2024 Hockey Season – June 15 & 16

2024 Hockey Season – June 15 & 16

June 16 was Newtown Hockey Club Day, with most teams playing their games on the same day. The day provided some great performances for spectators to watch and applaud.

Highlights this week included:

⭐ A close game between U12 Strikers and U12 Spirit

⭐ U14 Strikers continuing to improve each week

⭐ A win for U17 Strikers in a tight game against Torquay

⭐ Great game by the U10 Lloyd Reserve teams, with the first game on synthetic surface for many of the players.

Under 10 Stead Park

Newtown Strikers vs Saints 5-0

Under 10 Lloyd Reserve

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Rockets 6-3

Newtown Spirit played Newtown Rockets on Saturday. It was a high quality game with 9 goals scored. For Spirit, Leila scored a goal and Hugo scored several goals. Spirit have improved markedly during the season.

In the weekend’s game we took passes quickly, led into space, attacked the ball and did many other things well. The one thing to work on next week is not passing across goal in defence.

Newtown Dynamos vs Newtown Rebels 5-1

The first half was very closely matched. A number of attempts at goal were made by both sides. Eliza in particular had a number of opportunities then capitalised with a goal. Edward was assisting the forward drive with his long hits enabling the forwards to create their attacks. 

Kiarah stood out with her determination to tackle and push forward no matter how many defenders were in the way. Great to watch. Miriam went for a couple of notable runs into the scoring area and continued to pressure the Rebels.  Due to the Rebels forward pressure Flynn was kept on his toes dealing with each attack. At the end of the first half the score was even at 1:1

Caspar was part of the Dynamos team in the second half and made a significant difference with his running play and accurate assisting passes. He also scored the first goal and had leading roles in others that were scored.

The second goal was an accidental ‘own’ goal while the defending Rebels were under pressure in front of the Dynamos’ goals. Next Edward scored a goal. The third goal was an accurate pass in from Caspar to Flynn, who wasted no time in hitting a goal.  The Rebels defense, particularly Harry, were very good and made each attacking play from the Dynamos difficult. Similarly Kiarah was controlling play with her determined approach.

The final score was 5:1 for the Dynamos. The most valuable players (MVP) award was given to Flynn and Edward.

Newtown Rockets vs Newtown Spirit 3-6

Despite some great efforts in the first half by the Rockets defenders, Spirit were able to push forward into attack with strong hits and determined approach to the goals. Tom showed great focus in defending the goal, and denied Spirit’s attempt to score on many occasions, followed by great clearances to team mates on the wings.

Excellent efforts by the whole team to keep their sticks on the ground saw Rockets gain possession and great running by Austin to provide cover for team mates was very pleasing.

In the second half, Rockets were able to make more ground and move into attack. Good co-operation between Harry and Elspeth on the left wing brought the ball to our forward zone on a number of occasions, putting pressure on the Spirit defence. Great positioning by Nora and Lily on the right created opportunities to move forward and persistence in following up allowed Rockets to score 3 goals in the second half.

Best Team Player awards to Tom and Nora. Great work everyone!

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 1-0

A hard fought 1-0 win over Spirit.  The team maintained great shape with all players demonstrating a greater understanding of how to play their positions. Special mention to Eliza and Georgia who played the wing position well all game and with a little more luck would have got greater reward for their efforts.

Mitch played his best game of year with countless attacking moves from defence. Eva and Albie were solid in defence and teamed up well all game to stop multiple Spirit goal scoring opportunities.  We had a lot of play in our half with Eddy, Jack and Alex hunting the ball in the middle which made it hard for Spirit to get past.  Cooper and Fraser also provided good targets up forward all game.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 0-1

Unbeaten Strikers v 2nd place Spirit. The first half was very even with Spirit creating some counter attacking chances down the field. Strikers got into the circle a couple of times and scored with an individual goal from Jack.

Second half had Spirit camped inside Strikers half for long periods and dominated possession. Spirit had 5 short corners to 1 for the match but could not capitalise. Late in the half with tired bodies Strikers dominated territory. Full time. Spirit 0-1 Strikers.

Under 14

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 3-5

U14 Strikers continue to find their rhythm on game day, showing lots of improvement week to week. Whilst this week was another loss to the Jaguars, the margin on the scoreboard was just 2 goals – an impressive effort, given the margins of 7 and 10 in previous rounds this year!

Jaguars had two quick goals in the opening minutes of the game before some good defense from Emily and Kassidy had the ball heading back towards our end. Throughout the half Strikers had a few opportunities to score with no luck, until 5 minutes before the break when Cormac was able to find the back of the net. The score at half time: 1-4.

An unlucky Jaguars in the second half (they were short some players!) meant Strikers had plenty of opportunities for scoring. Parker was keen to make the most of the crowd on Club Day, scoring early in the half.

With some new-found confidence and a tighter scoreline, Strikers continued to pressure the Jaguars’ defense keeping the ball up our end. Binuli was always in the play and applying pressure when it was needed most – some great efforts!

Jaguars were only able to add one more goal to their tally mid-way through the second half thanks to great defensive work from Liz and Oliver clearing the ball out of their attacking zone.

Late in the half Jess and Parker both had chances, but it was Cormac who found his second goal for the game, and the third for Strikers. A final short-corner went begging – the game ending with a final scorecard 3-5.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 1-0

In another thrilling encounter, Newtown triumphed over Torquay in a closely contested match. Both teams, fielding reduced players, saw an open field that led to aggressive passing and a focus on driving the ball through the middle to create opportunity.

Newtown’s defence was exceptional, particularly in their strategy of pushing Torquay’s attackers wide, effectively containing them and preventing entry into the circle. This defensive discipline was spearheaded by Riley and Georgia at the halves, with strong support from Kayla, Amelia, and Winter at the back. Madden was outstanding in goal, making crucial saves to keep the first half scoreless.

The third quarter saw Newtown breaking the deadlock, with Zac capitalizing on a short corner to score the decisive goal. The defenders moved in synchronized waves, pushing up to support the attack and showcasing impressive two-way running despite the reduced numbers.

Although both teams created numerous opportunities in the final quarter, neither could find the back of the net, and the match concluded with a well-earned 1-0 victory for Newtown. The team’s effort in maintaining high energy and effective one-on-one defending throughout the match was commendable.

Overall, it was fantastic to see Newtown close to full strength, delivering an impressive performance and securing a terrific win.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 2-3

In what was a very fast paced game, Newtown took to the field with a full side and players on the bench (which for us is a novelty which will hopefully continue).  This allowed us to have fresh players on the pitch which resulted in consistent pressure and the ability to defend Torquay’s attacking plays while making many of our own.

From the backline, Beth, Ainsley, Neve and Ruby along with Rachel (who had a standout game in goals), constistently repelled Torquay, while they cleared the ball wide and set up the midfield with some solid passes.

Audrey, Hailey, Jane and Georgia (with some cameos from Neve pushing up from defence) were able to move the ball freely to get the ball into attack while equally applying pressure when there was a turn-over.

On the forward line, Charlotte, Amber, Grace and Tess stretched the Torquay defence, making a number of scoring opportunities, two of which Grace was able to put in the back of the net.

Although Torquay were able to score 3 of their own goals, the game was very competitive and a good sign of what we’re capable of with a full side.  Being that we’re about half way through the season, these are the types of games that we’ll be able to build upon in the lead up to the finals.

All in all, very well played. 

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 4-5

A very competitive game which saw the scoreboard change frequently, with both teams countering with a goal each time the opposition team scored. The score at half time was 4-4, a high standard game.

Strikers’ defence was excellent, led by Kirsty, and well supported by Kayla with a great debut senior game. With Rachel, Hannah and Claudia always in the right position and maintaining possession of the ball in the midfield, Torquay were not able to dominate.

Tash provided a focus point in attack, and Georgie, Charlotte, Sofia, Hanna and Kim worked well together to move the play forward. Andie even played a cameo role on the wing. Great ball control skills and passing from the forwards was very pleasing, and there were a number of additional scoring chances narrowly missed.

Both teams continued to work hard in the second half, with neither team able to score until late in the game when Torquay found an unmarked player in front of the goal. Overall, another excellent game from Strikers.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Red 1-6

Newtown Falcons played Saints Red on Club Day (Sunday). The first half was very even. We defended strongly and manage to shutdown the Saints’ forwards. We scored first thanks to good play into the D, attack on the goalie and Cal putting the ball across the line.

In the second half the Saints were too strong and converted several corners to win 6-1.

Newtown Hockey Club Day

One club, one aim! Every team in action – bringing our hockey family together for an unforgettable Club Day!

Newtown Hockey Club: Where Every Family Member Finds Their Home on the Field

🏑 🏆 #UnitedWePlay #ClubDay #TeamSpirit

Come and join the fun on June 16, and celebrate the fantastic hockey family and club we are all part of.

The sausages will be sizzling on the BBQ at Stead Park, and there will be some special treats and give aways and a Raffle too. If you need new socks or uniform, or want to pick up a Newtown hoodie for those cold days on the sideline, we can help you out.

There will be 8 Newtown teams playing on the day so there’s plenty to cheer about. The U10 Lloyd Reserve teams are invited to be part of the fun too, with time set aside for them to play on the turf.

Games will begin at 9.15 am with the last Newtown game beginning at 3.30 pm.
9.15 am – U12 – Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers
9.15 am – U10 Lloyd Reserve teams – mini Carnival
10.10 am – U10 Stead Park – Saints vs Newtown Strikers
10.15 am – U14 – Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars
11.15 am – U17 – Torquay vs Newtown Strikers
12.30 pm – D2 Men – Newtown Falcons vs Saints Red
2.00 pm – D1W – Newtown Falcons vs Torquay
3.30 pm – D2W – Torquay vs Newtown Strikers

2024 Hockey Season – April 20 & 21

Round 1 for the 2024 hockey season began with a lovely sunny weekend, just right for playing some great hockey.

Under 10 Lloyd Reserve

With a new competition format for the U8 and U10 players, being spread between Stead Park and Lloyd Reserve, it was fantastic to see 4 teams take to the field (1/2 size) at Lloyd Reserve. The range of ages in the teams, from 5 to 9 in most cases, didn’t faze the players and the standard of play and hockey smarts was excellent.

Newtown Dynamos vs Newtown Spirit 4-0

It was a very evenly matched start to the game, with no scoring for the first half, but plenty of opportunities for both sides. Both teams were passing well and letting less experienced players participate.

Penalty/Short corners were enthusiastically participated in, although a lot of players hadn’t
experienced these before.

In the second half, Dynamos began to break away. Eliza assisted in an excellent first goal that was scored by Edward. There was plenty of action at both ends of the ground with players having to run the entire
breadth of the oval regularly. Dynamos converted another three attacks into goals which were all scored by Edward.

Overall, the game showed great defense by both teams. Even though the score was 4:0 the game was very competitive. Miriam, Albert and Flynn worked well in defense. Felix, Edward and Eliza saw a lot of action in the forward line with Eliza in particular providing some great assistance work in the scoring shots. Players were encouraged to work on bringing the ball to their strong side and to clear
the ball in defense situations to players on the wing.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Dynamos 0-4

A fun game to begin the season, with some great play by the Spirit players. The sausage at the end of the game is always an attraction!

Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Rockets 5-2

In their first game for the season the Rebels played the Rockets at Lloyd Reserve and won 5 -1. It was not only the first game for the winter season, but for many of the players it was their first game ever! In the first half Charlie played in attack, he was running hard the whole first half and scored the Rebels first 2 goals. Beatrix played in attack for the whole game and showed some great passing skills. Abigail was involved in an epic tackle, stealing the ball from the Rockets. While Esther showed herself to be a great team player, with some lovely passes to her teammates.

Caspar worked hard in defence in the first half keeping the Rockets from scoring, and then in the second half he played in attack and scored three goals. One of those goals was thanks to a great steal and goal assist from Harry. Florence did some great passes and defended well, stopping a goal from the Rockets in the second half.

Freddie showed his skills with some great passes throughout the game, in particular there was a noticeably great pass close to the sideline. All the players did the most important thing and had a great time while building not only their hockey skills but their skills as team players. Well done Rebels!

Newtown Rockets vs Newtown Rebels 2-5

There were 6 players today for the Rockets: Nora, Tom, Elspeth, Lily, Austin and Harry. For the first half we borrowed Harry from the Rebels to play for us and the second half we borrowed Charlie.

The first half the team did some really great passing while staying out nice and wide giving everyone space. They did well looking for their teammates. No goals for Rockets in the first half and 2 goals for Rebels.

Second half again really nice work passing and good play and stops. 1 goal by Charlie in the second half and 3 goals for the Rebels.

Next week will try and focus on passing the ball quicker and being aware of where your teammates are. Great first game Rockets!

Under 10 Stead Park

Newtown Strikers

A bye for this team for the first round but they are keen to get on the field next week.

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 8-0

A fantastic way to start the season with an 8-0 win over Kardinia.

From the start of the match Newtown controlled the game and territory.  Our players held their positions well, which created space for many attacking opportunities. Our passing was a feature of the game with the ball shared to players in better or more attacking positions. A signifiant amount of scoring opportunities were created but we were unable to convert a lot of these due to Kardinia’s great goal line defence.

Goals Scorers : 3 Jack, 2 Joey, 2 Eddy, 1 Eva

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 4-0

The first game of the season and the players were a bit nervous to come up against last year’s premiers. Spirit started off strong from the outset and set up camp in their forward half. There were numerous half chances in the first half and three short corners but the team didn’t quite have the polish to score.

The second half was dominated again by Spirit and Torquay rarely got out of their half. This time Spirit passed the ball to teammates more confidently. Georgia R got the scoring underway, followed by goals from Joe I, Chelsea O and Ishe T to finish off a much better second half.

Under 14

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 1-11

U14 Strikers had a tough start to season 2024, scoring 1 goal to Geelong Jaguars’ 11.

Despite the loss, the Strikers put in some great team and individual efforts. Our defence was kept busy, including good efforts from Lucas O. and Isobel to keep the ball out of the D. And when the ball did get through it didn’t always make its way to the goals thanks to some great saves from Kassidy!

Up the other end we saw some nice attempts towards the goal from Jessica and Audrey, but  Kayden had the most luck and put our first and only goal on the board.

Our team will take away plenty from the game, and aim to come back stronger next week!

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-6

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 3-1

On what would turn out to be an seasonably warm day, the D1 Falcons took to the field, a player down, against a formidable Geelong side.

The game was played at a fast pace with Newtown applying a lot of pressure to force mistakes from the opposition which resulted in a penalty corner goal from Hailey.

Against the run of play, Geelong were able to counter this goal, bringing the scores back one apeace.

At quarter time the team was boosted with the arrival of Ruby, back from playing in Melbourne, and provided immediate results when she was able to break away from the Geelong defence and taking on the goalie pushed the ball into the back of the net.

As the game progressed, with no bench, fatigue started to become a factor, but instead of dropping their heads, everyone doubled down playing smarter hockey and making every play a challenge for the opposition.

This tenacious style of play paid off when Georgie was able to score the team’s 3rd goal in the later part of the game, providing a scoreline buffer which was maintained to the final whistle.

Big shout-out to Paige, Alex, Georgie and Claire (in her 801st game) who doubled up and contributed massively to the win. 

Overall, a fantastic start to the season and something that we’ll be able to build upon in the coming season.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Corio 3-0

The Newtown Falcons defeated Corio 3-0 on a balmy Saturday evening. We had a substantially different team from last year but played well from the start.

We had most of the play in the first half but were 0-0 at half time, thanks in part to great saves from Corio’s keeper. We lifted in the second half and improved our ball movement. Tom P, Tom E and AJ scored goals. Thanks to Brett for keeping at short notice.

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 2-4

A good game to start the season with lots of positive indications.

Some skillful goals scored by Geelong, but good defence prevented further scores. Newtown’s defence was well served by Tash, Peta, Andie and De, with Alex and Rachel making some great interceptions. Unfortunately, injury to Kirsty early in the game saw her take no further part in the match.

Strong forays into the attacking zone by Serena, Claudia, Hanna and Charlotte, working well with Georgie and with Paige providing momentum to get the ball forward meant we were unlucky not to score more.

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!


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….