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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Magpies U12 Girls C Teams Reports – Magpies “Black” & Magpies “White”
Magpies “White” Match Report
V Watton 1-1
Equalised with a goal from Ella straight after going 1-0 down.
V N.City Leopards lost 2-1
We were 2-0 down before Ella got a goal back before full time
V Magpies Black lost 1-0
Very even game but we let a goal in
V Dragons Hinch lost 1-0
We looked stronger against a very good team
V Dragons Cullen WON 2-0
Poppy got the final touch on a shot from Ella, Ella then scored before full time.
Having never played together and this being many of the girls first tournament we took a little while to find our feet. Georgia was kept busy in goal and made numerous great saves to keep the goal difference low. Olivia and Esta worked very well together at the back, making some important tackles and getting the ball out to our midfield.
Ella was a force to be reckoned with in the centre and caused each opposition lots of problems. She was supported by Hattie, Grace and Mollie who worked really hard to get back and defend as well as pushing forward to attack alongside Isabel and Poppy upfront.
Team – Georgia (GK), Hattie, Esta, Olivia, Grace K, Mollie, Poppy, Isabel, Ella & Sasha
TM – Rosie Blackmore
Magpies “Black” results
V dragons Cullen won 1-0 Megan,
V watton won 1-0 scorer Anna,
v Norwich city lost 1-0,
v magpies white won 1-0 Ellie B,
V dragons hinch 0-0
great passing , tackling, wonderful team effort and I think we finally have found some defenders !!!
Team – Lily (GK), Jade, Sofia, Megan, Ellie B, Saskia, Anna S, Emma & Kate Ford
TM – Treacle Griffin
U12B’s at Norwich Dragons
What a difference a week makes!
The U12Bs had a great morning at Norwich Dragons playing in the Silver tournament, which was contested by 9 teams, split into 3 pools with the winners of each going into a further round of games to determine the overall winner.
Magpies were keen to keen to improve on the previous week’s efforts to try to score a few more goals and they certainly did!
Magpies first game was against City Leopards – they played some fantastic team hockey winning 2-0 which gave them enormous confidence and belief for the rest of the morning.
Next up was Dragons Cullen, a win would mean they would top the group. Again, they played well, keeping their structure and creating numerous goal scoring chances. Despite conceding one goal, Magpies triumphed 2-1. Four goals scored and still two more games to go!
In the play off games, Magpies continued to play with confidence with everyone contributing, in defence, midfield and attack, which resulted in a 2-0 win against Pelicans and a 3-0 win against City Panthers.
What a morning, fun had by all in the team scoring 9 goals and taking home a winners medal. Well done to the entire team for the individual effort and contribution which resulted in the mornings success.
Team: Georgia Flatt (GK), Ruby Boddy, Grace Clarke, Hannah Gartland, Molly Largent, Ellen Moodie, Amy Freeman, Alyssa Walker, Tilly Dodds, Evie Nesling
U12 A Girls – Norwich Dragons Tournament 09/10/2016
After a good start to the season at Norwich City last weekend, the U12 As returned to action at Norwich Dragons. With 5 teams in the gold section we were going to have to play Norwich City at some point and they were our first oppo. The game ended 2-1 to Norwich City with Anna scoring for Magpies. Neither side really got going following a great game between us last weekend so whoever the oppo next time out on the 30th October at Magpies, we will need to start quicker. After that it got much better and the girls took out their frustration on Dragons B with a 5-0 victory (Sophie x 2, Jess M, Jess T, Evie B) with their keeper having a good game as well. We then had a narrow 1-0 over a spirited Norwich City B team with a late late goal from Holly, oh how I enjoy those games ! We finished off with a solid 2-0 win over Dragons A with Jess M and Holly providing the goals. This was our best performance of the day with at last some confident, positive passing to each other in space. Abi in goal was lonely at times but when required kept her concentration and made good positive clearances. There is definitely more to come from this team, keep up the good work !
Squad :- Abi (GK), Evie H, Evie B, Jess M, Jess T, Emma, Anna C, Ruby P, Holly, Sophie.
TM – Jim Menzies
U12 A & C teams in high spirits at Norwich Dragons !
This is all the stuff that (Nick will be very grateful to know) will not go into the presentation evening speeches for which under 12 girls are eligible for awards in u11, u12 and girls development sections.
This year we wanted to achieve two things:
· Ensure that everyone gets the best possible chance to improve and participate and wants to come back for more next year,
· Get our 1st team to the Nationals.
So very nearly achieved on both counts!
38 Girls from beginner to advanced trained regularly on a Friday – last year I think we were around 24 so this is a massive uplift – all of whom had at least two competitive outings. We turned out 3 teams wherever possible and the team stats are:
17 girls got on the score sheet this year:
34 – Amy Collison
21 – Georgie Gardens
11 – Hannah Gartland
8 – Evie Hall
7 – Sophie Pettitt
6 – Holly Wills
4 – Jessica Menzies
3 – Ellen Pope
3 – Tabitha Borrett
3 – Holly Hanrahan
3 – Olivia Lapage
3 – Alyssa Walker
3 – Ellen Moodie
2 – Emma Williamson
2 – Grace Clarke
1 – Jessica Tarrant
1 – Amelia Slade
Thanks are due to many many people this year but in particular to Jim and most especially David – or Obi Wan as I call him – who’s wealth of experience, encouragement and patience we could not do without.
I hope you all have a fabulous summer, make it to some of our training camps, and come back refreshed and ready for an even better season next year at u12 or u14.
Team Manager u12 2015-16
With the A team in action at the East a very strong B team graduated to A team status. Just as with the East team the A team had a full strength squad and the B team was similarly strengthened by regular A team members.
A big thanks to everyone who took part and to Chris, Julia and Marie who stood in for the boys at The East.
B team report
The first game was against Norwich City B team and we were attacking well. Shortly after we managed to score the first goal of the full team this season by Alyssa! After a Norwich goal was disallowed we kept the score at 1-0.
With a quick turnaround our second game was against Norwich Dragons B. We all played very well but lost narrowly 0-1.
The third game was against the home side Dereham. We were very good at passing around our defence, but after a many great tackles they managed to score. Magpies fought back with some runs up the pitch but before we had the chance to score Dereham caught us on the counter attack. Final result 0-2.
Game four was a tough game against Norwich Dragons A . Magpies were playing well and gaining in confidence and the final score 0-2 didn’t reflect the effort by the whole team.
The fifth game was against Norwich City A, it was very close with end to end play but unfortunately we conceded a goal in the final minute.
The last game of the season was against Magpies A which was played competitively with numerous shots at goal by the A team we kept it to a 0-4.
It was clear in this tournament how the team have progressed this year and everyone has developed as young players.
Team: Alyssa, Anna, Elena, Ellen M, Georgia, Hannah, Jade, Katie, Maddi, Megan, Sasha, Saskia
Marie and Julie
A team report
Prospects for our very strong new A team looked promising and so it proved with the team undefeated, not conceding a goal and beating Norwich City A to whom they were only pipped for the tournament title on goal difference.
Magpies A vs Norwich A 1-0 (Evie)
Magpies A vs Norwich B 2-0 (Holly, Tabitha)
Magpies A vs Dragons B 0-0
Magpies A vs Dereham 0-0
Magpies A vs Dragons A 1-0 (Evie)
Magpies A vs Magpies B 3-0 (Holly, Evie x2)
All of the girls played very well and did Magpies proud. Evie worked exceptionally hard, as did Victoria, and there were some great saves from Abi. We came second overall on goal difference to Norwich A – especially frustrating as we beat them!
Team: Abi, Evie, Grace C, Holly H, Honey, Jessica T, Molly, Olivia L, Tabitha, Victoria
This year with a squad of almost forty and running three teams everyone has improved so much with the chance to test themselves regularly in competition.
With tremendous thanks to David Pettitt a few of his difficult to narrow down from 190 photos>
Match 1 v Cambridge City
Match 2 v Bury St Edmunds
Match 4 v Blueharts
Match 5 v Sevenoaks
Match 6 v Canterbury
With hopes high the under 12 girls started their East campaign first up at 1000 as the Norfolk 2nd side. A flawless set of results in the morning placed us in the semis with one game to go and, but for team manager error, we might now be facing more training in anticipation of joining the boys (well done boys!) at Beeston.
On paper facing 3 county winners, one of whom had defeated us earlier in the season and we had first up, and 2 runners up, our group looked challenging. Unusually for us, we were quick out of the blocks and with a 2-0 win against Cambridge City followed immediately by 4-0 (including Amy hat-trick) against Bury we were in a fabulous position within 45 minutes of the start.
Everyone had played their part with full rotation and Grace had made few but vital saves supported dependably by Mimi and Ruby with Ellen running miles in midfield and Georgie and Amy weaving their magic all over the park. Emma, Holly, Jessica and Sophie all ran their hearts out in their rotational shifts enabling us to keep up the momentum.
After a short break the morning finished quickly with further 2-0 victories against Upminster and Blueharts and with that Semi Final qualification.
First out to lunch and last on in the final afternoon group stage we knew we had qualification and it was all a matter of who to face in the semis – win or draw and we had Ipswich, lose – Canterbury. And – no offence intended to Ipswich but – I blew it.
Next up were Sevenoaks, who qualified for the East as Kent runners up to Canterbury and they were in no mood to face – as they described after – their nemesis who had already secured top spot in their group. Not thinking enough of the game in hand, for four minutes I rested our strongest three outfield players and, with only two u12s on the pitch, by that time we were 2-0 down. Immediately reverting the girls we almost instantly got one back, Amy and Georgie clearly in the mood to move mountains worked tirelessly to set up Emma, before half time but having secured the advantage Sevenoaks, probably the strongest and certainly the most motivated team we’d faced so far, weren’t to crack.
Nick asked me later in the bar ‘Who was that mother that gave you such a thorough dressing down at the end of the Sevenoaks game?’ That Nick. Was my wife.
So, deflated, Holly and Jim peeled the girls up for what would be a very challenging qualification.
And how hard they fought. Two years ago at u10s, six of our girls faced the same Canterbury side and team management in what, as a 0-0, was described as the best game of the tournament.
Canterbury drew first blood from one of their often observed bits of silky wing play. Down 1-0 at half time and we piled on the pressure winning a penalty corner that Georgie despatched beautifully. Neither side wanting to face the lottery that is penalty strokes it was all out attack. Again Canterbury scored and again we countered. And but for one or two decisions not going our way – notably a shout for a stroke and at the death when Georgie, running through clean on goal was awarded a PC – we could have at least drawn 2-2.
A big big thank you to all our supporters including all the parents and all the Pelicans who stayed on to give us a magnificent and supportive roar.
Both Kent sides were excellent but neither was out of our league. Our girls performed as a team magnificently all day. Despite trying to encourage width, we played a bit narrow but it was effective. Two years ago we had a team of u10 girls who were pretty much all centre halves and could barely buy a goal. This year we still have a team of centre halves but almost all of them have been on the score sheet this year.
Every single one of our Magpies players did the club proud.
And congratulations to Canterbury (winners) and Sevenoaks (runners up) who represent The East on 14th May.
2-0 v Cambridge City (Amy, Holly)
4-0 v Bury St Edmunds (Georgie, Amy 3)
2-0 v Upminster (Amy, Ellen)
2-0 v Bluehearts (Amy, Georgie)
1-2 v Sevenoaks (Emma)
1-2 v Canterbury (Georgie)
Amelia Slade, Amy Collison, Ellen Pope (Captain), Emma Williamson, Georgie Gardens, Grace Robertson (GK), Holly Wills, Jessica Menzies, Ruby Pottruff, Sophie Pettitt
Coaches: Holly Riches, Jim Menzies
Team manager (retired to a darkened room): John Pope
Photos to follow.