The Girls Development team extended their lead at the top of their league with a fantastic 11-0 win against Pelicans Girls last weekend. With a large squad to rotate through the team has a different feel each week, providing valuable opportunities for the youngsters to experience hockey on a full sized pitch and the positions and tactics that comes with it. The girls shared the goals around between Amy (3), Florence (4) and Ellie (4) with Georgia keeping a clean sheet in goal which should fill them with confidence going into a top of the table clash against Norwich City on Saturday.
Mixed results for the Magpies 1st teams kept the crowds on the edge of their proverbial seats with Jess Bloom netting an early goal for the Ladies who went on to concede three times against St Albans. Simon Hipwell put the Men ahead before some lacklustre defending led to two goals from Bedford. Pete Bale had a goal disallowed before Dave Gilbert found the equaliser at the far post following fine skills from Tom Ridley and Leigh Sitch, only for Bedford to go ahead just before half time.
Two veterans of the Magpies side, Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell took Magpies into the lead by converting short corners with fifteen minutes to go. Captain Tom Ridley won a short corner which Tim Whiteman dispatched, much to the relief of those on the sideline. The visitors pulled a goal back with two minutes to go but thankfully Magpies held out for the 5-4 win which takes them within two points of the league leaders Wapping. Both of the 1st teams are away this weekend with the Ladies at Horsham and the Men nipping down the road to Norwich City.
Apart from a loss for the Men’s 2s it was a successful weekend for the Men’s side of the club with the Thirds notching up a 6-0 win at Bury, the Fifths bringing a point home, and the Sixths winning 6-2 against Ipswich. The Fourths went a goal behind when they hosted Bury before Jack Caswell-Dodd equalised at the end of the first half. An improved performance and goals from Arthur Johnson, Stuart Peters and Oli Hall ensured a 4-1 victory for the Fourths who sit mid table.
The Ladies Sixths have had a fantastic start to the season but approached Saturdays visit to East Harling with trepidation for the top of the table clash, on grass. Despite the heavy rainfall overnight, the leaves were raked up and the pitch was in good condition and both teams were determined to take three points from the match. The defensive formation of Jane Collins, Marie Davy, Liv Addison-Carter and player of the match, Mary Nelson kept the Herlings attacks at bay and goals from Judith Masters and Janna Freeman gave Magpies the 2-0 win.
Sunday saw both ends of the age scale in action with Magpies welcoming nineteen teams of U12s to the club. The U12 boys and U12 girls were declared champions in the gold tournament, albeit the boys did not have the final all their own way and had to share the title with Norwich City. Whilst in the silver tournament, Magpies looked increasingly competitive, a fifth and joint second finish for Magpies girls and a third place finish for the boys. The day showcased the enthusiasm and strength of youth hockey across Norfolk and the club would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event run smoothly, especially our young umpires who did a fantastic job.
Due to the usual injuries and ailments associated with middle age, Captain Jerry Blackmore was delighted to field a full team for the first round of the Men’s O50s Cup against Ipswich on Sunday, at least five of whom had picked up a stick in the last 12 months! Losing Scotland O60s goalkeeper Murrey Graham to illness was a blow to the already depleted squad but Eric Davy stepped in and had a brilliant game between the sticks, just as well considering he had Kevin Ridley, Mark Collins and Tiger Young in front of him! The ever youthful Simon Bardwell had a fantastic game in midfield and, to everyone’s delight, the dynamic duo of Roger Kent and Jon Wells came through the match unscathed. John Pope scored Magpies’ only goal in the 4-1 defeat but the attitude of the team epitomises what it means to wear the Magpies shirt and we wish the lads a good run in the plate competition.
There is yet more Cup action this weekend with the U14, U16 and U18 Boys and Girls teams aiming to secure their spot in the second round. The Ladies O35s travel to Ipswich for their first cup game following last seasons defeat against Canterbury at the Olympic Park. Goal machine Vanessa Vigrass joins the squad who lost the cup final on shuffles and will be aiming to go one better this year.
Harleston Magpies hosted Norfolk’s second U12s In2Hockey tournament of the season on Sunday 11 November. 19 teams from across five Norfolk clubs took to the pitches to show off how much they have learned from their coaches over the last six weeks.
With the sun shining and spirits high, the teams took to the Magpies pitches completing 41 matches over the course of the morning. All 19 teams stopped play at 11am to pay their respects as part of Remembrance Sunday and the centenary of the Great War. Shoulder to shoulder, the players joined together and shared a moment of reflection and thanks.
Then it was back to the action with matches to win, techniques to trial and goals to score. With the encouragement of family and friends, all teams produced some great performances. Harleston Magpies’ teams impressed across the girls and boys section.
The final results saw Magpies U12 boys and U12 girls declared champions in the gold tournament, albeit the boys did not have the final all their own way and had to share the title with Norwich City. Whilst in the silver tournament, Magpies looked increasingly competitive, a fifth and joint second finish for Magpies girls and a third place finish for the boys. The final results were:
U12 Girls – Gold Tournament Winners Harleston Magpies
Runners Up Norwich City Tigers
U12 Girls – Silver Tournament Winners Watton
Runners Up Dragons B / Magpies Red
U12 Boys – Cup Winners Harleston Magpies / Norwich City
U12 Boys – Plate Winners Norwich City Sharks
Runners Up Watton
Heather Brand, Harleston Magpies Youth Chair commented: “These events take a huge amount of organising plus volunteers on match day to make sure the event runs smoothly. Thanks to all our club members and parents for making this a very successful event for all. Getting nineteen teams of youngsters on the pitch and playing hockey was a great sight for everyone, showcasing the enthusiasm and strength of hockey across Norfolk. For some, this was their first experience of tournament hockey, and they loved every moment!’
It is never too late to pick up a hockey stick and get involved Magpies run coaching for School Years 2 to Year 7 on Monday (Boys) and Friday (Girls) nights. Everyone and anyone is always welcome to pop down and have a try. Contact Magpies at youthenquiries@,magpies-hockey.co.uk
For more information on Youth Hockey at Magpies and how your son or daughter can get involved visit Magpies website www.magpies-hockey.co.uk and the Magpies Youth tab.
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against St Albans starting at 1.30.
St Albans current form sees them 6th in the League with wins against Southgate and Ipswich. A draw against Horsham and two defeats to Sevenoaks and Hampstead. Matches against St Albans have traditionally been close with both teams having the better of the results when playing at home. Having played St Albans in a preseason friendly both teams will know what to expect from each other, but the onus will be on Magpies to make the most of their home advantage.
After Saturday’s 5-0 home win last week against Ipswich Magpies have gone to the top of the League with a two point gap over second placed Hampstead. This is the best start Magpies have made to a season for 6 years and it is important that they continue their momentum this week against St Albans. Clearly Lauren Rowe is in stunning form having scored all five goals last week and the week before scored both goals against Sevenoaks. Lauren is currently the leading goal scorer in the League with 11 goals, which is an impressive tally.
All these results this season have been achieved against a background of injuries and illnesses which have stretched the squad. This week Rose Winter and Georgie Cantrell will be unavailable because of school commitments, but Louisa Greenacre and Jess Bloom should return to the squad. There are still injury doubts about two players.
Squad From: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Louisa Greenacre, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lucy Whiting, Jess Bloom, Charlotte Harrison, Charlotte Seaman, Emma Lee-Smith and Annie Nunn.
Lauren Rowe claimed five goals on Saturday when the Ladies 1sts hosted Ipswich taking Magpies to the top of the East Conference League – their best start to a season for six years. At 3-0 up within eight minutes the home side dominated their local rivals and the comfortable 5-0 score line provided the opportunity for youngsters Charley Seaman and Georgie Cantrell to demonstrate their impressive skills.
The Men’s 1s started well away at Cambridge City and opened the scoring when a well-crafted move starting at the back through Andrew Bedwell found Tom Sumner, who popped the ball into Ben Gowing, who then sprayed a beautiful ball out to Ruanaq Rai at right half who carried to the baseline and delivered to James Gray to brilliantly finish from close range. However, a series of minor discretions saw Magpies reduced to 9 men for a period which Cambridge took full advantage of and scored a deflection past Chris Leek from close range. With one minute to play, the visitors were awarded a penalty corner which resulted in Dave Gilbert swatting the ball in at the back post to provide Harleston with their fifth successive win.
Following consecutive draws and an injury to Captain Stu Field the Mens 2s welcomed Broxbourne to ‘The Nest’ hoping for all three points but a lack of composure in the ‘D’ saw chances go begging early on. A bobbly ball against the run of play gave Broxbourne the lead but Magpies fought back, equalised, and then took the lead thanks to a beautifully executed short corner strike from Tristan Baynes. Continuing to dominate, the home side won a short corner on the final whistle from which Man of the Match Robbie Kinsella scored to make it 3-1. Magpies are away at Potters Bar on Saturday who are currently only one point behind the Norfolk side.
A two week break hasn’t put the Ladies 6s off their stride as they notched up their fifth successive win on Saturday against Pelicans. With Heather Brand, Holly Morris, Jane Collins, Frankie Wildmun, Marie Davy and Liv Carter thwarting any attacking opportunities, Shirley McAllen, Georgie Hood, Janna Freeman, Judith Masters, Rachel Clifford and Laura Woodgate had space to pile on the pressure and score five times. The win keeps Magpies at the top of the table with only goal difference separating them from this weekends opposition Herlings.
The young Girls Development team had to readjust their tactics in response to Yarmouth fielding three adults on Saturday and the girls coped well, stretching the play a little wider between Jess, Grace, Kate and Florence. Relentless pressure from Magpies culminated in goals for Florence (2), Grace, Kate and Beth whilst Harriet, Emma, Amy and Isabelle protected Jasmine who made her debut in goal and kept a clean sheet, finishing 5-0.
Many of the Magpies youngsters were in National Cup action on Sunday with the U14 Girls making a great start to their campaign with a 7-1 win against Ipswich (goals from Emma, Ella, Loulou, Jess and a hatrick for Anna). The U14 Boys were defeated 6-1 away from home but can still progress to the next round of the cup if they win their final group game.
The U18 Girls’ match was cancelled as Norwich City were unable to field a team so the girls were awarded the win and a day off to recover from their matches on Saturday. The U18 Boys went a goal ahead at Dragons when Raunaq Rai scored a drag flick and thanks to some fine saves from Ollie Juszt in goal, Magpies held the lead until half time. Dragons came out fighting in the second half and score three times but coach Tim Whiteman commented that ‘The boys should be very proud of their play without any practice together as a team ahead of the match and showed a very good attitude throughout the game.’
The U16 Girls set the tone of their game by scoring in the first minute and going on to beat Pelicans 16-0! Lovely flowing moves which cut through the oppositions defence combined with an all round team performance bodes well for the next round. Not to be outdone the U16 Boys put 13 goals past Bishops Stortford where Elliot Chapman and Bruce Daniels made impressive debuts for the team.
Not forgetting the O40s Men who travelled to Sudbury for the first round of their cup and came away with a convincing 8-0 victory. Goals from Neil Toulson (4), Andy Caston (2), Dave Francis and Matt Brand, along with a clean sheet from Chris Flatt in goal sees the spritely veterans progress to round two.
In addition to the Ladies 3s, 4s, 5s and 7s; the Girls Development team and the Men’s 3s and 4s, both the Ladies and Men’s first teams play at home on Saturday and go into the games on unbeaten runs. The Ladies host St Albans at 1.30pm followed by the Men who push back against Bedford at 3pm – both teams will appreciate a lively crowd! This Sunday Magpies are hosting a Minis Tournament for U12 Girls and Boys from the surrounding clubs where we look forward to seeing the progression the players have made since the beginning of the season.
Sunday 4 November saw Harleston Magpies youth hockey teams in action in the England Hockey Championships with U14 boys and girls, U16 boys and girls and U18 boys playing in matches. Alongside this, the men’s over 4os were also in winning action, and our u18 girls won their game as Norwich City were sadly unable to field a team.
The U16 boys travelled to Bishops Stortford with a strong squad determined to prove a point.
And prove it they did, winning 13 nil. The next match will be against Cambridge City on
18th November at home in Weybread. It was an impressive all round performance.
The U16 girls enjoyed a comfortable victory at home to Pelicans. A goal in the first minute set the tone for what became a good all round team performance. All 16 girls had good time on the pitch and with some lovely flowing moves found themselves 6 0 up at half time. The team kept the tempo high and slotted in another 10 goals in the second half, with the final result a very impressive 16 nil.
Manager James Cantrell said: ‘Stiffer tests will inevitably come, but that shouldn’t detract from the excellent pace and movement our U16 girls showed in this match. All the girls played well and the goals where shared throughout much of the team. Pelicans battled hard showing commitment from the first whistle to the last, but on this occasion, our Magpies girls were on top form.’ Their next encounter is away at Hertford hockey club on Sunday 18th November
The u14 girls were also celebrating a home win with a final score of 7 1 against Ipswich hockey club. Although the first half was a little sticky, this was the first proper outing for this new team, and coach Jim Menzies was pleased saying: ‘I was impressed with the way everyone adapted their mentality and produced a really good second half display. We learnt a great deal and look forward to the next game against IES on the 18th November.’
The Magpies u18 boys had a tougher time of it away to Dragons hockey club in Norwich. The match began strongly with good passages of play on and off the ball and our defence played with some determination. Magpies gained the first penalty corner and Raunaq Rai scored first with a drag flick going top right corner of the net within the first 15 minutes. Magpies then defended six short corners in the first half of the match from a determined Dragons side and some great saving from our goalkeeper Ollie Juszt kept the score 1-0 to Magpies up until half time. After half time, Dragons scored an unexpected, fast-paced goal within minutes to equalise the match and then Dragons took a short corner and scored to make it 2-1, with the final score 1-3 to Dragons. Coach Tim Whiteman said: ‘The boys should be very proud of their play without any practice together as a team ahead of the match and showed a very good attitude throughout the game.’
All the teams are looking forward to their next matches on 18 November.
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Ipswich starting at 1.30.
If the 2-0 win against League leaders Cambridge City two weeks ago was a great performance, last weeks 2-1 away win at Sevenoaks was an even better result. Sevenoaks is a very tough place to go and Magpies do not often come away from there with a result. The result is even more remarkable as the squad was short of a number of players due to injury and illness. Despite the loss of a number of key players Magpies were very composed in the first half and took the lead early on when Lauren Rowe scored from a penalty corner. Lauren soon followed this up with a second goal from a corner to lead 2-0. Sevenoaks inevitably came back very strongly and at the end Magpies were hanging on to a 2-1 lead. Had Lauren Rowe’s great goal in the second half not been inexplicably disallowed the finish would have been a lot more comfortable. Last week Charlotte Seaman and Georgie Gardens made their first team League debuts.
Cambridge City are still top of the League on goal difference from Magpies who have the same number of points as them. At the moment all the big teams Wimbledon, Hampstead and Sevenoaks are in 3rd, 4th and 5th position. With Magpies and Cambridge both recording notable wins against the fancied teams last week this may lead to a much tighter League than anybody could have anticipated.
Ipswich have returned to the National League this season and at the moment are finding the going quite tough and they just need a result to get them going. We have to make sure it does not happen on Saturday. Losing last week 1-0 to Southgate in the final seconds of the match is never easy to handle. This week is likely to be a very competitive local derby match and based on the pre season friendly it will be a tight match.
Probable Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Jade Daly, Katrina Sitch, Rose Winter, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Georgie Cantrell, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Charlotte Harrison, Charlotte Seaman and Annie Nunn.
Spirits are high at ‘The Nest’ following a successive streak of wins for both the Ladies and Men’s 1st teams. The Ladies travelled to Sevenoaks last Saturday and took the lead via Lauren Rowe’s brace of drag flicks. An amazing team effort and defensive display absorbed the pressure from Sevenoaks who were relentlessly hunting for a point. Despite the home side pulling a goal back from a short corner, and subbing their goalkeeper for a kicking back, Magpies stood firm and secured another three points, taking them to second in the table.
The Men’s 1s hosted Cambridge University and settled into the game quickly, keeping possession and moving the ball patiently waiting for an opening in the Cambridge defence. Andrew Bedwell’s blistering run past two defenders found Richard Larkin who’s shot at goal hit a Cambridge foot. Captain Thomas Ridley fired in the resulting short corner following a well worked routine to give Magpies the lead. Chances from Jack Hobbs, Dave Gilbert and Will Tew came and went but Magpies saw out the second half with maturity and composure to take them up to third in the league.
The Ladies 2s found themselves a goal behind after 4 minutes away at St Albans when a lofted ball into the ‘D’ was swept in from close range. However, as the half progressed Magpies began to get a foothold in the game and the hard work paid off when Katherine Ridley unleashed a reverse stick shot to level the score. With half time looming the visitors took the lead following Jess Howland’s pass to Lucy Whiting which was skilfully deflected into the net.
Maintaining momentum, Magpies won the ball in midfield and Laura Tibbenham set off down the left wing, holding off the defenders she calmly dispersed her shot into the top corner to extend the lead. St Albans upped the ante and responded by piling on the pressure which caused some anxious moments in defence but Jade Daly made some excellent saves in goal and the whole team battled hard to maintain the advantage. Working the ball out from the back, a swift counter attack from Anouska Stott found Laura again who netted her second. Fighting to the death, St Albans scored in the dying minutes but it wasn’t enough to deny Magpies their first win of the season and give a confidence boost to the team ahead of hosting Wapping on Saturday.
The Ladies 2s game will be followed by the Ladies 1s who push back against Ipswich at 1.30pm. Ipswich gained promotion into the league last season and are currently at the foot of the table but Magpies have enough experience within the squad to know not to underestimate their local rivals. The in form Jade Daly will step into goal for Megan Brown who is running the New York Marathon, we wish Megan a fantastic weekend! Next up on the water based pitch will be the Mens 2s against Broxbourne (3pm). Despite elegant skills from debutant Ed Brice, brutal stick tackles from Hugo Thomas and close chances from Toby Hughes and Dave Francis, the 2s finished 0-0 against Cambridge City last weekend. Broxbourne sit two places above Magpies so a strong team performance will be required.
Sunday will be jam packed with National Cup action with the Men’s over 40s heading to Sudbury for the first round. A few injuries have not deterred the squad who welcome Chris Flatt to make his debut in goal and hope to improve on last years second round exit. The Boys cup teams all have away games with the U14s at Norwich City, U16s at Bishop Stortford and U18s at Norwich Dragons. The U14 Girls begin their competition with the first group game at home against Ipswich (10.45am). Coach Jim Menzies commented ‘Many of this year’s squad enjoyed playing in the U12 & U14 National Finals last season so hopefully they can draw upon their experiences from last year and the whole squad can look forward to a good campaign. Good luck to the girls on Sunday.’ Also at Weybread, the U16 Girls face Pelicans (12.15pm) followed by the U18s vs Norwich City (2pm), it promises to be a quality afternoon of youth hockey.
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Ipswich starting at 1.30.
Magpies after their great performance in beating League leaders Cambridge City at home 2-0 two weeks ago, have followed this up last week with an even better result beating Sevenoaks away 2-1. Sevenoaks is a very tough place to go and Magpies do not often come away from there with a result. The result is even more remarkable as the squad was short of a number of players due to injury and illness. Despite the loss of a number of key players Magpies were very composed in the first half and took the lead early on when Lauren Rowe scored from a penalty corner. Lauren soon followed this up with a second goal from a corner to lead 2-0. Sevenoaks inevitably came back very strongly and at the end Magpies were hanging on to a 2-1 lead. Had Lauren Rowe’s great goal in the second half not been inexplicably disallowed the finish would have been a lot more comfortable.
Cambridge City are still top of the League on goal difference from Magpies who have the same number of points as them. At the moment all the big teams Wimbledon, Hampstead and Sevenoaks are in 3rd, 4th and 5th position. With Magpies and Cambridge both recording notable wins against the fancied teams this may lead to a much tighter League than anybody could have anticipated.
Ipswich have returned to the National League this season and at the moment are finding the going quite tough and they just need a result to get them going. Losing last week 1-0 to Southgate in the final seconds of the match is never easy to handle. This week is likely to be a very competitive local derby match and based on the pre season friendly it will be a tight match.
Probable Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Jade Daly, Katrina Sitch, Rose Winter, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Georgie Cantrell, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Charlotte Harrison, Charlotte Seaman and Annie Nunn.
Having narrowly avoided relegation last season and with an inexperienced squad consisting of eight players who are still under 18, Ladies 4ths captain Treacle Taylor was chuffed to bits with her teams performance on Saturday. With two draws and a defeat to their name the Fourths travelled to Taverham to face Broadland 2nds full of determination which came to fruition when Cassie Ayms opened the scoring to give Magpies the lead.
Committed to maintaining the advantage, Sophie Matsell, Julie Davy, Ellen Pope and Imi Ramsdale covered a lot of ground in midfield to eliminate the Broadland opportunities and the defensive trio of Izzie Slade, Sophie Baxter and debutant Rosie Osbourne moved the ball between them well to ensure Alice Gooch wasn’t troubled in goal.
The speed and skill of Cassie, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Victoria Spouncer and Grace Collinson proved a threat to the Broadland back line and won several short corners. The second Magpies goal came from a short corner which Treacle slipped to Grace who calmly slapped the ball into the back of the net, 2-0 to Magpies. The Men’s 4ths managed to turn things around in their game against Norwich City where, finding themselves 2-1 down at half time, pressed higher up the pitch and retained possession which enabled 3 goals to come in the second half (James Bensly, 2, Lewis Belsey and Arthur Johnson). The skill and application from the three youngsters, Tom Caston, Toby Drake and Jack Largent was exemplary.
Knowing that Cambridge hadn’t yet conceded a goal this season, and missing some key players through injury, the Ladies 1sts anticipation a tough game at Weybread on Sunday. Starting well, Magpies put great pressure on the visitors defence which produced a string of short corners. Lauren Rowe converted with a powerful drag flick to put the home side ahead, and make Lauren joint top goal scorer in the league. The second half was a commanding display by Magpies who scored again when Lottie Summers drag flicked a short corner. The win takes the Ladies up to 3rd in the league, one point ahead of Sevenoaks who they will face on Saturday.
Having travelled to Chelmsford, Magpies Men’s 1sts started their game with high intensity which resulted in captain Thomas Ridley setting up Dave Gilbert for the opener. Chelmsford responded by increasing the tempo and winning some short corners which were calmly swatted away by Chris Leek in the Magpies goal. Tim Whiteman pounced on a rebound from a short corner shot to double the visitors lead before Chelmsford scored against the run of play. Magpies fought to maintain their lead and Leigh Sitch added the third goal with an expert back post defection from a short corner to end the game 3-1. The lads face Cambridge Uni at ‘The Nest’ on Saturday who currently sit two points ahead of them in 3rd place.
Following their promotion to the East women’s league, the Ladies 2nds had drawn two and lost two going into Saturdays game away at Sevenoaks. The home side came out hard and fast, scoring twice within the opening eight minutes before Magpies began to settle into the game with Georgie Cantrell causing problems on the right wing. Kath Johnson found Molly Warnes in midfield who turned her defender and slotted the ball through to Georgie who fired at goal with her reverse stick which Laura Tibbenham deflected into goal.
Sevenoaks fought back in the second half but Jade Daly kept Magpies game with some fine saves between the posts. Bobbi Wiseman ran the ball into the D, causing havoc for the home defence. A short corner was awarded and dispatched cleanly by Georgie. With twelve minutes to go the game heated up with both sides wanting the win and losing players to the sin bin but the final whistle blew at 2-2 to seal a valuable point ahead of the Ladies trip to St Albans next week.
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday against Sevenoaks starting at 12.00. Magpies after their great result and performance last Sunday beating Cambridge City at home 2-0 have moved up into 3rd place in the League on 9 points. Cambridge City are in second place on the same points (with a superior goal difference) with Hampstead top on 10 points. After three wins and one defeat to Wimbledon at home in a 4-3 thriller Magpies have made a very positive start to the season, but Sevenoaks away will be their hardest test so far.
Sevenoaks away has always been a tough place to go, but Magpies have a much stronger squad this season which is coping well with a number of critical injuries including the loss of Captain Lucy Belsey for the season. Last Sunday the availability of Rose Winter and Lottie Summers who are in the England U18 training squad was a big boost to the group and they played significant roles in the win over Cambridge City.
Sevenoaks are currently in 4th place one point behind Magpies and two weeks ago they drew at home 1-1 against Hampstead, who won this League last season. Last week Sevenoaks drew 1-1 with Wimbledon away who won this League two years ago. So Sevenoaks have performed well against these top sides and these three teams have been the teams to beat these last few seasons.
The result against Cambridge City was very pleasing as it was achieved without three players who would be expected to start most matches. The defence has responded well to the loss of Lucy Belsey with Lauren Barber who has taken over the Captaincy stepping into the defence and making an excellent job of her new role. Coach Clyde Camburn is developing a very competitive team with players able to play in a number of positions to give him the flexibility he needs. This will be the biggest test so far and the belief in the squad is growing all the time.
Probable Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Georgie Cantrell, Jess Bloom, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers and Annie Nunn.
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this SUNDAY against League leaders Cambridge City starting at 1.30pm.
Cambridge City have beaten Southgate at home 5-0, Ipswich at home 3-0 and Bedford away 3-0. They have maximum points with a number of heavy weight teams close behind them namely Sevenoaks, Hampstead and Wimbledon.
Magpies have also had a very positive start to the season beating Bedford 3-0 away in their opening game. Beating Southgate away last week 3-1 with goals from Lauren Rowe and Lara Taylor 2. In between those two games Magpies had a fantastic match at home against Wimbledon. Two down in the first half but level by half time at 2-2. Magpies stunned Wimbledon by going 3-2 up. Magpies could not quite hang on as Wimbledon scored the winner with four minutes to go.
However Magpies will have learnt that they have the capability to take on the top teams in this League and they will need that same tenacity on Sunday if they are going to get a result against a confident Cambridge City side.
Last week at Southgate Magpies took an early lead after 3 minutes. It was hoped this would settle the team down, but instead Southgate looked the more threatening team in the first half. It was no surprise when Southgate equalised before half time. However two tremendous goals from Lara Taylor at the start of the second half effectively killed the game off.
Squad from: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Charlotte Seaman and Annie Nunn.
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday at Southgate starting at 2.00pm. Southgate have had a tough start to the season losing their opening two matches 5-0 away to Cambridge City in the opening fixture and 3-0 at home last week to Sevenoaks. Both these matches were against two of the potential top teams in this League so it is difficult to assess the potential strength of Southgate at the moment. They did have a difficult time last season and just survived relegation by winning two play off matches.
Magpies on the other hand have had a very positive start to the season winning their opening match away at Bedford 3-0. Last week we lost 4-3 at home to Wimbledon in a tremendous match against a team who have ambitions to win the League this season. In the first half Wimbledon went into a 2-0 lead and at this point they would have felt very comfortable. However in a 5 minute spell just before half time Magpies levelled the scores from two penalty corners through Lara Taylor and Emma Lee-Smith. This set the match up for an intriguing second half. Magpies struck first through Lauren Rowe to put Magpies 3-2 in front. To be fair to Wimbledon they responded like a top team and put Magpies under pressure levelling the scores with 10 minutes to go. Unfortunately Magpies could not hold on to what would have been an amazing result and conceded the winner with four minutes left to go.
However it will give Magpies the belief that they can take on the top teams and push them all the way. This week they have to make sure they maintain the same attitude if they want to get the result.
1st Team Squad against Southgate: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lara Taylor, Emily Rash, Lauren Rowe, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Lizzie Clymer and Tor Findlay.
U10 and U12 Teams at Dragons Tournament
Magpies U10s and U12s boys and girls teams got their first taste of tournament hockey at Norwich Dragons this Sunday 7 October. With 28 teams from across Norfolk taking part over the day, everyone had a chance to play several games and get in some early season competition practice in.
Magpies fielded a bumper crop of youngsters with no less than five girl’s teams and three boy’s teams. Every team enjoyed their hockey and loved getting the chance to play some real matches after a month of hard work training at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club in South Norfolk.
Magpies Girls U10 and U12 teams took to the pitches first. With many new faces, it was a day to test their strength and try out line ups, and for the coaches to assess the best way to approach team training session in the coming weeks.
At U10 level, both teams finished fourth in their respective tournaments the U12C team also secured fourth place with the U12A team going one better finishing third against some strong opposition. The U12 girls B team finishes second with the best result of the day for a Magpies girls.
The afternoon found Magpies boys back in action. The U10 boys team found themselves in the gold tournament with some challenging draws, and finished fourth overall. However the U12 boys really showed their potential with the B team finishing as runners up and the A team, although finishing fifth, dominated a number of their matches and could have finished much higher up the pecking order with a little more composure in front of goal.
James Smith, Magpies Youth Development Officer commented: “It is always exciting to get on the pitch and play some competitive hockey, especially when the sun’s out! Our girls and boys impressed across the teams and really enjoyed their matches, which is so important at this age. Many thanks to Norwich Dragons for hosting a great tournament. ”
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News from the Nest
Having taken just a point from the opening two matches Magpies Men’s 4ths faced Newmarket at ‘The Nest’ on Saturday and had a fantastic first half scoring 5 goals without conceding. A shaky start to the second half saw Newmarket score twice before the hosts secured the win pulling back another two goals. James Bensley (2), Pete Thornett (2), Jonathon Aldridge, Arthur Johnson and Lewis Belsey provided the goals to ensure all three points came to Magpies.
Norwich Dragons’ Thirds had one both their league games before they came up against our Ladies 3s who fielded a changed side to last weekend. Millie Preece and Lucy Field linked well up front and Millie opened the scoring by skilfully driving into the ‘D’ and striking cleanly. Plum Sweet, Helena Knock and Emily Woollatt protected Abi Lewis in goal on her league debut and Laura Betts and Sophie Govier – Schaay performed solidly on the wings preventing Dragons from building momentum. Magpies possession led to a number of short corners, with Bettsy and Jess Green getting on the scoresheet for a 3-0 result.
Following an ‘edge of your seat’ match between the Ladies 1s and Wimbledon where Magpies came back from 2-0 down, to lead 3-2 but end up losing 4-3, the Men’s 1s got off to a slow start against Letchworth. Forcing the visitors back into their half for the majority of the game, Dave Gilbert’s penalty stroke conversion took Magpies into half time with a one goal lead, having failed to convert a number of short corners and given possession away too cheaply. A higher intensity in the second half led to more opportunities and the hosts put the game to bed with goals from James Gray (2), Pete Bale and Dave Gilbert. Magpies host local rivals Ipswich next weekend (PB 1.30pm) where an improved performance will be necessary in anticipation of a more testing physical game.
Wins for the Ladies 6th and 7th team over UEA 3rd and 4th teams is a reflection of the attendance and work rate at training and a positive attitude on the pitch. Mary Nelson, Laura Woodgate and Janna Freeman linked up well for the Sixths leading to sustained attacks into the UEA ‘D’ and providing Rachael Clifford two excellent goals in the first half. The students responded with a goal but Alyssa Walker and Lucy Basey-Fisher were relentless in their tackling from midfield which created the opportunity for Georgia Hood to get on the scoresheet, and Rachael Clifford to bag her hat trick.
With Magpies stalwarts Daphne Beckett and Karen Ray at the helm, the Sevenths broke the deadlock via Georgia Scott, followed by goals from Anna Seggon and Ellen Moodie. Three more girls, Rosie, Tess and Lily, made their Girls Development debuts away at Watton this weekend and impressed in their first game on a full sized pitch where Ellie scored the only goal of the game, meaning Magpies go clear at the top of the table. The next generation of Magpies tasted their first competitive hockey of the season at Norwich Dragons Mini Hockey tournament on Sunday. Eight teams of boys and girls ages U10 and U12 had a fantastic experience and showed a lot of potential.
Boys National Cup Preview
Magpies boys U14’s start this years England Hockey Teir 1 Clubs competition with an away fixture against City of Cambridge this Sunday. Manager Mark Emms is hoping to repeat last seasons success of reaching the National Finals and is pleased to have 6 of last years successful team available again this year. ‘Hopefully if we can work hard again this season under the coaching of Richard Larkin, the lads may put another good run together, a lot of them are already playing men’s hockey and this will help them’.
The Magpies boys U16s are feeling positive at the start of their campaign, with some talented youngsters to select, including some new faces who have joined the Club at the start of this season. The first match is on Sunday away to Norwich City, with the Magpies group also including Bishops Stortford, Saffron Walden and Cambridge City.
Manager Chris Hall said: ‘The boys enjoyed our U16 cup hockey last year, but we didn’t progress beyond the group stage, as we had hoped. We knew this season we would be able to field a stronger side with lots of capable U14s moving up. With plenty of talent to chose from, its great to be in the position of being able to select a strong side for our first fixture away to Norwich City. What we’re most pleased about this year is to have Andrew Bedwell as our U16s boys coach. Bedders knows the team well, and we are looking forward to having him pitch side this season to bring the very best out in our boys. We have some tough sides to play, and we’re up for the challenge’.
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Wimbledon starting at 1.30pm. This will be one of our toughest games of the season as Wimbledon came 2nd last season and won the League the season before narrowly missing out in the play offs to qualify for the Premier Division. Both Wimbledon and Hampstead and Westminster were the top two teams last season and ironically they met in the opening match of the season last week with Hampstead winning 3-0.
Magpies made a tremendous start to the season last week beating Bedford 3-0 away. Over the years this has been a difficult place to go and we drew 1-1 last season. After a sticky start Magpies took the lead through Tor Findlay who managed to hold off the attentions of the Bedford goalkeeper to slip the ball into the goal. Rose Winter made it 2-0 before half time with a cracking cross shot from the right of the circle. From then on Magpies were always in control and Lauren Rowe completed the scoring in the second half with a reverse stick shot. This was a very sold all round team performance.
Last year against Wimbledon we lost 4-0 at home to a very impressive Wimbledon performance. In the return fixture in London Magpies lost 2-1 in a much improved performance and we were always in the game right until the end. Magpies will be looking for that type of performance again on Saturday to push Wimbledon all the way.
Magpies will be without Rose Winter this week but Emily Rash has been called up to make her first team debut.|
1st Team Squad against Wimbledon: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lara Taylor, Emily Rash, Lauren Rowe, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Lizzie Clymer and Tor Findlay.
The Ladies 1s and 7ths leagues both started this weekend against Bedford and North Norfolk respectively. The Sevenths welcomed Megan Dickson, Grace Clarke, Georgia Scott, Jade Bishop, Anna Seggon and Ellen Moodie who fledged from the Girls Development team and impressed on their debut in Division 3. Regardless of the 2-0 defeat the newly formed team worked well together and the skills of the young players impressed the opposition and teammates alike.
Meanwhile in Bedford, goals from Tor Findlay, Rose Winter and Lauren Rowe ensured that the Ladies 1s got off to a winning start. The win gives them the upper hand going into Saturdays home fixture against Wimbledon who lost to Hampstead and Westminster on the opening day of the season.
Anticipating a tough game against West Herts who were relegated from the National League last season, the Magpies Men’s 1s broke the deadlock when Captain Ridley set up Simon Hipwell for a defected goal. Continuing to dominate, the lead was doubled by an unstoppable Jack Hobbs shot from the top of the ‘D’ before the home side pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go. Frayed nerves resulted in players from both sides being sent to the sin bin where the West Herts player returned to the pitch without the umpires realising. Magpies conceded a short corner which was expertly converted to end 2-2 in a disappointing conclusion to a controlled performance. Congratulations to Ranauq Rai on his debut, replacing the injured Leigh Sitch in defence.
There were draws for the Ladies 2s and 4ths at The Nest whilst the Men’s Thirds travelled to Sudbury where team perseverance, a Man of the Match performance from Seth Read and goals from James Stacey, Jamie Hudson, Ben Emms and Matt Brand contributed to a 4-0 win. Then Men’s 2nds were desperate to make amends for last week when they welcomed Upminster to Norfolk and they dominated the London side, with Robbie Kinsella and Dave Skinner bagging a brace each in the 4-1 win.
The Ladies Fifths bagged a 2-1 win against Watton with goals from Ella Spear and Jose Tibbenham whilst the Ladies Sixths faced Breckland in Thetford. Jane Collins opened the scoring for Magpies following hard work from Louise Davy and Shirley McAllen in midfield. Rachel Clifford (2) and Janna Freeman got in on the action to cement the 4-0 win.
This Saturday sees both the Men’s and Ladies First teams at home, the Ladies push back against Wimbledon at 1.30 followed by the Men who host Letchworth at 3pm.
U12 event with Langley Schools
Harleston Magpies Hockey Club were delighted to be part of the Langley Schools open morning in Loddon on Saturday 29 September, sending 30 under 12 youngsters there for a coaching masterclass and some game play.
Harleston Magpies’ relationship continues to grow with Langley Schools sharing facilities, players and coaching staff whether possible. Langley Schools open morning is now a regular fixture in Magpies youth calendar giving all our youngsters the chance to dust off their hockey sticks and play some competitive yet friendly matches and get some extra coaching in.
Langley head of hockey and Magpies Youth coach Stuart Field said: ‘It was a fantastic start to the season for our under 12s, who all enjoyed a few games in the sunshine against Magpies. The partnership is going from strength to strength and continues to encourage school children to play club hockey as well as enabling both Langley and Magpies to share facilities, providing specialist coaching opportunities and a base at Langley for the hockey club to do indoor training’.
After an initial round of matches, all closely contested, the young Magpies tried their hand at a goal scoring master class led by the Langley Hockey coaching team. Magpies Youth Development Officer James Smith was delighted with the success of the event, saying: ‘Every year we have more and more youngsters who want to come and get involved – which is great. I am hoping this years’ focus on goal scoring for our under 12s will put us right back in the action at our first tournaments which start in October.’
Harleston Magpies youth hockey coaching is well underway now. The hockey club has capacity for more youth players across the age ranges from year 2 upwards. Get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies 1st Team 20th Season in the National League
Harleston Magpies Ladies 1St team start the season on Saturday with an away game against Bedford at 1.30pm. This will be their 20th successive season in the National League, which is an astonishing achievement for a Club with such a rural location and competing with the London Clubs like Wimbledon and Hampstead, who have far greater resources and opportunities to recruit players.
This will be a very important season because of the changes to the National League for the following season. For the season 2019-20 the National League will have a new structure which involves reducing the number of National League teams from 40 to 30. The current structure has a Premier Division and a West, East and North Conference. The following season there will be a Premier Division (10) and a Division 1 North (10) and a Division 1 South (10). This is quite a change. For Magpies to qualify for a Division 1 place they will have to finish in the top 6 of the East Conference this season.
Clyde Camburn returns as Head coach for his third spell and he has had a remarkable record of achievement in his previous spells. This time he has added Annie Nunn, Emma Lee-Smith and Debbie Francis as Assistant coaches to ensure that we utilise the vast experience and knowledge they all have of playing at this level.
On the playing side Annie Nunn has stood down from playing to concentrate on coaching. Charlotte Peet (Tosh) will not be playing in goal this season after many years of playing at this level. Both these players have made a big contribution. We have also lost a number of younger players who have moved on to College and University. Most significantly it looks like Captain Lucy Belsey is out for the season having suffered a terrible shoulder injury in the last 30 seconds of a pre season match at St Albans. Lucy has had an operation during the week and we can only wish her well on her long recovery. The squad will miss her as a Captain and a player. Vice Captain Lauren Barber will step up to lead the team.
Despite this loss the squad looks promising and Megan Brown will take over in goal and we are fortunate that she already has plenty of National League experience. Jess Bloom has returned to the Club after a number of years away playing for Premier League Clubs and that experience should be invaluable. Lara Taylor has joined from Norwich Dragons and has been impressive in pre season. In addition Rose Winter played England U18s last year and both her and Lottie Summers have been selected to train with the England U18 squad this season, although Lottie is currently recovering from glandular fever. Although too young to play for the 1s Georgie Gardens was also called up to train with England U16 squad. Preparations for the new season have included matches against Framlingham College, Reading, St Albans and Ipswich.
The Ladies 2s were promoted back to the East Premier League and they started the season last week losing 1-0 away to Canterbury 2s in a tight game. This will be a big step up for them but they are more than capable of doing well this season.
1st Team Squad at Bedford: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lara Taylor, Rose Winter, Lauren Rowe, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Lizzie Clymer and Tor Findlay.
In response to last weeks defeat at Diss, the Ladies 5s came out fighting when they welcomed Beccles to ‘The Nest’ on Saturday with skipper Jose Tibbenham completing a hat trick before the half time whistle! Vanessa Vigrass, Talitha Key and Ella Spear also found the net before Jose added her fourth to end with a 8-0 win, the young players demonstrating that they are adapting well to the pace and physicality of Ladies hockey.
The Men’s 5s had a fantastic comeback having travelled to Kings Lynn with 10 players for an early start against Pelicans. Finding themselves 4-0 down after 15 minutes it was going to take a supreme effort to turn things around but, having settled down and started to retain possession, Magpies took control. Goals in open play from Joe Wicks and Chris Hall, followed by a penalty flick conversion from Oli Hall took the travelling team into half time only a goal behind. Joe doubled his tally before the legs started to tire and despite chances by both teams, the 4-4 draw seemed a fair result.After promising pre-season performances and good attendance at training, Ed Brice, Johnny Taylor, Max Warde-Aldam & Michael Ahrens all made their league debuts for the Mens 3s against a very experienced Ipswich 2s. Ipswich scored the opener against the run of play but a short corner drag flick from Matt Brand made it one a piece. Stoic defensive performances from Dickon Taylor, Seth Read and Jack Caswell-Dodd kept Ipswich from clinching a late winner.
Alyssa Walker made her Ladies League debut with tireless running against Broadland for Magpies 6s who came out 4-0 victors in a great start to the 18/19 campaign. Felicity Perry and Frankie Wildmun distributed the ball well from midfield to find Laura Woodgate and Rachael Clifford on the forward line whilst Georgia Hood and GB World Cup Gold Medalist Shirley McAllen linked up well on the right. The defensive trio of Jane Collins, Liv Addison-Carter and Marie Davy protected Imogen Flatt in goal, allowing the forwards to do what they do best.
With both First teams on the road this Saturday, the Ladies 2s (1.30), 4ths (3pm), 5ths (10am), 7ths (11.30) and Girls Development (4.30); and Men’s 2s (3pm), 5ths (11.30) and 6ths (1.30) all have home fixtures, with some teams relishing the rare opportunity for a game on the water based pitch.
On Saturday, the club hosted ‘Hockey Fest’, a national incentive by England Hockey to open the doors to new and existing players with a focus on the social side of the game. Magpies aimed to highlight the best aspects of hockey – the inclusivity of gender, age and ability.
Starting the day with ‘Minis Madness’, children in school years 2-8 took to the pitch either to pick up a stick for the first time or to take part in mini matches. The boundless energy and enthusiasm showed by the children, coaches and parents alike, set the tone for a fantastic celebration of hockey.
The majority of teams begin their league campaigns next weekend but the Ladies Fifths, which is made up of mostly of youngsters, travelled to Diss for their first competitive game. The 5-1 loss sounds like a one sided affair but the match was even in terms of chances. Going into half time at 1-1, play was end to end but lapses in concentration by Magpies enabled Diss to execute their chances and add 4 goals to their tally. Magpies kept fighting until the end, unable to find the finishing touch but encouraging performances from four new young players, in particular Honey Lamdin in midfield bodes well for the season ahead.
The Norfolk Premier Division also began on Saturday with Magpies Ladies Fourths hosting UEA 2s. Coming off the back of a tough season which saw the Fourths narrowly avoid relegation, a young team took to the field hoping to capitalise on the students lack of preparation. Coming from behind, the hosts went into half time with a 2-1 lead (goals from Alice Evans-Hendrick and Keira Wheeler).
UEA caught Magpies on the break and levelled the score, only to take the lead moments later. Despite numerous attacking short corners Magpies didn’t seize their chances in open play but Ellen Pope claimed a goal back via a confidently taken penalty stroke, ending 5-3 to UEA.
Inter club friendlies provided valuable match practice for many of the remaining Magpies teams. The newly promoted Ladies 2s used their game against the 3s to try out players in different positions and ascertain which aspects need attention before travelling to Canterbury on Saturday. Proving that they hadn’t lost their finishing touch over the summer, two goals each from Anouska Stott and Laura Tibbenham saw the 2s win 4-2 against the 3s who’s young players coped well with the pace and skill of the game.
The Men’s 4s faced an amalgamation of the 5/6s in a tightly fought game which was played in tremendous spirit and resulted in a win for the 4s in preparation for their league opener with Watton (11.30 at home) this weekend with Jack Largent making an impressive debut for the team. The Ladies Sixth and Seventh teams mixed their squads in a friendly game with a 1-1 result and strong performances all over the pitch.
Eager for yet more hockey, the Ladies then travelled to Taverham on Sunday to participate in a 7s tournament against local teams. Following the group stages, a win over Cambridge South set Magpies up for the Plate semi final against arch rivals Watton. In their best performance of the day, a sustained attack was unfortunately not converted and Watton took their chance with a fast counter attack, resulting in the only goal of the game. The Ladies 6s host Broadland at 11.30 on Saturday.
Following a competitive pre season run, the Men’s Firsts welcome Wapping to The Nest this weekend for their first competitive game of the 2018/19 season. Push back is at 1.30pm so hopefully the crowds will gather to offer their usual vocal support and check out Magpies’ new signings. The Ladies Firsts follow the game (3pm) in their last friendly before the National League commences the following week.