The Award Winners with GB Bronze Medalist Annie Panter

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The winners were:

  Player of the Season Most Improved Player
U8 Katie Lou Ryan Luke Walters
U10 Matt Dyer Sophie Davidson
U12G Anna Poller Jennifer Pimley
U12B Raul Patel Thomas Croft-Baker
U14G Jade Phillips Gabby Hebert
U14B Callum Darch Chris Harwood
U16G
U16B Jack Murray Ben Ellis
RHC Junior Club Person of the Year Ian Wilson
   
Bonham Cup, Most Improved Junior Roma Creedon

 

More action shots from the fun, games and coaching master classes:

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20130407-224248.jpgRomsey u12 boys travelled to Andover for the final fixture of the season. A win or a draw would see them crowned champions of their division. A loss would see Andover snatch the title.
As a result of various holidays and sudden illnesses the Romsey team travelled with a bare 11 and were missing a number of regular players.
The young players all stepped up though and performed with amazing effort and fortitude to battle all the way to a nail biting 0-0 draw.
All of the team played superbly. Hal Cross was excellent in goal, marshalling his defence with load calling. The back four of Callum Robertson, George Forgan, Alex Mills and Ben Whittaker broke down the Andover attacks and fed the ball forward. Jamie Sanderson and Harry Croft-Baker maintained excellent width, driving forward with great confidence. The central midfield partnership of guest star Anna Poller and player of the match Tom Croft-Baker drove the team forward, distributing the ball brilliantly and tackling valiantly. The front pair of Morgan Robertson and Finbar Ditchfield were constantly a threat and were very unlucky not to secure a goal.
On the final whistle both teams were exhausted but also delighted to have taken part induce an exciting, fair but extremely competitive fixture. Romsey were the happier side though and celebrated with confirmation of their division winning performance.

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The boys under 12’s hockey tournament report by Thomas Croft-Baker
The Romsey under 12 hockey players travelled to Brockenhurst College for the Hampshire In2 Hockey 7s tournament. We were expecting some tough competition so everyone was nervous ahead of the first fixture, against Basingstoke.
The first few minutes were positive from Romsey but the goals weren’t coming. Jake Rowland finally broke the padlock to smash one in from the top of the D past the Basingstoke goalkeeper. Romsey continued to press and great play from Ben Davidson led to romsey’s second goal scored by Jake Rowland. Throughout the game Raul Patel and Ben Whittaker managed to keep the defence strong letting in no goals to finish off the game 3-0, Jake Rowland completing his hatrick with a strong shot again beating Basingstoke’s goalkeeper.
Next fixture Haslemere 2nds ended in a disappointing draw. With Haslemere winning 1-0 at half time romsey brought on Thomas Croft-Baker and Jake Rowland to help strengthen the attack and 2 goals were scored in the second half by Romsey. But an unfortunate goal was scored in the last moments by Haslemere, levelling the score at 2:2.
Our last pool game was against the unbeaten Havant and feelings varied whether we would get through to the quarters and we needed a good performance. Early pressure from Havant was worrying but Romsey defence was solid and a great pass from Alex mills led to Art Barcia’s agonisingly close shot. A short corner was awarded to Havant and the ball was picked up at the top of the D and struck well towards the goal. The ball glanced off a stick to dribble onto the post and painfully into the goal. Despite losing 1:0 it was A truly outstanding performance from Romsey against such a well respected club who had won their prior games 5:0 and 3:0.
On goal difference we were through to the quarters against Aldershot and Farnham. We lost to the only goal of the game but had a great chance when Matt Loveday crossed in a lovely ball for Thomas Croft-Baker to pick up at the top of the D and strike powerfully resulting in an amazing save from the Aldershot goalkeeper
Man of the tournament for Romsey was stand-in goalieTom Edwards who made some outstanding saves and whom without we would not have been able to compete as our usual goalie was on holiday.
Despite the freezing conditions it was a thoroughly enjoyable time for Romsey against such big clubs with excellent effort and teamwork by all!

Romsey U12 Boys travelled to Salisbury on Sunday with what on paper appeared to be an under strength side. The game started evenly both teams unable to dominate and a number of quick breaks threatened to upset the balance. Romsey looked dangerous down the right, the speed and skill of Matt Loveday and Harry Croft-Baker began to work their magic and eventually a powerful cross found Morgan Robertson on the penalty spot and he managed a deft deflection into the Salisbury goal.

Following the early goal the match continued until half time in the balance. Ben Whitaker excelled at right back largely keeping the home side’s play maker under control, stifling the threat. Raul Patel and Noah Cooper completed the solid Romsey backline and with the positionally excellent Thomas Edwards at sweeper largely kept Salisbury out of the scoring zone. In fact Hal Cross, the Romsey keeper was only called into action once, but he maintained his concentration and kicked very well when it was required.

At half time Romsey were strengthened by the arrival of Ben Davidson, fresh from county training. Ben had an immediate effect and quickly created a number of chances, two of which were neatly finished by Morgan Robertson completing his hat-trick and one with which Ben found the back board himself.

Debutant Jamie Sanderson, Finbar Ditchfield and Alex Mills worked tirelessly down the left flank, regularly exposing the home sides lack of strength and began to force some openings of their own.

Man of the match Tom Croft-Baker dominated the central midfield. He tackled hard and made a number of very well placed passes whilst also having the awareness to organise his team. Tom’s day was nicely rounded off when a couple of chances fell to him in the D and he was able to hammer both home completing Romsey’s 6-0 win. This result takes the U12s to the top of their division.

Romsey u12 boys played City of Portsmouth in torrential rain on Sunday. The game started slowly as both sides battled as much with the conditions as with each other. Romsey began to get their passing game going though, Tom Croft-Baker marshalled the midfield and the home teams superiority began to make an impact.

Portsmouth struggled to cope with the pace of the Romsey team. Jake Rowland was a constant threat down the left flank and Art Barcia was able to find space to fashion some useful openings. As Romsey pressed the visitors showed their ability on the break. The defensive unit of Raul Patel, Alex Mills, Ben Whittaker and Tom Edwards could not be broken down though.

The first goal was always going to be important and it was Romsey who scored it. A firm short corner injection from Matt Loveday was slipped to Harry Croft-Baker on the right who shot hard at the keeper. The half save was quickly pushed into the net though by Morgan Robertson.

The goal settled Romsey’s nerves and their play improved and they soon doubled their advantage when Robertson intercepted a clearance and calmly finished past the prostrate Portsmouth keeper.

The visitors rallied and created a couple of chances that brought Romsey goalie Hal Cross into action. A home clean sheet was achieved though and Romsey pressed on. Jamie Sanderson and Callum Robertson worked hard and eventually a speculative shot was unfortunately turned into his own goal by the Portsmouth sweeper.

Romsey secured a 4-0 win and kept the possibility of winning their division in their own hands when midfield general, Tom Croft-Baker finished off a fine passing move by slotting home from close range.

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Romsey U12 Boys travelled to Salisbury on Sunday with what on paper appeared to be an under strength side. The game started evenly both teams unable to dominate and a number of quick breaks threatened to upset the balance. Romsey looked dangerous down the right, the speed and skill of Matt Loveday and Harry Croft-Baker began to work their magic and eventually a powerful cross found Morgan Robertson on the penalty spot and he managed a deft deflection into the Salisbury goal.

Following the early goal the match continued until half time in the balance. Ben Whitaker excelled at right back largely keeping the home side’s play maker under control, stifling the threat. Raul Patel and Noah Cooper completed the solid Romsey backline and with the positionally excellent Thomas Edwards at sweeper largely kept Salisbury out of the scoring zone. In fact Hal Cross, the Romsey keeper was only called into action once, but he maintained his concentration and kicked very well when it was required.

At half time Romsey were strengthened by the arrival of Ben Davidson, fresh from county training. Ben had an immediate effect and quickly created a number of chances, two of which were neatly finished by Morgan Robertson completing his hat-trick and one with which Ben found the back board himself.

Debutant Jamie Sanderson, Finbar Ditchfield and Alex Mills worked tirelessly down the left flank, regularly exposing the home sides lack of strength and began to force some openings of their own.

Man of the match Tom Croft-Baker dominated the central midfield. He tackled hard and made a number of very well placed passes whilst also having the awareness to organise his team. Tom’s day was nicely rounded off when a couple of chances fell to him in the D and he was able to hammer both home completing Romsey’s 6-0 win. This result takes the U12s to the top of their division.

The U12 Boys continued that great form with a smashing performance against Salisbury.

Romsey started well and quickly maintained possession and passed the ball well. Harry Croft-Baker and Alex Mills on the wings provided great outlets for midfield dynamo Ben Davidson to feed. The defence was marshalled effectively by Tom Croft-Baker with wing backs Ben Whitaker and Noah Cooper stifling the Salisbury front line.

Romsey’s first goal came when Callum Robertson played a strong pass into the D that Ben Davidson picked up and shot hard at the visiting keeper. His shot was half saved but Morgan Robertson was quickest to react and pushed the ball into the vacant goal.

A few minutes later that ball was again driven into the Salisbury D after an exchange of passes between Thomas Edwards and Oscar Mills. The ball found a visiting foot and a short corner was awarded. An accurate injection and firm shot were initially parried by the Salisbury defence but again Romsey were the sharper and this time Matt Loveday picked up the rebound and slotted home.

After the break Salisbury came out revitalised and Romsey in contrast lost some of their shape and composure. As a result the visitors were much more dangerous and they made a number of good goal scoring opportunities. If it were not for the excellent Hal Cross in goal Salisbury would have surely scored more than their one goal.

Conceding seemed to bring Romsey to their senses though and two quick goals from Art Barcia, one from open play, the other when he picked up a short corner rebound made the game safe for the home team. The scoring was finally finished off though by star man Jake Rowland who broke free from midfield, powered into the D and smashed home an unstoppable shot.

This fine performance by Romsey has secured their place at the top of their division.


The U12 Boys, pictured, suffered a disappointing time at the In2 Hockey U12 Champioship

Romsey were the dominant side on a cold windy morning against Fareham B, with goals from Tomo Flood (2), Zak Cooper (1) and Tim Loescher (2).  Tomo started Romsey’s tally early on with a quick attack on goal, but despite good passing and determined play by Ben Davidson, they were unable to score again with a shot on goal by Ben Manning going wide. However, the fates intervened during the second third, as Tomo scored his second, and then Zak being well placed on the corner of the goal took a cross from Tim to make it 3 nil to Romsey. Fareham pulled one back following a good pass from the back line, and powered it in. Tim then made it 4-1 to Romsey following a short corner with a precise powered hit on goal following injection from Zak Cooper. During the final third, Fareham tried hard, but were thwarted by Romsey’s backs, Dan Clack and Joe Powell, and failed to make accurate shots on goal. Due to mistimed tackle during the final third, goalkeeper Hal Cross had to face a Penalty Flick, but it was no threat and went wide of the goal. Romsey then finished the game off with the final goal from Loescher.  A good result for the team who all played well together.

Romsey quickly went 1-0 down to Salisbury following a short corner, but Tomo Flood (2) as centre forward went quickly on the attack and at the end of the first third Romsey were ahead 2-1.   Excellent defence by  Joe Powell, who found himself playing left back for the first time, and great goalkeeping from Hal Cross, prevented Salisbury scoring in the second third, whilst some great play by Ben Manning, Ben Davidson & Tom Rugge Price allowed Tim Loescher to run with the ball and take a third and Ben Manning took a cross to make it 4-1.

In the final third, Salisbury pulled one back following another short corner, but Romsey sealed their fate when Ben Manning took another shot on goal which looked to be going wide, so Tim Loescher erring on the side of caution helped it on its way to find the back of the goal to make it 5-2.  An excellent game with all round excellent performances from all members of the team

Romsey took a squad of 8 boys to the Hampshire region of Yazoo National Minis Competition at Thornden School on Sunday 20th March.

In the first match against Havant, Romsey were quick off the mark and caught Havant on the back foot, and were able to capitalise with a quick goal from Tim Loescher. Zac played a good game up front, trying to pin down the Havant defence but was not lucky enough to find the goal. However, Havant regrouped and fought back. Callum Darch in goal played a blinding game, and saved most of what came his way. Sam Bishop did his utmost to get the ball back to our forwards, however, Havant had strength on their side and they scored 3 very good goals.

The second game was against Winchester. Sean Rademaker had now arrived and played a very good game in defence stopping most of what came his way. The whole team played its positions well with Ben Davidson (the youngest on the pitch) keeping at the ball. Sam Bishop & Ben Manning were also stalwarts in the game, with Tim playing the position he likes best covering the centre field, culminating in another 3 goals for him. Winchester were able to claw one back, but Romsey ended the game as winners.

Final match saw Romsey play Haslemere A. This was another tough match but Romsey never gave up. Ben Davidson perservered on the left wing, with Ben Manning on the right wing. However, Haslemere were too strong and the final score was 4 – nil to Haslemere.

Squad: Callum Darch (GK), Tim Loescher, Ben Manning, Zac Cooper, Ben Davidson, Alex Tooley, Sam Bishop, Sean Rademaker.

Sunday 13th February saw an all-round wonderful team effort from Callum the goal keeper to centre forward Zac Cooper. The match started in cold and wet conditions but Romsey took the game straight to Fareham. Romsey dominated the match with Sam Bishop, Tim Loescher and Sean Rademaker commanding the centre of the field. The pressure on Fareham paid off with Romsey winning a short corner after 14mins. A classic short corner routine saw the ball fly towards Sean who took into the D and smack it home, hitting the back board, goal. In the second third the match was more even and the only difference between the two teams was a goal given to Fareham from a short corner. The ball was hit to the top of the D and a sweep shot, hitting the ball, which went in off the under side of the cross bar and pinging into the back of the net. This proved to be an unstoppable strike!  Romsey fought back with a tireless Ben Manning in the middle of the park winning everything that came near him. Romsey cleared their lines with a fifty meter hit into the oppositions twenty-five. Oliie Bryant gave chase making an incredibly fast 40 meter dash, spurred on from the vocal Romsey supporters, to catch the Fareham defence with the ball. Romsey were unable to capitalise. The last third saw Fareham dominate as a tired and wet Romsey tried to keep the match from slipping away. Man of the Match, Alex Buck, played a storming game through out clearing the ball from the right back position countless times. A special mention for both Toby Clemmett playing his first game for the Club who bravely played on after taking the ball in the face and Callum clearing his goal multiple times through out.

Fareham got a fortunate goal two minutes from time with a well struck shot from the top of the D heading high towards Callum’s top left corner. An out stretched hand, save? Callum got to it only to deflect the ball back towards his right hand post, goal. Romsey deserved more from the game but the supporters were proud of a fine performance by all.

Alex Tooley, Alex Buck(Man of the match), Callum Darch, Sean Rademaker(1), Ben Manning, Sam Bishop(Captain), Zac Cooper, Ben Davidson, Tim Loescher, Oliver Bryant, Chris Harwood, Hal Cross, Toby Clemmett,  Daniel Clack (taken unwell in the warm-up)

PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING DATES FREE:

MARCH 13: AWAY V CHICHESTER (PB – tbc)

MARCH 20: THORNDEN SCHOOL 1:30PM TO 4:30PM YAHOO NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (SQUAD OF 10 TO BE SELECTED AT A LATER DATE, HOWEVER IF YOU KNOW YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE PLEASE LET JULIA KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!)

APRIL3: HOME V CITY OF PORTSMOUTH 9.30PB AT HCS

APRIL 10: END OF SEASON FUN DAY AND PRESENTATION 10:00 TIL 1:00 (WITH BBQ)

U12B (A) vs City of Portsmouth

A fabulous team effort and a towering performance from the man of the match Alex Tooley, but a determined Romsey team could not keep Portsmouth from scoring six goals. The game started well, the score was one nil to Romsey after just 4mins. Romsey scored first from a persistent effort from Hal Cross scoring his first goal, in the Under 12 league, whilst still being able to play for the under 10s. He was able to slip the ball into bottom right hand corner after first hitting the post. The Romsey team played very well at times, passing the ball around the Portsmouth players, but the second Romsey goal came from a great individual effort from Tim Loescher who ran from almost the halfway line, with the ball, to slip his shot past the keeper. The Romsey team showed great team spirit as they needed to make a sizable effort during the match.

Daniel Clack, Alex Tooley (Man of the match), Alex Buck, Sean Rademaker, Ben Manning, Sam Bishop(Captain), Zac Cooper, Ben Davidson, Tim Loescher(1), Oliver Bryant, Chris Harwood, Hal Cross(1)

Romsey U12 boys were unlucky not to win the final third of the game at the HCS ground on Saturday 14th November the score ended up being one goal a piece. Romsey went ahead with a well struck short corner. A simple move which was started by a strong pushed out by Sam Bishop to Sean Rademaker who drill his shot into the bottom left hand corner. Romsey were unlucky not to go further ahead when Tim Loescher failed to connect with the goal after taking the ball around two defenders and the keeper. Ben Davidson also broke into the opponents D and produce a fine shot which was goal bound until it hit a Romsey stick. Some stout goal keeping, by Alex Buck, could not keep Chichester from scoring after the ball should have been cleared by the Romsey defense.

Romsey were playing  against a strong physical Chichester side and were able to kept them them at bay for a lot of the first third. Callum Darch in goal, at this point, made many saves in the first 10 minutes when the pressure, from another Chichester short corn, told. Initially the short was  strongly rebuffed by Sam Bishop and Ben Manning but the ball broke free,to the goal keepers left, and what followed was a fabulously struck shot which went straight pass an out stretched foot, from Callum, and found the far right corner of the Romsey goal. After this there was some excellent defending from Daniel Clark and a near miss from Zak Cooper who came very close with a good effort. The first 20 minutes ended with the visitors to the HCS pitch 2 goals up. The next 20 minutes saw a small collapse as Romsey lacked confidence both in their tackling and on the ball awarness which the visiting team demonstrated. Chichester also had a bit of luck as a deflected shot sent Callum, in goal, the wrong way. The final score was 1-6 to the visitors with a strong recover from a heroic Romsey side, in the final third, who started that third with a psychological nil-nil.

Daniel Clack, Alex Tooley, Alex Buck, Sean Rademaker(1), Ben Manning, Sam Bishop (Captain and Man of the Match) Zac Cooper, Ben Davidson, Tim Loescher, Oliver Bryant(first game for Romsey, well done), Chris Harwood (first game for Romsey, well played), Callum Darch

On a wet Sunday morning Romsey U12 boys opened their season with an away game against Fareham 2, an evenly poised game that saw both teams making attacks. The first goal went to Romsey after Tim Loescher scored. Romsey with a number of players stepping up to U12 level for the first time held on to the lead and Callum Darch played an excellent game in goal with some fine saves and kicks. Romsey stretched their lead with another goal from Tim Loescher. Attacks came from Fareham late in the game but Romsey defended well from a series of penalty corners to win 2-0.

Excellent team performance by all with a solid defense at the back provided by Dan Clack, Alex Tooley and Alex Buck who helped Callum keep a clean sheet. The mid-field was controlled by Sean Rademaker, Ben Manning and Sam Bishop. Then up front a determined show was made by Zac Cooper, Ben Davidson, Hal Cross and Raul Patel who were supporting Tim on his goal spree.

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