Romsey U16 girls played New Forest On Sunday April the 28th 2019 in a straight shoot out for the league runners up position in the last match of the season.
The Under 16 girls Played Southampton at the sports centre on Sunday the 7th of April with the U16 Boys playing on the pitch next door.
It was a sea of yellow in the morning sunshine. Push back was at 10.45am prompt. Romsey got straight into their stride moving the ball nicely through midfield with Ella M and Tessa D combing well on the left.
Within the first five minutes Romsey were clearly on top with Clara H and Liz F bossing the midfield and a probing attack into the D resulted in the ball breaking out to the right where newly crowned (Most improved player of the season) Jess Grout had made a clever run towards the back post and as the ball came across she slotted it home calmly. 1-0!
Whilst Romsey were on top they had to be careful of the Southampton counter attack and their dangerous midfielder. However each time she got the ball in advanced positions the defenders Antonia L and Ellie E remained clam and did not jump in and waited for their moment to steal.
However a stick tackle in the D gave Southampton a Short corner. The injection was good and and the shot was hit true and fast and there was nothing daisy R could do to stop it 1-1!
After 15 Mins Jess G made a similar run to her first and took a lovely touch in the D and finished smartly into the corner 2-1! a Brace for Jess and Romsey back in the lead.
Not wanting to be left out Jess W was soon on the score sheet with her hard work paying off with neat work in the D and a precise finish to make it 3-1!
Romsey were now playing some of their best hockey of the season , the midfield was purring and Emily J and Clara H were picking out great forward passes to Anna R and Tessa D who were finding great positions up front.
This resulted in two short corners in quick succession and after a sighter Liz F stepped up for the second one which she caught perfectly and was soon greeted by the thud of the back board as the ball flew into the corner giving the keeper no chance. 4-1!
Halftime was approaching and Romsey were on top although a rare defensive slip let Southampton in on goal, katie S was doing her best to make it back on the cover , Daisy R took things into her own hands and came out from goal making a fantastic smothering challenge taking ball defender and attacker, great goal keeping!
Half time came and went , it was now a question of Romsey managing the game out. However Southampton made a strong start and within 10 mins got a goal back which gave them more confidence.
Romsey defence had to be on their mettle Alex O and Antonia L were getting to everything and were ably backed up by Katie S and Ellie E.
In Midfield Clara H , Ella M , Emily J and Jess W were working hard to plug holes and get Romsey forward which resulted in close efforts from Tessa D , Liz F and Anna R .
Although no second half goals came Romsey managed the game out well with a final score of 4-2 ,they richly deserved the win with their best performance of the season.
Victory was even sweeter as The U16 boys on the next pitch also won their match 4-1!
Player of the match Antonia L – Solid defending from the start to the finish.
Almost 100 junior members, their families, coaches and managers enjoyed a great celebration of the season on Saturday afternoon at Romsey School.
Everyone, parents included, were divided into team and they played a fun round robin tournament with a few special rules. No one could tackle a mini unless you were a mini yourself and extra points were given to each team by the umpires for sportsmanship at the end of each game.
In the end Rufus’s team pipped Noah’s side to the title and the winners enjoyed a box of chocolates to celebrate!
After the games came the BBQ, chef’s Simeon and Jo Field, Rex and Linda Taylor, Pete O’Hara and Clare Cooper coped brilliantly with demand and much food and drink was consumed. Thank you to everyone else that assisted and those that brought along the cakes.
To finish the season awards were given to each age group for their Player of the Season and their Most Improved Player. The winners were as follows:
|2019 Player of the Season||2019 Most Improved Player|
|U8 Boys||Zach Woodgate-Jones||Hamish Nicholson|
|U8 Girls||Cherry Cadge||Grace Gomarsall|
|U10 Boys||Jake Attfield||Ben Gladstone|
|U10 Girls||Caitlin Jupp||Clara Fuller|
|U12 Boys||Rupert Willes||Tom Westmore|
|U12 Girls||Katie Butson||Eliza Herbert|
|U14 Boys||Lorne Thomson||Harry Garton|
|U14 Girls||Hannah Procter||Sadie Franklin|
|U16 Boys||Rob Budden||Rufus Taylor|
|U16 Girls||Alex Orak||Jess Grout|
The Bonham Cup for the Most Improved Junior Player was awarded to Alex Orak who has excellent both in the junior section and playing for the ladies – she has gone from ladies 4s to end the season playing for the ladies 1s.
The Junior Club Person of the Year was awarded to Noah Cooper who, despite not doing Duke Of Edinburgh, still turned up to assist in coaching the minis every Sunday morning during the season. Well done, and thank you Noah.
The U16 boys and girls played Southampton at the same time this morning at the Sports Centre. Both teams won well – the girls 4-2 and the boys 4-1.
Great to see so much yellow success in the sunshine at the end of the season!
The last tournament of the season should have been a celebration of the season in the spring sunshine, but a combination of the clocks change and a cold wind made it tougher than expected for all. A full squad of regulars for the season, plus William playing in his second tournament and Rory making his debut gave the stand-in coach for the day a selection challenge in all games.
The team started strongly against Andover B, dominating the game but not getting close to scoring. The opposition were very strong in the tackle, sometimes putting anything in the way to stop the Romsey attacks. Eventually the pressure told and Zac crossed for Henry for the first, and they then combined again for the 2nd just before the final whistle with a very sharp first time finish from Zac. A 2-0 victory was a solid start.
The second game was against Trojans B who were a shadow of the A team that were held to 1-1 in the previous tournament. Zac was properly warmed up with an appetite for more goals to add to his season’s tally with 2 more goals scored quickly after the start. Hamish began to win tackles in midfield and showed real pace down the right escaping tackles before scoring at the near post. Trojans struggled to keep the ball with Cherry particularly showing awareness to look up and pass after winning tackles. The early goals enabled plenty of substitutions and Rory made his first appearance for the team. After a rest on the sidelines, Zac came back on to score a 4th which was the final result.
Southampton B only turned up with 5 players causing too many selection headaches for the stand-in coach as I agreed to match their number. Their 5 players were stronger than expected and matched the starting team, with Grace showing great determination to get strong and low in the tackle to win back possession. For the final few minutes, Zac and Henry came on in their last game to try to win the game. Unfortunately, their shots either narrowly missed, were stopped by feet and a ‘goal’ disallowed as Zac couldn’t score directly from a free hit. A 0-0 finish was disappointing for the team, but it was the coach’s fault for not getting the goals first.
The team bounced back against Winchester B with a strong 4-0 victory with Zac getting another hat-trick and Henry also getting on the score-sheet. The highlight of this game was Henry’s determination to sprint 40 yards down the pitch to stop Zac’s pass just before it went off the pitch. Zac had followed up and managed to knock in Henry’s cross, but he definitely owed that goal to Henry’s efforts.
The penultimate game was against New Forest who beat our young side 4-0 earlier in the season. This was a much more competitive game with Romsey just dominating possession and territory, but Emma and William made critical tackles when they were about to break up the pitch. The team made it difficult for New Forest on sideline-hits, making a ring to make it easier to win back the ball. But they also managed to pass their own side-line hits to team-mates showing improvement during the season. Zac scored another goal to put Romsey 1-0 ahead, but unfortunately New Forest managed to escape once and score in the last couple of minutes to level the match at 1-1, which was a fair result after a close match.
The final game was against Andover C, although early on it was clear that this was not a weak team. They tackled as strongly as the B team in the first game and we struggled to get around them either with lots of action on the right hand side. Olivia was getting more involved having warmed up and managed to put in several good tackles to win back possession. As legs and brains tired at the end of the tournament though, Andover escaped our high defensive line and ran through to open the scoring. Zac managed to level with his final goal for the Under 8s after a very impressive, high scoring season. But it didn’t take Andover long to retake the lead after another break and we were down 1-2. Noah showed his skills developed over the season to beat a player and then ran on strongly towards goal. However a great Andover tackle won them the ball with the final whistle coming shortly thereafter.
Although a disappointing finish to another good tournament, this young squad has improved so much during the year thanks to their own efforts and Super Coach Stuart. Stuart – all us parents are very grateful to you for your time, commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching our children so well over the past season. Thank you very much!
Romsey really needed to play some red hot Hockey just to keep warm in the bitter conditions swirling around Andover.
Thankfully though, such was the quality of the scintillating hockey produced, there were no casualties to the cold and parents were kept brilliantly entertained.
Cat was the tactical supremo who had to work magic with only 5 outfield players and a heroic goalkeeper. Everybody stepped up, and took part in a real team performance.
Benji in goal showed great concentration and made some fabulous saves.
In the outfield; Ben, Hugo, Camilla, Clara and Anna all showed superb flexibility as they adapted to new positions through the matches.
Clara and Hugo can be proud of some outstanding tackles and great passes. Camilla and Ben drove the team forward with some great runs and both managed to get on the score sheet.
Anna found her mojo in midfield and then really came to life up front, scoring twice, in by far her best tournament performance!
In the end, the results, (3 draws, 3 defeats) hardly mattered. The performance not only demonstrated the players individual abilities and tenacity, but also their maturing team spirit and synergy.
Romsey U12 Boy’s won an even but hard-fought match at home to Southampton last Sunday.
With eleven players and no substitutes, all the boys worked hard to maintain the pace right through the game.
With Joe in goal, a defence of Tom, Toby F and Callumbehind a midfield of Lewis, Toby S, Henry A and Milo. Upfront Romsey had Henry T with Rupert and Rowanplaying wide.
The first period was very evenly matched with neither team making a breakthrough, the second period started with Romsey playing a wider game and getting more pressure on the Southampton goal. Milo made a break from the right of midfield into the dee, his pass found Henry T whose shot was too good for the Southampton keeper.
There then followed a period of pressure from Romsey but the Southampton goalie keeping them in the match as Romsey had plenty of shots on goal. At the other end with Romsey defending high up the pitch they almost suffered a goal against the run of play when Southampton broke forward with two players against the Romsey goalie, Joe, who came off his line early and saved the shot from the striker and cleared the ball, the second period finished with Romsey just ahead one nil up.
Romsey started the third period well, with plenty of runs from midfield and shots on goal, but again the Southampton Goalie kept them in the game. As the match drew to a conclusion Southampton looked to have earnt a draw with a shot past the Romsey goalie, but a diving outstretched Tom just managed to keep the ball out to help keep a clean sheet for Romsey.
Our u10 girls travelled to Haslemere for the Hampshire round of the In2Hockey competition yesterday.
They had a great day with a mix of results and finished well placed in their group but missed out on a playoff place.
Last training session of the season so the minis enjoyed some fun and games in the sunshine this morning 😀
Good luck to our future stars in the Hampshire In2Hockey Championship today in Haslemere👍
Full report and photos later😀