Magpies Ladies Weekend Preview


Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday against Southgate HC starting at 12.30pm. Last week Magpies beat Chelmsford at home 3-1 finishing with a strong second half performance, despite conceding an equaliser early in the second half. It was another good result but there were plenty of opportunities for Magpies to have scored more goals. The goals were scored by Tor Findlay, Maria Andrews and Lauren Barber. After last weekend Magpies remain in 3rd place with 29 points.

Southgate played two matches last weekend losing 4-1 to Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday but beating Northampton Saints 5-0 at home on the Sunday. Alexandra Fenwick scored from two penalty corners and this is a name Magpies will remember well as she scored a hatrick at Magpies back in October. Fortunately on that day Magpies scored 5 goals with two decisive late goals from Lucy Whiting. Southgate are presently in 8th place with 12 points.

Lucy Whiting is unavailable this week but Lauren Rowe returns to the squad.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.

U18 girls v Beeston

We had been given a home draw in the Quarter final of the U18 National cup competition against Beeston U18 girls who were the National champions for the last 3 years. Beeston made their long trip to Magpies with a squad that contained several England players and they started the game strongly. 

Beeston had a lot of the play in the first 10 mins but magpies held firm and managed to keep the visitors at bay until the 15th minute when magpies defence was beaten by a wonderful individual goal from Beeston. The defence of Katie, Charlotte, Lauren and Sketch kept battling and made some crucial tackles.

Magpies kept trying to attack and good play between Tor and Anna resulted in Alice crossing to Abby and her shot was saved by the Beeston keeper. Beeston managed to have the majority of possession and finished the half 5-0 ahead.

After Rob and Lucy’s half time talk, magpies competed more and grew into the game in the 2nd half. Lauren made a good run into the Beeston D but just failed to hit the target.

Magpies started to force some short corners and Abby scored a well taken goal from one of these. this goal was deserved and credit to the girls that they continued to compete against a very well organised team, the final score was 7-1 to Beeston.

Magpies can take credit that they reached the last 8 of the National cup and in the previous 3 rounds had scored 27 goals also a lot of the squad will still be in same age group to compete again in next years competition.

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 21 February 2017


With the exception of the two 1st teams it was ‘catch-up Saturday’ for 10 of our teams at the weekend following the postponements in January due to frost and what a day it turned out to be for the club with eight wins, two draws and just two defeats and one of those to another club team. No wonder the clubhouse was ‘buzzing’ (as umpire Rod Larwood kindly commented) and as it was again the next day for the ‘thank you’ reception for club helpers.

So where do I start this week? The Men’s 1sts complain I never give them top billing (even when they beat league leaders Old Loughtonians!) so there will be more moaning this week as they miss out again despite their away win over Dereham and with it their first clean sheet of the season. The Ladies’ 5ths and Men’s 2nds both have strong claims after their home wins but for the second week running the accolade goes to the Ladies’ 1sts.

Captain Lucy Belsey and her team were at home to old rivals Chelmsford coached by Glenn Kirkham, one of England and GB’s best ever players, and they included out-on-loan Magpies Molly Redgrove and Hannah de Selincourt. As the previous week Magpies made a strong start but this time missed chances to take an early lead. They continued to look the side more likely to score but it was a relief to the home supporters when Tor Findlay put them ahead approaching half time. Soon after the break Chelmsford equalised when for once the home defence went missing. Magpies responded well to this setback and Maria Andrews put them back in front with one of her trademark reverse stick thunderbolts. Lauren Barber made the game safe for Magpies when she coolly converted a penalty stroke two minutes from time. This was the team’s fourth consecutive win and this coming Saturday they will be hoping to do the double when they travel to play Southgate (12.30). Annie Nunn, who was injured during the indoor season, told me she will not be fit to play again this season which is a big blow to the team.

AUCTION OF PROMISES – the excitement is growing!
Saturday 4 March 2017 – Clubhouse 7.00pm with auction to commence at 7.30pm.
£5 entry to include glass of wine on arrival (or soft drink), nibbles and entry to raffle.
We need your support – please come; payment on the door. 
Please click here for the first 61 Lots now in catalogue order.
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The Ladies’ 5ths beat Reepham 3-1 with all their goals coming from Georgie Gardens. At 2-1 up goalkeeper Gillian Stokes (following her goals in recent weeks for the 6ths) saved a penalty stroke. In the clubhouse Heather Brand said that, unlike her husband Matt, she never gets a mention in this column. So I put that right now by saying that Heather conceded the penalty stroke! In fairness I also have to report that as usual Heather played well and unlike Matt in his game for the 3rds was not invited to take a five-minute breather!

The Men’s 2nds were up against Long Sutton and this was a six-pointer as both teams battle to avoid the four relegation spots. There was not much between the teams although the visitors from Lincolnshire seemed to have the edge and Magpies were indebted to a series of fine saves by goalkeeper Chris Leek. But the battling Magpies were always in the game and to a roar from their supporters Matt Bensly thrashed the ball into the net with fifteen minutes remaining in the second half for the only goal of the game. This Saturday Magpies will need to put in another strong performance to take points off Bourne Deeping (2.00) in the feature game at Weybread.

Are you interested? For full details please see under RECENT POSTS on the club’s website.

The first game of the day was the eagerly awaited return clash of the Men’s 5ths and 6ths with the generally more youthful 5ths winning 4-1. Ben Emms put them ahead before Chris Hall scored probably the luckiest goal of his career. His shot was saved on the line by Ross Carter. The ball then hit the back of goalkeeper and captain Steve Halliley’s stick and rolled slowly back into the goal! But as Chris said if he had not made the shot …..  Joe Walker then reduced the arrears for the 6ths with a fierce hit from the edge of the circle before in the second half, with skipper James Smith off with a hamstring problem, the 5ths added further goals by Ben, with his second, and Jude Pottruff, two of the club’s most promising talents. For the 6ths new member Greg Whitbread was making his very welcome debut.

Next into home action were the Ladies’ 3rds and they never got into top gear in a tight game with Dereham 2nds. The only goal came in the second half when Dereham took advantage of a mistake midway in the home half and with it they inflicted the first defeat on the home team since 5 November. MOTM for Magpies was left defender Amelia Herschel-Shorland. Meanwhile the Ladies’ 7ths, with the luxury of a squad of thirteen players, had a good 1-0 win (Rosemary Turney) over UEA 4ths.

The Men’s 3rds were also at home and after a remarkable run of 18 consecutive home wins stretching back to 7 March 2015 (when they went down 2-1 to Norwich Dragons 2nds) they had to settle for a fair 2-2 draw against IES 3rds. They were twice a goal down with their equalisers coming from Gavin Cole and Jon Aldridge. The last few minutes of the game saw several cards being flourished and Magpies’ second equaliser came when the team was down to nine players. The team has now dropped to second place in their league on goal difference but have two games in hand on leaders Newmarket and one game in hand on Bury St Edmunds who are one point behind.

Away from home there was yet more success for the club with wins for the Men’s 1sts, Ladies’ 2nds, Girls’ Development and a draw for the Men’s 4ths. The Men’s 1sts match against local rivals Dereham was always a potential banana skin for the team but fortunately there was no slip up with their goals coming from Archie Winter and Ben Wright in their 2-0 win with goalkeeper John Livings MOTM. They are away again on Saturday to Cambridge University (1.30). The Ladies’ 2nds needed the boost of a win after two narrow defeats and a draw and it came with a 2-1 win over Norwich Dragons 2nds with Anna Tighe getting both their goals in the first half. MOTM was Kath Johnson. The Girls’ Development beat Watton 3-0 with their goals coming from Hannah Gartland, Anna Cogdell with a superb reverse stick shot into the bottom left (the day after her eleventh birthday) and Olivia Lapage. With a few regular players missing player-manager Sandra Elliner gave promising debuts to Georgia Scott and Evie Nesling. Meanwhile the Men’s 4ths had a hard fought 0-0 draw with a surprisingly strong and experienced IES 4ths. Captain David Blackmore reports that ‘young’ Eric Davy (‘Mr Versatile’) played well in his annual goalkeeping appearance for the team which included another tremendous performance from the youngsters with Seth Read and Max Warde-Aldam in particular playing with strength and confidence. It was also good to welcome back Jack Frere-Smith.

On Sunday 26 February and Sunday 6 March (10.00am – 1.00pm) we are hosting a morning of hockey for our boys and girls U10 and U12 teams. As part of organising these events we are to provide the umpires – a fair trade for not having to travel. Therefore I am looking for some volunteers to lend a hand – do not worry you do not have to be a qualified umpire for this. Our plan is to have a pool of 6 to 8 regular umpires who will partner up with less experienced umpires so you can gain some experience in a very relaxed and friendly environment. If you are able to help please let me know either by email or drop me a text 07800 699074.

Last Sunday at Weybread we witnessed a very special team performance when defending champions Beeston beat our U18 Girls 7-1 in the quarter-finals of the EH Cup. But from 5-0 down at half time our team responded with some good hockey of their own rounded off by Abby Gooderham firing in a penalty corner in spectacular style. Away from home the Mixed team progressed to the third round of the national Trophy (away to Letchworth on Sunday 5 March) beating Bourne Deeping 6-0 with their goals coming from Maria Andrews 3, Lucy Whiting 2 and Lizzie Clymer (where were the men?!) while the U14 Girls qualified for the regional finals drawing 2-2 (Ellen Pope 2) with Pelicans.

With the disappointing withdrawal of Cambridge City from last Sunday’s scheduled quarter-final our Men’s O50s are now through to the semi-finals of the Masters Cup where on Sunday 12 March they are at home to either Jersey or Reading. In the other semi Isca are away to Ben Rhydding.

Good luck as always to all our teams this coming weekend including on Sunday the Ladies’ O35s who entertain Teddington (2.00) in the quarter-finals of the EH Trophy. Please see the website for the full list of fixtures.

Finally, the club will be hosting an ‘Introduction to Hockey Coaching’ course at the end of the season run by England Hockey staff coaches. Please see the website for more details.

With kind regards

Mike Denham



The club will be hosting an ‘Introduction to Hockey Coaching’ course at the end of this season to be run by England Hockey staff coaches.

This will be FREE to club members with the proviso that attendees will be expected to help out at sessions at the club in the future. This undertaking will NOT mean weekly attendance throughout the season but the idea is that if we can build up a larger coaching work force then we will not be relying on the same few in the future.

The course is 6 hours and will be after the end of the regular season.

The actual date will need to be negotiated with England Hockey but we aim to avoid any clashes with cup games; both senior and junior.

Participants will need to be aged sixteen or over (there is no upper limit).

If interested or wanting more details please contact
James Smith
or me

Peter Dolton


Harleston Magpies Mixed report

Bourne Deeping Mixed 0 – 6 Harleston Magpies Mixed

After a tough fought victory away to Bedford in the last round, Harleston, sponsored by Parson Estate Agents, travelled to Bourne Deeping in hope of more success. With a strong side on show, the team was feeling confident. Magpies asserted their dominance from the start, having the majority of possession and entering the opposition’s circle on several occasions but without being able to convert our chances. The away side then went through a few minute spell of short corners but none of which found the goal. Magpies eventually found some success down the right, with a ball hit across the D finding Maria Andrews to control and turn to slot the ball past the keeper’s right foot for 1-0.

Shortly after, Maria had another goal to her name from a well hit short corner burying the ball into the bottom right of the goal. Chances for Harleston kept coming with Lauren Barber and Lucy Whiting looking dangerous down the right hand side but some strong flat sticks stopped the ball from entering any further into the circle. Laura Tibbenham was looking dangerous upfront combining well with Lizzie Clymer but a congested circle and a strong opposition keeper meant they weren’t able to extend the lead.

Bourne Deeping did have a few counter-attack opportunities but failed to get into our circle due to some strong defensive work from Leigh Sitch, Andrew Bedwell, Lauren Mickleburgh and Jess Howland who also put her body on the line to prevent the opposition from getting any further. Half time score 2-0 Harleston.

The second half began similar to the first with Harleston having a huge proportion of the possession with the back four pushing higher and higher looking for crash balls in for the forwards to get on the end of. A few more corners were won by the travelling side with Maria finishing off her hat-trick with another well hit shot leaving the keeper with no chance. Soon after it became 4 and 5-0 with a back post deflection from Lizzie off a corner and then a couple of minutes later, Lucy got on the end of another corner deflecting the ball into the roof of the net.

Magpies remained strong especially across the middle with Richard Larkin, Tom Ridley and Robbie Kinsella keeping things tight and providing options for the ball carrier. The play of the game was for Harleston’s 6th goal, with a free hit won in the middle of the pitch and with some quick thinking from Richard Larkin popped a beautiful ball over the top into space for Simon Hipwell to run onto, beating one player and slotting a ball across for Lucy to get her second of the day. Bourne Deeping had a late chance but Chris Leek in goal stood firm to keep his clean sheet intact and the game finished 6-0.

The next round is on the 5th March with Magpies away to Letchworth.

Harleston Magpies Mens 1st team match report

Dereham 0 – Harleston 2

This week saw Harleston Magpies, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops,  take on Dereham, a local derby that never fails to entertain. The teams’ lineups make up the majority of the Norfolk county team, but friendships are left in the bar and it is a fixture that both teams desperately want bragging rights over.

Dereham started quickly, a fast attack coming through CJ Edwards resulted in a flurry of shots, excellently denied by the Harleston goalkeeper, man of the match, John Livings. The home side definitely had their tactics set, soaking up pressure from the visitors and looking to counter at every opportunity. However, it was the travelling Harleston team which dominated possession and took first blood. Archie Winter picked up the ball deep into the Dereham half, rounded the right back with some superb 3D skills, teed the ball up and volleyed the ball ferociously into the far right corner, the goalkeeper rooted to the spot and beaten by the sheer power.

This saw the visiting team start to pick up their game and create chances at will. The Dereham side did not falter though, defending resolutely and bravely after sustained pressure. This saw then through to within 5 minutes of the final whistle as they searched for an equaliser and what would be a great point, even though they were at home. However, this was not to be as a good manoeuvre down the left flank saw the ball drop to player coach Ben Wright who managed to fire a quick reverse stick shot off on the break away which took a wicked deflection off a Dereham player’s stick and left the goalkeeper wrong footed. Harleston were made to sweat with 3 minutes remaining when a turned over ball at right back following sustained pressure meant that Leigh Sitch had little choice but to selflessly bring down the Dereham forward preventing a clear goal scoring opportunity and hence receiving his marching orders. The resulting corner was well saved by John Livings ensuring the final score ended 2-0 to the visiting Harleston Magpies who will look to take this recent run of form to Cambridge University.

EH U14 Girls Championships – Midlands League 4 – Sunday 19th February – Pelicans v Magpies 2-2

With all to play for, Pelicans needing to win by a clear 4 goal margin and anything less than that meaning group leaders Magpies would qualify for the next round, a hotly contested final round was expected. And with three quarters of the players on the pitch playing for Norfolk or Suffolk we weren’t to be disappointed. The quality and intensity were both high.

Both teams set themselves up to attack. Magpies, operating under the caretaker management of Clare Moodie and Mel Slade and interpreting the umpire-for-the-day-and-not-really-looking-forward-to-it-team-manger John’s hieroglyphics (crikey – spelt that right first time!) took two or three minutes to adjust to their self management and within ten minutes of end to end absorbing hockey with chances at both ends opened up the Pelis defence with a cross-cum-pullback across the D from Georgie C finding Ellen some 10 metres out on the left who calmly slotted perfectly into the far corner beyond the keeper.

With around 10 minutes gone, Georgie G limped off with a sore ankle and having failed to be provided with the what-to-do-when-one-of-your-strongest-players-gets-injured procedure the reserve team management improvised with aplomb putting on our most versatile trouble-shooter Bobby who, throughout the afternoon thereafter, popped up in all manner of places from sweeper to centre forward to either save the day or create genuine concern in the Pelis defence.

Despite several attacks the Pelicans defence was resolute and precise with several great tackles in their own D and no penalty corners conceded in the entire first half. This gave them a tremendous platform to counter attack and on one such they finally made the most of the Magpies attacking defence getting around them with a superb long range right to far left shot past Grace, who throughout the day was commanding of her D and defence.

Honours even at half time and the hope and expectation was that Pelicans would tire and Magpies, as in several of their previous games, would prove the stronger throughout and wear down their opposition. But it wasn’t to be with several Magpies tiring from their league efforts the day before and Pelicans pounced with a swift counter putting them deservedly in front.

And with 15 minutes to go Magpies tried to up the intensity even more. Georgie G, defying instructions from Framlingham High Command, brought herself back on finding it easier to run than walk! Bobby, Georgie C, Molly and the entire team went into overdrive and with 10 minutes to go another ball randomly bobbling all around the Pelis D again found Ellen in almost identical space who again slotted an even more precise shot home.

2-2 and it was anybody’s. And both teams gave it their all with, at the death, Ellen just missing a pinging ball across the D for her second hat trick of the season. At U14s that’s just a grounding for three weeks!

Both teams contributed to a high quality intense encounter and a draw was probably a fair result on the day. Pelicans will rue their early season performances and they were deservedly in the mix at the business end of the group.

Thankfully we enjoyed Pelis excellent hospitality after the game as I fear it would have been a waddle-over had it been before. Bar two players, Pelis U14 girls will be identical next year and will be a formidable opposition.

And thanks to our ever loyal supporters and most of all Clare and Mel for running the team today. I think they went for a good lie down after. Yes, all of them.

So at the end of the group stage despite not losing a game and beating Cambridge City, Magpies find themselves second in the group, so likely to face the tougher regional group on 2nd April.

The stats to date read as follows:

3-3 Norwich City – a game where we snatched a draw from the jaws of victory (3-1 up)
9-1 Bury – against a good young team we overwhelmed them before they could get into gear
2-1 Cambridge – a tough resolute backs-to-the-wall performance in which the better team did not win
9-1 Norwich Dragons – another game against a young team where the result belies the hard work and level to which Dragons made us rise to eventually win through
2-2 Pelicans – all out attack and a high quality entertaining (for the impartial bystander) game

Squad used so far: Grace R (GK), Alice W, Amelia S, Amy C, Beth M, Ellen P, Georgie C, Georgie G, Hattie R, Honey L, Holly H, Keira W, Lily R, Molly W, Olivia L, Tabitha B, Victoria S

Scorers to date

13 – Georgie C (+3 beyond permitted 8 gd)
5 – Ellen
3 – Georgie G (bar a stewards inquiry this could be +1 GG, -1 GC re Norwich tbc)
2 – Keira
1 – Alice
1 – Tabitha

P-5, W-3, D-2, F:25, A:8
Cambridge City 1st by 1pt, Magpies has the best league defensive record – not bad when you play just two at the back – and identical goal difference with Cambridge.


Results – Saturday/Sunday 18/19 February 2017

Saturday 18 February
LADIES 1s v Chelmsford (L) (H) 2.00 (W) 3-1 W
LADIES 2s v Norwich Dragons 2s (L) (A) 12.45 2-1 W
LADIES 3s v Dereham 2s (L) (H) 12.00 (W) 0-1 L
LADIES 4s – no game
LADIES 5s v Reepham (L) (H) 3.15 (S) 3-1 W
LADIES 6s – no game
LADIES 7s v UEA 4s (L) (H) 12.15 (S) 1-0 W
GIRLS Dev. v Watton (L) (A) 10.00 3-0 W
MENS 1s v Dereham (L) (A) 1.30 2-0 W
MENS 2s v Long Sutton (L) (H) 3.30 (W) 1-0 W
MENS 3s v IES 3s (L) (H) 1.45 (S) 2-2 D
MENS 4s v IES 4s (L) (A) 11.30 0-0 D
MENS 5s v Magpies 6s (L) (H) 10.15 (W) 4-1 W
MENS 6s v Magpies 5s (L) (A) 10.15 1-4 L
BOYS Dev. – no game

Sunday 19 February
U18 GIRLS (EH Cup QF) v Beeston (H) 12.45 (W) 1-7 L
U16 GIRLS (Midlands Lge 1) v Pelicans (H) 11.00 (W) W/O W
U14 GIRLS (Midlands Lge 4) v Pelicans (A) 12.30 2-2 D
MENS O50s (EH Cup QF) v Cambridge City (H) 2.30 W/O W
MIXED (EH Trophy Rd 2) v Bourne Deeping (A) 12.45 6-0 W

Magpies ladies 2’s Vs Norwich Dragons

Anna slays Dragons

Magpies second string had been somewhat unlucky in recent games, as their performances were far better than the 4 points they had picked up in 2017. On a fine afternoon ,the ladies made the short trip to Norwich, for a re-arranged fixture with The Dragons.

After an intensive warm up, the game started in a very open manner, with both sides looking to get on top early on. The Pies took an early lead as a slick passing move from back to front, saw Anna Tighe round the keeper to slot the ball home. Not long after the advantage was doubled, when a quick release from Tibbenham sent Anna through again to net. Magpies were then looking to push on and put the game to bed. However this left some gaps that Dragons started to exploit but the defensive trio of Katie C, Shev and Charlotte held firm. They were backed up when Jade made an excellent save just before the break to keep the goal advantage intact.

Dragons came out strong early in the second half but the experienced trio of Lucy Field , Plum and Kath ensured that Harleston always had options on the break. With Jess, Olivia and Katie W providing forceful runs from the midfield ,this allowed the Pies forwards to create down the flanks ,with Martha and Alice looking dangerous.

In truth Magpies spurned opportunities to score from a string of penalty corners and a nervy ending became a reality when the Dragons netted with 8 mins left. Magpies saw out the remainder of the half deep in Dragons territory, with Anna just missing out on a hat trick when a close range effort was chalked off.

A deserved win for the Magpies was celebrated by the team and supporters alike with a mix of flat white coffee and cheesy pasta at the Oak

Next week, a road trip to Cambridge University



Harleston Magpies ladies, sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, played Chelmsford on Saturday. Magpies started off very positively and could have been two goals in front in the first ten minutes. They continued in this positive vein and looked very secure at the back and mounted a lot of meaningful attacks…eventually going one nil up midway through the first half with Victoria Findlay converting one of the many chances created by the enthusiastic and hard working forward line.

The second half started with Magpies caught slightly on the back foot and finding themselves under pressure when a ball came loose in the circle, Chelmsford capitalised on this opportunity, making it one all. Magpies then pushed forward and pressured Chelmsford back in to their half where Maria Andrews created an opportunity out of nowhere to score a fantastic reverse stick goal! Magpies never looked back and kept the pressure on. Finally, gaining a penalty flick which was confidently taken by Lauren Barber to put the game out of reach. Magpies have carried on their unbeaten winning streak at home! They look to take this in to next weeks match against Southgate away at 12:30.

Match report – Ladies’ 7ths – Saturday 18 February 2017

Ladies 7ths 1 UEA 4ths 0

Fielding a strong team with no less than 13 players, including Honey and Jane joining us from Ladies 6ths, expectations were high of a cracking game, and we weren’t disappointed! The UEA girls were up for it, with lots of subs and a very vocal coach, and they put pressure on us from the start. But we were ready for them, and defended strongly in the face of a keen but inaccurate series of attacks. Once we found our shape, we started to make better use of the excellent and speedy Sophie in centre mid, who worked hard throughout the game and moved the ball around well with mum Lizzie and Alex, who have both recently joined the team. Sophie plus Honey in the centre played well, supported by Evie and Georgia on the wings, and around 25th minute, pushed forward into the D. It was a bit of a scrum, but we concentrated hard, with Rosemary finally pushing the ball past the keeper to score her first goal of the season for the 7ths! As one of our most committed players, we were all thrilled for her.

Going into half time one up, we were not complacent, particularly when we realised UEA had really upped their game about ten minutes into the second half. Our defence with Jane, Karen, Daphne, Liv and Peg played valiantly and kept the ball clear of the net. The last 15 minutes were really feisty, with UEA bearing down hard on us, but with strong loud Magpies support from the side-line, and despite several short corners, we kept a clean slate, and even managed a couple of late chances.

We were delighted to finish with a thoroughly well deserved one – nil win, a terrific result for the 7ths against a team of young and eager opponents. Roll on next week!

Bex Pottruff



Harleston Magpies Hockey Club are looking for a new Girls Youth Development Officer to be in place with effect from the start of next season. The Club already has a very successful and ambitious Girls Youth Section, which continues to develop and deliver players across the team spectrum from Ladies 7ths through to Ladies 1sts (who have played at National League level for the last 18 years). Successful girls teams have also been developed at mini hockey level, U10 and U12s, U14 Development as well as U14, U16 and U18 age group teams who regularly compete in Regional and National finals, both indoor and outdoor.

The role is to plan and deliver the strategic direction for the Girls Youth section. It is possible that this could be a role for two people, one covering the Mini Hockey section and another covering the U13-U18 Girls.

In brief the role(s) also cover(s) the following:

Handling enquiries from potential new members, ensuring that players are in the appropriate coaching groups, appointing coaches/managers for all the age group teams, entering teams in the national competitions, advising players/parents regarding the England Hockey Pathway system, overseeing Mini Tournaments, liaising with the Boys Youth Development Officer and leading/supporting the youth coaches.

The Youth Committee is there to support the Youth Development Officers in many of the administrative tasks.

An appropriate coaching contract is available for the right candidate who has the ability and experience to lead the respective coaching sessions (including any summer programmes).

If you believe you have the ability and desire to take on this challenging yet rewarding role please contact either Nick McAllen (Nickmcallen) or David Johnson (youthchairman) asap to discuss further, or by the end of March in any case.


Subject: Latest from England Hockey in your patch.

Dear Club Colleague,

We have included below some of latest information for you and your club colleague. Please share the email.

1.Club Affiliation 2016/17
A huge thank you to all clubs for completing the affiliation process back in November. I’m delighted to report that across the region we are seeing further growth in the numbers of people playing our sport, the headline figure is another increase on the number of U16s in clubs, which now sees a staggering 80% increase since London 2012, and undoubtedly boosted by the girls success in Rio. In truth this is mostly down to all the hard work and dedication demonstrated week in week out by our club volunteers. Thank you.

2.World League and a Dutch Rematch
Why not have a day out watching the World’s best Hockey players this summer?

England is hosting the top 6 Men’s teams at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the World League on the 15th – 25th June and England’s women are taking on the Netherlands again on the 11th June.

Full details here –!&section=22

3.Coaching Courses.

I am pleased to confirm that the following workshop is now available for booking via

Coaching for Talent

Date: Tuesday 11th April

Venue: Chelmsford HC, Chelmer Park, Beehive Lane, Chelmsford CM2 8RL

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Tutor: Stuart Armstrong

Closing Date: Thursday 30th March

The Engaging Games for Children Workshop in Chelmsford on 3rd April still has a few places left also.

We are also planning the following:

· Sessional Coach Course – Chelmsford – spring dates expected to be confirmed asap
· EH Coach Award course in Bury St Edmunds in June / July
· Sessional Course in the Bury / Cambridge area in early September.

As soon as dates are confirmed we will let you all know.

4.Advanced Coaches Programme

There is a second opportunity to sign up for the Advanced Coaches Programme.

· Availability for 50 coaches.
· Application opens mid Feb – and closes on the 24 March
· Applications will be reviewed in 29 & 30 March

5. Clubmark
As you may have seen the new Clubmark (replaces ClubsFirst) product has been launched. You can access the system through the England Hockey Club Portal > You log into the system using the same details that you use for affiliation. Please do let us know if you do decide to start ClubMark so we can assist you.

6.Club Matters (LV in March)
We are hosting a special Hockey Club Matters Workshop at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Monday 13th March. Book now as places are limited. For more information and to sign up, visit:

7.Back to Hockey 2017 Campaign. 8th May to the 16th June.
The popular Back to Hockey Campaign is back this spring. Details on Back to Hockey attached and how to sign up here

Three local clubs have kindly agreed to host a post Campaign Festival (Late June / early July.) Thank you to Norwich Dragons, Ipswich East Suffolk and Old Loughtonians HC. Dates / details will be sent out nearer the time.

8.EH Awards – Saturday 20th May
Hockey lovers from across the country will gather to celebrate the achievements of volunteers, umpires, coaches and players over the past year at the England Hockey Awards Dinner 2017. The dinner will see 14 awards in total including the 4 performance player awards. Some awards have been adapted from previous to make them more inclusive, you can find the award criteria here. & Get nominating them today!

9.Walking Hockey
A handful of clubs have started to introduce Walking Hockey. Please see attached a document developed with help from Bromsgrove Hockey club who have started a programme. Feel free to get in touch if you are interested to find out more.

Enjoy the hockey this weekend.

Best wishes

Charlie Farrow
Relationship Manager
Direct: 07811 336895

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview


Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Chelmsford HC starting at 2.00pm. Last week Magpies were lucky with the weather in that their game against Hampstead and Westminster was able to go ahead when so many other matches in the East were called off. As expected Hampstead gave Magpies a very hard match. Magpies scored two goals in a minute in the first half from Maria Andrews and Lizzie Clymer to give them a 2-0 lead. In the second half Magpies had plenty of defending to do as the visitors pulled a goal back and then pressed very hard for an equaliser. Magpies managed to hold on to all three points and to increase the gap on 4th placed Hampstead to four points.

At the moment Magpies remain in 3rd place with 26 points, but with the top two teams Wimbledon and Sevenoaks not playing last week they have also closed the gap on second placed Sevenoaks to one point and Wimbledon to four points. Chelmsford were also able to play their match last week beating West Herts 2-1 at home. Chelmsford are in 7th place on 14 points. Earlier in the season Magpies beat Chelmsford 2-1 away with both goals scored by Maria Andrews. Magpies will be looking for their high scoring team to continue their good form and to keep their unbeaten home record going. Lauren Rowe is unavailable and Lauren Mickleburgh returns to the squad. Annie Nunn is still out injured.

This week Magpies have Rose Winter, Abby Gooderham and Maria Andrews all involved in different England aged training groups so we hope it goes well for all of them.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 14 February 2017


There is as usual a lot to cover this week so here goes and I will try to be a little less wordy than of late! The first thing is to decide who gets top billing and it does not go to the Men’s 1sts although they provided us with a lot of thrills and spills in their 5-5 draw with Letchworth. I’m giving it to the Ladies’ 1sts for their hard fought 2-1 home win over Hampstead and Westminster edging out the Men’s 4ths who had an excellent 2-1 home win over league leaders UEA 2nds.

The Ladies’ 1sts got off to a splendid start scoring quick goals by Maria Andrews (her 12th of the season) and Lizzie Clymer and they continued to play some sparkling hockey and thoroughly deserved their two-goal half time lead. After the break Hampstead and Westminster looked far more dangerous and they reduced the arrears following a poor clearance by the home defence. Thereafter Magpies, for whom Rose Winter was making a well-deserved debut, had to battle hard to retain their lead which they did despite a ‘goal’ for the visitors being ruled out by the umpires (to the delight of the home supporters) after some initial confusion. This coming Saturday Magpies are at home to Chelmsford (2.00).

The Men’s 4ths gave their best performance of the season in terms of consistency over the seventy minutes in beating a skilful and quick UEA 2nds 2-1. They took the lead in the second half when veteran Stuart Peters moved forward to send a crisp shot into the bottom right hand corner. The students equalised with five minutes remaining after some good saves by goalkeeper Murray Graham had kept them out but Magpies were not to be denied and Alex Kilbourn coolly put away a penalty stroke awarded after a well-worked penalty corner. MOTM was Kieran, Mr Peters junior.

Meanwhile the Ladies’ 2nds were playing Colchester and they dominated the first twenty minutes but only had Alice Woollatt’s goal (created by sister Katie) to show for their efforts. Colchester had an outstanding player in their team and it was no surprise that she scored their equaliser. Magpies continued to look for a deserved winner but they failed to recapture their earlier form in an ultimately disappointing 1-1 draw.

The Ladies’ 6ths got the cold Saturday off to a good start with a 3-0 win over Pelicans 3rds. MOTM Beth Moodie put them ahead before captain Gillian Stokes scored for the third week running to her delight and that of the team’s supporters! In a good team performance Lydia Barrett made the game safe with the third goal.

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The Men’s 1sts were 4-2 ahead at half time against Letchworth with two penalty stroke conversions by Ben Wright (taking his total of goals for the season to 25) and goals by Archie Winter and captain Leigh Sitch. Defender Leigh waved to his fans in celebration! A lively Letchworth team hit back after the break when first the home defence failed to clear after a good save by goalkeeper John Livings (who was in top form) to be followed by a shot from the left which was deflected in off a home stick. With five minutes to go Archie looked to have won the game for Magpies with his second goal only for Letchworth to win and convert a penalty stroke. This Saturday Magpies are away to Dereham (1.30).

In the other home game the Men’s 6ths lost 4-0 to North Norfolk 2nds and they were indebted to good displays by defender Peter Finnie (rolling back the years) and goalkeeper Steve Halliley. The team was pleased to welcome new member Ed Overbury.

Away from home there were wins for the Men’s 2nds, Ladies’ 3rds and Ladies’ 4ths with, arguably, the most vital being achieved by the Men’s 2nds who beat fellow strugglers Cambridge City 3rds as both teams fight to avoid relegation. Their goals were scored by Matt Bensly, Tristan Baynes and Robbie Kinsella. Robbie’s clincher was a cracker. He collected a clearance from the goalkeeper before advancing into the circle. He then beat the keeper in the one-on-one before despatching the ball high into the net. I fear we are going to hear a lot from Robbie about this effort! On Saturday the team are at home to Long Sutton (3.30) in another vital clash.

The Ladies’ 3rds beat Ipswich 3rds 3-0. Amy de Selincourt put them ahead in the first half before Georgie Cantrell scored her 34th goal of the season (spread across three teams) with Sophie Meynell-Anderson (who stepped up into the team on the Friday) getting the third. The joint MOTMs were Amelia Herschel-Shorland and Phoebe Eglington. The Ladies’ 4ths beat Norwich Dragons 4ths 4-2. Imi Meynell-Anderson scored the first with an assist by Amy Collison before Harriett Celerier deflected in after good work by Emily Evans and Rachel Goodson. Grace Collison (making her debut for the team) made it 3-0 at half time. In the second half Imi finished off a fine team move before Dragons hit back with two goals. Molly Warnes was MOTM.

The Men’s 5ths lost 2-1 to Norwich Exiles but they had enough chances to be two or three goals ahead at half time instead of one down. Jude Pottruff equalised in the second half before against the run of play Exiles got a lucky break leading to their winner. James Harvey again had a good game in goal for Magpies. Meanwhile the Ladies’ 7ths went down 1-0 to Norwich City 7ths after having most of the play in the first half. City used their superiority in numbers to clinch victory after the break.

The Men’s 3rds are now three games behind schedule as their away game against Ipswich 2nds fell victim to snow but their position at the top of the league was strengthened by second placed Newmarket drawing with bottom placed Sudbury 2nds. This Saturday captain Matt Brand and his team are at home to mid-table IES 3rds (1.45).

magpies men over 40s

Last Sunday the Men’s O40s clinched a place in the semi-finals of the EH Cup (they play Canterbury away on Sunday 5 March) by beating Cambridge City 4-2 away on strokes after a 2-2 draw. After taking an early two-goal lead through Matt Brand and Gavin Cole Magpies had to withstand a strong response by their hosts who scored their second and deserved goal with four minutes to go. But in the penalty stroke decider Matt, Gavin, David Francis and captain Tristan Baynes, with the clincher, were cool personified and with goalkeeper Murray Graham making a vital save Magpies edged through to the delight of their small band of very cold supporters.

There is a lot of hockey to look forward to this weekend and the weather forecast is encouraging as the club catches up with fixtures lost to the frost in January.

In addition the club has five matches on Sunday in England Hockey competitions with three of them at home. At 11.00 the U16 Girls play Pelicans in their Midlands League 1 clash having already clinched their place in the regional finals while at 12.45 the U18 Girls entertain Beeston in the quarter-finals of the EH Cup. So far in the competition the U18 Girls have beaten Old Loughtonians 9-3, Dereham on strokes and Norwich City 15-0. Last but not least we have another quarter-final game with the Men’s O50s hosting Cambridge City in the EH Masters Cup at 2.30.

Away from home the U14 Girls play Pelicans (12.30) looking to clinch a place in the regional finals and the Mixed travel to play Bourne Deeping (12.45) in the second round of the EH Trophy.

Good luck as always to all our teams this coming weekend. Please see the website for the full list of fixtures.

Finally, readers of last week’s Hockey Paper will have been interested to read the views of 1st team captain Lucy Belsey regarding the team’s season to-date. Well spoken Lucy!

With kind regards

Mike Denham

Magpies Ladies 3rds Match Report

This dreary, cold, snowy winter’s morning saw the girls making the trip, once again, down the A140 to Tuddenham Road, to play 12th in the league, Ipswich 3rds. The girls were on the pitch warming up in decent time, after their usual changing room catch up on the week’s dramas, well…Char’s weekly dramas! The snowfall had subsided in time for the start of the match at 12.30.

Right from the start, Magpies wanted to show their opposition how we’ve maintained their 5th in the league position. After a few minutes of ‘sussing out’ what the Ipswich team was like, we soon got into out stride, continuing on from where we left off last week. Amy Hipwell took control in centre defence, distributing the ball nicely wide out to Sophie Child on the right and Amelia HS on the left who, in turn, both made fantastic runs up the wings, linking in well with the midfield. Amelia HS really showed us what she was made of this week, making the most of her amazing tacking skills and ability to read the game, to pick off any advance from the Ipswich attack, and young Phoebe Eglington also stood her ground, showing off her slick stick skills in left midfield.

Magpies were looking dangerous, and you could feel a goal building. Amy De Selincourt and Katie Kinsella were both given the opportunity for a shot on goal, but the Ipswich goalie was determined not to concede. A few attacking short corners were also given, giving Georgia Cantrell – making her long awaited comeback after joining Fram College at Christmas – the opportunity to strike the backboard, but unfortunately to no prevail. Magpies were determined to not let this phase them. They continued to fight on, and eventually, with about 20 minutes gone, a speedy ball from Katie Kinsella in to Amy DS at the top of the D, gave Amy the chance to use her thrifty skills to run around the Ipswich keeper and slip the ball between the posts.

This goal really encouraged the ladies to push on and get another. Play continued to travel fluidly between the defence, Char and Laura Betts in the screens were finding themselves with plenty of space to transfer the ball up the field. Phoebe Preece found herself with more time on the ball in right midfield and made some speedy runs up towards the attacking D, hoping to find Georgie and Amy on the forward line.

With the half time whistle blown, Leggy – who was confined to the side line this week after a slight hamstring ‘twinge’ in her double-header last Saturday, left it for the girls on the pitch to take charge and discuss what they needed to do to extend their lead.

Straight back into the second half and Magpies didn’t let the cold get to them. Everybody continued to use the easy balls, really using our screens, who are always on for the inside pass to distribute the ball across and up the pitch. A lovely ball in from Laura Betts out on the attacking 25 years line, into Georgie Cantrell on the P spot, gave Magpies their extend lead 10 minutes into the second half, with Georgie dribbling around the keepers left foot and finding the backboard.

Magpies could now relax and make the most of this lead to really play the hockey that we aspire to play every week. The 3 midfielders continued to work hard and really support the forwards on the attack. Any side line balls were quickly and accurately passed back through Amy Hipwell, transferring the ball rapidly to advance the attach up the opposite side of the pitch, leaving no time for our opposition to react. With 10 minutes to go, after one of these swift transfers, a ball from Katie K on the left, found Phoebe Preece at the top of the D. Phoebe, after her packet of yoghurt-covered strawberries had kicked her into action, made a dash for the back line and made a fabulous cross across the goal, where Sophie Meynell-Anderson was awaiting unmarked to slot the ball home.

The win was certain, and the girls fought till the very end. With a surprise flash of a green card to Char – for reasons still unclear – in the last 2 minutes saw the girls down to 10, but with everyone playing their best, the final whistle blew, and Magpies had a nifty 3 points under their belt.

A real mixture of votes were had for the wo-Man of the match today, but both Georgie Cantrell and Phoebe Eglington came away a join wo-Man of the match.

Next week the ladies play their re-arranged match against Dereham – which is always an entertaining fixture.

The Ladies 3rds, who I remind you, are a newly promoted team into the East League, are now sitting in 3rd position – an absolutely great performance by all of the ladies, and let’s keep this up!!



Harleston Magpies ladies, sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, played Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday in a tense and dramatic match. Last time the two teams met Magpies came off worse losing 4-1 but this time Magpies were prepared to defend their unbeaten run at home.
With a large crowd cheering the ladies on the team wanted to show how much they have improved over the season with new players such as Rose Winter making her National League debut. The game started quickly with both sides trying to gain momentum, Hampstead had control of the ball but Magpies were dominating the direction of play and within the first ten mintues had two goals under their belt. The first was from a brilliant run up the pitch to gain a short corner and a drag flick by Maria Andrews soared past the goalkeeper. The second, only a minute later was a counter attack by Magpies where the forwards played round Hampstead’s defence and Andrews flicked the ball over the goalkeeper and Elizabeth Clymer tapped it in in mid-air. Hampstead responded with a quick attack, resulting in a short corner. Charlotte Peet made a great diving save to her right-hand side to keep Magpies two goals clear. Magpies played solidly to break down any more threats from the away sides forwards and at the other end the forwards narrowly missed a couple of chances ending the half 2-0.

Hampstead started strongly in the second half and Harleston quickly conceded a short corner. After saving three short corners in a row a deflection caused injury to our centre back and the opposition took advanatage of the situation as Magpies were rearranging their formation. A scrabble in the goalmouth resulted in the ball dribbling over the line making the rest of the game a very tight and tense affair. With Hampstead gaining momentum and confidence a couple of vital decisions went Magpies way and they clung on to their 2-1 victory to earn three vital points to keep them ahead of their opponents in the table. Magpies hope to take this win in to next weeks game against Chelmsford at home at 14:00.

Match report – Men’s Over 40s – Sunday 12 February 2017

Cambridge City Men’s O40s 2 Harleston Magpies Men’s O40s 2

Magpies won 4-2 on penalty strokes

Magpies are through to the semi-finals of England Hockey’s Men’s Over 40s Cup after this narrow and hard-earned win over a Cambridge City side which played better as the game progressed. Magpies seemed in total control of the game at the Cambridge University ground when Matt Brand put them ahead from close range on five minutes and Gavin Cole added a second from further out three minutes later.

magpies men over 40s
Back row L to R. David Francis, Eric Davy, Andy Smith, Dan Kinsman, Gavin Cole, James Smith, Gus Wilkinson, Murray Graham (GK) Front row L to R. Martin Reader, Stuart Peters, Matt Brand, Tristan Baynes (captain), Bill Williams, James Stacey

But City gradually came into the game and they pulled a goal back at a penalty corner in the twenty-second minute. Magpies responded with their best move of the game only to see the resulting shot go just wide of the post. Shortly afterwards Eric Davy cleared the ball off the line to ensure that the visitors went into half time with a narrow lead.

City dominated much of the second half but Magpies kept them at bay due to some impressive tackling, notably a double effort by Andy Smith, some good saves by goalkeeper Murray Graham and a goal line clearance by Stuart Peters.

With four minutes to go Magpies forced a penalty corner but their shot was blocked and in seconds the ball was in the net at the other end for a deserved City equaliser.

In the penalty stroke decider Magpies were indebted to calm conversions by Matt, Gavin, David Francis and the clincher by captain Tristan Baynes after a good save by Murray and later a post had denied City.

Results – Saturday/Sunday 11/12 February 2017

Saturday 11 February
LADIES 1s v Hampstead and Westminster (L) (H) 2.00 (W) 2-1 W
LADIES 2s v Colchester (L) (H) 12.00 (W) 1-1 D
LADIES 3s v Ipswich 3s (L) (A) 12.30 3-0 W
LADIES 4s v Norwich Dragons 4s (L) (A) 1.45 4-2 W
LADIES 5s – no game
LADIES 6s v Pelicans 3s (L) (H) 10.45 (S) 3-0 W
LADIES 7s v Norwich City 7s (L) (A) 4.45 0-1 L
GIRLS Dev. – no game
MENS 1s v Letchworth (L) (H) 3.45 (W) 5-5 D
MENS 2s v Cambridge City 3s (L) (A) 3.00 3-1 W
MENS 3s v Ipswich 2s (L) (A) 10.30 OFF
MENS 4s v UEA 2s (L) (H) 12.15 (S) 2-1 W
MENS 5s v Norwich Exiles (L) (A) 2.30 1-2 L
MENS 6s v North Norfolk 2s (L) (H) 1.45 (S) 0-4 L
BOYS Dev. – no game

Sunday 12 February
MENS O40s (EH Cup QF) v Cambridge City (A) 2.00 4-2 W on strokes after 2-2 D