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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



announcement-megaphone-thumbnailThis year’s AGM will be on Monday 9th May at The Phoenix, Romsey.

BBQ buffet food available from 7:30pm AGM 8pm prompt start to finish 9:30pm (food free of charge, special dietary requirements please let Emily Slade know in advance – rhcsecretary@gmail.com.)

All club members are invited because we need your say on key decisions ahead of the 2016-2017 season.

The club has achieved greatly this season with 3 senior team promotions and our all time highest number of juniors reaching Hampshire and more! There is also so much to look forward to with building starting at Ganger Farm towards the end of May which we will gain a brand new pitch and clubhouse in 2017 as long as all goes to plan!

The club simply would not run without its committed and enthusiastic committee and we have two exciting opportunities to join it! As it stands the Ladies 3 XI captain has been snapped up and we have filled a new position already for Sponsorship Secretary.

But, “How do I become a part of this awesome committee team I hear you say?”

Well, you’re in luck because as it stands we have to vacant positions on the committee Ladies Club Captain and a Press Secretary (male or female). Want to know more? Feel free to ask the current committee members Becky Hutchins (LCC) and Emily Bradshaw (PS) or myself (Emily Slade) for further information about these roles and what they entail.

The committee meet once every 6 weeks or so during the season always on a Monday at the Sun Inn at 7:30pm and meetings are normally done by 9:30pm.

Looking forward to seeing you all the AGM!

Kind Regards

Emily Slade.

Romsey Ladies 3s (6) vs (0) Yateley 4s

Scorers: Gibson 3, McLeod 2, Gladstone

The Ladies 3s finished their season in style with a comfortable win over Yateley, leaving them 8th in the league and well clear of relegation.

Romsey dominated from the start of the game, with midfielders Sarah McLeod and Megan Bowles playing particularly well. Elaine Gibson opened the scoring with a powerful strike from the edge of the D, before Sarah McLeod added a second from close range. Shortly before half time Romsey scored again when Gibson provided a perfect cross for Cat Gladstone to hit a first-time shot from the top of the D.

The second half followed a similar pattern. Elaine Gibson added two further goals to complete a well-deserved hat-trick, but the best goal of the game came from Sarah McLeod, who picked the ball up in the centre circle and ran through the Yateley defence to score a brilliant goal late in the game.

This was a solid season first season on Division 5 and the team will be hoping for more of the same next year.

Romsey Ladies 1s (3) vs (0) Gosport 1s

Scorers: Williams, Bradshaw, Phillips

Romsey came out at full speed for the last match of the season away to Gosport.

Initial nerves affected the visitors play, with Romsey failing to capitalise on their chances in front of goal and living dangerously in defence.

Romsey were relieved to take the half time break 1-0 up after a neat attack down the left, leaving Shiela Forbes with space for a shot, through the legs of the approaching goalie but slowed by her trailing leg. Emily Williams was on hand to put it over the line to make sure of the goal.

The second half saw the visitors settle into their rhythm, and a calmer looking Romsey team found their passing game. In her last match for Romsey, player of the match Emily Bradshaw slotted the second goal after being fed in by a pin-point accurate pass from Jade Phillips on the right.

The season ended fittingly with a real team effort. Liz Forbes and Becky Hutchins used their experience and skill to win the ball in defence, and released Sheila Forbes down the wing. Youngster Forbes linked with fellow under 18’s, feeding Williams who hit the baseline with pace and pulled it back for Phillips to nail her shot in what was a beautiful goal to end the season on.

Romsey finish division 1 in 9th place and comfortably above the relegation zone. A tough season for the ladies 1s, but with a young squad and talented players coming through, next season looks very promising.

Romsey Ladies 2s (3) vs (0) Andover 2s

Scorers: Cooper, Humphries & Lawson

Romsey dominate in front of home crowd as junior players put on a stunning performance and get their names on the scoreboard.

Ladies 2 consolidated a season of solid performance with a 3 nil victory against Andover. Romsey took control from the onset, pressing high and driving the ball at the Andover defence. The adobes goal keeper had an outstanding match deflecting attack after attack from Romsey . However, a deflection from a short corner saw junior player Bobs Cooper reverse lift the ball into the back of the goal to give Romsey the initial lead.

It wasn’t long before Romsey forwards Humphries and Gilbert drove the ball again, the pair battling to break Andover defence and Humphries converted, Romsey (2) Andover (0).

Andover broke quickly in the second half earning themselves a couple of short corners but the experienced Romsey defence cleared the ball with easy. Player of the match Sophie Lawson skilfully speed past the opposition driving along the wing, battling for every ball before winning a short corner, and this scoring her first goal of the season.

Overall a tremendous game played by Romsey and a true reflection of the hard work and development throughout the season.

A massive thank you to Tom Greenwood who umpired this match on behalf of Romsey and to David Edwards the ladies 2 coach who has mentored and encouraged us throughout the season.

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The social committee are pleased to announce our annual end of season dinner and dance will take place on 14 May 2016.

The event will be held at the Edwards’ Farm near Romsey.

Jack Edwards Farm, The Causeway, Romsey, SO51 8HF

Warning: Sat Nav will take you to the Memorial Park!

This will be a black-tie event where we will close out a brilliant season with an even better evening which includes:

  • Hog roast with sides
  • Bar available until 12:30 a.m.
  • Luxury marquee with flooring and seating
  • WC facilities
  • DJ and boogieing potential
  • Outdoor sitting area
  • Limited space for overnight camping (BYO tent)
  • Feel free to bring wellies as well as smart shoes as it could be muddy
  • Please bring cash for the bar as there will be NO card facilities
  • Party games throughout the evening

This is event is open to all members and their parents or partners.

Patrons are invited to arrive from 6:00 p.m. Food will be ready for 8:30 p.m. which will be closely followed by speeches and presentations.

Buy your tickets

Tickets are priced at £35 per person and are available now from your team captain or manager.

Alternatively please purchase your tickets by contacting Emma Bouchard or Danny Miles.

The preferred payment method is by bank transfer direct into the Club’s usual bank account. Please amend the reference as suggested below:

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Account Number 00477449
Reference Member’s name EOS16 e.g. JSmithEOS16

Please contact Danny Miles or Emma Bouchard for further information.

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Save the date!

The end of season event will be held on 14 May 2016.
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This year’s evening event is at a new exciting venue with increased capacity.

The event is open to all members plus parents and partners.

More details and ticketing information will be announce in a few days… watch this space.

Ladies 1s (1) vs (0) Alton

Scorer: Hutchins

Romsey ladies 1st XI hosted Alton, in a match that could determine who would be relegated from Division 1. A win for Romsey would see them get clear of the relegation zone and the ladies in yellow were certainly up for the task.

Romsey played with determination and resilience pushing high into the visitors defence. The home side developed several good chances in the first 20 minutes, piling on the pressure but not quite finding the final touch.

Jade Phillips struck a beautiful shot to the left corner after a neat 1-2 in the D with Sheila Forbes, foiled by an impressive reaction on the line from the Alton defender. A less skillful action on the right hand post resulted in a penalty flick as Emily Bradshaw’s shot was blocked on the line by a foot. Unfortunately, Romsey couldn’t convert and Alton began to mount some attacks of their own.

Romsey’s amazing defence prevented Alton from scoring on a couple of occasions as the half drew to a close, with Liz Forbes and Gabby Hebert blocking potential shots, and youngster Georgie Pugh in the pads cleared her lines when required.

The teams went into half time with no score, and after an inspiring half time team talk, Romsey came out ready to fight for their division 1 status.

Romsey started the second half well in what was a very controlled passage of play for Romsey, the ball was transferred around the Romsey back-line. The calmness percolated through the team and the passing was crisp through the field as Romsey closed in on the visitors goal. Romsey won a short corner and this time made it count. The shot was rifled in, and player of the match Becky Hutchins was quick on the post to knock the ball past the keeper giving Romsey the lead.

Alton, also fighting for their chance be in division 1 next year, retaliated with everything they had. Romsey continued to work hard to the finish, keeping out several tense defensive short corners and playing the game out.

With much of the possession and chances, Romsey deserved the victory, and although would have liked to convert a few more chances, ultimately were delighted to take the three points. With New Forest losing, Romsey are now safely in Division 1 for next year.

Ladies 3s (5) vs (6) Havant 4s

Scorers: Gladstone 5!!

Romsey ladies 3rd XI traveled to Havant with a slightly depleted team of only 10 players.

Romsey made lots of good passing to begin with but it was the home side who scored first. Romsey reacted straight away with Cat Gladstone nabbing an equaliser with a great goal.

Rosie, playing as stand-in goalie, made some great saves against some hard strikes, but by half time it was 3-3.

Half time saw Izzy jump into the goal kit for the second half and both teams battled up and down the pitch.

During the last quarter the Romsey players were getting very tired and Havant managed to get 6-3 up.

To their credit, the visitors from Romsey kept battling. Some great tackling from Elaine Gibson and Rosie in the middle with Megan supporting on the right. Romsey managed to find another couple of goals, taken by the on target Gladstone. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough for a point, but a very impressively fought game ended Havant 6, Romsey 5.

Romsey 2 (1) vs Aldershot & Farnham (1)

Scorers: Edwards

Aldershot & Farnham travelled to Romsey in a 4/5th place clash: a match that always promised to be competitive, feisty and undecided until the final whistle.

An evenly matched game saw the ball to and fro from team to team with both teams pressing high, trapping the balls and pressurising the opposition. However, it would be Aldershot & Farnham who would take the lead; attacking the Romsey defence. Strength and teamwork saw Romsey clear the ball away but a deflection from Aldershot gave the visitors the lead.

Never the less the Romsey midfield retaliated driving the ball continuously into the Aldershot half. Player of the match Tilda Bryant skilfully cruising down the wing and feeding the ball to the Romsey forwards.

A short corner moment before half time saw Romsey equalise with a straight strike from the top of the D clattering into the back of the goal, powered by centre back Amy Edwards who came forward for the corner. Romsey (1) Aldershot & Farnham (1).

The second half saw end to end action with both teams battling for possession and a chance to take lead. Short corners were won and remained unconverted with the final whistle confirming a draw.

A massive thank you to Peter Lloyd who umpired this match on behalf of Romsey.

Yateley 1s (2) vs (0) Ladies 1s

Scorers: –

Romsey travelled north to play Yateley in a meeting that promised a tough game against a well organised side. The visitors had a terrible start, losing the ball and a quick attack and short corner for Yateley resulted in an early goal.

Romsey got themselves together and in a more organised manor started to step up their game. Emily Pitt-Pitts and Jade Phillips found some joy up the right wing as they interchanged passes to build the attack. Romsey had their chances, finding their way into the D on a several occasions; Emily Williams came close but her shot was smothered by the goalkeeper, Emma Bouchard saw her shot blocked, and the usual Bradshaw-Olingschlaeger link up in the D saw the shot fly agonisingly wide of the far post.

After much of the possession and nothing to show for it, Romsey had a short lapse of concentration. Two minutes before the end of the half, Romsey failed to clear a short corner, and Yateley doubled their lead with a deflection just in front of the keeper.

Romsey, feeling disappointed at the scoreline, came out for the second half with renewed vigour. Romsey got on the attack and put pressure on the Yateley defence, winning a handful of free hits around the D and a couple of short corners. Unfortunately, Romsey couldn’t convert and Yateley.

Yateley also had some decent chances of their own, with Romsey keeper Laura Kemp having to react quickly to make saves, playing an important role as the last line of defence.

The game ended at 2-0 to Yateley, with Romsey rueing their missed chances. Despite the scoreline, the game was very competitive and well balanced, ultimately coming down to who took their chances. Romsey showed a high level of teamwork and togetherness that was reiterated as four players shared the player of the match vote; Goalkeeper Kemp, Bradshaw, Sheila Forbes, who was constantly working to make herself available in the middle of the pitch and Gemma Simpson making decisive tackles in the back line.

Romsey ladies 1s (1) vs (0) Winchester 1s

Scorer: Slade

Romsey had an extravagant win against local rivals Winchester, who sit 2nd in league table. From the outset, Romsey got at the visitors, finding space to pass deep inside the their defence. The home side found joy up the wings with Emily Pitt-Pitts working well with Jade Phillips to get in behind the left back.

After a few speculative crosses across the D, Winchester were really on the back foot. An ephemeral lapse in concentration allowed Emily Bradshaw space to get into the D and sweep the ball in across the face of the goal, where Emily Slade came in like a rocket powered ninja, sliding at full stretch to put Romsey ahead. The goal was supreme and well deserved as Romsey held much of the first half possession.

The second half saw Winchester reorganise and came out fighting to get back into the game. The visitors won a few short corners, but couldn’t break through the Romsey defence, with Gabby Hebert and Liz Forbes blocking shots, and Laura Kemp in the pads clearing any loose shots.

Romsey made chances in the 2nd half, grabbing a few short corners of their own. The best where Phillips smashed an incredibly clean strike goal ward, only to be denied by an equally incredible touch from the goalkeeper.

The game got a little scrappy as the second half progressed, as the visitors were desperate to find an equaliser, and Romsey had to work hard to close the attacks down.

Romsey got a little rest-bite when the visitors felt the pressure and failed to display the appropriate levels of discipline, receiving a card and temporary suspension from the game.

Romsey came close to doubling their lead through a breakaway counter attack, with Erica Jenner making up a lot of ground to get into the D. The Winchester keeper was alert to the danger, and did well to close down the ball to deny Romsey the shot, and cover the follow up from Emily Williams.

A great result for Romsey, which was hard fought and well matched game. The 3 points help Romsey squirrel up the table in their attempts to avoid relegation.

Mixed Cup Round 2:

Eastcote (2) vs (1) Romsey

Scorer: Hendy

After a fantastic first round win against Isle of Wight, the 2nd round draw saw Romsey set up to play away against Eastcote in north-west London. Eastcote would provide tough opposition, as an experienced mixed side who were semi-finalists in last years Trophy competition.

With players from all seven adult teams involved, Romsey’s line-up was a fantastic reflection of the whole of Romsey’s senior section. It was fitting therefore that Romsey’s new away kit was donned for the first time, kindly donated by our sponsors Solent Plastics. In what is probably a club first, the entire squad took to the pitch wearing the same kit, and looking the business.

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Mixed Team; looking stunning in new away shirts!!



The home side started with a flurry, throwing everything at Romsey. Lukasz Suluja in goal was awarded player of the match thanks to some incredible saves from vicious shots from Eastcote forwards.

Romsey started to find their way forward, with Dave Edwards and Danny Miles leading the way in the midfield, distributing the ball getting everyone involved.

Romsey had a couple of good chances in the first half, with Dave Edwards bursting forward, finding time at the top of the D, but not quite the accuracy. And veteran striker Carl Hendy came agonising close to the equaliser as he uncharacteristically shot over the bar after a melee in the D.

It was Eastcote who found the opener, breaking quickly and finding a free player on the left who smashed in an impressive reverse stick strike to take the lead.

The second half saw Romsey earn a few more chances. Lewis Birch made a couple of tidy weaving runs, turning the defenders inside out and drawing the fowls. The resulting short corners weren’t converted but were a show of intent from the visitors. Miles went close with a flick, Colin Harwood’s shot was blocked and Ruth Manners’ had her shot cleared away.

Lesley Humphreys was tenacious in her efforts up and down the right wing, as she provided powerful crosses into the danger area. Becky Hutchins and Loz Scott turned defence into attack, making tackles and then developing the play up the left.

Romsey found a goal after Emma Bouchard received the ball deep in the Eastcote half. She dodged a tackle and passed into Emily Bradshaw at the top of the D who slid the ball through to the P-spot. Carl Hendy was straight on it and made no mistake, playing it past the keeper to equalise.

Eastcote found another gear and came back hard at the visitors. Romsey were pinned back, with Tracy Nicoll and Bethan Knights working hard to close down the attacks from the wings, and Ben Butcher and Loz Scott putting in a real shift to back them up with well timed tackles.

Eventually Eastcote won a short corner, and took the lead again with a drag-flick into the top of the net.

Despite the result, Romsey can be proud of their efforts as their first foray into the England Hockey Mixed Cup competition comes to an end. Captain Tracy Nicoll said ‘everyone really came together and worked for each other today. I’m really proud of how we’ve represented Romsey HC, and we are already looking forward to getting even further next year.

Romsey would like to thank our away kit sponsors Solent Plastics for helping us to look awesome.

We’d also like to give a massive thank you to our mini-bus driver, photographer and chief bellower Phil Humphreys for his fantastic support and getting us safely back to Romsey.

Basingstoke 2s (4) vs (0) Ladies 1s

On a blustery Saturday, Romsey ladies 1st XI travelled up to Basingstoke for a tough game. The play started slowly, however Romsey quickly adjusted to the new pitch and conditions keeping possession and making strong attacks up the wing from Kate Olingschlaeger and player of the match Jade Phillips.

Unfortunately after 20minutes, Basingstoke made a lucky break and even with Ange Cryne in goal performing brilliantly with three consecutive saves, the opposition flicked it over to open the scoring.

Two more goals quickly followed for Basingstoke, slightly dampening Romsey’s drive. The second half came, and Romsey rallied with some great stick skills from Shelia Forbes and transfers along the defensive line between Erica Jenner and Gemma Simpson.

Although Romsey won several short corners from Emily Bradshaw’s agility, none were converted largely thanks to Basingstoke’s keeper having a fantastic game.

Basingstoke got one last lucky goal and the second half finished with Romsey still holding a significant portion of possession and making many drives at the goal. Becky Hutchins had a phenomenal performance throughout the game and keeper Cryne showed her class making brilliant saves and providing great support to urge the team forward.

Ladies 2 (3) vs (0) Winchester 3s

Scorers: Hurley, Gilbert, Humphrey

Romsey ladies 2s remain undefeated on home soil as they secured a 3-0 win against local rivals Winchester. A damp morning at Romsey saw the ladies 2 put their training into practice and play a new formation, pressing high.

Winchester had first push back but Romsey pressed hard and dominated the play from the onset, driving tirelessly at the goal and resetting with haste when they lost possession.

After several attempts at scoring Sophie Hurley, player of the match would give the home side the lead, driving down the wing, along the baseline behind the defence and ultimately the keeper, Romsey (1) Winchester (0)

Seconds into the second half the ball was driven by Kate Moss, returning from injury, slid the ball into the forwards where an injection from the top of the D was converted by Anna Gilbert to give the home team a 2-nil advantage.

Winchester nevertheless were undeterred and counter-attacked aggressively making successive attacks on the Romsey defence and even winning penalty corners. Romsey defence stood hard and with all players but centre forward Lesley Humphreys defending, a perfect opportunity for a break arose.

The ball was powered to Humphreys who drove hastily tailed by a Winchester defender and made the most of the one-on-one with the keeper, with a straight strike from the top of D in the corner of the goal, Romsey (3) Winchester (1).

The high press formation encouraged some tactical play with Romsey defenders Maree Welch and Tracy Nicholl both driving into the D and having shots on goal.

A thoroughly deserved win, and proof training has results. Coach Dave Edwards was very satisfied with the result and even more pleased at the way the team had implemented the tactics.

A massive thank you to Dave Miles who umpired this match on behalf of Romsey.

Romsey Ladies 2 (0) vs (4) Havant 3a

Romsey were defeated in a frustrating match at HMS Dyrad.

First push back saw Romsey dominate with possession from the onset with player of the match Sophie Hurley driving down the wing with the help of Bobs Cooper. It wasn’t long before Romsey took their first strike at the Havant keeper but they were unsuccessful.

Havant retaliated and drive fast and with a straight strike from the top of the D took the lead. Moments before half time Romsey look set to equalise with a short corner to Sophie Lawson, converted by Ella Palmer. However, frustratingly it hit a Romsey foot before the conversion and was disallowed.

Undeterred Romsey went into the second half fighting. Never the less Havant were to score again and again and again, with the home team taking the lead 4-0. Romsey young keeper Georgie Pugh held her own with some incredible saves and fantastic evening sportsmanship.

Unfortunately, it was not Romsey’s day. Thank you to Peter Lloyd for umpiring this match.

Romsey Ladies 1s (1) vs (4) Haselmere

Scorers: Jenner

Romsey faced Haselmere at home, with hopes of moving up into mid-table. Haselmere put pressure on Romsey early, scoring from a break away in the first 10 minutes. Romsey regained their composure, started to fight back resulting in a short corner which was saved well by the visiting keeper.

The rest of the first half was end to end stuff, but repeated stick tackling by Haselmere defenders on Emily Bradshaw in the D awarded Romsey a penalty stroke. Captain Erica Jenner converted, powering into the goal with the keeper making a touch, but unable to stop it rolling off her pads.

Romsey started the second half strong, maintaining possession well and pushing into the Haselmere half. Romsey were unlucky not to score, with several decent attempts on goal. Youngster Abi James made a fantastic break through the middle of the pitch and found player of the match Emily Williams unmarked in the D. A super short corner routine masterminded by the determined Jade Phillips prompted a good save from the goalkeeper, and an even better follow up save to quash the rebound shot.

Whilst Romsey struggled to convert, Haselmere found the net after a series of shots on the break which lead to three goals in quick succession.

Romsey kept fighting to the finish but the damage had been done, and Romsey were unlucky to come off the pitch with a disappointing 4-1 scoreline.

Romsey Ladies 2s (2) V (1) Southampton 3s

Scorers: Palmer, Humphreys

Romsey ladies 2nd XI confidently took three points on home soil against local rivals Southampton.

A strong attacking start saw Romsey dominate possession from the on-set with player of the match Gigi Herbert defending valiantly and driving hastily up the wing to support the Romsey forwards. However, unable to convert Southampton soon began to take advantage with some breaks of their own.

As the half time whistle went the game remained goal-less. However, Romsey aggressively took possession within seconds of the second half with Bethan Knights and Lesley Humphreys driving into the D. Knights strike was unsuccessful but a touch from Humphreys and a deflection from a Southampton stick saw Romsey take the lead.

Southampton determined to equalize defended hard and made the most of every ball, taking free-hits early and driving down the wings. Nevertheless Romsey made a second break with strike from Ella Palmer giving Romsey a 2-0 advantage.

Seconds before the final whistle Southampton won a short corner, which they successfully converted with a text-book finish to make the final score 2-1 to Romsey.

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