Fareham will renew their rivalries with Chichester and Havant in next season’s England Hockey Men’s Western Conference.
Chichester spent the past season fighting an eventually successful battle against relegation from the East Division, but some geographical tweaks mean they will be back playing in the western region next autumn.
The only newcomers to the West Conference are Ed Ellis’s Oxford Hawks, who romped to the South Premier League title this past season.
Exeter University won promotion into the National League, while Cheltenham were relegated.
The make-up of the Western Conference is: Birmingham University, Bristol University, Cardiff & Met, Chichester, Fareham, Havant, Isca, Olton & West Warwicks, Oxford Hawks, Team Bath Buccaneers.
Trojans’ opponents in the Women’s Western Conference have a familiar ring with Barnes and Exeter the only fresh faces. Team Bath and Cannock were relegated
Women’s Western Conference line-up is: Barnes, Exeter, Gloucester City, Isca, Olton & West Warwicks, Oxford Hawks, Reading, Stourport, Swansea City and Trojans.
Melanie Insall is Trojans’ goal-scoring goalkeeper !
Swapping her regular role between the posts, she underlined her goal-scoring prowess with a second half brace as Trojans’ ladies strolled to a 3-0 win over Fareham in the Hampshire Women’s Cup final.
Daisy Strange for the scoring underway with a first half penalty corner before Insall struck twice to put a one-sided final to bed.
Trojans skipper Jenny Peebles poured cold water any idea Melanie had of continuing her new role as a striker. “No,” she said. “She’s too good in goal.”
Hampshire Day Cup final results -
Open league cup – Andover 2s 2, Winchester 2s 8
Open league trophy – Southampton Uni 4s 1, Gillingham 2s 2
Ladies trophy – Aldershot & Farnham 2s 1, Fleet & Ewshot 2
Ladies Cup – Trojans 3, Fareham 0
Men's Cup – Fareham 1, Havant 2
Men's Trophy – Bournemouth 2, Andover 2 (Bournemouth win 4-1 on pens)
Havant retained the Hampshire Cup with a 2-1 win over a youthful Fareham side in a county final played in the sweltering heat of Aldershot's Army Hockey Centre.
Goalkeeper Chris Bristow produced a string of fine saves to keep Fareham at bay in towards the end of a goal-less first half – two were superb efforts to keep out Jamie Rawlings’ penalty corners.
Soon after half-time Rory Marsh produced some magical midfield skills to open the door for teenager Ethan Hoddle to put Havant in front – a lead Chris Davey soon cancelled out with a scrambled equaliser. Sam Hatherley, pictured by Neil Marshall, hit Havant’s winner.
Fareham chase trophies on four fronts in Monday’s Hampshire Day county hockey finals at the British Army complex at Aldershot’s Princes Avenue.
They face off against Havant in the main county men’s final at 3pm, prior to which they are involved in morning Under-14s and Under-16s finals.
Fareham ladies go into the Women’s final against Trojans as rank underdogs.
Cup final line-up –
10: Andover II v Winchester II (Open League)
10: Fareham Boys v Trojans Boys (Under-14)
11.15: Gillingham II v Southampton University IV (Open League Trophy)
11.15: Fareham Boys v Winchester Boys (Under-16)
12.30: Bournemouth Boys v Havant Boys (Under-18)
12.30: Aldershot & Farnham II v Fleet & Ewshot (Women’s Trophy)
1.45: Fareham v Trojans (Women’s Cup)
1.45: Salisbury Girls v Winchester Girls (Under-14)
3: Fareham v Havant (Men’s County)
3: Aldershot & Farnham v Salisbury (Women’s Under-16)
4.15: Andover v Bournemouth (Men’s Trophy)
4.15: Havant Girls v Trojans Girls (Under-18)
Members from the local hockey community are getting together at Fareham’s Henry Cort home on Saturday to celebrate the life of stalwart player, coach and administrator Peter Atkins who died suddenly on Boxing Day.
Three of Peter’s four Olympians - 1988 Gold medallist Russell Garcia, 1996/2000 representative Calum Giles and 2012 participant Richard Smith – will coach U10, U12 and U14 hockey players.
Full programme is -
1030–1200 Olympic Legends coaching Junior Groups (U10’s, U12’s and U14’s)
1230–1430 Scratch Game 1 – open to all players from all clubs
1430-1545 UK Lions Squad v COP/ Fareham combined select team
1600–1800 Scratch Game 2 – open to all players from all Clubs
1900 Charity Auction in aid of ‘The Pete Atkins Youth Hockey Foundation’
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