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Magpies 2s 5 -2 March Town 1s

Harleston battled well after a poor start to come away with the victory against a potentially tricky March team. Despite taking the lead through Robbie Kinsella, Magpies let March back into the game after giving the ball away cheaply. An outstanding save from Mark Lewis in goal for Magpies ensured that the scores were level at the break.

After tough words at half time, Magpies started quickly talking a 2-1 lead early in the second half, through a Jimmy Wheeler strike. But again, March pulled it back to 2-2 from a penalty flick. Magpies pushed on scoring 3 further goals as March tired with Mike Warlow scoring one, and Jimmy Wheeler scoring two, completing his hat-trick to leave the final score 5-2.

Ladies 2s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies 2s 4-1 Cambridge Uni 2s

The game got of to a good start with both teams looking quite evenly matched. Magpies looked strong in their defense and dangers on the attack.

Magpies had some good opportunities and turned one of them into a short corner. With a great shot from Lucy Miller the ball pounded the back board of the goal. This was a good first goal and lifted Magpies spirits to carry on the game with great determination. Magpies were strong and with some great balls down the line by Amy Tuffs and good team work by Laura Betts Magpies were bound to get another goal. So when the second goal came by Frances Taylor sweeping the ball into the corner of the goal from a short corner the team was pleased and had been working hard for it.

Cambridge was fighting well and there passing up the pitch and especially in midfield was good. Unfortunately for Magpies Cambridge got there first goal after Magpies second one. Magpies did have a few injuries so the team got changed around but Magpies dealt with it well. Magpies scored there third and fourth goal in stile with Jess Hull and Lucy Whiting getting them.

In the last 25 minutes of the game a couple of players got injured so Magpies were a player down but still managed to hold Cambridge off, with them having no real shot at goal in that time. Magpies won the game comfortably with mention going to Chloe Hobson, who was the player of the match for an outstanding performance.

Ladies 3s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies ladies 3s 2-1 Yarmouth 1s

Magpies ladies 3rds took an early lead when Helen Brook dribbled into the circle unchallenged and slotted the ball neatly into the right hand corner. The match was a rather niggly affair with Yarmouth challenging umpiring decisions and constantly appealing. Play was end to end for the rest of the first half. Helen Brook completed a fine performance with a second goal, a crisp corner strike this time into the left hand corner. With a minute to go a foul on Helen Brook strangely resulted in a free hit against her gaining Yarmouth a penalty corner which they scored a late consolation.

RESULTS – 10 Mar 2007

LADIES 1s v Birmingham Uni 1s – A – D 1-1
LADIES 2s v Cambridge University 2s – A – W 4-1
LADIES 3s v Yarmouth 1s – H – W 2-1
LADIES Colts A v Norwich City 2s – A – L 2-6
LADIES 4s v Yarmouth Ladies 2s – H – L 0-1
LADIES 5s v Old Buckenham 2s – A – L 2-6
LADIES 6s v Diss Ladies 1s – H – W 1-0
LADIES Colts B v Yarmouth Ladies 3s – A – W 4-0

MENS 1s v West Herts 1s – H – W 5-2
MENS 2s v March Town 1s – A – W 5-2
MENS 3s v North Walsham 1s – H – W 2-1
MENS 4s v Ipswich E-S 2s – A – L 2-4
MENS 5s v Holt Harlequins 1s – H – W 2-1
MENS 6s v Norwich City 4s – H W 7-1
National Vets Cup Quarter Final
MENS Vets v Sourport – A – D 3-3
Won 4-3 on flicks – Now in Semi-Final

Ladies 4s – MATCH REPORT

Harleston Magpies 4s 0-1 Great Yarmouth 2s

Magpies started their home tie confidently playing vocally and passing well. They encountered their fair share of chances in and around the oppostion’s D but just could not capitalise. Yarmouth too were quick on the break but strong defensive play by the Magpie’s back four and some superb saves by ‘keeper Vicky Blackmore kept them out.

The second half began brightly with Magpies again enjoying much of the possession, so were unlucky to concede just after the break. They pressured Yarmouth well but just could not convert. Credit goes to all eleven for working tirelessly resulting in much positive play. Especially to players of the match Vicky Blackmore and Ashleigh Rouse.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 8 March 2007


We are assured of an exciting last few weeks to the season starting this Saturday (10 March) when the Ladies’ 1sts play University of Birmingham away before entertaining Loughborough Students the following week. All three teams are battling to avoid the relegation play-off spot in Slazenger EHL Division One with Magpies just three points above Birmingham and Loughborough. The Ladies will be encouraged by their excellent performance last week against Clifton when they gained what could turn out to be a vital point. After the games against the students the team plays what we all hope will be their last game of the season away to league leaders Barnes Hounslow Ealing.

The excitement is not confined to league action as the club is still involved in four national cups. This Sunday (11 March) the Men’s Veterans are away to Stourport in the quarter-finals of the veterans’ cup and a week later the Mixed team entertain Tulse Hill and Dulwich (12 noon) in the national trophy followed at 2.00pm by the U18 Girls taking on Olton & West Warwicks in the quarter-finals of their national cup. That is not all! On Sunday 22 April the U18 Boys play Canterbury at home in the quarter-finals of their event.

To get both our U18 teams through to the last eight of their events is a marvellous achievement for the club. Well done to the girls for their late equaliser against Canterbury and subsequent penalty stroke win and to the boys for coming from behind to beat Belper away last Sunday.


I also urge all members to support the following social and fund raising events starting with the Karaoke Evening on 17 March.

Saturday 17 March
‘Stars In Your Eyes’ Karaoke Evening and Spring Prize Draw

Saturday 21
April End of Season Party (Apollo Club)

Six evenings of mixed hockey

Sunday 1 July
Strawberry Luncheon at Gawdy Hall

by kind permission of Mr and Mrs David Green

Thursday 23 August
Golf Day (Bungay GC)

Friday 2 November
Fireworks Evening

Please see website and the clubhouse notice board for more information.

You may have noticed that the Concert At The Hall scheduled for Saturday 14 July is missing from the above list of events. The organising committee has very reluctantly decided to cancel the event due to rising costs and the astonishing number of other events being held that day/night within easy travelling distance of Gawdy Hall.

Did you know?

1. Carl Sitch has been selected to play for England U18s in the Four Nations Tournament to be held at Exeter University over Easter. Congratulations Carl!

2. The chairman STILL continues to pick up a considerable amount of discarded bottles and other rubbish around the pitches and in the car park. Last week he even found a bottle in the middle of the sand-based pitch!!

3. The chairman is very grateful to all those members who agreed to play against Norfolk Nomads last Saturday when we were able to assemble a team from scratch at not much more than fifteen minutes notice to enable us to fulfil the Men’s 7ths friendly fixture. My thanks also to Kirstin Cumming for her help (including provision of the post-match tea) and to Mark Legg and Philip Cobbald for umpiring.

4. Very preliminary consideration is being given to prioritised clubhouse improvements including the provision of disabled access and toilet facilities. No final decisions have yet been made.

5. That congratulations are due to Heather and Matt Brand on the birth of Benjamin and to Sally and James Smith following the arrival of Jessica Grace.

‘Stars In Your Eyes’ Karaoke Evening


Tickets £5 each (£2.50 for U18s) Nibbles provided!

I wish all our teams the best of luck in the remaining weeks of the season.

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
8 March 2007

U18 Boys – EHA Cup

Belper under 18’s 1-2 Harleston under 18’s

Harleston travelled up to Belper on sunday in the hope of progression to the last 8 of the national cup. With the day getting off to a bad start when at the hotel defender Harry Blandy locked himself in the toilets. With this dilema over the team left however a postcode mishap saw the team heading towards Belper’s team secretary’s house rather than the clubhouse.

When the team did get there they were greeted by a downpour and a very slow waterlogged pitch. Despite this Harleston started strongly and were unlucky to go behind to Belper’s first shot of the game which left Bertie Steggles with no chance. Harleston battled back strongly and deservedly equalised through a thunder bolt of a shot by Toby Tibbenham. Harleston continued to press and were unfortunate not to take the lead when the Belper goal keeper made an outstanding save.

The scond half started with Belper on top and with a lot of the play they were pushing Harleston back. With some superb defending from Will Harrison the Belper attack was kept at bay. With the pressure mounting a series of short corners won Belper nearly took the lead but they didnt take into consideration Will “the wall” Johnson on the goal line who made a brilliant stop. The whole team was working hard defending the lead when Harleston got the breakthrough they were looking forward when Jimmy Wheeler was upended by the goalkeeper when clear through on goal. The penalty stroke was saved by the keeper, this spurred Harleston on and as they believed more and the team pushing up managed to push Belper back. With Belper on the back foot the ball broke to Toby Tibbenham who skinned the defender at the top of the circle and smashed his shot home on the reverse stick. With two minutes remaining this was the ideal time to score.

The last two minutes were nail biting but the team kept the ball and closed the game out and seal their place in the last 8 of the competition.

U11 Boys Norfolk Championships


Magpies U11 Boys were very competitve in what is a difficult tournament for the Norfolk club teams. There were 8 teams competing, 4 from private schools and 4 from Norfolk club teams.

Magpies Group Games:

v Pelicans drew 0-0 (1pt)
Magpies started cautiously, and it was Pelis who had the first chance to score, but the ball hit Magpies post and went wide. Magpies then had chances of their own, with Mitchell Tomkins forcing a fine save from the Pelis keeper, and then a lovely reverse stick shot from Kalun Bedingfield unluckily hit the post and went out. Good defending from Barnaby Carless and Jack Frere-Smith helped keep the final score 0-0.

v Town Close School won 2-1 (3pts) Sonny Molloy, Mitchell Tomkins
Magpies best performance of the season by far, they pressurised Town Close from the start with slick accurate passing, and Sonny Molloy deservedly opened the scoring. Not long after a fine strike from Mitchell Tomkins made it 2-0. Kalun Bedingfield and George Collins were linking up well with the forwards which created more chances for Magpies. Then a slight lapse in defence allowed Town Close to get a goal back, but not long after the final whistle followed to give Magpies a memorable victory.

v Beeston Hall School lost 0-3 (0pts)
Unfortunately Magpies got caught out from the start of this match, and allowed Beeston to score an easy goal. Magpies battled hard to get back into this game, with George Collins doing great covering work at the back. However Beeston were proving difficult to defend down the left and scored a second. Magpies pushed up to try to get something from the game, but were punished again in the last seconds of the match.

Group Runners-up and Semi-Finalists
Magpies finished runners-up of their group on 4pts, which qualified them for the Semi-Finals.


v Greshams lost 0-1
This was always going to be a tough match against the host School, but Magpies were proving to be very resilient, a series of fine saves from goalkeeper Jonathan Coe kept the scores level. A very painful, stick to knee injury to George Collins disrupted the side, but Josh Elgood came on and worked hard to stem the flow of mounting Gresham attacks. Mitchell Tomkins had a great chance to put Magpies ahead, but it was the Greshams’ pressure that finally told as they scored the winner with 2 minutes to go.

3rd/4th PLAY-OFF

v Dereham lost 0-1
Dereham have been the top Club team this season, but Magpies competed very well with shots from Kalun Bedingfield and Sonny Malloy both going just wide, either could have given them the lead. But it was Dereham who scored the only goal, managing to find an unmarked player on the back post who clipped the ball over the line for the winning goal.

This was a good days hockey for the young and improving Magpies team, who are proving to be a difficult team to play against. Very well done guys.

Team: George Collins, Jonathan Coe(GK), Josh Elgood, Kalun Bedingfield, Sonny Molloy, Mitchell Tomkins, Barnaby Carless(Capt) and Jack Frere-Smith

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT


This match turned out to be a thriller as first Magpies were in the ascendancy and then Clifton came back strongly at the end. Magpies took the game to Clifton early on and Angie Wheelhouse had the first real chance of the game which was saved by the goalkeeper. Clifton won two penalty corners in the first half which were their only attacking threats at this stage. Magpies deservedly took the lead before half time when Jess Bloom swept home a right wing cross to confirm their ascendancy.

Magpies started the second half well as their forwards continued to trouble the normally solid Clifton defence. Descent from Clifton players led to Magpies being awarded a penalty corner and Angie Wheelhouse’s penalty corner strike was partially saved by the goalkeeper but Anna Truman followed in to force the ball over the line. Promotion chasing Clifton were stunned by the turn of events but as expected responded in a positive way.

Unfortunately Clifton pulled a goal back almost immediately which gave them all the momentum they needed. Magpies started to defend too deep and put themselves under unnecessary pressure. One breakaway saw Jess Bloom clear of the Clifton defence but the goalkeeper did well. In the end Clifton levelled the scores and could even have snatched a third goal as the game turned on its head. In the last minute Magpies won a penalty corner with a chance to snatch a late winner but unfortunately the umpires over turned their first decision.

Next week Magpies play Birmingham University away.


Blueharts 1s 2-2 Harleston 1s

Harleston travelled down to Hitchin this weekend for a tough game against third place Blueharts. The teams started evenly with chances few and far between. Harleston struggled to maintian possession against a Blueharts side that closed them down early. Harleston deservedly took the lead through inform Andy Hipwell slotting home a through ball with a first time shot which took the keeper by surprise. Blueharts struck back quickly when the ball was given away by Harleston which allowed Blueharts to hit them on the break and John Barrett slotted home for Blueharts. The teams then both started to push for the breakthorugh they were after. Harleston eventually found the breakthrough when David Ling played a ball into the path of Cloin Wheelhouse who drew a defender before playing the ball across to Tristan Baynes to slot home from close range. The teams went in at half time with the scores at 2-1.

The second half started similar to the first with possession by both teams given away cheaply. Blueharts were twice reduced to 10 men however this seemed to spur them on more and once they were back to 11 players they equalised with a good deflection at the near post. With time running out Harleston pushed forward in search of the vital winner. On the stroke of time Harleston won a short corner which was put on a foot and with the following corner Harleston won a penalty stroke. Unfortuanelty the stroke was not converted and the game finished with a draw.

Ladies 2s – MATCH REPORT

Harleston Magpies 2s 3-3 City of Peterborough 1s

This game for the Magpies was seen as a chance to come back after last weeks dissapointing result. The first goal came from Kathryn Hinsley, who got on the end of a lovely cross into circle from Lucy Miller. The team continued to have a good first half until Peterborough equalised before the end of the half.

After a good first half Magpies were feeling confident going into the second half, but unfortunatly Peterborough scored two early goals as Magpies hadn’t yet switched on and gave Peterborough way too much time on the ball.

Magpies’ hard work and patience paid off half way through the second half when Lucy Miller did another superb cross to the back post, where Kathryn Hinsley made it 3-2. Magpies continued to put the pressure on and won a short corner late on in the second half, Kath Malvern slipped it right to Artemis Clark who scored to earn the Magpies a 3-3 draw.


Harleston Magpies 2s 6-0 Ely 1s

Magpies kept up the pressure on the top two with a comprehensive victory over lowly Ely. Leading 3-0 at half time, following goals from Robbie Kinsella, Lawrence Baynes and Mike Warlow, it was important they kept their shape in the second half in order to score more goals. Dispite Ely scrapping for every ball, Magpies were able to score three more goals. Mike Warlow scoring a neat solo goal, Jimmy Wheeler finishing off from close range after good work from Stuart Peters, and Matt Brand charged forward from defence to finish well, leaving the final score 6-0.

With 4 points separating the top 4 teams, there is all to play for in the remaining 3 weeks.


Magpies 4s 7-0 Lowestoft Railway 1s

Magpies put in a very strong performance from start to
finish in order to secure 3 more points in division

The development team started strongly, putting
pressure on the opposition from the initial push back.
And after some solid defence and good passing moves,
Magpies found themselves 4-0 up at half time including
a penalty stroke from Will Harrison after good work
from Dan Legg and Richard Larkin in a break away move.

The second half also saw magpies on top. Chris Barber
completed his hat trick with a good variety of goals
and looked very lively up front, making good movement.
Richard Larkin managed to score his second after
converting the second penalty stroke of the match.
Mark Legg in goal also made some very good last ditch
saves which helped keep a clean sheet in defence. The
performance was very encouraging in many aspects, with
Dan Legg’s fitness looking improved, and no weak
performance amongst any of the team. Hopefully Magpies
will look to consolidate their 4th place in the league
in the last few fixtures.

RESULTS – 03 Mar 2007

LADIES 1s v Clifton Ladies’ 1s – H – D 2-2
LADIES 2s v City of P’borough 1s – H – D 3-3
LADIES 3s v UEA 1s – A – L 2-3
LADIES Colts A v North Walsham Ladies 1s – A – D 1-1
LADIES 4s v North Walsham Ladies 2s – AL 2-3
LADIES 5s v Harriers Ladies 1s – HL 0-1
LADIES 6s v Dereham Colts 2s – HL 0-2
LADIES Colts B v Norwich Union Ladies 4s – A – W 5-0

MENS 1s v Blueharts 1s – A – D 2-2
MENS 2s v Ely City 1s – H – W 6-0
MENS 3s v Dereham 2s – A – W 4-2
MENS 4s v Lowestoft Railway 1s – H – W 7-0
MENS 5s v Watton 1s – A – L 0-3
MENS 6s v Crane 2s – A D 1-1
MENS 7s v Norfolk Nomads 1s – HW 7-3
MENS Vets v City of Peterborough – L 0-1
U11 Boys Norfolk Championships – losing semi-finalists

Boys Norfolk Championships
National Cup
U18 Boys v Belper – A
W 2-1

Carl Sitch England U18 International

Young star takes England step-up in his stride
Report taken from the Diss Express

Harleston Magpies’ Carl Sitch expanded his international horizons last week with three appearances for England Ul8s.

Sitch, 17, spent the week with the Young Lions at the Belle Vue Complex in Manchester and played in all three of their training matches against Ireland.

The visiting Irish side got the better of their English counterparts, winning the first and last fixture, while the home side won Wednesday’s match 2-1.

The former Archbishop Sancroft High School pupil said he had enjoyed the experience, which came on top of winning 12 caps for England Ul6s last year.

“I was told that I had done well by the coaches,” said Sitch, who played left and right-half for England during the week.

“We would have liked to have won all three games but the training was also important and it was the first time we had all played together.

“It was a big step-up from the Ul6s squad, with the speed and the core skills needed.”

The Needham teenager is waiting to hear if he has retained his place in the England squad for the four nations tournament, which will be held in Exeter at Easter.