City of Portsmouth Tournament Report …

Under 8 Team

The under 8s had a great tournament in Portsmouth last weekend. Especially as several players, Kate, Josh, and Noah, played in their first ever matches. The standard of play from Havant was very good and the effort of all the team was superb. Havant won their first match and followed this up with a series of close draws, narrow defeats and a couple of little loses. The new players did really well with Noah scoring a goal! Player of the tournament was Millie for her excellent work in defence. The other goal scorers were Toby L and Pippa who are both become my regular goal scorers for the under 8 team. Theo and Toby’s long passing was excellent and Sia, Finn and Amy’s tackling was superb. Josh, Kate and Noah did really well on debut. Special mention should go Amy for forgetting her hockey stick and bringing a whole new dimension to the old coaching mantra “remember your basics”.

Tom Brixey 

Under 10 B Team

Sunday’s festival hosted by City of Portsmouth was brilliant – the sunshine, the enthusiasm, the energy, the sense of team, and the improvement as each game was played.

The Bs were represented by Darcy, Marna, Esme, Frankie, Olivia, Catalina, Ella, and Celina (not deliberately an all-girl team). And all 8 should be very proud of themselves. We may not have won a game, but we got onto the score sheet with a great goal by Frankie, and had a number of other shots from within the D. Not only that, but in two of the 6 games we had the ball in the opposition’s half and D numerous times – we just couldn’t convert more of the pressure into actual goals.

After each game we had a quick ‘what we could do better’ chat and the consistent learning points were to keep the sticks lower, particularly when defending, and to make the slap-hits really count. And in the next games, the girls improved. Marna did a number of magnificent saves on the line with her stick nice and low, and Catalina set up the one goal and 2 other shots with incredible slap-hits from well within our half and straight into the other team’s defence. The team played the width of the pitch, and ran hard to chase the opponents down.

Well done girls.


Under 10 A Team

A massive well done to the A team who remain undefeated at the end of two tournaments. It is lovely to see that they are organising themselves and are working together to create a formation which is obviously effective. I can see that they are thinking about looking for space, marking their opponents, being strong with their passes, moving forward whilst being in control of the ball and thinking about where the ball should go next in order to score goals.

Well done to Lucia who scored the most goals.

Excellent effort from Hannah, Charlie and George for making some excellent passes in order to set goals up.

Outstanding performance from Holly who continues to improve her game every week.

Great defence from Peter and Thomas, their quick thinking, correct positioning and strong passes stopped the opponents from scoring.

Sally Prior x

All in all, a great festival. And if we continue to keep focused on improving in the basics we will turn more of these games into goals and wins. So be patient with us if we repeat drills at training on Sundays – the basics really do matter.

* The next tournament is being hosted by Fareham on 10th December.



City of Portsmouth Tournament – Sunday 19th November.

The next hockey tournament will be hosted by City of Portsmouth –

University Pitches, Furze Lane, Milton, Portsmouth, PO4 8LW.

Some parking is available at the University (small fee pay and display) or on the streets around the area. Car sharing is advisable.

Under 8’s:
Under 8’s first match is starting at 9.30am so please arrive in plenty of time prior to that. The pitch gates will be open from 9.00am.  They will play on ¼ size pitches and will finish approx 11.15am.

Under 8’s Team:

  • Theo Brixey
  • Toby Letchford
  • Toby Johnson
  • Amy Hutchings
  • Sia Perold
  • Pippa Shepherd
  • Millie Edwards
  • Noah Hamlet
  • Joshua Lunn
  • Kate Charlesworth
  • Finley Burnett

Under 10’s:
Under 10’s matches will commence at 11.30am, please arrive before 11.15.  Under 10’s will play on 1/3 size pitches and will finish approx 1.50pm.

Under 10 A Team:                       Under 10 B Team:

  • Peter Smith                           Marna Stirling
  • Charlie Prior                         Megan Turner
  • Holly Illing                            Catalina Tennant
  • Hannah Poley                       Olivia Barker
  • George Jameson                   Ella Jackson
  • Thomas Burnett                   Darcy Allcock
  • Lucia Gamboa- Kerwood   Celina Handley
  • Wilf Brixey                            Frankie Green
  • Narina Paknezhad               Esme Hares

Players will be given Havant Hockey Club shirts and it would be ideal if they could wear Havant Hockey socks.

City of Portsmouth Tournament

Our next tournament will be hosted by City of Portsmouth hockey club on Sunday 19th November.   Could you please let myself or Tom know if your child is available to play in this tournament as this will help us in selecting teams.

Under 8’s will start around 9.30am, under 10’s will start around 12.  I will confirm details nearer the time.

Please let us know on Sunday at training or text me on 07789798977.


Sally Prior x


Haslemere Tournament Report


Our happy Under 10’s A Team. 

UNDER 8’s – by Tom Brixey

The under 8s started their season with some excellent performances at the Haslemere festival this Sunday. For some of the team it was their first matches against other clubs and they played brilliantly. The team drew several games, mostly thanks to excellent defence from Millie and Sia. Some rough defeats against Fareham and Gosport still saw Havant playing really well and scoring goals. All the goals were scored by Toby Letchford who was assisted in attack by Bella Bowen. The midfield were really good Theo and Toby tackled and passed the ball brilliantly and assisted goals with some great long passing. Pippa and Georgie worked really hard in midfield and dealt with their respective flu and nerves with admirable courage. A great start to the season well done all. If you weren’t in the team this time around look out future tournaments, everyone who trains will play in a tournament.

UNDER 10’s A TEAM – by Jonathan Smith 

The U10 A-team had an outstanding festival on Sunday. The score sheet itself was an incredible 100% win rate: 4-0, 3-0, 2-0, 3-1, and 3-0. But the scores only show part of the story. The teamwork was the best I’ve seen in a long time – lots of strong passes, fast runs, getting the ball out wide rather than just running down the centre, and a constant attack mentality, even when defending.

Every player was engaged and playing a part whether covering the front-line in attack, protecting the back-line in defence, or shuttling between the two.

There were some tired legs at the end which is testimony to the level of commitment being shown on the pitch.

Our toughest game was against Fareham. The 2-0 scoresheet doesn’t really show the true picture though – the first goal was about 20 seconds after the start whistle, and the second about 1 second before the final hooter. The rest of the game was truly end-to-end play, a constant cycle of attack and defend. The 3 mid-fielders definitely earned their after-match snacks!

I won’t pick a star player – everyone deserves praise. From Peter, George and Holly getting straight in to the tackles and then sending the ball out wide to players on the wings, Charlie with his blistering runs down the right, and Hannah, Frankie and Robert keeping the pressure on in the opposition’s goal area.

On a final note, some quick pointers to help with ongoing improvement:

· Remember to keep the right hand lower on the stick when receiving passes and dribbling – you will find the position much stronger, and much easier to control the ball; and
· When receiving a pass you do have time to bring the ball under control, and then look up and around for the right player to pass to – you do not have to try to slap the ball while it is in motion towards you.

But well done one and all. Great job. Very proud of you all.

UNDER 10’s B TEAM – by Barry Bradley 

What an excellent start to the season for the B team. They battled through confidently progressing with each game.  Every game was tight with Wilf managing to clear the ball forward up the pitch, Ella and Thomas defending well and Evie, Charlotte, Lucia and Thomas making a number of chances.  Their efforts were rewarded with a great goal from Esme Hares right at the end.

Well done B Team.


Next tournament is being hosted by City of Portsmouth on the 19th November.



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Haslemere Festival Sunday 15th October

Haslemere Hockey club are hosting this seasons first festival.  Start time 9.30am, team members need to be there for 9am to collect their shirts and warm up. It will be finished by mid day.

There is no training at Havant College if your child is not taking part in the festival, next training session is Sunday 21st October.

It is taking place at The Edge, Woolmer Hill Rd, Haslemere. GU271QB.
There is free parking on site. Please try and park in the two lower car parks, which are the first ones you get to, rather than the upper car park which the rugby teams generally use. There is also some parking available in Woolmer Hill school car park.

Refreshments will be available at the club house.

Can you please let me know by texting me if you child can play on 07789798977


Toby Letchford, Toby Johnson, Sia Perrold, Amy Hutchings, Fin Burnett

Pippa Shepherd, Theo Brixey, Millie Edwards, Georgie Webb, Bella Bowen.


Charlie Prior, George Jameson, Hannah Poley, Frankie Green, Holly Illing,

Robert Procter, Peter Smith.


Lucia Gamboa-Kerwood, Wilf Brixey, Esme Hares, Thomas Burnett,

Charlotte Barber, Evie Reah, Ella Jackson, Megan Turner, Catalina Tennant.


Sally Prior x 




Charity Cake Sale

Morning all … daughter Maddi and her friend Demi have been set a school project to raise money for a charity – they have decided to bake some cakes to sell at today’s hockey training – their chosen charity is St Wilfrid’s hospice in Chichester.

If you could all bring along some small change to support them I would be most appreciative …..(no pressure though)!

See you all soon,

Sally x


New season starts tomorrow!

The mini’s are back to training tomorrow morning and Tom has asked if any of the under 8 parents want to put their trainers on and help out? Any help is appreciated.

Training starts at 9am and finishes at 11am. Please remember shin pads and mouth guards.

See you all in the morning.

Sally xx


Back to hockey !!

Looking forward to seeing you all for a new hockey season!

We start back on Sunday 10th September 9am – 11am at Havant College.

I am managing the Mini’s again this season so if you have any questions please contact me, Sally Prior, on 07789 798977.

Please go onto the club website log in and check all your contact details.  This years membership rates and the club bank account details can be also be found on there.

See you all on the 10th.


Sally X










Under 12 boys – First training session Monday Sept 4th – 6pm to 7.30pm

Looking forward to seeing any boys who are moving up to the under 12’s this year. The first training session is Monday Sept 4th at 6pm at Havant College.

The U12 boys lead coach this year is Scott Curwood and Helen Watson will be the team admin manager.  Email if you have any questions.

Please go onto the club website log in and check all your contact details. This is really important as parents do not have to stay at the training sessions but we will need to have contact details.

This years membership rates and the club bank account details can be also be found.

See you on Monday 🙂

Helen Watson

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