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Romsey ladies 2xi started well scoring an early goal after a spell of good work by Alex H running the ball into the D and setting up Charlie Bouche to score. The remainder of the half was very evenly balanced, both teams needing to step up a gear to secure a win.
After a stern half time team talk Romsey were the Ines who came out stronger to dominate play. After a string of short corners the pressure eventually told with Sarah M driving a loose ball into the goal. With Romsey’s spirits high and the final whistle looming Haslemere pushed players forward for a final attack. Their gamble backfired though when deep in Romsey’s defending quarter Haslemere turned over the ball and Romsey counter-attacked. Swift transfer play ended in a great run from Sophie L with the ball into the D and passing to Alex to score the final goal to secure a 3-0 for Romsey.

Romsey Ladies 2nd XI notched up a sixth win of the season to maintain their 3rd spot in Hampshire’s Div 3. It was a game of two halves; Romsey dominating the first 35. Although waterside looked dangerous on the break Romsey’s back line remain composed allowing just one threatening shot on goal. Meanwhile Romsey’s midfield and forward line took advantage of their better teamwork and skill securing a 4-0 lead at half time.
But the second half saw a transformed opposition, with a new formation and belief. Romsey were closed down quicker and had to defend deeper. Waterside effectively won the second half 1-0 thanks to a fast break and instinctive shot on goal but despite Romsey being unable to find the net again their win was never in doubt.

Romsey ladies 1XI travelled to local rivals Trojans for their first game back after the half term break.

Trojans 3XI were quick out of the blocks, and started piling pressure on the Romsey D. Romsey defended well in the opening 10 minutes, with centre midfielders Bethan Knights and Erica Jenner working hard to stop the Trojans players driving down the middle of the pitch. Romsey deflected the early pressure which allowed them to start to build some well worked spells of possession. Midfielders Emma Bouchard, Sheila F and Kate Moss linked up well in the middle of the field, passing the ball from one side of the pitch to the other. Romsey started to create some meaningful movement up front, with Kate Olingschlaeger and Emily Williams working hard to create space. Unfortunately Romsey were unable to capitalise on these opportunities, which allowed Trojans to build pressure and with a break down the left they made the most of some good team work and put the ball into the Romsey goal making it 1-0 at half time.

Romsey knew that Trojans would attack hard again in the second half, but they were positive in attack with Emma Beeching and Jenny P linking up well in midfield and up front, determined to create a chance on goal.

However Trojans worked well in defense and prevented Romsey from scoring any of the chances they created. In a flurry of short corners won by Trojans, defenders Liz Forbes and Gigi H supported goal keeper Ange Cryne to defend well, but unfortunately the continued pressure was too much for the defenders and Trojans converted one of their efforts to make it 2-0. Romsey didn’t let their heads drop, with Sophie Hurley driving the ball up the wing to create a chance in the Romsey D, but Kate O and Erica J were unable to get the ball into the Trojans goal. With the last hit of the game, Trojans won another short corner, which they expertly converted to make the final score 3-0 to the home side.

Romsey Ladies 1XI hosted Southampton 2’s hoping to improve on the previous weeks play. Southampton put some early pressure on the Romsey defensive line with Liz Forbes, Gigi H and Emily Slade working well to prevent an early Southampton goal. After an unsettling first 10 minutes, Romsey started to have longer possessions of play which allowed midfielders Sheila F and Emma Bouchard to gain confidence and start to push the Romsey team forward. Romsey optimised after a Southampton mistake in their own half, with a quick ball down the middle of the pitch from Bobs C to Kate Olingschlaeger, who dribbled the ball past the last Southampton defender. The Goalkeeper was quick to react and stopped Olingschlaeger’s shot, only for Emily Williams to pick up the rebound and put it into the Southampton goal past a defender who had got back to help. Unfortunately for Williams, the umpire spotted an infringement by the Southampton defender and awarded a penalty flick to Romsey. Erica Jenner stepped up and cooly converted the chance to make it 1-0 to the homeside. Southampton were not going to let this goal put them on the back foot and within minutes of Romsey scoring, they had converted one of their attacks and evened up the score line to make it 1-1 at the break.

Romsey built on the possession they had in the first half with Charlotte Jones and Jess Preece controlling the midfield line, moving the ball well from one wing to the other. Jenny P made some surging runs up front and drawing the Southampton defenders to the sides of the pitch. This allowed Kate Moss to utilise the space created and drive the ball into the Southampton D. Bobs C was unable to get a shot off in the D, but the ball found a Southampton foot resulting in a short corner for Romsey. The ball was received at the top of the D by Moss who slipped it to Williams who calmed swept the ball into the back of the Southampton goal to make it 2-1 to Romsey. With only 10 minutes to go, Southampton were determined to get something from the game, and with a flurry of short corners won, Romsey had to call on their defenders and GK Laura Kemp to prevent Southampton evening up the score. Romsey held out and secured all 3 much needed points.

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.

RHC Parent / Legal Guardian Information and Guidance

The document covers:

  • What can you expect from RHC?
  • What does RHC expect?
  • Who is the RHC Welfare Office?

Please take a few minutes to review the one page document; Safeguarding is a club wide responsibility.

Following a week of cancelled matches and training due to the frosty weather, the Ladies 3rd XI were keen to get back on the pitch. A 14 strong side faced Portsmouth & Southsea, currently placed fourth in the league and 8 points ahead. Romsey started well, putting some early pressure on the home side. However Portsmouth weathered this and started to find their stride, playing some composed hockey, especially through the midfield which they dominated for much of the game. Romsey were boosted by the returning Ladies 2s striker Ella P, coming back from injury, but a high cross from Anne H caught her hand and she was off the pitch, having started to provide some good control and opportunities going forward. Portsmouth’s midfield dominance provided them with many attacking opportunities and the Romsey defence had plenty of action including several short corners. However it was open play that produced the first goal for Portsmouth, surging forward in numbers and allowing a well struck shot to find the back of the net. Under pressure, Romsey struggled to link together, losing too many balls on the attack and a 2nd Portsmouth goal soon followed, for a 2-0 lead at half time.

After another poor push back, Romsey regrouped and started to penetrate the Portsmouth D more, producing a number of attacking short corners, one of which was converted by centre back Hilary A. The team started to believe in themselves and played some much better hockey. The midfield worked tirelessly to win back the ball and drive forward, with debutant and U16 Jess G playing a solid game and linking well with the more established players. This allowed forward Ruth M to find herself up close with the Portsmouth goalie and winning a short corner. A fantastic pass from Ella P found the youngest member of the team Grace M making a perfectly timed run and scoring her first goal for the team in style. Unfortunately Portsmouth came straight back, not tiring despite only having 11 players and finding plenty of chances up front. An unlucky goalmouth scramble saw the ball trickle frustratingly over the line. Romsey kept pushing forward to try for a late equaliser, but were caught out by an unmarked player surging into the D and scoring from a well struck cross.

Despite the final 4-2 scoreline, Romsey were buoyed by their performance, having scored 2 goals against a strong side and playing much better as a team. The whole game was also a pleasure to play thanks to the excellent umpiring at both ends – Thank You Nick W.

Romsey Ladies 1XI travelled to Basingstoke for an early morning game. Basingstoke started confidently, looking to build on their strong start to their return to Division 1. On a wet and bouncy pitch, Romsey tried to acclimatise themselves to the conditions, working the ball well from defence through the midfielders to the forwards. Kate Moss and Bethan Knights worked well in the centre of the pitch, distributing the ball out and working well to cover the direct moves that Basingstoke were making as they looked fierce in attack. Romsey worked well as a team, coming back to cover when Basingstoke made moves forward causing Emily Slade to make some committed challenges to break down the attacks. There were some promising attacks from both sides, with Emily Williams, Emma Beeching and Kate Olingschlaeger making runs up front and driving the ball into the D to try and get a shot off on goal. However, neither side could make the most of their chances, and the score was 0-0 at half time.
Basingstoke came out hard after the break, GK and player of the game, Laura Kemp was quick to drop to the floor and prevent Basingstoke from finishing off one of their direct attacks on goal. Romsey gained in confidence as they kept the home side at bay, with S.Forbes and Emma Bouchard working hard in midfield to try open up gaps in the Basingstoke back line. Romsey were determined to make the most of their penetrations into the D, winning numerous short corners. Erica Jenner stopped the ball at the top of the D and dribbled in towards to goal, causing the Basingstoke keeper to drop to the floor to try to prevent an attack. This allowed R.Cooper to slot the ball into the goal past the keepers pads with 8 minutes of the game to go. All Romsey had to do was keep their heads and try prevent a Basingstoke attack. G.Hebert worked relentlessly in defensive to ensure that Romsey finished the game 1-0 winners. A total of 8 players received players for man of the match, which sums up how much of a team performance this win was.

Romsey maintained their 4th position spot in Hampshire division 3 after coming away with three goals and a defensive a clean sheet against Haslemere on Saturday. Romsey’s goals all came from open play, testament to an attacking and confident team. It could have been more but Romsey, which fielded five new players, were unable to capitalise on 6 short corners. Haslemere were strong in midfield but rarely troubled Romsey’s experienced defence and their handful of shots on goal were swiftly dealt with by Romsey’s on-form keeper.

Romsey Ladies 3rd XI suffered a frustrating defeat at the hands of local rivals Eastleigh 2nd XI. Romsey started off well, producing some good attacking hockey, but were unable to capitalise on a few early chances, the only short corner for Romsey saw Hilary A put the ball just wide of the post. The game became very end to end, with Eastleigh attacking strongly and managing to get into the Romsey D, only to be denied by a solid defence, with Anne H clearing the ball off the line and some fine goalkeeping by star player Lucie W. The junior element of Romsey played well throughout, with Liz F and Emily W combining well in midfield on the attack, however the Eastleigh defence proved solid and quick to counter. Neither side were able to capitalise on their chances and the first half ended 0-0.
Only minutes into the second half, a ball crossed the D to a waiting Eastleigh player, who found the backboard with a well struck shot. Romsey kept up the pressure, producing more penetration through the midfield, but Eastleigh defence was solid, cutting out any ball that managed to penetrate into the D. A rare shot by Cat G hit the post and trickled in front of the goal, but there was no Romsey player to put it in the net. Eastleigh also kept pushing forwards and managed to grab a second goal from a ball across the D which found an unmarked player ready to pounce. The final result of 2-0 to Eastleigh was disappointing and the home side must do better to keep possession, get the ball into the D and produce more shots on goal.

 

Romsey were frustrated to come away with a 1-0 defeat against Havant 3a’s. Despite being the more attacking team Romsey couldn’t find their  final touch in the D and saw several shots either go wide or get blocked by Havant’s strong defence
In contrast Havant took one of their few goal scoring opportunities mid-way through the first half, sweeping a ball past Romsey’s keeper to go 1-0 up.
Romsey continued to push forward in the second half, with some piercing runs from Charlie Bouche and joint player of the match Sophie Lawson.

As usual Amy Edwards, the other joint player of the match, anchored the back line and in the final 10 minutes played up-front. Edward’s skilful play in the D successfully won a string of short corners but  Romsey’s final touch continued to fail them and the score remained 0-1.

Romsey Ladies 1xi travelled to Yateley for their first game after the half term break. Romsey started strongly, with good connecting play up the wings, building up play from the defensive unit of Liz Forbes, Emily Slade and G.Hebert. Despite the intense periods of attack, Romsey were unable to convert their early chances, with crosses from Emily Williams escaping the sticks of players waiting in the D. As the half progressed, Yateley gained in confidence and Romsey needed their keeper Laura Kemp to stop some attacks from the Yateley forwards. However, neither side could convert and the first half ended 0-0.

The second half saw Romsey come out strong again, willed on by the positive first half play, with Bethan Knights and Emma Beeching having some early attempts on goal. There was good attacking play from R.Cooper and S.Forbes in midfield, which resulted in the Yateley defensive being split. This allowed Kate Olingschlaeger to receive the ball in the D and slip the ball past the keepers near post to give Romsey a 1-0 lead.

This goal gave Romsey the confidence they needed, with Kate Moss switching the play from left to right and Emma Bouchard working hard in midfield to open up gaps in the Yateley formation. Romsey were positive in attack and won a number of short corners, which tested the Yateley defence, but didn’t result in a goal. With more attempts on goal Romsey won another short corner, which player of the match, Erica Jenner received at the top of the D, dribbled past 2 Yateley defenders as well as the goal keeper and put the ball in the back of the goal to make the score 2-0 to Romsey. Romsey then kept their heads after a late Yateley attack to see out the game 2-0 winners.

Romsey 2nd XI (1) V Yateley 2nd XI (3)

An injury and absence of key players were blamed for  Romsey’s ladies 2nd XI 3-1  defeat against Yateley 2nd XI. Despite a weakened team Romsey started typically strong with their signature possession play, controlling the first 20 minutes of the game. But a lapse in concentration and tricky bounce of the ball gifted Yateley a goal against the run of play.

Romsey were still confident and quickly came back with an equaliser – Elaine Gibson, blocking a Yateley clearance and slipping the ball to Verity Charlton who crossed it for Sophie Lawson to volley in from the post.

1-1 at half time and Romsey were confident of a win, but minutes into the second half and centre midfielder, Gibson took a nasty injury to her ankle forcing her to retire.  Romsey never quite regrouped, while they still looked strong in possession it was Yateley who were able to capitalise on their chances for a 3-1 win.

ROMSEY 2nd (2)  XI V WINCHESTER (2)

Romsey put on a great performance to draw 2-2 against what is expected to be their toughest opposition of the season:  Winchester who were demoted from Div 2.

Despite Winchester’s reputation,Romsey were determined to play their usual attacking game – a tactic which paid off when Romsey went one goal up within ten minutes,thanks to a great goal by Ellie Rowlings who made the most of a ball in from Lesley Humphreys.

Winchester’s well-organised midfield were thwarted time and again by a solid Romsey defence anchored by Alice Dyer, who had an outstanding game in goal. But just before half time, and against the run of play, Winchester made a break from deep in their half outnumbering Romsey’s defence for the first time and seizing their chance to level the game.

The second half and a second goal for Romsey courtesy of a cross from Charlie Bouche which was swept in from the penalty spot by Sophie Lawson, but Winchester upped their game and looked threatening. Romsey’s defence snubbed out several attacks and player of the match Amy Edwards who had an outstanding game, kept them in the game with an heroic dive on the line to save a certain goal. But a defensive error deflected a poor Winchester strike in the final minutes to end the game at 2-2.

Romsey 2nd XI (6) v Petersfield (0)

Romsey Ladies 2nd XI cruised to their second 6-0 win of the season when they played at home against Petersfield. Swift and decisive hockey characterised Romsey’s play scoring two goals within the opening minutes. The first saw Charlie Bouchard score a well placed goal after great work from Charlotte Swithenbank crossing from the right and then Sophie Lawson sweeping in the second from close range.
The third goal came after a period of complete dominance by Romsey, which finished with Elaine Gibson skilfully cutting into the D, checking her run and hammering home a great strike, wrong-footing the Petersfield keeper. Lawson pounced again from close range to finish the first half on 4-0.
The second half and Romsey continued to dominate. A moment of brilliance saw Amy Edwards find Bouchard who slipped it to Lesley Humphreys to calmly slot the ball passed the beleaguered keeper.
With the last strike of the game, Gibson smashed the ball high into the net completing the rout for Romsey.

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!

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