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Ladies 5s – MATCH REPORT

Harriers 2-0 Magpies 5s

What a game and such an unfortunate scoreline.

Magpies arrived early to acclimatise to the grass pitch that awaited them. It took a while to get used to the bounce but by the whistle we had made some adjustments and eagerly awaited the start.

The match was very tough with Harriers gaining alot of the early chances. Magpies defence held strong with the added grit of Georgie Bore who throughout the match cleared the ball away and slogged it way up the field with immense power.

Magpies made several good breaks forward with Sophie Hoseason on the right wing and Beck Ford at right mid. The girls shows pure skill and were very unfortunate not to score especially from the well taken free hit from just outside the D which narrowly missed the finish on the left post by Rachel Clifford.

Several shorts were given against Magpies which at times were hard to subscribe to, one of which resulted in a goal. The magpies girls however kept pushing forward and defending very strongly. Ginny Crawford made an incredible tackle in a two on one situation and for this confidence and power this young player must be commended.

At half time ‘Pies were by no means down and out.

Chelsea Spratling was playing out of position as centre forward (usually a deep defender) and during the second half began to feel what was required up-field. Magpies had showed in the second half how much quality is available in the players to be tapped into. Apart from a few breaks from Harriers which regrettably resulted in a goal, ‘Pies played very strongly for the last 20 mins and did not back off one iota.

The Hariers goalie (who was most able) made some very good saves from balls fired in by Kay Dennis, Becky Ford and Emma Lacey. Emma showed power on the left by taking a bullet-like shot on the reverse stick just inside the D, but was deflected away. There were many scrummages around the ‘Pies attacking D but sadly no conversion. Harri Millburn continued her quality play that she has been exhibiting over the preceding weeks.

The end score line in no way reflected the level of play and determination showed by Magpies 5ths. The game was gruelling but the girls did not back off for a second and can hold their heads high.

Next week at home vs Pinebanks.

Harleston Town Fireworks Spectacular

Harleston Town Fireworks Spectacular
Friday 2nd November

With the clocks going back and the evenings drawing in there is no better time for the excitement of watching fireworks and on FRIDAY 2nd November at Magpies’ Hockey Club in Weybread the Harleston Town Fireworks Spectacular will be back and once again filling the skies above Harleston with a magnificent display of fireworks set to music.

The event now in its 20th year is once again being organised by Harleston Lions, Harleston Scouts and Harleston Magpies Hockey Club featuring a professional fireworks display by Fantastic Fireworks.

Now in their 21st year, Fantastic Fireworks have an international reputation and since last year have completed displays at Catherine Palace, St Petersburg, set a world record by launching 58,000 rockets simultaneously and provided Liverpool with firework displays to celebrate achieving the status of European Capital of Culture 2008 and the arrival of the QE2 on her final farewell tour of Britain. They are promising another display not to be missed!

On the night gates open at 6.00pm with a BBQ, fairground organ and other attractions to entertain until the bonfire is lit at 7.00pm so please come along hungry and enjoy an evening of excitement and fun!

Tickets will be available on the night at £6 for adults and £4 for children (between ages 5 and 16) or in advance until Wednesday 31 October at £5/£3 respectively from Kitchen Sense, Jacksons (formerly Gipsons) and Wiskers in Harleston or directly from Harleston Scouts and the Hockey Club.

Parking is plentiful and free!

Outside of Harleston tickets are also available this year from Metfield Community Stores, Goodie’s Farm Shop and Lodge Cordell, Bungay.

Finally, our thanks go to everyone who supports this event in whatever way and we hope to see as many of you as possible at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on FRIDAY 2nd November for a true family bonfire night and professional fireworks display helping much needed funds be raised for Harleston Scouts, Lions and Hockey Club.


3rd November 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, travel to London to play Barnes Hounslow and Ealing on Sunday at 1.30 in their English League Division I game. Magpies need to forget about last weeks match and concentrate on the steady improvement they have made in recent weeks and to concentrate on improving the individual and team performance. “We knew it was going to a very tough season as we tried to blood so many young players and whilst we are struggling for results some of the young players have done exceptionally well” says Manager Nick McAllen. Another youngster Amy Tuffs has been called up for the game on Sunday and whilst she has been on the bench before she has every chance of making her full National League debut this weekend.

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

Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, picked up a further three points with an away game against Bedford. The first half lead of 4-0 confirmed a good half, Magpies let the home side back into the game but were never in any danger of dropping points. A harsh yellow card dismissal of David Ling did much to unsettle the visitors pattern.

St Albans took Magpies place at the top of the league on goal difference following their 10-0 drubbing of newly promoted Harpenden.

This week Magpies will have to go up a gear to beat Ipswich who are the visitors to Weybread. St Albans also will have a step up against this season’s surprise team Dereham.

Magpies have only Sam Moore on the injury list with Carl Sitch returning from East commitments and both Tristan Baynes and David Ling continuing their fight to reach full match fitness before the next week’s game against St Albans. Both Magpies and Albans should pick up maximum points leaving the showdown for the following week.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 30 October 2007

Mini promise for the future

I’m delighted to start this “Chat” by congratulating Nick McAllen and Helen Barber and the rest of the youth committee on the very successful U11 and U13 Boys’ minis tournament hosted by the Club on Sunday. It was good to see a large crowd of parents and other supporters cheering on the teams. The rain which came towards the end of the morning did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of all concerned although it did mean we were forced inside a packed clubhouse for the presentations.

A lot of excellent hockey was played and it was good to see our A teams winning both events with our B team coming second in the U13s. Well done! Running alongside the event was a triangular friendly Girls U11 tournament involving two Magpies’ teams and a Norwich City team. Based on the hockey played by all of our five teams the future of the Club looks very promising and as ever it will be interesting to see how the players develop over the coming years.

Following my last “Chat” I was politely and correctly admonished for failing to draw proper attention to the results achieved so far this season by the Ladies’ 6ths so I am pleased to take this opportunity to put matters right. The team won again last Saturday when they beat Thetford 2nds 6-0 and they have now won four of their six matches to be in second place in Division Three of the Martin & Acock Norfolk League. Well done!

After last Saturday’s matches the Men’s 1sts, 3rds, 6ths and Veterans still have 100% records and this Saturday (3 November) sees two particularly tasty matches when the 3rds are ‘away’ to Magpies’ 4ths at 4.00pm and the 6ths are ‘away’ to Magpies’ 5ths at 10.30am. Both matches will be really worth watching as the 4ths and 5ths have good defensive records this season and they will be out to claim an important scalp each. I have it from an impeccable source that Andy Smith continues to be ‘on fire’ this season for the 3rds and that he was the MOTM last Saturday in the 3-2 away win over Dereham 2nds!

This Sunday two of our teams are in England Hockey cup action at Weybread when at 12 noon the U15 Boys entertain Peterborough and the Men’s Veterans take on Slough at 2.00pm so please come along to cheer our teams on to victory. Best of luck also to the U15 Girls who are away to Pelicans (11.00am).

Last season the Vets reached the final and it would be good to see them do well again this season. One potential candidate for the team said he had not be selected as he ‘upset the balance of the team’ but when I offered it he assured me that at the age of 41 he didn’t need counselling!

A particularly pleasing aspect of the season to date has been the willingness of members to take up the challenge of umpiring and I am very grateful to everyone who has helped out in this vital aspect of the Club’s activities. Several of the members involved went on the training course, organised by Irene Bicker and Jose Tibbenham and run by Norman Hart, at the end of last season and who have since gained the necessary practical experience to take charge of league matches at various levels.

With the outdoor season in full swing the Club has not forgotten about the indoor game and, through Bob Skinner, Nick McAllen has booked 20 weekly Monday night slots at Hobart High School in Loddon. These will be used to give indoor experience to our young members at the various age groups. We are grateful to Bob for his help and to our good friends at Harrod UK Ltd for their assistance with the purchase of a set of indoor goals which will also be used for the benefit of the school.

This event is run by a joint committee of Harleston Lions, Scouts and Magpies’ HC and assuming a good turnout raises vital funds for all three organisations.

NB. Regular readers of my “Chats” will have noticed no reference until now of detritus left near the pitches etc and which is usually picked up by two ageing chaps who have better things to do with their time!! Am I missing something here? If I didn’t go on about the problem would it go away? Answers on a postcard ………!

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

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
30 October 2007

Mens 4s v North Walsham, won 2-0, photos

Mens 4s 2-0 North Walsham

Magpies Mens 4th XI continued their winning running at home with a good win over North Walsham. A difficult first half saw Magpies eventually come out on with their midfield of Dan Legg, Ben Wright and Jamie Legg winning the battle for possession and creating the goal scoring opportunities.

Dan Legg opened the scoring from a short corner and on his return from injury Andy Caston added the second just before half time with a clever little touch diverting the ball around the advancing keeper at the last moment.

This second goal proved to be decisive knocking Walsham’s confidence and despite a barrage of North Walsham pressure in the second half Magpies defence held strong recording another home clean sheet.

With three wins and three clean sheets at home Magpies now just need to find a little away form.

Photos courtesy Diss Express


Magpies 2s 4-3 Cambridge University 2s

Magpies started the stronger of the two teams putting
good early pressure on the university defence. Magpies
seemed calm and confident as they marched into an
early lead with Dave Francis scoring from the back
post. Magpies did not let up the initial pressure,
Mike Warlow finished smarty, and Robbie Kinsella
converting from broken play. The home side though
could not go into half time with a clean sheet,
letting one goal back, giving Cambridge some hope for
the second half.

As the second half got under way, the visiting side
played with their heads up, and magpies did well to
contain them. Stand in keeper Gavin Cole coming out
well on deny clear opportunities. One goal was scored
by either team, with the Magpies goal coming from a
Warlow drag flick from a short corner. The university
though were not to give up, and with the game becoming
more stretched magpies couldn’t work the ball
effectively in the final area of the pitch, which they
would soon rue, since the score was pegged back to
4-3. A nervous finish occurred, however magpies clung
on, which, with their first half performance being
strong they deserved to take the three points.

Next week magpies hope to consolidate their top half
form as they travel to Brentwood.

Ladies 5s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies 5s 7-0 Loddon 2s

The ladies 5ths had such a good game on Saturday that we are all eager to get back on the pitch!

The ladies played such an expansive game, keeping possesion and moving the ball swiftly around the pitch that opportunities for goals came thick and fast.

The first goal was scored by Rachel Clifford who then went on to score another just before the end of the game. Rachel is having an amazing season, soring goals to her at the moment is as easy as breathing! She went on to score two more in the afternoon with the 6ths.

Claire Bently scored the next in fine style up the right wing. Claire has become a firm fixture on the forward line and is always there to make the best of the opportunity.

Emma Lacey was next up with an sneeky little goal after the goalie had dropped to the floor. Several short corners followed only for Kay Dennis to be denied several times.

Half time was 3- 0 but the ladies have been in this position before and managed to loose the match, so the captain gave a few stern words which included “I do not want to loose!” and the team ran out with goals in their minds and fear in their hearts.

Lisa Kent played an a very extreme match: She was either scoring (2 goals) or falling over. Her contribution to the game was really valued finding speed and space in the right mid. Sam Williams played well and scored an super goal crossed in by Lisa. The poor Loddon keeper was in shock at this point but she kept going and all of the Loddon players kept their chins up and tried to find some attacking opportunities. Any of these such opportunities were very quickly thwarted by the new style defence Karen Hunt and Harri Milburn. Chopping and changing at the back allows Harri to be a sweeper but also a loose cannon often found flying up the pitch. Frances Fulcher and Chelsea Spratling were not overly busy at the back made light work of any breakthrough balls.

The game was finished up by another short corner that did not find the goal just after Kay had made a magnificent strong shot at goal which deflected upwards and hit the frame.

Next week the ladies are on grass at Pulham. Player of the match voted by the players was Harri Milburn (once again!) and Sam Williams.


Bedford 2-4 Harleston Magpies

Harleston travelled to Bedford on the back of 4 wins which saw them sitting at the top of the league. Harleston started slower than in previous weeks struggling to find that early goal that they had been used to. After 15 minutes of a tight game Harleston found the break through hero of the moment Andy Hipwell who slotted home a cross from James Fanger with a neat volley after good work down the right from Tom Sumner and Richard Gill.

As Harleston started to take control of the game Andy Hipwell scored his second following a short corner where he snuck in at the back post after a reverse stick shot from Tristan Baynes was deflected into his path. With Bedford hitting Harleston on the break Iain Martin pulled off a vintage save at his near post. Harleston managed to ease some of the pressure when Andy Hipwell secured another first half hat with a well taken drag flick from a short corner. Harleston rounded off a good first half display after a comedy of defensive errors from Bedford allowed Chris Barber to slot home at the back post as the keeper took out his last defender.

Harleston made a lot of changes at half time which affected their momentum. Bedford pushed forward throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Harleston, however the away team were standing firm. In the end the pressure told as Harleston conceded at a short corner with a well struck shot. Again with pressure mounting Harleston were reduced to 10 men as David Ling was shown yellow on his return from injury showing that he has not lost any of his competitive nature. Down to 10 men Harleston hung on but eventually conceded again from a well worked short corner. With only 5 minutes left Harleston were able to hang on and secure another 3 points which sees them remain joint top of the table on points but now second on goal difference.

Next weekend Harleston host local rivals Ipswich in which promises to be a bruising encounter.

Ladies 6s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies 6s 6-0 Thetford 2s

Harleston Magpies Ladies 6th team entertained Thetford II and ran out comprehensive winners.

Good movement and one touch hockey enabled Magpies to establish a 3-0 lead at half time. Magpies maintained their dominance throughout the second half. Adding a further 3 goals. Completing a fine 6-0 victory.

The Magpies marksmen were Katie Forsyth 3, Rachael Clifford 2 and Zoe Cole 1.


Magpies 5s 0-1 North Walsham 2s

Harleston Magpies worked hard in the first half for no reward. North Walsham earned a short corner which they worked well past the Harleston defence and goalkeeper Tom Marshall. There was nothing to separate the two teams though Magpies never looked like breaking through the large Walsham defence. Three short corners were won but were never utilized.

A slightly changed team through injury kept the pressure up but was always lacking the goal finish.
It is sad to report the mid-season retirement of John Snelling. He has served the team well and will be a hard act to follow.

One era has ended-another must begin.

Man of the match Tim Mann.

Next week v’s Magpies 6ths.
– Robin Hayward

Under 11 Boys win Magpies Tournament

The Magpies Under 11 boys team enjoyed a very sucessful morning at the annual Harleston Tournament.

They got off the to ideal start with a 3-0 win against the Norwich (winners of the previous tournament). Sam Lyne scored 2 goals and Eliot Ashurst scored a brilliant individual goal cutting in from the left wing.

Magpies then beat Dereham 1-0 with the last touch of the game. A well worked short corner saw Eliot smash home with just seconds to go.

In our third match boys had their hardest match against a strong Watton side. Eliot scored with another strong shot from the top of the D in the first 30 seconds. Magpies then had to defend well against several Watton attacks. Innes Rollo and Robert Johnson were tackling superbly in defence. Sam Lyne had several chances to increase our lead. Eliot finally made the result safe with another good shot.

Magpies went into the last match against Pelicans just needing to avoid defeat. The boys dominated possession but were finding it difficult in the pouring rain to score. Sonny Molloy (captain) was controlling midfield as he had throughout the tournament. Several Magpies short corners were saved by the Pelicans keeper but eventually Eliot found a way through to score his 5th goal of the day.

Magpies finished with 12 points. 7 goals scored and 0 conceded & 1st place in the tournament.

As well as Sonny & our goal scorers credit should also go to several boys just starting out on their Magpies playing careers: Harry Murton (in goal), Harry Montgomery, Bertie Blandy, Jack Free-Smith and Sol Barker.

RESULTS – 27 OCT 2007

LADIES 1s v Trojans (L) 12.30 (W) H L 0-4
LADIES 2s v Dereham I (L) 1.30 A L 0-5
LADIES Colts A v Beccles 10.45 (S) H
LADIES 5s v Loddon II (L) 10.30 (W) H W 7-0
LADIES 6s v Thetford II (L) 4 p.m. (W) H W 6-0
LADIES Colts B v Norwich City III 1.00 UEA A D 1-1

MENS 1s v Bedford Town (L) A W 4-2
MENS 2s v Cambridge Uni 2s (L) (W) H W 4-3
MENS 3s v Dereham 2 (L) A W 3-2
MENS 4s v North Walsham (L) (S) H W 2-0
MENS 5s v North Walsham 2 (L) A L 0-1
MENS 6s v Dereham 4 (L) 4.45 (S) H W 5-4
Men VETS v Braintree (L) 3.15 (S) H W 3-0 walkover
Men VETS v Pelis (friendly) (S) H W 3-0

SUN – Boys Minis @ MAGPIES
U11 1st
U13 A 1st
U13 B 2nd

U13 Boys, Magpies Minis – WINNERS & 2nd

HARLESTON MAGPIES Boys Minis Tournament

A TEAM – 1st

v Magpies B won 2-1 (3pts) Tom Graham (2)

v Pelicans won 4-0 (3pts) Thomas Ridley (2), Mitchell Tomkins, Tom Graham

v Dereham won 2-0 (3pts)
Tom Graham (2)

v Norwich City won 4-0 (3pts) Mitchell Tomkins (2), Tom Graham (2)

v Watton won 5-0 (3pts) Thomas Ridley, Tom Graham (3), Kalun Bedingfield

Magpies A finished up with 15pts, 17 goals for, 1 against, which gave them 1st place and winners of the competition.

– 2nd

v Magpies A lost 1-2 (0pts) James Bentley

v Dereham won 2-0 (3pts) Giles Flatt, George Collins

v Norwich City won 1-0 (3pts) George Collins

v Watton won 1-0 (3pts) George Collins

v Pelicans lost 0-1 (0pts)

Magpies B finished up with 9pts, 5 goals for, 3 against, which gave them 2nd place in the competition.

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Norwich City 3rds 1-1 Magpies Ladies Colts B

The first half of the match was very even with the play both in the Norwich half and Magpies half. Both teams had chances to score but the goalies were making some brilliant saves at both ends.

There were a couple of short corners for both teams but no one managed to find the back of the net. So at the end of the first half it was 0-0.

Both teams started the second half well. About ten minutes into the the half Norwich City scored a goal to take the lead. Magpies kept there heads up and about 10 minutes to go Charlotte Catalano took the ball from the 75 yard line and ran with the ball took it past the defence and put the score to 1-1.

A excellent effort by all the team!


27 October 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, return to English League Division I action this weekend after a one week absence due to the Territorial Tournament. This week they play Trojans at home on Saturday starting at 12.30 as they still going looking for their first points of the season.

Although this very young side is finding the going tough this season they were certainly worth a point against Loughborough Students in their last home game and in their last League game away against Durham University they were beaten by a freak goal in the final 5 seconds to go down 4-3. On the positive side the team scored goals from Angie Whelhouse, Cherry Seaborn and Artemis Clark but they are conceding too many goals.

Hopefully Magpies will have a full squad to pick from as they taken on a very experienced Trojans side from Southampton ,who have traditionally always proved to be strong opponents.

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

Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, continued their stay at the top of the league following a convincing win against Bishops Stortford. The visitors defended well for the early part of the game but Andy Hipwell’s finishing was in a class of its own with four goals, the first from a corner and the remaining from open play.

Captain Leigh Sitch unavailable through a coaching commitment was replaced by Tristan Baynes. This was the latter’s first league game of the season following a finger injury sustained in a pre-season friendly. A vintage performance at sweeper but a position which Sitch will return to for the trip to Bedford.

Sam Moore sustained a training injury and will miss a few weeks, however David Ling is scheduled to start his comeback following a serious injury with a run out in the second eleven.

Both St Albans and Magpies have games they should win this weekend. Albans game against Harpendon looks to give them anopportunity to make up on goal difference as Magpies game away should result in three points but could be tight.

Robert Stimpson Magpies Manager said after the weekend “Stortford defended very well but we put them under immense pressure which ultimately resulted in a convincing win. We have to guard against complacency. We have to take each game as it comes, whilst we know games against Ipswich, Dereham and St Albans will be tough, we have to continue to treat every side with respect we do not need to lose points unnecessarily.”


Cambridgeshire Nomads 8-3 Mens 2s

Although the scoreline looks bad, it does not reflect
the good play and pressure that magpies put on the league leaders.

Magpies started brightly and dominated the early phase
of the game, scoring the first goal. it was smartly
taken after an initial shot rebounded from the post.
However the nomads were not to be overoared. They
answered back quickly with 2 well taken goals. At 2-1
down, magpies squandered a golden oppurtunity, when
Richard Larkin failed to score a seemingly simple goal
when one on one with the goalkeeper.

In the second half, with magpies continuing to look to
score goals, the defence became more and more exposed,
and with the nomads forwards playing well, more goals
were scored, mainly on the break, making the scoreline
5-1. Magpies though managed to relax, and shared the
last 5 goals pretty evenly, and with Robbie Kinsella
and Mike Warlow combining well together look dangerous
also. The pick of the last goals came from Dave
Francis, who scored with the slightest deflection from a free hit.

Next week the magpies hope to regain some form at home
to another cambridge side, this time of the university variety.


Magpies 5s 1-3 Thetford

Magpies started off weakly against a mature Thetford side.

Passing quality again was rather substandard which Thetford picked up on to their advantage.
It was not long before Thetford hit the back-board with a forward out-foxing three defenders and past the Magpies Keeper.

Due to maybe fitness and sunshine, the right side of Magpies field rarely received the ball. Unfortunately Tom Miller was taken off with a severe fracture to the knee from a rising ball from a very moist pitch.
Magpies did fight back with a strong shot from Tim Mann before half-time. After receiving the ball inside the D Tim turned and scored with perfection.

However Magpies never threatened the Thetford defence and never used the pitch to its full potential. Communication and support for second phase ball will be needed to ascertain our position in this league.
Man of the match Will Drury.

Next week Cromer away 4pm.
– Robin Hayward