Season Reports

Promotion to Hants Div 4 has proved to be a challenge that has been more than met by the 2nd’s unique blend of youth, good journeymen, mature ex-stars and the downright ancient! However, inconsistency and, at times, a lack of understanding and focus, as to just what is our team strategy, have led to mixed results. Strong victories against Haslemere 3rd (6-4), Yateley 3rd (6-0), Soton University 3rd (3-0), Fareham 6th (3-0) and Swanage & Wareham 1st (7-1) plus creditable draws against Havant 4th (2-2) and Fleet & Ewshot 1st (2-2) were somewhat let down by dour draws against US Portsmouth 1st (2-2) and, disappointingly, Aldershot & Farnham 3rd (3-3) plus defeats against Hamble 2nd (1-2) and Bournemouth 4th (0-2). In defeat, our performance at Hamble was excellent, reflecting a keen team ethic, even if heads dropped following a few strange umpiring decisions. However, our efforts against Bournemouth left much to be desired; too much route one and not enough patient build-up. At the mid-point, we find ourselves 4th, some 6 points behind the leaders, Haslemere. Yet, we could so easily have gained those 6 points and who knows what? Frustrating for all, but a good lesson, which might yet reinvigorate the brain cells?! 

Player strengths and a need to control midfield have led to us having to play a midfield heavy formation. Basically, 1 or 2 forwards, 4 or 5 in midfield and a reasonably conventional 4 man defence. Width is provided by the wide midfield players and, providing we move up and down at the pace of our 2 or 3 central midfield players, we have been able to control significant periods in most games; goals and penalty corners have flowed. However, if personal discipline drops, possession becomes harder to maintain and we seem to revert to the long hopeful pass. All that this guarantees is lost possession and tired legs, as we have discovered to our cost. Our defence, in the main, has been well marshalled with few obvious mistakes; we currently have the best defensive record in the league.    


Availability has been reasonably consistent, but injuries and diary bookings have knocked us on occasion. Squad members are listed below.


Attack: Martin Simpson-Scott, Matchey Lincoln, James Fraser, Christian Pain, Ali Nawn, Joe Powell, Cameron Le Grande, Chris Harwood, Greig Stewart.  


Defence: Hugh Davidson, Ben Davidson, Jimmy Ponsford, Rob Noble, James Croft-Baker, Morgan Robertson, Nigel King (GK).  


Plus: Jonathan Cuff, Connor O’Dowda, Jon Marsh, Simon Morford, Jim East.


In summary, a good start to a new, stronger league. All players have played their part with many moments of magic from the very youngest all the way through to most ancient; as evidenced by the numerous different men of the match! Looking ahead, team work is everything and we can produce more. Despite the diverse mix, we all seem to thrive off each other and there is a nice buzz around the team. If we can further stir up the collective gel and keep the ball, we can really do things. Only time will tell?! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Anon.  





Romsey Hockey Club celebrated the end of the 2015-16 season in style, with a black tie dinner and dance hosted in the Edward’s field.

Awards were presented and it was a time to reflect on a successful season for the club, which sees three out of the four mens teams gain promotion, and a record number of juniors stepping up into adult teams.

Romsey Hockey Club Awards 2015-16

Team Player of the Season:

Ladies 1st XI – Emily Bradshaw
Ladies 2nd XI – Amy Edwards
Ladies 3rd XI – Tash Issac & Elaine Gibson
Mens 1st XI – Ben Mullen
Mens 2nd XI – Ali Nawn
Mens 3rd XI – Machey Lincoln
Mens 4th XI – Jamie Sanderson

Most Improve Juniors playing adult Hockey:

Sue Darch Shield – Emily Pitt Pitts
Colts Cup – Machey Lincoln

Romsey Hockey Club Awards:

Club Person of the Year – Emily Bradshaw

Penne Edwards Committee Person of the Year – Stuart Robertson

Season 2014/15 Report

Captain’s Prologue

It’s been a fantastic year for the Men’s 3rd XI. Sure, winning the league sure does put a smile on my face! However, it’s been more than that. Since the 3rd XI began a few years ago I’ve always felt we have been 11-16 people who can play hockey well. But this season we have shown that we are 11-16 people who can play hockey well together as a team! I feel the drive to want to train, play and even socialise outside of hockey has helped wonders. We have seen some new talent come through the team and some familiar awesome faces return. This to me proves that Romsey Hockey Club is a brilliant, friendly club that helps people develop their hockey skills and enjoy the sport.

But that’s enough from me!

In a bit of a change from the norm, Alex Halcoussis has kindly completed the end of season report after doing some fantastic match reports throughout the season. So until next year, cheers lads!… It’s been a pleasure!!

Matt Clark


A brilliant season for the Thirds culminated in our winning the league with three games left to play. During the first half of the season we dropped only five points, picking up 22 out of a possible 27. After the Christmas break we won every game, eventually finishing top by 16 points. This was mainly down to having a great squad who wanted to play home and away, and over the course of the season our average team size was 14. As usual, it has been great fun playing with the Thirds and our team spirit has played no small part in our success.

Whilst the success I mention previously has been a huge team effort, there have of course been some outstanding individuals. We scored 62 goals this season, an average of 3.4 a game, and there was not a game where we failed to score in the entire campaign. Richard Lake and Ben Ellis enjoyed a mostly friendly competition for top scorer, in the end tying on 12. The defence was perhaps even more impressive this season, conceding only 7 goals in 1260 minutes of play. Somewhat unbelievably only Fareham, Gosport and Bournemouth managed to score against us and Lukasz Suleja kept 13 clean sheets. Mark McArdle somehow managed to score 5 goals playing as a sweeper, and has been versatile in midfield as well. Two players new to the side, Romsey U16s Zak Cooper and Matchey Lincoln have also been impressive as they quickly made themselves part of the team and scored 14 between them. Vice-Captain Pete Cooper was his usual commanding self, returning from injury to boss the midfield, and to shout at the rest of the team. Special thanks have to go out to our Captain, Matt Clark, who has treated this team as his baby and is the driving force behind it.

I want to thank everyone who has contributed to our season, whether that was playing, supporting or taking training when our coaches disappeared. It has been truly enjoyable to be a part of and I am sure this team will have every success in the next division.

100 years ago to the day that we start the 2011/12 season Romsey Hockey Club was re-formed. Interestingly there is no mention of Penne Edwards or Carl Hendy being on the committee!!

See below an article from today’s Romsey Advertiser. This suggests that our heritage could be traced back further – anybody got any ideas!

This season of hockey has seen a consistent and high spirited effort from the Ladies 2’s team in Hants Division 4.  The team have triumphed through 18 games, with statistics of 12 wins, 5 games drawn and only 1 loss!!
This has resulted in a fabulous achievement of 2nd place and promotion to Hants Division 3.!!!
As Captain, I would like to make special thanks to all those who have given their time, efforts, skills, commitment and enthusiasm towards this exciting season ( that includes all players, parents, umpires , coaches and administrators).
The team has enjoyed a mix of youth and experience (maturity in another disguise), which has proved an excellent recipe for success.
Everyone who played throughout the season should be extremely proud of their efforts and perseverance. Thank you everyone.
Impossible is nothing!!
Maree Welch

The Men’s 2nd XI have enjoyed their third season in the Hampshire Leagues. Having been promoted as champions in 2010 they started the 2010/11 season with high hopes for Hampshire Open League Division 8.

The opening 3 games of the season were friendlies and the team hit their straps immediately and won them all. Things were looking good! As soon as the league season started however goals became the issue for Romsey 2nds. Not only did they struggle to score any, but the team got into the habit of leaking soft goals and so giving away some strong positions.

Most notably there was the away game defeat at Hamble where Romsey were unable to make anything of their dominance, only to be hammered by the double blow of conceding a goal and loosing defensive stalwart Dave Loescher to a season ending injury.

Following that match were games against Southampton University, Trojans 5ths and Gillingham 2nds – the other 3 strong teams in the division. Away at the University the team played well and debutant Josh Bishop showed the first glimpse of his class with his opening goal when Romsey took the lead. They were unable to capitalise though and eventually slipped to a 2-1 defeat. Similarly at  Trojans a good performance was not matched with the result and Romsey only managed a 2-2 draw. Against Gillingham, the eventual division winners, at home Romsey played some of their best hockey of the season only to finish defeated 1-3.

The disappointment of the Gillingham result and the final gelling of a team which had changed quite significantly from the previous season saw the season turn around though. The final 11 games of the season resulted in 8 wins, 2 draws and only 1 defeat.  The fate of Romsey in the league had already been decided however and they now must wait and see where they will be playing their hockey next season having finishes 3rd in the Division.

The 2nd XI has been represented by 28 players this season. 14 of these players have played over half the games. 4 players, Messers East, Arnold, Robertson and Blake Cookson now over 50 caps for the team.

It has been the goals scored box that has been the story of the season though. In the last two years the team has scored on average 99 goals in a season. This year the total is 57! The main sources were evergreen Chris Arnold with 11 and Matt Clarke with 9. Other unlikely, but fruitful sources were among others, Peter Smith, Will Archibald, Colin Harwood and Josh Bishop.

For a full run down of this and previous seasons appearances click here.

For a full run down of this and previous seasons goal scorers click here.

In addition the following link will take you to match reports and photographs from this season.

League Tables



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