2022 Hockey Season – June 4 & 5

We are nearly at the midway point of the 2022 hockey season, and we are still welcoming new members to the club, and very happy to do so.

Highlight of the round: in his second game for the club, Madden volunteered to put on the goalkeeping gear for U14 Spirit – and did a great job! Well done Madden.

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Navigators vs Torquay Tornadoes

Newtown Navigators played against Torquay Tornadoes this week. Each week the Navigators are playing better as a team, passing to each other and looking for a well-positioned player to pass to on the free hits. This week the Best Team Player award went to Eleanor who listened well, picking up Torquay players on their free hits ensuring the ball didn’t get to her tagged player. Eleanor also ran well with the ball. The second player to receive an award was Archie, who made some good passes and worked hard to move the ball forward, playing a good attacking game. 

 Newtown Strikers v Kardinia:

With a few of the U8 Strikers unavailable it was welcome to have one of Kardinia’s players join Strikers for the game. All the Strikers warmed up well with some great games and activities from Claire. During the game Ewan and Paddy had some great passes and plays moving the ball forward. Victoria played exceptionally well with some fantastic tackles and passes forward – Victoria was awarded Best Team Player of the week with some big improvements.

Kardinia was a strong team but Grace also did some good tackles along with good support from Blair up forward. Sadly Alexis and Dot couldn’t play due to illness but we look forward to having a full team back after the long week end.

Go Strikers!!

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay

 It was a tricky game this week with both teams only having 4 players. Torquay showed great speed and excellent skills to quickly pounce on any loose balls, making for a fast game. Spirit worked hard to move the ball with some great passing by Harry and Cate, with James and Edith working hard in the goals, showing great tackling skills. Harry was always looking for a team mate to pass to whenever he got the ball. Some strong defence by James allowed Spirit to send the ball forward but despite Cate and Edith working hard to continue the progress to goal, we were not able to make much headway. Well done to all players for their perseverance and effort.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 7-1

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 1-1

Another great game from Newtown Spirit, with teamwork and passing improving each week.  Players are showing great determination and good ball control skills, helping to distribute the ball to team mates in good position and drive play forward. Strong and reliable defence turned back many of the Geelong attacks, and effective clearances allowed Newtown to control the play at various times.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 1-2

Strikers were missing a few players again this week, but were able to field a full team of 11 with Bella and Pollyanna from U12 Spirit and Emily, Evelyn and Jessica from U10 Spirit all lending a hand. The 3 under 10 players all played very well, stepping up to play with the older players on a bigger synthetic pitch instead of the grass pitch they normally play on. Charles was strong in defence again with many powerful clearances out of the D. Other standouts were some great traps from Evelyn, Bella making several intercepts in the centre of the ground, and Audrey making great position along the right wing.

The scores were level at 1-all at half time with Geelong seeming to have the momentum in the first half and Newtown looking better in the second half. It looked like the game was going to be a draw with no second half score, but unfortunately for Strikers, Geelong got a last minute goal.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-1

Spirit started off very well, getting the first goal through Bella. This proved to be the only goal of the first half and the only goal for Spirit. Xavier had a great game, always putting in his best to get the ball down to the goals, and at half time, Spirit was up 1-0.

In the second half Torquay came out and scored their 1st goal, making it an even game at 1 all. However Newtown Spirit all stuck together as a team and all the players played an excellent second half.  Thanks to Maia and Audrey for helping Spirit this week.

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-1

This week, Spirit put on a great game of hockey against Torquay who are always a tough opponent. Thanks to Amelia for jumping in to help out Rebels and to Madden who kitted up as goalie in only his second game.

It was a very evenly matched game but Torquay were first to score. Spirit came back strongly and applied great pressure to Torquay, keeping the ball in their half for most of the remainder of the game. There was some great passing and use of the wings. A beautiful switch from Jett in the back line across onto the right wing, started a nice run of play involving a number of players. The ball flew up the right wing and into the D allowing Aimee to put away the equaliser. This was a great example of team work.

Newtown continued the pressure in the second half and we saw some lovely examples of selfless play, with everyone involved in the game. Madden put in a fantastic performance in goal, reading the play well and getting in some good saves. A late short corner to Torquay created some drama and had everyone biting their nails, but the scores stayed level at full time. A great result for the team and a really exciting match to watch.

The players player votes went to Ruby this week, closely followed by Aimee, Charlie, Hamish and Madden – our star goalie!! Congratulations also go to Charlie on reaching his 25 game milestone with NCHC.

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Blue 3-0

With two players away on hockey trials and Wildcats training and then Surry injuring his knee at footy before the game, we were again a player short of a full team this week. Surry was keen to play, but after doing a walk on, and walk off at the start of the game, spent the remainder of the game on the bench to rest his knee.

Kurt did a great job restructuring the line-up, to keep the structure together. The pre-game run throughs had our legs working, and the team energy looked good from the get-go.

Early we were getting the good ball movement, getting us up into attack. But we were falling over with entries into the attacking D, probably rushing a little bit, and not looking up to see the good position our teammates were in. That being said, our first goal came from a very nice section of hockey, switching the ball between multiple players, moving the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, before Brandon got us on the board.

The Kardinia goalie was getting plenty of work, but at times we seemed to be going straight at his pads, rather than looking for the corners as we had been practising. Our defence was having to work hard, as Kardinia got break away runs out of defence. Some great defensive running from Leo helping out Kashvi to halt the runs, and some good saves from Charlotte, keeping Kardinia scoreless. A late entry into the D, with the ball positioned on the back line, saw Max thread the needle, racking up our second goal just before the half time whistle. Still not sure how he got it in, must have been some Warnie magic on the ball!

Kardinia regrouped after half time and came at us hard. They got a few break aways, but again some great hard defensive running from Leo and Max, and saves from Charlotte, clearing the balls out to the sides, for our wings to collect. Ollie and Ivy were doing some great work out wide. Kashvi had a turn up forward, and great position on the post, almost saw her score a goal. Izzy was doing some great work all game, feeding the ball onto Zac, Will and the other forwards, and thwarting the Kardinia rebound getting us back into attack. Ivy was consistently making great position on the post, and this great position resulted in Ivy getting our third goal, receiving the ball from a nice pass from Max.

Well done Strikers, enjoy the weekend off, and come back firing. Wishing Surry all the best with his knee, we hope you are ok, and it turns out not too serious.

Newtown Rebels vs Kardinia White 1-1

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers Bye

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-8

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 0-4

With multiple players unavailable this week through injury and other commitments, this week was going to always be a tough game. Then we lost Hailey to food poisoning, resulting in a last-minute call for help, with Kellie stepping in to give us a hand.

Tragically Kellie hurt her knee 5 minutes into the game, after a slip and a collision with another player, hitting her head on the turf. We all hope Kellie is doing ok, after leaving the pitch on a stretcher, still managing a cheeky royal wave as we carried her off mind you.

Georgie from D2 put on her Newtown colours and arrived down at Stead Park to give us a full team on the pitch again before the end of the first quarter. Great club commitment right there.

We were moving the ball nicely, but at times were not passing quickly enough, resulting in the turn overs. Our players were making good position out wide, and our new defenders were doing well.
Some sneaky little Geelong hits back between their legs were catching us out, and getting good drive from Geelong, something for us to work more on defending better in the future.
Still going into half time, a respectable 1-0 down.

We regrouped at half time, discussing where we could see opportunity. Early in the half we seemed to put this into practice, and got some scoring opportunities, but unfortunately were not able to convert the short corners, although we were very close on a few.

Late in the game Geelong got repeat forward entries and racked up another 3 goals as the workload on our defence peaked. We still got a couple of late forward thrusts of our own, showing a team culture that keeps fighting to the final whistle, something which was great to see.

Thanks to the D2 players that helped us with numbers this week, it was greatly appreciated. Enjoy the weekend off, for those not playing in the senior country champs, and please try to make it to training if you can.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Golden Plains 3-1

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 3-3

With a 1-3 scoreline in the previous match in this hockey season against Geelong, Strikers were hopeful of improving on this result.  Geelong scored early, following up a deflection off the keeper, and with their speedy fowards put pressure on the Strikers defence. However, Kirsty and Tash met the challengers early and deflected many of Geelong’s attacks, blunting the effectiveness of their forwards. With Alex marshalling and guiding the midfield, Deb and Sarah marked their opponents well and sent the ball back into our attack zone.

Geelong scored again from a penalty stroke, and the scoreboard showed 1-3 at one stage. However, Newtown Strikers continued to work hard and with great ball control skills and some good passing to players running to space, we were able to get two goals on the board and earn a draw, a very pleasing result. Goals scored by Shan, Kellie and Georgie.

 

 

2022 Hockey Season – May 28 & 29

We are 5 weeks into the hockey season and starting to see some pleasing performances in all divisions.

Highlights of the round this week:

  • A great game by Albie for U10 Strikers. Albie was in great position using the width of the field very well to gain possession and pass to team mates.
  • A fantastic game by Grace who stepped in as keeper for the D1 women against Torquay, the powerhouse team of the women’s competition for the last few years.  Grace batted away most of what came her way, to see the team finish with a 2-2 draw – an excellent result!

Under 8

Newtown  Strikers vs Newtown Spirit

U/8 Strikers put in another fantastic team effort against a strong Spirit team. Vicki and Dot again displayed great sportsmanship by offering to play one half each for Spirit, to help boost their numbers. All players tried hard, working on their tackling, passing and 2nd and 3rd efforts. The first half saw some great tackling by Grace, Lexi and Ewan, with Ewan and Grace combining really well in attack resulting in a few narrow misses at goal. Ewan had some great plays moving forward, Dot played well holding her position on the wing out wide, Vicki did some great tackling.  Grace made some excellent passes forward and Blair produced some excellent plays up forward.  Lots of improvement in dribbling was also evident from Lexi, Dot and Ewan in the first half, and Vicki in the second half. Defence by Lexi and Vicki stepped up a notch in the second half, with Vicki making three fantastic saves in quick succession in front of goal. Ewan had a great run at goal but couldn’t quite convert, and Lexi put in an enormously persistent tackle towards the end of the match.

Lexi played her best game so far and was awarded the Best Team Player Award from some good passing, great position play – well done Lexi, great game! All kids played well and a big thanks to Betsy for providing the oranges at half time – a huge hit!!

Newtown Navigators vs Torquay

Newtown Navigators played against Torquay on Saturday in a hard fought match. The Navigator’s skills have come a long way and they are playing well as a team. Felix had some good runs pushing the ball forward and Hunter did some good, persistent tackling. Emily had some strong passes and Amelie found good positions and manoeuvred the ball well. Best Team Player awards were awarded to both Emily and Amelie for the great improvement in their skills.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers

A great game from Newtown Spirit with all the players laser focused on the ball and the game.  We should all be eating whatever Edith had for breakfast as she was awesome, pouncing on the ball and dribbling it quickly and with control to send Spirit into attack.  Edith’s game focus was well matched by Cate, Thomas and James, who all positioned themselves very well to intercept the forward moves from Strikers, gaining possession with sticks on the ground and clean tackles.  Great awareness on free hits led to good passing to players in space, with some switching to allow team mates to move forward with ease.

Best Team Player Awards to the whole team.

Under 10

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 6-1

Teamwork and some great passing skills were on display last Saturday when the Under 10 Newtown Strikers played Geelong Jaguars.  The Jaguars played a good attacking game with some great attempts to get the ball down the field to their goal. Strikers have worked hard this season to learn the roles of each position and to stay in the right place and this paid off as they were able to pass well as a team to get the ball down to their goal and finish the play off with some points.  Chelsea showed determination and some sharp shooting skills to contribute four goals to the team’s score. Well done to Eddy who scored two further goals for the team and to Albie who received the Best Team Player Award for staying in position and displaying great tackling and dribbling.  Thank you to Coach Dan for your ongoing encouragement and support.

Under 10 Spirit – Bye

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 2-1

Strikers were missing a few players this week, only being able to field 10 players including players from other Newtown teams. The first half was closely fought with the score at half time being level at 1-all.

Will did a lot of the attacking in the first half and scored the first goal. Captain Charles was solid in defence throughout the game, stopping a number of Kardinia attacks and making some very accurate passes into attack. James did really well in goal again, and seems to have found his calling. Lucy made some determined efforts when out-numbered. Sofia and Ved were trying hard to move the ball up into attack, but it was Polly that was able to bring the ball into the D and score the winning goal. The Strikers can feel very proud of their win considering Kardinia had one more player on the field plus a few more on the bench.

Thanks to Ved, Polly, Will and Ruby for helping the Strikers this week.

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 1-4

The 1st half of the game saw Spirit fairly defensive and lots of play crowded down the middle of the ground.  Geelong Jaguars scored the only 2 goals of the first half.

The 2nd half of the game was Spirit’s better half with Patrick doing a great job down in defence getting the ball out and trying to find team mates. Evelyn did a great job on the wing trying her very best to find team mates to pass it off to.  Great job to Eddy for scoring our only goal for the match. Pollyanna great positioning as goalkeeper saving so many goals. Geelong scored 2 goals for the half to win 4-1. Overall well done team everyone tried hard. Good luck next week.

Under 14

Kardinia Blue v Newtown Spirit 1-1

With a number of players back from illness, Spirit started the game at full pace and applied pressure to Kardinia right from the outset. The game was pretty evenly balanced and there was lovely end to end play from both teams. There was a beautiful 1-2 between Jett and Hamish up the left wing. In just his first game, Madden made an immediate impact a great tackle to stop Kardinia in their tracks. The game ended at 0 – 0 in the first half.

Kardinia were first to break the deadlock with a goal just after half time. This spurred Spirit on and the team bounced back quickly putting the pressure on the Kardinia defences. Positioned perfectly in the D, Felix added a second goal to his tally for the season. For the remainder of the game, Spirit made great use of the space with some beautiful long passes up the wing. There was a great contribution from the whole team, which was reflected in this passage of play.

The players’ player of the day was Hamish, closely followed by Charlie and Felix. There were lots of votes for our new player Madden who did magnificently in his first game. Keep up the great work team!

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia White 5-1

With two impacts from COVID and one player away, we were one short this week, meaning our mids were going to have to work hard against the top placed Kardinia team.
Kurt got the kids moving before the game this week, with some run throughs, to try and get some energy in the legs before the game started.

We started well, and at times moved the ball well, but our structure was falling over, meaning the ball was getting turned over, and we were not closing down the Kardinia run. Going into half time with a narrow lead.

Kurt spoke to the team about the structure at half time, and in the second half we looked like a better team, moving the ball nicely around the pitch, using the full width. Our runners kept pushing hard, and everyone was holding their positions much better. This resulted in some additional shots on goal. The better structure was also making it more difficult for Kardinia to get the quick break away.

Our wings were doing some great running, and Matilda was manning the post well, resulting in a well-deserved goal. Max finally got to play his first game for Strikers this week, after missing the first 2 rounds with injury, and helping out Rebels with players last week. We were glad to have Max, he was looking very dangerous up forward all game, and finished with 4 goals for the game! Only possible however, through the excellent ball movement, and our passing to space, for the forwards to run onto.

Well done Strikers, another good game, and we can see you all starting to grow as a team.

Newtown Rebels vs Torquay 2-2

Goals scored by Nate.

Under 17

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 4-1

Goal scorers: Tilly 1 for Strikers, 3 goals for Spirit between the 2 Lukes and 1 to Grace 1.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 2-2

Another great game for the Falcons this week, it is really pleasing to see the group continue to develop. Our star D2 goalie wasn’t with the D1 team today, and we were setting up to have a kicking back.

However, Grace decided to step in as D1 goalie for the day and put on her little sister’s goalie gear, leaving some to wonder how Charlotte had all the sudden grown taller. Grace did a fantastic job for us, with Torquay not able to score any goals from general field play, clearing the ball out wide like a pro, despite not having played as goalie since her one game in under 11’s on the grass.

Falcons again had some excellent ball movement, solid defence, and were breaking the lines with our now typical hard running, getting us into attack early. We got early short corner chances and went close to getting on the board. Torquay were on the back foot, and the pressure was starting to show, Torquay were quickly deploying their tactic of hitting it hard and long. We had a few sore shins as a result, but both Falcons dug deep, and refused to leave their positions, showing great strength and resilience. The game going into the first break 0-0.

The nice ball movement continued, with the Falcons moving the ball around, and through the defensive wall. A nice piece of play seeing us get another shot-on goal, and Jane getting us on the board, with a 1-0 lead. Torquay came out hard, and equalised with a converted short corner, but we were keeping the pressure on. Grace got her eye in, and saved several follow up short corner shots, and helped by some handy stick work from our defenders, we were keeping Torquay from taking the lead. We lost Jane to a hamstring early in the third quarter, leaving us with an empty bench. However our ball movement still got another short corner opportunity, but were not able to convert. Going into 3 qtr time 1-1.

After losing Jane to a hamstring, some of our players were really showing the signs from all the hard running they had been doing all game. But still they kept digging deep and kept the pressure on Torquay who still had several players on the bench. Our hard running continued, with our good ball movement getting us into the D on many occasions. Another short corner opportunity, resulting in a great shot from Alex, putting us back in front 2-1.

Torquay pushed hard and managed to get a section of repeat short corners, and after defending the first two, an unlucky foot near the goal line, resulted in a Torquay stroke. Grace did her best, but unfortunately Torquay were able to level the scores 2-2.

Both sides then traded forward thrusts, but we were mostly able to keep Torquay out of their attacking 25. We looked the more dangerous team, with better ball movement, getting us up into the attacking D on several occasions. Some very close almost deflections from Scarlett could easily have got us the lead again. With the final whistle going as we were again trying to get into the D.

Great game Falcons, very close to another win, but we will take the 2-2 draw against the top team of the last couple of seasons. Keep up the great work. Rest up Jane, we hope you recover quickly, and we can have you back with us again soon…

Division 2 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay  2-5

Newtown put in a strong performance against an experienced Torquay line-up. We were bolstered by several U17 players who came straight from their game to ours – thank you. We defended strongly despite having our regular full backs unavailable.

As the game progressed, we remained determined and increased our pressure on Torquay’s defence. In the fourth quarter we earned a stroke, which Basyl converted, and then a few minutes later Basyl pounced on a rebound and scored a second goal.

For one of the first times this season we actually had a bench which meant that we were able to have fresh legs on the field, resulting in some well deserved team goals. Definitely a game to build upon, particularly with some of the U17 players showing interest in becoming regulars.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay Tornadoes 2-2

This was a great come from behind result for Strikers, which makes it even more pleasing.

Newtown had the majority of the play in the first half, with many moves reaching the circle and putting the ball within reach of the goal.  Strong defence from Tash and Andie was well supported in the midfield by Kate, Kellie and Sarah, who hassled their opponents and kept putting on the pressure to rebuff Torquay’s attack.  Torquay scored their first goal from one of the few attacks in the first half which really looked like being a threat, with a ball followed up off the goalkeeper’s rebound. Torquay scored a second goal from a penalty stroke after the ball had just grazed Andie’s heel.

Strikers redoubled our efforts in the second half, and continued to push forward. Goals scored by Peta with a nice hit short corner hit was followed up by a deft touch from Serena, in the right place at the right time. Excellent perseverance, great ball control and good use of space by Anessa, Shan, Georgie and Grace.

Great effort by all.

 

2022 Hockey Season – May 21 & 22

With 4 weeks of the 2022 winter hockey season completed, we are starting to see some great games.

Under 8

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Navigators

U/8 Strikers continued to improve their skills and teamwork in their match against U/8 Newtown Navigators. Vicki and Dot both displayed great sportsmanship by offering to play one half each for the Navigators, to help boost their numbers.

There was some great passing between Strikers teammates, especially by Ewan, Paddy and Lexi, who fired off a magnificent pass in front of goals in the second half. Paddy and Grace were enthusiastic in attack again, with Paddy making some great runs up the field to score in both the first and second half, and Grace scoring her first ever goal in the second half after a persistent effort in front of goals. Vicki, Dot and especially Ewan were tenacious in their tackling efforts.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia

A great game from Newtown Spirit with some excellent defence in front of goal by Harry and James in either half.  Cate’s work in the midfield blocked a number of Kardinia forward moves, and with Harry and James sharing the zone, we were able to see some attacks head to our goals. Edith and Thomas approached the ball with purpose and determination and some good passing to team mates allowed Spirit to maintain possession.

Best Team Player Awards to Cate and Thomas. Well done to all.

Under 10

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 0-0

A fantastic game by both teams, with strong defence and good forward attacks contributing to a very even game. Spirit are improving their use of space and passing to the wings, which is helped by strong tackling and good ball control, allowing us to maintain possession.

Under 12

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 3-0

Spirit triumphed 3-0 against a competitive Kardinia at Stead Park on Saturday, with the Newtown team’s play becoming more cohesive as the game went on.

Spirit’s determined defence was put under pressure from the start but stood strong despite congested play that became frequently bogged down in the centre of the field.

With Coach Kellie urging players to use the wings, Spirit started to find space and move into attack. Two goals followed, including a great run and cross by Bella to Xavier, who hammered the ball home.

With decisive defence in the second half, with Patrick a key contributor, Spirit continued to make the most of its forward opportunities with some fine cohesive linked play. The team moved the ball around faster and used space more effectively. A great goal by Eddy added to the score line.

Many thanks to Under 10 players Eddy and Joey, and Liz and Lucy from U12 Strikers for bolstering Spirit’s ranks with skill and determination.

Newtown Strikers Bye

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia White 2-4

With a few players away this week, Spirit were extremely grateful to Zac, Charlotte, Ved and Kashvi for jumping in to help us field a full team. Despite these team changes Spirit played well against a strong Kardinia side. Kardinia applied pressure right from the start of the game and Spirit were able to defend strongly. The score of 3-0 to Kardinia at half time did not really reflect the balance of play.

Spirit came out fighting after half time and had a good period of pressure with lots of nice longs passes up the wings. It wasn’t too long until they were rewarded with a goal from Aimee.  Spirit kept up the pressure and had a couple of great runs on the turn around but couldn’t quite convert them into goals. Ruby converted to a penalty flick to take the score to 2-3 and Spirit pushed hard to try and find an equaliser. Unfortunately they ran out of time and then Kardinia secured a late goal.

Despite the score, the team should be very proud of their performance and how they are gelling as a team. There was lots of great movement around the pitch involving the whole team. This week’s player’s players were Ruby, Hamish, Aimee and Maddie. Great job everyone!

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Rebels 4-2

It was great to see a full list turn up for the first time this season, but unfortunately not all of you could play in the same team this week, with Rebels only having 6 players. We managed to run around helping them quickly find another few from the Spirit game that had just finished, and we loaned them 2 to even up the numbers. Thanks to Max and Brandon for joining the Rebels to make it a good game. Thank you to the umpires (Paul & Margie) for your patience as we figured out a way to get the game to go ahead.

With all the pre-game organising, Kurt had to do some last second restructuring of the team on the fly (as the team ran out). Rebels with their strong mids were pushing us hard, making plenty of work for our defenders. Understandably our structure was a little jumbled at the start, and it was Rebels who were doing a lot of the attacking.
As the game progressed, we managed to form up our structure, and move the ball a little better. Some nice positioning of our players out wide, and manning the post got us on the board.

After Kurt’s half time chat our team was a lot more settled and were able to repel more of the Rebels attacks, pushing our team back into attack. Rebels kept pushing us to the final siren, and with only a few minutes to go the scores were a very even 3-2. Some great saves from our goalie stopped the ledger being levelled, and a late successful short corner conversion saw us finish with a 4-2 win.

Well done team, and thanks again to all the players (Spirit & Strikers) that joined Rebels for the day.

Under 17

Newtown Spirit Bye

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 1-2

On Sunday Strikers came up against a determined Kardinia side. With a few players missing we welcomed Charlie and Liam into the team to make 11.

We were off to a flying start when Charlie threaded a goal with less than 2 minutes gone. From there Kardinia made things a lot more difficult. Strikers defended well and showed good channelling skills to prevent the Kardinia running game down the lines. Kardinia evened the match from a short corner and followed up with a second to leave us trailing at half time, 1 – 2.

Coach Niko emphasised sticks on the ground in defence and much more talk to guide our defenders in cutting off easy passes.

Strikers came out in the second half with renewed vigour, following Niko’s instructions well and looking to even the score. We struggled to penetrate deep enough into offence with any structure and or to get any clear scoring opportunities. Kardinia went on the offensive, gaining chances from short corner after short corner right up until the final whistle. Our defence in short corners was excellent, resulting in both teams being scoreless in the second half.

Well done Strikers and thanks again to Charlie and Liam.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 1-0

A great game for the Falcons this week, with some excellent ball movement, solid defence, and breaking the lines with hard running had us in attack on multiple occasions. We had some early good entries into the attacking D and were a little unlucky to not get the short corners. Our pressure on the ball carrier was excellent and had Saints on the back foot for most of the game. The pressure on the opposition was obvious, and it was great to see our team maintain our system, despite some of the questionable tactics being employed by the opposition. You can all hold your heads high.

Despite our dominance with possession, we went into half time 0-0. But with plenty of positive signs for the second half. Some re-grouping at half time, emphasising what we were doing well, and how if we keep up the system, the results should come our way.

In the second half we managed to ramp up the pressure, getting multiple repeat short corners. If not for some good saves by the Saints keeper we would have been on the board early in the second half. However the way we maintained the pressure to get the ball back, and get those repeat corner chances was very pleasing to see. A great piece of ball movement through the middle saw Alex get a good shot on goal, getting us on the board. Saints then tried to ramp up their efforts, but it was great to see our players lift, repel that pressure, and put us back into attack. Our ability to break through a defensive line was very good, and something which with a little more work should become a feature of our play as the season progresses.

Well done Falcons, a well-deserved win!

Division 2 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Red 1-6

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Saints Red 1-3

An excellent first half by Strikers with some precision passing finding players in space. The team play was so impressive and there was so much space in attack that it seemed as if Saints had less than 11 players on the field. The defence of Kirsty, Tash, Deb, Kellie and Charlotte was nearly impenetrable, as shown by the fact that we had no defensive short corners in the first half and Claire in goals had not touched the ball before half time. Great passing to space and running to receive the ball by the forwards, Georgie, Peta, Anessa, Kate and Serena created a number of attacks for Strikers, with many unrewarded. Kellie was the one who finally put us on the board, and we went in to half time with a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately, Saints scored 2 quick goals just after half time, from their very limited number of forward attacks. The lack of an interchange began to tell, and our looser marking in the second half allowed Saints to regather and begin to threaten.  The defence still withstood the pressure on many occasions but we couldn’t connect as well to our forward line and put the pressure back on the opposition.

 

 

 

2022 Hockey Season – May 14 & 15

There were only a few local games in Round 3 of the 2022 hockey season as the Junior Country Championships took place in Melbourne, and there were no fixtured games for U12, U14 and U17 teams.

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay

A fantastic effort from U/8 Strikers this week, against another experienced Torquay team. Two goals were scored by Paddy, with Grace providing a strong run in attack and a great pass to aid Paddy’s second goal.

All players continued to improve their defensive efforts, with some great tackling by Blair, Ewan and Vicki. A particularly pleasing run of play in the second half saw Paddy, Grace, Ewan and Dot all get involved in passing, tackling and moving the ball forward.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay Tornadoes

Newtown Spirit made some great efforts to hold up the Torquay attack, with sticks on the ground resulting in many successful intercepts. Passing efforts were well thought out but the speedy Torquay playing style made it difficult to direct the play to our advantage.

Congratulations to all the players who showed great persistence and endeavour, giving their best effort at all times.  Best Team Player Awards for this week went to the whole team.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 1-0

Newtown Spirit are developing good ball control skills and the ability to gain possession and control the play. Passing to team mates is improving each week and the effort shown by all players is excellent. Newtown scored a goal in the first half after a goal mouth scramble where everyone wanted to be involved.

Passes to the wings and use of the space down the sideline improved in the second half, allowing Newtown to create some forward moves which looked promising.  Great defence and thoughtful passes by Eva and Evelyn helped to spread the play. Lucas and Jessica worked hard to gain possession and Jake was calling and making some great position to receive the ball from the midfield.

Well done everyone. Best Team Player awards to Evelyn and Jake.

Newtown Strikers Bye

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 0-1

Division 2 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black (D1) 0-16

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 1-3

Newtown Strikers are settling in to a good pattern of co-operation and teamwork. Solid defence by Tash and Tracey met the opposition attacks early, and there was some good play to get the ball from Andie, Peta and Kellie from the midfield up to forwards Deb, Georgie and Sarah.  Shan, Serena and Hannah were able to find some space deep in our attack zone and it was Serena who scored our only goal.

Geelong’s speedy style of play did catch us out though, with our marking not always covering sufficiently and Geelong took their opportunities well. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use the numerical advantage which we had to really threaten the Geelong defence.

Junior Country Championships

Congratulations to the Geelong Hockey Association teams and the 35 Newtown members who participated in the Junior Country Championships as players, coaches or managers. The tournament saw the Association teams finish with a 4th place in the U13 Boys and silver medals in the U13 Girls, U15 girls and U18 Boys competitions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022 Hockey Season – May 7 & 8

Round 2 of the 2022 hockey season was completed with some excellent efforts from teams despite missing regular team members in some cases.

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay

Strikers played admirably against an experienced Torquay team.  All players did well at finding space and looking to pass to teammates whenever possible.  Paddy and Grace were enthusiastic in attack, and Ewan made some spectacular defensive efforts in front of goals.  A focus on tackling in the second half saw improvements in overall defence by the team.  A great sense of teamwork amongst all players!

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Navigators

Another great game by both Spirit and Navigators, with excellent focus on the ball. Players approached the play with sticks on the ground and were ready to fight for any loose balls. Fantastic ball control skills from James and Harry saw some forward plays reach the scoring zone, making sure that Thomas and the defenders had to be on their toes to repel the shots at goal.

Great teamwork for Navigators with Archie and Felix working well together.   Hunter, Emily, Eleanor and Amelie were keen to be part of the action, looking to gain possession and then pass to team mates.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 5-0

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-0

A number of Spirit players had filled in for U12 in an earlier game, but despite this showed great commitment and determination to win the ball.  A tendency to crowd the play in the first half saw lots of back and forward passes up the centre corridor. This meant that the relief for the defence was only temporary as the ball was back in their zone quickly.

The second half saw Spirit begin to spread out, with more passes using the width of the field. Through passes down the side line resulted in a number of attacks reaching the scoring circle. Jessica’s determination to gain possession paid off and she was able to score the goal.  Spirit’s defence was solid with Oskar, Evelyn and Jake proving a stumbling block to Torquay.  Well directed passes came into the game with Lucas, Harriet and Mackenzie showing some good awareness.

Under 12 Mixed

 Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 4-1

The two U12 Newtown teams played each other on Saturday, with Strikers getting the edge over Spirit on the scoreboard. Strikers were led by Audrey this week, who demonstrated some very good positioning and marking of players. Harrison and Will combined well for some well executed short corners, with Will scoring in the first half from a push in by Harrison, and Harrison scoring in the second half with a deflection of a pass by Will.

Other goals were scored by Sofia in the first half and another goal from Harrison in the second, resulting in a final score of 4-1. Some of the other impressive contributions came from Elizabeth with some great defensive efforts within the D and determination to play on after receiving a hit on her finger, and also James who volunteered to be the goalie and performed very well with a number of goals saved.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 1-4

The 1st half of the game saw Spirit play a fairly defensive style with lots of play crowded down the middle of the ground. The defence was good and made a few forward attacks and a couple of shots at goal. Strikers scored the only 2 goals of the first half.

The highlight in the 2nd half of the game was the space created which led to Bella scoring a goal after weaving around other players brilliantly. Well done Bella.                   Ved put in some exceptional work and his input was missed when he left the field due to an injury. More use and great positioning on the wing by Evelyn and a persistent effort from Xavier. Strikers scored 2 goals for the half to win 4-1. Overall well done team, everyone tried hard. Good luck next time.

Under 14 Mixed

 Newtown Spirit v Newtown Rebels 2-3

Despite the cold and windy conditions, Spirit arrived energised and ready for their Round 2 match. Thanks to Charlotte for stepping in as goalkeeper and to Taya for helping out Rebels who were short of players.

Spirit showed off some outstanding skills in the first half. With some great switches across the back line and then beautiful passing up the left wing they played some text book hockey which was great to watch. Aimee was first to get on the score board for Spirit closely followed by Felix with a goal in only his second match!!

After half time, Spirit lost some of their structure and discipline which allowed Rebels to get back into the game. Unfortunately two goals were followed by a third putting Rebels ahead. Spirit put in a late attacking burst but couldn’t convert their efforts into a goal.

This weeks players’ player was Ruby, closely followed by Felix and Hamish. Some great skills were in display. If these can be sustained for the whole game the team will be unstoppable!!

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 2-1

What a cold and wintery day for our round 2 match this week. A last minute out from illness, had coach Kurt re-shuffling the magnets as we went into our round 2 game on Saturday. Our team started off well, but the cold conditions had us a little flat footed. The team was still showing good structure, and we were moving the ball around nicely. The players started to warm up, and we started to again see some of the nice intercepts, which resulted in a few shots on goal. At times we were not running back to defend as well as we did last week, but some great intercepting by our full backs and halves, stopped most of the breakaway runs from Torquay, and some good saves from the goalie and desperation from our defenders were keeping Torquay goalless.

Our pressure when defending a free was particularly good, with lots of poke tackles getting the ball back, or stifling any Torquay momentum. Our first goal came from some good movement of the ball, players running into the space created from other players keeping on the move and drawing the Torquay defenders away. We got a few short corners, and it was nice to see the team come up with a variation on their own, to result in our second goal.

Late in the game Torquay started pushing hard. Torquay again got a fast breakaway, which we were a little slow to react to, and left the Torquay players two on 1 with our goalie, registering their first goal of the game, and giving Torquay an extra energy boost. It was great to see our players keep their cool, and keep moving the ball
around, repelling the Torquay energy, and resulting in another couple of scoring opportunities, unfortunately just wide of the goals.

No games this weekend due to the Junior Country Championships, but please come to training if you can, so we can keep working on the structure setups, and some short corner work.

Under 17 Mixed

 Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 14-0

On Sunday Strikers lined up against a young and depleted Geelong Jaguars team. We had 11 players with Ilia taking to the pitch for his maiden game. Coach Niko’s pre match chat urged a focus on crisp passing.

The first half was dominated by Strikers but not without eager defending by the young Jaguars. We had some great passages of consecutive long probing passes down the right-hand side of the pitch that led to numerous goals. Harry B featured in many, some with solo baseline runs ending with skilful flicks passed their goalie. Peri was amongst the scoring action, sneaking one in before the whistle.

The half time score was 9 nil. Niko was happy with our ball movement but wanted to see us set up a better structure and avoid the temptation to just blaze through Jaguars defence.

The second half started with Jaguars defending with more determination. This resulted in Strikers playing better hockey. Long passes presented scoring opportunities and there were some great passages of play. A scorching 40m pass by HB found Scarlett on the post who controlled the deflection to score a fantastic goal. Tomahawk shots by both Harry B and Mitchell resulted in goals. But the passage of play for the day didn’t result in a goal. Ilia, 5 metres from the Jaguars goal line, pushed a pass to Harry W. A crisp and accurate pass to Harry B gave him time to unleash a terrific and apparently premeditated pass to Amber who had made perfect position. She then fired yet another pass diagonally into the D to Scarlett who had moved rapidly onto the post. No goal resulted, but the ball moved from one end of the pitch to the other in about 5 seconds. No point running with the ball!

Final score was 14 nil. Harry B finished with a total of nine goals, although the last 2 spilled over into the yellow card column on my scoresheet, so the stats might not paint a great picture!

Thanks again go to Ruby for filling in (this is the last thanks Ruby, because I think you’re a permanent member of the team now). Congratulations to Ilia on a great first game of hockey.

Coach Niko was very happy, not because of the score, but because of the way we played.

Division 1 Women

 Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 0-3

Great work effort by Newtown Falcons, in a tough game against the D1 Torquay team that has been sitting on top of the ladder over the last few seasons. We showed some good signs, were very competitive, especially for a group that has not played a lot of hockey together.

The previous match between these two teams in 2021 resulted in a 0-12 loss. So a 0-3 loss in this game is a huge step forward for the team, and the score still probably doesn’t reflect how close we were. Falcons got a few shots on goal, which could easily have got us on the board. Our pressure on the ball carrier by and large was again very good, making it hard for Torquay to move the ball freely and score. This resulted in some clear frustration in their experienced forwards.

As the season progresses, and the players learn to play together, the team will develop and can push well drilled teams even harder. Further work is needed on getting the ball out of defence, and movement from a free, especially when a team is pushing very high and has created a solid wall defence. Well done all.

 Division 2 Men

 Newtown Falcons vs Geelong Blue 0-8.

A very hard game for Falcons with only 8 players and missing Martin from his usual goalkeeper position.  Persistence was not able to overcome the imbalance in numbers, with Geelong using the extra space well.

Division 2 Women

 Newtown Strikers vs Torquay Tornadoes 2-3

Starting with a bench was a pleasant surprise, providing a sense of anticipation.  The play was fairly even in the first 10 minutes and while Torquay began without a goalie, they were able to put plenty of pressure on our defence to score an early goal.  Great midfield defence turned the play to our advantage and a long run down the wing and passage into the circle where Kellie took advantage of Torquay’s lack of a keeper to equalise.

Newtown continued to work hard with some great running and use of space by Shan, Georgie and Tash. Torquay scored again, but Strikers were able to equalise again with Shan’s persistence in front of goal producing a result.

The last half was played with 10 players as family commitments intervened, leaving our defence without the solid interceptions seen from Kirsty and Andie in the first half. Charlotte became the defence rock, blocking many advances by Torquay and slowing the play to allow Newtown to regain possession.

Torquay scored again in the last part of the game but there was no chance to equalise again. Despite the loss, this was a game which promises great matches in future for the Strikers team. Well done all.

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Division 2 Men

 Newtown Falcons vs Geelong Blue 0-8

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay Tornadoes 2-3