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News from the Nest 15th October 2017

Magpies Youth make Promising Start to National Campaigns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girls U12 A Tournament Report 8th October 2017

Girls U12 A Tournament  (Norwich Dragons 1st Place)

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

Harleston Magpies U14s Super Successful start to the Season

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club were celebrating today after a terrific start to the season at the England Hockey and Ipswich East Suffolk Hockey Club ‘HockeyFest’ U14s tournament hosted by Ipswich School on Sunday 10 September.

Harleston Magpies fielded four U14s teams and came away as champions for both the boys and the girls, with a strong runner up position for the second boy’s team, and a commendable third for the second girl’s team. The girls celebrated a win at this tournament for the second year running, against challenging opposition from clubs from around the area including IES, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich City, Chelmsford, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Blue Hornets, Harwich, and Framlingham.

The 7 a-side HockeyFest tournament was organised by England Hockey and England Hockey Regional Manager Charlie Farrow at IES.

Magpie’s juniors sometimes have a history of slow starts in tournaments and with strong clubs like Chelmsford and Braintree’s Blue Hornets first up for both girls’ teams there was no room for error. But there was no slow start this time with all teams fully on their game, the relatively younger Magpies produced some astonishingly good hockey throughout the day.

John Pope, team manager for the U14 girls said “We really didn’t know what to expect today. We have a great squad of girls and at the start getting both teams to the semis looked to be a stretch. More importantly than the results the girls played really well from the start and the New Year 8s gelled perfectly with the year 9s for which everyone deserves credit. This 7-a-side opener has given our squad a fabulous start to the new season.’

James Smith, Youth Development Officer at Harleston Magpies added: ‘Magpies put on a great show of junior hockey this weekend, which highlights the strength in this club at this level. Even so, new members are always welcome; you don’t have to start hockey at aged 7 to be a success! Some of Magpies stronger players have picked up a stick for the first time in their mid-teens, sometimes later, me included!’

Attached photo of the four U14s teams from Magpies – photo credit: Bex Pottruff, Harleston Magpies

 For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on bex.pottruff@yahoo.com or 07500 945247

Harleston Magpies Hockey Fest

Harleston Magpies Hockey Fest Huge Success!

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club hosted a fantastic Hockey Fest on Saturday 2 September as part of England Hockey’s Hockey Fest 2017 – the prelude to the 2017/2018 hockey season.

Existing Magpies, returning friends a

 

nd new faces turned out in the warm September sunshine from Under 10’s to Over 60’s to take part in some mixed hockey games for all the family.

 

James Smith, Magpies Boys Youth Development Officer (pictured – centre) said: ‘We had 140 people down at the club throughout the course of the day.  Our Hockey Fest really showcased the best aspects of the sport,

and a great time was had by all the families and friends that came along.  We had everything from an exhibition match with the ladies and mens 2nd and 3rd teams, to coaching for people new to hockey from aged 10 to 65, all having a go. It was a great atmosphere.’

Ruby Pottruff, aged 12 (pictured first left on the back row) said: ‘I have been playing hockey for five years, and I love it! It was brilliant to be back after a longsummer break with no hockey at all. I really enjoyed helping the coaches teach some of the children who were new to hockey about the rules, and how to use a stick properly.’

If you are feeling inspired from a summer of sport then hockey and Hockey Fest is a perfect way to join the hockey family where an equal split of men and women play, inclusive of all ages and abilities.  Many clubs have a range of generations taking part; hockey really is a family affair.

If you want to get involved in Magpies hockey this season, please get in touch with our Club Captains Adam Lascelles or Emma Tolhurst at mensclubcaptain@magpies-hockey.co.uk or ladiesclubcaptain@magpies-hockey.co.uk

HMHC SEEKING A NEW GIRLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

HARLESTON MAGPIES HOCKEY CLUB ARE SEEKING A NEW GIRLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club are looking for a new Girls Youth Development Officer to be in place with effect from the start of next season. The Club already has a very successful and ambitious Girls Youth Section, which continues to develop and deliver players across the team spectrum from Ladies 7ths through to Ladies 1sts (who have played at National League level for the last 18 years). Successful girls teams have also been developed at mini hockey level, U10 and U12s, U14 Development as well as U14, U16 and U18 age group teams who regularly compete in Regional and National finals, both indoor and outdoor.

The role is to plan and deliver the strategic direction for the Girls Youth section. It is possible that this could be a role for two people, one covering the Mini Hockey section and another covering the U13-U18 Girls.

In brief the role(s) also cover(s) the following:

Handling enquiries from potential new members, ensuring that players are in the appropriate coaching groups, appointing coaches/managers for all the age group teams, entering teams in the national competitions, advising players/parents regarding the England Hockey Pathway system, overseeing Mini Tournaments, liaising with the Boys Youth Development Officer and leading/supporting the youth coaches.

The Youth Committee is there to support the Youth Development Officers in many of the administrative tasks.

An appropriate coaching contract is available for the right candidate who has the ability and experience to lead the respective coaching sessions (including any summer programmes).

If you believe you have the ability and desire to take on this challenging yet rewarding role please contact either Nick McAllen (Nickmcallen) Nickmcallen or David Johnson (youthchairman) youthchairmanasap to discuss further, or by the end of March in any case.

HMHC SEEKING A NEW GIRLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

HARLESTON MAGPIES HOCKEY CLUB ARE SEEKING A NEW GIRLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club are looking for a new Girls Youth Development Officer to be in place with effect from the start of next season. The Club already has a very successful and ambitious Girls Youth Section, which continues to develop and deliver players across the team spectrum from Ladies 7ths through to Ladies 1sts (who have played at National League level for the last 18 years). Successful girls teams have also been developed at mini hockey level, U10 and U12s, U14 Development as well as U14, U16 and U18 age group teams who regularly compete in Regional and National finals, both indoor and outdoor.

The role is to plan and deliver the strategic direction for the Girls Youth section. It is possible that this could be a role for two people, one covering the Mini Hockey section and another covering the U13-U18 Girls.

In brief the role(s) also cover(s) the following:

Handling enquiries from potential new members, ensuring that players are in the appropriate coaching groups, appointing coaches/managers for all the age group teams, entering teams in the national competitions, advising players/parents regarding the England Hockey Pathway system, overseeing Mini Tournaments, liaising with the Boys Youth Development Officer and leading/supporting the youth coaches.

The Youth Committee is there to support the Youth Development Officers in many of the administrative tasks.

An appropriate coaching contract is available for the right candidate who has the ability and experience to lead the respective coaching sessions (including any summer programmes).

If you believe you have the ability and desire to take on this challenging yet rewarding role please contact either Nick McAllen (Nickmcallen) Nickmcallen@hotmail.com or David Johnson (youthchairman) youthchairman@magpies-hockey.co.uk asap to discuss further, or by the end of March in any case.