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with the Isle of Wight who travelled over to mainland and provided great opposition in true Mixed style with plenty of fun in an entertaining match. 

The home side started strongly and Carl Hendy and Emma Bouchard both had chances but the IOW goal keeper in inspired form kept them out.


Bethan Knight and Emily Slade provided strong attacking plan fro the back to support Danny Miles and Ben Butcher in the centre, they set up Hendy who saw his shot smothered.


IOW came in to the game as the half moved on, and played a great one touch move with that went round Dave Miles and Dave Edwards at the back to give Laura Kemp no chance in goal to give the visitors the lead.


Romsey were straight back at their opponents and Bouchard and James Fraser combined to cross teh ball in the IOW circle for Colin Harwood to take a first time shot past the keeper to equalise.


Romsey were on top and Tracy Nicoll combined from left back with Fraser and Miles to move the ball upfield. A pass in to the circle hit and IOW foot, but as they stopped waiting for a penalty corner, the ball ran through to Ruth Manners at the far post who calmly pushed it in to goal to put Romsey 2-1 up.


The second half saw IOW streteched as they pushed for an equaliser, while Romsey were top. Lesley Humphreys was denied a hat trick of chances by the inspired IOW keeper, and Ruth Manners saw her chance of a second goal saved with the keeper rushing out to block. Hendy suffered a simialr fate, as the IOW keeper made sure Romsey didnt get a third.


Romsey then required a fantastic save from their own Keeper Laura Kemp to keep them ahead, she pushed a high goal bound shot away and made sure the follow up was swept away.


With Captain Tracy Nicoll having to go off for a cut on the nose, and with Romsey Ladies Slade, Humphreys and Manners interchanging beautiful passes down the right in teh second half, Romsey deservedly ran out 2-1 winners to progress to the next round.


Friday 6th of June saw the annual Haslemere Hockey tour commence. Ten of the Romsey ladies (Sea monkey’s as we are known on tour) made the journey to Haslemere’s tournament also known as Chiltsfest. It was a tournament set up in memory of ‘Chilts’ a member of Haslemere Hockey Club who sadly lost his battle with cancer two years ago.

Haslemere Group Shot

Haslemere Group Shot

We have been going since 2012 and each year there is a different theme, this year it was kids TV so there was a lot of room for interpretation. Our playing shirts were real life Art Attacks and on the Friday night we decorated and then wore them as well as to play hockey in on Saturday and Sunday, so as you can imagine at the end of the weekend we didn’t smell too fresh. Also on the Friday night Haslemere provided their legendary hog roast and put on a disco, which is always, a great ice breaker!

Haslemere Selfie

Haslemere Selfie

The Saturday night is ‘the big one’ as far as dressing up goes, this year we went as famous kids TV pairs so we had Sooty and Sweep, Miss Piggy and Kermit, Bill and Ben to name but a few – see if you can recognise any others from our selfie picture! As you can tell they are all ‘hand-made’ but we always take great pride in the process and commitment for the cause is essential; this year we had plant pots stapled into legs! The Saturday night always includes an epic grill provided by outside caterers and a brilliant live band.

On Sunday we finish playing hockey, reminisce about what an amazing weekend it has been and we pack up camp. Everyone heads to the clubhouse for the presentation of ‘Chiltsfest Festival Team’ of the tournament, which is awarded to the team with the biggest team spirit and (thankfully) doesn’t necessarily take into account hockey prowess! We were absolutely delighted to be awarded this for the second time in three years. It was a true mark to the spirit that our team had, we were a mixed bunch of players (some not even Romsey!) and this turned out to be the recipe to a truly fantastic weekend and one, which I know I will never forget.

Haslemere team of the weekend

Haslemere team of the weekend

Please when you get an email in a few months or so entitled ‘Haslemere Hockey Tour’, read it and give it serious thought and come along. It is a brilliant way to get to know other people in the club and to get creative with your dress up skills!



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