Men 2nd

The social committee are pleased to announce our annual end of season dinner and dance will take place on 14 May 2016.

The event will be held at the Edwards’ Farm near Romsey.

Jack Edwards Farm, The Causeway, Romsey, SO51 8HF

Warning: Sat Nav will take you to the Memorial Park!

This will be a black-tie event where we will close out a brilliant season with an even better evening which includes:

  • Hog roast with sides
  • Bar available until 12:30 a.m.
  • Luxury marquee with flooring and seating
  • WC facilities
  • DJ and boogieing potential
  • Outdoor sitting area
  • Limited space for overnight camping (BYO tent)
  • Feel free to bring wellies as well as smart shoes as it could be muddy
  • Please bring cash for the bar as there will be NO card facilities
  • Party games throughout the evening

This is event is open to all members and their parents or partners.

Patrons are invited to arrive from 6:00 p.m. Food will be ready for 8:30 p.m. which will be closely followed by speeches and presentations.

Buy your tickets

Tickets are priced at £35 per person and are available now from your team captain or manager.

Alternatively please purchase your tickets by contacting Emma Bouchard or Danny Miles.

The preferred payment method is by bank transfer direct into the Club’s usual bank account. Please amend the reference as suggested below:

fp-logo Sort Code 30-97-14
Account Number 00477449
Reference Member’s name EOS16 e.g. JSmithEOS16

Please contact Danny Miles or Emma Bouchard for further information.


Save the date!

The end of season event will be held on 14 May 2016.
This year’s evening event is at a new exciting venue with increased capacity.

The event is open to all members plus parents and partners.

More details and ticketing information will be announce in a few days… watch this space.

  The men’s 2s travelled to Gosport for a match that could define their season. The team, much changed from recent weeks was a mixture of youth and experience. Only 4 of their outfield players were over 18 and the lack of experience looked like it might turn the fixture into a banana skin for the visiting team.

Romsey started the match tentatively and quickly surrendered possession. The Romsey skipper then managed to kick the ball in his own D giving away a short corner. Gosport converted with a firm strike past Adam Sankey in the Romsey goal and were 1-0 after only 5 minutes.

Fortunately the shock of going behind galvanised Romsey from their slow start and they started to build up some control. The midfield pair of Ali Nawn and Christian Pain gave the visitors composure and Romsey started to pass the ball more confidently. Wingers Ben Davidson and Chris Harwood stretched the Gosport defence and Zak Cooper was a constant threat as the lone striker.

Romsey’s pressure started to tell and they secured a penalty corner of their own in the 23rd minute. A tidy routine saw a low drag flick from Pain hit the backboard, parity was restored.

Gosport owed much to their keeper who pulled of a series of stunning saves. Cooper saw two sharp deflections cleared off the line and then a penalty flick opportunity also went begging.

As the half wore on wing backs Hugh Davidson and James Manning found much more space and created mayhem with their mazes runs forward. It was one of these attacks that led to another Romsey penalty corner. In an effort to confuse the excellent home keeper Romsey varied their routine, Robertson received the ball at the top of the D held for a second a slipped the ball to Ben Davidson who made no mistake finishing neatly to go very the visitors the lead. Soon after Cooper went one on one with the Gosport goalie and although his initial effort was saved he picked up the rebound, lifted it over the keeper and scored. Romsey duly went to the turn with a comfortable 3-1 lead.

The second half saw Romsey continue to dominate an increasingly grumpy Gosport team. Great work from Ben Manning at centre back saw him win the ball and feed through to Joe Powell at inside forward. He turned his man and won another penalty corner. This time Romsey varied again, returning the injection straight back to man of the match Greig Stewart who managed to win the goal mouth scramble to put his team 4-1 up. Romsey’s last goal came again from a penalty corner. Pain struck hard but his first effort was saved. He picked up the rebound though and flicked hard past the on rushing Gosport keeper. Final score 5-1.

Romsey’s last match is against struggling Fordingbridge and it will take an likely series of results and the turnover of a 30 goal advantage for them not to be crowed champions next weekend.

Romsey were made to work in the first half for what will look like a one sided match, but the opening twenty minutes saw Romsey pressing but with no end result.
The best move in the opening period was a mazey run by Zak Cooper from his own half, but his pass to Ali Nawn couldn’t lead to a shot on goal.
Carl Hendy came on up front and his experience put pressure on the Havant defence, and with Matt Munro, Nawn and Greig Stewart then winning the midfield it was from James Manning cross Romsey won a penalty corner.

Stewart pushed out to Nawn, who shot, for Stewart to get a touch at the near post to put Romsey 1-0 up.
The lead was doubled soon after, again Manning crossed down the right and touch from James Croft-Baker found left back Hugh Davidson at the far post to sweep home for a 2-0 lead, and his first senior goal.
The arrears were almost reduced just before half time, but keeper Alex buck pulled off a tremendous one footed save from a Havant penalty corner to maintain the 2-0 half time scoreline.
In the second half Romsey went up a gear, Greig Stewart and Zak Cooper exchanged a number of one-two passes before Stewarts shot was saved and pushed across goal for Ben Manning to score for 3-0.
Stewart then took a quick free hit and ran in to the circle to shoot for 4-0 and soon after grabbed his hat trick with an even better shot.
Then it was Ali Nawn’s turn, picking up the ball from Munro, he weaved his way up the left, inside towards the circle, and then shot as he fell for 6-0.
With Skipper Stuart Robertson and centre back James Ponsford comfortable at the back, Romsey created wave after wave of attacks.  

Stalwart Hendy saw his shot saved by the keepers foot, before Nawn played in Colin Harwood to cross to Zak Cooper to get on the scoreline, and then Nawn played in Harwood who shot on the turn for 8-0 victory. 

The men’s 2s continued their impressive form following up on their 8-1 win over Salisbury with a 15-1 demolition of City of Portsmouth. With other results going their way the 2s cemented their position at the top of division 5 moving 3 points clear.
Romsey started the game in impressive fashion and were 1-0 up after 7 minutes. The visitors could not cope with Romsey’s passing game and by the turn were 9-0 down.
The Pompey skipper must have had the inspirational skills of Henry V and within minutes of the start of the second half they had pulled a goal back. The rally was short lived though and Romsey soon switched back on. Their second half display was less impressive though and they only managed another 6 more goals.
Romsey’s goals came from Tim Bailey with 5, 4 each from Martin Simpson-Scott and James Fraser and then one each from Joe Powell and Richard Lake. The 2s next match is away in Havant where another win will bring their hopes of promotion a little bit closer.

The men’s 2s produced their best performance of the season with an 8-1 demolition of Salisbury. The game started at a frantic pace with some end to end hockey. The deadlock was quickly broken though when Christian Pain threw an aerial behind the visitors defence for centre forward James Fraser to chase. He latched on to this and put a ferocious ball across the face of the goal where winger Tom Ponsford neatly deflected into the roof of the net.

This proved a false start for the home team and the scores were levelled soon after when Romsey failed to deal with a crash ball into their own D and the Salisbury front man deflected past goalie Adam Sankey. 

Romsey soon started to dominate. Their formidable midfield controlled the ball when in possession and the home side created a stifling press on Salisbury when they were not. Goals from James Fraser, Grieg Stewart, Rob Kerr and Ali Nawn completed the first half rout and Romsey went to the turn 5-1 to the good.

The flood gates appeared to have opened at the start of the second half. Within 2 minutes a home short corner routine saw an initial shot half stopped only for Chris Harwood to pop up at the near post with a neat reverse stick finish. Shortly after another short was slipped to Ponsford on the right whose shot found a hapless Salisbury foot on the line. The penalty was covered by Rob Kerr. 
This promising start to the half was not wholly capitalised on as Romsey seemed determined that everyone could get on the score sheet. A lot of pressure was not converted and the only goal action left saw Kerr complete his hatrick with a cheeky deflection in front of the visiting ‘keeper.

With a final score of 8-1 Romsey’s destiny is very much in their own hands.

The men’s 2s knew that if they returned from their day trip to the coast with points rather than just an empty bucket and spade then their destiny would remain in their own hands.

Weymouth’s young team started the game in a spirited manner threatening to but never quite making the most of their early pressure. Evergreen Dave Andrews and tyro Hugh Davidson snuffed out the wide threats which James Manning and skipper Stuart Robertson controlled the middle.

Romsey slowly started to play their own game as midfield general Ali Nawn and playmaker Christian Pain controlled and then created the match. Eventually some neat interplay gave Dave Miles possession in the Weymouth D where he won a short corner. Romsey’s routine was disrupted but a rebound was leapt on my Zak Cooper who broke the deadlock from a narrow angle. 1-0 at half time.

Romsey started the second half in a generous manner, regularly winning possession and then returning the ball to Weymouth for them to have another go. Inside forwards Ben Manning and Fergus Longman started to play with rythum and Chris Harwood was a constant threat down the wing. Eventually it was his pace the found him on the base line and his neat cross found James Croft-Baker at the back post were he made no mistake and secured the 3 points for the day trippers.

With Gillingham loosing Romsey now sit clear at the top of Division 5.

The men’s 2s went into their first league match after the seasonal break knowing that a win against Aldershot and Farnham would seem them leap from the opposition to go second in Hampshire Div 5.

Both teams started the game at a high tempo aware of the importance of the fixture. The enthusiasm of both teams rather overshadowed their skills as possession was handed backwards and forwards during the opening period. The home team were well marshalled at the back by man of the match and skipper Stuart Robertson who snuffed out numerous Aldershot attacks with some solid tackles and clinical interceptions. Romsey were unable to break the deadlock though and at half time the match remained goalless.

The second half began as frenetically as the first and it took until the mid point before the decisive blow was struck. Great work from Chris Harwood and James Croft-Baker saw the ball crossed firmly to midfield general Alistair Nawn who finished neatly from close range.

I the shock of going a goal down put the ‘Shots off and they quickly conceded a short corner. The injection was stopped well by Robertson and Christian Pain finished clinically with a powerful flick into the top left corner.

Romsey continued to dominate and soon put the game to bed when play maker Rob Kerr found space and finished an individual move with an excellent finish into the away teams onion bag.

Romsey continued to press and the extra space at the back gave Aldershot hope. Their endeavours were repelled by the imperious home defensive unit though who won back possession and fed the ball back up field. The score could easily have done Aldershot a disservice if Ben Manning and James Fraser had not squandered a couple of straightforward chances as the clock ran down. This was an almond impressive display from Romsey though and they will hope to push on a challenge for promotion.


RHC Festive Mixed Hockey Tournament

Twas the Saturday before Christmas, and all across the Romsey astro-pitch, hockey players were waking, preparing their festive outfits…!

It was the Romsey’s Festive Mixed tournament, an annual event giving a chance for players across the club to come together before the Christmas break and play lots of hockey. Players from all senior teams were represented, giving a great mixture of youth and experience from both the ladies and mens’ sections. It also saw opportunity for families to go head-to-head (or antler to pointy ear) as mothers and sons, and siblings took to the pitch to battle it out.

The brown team, consisting of Reindeer’s and Christmas puddings got off to a bright start, taking a convincing win against the Santa’s and nudging ahead at the final whistle against the Stars.

The Elves joined forces with a few Christmas trees to create a green team. With pointy ears flapping and bells jingling, they split the points in a well matched game with the Santa’s.

Snowmen, a fairy and a rather bazaar looking white turkey got off to a slow start as they initially struggled with the tournament rules. However, after a few dodgy touches, the white team began to put it together finding the net against the tiring Reindeer’s, and the wilting Christmas trees.

The yellow team brought together Stars, and a Christmas Cracker who outshone the Elves and just pipped the Santa’s to the points after a cracking game. The Santa’s picked up the pace against the Snowmen with possibly their best performance of the day, attacking with speed that melted their opponents.

After a thoroughly enjoyable morning of hockey, the Snowmen, lead by a Fairy, were crowned winners.

The tournament was finished off by mulled wine and minced pies, with players of all festive species applauding the umpires and organisers for an extremely fun hockey tournament.

Romsey Hockey Club would like to thank Umpires, Parents and Supporters for helping us through 2015, and we look forward to see you in 2016.

Merry Christmas!

Festive Hockey 2015

Festive Hockey 2015

Romsey Men’s 2s eased to 5-1 win against a grumpy Gosport 2nd XI. The home team started with a bare 11 but held firm during the opening exchanges. Young debutant Ben Davidson, who impressed throughout and Joe Powell, struck down with man flu, battled hard down the flanks and Gosport’s early threats were thwarted.
Ironically the opening goal came from a quick Gosport break just after the first of Romsey’s late arrivals, Christian Pain, made it onto the pitch. The visitor’s playmaker made a powerful run through the midfield and found a rapid colleague who beat the home defence and placed his shot neatly past Sankey in goal.
Dropping behind galvanised Romsey and they started to get their passing game going. Some smart work from Greig Stewart drew the foul and Tim Bailey converted the subsequent penalty corner with a low drag flick. 
Romsey continued to dominate the game, Chris Hardwood a constant threat down the wing and the defence marshalled by skipper Stuart Robertson held firm. Some neat exchanges and a killer ball from Jim East finding James Croft-Baker who subsequently passed to James Fraser in the D who dunked over the hapless Gosport keeper. 2-1 at half time.
On top Romsey were keen for a quick turn around and duly came out of the blocks fast. Another short corner was quickly won and this time Christian Pain found the top corner with a powerful flick. 
Romsey continued to attack and a quick one two from the 23 between Robertson and Pain was followed by a cross to Charlie Harrigan who scored from a tight angle. The scoring was completed with a carbon copy drag flick from Pain at another penalty corner.
Gosport continued to battle but were unable to make any serious inroads and in the end ran out of steam. Romsey stay in third in division 5, hoping for a more consistent second half of the season to try and make a serious promotion challenge.



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