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#Hockey At Home

Well this is the strangest Hockey season I have seen in my last 54 years of playing / coaching / organising!

While we are all distancing and isolating etc, maybe quarantining, it is easy to forget that all this will pass at some stage, hopefully not too long, and we will one day be back on our magnificent Hockey fields, chasing each other around and having a good time again. So in the meantime, we had all better do something regular to keep our fitness levels up, and our hockey brain switched on, ready for that grand return.

So make sure you have some physical activities built into your routine – work on some cardio and some strength exercises – maybe include a hockey stick and ball in some of it.  e.g. I have a fold-up table in the back of my shed that I hit a tennis ball against for 15 mins twice a day. When I walk my dog, I sometimes take a hockey stick to hit a tennis ball for the dog to chase. I noticed a few youngsters hitting a ball around in the park a couple of afternoons – good on you! Unfortunately, council has had to close Salamander Sporting Complex, including our fields, for the immediate future, so use whatever space you have at home or in your neighbourhood.

Hockey Australia have started posting a video each day to show us how some of our elite players are keeping switched on, fit and amused. Worth a look. You can view the short videos on Youtube and the main socials – could even be a legitimate part of your home schooling!!

Keep an eye on your email / facebook / our webpage for any updates we make on restarting our competitions. Hopefully we can salvage something good from whatever time we get. In the meantime, stay safe, look after yourself and respect those around you, follow the health guidelines and instructions and we will see you when we see you.



HNSW updated advice re Coronavirus – all Hockey is suspended

Today we received the following notice from HNSW:

We therefore have agreed that we must immediately suspend our Summer Twilight competition, and delay the start of our Winter 2020 competition until at least 2nd May. These circumstances obviously demand strong action, and this is hopefully a small price we can all pay in order to help preserve the health of our friends, family, and wider community.

We will post further information here as it comes to hand, and we will be discussing how to manage the many issues this presents to us as a Club. Hope we can all get together again on the hockey field soon, fit and healthy, and probably with a fair head of steam to burn off!!

Stay well, and please follow all the advice being given.

From the Executive Committee, Nelson Bay Hockey Club

HNSW Advice re Coronavirus

This information about COVID-19 has been supplied to us by HockeyNSW. Please read it.

We would like to reinforce some simple measures which YOU CAN DO to help everyone at our Hockey Club – a way to respect your own health and the health of your friends and fellow players:

  • Put a name-tag / label on your water bottle and mouthguard case. Leave them in your bag when you are playing. Wash your mouthguard after use.
  • We can get by without shaking hands with opposition players for now can’t we? A simple “good game” comment might do at the end of your game.
  • Wash your hands often. We have liquid soap in our toilets and canteen area. We will try to obtain some hand sanitizer dispensers as well (if the supermarkets can get any… or if any of you have a black market supply we can access…??)
  • Use gloves when giving first aid. Wash ice-packs before returning them to the freezer.
  • Maybe think about the grip on your hockey stick…?? Could it benefit from a wash / disinfect now and then?
  • Goalies – clean and air your own gear after games, especially your helmet and gloves. Maybe a spray of Glen20 before you repack into your kit bag.
  • If you don’t feel well, or have any of the virus symptoms, even just a “bit-of-a-cold” – stay home – call your team captain and let them know you will miss the game. We will understand, and will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

There has been a lot of hype, panic, misinformation, fake news, and light-hearted (but maybe serious) jokes surrounding this virus – you might like to read this letter from a doctor working in the field of infectious diseases.

Registrations NOW due for Winter season 2020

It’s time to get registered for our 2020 Winter competition season!

The links and information are available for you to Renew (played last year) or Register (new players) online now (or sometime in the next week)

OR – you can come along to our Registration Day this Saturday if you would like some help, if you have questions that need answers, or if you just want to say hello.

Registration Day

  • Saturday 29th February, 9am to 12noon at the Hockey Clubhouse

Winter comp

  • Start date: Saturday 28th March – we need to have our teams made up for that date, ready to play the first games.
  • We will be organising teams, draw etc for all 5 divisions during the first week of March, so don’t leave it till the last minute to register – get in early!

If you know of other new players who will not be receiving this message, please pass these details on to them, or get them to contact us at or phone us on 49191692


(Interesting bits from) Final meetings for 2019….:

Our 2019 Annual General meeting was held on Monday 21st Oct, at which our Office Bearers for 2020 were elected.  Once again our President is Nicole Le Grange, Vice President Cath Churchill, Secretary Lindsay Brown and Treasurer is                Vince Northwood. Our additional Committee members are Wayne Anderson, Alex Gibson, and we welcome Kate Lord to the Committee.

Our AGM is the time to nominate long-serving members for Life Membership of our Club, and this year we congratulate Nicole Le Grange on becoming a Life Member. Well deserved! We anticipate more Life Memberships in the coming years as our Club continues to “mature”.

We also discussed a number of possible changes to our competitions for next year – have a read of the meeting minutes for full details, or talk to any of our Committee members for further suggestions.

Congratulations Nicole Le Grange – Life Membership of NBHC

At our Annual General Meeting on Monday 21st October, Nicole Le Grange was nominated and unanimously endorsed as a Life Member of Nelson Bay Hockey Club.  Nicole started playing with Nelson Bay 15 years ago, and has been an active member of our Executive Committee for 10 years, holding the positions of Secretary, Vice President and President during that time. Nicole has been instrumental in developing our Club into the competitive and supportive group of friends it has become. We believe that this award might ensure that Nicole remains as our President for at least another 30 years.


Grand Finals Report – our closest games ever!

Grand Finals Day 7th September

Our annual “windiest-day-of-the-year” arrived right on schedule for Grand Finals day! Again!! And all of our major games could hardly have been any closer!

Minkey: a great turn out of players for our last day – lots of enthusiasm shown and everyone’s skills coming along nicely. Quite a few players showing that they are ready to move up to Under 11’s competition next year.

Under 11: Barracudas and Primemovers played a very close Grand Final, 1-all at full time, and no score after 10 minutes of extra time. As Primemovers finished higher on the pointscore, they were declared the winners by the barest of margins!

Under 13: A very tight tussle between Barracudas (pointscore leaders all year) and Hotshots (tail-enders for most of the year). Both teams were still attacking right to the end with some good shots on goal and some desperate saves. Final score 2-1 to the “underdogs”, Hotshots.

Under 15: Barracudas and Warriors were locked at 1-all at full time. During the last minute of extra time Barracudas scored the winning goal from a penalty stroke – a worthy finish for a Grand Final.

Junior Presentations: All new players received a plaque, and all players received a tag to stick onto their plaque, acknowledging their 2019 season, runners up and winners. Coaches’ certificates were awarded to Team Players, Most improved and Most Consistent players. Photos and a free BBQ afterwards rounded out the day.

Seniors: Warriors and Hotshots were scoreless at half time, then each team scored within minutes of each other in the second half, and remained locked at 1-all at full time. 10-minutes of Golden goal extra time did not give a result, so both teams dropped 2 players and continued (scoreless) for another 5 minutes. Lastly both teams dropped 2 more players and continued with 7-a-side, hoping to score the deciding goal. After nearly another hour of end-to-end attack and defence, there was still no score, largely due to great goalkeeping by Luke and Harry. As many (most) players (and umpires) were by now totally exhausted, the match officials stopped the game and the teams were declared joint Major Premiers.

Senior Presentation: A fairly wind-blown and weary group headed to Port Stephens Yacht Club that same evening for our annual presentation of awards. A sensational spread of home-cooked food was enjoyed by all.

Major awards presented included:

  • Best and Fairest, (from points awarded by umpires throughout the season):
    • Primemovers – Jasper Gippell
    • Barracudas – Melinda Anderson
    • Taipans – Dan McKay
    • Warriors – Sam Osborne-Zorbas
    • Hotshots – Nick Churchill
    • Overall B&F – Nick Churchill
  • 100 games: – Wayne Anderson
  • 50 games:
    • Alex Gibson
    • Beau Carpenter
    • Roxanne Gwynne-Kabayama
    • Charlie Astley
    • Andrew McDonald
    • Kyle Baker
  • Metta Henderson Award for Greatest Contribution to Junior Hockey – Ian McLeod
  • Jeff Young Memorial Award for Club Person of the Year – Cathy Churchill

Congratulations Brad Fletcher – selected to NSW U18 squad

We are always excited to see one of our ex-junior players go on to greater things. Brad Fletcher has just been selected to the NSW Under 18 squad, and is in the running for selection in the NSW team later this year.

Here is Brad in 2012, aged about 10, playing in Hotshots U15 team. You may have met Brad at our recent training day with Hornets players. He has been playing in Newcastle with Hornets for some years, and has now moved up to the Premier League, playing with University.

See PSExaminer article

The Fletcher family have been long-time Club members, players and supporters – Dad Matthew sponsored some teams for many years, proud Hockey-Mum Jo worked tirelessly in our canteen, managing rep teams, (still) taking our team photos etc, and Liam, Brad, and Drew are all outstanding players and sportsmen, coaches, umpires, general helpers, and fine young men.

Congratulations and best wishes Brad from all your friends at Nelson Bay Hockey, and well done for thanking your Mum in the interview!

Well deserved praise from Hockey NSW

Our club has received praise from David Thompson CEO of Hockey NSW, as described in the Latest Bulletin from NSW.
Our bus trip to Sydney has been highlighted as a great club effort and is used to encourage other associations across NSW to do the same.
As quoted below:
" One NSW club has already taken up the challenge and will be bringing a bus-load of members to Sydney for the March 16th game against Argentina. Nelson Bay Hockey Club will make the six-hour round trip to Sydney Olympic Park with 60 mums, dads and kids from the local community.

We want to challenge all Clubs and Associations to try and beat the effort of Nelson Bay and see how many members they can organise for one our matches. " By David Thompson CEO- Hockey NSW.

Hockey Club Business Directory

We are currently testing an idea – to create a Business Directory  for our Club members – a way to advertise your business, somewhere to look when you need something, a way to use our Club for better networking. Lots of possibilities – If you are self-employed, if you work for someone else, if you have a home business / craft, if you want to earn some extra pocket money e.g. babysitting, car washing, dog walking, lawn mowing, etc – all can be included here.

The Directory will include a listing on our NBHC webpage – we have just started with basics:, a master list and a linked page if you want one. We will also create a space at the hockey clubhouse to display your business card or flyer (starting next season).

If you would like to add your details to the Business Directory, please contact Lindsay direct at  Include a copy of your business card / flyer if you have one.

Cost: zero – benefits: plenty.

Further suggestions invited, welcome.

Welcome to our new sponsors – White Sands Bistro (at Soldiers Point Bowling Club)

Cameron & Fiona’s White Sands Bistro is an experience not to be missed. Open 7 days, they offer a fabulous a la carte menu with regular lunch, dinner and themed night specials. The menu covers a great range of tasty grills, seafood, salads, chicken, pasta, children’s meals and tempting desserts. Children are most welcome and are catered for with children’s meals. The Bistro opens out to the Children’s Play Area and outdoor dining.
Coffee & Cake 10:00am – 2:00pm | Lunch 12noon – 2:00pm | Dinner 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Welcome to our new sponsor – Hogs Breath Cafe

Hog's Breath Cafe

Warren and Rebecca Homewood at Hogs have generously come on board as a new sponsor for our Club.

Starting this coming Saturday, junior coaches will be awarding a Hogs meal voucher to their Team’s “Player of the Match”. So play hard, eat well!!

Please show your support to our sponsors – call in at Hogs for a meal, a snack, or a cuppa. Or takeaways!!


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Congratulations Josh.

Josh Bruton

Congratulations to Josh Bruton from our Nelson Bay Hockey Club for been named player of the COD, the Center of Development tournament held in February. This was announced at the Under 15 State Championships that was held in Taree on the Weekend.

Josh also played in the Division One team that won the State Championships. Josh has played with our club since Minky, and is now umpiring our Under 15s and playing in the senior’s team of Warriors.

A proud moment for himself, his family and for our club.

Congratulations to Lindsay Brown.

Congratulations to Lindsay Brown who was nominated for Sports Person of the year at today’s Australia Day Celebrations. He was up against stiff competition but the eventual winner was Tony Gillespie a local Taekwondo Instructor. We as a club appreciate all that Lindsay does behind the scenes and on match days to keep the club running. A big thank you from all of us at Nelson Bay Hockey Club.

A Big Congratulations to Josh Bruton:

Congratulations for Josh on making the Under 13 State side for 2016. Josh attended the trials on Sunday and today has learnt of his selection into the side. Josh has been playing with the NelsonBay club since Minkies and currently playing for Under 15 Warriors. Josh and his family have been long standing members of our club and have made and still make a contribution to the Club. Josh also plays for Newcastle Norths and represented Newcastle at the State Championships.We wish him the very best in the up and coming Australian Championships to be played in Perth later this year.
Give him your congratulations and a pat on the back when you see him on Saturday.

Port hockey is going great guns.

Wow…..although it’s officially the “off” season, our port players have been very busy with their hockey. A huge congratulations to Lucas McCleod, Jamie Whatman & Brad Fletcher who won their division at the U15’s boys indoor state champs playing for Newcastle & Jasmine Donaldson who was asked & stepped up to play goalie for Grafton girls in the U13’s girls indoor state champs. Also selected for the Hunter Academy of Sport’s hockey program are Tim Anderson, Lucas McCleod, Jamie whatman & Jono Fletcher. To top all this off the U13’s & 15’s C.O.D programs have kicked off locally with lots of keen players nominating for that!! Well done to everyone, Port hockey is going great guns.

Thank you for your wonderful support

Thank you for your wonderful support in raising funds for Kathryn Bruton’s Hockey Tour to New Zealand. Congratulations to Caiden LeGrange who won the Family Hamper. Last days to buy a $2 ticket for the Entertainment Book.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (pre-ordered & pre-paid) will be available for pick-up at the Hockey Canteen between 9.30 & 12 on Saturday 5 Sept -rain or shine ! Your support is greatly appreciated.