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Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT


Magpies indifferent form since Christmas extended another week when they were well beaten by a Poynton team who gave Magpies a lesson in finishing. Magpies started well enough as they had their share of midfield control but Poynton have forwards who have a proven track record in goalscoring and they threatened the Magpies defence in the first half on the counter attack. Magpies had the best chance of the first half when the umpire gave Magpies the advantage instead of the penalty flick but Magpies failed to take the chance. Similarly Magpies won a number of penalty corners but Poynton were able to defend them successfully.

The game was decided in an 8 minute spell early in the second half when Poynton scored three goals in ruthless style. Magpies were clearly rocking for a few minutes but to their credit came back strongly and finished the stronger team. The goal scoring chances Magpies created were probably twice as many as Poynton but the final pass or shot was never executed effectively.

Magpies are now anxiously looking over their shoulder and need to record a couple of wins to move up the table.


UEA 1s 1-3 Harleston Magpies 2s

Magpies produced a disjointed performance in defeating the university. In a first half where magpies struggled to pass the ball with any fluidity, Lawrence Baynes produced the only highlight, driving into the D before flicking into the net to give them a 1-0 half time lead. The second half continued to be played at 100mph, and Magpies scored again through Robbie Kinsella who was in a good position at the far post. UEA scored a well worked short corner routine, to get themselves back in the game. Goal keeper Mark Lewis kept Magpies lead in tact with some first class saves before Gavin Cole ensured the victory with a neat finish to leave the final score 3-1.

Ladies 2s – MATCH REPORT

Watton 1s 4-3 Harleston Magpies 2s

Harleston started the game comfortably and put a lot of pressure on the Watton defence, although the game was a bit off pace the ball was being moved around nicely.
The first goal came early on, with a lovely pass from midfield wide right to Kathryn Hinsley, who passed the ball to Lucy Whiting who made no mistake slotting it passed the keeper.
The second goal was an interception by Kathryn Hinsley on the left, who then played a lovely ball into Lucy Whiting, which again she finished.
Watton then got many shortcorners and eventually finished one off. Finally before half-time, Kim Ashby put an excellent ball into the D from wide right and Kathryn Hinsley scored Magpies third goal, 1-3 at half-time.

Magpies knew that if they were going to keep their lead they needed to step their game up, and unfortunately did not do this, in fact this was the worst half ever played by Magpies seconds, not a good time either when they had scored 3 and were in the lead.
Watton passed the ball well and made some god runs, putting the Magpies defence under a lot of pressure, Magpies missed tackles and didn’t close players down and allowed them shots on goal, and Watton eventually penalised Magpies for this and scored 3 times in the second half to win the game. A very diappointing result for Magpies.


Harleston Mens 1s 3-3 Broxbourne 1s

Harleston entertained a strong Broxbourne side at home this weekend. Broxbourne started the better side as Harleston were slow to get started. Harleston struggled to string passes together and did not maintain possession well. Broxbourne pushed high trying to force Harleston into a mistake. Harleston were the first to score through a short corner which was converted at the back post by a diving Neil Toulson. Harleston continued to press and were unlucky not to double their lead when a shot flashed inches past the post. With the game getting more heated cards were started to be shown and Harleston were reduced to 10 men when Leigh Sitch was sent off for a clinical foul. Despite this set back Harleston held onto their lead till half time.

A minute into the second half Broxbourne equalised with a short corner of their own which just sneaked in. Harleston were still struggling to play their passing game and this invited Broxbourne to pressurise them. Broxbourne took the lead follwing a quick free hit which caught the Harleston defence napping. This goal spurred Harleston on who pushed forward in numbers looking for the equaliser, they eventually found it when Andy Hipwell’s shot took a deflection in the circle to leave the Broxbourne keeper with no chance. Harleston did not hang on to their lead long when Broxbourne were awarded a penalty flick which they converted. Harleston had to throw caution to the wind and go all out for the win. With time running out Neil Toulson popped up at the back post again to score with a reverse stick dive. With one minute left Harleston nearly snatched the game but unfortunately the final shot was just wide.

Next week Harleston travel to third place Blue Harts in what will be a very tough game.

Ladies 3s – MATCH REPORT

Ipswich & East Suffolk 1s 4-0 Harleston Magpies 3s

Sometimes the scoreline does not reflect the match and this was one of those occasions. If IES are honest they will feel lucky to have got one point from this game let alone all three league points. Magpies dominated territory and possession from start to finish but could not supply the finishing touch in front of goal. On the other hand IES had four shots on target and scored all 4. The final two being scored on breakaways. If Magpies can continue to play as they did in this match but become much more clinical in their finishing they will win their remaining league games this season. Katrina Warnes once again played a blinder in midfield and will soon be knocking on the 2nds door.

Ladies 4s – MATCH REPORT

Norwich Union 3s 1-1 Harleston Magpies Ladies 4s

Magpies started well, enjoying the majority of possession and encountering their fair share of chances within the first five minutes. However they were unfortunate to concede after just ten minutes into the game, when Norwich took advantage of a break, only to slot one home. Howver Magpies remained optimistic and with a combination of good team spirit and great passing their efforts paid off – ten minutes after going one down Mel Beevor scored after beating the goalkeeper in a one on one situation.

Such a performance continued throughout the second half despite a lot of pressure from Norwich. Some spectacular saves from Vicky Blackmore and a solid defensive performance was aided by the whole team. This determination paid off as Norwich were unable to capitalise on their short corner oppurtunities, leaving the final score Norwich Union III 1, Harlseton Magpies Ladies IV 1. Player of the match was Becky Marshall.

RESULTS – 24 Feb 2007

LADIES 1s v Poynton 1s – A – L 0-3
LADIES 2s v Watton 1s – A – L 3-4
LADIES 3s v Ipswich E-S 1s – A – L 0-4
LADIES Colts A v Norwich U 2s – H – L 2-3
LADIES 4s v Norwich U 3s – A – D 1-1
LADIES 5s v Thetford 1s – H – L 0-4
LADIES 6s v Herlings 1s – A – PP
LADIES Colts B v Dereham Colts 2 – A – L 0-3
U11 Girls Norfolk Championships 3rd
U13 Girls Norfolk Championships

MENS 1s v Broxbourne 1s – H – D 3-3
MENS 2s v UEA 1s – A – W 3-1
MENS 3s v Ipswich 3s – H – L 0-6
MENS 4s v Lowestoft Town 1s – A – L 4-5
MENS 5s v Norwich City 3s – H – L 0-5
MENS 6s v Pelicans 3s – H – L 2-7
MENS 7s v Bury St Edmunds 4s – A – D 1-1
MENS Vets v Pelicans – A – W 3-2

Bettsy running the marathon!

Hi, this is Laura Betts and I play for the Ladies 2nds at Magpies.

Basically I am running the London Marathon in April for Motor Neurone Disease as my dad passed away from the disease 2 years ago in March. I have to raise a minimum of £1500 and am about a third of the way

I have a web page where people can donate online and wanted to
put a link up on the Magpies blog page. However, for some reason my
computer doesn’t like this and so I was wandering whether you could
help me, with this?

The link is

Its totally secure and will take people to a my page where it gives
further information as to why I am running the marathon.

Hopefully, some people may donate, even a small amount of money in support.

Thanks for your help,
Laura Betts

U18 Girls – EHA Cup

Harleston magpies won 4-3 on penalty flicks.

Harleston Magpies U18 Girls reached the last 8 of the Cup after equalising in the last 20 seconds and then winning on sudden death penalty flicks. Magpies made a poor start after conceding a goal after 3 minutes due to poor marking, but Jess Bloom levelled the scores after 17 minutes. Canterbury were back in front on 25 minutes and went in at half time with a 2-1 lead. Hannah Coulson quickly levelled the scores with a reverse stick shot but Magpies were soon trailing 3-2 after conceding a penalty flick. Magpies showed real character as they increasingly took the game to Canterburuy as they went in search of the equaliser but as time seemed to be running out Jess Bloom made it 3-3 with a late gasp effort, which they deserved.

After the first round of penalty flicks the scores were level at 3-3 and on sudden death flicks Artemis Clark scored and Canterbury missed their final effort.

RESULTS – 17 Feb 2007

LADIES 1s v Horsham 1s – H – D 1-1
LADIES 2s v Norwich City 1s – H – W 4-0
LADIES 3s v Sudbury 2s – H – W 5-0
LADIES Colts A v
LADIES 5s v Old Buckenham 2s H – L 4-5
LADIES Colts B v
SUN – National Cups
U15 Girls v Chelmsford
– H – L 0-5
Mixed v Havering – H – W 6-3
U18 Girls v Canterbury – H – D 3-3 Won on Flicks

MENS 1s v Chelmsford 2s – A – W 11-1
MENS 2s v Norwich Union 2s – H – W 6-1
MENS 3s v Felixstowe 1s – A – L 0-3
MENS 4s v Bury St Edmunds 2s – H – W 2-0
MENS 5s v UEA 5s – H – L 1-3
MENS 6s v Sudbury 3s – A – W 2-1
MENS 7s v
MENS Vets v Ipswich – H – L 1-3


Harleston Magpies Mixed 6-3 Havering

Harleston played the second home of the mixed cup at home against a strong Havering side. Harleston satrted well moving the ball round and making Havering chase the game. For the first 10 minutes Harleston couldn’t find the break through they were after until Gavin Cole to shoot past the advancing keeper before Katheryn Hinsley slotted home from close range. Harleston soon doubled their lead when Angie Wheelhouse slotted home from a tight angle. Havering were being out played all over the park and were beggining to get frustrated at just about everything. Debbie Mcallen and David Francis had the middle sewn up and forced Havering to play wide. Katheryn Hinsley grabbed her second with another back post tap in to add to Havering’s woes. Harleston soon scored again with Gavin Cole slotting home from the middle of the D with a powerful shot under the goal keeper. Harleston were not finished though and added a fifth in the first half when Phil Cobbald’s strike was deflected past the Havering keeper.

Harleston started the second half slowly and struggled to string passes together this allowed Havering to pile the pressure on the defence and Havering scored with a deflection at the back post. Havering then scored their second with a short corner that was run in to the penalty spot and flicked past Iain Martin. Lucy Whiting and David Ling were working hard down the right but the ball was limited getting to them. Havering then scored a third from a deflected short corner which flew into the corner of the net. Iain Martin then made an outstanding save to keep Harleston in the game before some solid defending from Glen Masterson and Louisa Greenacre and a goal line clearance from Leigh Sitch managed to halt the Havering on slaught. Harleston grabbed their sixth goal from a short corner which Tristan Baynes slung home low past the keeper.


Chelmsford 2s 1-11 Harleston Magpies 1s

Harleston travelled to Chelmsford this week looking to build on their win last weekend. Harleston started quickly after an excellent warm up pressurising Chelmsford at every oppourtunity. After good build up play Harleston eventually took the lead when Tom Sumner lofted a shot past the hapless Chelmsford goal keeper. Harleston soon doubled their lead when Neil Toulson slotted home at the back post after Tristan Baynes put in a good cross. With Chelmsford on the back foot Harleston continued to press and soon scored two more goals in quick succession one from Tristan Baynes dispatching a low penalty corner and the second from Andy Hipwell who slapped his shot home from the middle of the area after excellent build up play. Andy Hipwell added another and just before the end of the half Colin Wheelhouse popped up at the back post to slot home from close range much to his deleight.

Harleston started the second half much in the ame way as the first playing champagne hockey and really moving the ball around well, Chelmsford struggling to keep up with the pace of the game. Harleston soon scored their seventh when after good build up play Andy Hipwell hit a shot across his body past the advancing goal keeper. Tristan Baynes then scored his second from another corner before Andy Hipwell grabbed his fourth goal with an excellent deflection after David Ling had banged a cross in off the ground. Tristan Baynes then finished his hat trick off in style after Neil Toulson intercepted the ball at the top of the D and backed off to allow Tristan to pick his spot before smashing the ball past the helpless goal keeper. Andy finished off the rout after rebounding at a short corner lifting the ball past the keeper. Harleston were unable to keep a clean sheet with a lapse in concentration saw Chelmsford grab a concelation goal.

Next week sees Harleston at home against a strong Broxbourne side.

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT


Magpies started brightly against Horsham and threatened to take an early lead as Jess Bloom went close on two occasions. Horsham were defending well and their goalkeeper played exceptionally well throughout the match. Donna Causton was denied on a penalty corner strike by another excellent save. Horsham scored in the first half with their first real chance of the game and against the run of play.

Magpies increased their tempo and pressure in the second half as they pressed Horsham back for long periods of the game with Debbie McAllen and Hannah Coulson prominent in midfield. Artemis Clark threatened the Horsham defence with some promising runs down the right but in the end Angie Wheelhouse levelled the scores from a penalty corner.

Magpies looked capable of going on to collect all three points but they could not turn pressure into goals. Debbie McAllen’s late shot looked goal bound but unfortunately struck another Magpies player on the heel. At the other end Magpies survived a late scare when Horsham failed to convert a chance in front of an opening goal.

U15 Girls – EHA Cup


Harleston Magpies U15 Girls went out of the National Cup to a strong Chelmsford side who in the end ran out as comfortable winners.

Magpies played very well in the first half containing Chelmsford well and counter attacking at pace through Cherry Seaborn, Verity Blyth and Chloe Hunnable. Magpies had their chances on the break and won several penalty corners. On the stroke of half time Chelmsford broke the dead lock to make it 1-0. This proved to be the turning point as Magpies needed to score first to give themselves a chance.

In the second half as Magpies gradually tired Chelmsford were able to assert their authority but Krisina Brinkley, Bryony Lund and Amy Brook defended well. Gradually Chelmsford increased their lead and went away with a 5-0 win.


Harleston Magpies 2s 6-1 Norwich Union 2s

With Norwich having beaten league leaders Cambridge the week before, this was always going to be a more difficult game than the league standings would suggest. Playing at the later time of 4pm, the players were buzzing and raring to go following a good warm up. Despite creating some early chances, Magpies went behind to a close range finish from the Norwich forward. Not the start they were hoping for. Composure and patience were going to be important in the final third of the pitch, something, which had been missing in recent weeks. As Magpies clicked into gear, Norwich found it more and more difficult to get out of there half. Magpies played the best period of hockey in the 15 minutes before half time, which resulted in 3 goals. Matt Brand flicking into the net from a short corner, Richard Larkin diving to poke home and Mike Warlow doing the damage and ensuring that the first half finished in a flurry, pleasing the ever increasing crowd.

Magpies seemed relax early in the second half, opting to run with the ball too much, and so, the goals dried up for a short spell. However, first Lawrence Baynes scored with a well struck shot from his usual tight angle, and then Richard Larkin ran from the half way line, before shooting from the top of the D to give Magpies a 5-1 lead. A short corner was awarded as the final play of the game, allowing the defenders the chance to potentially get on the score sheet. Sadly, (for the defenders) the shot was too well struck by Gavin Cole, which nestled into the corner of the goal giving a final score of 6-1.(a score predicted before the game my Mr Chairman I am lead to believe!) Thanks to everyone who stayed to watch, it was greatly appreciated by the players.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 15 February 2007


Both 1sts teams responded well last weekend to their disappointments of a week earlier. The Ladies won an away point at Trojans in the Slazenger EHL Division One following their home defeat by Sunderland and the Men beat Dereham with a late penalty stroke to remain one point behind league leaders Cambridge University who denied them an East Premier A win with virtually the last hit of the game the previous week.

Division One remains a very topsy-turvy league so there is plenty for the Ladies to play for over the last six games of the season whether they look above or below them and the Men will be hoping for a slip-up by Cambridge University while maintaining their own form.

I hope as many members as possible will be able to get to Weybread this Sunday (18 February) to cheer on our teams in the following national cup matches.

U15 Girls v Chelmsford

12 noon (tbc)
Mixed v Havering

U18 Girls v Canterbury

In view of the collision on the road outside the club last Saturday I take this opportunity to remind members to exercise great care when leaving the car park. Fortunately no-one was badly injured but the car which came down the hill looked destined for the scrapheap following the accident.

Despite a disappointingly low turn-out for the recent Race Night the event was very enjoyable and still made a net profit of £550. I am very grateful to all who attended and/or supported the event financially including Les and Irene Bicker, Val and Sue Tolhurst and Graham Clarke for sponsoring three of the races and Robbie Kinsella for auctioning the runners for the last race which raised the excellent sum of £120. My thanks also to Jose Tibbenham, James and Sally Smith, Debbie McAllen, Dave Francis, Philippa Taylor and Emma Lacey for helping to run the event.

I urge all members to support the following social and fund raising events starting with the Karaoke Evening on 17 March.

Saturday 17 March
‘Stars In Your Eyes’ Karaoke Evening and Spring Prize Draw

Saturday 21
April End of Season Party (Apollo Club)

Six evenings of mixed hockey

Sunday 1 July
Strawberry Luncheon at Gawdy Hall

by kind permission of Mr and Mrs David Green

Thursday 23 August
Golf Day (Bungay GC)

Friday 2 November
Fireworks Evening

Please see website and the clubhouse notice board for more information.

Did you know?

1. Carl Sitch has this week been playing for England U18s at Belle Vue, Manchester in a series of matches against Ireland. Congratulations Carl!

2. The men’s veterans are through to the Last 8 of their national cup after edging out City of Peterborough last Sunday 5-4 on penalty strokes after a late goal to draw 1 – 1.

3. The chairman still continues to pick up a considerable amount of discarded bottles none of which have been dropped by him!

4. After their win over Cambridgeshire Nomads the U18 Boys are away to Belper on Sunday 4 March in the fourth round of their England Hockey national cup competition. Good luck!

5. Richard Gill, who remains a keen Magpie despite moving out of the area and who helped with some coaching earlier in the season, is running in the London Marathon on Sunday 22 April in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust. If you wish to support Richard please go to and type in his type as directed for his site.



‘Stars In Your Eyes’ Karaoke Evening


Tickets £5 each (£2.50 for U18s) Nibbles provided!

I wish all our teams the best of luck in the remaining weeks of the season.

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
15 February 2007