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Junior Super 6’s U18 & U16 Girls


This weekend the u16 girls travel to Aderlsey, Wolverhampton for the National Super 6s Club Championships. Buoyed by our performance before Christmas at the Regionals we go into the competition full of optimism, under no illusion however of the task in front of us. The competition is divided into two pools of 5 teams which represent the five hockey regions of the country. Magpies are in pool B and play Marlow from Buckinghamshire
In the 1st game on Saturday afternoon. This is quickly followed by a match against Clifton who are from Gloucestershire. Sunday brings a further two matches first up are Stourport from Worcestershire and finally Wakefield representing Yorkshire. If we finish in the top two of the group we progress to the finals later that day.
All the girls are really excited and looking forward to a weekend of new challenges. Whether success comes their way or not they will have experienced and been part of something that they can all be proud of.

Squad: Beth Farrow (GK) capt, Georgie Cantrell, Phoebe Eglington, Georgie Gardens, Amelia Hershal Shorland, Mimi Salsby, Molly Warnes, Emma Williamson. Head Coach Nick McAllen, Team Manager James Cantrell


U18 girls indoor National final at Whitgift school, Croydon on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st Jan.

This coming weekend we travel to Whitgift School, Croydon for the U18 indoor hockey National final.
We are going there as East champions, having won the East region final. Our opening game will be played against the runners up from the West ( Team Bath Buccaneers ) followed by the South champions ( East Grinstead ). On the Sunday we are playing the runners up from the Midlands ( Beeston ) and the final pool match is against the North runners up ( York ). The top 2 from each pool then play a Semi final then a final.

Charlotte Seaman ( Captain ), Alice Gooch (GK), Lottie Summers, Alice Woollatt, Abby Gooderham, Lauren Rowe, Martha Lawrence, Tor Findlay, Sophie Child, Olivia Locke, Anna Tighe, Aoife Lowe Davies.


There was plenty of drama last weekend both home and away for Harleston Magpies, with a trip to A&E, several stints in the sin bin and a game which featured 17 goals. Huge congratulations go to the Men’s and Ladies Indoor teams for retaining their National Division One status last weekend, they certainly cut it fine but delivered results when it counted.
The Ladies seconds travelled to Dereham and came away with all three points thanks to goals from Anouska Stott and Laura Tibbenham, and some fantastic saves from goal keeper Jade Daly. The Men’s seconds also continued their league domination with a 3-1 victory at home to Dereham, goals from Martin Fields, Matt Bensly and skipper Lawrence Baynes, take them 6 points clear of Norwich City with a game in hand. The Men’s thirds had a heartbreaking result away to Lincolnshire team Horncastle. Despite finding the net 7 times their opponents scored 10, leaving both teams level on points at the foot of the table.
At The Nest the Ladies thirds clinched a well deserved win after some unlucky results in recent weeks. Following effective switching of the ball by Molly Warnes and Char Rourke-Beasley, Alice Wiseman opened the scoring with a deflection. Helena Knock, Rachel Baynes, Jess Green and Phoebe Eglington defended well with Beth Farrow guarding her goal to deny Dereham the opportunity to get into the game. Two goals from Sarah Legg and Molly Warnes cemented the 3-0 result.The Ladies Sixth team are storming up the Norfolk 2nd Division table after a string of great results and notched up a 1-0 win over Broadland on Saturday. Louise Davy, Marnie Blair and Lucy Field (on her return from injury) worked hard in midfield to create opportunities for Laura Woodgate and goal scorer Rachel Clifford upfront.

This weekend is full of excitement with the U16 and U18 girls competing in the Indoor Junior Super6s in Wolverhampton and Croydon respectively, their progress can be followed at @Magpies_Hockey.

Reigning National Champions, Magpies Mixed team host Sudbury at 12.45pm this Sunday as they continue the mission to defend the title, having beat Ely 13-1 in the preliminary round. In addition, a mixed ‘B’ team has entered the competition this year due to demand for Mixed hockey and they face Norwich Dragons on Sunday.

Sunday also sees two veteran sides in Cup action, the Ladies O35s and Men’s O50s. The Ladies won the Trophy competition last season so are hoping to do one better and win the National Cup this year. With the addition of Lucy King in goal and Emma Lee Smith who has come of age they go into their game away at Chelmsford with confidence.

The Men’s O50s have historically done well at a national Level and face Peterborough away this weekend in the Trophy competition with a squad brimming with International superstars and including Stuart Peters who is finally old enough to join the ranks. However Jerry Blackmore is unavailable as he will be sipping a pint up a mountain in Austria with Messers Naunton and Alexander!


Ladies Indoor Jaffa Super 6’s

Harleston Magpies Ladies Indoor team sponsored by Durants Estate Agents traveled to Nottingham University for the second weekend of league competition in the Jaffa Super 6’s Division 1. With no reward for their improving performance over the first four league games, every game this weekend was going to be crucial for the team’s continued presence in Division 1. The team welcomed Charlotte Harrison and Lucy Whiting to the squad.
Magpies first game of the weekend was against Surbiton. After conceding an early goal Magpies re grouped and pressured the Surbiton defence but were unable to find the finishing touch and it remained 1 – 0 as the half ended. A strong performance from the Surbiton goalkeeper restricted the Magpies chances and Surbiton eventually extended their lead and won the game 4 – 0.
Magpies next opponents were promotion chasing Beeston.  Magpies were again very competitive and not out played by their opposition but were unable to convert key penalty corners and open play chances , while a clinical Beeston converted their opportunities and took all three points with a 3 – 2 victory (Lauren Rowe and Lizzie Jones).
Although the league table did not look favourable as Magpies went into their last two league games still looking for their first points of the competition, the statisticians had done their homework and Magpies simply required two wins from the last two games.
The game against Chelmsford started at a high tempo and Magpies were quickly rewarded with a penalty corner which Lauren Rowe converted with an unstoppable flick into the top right hand corner of the goal.  A second clinical corner from Lauren Rowe put Magpies 2 – 0 up,  before half time Magpies had extended their lead further to 3 – 0 with an open play goal from Charlotte Harrison.  Just four minutes into the second half Chelmsford thought they had got themselves back into the game with an open play goal, but a driving run and a cool finish from Tor Findlay restored Magpies three goal advantage instantly.  A goal line clearance from a penalty corner resulted in Chelmsford being awarded a penalty stroke, but Megan Brown was not going to be beaten again and made a fine save. Magpies continued to control the tempo and Sarah Brook scored from the final penalty corner of the game.  The first part of the great escape plan had been achieved; the team just needed one more victory.
A determined Magpies team took to the pitch prepared to give everything to gain the three points they needed. Scoring freely in the first game of the day had given the team a new confidence and after only four minutes Sarah Brook broke away from the St Albans defence and put Magpies ahead,   soon after Lucy Whiting increased the lead to 2 -0. Before half time Magpies leading goal scorer Lauren Rowe stepped up to score two further penalty corner goals and extend the lead to 4-0.  A disciplined and organised Magpies defensive unit led by Debbie Francis who had been outstanding all weekend frustrated the St Albans attack and limited their chances in front of goal. They were unable to beat Megan Brown who kept a clean sheet to ensure that Magpies won the vital three points they needed.
The team can be very proud of their achievement and demonstrated true Magpie team work and determination throughout the weekend. Special thanks to Nick McAllen for his instrumental contribution to the team.
Squad: Lauren Barber (Captain), Sarah Brook, Megan Brown, Tor Findlay, Debbie Francis, Charlotte Harrison, Jess Howland, Lizzie Jones, Lauren Rowe and Lucy Whiting.


Mens Indoor Jaffa Super 6’s

After the first weekend, Harlestons men’s indoor team, sponsored by Durrants, found themselves sitting in a respectable fourth position. However closer inspection of the table saw Magpies sitting just one point off the bottom with the bottom six teams separated by just one point. Harleston knew that they had to replicate the excellent performances they had produced against St Albans and Beeston on the first weekend and avoid the poor first halves that had cost them points against Ipswich and Southgate.

Magpies 3 – 10 Canterbury

The weekend started poorly when the squad was reduced by a man before the squad had even departed for Bristol. Despite missing his alarm, thus giving himself some extra shut eye, the normally rugged and sturdy Stu Leate found himself too ill to travel. Things then got worse as in the 5th minute and already a goal down, Archie “facemasks are for wimps” Winter chose to charge down a Canterbury short corner with his gunshield. This resulted in the young U18 England international having to go to hospital where he enjoyed 20 stitches for his troubles. In the game Magpies failed to control the tempo and a flurry of individual mistake and slick opposition play meant they entered the half time break six nil down. A stern half time team talk saw the team resolve come out fighting. The response was swift with goals from Sam Patterson and Chris Barber arresting the arrears. However eventual champions Canterbury struck back with 3 short corner goals in quick succession to deny any possible come back. Sam Patterson scored again late for Magpies with the final score 10-3 to Canterbury.

Magpies 6 – 5 West Herts

The second game of the day saw Magpies face old indoor rivals West Herts. Harleston knew that a win here would go a long way to securing their Div 1 status for next season. Magpies got the better of the opening stages and took an early 2-1 lead through Simon Hipwell and Aaron Hibell goals. Much of the first half went by without further goals but magpie felt they were in control and only some wasteful finishing prevented them from stretching their lead further. A late flurry of goal ins the first half saw West Herts strike twice with only a Timmy Whiteman goal in response for Harleston. Magpies knew that they deserved to be ahead at the break and were determined to force the game in the 2nd half. Spi Hipwell struck early to give Harleston the lead but again despite controlling the game Harleston were unable to pull clear of the opposition. Finally magpies got their just rewards. Spi Hipwell secured his hat-trick and a deft deflected goal from Richard Larkin gave Harleston the cushion they required. A late field goal and an overtime penalty corner reduced the deficit but Magpies ran out deserved winners.

Mapies 2 – 7 Hamstead & Westminster

The Sunday started with a sense of deja-vu for Harleston. Having already lost Archie through injury and Stu through illness, the Sunday dawn brought news that Harleston’s resident Canadian, Elliot Marsh, had succumbed to a fever. Elliot is well known to love riding the pine but unfortunately his night of riding the porcelain had rendered him unable to play in Sunday’s fixtures. Harleston knew the game against unbeaten Hamstead & Westminster would be tough but a disciplined performance saw the underdogs frustrate the league leaders and half time game with Hamstead only 2-0 up. Had Magpies once again not been quite so profligate in front of goal the score could have been even closer. The second half saw Magpies continue their solid defensive display but the lack of subs meant tiredness soon crept into their play. Some slick skills and tidy attacking patterns from Hamstead meant they cruised to victory 7-2, Hibell and Patterson getting the goals for Harleston.


2pm saw the start of a crucial hour for Harleston Magpies as a club. At Bristol, St Albans played Canterbury, where a loss for St Albans meant that Magpies were certain of retaining their National Div 1 status for a 3rd successive year. Meanwhile, in Nottingham, the Ladies were also playing St Albans knowing a win for them would mean they retained their Div 1 status as well. In Bristol St Albans provided stubborn early resistance but Canterbury slowly took a stranglehold on the game and goals at regular intervals saw them romp home to a 9-1 win. Meanwhile in Nottingham the Ladies also enjoyed a relatively stress free 4-0 win.

Magpies 5 – 4 Bowden

The last game of the weekend saw Harleston take on Bowden. Neither team could go up or down but Magpies were determined to put in a performance worth of all the hard work and effort that they had put in. Manager Kevin Ridley had given some inspiring words before the game that certainly galvansied the Magpies strike force into action. Magpie started strong and led early through a Chris Barber goal. Bowden pegged them back but goals from Whiteman and Hibell extended the lead. Magpies had to weather a period where Spi Hipwell saw green then yellow to take two short breaks in the sin bin. A second goal for Bowden saw the half time score 3-2 to Harleston. Hipwell then made amends for his earlier misdemeanours by extending the lead to 4-2. Bowden however fought back with 2 goals to level the scores at 4-4. However, with time ticking away and Kevin Ridley’s personal encouragement still ringing in his ears, Chris Barber found space in the corner of the D to slot home the winner with only seconds left to play.

Thanks go to all the players and supporters and management who put in their time, effort, money and energy to making this another successful indoor campaign. Thanks to the Mens and Ladies Sponsors Durrants for their support also.


Ladies 2nds v Dereham (Away (L) W 2-1)

The ladies started off well looking strong in attack but were unable to score. As the half wore on it looked as though either team could score, the first goal came from Magpies a good press at a 16, Tibbenham passed the ball in to Anouska Stott for her to spot the ball in. Magpies went into half time 1-0 up. Half time provided the chance to iron out the mistakes we were making.
Dereham came out after half time with a visible determination. Trying to take the three points, they were first to open the scoring in the second half, From a short corner. Magpies were not content with leaving the score as a draw. Some good attacking play saw Fran burrell with the Ball in the 25. A slick pass into the D to Laura Tibbenham who turned and put the Ball past the goalie to make the score 2-1. After a period of ill discipline magpies found themselves down to 9 players which gave Dereham the chance to attack and had a number of short corners all excellently defended and some great saved from Jade Daly. The final result was a 2-1 win to Magpies. Magpies will look to improve on a number of things when they are next in action on the 27th January. The ladies 2’s don’t have a fixture next week due to U16 and U18 players going to national indoor finals, good luck to all the girls. 

Man of the match : Jade Daly 


Ladies 6th v Broadland 3rds (Home (L) W 1-0)

Magpies start the match determined to improve upon the previous encounter that they lost 5:0. Advice from training to keep communication high, support each other and set the press really quickly we’re soon evident early in the match. Broadland tried to play the long ball game but increasingly found it difficult to find a clear route through the excellent Magpies press. Lydia Barrett and Jenny Meyer upfront worked hard to keep the ball live and pressuring the opposition D. Good passing play leading to a few short corners that were well saved by Broadland. Our midfield of Louise Davy and Marnie Blair worked hard to keep a high pace to the game and gave great support to the excellent Lucy Field (whom it was fantastic to see making her return from injury). Combined work from forwards Laura Woodgate and Rach Clifford put Broadlands under increasing pressure eventually meaning the 6s went into half time 1:0 up.
Second half Magpies knew they would have to work hard if they were to hold on to their lead. Fantastic tackles from Jane Collins and Marie Davy broke down several Broadland attacks with Katie Davy on fine form in the Magpies D clearing the ball effectively to Elena Flatt who made sure the ball was safely away.
This was an excellent, enjoyable match with great play from both teams. The 6s look to take confidence from this game into what will inevitably be a very tough match next week against table topping Railway.


Mens 4th Team v Pelicans 4th (Away (L) W 3-0)

On a characteristically sunny afternoon in Kings Lynn the 4ths turned up with an enthusiastic yet slightly unfit squad of 11. Having agreed our line up over a pre warm up coffee we took the field confident of our positions if not our style of play, or stamina.
From the start we had the opposition on the back foot and this set the tone for the game. Toby and Arthur, prompted by JA created numerous chances, and once Toby at last scored the first goal the result was not in question.
With the energetic mid field duo of Rob and David J ably controlling the center of the park, the rather experienced defence, and Oli, kept the opposition forwards under tight control. Further goals from Toby and the excellent Arthur ensured that the points were secured.


Mens 2nd Team v Magpies 3rds (Home (L) W 7-1)

Table topping magpies 2nd team started the new year where they left the old, with another win, making it 12 from 12!
Their opposition, fellow club members of the 3rd team started brighter and looked to push an early advantage and were unlucky not to score though jager, after good work from the silver foxes, Tolson and Cole!
 The second team grew in confidence as the game went on and the evenly contested first half saw brothers martin and stuart fields both on the score sheet , the 2nds taking a narrow 2-0 half time lead!
The 2nd team were fast out of the blocks in the second half and grabbed two quick goals from kinsella and Bensly after great leg work from Sewell.
The 3rds rallied well, with plenty of aggression from Andrew Johnson. At the heart of the midfield was Francis who  hit the post, had a goal chalked off and finally netted a deserved goal, with great counter attacking play from Captain Brando.
Two late goals from Baynes jnr and Sewell finished any thoughts of a late come back. The final score  Magpies 2nds 7 Magpies 3rds 1.
The 3rd team only have 24 hours to recover,  before they face fellow strugglers Bury St Edmunds at the nest on Sunday. Magpies 2nds have to wait until next Saturday where they face Dereham.


Ladies 4th Team v Loddon (Home (L) W 2-1)

After a motivational team talk we decided to treat the second half of the season as a clean slate, having failed to even draw a game before Christmas. With fire in our bellies and fantastic runs with the ball down each wing by Rachel Goodson and Alice Evans Hendricks, the first goal came from Julie Davy who used her reverse stick to deflect Janna Freeman’s short corner strike into the net.
We maintained attacking momentum and played some lovely passing hockey which led to Magpies’ second goal, neat passing between sisters Sophie and Imogen Maynell Anderson allowed Imogen the opportunity to flick the ball past the Loddon ‘keeper.
Loddon pulled one back in the second half, thanks to some rusty defending from Rosie Blackmore, which fired them up. We lost Captain Sophie to a head injury and fell back into our default mode of ‘hit and hope’ hockey which didn’t look very pretty but a combination of well timed tackles from Treacle, Emily Woollatt and Krystal Jenkins at the back, together with some fab saves from Grace Robinson in goal meant we clung on for our first win, and first points of the season.


Ladies 2nd Team v Lowestoft (Away (L) W2-0)

The ladies 2’s returned refreshed from the Christmas festivities ready and raring to go at a rather nippy Lowestoft!
We welcomed Beth on her debut in the 2’s in goal.
We started strongly passing the ball round well, communicating and applying pressure. Rose was in fine form causing Lowestoft plenty of problems with her pace. We created several chances & corners but the Lowestoft keeper kept us out until we converted a short corner with a slip left which was struck by Anouska Stott in her usual fashion. It was heading for the goal but Fran Burrell made sure it definitely crossed the line! 1-0!
Rose continued her hard work in midfield and was rewarded by her efforts with a cracking reverse stick strike to make it 2-0!
We went into the second half with confidence and Kath Johnson and her team of defenders kept Lowestoft out after some increased pressure and short corners to defend.
We continued to create chances but were happy with another 3 points in the bag!
Mom – Rose

Next week – Dereham away


Ladies 6th Team v Hornets (Away (L) W 4-2)

Any Christmas cobwebs were swiftly brushed away in the first match of the new year. The Magpies ladies 6th took to the road, and the short journey to Loddon to play Pelicans. Following a canceled game and a slip week at the end of 2017 the return to the pitch after an extended break was something the Magpies were looking forward to.
The team, which has shown much improvement over the season so far wanted to make an impact on teams that they’d played earlier in the season. This match did exactly that, there was positive air to the team as they took to the field against the Hornets. This time the Magpies were determined to put more points on the board.
New face, Jess Surname, joined the ranks of the 6ths. And the game kicked off in sunshine, but there was a January chill in the air.
True to form, Shirley was first onto the board with a cracking shot into the top left corner, their keeper had no chance. The result of a short corner, the first McAllen shot was blocked but the defence, but the rebound gave Shirley another attempt at goal. The Pelicans gave the Magpies legend too long on the ball and, as usual Shirley’s shot was on target. Meaning the visitors were 1-0 up, and were looking confident.
The Pelicans were a mix of experience, youth and new players, and in the first half they struggled against the 6ths now well practiced press defence. Their only option was a strong hit, but the Magpies made it very difficult for them to gain possession of the ball with this method. It was a strategy that kept the opposition at bay for most of the game.
The Magpies defence wasn’t troubled much in the tfirst half and the team took opportunities down the middle of the pitch, via Rachael and Jess to set up and score another goal. Vanessa on the wing battled her way into the D and then made sure that she finished the job by skilfully passing the keeper to take the score to 2 – 0.
The second half was a much more even contest. The Pelicans showed great determination and spirit, and their speed and a great pairing up front meant they made the most of counter attacks in the second half. They caught the Magpies defence on the back foot and scored a well-deserved first goal, the score was now 2-1. Magpies responded with another goal of their own, hard work and great passing play saw Rachael score her first of the game. This was then repeated, Pelicans scored on a counter attack, and the Magpies responded. Another for Rachael, to make the final score 4-2.
Another 3 points for the 6ths, lifting them well above the relegation zone that was nipping at their heels at the beginning of the season. The pelicans summed up the team’s progression, as they were overheard to say something along the lines of “This can’t be the same team we played earlier in the season, they are just so much more skilful”.
Jess Green played excellently in her debut game, her hard work in the central midfield position, lovely strikes and excellent defence won her the Player of the Match award.

Squad: Katie Davy (GK), Marie Davy, Felicity Perry, Heather Brand(c), Louise Davy, Rachael Clifford, Jenny Meyer, Shirley McAllen, Lucy Basey-Fisher, Laura Felgate, Jess Green and Lydia Barratt


Harleston Magpies Ladies Indoor team sponsored by Durrants Estate Agents began this season’s indoor league campaign with a long trip to Bristol. The Magpies team included a mixture of youth and experience, with Alice Woollatt and Charlotte Seaman making their Indoor National League debuts and Sarah Brook and Lizzie Jones returning to play in Magpies colours.
The first match was a tough test against Premier Division Birmingham University and with only 4 mins left to play the score remained 2-1 to the students, but some clinical finishing in the final minutes of the match saw them run out 5 – 1 (Lauren Rowe) winners.
Magpies stepped up their performance in the second game of the day against Brooklands Poynton and went into half time with a 2-1 lead after goals from Lauren Rowe and Lauren Barber. With Magpies unable to extend their lead Poynton where fortunate to find themselves back on level terms and before Magpies could reply Poynton took the lead and all three points.
An experienced Sevenoaks team were Magpies next opponents. The organisation and work rate of the Magpies defensive unit of Lizzie Jones, Lauren Barber, Debbie Francis and Megan Brown was exceptional throughout the game frustrating the skilful Sevenoaks attack on numerous occasions. The deadlock was finally broken late in the second half and as Magpies pressed for the equaliser Sevenoaks scored a second.
The final match of the first weekend was against table topping Premier Division Buckingham. The 6-0 score line did not reflect the quality of the Magpies performance against an in form Buckingham team.
Magpies will travel to Nottingham University on Saturday 13th Januaryand Sunday 14th January to complete their remaining four league fixture against Surbiton, Beeston, Chelmsford and St Albans.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Captain), Sarah Brook, Megan Brown, Tor Findlay, Debbie Francis,  Charlotte Harrison, Jess Howland,  Lizzie Jones and Lauren Rowe


Magpies Mens indoor first team travelled to Nottingham for the Super 6s Division 1. Equivalent standard in football to the Championship league.
First game of the weekend, a local derby against Ipswich. We made a poor start being 2-0 down at half time. We got a very frosty reception from head coach Tim Whiteman, but with Richard Larkin’s experience and tactical awareness at half time team talk, we were greatly improved, managing to score 2 goals from Archie Winter and Tom Ridley to finish game 2-2, but could and should have nicked it, but for a very defensive opposition.
Next up Beeston, a much more challenging opposition. A much improved performance, we went 1-0 down then equalised from Sam Paterson before half time. 2-1 down, then leveller from Chris Barber. 4-2 down, then Whiteman got us back to 4-3. A barrage of short corners, but as usual nothing coming from them, losing 4-3. An excellent performance from Chris Leek in goal. A disappointing end to the day, but promising for tomorrow.
A meal and early night beckoned with a 9am game in the morning against St Albans.
With no early breakfast available, Tim insisted on a healthy option of fruit and porridge, much to the disappointment of Andrew Bedwell and Larkin, who obviously wanted a fry-up.
With an excellent warm-up of yoga directed by Elliott Marsh, we were out of the traps like a greyhound chasing a march hare. St Albans were unable to cope with our physicality and we were soon 5-0 up with goals from Marsh, Whiteman, Jack Hobbs, Ridley, Whiteman in that order. We ended up winning 6-2 with a penalty stroke from Aaron Hibell. A solid defence of Bedwell, Paterson, Jonty Gosling and Marsh.
Second game of day was Southgate. A great start with an early goal from Barber, however short lived when they scored 5 on the trot, so 5-1 at half time.
6-1 down then Whiteman and Winter got us back to 6-3. Southgate extended their lead to 7-3. Two further goals from Whiteman and Ridley made an interesting finale, however, when we went to kicking back, they scored 2 further goals, making the score a poor reflection of the game.
Many thanks to our parent supporters throughout weekend and Mike.



Ladies Weekend at Weybread

With the First teams away at Indoor the rest of the club resumed league action last weekend with every Ladies team bagging three points. The 2s headed to Lowestoft for their first game of the New Year and true to form came home with a win thanks to goals from Fran Burrell and Rose Winter, with Beth Farrow keeping a clean sheet on her debut for the side.
Laura Betts captained her 3rd team to a 1-0 victory over Norwich Dragons 2s with Alice Wiseman getting the only goal of the game. Sadly the team didn’t fare as well in their rearranged fixture against Bury St Edmunds on Sunday where, despite outstanding performances by Emma Tolhurst and Sophie Govier-Schaay in defence, Bury won the game 3-0.
With determination to turn around what has so far been a disappointing season, the Ladies 4s clung on for their first league points in a 2-1 win over Loddon. Julie Davy and Imogen Maynell Anderson providing the goals with Grace Robinson in fine form between the sticks to prevent a Loddon comeback. The Ladies 5s found themselves 3-0 up having only played 15 minutes thanks to a hat trick from the experienced Jose Tibbenham. Unable to put the game to bed Magpies sat back and allowed Diss to take it to 3-2. Beth Moodie extended the lead and, despite another Diss goal, it ended 4-2 to Magpies.
Back at the Nest the table topping Mens 2s were up against their club counterparts Magpies 3s who are currently 25 points behind them in the East Men’s League. Although the first half was evenly contested, and Dave Francis netted one for the thirds, the 2nds proved too strong with a convincing goal display from Martin Fields, Stuart Field, Robbie Kinsella, Matt Bensly, Lawrence Baynes (2) and Jake Sewell, final score 7-1.
Meanwhile in Kings Lynn the Men’s 4ths beat Pelicans 3-0 (Toby Hughes, 2, and Arthur Johnson), the Fifths drew at home 3-3 with Norwich Exiles and the Sixths lost to Bury 3-0.
Keep up with the live action from our teams in the Jaffa Super6s by following @Magpies_Hockey


With nearly 160 games undertaken since September, featuring 14 teams and 200 odd players, the Christmas break provides a chance to reflect on how the Magpies teams are doing at the half way point of the season.
On the Men’s side, the 4th, 5th and 6th XI are each sat mid table in their respective leagues which, considering the youngsters strewn throughout the teams are improving week on week, should hopefully keep them safely out of any relegation zones providing there are no disasters on the horizon.
The Men’s 2nds and 3rds are at opposite ends of Division 2 North with the 2nds boasting a magnificent goal difference of +51. The Men’s 1st team, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, are 5 points behind leaders St Albans in East Premier ‘A’.
The addition of Elliot Marsh, Dave Gilbert, Jonty Gosling, Tim Whiteman and Ben Watson to the squad has encouraged a more expansive style of hockey but, despite a focus on solid defending, Magpies have dropped too many points. The home crowd have been treated to some high scoring games (8-0 v Ipswich and 13-0 v Spalding) but Harleston have struggled to replicate this form on the road and know that if they have any chance of promotion this season they cannot afford to drop any more points.
The Ladies teams have also had varying degrees of success so far. The Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntyre, are determined to maintain their National League status and currently take 5th spot despite only winning 3 from the first 10 games. Whereas the seconds top their league but have Norwich City 1sts hot on their heals so cannot afford to be complacent.
In a very tight league the Ladies 3rds have it all to play for, sitting in joint eighth, and the 4th team appear to be firmly cemented to the bottom of the Norfolk Premier Division having scored only 8 goals so far.
The 5ths appear safe as they occupy 3rd spot, the 7ths are mid table and the 6ths are in the process of turning their season around after some heavy defeats at the start of the season. The break though came against table topping Norwich Dragons early November and the 6ths haven’t lost a game since. Thanks to coach Robbie Kinsella the team are improving, gaining confidence and enjoying their hockey.


Magpies Men’s 1st team headed down to Saffron Walden for their last league fixture of the year. The team were determined to put in a good performance after two weeks without a game due to the cold weather. Walden opened the scoring on the break but Archie Winter pulled back two quality goals in succession to put the visitors ahead. A plethora of individual defending errors allowed Saffron Walden to regain the lead with two quick goals, however Magpies retaliated through Stuart Leate, Pete Bale and Jack Hobbs, taking them into half time 5-3 up.
Coming into the second half in a much more controlled manner Harleston were able to increase their lead with goals from Will Martin and Tim Whiteman. Despite the home team grabbing another goal the points came back to Norfolk, Saffron Walden 4 – Harleston Magpies 7.
An incredible weekend of youth hockey with both the Magpies Girls U16 and U18 teams qualifying for the National Indoor Finals. The U16s started slowly with a loss against Canterbury and a 2-2 draw with Sudbury. Old Loughtonians and Chelmsford proved no match for Magpies as the girls made easy work of the next two games. In the last game of the tournament Magpies battled Sevenoaks for the runners up spot and a place in the National Finals. Playing without a goalkeeper the girls pinned the opposition back and were 3-2 winners when the final hooter sounded, sending them to the National Finals in Wolverhampton on the 20th and 21st January. The U18 girls followed suit in their regional championships, beating Old Loughtonians 5-3 (Lauren Rowe 2, Martha Lawrence 2, Tor Findlay) and Canterbury 14-3 (Martha Lawrence 4, Lauren Rowe 3, Lottie Summers 2, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay, Aoife Lowe Davies, Anna Tighe and Charlotte Seaman).
Saturday saw the Annual battle for the Snowflake Cup in the Lads vs Dads game featuring the Magpies Boys development team and their rather less sprightly fathers. The lads piled on the pressure from the start, forcing saves from Chris Flatt in the dads goal. Some tactical substitutions by the dads led to their opening goal by Mark Emms following silky skills from Matt Brand and Andy Caston.
The Lads launched a comeback and levelled the scoreline by nutmegging the ‘keeper after great work from Wicks, Flatt, Jackson, Chapman and Emms. Ed Brice made it 2-1 to the Lads with a strike from the top of the D but the lead was short lived as Curry found Caston who set up Hall for the equaliser. With time running out Graham Mobbs made a blistering run up the pitch to score his first competitive goal on a full pitch, giving the lads the 3-2 victory. Magpies players will now hang up their hockey sticks for a few weeks until the matches start again in January. The Men’s and Ladies Indoor teams are in action on the 6th and 7th January and you can keep up to date with how training is going on twitter @magpies_hockey.


U 16 Girls East Regional Indoor Finals

The u16’s travelled to Oakland’s College in Hertfordshire for the East Region Indoor finals.
After the late addition of Seven Oaks the schedule was extended making it an all day tournament with each team playing 5 games.
Up first was Canterbury who on paper appeared to be the toughest test. This proved to be the case although Magpies had the better of the possession and created more chances. Due to difficulty with getting all the girls in one place in the run up to the tournament we were a little undercooked and were undone by 2 penalty corners and some wayward shooting. A goal towards the end that the umpire didn’t see meant that we hadn’t made the dream start that one always hopes for.
Next up were a very lively Sudbury who took control early on but after a rousing halftime team talk were soon pegged back and Magpies were on level terms. A well worked goal as the hooter sounded would have given the girls their first win but it was decided that the ball had crossed the line during the hooter not before it started resulting in the goal being disallowed and the game ending 2 2.
The girls were however now flying and Old Loughts were on the receiving end of any frustrations that they had from the previous two games. Seven well crafted goals followed with all members of the team contributing and Magpies getting their first three points of the day.
We had sorted out our penalty corners both defending and attacking and Chelmsford were the next to be on the end of another good team performance with the score finishing 4 0.
This now made things interesting as a final match of tournament saw the Magpies take on Seven Oaks for the runners up spot and a place in the national finals. The situation was made more exciting by us playing with 6 outfield players. This though only proved to spur the girls on even further with the team operating a high press pinning Seven Oaks back and not allowing them the chance to capitalise. 3 1 up with 7 minutes to go became an uncomfortable 3 2 with 4 minutes to go and the showing of a yellow card after an over enthusiastic challenge meant the girls hung on for the last 2 minutes with only 5 players.
The sound of the final hooter was greeted with jubilation as girls against the odds had achieved a remarkable victory securing their place with Canterbury in the Nationals which take place in Wolverhampton on the 20th and 21st of January. It really was a fantastic effort by all of them who grew in confidence and ability as the day progressed playing at times some breathtaking indoor hockey.
Squad: Cantrell, Eglington, Farrow, Gardens, Herschel-Shorland, Salsby, Warnes, Williamson


Mens 1st v Saffron Walden ( Away (L) W 7-4 )

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops finished the first half of the season by taking flight to Saffron Walden Hockey Club. It was a brisk morning and after a nervy pitch inspection was cleared, the wagons rolled from Harleston with the team determined to put in a good performance after two weeks without a game due to the cold weather. 
Harleston began the game brightly with the midfield and forward line finding themselves in threatening positions and within five minutes the pies had won themselves two corners but failed to capitalise. Then, with Harleston looking to mount another attack, a misplaced pass let Saffron Walden start a counter attack which they finished emphatically to take the lead. Harleston reposed well though and man of the match Archie Winter scored two high quality goals. The first a rocket on the back-hand from the top left corner of the circle into the bottom right corner of the goal and the second, another classy finish, with a two-touch finish in the circle struck hard, once again passed the keepers left foot. Harleston then faced a mini-collapse with individual defending errors letting Saffron Walden score two quick goals to take the lead 3-2. Harleston however responded well and went into the break 5-3 up with two deflected goals. The first coming from Stuart Leate who converted a deflection with the natural finishing ability he is famed for after a superb delivery crashed in by captain Leigh Sitch. The second from Pete Bale who again deflected a hammer blow of a ball in from fellow full back Andrew Bedwell. Both goals coming with celebrations fitting with their superb finish. The third was a sharp finish from Jack Hobbs from close range after good work on the right from Sam Patterson. 
Understandably, Harleston were disappointed with the defensive naivety shown in the first half and after clear boundaries were set, came out with a much improved and controlled performance that saw them score two more goals. The first was arguable Harleston’s best of the season. It started deep in their own half with Bedwell playing the ball into Hipwell, who then became the pivotal figure in a 6 person move of minimal touches that resulted in the returning Will Martin finishing from 6 yards out. A run away goal from Saffron Walden once again reduced the arrears but it was to be Harleston day when they scored from a short corner with Tim Whiteman latching onto a bullet delivery from Archie Winter with a single-handed deflection from an impossible angle that rifled passed the ears of the man on the line. Final score 7-4.
Man of the match Archie Winter reflected afterwards: “we were extremely disappointed to have let in so many soft goals today but overall our attacking intensity and ball retention was massively improved from recent weeks. It was great to welcome Jake Sewell and Will Martin back into the side which demonstrates the strength of our squad. Overall it’s been a great first half of the season and despite the odd result, we have played some expansive, attacking hockey that has been enjoyable to play in. 


U 18 Girls East Regional Indoor Finals

Today the U18 girls won the East Regional indoor final at Aldenham school and have qualified for  the National finals at Whitgift school, Croydon over the weekend of January 20th/21st 2018. They did this by playing the Essex champions Old Loughtonians in the opening match and after going behind to an early goal Magpies won the game 5-3 with goals scored by Lauren Rowe x2, Martha Lawrence x2 and Tor Findlay.  In their final game the girls played the Kent champions Canterbury, they started the game at a furious pace and after 10 minutes found themselves 5-0 ahead. They maintained this tempo throughout the game and finished the game 14-3 winners and are East Region Champions 2017. Goals scorers were Martha Lawrence x4, Lauren Rowe x3, Lottie Summers x2, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay, Aoife Lowe Davies, Anna Tighe, Charlotte Seaman


Santa’s Team v The Elves (Home ( Not Friendly ) w/ice)

Facing cold conditions the annual Development Dads v Lads fixture was played out in high spirits to a festive crowd. The santa’s team was packed with quality to face chief elf Oneorse Openslays team of mischievous elves. The lads started out full of running and soon put the santa’s under pressure during the first quarter, with elf loads of Curries, Caston’s and Emms’ all forcing saves from Santa Flatt in goal. After this the santa’s began to recover, some might say realising the game had now begun, and by the end of the first third were getting back into the game with santa’s Bardwell and Kinsman joining up to find santa’s Hall and Currie up front, who had started Christmas early by letting the Elves off several chances.
After some heart warming medicinal rehydration the santa’s started out the second third with more purpose. With santa Brand having finished the calls to cancel his 2pm 3rds fixture he joined the fray and santa Emms brought himself on to spearhead the attack with Santa Hall. This soon paid dividends as they linked up via santa Caston and santa Emms rounded the reach of Elf Fairweather in goal to dive, some less complimentary members of the crowd might say fall, and push the ball home. After some jubilant celebrations, and some unseasonal booing from the crowd, santa Emms subbed himself off again for a rest and more rehydration. This spurred the elves into life and with chief Elf Read making use of his bench strength, Elves Wicks, Flatt, Jackson and Chapman were all making headway. Elf FHS soon found Elf Emms Junior in the D, who with his back to goal rolled out to nutmeg Santa Flatt and level at 1-1. This time the Elves weren’t sitting back and they soon found themselves ahead courtesy of a well struck shot from the top of the D from Elf Brice to make it 2-1 Elves.
After a rousing team talk the Santa’s set about levelling the game in the final third. With Santa Mobb’s now on the field having dropped off the turkey, Santa Curry broke down the right and with his trademark reverse reverse stick found santa Caston and then Hall who calmly made the score 2-2 from short range. What happened next can only be described as elfish mischievousness at its best. Spotting umpire Smith had his back to the bench, elf Mobb’s brought himself on at the back for the elves as a twelfth man and tracked up field to get on the end of a move he started and score his first competitive goal on a full pitch. This sent both the elves and the crowd crazy, and with time running out the santa’s squandered a couple of chances and allowed the elves to record their first victory in the snowflake cup 3-2.
Thanks to all parents for bringing nibbles and mulled wine, special appreciation to the Mobb’s and Hall families for creating the hot turkey and stuffing rolls, and thanks to James, and Larky for umpiring.
Santa Emms.