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

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.






Keep Hockey Alive

As part of National Hockey Week back in 2017, Matilda told us that the best part of being in a hockey team was ‘using team work. And it’s fun to play with other people. It makes me feel happy.’

Hockey Is Alive And Well










We want you to tell us what makes you happy about hockey. How keen are you to get back on the field?

Send us a video, and it might be featured by Hockey Victoria as well as on our Facebook page.  Take a video on your phone in landscape position, with yourself on either the left or right of the image. Make sure the background is well lit, and there’s minimal background noise to interfere with your message.

Try answering any of these questions – or add your own reason why you are involved in hockey.

  • What are you missing about hockey?
  • Why do you play and love hockey?
  • What are you looking forward to most once you get back onto the field?
  • What position do you play?
  • How long have you been playing hockey?
  • Does your family play hockey?
  • What do you like most about hockey?
  • How or when did you start to play hockey?

Send your video to us, or to 0417 015130, and help us tell others what we love about hockey.




2020 Hockey – Are We There Yet?

In the normal situation, the 2020 hockey season would just have completed matches for Round 5. Many of us are a little like that child in the back seat on a long road trip, asking are we there yet? And the answer is – very nearly.

Return to Training

It is likely that training will resume in the next week or two, although in a different format, and the possibility of a shortened 2020 hockey season commencing in late July is slightly more realistic. However, there are many factors to consider and actions required before we can get out on the field.

We must abide by the guidelines and restrictions currently in place, set by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Geelong Hockey Association and Newtown City Hockey Club must prepare a ‘Return to Play’ plan which manages all the risks to participants and ensures the safety of all. The plan must be submitted to the City of Greater Geelong, and when approved, we will be given permission to access the facilities at Stead Park and at Lloyd Reserve.

The ‘Return to Play’ plan will include such things as:

  • groups of 10 players plus 1 coach may train. While the logistics of this are still to be fine tuned, this will require players to reserve their place for each training session in order to ensure that this limit is not exceeded.
  • no physical contact allowed. Players to remain 1.5 metres away whenever possible.
  • parents to keep a reasonable distance away and practice social distancing. Good idea to stay in your car.
  • players must sign in and out, including contact details and time of entry and departure. Players must leave the facility promptly at the end of the session.
  • separate points for entry and exit of players at the beginning and end of the training session. Extra time allowed between sessions to reduce the number of people entering/ leaving at the same time.
  • hand sanitiser and disinfectant facilities available at entry and exit.
  • no equipment to be shared. No bibs or face masks to be used (unless they are your own). Balls, cones etc to be handled only by the coach.
  • toilets will be available for use, but social areas and change rooms will be closed.
  • regular cleaning of toilet and other surfaces which participants may come into contact with.

We may also need to consider arranging training at different times and venues in order to meet the needs of all players, and remain within the specified limit of 10 players.

Please let us know if you would like to resume training by completing this survey.

These guidelines also make it possible that Hookin2Hockey programs may resume in coming months.

2020 Hockey Season Format

There are a number of formats under which the 2020 hockey season may operate:

  • Start July 18 (after school holidays), finish September 19 (1st week of school holidays) = 10 weeks
  • Start July 18, finish October 24, excluding school holidays (September 26, October 3) = 13 weeks
  • With 2 or 3 week finals series, or without finals (so that every team plays more games) and with Premiership awarded to team on top of the ladder
  • Matches scheduled during school holidays for junior competition
  • Matches scheduled midweek instead of training to provide additional games
  • Season extended after the traditional finish time, with matches in October/ November

If you have not already done so, please complete this quick 2 minute survey to let us know which of these options you would prefer.