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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.

CHAIRMAN’S MINI CHAT – 02 April 2007

Men’s Veterans
Many congratulations to the men’s veterans on beating Bournville 3 – 1 yesterday (Sunday 1 April) in a very exciting and hard fought match thereby gaining a place in the EH Veterans’ Cup Final to be played at Chelmsford HC on Sunday 22 April (2.30pm) against old national league rivals Isca (who beat Colchester 4 – 1 in the other semi-final).

It was good to see so many people on the touchline cheering our team to their splendid victory over a Bournville team which took their defeat so sportingly.

Summer Mixed Hockey
I hope as many members as possible will be able to make the five evenings of mixed hockey. They are (all Mondays – 7.30pm) – 14 May, 4 June, 18 June, 2 July and 16 July.

Please bring a white and a coloured shirt – and £3 match fee!


The upgrading of the floodlights is scheduled to take place in the week beginning Monday 11 June.

Ali and Glenn Masterson
Congratulations to Ali and Glenn on the birth of Daniel on Sunday 25 March.

Please come along and enjoy the following event


Saturday 21 April (7.30pm) – Apollo Club, Harleston

Tickets £15 (you have to be at least age 15) – from:

Tracy Baker – 01379 854890 / 07748 091953 or
Jose Tibbenham – 01379 854160 / 07881 811259

Mike Denham (Chairman)
2 April 2007

Mens Vets – National Vets Cup Semi-Final


Harleston Magpies Veterans 3-1 Bournville

On Sunday afternoon Harleston Magpies Veterans team entertained Bournville in the semi-final of the National Hockey Veterans Cup. Having beaten last year’s champions in the previous round Bournville arrived as favourites.

From the start Magpies were put under pressure and found it hard to move the ball out of defence. After ten minutes, against the run of play Magpies won a penalty corner from which John Aldridge ultimately scored from a narrow angle. Bournville continued to press forward but squandered several penalty corners. Just before half time David Brown in goal pulled off a stunning save from a fiercely struck shot, and Magpies went into half time with a slender lead.

Towards half time Magpies had begun to fight their way into the game and within five minutes of the restart extended this lead when David Blackmore found Roger Kent in Bournville’s circle and Kent scored from close range.

The game was now much more open with Bournville still seeking a goal and within five minutes of Magpies going two up the visitors scored with a well worked goal. Bournville continued to press forward and with quarter of an hour to go were awarded a harsh penalty stroke. David Brown once again came to Magpies rescue when he brilliantly deflected the ball onto the post and to safety.

In the final ten minutes both teams went for the kill and eventually, with Bournville pressing forward for the equaliser Magpies broke away and good play between Roger Kent and Andy Casten led to Casten slotting home the final goal with a well controlled reverse stick shot.

Magpies then played out time to earn a place in the final against Isca (Exeter) at Chelmsford on April 22nd, 2.30pm.

RESULTS – 31 Mar 2007

LADIES 2s v Bourne 1s – H – D 3-3
LADIES 3s v Braintree 1s – A – L 0-3

MENS Vets v Bishops Stortford – H – W 3-0

National Vets Cup Semi-Final
MENS Vets v Bournville Mens Vets – H – W 3-1
Now in National Final on 22nd April against
Isca to be played at Chelmsford.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 27 March 2007


Although the league season is almost over there is still much for our teams to play for and to enjoy in the weeks ahead beginning this Sunday (1 April at 1.00pm – please come along) when the Men’s Veterans take on Bournville in the semi-finals of the national Vets Cup following their superb away win over Stourport. After Easter (Sunday 15 April) the Mixed team are away to Hampton-In-Arden after their comfortable 4-1 win over Dulwich while on Sunday 22 April (2.00pm) the U18 Boys entertain Canterbury aiming to emulate the U18 Girls who did the Club proud when reaching the national finals (University of Birmingham Sat/Sun 19/20 May) with an excellent 3-2 home win over Olton & West Warwicks. For four of our teams still to be in national cups at this stage of the season is a remarkable achievement and reflects well on all involved.

The Ladies’ 1sts banished the prospect of the Slazenger EHL Div 1 relegation play-off game with their deserved 1-0 win over Loughborough Students. The second half seemed to go on forever but the worry was worth it to avoid the dreaded trip to Sheffield in April. Meantime the Men’s 1sts finished their ultimately frustrating season with a second successive runners-up spot in East Premier A by thrashing Bury St Edmunds 10-0 with a remarkable seven goals in the last 12 minutes! It was welcome hard work for the scoreboard operator! It was good to see Colin Wheelhouse and David Francis playing so well in their final first team appearances. Colin signed off in style with four goals. Both Colin and David have served the team with great distinction over the years and they will be sorely missed.

Congratulations to the Men’s 2nds, under the leadership of skipper Stuart Peters, for finishing in second place in East Div 2 North and with it promotion to Division 1. The team started the season with three defeats in their first four games but thereafter went from strength to strength conceding only 12 goals in the remaining 18 games making Mark Lewis the most successful goalkeeper in the league – with a modicum of help from the defenders in front of him!

I urge all members to support the following social and fund raising events starting with the End of Season Bash on 21 April

Saturday 21
April End of Season Party (Apollo Club)

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

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. The Spring Prize raffle produced a profit of £1416 with the 1st prize of £250 going to Mr T Warnes. My thanks to everyone who helped to make the raffle so successful including promoter Tracy Baker and treasurer Jose Tibbenham.

2. The Karaoke Evening was another big success and enjoyed by all present. My thanks to everyone who attended and to chief organisers (and star performers) Debbie McAllen and Graham Clark and to the Ladies’ 5ths for producing the excellent refreshments. The evening showed (with one or two exceptions!) the outstanding musical talent within the Club! “Are you lonesome to night? Will you miss me ……?” Yes – Elvis is alive and well!

3. The Club’s floodlights will be upgraded during the summer at a cost of £21,862 plus VAT. The new lanterns will be installed on the water-based pitch with the existing lanterns on the water-based pitch moved to the sand-based pitch. This completes the third and final phase of the upgrade of the Club’s playing facilities costing £640,000 since 2002.

4. We are hoping to sell the old floodlights. Please let me know if you are aware of any club/person who might be interested in buying them for sporting/security purposes.

5. The Club currently owes £94,000 in interest-free loans from members, friends and supporters. If you wish to help the Club the fund-raising campaign never closes!

6. The Annual General Meeting will be held in the clubhouse on Thursday 21 June at 8.00pm.

Please come along and enjoy the following event


Saturday 21 April (7.30pm) – Apollo Club, Harleston

Tickets £15 (you have to be at least age 15) – from:

Tracy Baker – 01379 854890 / 07748 091953 or
Jose Tibbenham – 01379 854160 / 07881 811259

I wish members and supporters an enjoyable end of the season.

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
27 March 2007

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT



Harleston Magpies finished their season with a 3-2 defeat in a game where they were very unfortunate not to have collected a point and finally finished in 5th place in the League. Magpies had much the better of the first half on a very difficult surface with Barnes unable to handle the Magpies forwards of Jess Bloom, Anna Truman and Angie Wheelhouse.

Jess Bloom deservedly gave Magpies the lead and if only they had taken some of the other chances they created they would have been out of sight at half time. Barnes improved considerably in the second half as they started to control the midfield which saw them level the scores at 1-1.

Barnes quickly added a second goal in dubious circumstances where Magpies clearly should have been awarded a free hit. This turned the game and Barnes quickly added a third. Magpies responded positively as they pressed hard to get back into the game.

With ten minutes to go Hannah Coulson’s free hit was deflected by Angie Wheelhouse into the roof of the net for a terrific goal. Unfortunately time was against Magpies as they went for the equaliser.

U13 Girls Watton Minis Tournament


Magpies U13 girls played some of their best hockey of the season and finished 3rd having finished level on points and goal difference with second placed Watton, but Watton had scored a goal more than them.

Pelicans won the Tournament but Magpies gave them a run for their money losing narrowly 1-0 , but will regret conceding a late equaliser to Watton in their opening game.

Watton drew 1-1 Rhiann Earrye
Pelicans II won 1-0 Hannah Linger
Watton II won 5-0 Hannah Linger 2, Rhiann Earrye 3
Dereham won 2-0 Hannah Linger, Lucy Chubbock
Norwich City won 2-1 Lucy Chubbock, Hannah Linger
Pelicans lost 0-1

Team: Hannah Linger (Capt), Flora Marfleet, Beth Absolon, Claire Snelling, Lucy Chubbock, Keira Booty, Sophie Moore and Rhiann Earrye.

RESULTS – 24 Mar 2007

LADIES 1s v Barnes H E 1s – A – L 2-3
LADIES 2s v Bury St Eds 1s – A – L 1-3
LADIES 3s v Old Buckenham 1s – H – L 0-2
LADIES Colts A v Briston Ladies 1s – H – W 4-0
LADIES 4s v Lowestoft R 1s – H – W 3-2
LADIES 5s v UEA 3s – H – W 3-0 Conceded
LADIES 6s v Broadland 2s – A – L 1-2
LADIES 6s v Herlings 1s – A – W 0-2
LADIES Colts B v Yarmouth 4s – A – W 3-2
Watton Minis
U11 Girls A – 1st
U11 Girls B – 4th
U13 Girls 3rd

MENS 1s v Bury St Eds 1s – H – W 10-0
MENS 2s v Sudbury 1s – A – D 1-1
MENS 3s v Ipswich E-S 2s – H – L 0-2
MENS 4s v Pelicans 2s – A – L 1-2
MENS 5s v Bury St Eds 3s – H – D 2-2
MENS 6s v North Walsham 2s – H – W 5-4
MENS Vets v Cambridge City – A – W 5-1

Under 11 Girls Watton Tournament

Sunday 25th March
Under 11 girls tournament featuring 7 teams including Magpies A & B.

A glorious sunny afternoon saw Magpies A emerge as winners of their 4th tournament of the season.

Magpies started slowly with a patchy performance against Pelicans. Thanks to 2 Holly Baker goals a 2-1 win was a decent start.

We followed this with our worst performance of the season and a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Norwich City.

Magpies B started with a creditable 1-0 loss to a strong Dereham A side and an excellent 1-1 draw with Watton thanks to a goal from Georgia Scott.

The A side then beat the B side 3-0 with goals from Sarah Brook, Paris Wood & Holly Baker.

Magpies A then played their best hockey of the day against Dereham A. Sarah Brook capped a fine performance with a well taken goal for a 1-0 win.

Magpies B played really well to beat Dereham B 1-0 (goal by Megan Egglington) and to draw 0-0 with Pelicans.

Magpies A finished off with a comprehensive 2-0 defeat of Dereham B and a total of 15 points from their 6 matches.

The last game of the tournament featured Magpies B v Norwich City. City had earlier dropped 2 points with a 0-0 draw against Watton so needed a win against Magpies B to overhaul Magpies A. Our B Team held firm with Katie Rudd outstanding in goal. Special mention should also go to Ellie Longshaw and Molly Alexander for some superb defending. The game finished 0-0 and a very disappointed Norwich City had to settle for 2nd place.

See photos.