NEWS FROM THE NEST “8” 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

The Girls Development team extended their lead at the top of their league with a fantastic 11-0 win against Pelicans Girls last weekend. With a large squad to rotate through the team has a different feel each week, providing valuable opportunities for the youngsters to experience hockey on a full sized pitch and the positions and tactics that comes with it. The girls shared the goals around between Amy (3), Florence (4) and Ellie (4) with Georgia keeping a clean sheet in goal which should fill them with confidence going into a top of the table clash against Norwich City on Saturday. 

Mixed results for the Magpies 1st teams kept the crowds on the edge of their proverbial seats with Jess Bloom netting an early goal for the Ladies who went on to concede three times against St Albans. Simon Hipwell put the Men ahead before some lacklustre defending led to two goals from Bedford. Pete Bale had a goal disallowed before Dave Gilbert found the equaliser at the far post following fine skills from Tom Ridley and Leigh Sitch, only for Bedford to go ahead just before half time.
Two veterans of the Magpies side, Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell took Magpies into the lead by converting short corners with fifteen minutes to go. Captain Tom Ridley won a short corner which Tim Whiteman dispatched, much to the relief of those on the sideline. The visitors pulled a goal back with two minutes to go but thankfully Magpies held out for the 5-4 win which takes them within two points of the league leaders Wapping. Both of the 1st teams are away this weekend with the Ladies at Horsham and the Men nipping down the road to Norwich City. 

Apart from a loss for the Men’s 2s it was a successful weekend for the Men’s side of the club with the Thirds notching up a 6-0 win at Bury, the Fifths bringing a point home, and the Sixths winning 6-2 against Ipswich. The Fourths went a goal behind when they hosted Bury before Jack Caswell-Dodd equalised at the end of the first half. An improved performance and goals from Arthur Johnson, Stuart Peters and Oli Hall ensured a 4-1 victory for the Fourths who sit mid table. 

The Ladies Sixths have had a fantastic start to the season but approached Saturdays visit to East Harling with trepidation for the top of the table clash, on grass. Despite the heavy rainfall overnight, the leaves were raked up and the pitch was in good condition and both teams were determined to take three points from the match. The defensive formation of Jane Collins, Marie Davy, Liv Addison-Carter and player of the match, Mary Nelson kept the Herlings attacks at bay and goals from Judith Masters and Janna Freeman gave Magpies the 2-0 win.

Sunday saw both ends of the age scale in action with Magpies welcoming nineteen teams of U12s to the club. The U12 boys and U12 girls were declared champions in the gold tournament, albeit the boys did not have the final all their own way and had to share the title with Norwich City.  Whilst in the silver tournament, Magpies looked increasingly competitive, a fifth and joint second finish for Magpies girls and a third place finish for the boys. The day showcased the enthusiasm and strength of youth hockey across Norfolk and the club would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event run smoothly, especially our young umpires who did a fantastic job. 

Due to the usual injuries and ailments associated with middle age, Captain Jerry Blackmore was delighted to field a full team for the first round of the Men’s O50s Cup against Ipswich on Sunday, at least five of whom had picked up a stick in the last 12 months! Losing Scotland O60s goalkeeper Murrey Graham to illness was a blow to the already depleted squad but Eric Davy stepped in and had a brilliant game between the sticks, just as well considering he had Kevin Ridley, Mark Collins and Tiger Young in front of him! The ever youthful Simon Bardwell had a fantastic game in midfield and, to everyone’s delight, the dynamic duo of Roger Kent and Jon Wells came through the match unscathed. John Pope scored Magpies’ only goal in the 4-1 defeat but the attitude of the team epitomises what it means to wear the  Magpies shirt and we wish the lads a good run in the plate competition. 

There is yet more Cup action this weekend with the U14, U16 and U18 Boys and Girls teams aiming to secure their spot in the second round. The Ladies O35s travel to Ipswich for their first cup game following last seasons defeat against Canterbury at the Olympic Park. Goal machine Vanessa Vigrass joins the squad who lost the cup final on shuffles and will be aiming to go one better this year. 

LADIERS 6TH TEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Herlings W 2-0

Every year, the teams in Norfolk Division Two head out for their only grass fixture of the year. The trip to East Harling to play the Herlings is one we always approach with trepidation. This year was no different, but in contrast to last season we were blessed with a clear, mild day and the team were up for the challenge of a unfamiliar surface.
One member of the team, had never played a match on grass, and for the benefit of everyone we talked through some useful tactics for success on grass. As we arrived at the pitch the opposition were out preparing the field, raking leaves and moving the goals into position for the match. It was wet underfoot, following heavy rainfall overnight, but the pitch was in good condition and we set to warming up.
Both teams went into the match having won all five previous league games. Undefeated in 2018, there was a lot to play for. The Herlings won the toss and chose the end looking away from the low autumn sun, and we were attacking the downhill goal. The Magpies started the play confidently quickly working the ball into the D. It was clear that both teams were athletic, determined and looking for a win. Magpies took their chances early on, and secured a run of short corners, but failed to convert. The Herlings’ keeper working hard to keep the home team out of danger.
The slightly re-arranged defensive formation worked well together, Jane Collins and Marie Davy together in the middle, Liv Addison-Carter and Mary Nelson on either side of the experienced duo. Marie could be seen covering a wide swath of the pitch, marking their high forwards and making confident tackles. The midfield worked hard to keep the ball moving, and were rewarded with another attack into the D, and this time Janna Freeman converted the attack into a goal. 

MENS 4TH TEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

Mens 4th Team v Bury St Edmunds 3 W 4-1

After some unlucky defeats to the top 2 in our division it was important for us to get a win this weekend. Starting off the game a bit slow we went down 0-1 within the first 5 minutes of the game. Playing a fairly even first half we managed to score a goal near the end of the half coming from Jack Caswell-Dodd to make it 1-1 going into half time.

In the second half we started to play some really nice hockey and won the half 3-0 with goals from Arthur Johnson, Stu Peters and Oli Hall.

End result was 4-1, a good win for Magpies Men’s 4th Team.

LADIES 6THTEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Herlings W 2-0

Every year, the teams in Norfolk Division Two head out for their only grass fixture of the year. The trip to East Harling to play the Herlings is one we always approach with trepidation. This year was no different, but in contrast to last season we were blessed with a clear, mild day and the team were up for the challenge of a unfamiliar surface.
One member of the team, had never played a match on grass, and for the benefit of everyone we talked through some useful tactics for success on grass. As we arrived at the pitch the opposition were out preparing the field, raking leaves and moving the goals into position for the match. It was wet underfoot, following heavy rainfall overnight, but the pitch was in good condition and we set to warming up.
Both teams went into the match having won all five previous league games. Undefeated in 2018, there was a lot to play for. The Herlings won the toss and chose the end looking away from the low autumn sun, and we were attacking the downhill goal. The Magpies started the play confidently quickly working the ball into the D. It was clear that both teams were athletic, determined and looking for a win. Magpies took their chances early on, and secured a run of short corners, but failed to convert. The Herlings’ keeper working hard to keep the home team out of danger.
The slightly re-arranged defensive formation worked well together, Jane Collins and Marie Davy together in the middle, Liv Addison-Carter and Mary Nelson on either side of the experienced duo. Marie could be seen covering a wide swath of the pitch, marking their high forwards and making confident tackles. The midfield worked hard to keep the ball moving, and were rewarded with another attack into the D, and this time Janna Freeman converted the attack into a goal. 

MAGPIER U12 IN2 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT 11TH NOVEMBER 2018

Harleston Magpies hosted Norfolk’s second U12s In2Hockey tournament of the season on Sunday 11 November.  19 teams from across five Norfolk clubs took to the pitches to show off how much they have learned from their coaches over the last six weeks.
With the sun shining and spirits high, the teams took to the Magpies pitches completing 41 matches over the course of the morning. All 19 teams stopped play at 11am to pay their respects as part of Remembrance Sunday and the centenary of the Great War.  Shoulder to shoulder, the players joined together and shared a moment of reflection and thanks.
Then it was back to the action with matches to win, techniques to trial and goals to score. With the encouragement of family and friends, all teams produced some great performances. Harleston Magpies’ teams impressed across the girls and boys section. 

The final results saw Magpies U12 boys and U12 girls declared champions in the gold tournament, albeit the boys did not have the final all their own way and had to share the title with Norwich City.  Whilst in the silver tournament, Magpies looked increasingly competitive, a fifth and joint second finish for Magpies girls and a third place finish for the boys. The final results were:

U12 Girls – Gold Tournament Winners Harleston Magpies

Runners Up Norwich City Tigers

U12 Girls – Silver Tournament Winners Watton

Runners Up Dragons B / Magpies Red

U12 Boys – Cup Winners Harleston Magpies / Norwich City 

Panthers

U12 Boys – Plate Winners Norwich City Sharks

Runners Up Watton

Heather Brand, Harleston Magpies Youth Chair commented: “These events take a huge amount of organising plus volunteers on match day to make sure the event runs smoothly. Thanks to all our club members and parents for making this a very successful event for all.  Getting nineteen teams of youngsters on the pitch and playing hockey was a great sight for everyone, showcasing the enthusiasm and strength of hockey across Norfolk.  For some, this was their first experience of tournament hockey, and they loved every moment!’

It is never too late to pick up a hockey stick and get involved Magpies run coaching for School Years 2 to Year 7 on Monday (Boys) and Friday (Girls) nights.  Everyone and anyone is always welcome to pop down and have a try.  Contact Magpies at youthenquiries@,magpies-hockey.co.uk

For more information on Youth Hockey at Magpies and how your son or daughter can get involved visit Magpies website www.magpies-hockey.co.uk and the Magpies Youth tab.

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 4th Team v Loddon Ladies 1 D 0-0

Loddon Ladies 1’s came to the Nest having scored 32 goals and only conceded 10 so far this season. Magpies knew this game was going to be a tough test. With a few fresh faces in the 4’s this week Magpies took the game to Loddon from the first whistle, magpies quickly settled and played excellent hockey, Cassie and Sophie were winning every 50/50 ball in the midfield and brilliant crosses into the Loddon D from Honey and Alice E-H were creating plenty of scoring openings but the Loddon GK was having an excellent game. Sophie M-A was on the end of a quick break from  one end of the pitch to the other with a combination of accurate passes and good movement but Sophie M-A’s deflection went narrowly past the Loddon post with the keeper beaten. The defence of Rosie, Emily, Alice E-H and Izzy protected Abby in goal not allowing Loddon to increase their impressive goal tally . Good early accurate passes from Rosie and Emily allowed magpies midfield to break quickly and maintain the pressure in the Loddon D. Izzy and Honey caused Loddon problems all game with their pace and pin point passes. The 2nd half was a similar pattern to the 1st half with constant magpies pressure but unfortunately could not force the ball into the goal. At the start of the match a draw would have been a good result, by the way Magpies dominated the game and created chances they feel all 3 points should have been taken. However its a point gained and following on from last weeks 2nd half performance we can now start to climb the table and be in the position our performance suggests we could be.
Next week we have at home against Evergreens.

MENS 1ST TEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

Mens 1st Team v Bedford W 5-4

Harleston, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shop, welcomed Bedford to Weybread on a sunny autumnal afternoon, hoping to continue their fine five-match winning streak. Harleston started extremely brightly, putting immense pressure on the Bedford back line and winning ball in midfield. Playing at this tempo wasn’t easy and the Harleston players also had to contend with a early afternoon downpour which made for slippery conditions. The Harleston heat eventually told and Magpies went 1-0 up after Tom Ridley played in Simon Hipwell on the edge of the circle to slot calmly passed the sliding keeper. Proceeding the goal however, Harleston succumbed to a mental slip and within 10 minutes found themselves 2-1 down. Impressive 1v1 eliminating skills from Bedford combined with lackluster defending handed the opposition the upper hand. Magpies regained composure before half-time and scored an equaliser with a lifted delivery skidding over Bedford sticks to find Pete Bale at the back-post. As the players regrouped on the halfway line they were astounded to see the decision overturned as the ball was deemed dangerous high. A slippery decision indeed. Harleston continued regardless and after more fine work from Tom Ridley who found Dynamic centre back Leigh Sitch, the full

back smashed the ball into the circle and regained parity through UEA Dave Gilbert slotting in at the far post. This match however had more turns than the Pulham bends and just when the boys could consider going ahead again, Bedford countered once more and finished close-in to lead 3-2 at the break.

The second half began with the same furious intensity, with both sides determined to finish as victors. It was Harleston however who wrestled control and after a fine 15 minutes levelled through first Leigh Sitch and then Andrew Bedwell at short corners. Two of the unlikeliest of heroes dragging Harleston ahead. With fifteen minutes to go it was 4-3 Harleston! The only question was, would they let the lead slip? Thankfully not, as captain Tom Ridley (once again at the heart of proceedings) won a corner attacking from high on the right. A crucial corner, Harleston had to get it right. The injection however was streaky and it looked like a corner fail. Thankfully however Leigh Sitch collected it and Tim Whiteman slipped past first the runner and then the sliding keeper to release a shot that skidded slippery over the line. Despite sky high emotions, a calm celebration denoted the concentration required for the final 10 minutes. Bedford pushed extremely hard but Harleston dug in displaying superb work-rate from James Gray, Simon Hipwell and Jack Hobbs to relieve endless pressure. With 2 minutes to go, Bedford however found their captain sliding in at the back post to make it 5-4! Tension was at Henman-esq levels! The crowd roared, willing the boys on. Finally, finally, it came and Harleston held on for a memorable victory. It was a hard game but with victory, Halreston moved to within two points of the summit and extended their winning run to six games – the first time for 4 years.

Manager Kevin Ridley commented afterwards, “that was a battle but the desire and commitment from all the boys was tremendous. The spirit shown from the players and the crowd made it a memorable Harleston occasion.”

GIRLS U12 REPORT MINI TOURNAMENT 11TH NOVEMBER

The girl’s style of play matched the brisk autumnal breeze as they hustled and bustled their way to victory and their first winner’s medals of the season.
The opening game was a scrappy encounter against Magpies B, neither side looked entirely comfortable playing competitively against their club mates.  Beth broke the deadlock before setting up Honor who grabbed a double to seal a 3 – 0 win.
Beth also opened the scoring in the next match against Dragons A, a chip shot just creeping in underneath the crossbar.  Nathalie showed great skill moments later to turn the ball past the keeper before Beth knocked in a third following a short corner.  Concentration then dipped slightly with plenty of chances going begging in the D and Dragons stealing a consolation goal at the other end to take the shine off of the win.
After a re-group and words of wisdom from their coaches the girls put together their strongest performance of the day.  They blew through Norwich City’s B team 6 – 0, the goals coming from six different players as Magpies pressurised the D from all angles.  Beth, Honor, Nathalie, Evie, Emily and Artimis all getting on the score sheet.
And so to the deciding game against Norwich A.  At the Dragon’s tournament a month ago Norwich came out on top and for a while it looked like this would be the case again.  Norwich took the lead from their first attack as Magpies failed to deal with a cross allowing a simple tap in at the far post.
This stung the team into action and an intense mid-field battle ensued with Nathalie probing down the left and Beth on the right trying to unlock the Norwich defence.  Beth finally broke through with a fine dribbling run, weaving through City to level the match and to Magpie’s delight she set up Honor to tap in soon after for the lead.  At the back, Harriet and Daisy did a fine job to repulse repeated Norwich attacks and were spotted high-fiving after a particularly intensive period of defensive work! Norwich pushed Magpies all the way and a fine through ball almost put a striker through at the death but goal keeper Jasmine was alive to the danger and sprinted forward to kick clear.

Verdict on the day was good progress made but also plenty to work on in training.

Team (goals in brackets): Beth (5), Honor (4), Nathalie (2), Evie (1), Emily (1), Artimis (1), Daisy, Harriet, Jasmie (GK)  

GIRLS DEVELOPMENT REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

Girls Development v Pelicans W 11-0

The younger girls showed how well they are adapting to the eleven-a-side game with seven of the eleven goals scored against Pelicans coming from those who play at under-12 level.  Florence C had a particularly good game as the left side attacker, popping up at the back post to score four goals.
With a large number of girls to choose from the development team has a different feel each week.  So the team had a quiet first quarter as everyone slotted into their roles.  The early attacking threat was carried by Amy H who opened the scoring and also drew the first of many saves from the Pelican’s keeper who was kept busy all game.
Second quarter Florence C scored the first of her goals with Ellie B the provider.  Pelicans looked to develop attacks along the wings but Harriet S and Amy F dealt with the threat.  The industry of Kate and Emma F in the mid-field then helped push Pelican’s back to such an extent that much of the play was taking place in and around their D.
The start of the second half brought a deluge of goals as the Magpies score went from three to eight in the space of five minutes.  Flo C and Ellie B, who also finished with four goals, doing the damage.  The game was then closed out with a couple more from Amy H, including a powerful reverse stick strike, and a final score from Ellie B.
A glance at the table shows Magpies at the top, played seven / won seven, with next week’s clash against second place Norwich City being one to look forward to!

Team (goals in brackets): Amy F, Amy H (3), Daisy W, Jessica S, Emma F, Kate F, Flo C (4), Ellie B (4), Harriet S, Isabelle P, Georgia F (GK).

LADIES 2ND TEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 2nds v West Herts 1 L 2-3

The ladies headed to Hertfordshire expecting a hard battle against a home side who knew a win would take them above us in the table. Likewise we wanted to put last week’s result behind us and get back to getting some points on the board in this hotly contested division.
As the game began, so did the rain. which began as drizzle but ended up at stages more like a monsoon. However the Pies were soon on the front foot, pushing the home side back as the defensive press was working well which was allowing us to move the ball around on a very slick surface. After a couple of penalty corners for the Pies early on, we then broke up a home attack with devastating effect. Good passing and excellent running off the ball allowed us to get into the D where Laura Tibbenham beat the keepers lunge to send the ball towards goal, allowing Olivia Locke to put us a goal up in 6 minutes (certainly a change in fortunes in this respect based on recent games).

The ladies were now on top in all areas of the pitch, breaking up attacks and launching fast breaks down both flanks as West Herts were struggling to get to grips with our high tempo game. After a couple of close shaves, we then bagged a 2nd goal on 20 minutes after a lovely run into the D by Amelia Herschel – Shorland, who found Anouska Stott to finish expertly. In truth, we could have been at least 3 up at this stage and it would have been a fair reflection of the game at that stage.
This did fire up the home side into a response and they had us on the back foot towards the end of the half. We were defending well across the pitch and when the home side got shots away, Jade Daly dealt with them well. It was a blow to our chances  when after a goal mouth scramble the home side bundled the ball home two minutes before the break.
West Herts were encouraged by their goal and pressed really hard early in the second half ,as we struggled to get our passing game going. We were trying to hit through the defence, as opposed to playing the lovely pass and move hockey that was displayed in the 1st half. In this respect we were creating problem’s for ourselves, as West Herts were now well on top forcing a number of penalty corners as we were on the back foot. Likewise the threat to card players became a reality as we had 2 players awarded green’s as the pressure mounted.
It was no surprise when the home side finally netted from close range to level the scores at 2 each. They then began to press hard for a winner as we were at full stretch at the back with Jade again making some good saves. During this time we also had some promising breaks but could not find the final pass as we flashed the ball across their goal without applying the final touch,
As the game was entering its final stages and a draw looking the likely result, the home side were awarded a penalty corner which they converted to get them into the lead for the first time in the match. In the remaining time left on the clock, we pushed forward looking for the equaliser but could not create that final clear chance on the home goal.
This narrow defeat was tough to take and we feel that after being 2 up we should have got something out of the game.The ladies had put in a 100%  effort in a game played in very poor conditions. and its was a shame that we could not take any points back home to the Nest, However we are looking forward to next week’s home game against a high flying Bromley & Beckenham side.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

1st Team v St Albans L 1-3

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents came into this week’s game sitting top of the league and full of confidence after a great performance the previous weekend. There were a few changes to the squad with Rose Winter and Georgie Cantrell unavailable due to school commitments and Lucy Whiting injured. Magpies did however welcome back Emma Lee-Smith and Louisa Greenacre both having recovered from injury.
The game started with St Albans winning battles all over the pitch but failing to produce any real chances, allowing Magpies time to recompose and up their own intensity. The home side started to press with Tor Findlay and Lizzie Clymer setting the pace and forcing the turnover. Emma Lee-Smith continued this great work and won the ball mid press, taking on and beating with excellent skill a couple of the St Albans players before setting up Jess Bloom. A beautiful reverse stick strike into the roof of the net put Magpies 1-0 ahead.
Unfortunately, Magpies lost the momentum that they had gained and some good play from St Albans saw them work their way up the pitch, pressurising the defence.  A short corner was awarded which was converted to bring the scores level just before half-time.
The second half started with the same intensity but it was scrappy with both sides failing to maintain possession and allowing through balls down the centre of the pitch. St Albans took advantage of this and were able to convert a chance from open play, 2-1.  
Despite Magpies best efforts and injuries coming from all angles they could not find an equaliser and with just a couple of minutes to play, another loss in possession up the field led to St Albans having a breakaway attack which they converted well at the back post.
Magpies were left frustrated after a difficult afternoon and a 3-1 loss. Next week, the squad hope to get back to winning ways as they travel to Horsham.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown(GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom and Charley Seaman.

MENS 2ND TEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

2nd Team v Potters Bar L 1-4

Harleston Magpies mens 2’s made another long trip down to Potters Bar.
John Livings made a debut appearance in goal and we welcomed Oakley in up front.
Potters Bar were a well drilled team and soon their transferring and long ball game started to open us up. Two quick goals from them put us onto the back foot. We continued to press well and good pressure resulted in a short corner which Tris Baynes executed perfectly. Potters Bar grabbed another before the break.
It was still positive at half time and the brotherhood spirit still lives on so we knew we always stand a chance of getting back into a game. Some super skilled dribbling from Josh Wiggins and Oakley that resulted in both of them being tackled in a way that John Terry would’ve been proud but that should not be seen on a hockey pitch. No punishment for either tackle frustrated the team but pulled us together.  
Bar grabbed another goal late on and a 4-1 score line in biblical rainy conditions is a little harsh.
Plenty to go away to work on but always positives to feed off.
We take on Norwich city next Saturday at the nest. Pushback at 3pm.

LADIES 1ST TEAM PREVIEW 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

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

St Albans current form sees them 6th in the League with wins against Southgate and Ipswich. A draw against Horsham and two defeats to Sevenoaks and Hampstead. Matches against St Albans have traditionally been close with both teams having the better of the results when playing at home. Having played St Albans in a preseason friendly both teams will know what to expect from each other, but the onus will be on Magpies to make the most of their home advantage.
After Saturday’s 5-0 home win last week against Ipswich Magpies have gone to the top of the League with a two point gap over second placed Hampstead. This is the best start Magpies have made to a season for 6 years and it is important that they continue their momentum this week against St Albans. Clearly Lauren Rowe is in stunning form having scored all five goals last week and the week before scored both goals against Sevenoaks. Lauren is currently the leading goal scorer in the League with 11 goals, which is an impressive tally.
All these results this season have been achieved against a background of injuries and illnesses which have stretched the squad. This week Rose Winter and Georgie Cantrell will be unavailable because of school commitments, but Louisa Greenacre and Jess Bloom should return to the squad. There are still injury doubts about two players.

 Squad From: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Louisa Greenacre, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lucy Whiting, Jess Bloom, Charlotte Harrison, Charlotte Seaman, Emma Lee-Smith and Annie Nunn.

NEWS FROM THE NEST “7” 3RD NOVEMBER 2018

Lauren Rowe claimed five goals on Saturday when the Ladies 1sts hosted Ipswich taking Magpies to the top of the East Conference League – their best start to a season for six years. At 3-0 up within eight minutes the home side dominated their local rivals and the comfortable 5-0 score line provided the opportunity for youngsters Charley Seaman and Georgie Cantrell to demonstrate their impressive skills. 

The Men’s 1s started well away at Cambridge City and opened the scoring when a well-crafted move starting at the back through Andrew Bedwell found Tom Sumner, who popped the ball into Ben Gowing, who then sprayed a beautiful ball out to Ruanaq Rai at right half who carried to the baseline and delivered to James Gray to brilliantly finish from close range. However, a series of minor discretions saw Magpies reduced to 9 men for a period which Cambridge took full advantage of and scored a deflection past Chris Leek from close range. With one minute to play, the visitors were awarded a penalty corner which resulted in Dave Gilbert swatting the ball in at the back post to provide Harleston with their fifth successive win. 

Following consecutive draws and an injury to Captain Stu Field the Mens 2s welcomed Broxbourne to ‘The Nest’ hoping for all three points but a lack of composure in the ‘D’ saw chances go begging early on. A bobbly ball against the run of play gave Broxbourne the lead but Magpies fought back, equalised, and then took the lead thanks to a beautifully executed short corner strike from Tristan Baynes. Continuing to dominate, the home side won a short corner on the final whistle from which Man of the Match Robbie Kinsella scored to make it 3-1. Magpies are away at Potters Bar on Saturday who are currently only one point behind the Norfolk side. 

A two week break hasn’t put the Ladies 6s off their stride as they notched up their fifth successive win on Saturday against Pelicans. With Heather Brand, Holly Morris, Jane Collins, Frankie Wildmun, Marie Davy and Liv Carter thwarting any attacking opportunities, Shirley McAllen, Georgie Hood, Janna Freeman, Judith Masters, Rachel Clifford and Laura Woodgate had space to pile on the pressure and score five times. The win keeps Magpies at the top of the table with only goal difference separating them from this weekends opposition Herlings. 

The young Girls Development team had to readjust their tactics in response to Yarmouth fielding three adults on Saturday and the girls coped well, stretching the play a little wider between Jess, Grace, Kate and Florence. Relentless pressure from Magpies culminated in goals for Florence (2), Grace, Kate and Beth whilst Harriet, Emma, Amy and Isabelle protected Jasmine who made her debut in goal and kept a clean sheet, finishing 5-0. 

Many of the Magpies youngsters were in National Cup action on Sunday with the U14 Girls making a great start to their campaign with a 7-1 win against Ipswich (goals from Emma, Ella, Loulou, Jess and a hatrick for Anna). The U14 Boys were defeated 6-1 away from home but can still progress to the next round of the cup if they win their final group game. 

The U18 Girls’ match was cancelled as Norwich City were unable to field a team so the girls were awarded the win and a day off to recover from their matches on Saturday. The U18 Boys went a goal ahead at Dragons when Raunaq Rai scored a drag flick and thanks to some fine saves from Ollie Juszt in goal, Magpies held the lead until half time. Dragons came out fighting in the second half and score three times but coach Tim Whiteman  commented that ‘The boys should be very proud of their play without any practice together as a team ahead of the match and showed a very good attitude throughout the game.’

The U16 Girls set the tone of their game by scoring in the first minute and going on to beat Pelicans 16-0! Lovely flowing moves which cut through the oppositions defence combined with an all round team performance bodes well for the next round. Not to be outdone the U16 Boys put 13 goals past Bishops Stortford where Elliot Chapman and Bruce Daniels made impressive debuts for the team. 

Not forgetting the O40s Men who travelled to Sudbury for the first round of their cup and came away with a convincing 8-0 victory. Goals from Neil Toulson (4), Andy Caston (2), Dave Francis and Matt Brand, along with a clean sheet from Chris Flatt in goal sees the spritely veterans progress to round two.

In addition to the Ladies 3s, 4s, 5s and 7s; the Girls Development team and the Men’s 3s and 4s, both the Ladies and Men’s first teams play at home on Saturday and go into the games on unbeaten runs. The Ladies host St Albans at 1.30pm followed by the Men who push back against Bedford at 3pm – both teams will appreciate a lively crowd! This Sunday Magpies are hosting a Minis Tournament for U12 Girls and Boys from the surrounding clubs where we look forward to seeing the progression the players have made since the beginning of the season. 

MAGPIES YOUTH TEAMS REPORT EH CHAMPIONSHIPS 4TH NOVEMBER 2018

Sunday 4 November saw Harleston Magpies youth hockey teams in action in the England Hockey Championships with U14 boys and girls, U16 boys and girls and U18 boys playing in matches. Alongside this, the men’s over 4os were also in winning action, and our u18 girls won their game as Norwich City were sadly unable to field a team.

The U16 boys travelled to Bishops Stortford with a strong squad determined to prove a point.
And prove it they did, winning 13 nil. The next match will be against Cambridge City on
18th November at home in Weybread. It was an impressive all round performance.

The U16 girls enjoyed a comfortable victory at home to Pelicans. A goal in the first minute set the tone for what became a good all round team performance. All 16 girls had good time on the pitch and with some lovely flowing moves found themselves 6 0 up at half time. The team kept the tempo high and slotted in another 10 goals in the second half, with the final result a very impressive 16 nil.

Manager James Cantrell said: ‘Stiffer tests will inevitably come, but that shouldn’t detract from the excellent pace and movement our U16 girls showed in this match. All the girls played well and the goals where shared throughout much of the team. Pelicans battled hard showing commitment from the first whistle to the last, but on this occasion, our Magpies girls were on top form.’ Their next encounter is away at Hertford hockey club on Sunday 18th November

The u14 girls were also celebrating a home win with a final score of 7 1 against Ipswich hockey club. Although the first half was a little sticky, this was the first proper outing for this new team, and coach Jim Menzies was pleased saying: ‘I was impressed with the way everyone adapted their mentality and produced a really good second half display. We learnt a great deal and look forward to the next game against IES on the 18th November.’

The Magpies u18 boys had a tougher time of it away to Dragons hockey club in Norwich. The match began strongly with good passages of play on and off the ball and our defence played with some determination. Magpies gained the first penalty corner and Raunaq Rai scored first with a drag flick going top right corner of the net within the first 15 minutes. Magpies then defended six short corners in the first half of the match from a determined Dragons side and some great saving from our goalkeeper Ollie Juszt kept the score 1-0 to Magpies up until half time.  After half time, Dragons scored an unexpected, fast-paced goal within minutes to equalise the match and then Dragons took a short corner and scored to make it 2-1, with the final score 1-3 to Dragons. Coach Tim Whiteman said: ‘The boys should be very proud of their play without any practice together as a team ahead of the match and showed a very good attitude throughout the game.’

All the teams are looking forward to their next matches on 18 November. 

 

 

GIRLS DEVELOPMENT REPORT 3RD NOVEMBER 2018

Girls Development Team v Yarmouth W 5-0

After a short half-term break, the Girls development team were keen to continue their unbeaten run with an away fixture at Yarmouth.
The opening quarter saw Harleston working hard in the centre of the field, with both Evie  and Beth continually chasing any loose balls and driving up to the D at every opportunity given to them.  With Yarmouth fielding 3 adults, it became apparent that a little more creativity was required in and around the D in order to penetrate this line of defence and slowly, the ball started to be moved a little wider with Jess and Grace on the right and Kate and Flo on the left beginning to stretch Yarmouth out a little wider, leaving much needed space in the middle.  Continuous attacks down the middle and from both wings resulted in numerous short corners, with the first goal eventually coming from a crisp pass from just inside the D from Beth to Flo who cleanly stroked in past the goalie.
The second quarter followed a very similar format, with consistent pressure causing Yarmouth to struggle clearing the ball from their D.  Eventually the pressure told and in the confusion of players and sticks, both Grace (with a close range strike) and Kate (with a rebound off the Goalie) made the score 3 – 0.  For the majority of the first half, the defence of Harriet, Emma, Amy, Isabelle and Sandra was not really troubled, and when afforded the opportunity, had the time to deliver some good accurate passes to runners looking for the ball in the middle and out wide up both wings.
Trusting the girls would continue to perform as competently in the second half, Sandra made various positional changes for both remaining quarters, allowing many of the girls to experience playing out of position and begin to understand the roles/expectations of playing in these different areas.  Even Georgia forewent her normal pads and helmet for a role in central defence!   In keeping with the first half performance, Harleston continued to keep Yarmouth pressed deep into their own half, with plenty of action in and around the D and numerous short corners.  One battle in front of goal gave Flo her second goal and not long after, a powerful drag shot from Flo allowed Beth to touch in for the final goal of the day.
With several of the regular girls not available this week, Jasmine from the Under 11 squad was able to have her first game in goal for the development team. Again, with fewer than normal substitutes, there was plenty of pitch time for all players, particularly many of the Under12s.

Team: Sandra, Evie, Georgia, Emma, Kate, Amy, Flo, Beth, Isabelle, Jess, Harriet, Grace, Jasmine.

Goal Scorers: Flo(2), Grace(1), Kate(1), Beth(1).

MENS 2ND TEAM REPORT 3RD NOVEMBER 2018

Mens 2nd Team v Broxbourne 1 W 3-1

Harleston magpies Mens 2’s welcomed Broxborne to the nest this weekend in a tight mid table match. With Magpies losing captain, tactician and solid midfielder Stu Field for the foreseeable future with injury a change in leadership sees Tris Baynes take the reigns.
A solid and fast start saw magpies having the percentage of possession but a lack of composure in the ‘D’ saw the few chances go begging. Broxborne were also creating chances but the back three of Hugo, Dickon and Sam Rowe, with the assistance of Tris and the dominant figure of Ollie in goal were keeping the chances out. The first half somehow finished 0-0. A positive chat at the break and we were out for the second half playing in an aggressive positive style. Broxborne hit us on the break against the run of play and it was a lucky lobbed bobble or lobble as it is now known that opened us up and they took the lead.
The front line of Ed, Toby, Kinsella, Josh, Morgan and the younger Baynes were playing well and it was Brice and Manly that got the equaliser through some brave diving and good tapping in!
Magpies continued to press and Broxborne never looked like taking the lead. A well executed short corner saw T.Baynes throw back the years and fire a short corner into the bottom corner!!  
Some ill discipline and lack of verbal control saw Jude sent off once again for a little breather but magpies remained dominant and on the final whistle won a short corner. It was from this short corner that veteran top scorer Kinsella scored the crucial third to tap home and clinch all three points!! A great team effort and a well earned MOM for Kinsella.
Magpies head off back to London to take on Potters Bar in another close placed match this weekend.

BOYS U18 TEAM REPORT EH COMPETITION 4TH NOVEMBER 2018

Boys U18 Team V Norwich Dragons L 1-3

It was a sunny Autumn day down at Dragons Hockey club.
Magpies with the help from Vicki and Nicky managed to eventually bring a team of 11 together and with the kind help of Tim Whiteman to manage the team.
The match started off with good passages of play on and off the ball and our defence matched our determination.
Magpies gained the first penalty corner and Raunaq Rai scored first with a drag flick going top right corner of the net within the first 15 minutes.
Magpies then defended 6 short corners in the first half of the match from a determined Dragons side and some great saving from our goalkeeper Ollie Juszt kept the score 1-0 to Magpies up until half time.
After half time Dragons scored an unexpected, fast-paced goal within minutes to equalise the match and then Dragons took a short corner and scored to make it 2-1.
With no subs, all the players started to tire but they never gave up. They continued to make more promising chances but sadly could not find the back of the net. The match finished 1-3.
The boys should be very proud of their play without any practice as a team and showed a very good attitude throughout the game.

Thank you to all for stepping up to represent Magpies.

MENS 1ST TEAM REPORT 3RD NOVEMBER 2018

Mens 1st Team v Cambridge City 2 W 2-1

On a crisp but sunny morning, Harleston men sponsored by Dynamic Club Shop flew the nest and landed at Wilberforce road and the home of Cambridge City 2s. Awaiting our arrival were two new beautifully laid pitches, a beautiful sight for any hockey player. As ever, the guys arrived in good spirits and start the day by attempting to break their hoodo – no, not winning away from home, but playing cricket before a game. Is it a curse? We dared to gamble and find out. Jack top scored with some irritating small shots, while Ruanaq nearly found himself in an inadvertent suicide pact with a discus while collecting the ball from the athletics field.

With all this fun it was easy to forget we had a game to play. The Harleston men started well in the first 15 minutes, controlling proceedings in high transfer and nearly went ahead through an early effort from stand-in captain Ben Gowing which was deflected narrowly wide. The pressure eventually told however when a well-crafted move starting at the back through Andrew Bedwell found Tom Sumner, who popped the ball into Ben Gowing, who then sprayed a beautiful ball out to discuss survivor Ruanaq Rai at right half who carried to the baseline and delivered to James Gray to brilliantly finish from close range. It was a sumptuous move that had manager Kevin Ridley purring on the sidelines. Harleston continued to apply pressure and before the half-time break missed three excellent deflections opportunities. Dave Gilbert, James Gray and Pete Bale all left looking to the heavens on this occasion. Were these misses just unfortunate? Or were the cricketing gods toying with the group? Only time would tell…

At half-time, a relaxed Tim Whiteman called for more patience and tempo, reminding the group that our pressure would eventually tell. Ten minutes into the second half, with the score still at 1-0 the balance however turned against Harleston as first Pete Bale (2 minutes), then Dave Gilbert (5 minutes) and James Gray (10 minutes) all went off for minor indiscretions that seemed harsh, even to the cricketing Gods. Note here – all three players sent off were also the three who missed deflections. Harleston had to then address a situation that had them pressing with 9 against a Cambridge 11. Harleston rode this out excellently but then, with 10 men, conceded a deflection goal from close range. Leek was helpless, the defense a little hopeless. Tension increased as the cricket gods chuckled away from above the clouds. It did indeed seem like the curse would not be broken.

However…Harleston stayed calm and with 5 minutes to go Cambridge themselves received a yellow card. Now Harleston had the upper-hand. They used it excellently, playing the ball around patiently to find Ruanaq Rai (again) at half-back, who found James Gray on the baseline who calmly found a foot. Penalty corner, 1 minute to go. The gods shuffled in nervous anticipation in their clouded seats. Harleston however executed the corner poorly and a shot deflected up and over the keeper. But wait! What comes up, must come down! The ball starts to drop, the gods are out of their seat and it falls, at the back post near Gilbert (UEA Dave) who fly swats the ball from high, down into the goal. A meer mortal man, from the UEA, defies the gods, breaks the curse and wins Harleston the game! Cue wild celebrations on the pitch and cordial handshakes on the bench between coach Tim Whiteman and manger Kevin Ridley. Harleston had done it and made it 5 wins on the spin.

Stand-in captain Ben Gowing reflected afterwards, ‘that was a test today but we reacted calmly to difficult situations and kept to our tactical game-plan. Right up to the end I never doubted we would score. The belief is half the battle. Roll on next week!”