliminary Finals, but fortune didn’t favour our U12 and U14 teams, with matches which couldn’t have been any closer. As we had two teams playing each other in the U17 Final, one team was always going to have to bow out for this hockey season. Congratulations and well done to all the teams on a fantastic hockey season.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 1-2

This was a very close game, with Newtown Spirit using the width of the field to advantage, and creating many forward moves. Well considered passes to team mates and good scanning combined with some excellent ball control skills was a feature of Spirit’s game. Great defence by Ollie A and great running back to cover by Emma despite this being a new position for her. As the final whistle drew closer with the score at 1-1, it looked as if we were headed for extra time. However Kardinia scored the winning goal with 2 seconds to spare in the game, giving Spirit no chance to reply.

 

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Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 2-2

Crunch time for Newtown today and a must win game to make it through to the grand final. Geelong wasted no time in making ground up the field from the whistle, but stoic defence from Newtown was able to neutralise the pressure from a series of short corners. Geelong were dominating possession and territory for most of the first half, but in one of the few instances Newtown were able to make it into opposition territory, we were able to win a free hit near the 25. As a bonus, one of Geelong’s more dominant players had a short break for a few minutes beside the tech bench. Newtown sensed an opportunity to capitalise and Charley produced a decisive run up the left side of the field and delivered a cross into the D for Basyl tap in the first goal. Unfortunately, Geelong were back to full strength soon after and equalised with the half ending 1:1.

The second half was a more even contest with Newtown now confident they had the measure of Geelong after their first half performance. Play moved from end to end through the majority of the half with both teams having multiple chances to score. The deadlock was finally broken with 5 minutes remaining when Newtown attacked up the right wing and into the D earning a short corner. Grace was ideally positioned near the post and hit the ball in for a 2:1 lead. Geelong realising their dominant season may end prematurely, ramped up the pressure and reciprocated with an equaliser from a short corner with 3 minutes remaining of the clock. The score was 2:2 at the final whistle, so it was into 7 minutes of extra time each way, or a golden goal to finish the game.

Neither team was able to bother the scoreboard in extra time with the game finally ending a 2:2 draw. Geelong moved through to the grand final against Torquay courtesy of their higher position on the ladder at the end of the regular season. Newtown can hold their heads high, as this game demonstrated how far we have come during the hockey season, previously having been beaten by Geelong in the two earlier encounters. See you all at presentation night at 6pm on Wednesday 19th Sept so we can celebrate what has been a great season of hockey.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 2-0

Strikers and Spirit faced off in the U17 Preliminary Final on Saturday. Spirit had beaten Strikers in all 5 of their encounters during the home and away season, so Strikers knew they’d need to bring their best performances to be in with a chance. Caleb was a stand-out early with his excellent defensive pressure, he dispossessed players on many occasions and both he and Sam R made some really nice strong passes forward. Spirit had a few early chances with their fast attackers getting through for a hit on goal, but Oscar defended one hit, then cleared a Penalty Corner hit shortly after. Spirit came forward again with a ball across goal but there was no-one to receive it.

Strikers then had a chance up forward with Oscar passing to Harry and Harry scored. Strikers were soon into attack again with a Penalty Corner but Ella’s hit to Jack was defended. Spirit kept the pressure on Strikers defenders with one hit just wide of goal, and a subsequent Spirit Penalty Corner was cleared well by Miles.

In the second half, Spirit had another Penalty Corner early, and again Strikers defended well, with Miles then running the ball into attack and passing to Harry who hit a great reverse-stick into goal to give Strikers a 2-nil lead. Strikers had a few more opportunities with Sam S and Jarret taking the ball forward on the wings, and Miles, Harry, Oscar and Jack bringing the ball into the circle, but Spirit held off further goals. With the clock ticking down, Spirit lifted to have the majority of the attack for the last 10 minutes, but Strikers’ defence was rock-solid, with Luka deflecting a hit on goal and Caleb, Sam R, Ella, EJ, Jack, Oscar and Miles keeping Spirit clear and causing their hits to be wide of goals. With a final score of 2-nil to Strikers, we go on to meet Torquay in the Grand Final next week as underdogs, but this week’s game has shown that we have what it takes to win the U17 Barnes Shield for Newtown.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 0-2

Newtown Spirit played Newtown Strikers in a highly competitive game on Saturday to determine who would go through to the grand final against Torquay. As expected both sides were determined to win and played an exceptional level of hockey. On coach’s orders Spirit came out hard in the first half with Spirit playing forward and putting on the pressure. With a break away at the 11 minute mark Strikers were able to take control of the play and score with a deflection high into the corner of the goal. Undeterred Spirit increased the pressure and won many short corners, however, were unable to convert. In the second half Spirit remained focused and attacked often, though were unable to penetrate the Strikers defense with the final result 2:0 to the Strikers.

Congratulations to Strikers for a well played game and to Spirit for really pushing them throughout the game to the final whistle. It was fantastic to see so many Spirit players lift during the game and as always thanks to our U/14 players who were exceptional, our two Harry’s, Oliver, and Angus who stepped up at the last minute to fill the goalie position. Sadly next year Newtown Spirit will lose Rachel, Oliver and Emily who will be moving up a level. These players have been so strong throughout this season, we thank them for their efforts and leadership and wish them all well for the next season. For those who will remain in the U/17 team next year it is exciting to see the team potential and how it may develop over another season, particularly with so many strong younger players really developing their talent.