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 – 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 5 & 6

The 2023 hockey season has proven to be an exciting one for our teams. In an unusual year, all teams will be in the finals, partly due to the limited number of teams in the competition. With many teams showing significant improvement in the latter part of this hockey season, the finals could prove to be even more exciting! Anything can happen on the day!

Under 6

The U6 players are honing their skills while having fun with games and drills. There was some great work in the ‘Rob the Nest’ game this week, with players collecting and delivering the balls well from the middle.

Under 8

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars

On a beautiful Saturday morning this week the U8 Strikers revealed their true identity and played exceptional team hockey. Fierce in defense and keen in attack, their play across the field exhibited a greater understanding of Hockey than at any other point this season. With the end of this year’s winter season fast approaching, the improvement from the entire team has been incredible. Excellent, excellent work guys!!!

On a very pleasing note, Miriam really stood out this week and scored a wonderful second half goal. It was great to see her shed her apprehension of the contest and “get involved”. Well done Miriam and congratulation on being this week’s “Player of the Round”.

Charlie and Thomas were once again a joy to observe and a real delight to have in the team. Tess was solid in the midfield and ably assisted by Henry, who for the second week in a row picked up the”player of the Round” with Miriam. Well done!!

And finally, a very big thank you to Nadia who fought off wave after wave of the Geelong City attacks while she was playing at fullback. Brilliant Nadia!

Have a great week and see everyone Saturday morning.

Newtown Spirit vs Saints

This was one of Spirit’s best games for this hockey season with players showing great skills and good understanding of game strategy and positioning.

Great focus on the ball saw Caspar and Lily create forward moves and goal scoring opportunities on many occasions, with support from Abby and Esther.  Midfield defence from Leila, Claire and Cohen blocked many Saints moves and passed the ball to team mates in good position.

Flynn and Elspeth at full back coming well to guard the goals and prevented Saints from scoring successfully.

Best Team Player awards to Caspar and Flynn.

Under 10

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 1-2

U/10 Strikers played a terrific game against top-ranked Torquay. We were missing Tom, our spiritual heart in defence, and Georgia, our tenacious attacking forward, due to a broken arm and toe respectively. But Miriam and James stepped up from the U/8 and filled their shoes admirably.

First half was all about our defensive efforts, with Miriam saving an almost certain goal, Paige seamlessly playing the role of full-back in her first go at that position and Joe just getting in amongst it wherever he could. Despite our best efforts, Torquay scored in the first half and again early in the second half.

We spent a lot more time in attack in the second half, with Joe having a great run towards goal supported by Dot in perfect position on the post. Great defence again down the other end by Miriam saved another certain goal to Torquay. A final run up forward by Paddy late in the match, again ably supported by Dot on the wing, resulted in a much-deserved Newtown goal.

Final score of 2-1 was a huge improvement on earlier efforts against Torquay and was celebrated by sausages and flavoured milk by all!!

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 2-3

A fantastic game for the Under 12 Strikers this week with a 3-2 loss to the leaders of the competition to date – Torquay. Audrey played an amazing game and was rewarded with a goal in the first half.

Parker scored in the second half set up by some great defence by Lily. The score was quickly matched by Torquay who then went on to score a third goal in the last part of the game. The Torquay coach said at the end of the game it was the toughest match they have played all season which is a credit to the amazing improvement this team has made.

A big thank you to Hayden Francis for coaching while Dan was away.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 1-1

This was the game to probably decide who qualifies second and third. Kardinia started well with an early short corner goal and went to half time 1 goal ahead.

Spirit opened the game up in the second half and there were numerous attacks but not enough polish to score. Four short corners to Spirit in the second half and finally Lucas Young scored after a couple of short passes found some space.

Spirit dominated and should have won but could not find that final touch. Spirit 1-1 Kardinia and should secure Spirit second place who are 5 points ahead with 2 games to go.

Under 14

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Blue 1-0

Another really tight match for the Strikers against a tough team in Kardinia Blue. The Strikers started well, moving the ball well around the field and using the pass back to either Will or Kashvi to great effect to open up the field. The Strikers created some great chances with Baxter going on a tremendous run and just missing with the shot. Fortunately, Zac was on target from a short corner strike and got the Strikers on the board and they went into half time up 1-0.

Kurt asked the team for their feedback at half time and the key themes from the players were there wasn’t enough communication, and they weren’t using the width of the field as much as they could. It was terrific to hear the players able to do their own self assessments and showing what they had learned about the game from this season. Kurt stressed that if they can do these basics it will take the team to another level and also emphasised that the players should work together in organising themselves into positions and set up the play.

The second half saw the Strikers create offensive opportunities with some great aggressive crosses into the circle but and could have easily added a couple more goals if things had gone our way. Kashvi continued to relish the move a little further up the ground to half back and was able to make a number of intercepts while supported by Oliver L, Ruby and Riley who has brought some great run since he came back into the team. In the end the score stayed 1-0 in a scoreless but entertaining second half.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 4-2

Overseeing the strikers this week was Tom and Luca. Everyone played their roles well and made great position.

Chloe was on fire throughout the game running onto anything that came her way. Lara knew her position well and ran to the post any chance she had. Mai was solid in goals and when something got around her Amelia was there to back her up. Serena was able to tap the ball in for a goal and Anya was calling out plays. Alex had a great game stopping the ball anytime it came her way. Welcome back Surry who made the team work together with Grace.

A great win over our Newtown colleagues.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 2-4

Very cold weather this Saturday compared to the sunny morning we had last weekend.  The game started with Spirit’s defence on alert, Ruby had her work cut out for her. There was an early short corner to give Strikers an opportunity at goal, but Spirit’s defence was too good. A couple of shots at goal that were defended well by the Spirit team, in particular, Hugh saved a great shot at goal. Felix almost got a goal in the last minutes of the first quarter. 

Second quarter there was a lot of talking by the Spirit team. The team work and support was evident. Spirit had to defend two short corners, the second one saw Strikers score the first goal for the game. 

The third quarter started with an early goal by Strikers, which was followed quickly by a short corner that Hamish defended really well.  Great play by Max and Felix up the line saw a short corner for Spirit. Nate did an amazing job against Strikers defence. The ball was soon back in Spirit’s forward zone and Charlotte had the Strikers goalie on the ground.

Last quarter started with an early goal by Strikers. Teamwork by Leo, Hugh, up the line saw the ball in Spirit’s forward zone which saw Nate score Spirit’s first goal for the game.  Strikers retaliated quickly another goal. Ruby was critical in clearing the ball out of the D.  The game finished with a great ball by Hugh to Leo into the D for a goal to be scored by Max. 

Players player went to Max this week. 

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Red 2-3

Newtown Falcons played Saints Red on Sunday.  For the first time in several weeks we had 11 players, which was a relief (particularly for Ash Quick!). We also welcomed Harry B back to the team after being unavailable for many weeks due to representative duties.

We started strongly against the Saints, and had the majority of the play. We moved the ball well out of defence and through the mid-field. Harry had some great runs into the circle which drew several short corners. Credit should go to the Saints keeper and defence for saving several strong shots. Tom P scored first to give us a 1-0 lead at quarter time.

Following quarter time, we continued to move the ball well, but couldn’t convert attacking opportunities into goals. We weren’t able to find clear space in the circle and get to the posts.

In contrast, the Saints were able to convert their attacking opportunities into goals. We were 3-1 down in the final quarter and lifted, with Tom P scoring a second goal with a desperate lunge towards a rebound from the Saints keeper.

We will need to convert our attacking opportunities in the coming weeks including finals, and will practise converting opportunities in training.

Thanks in particular to Madden for stepping up and keeping for us.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs HG Sharks 5-0

This game was awarded as a 5-0 forfeit by HG Sharks but some sharing of players resulted in a scratch game and a 1-0 scoreline at the end.

This proved to be one of the Falcons best games for this year with some precise passes from Ainsley and Beth in defence finding Rosie and Jane leading to spaces to pick up the ball and continue the attack.  Great midfield defence by Georgia, Alex and Rachel didn’t allow the Sharks free rein and frequently turned the play back to our advantage.  Great support in the forward line from Scarlett, Emily and Audrey pushed the ball forward and kept Falcons in the play with many chances in the circle.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay Tornadoes 1-4

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Saints 3-0

Strikers are continuing their stellar season, sitting on top of the ladder, and leading into the finals with 8 wins to their credit.

The team is combining well from the back line all the way to the attacking goal. Alex and Kirsty are a formidable barrier at full back, well backed up by Rachel in goals.  Strong and determined play in the midfield from Tash, Kat, Andie met any Saints attacks early and redirected the play forward. An adaptable forward line with plenty of running and great ball control skills saw Charlotte, Hanna, Claudia, Serena, Georgie and Peta all having an impact on the game, getting behind the Saints defence on many occasions.

An excellent game from all.

 

 

 

Festival of Sails 2023

Festival of Sails 2023

The Festival of Sails, organised by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, includes the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, which is the oldest sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere, having first run in 1844.  The event attracts over 100,000 visitors every January to Geelong, with festivities held at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) and along the Geelong waterfront.

The race itself is celebrating its 180th year, and the Newtown City Hockey Club is celebrating our 24th year of assisting with the event.

Newtown Hockey Club provides cleaning and bin management services for yachting participants and the general public who attend the onshore festivities at the Yacht Club. In return, the Club receives reimbursement for the time and labour contributed by our members.

The event is one of the major ways in which the Newtown Hockey Club raises additional funds, without adding further to members’ costs.  We expect to raise $3700 from this year’s event, which is a significant proportion of  the club’s annual fundraising target of $5000.

 

Fundraising from events such as this is set aside for the development of facilities, programs and recruitment of new members. Facility development can include improvements to playing surfaces at Lloyd Reserve (e.g. synthetic surface pitch), or the Lloyd Reserve Pavilion expansion project. The completion of the pavilion expansion project will provide a much larger social space, allowing club functions to be held, and contributing to club unity and connection.

Raising funds from projects such as this represents a saving of $25 for each family, as these funds would otherwise be gathered by increasing membership fees. The assistance of members is requested and much appreciated, so that the fundraising load is shared, without any actual financial cost to members.

 

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. As an added bonus, 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.

Members are asked to volunteer three hours of their time during the period January 25 to 29, 2023.

The roster can be found at the link below, with 84 spaces to fill, so have a look and choose when might suit you best.  We look forward to your support.

Details and Sign Up Here

 

If you are unable to assist with this project, you may choose to make a tax deductible donation to the Club or to help with one of the other fundraising projects planned for the 2023 year.

 

Cookie Dough Is Back!

Cookie Dough Is Back!

After the success of the Billy G’s Cookie Dough fundraiser in 2021, we are keen to offer this again as way to raise funds  for the club AND give members and customers something for their money. Fundraising with ventures like this  helps to avoid raising membership fees in order to support our recruiting activities and facility development.

The dough will stay fresh in the fridge for 4 weeks, or can be frozen for up to 12 months. Once thawed, you can use what you like, and refreeze multiple times. How handy is that for those times when you have unexpected visitors?

The fundraiser offers 1 kg tubs of cookie dough (made in a nut free factory) in 10 different flavours, including one for your dog. At $18 per tub, for 40 delicious just baked cookies, that’s a great deal. 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!

  • Anzac Biscuits
  • Caramel White Choc
  • Choc Chunk
  • Mint Choc
  • Golden Classic – great for adding your own ingredients to give it a twist
  • Nestle Smarties
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Raspberry White Choc
  • Triple Choc
  • Doggie Dough

If every Club family bought 1 tub, or sold 1 to someone else, we would raise $600.  As with all our fundraising projects, the funds raised will help to support our recruiting activities for 2023, plus the Lloyd Reserve pavilion expansion.

Orders can be taken now with final orders due on November 21. Tubs of dough will be delivered approximately December 7 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.

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 the cookie details and the prizes 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 prefer, you can place your orders through this order page linked to the club rather than creating your own fundraising page.  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.

 

Win a $10,000 JB Hi-Fi Shopping Spree! Our highest tub seller will go into a draw to win a $10,000 JB Hi-Fi Shopping Spree. Plus, every member that achieves all online virtual badges will win a Billy G’s “You’re One Awesome Cookie” Bag Tag.

Want to aim even higher? Australia’s highest tub seller will scoot away with a Razor Prize Pack valued at $3,000. How exciting!

 

Thank you for your support.

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