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Under 11 Rockets
Manager Jon James
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Rockets (& Avengers)@ St Georges Park (December 2018)

Whether travelling up by car or mini bus, there was an air of excitement as both the Avengers and the Rockets set off to the home of the English FA, St George's Park.
Both sides where heading up to play against Welsh grassroots side Gresford. Upon arrival it was fantastic to see the teams' names up in lights as the fixture was publicised
in the main reception area. It was then a case of heading to the Hythe changing room, where conversation quickly changed to which England star may have got changed in the same space
as was now being used. Once changed it was out on to the impressive indoor facilities for a warm up, then in to the tunnel before coming out on to the pitch greeted by cheers and
applause from the gathered crowd.

A series of Round Robin games followed, with both the Avengers and the Rockets producing footballing displays the club would have been proud of, the Rockets finishing with
a perfect record of 3 wins from 3 games. After the games the boys continued to build on their friendships by sharing in Pizza and drinks up in the hospitality area.
For the Rockets a special moment of remembrance, as the Alan Ausden Award was handed out by Finn Aplin, in memory of his late grandfather, who had enjoyed such a fantastic day
out at St George's the previous year. With tired and happy faces it was time to depart.

A huge thank you to Matt Crocker, who made the day possible and for all of the parents and family members who really made this a day which the teams will remember for ever.
A huge well done to all the players who were a credit to the club.







Tournament Season continues with happy faces

The Hythe and Dibden Rockets continued their summer tournament schedule. Following on from the disappointment of a Quarter Final main Cup exit at the Hythe and Dibden Tournament,
the team went on to play in the non-competitive Riverside tournament and played in a league of 8 teams, across all the games they recorded 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss
conceding just the 1 goal. A couple of new squad players turned out for the team and made an excellent start to their time with the Rockets and should have exciting times ahead with the team.

It was then on to the Verwood tournament in Dorset, which gave the boys the opportunity to play against some different opposition from the Dorset and Poole Leagues.
The Boys Started the tournament very strongly winning their group convincingly with 3 wins and 1 draw. As group winners they progressed to the quarter finals in a positive mood,
but despite dominating the game through both normal and extra time they were unable to get a goal and the game finished 0-0, the dreaded penalties.
On this occasion the Rockets came out 3-2 wunners, on to the Semi finals. The Semi Finals were a more open game with the Rockets taking an early lead and despite controlling much
of the game they conceded a late equaliser, more extra time, this time though penalties were not needed as the boys played a delightful passing more through the opposition defence
to take a lead early on in extra time, and this time they were able to hold on to their lead not without a few scares!
A final appearance awaited, against a side they had beaten in the group stages, it wasn't going to be easy though. A goal early on in the final and the boys were looking confident until
a break an equaliser midway through the second half, then a opposition free kick against the post but the boys survived, extra time again ...
the boys settled well and scored a brilliant headed goal from a corner, there was no let up this time and in the end they comfortably controlled the remaining time to
win their second tournament of the season. An absolute credit to Hythe and Dibden as the boys supported each other throughout and a well deserved win in the end.



Totton and Eling Tournament May 2018

The Rockets took a break from what has been a strong finish to the league season, to take part in their first local tournament of the year, at Totton and Eling.
Placed in a group with 7 other teams, the Rockets needed to try to qualify for the Semi-final knockout stages. In true Rockets style it took the boys time to build up into the tournament,
qualifying in third place on the back of 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat, so it was on to the semis, playing against a Marchwood team.
The boys put in a controlled performance and manged the game really well after taking the lead, running out comfortable 1-0 winners. A place in the final was booked against a strong
Romsey team who had beaten the Rockets in the group stage of the competition. Determined not to let this happen again the boys went toe to toe with a physically stronger Romsey team,
the final finished a very even 0-0 draw. The lottery of best of 3 penalties awaited ... Romsey to take first ... great save! Rockets to take theirs ... boom! 1-0, could Romsey make it level?
Shot pulled wide, one Rockets penalty needed to win it and there is was dispatched high and wide of the keeper into the net.

A great start to the tournament season with the boys' second trophy of the campaign. Back to the league next Sunday for the final league game of the year.





Over the Easter weekend 2018, the Rockets embarked on their first ever tour to foriegn soil, travelling over to the Isle of Wight to compete in the Sports Tours national tournament.
Placed in a group with teams from London, Blackburn, Worthing and Poole to name but a few, the boys were sure to face some new challenges.
After arriving throughout the day on the Friday and settling into their accomendation the boys were primed for a full day of football on the Saturday. The day started well
with a 2-0 victory, although this was followed by what was to be the team's only defeat a narrow 2-1 reverse, the boys then secured a further victory and draw, meaning by the time
they eventually got to bed they were sat 3rd overall in the league table. The Sunday started slowly with a 0-0 draw, which meant nothing short of 2 victories in the final 2 games
would secure a top 2 finish. With the bit between their teeth the boys went out and secured a dominant 1-0 victory in the second game.
Into the final game ... victory would secure runners up spot ... Boom! Within 5 minutes the boys were 2-0 and 3-0 by half time, this dominance continued into the second half
with the Rockets adding another, to run out 4-0 victors. Runners up spot secured.
As a means to celebrate it was off too the holiday park's swimming pool before presentation night where the trophies were handed out by John Hartson.
Then out for a celebratory team meal. It was a fantastic weekend away which was brilliant for cementing the friendships of the boys as well as their parents.

It was such a success that planning for a 2019 tour is already under way!!!!

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ready for action................................................................................................ checking out the opposition

flying the flag.......................................................................................................................................... presentation

dining out with the trophy.................................................................................................................................family bonding

memories forever



The Rockets kept themselves busy over half term, by getting back to some Futsal, taking part in the FA skills event at Hounsdown School.
It took them a while to adjust to the faster pace of the game and the requirement to move the ball at real pace. It was great fun to play this variation of the game and the boys
should feel very proud to have run out festival winners with a record of played 5 Won 3 Drawn 2 and a goal difference of +22!
Back to the EDMSL cup on Sunday ...


Rockets @ St Georges Park (23 December 2017)

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On a rather cold morning on Saturday 23rd December a number of cars pulled out of driveways from across Hythe with a 3 hour journey to England training HQ ahead of them.
No time for last minute Christmas shopping. The drive proved to relatively easy and the Rockets arrived at St George's Park. Once the full team had arrived it ws time to meet the opposition
for the day, a Wrexham based grass roots team, managed for the day by none other than Under 17s World Cup winning manager, Steve Cooper.

Matt Crocker and Steve Cooper took the boys and families to the hospitality suite, while the England First Team changing room could be made ready ...
Once ready it was time for the boys to see one of the most impressive changing rooms in the county set up with their Hythe and Dibden kits.


The surprises didn't stop there, before getting changed both teams recieved a special personalised message from none other than Gareth Southgate!
Once changed it was time for the boys to make their way out on to the full size indoor pitch, which matches the dimensions of Wembley.
The teams conducted their respect handshakes and the Rockets offered a pennant 'for friendship' from the whole of Hythe and Dibden YFC.


Game time ... what followed didn't disappoint, 2 really well balanced teams fought out an end to end battle, which resuted in a narrow 4-3 defeat for the Rockets.
After the game the boys all had a go at taking penalties on the pitch.

Once changed it was was then off to the hospitality suite again for pizza and drinks.
The day wasn't finished yet as after the boys had well and truely devoured every last crumb of pizza it was time for a tour of the facilities.

After the tour it was time for a happy yet rather tired boys to head off home.

On behalf of all of those associated with the Rockets can I pass on a huge thank you to Matt Crocker for helping to arrange a day which has given the boys memories for life.





The Rockets continued their strong end to the season, apperaing in the Marchwood tournament on 16th July. They again played well and stood together as a team, supporting each
other in all of their game play. They won their group without conceding a goal and so qualifed for a final against Colden Common. Again they didn't concede, but unfortunately they were
unable to get a lead in the short 8 minute game, so 0-0 meant the final went straight to penalties ... the curse struck again with the team losing the final 3-2 on penalities.
To finish runners up without conceding a goal in open play all day is a huge achievement and the boys should be really proud of all the improvements they have made this year.

After the tournament it was on to Clayfields, Hythe and Didben HQ, for the boys to put pen to paper and commit to playing for the mighty Rockets for the next season.
We would like to welcome Declan to the squad for the 17/18 season, this represents excellent transfer market business on a player we have been tracking for over a year!
Next up Southampton Cup ...




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...


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.


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.


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.