This year’s AGM is at 7:00pm at The Phoenix Pub, Romsey on Monday 12th June – Monday after the End of Season Do!

Here we will discuss the agenda which is in the process of being established when formalised the main discussion points will be about committee positions for next year, the following positions are available to ALL club members regardless of age!

  • Sponsorship Secretary: to hand over from Alex Budden who has made great resources this year but is unable to commit to another year due to work commitments.
  • Social Secretary: after two excellent social years Emma Bouchard is stepping down, we look usually to have two members in this role ideally one representative from the ladies and another from the mens side of the club.
  • Ladies 2XI Captain : following Bethan’s amazing three years as captain she is stepping down.
  • Ladies 1XI Captain: a role which is being adapted slightly from Erica Jenner who has done an ace job for two years.

If you are interested please contact the people named in the roles currently. Colin Harwood as Club Chairman and also Emily Slade as club secretary could also enlighten you on the roles.

The roles have got flexibility in terms of how many people do them and what you do with the role. The main stipulation is you attend as many of the committee meetings as possible; these are usually held about every 8 weeks during the playing season.

Our committee are integral to the running of the club and to keep it moving forward whilst bringing the club together as much as possible. If you could let me know if you are interested please contact me prior to the AGM.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Hog Roast and Awards Evening

When: Friday 9th June 2017 – 7pm ’til late
Where: Crossfield Hall, Romsey

Arrive from 7pm.

Bring you own …

All tickets must be purchase prior to the event.

Invite open to all families and parents.

£25 per ticket

Purchase tickets via online banking for free raffle ticket – please use reference “your_surname 2017EOS”

Here are some key dates of upcoming events:

  • Sunday 30th April – Junior Awards
  • Monday 1st May – U16 Hampshire Cup Final @ Fleet and Ewshot
  • Sunday 14th May- Romsey Relay
  • Saturday 20th May – Hockey Fun Day
  • Friday 9th June – End of Season Hockey Awards
  • Monday 12th June – AGM
  • Summer – Ladies’, Men’s and Mixed Summer League

Details to follow.

It was a game of two halves. Romsey started strong getting in the opponents D within minutes. Rosie received the ball, passed it round the keeper to Elaine who pushed the ball into the goal. Romsey continued to apply pressure, with the midfield making lots of runs. Receiving a pass from Elaine, player of the match Ellie poached the ball from a member of the opposition in the middle, ran to the top of the D, shot and scored. In another break, Bethan ran the ball up the pitch, passed to Elaine and with the help of Lesley worked the ball around the keeper, with Lesley getting the final touch.

In the second half Havant came out strong applying pressure from the whistle, which soon resulted in them scoring. Romsey managed to hold off any further attacks resulting in a 3-1 win!

Despite a strong start by Romsey, Southampton got the 1st goal from a deflection just outside the  D into the air and tapped down over the keepers head into the goal. Undeterred Romsey continued with some great team play. Romsey coach Dave was quick to proclaim ‘silky skills’ Alice as she made her way up the pitch. Amy Edwards kept the Romsey side in  control from the back.
In the second half, Romsey’s powerful press had a great impact with Ellie Rowlings cutting out the square pass preventing Southampton’s defense to make quick progress.
Romsey on the hunt for goals were awarded a short corner from which a straight strike from Elaine Gibson was saved but rebounded into the path of Charlie Bouchard, player of the match, to shoot from the edge of the D past the keeper.
The play was in Romsey’s favour for the majority of the second half, seeing a space to run up the right,  Charlie took the ball and shot from a very acute angle, shocking the Southampton defense.
Southampton fought back hard but a solid Romsey defense kept them out leaving the final score 2-1 to Romsey.

After a few weeks of feeling things were very tough Romsey ladies 2xi came back with a win.
There was a positive feeling as the ladies started the match against US Portsmouth, with some good passing across the whole pitch Romsey took the upper hand. With several chances being thwarted by the US goalkeeper Romsey kept battling. US Portsmouth had a break resulting in a short corner which Romsey dealt with smoothly by Liz Murray GK (out of retirement)and then replied by Tilda Bryant receiving the ball just outside the D, moving around one player to give the ball to Elaine Gibson who took a shot which went through the goal keepers legs to give Romsey the lead.
Having been dominant in the first half, Romsey continued to put pressure on US Portsmouth in the second half. Some beautiful passing from the back through midfield and into the D resulted in Verity Charlton  (player of the match)scoring past the keeper. Now  a very buoyant Romsey kept playing to their strengths, passing and keeping possession of the ball to gain a short corner from which a pass from the top of the  D to the left of the keeper was picked up by Charlton again to slot it into the goal. Romsey held on until the final whistle keeping a clean sheet. A great team effort. Score 3-0.

Unfortunately training tonight has been cancelled due to the pich being frozen. Current forecast suggests that this situation will not change so we have made an early decision to cancel.

Sorry to disappoint 🙁

On a damp and dreary day, Romsey hosted Southampton. The game started evenly with both teams getting into their stride, Romsey seemed to have the upper hand for a while but unable to progress into the D.
After a spell of play in the middle of the pitch, Southampton broke to pull Romsey defence apart and score a goal. First half finishing 1-0.
Second half started with Romsey looking the better side again and put pressure on Southampton and Charlie Bouchard narrowly pushing the ball wide of the goal. There was another push forward but only for Romsey to be denied a goal by the post. Several short corners came Romseys way but unable to convert any the game finished with the scoreline 1-0. Player of the match was Rosie who proved herself having come up from the 3xi. Next week Romsey are travelling to Havant.

On Sat 10 December 2016, at the Crossfield Hall RHC are holding the annual Christmas do! This is not an event to be missed! Tickets are £25, this includes a raffle ticket and food.

This year Natraj have agreed to still cater for us with the usual buffet but at the Crossfield hall, bring you own drink and enjoy an evening of dancing with a quiz and a raffle too!

The dress code is CHRISTMAS JUMPERS!

Everyone is welcome including juniors who play adult hockey, umpires and supporting parents. Get your tickets from captains now!

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Romsey made the short journey to their nearest rivals Winchester determined to push the joint leaders all the way despite missing 5 regular team members.

Winchester started the game with Romsey content to hold their press and let them play with the ball in their own backyard. Each time Winchester encroached into Romsey’s half they were forced back and after a turnover Romsey moved the ball swiftly finding Sophie Hurley on the right wing. Hurley ghosted into the D and sent the ball towards the far post where it was met by Erica Jenner sliding in to provide a deft finish.
Winchester soon responded with a well taken lead through a drag flick penalty corner routine that keeper Laura Kemp got a stick to but couldn’t  prevent the powerful shot from passing her.
Romsey began to keep more possession of the ball working it through defence and midfield nicely with Tracey Nichol linking up well with Emma Bouchard and Abi James. Just before half time Romsey lost a player to injury when the ball ricocheted into Emily Slade’s left cheek, with the ever capable Rebecca Hutchins slotting into defence the Romsey machine kept going through the gears.
At the start of the second half Winchester spied a breach in the wall and snuck through to score their second after some quick slick passing. Slade returned to the pitch with a nice black eye determined to exact revenge through victory. She started a move that again set Hurley free on the right. Hurley linked up with Jenner with telepathic precision allowing Jenner to get one on one with the keeper and after drifting to her reverse side Jenner smashed the ball home to even things up.
Winchester began to apply the pressure but Liz Forbes and Emily Pitt-Pitts lead the Romsey defence to hold out against the siege. As Romsey began to take back control Winchester scored again to take the lead. Despite Romsey fighting back with everything they had the luck was against them with the Winchester keeper making some good saves and a shot hitting the post.
Despite losing the game there were many positives for Romsey to take from this match and the skill on display was a feast for the travelling spectators, Romsey will be looking to take the full three points in the return fixture after Christmas.
Romsey Ladies 2nd XI (3) v (1) Havant Ladies 3A XI
Scorers: Gilbert 2, Cooper 1
With a score to settle following an unpleasant match on Havant’s home ground last season, Romsey went out fighting. The first 25 minutes of the game were all about Romsey’s skill, slick passing, running into space and notoriously solid defence. Romsey had a number of chances on goal, but some brave and skill full keeping by the Havant goalie kept them in the game.  Unfortunately a small lapse of concentration led to a Havant penalty corner, which despite her best efforts, stand in goalkeeper and joint player of the match Captain Bethan Knights, missed a save by millimetres putting the dominate side down 1 goal to nil. Romsey rallied round and quickly went back on the attack and following some great passing in midfield, Anna Gilbert put her first goal in the back of the net. This left the game at 1-1 at the end of the first half, with Romsey in control of play but needing more goals to take the win.
The second half started much like the first, and a following a great run and shot on goal by Alice Shoebridge, joint player of the match Bobs Cooper showed some incredible skill to pick the saved aerial rebound in the air bounce it on the end of her stick and into the goal, taking Romsey into the lead. Havant then upped their game and put Romsey under a period of significant pressure, but the defensive back line held their own and despite some nervy  moments kept their lines clear. The last 5 minutes saw Romsey get back into the swing of things, showing Havant how hockey should be played, and the final whistle ended on a penalty corner to Romsey, which was deftly converted into Anna Gilbert’s second goal of the match and a final score line of 3-1. Lots for the team still to work on but the Ladies 2’s are showing the league what they are made of this season!

Romsey 3s  (2-1)  Eastleigh 2s 

scorer Gladstone 2

The game started slowly and Romsey conceded an early goal. However as the game settled down the defence held it together and prevented Eastleigh from adding to their lead.  Star player Izzy Manuel who defended exceptionally well after a series of short corners along with Hillary, Ellen, Lisa and Steph. Goalkeeper Alice Dyer also made  several good saves in the first half.

Towards the end of the 1st half Rosie Middleton made an excellent run down the left wing to the back line,  pushing a prefect cross to Cat Gladstone who equalised to make it 1-1 at half time.

After a stern team talk and slight midfield re-shuffle at half time Romsey upped their game and were attacking well.  Jess Jones and Tasha Isaac played to their strengths with some great passing and communication up through the middle and Romsey came close to scoring several times. 

With 2 minutes to go Lisa Morgan made a brilliant pass from a long corner to Rosie, who then skirted around the Eastleigh defenders making a smashing cross to Cat who scored again!

The 3 subs on the sideline went wild and kept cheering all the way to the final whistle.

A great result again which makes it 5 wins from 5 matches!

Romsey started the game brightly looking to continue their fine run of form. With the guidance of coach Dave Miles from the sideline Romsey began to demonstrate some of the skills they had been working on in training dominating possession.

Romsey created a number of shooting opportunities but their strike force failed to take advantage of them, going into the break all level.
Emily Williams fired up the team at the start of the second half with a fearsome yell and determined to penetrate the oppositions defence Romsey stepped up their press, setting up camp on their attacking 23. Their unrelenting pressure soon paid off when Jade Phillips found Emma Bouchard loose in the D who finished the move with aplomb, timing her shot to perfection.
1-0 up and Romsey continued to apply the pressure and moments later secured their win with a play made at training. Erica Jenner cutting across the pitch with the ball before firing a pass to Kate Olingschlaeger who slid in to slot the ball home.
Romsey created several more chances and the ball hit the net again, Sophie Hurley lead the celebrations but unfortunately the goal was disallowed due to being hit from just outside the D.
A fine start to the season with 3 wins from 3 and with U18 star Gigi Hebert being awarded player of the game the future looks bright for Romsey, starting with the top of the table clash next week against local rivals Winchester.
Romsey Ladies 2nd XI (3) v (1) Havant Ladies 3A XI
Scorers: Gilbert 2, Cooper 1
With a score to settle following an unpleasant match on Havant’s home ground last season, Romsey went out fighting. The first 25 minutes of the game were all about Romseys skill, slick passing, running into space and notoriously solid defence. Romsey had a number of chances on goal, but some brave and skillfull keeping by the Havant goalie kept them in the game.  Unfortunately a small lapse of concentration led to a Havant penalty corner, which despite her best efforts, stand in goalkeeper and joint player of the match Captain Bethan Knights, missed a save by millimetres putting the dominate side down 1 goal to nil. Romsey rallied round and quickly went back on the attack and following some great passing in midfield, Anna Gilbert put her first goal in the back of the net. This left the game at 1-1 at the end of the first half, with Romsey in control of play but needing more goals to take the win.
The second half started much like the first, and a following a great run and shot on goal by Alice Shoebridge, joint player of the match Bobs Cooper showed some incredible skill to pick the saved aerial rebound in the air bounce it on the end of her stick and into the goal, taking Romsey into the lead. Havant then upped their game and put Romsey under a period of significant pressure, but the defensive back line held their own and despite some nervy  moments kept their lines clear. The last 5 minutes saw Romsey get back into the swing of things, showing Havant how hockey should be played, and the final whistle ended on a penalty corner to Romsey, which was deftly converted into Anna Gilbert’s second goal of the match and a final score line of 3-1. Lots for the team still to work on but the Ladies 2’s are showing the league what they are made of this season!

Romsey 3  V Havant 4

3-1

Not the best start with some poor marking and all a big sluggish from the whistle, but after Havant got a goal early on we stepped up our game, with some good passing and Rosie Middleton working hard on the wing.

We had a few chances up front with Captain Cat Gladstone and Ruth Manners pushing Havant defence but they prevented any goals.  With encouragement from the sidelines the team started to gel and with good communication got some great runs and a great moment  when Pam Mew and Ruth worked  together to push through Havant players but Romsey remained 1-0 down half time.

Feeling positive going into 2nd half Pam equalised after only 2 Mins!  Shortly after she had us all cracked up trying to leapfrog  over a player she was about to collide with!

16 mins in to the second half after a flurry of yellow tops, Captain Cat scored to give Romsey the lead.

We continued strong  in particular star player Ellen Saunders, who made some great tackles and drove up the sidelines  with Izzy Manuel. In the last few mins Sarah Macleod blasted a shot into goal making  the final score 3-1.

A special mention goes to Romsey’s dogged defence of Hilary Andrews, Anne Harding, Steph Andrews, Lisa Morgan and Ellen Saunders, plus Goalkeeper Alice Dyer, who went through the whole match without conceding a single short corner.

Romsey Ladies 2nd XI 2 – 1 Yateley Ladies 2nd XI

 

Romsey battle hard to earn 3 points for their first home fixture of the season.

After a solid start to the season Romsey Ladies 2nd XI went out to win their first home fixture of this season. Romsey started strong, completely dominating the first 20 minutes of play. A well-rehearsed press and brilliant team play put Yateley under some serious pressure, but unfortunately Romsey couldn’t convert this pressure into goals leaving the score at 0-0. Finally, after a solid period of play, the ball was cleanly worked up the pitch from the defence to midfielder Bobs Copper who ran it into the D and passed it across the goal to be calmly slotted behind the keeper by Ellie Rowlings. The rest of the first half was frantic as Romsey lost their formation and let Yateley back into the game. Some messy defending resulted in a weak goal from the Yateley team, making the score line 1-1 at the end of the first half, and definitely not a fair reflection of the passage of play.

After a strong team talk Romsey came out fighting, and although Yateley had upped their game, Romsey continued to dominate as they had in the first 20 minutes. Captain Bethan Knights had plenty of chances with strong shots on goal from the edge of the D, but the Yateley goalie was strong, and kept her line clear. As the minutes ticked away Romsey’s fight got stronger and there was an obvious determination that the team were not going to lose this match. Some great skills from Elaine Gibson, the Player of the Match, saw Romsey get a Penalty Corner with just a few minutes left on the clock. Romsey saw their chance and following a clean injection, Amy Edwards at the top of the D swiftly passed the ball to Sophie Lawson who used all her skill to stop it on the back line and pass it across the goalie to Bethan Knights who quickly pushed it passed a defender and into the back of the goal. The last couple of minutes Romsey defended hard and kept the ball away from their D, and created even more opportunities up front, with the game finally ending on two Romsey Penalty Corners that they couldn’t quite put it away. It was a well fought game that Romsey deserved to win, but that will see the team reflecting on their ability to finish their chances and ultimately score more goals.

Feeling buoyant after their opening game Romsey travelled through the storm to face Yateley, their first foray into the north this season.

Romsey started brightly and quickly took the lead when Erica Jenner latched onto the ball at the top of the D and sent a reverse stick shot towards the keeper. The defenders, either foxed by the bounce or dazed by Jenner’s new shoes failed to react and Jade Phillips glided in to gracefully slide the ball home.
Having taken the lead Romsey resolved to work hard off the ball and keep their press tight subduing any attempt at redemption by Yateley, and the pressure paid off with Emma Beeching intercepting a pass and bursting clear of the Yateley defence. The keeper saved and Romsey couldn’t capitalise on the rebound to extend their advantage.
Soon after this Captain Jenner found herself in the sin bin following a rash challenge on the halfway line. Yateley tried to push their numerical advantage but Romsey defence held them out with player of the match Laura Kemp making several crucial saves to go into the break 1-0 up.
The second half saw the umpires practising their card tricks with Emily Slade picking up a green then a yellow. Sophie Hurley making her first team debut also picked up a yellow, before Jenner suffering with FOMO joined in and sat off the last five minutes on a yellow card.
Romsey played most of the second half with 10 on the pitch resulting in several reshuffles with the ever flexible Rebecca Hutchins slotting into defence.
Outstanding defensive work by Romsey ensured that they kept their lead until the final whistle, showing a newfound grit and resilience that they were lacking last season, building on their confidence with two wins from two.

Geared up for a great game on the back of last week’s win, the ladies 3s were feeling positive and started strong with some great passing among the midfield and forwards. However, a strong, young Southampton midfield managed to get through the Romsey defence and score past goalkeeper Alice Dyer to take an early lead. Shortly, after Sarah MacLeod’s great run, passing to Cat Gladstone on the left who struck diagonally for the waiting Parminder Mew to calmly pop the ball past the Southampton keeper to equalize.

Romsey adjusted formation in the midfield for the second half and dominated, with Tash Isaac and Jess Jones dominating. They deservedly took the lead when Parminder‘s pass allowed Julie Evans to turn and shoot into the corner of the goal. Romsey’s defence was unbeatable.

In the last few minutes newbie Tabby looked to have scored only to have it disallowed because it skimmed her foot!!

Well deserved 2-1 win against a friendly and fairly evenly matched team.

All Romsey games this weekend  were preceded by one minute’s silence for one of Hampshire’s most loved and respected figures Roger Merry of Southampton HC 
Romsey ladies looked the more  skillful team by far in their second league match of the season against the newly promoted Haslemere. Despite Romsey pressing high up the pitch in the opening 15 minutes and enjoying most of the possession Haselmere’s defensive man-to-man marking scuppered several goal scoring opportunities in the first half
With the midway score remaining 0-0 Romsey changed formation, partnering Lesley Humphreys with Charlie Bouchard up-front – a  tactic which quickly provided Romsey’s breakthrough. Alice Shoebridge took a sideline ball high up the pitch, feeding it back to captain Bethan Knights who fired it into the D for Bouchard to sweep in from the far post.
Haslemere responded with a change of pace and broke through Romsey’s midfield several times although they rarely troubled Romsey keeper Georgie Pugh.
With just one substitute Romsey were under pressure but an outstanding performance player of the match Tilda Bryant and impressive play by newbies Rosie Middleton and Liv Berry helped ensure Romsey held on to their slim lead for a 1-0 victory.

Romsey 1s kicked off their new season in style with a victory against local rivals Trojans. Romsey started strong piling on the pressure and pushing deep into the Trojans defence and were unlucky to concede a rambunctious Trojans goal on the break.

Keeping their good form Romsey continued to dominate the game and were soon rewarded for their efforts after Emma Beeching won the ball and started a blistering counter attack exchanging passes with Erica Jenner before calmly slotting the ball past the floundering keeper.
With all being level at half time Romsey came out with renewed vigor and fight, determined to clench all three points. With the wingers squirreling the ball up the sidelines Romsey earned themselves a penalty corner. The ball was played out to Emily Pitt-Pitts who fired it back to Gabby Hebert who befuddled the keeper with her guile, giving Romsey the lead.
Romsey continued applying pressure till the end taking the victory and three points, a great start to the season.

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