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U12 GIRLS EAST REPORT

A CASE OF WHAT COULD’VE BEEN……

When the dust of disappointment settles for the girls they will realise that they have had another fantastic season. We set ourselves high standards at Magpies and the girls more than achieved that today so girls when you’ve stopped frowning (me included) give yourselves a big old pat on the back as the good ship total hockey development is definitely sailing in the right direction !

So we come to the In2hockey East regional finals having safely navigated the Norfolk Champs and a pool containing Sevenoaks, Hertford, Old Loughtonians, Ipswich and Cambridge City. First up were Sevenoaks who proved to be a mightily strong side and it was backs to the wall stuff as we went down 3-0 with a string of great saves from Georgia. They were the eventual winners of the competition and played extremely well all day so good to get them out of the way early.

Up next were Hertford who we’d lost to in the East U10 final two years earlier so a chance to set the record straight but a scrappy early goal saw us 1-0 down. Oh no I hear you say but we kept our composure and more importantly shape and drew level early in the second half. A winner soon came and with some composure the girls saw out the win. I have an admission of guilt in that I’ve got three names down in my black book for two goals and for the life of me I can’t remember who scored in which order so Holly, Anna and Emma you can have two thirds of a goal each or I’m sure two of you can correct me!

With Hereford vanquished up next were back to back games against Old Loughtonians and Ipswich and I’m pleased to report that in these two we played as we can and should and recorded two fine victories 3-0 and 4-0 respectively. When we are confident and keep our shape and make the ball do the work we are a very effective side and a delight to watch so extremely well done to the girls in these two games with a goal each for Sophie, Emma, Evie and Anna and three for hotshot Holly !

We then had an hour and a half break before our final pool game against Cambridge City and after a detailed look at the table with Fi Brice to do the maths we established that a draw would’ve been good enough to take second place in the group by virtue of goals scored as Cambridge had also won three and lost one. With Fi sworn to secrecy we kept this to ourselves and with the girls fed and watered we played our final group game with victory assuring us of a semi final berth. I think it was our best performance of the day and the girls really got stuck in with the tackling and also kept the width which was testing Cambridge on both flanks. Mid way through the first half a foot in the D and a short corner. Smooth text book flat injection from Evie, composed gather from Anna and then a straight strike smash into the back board, 1-0 Magpies. Then on the stroke of half time came the moment of controversy and the awarding of a flick to Cambridge. A clean break down the right for Cambridge and cue alarm bells. Georgia makes the courageous and correct decision to come sliding out to challenge the Cambridge player and gets a toe to ball and it goes off the back line. Long corner we think but no, the Umpire calls for a flick perhaps swayed by the positivity of Georgia’s advance and the hurdling of the Cambridge player which most felt was extremely harsh (including the Cambridge coach so thank you to him). So it came to it with Georgia on the line, teeth bared and Cambridge ready to go. Parp went the whistle and off went the flick towards the bottom left but down went Georgia superbly to turn the ball onto the post and away from danger. A moment to be proud of for Georgia so well done. That invigorated the team and the second half was more or less controlled by Magpies with the odd chance from Cambridge on the break but we held on for a deserved win and a spot in the semi final.

So came the semi final against pool A winners Canterbury and a place in the national finals to play for. It wasn’t a great game and both sides were tired and running with the ball took over a bit too much and not the fluid style that we can play. A scrappy goal from a cruel deflection off a Magpies stick that looped over Georgia was all that separated the two sides and we huffed and puffed but couldn’t quite find a chance to save the game and so it ended there…….

It has been yet another tremendous season for this group of girls with multiple tournament wins, goals galore, qualification for the East Finals, progression through to the semi finals where on goal difference we would’ve been placed third overall with the consolation of being the best placed Norfolk team. Everyone in the squad played their part on what was a hot and tiring day. Goals and great deeds often claim the headlines but everyone worked tirelessly in a genuine squad effort so also a massive well done to Alyssa,Molly, Jessica and Ruby as well. Many thanks to Duncan for his council and support on the sideline.

I will echo what Kathy Gardens wrote in her report for the U10 girls that it was so good to see so many parents, friends and supporters there cheering on the girls and epitomises what our club is all about with particular mention to David Brook who came along to advise and observe in his normal guru type fashion.

COME ON YOU MAGPIES !

Squad – Ruby (c), Georgia (GK), Jessica, Molly, Holly, Alyssa, Anna, Sophie, Evie, Emma
TM – Jim Menzies

 

Results – Saturday/Sunday 8/9 April 2017

Saturday 8 April
MENS 3s v Ipswich 2s (L) (A) 12.00 3-4 L
LADIES 6s v Breckland (L) (A) 2.30 4-2 W
East Club Minis – HMHC
U12 BOYS (inc. Magpies’ team) (10.30)
Section B: Magpies v Old Loughtonians (10.30) 0-2 L, Cambridge City (11.14) 2-3 L, Norwich City (11.40) 1-3 L, Bury St Edmunds (12.24) 1-2 L, St Neots 2-1 W (for 9th place)
Old Loughtonians beat Norwich City 2-1 in the final and both qualify for national finals
U10 GIRLS (inc. Magpies’ team) (1.30)
Section Y: Magpies v Blueharts (1.55) 1-1 D, Chelmsford (3.10) 3-0 W, Sudbury (3.30) 4-0 W, Cambridge City (4.20) 2-0 W, Sevenoaks (5.00) 2-1 W
Magpies beat Old Loughtonians 3-0 in the final to win the event for the second successive year
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SQUAD INCLUDING COACH KATHY GARDENS AND MANAGER DUNCAN COGDELL ON THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

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Sunday 9 April
NEW MIXED (EH Trophy Rd 4) v Dereham 2.00 W/O W
NB. Framlingham College
East Club Minis – HMHC
U12 GIRLS (inc. Magpies’ team)(10.00)
Section B: Magpies v Sevenoaks (10.00) 0-3 L,
Hertford (10.22) 2-1 W, Old Loughtonians (11.06) 3-0 W, Ipswich (11.32) 4-0 W, Cambridge City (1.22) 1-0 W, Canterbury (semis) (2.05) 0-1 L
Sevenoaks beat Canterbury 3-1 in the final (both qualify for
the national finals) with Magpies finishing in an
excellent joint 3rd place
U10 BOYS (1.00) (Magpies did not qualify for the event)
Blueharts beat Blue Hornets 1-0 in the final and Norwich Dragons beat Old Loughtonians 3-1 for 3rd place

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 4 April 2017

BOYS DEVELOPMENT PIP DRAGONS FOR LEAGUE TITLE

Top billing just has to go this week to the Boys’ Development after their 1-0 home win over Norwich City last Saturday which gave them the Norfolk league title on goal difference from Norwich Dragons ‘A’. This was a nervy game for the home team and their supporters and it was a considerable relief to all concerned when Ed Brice found the net at a penalty corner with five minutes to go.

There was not much between the teams for the majority of the match and while both defences played well they had to survive some anxious moments. Elliot Chapman gave an assured performance in goal for Magpies while Ed Brice caught the eye in midfield as did Ben Waters with some strong runs down the right wing. Magpies were let down on occasions by their poor choice of pass and an over reliance on the speculative reverse stick pass. But this is not the time to be critical. Well done to the squad under manager Mark Emms for an excellent season in which they have been defeated just once in sixteen games. They have done the club proud. The victory was a good way for defender Jack Largent to celebrate his fourteenth birthday.

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2018 – TICKETS England Hockey is hosting this event at Lee Valley in July 2018 and wishes to reward the Hockey Family for their continued loyalty by offering from Thursday 6 April a priority window for the purchase of tickets. Please see the top left of the England Hockey website (available from the England Hockey logo at the top right of the club’s website) for full details.

In the only other competitive home game the already promoted Men’s 3rds needed to win to keep alive their title chances and they went into their game against Norwich Dragons 2nds with just four of the players who clinched promotion the previous week against Newmarket. This churn has been a feature of the team in recent weeks and has made life more difficult than it should be for captain Matt Brand who has remained stoical over the situation. If the team is to be successful next season more players will need to be available more often and, frankly, that applies to some of our other teams, both men and women.

Dragons, with ex-Magpies star player Richard Gill in good form in midfield, took the lead following a fast break down the right. Magpies’ goalkeeper Chris Flatt, who had a good game, then saved a penalty stroke before Robbie Kinsella fired the home team level at a penalty corner. Just after the break Magpies missed a golden opportunity to take the lead. In a team not playing as well as the occasion demanded Stuart Field was outstanding for Magpies with his drive, speed and accurate passing. Dragons regained the lead and – after Magpies failed to take advantage of a number of penalty corners – they caught the home team on the break to ensure a deserved 3-1 victory. While this defeat and the news that Bury St Edmunds had beaten Ipswich 2nds 5-0 to take the league title was disappointing it should take nothing away from what has been an excellent season for the 3rds which concludes on Saturday away to Ipswich 2nds (12.00).

Away from home the Men’s 1sts went down 10-1 (Myles King) to City of Peterborough in another re-arranged match. The team already weakened in recent weeks by work and other commitments went into this tough game with several other changes due to parental responsibilities, injuries and holidays and I was not the only one fearing the worst. Despite the score line the eleven players played some good hockey against a full strength Cof P which until the previous week still had a chance of the league title.

From the middle of October when they won six games in succession, highlighted by a 4-3 away victory over eventual champions Old Loughtonians, the season was going well for the team but with the gradual weakening of the squad the second half has been a disappointment.

There can be little doubt that what our top three men’s teams need next season is rebuilding (1sts), promotion (2nds) and consolidation (3rds). Hopefully these objectives will be achieved by a core of present players, recruitment of others and opportunities to be grasped by the undoubted emerging talent in the club.

TASTER CRICKET SESSIONS FOR LADIES AND GIRLS AT MAGPIES on Tuesdays 4 and 11 April (6-7 pm) in conjunction with Topcroft Cricket Club – please see website for details.

The curtain comes down on another league season this Saturday with as already mentioned the Men’s 3rds playing the last of their re-arranged games while the Ladies’ 6ths play Breckland away (2.30). The original match on 25 February with Breckland was abandoned with three minutes remaining, with Magpies leading 3-2, when Magpies’ Louise Davy had a nasty fall which necessitated her going to hospital for treatment. The league management subsequently ruled that the score should not stand as with only one goal between the teams Breckland still had a chance for an equaliser. Best wishes to our two teams.

EAST CLUB MINIS This coming weekend the club is hosting for the ninth successive year the East Club Minis or to give them their correct title the East Club IN2Hockey Championships. On Saturday the U12 Boys (from 10.30) and U10 Girls (from 1.25) will be in action and on Sunday it will be the turn of the U12 Girls (10.00) and U10 Boys (1.00). The club will be represented in each of the events except for the U10 Boys. The U10 and U12 Girls qualified by finishing first and second, respectively, in the Norfolk championships while the U12 Boys have been pleased to accept a late wild card entry following the withdrawal of another team.

All the very best to our teams, listed below, for an enjoyable and, hopefully, successful weekend.

Saturday 8 April (Weybread)
U12 Boys
Oliver Bardwell, Oliver Currie, Sam Emms, Jake Hayward, Oliver Kinsman, Freddie Kirk, Stanley Glenn, Charlie Hall, Jake Jackson, James Laurie (GK), Mark Emms (manager), Peter Dolton (coach).
Section B: Magpies v Old Loughtonians (10.30), Cambridge City (11.14), Norwich City (11.40), Bury St Edmunds (12.24) followed (hopefully) by the semis (1.40) and final (2.35).

U10 Girls Rebekah Moss (GK), Daisy Wicks, Catherine Pope, Harriet Soper, Alex Pearson-Smith, Emily Clarke, Natalie Saunders, Ophelia McCausland, Amber Whittingstall, Beth Gardens, Kathy Gardens (manager/coach).
Section Y: Magpies v Blueharts (1.55), Chelmsford (3.10), Sudbury (3.30), Cambridge City (4.20), Sevenoaks (5.00) followed (hopefully) by the final (5.30).

Sunday 9 April (Weybread)
U12 Girls
Ruby Pottruff (captain), Georgia Flatt (GK), Jessica Menzies, Holly Wills, Emma Williamson, Anna Cogdell, Evie Brice, Molly Largent, Alyssa Walker, Sophie Pettitt, Jim Menzies (manager/coach).
Section B: Magpies v Sevenoaks (10.00), Hertford (10.22), Old Loughtonians (11.06), Ipswich (11.32), Cambridge City (1.22) followed (hopefully) by the semis (2.05) and final (2.40).

The winners and runners-up of the two U12 events will go on to represent the East in the national finals to be played at Beeston HC on Saturday 13 May.

MIDLANDS LEAGUE U14 GIRLS REGIONAL FINALS In Pool A at Leicester Grammar School last Sunday our team had the frustration of going down 2-1 to the eventual winners Reading in their opening match after conceding a late goal. In their next game they were unable to find a way past Cirencester losing 2-0. But they finished on a high note beating Leicester 7-0. Well done to the players and manager John Pope on a really impressive season which bodes well for the club in the years ahead. Please see the club’s website for a full report from Leicester.

WATTON MINIS There were good performances last Sunday by our teams including wins for the U12 Girls and U10 Girls in the Silver events and second place for the U12 Girls in Gold and a season best second place for the U10 Boys.

Two wags contacted me after last week’s Musings to say it would have saved them a lot of time had I put at the beginning and not at the end that reading the column was not compulsory!

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]
4/4/17

Results – National Youth Outdoor Competitions 2016/17

NATIONAL YOUTH OUTDOOR COMPETITIONS 2016/17

U14 GIRLS
Manager/Coach: John Pope
01728 748201 07960 884366
popejr
(Midlands League 4)
Sunday 16 October v Norwich City (A) 1.45 3-3 D
Sunday 6 November v Bury St Edmunds (H) 10. 15 (W) 10-1 W
Sunday 20 November v Cambridge City (A) 12.45 2-1 W
Sunday 5 February v Norwich Dragons (H) 11.00 (W) 11-1 W
Sunday 19 February v Pelicans (A) 12.30 2-2 D
Sunday 2 April (Regionals – Leicester GS)
v Reading 1-2 L , v Cirencester 0-2 L, v Leicester 7-0 W

U16 GIRLS
Manager/Coach: Nick McAllen
01508 493269 [email protected]
(Midlands League 1)
Sunday 16 October v Bury St Edmunds (H) W/O W
Sunday 6 November v Norwich City (A) 1.45 1-1 D
Sunday 20 November v Sudbury (H) 4-1 W
Sunday 5 February v Norwich Dragons (A) 12.00 4-0 W
Sunday 19 February v Pelicans (H) 11.00 (W) W/O W
Sunday 12 March (Regionals – Pool B, Stourport HC)
v Saffron Walden 3-0 W, v Stourport 0-3 L,
v Oxford Hawks 1-1 D

U18 GIRLS
Manager/Coach: Rob Sorrell
07806 821524 robertsorrell86
1st Rd Sunday 16 October v Old Loughtonians (A) 2.30 9-3 W
2nd Rd Sunday 6 November v Dereham (A) 2.00 6-5 W on penalty strokes after a 3-3 draw in normal time
3rd Rd Sunday 20 November v Norwich City (A) 15-0 W
Q/F Sunday 19 February v Beeston (H) 12.45 (W) 1-7 L

U14 BOYS
Manager/Coach: Chris Hall
01508 548198
christopherhall45
(East League 2)
Sunday 16 October v Bury St Edmunds (A) 2.00 9-1 W
Sunday 6 November v Sudbury (H) 10.45 (S) 8-0 W
Sunday 20 November v IES (H) 4-2 W
Sunday 5 Febuary v Norwich City (A) 1.45 4-3 W
Sunday 26 March (Regionals – Pool B, HMHC)
v Cambridge City 0-1 L, v Southgate 2-0 W, v Sevenoaks 1-2 L

U16 BOYS
Manager/Coach:
(East League 2)
Sunday 16 October v Bishops Stortford (A) W/O L
Sunday 6 November v Braintree (H) W/O L
Sunday 20 November v Ipswich (A)*
Sunday 5 February v Norwich City (A)*
Sunday 19 February v Pelicans (H)*
* team withdrawn from the competition due to
a lack of players in this age group this season

U18 BOYS
Manager/Coach: Stuart Peters
07584-054075
[email protected]
Rd 1 – Sunday 16 October – bye
Rd 2 – Sunday 6 November v Bedford (H) 12.00 (W) W/O W
Rd 3 – Sunday 20 November v Norwich Dragons (H) 5-4 L on strokes after a 2-2 D in normal time

Results – Saturday/Sunday 1/2 April 2017

Saturday 1 April
MENS 1s v City of Peterborough (L) (A) 1.00 1-10 L
MENS 3s v Norwich Dragons 2s (L) (H) 2.00 (W) 1-3 L
BOYS Dev. v Norwich City (L) (H) 10.45 (W) 1-0 W
League Champions. Well done to team manager and rest of squad!

Sunday 2 April
U14 GIRLS (Midlands League Regionals – Pool A: Leicester GS)
12.45 Leicester 0 v Cirencester 1, Magpies v Reading 1-2 L
2.00 Leicester 0 v Reading 3, Magpies v Cirencester 0-2 L
3.15 Magpies v Leicester 7-0 W, Cirencester 1 v Reading 2
Reading win the Pool
Watton Minis
U12 Girls ‘A’ – runners-up in Gold Tournament
U12 Girls ‘B’ – winners of Silver Tournament
U12 Girls ‘C’ – 4th in Silver Tournament
U10 Girls ‘B’ winners of Silver Tournament
U10 Girls ‘C’ – 4th in Silver Tournament
U12 Boys – 6th
U10 Boys – runners-up

U10 BOYS AT WATTON

OH SO CLOSE FOR THE U10 BOYS AT WATTON

What a fabulous afternoon for the U10 boys in the last tournament of the season at Watton only being denied top spot on the podium on goal difference having won two and drawn two in a pulsating afternoon’s entertainment.

First up were Dragons and in a tight contest our boys battled hard and were able to claim a deserved 1-0 victory with a debut goal for Alfred, cue ear to ear grin ! A mention for James in goal who pulled off a tremendous stick save that was almost behind him to keep us in the game.

Next was a funny old goalless draw against Pelicans where we couldn’t quite find a rhythm but a point is a point. Next up were Watton and the formation of the formidable defensive pairing of Nicholas and Monty who timed their tackles well and cleared the ball effectively. Finlay moved up to centre half and put in a good hearty effort and was rewarded with the winning goal for Magpies so it was all to play for in the crunch game against Norwich City who also had drawn one and won two games ! It proved to be a modern day classic with end to end stuff right from the off. WIlliam smashed in an early goal for Magpies only for them to be pegged back by a scrappy City goal, 1-1. The midfield was not for the faint hearted and Finlay, Freddy and George all got stuck in making crucial tackles at the right time. The ball went up the right with Billy making a trademark surge down the right channel and cooly slotted home to make it 2-1 to Magpies. Tick tock went the clock and with seconds to go oh no ! In goes a thunderbolt shot for City from the top of the D to level things up at 2-2 but what a game.

Great work from all the boys on the day who well deserved their runner up spot but it was oh so close !

Squad :- James, William, Billy, George, Freddy, Nicholas, Monty, Finlay, Alfred

 

U12 GIRLS REPORTS – WATTON TOURNAMENT

STRONG FINISH TO THE SEASON AT WATTON FOR U12 GIRLS

A TEAM
With only the bare minimum of 7 players available, the A team tackled their last hurdle before their end of season highlight when they compete in the East In2 Hockey finals this weekend. The first game against a reinvigorated Dragons didn’t go to plan as we huffed and puffed and forgot how to play as we all know we can and a scrappy goal off a rebound was enough to give Dragons a deserved victory. From there on it was better news as we rediscovered our more expansive style and passed the ball around more fluidly and were more decisive in front of goal which was enough to bring 2-0, 3-1 and 3-0 victories against Dragons B, Watton and Norwich City which was good to see. A really good shift from all the girls and with no subs there is no rest or hiding place so well done.

We set ourselves high standards because we know that we are capable and we hope to see this in excess on Sunday ! COME ON YOU MAGPIES !

Squad :- Georgia, Alyssa, Ruby, Jessica, Holly, Molly & Evie

B Team
The Magpies B’s fielded a strong side for our last tournament of the season and started strongly with a 6-0 win over Norwich Dragons, goals from Sasha, Maddie (4) and Amy. Next up we faced Dereham and came away with a 1-0 win thanks to Maddie’s strike.

Ella was on top form against Pelicans and used her silky skills to bag 5 goals, with Grace Clarke adding the 6th. We finished the morning by playing Magpies C’s where we shared the goals around amongst Ella (2), Maddie, Evie and Sasha.

Katy made some great saves in goal and organised her defence well with Megan and Grace making some lovely tackles. Great work rate and attitude from all of the girls and an awesome way to end the season.

Squad :- Katy, Megan, Grace C, Ella, Maddi, Sasha, Amy & Evie N

C Team
Our first game was against Pelicans who came out strong. But it didn’t take long for Magpies to get into the game, lovely passes coming into the D from Sofia and Hattie, passing the ball round and creating space. Unfortunately Pelicans got a short corner which they scored from, this resulted the first game finishing at 1-0 to Pelicans.
Our second game was against Norwich Dragons. This game we were quick on the ball, and this resulted in a good ball into the D from Sukey followed by a goal from Ellie. Not long after the first goal the same happened again, but this time the ball was put into the D by Kate and again found Ellie who scored her second goal. This game finished 2-0 to Magpies.

Our third game we lost against Magpies B’s, we knew it would be a hard game as they had already won two of their games 6-0! But that didn’t stop us, Ellie and Emma did well in defence, and we didn’t give up. Some brilliant hockey was played moving the ball wide and passing it down the line into space. Well done Magpies B’s!!
Last game of the day resulted in 0-0 against Dereham. Out of all the games we played during the tournament this game was the game we played our best hockey. Everyone was supporting each other, free hits were taken early and the ball was going out wide.
Brilliant team spirit from everyone, well done team!

Squad: Emma, Ellie C, Hattie, Sukey, Sofia, Kate & Ellie B

 

Magpies Under 14s – Midlands Regional Group A Results – Sunday 2 April 2017

Magpies under 14 girls with a young team of predominantly of year 8s – four year 9s in total – and a year 7 debuting in goal arrived at Leicester Grammar school on a warm sunny day with high hopes.

Team: Abi Lewis (GK), Alice Wiseman, Amelia Slade, Amy Collison, Beth Moodie, Ellen Pope, Holly Hanrahan, Honey Lamdin, Georgie Cantrell (Capt), Georgie Gardens, Keira Wheeler, Molly Warnes, Tabitha Borrett, Victoria Spouncer

Undefeated in competition all season a tough round was expected with toughest game up first.

Game 1: Reading 2-1 Magpies (Leicester 0-1 Cirencester on other pitch)

Goals: Georgie Cantrell

Classic Magpies we gave Reading a half start in this one getting a thorough 1-0 thrashing in the first. The score-line merely shows what a nervy start it was by both sides and the tremendous defence we displayed during a period when we barely got out of our own 25 including at least one phenomenal diving save by Abi to prevent a goal with her stick. Wave after wave of penalty corners ensued with Reading misfiring until eventually toward the end of the first half they inevitably scored.

This part of the team strategy I was clearly not privy to.

The same eleven stepped on the pitch in the second half but it was a completely different team.

Wave after wave of Magpies attack ensued and Reading were rumbled. With around four minutes to go a mazy run from Georgie C through the D ending in a close quarters nerveless push past the keeper broke the deadlock. Game on. And we continued to press for the winner.

Knowing full well that you’re at your most vulnerable when you’ve scored it was in this period that the team manager lost his voice. And sure enough, from a Magpies attack Reading countered getting a ball through our midfield and defence to a group of three attackers camped out in our D behind our defence. Abi handled two but the ball fell to the third who reversed it into the goal with less than two minutes to go.

We picked ourselves up and immediately went for the Reading goal but despite giving it everything the whistle came too soon.

It was small consolation to know that we had give Reading their toughest game of the season.

Game 2 Magpies 0-2 Cirencester (Leicester 0-3 Reading)

A strange one this. It neither felt as intense nor did Cirencester feel to be as good a side as Reading. Nevertheless we couldn’t take our chances and Cirencester got two relatively simple goals at key stages in each half.

After on paper our two toughest games, we’d played all our 14 girls all of whom had given absolutely everything. I shan’t forget Georgie G’s look towards me towards the end of the second game when I helpfully suggested another run – even telepathy has ***s in it – and despite a strong sense that the 50/50s were not to be going our way every team member stayed positive, committed and dedicated to the team.

So with one game to go and our first outing on the water pitch anticipated…

Game 3 Leicester 0-7 Magpies (Reading 2-1 Cirencester)

Despite the official score sheet saying 6, it was 7.

Goals: Alice Wiseman, Ellen Pope, Georgie Cantrell (3), Georgie Gardens, Molly Warnes

A tactical tweak, a ringing of the changes, the shackles off and only pride to play for… and it all came together. We played with freedom and our fitness showed, by the end Leicester understandably looking the more tired. Goals were now coming from everywhere with both Bobby and Molly getting their first u14 goals of the season and Georgie C her regulation hat trick. The one small disappointment was that one of our most skilful, dedicated, hard working, deserving and above all modest players, Amy, didn’t quite get on the score-sheet this year – saving it up for next!

Thank-yous abound:

Firstly to Wendy and her team at Leicester who put on a great event and supplied us with a very fair and calm umpire in Graham who is welcome at Weybread at any time – bring a responsible adult to drive you home Graham, we have a very good bar!

Secondly as always to our wonderful supporters and support crew. Our parents and especially to Grace, Izzy and Rob who helped me run the bench, especially to Rob for all the running player repairs! We can rebuild her….

Penultimately to Martin, Nick and Sandra for all their dedication, hard work and unlimited patience (especially with me!) throughout the winter.

And finally to all the girls. The team, the wider squad and birthday girl Grace our regular GK. We couldn’t want for better. We hope you come back wanting more next season. And good luck to Alice, Beth, Georgie, Liv and Molly in the u16s.

We have (at least – I’ve just seen a note possibly about another from Sandra!) two remaining fixtures

Sunday 30 April – Braintree Blue Hornets end of season friendly – details to follow

Friday 19 May – Youth Presentation Evening (remember to let Alison and Nick know that you’re coming!!)

Thanks

JP

Topcroft Cricket Club Exciting News – When Cricket Meets Hockey

Topcroft Cricket Club Exciting News

When Cricket Meets Hockey

We are both pleased to announce an exciting project to link two of the premier sports clubs in the region. Topcroft Cricket Club and Harleston Magpies Hockey Club are only a matter of a few miles apart and already share a few players and supporters.

With both sports seasons complementing each other and both sports focussed on hand/eye co-ordination, the link and joint promotion of each other’s activities to attract more people playing both sports seems an ideal one. The clubs played a friendly cricket match last year at Magpies, played on a temporary wicket, and the idea of the a close working relationship blossomed from there.

Initially both clubs will joining forces to help promote the growth of
both sport clubs and moving forward looking to establish a more
permanent association for the mutual benfit to both sports.

With Topcroft CC adding a 3rd Saturday Senior Side for the 2017 season, the club would welcome any new players and are hoping some new or ex cricketers from Magpies will be interested in playing. Topcroft CC are also very keen to develop a girls cricket team and encourage more Ladies players and are planning on running some taster training sessions at Magpies in April.

Topcroft CC Chairman Rob Allen said “We are very excited to be working in partnership with such a large and prestigious club as Harleston Magpies and look forward to developing more sporting opportunities for the local community and in particular attracting new ladies and girls to the sport”.

Harleston Magpies Commercial Manager John Rowe said “This represents an excellent opportunity to further enhance our reputation as a community club and at the same time help encourage cricket with Topcroft CC in the South Norfolk Area. Although in the early stages this also dovetails well with our long term strategy to maximise the potential on offer here at our Site”.

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 28 March 2017

MEN’S 3RDS GALLOP PAST NEWMARKET FOR PROMOTION

It was the last day of the season for most of our 15 league teams last Saturday and while all were obviously hoping to go out on a high there were special incentives for four of them with the Men’s 3rds and Ladies’ 1sts achieving their objectives while the Men’s 2nds and Girls’ Development came up a little short.

The Men’s 3rds needed to beat fellow promotion hopefuls Newmarket to clinch promotion after being in the top two all season and they did so with ease winning 10-1. They were soon 3-0 up against a less experienced Newmarket side than usual and thereafter the outcome was never in doubt. Scorers were Tristan Hipper (3), Gavin Cole (2), Greg Jagger (2), Jamie Hudson, Matt Brand and James Stacey. Congratulations to captain Matt Brand (who has worked extremely hard once again with the team both on and off the field of play) and to his squad. They still have two games to play and victory in both would ensure they overtake Bury St Edmunds for the league title. They are at home on Saturday to Norwich Dragons 2nds (2.00) and away to Ipswich 2nds seven days later.

Meanwhile playing on the other pitch were the Ladies’ 1sts and their incentive was to get back to winning ways after three successive defeats and they did so in style beating St Albans 4-0 to round-off a highly satisfying season with an excellent fourth place in England Hockey’s East Conference. There was not much between the teams in the first half but Magpies went into the break leading with a splendid goal by Lizzie Clymer when she swept home a cross from Maria Andrews, the team’s player of the season. Magpies dominated the second half. Maria skilfully created space for herself to add the second goal and soon afterwards, following a fast pushout at a penalty corner by Debbie Francis, she fired in her seventeenth goal of the season to finish as the league’s leading goal scorer – a wonderful achievement. Abby Gooderham completed the scoring with an exciting finish high into the net. Very well done to captain Lucy Belsey and her team and to coach Rob Sorrell and manager Nick McAllen.

The Men’s 2nds needed to beat Wapping 2nds (who came into the game at Weybread with the league title virtually assured) to avoid relegation or failing that for Cambridge City 3rds to slip up in their last two games. In the event Magpies fought hard to get something from the game after going 3-0 down early on. Tristan Baynes converted a penalty corner just before the break and Robbie Kinsella narrowed the gap fifteen minutes into the second half but thereafter Magpies were unable to maintain their momentum leaving Wapping to make it 4-2 in their favour before celebrating the league title by spraying themselves with bubbly! We then heard that City 3rds had beaten second placed Bourne Deeping 8-2 to add to their 3-2 victory the previous week over third placed Shefford & Sandy. There is no doubt that things have gone against the Men’s 2nds in recent weeks, e.g. failure to beat Norwich City 2nds after leading, Cambridge City 3rds recent revival and the late penalty stroke the previous week against Upminster. But the real reason for the team’s relegation (their second in successive seasons) was their failure to take any points from their first five games combined with some recent late goals suggesting fitness issues as a leading member of the squad told me after the game. The upshot is that the Men’s 2nds and Men’s 3rds will next season be in the same league something which would have been hard to contemplate as recently as the start of last season when they were three leagues apart.

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The Girls’ Development needed to beat Norwich Dragons in their last game of the season to clinch their league title but it wasn’t to be despite a wholehearted effort by the squad. After Dragons had taken the lead a fine strike by Anna Cogdell put Magpies back on terms only for Dragons to win the game 2-1 with an even better shot from the edge of the circle. Despite this defeat it has been an excellent season by the squad under the enthusiastic leadership of player-manager Sandra Elliner who throughout has sought to be fair to all members of the squad in her team selections. It says much for the work that Sandra has done that nine Development girls have progressed to adult hockey this season.

In other home games the Ladies’ 3rds drew and there were defeats for the Men’s 5ths and Ladies’ 6ths. The Ladies’ 3rds played out a 0-0 draw with Ipswich 2nds for whom out-on-loan Magpie Connie Bedingfield had a good game in midfield while for Magpies goalkeeper Holly Riches was as impressive as ever. The Magpies squad can be pleased with how they have played in their first season in the East League. Meanwhile the Men’s 5ths knew they were in for a tough game against league champions and goal machine that is Ipswich 3rds (Andy Cook got his inevitable goal against Magpies together with a blow to an ankle!) and they played far better than the final score of 6-1 would suggest. Magpies fielded six U14s and they did not look out of place at this level. Tom Caston got their goal in the second half with a good finish. The Ladies’ 6ths also knew they were in for a demanding game against 4th placed Norwich City 6ths and they played some good hockey with plenty of determination despite going down 6-1. Ellen Pope scored their second half goal following a strong penalty corner strike by Vanessa Vigrass.

There was mixed success for our teams away from home. The Men’s 1sts, including at least three injured bodies, lost 1-0 to a late Bedford goal and for the record this was the first time in 46 East Premier ‘A’ games the team had failed to score. This coming Saturday they complete their programme with a re-arranged away game against City of Peterborough (1.00) who lost their chance of promotion back to the national league going down last Saturday to Old Loughtonians who have finished the season strongly to take the promotion spot. Meanwhile the Ladies’ 2nds rounded off their good season in style beating St Ives 4-0 with their goals coming from Jess Howland, Anna Tighe, Lottie Summers and Alice Woollatt. MOTM was Kath Johnson who has had another fine season following her return from injury.

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The Ladies’ 4ths returned to winning ways beating Norwich City 3rds 2-0 with their best performance of the season. Their goals came from Imi Meynell-Anderson and moved the team up to a very satisfactory 6thplace in their league.  The Men’s 4ths ended a most successful season with a slightly disappointing 6-2 defeat against Pelicans 3rds. Their cause was not helped by having to start short of players due to traffic delays on the outskirts of Kings Lynn and they were 4-0 down after twenty minutes. Thereafter they drew the game 2-2 (!) and they dominated the second half with goals by Arthur Johnson and David Cadman. The Ladies’ 5ths drew 3-3 with Diss. After falling a goal behind Grace Collison and Rachel Clifford put them ahead only for Diss to equalise following a mishit by the visitors’ captain! Diss then took the lead before Rachel got her second late in the game to round-off an excellent season by Jose Tibbenham and her team. The Men’s 6ths were required to change alfresco in the car park at Thetford as the changing room was locked! With their usual pre-match routine now badly disrupted (!) they soon fell a goal behind and they eventually went down 5-1 with their goal coming from Lewis Belsey. It has been a tough season for the 6ths but to their credit they have battled away. The Ladies’ 7ths completed their season with a 0-0 draw against Loddon 2nds. At the beginning of the season the future of the team looked bleak but an influx of players has seen the team get to the end of the season in good heart.

Like the Girls the Boys’ Development were also hoping to win their league title by beating Norwich City away but after City called off due to a lack of available players Magpies’ manager Mark Emms agreed in the best spirit of development hockey to postpone the game to this coming Saturday (but now at Weybread at 10.45) instead of claiming the three points.

U14 BOYS EAST LEAGUE REGIONAL FINALS Congratulations to James Smith and Bex Pottruff and all members of their ‘team’ on a very successful management and hosting of Sunday’s Pool B.Cambridge City emerged as deserved winners of the 4-team pool winning all their three games thereby progressing to the national finals. For Magpies, who played well in spells, it was a case of what might have been at the end of a really good season.  In their opening game they were beaten 1-0 by Cambs City when with a little more accurate passing they could have got a point. They then eased passed Southgate with goals by Ollie Mayhew and James Webster and in their final game they were edged out 2-1 (James again) by Sevenoaks who after beating Southgate and then leading City before going down 2-1 had earlier looked favourites.

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END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING This successful event was held at Wortwell Community Centre last Saturday. Joe Cooksey, the chairman of the Fund Raising & Social Committee, acted as MC and he got the presentations underway with some interesting and varied statistics about the season before thanking club officials and team captains for all their hard work and enthusiasm during the season.  Joe then introduced the team captains who said a few words about their season and club president Philippa Taylor made the team presentations. Club vice-chairman Nick Durrant then read out the citations of the trophy and cup winners and Philippa made the presentations. Nick concluded the presentations part of the evening by thanking the Fund Raising & Social Committee for organising the event and by paying tribute to Philippa for all her hard work and dedication during her three years as deputy president and three years as president.

Team Awards

Team LADIES GENTLEMEN
Players’ player Captain’s player Players’ player Captain’s player
1 Maria Andrews

(Betty Whipps Cup – for player of the year)

ToshPeet

Tor
Findlay

(Young Player Of The Year Trophy)

Thomas Ridley

Leigh
Sitch

(Leeder Cup – for player of the year)

Andrew Bedwell

Thomas Ridley

(Young Player Of The Year Trophy)

2 Jess Howland Alice
Woollatt
Jonty Herschel-Shorland Tristan Baynes
3 Amelia Herschel-Shorland Rheanna Lascelles Jamie
Hudson
Jon Aldridge and Phil Cobbald (support to captain)
4 Helena Knock Phoebe Eglington (Most improved player) Alex Kilbourn (leading goal scorer) Kieran Peters (Most improved player)
5 Alice
Gooch
To be awarded later Ollie
Hall
Louis
Calvert
6 Isabel
Slade
Imogen
Flatt (Most improved player)
Peter
Finnie
To be awarded later
7 Sophie Govier-Schaay (most improved young player) Karen
Hunt
N/A N/A

 

Other Awards

Award  Winners Award  Winners
Rushworth
WardTrophy (For outstanding long service)
Daphne Beckett Female Club Person of the Year Louisa Greenacre
The Magpie Cup

(To mark a season of outstanding service)

Jose Tibbenham Craig Whipps Cup
(For club’s ‘unsung hero’)
Eric
Davy
Male Club Person of the Year Tristan
Baynes
Longe
Trophy (For outstanding youth coaching services)
To be awarded at youth awards evening
80th Anniversary Cup

(For outstanding service to the club)

Nick
McAllen
Chairman’s
Cup(For significant contribution to the Magpies community)
Richard
Larkin

Good luck as always to all our teams this coming weekend including the U14 Girls in the Midlands League Regional Finals where in Pool B on Sunday at Leicester Grammar School they play Reading, Cirencester and Leicester. Please see the website for the list of fixtures.

EAST REGIONAL FINALS Best wishes to Matt Brand, Tristan Baynes and David Francis who have been selected to represent Norfolk O40s in the regional finals at Lee Valley on Sunday and to Eric Davy who will be representing Norfolk O50s.   

Finally, congratulations to out-on-loan Magpie Tom Graham and his University of Durham team-mates on winning the North Conference of the England Hockey League with 18 victories from 18 games! Best wishes to them in the promotion play-offs.

APOLOGIES FOR THE LENGTH OF THIS MUSINGS. Fortunately reading it is not compulsory!

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]
28/3/17

Match report – Men’s 3rds – Saturday 25 March 2017

Magpies’ Men’s 3rds 10 Newmarket 1

After defeat to Bury St Edmunds last week Magpies were expecting a tough game against a Newmarket side just behind them in the league and especially since Newmarket had won the reverse fixture 6-1 just before Christmas. However with a full squad available Magpies felt confident that they could produce their best form when it mattered. As it turned out it didn’t matter as much as they thought, because despite playing some of their poorest hockey for several weeks they went into the break 5-0 up with good finishes from Tristan Hipper (2) and Gavin Cole and slightly scruffier efforts from Jamie Hudson and Matt Brand.

The second half saw both teams playing much better and despite Newmarket being much more resolute in defence they still found it hard to deal with a rampaging Magpies’ team who were clinical down both wings. Five more goals came with Tristan getting a third, Greg Jagger, who had a goal in the first half disallowed, adding two and Gavin and James Stacey completing the Magpies’ tally. It was not, however, the last goal as Newmarket would (in the words of defender) Tiger Brice (who was in superb form again) “ruin magpies afternoon” when they scored in the 69th minute.

So a 10-1 win, a top two finish and promotion guaranteed and with every team in the league beaten at least once Magpies can cast one eye over next season. Horncastle away anyone? However before then Magpies must complete this campaign at home to Dragons and away to Ipswich.

Results – Saturday/Sunday 25/26 March 2017

Saturday 25 March
LADIES 1s v St Albans (L) (H) 2.00 (W) 4-0 W
LADIES 2s v St Ives (L) (A) 12.30 4-0 W
LADIES 3s v Ipswich 2s (L) (H) 12.15 (S) 0-0 D
LADIES 4s v Norwich City 3s (L) (A) 12.15 2-0 W
LADIES 5s v Diss (L) (A) 11.30 3-3 D
LADIES 6s v Norwich City 6s (L) (H) 10.15 (W) 1-6 L
LADIES 7s v Loddon 2s (L) (A) 3.00 0-0 D
GIRLS Dev. v Norwich Dragons (L) (H) 10.45 (S) 1-2 L
MENS 1s v Bedford (L) (A) 2.45 0-1 L
MENS 2s v Wapping 2s (L) (H) 3.30 (W) 2-4 L Relegated
MENS 3s v Newmarket (L) (H) 1.45 (S) 10-1 W Promoted
MENS 4s v Pelicans 3s (L) (A) 1.00 2-6 L
MENS 5s v Ipswich 3s (L) (H) 12.00 (W) 1-6 L
MENS 6s v Thetford Town (L) (A) 2.30 1-5 L
BOYS Dev. v Norwich City (L) (A) 5.30 postponed until next Saturday
with game to be played at Weybread 10.15

Sunday 26 March
U14 BOYS (East League Regional Finals – Pool B: HMHC)
11.30 Sevenoaks 3 v Southgate 0, Magpies 0 v Cambridge City 1
12.40 Cambridge City 2 v Sevenoaks 1, Magpies 2 v Southgate 0
1.50 Southgate 1 Cambridge City 2, Magpies 1 v Sevenoaks 2

Congratulations to Cambridge City on winning the pool
and best wishes to them in the national finals

Magpies ladies 2’s Vs St. Ives

The 2’s went into the last league game of the season with plenty still to play for, as a win would give them a fighting chance of finishing 3rd in the league. At a sun drenched California Road the Magpies warm up was very relaxed as the teams prepared to do battle.

In an open start to the game both sides were keen on using the flanks which lead to a number of early penalty corners. However both were having great problems injecting from the by-line which resulted in wasted opportunities. Magpies finally perfected the routine when Jess Howland sent a reverse stick effort past the keeper and into the net.
In truth the Magpies were looking very threatening in the D with Laura Tibbenham, Anna Tighe and Alice Woollatt making some great leads but we were just missing the final clinical touch. At the other end the defensive trio of Plum sweet, Shev Wooltorton and Kath Johnson kept the home side reasonably quiet although St. Ives were still a danger on the break. However the Pies deservedly went to half time a goal up.

St Ives came out the sharper in the second half and forced a couple of penalty corners from which Jade Daly made a smart save to keep the scores level. The Pies burst into life with a fine second goal. Good ball retention at the back allowed Kath to send an ariel into space for Tibbs to brilliantly drive into the D, draw the keeper and find yet another strong run from Lottie Summers who slotted home.
The Magpies were now pressing home the advantage with Olivia Locke and Howland in charge of the middle of the park, allowing the platform to launch fast breaks with Lottie, Martha Lawrence and Sophie Child driving deep into the opposition D as the game became stretched. This lead to further goals being added by Anna Tighe and Alice Woollatt as Magpies ran out comfortable winners 4-0.

Following Dereham’s win at the league champions, Magpies finished in 4th place but can look back on a solid enjoyable season and with a little bit of luck in certain games could have pushed Peterborough and Cambridge even closer.. The party bus departed for the last time this season with everyone looking forward to a quiet beverage at the Awards Evening.

The players would like to thank Sam Tea for coaching the side as well as a big thank you to everyone back at the club whose efforts behind the scenes are really appreciated by the team. Likewise thanks to our band of loyal supporters who follow the team offering advice and support on the field and pay the occasional match fee as and when required off it.

Player of the Match – Kath

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST ST ALBANS

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST ST ALBANS

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played at home this Saturday against St Albans in their last match of the season. The women wanted to end the season on a high and after an emotional and motivating highlights video from Coach Rob Sorrell they were ready and focused on the game. The large crowd that was down at the nest also helped spur on Magpies to put in a great performance and so they did!

The first half started with both teams fighting to gain momentum and at first this did not go Magpies way as quickly St Albans won a succession of short corners. Magpies were prepared and defended the corners well keeping the score 0-0. After riding this wave of attacks from St Albans, Magpies worked hard to retain possession with Debbie Francis putting through some good balls to link with the forwards who were making some great leads. Magpies had chances to take the lead but the St Albans keeper kept them a bay with shots also just going wide of the post. Magpies continued to work hard and make good tackles all over the pitch as well as creating chances upfront. The game was well matched with both teams having chances to take the lead but it wasn’t until the 33rd minute that Magpies broke into a counter attack and scored from a cross into Elizabeth Clymer, taking them 1-0 up and ending the half.

The second half started a little shaky for Magpies with St Albans having some good chances to equalise but these were defended well and Magpies held on. The momentum shifted with Magpies pushing St Albans back into their half and putting pressure on their defence which allowed the forwards to gain possession of the ball high up the pitch. After some good attacking play up the right hand side of the pitch, Maria Andrews picked up the ball in the circle and flicked it in to the St Albans goal. Soon after, Magpies pressure high in the away team’s half led to a short corner and this was again put away by Andrews, leading to her becoming the top goal scorer in the National League and later being rewarded by being voted Magpies 1st Team’s Player of the Season. This formation, pressing high, at times left Magpies vulnerable to counter attack and at times this called for the home team’s defence to make some excellent tackles and saves. The last and final goal of the season for Magpies was scored after some great skill by Abby Gooderham who calmly flicked the ball in to the St Albans goal making it a 4-0 win for Magpies! Magpies finished the season 4th in the league and retained for another year their National League status. Congratulations also to Victoria Findlay and Charlotte Peet for receiving Young Player of the Season and Captains Player of the Season respectively. What a great season Magpies have had and let it continue into next season!

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Maria Andrews, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Bryony Lund, Abby Gooderham, Rose Winter and Lauren Rowe.

Magpies Ladies 7s match report

Harleston Magpies Ladies 7th team versus Loddon Ladies 2nd team.

Our last match of the season was played away at Loddon in lovely sunshine. With a full team and two new players, the game started well and, although evenly matched, we managed to send the ball to Loddon’s circle a few times but without that finishing touch. Loddon made a few strikes at our goal but to no avail and Karen Hunt made a fine job of stopping any forwards in their tracks.

The second half saw Loddon play well and with formation and we needed to ‘up our game’ also. Georgia Hood was superb at sprinting up the wing but Loddon defenders were ready. Then, Sophie Govier-Schaay worked hard to take the ball through the middle with Lili Mohiddin stopping any forwards from scoring. One Loddon player was taken off the pitch with an injury and within minutes the game was over.

Score: 0 – 0

Joanna Meyer

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against St Albans HC starting at 2.00pm. This is the final League game of the season and Harleston Magpies need a result this Saturday to be assured of 4th place in the League which would be a good return for all the work they have put in this season. Unfortunately Magpies are at present finishing the season having lost their last three games, but in those three matches there have been periods when their play has been excellent. They just need a performance for the full seventy minutes.

Their nearest rivals at the moment are St Albans who are two points behind and Cambridge City who are three points behind. At the moment Magpies have a better goal difference than both those teams.

Last week at second placed Sevenoaks it was bound to be a very tough fixture and so it proved to be. To be three goals down after 21 minutes was the worst start possible. However all credit to the team after that as they battled through until half time without further damage. In the second half Magpies came out a different team and were the best side and created a number of chances. It was obviously a testing League debut for both Alice Woollatt and Martha Lawrence but they both acquitted themselves very well.

Congratulations to Rose Winter for being selected for the England Under 16 Girls squad against Holland over Easter and to her brother Archie Winter being selected for the England U18 Boys. A big day for the family and a few more miles to clock up!

This week both Annie Nunn and Lauren Mickleburgh remain out injured with Rose Winter and Lauren Rowe both returning to the squad.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Maria Andrews, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Bryony Lund, Abby Gooderham, Rose Winter and Lauren Rowe.

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 21 March 2017

MEN’S 1STS BATTLE HARD FOR THE THREE POINTS

There is more to writing this column each week than just putting words on paper so to speak. One of the first decisions is to decide which team deserves top billing and in doing so to make a judgement between the various competing egos. The Men’s 1sts say they didn’t get this recognition even when they beat league leaders Old Loughtonians away (correct – I was trying a different format that week) and the Ladies’ 2nds say they deserve the headline this week despite me reminding them they actually lost to Cambridge City 2nds. Yes Laura Tibbenham your team did play well and yes Katie Woollatt you deserve a mention as you played well!

I feel on balance the headlining team should have won so I have gone as you can see (and at last) for the Men’s 1sts just ahead of the Men’s 4ths with, in a generally disappointing weekend of only five league wins, a nod in the direction of the Ladies’ 3rds, Ladies’ 6ths and Girls’ Development and the Ladies’ 2nds for their excellent performance against Cambs City.

Tom Sumner

The Men’s 1sts went into the second game of their post-Wrighty era at home last Saturday missing five players (in addition to Ben) from their season’s strongest line-up against relegation threatened Saffron Walden and they had to battle hard for the three points after twice being behind. In addition to the loss of the missing players defender Andrew Bedwell was only able to play for a few minutes due to injury and he was replaced by Iain Cumming who did well in his first senior game for eleven years. Saffron Walden took the lead against the run of play before Thomas Ridley equalised at a penalty corner and the in-form Simon Hipwell put Magpies ahead after bursting into the circle before finding the net with a reverse stick shot. Inspired by their number 7 Matt Wells (the game’s best player) the visitors hit back and levelled with a penalty corner conversion on the cusp of half time. Soon after the break and with rain now falling heavily they regained the lead at another penalty corner only for Magpies to draw level with a superb reverse stick shot by their MOTM (for the fourth week running) Thomas Ridley. With time running out and shortly after being struck on the head by the ball at a SW sixteen yard hit Richard Larkin got the 4-3 winner for Magpies in a scramble following a penalty corner. NB. In case you don’t spot it the match report on the website was written by Larky!

Richard Larkin

END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING – TICKETS
THIS SATURDAY (25 March) 7.30 – 11.30pm Wortwell Community Centre IP20 0HS
Hot buffet, music, presentations. Please come with your team-mates.
FOR YOUR TICKET(S) (£20 each or £18 each for groups of 5 to 15 (subject to limited availability)) please go to https://hmhcawards2017.eventbrite.com/?aff=musings

The Men’s 4ths had to play their entire 3.30pm game against Newmarket 2nds in now steady rain and they played well to win 4-0. They were two-up at half time with goals by Alex Kilbourn and Lewis Belsey. After the break Newmarket hit a post with a penalty stroke and on other occasions were unable to find a way past George Baldwin our outstandingly promising young goalkeeper. Magpies ensured victory with an excellent run and finish by Arthur Johnson and a penalty stroke conversion by Luke Edwards.

Earlier and in the dry the Ladies’ 2nds played some of their best hockey of the season in going down 2-1 to league champions Cambridge City 2nds who admitted it was one of their toughest games of the campaign. In a top quality encounter Magpies deservedly took the lead early in the second half through Lottie Summers following a good run and pass by Laura Tibbenham. But City hit back and were level from a penalty corner within two minutes. Magpies then forced two unfruitful penalty corners of their own before City got the winner at another penalty corner with eight minutes left when a draw would have been a fair result. MOTM for Magpies in a fine squad effort was Jess Howland for her strong all-round performance.

In other home games there were losses for the Ladies’ 4ths, Ladies’ 5ths and Men’s 6ths and a walkover win for the Boys’ Development against Norwich Dragons’ ‘B’ who were unable to raise a full team. The Ladies’ 4ths took the lead through Molly Warnes against UEA 2nds before the visitors won the game with two quick goals while the Ladies’ 5ths went down 1-0 to UEA 3rds. The students scored early in the game and their goalkeeper made some good saves in the first half. Treacle Griffin played well for Magpies as did stand-in captain and MOTM Emma Tolhurst. The Men’s 6ths went down 4-1 to an experienced Norwich Exiles. For Magpies Graham Mobbs and Jack Largent had especially good games while their goal came from captain and leading scorer Eric Davy with his fourth of the season. As often happens with the sixth team of six in a club the team has had to cope with many changes and while the team has been relegated this is, frankly, no bad thing. Next season with hopefully a more settled line-up the team should be able to return to winning ways.

THE CLUB HOSTS POOL B OF THE U14 BOYS EAST LEAGUE REGIONAL FINALS ON SUNDAY so it is very best wishes to our team which has reached this stage of the national competition with wins over Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, IES and Norwich City. They play Cambridge City (11.30), Southgate (12.40) and Sevenoaks (1.50). The pool winner goes through to the national finals.

We had eight teams playing away producing wins for the Ladies’ 3rds, Ladies’ 6ths and Girls’ Development, a draw for the Men’s 2nds and defeats for the Ladies’ 1sts, Ladies’ 7ths, Men’s 3rds and Men’s 5ths. The Ladies’ 3rds beat Bury St Edmunds 2nds 2-0 with goals by Helena Knock and Katie Kinsella while the Ladies’ 6ths got back to winning ways beating North Norfolk 2nds 3-1 with Vanessa Vigrass, Annie Lancaster and Lydia Barrett finding the net. The Girls’ Development maintained their fine run and league leadership beating Watton 4-0 with two clinical penalty corner strikes by Anna Cogdell and further goals by Evie Brice and Alyssa Walker. I was a little premature last week in saying victory over Watton would clinch them the league title. They will do so if they beat Norwich Dragons at home this Saturday (10.45) in their last game of the season. The Boys’ Development will make it a very happy double for the club if they beat Norwich City away (5.30).

It was a particularly disappointing weekend for the Men’s 2nds. They went into their double-header requiring four points for safety and emerged with just one. Away to Upminster on Saturday they were 2-1 ahead after goals by Peter Bale and Martin Fields only to concede a penalty corner in the last second of the game. This was changed to a penalty stroke and duly converted. On Sunday at home against Shefford & Sandy (who had surprisingly lost at home the previous day to lowly Cambridge City 3rds allowing them to close within one point of Magpies) they went 2-0 up with goals by Archie Winter. After some splendid saves by goalkeeper Murray Graham S&S converted a penalty corner on the stroke of half time and this changed the momentum of the game. S&S then went ahead before David Francis made it 3-3 only for S&S to find the winner. This leaves Magpies’ Division One survival very much in the balance and only a win at home this Saturday against league leaders (and certain champions) Wapping 2nds (3.30) is likely to be good enough for them to avoid relegation with four teams going down.

CONGRATULATIONS TO Archie Winter (U18s) and Rose Winter (U16s) on being selected to represent England against Holland over Easter. This will be Archie’s international debut while Rose played for her country last season. Congratulations also to Matt Brand and Jamie Hudson on being selected to play for Norfolk O40s in the regional finals at Lee Valley in two weeks time.

After conceding three goals in the first twenty minutes to lose 3-0 against second-placed Sevenoaks the Ladies’ 1sts (who gave promising debuts to Martha Lawrence and Alice Woollatt) will hope to finish their season on a high when they host St Albans this Saturday (2.00). A point will ensure them of fourth place in their league while a defeat would see them overtaken by St Albans and possibly Cambridge City. Meanwhile Wimbledon seem certain to win the league title as they only need a point away to Northampton Saints who have failed to register a point since the opening day of the season.

The Ladies’ 7ths went down 5-0 to Norwich Dragons 7ths while the Men’s 3rds failed to score for the first time this season losing 3-0 to fellow promotion hopefuls Bury St Edmunds. Magpies are at home to free-scoring Newmarket on Saturday (1.45), the third team left with a chance of one of the two promotion spots. Even if they lose Matt Brand and his team will still have two other games in which to secure the three points which could secure them promotion although a heavy defeat by Newmarket would bring goal difference into the calculation. Meanwhile the Men’s 5ths lost 3-1 to an experienced Bury St Edmunds 4ths. There were some good performances by the Magpies’ youngsters including James Harvey (in goal), Louis Calvert, Hugo Thomas and Jake and Tom Caston. Chris Hall was on target for the team in the second half.

Good luck as always to all our teams this coming weekend. For most of our league teams it will be the end of yet another season. Please see the website for the full list of fixtures.

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]
21/3/17

Harleston Ladies’ 2nds 1 Cambridge City Ladies’ 2nds 2

On the last home game of the season, Magpies Ladies 2s were faced with the league leaders and already promoted Cambridge City.

Magpies starting 11 flew out of the blocks in the first 10 minutes, pressing high and looking for an early lead. Having majority of possession Magpies were rewarded with a penalty corner, which was only just went wide. With City’s centre midfield player looking dangerous, distributing disguise passes all over the field, the Magpies press was tested to the max. With Kath Johnson and Charley Seaman making some outstanding one-on-one tackles this kept City from finding the net. With both teams having chances, we went into the break level.

After a constructive half time chat, Magpies knew they were going to have to convert their chances and be clinical to get 3 points out of a strong Cambridge side.

From the whistle, Magpies played some great attacking hockey with the midfield of Katie Woollatt, Lottie Summers, Olivia Locke and Jess Howland distributing some great passes to the forward line. This effort and determination was rewarded when Laura Tibbenham drove the baseline and then pulled the ball back for Lottie Summers to slot away. 1-0 Magpies. After restarting, City soon looked very dangerous playing fast, flat, diagonal balls all over the pitch. This lead to City winning their first penalty corner of the game after finding a Magpies’ foot in their defensive D. After a slick and obviously well reversed routine, Cambridge had now made the score line level.

Although disappointed, the home side were determined to bag three points, and had majority of the possession for the remainder of the second half. Within this time they were awarded with 2 penalty corners, where Tibbenham was unlucky not to convert after her strike was stopped on the line. With 5 minutes left, City’s centre mid played a deadly disguise pass to their centre forward, and quick break won them their second penalty corner of the game. With Magpies initially stopping the first strike, a frantic scramble at the ball ended in City rolling the ball over the line. With only a couple of minutes left, Magpies continued to fight and more chances came for the home side. The Cambridge goalie was having to make several saves to deny Pies from levelling the score again.  With the final whistle being blown, Magpies were disappointed not to get 3 points out of the league leaders after being ahead. However, this was definitely the performance of the season!!

MOTM – Jess Howland.

Squad: Jade Daley, Kath Johnson, Siobhan Wooltorton, Charlotte Seaman, Katie Crawford, Jess Howland, Olivia Locke, Katie Woollatt, Sophie Child, Lottie Summers, Laura Tibbenham, Lucy Chubbock, Plum Sweet, Sketch.

Mens 1s Match Report

Magpies Mens 1s 4-3 Saffron Walden Mens 1s

Harleston, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, came in to the game with a slightly depleted squad. Sam Paterson was missing with school commitments, meaning that Iain Cumming made his long awaited return to the first team. However, Magpies still went into the match full of confidence after last week’s gritty win in Cambridge.

The game started with both teams camped in the Saffron Walden half, but a failure to convert chances cost Magpies as a fast Walden counter attack led to the first goal. The home side continued to look dangerous with the ball and scored a well deserved equaliser through a smart short corner routine. Matt Richardson’s world class delivery was skilfully deflected by Leigh Sitch towards the target only for Thomas Ridley to poach the goal from under his nose, as he finally achieved his first goal of the season. With the momentum growing, a typically direct Simon Hipwell run saw him collect his own rebound and smash the ball home to give Magpies the lead. The advantage was short lived. With Magpies having lost their main centre back, Andrew Bedwell, to a groin injury, there were moments of confusion in the defence. Saffron Walden took advantage of this and converted a short corner of their own – Thomas Ridley, on the line, blown away by the sheer power of the drag flick.

A solid half time team talk from Andrew Bedwell (settling into his new player/coach role well) led to more pressure being applied to the visitors’ most influential player by Richard Larkin, leading to more turnover ball for Harleston. Against the run of play, Saffron Walden attacked down their right hand side winning another short corner after Stuart Leate’s mistrap inexplicably ballooned the ball high into the air. The resulting short corner was converted with another flick to retake the lead. This did little to change the flow of the game though. Thomas Ridley coming out of midfield with the ball, found his partner in crime Richard Larkin who, with some typically quick thinking, returned the pass to Ridley to set up the goal of the game- Ridley’s trademark reverse stick hit finish showed his class to his ever growing legion of fans in the crowd. With the game building towards a tense finish, Magpies needed to redouble their efforts if they were to come away with 3 points. Richard Larkin, leading the forward line, stole the ball away from the defender on the half way line before rounding another, only to be cynically brought down outside the circle, before he could get his chance to potentially score the winner- leading to Saffron Walden being temporarily reduced to 10 players. Larkin’s influence on the game would not end there though. Just as Magpies were beginning to lose hope, the man of the moment would step up to the plate. With the umpire playing a good advantage, Larkin was on his toes to react the fastest to a saved Vincent Leruth strike, pouncing on the loose ball to heroically turn home and take the score to 4-3. The drama was not over though, Magpies kept out a late corner and had to play out the last couple of minutes, before getting the result that their play deserved.

Photos Courtesy Pat Leate

Simon Hipwell
Richard Larkin
Iain Cumming
U18
Tom Sumner
Stuart Leate