Focus for Juniors

Romsey took their chances and three points as expected against bottom of the table Poole.

It didn’t take long for Romsey to open the scoring Colin H won a free hit outside the circle and Chris H made a run in from the right to intercept a perfectly weighted pass to cross to Carl H who controlled and turned to shoot from a narrow angle for 1 0.

Romsey doubled their lead when the ball was played up to Carl H at the top of the circle who played the ball to Colin H to make it 2 0.

A well worked move then saw Josh H square for Dan B to shoot, but his shot was blocked by the last defender only for Josh H to sweep in the rebound.

Carl H made it 4 0 from a penalty corner strike, and then another penalty corner was played out to Colin H who passed back to Josh H, his shot was blocked on the line but the corner taker Ben P made no mistake from an inch out following up, to give Romsey a 5 0 HT lead.

The second half allowed for Romsey to play an open game with everyone getting time on the ball.

From a penalty corner early in the second half Ben P pushed out to Colin H, who stopped the ball and passed to Chris H, his slip to Josh H saw a family passing move end with a cool finish.

A young Poole side had played some good hockey and won a penalty corner of their own. Colin H and James T ran out but were taken out of the move by a swift pass and this allowed Poole to strike fiercely past the onrushing Bryn W for 6 1.

Romsey weren’t stopping their though, and from another penalty corner Colin H passed directly to Josh H for 7 1 and the first hat trick of the match.

With Romsey now playing some open hockey, Lukasz S made sure Poole didn’t make it in to the circle again, and Rob C, Simeon F and James T gained confidence with time on the ball, and played some strong passes to build moves through the midfield.

Colin H picked up a loose ball and beat two defenders before playing a great one two with Carl H and sweeping the ball home for 8 1 and then he returned the favour by playing in Carl H, who saw his first shot blocked but made no mistake hammering in the rebound for 9 1 and his hat trick.

Carl got his fourth and Romseys tenth when Will R played in Josh H to square for the striker to shoot calmly in to the goal, and Will R was unlucky not to get on the score sheet as his play on the left had been so strong all match.  At the end Dan B was set up by Colin H for what would have been his first goal for the club, his shot beat the keeper but came back square off the foot of the post and Romsey put the rebound wide.


Romsey U16 girls played the New Forest on Sunday in a league match . The weather was bracing to say the least …..

Push back was at 1.30pm with beautiful blue skies but a bitter wind . New Forest made a strong start and dominated the ball for the first five minutes . Romsey soon found their feet , Robyn C started to put some good passes together (including a great ariel )to Sophie L and Zoe H up front which resulted in a couple of half chances .

Romsey had to be wary as the New Forest had a strong line up and were soon back on the attack  despite good defensive work from Emily P , Emily W and Antonia L ,  Alice D had to make a string of important saves to keep Romsey in the match .

Romsey started to move the ball wide and both Jess G and Phoebe M drove deep into the New Forest half on more than one occasion  tipping the balance of play back into Romsey’s favour . It was not long before one these break outs on the right found its way to Zoe H who burst into the D and slid the ball across for Phoebe M to calmly finish on the back post , 1-0 to Romsey!

New Forest were in Shock for a period and Romsey came again , Phoebe M was stretching their defence at will …..Short corner to Romsey ! Robyn C injected to Zoe H who took the ball into the D then slotted it back to Robyn C to strike the second goal !

This was the wake up New Forest needed , straight from the re -start they were on the attack. With only ten minutes of the half left the New Forest pressure told and they scored two quick goals to leave the match tied 2-2 at half time.

The second half started and both teams were after the win ,Romsey were creating chance after chance with great work on the wings from Jess G and Phoebe M .  One chance fell To Anna R who got free only to see her shot blocked , Zoe H had another shot narrowly go wide . 

The game became stretched and the midfield duo of Mollie O and Clara H were working end to end to cut off the New forest renewed attacks . The match was in the last couple of minutes and Antonia L made two fantastic last gasp tackles but the New Forest team kept coming and with the final move of the match they came down the right and squared a great ball into the D for their forward to score !

New Forest supporters and players were ecstatic, the final whistle went,  Final score New Forest 3 Romsey 2 . 

A tough end to a great match to watch , well played and fantastic effort Romsey .

Player of the match – Phoebe M , fantastic wing play .

Cold weather is forecast this weekend. If the pitch is frozen then training or matches are not possible because it is not safe to play. Because the forecast is not always definite we cannot always cancel  training the day before, sometimes we only know that the pitch is unsafe when we first inspect it in the morning.

As a result please check here and on the club’s Twitter feed @romseyhc for the latest news about training.

If you get to training only to find out it is cancelled we apologise. We always do our best to get the information out as soon as possible, whilst also wanting to try and ensure that we don’t cancel unnecessarily.

Thank you for your understanding.

Stuart Robertson

RHC Junior Chair

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Romsey U8s team A match report.

The ‘A’team did not disappoint in conditions more appropriate for Emperor penguins.  In a bitter wind and charged atmosphere things began with a BANG against arch rivals Bournemouth.  The defensive efforts of Sophie, Camilla, Maya and Joe can only be described as heroic.  Clara and Zach were dynamos in an offensive role while Anna and Evelyn showed the power of the super sub!  In the end Bournemouth’s persistence was rewarded and the match was lost by a single goal.

By the arrival of the 2nd push back, some of the players and fans were suffering from mild frost bite and this may go some way to explaining  the goalless draw that followed.  Somehow, Camilla had remained immune from the effects of the cold and had some outstanding moments and showed real bravery coming back on quickly following a nasty knock!

By game 3, the players and fans had discovered the warmth of the clubhouse and most were de-frosted and ready for action following a much deserved hot chocolate hit.  Arch rivals Trojans lived up to their fearsome reputation and proved to be ruthless adversaries taking a 1-0 victory.  Maya deserves praise for fantastic work rate while Joe showed some skill full playmaking.  Clara, Zach and Camilla were able to provide a creative spark backed by strong work from Sophie, Evelyn and Anna.

By the 4th game against New Forest, the team moved to another level and become like a well oiled machine.  In a display that can only be described as ‘total hockey’ both teams deserve praise and admiration for an end to end match of the highest quality.  Well done to the ‘A-Team’

U8B team report

After two cancelled tournaments due to bad weather, Romsey B U8’s were unstoppable at the Salisbury hockey tournament. The team was in great spirits and on the pitch they showed that “practice makes perfect” with well coordinated team play and fantastic passing skills. Unstoppable, they won all their five games.

In the first game against Winchester B, Romsey never let Winchester in their defensive half and Caitlin showed great strength in the D scoring a hat trick. Charlie and Oscar scored one goal each, ending the game 5-0 to Romsey.

Bournemouth B were our second opponents which was expected to be the hardest game of the day. Remembering how they beat Romsey in the autumn, Oscar was keen to play defence and, together with Romilly worked hard defending well to do all they could to not let them score any goals.  Elsie worked hard in midfield assisting Charlie to score, finishing the game 1-0 to Romsey.

The third game was against Winchester B again, an error that couldn’t be changed on the day. Romsey played confident hockey and Caitlin, Oscar and Elsie scored one goal each. Elsie showed how she was a really strong distributor of the ball with many assists on goal. Charlie made a strong run from defence resulting in a brilliant long shot on goal just minutes before the end of the match. Unfortunately the goal was not allowed as it was outside the D. The game finished 3-0 to Romsey.

Trojans B were the fourth match opponents.  Oscar scored the first two goals, first one assisted by Charlie and the second one a straight shot in from the corner. Trojans then got settled into the game and scored despite some fantastic marking from Imogen and Anna, before Romsey finished strong with a further goal from Oscar with his hat trick. The game ended 3-1 to Romsey.

In the fifth and last game of the day Romsey met Salisbury B. All eight players were on the pitch and passing well. Both Imogen and Fran were playing really well in the midfield protecting Anna and Romilly in defence who made some good interceptions and protected the goal from some good shots by Salisbury. Oscar scored two goals and then there was an own goal from Salisbury ending the game 3-0 to Romsey.

A very enjoyable tournament on a very cold morning but the team were fantastic playing confident, fun and very fierce hockey. They have learned so much since the start of the season and this was shown on the pitch today making this a pleasure for all to watch – well done Romsey B U8’s.

Romsey B U8’s: Caitlin, Oscar, Charlie, Elsie, Fran, Romilly, Imogen and Anna.

Romsey under 16 girls headed off to the Isle of Wight on Sunday 14th of January for a cup and league double header .The team went by mini bus kindly loaned by King Edward School.

The atmosphere was great and we all enjoyed the crossing especially the breakfast !

Push back was at 11.30am and the IOW made a fast start and were pressing Romsey  from the first minute , They had several early chances and before long slotted one in to take the lead .

Romsey were under strength but all the girls were working hard and  were able to force a succession of short corners , the second one ending with Zoe Henderson finding Liz Field to slot the ball home for the equlaliser .

Romsey midfield were working  hard with great running from Sophie Lawson and Ella Manger , however the IOW kept coming and the Romsey defence had to be at is best with great individual work from Molly Oakley and Antonia Luckhurst to keep the opposition out .

After good battling from Jess Grout and Clara Hackett Romsey found themselves back on the attack and were able to force an error from the IOW resulting in another short corner .  Liz Field injected and Zoe Henderson shot into the top left corner to take the lead.

Even though Romsey had the lead they could not settle it was end to end stuff , the IOW kept pressing and just before half time drew level.

The second half continued in the same fashion with end to end action , the IOW were awarded a penalty but Alice Dyer remained calm and made a great save  at the other end Zoe Henderson went on a great solo run and hit the post .

Disaster struck with ten minutes  to go ,the IOW scored to lead 3-2 . Romsey now poured forward with attackers Hannah Loran and Jess Whetren working hard .  A great piece of skill by Anna Roberts put Romsey on the attack again , even defenders Emily Procter and Molly Oakley were striding forward to help Romsey in attack.

Unfortunately Romsey ran out of time and the final whistle went and the IOW had won 3-2 .

Despite all the running the cup run was over , time to concentrate on the league as they say !

Player of the match was Sophie Lawson after a tireless display in midfield which took her end to end !

A great team performance from Romsey saw them dominate Trojans to win five nil.  The team lined up with Joe Williams in goal, Daniel Hodge, Owen South, Will Rossdale and Frederick O’Hara in defence, Thomas Hodge, Sam Attfield, Luke Walter and Sebastian Wells in midfield and Rupert Willes and Marcus Lake up front.  The starting Substitutes were Henry Allsopp, Harry Garton and Jack Jones.

Romsey started well with a good passing game keeping the ball wide and getting the better of the early midfield battle.  A great pass from Will set Sam on a run into the Trojans dee where a Trojan foot foul led to Romsey being awarded their first short corner.   The Ball was injected by Luke to Sebastian whose shot was saved but Romsey were awarded a second short corner.  This time the shot was just wide allowing Trojans to clear their lines.

Trojans then attacked down their left-hand side but were stopped by Daniel, in defence, who passed to Sam on the wing who fed the ball to Marcus who forced a save from the keeper.  The ball was cleared but not out of the Trojans 16 and Romsey were back on the attach this time Luke scored through heavy traffic from just inside the Dee. The rest of the first period carried on with Romsey pressure but the scores did not change.

Trojans started the second period with more intensity and the possession evened out, things started to go Romsey’s way again when Sebastian took a free hit and made a break into the Trojan’s dee resulting in a short corner to Romsey. The short corner was well defended and the match returned to a midfield battle, the only goal of the second period came from a quick break out from Romsey’s defence, Will found Sebastian after a good run passed to Sam in the dee, who slotted the ball past the Trojans goalie. Romsey continued the pressure with a run from Luke and were awarded with a short corner, but the Trojans defence held firm and the second-period finished two nil.

The third period started as the second finished, with short corners awarded to Romsey, and good defence keeping the ball out of the back of the net. But just as Romsey had struggled to convert the pressure into goals earlier, their luck changed, and the goals started to flow. After a typical run from Rupert up the wing, he passed to Sam who knocked the ball on to Marcus who was clear in the dee and he scored. Next it was Sam’s turn to receive the ball in a bit of space to score his second, then Thomas made a good run up the wing and into the dee, as the defence cleared the ball, they found Jack Jones on the wing who dribbled into the dee and scored, to make the result 5 nil to Romsey.

Romsey, putting out an almost full squad of 15 players, managed to hold on to win the match with the last touch of the game being a save from Joe Williams the Romsey Goalie.

It was a very even contest, with much of the match taking place in the midfield section of the pitch.  The first of 3 periods finished goalless despite shots on goal from Luke Walter and Jack Meehan and a short corner to Romsey.  At the other end the defence, including Owen South, Frederick O’Hara and Daniel Hodge, held well with Hamble only managing to force one save from the Romsey Keeper.

The second period started with a bang as Jack Meehan scored early, only for Hamble to hit straight back with their goal. After the fireworks of the first couple of minutes, normal play resumed with an arm wrestle in the middle with the wide players of Rupert Willes, Henry Allsopp, Will Rossdale, Harry Garton and Jack Jones making ground when they received the ball.

The third period started with the teams still level, Romsey had the better of the opening exchanges, but the goal to break the deadlock did not seem to be coming their way. The midfield player, Jack Jones, Thomas Hodge, Jack Wormgoor and Sebastian Wells push up to increase the pressure on the Hamble defence.  Jack Meehan had a shot cleared off the line, having gone around the goalie, Rupert Willes’s shot hit the goalie as he was scrambling back into position and at a short corner, Will Rossdale had two shots brilliantly saved.  Finally, the goal arrived, as Marcus Lake made a run from the edge of the dee to score the decisive goal.  From the resultant restart Romsey were determined not to slip up, but Hamble, a player down due to injury, wanted to claim a draw and with the last play of the game they came very close to succeeding.

Romsey U12 Boy’s held on for a thrilling win against Gosport Borough Under 12.  In the closing seconds of the match, Gosport were awarded a short corner, which, to build up the tension, had to be retaken as one of the Romsey defenders was deemed to have leapt from the goal line before the ball was injected by Gosport.  At the second attempt, all the Gosport team, bar the goalkeeper, filled the Romsey Dee meaning 10 players attacked against 4 defending.  To end the game as winners Romsey needed to clear the ball from the goal area, Gosport attacked as the rest of the Romsey players ran from the halfway line to help as Joe Williams in goal, Harry Garton, Jack Jones and Frederick O’Hara defending tried to clear the ball.  Gosport managed a shot at goal but it was too high and the game was won by Romsey.

The game started a little one-sided, as Romsey’s passing game meant that they had most of the territory and possession. Early runs for Luke Walter and Rupert Willes led to shots from Jack Meehan being well saved by the Gasport Keeper. The first Romsey goal came from a short corner, Romsey’s third of the match, Luke Walter injected to Marcus Lake who passed back to Luke who had run to the near post for a well-worked goal.  Gosport tried to hit back quickly with Romsey’s Goalie Joe clearing the line as a goal looked imminent, Romsey defence, including Henry Allsopp, making his debut, and Daniel Hodge managed to keep the ball was in Gosport’s half for the remainder of the first period which finished 1 nil to Romsey.

The second period started with more Romsey pressure as the midfield of Thomas Hodge, Owen South, Sebastian Wells and Harry Garton dominated possession.  The Gosport Goalie kept his team in the match as Romsey couldn’t find a goal that their pressure deserved.  Marcus Lake forced the Keeper to make several saves, Rupert Wills had three shots saved within seconds and then Gosport hit back with a length of the pitch attack that was stopped by Jack Jones running back as he clearing the ball from the Romsey Dee to the sideline. 

The second period may have finished goalless but the third period opened up with goals from each side.  For Romsey Marcus Lake, who was nominated as the man of the match, scored a well-fought goal having muscled his way past 4 defenders to increase the lead.  His goal was immediately cancelled out as Gosport scored from a short corner, won straight from the re-start.  Gosport soon scored again as a long ball downfield was slotted into the Romsey goal.  With the score at 2, 2, Jack Meehan was unlucky to have a shot deflected by the Keeper, as the ball looped onto the top of the Gosport goal.  Jack then followed up with another attack, forcing the keeper to save, but this time Marcus was lurking close to goal to score with a real poachers effort, picking the ball up from just behind the Goalie to score a simple goal.

As the match drew to a close the tension increased as Gosport mounted several attacks, which resulted in the short corner being the final play.

The U12 girls travelled to Trojans this Sunday for their 3rd game of the season, having just 11 players and no subs. The team was without 2 key defenders so several players had to step into unfamiliar roles. Strong performances from Molly K, Annabel C and Evelyn B helped the team to fend off numerous attacks from a well drillled Trojans side. Defending for much of the first third, the team produced some solid passing hockey, but were unable to capitalise on the attacking opportunities they had. Trojans had one extremely tall, skillful player who was able to outrun the Romsey defence and produce many hard struck shots on goal. 3 of these were on target and the girls were 0-3 down by the end of the first third.

Romsey played their best hockey of the season in the second third, dominating the game much more. Numerous long balls got through the Trojans defence to find Phoebe L, Issy  R and Olivia W. The girls passed the ball well producing some great attacking runs, but were unable to convert their chances into goals. However the constant pressure from the midfield and good defence from Charlotte A, Eleanor B and goalkeeper Anna L denied Trojans the opportunity to score and the second third saw no goals.

In the final third a tireless Mia A, now tasked with marking the Trojans centre forward, managed to limit her ability to get into the D, but could not prevent a couple of great shots from finding the target. Despite some suberb goalkeeping from Anna L, Trojans always seemed to have a player ready to pounce on any ball kicked away. Romsey were feeling their lack of subs, but kept pushing forwards. A final opportunity came at the end as Romsey were awarded an attacking short corner, but the final whistle blew as the team were judged not to have allowed the ball to go outside the D. The final score was 5-0 to Trojans, but this was probably Romsey’s strongest performance so far and the girls have much to be proud of.

Star player was awarded to Phoebe L.



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