Emily Bradshaw

U18 Girls home 3-way fixture ends in top of the league glory!

Romsey U18 Girls (2) vs (1) Andover U18 Girls

Romsey U18s played their final matches of the season in their home triangular tournament on Sunday.

Romseys first game was against local rivals Andover. Despite conceding an early goal Romsey continued with determination and were soon rewarded for their hard work with a short corner. Emily Williams injected the ball into Jade Phillips who slipped it left to Jenny Pimley who found Sarah MacLeod on the post to slip it past the keeper.

After equalising Romsey continued to pile on the pressure with the Romsey defence denying Andover any more opportunities in the goal. Wing backs Rosie Middleton and Fran Edwards made several well placed tackles, clearing the ball well into the forward line.

Romsey remained camped in Andovers defence, soon Andover began to feel the pressure after a great strike from Emily Williams in the D found the back of the net. Romsey went into half time 2-1 up.

After an inspired team talk Romsey went back into the game fighting. Centre backs Gabriella Hebert and Emily Pitt Pitts drove the game forward, preventing the Andover attack from entering Romseys half. Despite several well aimed shots from Becky Williams and Bobs Cooper, Romsey were unlucky not to further their lead. Fighting to the finish, Romsey ended the game 2-1 up.

Romsey U18 Girls (0) vs (2) Trojans U18 Girls

After an hours break Romsey went back out to face Trojans. The game was end to end as the teams were very well matched. Alice Dier was superb in goal, making several good saves to keep the score line 0-0.

Romsey fought their way into the Trojans defence, linking up lovely passes from the defence and down the wings. Romsey soon earned themselves a short corner, Emily Pitt Pitts injected to Jade Phillips who had a great shot on goal which slipped just wide of the post.

Trojans soon retaliated with a short corner but the shot was deflected away from goal by Emily Pitt Pitts. Both teams continued to fight for possession and Romsey were unlucky to concede a goal with seconds to go until half time.

In the second half Romsey continued to pile on the pressure, fighting their way into the Trojans defence. Several great shots from Becky Williams and Emily Williams were denied by the Trojans keeper. Romsey were unfortunate to concede a second goal with less than a minute to go, taking Romsey into full time 0-2 down.

The days results place Romsey at the top of the table at the end of the season, just slipping past Andover on goal difference. A great way to end the season with a true team performance.

Mixed Cup Round 2:

Eastcote (2) vs (1) Romsey

Scorer: Hendy

After a fantastic first round win against Isle of Wight, the 2nd round draw saw Romsey set up to play away against Eastcote in north-west London. Eastcote would provide tough opposition, as an experienced mixed side who were semi-finalists in last years Trophy competition.

With players from all seven adult teams involved, Romsey’s line-up was a fantastic reflection of the whole of Romsey’s senior section. It was fitting therefore that Romsey’s new away kit was donned for the first time, kindly donated by our sponsors Solent Plastics. In what is probably a club first, the entire squad took to the pitch wearing the same kit, and looking the business.

Mixed Cup Team - Round 2

Mixed Team; looking stunning in new away shirts!!

The home side started with a flurry, throwing everything at Romsey. Lukasz Suluja in goal was awarded player of the match thanks to some incredible saves from vicious shots from Eastcote forwards.

Romsey started to find their way forward, with Dave Edwards and Danny Miles leading the way in the midfield, distributing the ball getting everyone involved.

Romsey had a couple of good chances in the first half, with Dave Edwards bursting forward, finding time at the top of the D, but not quite the accuracy. And veteran striker Carl Hendy came agonising close to the equaliser as he uncharacteristically shot over the bar after a melee in the D.

It was Eastcote who found the opener, breaking quickly and finding a free player on the left who smashed in an impressive reverse stick strike to take the lead.

The second half saw Romsey earn a few more chances. Lewis Birch made a couple of tidy weaving runs, turning the defenders inside out and drawing the fowls. The resulting short corners weren’t converted but were a show of intent from the visitors. Miles went close with a flick, Colin Harwood’s shot was blocked and Ruth Manners’ had her shot cleared away.

Lesley Humphreys was tenacious in her efforts up and down the right wing, as she provided powerful crosses into the danger area. Becky Hutchins and Loz Scott turned defence into attack, making tackles and then developing the play up the left.

Romsey found a goal after Emma Bouchard received the ball deep in the Eastcote half. She dodged a tackle and passed into Emily Bradshaw at the top of the D who slid the ball through to the P-spot. Carl Hendy was straight on it and made no mistake, playing it past the keeper to equalise.

Eastcote found another gear and came back hard at the visitors. Romsey were pinned back, with Tracy Nicoll and Bethan Knights working hard to close down the attacks from the wings, and Ben Butcher and Loz Scott putting in a real shift to back them up with well timed tackles.

Eventually Eastcote won a short corner, and took the lead again with a drag-flick into the top of the net.

Despite the result, Romsey can be proud of their efforts as their first foray into the England Hockey Mixed Cup competition comes to an end. Captain Tracy Nicoll said ‘everyone really came together and worked for each other today. I’m really proud of how we’ve represented Romsey HC, and we are already looking forward to getting even further next year.

Romsey would like to thank our away kit sponsors Solent Plastics for helping us to look awesome.

We’d also like to give a massive thank you to our mini-bus driver, photographer and chief bellower Phil Humphreys for his fantastic support and getting us safely back to Romsey.

Basingstoke 2s (4) vs (0) Ladies 1s

On a blustery Saturday, Romsey ladies 1st XI travelled up to Basingstoke for a tough game. The play started slowly, however Romsey quickly adjusted to the new pitch and conditions keeping possession and making strong attacks up the wing from Kate Olingschlaeger and player of the match Jade Phillips.

Unfortunately after 20minutes, Basingstoke made a lucky break and even with Ange Cryne in goal performing brilliantly with three consecutive saves, the opposition flicked it over to open the scoring.

Two more goals quickly followed for Basingstoke, slightly dampening Romsey’s drive. The second half came, and Romsey rallied with some great stick skills from Shelia Forbes and transfers along the defensive line between Erica Jenner and Gemma Simpson.

Although Romsey won several short corners from Emily Bradshaw’s agility, none were converted largely thanks to Basingstoke’s keeper having a fantastic game.

Basingstoke got one last lucky goal and the second half finished with Romsey still holding a significant portion of possession and making many drives at the goal. Becky Hutchins had a phenomenal performance throughout the game and keeper Cryne showed her class making brilliant saves and providing great support to urge the team forward.

Well done to our Junior County Players!

Congratulations to 16 (yes, 16!) of our wonderful juniors who have been selected into Hampshire County Teams. Three boys and an incredible thirteen girls from Romsey made it through the various stages of county development, training and assessment days and will now go forward to represent Hampshire in their respective age groups.

All the Hampshire Girls squads from U13 to U17 will include at least one Romsey player, as girls from across the age groups were selected. The girls of Romsey have done exceptionally well, with Romsey HC players making up 11% of all the girls selected, and putting the club ahead of the bigger setups like Trojans and Fareham.

Well done to our 2016 County Players:

Alice Appleton
Grace Loveridge
Daisy Richardson

Harry Croft-Baker
Robyn Cooper
Sarah Macleod

Tom Croft-Baker
Sheila Forbes
Gigi Hebert
Zoe Henderson
Sophie Lawson

Charlie Harrigan
Abi James
Anna Poller
Georgina Pugh

Gabby Hebert

Good luck representing Hampshire. …RHC is behind you!

Ladies 2 (3) vs (0) Winchester 3s

Scorers: Hurley, Gilbert, Humphrey

Romsey ladies 2s remain undefeated on home soil as they secured a 3-0 win against local rivals Winchester. A damp morning at Romsey saw the ladies 2 put their training into practice and play a new formation, pressing high.

Winchester had first push back but Romsey pressed hard and dominated the play from the onset, driving tirelessly at the goal and resetting with haste when they lost possession.

After several attempts at scoring Sophie Hurley, player of the match would give the home side the lead, driving down the wing, along the baseline behind the defence and ultimately the keeper, Romsey (1) Winchester (0)

Seconds into the second half the ball was driven by Kate Moss, returning from injury, slid the ball into the forwards where an injection from the top of the D was converted by Anna Gilbert to give the home team a 2-nil advantage.

Winchester nevertheless were undeterred and counter-attacked aggressively making successive attacks on the Romsey defence and even winning penalty corners. Romsey defence stood hard and with all players but centre forward Lesley Humphreys defending, a perfect opportunity for a break arose.

The ball was powered to Humphreys who drove hastily tailed by a Winchester defender and made the most of the one-on-one with the keeper, with a straight strike from the top of D in the corner of the goal, Romsey (3) Winchester (1).

The high press formation encouraged some tactical play with Romsey defenders Maree Welch and Tracy Nicholl both driving into the D and having shots on goal.

A thoroughly deserved win, and proof training has results. Coach Dave Edwards was very satisfied with the result and even more pleased at the way the team had implemented the tactics.

A massive thank you to Dave Miles who umpired this match on behalf of Romsey.

Romsey U10’s travelled to Bournemouth for the New Forest minis tournament.

Two teams were entered and 10 games played – the squad should be very proud of their 6 wins and although 4 games were lost they were all extremely close games and most lost against the run of play.

Joe Williams played his first time as GK and showed great calm in the position.

Many players were asked to try out more than one position throughout the morning and Charlotte Akerman, Annabelle Coultart, Lily Pillinger and Anna Loadman all adapted to their position in every game and supported with some wonderful passing and defending.

Two of our younger U10’s – Phoebe Lewis and Harry Appleton had a fantastic tournament, displaying great determination – Phoebe scoring 2 goals and Harry 1.

Tom Dyer and Freddie Ohara were both solid in defence – as always! – but when asked to push up Tom was rewarded with a well placed goal.

Molly Knapman and Mia Adams played solidly in mid field and as forwards, both unlucky not to score during the tournament.

A battle for top scorer of the day emerged between Luke Walter, Jack Meehan and Will Rossdale – Luke and Jack finished on 4 and Will on 5!

U10s in New Forest Tournament

U10s in New Forest Tournament

Romsey Ladies 2 (0) vs (4) Havant 3a

Romsey were defeated in a frustrating match at HMS Dyrad.

First push back saw Romsey dominate with possession from the onset with player of the match Sophie Hurley driving down the wing with the help of Bobs Cooper. It wasn’t long before Romsey took their first strike at the Havant keeper but they were unsuccessful.

Havant retaliated and drive fast and with a straight strike from the top of the D took the lead. Moments before half time Romsey look set to equalise with a short corner to Sophie Lawson, converted by Ella Palmer. However, frustratingly it hit a Romsey foot before the conversion and was disallowed.

Undeterred Romsey went into the second half fighting. Never the less Havant were to score again and again and again, with the home team taking the lead 4-0. Romsey young keeper Georgie Pugh held her own with some incredible saves and fantastic evening sportsmanship.

Unfortunately, it was not Romsey’s day. Thank you to Peter Lloyd for umpiring this match.

Romsey Ladies 1s (1) vs (4) Haselmere

Scorers: Jenner

Romsey faced Haselmere at home, with hopes of moving up into mid-table. Haselmere put pressure on Romsey early, scoring from a break away in the first 10 minutes. Romsey regained their composure, started to fight back resulting in a short corner which was saved well by the visiting keeper.

The rest of the first half was end to end stuff, but repeated stick tackling by Haselmere defenders on Emily Bradshaw in the D awarded Romsey a penalty stroke. Captain Erica Jenner converted, powering into the goal with the keeper making a touch, but unable to stop it rolling off her pads.

Romsey started the second half strong, maintaining possession well and pushing into the Haselmere half. Romsey were unlucky not to score, with several decent attempts on goal. Youngster Abi James made a fantastic break through the middle of the pitch and found player of the match Emily Williams unmarked in the D. A super short corner routine masterminded by the determined Jade Phillips prompted a good save from the goalkeeper, and an even better follow up save to quash the rebound shot.

Whilst Romsey struggled to convert, Haselmere found the net after a series of shots on the break which lead to three goals in quick succession.

Romsey kept fighting to the finish but the damage had been done, and Romsey were unlucky to come off the pitch with a disappointing 4-1 scoreline.

Romsey Ladies 2s (2) V (1) Southampton 3s

Scorers: Palmer, Humphreys

Romsey ladies 2nd XI confidently took three points on home soil against local rivals Southampton.

A strong attacking start saw Romsey dominate possession from the on-set with player of the match Gigi Herbert defending valiantly and driving hastily up the wing to support the Romsey forwards. However, unable to convert Southampton soon began to take advantage with some breaks of their own.

As the half time whistle went the game remained goal-less. However, Romsey aggressively took possession within seconds of the second half with Bethan Knights and Lesley Humphreys driving into the D. Knights strike was unsuccessful but a touch from Humphreys and a deflection from a Southampton stick saw Romsey take the lead.

Southampton determined to equalize defended hard and made the most of every ball, taking free-hits early and driving down the wings. Nevertheless Romsey made a second break with strike from Ella Palmer giving Romsey a 2-0 advantage.

Seconds before the final whistle Southampton won a short corner, which they successfully converted with a text-book finish to make the final score 2-1 to Romsey.

Aldershot & Farnham 1s (4) vs (3) Romsey Ladies 1s

Scorers: Olingschlaeger, Phillips, Bradshaw

Romsey ladies 1st XI travelled to the edge of Hampshire to play 3rd in the table Aldershot & Farnham. With a few players unavailable, Romsey had to reorganise the back-line, bringing Emily Slade into the middle with Gabby Hebert, and the experienced Tracy Nicoll slotted in at left back.

It was the home side who started the game the more lively, making cutting runs into the Romsey half, putting the visitors under pressure. Romsey dealt with the pressure, but were struggling to put anything together themselves. Mid-way through the first half, against the run of play, Romsey won the ball in the middle of the pitch. Erica Jenner sent a pass through to Emily Bradshaw who got behind the defence and made a pass across the D for the dependable Kate Olingschlaeger to slot past the goalkeeper to put Romsey 1-0 up.

It was a very short lived lead, as the home side came straight back at Romsey and grabbed an equaliser. Before Romsey could get a grip of what was happening, Aldershot & Farnham won a short corner and promptly converted to take the lead. The misery continued for Romsey, as a third goal came in quick succession and the visitors were in a state of disarray.

Romsey shock themselves down and began to fight a bit more for the ball, but just before half time, Aldershot grabbed a fourth goal to put them 4-1 up at the break.

It was a new team that stepped back on the pitch for the second half, as Romsey started to play in the manner which has won them their last 3 games. The back line became impassable, with Slade and Hebert working well together to make tackles and quash any further advances from Aldershot.

Romsey made the first move towards a comeback with a well-finished short corner, which saw youngster Shiela Forbes smashing a ball across goal, for Jade Phillips to get that all important touch on the post.

Romsey continued to keep the pressure on, and the home side started to feel it. Player of the match Emily Williams was a constant threat up the left wing as she got the better of the defender time and time again. Romsey went close with a few more short corners and a superb shot from Williams that went agonisingly close to the far post.

Aldershot were still fighting, and sent a ball through to their nippy forward who went to attack the Romsey goal. Keeper, Laura Kemp, was on her toes and came out to deal with the danger with a calm and clinical block.

Romsey kept at it, with the U18 combination of Emily Pitt Pitts and Phillips finding space down the right hand side causing Aldershot some concern as a long corner was conceeded. Romsey quickly spread the play across to the left, where veteran left-back Nicoll calmly played the ball into Erica Jenner in the D. Whilst Jenners initial shot was saved, the rebound was picked up by Bradshaw who found the goal, slipping the ball past the out of position goalie.

At 4-3 Romsey were back in the match with Aldershot doing everything they could to slow things down and run out the clock. Unfortunately for Romsey the final whistle came too soon and the match ended 4-3.

A fantastic second half performance showed that Romsey can more than compete with top of the table teams. However, the lapses in concentration in the first half was ultimately what cost them the game.



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