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Boys U14 v Blue Hornets (Away (L) W 4-3)

Magpies Boys made a rare trip to Essex to take on Blue Hornets at Braintree Hockey Club in the England Hockey league tier one junior competition.
Hornets started quickly and soon pinned Magpies in their own half with Hershel-Shorland and Emms having to work hard scrambling in defence, and Chapman stopping well in goal. After 10mins of sustained pressure Magpies broke out as captain Brice started to gain control in the centre and after some good interchange with Currie and Wicks, he picked up the ball on the edge of the D and scored on his reverse stick to quieten the Hornets, 1-0 Magpies.
With the opposition playing a more physical game than Magpies are used to, the boys started to settle into the match ahead. Brice, Currie and Wicks were soon enjoying playing Taylor through into space which was creating panic as he ran at the Hornets defence. It wasn’t long before debutant Hayward intelligently won Magpies first short corner, and Taylor jumped in to smartly put away the rebound from Brice’s strike, making it 2-0 Magpies.
Shortly after this the Hornets keeper kicked the ball outside of his D, but with no replacement and in good spirit by the umpires, he was allowed to stay on with an outfield player sent to the bin for 5mins. Magpies failed to capitalise on this and lost Currie themselves for 2mins just before half time for a stick tackle. With Hornets back to full strength just before the whistle, pies were caught by a counter attack, exposed for lack of pace at the back but still went into half time 2-1 ahead.
Magpies by now knew they were in a tough and feisty game, with no love being lost between both sides. Hornets started the second half the more organised and soon scored 2 goals in the first 10mins with fast breakaways, to take a 3-2 lead for the first time in the game. During this time there were breaks for Ed and Ollie being knocked over again by Hornets players, as Emms repelled the Hornets centre forward literally over his shoulder from one lunge tackle in defence. Cooper, Daniels and Bardwell were kept busy at left and right backs, subbing on and off and working hard all game pushing up and down with play.
The game was starting to open up and Magpies were now playing the better passing hockey. Bardwell fed Wicks, then Kinsman down the left, and Taylor was on hand again to run through the holes appearing in the defence to score his second and level it at 3-3. Hornets looked rocked and with Brice and Hershel Shorland now bossing the centre of the field, Brice drew the keeper out from his line and slipped to Hayward who eliminated his marker and shot low to score on debut and regain the lead for Magpies 4-3.
This left Magpies with a nervy 10mins to close the game out, with the game continuing the be counter after counter until the last 5 mins. Inevitably the game finished with a series of Hornets short corners, with Brice and Currie getting out to intercept and frustrate the attackers and Fairweather relishing the contest in goal. The final short corner was awarded just before the final whistle, with all Hornets players up on the D this was cleared by Emms and Shorland and the game finally finished 4-3 to Magpies.
This was a good result against a primarily school side who play regularly together, and puts Magpies top of their league after winning their first two games.
Thanks to David Johnson again for umpiring, and to Simon Bardwell for occupying the opposition managers during the game.

Mark Emms.
Boys Development/U14’s Manager.


Harleston Magpies U14s Super Successful start to the Season

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club were celebrating today after a terrific start to the season at the England Hockey and Ipswich East Suffolk Hockey Club ‘HockeyFest’ U14s tournament hosted by Ipswich School on Sunday 10 September.

Harleston Magpies fielded four U14s teams and came away as champions for both the boys and the girls, with a strong runner up position for the second boy’s team, and a commendable third for the second girl’s team. The girls celebrated a win at this tournament for the second year running, against challenging opposition from clubs from around the area including IES, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich City, Chelmsford, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Blue Hornets, Harwich, and Framlingham.

The 7 a-side HockeyFest tournament was organised by England Hockey and England Hockey Regional Manager Charlie Farrow at IES.

Magpie’s juniors sometimes have a history of slow starts in tournaments and with strong clubs like Chelmsford and Braintree’s Blue Hornets first up for both girls’ teams there was no room for error. But there was no slow start this time with all teams fully on their game, the relatively younger Magpies produced some astonishingly good hockey throughout the day.

John Pope, team manager for the U14 girls said “We really didn’t know what to expect today. We have a great squad of girls and at the start getting both teams to the semis looked to be a stretch. More importantly than the results the girls played really well from the start and the New Year 8s gelled perfectly with the year 9s for which everyone deserves credit. This 7-a-side opener has given our squad a fabulous start to the new season.’

James Smith, Youth Development Officer at Harleston Magpies added: ‘Magpies put on a great show of junior hockey this weekend, which highlights the strength in this club at this level. Even so, new members are always welcome; you don’t have to start hockey at aged 7 to be a success! Some of Magpies stronger players have picked up a stick for the first time in their mid-teens, sometimes later, me included!’

Attached photo of the four U14s teams from Magpies – photo credit: Bex Pottruff, Harleston Magpies

 For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on or 07500 945247

Match report – U14 Boys – Sunday 5 February 2017

Boys’ U14 Championship

Norwich City 3 – 4 Harleston Magpies

Having won their previous three round robin cup fixtures the boys were confident they could put in a good performance in their final group game. However Magpies knew Norwich were likely to be tougher than their previous opponents and a strong performance was required.

Magpies started the game strongly passing the ball around their opponents. Good work down the right wing was exposing the opposition defence and the back four were transferring the ball with confidence. The Magpies pressure finally told when a short corner was won and converted with a fine strike from Jude Pottruff. Magpies continued to dominate and doubled their lead with a fine flowing move. The ball started at the back where it was transferred by Ed Brice to the right. The ball was carried down the line by Hugo Thomas before some intricate passing found Jude Pottruff. A silky piece of skill saw Jude eliminate the last defender before slipping the ball round the goalie for Ben Emms to slot into an empty net.

Magpies were unable to continue their excellent passing and the game became a slightly scrappy affair. Both teams were fighting hard with the ball becoming bogged down in midfield. Magpies conceded to a well worked Norwich City corner routine and went in at half time 2-1 up.

Magpies came out second half and were unable to fully find their passing hockey. Norwich were battling well and Harleston were still looking threatening with some fast counter attacks. One such counter attack saw more good work down the right resulting in Ollie Mayhew finding himself in the D with the ball. A cool reverse stick finish found the bottom corner and Magpies looked in control. Magpie however failed to learn from previous errors and another Norwich City short corner cut the lead to just one. Both teams were fighting hard and Magpies broke away again with Jude finishing with aplomb to bag his brace. Harleston conceded yet another short corner with two minutes to go to to set up a nervy finish but stout defending ensured the victory was achieved.

A big thank you to the Harleston management team that got all the boys ready and to the parents and supporters who provided great support as always. Four wins from four means Magpies top the group and will progress the the next rounds. The team have played some excellent hockey but know there are plenty of areas for improvement. The results have been down to a great effort from the whole squad and the boys should look forward to greater challenges ahead.

Match reports – Boys’ Development and U14 Boys (15 and 16 October 2016)

Boys’ Development v Norwich City – Saturday 15 October
Magpies played a good spirited even encounter against a skilled Norwich City side at Weybread. A well-executed short corner scored by Ben Emms in the first quarter turned out to be the only score of the game. Magpies should have made more from good breaks made by Freddie Herschel-Shorland and Joe Wicks. Ben Waters made his development debut and looked strong at the back and there was another confident display from Ed Brice now settling into centre mid. Magpies are joint top of the league with Dragons ‘A’ after the first round of fixtures. Magpies 1 City 0.

U14 Boys v Bury St Edmunds – Sunday 16 October
Magpies put in an encouraging all-round team performance against a young Bury St Edmunds side at Culford. Unselfish team play by the midfield and wing attacks allowed Jude Pottruff to score the four goals by which the team led at the break. A further three goals for Pottruff, two for Ben Emms and one for Michael Ahrens, with only a consolation breakaway goal for Bury, allowed the boys to record a 10-1 win and maximum +8 goal difference in their opening East League 2 game. The boys played much better as a team and need to continue this improvement as they look forward to taking on tougher opposition in the form of Sudbury at home on Sunday 6 November.


Match report – U14 Boys Regional Finals – Sunday 10 April 2016

Magpies travelled to Peterborough to pit their wits against Leicester, Cambridge City and Peterborough in the Regional round of the U14 Championship and came up against three well organised sides.

The first game against Cambridge City was the typical game of two halves. Cambridge controlled the first half and went in at the break a goal to the good but Magpies managed to get back into the game with a goal from Arthur Johnson after a lovely through ball from Jude Potruff. 1-1 draw.

The second game against the hosts didn’t go according to plan and Peterborough ran out 3-0 winners but in the last game of the day against Leicester the boys played some of their best hockey but with the efforts of the day taking their toll Harleston again went down 3-0.

Well done all, 10 out of 10 for effort. It was a long way to go and some hard hockey lessons were learnt but valuable experience for next season.

Thanks are due to:
James Smith for umpiring and his words of wisdom
Mark Emms for the team talks and much formation discussion
Ben Emms for taking one on the cheek and later one on the wrist
Oli Hall for one in the thigh in the first three minutes
Man of the Tournament Hayden Macaulay who worked tirelessly in every position he was asked to play in and we couldn’t have asked for any more.
The parents for getting the boys to Peterborough nice and early.

We are already looking forward to next season!

Chris Hall

Match report – U14 Boys – Sunday 7 February 2016

U14 Boys Championship

Magpies 6 Bury St Edmunds 0

After the frustrations of recent games Magpies gave the performance of the season in which everything that Larky has put into training came good. From the start of the game to the final whistle the Magpies played free-flowing hockey and had Bury on the back foot for most of the game. Michael Ahrens and Max Warde-Aldam bossed the middle and with Jude Pottruff, Ben Emms, James Webster, Arthur Johnson and James Hardy running Bury’s defence ragged the stage was set for a good day at the office.

Graham Mobbs, Oli Hall and Morgan Manly at the back made sure that Charlie Hope didn’t have to much to do but when called in to action Charlie made three very good saves to keep a clean sheet.

Hayden Macaulay came off feeling unwell but everyone stepped up and Hugo Lewis was unlucky not to score when he came on as sub.

Highlights were
2 Hat tricks
Arthur Johnson 3
James Webster 3

My Man of the match
Morgan Manly

Well done everyone with thanks also to Mark Emms.


Match report – U14 Boys Championship – Sunday 31 January 2016

IES 2 Magpies 1

From the first whistle Magpies took the game to IES who for the first twenty minutes were pinned back in their own half and numerous shots on goal and several penalty corners resulted in Hayden Macaulay breaking the deadlock to give Harleston the lead. The game then became a more even contest with both sides playing some attractive hockey. IES equalised from a PC and it was anyone’s game until the home side took the lead three quarters of the way through. The Magpies fought until the end but couldn’t get back on level terms.

Commitment and passion never in doubt and the lads played with an energy level that I could only have dreamed of!

Well done all with a big ‘thank you’ to Larky whose calm approach always keeps the boys going.

Next U14 match at home to Bury next Sunday (10.15).

Chris Hall

Match Report – U14s Boys v Norwich City – Sunday 8 November 2015

Magpies 0 Norwich City 5 (EH Championship)

With everyone early for the warm up, the under 14s were ready to take on what would prove to be thier toughest test to date. After a positive team talk from coach Larky and Mark Emms, the boys lined up to face what looked like a very strong City side.

The first five minutes was high tempo hockey with both teams feeling their way into the game and the Magpies settled into a neat passing game which serves them so well with Jude Pottruff forcing a good save from the City keeper. For the first 15, the Magpies were holding firm and just shading possession, Tom Caston was unlucky not to score following clever interplay between Michael Ahrens

and James Webster. Around the 20 minute mark and against the run of play, a hard ball forward from the city centre found their front man in space who took his chance well. This tactic turned into the City game plan as they registered twice more before the break despite the best efforts of captain Seth Read, Oli Hall, Max Warde-Aldam and Louis Calvert who were trying to keep the bombs at bay.

The half time team talk from Managers Hall and Emms steadied the ship and gave the boys the lift they needed on going 0-3 down. After the restart the Magpies took the fight to City and enjoyed a long spell of pressure, pressing high up the pitch looking for the break through, with Ben Emms, Tom Caston and Jude Pottruff all finding the City keeper was having a good day at the office.

The Norwich City game plan then came good for number 4 but instead of giving up the Magpies responded with their best hockey of the game. James Hardy, Michael Ahrens and James Webster, all still full of running, started to use the full width of the pitch and upped the tempo with hard and fast passing which produced a series of penalty corners but the opposition keeper again stood his ground and the Magpies came away empty handed.

With time running out a determined Louis Calvert made a last ditch tackle attempt as Norwich pressed forward only to receive a stick to the head and a change of colour to his shirt for his efforts. After a short stoppage Graham Mobbs came on as an able replacement but City made it 5

from the resulting penalty corner.

A mention for Archie Derbyshire who played in different positions which allowed us to try different options.

The score line did not reflect the effort put in by the U14s and with a little more composure in front of goal the outcome would have been different.

Well played everyone.

Thank you to Anna Caston and Colin Brown (NCHC Coach) for swift action with the Louis injury.

Thank you Larky and Mark

MATCH REPORTS – Boys’ Development and U14 Boys

Boys’ Development – Saturday 7 November 2015 (Norfolk Development League)
Magpies 4 Dereham 2

After a delayed start to a wet game, Dereham eventually got going with 2 adults and 2 older players helping them get a team out. Sam Emms (10) then replaced an adult and played for Dereham in centre midfield, where he helped Dereham go into half-time in the lead 1-0. After a positive half-time team talk, Magpies restarted the game as they should have done at the beginning, and quickly turned the score round to 2-1 within the first 5 minutes through goals from Jake Caston and Jude Pottruff. A further OG (claimed by Pottruff), a superb Dereham thrash to the top of the net at the far post, and then a goal from Tom Caston resulted in a 4-2 final score to Magpies. Development debuts were given to Rory Jackson (GK) and Jack Norton who both equipped themselves well.

U14 Boys – Sunday 8 November 2015 (EH Championship)

Magpies 0 Norwich City 5

Magpies started brightly against a strong City side back to full strength with their regional players back in the team. However Magpies just couldn’t just put their chances away and found themselves 3-0 down at half-time due to some clinical finishing by the City centre forward. More chances came in the second half but the final touch just wasn’t there, Magpies went down 5-0, a scoreline that slightly flattered City who were the better team on the day. The team retained discipline and all worked really hard throughout the game with thanks to Richard Larkin for umpiring.

EHB Championships U14 BOYS v Norwich Dragons (A) MATCH REPORT

Magpies 5 – Dragons 2

Magpies made the short trip to Norwich in confident mood, well prepared to play a strong Dragons side who they knew well. The game started at a high tempo and the opening 5 minutes was evenly contested. Dragons won the first short corner of the game on 6 minutes, which was well worked and then lifted by their centre mid high over the outstretched Charlie Hope. This galvanised Magpies who upped the pace further in midfield to compete. Dragons were made to chase the ball by Michael Ahrens switching, Haydn Macaulay carrying and Oli Hall stepping up to intercept. Frustration soon boiled over and umpire Peters brought out the green card on 12 minutes giving the talented Dragons centre mid a rest on the bench for dissent!

Dragons continued to soak up the Magpie’s pressure until back to full strength, but on 25 minutes Tom Caston threaded a ball through to Ben Emms who carried and forced a rebound from the keeper, Caston immediately slid the ball back into the D to find Jude Pottruff ready to draw the scores level at 1-1. Magpies were by now making their superior teamwork count, with Morgan Manly’s pace and Max Warde-Aldam’s marking covering any break outs through their midfield.

Magpies quickly regained the ball from the restart and forced their first short corner of the game. Coach Larkin will be pleased to know that after overhearing the Dragons defence talking, the planned injection to Pottruff was switched to Caston at the last moment, who duly obliged by finding the bottom corner from just inside the D, good thinking and 2-1 Magpies. However with just 3 minutes to half time and confidence building, the Magpies defence were caught too high up the field by a fast break. This was efficiently converted by Dragons centre mid, making the scores 2-2 at halftime.

Managers Hall and Emms reassured the team at halftime, who then immediately responded by attacking from the push back. Just 3 minutes into the second half the James’, Hardy and Webster worked the ball from half way down the left, finding Michael who lost his marker and slipped a pass to Jude, who drilled the ball from outside the D into the far right of the goal to find Caston happy to nail the shot low into the corner beyond the Dragons keeper, moving Magpies back into a deserved lead at 3-2.

On a warm afternoon the game started to open up further and chances were missed at both ends of the field. Magpie’s superior fitness and teamwork was by now having its toll on a Dragons side that seemed intent on only playing though their centre midfield. On 40 minutes Caston completed an excellent hat-trick finding the bottom corner again after a Pottruff assist, with Magpies now at 4-2 in control of the game.

Against a tiring Dragons team, whose coach had now been sent to the dugout by umpire Peters, Magpies were now finishing the game strongly. Pottruff picking up the ball from halfway sliced his way through the Dragons defenders to drill the ball into the D, at the far post was the ever willing Caston, this time diving to slot home again his best effort from an acute angle. The final score deservedly being 5-2 to Magpies.

On a day when the goal-scorers take the headlines, special mention needs to be given to Charlie (GK), the defence and midfield who really put the hard work in to both keep Magpies in the game and build the platform that allowed the forwards to play.

After the game captain Seth Read felt “this was a solid start to this year’s U14 campaign, a real team performance with contributions from all over the pitch …. nice pizza too”.

Man of the match for clinical finishing of his 4 goals was Tom Caston.

Thanks from the lads to Larky and Dolly for that extra Sat am training session, and Stu Peters umpiring.