Fareham Hockey Club hosts another successful junior tournament…

On a glorious sunny day, 12 local hockey Clubs joined Fareham for an end of season tournament.

Approximately 100 keen and energetic players, accompanied by equally enthusiastic parents, were hosted at Fareham’s purpose built Hockey Club (beside Henry Cort School). It was a fun day for all the children, with some competitive hockey thrown in. Playing on quarter pitches, the organisation was precision timed.

Appropriate rules for this age group were strictly adhered to by Fareham’s group of young Umpires, led by Murray Watson. Music was mostly “old school” thanks to Rob Fryer, who also compered the proceedings throughout. Freshly cooked food was once again provided by Chris Davey and Lee Tagg. The Club bar was open all day for refreshments.

A highlight of the day, according to the children. was a team Dance-In, where all the players danced against each other in their respective teams. Ultimately, the winning entrants (Romsey) were awarded sweets by master of ceremonies Nigel Cook.

After a suitably timed lunch break, the Finals were played for the coveted Fareham Challenge Trophy - Bournemouth were the overall winners, with Petersfield worthy runners up and Romsey third.

Accolades received by Fareham Hockey Club include…

Can I take a moment to thank Fareham for the amazing day they organised for the u8s!! Great organisation, good umpiring, great food, fabulous to have music at a festival and the amazing weather was just icing on the cake.The children had great fun, it was a super way to end a season, thank you. We will put a date in the diary for next year.

Kate, U8s coach BHC

Hi Nigel, I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful tournament you arranged today. How nice for the kids that there was something to play for, even if we (Romsey) were not the winners in the end. Sebastian, Olivia and I had a really fun day and hope you will be running it again next year.

Richard (Wells)

Dear Cookie, Thank you very much for hosting the u8 on Sunday. Our Haslemere U8s had a fantastic day. They particularly enjoyed the dance off! Well organised fun!

Jill Westley, Manager Haslemere U8s.

Hi, Just a quick email to thank you, on behalf of our coach Jade and myself, for a very well organised and enjoyable tournament.  Our U8s had a lovely day.  They were thrilled to come third and also to win the dancing competition; who knew they were so talented :)

Patricia Fuller, Manager Romsey U8s

Hi Cookie, We had a great time at the U8's tournament.  The children really enjoyed themselves and they loved the dance off - of course they were also very proud of their silver medals!!The hospitality and friendly volunteers made the day really enjoyable, so a very big thank you from Petersfield to Fareham for a truly memorable day.

Sheena Hulme, Petersfield Town Juniors U10 Cobra's & U8 Patriots Admin

Already looking forward to next years!