A strong start from Romsey Boys led to a convincing win against Hamble.  The Team of Jack J. Jack M, Luke, Sam, Will, Owen, Freddie, Joe in goal, Henry, Sebastian and Rupert started at a frantic pace. Two early short corners lead to a great save from the Hamble keeper, but soon an opening goal from Rupert, after a strong run from Sam along the wing, calmed them down and they went on to dominate the rest of the match.

Luke soon scored Romsey’s second and the first period finished with Romsey on top, two goals to nil.

The second period ended goalless, due to a shot from Will just going wide, and a strong save for Joe when Hamble got through one on one with the Keeper.

Hamble started the third period strongly scoring a goal from a short corner, and as the score went to 2 one it looked like an exciting end to the game was on the cards.  Sam had other ideas ending any doubt by scoring from another impressive run and when Jack M scored straight after, Romsey knew that the game was theirs.

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.


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.

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 .

Romsey took their chances and three points as expected against bottom of the table Poole.

It didn’t take long for Romsey to open the scoring Colin H won a free hit outside the circle and Chris H made a run in from the right to intercept a perfectly weighted pass to cross to Carl H who controlled and turned to shoot from a narrow angle for 1 0.

Romsey doubled their lead when the ball was played up to Carl H at the top of the circle who played the ball to Colin H to make it 2 0.

A well worked move then saw Josh H square for Dan B to shoot, but his shot was blocked by the last defender only for Josh H to sweep in the rebound.

Carl H made it 4 0 from a penalty corner strike, and then another penalty corner was played out to Colin H who passed back to Josh H, his shot was blocked on the line but the corner taker Ben P made no mistake from an inch out following up, to give Romsey a 5 0 HT lead.

The second half allowed for Romsey to play an open game with everyone getting time on the ball.

From a penalty corner early in the second half Ben P pushed out to Colin H, who stopped the ball and passed to Chris H, his slip to Josh H saw a family passing move end with a cool finish.

A young Poole side had played some good hockey and won a penalty corner of their own. Colin H and James T ran out but were taken out of the move by a swift pass and this allowed Poole to strike fiercely past the onrushing Bryn W for 6 1.

Romsey weren’t stopping their though, and from another penalty corner Colin H passed directly to Josh H for 7 1 and the first hat trick of the match.

With Romsey now playing some open hockey, Lukasz S made sure Poole didn’t make it in to the circle again, and Rob C, Simeon F and James T gained confidence with time on the ball, and played some strong passes to build moves through the midfield.

Colin H picked up a loose ball and beat two defenders before playing a great one two with Carl H and sweeping the ball home for 8 1 and then he returned the favour by playing in Carl H, who saw his first shot blocked but made no mistake hammering in the rebound for 9 1 and his hat trick.

Carl got his fourth and Romseys tenth when Will R played in Josh H to square for the striker to shoot calmly in to the goal, and Will R was unlucky not to get on the score sheet as his play on the left had been so strong all match.  At the end Dan B was set up by Colin H for what would have been his first goal for the club, his shot beat the keeper but came back square off the foot of the post and Romsey put the rebound wide.

 

Romsey U16 girls played the New Forest on Sunday in a league match . The weather was bracing to say the least …..

Push back was at 1.30pm with beautiful blue skies but a bitter wind . New Forest made a strong start and dominated the ball for the first five minutes . Romsey soon found their feet , Robyn C started to put some good passes together (including a great ariel )to Sophie L and Zoe H up front which resulted in a couple of half chances .

Romsey had to be wary as the New Forest had a strong line up and were soon back on the attack  despite good defensive work from Emily P , Emily W and Antonia L ,  Alice D had to make a string of important saves to keep Romsey in the match .

Romsey started to move the ball wide and both Jess G and Phoebe M drove deep into the New Forest half on more than one occasion  tipping the balance of play back into Romsey’s favour . It was not long before one these break outs on the right found its way to Zoe H who burst into the D and slid the ball across for Phoebe M to calmly finish on the back post , 1-0 to Romsey!

New Forest were in Shock for a period and Romsey came again , Phoebe M was stretching their defence at will …..Short corner to Romsey ! Robyn C injected to Zoe H who took the ball into the D then slotted it back to Robyn C to strike the second goal !

This was the wake up New Forest needed , straight from the re -start they were on the attack. With only ten minutes of the half left the New Forest pressure told and they scored two quick goals to leave the match tied 2-2 at half time.

The second half started and both teams were after the win ,Romsey were creating chance after chance with great work on the wings from Jess G and Phoebe M .  One chance fell To Anna R who got free only to see her shot blocked , Zoe H had another shot narrowly go wide . 

The game became stretched and the midfield duo of Mollie O and Clara H were working end to end to cut off the New forest renewed attacks . The match was in the last couple of minutes and Antonia L made two fantastic last gasp tackles but the New Forest team kept coming and with the final move of the match they came down the right and squared a great ball into the D for their forward to score !

New Forest supporters and players were ecstatic, the final whistle went,  Final score New Forest 3 Romsey 2 . 

A tough end to a great match to watch , well played and fantastic effort Romsey .

Player of the match – Phoebe M , fantastic wing play .

Cold weather is forecast this weekend. If the pitch is frozen then training or matches are not possible because it is not safe to play. Because the forecast is not always definite we cannot always cancel  training the day before, sometimes we only know that the pitch is unsafe when we first inspect it in the morning.

As a result please check here and on the club’s Twitter feed @romseyhc for the latest news about training.

If you get to training only to find out it is cancelled we apologise. We always do our best to get the information out as soon as possible, whilst also wanting to try and ensure that we don’t cancel unnecessarily.

Thank you for your understanding.

Stuart Robertson

RHC Junior Chair

Romsey Hockey Club is committed to protecting the welfare and safety of the children at our club. The latest Safeguarding Parent / Legal Guardian Information and Guidance document can be downloaded here.

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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 under 16 girls headed off to the Isle of Wight on Sunday 14th of January for a cup and league double header .The team went by mini bus kindly loaned by King Edward School.

The atmosphere was great and we all enjoyed the crossing especially the breakfast !

Push back was at 11.30am and the IOW made a fast start and were pressing Romsey  from the first minute , They had several early chances and before long slotted one in to take the lead .

Romsey were under strength but all the girls were working hard and  were able to force a succession of short corners , the second one ending with Zoe Henderson finding Liz Field to slot the ball home for the equlaliser .

Romsey midfield were working  hard with great running from Sophie Lawson and Ella Manger , however the IOW kept coming and the Romsey defence had to be at is best with great individual work from Molly Oakley and Antonia Luckhurst to keep the opposition out .

After good battling from Jess Grout and Clara Hackett Romsey found themselves back on the attack and were able to force an error from the IOW resulting in another short corner .  Liz Field injected and Zoe Henderson shot into the top left corner to take the lead.

Even though Romsey had the lead they could not settle it was end to end stuff , the IOW kept pressing and just before half time drew level.

The second half continued in the same fashion with end to end action , the IOW were awarded a penalty but Alice Dyer remained calm and made a great save  at the other end Zoe Henderson went on a great solo run and hit the post .

Disaster struck with ten minutes  to go ,the IOW scored to lead 3-2 . Romsey now poured forward with attackers Hannah Loran and Jess Whetren working hard .  A great piece of skill by Anna Roberts put Romsey on the attack again , even defenders Emily Procter and Molly Oakley were striding forward to help Romsey in attack.

Unfortunately Romsey ran out of time and the final whistle went and the IOW had won 3-2 .

Despite all the running the cup run was over , time to concentrate on the league as they say !

Player of the match was Sophie Lawson after a tireless display in midfield which took her end to end !

A great team performance from Romsey saw them dominate Trojans to win five nil.  The team lined up with Joe Williams in goal, Daniel Hodge, Owen South, Will Rossdale and Frederick O’Hara in defence, Thomas Hodge, Sam Attfield, Luke Walter and Sebastian Wells in midfield and Rupert Willes and Marcus Lake up front.  The starting Substitutes were Henry Allsopp, Harry Garton and Jack Jones.

Romsey started well with a good passing game keeping the ball wide and getting the better of the early midfield battle.  A great pass from Will set Sam on a run into the Trojans dee where a Trojan foot foul led to Romsey being awarded their first short corner.   The Ball was injected by Luke to Sebastian whose shot was saved but Romsey were awarded a second short corner.  This time the shot was just wide allowing Trojans to clear their lines.

Trojans then attacked down their left-hand side but were stopped by Daniel, in defence, who passed to Sam on the wing who fed the ball to Marcus who forced a save from the keeper.  The ball was cleared but not out of the Trojans 16 and Romsey were back on the attach this time Luke scored through heavy traffic from just inside the Dee. The rest of the first period carried on with Romsey pressure but the scores did not change.

Trojans started the second period with more intensity and the possession evened out, things started to go Romsey’s way again when Sebastian took a free hit and made a break into the Trojan’s dee resulting in a short corner to Romsey. The short corner was well defended and the match returned to a midfield battle, the only goal of the second period came from a quick break out from Romsey’s defence, Will found Sebastian after a good run passed to Sam in the dee, who slotted the ball past the Trojans goalie. Romsey continued the pressure with a run from Luke and were awarded with a short corner, but the Trojans defence held firm and the second-period finished two nil.

The third period started as the second finished, with short corners awarded to Romsey, and good defence keeping the ball out of the back of the net. But just as Romsey had struggled to convert the pressure into goals earlier, their luck changed, and the goals started to flow. After a typical run from Rupert up the wing, he passed to Sam who knocked the ball on to Marcus who was clear in the dee and he scored. Next it was Sam’s turn to receive the ball in a bit of space to score his second, then Thomas made a good run up the wing and into the dee, as the defence cleared the ball, they found Jack Jones on the wing who dribbled into the dee and scored, to make the result 5 nil to Romsey.

Romsey, putting out an almost full squad of 15 players, managed to hold on to win the match with the last touch of the game being a save from Joe Williams the Romsey Goalie.

It was a very even contest, with much of the match taking place in the midfield section of the pitch.  The first of 3 periods finished goalless despite shots on goal from Luke Walter and Jack Meehan and a short corner to Romsey.  At the other end the defence, including Owen South, Frederick O’Hara and Daniel Hodge, held well with Hamble only managing to force one save from the Romsey Keeper.

The second period started with a bang as Jack Meehan scored early, only for Hamble to hit straight back with their goal. After the fireworks of the first couple of minutes, normal play resumed with an arm wrestle in the middle with the wide players of Rupert Willes, Henry Allsopp, Will Rossdale, Harry Garton and Jack Jones making ground when they received the ball.

The third period started with the teams still level, Romsey had the better of the opening exchanges, but the goal to break the deadlock did not seem to be coming their way. The midfield player, Jack Jones, Thomas Hodge, Jack Wormgoor and Sebastian Wells push up to increase the pressure on the Hamble defence.  Jack Meehan had a shot cleared off the line, having gone around the goalie, Rupert Willes’s shot hit the goalie as he was scrambling back into position and at a short corner, Will Rossdale had two shots brilliantly saved.  Finally, the goal arrived, as Marcus Lake made a run from the edge of the dee to score the decisive goal.  From the resultant restart Romsey were determined not to slip up, but Hamble, a player down due to injury, wanted to claim a draw and with the last play of the game they came very close to succeeding.

Romsey U12 Boy’s held on for a thrilling win against Gosport Borough Under 12.  In the closing seconds of the match, Gosport were awarded a short corner, which, to build up the tension, had to be retaken as one of the Romsey defenders was deemed to have leapt from the goal line before the ball was injected by Gosport.  At the second attempt, all the Gosport team, bar the goalkeeper, filled the Romsey Dee meaning 10 players attacked against 4 defending.  To end the game as winners Romsey needed to clear the ball from the goal area, Gosport attacked as the rest of the Romsey players ran from the halfway line to help as Joe Williams in goal, Harry Garton, Jack Jones and Frederick O’Hara defending tried to clear the ball.  Gosport managed a shot at goal but it was too high and the game was won by Romsey.

The game started a little one-sided, as Romsey’s passing game meant that they had most of the territory and possession. Early runs for Luke Walter and Rupert Willes led to shots from Jack Meehan being well saved by the Gasport Keeper. The first Romsey goal came from a short corner, Romsey’s third of the match, Luke Walter injected to Marcus Lake who passed back to Luke who had run to the near post for a well-worked goal.  Gosport tried to hit back quickly with Romsey’s Goalie Joe clearing the line as a goal looked imminent, Romsey defence, including Henry Allsopp, making his debut, and Daniel Hodge managed to keep the ball was in Gosport’s half for the remainder of the first period which finished 1 nil to Romsey.

The second period started with more Romsey pressure as the midfield of Thomas Hodge, Owen South, Sebastian Wells and Harry Garton dominated possession.  The Gosport Goalie kept his team in the match as Romsey couldn’t find a goal that their pressure deserved.  Marcus Lake forced the Keeper to make several saves, Rupert Wills had three shots saved within seconds and then Gosport hit back with a length of the pitch attack that was stopped by Jack Jones running back as he clearing the ball from the Romsey Dee to the sideline. 

The second period may have finished goalless but the third period opened up with goals from each side.  For Romsey Marcus Lake, who was nominated as the man of the match, scored a well-fought goal having muscled his way past 4 defenders to increase the lead.  His goal was immediately cancelled out as Gosport scored from a short corner, won straight from the re-start.  Gosport soon scored again as a long ball downfield was slotted into the Romsey goal.  With the score at 2, 2, Jack Meehan was unlucky to have a shot deflected by the Keeper, as the ball looped onto the top of the Gosport goal.  Jack then followed up with another attack, forcing the keeper to save, but this time Marcus was lurking close to goal to score with a real poachers effort, picking the ball up from just behind the Goalie to score a simple goal.

As the match drew to a close the tension increased as Gosport mounted several attacks, which resulted in the short corner being the final play.

The U12 girls travelled to Trojans this Sunday for their 3rd game of the season, having just 11 players and no subs. The team was without 2 key defenders so several players had to step into unfamiliar roles. Strong performances from Molly K, Annabel C and Evelyn B helped the team to fend off numerous attacks from a well drillled Trojans side. Defending for much of the first third, the team produced some solid passing hockey, but were unable to capitalise on the attacking opportunities they had. Trojans had one extremely tall, skillful player who was able to outrun the Romsey defence and produce many hard struck shots on goal. 3 of these were on target and the girls were 0-3 down by the end of the first third.

Romsey played their best hockey of the season in the second third, dominating the game much more. Numerous long balls got through the Trojans defence to find Phoebe L, Issy  R and Olivia W. The girls passed the ball well producing some great attacking runs, but were unable to convert their chances into goals. However the constant pressure from the midfield and good defence from Charlotte A, Eleanor B and goalkeeper Anna L denied Trojans the opportunity to score and the second third saw no goals.

In the final third a tireless Mia A, now tasked with marking the Trojans centre forward, managed to limit her ability to get into the D, but could not prevent a couple of great shots from finding the target. Despite some suberb goalkeeping from Anna L, Trojans always seemed to have a player ready to pounce on any ball kicked away. Romsey were feeling their lack of subs, but kept pushing forwards. A final opportunity came at the end as Romsey were awarded an attacking short corner, but the final whistle blew as the team were judged not to have allowed the ball to go outside the D. The final score was 5-0 to Trojans, but this was probably Romsey’s strongest performance so far and the girls have much to be proud of.

Star player was awarded to Phoebe L.

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