Romsey took two good 7 aside teams to the annual in2hockey Hampshire qualifying round held at southampton sports centre on 23rd March
Romsey 2’s were placed in a tough pool with the likes of Havant & Winchester, both having a large contingent of Hampshire players. They started slowly with a couple of tricky games against Haslemere And Winchester. Lulu Desouza found the goal with the excellent support of Phoebe Moriarty-Palios and Emz Wann. But it wasn’t till the 4th pool match when they beat New Milton 2:1 to place them 4th in their pool. A couple of difficult games left the Romsey 2’s in a very credible 8th place overall. The rest of the Rom2’s squad were Flo (Floppy) Peters, Mollie Biddlecombe, Polly Sanderson, Georgina Hart, Charlie Griffiths (Gk) and Sophie Davidson.

Romsey 1’s were drawn in Pool A and came first up against hosts Southampton, Romsey were strong and with 2 goals from Bobs Cooper, 2 from Zoe Henderson and a fifth from Ella Long, it was a convincing win and 3 points on the board. Next up, Petersfield, and a similar story, a brace from Sophie Lawson, and one each from Bobs and Ella – another 3 points and a clean sheet for Goalkeeper Alice Dyer.
Fareham were next in the pool stages, and were equal on 6 points, but Romsey’s strength shone with 2 excellent goals from Georgia Scott, one for Zoe and Sophie, and 2 text book short corners the first fed by Bobs, Stopped by Ella and struck home by Captain Zoe Henderson. The second fed by Sarah Mcloed and scored by Izzy Thomas. Another 3 points and a good position within the pool.
Trojans were next and Sophie Lawson came into her own scoring all 3 goals and the play never really bothering Alice in goal at our end.
Romsey entered the Play off stages as winners of their pool to face the runner up in Pool 2 in the semi finals. Havant (with their County players) were seen off by another series of short corners, both fed by Sarah Mcloed and scored by the excellent strikes of Zoe Henderson
Just the final to go, and Romsey met Winchester who were also unbeaten at this stage. Romsey were yet to concede a goal, and the final was extremely evenly matched. Too Many Romsey shots on goal to count but just couldn’t find the net, great defending by Rebecca Collyer, Ella Long and Sarah, but then a really fabulous break by winchesters’ strongest player and a bullet like shot passed Alice in goal to put Romsey 1:0 down. A very gallant fight during the second half, with tired legs, but Romsey couldn’t equalise.
Romsey finished as very worthy runners up and received medals and a Pennant for the club. They progress to the regional rounds of the In2hockey competition to be held at Surbiton at the end of April.
All the girls should be very proud of themselves as are all the parents and coaches, thanks to Erica and Jacob for all their efforts and to the support of all the parents.

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