Junior Pathway and Trials

The Hockey Geelong Sharks have been entering junior teams in the Hockey Victoria winter metropolitan competition for more than 25 years.

No matter which local club you play for, all players from around Geelong are encouraged to attend the Sharks trial sessions.  They are an opportunity for all junior players to improve skills, learn new skills and practice with other kids who are keen to do the same. The Sharks games being played on Friday nights enable you to play your regular club hockey.

Junior Sharks teams play in a home and away competition against the best players in under 14 and under 16 age divisions in the highest level of weekly junior competitions in the State.

Games are played in girls competitions and boys competitions, all on Friday nights during school terms 2 and 3. Training is held on Tuesday nights at Stead Park from 6.00 to 7.00pm

Teams have a coach, assistant coach and team manager, all supported by Hockey Geelong to guide junior player development, teamwork and skills.

Development Pathway

Hockey Geelong’s Junior Sharks program is the opportunity for interested players to take a ‘next step up’, providing players with development opportunities that can also help prepare them to take part in trials at State Championship and National levels.  Many of Hockey Geelong’s junior players have been selected to play with the Western Metro Wildcats in the Victorian Junior State Championships.

Players are also encouraged to try out for the Hockey Victoria Junior Academy training squads in preparation for State team selections. At the State level competitions, players are identified as possible future national players.

The Junior Sharks program is also the next step on the pathway to the Senior Sharks teams who compete in the Hockey Victoria competitions. Hockey Geelong’s Senior Sharks teams have reached the Men’s and Women’s Premier League in previous seasons, the highest level of hockey competition in Victoria. This means they regularly play against National and Olympic level players.

There are also planned holiday clinics to enable Junior Sharks to learn more advanced skills from those who have played at the very highest levels.












2024 Season

Nomination Period Has Been Extended

Nominations for the 2024 Sharks Junior teams MUST BE SUBMITTED by Monday February 19.

Submit your nomination here…..

Age Groups:

  • U14 Teams: Players aged under 14 years on 1 January 2024 (i.e. born on or after 1 Jan 2010)
  • U16 Teams: Players aged under 16 years on January 1 2024 (born on or after 1 January 2008)

2024 Sharks U14 and U16 Girls and Boys Selection Trials: 

Trial 1:       Sunday 11 February 2024   8.30am – 10.30am – CANCELLED

Trial 2:       Sunday 25 February 2024   8.30am – 10.30am

Selection Trials for all teams will be conducted over the same period.

  • Registration opens 8.00am – 8.15am. Please be on time.
  • Group warm up at 8.20am
  • NO JSC Zone, HG Rep or any State clothing to be worn (including socks)

Uniforms will be available to try on on February 25.

More information:

HG Sharks Junior Information 2024

HG Sharks Junior General information 2024

Unable to attend?

If you cannot attend a Selection Trial or are unable to attend due other commitments, please email Nette Williams to discuss, or complete an Exemption Form, available by emailing Nette.

Enquiries to:  Nette Williams, HG Sharks Junior Co-ordinator, ph. 0419 590057

Email: nwilliams3228@gmail.com


HG Sharks Under 12 team

The Hockey Geelong Sharks are seeking expressions of interest from Under 12 players (as at the 1st January 2024) to participate in the Hockey Victoria metropolitan competition. Matches are played in a home and away format, on Saturday mornings. The competition will commence in early May.
Fees – players will be expected to pay a fee of approximately $250 which will cover costs.
Uniform – a minimum cost will be approximately $90 for playing top, shorts and socks.
Expression of Interest
Please register your expressions of interest by February 14, by completing this form
Questions or enquiries: contact Nette Williams, Hockey Geelong Sharks secretary.
Phone: 0419 590057


Junior Country Championships (JCC)

The annual JCC sees regional Victoria’s most talented Hockey players representing their Regional Associations at a weekend long event. It typically takes place in mid-May and there are Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18 Boys & Girls divisions offered.

The 2024 Hockey Victoria Junior Country Championships (JCC) will be held over the weekend of May 18 & 19, 2024.

The Geelong Hockey Association aims to enter teams in all age groups. Any junior player who is registered to play hockey with the Geelong Hockey Association is eligible to nominate.  A trial session may be required if player nominations exceed maximum player numbers.

Age groups are Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 for boys only and girls only competitions. Age groups are determined by the player’s age on January 1, 2024.


2024 Junior Country Championship locations:

  • U/14 – Venue – Essendon Hockey Centre,  1 Hockey Lane, Ascot Vale
  • U/16 – Venue – Greensborough Hockey Centre,  Plenty Park, Memorial Drive, Plenty
  • U/18 – Venue – Melbourne Sports Centre Parkville,  10 Brens Drive, Parkville

Player Fee – $90 per player, covers tournament costs including loan of new GHA Uniform shirts.

Coaches and team managers are required too.

Please complete this form to submit your nomination, BY April 19, 2024.


Junior State Championships (JSC)

Nominations for coaches and players for the Junior State Championships Western Wildcats teams are open.

Nominations for U12, U14, U16 close on April 17, 2024. Nominations for U18 teams close on July 10.

In 2024, the Junior State Championships will be held in Bendigo and Shepparton.

BENDIGO will host the following:

  • Under 14 & Under 16 Boys – Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July, 2024
  • Under 18 Boys & Girls – Saturday 21st September to Monday 23rd September

SHEPPARTON will host the following:

  • Under 14 & Under 16 Girls – Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July, 2024
  • Under 12 Boys & Girls Hockey 5s – Wednesday 3rd July to Thursday 4th July, 2024

Details and registration here…..