Mini Match Reports

Romsey u8s played their last tournament of the season on Sunday at Trojans. Romsey A played their first match against Trojans Artichokes. After conceding an unlucky goal in the first few minutes, Romsey began to settle into the game, piling on the pressure and pushing high into the Trojans defence. Great passing between Milly Chatterley and Ellie Gibson in midfield pushed Romsey forwards, soon leading to a great goal from Sebastian Wells to even out the score line. Well placed tackles from defenders Toby Fuller and Lucy Waldon prevented Trojans from furthering their score. Tristan Cuff in midfield fed the ball well out to the wings where forwards Harriet Field and Imogen Akerman worked hard to break through the Trojans strong back line. Despite their efforts Romsey were unlucky not to further their score, going into full time 1-1. Romsey B played the next match against Trojans B. Great teamwork between Tilly Duncan and Hattie Knapman in defence denied Trojans any early opportunities. The girls linked up well with midfielders Lewie Brown and Tom Coltart who showed great skill in dribbling the ball into the shooting zone and soon found Sebastian Wells on the right wing. Despite an impossibly tight angle a great strike from Seb found the back of the net, taking Romsey into the lead. Several great shots followed from Sofia Balasteros and Annabel Norman who were unlucky not to score. Zoe Phillips and Sebastian Wells in midfield worked well together, continuing to pile the pressure on the Trojans defenders. Fighting to the finish Romsey went into full time 1-0 up. Romsey A then beat Salisbury 1-0 with a superb goal from striker Marcus Lake, they then beat Southampton 1 5-0 with two goals from Marcus, two goals from Harriet and a great strike from Tristan. Against local rivals Winchester they drew 2-2 with another 2 goals from Marcus before drawing 1-1 with Bournemouth after another great goal from Sebastian. Romsey B beat Winchester 2-0 with goals from Marcus and a lovely shot from Tom before winning 5-0 against Southampton with goals from Sebastian, Tom and Sofia. Romsey B then won 5-0 against Trojans Carrots before drawing 1-1 in their penultimate game against Bournemouth. In their last game against Trojans Broadbeans Romsey won 3-0 with two goals from Seb and a well aimed shot from Zoe. A great team performance as a result of their hard work throughout the season.

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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 U8s, so far undefeated this season, continued their winning streak at Salisbury Minis Tournament.  They won all four of their matches with Tom Coltart, Harriet Field, Marcus Lake and Sebastian Wells scoring 12 goals between them.  Defenders Tom Coltart and Toby Fuller were magnificent and kept our sheet clean.  Ellie Gibson, Annabel Norman and Zoe Phillips had several chances at goal and were unlucky not to add to our scoreline.  Romsey dominated every match and demonstrated how much they have developed as a team, playing the full width of the pitch, executing some great passes and using their improving stick skills to great advantage.  A well-deserved result.

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Romsey u8s continued their great start to the season at their home tournament on Sunday with the A team remaining undefeated after 3 tournaments. Romsey A played their first match against Southampton A. Marcus Lake quickly opened up the scoring after a great pass into the D from Sebastian Wells in midfield. Tilly Duncan and Toby Fuller were strong in defence, denying the Southampton attackers any opportunities on goal. Midfielders Zoe Phillips and Annabel Norman worked hard, feeding the ball up the wings to the forwards, leading to a second goal from Marcus Lake. At full time the score was 2-0, an excellent start for Romsey A. Romsey B then played their first game against Southampton 2. Lewie Brown and Finn Van Zyl dominated the midfield, linking up well with Ellie Gibson and Lucy Waldon upfront. Romsey remained encamped in the oppositions half and were unlucky not to score with several shots going just wide of the goal posts. Southampton managed to score on the break and at full time the score was 1-0. Romsey A continued to dominate against Salisbury. Milly Chatterley and Tom worked hard upfront, making several skilful runs past the Salisbury defence. Great passes from Sebastian into the attacking zone created three goals from Marcus and a superb goal from Harriet Field. At full time the score was 4-0. Romsey B played a tense match against Andover. It was end to end with Clara Fuller, Sophie Clarke and Imogen piling on the pressure on the Andover defenders.  Lewie Brown made several great shots on goal and was unlucky not to score. Hattie Knapman worked hard in the centre midfield, supporting both the forwards and defence. Oliver Channel and hockey hero Fergus made some outstanding tackles to prevent Andover from scoring. The match ended 0-0. Romsey A then won 2-0 against Bournemouth with fantastic goals from Seb and Marcus and then went on to beat local rivals Trojans A 2-1 with a goal from Marcus and a lovely goal from Tom in his first tournament for the club. Romsey B then played two very tough games against Bournemouth and Southampton A. There was outstanding teamwork in both matches and Romsey were unlucky to lose. Romsey A played their last game against Southampton 2 winning 6-0 with 2 goals from Marcus, two goals from Seb and a goal from Zoe and Harriet. Both teams put in outstanding performances as a result of all their hard work in training.

Romsey U10’s played at the Salisbury minis tournament this weekend. They were rewarded with 4 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses.

Thomas Dyer, Matthew Davidson, Lily Pillinger, Joe Williams and Frederick O’Hara showed consistency in defence, with Tom Dyer showing great calm and support throughout.

The midfield players of; Will Rossdale, Luke Walter and Jack Sluman covered the pitch and supported their defence and attack with some great passing and use of space. Jack was rewarded with 4 goals and Luke with 2.

Molly Knapman, Anna Loadman, William Norman, Mia Adams and Jack Meehan displayed determination to find the back of the goal – Jack was top scorer with 5 and Mia scored 2, while Molly was unlucky more than once.

A great mornings hockey to watch in the sunshine, the team should be proud of their performance.


Romsey u8s played their first tournament of the season on Sunday in Bournemouth. They began their first match against Trojans Tornadoes in good form when Sebastian Wells dribbled the ball down the wing and had a shot at goal, taking the score line to 1-0. This was quickly followed by two goals from Marcus Lake and a goal from Harriet Field. Trojans attempted an attack on the Romsey goal but were denied by defenders Toby Fuller and Oliver Channel who made some great tackles and returned the ball back to the midfield. Romsey had one more scoring opportunity when a pass from Clara Fuller to Harriet Field upfront lead to a shot on goal which was blocked by a Trojans defender, Sebastian Wells was quick on the rebound to put Romsey at 5-0 at full time. The team continued to play well in their second game against Trojans Hurricanes leading to a 5-0 win with 2 goals from Sebastian Wells and Marcus Lake and a goal from Zoe Phillips after she had dribbled it down the pitch to put the ball in the back of the net. Romsey continued to dominate against Salisbury. Tilly Duncan in midfield continued to feed the ball into the forwards, putting the Salisbury defence under constant pressure, leading to a 3-0 victory with 2 goals from Marcus and 1 goal from Sebastian. The u8s then played a defensive game against Bournemouth, coming out on top with a close 2-1 win after a goal from Marcus followed by another from Zoe in the final minutes of the game. Romsey’s final game against Winchester Wildcats lead to a 4-0 win with excellent defensive work from Toby and Tilly with goals from Marcus and a hat trick from Sebastian. An excellent team performance as a result of all their hard work in training.

Harry Appleton (5), Lewie Brown, Harry Channell, Oliver Channell, Milly Chatterley, Tilly Duncan, Harriet Field, Toby Fuller, Poppy Hanslip, Marcus Lake (2), Phoebe Lewis, William Norman (2), Zoe Phillips, Finn van Zyl and Sebastian Wells (1)

Romsey got off to a good start in their first match against Bournemouth.  Phoebe led the charge putting in some excellent tackles in midfield. Bournemouth then went on the counterattack. Oliver and Poppy stood firm and unfazed in the face of a persistent and determined Bournemouth onslaught.  After going down one goal, Romsey were back on the offensive.  Harry executed a deft pass to William who found the goal with a decisive strike to level the score.  The team all played well together and were unlucky to go down another goal on the break (1, 2).  In the next match against New Forrest Otters, Sebastian, Finn, Milly and Marcus played well in midfield passing the ball up to Lewie and Zoe playing up front.  Our defensive line up of Harriet and Toby showed great teamwork and coped very well with some strong attacks (0, 1).  Next up was Southampton A.   From the start Romsey were in control and most of the game was played in the Southampton half.  The match was clinched by a Harry Double Act.  Harry Appleton scored the goal, set up brilliantly by Harry Channell (1, 0). Our next match was against the Southampton B team.  Toby made a great run through midfield showing his newly acquired reverse stick skills.  He ran into heavy traffic just in front of the D and so couldn’t capitalise on his break (0,0). Against Southampton C, Harry Appleton quickly put us in front, followed shortly by a great goal from Marcus, both Romsey goals being set up by lovely passes from Toby. Trojans proved to be tough competition.  Marcus managed to put one away but the team was undone by three goal Trojan goals (1,3). Against Winchester the team fought resiliently. Phoebe made a couple of great passes in midfield which resulted in narrow misses at goal.  Continued pressure from Winchester produced a lot of great defending by the team and Tilly made a crucial clearance in the D to thwart another Winchester goal (0, 3). Romsey had a great match against the New Forrest Otters.  Our first goal was scored by William and was set up by Harry Appleton.  Marcus made an inspired run into space up the wing and crossed into Sebastian who had put himself in a great position within the D to score the second (2,0).  Against Winchester B, Harry Appleton skilled his way through midfield, evaded his defenders in the D and put away the winning goal for the team (1,0). The penultimate match was against Trojans B.  Harry Appleton opened Romsey’s account and increased our lead further by converting a great long pass up from Toby (2, 1). Our final match against the New Forest Badgers was a closely fought match with a few chances that we were unable to convert (0, 0).  Well done to the Romsey U8 squad, you showed great skills and enthusiasm today!

The Romsey U8 squad of Harry Appleton, Lewie Brown, Tilly Duncan, Toby Fuller, Annabel Hall, Marcus Lake, Phoebe Lewis, Annabel Norman, William Norman, Zoe Phillips, Finn van Zyl and Sebastian Wells put in a brilliant performance at the Salisbury Mini Festival.

The first match was against Bournemouth A.  Bournemouth got off to a strong start scoring an early goal on the break.  William and Toby remained unfazed and determined in defence putting in some key tackles.  Harry, Annabel Hall and Lewie took all opportunities to pass the ball up to Annabel Norman up front but were thwarted by a strong Salisbury defence and a couple of shots going wide of the mark.  The team did well to fend off strong opposition but continued pressure from Salisbury resulted in Romsey going down another goal (0,2).  Next up was Salisbury C.  Here the team put in a much better performance.  From the start Romsey dominated the play, Tilly and Phoebe putting in some fine tackles under pressure in midfield and Harry making light work of the Salisbury defence to notch up the only goal of the match and a win for the team (1,0).  Romsey continued this momentum into their match against Andover A.  Sebastian and William were in defence, Harry, Marcus, Lewie and Finn in midfield and up front were Annabel Norman and Toby.  Harry again put us ahead with two great goals after digging the ball out of midfield (2,0).  The match against Salisbury B was closely fought.  Sebastian and William were solid and reliable in defence and Romsey was unlucky not to convert a few chances (0,0).  Against Salisbury A, the midfield was joined by Zoe.  She put in some great tackles and executed a deft pass to Harry, setting him up for yet another goal (1,1).  The match against Bournemouth B saw good hockey from both sides with all the Romsey team putting in a solid performance.  Sebastian clinched the match with an excellent strike and his debut goal for the club (1,0).  In the final match against Southampton B, Romsey had the majority of the play.   The team were still brimming with energy, defending well and taking all opportunities to attack.  Plucky Finn took a ball on the leg but played on undaunted to support his team mates and complete our strong midfield line up.  Harry and Sebastian again put us ahead, showing their skills as they fought their way through midfield and into the D to score one goal each and round off the morning for Romsey with a well-earned win (2,0).  Well done everyone for a great team performance and especially to Finn, Lewie, Annabel Hall and Sebastian who were playing their very first tournament for the club.



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The Romsey U8 team of Harry Appleton, Toby Fuller, Poppy Hanslip, Hattie Knapman, Marcus Lake, Phoebe Lewis, Annabel Norman, William Norman and Zoe Phillips had a great tournament at the Southampton Mini Festival.

Our first match was against Salisbury B.  The team played well together with William, Toby and Poppy putting in some great tackles.  Annabel, Hattie, Zoe and Marcus moved the ball effectively through midfield and up to Phoebe and Harry up front.  It was a closely fought match reflected by the (0,0) score line. The next match was against Southampton A.  Romsey had the majority of the play and were rewarded by one goal each from Harry, Marcus and William, William scoring his first goal for the club.  Toby and Annabel were reliably solid in defence, keeping the opposition at bay, and clever passing by William nearly resulted in another goal.  A very well-deserved win (3,0). Next up was an equally matched game against Bournemouth B (0,0).   Our fourth match against Trojans B showed them to be tough opposition and Romsey quickly went down three goals.  The team held their nerve and showed great grit and determination, taking all opportunities to try and break through the Trojan defence (0,3).   Our last match was against Salisbury A.  This was a great match with good play from both sides.  The winning Romsey goal came from a brilliant piece of team work.  William claimed the ball deep in the Salisbury half, passing quickly across to Marcus, who then made a lightening run up the right wing, crossing into Harry who put the ball away with a great strike and a triumphant win for the team (1,0).  Romsey had saved their best hockey for last and were justly rewarded for all their hard work at training.

Romsey U10’s entered 2 teams in to the Southampton mini festival last Sunday.

The team players were; Charlie, Eleanor, Jack M, Luke, Issy, Thomas D, Livs, Will, Molly, Freddie, Lucy H, Matthew, Thomas N, Jack S.

In their first match Romsey A played against Trojans B, Romsey A were slow to start and found it difficult to create space and move the ball around. It took some staunch defending, especially from Freddie and Lucy, to keep the scoreline down to a 0-1 defeat. In their second match the team played much better, Will and Matthew linked well through the midfield and the team held Salisbury B to a goalless draw. In their next game, Romsey dominated, producing some fine passing hockey. A lovely cross from Luke set Thomas Norman up for a well taken goal, and Jack Sluman also scored from a beautiful strike on the edge of the D, giving the team their first win 2-0. Against Bournemouth B, the team battled hard in another 0-0 draw with Molly proving her adaptability by taking on a midfield role and Matthew moving back into defence. The final match against Winchester C saw a well balanced game with both teams playing some nice hockey. Jack Meehan proved calm in the D taking a well earned goal from a strong cross by Jack Sluman. The final 1-1 result was a fair reflection of the game. Overall the team played well, working hard for each other and improving as the tournament progressed.

Team B should be immensely proud of their efforts and performance against some very strong opposition. Livs and Issy were solid in defence and endeavoured to pass the ball wide to spread the play.
Thomas D showed great one on one skill to block and clear the ball from the top of the ‘D’. Eleanor, Luke and Charlie worked well together in Midfield. Charlie battled tirelessly to get through the oppositions defence and was rewarded by 3 goals.
Some slick passing between Charlie, Luke and Jack resulted in Jack and Luke both ending the day with 2 goals each.

Both teams had great tournament.



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