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Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT

DONCASTER 4 – 1 HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES

Harleston Magpies Ladies gave a much improved performance and with a little more experience could have come close to getting a result. Magpies survived some early pressure but took the lead after about 15 minutes from a penalty corner when the Doncaster goalkeeper saved a fierce strike from Artemis Clark and deflected it on to the crossbar and Angie Wheelhouse was the first to react as she scored with a reverse stick shot.

Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse were combining well up front whilst Jess Hull was having a strong game at left midfield. Magpies visibly grew in confidence but unfortunately conceded an equaliser before half time.

At this stage Magpies were right in the game and they needed to make a good start to the second half to continue their good work. Just 50 seconds into the second half Doncaster scored the decisive second goal which turned the game away from Magpies. The third and fourth goals came from penalty corners and were very avoidable as through lack of experience Magpies gave away cheap corners and paid the penalty. This is one of the areas this young side will need to work on but experience takes time.

Magpies responded well and produced some of their best attacking moments of the game with Artemis Clark attacking strongly from right midfield supported by Lucy Miller. Angie Wheelhouse was unlucky not to add a second goal when her fierce shot from a penalty corner rebounded off the post.

Overall Magpies gave a much improved performance from the previous week with a better shape and some excellent pressing of the ball which meant Doncaster knew they had been in a game. This is the way Magpies need to continue as the younger players learn the ropes at this level.

Mens 1s – MATCH REPORT

Wapping 1 – 5 Harleston Magpies

Harleston travelled down to Wapping for the opening league game of the season. Harleston welcomed Jimmy Wheeler and Chris Barber into their first league game for the first team and also the returning Richard Gill and Phil Cobbald. Harleston struggle to play their style trying to look for the long ball but they did find the break through when Andy Hipwell slotted home from a short corner.

After struggling to maintain possession Harleston managed to grab a second again through Andy Hipwell after a smart free hit from Richard Gill allowed Hipwell to deflect home from close range. Harleston were hanging on during the end of the first half but managed to hold on despite being reduced to 10 men when Carl Sitch was sent off.

In the second half Harleston began to find their feet playing some nice flowing hockey, when the ball broke to Chris Barber in the opposition half he beat the keeper for Jimmy Wheeler to slot home. Harleston were now in full flow Hipwell completing his hat trick after the keeper kicked the ball to him on a clearance to leave Hipwell to slot home. Wapping scored a consolation goal when poor marking allowed them in round the back of the defence. Harleston won a short corner on the stroke of time and Richard Ling slotted home to make the final score 5-1.

Next week Harleston host a strong Broxbourne side

EHA CUP
Old Loughts 9 – 3 Harleston Magpies

Harleston travelled down to Old Loughts for the second round of the cup taking on a strong Old Loughts side a couple of leagues above them. Harleston welcomed in to the team Gavin Cole, Robbie Kinsella, Mark Lewis, Andy Bedwell and Stuart Leate. Harleston struck the first blow when Andy Hipwell found the net continuing his good scoring form. Old Loughts managed to find 3 goals despite some resilient Harleston defending.

Harleston were not finished for the half and managed to grab another goal through Jimmy Wheeler to leave the game open at half time.

At the start of the second Harleston were reduced to 9 men after a couple of harsh umpiring decisions. This left Harleston open in the defence this allowed Old Loughts to grab a couple more goals before Harleston grabbed another through Andy Hipwell.

Towards the end Old Loughts movement up front began to take its toll and Harleston conceded 4 more goals with out reply.

Men 2s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies 2s 4-2 Norwich Union 1s

Magpies season got off to a fantastic start, with the
main objective of winning all 3 points being taken
from the game.

Magpies started the match very brightly, keeping union
pinned back in their half for the early part of the
game. The pressure was building, and sure enough the
first goal came converted by Gavin Cole. Some good
strong defending at the back by man of the match Harry
Blandy and others helped Magpies take a well deserved
2-0 lead in to half time after another opportunist
stroke from Cole.

The second half seemed a slightly more nervous affair
for the home side since they knew the importance of a
positive start to the season. Union had some chances
to pull a goal back, but after some narrow misses and
good saves eventually the game was made closer after a
low short corner strike. However home nerves were soon
about to be eased. Richard Larkin picking the ball up
from near the halfway line and running all the way to
goal after beating a defender for pace on the way, he
then dummied a pass to the back post, leaving the
goalkeeper stranded. Leaving him with the simple task
of pushing the ball home from all of 1 metre. After
scoring this early contender for goal of the season,
the game settled down. Union were given some late hope
after pulling one goal back, but a Stuart Leate strike
from a short corner wrapped up the points for the home
side.

Next week the Magpies travel to West Herts where they
hope that their 100% league record may continue!

Mens 4s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Mens 4s 1-0 Norwich Union 2s

Magpies Mens 4th XI opened their 2007/08 league season with victory over Norwich Union 2nds. Magpies up and coming stars youthfulness and running off the ball overcame the experience of the Norwich Union XI and just after the break Magpies Ben Wright created a gap on the top of the D for Fred Merret to fire the ball home from.

Norwich Union pressed hard to find an equaliser but Ross Stannard proved more than a match for the Union forwards and with tireless running from the midfield of Snelling, Wright, Legg and Moore and decisive defending from Stevens and Graham Magpies secured a hard fought but well deserved victory.

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Diss 4-2 Harleston Magpies Ladies Colts B

The dreaded phone call was received Saturday am, but we carried on regardless with just 10 players and no goalie.

The match started a bit lively for Diss and we sound found ourselves 2 goals down. But we didn’t panic (at least not too much) and we became more accustomed to the grass and soon started to attack the Diss goal when up popped Mrs McAllen to calmly put away a short corner. By half time we’d equalised with a fine goal from Anna Lacey and hopes were high(ish).

The second half was quite even, with some sterling work by Mrs Absolon who was playing an impressive kicking back. As we pressed for an equaliser Diss scored a breakaway goal, for the final score to be 4:2 to Diss. Every member of the team played their part and hopes are high for a win next week.

RESULTS – 29 SEPT 2007

LADIES 1s v Doncaster (L) A L 1-4
LADIES 2s v Braintree I (L) 1.00. A L 0-1
LADIES 3s v withdrawn
LADIES Colts A v Briston (L) 2.30 A L 0-4
LADIES 5s v Old Buckenham II (L) 10.00 A L 0-3
LADIES 6s v Norwich U IV (L) 10.30 (W) H W 3-1
LADIES Colts B v Diss (L) 11.00 A L 2-4
LADIES Dev. v (Loddon – friendly?) 12.15 (S) H

MENS 1s v Wapping (L) A W 5-1
MENS 2s v Norwich U (L) 2.15 (W) H W 4-2
MENS 3s v Lowestoft Town (L) A W 2-0
MENS 4s v Norwich U 2 (L) 1.45 (S) H W 1-0
MENS 5s v Norwich U 4 (L) W 3-1
MENS 6s v Norfolk Nomads (L) 4.00 (W) H W 5-4
Men VETS v Cambridge City (L) 3.15 (S) H W 12-0

SUN – EHA CUP
MENS 1s v Old Loughtonians Men’s 1s A L 3-9

WEEKEND PREVIEW

HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
29 September 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston play Doncaster away at 12.00 in their English League Division I game. This young and inexperienced Magpies side will have to adapt as fast as they can to the lessons learnt in last weeks heavy defeat to a quality Sunderland team and the management will be looking for a week by week improvement. Judging by the results last week it could be that Doncaster are also in a similar stage of transition to Magpies. Doncaster were relegated from the Premier Division last season and they may well have lost players or seen retirements.

“It was always going to be a difficult season” says Manager Nick McAllen “as any Club would struggle to respond to the loss of eight players at one time, but the squad are working hard and we will continue to have a positive approach as many of the players are taking a massive step up compared with the level they were playing last season.”

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

Clubs 1st award, 22nd Sept 2007

Clubs 1st Presentation for Magpies

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club marked two important achievements on Saturday when Martin Gotheridge, President of England Hockey, presented the Club with its Clubs 1st award and Nick Boulter, Senior Development Manager of Sport England, congratulated the Club on the refurbishment of its sand-based artificial grass pitch.

Mr Gotheridge paid tribute to the work of the Club’s youth committee, under the chairmanship of Helen Barber, in achieving Clubs 1st status and together with Club Chairman, Mike Denham, thanked Sport England for their invaluable grant of £35000 towards the upgrading of the pitch.

The presentation was held at the end of a youth coaching session as Clubs 1st, England Hockey’s nationally recognised accreditation for sports clubs, is focused on young members with particular regard to child protection, coaching, club management and sports equity.

For more information please contact –
Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
E-mail: MDenham975@aol.com
24 September 2007

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Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 0-7 SUNDERLAND

Harleston Magpies knew that the loss of 8 players from last season was going to make it a difficult season for this very young side and now they know just how hard it is going to be.

Sunderland are a quality side and very experienced and in the end their know how in the crucial areas of the pitch proved too much. Magpies made a nervous start and survived a few early scares before Sunderland took the lead after ten minutes. Magpies responded well with their best spell of the match with Angie Wheelhouse twice nearly setting up fellow striker Cherry Seaborn with a chance to run through the Sunderland defence. Unfortunately Magpies conceded two more goals before half time to leave Sunderland with a comfortable three nil lead.

The second half was bound to be hard going in the hot conditions but Magpies worked hard as a team but the quality of the Sunderland attackers continued to stretch the Magpies defence. Lucy Hayman in the Harleston goal made some excellent saves whilst the experienced players Louisa Greenacre and Debbie McAllen worked tirelessly to help the less experienced players many of whom were making their National League debuts.

In the end Sunderland rapped in four more goals in the second half to complete a comprehensive win. This is a steep learning curve for this Magpies team and the away trip to Doncaster will show how much Magpies have learnt from this experience.

Mens 1s – MATCH REPORT

Olton and West Warwick 2 – 6 Harleston Magpies

Harleston travelled to Olton to play their last pre season game before the league kicks off next weekend. Short of defenders Harleston played a new formation and welcomed in Jimmy Wheeler and Phil Cobbald.

Harleston were lucky to survive an early scare 1 minute in when Olton counter attacked and should have scored. From then on Harleston played some very nice hockey moving the ball round well and deserved to take the lead through Andy Hipwell from a drag flicked short corner. Harleston were pressing hard and winning the ball high up the pitch and soon doubled their lead through Carl Sitch with a well struck shot from the top of the D after a good free hit. Olton were working hard butonly really looking dangerous on the break, Iain Martin made a fine diving save when 1 on 1 to maintain Harleston’s 2 goal advantage. Harleston soon added a third after good play down the right the ball got crossed to Carl Sitch who fired in a cross for Neil Toulson to deflect the ball excellently into the back of the net.

Harleston were slower to start in the second half and struggled to put passes together this led to Olton pressurising the Harleston defence and were able to drive through when Harleston turned the ball over. Olton scored two goals without reply which set up a tense final 10 minutes. Harleston pulled them selves together and managed to sneak a fourth goal when Neil Toulson grabbed his second. From then on it was Harleston all the way Andy Hipwell grabbed his second as he showed no mercy when the ball fell to him 5ft from the goal. With a couple of minutes left James Fanger continued his scoring spree from last weekend to slot home from a narrow angle after the goal keeper made a good save.

In the first league game Harleston travel to newly promoted Wapping hoping to claim all three points to get their season off to a great start.

RESULTS – 22 SEPT 2007

LADIES 1s v Sunderland (L) 12.30 (W) H L 0-7
LADIES 2s v Dereham I (L) 2.15 (W) H L 0-4
LADIES 3s v withdrawn
LADIES Colts A v Nrth Walsh I (L) 4.00 (W) H L 0-3
LADIES 5s v Breckland (L) 10.00 A W 2-1
LADIES 6s v Dereham Colts II (L) 12 noon A L 0-4
LADIES Colts B v Nrwch U IV (L) 12.15 (S) H W 3-1
LADIES Dev. v Pelicans (L) 11.00 A W 4-2

MENS 1s v Olton & West Warwick 1.30 A W 6-2
MENS 2s v IES A
W 5-4
MENS 3s v IES 2 2.30 A W 5-1
MENS 4s v Lowestoft Railway 1 A
D 3-3
MENS 5s v Lowestoft Railway 2 10.30 (W) H
IES 3 3.15 (S) H
MENS 6s v IES 4 1.45 (S) H
Men VETS v Colchester (L) A
W 8-1

Ladies 5s – MATCH REPORT

Breckland 1-2 Harleston Magpies Ladies 5s

Magpies Ladies 5ths travelled to Watton Sports Centre for their first league match of the season.

Magpies had the first pushback and didn’t immediately work as a team resulting in some loss of possession, however this did not last for long and the team grew in confidence and began to control the game.

Kay Dennis and Becky Ford showed strength in the mid field, Becky Ford often using her skills to go past players leaving them floundering. The forward line of Sophie Hoseason, Clemmy Ardley –Forder and Laura Potter used their young legs to out run the opposition resulting in several shots but all sadly off target. Play centred around Magpies attacking goal and Breckland committed a foul just outside the D. Becky Ford showing sharpness of mind speedily took the free hit which found Laura’s stick for our first goal.

Just before half time Breckland had some opportunities in their D which resulted in a goal. Peggy Bridges (GK) went to the ground and the ball was momentarily lost and then pushed into the D. At half time the score was 1 -1.

Magpies came back into the second half with renewed vigour. Harri Milburn made several runs forward from her defensive position resulting in some very strong chances. Magpies second goal came from a strong hit to the goal by Kay Dennis which was secured by Sophie Hoseason.

Magpies kept control of the game from this point through effective passing and marking. Frances Fulcher playing very good tactical defense on the sidelines often resulting in our free hit.

The finishing score was 2 – 1 to Magpies. A good start to the league.

Players of the match as voted by the team were Becky Ford and Harri Milburn.

Next week a return to Watton for a match with Old Buckenham.

Ladies Development – Match Report

Pelicans 2-4 Magpies Ladies Development

Our very first development team game was an away fixture against Pelicans.

An early start and a long journey saw our debutantes arrive somewhat bewildered and uncertain, it took the experience of the “old girls” of the team – Tracy Baker, Liz Cole and myself to guide the younger members through the art of match preparation!

We obviously managed quite well because when the whistle went we had a full team, all in position (with the exception of the centre back – me – who ran on after the push back!!).

The game could not have gone better, no one would have known that most of the girls playing had never played an 11 a side, full pitch, full length game before, on either side.

The game was played with energy (by the youngsters anyway!) skill and a great spirit which was most pleasing. We were able to play some really exciting hockey resulting in a 4 – 2 win, goals coming from Keira Booty (3) and Sarah Brook (1).

I was thrilled with the way the girls conducted themselves in this first match and I am confident that we will have many more good games to come with the opportunity for lots of the under 13 girls to gain “big game” experience.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 20 September 2007

England Hockey President to visit Magpies

England Hockey President Martin Gotheridge and his wife Margaret are visiting Weybread this Saturday (22 September) to present the Club with its Clubs 1st award and to mark Sport England’s much appreciated CCDP grant of £35000 towards the refurbishment of the sand-based pitch. We hope they enjoy their visit.

Tea and biscuits will be served from 9.30am with the presentations taking place at 10.00am. The early start is to enable the presentations to take place during a youth coaching session as the focus of Clubs 1st is very much on young people. All members and parents will be very welcome to attend.


League season
The season gets into full swing over the next couple of weeks and I wish all our captains and teams the very best for the months ahead.

I take this opportunity to show below Nick McAllen’s notes for this Saturday’s national league programme when the Ladies’ 1sts entertain Sunderland (12.30pm) and Robert Stimpson’s preview of the forthcoming men’s season.

Ladies
Today sees the start of a new season of the Slazenger England Hockey League Division 1 programme. Magpies’ Ladies will this season be sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston and we thank Val and Sue Tolhurst for their generous support. This will be the last season of Division 1 before England Hockey implement their new structure for next season, which as we understand it will be a Premier Division and three leagues feeding into it, probably covering the South East, South West and the North. Eight of the Division 1 teams will definitely be in these Regional leagues next season.

For our opening league game of the season we are pleased to welcome Sunderland who had a very impressive season last year finishing fourth – one place and six points ahead of Magpies. We are also pleased to welcome umpires Jane Binner and Richard Pearce as well as Brian Perks as TD.

The summer has seen dramatic changes to the Magpies’ Ladies squad with the loss of eight players from last season due to changing clubs, going to university, a pregnancy (congratulations to Charlotte Harrison) and several retirements. Magpies will be leaning heavily on four very experienced players namely Louisa Greenacre (captain), Lucy Hayman (vice-captain), Debbie McAllen and Angie Wheelhouse as the Club starts the task of rebuilding the team by promoting players from the second team as well as blooding a number of very young players. This process started with tough pre-season matches against Sutton Coldfield, Poynton, Cannock, Nottingham Highfields, Old Loughtonians and Sevenoaks. If Magpies are going to have a season of considerable transition this is the season to do it, because of the restructuring of the League.

The Magpies squad will see six players making their national league debuts whilst six of the younger players played in the U18 national finals at Birmingham last May finishing third. It will be good to see Laura Parker back in the team after she missed most of last season through injury.
– Nick McAllen.


Men
The Men’s 1sts, again kindly sponsored by Durrants, are a little over a week away from their first league encounter with an away trip to newly promoted Wapping – a game which offers us the chance of making a good start to the season.

The pre-season programme has gone very well except for injuries. Training started on the first of August for the two top elevens and attendances have been good and the sides will go into the league fitter than ever before. This year an extensive series of friendlies were arranged with visits to Doncaster for a mini tournament; to West Hampstead and Olton and West Warwick. With cup games against West Herts and Old Loughtonians a satnav is an essential part of kit these days.

On the playing front the first team has lost the services of Colin Wheelhouse, James Waters and Toby Tibbenham but has been bolstered by new recruit James Fanger and the return to the club of Andy Bedwell and, of course, Richard Gill who has transferred from national league side Doncaster. With a more experienced Carl Sitch and Chris Barber coming through the ranks the squad is stronger than last season and all are hopeful that we can go one better than second place in the last two seasons.

Meantime the Club’s coaching initiative has started well with Les Howlett coaching the firsts, Rob Wagstaff and Philip Cobbald the seconds and the development eleven benefiting from the influence of Stuart Peters and Bob Skinner. The boys’ junior sides are being coached by Les Howlett and Leigh Sitch with Matt Brand taking the Club session on Monday nights. Our coaching set up is now the envy of many national league sides and will result in improved results throughout.

The only blot on the pre-season is a serious injury to David Ling with minor injuries to Stuart Leate and Tristan Baynes. We wish them well.
– Robert Stimpson.

Facilities
I am delighted to report that the clubhouse balcony is nearing completion (and it looks splendid!) and the disabled toilet (which will be available for general use) has been completed. A final decision on the positioning of the stairlift will be taken when the side stairs are in place. My thanks to the following members for their recent grounds/clubhouse work at Weybread – Richard Allcock, David Cobbald, Phil Cobbald, Robin Hayward, Andrew Longe and Tony Williams.

Fund Raising
The developments at the club this summer have cost a lot of money and I remind members that as reported at the AGM we still have loans of £94000 to repay. I haven’t mentioned it of late but the fund raising campaign is still running for members who wish to help the Club. Please let me know if you would like more details. I’ll be very pleased to talk to you!

SOCIAL AND FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES 2007-2008

Please put the dates in your diaries! More details will be issued in due course.

2007
Saturday 6 October Family Quiz Evening (7.00pm)
Friday 2 November Fireworks Spectacular (gates open 6.30pm)
Saturday 24 November “Cocktail” Evening
Saturday 29 December Fancy Dress Inter-Club Mixed Hockey

2008
Saturday 2 February Social Evening
Saturday 1 March Race Night
Saturday 12 April Silent Auction and Spring Prize Draw
Saturday 3 May End of Season Bash
Sat/Sun/Mon 3/4/5 May Magpies Tournament
Summer Five evenings of mixed hockey
Sunday 22 June Strawberry Luncheon
Saturday 5 or 12 July Summer Ball
Thursday 14 August Golf Day (Bungay GC)

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

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
E-mail: MDenham975@aol.com
20 September 2007

Ladies 5s – MATCH REPORT

Herlings 8-1 Magpies Ladies 5s

A select group of the Ladies 5s team travelled to East Harling to play Herlings on Saturday 15th. With only 8 players Magpies did well at the beginning of the match, which was on grass, keeping the opposition at bay. Magpies defended very well and made some good forward attacking breaks with Kay Dennis using her skills and Sophie Hoseason flying up with wing with her speed. By 20mins the Magpies team’s fitness was starting to show weakness as the work-rate had been so high. Herlings scored the first of their series of goals but the Magpies defence tried very hard to keep the strikers at bay.

The second half started Magpies 2 – 0 down and although Magpies kept a brave face the fitness of our players was really being tested. Herlings had leant a player to Magpies, but even still we could not defend our goal and a flurry of Herlings goals started. Peggy Bridges had her second penalty to defend in goal (an amazing save was made during last week’s match) but sadly the ball just skimmed up over her right arm on the dive.

Magpies made one goal back when Emma Lacey received the ball took it up the field for a shot, which was deflected by the goal keeper only to have a successful second strike.

Special mention to Harri Milburn who worked like a Trojan in mid field and did not back off for a second.

Final score Herlings 8 Magpies 1

Next week away at Breckland

Mens 1s – MATCH REPORT

West Herts 1-5 Harleston Magpies

In the first round of the cup Harleston travelled down to West Herts after a good pre season run. It was however the home side who opened the scoring during an evenly matched first half. Harleston found an equaliser through a well taken goal by Neil Toulson following good play from him and Chris Barber. With both teams not being able to capitalise on any more chances in the first half the teams went in at 1-1.

Harleston came out better in the second half and started to move the ball round at a higher intensity and started to create more chances. Harleston took the lead through James Fanger who’s powerful shot from the top of the D left the goal keeper with no chance. As West Herts started to tire Harleston piled on the pressure scoring their third through Andy Hipwell after he waltzed into the D as the West Herts defence parted like the Red Sea to fire home. Richard Ling scored the teams fourth from a well taken short corner. James Fanger grabbed his second to round off a good second half performance which saw the team progress to the next round of the cup.