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Magpies Ladies 6th hockey report

Magpies Ladies 6th team versus Norwich Dragons Ladies 6th team.

On a cold, overcast afternoon we played Norwich Dragons at home. They seemed to be a stronger team, with multiple substitutes, good warm up exercises and a rousing huddle yet we had multiple short corners and they didn’t. Their players were excellent at getting the ball into our circle but our superb defenders kept them at bay.

With the light fading and rain moving in, the umpire called for floodlights. Molly Warne managed to evade her attacker and keep the ball at the Norwich end of the pitch. Despite Millie Scarborough-Taylor’s best efforts at scoring and Gillian Stokes’ massive strikes from the back, the forwards just could not beat the Norwich keeper. Then, minutes before the end, a Norwich player drew our keeper out and scored.

Score: 0-1

Joanna Meyer

Magpies Ladies 6ths hockey report

Magpies Ladies 6th team versus Evergreens Ladies 2nd team.

We left home at the crack of sparrows to play Evergreens at Holt in an early morning match. It was pouring with rain which made us play hard to keep warm. The game began at a fast pace with the ball rocketing up and down the pitch at a rate of knots. Passing amongst Magpies was excellent as was blocking the Evergreen hit-outs. The first half, which seemed so short, ended with no score.

During the second half, Evergreens had a number of short corners but our brave defenders diverted the ball away. Marie Davy threw herself into every tackle whilst Molly Warne sprinted up the pitch with ease, moving around players without missing a beat. Georgie Cantrell smashed the ball home from the edge of the circle after a great pass from Millie Scarborough-Taylor. Despite further attempts at goal-scoring, from both teams, we won!

Score: 1- 0

Joanna Meyer

Magpies Ladies 6th Match report

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

It was a cloudy, dry morning when Magpies 6th played away at Watton. We scored a goal within minutes when the ball shot up the right wing to Julie Davy who aimed at the defenders goal where the ball was deflected, but quick thinking Krystal Jenkins pushed the ball home. Everyone was surprised and delighted. Watton had numerous short corners but our strong defenders thwarted their strikes at goal. Sadly, during one of these corners, skipper Karen Ray took a ball to the face but returned to play later.

During the second half, play seemed to be fairly even despite Watton having plentiful short corners and us having one. We had a couple of shots at the goal but they were deflected. One of our team went sliding across the pitch in an effort to deflect a shot at our goal. In fact, Watton seemed to be in our circle quite a lot but a stirling effort by our goalkeeper, Jess, kept the score at zero.

Score: 1 – 0

Joanna Meyer

Ladies’ 6ths – Match report

Ladies’ 6ths vs North Norfolk 2s

The Ladies’ 6ths made the trip up to Cromer for their match against North Norfolk 2s on Saturday. Despite the weather forecast looking dismal the team was upbeat with the addition of several players from the 7ths as numbers seemed thin on the ground. Magpies started strongly and gelled well considering the new team members and a lack of true defenders! Unfortunately, not long into the first half Meg Conway took a high-paced ball to the ankle from a free hit. The pain was evident and a trip to hospital deemed necessary – thankfully nothing broken but annoyingly a few weeks off sports with crutches was the outcome. With no subs available (taking 11 players had been an achievement in the first place) Magpies battled on. The teamwork of Katie Kinsella and Megan Rodwell in midfield kept us attacking, and the solid defending performances of Lucie Griffiths, Louise Davy and Elle Eglington ensured that North Norfolk did not over-run Magpies. Hollie Griffiths, Jo Meyer and Julie Davy worked hard tracking back from our forward attacks to support the midfield but unfortunately a short corner in each half escaped the grasps of Gillian Stokes to end the match on 2-0. An unfortunate scoreline for a well battled match where everyone worked hard, but the jelly babies kept us smiling!
The Ladies’ 6ths would like to wish Meg a speedy recovery – get better soon, Meg!

Ladies 5th/6th match report

Magpies Ladies 5th v Magpies Ladies 6th
Both teams had many new faces for this first league game of the season.
The 5ths with only 2 of last years regulars tried out players from last
years development team. Georgie Warren opened the scoring for the 5ths.
Some quick passing from the 6ths saw Vanessa Vigrass equalise with a fine
shot from a tight angle. Victoria Findlay put the 5ths back in front to
end an even first half. Krystal Jenkins was having a fine game in defence
against the pace of Anna Tighe. Lottie Clements scored within a minute of
the pushback with an easy finish having been left unmarked in front of
goal. This spurred the youngsters into action and they were back ahead
within two minutes. Some excellent link up play between Victoria Findlay
and Anna Tighe resulted in Victoria completing her hat-trick. The 5th team
were controlling possession more in the second half and any attacks the
6ths had were thwarted by Jose Tibbenham playing sweeper. THe game was
wrapped up with a training ground move. The hit out was met by Anna Tighe
who laid off to Victoria who one-two’d with Anna then the perfect right
wing cross was swept into goal by Matilda Warde-Adlam. A good performance
from both teams at the start of a new season. 5ths player of the match
Anna Tighe, 6ths Krystal Jenkins

Ladies 6ths Match Report

Another win for the 6ths and another hat-trick for Vicky Blackmore!

It was a much-changed team for the 6ths this week, with Captain Jodie still injured and many others being unavailable; which gave us the chance to give an introduction to ladies hockey to Jordan and Ismay from development, and with Elle back with us from the 5ths we had a very active midfield, much to the delight of the forwards who like getting good balls through but don’t like having to run back and defend!

Magpies started strongly against bottom of the table Old Bucks with Vicky’s first goal coming from a short corner within the first five minutes. There was some very good hockey and strong play from all three midfielders, (who looked like they had been playing together for months), with lots of good balls being put through to the forwards who were getting lots of good shots in but being kept out by some good goal-keeping from Old Bucks. Vicky’s 2nd and 3rd goals both arrived before half-time as did 12th man Clemmy, coming straight from work onto the pitch. We went into half-time 3-2 up owing to a very fast Old Bucks centre forward and some not-so-fast Magpies defenders! 
After a team talk that was more concerned with Jelly Babies than tactics (and helping Vicky recover from apparently managing to flick herself in the eye with the zip of her trackies- DOD moment!) we started the second half knowing that we needed to score more goals and not let any more in! 
Magpies had many more shots on goal and Vicky could have easily had another three! Laura and Vanessa had plenty of chances as well but it was Clemmy Ardley-Forder who got number 4. Old Bucks then pulled another one back to make it 4-3 (that pesky centre forward again; we decided to have 2 people marking her after that which seemed to put her off!) 
The third Old Bucks goal and an injury to Evie in the last 5 minutes meant that once again we had a fairly tense end to a match but we managed to hold on for all 3 points to stay 2nd in the league and now only 4 points behind leaders Dragons 4ths! 
Final score 4-3 to Magpies
MOM: Jordan Rainbird
DOD: Vicky, Clemmy and Evie

Ladies 6ths Match Report

Ladies 6ths Match Report

A hard fought game for the 6s ended with a well deserved win and a less-well deserved broken thumb for captain Jodie Guest! A fairly even first half on a very muddy pitch ended 0-0 so magpies were very glad to see reinforcements in the shape of Grace and Hannah arriving just as the whistle went to start the second half. Magpies then piled on the pressure with some excellent midfield work by Jodie, Tina Neill and Harriet Aitchison, (Harriet escaping her usual confines of the goalie kit to do some running around!) before a strong strike from Laura gave Magpies the lead. A second from Clemmy Ardly-Forder soon followed before Herlings pulled one back to make it 2-1. Magpies came back strongly with a very impressive reverse stick shot from Clemmy to make it 3. Herlings grabbed their second towards the end of the game and with Jodie’s injury made for a tense final few minutes but Magpies held on for the win. A great team performance and some brilliant individual work too. A very strong game for both Alysha and Karen and it was great to see Evie back from injury. We will miss Jodie now for 6 weeks recovery for her thumb but she will still be along supporting the team, (And hopefully bringing the jelly-babies!). Final score 3-2 to Magpies.

MOM: Clemmy, Laura and Jodie

Note: Surnames omitted where I either couldn’t remember or couldn’t spell them. Many apologies!

Ladies 6ths – Match Report

The 6ths unbeaten run continues seeing them climb to second place in the league behind next weeks opponents.

Goalkeeper Ruth Melton had very little to do on Saturday as Magpies tirelessly pressed forward threatening Dragons defences and creating many chances of an opening goal. This chance fell to Clemmy Ardly-Forder and more soon followed with Tina Neil and Vanessa Vigrass both finding the goal before the break. After half-time drinks and Jelly Babies Magpies were determined to make the most of their lead and soon scored again, with goal number 4 coming from Vicky Blackmore. With goals 5 and 6 again coming from Vigrass and Ardly-Forder the game seemed complete only for a stunning goalie-beating roof-of-the-net shot from Blackmore to seal a very convincing win.

MOM: Vicky Blackmore and Vanessa Vigrass


Match Report: Magpies Ladies’ 6th Team

So far this season you could be forgiven for thinking we are playing a summer sport considering the weather and this Saturday, as the Magpies Ladies’ 6th team took on the Hornets in brilliant sunshine and blue skies, was no exception. A few minor setbacks, including missing footwear and a team member gone AWOL, were quickly forgotten as good passing and use of space saw one of our youngest members, Krystal Jenkins, score her first goal of the season. Clemmy Ardly-Forder quickly followed this by a great drive over the line, giving a well-needed boost of confidence to the team. However, the Hornets rose to the challenge and came back hard with several attacks on goal and, despite some good defensive play and a fantastic save by Ruth Melton, the opposition’s hard work paid off and they pushed through to score their first of the match.

At a point when Magpies were questioning how long their lead might last, injury struck. Jenkins was on the receiving end of a stick to the face, meaning Magpies were down to 10 men; half-time couldn’t come soon enough. Quick team chat and rearrangement and we were off again. Despite being a man down, the half-time jelly babies had their desired effect and energy levels picked up resulting in a flurry of goals from Vanessa Vigrass, Alysha Rankin and Laura Schultheiss. Jenkins even braved a return to the pitch, helping the 6th team secure their first league win 5-1.

Ladies 6th match report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th XI match report.

Fixture: Magpies vs Herlings

Our final match of the season was played against Herlings on their grass pitch. It was a perfect spring day and playing on grass would have been enjoyable had it not been such hard work. Herlings clearly had the advantage over us and scored a goal from a short corner. They dominated the game and were a strong team but with sheer effort from the defence, particularly, Jodie Guest (voted Player of the Season), the ball flew back and forth but remained away from our goal.

During the second half, we were playing uphill. Grace Pearson, (voted Player of the Match), played superbly, stopping every ball that came her way. Emily Mc Cluskey was the youngest player yet showed maturity in her passing skills and Jess Harvey, the goalkeeper made some fine saves. Despite some injuries, we battled hard against Herlings and the game did become a bit defensive with the two teams bunched together, close marking. However the score didn’t change and it was a reasonable end to the season.

Score: 0 – 1

Joanna Meyer

Magpies Ladies 6th XI match report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th XI match report.

Magpies played against Norwich City 4 on a lovely, sunny morning at Taverham. Unfortunately, a third of our team were missing and the replacement Development Team players had just played a full match. So with a muddled start, Norwich swiftly took advantage and scored within minutes. During the first half, Norwich City kept the ball despite our best efforts and managed to score three more goals through speed and swift passing.

During the second half, rather than feeling glum, we kept the ball at our end of the pitch. Everything was going well and we even cracked their defence with a few shots at goal. It was just into the last quarter of the match that Norwich scored again. However, with some determined playing, Imogen Anderson passed the ball to Katie Webb at the top of the D who smashed the ball past the keeper. Shortly afterwards, Norwich retaliated with a lifted pass, in our D, which hit a Norwich player in the head. Yet play was allowed to continue, despite everyone’s concern, and Norwich scored.

Fixture: Magpies vs Norwich City 4

Score: 1 – 6

Joanna Meyer

Magpies Ladies 6th match report

Magpies Ladies 6th XI vs Hornets match report

The Ladies 6th XI played against Hornets on a cold, dry morning. It was possibly one of the hardest matches physically because each team gave it their all. Hornets came close to scoring on a number of occasions but Jess Harvey, our goalkeeper, made some fine saves and Karen Hunt fearlessly stopped the forwards in their tracks. Despite some excellent playing, particularly by Sarah Legg, voted ‘Player of the Match’, we just could not beat the Hornet’s keeper. With a 0-0 score at half time, and feeling quite exhausted, we were reminded to keep our width.

Hornets scored a quick goal from a long corner which didn’t bode well for us but Katie Webb shouted encouragement. We battled hard against Hornets with a couple of head-on collisions and were rewarded when Kristina Erith made a swift pass to Katie Webb who smashed it into the goal. Our passing seemed to improve and our tiredness disappeared because despite Hornet’s fast forwards we managed to get the ball away. Katie Webb made an accurate pass to Vanessa Vigrass at the edge of the D who sent the ball to the back of the goal.

Score: 2-1

Joanna Meyer

Magpies Ladies 6 match report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th XI match report

Magpies 6 played against Norwich City 4 on an overcast, wet morning, so gloomy that we asked for floodlights but they weren’t switched on. Norwich fielded a young side with some excellent players which took us by surprise. During the first half, Norwich City seemed to have the upper hand but our defenders and goalkeeper skilfully kept the ball away from our goal. Lucy Crawford made some fine runs but left the pitch with an injury. Unfortunately, Norwich City were awarded a short corner and scored just before half time.

During the second half, we played with determination and Jodie Guest battled hard against the central forwards. Play seemed to move up a notch and we managed to keep the ball in the Norwich City half. Jo Meyer took a short corner which was received by Laura Schultheiss who smashed it home. Then we seemed to have at least four chances at scoring but the ball elusively missed the goal twice, hit the post once and a well aimed pass from the right wing went flying off the back line. We held our breath during the final short corner for Norwich City but our defenders stopped everything leaving the score as a draw.

Score: 1 – 1

Joanna Meyer

Magpies Ladies 6th Match report.

Harleston Magpies Ladies X1 match report.

Conditions were cold and wet when we played Herlings at Harleston. They dominated the game right from the start and had some tough and skilful players. We put up a spirited fight, however, and Vanessa Vigrass came very close to scoring with just the goalkeeper in her way. Herlings scored twice during the first half despite courageous defence tactics.

The second half saw better passing amongst the Harleston players and play was slightly more even with short corners awarded on both sides. Unfortunately, one of our corners swiftly ended up at the other end of the pitch and Herlings scored. Soon after, they scored again and we were dispirited yet there were some inspired moments with Charley Copsey battling hard against Herling’s Right Wing and Molly Alexander stopping a tremendously hard hit ball dead on the goal-line.

Score: 0 – 4

Joanna Meyer

Harleston Magpies ladies 6th Match Report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th XI match report.

The weather was practically warm for our match against Norwich City 5 at UEA. The match started cautiously with Norwich City showing their muscle whilst we defended well and kept the ball well away from our goal. In fact, we had a whole series of short corners, yet, unluckily could not breach Norwich City’s defence. The first half seemed to lack spirit and the opinion at half time was that we were following the ball and not keeping our width.

If the first half was lacklustre, we made up for it in the second half which started with a bang! Katie Webb smashed the ball across to Vanessa Vigrass on the Left Wing who controlled it and aimed it back at Katie Webb who sent it flying into the goal. Delighted with our quick result, play became focused and our passing more measured. A whole series of short passes resulted in Katie Webb almost pushing the ball towards the goal as we stood and watched it roll in. We held our breath during the final, and only, short corner for Norwich City which missed its mark and the whistle was blown.

Score: 2 – 0

Joanna Meyer

Harleston Magpies ladies 6th match report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th match report.

Our home match against Herlings got off to a bad start with our goalkeeper running onto the pitch at the last minute! Herlings scored fairly quickly and as they are a tough team with experienced players, we knew that our work was cut out. A shouting match ensued with accusations flying, but once we settled down, play was fairly evenly spread. Herlings scored a second goal and we were just beginning to panic when Katie Webb smashed the ball home from a short corner.

During the second half, our defence stuck to Herlings’ forward players like glue and put in a sterling effort, especially as they had a worrying amount of short corners. Vanessa Vigrass scored our second goal at close range after some great passing tactics within the D. We could sense Herling’s fury and one of our youngest players took a head injury when the ball rebounded upwards from her stick. She went into shock and was carried from the pitch. With just three minutes to go and three short corners in a row for Herlings, it was gripping stuff, but we managed to keep the score as a 2-2 draw.

Score: 2 – 2

Joanna Meyer

Magpies Ladies 6th match report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th match report

As we strolled onto the cold, windswept pitch at Harleston, we eyed up the opposing team. They seemed young, yet our own team had an injection of young players and… a goalkeeper! We dominated Norwich City 4 with a vengeance, despite their position as top of the league. Katie Webb scored the first goal by sidestepping the goalkeeper and calmly pushing the ball home. Alice Bamber then showed her true grit by racing past Norwich City defenders and scored the second and third goals. Paris Wood demonstrated her prowess with a hockey stick, running past defenders and scoring the fourth and fifth goals.

We were elated at half time with the 5-0 score and were ‘resting on our laurels’ a bit because Norwich City came back hard. Their Centre Forward broke through our defences and swiftly scored. Rachel Herod, Jodie Guest and Jessica Harvey battled hard out on the left whilst Charley Copsey and Karen Hunt were solid in defence. Katie Webb then scored a superb goal from a short corner. Norwich City again broke through and scored at close range. A swiftly taken free hit by Joanna Meyer found Rachel Herod who scored our seventh goal of the match.

Score: 7-2

Joanna Meyer

Magpies Ladies 6th Match report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th team match report

It was an overcast, windy morning when we played the Hornets at Loddon. We didn’t have a goalkeeper and knew that Hornets were a hard team, yet, for the first half, managed to keep them well away from our goal. The first goal came from Dominique Dyball who successfully smashed the ball home from the edge of the D. During a short corner, Domique Dyball sent the ball soaring into the back of the net but it was disallowed! So the score at half time was 1-0 to us, which whilst fantastic to be winning, sadly wasn’t to last.

During the second half, Hornets came back with a vengeance. Their Centre Forward managed to break through our defence and with an empty D and no goalkeeper it was a goal-scorer’s dream. Hornets had quite a few short corners but our defenders were superb. Their next goal was also scored by a Forward standing ready to smash the ball home. Hornets then scored a third goal. However, a swiftly taken free hit found Arianne Dyball, who neatly passed it to her twin, Dominique Dyball, who scored our second goal.

Score: 2 – 3

Joanna Meyer

Magpies Ladies 6th team match report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th Team match report

Our first match of 2011, against Norwich City 5, was played at Taverham on a cold, sunny afternoon. We fielded a team of eleven players, but no goalkeeper, and with this in mind, played like demons, The first goal came very quickly, scored by Arianne Dyball from the edge of the D. Katie Webb scored shortly afterwards from a short corner, of which we had plenty. We dominated the game and Katie Webb scored the third goal. However, Norwich City’s Left Wing was fast and managed to score twice when the ball escaped our defence.

At half time, we felt very pleased with our playing which was excellent. Determined to keep the ball away from our goal, we deflected Norwich City’s shots, even during a short corner! Dominique Dyball scored the next goal through sheer effort, and was voted player of the match. Rosie Chubbock sent the ball home from the top of the D whilst Norwich City seemed to stand and watch it roll in. The final goal was scored by Katie Webb, standing ready to receive the ball next to Norwich City’s goal, after it had been passed neatly up the right wing by four players and across.

Score: 6 – 2