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.”

2022 Hockey Season – July 23 & 24

2022 Hockey Season – July 23 & 24

There were some great match results this weekend as we head toward the end of the 2022 hockey season. Well done everyone.

Highlight of the round – excellent work by ‘Team Baker’, with Graeme as coach, Grace and Isabel on the field and 12 year old Charlotte in goals. Fantastic game by Charlotte, who had to defend her first penalty stroke ever, and then had to do it twice in the one game! And in a Division 1 game no less!! 🙌 👏







Under 8 Mixed

Newtown Navigators vs Newtown Strikers

A very wet day for hockey, but the players showed great determination and perseverance.  The improvement in skills is evident each week, and the excellent teamwork makes for a good game to watch.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia

Great work by Spirit, with some good concentration and great teamwork. Quick movement of the ball allowed Spirit to make ground and create forward momentum.  Well done to all.

Under 10 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 7-1

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit Vs Kardinia 1-5

Kardinia was on the ball scoring the 1st goal with the ball being in there half most of the 1st half. Bella ended up getting the ball over to Hamish then Hamish got it back over to Bella with the ball being in the Spirit half Bella ended up getting a goal. With our full back Ved, Patrick and James in goalkeeper doing their best in the 1st half being 1 all.

Second half Kardinia came out fighting by this time spirit was all tired as we only had 8 players. Everyone played an excellent game and tried so hard. Kardinia ended up winning 5-1.

Thanks to Lucy and James for filling in for Spirit.

Newtown Strikers – Bye

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia White 2-1

After several weeks without a game Spirit were eager to get back on the pitch again. Unfortunately, Kardinia had a lively start to game and were first two score within the first 5 minutes. Spirit were quick to regroup and didn’t waste any time putting the pressure back onto Kardinia. The team fell into their positions beautiful and had some beautiful flowing hockey up and down the wings. It was great to see all of the team involved in the play and applying the drills they had learned in training. Before too long they were rewarded with a goal.

In the second half both teams were eager for the win and the hockey was end to end. Madden made some important saves to keep the scores level. Spirit played really well as a team, using all of the available space and getting in some great passes. It was neck and neck right up until the final five minutes when a beautiful goal from Amelia from the top of the circle clinched the game for Spirit. Great job team – a lovely example of working together as a team to get the job done!

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Rebels 10-0

It was a real welcome back to winter hockey today, with a wet Saturday morning of hockey!

We managed to get most of the Strikers team back this week, getting 10 players on the pitch. The wet weather made for a tough slog, with hits not able to travel far, meaning ball movement was better with balls on sticks.

It was nice to see great ball movement and players making good position for almost the entire game, and our ball movement improved as the game went on. Our defence was strong, running back to defend the breakaway runs from the Rebels midfielders was very good.

Brandon was making good position out wide on the wing all game, and as his calling got louder, the opportunities started to come, finishing with 3 second half goals. A reward for his good position, but also highlighting the impact from nice loud timely calls. Surry had a great game back, scoring goals in both halves of the match, and his brother Will also chipping in with a goal.

The highlight of the game was probably towards the end of the match when Strikers were awarded a stroke. The team all encouraged Kashvi to come up from full back to have a turn at taking a stroke. The encouragement and pointers Kashvi got from both teams on her way to the spot was very nice to see. Kashvi got a nice push to the corner getting what I think might have been her first winter hockey goal.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 6-5

On Sunday Strikers played a tight match against Kardinia. We had a few players missing again this week so 11 on the pitch and no subs. Kardinia had no goalkeeper.

The opening minutes of the game set the scene for the rest of the match with hotly contested possessions split evenly between both sides. A bit of a stalemate was broken with a running goal by Harry B. Kardinia pressed our defence with long passes and running that had us scrambling to stay composed. Several missed shots on goal could have easily gone their way and some handy work by Madden stopped others. Eventually they evened the score from a short corner but not without an eyewatering defensive effort by Nate, who didn’t just put himself on the line but that of future generations of Harding’s. Play continued at a high level of intensity, both teams testing defenders with fast breaks. Kardinia, with no goalie, played a full back deep who stopped numerous certain goals and fed the ball back down the pitch with long hard hitting. This was working well for Kardinia until Lara intervened. On a large Kardinia backswing to send the ball back up the pitch Lara managed, in a reflex action, to get her stick perfectly positioned for a great deflection into the net. It was the ultimate display of turning defence into offense. Cheers around the pitch seemed to set off a spark in Lara and she celebrated with an upright starfish. Scores at half time were 3-2 Newtown.

We started the second half full of running and good passing. One passage of play saw Harry B take the ball from a few metres off the backline all the way down the pitch to score. Not a good demonstration of passing, but a great effort to get us a goal when it was really needed. Kardinia continued to defend well and started to gain more momentum as the half progressed, keeping our midfielders on their toes with penetrating passes to forwards who were running the ball around the base of the D and sending it across the goal face. They succeeded with this strategy to take the score to 5-4 then, with only 5 minutes left, evened the score at 5 all. We managed to regroup and with only a few minutes left pushed forward aggressively to get a short corner. It was a Harry-fest with a pass from Harry B to Harry W resulting in a goal that gave us a 6-5 victory.

A well-deserved win. Thanks to Madden who filled in as our goalie and Luke and Georgia from U17 Spirit.

Newtown Spirit – Bye

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong 0-2

Another week with multiple players unavailable, thank you to Georgie (from D2), and Aimee for stepping in. With both goalies unavailable, Charlotte Baker stepped into the goals for her first game for the Falcons, the first time all three Baker sisters have played on the same team!

Charlotte did a great job in goals, saving all the field shots on goal, and the short corner attempts. Unfortunately, we gave away 2 penalty strokes. Given these are the first Charlotte has had to defend, she did very well. She learnt from the first stroke conversion and managed to get a leg guard on the second stroke, unfortunately it still just scraped inside the post.

The Falcons played well in the wet, the ball not travelling like it usually does across the surface, given the water on the pitch. As the game went on, we started using the ball better, running with the ball on our sticks, and passing out in front for our wings and mids to run onto. We got some shots on goal, due to this very nice ball movement. Our defence was again strong, mostly keeping the Geelong team out of the D, and limiting their score opportunities when they went inside, forcing most of their entries out wide. Our channelling of the Geelong forwards was a highlight today.

Well done Falcons.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong Blue 9-0

Division 2 Women

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong 6-0

The extra space created by Geelong missing a couple of players allowed Newtown Strikers to control the game, with some excellent use of space and great passing to people in good position.  Tash was busy at both ends of the field, scoring a penalty corner goal with a cracking shot. But when the ball headed to our defensive zone, Tash was also there to cut off the attack and return play to Newtown’s advantage. Claire in goals managed to edge out a couple of shots at goal from Geelong but was largely untroubled, as the solid defence from Kirsty, Tash, Hannah and Charlotte did not allow Geelong to create any major threats in front of goals. Great work by Deb and Kate, swapping between midfield and forward positions, saw them mark their opposition well and slow down any progress toward the goal by Geelong.

The second half saw Newtown continue to pile on the pressure, and pile on the goals too. Grace showed some great speed and good ball control, and got herself in the right spot in front of goal on a number of occasions. Sarah, Georgie and Peta provided plenty of options for co-operation with team mates, both in giving and receiving passes to move the ball into attack.

The flexibility and adaptability of the Strikers players is proving to be of great benefit, with many players swapping easily between defence and attack and creating a positive outcome for the team. Keep up the good work as we head toward the finals!


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























2020 Hockey Season Cancelled

Unfortunately, the return to Stage 3 restrictions for Geelong and regional Victoria means that the 2020 Geelong Hockey Association winter hockey season cannot continue.

The Geelong Hockey Association have advised that all matches and training have been cancelled effective immediately.

Thanks to all those members who have supported the Newtown City Hockey Club in this unusual season, as players, coaches, team managers, umpires, supporters and families. We appreciate the efforts of the 250 members who have participated during the 2019/2020 summer and winter seasons. We are glad to have welcomed 30 new members to the club, and hope that having had a taste of hockey, you will continue to be involved in the Club for many years to come.

For members who live within 5 km of Lloyd Reserve, feel free to gather your family and have a hit occasionally. Even though training and games last week were cancelled, there were a number of family groups using the facility to get some activity.

We hope that we may be able to get back to playing hockey for the 2020/ 2021 summer hockey season. The summer season usually runs from mid-October to the end of February, with breaks for Christmas, so we will keep our fingers crossed that the COVID-19 situation improves significantly.


Stay Safe, Healthy and Active

Please take care of yourself and your friends and family. Take all the recommended COVID precautions, eat healthy, keep active and take time to care for yourself and your mental well being.

Check these tips from DHHS on staying healthy during COVID-19.


2020 Membership Fees

Hockey Victoria will be in touch with members who have paid Hockey Victoria/ Hockey Australia fees for 2020. It is likely that these will be recorded as a credit for future participation, but confirmation of this will have to come from Hockey Victoria.

Refunds are available to members who have paid NCHC fees to participate in a team for the 2020 winter hockey season. Alternatively, you may wish to have this recorded as a credit for future participation. Please contact the Treasurer, Peta Hanley, to let her know your preference. If you wish to claim a refund, please provide your bank details to Peta.

The Committee will review the costs encountered so far this year for training and matches, and determine the appropriate refunds to be allocated. Please bear with us while we make these calculations.