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….



2022 Hockey Season – August 6 & 7

Only 2 rounds to go before the end of the hockey season and then into finals, and the games don’t get any easier. But the effort from our teams is superb as always.

Under 8

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia

U/8 Strikers were evenly matched against Kardinia, with some quick scores on turnover by Kardinia the only real difference.  Vicki put in a superb defensive effort in the first half, clearing many Kardinia shots on goals.  A great run down the wing by Paddy towards the end of the first half would have resulted in a magnificent goal, only he was just a touch outside the scoring area.

Paddy, Dot and Ewan combined well in attack during the second half, with great positioning by Dot and good passing between Paddy and Ewan resulting in multiple goals.  Paddy had another great run towards goal later in the second half, but again was just outside the scoring area.  Ewan and Blair were both tenacious throughout the match, with really pleasing second and third efforts, and Sophie put in some great defensive efforts, too.

Newtown Spirit/ Navigators vs Torquay

A shortage of players for both our teams and the 2 Torquay teams led to a game in which the teams combined to get the players on the field.

Spirit/ Navigators showed great endeavour and enthusiasm to get the ball and when the players began to spread out, the passing began to happen. There was some excellent tackling and good positioning to help move the ball forward.  Spirit/ Navigators defence was sound, stopping a number of Torquay attempts at goal.

Under 10

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 5-0

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 0-1

A great game by Spirit with a more settled structure and players maintaining position well to create opportunities.  Geelong had plenty of attack but Evelyn, Mackenzie and Oskar managed to deflect many of the forward moves.  Good positioning and perseverance in the midfield by Lucas was well supported by Binuli and Chelsea, and Spirit were able to create some forward moves of our own.  Excellent positioning and ball control by Emily and Jess allowed some great cooperation with Leo and Jack on the wings. There were a number of promising attacks using the width of the field to pass the crowds in the middle, but without any result on the scoreboard.

Best team player awards to Jess, Emily and Lucas.

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 1-1

This week’s game against Geelong Jaguars was hard fought. Regular goal keeper James was away this week, but Lucy bravely stepped up to defend the goal. With some regular players away, Strikers were helped out by Ved and Poppy who had just played their U12 Spirit game minutes before. Also joining the team were Eva and Joe from the under 10 Strikers.

The first goal of the game was scored by Jaguars, with an unmarked left winger sneaking in close to goal. Harrison levelled the score with a great team goal showing the Strikers persistence in the D. With a solid defence from Ved and Charles, there was no score recorded in the second half.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-3

Torquay was on the ball scoring the 1 st goal with the ball being in their most of the half. A great pass by Bella to Hamish saw him take the ball down to Newtown’s end then passed it back to Bella to go on to score Newtown’s 1 st goal. Newtown got the ball down to their end a couple of times but no luck getting it into the goal. Torquay had a couple of more players than Newtown. At half time the score was Newtown 1 to Torquay 2.

In the second half Newtown got the ball down to their goals but again had no luck in scoring any goals, while Torquay came out fighting scoring one more goal. Final score was Newtown 1 to Torquay 3. This was a great effort by all Newtown players as we only had 9 players and so no one was in the goals.

Thanks to Audrey, Harrison and Elizabeth for filling in for Spirit.

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 2-8

Congratulations on resilience and smiles. It was a tough game on Sunday against a strong Torquay team, especially when we were a number of players down. A huge effort form Madden in goals – even a dive to save a goal.

There were some really great passages of play that started with wide clearances from Amelia and Baxter. Jett and Felix  were consistently in fabulous positions for when the ball got through. Hamish, Aimee, Ruby and Declan combined well when the opportunities were there, creating some triangles of play.

Player’s player for the day was Hamish

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Blue 6-1

A nice Saturday morning welcomed us this week for an early start on Pitch 1, very un-Stead Park like weather with no wind or rain, and even a little sunshine!

Being the first game for the day, we got in a good warm up session, having the team primed to hit the game running. Coach Kurt’s pre-game work paid off, with Strikers having good ball movement right from the get-go.

Our defence was strong, with Isabel and Kashvi ensuring there was not a lot of work for Charlotte for the bulk of the game. Surry was linking up well with Brandon and Ollie moving the ball into attack. Will and Zak provided excellent run through the middle being rewarded with 2 goals each, with Ved playing an excellent game as centre forward, stopping the Kardinia mids on multiple occasions, and some excellent intercepts from reading the play. Ivy and Matilda provided great run all game, excellent calls and positioning on the post saw Matilda score a double, and Ivy was very close on multiple occasions. Well done Strikers, keep up the great work, and let’s make the enthusiasm in our warm up sessions a focus for the weeks leading into finals.

Newtown Rebels vs Kardinia White 0-5

Under 17

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 1-11

Newtown Strikers Bye

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 0-11

Division 2 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Red 4-3

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay Tornadoes 0-5

Unfortunately a severe shortage of players lead to us having to forfeit this game. We might all be fantastic players (??) but it’s hard to play a game with 1 keeper, 1 midfield and 1 forward!!

Looking forward to a more enjoyable game this week.

#HaveAGo at Hockey

#HaveAGo at Hockey

The Australian Olympic Committee #HaveAGo campaign encourages people to play a sport at the grassroots level, and develop new passions, friendships and new skills.

The early finish to the 2021 winter hockey season and the ongoing COVID restrictions give us a slightly longer break than normal between the end of the winter season and the start of the summer season. But this gives us a great opportunity to encourage others to #HaveaGo at Hockey.

The summer hockey season will begin on November 8 (COVID permitting), with teams available for players of all ages, all genders and all levels of experience (recent or otherwise). Games are midweek, so you can combine having a go at hockey with continuing to play your normal weekend summer sport.

With costs to play even lower than usual, relaxed uniform rules and a social atmosphere for the games, summer is a great time to #HaveAGo at hockey. Check the details here.

Boys and girls aged 5 to 12 can also #HaveAGo by joining a Hookin2Hockey program to learn the basic skills of hockey and strategies of the game. This is a great way to develop confidence and to make new friends.  The next program will begin on Thursday October 14, 4.30 pm at Lloyd Reserve, Windsor Rd, Newtown (opposite Balyang Sanctuary).

Summer hockey is also a great time to start a journey as a team coach or umpire, and we are always looking for help in these areas.

We are happy to welcome new members at any time of the year, and now is the ideal time to find out more and try out the game. Why not give us a call. Round up your friends to come along too.

Enquiries: Claire Barnes OAM, ph 0417 015130


#HaveAGo at hockey with a Hookin2Hockey program























2020 Hockey Season Fees Reduced

As health and government restrictions have relaxed, the 2020 hockey season will go ahead. As it is a shorter season than usual, members’ fees have been reduced to compensate.

The junior hockey season will run for 10 weeks, from July 18 to September 19/20. The senior men’s and women’s seasons will begin on July 25, and run for 10 to 14 weeks. The finishing date is yet to be determined – possibly October 25.

The adjusted fees include a reduction of 25% for junior teams and 35% for senior teams, plus the normal early payment discount. Depending on the finishing date, further reductions to senior fees may be made. A refund or a credit is available for those who have already paid the pre-COVID-19 fees.  Fees may be paid in installments if desired. Please contact the Treasurer ( to make arrangements for refunds, credits or payment by installments.

Check the details of fees here…..

New Members Welcome

The club would love to have all of our 2019 members rejoining, and would be very pleased to welcome any new members. Newtown Hockey Club welcomes new members at any time of the year. We don’t care if you have never played before or haven’t played for 25 years. We welcome players from 3 to 70+, beginners or experienced. You can be social or competitive, with teams and programs to suit a variety of people.  New members for 2020 will receive 2 free pairs of socks (value $20).

If finances (or any other factors) present a problem for your participation, contact the Treasurer, Peta Hanley, 0418 143816 or the President, Claire Barnes , 0417 015130 and we will happily discuss alternative arrangements in confidence.

Hockey is a great sport – fun for the whole family and for all levels of skill and experience. Here are some good reasons from Grays Hockey why it’s a great sport for children to play.

If you would like to join us for the 2020 hockey season, Register here.

Newtown City Hockey Club – fun for all ages










If You Have A Question…..
If you have a question about any aspect of the club’s activities, you can find the answers here:

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Club committee has decided to cancel hockey training for all junior and senior teams until April 15.

The decision will be reviewed again closer to this date. Unless otherwise advised, training will recommence on:

  • Wednesday April 15 – Under 10
  • Thursday April 16 – Under 12, Under 14, Under 17, Senior men and women

Check Teamstuff for details of times and venues, and any further changes.

It is likely that the season start will be delayed for at least 2 weeks, with a possible start on May 2. There may be some alterations to game times to create greater distance between the end of one game and the start of the next.

The club requests that members follow the conditions set down in the Geelong Hockey Association statement released on March 17.
Further information is also expected to be released by Hockey Victoria soon.

Stick2Hockey and Hookin2Hockey

The Stick2Hockey and Hookin2Hockey programs will continue at Lloyd Reserve as follows:

Enquiries: Claire Barnes, 0417 015130 or email