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LADIES 1ST TEAM PREVIEW 30TH MARCH 2019

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday in their final League game of the season against Southgate at the revised start time of 2.00pm.
Southgate are in 9th position and have had a difficult season with just two wins and one draw. However we had a testing match down at Southgate earlier in the season so Magpies need to be at their best.
Magpies are in 5th position on 28 points and still have a chance of finishing 4th. Sevenoaks are currently in 4th position on the same number of points, but with a better goal difference. There is still everything to play for as Sevenoaks have a tricky away fixture at Horsham. Magpies also need to finish the season on a high with a home win in front of their own supporters to complete a good season.
Last week we lost away 3-2 to St Albans. After going 2-0 down Magpies put together a great fight back in the second half to level the scores at 2-2 with two goals from Rose Winter. Unfortunately we allowed St Albans to snatch a late winner which was very disappointing.
Whatever happens on Saturday Magpies have completed their target for the season as finishing in the top six ensures them promotion to Division 1 North or Division 1 South in the revised National League structure for next season.
This week sees the return of Lottie Summers and in addition Magpies have called up 15 years old Georgie Gardens.

SQUAD:

Lauren Barber (capt), Lizzie Clymer, Jade Daly, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Georgie Gardens, Debbie Francis, Frances Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Emma Lee-Smith, Georgie Cantrell,  Rose Winter, Lara Taylor, Kristine Ayling and Lottie Summers.

NEWS FROM THE NEST “23” 23RD MARCH 2019

This season has been a tough old slog for the Men’s 2s who gained promotion last season but have been on the receiving end of 13 defeats since September. On Saturday they travelled to Wisbech in the knowledge that anything other than a win would result in relegation and started positively with Robbie Kinsella, James Osborn and Andy Hipwell linking up well on the forward line. Support from Tristan Baynes, James Stacey and Simon Hipwell led to Morgan Manly pouncing on a Kinsella rebound to give Magpies the lead which was doubled by Osborn at the back post. Despite numerous chances at the Wisbech goal,  Magpies were unable to keep hold of the advantage and allowed the home side back into the game, going into half time at 2-2.

Some tidy saves from John Livings in the Magpies goal kept things tight at the back with Dickon Taylor working hard to get the ball to through to the midfield from where the visitors won a short corner which Hipwell dispatched in trademark fashion. A tap in for Hipwell and a backhand cracker from Kinsella gave the 2s a 5-2 lead but fatigue played a role in Wisbech clawing the score back to 5-5 and keeping themselves safe from relegation at the expense of Magpies, who will join the promoted Men’s 3s next season.

The already promoted Ladies 1s faced a determined St Albans side who wanted to secure a 6th place finish to ensure their place in either Division 1 North or Division 1 South next season under the new National League structure. St Albans converted two short corners to take a 2-0 lead before England U18 Rose Winter picked up the ball on the half way line and outpaced the defenders to then strike from the top of the D into the bottom corner of the goal. Chances from Lizzie Clymer and Charlie Harrison didn’t squeeze through but Rose equalised with a tap in from a short corner routine. St Albans pushed their forwards up which stretched the Magpies defence and enabled a deflection into Jade Daly’s goal, ending the game 3-2. The Ladies play their final game of the season at home on Saturday when they host Southgate at 2pm.

Wins for the Ladies 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s and 7s ends the season on a positive note for the Ladies club with the Ladies 6s gaining promotion having won 15 out of their 18 games. Despite last Saturdays loss against Chelmsford, the Ladies 2s remain safely in the East Premier League for another season with Laura Tibbenham claiming the golden boot for her 9 goals in 22 appearances.

Player/manager Sandra Elliner has had another fantastic year with her fledgling Girls Development team, fielding 29 girls throughout the season and winning the league with a goal difference of +80! This league provides a vital stepping stone between minis and Ladies hockey, offering match experience on a full pitch so players can adjust to the positions and skills needed for their hockey careers in a nurturing environment against players their own age. The Boys Development team face Dereham at The Nest this weekend (3.30pm) and sit comfortably mid table, level with Norwich Dragons.

The Men’s 1s ended their league campaign with a hatrick from Tim Whiteman and a debut for Jude Potruff. The defensive efforts of Chris Leek, Tom Summer, Richard Larkin, Will Tew, Ollie Whiteman, Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell ensured the season ended with a 4-3 win over St Albans much to the delight of manager Kevin Ridley. The team look forward to the challenge of the National League next season and would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year.

Both the girls and boys under 14 teams had qualified for the Regional Finals which took place on Sunday. The Boys faced a difficult group (Canterbury, Old Merchant Taylors and Old Loughtonians) with all three matches played to a very high standard. Sam Emms captained the side and epitomised the spirit of Magpies despite two losses and a draw. Coach Richard Larkin said ‘A lot of the squad were playing at a regional level for the first time and everyone should be proud of themselves, especially their attitudes and team spirit.’ Three wins for the Girls U14s sees them progress to the National Finals on May 12th with a skilful display against Spencer, Amersham & Chalfont and Southgate. Coach Jim Menzies said ‘This was a genuine all squad display with everyone playing their part and contributing.’

Although most leagues have now finished for the summer there is plenty to look forward to including the Family Fun Day (Sat 6th April), the Annual May Bank Holiday Tournament (May 4-6th) and the End of Season Dinner & Dance (11th May). Plus, the U12 and U14 Girls can’t hang up their sticks just yet. The club would like to wish Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Jake Caston, Jack Hobbs and any other players heading out on loan during the summer transfer window the very best and remember you are always welcome back at The Nest!

LADIES 1ST REAM PREVIEW 23RD MARCH 2019

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday  against St Albans starting at 1.00pm.
Currently Magpies are 5th in the League on 28 points whilst St Albans are in 6th place on 20 points.
St Albans are in good form having won their last two matches beating Southgate away 2-0 and Bedford at home 4-2. They will be very motivated to beat Magpies this Saturday as they try to secure a 6th place finish and ensure their place in either Division 1 North or Division 1 South next season under the new National League structure for next season.
Magpies have already achieved that objective but will need to get over their 6-0 away defeat last weekend against a very impressive Wimbledon. Wimbledon were 2-0 up early on and 4-0 up by half time. Magpies did well to battle it out in the second half against a very strong side boasting three internationals.
Magpies have two games left with a final game of the season at home the following week against Southgate.

SQUAD:
Lauren Barber (capt), Lizzie Clymer, Jade Daly, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Debbie Francis, Frances Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Emma Lee-Smith, Georgie Cantrell,  Rose Winter, Lara Taylor and Kristine Ayling.

LADIES 1ST TEAM PREVIEW 16TH MARCH 2019

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday  against Wimbledon starting at 3.00pm.

This will be one of Magpies toughest games of the season against second placed Wimbledon, who have been scoring goals for fun in the second half of the season. In their last four games they have beaten Horsham 4-0, Sevenoaks 3-0, Cambridge 6-1 and St Albans 4-0. They are the leading goal scorers in the League. Hampstead remain top because they crucially beat Wimbledon in the opening game of the season in September.

Magpies are also in a good form and produced one of their best performances of the season last week beating Sevenoaks at home 4-2. This result saw Magpies move up to 4th place in the League with 28 points, but eight points behind Wimbledon. Magpies will need to replicate the type of performance they produced away against Hampstead a few weeks ago where despite conceding a very early goal managed to stay in the game until quite late, before Hampstead finished 2-0 winners.

Louisa Greenacre returns to the squad but Jess Bloom is still out injured.

SQUAD:

Lauren Barber (capt), Lizzie Clymer, Jade Daly, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Debbie Francis, Frances Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Emma Lee-Smith, Lottie Summers,  Rose Winter, Lara Taylor and Kristine Ayling.

NEWS FROM THE NEST “21” 9TH MARCH 2019

There was a jubilant atmosphere at The Nest on Saturday as the club welcomed a huge crowd including many sponsors to watch both first teams play at home and secure their promotion to the restructured National Leagues next season. The Ladies took the lead against Sevenoaks through Emma Lee-Smith but it wasn’t long before the visitors drew level. Lauren Rowe and Lottie Summers took Magpies up to 3-1 but Sevenoaks upped the pressure and converted a short corner before employing a kicking back to add an extra outfield player. The Magpies defence were able to absorb the threat and add another goal through Lizzie Clymer to win the game 4-2.

Following last week’s defeat away to Bedford the Men’s 1s were determined to put on a good performance against local rivals Norwich City. Captain Thomas Ridley followed up James Gray’s shot and deflected the ball past the ‘keeper but Magpies lacked cohesion and sloppy play allowed City to equalise. Ben Gowing lured a Norwich defender into conceding a penalty stroke which Dave Gilbert slotted home to take Magpies ahead again, with Gilbert extending the lead to 3-1 in the second half. The Men travel to bottom of the table Saffron Walden next week in the knowledge that a win will secure 2nd place in the league before the visit of St Albans on the last day of the season.

Whilst there were losses for both second teams, Saturday saw wins for the Men’s and Ladies 3s and 4s with the Men’s 4s notching up an impressive 7-1 result against Norwich Dragons. Grace Collison, Cassie Ayms and Victoria Spouncer threatened the Evergreens ‘D’ early on for the Ladies 4s before Alice Evans Hendricks deflected Cathrine Kilbourn’s short corner strike to go 1-0 up. Sophie Meynall Anderson connected with Emily Woollatt’s pass to double the lead before Cassie Ayms added the third which takes them safely to fourth in the table. 

The Girls Development team took a step closer to being crowned champions of their league with yet another emphatic win, this time against Norwich Dragons. Ellie (2), Grace and Amie gave Magpies a 4-0 lead before midfielders Evie and Kate got in on the act. Dragons continued to fight and score some well earned goals but Loulou, Ellie and Kate found the net and ensured a 9-3 result for Magpies. The Ladies 7s also scored 9 times when their young team hosted Dragons 8s, with goals from Anna S and Jess (2) taking the team into half time with a 3-0 lead. Ellen, Anna C (2) and Jenny Meyer got on the scoresheet and Anna S completed her hatrick to ensure the 7s remain in the top third of their league. 

On Sunday our U16 Boys and Girls made the long journey for their regional finals having qualified from the county group. The Boys will be disappointed with two defeats (vs Canterbury and Southgate) and a draw with Cambridge meaning they won’t progress to the National Finals this season. The U16 Girls were also drawn in a challenging group but started strongly with a 6-0 win over St Albans and a 1-0 victory over Canterbury. Following a 0-0 draw in the final game against a well drilled Southgate side Magpies topped the group but devastatingly missed out due to goal difference when Southgate beat Canterbury 3-0.  

The Men’s O50s travelled to Bury for the National Plate quarter final with a squad of thirteen due to injuries and lost trainers! Bury showed their class and youthfulness, taking the lead and responding immediately when Magpies fought back. Two goals from Jonathon Aldridge and one from Andy Catchpole weren’t enough to progress to the semi finals, final score 6-3. 

The Men’s 2s have an important weekend ahead of them, facing Sudbury at home (1.30pm) on Saturday before travelling to Cambridge University on Sunday. Last weekends defeat away at Norwich City leaves the team in the thick of a relegation battle amongst Crostyx and Wisbech with a game in hand and everything to play for. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM PREVIEW 9TH MARCH 2019

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday  against Sevenoaks starting at 1.30pm.

Last week Magpies beat Ipswich 2-0 away in a game they were expected to win and eventually picked up all three points with a work man like performance. Sevenoaks had a more difficult fixture and lost 3-0 at home to second place Wimbledon. Magpies will have that difficult task the following week. At the moment the League table sees Sevenoaks in third place, Cambridge City in fourth place and Magpies in fifth place, all on the same number of points. With home advantage Magpies have a great opportunity to climb the table as long as they can produce a good enough performance.

Sevenoaks have a much superior goal difference to Magpies, but they have not had the kind of season they would initially have expected.

Sixth place and above will see Magpies in Division 1 North or Division 1 South next season in the new National League structure. That position is not yet assured but Magpies have a 9 point gap over the 7th placed team with four games to go. It would be nice to wrap it up this weekend.

This week sees the return of Lara Taylor and Kristine Ayling to the squad.

SQUAD FROM:

Lauren Barber (capt), Lizzie Clymer, Jade Daly, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Debbie Francis, Frances Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Emma Lee-Smith, Lottie Summers, Georgie Cantrell, Rose Winter, Lara Taylor, Kristine Ayling and Annie Nunn

NEWS FROM THE NEST”20″ 2ND MARCH 2019

It’s been a tough season for the Men’s 2s but they are currently third from bottom following a 4-3 win against Potters Bar at The Nest on Saturday. With Rob Kinsella, Andy Hipwell, Jude Pottruff, Greg Jagger and James Osborn rotating through the frontline the visitors struggled to get to grips with Magpies’ pressure. The midfield of James Stacey, Lawrence Baynes, Morgan Manly and Dave Francis were able to find the forwards and Hipwell gave Magpies the lead with a neat flick past the ‘keeper. 

Potters Bar fought back with an equaliser but the combination of the home crowd and steadfast back four of Jamie Hudson, Dickon Taylor, Richard Larkin and Jack Richards led to another short corner which Hipwell managed to thread into the bottom corner for 2-1. Seizing the momentum, Baynes picked out Pottruff who beat one, carried the ball into the oppositions half, picked out Hipwell who had pre-scanned and laid an early ball across the ‘D’ for Kinsella to take a calm touch and find the roof of the net to make it 3-1. The combination of Jagger and Richards enabled Hipwell to secure his hatrick before Potters Bar grabbed two quick goals but thankfully the final whistle blew to cement the 4-3 score line, and lift the 2s out of the relegation zone before they travel to bottom place Norwich City this weekend. 

The Ladies 2s faced a tricky West Herts side who narrowly won the away fixture and took the lead against the run of play when they travelled to Harleston last Saturday. Going a goal down spurred Magpies into action and Tor Findlay managed to steer the ball home just before half time following a scramble in the ‘D’. A goal line clearance from Jess Howland kept the scores at 1-1 when Magpies were under pressure and the Ladies began to create some good opportunities and play a more fluent style of hockey. After neat interplay down the right Georgie Gardens drifted in field leaving defenders in her wake. The run cross field took her into space at the top of the D which was exploited as Georgie fired home with an unstoppable reverse stick effort to give Magpies the lead and secure 3 points ahead of their visit to league leaders Brom & Becks.  

The short trip to local rivals bottom placed Ipswich resulted in a 2-0 win for the Ladies 1s thanks to a penalty stroke conversion from Lauren Rowe and a short corner strike by Emma Lee-Smith. With the top six teams gaining promotion from the National Conference East League this season due to the league restructure, there are three teams level on 25 points including Magpies and this week’s opposition Sevenoaks, push back 1.30pm at Weybread. The Men’s 1s came away from their clash with Bedford with a 4-3 defeat but are guaranteed promotion due to other results in the league. This is an incredible achievement and there will certainly be a celebratory atmosphere after their home match against Norwich City this Saturday, 3pm. 

Goals from Tom Caston and Matt Brand meant that the Men’s 3s brought 3 points back with them from Bury whilst the Ladies 5s had a goal fest over in Lowestoft. A hatrick from Jessica Menzies combined with a brace of goals from Talitha Key and one each from Ella Spear, Julie Davy, Mimi Slade and skipper José Tibbenham moves the ladies up to fourth in the league ahead of Saturdays home tie with Yarmouth at 10am. The Girls Development squad hosted Watton and fielded a less experienced team than usual but the young girls proved themselves more than capable on a full pitch winning the game 9-0. 

The Ladies 6s have stretched their lead at the top of Division 2 by 5 points following a 2-0 win against Herlings in the top of the table clash last weekend. Defenders Liv Addison-Carter, Elena Flatt, Marie Davy and Kristina Brinkley proved to be more than a match for their opponents, making good tackles and positive clearances. Settling into the game, midfielders Flea Perry, Holly Morris and Georgia Scott forced a short corner which Janna Freeman expertly dispatched as she has done numerous times this season. Herlings fought hard but Georgia Scott got on the end of a Rachael Clifford pass to double the Magpies lead meaning that the 6s can be quietly confident they will be promoted. 

This Sunday the U16 Girls travel to Southgate for the regional finals whilst the U16 Boys head to Canterbury for theirs. The Men’s O50s will progress to the National Plate Semi Final if they can win away at Bury at 2pm. England international Phil Cobbald in unavailable due to injury but the team will travel with a strong squad which as ever includes Scotland international Murray Graham and England superstar Jonathon Aldridge. 

GIRLS U10 & U12 MINIS AT WATTON REPORT 3RD MARCH 2019

Junior Success at Watton Mini Hockey Tournament

After the Norfolk Championships last weekend it was back to Mini Hockey this weekend at Watton and despite the weather an enjoyable time was had by all Magpies. 

With Magpies able to field 11 teams on the day everyone, whatever their ability and experience was able to get some pitch time and put into practice those long nights at coaching. 

James Smith Magpies Youth Development Officer commented “It has been several tournaments since I have been able to stay and watch all our teams play and I was really impressed in the improvements made across the teams.   

It is quite clear to me that there has been a lot of effort put in at coaching on Monday and Friday nights at Magpies to achieve the improvements on show today but what was even more pleasing to see was everyone trying to deliver their new skills in a team environment. 

Not every result went our way but if everyone keeps focused at training there will be much more to celebrate at future tournaments – keep up the good work!” 

As always the girls opened the day and immediately tasted success with U10 success, winning the gold tournament despite some of the worst rain of the day hampering performances.  A credible 4th was also secured in the gold tournament and 6th place in the silver tournament.  The U12 girls followed fielding 4 teams despite giving our Norfolk Championship winning squad the weekend off.  However this did not deter our teams and those stepping up into the gold tournament returned with a 6th, 3rd and 2nd place finish.  However the performance of the day went to the Girls Silver team, winning not only their first competitive game of hockey but swiftly following this up with their second win and then added a score draw for good measure and a 3rd place finish. 

In the afternoon Magpies boys took to the pitch.  The U10s showed real promise finishing 5th and 2nd.  With some fine tuning in front of goal the future looks bright for both teams.  The U12s continued to show great promise achieving a 5th place finish in the silver tournament and 2nd place in the gold tournament. 

Thank you to all players who took art today, parents who helped with managing teams and those on the side lines providing invaluable encouragement. 

   

New players are always welcome at Magpies email youthenquiries@magpies-hockey.co.uk for more information. 

Attached: Photos of Magpies U12 Girls – photo credit Magpies Hockey Club

For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on bex.pottruff@yahoo.com or 07500 945247 

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LADIES 1ST TEAM PREVIEW 2ND MARCH 2019

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday  against Ipswich starting at 2.30pm. Although Ipswich are having a difficult season they had a very good result last week drawing 0-0 away against St Albans, which is not an easy place to go.
Last week Magpies had to work hard for a 1-0 home win against Horsham. It was a very important result as Magpies are in 5th place in the League and that has opened up a six point gap on Bedford in 6th place. These last two home wins against Horsham and Bedford have been crucial in meeting their target of finishing in the top six teams in this League.
Next season the National League will be restructured with a Premier Division and a Division 1 North and Division 1 South. Sixth place and above will guarantee a place in Division 1 next season.
Magpies will be without goalkeeper Megan Brown for the rest of the season after fracturing her wrist, but Jade Daly had an excellent game last week in keeping a clean sheet. Jess Bloom was unavailable last week because of injury and must be a major doubt for this weekend. Lara Taylor and Kristine Ayling are unavailable this week, but Magpies squad has adapted well all season and Lottie Summers, Rose Winter and Georgie Cantrell will join the squad.

SQUAD:
Lauren Barber (capt), Lizzie Clymer, Jade Daly, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Debbie Francis, Frances Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Emma Lee-Smith, Lottie Summers, Georgie Cantrell, Rose Winter, Sarah Bracey and Annie Nunn.

NEWS FROM THE NEST “19” 23RD FEBRUARY 2019

Last Sunday Pelicans Hockey Club in Kings Lynn hosted the County Championships and Magpies entered a team of boys and girls in both age groups. The Girls U10s had won the pre Christmas tournament and have been playing some really good hockey in their training sessions but knew that Norwich City and Norwich Dragons had the advantage. Magpies started the morning well with a 1-0 win over North Norfolk with Freya scoring the goal, followed by a tough encounter against Norwich City where both teams produced some fantastic hockey but neither could find the net. 

At this level, each game is 13 minutes one way over half a pitch, and Pelicans fought hard to keep Magpies at bay for 8 minutes before Abby opened the floodgates, followed by Lucy and Freya for a 3-0 victory. In the final game Norwich Dragons were physically dominant and edged the lead four minutes in which spurred Magpies to throw everything they had at the game to try and qualify for the regional finals. Charlotte and Havana had a fantastic game in defence but the team ran out of time to find the equaliser, finishing 3rd overall. 

Two sets of twins, Guy, Hugh, James and Elliot, proved double trouble in the Boys  U10s side who have made huge progress this season but are yet to chalk up a win. George held firm in midfield with Elliot B making some good saves in goal throughout the tournament, and Dax timed his crucial tackles to perfection. The Boys almost drew against overall winners Norwich Dragons but conceded a late goal to finish the afternoon in 4th. 

The Boys U12s faced North Norfolk first up and the squad were keen to show what they could do. Archie put in a good performance in defence to keep the scores tied at 0-0 before heading straight into a match against Norwich Dragons. Whilst playing much better attacking hockey the game opened up and it was up to the centre back pairing of Harry and Benjamin to defend resolutely, and on the odd occasion when they were beaten the exceptional Oli came to the rescue in goal. 2 games 2 draws and no goals. However, goals would come in the next match as twice Henry found the Pelicans net in what was the best performance of the day. With Will leading the forward line superbly and captain Billy looking dangerous the defenders and goalie had a well-earned rest. 

A slow start against a strong Norwich City side saw Magpies go a goal behind but tireless work from Connor and Finn led to a short corner which Henry converted for a 1-1 draw. Unbeaten, it all came down to the final game against Dereham who took the lead five minutes in. Magpies dug deep and continued to threaten the Dereham defence but were unable to find an equaliser, and with other results going against them, finished in 4th position. 

The Girls U12s got their morning off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over season-long rivals Norwich City, before a six goal haul against Pelicans which included a hat trick for Amie and a penalty stroke conversion for Beth. Dereham proved a tough opposition but Harriet and Daisy worked well together in defence meaning the ball could move out to the wing at high tempo where Natalie set up Emily for the opening goal. Evie came on off the subs bench to provide a target upfront and was rewarded with the second goal of the game. 

Having already secured qualification for the Eastern Regional Championships, the Girls scored goals for fun against a fatigued Norwich Dragons side, with Beth grabbing five, and Emily and Amie adding one each to finish off the tournament with a 7-0 win and being crowned County Champions. 

Congratulations to every single player on Sunday who did themselves and Magpies proud by their hard work, good attitude and demonstration of the progress which has been made since the start of the season. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM PREVIEW 23RD FEBRUARY 2019

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Horsham starting at 1.30pm. Horsham are currently 6th in the League four points and one place behind Magpies, which suggests that the teams are closely matched.  In the earlier fixture Magpies drew 2-2 away at Horsham, so they know they are in for a tough match. this match against Horsham has particular significance with both teams pushing hard to make the top six in the League, which will secure a place in Division 1 under the new National League structure for next season. last weekend Horsham beat Southgate at home 3-2.

For Magpies last weekend was very testing with a home game against Bedford. The 4-1 win was important in getting the first points on the board in the second half of the season. On Sunday Magpies played their rearranged game against League leaders Hampstead and Westminster and this is a difficult place to go. Despite going 1-0 down after about 5 minutes magpies produced a tremendous battling performance and finally lost 2-0 with alate second goal.

That tough weekend has left Magpies with number of injury and illness problems. The latest major injury is to Megan Brown who has her wrist in plaster after fracturing it in two places.

SQUAD FROM

Lauren Barber (capt), Lizzie Clymer, Jade Daly, Katrina Sitch,
Louisa Greenacre, Kristina Ayling, Katherine Ridley, Debbie Francis, Francis Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lara Taylor, Emma Lee-Smith, Lottie Summers, Georgie Cantrell, Jess Bloom, Lucy Whiting,
Tor Findlay and Annie Nunn

NEWS FROM THE NEST “18” 16TH FEBRUARY 2019

Magpies Men’s 6s are fourth in the league after a successful trip to Bury last weekend. Starting brightly, Magpies took the lead through Richard Alcock and Jack Glover before Bury pulled a goal back from a short corner. Jack took the visitors tally up to 3 but the hosts managed to score again. After the break Magpies increased the lead to 5-2 with goals from Jack Glover (completing his hat trick) and Simon Rodwell. A good passing move from Elliott Chapman and Elliott Cooper resulted in Magpies getting their sixth goal. Luca, Mark, Paul, Eric, Myles and Harry battled hard in defence but Bury were able to convert two short corners before the final whistle blew, ending the game 6-4 to the 6s. 

The Ladies 3s sit fairly comfortably mid table following a 4-0 victory over Christchurch and took the lead early on through Sophie Child. Continuing to dominate, Magpies moved the ball up the pitch quickly from Helena Knock for Jess Green to add a perfectly timed touch past the Christchurch ‘keeper. The momentum was with the home side and runs from Ellen Pope, Alice Wiseman, Jess Green and Molly Warnes, earned Magpies their third goal, coming from a cross into the D and calmly finished by Sarah Legg. 

Christchurch responded strongly in the second half, but a solid team press and calm defensive duo of Helena Knock and Rachael Baines ensured there was minimal options into Magpies D. Player of the match Amy Collison was a constant threat to the opposition and, with some great support play from Laura Betts, Lucy Fields and Phoebe Eglington, Magpies remained patient in the oppositions final quarter. Eventually, they were rewarded with a penalty flick, which was calmly slotted in by Ellen Pope, to finalise a great team effort and well deserved win.

The Ladies 2s and Men’s 5s both notched up 3-3 draws whilst the Ladies 6s got back to winning ways with Rachael Clifford scoring four times against Breckland. The Men’s 1s keep themselves in contention for an all important top four finish as goals from Simon Hipwell and Dave Skinner ensured they took all three points at home against Cambridge City. The team however will be without Jack Hobbs for the remainder of the season as he heads off travelling, we all wish him a fantastic adventure. 

Goals from Jess Bloom, Emma Lee-Smith (2) and Lottie Summers provided a 4-1 victory for the Ladies 1s on Saturday before they travelled to league leaders Hampstead and Westminster on Sunday. Magpies did well to limit the score line to 2-0 thanks to Megan Brown in goal who will sadly miss the rest of the season due to injury. The Ladies host Horsham this Saturday at 1.30pm which will be a tight game with only four points separating the teams – head down to The Nest to cheer on the girls and watch some fantastic hockey! 

Sunday saw three of the youth cup teams in action with the U16 Girls going down 5-3 against Cambridge City, the U16 Boys drawing 5-5 with Saffron Walden and the U14 Boys beating IES 3-0 to take them through to the regional finals. The club’s last remaining senior team in the cup are the Men’s O50s who took the lead against Peterborough when David Blackmore overlapped on the right wing to cross for Andy Caston to score the opener. Peterborough equalised from a short corner soon after half time and both teams continued to battle for the win, with Murray Graham making a superb save in goal to keep Magpies in the game. With honours even at full time, penalty strokes commenced where Jonathon Aldridge, Phil Cobbald, Tony Elston and Andy Caston secured a 4-3 victory and a place in the quarter finals away against Bury on March 10th. 

LADIES 1st TEAM PREVIEW 16TH FEBRUARY 2019

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents have a double header this weekend. On Saturday Magpies play Bedford at home starting at 1.30pm and on Sunday they play a rearranged game against Hampstead starting at 12.00.
Bedford did very well last weekend drawing away against Sevenoaks 1-1 which is a difficult place to go. On the Sunday they followed that up with a 2-0 home win against Ipswich so they have made an impressive start to the second half of the season.
Last weekend Magpies played Cambridge City away and really struggled in the first half and were 2-0 down at half time. It was a better performance in the second half but lost 3-0. Cambridge moved up to second place after that result.
Hopefully Magpies will be able to return to form on Saturday now that they have a game under their belts. Bedford are just three points behind them so there is everything to play for in this game.
On Sunday Magpies travel to Hampstead for their rearranged game. Hampstead are probably the favourites to win this League so this will be a very challenging match.

Magpies resources will be stretched this weekend so the likely squad for the whole weekend will be:

SQUAD:

 Lauren Barber (capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Debbie Francis, Frances Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Rose Winter, Lara Taylor, Emma Lee-Smith, Lizzie Clymer, Lottie Summers, Georgie Cantrell, Jess Bloom, Sarah Bracey and Kristine Ayling.

NEWS FROM THE NEST “17” 9TH FEBRUARY 2019

With two out of the three regional opposition sides conceding their U18 Girls National Cup games, the Magpies team travelled to Chelmsford on Sunday looking forward to finally playing a cup game. Starting confidently, Sophia Basset dispatched a short corner strike before Emma Williamson’s clinical finish doubled the lead just before half time. Following a half time team talk from Coach Lauren Rowe, Sophia scored again after good skills from Millie Preece. With the momentum with Magpies Sophie Govier Schaay made it 4-0 before Lara Taylor added the fifth with a brilliant run down the right flank.

Sophia and Millie claimed the last two goals of the game to send the girls through to the Quarter Final away at Cambridge on Sunday 24th February. Magpies’ participation in future seasons of the Youth Cups look secure with some phenomenal talent on show from the Girls Development side, a team made up of players aged 12 and under who cannot legally play in a Ladies league yet. Six goals from Anna, four from Evie, three from Amie, two from Florence and Isobel’s first league goal totalled a 16-0 win against Dereham Penguins on Saturday.

The Ladies 7s went a goal down early on in their game away against Pelicans but fought back to equalise when Anna Seggons set up Joanna Meyer on the edge of the circle. Magpies seemed to have the upper hand in the second half and took the lead when Gillian Stokes found Georgia Hood to strike home. Pelicans had their chances but Peg Bridges, Marie Davy and Karen Hunt battled hard in defence to prevent them from getting back into the game. Jessica Tarrant and Madi Wright added two more goals to give the Ladies a 4-1 win and keep them safely in third position.

A squad of 16 travelled to Cambridge for the Ladies 1s first outdoor game since Christmas but despite some excellent saves from ‘keeper Megan Brown, City, led by Olympian Helen Richardson-Walsh, won the game 3-0. No doubt the Ladies will receive a confidence boost from the home supporters when they host Bedford on Saturday (1.30pm) before travelling to Hampstead and Westminster on Sunday for their rearranged game.

The Men’s 1s faced Cambridge University who are also challenging for promotion so the team expected a tough encounter despite nicking a win in the home leg. The students dominated early on and scored when a crash ball looped off a Magpie defenders stick, gifting the forward a simple tap in. However, a moment of brilliant individual skill from Jack Hobbs enabled him to unleash a backhand shot and level the scores. Cambridge pulled one back after a melee in the Magpies circle but Captain Ridley exploited the students hesitant defence and drove home a crisp strike to equalise once again.

Dave Gilbert gave Magpies the lead from Ollie Whitemans’s cross before Tom Ridley set up James Gray to extend the cushion to 4-2. Cambridge won a short corner from which they scored but thanks to Chris Leek’s agility between the sticks and maintained concentration from the likes of Gowing and Tew, the boys held on to all three points. The team welcome Cambridge City to ‘The Nest’ this Saturday (3pm) and have five games left of the season to ensure a promotion to the National League.

Having taken the lead through Laura Tibbenham, the Ladies 2s had a tough battle against St Albans who equalised and then took the lead. At the back, Kristine Ayling, Kath Johnson and Amelia Herschel Shorland were having to work hard to keep the back door shut but with ten minutes to play Lucy Field picked a pass to Aoife Lowe Davies on the right. Aoife made an incisive break into the right of the D before squaring a perfect cross to Anouska Stott who applied a well struck finish to end 2-2. A narrow defeat for the Men’s 2s on Saturday sees them one from bottom of Division One prior to their trip to Broxbourne this weekend.

The Men’s O40s lost 2-3 to Dereham in the National Cup last Sunday but the O50s will try to go one step further when they travel to Peterborough this Sunday, boosted by the availability of Andy Caston and Alan Quinton. At the slightly more junior end of the club, the U14 Boys play IES and U16 Boys host Saffron Walden, with the U16 Girls away at Cambridge City.

And finally, a huge congratulations to Ross Carter and Graham Mobbs who are now qualified Level 1 Umpires and to those who completed the Level 1 Theory Course at the weekend. If you would like any information on upcoming courses please email umpiredevelopment@magpies-hockey.co.uk

NEWS FROM THE NEST “16” 2ND FEBRUARY 2019

Having not played a game outdoors since November, Magpies Ladies 1s travel to Cambridge City this Saturday. Cambridge are currently 3rd in the League with 21 points, whilst Magpies are fifth on 16 points with a game in hand due to last weeks fixture at Hampstead and Westminster being cancelled because of the weather. The Men’s 2s and Boys Development sides also had a rest day as their away games were called off but thankfully Weybread’s microclimate meant all home games could go ahead. 

There were wins for the Men’s 4s (2-0) away at Norwich City and the Men’s 5s who put 5 past IES. Jake Hayward opened the scoring for Magpies early on and Jake Caston doubled the lead, then scored again by netting at the back post. A superb drag flick completed Jake’s hat trick and Sam Moore added the final goal. The Fifths host Norwich Exiles on Saturday who are currently second in the table so will expect a tough match.

The Girls Development side go into this weekends clash with Dereham Penguins 9 points clear at the top of their league following a two nil win over Dereham Panthers last Saturday. Ellie put away Amie’s pass to give Magpies an early lead but Dereham proved a handful and tested the defence of Harriet, Isobel, Tilley and Amy, with Georgia being called on to make a dynamic save. Jessica and Grace combined well to create chances at the other end and Evie’s hard work paid off when she smashed home the second goal. 

On the back of his selection for the England U18 side, Oliver Juszt made his debut in goal for the Men’s 1s as they hosted mid table Chelmsford. His short corner save was passed wide by Leigh Sitch to Thomas Ridley who was able to catch Chelmsford off guard and get the ball to Tom Dunnett who threaded a pass through to Ben Gowing to open the deadlock. Birthday boy Andrew Bedwell linked up with Will Tew to set up Raunaq Rai who doubled the tally but Chelmsford pulled one back via a penalty flick. 

Continuous pressure resulted in a Magpie short corner which was converted by the veteran duo of Sitch and Bedwell and the home side were able to put the game to bed when Tom Dunnett clinched the fourth. 

The youthful Ladies 5 sit a point behind leaders Diss after their fantastic 6-0 defeat of Norwich Dragons whilst the Ladies 4s are enjoying a great run of results since Christmas. Millie Preece scored a hat trick in a short space of time before Victoria Spouncer’s brilliant solo effort took Magpies four up at half time. Two more from goal  machine Millie sealed a 6-0 victory ahead of this weekends tough match against league leaders Broadland who currently have a 100% record. 

The Men’s 3s faced a strong UEA team and conceded early on to a well taken goal. With patience and good movement of the ball Magpies created chances but were unable to score before the break. Soon into the second half however some quick interplay led to Gavin Cole finding the equaliser and, despite mammoth efforts from both sides and outstanding saves from Nick Moss in goal, the game ended 1-1. 

Sunday saw two cup games at ‘The Nest’ with the U14 Girls welcoming Norwich City for their final group game. Emma scored first for Magpies who were dominating the possession but City got back into the game and found an equaliser. Responding well, Hollie and Holly restored the lead and took the home side into halftime at 3-1. Emma scored twice to complete her hat trick but City continued to fight, forcing the back four of Sophie, Ruby, Tabitha and Evie to defend solidly. Ella and Hollie added two more to ensure the team progress to the regional final on March 24th. 

In a repeat of last seasons Ladies O35s Cup final, Canterbury travelled to Norfolk to face a strong Magpies side and the teams ended the 70 minutes with honours even. The game went on to penalty flicks with Canterbury coming out on top winning the shoot out 4-3. There is more Cup action this Sunday with the Men’s O40s hosting Dereham (1.30pm) and the U18 Girls making the trip to Chelmsford for their rearranged cup game. 

NEWS FROM THE NEST “15” 26TH JANUARY 2019

With 51 goals scored and not a single defeat across the 13 matches, Saturday was a good day to be a Magpie! The ladies 6s were back in action having had last weeks game cancelled due to the frozen pitch and UEA started the game at high tempo, attacking through the midfield and forcing Liv Addison Carter, Marie Davy, Mary Nelson and Jane Collins to man mark. The students scored first but Magpies dug deep and Rachael Clifford found the equaliser before half time.

UEA charged into the second half and caught Magpies off guard with a well taken goal. In response, Judith Masters and Janna Freeman had some attempts on goal before Rachael converted a penalty stoke to even the scores again. Imogen Flatt in the Magpies goal was tested by the students as both teams fought for the win but in a final push, player of the match Mary Nelson converted a short corner to seal yet another three points for the mighty 6s.

On the back of last weekends narrow defeat, the Mens 2s desperately needed points when they welcomed Crostyx to ‘The Nest’ to avoid heading into a relegation battle. Josh Wiggins opened the scoring for Magpies on his return to the team but some sloppy defending allowed Crostyx to equalise. However when a Magpies aerial from midfield fell nicely for Ed Brice he managed to push it into the path of pacy Robbie Kinsella for a cool tap in.

Crostyx levelled the score early in the second half but the Magpies forward line continued to make tireless runs which came to fruition when Andy Hipwell won the ball and picked out Kinsella on top of the ‘D’ who unleashed a cannon strike into the bottom corner. A late short corner for Crostyx took the final score to 3-3 and a single point for the struggling 2s who should use the result as a stepping stone and build on a great team performance going forward.

After victory at home last week the Ladies 2s travelled to promotion chasing City of Peterborough anticipating a tough game. The teams went into half time at 0-0 thanks to a magnificent reflex save from Jade Daly in the Magpies goal and the hosts came out fighting after the break, penning Magpies back into their own half, requiring extremely resolute defending. Holding firm paid dividends when Amelia Herschel Shorland carried the ball past three defenders then passed to Laura Tibbenham who aimed for Anouska Stott at the back post but was deflected into the net via a defender’s foot to give Magpies the winning goal.

A very strong first half spell gave the Mens 3s a convincing win away at Lowestoft Railway with Gavin Cole (2), Johnny Taylor, Ben Emms and Greg Jagger on the scoreboard whilst the 4s hosted IES, with the sides separated by only a point going into the game. Pressure going forwards by James Bensly and Sam Emms won numerous attacking short corners and the harassment paid off when a pinpoint pass from Oli Hall found Matt Bensly who put Magpies 1-0 up. IES fought back in the second half but Bob Skinner and Dan Middleton kept them at bay, ensuring a clean sheet and the win.

The Ladies 4s knew they faced a tough test away at Norwich City who are second in the league having lost only twice this season. Speedy Sophie Meynall Anderson created opportunities by attacking down the right from full back to deliver crosses for Millie Preece and Cassie Ayms on the Magpies forwardline. Abi Lewis, Catherine Kilbourn and Sophie Baxter commanded the defence whilst the midfield pushed forward, forcing a long corner. Emily Woollatt’s ball found sister Katie on the edge of the City ‘D’ who fired goalwards for Cassie to connect with and score. Despite hard battling from Victoria Spouncer, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Keira Wheeler, Immy Ramsdale and Grace Collinson; critical saves by the City ‘keeper prevented Magpies extending the lead but the girls are slowly climbing the table with this fantastic string of results.

Meanwhile, the Men’s 1s journeyed over the border to Ipswich for the local derby and thought they’d taken an early lead through Dave Skinner only for the goal to be disallowed for the use of a foot in the build up. Chances for Dave Gilbert, Thomas Ridley and Raunaq Rai came and went before Ipswich scored on the break however Magpies were level pegging again within 5 minutes thanks to Dave Skinner’s rebound shot falling to Raunaq to calmly slot home.

Magpies gained control of the midfield through Ridley and Pete Bale but against the run of play Ipswich were awarded another short corner which was not converted and the counter attack, led by James Gray, resulted in Dave Gilbert squeezing the ball home. Despite a stunning low save from Chris Routs in the Magpies goal, Ipswich found the equaliser which spurred Andrew Bedwell and Leigh Sitch into a counter attack, resulting in James Gray scoring the winning goal for Magpies who are only three points behind league leaders Wapping.

With the Norfolk Championships just a month away, 9 teams of Magpie chicks took part in Norwich City’s Mini Hockey Festival on Sunday and the progress the youngsters have made since the start of the season was apparent for all to see. 

Its all go next weekend with the Ladies 1s back in league action away to Hampstead and Westminster (1.30pm) and the Men’s 1s hosting Chelmsford at 3pm. Sunday will see a replay of last seasons Womens O35s final when Canterbury travel to Weybread for a 2pm pushback. The U14, U16 and U18 Girls all have cup matches so keep your eyes on the club website and social media for the latest scores.

NEWS FROM THE NEST 14 19TH JANUARY 2019

Following last weekends narrow defeat at the hands of Cambridge City, Magpies Ladies 2s welcomed promotion hopefuls Broxbourne to The Nest on Saturday searching for their elusive third win of the season. Neat interplay between Anouska Stott and Tor Findley led to a flurry of short corners for the home side but efforts from Katherine Ridley and Laura Tibbenham narrowly missed the target. 

Broxbourne gained control of the midfield, forcing saves from Lucy Hayman in goal who was drafted in to replace Alice Wells who dislocated her shoulder at training this week. The experienced defensive quartet of Shev Steggles, Kath Johnson, Louisa Greenacre and Kristine Ayling rode out the threat and as the second half began both teams pushed for a breakthrough. Jess Howland gambled with a run from deep as she picked up the ball and drifted past a couple of Broxbourne defenders before applying a fine finish to give Magpies the lead. 

With the home crowd in full voice, Broxbourne pushed hard for an equaliser and won a series of short corners in the dying minutes, pushing the whole team up to pack out the Magpies circle but a hard fight and top work rate from the 2s meant they held on to all three vital points. The Ladies travel to mid table Peterborough next Saturday in search of another win. 

Following last seasons promotion the Men’s 2s have found it tough going in Division 1, taking 4 wins from the first 14 games. Hosting Old Southendian on Saturday Magpies started brightly with some good chances but it was the visitors who scored first from a short corner. However, the veteran midfield of Tristan Baynes, Andy Hipwell and Dave Francis kept their cool and continued to create opportunities. Jamie Hudson, on his debut for the 2s, used his silky skills to find a defenders foot in the ‘D’ and in a short corner which Tristan deftly dispatched to even the score line. 

Southend pulled one back but Robbie Kinsella linked up with Jude Potruff to level the scores again. Committing players forward to try and get the winning goal Magpies were left open and heart breakingly conceded a short corner which was converted to leave the Boys in black and white second from bottom. 

In contrast, the Men’s 3s are in line for a promotion push following their 3-2 win against IES on Saturday. The 4s travelled to Newmarket where Freddie Hershel Shorland and Joe Wicks made their debuts. Short corner conversions from Matt Bensly (2) and Freddie gave Magpies a comfortable lead before Newmarket pulled one back but Sam Emms put the game to bed by scoring the fourth. The Men’s 5s are mid table after putting 4 goals past Sudbury at The Nest with goals from Sam Moore (2), Dan Kinsman and Gavin Cole on his return from injury. 

The Ladies 4s continued their winning run with goals galore at home against Norwich City. Honey Lamdin, Millie Preece (3), Cassie Ayms and Keira Wheeler got on the scoresheet in the first half with Abi Lewis having a quiet game in the Magpies goal. Tireless work in midfield from Katie Woollatt, Grace Collinson, Sophie Meynall-Anderson and Sophie Baxter kept City at bay whilst the Magpies attack pushed for more. Honey managed to deflect in a rebound from Keira’s shot before Ellie Bale set up Imi Ramsdale to smash in the eighth. 

On the back of a successful indoor season the Men’s 1s faced struggling Letchworth away and welcomed Tom Dunnett and Chris Routs to the squad. A combination of Jack Hobbs and Dave Gilbert forced a deflection into the roof of the net to give Magpies the lead. Letchworth equalised via a short corner to take the teams into half time with a goal a piece. 

Coming out strongly in the second half Magpies created a lovely bit of play down the left hand side between Andrew Bedwell, Leigh Sitch and Tom Dunnet which found Dave Gilbert at the back post to calmly put the ball away. With relentless pressure Tom Ridley picked out James Gray to score the third before Leigh Sitch and Jack Hobbs secured the 5-1 score line and three points to Magpies, who travel to Ipswich next weekend for the local derby. 

Last weekend the U16 and U18 Girls took part in the National Indoor Finals weekend where the U16s won one game from their pool, and the U18 won all four. The U18s sadly lost 4-1 against Repton in the semi final but all the girls and coaches should be immensely proud of their achievements. 

The Mixed ‘A’ team travelled to Peterborough for the second round of the National Cup and started well but it was the hosts who scored first by sneaking in at the back post. Conceding another goal soon into the second half Magpies were on the back foot but a swift counter attack saw Rose Winter hold the ball up for Andrew Bedwell who found Dave Gilbert to cross for Tom Ridley who pulled a goal back for Magpies. With nothing to lose, Harleston threw players forward and, with the clock ticking down, Rose slotted the ball into the open goal. 

The game went to flicks to decide who progresses to the next round and Peterborough came out 5-3 winners. In the Mixed Plate competition Norwich Dragons clinched a 1-0 win over Magpies to knock out the ‘B’ team. 

NEWS FROM THE NEST “13” 12TH JANUARY 2019

Magpies Ladies Indoor team started the last weekend of the Super 6s Indoor Championships in second place from Surbiton on goal difference and three points behind the leaders Sutton Coldfield. After another four tough matches they finished in a respectable fourth position but were not quite able to challenge the top two teams who won promotion to the Premier Indoor Division. The Men’s side which included Raunaq Rai, Jack Hobbs and John Livings who replaced Leigh Sitch, Tristan Baynes and Simon Hipwell for the second weekend of tournament, got off to a cracking start with a 9-3 win over St Albans and continued to move up the table, ending the tournament in fifth position. The Men head straight back to league action this weekend with a trip to Letchworth whilst the Ladies have another week until the National League commences again.

Superstar Matt Wicks stepped in as eleventh man for the Men’s 5s who arrived at Dereham with 10 players on Saturday but breathed a sigh of relief when Joe’s dad produced his kit from the car which was stored away ‘just in case’. Dereham started strongly and Magpies initially failed to cope with their fast and direct style, with the home side taking a 3-0 lead before Sam Moore and Chris Hall pulled two back before half time. 

Despite Derehams’ attempts to crash the ball into the Magpies ‘D’ most of their passes fell to Jerry Blackmore and Ewie Cumming in defence whilst Sam caused chaos at the attacking end and equalised. Dan Klinsman scored for the visitors to give Magpies a 4-3 lead only for Dereham to add another. At 4-4 Magpies were relentless in their press which resulted in Sam completing his hat trick and seal the three points. 

There were more wins away from home from the Ladies 5s who put six goals past Watton 2s and the Men’s 6s who notched up their fifth win of the season at Newmarket. The Ladies 7s enjoyed a late push back at home where, despite starting with great intensity after the Christmas break, it was visitors Watton who scored first. Ellen Moodie soon equalised for Magpies and, following some tactical changes at half time, Annie Lancaster gave the home side the lead. Continuing the momentum Gillian Stokes and Jessica Tarrant linked up well which resulted in a fine strike and goal from Jess. Annie claimed Magpies’ fourth goal to take the team into next weeks match against league leaders North Norfolk full of confidence. 

Marie Davy, Holly Morris and Laura Woodgate led the Ladies 6s into a positive rhythm of play against Broadland with numerous chances created by Janna Freeman and Anna Seggons. Georgia Scott finally broke the deadlock following good work by Georgie Hood and Flea Perry. Kristina Brinkley scored her first goal for the 6s to take Magpies 2-0 up before Rachael Clifford added a third to extend the teams lead at the top of the table.

The Boys development team got a good 4-1 win against Norwich Dragons ‘B’ whilst the Girls used the width of the pitch to put together some fine attacking moves which resulted in Kate converting a short corner. Grace proved a menace for Yarmouth by linking up with the attacking trio and setting up Ellie and Evie for a strike which forced a save from the oppositions’ keeper. A flowing team goal which started with Rosie out on the left resulted in Ellie clinching the second goal, followed by another to secure the win. 

The Men’s 3s claimed a 4-1 victory on Saturday when they hosted Sudbury who currently foot the table. The Ladies 4s enjoyed the same score line away at Norwich Dragons and started fiercely with Cassie Ayms forcing the Dragons ‘keeper into action early on. A moment of hesitation in defence allowed Norwich to grab the first goal but Honey Lamdin calmly slotted home to level the scores soon after. Cathrine Kilbourn converted a short corner before Emily Woollatt and Honey set Cassie up at the back post to extend the lead. Connecting with Imi Ramsdale, Katie Woollatt added the fourth goal to take the team up to fifth in the league which is a fantastic achievement  considering their tough start to the season.

Magpies O40s Men’s Cup side hosted Peterborough on Sunday where a hat trick from Matt Brand, and goals from Gavin Cole and James Stacey ensures the team progress to the next round with a 5-1 win. This weekend the U18 Girls Indoor team head to Croydon for the National finals whilst the Girls U16s travel to Wolverhampton for theirs, best of luck to both teams. Sunday sees the Mixed teams in action with the ‘A’s facing Peterborough in the Cup and the ‘B’s heading to Norwich Dragons for the Plate competition. 

LADIES INDOOR DIV 1 SUPER SIXES PREVIEW 12TH/13TH JANUARY 2019

Harleston Magpies Ladies Indoor squad sponsored by Durrants Estate Agents travel to Nottingham University this weekend. Last weekend at Bristol, Magpies recorded three wins and a draw. At the half way stage they are currently in second place on goal difference from Surbiton, but two points behind the leaders Sutton Coldfield, who won all four of their matches. The top two teams will be promoted to the Premier Division, so there is everything to play for and it promises to be an exciting weekend of hockey all round.
On Saturday Magpies play Gloucester City at 13.30 and Reading at 17.30. On Sunday Magpies meet Sevenoaks at 11.00 and League leaders Sutton Coldfield at 17.00 in the final game of the Tournament.
Magpies squad changes slightly from last weekend with Debbie Francis and Annie Nunn joining it, but losing Charlotte Harrison.

Squad: Emma Lee-Smith Player Coach, Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Kristine Ayling, Lauren Rowe, Debbie Francis, Sarah Brook, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Lara Taylor and Annie Nunn.

SANTAS V ELVES THE SNOWFLAKE CUP AND ICICLE TROPHY 15TH DECEMBER 2018

Harleston Magpies hosted the 3rd Santa vs Elves (Dads v Lads) hockey match to bring to a close the first half of the season with the Snowflake Cup and following FIH Lapland sanction the inaugural Icicle Trophy for Mr & Mrs Claus’s and her Reindeer (Mums & Dads v Girls).
With the winds switching on Friday night to northerly’s, Julie Raingauge had to make an early morning pitch inspection but apart from confirming a chilly morning was in store for all the pitches were once again playable and over 70 Santa’s, Mrs Claus’s, Elves and Reindeers took to the pitches.  Many thankful for the extra layers their costumes offered.
With many of the Santa’s / Mrs Claus’s new to hockey there was plenty to cheer as family took on one another with many personal battles being played out leading in the Dads v Lads match to two Santa’s spending time in the sin bin for inappropriate behaviour towards elves!  The was the first time any warnings have had to be issued in the 3 year history of the Santa vs Elves Snowfalke Cup and Santa Emms, tema Captain /Manager and Coach will now have to face the FIH Lapland disciplinary panel before next seasons match.  Santa Emms defence “the elves in question had been asking for it all year” did not wash with the match officials neither is it likely to be accepted by the disciplinary panel.  Although it goes to show just how much the Snowflake Cup and Icicle Trophy means to those taking part.
In both matches the deadlock was broken first by the Santa’s / Mrs Claus’s.  The unstoppable Santa Emms scoring to give the Dad’s an early lead, Santa Bowden putting the Mixed Santa’s ahead against the girls.  However the lure of mince pies proved to be the downfall for both Santa teams.
Whilst mince pies were being eaten and mulled wine was sipped the Elves were planning, penalty corner variations, attacking formations and slick passing routines and following the restart both Elf teams used their planning and fitness to devastating effect, equalising, going ahead and finally putting the result beyond doubt with well taken third goals.
With the scores beyond the reach of the Santa’s and Mrs Claus’s and turkey rolls beckoning in the clubhouse matches where abandoned and all assembled heading in to the warmth of the clubhouse for festive food and the presentation of the Snowflake Cup and Icicle Trophy – deservedly won by the Elf’s.  

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