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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

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT


After two successive defeats Magpies needed a result from a very testing away game at Trojans and in the end recorded an excellent result and came within 5 minutes of collecting all three points. Magpies started tentatively but quickly grew in confidence as their forwards stretched the Trojans defence and came very close to making a breakthrough. This early pressure saw Magpies win some early penalty corners which the Trojans goalkeeper did not save convincingly, but Magpies just could not make the most of the half clearances.
At the other end the movement of the Trojans forwards gave Magpies some uncomfortable moments but Ellie Blake who played her first full game at the back put in a solid performance.

The same pattern continued at the start of the second half with Magpies defending sensibly and they nearly took the lead when Angie Wheelhouse came close to scoring and Jess Bloom followed up, but the angle was too difficult to beat the goalkeeper. Half way through the second half Magpies took the lead with a well struck shot from Angie Wheelhouse. This seemed to be a wake up call for Trojans and from then on they upped the tempo and increasingly pressurised the Magpies defence. Magpies defended stoutly and Lucy Hayman in goal made some excellent saves to keep them in the game. With 5 minutes to go Magpies conceded one penalty corner too many and Trojans scored a late equaliser.


Magpies 2s 3-1 Cambridge University 3s

After a couple of bad results in previous weeks, it was important Magpies got back to winning ways with a solid performance against descent opposition from Cambridge. The first half offered magpies a couple of descent chances to take the lead, Mike Warlow and Jimmy Wheeler combining well with Robbie Kinsella up front. Cambridge themselves produced some early opportunities to go infront. It looked like it was going to be 0-0 at the break, but Jimmy Wheeler popped up to score in a crowded D following a good run from Mike Warlow, to give Magpies a 1-0 advantage. Cambridge leveled things early in the second half, but Magpies struck back quickly, Matt Brand persuaded Cambridge not to tackle him as he waltzed into the D, before picking out Robbie Kinsella, to score the with a simple tap in.

A tense final third of the game was to follow, with both teams creating chances. The Cambridge centre back decided to go on a bit of a run down the middle of the pitch, only to have the ball nicked off him, and played up to Robbie ‘Top Gun’ Kinsella who was unmarked in the D. He hit the shot early, and it flew high into the net. With only about 10 minutes to go, this ensured the victory, and leaves things tight at the top of the top goal scorers list, with one goal separating the top two.


Dereham 1s 1-2 Harleston Magpies 1s

Harleston travelled to local rivals Dereham with returning striker Neil Toulson boulstering their squad. Dereham set their stall out early playing with 11 men behind the ball it was clear they would be happy with a point from the game. Harleston played most of their hockey in the opposition half tryin to break down the Dereham side. With so many players behind the ball it was hard for Harleston to create chances in a packed area. Harleston flashed a couple of balls across goal but the vital last touch was lacking. Andy Hipwell had the best chances of the first half but on both occasions the Dereham keeper made two outstanding saves. On Dereham’s first venture into Harleston’s area they managed to sneak a goal after a lapse in concentration between Harleston defenders. Dereham held onto this lead until half time.

In the second half Harelston came out with real intent pushing Dereham even further back, Harleston managed to build pressure by winning a series of short corners. Harleston found the break through they were looking for when at a short corner Tristan Baynes slipped the ball to Neil Toulson to slot home on his return. Dereham were then reduced to 10 men which allowed Harleston to build more pressure, Harleston were denied a clear cut penalty when a Dereham defender kicked the ball off the goal line. Colin Wheelhouse was able to cut through the Dereham defence with ease as they started to tire. With 5 minutes left Harleston got the bit of good fortune they needed when they were awarded a penalty stroke. Tristan Baynes held his nerve to slot calmly home and give Harleston the lead they needed. Harleston were able to close out the game by retaining possession of the ball and take the 3 vital points to keep them in the tital chase.

Next week Harleston travel to Chelmsford in another tough match.

RESULTS – 10 Feb 2007

LADIES 1s v Trojans Ladies’ 1s – A – D 1-1
LADIES Colts A v
LADIES Colts B v

MENS 1s v Dereham 1s – A – W 2-1
MENS 2s v Cambridge University 3s – H – W 3-1
MENS 3s v Lowestoft Railway 1s – H – W 1-0
MENS 4s v North Walsham 1s – A – W 3-2
MENS 5s v Crane 1s – A – L 2-10
MENS 6s v Norfolk Nomads 1s – H – W 3-2
MENS 7s v
EH VETS CUP – MENS Vets v City of Peterborough – A – D 1-1
Won 5-4 aps

Ladies 4s – MATCH REPORT

Watton Colts 2-2 Harleston Magpies Ladies 4s

Harleston Magpies Ladies IV started strongly, enjoying much of the possession in the first half. Play was evenly contested with both teams playing fluent, passing hockey and encountering their fair share of chances. Magpies were first to capitalise on such opportunities and went 1-0 up mid-way through the first half when Lizzie Clymer converted a short-corner left-slip with a superb strike.

Magpies continued to play well after the break, moving and passing confidently. Watton also challenged Magpies defence with several short corners, but the away team doubled their tally with a Mel Beevor effort from close range. The game progressed evenly with both teams looking threatening on the break. Magpies played with confidence but went un-rewarded as Watton converted an effort at the other end to provide their first goal. The game went on to finish dramatically as Watton scored their second a few minutes before time, resulting in the score at the final whistle being Watton Colts 2, Harleston Magpies Ladies IV 2.

Credit goes to both teams for producing an excellent game. The Magpies eleven executed a superb team performance, especially player of the match Ashleigh Rouse who had a great game at right back, supporting play in midfield and contributing to a solid defensive display also.


Magpies 2s 1-2 Cambridge City 2s

Magpies battled hard but were never able to come back, after going 2-0 down in the first half. Cambridge spread the ball well, and scored goals which this team have been used to not conceding. Despite a Gavin Cole goal towards the end of the first half, and playing the final 15minutes of the game camped in the Cambridge half, an equalizer and winner never materialised. Full credit to Cambridge, who defended using their experience well, disrupting the young magpies front line. A bit of help from the umpires wouldn’t have gone a-miss, but to be honest we should be used to it by now.

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT


Magpies were never able to produce the form they showed in two games the previous weekend against a Sunderland side whose forwards troubled Magpies all afternoon. After a shaky start Magpies were the first to create a scoring opportunity when Jess Bloom came close to opening the scoring as her shot went just wide of the post. After 15 minutes Sunderland took the lead through Julie Hope from a penalty corner, but Magpies were back on level terms three minutes later when Jess Bloom scored.

In a hard competitive match the game never really flowed in the second half as both sides struggled to produce any flowing hockey. Anna Truman’s stickwork threatened to trouble the Sunderland defence and Artemis Clark was having a solid game in midfield but generally the forwards were finding it hard to break down the Sunderland defence.

With eight minutes to go Julie Hope snatched the winner for Sunderland with a well taken goal and although Magpies came close to collecting a point they cannot really argue with the result.


Harleston Magpies 1-1 Cambridge University

Harleston hosted league leaders Cambridge Uni this weekend in a top of the table clash. The game started at a high intensity with Cambridge pressing well and throwing everything at Magpies. Harleston with stood the pressure with excellent defending from Carl Sitch and Stuart Leate. After Tom Sumner managed to work the ball out from right back Harleston won a short corner which Andy Hipwell dispatched with a powerful drag flick. This rocked the Cambridge side which allowed Magpies to start to dominate the rest of the half and were unlucky not to double their lead when Andy Hipwell lashed a cross past the far post. Harleston withstood more pressure towards the end of the half David Francis clearing well at a short corner but the team managed to hold on to their lead.

The second half started similar to the first with Cambridge coming at Harleston, this allowed Harleston to hit Cambridge on the break and start to push them back. Harleston won another corner Hipwell again got hold of the corner but this time was unfortunate to see his shot rattle of the post. The game started to get more and more stretched with some great end to end hockey to watch. Harleston were twice reduced to 10 men but managed to hold on to their lead with great defence work from every member of the squad. With a minute to go and Magpies tiring they were dealt a cruel blow when Cambridge equalised with a well taken deflection with barely enough time to restart the game Harleston had to settle for a draw.

Next weekend see’s Harleston travel to local rivals Dereham welcoming back Neil Toulson and Toby Tibbenham hoping to keep their title hopes alive.

RESULTS – 03 Feb 2007

LADIES 1s v Sunderland 1s – H – L 1-2
LADIES 3s v Old Buckenham 1s – W 7-0
LADIES Colts A v Watton Ladies 2s – H – W 2-1
LADIES 4s v Watton Ladies colts – A – D 2-2
LADIES 5s v Beccles Ladies 1s – A – L 0-9
LADIES 6s v Lowestoft Railway Ladies 2s – H – W 2-0
LADIES Colts B v Herlings Ladies 1s – H – L 2-3

MENS 1s v Cambridge University 1s – H – D 1-1
MENS 2s v Cambridge City 2s – A – L 1-2
MENS 3s v Bury 2s – A – L 0-3
MENS 4s v Dereham 3s – H – L 0-2
MENS 5s v UEA 2s – H – W 3-2
MENS 6s v Norwich City 5s – A – L 5-7
MENS 7s v Norwich Union 4s – H – L 0-7
MENS Vets v Cambridge South – H – W 3-0 conceded


Harleston Magpies Mixed 9-4 Tring Mixed

Harleston travelled down to Tring in the first round of the Mixed Cup competition with a 9 person squad. Harleston took the lead early on after four succesive short corners Tristan Baynes slotted a flick across goal leaving the keeper helpless. Tring came back at Harleston and equalised with a reverse stick shot into the corner of the goal. Harleston came straight back with a reply through Phil Cobbald who after ghosting in at the top of the cirlce rifled the ball home. Again Harleston could not maintain their lead as Tring replied through a short corner. With 5 minutes of the half left Magpies found thier third with a well struck short corner by Phil Cobbald.

The second hald started with Magpies conceding an early goal, this seemed to spur the team on, Phil Cobbald completing his hat trick before adding his fourth from another short corner. The score was soon 6-3 following good play down the right from Lucy Miller and Tristan Baynes which the left the defence bewildered allowed Dave Francis to finish off the move, this completed a spell of 3 goals in 5 minutes for Harleston. Katheryn Hinsley continued to work hard up front causing problems for the defence when ever she had the ball.
The defensive threesome of Glen Masterson, Leigh Sitch and Amy Tuffs kept Tring at bay with Gavin Cole in goal rushing off his line to deny a clear goal scoring opportunity. Harleston added to their tally Tristan Baynes adding his second before feeding Dave Francis through for him to collect his second as well. Tring scored a concelation goal before Phil Cobbald scored his 5th nearly taking the keepers head off to make it 9-4.


Bedford 0-5 Harleston Magpies

After the disappointing result last weekend Harleston travelled to Bedford looking to secure a vital 3 points, a hard task as Magpies had struggled to win at Bedford in recent years. The team were bouyed by the return of fit again Colin Wheelhouse. The game started at a high intensity with some good end to end attacking hockey from both sides. Harleston were moving the ball well but at times gave away cheap possession and should have been punished. With a bout 20 minutes played Harleston found the break through at a short corner when Andy Hipwell flicked the ball past the bemused Bedford keeper. Bedford continued to push forward in the first half before being reduced to 10 men, this gave Harleston some breathing space to see out the half at 1-0.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first with both teams pusing to find a goal. Harleston eventually found the break through when Sam Moore was gifted the ball by the Bedford defence Sam calmly rounded the keeper before slotting the ball home. Bedford were again reduced to 10 men which Harleston took full advantage of, Sam Moore grabbing his second goal after good play from midfield allowed him a tap in at the far post. Magpies soon made it 4 after good play down the right from Tom Sumner Stuart Leate and Tristan Baynes allowed Andy Hipwell to arrive at the top D to slap the ball home into an open goal. The rout was finished late on when Tristan Baynes converted from the spot after Richard Ling had been brought down. This was a real team performance with everyone working hard to the get the result that we needed.

Next weekend Harleston face league leaders Cambridge Uni in a crunch game at home.

Ladies 2s – MATCH REPORT

Harleston Magpies 2s 1-0 Lowestoft Ladies 1s

This week Magpies, entertained Lowestoft ladies. Having suffered a 4-0 loss to them away earlier in the season, Magpies had somthing to prove. Magpies had few spells of neat possesion in the first half having quickly found that the long balls through the middle of the pitch up to the forwards were causing the Lowestoft defence problems. Magpies tried to keep possesion on many occasions but a game with many stops meant that trying to find momentum was difficult. Lowestoft were awarded a couple of short corners, which the defence handled well, which magpies replied with Lucy Miller driving the ball well from midfiled into the attacking circle and Jess Hull picking up anything loose in the attacking half of the field.

In the second half Magies really showed great strength and determination, as Lowestoft pushed for the win. On a number of occasions Magpies got themselves into positive positions around the attacking circle but were quilty of trying to play the ball through the defence, only to give possesion away again. An unfortaunte injury to Laura Betts, meant the Magpies side was quickly shuffled round, but never the less the dead lock was broken late in the second half when a Kathryn Hinsley shot from the right, despite the acute angle, deflected off the keepers stick to find the goal. Lowestoft responded quickly and mounted the pressure to find the equaliser but a head injury meant yet another stop to the game. Play resumed with few minutes left and Magpies calmly defended well for the reamining time, to win a tough game.

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT


With a double header of games over the weekend Magpies made the perfect return to League action when Anna Truman opened the scoring with an excellent reverse stick shot after ten minutes. Six minutes later Angie Wheelhouse made no mistake from a cross from the right to put Magpies 2-0 in front. The confidence from these early goals enabled Magpies to control the midfield as they increasingly found their passes with some good attacking moves.

Firebrands upped their performance considerably in the second half and Magpies did not have it all their own way as they found themselves facing a team that suddenly had the bit between their teeth. Even so Magpies squandered a number of good chances that could have put the game out of reach. After 58 minutes Georgie Field pulled a goal back for Firebrands and Magpies had to play out an uncomfortable final ten minutes before clinching all three points.


Sundays game saw 2nd placed Magpies play 3rd placed Clifton in a titanic battle. Magpies produced one of their best performances of the season as they unsettled Clifton in the first half as they pressed them all over the pitch with a tremendous work ethic and discipline. There were few chances in this game for either side in what turned out to be a very tight match. Magpies defended well as a team but were also finding it hard to break Clifton down.

The second half continued in the same pattern as there was nothing to choose between the two teams in a gripping match and it looked as though an inspired goal or penalty corner for either side would clinch the match.

Unfortunately the game was decided 10 minutes from time when an absurd yellow card saw Magpies reduced to ten players. Magpies had to reorganise quickly but it gave Clifton a massive advantage and with four minutes to go Dawn Mitchell scored the winner. It was a gross injustice to a Magpies team that had turned in some performance and they were rightly aggrieved by the manner in which Clifton had been given such an advantage.

U18 Boys – EHA CUP

Harleston Magpies U18s 1-0 Cambridge Nomads

Last season these two teams met in the cup and magpies romped to a 10-0 victory. This year the opposition had matured and gave magpies a much sterner test. Magpies created chances with their pace but it was nomads who nearly took the lead when a sloppy pass was intercepted by nomads, their shot hit the post and rebounded into the path of an advancing nomads player who somehow managed to put the ball wide from close range. This was the wake up call magpies needed, and within two minutes of this scare Jimmy Wheeler had put Magpies ahead with a good finish from Mike Warlows cross. Carl Sitch in midfield and Ben Gowing in defence were playing well and with Bertie Steggles the magpies keeper marshalling his defence well, chances for nomads were limited. At the other end too much selfish play and poor final passes meant the spectators and coach had a tense afternoon. The win puts magpies in the last 16 of the competition but if they are to progress further they will need to play as a team more rather than individuals trying to beat too many men themselves.