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!
U 14 Girls played Salisbury away on Sunday the 17th of November on a cold overcast day.
Romsey was sporting the new junior away kit which they hoped would bring them luck!
Romsey made a fine start to the match and for the first 10 mins they dominated possession. There were some lovely passing combination moves up front and in midfield Eva A , Rosie B and Isobel R were looking very threatening in attack.
Salisbury were no slouches though and they had some good attacking players and the Romsey defence had to be on their toes. There was some great tackling from Harriet F , Charlotte W and Anna W to keep things level.
Salisbury attacked again and this time a cruel deflection fell into the path of the Salisbury forward who calmly slotted the ball home. 1-0!
This was against the run of play and Romsey knew they could get back into the match, after a slight formation tweak which pushed Lily JP into midfield and Anna W to centre back Romsey looked much stronger and started to tick.
Charlotte A and Mia A were picking up loose balls and getting Romsey on the attack time and time again. Eva A and Isobel R were starting to get round the sides of the Salisbury defence and on one occasion got a shot away which the keeper got a pad to but not enough to stop Rosie B scoring on the rebound to make it 1-1!
This was turning into an enthralling contest, at the other end Romsey keeper Neve R was forced into gloving away and high looping ball to safety which was just creeping into the top corner otherwise.
As the second half started Romsey intensified the pressure and Katie B and Lily JP were winning tackle after tackle in midfield and setting up Romsey attacks. On one such attack a ball found Eva A on the right of the D, she fired a hit across the D where Isobel R took it under her spell and created an angle to shoot past the keeper 2-1!
This spurred Salisbury on and with 5 minutes to go they pushed forward and Romsey were under lots of pressure defensively however remained strong with great work; from Ella T, Harriet F and Anna W thwarting more attacks.
In the last minute Salisbury had two successive short corners which bought a great save from Neve R and and great defensive block from Mia A.
Romsey held on though to complete the come back, another great team performance.
Players of the match – Eva A- A constant threat
– Neve R -two vital saves.
U14 Girls played Trojans on Sunday 13th of October on a damp and over cast morning.
Although with only 10 players and a number of U12s playing up they battled well and for the first third of the game the possession was 50/50 . Romsey were moving the ball well in midfield with Katie, Zoe and Eva working well as a team and threatening in attack on several occasions.
In Defence Harriett , Eliza and Hannah were keeping things tight at the back and Keeper Neve was using her feet well to block out Trojan attacks.
Into the second third Romseys confidence grew and forwards, Isobel and Imogen pressed the Trojans defence to great effect springing counter attack after counter attack. On one such attack Imogen broke to the back post to collect a well weighted pass and calmly finish through the keepers legs 1-0! Romsey.
As the game progressed Trojans upped the pressure and Romsey had to be resolute , katie dropped back to help the defence to great effect and Rosanna made a crucial interception in the D after a short corner.
Romsey remained strong and finished the match as worthy winners 1-0.
Player of the match – Katie – a fine midfield performance.
Well done to all girls for a super display and well deserved victory.
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.