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MAGPIER U12 IN2 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT 11TH NOVEMBER 2018

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 

Panthers

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@,magpies-hockey.co.uk

For more information on Youth Hockey at Magpies and how your son or daughter can get involved visit Magpies website www.magpies-hockey.co.uk and the Magpies Youth tab.

MAGPIES YOUTH TEAMS REPORT EH CHAMPIONSHIPS 4TH NOVEMBER 2018

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. 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE U10 AND U12 BOYS AND GIRLS REPORT 7TH OCTOBER 2018

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 youthenquiries@magpies-hockey.co.uk for more information. 

Photos on Facebook

For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on bex.pottruff@yahoo.com or 07500 945247 

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NEWS FROM THE NEST 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018

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 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018

 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 youthenquiries@magpies-hockey.co.uk.

NEWS FROM THE NEST 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018

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. 

HOCKEY FEST 15TH SEPTEMBER 2018

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.

U14 TOURNAMENT SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2018

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. 

MAGPIES PRE SEASON SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2018

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.

COMMUNITY NEWS PRESS RELEASE 26TH AUGUST 2018

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 www.magpies-hockey.co.uk. 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

MAGPIES DUO GET WORLD CUP EXPERIENCE 19TH AUGUST 2018

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.”

 

MASTERS World Cup IN TERRASSA, SPAIN 14TH AUGUST 2018

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 www.magpies-hockey.co.uk for more information about the club or email our mens or ladies club captains directly for hockey playing and training opportunities at ladiesclubcaptain@magpies-hockey.co.uk or mensclubcaptain@magpies-hockey.co.uk 

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 hockeycamps@magpies-hockey.co.uk.  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 www.magpies-hockey.co.uk

 

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U12 Most Improved Boy
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U12 Most Improved Player Girl
U12 Most Improved Player Girl
U12 Player of Season Boy
U12 Player of Season Boy
U12 Players of the Season Girls
U13 Most Improved Girl
U13 Most Improved Girl
U13 Player of Season Boy
U13 Player of Season Boy
U13 Player of Season Girl
U13 Player of Season Girl
U14 Most Improved Boy
U14 Most Improved Boy
U14 Most Improved Girl
U14 Most Improved Girl
U14 Player of Season Boy
U14 Player of Season Boy
U14 Player of Season Girl
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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

MAGPIES GIRLS ON FLYING FORM AT THE EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.’

 

WATTON MINIS REPORT 15TH APRIL 2018

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 hockeycamps@magpies-hockey.co.uk for more detail.

U14 BOYS AND GIRLS REGIONAL FINALS REPORT 25TH MARCH 2018

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 bex.pottruff@yahoo.com 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 U10 & U12 MINIS REPORT 25TH FEBRUARY 2018

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 hockeycamps@magpies-hockey.co.uk for more details.

For more information on Youth Hockey at Magpies and how your son or daughter can get involved visit Magpies website www.magpies-hockey.co.uk and the Magpies Youth tab.

For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on bex.pottruff@yahoo.com or 07500 945247

 

HARLESTON MAGPIES U18’s REACH NATIONAL QUARTER FINALS

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 bex.pottruff@yahoo.com or 07500 945247

U18 & U16 at NATIONAL INDOOR FINALS

Harleston Magpies narrowly miss out at indoor finals

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club is celebrating the tremendous achievement of getting two girls’ team to the national indoor hockey finals in 2018. This rural Club was delighted to be represented in both age groups at this level, with the U18 girls narrowly missing out a semi-final place on goal difference.
The weekend of January 21 and 22 saw two Magpies girls team setting off in opposite directions for the England Hockey 2018 national indoor finals. Magpies U18 girls travelled to Whitgift School, Croydon and the U16s girls team travelled to Wolverhampton in the Midlands.
Magpies U18 girls’ opening match in pool A was against Team Bath Buccaneers. Unfortunately Magpies didn’t get off to the start that they had hoped. Bath won the opening game 4-2, Magpies goals were scored by Lauren Rowe and Lottie Summers.  With a two hour gap until their next match coach Rob Sorrell had time to reflect on the opening match and prepare for the second against East Grinstead.   This match gave Magpies their opening point of the finals. A 2-2 draw with a goal from Anna Tighe and an equaliser in the dying seconds from Lauren Rowe.
The team went back to the hotel for the night knowing that they had to return and win the remaining two pool matches to give us a chance of progressing to the semi final.  First up were Beeston, From previous matches with Beeston we knew this was going to be a hard fought game. Goals from Abby Gooderham and Lottie Summmers meant we won the match 2-1 and had the perfect start to day two.
Before going into the final pool match against York the team knew they had to win the match and hope that Bath would beat Beeston in the other match in the pool for them to progress to the semi final.  Magpies won the match 4-1 with goals from Abby Gooderham, Tor Findlay and two from Martha Lawrence. Magpies had done their bit, but Bath failed to beat Beeston and Magpies sadly just missed out on a place in the semi finals on goal difference.
U18s Team Manager Andrew Woollatt said: ‘It was a heart breaking way to miss out on a place in the semi final for the players but the girls can really take pride in how as a team they grew stronger after each match and the girls played some really excellent hockey.’

The U16s girls had a tougher time of it in Wolverhampton, but were still thrilled to have made it there. The list to Marlow 2-4  and Stourport  2-4 but picked up a draw against Clifton Robinsons 1-1 and finally a win against Wakefield 5-1.
Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Chairman Richard Stacey was absolutely delighted when he heard that goth the U18s and the U16s had qualified for the national indoor finals, saying: ‘Indoor hockey is a fast and furious game, and our youngsters get a real thrill from playing it. At Harleston Magpies hockey club, we work hard on extra indoor training sessions alongside our regular outdoor training, and at weekend this extra commitment has really paid of. We are all very proud of our two girls team for making it to the national finals, and putting on such a terrific performance. It’s very inspirational for all our youth teams.’
U18s Squad 
Charlotte Seaman (Captain), Alice Gooch (Gk), Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Lottie Summers, Alice Woollatt, Anna Tighe, Martha Lawrence, Sophie Child, Tor Findlay.
Coach – Rob Sorrell, Manager – Andrew Woollatt

NATIONAL YOUTH INDOOR HOCKEY FINALS 20TH/21ST JANUARY

Junior Super 6’s U18 & U16 Girls

U16 GIRLS

This weekend the u16 girls travel to Aderlsey, Wolverhampton for the National Super 6s Club Championships. Buoyed by our performance before Christmas at the Regionals we go into the competition full of optimism, under no illusion however of the task in front of us. The competition is divided into two pools of 5 teams which represent the five hockey regions of the country. Magpies are in pool B and play Marlow from Buckinghamshire
In the 1st game on Saturday afternoon. This is quickly followed by a match against Clifton who are from Gloucestershire. Sunday brings a further two matches first up are Stourport from Worcestershire and finally Wakefield representing Yorkshire. If we finish in the top two of the group we progress to the finals later that day.
All the girls are really excited and looking forward to a weekend of new challenges. Whether success comes their way or not they will have experienced and been part of something that they can all be proud of.

Squad: Beth Farrow (GK) capt, Georgie Cantrell, Phoebe Eglington, Georgie Gardens, Amelia Hershal Shorland, Mimi Salsby, Molly Warnes, Emma Williamson. Head Coach Nick McAllen, Team Manager James Cantrell

U18 GIRLS

U18 girls indoor National final at Whitgift school, Croydon on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st Jan.

This coming weekend we travel to Whitgift School, Croydon for the U18 indoor hockey National final.
We are going there as East champions, having won the East region final. Our opening game will be played against the runners up from the West ( Team Bath Buccaneers ) followed by the South champions ( East Grinstead ). On the Sunday we are playing the runners up from the Midlands ( Beeston ) and the final pool match is against the North runners up ( York ). The top 2 from each pool then play a Semi final then a final.

Charlotte Seaman ( Captain ), Alice Gooch (GK), Lottie Summers, Alice Woollatt, Abby Gooderham, Lauren Rowe, Martha Lawrence, Tor Findlay, Sophie Child, Olivia Locke, Anna Tighe, Aoife Lowe Davies.