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CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 1 June 2007

Exciting clubhouse and ground developments

I am delighted to announce that the Club’s Board has agreed to further improvements in our facilities. As well as the already announced upgrade of the floodlights on both pitches (in June) the clubhouse balcony and stairs will be replaced in iroko hardwood in early August in addition to the building of a disabled toilet under the balcony and the installation of a stairlift on the main outside staircase. The main staircase is badly in need of replacement and with the balcony and side staircase also showing their age the opportunity is being taken to replace the entire structure thereby saving money in the long run. The stairlift and toilet will plug serious gaps in our facilities and the latter will also include a baby changing shelf – a facility I hope I will not be called upon to use!

Season 2006/7
The season is nearly over – after more than 8 months! There is just one more event to look forward to in what has been another busy and eventful season for the Club and that is the national mixed trophy in which our team plays Staines in their semi-final at Old Loughtonians HC on Saturday 9 June (1.30pm) and, hopefully, Ipswich or Phoenix the next day in the final. I wish our team well in their bid to repeat their triumph of 2004.

The penultimate event for the Club was the Girls U18 round-robin national finals held at the University of Birmingham and our squad acquitted themselves well despite 1-0 defeats at the hands of Belper (eventual champions) and Chelmsford before an excellent 2-0 win over Trojans to give coach Nick McAllen a boost on his 60th birthday!

I’ve commented on the various highs and lows of the season in previous “Chats” but for the benefit of non- online readers I summarise some of the “highs” as follows while forgetting about the “lows”!

* Four teams in national finals (Girls U18s Indoor and Outdoor, Girls U16 Indoor and Men’s Veterans).

* Winning Division 2 of the men’s national indoor league.

* Men’s 2nds gaining promotion.

* More encouraging performances by our U11/U13 boys and girls minis.

* Carl Sitch playing for England 18s.

I take this opportunity to thank all officers and officials of the Club for their hard work over the months.

Annual General Meetings
I hope as many members as possible will be able to get to the AGM at 8.00pm on Thursday 21 June 2007. This is your chance to raise matters of interest to you or to express some words of praise for the officers and officials who work so hard to keep the Club running!

Sunday 1 July 2007 12 noon
I hope you will be able to support this event which this year is being very kindly hosted by David and Wendy Green at Gawdy Hall, Redenhall.
Tickets (including a drink) are £10 (adults), £5 (children 7 to 12) with children under 7 free.
Please contact
Daphne Beckett (07850 709297)
or David Alexander (01508 530237).

Thursday 23 August 2007 – Bungay GC
If you would like to enter a team of four (men, women or mixed) for 18 holes of golf, luncheon and the chance of prizes please contact me (Mike Denham)
on 01603 506925.

For regular league players
Mondays 4 & 18 June and 2 & 16 July 7.30pm
Please bring white and coloured shirt
and £3 match fee!

We are indebted to all the sponsors who have supported the Club this season. Without them the Club would be much the poorer.

ginger tom & the GOcats
(Rock, Pop cover, 60’s to present day)

This band which includes Magpies’ members Tracy Baker (vocals), Roy Goodwin (vocals & guitar) and Neville Chubbock (drums) will be playing at The Black Swan, Homersfield on Friday 15 June at 9.00pm. Worth a look and listen I suggest!

For a wide range of information about Diss, Harleston, Bungay, Beccles, Lowestoft, Halesworth, Loddon and Southwold and surrounding villages I recommend you have a look at this very entertaining and informative blog which includes videos, local features, business editorials, advertisements etc, etc.

Please access the blog via or via the link on the Home Page of the Club’s website.

EuroHockey Nations Championship – 18-26 August 2007 (Belle Vue, Manchester)
Have you considered supporting England Women and Men in their quest for the European crown and British Olympic qualification? With the top three sides in each event gaining automatic qualification for Beijing these championships are even more important than ever. If the England teams fail to qualify via Manchester they will have to try again in the early months of 2008 in one of three further qualification events (in Chile, Japan or New Zealand for the men and Azerbaijan, Canada or Russia for the women) in which only the top team from these events will qualify for the 2008 Olympics. Olympic qualification is getting harder and harder as the FIH seeks to give more countries a chance.

Tickets are now on sale for Manchester and are priced from just £5.00. Please buy online from or call 0871 230 9842.

300 CLUB – congratulations to the following winners!

June 06
Dick Rout, Keith Phillips
Rosemary Redmond, Christine Longe, Vera Wharton, Joyce Day

July 06
£20 Tristan Baynes, Paula Higgins
Helen Alexander, Mrs B Howes, Janet Seaman, Kevin Ridley

Aug 06
£20 John Slade, Charles Whipps
Sue Williams, Angela Howlett, Gill Hipwell, Richard Rusted

Sept 06
£20 Philip Banha, Lyndsey Boatman
Jon Perris, Sue Prior, Pat Hall, Debbie McAllen

Oct 06
Helen Farrar, Gordon Thorburn
Iain Wylie, Pam Mayhew, Ann Cunningham, Keith Alexander

Nov 06
Christine Longe, Michael West
John Slade, Cynthia Philips, Peter Dolton, Mrs B Howes

Dec 06
Sophie Podd, Frank Whiteman
Roy Whipps, Mark Legg, Keith Philips, John Farrar

Jan 07
£20 Vera Wharton, Mr E Clark
£15 Margaret Greenacre, Pat Hall, Roger Laurie, Lyndsey Boatman

Feb 07
£20 Rosemary Steggles, Gordon Thorburn
£15 Angela Howlett, Janet Reader, Ann Cunningham, John Renault

Mar 07

£20 Janet Hall, Colin Ridley
£15 A Yates, David Edwards, J Neep, Tracy Baker

Apr 07

£20 Janet Hall, Norman Hart
£15 Phil Alexander, Michael Dye, Pat Daniels, Vera Wharton

May 07

£20 Roy Whipps, Linda Hunter
£15 Rosemary Redmond, Peter Dolton, Philip Banham, Mrs B Howes

The Club is extremely grateful to all members of the 300 Club for the invaluable support they give to HMHC.

New members are very welcome!

Please contact Angie Wheelhouse at 26 Association Way, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0TQ.

I wish all members, supporters and friends of the Club an enjoyable summer.

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
1 June 2007

U18 Girls – EHA Cup – FINALS


Harleston Magpies U18 Girls battled it out with Chelmsford, Belper and Trojans in the National Finals at Birmingham University and finally finished third, but with a little bit of luck could have done even better.

In the opening game against the favourites Belper Magpies started really well and surprised Belper by controlling the early stages. In a game with few chances Belper took the lead with a penalty stroke before half time and in the second half Magpies found the going much harder as Belper took a hold of the midfield. Even so it was a tight game where Magpies performed well.

On Sunday Magpies played Chelmsford and lost 1-0, but this in no way reflected the match as Magpies completely dominated the second half but just could not score. Unfortunately some crucial decisions at each end denied Magpies a chance of a result they deserved.

In the final game Magpies beat Trojans 2-0 with Jess Bloom scoring both goals in the first half and Magpies controlled the second half and never looked like conceding a goal. The team performed well throughout the weekend and can take great credit from finishing third in the country.

Squad: Jess Bloom, Hannah Coulson, Alice Nutbourne, Jade Daly, Amy Tuffs, Ellie Blake, Frances Taylor, Helen Brook, Amelia Thomson, Jess Hull, Artemis Clark, Katrina Warnes, Chloe Hobson, Josie Molloy, Kim Ashby and Lizzie Clymer

U18 Girls – EHA Cup – FINALS

THIS WEEKEND – MAY 19th AND 20th – finished 3rd

Harleston Magpies Under 18 Girls travel to Birmingham University to compete in the National Finals where they will play the following teams:

Saturday – Belper 12.45 L 0-1

Sunday – Chelmsford 10.15 L 0-1

Sunday – Trojans 14.30 W 2-0

Harleston Magpies Cup run started back in September when they beat Peterborough at home 12-0. They were then drawn away against Saffron Walden and won 6-0. The crunch game came back in February when they played Canterbury at home. In a terrific match it was hard to pick a winner but with Canterbury leading 3-2 with a minute to go it seemed all over until Jess Bloom snatched a last minute deserved equaliser. The result then depended on penalty flicks and after the first round it was 3-3. Magpies finally won on sudden death penalties thanks to Artemis Clark. A home draw against Olton another Premier Club saw Magpies win 3-2 and so to the Finals.

They should be three terrific games over the weekend but Belper will start as favourites based on their recent track record.

Magpies completed their preparations with a series of practice games over the last few weeks which has seen the team improve considerably week by week.

Squad: Jess Bloom, Hannah Coulson, Alice Nutbourne, Frances Taylor, Helen Brook, Amy Tuffs, Katrina Warnes, Elizabeth Clymer, Jade Daly, Chloe Hobson, Jess Hull, Kim Ashby, Amelia Thomson, Artemis Clark, Ellie Blake and Josie Molloy.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 11 May 2007


The competitive part of the season commenced towards the end of September and here we are nearly eight months later and we still have two teams in national events.

The U18 Girls are preparing for the national finals at the University of Birmingham on Saturday/Sunday 19/20 May (when they play Belper, Chelmsford and Trojans in the round-robin event) while the Mixed team are contemplating a semi-final against Staines in the national mixed trophy at Old Loughtonians HC on Saturday 9 June with, hopefully, the final the next day against Ipswich or Phoenix.

The U18 Girls qualified for their finals with their excellent 3 – 2 quarter-final win over Olton & West Warwicks in March and the Mixed team beat the same club last Sunday 5 – 0 with an outstanding display of hockey after going ahead in the opening minute. With hat-trick hero Gavin Cole grabbing the attention of the enthusiastic crowd the squad never looked like releasing their firm grip on the game. I wish both teams the best of good fortune in their efforts to bring yet more success to the Club.

The Men’s Veterans did the Club proud by holding a very strong Isca team to 2 – 1 in the final of England Hockey’s Veterans’ Cup Final at Chelmsford HC. After struggling in the first half the team came back strongly after the break and only a fine save by the Isca goalkeeper denied us a draw in the closing seconds. Congratulations to Jerry Blackmore and his team for their fine run in the event starting way back against Stevenage in October.

I’ve already issued a big “thank you” to all the teams and everyone else involved in making last weekend’s Magpies’ Tournament so enjoyable and successful but I’m very pleased to do so again if a little more briefly on this occasion. The event takes a lot of organising and I’m very grateful to everyone concerned.

I’m also very grateful to Irene Bicker and Jose Tibbenham for organising the recent umpire training course and to tutor Norman Hart and to all 29 members who gave up a Saturday to take the course. When they have passed their practical tests the Club will be so much better off for umpires each week.

In case you are wondering the recent work at the entrance to the car park has been to provide improved drainage on the road down from the village. We have co-operated with MSDC on this project at no cost, of course, to the Club.

I take this opportunity to remind members of the following events.

Summer Mixed Hockey
I hope as many members as possible (who play league hockey) will be able to make the five evenings of mixed hockey STARTING AT 7.00PM NEXT MONDAY, i.e. 14 MAY.

The other dates are (all Mondays also at 7.00pm) – 4 June, 18 June, 2 July and 16 July. Please bring a white and another coloured shirt – and match fee of £3 per session!

Annual General Meeting
To be held in the clubhouse at 8.00pm on Thursday 21 June. The agenda will be issued before the end of May.

Strawberry Luncheon
To be held at Gawdy Hall, Redenhall at 12 noon on Sunday 1 July by kind permission of David and Wendy Green. Please follow signs leaving the A143 into Church Lane, Redenhall (i.e. the entrance for the old Country Fayres). The Strawberry Luncheon is one of the most important and enjoyable events in the Club’s social calendar so I hope you will be able to attend.

Please e-mail me for tickets which are £10 each (including a drink). There is no charge for children under the age of seven.

Golf Day
Please let me know if you would like to enter a team of four (in either the Men’s, Ladies’ or Mixed category) for this event to be held at Bungay GC on Thursday 23 August. The cost is £100 per team which includes 18 holes of golf, plenty of prizes and carvery luncheon.

300 CLUB – congratulations to the following winners!

Jan 07
£20 Vera Wharton, Mr E Clark
£15 Margaret Greenacre, Pat Hall, Roger Laurie, Lyndsey Boatman

Feb 07
£20 Rosemary Steggles, Gordon Thorburn
£15 Angela Howlett, Janet Reader, Ann Cunningham, John Renault

Mar 07

£20 Janet Hall, Colin Ridley
£15 A Yates, David Edwards, J Neep, Tracy Baker

Apr 07

£20 Janet Hall, Norman Hart
£15 Phil Alexander, Michael Dye, Pat Daniels, Vera Wharton

May 07

£20 Roy Whipps, Linda Hunter
£15 Rosemary Redmond, Peter Dolton, Philip Banham, Mrs B Howes

The Club is extremely grateful to all members of the 300 Club for the invaluable support they give to HMHC.

New members are very welcome!

Please contact Angie Wheelhouse at 26 Association Way, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0TQ.

With best wishes

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
11 May 2007

Thanks from the Chairman!


I thank all the teams from the many clubs which participated over the weekend and who helped to make the three days so enjoyable and successful. We are very grateful to them and we hope they will come back again next year. I also thank the organising committee led by James Smith for all their hard work before and during the event and all the many members, supporters and parents who helped out so well with the catering, umpiring and general running of the event over the very busy weekend.

I also take this opportunity to congratulate the Mixed team on their splendid 5-0 victory over Olton and West Warwicks in the quarter-final of the national mixed cup.

I hope as many members as possible (who play league hockey) will come along for the fun mixed hockey on Mondays 14 May, 4 & 18 June and 2 & 16 July commencing at 7.00pm. Please bring a white and another coloured shirt and a match fee of £3 per session!

Mike Denham (Chairman)

PS. Notes for your diaries!
AGM (8.00pm Thursday 21 June)
Strawberry Luncheon (Sunday 1 July)
More details to follow in due course.

Mixed Cup Quarter Final – MATCH REPORT

Harleston Magpies 5-0 Olton and West Warwick

On a sunny afternoon down at Weybread Harleston hosted Olton and West Warwick in the quarter finals of the National Mixed Cup.

Harleston took an early lead after good play down the right Katheryn Hinsley finished at the back post after controlling a bobbling ball from Tristan Baynes. Harleston were then put under a little pressure from Olton and Iain Martin had to make a couple of good saves from two short corners. Harleston then tightened their grip on the game when Gavin Cole roofed the ball into the goal from close range after being set up by Katheryn Hinsley. Before the end of the half Gavin Cole grabbed his second from a rebounded shot by David Ling. During the first half Harleston moved the ball round well and played some of their best hockey of the season.

The second half started at a slower pace but Harleston were still pushing for more goals and eventually they found them with Gavin Cole completing his hat trick and Harleston eventually running out 5-0 winners. The team now travel to Old Loughts in June for the finals weekend.

Mens Vets – National Vets Cup Final

Harleston Magpies Vets 1-2 Isca

Magpies narrowly lost this final of the National Veterans Cup, played at Chelmsford. Magpies started slowly against a fast and skillful Isca side and soon found themselves 2-0 down as Isca converted their first 2 short corners, and only a string of fine saves by keeper Dave Brown kept magpies in the game til half time. Brown has been in outstanding form right through the competition, producing several match winning performances. Magpies re-organised at half time, and with Johnathon Aldridge pushing forward magpies dominated the second half.

Magpies midfield of Bob Skinner, Ali Williamson. Dave Blackmore and Phil Cobbald worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for Roger Kent, John Wells and Andy Caston up front who were now causing Isca many problems. A string of short- corners were won, and when Cobbald thundered one of these in with 15 minutes to go magpies were confident they could go on and level the game, but good defending and a great last minute save by Iscas keeper from another Cobbald short corner meant the trophy went West to Exeter, rather then back to Norfolk.

This has been a great team effort from Magpies, who were grateful to the many supporters who travelled to Chelmsford.

U18 Boys – EHA CUP

Harleston 3-7 Canterbury

Harleston hosted Canterbury the under 18 defending champions in the quarter finals of this years competition. In a game in which Harleston were always the under dogs they lost their 1st choice goal keeper Bertie Steggles during the week after he broke his ankle. This gave an opportunity to Charlie Gerrard and Tom Baldwin as goal keepers.

After a brilliant warm up Harleston started the stronger taking the game to Canterbury and winning an early short corner which the Canterbury keeper made a good save to keep out. With Harleston dominating possession they were then dealt a cruel blow when they lost Carl Sitch to a facial injury. After this the game swung Canterbury’s way when they scored two break away goals. Harleston continued to pressurise Canterbury and control possession but again they were hit on the break and Canterbury scored two more from well worked short corners. With Harleston pushing to get back into the game Canterbury scored a fifth before the end of the half with a good reverse tick shot.

Harleston came out in the second half knowing they had nothing to loose and again took the game to Canterbury, after a good save from the Canterbury keeper Harleston won another short corner which Toby Tibbenham converted after taking it round 3 players before slotting the ball home. Canterbury scored a sixth following good play down their wing before slotting the ball home. Harleston were not dead and buried though and came back strong scoring their second after a free hit on the left of the D took a deflection from Chris Barber before Ben Gowen smashed the ball past the advancing keeper. With Jimmy Wheeler, Mike Warlow, Toby Tibbenham and Chris Barber pressurising the Canterbury defence they started to make mistakes. One of these mistakes led to Harleston winning another short corner which Toby Tibbenham flicked but the keeper saved only for Richard Larking to follow up like a fox in the box and slot home on his reverse stick. Good defensive work from Will Harrison was keeping the Canterbury attacks to a minimum but they did sneak their 7th with the last touch of the game.

On a hot Sunday after noon this was a whole team effort with every member putting in 120% and never giving up, the team did Magpies proud. With the commitment shown on Sunday and most of the team being available next year hopefully the team will be able to go one better.

A big thank you must also be given to the amount of support that came down to watch the boys play.

U11 Boys Dereham Minis – WINNERS

WINNERS of the Alex Hill Memorial Competition at Dereham

Magpies fielded a strong team of improving young players, and produced a fine finish to a very encouraging season.

v Watton won 4-0 (3pt) Sonny Molloy, Mitchell Tomkins 2, Kalun Bedingfield
Sonny Malloy got Magpies off to the perfect start scoring in the first minute. Then 2 quick goals from Mitchell Tomkins and a 4th from Kalun Bedingfield rounded off a very promising start to the tournament.

v North Walsham won 5-0 (3pts) Sonny Molloy, Thomas Ridley 2, Kalun Bedingfield, Mitchell Tomkins
Another quick goal from Sonny Malloy started this match as the other had finished with Magpies well on top. More goals followed, this time 2 from a lively Thomas Ridley, and 1 a piece from Kalun Bedingfield and Mitchell Tomkins.

v Dereham lost 0-1 (0pts)
Magpies always have a tough game against Dereham, and this was no exception, the forwards had had their fun in the last games, but the defence now had to work hard, and great defensive work from Barnaby Carless helped keep this a close game. Magpies had their chances at the other end, but it was Dereham who scored what was to be the only goal.

v Pelicans won 2-1 (3pts) Thomas Ridley, Mitchell Tomkins
This was another difficult game, and Pelicans scored early on with a clever high flick that gave keeper Jonathan Coe no chance. More Pelicans pressure produced a good kick out from Jonathan Coe, then George Collins and Josh Elgood played their part with good defending that then turned into an attack, resulting in Thomas Ridley scoring the equaliser. Then dramatically with time running out Mitchell Tomkins persistent attacking play was rewarded with an all important winning goal.

v Norwich City won 4-0 (3pts) Mitchell Tomkins 2, Thomas Ridley 2
Magpies were now well on top again, good play down the left from Kalun Bedingfield finding Thomas Ridley who played the ball into Mitchell Thomkins and it was 1-0. Further goals followed, another from Thomkins and 2 from Ridley rounded off the match for the Tournament Winners.

Magpies finished up with 12pts, which gave them 1st place and winners of the competition, Dereham were runners up, Watton 3rd.

Team: George Collins, Jonathan Coe(GK), Josh Elgood, Kalun Bedingfield, Sonny Molloy, Thomas Ridley, Mitchell Tomkins, Barnaby Carless(Capt)

Special Thanks to all the helpers this season, especially Nick McAllen, Connie Bedingfield, Kevin Ridley, Logan Bedingfield, David Brook, Nigel Wooltorton, all the Youth Committee, and to the Parents and (vocal) Supporters!

Well done guys, a great finish to the season.

RESULTS – 22 APR 2007

National Vets Cup Final
MAGPIES MENS Vets v Isca Vets – L 1-2

U18 National Cup Quarter Final
MAGPIES U18 BOYS v Canterbury – H – L 3-7

MAGPIES U11 Boys 1st
MAGPIES U13 Boys 1st

Magpies Youth – Presentation Evening

Magpies held their end of season junior presentation evening for Under 13 players on Wednesday 18th April.

The evening started with an hour of mini matches (see action photos) followed by a meal in the clubhouse for players and families.

Awards were then made to most improved and outstanding players from the Under 11 and Under 13 boys and girls teams – see photo of award winners.

Brief reports were given by coaches Nick, Ian & David. The Under 11 girls have had a particularly successful season with 4 tournament trophies. Katie Rudd received the most improved player award (as goalkeeper she has learnt a huge amount in just 12 months) and the oustanding player award went to Holly Baker who has scored 22 goals this season.

Barnaby Carless won the Under 11 boys award and Hannah Linger the U13 girls.

Magpies May Day Hockey Festival

Magpies are running their annual May Day Hockey Festival to be played over the weekend of the 5th, 6th, 7th May 2007, entry fee £45 per team.

For the past 18 years on the first Bank Holiday weekend in May, Harleston Magpies have hosted a Hockey Festival. Featuring up to 72 teams, which over the years have included all levels of serious and fun hockey, the tournament has had wide support from all over the UK, and even teams from the continent have entered.

This year’s categories are:

Saturday 5th May : Open Mixed Challenge

Sunday 6th May : Ladies & Mens Veteran Tournament

Monday 7th May : Ladies and Mens Club XI Tournament

Click here for entry form > 2007-festival-entry-form.pdf <

If you are interested in entering a team, application forms
need to be sent to Karen Ray:


SAT – Apr 21st
End of Season Party (Apollo Club)

SUN – Apr 22nd
National Vets Cup Final
MAGPIES MENS Vets v Isca Vets
at Chelmsford – 2.30pm

U18 National Cup Quarter Final
MAGPIES U18 BOYS v Canterbury – H

MAGPIES U11 & U13 Boys
MAGPIES U11 & U13 Girls

SUN – May 6th
National Mixed Cup Quarter Final
MAGPIES v Olton & West Warwicks – H

Sat/Sun/Mon 5/6/7 May
Magpies Tournament

Summer – FIVE evenings of mixed hockey
all Mondays – 14 May, 4 June, 18 June, 2 July and 16 July and all at 7.30pm.

SAT – May 19th
U18 National Cup
Round Robin Finals
at University of Birmingham
SUN – May 20th

Mens Vets League

Mens Vets 6-3 Cambridge
Saturday 14th April

Magpies won their last league match on a very warm afternoon in Cambridge.

Magpies dominated the 1st half but could only manage one goal. Cambridge equalised just before half time. After the break Magpies took control with 4 quick goals. Despite a missed penalty flick from Peter Dalton, Magpies still ran out comfortable winners by 6 goals to 3.

Ipswich already had enough points to win the league. MAGPIES, Shefford & Sandy and Peterborough were all in contention for 2nd place going into the last round of matches. Peterborough beat Shefford 3-2 which meant that Magpies finished as runners up in the East League by 1 point.

A great way to end an enjoyable first season in the Vets league.