Romsey u18 girls played local rivals Andover in the quarter finals of the Hampshire cup on Sunday. The team started strong, maintaining possession and piling the pressure on the Andover defence. Midfield trio Abbie James, Abbie Buxton and Jade Phillips transferred the ball well around the Andover defence, leading to a great strike from Phillips which found the back of the net. Romsey continued to dominate the first half and were unlucky not to score with some great shots on goal from Emily Williams and Rosie Middleton, taking them into half time with a 1-0 lead. After the break Romsey continued their good form, pushing up high into the Andover defence. Great defensive teamwork from Gabriella Hebert and Shiela Forbes at centre back denied the Andover attack any chance at goal. After continued pressure Romsey finally got their well deserved second when Rosie Middleton latched onto a rebound off the keeper and slotted it home. Romsey nearly made it three with a well thought out short corner, Hebert slipped the ball back to Phillips on the injection spot who then crossed it to the back post which narrowly slipped past the goal. Fantastic result and a great team performance putting Romsey through to the semi-final.

Romsey U12 girls hosted Haslemere at home this Sunday. Icy conditions delayed the start and meant the girls had to play on a shortened pitch. Haslemere settled first and proved strong on the break, scoring a couple of quick goals to put the visitors ahead. Mia Adams had volunteered to don the pads and play in goal this week for the home side. She did a great job demonstrating a good eye for the ball and a strong kick when defending her lines, but was narrowly beaten by a confident Haslemere attack. At the other end, the opposition proved to have an experienced goalkeeper who saved some early forays into the D by Romsey. The first quarter ended 0-3.
The team kept pushing forward and played some of their best hockey in the middle two quarters. Player of the match Liv Wahn combined well with Phoebee Corcoran and Neve Adams to push the play into their attacking half. The defence played much further up field to support the attack which meant Romsey dominated this part of the game. Unfortunately they could not translate this into goals as the players grouped too closely together and got in each others way. Some excellent defending by Zarah Marino, Susie Hughes, Anna Loadman and Charlotte Roberts kept the visitors from scoring during this period of the game.
After keeping a clean sheet for much of the third quarter a Romsey short corner was pounced on by the Haslemere defence who quickly broke up field catching the Romsey defence flat. A lovely pass to an unmarked player ended in another goal for the opposition. The girls’ heads dropped and they were quickly overwhelmed by several Haslemere attacks, which they translated into two more goals. The result was a disappointing 0-6, and a long way from their strong performance last week against Southampton. 

Romsey U12 girls played their second league match on Sunday, away against local rivals Southampton. The side started strongly in the first third with forwards Eleanor Blake and Katie Ryan combining well to get into the Southampton D and put numerous shots on goal. Southampton were able to deny Romsey only through some excellent goalkeeping and determined defence. The midfeld of Annabel Coltart and Grace French backed up the forwards with some great interceptions and passing, and Centre Midfielder Olivia Wahn showed her skills and fitness with numerous drives up the pitch. She crossed the ball on many occasions but the forwards were unable to take these chances. One of Southampton’s few attacks in this period saw a goal mouth scramble following a short corner which led to some great defence by backs Lily Pilinger and Zarah Marino as well as volunteer goalie Neve Adams. Unfortunately they were unable to keep the ball out of the goal and the side were 1-0 down at the end of the first period.

The second period saw Romsey continue with their domination of play. Newcomer Aimee Hills proved to be a very capable and confident sweeper and centre back Susie Hughes defended well, keeping the ball clear of the D and allowing the midfield to mount numerous attacks. Two other newcomers to the side Phoebee Corcoran and Olivia Wells played well up front, helping the side to maintain pressure on the opposition. Finally the pressure paid off as Mia Adams skillfully drove up the right of the pitch and crossed the ball to Olivia Wahn who calmly shot the ball into the back of the net to end the second period at 1-1.

The girls’ fitness and determination showed through in the third period as they successfully managed to enter the D and shoot at goal on many occasions. A goal seemed so close many times, only to go wide or be kept out by the Southampton goalie. On the counter attacks, Romsey proved their defence was unbreakable with some great tackles by Anna Loadman, who showed her versatility by playing several different positions during the game, which ended with a 1-1 draw. Overall it was an impressive and encouraging display from the team and they should be justly proud of their teamwork and perseverance.


A new look Romsey U12’s Boys, fielding 3 debutants of Marcus Lake, Sebastian Wells, and Owen South put in a good team performance against a strong Trojans side to winning 2 nil.

The first period started well for Romsey with Marcus Lake making a strong run up the wing leading to a period of pressure that led to Jack Sluman scoring an early goal. Trojans tried to hit back quickly but were thwarted but some good Romsey defence, George Coltart put in two strong clearances before a third Trojans attack led to a short corner being awarded. Romsey survived due to the defending of Archie Davis and Jack Jones and then Will Rossdale made a good run on the other wing putting the pressure back on the Trojans goal. As the first period came to a close, Owen South marked his debut with strong running causing problems in the Trojans defence, and Romsey were unlucky not to extend their lead as Will Rossdale had 2 shorts agonisingly wide.

The second period was a more evenly fought contest, with short corners being awarded to both teams, but neither team managed to work the ball past good defences.

Romsey started the final period with plenty of energy as Jack Meehan and Luke Walters combining well leading to a period of pressure where Romsey were awarded 3 short corners. As before Romsey’s shots went wide of the target and Trojan weather the pressure without conceding. The game then went up the other end of the pitch as Trojans had their best period of the game, Romsey’s Goalie, Oliver O’Hara, made some great saves coming out of his goal as Trojans attacked. The defence worked well and kept all the Trojan shots out and then, as the ball was cleared, Romsey mounted a counter attack. This time the midfield pairing Sam Attfield and Sebastian Wells linked up, l putting the pressure back on Trojans, Romsey were awarded a short corner from which Jake Sluman scored his second, to put the game beyond Trojans.

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.

Romsey Boys U12’s continued their winning ways, with a well fought 2 goals to one win over Southampton. The first period was fairly even with play moving end to end, Romsey had the better opportunities, winning 3 short corners but stout Southampton defense prevented them from scoring. At the Romsey end a strong defending from the back 3 of Jack Jones, George Coltart, and Freddie O’Hara prevented Southampton from scoring or being awarded any short corners.
The second period saw a more dominant Romsey break the deadlock when Charlie Westmacott scored with a cheeky flick past the keeper. Will Rosedale was unlucky not to score before Jack Sluman scored the second to capped a joint man of the match performance. Southampton were fortunate not to concede more as Archie Davis, Jack Meehan and Charlie Westmacott all had shots stopped. At the other end, Southampton had their best attack cleared by a brave clearance from the other joint man of the match George Coltart. The second period finished 2 nil to Romsey.
In the third period, Southampton were difficult to break down, they defended very deeply with most of the team behind the ball and only attacked on the break. Romsey’s midfielders Luke Walter, Sam Attfield, Thomas Norman and Will Rossdale, kept the pressure on Southampton before Jack Sluman was unlucky to have a shot stopped. Jack then ran back and managed to clear the ball from Southampton’s break up the field. Romsey’s goalie Oliver O’Hara twice made good saves when Southampton broke and managed a 2 on 1 with the keeper. Southampton eventually scored from their only shot corner of the match to set up a nervy finally few minutes as Romsey managed to hold on for the well-deserved win.

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A superb all round effort from all of the players on a very cold Sunday morning earned Romsey the points to top of Division 2.

The result was all the more remarkable as the team included 4 lads making their debuts and over half the team coming up from the Under 14s. The team was further weakened by an injury to Felix in the warm up, meaning there were only 12 fit players at the start of the match.

Romsey dominated much of the possession with  man of the match Ben Davidson, Elliot Collyer and Morgan Robertson running the show from central midfield with wingers Will Gent and Matt Loveday causing problems down both sides.  Much of the attacking came via the wide positions and the Hamble keeper made multiple saves from Davidson, Roberson and debutant centre forward Will Richie.  Hamble were dangerous  on the real and Noah Cooper and Will Richards, also making his debut, had much to do. Although keeper Hal Cross made some excellent saves Hamble scored a scuffed goal to go in 1-0 at half time.

The second half belonged even more to Romsey and matt Loveday equalised and Morgan Robertson scored twice with drag flicks from short corners. The last 5 minutes was all played in Romsey’s half and Cross and his defence somehow kept the ball out of the net, despite facing several short corners.

 

 

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.

Romsey U12 girls played their first league match of the season at home to Aldershot and Farnham on Sunday. Not having a full time goalie, we drew lots and Annabel Coltart was the unlucky player who had to don the kit. She did a fantastic job, having never played in this position before, making some fine saves. The young team started out well, making some good attacking moves through midfielders Katie Ryan and Liv Wahn. Forwards Neve Adams and Eleanor Blake managed to penetrate the D on several occasions, but the Aldershot goalie was quick off her line and made some good saves. Aldershot counterattacked and managed to put our defense of Charlotte Akerman, Lily Pilinger, Zara Marino and Susie Hughes under a lot of pressure. The girls did well to clear the ball away on numerous occasions but one got through and the visitors pulled ahead. However Romsey kept their heads and soon scored an equalizer from a cleanly struck shot by Liv Wahn.

The Aldershot girls were undaunted and kept up the pressure, attacking strongly down the middle of the pitch. The Romsey defence were caught out of position and the visitors were able to score several goals in quick succession. By the end of the first third, the score was 3-1.

After a quick team talk, the game resumed with Charlotte Roberts coming in as a forward and Molly Knapman showing her versatility playing out of position in midfield, where she did a great job both attacking and defending. Anna Loadman also came on in defence, putting in some strong tackles. Despite this and strong defensive work from all players the opposition proved too strong and managed to score another 3 goals. Romsey kept fighting back, never once giving up, but could not manage to threaten the Aldershot goal.

The final third saw a much stronger performance from the home side. Defensively they managed to keep a much better shape and the midfield were able to spread the ball wide and attack down the wing through Grace French, Neve and Mia Adams. They were unlucky not to score, and managed to prevent Aldershot from finding the back of the net, so the game ended 1-6 to the visitors.

For many of the girls, this was their first experience of an 11 a side game on a full size pitch. They should all feel extremely proud of themselves for their determination and performance against a stronger team that undoubtedly had more, older players with experience of this format of the game. Thank you also to Ladies 3rd XI players Lisa Morgan for umpiring and Jess Jones for support.  

 


A second great performance from Romsey as the came out convincing winners against a strong Gosport Team.
The first period started off with some fine attacking play from Romsey with Jack Sluman on the wing stretching the Gosport defence, Romsey were awarded 2 short corners, but good defence and goalkeeping kept the score nil all.
Gosport’s first meaningful attack led to a two on one with the Romsey keeper Oliver O’Hara standing tall tackling the player and clearing the ball out of the dee.
Romsey was soon ahead after a 3rd short corner led to a goal scored by Jack Sluman, this was followed by some impressive attacking from Thomas Norman who had his first shot saved and his second shot led to another short corner. William Rossdale scored from the short corner and Romsey looked dominant for a period of time, Charlie Westmacott scored a scorching goal with a powerful shot.
The first period ended with Gosport being awarded a short corner after some good attacking play, as the whistle had gone for the last play of the period Gosport were able to fill the dee with all of their players. A scrappy period of play led to a Gosport being awarded a goal through a very congested dee. The first period finished with Romsey leading 3 one.
Romsey started the second period with some fine goals, Charlie Westmacott scored again but this time showing off his skill with a reverse hit, this was followed by Thomas Norman delicately flipping the ball passed the keeper to score his goal.
The game moved quickly, with the majority of possession being fought over in midfield, where William Rossdale put in some good tackles and taking the ball up in attack. Sam Attfield had an impressive debut in midfield, he took the ball up to the dee on a number of occasions and was unlucky not to have scored. The lead was stretched by goals from Jack Sluman and Jack Meehan who performed the best goal celebration with a very impressive one-handed cartwheel.
Gosport attacked with confidence but struggled to find a way through the defence of Romsey. George Coltart, in defence, put in a man of the match performance he was helped by good performances from Jack Jones and Frederick O’Hara who both put in some strong tackles and kept Gosport at bay. The second period ended however with Gosport scoring a second goal, to go into the final period 8 two down.
The third period started with Charlie Westmacott going around the Gosport keeper to score his 5th, this was followed by two goals from Jake Meehan to complete his hat trick. Gosport hit back and scored their third and final goal. The midfield and defence were busy once more with some good tackling from both sides as the game went one way then the other, both teams were tiring but Romsey’s better passing game paid off with 2 quick goals scored by Luke Walter and a final goal from Charlie to seal a convincing win.

A competitive opening game of the season against Southampton ended 1-1 with Ben Davidson equalising for Romsey late in the first half after a tight opening 30 minutes. In reality although both teams had opportunities to score, the defences held strong and a draw was probably a fair result.

The Romsey team included a number of boys making their U16 debuts and Felix, Oscar, Matt and Will all put in a great effort, with a combination of determination, skill and pace.

The main thrust of Romsey’s attacking came down the right hand side with Thomas Edwards putting in a man of the match performance at right back (including knocking a goal bound shot one off the line)  and his fellow defenders Noah, Raul and Jamie also shone.

The Romsey goal came from a break away led by Matt Loveday who played in Morgan Robertson and Ben Davidson for the latter to sweep in the rebound.

 

This was a very one-sided match, with the game over as a contest by the end of the first period as Charlie Westmacott scored the first hat-trick of his 7 goal haul, and Jack Meehan opening his own tally on the way to his hat-trick. 

 

Salisbury were pressed by a strong midfield of William Rossdale, Jack Sluman, Luke Walter, Thomas Norman and debutant Archie Davis, who were dominant at the start of the match. In the first period, Salisbury only managed to exit their half 3 times, each attack was stopped by the defense of Thomas Dyer, Freddie O’Hara, George Coltart.

 

Salisbury started the second period with a much-improved performance and the game began to ebb and flow. Debutant Jack Jones came off the bench and was straight into the action with some important tackles as Romsey’s defense held strong. Normal service resumed with Jack Meehan, Charlie Westmacott and Thomas Norman all scoring.

 

The final period was similar to the second, with Romsey dominating possession and field position, however, Salisbury did manage a few meaningful attacks but Romsey managed to defend well without giving away any short corners.

 

Romsey’s Goalie Oliver O’Hara weathered the boredom of not being in the game and finished with an impressive stat of being the only player on the pitch not to have touched the ball.

 

The match finished with the home team winning by 11 goals to Nil.

Stuart and Dave will be running the Junior Academy sessions again this season at Romsey School. They will run every other Friday from 19:30 to 21:00 starting on 16th September.

The sessions will be ‘pay and play’, payable on the evening at £3.00 per player. The sessions are open to all players  – U12/14/16/18

The plan will be to coach specific skills ‘in depth’, working on the technical aspects and then moving them into game play situations. We hope to make the sessions intensive and they will be designed to stretch those attending.

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Don’t miss out on our new style junior development days!

Sessions for ages 7-14 to be run on Tuesdays: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th August, 10am – 15.30pm. These sessions are aimed at all levels.    13482797_1754905728055615_7802468567624952758_oSessions for ages 13-17 to be run on Wednesdays, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st August, 10am-15.30pm. These sessions are aimed at advanced players, JDC level or above. 13575729_1754904988055689_1933699440355998711_o

To book on to the camps please email rhc.camps@gmail.com

For further information please contact David Miles (Director of Coaching)

davemiles.rhc@gmail.com
07590515673

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

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

Romsey Hockey Club Awards 2015-16

Team Player of the Season:

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

Most Improve Juniors playing adult Hockey:

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

Romsey Hockey Club Awards:

Club Person of the Year – Emily Bradshaw

Penne Edwards Committee Person of the Year – Stuart Robertson



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