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A damp Sunday morning saw the Romsey U10s (Marcus, Sebastian, Theo, Jake, Lewie, Tom, Freddie, Toby and Benji) take the field at Haselmere for the Hampshire U10 In2Hockey Tournament. It was set to be a very long day, as there were five 12 minute group games and then, if we progressed, a semi-final and a final. A possible total of an hour and a half’s hockey, on half sized pitches, for boys who are mostly 9.

The first problem was to find a willing recruit to Goalkeep. Coach Carl eventually persuaded Lewie and more importantly his parents that it was an excellent position to play in (apparently unlike everybody else, he had actually tried it once before!) Of course he would be swopped into the outfield after 2 games. Needless to say this didn’t happen, as a) it took so long to get the kit on b) there were no other willing volunteers and c) he seemed to be enjoying it. Lewie performed heroics all day. He deserves high praise, for most of the other teams had goalkeepers who had trained all season and yet you would not have been able to tell that it was only Lewie’s second time. In seven games he was only beaten twice.

In the midfield the team was bolstered by Marcus and Sebastian who had come down from the U12s to play in their own age group. There were several rather unfair comments from opposition coaches and parents, who should have known better, about grow bags and “playing against 14 year olds.” It does have to be said that Marcus is exceptionally tall and strong for his age, but that’s not his fault! Because we knew there would be penalty corners and possibly flicks, he and Sebastian had practised a simple penalty corner routine (knicked from a Trojans Friday night training session!) which we were looking forward to trying it out.

First up were Fleet and Ewshot. Romsey were in control most of the time and the goal count would have been a lot higher if the Fleet goalkeeper hadn’t made several exceptional saves. Eventually though pressure told and Marcus scored two well taken goals. On Fleet’s one attack Lewie showed that he is also surely a fantastic footballer by kicking the ball from his D to far corner of the pitch. Final score 2-0.

After a great start we had to face Trojans, who we knew had a good team and indeed this was a tense game dominated by the midfield. Romsey though had more of the attacking play and the Trojans goalkeeper did a great job, making several crucial saves. Our rotating defence of Freddie, Tom, Toby and Benji were unbreachable and in the end Romsey were unlucky not to score or win. Final score 0-0.

The Trojans result bolstered all our players confidence and coach Carl and assistant coach Richard Lake decided to rest Marcus for the beginning of the next match v Fareham. The rest of the boys played extremely well with Sebastian controlling play from the middle of the field and after a mazy run into the D he shot from an impossibly tight angle and the ball cannoned off the far post into the goal. After the game he admitted he had been trying to cross to Jake who was taking up great positions in the D all day without any reward. A couple of minutes later Theo burst through the Fareham defence in typically robust fashion, (his Mother says he’s a rather good rugby player) and blasted home a second. Final score 2-0.

With Sebastian rested for beginning of match 4 against a strong Yateley team, Romsey found themselves under a bit more pressure than they were used to and despite some heroics from the defence we went 0-1 down after 5 minutes. With Sebastian subbed back on Romsey scored their best goal of the day. Marcus dribbled into the right side of the D and fired a ball across the goal where Sebastian diving full length and one handed, deflected the ball with his reverse stick into the net. Unfortunately he was then injured and in the confusion of trying to sub him off, Yateley scored a second. Despite maximum effort from everyone there wasn’t enough time to reply and Yateley ran out as narrow winners. Final score 1-2.

Our last group game was against Andover and anything less than a win would likely see us out of the competition. This spurred everyone on and Marcus recovered his scoring touch at just the right time. After several attempts the much worked on penalty corner routine was successful and with

Romsey doing most of the attacking Marcus managed to grab a well deserved hat-trick. Everyone played excellently in this one and at the final whistle there was really no doubt that we would be heading for the semi-finals and as it turned out with the added bonus of topping our group by one point. Final score 3-0.

By now the boys had done as well as was expected and most of them were pretty tired. Our semi- final was against the runners up of the other group Petersfield. Petersfield were, as you would expect a very strong team and this was a close game, but with 5 minutes gone Marcus dinked into the D and put away a great shot. This left Romsey with 7 of the longest minutes of theirs and their parents lives to defend, as Petersfield piled on the pressure. But everytime it looked like Petersfield might make a final pass through the defence to an unmarked attacker the last Romsey boy put in a fantastic block. Benji, Freddie, Tom and Toby all made crucial last ditch interceptions and in the dying seconds when Petersfield’s best attacker did get through one on one with the goalie, Lewie pulled off a tremendous point-blank save. Final score 1-0… and we were in the final!

By the end of this match the boys were pretty much dead on their feet and at this crucial moment, Jake, who had been taking up great attacking positions all day, was whisked away by his Parents to a pre-arranged lunch, depriving us of our main upfront target man.

To make matters worse the opposition were Alton. They hadn’t lost a game all day and indeed hadn’t conceded a single goal. The only positive was that the Alton boys were as equally tired as ours and this showed in a rather scrappy first half, where there were very few chances for either team, although on balance of play Alton probably deserved to be ahead. One of the most encouraging features of the previous games had been our width, but in the final our play was becoming narrower and narrower.

Luckily unlike the other matches the final was two eight minute halves. So at half-time there was a very stern team talk from the unimpressed coaching staff. “Heads up – You are all tired but there are only 8 minutes to go. stay in your positions and talk to each other!”

The boys came out firing in the second half and after two minutes the decisive moment arrived. It was a bit unfortunate, as it resulted from a momentary misunderstanding in the well drilled Alton defence. The neutral umpire awarded Romsey a long corner from the halfway line, but despite her clearly saying 3 times it was a long corner the Alton team thought they were facing a short corner and all but two went to stand in their goal. Sebastian took the ball to the halfway line and then using a bit of initiative immediately dribbled straight towards the Alton goal. Rounding two defenders and oblivious to the coaches screaming “pass pass” he dribbled into the D and smashed the ball towards the Alton goal. It bounced back, luckily straight to him and his second shot crashed into the backboard. 1-0 but 5 minutes to go. Romsey were hanging on with Tom doing some great dribbling down the left wing to relieve pressure from the Romsey goal. When Alton did mount a serious attack Toby was there to “take one for the team” a crunching blow to the knee. One of the opposition parents commented on how brave he was and after a quick check up he was back on the pitch. Theo muscled Alton’s playmaker off the ball at several crucial moments and Freddie and Benji stood firm. With much shouting and nail shredding on the touchline the hooter couldn’t sound soon enough and when it finally did, the score was still 1-0.

Romsey were champions and we all agreed they thourghly deserved to be, with the entire team making vital contributions at crucial moments. They are now through to the South of England finals at Surbiton Hockey club May 6th, which we know will be extremely tough for them and a big step up in standard. But whatever happens, it should be excellent experience for everyone who goes.

Romsey u10 girls travelled to Haslemere on Sunday for the Hampshire IN2 Hockey tournament.

The girls made an excellent start in their first match against Havant after a couple of minutes Romsey went 1-0 up when Hattie latched onto a good pass from midfield and shot the ball past the keeper. Romsey then extended their lead further with a superb diving shot from Hannah which saw the ball go wide of Havants keeper into the back of the net, the third goal came from a short corner Harriet injected the ball into Hannah who then passed the ball to Zoe on the right post whose shot rebounded off the keepers pads and onto Harriet’s stick who then slotted the ball home.

The next match saw Romsey face Aldershot and Farnham it was an end to end game with impressive defending from Tilly and Lucy some great saves from Ellie and really good runs up the wing from Zoe and Harriet making good crosses into the D for Imogen and Hattie to shoot. Romsey were unfortunate not to take the lead and the match finished 0-0.

The 3rd match was against Yateley; again another end to end tense game with great defending and attacking. Ellie made her best save of the tournament as she dived to block a shot from Yateley; in the process she injured her knee and had to sit the last 5 minutes of the game out. Romsey also managed to clear the ball off the line to keep the score line 0-0.

The final match of the afternoon was against Andover. Romsey dominated the game with a succession of short corners, one of which resulted in the ball finding the back of the net but was disallowed because the ball hadn’t gone out of the D. Romsey continued with further pressure and were unfortunate to finish the game without scoring; another 0-0 result.

The girls had a superb tournament and although they were undefeated in their group and hadn’t conceded a goal they missed out on progressing to the semi final by 1 point.

Romsey secured 3 points against lower placed opposition, but they were made to pay for missed chances in what became a close fought encounter.

Romsey started brightly and immediately put pressure on the Trojans defence, eventually winning a penalty corner.

The ball was played out to Carl Hendy by Ben Parker, Hendy slipped it right to Colin Harwood who played it back to Hendy for the striker to play the ball to the far post where Dan Blackman had moved forward to, he made no mistake with a reverse stick shot for his first goal for the Club.

Romsey doubled their lead when Chris Harwood crossed to Hendy whose shot was blocked by the keeper, only for Colin Harwood to lift the rebound over the keeper and in to the net.  Harwood should have made it 3 0 when he was played in by James Tower but his shot beat the keeper and just skimmed the outside of the far post.

With young Ben H and Barry H on and having some chances the game looked sewn up, but Trojans rallied and showed some good skills to make moves in to the Romsey circle.

Trojans were rewarded when a strike on goal was deflected off Lukasz Suleja’s stick past Bryn W in goal for 2 1 at HT.

The second half saw plenty of Romsey possession and chances, Josh H solidly winning the centre midfield battle he tried to set up Sean Rawles and Dan Blackman again, and a through ball to the usually dependable Hendy saw the striker Mia time his shot.

Simeon Field was allowing an outlet up the right, and Andy Moger the left, but despite wining more penalty corners a goal was not forthcoming, and a fine save from Bryn W kept out the Trojan forward Barney H for what could have been an equaliser.


Two days of coaching aimed to improve hockey skills as well as have fun!!!

When: Tuesday 10th & Thursday 12th April, 10:00 – 15:00
Where: Hampshire Collegiate School, Embley Park, West Wellow, SO51 6ZA

£35 per day or £60 for both days

Gum shields + shin pads are mandatory and bring your own packed lunch.

Run by RHC Director of Coaching Dave Miles and Romsey Hockey Club Coaches.

The camp will include fun games and high class coaching.

The camp is suitable for players of all abilities aged 6-16.

Numbers are strictly limited though, so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Lead coaches will be qualified, first aiders and DBS checked.

Please see the information pack for more details and application form.

Top of the table USP took all three points as they look likely champions and promotion to Division 8 awaits, although the score line was harsh on a young Romsey team.

Romsey started from the pushback and got the ball in the USP circle through Ollie Bryant, but a solid clearance saw the chance come to nothing and then soon after USP took advantage down their right, overloading Ben Parker two on one, and then crossing and leaving Bryn W and Lukasz Suleja outnumbered to take an early lead.

Josh H and Will R were getting on top in the centre of the pitch but couldn’t set up any clear chances.

Romsey had to defend some penalty corners, but USP could make nothing from them, James Tower was always quickly out and one shot they had on goal was far to high.

The second half saw the young Romsey players attack USP and with James Tower pushing forward they looked the more dangerous.

Sean Rawles was unlucky when he combined with Carl Hendy, but it was a pass out to Dan B by Josh H that saw the forward beat two men and see his cross pushed for a long corner.

Colin Harwood moved up to take and played the ball wide to Josh H, he controlled the ball and moved forward playing it back in to the circle at pace to Colin Harwood who had moved with him, and as the ball bobbled up from the pass, Harwood unleashed an unstoppable shop that beat the keeper at the far post for a Romsey equaliser. “what a goal!” Echoed around the stadium and Romsey were back in it.

The equaliser saw USP up their game, and sadly for Romsey the scores weren’t level for long.

A USP break saw them play in their for forward to be one on one with Bryn, the keeper did well to smother the chance but the USP man managed to push in the rebound while on the floor.

Simeon Field playing at right had a great game, keeping the USP quiet and remaining calm under pressure, so USP switched the ball central and took a well timed shot for 3 1, which was harsh after the excellent defending by Field, Parker and Suleja.

Romsey almost snatched a second through half chances that fell to Sean Rawles and then young Barry H, but it wasn’t to be, and

in the  last few minutes a ball in to the circle hit a Romsey foot and bounced up to hit a USP stick and deflect pass Bryn for 4 1.

Romsey Hockey Club raised £201.43 from the Christmas Party and Raffle.

The Club would like to thank the following local businesses for their support and donations:

Romsey traveled to Trojans with what can only be described as a team of all star galacticos.  The question on everyone’s mind was could they come together as a team and deliver on the day? Thankfully, 1st team coach Stuart Robertson (aka ‘the special one’) was on hand with a white board and some tactics.

The results will go down in legend.  29 goals scored over 7 games. But this wasn’t just some free scoring bonanza of offensive total hockey.  Behind the success was a backbone of ruthless organisation and defensive brilliance.  In over 70 minutes of hockey the Romsey net was never seriously threatened.

So to the players!

Maya was absolutely outstanding in defence and deserves special mention and credit for her contribution to the clean sheet.  Fantastic strength on the ball and great calm distribution were the hallmarks of her game.

Camilla proved her value and versatility again in this tournament and got stronger game by game.  After some great all around play she deservedly came away with 3 goals in the final games.

Zach and Anna were tireless in their efforts and both were rewarded by goals.  Zach netting 2 great efforts and Anna showing cat like poaching skills at close range after an intervention from the ‘special one’.

Caitlin and Elsie were at the heart of everything scoring 7 goals between them and providing vital assists and defensive interventions throughout.

Charlie and Oscar shared the tournaments golden stick award both netting 8 goals each including some outstanding solo dribbles from Charlie and an incredible strike from distance by Oscar.

The results:

Andover 5-0

Winchester (B) 5-0

Trojans (C) 2-0

Salisbury (B) 5-0

Winchester (C) 5-0

Southampton (B)4-0

Bournemouth (B) 3-0

A grey but dry day at Trojans Hockey club saw Sebastian, Theo, Jake, Rory, Lewie, Tom, Dylan, Leo and Freddie take the field for the Romsey boys U10s.

First up were Salisbury. After some good early pressure from Romsey and a near miss by Freddie, Sebastian picked up the ball just outside the cones and fired a shot at the goal, which was unluckily deflected in by a defender. 1 – 0. With Theo, Rory and Tom looking solid in defence it was only a matter of time before Jake grabbed a second after a great dribble. Final score 2 – 0.

Next up were Trojans B comprised of Trojans best girls. The boys flushed with their previous success pressed forward in a bit of a reckless huddle, but the Trojans were very well organised and showed great defensive and positional skills, keeping two wide players ready to attack if Romsey lost the ball. Eventually their chance came and Trojans slid the ball through a hole in the Romsey midfield. The two wingers out ran the Romsey defense and fired into an empty goal. Romsey then piled on the pressure again while Rory, Dylan and Leo kept the Trojans from attacking the Romsey goal. With a minute to go Sebastian scored a scorching goal, which resulted in a lost ball(!). However, just as Romsey were celebrating, the goal was controversially ruled out by the Trojans’ umpire for having been struck from outside the cones, even though the Romsey and Trojans’ coaches both agreed it was inside. So final score an unlucky 0 – 1.

With their confidence slightly shaken Romsey next took on an understrength Southampton. Lewie and Leo were temporarily loaned to the opposition. Early on Romsey created a chance and Seb smashed the ball in with his trademark golf swing. After this the game became a bit disjointed and there were no other real chances at either end. 1 – 0.

Against Winchester Girls Romsey were again on the attack from the off and almost immediately scored one of the best worked goals of the day with a Seb dribble down the wing, followed by a clinical pass that was expertly dispatched into the goal by Dylan. The Romsey midfield of Theo, Freddie and Rory snuffed out any Winchester attacks and two further dribbles and passes both to Jake saw the Romsey marksman slot home. In the dying seconds Lewie saved brilliantly from Winchester’s only attack but Romsey ran out convincing winners. 3 – 0.

In between games coach Carl educated Jake in the art and craft of goal hanging. How to gain maximum reward and credit from minimum effort. Would Jake take this lesson from the veteran goal scorer on board?

New Forest A looked a well drilled unit but immediately Romsey were piling on the pressure and the newly inspired Jake fired in from a tight angle to make the score 1 – 0. New Forest came right back and Dylan made a fantastic save on the line. The game was end to end. Freddie almost set up a second with a perfectly judged pass. Seb who had been sitting out the first half came on and managed to dribble from the half way line through the New Forest defence and slam another goal in. Minutes later another dribble and cross, saw Jake sweep home a third. 3 – 0.

Next up Bournemouth. This was another game where all the pressure came from Romsey. Within a minute Romsey were ahead when Seb crushed a ball between the feet of the full kitted Bournemouth goal minder. Theo, Leo and Tom kept Bournemouth well away from the Romsey goal while Dylan and Freddie piled on the pressure. It looked like Romsey were going to score a hat full of goals but the Bournemouth goal minder had other ideas and time and time again he single-handedly repelled the Romsey attacks making several fantastic saves. Finally though another dribble down the wing from Seb saw the ball crossed out of the reach of the helpless goal minder and the arch poacher Jake was on hand to snap up his fifth goal of the day. 2 – 0.

The final match of the day was against Trojans D. By this time the Romsey huddle had become much more spread out, with everyone playing more or less in Carl’s assigned positions. This enabled them to besiege the Trojans goal. Within minutes Theo, playing in attack, poked home his first goal. The Trojan defence then passed the ball straight to Seb on their own hit out and he made no mistake. 2 -0. If Theo and Lewie in their eagerness had not collided on the Trojans goal

line it would have been 3 – 0. But moments later Theo and Jake combined for a 3rd. A long hit in by Seb down the touchline saw Jake gather up the ball, dribble around the last defender and slot home. Soon after Lewie was on hand to steal a 5th and the scoring was rounded off when Seb again stole the ball from another Trojans hit out and reverse sticked the ball into the unguarded net. Final score 6 – 0.

This was a fantastic effort by all the boys. In seven games they won 6, scored 17 goals and only conceded one. Once they started to attack down the side lines and get crosses in they caused all the opposition problems. Hopefully this excellent performance bodes well for the In2Hockey tournament in a few weeks time.

Romsey U10’S girls had a very good tournament at Trojans despite starting with a 2-0 defeat against Winchester B the girls soon got into their stride beating their next opponents Andover B 1-0 with good play out from defence from Tilly and Lucy the ball was passed up the wing to Zoe who then shot past the keeper, the girls continued to pass well in their next game against New Forest B with great midfield play from Harriet, Maggie and Hannah and good forward runs from Immy it wasn’t long before Romsey took the lead with a great strike from a difficult angle Zoe scored the only goal of the game, the next match Romsey came up against a very strong Trojans side and despite some very good saves from Ellie and resolute defending from hattie, Tilly and Lucy Romsey went 2 goals behind however Romsey soon went on the attack with a Great goal from Hannah finishing the game 2-1 to Trojans, in the 5th game of the morning against Winchester C the girls put on a superb display after a fantastic run Harriet opened the scoring, Immy showed great pace up front which resulted in 2 further goals for Romsey finishing the match with a 3-0 victory to Romsey, Next up were Trojans E  again a great display by Romsey with goals from Zoe and Immy saw Romsey win 2-1, the final match was a 4-0 victory against Trojans D With goals from Immy, Zoe, Hannah and Hattie. A superb finish to a fantastic tournament.

Romsey U16 Girls played Trojans on Mothers day at HCS . Push back was 10.00am so it was an early start  for all.

Trojans came out the blocks very fast and controlled the first five minutes of play with some assured passing ,this produced their first opening and a fiercely hit shot that made Alice D react quickly to save high to her left and push the ball to safety . Trojans continued to probe and Romsey’s defense marshaled by Mollie O had to be strong .

Romsey soon got on the ball  and Hannah L made two Strong runs down the left  which gave Romsey confidence to really take up the attack .

It was not long before good work down the right from Ella M with the ball finding its way to Zoe H who set Up Robyn C for Romsey’s first goal . Before you could blink Romsey were two up with 2nd goal for Robyn C. Romsey’s midfield were starting to dominate with great control and passing from Carla H and Sarah M.

Georgia S came on as Sub after 15 minutes and in the space of 10 minutes had a hand in 3 goals . One was a calm finish inside the D from a cross the other was after some great control at the edge of the D before a ferocious shot into the corner of the goal and then an assist for Zoe H so she could score her first of the day .

After 25 Minutes Romsey were 5-0 up after some of the most attacking Hockey played all season . The Second half started with the same scoreline and Romsey were soon back on the attack with good passing and movement down the right from Jess G .

Sophie L read the play brilliantly , making an interception in the Trojans half she then drove  forward before pulling a pass back for Zoe H to finish with aplomb , this was starting to become a rout .

Goal number 7 soon came and again Sophie L was the provider for Sarah M to finish smartly .  This brought a response from Trojans and Romsey’s defence had to be on guard bringing great tackles from Antonia L , Emily P and Isabel T , However two good moves from Trojans produced two good goals .

Romsey was not finished yet and more great work in Midfield from Clara H got Romsey on the attack again with another goal for Zoe H after a goal line scramble . Romsey’s 9th goal was from a short corner which Anna R stopped from going out and pulled the cross back For Robyn C to score her 3rd Goal of the match .

Romsey went hunting for number 10 which came with only minutes to go , Jess G made a super run down the right , sending in a fierce cross which was pushed over the Line by Robyn C to make it 10 !

Final score Romsey 10 Trojans 2 . A fantastic team performance !

Player of the match – Clara H , a great all round performance .

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