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Harleston Magpies Press Release 16th October 2017

England Hockey Age Competitions off to a cracking start at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club

England Hockey boys and girls U18, U16 and U14 national competitions all started this Sunday with Harleston Magpies Hockey Club fielding a team in each age group and returning with a fantastic set of results.

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

Magpies U18 girls had the more convincing win against their Norwich City counterparts.  A 4-0 victory thanks to goals from Mia King, two goals in less than 10 minutes from the start of the match and then Grace Cresswell and Anna Tighe adding further goals to make the half time score 4-0.  Norwich looked a much stronger team in the second half, causing Alice Gooch in the Magpies goal to make a number of excellent saves to keep a clean sheet.

Meanwhile Magpies U18 boys were involved in a very competitive match, coming through as 2-0 winners by making the most of the chances they created. They were indebted to their goalkeeper, Will Gravier, for making a number of fine saves, particularly in the first half.

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club
Harleston Magpies Boys U18 Team

Coach Stuart Peters said: “This was a tough game, against quality opposition. Our work rate was excellent but we need to work really hard on our ball pace in the next round”.

At U16 and U14 level the national Competition consists of a local mini league, before the top two from each group progress to a regional finals day and then national finals weekend.  Last season, Magpies girls and boys teams made the regional finals, and wanted to get this season’s league stage off to a flying start but again found stiff competition in their way.

Both U16 teams faced Norwich City.  The U16 Girls played away at Norwich coming through a tight encounter with a 3-1 victory.  Norwich City opened the scoring from a well worked short corner midway through the first half.  In the second half, Magpies had more possession of the ball, and put the result beyond doubt with a beautifully worked goal culminating in Georgie Cantrell playing in Emma Williamson who picked her spot rifling the ball into the bottom left corner.

Magpies U16 Boys came up against a very good Norwich City team.  A tough match was expected and so it proved to be.  Manager Chris Hall was proud of the boys’ performance saying: ‘Despite the final 6 – nil score line, our Magpies boys played their hearts out, with a very high work rate, and never let their heads drop til the final whistle.’

Away at Ipswich, another strong display from the U14 boys secured a fine win ending in a 9-1 score line against IES.  High quality passing and clinical finishing lead to Magpies being 7 – 0 up by half time.  An envious position for any coach and manager to be in enabling the management team to use the second half to test players in differing roles and give the wider squad good pitch time.  The U14 girls played a friendly at home against Blue Hornets to build up their match time, and also secured convincing wins.

James Smith, Magpies Youth Development Officer was delighted, saying: “After a busy Saturday when all our youngsters and indeed coaches and umpires were involved in league matches it is always challenging to get another six teams out of Sunday.  But the desire of our youngsters to play hockey shone through with a full squad of players available in every age group.  The U18 teams did particularly well with some high class performances and results.  The U16s showed promise with the girls coming thorough a tough opener, but the boys not quite able to match the clubs wider results against Norwich. There is plenty to play for with the top two from each mini league progressing to the Regional finals.’

The next round of matches will be played on 5 November.  Final results were:

U18 Girls – Home – Norwich City W 4-0
U16 Girls- Away – Norwich City W 3-1
U18 Boys – Away – Norwich City W  2-0
U16 Boys – Away – Norwich City  L 0-6
U14 Boys – Away – IES 1.00pm W 9-1

U14 Girls – Home -Blue Hornets (F) W 5-1


Pictured:        Harleston Magpies Boys U18 Squad 2017

Photo credit – Harleston Magpies

Norfolk Mini Hockey Festival Sunday 8th October 2017

Norfolk Mini Hockey Festivals Kick Off with Encouraging Results

Norwich Dragons hosted the first Norfolk Mini Hockey festival of the new season on Sunday 8 October providing no less than 39 under 10 and under 12 boys and girls teams with the opportunity to play some competitive matches.  Harleston Magpies Hockey Club fielded nine teams across the competitions.

The first event of the new season is always interesting for coaches with new faces in each age group, which makes team selection tricky. But Magpies returned from the tournament with some great results.  The U12 girls started the day winning the gold tournament and finishing third and fourth in the silver competition with two young squads, a very good start.  Magpies’ boys U12s achieved a credible third place finish in both the gold and silver tournaments showing much promise and considerable potential for future tournaments.

The Girls U10s then took centre stage with two very ‘new look’ teams.  In the gold tournament a third place finish was achieved with just one match conceded, and in silver tournament the Magpies girls went one better performed above all expectations remaining unbeaten, conceding no goals and finishing second.

The best was yet to come from Magpies Boys under 10s.  The silver tournament saw a young team with 5 of the 7 players experiencing their first ever tournament hockey achieving a win and draw before two losses finishing fourth overall.  However in the gold tournament the team found their confidence and form finishing a fantastic first!

James Smith, Magpies Youth Development Officer was delighted, saying: “All our youngster performed exceptionally well, taking all their effort in our weekly coaching sessions into every match.  The Magpies coaching team couldn’t ask for more. I am sure if the group continue with the same dedication, more success will follow.  I can’t help feeling particularly proud of our boys U10 group though. It’s been a long time since we last won a tournament at this age level. I hope this is the first of many more successes.’

For more information on Youth Hockey at Magpies and how your son or daughter can get involved visit Magpies website and the Magpies Youth tab.

Attached photo of the combined U12 Girls Silver Squad and Boys U12 Silver Squad –  photo credit: James Smith, Harleston Magpies

Harleston Magpies U14s Super Successful start to the Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harleston Magpies Hockey Fest

Harleston Magpies Hockey Fest Huge Success!

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

Existing Magpies, returning friends a


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


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

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

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

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

If you want to get involved in Magpies hockey this season, please get in touch with our Club Captains Adam Lascelles or Emma Tolhurst at or