vs Fleet and Ewshot Tournament - 30 Jan 2011

Home Score: 0 - Opposition Score: 0

Match Result: Draw

An intrepid squad of 20 able and willing U8s accompanied by a group of very game parents gathered at the Fleet and Ewshot tournament on Sunday 30th January. We were told to wrap up warm and wear plenty of layers in anticipation of the cold. It certainly was extremely cold, although this didn't have any negative impact whatsoever on our enthusiastic youngsters who turned up keen to represent the Club and match their skills against different players and different teams.

We split into two teams of 10 of mixed ability (testament to our strength in depth that we can generally field two teams at a minis tournament) and became the Haslemere Oranges and the Haslemere Limes. Each team was also split equally between boys and girls. As the day was so cold we rolled players on and off at two minute intervals - this meant that everyone got to play as much hockey as possible. Both teams played four 10-minute matches, generally eight-a-side. For those who had not played at a tournament before, this was a great experience of proper matches with real umpires.

The Haslemere Oranges came away with two wins, one draw and one defeat, marginally better than the Limes who achieved one win, one draw and two defeats, at the hands of the home side and a very well-drilled side from Woking. All in all a fantastic experience, and something which can only add to our youngsters' hockey development.

Thanks on this occasion to Richard Hoe and Paul Ashford for managing the two teams, and as always to all parents who ferried the children to and from the Tournament and provided such vocal and enthusiastic support.

vs Winchester Minis Tournament - 31 Oct 2010

Home Score: 0 - Opposition Score: 0

Match Result: Draw

On a dull and somewhat rainy Sunday morning a squad of twenty U8s met at Winchester for the next in this seasons round of minis mixed hockey tournaments. We entered two teams into the tournament and were playing Basingstoke, Winchester and Trojans U8s.

It is a sign of how strong junior hockey is at Haslemere, that we were the only team to enter 2 teams at this age group. We balanced both teams out based on age, gender and experience. So when the Haslemere Oranges met the Haslemere Limes both the games were very close and great fun to watch as a spectator. The Limes won the first game by a single goal, and the second game was drawn 2-2. Other than that the Limes had great fun in winning all their games against the other clubs, and the Haslemere Oranges went on to win most of their games.

As a coach and parent it was great to see all twenty kids so excited before, during and after the tournament. The three cheers that our teams gave the opposition after each game were definitely the loudest, and the banter amongst the children about goals scored and just missed was fun to listen to.

This was the first tournament for a number of our U7 year olds, and they all did very well indeed. Each club had its experienced and very skilful players, however the reason that Haslemere won so many games was the general level of all our players was very good.

Thanks to all the parents who ferried their children to the tournament, and provided such good encouragement and support from the sidelines.

Neil Francis

vs Tournament - 26 Sep 2010

Home Score: 0 - Opposition Score: 0

Match Result: Draw

HHC's under 8s began their season with a fantastic performance at Alton HC's minifest at Lord Wandsworth College. 5 teams had entered the festival, but with one team unable to play. HHC split in to two groups, with one bearing the HHC name and the other, teamed with Fleet HC, bearing the name "the all stars". The boys and girls all played their hearts out and enjoyed a very competitive morning's tournament which was played in excellent spirit by all involved. At this level the experience of playing matches and learning about the game is certainly the main agenda, however, I should note that both of our teams won every game except when matched against each other, which the "all stars" edged 3:2. With the tournament completed a very tired and happy group of HHC youngsters left the pitch with their heads held high and excited about their hockey.

Thank you to the U8s and their parents who provided enthusiastic support and very much got into the spirit of the day. "Three cheers" to all.

Richard Hoe


Alex B
Millie C
Harvey H
Jonathan H
Clara H
Charlotte N
Alfie R
Alice R
Alexandra T
Louis WW