Emily Bradshaw

Romsey Hockey Club celebrated the end of the 2015-16 season in style, with a black tie dinner and dance hosted in the Edward’s field.

Awards were presented and it was a time to reflect on a successful season for the club, which sees three out of the four mens teams gain promotion, and a record number of juniors stepping up into adult teams.

Romsey Hockey Club Awards 2015-16

Team Player of the Season:

Ladies 1st XI – Emily Bradshaw
Ladies 2nd XI – Amy Edwards
Ladies 3rd XI – Tash Issac & Elaine Gibson
Mens 1st XI – Ben Mullen
Mens 2nd XI – Ali Nawn
Mens 3rd XI – Machey Lincoln
Mens 4th XI – Jamie Sanderson

Most Improve Juniors playing adult Hockey:

Sue Darch Shield – Emily Pitt Pitts
Colts Cup – Machey Lincoln

Romsey Hockey Club Awards:

Club Person of the Year – Emily Bradshaw

Penne Edwards Committee Person of the Year – Stuart Robertson

Romsey Ladies 3s (6) vs (0) Yateley 4s

Scorers: Gibson 3, McLeod 2, Gladstone

The Ladies 3s finished their season in style with a comfortable win over Yateley, leaving them 8th in the league and well clear of relegation.

Romsey dominated from the start of the game, with midfielders Sarah McLeod and Megan Bowles playing particularly well. Elaine Gibson opened the scoring with a powerful strike from the edge of the D, before Sarah McLeod added a second from close range. Shortly before half time Romsey scored again when Gibson provided a perfect cross for Cat Gladstone to hit a first-time shot from the top of the D.

The second half followed a similar pattern. Elaine Gibson added two further goals to complete a well-deserved hat-trick, but the best goal of the game came from Sarah McLeod, who picked the ball up in the centre circle and ran through the Yateley defence to score a brilliant goal late in the game.

This was a solid season first season on Division 5 and the team will be hoping for more of the same next year.

Romsey Ladies 1s (3) vs (0) Gosport 1s

Scorers: Williams, Bradshaw, Phillips

Romsey came out at full speed for the last match of the season away to Gosport.

Initial nerves affected the visitors play, with Romsey failing to capitalise on their chances in front of goal and living dangerously in defence.

Romsey were relieved to take the half time break 1-0 up after a neat attack down the left, leaving Shiela Forbes with space for a shot, through the legs of the approaching goalie but slowed by her trailing leg. Emily Williams was on hand to put it over the line to make sure of the goal.

The second half saw the visitors settle into their rhythm, and a calmer looking Romsey team found their passing game. In her last match for Romsey, player of the match Emily Bradshaw slotted the second goal after being fed in by a pin-point accurate pass from Jade Phillips on the right.

The season ended fittingly with a real team effort. Liz Forbes and Becky Hutchins used their experience and skill to win the ball in defence, and released Sheila Forbes down the wing. Youngster Forbes linked with fellow under 18’s, feeding Williams who hit the baseline with pace and pulled it back for Phillips to nail her shot in what was a beautiful goal to end the season on.

Romsey finish division 1 in 9th place and comfortably above the relegation zone. A tough season for the ladies 1s, but with a young squad and talented players coming through, next season looks very promising.

Romsey Ladies 2s (3) vs (0) Andover 2s

Scorers: Cooper, Humphries & Lawson

Romsey dominate in front of home crowd as junior players put on a stunning performance and get their names on the scoreboard.

Ladies 2 consolidated a season of solid performance with a 3 nil victory against Andover. Romsey took control from the onset, pressing high and driving the ball at the Andover defence. The adobes goal keeper had an outstanding match deflecting attack after attack from Romsey . However, a deflection from a short corner saw junior player Bobs Cooper reverse lift the ball into the back of the goal to give Romsey the initial lead.

It wasn’t long before Romsey forwards Humphries and Gilbert drove the ball again, the pair battling to break Andover defence and Humphries converted, Romsey (2) Andover (0).

Andover broke quickly in the second half earning themselves a couple of short corners but the experienced Romsey defence cleared the ball with easy. Player of the match Sophie Lawson skilfully speed past the opposition driving along the wing, battling for every ball before winning a short corner, and this scoring her first goal of the season.

Overall a tremendous game played by Romsey and a true reflection of the hard work and development throughout the season.

A massive thank you to Tom Greenwood who umpired this match on behalf of Romsey and to David Edwards the ladies 2 coach who has mentored and encouraged us throughout the season.

Ladies 1s (1) vs (0) Alton

Scorer: Hutchins

Romsey ladies 1st XI hosted Alton, in a match that could determine who would be relegated from Division 1. A win for Romsey would see them get clear of the relegation zone and the ladies in yellow were certainly up for the task.

Romsey played with determination and resilience pushing high into the visitors defence. The home side developed several good chances in the first 20 minutes, piling on the pressure but not quite finding the final touch.

Jade Phillips struck a beautiful shot to the left corner after a neat 1-2 in the D with Sheila Forbes, foiled by an impressive reaction on the line from the Alton defender. A less skillful action on the right hand post resulted in a penalty flick as Emily Bradshaw’s shot was blocked on the line by a foot. Unfortunately, Romsey couldn’t convert and Alton began to mount some attacks of their own.

Romsey’s amazing defence prevented Alton from scoring on a couple of occasions as the half drew to a close, with Liz Forbes and Gabby Hebert blocking potential shots, and youngster Georgie Pugh in the pads cleared her lines when required.

The teams went into half time with no score, and after an inspiring half time team talk, Romsey came out ready to fight for their division 1 status.

Romsey started the second half well in what was a very controlled passage of play for Romsey, the ball was transferred around the Romsey back-line. The calmness percolated through the team and the passing was crisp through the field as Romsey closed in on the visitors goal. Romsey won a short corner and this time made it count. The shot was rifled in, and player of the match Becky Hutchins was quick on the post to knock the ball past the keeper giving Romsey the lead.

Alton, also fighting for their chance be in division 1 next year, retaliated with everything they had. Romsey continued to work hard to the finish, keeping out several tense defensive short corners and playing the game out.

With much of the possession and chances, Romsey deserved the victory, and although would have liked to convert a few more chances, ultimately were delighted to take the three points. With New Forest losing, Romsey are now safely in Division 1 for next year.

Ladies 3s (5) vs (6) Havant 4s

Scorers: Gladstone 5!!

Romsey ladies 3rd XI traveled to Havant with a slightly depleted team of only 10 players.

Romsey made lots of good passing to begin with but it was the home side who scored first. Romsey reacted straight away with Cat Gladstone nabbing an equaliser with a great goal.

Rosie, playing as stand-in goalie, made some great saves against some hard strikes, but by half time it was 3-3.

Half time saw Izzy jump into the goal kit for the second half and both teams battled up and down the pitch.

During the last quarter the Romsey players were getting very tired and Havant managed to get 6-3 up.

To their credit, the visitors from Romsey kept battling. Some great tackling from Elaine Gibson and Rosie in the middle with Megan supporting on the right. Romsey managed to find another couple of goals, taken by the on target Gladstone. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough for a point, but a very impressively fought game ended Havant 6, Romsey 5.

Romsey’s Under 14 girl’s team played Trojans in what was both their last match of the Hampshire League (Division 2) and the semi-final of the Outdoor Hampshire Under 14 Club Cup competition. Before this match, Romsey were second in the Hampshire League.

Trojans confidently gained a 5-0 lead in the first half putting Romsey under sustained pressure. A much more evenly matched second half with some good defending and some confident tackles, but this was not enough to prevent Trojans gaining a further 5 goals throughout the remainder of the match and bringing the final score to 10-0 to Trojans. A disappointing result for Romsey, which means the team will not proceed to the Club Cup final this year. Trojans and Romsey are now drawn as joint second in the Hampshire League – the final outcome won’t be know until the remaining three league matches are played on 17 April. Player of the match was Sophie Lawson.

Romsey 2 (1) vs Aldershot & Farnham (1)

Scorers: Edwards

Aldershot & Farnham travelled to Romsey in a 4/5th place clash: a match that always promised to be competitive, feisty and undecided until the final whistle.

An evenly matched game saw the ball to and fro from team to team with both teams pressing high, trapping the balls and pressurising the opposition. However, it would be Aldershot & Farnham who would take the lead; attacking the Romsey defence. Strength and teamwork saw Romsey clear the ball away but a deflection from Aldershot gave the visitors the lead.

Never the less the Romsey midfield retaliated driving the ball continuously into the Aldershot half. Player of the match Tilda Bryant skilfully cruising down the wing and feeding the ball to the Romsey forwards.

A short corner moment before half time saw Romsey equalise with a straight strike from the top of the D clattering into the back of the goal, powered by centre back Amy Edwards who came forward for the corner. Romsey (1) Aldershot & Farnham (1).

The second half saw end to end action with both teams battling for possession and a chance to take lead. Short corners were won and remained unconverted with the final whistle confirming a draw.

A massive thank you to Peter Lloyd who umpired this match on behalf of Romsey.

Yateley 1s (2) vs (0) Ladies 1s

Scorers: –

Romsey travelled north to play Yateley in a meeting that promised a tough game against a well organised side. The visitors had a terrible start, losing the ball and a quick attack and short corner for Yateley resulted in an early goal.

Romsey got themselves together and in a more organised manor started to step up their game. Emily Pitt-Pitts and Jade Phillips found some joy up the right wing as they interchanged passes to build the attack. Romsey had their chances, finding their way into the D on a several occasions; Emily Williams came close but her shot was smothered by the goalkeeper, Emma Bouchard saw her shot blocked, and the usual Bradshaw-Olingschlaeger link up in the D saw the shot fly agonisingly wide of the far post.

After much of the possession and nothing to show for it, Romsey had a short lapse of concentration. Two minutes before the end of the half, Romsey failed to clear a short corner, and Yateley doubled their lead with a deflection just in front of the keeper.

Romsey, feeling disappointed at the scoreline, came out for the second half with renewed vigour. Romsey got on the attack and put pressure on the Yateley defence, winning a handful of free hits around the D and a couple of short corners. Unfortunately, Romsey couldn’t convert and Yateley.

Yateley also had some decent chances of their own, with Romsey keeper Laura Kemp having to react quickly to make saves, playing an important role as the last line of defence.

The game ended at 2-0 to Yateley, with Romsey rueing their missed chances. Despite the scoreline, the game was very competitive and well balanced, ultimately coming down to who took their chances. Romsey showed a high level of teamwork and togetherness that was reiterated as four players shared the player of the match vote; Goalkeeper Kemp, Bradshaw, Sheila Forbes, who was constantly working to make herself available in the middle of the pitch and Gemma Simpson making decisive tackles in the back line.

Romsey ladies 1s (1) vs (0) Winchester 1s

Scorer: Slade

Romsey had an extravagant win against local rivals Winchester, who sit 2nd in league table. From the outset, Romsey got at the visitors, finding space to pass deep inside the their defence. The home side found joy up the wings with Emily Pitt-Pitts working well with Jade Phillips to get in behind the left back.

After a few speculative crosses across the D, Winchester were really on the back foot. An ephemeral lapse in concentration allowed Emily Bradshaw space to get into the D and sweep the ball in across the face of the goal, where Emily Slade came in like a rocket powered ninja, sliding at full stretch to put Romsey ahead. The goal was supreme and well deserved as Romsey held much of the first half possession.

The second half saw Winchester reorganise and came out fighting to get back into the game. The visitors won a few short corners, but couldn’t break through the Romsey defence, with Gabby Hebert and Liz Forbes blocking shots, and Laura Kemp in the pads clearing any loose shots.

Romsey made chances in the 2nd half, grabbing a few short corners of their own. The best where Phillips smashed an incredibly clean strike goal ward, only to be denied by an equally incredible touch from the goalkeeper.

The game got a little scrappy as the second half progressed, as the visitors were desperate to find an equaliser, and Romsey had to work hard to close the attacks down.

Romsey got a little rest-bite when the visitors felt the pressure and failed to display the appropriate levels of discipline, receiving a card and temporary suspension from the game.

Romsey came close to doubling their lead through a breakaway counter attack, with Erica Jenner making up a lot of ground to get into the D. The Winchester keeper was alert to the danger, and did well to close down the ball to deny Romsey the shot, and cover the follow up from Emily Williams.

A great result for Romsey, which was hard fought and well matched game. The 3 points help Romsey squirrel up the table in their attempts to avoid relegation.

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