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Junior Success at Watton Mini Hockey Tournament

After the Norfolk Championships last weekend it was back to Mini Hockey this weekend at Watton and despite the weather an enjoyable time was had by all Magpies. 

With Magpies able to field 11 teams on the day everyone, whatever their ability and experience was able to get some pitch time and put into practice those long nights at coaching. 

James Smith Magpies Youth Development Officer commented “It has been several tournaments since I have been able to stay and watch all our teams play and I was really impressed in the improvements made across the teams.   

It is quite clear to me that there has been a lot of effort put in at coaching on Monday and Friday nights at Magpies to achieve the improvements on show today but what was even more pleasing to see was everyone trying to deliver their new skills in a team environment. 

Not every result went our way but if everyone keeps focused at training there will be much more to celebrate at future tournaments – keep up the good work!” 

As always the girls opened the day and immediately tasted success with U10 success, winning the gold tournament despite some of the worst rain of the day hampering performances.  A credible 4th was also secured in the gold tournament and 6th place in the silver tournament.  The U12 girls followed fielding 4 teams despite giving our Norfolk Championship winning squad the weekend off.  However this did not deter our teams and those stepping up into the gold tournament returned with a 6th, 3rd and 2nd place finish.  However the performance of the day went to the Girls Silver team, winning not only their first competitive game of hockey but swiftly following this up with their second win and then added a score draw for good measure and a 3rd place finish. 

In the afternoon Magpies boys took to the pitch.  The U10s showed real promise finishing 5th and 2nd.  With some fine tuning in front of goal the future looks bright for both teams.  The U12s continued to show great promise achieving a 5th place finish in the silver tournament and 2nd place in the gold tournament. 

Thank you to all players who took art today, parents who helped with managing teams and those on the side lines providing invaluable encouragement. 


New players are always welcome at Magpies email for more information. 

Attached: Photos of Magpies U12 Girls – photo credit Magpies Hockey Club

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



Girls Development v Dereham Penguins W 16-0

There was a veritable goal rush for the girl’s development team as they scored sixteen against Dereham Penguins.
One: Isobel P scored her first league goal as players who usually play defence were given the opportunity to try out attacking roles during the second half.
Two: Florence C bagged a brace tapping in both at the back post.
Three: Amie H opened the scoring from a short-corner and was denied several times by the Dereham keeper before increasing her tally to three in the second-half.
Four: Evie B scored four to keep herself in the hunt for top scorer in the league.  The best after being sent clear by a glorious through ball from Anna C.
Five: Five – Nil was the score at the end of the first quarter
Six: Anna C scored six goals, including four in the second quarter. As well as top scoring her pin-point, cross-field passing was excellent!
Seven: There are seven players on a mini’s team.  Evie B, Anna C, and Amie H all featured as forwards in the mini’s team that reached sixth place in the national finals last year; the depth of understanding between them being a telling factor in today’s match.
Eight: The eighth goal was one of Anna C’s back-hand specials…I also wrote ‘thwack’ in my notes, so it must have been a good one!
Nine: Nine – Nil the score at half time.
Ten: About the number of minutes player / coach Sandra was on the pitch for before league rules meant she had to depart.
Eleven: The age of the youngest player.
Twelve: Sitting pretty at the top of the league, six points clear and with a goal difference of twelve over second place team Norwich.
Thirteen: Thirteen – Nil at the end of the third quarter.
Fourteen: The age of the oldest player (accept Sandra, she’s 21)
Fifteen: The number of players in the squad today (excluding player / coach Sandra)
Sixteen: The final score, Sixteen – nil.

Team (goals in brackets): Anna C (6), Rosie M, Lily M, Ellie C, Emma F, Amy F, Amie H (3), Harriet S, Florence C (2), Tilley D, Jessica S, Ellie B, Evie B (4), Isobel P (1), Georgia F (GK)
Player / Coach: Sandra E.


Harleston Magpies hosted the 3rd Santa vs Elves (Dads v Lads) hockey match to bring to a close the first half of the season with the Snowflake Cup and following FIH Lapland sanction the inaugural Icicle Trophy for Mr & Mrs Claus’s and her Reindeer (Mums & Dads v Girls).
With the winds switching on Friday night to northerly’s, Julie Raingauge had to make an early morning pitch inspection but apart from confirming a chilly morning was in store for all the pitches were once again playable and over 70 Santa’s, Mrs Claus’s, Elves and Reindeers took to the pitches.  Many thankful for the extra layers their costumes offered.
With many of the Santa’s / Mrs Claus’s new to hockey there was plenty to cheer as family took on one another with many personal battles being played out leading in the Dads v Lads match to two Santa’s spending time in the sin bin for inappropriate behaviour towards elves!  The was the first time any warnings have had to be issued in the 3 year history of the Santa vs Elves Snowfalke Cup and Santa Emms, tema Captain /Manager and Coach will now have to face the FIH Lapland disciplinary panel before next seasons match.  Santa Emms defence “the elves in question had been asking for it all year” did not wash with the match officials neither is it likely to be accepted by the disciplinary panel.  Although it goes to show just how much the Snowflake Cup and Icicle Trophy means to those taking part.
In both matches the deadlock was broken first by the Santa’s / Mrs Claus’s.  The unstoppable Santa Emms scoring to give the Dad’s an early lead, Santa Bowden putting the Mixed Santa’s ahead against the girls.  However the lure of mince pies proved to be the downfall for both Santa teams.
Whilst mince pies were being eaten and mulled wine was sipped the Elves were planning, penalty corner variations, attacking formations and slick passing routines and following the restart both Elf teams used their planning and fitness to devastating effect, equalising, going ahead and finally putting the result beyond doubt with well taken third goals.
With the scores beyond the reach of the Santa’s and Mrs Claus’s and turkey rolls beckoning in the clubhouse matches where abandoned and all assembled heading in to the warmth of the clubhouse for festive food and the presentation of the Snowflake Cup and Icicle Trophy – deservedly won by the Elf’s.  

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Harleston Magpies hosted Norfolk’s second U12s In2Hockey tournament of the season on Sunday 11 November.  19 teams from across five Norfolk clubs took to the pitches to show off how much they have learned from their coaches over the last six weeks.
With the sun shining and spirits high, the teams took to the Magpies pitches completing 41 matches over the course of the morning. All 19 teams stopped play at 11am to pay their respects as part of Remembrance Sunday and the centenary of the Great War.  Shoulder to shoulder, the players joined together and shared a moment of reflection and thanks.
Then it was back to the action with matches to win, techniques to trial and goals to score. With the encouragement of family and friends, all teams produced some great performances. Harleston Magpies’ teams impressed across the girls and boys section. 

The final results saw Magpies U12 boys and U12 girls declared champions in the gold tournament, albeit the boys did not have the final all their own way and had to share the title with Norwich City.  Whilst in the silver tournament, Magpies looked increasingly competitive, a fifth and joint second finish for Magpies girls and a third place finish for the boys. The final results were:

U12 Girls – Gold Tournament Winners Harleston Magpies

Runners Up Norwich City Tigers

U12 Girls – Silver Tournament Winners Watton

Runners Up Dragons B / Magpies Red

U12 Boys – Cup Winners Harleston Magpies / Norwich City 


U12 Boys – Plate Winners Norwich City Sharks

Runners Up Watton

Heather Brand, Harleston Magpies Youth Chair commented: “These events take a huge amount of organising plus volunteers on match day to make sure the event runs smoothly. Thanks to all our club members and parents for making this a very successful event for all.  Getting nineteen teams of youngsters on the pitch and playing hockey was a great sight for everyone, showcasing the enthusiasm and strength of hockey across Norfolk.  For some, this was their first experience of tournament hockey, and they loved every moment!’

It is never too late to pick up a hockey stick and get involved Magpies run coaching for School Years 2 to Year 7 on Monday (Boys) and Friday (Girls) nights.  Everyone and anyone is always welcome to pop down and have a try.  Contact Magpies at youthenquiries@,

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.


Sunday 4 November saw Harleston Magpies youth hockey teams in action in the England Hockey Championships with U14 boys and girls, U16 boys and girls and U18 boys playing in matches. Alongside this, the men’s over 4os were also in winning action, and our u18 girls won their game as Norwich City were sadly unable to field a team.

The U16 boys travelled to Bishops Stortford with a strong squad determined to prove a point.
And prove it they did, winning 13 nil. The next match will be against Cambridge City on
18th November at home in Weybread. It was an impressive all round performance.

The U16 girls enjoyed a comfortable victory at home to Pelicans. A goal in the first minute set the tone for what became a good all round team performance. All 16 girls had good time on the pitch and with some lovely flowing moves found themselves 6 0 up at half time. The team kept the tempo high and slotted in another 10 goals in the second half, with the final result a very impressive 16 nil.

Manager James Cantrell said: ‘Stiffer tests will inevitably come, but that shouldn’t detract from the excellent pace and movement our U16 girls showed in this match. All the girls played well and the goals where shared throughout much of the team. Pelicans battled hard showing commitment from the first whistle to the last, but on this occasion, our Magpies girls were on top form.’ Their next encounter is away at Hertford hockey club on Sunday 18th November

The u14 girls were also celebrating a home win with a final score of 7 1 against Ipswich hockey club. Although the first half was a little sticky, this was the first proper outing for this new team, and coach Jim Menzies was pleased saying: ‘I was impressed with the way everyone adapted their mentality and produced a really good second half display. We learnt a great deal and look forward to the next game against IES on the 18th November.’

The Magpies u18 boys had a tougher time of it away to Dragons hockey club in Norwich. The match began strongly with good passages of play on and off the ball and our defence played with some determination. Magpies gained the first penalty corner and Raunaq Rai scored first with a drag flick going top right corner of the net within the first 15 minutes. Magpies then defended six short corners in the first half of the match from a determined Dragons side and some great saving from our goalkeeper Ollie Juszt kept the score 1-0 to Magpies up until half time.  After half time, Dragons scored an unexpected, fast-paced goal within minutes to equalise the match and then Dragons took a short corner and scored to make it 2-1, with the final score 1-3 to Dragons. Coach Tim Whiteman said: ‘The boys should be very proud of their play without any practice together as a team ahead of the match and showed a very good attitude throughout the game.’

All the teams are looking forward to their next matches on 18 November. 




U10 and U12 Teams at Dragons Tournament

Magpies U10s and U12s boys and girls teams got their first taste of tournament hockey at Norwich Dragons this Sunday 7 October.  With 28 teams from across Norfolk taking part over the day, everyone had a chance to play several games and get in some early season competition practice in.
Magpies fielded a bumper crop of youngsters with no less than five girl’s teams and three boy’s teams. Every team enjoyed their hockey and loved getting the chance to play some real matches after a month of hard work training at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club in South Norfolk.
Magpies Girls U10 and U12 teams took to the pitches first.  With many new faces, it was a day to test their strength and try out line ups, and for the coaches to assess the best way to approach team training session in the coming weeks.
At U10 level, both teams finished fourth in their respective tournaments the U12C team also secured fourth place with the U12A team going one better finishing third against some strong opposition. The U12 girls B team finishes second with the best result of the day for a Magpies girls.
The afternoon found Magpies boys back in action.  The U10 boys team found themselves in the gold tournament with some challenging draws, and finished fourth overall.  However the U12 boys really showed their potential with the B team finishing as runners up and the A team, although finishing fifth, dominated a number of their matches and could have finished much higher up the pecking order with a little more composure in front of goal.
James Smith, Magpies Youth Development Officer commented: “It is always exciting to get on the pitch and play some competitive hockey, especially when the sun’s out!  Our girls and boys impressed across the teams and really enjoyed their matches, which is so important at this age. Many thanks to Norwich Dragons for hosting a great tournament. ”

New players are always welcome at Magpies email for more information. 

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



The Ladies 1s and 7ths leagues both started this weekend against Bedford and North Norfolk respectively. The Sevenths welcomed Megan Dickson, Grace Clarke, Georgia Scott, Jade Bishop, Anna Seggon and Ellen Moodie who fledged from the Girls Development team and impressed on their debut in Division 3. Regardless of the 2-0 defeat the newly formed team worked well together and the skills of the young players impressed the opposition and teammates alike.
Meanwhile in Bedford, goals from Tor Findlay, Rose Winter and Lauren Rowe ensured that the Ladies 1s got off to a winning start. The win gives them the upper hand going into Saturdays home fixture against Wimbledon who lost to Hampstead and Westminster on the opening day of the season.
Anticipating a tough game against West Herts who were relegated from the National League last season, the Magpies Men’s 1s broke the deadlock when Captain Ridley set up Simon Hipwell for a defected goal. Continuing to dominate, the lead was doubled by an unstoppable Jack Hobbs shot from the top of the ‘D’ before the home side pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go. Frayed nerves resulted in players from both sides being sent to the sin bin where the West Herts player returned to the pitch without the umpires realising. Magpies conceded a short corner which was expertly converted to end 2-2 in a disappointing conclusion to a controlled performance. Congratulations to Ranauq Rai on his debut, replacing the injured Leigh Sitch in defence.
There were draws for the Ladies 2s and 4ths at The Nest whilst the Men’s Thirds travelled to Sudbury where team perseverance, a Man of the Match performance from Seth Read and goals from James Stacey, Jamie Hudson, Ben Emms and Matt Brand contributed to a 4-0 win. Then Men’s 2nds were desperate to make amends for last week when they welcomed Upminster to Norfolk and they dominated the London side, with Robbie Kinsella and Dave Skinner bagging a brace each in the 4-1 win.
The Ladies Fifths bagged a 2-1 win against Watton with goals from Ella Spear and Jose Tibbenham whilst the Ladies Sixths faced Breckland in Thetford. Jane Collins opened the scoring for Magpies following hard work from Louise Davy and Shirley McAllen in midfield. Rachel Clifford (2) and Janna Freeman got in on the action to cement the 4-0 win.
This Saturday sees both the Men’s and Ladies First teams at home, the Ladies push back against Wimbledon at 1.30 followed by the Men who host Letchworth at 3pm.


 U12 event with Langley Schools

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club were delighted to be part of the Langley Schools open morning in Loddon on Saturday 29 September, sending 30 under 12 youngsters there for a coaching masterclass and some game play.
Harleston Magpies’ relationship continues to grow with Langley Schools sharing facilities, players and coaching staff whether possible.  Langley Schools open morning is now a regular fixture in Magpies youth calendar giving all our youngsters the chance to dust off their hockey sticks and play some competitive yet friendly matches and get some extra coaching in.
Langley head of hockey and Magpies Youth coach Stuart Field said: ‘It was a fantastic start to the season for our under 12s, who all enjoyed a few games in the sunshine against Magpies.  The partnership is going from strength to strength and continues to encourage school children to play club hockey as well as enabling both Langley and Magpies to share facilities, providing specialist coaching opportunities and a base at Langley for the hockey club to do indoor training’.
After an initial round of matches, all closely contested, the young Magpies tried their hand at a goal scoring master class led by the Langley Hockey coaching team.  Magpies Youth Development Officer James Smith was delighted with the success of the event, saying: ‘Every year we have more and more youngsters who want to come and get involved – which is great.  I am hoping this years’ focus on goal scoring for our under 12s will put us right back in the action at our first tournaments which start in October.’
Harleston Magpies youth hockey coaching is well underway now. The hockey club has capacity for more youth players across the age ranges from year 2 upwards.  Get involved by emailing


In response to last weeks defeat at Diss, the Ladies 5s came out fighting when they welcomed Beccles to ‘The Nest’ on Saturday with skipper Jose Tibbenham completing a hat trick before the half time whistle! Vanessa Vigrass, Talitha Key and Ella Spear also found the net before Jose added her fourth to end with a 8-0 win, the young players demonstrating that they are adapting well to the pace and physicality of Ladies hockey.

The Men’s 5s had a fantastic comeback having travelled to Kings Lynn with 10 players for an early start against Pelicans. Finding themselves 4-0 down after 15 minutes it was going to take a supreme effort to turn things around but, having settled down and started to retain possession, Magpies took control. Goals in open play from Joe Wicks and Chris Hall, followed by a penalty flick conversion from Oli Hall took the travelling team into half time only a goal behind. Joe doubled his tally before the legs started to tire and despite chances by both teams, the 4-4 draw seemed a fair result. 

After promising pre-season performances and good attendance at training, Ed Brice, Johnny Taylor, Max Warde-Aldam & Michael Ahrens all made their league debuts for the Mens 3s against a very experienced Ipswich 2s. Ipswich scored the opener against the run of play but a short corner drag flick from Matt Brand made it one a piece. Stoic defensive performances from Dickon Taylor, Seth Read and Jack Caswell-Dodd kept Ipswich from clinching a late winner. 
Alyssa Walker made her Ladies League debut with tireless running against Broadland for Magpies 6s who came out 4-0 victors in a great start to the 18/19 campaign. Felicity Perry and Frankie Wildmun distributed the ball well from midfield to find Laura Woodgate and Rachael Clifford on the forward line whilst Georgia Hood and GB World Cup Gold Medalist Shirley McAllen linked up well on the right. The defensive trio of Jane Collins, Liv Addison-Carter and Marie Davy protected Imogen Flatt in goal, allowing the forwards to do what they do best. 

With both First teams on the road this Saturday, the Ladies 2s (1.30), 4ths (3pm), 5ths (10am), 7ths (11.30) and Girls Development (4.30); and Men’s 2s (3pm), 5ths (11.30) and 6ths (1.30) all have home fixtures, with some teams relishing the rare opportunity for a game on the water based pitch. 


On Saturday, the club hosted ‘Hockey Fest’, a national incentive by England Hockey to open the doors to new and existing players with a focus on the social side of the game. Magpies aimed to highlight the best aspects of hockey – the inclusivity of gender, age and ability.

Starting the day with ‘Minis Madness’, children in school years 2-8 took to the pitch either to pick up a stick for the first time or to take part in mini matches. The boundless energy and enthusiasm showed by the children, coaches and parents alike, set the tone for a fantastic celebration of hockey.

The majority of teams begin their league campaigns next weekend but the Ladies Fifths, which is made up of mostly of youngsters, travelled to Diss for their first competitive game. The 5-1 loss sounds like a one sided affair but the match was even in terms of chances. Going into half time at 1-1, play was end to end but lapses in concentration by Magpies enabled Diss to execute their chances and add 4 goals to their tally. Magpies kept fighting until the end, unable to find the finishing touch but encouraging performances from four new young players, in particular Honey Lamdin in midfield bodes well for the season ahead.

The Norfolk Premier Division also began on Saturday with Magpies Ladies Fourths hosting UEA 2s. Coming off the back of a tough season which saw the Fourths narrowly avoid relegation, a young team took to the field hoping to capitalise on the students lack of preparation. Coming from behind, the hosts went into half time with a 2-1 lead (goals from Alice Evans-Hendrick and Keira Wheeler).

UEA caught Magpies on the break and levelled the score, only to take the lead moments later. Despite numerous attacking short corners Magpies didn’t seize their chances in open play but Ellen Pope claimed a goal back via a confidently taken penalty stroke, ending 5-3 to UEA.

Inter club friendlies provided valuable match practice for many of the remaining Magpies teams. The newly promoted Ladies 2s used their game against the 3s to try out players in different positions and ascertain which aspects need attention before travelling to Canterbury on Saturday. Proving that they hadn’t lost their finishing touch over the summer, two goals each from Anouska Stott and Laura Tibbenham saw the 2s win 4-2 against the 3s who’s young players coped well with the pace and skill of the game.

The Men’s 4s faced an amalgamation of the 5/6s in a tightly fought game which was played in tremendous spirit and resulted in a win for the 4s in preparation for their league opener with Watton (11.30 at home) this weekend with Jack Largent making an impressive debut for the team. The Ladies Sixth and Seventh teams mixed their squads in a friendly game with a 1-1 result and strong performances all over the pitch.

Eager for yet more hockey, the Ladies then travelled to Taverham on Sunday to participate in a 7s tournament against local teams. Following the group stages, a win over Cambridge South set Magpies up for the Plate semi final against arch rivals Watton. In their best performance of the day, a sustained attack was unfortunately not converted and Watton took their chance with a fast counter attack, resulting in the only goal of the game. The Ladies 6s host Broadland at 11.30 on Saturday.

Following a competitive pre season run, the Men’s Firsts welcome Wapping to The Nest this weekend for their first competitive game of the 2018/19 season. Push back is at 1.30pm so hopefully the crowds will gather to offer their usual vocal support and check out Magpies’ new signings. The Ladies Firsts follow the game (3pm) in their last friendly before the National League commences the following week.


Harleston Magpies U14s hockey tournament delivers 

Harleston Magpies hockey club hosted a terrific day of youth hockey on Sunday 9 September with no less than 30 teams and 200 youngsters travelling from all over the region for a fun day of friendly hockey in the sunshine.

Harleston Magpies entered three boys teams and four girls teams, a record number of team entries in this age group. They were joined by teams from Norwich City, Dragons, Felixstowe, IES, Framlingham, Chelmsford, Blue Hornets and Bury hockey clubs. The team played 12 minute matches in a seven a side format, making each match fast and furious. Seven young umpires from Magpies supported the matches, profiling the importance of getting more young people involved in that side of the game. Jude Pottruff, aged 15, has recently qualified as a level 1 umpire and said: ‘This tournament gave us a great opportunity to work on sharpening up our umpiring skills after a break from hockey over the summer. Being an umpire means you understand the rules, and this really helps your hockey game when you play in matches.’

Commenting on a successful day, coach and event organiser Jim Menzies said: ‘We were so impressed with the number of teams entered into our friendly U14s hockey tournament. It just shows how popular the game has become in recent years. The club was packed and we saw some excellent hockey skills on display throughout the day from the youngsters.’

U14 girls cup winners were Norwich City, with runners up Magpies. Dragons under 14s won the U14s boys cup, with Norwich City runners up. In the plate finals, IES won the plate for the girls, with Bury runners up, and Blue Hornets took the boys plate, with Felixstowe runners up. Well done to all the teams playing on the day. 


With league hockey starting next week for some teams, this weekends friendlies provided the chance for players to impress before captains select their squads. The Ladies Sixths and Sevenths joined forces in Taverham where Rachel Clifford continued where she left off last season and opened the scoring at close range. Magpies continued to control the game, showing confidence in attack which transferred to two more goals and a 3-0 defeat of Norwich City.

A youthful new look fifth team took a while to adjust to the pace of Ladies hockey and conceded 4 goals but created some good chances and once settled, scored twice against City. A number of last years Fifth team gelled well with the more experienced players in the Ladies Fourths in their last friendly of pre season. Abi Lewis organised a strong defence and kept a clean sheet whilst Keira Wheeler scored the two goals of the game.

The Ladies Seconds went into half time against City with honours even thanks to a positive approach and winning the majority of 50/50 balls. Bobbi Wiseman opened the scoring from close range following a penalty corner and following good work down the right of the pitch, Anouska Stott sent the ball crashing into the goal from the top of the circle to cement the Magpies win.

The Ladies Firsts travelled to St Albans and started well, dominating the home team with a high press and netting the first goal from a penalty corner courtesy of a Lauren Rowe drag flick. St Albans concerted a penalty corner against the run of play but Lauren added another to put Magpies a goal ahead. Unfortunately the game ended early with captain Lucy Belsey receiving an injury which will put her out of action for the foreseeable future. Everyone at Magpies wishes Lucy a speedy recovery and the team hope to see her back on the pitch as soon as possible.


Founded in 1935, Harleston Magpies is one of the biggest hockey clubs in the Eastern Counties, providing competitive and social hockey for players of all ages and abilities. Throughout the country more than 10,000 new players have picked up a hockey stick since the Great Britain Women won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics and as a club we pride ourselves on having those who haven’t played since school, as well as ex internationals, among our members. 

Last season saw both Men’s and Ladies’ 2nd teams secure promotion and our Girls’ development side, for girls up to the age of thirteen, have another very promising season. Out of 15 teams fielded every weekend only one was relegated and the Men’s 3rds will be aiming for a quick return to the East Division 2N. 

Dropping too many points away from home contributed to both 1st teams finishing fifth in their leagues. The Ladies, sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, will begin their twentieth successive National League East Conference campaign away at Bedford on the 29th September whilst the Men, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, host Wapping on the 22nd September. 

With the restructure of the national leagues from season 2019-20 both 1st teams have an extra incentive to do well in the months ahead. 6th place or better for the Ladies would see them promoted to the new Division 1 South while 4th place or better for the Men in East Premier ‘A’ would see them promoted to the East Conference.

The 2017/18 season demonstrated the strength of the Magpies Youth sides, with both U18 cup sides getting to the Semi Finals and the U12 Girls, U14 Boys and U14 Girls teams making it to the National Finals. The Club also entered teams into the Mixed, Women’s O35s, Men’s O40s and Men’s O50s National Cup competitions with the Women’s O35s narrowly losing the final to Canterbury on penalty shuffles at the Olympic Park in London.

A number of Magpies players were selected to represent their country in recent weeks with Georgie Cantrell (U16), Archie Winter (U18) and Rose Winter (U18) flying the flag for the youth section; and Tristan Baynes (O40s), Kath Johnson (O50s), Phil Cobbald (O55s), Murray Graham (Scotland O55s), Judith Masters (England LX) and Shirley McAllen (O65s) playing at the Masters World Cup in Spain this summer.

In addition to fielding thirteen senior and two development teams each Saturday, and entering squads in National Cup competitions, the Magpies U10 and U12 members will gain valuable experience in a number of tournaments throughout the 2018/19 season to develop the skills and confidence which they will carry into the adult leagues when they turn 13. Options will also be provided for club members to gain coaching and umpiring qualifications and become better acquainted with other players via the packed social events diary. 


Whatever your age and experience you will be made very welcome at Magpies Hockey Club. Weekly training sessions with qualified coaches are available to all players aged 8 and over, details of which can be found at Alternatively, see the fixture list below or keep an eye on Magpies’ social media and come down to The Nest at Weybread to witness a high calibre, fast tempo sport just a mile from Harleston Town Centre


England may have fallen short in their pursuit of glory at the recent Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup, but the numbers of people playing the sport continues to grow.

Seth Read, Julie Davy, Helen Richardson-Walsh (3567424)
Seth Read, Julie Davy, Helen Richardson-Walsh (3567424)

Ever since England Women captured Olympic gold two years ago, more than 10,000 new players have picked up a stick.

The seemingly bright future was a theme developed by England Hockey over the course of the London-hosted competition, culminating in hockey clubs nominating inspirational young leaders to join the governing body at the World Cup for a day of discussion around the future of the sport and to seek ideas on how to move things further forward in a positive way.

And Harleston Magpies had two of their members involved in the day, namely Seth Read and Julie Davy.

Both had been nominated by the club for their voluntary contributions to the sport through training younger players.

Alongside their own training commitments and studies, the duo assist on a weekly basis with coaching of the Magpies’ Under-10 age groups and are developing their coaching qualifications through the England Hockey system.

They were part of a 90-strong group of young leaders who were treated to a question and answer session with Rio Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh, who is also a Team GB and Hockey Futures initiative ambassador.

She inspired all with a description of her Olympic experiences and explained her current involvement developing the sport for young people, particularly those with disability.

The experience was wrapped up with an evening of hockey, watching the first of the World Cup knock-out rounds as Spain beat Belgium on a penalty shoot-out and Argentina demonstrated the strength of South American hockey with a 2-0 win over New Zealand to reach the quarter-finals.

Reflecting on the event, Read said: “I really enjoyed the day and found it very helpful in terms of what I can do to develop as a coach.

“It was nice to contribute towards a national hockey development plan as well as meeting two England international players as well as several important English hockey officials.”



Whilst the Lee Valley Hockey Centre in London hosted a fantastic Women’s World Cup this Summer, the Masters teams were in action at the Masters World Cup in Terrassa, Spain.

Magpies were represented by Tristan Baynes (England O40s), Kath Johnson (England O50s), Phil Cobbald (England O55s) and Murray Graham (Scotland O55s), whilst Judith Masters and Shirley McAllen played in the Grand Masters World Cup, making the England LX and O65s squads respectively.

Tristan, who played a key role in securing promotion with Magpies Men’s 2s last season, came second with the O40s in the group stages behind Spain on goal difference (with whom they drew 2-2 in their pool match). However in the final they played out a 3-2 thriller which England edged, bagging the gold medal.

Following wins over Wales and Italy, and a draw against Germany, the England Ladies O50s team topped their group and beat Wales 3-0 in the quarter final. A 2-1 defeat by Australia in the closely contested semi final saw Kath and her team face Scotland in the play off for third place. Trailing 1-0 with 6 minutes to go England scored twice to secure the win and another bronze medal to add to the one Kath won at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Three of Kath’s teammates from the ‘92 Great Britain squad also played in the match, with Ali Ramsey and Lisa Prince representing Scotland, and Wendy Justice captaining England.

Phil’s O55s team topped their group, beating Wales, France and New Zealand and drawing with Australia. After a convincing 7-0 win against USA in the quarter final the winning streak continued with a 3-0 defeat over the Netherlands (where Phil scored his third goal of the World Cup). The gold medal was secured for England by coming out 3-0 winners against Germany.

Despite the Scotland O55s finishing 9th out of 15, Murray didn’t concede many goals and relished the camaraderie and intense standard of hockey. There were over 3000 hockey players gathered in Terrassa with countries such as Zimbabwe and Oman represented. Making the Scotland squad is a fantastic achievement for Murray who only started playing hockey thirteen years ago and has now been to two world cups!

Judith narrowly missed out on selection for the O60s squad (having played with them for the previous 3 years) but did make it into the LX team who faced all the same teams as the O60s as well as the O65s teams. Alongside winning the trophy competition, Judith’s highlight was beating Argentina O60s 2-1 in a hard fought match which was played during the hottest part of the day (32 degrees!)

In her first season as an England International Shirley faced a gruelling schedule of matches but the O65s, as a newly formed age group, did themselves proud by winning 6 out of 6 games with Shirley contributing a goal against Alliance O60s. Judith and Shirley then had the honour of playing in an exhibition game at the Olympic Park in London before the England team took to the pitch. The match was billed as a showcase of Masters Hockey in the hope that it inspires more people to play into their fifties and sixties.

As a club, Magpies prides itself on providing hockey for all ages and abilities and to have so many players representing their country this summer, from ages Under 14 to Over 65, is a real reflection of the level of talent and commitment from these members.

If their stories have inspired you to pick up a stick you will be made very welcome at Magpies, please visit for more information about the club or email our mens or ladies club captains directly for hockey playing and training opportunities at or 

Youth Awards 2018

Harleston Magpies celebrate their best season yet at annual youth awards!

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Youth Section has had an exceptional year.  Every age group from U10s to U18s, boys and girls, have something to be proud of. Many squads have achieved the highest level possible with national final appearances including the U12 girls, U14 boys and girls and semi-final finishes for both the boys and girls U18s.

On Friday 19 May at Magpies clubhouse, it was all about celebrating this success and recognising the hard work of every player, all team officials, the army of volunteer coaches and assistants and of course the fleet of mum and dad taxi’s!

Over 120 children played games throughout the early evening and then crowded into the clubhouse to see the lucky recipients of the highly prized annual awards, presented by stars of Magpies 1st teams and former junior members, Rose Winter and Jack Hobbs.

The Magpies junior section was also delighted to welcome Andrew Longe, Honorary Life member of Harleston Magpies to present the Longe Trophy for outstanding Youth Coaching services.  Since 1994 Andrew has wanted to shine a light on unsung heros in the youth section, those coaches who tirelessly strive to deliver high calibre coaching, giving up evening after evening year after year and this year the entire room agreed that Chris Flatt was a more than worthy winner of the award for his work with Magpies junior goal keepers (pictured Chris Flatt and Andrew Longe).

Club Youth Chairman David Johnson was thrilled at the turnout for the evening, saying: ‘Our awards evening is always a terrific night made even better this year with a glorious summers evening.  It was really good to see youngsters from across the age groups mixed up and playing some hockey whilst parents mingled and supported from the side lines before everyone came into the clubhouse for the awards presentation.  Well done to all the winners on the night but equally important well done to all who have been part of Magpies youth system. It really has been an exceptional season which everyone can take some credit for.”

[For pictures of the  prize winners see below]

David Johnson continued: ‘This year’s event was even more special because before the evenings’ entertainment, Magpies hosted a quick sticks hockey coaching and mini tournament afternoon for three local primary schools. This introduced hockey and Magpies to over 70 year three and four pupils from Pulham, Dickleburgh and Newton Flotman primary schools.  We hope many will come back and take part in the clubs summer hockey taster sessions in June’.

For more information email  Our thanks go out to Lauren Goodswen the Sports Coordinator for the Harleston and Diss Primary school pyramid to enable this to happen.

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


Development Most Improved Boy
Development Most Improved Boy
Development Most Improved Girl
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Development Player of Season Boy
Development Player of Season Boy
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Development Player of Season Girl
Development Special Award Girl
Development Special Award Girl
U9 Most Improved Boy
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U9 Player of Season Girl
U10 Girl special award
U10 Girl special award
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U10 Most Improved Boy
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U10 Most Improved Girl
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U10 Player of Season Boy
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U11 Most Improved Boy
U11 Most Improved Boy
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U11 Most Improved Girl
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U11 Player of Season Boy
U11 Players of the Season Girls
U11 Players of the Season Girls
U12 Most Improved Boy
U12 Most Improved Boy
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U12 Most Improved Player Girl
U12 Player of Season Boy
U12 Player of Season Boy
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U13 Most Improved Girl
U13 Most Improved Girl
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U13 Player of Season Boy
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U14 Most Improved Boy
U14 Most Improved Boy
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U15 Player of Season Boy
U15 Player of Season Boy
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Youth Coach of the Season
Youth Coach of the Season


Harleston Magpies Hockey Club hosted the East Hockey In2Hockey Club Championships this weekend 28 and 29 April, and witnessed a display of brilliant hockey, resulting in one Magpies youth team carrying off the title of ‘Regional Champions’, and the U12 girls finishing runners up and bound for the England Hockey national finals in May at Nottingham.

Teams travelled to Harleston from across the East including Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge City, Chelmsford, Sevenoaks and Saffron Walden, plus Norwich City and Norwich Dragons amongst several others. 

The Harleston Magpies U10 girls played very well throughout on Saturday 28 April, finally beating Chelmsford 2-0 on penalty strokes in the final after a 0-0 draw in normal time, and winning the title of Regional U10 girls Champions. 

On paper they had a difficult section with Canterbury, Sevenoaks, Blue Hornets, Hertford, Sudbury and Magpies, with only the top team going through to the final.

Magpies reached the final with a series of five impressive wins. The success of this team is based on a very strong defence, a commanding centre midfield , and strong goal scoring up front. 

In the final, Magpies completely dominated the match but on this occasion they just could not finish off the chances they created and the game finished 0-0. So the final was decided on penalty flicks and fortunately Magpies had learnt their lesson from the Norfolk Championship and won by two penalty flicks to nil. Coach Nick McAllen said: ‘This was nothing less than the U10 Magpies girls deserved as they were clearly the best team there. They played consistently throughout Saturday afternoon, and they thoroughly deserved to be crowned East hockey champions.’

The u12 girls played their regional campaign in high spirits, against Saffron Walden first with a tough 2-all draw. Next up were an amazingly strong unit from Sevenoaks. Magpies nearly caught them napping in the first few seconds but from then on the girls had to work really hard to hold them at bay with the final score a 3 – 0 loss. So with two matches played and only a draw against our name, the Magpies team had to win every game to make it to the semis. Fortunately this was the case with wins against St Albans,  Blue Hornets, Bury and then Cambridge in the semi-final. 

The girls were thrilled to make it to the final after a tough journey. This meant that the team had already qualified for the Nationals in May in Nottingham. Playing Sevenoaks again to decide who would be East champions was a challenge. U12 girls coach Kathy Gardens said: ‘We knew if we could keep it tight at the start and spoil Sevenoaks’ wonderful attacking play we might be in with a shout but sadly they were very much in form and passed the ball around beautifully. We lost but disappointment was short lived however as the girls were soon celebrating their achievement in reaching the National Finals in just two weeks’ time’. 

Club Youth Chairman David Johnson said: ‘This is an excellent set of results from our teams, with the U10 boys also finishing seventh. Despite the cold wet weather, all the players had fun. My sincere thanks to everybody who helped make the tournament happen, both on and off the pitch. The good news is that for some, the season is still not yet over with our U12 girls, and U14 girls and boys playing in national finals over the weekend of 12 and 13 May. They are all a credit to the club.’



Magpies Unbeatable U10’s

Mini Hockey return to Norfolk this Sunday at Watton and it was a day to remember for Magpies U10s teams.  After 14 matches of hockey none of Magpies three U10s teams had been beaten – the two boys teams not even conceding a single goal between them.

The morning started brightly with the U10 girls team leading the way and demonstrating how hard they have worked at coaching over the winter months.  They defended deeply and attacking quickly but most importantly looking competitive in all their matches.  A little more composure in front of goal and they could have converted their possession into more wins and challenged for medals.  Their best result, a 3 -1 win over Dragons C but as the headline suggests no one could find a way to beat this young developing team..

Then came the turn of Magpies two U10 boys teams, with a number of tactical changes to test and challenge our youngsters both teams started cautiously and needed their goal keepers to be on top form until they settled into their positions and teams.  Both Magpies young keepers responding well to the challenge with neither conceding a goal all afternoon.

A little more work may be required on the training field in front of goal with only the one goal to show for all their efforts but both teams can take great pride in their defensive performances and I am sure in the future will turn possession and chances into goals.

Magpies U12s also got a long awaited run out with both the boys and girls each fielding two teams in their respective tournaments.  Magpies U12 girls silver team continued the unbeatable theme, 5 matches played, no goals conceded and one win a hard earned joint 3rd place finish.  Magpies U12 girls gold team went one better with a runners up spot.  Two fine display of attacking hockey securing wins against the hosts, Watton and Norwich City – so often Magpies nemesis. This set up a title decider with Dereham who on this occasion were just too strong.

Magpies U12 boys had a more challenging afternoon, rusty from a lack of matches and missing a number of influential players the boys played some great hockey but all too often found teams just that little bit sharper or clinical in front of goal.

“It was great to finally get our teams back on a hockey pitch and play some competitive matches” commented James Smith, Magpies Boys Youth Development Officer “Watton hosted a great tournament just the right amount of hockey for all and the chance for our lead coaches to spend time with all our teams.  The improvement shown by a number of our players through their dedication at coaching was inspiring but this really was a day to remember for goal keeping.  Great saves, good concentration levels and man of the match performances all round.” 

Norfolk’s mini hockey season completes at the Alex Hill festival at Dereham on Sunday 29th April.  However for those interested to give Hockey a try Harleston Magpies will be running a summer taster course throughout June – email for more detail.


U14s Magpies Girls and Boys through to England Hockey National Finals in style!

Harleston Magpies hockey club are celebrating a super Sunday of hockey which saw both the U14 girls and U14 boys team quality for the England Hockey U14s national finals in May.

After two tough matches for the boys, who hosted the regional finals at home in Weybread, and three challenging matches for the girls away in Ipswich, the two young teams can now look forward to the national finals at Lee Valley London on 12 and 13 May.

Mark Emms, team manager for the u14 boys said; ‘Our boys played some really strong hockey today and they thoroughly deserve their chance to represent Magpies in the last eight at the national finals. It’s fantastic to see the club getting both of its U14’s teams through to this stage of the competition.”
U14s manager John Pope said: ‘It’s been seven years of hard graft for this Magpies U14 girls’ team. We are absolutely delighted that today they deservedly qualified for the national hockey finals. The girls’ performance was marked not least for the hard graft across the whole team, starting line-up and subs alike. Defence and midfield fought like Trojans to give our attack the platform to succeed. All our team were stars on the day. I want to play tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to get this result, but most particularly to our friend, mentor and sorely missed Magpies senior coach, David Brook, who recently lost his two year battle with cancer. David coached most of these girls from aged seven, and he would have been immensely proud of their achievements today.’
Magpies Boys hosted the East Pool B Area regional finals on Sunday 25 March at Weybread. Due to the late withdrawal of Braintree, Magpies were reduced to two games only to be played against Old Merchant Taylors (OMT) hockey club and Amersham and Chalfont (A&C) hockey club.
Magpies played the better hockey in the first game against OMT and led 1-0 at half time from an Ollie Currie tap in. Magpies gave OMT a couple of chances in the second half, but held on to win their first game, a slightly nervy 1-0.
Knowing a win or a draw would qualify them for the national finals Magpies saved their best hockey for the final game against A&C. Magpies took the lead when they finally decided to transfer the ball round the back of the defence, much to the relief of their management team. This released Ben Waters to move down the baseline to cross for Taylor to finish from close range. Against the run of play, A&C then showed great character to score an equaliser. Magpies quickly responded, moving the ball from the push back and winning a short corner. Captain Brice varied the play to dribble in past the four defenders and gave Ollie Currie to get the final touch on the line to make it 2-1 to Magpies. The second half saw A&C pushing for an equaliser, but this left gaps in the midfield which allowed Bardwell to find Currie, who’s threaded through ball launched a rampaging Waters down the right, who then crossed from wide out on the baseline to find Taylor on hand around the p-spot to make it 3-1 Magpies. With A&C tiring, Taylor was released for a breakaway solo effort making the final score 4-1. The whole team played with great effort, in the right spirit and really deserve their chance to progress to the National Finals on 12th May, with pool games at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club and finals at Lee Valley in London.
The girls played away in Ipswich, with three games against Ipswich and East Suffolk (IES), Cambridge City and Amersham and Chalfont. The first game against IES saw Magpies attack from the outset, with a fast pace from both sides, but Magpies had the upper hand throughout and won 4 nil.
The next match was against A&C, who looked to be tougher opponents. Magpies started where they left off with IES and after an end-end skirmish, Georgie found herself clear in midfield to dribble through the third quarter finding Keira in the D who, snuck the ball past the keeper. Amersham continued to put up fierce resistance with pressure of their own. Minutes later, Honey found herself clear in the D after Georgie had yet again pierced the opposition’s armour, and calmly slotted in the second goal. The second half was marked by, one minute in, a classic Georgie reverse that surprised the A&C defence before they were back into their stride and that settled the second match, three nil.
The Magpies girls entered the final match against Cambridge City knowing a draw was sufficient to qualify for the finals, but seeking a win. It was our toughest game by far. Magpies shaved the first half and it was and end-end battle throughout but ended nil nil after a tense final few minutes. With a tournament clean team sheet for goalkeeper Grace and the defensive team, Magpies deservedly took the top slot.
Pictured: Magpies’ U14s girls and boys youth teams who have qualified for the England Hockey national U14s finals in May, plus an action shot of the girls playing Ends…

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


One final footnote: this is the final of many teams, several of whom have received national honours, that our friend, mentor and sorely missed senior coach, David Brook, who recently lost his 2-year battle with cancer, saw through to their teens. He was not a believer in the afterlife but there was a definite sense he was with us today and would have been very proud.

Team: Abi, Amelia, Amy, Ellen, Emma, Georgie, Grace, Holly, Honey, Jessica M, Jessica T, Keira, Ruby, Sophie, Talitha, Victoria
Bench: Jim Menzies (Coach), John Pope (Team Manager), Rob Slade (Patching up)


Magpies star at the Norfolk County In2Hockey Championships

Harleston Magpies took on the best from Norfolk County U12 and U10 In2Hockey County tournament this Sunday coming away with one title and two runners up spots. All teams will now progress to the East Finals in April.

Magpies’ best chance of success remains in the girls competitions where our strength in depth has led to a history of strong performances and County titles and this year’s crop of U2s and U10 girls did not disappoint.
Taking to the pitch early on Sunday morning whilst air temperatures were still below freezing both teams got off to a good start with goals and wins with both teams remaining unbeaten throughout the morning. The U12s eventually being crowned County Champions the U10s just missing out on goal difference, resulting in being this years’ runners up. Both teams will now represent Harleston Magpies and indeed Norfolk at the East Finals at the end of April.

The afternoon saw Magpies boys teams take to the pitch, with improved performances at recent mini tournaments expectations had been raised and the boys did not disappoint. The quality of hockey displayed was as good as had been seen from Magpies boys teams for many a year. Magpies U10s just succumbed to eventual winners Norwich City but made sure of positive results in their final two matches to be County runners up and go on to the East Finals. The u12s finished joint third a very credible result when the day started badly with the team’s goal keeper calling off sick and no natural replacement being available.
David Johnson, Harleston Magpies Youth Committee Chairmen commented that he was delighted to see yet more success for our youngsters and their coaching teams, saying: ‘Every year it gets harder and harder to reach the East finals as youth hockey gets stronger and stronger with increasing depth across the Count. Our girl’s continual success at the County tournament is something the club should and is immensely proud of, with the boys rapidly catching up”.
It is never too late to join the hockey family. Coaching is winding up for this year however Harleston Magpies will be running a summer taster course during June for anyone in School Years 1 and above. Email for more details.

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.

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