Chichester Match Report

What a brilliant day for the Minis at the Chichester festival.  It was great to see so many players and parents supporting the U8s and U10s.  Thank-you all for supporting the club.

If you have any pictures you’d like to post up let me know.  See you all next Sunday as usual…. now onto the match reports…


For the first time we had 2 U8s teams which is fantastic, maybe we can look to get that 3rd U10 team out as well next time!

I hear that the U8 Alligators were unbeaten this tournament!  what a great result and well-done everyone.  I also hear that the U8 Bears won a few, drew a few and lost a couple (thats the report i got from James as he headed off to coach the u12s! – he doesn’t stop).  All i can say is that the smiles on everyones faces told the story of a really successful tournament for Havant U8s.

Players Player Alligators – Toby Illing

Players Player Bears – Lily Hughes

U10s Alligators

It was great to see so many players from the local clubs and Havant playing at Chichester this Sunday. I can’t remember seeing such a busy festival. All the Havant Alligators played really well and represented the club brilliantly with their attitude and approach to the games.

We won less than we have done this year but still beat City of Portsmouth and Haslemere and drew with a strong Gosport team. We lost to good Fareham and Chichester teams who had some excellent individual players. Ella excelled on the right wing and Holy was equally dangerous on the left. Thomas and Robert battled strongly in midfield. Charlotte and Theo looked very solid at the back and Theo’s long passing was very good. Masy really improved throughout the games and played some good hockey. Austin’s tackling was brilliant and he neatly scored a first goal, next time he will get one! Tori gets a special mention for being very excited about sweets and for some really good defending. The last three players have only started this year so did well to join in with a team of more experienced players. Special mention to Celina who played with real pace and tenacity before being injured in the knee, get well soon!

The team will get better and better if they keep their approach to the game and keep learning to pass the ball quickly. See you all at training next week.

Players’ player – Holly and Ella
Coach’s player – Theo and Ella


U10s Bears

As Lionel Messi once said “there are more important things in life than winning or loosing a game” and in the case of the Havant Bears that “thing” could potentially be fizzy haribo!

We had a younger team today with a number of the team playing their first ever tournament. There were tough games against the first teams of most clubs but we were not outshone by any stretch of the imagination, only losing by a goal or two which quite easily could have gone the other way. The team held their own and i’m convinced if we keep working hard at training it won’t be long before we turn these narrow results around. The main thing is that all the kids kept their attitude positive and played their hearts out. I also liked some of their creative ideas to improving our tactics; “everyone just stand in the goal with one attacker” being offered, as was “everyone play in any position” – the All Blacks of hockey. Luckily they kept to the game plan and we scored in our final match (i’m calling it a goal, it was over the post) against haslemere showing that hard work pays off.
We had two great defenders today in Pippa and Alice showing grit and determination at the back. Our midfield dynamos of Toby J and Millie worked hard as usual from defence to attack getting the team moving. Toby J’s long passes were very good as was Millies tackling. Martha played a sometimes lonely role up front but she showed good movement to keep the opposition on their toes. Lara, Rebecca and Toby L moved well on the wings keeping good width for the team and giving options to play the ball wide. Toby L made some good runs with pace. Imogen and Danny in their first tournaments played across positions in the team and their efforts were excellent. Danny made a number of key tackles and Imogen had some great movement up front.

Player’s Player – Alice (first tournament – excellent effort!)
Coach’s Player – Millie



One final note!

There is a new club match shirt as modelled by Toby below.  There is no pressure to buy this shirt, we’ll stick with our current match shirts for the foreseeable future.  However if you’d like a shirt (or any other kit) for training you can purchase from the club shop which is accessible from your dashboard on the club website (go here), you’ll also be able to pick a shirt number for your child that they’ll keep for as long as they play at the club.

Ideally i’d love to be able to replace our older match shirts with the new ones, if anyone knows of any opportunities for sponsorship for the minis we can talk to the club (50 shirts would cost about £1,400).  Let me know! – Neil




Chichester Tournament Details

Details for the tournament on Sunday….

Address :

Chichester College PO19 1SB

Parking :

Plenty of parking at Chichester College but you will need change for the car park, you can’t use your phone to pay 😦

Timing :

U8s 0915 for 0945 pushback – (note the pitch won’t be opened till 0930, so meetup outside the gate to the pitch), you’ll be finished at around 1130.

U10s 1115 for 1145 pushback, you’ll be finished around 1400.

Schedules :

190113 chi hc u8 festival schedule – final

190113 chi hc u10 festival schedule – final

Availability :

Reminder; if your child has been picked and can’t make it please let me know ASAP so we can give another child a game.

See you on Sunday, remember stick, gum shield and shinpads – shirts we’ll hand out on the day.



Chichester Teams Up!

Hi all,  teams for Chichester on Sunday below from James and Tom.

If you can’t make it or there’s a problem please let me know (07932 746174 /  I’ll post further details on timings, schedule etc as i get them.

U8 Alligators Team  :

  • Austin Mayhead
  • Flora Reeves
  • Kate Charlesworth
  • Maisie Illing
  • Noah Hamlet
  • Rafa Perez-Sykes
  • Iris Reah
  • Emma Lovell
  • Isaac Lovell

U8 Bears Team  :

  • Finley Burnett
  • Josh Lunn
  • Lily Hughes
  • Toby Illing
  • George Oliver
  • Lucy Maier
  • Molly Gray
  • Arlena Fudge
  • Arabella Huxam
  • Kanvar Laly

 U10 Alligators Team :

  • Celina Handley
  • Charlotte Barber
  • Ella Jackson
  • Holly Illing
  • Masy Parker
  • Robert Procter
  • Theo Brixey
  • Thomas Burnett
  • Tori Bellenger
  • Austin Williams

U10 Bears Team :

  • Georgie Webb
  • Lara O’Dea
  • Millie Edwards
  • Pippa Shepherd
  • Rebecca Crang
  • Toby Letchford
  • Toby Johnson
  • Alice O’Brien
  • Danny Wadey
  • Imogen Laycock




Happy New Year!

Great to see everyone back at hockey training today, lots of smiling faces as usual and some great skills on display!

As i’m hoping you are all aware it’s the Chichester Tournament next week and therefore no training at Havant College.  Details are to follow for the tournament, U8’s will be around 0900 – 1200 ish and U10s 1200 – 1430 ish as usual.

James and Tom are picking the teams this week but it’s really important that we understand availability.  We want to get as many kids playing as possible but we can only do that if we have full teams committed.  I think we’ll be able to have 2 U8’s and definitely 2 U10 teams, potentially 3 if everyone is free.

Let me know (07932 746174 /  if you can’t make it so i can confirm with Chichester on Wednesday.












Merry Christmas!

What a great inaugural Minis Hockey Party we had today!  The weather held out for us and it was brilliant to see so many kids and parents get involved and playing santa

A massive thank-you to everyone that helped out with food, teas, drinks, washing up, lifts and the bar.    A real team effort!

If there are any party photos you want me to post on the blog mail them to me as usual :

Our next training session is on the 6th January.

From Tom, James, Jon and myself have a very Merry Christmas and we’ll see you in the new year for more Hockey fun.



Gosport Match Report!

Many thanks to all the parents that supported and players that turned out for Team Havant today, i have to say it was some of the best Hockey i’ve seen so far across all teams.  Well done!

If any parents have any photos they’d like me to add to the blog for the match report, please mail them over :

Next Sunday is our Christmas Hockey Party (i may have mentioned this!). Christmas hats a must for training, Christmas jumpers for the party afterwards. Thanks so much to everyone that is helping out.

8s Match Report

Firstly a massive thanks to Chad for stepping in to help coach, herd and carry the coats/hats/gloves/scarves of the U8s today.

The U8s go from strength to strength in a defensive display that saw the team only concede 4 goals in the whole tournament over 7 games. This wasn’t just an exercise in parking the bus though, the team worked tirelessly and created good chances that saw a total of 7 goals being scored. Standout results have to be the barnstorming 2-0 win over Fareham and workmanlike 3-0 win over Gosport.

Toby has to have the goal of the tournament after going past 3 players to score twice in an unlucky narrow loss to Chichester 2-3. Some great work on the wing from Fin and Noah with good positive dribbling. George and Austin in defence were really good in their positioning and marking of the opposition. Rafa and Josh in midfield made some decisive running and good passes. Kate and Lily were their usual bossing selves running tirelessly to close down the opposition. Flora, Lucy and Maisie linked up well with good passing down the pitch.

A great result for the team, well done!



An excellent day of hockey was, as Robert put it “the best we’ve done all year”. The A and B teams supported each other excellently with several players playing in both teams. Both teams played the best they have this season and Gosport were excellent hosts.

10 A Match Report

The A team won all of their games with the exception of one strange 0-0 draw with Haslemere. Again the team improved across the games and scored some excellent team goals. The highlight was a fast passing move that led to Theo setting up Ella for a far post deflection. We also passed and used the space available on the bigger pitches at Gosport really well. Special mention to Megan, Charlotte and Lauren in their first games in this team. Ella, also in her first games in the A team this year, was my player of the tournament for her positional play, skill and tenacity (hope the legs ok!). Hollie, Robert and Thomas played key roles in scoring and making goals and are all developing into superb players. Lara was again tenacious and ran brilliantly. “Dave” was super solid in defence and started lots of our attack’s from there. Cameo’s from Rebecca, Millie and Theo helped the team too, with Theo scoring and assisting against one of the Haslemere teams. Top scorers were Robert and Ella and players player of the tournament was Hollie. Well done all, if we keep getting this much better each festival we’ll be world champions by Easter.

Christmas fun next week, bring hats!


10s B Match Report

How can i add to what Tom has said, a new look B team took to the pitch today and did themselves and the club proud. We didn’t win but had a solid draw against a strong Haslemere team and 3 very narrow losses (0-1)against Fareham, Chichester and COP which could have easily gone the other way. With some of our missing players on the pitch next time adding some firepower up front i think we’ll be giving teams in the next tournament a good run for their money. We left the tournament in good spirits (and haribo) having played well in all our games.

The defenders battled well with solid performances from Amy, Sia and Fin tacking hard. Millie and Theo were the midfield dynamo in both defence and attack being part of every move for the team. Rebecca and Toby on the wings moved well and showed some good dribbling and brought some width to our play. Lily A I think played everywhere for us at some point, showing great commitment. Lilly C in her first tournament showed excellent movement and was unlucky not to score early against Fareham.

To show it was a real team performance the players player of the tournament was a 3 way tie with  Lilly C, Theo and Toby. My player of the tournament was Millie for her tireless work for the team in midfield.





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