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.

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

Active for Life – Play Hockey

Start Your Love of  Hockey Now

Hockey is a sport which the whole family can play, so it’s a great way to be active, have fun and make new friends. Our members range in age from 3 to 60+, with many players developing a lifelong love of hockey and lasting friendships. Whatever age you are or whatever level of skill or experience you have, you are welcome to play hockey with us.

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Newtown City Hockey Club is the largest hockey club in Victoria outside the Melbourne Metropolitan area. With over 300 members and 17 teams, the Club offers the opportunity for people to play hockey at whatever level they choose.

 

New Members Are Always Welcome

New members are welcome at any time of the year, as there are teams playing in both winter and summer seasons. Even if you can’t play every week, we would love to have you play hockey whenever you can.

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

Getting Started

If you are new to hockey, or haven’t played for a while, you could try one of these options, before deciding whether to join the club.

  • Come and Try Hockey – a free program which allows boys and girls aged 5 to 12 to try the game out before making a commitment.
  • 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, and 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.

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 …..

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Fees, Charges and Registration

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

Check the details here ……

Uniform and Equipment

Equipment is available for loan to participants in the Come and Try Hockey 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, but we understand if this is not always possible. Training is not conducted during the summer season.

Enquiries:

Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.