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Ladies 6th Team v Lowestoft Railway 2 (Home (L) W1-0)

In the first of two slip weeks, the Magpies 6ths played Lowestoft Railway 2nds at home this week. A gloriously sunny February morning in Harleston, and a pre-game pep talk from Captain, Heather Brand reiterated a now almost legendary motto of the 6ths – Go out there, give it everything, set the press and have fun.

Taking to the field against the top of the league team, who beat us 10-1 in the previous half of the season the tensions were high. There was a lot to play for, we had something to prove.

The 6ths started strongly and the links built over the last few months were on show, when in the first few minutes the home team set up and scored the first and only goal of the game. Vanessa Vigrass and Lucy Field worked the ball into the D, and the pass in was slotted home by Rachael Clifford.

The Lowestoft Railway team were frustrated by the early goal, and the confident attacking play. This bolstered the confidence of the home team, who’s defence (Jane Collins, Heather Brand, Felicity Perry, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Marie Davy) were cool, calm and collected. Clearing the ball with ease, and shutting down opportunities for the away team to attack the D.


Mixed A Team v Bury st Ednunds (Away (EHC) W 11-0)

Harleston Magpies Mixed A team sponsored by Parsons Estate Agents traveled to Bury St Edmunds to play in the third round of the Mixed Competition.

Magpies started strongly but two early chances went the wrong side of the post, but soon afterwards Sam Paterson showed the rest of the team how to get it in the right side of the post. He then showed the team again for goal number 2. Shortly afterwards Simon Hipwell finally finished one of his many chances. With Magpies moving the ball quickly this caught Bury out and Lucy Whiting found space to drive the baseline and with a touch from a defender helped beat the Bury keeper. A short corner was then awarded and Lucy deflected in her usual style. Just before half time Richard Larkin got his goal after having a few shots saved beforehand. Half term Magpies lead 6-0.

In the second half Magpies came out just as strong wanting to score more goals. Early on Magpies were awarded a short corner and Stu Field deflected in the shot on the left post. Simon then scored his second of the game to make it 8-0. Lauren Rowe then scored a drag flick high into the net for her first goal of the game. Sam Paterson then beat a couple of the Bury defenders to then have a shot going goal bound for his hat trick nicked on the line by Simon for his hat trick instead. Towards the end of the game after an initial shot was saved Lauren Rowe then scored her second of the game with a reverse stick hit. 

Final score 11-0.


Mens 1st Team v City of Peterborough (Away (L) L 3-4)

It was a blustery day at Bretton Gate which saw a top of the table clash between Peterborough and Harleston Magpies, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops.  As action got underway it was the home team asserting their dominance, capitalising on a slow start from the visitors. Some well placed aerials kept Harleston on the back foot and caused a tactical headache for the Magpies. This bombardment resulted in the Peterborough forwards having the lions share of possession which eventually materialised in the form of a short corner. Peterborough had a slick routine which saw the ball moved quickly to the far post for an easy tap in, giving the home side an early lead. Unfortunately for the visitors they struggled to play at their normal tempo, passing too often going awry and although there were some small flashes of good link up play, it was the Peterborough which struck next. Some good build up play on the wing resulted in a harsh short corner decision for a slightly miss-times tackle. Again the home team moved the ball around well and scored another deflected short corner routine. Heading it to the half time break it was 2-0 and looked like it could be a long day for the Harleston players as they failed to mount any serious momentum. Harleston player coach Tim Whiteman had some stern words for his team and demanded more as the team were on the receiving end of some much needed hairdryer treatment. Harleston reverted to their aggressive full press stance and as the second half got underway the pep talk looked to have done the trick as the team started to link up and play the fast assured hockey they are renowned for.
The visitors looked like a different team as some flowing moves were starting to ask questions of Peterborough’s defence. Magpies defender Sam Paterson was having a sterling game and managed to find himself in the opposition’s area after some good link up play with midfielder Pete Bale. As he tried to round the last defender a cynical foul resulted in a penalty flick and a glimmer of hope for the Magpies. Shouldering the responsibility himself, Sam was quick to dispatch the penalty flick and Peteborough found they had now had a game on their hands. Harleston had now found their feet and fired in a quick second when Archie Winter dispatched from close range. 
Peterborough continued to push forward but were rebuffed, Leigh Sitch making an outstanding 1v1 tackle to keep his team in it. It was Peterborough who found the break through though when a reverse stick shot found it’s way to an attacker to finishe from close range. Harleston were not done and player coach Tim Whiteman stepped up to wobble his way around 4 defenders at a short corner and calmly slotted home. Harleston continued to press and created two more clear cut chances, one cleared off the line and one a near post miss. With the game clearly at bubbling point Stuart Leate was fourtunate not to see yellow for a rough stick tackle. 
Peterborough managed to hang on and claim a vital 3 points. Harleston again left feeling disappointed that they left themselves too much to do in the second half of a game. Next week they face Bedford at home at midday. 


Ladies 5th Team V UEA 3rds (Away (L) W 9-1)

What a performance!. The 5ths are full of confidence and just getting better and better. Playing without Victoria who has been putting in some very consistent performances of late welcomed the experienced Janna to the fold. UEA were under the kosh from the first whistle and goals came at regular intervals in the first half. Jose got the ball rolling poking the ball under the keeper. Keira this weeks player of the match got a couple in the first half along with Ellen Pope deflecting in a corner strike at the near post. Tibbenham hit the post at a penalty corner and the loose ball fell sweetly for Janna who thumped the ball in at the far post. Beth was working tirelessly in midfield and got a well deserved goal following excellent passing between Honey, Keira and Beth. Half time 6-0 and magpies were cruising. UEA just didn’t have an answer to the pace and skill of the magpies team and rarely entered the magpies defending 25. What would the second half bring? It is not always easy to keep the momentum up when you have scored freely in the first half. A request from the captain for double figures almost came to fruition. Jose and Janna both doubled their tally and Keira completed her hat-trick with some fine individual skill to make it 9-0. Despite the score UEA kept plugging away and with magpies all high up the pitch UEA sent their forward through on the break and got a consolation goal. Another excellent team performance to keep us hot on the heels of the top two with a better goal difference than the second placed team who are one point ahead of us.


Ladies 5th v Beccles (Home (L) W 5-1)

The 5ths carried on their teamwork from where they left off last week. As the weeks pass the girls are getting stronger and stronger. Sophie has progressed and moved up to the 4ths and I think there could be some more knocking on the 4th team door after this performance.

Jose Tibbenham got the ball rolling with a repeat of last weeks penalty corner just inside the left post with less than 5 minutes on the clock. Magpies took the game to Beccles and despite finding their keeper in good form as in the previous encounter when Magpies couldn’t break the deadlock they extended the lead with another Tibbenham penalty corner. Lucy Fields was prominent at right midfield and her cajoling of the youngsters to keep fighting for every ball ensured another great team performance. Rachel Goodson scored when a loose ball found her unmarked in the circle. Victoria was once again giving a commanding performance in the centre of midfield, well supported by Beth who between them snuffed out most of Beccles attacks. Beccles scored a consolation goal between further strikes from player of the match Victoria and Keira.


Ladies 5th v Yarmouth (Away (L) W 4-0)

Magpies travelled to a very cold and blustery Cliff Park. Someone made the mistake of suggesting that the opposition goalkeeper was ‘all over the place’. This talked up a star performance from their keeper. Despite dominating possession in the first half goals were elusive. Two identical short corner strikes inches inside the left post from captain Tibbenham in quick succession early in the second half set up a comfortable win. Magpies continued to pass the ball well and support each other in defence and attack. Ellen got the 3rd following up a penalty corner save. Honey was having her best game of the season on the right flank causing Yarmouth all sorts of problems with her fight and crosses. Towards the end despite a big wind up Honey scored into the roof of the net, thoroughly deserved for her efforts throughout the match


This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, travel to Wimbledon in what will be a very tough match. Wimbledon are sitting in third position in the table and still fighting for the promotion play off place. Magpies know this is going to be a hard match as when Wimbledon made the trip to Weybread earlier in the season, Wimbledon came out 4-0 winners.

Last week’s result against Chelmsford has given the team a bit of confidence in themselves as they proved they can score goals. With six different goal scorers at the weekend it shows the team have plenty of threats in front of goal. Magpies now sit in fifth place in the league, 4 points ahead of Barnes who are sixth.  

This week the team welcomes back Abby Gooderham.

Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Martha Lawrence, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith and Lizzie Clymer.


Ladies 2nd Team v Bedford (Away (L) EW 1-0)

Magpies ladies twos travelled to two second in the league Bedford on a gloomy wet day. A minutes silence was observed at the start of the game in memory of David Brook who has been a key member of the club for many years. The team wish to extend their condolences to David’s family and friends.
Magpies dominated the opening minutes of the match keeping possession but didn’t create any clear cut chances. The first and only goal of the game came from a ball out of the middle from Howland through to A. Woollatt whom slipped the Ball to Anouska Stott who found the back of the net.
In the second half Bedford stretched the play making magpies work for the Ball. They had a few breaks where the defence of Kath Johnson, Amelia, Katherine Ridley and Plum scooped the Ball up. Magpies kept themselves in the game creating some more chances but were unable to extend their lead.
Final score 1-0 to Magpies who retain their unbeaten record for another week. 

Woman of the match A. Herschel-Shorland  

Next week the ladies twos are at home against Newmarket 


Boys U18 v Saffron Walden (Away (EHC) W 4-1)

Harleston Magpies U18 won a tough encounter against Saffron Walden to progress to the quarter finals of England Hockeys National U18 Cup Competition.
Starting brightly Magpies scored within two minutes when a great break and then cross by Matt Bensly found Jake Sewell who score at the far post. They doubled their lead from a short corner after the initial shot was saved but Jolyon Summers picked up the rebound and calmly slotted home. Ben Watson then made it 3-0 with a strong run and reverse stick strike.
The second half was a more even affair with both sides creating chances and neither side really taking control of the game. Saffron Walden scored to reduce the arrears but the goal spurred Magpies on and it was no surprise when Ben Watson scored his second with another powerful strike. Magpies controlled the final minutes of the game to run out 4-1 winners.
Thanks to Saffron Walden for their hospitality and to the strong contingent of Magpies supporters who made the trip. Plus, a big thanks to James Smith for umpiring.


U 18 Girls v Chelmsford U18  (Away (EHC) W 5-3)

Today the U18 girls reached the quarter final of the England hockey National U18 girls Cup competition. They did this by beating Chelmsford 3-5 away.
Magpies had the better of the early play, putting Chelmsford under early pressure, Lauren Rowe won an early short Corner which went narrowly wide. Magpies were rewarded on 4 mins when Abby Gooderham scored to put Magpies 0-1 ahead. Magpies continued to play attacking hockey and forced several short corners, from which the Chelmsford keeper made excellent saves. On 20 mins Chelmsford drew level, this made Magpies rally together and after 25 mins excellent passing between Alice Woollatt and Tor Findlay resulted in Mia king finishing well to restore the lead. A 3rd goal after 29 mins was scored by Martha Lawrence to put Magpies 3-1 ahead at half time.
In the 1st minute of the 2nd half Chelmsford caught out Magpies and scored to make the score 2-3 and put Chelmsford back into the game. On 44 mins Chelmsford equalised for the 2nd time in the game to make it 3-3. The defence of Charlotte Seaman, Grace Cresswell and Sophie Child fought hard to keep the scores level whilst Alice Gooch made important saves. Magpies went 3-4 ahead on 56 mins when Abby Gooderham scored her 2nd goal with a well struck short corner. Magpies pushed forward looking for another goal and on 62 mins Lottie Summers added the 5th from just inside the D with a powerfully struck shot to make the final score 3-5 to Magpies.
This result puts Magpies into the quarter final on 11th March where they will meet Leicester Hockey Club.


Ladies 7th Team v Norwich Dragons 7 (Home (L) W 3-1)

After a frosty start, our match was played later in the morning with a squad of fourteen. Both teams stood for a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to David Brooks who has done so much for Magpies. Play began in a bitingly cold wind; it was hard and fast but with a strong Magpie’s team we soon swept the ball towards the Dragon’s goal and were rewarded with a short corner. A strike from Jo Meyer went straight to Shirley McAllen who smashed it towards the goal where it was deflected by a Dereham player into their own goal! Delighted, a second goal followed when young Ella Spears skilfully took the ball into Dragon’s circle and pushed the ball past the keeper.
Midway during the second half, a decision to ‘play on’ confused our defenders and we were caught napping; Dragons took swift advantage and scored. This was the one and only time that our defence was down as goalkeeper, Peg Bridges, played a blinder as did Karen Hunt, often throwing themselves to the ground in a bid to stop any goals and Janet Brown made a sterling effort. In addition, Jenny Meyer and Annie Lancaster made some excellent runs. Towards the last few minutes of the game, Ella Spears took the ball to the Dragon’s circle and struck the ball towards Georgia Hood who sent it home.

Score: 3 – 1


Ladies 1st Team v Chelmsford (Home (L) W 6-1)

This week Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents welcomed Chelmsford to The Nest. 

The match commenced with even ball possession with Magpies’ defence holding strong, in particular Katrina Sitch who soaked up a lot of pressure from Chelmsford’s right forward.  Magpies began to dominate about ten minutes into the half and took the lead when Lottie Summers won the team’s first short corner, which was dispatched by Louisa Greenacre with a classy strike from the top of the circle.  

Lauren Barber made some crucial tackles in the middle of the pitch keeping Magpies on the front foot.  Magpies added to their tally in the 24th minute from another short corner, dragged from the top by Lauren Rowe and deflected in by Lucy Whiting.  5 minutes later, after an excellent through ball from Debbie Francis, Martha Lawrence scored after an excellent run into the circle.  Soon after Lottie Summers won the team another short corner, which after a 1-2 with Emma Lee-Smith was finished off by Rose Winter.
Emma Lee-Smith maintained a key role for Magpies not only by running the corner routines but dominating through the middle. There was also some exceptional ball carrying from Annie Nunn in the left midfield position.
The Magpies went into the second half confidently with a four goal advantage.  After four minutes, Lizzie Clymer rounded two defenders and squared to Lottie Summers on the P-spot who cooly reverse flicked in to take the home team’s tally to five.
The next ten minutes were a lot more end-to-end with Charlotte Peet making some awesome saves in goal, as well as Lucy Belsey providing great cover and motivation for the team.  In the 51st minute Lauren Rowe converted another corner for Magpies, flicking an outrageously spacey ball into the top of the goal.
With 19 minutes of the match remaining Chelmsford scored a consolation goal when a counter attack was well finished from the top of the circle.
The match finished 6-1, with another crucial 3 points in the bag.  Next week Magpies travel to third placed Wimbledon in what is sure to be a tough contest. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Martha Lawrence. 


Ladies 6th Team v Thetford (Away (L) D 2-2)

A close and hard-fought game at Thetford secured the Magpies ladies 6ths 1 point, and continues to show this teams improved form over the season. This game highlighted that their defensive press worked under pressure and that continued efforts at training to work on our attack has begun to pay off.
Having taken the lead from a short corner the team continued to pressure Thetford’s defence throughout the rest of the game. The home team capitalised on some nice breaks and showed skill in their counter attacks. The whole team worked hard to track back and defend, and Katie Davy in goal cleared many balls through from the midfield which went to no-one.
Thetford responded from a short corner to make the score 1-1. The second half saw both teams step up their games, and despite holding most of the possession for the half and looking confident in attack the Magpies left the field with a 2-2 draw. Magpies passing play was much improved on previous weeks, and shows real promise for the rest of the season.
Marie Davy battled long and hard all game against a strong and determined right sided attack from the opposition, she also saw herself up in the attacking 23 keeping the ball in play after a long sprint down the flank. This effort earnt herself the Lady of the Match Award. Well done Marie.


Ladies 1st Team v Barnes (Home (L) W 3-1)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents welcomed Barnes to The Nest in their first game after the indoor break.
Magpies started the game strongly but struggled to make the most of their possession. Mid-way through the half Magpies conceded a short corner which Barnes converted. This changed the momentum of the game and put Barnes on the front foot.
Magpies stood strong, opening their account four minutes later after Lauren Rowe dispossessed the Barnes defender and found Emma Lee-Smith who cooly rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home.  Lauren Rowe doubled Magpies’ score deflecting in a penalty corner to make it 2-1 at half-time.
The second half started with Magpies determined to extend their lead. The defence were holding a high line putting pressure on the Barnes forwards whenever they got the ball. The Magpies midfield were controlling the game however despite some good interchanges down the right flank clear cut chances were hard to come by. Magpies did force a few short corners but a solid Barnes defence thwarted the home team’s efforts. Barnes were restricted to attacking on the break and did force a short corner of their own but the Magpies’ defence remained steadfast.
Eventually Magpies found the third goal that they were looking for from another penalty corner. Abby Gooderham flicked to the goalkeeper’s left and despite hitting a defender’s stick there was too much power for her to keep it out.
Barnes continued to look to hit Magpies on the break but the home team repelled all advances. Magpies looked to control the game with their slick passing although clear cut chances were not forthcoming and the game finished 3-1.
Magpies were pleased to kick off the second half of the season with a vital win. Next week Magpies have another home game against bottom-placed Chelmsford. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Charlie Harrison, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Lucy Whiting, Abby Gooderham, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe.


Ladies 7th Team v Dereham 5 (Away (L) L 0-1)

With a late start and just nine players, including one who hadn’t played for over ten years, we started the game with some trepidation. However, Dereham with their full team, far from keeping the ball, had their work cut out trying to keep possession. Time and again, the ball flew to the Dereham circle to our great delight. Newcomer, Victoria Brock really threw herself into the game and our defenders were solid. However, with minutes to go before halftime, Dereham scored.
Skipper, Daphne Beckett, was impressed with everyone’s play and we started the second half in high spirits. It got darker and despite the floodlights, the yellow ball seemed to blend in with the faded pitch. Louise Davy was struck across the throat during a tackle and fell to the ground. She bravely got up and carried on. Towards the end of the game we had a series of short corners but despite shots at goal just couldn’t equalise and then the whistle went.


Mens 5th Team v Felixstowe 3 (Away (L) L 3-5)

Despite a lot of effort Magpies didn’t click on Saturday and returned from the coast on the wrong end of the score line.
A confident start was soon undone when Felixstowe scored from their second attempt at a short corner and then double this lead when a defensive mix up allowed Felixstowe to steal the ball and work it past James Harvey in goal. However just before the break Magpies pulled a goal back to keep in touch with the opposition when James Smith followed up a short corner flicking the ball through the advancing keepers legs.
With it all to play for Magpies needed to start the second half positively but Felixstowe took the initiative adding a third goal swiftly after the break and then a fourth. Now in serious trouble the tea dug deep Tom Caston and Ben Emms working tirelessly eventually found ways to score and bring the game to a nail biting conclusion. Ben Emms drag flicking a short corner into the gaol, Tom Caston firing his shot in off the post.
However with Magpies pushing for an equaliser this left counter many counter acting opportunities for Felixstowe. James Harvey made some fine saves but eventually was beaten by a well worked 5th goal for Felixstowe sealing the win.

Not a great day at the seaside but at least the sun shined!


Mens 1st Team v Letchworth 1 (Home (L) W 6-0)

Magpies had a small squad of 14 for their second home game since Christmas sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, a few unavailabilities would mean that the home side would have to work hard in order to beat a physical Letchworth side.
The game began with both sides trying to find their feet. The deadlock was finally broken by Magpies through an Andrew Bedwell short corner strike which the perplexed defence could do nothing about. The home side capitalised on the now frustrated Letchworth defence by quickly converting another corner through a powerful Sam Patterson drag flick, taking Magpies’ much maligned routines to 100% converted for the day. The team in black and white continued to look threatening upfront with Richard Larkin leading the press very effectively, backed up by strong 1v1 defence all over the rest of the pitch. A moment of inspiration from the excellent Thomas Ridley took the score to 3-0 with a high quality reverse stick hit, which the keeper could do nothing about. This catalyst spurred man of the match Ridley to score again, this time scoring in less spaectacular fashion to take the score to 4-0 at half time.
The second half began not as Magpies had hoped with personal indiscipline leading to numerous cards. Magpies weathered the storms, with only 9 players at points, and reasserted their control of an end to end game. Matt Bensley shone with a long reverse stick carry finding Simon Hipwell in the circle who, when about to score, was upended by the goalkeeper. Bensley stepped up to score the resulting penalty stroke. As Letchworth grew increasingly frustrated, Magpies put together their best passing move of the match, playing many quick passes with Elliot Marsh smashing home with an aggressive shot from a tight angle, taking the score to 6-0. No more goals would come leaving the home crowd happy with the 3 points and a clean sheet.
Next week, Magpies travel to Spalding to hopefully continue their excellent run of form since indoor.


Ladies O35 v Chelmsford O35 (Away (EHC) W 11-0 )

Magpies travelled to Chelmsford for this fixture hoping for better weather conditions than the snow of two weeks ago.  Magpies started the game with pace and pressed from the beginning. Five goals came in the first 15 minutes with 3 from Anouska Stott and 2 from Angie Wheelhouse. This relentless pressure continued until half time with further goals added by Emma Lee Smith and Lucy Field
Chelmsford goalkeeper made numerous saves in the second half but Emma and Anouska  took their tally to 4 goals each. The defence looked solid and only defended one penalty corner with a good save from Lucy King in goal. The midfield controlled the game with decisive tackling and good teamwork.
The next round is away to Bishops Stortford.

Team:- Lucy King, Victoria Sweet, Jose Tibbenham, Teresa Griffin, Debbie Francis, Emma Lee Smith, Charlotte Rourke Beasley, Laura Betts, Angie Wheelhouse, Anouska Stott, Fran Burrell, Lucy Field, Louisa Greenacre (Capt) Kath Johnson, Charlotte Harrison.


Mens 2nd Team v Cambridge University 3 (Away (L) W 2-1)

10.30 would normally be way too early for anything when you’re a student, but the boys in blue managed to drag 16 players 3 coaches and some travelling reserves to the fixture. The men’s 2s on the other hand, travelled light, with 11 and the ‘bad magpie’. The game started at a high pace and we had our cursory early chances. The students were intent on playing a good style of hockey with their midfield 3 working the old washing machine rotations on a 1400 rpm spin cycle. This didn’t phase old boys Field and Brothers Baynes as they set about a sturdy press. Missed opportunities in front of the Cambridge goal led to the students countering and taking first blood. But Magpies didn’t flinch. Quick thinking in midField, a great run by Jude and awesome 1st time finish by Fields. 1-1! The game should have continued as a great battle between 2 good hockey playing sides but the umpires were keen to stamp out the constant aggressive chat from both sides… and from that point it began raining cards. It was going to take something special to break the deadlock. The forwards pressed tirelessly and Moore’s ball retention was exquisite, even when prone on the floor. Hugo, Morgan and Cadman defended with real steel and Flatman even took one in the face with his man of the match performance and Baldwin, cat-like in goal, thwarted the Cambridge corner attack. With all in the balance, a likely hero stepped up and drilled one bottom corner; the bad magpie came good and Bean scored the would be winner. The sidelines talked about a tense finish, but this Magpies team only knows winning and the win was never in doubt. Credit to the young boys in blue, but Wiley old Magpies and a smattering of youth made it 16 from 16. Teams continue to make it difficult for us and we continue to find ways to win. Promotion is secured, but the job is far from done. We welcome Bury St Edmunds to the nest next week. Bring it on!

Indoor Hockey Camps – Stuart Fields

For those looking for a hockey activity this February half term and would like the chance to try out indoor hockey or brush up on your existing indoor skills Stuart Fields, Head of Hockey at Langley School and member of Magpies coaching and playing staff will be running some indoor hockey camps this half term.

Indoor hockey is fast paced and fun!  Coaches agree that there is a huge benefit in player development from indoor hockey exposure because many of the techniques are transferable to the outdoor game but your base skills have to be much sharper indoors due to the reduced pitch size and speed of play.  Indoor hockey is great for building ball control skills and first touch as well as developing a player’s strength on the ball, in tackles and accuracy in passing alongside improved off the ball speed and movement.

From a Goal Keepers perspective, indoor is good for reflexes and footwork skills, and it’s great for learning to read the play better and maintaining concentration levels.  Goal Keepers are in the thick of it from the moment the match commences.

Stuart’s camps are open to both boys and girls but are limited in number to 24 people per day due to the size of the indoor hall.  For more information please see the flyer below.  To book your place please email Stuart at fieldhockey13@outlook.comField Hockey Indoor Camp