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!!!!! 

 

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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 

 

In2Hockey under 10 girls – tournament write up !

Well done to all of the girls that took part in today’s In2hockey tournament up at Haslemere. It was a very long day for them all, thank you to Mrs Poley for supplying oranges and brownies and to Marna for baking some lovely biscuits which I am sure kept the girls energised.

We were in a pool against 4 other teams  – Andover, Romsey, Aldershot & Farnham and Yately.  It was a very competitive tournament and all of the girls gave 100%.  We may not have won but we battled hard and improved in every game.  I hope the girls gained some experience from today’s tournament.

Evie and Marna shared the role of goal keeper …. Excellent effort girls you made some great saves.

The rest of the team – Holly, Hannah, Lucia, Frankie and Catalina played well trying hard to get possession of the ball, Charlotte and Jemima made a real difference in defence tackling hard and clearing the ball.

A special thank you to Molly for being our umpire today.

A big thank you to all the parents that have spent the day supporting their girls.

Please remember there is no training on Easter Sunday, see you all on the 8th April.

Regards

Sally Xxx

 

 

 

In2Hockey Tournment -25th March

 

 

The Team –

The under 10’s girls team for next Sunday’s In2hockey tournament:

Evie Reah,  Marna Stirling – Goal keepers

Holly Illing, Hannah Poley, Lucia Gamboa-Kerwood, Catalina Tennant, Frankie Green, Jemima Greenhalgh,  Charlotte Barber.

All girls should be in Havant kit. Socks are a must, with a skort or navy leggings. I have the tournament shirts which I will hand out on the day.

Location – 

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

Tournament Layout – 

Sunday morning training is still on and I would be grateful if you could attend to practise skills, short corners and general team format.

Please arrive at Haslemere for 12:00

Every team is placed in to a group, you play each team, there will be a semi final and then final. Matches will be 12 minutes (one way only). There will be central timing.  The day may not finish until 4pm, however if we get knocked out then you are free to go home.

Please make sure your child has enough food and drink to keep them going, warm clothes etc.

If you have any questions please contact me on 07789798977.

Regards

Sally

 

 

Snow ! Training cancelled!!!

Dear All,

I have just driven over and checked the pitch it is covered in a couple of inches of snow so we are going to have to cancel this mornings training session.

Apologies – !!!!

Sally X

Information and Dates !

Dear All,

I thought I would update you what is happening over the next few weeks……

Sunday 18th March – Normal Training

Sunday 25th March – Normal Training

In2hockey Tournament – I will be sending out an email of the girls I have chosen to take part in the In2hockey under 10’s tournament shortly.  This is on Sunday 25th March in the afternoon at Haslemere hockey club.

Easter Sunday  – There will be no training session on Sunday 1st April as we will all be busy searching for the chocolate eggs the Easter bunny has left!

Sunday April 15th Havant Hockey Tournament – We will be hosting our tournament on this date.  Please can I ask all parents to get baking so that we have a cake sale.  I would love some volunteers to help out with jobs on that day so please let me know if you can help.

Sunday 22nd April – Chichester Tournament

Sunday 29th April End of season party – This will be our last training session of the season Boooooooooooooo!!!! Let’s make it a fun session,  Parents V Kids games will be included (wear your trainers).  After the session I will be organising a picnic for the kids followed by a prize giving so it is likely the session will be longer than normal.

A date for the start of the new season will be out in August.

My son Charlie will be moving up into the under 12 section in September and so therefore I can no longer manager the mini section (bad times, I love it!!) Please contact me via email or text if this is something you would be willing to take on. 

Regards Sally Prior X

 

 

 

 

Petersfield Tournament Cancelled

Just to keep you all updated Petersfield have decided to cancel this Sunday’s tournament due to the recent bad weather.  Currently their pitch is covered in 3 inches of snow and may not clear by Sunday.

We have also decided not to run a training session at Havant this Sunday in case of continued bad weather.  Enjoy the lay in guys ……

See you all on 11th March.

Regards

Sally X 

 

 

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