Lloyd Reserve Pavilion Project

We are extremely pleased that the Lloyd Reserve Pavilion Project is the recipient of a Community Infrastructure Grant from the City of Greater Geelong, announced in the latest round of funding.

A grant of $340,000 has been awarded for Stage 1 of the project. The Lloyd Reserve Pavilion redevelopment is a joint project between the 3 co-tenants at Lloyd Reserve – Newtown City Hockey Club, Geelong Touch Football Association and Murgheboluc Cricket Club.

Stage 1 of the project is valued at $370,000, including $30,000 provided by the 3 clubs. Stage 1 provides for the construction of indoor toilets, improving safe access for members and visitors to the Lloyd Reserve pavilion.

The projected cost for the plan as a whole is $1.3 million, with the project constructed in 3 stages. Ultimately, completion of all stages of the project will provide a pavilion with female specific change rooms, increased social space, kitchen improvements and increased storage capacity. This would create a more user friendly space for members to gather and would assist in welcoming new members.

The current social space available in the Lloyd Reserve Pavilion limits the number of members and guests who can attend events and the type of functions we can provide. The social space will fit 40 to 50 people indoors. As our end of year presentations for the younger junior age groups often have 150 people in attendance, this means that children and families must remain outside during the function. And then we cross our fingers and hope for good weather.

The completion of the entire project will greatly expand the options for club functions which can be held at Lloyd Reserve, and will allow much greater social mixing between all members of the club and all sections of the club.


The future pavilion – project completed!









We have a number of options for members and families to support our fundraising. We would appreciate any contribution members can offer.


Festival of Sails 2022

The Festival of Sails organised by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club was first run in 1844, and in 2022 will celebrate the 179th anniversary of the iconic Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race.

The Newtown City Hockey Club has assisted the Royal Geelong Yacht Club with this event since 1999, by providing cleaning and bin management services for yachting participants and the general public who attend the onshore festivities at the Yacht Club.

2021 unfortunately saw the Festival of Sails activities cancelled due to COVID and the hockey club services not required. We are very pleased to be asked to assist again in 2022, with the Festival of Sails running from January 21 to January 26, 2022.

The event is one of the major ways in which the Newtown Hockey Club raises additional funds, without adding further to members’ costs. Newtown Hockey Club is contracted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club to keep the Yacht Club area clean and tidy during the Festival of Sails. In return, the Club receives reimbursement for the time and labour contributed by our members. As the event often attracts over 100,000 visitors to the Geelong waterfront, it can be a very busy time for our volunteers.

What’s Involved?

The work is not difficult. It includes clearing tables, picking up rubbish, taking rubbish bins to the compactor to be emptied and replacing bins around the area for reuse.

Our work is much appreciated by the yachting community and those who attend the Festival activities. Our volunteers regularly receive positive comments about our contribution from those in attendance. Our participation also provides another means of letting the Geelong community know of the existence of the Newtown Hockey Club.

The Club is seeking volunteers to help with this event. Family, friends and any helpers over the age of 15 are welcome. Volunteering your time is ideal for school students who need to demonstrate involvement in community activities.

We expect to raise over $3700 from this event.

Members are asked to volunteer three hours of their time during the period January 21 to 26, 2022. The roster can be found at the link below, with 96 spaces to fill, so have a look and choose when might suit you best.  We look forward to your support.

Sign Up Here


Fundraising from events such as this is set aside by the Newtown Hockey Club for the benefit of members and for the future development of facilities. Future development of facilities could include improvements to playing surfaces at Lloyd Reserve (Windsor Road field or a synthetic surface pitch), or the Lloyd Reserve Pavilion expansion project.









2022 – Let’s Make Things Happen!


Let’s make 2022 a year of ‘Make Things Happen’.

Congratulations to all members of the club on your contributions and achievements during the 2020/2021 year. The 2021 winter season finished early but there were many highlights for Newtown City Hockey Club, as detailed in the 2021 Annual Report.

Some of the notable highlights include:

  • Runners Up finishes in the Geelong Hockey Association Under 10 and Under 12 competitions
  • Members made significant contributions to the promotion of hockey in Geelong, through Roadshows and Sporting Schools programs in local primary schools
  • Increased participation in Hookin2Hockey programs with 50 participants in total during the year
  • 45% increase in new members compared to 2020 year
  • 50% of junior members are female – the first time this has been achieved
  • Application made for funding for the Lloyd Reserve Pavilion project
  • Very good financial position and sound financial management

Aims for 2022

The core values of the Club guide our actions as we conduct our operations:

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

The 2021 Annual Review Survey has given us feedback from members about the activities and organisation of the club during 2021. The survey comments have provided us with actions and strategies which we can put in place to make things happen and ensure that the club remains strong and sustainable, and continues to meet the needs of members.

Strategies will focus on:

  • continuing growth and recruitment of new members, aiming to reach at least 270 members for the 2021/2022 season
  • improved retention of members and reduced number of members not returning to play
  • continuing sound financial management and increasing the proportion of funds which come from outside sources – grants, sponsorship, fundraising projects and not from membership fees
  • maintaing the playing costs at reasonable levels for members and families
  • ongoing training of players, coaches and umpires to achieve high performance levels
  • continuing regular communication with members and the local community
  • providing opportunities for social interaction and community engagement

Committee of Managment for 2022

These members have been appointed to the Committee of Management for 2022, and we look forward to their energy, enthusiasm and their ideas to help ‘Make Things Happen’ in 2022.

  • President  – Claire Barnes OAM
  • Vice President – Jo Murphy
  • Secretary – Peter Stuart
  • Treasurer – Ashley Quick
  • Committee members – Dominic Crowley, Peta Hanley, Bree Hayes, Zen Skuza, Chris Stuart

There are 2 Committee member positions vacant, so if you would like to help the club flourish in 2022, we would love to hear from you.


Together everyone achieves more!

Summer Hockey Round 1

Well that’s Round 1 of summer hockey done and dusted, although it would have been nice to have had some summer weather.

  • Under 10

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 3-0

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Rebels 3-0

  • Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Roar 10-1

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Growlers 8-4

  • Under 14

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Blue 0-11

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia White 5-2

  • Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 13-2

  • Senior Mixed

Discotech Ninjas vs Angels & Demons 11-7

Newtown Strikers vs Beers Later 7-0

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 12-6

Quaranteam vs Banana Split 21-10

  • Masters Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Saints Black 7-10

Newtown Spirit vs G2 10-10

  • Friday Family

Supersonics vs Geelong Jaguars 4-10

Well done to Brad, playing his first hockey game in 30 years, and to Michelle playing her first game in 23 years AND scoring a goal.

Welcome to the 35 players who are joining our teams for the first time or rejoining after a period of absence. Thanks also to the 12 members of other clubs having a summer hockey experience with us. We hope that everyone has an enjoyable time and has fun = the main aim of summer hockey.

We still have space in most teams for more players, so if you have a friend who may be interested, invite them to join us.

We are also in need of umpires for all nights (Monday to Friday). Let Claire know if you can help. 0417 015130

We have a Cookie Dough Fundraiser running until November 18, and would appreciate your support. You can order here  or create your own page to take orders from your friends  https://bit.ly/3F9gFsP

It’s the last week of Hookin2Hockey this week but it’s not too late for children to join and try out hockey. 4.30 pm Thursday November 18 at Lloyd Reserve.






Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Keeping sports clubs financially sustainable and affordable for participants usually involves additional fundraising ventures other than collecting membership fees.  Newtown City Hockey Club is always on the lookout for a way to generate income which doesn’t involve increasing membership fees.

And with Christmas coming closer, we thought we would try out the Billy G’s Cookie Dough Fundraiser which includes Gingerbread as one of its flavours. If you love gingerbread, this might be just up your alley.

The venture offers 1 kg tubs of cookie dough (made in a nut free factory) in 10 different flavours, including a cheese flavoured one for your dog. At $17 per tub, that’s an awful lot of cookies, and all you have to do is scoop, bake and serve. Billy G’s is an Australian family owned and operated business. Billy G’s cookie dough is only available through fundraising, and is not sold in stores, so stock up!

  • Gingerbread
  • Mint Choc
  • Nestle Smarties
  • Choc Chunk
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Caramel Fudge
  • Raspberry White Choc
  • Anzac Biscuits
  • Triple Choc
  • Doggie Dough

The aim is to sell at least 100 tubs of cookie dough. As with all our fundraising projects, the funds raised will help to support our recruiting activities for 2022, plus the Lloyd Reserve pavilion expansion.

Orders can be taken now with final orders due on November 18. Tubs of dough will be delivered approximately December 3 to a central point so that you can collect your order. Dough is delivered frozen and can be stored without refrigeration for up to 8 hours. Dough will last in the refrigerator for 4 weeks, and can be refrozen over and over again.

And there are prizes to win!

Incentive Prizes: Members who sell 1 tub or more are entitled to an incentive prize for their efforts.  You can choose to set your own fundraising goal – the more tubs you sell the more prizes you will receive!  There are 12 prizes up for grabs so start selling! Ask your family and friends to share the deliciousness. Prizes are automatically ordered at the end of our fundraiser based on the number of tubs you have sold.

Check out the order form and prize pool here.

So how do you participate?

Each member creates their own fundraising page, which links to our project.

1. Create your own Fundraising Page. Creating a fundraising page is easy!

  1. Go to cookiedough.com.au to create your Fundraising Page by clicking the “Register Now” button and fill in your information as a parent/guardian.
  2. Choose your goals and create a unique avatar!
  3. Place your order using the “Order Now” button and share your fundraising page with your family and friends via the “Share” section so they can start buying some yummy cookie dough. How Easy!

If you don’t wish  to create your own fundraising page and aren’t bothered about prizes, you can use this one.    Share it with your family and friends and say thank you from all of us.

Billy G’s is a completely cashless fundraiser.  All orders must be placed online and paid by credit card/Paypal. If you receive a cash sale, please convert online through your online fundraising page.

The Leaderboard Challenge – The highest tub seller in our club leaderboard will automatically go in the draw for the chance to win an Apple Prize Pack valued at $3,300. That is super exciting!

Thank you for your support.

Enquiries: Claire Barnes OAM, ph 0417 015130 or contact us here.