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Members from all sections of the club ran the Relay Marathon this morning. They were running to raise money for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

There is still time to sponsor them – please follow this link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/romsey-hockey-club

Romsey Boys Under 12’s finished the season with a commanding performance on a chilly morning at The Romsey School.  The squad of; Jack J, Jack M, Luke, Will, Owen, Freddie, Rupert, Thomas, Daniel, Joe, Harry, Sebastian and Marcus put in a great team performance passing well and using the width of the pitch as they played around an inexperienced Bournemouth Team.

A goal in the first period from Jack M and 2 from Luke gave Romsey a good lead, the pair added more in the second third of the match and were joined on the scoresheet by Marcus and Rupert.  At the end of the second period with the score 8 nil, the teams were mixed up a little to balance out the match, but Jack M, Luke and Marcus all scored again to end the season on a high.

The team celebrated their win with a pizza picnic, hence the team photo.

Following the now legendary performance at Trojans by the ‘Galacticos’, Romsey U8s had both the strength in depth and confidence to take 2 teams on the road to Andover.

Beautiful spring weather, ample parking and a well stocked cake stand set the tone for the festival of hockey that followed.

The ‘special one’ had decided to take a sabbatical as an umpire and so it fell to Cat to provide the tactics and inspiration.  A fluid 2-3-2 formation provided the foundation for the total hockey that followed.  After a slow start against Southampton (0-0); Trojans (2), Winchester (2) and Andover (3&4) were all brushed aside with 9 goals scored and only 1 conceded.

The mean defence, now a hall mark of the Romsey U8s, can be credited in large part to another outstanding performance by Maya and great support from Anna S who were disciplined in their positioning and ruthless in the tackle when it mattered.  In a rare foray up front, Anna S was even able to sneak in and score another poachers goal.  Clara and Joe provided the engine in midfield and showed fantastic creativity and flair.  Both made some excellent passes and were always solid in the tackle when needed.  Debutant Hugo was fearless in midfield and showed great composure on the ball.  A star in the making! Up front, Charlie (U8s player of the year, boys) was once again on fire and showed the energy and enthusiasm of a Duracell bunny, even managing to stay on his feet most of the time.  3 fantastic goals and a superb contribution overall.  Last but not least, Camilla (U8s most improved girl) continued her meteoric rise and played out of her skin ending the tournament with 5 goals!  Well done Romsey (2)!

A great season, thanks to all the coaches and to Patricia for organising the U8s.

Southampton 0-0

Andover (3) 2-0

Winchester (2)1-0

Trojans (2) 2-1

Andover (4) 4-0

On 13th May two teams from Romsey Hockey Club, accompanied by members of staff from Solent Plastics and Johnson Valves, will be running the Romsey Relay Marathon.The teams each consist of 10 people each running 2.6 miles.

We are running in aid of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Please support the teams by sponsoring them here:

https://www.justgiving.com/Romsey-Hockey-Club

If you would like to run as part of the team please also let me know – there are still some spaces available.

A strong start from Romsey Boys led to a convincing win against Hamble.  The Team of Jack J. Jack M, Luke, Sam, Will, Owen, Freddie, Joe in goal, Henry, Sebastian and Rupert started at a frantic pace. Two early short corners lead to a great save from the Hamble keeper, but soon an opening goal from Rupert, after a strong run from Sam along the wing, calmed them down and they went on to dominate the rest of the match.

Luke soon scored Romsey’s second and the first period finished with Romsey on top, two goals to nil.

The second period ended goalless, due to a shot from Will just going wide, and a strong save for Joe when Hamble got through one on one with the Keeper.

Hamble started the third period strongly scoring a goal from a short corner, and as the score went to 2 one it looked like an exciting end to the game was on the cards.  Sam had other ideas ending any doubt by scoring from another impressive run and when Jack M scored straight after, Romsey knew that the game was theirs.

3rd and 4th Place met for the last game of the season for Romsey with only pride at stake as 3rd and 4th were likely to be where both teams finished regardless of the result.

Romsey As has been their way this season took the game to the IOW and Chris H and Josh H ran the midfield and set up a chance first for Carl Hendy and then Dan B who saw his effort hit the outside of the side board of the goal.

Romsey kept the pressure on with Matt D on the left and Elliot C on the right providing good width.

A combination between Matt D and Man of the Match Andy Moger saw the left back run with the ball up the left and then cut inside. Eventually finding himself inside the circle he unleashed a fine shot inside the post to put Romsey 1 0 up.

Romsey were unlucky not to get a penalty strike when Colin Harwoods effort was deemed by the umpire to be going wide when it was stopped by a foot, and a penalty corner was awarded.

As the half wore on IOW got back in to the match and from a well worked move they created a good move to shoot past Bryn W in goal and Simeon Field couldn’t quite get the ball away from the goal line to avoid the equaliser going in for 1 1.

The second half saw the IOW move immediately in to the Romsey circle but the ball went off the back of the pitch.

From the 16 yard hit Lukas Suleja played the ball to Colin Harwood, he provided a deft first time touch to play the ball to Josh H, who moved forward with the ball before releasing Chris H, he went round his man and pulled the ball back to Josh H who squared to Carl Hendy to score inside the post for 2 1 and to finish off a great team move.

The IOW upped their game and Bryn W saved twice from strong shots, and two further penalty corners.

From another penalty corner an IOW shot hit a foot from the out rushing defence and the umpire awarded a penalty stroke, which was disappointing after the Romsey chance from the first half.  IOWs strong midfield player made no mistake for 2 2.

There was further dismay soon after when a shot from IOW hit another Romsey foot, and while Romsey expected a whistle the IOW forward put the ball in the goal for what proved to be the winner in a tough end of season encounter.

This left Romsey 4s with 30 points from their 18 matches, winning 9, drawing 3 and losing 6, three of these defeats being in the final four games.

Romsey managed to find the net 50 times in the league and now have two players Who have played 50 times for the team since it started three seasons ago.

Trojans reversed their 2 1 defeat at Romsey the week before with a slightly stronger side on Easter Saturday.

Romsey started really brightly and could have taken the lead when a well worked move involving Josh H, Chris H and Rob W lead to Rich L rolling the ball to Rob Cav who saw his shot blocked.

Trojans went one up from a penalty corner, with James Tower sent to the half way line for running out to quick, the Trojans striker appeared to miss time his flicked shot, but its slow speed saw keeper Nick Welby watch in despair as it went over his dive.

Romsey equalised when a penalty corner played to Colin Harwood saw his shot blocked by the keeper but with Rob W on hand to roll it in for 1 1 on the stoke of half time.

Romsey went close to taking a lead in the second half when Chris H crossed in to the circle but an almighty clearance saw the ball end up at the other end of the pitch and with the Trojans centre forward fortunate to beat Lukasz Suleja he made no mistake smashing the ball past Nick in goal.

Romsey pushed for the equaliser and after a couple of saves by the Trojans keeper a third effort fell to young Barry H, but he couldn’t quite get to the rebound before a last gasp sliding clearance from a defender, so Romsey ran out on the wrong end of a 2 1 scoreline.

A damp Sunday morning saw the Romsey U10s (Marcus, Sebastian, Theo, Jake, Lewie, Tom, Freddie, Toby and Benji) take the field at Haselmere for the Hampshire U10 In2Hockey Tournament. It was set to be a very long day, as there were five 12 minute group games and then, if we progressed, a semi-final and a final. A possible total of an hour and a half’s hockey, on half sized pitches, for boys who are mostly 9.

The first problem was to find a willing recruit to Goalkeep. Coach Carl eventually persuaded Lewie and more importantly his parents that it was an excellent position to play in (apparently unlike everybody else, he had actually tried it once before!) Of course he would be swopped into the outfield after 2 games. Needless to say this didn’t happen, as a) it took so long to get the kit on b) there were no other willing volunteers and c) he seemed to be enjoying it. Lewie performed heroics all day. He deserves high praise, for most of the other teams had goalkeepers who had trained all season and yet you would not have been able to tell that it was only Lewie’s second time. In seven games he was only beaten twice.

In the midfield the team was bolstered by Marcus and Sebastian who had come down from the U12s to play in their own age group. There were several rather unfair comments from opposition coaches and parents, who should have known better, about grow bags and “playing against 14 year olds.” It does have to be said that Marcus is exceptionally tall and strong for his age, but that’s not his fault! Because we knew there would be penalty corners and possibly flicks, he and Sebastian had practised a simple penalty corner routine (knicked from a Trojans Friday night training session!) which we were looking forward to trying it out.

First up were Fleet and Ewshot. Romsey were in control most of the time and the goal count would have been a lot higher if the Fleet goalkeeper hadn’t made several exceptional saves. Eventually though pressure told and Marcus scored two well taken goals. On Fleet’s one attack Lewie showed that he is also surely a fantastic footballer by kicking the ball from his D to far corner of the pitch. Final score 2-0.

After a great start we had to face Trojans, who we knew had a good team and indeed this was a tense game dominated by the midfield. Romsey though had more of the attacking play and the Trojans goalkeeper did a great job, making several crucial saves. Our rotating defence of Freddie, Tom, Toby and Benji were unbreachable and in the end Romsey were unlucky not to score or win. Final score 0-0.

The Trojans result bolstered all our players confidence and coach Carl and assistant coach Richard Lake decided to rest Marcus for the beginning of the next match v Fareham. The rest of the boys played extremely well with Sebastian controlling play from the middle of the field and after a mazy run into the D he shot from an impossibly tight angle and the ball cannoned off the far post into the goal. After the game he admitted he had been trying to cross to Jake who was taking up great positions in the D all day without any reward. A couple of minutes later Theo burst through the Fareham defence in typically robust fashion, (his Mother says he’s a rather good rugby player) and blasted home a second. Final score 2-0.

With Sebastian rested for beginning of match 4 against a strong Yateley team, Romsey found themselves under a bit more pressure than they were used to and despite some heroics from the defence we went 0-1 down after 5 minutes. With Sebastian subbed back on Romsey scored their best goal of the day. Marcus dribbled into the right side of the D and fired a ball across the goal where Sebastian diving full length and one handed, deflected the ball with his reverse stick into the net. Unfortunately he was then injured and in the confusion of trying to sub him off, Yateley scored a second. Despite maximum effort from everyone there wasn’t enough time to reply and Yateley ran out as narrow winners. Final score 1-2.

Our last group game was against Andover and anything less than a win would likely see us out of the competition. This spurred everyone on and Marcus recovered his scoring touch at just the right time. After several attempts the much worked on penalty corner routine was successful and with

Romsey doing most of the attacking Marcus managed to grab a well deserved hat-trick. Everyone played excellently in this one and at the final whistle there was really no doubt that we would be heading for the semi-finals and as it turned out with the added bonus of topping our group by one point. Final score 3-0.

By now the boys had done as well as was expected and most of them were pretty tired. Our semi- final was against the runners up of the other group Petersfield. Petersfield were, as you would expect a very strong team and this was a close game, but with 5 minutes gone Marcus dinked into the D and put away a great shot. This left Romsey with 7 of the longest minutes of theirs and their parents lives to defend, as Petersfield piled on the pressure. But everytime it looked like Petersfield might make a final pass through the defence to an unmarked attacker the last Romsey boy put in a fantastic block. Benji, Freddie, Tom and Toby all made crucial last ditch interceptions and in the dying seconds when Petersfield’s best attacker did get through one on one with the goalie, Lewie pulled off a tremendous point-blank save. Final score 1-0… and we were in the final!

By the end of this match the boys were pretty much dead on their feet and at this crucial moment, Jake, who had been taking up great attacking positions all day, was whisked away by his Parents to a pre-arranged lunch, depriving us of our main upfront target man.

To make matters worse the opposition were Alton. They hadn’t lost a game all day and indeed hadn’t conceded a single goal. The only positive was that the Alton boys were as equally tired as ours and this showed in a rather scrappy first half, where there were very few chances for either team, although on balance of play Alton probably deserved to be ahead. One of the most encouraging features of the previous games had been our width, but in the final our play was becoming narrower and narrower.

Luckily unlike the other matches the final was two eight minute halves. So at half-time there was a very stern team talk from the unimpressed coaching staff. “Heads up – You are all tired but there are only 8 minutes to go. stay in your positions and talk to each other!”

The boys came out firing in the second half and after two minutes the decisive moment arrived. It was a bit unfortunate, as it resulted from a momentary misunderstanding in the well drilled Alton defence. The neutral umpire awarded Romsey a long corner from the halfway line, but despite her clearly saying 3 times it was a long corner the Alton team thought they were facing a short corner and all but two went to stand in their goal. Sebastian took the ball to the halfway line and then using a bit of initiative immediately dribbled straight towards the Alton goal. Rounding two defenders and oblivious to the coaches screaming “pass pass” he dribbled into the D and smashed the ball towards the Alton goal. It bounced back, luckily straight to him and his second shot crashed into the backboard. 1-0 but 5 minutes to go. Romsey were hanging on with Tom doing some great dribbling down the left wing to relieve pressure from the Romsey goal. When Alton did mount a serious attack Toby was there to “take one for the team” a crunching blow to the knee. One of the opposition parents commented on how brave he was and after a quick check up he was back on the pitch. Theo muscled Alton’s playmaker off the ball at several crucial moments and Freddie and Benji stood firm. With much shouting and nail shredding on the touchline the hooter couldn’t sound soon enough and when it finally did, the score was still 1-0.

Romsey were champions and we all agreed they thourghly deserved to be, with the entire team making vital contributions at crucial moments. They are now through to the South of England finals at Surbiton Hockey club May 6th, which we know will be extremely tough for them and a big step up in standard. But whatever happens, it should be excellent experience for everyone who goes.

Romsey u10 girls travelled to Haslemere on Sunday for the Hampshire IN2 Hockey tournament.

The girls made an excellent start in their first match against Havant after a couple of minutes Romsey went 1-0 up when Hattie latched onto a good pass from midfield and shot the ball past the keeper. Romsey then extended their lead further with a superb diving shot from Hannah which saw the ball go wide of Havants keeper into the back of the net, the third goal came from a short corner Harriet injected the ball into Hannah who then passed the ball to Zoe on the right post whose shot rebounded off the keepers pads and onto Harriet’s stick who then slotted the ball home.

The next match saw Romsey face Aldershot and Farnham it was an end to end game with impressive defending from Tilly and Lucy some great saves from Ellie and really good runs up the wing from Zoe and Harriet making good crosses into the D for Imogen and Hattie to shoot. Romsey were unfortunate not to take the lead and the match finished 0-0.

The 3rd match was against Yateley; again another end to end tense game with great defending and attacking. Ellie made her best save of the tournament as she dived to block a shot from Yateley; in the process she injured her knee and had to sit the last 5 minutes of the game out. Romsey also managed to clear the ball off the line to keep the score line 0-0.

The final match of the afternoon was against Andover. Romsey dominated the game with a succession of short corners, one of which resulted in the ball finding the back of the net but was disallowed because the ball hadn’t gone out of the D. Romsey continued with further pressure and were unfortunate to finish the game without scoring; another 0-0 result.

The girls had a superb tournament and although they were undefeated in their group and hadn’t conceded a goal they missed out on progressing to the semi final by 1 point.

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