Mini Tournaments 18/19

The dates are in for the 2018/19 mini tournaments/festivals, get them in the diary!

  • Sun 21st Oct – Fareham
  • Sun 28th Oct – Haslemere
  • Sun 18th Nov – City of Portsmouth
  • Sun 9th Dec – Gosport
  • Sun 13th Jan – Chichester
  • Sun 3rd Feb – Petersfield
  • Sun 3rd March – Hamble
  • Sun 31st March – Havant

These events are a fun and friendly group of matches against other mini sections from local clubs.  Each club hosts the other clubs at their pitch and we play a round robin of short games.  The focus is on joining in and having fun for the children (and tea/cake for the adults!).

As space is limited the coaches will usually pick two teams from both the U8s and U10s for each tournament depending on availability.  All children will get a chance to play in a team throughout the season so if your child isn’t selected for the first tournament don’t worry.

If you can’t make any of the dates, please let us know ahead of time so we can plan the teams accordingly.  Just drop me an email.

Looking forward to some great hockey..

Neil

 

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Great to be back!

Thank you all for turning up to our first training session today, it was good to see so many retuning players and new faces joining our teams with such enthusiasm and energy.

There were a few questions that came up today so thought i would clarify!

Club Kit

As you have probably seen we have a new kit supplier for Club Playing Kit which can be ordered online for club members.  Go to the club website click on the login link and then select “shop” for access to the online store.

There is no requirement for the minis to purchase a playing shirt at this time.  We’ll continue to use last seasons shirts for tournaments and will hand them out on the day via your coaches as normal.

Of course if you want to buy your child one of the new shirts (great Christmas present!) you are more than welcome, however they are not a requirement for tournaments for this season.

The only thing unavailable from the online store is the new club socks.  You can buy these direct from myself at training, the cost is £10.  I have about 10 pairs in stock size 12-2.  If you want a pair let me know.

Tournament Dates

I don’t have the dates yet for the tournaments and i know we are all keen to get them in the diary.  As soon as i have confirmation i’ll update the blog.

Earrings

Players are required to remove their earrings or cover them with tape for training.

Membership

Membership needs to be paid by the end of October, details are on the club website.

New members are more than welcome to attend our training (for free!) as a taster, however we ask that you join the club before the end of October if you intend to continue for the season (and we hope you do!).

Next Week

Sophie will be taking the register next week as i’m away for the weekend (i know shocking so early in the season).  Please make sure you tick the register so we comply with our safeguarding policies.

Jon will be coaching the U8’s and Tom the U10’s for this session.

Any questions let me know via email or mobile : 07932 746174.

thanks

Neil

 

 

 

 

Back to hockey!

Welcome back..

The new hockey season is upon us and i’m looking forward to seeing you all again in the Minis.

Our first session back is the 16th September 9am – 11am at Havant College.  

As usual please make sure your child has a gum shield and shin pads.  We’ll have spare sticks if they’ve grown over the summer!

New coaches..

This seasons we have some new coaches joining us in the minis section.

Tom will moving up from the Under 8s and coaching the Under 10s this season.

James and Jon will be coaching our Under 8s.

We’ll also have Nikki joining us as an assistant coach for both teams.

As usual we encourage all of the parents to get involved if you want to, no hockey experience required just a pair of trainers and willing!

New kit..

For our first session back we’ll also have our new kit suppliers there with a selection of the new kit to see.  It will all be available online, details to follow.

Contact details..

If you could also check your contact details on the club website are up to date that would be appreciated.  Just log in at the club website , this years membership, bank details etc are also there.

Questions..

I’ve got some big shoes to fill taking over the minis manager role from Sally, i’ll do my best however if you have any questions you can contact me on :07932 746174 or via email.

See you on the 16th.

Neil

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of season training session!

This Sunday is the last training session of the Hockey season (booooooooooooo).

The session will be at the usual time 9am – 11am but will be run slightly differently, we will be doing mini games and parents v kids matches – wear your trainers adults!

At 10.30 we will stop for treats followed by an awards ceremony.

Awards are given for: Players player – Most improved player – Coaches player of the season for both age groups, boys and girls.

Both myself and Tom will need to know who your child has chosen as their players player – If your child is under 10 please text their answer to me on 07789  798977 and if your child is in the under 8’s please text Tom on 07867 419027.

Our lovely coffee lady will be there this Sunday.

Regards

Sally X

I will be in touch with regards to when in September the season will start again.

 

 

 

Chichester Tournament Report

The final festival of the season was the final game in the under 8s for many and in all minis teams for lots of the under 10s. The day saw some excellent hockey, baking temperatures, and excellent cakes.

Under 8’s

The under 8 B team was another very young side managed this week by Neil. The team started with an excellent 0-0 draw which showed their tenacity and grit. Without the dribbling of Rocco and the tackling of Finn, Kate and Lauren the team found it harder to get into games this week. This was even with some notable performances from ringers like Thomas, Martha, Theo and Millie, a few of whom benefited from the EPO of age group sport ’le doppage de l’annee’. Josh again battled bravely putting in some fine performances. Flora, Iris and Maisie showed real improvements again and excellent attitudes. Georgie’s quality running with the ball was diminished through illness but she contributed well as always. The standout player of the tournament this week was Beatrix, who played superbly. Playing less like one of Potter’s whimsical creations but more akin to the magic potion empowered Gaul’s of Goscinny and Uderzo she drove her team on excellently.

The under 8 As two weekend in hockey rather mirror Arsene Wengers Arsenal career. Invincible last weekend playing confident, free flowing and excellent hockey. This week weakened by the kryptonian effects of suncream, the heat and the cakes the team was far less consistent. They started excellently with two wins and Finn’s first goals of the season. The day then saw less excellent team performances and as many of the team struggled for consistency. Theo, so often Vierra, was today more Wilshere, flashes of inspiration but limited by a near fatal scratch on his knuckle. Finn, like Giroud, goals then not so many goals. Pippa Pires like class and skill but Ozil esq also. Toby Letchford showed magnificent and powerful dribbling. Sia played some of her best hockey of her season with excellent hard work. Maisie made her A team debut and did really well in attack. Millie and Toby were superb, like Thor and a Valkyrie, never gave up, passed well and fought all day. Like Wenger the players should be judged on the whole range of their achievements not just the last bit, and I bet no one made him wear sun cream, the team have got better all year and have been a pleasure to coach. Keep practicing over the summer, come along next week for some end of season fun, come back next year.

Coaching the under 8s is lots of fun but I’m going to stop doing it next year. Anyone who thinks they’d like to take it on or do s bit to keep the team running, let me know.

Tom

Under 10 A Team 

The Havant under 10 A team were an absolute pleasure to coach and testament to Andy and Jonathon their normal coaches. The team won all their games with minimal input from me. Older spectators were reminder of Havant’s halcyon years of 1990s domestic and European dominance. The defence conceded only one goal as Wilf and Marna tackled bravely and passed well. There marking was so good one Brighton player accused Wilf of stalking, after asking what this meant he was rather pleased with this back handed compliment. The attack and midfield were superb. Many of the best attacks came down the wings through George and Charlie who were absolutely superb. Lucia and Robert played really well in a wide number of positions. Theo and Holly provided the majority of the goals with brilliant link up play, sharp finishing and dribbling. My player of the tournament is Hanna who was a disciplined and consistent central midfielder. The game of the day was against a very physical Brighton team. The team did not react to the pushing, shoving or indeed shouting. Kept playing excellently and scored a superb goal after Garcia esq dribbling from Charlie, a Sixsmithish drive from Holly and a volleyed finish even Imran Sherwani himself would have been proud of. Having seen many of this team play under 8 B team hockey 3 and 4 years ago, and not often win, it was a real joy to see such excellence and success today. Well done all. Kids, look up the old hockey references!!

Under 10 B Team 

On a blisteringly hot day we had our last festival of the 2017/18 season and ended with some very hot and tired Under-10s.

The Bs started out with Evie, Robert, Thomas, Esme, Martha, Catalina, Frankie, Olivia and Megan, with Robert swapping to the As and Peter swapping over to the Bs after the first match. We also lost Frankie part way through and so played the rest with no subs.

It was tough day with some really hard matches, but the team played their hearts out again, and as with the previous festivals, got better with each match.

Thomas, Peter, Megan, and Olivia were fast on their feet, covering the ground between defence and mid-field quickly and with strength, retrieving the ball and moving it on with some really good passes.

Catalina made some cracking saves in the D, without which the score-line would have been very different.

And Frankie, Esme, Evie, and Martha made sure we had players near the opposition’s goal. There were lots of good attempts at goals, and it was largely bad luck that kept the ball out.

Unlike the Havant festival, we didn’t post any wins, but we did finish on two draws – a 1-1 and 0-0.

The faces at the end said it all – hot and tired. We could not have asked for more. I’m not posting a ‘player of the match’ today – they all deserve it.
Jonathan

Havant Tournament Report

What a FAB tournament on Sunday……Thank you to everyone that helped out and a massive thank you for all the donations of cakes.

Under 8’s 

Sunday saw Havant under 8s field two strong teams for the Havant mini hockey festival a more experienced A team and a much younger B team, for many of whom it was their first tournament and a useful learning experience. .

In the B team all of the squad of 10 played in several different positions during the morning and it was great to see them all thinking about how to attack and defend. Flora, in her first tournament, grew in confidence throughout the games and it was great to see growing positional awareness and real energy from Maisie. Noah saved several goals by blocking superbly on the line and Finn, who even played for another team for one game, never seemed to run out of energy as he covered every inch of the pitch. Iris got better and better as she tried several positions, including sweeper and Georgie played bravely after coming back from a recent injury. Kate, one of the more experienced members of the team, made life very difficult for many of the opposition as she fought hard to win the ball and Lauren tried again and again to move the team up the pitch with some strong through balls. Rocco, an excellent addition to the team dribbled the ball well and is an excellent prospect for the future. Josh was then voted player of the tournament for his determination in blocking attacking plays again and again and clearing our lines brilliantly. A massive thank you to Chad for running the team.

The A team played some excellent hockey and it was a real pleasure to see how much this group of young players has improved from last season. The team lost one game against the run of play to Petersfield and won games against strong Fareham, City of Portsmouth and Gosport teams. The game of the tournament was an exciting and very quality 2-2 draw with another of City of Portsmouth’s teams. Highlights were the excellent passing and the number of goals scored. Special mention to Millie for her first ever goals, Pippa for more goals to add to her tally for the season, Toby for his excellent passing in midfield and Toby Letchford for brave running with the ball. Beatrix did well playing with much older players and Amy and Sia defended excellently. Players of the tournament were Rebecca, Theo and Millie jointly.

Well done to the whole squad and we look forward to seeing you all again next time. Thank you to everyone who organised the day, especially Sally. The young umpires were the best we’ve had all year and the cakes were delicious!

Under 10’s 

Without exception, the Bs played the best hockey we have seen them play this season, and it showed in the results: over six games the team won 3 and lost 3, but each game very tightly contested. The scores were (with Havant’s score first) 1-2, 1-0, 0-1, 1-2, 2-1, and 2-1.

Our defence was the strongest I’ve seen, centred around Thomas who at times forgot he was in defence and had to charge back from the opposition’s D to protect our goal – which he did with some great running, sometimes picking the ball off the attackers on his way back. Darcy, Martha, and others when substitutions demanded, worked together to ensure we covered our D.

Our mid-fielders ran so much their faces were bright red after every game. The core in mid were Jennifer, Olivia, and Ella, and they covered their ground with strength, speed, and courage, rotating between each other left, centre and right.

And up front we had some great skill with Frankie, Evie, Megan and Esme – some tense tussles with our oppositions’ defenders, and some great goals made the efforts worthwhile.

It is always difficult to pick out individuals, but for me my three players of the match were Frankie, Olivia, and Thomas. All three persisted in their positions, working hard, and making it really difficult for the opposition. They created some nail-biting moments (my heart took ages to slow down) and were awesome.

I would also like to pick out some who I think improved the most through the 6 matches:

· Megan, who immediately out into practice the coach’s instruction to make the slap-passes count (no more feeble taps);
· Martha, who went from a more timid defence to a thoroughly tenacious mid-fielder;
· Jennifer, whose confidence in picking up the ball off attackers and moving it on with strength and speed increased with each game.

But more important, hockey is a team game, and we only ever succeed when we work as a team – and that’s why Sunday was so good. All the players worked together, communicating as they played, and even the subs were shouting encouragement. There were no moans when substitutions were made, even when people were sub’d into a different position to their preferred one (sometimes we simply have to play where the team needs us).

And finally, a massive thanks to the parents – their cheering, shouting, and encouragement really made the difference for the team.

The A team remained unbeaten through all their games, winning five games and drawing one without conceding a goal.
In defence and midfield Wilf, Hannah, Peter Aaron, George and Lucia all defended brilliantly and worked the ball forward quickly to the forwards where Charlie, Holly, Theo and Charlotte passed unselfishly to each other scoring regularly throughout the festival.

An excellent team performance on the day putting into practice the passing and movement off the ball we work on at training every Sunday morning.

Well done team!!!!! 

 

Chichester Tournament 22nd April

Dear All,

This Sunday is the last tournament of the season and is hosted by-  Chichester Hockey Club. 

It will be at Chichester College, PO19 1SB. You will need to pay for Parking. Refreshments are available.

Under 8’s please arrive by 9.15 to warm up.

Under 10’s please arrive by 11.15 to warm up.

Under 8’s A Team
Theo Brixey
Toby Letchford
Toby Johnson
Pippa Shepherd
Millie Edwards
Sia Perrold
Beatrix Allcock
Fin Burnett

Under 8’s B Team 
Rocco Hobden
Josh Lunn
Kate Charlesworth
Maisie
Flora Reeves
Iris Reah
Lauren Barber
Georgie Webb

Under 10 A Team
Charlie Prior
George Jameson
Holly Illing
Hannah Poley
Wilf Brixey
Lucia Gamboa-Kerwood
Theo Gardner
Marna Stirling
Olivia Barker

Under 10 B Team
Evie Reah
Robert Procter
Thomas Burnett
Esme Hares
Martha Reah
Catalina Tennant
Celina Handley
Frankie Green
Megan Turner

Any problems please contact me on 07789798977.

Regards

Sally Prior X

 

 

Havant Tournament 15th April

We are hosting the tournament this coming Sunday 15th April.

 Start time for under 8’s 9.30 – please arrive to warm up from 9am. 

Start time for under 10’s 11.30 – please arrive to warm up from 11.00am

Under 8’s A Team 

Pippa Shepherd
Theo Brixey
Toby Johnson
Toby Letchford
Amy Hutchings
Millie Edwards
Rebecca Crang
Sia Perold
Beatrix Allcock

Under 8’s B Team 

Rocco Hobden
Josh Lunn
Kate Charlesworth
Noah Hamlet
Lauren Barber
Georgie Webb
Maisie Stanley
Fin Burnett
Flora Reeves
Iris Reah
Under 10 A Team

Charlie Prior
George Jameson
Peter Smith
Hannah Poley
Lucia Gamboa-Kerwood
Aaron Richards
Jemima Greenhalgh
Holly Illing
Marna Stirling
Theo Gardner
Wilf Brixey
Charlotte Barber

Under 10 B Team 

Evie Reah
Frankie Green
Olivia Barker
Thomas Burnett
Megan Turner
Esme Hares
Ella Jackson
Martha Reah
Darcy Allcock
Jennifer Crang
Catalina Tennant

(Please note we will be rolling subs throughout the tournament)

Please can all parents make sure your child is wearing Havant Hockey socks, we have the tournament shirts to hand out.

Please bring cakes for us to sell!

Thank you ….. Sally X

 

 

Havant Tournament 15th April

Just to remind you all that we are hosting the next tournament on Sunday 15th April.

Myself and Tom would like to involve as many under 10’s and under 8’s as possible.

I will be putting teams together on 8th April.  Please let me know if you are NOT available so we don’t include your child in a team.  (Email or text me)

We like to sell cakes on the day so I would be grateful for donations of cakes, cookies, brownies etc …..Get Baking! x

Also our end of season raffle tickets are now available to purchase on the HHC website.  Some great prizes to be won!

Regards

Sally Prior 

 

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