In2Hockey Match Reports

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! (njletchford@gmail.com)

U10 Boys

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!!

Tom

U10 Girls

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. 

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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!!!

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Next week….

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.

Neil

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In2Hockey details

Hi all, details for the in2Hockey competition on Sunday ….

Reminder! – for those U10s not in the in2Hockey squads normal training is still on at Havant College on Sunday!!!!!

Venue :

Haslemere Hockey Club
Woolmer Hill Sports Ground
Woolmer Hill
Haslemere
Surrey
GU27 1QA

Timing :

BOYS – Meet at 0930 for 1000 pushback.  We will be finished by 1300 at the latest.

GIRLS – Meet at1300 for 1320 pushback.  We will be finished by 1645 at the latest.

Teams :

U10 Girls

  • Martha Reah
  • Charlotte Barber
  • Charlotte Ffinch-Mitchell
  • Amy Hutchings
  • Ella Jackson
  • Holly Illing
  • Darcy Allcock
  • Millie Edwards
  • Anna Sievers
  • Lara O’Dea

U10 Boys

  • Ben Newman
  • Theo Brixey
  • Thomas Burnett
  • Finn Burnett
  • Toby Johnson
  • Toby Letchford
  • Danny Wadey
  • Austin Mayhead
  • Fin Boxall

Schedule :

2019 – U10 In2Hockey Schedule Version 2

thanks,

Neil

 

In2Hockey Teams

Hi All,

U10s In2Hockey team selection is below for the 24th March.  I’ve set this up “properly” on the club’s system and those selected should be getting a text/email from the club asking to confirm availability.   Can you please reply asap so Tom can organise the squads.

This is the first time we’ve entered this tournament (hence why you’ve seen some of the kids try out goal keeping) and we are limited to entering only 1 boys and 1 girls team only.  For those not selected we will still be training at Havant so everyone gets their Hockey fix.

I will publish tournament details and timings once the squads are confirmed.

U10 Girls

  • Martha Reah
  • Charlotte Barber
  • Charlotte Ffinch-Mitchell
  • Amy Hutchings
  • Ella Jackson
  • Holly Illing
  • Darcy Allcock
  • Millie Edwards
  • Anna Sievers
  • Lara O’Dea

U10 Boys

  • Ben Newman
  • Theo Brixey
  • Thomas Burnett
  • Toby Johnson
  • Toby Letchford
  • Robert Proctor
  • Danny Wadey
  • Austin Mayhead
  • Fin Boxall

thanks

Neil

Hamble Match Report

We fielded 5 minis teams today at Hamble, that’s a record for us this season so firstly thank you to all you parents and grandparents that made the effort to get down to the festival to support the kids.  If anyone has any photos of the day they’d like me to add to the blog you can mail them over (njletchford@gmail.com).

Now onto the reports…

U8s

The U8s had a great festival by all accounts, my reports from the ground were that the B team were unbeaten with George nominated players player of the tournament and the A team won a couple and lost a couple playing well.  What an amazing results for all the teams and the smiles told the story that the U8s had a great morning at Hamble.  A massive thank-you to Jon and Chad for running our U8 teams this week as James was off (playing hockey so we’ll let him off).  Well done U8s!!!

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U8 A Team!
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The unbeaten U8 B team!

U8s A

Not sure who Storm Freya was playing for, but either way, it made no difference to the children in their matches at Hamble. Many closely fought gamers, with a win and a draw to be proud of.

Great defending from Rafa, Finley and Lily with great supportive play from Josh, Iris, Austin and Beatrix. Lily got a great goal and was really well supported up front by Kate.

Stand out moments for me: Austin’s drive in the middle, Josh superbly keeping his position, Rafa’s last ditch defending, and Lily’s goal. She is now even practicing her match celebration.

Coaches tips: Play quickly from self- hits, look to play forward first, keep positions more, but see danger when defending.

Coaches Player of the tournament : Josh- Great at keeping position and always helping out to support, especially in defence.

Well done to children, parents and all!

Jon Keynes

U10s A

The under 10s did a great job of fielding three teams for this weeks tournaments of ten players each. In addition we had our first tournament with goalkeepers.

The A team played some excellent hockey but didn’t manage to turn this into results. The standard of hockey in a narrow defeat to City of Portsmouth and a draw with a very strong Haslemere girls side was excellent and both were games we could have won. The third game against Haslemere was worth forgetting as we didn’t play well and lost badly, too much sweets, bacon butties etc between games! The trade off was that the glucose had hit our systems by the next game where the team played brilliantly to win 3-0 against Fareham. I think most people who have played hockey will be fairly clear that if you’re going to win only one game beat Fareham! So we’ll done here.The last game we looked to have in control until Robert hurt his face and sadly we lost this too. Excellent play all around for much of the day and great attitudes. Special mention to Robert and Toby J for all the goals and Martha who was player of the tournament in her first matches in goal. These are worth a watch for all the players to see Maddie Hinch the current GB goalie and probably best in the world doing her thing. For outfield players look at the body position of the outfield players when they are dribbling and how far the ball is in front of them.

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Players Player of the tournament – Martha

Tom

U10s B AKA Girl Power

The B team worked hard today in blustery conditions and unlucky not to come away with a few wins.  I say the “B” team, after an initial team talk it was quickly agreed that a rebrand was on the cards and we took to the field as “Girl Power”.  “Girl Power” had an initial tough start against Hamble 1 but with some post match Haribo fuelled introspection we soon settled and played some excellent hockey against the other teams the pinnacle being a close draw against COP 2 where the girls really started to gel.  We were incredibly unlucky not to come away with a win there, we could have done with the cones being about a foot wider (parents on sidelines please take note next time).  “Girl Power” certainly grew into the games and it was encouraging to see the girls work hard for the team, play with some width and start to stretch our opponents.  I’m convinced that had we had just one more game “Girl Power” would have come away victorious, we challenged every team and only lost by a goal or two.  Nothing at all to be ashamed about, a Harry Kane like attacker would have seen us home and dry.  The Charlottes commanded the defence (we were even complemented by the COP coach on their joint performance), Anna and Lily A put in energetic performances on the wings with some good dribbling, Lily C, Amy, Sia, Lauren and Darcy rotated through midfield and attack brining some real grit to our central spine with Amy and Darcy in particular unfortunate not to get onto the scoresheet.

Players Player of the tournament – Charlotte “Dave” Barber

Neil

U10s C

The C team (yes we had a C team for the first time ever!!) had a tough tournament but looking at the smiles i think they all enjoyed themselves.  I don’t have a report and feel bad making Lizzie do one when she stepped in to help us out!  Massive thanks to Lizzie for running the C team for her first festival it is incredibly appreciated!  From what i heard the special mention has to go to Ben who played his first game in goal and by all accounts performed excellent.  Well done the whole team!

Players Player of the tournament – Ben

Next week and beyond

Next week training as usual, thought Anita (the coffee lady!) has asked me to tell you she won’t be there so bring a flask!  For U10s Tom is looking to do some specific training for the U10s in2Hockey tournament on the 24th March.  I have mentioned it but we are only  able to enter 2 teams (1 boys / 1 girls) for those not selected training will be on as usual on the 24th.

The next and final festival is the 31st March which is our home Havant tournament.  I’ll need some volunteers to help me setup a cake sale for our match shirt fund.  Anyone that would like to help organise this let me know!

28th April is the last training session with the infamous Kids V Parents matches and prize-giving.  We’ll also be organising our sponsored hockey skills / assault course day (again for our match Shirt Fund) in April as well, plus the club end of season BBQ so still lots to look forward to.

cheers

Neil

 

Hamble details

Sorry it’s last minute! Details for hamble and schedule :

I can confirm that the timings for the tournament on Sunday are as follows:

 

Under 8’s first game is at 10.00am, can teams please arrive for 9.45am for a quick coaching brief ahead of the first match. The Under 8’s will finish at 11.45am

 

Under 10’s first game is at 12.00am, can teams please arrive for 11.45am for a quick coaching brief ahead of the first match. The Under 10’s will finish at 2.10pm

 

The venue will be Hamble HC’s pitch and club house at Hamble School, SO31 4NE. Free parking is available on the school & sports centre campus.

Hamble HC Mini Festival Schedule of Games – March 3rd 2019

see you tomorrow,

neil

Hamble quick update

I’m still waiting on the final timings and schedule for Hamble, it should be 0900 for 0930 pushback U8s and 1200 for 1230 pushback U10s.  When this is confirmed i’ll update but should give you a rough idea.

U10s Shirts…

We have 3 U10s teams on Sunday.  We might not have enough shirts (especially if raining as we’ll need the U8s shirts).  Can all U10s if possible bring their navy training shirt/top or a navy t-shirt/top.  If you don’t have one no worries, we also have some navy bibs.

Weather..

Jon has asked me to let you all know that it’s going to be wet and very windy on Sunday.  Please prepare accordingly!

cheers

Neil

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