We had been given a home draw in the Quarter final of the U18 National cup competition against Beeston U18 girls who were the National champions for the last 3 years. Beeston made their long trip to Magpies with a squad that contained several England players and they started the game strongly.
Beeston had a lot of the play in the first 10 mins but magpies held firm and managed to keep the visitors at bay until the 15th minute when magpies defence was beaten by a wonderful individual goal from Beeston. The defence of Katie, Charlotte, Lauren and Sketch kept battling and made some crucial tackles.
Magpies kept trying to attack and good play between Tor and Anna resulted in Alice crossing to Abby and her shot was saved by the Beeston keeper. Beeston managed to have the majority of possession and finished the half 5-0 ahead.
After Rob and Lucy’s half time talk, magpies competed more and grew into the game in the 2nd half. Lauren made a good run into the Beeston D but just failed to hit the target.
Magpies started to force some short corners and Abby scored a well taken goal from one of these. this goal was deserved and credit to the girls that they continued to compete against a very well organised team, the final score was 7-1 to Beeston.
Magpies can take credit that they reached the last 8 of the National cup and in the previous 3 rounds had scored 27 goals also a lot of the squad will still be in same age group to compete again in next years competition.
We travelled to Whitgift school, South Croydon to play in the U18 girls indoor National final as East Champions. The girls knew we had to start well to give us a great chance of progressing to the final.
The first game was against the West champions and eventual winners Isca. We started strongly and at half time were leading 3-2. After the break in a frantic 2 minute period we found ourselves 5-3 behind. We kept pushing but despite pulling a goal back we lost the game 6-4. Magpies goal scorers were 2 x Lauren Rowe and 2 x Tor Findlay.
Next up were Wycombe who qualified as runners up from the South. This was a close hard fought game. The match finished 3-1 to Wycombe with Lauren Rowe scoring the magpies goal.
On Sunday we had a 9.35 am start against Beeston who were the Midlands champions. Both teams battled hard with both teams having some early chances. Beeston went 2-0 ahead midway through the 1st half, Lauren Rowe quickly scored to reduce the score to 2-1 but Beeston scored again and went in at half time 3-1 ahead. In a very even 2nd half both sides created chances but it was Beeston who scored again, the final score was 4-1 to Beeston.
The last Pool game and our last match was against the North runners up Brooklands. After 3 defeats the squad could have gone into this match with negative thoughts, but they have shown a great togetherness over the past few weeks and this was demonstrated by racing to a 4-0 lead in the first 8 mins. Magpies never let up and scored 3 more goals in the 2nd half. The match finished 7-2 to Magpies. Goal scorers were Lauren Rowe x 2, Sophie Child x 2, Tor Findlay x 2, Anna Tighe x 1.
The win in the last match wasn’t enough for us to progress to the Semi final, but we can be proud that each game was close and hopefully we can build on this ready for next year.
Unfortunately in the last match Olivia Locke broke her finger. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Squad : Alice Gooch (GK), Charlotte Seaman, Katie Crawford, Lauren Rowe, Anna Tighe, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay (captain), Sophie Child, Olivia Locke.
Coaches – Rob Sorrell + Nick McAllen
Manager – Andrew Woollatt
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HARLESTON MAGPIES U18 GIRLS ENJOY A SUPER SATURDAY.
Harleston Magpies won the Norfolk U18 girls indoor hockey final and qualified for the East regional final which took place on Saturday 17th December 2016 at Essex university. Magpies had five games to play against teams from Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Cambridgeshire with the top two teams qualifying for the National final which takes over the weekend of 21st/22nd January 2017.
Harleston’s first match was against Canterbury who were representing Kent. Magpies won the opening game 2-0 with goals from Sophie Child and Lauren Rowe.
The next match was against St Albans representing Herefordshire and after Magpies going a goal behind won the match 2-1, goals scored by Sophie Child and the winner from Charlotte Seaman.
Our third match was against neighbouring Suffolk rivals Ipswich, goals from Anna Tighe, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe and Sophie Child meant we won the match 4-2.
Three games played and with two games remaining Magpies knew they had a great chance to qualify for the U18 girls National indoor hockey final in Croydon on 21st/22nd January 2017 and next up to play was Peterborough representing Cambridgeshire. Magpies played some great attacking hockey and won the game 7-1, goal scorers were Lauren Rowe 4, Anna Tighe 2 and Sophie Child.
Alice Gooch was having a good afternoon in goal for Magpies and the whole team were growing in confidence as the competition went on. The final game was against Old Loughtonions from Essex who also went into this match knowing a positive result would send them through to the National final.
Magpies started the game strongly and soon went 1-0 ahead thanks to a goal from Lauren Rowe, this was soon followed by the best goal of the afternoon when a slick passing move involving all five outfield players was finished by Anna Tighe. Anna then added a third and Katie Crawford completed a fantastic afternoon by scoring the fourth goal and securing a 4-0 win. Magpies finished the afternoon with the proud record of played 5, won 5 and finished U18 girls indoor hockey East champions.
Magpies will now represent the East region at the National final.
Harleston Magpies squad: Victoria Findlay (captain), Alice Gooch (GK), Alice Woollatt, Anna Tighe, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Seaman, Katie Crawford, Sophie Child.
We travelled to play Norwich City in the 3rd round of the England hockey U18 cup knowing that we had to maintain our concentration throughout the game to avoid a repeat of our penalty flick win a fortnight ago.
Magpies started strongly and Abby Gooderham powerfully opened the scoring after 5 minutes.
We never looked back and by half time we were 5-0 ahead.
Rob changed the formation in the 2nd half and magpies started the half like they finished the 1st and soon went 6-0 ahead thanks to Holly Thomsen scoring from Lauren Rowe cross.
This was a excellent team performance and Tor Findlay scored the 15th goal to complete the scoring after good work by Alice Woollatt on the right.
We are now through to the Quarter final which we have been drawn at home against Beeston on Sunday 19th February.
Hanna De Selincourt
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Magpies started the game very strongly, forcing the play into the Dereham half and we soon went 0-1 ahead when a good cross from Phoebe Preece was finished well by Alice Woollatt. This gave us the perfect start and we continued to attack and after 10 minutes Hannah De Selincourt made it 0-2 to Magpies.
Magpies were using the width of the pitch well, causing Dereham problems in defence. After 20 minutes Abby Gooderham made it 0-3 to Magpies finishing powerfully. Just before halftime Dereham got a lifeline, when Magpies were down to 10 players they pulled a goal back making the halftime score 1-3.
Midway through the second half Dereham scored to make it 2-3, Magpies couldn’t get going as they did in the first half, but they still managed to test the Dereham keeper. In the final minute of the game Dereham scored to make it 3-3 and sent the game into penalty flicks.
After 5 flicks each the score was level at 3-3, we went into sudden death and after Anna Tighe scored from her flick Alice Gooch saved a Dereham flick to win the match for Magpies and put us into the 3rd round.
The penalty flick scorers were: Abby Gooderham x2, Charlotte Seaman X2, Hannah De Selincourt and Anna Tighe.
Squad: Alice Gooch, Sophie Child, Phoebe Preece, Charlotte Seaman, Olivia Locke (captain), Abby Gooderham, Anna Tighe, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay, Hannah De Selincourt, Holly Thomsen, Georgie Warren, Katie Crawford.
We had two games to play at Essex university, the first was against Old Loughtonians, we were a goal down after 30 seconds but this didn’t have a negative affect, we quickly equalised through Kara Kilbourn and went 2-1 ahead from an Ellie Tennant goal. In a end to end game Old Loughts equalised and took a 2-3 lead. In the final 5 minutes Kara scored again to make it 3-3 then Phoebe Preece grabbed the winner but we had to thank Phoebe for taking a nasty blow on her face to stop a goal and Lucie Gooch for saving a penalty flick in the final seconds to secure a 4-3 win.
A draw would have been enough to qualify for the Nationals or worst scenario avoid defeat by 3 goals or more in our final game against Canterbury. Canterbury lost their game against Old Loughts but they played very well against us quickly taking a 3-0 lead but we pulled it back to 3-2 with goals from Kara and Ellie only to see
Canterbury score 4 second half goals to beat us into 2nd place on goal difference.
Lucie Gooch, Phoebe Preece, Katie Woollatt, Alice Woollatt, Ellie Tennant, Kara Kilbourn, Sophie Child, Joy Andrews, Izzy Knowles, Olivia Locke.
Havering 1 v Magpies U18’s 6
We started the game slowly as Havering pushed us back. The defence of Phoebe Preece, Katie Woollatt, Joy Andrews and Verity Tomson held firm and we began to settle and play some good hockey. Maria Andrews opened the scoring and this was quickly followed by a well taken goal by Kara Kilbourn. Havering managed to pull a goal back before half time.
We started the second half strongly and we soon went 3-1 up then 4-1 ahead. Havering were restricted to limited shots on goal, but when they did Lucie Gooch made some good saves.
Kara Kilbourn completed her hatrick following good attacking Magpie play. And Maria Andrews also completed her hatrick following a weaving run past three Havering players, then unleashing a powerful reverse shot from just inside the D high into the Havering net.
Player of the match: Maria Andrews
Under 18 Girls win National Plate Competition
Magpies Girls managed to secure 1st place in the National Plate Competition on an eventful day at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park.
Magpies semi-final against Plymouth Marjon started at a frenetic pace. Magpies weathered early pressure and gradually settled before continually taking the game to the opposition. Midway through the first half Catherine Kilbourn scored her trademark goal sweeping in from close range after fine work from Amy Campbell. This goal proved crucial and although Magpies had further chances to seal the match a fine last minute save from young goalkeeper Millie Norman enabled Magpies to scramble the ball away and secure a place in the final.
With a five hour break Magpies had plenty of time to prepare for the final which was against hot favourites Reading who had played very attacking hockey in defeating Alderley Edge 2 – 0.
Again Reading started with real pace and dominated early possession. Magpies battled back, however, for every ball and managed to take the lead after a short corner was deflected in by Campbell.
Reading equalised soon after with a fine strike from a corner. With half time approaching, Magpies were dealt a blow when captain Kira Wooltorton dislocated her right knee and had to leave the field.
Play eventually resumed and with Magpies regrouping they scored what proved to be the decisive goal with Kilbourn again finishing after another strong run from Campbell. Resolute defending, excellent goal keeping and counter attacks enabled Magpies to hold out and secure a 2 – 1 victory during a frantic second half. With Reading firing a last minute corner wide of the goal, the final whistle was met with high emotion and jubilation.
Kira Wooltorton (captain), Amy Campbell (vice-captain), Millie Norman (GK), Joy Andrews, May Bowden, Sophie Meynell-Anderson, Ellie Tennant, Maria Andrews, Katie Woollatt, Kara Kilbourn, Catherine Kilbourn, Emily McCluskey, Imogen Meynell-Anderson, David Brook (coach), Nigel Wooltorton (manager).
Harleston Magpies U18 Girls Magpies 3 Ipswich 3 (3-2 to Ipswich after penalty strokes)
For the third year running Magpies were drawn against Ipswich.
Although having managed to win the two previous encounters this was a much changed Magpies side that took to the field with only 3 players left from last seasons successful squad.
Magpies girls started off brightly with many attacks down the right hand side from Amy Campbell linking up with Laura Bailey.
The first goal went to Magpies with a great deflection from Katie Woollatt after a fine run from Ellie Tennant.
Ipswich equalised 5 minutes later but this did not deter the Magpies girls and with relentless work rate from the midfield and a fantastic run down the right wing from Campbell, Kara Kilbourn was able to sweep the ball in the goal.
Ipswich pressed high but May Bowden, Nicole Eaves and Krystal Jenkins were resilient in defence. Ipswich again equalised after the ball was slipped through to their centre forward who’s lifted shot flew into the net.
A sisterly link up from Joy and Maria Andrews allowed Kara to slip a ball through to Catherine Kilbourn who finished giving Magpies the lead with 10 minutes to go
With 2 minutes left Ipswich managed to win a short corner of which they scored with a push in on the right post.
Final score 3-3.
After 5 flicks each the score was 2- 2. Finally Ipswich scored the decisive sudden death flick
Unfortunately Magpies had lost 3-2 on flicks. Magpies will now play in the Plate Competition on the 5th of October.
Credit to all the girls for their hard work and determination today.
Team: Kira Wooltorton (capt), Jess Harvey (GK), Amy Campbell, Maria Andrews, Kara Kilbourn, Eleanor Tennant, Laura Bailey, May Bowden, Nicole Eaves, Katie Woollatt, Krystal Jenkins, Catherine Kilbourn and Joy Andrews.
After comfortable wins in rounds 1 and 2 Magpies had to play without 4 girls away with the 1st team and their injured captain Sarah Brook.
Fortunately Magpies have great strength in depth in this age group. Holy Baker has been in good form for the 2nd team recently and dominated midfield alongside Catriona McIver.
Kira, Frankie and May defended well and Rachel Herod was working very hard upfront.
Despite dominating the first quarter of the game, Magpies could not get a clear shot at goal. Kira eventually put away a PC after 19 minutes. This was followed by another PC goal by Emily Brown after 28 mins to give Magpies a 2-0 half time lead.
The 2nd half was a more even contest with Dereham putting Magpies under a lot of pressure.
In the end Magpies got the result they were looking for and a route into the quarter finals.
Like last year, Magpies have been drawn against Leicester in the last 8. This time, though, Magpies are at home – and looking forward to a great opportunity to get to the Nationals (last 4 teams) again.
Magpies played much better in the second half – passing the ball quickly around the whole pitch. Rachel Herod followed up a shot to back it 3-1. Sarah then smashed in from a PC to complete her hat trick. The flood gates now opened with Rachel scoring her second and Jemima Jacobs netting twice. With Spalding tiring Catrina M, Amy Campbell and Emily Brown added further goals to leave a final score of 10-1 to Magpies.
This was an excellent start to a campaign which will hopefully match the achievement of last year’s team.