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The U18 girls travelled to Whitgift school in  Croydon to play the England hockey indoor  National final over 2 days.  The first match was against Isca who qualified for the National final by finishing runners up from the West region. Unlike previous U18 tournaments Magpies started the game positively and comfortably won the opening game 6-1, goal scorers were Sophia Basset, Lara Taylor, Martha Lawrence, Lottie Summers x3.

Next up was Marlow who were representing the South as champions. Magpies again started well and at half time were 1-0 ahead. Magpies made it 2-0 during the 2nd half and despite conceding a last second goal won their 2nd match 2-1, goal scorers were Lottie Summers and Keisha Brickwood Hilaire, that meant we finished the day on top of the league.

The 2nd day started early with a 9.35am game against Runners up from the Midland region Beeston. Magpies opened the scoring but Beeston quickly equalised to be all square at half time. Magpies quickly scored 2 early 2nd half goals to go 3-1 ahead but as in previous finals Beeston proved a hard nut to crack and pulled a goal back. With the final whistle gone Beeston had the chance to level the scores with a short corner but great pressure from Magpies ensured we won the match. A 3-2 win for Magpies and a great game which saw Magpies make it 3 wins from 3. Goal scorers were Lottie Summers x2, Keisha Brickwood Hilaire.

The final group match was against Ben Rhydding representing the North as champions. Magpies had already qualified for the semi final but wanted to win the group.  Goals from Martha Lawrence and Lottie Summers ensured Magpies won 2-0.

The semi final was against last years winners and current Midlands champions Repton so we knew this was going to be a tough game. Repton opened the scoring but just before half time Magpies scored the equaliser. After the half time break Magpies cruelly had a goal disallowed and following that Repton broke away to score. With 5 mins to go Magpies played with a kicking back and pushed for a goal, despite a barrage of pressure it was Repton who scored 2 late goals to win 4-1 and progress to the final, Magpies goal was scored by Lottie Summers. Despite losing in the semi final this was a fantastic performance over 2 days by all the girls and the coaches Rob Sorrell and Lauren Rowe who   helped the girls achieve these great results and narrowly miss out of a place in the final.

Squad- Lottie Summers (captain), Beth Farrow  (gk), Emma Williamson, Sophia Basset, Emily Woollatt, Tabitha Billingham, Phoebe Eglington, Keisha Brickwood Hilaire, Martha Lawrence, Lara Taylor.


Magpies supported Langley Schools open morning by sending 30 U12 boys and girls for matches and a coaching master class.  Now a regular fixture in Magpies youth calendar it was great to dust off the hockey sticks and play some competitive yet friendly matches.
Well played to all those who took part and then tried their hand at a goal scoring Master class lead by the the Langley Hockey coaching team.  Hopefully goals will come for all our youth teams as they move into tournament hockey.
Magpies youth coaching is back in action at the Nest.  More players can be accommodated across the age ranges – Year 2 upwards.  Get involved by emailing


Harleston Magpies Hockey Club are celebrating a bumper weekend of youth action after both the girls and boys under 18 squads progressed to the quarter finals of the England Hockey National U18 cup competition on 11 March. Both teams did very well, with the girls qualifying by beating Chelmsford 5 – 3 and the boys beating Saffron Walden 4 – 1. There are no other East Region teams left in the competitions.
Against Chelmsford, Magpies U18 girls had the better of the early play, playing attacking hockey throughout. 20 minutes into the first half, the score was level at one all, making Magpies rally together and after 25 minutes some excellent passing resulted in a great goal to restore the lead. A third goal after 29 mins put Magpies 3-1 ahead at half time. In the first minute of the second half, Chelmsford caught out Magpies and scored to make the score 2-3 and put Chelmsford back into the game. Robust defending by the Magpies girls helped Magpies go 3-4 ahead at 56 mins. Magpies pushed forward looking for another goal and on 62 minutes a fifth was added from just inside the D with a powerfully struck shot, making the final score 3-5 to Magpies.
Magpies U18 boys (pictured) won a tough encounter against Saffron Walden. Starting brightly, Magpies scored within two minutes when a great break then doubled their lead from a short corner after the initial shot was saved but Magpies picked up the rebound and calmly slotted home. The boys made it 3-0 with a strong run and reverse stick strike. The second half was a more even affair with both sides creating chances and neither side really taking control of the game. Saffron Walden scored to reduce the arrears but the goal spurred Magpies on and it was no surprise when Magpies scored again, and controlled the final minutes of the game to run out 4-1 winners.

David Johnson, Chair of the Youth Committee at Magpies said: ‘It’s a huge thank you from me to all the managers, coaches and other helpers who support Magpies youth section. The hard work put in by the young people and everybody who supports them is producing an enjoyable hockey experience as well as tremendous success on the pitch. The results last weekend in the national competitions are testament to this, and we have high hopes for 11 March!’
Attached photo of the U18s boys team in action – photo credit: Stuart Peters, Harleston Magpies

For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on or 07500 945247

Hockey Fest 2nd September 2017

Harleston Magpies are opening up the Club to all on Saturday 2nd September as part of HockeyFest 2017 with mixed hockey for all the family.

Existing Magpies, returning friends and new faces are all welcome from Under 10’s to Over 60’s.  If you currently play, have played or just currently enjoy hockey at school even if this is in the dim and distance past this is your opportunity to come down to Magpies and get on the pitch for some light hearted mixed hockey.

Take a look at the schedule below and plan your day :

10.30am – 12 noon – Under 10s Mixed Mini Hockey –  (School Years 3, 4 & 5)
10.30am – 12 noon – Boys Under 12s Mini Hockey – matches (School Years 6 & 7)
10.30am – 12 noon – Girls Development – water based pitches (School Years 6, 7)
11.30am – 12.30pm – Parent Play – For those always on the side line the chance to step onto the pitch with a family audience
11.30am till 1pm – U14s Mixed 7 a-side Hockey (School Years 8, 9)
1pm till 2.30pm  – Ladies 2s vs Ladies 3s & Mens 2s vs Mens 3s – Spectators Welcome
2.30pm – 5pm – Open mixed hockey – for all whatever your playing experience

All activities will finish with a drink in the bar and a bite to eat from the kitchen.

Come down – Get active – Make new friends – Have loads of fun – Bring the hockey family together

For more info and register your interest contact:

  • Your 2016/2017 Magpies Captain at their usual contact address
  • Over 14 Enquiries – Adam Lascelles or Emma Tolhurst Magpies Club Captains at:
  • Existing Magpies U10s to U14s and their parents please follow the email you will receive from team officials
  • New U10s to U14s please contact Magpies Youth Development Officers


Girls’ Youth Development Officer

Nick McAllen –

Boys’ Youth Development Officer

James Smith –



Harleston Magpies Hockey Taster Course a Huge Success

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Press Release 11 June 2017

Harleston Magpies Hockey Taster Course a Huge Success

Friday 9 June saw Harleston Magpies Hockey Club open up its pitches for the first of this year’s hockey taster evenings for boys and girls in school years one ‎to seven.

An amazing response to flyers, posters and social media saw over 80 youngsters take part in the first session. Almost all were completely new to the sport and to the popular local club.

After sticks were provided and warm up exercises completed, the lead coaches, ably assisted by club members both old and young, introduced youngsters to the basic skills of the game before completing the evening with some mini hockey matches.

‘We were thrilled with how well this evening went and to see so many new youngsters at Magpies’, commented James Smith, Magpies Boys Youth Development Officer. ‘Hockey remains one of the highest participant sports in the country and is growing across the age spectrums year on year. The GB Ladies Olympic gold in 2016 is still inspiring and swelling support for our sport. The atmosphere created by our new recruits and their enthusiasm for giving hockey a go made for a really enjoyable evening.’

Magpies location in the heart of the Waveney Valley ‎just outside Harleston provides the club with a great pool of local villages and towns to provide hockey for. This year’s course has attracted youngsters from over 20 local primary schools like Harleston, Dickleburgh, Mendham, Hoxne, Gislingham, Laxfield, Debenham, Pulham, Worlingworth to name just a few.

‘We don’t know yet if we’ve found a star of the future, but there were certainly some very promising signs’, said Richard Larkin, one of the lead youth coaches at the club. ‘Last night we encouraged 80 boys and girls to think about hockey as a sport for their future. We hope they will come and join the club this autumn and carry on with hockey as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.’

‎The Hockey Taster Course continues every Friday up to and including 7 July 2017. For more details see the Clubs website

Pictured: Seth Read, a Magpies young coach, with some of the youngsters at the hockey taster course. Photo credit – Bex Pottruff, Harleston Magpies

For more information please contact Bex Pottruff,
Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on

 or 07500 945247


HMHC Summer Camps 2017



(No exceptions)
COST £12 per day. NO REFUNDS 10.00am-4.00pm each day


Click here to download application form: summer-camp-2017



This course is for outfield players and GKs. Please identify on the form if you are a GK. All coaching takes place on the astro so trainers or astro shoes are essential. No studs. Please bring a stick, mouth guard, shin pads and if possible a hockey glove. Please bring a packed lunch and drink for the day. Water top ups will be available at The Club. The Clubhouse bar will not be open for additional food or refreshments. Please bring clothes suitable for the weather including sun tan cream if appropriate.

PLEASE RETURN THE APPLICATION FORM WITH A CHEQUE MADE PAYABLE TO Nick McAllen and send it to Nick McAllen at 46, Rectory Lane, Poringland, Norwich NR14 7SL

Direct payment details can be supplied on request.

HMHC Youth Awards Evening – Friday 19 May 2017

Press Release 21 May 2017

Harleston Magpies celebrate bumper crop of youngsters at annual youth awards!

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Youth Section celebrated a bumper crop of youngsters at their annual Youth Awards Evening on Friday 19 May. Over one hundred children played games and crowded into the Clubhouse to see the lucky recipients of the highly prized annual awards, presented by two young first team players, Maria Andrews and Archie Winters.

Boys Development Officer James Smith said: ‘We had 121 girls and boys from 7 to 16 celebrating a brilliant year of youth hockey at our annual youth awards ceremony on Friday 19 May. We have been so impressed by the high numbers of youngsters joining us this season, on the back of Great Britain’s Olympic hockey win and our active outreach programme with schools.’

He continued: ‘It’s been a tremendous season with success at regional level for several of our teams, and the bonus of being able to field more girls and boys teams than ever before at tournaments across the county.’

Club Youth Chairman David Johnson praised the attitude of the youngsters saying: ‘Our awards evening was a terrific night. We start with mixed team games with girls and boys from 7 upwards, which are always great fun and highly competitive, then move onto the serious stuff with presentation of awards. It’s great to hear the children guessing who might have won what! They all conducted themselves brilliantly, and were a real credit to the club. Well done to all the winners on the night!’

If you fancy getting your kids involved in hockey, check out the summer taster courses running in June and July at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on their website at

Presentations were made by first team players Maria Andrews and Archie Winter

U9 Boys Most Improved Player
U9 Player of the Season
U9 Player of the Season (2)
U10 Boys Player of the Season
U10 Most Improved Player
U10 Most Improved Player (2)
U10 Player of the Season
U11 Girls Most Improved Player
U11 Boys Most Improved Player
U11 Boys Player of the Season
U11 Girls Player of the Season
U12 Boys Most Improved Player
U12 Boys Player of the Season
U12 Girls Player of the Season
U13 Boys Most Improved Player
U13 Boys Player of the Season
U13 Girls Most Improved Player
U13 Girls Player of the Season
Boys Dev Player of the Season
Girls Dev Player of the Season
Girls dev Most Improved Player
U14 Boys Most Improved Player
U14 Boys Player of the Season
U14 Girls Most Improved Player
U14 Girls Player of the Season
U15 Girls Most Improved Player
U15 Boys Most Improved Player
U15 Girls Player of the Season


Results – National Youth Outdoor Competitions 2016/17


Manager/Coach: John Pope
01728 748201 07960 884366
(Midlands League 4)
Sunday 16 October v Norwich City (A) 1.45 3-3 D
Sunday 6 November v Bury St Edmunds (H) 10. 15 (W) 10-1 W
Sunday 20 November v Cambridge City (A) 12.45 2-1 W
Sunday 5 February v Norwich Dragons (H) 11.00 (W) 11-1 W
Sunday 19 February v Pelicans (A) 12.30 2-2 D
Sunday 2 April (Regionals – Leicester GS)
v Reading 1-2 L , v Cirencester 0-2 L, v Leicester 7-0 W

Manager/Coach: Nick McAllen
01508 493269
(Midlands League 1)
Sunday 16 October v Bury St Edmunds (H) W/O W
Sunday 6 November v Norwich City (A) 1.45 1-1 D
Sunday 20 November v Sudbury (H) 4-1 W
Sunday 5 February v Norwich Dragons (A) 12.00 4-0 W
Sunday 19 February v Pelicans (H) 11.00 (W) W/O W
Sunday 12 March (Regionals – Pool B, Stourport HC)
v Saffron Walden 3-0 W, v Stourport 0-3 L,
v Oxford Hawks 1-1 D

Manager/Coach: Rob Sorrell
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1st Rd Sunday 16 October v Old Loughtonians (A) 2.30 9-3 W
2nd Rd Sunday 6 November v Dereham (A) 2.00 6-5 W on penalty strokes after a 3-3 draw in normal time
3rd Rd Sunday 20 November v Norwich City (A) 15-0 W
Q/F Sunday 19 February v Beeston (H) 12.45 (W) 1-7 L

Manager/Coach: Chris Hall
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(East League 2)
Sunday 16 October v Bury St Edmunds (A) 2.00 9-1 W
Sunday 6 November v Sudbury (H) 10.45 (S) 8-0 W
Sunday 20 November v IES (H) 4-2 W
Sunday 5 Febuary v Norwich City (A) 1.45 4-3 W
Sunday 26 March (Regionals – Pool B, HMHC)
v Cambridge City 0-1 L, v Southgate 2-0 W, v Sevenoaks 1-2 L

(East League 2)
Sunday 16 October v Bishops Stortford (A) W/O L
Sunday 6 November v Braintree (H) W/O L
Sunday 20 November v Ipswich (A)*
Sunday 5 February v Norwich City (A)*
Sunday 19 February v Pelicans (H)*
* team withdrawn from the competition due to
a lack of players in this age group this season

Manager/Coach: Stuart Peters
Rd 1 – Sunday 16 October – bye
Rd 2 – Sunday 6 November v Bedford (H) 12.00 (W) W/O W
Rd 3 – Sunday 20 November v Norwich Dragons (H) 5-4 L on strokes after a 2-2 D in normal time

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

HMHC – Youth Awards Evening – Friday 6 May 2016

Harleston Magpies Youth Awards 2015/2016

With the 2015/2016 now coming to a close Harleston Magpies celebrated the success of their youth set up with an evening of mixed hockey and presentations for all those under 16.

However before the player presentations commenced David Johnson, Chairman of the Magpies thriving youth section thanked all those who have made this season happen; the membership coordinators and team administrators, Monday, Wednesday and Friday night coaches and assistants, team mangers and assistants, parent taxi services and of course all the youngsters for their hard work and dedication at training session and being available for mini tournaments and age group competitions.

This season has seen Magpies field the most youth teams ever with two age group squads at all major mini tournaments and three U12 girls teams with all both boys and girls U10 and U12 teams making it through to the East Finals where on Super Saturday the girls U10 and boys U12 became East Champions! The boys U12 now going on to play at the National finals on 14th May

Whilst at U14, 16 level all teams (except the U14 girls) progressed to the Midlands/East knock out format of the National Cup competition. The U16 girls reached the semi-final stage of the Indoor National Finals and narrowly missed out on a place at the outdoor National finals on goal difference. The U18 girls reached the Regional Indoor Finals and outdoors the quarter final of the Plate.

Congratulations to Molly Redgrove and Rose Winter on their selection for the England U16s and to Abby Gooderham on her selection for the England U18s.

Whilst at U18 level the boys achieve National success winning the U18 National Indoor tournament.

The future looks bright for the club if players continue to train hard, enjoy their hockey and as a youth section we have the support of our parents in developing players through coaching, matches and assisting with the administration this brings.

The evening was then passed over to Nick McAllen and James Smith to conduct with the announcement of Player of the Season for each age group and Most Improved. To present the awards and inspire the next generation Abby Gooderham from the Ladies’ 1st team and England U18s presented the girls’ awards and Tom Ridley current Men’s 1st team player and winner of Player of the Season at U13, U14 and U16 level presented the boys’ awards.

The winners were:

Age Group Player of the Season


Most Improved


Player of the Season


Most Improved


U9 Henry Brice Ben Currie Beth Gardens Harriet Soper
U10 Charlie Hall Jacob Ash Anna Cogdell Tilly Dodds
U11 Sam Emms Jacob Fairweather Emma Williamson Grace Clarke
U12 Elliot Chapman Elliott Cooper Amy Collison/Georgie Gardens Grace Robertson
U13 Oli Hall Graham Mobbs Georgie Cantrell Alice Wiseman
U14 Haydn Macaulay Arthur Johnson Amelia Herschel-Shorland/Phoebe Eglington Emily Woollatt
U15 Alex Kilbourn Jack Robertson Amelia Preece Mia King
Development Morgan Manly Louis Calvert Grace Collison/Beth Moodie Victoria Spouncer


Presentations made by 1st team players Abby Gooderham and Thomas Ridley.

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The following notice will shortly be appearing in the local media, e.g. Harleston Grapevine, Community News, and Diss Express.

If you have a young relative or friend who is interested in joining one of these coaching sessions they will be very welcome.

Please contact Nick or James as shown.

Junior Hockey Coaching is back for the 2015/2016 season at Harleston Magpies starting as follows:

Girls U8’s, U10’s and U12’s
Friday 4th September 6pm till 7.30pm

Girls U 14’s          
Wednesday 26th August 6.15pm till 7.45pm

Boys U8’s, U10’s   
Monday 7th September 6pm till 7.30pm

Boys U12’s and U 14’s 
Monday 7th September 6pm till 7.30pm

New recruits are always welcome and all your child needs alongside bags of enthusiasm is a t-shirt, shorts, trainers, gum shield, shin pads and a tracksuit. For the winter please bring a waterproof coat, gloves, hats, fleeces. Sticks can be borrowed from the club if required and don’t forget a drink. (Hot drinks are available in the clubhouse for parents during training sessions).

Please register your child’s interest by emailing Magpies Youth Development officers:

Nick McAllen

James Smith

For those of you who have not been to Harleston Magpies before you will find that the facilities are some of the best in the East of England. The club has a strong reputation for youth development and runs age group sides for boys and girls.

After a little coaching U10 & U12 Girls and Boys take part in mini tournaments across Norfolk on Sundays, approximately one per month. U14 Girls and Boys compete in the Norfolk Development League where all matches are played on Saturdays. They also compete in the National Cup Competitions. All matches are played between September and April.

For more details about the club please visit our Website

We look forward to hearing from you.


Harleston Magpies Youth Presentation Evening

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club held their annual end of season Youth Presentation Evening which was attended by over 90 Girls and Boys under the age of 15, plus many parents and team helpers. The evening started with a number of hockey matches played in a Mini hockey team format. This was followed by feeding many hungry players before moving on to the Presentation of Trophies.

The Club is very grateful to the support of so many Coaches, Managers, Umpires and Parents who gave up their time to make it such a successful season in so many ways. We had teams competing in National Finals, Regional Finals, County Tournaments and County Leagues with many youngsters having the opportunity to play in competitive matches.
Thanks also go to the Youth Committee who organised the event and who do so much to support youth hockey.

It was also announced that James Smith is taking over as Boys Development Officer and that David Johnson is heading up Youth Hockey.

The Trophies were formally presented to the Awards winners by Debbie Francis from the Ladies 1st team and Richard Larkin from the Mens 1st team as follows:
U10 Girls Player of the Season – Anna Cogdell and Jessica Menzies
Most Improved Evie Brice and Alyssa Walker

U10 Boys Player of the Season – Sam Emms
Most Improved Charlie Hall

U11 Girls – Georgie Gardens
U11 Boys – Ed Brice

U12 Girls – Molly Warnes
U12 Boys – Oli Hall

U13 Girls – Amelia Herschel-Shorland
U13 Boys – Seth Read

Girls Development – Georgie Cantrell/Phoebe Eglington
Most Improved – Taylor Freeman
Boys Development Team – Jack Robertson
Most Improved – Morgan Manly

U14 Girls – Holly Riches
U14 Boys – Tom Norton

U15 Girls – Abby Gooderham
U15 Boys – Rob Neal

Magpies Mini Tournament


Harleston Magpies hosted their annual Mini Tournament on Sunday with 16 Girls teams competing in the morning. As this was the first Tournament of the season a lot of young players were experiencing their first taste of Tournament hockey and hopefully they enjoyed it.

Norwich City A won the U10 Girls Tournament with the same number of points as Magpies A but their superior goal difference pushed Magpies into 2nd place. Magpies B team came a very creditable 4th.

The Magpies U12 Girls won their Tournament winning all their matches and beating Norwich City A 1-0 in a decisive match. Norwich City A finished runners up. Magpies B team finished 3rd losing only to the two top teams. A remarkable performance.

The Boys tournament started in the afternoon with a strong entry of 15 teams. Norwich City won the U10 Tournament winning all their matches with Dereham finishing as runners up. Magpies U10s started well but could not maintain it and finished 3rd. The U12s Tournament was won by Pelicans with Magpies A finishing second two points behind the winners. Magpies B finished in joint 7th place.

Many thanks to all the team managers, umpires, youth helpers, players, helpers in the kitchen. Special thanks to Helen Barber for time keeping and scoring all day as well as to Kirstin Cumming and Bex Potruff for all their back up administration. The medals were presented to the players by Chairman Murray Graham.

Nick McAllen

Young Magpies representing Bury Tigers

The following players are representing Bury Tigers in the England Hockey Tier 1 Competitions in matches against Northwood and Tonbridge. Hopefully some of these players will go on to represent the Saxon Tigers at either the Futures Cup for the U16 and U18 players or Hi-PAC for the U15 and U17 players.

U.18 U.17 U.16 U.15 U.17 U.16 U.15
Sam rowe Max Macaulay Jolyon Summers Archie Winter Maria Andrew Alice Hopgood Holly Riches
Toby Price Thomas Yallop Myles King William Donsworth Eleanor Tennant Abby Gooderham Tor Findlay
Jack Hobbs Anna Tighe
Lauren Rowe


Magpies Youth Presentation Evening


Magpies Youth section held their Annual Youth Presentation Evening on Friday May 16th attended by 90 under 15  Girls and Boys. After the matches were played, hot dogs were provided and then the  Awards were presented..

The Trophies were presented to the Girls by Lucy Miller the first team Captain for next season and to the Boys by Leigh Sitch the Mens 1st team vice Captain. Both Lucy and Leigh have both progressed to 1st team hockey having started out in Mini Hockey.

The Player of the Season Trophies were awarded as follows:

U10 Girls – Amelia Slade    Most Improved – Ellen Pope

U10 Boys – Edward Brice

U11 Girls – Georgie Cantrell

U11 Boys – James Webster

U12 Girls – Phoebe Eglington

U12 Boys – Max Warde-Aldam

U13 Girls – Eve Barnes

U13 Boys – Alex Kilbourn

Girls Development Player – Amelia Preece    Most Improved – Abigail Rapkin

Boys Development Player – Tom Norton

U14 Girls – Tor Findlay

U14 Boys – Archie Winter

U15 Girls – Katie Crawford

U15 Boys – Myles King

The Ladies 5th team awards were also presented:

Joint Players of the Season Anna Tighe and Tor Findlay.

Joint Most Improved: Sophie Child and Ismay Whitaker


We try to finish the season off with a fun evening of friendly matches, followed by some food and finally with the presentation of trophies. We hope you can all make it with your team mates.

Please can you try and be there at 6.00pm and we will try and start the first round of matches by approx 6.15pm. The youngest ones will play with their own age group.
The matches are for those in School Year 10 downwards. For other young players say who are a bit older you are very welcome to attend socially and possibly help with running some of the teams (optional!) and stay for the food and presentations.
Please bring £2 with you for the food which should buy you two hot dogs.
We will try and finish the presentations by 9.00pm.
We do hope you will be able to make it. It is meant to be a fun evening. 
Parents are also very welcome.
Please can you let us know as soon as possible whether or not you will be able to make the evening. This helps enormously for catering purposes and so that we can sort out the teams in advance.
We look forward to seeing you all.
Nick McAllen    –   Girls Development Officer
Andrew Bedwell –   Boys Development Officer

U10 Girls Norfolk County Championships Minis, Pelican, Kings Lynn, Sunday 9th March 2014 – Magpies: Champions

Temperature:  around 20 degrees Celsius
Results (in order scored):
4-0 win against Norwich City  (Emma, Amy, Georgie, Amy) 
1-0 win against Pelicans  (Georgie)
2-0 win against Norwich Dragons  (Ellen, Georgie)
1st – Magpies – 9pts (GD +7)
2nd – Pelicans – 4pts (GD 0)
3rd – Norwich City – 4pts (GD –3)
4th – Norwich Dragons – 0 pts (GD –4)
Magpies under 10 girls team. 2014 Norfolk Champions.
Amelia (Captain), Amy, Anna, Charlotte, Ellen, Emma, Georgie (Vice Captain), Grace (GK), Holly
With our first tournament win last week at Dragons we turned up at a scorching Kings Lynn in equal measures of excitement and trepidation.  We were fully aware that every team had pretty much the same chance of winning or coming last and so it proved to be.
Having shown our colours last week we started against City with the same team as we opened against Pelis the week before anticipating a hard match against an improving team. After some early skirmishes and significant pressure, Amy slipped a ball to the ever reliable Emma who buried our opening goal.  Then the goals flowed and we had the luxury of rotating the team in recognition of the longer games and the heat.
The team decided to spice up the pre-match preparation for our second with a last-minute comfort break – clearly hadn’t had enough of a warm up from the first match then (anyone knowing Pelis will confirm that you can do more mileage in a trip to the loo at Kings Lynn than on pitch) – with the result that a somewhat modified team held fort against a very strong Pelis side. Nail biting stuff was eventually resolved by a well worked individual goal by Georgie starting from well within her own half breaking through Fort Knox en route. Coming mid way during the game this did nothing to relieve the pressure and tension with Pelis who gave it everything to equalise. The relief from supporters club as well as team was both audible and visible at the end with several mums, and not a few dads, going for a lie down.
With 2 wins we rotated the team in the 3rd match against Dragons, as did Dragons who, on the basis of their performance against us had been unlucky to suffer two narrow 2-1 defeats prior.  As a result we conceded the first of several PCs against Dragons who could so easily have taken points from us.  
At the other end in a very open game, a well worked Penalty Corner out from Ellen to Georgie and back again – that has never ceased to succeed in training – and Ellen slotted home a highly accomplished opener.  The accounts to date of the second are still a bit hazy but it appeared a speculative hit from the vicinity of the left hand long corner spot with a couple of deflections, the last by Georgie flew across the keeper just catching the opposite post and in.  Dragons continued to pressure but to no avail with the defence getting plenty of defending PC practice.
Another tournament clean sheet shows our defence is solid – and the mums did note that there was a lot of communication at the back girls – our midfield and attack is healthy and with our subs and much of the B team we have a good pool of players to come in and back up the team. We’ll need you girls – fit, fast and versatile – for the East tournament on the weekend of 26/27 April.
A selection of the photos available from My Event Photo
Finally a word for all our supporters, thanks once again for all your help, the tea, the warm ups, the scores, tying laces, the subs collection, kitting Grace out and much more – you are our 10th, 11th and 12th team members!
I say finally, now finally – this weekend two mums, Amanda Collison and Jenny Holmes, gave up pre planned special weekends at late notice for this and the B team tournament at Weybread. 
A big, big thank you to you both.

The full team – with a few exceptions still recovering from the Pelis match and supporting in absence.
Frankie Eaves (Coach), John Pope (Team Manager)
10th March 2014
Commiserations to the B team who lost their 100% record under Jim at the weekend friendly B team tournament arranged by Nick at Weybread. Don’t be too downhearted given that Dereham didn’t field a team at the County Champs so a 3-0 defeat to them is highly respectable. Similarly if you recall the A team faced two Norwich City sides at Taverham and both gave us a good run for our money so a 1-0 defeat is similarly respectable. And well done to Ruby, fresh from your Jersey trip, for scoring, by all accounts, a cracking short corner shot in your 1-1 draw against Norwich. We’re looking forward to that warm weather training in Jersey when you take us all next time….

Magpies Youth Presentation Evening


This annual event took place with a series of mixed matches for Girls and Boys from 15 years old downwards. This was followed by some hot food in the Clubhouse before the Presentations of Trophies took place.

Amy Campbell from the Ladies 1st team who has also played England U16s for the last two seasons presented the Girls Awards.

U10 Girls
Player of the season – Georgie Cantrell (to be presented at a later date)

Most Improved U10 – Ellie Goring

U11 Girls Player of the Season – Maja Barnes

U12 Girls Joint Players of the Season – Amelia Preece/Eve Barnes

Development Player of the season – Victoria Findlay
Also leading goal scorer in the whole of the Development League – Victoria Findlay

Most improved Development Player – Issy Whittaker

U13 Player of the Season – Anna Tighe

U14 Player of the Season – Izzy Knowles

U15 Player of the Season – Kara Kilbourn