U12 Girls 6-0 win against Winchester

The U12 Romsey team put on a very strong performance against Winchester on Sunday.

Each girl gave one hundred percent in a match which saw the majority of attacking play by the formidable Romsey team.

Every player displayed greatly improved stick skills, and their fantastic pace and accurate passing up the field meant the Winchester goalie had a very busy morning!  

P.O.M Harriet F.

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Home tournament brings out the best in the Under8s.

Under 8s Romsey Tournament – Sunday 8 December

 The 4th tournament of the season gave us an opportunity to play at home and host the tournament.  The format was changed so that all matches would complete in 90 minutes to allow the Under 10s tournament to follow.  This produced a very intense schedule for this young group with 3 consecutive matches, then a 20 minute break, followed by a further 3 matches.  We felt in a strong position to benefit from this with a strong squad of 10 players, but due to injury and illness unfortunately Laurence and Emma had to withdraw.  As both of them are key defensive lynch-pins, it presented a tough challenge to the squad and also the coach’s rotation plans to keep the players fresh.  Such is the enthusiasm of the youngsters to gain tournament exposure that Rory and Hunter were keen to make the most of the others misfortune.

 We started strongly against New Forest which meant that Cherry had an easy time sharing defensive duties with William.  Hamish and Noah controlled the game well and both scored early on to calm nerves and enable early squad rotation.  Final score 2-0.

 Hamish swapped into defence for the next game against Andover A enabling Cherry to move back into midfield.  We dominated the game and Noah picked up his second goal in 2 games to give Romsey a 1-0 win at the final whistle.  The squad’s performance in these games were absolutely top class.  The passing and movement was fantastic and a real pleasure to see after their hard work in training.  In particular, Gracemade a great run from one side of the goal to the other at a free-hit which Cherry spotted and provided an excellent pass.  We were playing well and were ready for the next match.

 We hadn’t played Trojans since the 1st tournament in early October when they comfortably beat us in our only defeat of the season so far.  So we were keen to show how much we had improved.  It was a tense game with the team giving maximum commitment.  The first 5 minutes action took place close to the Romsey goal, with the whole team tackling hard and trying to clear their lines.  Hamish made some brilliant tackles and clearances in front of the goal which was reminiscent of the backs to the wall performance just over 12 months ago at the Southampton tournament. Unfortunatelyhistory repeated itself and we conceded a well-worked goal.  Strangely, the rest of the game was much more even as the team managed to pass the ball out of defence with Hamish and Noah making strong runs towards the Trojans goal.  We almost conceded a second goal after a very fast break, but William stepped out of defence to put off the attacker so he hit the post.  In spite of more good tackling from Olivia, Grace, Jake and Cherry, we conceded a disappointing own goal just before the final whistle resulting in a final score of 0-2.  Nevertheless it was a major improvement and we can look forward to playing them again in the New Year.

 After a break to refuel with cake and sweets, the team took on Winchester.  They shrugged of any disappointment from the Trojans loss and quickly got a 3-0 lead, all scored by Hamish.  He was immediately substituted which allowed Gulliver and Hunter to come on and join the fun.  With a less experienced midfield, the defence was quite busy breaking up attacks.  Grace demonstrated that she can play anywhere as after scoring lots of goals in recent tournaments, she showed great timing in breaking up attack after attack then passing the ball out to midfield.  Winchester scored a consolation goal so the end result was 3-1, another good win for Romsey.

The next match was against Andover B, but this was a stronger side than the ‘A’ side we played earlier.  After we’d just missed the goal from an excellent cross, Andover broke up the pitch to open the scoring.  They then repeated the trick a few minutes later, resulting in a 0-2 loss.  Perhaps tiredness and missing 2 of our usual defenders contributed to this frustrating defeat.

However the team re-grouped again for the final match.  Noah wasn’t showing signs of tiredness, running onto lots of passes from Hamish and the rest of the midfield.  He scored a quick-fire hat-trick to take his total for the tournament to 5.  Every tournament he comes alive in one of the games and is virtually unstoppable!  

 So after an hour’s worth of playing, we’d won 4 matches and lost 2.  In some ways this could seem disappointing compared with previous tournaments, but the team’s attitude, commitment and resolve to adapt to the loss of 2 teammates was amazing and was reflected in the standard of hockey they played which was their best yet.  We’ll certainly look forward to the remaining tournaments in the New Year and hope to continue the progress made in 2019.

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U10Bs 100% at home!

Romsey B had a spectacular morning, winning all their 6 matches without conceding a single goal.

The team were on the attack from the start of the first game against New Forest B and were comfortable 4-0 winners, with goals from Zach and Charlie.   The second game was equally impressive, with excellent passing in midfield from Evie and Imogen helping set up goals for Henry and Charlie in a 3-0 win.  Match three again saw Henry and Charlie scoring the goals in another comfortable 4-0 win.

The fourth match against Southampton B proved rather tougher, with a late goal from Oscar sealing the win after some resolute defence from Rosie and Anna.  The final two matches were comfortable again for Romsey, as they  defeated Winchester B 4-0 and Trojans A 5-0 with goals from Henry, Oscar, Zach & Charlie.

A great performance from the whole team and Romsey remain undefeated this season!

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U12Bs draw against Southampton

After a shy start, the Romsey boys started to communicate and spread out on the pitch and we got to see some really great hockey. Southampton scored 1-0, 10 min into the game. In the 2nd part we saw Henry scoring two goals, one of a short corner from Rowan and the second assisted by Jake and Milo. The third part saw some lovely saves by Lewie but also another goal where he was alone against two Southampton players. Tom was voted “player of the match” in our team but I think it is important to say that all boys worked hard and deserved a “well done clap”. Thank you to Tom for umpiring and to Lisa for coaching.

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U10 Girls boss it at home festival

It was Romsey Hockey club’s turn to host the latest mini festival of the season on a relatively warm and dry December morning. Romsey A team consisted of eight girls and played six matches against mixed teams continuing their impressive run of form.

 The first match was against Southampton A and Romsey showed they were hungry for the ball right from the off with some fantastic passing which enabled them to keep possession for long periods of the game. Clara and Anna were excellent in defence tackling well and Daisy made a number of key saves in goal. The midfield trio of Caitlin, Maya and Elsie linked up well creating some excellent chances for Grace who was up front and on fire, scoring an incredible four goals with the match ending with a 4-0 win for Romsey.

 The second match was against Andover A and the confident play continued. Elsie and Maya on the wing were both excellent at sticking to their positions helping Romsey use the full width of the pitch resulting in fantastic crosses across goal. Sophie and Clara worked well together in defence not conceding any goals. After a lot of Romsey pressure, Caitlin scored a hattrick followed by another goal from Grace with the match ending with a 4-0 win to Romsey.

 The next match was against Salisbury A and this was another strong performance from Romsey. Daisy was excellent at coming off her goal line to clear the ball with Clara and Sophie continuing to link up well in defence. Elsie and Maya hit some fantastic crosses across goal for Grace and Caitlin to convert. Caitlin scored another hattrick with one of the goals getting a lucky deflection off a Salisbury player. Grace also scored after some fantastic individual dribbling past two Salisbury players. The match ended with a 4-0 win to Romsey.

 The fourth match was against New Forest A and we knew this would be the most difficult match so far. Sophie took on the role of goalkeeper and made a number of fantastic saves. Romsey scored first and New Forest were quick to react to going one goal down and scored quickly in reply. This was a great test for Romsey A and they did not let their heads go down after conceding. Elsie made a quick run down the wing and struck the ball hard to go in the bottom right hand corner of goal. Romsey help on showing great composure on the ball.

 Romsey A played Winchester A in their penultimatematch finishing with a 31 win to Romsey. Daisy was strong in midfield and made some timely tackles to gain back possession. Anna and Clara were pivotal in defence timing their runs well to clear the ball. Maya made a number of timely runs down the right wing and supplied a number of great crosses creating some excellent scoring opportunities with Grace, Elsie and Caitlin all converting into goals.

 The final match was against Winchester B. The majority of the match was played in front of the Winchester goal with Romsey having numerous goal scoring opportunities with a lot of chances going narrowly wide of goal. Romsey were persistent and in the end their determination paid off scoring two late goals to end the match with a 2-0 win. 

 Six matches played and a win in each match saw Romsey remain unbeaten in all tournaments this season with yet another display of what can only be described as sensational hockey. Well played Grace, Daisy, Elsie, Maya, Anna, Sophie, Clara and Caitlin for working so well as a team throughout the whole tournament.

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Fabulous Ladies Fours – a new favourite tea

The Fabulous Fours friendly spirit was on full display for Saturday’s match again newcomers Poole 2, who tipped the scales as Romsey’s new favourite opposition. Although the Fab Fours lost 4-0, importantly i) it was less than they anticipated losing by, ii) it was a fantastic fun game and iii) in their hearts (if not on the score sheet) they were winners!

 The Fab Fours were supported by their diehard fans – the Fourquettes, sporting yellow and blue balloons. Captain Coops made a tactical decision to play a 5:5 formation with feisty Field, outstanding O’Hara, fleet footed French, capable Coops and maverick Marino’s (senior & junior) as the defensive line, supported by the mighty Manners in goal.  The brilliant Berendsen (duo), wiley Wisey, pivotal Procter, warrior Widdowson and fiendish Farquharson were the forward line, who demonstrated some blinding ball skillswhich saw Poole fighting to retain control of the ball.

 Poole forced several short corners which were ably defended with no goals conceded. They had several lucky moments converting scrappy balls into goals. A tense moment saw mighty Manners defending a flick goal from the p spot; remarkably she held her ground and batted the ball with courage and confidence. It was like we had won a World Cup, with the team and the fourquettes going wild.

 The Fab Fours put Poole under unexpected pressure breaking through their defensive line with some impressive running from pivotal Procter, warrior Widdowson, fiendish Farquharson and brilliant Berenedsen (junior). Farquharsonand warrior Wiidowson forced a couple of errors from the Poole side resulting in three short corners from which they were unlucky not to score goals. Poole in return managed to get the ball out of the D only to be held up by capable Coops and maverick Marino (junior). Feisty Field was on top form in her new domain as queen of defence owning clearance from the danger zone. They were some marvellous intercepts and frustrations for Poole by O’Hara, Wisey and Berendesen (senior). The 2nd half saw a number of injuries for the Fab Fours with a strange disposition taking over the team with O’Hara, Wisey, Berendesen (senior & junior) taking tumbles, resulting in the last 10 minutes of the game with the Fab Fours being reduced to 10 players on pitch.

 Although the Fab Four’s ultimately lost this week’s game they were on a high. It was an enormously satisfying game, fairly played against a delightful opposition. And in the words of Yoda Patience you must have, my young Fabulous Foursour time for victory will come again.

 

 

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U14Bs thriller at South Wilts!

Romsey U14 Boys – Sunday, 1st December 2019

Salisbury 8   Romsey 5

This was an entertaining end to end game.

Salisbury had the early chances but Jo in goal denied them with two reflex saves in quick succession.  Romsey’s counter attack started with Toby finding Lorne who raced into the Salisbury half beating two players before thumping the ball into the box.  The unmarked Jack M stepped forward and struck a fierce drive into the net.  Romsey then took control with Luke, Jack S and Will commanding midfield which led to a neat move by Freddie and Rupert down the left finding Jack M who side stepped a defender and struck goal ward.  The keeper made a great block but Jack J quickly reacted to net the rebound.  Salisbury were still having success and scored twice making it 4 – 2.

From the start of the second half, the defence were tested by a slick Salisbury attack but Owen, Daniel, Ollie and Thomas stood firm until a ball, played into the box, appeared to strike a forward’s foot, Romsey hesitated and the forward scored.

This spurred Romsey back into attack, Harry finding Luke who dribbled past two defenders, before neatly lifting the ball high past the keeper.

Salisbury then scored twice in quick succession against the run of play but Romsey were not for giving up.

Jack S and Will passed from midfield before feeding Lorne on the edge of the D.  He dribbled past 3 defenders, his shot was blocked but he reacted first and smashed it home.  Salisbury made it 8 and, from the restart, a long pass out of defence from Luke was controlled and played forward in one movement by Jack M.  He outpaced the defence and coolly placed it past the advancing keeper.

Romsey then pushed for a result and camped in the Salisbury half.  Rupert, Jack S, Lorne and Jack M all had excellent efforts blocked or saved, before Romsey ran out of time.

 

 

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L4s, Fabulous Fours – a wonderful win

Saturday’s match against Romsey’s favourite opposition (Portsmouth) saw only “the best of times”, contrasting last weeks’ battle, with a well-deserved win of 4-0. 

 Romsey dominated the game throughout making easy pickings of Portsmouth defensive line with some wonderful play from Grout, Berendsen (Junior) and French (Junior), with some fabulous partnerships. Graceful Grout scored the first goal with an effortless sweep from the top of the D. The 2ndgoal followed shortly from warrior Widdowson, demonstrating some fancy reverse stick hits. Pivotal Procter helped set up goals 3 and 4 ably scored by Awesome Adams (one). Athletic Adams (two) had several serendipitous shots at goal, missing by a whisper.

 When Portsmouth were able to break through the Romsey attacking line, they made fast work towards Romsey’s defence – but found the wall of yellow difficult to counter. Tenacious defensive play came from capable Coops, wily Wisey and outstanding O’Hara. Brilliant Berendsen (Senior) had some epic moments, put Portsmouth players under pressing channelling them down the wing. Forward Field took a turn at a new defensive position and found her calling with some outstanding shadowing and hefty hits from the 16.

 As always, the goal was covered by the very adept Andrews – who defended with her usual grit and gumption. Player of the match was warrior Widdowson for her fabulous first league match goal.

 The Fab Four’s ended this week’s game on a high and in the words of Babe Ruth Remember ladies, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends (Fab Fours) never die, follow your heart ladies, and you’ll never go wrong.”

 

 

 

 

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L3s, Fearsome Frees – at freezing Farnham

The Fearsome Frees (3s) travelled to a freezing Farnham to play Aldershot & Farnham. The chilly game got off to a flying start with magic Mason, marvellous Morgan, legendary Loran and gifted Gladstone breaking through “Shots” defensive line to have several valiant attempts at a goal. 

 “Shots” were a well organised side, with a fast forward attack. Romsey defence held strong, supported by clever Cox, magnificent Marino (Junior) and hardy Harding. Harding was responsible for consistently hoofing the ball to the other end of the pitch, which was then expertly picked up by gifted Gladstone, wonderful Woods and magic Mason.  Unfortunately during the first half of the match “Shots” had two lucky goals from an opportunistic player on the back post.

 At half time the Fearsome Frees were undeterred and came out fighting with some frenetic intercepts from happnin Herbet, wonderful Wood and legendary Loran – passing to marvellous Morgan on the wing who was able to run the ball towards the “Shots” goal. Mason and Wood had some great play together and gifted Gladstone had several more shots at goal.

 Awesome Andrews was player of the match stopping at least another twenty goals from being conceded. Her fearless form saw her batting the ball and running out of goal to kick it clear. Magnificent Marino (Junior) shadowed a player from one side of the pitch to the other frustrating her attempt to get in the D. Clever Cox cleared the ball from the D, ably supported by Harding and Wood.

 Although the Fearsome Frees fought hard at full time the score was 6-0 with four goals in quick succession during the 2nd half. Despite this week’s loss– they played with heart, determination and grit…… “To play the game is good, To win is better, But to love the game is best of all” Anon – next week is a new opportunity to be fearsome and fantastic again!

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Clinical M4s Hold Off Trojans

Romsey Mens 4s played Trojans at home in the late push back at 4pm on Saturday the 30th of November. 

The match started under floodlights and at about 5 degrees Celsius. Romsey started briskly and were quick to get the ball moving up the pitch, attackers Dan B and Mike P were using the full width of the pitch to good effect.

The space they were creating gave room for Gorden F, Tom W and Noah C to run into and put immediate pressure on the Trojans defence.

It was not long before the speed of attacks and pressure told, Tom W broke into the D and calmly slotted the ball home. 1-0!

Romsey still had to be assured at the back and a solid start from Nick C, Pete O, Simeon F and Lukasz S gave Romsey confidence to build from the defence.

Half way through the half Romsey were awarded  a short corner and Noah C found Tom W with a strong Hit which Tom cleverly deflected past the Trojan keeper at close quarters giving him no chance.

2-0!

Romsey were now starting to purr, great midfield inter play from Andy M, Phil O and Freddie O had Trojans at sixes and sevens. Debutante Ian A,  now up front almost scored with the ball agonisingly stopped on the line by a Trojans player.

The 3rd goal soon came though , Nick C played the ball out from the 16 to Pete O who fed it down the line, Andy M picked it up and fed the ball over to Mike P who saw Dan B in the clear and slotted a well weighted pass to him and Dan did the rest with a cool finish in the corner 3-0! Great team goal!

Half time came with Romsey well on top. The second half started and after a few minutes you could see it was a tighter game and Trjoans had clearly had a stern team talk.

Romsey conceded ground and were having to defend far more and midfielders Rob Cav and Gordon F were having to drop back to help the defence. Ollie O was forced into a string of important saves but could not stop Trojans scoring twice inside ten minutes.

Trojans tails were up and Romsey were flustered. It took a few minutes for them to regain their composure and get back to the pass and move game which had been working so well. When they did they took their chance again with Trojans pushing for the equaliser a quick break saw Mike P at the edge of the D pick out a well timed run from Tom W who made no mistake for number 4 and his hatrick!

With only minutes left Trojans knew the game was up and Romsey finished the match worthy winners. 4-2

Man of Match  – Ollie O – important second half saves.

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