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!

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Thanks for a great year.

Thanks for a great year.

The 2022/ 2023 Annual Report and the Financial Report were presented to the Annual General Meeting on November 16, 2023 for consideration by members.

Thanks to the members of the 2022/ 2023 Committee. Their co-operation, enthusiasm and ideas have all contributed to the excellent year in which the Newtown City Hockey Club and its members achieved many great things both on and off field.

With the Annual General Meeting done and dusted, our focus turns to the 2023/ 2024 year.

Hockey is an all year round sport these days, and it is important to begin planning for the next year well before we reach the beginning of the winter season.

Election of the 2024 Committee

It is pleasing to note that all the members of the 2023 Committee have been re-elected to the 2024 Committee, providing some ongoing continuity. We are also pleased to welcome Life Member, David Wyld back to the committee. David previously held the role of Club Secretary from 2003 to 2006, and has been very active in playing, coaching and team management at both junior and senior levels for the club since then.

The 2024 Committee is:

President – Claire Barnes OAM

Vice President – Dominic Crowley

Secretary – Peter Stuart.

Peter has been on the Newtown Hockey Committee since 1997, serving as President, Secretary or Sub-comittee convenor each year. We are extremely grateful for his continuing interest and commitment.

Treasurer – Ashley Quick

Committee members

Kirsty Ayerbe

Brett Cleeland

Hayden Francis

Chris Stuart

David Wyld

We have vacancies for 2 more Committee members so if you would like to help the Newtown Hockey Club continue to grow and prosper, please let us know.

Focus on 2024

Feedback from members is very welcome as we begin planning for the 2023/2024 year.

Major focus areas for the club will include:

⭐ Increased activities and programs to recruit new members at all ages, with particular focus on U8 and U10 players.

⭐ Providing enjoyable and worthwhile training and skill development opportunities for junior and senior goalkeepers and field players.

⭐ Recruiting and training additional coaches and umpires.

⭐ Continuing progress on the Lloyd Reserve Pavilion Development project.

⭐ Continuing member involvement in club social and fundraising activities

If you have any suggestions or ideas to make your participation, and that of others, in the Newtown Hockey Club more enjoyable we would love to hear them.

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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….

 

 

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