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 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 U8s team A match report.

The ‘A’team did not disappoint in conditions more appropriate for Emperor penguins.  In a bitter wind and charged atmosphere things began with a BANG against arch rivals Bournemouth.  The defensive efforts of Sophie, Camilla, Maya and Joe can only be described as heroic.  Clara and Zach were dynamos in an offensive role while Anna and Evelyn showed the power of the super sub!  In the end Bournemouth’s persistence was rewarded and the match was lost by a single goal.

By the arrival of the 2nd push back, some of the players and fans were suffering from mild frost bite and this may go some way to explaining  the goalless draw that followed.  Somehow, Camilla had remained immune from the effects of the cold and had some outstanding moments and showed real bravery coming back on quickly following a nasty knock!

By game 3, the players and fans had discovered the warmth of the clubhouse and most were de-frosted and ready for action following a much deserved hot chocolate hit.  Arch rivals Trojans lived up to their fearsome reputation and proved to be ruthless adversaries taking a 1-0 victory.  Maya deserves praise for fantastic work rate while Joe showed some skill full playmaking.  Clara, Zach and Camilla were able to provide a creative spark backed by strong work from Sophie, Evelyn and Anna.

By the 4th game against New Forest, the team moved to another level and become like a well oiled machine.  In a display that can only be described as ‘total hockey’ both teams deserve praise and admiration for an end to end match of the highest quality.  Well done to the ‘A-Team’

U8B team report

After two cancelled tournaments due to bad weather, Romsey B U8’s were unstoppable at the Salisbury hockey tournament. The team was in great spirits and on the pitch they showed that “practice makes perfect” with well coordinated team play and fantastic passing skills. Unstoppable, they won all their five games.

In the first game against Winchester B, Romsey never let Winchester in their defensive half and Caitlin showed great strength in the D scoring a hat trick. Charlie and Oscar scored one goal each, ending the game 5-0 to Romsey.

Bournemouth B were our second opponents which was expected to be the hardest game of the day. Remembering how they beat Romsey in the autumn, Oscar was keen to play defence and, together with Romilly worked hard defending well to do all they could to not let them score any goals.  Elsie worked hard in midfield assisting Charlie to score, finishing the game 1-0 to Romsey.

The third game was against Winchester B again, an error that couldn’t be changed on the day. Romsey played confident hockey and Caitlin, Oscar and Elsie scored one goal each. Elsie showed how she was a really strong distributor of the ball with many assists on goal. Charlie made a strong run from defence resulting in a brilliant long shot on goal just minutes before the end of the match. Unfortunately the goal was not allowed as it was outside the D. The game finished 3-0 to Romsey.

Trojans B were the fourth match opponents.  Oscar scored the first two goals, first one assisted by Charlie and the second one a straight shot in from the corner. Trojans then got settled into the game and scored despite some fantastic marking from Imogen and Anna, before Romsey finished strong with a further goal from Oscar with his hat trick. The game ended 3-1 to Romsey.

In the fifth and last game of the day Romsey met Salisbury B. All eight players were on the pitch and passing well. Both Imogen and Fran were playing really well in the midfield protecting Anna and Romilly in defence who made some good interceptions and protected the goal from some good shots by Salisbury. Oscar scored two goals and then there was an own goal from Salisbury ending the game 3-0 to Romsey.

A very enjoyable tournament on a very cold morning but the team were fantastic playing confident, fun and very fierce hockey. They have learned so much since the start of the season and this was shown on the pitch today making this a pleasure for all to watch – well done Romsey B U8’s.

Romsey B U8’s: Caitlin, Oscar, Charlie, Elsie, Fran, Romilly, Imogen and Anna.

Romsey u10s continued their good start to the season at Bournemouth on Sunday. Romsey established themselves in their first game against Southampton A, confidently winning 2-0 with some great goals from F Allisop and M Chatterley . They continued their good form against Trojans, building great passages of passing across the pitch with midfielders H Field and D Woodgate Jones driving the ball forward to pile the pressure on the trojans back line. Teamwork and determination throughout saw them a 3-0 win with another goal from M Chatterley and a brace from Z Phillips. M Chatterley was on fire against Winchester scoring all the goals in their 4-0 win. Romsey had a tough test against Andover, going one nil down early on. Brilliant defending from T Cowburn and H Tyson as well as some great saves from E Gibson in goal kept Romsey in the game, allowing Romsey to draw level after a great shot from Z Phillips taking them into full time with a 1-1 draw. Despite the frustrating nature of Romseys last game against Southampton B the team played with determination with some great drives forward from T Westmore in midfield, the game ended in a goal-less draw. A great team effort as a result of all their hard work in training.

Sunday saw a lovely sunny tournament at Winchester.

The first match against Trojans 1 was well fought and saw some close marking of players, a lovely run at goal from Milly and confident tackling from Lewie. But although Romsey maintained pressure up in the opposition’s half they ended the match 2-0 to Trojans.

The second match against Andover saw two similarly matched teams fighting for supremacy. Tom W and Tom C made great attempts at goal and defenders Imogen and Tilly worked confidently, tackling with precision. Ellie made a number of vital, confident saves and the end result was 0-0.

A tough match against Bournemouth ended with a score of 3-0 to the opposition, however the next match saw great work midfield by Harriet and tenacious tackling by Toby. Romsey dominated the match and Hannah, Milly and Tom were unlucky not to score, hitting the post several times. The game ended 0-0.

The final match saw Romsey triumph with a 2-1 win against Winchester with excellent goals from Milly and Tom C supported by the rest of the team.  Well done to all!

Great start to the season with U8s unbeaten in Winchester

Anna Ackerman, Oscar Cowburn (2), Camilla Day, Elsie Duncan (1), Clara Fuller, Charlie Gray (3), Caitlin Jupp (1), Sophie Morris, Anna Shepherd.

There was a lot of excitement with the U8s travelling to Winchester for the first mini tournament of the season. With most of the team having represented Romsey over the last season confidence was high going in to the first game against New Forest. Romsey enjoyed the majority of the possession in this game with midfielders Camilla, Clara and Caitlin controlling the midfield well and feeding the ball in to Oscar and Charlie up front. Oscar broke through after another period of possession scoring the first goal, this was followed with 2 goals from Charlie, Romsey winning 3-0.

The next game saw Romsey face Trojans. This game was fiercely contested and saw Romsey’s defence of Elsie and Oscar remaining solid whilst being well tested. Both were up to the task clearing the ball well for midfielders Anna A, Anna S and Sophie to pass on the Romsey’s forward line. As the game progressed Romsey grew in confidence, resulting in in a goal for Charlie. In the final few minutes Caitlin won the ball on the half way line and following a great run scored Romsey’s second, Romsey winning 2-0.

Romsey’s third game was against Bournemouth. This was a fast paced highly competitive end to end game with both teams showing great determination and putting together some lovely passing sequences. Both teams came close to scoring however the deadlock was not broken, final score 0-0. The whole team worked really hard in this game and came off the pitch with big smiles!

Against Southampton Romsey again enjoyed some great periods of possession. Camilla and Clara held great positions in defence with Southampton barely getting a glimpse of the Romsey goal. Anna A and Sophie worked hard in midfield. Following some great Romsey passing in the Southampton ‘D’ Catlin crossed the ball for Oscar to score his second of the day. Following the restart Southampton were unable to clear the ball due to great running and tackling from Charlie, this pressure lead to Elsie popping up to score Romsey’s second. Romsey winning 2-0.

Romsey’s final game was against hosts Winchester. This game proved to be the most exciting, nail biting and frustrating game of the day!! The Romsey team worked really hard keeping and maintaining possession with the ball barely leaving the Winchester ‘D’. Romsey hit the post and saw the ball go centimetres wide on at least 4 occasions. Romsey were really unlucky not to score and the game finished 0-0. Again the team came off the pitch with big smiles having really enjoyed being a part of such an exciting game.

Overall the Team enjoyed a great morning. The hard work put in in training could really be seen, team spirit was also evident and attitude fantastic.

Romsey under 10’s attended their first tournament fielding an all boys team and an all girls team, with a couple of supporting boys to allow for substitutions.

The first game against New Forest B saw a great start for the mainly girls team with Romsey putting the pressure on continually in the attacking half. Some great linking play between Phoebe Lewis and Zoe Phillips saw the attackers pushing forward, resulting in a well executed goal by Harriet Field. Some strong holding play by Lewie Brown and Tom Coltart and some great tackles by Sofia Ballesteros in defence ensured that Romsey won their first game 1-0.
The second game against Trojans was tougher with Romsey’s defence being stretched by the opposition’s strong attacking play. Lucy Walden working hard in midfield couldn’t stop the Trojan’s attackers breaking through in numbers and putting the ball in the back of the goal a total of 4 times. The whole Romsey team continued to work hard together and were unlucky not to get through the Trojan’s defence to close the gap.
Romsey’s third game against New Forest A saw strong support from Theo Cowburn and Tom Westmore in midfield, with Tilly Duncan putting in some solid defensive challenges to keep the scoreline at 0-0 for most of the match. A single goal by New Forest towards the end of the match left the final score 1-0.
The last two games of the tournament saw the girls working extra hard with no substitutes. Some great saves by goalkeeper Ellie Gibson helped keep the girls in the matches and a lot of outfield linking play kept the pressure on the opposition throughout. Romsey were unlucky to lose the penultimate game against Andover to a goal that went in off a defender’s foot but the sheer determination, fantastic teamwork and excellent play by the whole team enabled Romsey to end the tournament with a well deserved and brilliantly fought 0-0 draw against Salisbury.

Romsey boys played their first game against Trojans B. The team started strong, using the wings well and linking together some lovely passes to put pressure on the Trojans attack. Despite good possession and some great shots on goal from Sebastian Wells and Tom Westmore, Trojans managed to sneak a goal on the break just before full time, losing narrowly 0-1. Despite the unlucky result Romsey went into the next game against Trojans A with determination. The game was very defensive but the boys gave the Trojans players no time on the ball, pressuring them well. Great defensive efforts from Tristan Cuff, Lewie Brown and Jack Wormgoor aswell as some superb saves from goalie Joseph Williams kept the score line 0-0 in a well fought match. In the next game against Salisbury the team began to find their form, Theo Cowburn, Henry Allsop and Tom Westmore worked well upfront to pressurise the Salisbury defence, allowing Romsey to soon take the lead with a great goal from Marcus Lake. Romsey soon furthered their lead with another goal from Marcus Lake and a superb goal from a very tight angle from Tom Coltart. In their next game New Forest the team were unlucky to lose 0-2 despite great team work throughout. In their last game Winchester the team continued their good form with a 2-0 win, with goals from Marcus Lake and Sebastian Wells. The Romsey side showed maturity in their teamwork and passing throughout the day, a great team performance.

 

After an early start the U8s had a great day at Bournemouth. It was wonderful to see their team spirit growing and to see training being put into practice on the pitch. 

Team A

 

The team got off to an unlucky start losing just 1-0 against local hosts Bournemouth. Highlights included some great last ditch defending by Hannah Tyson.

 

Game 2 against Trojans proved to be the hardest challenge of the day but despite a 4-0 loss everybody in the team kept playing hard to the end. Charlie Gray deserves special mention after coming back from a hard knock in game 1 to show some outstanding work rate and team play.  

 

By game 3 the team were really starting to change through the gears and started to gel. Salisbury were soundly beaten 4-0 with goals from Milly Chatterley, Hannah Tyson and 2 for Charlie Gray whose celebration was worth the gate fee. Ava Farmer provided the defensive foundation for the victory while in midfield, Evelyn Prefrement, Emma Lake and Anna Shepherd and all made fantastic contributions.  

 

Game 4 against ‘New Forest’ ended in a hard fought 1-1 draw thanks in particular to some great defensive play by Maggie Nicholson and another great goal by Milly Chatterley. 

 

In the final match against Winchester the team continued to work hard and play as a team. But in a dramatic finish they were unlucky to lose to a late goal in the final seconds!

 

Team B

 

Team B had a flying start against Salisbury with Benji Wright scoring the opening goal in the first few minutes. Romsey continued to press with the forwards all working well together. Freddie Allsopp made some great runs forward and was rewarded with a goal. In the latter part of the game Annabel Norman added a further goal and Benji Wright added Romsey’s 4th to secure the win.

 

Game 2 against Bournemouth was a great contest. Bournemouth were quick off the mark and scored early in the game. Romsey were not down hearted and pressed from midfield with Oscar Cowburn tackling and distributing the ball to forwards Camilla Day and Clara Fuller. Towards the end of the game Romsey’s persistence paid off with Freddie con=ming from midfield to equalise.

 

Game 3 was another even encounter. Unfortunately Romsey failed to convert their chances and were caught on the counter by a fast Andover break and conceded the only goal of the game.

 

After game 3 the team had a bit of a break to re fuel on cake. This strategy worked as the team came out raring to go against Winchester in Game 4. Romsey played some great hockey in this game putting together some great passes. The were all calling and as a result put the pressure on early with Freddie scoring the first of his two goals of the game. Goals were then added by Oscar (2) and Benji (2). The game finishing 6-0.

 

Romsey’s final game was against local rivals Trojans. After a quite previous game Sophie Morris and Elsie Duncan concentrated brilliantly clearing any threat posed by the Trojans forwards. With Romsey calling for passes and moving forward Freddie scored the winning goal. After a nail biting final few minutes Romsey held on for the win!

 

The home tournament saw Romsey U10 B team play their first match against Southampton B. A well matched game saw end to end action with some great saves by goalie Joe Williams and some strong, controlled midfield play by Sofia Ballesteros. After going 1-0 down Romsey fought back hard, resulting in a fantastic effort by Sebastian Wells who dribbled around the Southampton defence to score Romsey’s first goal. The game remained 1-0 setting the home team off to a good start.
The second match vs New Forest B was again a fairly even match, with some great attacking runs by Imogen Akerman. Romsey’s continued efforts were rewarded by a second tournament goal for Sebastian Wells which gave Romsey their first win of the tournament. Romsey B’s were straight back on the pitch for their next match against tough opposition, Trojans B’s. Having lost their goalie due to illness, Romsey found themselves 3-0 down quite early on, however they worked hard to fight back, and showed some great linking play and teamwork, resulting in another goal for Sebastian Wells following a well executed pass in the D by Isobel Roberts. Despite strong defensive play by both Lewie Brown and Lucy Walden, Trojans kept piling on the pressure, resulting in a final score of 6-1 to Trojans.
Romsey came out for their 4th game against Winchester B’s with great spirit and determination and showed yet more fantastic teamwork. The team tried a different formation with Toby Fuller playing some great attacking hockey, away from his usual position in defence. The game was hard fought and well matched, but Romsey was unable to find the back of the net. Some fantastic saves by Ellie Gibson, including a goal-line save just as the final whistle blew saw another well deserved draw for the host team.
The final match against Andover B’s saw a great start from Romsey with an early goal by Isobel Roberts. Fantastic linking play between Isobel and Sebastian Wells was rewarded in a second goal of the match for Isobel. Despite conceding a goal, Romsey continued to work hard as a team and this was rewarded in a fourth tournament goal for Sebastian Wells. The final score was Romsey 3, Andover 1, leaving Romsey B’s with a well deserved tournament result of 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.

Romsey U10s hosted their home tournament on Sunday. Romsey A played their first match against Southampton, linking up some beautiful passing in midfield between Marcus Lake and wingers Zoë Phillips and Harriet distributed the ball well up the pitch. Forwards Theo Cowburn and Jack Wormgoor worked hard upfront to earn Romsey an early goal. Romsey continued their great form, stretching the Southampton defence and maintaining their structure, earning themselves a 3-0 win. In their next match against New Forest the team struggled in the opening minutes, conceding several early goals before finding their feet and playing well towards the end of the game. Romsey fought to the finish and were unlucky to lose 4-0. Romsey then faced another tough match against Trojans A, losing 2-0 despite their ongoing determination. In their next match against Winchester Romsey dominated from start to finish, Tom Westmore, Tilly Duncan and Hattie Rogers were superb in defence, denying the opposition any attempt on goal. Romseys persistent pressure on the Winchester defence lead to great goals from Harriet Field, Zoë Phillips, Marcus Lake and Theo Cowburn, taking Romsey into full time with a 4-0 win. Despite taking an early lead in their last match against Andover with a great goal from Marcus Lake, Romsey lost the game 2-1. A great display of teamwork throughout the day to end a great year for the team.

Romsey U8 in Southampton

With lots of players representing Romsey for the first time the U8s were able to field two equally strong teams in Southampton on Sunday. Despite the cold there was an unwavering enthusiasm shown by all players all morning as the last couple of weeks’ training was put into practice successfully on the pitch.

Romsey ‘A’

Romsey U8 A’s all played amazingly at the mini tournament in Southampton on Sunday. They played 5 games in total, winning two (4-2)(2-0) drawing one(0-0) and losing two (2-0)(1-0).

Although positions were swapped throughout the games, giving players the chance to play in several positions, Milly and Freddy were the main goal scorers. Using their team work and dribbling the ball down the pitch into our attacking D and successfully scoring 6 goals altogether.

Maggie, Charlie and Joe were the main defenders making some terrific tackles, saving many possible goals. They worked together to clear the ball away from our defending D up to our attackers.

Ben and Annabel worked really hard all day making sure they supported our defenders, when needed. They were quick to receive the re bound shots, both having several chances at goal and were unlucky not to add to the score.

Romsey ‘B’

Romsey started the tournament very well winning 1-0 in a tough game against Salisbury A, Romsey made good use of space and passed the ball well. The goal came from a pass from George to Benji across the D with support from Evelyn.

Romsey then were unlucky to lose to Trojans A (0-1), Winchester B (0-1) and Trojans C (0-3) as they were very close games with great defence from Oscar and Elise.

In the final game Romsey played amazingly against Bournemouth A using the space to score two goals from Hannah and Milly with lots of support from Clara. The final score was 2-0.

Both teams worked and fought as a team, they all showed great improvement throughout the day, playing with all the width of the pitch, executing some great tackles and passes, and using fantastic stick skills. Well done Romsey U8s!

Romsey A played their first match of the tournament against Trojans B; despite a great team work throughout Romsey were unlucky to concede a few late goals, taking them into full time with a 0-2 loss. The team came out with new found determination against Salisbury, great defensive team work from Lewie Brown, Hattie Knapman and Tilly Duncan denied the opposition any opportunity on goal to keep a clean sheet throughout the game. Despite some inspired attempts at goal from forwards Hartiet Field and Jack Wormgoor, Romsey were unable to find the back of the net. In the next game against Andover, Romsey began to find their form, attacking well and earning themselves a 2-0 victory with goals from Harriet Field and Marcus Lake. In their next against Bournemouth Romsey piled on the pressure with great runs up the wings from Zoë Phillips and Tristan Cuff pushing the team forwards. After an early Bournemouth goal, Marcus Lake equalised with a great strike into the back of the net. In their last match of the day the team faced local rivals Winchester, despite some great saves from goalie Joseph Williams Romsey were unlucky to concede, going into full time with a 0-2 loss. A great team performance throughout the day as a result of all their hard work at training.
The second under 10’s tournament of the season saw Romsey fielding a strong “B” team at the Roger Merry Memorial Tournament at Southampton. The team started the tournament with a strong performance, winning their first match against New Forest B 2-0, with both Tom Coltart and Henry Allsop finding the back of the net. The second game against Trojans C saw some fantastic stick work and passing by the whole team, with Ellie Gibson putting in some strong tackles in midfield and Theo Cowburn passing the ball out well from defence. Unfortunately Romsey were unable to get the ball past the Trojans defence, leaving the scoreline 0-0 at the end of the match.A tough match against Bournemouth A’s again saw some great play by the team and an excellent cross from the right-wing into the D by Sebastian Wells, narrowly missed being put into the goal by Henry Allsop. Great positioning up front by Lucy Waldon kept the pressure up from Romsey, who were unfortunate not to convert any of the opportunities, leaving the match 0-0. The second to last game was against Southampton A’s which saw some fantastic defensive work by Phoebe Lewis and Sophia Ballesteros, keeping the ball away from the goal, and some incredible saves by goalie Joseph Williams, who supported both Romsey teams during the tournament. Romsey were unlucky to lose their final match 2-0 to Andover A’s, but should be incredibly proud of the fantastic teamwork, skills and determination that the whole team displayed throughout the tournament.

Milly Chatterley (1), Oscar Cowburn, Camilla Day, Elsie Duncan, Clara Fuller, Charlie Gray, Caitlin Jupp, Emma Lake, Sophie Morris, Maggie Nicholson, Hannah Tyson.

There was a lot of excitement with the U8s travelling to Winchester for the first mini tournament of the season. With all but two of the squad representing Romsey for the first time Romsey used the first few games to settle. Romsey showed great team spirit and improved each time in closely fought games against Trojans B (0-0), Trojans A (0-2), Bournemouth (0-2) and Salisbury (0-1).

After a break of two games (and refuelling on cake!) Romsey went into 3 back to back games. This enabled Romsey to get used to playing in their positions, grow in confidence and start putting together some good passes.

Romsey defended solidly, moving the ball forward well and were unlucky not to score against Winchester B with the game finishing 0-0. Against Winchester A, Romsey showed their growing confidence enjoying some good periods of possession. Towards the end of the game Milly broke through scoring a well-deserved goal for the team; the game finishing 1-0. After a win spirits were high going into the final game against Andover. Romsey started well going close in the first few minutes. Andover fought back hard at the end, Romsey showed great spirit with everyone getting stuck in defending, Oscar as the final defender was unbeatable saving several shots on the line! After a nail biting finish the game ended 0-0.

Romsey improved brilliantly over the course of the tournament, the squad were happy, smiley and positive for the whole morning and should be incredibly proud of their effort!

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Romsey u10 played their first tournament of the season on Sunday at Winchester. In their first match against Salisbury Romsey started strong, piling the pressure on the Salisbury defence. Midfield trio Marcus Lake, Sebastian Wells and Tristan Cuff dominated the attacking zone, feeding great passes into Zoë Phillips and Harriet Field upfront who worked hard to create chances on goal. Tilly Duncan and Toby Fuller were solid in defence, denying Salisbury any opportunities at goal on the counterattack. Romsey continued to pressure Salisbury’s defence and their hard work was soon rewarded after Marcus Lake managed to slip the ball past the keeper into the net to take the lead. Fighting to the finish Romsey went into full time with a 1-0 win. Next Romsey faced local rivals New Forest. Despite some great attempts on goal from Phoebe Lewis and Ellie Gibson, Romsey were unable to find the back of the net. Outstanding goalkeeping from Joe kept Romsey in the game, taking the team into full time with a hard fought 0-0 draw. Despite excellent team work throughout the game, Romsey were unlucky to concede two goals against a very strong Bournemouth side, losing 2-0. Against Bournemouth B the team linked up some beautiful passes in the attacking zone, taking them to a 3-0 victory with two great goals from Sebastian and a lovely strike from Zoë. Romseys next two games against tough opponents Trojans and Southampton ended in 3-0 and 2-0 losses. Romsey came back fighting in their last match against Winchester with newfound determination. Despite an early goal from the opposition, Romsey brought their A game spreading out the play well and driving the ball down the wings, allowing Romsey to take back the lead with two superb goals from Zoë and Marcus. Goalkeeping heroics from Joe at the back allowed Romsey to maintain the scoreline, going into full time with a 2-1 victory. Excellent team work throughout the day resulted in a great team performance.

The U10s had a great tournament at Trojans, winning the majority of their matches. The quality of their play, attitude and team spirit were excellent throughout.

  

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