HYTHE & DIBDEN ROCKETS


Under 9 Rockets
Manager Jon James

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jjames290474@googlemail.com


After a strong finish to their first EDMSL league season, the Rockets have moved into the tournament season. They kicked off at the Hythe and Dibden home tournament making it through the group stages to qualify in the main cup, only to be knocked out in the quarter finals, next it was on to Hedge End but unfortunately they failed to get out of the group stages despite dominated in all but one game,
again too many draws in the group matches prevented them from making it to the final at the Colden Common tournament, but once again the standard of their performances was high.
So they embarked on a long trek to Swindon League team Highworth Town's tournament.

Upon arrival they found themselves facing a 36 team under 9s section, they set about the group stages quickly finding their stride, one 1-0 win followed another, then 2-0 and fourth consecutive victory
sealed the group win with one game to go, on to the round of 16 and a comfortable 2-0 saw them into the quarter finals. A tough encounter followed but the boys held their nerve to come out 1-0 winners,
next step the Semis. Playing on a pitch with a certain degree of undulation they initially found it tough going but hung in the game and gradually imposed themselves 0-0 at full time meant golden goal.
Luckily a drilled shot from the edge of the area fond its way in and the boys were celebrating a final appearance. Facing a team who had won their league cup and been undefeated all season,
the boys knew they were going to have to work hard. In a tight game they were edging the play, but they had to wait until 1 minute to go before they managed to take advantage and take the lead.
What followed was a scrappy and tense final minute or so, but the boys saw it over the line ... champions and their first silverware of the season.
A great day out and the team move on, looking forward to still more tournaments to come ...

 

Enjoying some social time away from football (with a bit of pre season fitness of course...)


 

 


Marchwood Champions...(again!)

So the curtain came down on another really successful season for the Hythe and Dibden Rockets with two local tournaments.
First came the Fawley Falcons tournament, where the team negotiated a really tough group to progress to the quarter finals, where after a tight and well contested game they ended up losing on penalties.
What shone through though was the way the all the boys supported each other. Then it was on to the Marchwood tournament. The Rockets went into this tournament as defending champions and although they started
slowly they longer the tournament went on the stronger they got. In the end they eased into the final, where they met a strong Fawley Falcons team. through hard work and trying to impose their passing game on the opposition
they ended up as comfortable 2-0 winners, thus retaining their title. A great way to end the season and a fitting reward to the boys for all their hard work ... can't wait for the start of the new season :)

 


Penalty Heartache...

 

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Busy Bank Holiday for Hythe and Dibden Rockets




The weekend started with a mad dash for parents and boys to try and make it down to Bournemouth's academy training centre at Canford Park in Wimbourne. Battling against bank holiday Friday evening traffic the first miracle of the day was that the whole team turned up (although not all on time)! The boys were very excited to be taking part in an invitational only under 8s festival against Bournemouth development sides and a team from Salisbury. They were particularly impressed by the fact they had their own changing room with shower ... despite the fact they all turned up kitted up and ready to go, the team insisted on having their team talk in the changing room! The boys played 7v7 mini soccer for the very first time and against very high calibre opposition and on huge pitches, they certainly did not disgrace themselves. They kept there shape well in all games and defending very well as a team. The main learning point from the experience was around how as a team they must look to move the ball quickly from defence to attack. the boys left a sun drenched Canford Park very tired but with huge smiles on their faces.


The smiles were to get even bigger on Sunday when the boys competed in the end of Season New Forest League under 8s tournament.




 

Back to the more familiar 5v5 mini football format the boys played a series of games on a league format and in patches produced some very high quality passing and pressing football.
When out of possession they defended well showing real progress on one of their key targets around holding defensive shape. Shown by the fact they conceded just 2 goals in 100 minutes of football!
They ran out eventual winners of the competition finishing with perfect figures of played 5 won 5.

Well done Rockets a team to be proud of.


THE ROCKETS MARCH ON...


Many thanks to 'Skoda - Winchester Motor Company for sposoring our new 'away kit'....

11th October 2015 -
These are exciting times to be a member of the Hythe and Dibden Rockets, the New Forest Unders 8s District League is now 5 games old and the Rockets should be very proud of the way
they have started to the season.... In a number of these early games players are being played out of position, in order to offer them new challenges and ask different questions of them,
including our goalkeeper! We have also adopted a 'game plan 2' way of playing, so that if in games we find ourselves in a comfortable position, when an attack breaks down the team is
asked to play the ball back to our keeper before embarking on another phase of attacking football. This has been a fantastic learning point for the boys, as they are beginning to understand
how playing the ball back and retaining possession opens up spaces further up the field when they attack again.
We have some challenging games ahead but are very much looking forward to meeting these challenges head on and working hard as a team to continue to improve.


10 November 2015

The Rockets braved an early start on the morning of Halloween to head up to the Swindon Futsal Arena to compete in a Futsal festival against a number of teams from the Wiltshire League.
Upon arriving the boys and parents were really impressed with the fantastic venue and facilities.
The Rockets were placed in an under 8s non-competitive league format facing 5 other teams. After a slow start, the Rockets soon found their groove playing their quick passing game. something that received lots of positive comments from the parents of the opposition teams we played, who were
all interested in were we had come from and praising our boy's team play.
The social side of the game is a key part of the team and the boys took time out to celebrate Jake's birthday. Thanks to Jake for choosing to spend his birthday in the company of his team mates!



There was also a chance for the Rockets to be taught a footballing lesson by their Dads in a tightly contested victory to the ... Dads!!! ...All in all a great day out, lots of fantastic memories and a
chance to pitch our development against teams from different leagues.

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MARCHWOOD TOURNAMENT...



On Saturday 18th July, the curtain came down on the Hythe and Didben Rockets' under 7s season, with one of the 3 competitive tournaments allowed annually under FA mini soccer guidelines. The tournament was run on
a league basis, with the winner being crowned champions. The Rockets were one of 6 teams entered to the under 7s section. Although not being able to replicate the awe inspiring passing football of the previous week,
the boys worked incredibly hard, focusing on the 3 key targets: to be goal side and to pressure the ball when out of possession, to return the ball into play within 4 seconds of it crossing the touchline, and when in
possession to make supporting runs into space. Their team work and spirit meant they finished the day with very impressive stats: Played 5, Won 5, Goals For 7, Goals Against 1 Meaning that they finished a fantastic
season by winning the tournament, setting off home to enjoy the close-season with a rather impressive trophy each :)
The Rockets are a great team to be associated with, with all connected with them focused on the boys developing through a range of training and game based opportunities, promoting a team ethic through which they all work
hard for each other in a supportive way. Win, lose or draw the team focus is on meeting and rising to developmental challenges and targets. Every player has improved this year and has done so with a smile on their
face and in an environment where mistakes are viewed as the next step of learning. Who knows what this bunch of lads from the Waterside can go on to achieve? Bring on the Under 8s Season ...

After a hugely successful season, which saw massive improvement in all the Rockets' players, the team are now competing in a range of tournaments. This allows the boys to test their skills against teams from
different leagues and it is great to see that no matter who the opposition the Rockets are still performing brilliantly. Playing a brand of passing football that is receiving praise from opposing coaches.
Being part of the team, not only helps build a greater understanding of the game of football, but also allows the boys to form strong friendships, always supporting and encouraging each other.



As a team we are always on the look out for sponsorship opportunities, to help the boys out with training kit etc.
If you are interesting in being part of the success story then please contact Jon James for details.

The Rockets enjoy a day out in Fawley...

The Rockets took part in the under 8s section of the Fawley Falcons tournament, playing 4 games in a non-competitive league format. They put in some fantastic performances across all 4 games, scoring 10 goals and only conceding 1 and at times were unplayable passing the ball with purpose around the opposition. One more tournament to play in before they embark on a well earned rest over the summer.