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

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


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


Harleston Magpies narrowly miss out at indoor finals

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Ladies Weekend at Weybread

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Final results:

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


It was a fantastic weekend for Magpies consisting of 10 wins on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. The Nest was bustling as both first teams were playing at home with the crowd in good spirits after witnessing Kevin Ridley in his Y fronts!

Following a draw last weekend the Men’s 1sts knew that only a win would do when they hosted struggling Blueharts. Dave Gilbert opened the scoring followed by Giles Flatt. Andrew Bedwell’s shot was stopped on the line by the body of a defender which resulted in a penalty flick which was powerfully converted by Archie Winter. Gilbert added another goal before Simon Hipwell’s reverse stick shot took the final score to 5-0. Congratulations to Jonty Gosling for earning the man of the match accolade.

The Ladies 1sts were also on the hunt for three points after last week’s draw and welcomed Debbie Francis and Katrina Sitch to the squad to face Southgate. Tor Findlay broke the deadlock, leading to frustration and some illegal tackles from the Southgate team, resulting in them being a player down for most of the second half. This provided Emma Lee-Smith space to score her first from the top of the circle after another interception by the midfield and pressure on the Southgate defence. She then finished off her brace firing in a rebound after another positive run from Whiting down the right and a saved shot from Harrison.

The Men’s 4s looked to continue their winning run when they entertained Felixstowe but unfortunately this wasn’t to be. Working hard to come back from a goal behind Magpies found themselves 3-2 up at half time with goals from Toby Hughes (2) and Hugo Thomas. Although Toby secured his hat trick goal in the second half, Magpies were vulnerable at the back and Felixstowe were able to score two late goals, ending 4-5 winners.

Jose Tibbenham got on the scoreboard in her 5th teams third win on the trot. After her opening goal the youngsters lost focus and allowed Norwich City to equalise but after a stern talking to at half time, created the chance for Honey to cross then all onto the P spot for Player of the Match Beth to convert. Elsewhere the Ladies 2s won 2-0 over St Neots whilst the 3rd, 4th and 7th XI all had losses.

The Ladies 6ths are on an unbeaten streak and hosted Norwich City 6ths on Saturday. It took a while to get going but Vanessa Vigrass found the goal first followed by Rachael Clifford. Despite solid defending from Felicity Perry and Poppy Felgate, City put together some great passages of play and were rewarded by a goal, but Clifford struck again for Magpies, bagging a 3-1 win and another 3 points.

The men’s 2s went into their game against Norwich Dragons full of confidence following last weeks 16-0 win. The oppositions defence kept Magpies initial attempts out but Jude Portruff found a way through, followed by veteran Matt Bensly who made it 2-0.

The youth teams were back in action on Sunday and all involved should be very proud of the 5 out of 5 win rate. The U18 girls smashed Norwich Dragons 12-0 with goals from Tor Findlay (3), Grace Cresswell, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe (4), Martha Lawrence (2) and Rose Winter.

The U18 boys faced stiffer competition on the other Dragons pitch but after the scores were tied 4-4 at full time, with goals from Jack Hobbs, Archie Winter (3), Kieran Peters scored the deciding penalty flick to win the match. The U16 boys won 3-1 against Cambridge City with Jude Portruff, Tom Caston and Michael Ahrens getting the goals. The U14 boys beat Saffron Walden 5-0 and the U14 girls had a sensational win against Sudbury with goals coming from Georgie Gardens (6), Ellen Pope and Jess Menzies.

A couple of reminders…

There is an umpiring course running in Felixstowe on Sunday 3rd December, contact for information.

CHRISTMAS CASINO NIGHT is on December 2nd with tickets available from the Bar or Club Captain Emma Tolhurst. Get your teammates along for what tends to be a highly entertaining evening!

Also, the Summer Ball is on 9th June 2018, put it in yours diaries NOW


The Nest was bustling all weekend with a full bill of hockey on both Saturday and Sunday. The Boys and Girls development teams had fantastic wins over Watton and Pelicans respectively, both keeping clean sheets and scoring an impressive 15 goals between them.

Both Second teams continued their winning streaks with the Ladies securing a 4-1 win against UEA thanks to goals from Katrina Sitch and Laura Tibbenham (3). The Men gave the home crowd an enjoyable display with a 16-0 thrashing of Horncastle 1sts. Hat tricks from Stu Field and Martin Fields helped secure the win with other goals shared around between Jake Sewell (2), Matt Bensly (2), Mitchell Tompkins, Tris Baynes (2), Sam Moore and Robbie Kinsella (2).

The Men’s 3s played twice this weekend, losing 2-3 against Peterborough 3s followed by a 1-1 draw against UEA 1s on Sunday. The Ladies had a tough slog against Norwich City 2s and were defeated 4-3 which leaves them 8th in the league. The Men’s 4s travelled to Cromer and came away with a satisfying 6-3 win with stand out performances from Seth, Louis and Hugo and a lovely dragged corner from Rob Neal!

Despite Sophie Maynell Anderson and Julie Davy’s best efforts of keeping ex- Magpie Evie Gardener’s impact on the Ladies 4th teams home game against Dereham 3s to a minimum, we came away 3-2 losers due to a short corner strike being disallowed in the closing minutes. Valiant displays of old school defending from Daphne Beckett, Karen Hunt and Sandra Ellinor combined with goals from Georgia Hood and Ebony Hoskin meant that the Ladies 7ths triumphed 2-1 over Watton 3s.

Bedford hosted both Magpie 1st teams this weekend. The Men’s game was rather chaotic but Magpies opened the scoring after Archie Winter found Elliot Marsh perfectly placed to guide the ball into the net. Bedford equalised by a charitable own goal from Jonty Gosling before taking the lead through a penalty stroke which Chris Leek was unable to stop. Pete Bale levelled the score thanks to Sam Patterson’s quality pass to secure a point, taking them to fifth in the Premier division.

On Sunday the Ladies headed over to Bedford and the home side scored against the run of play after 8 minutes. Despite pressure from Abby Gooderham, Emma Lee-Smith and Aoife Lowe-Davies, Bedford stood firm until an attack led by Annie Nunn and Lucy Whiting resulted in Magpies’ first short corner of the game which was converted by Emma Lee-Smith with a ferocious shot that nearly broke the back board, to bring the sides level. It ended 1-1, a good result but a performance that really deserved to take all three points.

On Sunday around 200 youngsters flocked to Weybread for the 2nd Norfolk In2Hockey tournament of the season. The final results saw Magpies U12 Girls continue to dominate the Norfolk hockey scene with their second tournament win of the season at Gold level but also evidence that Magpies boys are catching up, finishing 1st and 2nd in the Boys Plate competition, next step the Cup.

In contrast, the Men’s over 50s Masters Cup Campaign came to an abrupt end when, after leading 2-0 with 10 minutes to go thanks to goals from Andy Caston and Phil Cobbald, it ended 2-2. A baffling penalty shoot out followed in which the three players you’d bet your house on to score were unable to produce the goods.

A massive thank you is due to everybody who made this hectic hockey weekender a success, umpires and washer uppers alike, our club relies heavily on people giving up their time to help make everything run smoothly.

With that in mind there is an umpiring course running in Felixstowe on Sunday 3rd December, for information.

This Saturday the clubhouse is open late so stick around after your game for a few beers and general socialising.

CHRISTMAS CASINO NIGHT is on December 2nd with tickets available from the Bar or your club captain Emma Tolhurst. Get your teammates along for what tends to be a highly entertaining evening!

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 21st October 2017

The Men’s 1sts made up for a lacklustre performance last week with a rather convincing 8-0 win against Ipswich. Boosted by the inclusion of fan favourite Richard Larkin and Tim Whiteman’s first league appearance in a Magpie shirt for 12 years, Magpies started brightly with David Gilbert bagging the opening two goals. Whiteman opened his tally to make it 3-0 followed by Andrew Bedwell’s second goal of the season, before Sam Patterson added two more. Tim Whiteman and Archie Winter added another couple to round off a fine display and seal the score at 8-0.

The Ladies 1sts travelled to Chelmsford where they dominated the first half and came close on a couple of occasions before finally finding a break-through after good work from Lizzie Clymer led to a Magpies short corner which Katherine Ridley cooly dispatched. The second half was more end-to-end but the defence of Katherine Ridley, Jess Howland, Lucy Belsey, Louisa Greenacre and Charlotte Peet in goal, stood strong and soaked up any Chelmsford attacks in the final ten minutes resulting in the 1-0 win.

The Ladies play Wimbledon at home at 2pm on Saturday

The Men’s 2nds turned up to the game against Norwich City 2nds in high spirits after a fantastic performance last week. It was an end to end start however there were no real chances until the ball fell to Robbie Kinsella who crunched the ball unfortunately onto the post. After 10 minutes of nervy hockey a driven Matt Bensly won a foul which he took quickly leaving 4 of the opposition behind finding the in-form Jamie Legg who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner. 1-0 Magpies.


Magpies Ladies 2nds expected a tough battle when they hosted Colchester 1sts and were proved right when Colchester scored first. Angie Wheelhouse equalised only for the visitors to add another goal. Debbie Francis held the midfield well in the second half with Georgie Cantrell and Olivia Locke making some excellent runs. Angie roofed the ball passed the ‘keeper to take it to 2-2 before completing her hat trick and securing a 3-2 win. The seconds face Norwich City away next week in a top of the table clash.

When Norwich Dragons 1sts arrived at the Nest unbeaten this season the Men’s 3rds wanted to prove that they could play in this league. Gradually the Magpies midfield and forwards began to find some wriggle room, enabling Kieron Peters to beat the ‘keeper twice in quick succession. Dragons converted a short corner and started the second half strongly but were unable to break though the wall of black and white shirts. Captain Matt Brand set up Kieran for his hat tricky which Dragons responded by converting a short corner, only for Matt Brand to convert one himself and bag the first (and very satisfying) points of the season.

Magpies Men’s 4ths faced their biggest challenge of the season so far with the visit of unbeaten Ipswich 3rds. Chris Routs, making his debut in goal, calmly dealt with any threats and the Magpies midfield started to create chances, leading to Alex Kilbourn opening the scoring. Ipswich applied pressure which resulted in an equaliser. The game finished 1-1 thanks to a diving stick save from Routs.

The Ladies 4ths need to remain positive after being denied their first points of the season against Norwich Dragons 4ths. Janna Freeman opened the scoring for Magpies with a circa 1997 short corner conversion only for Dragons to score three times and take the game to 3-1. Despite the scoreline Magpies are improving week on week and with a more consistent squad, look forward to welcoming Dragons 3rds to the Nest after the half term break.

The Ladies 5th drew 0-0 with Beccles following a fine display by the Beccles ‘keeper and an out of character missed opportunity from Jose Tibbenham. The Men’s 5ths took 11 players to Bury and dominated the first half. With only 6 minutes left to play it looked at is both teams had settled for a draw but Magpies youngsters conjured up an opportunity for Angus Wilkinson to bounce on a loose ball in the D and put Magpies ahead. With only two minutes remaining Bury stole possession and final found a way past James Harvey in goal.

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 14th October 2017

Weekly Wrap Up #5

Magpies Ladies 1s hosted Sevenoaks in a tightly contested match where the home side dominated in the first half but were unable to open the scoring. Sevenoaks took the lead through a short corner early in the second half which kicked them into a more attacking gear but Magpies continued to hold a tight back line with outstanding performances from Charlotte Peet in goal and Captain Lucy Belsey in defence. The Ladies travel to Chelmsford next week where they hope to bounce back from this home defeat.

The Men’s 1st team gave an average performance away at Chelmsford. After a sluggish start Matt Richardson gave Magpies the lead with a rip roaring strike. ‘Veteran’ defenders Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell raised the tempo of transfer, giving subsequent room to new signing Jonty Gosling at left half to link up with Thomas Ridley, who converted a short corner with a slip flick. With 4 minutes to go, Chelmsford bounced back with two goals in quick succession, ending 2-2.

Next week Magpies host a struggling Ipswich in what promises to be a riveting East Anglian derby. Push back is at 2:00pm at Harleston.

A hat-trick from Laura Tibbenham ensured the Ladies 2s took all three points away against Watton. The pressure was applied by the visitors from the onset and persistence from Fran Burrell and Anouska Stott provided opportunities for Laura to score twice before half time, which she put away in usual fashion. Despite strong defending from Kath Johnson and Jade Daly in goal, Watton converted a short corner to take the score to 1-2. Magpies came back strong with pressure resulting in a penalty corner which was slotted home by Katie Woollatt.  The fourth and final goal came from the well-positioned Tibbenham who slotted the ball behind the keeper for the hat-trick.

After a fantastic performance last weekend, top of the table Magpies Men’s 2s were in high spirits going into this weeks game against Norwich City. Jamie Legg got the games only goal following a quickly taken ball from the in form Matt Bensley. Norwich piled on the pressure, forcing a number of saves from ‘keeper George Baldwin and clearances from Dave Francis and Giles Flatt but were unable to find an equaliser.


After an enforced week off Magpies men’s 3s got back into action against Dereham 2nds. The experienced pairing of Taylor and Brice and debutant Chris Routes in goal keeping Dereham’s chances to a minimum were unable to prevent a short corner break down finding the back of the net. So the promoted third team, competing but still looking to put points on the board when they face Norwich Dragons at home next week.

Magpies Ladies 4ths travelled to Norwich Dragons in search for their first points of the season. After shipping a goal in the first half some very pleasing performances from Magpies newcomers Judith Masters, Megan Beckett, Imi Ramsdale and Sarah Louden led to the visitors winning a short corner which Janna Freeman neatly slotted into the back of the net from top ‘D’.

Despite coming desperately close to a draw, Dragons were awarded a short corner in the dying seconds which they converted after the final whistle was blown.

The Men’s 4ths faired no better in a hard fought battle away at Norwich City. City went ahead in the first half but some reorganisation led to a succession of penalty corners and an equaliser from Phil Cobbald. With Magpies pressing for the winner City broke away and scored what proved to be the winning goal themselves.

Magpies Men’s 5ths dominated against an Ipswich Cranes side who only managed to field eight players this week. Magpies opened the scoring when a Tom Caston pass found Toby Hughes unmarked in front of goal. The second and third were added by Tom’s dad Andy, before Cranes pulled a goal back past Chris Flatt. Tom Caston then made it onto the score sheet and just before half time Jake Caston add another to give Magpies a comfortable 5 – 1 score line at half time. Toby tapped in another to add to his tally but Cranes fought back again to make it 6-2.  Ed Brice, James Bensly and Tom took the final scoreline up to 9-2 and the 5th team into mid table.

Dereham 5ths opened the scoring against Magpies Ladies 7ths but the hosts fought back with goals from Lucy Basey-Fisher, Jane Collins and Karen Ray, resulting in a 3-1 win for Magpies.

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 7th October 2017

Update From Fixtures 7th October 2017

Maximum point for the Magpies Men’s and Ladie’s Seconds this weekend courtesy of Dereham who proved the weaker side. The Men got off to a flying start with Matt Watson scoring after just 34 seconds. The momentum continued for the rest of the game and through hard work off the ball, and simple but effective hockey, Magpies won 7-0 thanks to goals from Sam Moore, Martin Fields (2), Ben (2) and another from Matt.

With a shortage of players throughout the Ladies teams this week it was a much changed Ladies seconds side and despite the best efforts of Plum Sweet, Kath Johnson, Siobhan Steggles and Amelia Herschel-Shorland in defence, Dereham scored first. This prompted Magpies into action who came out stronger in the second half. Debbie Francis and Fran Burrell lead the way in midfield with Phoebe Eglington working tirelessly on the right. Alice Wiseman showed fantastic commitment and skill on her second team debut and helped to win two short corners which were converted by Debbie to take the game to 2-1.

The Ladies first team will be disappointed with their 3-0 loss against a very strong Cambridge City this weekend. Two goals from Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh ensured a Cambridge victory but congratulations go to Olivia Locke and Laura Tibbenham on their National League Debuts.

The Men’s first XI anticipated a tough game against unbeaten Peterborough but managed to strike first via Archie Winter thanks to a reverse stick pass from Sam Paterson. The away team rallied and had mor possession towards the end of the first half, equalising through a well worked team goal. Tension was building on the pitch as both teams battled for the next goal and Magpies were reduced to 10 men whilst Archie Winter served two minutes in the sin bin.

The second half started in the same vein as the first but with Peterborough in attack and as Magpies relieved the pressure through the defensive pairing of Andrew Bedwell and Leigh Sitch the ball found it’s way to Pete Bale who managed to pick out Archie Winter who slotted a reverse from a tight angle to put Magpies 2-1 up. The visitors converted a short corner to equalise and the game ended at 2-2 with Magpies rueing a few chances but they look forward to next week away at Chelmsford next weekend where the aim will be to pick up maximum points.

Elsewhere there were impressive wins for the Men’s and Ladie’s fifth teams who managed convincing defeats over IES and Reepham. Both Tom and Jake Caston got on the scoresheet for the Men alongside Ben Emms and James Smith. Magpies stalwart Jose Tibbenham scored a hatrick for the Ladies with a goal added by Victoria Spouncer.

There was a fantastic result for the Men’s 6th team whose trip to Felixstowe was well worth it. The travelling side proved much too strong for a youthful Felixstowe 4th team and had the majority of the possession, meaning Nick Moss in goal had very little to do. Goals came at regular intervals from Lewis Belsey (5), Josh Marlow (2), Simon Rodwell, Mark Ash and Richard Alcock.

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 30th September 2017

Update From Fixtures 30th September 2017

Three points each for the top four teams this weekend and an impressive 25 goals between them. The Men’s 1sts proved too strong for Saffron Waldon with goals from Will Martin, Sam Patterson, Dave Gilbert (2) Andrew Bedwell and Simon Hipwell.

The Ladie’s 1sts followed suit and held out for a narrow victory over St Albans thanks to Lizzie Clymer’s long range strike. The Ladie’s 2nds found themselves 3-0 up at half time against Lowestoft Ladies due to consistent pressure on the opposition resulting in goals from Phoebe Eglington and two for Anouska Stott, including a penalty flick. A succession of short corners provided opportunities for Debbie Francis, Katie Woollatt and Laura Tibbenham to get their names on the scoresheet, resulting in a 7-0 win for Magpies in their first league game.

The hotly anticipated bi-annual league game between the Men’s 2nds and 3rds didn’t disappoint. An early goal from Gavin Cole ruffled the feathers of the seconds who bit back with a string of 5 goals from Jamie Legg (2), Martin Fields, Sam Moore and Richard Larkin.  The goals kept coming in the second half, Jamie Legg adding to his tally, as well as Stuart Field and Matt Bensley getting in on the action. Greg Jagger slotted two goals away for the Thirds in the last few minutes only for Jamie to increase his tally to 5 goals, and the result to 11-3.

The Ladies 3rds went 4-2 down away to Norwich Dragons 2nds whilst the Ladies 4ths hosted Broadland and lost 2-0. It was fantastic to have David Brook back in the dugout where he belongs!

Magpies Men’s 4ths had a very convincing 5-1 win over Pelicans with goals from Mitchell Tompkins, Arthur Johnson, Stuart Peters and debutant Hugo Thomas. Despite the Men’s 5ths losing 5-1 there were many positives to take from the game, notably determined performances from Ed Brice and Ben Emms, and a reverse stick goal from James Smith!

Magpies losses also came away from home for the Ladies 6ths (5-0 against Broadland) and the Ladies 7ths who had a much improved second half after letting 6 earlier goals through against Norwich Dragons.


Teams are (forcefully) encouraged to come and spend their money at the bar during the quiz!