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Harleston Magpies Press Release 16th October 2017

England Hockey Age Competitions off to a cracking start at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club

England Hockey boys and girls U18, U16 and U14 national competitions all started this Sunday with Harleston Magpies Hockey Club fielding a team in each age group and returning with a fantastic set of results.

At U18 level, teams play a knock out competition with the result from the first match determining whether you progress to a second round in the Cup or Plate competition.  Both Magpies teams were drawn against Norwich City.  A tough opening draw for any team, nevertheless both teams secured a victory and will progress into the second round of the Under 18 National Cup.

Magpies U18 girls had the more convincing win against their Norwich City counterparts.  A 4-0 victory thanks to goals from Mia King, two goals in less than 10 minutes from the start of the match and then Grace Cresswell and Anna Tighe adding further goals to make the half time score 4-0.  Norwich looked a much stronger team in the second half, causing Alice Gooch in the Magpies goal to make a number of excellent saves to keep a clean sheet.

Meanwhile Magpies U18 boys were involved in a very competitive match, coming through as 2-0 winners by making the most of the chances they created. They were indebted to their goalkeeper, Will Gravier, for making a number of fine saves, particularly in the first half.

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club
Harleston Magpies Boys U18 Team

Coach Stuart Peters said: “This was a tough game, against quality opposition. Our work rate was excellent but we need to work really hard on our ball pace in the next round”.

At U16 and U14 level the national Competition consists of a local mini league, before the top two from each group progress to a regional finals day and then national finals weekend.  Last season, Magpies girls and boys teams made the regional finals, and wanted to get this season’s league stage off to a flying start but again found stiff competition in their way.

Both U16 teams faced Norwich City.  The U16 Girls played away at Norwich coming through a tight encounter with a 3-1 victory.  Norwich City opened the scoring from a well worked short corner midway through the first half.  In the second half, Magpies had more possession of the ball, and put the result beyond doubt with a beautifully worked goal culminating in Georgie Cantrell playing in Emma Williamson who picked her spot rifling the ball into the bottom left corner.

Magpies U16 Boys came up against a very good Norwich City team.  A tough match was expected and so it proved to be.  Manager Chris Hall was proud of the boys’ performance saying: ‘Despite the final 6 – nil score line, our Magpies boys played their hearts out, with a very high work rate, and never let their heads drop til the final whistle.’

Away at Ipswich, another strong display from the U14 boys secured a fine win ending in a 9-1 score line against IES.  High quality passing and clinical finishing lead to Magpies being 7 – 0 up by half time.  An envious position for any coach and manager to be in enabling the management team to use the second half to test players in differing roles and give the wider squad good pitch time.  The U14 girls played a friendly at home against Blue Hornets to build up their match time, and also secured convincing wins.

James Smith, Magpies Youth Development Officer was delighted, saying: “After a busy Saturday when all our youngsters and indeed coaches and umpires were involved in league matches it is always challenging to get another six teams out of Sunday.  But the desire of our youngsters to play hockey shone through with a full squad of players available in every age group.  The U18 teams did particularly well with some high class performances and results.  The U16s showed promise with the girls coming thorough a tough opener, but the boys not quite able to match the clubs wider results against Norwich. There is plenty to play for with the top two from each mini league progressing to the Regional finals.’

The next round of matches will be played on 5 November.  Final results were:

U18 Girls – Home – Norwich City W 4-0
U16 Girls- Away – Norwich City W 3-1
U18 Boys – Away – Norwich City W  2-0
U16 Boys – Away – Norwich City  L 0-6
U14 Boys – Away – IES 1.00pm W 9-1

U14 Girls – Home -Blue Hornets (F) W 5-1

 

Pictured:        Harleston Magpies Boys U18 Squad 2017

Photo credit – Harleston Magpies

News from the Nest 15th October 2017

Magpies Youth make Promising Start to National Campaigns

England Hockey boys and girls U18, U16 and U14 National Competitions all commenced this Sunday with Magpies fielding a team in each age group and returning with a notable set of results. At U16 and U14 level the National Competition consists of a local mini league, before the top two from each group progress to a Regional finals day and then National finals weekend.

Last season Magpies Girls and Boys teams made the regional finals in 3 out of 4 age group competitions and wanted to get this season’s league stage off to a flying start but again found stiff competition in their way.

The U14 Boys produced a strong display away against Ipswich and East Suffolk. High quality passing and clinical finishing lead to Magpies being 7 – 0 up by half time.  An envious position for any coach and manager to be in enabling the management team to use the second half to test players in differing roles and give the wider squad good pitch time.  As a result the 2nd half was more even albeit Magpies remained dominant adding a further 2 goals before conceding one.  Magpies goal scorers were: Ollie Currie (2), Sam Emms (2), Ed Brice (2), Ollie Kinsman (1), Freddie Kirk (1), Jonny Taylor (1). Full time 9-1.

The Girls U14 squad had a no league fixture this weekend but picked up a friendly with Blue Hornets.  Both clubs wanted the opportunity to get some match time under their squads belts and it was a pleasure to host Blue Hornets at Magpies.  A mixture of 11 a-side and 7 a-side matches were played to ensure all got good pitch time and experience with Magpies successfully seeing off the challenge of Hornets in all formats.  The highlight being a 5 – 1 victory in the full side match.

Both U16 teams faced Norwich City.  The U16 Girls played away at Norwich coming through a tight encounter with a 3-1 victory.  Norwich City opened the scoring from a well worked short corner midway through the first half.  The team responded positively  and it wasn’t long before an equaliser was found Emma Williamson playing a delightful pass through to Mimi Salsby who calmly slotted past the keeper.  Beth Farrow in Magpies goal ensuring the scores were level at half time with some fine saves.

In the second half Magpies had more possession, Keisha Hilaire won the ball inside the Magpies half and flew down the left wing cutting into the D, firing off a shot resulting in a City defender turning the ball into her own net.  Magpies then put the result beyond doubt with a beautifully worked goal culminating in Georgie Cantrell playing in Emma Williamson who picked her spot rifling the ball into the bottom left corner.

Magpies U16 Boys came up against a very good Norwich City team.  A tough match was expected and so it proved to be.  Despite the final 6 – nil score line, the Magpies boys played their hearts out, with a very high work rate, and never let their heads drop to the last whistle. The boys came away with a great deal to think about in coaching over the next couple of weeks, but should also reflect on their strong stamina, strength and team work.

At U18 level the teams play a knock out competition with the result from your first match determining whether you progress to a second round in the Cup or Plate competition.  Both Magpies teams were drawn against Norwich City.  A tough opening draw for any team, nevertheless both teams secured a victory and will progress into the second round of the Under 18 National Cup.

Magpies U18 girls had the more convincing win against their Norwich City counterparts.  A 4-0 victory thanks to goals from Mia King (2), Grace Cresswell and Anna Tighe.  Norwich looked a much stronger team in the second half and caused Alice Gooch in the Magpies goal to make a number of excellent saves to keep a clean sheet.

Meanwhile Magpies U18 boys were involved in a very competitive match, coming through as 2-0 winners by making the most of the chances they created but were indebted to their goalkeeper, Will Gravier, for making a number of fine saves, particularly in the first half. City looked dangerous on the counter-attack but with England U18 international Archie Winter working tirelessly in midfield Magpies started to enjoy more possession, winning a couple of penalty corners from one Winter jumped on a rebound and calmly lifted the ball into the goal. Ben Watson then doubled the lead slotting home from another short corner.

The next round of matches will be played on 5th November

For more information on Youth Hockey at Magpies and how your son or daughter can get involved visit Magpies website www.magpies-hockey.co.uk.

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 14th October 2017

Weekly Wrap Up #5

Magpies Ladies 1s hosted Sevenoaks in a tightly contested match where the home side dominated in the first half but were unable to open the scoring. Sevenoaks took the lead through a short corner early in the second half which kicked them into a more attacking gear but Magpies continued to hold a tight back line with outstanding performances from Charlotte Peet in goal and Captain Lucy Belsey in defence. The Ladies travel to Chelmsford next week where they hope to bounce back from this home defeat.

The Men’s 1st team gave an average performance away at Chelmsford. After a sluggish start Matt Richardson gave Magpies the lead with a rip roaring strike. ‘Veteran’ defenders Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell raised the tempo of transfer, giving subsequent room to new signing Jonty Gosling at left half to link up with Thomas Ridley, who converted a short corner with a slip flick. With 4 minutes to go, Chelmsford bounced back with two goals in quick succession, ending 2-2.

Next week Magpies host a struggling Ipswich in what promises to be a riveting East Anglian derby. Push back is at 2:00pm at Harleston.

A hat-trick from Laura Tibbenham ensured the Ladies 2s took all three points away against Watton. The pressure was applied by the visitors from the onset and persistence from Fran Burrell and Anouska Stott provided opportunities for Laura to score twice before half time, which she put away in usual fashion. Despite strong defending from Kath Johnson and Jade Daly in goal, Watton converted a short corner to take the score to 1-2. Magpies came back strong with pressure resulting in a penalty corner which was slotted home by Katie Woollatt.  The fourth and final goal came from the well-positioned Tibbenham who slotted the ball behind the keeper for the hat-trick.

After a fantastic performance last weekend, top of the table Magpies Men’s 2s were in high spirits going into this weeks game against Norwich City. Jamie Legg got the games only goal following a quickly taken ball from the in form Matt Bensley. Norwich piled on the pressure, forcing a number of saves from ‘keeper George Baldwin and clearances from Dave Francis and Giles Flatt but were unable to find an equaliser.

 

After an enforced week off Magpies men’s 3s got back into action against Dereham 2nds. The experienced pairing of Taylor and Brice and debutant Chris Routes in goal keeping Dereham’s chances to a minimum were unable to prevent a short corner break down finding the back of the net. So the promoted third team, competing but still looking to put points on the board when they face Norwich Dragons at home next week.

Magpies Ladies 4ths travelled to Norwich Dragons in search for their first points of the season. After shipping a goal in the first half some very pleasing performances from Magpies newcomers Judith Masters, Megan Beckett, Imi Ramsdale and Sarah Louden led to the visitors winning a short corner which Janna Freeman neatly slotted into the back of the net from top ‘D’.

Despite coming desperately close to a draw, Dragons were awarded a short corner in the dying seconds which they converted after the final whistle was blown.

The Men’s 4ths faired no better in a hard fought battle away at Norwich City. City went ahead in the first half but some reorganisation led to a succession of penalty corners and an equaliser from Phil Cobbald. With Magpies pressing for the winner City broke away and scored what proved to be the winning goal themselves.

Magpies Men’s 5ths dominated against an Ipswich Cranes side who only managed to field eight players this week. Magpies opened the scoring when a Tom Caston pass found Toby Hughes unmarked in front of goal. The second and third were added by Tom’s dad Andy, before Cranes pulled a goal back past Chris Flatt. Tom Caston then made it onto the score sheet and just before half time Jake Caston add another to give Magpies a comfortable 5 – 1 score line at half time. Toby tapped in another to add to his tally but Cranes fought back again to make it 6-2.  Ed Brice, James Bensly and Tom took the final scoreline up to 9-2 and the 5th team into mid table.

Dereham 5ths opened the scoring against Magpies Ladies 7ths but the hosts fought back with goals from Lucy Basey-Fisher, Jane Collins and Karen Ray, resulting in a 3-1 win for Magpies.

Mens 1st Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Mens 1st Team vs Chelmsford 1st Team (Away (L) D 2-2)

An injury depleted Harleston Magpies team sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops travelled to Chelmsford, full of confidence after an unbeaten start to the season.

Magpies however, were not able to inject some of the intensity that player coach Tim Whiteman had instilled into the team since the beginning of pre season. The first 20 minutes for magpies players was arguably some of the worst of the season.

However, the squad reflected on the values of what it means to be a ‘pie’ and managed to raise the intensity to a respectable standard. This was rewarded by some brilliant build up play down the right hand side through Tom Sumner who appears to be maturing likes fine wine. Simon Hipwell managed to use his assets to block off defenders after a breakdown of play in the D whilst a rip roarer of a strike from eventual MOM Matt Richardson gave Magpies the lead.

After a warning at half time from Player Coach Whiteman, who demanded more from his team, and reflected on the fact he himself needs to engage with the spirit of the game, Magpies were keen to convert more chances and put this game to bed.

Magpies back 4 headed by self coined ‘veterans’ Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell raised the tempo of transfer. This gave subsequent room to new signing Jonty Gosling at left half who linked up with new Vice Captain Thomas Ridley, who linked with the forward line well to win a short corner. A slip flick from Thomas Ridley was deflected off a Chelmsford player and Magpies were 2-0 up.

With 4 minutes to go, Chelmsford weren’t disheartened and chased the game hard. After a magpies turnover and subsequent Chelmsford breakaway resulted in a goal, the home team had theirs tails up. Chelmsford won a shortcorner after full pressing a tired magpies side, which they neatly finished to end the game 2-2.Magpies players felt disheartened after having most of the possession during the encounter. However, the result was probably a fair one with magpies far from their best on the day and knew they are capable of much, much more.

Next week Magpies host a struggling Ipswich in what promises to be a riveting East Anglian derby. Push back is at 2:00pm at Harleston.

Ladies 1st Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Ladies 1st Team vs Sevenoaks 1st Team (Home (L) L 0-1)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week faced unbeaten Sevenoaks at The Nest.  Magpies knew they would be facing an experienced Sevenoaks team that will no doubt finish towards the top of the table at the end of the season.

The first half was dominated by Magpies pressing the Sevenoaks defence and creating goal scoring opportunities but the Sevenoaks defence stayed strong and kept the score at 0 – 0.

The game was tightly contested with frustrations showing from both teams as they couldn’t break through.  Magpies received an unfortunate injury at the end of the first half with Emma Lee-Smith receiving a knock to her jaw.  Followed by a Sevenoaks injury later in the game.

Sevenoaks took the lead early in the second half, taking full advantage of a short corner and scrambling the ball into the goal. This kicked Sevenoaks into a more attacking gear but Magpies continued to hold a tight back line with outstanding performances from Charlotte Peet in goal and Captain Lucy Belsey in defence.

Overall, it was a great game for the spectators to watch but not the result Magpies were hoping for.  The ladies will take a lot from this game into training next week.  Travelling to Chelmsford next week, Magpies hope to bounce back from defeat with a win, in this early part of the season.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Louisa Greenacre, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Emma Lee-Smith, Olivia Locke, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt, Lizzie Clymer.

Mens 5th Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Mens 5th Team vs Ipswich Cranes (Home (L) W 9-2)

Due to work commitments Cranes had only eight players available for this weekends match but to their credit arrived at Magpies to fulfil their league fixture.

Not surprisingly Magpies dominated possession but early on did not move the ball wide enough and early enough to find a way round the Cranes defence.  However eventually the number superiority told and Toby Hughes opened the scored when a Tom Caston pass found Toby unmarked in front of goal. The second following swiftly after, Andy Caston volleying in a bouncing ball.

Cranes did not give up and Chris Flatt in Magpies goal was forced to make a save after 15 minutes with a well worked counter act and scoring opportunity.  Magpies responded and at the other end Ed Brice put a sharp chance over the bar after a good first save by the Cranes keeper, Andy Johnson’s shot was illegally stopped on the line but Jake Caston hit the post with the resulting penalty stroke so it took Andy Caston to add his second to move the score board on to 3 – 0.

However, lax defending then allowed Cranes to get a goal back.  Just reward for their hard work.

Tom Caston then made it onto the score sheet and just before half time Jake Caston add another to give Magpies a comfortable 5 – 1 score line at half time.  The Caston family scoring 4 of these five goals with father leading the bragging rights with a brace of goals to his sons one a piece.

With the second half underway it was all going to be about moving the ball to spread play and open up space in front of  goal.  Quick decision making, unselfish play and pass quality would make the difference and when Magpies did this well opportunities were created.  Three quick passes on the right gave Toby Hughes a simple chance to tap in from close range. When Magpies over-elaborated or became complacent Cranes broke down possession and looked dangerous in attack.  One such Cranes breakaway led to a short corner and another goal, a well struck first shot, 6-2.

Ed Brice showing good control and a calm head made it 7, James Bensly made it eight and finally Tom Caston diverted an Andy Johnson shot which was going wide into the net to finish off the scoring…just before the electronic score board ran out of numbers.  Final result 9-2 moving Magpies up into a mid-table position at an early stage in this years Division 5 NE league.

Ladies 2nd Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Ladies 2nd Team vs Watton (Away (L) W 4-1)

Magpies started the match by breaking down an initial attack from the outset then began playing the ball around and creating several attacks down both wings.  The pressure was on Wattons defence as several crosses and passes were shooting by the keeper without a magpie stick being able to open the score line.  After much persistence and a great bit of set play involving Burrell, Stott and then Tibbenham; Magpies opened the score line with a great finish by Laura beating the keeper at the far post.  It wasn’t long before another fast break from Magpies defence through to midfield and onto the stick of Stott to set up Tibbenham for her 2nd goal, once again beating the keeper with a perfectly placed slap at goal.  After various attacks from both sides and some end to end action the whistle blew for half time at 2:0 Magpies.

Watton came out fighting from the start of the second half with a few fast breaks but were unsuccessful with the Magpies defence being bossed by Johnson and keeper Daly making some great saves.  Magpies conceded a penalty corner which was converted into Wattons first and only goal of the game.  Magpies came back strong with more attacks and pressure resulting in a penalty corner which was slotted home by Woollatt.  The fourth and final goal came from a fast break involving Stott picking up a stray ball and beating the defender allowing a well-positioned Tibbenham to slot the ball behind the keeper for the hattrick.

Ladies 7th Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Ladies 7th Team vs Dereham 5th Team (Home (L) W 3-1)

It was a warm afternoon when we played Dereham and we seemed to be evenly matched but Dereham scored the first goal.  Someone shouted to keep our heads up and that bit of encouragement was all we needed to get stuck in and sure enough, Lucy Basey-Fisher scored a fine goal.  Shortly after, with some great runs by Georgia Hood, Jane Collins smashed the ball home from the top of the circle.  The next person to score was our captain, Karen Ray, from a short corner.  It was an inspiring game.

Mens 3rd Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Mens 3rd Team vs Dereham 2nd Team (Away (L) L 0-1)

After an enforced week off Magpies men’s third team got back into action against Dereham 2nd team. Setting out to be well disciplined, organised and hard to beat the travelling team delivered on all of those things keeping chances of their opponents chances to a minimum. With the experienced pairing of Taylor and Brice looking on top of their game. When Dereham did manage to play round the Magpies defence it was debutant Chris Routes in goal who kept them out.

Slightly shading the first half play the home team had a goal lead to show for it with the experienced Mark Baybrook scoring from a broken down short corner.

Unusually for Magpies their forward play was not up to the usual standard and although this was identified and tackled after half time if proved to be a day where goals would not come. The closet attempt being when man of the match Dickon Taylor hit the post.

So the promoted third team, competing but still looking to put points on the board.

Mens 4th Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Mens 4th Team vs Norwich City 5th Team (Away (L) L 1-2)

This was a hard fought match. City shaded the first half and deservedly went into half time 1-0 ahead. At half time Magpies reorganised and started to press higher up the pitch, and kept better possession of the ball. A succession of penalty corners led to an equaliser from Phil Cobbald. With Magpies pressing for the winner City broke away and scored what proved to be the winning goal themselves.

U18 Girls Match Report 15th October 2017

Girls U18 vs Norwich City U18 (Home (C) W 4-0)

Magpies U18 girls started the 2017/18 England hockey cup competition with a home tie against Norwich City.
In glorious sunshine Magpies found themselves 2-0 ahead inside the first 10 minutes with 2 powerfully struck goals from Mia King. The majority of the first half play was in the Norwich half and from a short corner Grace Cresswell added a 3rd.
When City did break into the Magpies D Alice Gooch was in brilliant form to deny the Norwich strikers.
Just before half time Magpies added a 4th when good work by Tor Findlay was  calmly finished by Anna Tighe. Half time 4-0.
Norwich started the second half as a more attacking threat. Good defending by Rose Winter, Charlotte Seaman, Grace Cresswell and Sophie Child meant there was no way through for City. On an energy sapping day the midfield of Olivia Locke, Alice Woollatt and Martha Lawrence put in a lot of hard work.
Magpies looked a constant threat of adding a 5th goal, but near misses and good goalkeeping denied Tor Findlay, Millie Preece, Mia King and Anna Tighe the chance to add to the first half score.
A positive result and performance with plenty to take forward into further rounds of the cup.

Ladies 6th Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Ladies 6th Team vs Hurlings (Home (L) L 0-4)

The Ladies 6ths have suffered a few injuries, roster changes and losses over the last few weeks, but despite this the team took to the field confidently early this Saturday. They picked up Shirley McAllen on the right, and saw Louise returning from University and Flea back from holiday, and after fielding only 10 last week the return to full numbers was a relief for all.

Hurlings, a team that play on grass at home attacked confidently, and used short corners effectively throughout the game. Despite the valiant efforts of Imogen Flatt in goal, who continued to make some great saves, and Marie who made a stunning goal line save, their powerful strikes proved too much for the Magpies defence.

One of the team had a short “discussion” with the Umpire and was rewarded with a 3 minute ‘calm down’ warning, a green card, returning to the pitch just as Magpies had earnt themselves a short corner.

After half time Magpies worked hard to keep possession of the ball and played positively, perhaps suffering a slight crisis of confidence when attacking. Vanessa Vigrass worked tirelessly in midfield and earned herself a player of the match award. Despite all this they were unable to score.

Despite this the overall feeling of the game was that Magpies had worked hard to keep possession of the ball, especially in the second half, but were frustrated by their inability to hit the target. We hope to rally next week for our game against Brecklands (Away, 10am push back)

Umpire Course 3rd December

Become an Umpire and Help Your Club

The following course is now available to book via the England Hockey website Find A Course page

Date Sunday 3rd December
Time 9am-4:40pm
Venue Felixstowe Hockey Club, Maidstone Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9QR

Bookings close on Wednesday 22nd November.

Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant – bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Guidance for those having trouble with the booking process is available at the link above.

 For any queries please contact umpiring@englandhockey.co.uk

Ladies 1st Team Match Preview 14th October 2017

This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, are at home to Sevenoaks, who sit joint top of the league having won all three of their games so far. Sevenoaks are always strong and difficult to play against, which they have shown having beaten Wimbledon 1-0 this season, the team who won the league last season. Magpies know this will be their toughest test so far this season, with team work being key to a good performance.

Last weeks loss against Cambridge City was disappointing for the team, which saw Magpies create chances, but they couldn’t convert any of them into goals. The team did adapt to different formations during the game which was a positive and they will continue to work on these in this weeks game.

This week the team welcomes back Lizzie Clymer and Aoife Lowe-Davies.

Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Annie Nunn, Emma Lee-Smith, Victoria Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Lucy Whiting, Alice Woolatt, Lizzie Clymer and Olivia Locke.

Norfolk Mini Hockey Festival Sunday 8th October 2017

Norfolk Mini Hockey Festivals Kick Off with Encouraging Results

Norwich Dragons hosted the first Norfolk Mini Hockey festival of the new season on Sunday 8 October providing no less than 39 under 10 and under 12 boys and girls teams with the opportunity to play some competitive matches.  Harleston Magpies Hockey Club fielded nine teams across the competitions.

The first event of the new season is always interesting for coaches with new faces in each age group, which makes team selection tricky. But Magpies returned from the tournament with some great results.  The U12 girls started the day winning the gold tournament and finishing third and fourth in the silver competition with two young squads, a very good start.  Magpies’ boys U12s achieved a credible third place finish in both the gold and silver tournaments showing much promise and considerable potential for future tournaments.

The Girls U10s then took centre stage with two very ‘new look’ teams.  In the gold tournament a third place finish was achieved with just one match conceded, and in silver tournament the Magpies girls went one better performed above all expectations remaining unbeaten, conceding no goals and finishing second.

The best was yet to come from Magpies Boys under 10s.  The silver tournament saw a young team with 5 of the 7 players experiencing their first ever tournament hockey achieving a win and draw before two losses finishing fourth overall.  However in the gold tournament the team found their confidence and form finishing a fantastic first!

James Smith, Magpies Youth Development Officer was delighted, saying: “All our youngster performed exceptionally well, taking all their effort in our weekly coaching sessions into every match.  The Magpies coaching team couldn’t ask for more. I am sure if the group continue with the same dedication, more success will follow.  I can’t help feeling particularly proud of our boys U10 group though. It’s been a long time since we last won a tournament at this age level. I hope this is the first of many more successes.’

For more information on Youth Hockey at Magpies and how your son or daughter can get involved visit Magpies website www.magpies-hockey.co.uk and the Magpies Youth tab.

Attached photo of the combined U12 Girls Silver Squad and Boys U12 Silver Squad –  photo credit: James Smith, Harleston Magpies

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 7th October 2017

Update From Fixtures 7th October 2017

Maximum point for the Magpies Men’s and Ladie’s Seconds this weekend courtesy of Dereham who proved the weaker side. The Men got off to a flying start with Matt Watson scoring after just 34 seconds. The momentum continued for the rest of the game and through hard work off the ball, and simple but effective hockey, Magpies won 7-0 thanks to goals from Sam Moore, Martin Fields (2), Ben (2) and another from Matt.

With a shortage of players throughout the Ladies teams this week it was a much changed Ladies seconds side and despite the best efforts of Plum Sweet, Kath Johnson, Siobhan Steggles and Amelia Herschel-Shorland in defence, Dereham scored first. This prompted Magpies into action who came out stronger in the second half. Debbie Francis and Fran Burrell lead the way in midfield with Phoebe Eglington working tirelessly on the right. Alice Wiseman showed fantastic commitment and skill on her second team debut and helped to win two short corners which were converted by Debbie to take the game to 2-1.

The Ladies first team will be disappointed with their 3-0 loss against a very strong Cambridge City this weekend. Two goals from Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh ensured a Cambridge victory but congratulations go to Olivia Locke and Laura Tibbenham on their National League Debuts.

The Men’s first XI anticipated a tough game against unbeaten Peterborough but managed to strike first via Archie Winter thanks to a reverse stick pass from Sam Paterson. The away team rallied and had mor possession towards the end of the first half, equalising through a well worked team goal. Tension was building on the pitch as both teams battled for the next goal and Magpies were reduced to 10 men whilst Archie Winter served two minutes in the sin bin.

The second half started in the same vein as the first but with Peterborough in attack and as Magpies relieved the pressure through the defensive pairing of Andrew Bedwell and Leigh Sitch the ball found it’s way to Pete Bale who managed to pick out Archie Winter who slotted a reverse from a tight angle to put Magpies 2-1 up. The visitors converted a short corner to equalise and the game ended at 2-2 with Magpies rueing a few chances but they look forward to next week away at Chelmsford next weekend where the aim will be to pick up maximum points.

Elsewhere there were impressive wins for the Men’s and Ladie’s fifth teams who managed convincing defeats over IES and Reepham. Both Tom and Jake Caston got on the scoresheet for the Men alongside Ben Emms and James Smith. Magpies stalwart Jose Tibbenham scored a hatrick for the Ladies with a goal added by Victoria Spouncer.

There was a fantastic result for the Men’s 6th team whose trip to Felixstowe was well worth it. The travelling side proved much too strong for a youthful Felixstowe 4th team and had the majority of the possession, meaning Nick Moss in goal had very little to do. Goals came at regular intervals from Lewis Belsey (5), Josh Marlow (2), Simon Rodwell, Mark Ash and Richard Alcock.

Mens 1st Team Match Reports 7th October 2017

Mens 1st Team vs City Of Peterborough 1st Team (Home (L) D 1-1)

It was a grey day at the nest as Magpies welcomed City of Peterborough who were unbeaten heading into the game. The game started with real intensity and Magpies picked up where they had left off the week before with a real dominant showing in the first 10 minutes but not coming away with a goal. The game became very even with chances at both ends. Magpies were first to strike though with a dinked reverse stick ball from Sam Paterson through to Archie Winter who calmly slotted a reverse sweep through the keepers leg from an angle.

The game became slightly more in favour of Peterborough towards the end of the first half and they were soon to equalise through a nice well worked team goal. The game became very heated towards the end of the half and Magpies found themselves unfairly down to 10 when Archie Winter was shown green with a minute to go.

The second half started in the same vein as the first but with Peterborough in attack and as Magpies relieved the pressure through the pairing of Andrew Bedwell and Leigh Sitch the ball found it’s way to Pete Bale who managed to pick out Archie Winter who was fresh on from the card. He was left with a 1v1 and who coolie slotted a reverse from a tight angle to put the pies 2-1 up. The game became back and forward with both teams having chances and Peterborough were next to take the chance from a well worked short corner and a good deflection which ended up going in off a magpies players body.

As the game ticked by the chances started to build up for magpies but they were unable to convert any of them. The game ended 2-2 with Magpies rueing a few chances but they look forward to next week away at Chelmsford next weekend where the aim will be to pick up maximum points.

Ladies 1st Team Match Report 7th October 2017

Ladies 1st Team vs Cambridge City 1st Team (Away (L) L 3-0)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estates Agents this week travelled to Cambridge City. Magpies went into the game knowing that they would be a Cambridge City team much boosted from that of the previous season. With an ever increasing injury list and school fixtures making some of the younger players unavailable, Magpies called up Laura Tibbenham and Olivia Locke to the team to make their National League debuts.

The game started slowly, however, as the first-half progressed Cambridge’s Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh inevitably began to take control of midfield. After 15 minutes Cambridge worked a great move down the left, carrying along the baseline and the resulting cross being put past Magpies’ keeper.

For the remainder of the first-half Cambridge continued to control the game and created several half chances without really putting the Magpies’ keeper, Charlotte Peet, under too much pressure. Emma Lee-Smith continued to probe with some strong injections into our attacking circle but unfortunately Magpies’ forwards were unable to get on the end of them.

1-0 down at half-time, coach Rob Sorrell rallied the troops and Magpies came out fighting. For the first ten minutes Magpies controlled the game and created several chances to score. Magpies won a number of short corners and a Lucy Whiting effort was denied by the post; but sadly Magpies were unable to find a break-through. Midway through the second half Cambridge broke down the right and following a quick free hit on the edge of the D penetrated the circle which was well deflected by the Cambridge forward to make it 2-0.

Magpies did not allow their heads to drop and continued to press. After a quickly taken free-hit, a fantastic through ball to Emma Lee-Smith drew a foul, resulting in a penalty flick to Magpies; unfortunately, the firm shot to the bottom left was well saved by the Cambridge keeper.

This appeared to really spur on Cambridge who then took control of the remainder on the half and forced a number of short corners one of which was stopped on the line by a Magpies’ foot and a penalty flick was awarded. Helen Richardson-Walsh stepped up and coolly converted making it 3-0, which was the resultant final score.

It was a tough day for Magpies, with Cambridge worthy winners but Magpies will take heart that they worked hard and gave it their all. Those stepping up made a great contribution and gained confidence as the game went on.

Next week, Harleston Magpies welcome high-flyers Sevenoaks to the Nest, who will be looking for revenge after Magpies’ 1-0 home win last season.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Louise Greenacre, Olivia Locke, Emma Lee-Smith, Annie Nunn, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt, Laura Tibbenham

Girls U12 A Tournament Report 8th October 2017

Girls U12 A Tournament  (Norwich Dragons 1st Place)

The first tournament of the season, with much kinder weather than last year at Dragons, saw an entertaining morning’s hockey with some good competitive matches.
This was the first time the U10s moving up had come together with last year’s U12s in a match situation and it certainly took them all a while to find their feet. A below par performance in the first match saw us squander a 2-0 lead in the dying seconds of the game against Norwich City Lions with the match finishing a 2-2 draw. Next up was Dragons A and this time we quickly found some shape to our attack and managed to feed the ball from all different angles to Evie Brice up front who put away all 5 in the 5-0 win which was a great result. In the next match it was Anna who led the charge on goal with a nicely taken reverse stick strike and then goals began to come from all areas with the result finishing 6-0. City Lions proved more of a challenge and we had to work hard in all areas of the pitch, but there were some nicely worked team goals with moves the full length of the pitch ending with far post tap ins and the final result was a 3-0 win. Last up was Pelicans and the girls took to the field confident that 1st place was in reach if they could keep scoring goals – and they did not disappoint. 5-0 was the final result with everyone in the squad making a great contribution. Magpies were thus placed in 1st place overall, equal on points with City Lions but with a better goal difference.
So a very positive first outing with lots to work on in training before our next tournament on 22nd October at St Josephs.
Thanks to Dragons and all our opposition for a lovely tournament

Mens 4th Team Match Report 7th October 2017

Mens 4th Team vs IES 4th Team (Home (L) D 1-1)

This was a classic ‘game of two halves’! In the first half Magpies struggled to settle down, and pressed by IES continually gave the ball away. IES deservedly went into half time one goal up. A slight tactical change at half time led to a significant improvement with Magpies taking much better care of the ball and working it around the pitch well. Tom Norton scored a well taken equaliser and in the last few minute Magpies had chances to win the match.