2021 Hockey Season – May 1 & 2

The weather gods turned on the sun for this weekend and we weren’t sure if we were playing the summer or the winter hockey season.

Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars

A great game by Newtown Spirit as players are learning more about the game, the positions and the strategies involved. Excellent passing by all players and good chasing by Nina saw Newtown maintain possession well. Immy was in good position, enabling some good passing to Heidi on the wing.  Olivia and Lucas showed great focus, and were always ready whenever the ball came near them. Kyra defended well in front of goal and made some good passes to team mates, with good awareness of her best options. Flat stick tackles by Mitchell allowed him to gain control and make timely and effective passes to team mates, using square passes well.

Best Team Player Awards to Nina and Mitchell.

Newtown Strikers – Bye.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 0-4

This was a more focused game from Newtown Spirit players, with many players making good position. Kardinia attacked frequently, but solid defence by Patrick stopped many of their attempts to score. Patrick was well supported by Lucy and Lilly, with a number of first saves on the goal line.

Excellent strong passes from Patrick found team mates in position, with Poppy, Maia and Ved always ready to assist. Great positioning and working back in defence by Ved, Poppy and Maia deflected many Kardinia forward moves.

Will was in great position on the wing and provided a number of moves out of defence, with Ellie and Olive ready to help too. Tom and Hamish worked well together on the right and initiated some excellent runs toward goal. A tendency to pass the ball to the centre allowed Kardinia to regain momentum, but when we used the wings, we saw forward progress for Newtown Spirit.

A focus on second and third attempts will result in a more satisfying game and more forward movement.

Best Team Players Awards to Patrick and Tom.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 1-2

Today was a completely different game against Torquay. We had to get used to their strong playing. Because of great defending by all, the score was just 2-0 at half time.

In the second half we really knew what to do. Defence was still strong, especially Elizabeth (in her first game!) and Charlie were great in keeping the ball out of the goal. And there was far more attacking from Newtown. Great to see! Eddie did great in getting the ball to the front and Josien scored a very good goal from a penalty corner.  Unfortunately time was a bit short to score an equaliser. Great game by all!

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 1-1

After having a bye in week 1, Spirit had a good game to kick off the 2021 hockey season. We had 3 players away, so it was looking concerning if we were going to have
the numbers for a game, given we only have 10 on the list. Thanks to Maia for stepping up from U10 to help with the numbers, and Poppy for coming down to help also, playing with her sister on Strikers, to even up the numbers. Both U10 players did not look out of place playing with the U12 players, well done girls!

The game was very evenly matched, both teams playing with only 8 on the pitch, and no goalies. With the reduced numbers on the field, there was plenty of space, and it was excellent to see the ball movement right from the start. Lots of changes in direction, using the angles, and plenty of running.

Some great tackling, and forward movement had us in attack on many occasions. Some nice rebound out of defence, with Kashvi and Audrey working together as a solid defence, moving the ball out to the wings. Some close chances almost saw us open the scoring for the season, but Strikers were defending well. All our midfielders were running hard, with Ivy, Zac, Will and Charlotte all working well, rebounding out of defence, and putting us back into attack through lots of two way running. Oliver and Maia were doing a great job staying out wide and chipping in to defend on any Strikers rebound. Some great defence from both teams had us going into half time 0-0.

All the kids were very tired, but Kurt did a great job to rally the troops and get them focused for the second half. Some players seemed to get a good break, as they came out running hard both forward and to defend. Spirit got some incredibly good break away plays and we were getting shots that were just going wide. The team was again doing an excellent job defending, having to defend multiple short corners, and not letting the Strikers get one through. Some great fast ball movement saw Will get a pass through to Zac, who had Ivy and Charlotte running in support. Some nice evasive work saw Zac get a shot on goal, and we were finally on the board.

Both teams kept pushing hard. With only a few minutes to go Strikers managed to get in behind our defence, and even with some excellent defence, they managed to get a ball through and score to level up the score board.

It was pleasing to see the Spirit players keep their heads and keep fighting right to the final siren. The Spirit kids were strong in defence, rebounding many Strikers forward thrusts. A late Spirit short corner play was played very well by both teams, with Charlotte getting a nice push out to Zac, who got a nice crisp shot away, but an excellent clean save by Jacob saw the game end on a fitting draw (1-1).

Well done Spirit (and Strikers) it was great to finally be watching some hockey, especially with the great skills you all showed!

Newtown Spirit v Newtown Strikers 1-1

With only seven players compared to Spirit’s eight, it was a tough start for Strikers. Then Poppy came to the rescue to strengthen the front line and evened up the numbers. There was lots of good passing and strength in the defence but the team struggled to get the ball up into the D.

After lots of running in the first half, the team soon realised that big hits were required to help get ball across the distance and to save everyone’s legs. Spirit took the lead but Strikers bounced back with a period of good pressure. They have several attempts on goal but just couldn’t convert them into a goal. Finally all their hard work paid off with a goal from Madison. Another great effort by the team in just their second week. Lots of good learnings from playing with a reduced team and some good skills on display.

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 4-0

A great game in very warm conditions with Newtown Spirit coming away with the win. Goal scorers for Newtown were Liam, Surry, Brandon and Tilly. Lachlan provided a great set up to the goal made by Tilly.  Amelia worked very hard in defence and the team  all worked together throughout the game. Well done Newtown Spirit!

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia White 0-1

A warm day for round 2 had our Strikers very hot under the collar! There was some great work done in the midfield, Ruby and Peri worked hard to hold the centre. Great passing from the backline, and solid defence by Thamindu and Adrian. Chloe held good positioning throughout and Eoin was very fast with great control.

Great defence work by Strikers in the short corner and a brilliant save from our GK Elliott in a penalty stroke.

Strikers played well as a team in this very even competition, a quick goal in the last couple of minutes saw Kardinia finish on top with a final score of 1 – 0. Such a credit to the players to walk off the ground with their heads held high and telling the supporters how much fun they had had out on the field.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia White 3-0

The Spirit side ran out deserved winners, with great ball movement and solid defence against Kardinia. There were no heroics, just everyone playing their roles and positions to create multiple scoring chances. Sam and Luca were again strong and composed in defence, and the halves controlled the pace of play and distributed well to both sides of the pitch. A deflection from Tilly saw us go 1 goal up by half time thanks to great anticipation and positioning inside the right post.

We had numerous penalty corners that were well struck by Charlie and Tilly, and terrific ball control on the left from Oskar and Mitchell and from Will at right inside that allowed Oliver to slot one past the keeper, followed later by some Hayes magic combining to land our third. A thoroughly satisfying team effort.

Newtwon Strikers vs Torquay 0-5

Saturday 1st May, saw the Under 17 Strikers come up against a strong Torquay side. In the first half Strikers held Torquay to a 0-3 game and our defence of Sam, Tom, Phillip and Anya held off strong attack from the Torquay forwards. Without a goal keeper, Sam’s many saves on the goal line meant the team felt positive going into the second half. A change of game plan by the coach to use the wings and playing the switch more often, created space and nice passing. Amber was rewarded with a penalty short corner in the second half creating an opportunity, whilst Surry, Liam and Scarlett tackled well, pressuring the Torquay players. However, Strikers went down 0-5 at the final whistle. Thanks to the many U14 and U17 Spirit players who helped field a team.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 1-12

Division 2 Men

Newtown Falcons – Bye

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay Tornadoes 1-2

The game began well with both teams having similar amounts of play in their forward areas. Newtown moved the ball well with great movement by Deanne, Peta and Deb running to meet passes out of defence. Improved positioning and co-operation in defence limited the effectiveness of Torquay’s attack when they did enter the circle. Hillary, Tracey and Kirsty worked well together, meeting Torquay attacks well up the field and turning them back to our advantage.

Torquay scored the first goal from a pass across the goal, finding a player on the right post to tip the ball in. But Newtown redoubled their efforts and great midfield work by Andie, Kate (playing amazingly well in her first season) and Hannah continued to block Torquay’s advance and send the ball forward. 200% efforts from Georgie and Emily in both defence and attack created links to get the ball forward. Emma A, returning for the first time in two years since breaking her ankle, looked as if she had just played last week, with some excellent running and great passing.

Torquay scored a second goal from a penalty stroke in the second half, making the score 2-0. But Newtown Strikers continued to work hard, and earned a penalty corner late in the game. A nice combination of passes from Georgie and Peta saw Peta in the right spot to slot the ball home for a goal. Well done Strikers! A great game by all.

 

 

 

 

2021 Hockey Season – April 24/25

Welcome to the 2021 hockey season.

The 2021 hockey season began on April 24, with a lovely sunny morning, and plenty of smiling faces, happy to be back playing hockey with friends and family.

Under 6 Joeys

The U6 program was not able to operate in 2020, so it was especially pleasing to see the enthusiastic return of so many players for this hockey season. We began with a game of Traffic Lights, and Addison, Claire, Alexander, Jude, Edward, Mattias, Zachary, Grace and Florence all showed great dribbling skills.

Under 8 Mixed

  • Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit

The U8 Strikers team led by Maggie started the hockey season playing with excellent sportsmanship, positivity and energy. The team all tried their best with some excellent passing and encouragement. Oscar showed great determination with his 2nd and 3rd efforts and scored a tremendous goal, whilst Georgia also kept chasing and tackling hard. After a fast break from the opposition, Casper sprinted back and stopped their attack with a fantastic tackle, well done Casper.

Coach Maggie was very pleased with the teams’ efforts encouraging all players to try and spread out in future games. Keep up the great attitude Strikers!

  • Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers

The game began with Spirit players generally spreading out well, but not yet used to the strategies of the game and the need to move the ball quickly. Excellent defence and strong hitting by Lucas propelled the ball into attack for Spirit, and created goal scoring opportunities. In the second half, players began to move to the ball and to space and Heidi offered some good passing opportunities for her team mates and then carried the ball forward. Olivia and Mitchell showed great vision, looking for effective passes to team mates. Immy and Nina gained confidence and put pressure on the opposition when they had the ball, allowing Spirit to regain possession on occasion.

Best Team Player Awards to Lucas and Heidi.

Under 10 Mixed

  • Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 9-0

It was great to see that everybody enjoyed being back on Saturday mornings, and it was a very good first match from everyone. The younger kids in the team already showed great skills and passing. It was good to see that a lot of different kids had a chance to score a goal. Special mentions go to Braxton (in his first U10 game!) for his hard work and Audrey for her great passing. Well done everyone!

  • Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 0-9

The Newtown Spirit team fronted up for the first game with enthusiasm but also a few nerves as many of the players had not played much hockey (if any) before, and not at the U10 level.

The team settled to their task but the crowded conditions made it difficult to distribute the ball well. Newtown Spirit was forced to defend under the constant pressure applied by the Strikers team, especially in our defensive 25 yards area. The midfield defence of Patrick, Mai and Lilly worked hard to stop the Strikers’ advance but a tendency to pass to the middle instead of the wings allowed Strikers to regain possession.

Hamish and Ved worked hard to help in defence and to move the ball forward for Spirit. In the second half, Poppy moved to midfield and this proved successful, as she blocked a number of forward moves from Strikers.

Best Team Player awards to Ved and Poppy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 12 Mixed

  • Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 6-0

Despite having only 8 players, Strikers came out firing in their first round match. Charlotte from Newtown Spirit kindly stepped in as goalkeeper and Geelong Jaguars kindly loaned the team two strong players. With a full compliment of players, Strikers were quick to apply pressure to the Jaguars defence. There was some great passing through the mid field and a good use of space on the wings. It wasn’t long before Strikers opened the scoring and goals followed from Bella, Baxter and Jacob.

Strikers were pretty solid in defence and on the few occasions they were tested Charlotte made some great saves in goal. There were lots of positive to take away from this first match but the team will continue to work on their passing, hitting and penalty corners,  as well as building their match stamina after the long break. Keep up the good work Strikers!

  • Under 12 Spirit – Bye

Under 14 Mixed

  • Under 14 Strikers vs Golden Plains 3-1

What a good start to the 2021 hockey season with a 3 to 1 win over Golden Plains for our U14 Strikers. It was  wonderful to have the supporters back on the sidelines. It was the first time a lot of these kids have played together as a team, and they did well.

There was really good offence by the Adrian and Eoin with the first goal to Adrian. Great passing and positioning by Serena and Peri, and good passing down the line by Kye featured.

The strong defence by Thamindu and Leo on the backline, left our Goal Keeper, Elliott with not a lot of work to do. Chloe worked hard, particularly in the second half. Strikers forced 12 short corners, with great offensive play. Two quick goals in the last minutes of the game by Nate, gave Strikers the win.

  • Newtown Spirit V Kardinia White 0-5

Welcome to all returning and new players for the 2021 Winter hockey season. This was a great team effort by everyone but Kardinia were too strong on the day. Hamish and Amelia worked very hard in defence and Lachlan showed great skills and teamwork in attack.

Under 17 Mixed

  • Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-6

The opening round of the 2021 season saw U/17 Spirit take on Torquay in what was an entertaining game with lots of positives for Newtown. In the first half the game was largely in our defensive end but we held Torquay to a single goal in regular play due to excellent composure and poke tackling from Sam, Luca and Oliver, and several excellent saves from Mai in goals.  Unfortunately Torquay managed to score a second from a penalty corner after the whistle.

We looked more dangerous in the second half as we managed to move the ball quickly and create far more entries, particularly down the right side via Harley and Nick.  Reward for hard running and tenacity around goal from all saw Nick slot one home just inside the right post after he moved from wing to inner.  Not long after, a second goal from Nate who filled in marvellously at centre forward was disallowed as we failed to remember that the first penalty corner shot must be taken by a girl.  Let’s hope we can give Charlie plenty of opportunities next match.

Nobody could question the players’ effort and determination, and they were suitably gassed by the end.  The final scoreline was probably not a true reflection of the match.  With a little tighter marking in defence and quicker passing we can look forward to a competitive season. Thanks to the half backs Harry, Mitch and Oskar for running all day, and also to Liam who also filled in for the second half.

  • Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Blue 2-5

Division 1 Women

  • Newtown Falcons vs Geelong Jaguars 0-5

Division 2 Men

  • Newtown Falcons vs Saints Red 1-3

Division 2 Women

  • Newtown Strikers vs Saints Red 0-4

There were a number of regular players missing for this first match of the hockey season, but the inclusion of some new faces was very welcome and very promising for the future of the team.

Strong defence in the midfield was led by Hannah and backed up by Kirsty and Hillary in deep defence. Saints were able to find space in the circle and move the ball around quickly, allowing them to pounce on partial clearances. Great work by Andie and Emma in the midfield moved the ball forward where Georgie, Kristen and Grace put in some good running to space and we were able to make some forays into the circle, unfortunately without a result but it was close! Score at half time was 0-3.

With tighter marking in the second half and great positioning in defence, Saints were not able to gain as much traction although there were a number of shots at goal which went wide. Kate and Emily worked well on the right to help the defence and then move into attack with the ball, and De put pressure on the  Saints defenders, allowing Strikers to gain possession. Grace scored a goal from a short corner, but as it hadn’t come outside the circle first it was disallowed. Saints scored only 1 more goal in the second half, an absolute rocket off a short corner, a testament to the good defence.

A great first game with many positive signs.

 

 

 

2021 Hockey Season

After a very interrupted 2020 hockey season, it looks like the 2021 season is on track to a more normal path.

The 2021 Geelong Hockey Association season will begin officially with matches on April 24/25, and we are looking forward to a good year.

The advent of the COVID pandemic has interrupted the usual acquisition of new members and the flow of players on to the next age group. This has resulted in a reduced number of teams entered by our club and by other clubs. Overall, we can still be relatively pleased with the Club’s position at this stage.

We have teams in:

  • Under 8 Mixed – 2 teams
  • Under 10 Mixed – 1 team
  • Under 12 Mixed – 2 teams
  • Under 14 Mixed – 2 teams
  • Under 17 Mixed – 2 teams
  • Division 2 Men – 1 team
  • Division 1 Women – 1 team
  • Division 2 Women – 1 team

We will also continue the Under 6 Joeys program and the Saturday Social hockey program, which were not able to operate in 2020.

2021 will be the beginning of a recovery phase, which may last for a number of years. However, we are working hard to regroup and welcome both new and old members for the 2021 hockey season.

Our first Hookin2Hockey program for the year has shown very pleasing results, with 26 children having participated during the program, and 20 of these having registered for Hookin2Hockey. Registering for the program provides insurance benefits and membership of Hockey Victoria for the year, resulting in a cost saving for many if they decide to join a team and continue playing hockey. The first program finishes on March 30, but a further program will commence on May 18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are very pleased to welcome senior members back to play too, including 8 new or returning members. We greatly appreciate the patience and continued interest in participating from senior players, after we were unable to provide a senior competition at all for the 2020 hockey season.

We are always happy to welcome new members, regardless of age (3 to 65+), experience or skill level and we don’t care how long it is since you last played.

We are especially glad to welcome Astrid Lempriere, who joined us for our senior and U17 practice matches last week, and expressed her preference for playing goalkeeper. Hooray! It’s often hard to find someone for this valuable position. Astrid says she hasn’t played for 17 years and felt quite rusty, but she looked in great form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a joyful atmosphere at the practice match, with comments about how nice it was to be back playing hockey, and to see people watching. Thanks to all those who participated, and who helped with the BBQ afterwards.

The matches allowed the coaches (Maggie, Paul, Carl, David and Gordon) to get a feel for how the season might go, and how the teams might be selected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone who would like to join one of our teams is very welcome.

Head Coach Position Vacant

Newtown City Hockey Club is seeking an enthusiastic, capable and suitably qualified person to take on the role of Head Coach for the 2021 year.

The club has a diverse and varied membership, with 250 members of all genders ranging in age from 3 to 65+. The club’s 16 teams participate in the winter and summer competitions of the Geelong Hockey Association.

We anticipate that 2021 will be a year of rebuilding after the COVID affected season of 2020. We aim to increase the strength of our membership and to deliver an enjoyable and satisfying year for all participants. The Head Coach will be an important and valued part of these aims.

We are seeking someone who will work within the framework of our core values.

  • Welcoming and Inclusivity. New are members welcome regardless of age, gender, skill level, race or sexual orientation
  • Fair Play and sporting behaviour. Playing the game and conducting our affairs honestly, openly, fairly and in a spirit of vigorous but good natured competition
  • Excellence. Pursuing excellence in all that we do and when playing the game, strive to win through superior performance and skill
  • Accountability. Open and transparent with members, supporters, sponsors, other clubs and external bodies that support or facilitate the game
  • Continuous improvement. Striving to continuously improve our on and off-field performance and maximise our contribution to the development of the game
  • Sustainability. Aiming to ensure that the club is able to sustain its activities and operations over many years

The Club is a non-profit sporting club which operates with significant input from volunteers in many roles. There is a reimbursement available for the successful appointee to this position.

Read more …….

Please submit applications by February 21.

Enquiries: Claire Barnes, OAM. Ph 0417 015130.

Annual General Meeting 2020

The Annual General Meeting for 2020 will be somewhat different to AGM’s of previous years, but it is of even greater importance than usual for the Newtown City Hockey Club as we move toward the 2021 year.

The AGM will give members and the committee an overview of the operations of the Club during the 2020 COVID pandemic and the Club’s current financial position, impacted as it has been by the pandemic. The AGM will provide the opportunity to confirm the purpose and the aims of the Club. It will also seek the input of members to revitalise the Club and the assist the strategic planning  of actions to foster the growth and sustainability of the Newtown City Hockey Club.

The election of office bearers and committee members for 2020/2021 is one of the 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 will be followed by a Special General Meeting, and it is here that we can begin to formulate ideas and strategies which the Committee will incorporate into the 2021 season. The Club and the Committee need your ideas! 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?

We would love to hear your ideas for the Club’s future actions and things we should aim for. Please join us for the AGM and share your thoughts.

 

When:                 Thursday November 19, 2020

Time:                   7.30 pm

Venue:                Via Zoom

Agenda:               Annual General Meeting Agenda 2020

Nomination for Office

Nominations are called for positions on the Committee of the Newtown City Hockey Club for 2020/2021. Nominations should be returned by Thursday November 12.

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. This form should be received by 1 pm on Thursday November 19.

Bring on 2021, and let’s make it our best year yet!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller