2024 Winter Season – Come and Play Hockey

Newtown Hockey Club is looking forward to a fantastic 2024 season and we invite you to be a part of it.

Hockey is a game which provides great fun, teamwork, camaraderie and the opportunity to excel. It is also an inclusive sport, as players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy participating in this great game.

We hope to see all of our 2023 members and any past members back on the pitch. We welcome new members at any time of the year, regardless of previous experience or skill level.

Come and Try

New players are welcome to ‘Come and Try’ before committing to join a team.

Hookin2Hockey – Boys and girls aged 5 to 12 are invited to join a Hookin2Hockey program, which allows children to see if this is a sport they might like to try without any expensive initial outlay.  It’s free to try at your first session with no commitment to continue.

The Hookin2Hockey program will be held at Lloyd Reserve, 80 Windsor Rd, Newtown, from 4.30 t0 5.30 pm on Tuesday March 5, 12, 19 and 26. More details here…….

Come & Try for 12 to 18 years

Join a free Come & Try session for boys and girls aged 12 to 18, from 6.00 to 7.00 pm on Tuesday March 5, 12 and 19 at Lloyd Reserve. Equipment is provided for use. More details here……

Join a Training Session

Pre-season training for our teams begins in March. New players (senior and junior) are welcome to join a training session to try it out. Equipment is available for loan. More details here….

2024 Winter Season

The 2024 winter hockey season for all teams will begin on April 20/ 21, 2024. There will be some casual matches for interested seniors on April 7/8 and 14/15. More details will be distributed about these when we know them.

Newtown Hockey Club has maintained its position as the largest hockey club in the Geelong region for many years, and we are aiming for further growth in 2024. We are especially looking for more players at U8 and U10 levels. We have teams and programs available for players from age 3 to 65+.

We expect to enter at least 18 teams in the Geelong Hockey Association competitions for the 2024 hockey season.

We will enter teams in all junior divisions of the Geelong Hockey Association competitions, from Under 8 to Under 17. The 2024 Under 8 and Under 10 competitions are available at both Stead Park and at Lloyd Reserve.

The 2023 competitions saw a thrilling Premiership for our Division 2 Women, with sudden death penalty strokes required to decide the winner. Runners up placings in U10, U12, U14 and U17 rounded out a very good year for the club.

So now it’s on to 2024. Come along with us for a fantastic year of hockey fun and friends!

Read more…….

Thanks for a great year.

Thanks for a great year.

The 2022/ 2023 Annual Report and the Financial Report were presented to the Annual General Meeting on November 16, 2023 for consideration by members.

Thanks to the members of the 2022/ 2023 Committee. Their co-operation, enthusiasm and ideas have all contributed to the excellent year in which the Newtown City Hockey Club and its members achieved many great things both on and off field.

With the Annual General Meeting done and dusted, our focus turns to the 2023/ 2024 year.

Hockey is an all year round sport these days, and it is important to begin planning for the next year well before we reach the beginning of the winter season.

Election of the 2024 Committee

It is pleasing to note that all the members of the 2023 Committee have been re-elected to the 2024 Committee, providing some ongoing continuity. We are also pleased to welcome Life Member, David Wyld back to the committee. David previously held the role of Club Secretary from 2003 to 2006, and has been very active in playing, coaching and team management at both junior and senior levels for the club since then.

The 2024 Committee is:

President – Claire Barnes OAM

Vice President – Dominic Crowley

Secretary – Peter Stuart.

Peter has been on the Newtown Hockey Committee since 1997, serving as President, Secretary or Sub-comittee convenor each year. We are extremely grateful for his continuing interest and commitment.

Treasurer – Ashley Quick

Committee members

Kirsty Ayerbe

Brett Cleeland

Hayden Francis

Chris Stuart

David Wyld

We have vacancies for 2 more Committee members so if you would like to help the Newtown Hockey Club continue to grow and prosper, please let us know.

Focus on 2024

Feedback from members is very welcome as we begin planning for the 2023/2024 year.

Major focus areas for the club will include:

⭐ Increased activities and programs to recruit new members at all ages, with particular focus on U8 and U10 players.

⭐ Providing enjoyable and worthwhile training and skill development opportunities for junior and senior goalkeepers and field players.

⭐ Recruiting and training additional coaches and umpires.

⭐ Continuing progress on the Lloyd Reserve Pavilion Development project.

⭐ Continuing member involvement in club social and fundraising activities

If you have any suggestions or ideas to make your participation, and that of others, in the Newtown Hockey Club more enjoyable we would love to hear them.

Click here to give us your suggestion.

Annual General Meeting 2023

Club members and supporters are invited to join us for the 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Newtown City Hockey Club.

📅   Thursday November 16, 2023

⏰   7.30 pm

📍   Stead Park, John St, Corio

2023 provided many highlights for the Club and its members, and we are very pleased to share the details. Highlights include:

  • excellent on-field performances and finals results
  • reintroduction of a Division 1 Men’s team
  • excellent member participation at Regional and State level teams and programs
  • significant membership recruitment activities
  • strong financial performance
  • completion of Stage 1 of the Lloyd Reserve Pavilion Project expansion

The Annual General Meeting will allow members to see the strength of the club and the activities which have been undertaken in 2023. Reports will outline the strong financial position of the club and the performances of all our teams. The Annual General Meeting gives members the opportunity to ask questions regarding the Club’s finances, the actions taken during 2023 and future plans and projects.

The election of office bearers and committee members for 2023/2024 is one of the very important actions of the Annual General Meeting. The incoming committee will be guided by input from the members of the club, so contributing your thoughts and asking questions is both an important right and a responsibility of your membership of the Club.

The Annual General Meeting is also the starting point for planning the activities and improvements of the 2024 year, so come along and give us your ideas. The General Meeting which follows the AGM will include discussions about the results of the Annual Review survey.

Supper will be provided.

Agenda:               Annual General Meeting Agenda 2023

Nomination for Office

Grateful thanks to the members of the Committee for 2022/2023 for their work, time and commitment – Claire Barnes, Peter Stuart, Ashley Quick, Chris Stuart, Brett Cleeland, Dominic Crowley, Kirsty Ayerbe, Hayden Francis.

We welcome any member who would like to volunteer their time, whether as a member of the incoming committee, or for an occasional role in the wide range of  roles and tasks across the club. If you have a few hours to spare each month, you might consider nominating for a position on the Committee, helping to bring members’ ideas to reality.  The Committee generally meets once per month, usually via Zoom.

Members are invited to submit a Nomination for Office  on the Committee of the Newtown City Hockey Club for 2023/2024. Nominations should be returned by Thursday November 9, 2023.

The Newtown City Hockey Club Rules  assign voting rights to fully paid playing members aged 15 and over. Members aged under 15 have Associate membership but do not have voting rights. Parents of Associate Members may choose to become members in their own right by becoming a non-playing Voting Member at a cost of $5.

Proxy Forms

If a member is unable to attend the meeting, a Proxy Voting Form may be submitted. The form should be received by 1 pm on Thursday November 16, 2023.

Special General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a Special General Meeting. The results of the 2023 Annual Review survey and the actions planned as a result will be discussed. This is the opportunity for club members to contribute ideas to ensure that the club meets their needs and provides an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

How can we make the Newtown City Hockey Club even better than it is at present? Is there some aspect of the Club which is not performing as well as you, the member, expects? Do you have a suggestion which the club could adopt to ensure a strong and sustainable club?

We would love to hear your ideas for the Club’s future actions and aims. Please join us for the Annual General Meeting and share your thoughts.

2023 Annual Review Survey

Please complete the 2023 Annual Review Survey here.

We hope that all our members enjoyed the 2023 season.  But we need your input and feedback to tell us how the Club can improve the service and the environment we offer to members.

If we did something good, let us know so that we can do it again! If there are things which you did not enjoy and which we need to improve upon, please tell us so that we can put a plan into action for next year. If you don’t tell us, we won’t know and can’t take any actions!

We would love your suggestions and ideas to help us plan for a great season in 2024. Please submit your response by November 13, 2023.

Summer Hockey Season Begins

Summer Hockey Season Begins

The Geelong Hockey Association summer hockey season for 2023/ 2024 begins on October 17, and it looks like it’s going to be a great season for Newtown Hockey Club.

With 16 teams entered, catering for ages 5 to 35+, there is a team for everyone.

New members are always welcome, regardless of age, experience or skill level. If you haven’t played hockey before, or haven’t played for a long time, summer hockey is a great time to try the sport.

The games are half field (less running), 7 a side, played with a more social focus. It’s not about who wins but who had the most fun. The junior competitions even have a limit on the number of goals one player can score, so that teams are encouraged to pass the ball around and include each team member in the game. There’s no training, but the coaches will provide guidance and encouragement.

Summer hockey is a lower cost, with a reduced fee to register with Hockey Victoria. This is matched by a low fee charged by the club to play in a team, meaning that it costs less than $10 per game. Uniform requirements are not strict so you may have an appropriate shirt in your cupboard already. We can even loan you a hockey stick.

Games are played on:

  • Tuesday – U12, U14, U17
  • Wednesday – Senior Mixed
  • Thursday – U8, U10, Masters Mixed for players aged 35+
  • Friday – Friday Family for juniors, seniors and beginners

New players are welcome for all teams, and we are especially looking for more players for U10, Masters and Friday Family teams. For further details of cost and registration, click here….

 

 

2023 Hockey Season – Grand Finals

2023 Hockey Season – Grand Finals

The 2023 hockey season concluded with five Newtown Hockey Club teams taking part in the Grand Final activities.

Under 10

Having finished as Runners Up for the 2023 hockey season, the U10 Strikers were there to play a friendly game against the Premiers Torquay. The team has improved each week during the season, and the game on Grand Final Day was at a higher standard of play than the first game of the hockey season between these two teams.

Congratulations to all the players and thanks for your hard work and regular attendance at training.

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-7

All the players’ hard work over the hockey season had paid off as the Under 12 Newtown Strikers made it into the Grand Final. However, the Torquay team, which had been dominant all season, was just too strong winning the game 7-0. Albie provided some strong goal keeping, supported by Audrey and Alex in defence. Parker, Joseph and Eddie tried hard to create opportunities for a goal but Torquay was able to shut the attack down.

Despite this, it was a great achievement for the Strikers to make the final and the team would like to say a huge thank you to Dan for his outstanding coaching over the season.

Under 14

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Blue 0-3

After a great season the Newtown Strikers were lucky enough to make it through to the Grand Final with a tough match against Kardinia Blue awaiting them. In the pre-game Kurt talked about putting into action all the things they had worked on this season, encouraging players to hold their positions to give options, particularly the wings to provide the opportunity to use the width of the field. He asked the players to ensure they make second and third efforts when defending and to move the ball quickly to find open options. Unfortunately, Kardinia were on top of their game this week and move the ball well to create opportunities and put the first goal on the board early which was followed up by another goal later in the half. Despite creating a couple of short corner opportunities, Kardinia defended well, and the Strikers were down 0-2 at half time.

At half time Kurt spoke about the need to spread wide and prevent brining the ball up the middle where the Kardinia players were anticipating passes well and picking them off. The Strikers continued to fight hard to get on the scoreboard but when Kardinia put in their third goal midway through the second half it was all over. Newtown battled on valiantly until the final whistle, but Kardinia were too good on the day and finished as deserving 3-0 winners.

At the presentation ceremony Zac made a great speech and spoke about what a terrific season it had been for Newtown which was very true. Although it was a disappointing way to finish, the team had enjoyed a lot of great wins this season with the preliminary final shootout win a great highlight. The Strikers improved across the season both as individuals and as a team and most importantly played their hockey in great spirit and enjoyed the games. Thanks to Kurt for all his hard work coaching the team this hockey season and congratulations to all the Strikers players on their achievement of making it to a Grand Final.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-3

Well Saturday was the day of the grand final against Torquay and we were prepared for them.

Tom, Luca and Surry ran the ball up and made numerous attempts for goals but were denied. Anya was calling out for the ball and making sure the ball stayed in play. Chloe and Lara were both wings and working on the same page. Amelia and Alex were strong in defence but Mai was outstanding as our goalie with her skills on display. Will was running the ball and sending the ball up the field and keeping it in play. Matilda, Serena and Grace were all over the place with the ball sending it up but the team were unable to score.
Thank you Torquay for a wonderful game.

All our players have grown so much over this hockey season. Thank you all for being an amazing team.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 5-4 on sudden death penalty shootout

The team was set, antihistamines taken.. breakfast of champions eaten. We lined up against the enemy along the middle of the ground to take note of whom we needed to annihilate… Some of us at least… with others feeling sure that dog shows and ballet were more important than the game of our life.

The whistle blew and out of the gates we tore… Our attacking forward line of Tash, Serena, Charlotte, Claudia, Georgie and Claire gave them torment. Paul’s psych up making the strength on the ball abundant from the start. Pete came in as our super sub injected into the forward line enabling Tash to push back and assist the defensive A team of Kirsty, Alex, Andi, Hanna and Kat. Supported by their illustrious leaders Rach and Jean at the back.

Great intensity in defense with solid marking kept them out of the game for a while. A quick short corner conversion put them in front (for now)…

Goalie super sub change up somewhat confused them (what kind of legendary team has two goalies. yet alone three). We held them out for the 2nd quarter.

Into the third quarter with great drive by the forward line gave us some great short corner opportunities, which we were able to eventually convert on at 1-1 allowing our heart rates to ease… a titch.. then back to work.

A defensive fourth quarter held the line (some of us forgetting we didn’t have extra time.. woops)…

With pressure on, Rach stepped up to the line, with the fate of the world in her hands….

Charlotte, Serena, Georgie, Kat and Tash were in the firing line with the ball placed at the top to somehow challenge the goalie to a duel. With two awesome saves by Rachel (coming from one behind), along with assisting conversions from Kat and Serena…. Sudden death …. Mwahhhhaha…

Paul made the tactical decision to send in the converting legends Kat and Serena again… who stood up to the challenge and found the back of the backboard. Somewhat unnoticed, Kat became a member of the grand final hattrick club.

Rachel’s heart rate must have been going crazy as she wandered back to the goalie bench unaware that she had kept out the game winning goal… Until the team mobbed her.

Congratulations to Charlotte who won the GHA Best and Fairest award along with an honorable mention for Tash who placed in the top 5. Dishonorable mention to Georgie for stealing the Best on Ground award from the clear winner with a hattrick Kat.

Awesome team effort, every player was essential to our wonderful season and it is great to see everyone out there having fun…. Even though hockey shouldn’t be fun… (serious face)…  Yay hockey..

 

Geelong Hockey Association Awards

Congratulations to these members who received Geelong Hockey Association Awards:

  • D2 Women Best and Fairest – Charlotte Cleeland
  • John Stephenson Memorial Trophy – Mai Lorenzen
  • Hall of Fame – David Wyld
  • Life Membership – Peter Stuart