Ladies 1st

Romsey Ladies 1XI travelled to Basingstoke for an early morning game. Basingstoke started confidently, looking to build on their strong start to their return to Division 1. On a wet and bouncy pitch, Romsey tried to acclimatise themselves to the conditions, working the ball well from defence through the midfielders to the forwards. Kate Moss and Bethan Knights worked well in the centre of the pitch, distributing the ball out and working well to cover the direct moves that Basingstoke were making as they looked fierce in attack. Romsey worked well as a team, coming back to cover when Basingstoke made moves forward causing Emily Slade to make some committed challenges to break down the attacks. There were some promising attacks from both sides, with Emily Williams, Emma Beeching and Kate Olingschlaeger making runs up front and driving the ball into the D to try and get a shot off on goal. However, neither side could make the most of their chances, and the score was 0-0 at half time.
Basingstoke came out hard after the break, GK and player of the game, Laura Kemp was quick to drop to the floor and prevent Basingstoke from finishing off one of their direct attacks on goal. Romsey gained in confidence as they kept the home side at bay, with S.Forbes and Emma Bouchard working hard in midfield to try open up gaps in the Basingstoke back line. Romsey were determined to make the most of their penetrations into the D, winning numerous short corners. Erica Jenner stopped the ball at the top of the D and dribbled in towards to goal, causing the Basingstoke keeper to drop to the floor to try to prevent an attack. This allowed R.Cooper to slot the ball into the goal past the keepers pads with 8 minutes of the game to go. All Romsey had to do was keep their heads and try prevent a Basingstoke attack. G.Hebert worked relentlessly in defensive to ensure that Romsey finished the game 1-0 winners. A total of 8 players received players for man of the match, which sums up how much of a team performance this win was.

Romsey Ladies 1xi travelled to Yateley for their first game after the half term break. Romsey started strongly, with good connecting play up the wings, building up play from the defensive unit of Liz Forbes, Emily Slade and G.Hebert. Despite the intense periods of attack, Romsey were unable to convert their early chances, with crosses from Emily Williams escaping the sticks of players waiting in the D. As the half progressed, Yateley gained in confidence and Romsey needed their keeper Laura Kemp to stop some attacks from the Yateley forwards. However, neither side could convert and the first half ended 0-0.

The second half saw Romsey come out strong again, willed on by the positive first half play, with Bethan Knights and Emma Beeching having some early attempts on goal. There was good attacking play from R.Cooper and S.Forbes in midfield, which resulted in the Yateley defensive being split. This allowed Kate Olingschlaeger to receive the ball in the D and slip the ball past the keepers near post to give Romsey a 1-0 lead.

This goal gave Romsey the confidence they needed, with Kate Moss switching the play from left to right and Emma Bouchard working hard in midfield to open up gaps in the Yateley formation. Romsey were positive in attack and won a number of short corners, which tested the Yateley defence, but didn’t result in a goal. With more attempts on goal Romsey won another short corner, which player of the match, Erica Jenner received at the top of the D, dribbled past 2 Yateley defenders as well as the goal keeper and put the ball in the back of the goal to make the score 2-0 to Romsey. Romsey then kept their heads after a late Yateley attack to see out the game 2-0 winners.

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”

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.

On Sat 10 December 2016, at the Crossfield Hall RHC are holding the annual Christmas do! This is not an event to be missed! Tickets are £25, this includes a raffle ticket and food.

This year Natraj have agreed to still cater for us with the usual buffet but at the Crossfield hall, bring you own drink and enjoy an evening of dancing with a quiz and a raffle too!

The dress code is CHRISTMAS JUMPERS!

Everyone is welcome including juniors who play adult hockey, umpires and supporting parents. Get your tickets from captains now!

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Romsey made the short journey to their nearest rivals Winchester determined to push the joint leaders all the way despite missing 5 regular team members.

Winchester started the game with Romsey content to hold their press and let them play with the ball in their own backyard. Each time Winchester encroached into Romsey’s half they were forced back and after a turnover Romsey moved the ball swiftly finding Sophie Hurley on the right wing. Hurley ghosted into the D and sent the ball towards the far post where it was met by Erica Jenner sliding in to provide a deft finish.
Winchester soon responded with a well taken lead through a drag flick penalty corner routine that keeper Laura Kemp got a stick to but couldn’t  prevent the powerful shot from passing her.
Romsey began to keep more possession of the ball working it through defence and midfield nicely with Tracey Nichol linking up well with Emma Bouchard and Abi James. Just before half time Romsey lost a player to injury when the ball ricocheted into Emily Slade’s left cheek, with the ever capable Rebecca Hutchins slotting into defence the Romsey machine kept going through the gears.
At the start of the second half Winchester spied a breach in the wall and snuck through to score their second after some quick slick passing. Slade returned to the pitch with a nice black eye determined to exact revenge through victory. She started a move that again set Hurley free on the right. Hurley linked up with Jenner with telepathic precision allowing Jenner to get one on one with the keeper and after drifting to her reverse side Jenner smashed the ball home to even things up.
Winchester began to apply the pressure but Liz Forbes and Emily Pitt-Pitts lead the Romsey defence to hold out against the siege. As Romsey began to take back control Winchester scored again to take the lead. Despite Romsey fighting back with everything they had the luck was against them with the Winchester keeper making some good saves and a shot hitting the post.
Despite losing the game there were many positives for Romsey to take from this match and the skill on display was a feast for the travelling spectators, Romsey will be looking to take the full three points in the return fixture after Christmas.

Romsey started the game brightly looking to continue their fine run of form. With the guidance of coach Dave Miles from the sideline Romsey began to demonstrate some of the skills they had been working on in training dominating possession.

Romsey created a number of shooting opportunities but their strike force failed to take advantage of them, going into the break all level.
Emily Williams fired up the team at the start of the second half with a fearsome yell and determined to penetrate the oppositions defence Romsey stepped up their press, setting up camp on their attacking 23. Their unrelenting pressure soon paid off when Jade Phillips found Emma Bouchard loose in the D who finished the move with aplomb, timing her shot to perfection.
1-0 up and Romsey continued to apply the pressure and moments later secured their win with a play made at training. Erica Jenner cutting across the pitch with the ball before firing a pass to Kate Olingschlaeger who slid in to slot the ball home.
Romsey created several more chances and the ball hit the net again, Sophie Hurley lead the celebrations but unfortunately the goal was disallowed due to being hit from just outside the D.
A fine start to the season with 3 wins from 3 and with U18 star Gigi Hebert being awarded player of the game the future looks bright for Romsey, starting with the top of the table clash next week against local rivals Winchester.

Feeling buoyant after their opening game Romsey travelled through the storm to face Yateley, their first foray into the north this season.

Romsey started brightly and quickly took the lead when Erica Jenner latched onto the ball at the top of the D and sent a reverse stick shot towards the keeper. The defenders, either foxed by the bounce or dazed by Jenner’s new shoes failed to react and Jade Phillips glided in to gracefully slide the ball home.
Having taken the lead Romsey resolved to work hard off the ball and keep their press tight subduing any attempt at redemption by Yateley, and the pressure paid off with Emma Beeching intercepting a pass and bursting clear of the Yateley defence. The keeper saved and Romsey couldn’t capitalise on the rebound to extend their advantage.
Soon after this Captain Jenner found herself in the sin bin following a rash challenge on the halfway line. Yateley tried to push their numerical advantage but Romsey defence held them out with player of the match Laura Kemp making several crucial saves to go into the break 1-0 up.
The second half saw the umpires practising their card tricks with Emily Slade picking up a green then a yellow. Sophie Hurley making her first team debut also picked up a yellow, before Jenner suffering with FOMO joined in and sat off the last five minutes on a yellow card.
Romsey played most of the second half with 10 on the pitch resulting in several reshuffles with the ever flexible Rebecca Hutchins slotting into defence.
Outstanding defensive work by Romsey ensured that they kept their lead until the final whistle, showing a newfound grit and resilience that they were lacking last season, building on their confidence with two wins from two.

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