Under 8s make the most of the opportunity to play

Under 8s Trojans Tournament – Sunday 14th March

What a strange second half to the season its been.  Two tournaments cancelled due to the weather, the final one cancelled due to Covid-19 and a last minute relocation from Trojans to Southampton for the only one that did go-ahead.  But at least they got to play and show what they had learnt since the previous one in early December.  The squad all showed vast improvements and even writing this 2 weeks late, there are many moments that stick in the memory.

We started strongly against Winchester 2 with nearly all the play near their goal.  This domination led us all to believe that we’d score lots of goals, but Winchester were excellent in front of their own goal and kept many shots out.  Hamish should have scored, but chose to try a reverse stick shot which was saved before finally Noah broke the deadlock with some excellent footwork giving him the chance to finish strongly.  Winchester were improving all the time and started to get Laurence in defence involved.  He was strong in the tackle and then looked up before passing to his teammates, providing  opportunities for Jake and Gulliver to attack.  There was some confusion at the final whistle as Winchester scored a goal, but it was after the hooter had gone.  Perhaps a lucky 1-0 win in a game that we could have done better.

The next game was against Bournemouth 1.  Hamish learnt from his mistakes in the first game and scored a hat-trick to give the team a big 3-0 win.  He received some great passes from his teammates to enable him to show his full range of skills to wriggle through the opposition.  It was then Noah’s turn to score his usual hat-trick in the next game against Salisbury.  On one occasion his turn, acceleration and skills to get past the opposition was amazing to see.

The girls decided to get in on the goal-scoring action against New Forest 2, having been passing machines in the first 3 games.  Cherry, who had been restricted to defence, stepped into midfield.  With the ball seemingly glued to the end of her stick, she showed great skill to run past 3 defenders before tapping in the goal with her reverse stick – 1-0.  Grace then showed off her improved skills and footwork to go past their defence to score our second goal and make the final score 2-0.

We then played Trojans 1 who relied on one individual to score 3 goals, as we were not sharp enough to realise that he was going to run everything himself and we seemed slightly shocked.  However we got better during the game and had a few attacks of our own.  One of these resulted in Hamish scoring a good goal from the far right of the pitch.  Jake, in particular, was making stronger tackles to help our cause whilst Laurence engaged in a fully committed tussle against their best player.  He tackled strongly and stopped a further goal by chasing back hard to the goal-line which ended up with both players on the floor.  The match ended 1-3 to Trojans.

What turned into our final match of the season was against Andover 2.  They have proved to be a tough team to play against, particularly after Trojans.  This was a situation repeated from the Romsey tournament, pre-Christmas.  They tackled strongly and passed quickly which put our defence under pressure.  Many players made great efforts in running back to make tackles which was great to see in the 6th game.  Olivia showed big improvements in her tackling and passing.  And it was one of these passes to Noah that gave him the opportunity to score our only goal of the game.  Although Olivia came close to scoring too.  Unfortunately they scored 3, so we lost 1-3.

As a coach, it was a great pleasure to see the improvements that all players have made during the season, but frustrating that we lost 3 of the tournaments which stopped them making more progress.  In addition to the moments above,  Gulliver was much more involved during his games which was great to see.  Nearly all these players will be with the Under 10s next season so we wish them well and look forward to seeing their progress.  The future of the U8s is youth – Elijah and Rory both made brief cameos throughout this tournament and will get to play a lot more next year.

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U10s show great team spirit at Trojans Festival

A depleted but motivated U10s squad arrived at Trojans ready to do battle in the cold winds.  With players short both Romsey teams had to share a goalkeeper.  A massive well done to Sophie and her caddy (mum) who had to shuffle from pitch to pitch with no respite!  Romsey 2 even had to scroungeplayers from Romsey 1 just to keep the show on the road.  On the bright side, with no substitutes everybody was able to fully participate and keep warm! 

Adaptability and team spirit were the themes of the day with everyone showing the ability to play across the park from defence to attack.  Despite the constant rotation of positions and players, Romsey 2 delivered a very creditable 16 goals scored to just 4 conceded.  4 wins, 2 draws and just 1 (shockingly contentious) loss.  

Special thanks to Zach, Oscar, Caitlin and Elsie for all coming across from Romsey 1 to make great contributions and score vital goals.  From Romsey 2s own team Henry and Camilla proved to be the most clinical in front of goal, netting 4 goals each and being part of some great link up play.  Imogen and Maya were stalwarts throughout, always tenacious in the tackle and showing great desire to be first to the ball while Anna S really found her mojo in this tournament.  

 Romsey 1 played excellent hockey comfortably winning all seven matches scoring twenty goals and not conceding any! Caitlin was top striker followed by Oscar with Zach and Elsie also adding to the goal tally. Most of the play took place in the opposition’s half so children were rotated around positions to ensure they all got a piece of the action. Bournemouth 1 was our strongest competition but Romsey 1 managed to win this 2-0. Well done to Evie, Anna, Elsie, Zach, Caitlin and Oscar.

Well done to all.  A great team performance!

Romsey (2) Results

Romsey (2) 5- Salisbury 0

Romsey (2) 1-Bournmouth 0

Romsey (2) 1-Trojans (1) 1

Romsey (2) 1-Andover (3) 2

Romsey (2) 5-Bournmouth (2) 0

Romsey (2) 2-Winchester (2) 0

Romsey (2) 1- Southampton (2) 1

 

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In2Hockey Success for the U10s

Romsey Hockey Club under 10s success at Hampshire In2Hockey tournament!

 On Sunday 7th March Romsey Hockey Club took two under 10 teams to compete in the Hampshire In2Hockey tournament at Haslemere. 

There were two competitions; a mixed competition in the morning and a girl’s competition in the afternoon. Both teams had been working extremely hard in training since January learning new skills like short corners and penalty flicks and all their hard work paid off and was evident for all to see on the day with what can only be described as amazing results for both teams!

 Romsey U10 mixed team went undefeated in their three pool games with their most challenging game being against Basingstoke who put up a tough fight but in the end qualified for the quarter finals where Romsey played Haslemere winning 2-0. The semi final match saw Romsey face Fleet and Ebshot which they won 1-0. The final was a rematch against Basingstoke that they met in their pool game so Romsey knew that this would be a tough contest. The match was extremely close with both sides have opportunities in front of goal. Romsey defended heroically and in the end it was Oscar who showed determination in front of goal to score securing Romsey a well deserved 1-0 win and see Romsey taking the gold medal. Romsey’s mixed team also did not concede any goals in the whole tournament.  Romsey may only be a small hockey club but they showed that they had what was needed on the pitch today. Well done Sophie, Camilla, Charlie, Oscar, Joe, Zach, Henry and Hamish.

 

In the afternoon it was the girl’s competition and unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse with heavy hail storms which resulted in one of their pool matches being abandoned. Their first match was against Haslemere who had a very strong record in this competition and they narrowly lost 1-0. There were five further pool matches with some very tough competition from both Havant and Fleet and Ewshot. The girls were not disheartened at all from their first loss and went on to secure all 5 wins in the remainder of their pool games with some impressive wins scoring 5 goals in one game. Their semi final was against Alton and despite some slick passing and use of the full width of the pitch they lost 1-0 but did not stop trying for an equaliser right until the final whistle. They then went into the play off for 3rd/4th place and this ended 1-1 at the end of full time going to penalty flicks which finished 3-3. This then went to sudden death ending in a narrow 3-4 loss resulting in Romsey taking a well deserved 4th place. Well done to Daisy, Clara, Anna, Maya, Caitlin, Elsie, Sabine and Grace. 

 The In2Hockey tournament showcased some fantastic hockey from both teams and how much all children has developed this season. The mixed team will now go on to the Regional finals on 3rd May in Surbiton.

 

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U10s – and the ‘B’s have it!

Winchester

Romsey push back and start brightly with Camilla and Elsie testing the Winchester defence both down the centre and left.Their pressure was rewarded when Henry crossed from the right where a waiting Camilla pounced at the back post. A few minutes later Camilla scored again to make it 2-0. 

Bournemouth
Bournemouth threatened Romsey early on but Maya and Anna defended well  and Joe made an amazing goal line save.  Romsey broke forward and some quick passing put Henry through to score the first goal.  Moments later Joe’s free hit found Henry again and he scored again. Three more goals followed from Camilla, Joe and Zach to complete a dominant win. 


New Forest
Could Romsey put in another dominant performance against New Forest? After a less than a minute Romsey make a break with Joe finding Henry who in turn found Camilla in the centre to make it 1-0. It wasn’t long before the New Forestgoal was under siege again. Sterling defence from Maya and Anna kept Romsey at bay for a moment but soon Joe struck to make it 2. A tiny tap-in for Camilla and Romsey were easing through the gears. 3-0. Elsie fed back to Camilla but this time the ball sailed wide. Another goal line scramble denied Joe’s second. The respite was short lived as Maya’s tackle helped the ball to Zack who thumped the ball into the bottom right corner to complete a 4-0 win. 

Salisbury
This game saw Romsey up against a dogged Salisbury defence. Early on Elsie wove through the Salisbury team to find Joe, but he was encircled by Salisbury defenders. Good tackling from Joe and Anna keep Salisbury on the back foot. But Salisbury were a threat and Elsie and Maya had to make some important tackles. The game was finely poised with both teams looking capable of scoring but in the end neither was able to break the deadlock. 0-0 final score. 

Andover
Andover start on the offensive and Maya and Anna were called into action. A long corner from Andover again tested the Romsey defence with Zach making a break down the left. Whipping the ball across the Andover goal it eventually fell to Camilla, who once again found the goal. Elsie came close moments later with a powerful shot just wide. Then it was Andover’s turn to attack and a diving save from Joe and assured clearance from Anna were all that prevented them from levelling. Elsie eventually made a great run down the pitch but was frustrated by Andover defence. But she did not have to wait long as moments later some great link up play between her and Camilla saw Elsie open her account to make it 2-0. 

Southampton
Romsey once again started brightly with intense pressure. Southampton attack but Maya and Joe help to repel the advance. Zach made a great run down the right but pulled his shot just wide. More defending from Maya and Anna helped relieve the pressure once again allowing Camilla to break free. A blistering run from her ended with her adding to her impressive goal tally. After some threating play from Southampton Romsey broke forward. Joe pulls wide to Henry before finding Elsie. A great hit was rewarded with anothergreat goal and 2-0 win. 

Trojans
Could Romsey maintain their undefeated record? Trojans would prove to be their biggest test. 
Camilla and Zach linked up allowing him to get a shot away – off the post! Soon the ball fell to Henry who found Elsie with a great pass and Romsey had the lead. Henry and Anna wereagain busy in defence. A great run and pass from Zach found Camilla but didn’t quite have enough space to squeeze it into the goal. Soon after a fantastic individual effort from Zachsaw him rip past 4 Trojans players before blasting it into the goal. A goal line scramble almost saw Maya scoring but the buzzer sounded and it finished 2-0. 

A great performance from the team and their coach, Cat Gladstone!

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U10s – ‘A’ magnificent performance in the New Forest

A sunny and crisps morning gave Romsey U10 a great start to the tournament. We entered two teams with seven in each, so no subs and a lot of playing for all children. 

 Grace, Sabine, Rosie, Sophie, Daisy, Charlie and Oscar made up team Romsey A. We had the advantage of having both Sophie and Daisy, sharing the goalie gear and goalie duties with pride. Out of seven matches, Romsey A won five, drew one and lost one. All players rotated on the pitch and had a go at all positions, even if they all have their preferred place on the pitch. Romsey scored 16 goals and only let in two. Grace was top scorer with six goals followed by Oscars five and Sabine and Charlie with two each. But despite getting the glory of scoring, we also won our matches due to a strong defence, were Sophie, Daisy and Rosie played important roles. The team showed great hockey skills with lovely passes in between them and winning most of the matches quite easily. However, both New Forest team A and B and Bournemouth B challenged Romsey considerately. The audience enjoyed watching you play fantastic hockey, Well done Romsey A.

 Thanks to Eva for looking after the team so well!

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Santa joins in the Junior Christmas Fun Day

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!

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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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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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U8s big squad delivers big time!

Under 8s Southampton Tournament – Sunday 17th November

The last match report concluded with “If all players are available for the next tournament, it will be a strong squad to select from”. And a strong, large squad it certainly was – 11 strong giving the coaches a challenge to give all players a fair opportunity.  

We opened against Andover in a game which we thoroughly dominated, but unfortunately failed to score.  Both teams had large squads so fielded 8 players instead of the usual 7 and we struggled to find space to go around their defence.  Our defence easily dealt with any clearances or opposition attacks so the ball never got into our half.  This continued throughout the morning with Emma, William and Lawrence generally playing that role.  0-0, a solid if frustrating start.

Next up were Salisbury A who succumbed to an improved performance from Romsey.  Cherry was tackling hard and controlling midfield, leading to Grace taking a pass near the goal, controlling it well before getting her feet around and slotting the ball into the goal. A 1-0 lead.  Then Olivia followed up with a ruthless finish to another cross.  An excellent 2-0 win.

After a long break, Grace was again on the scoresheet against New Forest A.  With Gulliver and Jake’s help in midfield, Hamish was beginning to show-off his skills.  Hunter, just days after his 5th birthday, was also getting involved tackling and carrying the ball forward.  In the end the dominance and pressure told and Hamish escaped to score a good goal which gave Romsey a 2-0 lead at the end of the match.

Bournemouth were the next opposition.  We had failed to score against them in the previous tournament as they were impressively strong in defence.  A quickly taken free-hit by Hamish took them by surprise and Noah reacted well to score.  Final score – 1-0, a good result against tough opposition.

The later games in the schedule are normally affected by tiredness, but the strength and fresh legs in this big squad meant Romsey were just getting started!  Southampton were the unfortunate opposition as easily won 4-0.  Grace picked off her third goal of the tournament whilst Noah really woke up with 2 more goals.  However Lawrence made the most impressive impact as a substitute and released from defence into midfield was able to show his ability.  Immediately after coming on he tackled, took the ball up to the edge of the D and finished strongly to score his first goal for the Club.

The final game started almost 3 hours after the first, but the players put in another completely dominant display.  Noah showed real improvement in movement and anticipation as he ran onto plenty of passes from Hamish to add two more goals to his impressive morning’s work (5 in total).  Not to be outdone, Hamish also finished his contribution with a lifted reverse stick shot to impress the crowd, although he was disappointed it didn’t quite make the top corner – keep on practising!

With the defence rarely involved and a large squad it was difficult to get all players involved resulting in two coaches being far more tired (mentally) than the players. Although the players dealt with the substitutions and lack of game time well – maybe we’ll select a smaller squad for the next one in Romsey on the 8th December!

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