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Girls Development v Yarmouth W 4-0

Maintaining consistency is going to be key for the Magpies’ girls as they look to keep ahead of Norwich City at the top of the development league.  For periods of today’s game against Yarmouth they put together some fine attacking moves, passing from the back, using the width of the pitch to move the ball through mid-field on to willing runners upfront.
Magpies, had much the better of the early exchanges earning a short corner that Kate Ford converted well.  Her firm shot defected up into the roof of the net off a defender’s stick.  Magpies continued to have most of the attacking play but got bogged down in heavy traffic in front of the opposition D.  The second quarter saw much better build-up play, Grace S provided menace all match, receiving the ball out wide on the right before linking with the familiar attacking trio of Evie B, Ellie B and Flo C.  Grace set up a one-two between Ellie and Evie which the keeper did well to save and also drifted in on the back post missing out on two half-chances in quick succession.  Rosie M provided similar support down the left and a flowing team goal, crisp passes from front to back, went via her to the attacking trio with Ellie B providing the finishing touch.
The second half had a similar tempo, Ellie B scored her second after a series of consecutive short corners and the best play continued to come through the wider area.  Georgia in goal didn’t get a touch all game with the defensive line snuffing out any Yarmouth attack high up the pitch.   Yours truly then went in to sort out the pizza for teas so missed Flo C celebrating her 12th birthday with goal in the last quarter.  With cake and a rousing rendition of happy birthday rounding off proceedings, what’s not to like about Saturdays at The Nest?

Team (goals in brackets): Evie B (2), Rosie M, Amy F, Emma F, Kate F, Flo C (1), Ellie B (1), Harriet S, Isabelle P, Jessica S, Grace S, Lily M Georgia F (GK).

Player / Coach: Sandra E


Girls Development v Norwich Dragons W 3-1

The girls must have all enjoyed Christmas to the fullest as they commenced this game in a post-holiday daze.  Dragons, much the brighter at the start, were rewarded with a soft goal five minutes in.  After numerous chances to clear, the ball broke loose in the Magpies D and was pushed past the keeper. Dragons were probably equally disappointed with the Magpies levelling goal, some indecision from their defenders gifted Evie B a chance and she made no mistake with a confident shot.  Judging by my notes incidents of note were in short supply for the rest of the half as both teams battled the ball around a congested midfield.
The immediate improvement (thanks to the half-time team talk and further shouted coaching from the side-lines) was Magpies use of the width of the field.  At every opportunity the girls looked to move the ball wide.  This spread the Dragon’s midfield considerably allowing Flo C to burst free through the middle, Evie B running ahead of her latched onto the through pass and scored through the keepers legs to give Magpies the lead.  Dragon’s didn’t give up and pressed strongly for an equaliser.  Georgia F in goal was called into action on a number of occasions, most notably when the Dragon’s forwards had a break away chance right at the end of the game.  Georgia came confidently off her line presenting a sliding wall of pads to defect the shot away. Immediately Magpies worked the ball down the wing with Jessica S and Grace S linking well to get the ball into the Dragons D where the ball broke to Flo C who scored the a poachers goal and put the result beyond doubt.

Team (goals in brackets): Evie B (2), Rosie M, Amy F, Emma F, Kate F, Flo C (1), Ellie B, Harriet S, Isabelle P, Tilly D, Jessica S, Grace S, Boo H, Georgia F (GK).

Player / Coach: Sandra E


Girls Development v  Watton W 6-0

After a slow start the girls showed that they were no charlatans, beating Watton 6 – 0 and fully living up to their position at the top of the league.
A scoreless first quarter felt like a rewind back to the last game where the team struggled to turn possession into goals.  The weather conditions were distinctly bitter which may excuse the sluggish start, but at least there was no snow.
Patrolling the mid-field, it was Kate, Emma and Rosie who shifted the momentum when they started to link well with the attacking trio further up the pitch.  The breakthrough came from a through ball to Evie B who showed strength to hold off Watton’s adult defender before slipping Flo C through to score.
Further shots followed, Evie B went close with a double shot and Rosie also went close with a chance from the edge of the D.  At the other end a brief period of Watton pressure resulted in a short corner but Georgia was an oasis of calm, organising her defenders well and the shooting chance was snuffed out.
In the second half Watton were put under almost constant pressure and eventually crumbled. Evie B’s tenacity was rewarded with a run of three goals, the best of which came from a short corner. Her initial shot was blocked by the keeper but she was first to the rebound and slammed the ball home with confidence.
Flo C then scored a wonder goal.  She showed she had the verve to ghost past two defenders down the left hand side before beating the keeper and the tight angle with a screamer of a shot.
The final incident of the game came with the award of a penalty flick to Magpies after a defenders foot on the line prevented a score.  Player coach Sandra was off the pitch at this point and the girls went into a prolonged huddle.  After some discussion Kate F emerged to take the flick, going to the keeper’s right, her shot did enough to glance in off the pad of an out stretched leg, a fitting reward for her excellent midfield play.
Team (goals in brackets): Evie B (3), Rosie M, Amy F, Emma F, Kate F (1), Flo C (2), Ellie B, Harriet S, Isabelle P, Georgia F (GK).


Player / Coach: Sandra E


Girls Development v Norwich City L 0-1

It was the narrowest of losses for the development squad under the lights at Norwich City.  The late goal, hacked past the Magpies keeper was all the separated the evenly matched teams after an hour of battling hockey.
Norwich City had most of the attacking play in the first quarter but the Magpies defence blunted this early pressure effectively so there were no clear shots at goal.  Across the back Tilly, Emma, and Amy F all played well, ably marshalled by Jane.  The second quarter started in a similar vein then  a lovely bit of skill from Ellie B, turning the Norwich adult defender inside out seemed to create a bit of belief amongst the Magpies forwards and the momentum shifted and several promising breaks followed.  On one of these Amie H was sent crashing to the ground picking up a heavy knock and several friction burns from the artificial surface. She show great resilience in playing on and much of Magpies attacking play was achieved through her link up play with both Jessica and Grace along the wing.

The second half doubled up in intensity, Norwich pressing strongly and Magpies looking dangerous on the break.  Florence C show a lovely bit of skill to slip past Norwich’s adult defender who just managed to recover in time to disrupt the shooting chance.  Norwich also had a couple of shots on goal, keeper Georgia covering the danger.  After breaking up the left Amie H was again sent to the ground, picking up a further knock. A minute from the end Norwich managed to fight into the Magpies area, and after a couple of half clearances a shoot came in.  Georgie went to ground to save well but City were quickest on the rebound hacking the ball through to score the winner.  It was the girls first defeat this season but they will have learnt more from this challenging match than from all their previous wins.

Squad: Jane Collins (adult player/coach), Grace S, Amy F, Natalie S, Amie H, Alex PS, Emma F, Kate F, Florence C, Ellie B, Ellie C, Harriet S, Georgia F, Tilly D


Girls Development v Pelicans W 11-0

The younger girls showed how well they are adapting to the eleven-a-side game with seven of the eleven goals scored against Pelicans coming from those who play at under-12 level.  Florence C had a particularly good game as the left side attacker, popping up at the back post to score four goals.
With a large number of girls to choose from the development team has a different feel each week.  So the team had a quiet first quarter as everyone slotted into their roles.  The early attacking threat was carried by Amy H who opened the scoring and also drew the first of many saves from the Pelican’s keeper who was kept busy all game.
Second quarter Florence C scored the first of her goals with Ellie B the provider.  Pelicans looked to develop attacks along the wings but Harriet S and Amy F dealt with the threat.  The industry of Kate and Emma F in the mid-field then helped push Pelican’s back to such an extent that much of the play was taking place in and around their D.
The start of the second half brought a deluge of goals as the Magpies score went from three to eight in the space of five minutes.  Flo C and Ellie B, who also finished with four goals, doing the damage.  The game was then closed out with a couple more from Amy H, including a powerful reverse stick strike, and a final score from Ellie B.
A glance at the table shows Magpies at the top, played seven / won seven, with next week’s clash against second place Norwich City being one to look forward to!

Team (goals in brackets): Amy F, Amy H (3), Daisy W, Jessica S, Emma F, Kate F, Flo C (4), Ellie B (4), Harriet S, Isabelle P, Georgia F (GK).


Girls Development Team v Yarmouth W 5-0

After a short half-term break, the Girls development team were keen to continue their unbeaten run with an away fixture at Yarmouth.
The opening quarter saw Harleston working hard in the centre of the field, with both Evie  and Beth continually chasing any loose balls and driving up to the D at every opportunity given to them.  With Yarmouth fielding 3 adults, it became apparent that a little more creativity was required in and around the D in order to penetrate this line of defence and slowly, the ball started to be moved a little wider with Jess and Grace on the right and Kate and Flo on the left beginning to stretch Yarmouth out a little wider, leaving much needed space in the middle.  Continuous attacks down the middle and from both wings resulted in numerous short corners, with the first goal eventually coming from a crisp pass from just inside the D from Beth to Flo who cleanly stroked in past the goalie.
The second quarter followed a very similar format, with consistent pressure causing Yarmouth to struggle clearing the ball from their D.  Eventually the pressure told and in the confusion of players and sticks, both Grace (with a close range strike) and Kate (with a rebound off the Goalie) made the score 3 – 0.  For the majority of the first half, the defence of Harriet, Emma, Amy, Isabelle and Sandra was not really troubled, and when afforded the opportunity, had the time to deliver some good accurate passes to runners looking for the ball in the middle and out wide up both wings.
Trusting the girls would continue to perform as competently in the second half, Sandra made various positional changes for both remaining quarters, allowing many of the girls to experience playing out of position and begin to understand the roles/expectations of playing in these different areas.  Even Georgia forewent her normal pads and helmet for a role in central defence!   In keeping with the first half performance, Harleston continued to keep Yarmouth pressed deep into their own half, with plenty of action in and around the D and numerous short corners.  One battle in front of goal gave Flo her second goal and not long after, a powerful drag shot from Flo allowed Beth to touch in for the final goal of the day.
With several of the regular girls not available this week, Jasmine from the Under 11 squad was able to have her first game in goal for the development team. Again, with fewer than normal substitutes, there was plenty of pitch time for all players, particularly many of the Under12s.

Team: Sandra, Evie, Georgia, Emma, Kate, Amy, Flo, Beth, Isabelle, Jess, Harriet, Grace, Jasmine.

Goal Scorers: Flo(2), Grace(1), Kate(1), Beth(1).


Girls Development v Dragons Development W 8-2

There was a helter-skelter start to the development game away to dragons with three goals in quick succession. Magpies scored first, very much against the run of play, as Evie B took advantage of a break-away chance.  Then Dragon’s pressure was instantly rewarded with an equaliser before Ellie B pounced to put in a rebound after the home keeper saved well from Evie B.  Spectators were able to draw breath as the game settled down, and Magpies circulated subs on and off the bench as girls development again fielded a full squad of fifteen.
Magpies dominance down the right channel created chances.  Kate F put Elle B through and she did well, sprinting ahead of the defenders, rounding the keeper to put Magpies ahead three to one at the end of the first quarter.  After the break, again from the right, an accurate cross from Jessica S was put away by Evie B although the umpire indicated the award of a Magpies short corner rather than playing the advantage which led to some head scratching. Dragons kept themselves in it with a well-placed flick which glanced in off of the outstretched hand of  Georgia F in goal.
Mapgies then dominated the second half with a combination of crisp passing and clinical finishing (my notes indicate that there were Oooos and Ahhhhs from the travelling support!!).  Ellie B got her third with a nonchalant back-hand scoop past the on rushing keeper after being played in by Loulou F. Amy Hunt then scored three in succession, ending high quality flowing moves with a variety of tricks including a sublime lob.

Team: Sandra E (Player / Manager), Ellie B, Evie B, Ellie C, Tilly D, Georgia F (GK), Emma F, Kate F, Loulou F, Amy F, Florence C, Amie H, Isabelle P, Jessica S, Harriet S.

Goal Scorers: Ellie B (3), Amy H (3), Evie B (2)


Girls Development v Watton  W 1-0

The girls development team looked solid as they beat Watton 1 : 0 to go clear at the top of the development league.  Three more girls made their debut this week, Rosie M, Tess J and Lily M all playing well.
Magpies established a good tempo in the first half with Jessica S, Grace S and Isabelle P linking up well together down the right wing, demonstrating the value of the time spent playing together at under 12s level.  Kate F went close with a well struck effort from a short corner and Watton needed their two adult players at centre-mid and sweeper to blunt further magpies attacks.
In the second-half Watton had an early short corner, but after that was scrambled clear they rarely troubled the Magpies goal.  Hard work and a good press across the mid-field from Emma F, Amy F and Harriet S amongst others gave the visitors little time on the ball.  The Magpies goal came from Ellie B who worked the ball past the keeper after good work from her fellow forwards Kate F and Flo C.
Magpies had further chances from a couple of short corners but well hit shots passed just the wrong side of the post.

Team: Sandra Elliner (Play Manager), Ellie B (1 goal), Georgia F (GK), Emma F, Kate F, Amy F, Rosie M, Tess J, Lily M, Florence C, Isabelle P, Jessica S, Harriet S, Grace S.


Girls development v Dereham Panthers W 11-0

After the disappointment of a cancelled match last weekend the girl’s development squad got their season off to winning ways with an impressive 11 – 0 win away to Dereham.   It was a good result for this new look team, with many of the girls starting their first season of development hockey.
Amie Hunt opened the scoring, rounding the keeper, after an incisive run into the penalty area onto an Evie Brice pass.  In response Dereham pressed strongly, leaving space for the Magpies forwards to demonstrate their swift counter attacking play, Loulou Ford picking up a brace of goals and Amie Hunt another as the first quarter ended with the ‘Pies 4 nil up.  Dereham were altogether more cautious in a second quarter that featured several mid-field battles.  Kate Ford and Tilly Dodds doing a good job in screening the Magpies defence.  It took clever play along the right wing from first Jessica Smith and then Florence Collins to break the deadlock.  The Dereham defence was drawn across creating precious space down the middle for Amie Hunt to run into. Again she latched onto an accurate pass and scored past the keeper with confidence.  Further pressure at the end of the half then allowed Ellie Bowden to nip in with a fifth for Magpies.
For the second half, being 5 goals up, the development rules are that the adult must come off the pitch, so player-manager Sandra shouted her encouragement from the side-lines.  Dereham switched to all-out attack which kept the defence much busier, Harriet Soper having to cut out several attacks backed up ably by Emma Ford playing in the sweeper role. In attack Evie Brice found space to line up an outstanding shot into the bottom corner of the Dereham goal and quickly scored  a second, meeting a cross from Amie Hunt.  Loulou also scored again with Kate Ford providing the assist.  Both Loulou and Evie got one more each before the close, to complete a comprehensive victory for Magpies.

Goal Scorers: Loulou 4, Amie Hunt 3 (also named player of the match by the Dereham players), Evie Brice 3, Ellie Bowden 1

Squad: Sandra E (Manager): Amie H, Amy F, Ellie B, Emma F, Evie B, Florence C, Georgia F, Harriet S, Isabelle P, Jessica S, Kate F, Loulou F, Tilly D.


Girls Development B v St Joseph’s College
(Away L 0-3)

The Girls Development B Team travelled to St Josephs College, Ipswich for a friendly fixture against their Girls U13 Team.
With a squad of only 11 girls, of mixed age range, (some only 10 years old), and several who had not played on a full pitch before, we knew it was going to be a tough fixture against a team of 14 older girls.
However, this did not deter our girls who came out from the start with enthusiasm and conviction. 
Magpies were under constant pressure from St Jo’s strong  attacking play but our defence absorbed much of the pressure, with Ellie Cook, Isabelle, Emma and Fern putting in some great tackles and clearing the ball out of our D. Georgia Flatt, voted ‘man of the match’ by her team mates, was amazing in goal, pulling off some dramatic saves, not only with her feet but also mid-air stick action!
Magpies worked hard in midfield and there was some good attacking play by the forwards resulting in a couple of opportunities of shots at goal.
St Jo’s opened the scoring in the first quarter and then went on to score another two goals in the final quarter
All the girls worked really hard, and should be very proud of their performance and did  well to only concede the three goals.
Squad: Georgia Flatt, Ellie Cook,Emma Ford, Fern Berry, Isabelle Potter, Hatty Cooper, Harriet Soper, Dulcie Seppings, Florence Collins, Ellie Bowden (capt) Kate Ford”
Many thanks

HMHC – Youth Development Officer – Nick McAllen

Harleston Magpies – Youth Development Officer

This is to let you know that Nick McAllen has decided after 27 years to step down as Girls Youth Development Officer at the end of the season. For many years he held the Boys Development post as well. The Club is indebted to Nick for the long hours that he is put in, both in coaching and administering the Youth Section of the Club. There is no doubt that much of the Club’s success at both Junior and Senior level has been built on the firm foundations that Nick has been responsible for building. This is true for both teams who have achieved success at National level, and individuals, some of whom have achieved International honours – or who just now enjoy an afternoon of hockey! Nick’s outstanding long service was recognised by the presentation of the Rushworth Ward Trophy at the Club’s 2015/2016 Awards evening. Our best wishes go to Nick, Shirley and their family who will no doubt continue to contribute to the Club in the future.

We are grateful that Nick has indicated that he wishes to carry on as part of the coaching team and will be available to support those who take over the baton from him. To this end a job description for a Youth Development Officer or Officers will be available on the website shortly. If you want to discuss the role or contribute (even in a partial capacity) please make contact with myself or Nick.

David Johnson

Chair, Youth Committee

Harleston Magpies GirlsDev Report


Harleston Magpies played some excellent hockey as they took a 4-0 half time lead. Issy Knowles completed a first half hatrick, whilst Gina Scottbarber added the other goal. Beatrice Flatt and Katie Crawford played well at the back in the absence of Sandra Elliner. Anna Harrod and Clea Turvill scored in the second half before Issy Knowles scored her fourth to complete the scoring. Eliza Bell and Elle Eglington were strong in midfield.

Team: Katie Crawford (Capt), Lucie Gooch, Beatrice Flatt, Phoebe Preece, Evie Metcalf, Eliza Bell, Elle Eglington, Sophie Bodmer, Clea Turvill, Gina Scottbarber, Anna Harrod, Annabel Young and Issy Knowles.

Girls Development

Norwich City again!!! The girls faced their hardest opponents in the league this week. They looked like the same team that beat us 5-1 two weeks ago so we anticipated a tough game.

The first half saw the play fairly evenly matched with a couple of shots on goal from each team, Lucie Gooch making some fab saves for us. Our short corners didn’t come to much so the first end of the first half saw a blank score sheet.

Magpies came out stronger at first in the second half although maybe a little shabby, Imogen Craig played a cracking game making lots of running up and down and creating many chances to score. The defence – May Bowden, Katie Crawford and Sandra all played very well, managing to keep Norwich at bay. Norwich had a short corner which Magpies managed to make their’s and Kara Kilbourn ran up to the ‘D’ passing to Sophie Long who crossed to Emily McCluskey, who then tapped the ball past the keeper making it a well deserved 1-0 win to us.

The team all played extremely good hockey against a Norwich City team who fielded many county players. Well done girls!!

Girls Development

The girls met their strongest opponents this week at home. Norwich City put out a very capable team with a few players we had not seen before. The first half was very equal with the play switching from one end to the other. However, Norwich notched their first goal up fairly soon into the play, their second came off a short corner.

Magpies had their fair share of shots at goal but the Norwich keeper was stopping them in their tracks. Eventually magpies pulled a goal back when Elle Eglington pushed the ball into the goal managing to just slip past the keeper. Lucie Gooch, our keeper kicked two back from the line just before the first half ended.

Going into the second half 2-1 down was not our aim and to concede a further 3 goals was very disappointing and put our hopes of having a chance to win the league to bed. The defence did well and Sandra had a good workout!! The game was fairly evenly matched but Norwich managed to find the goals where we did not.

Girls Development

The girls travelled to Cromer this week to meet North Walsham. During the first half Magpies had the majority of the play with some good shots at goal, North Walsham had a very good goalie who was willing to throw herself around therefore making it hard for us to score, however, Sophie Long pushed through their defence and put the girls 1-0 up.

At the start of the 2nd half North Walsham came out stronger and had a couple of breaks but with good defending by Katie Crawford (aka Mitzy Moo Moo!!) their efforts were fruitless. Nicole Eaves kept the pressure on when Walsham had the ball and our goalie Lucie Gooch came out 2 or 3 times to meet the ball successfully kicking it safety away.

A short corner led to the second goal with Emily McCluskey pushing it past the goalie. A good win for the girls and some super supporting by the lady with the pink ring!!

Girls Development

Following our defeat last week to Yarmouth the girls came out against Norwich City at the UEA with confidence.

The first half saw most of the play with Norwich having to defend against some good forward play by Kara Kilbourn, Emily McCluskey and Beatrice Flatt. Some near misses resulting in the first half with no score although some good shots at the goal.

At the beginning of the second half Norwich came out with more vigour and looked threatening. A short corner for Norwich was well defended by May Bowden who had a brilliant game altogether. Lucie Gooch made some very good saves to keep the score at a draw of 0-0. A better all round performance by the girls, keep it up!

Girls Development

The girls faced Pelicans at home on their return to hockey after the long break due to the weather. Peli’s fielded a fairly strong team putting their 2 adult players in defence!

At the beginning the play was equally divided between the teams with the 1st short going to Peli’s who didn’t manage to finish it off. The girls then found some extra speed and with good forward play a strike across the goal by Emily McCluskey was finished off by Kara KIlbourn. Kara then took the ball up the field and scored a good goal from the top of the ‘D’.

A short corner followed which Beatrice Flatt brilliantly caught in the air pushing it firmly into the goal. This was followed by a lovely goal from Lily Felton just tapping the ball past the keeper. Finally during a dominating 1st half Sophie Long pushed in number 5.

Peli’s came out a little stronger during the 2nd half making our defence work harder, a break from Peli’s was stopped by May Bowden and good defence from all made it impossible for them to score. Emily McCluskey finally putting pay to any hopes for Peli’s by knocking in 2 more goals making the final score 7-0. The girls played extremely well considering the lack of practice, certainly a win to be proud of. Keep it up!!!!

Girls Development

After all the snowy weather the Girls Development took a trip to Dereham this Saturday. The girls played well during the 1st half managing to keep Dereham at bay. A good run up by Kara Kilbourn enabled Lily Felton to tap in the first goal for us. We were then given 2 short corners which were taken very well with some good attempts at goal but the Dereham goalie kept the ball out.

From our third short corner, a strong hit from Beatrice Flatt gave Emily McCluskey a shot on goal which the keeper deflected onto Kara Kilbourn who slid it past the goalie making it 2-0.

During the 2nd half Dereham were on the attack more but good defending by May Bowden and Nicole Eaves made it hard for them to penetrate our goal.

We had alot of play in the Dereham half with some nice passing, many chances were missed, however, Beatrice set Emily McCluskey up for a good goal taking the final score to 3-0 to a ever enthusiastic Girls Development Team.

Girls Development

The girls took a trek up to Kings Lynn to play Pelicans this week. They looked fairly solid during the first half, passing accurately and using the space well with some lovely passing going on between Harriet Underdown, Emily McCluskey and Kara Kilbourn we managed to secure a first half goal with Kara finishing off well to score.

Harriet Underdown took a super shot at goal from a short corner which was saved by a very capable keeper! Pelicans pushed forward a few times but were stopped by some super defending from Sophie Meynall-Anderson and Beatrice Flatt who swept a couple of potential goals away.

Pelicans came out fighting in the second half playing a very attacking game. A ball through to their mid field lead to a super run up and a show down between a forward and our goalie Lucie Gooch, unfortunately it slipped in past the keeper bringing the final score to 1-1, a shame as we had many chances but they had a fantastic keeper and try as they might the winning goal eluded the girls.