Over 50 members of the junior section and their families were joined by Father Christmas for a morning of fun and games at Romsey School.
7 teams made up of members from all age groups, coaches and parents played a 7 aside round robin tournament.
Hot chocolate and mince pies were served to maintain energy levels and everyone played in fine spirits to ensure that Santa will return on Christmas Eve to fill their stockings!
U16s boys played Basingstoke boys on Sunday the 3rd of November. Push back was 12.30pm on a cloudy yet mild autumnal day.
Basingstoke who only had 10 players made a reasonable start pushing the ball through midfield well, however the Romsey defence marshalled by James F sniffed out early opportunities confidently.
Romsey used their numerical advantage and moved the ball about well with great passing from Lorne T, Ollie G, and Ewan M. Romsey spent most of the half on top and scored 4 great goals 2 for Barry H one for Lorne T and one for Ben H.
Romseys play had been excellent with the whole team moving the ball and working for each other allowing moments of individual skill to shine through from the likes of Ben H, Luke W and Harry G.
The second half started in the same vain and Romsey were on the attack again with great passing combinations through the team including great work out wide from Jack S, Owen S and Oliver N.
More goals followed at times it was impossible to keep up with the score but there were some super moves and finishes from Ben H, Luke W and Ollie G.
On the rare occasion Basingstoke attacked Ellison B and James F were there to snuff out the danger and get Romsey back on the attack again.
It was safe to say goal keeper Ollie H had one of his quieter matches!
Final score Romsey 10–1 Basingstoke
Man of the match Ben H – a constant threat
A great win for a bare 11 which consisted of at least 4 U15 players . With the younger players in the squad, the defence was packed with the experienced U16 players . James , Thomas and Ben holding the back line. Will R sweeping just in front . Oliie and Rupert holding the wings , with Ewan and Jack Sluman in the midfield . Jack M and Barry upfront . Oli in goal .
The game started off with Romsey holding Fleet back and attacking their half for least 15 min, which produced a few short corners . Fleet started to ramp up once their u15 subs arrived and started to gain some control in midfield . They got a few short corners which where well defended by the back line.
The second half started off with both sides gaining short corners but Romsey with the better opportunities from the counter attacks . It was from one these counter attacks that the only goal was scored . A pass from Ben through midfield to Barry .Barry’s shot was going wide but was deflected into goal by Jack S. With 10 minutes left the Romsey legs started to give , and the passing started to fade . But the midfield kept running despite being tired and the defence held on for clean sheet .
A great win for team that hasn’t played together .Great skills from the younger players for holding and moving the ball , and also to older U16s who played in new positions.
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!
Romsey Under 16 Boys secured an important win today at home to Southampton by 4 goals to 3. The match ebbed and flowed but Romsey kept up the pressure and 2 goals from Rufus Taylor and 2 from Noah Cooper ensured victory for Romsey. This takes Romsey to second in the table just behind Winchester.
U16 Boys pull into second place in league after beating 1st place City of Portsmouth 4-3 in best performance of season… so far!
A sluggish start, which nearly gave Portsmouth an early goal, belied the remaining 68 minutes of the match as the U16’s showed depth, speed and strength across the full team. The match saw great pressure from both sides as the play moved quickly from one end to the other, with fast breaks into the D, a total of 11 penalty corners and a score sheet which Romsey kept managing to just stay ahead of Portsmouth on.
Romsey goals from Rufus (2’), Morgan (penalty corner, 6’), Morgan (drag flick, 22’) and Noah (penalty flick, 53’) and 5 saves of direct goal shots by Rob (GK) kept the pressure on Portsmouth. The whole team gave it their all with Ben Sluman keeping pressure up front and Noah, James and Ben leading a strong mid-field in both defence and offence.
The last Portsmouth goal in the 67th minute looked like they may have the momentum to manage an equaliser in the dying minutes, but Romsey stayed strong till the end. With one point between each of the top 3 teams in the league, a strong match against 3rd placed Southampton next weekend will set us up well for another shot at the title!