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.

 

Senior Hockey Team Presentations

Senior Hockey Team Presentations

The 2022 season for our senior hockey teams saw improved performances across the board and some very pleasing results. Not least of these was the miracle ‘come from behind’ win by the Newtown Falcons men in the Geelong Hockey Association Division 2 competition.

The enthusiasm and positive outlook provided the base for a very enjoyable end of season function to recognise and reward the teams and their efforts. With most players in attendance and encouraged by family and supporters, the evening was a mix of great food, plenty of chatter and laughter, season photos, games badges, merit awards, new players awards and team trophies.

 

 

Congratulations to all who were involved in the 2022 season, as players, officials and supporters, and congratulations to all the recipients of awards, games badges and trophies.

Bronze Merit Awards

Thanks for ongoing contributions to the club over a number of years – Dominic Crowley,  Jo Murphy,  Ian Sheppard

 

 

 

 

Games badges

 Well done to players who have reached games milestones for the Newtown Hockey Club.

  • 50 Games – Hannah Anderson, Dominic Crowley, Oliver Soo
  • 100 Games – Martin Andrews, Basyl Jalil, Grace Milne, Ruby Moon
  • 150 Games – Harry Bradbury, Hailey Wyld
  • 250 Games – Tracey Heydari
  •  400 Games – David Wyld
  • 550 Games – Peta Hanley
  •  750 Games – Claire Barnes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State and Regional Team Awards

Congratulations to players who were selected in Hockey Victoria Masters teams in 2022:

  • Ian Sheppard – HV Over 65s D1
  • David Fitzgerald – HV Over 60s D2

 

 

 

 

 

Club Award Winners for 2022

  • Graeme Hawkins Trophy, Best Clubperson – Rachel Moon
  • Alan Barnes Trophy – for promotion of sportsmanship and encouragement of junior hockey – Dan Hale
  • Best First Year Senior Player – Brett Cleeland
  • Most Promising New Senior Player – Mitchell Quick

 

 

 

 

 

Team Trophy Awards

D1 Women Newtown Falcons

  • Best and Fairest – Ainsley Stuart
  • Most Improved – Georgia Pritchard, Scarlett Knight

D2 Men Newtown Falcons

  • Best and Fairest – Basyl Jalil
  • Most Improved – Brett Cleeland

D2 Women Newtown Strikers

  • Best and Fairest – Tash Wilkinson
  • Most Consistent – Charlotte Cleeland

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022 Hockey Season – Fantastic Grand Finals

The 2022 hockey season has finished on a high for Newtown City Hockey Club.  With 8 teams participating in the Geelong Hockey Association finals series, it was fantastic to see 4 teams make it through to the Grand Final. And it was even better to see the Grand Final day finish with 2 Premierships and 2 Runners Up. This added to the Premier and Runner Up finishes in the Under 10 competition, which does not play finals.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 0-1

Congratulations to Under 12 Newtown Strikers on a very successful season and making it to the grand final. Having beaten Geelong Jaguars in the semi-final two weeks earlier,  Strikers met the Jaguars again in the Grand Final for another nail-biting close game. The whole team rose to the occasion and played a great game.

Thanks to Ruby and Ved from U12 Spirit, as well as Eva and Chelsea from U10 Strikers for being part of the grand final team. Ruby did especially well, stepping in to the goal keeper role with James away. The coaching from James at training was helpful, with Ruby confidently saving a number of goals. Another stand out was Audrey’s skilful trapping of many well directed and powerful passes from Will.

Jaguars scored a goal in the first half, and in the second half Strikers thought they had levelled the score for a moment when Will hit the ball like a rocket from a short corner, but the goal was disallowed as it was too high.

An excellent finish to the year for the team.

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Rebels vs Torquay 0-1

This was a terrific achievement for Newtown Rebels who, midway through the season, looked an unlikely prospect to make the finals. Hampered by lack of players on many occasions, the team was well supported by players from the other Newtown U14 teams and when it came down to the wire were able to get the results which saw them come from 4th position on the ladder to win the Semi-Final and Preliminary Final and earn the right to play in the Grand Final.

Great teamwork combined with good ball control skills and effective passing was a highlight of the finals games. Congratulations to the team and all the players on the massive effort and commitment which earned the reward, finishing as Runners Up for the 2022 season.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 3-2

Strikers met Kardinia in the U17 grand final, with a head-to-head record during the season of 1 all. Kardinia, as anticipated, came out strong gaining a short corner only 2 minutes after the whistle. Strikers struggled initially to find a way forward until 4 minutes in when Charlotte generated a short corner. It was defended well by Kardinia. Our defenders, anchored by Basyl, kept the Kardinia strikers at bay. Mid-way through the half the deadlock was broken when Charlotte found Harry B in position, and he made no mistake to take the score to 1-nil. Kardinia came straight back at us and produced some great hockey that penetrated our defence and opened up our D for their first real shot on goal. The shot was a certain goal but was casually flicked aside by Mai. Charlotte continued her great work and generated another short with 10 minutes left in the half. Our midfielders lifted and Peri and Scarlett did a great job drawing their Kardinia players wide. This opened up centre forward and with 7 minutes left Harry B got possession at the top of the D, dribbled to the left and unleashed a Toma (below shoulder height of course) to land our second goal. 2-0. Charlotte managed another short corner with 30 seconds left but scores went to half time unchanged.

Coach Niko was extremely proud at half time with both the effort and the manner with which we played the first half. The second half started in a similar fashion to the first. Kardinia drew a short corner less than a minute in. Basyl continued to be the backbone of our defence, but all defend well. Kardinia persisted and broke through with their first goal mid-way through the half. 2-1. Strikers regrouped and short corners came our way through nice work by both Charlotte and Harry W. We failed to score from either and the momentum shifted back to Kardinia. They managed a short corner with a little over 6 minutes left and then another with 1 minute remaining that resulted in a goal that sent us to extra time at 2-all.

The initiative on the opening whistle was again taken by Kardinia when they managed a short corner only 30 seconds in. Mai, with a brilliant save, kept us in the match. With 3 ½ minutes left on the clock Charlotte managed yet another short corner; her sixth. This one proved to be her most valuable when Harry B took the shot after we were awarded a penalty stroke. He made no mistake and was in the air before the ball hit the net. Final score 3-2.

Congratulations to Strikers on a great win. It was a great team effort and well earned by all. A few things worthy of a mention: Well done to Harry B on topping the goal scoring with 62 for the season; Great courage shown by Amber coming back on in extra time after copping a front on tackle in the second half; and Tilly who undertook a thankless job on the day, tagging Kardinia’s top scorer who scored goals in every game he had played for the season … except the grand final.

Finally, a big thanks to Niko who brought such energy and emotion to the game. I’m sure some of this rubbed off on the team to get us over the line.

Division 2 Men

Newtown falcons vs Torquay Tornadoes 7-6

The Grand final saw Falcons clash with Torquay Tornados. The teams had met 3 times during the season with one win each and a draw. Play began with intensity, both teams trying to gain the ascendancy early, with 3 short corners in the first 5 minutes. Possession was shared very evenly but Torquay started to display more aggression up forward and that swung the momentum their way. Mitch was giving us a good target early deep in offense, but we struggled with structure in mid pitch to give us the momentum to penetrate the
Torquay defence. Torquay’s aggression up forward was rewarded around the half-way mark with a short corner. We scrambled to clear the first, then a second, but a deflection on the third gave Torquay a 1 nil lead. Loose passing and trapping gave Torquay some easy possessions, but we started to sharpen this up toward the end of the quarter; a short with 6 minutes left giving us a confidence boost.

Quarter 2 was a stalemate. Falcons kept the pressure on early with 2 short corners in quick succession. Dom was busy in centre pitch and Basyl, Harry W and AJ combined in some desperate presses forward looking to find holes in the Torquay defence. Pete struck a beautiful ball that was just wide of the mark from a short corner with 7 minutes left. Harry W earned another short corner but again, we failed to convert. We ended the half 1-nil down but holding ground and threatening to score.

Torquay jumped us from the shadows immediately after the 3 rd quarter whistle. The sound of the ball cracking against the backboard with less than a minute passed saw them take their lead to 2-nil. Almost immediately, they followed up with a third from a loose striker at the top of the D. The score went to 3-nil. Shoulders dropped and Falcons body language had Newtown supporters worried that they were ready to capitulate. Those fears were allayed when Carl gained possession mid pitch and calmly weaved around numerous Torquay defenders. ‘Silky’ was the term put forward by a keen young observer in the crowd. He threaded the ball to Harry W who drew a short corner. The corner resulted in a stroke for Falcons and Basyl drilled it to get us on the board at 1-3. This seemed to ignite something in the Falcons, visibly lifting energy levels and for the rest of the quarter there seemed to be 3 Basyl’s on the pitch.

The 4 th quarter saw Falcons refocus on the basics, defending well and passing cleanly. Carl, with great support from Basyl and Liam started to make his presence felt transitioning from defence to offence forcing one short, then a second. A third short saw Carl send one home to take the score to 2-3. Our defenders started pressing higher with confidence as Torquay found it harder to find a way through mid-pitch. This nearly came unstuck when Torquay made a fast break that saw Jarret and Carl scrambling to assist a lone Martin facing a running Torquay striker. Only minutes after this scare, a pass from Carl found a perfectly positioned Mitch in the D who made no mistake to send us to 3-all and extra time.

Extra time began nervously by Falcons and Torquay managed a short corner only 2 ½ minutes in. A sharp shot that threatened to end the match was rejected by Martin and resulted in a collective sigh of relief from the Newtown supporters. Torquay heightened tensions again when they won a another short with 30 seconds left. No score, 3-all.

The second half of extra time saw a change in momentum from Torquay to Falcons that mirrored the course of the match in normal time. 2 Newtown short corners, 2 good shots both deflected by the Torquay goalie. Falcons then, led by Basyl and Carl, threw everything at Torquay resulting in a barrage of short corners in the closing minutes. Sigh after sigh from Newtown supporters ended with the whistle; scores still deadlocked at 3-all.

A tense penalty shoot-out featured 2 great saves by Martin who didn’t overcommit and was calm (at least it appeared that way). Our goals included Mitch doing a 180-degree spin to beat Torquay’s keeper. Carl (after having to be arm-twisted to take one of the shots) had his first shot rejected by the Torquay goalie, then scooped the next attempt neatly overhead to keep our nose in front. The final hurdle to cement the win was left to Basyl, and he wrongfooted the keeper to win the shoot-out and the premiership.

Congratulations to both teams on what was a great grand final, thrilling to watch and played in great spirit. For Falcons, although some players featured more than others, the whole team came together to stage what was an amazing comeback from 3-nil down. Well done.

Congratulations to Basyl on winning Player of the Grand Final. Congratulations to Carl on his joint winning of the D2 men’s Best  and Fairest for 2022. Of note also, was that for the grand final match Falcons had the youngest player on the pitch by some measure in Liam, and the oldest player by an undisclosed measure in Ian.

Thank you to everyone who played during the season and contributed to this premiership. Thank you to everyone (umpires, team managers, facility managers, etc) who worked behind the scenes to enable us to play each week. Thanks also for the support from the sidelines.

It will be great to catchup at presentation night and reminisce about our come from behind victory. The legend of the Falcons comeback from 3-0 down to win the 2022 Premiership will surely grow over the years.”

Celebrating a Successful Junior Hockey Season

Celebrating a Successful Junior Hockey Season

We have come to the end of another junior hockey season and there is plenty to celebrate for the teams in our older junior competitions.

With 1 Premiership and 2 Runners Up finishes for our U12, U14 and U17 teams, the 2022 season has provided the most onfield success since 2016. Congratulations to all the players and all the teams on the commitment and effort they have put in throughout the season. Thanks also to the coaches, managers and umpires for their time and enthusiasm which allowed this junior hockey season to finish on such a high note.

Many thanks to the parents for their support of the teams and the club. In this post-COVID recovery period, it’s especially pleasing to see how much both parents and players have enjoyed the opportunity to play hockey.

Congratulations to the Premiers and Runners Up:

  • Geelong Hockey Association U17 Premiers – Newtown Strikers
  • Geelong Hockey Association U14 Runners Up – Newtown Rebels
  • Geelong Hockey Association U12 Runners Up – Newtown Strikers

Games Milestones and Awards

Congratulations to members who received Bronze Merit Awards:    Jo Murphy, Jen Shand, Lesley White

Well done to the following members who reached games milestones during the season.

 25 Games

  • Lucy Anderson, Audrey Cleeland, Liam Cooper, Serena Cunningham, Anessa Cunningham, Kayla Murphy, Peri Saunders, Ved Shetty, Charlie White

50 Games

  • Baxter Alves, Maia Burch, Harrison Calder, Leo De Leiros, Matilda Gordon, Zac Wingert, Jacob Young

75 Games

  • Charlotte Baker, Bella Bradbury, Will Burch, Surry Burch, Scarlett Knight, Amber Quick, Mitchell Quick, Pollyanna Smith

100 Games

  • Isabel Baker, Nate Harding, Basyl Jalil, Mai Lorenzen, Grace Milne, Ruby Moon

150 Games

  • Harry Bradbury

State and Regional Team Awards

Well done to the 16 members who participated in Regional, State and National teams and programs during the year.

  • Charlotte Armstead – Hockey Victoria U18 Academy
  • Charlotte Baker – Hockey Victoria Goalkeeper K development program
  • Bella Bradbury – School Sport Victoria 12 & Under, Western Wildcats U13, Hockey Victoria U13 Academy
  • Harry Bradbury – Hockey Victoria U18 Academy, Hockey Victoria U18 Development team, Western Wildcats, National Indoor Emerging Talent Squad U18
  • Will Burch – Hockey Victoria Under 13 Development Team Train On, Hockey Victoria U13 Academy
  • Anya Dreyer – Western Wildcats U15
  • Phillip Dreyer – Western Wildcats U18
  • Matilda Gordon – School Sport Victoria 12 & Under, Western Wildcats U13, Hockey Victoria U13 Development Team, Hockey Victoria U13 Academy
  • Mai Lorenzen – Hockey Victoria U15 Academy, Hockey Victoria U15 Development team, School Sport Victoria 16 & Under, Western Wildcats U15
  • Grace Milne – Western Wildcats U18
  • Ruby Moon – Western Wildcats U15
  • Ivy Renouf – Hockey Victoria U13 Academy
  • Aimee Van Der Meer – Western Wildcats U15
  • Charlie White – Western Wildcats U13, Hockey Victoria U13 Development Team
  • Jacob Young – Western Wildcats U13, Hockey Victoria U13 Development Team
  • Madison Young – Western Wildcats U13, Hockey Victoria U13 Academy

Keith Robertson Scholarships

  • Ilia Adeli, Harry Bradbury, Phillip Dreyer, Basyl Jalil, Georgia Pritchard, Mitchell Quick, Harry Whelan

Club Awards

Congratulations to winners of the 2022 Trophy awards

  • Best First Year Player – Madden McLeod
  • Best Conducted Team – U14 Spirit
  • Umpires Achievement Award – Surry Burch
  • Colleen Neal Leadership Award – Ruby Moon and Mitchell Quick
  • U12 Strikers – Best Team Player – Charles Donovan
  • U12 Strikers – Encouragement Award – James Stewart
  • U12 Spirit – Best Team Player – Patrick Theobald, Bella Bradbury
  • U14 Strikers – Best Team Player – Surry Burch
  • U14 Strikers – Most Improved – Leo De Leiros
  • U14 Spirit – Best Team Player – Hamish Flett
  • U14 Spirit – Most Improved – Jett Loone
  • U14 Rebels – Most Consistent – Eoin Couch
  • U14 Rebels – Most Improved – Inge Larkan
  • U17 Strikers – Best Team Player – Peri Saunders
  • U17 Strikers – Most Improved – Mitchell Quick
  • U17 Spirit – Best Team Player – Luke Cannard
  • U17 Spirit – Most Improved – Liam Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.