Annual General Meeting 2023

Club members and supporters are invited to join us for the 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Newtown City Hockey Club.

📅   Thursday November 16, 2023

⏰   7.30 pm

📍   Stead Park, John St, Corio

2023 provided many highlights for the Club and its members, and we are very pleased to share the details. Highlights include:

  • excellent on-field performances and finals results
  • reintroduction of a Division 1 Men’s team
  • excellent member participation at Regional and State level teams and programs
  • significant membership recruitment activities
  • strong financial performance
  • completion of Stage 1 of the Lloyd Reserve Pavilion Project expansion

The Annual General Meeting will allow members to see the strength of the club and the activities which have been undertaken in 2023. Reports will outline the strong financial position of the club and the performances of all our teams. The Annual General Meeting gives members the opportunity to ask questions regarding the Club’s finances, the actions taken during 2023 and future plans and projects.

The election of office bearers and committee members for 2023/2024 is one of the very 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 is also the starting point for planning the activities and improvements of the 2024 year, so come along and give us your ideas. The General Meeting which follows the AGM will include discussions about the results of the Annual Review survey.

Supper will be provided.

Agenda:               Annual General Meeting Agenda 2023

Nomination for Office

Grateful thanks to the members of the Committee for 2022/2023 for their work, time and commitment – Claire Barnes, Peter Stuart, Ashley Quick, Chris Stuart, Brett Cleeland, Dominic Crowley, Kirsty Ayerbe, Hayden Francis.

We welcome any member who would like to volunteer their time, whether as a member of the incoming committee, or for an occasional role in the wide range of  roles and tasks across the club. If you have a few hours to spare each month, you might consider nominating for a position on the Committee, helping to bring members’ ideas to reality.  The Committee generally meets once per month, usually via Zoom.

Members are invited to submit a Nomination for Office  on the Committee of the Newtown City Hockey Club for 2023/2024. Nominations should be returned by Thursday November 9, 2023.

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. The form should be received by 1 pm on Thursday November 16, 2023.

Special General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a Special General Meeting. The results of the 2023 Annual Review survey and the actions planned as a result will be discussed. This is the opportunity for club members to contribute ideas to ensure that the club meets their needs and provides an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

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? Do you have a suggestion which the club could adopt to ensure a strong and sustainable club?

We would love to hear your ideas for the Club’s future actions and aims. Please join us for the Annual General Meeting and share your thoughts.

2023 Annual Review Survey

Please complete the 2023 Annual Review Survey here.

We hope that all our members enjoyed the 2023 season.  But we need your input and feedback to tell us how the Club can improve the service and the environment we offer to members.

If we did something good, let us know so that we can do it again! If there are things which you did not enjoy and which we need to improve upon, please tell us so that we can put a plan into action for next year. If you don’t tell us, we won’t know and can’t take any actions!

We would love your suggestions and ideas to help us plan for a great season in 2024. Please submit your response by November 13, 2023.

2023 Hockey Season – Preliminary Finals

Three fantastic games in the 2023 hockey season’s Preliminary Finals showed the improvement which comes as the season progresses. Unfortunately, the U12 game pitted two Newtown teams against each other, which meant there was always going to be one eliminated. Congratulations to both teams on the way they played the game, and the effort they put in for the whole game.

Under 12

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 1-2

The two Newtown teams had played some close games this year with Spirit winning the first 3 but the last 2 games had been draws. Both teams played a fast expansive game with Parker for Strikers getting a goal just before half time.

The second half opened up even more. Spirit had three consecutive short corners and somehow the ball didn’t go in. Another surge and Spirit finally levelled with Joe hitting a great goal from the edge of the half circle. Strikers lifted a gear and went ahead 5 minutes later with a goal from Jack.

Spirit tried their best to get a late equaliser with some long balls to the wings getting behind the defense. A couple of late opportunities for Spirit but Strikers held on for a deserving win.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 2-1

It was a nail-biting finish to the preliminary final for the Newtown Strikers as they managed to hold off  Newtown Spirit. Spirit made a strong start to the game and dominated the first 15 minutes. The Strikers then stepped up a gear and worked as a team to get a fantastic goal by Parker to finish the first half.

Spirit fought hard at the start of the second half to equalise the goal. Once again, the Strikers worked together with some great defending by Alex and Audrey and with some great determination by Jack to get a second goal in – to finish the game 2-1.

A very big thank you to our coach Dan, who has the ability to bring out the best in every player.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Blue 6-5 on penalty shootouts

With Tom opening up the scoring, the stage was set for a showdown with Kardinia. Serena was flexing her muscles on the injecting role for penalty corners. Coach Harry was watching on and changing roles as per what role the team was playing.

Alex and Amelia were backing up Mai in their full back roles. Lara and Chloe were running up the sidelines and Grace was keeping the ball in play. Surry and Luca were hard to get past and successfully sent the ball up to Matilda who had the game in sight.

With it all coming down to sudden death penalty shots it was Will who found the back of the net and Mai was able to stop Kardinia in their tracks with her skill of reading which way the player was going.

With everything crossed it’s time to take on Torquay for the Grand Final

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 1-4

The Newtown Falcons lost 4-1 to Torquay in the men’s D1 preliminary final. It was a much closer game than the scoreline suggests. It was 1-1 or 2-1 for most of the game, with Torquay sealing the game in fourth quarter with some pretty spectacular shots. We were up against a strong Torquay line-up and defended doggedly during the game. Despite having played another game only hours earlier, Harry had a big impact and scored our goal. Congratulations to Torquay – they were too good on the day – and good luck to them for the Grand Final.

While it was disappointing to end the season with a loss and miss out on playing in the Grand Final, Newtown’s senior men’s squad has come along way in 2023. We have gone from 1 team in 2022 to 2 teams in 2023. Our D1 team has been competitive against the other D1 teams. We have had a strong group of juniors playing as well as returning players and new players. Thanks very much to Claire Barnes for pushing us to enter two teams. Thanks to Leo for his recruiting and support in organising the team, particularly finding us a new keeper mid-season. Campbell has been a star. Overall, it has been thoroughly enjoyable managing the D1 team and running training on Thursdays. I hope everyone had an enjoyable season and looking forward to catching up at Senior Presentation Night, summer hockey and the 2024 winter season.

Grand Finals September 9

Grand Finals this week will feature 4 Newtown teams, in U12. U14, U17 and D2 Women.  Good luck to everyone and let’s get out there to cheer them all.

2023 Hockey Season – Semi-Finals Success

2023 Hockey Season – Semi-Finals Success

The high point of the hockey season has arrived, when teams can showcase their improvement during the year and put it all together in the Finals series.

Congratulations to the 9 teams who participated in the Semi-Finals, and commiserations to those who have now finished their hockey for this season. But just wait until the next hockey season!

Well done to the teams who earned the right to continue, with 2 teams into the Grand Final and 4 teams playing this week in Preliminary Finals.

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 1-0

A long-awaited win for the Strikers finally arrived this Saturday.  The team definitely peaked at the right time as the win assured them a spot in the playoff for second and third place against the Spirit next week.

Every single player in the Strikers team played to the best of their abilities with great teamwork demonstrated by all. This was evident in the fantastic goal scored by Parker but set up by the whole team to get the ball down the field.

A big thank you to Dan for all his encouragement and patience in coaching the Strikers this season.

 Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-2

Torquay had beaten Spirit 4 times this season with one draw early in the season. The score two weeks ago was 9-0 against a depleted Spirit side. Spirit was optimistic for this game with a near full strength team.

Spirit started well and got behind the Torquay defence a couple of time. Torquay worked their way into the game and despite great defence scored just before half time. Spirit defended honourably throughout the second half with the majority of the game played inside their half.

It was 0-1 until half way through the second half when Torquay scored a second goal. A tough game for Spirit who put in 100% effort and made their parents proud against the best team in the competition.

Under 14

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Blue – 1-1 at full time, 2-1 on penalty shootout

Well, what an exciting game for the U14 Strikers this week as they faced off against Kardinia Blue this week for the opportunity to go straight through to the Grand Final. Before the game Kurt spoke to all the players and implored them to put into place all the things they had worked on during the year. He asked the players to look for opportunities to use the width of the ground, use their voices to call for the ball and communicate to their team-mates and take aggressive opportunities inside the circle.

The first half was very close as expected and the ball moved freely back and forth up the ground with Letto making a few great saves, Ollie L, Ruby, Kashvi, and Riley holding tight in defence and Ollie W unlucky not to score after trapping a great Will through ball into the circle.. Unfortunately, eventually Kardinia were able to get the first score of the game and went into half time leading 1-0.

At half time Kurt’s message was just to continue pushing and creating opportunities and that we were still right in the game. After a few more close opportunities the Strikers finally forced another short corner and Zac was able to finish with a great goal to bring the game back to level. The rest of the half saw the two teams both create opportunities with Letto again saving several goals and at full time they couldn’t be separated, and the game went to penalties.

Will got the team off to a great start, scoring off the first penalty to put the Strikers in front followed by some great saves by Letto until Kardinia managed a score off a great second effort to level. It was then Kashvi who stepped up, took the ball wide and found the opening to put the Strikers in front with one player remaining. It was another great save from Letto who closed out the penalties and delivered a victory to the Strikers. The team were very excited and looking forward to playing in the Grand Final in two weeks’ time.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 7-2

The Newtown showdown was held and didn’t disappoint. The early stages were opened by Tom scoring first of five goals to him. Chloe and Lara headed up the wings through to pole to back up their chances of scoring and came so close. Alex and Amelia were in the back and providing support to Mai in goals, even bringing balls down from aerial attacks. Luca and Anya were our halves and didn’t disappoint in their roles with sending the ball out wide or in the air when needed.

Serena was marking everyone in the D and was rewarded with a goal on the rebound. Grace has come a long way this year with her running and being in the right place to send the ball up for grabs with our attacking options. Surry was also rewarded with a goal and made great saves when it mattered. Brandon throughout the game made great position and attacked when needed.

A great game from everyone.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 2-7

The semi final between the two Newtown teams commenced with lots of pressure on Spirit. Leo passed the ball onto Hugh pretty quickly who had two players on him as he arrived to move the ball forward. The ball spent a lot of time in Spirit’s forward with the help from Hamish who provided a couple of short corner opportunities. Hamish, Scarlett, Felix, Charlotte and Karla tried their hardest to get a short corner but unfortunately didn’t prevail. Max had some great runs, but by half time Strikers had two short corners. Madden saved an amazing goal and Ruby and Kayla worked hard in defence. 

Half time scores Strikers 5 – Spirit 0. 

The third quarter started with an early short corner for Spirit, unfortunately no goal. However, a good run in from behind the 25 from Charlotte saw Spirit score their first goal. Not long after, Max forced it into the D that gave Felix the opportunity to score Spirit’s second goal. 

Two short corner opportunities in the last quarter, and two goals for Strikers saw the final scores Strikers 7 and Spirit 2. 

We wish the Strikers best of luck against Kardinia in the preliminary final next week. 

That is a wrap for U17 Newtown Spirit, thank you to the team for showing up and playing their hearts out each week. Thanks to anyone that filled in for us over the season and the parents, for cheering on the sidelines, making sure the team had oranges and helped out with canteen duty. Most importantly, the biggest thank you to Rachel for taking time out to coach an incredible team. 

Division 1 Men

The Newtown Falcons defeated Saints Red 10-0 on a warm and sunny Sunday. It was great to welcome back Nik after surgery and Phil after being unavailable for a few weeks. We started strongly and scored four goals in the first quarter.

We played well through the middle of the game and then finished strongly with three goals in the fourth quarter. Highlights included Harry’s five goals, Tom’s drag flick goal and Leo edge past the keeper after receiving an overhead ball in the circle. It was a great effort by the team. Thanks for all the support on the sidelines. We look forward to playing Torquay on Saturday evening.

Editor’s note:  great combination between Sean and Leo to score a fantastic goal – reminiscent of Kieran Govers’ 2014 World Cup goal for the Kookaburras but in a more crowded goal circle.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints 0-3

Division 2 Men

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay Tornadoes 0-8

Torquay came out strong in the first quarter of the Semi Final, scoring 3 goals. Despite only having 11 players, the Strikers lifted in the 2nd half, narrowly missing goal with a number of attacks and limiting the Torquay goals.

After the game, coach David congratulated the team on a well conducted season, despite us often being low on players. He pointed to the achievement of being able to create a competitive Division 1 team. Special thanks to Prabha and Callum for coming to support the team even though they couldn’t play.

Well done Strikers! Onwards and upwards for next year!

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 4-0



2023 Hockey Season – August 19 & 20

The last round of the 2023 hockey season this week highlighted the results which can be achieved with practice and persistence. We move into the finals series next week, and with all 9 teams in the finals there’s plenty of anticipation, and plenty to cheer for.

Under 8

Some great play from both U8 teams this week, highlighting the improvement in skills and hockey smarts since the beginning of the year. Well done to all.

Under 10

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 1-0

Under 12

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 0-0

Under 14

Newtown Strikers Bye

Under 17

Newtown Spirit vsKardinia Blue 3-6

The last game for the winter season was off to a great start.  Spirit had two great opportunities at goal with short corners won by Max. Great team work was displayed when Hugh had several Kardinia players on him, however was able to get the ball to Karla and Max for a short corner.  First quarter ended with Leo having a great run with the ball into Spirit’s forward.  Great toss in by Zac, which was picked up by Leo who flicked it up across the D, unfortunately Hugh was just out of reach to shoot for a goal. Good run by Max and another shot at goal. Half time Spirit held Kardinia to two goals, Madden saved four goals and Spirit had four opportunities at goal. 

Ruby, Kayla and Georgia had their work cut out for them in the third quarter, an early short corner for Kardinia saw them score and soon after a second short corner saw Kardinia score their fourth goal. An option presented for Spirit with a short corner. Pushed out by Georgia, and persistence by Hamish got the ball to Nate who was in a great position to score. 

Last quarter the was fairly even with the ball spending time in both teams halves. Spirit had an opportunity with a short corner but unfortunately didn’t score and the ball headed into Kardinia’s forward, however Leo and Tessa got the ball back into Spirit’s forward that saw Max get their second goal. The game finished with Spirit getting a short corner on the whistle. The last play saw Georgia push out the ball and Max scoring yet again. 

An amazing game, the final scores, Kardina 6 Spirit 3. A big thank you to Zac Wingbert for helping the Spirit team with numbers this week.  Players player this week went to Max. However, everyone in the team received a vote. 

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 2-6

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 2-2

The Newtown Falcons drew 2-2 with Saints Black on a warm and somewhat sunny Sunday.

The Saints scored first with their injector tapping in a rebound from a penalty corner. We scored soon after in the second quarter with Harry weaving his way into the circle and then flicking the ball past the Saints keeper into the top left of the goal. The second quarter was tight. Unfortunately the Saints scored on the turnover a minute before half time. The third and fourth quarters were also tight, we had our chances, but were denied by strong defence from the Saints. Campbell also made some great saves to deny the Saints a third goal.

We earned a penalty corner in the final seconds of the game, and had to take the corner after full time. We managed to get a shot away, the GK cleared it, we intercepted the clearance, chaos ensued and we were awarded another corner. On our second corner, Leo flicked the ball into the bottom left corner to equalise.

It was a great effort by the team and a very encouraging performance in the lead up to finals. Shout-outs to Campbell for many great saves in the net and Tom P for volunteering to umpire on Saturday.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints 3-0

Division 2 Men

Newtown Strikers vs Saints White 3-7

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-0

Check out the finals fixtures here.

2023 Hockey Season – August 12 & 13

The fantastic progress made by teams during this hockey season has been exceptional, with some excellent skills and teamwork on display from teams at all levels of the competition.

Under 8

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit

I can’t believe there’s only one match remaining this season and I wish there wasn’t! I’ve loved every minute watching the Strikers mature into the team they are and to see individuals establish themselves as some of the best juniors in the competition. Well done Strikers!

Saturday’s match was a true marvel to behold, the Strikers played cohesive and fluent hockey from start to finish. Characterised by exceptional passing between the players and wonderful movement both on and off the ball. Charlie, Henry and Miriam scored multiple first half goals in a dominant display of confidence. And notably, Miriam stopped Caspar in full flight, causing rapturous applause from all spectators. It was a great moment and one of the many highlights that have come out of this season.

Thomas, Tess, Eliza and Nadia moved forward in the second half and had equally good games. Displaying great positional play and a willingness to contest the ball. Excellent work Guys!

Players of the Round – Henry and Miriam

See everyone Saturday

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers

This was one of the best games for Spirit this hockey season, with each member making a contribution to the team game and showing great understanding of hockey strategies.

Good skills and good passing to team mates who were moving into position to receive the ball allowed Spirit to create a number of forward moves. Determination from Caspar often found him in the goal scoring zone, with some success.  Great defence by Spirit made the Strikers players work for their goals and persistence from Abby and Leila gained possession for Spirit. Great passing from the midfield by Flynn and Cohen found Elspeth and Esther on the wings with space to run or pass to team mates, with Claire holding the centre channel and making good position.

Best Team Awards to Claire and Caspar.

Under 10

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 2-0

A fantastic game from Strikers, with better spreading out and use of space. Some excellent passing to the wings set up great combinations between Paige and Georgia, pushing forward into attack and putting lots of pressure on the Geelong defence. Paddy gained control of the ball often on the left side, and there was some fantastic ‘off the ball’ running from Dot, putting her in the right place to provide support.

Campbell was his usual calm self, with steady play under pressure, moving the ball out of the circle and back to Newtown’s advantage. The midfield defence from Edward and Felix showed great vision and thoughtful passes to keep Newtown in control of the game. James never gives up, always looking to take the ball away from the opposition and make strong passes to his team. Great work by Vicky and Alexis, who are always looking for a team mate to pass to when they get the ball.

Thanks to Miriam and Eliza for filling in, giving us some reserves of energy.

Best Team Player Awards to Dot and Campbell.

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 1-1

Another great game from the Newtown Under 12 Strikers as they drew 1-1 with Kardinia on Saturday. There has been massive progress from all team members’ performance as they were able to control much of the game. The team has made big improvements in their tackling and attacking and made some credible attempts at goal before Joseph was able to get the ball into the goal. Some great mid field play by Lucy and Audrey and tackling by Alex and Jack.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-9

Spirit were lucky to field a side as injury, sickness and unavailability hit the side hard. An even start to the game with both sides playing open and wide. Torquay got in behind the Spirit press three times in that first half and let in three soft goals before a forth on half time from a short corner.

Spirit had several chances in the second half but the counter attack from Torquay was relentless and the Spirit defence unaccustomed to the speed of the passes. Spirit eased off the pressure and the lack of substitutes hurt in the end.

Under 14

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Maroon 2-0

Yet another close game for the Strikers in what is proving to be a very even competition in the U14’s. The Strikers found some great energy early and did a great job using their voices to help position their teammates and call for the ball in space. The Strikers were able to penetrate the circle on a number of occasions in a very even first half but neither team were able to score, and it was 0-0 at half time.

At half-time the team spoke about keeping up the chat, making sure the options wide were letting them know and moving the ball out there quickly. Kardinia were setting up a nest in the middle so important to use width to get through and we talked about being aggressive with our entries into the circle and forcing the short corner opportunities.

The second half started well with the Strikers defending strongly and eventually creating an opportunity for George to move the ball through and cross to Zac for a goal. Kardinia attacked hard with the defence clearing a number of balls from deep entries and Letto making a couple of crucial saves. Riley, who was also celebrating his birthday on Saturday, managed to win a key contest and the ball went through to Baxter who drove into the circle and scored and take the score to 2-0 where it remained for the rest of the game.

Overall, another really tough match for the Strikers where they managed to maintain their defensive and offensive pressure and prevail. With a bye next week, the Strikers next game will be a final and this week’s tough match was great preparation.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 3-9

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-11

Spirit knew that they needed to apply a lot of pressure this game. Within the first few seconds of the game Torquay scored a goal. The pressure was put on by Scarlett early on. 

Good positioning and a pick up by Hamish gave Spirit possession of the ball within minutes of the game starting. With Spirit holding possession, on two occasions the ball went to the top of the D by Charlotte and Max, one of these instances Max was able to get the ball into the D and Hugh had the right idea and was in the perfect position to score but unfortunately missed, hitting the side of the goals. 

Second quarter Spirits defence was still working hard, the ball spent most of the time in Torquay’s forward, although Madden saved many goals, and two short corners were defended well, half time scores were 6-0. 

Second half started with Charlie and Hamish getting the ball forward.  Good positioning and pressure by Hugh saw Spirit gain possession again getting the ball to Charlotte. The result was a short corner for Spirit and an opportunity to score a goal.  Whenever the ball moved into Torquay’s forward, great pressure was applied by, Georgia, Felix, Tessa, Hugh and Ruby. 

The team was coming together with a great play that saw Felix move the ball up to Charlotte, who passed it to Scarlet.  Spirit had some positive talk on the field despite the scoreboard. 

With five short corners Torquay’ way in the second half, the final scores were Torquay 11 Spirit 0. 

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 8-3

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong Jaguars 2-2

One of the best game of the hockey season for Falcons, with some excellent defence. Ainsley provided the usual brick wall, skilfully picking off Geelong’s attacks with great anticipation and well timed interceptions, before sending the ball forward for Audrey and Emily to create havoc for Geelong’s defence. Beth did a great job of marking dangerous opposition attackers, denying them free rein in the circle.

Midfield defence from Alex, Ruby, Georgia and Rachel was solid, keeping players well marked on many occasions. Some speedy passages of play from Rosie, Grace, Amber and Hailey got the ball deep into our attacking zone, earning us a number of scoring chances. A switch in the usual attacking short corner combo saw Ainsley score a fantastic straight shot goal, with Hailey scoring the other goal.

A great game to have just before we get to the finals. Well done all!

Division 2 Men

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong White 2-6

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 5-0

An unexpected forfeit due to a schedule mix up from Geelong, but we gathered an opposition team of young juniors from the sidelines for a scratch match, which turned out to be very enjoyable. Thanks to all who participated.