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Harleston Magpies Mens Indoors 08/01/11 & 09/01/11

Harleston Magpies Mens indoor team travelled to Birmingham for the first of two weekends competing in the National Indoor Hockey Championships Men’s Division One 2010/11. Last indoor season back in January 2010 saw Harleston relegated from the top flight of National indoor hockey the Premier league.

Harleston had a good weekend which has left them top of the table with 9 points. This is still a very tight league though with all teams down to sixth position still in contention.

Harleston Magpies Mens indoor 7-4 Doncaster Men’s 1s
Harleston started well on the first day managing to overcome a very strong Doncaster side. The victory seemed never in doubt as magpies got a couple of goals up early on leaving Doncaster chasing the game from then on. This was an end to end game with both sides working hard creating lots of chances.

Team Bath Buccaneers Men’s 1s 5-6 Harleston Magpies Mens indoor
Against Bath Harleston found them behind early on as Bath dominated the early part of the game. Magpie had to show true grit and determination to pull themselves back from behind. They did however mange to get themselves back in front and even threatening to pull two goals clear but were unable too. Harleston saw out the final stages to grind out a 5 – 6 win

Harleston Magpies Mens indoor 3-5 Barford Tigers Mens Indoor
Barford started well against Magpies getting themselves a couple of goals up early as they dominated the early part of the game. Harleston then came more into it as there play improved chances were being created but also being missed. Barford lead 0 – 2 going into the break. The second half Harleston threw everything at Barford as they played effectively on the break. Harleston played well in the second half but just could not convert their chances.

Havant Men’s 1s 0-2 Harleston Magpies Mens indoor
Harleston dominate this game from start to finish but again could not convert more of their chances. Havant were well organised and create their own chances but Harleston looked comfortable winners with a rare indoor clean sheet for Marc Lloyd in goal.

East U16 Boys Winners – Indoor Championship – Saturday 11 December 2010

The first fine dry bright day of the month so off we go to an indoor tournament, the U16 Boys East Region Championship at Colchester.

Four teams took part: Old Loughtonians for Essex, the regional champions, Sudbury for Suffolk, City of Peterborough for Cambridge and Magpies representing Norfolk.

The first game pitched Harleston Magpies against Old Loughtonians – which was a very close affair with Magpies sealing a close victory 4-3.

The second game was against City of Peterborough who deservedly took a two goal lead until Karen Absolon arrived in the crowd and helped to turn the tide and Magpies ran out 5-3 winners.

In their final game Magpies won 7-0 with some exceptional goals, great movement of the ball and defending including a saved penalty flick by James Graham.

This was a fantastic performance by all of the boys, well captained by Will Blythe, who did the club proud.

Well done and good luck in the National Finals in Wolverhampton later in January.

Goal scorers were: Elliot Smith 6, Tom Ridley 3, Tom Graham 4, Dom Absolon 2, Mitch Tompkins 1.

Thanks to the parents for their vocal support and driving abilities.



Harleston Magpies Men’s first team indoor report

Harleston Magpies returned to indoor action at the weekend after the disappointment that their tournament was cancelled last weekend the team travelled to Bristol in high spirits after a promising round of games before Christmas.

Surbiton 5 – Harleston Magpies 1

In standard form Harleston started the game slowly going a goal behind within 5 minutes, despite the early set back the team rallied and found an equaliser through Ben Gowing. Despite finishing the first half the stronger team Harleston were unable to capatalise and take the lead.
During the second half the team were punished for missing their chances when Surbiton turned their domination into goals, finally running out 5-1 victors.

Loughborough Students 10 – Harleston Magpies 2

Loughborough had obviously done their homework on the Magpies side as they pounced on Harleston from the start pressing high. This tactic worked as the students took an early lead pouncing on a loose ball from Sitch to take the lead. The students soon took control of the game going 3-0 up within 5 minutes. This left Harleston with a massive uphill task. Harleston started to play better hockey but still continued to hold onto the ball for too long allowing the students opportunities to catch Harleston in possession. Harleston managed to pull a goal back through Baynes. Despite this Harleston were unable to capatalise and Loughborough continued to pressurize before adding more goals. Harleston managed to pull goals back in the second half through Simon Hipwell and Andy Hipwell before the students ran out 10-2 winners.

Harleston 4 – Havant 4

The last game of the day saw Harleston take on bottom of the table Havant. On paper this was three points to Harleston but with the form Magpies were in and Havant needing two win their remaining games to stay up this was anybody’s game.
For once Harleston started brightly moving the ball early with the same patterns that they used before Christmas. Harleston started the opened the scoring before Havant pulled a goal back. Despite being in the ascendancy they were unable to extend their lead to two goals which would have killed Havant off. The teams continued to exchange goals until the final whistle. At the final whistle Harleston won a short corner but again were unable to gain the vital 3 points they desperately needed.

Harleston were glad to see the end of a miserable Saturday session knowing that they needed to win their remaining game on Sunday morning and hope that Beeston were defeated by Havant to avoid relegation.

Harleston 4 – St Albans 0

Harleston started this game on fire flying out of the traps. The team pressurized St Albans as every opportunity forcing them into mistakes that the team could capatilise on. Harleston took a deserved lead when Riches slotted home early on before Harleston doubled their lead through Hipwell. Harleston managed to find a third goal when Sitch ghosted in at the back post to be set up by Gowing.
Harleston only managed to extend their lead by one goal in the second half to leave the final score at 4-0.

Despite the win it was too little too late for Magpies with the Beeston result going against them the team were relegated and will play in the National Div 1 competition next season.

Indoor Results – Saturday/Sunday 16/17 January 2010


Saturday 16 January

v Reading 1-4 L,
v Barnes HE 0-0 D,
v Aldridge 3-1 W

Sunday 17 January
v Sutton Coldfield 2-2 D,
v Old Loughtonians 1-2 L,
v Wakefield Bradford 1-0 W
Last two games next Sunday

Saturday 16 January
v Surbiton 1-5 L,
v Loughborough Students 2-10 L,
v Havant 4-4 D

Sunday 17 January
v St Albans 4-0 W
Relegated to Div 1

U18 Boys
v Old Loughtonians 5-13 L,
v City of Peterborough 13-5 W
– team through to National Qualifiers of the National Indoor Club Championship

Harleston Magpies Mens Indoor report

Harleston travelled down to Eastleigh Southampton to compete in the National Premier Indoor hockey league. Building on their foundations from last season the team were hoping to move further up the table but knew that their first weekend would be a tough ordeal.

Their first game on the Saturday saw them face Old Loughts. The team started at a furious tempo not giving the London side time to settle on the ball and forcing them into mistakes. Despite going 2-1 down Harleston continued to move the ball round well creating chances up front with great movement from the forwards creating spaces for the defenders to force the ball into. As Harleston continued to mount pressure on their opposition they took the lead just before half time making the score 4-3.

This lead to a tense second half with Old Loughts pushing for a vital equaliser Harelston were able to counter and extend their lead. With 5 minutes to go the everyone in the team defended well to ensure that Harleston gained three vital points from their first game.

The second game of the day saw Harleston face indoor champions East Grinstead, with a similar side to last season the champions were guaranteed to make this a very tough game. Harleston started slowly and found themselves three goals down in two minutes. Despite this start Harleston composed their game and pulled a goal through David Ling. Again East Grinstead came at Harleston pressing them well and just before the break they extended their lead further.

Harleston did manage to pull a goal back during the second half but more pressure from East Grinstead saw them run out 8-2 winners.

On Sunday morning the team faced another test when they met Reading, last seasons runners up. Again Harleston started slowly conceding two quick goals before again gaining their composure and pushing forward hassling the Reading defence. Harleston’s pressure soon started to pay off when Reading turned the ball over in their half where Hipwell popped up to score from close range.

Harleston were now in the ascendency and pushed forward scoring again just before the break. This lead to a tense second half. Harleston came out of the traps flying at the start of the half pushing Reading back and eventually scoring their third goal to trail by one.

With Harleston now pushing for the vital equaliser gaps appeared in their defence and in a two minute spell the team conceded three quick goals to put the game out of their reach with the game finishing 8-4.

Harleston’s last game of the weekend saw them face Nottingham side Beeston. Harleston started much better than their previous two games but could not convert their pressure into chances. Beeston scored the opener with their first attack. Despite this set back Harleston fought back into the game despite continued pressure Beeston extended their lead. With that set back Harleston started to turn their pressure into goals and pulled two goals back before Beeston snatched their third.

Harleston managed to grab a vital equaliser just before the break when Hipwell fired into the roof of the net from a corner – with time running out both teams pushed for a vital winner – Harleston clearing the ball off their own goal line and Beeston relying on their keeper to keep them in the game.

With 30 seconds to go Harleston won a short corner but were unable to convert leaving the score tied at 3-3.

With 4 points from the first weekend Harleston look forward to the second weekend after New Years with confidence.

Squad – Richard Harms, John Livings, Simon Robinson, Leigh Sitch, Tristan Baynes, Matt Riches, Stuart Leate, David Ling, Tom Sumner, Ben Gowing, Ben Wright, Duncan Graves, Tim Shelley, Andy Hipwell, Simon Hipwell. Coach Martin Fields


Norwich Dragons Indoor Hockey Tournament

Norwich Dragons Indoor Hockey Tournament

There is still time for you to enter a team into Norwich Dragon’s Indoor Hockey Tournament at Town Close School Indoor Sports Hall in Norwich on Sunday, 4th October for Ladies and Sunday, 25th October 2009 for Men.

Both tournaments will take place between 14.00-19.00 and it will cost £40 per team to enter. The games are 6 a side with 8 in a squad. Normal Indoor Rules will apply to this tournament.

Teams will be required to provide an umpire, but they will not have to umpire their own team’s matches therefore enabling players to double up as umpires if need be.

Each team will be guaranteed at least 3 games and trophies will be provided for the winning team and runners up.

Please contact Becs Dungay by the 18th September 2009 on 07887 893365 or for an entry form if you would like to attend.

Men’s Indoor – Match Report

Magpies retain Premier League status


Harleston Magpies men retained their Premier League Indoor status after playing their second weekend of the National Indoor Premier League. After the first weekend which took place in December, the side found themselves mid-table after 2 wins and 2 defeats. However, with a tough set of fixtures to come Premier League status was far from secure.


In the first game Magpies played Havant and a disastrous start saw the team go 4-0 down after 8 minutes. Magpies battled back to level at 4-4 but a controversial Havant goal 5 minutes from time cost Magpies a deserved point. Harleston’s second game on the Saturday gave the side an opportunity to face title favourites East Grinstead. Grinstead who were to later top the division defeated Magpies 13-6 with a side packed full of internationals.


After two defeats on the Saturday Harleston were relying on results to go in their favour elsewhere. Fellow relegation candidates Bournville picked up 3 points on Saturday meaning Magpies slipped into the relegation zone on goal difference. Bournville then lost their opening Sunday fixture to East Grinstead whilst Magpies put in an outstanding performance which saw them edged out by 9 goals to 8 against runners-up Reading, with Andy Hipwell scoring a phenomenal 7 goals in a close game.


Old Loughtonians defeated Bournville in their final fixture to set up a tense final game for Magpies versus Loughborough Students. Magpies went into the game knowing that they would retain their Premier League status provided they lost by no more than 5 goals. At half-time the side found themselves 2-0 down. This became 3-0 five minutes after the break but a Jimmy Wheeler goal with 8 minutes to go brought the score back to 3-1 where it remained until the end of the game. Magpies retained their Premier League status finishing a highly credible 7th in a tight league. This is an outstanding achievement in the first season of playing top flight indoor hockey. It now provides the club with a great platform to build on this year’s indoor success in next season’s campaign.


Squad: Martin Fields (Manager), Richard Harms (GK), Tristan Baynes, Tim Shelley, Andy Bedwell, Tom Sumner (Captain), Will Harrison, Andy Hipwell, Leigh Sitch, David Ling, Chris Barber, John Livings (GK), Simon Robinson (GK), Matt Riches, Richard Ling and Jimmy Wheeler. 


Tom Sumner 

Men’s Indoor – Match Report

Magpies enjoy strong start to the National Indoor Premier League

The Harleston Magpies Men’s Indoor team, sponsored by Silver FX, produced a strong set of performances on the opening weekend of the Premier National League Indoor competition. Last season the team was promoted to the top tier of English indoor hockey after qualifying from Division 1.

Magpies won 2 games out of 4, placing themselves 5th out of 9 at the half way stage. Harleston’s first game of Premier League hockey was against Beeston. Despite a very tight game with little to choose between the teams, Beeston ran out 5-2 winners. Later that day the side came face to face with Old Loughtonians. Once again it was a close game but the team were unable to come away with the result they wanted, losing 4-2. The squad was unlucky not to pick up any points on the opening day but remained quietly confident of their ability to compete at this level.

Sunday saw Harleston convert their performances into points. A 4-2 win against Bournville and an 8-5 win against Canterbury gave Magpies maximum points on the second day. After being 1-0 down at half time against Bournville, Magpies dominated the second half and slotted home four goals to take a 4-1 lead. A Bournville consolation goal with the last touch of the game took the final score to 4-2 – resulting in a thoroughly deserved victory. Goals came from Andy Hipwell (2), Matt Riches and Tristan Baynes.

Canterbury were Magpies’ next opponents. The game started tightly but as it went on Harleston put the opposition under increasing pressure and were able to run out comfortable 8-5 winners. Goals came from Andrew Hipwell (6), Tim Shelley and Tom Sumner.

Two wins from the opening four games leaves Magpies in mid table (5th position) going into the second weekend in January. Harleston need to finish outside of the bottom two to retain their Premier league status or top four to qualify for the European play-offs.

Squad: Richard Harms, Simon Robinson, Tristan Baynes, Tom Sumner (c), Leigh Sitch, David Ling, Richard Ling, Matt Riches, Tim Shelley, Jimmy Wheeler, Andy Bedwell, Chris Barber, Will Harrison and Andy Hipwell. Coach Martin Fields.

Tom Sumner

Magpies promoted to Premier National League Indoors

Harleston Magpies men, sponsored by Silverfx, gained promotion to the Indoor National League Premier Division after two successful weekends of indoor hockey.

The team finished runners up to Havant in Division 1 having won 6 out of their 8 games. Promotion places the side in an elite division amongst the top 9 teams in the country, with the possibility of playing live on Sky Sports next January.

It was Magpies’ first season in Division 1 after gaining promotion last year. The team went into the tournament looking to secure their league position for the following season. This was virtually achieved in the first weekend following 2 wins out of 4, which included wins over Surbiton and Doncaster and defeats to St.Albans and Stourport.

Having suffered 2 defeats, it only left an outside chance of promotion. However a stunning set of results in the second weekend saw Magpies ruthlessly snatch the second promotion spot. The team won all 4 matches to take second place ahead of St. Albans.

Harleston started well with an 8-2 defeat of Barford Tigers. They then demolished Guildford 11-3 with both Andy Hipwell and Matt Riches scoring hat-tricks. Magpies continued to go from strength to strength and on Sunday defeated Sheffield UB 10-1, Andy Hipwell again in the goals with a second successive hat-trick.

The 3 wins set up a final showdown match with champions Havant. Magpies had to win to gain promotion, anything less resulting in third place. The side started the game in the perfect fashion going 3-0 up within the first 12 minutes. Havant started to come back into the game and pulled one back. The match entered a key phase when Harleston had a man unfortunately sin-binned. During this phase, the 5 man Harleston team withstood constant pressure from the champions. Once restored to full strength the team regained their 3 goal advantage. Havant pulled one more back, 7 minutes from time, but were unable to make any more inroads due to resolute defending from the whole team.

Promotion is a fantastic achievement for the club and the success can be put down to the outstanding ability and commitment of the 13 man squad, managed by Martin Fields.

Promotion was achieved on the same day that the Magpies U18 boys team won the East Indoor Championships in Bedford. The result takes the U18’s to the National Finals later in January.

Harleston Magpies Mens Indoor Match Report

Harleston Magpies men, sponsored by Silverfx, had a decent first weekend to the National League Indoor campaign. Last year the team were promoted to Division 1 after winning the Division 2 title. The side finished the first weekend mid-table after 2 wins and 2 defeats.

The team travelled down to Eastleigh in a confident mood ahead of playing some of the top sides in the country. The weekend started well with an 8-6 win over Surbiton. Despite being 4-3 down at half-time, the team turned it around with a strong second half display. Goals came from Tim Shelley, Toby Tibbenham, Tom Sumner, Jimmy Wheeler, Tristan Baines and a hatrick from Andy Hipwell.

The second game against St Albans was also tight. St.Albans took a 4-2 lead into half time. However the second half again saw magpies producing a stronger display and started to exert considerable pressure on the opposition. However, the game hinged on a disappointing umpiring decision. A penalty flick was given after a shot was turned off the line by a magpies player. Unfortunately the umpire believed it hit a magpies foot on the line and awarded the flick, which was duly converted. This effectively killed of the game and despite a late magpies comeback were defeated 6-4. Goals came from Tim Shelley, Tristan Baines and Andy Hipwell.

The 1st game on Sunday saw magpies firing on all cylinders. They defeated a strong Doncaster who were relegated from Premiership National league last season. Harleston won 9-5 which included 4 goals from striker Andy Hipwell. Tristan Baines and Richard Gill chipped in with 2 goals apiece and Tim Shelley scored 1 to cap a fine display. In form keeper Iain Martin also pulled of a succession of fine saves to keep Doncaster at bay.

The final match of the weekend ended in a narrow 5-4 defeat to Stourport. The team were 3-2 down at half time and were unable to get back on level terms. Goals again came from Hipwell, Shelley, Tibbenham and Baines.

Last weeks squad: Iain Martin (gk), Berti Steggles (gk), Tristan Baines, Leigh Sitch, David Ling, Tom Sumner (c), Matt Riches, Richard Gill, Andy Hipwell, Tim Shelley, Jimmy Wheeler, Toby Tibbenham and Richard Ling.

Next weekend sees the squad again travel to Eastleigh for the 4 remaining games of the competition. The team will look to climb the table for a possible top 4 finish.