2023 Hockey Season – May 6 & 7

2023 Hockey Season – May 6 & 7

Round 2 of the 2023 hockey season saw some excellent matches and some very skillful play and team strategies.

Under 6

Although the U6 players might be small in number and small in size, they show great skills and willingness to learn.  There was some excellent dribbling and pushing in this week’s session and it was good to see the children having fun.

Under 8

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong

The experienced players of the Spirit team, James and Caspar, led the way in the game against Geelong, with great focus on the ball and excellent passing skills.  Our newer players made great contributions with Flynn successfully defending the goal on many occasions, and well considered free passes to team mates in space.  Abby and Esther co-operated well on the right, with determined efforts to obtain possession and move the ball into attack.  Leila was always in good position to intercept Geelong’s forward moves and used the space down the wing to send the ball toward our goal. Claire and Will positioned themselves in the centre channel, creating an obstacle to Geelong’s progress.

Best Team Player Awards to Leila and Abby.

Newtown Strikers vs Saints

Another fantastic game was enjoyed by both teams during Round 2 on the weekend.

In only their second game as a team, the Strikers demonstrated excellent teamwork throughout the contest, with ball skills and passing both improved significantly from Round 1. Henry, Tess, Nadia and Charlie were standouts in attack, making run after run towards the Saints goal. While Miriam, Eliza and Thomas were ever present in defense, tackling beautifully to keep the Saints scoring opportunities at bay.

Fantastic game Newtown Strikers U8’s. Keep up the great work!

Under 10

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 2-2

The U/10 Strikers welcomed Georgia and Winnie to their team in their match against Kardinia. A great run by Paige up forward, ably supported by Georgia and Paddy, resulted in an early goal for Newtown. A couple of impressive intercept passes by Paddy in the forward line kept the pressure up on Kardinia, but they did manage an equalising goal midway through the first half.

Some huge defensive efforts from Felix ended up in a second, epic goal by Paige shortly before half time. The second half was then all about defence, with Campbell and Edward joining Felix to basically create a solid wall in defence. Kardinia did sneak in one more goal, but a particular standout defensive effort saw the ball transition seamlessly from Campbell to Vicki to Paige to Georgia – great team play! Georgia, Paige and Dot also supported each other well in attack but that last goal remained elusive, and we ended up with a 2-2 draw.

Best Team Player Awards to Felix, Edward and Georgia.

Under 12

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 3-2

Newtown Spirit had a slow start and were trailing 2-0 at half time. However in the second half they made a comeback with Jess scoring 2 goals and Lucas Y scoring one. Thank you to Joe and Ishe from Under 10s for filling in.

Under 14

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia Maroon 7-0

A great second game for the U14 Newtown Strikers with the team able to record their first win of the season. The Strikers continued to gel together as a team and had excellent contributions from all players in a resounding 7-0 victory that was great to watch.

Continuing to build flexibility in the team, Kurt threw some players the challenge of playing in different positions and all players took to their roles and applied themselves with aplomb. The movement of the ball through the attacking zones in particular was great and some astute passing inside the circle opened up some great opportunities for goal. The Strikers shared the scoring and had five different goal scorers with Zac and Bella two each and Baxter, George and Oliver also finding the back of the goals.

The defence was also tremendous at repelling any Kardinia forays forward with Will patrolling the centre and distributing out to the wings regularly to create attacking opportunities. Kurt was particularly pleased to see the implementation of the strategies the team had worked on at training with great spread of players and more even use of both wings. It really shows the value of everyone getting along to training, and we certainly encourage all players to get there when they can.

Overall, it was great to see the team being able to deliver on the coach’s instructions and continuing to build together as a unit for a first win in what looks like great signs for the season ahead. Well done Strikers.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 2-2

Firstly a big thank you to Nate Harding and George O’Neill from helping out Strikers on Saturday.

A good game from all involved and listening to our coach Harry re passes being short and directly to someone from our team. Chloe and Serena were working hard following up the ball. Brandon and Tilly never knew when to quit as ball came to them.

Nate successfully found the back of the net twice meaning we tied with Spirit. George made great position throughout the field and long and short passes from Amelia down the backline in defence. Mai in goals was amazing.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 2-2

Another beautiful morning out at Stead Park today.  This game saw excellent sportsmanship with Nate putting his hand up to assist the other Newtown team to even up the numbers for what ended up being a great game to watch. 

In the first half the Spirit team defended two very quick short corners by the opposition. Max did a great job clearing these out.  Spirit started to get their momentum with the ball spending time up forward with three opportunities at goal, it took a short corner soon after that was pushed out by Ruby and saw Leo score the first goal for the game.  The end of the first half saw spirit working hard to defend the goals. 

The second started strong, the team held good positions that provided Leo opportunities to move the ball forward.  Felix and Georgia working together and almost scoring and then Max scored within minutes of the third quarter starting. Defending was important during this half, it saw Madden defending and stopping several goals. 

The game finished with a two all draw. Formation and good team work was prevalent during this match. 

A great game that saw Max take out best player followed closely by Leo. 

Senior Men

Newtown Falcons vs Navigators 10-1

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Blue 3-2

Great to see Dane score a goal in his second ever hockey match.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons – Bye

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 5-0

We were all set for a great match, but unfortunately Geelong had to forfeit the game due to lack of players. We were really looking forward to seeing our new recruit, Jane, on the field but we will have to wait for this week!









Annual General Meeting 2022

Club members and supporters are invited to attend the Newtown City Hockey Club Annual General Meeting for 2022, to be held on:

📅   Thursday November 17

⏰   7.30 pm

📍   Stead Park, John St, Corio

2022 was expected to be a rebuilding year after the 2020 and 2021 effects of the COVID pandemic.  We are very pleased to say that 2022 has been an excellent year for the Newtown City Hockey Club in many ways, with highlights including:

  • excellent on-field performances
  • significant recruitment activities and increased membership
  • strong financial performance
  • progress with facility development

The Annual General Meeting will allow members to see the strength of the club and the activities which have been undertaken in 2022. 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 2022 and future plans and projects.

The election of office bearers and committee members for 2022/2023 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.

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.

Supper will be provided.

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a Special General Meeting. The results of the recent 2022 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.


Agenda:               Annual General Meeting Agenda 2022

Nomination for Office

Nominations are called for positions on the Committee of the Newtown City Hockey Club for 2022/2023. Nominations should be returned by Thursday November 10.

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.

The Committee generally meets once per month via Zoom, with each meeting lasting about 2 hours.  If you have a few hours to spare each month, we would value your input.

Proxy Forms

If a member is unable to attend the meeting, a Proxy Voting Form   may be submitted. This form should be received by 1 pm on Thursday November 17.

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.

Lloyd Reserve Pavilion Project

Lloyd Reserve Pavilion Project

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

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

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

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

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

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


The future pavilion – project completed!









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


#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