There were no junior matches this week, but the senior teams continue to play some great hockey – 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss this week, including a great win to Newtown Maroon Men. Well done all. It’s great to see the Division 1 Men’s and Women’s teams continuing their winning streak and holding top position on the ladder. The Division 2 teams are also doing well, with Newtown White (Men) in second position, and the women’s teams, Newtown Gold and Newtown Maroon, in first and second position.
Division 1 Men
Newtown Falcons vs Saints Red 5-3.
A great result on a cold and rainy Sunday night at Stead Park. The squad was again impacted by school holidays and other hockey commitments. This however provided an opportunity for a number of people to play their first Division 1 game for the club.
The game was dominated by the Falcons and played predominantly in one half of the field. The switching tactic across the back line was used on a number of occasions to decompress the forward half and open up opportunities for scoring. Goal scorers were Adrian (2), James (1), Luke H (1) and Sean (1).
A big thanks to White and Maroon for providing players to keep the team buoyant. A win with virtually a new team was a very good result and has maintained the Falcons undefeated record in 2014. The Falcons have a bye in round 14, and are sitting on top of the ladder with 5 rounds remaining for the year.
Division 1 Women
Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 3-1
Division 2 Men
Newtown Maroon vs Corio 8-1
A great game with sunny weather sunny for both Newtown games. Newtown Maroon had a fantastic win over Corio with a welcome return for Josh who had a stellar game at left inner. Alex also played very well at centre foward scoring a couple of good goals. Chris also only just managed to get one into a keeperless goal during a stroke. Final score 8 – 1 win.
Newtown White vs Torquay 3-3
Division 2 Women
Newtown Maroon vs Saints 3-0
Under threatening skies Maroons took on Saints in a very closely contested match. Saints applied pressure from the start but Newtown Maroon’s strong defence repelled any attacks. Katey pushed through for a smashing goal. The second half saw Maroon forwards dominate with quick 1-2 passes and resulted in 2 beautiful team goals. Maroon had a lot of opportunities to score but were unlucky not to find the back of the net. Despite a 3-0 win, it was a very evenly played game.
Newtown Gold vs Torquay 5-1
The first half saw several missed opportunities for Gold, with penalty corners and shots on goal all unsuccessful (mostly at the keeper), until Dom pushed out on a PC then received the pass back to sneak one in near the post. 1-0 up at half time, but Torquay fought back hard to equalise. Gold then had to step up their efforts and did so well, with goals to Peta (2), Amy (a cracker shot high into the corner) and Tess, to finish with a 5-1 win. Highlights included great passing and teamwork and very effective long corners worked into the D by Meredith, Eliza and others. Thanks to Rachel C, filling in at half back – a new position and one she did very well in! Thanks also to Amy, who worked hard on the forward line and combined well. Remi and Dana both had a great game – terrific attack on the ball and very effective free hits into attack.
Newtown White vs Geelong 1-2
A great start by Newtown White saw them dominate play in the first half. Some nice movement of the ball through the right side from Amber and Erin S (playing her first senior game) got the ball into attack and a scuffle in front of goal saw Cait again in good position on the post to score her second goal in two weeks. Good passing to team mates in supporting positions allowed Newtown to turn defence into attack, with great work by Emmason, Colleen and Tracey. Geelong converted a penalty stroke to equalise in the second half. Geelong gained control in the second half and managed to get players into space while Newtown’s marking lapsed. Newtown continued to work hard but were unable to make any headway in front of goal. A great team effort from the team though, with significant improvement in the standard of play during the season.