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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.

Girls Development

The girls development put out a younger side against Dereham on Saturday having lost a couple of the more experienced players to the 6th.

The game started very scrappy with most of the play in the Magpies half. However the first goal was made by a run in from Kara Kilbourn who just managed to put it past the keeper.

Dereham tried hard to come back but some excellent defending by May Bowden and Sophie Long kept them at bay. After a succession of short corners Eliza had a shot on goal just missing.

The second half was much the same with Magpies dominating eventually providing goal number two from a short corner hit home by Kara Kilbourn. A 2-.0 win was a good result.

Girls Development

The girls faced their toughest match of the season so far playing Norwich City. Norwich looked a strong team from the beginning taking a very early lead with a good shot from a short corner just passing the keeper allowing them to take the first goal.. Magpies started a little shabbily but soon began to make headway with some nice passing between Kara KIlbourn and Sophie Long eventually producing an equaliser from Sophie.

Norwich pushed on breaking through our defence to score again. Katie Crawford defended the Magpies half very well but was unable to prevent another goal by this strong Norwich team bringing the score up to 3.1. During the second half our keeper Lucie Gooch made a fantastic save and kicked the ball clear of our goal. A run up the pitch from Kara with a good pass over to Sophie Meynall-Anderson brought the eventual score to 3-2 to Norwich City. Our first loss, but all good experience for this new team.

Girls Development

The girls development played Yarmouth on Saturday at a lovely sunny Magpies! The girls started slowly having to defend against a determined Yarmouth side, May Bowden and Imogen Meynall-Anderson pushed up well to keep Yarmouth at bay. Sophie Long scored the first goal for us, followed shortly by a second knocked in from a pass by Kara Kilbourn. Just before half time Emily McCluskey pushed one past the keeper to make the score 3-0.

During the second half Yarmouth pushed everyone up into the D therefore making it very difficult for the girls to have a shot on goal, Elle Eglington had a couple of good chances but the goalie managed to prevent the ball from crossing the line. With some good defending and strong attacking the girls secured their second win of the season. Well done girls.

Girls Development

Magpies Girls Development met Pelicans at home on Saturday. After a slow start Niole Eaves had a shot at goal, saved by the Pelicans goalie. Emily McCluskey passed a lovely ball onto Kara Kilbourn enabling her to score the first goal, followed shortly by some more great passing between the two with a nice goal from Emily. Kara follwed this up with 3 more goals. Pelicans managed to penetrate through our tight defence to claw one gaol back . Sophie Long scored a super last goal of the match making the score 6-1 to a well deserved development team.

Girls Development

Magpies girls development opened their league games with a 0-0 draw against a strong Dereham team.

Lead by Hattie Underdown our youngsters who were joined by 3 more experienced players kept Dereham out of the magpies half defending very well, Magpies pushed on and created many chances but were denied that winning goal.

Our young team showed much promise and we are sure they will improve at the season continues and look forward to some exciting play. Well done girls!

Ladies Development Team

Magpies girls completed a highly successful season with a comfortable 7-0 win over Pelicans. With Pelicans winning their last three games Magpies were expecting a difficult game but once again the girls rose to the challenge and totally dominated possession throughout.

Lily Felton gave magpies an early lead and this was soon followed by further goals from leading scorer Catherine Kilbourn (2), a fine team goal from Saffron Wilford and a penalty corner strike from Kira Wooltorton.

After the interval Magpies added two further goals again from Catherine and Kira.

Catherine’s hat-trick took her goals tally to 23 for the season making her leading goal scorer in the league.

Twenty Five girls have represented Magpies in the Development league this season and all have been a credit to the club both on and off the field.

Magpies Development Team

Magpies Girls secured another three points with a comfortable 3-0 win over Gt Yarmouth. All the goals came in the second half as Magpies finally broke down a resilient Yarmouth defence. Kira Wooltorton scored her thirteenth of the season from a short corner and this was soon followed by close range finishes from Sophie Long and Kara Kilbourn.

Frankie Eaves and Kelsey Horlock always threatened to extend Magpies lead with both going close on numerous occasions.

The girls travel to Pelicans on Saturday for their final game in what has been another successful season.

Magpies Development Team

Magpies Girls organised a friendly against Norwich City with all proceeds donated to Sports Relief. A Fancy Dress theme certainly brightened up Shotford Heath with Magpies Fame academy overcoming Norwich super heroes by 1 goal to nil.
Although the result was irrelevant on the day many of Magpies younger girls produced encouraging performances. Two of these contributed to the only goal with Emily McClusky getting the final touch after skilful build up play from eleven year old Kara Kilbourn.
Norwich also found Magpies keeper Ellie O’Sullivan in impressive form denying the visitors on numerous occasions.
Magpies Girls raised £110.00

Ladies Development Team

Magpies girls entertained Loddon in a friendly which gave many of our younger team members the chance to gain valuable pitch time. Magpies fluent passing and high enthusiasm saw the team achieve a fine 3-1 victory. Two second half goals from Kira Wooltorton and an earlier short corner strike from Rosie Chubbock enabled the girls to record a hard earned victory over a much more experienced team.

Next Sat 13th March Magpies play Norwich City in a game that has been arranged to raise funds for Sport Relief with a fancy dress theme.