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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.

Ladies 6s – MATCH REPORT

Lowestoft 2s 2-6 Magpies 6s
(2 reports!)

Magpies enjoyed an emphatic victory at Lowestoft against their 2nd eleven.

Magpies had first pushback and opened the scoring within minutes. Rachel Clifford, taking the ball up the left of the field, went on to score. Lowestoft quickly had Magpies on the back foot as they stormed down the middle with a man over and levelled the score a few minutes later. Lowestoft had the upper hand for the next 20 mins or so, with numerous short corners which Magpies did well to defend and some excellent goal keeping maintaining a level score.

Magpies gradually began to play their game with greater confidence, with some good passing and great pace. After several short corners, Janet struck from the top of the “D” – the ball bounced off a few Lowestoft bootlaces but crept over the line for Magpies to take the lead again.

Shortly before half-time, Lowestoft were awarded a short corner which squeeked in off the post despite a valiant attempt to clear by a defender.

After a constructive half-time chat, Magpies came out and took the game by storm. A fantastic pick up on the right from Julia, crossed to Zoe in the centre was well laid off to Rachel on the left and easily slipped in past the goal keeper.

Magpies continued the pressure and increasingly dominated the play. The 4th goal came as Katie converted a short corner and Zoe’s fearless persistence in front of goal paid off with number 5 shortly after.

Magpies rounded up the game with a great play on yet another short corner – Janet slipping to Katie, who slipped back to Janet – Number 6!

Man of the Match went Rachel Peters who chased every ball on the right of the pitch, showing both skill and strength throughout the game.

Magpies Ladies 6ths were away today to Lowestoft! Even though Lowestoft was top of the table it didn’t stop Magpies from winning the game 6-2.

Magpies started with a very early goal from Rachel Clifford but then Lowestoft fought back making it 1 all. Then Janet scored a smashing short corner but Lowestoft managed to get back to 2 all from there with an own goal from Janet. But then for Magpies it was all up hill from here.

Their 3rd goal was scored with an excellent shot on goal hit from Katie. Zoë then set up a stunning goal scored but Rachel Clifford and then scored her own goal. Magpies were slowly but surely taking over the game. Just to put the cherry on top Janet set up a shot goal for Zoë to score, but Janet gets the credit for that goal.

This truly was a magnificent win for the Magpies ladies 6ths. Even though they faced tough challenges including Janet Brown getting a green card, Magpies were truly in the game.

Rachel Peters got ‘Man of the Match’ slowly followed Natasha Stead (Larry) with some truly amazing saves.

Well Done Sixths.

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Ladies Colts B 3-1 Broadland

The first half was dominated by Magpies and Shirley McAllen quickly scored from a short corner.

With Magpies having most of the play they went into half time with two goals up thanks again to Shirley. The second half found Broadland back in the game but with determination from the colts Rhianna Earrye put in Magpies third.

Broadland then put away their only goal of the match finishing 3-1.

Lucy Chubbock had an excellent game in centre mid and Tanya on left mid and Mary Wright played well on her debut. Not forgetting Flora who played excellently in goal making some good saves.

Harleston Magpies Events

The following events are being organised by the Fund Raising & Social Committee and your support would be much appreciated to help towards clearing the Club’s outstanding loans of £94,000

Saturday 24 November 2007


TICKETS £3 (including food) available from the bar

Dress: Smart Casual

Saturday 24 November 2007


TICKETS £3 (including food) available from the bar

Dress: Smart Casual

Saturday 29 December 2007


Team captains are kindly asked to let

Jose Tibbenham know how many of their squad would be interested in playing in this event and if they would prefer it to be in the morning or afternoon

Mike Denham (Club Chairman)


CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 8 November 2007

Fireworks – spectacular in promise and deed

Last Friday’s Fireworks Spectacular certainly lived up to its name and I thank everyone who attended and all members who helped before and on the night with the organisation. I also thank the organising committee under the chairmanship of James Smith for putting on a fine show. We had the biggest attendance (and bonfire!) for some years which means that all three groups represented on the committee, i.e. Harleston Lions, Scouts and Magpies, have received a cheque for £1500. A meeting has already been held to start the planning of next year’s event!

Congratulations to the following:
Laura and Paul Schultheiss on the birth of Tom.

Carl Sitch on being selected for the England U18 assessment squad.

Ali Wardale (Norwich City HC) on winning the Coach of the Year section of the Norfolk Sports Awards and Leigh Sitch on being runner-up.

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

This Saturday (10 November) sees the long awaited clash between the Men’s 1sts and St Albans when at Clarence Park, St Albans (3.30pm) at least one 100% record will be shattered. Last Saturday the 1sts maintained their fine record with a hard earned win over Ipswich 2nds and having survived this potential banana skin game the team can look forward with some confidence against opponents who were relegated from the national league at the end of last season and who have made a good start at getting back at the first attempt.

If the match against Ipswich 2nds was eventful (and unfortunately not always for the right reasons) Sunday’s match between the Men’s Veterans and Slough Veterans was at least equally so with, as on the previous day, three yellow cards waved at our visitors (with one of the chaps seeing the sight twice!) and they could have no complaints. The Veterans, captained by Jerry Blackmore, thoroughly deserved their 5-1 victory with goals by Roger Kent (2), Philip Cobbald (2) and Phil Alexander. Phil’s shot come cross was missing the goal until to his surprise the keeper somehow managed to push the ball into his own net! The team is now away to Bishop’s Stortford in the next round of the EH Cup on Sunday 2 December.

I was very pleased but not surprised how our players conducted themselves in the two matches referred to above but I have heard language from HMHC players in other games at Weybread this season which I associate with other sports and would prefer not to hear again in our sport of hockey. I’ll not name names but as the saying goes “If the cap fits please wear it”!

The ginger tom & the Gocats
(the ‘Rock/Pop/60’s to present day’ group which includes HMHC members Tracy Baker, Roy Goodwin and Neville Chubbock)
Will be playing at Wortwell Community Centre
on Saturday 17 November
– Happy Hour 7.30 – 8.30pm
The group is well worth a listen – and I’m not their agent!

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

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


10th November 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Kitchen Sense play Reading away at 1.30 on Saturday in their English League Division I game.

Reading have been one of the early leaders in the Division this season so Magpies can expect another tough game this weekend. One player Magpies will have to look out for is Alex Smith who is amongst the goals this season but is a player Magpies know very well as she played for Harleston for three years whilst she was studying at UEA.

Another defeat last weekend is not easy for the players to take but they need to hang on in there and try to tighten up a defence that is leaking too many goals. Up front Magpies have carried a threat all season with the experienced Angie Wheelhouse and 15 years old Cherry Seaborn working well together and if the service to them can be improved they could do more damage to opposition defences.

Jess Hull returns to the squad this weekend in the absence of Amelia Thomson whilst Amy tuffs retains her place after making her full debut last week.

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

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, in an action packed game at Weybread Magpies overcame local rivals Ipswich to remain equal on points at the top of the table with St Albans. Whilst Magpies went in at half time a goal behind Ipswich lost their goalkeeper following an injury and went down to nine men as a result of two yellow card offences. Meanwhile St Albans had to fight hard to overcome Dereham to maintain their 100% record.

This week the long awaited clash has arrived and Magpies take on the might of St Albans who were relegated from the National League at the end of last season.

Magpies are able to pick from a full squad with Tristan Baynes and David Ling getting back to fitness following injury.

Both Magpies and Albans form is impressive with 100 % records, Magpies having scored more goals but Albans having a superior defensive record having only conceded four goals in six games. It is expected to be a very close game, Magpies would probably settle for a draw but if their players can produce top form on the day then a win is well within their reach.

Robert Stimpson commented earlier this week “Our training has been going well and with a full squad we have to be optimistic of taking all three points. These games are very tight and will probably be decided on a piece of brilliance or a bit of bad luck by either side. From what we hear Albans are beatable but it is all about form and desire on the day.”

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT

BARNES HOUNSLOW & EALING 5-1 Harleston Magpies

Magpies made the perfect start when Angie Wheelhouse dispossessed the Hounslow defender in the opening ten minutes and although they saved her first shot she followed up to give Magpies an early lead. This clearly gave the young Magpies side a much needed boost in confidence whilst it had the opposite effect on the home side.

Gradually Hounslow started to force Magpies back into their half and they equalised with a well struck shot from the top of the circle through a crowd of players. They increased their lead before half time when Lucy Hayman saved the short corner strike comfortably but the defence did not react quickly enough to clear her pads and the resulting melee gave Hounslow a cheap goal.

The score remained 2-1 until well into the second half but Magpies were finding it increasingly hard to get the ball out of their half and were giving away too many corners for them to feel comfortable. In the end two quick goals from Hounslow gave them a very comfortable 4-1 lead. Ironically with the result certain Magpies seemed to play with the shackles off and gave a glimpse of what the forwards Cherry Seaborn, Angie Wheelhouse and Laura Parker could have done with better service from midfield, as they played some of their best attacking hockey of the match.

16 years old Amy Tuffs came on in the second half to make her National League debut but Magpies will look back on this match and know they must eliminate the repetitive errors that are costing them so dearly. Sarah Cave worked hard in midfield and as always the experienced players Lucy Hayman, Debbbie McAllen and Louisa Greenacre gave it everything.

For the second week running Magpies conceded a goal in the final minute of the game.


Harleston Magpies 4-1 Ipswich 2s

Harleston battle to victory in local derby

Harleston Magpies secured a vital win ahead of next week’s top of the table clash with St Albans.

In a fierce encounter Magpies initially controlled possession but were unable to force an early goal as Ipswich allowed the home team to move the ball around the back but prevented any successful attacking play. Harleston forced a number of short corners in the first half but they were unable to convert, with the Ipswich keeper forced into making a fine diving save from an Andy Hipwell drag flick.

Ipswich had their own periods of sustained possession and scored from a drag flick that experienced keeper Iain Martin was unable to stop. In response Magpies looked to pick up the pace of their attacks and Carl Sitch produced an excellent through-ball for James Wheeler. Unfortunately as Wheeler dived for the ball he clashed with the Ipswich keeper leaving him floored and unconscious. At this point the Ipswich keeper was determined to continue and play was resumed although the break disrupted the game severely and both teams struggled to half time with Magpies finishing the half down 0-1.

The second half started in confusion as the Ipswich keeper, still suffering from his earlier head injury, refused to leave the pitch. As a result an additional break to the game ensued during which the Ipswich team finally persuaded their keeper to leave the pitch and appointed a replacement. In the meantime Magpies were taking advantage of the disruption to pass the ball around and stay focused on the game ahead and as play resumed Magpies stole the initiative from Ipswich and produced some fluent attacking moves which pressurised the Ipswich defence. In particular Tom Sumner displayed fine stick skills walking freely down the right channel through a multitude of Ipswich players, whilst James Fanger caused problems for the Ipswich players with runs down the right flank. A controversial goal broke the deadlock as Richard Ling deflected a cross from Richard Gill which brought the scores level. The Ipswich team objected to the goal being given and surrounded the umpire refusing to accept that the ball had been touched by Ling. As a consequence of their objections an Ipswich player was shown a yellow card and in quick succession Ipswich was reduced to nine players as the team continued to argue the decision.

The depleted Ipswich team were powerless to prevent Magpies’ ascendancy as they started to control the game with an athletic performance from Andy Bedwell at left back helping to stretch the play. Magpies’ continued pressure resulted in a short corner which was expertly converted by Andy Hipwell giving them the lead for the first time in the game. However the best move of the game involving Fanger, Sumner and Hipwell produced one of the best goals of the season converted by Richard Gill with a fine finish into the top corner. As the game continued Magpies persisted to dominate the play and when a Neil Toulson shot struck an Ipswich foot on the goal-line Hipwell added his second of the match from the penalty spot to secure victory.

The result leaves Harleston Magpies and St Albans both with six wins from their opening six games ahead of their first clash of the season next week.


Brentwood 1s 1-1 Magpies 2nds

Magpies played strongly throughout the match, and with
the amount of pressure placed upon Brentwood during
the second half can feel that 1 point was the least
that they deserved.

During the first half magpies looked threatening.
However when getting nearer to the goal, the ball
didn’t fall kindly for magpies and defenders sticks
managing to clear the ball before magpies could gain
control. Magpies were unfortunate to concede a string
of short corners which were well kept out include
multiple great saves from Mark Lewis in goal. However
the man of the match couldn’t keep them all out and
Brentwood broke the deadlock in the first half.
Magpies level of play did not go down however. They
continued to press and play strongly and only went
into half time one goal behind.

During the second period the visiting team stepped up
their level of play in search of an equaliser. The
back four marking well meant that the rest of the team
could begin to play with more confidence going
forward. Magpies won numerous short corners and were
camping out in the Brentwood half for periods of the
game. However with Brentwood still looking strong on
the break concentration had to be high. Magpies
eventually levelled after a passing move, which was
finished neatly by Captain Lawrence Baynes with a
deflection over the out coming keeper from a cross.
Magpies could smell the victory, however even with
good ball retention from Magpies, the Brentwood
defence held strong. The late yellow card offence by
Phil Cobbald gave Magpies a late scare, however
magpies also held firm and the match ended in draw
which was viewed as a good point away from home for

Next week magpies are at home to Cambridge City. With
some returning players magpies will hope to use their
home advantage to gain a good result from their league rivals.

RESULTS – 3 NOV 2007

LADIES 2s v Bourne I (L) 12.30 (W) H D 1-1
LADIES Colts A v Norwich City II (L) A L 1-2
LADIES 5s v Harriers (L) 2.00 A L 0-2
LADIES 6s v Loddon II 3.15 (S) H
LADIES Colts B v Dereham Colts II (L) A L 0-6
LADIES Dev. v Yarmouth (L) 1.45 (S) H W 3-2
LADIES 1s v Barnes HE (L) A L 1-5
England Hockey Cups
U15 GIRLS v Pelicans A D 2-2 lost on flicks

MENS 1s v Ipswich 2 (L) 2.15 (W) H W 4-1
MENS 2s v Brentwood (L) A D 1-1
MENS 3s v Harleston Magpies 4 (L) H D 1-1
MENS 4s v Harleston Magpies 3 # (L) A D 1-1
MENS 5s v Harleston Magpies 6 (L) H W 6-4
MENS 6s v Harleston Magpies 5 # (L) A L 4-6
Men VETS v Chelmsford (L) A W 2-1
England Hockey Cups

U15 BOYS v Peterborough conceded Home Win!
Men VETS v Slough 2.00 H
W 5-1


Magpies 5s 6-4 Magpies 6s

After returning from North Walsham last week with tails firmly between legs, the fifth team were under pressure not only to have enough players but also to make an impact against the 6th team who have had a very successful season so far.

The 5ths started strongly against a much younger but talented side. However it was not long before the opposition had opened up the scoreboard.

Ed Watson and Charlie Roe controlled the midfield well and stifled the numerous attacks from the talented youngsters. With Charlie Durrant on the right the team were able to push forward in numbers and start to put the sixth team under some pressure. Tim Mann was able to find the goal once again to help level the scores but the sixths were soon back in retaliation with another.

At half-time with heads still held high the fifths were 2-1 down.

With goals needed desperately, Guy Paul was able to slot home a neat goal past the keeper with an assist from Robin Hayward. With added strength up front in the form of Paul Howland, Magpies 5ths started to pile on the pressure. The game opened up in the midfield allowing long balls through to Paul who would hold it up to allow for support and cause havoc amongst the sixth team defence. The goals then came in abundance with Tim Mann scoring 2, another from Guy Paul, a hard struck short corner shot from Paul Howland and another from Ed Watson.

The opposition also hit back with a superb goal from Jerry Blackmore and Kevin Ridley.

Final score 5ths 6 6ths 4

Man of the match Guy Paul.
– Robin Hayward

Ladies Development – Match Report

Ladies Development 3-2 Yarmouth

Our game this week against Yarmouth was a much closer affair. With a few regulars now beginning to get to know each other in the team ( that’s just me, Liz and Tracy!!)

I was particularly pleased to see everyone trying to play the positions they were given and pass the ball about ( some of the more experienced players in the club should come and see!).

As in the last games everyone gave 100% and the commitment and perseverance paid off. It was 1-1 at half time, something drastic had to be done- so off came the adults. Final score 2-3 to Harleston – what can I say!

Well done again girls!

Scorers this week were Olivia Boden, Scarlett Warnes and Lucy Crawford

Under 15 Girls Cup

Cup Match v Pelicans

This was a pulsating match which Magpies were unfortunate to lose on sudden death penalty flicks.

Magpies started the game very strongly and had several chances in the first 15 minutes to take a healthy lead. Pelicans gradually took control of midfield and started to put the Magpies defence under pressure. Pelicans scored with a direct shot from a penalty corner. This gave Pelis confidence and they could have increased their lead several times. However, Flora Marfleet made some excellent saves. Magpies finished the half strongly but were unable to force the ball over line from close to the goal.

Pelicans scored again shortly into the 2nd half when the ball was given away outside our D.

Magpies then staged a spirited comeback. Amy Brook scored direct from a penalty corner and with 5 minutes left Zoe Cole scored an opportunist equaliser – nipping in between their sweeper and keeper to push the ball into the corner. We could then have dramatically won the game in the last few minutes.

A thrilling game finished 2-2 – it could easily have been 5-5!

It then unfortunately had to be decided by penalties.

Both teams converted 3 out of 5 penalties. Flora Marfleet was again the hero saving 2 Pelicans attempts. We then went into sudden death. Magpies went first but the Pelis keeper made a good save. Flora got a glove to the Pelicans flick but could not keep it out.

It was a shame to lose like this but the girls can be proud of the way they played.

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