Many thanks for all the support today for the boys and girls, if anyone has any photos of the games or teams they’d like me to post send them over! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A first In2hockey for Havant boys under 10s was a great opportunity to gain experience and play a more competitive type of hockey.
The team started against a strong Petersfield team who beat us comfortably. The boys were a bit overawed by the larger pitch and faster pace of play. The second and third games were much closer as we grew into the tournament playing some excellent passing hockey. In our playoff match the lack of subs and the sun took its toll and we lost a game we should have done better in to Romsey. Our final game was our best performance by far and we only narrowly lost to a good City of Portsmouth team. All players voted for a different player for player of the tournament so for the first time ever this was a 7 way tie. It was a very proud day for me as a coach because with a very young team, all under 9 bar Thomas we showed great character, skill and massive improvement. With some of our missing players playing and/or another years growing we would have comfortably won most games. Individually I would add the following:
Ben – superb goalkeeping, only been doing this a month and made some superb saves. Great attitude too.
Danny – one of my players of the day. Excellent tackling and massive progress. Only started hockey after Christmas. Superb.
Toby J – really good skills and defending, so good for someone still under 8.
Theo – best he’s ever played, phenomenal dribbling at times and amazing range of passing. Quote “I’ve known how to do that stuff for a while but I just decided to do it today”?!?!
Toby L – Tekkers !! And pace. So confident and also best matches ever. Excellent.
Thomas – really good play and superb attitude to keep battling and not give in – even if you nearly wanted to. Great job captain!
Finn – first ever under 10 hockey, went from scared to shooting and dribbling. Meant we had seven players and hopefully got great experience from the day.
Neil – 9.30 to 4.30 is a shift on a Sunday! Thank you, great coaching, managing, etc etc
Parents – your attitude and contributions meant the day was a great success, well done too!!
The girls took to the field in typically buoyant form on a brilliantly sunny day in Haslemere. “how did the boys do?”, “we have to do better than the boys” being the common theme and motivation to the pre-match team talk. We joined a pool of 6 teams for In2Hockey with some old rivals (Fareham, Haslemere!) and some new teams we’d not played before.
Our first match against Haslemere was an evenly matched 0-0 against a strong home side. Next up after a two match break was Fleet and we left the blocks slowly conceding 2 goals early on in uncharacteristic fashion, however the girls didn’t let their heads go down and pulled one goal back and were unlucky not to level the scores late on, 2-1 to Fleet being the final score. With some introspection in the team talk the girls decided to keep warming up during the next break in games so we could hit the ground running for a tough back to back set of matches. Next up was Basingstoke a team we’ve not met before and one who probably won’t want to meet these girls again, the girls dominated the game with some high tempo wing play and excellent short corner work. We conceded late on against the run of play but won convincingly 2-1. After a very quick water break spirits were high but we knew we had our old rivals Fareham up next in a back to back match. We swapped around the starting team but again continued our high tempo start, with stout defence, solid wing play and some excellent short corners that saw us eventual winners 2-1 in a tough game. Our last game was against Winchester, again another match with 2 closely skilled teams playing their socks off. Chances came thick and fast but the girls just couldn’t covert, at the other end of the pitch a period of what seemed to be ongoing short corners saw our keeper and defenders maintain a clean sheet. The final score was 0-0 but we felt we could have won. Overall we were 3rd out of the 6 teams in our pool and missed out on the playoffs by a whisker. A final tally of W2 D2 L1 is credit to a group of great girls that played for each other and were a credit to Havant.
Martha – Outstanding keeping with 2 shutouts and some excellent saves was a brilliant performance.
Charlotte “Dave” – Great playing the sweeping defender at the back, critical to our defensive prowess. Excellent game.
Charlotte F-M – Partner in crime to “Dave”, between them set the foundation for the team to push forward. Great partnership.
Amy – Played up front for us today and showed great attitude to play out of position for her. Came away with a goal for the team, well played Amy.
Ella – The pocket rocket. Top class wing play with some incisive running into he D too setup goals and score. A threat every time she had the ball, best i’ve seen her play. I think it was 3 goals in the end? Outstanding.
Holly – Team captain and total bedrock of everything the team did. Central midfield role with some brilliant tackling and distribution to keep the team moving forward. Brilliant link up play and leadership all round. Came away with a well deserved goal, should have been more. Awesome effort all round. Well done Holly.
Darcy – Playing up front for us today was a constant menace for the opposition, kept high up the pitch and was unlucky not to come away with a couple of goals. Great effort Darcy.
Millie – Solid and typically workmanlike performance from Millie in defence. Playing against a lot of older girls she held her own with some excellent marking and crucial tackles for the team. Well played Millie, great games.
Anna – Playing out on the wing and up front she gave 100% for the team. Great width with some energetic running she was unluckily not to come away with a goal. Excellent effort Anna!
Lara – Left wing is a tough position to play but Lara was excellent bringing some balance to Ella on the other wing. The skills from Lara today were the best i’ve seen her play with some pacey moves down the wing. Best i’ve seen you play Lara, great tournament.
Tom – masterminded all this on a sheet of A4 and i just carried out his instructions, thanks Tom!
Massive thank you to Stuart today who stepped in as our Havant ref at the last minute, awesome reffing!!!
Next week is our home festival, details to follow but it’ll be roughly 0930-1200 for the U8s and 1200-1400 for the U10s. We are hoping to put out 2x U8 teams and 4xU10 teams, please let me know ASAP if you know you can’t play.
Also as i’m sure you are sick of hearing we’ll be doing a cake sale to raise money for new match shirts, all contributions welcome! A set of shirts is £270 …the more cakes we have to sell the better! Lisa (my wife) is organising the cake stand any volunteers that would like to help our on the day would be most welcome.