U12 “C” Team Minis Tournament at Pelicans
The C team was entered into the Silver section of the tournament. We knew the opposition was going to be tough as both Pelicans and Watton had entered their only team into this section. This did not deter our girls. They came out strong in their first match against Pelicans with a convincing 2-0 win (Lexi, Amelia). This was followed by a succession of great results: 2-0 win against City Reindeers (Molly, Isla), 1-0 against Watton (Lexi), another 1-0 win against City Snowmen (Lexi) and finally a no score draw against Dragons BAll the girls played some lovely hockey, reading the game well and moving the ball around the pitch with confidence. No goals conceded and a great team effort.Squad: Catherine Pope ( GK, loaned from the B Team), Molly Shepherd (cpt), Amelia Marjoram, Emma Seggons, Molly Denny, Sophia Berkley, Isla Patternoster, Phoebe Christopher, Alexia FosterManager: Jane Collins
The girl’s style of play matched the brisk autumnal breeze as they hustled and bustled their way to victory and their first winner’s medals of the season.
The opening game was a scrappy encounter against Magpies B, neither side looked entirely comfortable playing competitively against their club mates. Beth broke the deadlock before setting up Honor who grabbed a double to seal a 3 – 0 win.
Beth also opened the scoring in the next match against Dragons A, a chip shot just creeping in underneath the crossbar. Nathalie showed great skill moments later to turn the ball past the keeper before Beth knocked in a third following a short corner. Concentration then dipped slightly with plenty of chances going begging in the D and Dragons stealing a consolation goal at the other end to take the shine off of the win.
After a re-group and words of wisdom from their coaches the girls put together their strongest performance of the day. They blew through Norwich City’s B team 6 – 0, the goals coming from six different players as Magpies pressurised the D from all angles. Beth, Honor, Nathalie, Evie, Emily and Artimis all getting on the score sheet.
And so to the deciding game against Norwich A. At the Dragon’s tournament a month ago Norwich came out on top and for a while it looked like this would be the case again. Norwich took the lead from their first attack as Magpies failed to deal with a cross allowing a simple tap in at the far post.
This stung the team into action and an intense mid-field battle ensued with Nathalie probing down the left and Beth on the right trying to unlock the Norwich defence. Beth finally broke through with a fine dribbling run, weaving through City to level the match and to Magpie’s delight she set up Honor to tap in soon after for the lead. At the back, Harriet and Daisy did a fine job to repulse repeated Norwich attacks and were spotted high-fiving after a particularly intensive period of defensive work! Norwich pushed Magpies all the way and a fine through ball almost put a striker through at the death but goal keeper Jasmine was alive to the danger and sprinted forward to kick clear.
Verdict on the day was good progress made but also plenty to work on in training.
Team (goals in brackets): Beth (5), Honor (4), Nathalie (2), Evie (1), Emily (1), Artimis (1), Daisy, Harriet, Jasmie (GK)
Minis U12 Dragons Tournament
The absence of key attacking players meant that this tournament was a chance to try out new positions, and the new look Girl’s Under 12s A team showed a willingness to improve and learn as the morning progressed.
Being drawn fifth in the five team pool meant the team had to wait a while before a tough match up against Norwich City A who already had one game under their belt. The team withstood the early Norwich pressure well until a cross took an unlucky deflection off of a Magpie stick for an own goal. Pressing for an equaliser Magpies left spaces at the back which allowed Norwich to confirm the win with a well taken breakaway goal just before the end.
Coach Nick’s pep talk on roles and positioning was taken on board and Magpies looked much more fluid in the next game against Watton. Emily C started owning the Centre Mid role, her passes finding willing runners, Grace S and Florence C, down each flank. Evie W and Flo C providing the finishing touches to well-crafted passing moves before a great solo effort from Dulcie S topped off a good 3 – 0 win.
Against Dragons, Magpies were more than a match defensively with Harriet S and Daisy W snuffing out attacks and launching the ball down each wing. Again this was where Magpies put in most of their good work with Jessica S performing well in this energy sapping role. Frustratingly, chances were either hit wide or straight at the Dragons keeper and it took until the last minute before Evie W got the winning goal Magpies deserved.
The team looked somewhat off pace for their last game whilst Norwich City B still looked full of running. Jasmine F in goal did a good job at her near post as the Norwich attackers repeatedly tried to run around the outside of the defence. In attack, Magpies couldn’t quite find their earlier fluidity and the game broke down into a scrappy 0-0 draw. Overall, there are many reasons to be optimistic for the season ahead and time on the training pitch will knit this group into a tougher unit.
Dulcie S, Grace S, Harriet S, Florence C, Jessica S, Evie W, Jasmine F (GK), Daisy W, Emily Clarke (Cpt)
Evie W – 2
Dulcie S – 1
Florence C – 1
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
The Magpies under-12 Girls team proved themselves capable of rivalling the very best teams in the Country rounding off a decent day’s competition with a 5 – 0 victory over Yeovil to secure 5th place at the national hockey play-offs finals at Nottingham over the weekend.
The team qualified for the national play-offs as runners-up in the regional round of the completion, having previously earned the Norfolk County Championship.
Magpies started brightly winning their first pool match against Thirsk from behind after conceding an early goal. They created plenty of pressure, racking up nine short corners with Evie Brice and then Amy Hunt slotting away their chances for a 2 – 1 win.
The second match was a scrappy affair against the West regional champions Clifton Robinsons with no clear chances in the first half. Magpies applied plenty of pressure through Captain Anna Cogdell in midfield whilst the bulwark defence of Harriet Soper and Alicia Pryce dealt with the Clifton attack. Unfortunately, early second-half Clifton scrambled a goal which enabled them to get every player behind the ball for the remainder of the match to hand Magpies a 0 – 1 defeat.
Magpies conceded early in their third pool game to a cross and tap-in by the Rugby & East Warwickshire forward. They were then faced with similar tactics of a massed defence. A strong drive into the D by Cogdell drew four defensive players to her but she slipped a clever ball to Brice who one-on-one with the keeper finished confidently levelling the match. Further chances fell to the Magpies forwards but each time they hit the keeper rather than the backboard and the game ended in a 1 – 1 draw.
Magpies gave the eventual national champions Surbiton a very early scare with Hunt drawing a great save from their keeper in the opening minute. Georgia Flatt was in equally good form in the Magpie’s goal saving numerous shots from the clever, rapid Surbiton forwards. Eventually Magpie’s conceded two goals, before substitute Tilly Dodds strengthened the back line and effectively blunted the Surbiton attack but the damage was done and Magpies went down 0 – 2.
After the pressure of the pool games Magpies saved their best for last, brushing aside Yeovil in the 5th / 6th play-off game. Cogdell scored with a superb back-hand shot from a narrow angle before Beth Gardens first drew the defenders and then slipped the ball to Hunt for a tap in. Cogdell found the backboard again before Magpies switched the team around with all the younger players on the pitch. Gardens in the middle set up some great runs down each wing by Nathalie Saunders and Emily Clarke feeding Hunt in the centre for a further two goals to reach her hat-trick. Magpies finishing 5th best in the Country and with half the team remaining in this age group there is every reason to think that they’ll challenge strongly again next year.
Full Squad: Evie Brice, Emily Clarke, Anna Cogdell (C), Tilly Dodds, Georgia Flatt (GK), Beth Gardens, Amy Hunt, Alicia Pryce, Nathalie Saunders Harriet Soper
U12 Girls Qualify for the National Finals
U12 Girls Mini Tournament at Watton
The Girls U12B team moved up a level and entered the Gold section of the Watton Mini Tournament filling the space of our usual A team who had organised a separate training session in preparation for the East Regional Finals in a few weeks time, so we knew we were going to be against some stiff opposition.This did not deter our girls. We came out strong in the first game against Watton, passing the ball well and using the width of the pitch. Two excellent goals scored by Ellie gave us a comfortable 2-0 win.The next game was against City Lions and again the girls played with determination and showed some great skills, particularly Ellie who scored a fantastic reverse stick shot. Kate was very solid in midfield and distributed the ball well. Florence and Jess made some lovely runs down the wing and the game was secured by an excellent goal from Grace, another 2-0 win.The next two games were the toughest. Dereham A were very strong and although we went down 2-0, Isabelle and Amy played really well in defence, clearing the ball off the line on several occasions and making some very timely tackles.The final game was against Dragons Hinch. We narrowly lost by 1-0 but again the game showed how much all the girls have improved over the season, playing some lovely hockey. Peter shared his wealth of experience with his strategic team talks so we go to Dereham in a couple of weeks time with our heads up, ready to revenge the teams we narrowly lost to todayOverall the team came 2nd in the Gold tournament which was an excellent resultSquad: Lily-Ann Hare (GK), Isabelle Potter, Amy freeman, Kate Ford (Capt), Florence Collins, Ellie Bowden, Grace Seppings, Jessica Smith
U12B Girls match report from Tournament at St Josephs on Sunday 22nd October
The U12B girls had a very enjoyable and successful tournament, showing continued improvement from the tournament they played in a couple of weeks ago.
We fielded a very young side, with all the girls being under 11 years old with just one exception. This however did not hold our girls back; they worked hard, displaying good stick skills, passing the ball well and making good use of the width of the pitch.Lily-Ann made some fine saves in goal along with Ellie, Isabelle and Dulcie in defence who put in some great tackles and were much more involved in play when we were on the attack. Emily, Grace and Jess worked tirelessly down the wings, dodging defenders and putting in some great crosses into the D for Florence to connect onto. Alex worked hard in the middle and distributed the ball well.We played 4 matches, starting off against our C team which was played in great spirit and it was clear to see how much all the girls have improved over the last few weeks. Training with David is really making a difference! Score 2-0 to the B team (Florence & Emily). We then took on IES who we knew were going to be tough opposition. Again the girls played well as a team and were unlucky to go down 1-0. St Josephs were next who came out very strong and we found ourselves down 1-0. However, the girls fought back well and two goals followed (Florence) for us to secure the win. In last game against Felixstowe, we had a convincing 4-0 win (Florence). We used this match to move players into different positions and it was interesting to see how well some of them played, particularly Isabelle on the wing and Dulcie in midfield. Overall, the team came 2nd. A great team effort and I’m sure the girls will be looking forward to the next tournament which is at Magpies on 12th November.
Many thanks to James for his input with team talks and for all the umpiring!
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
STRONG FINISH TO THE SEASON AT WATTON FOR U12 GIRLS
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
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
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
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
With the U12 A Team competing in the Norfolk Champs at Pelicans, Magpies hosted a B / C team tournament in the wind and rain at Weybread. Please see below for match reports.
Magpies Red – Gold Tournament winners
The girls performed brilliantly on a morning when the tournament was hit by one of the worst spells of weather that any of us could have imagined! Braving the biting winds and heavy rain, the girls displayed a high level of commitment in each of their four matches.
First up we faced Norwich City Lions and the girls were soon into their stride with a quick goal by Hannah reacting quickly to a shot from Molly that the goalkeeper initially cleared. Without the efforts of their goalkeeper Norwich could have been beaten more heavily as the team spent most of the game camped in the opposition’s half.
Next we faced the first of our two matches against Norwich Dragons who perhaps lacked the experience of our girls and this was evident straight away as early pressure resulted in the first of the team’s goals. Seven further goals followed with all scorers being Ella (4), Maddie, Hannah, Georgia and Molly.
Our third game was the 2nd match against Norwich City Lions who were clearly determined to battle for a result in what was likely to be key match. They fought hard with no little skill and Magpies were clearly not having things their own way that they had enjoyed in their previous match. The all-important and ultimately decisive goal was scored by Hannah and the team deservedly ran out 1-0 winners.
Our last game was against Dragons who started the game keen to score their first goal of the tournament but this was always going to be difficult against a confident Magpies and Katie; in goal who despite not being called upon too much throughout the matches had already proved her value with a fine save against Norwich City. Another fine victory was to follow with scores by Hannah, Georgia and Ella (3).
A great morning’s work despite the weather with 4 victories, 15 goals and none conceded.
Squad – Katy, Ruby B, Grace C, Hannah, Maddi, Molly, Georgia S, Ella
TM – Vanessa
Magpies Blue – Silver Tournament runner up
Magpies Blue had most of the possession in all of the games, first one we drew 0-0, second one 0-0, third one we beat Norwich Dragons 1-0, the goal was scored by some excellent passing into the D and Ellie was found in front of the goal who slapped the ball in past the goalkeeper. The last game we unfortunately lost 1-0. Everyone played really well, and despite the weather was a good day!
Squad – Katy/Lily, Anna S, Saskia, Ellie, Olivia, Emma F & Kate F
TM – Katie
Magpies White – Silver tournament winners
Strong start by Magpies Whites against Norwich Dragons. Led by captain Jade Bishop we were soon into the swing of things and passed the ball well. Sofia Chopra set up Ellen Moodie for the only goal of the game.
Next up we played the Magpies Blue team and the evenness of the teams was reflected in the 0-0 score line. Tilly Dodds worked really hard to keep out the attackers and Lily kept the goal safe with some good saves.
We then faced Norwich City Tigers and after numerous opportunities for Grace King and Amy Freeman upfront, Ellen scored again from Jade’s pass.
Last up we played Dragons for a second time and despite their determination, we played some lovely hockey, passing well between ourselves and calling for the ball. Ellen snuck her 3rd and 4th goals of the day past the Dragons ‘keeper which meant that we won the Silver Tournament.
Fantastic team spirit despite the miserable weather meant that we all left with smiles on our faces, well done girls.
Squad – Lily, Jade, Sofia, Grace K, Tilly, Ellen & Amy
TM – Rosie
The In2hockey Norfolk Championships were held at wet, cold and wild Pelicans today with a place in the The East Championships held at Magpies at the start of April up for grabs and our girls came through the test on what was a shocking day to play hockey in let alone spectate so also a big well done to all the parents who made the trip and stuck it out.
Up first were a determined Dereham side that were unable to withstand whirlwind Holly Wills who rattled up a cheeky hatrick to get the day started with a goal each for Anna Cogdell and Jessica Menzies to seal a 5-0 win. Up next were Norwich City and pretty sharpish we were 2-0 down. Oh no I hear you say and that’s how it finished with two errors being punished and a disjointed performance which left the girls disgruntled. So all was clear, we had to win the next two games against Dragons and Pelicans to progress. Up first were Dragons and it was one of those games, 80% possession and wave upon wave of attacks but no goals but up pops Jonny on the spot Holly Wills with a scrappy dribbler that just about went in to secure a twitchy 1-0. Last up were Pelicans who were unable to keep the girls at bay and they rattled up a 7-0 victory with two more from Holly, Evie B and Jessica Tarrant and one from Anna to finish the scoring.
Well done girls, good work from all on a tough weather day and onwards we go.
Squad – Georgia F, Alyssa, Jessica T, Jessica M, Anna, Holly, Ruby, Sophie & Evie B
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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
U12 C team 13th November
The C team started their tournament campaign at Pelicans against a strengthening Dereham side. It proved to be a well matched game with a short corner each, but nothing to show for it and it ended 0:0.
Frustrated by this, and spurred on by friendly rivalry, the girls managed a narrow 1:0 loss to Magpies Bs, with a solid defence from Tilly and Hattie, and Megan working overtime at centre-mid.
With no break they were straight into their third game against a greatly improved Watton side. Staying on seemed to be the key, as with eight minutes gone, Anna made a great push through, with support from Megan and Amy, and slotted home the first goal of the day. Buoyed by this they tried and tried, but the Watton defence held to leave it 1:0 win.
Next was our game against Norwich City Leopards, which we expected to be a tough one. Tough as it was, we proved to be the better team, with good passing and finally calling – Anna put us 1 up after three minutes, and two minutes later she put us 2 up after a well timed and accurate pass through from Sofia. City fought back and broke through several times, but good defence from Tilly and Sasha and some good save from Georgia, they only managed to get one back, ending in a 2:1 win.
Another tough game against Dragons was next, but the girls were on a roll, they kept pushing forward, with Ellie, Sasha and Hattie up from, but Dragons kept pushing back. With both teams having to make the keepers work, no one found the back board and the game ended 0:0.
Last of the day were the hosts, Pelicans. This was another well matched game, with end to end play, but no goals. Six minutes in and Anna was subbed on and scored within a minute, after a great run of play. Pelicans equalised straight away after a goalmouth skirmish with ball finding its way in. Magpies were hungry for another win, but, after Megan hit the post, the hooter sounded for the final time and left it 1:1.
So the C team ended runners up to the B team on the Silver Tournament, having played great hockey all day.
Thank you parents for trekking to Kings Lynn for the morning, and supporting us all so well, and thank you girls for being an absolute pleasure to look after for the day.
Georgia Flatt ( GK)
TM Chris Flatt
U12 B Team match report
After their recent success in winning the Silver Tournament at Dragons, the Bs were given the opportunity to test their skills against the A teams in the Gold competition this weekend.
The first game was against Norwich City and despite losing their captain very early in the game with a head injury, they played well creating a number of chances before unfortunately conceding a goal in open play. Magpies then looked to get back on terms with some good teamwork and attacking hockey and continued to threaten the Norwich goal but close to the end, Norwich broke away and scored their second to win 2-0.
Next up for the Bs were Norwich Dragons, and they were determined to continue their good play from their last game despite the result and battled out a 0-0 draw – they created numerous chances and also defended well playing together as a team with all contributing to an end to end game which either side could have won – their confidence grew in this game and they started to believe that they could beat these “A” sides.
The first two games were only the warm ups to the next match against Magpies A – what a game! The team played some fantastic hockey, defending superbly and frustrating the As for the initial part of the game. The As then after some sustained pressure finally succeeded in scoring the first goal of the game but the B team showed some great character and started to create their own chances which finally after some great team play lead to an equaliser by Molly Largent. Game on! Both teams then had chances at either end and with little time left the As managed to find a way through and grab the winner. The team all played so well and were disappointed not to get the draw but showed to everyone including themselves that they can compete in the Gold Division.
With their confidence high after a good performance in the previous game, they then played against Norwich City again and showed their character and collective team work to produce another great team effort creating numerous chances and finally took the lead with a finish from Ellen Moodie. Some good defending ensured that the team secured their first win. Fantastic result.
The last two games were again against Norwich Dragons and Magpies As – in both games the team continued to play well and created a number of opportunities and defended well but unfortunately succumbed 3-1 (Ellen Moodie) and 3-0 respectively.
Overall, the team played exceptionally well, with everyone producing some outstanding individual performances which they should all be proud and pleased with and gain confidence and belief for future tournaments.
Well done for finishing 3rd in the Gold Division.
Squad: Katy Davy (GK), Maddi Forrest, Amy Freeman, Hannah Gartland, Molly Largent, Ellen Moodie, Georgia Scott, Alyssa Walker (C), Tilly Dodds, Evie Nesling.
Coach: Duncan Cogdell
Super 6 for the U12 A Team
At our home tournament held at Weybread today the U12 girls A Team had six straight wins to claim top spot. The Gold side of the tournament consisted of Magpies A, Magpies B, Norwich City and Norwich Dragons with everyone playing each other twice. The results were :-
2 wins v Norwich City (4-0 & 3-0)
2 wins v Norwich Dragons (4-0 & 5-0)
2 wins v Magpies B (2-1 & 3-0)
Evie B x 8
Emma x 6
Jess T x 3
Anna x 2
Jess M x 2
Champagne goal moment was undoubtedly Emma’s slap smash that went top right and drew appropriate gasps from the gallery ! Awesome finish Emma, plenty more like that please !
The most pleasing part of today’s performance from a coaching point of view was that the penny is gradually dropping that when we keep our shape, spread the ball wide and trust our own skills then the performance significantly improves immediately. Everyone played their part, Jess T surging down the right with abandon, Jess M and Anna both dogged and creative through the middle, Ruby imperious and controlled at the back and let’s not forget our “Jonny on the spot” Evie B with eight goals. Grace came into the side and made some well timed tackles and Evie H worked tirelessly on the left. Abi didn’t have the busiest of days but saved well when required. This team will keep improving I’m sure !
Team – Abi(GK), Anna, Evie B, Evie H, Jess T, Jess M, Grace, Emma & Ruby
TM – Jim Menzies