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It was another frustrating weekend for the fixture secretary as the freezing temperatures resulted in yet more cancelled matches. Only the four hardiest teams stepped out to play in the artic conditions with the Ladies Sevenths getting the only Magpies win as they faced horizontal snow in Kings Lynn.

Featuring two mother-daughter duos, Alison and Jessica Menzies, and Bex and Ruby Pottruff, the Sevenths are a force to be reckoned with and Ruby opened the scoring on her Ladies debut after just seven minutes before setting up Bex to slot away the second. Solid defending from Liv, Karen and Daphne, along with a brave diving save from Peg kept Pelicans at bay whilst midfielders Miri, Chy and Alison pushed on for the third goal which came when Bex popped up at the back post to finish 3-0.

The Girls Development team played through the blizzard in Yarmouth and came away with a 0-0 draw against the team just below them in the table. Magpies are now unable to catch Norwich City who have won the league but to finish in second place is highly commendable. The season has given the Girls valuable match experience in preparation for Ladies hockey next season where there will be an abundance of thirteen year olds vying for a place in the Ladies teams.

A young Men’s Fourths headed to Thetford hoping to do the double over the team who narrowly lost out to Magpies at The Nest earlier in the season. The pacey forward line of Toby Hughes, Lewis Belsey and debutant Ben Emms made sure that Magpies were ahead at half time, albeit 4-3. As the snow began to settle on the pitch Toby put away another two goals but Thetford were relentless and eventually won the game 6-5.

Ed Brice (last week) and Ben Emms (this) have both made the step up from the Fifth team and impressed on their Fourth team debuts with a goal each – two to watch out for in the future!

This weekend the Men’s Firsts head to Spalding who are fighting for survival in the East Premier ‘A’ league so are bound to put up a hard fight. The Ladies Firsts play Southgate on Sunday who are second from bottom in the table so the team in Black and White will be on the hunt for three points.

On Sunday, Magpies host the U14 Boys regional finals where our lads face Amersham & Chalfont, Old Merchant Taylors, and Braintree over the course of the day. Our U14 girls will be in Ipswich playing in their finals against IES, Amersham & Chalfont and Cambridge City.

The Mixed team also play on Sunday (2pm) in the hope of getting through to the quarter finals of the National Cup. Facing local rivals Ipswich the team are determined to emulate last seasons success and make it all the way to the final.


With the weather finally abating last weekend all teams were back in action and raring to shake off the cabin fever with a full schedule of fixtures. Frustratingly, neither First team were able to treat the home crowd to a win, with the Men struggling to replicate their usual intensity in the 3-2 defeat against Cambridge University, and the Ladies suffering a 5-0 loss to top of the table Hampstead and Westminster.

However, the Second teams both maintained their unbeaten runs. Laura Tibbenham (3), Katie Woollatt (2) and Jess Howland were on the scoresheet for the Ladies away at St Ives whilst the Men came back from 3-1 down to beat Pelicans 6-3 thanks to goals from Greg Jagger (2), Lawrence Baynes, Tristan Baynes (2) and Martin Fields.

The Men’s Thirds and Ladies Fourths are both in danger of relegation this season and their fate was not helped on Saturday when neither team picked up a point. The Ladies face a tough game at Norwich City this weekend whilst the Men have another six pointer, this time at UEA with whom they are level on points.

Victoria Spouncer put the Ladies Fifths two goals ahead early on in their late pushback against Norwich City 5ths. This cushion settled the nerves of the young side and enabled them to play some composed hockey and move the ball well. The City ‘keeper had little chance of saving Janna Freeman’s belter of a strike which took Magpies to 3-0 up. Jose Tibbenham got in on the action with a brace of goals, and Tabitha Borrett added the sixth which sets the team up nicely for the top of the table clash with Pelicans this weekend. It is tight at the top with Pelicans, Magpies, Broadland and Diss all fighting for promotion so there is all to play for in the remainder of the season.

The Ladies Sixths got back to winning ways after a disappointing couple of weeks with a 6 goal haul at Norwich City. Goals from Judith Masters, Rachel Clifford and Louise Davy, along with top defending from Marnie Blair and Marie Davy ensured three points for Magpies and a seemingly safe distance from the relegation zone, a fantastic achievement for the team who started 2018 with only three points.

Sunday provided Cup action galore with the Ladies O35s taking centre stage at the Nest and storming through to the National Final with a 5-0 win over Clifton Robinsons. The U16 girls finished as runners up at the Regional Finals where they beat Braintree (2-0) and Saffron Walden (2-0) but were denied an equaliser against Southgate when a shot hit the goal frame. Sadly this means that the girls do not progress any further in the competition but should take heart from the fantastic hockey they have displayed.

Both U18 teams are though to the semi finals which is a brilliant achievement for the players, coaches and club as a whole. The Boys hosted Rugby & East Warwickshire and came out 2-1 victors thanks to flicks from Archie Winter. The Girls travelled to Leicester and found themselves 1-0 up at half time thanks to Abby’s goal and solid defending from Lottie, Olivia, Sophie and Rose, and some great saves by Alice Gooch.  An aggressive press ultimately led to the Leicester collapse and once the floodgates were opened, Abby, Lauren and Lottie sealed the 5-1 win for Magpies.

The Ladies Firsts host Bedford on Saturday (2pm) who sit two places below them in the table. They then travel to Southgate on Sunday in search of another three points.


This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, welcome Hampstead & Westminster to Weybread in what will be another tough match. Hampstead are sitting top of the table and are currently unbeaten. When Magpies travelled to Hampstead earlier in the season and they were beaten 6-0. Hampstead are a very strong team and hard to play against.

With the bad weather it has been a couple of weeks since the teams last outing in which they lost 2-1 to Cambridge. This was a close game in which the team kept fighting and never gave up, which is what they will be hoping to take into this week.

This week the team welcomes back Katherine Ridley and Emma Lee-Smith.

Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Martha Lawrence, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Katherine Ridley, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Charlie Harrison and Emma Lee-Smith.


The wintery conditions forced everyone to take last weekend off from hockey but the forecast looks much better going forward so we hope the full schedule of games will take place this weekend.

There should be plenty of familiar faces at the Nest on Saturday as eight Magpies teams have home fixtures, meaning that both pitches will be in use solidly from 10am until 5pm, and the dishwasher will be working round the clock to keep up with the demand for mugs.

First up are the Ladies Fourths and Sevenths who face Norwich City and Loddon respectively. The Sevenths, captained by Daphne Beckett, sit comfortably in mid table but face the league leaders on Saturday so will need to put in a good performance. The Fourths are second from bottom of the Norfolk Prem and require a string of wins if they are to avoid relegation.

The Men’s Firsts and Ladies Seconds both push back at 12pm. The Men play Cambridge City who are just beneath them in the table, however Magpies have a 9 point lead and far superior goal difference which, with the home advantage, makes them favourites for the win. The Ladies opposition, St Ives, have already been relegated so are sure to throw everything they’ve got at our unbeaten Seconds.

The Ladies Firsts get underway at 2pm when they host Hampstead and Westminster who currently top the Conference East table having remained unbeaten all season (so far). David Blackmore will lead his Mens Fourths out against Lowestoft Railway at 1.30. The youngsters in the side have gone from strength to strength this season and are sure to put on another good display in front of the home crowd.

Last up the Mens Thirds will be fighting to stay in the league against Cambridge University 3s who are also in the thick of the relegation battle. The lads need a win to keep their hopes alive so stick around to cheer them on. Jose Tibbenham and the Ladies Fifths will be playing Norwich City on the sand based pitch at the same time and could go top of the league if the Magpies stars of the future come away with a win.

Sunday’s bill is equally exciting as 12pm sees the Ladies O35s face Bristol side Clifton Robinsons in the semi final of the National Hockey Cup. A win would take them to the final at the Olympic Park in London. The Nest also hosts the U18 boys who play Rugby and East Warwickshire at 2pm in the quarter final of their cup competition. The U18 girls are away at Leicester in their quarter final whilst the U16 girls play their regional finals at Southgate against Braintree, Southgate and Saffron Walden.

Whilst the focus is often on the rising stars at Magpies we are extremely proud of two of our more experienced players, Shirley McAllen (O65s) and Kath Johnson (O50s) who have been selected for the England Hockey Masters squads. This means that they will be involved in the Home Nations tournament and the Masters Hockey World Cup in Barcelona this summer.


We start with Sundays action from Kings Lynn where Magpies U10 and U12 boys and girls teams took on the best in the County and did themselves extremely proud. The girls tournament was played in the morning with the U12s being crowned County Champions and the U10s runners up (on goal difference). The boys had to wait until the afternoon to get started but produced some high quality hockey which resulted in the U10s coming in as runners up and the U12s finishing joint third. Both girls teams and the U10 boys will now represent Norfolk at the East Finals in April which is a great testament to the players and coaches involved.

Despite fears that many games would have to be postponed due to the weather, the hardy Weybread crowds were rewarded for their loyalty by some exciting hockey on Saturday. After a disappointing result against Peterborough last week, the Men’s firsts were determined to put on a good display when they welcomed Bedford to the Nest. Simon Hipwell got the first goal with his reverse stick with Richard Larkin doubling the advantage from the back post. Sam Moore added another in the second half to which Bedford retaliated with their only goal. Hipwell’s second goal cemented the 4-1 result for The Olympic Athletes from Harleston.

The Ladies firsts anticipated a tough encounter with Cambridge City who went into the game just above them in the league. Cambridge converted a penalty corner early on to take the lead and were then awarded a penalty stroke to which Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh stepped up to take. An incredible diving stick save by Magpies ‘keeper Charlotte ‘Tosh’ Peet denied Richardson-Walsh, who scored a crucial penalty stroke in the 2016 Olympic final, the chance to double Cambridge’s lead. Great work by Rose Winter and Abby Gooderham led to Lizzie Clymer levelling the score before half time. Both teams played fast attacking hockey in the second half but Magpies struggled to convert their chances whilst Cambridge were clinical and scored from another penalty corner to win the game 2-1. Magpies remain half way up the league table and travel to Southgate next Saturday who are 5 points behind the Norfolk side.

Both of Magpies’ second teams have secured promotion for next season and both put seven goals past their opponents on Saturday. The Men headed north to face bottom of the league Horncastle and Captain Lawrence Baynes scored within the opening minute. Martin Fields doubled the lead and Tristan Baynes and Stuart Field worked together to score the third from a penalty corner.

Chris Routs was forced to produce a string of fine saves to keep Horncastle at bay but the goals kept coming for Magpies with Fields, Matt Bensly, Jude Pottruff and Tris Baynes contributing for the 7-1 win. The Ladies hosted UEA and piled on the pressure from the starting whistle. Goals from Anouska Stott (4), Laura Tibbenham (2) and Fran Burrell ensured that the unbeaten run continues.

Elsewhere there were narrow losses for both Magpies Third teams with the Ladies going down 2-1 to Norwich City and the Men 4-3 to Peterborough. The Men’s fourths really stuck the knife into bottom of the table North Norfolk 2nds with a 10-1 victory at the Nest whilst their Captain was sipping gluhwein in Austria!

The Ladies 4ths drop back into the relegation zone after a 5-2 loss to Norwich Dragons Thirds. The scoreline didn’t reflect how dominant Magpies were but there were too many missed chances in the Dragon’s ‘D’. With points so tight at the foot of the table Magpies really cannot afford to slip up again. The Ladies Sixths also dropped points against Dragons but, in more positive news, the Ladies Sevenths are up to 5th in the table following a 3-0 win over Norwich Dragons Eighths. Annie Lancaster, Ella Spear and the reliable Shirley McAllen got the goals for Magpies whilst Katy Davy, Daphne Beckett, Liv Carter and Janet Brown were unflappable in defence.


Ladies 1st v Cambridge City

This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, welcome Cambridge City to Weybread in what will be another tough match. Cambridge are sitting fourth in the table and when Magpies travelled to Cambridge earlier in the season and were beaten 3-0. This encounter is always close and competitive and the same is sure to happen this weekend.

Last weekend Magpies lost 2-1 to a strong Wimbledon side. This was an encouraging performance for the team and they were very happy that they finish the game so strongly.  

This week the team welcomes back Charlie Harrison.

Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Martha Lawrence, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Charlie Harrison and Lizzie Clymer.


With most of the Ladies leagues taking a break for half term it was down to the Magpies mens teams to entertain the crowd last weekend. Following a 10-7 defeat in their previous meeting, the Men’s threes knew Horncastle would be tough opposition but went into half time with a deceptive scoreline of 1-1 thanks to Kieran Peters’ goal. Chris Leek took Magpies ahead in the second half but four clinical attacks in eight minutes meant that Horncastle went 5-2 up and the game seemed out of reach. However Magpies kept fighting and through Kieran, Dave Francis and Gavin Cole the scores were tied at 5-5. The visitors retaliated straight away but Kieran managed to grab another, and complete his hat trick, resulting in an exhausting 6-6 draw.
Having secured promotion from the same league, the Men’s seconds are cautious not to let their 100% record slide and the winning streak continued on Saturday with a 4-2 win against UEA courtesy of goals from Tristan Baynes, Robbie Kinsella, Matt Bensly and Charlie Nunn.
In what is a fantastic achievement for the club, the Ladies seconds also secured promotion last weekend. Anouska Stott added to her goal tally for the season by reacting quickly to a short corner strike, and then linking up with Laura Tibbenham for the second. Newcomer Emily Rash added a final goal to make it 3-0 and 16 wins from 16 games.
The Men’s fourths hosted Bury in a scrappy game where Bob Skinner scored the only goal and goalkeeper Murray Graham made some vital saves to ensure Magpies took all three points. A much changed Men’s Sixths side started slowly against Felixstowe but went into half time 3-0 up thanks to goals from Pete Thornett, Jack Glover and Richard Alcock. They conceded soon after the break but Simon Rodwell grabbed a goal back to maintain the three goal lead. Neither teams were satisfied as the drama continued and goals continued to come, ending with a 4-3 victory for Magpies.
The Ladies Sixths had fire in their bellies as they set out for revenge against Lowestoft Railway who thrashed Magpies 10-1 in the away leg. Coming out of the blocks strongly, Vanessa Vigrass and Lucy Field worked the ball into the D where Rachel Clifford connected with the pass to slot home the only goal of the game. Magpies continued to dictate the play and the defence of Jane Collins, Heather Brand, Felicity Perry, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Marie Davy absorbed any pressure; whilst midfielders Lucy Field, Teresa Griffin, Elena Flatt and Louise Davy battled hard to ensure the 1-0 win over the league leaders.
Sadly, on Sunday, the U16 boys, Mixed ‘B’ team and O50s men all dropped out of their respective cup campaigns. There were valiant efforts all round, none other than by Jon Wells who was injured during the O50s 4-0 defeat by St Albans but came back on after receiving stitches in his forehead. Despite the best efforts of Robbie Kinsella, Sam Moore, Julie Davy, Lawrence Baynes, Megan Beckett and Sophie Maynell Anderson in midfield, plus a beautiful strike from Sarah Legg, Peterborough beat the Mixed ‘B’ team 5-1. However, the Mixed ‘A’ team, U14 boys and U16 girls march triumphantly through to the next round.
Following close defeats last weekend, both First teams play at home on Saturday and are sure to provide some quality hockey. The Men push back at midday against Bedford and the Ladies host Cambridge City (2pm) who include GB gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh and will be looking to do the double over Magpies.


Last Saturday the Ladies thirds set the tone for a successful weekend for Magpies and find themselves joint fourth in the table (and only 6 points off the top) following a fantastic 2-0 win at home against Yarmouth on Saturday. Emily Rash scored on her Magpie debut with Sarah Legg getting the second goal. Away at Bedford the Ladies seconds retained their unbeaten record by notching up a 1-0 victory. The goal scored by Anouska Stott was set up by a Jess Howland and Alice Woollatt.

The Ladies fourths came out fighting in the six pointer against UEA 2s. An inspired substitution by Coach Woollatt saw Rachel Goodson on the forward line where she scored the only goal of the game meaning Magpies leapfrog UEA out of the relegation zone.

At The Nest, Magpies ladies firsts notched up a 6-1 win against struggling Chelmsford. Louisa Greenacre’s classy short corner strike opened the scoring and the goals kept coming. Lauren Rowe’s drag from the top of the ‘D’ was deflected into the net by Lucy Whiting; Debbie Francis provided a through ball for Martha Lawrence to put away and Rose Winter added another after a one-two with Emma Lee-Smith. In the second half, silky skills from Lizzie Clymer took her past two defenders where she squared to Lottie Summers on the penalty spot to flick into the net; and Lauren Rowe added Magpies sixth by flicking the ball into the top of the goal.

A hard-fought game at Thetford secured a 2-2 draw and valuable point for the ladies sixths with Flea Perry bagging a brace of goals and Marie Davy earning the Woman of the Match accolade. Shirley McAllen had a goal bound shot deflected in by a Dragons player in the Ladies sevenths home game. Goals by youngsters Ella Spears and Georgia Hood cemented the 3-1 victory.

On the Men’s side the Firsts and Fifths games were called off due to frozen pitches. The Twos winning run continued with a 6-1 defeat of Bury and the Thirds are now four points clear of the relegation zone after Dave Francis’ wonder goal secured a 1-0 win away at Pelicans. The youngsters in the Fourth team gave a tremendous performance against unbeaten league leaders North Norfolk but ended 2-1 down. However, there were convincing wins for the Sixths and Boys Development teams.

This Sunday sees most of Magpies’ cup teams in action with the remaining youth sides playing at home. The U14 boys are first up against Norwich City, followed by the U16 girls and boys who play Sudbury and Blueharts respectively. Both Mixed teams are on the road with the ‘A’s at Bury and ‘B’s hoping for a giant killing at Peterborough. The Men’s O50s face a tough encounter with St Albans in the third round of the Trophy competition.


The Nest was bustling last weekend with ten Magpies teams playing at home on Saturday including both First XI sides who gave the crowd plenty to cheer about.
The Ladies 1s resumed National League action after the indoor break, hosting Barnes who took the lead through a short corner. Magpies fought back and went into half time 2-1 up with goals from Emma Lee-Smith and Lauren Rowe. Magpies maintained the pressure on Barnes’ defenders and eventually won a short corner which Abby Gooderham powerfully flicked to the goalkeepers left, 3-1 full time. The Ladies are at home again next week against bottom-placed Chelmsford at 2pm.
The Ladies sixths had a late push back away at Dereham but despite numerous short corners and shots on goal were unable to equalise the home sides 1-0 lead. Victoria Brock gave an impressive performance on her Magpies debut and credit is due to Louise Davy for playing on after receiving a stick to the throat.
Defender Andrew Bedwell broke the deadlock against Letchworth for the Mens 1s who quickly capitalised and doubled the lead via Sam Patterson’s drag flick. Thomas Ridley added another two before half time, with Matt Bensly and Elliot Marsh sealing the 6-0 victory. The Men will be hoping to continue this form when they play Spalding away on Saturday who are yet to win a game this season.
Despite the best efforts of the Men’s fifths it was hosts Felixstowe who scored first and went on to extend the lead following a defensive mix up by Magpies. However just before half time the experienced James Smith followed up a short corner and flicked the ball through the ‘keepers legs to pull a goal back. Felixstowe scored twice after the break but Magpies battled back, Ben Emms drag flicking a short corner into the goal and Tom Caston firing his shot in off the post. Pushing for the equaliser however left Magpies exposed at the back and after some fine saves by James Harvey, Felixstowe made it 5-3.
Both of Magpies Mixed teams have progressed to the third round of the National Cup after the ‘A’ team beat Sudbury 9-0 on Sunday with Katrina Sitch (3), Richard Larkin (2), Thomas Ridley, Lucy Whiting (2) and Sam Paterson getting the goals. Last Wednesday the ‘B’ team hosted Norwich Dragons in a rearranged evening match in which goals from Robbie Kinsella, Sam Moore, Laura Tibbenham and Sarah Legg (2) provided a 5-2 win.
The Ladies O35s weren’t taking any prisoners away at Chelmsford on Sunday where they put an impressive 11 goals past the hosts. Five goals came in the first 15 minutes with 3 from Anouska Stott and 2 from Angie Wheelhouse. This relentless pressure continued until with further goals added by Emma Lee Smith (2), Anouska and Lucy Field.
The U18 Boys and Girls teams also progress into the next round of the National Cup with the boys beating Saffron Walden 4-1 and the girls getting a 5-3 win against Chelmsford.

Two Magpies coaches have organised junior hockey camps which take place during half term. Tim Whiteman invites boys and girls (school years 4 to 8) to join him for a day of hockey coaching whatever your ability level at the home of Harleston Magpies on Friday 16th Feb. Stuart Field is providing indoor hockey sessions at Langley School (school years 8 to 10) on the 12th-15th Feb. For information and to book your child’s place please head to


After the disappointment of last weekends whiteout there was more action than you could shake a (hockey) stick at down at the Nest on Saturday. With only two defeats over fifteen matches it was a fantastic day for Harleston Magpies who’s teams racked up an impressive 61 goals between them. The Mens Sixth team had the result of the day with an 11-0 victory away at Bury St Edmonds, followed closely by the Boys development squad who gave Norwich Dragons a 9-1 drumming at home.
The Ladies fourths are finally off the bottom of the league table after goals from Imogen Maynell Anderson, Janna Freeman and Cassie Ayms provided Magpies with a 3-0 win, and much needed confidence boost, in a 6 pointer against Dragons fifths. The super Sixth team, featuring two Flatts and two Davys, were on the receiving end of a damp and dreary 3-0 defeat against Herlings, on grass! They aim to return to winning ways when hosting Breckland on Saturday morning.
Magpies Men’s 1s hoped to continue their recent form when they travelled to Ipswich on Saturday and achieved this via goals from Jake Sewell, Tim Whiteman, Mark Flatman and team talisman Richard Larkin, with John Livings maintaining a clean sheet between the sticks. Sundays rearranged game against top of the table Wapping proved to be full of adrenaline and emotion as both teams battled for three points. The crowd were treated to 70 minutes of end to end drama which ended with honours even, 4-4, leaving Magpies fourth in the table, and four points off promotion favourites St Albans.
Magpies Men’s 2 are having one of their most successful seasons in recent history, and went in to this weekends match against Peterborough 3s with the best record in all the East leagues, played 14, won 14, conceded 15, and scored 75. Goals from veterans Martin Fields and Lawrence Baynes took them into half time with the lead which was extended in the second half by Mitchell Tompkins, final score 3-1.
The Ladies seconds continued their domination of the East league when they visited Colchester who are only four places below Magpies. Yet again it was the Black and Whites who came out on top, winning 8-2 (Anouska Stott, 3, Laura Tibbenham, Alice Woollatt, Debbie Francis, Georgie Cantrell) to extend their lead to 5 points with two games in hand of closest rivals Bedford.
Elsewhere the Men’s thirds picked up a good point against Norwich Dragons thanks to Kieron Peters’ goal, and the Men’s fifths beat Bury 4-2 courtesy of goals from Lewis Belsey, Angus Wilkinson and Ed Brice (2). Despite a 5-2 defeat away at Ipswich the Men’s fourths celebrated Oli Hall’s first goal for the team.
Magpies Ladies 1s resume outdoor action on Saturday when they face Barnes at the Nest at 2pm. The National League has an extended winter break to allow for indoor tournaments so the Ladies haven’t played 11 aside since November when they lost to St Albans. With only a point between themselves and Barnes it promises to be a fantastic game so come down and show your support.
On Sunday the U14 Girls, U16 Boys and U18 Girls and Boys play in the fourth round of the National Youth Cup, facing IES, Peterborough, Chelmsford and Saffron Waldon respectively. Magpies Mixed (vs Sudbury), Ladies O35s (vs Chelmsford) and Mens O50s (vs Peterborough) will play their rearranged cup games on Sunday assuming pitches remain thawed.

Finally, congratulations to Evie and Toby Tibbenham on the birth of the future Ladies 1st team top scorer.


It was a frustrating weekend for Magpies who had anticipated an exciting weekend of league and cup matches only for ten games to be cancelled due to the pitches being frozen. The Ladies fourths arrived optimistically for their early pushback away at Lowestoft Railway but were soon on their way home again, via McDonalds. In fact it was left to Sandra Elliner and her Girls Development team to fly the flag for the girls and thankfully their journey to Kings Lynn proved worthwhile, coming out 5-0 winners.
Most of the Men’s games managed to go ahead despite the chilly conditions and the Men’s seconds headed to Norwich City for a top of the table clash with City’s second team. A 3-2 win for Magpies takes them further from the grasp of City who now trail by 9 points, and takes the 2s into this weekends fixture against mid table Peterborough full of confidence. Matt Brand’s third team battled hard for a 3-3 draw with Dereham, taking a vital point which lifts them out of the relegation zone.
The Men’s fourth team started strongly against Norwich City who got the better of them in their previous meeting. Magpies looked the most threatening and won a penalty flick which was well dispatched by Phil Cobbald, followed by a fine reverse stick shot from Arthur Johnson to take the home side to 2-0. City converted a flick themselves late on but captain David Blackmore was satisfied with his teams win which leaves them mid table on 20 points.
After their first loss since September last weekend and only a bear squad of 11, the fifths’ prospects were not looking good as they arrived in Ipswich to face the Cranes. However Magpies played with maturity, patience and confidence from the outset and man of the match Ben Emms opened the scoring from close range with James Bensly converted a penalty flick to take the visitors into half time 2-0 up. Two goals from Jake Caston secured the 4-0 victory and a happy mood in the Davy household that evening.
After a hard frost on Saturday night the eagerly anticipated National Mixed Cup games were both cancelled, despite Bardy’s best efforts to defrost the pitch with a can of de-icer. The Men’s O50s were also forced to call off their game, and the unfortunate O35 ladies drove 70 miles and began to warm up on the snow covered pitch before Chelmsford admitted defeat by the weather and called off the match.
This weekend the Ladies 1s are back in outdoor action at the Nest with a 12pm friendly against St Albans in preparation for the league resuming on February 3rd. This is followed by the Men’s seconds at 2pm who are scoring goals for fun this season. On Sunday all are welcome to come and support the Men’s 1sts who play Wapping at home at 2pm. Wapping are currently joint top with St Albans, only 2 points ahead of Magpies in the ‘Premier A’ East league.


Harleston Magpies narrowly miss out at indoor finals

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club is celebrating the tremendous achievement of getting two girls’ team to the national indoor hockey finals in 2018. This rural Club was delighted to be represented in both age groups at this level, with the U18 girls narrowly missing out a semi-final place on goal difference.
The weekend of January 21 and 22 saw two Magpies girls team setting off in opposite directions for the England Hockey 2018 national indoor finals. Magpies U18 girls travelled to Whitgift School, Croydon and the U16s girls team travelled to Wolverhampton in the Midlands.
Magpies U18 girls’ opening match in pool A was against Team Bath Buccaneers. Unfortunately Magpies didn’t get off to the start that they had hoped. Bath won the opening game 4-2, Magpies goals were scored by Lauren Rowe and Lottie Summers.  With a two hour gap until their next match coach Rob Sorrell had time to reflect on the opening match and prepare for the second against East Grinstead.   This match gave Magpies their opening point of the finals. A 2-2 draw with a goal from Anna Tighe and an equaliser in the dying seconds from Lauren Rowe.
The team went back to the hotel for the night knowing that they had to return and win the remaining two pool matches to give us a chance of progressing to the semi final.  First up were Beeston, From previous matches with Beeston we knew this was going to be a hard fought game. Goals from Abby Gooderham and Lottie Summmers meant we won the match 2-1 and had the perfect start to day two.
Before going into the final pool match against York the team knew they had to win the match and hope that Bath would beat Beeston in the other match in the pool for them to progress to the semi final.  Magpies won the match 4-1 with goals from Abby Gooderham, Tor Findlay and two from Martha Lawrence. Magpies had done their bit, but Bath failed to beat Beeston and Magpies sadly just missed out on a place in the semi finals on goal difference.
U18s Team Manager Andrew Woollatt said: ‘It was a heart breaking way to miss out on a place in the semi final for the players but the girls can really take pride in how as a team they grew stronger after each match and the girls played some really excellent hockey.’

The U16s girls had a tougher time of it in Wolverhampton, but were still thrilled to have made it there. The list to Marlow 2-4  and Stourport  2-4 but picked up a draw against Clifton Robinsons 1-1 and finally a win against Wakefield 5-1.
Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Chairman Richard Stacey was absolutely delighted when he heard that goth the U18s and the U16s had qualified for the national indoor finals, saying: ‘Indoor hockey is a fast and furious game, and our youngsters get a real thrill from playing it. At Harleston Magpies hockey club, we work hard on extra indoor training sessions alongside our regular outdoor training, and at weekend this extra commitment has really paid of. We are all very proud of our two girls team for making it to the national finals, and putting on such a terrific performance. It’s very inspirational for all our youth teams.’
U18s Squad 
Charlotte Seaman (Captain), Alice Gooch (Gk), Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Lottie Summers, Alice Woollatt, Anna Tighe, Martha Lawrence, Sophie Child, Tor Findlay.
Coach – Rob Sorrell, Manager – Andrew Woollatt


There was plenty of drama last weekend both home and away for Harleston Magpies, with a trip to A&E, several stints in the sin bin and a game which featured 17 goals. Huge congratulations go to the Men’s and Ladies Indoor teams for retaining their National Division One status last weekend, they certainly cut it fine but delivered results when it counted.
The Ladies seconds travelled to Dereham and came away with all three points thanks to goals from Anouska Stott and Laura Tibbenham, and some fantastic saves from goal keeper Jade Daly. The Men’s seconds also continued their league domination with a 3-1 victory at home to Dereham, goals from Martin Fields, Matt Bensly and skipper Lawrence Baynes, take them 6 points clear of Norwich City with a game in hand. The Men’s thirds had a heartbreaking result away to Lincolnshire team Horncastle. Despite finding the net 7 times their opponents scored 10, leaving both teams level on points at the foot of the table.
At The Nest the Ladies thirds clinched a well deserved win after some unlucky results in recent weeks. Following effective switching of the ball by Molly Warnes and Char Rourke-Beasley, Alice Wiseman opened the scoring with a deflection. Helena Knock, Rachel Baynes, Jess Green and Phoebe Eglington defended well with Beth Farrow guarding her goal to deny Dereham the opportunity to get into the game. Two goals from Sarah Legg and Molly Warnes cemented the 3-0 result.The Ladies Sixth team are storming up the Norfolk 2nd Division table after a string of great results and notched up a 1-0 win over Broadland on Saturday. Louise Davy, Marnie Blair and Lucy Field (on her return from injury) worked hard in midfield to create opportunities for Laura Woodgate and goal scorer Rachel Clifford upfront.

This weekend is full of excitement with the U16 and U18 girls competing in the Indoor Junior Super6s in Wolverhampton and Croydon respectively, their progress can be followed at @Magpies_Hockey.

Reigning National Champions, Magpies Mixed team host Sudbury at 12.45pm this Sunday as they continue the mission to defend the title, having beat Ely 13-1 in the preliminary round. In addition, a mixed ‘B’ team has entered the competition this year due to demand for Mixed hockey and they face Norwich Dragons on Sunday.

Sunday also sees two veteran sides in Cup action, the Ladies O35s and Men’s O50s. The Ladies won the Trophy competition last season so are hoping to do one better and win the National Cup this year. With the addition of Lucy King in goal and Emma Lee Smith who has come of age they go into their game away at Chelmsford with confidence.

The Men’s O50s have historically done well at a national Level and face Peterborough away this weekend in the Trophy competition with a squad brimming with International superstars and including Stuart Peters who is finally old enough to join the ranks. However Jerry Blackmore is unavailable as he will be sipping a pint up a mountain in Austria with Messers Naunton and Alexander!


Ladies Weekend at Weybread

With the First teams away at Indoor the rest of the club resumed league action last weekend with every Ladies team bagging three points. The 2s headed to Lowestoft for their first game of the New Year and true to form came home with a win thanks to goals from Fran Burrell and Rose Winter, with Beth Farrow keeping a clean sheet on her debut for the side.
Laura Betts captained her 3rd team to a 1-0 victory over Norwich Dragons 2s with Alice Wiseman getting the only goal of the game. Sadly the team didn’t fare as well in their rearranged fixture against Bury St Edmunds on Sunday where, despite outstanding performances by Emma Tolhurst and Sophie Govier-Schaay in defence, Bury won the game 3-0.
With determination to turn around what has so far been a disappointing season, the Ladies 4s clung on for their first league points in a 2-1 win over Loddon. Julie Davy and Imogen Maynell Anderson providing the goals with Grace Robinson in fine form between the sticks to prevent a Loddon comeback. The Ladies 5s found themselves 3-0 up having only played 15 minutes thanks to a hat trick from the experienced Jose Tibbenham. Unable to put the game to bed Magpies sat back and allowed Diss to take it to 3-2. Beth Moodie extended the lead and, despite another Diss goal, it ended 4-2 to Magpies.
Back at the Nest the table topping Mens 2s were up against their club counterparts Magpies 3s who are currently 25 points behind them in the East Men’s League. Although the first half was evenly contested, and Dave Francis netted one for the thirds, the 2nds proved too strong with a convincing goal display from Martin Fields, Stuart Field, Robbie Kinsella, Matt Bensly, Lawrence Baynes (2) and Jake Sewell, final score 7-1.
Meanwhile in Kings Lynn the Men’s 4ths beat Pelicans 3-0 (Toby Hughes, 2, and Arthur Johnson), the Fifths drew at home 3-3 with Norwich Exiles and the Sixths lost to Bury 3-0.
Keep up with the live action from our teams in the Jaffa Super6s by following @Magpies_Hockey


With nearly 160 games undertaken since September, featuring 14 teams and 200 odd players, the Christmas break provides a chance to reflect on how the Magpies teams are doing at the half way point of the season.
On the Men’s side, the 4th, 5th and 6th XI are each sat mid table in their respective leagues which, considering the youngsters strewn throughout the teams are improving week on week, should hopefully keep them safely out of any relegation zones providing there are no disasters on the horizon.
The Men’s 2nds and 3rds are at opposite ends of Division 2 North with the 2nds boasting a magnificent goal difference of +51. The Men’s 1st team, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, are 5 points behind leaders St Albans in East Premier ‘A’.
The addition of Elliot Marsh, Dave Gilbert, Jonty Gosling, Tim Whiteman and Ben Watson to the squad has encouraged a more expansive style of hockey but, despite a focus on solid defending, Magpies have dropped too many points. The home crowd have been treated to some high scoring games (8-0 v Ipswich and 13-0 v Spalding) but Harleston have struggled to replicate this form on the road and know that if they have any chance of promotion this season they cannot afford to drop any more points.
The Ladies teams have also had varying degrees of success so far. The Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntyre, are determined to maintain their National League status and currently take 5th spot despite only winning 3 from the first 10 games. Whereas the seconds top their league but have Norwich City 1sts hot on their heals so cannot afford to be complacent.
In a very tight league the Ladies 3rds have it all to play for, sitting in joint eighth, and the 4th team appear to be firmly cemented to the bottom of the Norfolk Premier Division having scored only 8 goals so far.
The 5ths appear safe as they occupy 3rd spot, the 7ths are mid table and the 6ths are in the process of turning their season around after some heavy defeats at the start of the season. The break though came against table topping Norwich Dragons early November and the 6ths haven’t lost a game since. Thanks to coach Robbie Kinsella the team are improving, gaining confidence and enjoying their hockey.


Magpies Men’s 1st team headed down to Saffron Walden for their last league fixture of the year. The team were determined to put in a good performance after two weeks without a game due to the cold weather. Walden opened the scoring on the break but Archie Winter pulled back two quality goals in succession to put the visitors ahead. A plethora of individual defending errors allowed Saffron Walden to regain the lead with two quick goals, however Magpies retaliated through Stuart Leate, Pete Bale and Jack Hobbs, taking them into half time 5-3 up.
Coming into the second half in a much more controlled manner Harleston were able to increase their lead with goals from Will Martin and Tim Whiteman. Despite the home team grabbing another goal the points came back to Norfolk, Saffron Walden 4 – Harleston Magpies 7.
An incredible weekend of youth hockey with both the Magpies Girls U16 and U18 teams qualifying for the National Indoor Finals. The U16s started slowly with a loss against Canterbury and a 2-2 draw with Sudbury. Old Loughtonians and Chelmsford proved no match for Magpies as the girls made easy work of the next two games. In the last game of the tournament Magpies battled Sevenoaks for the runners up spot and a place in the National Finals. Playing without a goalkeeper the girls pinned the opposition back and were 3-2 winners when the final hooter sounded, sending them to the National Finals in Wolverhampton on the 20th and 21st January. The U18 girls followed suit in their regional championships, beating Old Loughtonians 5-3 (Lauren Rowe 2, Martha Lawrence 2, Tor Findlay) and Canterbury 14-3 (Martha Lawrence 4, Lauren Rowe 3, Lottie Summers 2, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay, Aoife Lowe Davies, Anna Tighe and Charlotte Seaman).
Saturday saw the Annual battle for the Snowflake Cup in the Lads vs Dads game featuring the Magpies Boys development team and their rather less sprightly fathers. The lads piled on the pressure from the start, forcing saves from Chris Flatt in the dads goal. Some tactical substitutions by the dads led to their opening goal by Mark Emms following silky skills from Matt Brand and Andy Caston.
The Lads launched a comeback and levelled the scoreline by nutmegging the ‘keeper after great work from Wicks, Flatt, Jackson, Chapman and Emms. Ed Brice made it 2-1 to the Lads with a strike from the top of the D but the lead was short lived as Curry found Caston who set up Hall for the equaliser. With time running out Graham Mobbs made a blistering run up the pitch to score his first competitive goal on a full pitch, giving the lads the 3-2 victory. Magpies players will now hang up their hockey sticks for a few weeks until the matches start again in January. The Men’s and Ladies Indoor teams are in action on the 6th and 7th January and you can keep up to date with how training is going on twitter @magpies_hockey.


As always the weekend was crammed full of hockey action at The Nest featuring some of our most junior and senior members. The Ladies 2s got the ball rolling on Saturday with a convincing win against Wisbech 1s to keep their position at the top of the table safe. Goals from Laura Tibbenham (2), Alice Woollatt, Fran Burrell and Anouska Stott (3) secured a 7-1 victory for the home team with an outstanding performance from Amelia Herschel-Shorland. 

The Men’s 4s came out on top when they played mid table counterparts Thetford 1s in a closely contested game which ended 6-4 to Magpies, with Arthur Ross contributing a hat trick. There was also a victory for the Ladies 7s who ensured they entered the Christmas break on a high, winning 4-0 against Carrow. Veteran Shirley McAllen scored twice, ably assisted by Abi Wallis and Bex Portruff. Georgia and Ellie, two of the less experienced players also scored to take the game out of Carrow’s reach. 

The crowd were unable to relax as they watched the Men’s 1s host St Albans, knowing how little there is between the teams at the top of the East Premier League table. 0-0 at half time it was Magpies who broke the deadlock via former Canada international Elliot Marsh, only for St Albans to react by converting a penalty corner within 5 minutes to even the scores. Despite numerous chances from the home team, St Albans clinched the winning goal in the last minute much to the devastation of the home crowd. 

On Sunday the club hosted the second Norfolk U10s In2Hockey tournament of the  season where they welcomed 18 boys and girls teams from local clubs. The matches are a fantastic way for the juniors to get a taste of competitive hockey and there was a lot of potential on display. The tournament was followed by the Magpies Ladies 1s National Hockey Cup match against league rivals Bedford which finished 2-0 to Magpies.

At the other end of the age scale the Men’s O50s hosted Norwich Dragons in the National Plate competition. The team featured many individuals who played National League hockey for Magpies back in the 80s and Jonathon Aldridge, Phillip Cobbald and David Blackmore who have all represented England at Masters level. It was a straight forward 6-0 win for the team who have historically been very successful in this competition, with goals from Phillip Cobbald (3), Roger Kent (2) and Andy Caston. 

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Men’s 1s face Wapping at The Nest (2pm) in a bid to come back from their first league defeat last week and the Ladies 2s host Newmarket at 12pm where they will look to extend their 6 point lead at the top of the table. 


Magpies festive program kicks off star performances in the U10 In2Hockey Tournament

Harleston Magpies hosted the second Norfolk U10s In2Hockey tournament of the season on Sunday 3 November. 18 boys and girls teams took part in a morning of hockey. For many this was their very first appearance in a competitive environment and the start of a long and enjoyable playing career in the ‘hockey family’.

The early drizzle and grey skies did not dishearten and over the morning 52 matches were played with goals galore, some fine defending and excellent goal keeping. With the encouragement of a bustling crowd of family and friends, coaches, managers and a squad of umpires that included a number of Magpies National League Ladies Hockey team members, and from the mens section former GB international Tim Whiteman, all of whom who started their respective hockey careers in tournaments just like this. There were some really sparkling performances by Magpies teams.

The boys U10 A team started brightly, cruising through to the cup competition undefeated, the B team battling valiantly into the plate final. Eventually the boys A team secured the runners up spot in the cup missing out on the title to the very impressive Norwich City team. Magpies’ young and less experienced B team finished fourth in the plate, a result to be improved upon in future tournaments.

In the girls competition Magpies were fighting hard and getting some great results. The B team picked up two wins to finish third in their group. The A team went one better with four wins from four games and progressed into the semi-finals. Although they failed to score again, their earlier strong performances and goals got them through to the final where they ended the day as joint winners with Norwich City. Magpies Girls B team entered the playoff match to end the day joint fifth but also the highest finishing B team in the event.

Final results:

U10 Girls – Gold Tournament Winners Harleston Magpies and City Yellow
Joint 5th Harleston Magpies B
U10 Boys – Cup Winners City Thunder
Runners Up Harleston Magpies A
U10 Boys – Plate Winners City Lightning
4th Place Harleston Magpies B

Lucy Belsey, Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st team captain was on hand to present the medals, certificates and sweets for all teams. She was delighted with the results from the young Magpies players, saying: ‘Having started my hockey career here at Magpies at the age of just eight, it’ fantastic to see so many new boys and girls getting involved in hockey. I am sure several of them will follow in my footsteps one day and make it into the clubs first teams and even appear on the national hockey stage. Many congratulations to all who took part today whether as a player, coach or volunteer helping to host the event. It’s what Harleston Magpies hockey club is all about.’

As hockey gets ready for its Christmas break youth coaching comes to a close for the first half of the season. However, it is never too late to join the hockey family. In January coaching returns and for anyone in School Years 2 and above whatever your hockey or sporting experience you are welcome at Magpies. Visit Magpies website for more details



After a slow start to the season the Magpies Ladies 6th team head into the Christmas break 4 games undefeated after a 3-3 draw against Pelicans on Saturday. Pelicans scored first only for Rachel Clifford to equalise, followed by an end to end game where Magpies came back from behind twice more with Clifford’s hat trick ensuring they took a point from the game. Captain Felicity Perry puts the recent run of results down to ‘A great work ethic, implementing what we learn at training into the games, and having fun’.

The Men’s 1st team gave a below average performance against Cambridge Uni 1sts but managed to come away with all three points. Magpies Sam Moore scored first for Magpies following an exhilarating attack by Dave Gilbert and Jack Hobbs which took the visitors into half time with a 1-0 lead but Cambridge equalised in the second half when their forward won a one on one with ‘keeper John Livings. The final goal came from Jack Hobbs via Archie Winter’s Ariel pass over the Cambridge defence.

Magpies Ladies 1sts were defeated 2-0 by St Albans at the weekend so find themselves fifth in the league going into the Christmas break, with all to play for in the second half of the season.

The club’s Mixed team travelled to Ely on Sunday for the preliminary round of the England Hockey Mixed Cup which they won last season. Getting the campaign off to a fantastic start with a 13-1 win with goals shared around the Magpies team from Simon Hipwell (3), Sam Patterson, Lucy Whiting (4), Emma Lee-Smith (2), Lizzie Clymer, Thomas Ridley and Katrina Sitch.

Sadly the Men’s Over 40s have bowed out of the England Hockey National Cup Competition in the second round after loosing 5 – 3 to Rugby & East Warwickshire. Despite keeping the scoreline close, coming back from 3-1 down to 4-3 courtesy of goals from Gavin Cole, Neil Toulson and England O40s player Tristan Baynes, Magpies were harshly reduced to ten men and Rugby were awarded a short corner from which they scored, taking the game out of the visitors reach.

The Ladies 7ths consist of a fusion of Magpie’s more experienced players and some newcomers to the sport. Bex Portruff got the first goal which galvanised Pelicans young team but the Magpies defence stood strong to prevent them breaking through. In the second half Shirley McAllen crossed for Ebony to strike for the 2-0 win.

The Men’s 1s are at home against St Albans at 2pm on Saturday in a top of the table clash which is not to be missed.


Harleston Magpies Hockey Club youth teams were back in action this Sunday 19 November with five wins out of five matches five in the England Hockey Age Group Competitions, conceding just five goals and scoring an incredible 32 goals in normal time.
Richard Stacey, Harleston Magpies Club Chairman said: ‘This really was a marvellous day for the club, following on from a very successful set of results for us on Saturday 18 November. These strong youth performances really bode well for the clubs future success.’

The U18 girls lead the way with twelve of these goals confidently defeating Norwich Dragons. It took just five minutes for Alice Woollatt to display her pace and skill down the right and set up Tor Findlay for the opener. However it took a further fifteen minutes before Grace Cresswell added Magpies second goal from a short corner. With the team playing fluent, attacking hockey it wasn’t long before Lottie Summers and Lauren Rowe were able to also get on the score sheet making it 0- 4 at half time.

However the second half saw Magpies really take control of the game adding 8 further goals with no reply Lauren Rowe completing her hat-trick and bagging a fourth, Martha Lawrence getting a brace of goals, Tor Findlay completing her hat-trick and Rose Winter finally getting on the score sheet and fair reward for her work rate throughout the match.

On Dragons other pitch, the Magpies Boys U18s were facing a much stiffer encounter.

In an even contest Magpies had to dig deep to salvage a draw and force the result to strokes, which they won 4-3.

Despite creating a good number of chances in the opening exchanges Magpies fell behind to a well worked Dragons goal. Magpies responded with Jack Hobbs scoring with a powerful strike from the top of the circle and just before half time Archie Winter scoring from an acute angle with a brilliant reverse stick shot. Halftime 2-1 to Magpies.

The second half started Magpies were guilty of wasting good chances to extend their lead which Dragons made Magpies pay for with two quick goals to turn the game on its head. Winter added his second to bring the scores level but Dragons were not done and scored again to lead 4-3 and with time now against Magpies. However Winter was not finished and calmly took control of Magpies final short corner of the game to complete his hat-trick and level the scores at four a piece.

The game then went to flicks and with scores level at 3-3 Magpies needing their last flick to win. Up stepped Kieran Peters who coolly slotted home via the post and the keepers helmet!

Magpies Boys U16 deservedly got their first tier one win of the season after being out classed by Norwich City in the first round of matches Magpies dominated against Cambridge City with a classy first half performance leading to Ben Emms creating the opportunity for Jude Pottruff to slot home to score Magpies first, and Tom Caston being in the right place at the right time, to pinch the ball off the keeper and net the second.

Cambridge City rallied after the break and pulled a goal back when panic lead to indecision in the Magpies defence but this only resulted in spurring Magpies forward, with Michael Ahrens threading the ball past the keeper with a lovely short corner flick.

At an U14 age group Magpies girls got back to winning ways. The form book said they should be the stronger team and so this proved to be but much patience and application of well known and well practised simple skills were needed to break down the Sudbury defence.

Georgie Gardens broke the deadlock at last midway through the first half and three more followed to make the half time score 4-0. With two further goals swiftly after the break the game and result was sealed there was still time left for Ellen Pope and Jess Menzies to make it 8-0.

The next round of matches will be played on 4 February 2018.