Category Archives: ladies 6s reports

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 6th v Lowestoft Railway 2nds ( Home (L) W 1-0)

In the first of two slip weeks, the Magpies 6ths played Lowestoft Railway 2nds at home this week. A gloriously sunny February morning in Harleston, and a pre-game pep talk from Captain, Heather Brand reiterated a now almost legendary motto of the 6ths – Go out there, give it everything, set the press and have fun.
Taking to the field against the top of the league team, who beat us 10-1 in the previous half of the season the tensions were high. There was a lot to play for, we had something to prove.
The 6ths started strongly and the links built over the last few months were on show, when in the first few minutes the home team set up and scored the first and only goal of the game. Vanessa Vigrass and Lucy Field worked the ball into the D, and the pass in was slotted home by Rachael Clifford.
The Lowestoft Railway team were frustrated by the early goal, and the confident attacking play. This bolstered the confidence of the home team, who’s defence (Jane Collins, Heather Brand, Felicity Perry, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Marie Davy) were cool, calm and collected. Clearing the ball with ease, and shutting down opportunities for the away team to attack the D.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Lowestoft Railway 2 (Home (L) W1-0)

In the first of two slip weeks, the Magpies 6ths played Lowestoft Railway 2nds at home this week. A gloriously sunny February morning in Harleston, and a pre-game pep talk from Captain, Heather Brand reiterated a now almost legendary motto of the 6ths – Go out there, give it everything, set the press and have fun.

Taking to the field against the top of the league team, who beat us 10-1 in the previous half of the season the tensions were high. There was a lot to play for, we had something to prove.

The 6ths started strongly and the links built over the last few months were on show, when in the first few minutes the home team set up and scored the first and only goal of the game. Vanessa Vigrass and Lucy Field worked the ball into the D, and the pass in was slotted home by Rachael Clifford.

The Lowestoft Railway team were frustrated by the early goal, and the confident attacking play. This bolstered the confidence of the home team, who’s defence (Jane Collins, Heather Brand, Felicity Perry, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Marie Davy) were cool, calm and collected. Clearing the ball with ease, and shutting down opportunities for the away team to attack the D.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 10TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Thetford (Away (L) D 2-2)

A close and hard-fought game at Thetford secured the Magpies ladies 6ths 1 point, and continues to show this teams improved form over the season. This game highlighted that their defensive press worked under pressure and that continued efforts at training to work on our attack has begun to pay off.
Having taken the lead from a short corner the team continued to pressure Thetford’s defence throughout the rest of the game. The home team capitalised on some nice breaks and showed skill in their counter attacks. The whole team worked hard to track back and defend, and Katie Davy in goal cleared many balls through from the midfield which went to no-one.
Thetford responded from a short corner to make the score 1-1. The second half saw both teams step up their games, and despite holding most of the possession for the half and looking confident in attack the Magpies left the field with a 2-2 draw. Magpies passing play was much improved on previous weeks, and shows real promise for the rest of the season.
Marie Davy battled long and hard all game against a strong and determined right sided attack from the opposition, she also saw herself up in the attacking 23 keeping the ball in play after a long sprint down the flank. This effort earnt herself the Lady of the Match Award. Well done Marie.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 28TH JANUARY 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Herlings (Away (L) L 0-3)

Following another cancelled game last week, the Magpies 6ths travelled to East Harling for the one and only grass fixture of the year. Many of the younger members of the team were unsure about playing on grass, so we had a few minutes in the changing room discussing the various changes to tactics that might help us during the game.
Even with this rousing team talk, the team were slightly hesitant to take to the pitch. The weather started to worsen, a constant drizzle turning into a more sustained rainfall. But with our now trademark aptitude to make the best of the situation, we took to the field with enthusiasm and determination to give this our best effort.
The first half was a balanced affair with magpies making good gains into the oppositions half, but squandering a couple of chances on goal. The Herlings responded and scored a clean goal from a smooth attacking move. Magpies rallied hard to keep the score at 1-0 in the first half despite the home team looking much more at home on the grass.
In the second half te weather took a turn for the worse, and with many of the magpies wearing astro shoes the slippery surface made any change of direction difficult. Herlings looked more confident, and two goals slipped past the Magpies defence.
I think everyone was relieved when the final whistle blew and despite the score line the Magpies had put in a valiant performance in less than ideal conditions. Vanessa scooped another player of the match award, well deserved as always for her tireless running and expansive play.
Squad: Imogen Flatt (GK), Marie Davy, Jane Collins, Elena Flatt, Felicity Perry (c), Louise Davy, Rachael Clifford, Jenny Meyer, Lucy Basey-Fisher, Laura Felgate, Marnie Blair, Vanessa Vigrass and

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 13TH JANUARY 2018

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.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REP[ORT 6TH JANUARY2018

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

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 25TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 6th Team v Pelicans 3 (Away (L) D 3-3)

Magpies Ladies 6ths secure another point in their trip to north west Norfolk this week, and make it four games in a row without a loss. The game started rapidly, and Magpies were left feeling a little bewildered as the Pelicans scored in the first few minutes. As the feet began to thaw, both teams got into a rhythm and found some flow whist attacking. This lead to Rachel Clifford equalised with a splendid one-on-one strike to hit the far sideboard.

She was later heard to say, “I only really got to grips with hitting the ball this season” – we can’t wait to see what she can do after a few more weeks of practice!

With the score levelled at 1-1 the Magpies worked to string together some confident attacks down the middle of the pitch, but struggled at times to keep up with some of the Pelican’s counter attacks. Their speed was impressive!

Despite some great possessional play Magpies failed to convert and found themselves behind after another goal from the home team took the score to 2-1 going into half. The team regrouped, vowing to work on quickly setting the press and putting in the effort into getting back to defend. The younger ones were encouraged to cover the threat from the Pelicans speedy forwards, and we were quickly back on the pitch determined to make amends.

Rachael Clifford, set up by Laura Felgate scored her second to once again level the score. Magpies were back in the game. Unfortunately, soon after finding themselves trailing 2-3. The Pelicans had stepped up once more, frustrating the Magpies who were looking to get ahead on the score board for the first time in the game.

A run of attacking play saw a short corner awarded to the Magpies, Jane Collins injected a great ball that was slotted away by Rachel for her hat trick.

The game ended 3-3, a fair result for the Magpies, who at times lacked coherence in defence, and were caught out by the speed and control of the Pelicans attacking players.

Over all, a fantastic game to play, and it was worth getting up early to make the long journey north. The 6ths play a friendly next week against/with the Girls Development team. A 10.30 push back at the Nest, and a great opportunity to see a team on the up against some of the brightest up and coming stars from the club.

Squad: Katie Davy (GK), Marie Davy, Felicity Perry(c), Rachael Clifford, Jane Collins, Jenny Meyer, Annie Lancaster, Emma Tolhurst, Lucy Basey-Fisher, Laura Felgate and Elena Flatt

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 18TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 6th Team v Norwich City 6th (Home (L) W 3-1)

A busy day down at the Nest with both ladies and men’s 1st teams playing at home, the Harleston Magpies 6ths joined the fun and played Norwich City 6ths in a 3.30pm push back. The late start meant they were lucky to avoid the rain which fell earlier in the day, and there were a handful of spectators.

This week, guest 6th team manager, coach and side line support Lucy Field was on hand to give the team a pre-match pep talk. Urging us to battle hard, take opportunities to strike early in the D and to get back defending quickly.

The team took to the field confidently, and began the game at a good tempo. The Magpies were quick to set their press, with centre forward Rachael Gifford getting back behind the ball quickly to set a difficult to penetrate defence. The opposition were contained well, and at times this pressure seemed to get the better of them.

Despite multiple attacks into the Norwich City D, and a flurry of short corners the Magpies were unable to convert. The visiting keeper made some great saves and their defence were quick off the line when defending corners, this denied the home team goals until late into the first half. Despite the lack of conversion, the Magpies were not deterred, and their relentless attack was eventually rewarded. Vanessa, last week’s Woman of the Match found the goal just a few minutes before half time. The magpies regrouped, with some key tactical words from Lucy Field: Make the tackle, then win the ball, and rest when you’re back in position. With this in mind we took to the pitch.

In the second half, the relentless running of Poppy Felgate in midfield, with support from Felicity Perry saw some confident attacking moves from the Magpies, who began to pass confidently around the defence. Soon the home team found the back board, Rachael Clifford scoring a goal set up by Laura Woodgate. Magpies were 2:0 up.

Despite only having 11 players, the team kept up the tempo until the final whistle with everyone working hard to get back to defend, but also to take the opportunities whilst attacking. Norwich City put together some great passages of play and soon they too were rewarded with a goal. Magpies defence were left startled, but resolved that the visitors would not get past them again.

At 2-1, the game was drawing to a close, both teams were starting to tire. Captain Heather Brand, and goal keeper Imogen Flatt urged us to keep making options and to get back to defend. This encouragement, lead to a tremendous third goal, and second for Rachael Clifford. Securing the win, and bagged three valuable points. This result sees the 6ths jump up the table a couple of places, and builds their confidence going into their next match against Pelicans.

The Woman of the Match award this week went to Centre Midfielder, Poppy Felgate who worked hard to successfully disrupt the Norwich City defence, and to support the defence when needed. Special mentions go to Lucy Basey-Fisher in defence, who responded to the visiting team’s high forwards well, and to Captain Heather for her communication, solid defence and calm-head under pressure.

Next week the 6ths head up to Pelicans, at Kings Lynn for another chance to add to the points tally for the season.

Squad: Imogen Flatt (GK), Marie Davy, Felicity Perry, Rachael Clifford, Heather Brand(c), Vanessa Vigrass, Elena Flatt, Poppy Felgate, Laura Woodgate, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Shirley McAllen.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 11TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 6th team v North Norfolk Ladies
(Away (L) D3-3)

Away in Cromer, the 6ths continued to bring home points after sliding close to the bottom of the league table. The 6ths took home one point, after a hard fought and great fun game.

In the first half both teams attacked confidently, and the home team did well to convert their chances. Unlike Magpies, who missed some clear chances on goal.

After this shaky start and conceding two early goals the Magpies have easily let their heads gone down. But the team, which has been building over the last few weeks did not let the score line get them down.

Our side line, bolstered by number 1 supporter and Men’s 4th team Goalkeeper Chris Flatt was at times slightly over keen, receiving a warning from the umpire. Despite this warning he continued to cheer us on with gusto.

After a rousing half time talk, from captain Heather, and some rearranging of positions the team took to the field with renewed confidence. They were rewarded with two goals from short corners, and many more chances which they could not be

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 4TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 6th v Norwich Dragons 6 (Home (L) W 1-0)

At home this weekend the Ladies 6ths played the Norwich Dragons 6ths in another early push back. Damp conditions, but weather held with no rain at the outset, but that was not to continue.
Dragons came out strong, and for the first 10 minutes Magpies defended against some unrelenting attacks from the visitors. Goal keeper, 13-year-old Katie Davy held her own in the D, and made sure none of their early advances hit the target.
After the initial attack by Dragons, the Magpies begun to get into a rhythm and had some great periods of play. All in all this was a great team effort, with training paying off, our defensive positioning looked much improved. This week there was a solid performance defensively and going forward.
The Magpies attack were rewarded with a short corner, and Vanessa Vigrass smashed a strike into the right corner to score, Magpies were 1:0 up going into half time.
After half time the rain started, but this did not deter either team. Good passages of play by both, Magpies found themselves in space whist attacking, but could not convert to secure the victory.
A tense last five minutes, where the Dragons upped their attack. The Magpies stayed solid refusing to let the visitors snatch a goal at the end of a hard-fought game. Unbeknownst to most of the Magpies on the pitch, the Dragons 6ths are currently top of the league, and were unbeaten this season.
Everyone got back behind the ball to defend, and cheers erupted as the final whistle was blown. The 6ths had secured their first win of the season.
The game was played in great spirit, both teams battled hard but with great sportsmanship. The Dragons were friendly and gracious in defeat – they even put up with the 6th’s group hug after the match to celebrate.

Squad: Katie Davy (GK), Marie Davy, Felicity Perry, Rachael Clifford, Jane Collins, Jenny Meyer, Heather Brand (c), Annie Lancaster, Louise Davy, Vanessa Vigrass, Elena Flatt, Lydia Barrett, Lucy Basey-Fisher.

 

 

 

 

 

Please email completed match report to Joe Cooksey – commercial@magpies-hockey.co.uk & cc Rosie Blackmore at rkblackmore@hotmail.co.uk for inclusion in weekly press roundup and after your match text your result to Richard Stacey on 07875 789890.

Please can all match reports be with Rosie by 5pm on Sunday evening to meet press deadlines along with any photos from the match – please reference picture with your team name and match date

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 28TH OCTOBER

Ladies 6th Team v Loddon (Away W 7-2)

A friendly against Loddon this week was a great chance for a team run out with a few extras from the 5ths and 7ths. A large squad headed to Loddon for a 9.30 push back.

Loddon started the match without a keeper, and it took some time for the Magpies to even notice. A short corner was awarded to the visitors early in the game, and the Magpies scored after a passage of play that lead to Shirley knocking in a waist high aerial ball to secure the goal. It was a tennis shot – from all those years on the courts.

The large squad rotated players all game, but the changing personnel did not affect the performance of the team, who looked much improved on earlier weeks. The Magpies went into half time 2 – 0 up.

The second half saw a flurry of goals at both ends, by this time the Loddon ‘keeper’ managed to get some pads on. Loddon scored from a short corner on one occasion, and Honey snuck one past their keeper. Rachael scored a hat trick, with some great play through the middle. On the left, Flea, Jenny and Laura passed well to set up one of the goals for Rachael.

The final mention must go to Shirley’s second goal, following a short corner a head height ball was lose in the D, and Shirley made sure that it hit home. She claims it was mostly “self defence’, but team members commented “She plucked it from the air and hammered it home’. Nice one Shirley.

Perhaps scoring a few goals this week will inspire some to go in during a league match in the next few weeks.

Thanks to Loddon for inviting us to play the friendly.

Squad – Imogen Flatt (GK), Emma Tolhurst, Felicity Perry, Shirley McAllen, Treacle Griffin, Heather Brand (C), Rachael Clifford, Elena Flatt, Jenny Meyer, Jane Collins, Lucy Baser-Fisher, Honey Lamdin, Laura Woodgate and Karen Hunt.

Ladies 6th Team Report 21st October

Ladies 4th Team v Watton (Away (L) L 0-2)

An early start to the weekend saw the Ladies 6ths travelling to Watton to play the Breckland Ladies 1sts in an early push back. The early start meant that Storm Brian hadn’t quite reached the East so we were spared the worst of the wind.

Breckland played some good passing hockey and their skilful midfield dominated the game. They kept the pressure on for the full 70 minutes, and provided a passionate atmosphere.

Magpies failed to convert a string of attacking short corners, lacking the consistency of usual personnel to strike and inject. Highlights include some great match ups and personal battles, and Marie tripping on a stick early in the first half, taking a tumble. The opposition capitalised on a short corner to score, and the meaning that Magpies were 0:1 going into half time.

Goalkeeper Katie Davey played particularly well this week, and was rewarded with the Woman of the Match award. Her fearless approach to defending against the Breckland attack, and in particular making a great save of a powerful strike in second half. Defenders Olivia Addison-Carter and Karen Hunt who usually play with the 7ths provided consistent defensive might and we hope they enjoyed the trip to Watton.

Lizzie Adcock appeared up front, in her first game with the sixths this season, and both her, Annie and Jane battled hard all game against a physical defensive strategy.

Ladies 6th Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Ladies 6th Team vs Hurlings (Home (L) L 0-4)

The Ladies 6ths have suffered a few injuries, roster changes and losses over the last few weeks, but despite this the team took to the field confidently early this Saturday. They picked up Shirley McAllen on the right, and saw Louise returning from University and Flea back from holiday, and after fielding only 10 last week the return to full numbers was a relief for all.

Hurlings, a team that play on grass at home attacked confidently, and used short corners effectively throughout the game. Despite the valiant efforts of Imogen Flatt in goal, who continued to make some great saves, and Marie who made a stunning goal line save, their powerful strikes proved too much for the Magpies defence.

One of the team had a short “discussion” with the Umpire and was rewarded with a 3 minute ‘calm down’ warning, a green card, returning to the pitch just as Magpies had earnt themselves a short corner.

After half time Magpies worked hard to keep possession of the ball and played positively, perhaps suffering a slight crisis of confidence when attacking. Vanessa Vigrass worked tirelessly in midfield and earned herself a player of the match award. Despite all this they were unable to score.

Despite this the overall feeling of the game was that Magpies had worked hard to keep possession of the ball, especially in the second half, but were frustrated by their inability to hit the target. We hope to rally next week for our game against Brecklands (Away, 10am push back)

Ladies 6th Team Match Report 30th September 2017

Ladies 6th Team vs Taverham (Away (L) L 0-5)

The 6s were determined to march into this game with a positive attitude and belief despite last minute uncertainties and changes to the squad. Jane Collins provided sound leadership and organisation on the day, with Julie Davy assisting from the dugout, whilst trying to put our players into ‘best fit’ positions. We started well and were not fazed by and early Broadland goal. With Flea Perry, Jane, Elena Flatt and Marie Davy working hard in defence, even the 2 goal deficit at half time seemed surmountable.

The second half did not go Magpies way, however. Katy Davy made some stunning saves, but another Broadland goal followed. Man of the match, Krystal Jenkins, provided great control and stability in midfield, with positive work from Ebony Hoskin and Jenny Meyer creating attacking opportunities. Forwards Rachel Clifford made some fine runs up the left wing, and Janna fired some much needed aggressive and positive shots into the D, but unfortunately none of these efforts converted to goals. A further blow was a face injury to sweeper Flea halfway through the second half, which needed hospital treatment. A hasty reorganisation was required to continue the game, but we were a little unsettled and 2 further Broadland goals then followed, although Lydia Barrett created a good chance with a run on goal.

Despite the scoreline, the team left with a positive attitude and a consensus that our overall performance had improved on last week’s. We are pleased to say that Flea is OK and is now glued together, and extend our thanks to all family and friends who helped and supported with care, hospital lifts, car transport etc. Also thanks to Gillian Stokes and Heather Brand for organisation during the week, but who couldn’t be with us for the game.

Ladies 6th Team Match Report 23rd September 2017

Ladies 6th Team vs Hornets (Home (L) L 3-7)

This week the 6s had several players having to play out of their normal comfort zone, but took to the field of play determined to enjoy the sunny afternoon. As the score line may hint to, the opposition proved to be well organised and experienced; their physicality catching some of the magpies’ team off-guard at times. The defence of Marie Davy, Sandra Elliner, Louise Davy and Elena Flatt worked exceptionally hard against a barrage of attack ensuring Hornets didn’t have it all their own way.  Impressively, despite the increasing scoreline, the 6s showed their character throughout, what’s important for the 6s is that everyone gets to play hockey on a Saturday and everyone enjoys it, all players offered to play out of position with no question. Our thanks go also to our young goalkeepers Katie Davy and Imogen Flatt who were both completely happy to warm each other up and share half a game each – both keepers made fabulous saves during the game.

Buoyed by the excellent encouragement on the side-line from Captain Gillian Stokes, Magpies worked hard to find some passing rhythm to try and break down the long balls constantly played by Hornets. Treacle Griffin was pivotal in midfield with excellently timed tackles and interceptions enabling magpies to finally penetrate the Hornets well packed D. Victoria Spouncer had an excellent game, combining well with Krystal Jenkins whom it was great to see again on a Magpies pitch.

Annie Lancaster, Jane Collins and Flea Perry played well in attack; all three being rewarded a goal for their sterling efforts.

As is the Magpies spirit the Sixes will pick themselves up again ready to face Broadlands next week; sadly we will do so without the brilliant Louise Davy. In her time playing for Magpies nothing has ever been too big an ask for Louise, a super role model to all young players. We were pleased to give Louise Man Of The Match today and wish her well with her university studies.

Match report – Ladies’ 6ths – 10 December 2016

Ladies’ 6ths 0 Lowestoft Railway 2nds 4

The Ladies’ 6th came to this match in positive spirit after their great win against Norwich City the previous week. The team was much the same, with the exception of welcoming Verity and Gillian back to the side and a debut for Tabitha.

Magpies started off well, with the defence and midfield working well together and holding off the Lowestoft attack. However, as Lowestoft became more settled into the match, they increased their work rate and with some quick, accurate passing they managed to infiltrate the Magpies defence and scored two good goals before half time.

A strong half time team talk from our captain Gillian saw Magpies come out strong and more attacking. We managed to get the ball out of our defence on several occasions with Lydia and Beth making some good runs into the opposition’s D. Unfortunately, one of the opposition took a very nasty hit to the head from a ball. Thankfully she appeared to be ok, but was taken off to hospital as a precaution.

As in the first half, Lowestoft increased their dominance in the match and with some well-rehearsed moves and skilful stick work went on to score another two goals. Our defence worked very hard with Marie and Louise making some very well timed tackles and Imogen once again making some crucial saves. Verity was very strong in midfield and worked tirelessly in the match and was deservedly voted man of the match.

A disappointing end to this part of the season, but a deserved win for Lowestoft.

Happy Christmas to all the team, including parents and friends who have supported us throughout the season and here’s to some great hockey and hopefully a few wins in 2017!

Jane Collins

Match Report – Ladies’ 6ths – Saturday 3 December 2016

Norwich City Ladies’ 6ths 0 Magpies’ Ladies’ 6ths 1

Magpies Ladies 6th travelled to Taverham to take on Norwich 6ths who are second in the league and have only conceded 7 goals this season. We were without Gillian, our nurturing captain but Louise stepped into the position and did a fantastic job. From some of the overheard comments, Norwich thought it was going to be a walk in the park; just a matter of how many they were going to put past us. Magpies had a different idea!

Right from the start, Magpies controlled the match, moving the ball around well, using good stick skills and outpacing the opposition on several occasions. Magpies were soon awarded a short corner, where Issy had a great shot but unfortunately it just went wide. Magpies kept up the pressure and the defence were incredibly strong keeping Norwich at bay and Imogen making some great saves in goal.

We knew Norwich were going to come out strong and determined in the second half, but Magpies were ready for them. Our determination was eventually awarded when Julie took the ball from midfield, passed it out to Beth who did a cracking run down the wing before passing it to Lydia, who calmly positioned it passed the keeper.

Norwich City really put on the pressure in the last 10 minutes of the game, with a string of short corners being awarded in their favour, right up the whistle, but they could not penetrate our defence much to their frustration and our delight.

This was an exceptionally good team performance, with everyone working really hard and showing a real conviction to win the ball. Well done to all the team, with Imogen being voted man of the match.

Magpies ladies 6s match report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th team versus Watton Ladies 3rd team.

Knowing that Watton were at the bottom of the league, we were able to make a change to structure and push players into different positions to see if we could strengthen for future games. The gamble paid off when Beth Moodie, our new recruit, picked up the ball in the D and smashed it home within minutes of opening play. Then, to our amazement, she did the same again! We dominated the first half with further goals coming from Izzy Slade, who also scored two goals, and Julie Davy. Watton hardly bothered our defence but when they did Verity Tomson and Marie Davy cleared any stray balls, Watton did manage to break through our defence but unfortunately sustained an injury when Julie Davy struck the ball to clear it and the Watton player had stepped in front of her at the wrong moment and took a stick to the face!

The second half was much the same as the first with further goals coming from Jenny Meyer, Lydia Barrett and Annie Lancaster. Jane Collins had an amazing game playing a forward position. The score ended 8-0 but for me it was seeing the smiles on the players’ faces and them enjoying every moment of the game. Well done ladies; huge pat on the back.

Score: 8 – 0

Gillian Stokes

Magpies ladies 6s hockey report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th team versus Pelicans Ladies 3rd team.

The match at Kings Lynn was really enjoyable with a few players making their debut. Magpies dominated the game with play remaining in Pelican’s half to begin with and a fair amount of shots at goal. Jane Collins made some superb passes across the circle which Pelicans didn’t intercept and Marie Davy stopped any forwards in their tracks. Just as the half time whistle went, down came the rain.

Pelicans seemed to speed up during the second half but were easily matched by Magpies. We had a few short corners but our attempts at goal were thwarted. Then Jenny Meyer, voted Man of the Match, ran with the ball into the circle, passed to Lydia Barrett who pushed the ball home. Expecting retaliation, Pelicans did get past our defence but Gillian Stokes, our goalkeeper, ran out and kicked the ball sky high.

Score: 1 – 0

Joanna Meyer

Magpies Ladies 6th hockey report

Magpies Ladies 6th team versus Herlings Ladies team.

We played Herlings on a cold, windy afternoon under floodlights. Initially, Magpies managed to keep the ball with excellent passing skills and better fitness levels but Herlings, renowned for their hard hitting, smashed the ball towards our goal and a delighted forward sent it home. Despite the ball flying around at head-height with quite a few painful consequences, Millie Scarborough-Taylor skilfully aimed the ball at Herling’s goal and it literally bounced out of a defender’s lap and into the goal. The second goal came from Alice Evans-Hendrick who smashed the ball home after an excellent cross from Molly Warnes.

At half time, despite our better fitness, we knew that Herlings would come back with a vengeance; they actually took out one of their own players in our circle with a rocketing ball that narrowly missed a few heads but smashed into the unfortunate player’s stomach. Our defenders were undeterred and Gillian Stokes, as goalkeeper, played fearlessly. Julie Davy made some fine runs and we tried to score from short corners but Herlings equalised with a quick goal.

Score: 2-2

Joanna Meyer