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Ladies 5s – MATCH REPORT

Thetford 8-0 Magpies 5s

Magpies ladies 5ths travelled to Thetford with a strong team and a good match from last week behind them. Sadly the team did not wake up at the starting whistle and a goal against them was scored within the first minute. Shocked, the ladies then started to play the hockey they are capable of passing the ball and using the wing.

Thetford had a very fast side with the right wing player out running Ginny Crawford and Emma Lacey on several occasions. ‘Pies made a few breaks with the speed of Lisa Kent and Kay Dennis but could not find a finish. Rachel Clifford nearly made the scoreboard with a lovely cross from Becky Ford but it just slipped past the post.

Thetford’s second goal also came in the first half. At half time Georgie Bore gave some encouraging words and we went out to try to recover the game.

Sadly this did not happen! In fact quite the opposite. A flurry of goals were scored against ‘Pies and then poor Peg Bridges after making some monumental saves fell to the ground and twisted her knee. The decision was made to continue for the last 10 mins without a goalie.

Emma Lacey dropped back into defence and Georgie Bore became the ‘backstop’ as Graham Hughes puts it. Then more injury occurred when Georgie stopped dead a long corner ball with the bridge of her foot, so she too went off hobbling. Three goals were score against us in the last 10 minutes with the final score line 8-0.

Emma Lacey had to alert the Thetford captain that not as many players would be going back for teas as pre-arranged as a fair few were off to A and E.

The few players who could stay voted Peg as Player of the match as she made some really good saves.

Next week we are away at Pelicans.


Pelicans 2s 2-2 Magpies Mens 4s

Magpies Mens 4th XI suffered a rare case of player shortages this weekend and with 6 changes and an away form that to date is less than convincing this was always going to prove a difficult match.

However Magpies managed to get into a 2 – 0 lead with goals either side of half time and looked good for their first away win of the season. Duncan Stevens scored Magpies first, recalled to action late in the week and Dan Legg added a superb second beating the keeper with a rising shot from the top of the D. Craig Snelling deserved to make it three but was denied by an outstanding save by the Pelicans goal keeper.

However Pelicans fought back and two rare slips in defence gave Pelicans scoring opportunities which and they took and with Pelicans finishing strongly Magpies held on for the draw.

Under 11 Girls Magpies Tournament

Magpies as hosts entered two under 11 teams in their own tournament.

Magpies A started very well winning their first two games against Watton 4-0 (Georgia Scott 2, Saffron 1, Kira 1) and a Norwich/Dereham mixed team 3-0 (Saffron 2, Georgia Scott 1).
However Magpies could not sustain their impressive start and a goal less draw against Dereham, a 1-0 defeat against Norwich (eventual winners) and although they managed to beat our own B team 1-0 (Emma 1) Magpies finally finished a very creditable 3rd place.

Team :- Madeleine Eglington GK, Saffron Wilford, Kira Wooltorton, Emma Owen, Geogia Scott, Georgia Pearson, Catherine Kilbourn, Kara Kilbourn.

Magpies B had many girls playing in their first tournament and performed very well. Although losing to Norwich 1-0, Dereham 3-0 and Magpies A 1-0, two very hard fought 0-0 draws against Watton and a mixed Norwich/Dereham enabled the girls to finish in 5th place.

Special mention must go to Ruth Denham who took on the goal keeping task at the last minute and made many crucial saves.

Team:- Ruth Denham GK, Olivia Gooderham, Harriet Catchpole, Jessica Young, Laura Davidson, Alice Milne, Harriet Underdown, Sophie Meynell-Anderson, Sophie Long, Emily McCluskey.

U13 Girls Harleston Magpies Minis – WINNERS


Harleston Magpies U13 Girls A team won the Harleston Tournament with 6 wins and two draws.

With four new players making their debut this season it took a while for the team to gel and they were a little fortunate to record a draw against Watton in their opening game.

Gradually the team steadily improved and in the end won the Tournament with points to spare.

U13 Girls A team – 1st

Watton drew 1-1 Sarah Brook
Dereham won 3-0 Beth Absolon, Keira Booty, Lizzie Jones
O Buckenham won 2-0 Beth Absolon, Lizzie Jones
Pelicans A drew 0-0
Norwich B won 3-0 Lauren Reeve, Sarah Brook 2
Magpies B won 2-0 Sarah Brook, Beth Absolon
Norwich A won 1-0 Keira Booty
Pelicans B won 1-0 Beth Absolon

Team: Beth Absolon, Alice Wilson, Tania Pendreich, Sarah Brook, Micayla Tootill, Lauren Reeve, Keira Booty and Elizabeth Jones.

Magpies also entered an U13 Girls B team in the Tournament and they finished 7th.

They would probably have done much better but two girls who had been struggling with illness all week went home early.

U13 Girls B team – 7th

O Buckenham won 4-0 Paris Wood 3, Hannah Gormley
Pelicans A lost 0-1
Norwich B drew 0-0
Norwich A lost 1-3 Katherine Ridley
Magpies A lost 0-2
Pelicans B drew 0-0
Dereham drew 0-0
Watton drew 2-2 Katherine Ridley 2

Katherine Ridley, Sophie Podd, Hannah Gormley, Holly Baker, Paris Wood, Rosie Cole, Lucy Crawford, Lucy Pring and Henrietta McDaniel.

Ladies 6s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Ladies 6s 2-2 UEA 3s

Magpies had the first push back, after even play a fantastic side line hit by Liz Cole in her own half sped past all of the circling UEA players, a practised slip in by Rachael Clifford left magpies 1-0 up. At pace UEA soon brought the ball down the middle, with quick passing and sneaky movements, magpies defence and midfield worked tirelessly but to no avail and UEA brought the score to 1-1.

Magpies fought UEA off several times and the midfield and forwards made quick runs up the sidelines using one touch passes and occasionally had to make a quick turn around, ready to defend again, which they always did. Unfortunately a foot in the magpies ‘D’ gave away a short corner, UEA struck the ball with confidence entering the goal, but hitting a UEA foot on the way through, after an initial celebration it was given as a foul.

UEA, who weren’t happy with this decision, came back strongly and then achieved their second goal to make it 2-1. After strong play from both teams, on one attack from Magpies we achieved a short corner. We made most of this opportunity and it was beautifully tapped it in.

Well done to everyone as this match was a tough one!

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Ladies Colts B 11-0 Lowestoft Railway 2s

Lowestoft arrived with 10 players. In the first half the first few minutes brought Shirley McAllen and Rhian Earrye goals and although Lowestoft fought back they were unable to score.

Magpies continued to dominate and scored another SEVEN goals to finish the first half 9-0. In the second half with Magpies having 12 players all the girls had 5 minutes off and played in different positions.

Lowestoft kept their heads up and continued to fight back but conceded two furthers goals the game finishing 11-0.

Goal scorers were Rhian Earrye 4, Tania Pendreich 2, Anna lacey 2, Shirley McAllen 1 and Lauren Reeve 2.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 14 November 2007

Going up (or down) in the world!

I’m delighted to say that the much promised stairlift has been installed on the side staircase of the clubhouse. Although I do not anticipate it being required too often I’m sure it will prove to be another useful addition to the Club’s facilities following the installation of the disabled toilet which I stress is for the use of everyone.

Needless to say the stairlift is not a plaything but to get the best use out of it this new facility must be readily available and I will ensure sufficient members are instructed in its use.

With the installation of the stairlift we have now completed the upgrade of the Club’s facilities as planned for now (and which have also included new floodlights and balcony) except for the building of the missing two sides of the ‘empties’ store alongside the disabled toilet. As we are getting these free of charge I’m not pressing for the job to be done immediately!

As for any further upgrade of our facilities (such has new changing rooms) we must wait for a) our depleted funds to build up again and b) progress made with the repayment of our outstanding interest-free loans totalling £94,000. It will also be necessary to hand on the baton to a new group of officers and members from those who have been intimately involved with all the fund raising and developments at the club over recent years.

Have you paid your subscription yet please?
A disappointing number of members have still to settle up for the current season. I’m sorry to say that some are serial defaulters. If we applied the rules very strictly all defaulters would by now have been banned from playing until they had paid. I do not want this to happen but unless payment is received in the next ten days this might well be the consequence. All defaulters are being reminded by team captains this coming weekend after which a ‘Name and Shame’ list will be displayed in the clubhouse.

If payment would cause financial difficulties please discuss with your team captain or respective Club Captain (i.e. Julie Podd or Phil Cobbald).

The Club’s fund raising and social committee invites you to the following event:

TICKETS £3 (including food) available from the bar
Dress: Smart Casual

With kind regards and best wishes to all members, supporters and friends of the Club.

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
14 November 2007

PS. Congratulations to the Men’s 1sts on their superb win at St Albans last Saturday and to the Ladies’ 6ths on going top of Division 3 of the Martin & Acock Norfolk League.


17th November 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, play Doncaster at home on Saturday at 12.30 in their English League Division I match. Although Magpies are struggling for points this season this young team showed for 50 minutes of the game against a useful Reading team last week that they are capable of competing at this level, but they now need to produce it for the full 70minutes.

Coach Colin Wheelhouse certainly felt it was a very positive performance. Magpies have already played Doncaster earlier in the season losing 4-1 so it will be interesting to measure the progress the team has made. Doncaster are currently one place and four points ahead of Magpies.

Former Magpies player Ali Bicker will be appearing for Doncaster but we understand that Lou Waite a former Magpies captain is out injured.

Squad: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Ellie Blake, Helen Brook, Amy Tuffs, Lucy Miller, Debbie McAllen, Sarah Cave, Artemis Clark, Jess Hull, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn, Laura Parker and Angie Wheelhouse

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, went to the top of East Premier league following a convincing away victory against St Albans last weekend. A confident squad of fourteen made the trip, Neil Toulson sustained an injury after ten minutes and will not be fit for the visit of Havering. This was the best all round team performance for a long time and showed the overall strength of the squad.

Magpies have to be at their best for the visit of middle placed Havering who last weekend lost at home to the improving Dereham by the odd goal in three. Havering will pose a diferent threat to St Albans, they will try to stop Magpies playing their fast open hockey and Magpies will certainly know they have been in a game.

Magpies retain the same squad of thirteen.

Robert Stimpson Magpies Manager commented “I was very pleased with the performance of all the squad at St Albans. Our preparation and attitude was spot on and with our dominance for three quarters of the game we should have won by a greater margin. We showed great character to win the game following St Albans equaliser. Each game is a cup tie now and we need to keep our winning record up against all sides some of which will be happy with a point.”

Magpies Youth Fixture News and Updates

Magpies host Girls U11 and U13 Mini Tournament
THIS Sunday Nov 18th
starting at 9.30am.
7 U11 teams and 9 U13 teams.

Sunday Nov 25th

U18 Girls v Ipswich at home 12.00 on the water

U15 Boys v Dereham at home 1.00 on the sand

U18 Boys v Cambs Nomads 2.00 on the water



Nov 18

Jan 27

March 2
U13 NORFOLK CHAMP @ Harleston Magpies

March 9
U11 NORFOLK CHAMP @ Norwich City

Please note that Beston Hall School are no longer able to host the U13 Girls Norfolk Championship. The date has changed from that shown in the Norfolk Handbook because of pitch availability.

March 16



Dec 2
RUDDS (at Greshams)

Jan 27

Feb 24

March 16

These fixtures will also be added to the club web site under the youth section.

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT

READING 4-1 Harleston Magpies

Despite the score line this was a much improved performance by Magpies and the game in the end was turned by some crucial decisions. Magpies made a shaky start in the opening ten minutes and were saved by some excellent saves by goalkeeper Lucy Hayman.

Unfortunately the first penalty corner conceded saw Reading taking the lead with a drag flick. This Magpies side were not phased by this early set back and in fact improved their performance considerably as the strikers Angie Wheelhouse and Cherry Seaborn received much better support from midfield this week with Artemis Clark on the right playing much higher as wells good play from Jess Hull, Laura Parker and Sarah Cave. This positive response saw Magpies equalise before half time when Angie Wheelhouse made it 1-1.

Reading were 2-1 up immediately after the break on a hotly disputed goal which was clearly never touched by an attacker in the circle but the goal was confirmed by the second umpire 40 yards away. This probably had an impact on the third goal which was conceded within minutes from a penalty corner to make it 3-1. Within the space of 5 minutes a tight game had once again slipped away from Magpies.

Again Magpies produced a strong response and Angie Wheelhouse was denied three times by the Reading goalkeeper who made some good saves after the Reading defence had been opened up.

The attitude of the Magpies team was excellent and Debbie McAllen produced a real battling performance in front of the defence. Reading added a fourth goal near the end but Magpies can take great encouragement.

RESULTS – 10 NOV 2007

LADIES 1s v Reading (L) A L 1-4
LADIES 2s v Colchester I (L) 11.30 A L 0-2
LADIES Colts A v Reepham (L) 12.30 (W) H L 2-5
LADIES 5s v Pelicans III (L) 1.45 (S) H W 4-1
LADIES 6s v Lowestoft Railway II (L) A W 6-2
LADIES Colts B v Broadland II (L) (W) H W 3-1
LADIES Dev. v Norwich City (L) 10.00 A W 1-0

MENS 1s v St Albans (L) A W 2-1
MENS 2s v Cambridge City 2 (L) (W) H W 4-2
MENS 3s v Sudbury 2 (L) A D 1-1
MENS 4s v Lowestoft Town (L) 4.00 (W) H W 2-1
MENS 5s v Crane 2 (L) A W 3-0
MENS 6s v Norwich Union 4 (L) (S) H W 3-1
Men VETS v Shefford & Sandy (L) A L 1-3
Pelicans minis
U11 BOYS – 2nd
BOYS – 2nd


St Albans 1s 1-2 Magpies Men 1s

A confident Magpies team travelled down to St. Albans for a top of the table clash and came away with a fine and well-deserved 2-1 victory.

The Magpies players were all fired up for the tussle, and the early exchanges paved the way for the rest of the match with pressure from both sides but no sustained possession. Magpies then got into their stride and had a few good chances, which were well saved by the Albans keeper. Magpies then lost talisman Neil “Silver Fox” Toulson with a back injury putting him out for the rest of the match.

With the game going from end to end, Magpies managed to break away through Carl Sitch. His eventual pass to Chris Barber resulted in a shot, which forced a fine diving save from the Albans keeper. This inspired Magpies to search harder for the illusive first half goal. At half time the game was still in gridlock but Harleston had by far the best of the play and were confident going into the second half.

The Second half started as the first finished with Magpies pressure starting to take a toll on the tiring Albans defence. This resulted in an Albans player being yellow carded for a bad tackle in his own D. The short corner that followed brought another fine save from the tireless St. Albans keeper. Magpies finally broke the deadlock with a vintage pass from Richard Gill to Andy Hipwell, which he expertly deflected, into the goal.

Tristan Baynes was shown a yellow card for a stick tackle and Magpies were brought down to ten men. Nevertheless, Magpies continued to attack with the pace of Fanger and Hipwell causing a lot of problems for the slow St. Albans defence. James Wheeler was working hard on the left running himself so hard he had to be substituted with breathing difficulties.

The Harleston defence were then put under a lot of pressure with St. Albans desperate to get back into the game. An athletic display from Andy Bedwell at left back kept them at bay for a while, but a short corner was awarded just inside the 25, and St. Albans capitalised with a well-worked routine to put the ball past veteran keeper Iain Martin and level the scores at 1-1.

The score from Albans reset the counter and made Magpies really work hard. Minutes after this, Albans finally crumbled and gave away a short corner in the dying minutes of the game. Andy Hipwell expertly converted this corner and brought Magpies back into the lead with only minutes to go.

The last minutes were tense as Albans went for the equaliser but the Magpies back four of Sumner, Sitch, Ling and Bedwell denied any such a thing, producing a vintage display of hockey. The final whistle went, Magpies had secured the three points and had taken their rightful place at the top of the league.

Next week sees Magpies entertaining Havering at Home hoping to produce the same level of work rate and tenacity to continue their winning run.


Magpies 2s 4-2 Cambridge City 2s

A tremendous victory for magpies saw them leapfrog
Cambridge in the table to go up to 3rd position.

Magpies got off to a great start, keeping good
pressure on the visitors right from the off. With the
team looking resolute all over the field and with all
players combining well together, magpies deserved
their first goal which came through Dave Francis with
a well taken lifted shot at goal. City fought back
after the initial goal, and with the game becoming
more in the balance, it was vital that magpies seized
control of the game. This they managed to do, with
Lawrence Baynes converting a cross into the goal from
off the goalkeepers pads. Cambridge cotinued to attack
and before half time managed to get a goal back to set
up an intriguing second period.

Magpies were delighted with the start to the second
half, as they were quickly to regain their two goal
advantage, after Mike Warlow converted a low drag
flick from a short corner. However Cambridge struck
straight back converting a short corner of their own.
As legs started to tire and both teams going in search
of another goal more chances started to appear.
Magpies though were the team to take one of theirs, in
the form of Mike Warlow again with a clever touch
after a good passing move from the midfield. The last
section of the game though still had much action even
though no goals were to be scored. A goaline stick
save from man of the match goalkeeper Mark Lewis and a
goaline clearance from Dave Francis kept magpies with
a two goal advantage. Magpies held firm throughout
this period and looked solid. Even when Will “the
Wall” Johnson used his foot deliberately, which duly
earnt himself a yellow card, magpies did not panic.
The final few minutes saw magpies reduced to ten men
again, when once will had returned, Phil Cobbald
achieved another yellow card (to go with his one from
the week before). However the defence proved strong to
not concede any late goals.

Magpies came through a tough test in this match
against a very strong opposition. They will be pleased
to take the 3 points from the game. Spirits are high
going into next weeks match with Shefford and Sandy.

U13 Boys, Pelis Minis – 2nd Place

Pelicans Boys Minis Tournament


v Peterborough lost 0-1 (0pts)

v Pelicans A won 2-0 (3pts) Thomas Ridley, Tom Graham

v Wisbech won 8-0 (3pts)
Tom Graham (3), Thomas Ridley (3), Kalun Bedingfield, Alex Green

v Watton won 3-0 (3pts) Tom Graham (2), Thomas Ridley

v Norwich City lost 0-1 (0pts)

v Pelicans B won 1-0 (3pts) Alex Green

v Dereham won 1-0 (3pts) Tom Graham

Magpies finished up with 15pts, 15 goals for, 2 against, which gave them 2nd place in the competition.
A strong Norwich City side were worthy winners of the Tournament, with Dereham finishing 3rd.

Ladies 5s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies 5s 4-1 Pelicans 3s

Magpies ladies 5ths went into the game with a 14 strong team eager to make their mark against Pelicans.

Magpies had the first push back and immediately sped up the field towards the Pelicans goal where an attempt to score was made, but denied. This really gave a good feel for what was to follow in this quality game.

Magpies played like a team keen to score, working the entire pitch and playing to our strengths. Lisa Kent had an amazing game scoring two goals the first of which came in the first quarter of the game. The play came up the left of the pitch and found Rachel Clifford on the left post who couldn’t get a clear shot and ably crossed it in front of the keeper for Lisa Kent to pop it into the net.

Pelicans came back quickly with an equaliser which found it’s way through the otherwise solid defence of Frances Fulcher, Georgi Bore, Karen Hunt and Virginia Crawford. Peggy Bridges in goal also made her presents felt by making some very good kicks away from goal.

Magpies did not let this affect their play and very quickly made several attempts at goal Becky Ford featured with two reverse stick shots which were saved by the Pelicans goalie. Becky throughout the match made attempts at goal but just couldn’t convert it to the scoreboard. The second goal came from a sharp cross from Kay Dennis which found Rachel Clifford.

After the half time break Magpies made some positional changes which gave the fresh legs of Laura Potter, Sam Williams and Sophie Hoseason a run out. The third goal came from a three touch move up the field, stemming from Georgie Bore who assisted the ball up the field to Becky Ford who passes through to the very quick Lisa Kent who then popped it in the goal.

The girls were hungry for more goals and the final one came from a short corner hit out by Becky Ford to Sam Williams who powered home a strong goal.

The final score was 4 – 1 and the play was of very high quality and extremely enjoyable.

Players of the match were Becky Ford and Lisa Kent

Ladies Development – Match Report

Ladies Development 1-0 Norwich City

This was a game that had the old girls of the team gasping – not just from the sheer brilliance of the youngsters again, but mainly because the game this week was played at an altogether faster pace than our previous games!
Norwich City had quite a few older players but this did not deter even the smallest of our team ( that doesn’t quite mean me!)

We played once more with discipline( with a few reminders from time to time-“release the ball!!” and “keep wider!!”) and our determination paid off just before half time.

With a great strike from a free hit by Bethan into the D and Paris in exactly the right position on the back post , we scored a good goal.

It was hard work to hang on to the lead although we did have several more excellent chances denied by City’s very good Goalie and in the end I think we deserved our 1-0 win.

Keep going girls!


Magpies Mens 4s 2-1 Lowestoft

Magpies Mens 4th XI home form continues to impress. In this close fought encounter with few clear cut chances Magpies came through showing considerable experience for such a youthful team. Marshalled by Bob Skinner, Stuart Peters and James Smith the team took the lead close to the end of the first half when strong running by Dan Legg on the left enabled Ben Wright to find time and space in front of goal, converting his chance on the second attempt.

Lowestoft equalised just before the break from a well worked short corner but Magpies continued to press and following a period of pressure and short corners Stuart Peters fired home the eventual winner. The Lowestoft goal keeper a little unfortunate on this occasion. However with Magpies back in front there was still time for Lowestoft to find an equaliser and a nervous final 10 minutes was played out. The home team defence holding on.

Ladies Colts A – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Ladies Colts A 2-5 Reepham

This was always going to be a tough match with Reepham near the top of the table but confidence was high at the start of the game.

Unfortunately; Magpies started badly conceding two quick goals which meant they were always chasing the game. 15 minutes into the game, positional changes saw magpies start to eliminate some of the early errors and they started making numerous chances upfront.

One of these chances was finally taken when Katie Forsyth made an excellent run down the right which resulted in Jose Tibbenham setting up Becky Marshall for her second goal of the season.

Unfortunately Reepham soon regained their two goal lead and then went on to score a further goal before magpies managed to pull one goal back with Jess Withers scoring at the left post from a penalty corner.

Reepham finally won the game 5-2 but Magpies did have chances throughout the game and the defensive line (whose average age was just 15!) were very unlucky on a few tackles which just did not go their way.