Magpies under 10 girls arrived at the County Championships more in hope albeit well founded optimistic hope, than expectation. On paper we were the third best team with both Norwich sides holding the advantage each having comprehensively won their own tournaments.
That said our young Magpies team have been showing great promise having started the season propping up the tournaments, winning the pre-Christmas tournament at Pelis and having started playing some really good hockey over the past few weeks in training.
A beautiful sunny day greeted us at King’s Lynn and we were last up so with plenty of warm up time we had a chance to get a glimpse of the opposition. Dragons v City ended in 0-0 and in North Norfolk v Pelis, North Norfolk proved to be the Dark Horses in beating a very young Pelicans side.
Forewarned, our first game against North Norfolk proved a tight affair with Magpies getting out of the blocks well and producing some confident flowing hockey. Four minutes in Freya hit a cracker from the right-hand side diagonally to the left side of goal. Magpies looked to add to the score but North Norfolk, alongside a few counters of their own, managed to keep us at bay.
A tough encounter with City followed and whilst ending 0-0 both sides played some wonderful flowing hockey with neither side looking to settle on a draw neither managing to find the net either.
We rang the changes in our third game against clearly the youngest side in the tournament, Pelicans, who fought and played really well to keep Magpies out for 8 of the 13 minutes one-way game. With a few tweaks to set-up Abby opened the Magpies account with a good shot again from the right which opened the floodgate. Lucy followed up a couple of minutes later with an equally well taken shot from the top of the D and Freya closed out in the dying seconds with a repeat of her shot against Norfolk.
So final game coming up and strong possibility of positions and qualification being settled by goal difference – City, Dragons and Magpies with the possibility of finishing with two draws, two wins apiece. Like City, Dragons predominantly if not all composed of year 5s, against our balanced year 3,4,5s, were physically dominant and used this to full effect to edge into the lead in the first four minutes. From then on, but for a few counters to the high player they left in our D – and on every occasion snaffled out by our mighty defence of Charlotte and Havana – Magpies were in the ascendency throwing everything we could at Dragons, rotating subs, pushing Dragons back into their D, winning PCs that Dragons managed to scramble to safety and much to their relief we ran out of time.
Every single one of our players gave their best and left everything on the pitch. Even more importantly we played some really good hockey throughout, our best of the season, and everyone did themselves proud and the club proud. We won’t be getting too mad about this, a little bit disappointed maybe, but in years to come this team most certainly will be getting even.
Thanks as always to our coaches Abi and Katie and to all our supporters.
As always the very proud team management.
Team: Abby, Bea, Caitlan, Charlotte, Ellie, Freya, Havana, Lola, Lucy, Olivia
Game 1 Magpies 1-0 North Norfolk (Freya)
Game 2 Magpies 0-0 Norwich City
Game 3 Magpies 3-0 Pelicans (Abby, Lucy, Freya)
Game 4 Magpies 0-1 Dragons
3 teams – Magpies, Magpies A and Magpies B – continued their development in their 4th tournament of the season at Taverham on Sunday with
Magpies finished 3rd from 6 in the Gold tournament (W2, D2, L1, GF 2 – Olivia and Freya, GA 1),
Magpies A 4th from 7 in silver (D6, GF 2 Jessica-rae, GA 2) and
Magpies B 6th in silver (W1, D3, L2, GF 2 – Evie and Xanthe, GA 4).
Squad: Abby, Alexis, Caitlin, Dilly, Ella, Ellie, Evie, Freya, Georgie, Havana, Imogen, Jessica-rae, Kira, Lola, Lucy, Maisy, Olivia, Olivia, Serena, Sophia, Xanthe
All teams proved their tenacity and Magpies were complimented by all their oppositions for the quality of their play. But for some tenacious defending from several oppositions and one lapse from an otherwise exemplary defence they would have finished in the medals.
Magpies A and B were split into senior and development teams. A played some tenacious hockey but couldn’t quite work a win ending up with 6 draws including 2 score draws.
Shout out of the day though goes to the B team! Very much the junior team and with one or two fresh faces, not only did they score their first goals of the season but, in the same game carved out their first victory of the season have gone 1-0 up then pegged back to 1-1 then counter attacked to 2-1. And then they ground out a 0-0 against, on paper the much stronger A team. A joy to see the confidence flowing through the team and I know they all went home buzzing.
Player of the day has to go to our goalkeeper Lola who covered the Head Coach’s derriere in failing at to get his email comms sorted (by getting the second keeper) by turning out a string of great performances for all the teams.
This was not the day where we celebrated great podium positions but rather very promising performances.
Well done girls!
Time to up the ante in training!
From our home tournament in November where we had three evenly balanced teams we merged into two for Pelis with more of an A and B team slant this time. Overnight heavy wind and rain abated to leave a glorious sunny morning in King’s Lynn – what a treat! Even with more getting-to-know-yous both teams got off to a good start, especially whites opening with an emphatic 3-0; blues had a few unlucky 1-0 losses in evenly balanced games completing the tournament with a deserved and hard fought draw. Whites eventually completed as tournament victors winning all their game with 11 well spread goals – 5 players on the score-sheet and 6 clean sheets! Lots of work to do in training with development points for everyone on passing – strength and direction – pre-scanning and connections with one another. Thanks once again to team managers Abi and Katie W and to all of you for making it such a lovely day. The progress since September has been phenomenal and the whole squad is developing nicely; nice to get some medals, though I get the impression even nicer to get some sweets!Squad for Pelis – Abby, Caitlin, Dilly, Ella, Ellie, Evie, Freya, Havana, Imogen, Layla, Lola, Lucy, Maisy, Olivia, Phoebe, Serena, SkyeJP
Harleston Magpies celebrate their best season yet at annual youth awards!
Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Youth Section has had an exceptional year. Every age group from U10s to U18s, boys and girls, have something to be proud of. Many squads have achieved the highest level possible with national final appearances including the U12 girls, U14 boys and girls and semi-final finishes for both the boys and girls U18s.
On Friday 19 May at Magpies clubhouse, it was all about celebrating this success and recognising the hard work of every player, all team officials, the army of volunteer coaches and assistants and of course the fleet of mum and dad taxi’s!
Over 120 children played games throughout the early evening and then crowded into the clubhouse to see the lucky recipients of the highly prized annual awards, presented by stars of Magpies 1st teams and former junior members, Rose Winter and Jack Hobbs.
The Magpies junior section was also delighted to welcome Andrew Longe, Honorary Life member of Harleston Magpies to present the Longe Trophy for outstanding Youth Coaching services. Since 1994 Andrew has wanted to shine a light on unsung heros in the youth section, those coaches who tirelessly strive to deliver high calibre coaching, giving up evening after evening year after year and this year the entire room agreed that Chris Flatt was a more than worthy winner of the award for his work with Magpies junior goal keepers (pictured Chris Flatt and Andrew Longe).
Club Youth Chairman David Johnson was thrilled at the turnout for the evening, saying: ‘Our awards evening is always a terrific night made even better this year with a glorious summers evening. It was really good to see youngsters from across the age groups mixed up and playing some hockey whilst parents mingled and supported from the side lines before everyone came into the clubhouse for the awards presentation. Well done to all the winners on the night but equally important well done to all who have been part of Magpies youth system. It really has been an exceptional season which everyone can take some credit for.”
[For pictures of the prize winners see below]
David Johnson continued: ‘This year’s event was even more special because before the evenings’ entertainment, Magpies hosted a quick sticks hockey coaching and mini tournament afternoon for three local primary schools. This introduced hockey and Magpies to over 70 year three and four pupils from Pulham, Dickleburgh and Newton Flotman primary schools. We hope many will come back and take part in the clubs summer hockey taster sessions in June’.
For more information email email@example.com. Our thanks go out to Lauren Goodswen the Sports Coordinator for the Harleston and Diss Primary school pyramid to enable this to happen.
If you fancy getting your kids involved in hockey, check out the summer taster courses running in June and July at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on their website at www.magpies-hockey.co.uk
U10 Girls East Hockey Champions
Magpies U10 Girls beat Chelmsford in the Final to be worthy U10 East Champions.
On paper they had a difficult section with Canterbury, Sevenoaks, Blue Hornets, Hertford, Sudbury and Magpies, with only the top team going through to the final.
Magpies had a tough start having to play Canterbury the Kent Champions in the opening match, but they produced the right performance and an early goal from Evie Wheeler settled the team down and put Canterbury on the back foot for the rest of the match. Magpies defended well when they had to, but despite creating other chances they could not add to their score. This was a huge result to start with and gave Magpies their momentum for the rest of the Tournament.
Sevenoaks proved to be a tough team to crack but eventually Magpies work rate and determination saw them come out 2-0 winners (Evie Wheeler, Honor Wild).
Sudbury made a hard game of it but finally goals from Honor and Evie gave us a 2-0 lead, before Sudbury scored a late goal from a penalty corner for Magpies to win 2-1.
Hertford proved to be a very competitive side, but again with the Magpies defence continuing to be so solid it was only a matter of time before Magpies scored again thanks to Honor and Evie.
With one game to go Magpies had already qualified for the Final having scored four straight wins and it also gave Magpies a chance to rotate the squad to give some players a well earned rest. This did not make any difference to the performance or the result beating Blue Hornets 3-0 (Evie, Honor, Artemis Wild).
Magpies had reached the Final with a series of five impressive wins. The success to date was based on a very strong defence with Jasmine in goal and Boo Harrod and Daisy Wicks giving the opposition few chances. Artemis in centre midfield commanding the middle. Up front Evie and Honor were scoring the goals whilst Mia North worked tirelessly for the team. It was a great team effort from all the squad including Mia Spaull, Millie Shepherd and Molly Denny.
In the final Magpies completely dominated the match but on this occasion they just could not finish off the chances they created so the game finished 0-0. The final was to be decided on penalty flicks and fortunately Magpies had learnt their lesson from the Norfolk Championship and won by two penalty flicks to nil.
This was nothing less than Magpies deserved as they were clearly the best team there.
SQUAD: Daisy Wicks (Capt), Jasmine Freeman GK, Boo Harrod, Millie Shepherd, Artemis Wild, Mia Spaull, Mia North, Molly Denny, Evie Wheeler and Honor Wild.
Magpies U10 Girls qualify for the Regionals
In their opening match against Norwich City in the Norfolk Championship Magpies played really well creating a number of good chances, but unfortunately fell a goal behind against the run of play. Magpies battled back to equalise through Evie Wheeler. Against Pelicans Magpies knew they had to win and score plenty of goals to put them in a strong position in case it came down to goal difference. Magpies quickly had a 5-0 lead (Evie Wheeler 3, Mia North and Daisy Wicks). Unfortunately late in the game they conceded a sloppy goal to make it 5-1, which in the end cost them the Championship.
In their final match Magpies just needed a draw to qualify for the Regionals, but this turned out to be Magpies toughest match by far. Dragons put Magpies under a lot of pressure including several penalty corners, which the team defended well. Magpies did have the rare breakaway or two but in the end they were happy to settle for a draw.
Magpies finished level on points with Norwich City and Dragons. Ironically Dragons missed out on goal difference. With City and Magpies level on goal difference and goals scored it went to penalty flicks to see who came first and second. Unfortunately City won the Norfolk Championship on flicks, but Magpies went home happy knowing they had qualified for the Regionals which take place on April 28th and 29thagainst the best teams in the East of England.
Squad: Daisy Wicks (Capt), Jasmine Freeman GK, Mia North, Floriana Harrod, Molly Denny, Millie Shepherd, Evie Wheeler and Mia Spaull.
Girls U10’s Tournament (Home Joint Winners)
Magpies U10 Girls A team had a very successful Tournament finishing joint 1st with Norwich City A team. This was a big step up from their first Tournament a few weeks ago, as Magpies looked a much better balanced team. In their section A games Magpies results were as follows:
City Orange Won 3-0 Evie Wheeler 2, Boo Harrod
City Green Won 1-0 Evie Wheeler
Pelicans Won 6-0 Evie Wheeler, Boo Harrod 2, Daisy Wicks, Mia North 2
Dragons A Won 2-0 Mia Spaull, Molly Warnes
In winning their section Magpies qualified for the semi finals playing some excellent hockey with two particularly special goals. Daisy Wicks winning the ball in her own circle and then running the length of the pitch to score and Mia Spaull scoring from a penalty corner with a shot that hit the top of the back board.
In the semi finals Magpies played Watton in a game Magpies dominated but just could not score. Magpies went through deservedly to the final on goals scored earlier in the Tournament.
In an excellent final against Norwich City A, City had more possession but Magpies probably had the best chances on the counter attack. The score finished 0-0 and the teams finished joint first.
Next week Magpies play at the Pelicans Tournament.
Squad: Daisy Wicks (Capt), Rebekah Moss GK, Millie Shepherd, Mia Spaull, Evie Wheeler, Molly Denny, Ellie Davies, Boo Harrod and Mia Norh.
On Sat 8th April the U10A girls successfully retained their Regional title in an exciting afternoon’s play at Harleston. It was going to be a tough challenge as with pools of 6 with only one to go through to the Final we knew that every result was going to be important.
First up were Blueharts, who proved to be a very competitive outfit. Harleston went 1-0 down early on but showed great character in not panicking and by half-time we were back in the game at 1-1. Their keeper played well to keep out many good opportunities that fell to our forwards and the score stayed at 1-1. The next challenge was to keep the girls cool and rested in quite a long break in which they seemed intent on injuring themselves trying to skateboard down a steep bank, but after that first break matches started to come in quick succession.
Next up was Chelmsford, who had kept Sevenoaks who were one of our main threats to a draw, so the 3-0 win that we got gave the team a real boost when we knew that it might come down to goal difference in the end. Against Sudbury the team kept their shape well which was important as Sudbury defended well and crowded the player on the ball. The final score was a 4-0 win which again gave our goal difference a good boost compared to others in the pool.
Two games to go and we knew that 2 wins would see us to the final but Cambridge City proved a hard nut to crack. We had moved from sand to water and it took the girls a little time to adjust. We found ourselves under pressure and facing a short corner but their striker mis-cued and Beth thankfully drove the full length of the pitch, went round the keeper and slotted it home to the great relief of all the supporters. Harleston eventually came out 2-0 winners and thus we faced our last pool match, against Sevenoaks, knowing a draw for us was enough and a win for Sevenoaks would take them through. Their right forward caused us all sorts of problems but Nat and Daisy just put enough pressure on her to make sure she could not deliver quality crosses. At 2-0 up we were almost home and dry when Sevenoaks pulled one back and pressurised us to the end but our defence held firm and the match finished 2-1.
What a tough group it had been and the girls had given everything to get to the final – would they have anything left was the question. After just a short break we took to the field against the other group winners Old Loughtonians and we need not have feared that the girls were done for the afternoon. In fact, they saved some of their finest hockey for this game with everyone playing at their best. We looked solid in defence with Rebekah in goal and Catherine, Daisy and Harriet covering all the threats, Amber and Natalie continued to cover huge amount of ground on the wings covering both defence and attack really effectively, Emily and Ophelia gave some great options with their leads up front and Beth continued to dispatch short corners to take the pressure off. The 3-0 win was a fitting end to a great afternoon’s efforts by all the girls.
Beth and I have been with the U10s for 3 years now and would like to thank everyone at the club for the tremendous support. Yesterday epitomised what a supportive club it is with many familiar faces coming along to support the team and there was so much great work going on behind the scenes to make the day run so smoothly.Thanks to Duncan who came to watch and ended up helping me out on the side-line which was much appreciated. A massive thanks in particular to Nick McAllen for all his work with the girls this season and especially for his good humour at the Friday night coaching sessions, week in week out, come rain or shine (mostly rain this year – the only shine was the very last session!).
We were due a wet mini hockey tournament at Magpies one day soon and sadly it arrived today as soon as the first whistle was blown. Although the rain and wind did take the edge off the day I hope none of you, players, managers, umpires, helpers and parents are announcing your retirement from the sport based on today’s experience! It was a bit of a shocker but I was really impressed with everyone’s efforts whatever part you played. Well done and thank you.
Between the rain, guest of wind and driving rain there was some good hockey played, signs of improvement all round and even at times signs of enjoyment out on the pitch. For those interested I have listed below the final positions in each competition (scoring was based on 3 pts for a win, 2 pts for a score draw and 1 pt for a 0-0 draw). Congratulations girls, some fine results and well done boys – we have never fielded three U12 teams in a weekend and with a bit of doubling up you looked competitive in all your matches and there is no doubt the U10s are improving and get very close to winning some matches. The final positions were:
1st Norwich dragons
2nd Norwich City
3rd Harleston Magpies
1st Norwich City Saxons
Joint 2nd – Magpies Stripes and Norwich City Vikings
4th Norwich Dragons
5th Magpies Red
Girls U10 Gold
1st Norwich City Yellow
2nd Magpies White
3rd Green Dragons
4th Norwich City Green
Girls U10 Silver
1st Norwich City Pink
2nd Red Dragons
3rd Magpies Red
4th Norwich City Orange
Girls U12 Gold
1st Magpies Red
2nd Norwich City Lions
3rd Norwich Dragons
Girls U12 Silver
1st Magpies White
2nd Magpies Blue
3rd Norwich Dragons
4th Norwich City Tigers
Thanks again for all coming down to Magpies this morning and enduring the weather. I look forward to seeing back at training and preparing for our next tournament at Dereham on Sunday 19th March. Hopefully the Sun will be shining for this
If today has inspired you to get more involved with the youth project at Harleston Magpies, whether this be on a coaching front, organisational in terms of events, youth committee involvement, fund raising initiatives please get in touch. We are always looking for help and open to offers and new ideas. The more helpers we can muster the more we can achieve for girls and boy in our community”
James & Nick
HMHC Boys & Girls Youth Development Officers
Sunday 5 March 2017
The U10A girls managed to continue their winning ways in the County Championship. In the opening match they beat Dereham 6-0 (Beth 6) which proved to be an excellent warm up for what we knew would be a tough game with Norwich City. In the City match, Harleston managed to score quite early but then had to soak up considerable pressure from a strong Norwich squad who made our defence work very hard, although our GK Rebekah was not called on to make any saves. Late in the game we scored another to put the game out of Norwich’s reach (Beth 2). The team were very relieved to then be able to head inside to try and warm up and dry off. Loaded up with hot chocolate, cookies and enough sweets to open a sweet shop the worry was whether anyone was then going to be able to run in the next game! Still raining and blowing a fiercely cold gale the intrepid team returned to the fray and were made to work very hard for a 2-0 win against Norwich Dragons (Beth, Natalie). The morning concluded with a fine team performance with everyone playing their part in a 7-0 win over Pelicans (Catherine, Daisy, Ophelia, Natalie and Beth 3). By now poor old Emily had retired to the clubhouse with hypothermia and many others were not far off that state as the conditions continued to deteriorate. Well done to everyone for a great team performance and we now have the Regional tournament to look forward to in April.
Squad: Rebekah Moss, Catherine Pope, Alex Pearson-Smith, Harriet Soper, Daisy Wicks, Emily Clarke, Natalie Saunders, Ophelia McCausland, Beth Gardens.
HMHC MINIS SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017 and Minis at Pelicans and HMHC on Sunday 5 March 2017
18 teams from Magpies, Felixstowe, Watton and IES at U10 and U12 ages took to the pitches at Magpies this morning and after 2 and a half hours of good fun hockey, in the sun at times, Felixstowe B topped the Girls’ U10 league with four wins from four, Magpies Red took the Girls’ U12 league title, again with an unbeaten record and without conceding a goal.
As for the Boys IES were unbeaten and topped the U12 league although having scored 13 goals against Felixstowe A, Felixstowe B and Watton they failed to get past the two Magpies’ team in this tournament.
Good defending lads. As for the U10s, Richard Larkin’s boys are showing signs of real progress with Magpies Black taking the league title although Magpies White did not let them have it all their own way defeating them 1-0 in their opening meeting.
A real team effort from our band of team managers, catering experts and our young and experienced umpires as a result of which our guests for the day have already said what a great time they had:
“It was a wonderful tournament, pitched just at the right level with the usual HM organisation and family feel to it, and we loved it!” Felixstowe Hockey Club
Needless to say they would love to come back for more. On behalf of the youth committee and wider club please accept our thanks to all those who contributed in making this such a good fun morning.
However, the mini Hockey does not stop there and next weekend, Sunday 5th March our ‘A’ teams in each age group will be representing the Club at the Norfolk Championships at Pelicans HC. Good luck squads. Meanwhile the rest of the youth section will get an opportunity for another round of matches at Magpies with Norwich City and Norwich Dragons coming to visit. With our resources stretched with teams in two locations any help club members or parents can offer will be appreciated and needed – umpiring, kitchen duties, team management or tournament organising will be appreciated please let James or Nick know if you can help in any way firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
HARLESTON MAGPIES U10 GIRLS B TEAM WINNERS OF THE SILVER TOURNAMENT AT PELICANS
Harleston Magpies U10 Girls had their most successful result of the season winning the Silver Tournament for the second time this season, but with so many more teams competing this time it must go down as their best performance to date.
Watton drew 0-0
Dereham won 1-0 Amber Whittingstall
Dragons Greens won 1-0 Molly Denny
Pelicans won 2-0 Florence Collins, Jessica Smith
Norwich City Pink drew 0-0
Norwich City Orange won 1-0 Florence Collins
The girls played really well as a team, passing and tackling with conviction and making good use of the width of the pitch. Our defence was particularly strong with Jasmine making some great saves and Boo and Isabelle performing some very timely tackles and getting the ball out to our eager wingers. The quality of their play is reflected on the score sheet as we did not concede a goal throughout the Tournament.
Amber did a great job in the middle of the pitch, distributing the ball well and also making some lovely skilful runs into the circle. Our forwards were in great form, with Molly, Isla, Ella and Jessica make some fine attacks down the wings and Florence working hard up front.
Great team effort.
Squad: Jasmine Freeman (GK), Boo Harrod, Isabelle Potter (Capt), Isla Paternoster, Jessica Smith, Ella Proudfoot, Molly Denny, Amber Whittingstall and Florence Collins.
Many thanks to Jane Collins for Managing the team supported by Will Potter and for making a much better job of it than the regular coaches!! Well done to everyone.
What a great day we all had up at Pelicans today. Fab weather for the time of year, great new pitches and awesome hockey! The U10A girls continued their winning ways scoring 24 goals and conceding 2 to win the Gold tournament. Again entries in the A team tournament were a bit sparse and so we were scheduled to play Norwich Dragons, Norwich City Yellow and Norwich City green twice each. Results were as follows:
1st set of matches
Norwich City Green won 4 – 0 (Emily 2, Natalie 1, Beth 1)
Norwich Dragons won 2 – 0 (Beth and Natalie)
Nowich City yellow won 4 – 2 (Ophelia 2, Harriet 1 and Beth 1)
2nd set of matches
Norwich City Green won 4 – 0 (Ophelia 2, Beth 1 and Emily 1)
Norwich Dragons won 4 – 0 (Ophelia 2 and Beth 2)
Nowich City yellow won 4 – 0 (Ophelia 2, Beth 1 and Natalie 1)
It was a promising debut for Ophelia in the A team with 8 goals during the morning but, as has become the way of this team, the great results were more down to solid team performances, with everyone playing their part, than individual performances. Most pleasing were the number of times we moved the ball wide to find space before putting well timed crosses into the circle showing that their good work on Friday evenings is paying off.
MAGPIES U10 GIRLS B TEAM AT THE MAGPIES MNI TOURNAMENT
Magpies U10 Girls B team finished 3rd in the Magpies Silver Tournament with two wins, one draw and one defeat.
It was the opening match against Norwich City that cost Magpies the chance to finish in the top two when they lost 1-0. Magpies had plenty of chances to score but were denied on four occasions by some very good goalkeeping. Unfortunately City won the match with their only shot on goal.
Against Dragons B Magpies recovered well by winning 2-0 with goals from Molly Denny and Jessica Smith. Against Watton the eventual winners of the Tournament Magpies drew 0-0 in an excellent match where neither side were able to clinch the winner. As usual the Magpies defenders Dulcie Seppings and Isabelle Potter were very solid and they made sure Watton would not score.
In the final match Magpies beat Dragons C 2-0 with goals from Grace Stacey and Molly Denny.
Overall Magpies played very well with plenty of good attacking moves and on another day could have scored a number of goals.
SQUAD: Dulcie Seppings (Capt), Isabelle Potter, Jasmine Freeman, Amber Whittingstall, Florianna Harrod, Isla Paternoster, Grace Stacey, Jessica Smith, Ella Proudfoot and Molly Denny
Sadly only three teams entered the Gold U10A Girls tournament – Magpies, Norwich City and Norwich Dragons – and so we were scheduled to play each of our opponents twice. First up was Dragons and the Magpies team got off to a great start winning 5-0 with a hat-trick from Natalie and the others from Emily and Daisy. All these goals were great team efforts with some of the moves starting right from our circle. Next it was Norwich City and this was as usual an end-to-end affair with both teams attacking and defending well. Magpies scored through Beth and the score remained 1-0. After a much anticipated trip to the chocolate tombola the girls were in high spirits as they took to the pitch for Norwich Dragons round two. This time the Dragons were a more organised opposition and it took some good moves to break down their defence with the final score being a 3-0 win (Beth 2, Natalie 1). Finally the morning ended with the second match against Norwich City. Although we knew by then a draw would be enough to win the tournament the Magpies team were in no mood to settle for that and went all out for the win, scoring with pretty much the first move of the game. The Magpies side were more dominant in this game and the final score was a 3-1 win (goals from Emily 2 and Natalie), with Rebekah in goal getting her first action of the day!
Next up is our expedition to deepest Norfolk for the Pelicans tournament on Nov 13th and hopefully more variety in opposition.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U10 GIRLS B AT NORWICH DRAGONS TOURNAMENT
Harleston Magpies U10 Girls B team made a very impressive start to the Tournament winning both their opening matches 4-0. In the first match against Norwich Dragons B Ophelia McCausland was in excellent form scoring two goals supported by Dulcie Seppings and Amber Whittingstall chipping in with the other goals.
In the second match Magpies played Norwich City C team and again they came away with a very impressive 4-0 win with goal scorers Jessica Smith, Molly Denny, Grace Stacey and Isla Paternoster.
They were also playing some excellent hockey and the confidence was flowing through the team.
Against Watton A this was a much tougher match as the game flowed from end to end but Magpies took the lead with a goal from Ophelia. Unfortunately in the last two minutes Magpies failed to clear their lines and Watton snatched a late equaliser.
In Magpies final match they struggled to cope with a strong Norwich City B team and they failed defensively as a team allowing Norwich City a number of chances from which they scored two goals. Jasmine Freeman made some excellent saves in goal.
Magpies finished second pipping Watton on goal difference and the squad are continuing to develop fast.
SQUAD: Dulcie Seppings (Capt), Ophelia McCausland, Jessica Smith, Isabelle Potter, Amber Whittingstall, Floriana Harrod, Jasmine Freeman, Isla Paternoster, Grace Stacey and Molly Denny.
Photo U10A & U10B squads
The U10A Girls at Norwich Dragons 9th Oct 2016
After getting off to a flying start last week by winning the Norwich City tournament, just a week later and we were at our second tournament of the season. First up were Dereham who had proved tricky the week before but this week we were quickly into our stride, keeping great shape and passing the ball well in all areas of the pitch. The final score was 4 – 0 (Emily 2 and Beth 2) in what was a great team performance. Next up were Norwich City and despite having plenty of chances and a goal disallowed (possibly for a footballers tap in on the far post?) it was Norwich who converted to win the match 1-0 and the Magpies U10A girls tasted defeat for the first time in over a season. It had to come some time and the good thing about this tournament was, as there were only 4 teams in the group, we were scheduled to play everyone twice so we had the opportunity for revenge. First though we faced Norwich Dragons and thanks to an oversight by the coach we nearly missed this match altogether (parents – please do try and keep me on track!). Dragons worked very hard in defence against us and gave us little room to play in. The final score was a 3-1 win (Natalie on her debut, Emily and Daisy) and so we were still in with a shout of winning but knew we were up against it.
On the second match against Dereham we found it harder to score and despite creating plenty of chances their GK and defence played well to hold us to a 2-0 win (Beth and Emily). So we took to the field for Norwich City part 2 knowing we had to win to stand any chance of winning the tournament – and the girls really stepped up to the mark. In a very different game to the first match we scored early and were able to sit back and concentrate on defending, and late in the game we managed to break out and steal a second to win 2-0 (Beth and Florence). To finish the morning it was Norwich Dragons part 2 and thankfully we knew we were just ahead of City on goal difference . The coach was busy trying to watch both matches to see who was scoring how many goals, and it turned out in the end that our 4-0 win (beth 2, Natalie and Emily) was enough to put us into 1st position. So we returned from Norwich with medals again but in the knowledge that it had been a close call this week and there is plenty to work on in training!
The U10A and B girls after a hard morning’s work