On a some what inclement day weather wise the Magpies u16 girls produced some scintillating hockey at the Regional Finals at Southgate.
Having been drawn in one of the most challenging groups the country had to offer we knew that we were going to have to produce in all 3 games if we stood any chance of progressing.
A 6 0 opening win against St Albans set the tone with outstanding performances from all 15 in the squad. This was followed up by an outstanding 1 0 win against a very much fancied Canterbury side. As the wind strengthened we had to change our tactics using the conditions to our advantage throwing aerials from defence to find a way through a well disciplined defensive back four.
Having played a game more than Southgate due to Canterbury’s late arrival, we knew that we going to have to dig incredibly deep if we were to progress.
Southgate were a fantastically drilled side who looked liked they had played together for many years. Our defence and keeper for the first time were being really tested. The tired legs began to show as we looked to absorb the pressure and hit them on the counter. This tactic was working well with their coach commenting on how he was starting to feel the pressure. The final whistle came with the score at 0 0. This left us top of the group on 7 points but with the rearranged Canterbury Southgate game to come we knew are hard work may come to nothing in terms of qualification to the National Finals.
This very disappointingly proved to be the case as Canterbury who now had nothing to play for were beaten 3 0 by Southgate meaning that Southgate went through on goal difference.
All the girls though should be extremely proud, undefeated and not conceding a goal to some incredibly high class opposition.
V Spouncer, A Slade, A Collison, E Pope, G Cantrell ( capt), H Lamdin, B Moodie, M Salsby, O Buchanan
A Wiseman, K Wheeler, M Warnes, D Ford, G Gardens, G Nicholls
U16 Girls v Hertford W 8-0
On a sunny Sunday lunchtime the U16s girls took on the new edition to the league Hertford HC. Being a new edition today’s opposition where a bit of an unknown quantity and straight from the pushback they showed a bit of class with a 25 yard aerial into our D. A good block from Grace R saw the danger cleared and our girls having been given a wake up call started threading their passes together working the ball from side to side looking for an opening.This came after 7 minutes with some good combination play leading to Georgie C drilling the ball on her reverse stick into the bottom corner. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side and further goals followed, again often using all the members of the side with patient build up play. Our style of play and movement was good, culminating in a half time score of 5 0.The second half followed a similar pattern to the first. Magpies controlling the tempo looking for an opening as Hertford sat slightly deeper. Some precise passing led to 3 more goals the final score being 8 0.Goals:Georgie Cantrell 5Eva Harness 2Grace Nicholls 1
U16 Girls Team v Pelicans W 16-0
The girls enjoyed a comfortable victory at home to Pelicans. A goal in the 1st minute set the tone for what became a good all round team performance. All 16 girls had good minutes on the pitch and with some lovely flowing moves found themselves 6 0 up at half time. Unlike the game against Norwich where we took our foot off the gas at the break this time around we kept the tempo high slotting in another 10 goals in the second half.
Stiffer tests to come but that shouldn’t detract from the pace and movement we showed cutting through Pelicans time and time again.
All the girls played well and the goals where shared throughout much of the team with the top scorers being Georgie Cantrell scoring 4 and Keira Wheeler 3. Pelicans battled hard showing commitment from the 1st whistle to the last but on this occasion found the Magpies ‘to hot to handle’
Final score Magpies 16 Pelicans 0
Our next encounter is away at Hertford HC on Sunday 18th November.
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
Girls U16 v Sudbury U16 (Home (EHC) W 2-1)
On a bright and pleasantly warm (relative for February) afternoon at the Nest the U16’s knew that to continue their season they needed to avoid defeat against a strong and competitive Sudbury side. The game started brightly with the Magpies on the front foot pushing Sudbury’s back line deeper and deeper looking for a chink in their armour. With 10 minutes on the clock the breakthrough came. Good work from the midfield and forwards operating the high pressed saw the Magpies win the ball from a Sudbury 16, Cantrell ran wide slipping the ball back towards the p spot where Wiseman cooly slotted passed the oncoming keeper. 1 – 0. Everyone was working hard with the Magpies having the majority of possession but always being wary of the fast breaking Sudbury. Good defending from Reader, Woollatt and the ever present Herschel Shoreland kept them at bay with the midfield of Williamson, Warnes, Hilaire and Eglington picking up loose balls and finding space to set the forwards on their way. Chances came and went from both open play and short corners but with the radar off kilter the score stayed at 1 – 0 until halftime.
The second half went much the same as the first. Magpies with a little more of the possession but Sudbury a constant threat on the break forcing a number of excellent saves from Farrow. A big squad of 16 all played at least a small part with Salsby, Evans Hendrick and Collinson providing good attacking options with Moodie and Slade covering well at the back. Ramsdale making her debut worked hard in the midfield as Magpies pushed for another to try and make the game comfortable. With 5 to go it finally came with Cantrell hitting a crisp reverse stick shot into the bottom right hand corner. The action didn’t finish there though with Sudbury fighting to the last forcing a short corner which they converted with 2 minutes to go. The Magpies girls though held on comfortably to see them through to the regionals on 11th March.
Team. Beth Farrow, Beth Moodie, Faith Reader, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Emily Woollatt, Phoebe Eglington, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Emma Williamson, Molly Warnes, Izzy Slade, Alice Wiseman(Bobby), Keisha Hilaire, Georgie Cantrell, Grace Collinson, Mimi Salsby, Immy Ramsdale.
U 16 Girls East Regional Indoor Finals
Girls U16 v Felixstowe (Away (L) W 5-0)
On a crisp and clear afternoon the Magpies u16 girls headed east to sample the delights of the seaside in Felixstowe. With a gentle northerly breeze the good sized crowd was hoping that the game would be full of fireworks not only because it was Guy Fawkes night but in the hope that a lively match would keep them warm.
Well once again the Magpies girls did not disappoint with a truly majestic display.
Felixstowe had apparently been doing their homework on our girls and this led to them setting up in a defensive manner working hard thwarting wave after wave of Magpie attacks. The first real chance however went the way of Felixstowe with a counter attack down the Magpies right. This led to a cross and first time shot that was superbly stopped with a diving stick save by Beth low down to her right. Magpies though kept up the pressure with a series of penalty corners which on 20 mins led to the breakthrough. The corner was slipped to the right where Georgie was waiting to strike a powerful shot into the bottom right corner.
Five minutes later it was two, the ball was worked well by Keisha down the left and her cross field ball found Izzy approaching the edge of the D slipping a deflected pass wide where Georgie was waiting firing in from an acute angle.
The second half was one way traffic with good work from all the girls. The defence of Emily, Alice, Bethy and Amelia were totally resolute and Phoebe, Izzy and Bobby were all involved in the build up for the third before Molly calmly slotted past the keeper with a reverse stick slap. Faith who had a commanding performance in defence won a strong tackle firing the ball forward to Emma who found Georgie on the edge of the D this time playing in Mimi who finished superbly. It was 5 with ten minutes to go when another well worked move was finished by Grace who swept the ball in after it had ricocheted off the post.
A true team performance by the Magpies that had some breathtaking passages of plays with some great interchange passing and very patient possession, culminating in a score line that was a true reflection of the game.
Team. Beth Farrow, Beth Moodie, Faith Reader, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Emily Woollatt, Phoebe Eglington, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Emma Williamson, Molly Warnes, Izzy Slade, Alice Wiseman(Bobby), Keisha Hilaire, Georgie Cantrell, Grace Collinson, Mimi Salsby.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 GIRLS TIER 2 REGIONAL LEAGUE
Harleston Magpies Under 16 Girls travelled to Stourport to play in the Midlands Region against Saffron Walden, Stourport and Oxford Hawks for a place in the National Finals. Only the team finishing first would go to the Nationals.
Magpies made a promising start in their opening match against Saffron Walden holding a 1-0 half time lead and went on in the second half to increase their score to 3-0 thanks to three goals from Lottie Summers.
After a brief rest Magpies prepared to take on the favourites Stourport who had already beaten Oxford Hawks 6-0. Magpies started really well with some lovely attacking moves and were playing better than in their opening match. Unfortunately it all unravelled very quickly when Stourport scored twice from two successive penalty corners to give them a 2-0 half time lead. Magpies battled away in the second half and despite some good play lacked real penetration in the final third. Finally Stourport added a third goal to give them a decisive 3-0 lead.
In their final match Magpies played Oxford Hawks hoping to finish on a high with another win. Things did not quite go to plan as Oxford Hawks took the lead. Magpies came back strongly and were awarded a penalty stroke which was put away by Lottie Summers to level the scores at 1-1. From then on the game flowed to and fro with chances being missed at both ends. The result was a 1-1 draw.
Stourport were the deserved winners with a very strong team and will play in the National Finals in April.
SQUAD: Rose Winter (Capt), Holly Riches, Mia King, Keisha Hilaire, Martha Lawrence, Emily Woollatt, Phoebe Eglington, Lottie Summers, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Grace Collison, Faith Reader, Amy de Selincourt, Sophie Govier-Schaay and Alice Evans-Hendrick.
NORWICH DRAGONS U16 Girls 0 HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 Girls 4
Harleston Magpies U16 Girls secured a comfortable win in the end. Magpies took the lead two minutes into the match when Mia King dispossessed a defender and from the cross Martha Lawrence scored. For the rest of the first half Magpies dominated the play with Rose Winter particularly prominent in midfield, but they found it difficult to create space in the attacking circle and as a result they had few real chances. As often happens right at the end of the first half Dragons created their one real chance of the match, but the Magpies defence in which Amelia Herschel-Shorland was dominant managed to clear the danger.
At the start of the second half the Magpies forwards finally provided that extra height the team needed and in the space of four minutes they created more chances than they had in the whole of the first half. Martha Lawrence who had an excellent match scored her second goal during this spell.
The third goal quickly followed from Alice Evans-Hendrick. A series of injuries left Faith Reader, Julie Davy and Emily Woollatt sitting out most of the second half so it was fortunate that Magpies had control of the match. Magpies completed their scoring when Amy de Selincourt scored the fourth goal and it was a just reward for a hard working performance.
Magpies need to beat Pelicans at home on Sunday Feb 19th starting at 11.00am to qualify for the Regional Finals.
SQUAD: Rose Winter (Capt), Holly Riches, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Phoebe Eglington, Faith Reader, Keisha Hilaire, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Julie Davy, Grace Collison, Elle Fawkner, Emily Woollatt, Amy de Selincourt, Martha Lawrence and Mia King.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 GIRLS 4 SUDBURY 1
After Magpies 1-1 draw away at Norwich City two weeks ago it was important for them to win their remaining matches starting with Sudbury at home. Magpies were the dominant team in the first half with Rose Winter and Martha Lawrence controlling the midfield and spending most of the match in Sudbury’s half. Lottie Summers gave Magpies the lead after 14 minutes, as some reward for their dominance and quickly followed it up with a second goal two minutes later. Despite the score line Magpies squandered a number of chances and could easily have conceded a goal when lack of marking gave Sudbury a rare sight of the Harleston goal. Ellie Fawkner made it 3-0 on 30 minutes to give Magpies a comfortable lead at half time.
Although Magpies were in front they played much better hockey in the second half stretching the play with quicker passing and starting to use the full width of the pitch. The disappointment was to concede a goal when Sudbury broke away to score. Lottie completed her hat-trick after 58 minutes to complete the scoring. Magpies one regret would be that they did not score more goals in view of the chances they created but still a good result.
Magpies remaining matches are on Sunday Feb 5th away at Norwich Dragons and on Sunday Feb 19th at home against Pelicans.
Squad: Rose Winter (Capt), Holly Riches, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Faith Reader, Keisha Hilaire, Martha Lawrence, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Grace Collison, Lottie Summers, Phoebe Eglington, Julie Davy, Amy de Selincourt, Ellie Fawkner, Mia King and Emily Woollatt.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 GIRLS INDOOR TEAM AT THE NORFOLK ROUND
This season there were just two entries for the Norfolk Championship namely Magpies and Norwich City. The two teams met last week in the outdoor League and fought out a hard 1-1 draw.
On this occasion Norwich City came out on top 3-1 to qualify for the Regional Finals.
Magpies did not have a very experienced indoor team not helped by two players away at NAGS training.
Unfortunately Magpies were quickly 1-0 down and then 2-0 down. Magpies fought back to reduce the arrears to 2-1 and for a while the game was in the balance. Magpies had enough penalty corners to keep them interested but unfortunately could not make them count. City wrapped up the match with a third goal.
SQUAD: Holly Riches (Capt), Martha Lawrence, Keisha Hilaire, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Georgie Cantrell, Amy de Selincourt, Mia King and Amy Collison.
NORWICH CITY U16 GIRLS 1 HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 GIRLS 1
Both City and Magpies played out a very tough and competitive match and the result was unclear until the final minutes of the match.
City started the better of the two teams and Holly Riches in goal was called on to make some important saves. City were left to reflect on their missed chances when Magpies broke away and Mia King gave Magpies the lead with a crisp shot. This settled Magpies down and they did create a number of chances in the first half, but City were also testing the Magpies defence, in which Keisha Hilaire and Amelia Herschel-Shorland were having excellent games.
In the second half Magpies tried to tighten things up with Rose Winter playing deeper and Lottie Summers dropping into centre midfield. This gave Magpies a more solid look but the onus was on City to take the game to Magpies which they did increasingly as they went in search of an equaliser. With two minutes to go City equalised from a penalty corner. Although it was disappointing not to see the game out it was nothing less than City deserved. Despite the result this may turn out to be a very good point by the end of the season.
Magpies next match is on Sunday Nov 20th against Sudbury at home.
Squad: Rose Winter (Capt), Holly Riches, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Faith Reader, Keisha Hilaire, Martha Lawrence, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Grace Collison, Lottie Summers, Phoebe Eglington, Julie Davy, Amy de Selincourt, Ellie Fawkner, Anna Kilbourn and Mia King.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 GIRLS AT REGIONAL FINALS AT LEICESTER
Harleston Magpies U16 Girls travelled to Leicester to play in Pool A of the Midlands Regional finals against Cambridge City, Worcester and Leicester City, where only the winner goes through to the National Finals.
In the opening match against Cambridge City both teams struggled initially to deal with the sticky pitch and Magpies conceded an early goal from a poorly defended penalty corner. From then on Magpies had to work very hard to get back in the match despite having a lot of pressure and opportunities including a penalty flick. Finally Tor Findlay and Lauren Rowe provided the vital goals to make sure Magpies came out as winners 2-1.
The next match against Leicester was always going to be the crunch match. This time the match was played on the water based pitch which provided for a much better match. In the early stages the Leicester forwards troubled the Magpies defence with their pace and movement, but gradually Magpies had the measure of them, so it was disappointing when Leicester opened the scoring.
Magpies responded well in the second half and Abby Gooderham levelled the scores from a penalty corner with a terrific flick into the roof of the net. Magpies were in the ascendancy and they had a terrific chance from close range to score the winner, but it was not to be. Magpies finished the stronger team and felt they should have won based on their second half performance.
With one game to go Leicester had a superior goal difference of two, but Magpies had the easier match to play against Worcester whereas Leicester had to play Cambridge City.
Both matches were played at the same time as the goal differences between the teams continued to fluctuate. Magpies could do no more than be 6-0 up at half time. They went for more goals in the second half and were soon 8-0 up thanks to an astonishing 7 goals from Abby Gooderham and one from Lottie Summers. At this point the Tournament Director stopped the match in line with England Hockey’s bizarre rule for a Tier 2 competition whereby you cannot win a match by more than 8-0!
Magpies had pinned their hopes on Cambridge City putting up more of a fight, but they crumbled to an 8-0 defeat as well. This was a disappointing way to finish the Regional Finals with many bemused supporters trying to understand the rules, but in the end Magpies missed chances in the first two matches proved to be the decider, in what was in a reality a two match Tournament.
Squad: Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Olivia Locke, Sophie Child, Molly Redgrove, Martha Lawrence, Rose Winter, Lauren Rowe, Anna Tighe, Amelia Preece, Alice Woollatt, Mia King, Lottie Summers and Tor Findlay.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 GIRLS REACH THE INDOOR NATIONAL SEMI FINALS
Harleston Magpies were off to a flying start in their opening match taking an early two goal lead against Leicester before running out with an impressive 5-1 win with goals from Abby Gooderham 2, Lottie Summers 2 and Tor Findlay. The perfect start to the Tournament. In their second match Magpies were ruthless against Taunton Vale with a great performance winning 8-0 with goals from Abby Gooderham 3, Tor Findlay 2, Anna Tighe, Lauren Rowe and Amelia Preece.
On Sunday morning Magpies arrived to play one of the favourites Surbiton knowing that Surbiton had scored a late equaliser against Leicester in their first match in the morning. Unfortunately Magpies had a rude awakening giving the opposition too much time and space and lost 6-0. Magpies had to recover from the impact of that result to make sure that they won their last match against York to qualify for the semi finals. Magpies took an early lead but York soon equalised to make it 1-1. Magpies squandered some chances but finally Lottie Summers scored a crucial goal and from then on Magpies finished 4-1 winners. (Abby 2, Lottie 2).
In the semi finals Magpies played Beeston the winners of the other section. A slow start by Magpies allowed Beeston an early 2-0 lead but then Magpies came back strongly. Magpies had the ball in the net but the umpire blew too soon and awarded a penalty corner. In the second half Abby pulled a goal back, another goal was disallowed when the umpire blew too soon and Magpies missed from a penalty flick. Beeston responded strongly and scored a third goal to make it 3-1 and kill off the game. On another day Magpies could have made the final.
Beeston went on to win the final against Surbiton 4-3.
Squad: Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Tor Findlay, Martha Lawrence, Amelia Preece, Molly Redgrove, Lauren Rowe, Lottie Summers and Anna Tighe.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 GIRLS INDOOR TEAM PLAY IN THE NATIONAL FINALS THIS WEEKEND
Harleston Magpies U16 Girls play in the Girls Junior Clubs Championships at Wolverhampton this weekend when they go head to head with the best teams in the country. Magpies qualified for the finals by winning the East Regional Finals back in December winning all four matches in convincing style against Canterbury 11-0, Ipswich 5-1, Saffron Walden 6-2 and Old Loughtonians 3-0. Ipswich also went through to the Finals as the East runners up.
This weekend Magpies play in the same section as Surbiton (South), Leicester (Midlands), Taunton Vale (West) and York (North). The top two teams in the section go through to play in the semi finals against the top two teams from the other section. A number of players in the Magpies squad played in the finals last year so hopefully they will have benefited from the experience and they look a much stronger squad than last year. Last year Magpies found Surbiton and Leicester were a step too far. This year they have an opportunity to see how much they have progressed with both those teams in the same section again.
Saturday Jan 23rd
15.55 Harleston Magpies v Leicester
18.15 Taunton Vale v Harleston Magpies
Sunday Jan 24th
11.55 Surbiton v Harleston Magpies
14.15 York v Harleston Magpies
Semi Finals at 15.05 and 15.40. Final at 16.40
Harleston Magpies Squad: Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Tor Findlay, Martha Lawrence, Amelia Preece, Molly Redgrove, Lauren Rowe, Lottie Summers and Anna Tighe.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 GIRLS INDOOR TEAM WIN THE EAST REGIONAL FINALS
Harleston Magpies U16 Girls Indoor team were worthy winners of the East Regional Finals winning all four matches in convincing style and qualifying for the National Finals on Jan 23rd/24th. They made a slow start in their opening match against Ipswich going a goal down from the first corner they conceded, but after an early equaliser they soon controlled the match and ran out 5-1 winners in a fast paced game with goals from Abby Gooderham 2, Anna Tighe, Lottie Summers and Lauren Rowe.
Saffron Walden presented a different set of problems where patience was required in the early stages but Magpies finished comfortable 6 -2 winners (Anna Tighe 2, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham and Lottie Summers). Canterbury were put to the sword with a ruthless 11-0 win with the scorers Tor Findlay 4, Lauren Rowe 2, Amelia Preece 2, Abby Gooderham 2 and Lottie Summers.
With the Tournament already won Magpies finished by beating Old Loughtonians 3-0 with Lauren Rowe scoring 2 and Tor Findlay 1.
This was a very strong all round team performance with some excellent hockey, as illustrated by the range of goal scorers. The team had real strength in depth with three U16s able to play for the U18s. The only disappointment of the day was a finger injury to Martha Lawrence in the warm up for the first match.
Squad: Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Molly Redgrove, Lauren Rowe, Martha Lawrence, Tor Findlay, Lottie Summers, Amelia Preece and Anna Tighe.
NORWICH CITY U16 GIRLS 0 HARLESTON MAGPIES U16s 5
Harleston Magpies U16 Girls completed their final match in their Midlands Section League 4 by beating Norwich City 5-0. They have now completed all their matches with an impressive 100% record and will go through to the Regional Finals to be held on Sunday February 28th.
Magpies took a little while to get going but once Abby Gooderham had put them in front in the first half further goals followed before half time with Amelia Preece scoring two goals to make it 3-0.
In the second half Abby Gooderham scored her second with a penalty flick and Mia King the scored the 5th goal to make it a convincing win.
In Magpies other matches they beat Sudbury away 6-0, Magpies were awarded a 5-0 win after Bury St Edmunds conceded, they beat Norwich Dragons at home 13-1 and finally Norwich City 5-0 away. Ipswich withdrew. There are other matches still to be played in the section on Nov 29th and Feb 14th to decide who else qualifies for the Regionals as runners up.
Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Sophie Child, Lauren Rowe, Olivia Locke, Martha Lawrence, Anna Tighe, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt, Mia King, Amelia Preece and Lottie Summers. Molly Redgrove injured and Anna Kilbourn ill.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 GIRLS 13 NORWICH DRAGONS 1
Magpies U16 Girls showed their potential with a conclusive result against a plucky Dragons side. This win maintains Magpies position at the top of their Midlands League Group 4 with one remaining match to play against Norwich City away on Sunday Nov 22nd.
The goals flowed from the second minute and the score at half time was 7-1 with just one blip occurring by conceding a goal.
Magpies continued the same tempo in the second half and the goal scorers were Tor Findlay 3, Abby Gooderham 2, Mia King 2, Lauren Rowe 3 and Anna Tighe 3. It is not always easy to play team hockey when the goals are flowing but for most of the game Magpies worked hard to keep the ball moving and stretch the play.
Squad: Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Sophie Child, Lauren Rowe, Olivia Locke, Anna Tighe, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt, Mia King, Martha Lawrence, Lottie Summers and Anna Kilbourn.
Harleston Magpies played host to the Girls U16s East Regional Championships Pool A. The winner out of Ipswich, Wimbledon, East Grinstead and Harleston Magpies would go through to the National Finals.
Magpies played Ipswich in their opening match in a game where they dominated most of the play and created so many chances, but failed to take any of them and were also denied by some excellent goalkeeping. As always in matches like this there is always a sting in the tail and Ipswich scored a late winner to take all three points. This was a very disappointing result.
Magpies played Wimbledon in the second match with Wimbledon having already lost 3-0 to East Grinstead. Magpies found this a much tougher match with nothing to choose between the two teams and both sides were unable to create many chances. Again Magpies conceded a late winner for the second time.
In their final match against East Grinstead Magpies did not let their heads drop and looked the better of the two teams. Abby Gooderham finally broke the deadlock with a goal and in the second half Magpies found their true form with some flowing hockey. Anna Harrod and Matilda Warde-Aldam made it 3-0 to Magpies before East Grinstead pulled a goal back.
This was a very open Tournament which any of the teams could have won, but in the end Ipswich and Wimbledon finished level with two wins each and identical goals scored and conceded. Wimbledon went through to the National Finals based on the result between the two teams, which Wimbledon won 2-0.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 GIRLS AT THE INDOOR NATIONAL FINALS AT WOLVERHAMPTON
Magpies had a difficult start to the Tournament facing Surbiton and struggled against a better team losing 6-1. However Magpies should have competed better as they conceded a number of soft goals. Lauren Rowe pulled back one goal from a corner. In their second game Magpies had a confidence boosting win against Cheltenham winning 5-3. Magpies took the lead but were pulled back by Cheltenham who levelled the score at 2-2. Magpies then pulled away again to record a comfortable 5-3 win. Abby Gooderham scored two penalty flicks with other goals from Tor Findlay, Anna Tighe and Abby.
On Sunday morning Magpies faced Leicester at 9.00am knowing that they had to win if they wanted to qualify for the semi finals. Magpies started really well creating plenty of excellent chances in the first half and should have been 2-0 up. As always if you let the opposition off the hook they strike back and Leicester took a 2-0 lead with two quick penalty corner goals. From then on Magpies had a struggle to catch Leicester but they scored early in the second half to give themselves a chance at 2-1. Unfortunately every time Magpies came close to catching Leicester they conceded another goal. In the end Leicester won 5-3 with Magpies goal scorers Abby, Anna and Lauren. In the final match Magpies beat Wakefield 4-1 taking a 2-0 lead, then 3-1 and finally 4-1. The goal scorers were Abby 2, Tor and Lauren.
As always playing in National Finals is a great experience and with many of the players still Under 16 next season they will be looking forward to having another crack at it again next season.
Beeston went on to win it beating Surbiton 2-1 in the Final.
Squad: Tor Findlay (Capt), Abby Gooderham (V-Capt), Hollie Riches, Katie Crawford, Georgina Warren, Lauren Rowe, Izzy Knowles and Anna Tighe.