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Focus for Juniors

October has seen Romsey Under 16 girls continue where they left off in September with two convincing wins .

END TO END !

Their first match on the 1st of October was at home to Southampton in the league . The away team had a strong start with keeper Alice Dyer called into action making a splendid sliding save plus several others to keep the opposition out . Inevitably Southampton scored a  goal which stunned Romsey into action and it was not long before Zoe Henderson after a strong run and neat finish bought Romsey level .

It remained 1:1  for most of the first half with both teams defending extremely well , so much so Alex Orak fractured her finger in a strong tackle and was forced to come off and be replaced .   In the last few minutes of the half it was end to end action seeing Southampton go 2:1 up before Bobs made it 2:2 with a fine finish .

The second half saw Romsey  take control immediately  and Zoe Henderson got her second goal within a minute of the re-start . You could see the team grow in confidence and they started to boss the game with fine passing and movement in midfield leading to Phoebe Moriarty -Palios  calming slotting the ball past the Southampton keeper from the left hand side of the D .

The remainder of the half saw more end to end action but Romsey were clinical with their finishing seeing Sophie Lawson net from close range and Bobs complete her second hatrick of the season .

The final score to a thrilling match was 7-2 to Romsey  , well played to both teams for such an entertaining match!

SUNSHINE CUP SUCCESS !

The 8th of October saw Romsey under 16 Girls take on a strong New Forest Side in the first round of The Hampshire Cup in Lymington .

Both teams had strong support and all were enjoying the glorious weather with temperatures peaking at 20 degrees !

Romsey came out of the blocks very quickly and had wave after wave of attacks with Jess Grout and Ella Manger linking up well with atackers Zoe Henderson and Hannah Loran , however  the New forest defence was very strong .

New Forest soon came into the game and put the Romsey defence under pressure but they responded with great tackles from Emily Proctor , Emily Wann and good distribution down the line from Liz Field soon had Romsey on the front foot again .

It was not long before Zoe Henderson broke free  on the right and closed in on goal to score with a low hard shot into the corner .

However it remained 1:0 until half time and the New forest defence was being very stubborn .

Into the second half Romsey kept pressing forward looking for the all important second goal which soon came after a nice move down the left putting Pheobe Moriarty – Palios in the clear and she calmly put the ball in the right hand corner of the goal to put Romsey 2:0 in the lead .

Romsey were now in control with Sarah MacLeod and Clara Hackett running the midfield , more goals followed one from Zoe Henderson and with an inspired substitution Jess Whetran came on up front for Zoe and scored with her first touch and still had time for another one to make the final score Romsey 5 New forest 0 .

The player of the match as chosen by the opposition much to everyone’s approval was Sarah MacLeod after a great midfield performance .

A super team effort now sees Romsey go into the second round of the Hampshire Cup !

Great start to the season with U8s unbeaten in Winchester

Anna Ackerman, Oscar Cowburn (2), Camilla Day, Elsie Duncan (1), Clara Fuller, Charlie Gray (3), Caitlin Jupp (1), Sophie Morris, Anna Shepherd.

There was a lot of excitement with the U8s travelling to Winchester for the first mini tournament of the season. With most of the team having represented Romsey over the last season confidence was high going in to the first game against New Forest. Romsey enjoyed the majority of the possession in this game with midfielders Camilla, Clara and Caitlin controlling the midfield well and feeding the ball in to Oscar and Charlie up front. Oscar broke through after another period of possession scoring the first goal, this was followed with 2 goals from Charlie, Romsey winning 3-0.

The next game saw Romsey face Trojans. This game was fiercely contested and saw Romsey’s defence of Elsie and Oscar remaining solid whilst being well tested. Both were up to the task clearing the ball well for midfielders Anna A, Anna S and Sophie to pass on the Romsey’s forward line. As the game progressed Romsey grew in confidence, resulting in in a goal for Charlie. In the final few minutes Caitlin won the ball on the half way line and following a great run scored Romsey’s second, Romsey winning 2-0.

Romsey’s third game was against Bournemouth. This was a fast paced highly competitive end to end game with both teams showing great determination and putting together some lovely passing sequences. Both teams came close to scoring however the deadlock was not broken, final score 0-0. The whole team worked really hard in this game and came off the pitch with big smiles!

Against Southampton Romsey again enjoyed some great periods of possession. Camilla and Clara held great positions in defence with Southampton barely getting a glimpse of the Romsey goal. Anna A and Sophie worked hard in midfield. Following some great Romsey passing in the Southampton ‘D’ Catlin crossed the ball for Oscar to score his second of the day. Following the restart Southampton were unable to clear the ball due to great running and tackling from Charlie, this pressure lead to Elsie popping up to score Romsey’s second. Romsey winning 2-0.

Romsey’s final game was against hosts Winchester. This game proved to be the most exciting, nail biting and frustrating game of the day!! The Romsey team worked really hard keeping and maintaining possession with the ball barely leaving the Winchester ‘D’. Romsey hit the post and saw the ball go centimetres wide on at least 4 occasions. Romsey were really unlucky not to score and the game finished 0-0. Again the team came off the pitch with big smiles having really enjoyed being a part of such an exciting game.

Overall the Team enjoyed a great morning. The hard work put in in training could really be seen, team spirit was also evident and attitude fantastic.

Romsey U12 Boy’s got their season underway with a good performance against Trojans and were unlucky that the score didn’t reflect their efforts or dominance in most of the game.  Fielding five new players, Thomas and Daniel Hodge, Harry Garton and Rupert Willes in the outfield and Joe Williams in goal, Romsey started very strongly with most of the first period played in the Trojans half.

The early pressure told with a great goal from Rupert who scored with one of his first touches in his first Hockey game.

As Trojans soaked up the pressure, Romsey’s defensive line pushed further and further up the field, Romsey back 3 of Daniel Hodge, Owen South and Freddie O’Hara were defending well in the Trojans half when they were hit by a break, great scrambling defence from Romsey prevented a score but Trojans did earn a short corner.  After the corner was taken, a brilliant tackle and pass from Sebastian Wells, lead to Sam Attfield breaking down the centre of the pitch and one on one with the keeper he was denied a goal by a great save.

Romsey used the width of the pitch well, with Jack Jones on one wing and Luke Walter on the other both causing problems for Trojans midfield. However, despite maintaining much of the possession and territory Romsey could force a second goal and the first period ended 1 nil to Romsey.

Trojans started the second period much stronger, three good attaching moves were dealt with by Romsey’s defence, then a shot on goal was well stopped by Joe Wiliams, but the pressure soon told when Trojans had a two on one with the Romsey keeper and a square pass to an unmarked attacker on the post led to a simple tap-in.

Romsey’s attack starting to fire again when Owen South fed a pass to Jack Meehan who made a good run upfield, then Sebastian earned a short corner for Romsey from a promising move up the wind. With the action going end to end the second period ended one all.

The third period started well for Romsey’s passing game, Thomas Hodge found Sam Attfield who passed to Luke Walters who was unlucky to see his shot just go wide. Then Trojans hit back on the break, and Harry Garton, who was the last man back, managed to clear the ball. The Trojans broke again and scored with a great hit from just inside the dee.  The goal seemed to up Trojans energy and they soon made it four with a goal from a short corner.

Next for Romsey came a goal that is an early contender for goal of the season.  Will Rossdale took a sideline ball and started up the wing, he used a reverse dink to pop the ball through a defender’s legs and carried on, past serval more defenders into the dee and scored.  It was a goal that earned him the man of the match nomination from Trojans.

The match ended with a good period of pressure from Romsey who earned a couple of short corners but they didn’t manage to score and so the match finished up 4, 2 to Trojans.

Romsey under 16 girls travelled to Fleet & Ewshot on Sunday the 17th of September, their first game of the new season .

Romsey arrived with a strong squad which soon showed as Zoe Henderson scored early on taking the ball past two defenders before a confident finish.

Minutes later Zoe was at it again passing players and putting a cross in for Sophie Lawson to finish with aplomb . It was not long before Bobs Cooper and Hannah Loran got in on the  act scoring convincingly . 

After 20 mins Romsey were 5 nil ahead and the defence marshalled by Emily Wann had not given Fleet any attempts on goal.

A further number of  goals followed in the second half including an expertly taken penalty by Sarah McLeod. Fleet had tried to rally and hit the post but solid defending from Antonia Luckhurst , Alex Orak , Emily Procter and Keeper Alice Dyer denied the opposition a goal!

As the game entered the final phase The Romsey midfield were running the show and great passing  from Georgina Scott , Ella Manger , Liz Field and Phoebe Moriarty-Palios got Romsey up the pitch quickly which saw Zoe Henderson, Sarah McLeod, and Sophie Lawson complete their hatricks!

With the clock running down Bobs was back on the pitch determined to get her hatrick which she duly did with a cool finish . Hannah popped in her second goal of the day in after reading play well , and at the final whistle it was a resounding 14-0 win for Romsey .

A fantastic team performance all round , well done girls !

This year’s AGM is at 7:00pm at The Phoenix Pub, Romsey on Monday 12th June – Monday after the End of Season Do!

Here we will discuss the agenda which is in the process of being established when formalised the main discussion points will be about committee positions for next year, the following positions are available to ALL club members regardless of age!

  • Sponsorship Secretary: to hand over from Alex Budden who has made great resources this year but is unable to commit to another year due to work commitments.
  • Social Secretary: after two excellent social years Emma Bouchard is stepping down, we look usually to have two members in this role ideally one representative from the ladies and another from the mens side of the club.
  • Ladies 2XI Captain : following Bethan’s amazing three years as captain she is stepping down.
  • Ladies 1XI Captain: a role which is being adapted slightly from Erica Jenner who has done an ace job for two years.

If you are interested please contact the people named in the roles currently. Colin Harwood as Club Chairman and also Emily Slade as club secretary could also enlighten you on the roles.

The roles have got flexibility in terms of how many people do them and what you do with the role. The main stipulation is you attend as many of the committee meetings as possible; these are usually held about every 8 weeks during the playing season.

Our committee are integral to the running of the club and to keep it moving forward whilst bringing the club together as much as possible. If you could let me know if you are interested please contact me prior to the AGM.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Hog Roast and Awards Evening

When: Friday 9th June 2017 – 7pm ’til late
Where: Crossfield Hall, Romsey

Arrive from 7pm.

Bring you own …

All tickets must be purchase prior to the event.

Invite open to all families and parents.

£25 per ticket

Purchase tickets via online banking for free raffle ticket – please use reference “your_surname 2017EOS”

The junior section will be celebrating another successful season this Sunday with their Awards and Fun Day. Action will start at 10:00 with a couple of hours of fun games. Team will be put together on the day – parents and junior players are all welcome to play. 

This will be followed by a BBQ and the Awards from 12:00 and then soon after 13:00 the U16 Girls will play the U16 Boys in a Challenge Match. A curtain raiser to the Girls appearance in the Hampshire Cup Final the following morning.

All members are welcome to come along and join in the fun.

 

Romsey U12 Girls ended their season on a positive note with a well deserved win over Alton at home on Sunday. The visitors were short of players but the girls readily volunteered to take turns playing for them, which made for an evenly matched and friendly game on the warmest day of the year so far.  Alton were quick to attack, putting pressure on the Romsey defence from the start. In an end to end period of play, they took the lead with a well angled strike. Romsey came back strongly however, with Liv W, Katy R and Neve A pushing forwards and creating lots of opportunities, which were saved by some excellent goalkeeping. 

The second third saw Romsey continue to attack, but in pushing forward they left themselves open at the back and Alton managed to sneak a second goal, with Romsey being denied numerous times by a solid Alton defence. Then Romsey managed to get a goal back with a goalmouth scramble that Katy R put away. The girls heads came up and they started to believe in themselves more. Some excellent interceptions from Molly and Lily ensured the team kept attacking, while Zara, Evelyn and Olivia Wells all marked well in defence, so that Alton could not often get in the D. 

Romsey came out strong in the final third, creating numerous chances. Midfielders Amy, Mia and Phoebee helped to keep up the pressure by making some lovely runs and passing the ball well. Romsey had several short corners in the period, one of which Liv W managed to convert with a well struck shot from the top of the D. With Charlotte R now up front, along with Eleanor, the team kept up the pressure on Alton. On the few occasions that Alton managed to attack, the defence held firm, with Aimee clearing the ball well at sweeper and Anna making some great saves in goal, the team did not concede a single short corner or goal. With continued pressure from the whole team playing attacking hockey, the girls scored their 3rd and winning goal towards the end of the final third through ?. It was a fine performance from the whole team and a great way to end the season. 

Come along to Romsey’s Easter Hooked on Hockey camps! Spaces are still available!

 

Here are some key dates of upcoming events:

  • Sunday 30th April – Junior Awards
  • Monday 1st May – U16 Hampshire Cup Final @ Fleet and Ewshot
  • Sunday 14th May- Romsey Relay
  • Saturday 20th May – Hockey Fun Day
  • Friday 9th June – End of Season Hockey Awards
  • Monday 12th June – AGM
  • Summer – Ladies’, Men’s and Mixed Summer League

Details to follow.

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