Harleston Magpies Mixed match report

Harleston Magpies mixed hockey team sponsored by Parson estate agent travelled to Horsham to play the quarter finals of the Mixed cup. Despite the early start the players, along with our faithful supporters, arrived in fine spirits eager to reach a 4th finals in 5 years.

With several players carrying injuries (and some extra Easter weight) Pies knew that they needed to get off to a strong start and assert themselves early in the game. They did just this when the lightning-quick Simon Hipwell pounced on a loose ball and raced through for a 1 on 1 with the keeper. Keeping his head, Hipwell coolly slid the ball under the keeper to put the visitors in the lead. Magpies continued their pressure, with Thomas Ridley in typical commanding form in midfield pulling the strings. After some sustained pressure Simon Hipwell converted his, and Magpies, second of the game. With the ball bobbling loosely in the D he managed to bundle it over the line at the 3rd attempt.

The good play continued as Katherine Ridley and Lauren Barber caused Horsham problems down the right hand side of the pitch and Maria Andrew was looking menacing up front. Before long Magpies had extended their lead further when a wild, and probably dangerous, reverse stick shot from Richard Larkin was expertly deflected at waist height into the back of the net by Lucy Whiting. Horsham looked dangerous on the counter attack but strong tackling from the dynamic duo of Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell rebuffed many Horsham attacks. Horsham did have a chance to reduce the deficit before half time but as their player was about to pull the trigger in the D Katherine Ridley expertly nicked the ball from the end of his stick before cheekily putting it onto his foot and removing the threat. Half-time Horsham 0 – 3 Magpies.

Magpies started the second half with the same attacking intent as they ended the first. Player-of-the-match Jess Howland pushed forwards at every opportunity and it seemed only a matter of time before the Pies scored their fourth. As Magpies committed more players forward Horsham broke quickly and creating a 2 on 1 situation pulled a goal back. Magpies were soon back in control when Tim Whiteman played a quick one-two with Hipwell before sneaking between 2 defenders and deftly lobbing the keeper with his reverse stick.

This goal spurred Magpies on further and they began playing some of their best hockey of the match with some excellent one and two touch passing. Magpies were reduced to 10 men with Whiteman lucky to only receive a green card after a malicious stick tackle. Undeterred the Pies immediately scored their fifth of the game when quick passing between Hipwell and Ridley gave Ladies East National League player of the season Maria Andrews an easy tap in. The lead was further extended when Robbie Kinsella, who had been running like a man half his age all game, slipped Hipwell through in the D who passed it to Tibbenham who was perfectly placed to add her name to the score sheet.

Despite the commanding scoreline Magpies were given a scare when their influential midfielder and talismanic goal scorer Simon Hipwell received a harsh yellow (possibly due to Whiteman’s earlier indiscretion) for a clean tackle. Despite this heavy blow the team managed to rally and Robbie Kinsella rounded off the scoring with a beautifully struck strike into the side netting after a lung bursting run across the pitch. The game finished Horsham 1 – 7 Magpies with Harleston playing their best hockey of the season.

Thank you to Kevin Ridley for managing the team and to all the travelling supporters who helped cheer us to victory. The team now travel to Lee Valley on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th June.

MAY DAY HOCKEY FESTIVAL – HELP NEEDED!

MAGPIES MAY DAY HOCKEY FESTIVAL
Saturday 29 April and Monday 1 May

HELP URGENTLY NEEDED! 

This weekend is the club’s May Day Hockey Festival with a mixed tournament on Saturday and club XI day on Monday.  Team entries are coming together but we are very short of helpers to enable the weekend to run smoothly.  The weekend is not only an enjoyable way to bring the season to a close but also a great money earner for the club coffers and therefore please can you all consider again whether you can help with the tasks set out below.

If every club team finds one volunteer from your regular playing squad to give up a couple of hours to help in the kitchen over the weekend we would be fully provided for.  Likewise umpires do not need to be level one qualified so if you are comfortable with umpiring you can volunteer and get some experience in a more light hearted environment.  If you can spare half or a whole day please step forward.

Without the support of the entire club membership this event will struggle to survive.  So your opportunities to volunteer are as follows:

Friday 28th – pitch preparation during the day – marking and goal moving.

Friday 28th – marquee erecting at the club – 6pm till 7pm

Please contact James if you can help with the above – 07800 699074 or [email protected]

Saturday 29th – umpires required from 10am to 5pm.  Half day or full day positions exist.

Saturday 29th – tournament officials to join James and Kirstin in the nerve centre managing the event over the day.

Saturday 29th – kitchen helpers to assist with the sales of filled rolls, cakes and bacon butties.  Ideally we are looking to have three people in the kitchen at any one time doing two hour slots, i.e.  9 – 11am, 11 – 1pm, 1 – 3pm, 3 – 5pm.

Please contact Kirstin if you can help with the above – 07908 700960 or [email protected]

Monday 1st May…….all the same opportunities exist again for a new willing team of volunteers.

Please have a think and see what time you can donate over this coming weekend to the club to make this year’s event as enjoyable and successful as ever.

Many thanks

James Smith

 

 

HMHC QUICK HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

HMHC QUICK HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

Dear Club Member

In our effort to engage with local primary schools and capture the interest of more youngsters in Hockey we have teamed up with the Suffolk Primary Schools Partnership and intend to provide a Quick Sticks Hockey tournament at the club from the following primary schools:

Holton
Ilketshall
Earsham
Bungay
Edgar Sewter, Halesworth
St.Edmunds, Bungay
Wenhaston

Joshua Knights the schools sports coordinator for the Partnership has done a great job in getting pupils excited about hockey and exposing for the first time circa 1,000 youngsters to our sport through a 6-week introduction to hockey and now it is our turn and opportunity to build on this by providing a small tournament at the club on the afternoon of Wednesday 26th April between 1.30 and 3.30pm.

I am therefore looking for volunteers, with a free afternoon to assist with some gentle umpiring, tournament coordination or just being on hand to serve a few teas and coffees to teachers and parent helpers and no doubt a glass of squash or two for the youngsters taking part.

The aim here is to build a partnership with the primary schools listed above that over the next 3 or 4 years will develop into an annual Quick Sticks tournament for pupils from years 3 & 4 and an In2Hockey tournament for pupils from years 5 and 6 and, of course, hopefully a regular supply of hockey mad youngsters at club coaching sessions.

I appreciate that for many a tournament during the working day will not work but I hope that there will be a few club members, umpires and parents who could spare the afternoon.  If you are able to lend an hand on Wednesday 26th April in any way please drop me an email [email protected] or give me a call/send me a text on 07800 699074.

Thank you

James Smith

 

 

HMHC SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARD

Press Release 16 April 2017

Harleston Magpies celebrate shortlisting for national hockey award

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club is celebrating after being shortlisted for a prestigious national award. England Hockey have shortlisted the popular and successful local club in the category of ‘Sports Club of the Year’.

The awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony which is the highlight of the annual hockey calendar on Saturday 20 May in Leicester. Hockey lovers from all over the country get together at this England Hockey Awards Dinner to celebrate the achievements of volunteers, umpires, coaches, players and of course clubs over the last year.

The standard of entries has been really high this year, with England Hockey stating on their website: ‘The quality of nominees in each of the categories was once again exceptionally high, making for some tough decisions for the England Hockey selection panel.’

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Chairman Murray Graham couldn’t contain his excitement when he heard the news: ‘Everyone at Magpies is absolutely delighted! As a rural club, we have a thriving membership, both at youth and adult levels, and we punch well above our weight in regional and national competitions. We rely on volunteers and a host of dedicated coaches and players plus some really committed local sponsors. It’s this commitment and spirit across our local community that has got us noticed by England Hockey. It’s a real honour to be nominated in the category of Sports Club of the Year.’

Mr Graham continued: ‘Last year, one of the clubs most dedicated servants, Mr Mike Denham, won the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2016 at the England Hockey ceremony. We only hope that we can repeat the same success in 2017.’

Pictured: One of Magpies’ youth teams, the U14s boys team who qualified for the Eastern Regional Finals in 2017 March                                                                       Ends…

For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on [email protected] or 07500 945247

 

MAGPIES MAY DAY HOCKEY FESTIVAL

MAGPIES MAY DAY HOCKEY FESTIVAL – your opportunity to Play, Umpire or Volunteer

We hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter Weekend.  Many years ago for those of a certain vintage at the club Easter involved a trip to Colchester to take part in their hockey festival, more often than not played on grass pitches which were generally waterlogged before returning to a steaming clubhouse for a cup of tea or something a little stronger at the end of the day.

This tournament is sadly no more as indeed are so many across East Anglia. However, here at Magpies our May Day Weekend Hockey Festival is going strong and we will be looking to run this again this year with a day of Mixed Hockey on Saturday 29th April and Club Men’s and Ladies’ teams on Monday 1st May.

But this will only be possible with the entire club – players, spectators, umpires and family members – coming together to make the weekend possible by volunteering some of their time.

As always Kirstin and James are looking for help in many ways over the weekend including:

Friday 28th – pitch preparation during the day – marking and goal moving.

Friday 28th – marquee erecting at the club – 6pm till 7pm

Please contact James if you can help with the above – 07800 699074 or [email protected]

Saturday 29th – umpires required from 10am to 5pm.  Half day or full day positions exist.

Saturday 29th – tournament officials to join James and Kirstin in the nerve centre managing the event over the day.

Saturday 29th – kitchen helpers to assist with the sales of filled rolls, cakes and bacon butties.  Ideally we are looking to have three people in the kitchen at any one time doing two hour slots, i.e.  9 – 11am, 11 – 1pm, 1 – 3pm, 3 – 5pm.

Please contact Kirstin if you can help with the above – 07908 700960 or [email protected]

Monday 1st May…….all the same opportunities exist again for a new willing team of volunteers or the same looking for more.

Please can you give the above request due consideration and wherever possible please volunteer.  The more we all lend a hand the easier and more enjoyable this event becomes for the club and indeed our visitors.

Of course there are also playing opportunities – the point of holding the tournament.  The club team event is specifically designed for players from our lower club teams, i.e. Men’s 3rds to 6ths – your regular captain during this season should have already been in touch with you but if not contact them or indeed your club captain via [email protected] and for Ladies regular players from the 4ths to 7ths again if you have not heard from your captain but want to play contact them or indeed your club captain via [email protected]

As for the mixed event a number of club members have begun organising teams. This event is open to all HMHC players who during this season have regularly played men’s or ladies’ league hockey.  If you have not had a chance to pull together a team of friends or been contacted by a team organiser so far but would like the chance to play in a Magpies team please let your club captains know (as above).  We are desperately seeking some Magpies Ladies at the moment to make up a Magpies team currently being put together.

Both the Saturday and Monday tournaments will involve hockey matches from 10am with the finals being played at 5pm.

Whether you are interested in playing, umpiring or volunteering in some way, shape or form please can you get in touch with James and Kirstin by the end of next weekend (23rd April) to enable the final plans for the weekend to be put together.

Many thanks

James & Kirstin
17/4/17

 

 

 

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 11 April 2017

THE SCRIBE HANGS UP HIS PEN

The club chairman comments as follows.

Harleston Magpies has had many great servants over the years but surely none more so than the editor-in-chief of Mike’s Musings, Mike Denham. 

Mike has worn many hats at Magpies over the years and since February 2007 he has single-handedly produced weekly newsletters for the enjoyment of this many readers. Indeed there have been 350 newsletters emailed to 500 recipients each time and that excludes visitors directly to the website. 

This is the last of Mike’s Musings and on behalf of everyone associated with the club I would like to express our gratitude for the time and effort Mike has put in to producing this unnervingly regular publication. 

Mike’s Musings keeps us informed, makes us laugh, reminds us of highs and unfortunately the lows, but every Tuesday without fail it lands in our inbox and continues to instil a great sense of community within the club.

Now we have reached the end of the league season (but hopefully success for the Ladies’ O35s and Mixed teams to follow last Saturday’s success by the U10 Girls) the time was right for Mike to hang up his pen. This also provides the club with an opportunity to consider other forms of communication which will endeavour to keep us all informed and continue to instil that sense of community. 

Mike is not departing and will continue to be a constant presence around the club; although a repeat of his 8½ minutes of play for the Men’s 7th team (his only on-field contribution and ended by a pulled hamstring) is unlikely to be repeated!   Murray Graham

I thank Murray for his very kind remarks and for his support during his four years as chairman. I also thank the many club members who have assisted me with the column over the years and those readers (both club and non-club members) who have made kind remarks about the column. This encouragement has played a big part in helping me to keep going as has been the invaluable technical support of Nigel Bedingfield of IceniPost.com. I have enjoyed writing Mike’s Musings (and before that Chairman’s Chat when the title was appropriate) and I thank Matt Brand for coming up with the title – the first edition of which was published in August 2009.  It has been a privilege to have been trusted to chronicle the last 10 years of the life of the club. As Murray says I hope to continue to be a regular at Weybread and to continue to enjoy the company of so many friends. But with my troublesome back I might in future leave the picking up of stray bottles to others!

MAGPIES’ U10 GIRLS RETAIN THEIR EAST CROWN

The club hosted the In2Hockey East Club Championships over the weekend in glorious weather (as the colour of my face will prove) and it was really good to see so many people enjoying the four competitions.

The event started on Saturday with the U12 Boys’ and from the first game when they beat Magpies it was clear that Old Loughtonians would be the team to beat and so it proved. They went on to defeat Norwich City 2-1 in the final after recovering from conceding the first goal. The Magpies’ team, which came into the competition by invitation after the withdrawal of another team played far better, under the coaching team of Mark Emms and Peter Dolton, than their eventual position of ninth out of the ten teams would suggest. Hopefully the players will have gained experience from playing against some of the top teams in the East.

Next into action were the U10 Girls and after drawing their opening game 1-1 against Blueharts, Magpies played some splendid hockey to beat Chelmsford 3-0, Sudbury 4-0 and Cambridge City 2-0. They then had to avoid defeat against Sevenoaks to reach the final which they did winning 2-1. They dominated the final against Old Loughtonians scoring two quick goals before going on to win 3-0 thereby winning the event for the second successive year thanks to a splendid squad performance under the coaching team of  Kathy Gardens and Duncan Cogdell.

On Sunday it was the turn of the U12 Girls and U10 Boys. The Magpies’ U12 Girls were unfortunate to start against Sevenoaks who quickly looked a formidable team winning 3-0. Magpies then went on a run beating Hertford 2-1 (from a goal down), Old Loughtonians 3-0, Ipswich 4-0 and Cambridge City 1-0. In their semi-final against Canterbury they could not maintain their form going down 1-0. But overall this was a really good performance by the squad under coaches Jim Menzies and Duncan Cogdell who finished in joint 3rd place. In the final it came as no surprise when Sevenoaks beat Canterbury 3-1.

It was good to see David Brook at the club on Sunday and in his element watching the other teams on behalf of Jim Menzies. Let’s hope that David will feel well enough next season to resume at least light duties on behalf of the club.

The U10 Boys’ event (in which there was no Magpies’ participation) was won by Blueharts who beat Blue Hornets 1-0 in the final. Norwich Dragons beat Old Loughtonians 3-1 for third place.

Best wishes to the winners and runners-up of the U12 events who go on to the national finals.

The club was delighted to host these very enjoyable events once again in support of the East officials (genially led by Daphne Menear) and the young East umpires, and their mentors, who did so well over the weekend. It is also a big ‘thank you’ to the Magpies’ ‘backroom team’ for kindly helping with marquees, car parking, catering, PA etc.

The Magpies’ league season came to an end on Saturday with the already promoted Men’s 3rds going down 4-3 away to Ipswich 2nds despite a hat-trick by Greg Jagger and the Ladies’ 6ths beat Breckland 4-2 away with all their goals coming from Vanessa Vigrass. Magpies dominated play in the first half with Vanessa scoring in the first two minutes. Vanessa completed her hat-trick before half time and after Breckland fought back with two goals she scored again to round-off an excellent finish to the season by the team.

I take this opportunity to thank all club officials for their hard work over the season. In addition I thank everyone, including a considerable number of club members, who have umpired throughout the season. Finally, it is a big ‘thank you’ to all our sponsors. Their invaluable support is much appreciated.

The season is still not over. The Mixed team will be in EH Trophy quarter-final action (after their 4th round w/o win over Dereham) away to Horsham on Sunday 23 April and the Ladies’ O35s play Timperley in the EH Trophy final at Lee Valley Sports Centre on Sunday 30 April (11.00). Best wishes to our teams. In addition we have the Magpies’ Tournament on Saturday 29 April (Mixed teams) and Monday 1 May (Club XIs).

Please see the club website for more details of the above (including reports) and for regular updates throughout the summer.

With kind regards and very best wishes to all readers

Mike Denham
[email protected]
11/4/17

 

 

 

U10 Girls Regional Finals – Magpies win again!

On Sat 8th April the U10A girls successfully retained their Regional title in an exciting afternoon’s play at Harleston. It was going to be a tough challenge as with pools of 6 with only one to go through to the Final we knew that every result was going to be important.

First up were Blueharts, who proved to be a very competitive outfit. Harleston went 1-0 down early on but showed great character in not panicking and by half-time we were back in the game at 1-1. Their keeper played well to keep out many good opportunities that fell to our forwards and the score stayed at 1-1. The next challenge was to keep the girls cool and rested in quite a long break in which they seemed intent on injuring themselves trying to skateboard down a steep bank, but after that first break matches started to come in quick succession.

Next up was Chelmsford, who had kept Sevenoaks who were one of our main threats to a draw, so the 3-0 win that we got gave the team a real boost when we knew that it might come down to goal difference in the end. Against Sudbury the team kept their shape well which was important as Sudbury defended well and crowded the player on the ball. The final score was a 4-0 win which again gave our goal difference a good boost compared to others in the pool.

Two games to go and we knew that 2 wins would see us to the final but Cambridge City proved a hard nut to crack. We had moved from sand to water and it took the girls a little time to adjust. We found ourselves under pressure and facing a short corner but their striker mis-cued and Beth thankfully drove the full length of the pitch, went round the keeper and slotted it home to the great relief of all the supporters. Harleston eventually came out 2-0 winners and thus we faced our last pool match, against Sevenoaks, knowing a draw for us was enough and a win for Sevenoaks would take them through. Their right forward caused us all sorts of problems but Nat and Daisy just put enough pressure on her to make sure she could not deliver quality crosses. At 2-0 up we were almost home and dry when Sevenoaks pulled one back and pressurised us to the end but our defence held firm and the match finished 2-1.

What a tough group it had been and the girls had given everything to get to the final – would they have anything left was the question. After just a short break we took to the field against the other group winners Old Loughtonians and we need not have feared that the girls were done for the afternoon. In fact, they saved some of their finest hockey for this game with everyone playing at their best. We looked solid in defence with Rebekah in goal and Catherine, Daisy and Harriet covering all the threats, Amber and Natalie continued to cover huge amount of ground on the wings covering both defence and attack really effectively, Emily and Ophelia gave some great options with their leads up front and Beth continued to dispatch short corners to take the pressure off. The 3-0 win was a fitting end to a great afternoon’s efforts by all the girls.

Beth and I have been with the U10s for 3 years now and would like to thank everyone at the club for the tremendous support. Yesterday epitomised what a supportive club it is with many familiar faces coming along to support the team and there was so much great work going on behind the scenes to make the day run so smoothly.Thanks to Duncan who came to watch and ended up helping me out on the side-line which was much appreciated. A massive thanks in particular to Nick McAllen for all his work with the girls this season and especially for his good humour at the Friday night coaching sessions, week in week out, come rain or shine (mostly rain this year – the only shine was the very last session!).

Kathy Gardens

U12 GIRLS EAST REPORT

A CASE OF WHAT COULD’VE BEEN……

When the dust of disappointment settles for the girls they will realise that they have had another fantastic season. We set ourselves high standards at Magpies and the girls more than achieved that today so girls when you’ve stopped frowning (me included) give yourselves a big old pat on the back as the good ship total hockey development is definitely sailing in the right direction !

So we come to the In2hockey East regional finals having safely navigated the Norfolk Champs and a pool containing Sevenoaks, Hertford, Old Loughtonians, Ipswich and Cambridge City. First up were Sevenoaks who proved to be a mightily strong side and it was backs to the wall stuff as we went down 3-0 with a string of great saves from Georgia. They were the eventual winners of the competition and played extremely well all day so good to get them out of the way early.

Up next were Hertford who we’d lost to in the East U10 final two years earlier so a chance to set the record straight but a scrappy early goal saw us 1-0 down. Oh no I hear you say but we kept our composure and more importantly shape and drew level early in the second half. A winner soon came and with some composure the girls saw out the win. I have an admission of guilt in that I’ve got three names down in my black book for two goals and for the life of me I can’t remember who scored in which order so Holly, Anna and Emma you can have two thirds of a goal each or I’m sure two of you can correct me!

With Hereford vanquished up next were back to back games against Old Loughtonians and Ipswich and I’m pleased to report that in these two we played as we can and should and recorded two fine victories 3-0 and 4-0 respectively. When we are confident and keep our shape and make the ball do the work we are a very effective side and a delight to watch so extremely well done to the girls in these two games with a goal each for Sophie, Emma, Evie and Anna and three for hotshot Holly !

We then had an hour and a half break before our final pool game against Cambridge City and after a detailed look at the table with Fi Brice to do the maths we established that a draw would’ve been good enough to take second place in the group by virtue of goals scored as Cambridge had also won three and lost one. With Fi sworn to secrecy we kept this to ourselves and with the girls fed and watered we played our final group game with victory assuring us of a semi final berth. I think it was our best performance of the day and the girls really got stuck in with the tackling and also kept the width which was testing Cambridge on both flanks. Mid way through the first half a foot in the D and a short corner. Smooth text book flat injection from Evie, composed gather from Anna and then a straight strike smash into the back board, 1-0 Magpies. Then on the stroke of half time came the moment of controversy and the awarding of a flick to Cambridge. A clean break down the right for Cambridge and cue alarm bells. Georgia makes the courageous and correct decision to come sliding out to challenge the Cambridge player and gets a toe to ball and it goes off the back line. Long corner we think but no, the Umpire calls for a flick perhaps swayed by the positivity of Georgia’s advance and the hurdling of the Cambridge player which most felt was extremely harsh (including the Cambridge coach so thank you to him). So it came to it with Georgia on the line, teeth bared and Cambridge ready to go. Parp went the whistle and off went the flick towards the bottom left but down went Georgia superbly to turn the ball onto the post and away from danger. A moment to be proud of for Georgia so well done. That invigorated the team and the second half was more or less controlled by Magpies with the odd chance from Cambridge on the break but we held on for a deserved win and a spot in the semi final.

So came the semi final against pool A winners Canterbury and a place in the national finals to play for. It wasn’t a great game and both sides were tired and running with the ball took over a bit too much and not the fluid style that we can play. A scrappy goal from a cruel deflection off a Magpies stick that looped over Georgia was all that separated the two sides and we huffed and puffed but couldn’t quite find a chance to save the game and so it ended there…….

It has been yet another tremendous season for this group of girls with multiple tournament wins, goals galore, qualification for the East Finals, progression through to the semi finals where on goal difference we would’ve been placed third overall with the consolation of being the best placed Norfolk team. Everyone in the squad played their part on what was a hot and tiring day. Goals and great deeds often claim the headlines but everyone worked tirelessly in a genuine squad effort so also a massive well done to Alyssa,Molly, Jessica and Ruby as well. Many thanks to Duncan for his council and support on the sideline.

I will echo what Kathy Gardens wrote in her report for the U10 girls that it was so good to see so many parents, friends and supporters there cheering on the girls and epitomises what our club is all about with particular mention to David Brook who came along to advise and observe in his normal guru type fashion.

COME ON YOU MAGPIES !

Squad – Ruby (c), Georgia (GK), Jessica, Molly, Holly, Alyssa, Anna, Sophie, Evie, Emma
TM – Jim Menzies

 

Results – Saturday/Sunday 8/9 April 2017

Saturday 8 April
MENS 3s v Ipswich 2s (L) (A) 12.00 3-4 L
LADIES 6s v Breckland (L) (A) 2.30 4-2 W
East Club Minis – HMHC
U12 BOYS (inc. Magpies’ team) (10.30)
Section B: Magpies v Old Loughtonians (10.30) 0-2 L, Cambridge City (11.14) 2-3 L, Norwich City (11.40) 1-3 L, Bury St Edmunds (12.24) 1-2 L, St Neots 2-1 W (for 9th place)
Old Loughtonians beat Norwich City 2-1 in the final and both qualify for national finals
U10 GIRLS (inc. Magpies’ team) (1.30)
Section Y: Magpies v Blueharts (1.55) 1-1 D, Chelmsford (3.10) 3-0 W, Sudbury (3.30) 4-0 W, Cambridge City (4.20) 2-0 W, Sevenoaks (5.00) 2-1 W
Magpies beat Old Loughtonians 3-0 in the final to win the event for the second successive year
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SQUAD INCLUDING COACH KATHY GARDENS AND MANAGER DUNCAN COGDELL ON THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

* * * * *

Sunday 9 April
NEW MIXED (EH Trophy Rd 4) v Dereham 2.00 W/O W
NB. Framlingham College
East Club Minis – HMHC
U12 GIRLS (inc. Magpies’ team)(10.00)
Section B: Magpies v Sevenoaks (10.00) 0-3 L,
Hertford (10.22) 2-1 W, Old Loughtonians (11.06) 3-0 W, Ipswich (11.32) 4-0 W, Cambridge City (1.22) 1-0 W, Canterbury (semis) (2.05) 0-1 L
Sevenoaks beat Canterbury 3-1 in the final (both qualify for
the national finals) with Magpies finishing in an
excellent joint 3rd place
U10 BOYS (1.00) (Magpies did not qualify for the event)
Blueharts beat Blue Hornets 1-0 in the final and Norwich Dragons beat Old Loughtonians 3-1 for 3rd place

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 4 April 2017

BOYS DEVELOPMENT PIP DRAGONS FOR LEAGUE TITLE

Top billing just has to go this week to the Boys’ Development after their 1-0 home win over Norwich City last Saturday which gave them the Norfolk league title on goal difference from Norwich Dragons ‘A’. This was a nervy game for the home team and their supporters and it was a considerable relief to all concerned when Ed Brice found the net at a penalty corner with five minutes to go.

There was not much between the teams for the majority of the match and while both defences played well they had to survive some anxious moments. Elliot Chapman gave an assured performance in goal for Magpies while Ed Brice caught the eye in midfield as did Ben Waters with some strong runs down the right wing. Magpies were let down on occasions by their poor choice of pass and an over reliance on the speculative reverse stick pass. But this is not the time to be critical. Well done to the squad under manager Mark Emms for an excellent season in which they have been defeated just once in sixteen games. They have done the club proud. The victory was a good way for defender Jack Largent to celebrate his fourteenth birthday.

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2018 – TICKETS England Hockey is hosting this event at Lee Valley in July 2018 and wishes to reward the Hockey Family for their continued loyalty by offering from Thursday 6 April a priority window for the purchase of tickets. Please see the top left of the England Hockey website (available from the England Hockey logo at the top right of the club’s website) for full details.

In the only other competitive home game the already promoted Men’s 3rds needed to win to keep alive their title chances and they went into their game against Norwich Dragons 2nds with just four of the players who clinched promotion the previous week against Newmarket. This churn has been a feature of the team in recent weeks and has made life more difficult than it should be for captain Matt Brand who has remained stoical over the situation. If the team is to be successful next season more players will need to be available more often and, frankly, that applies to some of our other teams, both men and women.

Dragons, with ex-Magpies star player Richard Gill in good form in midfield, took the lead following a fast break down the right. Magpies’ goalkeeper Chris Flatt, who had a good game, then saved a penalty stroke before Robbie Kinsella fired the home team level at a penalty corner. Just after the break Magpies missed a golden opportunity to take the lead. In a team not playing as well as the occasion demanded Stuart Field was outstanding for Magpies with his drive, speed and accurate passing. Dragons regained the lead and – after Magpies failed to take advantage of a number of penalty corners – they caught the home team on the break to ensure a deserved 3-1 victory. While this defeat and the news that Bury St Edmunds had beaten Ipswich 2nds 5-0 to take the league title was disappointing it should take nothing away from what has been an excellent season for the 3rds which concludes on Saturday away to Ipswich 2nds (12.00).

Away from home the Men’s 1sts went down 10-1 (Myles King) to City of Peterborough in another re-arranged match. The team already weakened in recent weeks by work and other commitments went into this tough game with several other changes due to parental responsibilities, injuries and holidays and I was not the only one fearing the worst. Despite the score line the eleven players played some good hockey against a full strength Cof P which until the previous week still had a chance of the league title.

From the middle of October when they won six games in succession, highlighted by a 4-3 away victory over eventual champions Old Loughtonians, the season was going well for the team but with the gradual weakening of the squad the second half has been a disappointment.

There can be little doubt that what our top three men’s teams need next season is rebuilding (1sts), promotion (2nds) and consolidation (3rds). Hopefully these objectives will be achieved by a core of present players, recruitment of others and opportunities to be grasped by the undoubted emerging talent in the club.

TASTER CRICKET SESSIONS FOR LADIES AND GIRLS AT MAGPIES on Tuesdays 4 and 11 April (6-7 pm) in conjunction with Topcroft Cricket Club – please see website for details.

The curtain comes down on another league season this Saturday with as already mentioned the Men’s 3rds playing the last of their re-arranged games while the Ladies’ 6ths play Breckland away (2.30). The original match on 25 February with Breckland was abandoned with three minutes remaining, with Magpies leading 3-2, when Magpies’ Louise Davy had a nasty fall which necessitated her going to hospital for treatment. The league management subsequently ruled that the score should not stand as with only one goal between the teams Breckland still had a chance for an equaliser. Best wishes to our two teams.

EAST CLUB MINIS This coming weekend the club is hosting for the ninth successive year the East Club Minis or to give them their correct title the East Club IN2Hockey Championships. On Saturday the U12 Boys (from 10.30) and U10 Girls (from 1.25) will be in action and on Sunday it will be the turn of the U12 Girls (10.00) and U10 Boys (1.00). The club will be represented in each of the events except for the U10 Boys. The U10 and U12 Girls qualified by finishing first and second, respectively, in the Norfolk championships while the U12 Boys have been pleased to accept a late wild card entry following the withdrawal of another team.

All the very best to our teams, listed below, for an enjoyable and, hopefully, successful weekend.

Saturday 8 April (Weybread)
U12 Boys
Oliver Bardwell, Oliver Currie, Sam Emms, Jake Hayward, Oliver Kinsman, Freddie Kirk, Stanley Glenn, Charlie Hall, Jake Jackson, James Laurie (GK), Mark Emms (manager), Peter Dolton (coach).
Section B: Magpies v Old Loughtonians (10.30), Cambridge City (11.14), Norwich City (11.40), Bury St Edmunds (12.24) followed (hopefully) by the semis (1.40) and final (2.35).

U10 Girls Rebekah Moss (GK), Daisy Wicks, Catherine Pope, Harriet Soper, Alex Pearson-Smith, Emily Clarke, Natalie Saunders, Ophelia McCausland, Amber Whittingstall, Beth Gardens, Kathy Gardens (manager/coach).
Section Y: Magpies v Blueharts (1.55), Chelmsford (3.10), Sudbury (3.30), Cambridge City (4.20), Sevenoaks (5.00) followed (hopefully) by the final (5.30).

Sunday 9 April (Weybread)
U12 Girls
Ruby Pottruff (captain), Georgia Flatt (GK), Jessica Menzies, Holly Wills, Emma Williamson, Anna Cogdell, Evie Brice, Molly Largent, Alyssa Walker, Sophie Pettitt, Jim Menzies (manager/coach).
Section B: Magpies v Sevenoaks (10.00), Hertford (10.22), Old Loughtonians (11.06), Ipswich (11.32), Cambridge City (1.22) followed (hopefully) by the semis (2.05) and final (2.40).

The winners and runners-up of the two U12 events will go on to represent the East in the national finals to be played at Beeston HC on Saturday 13 May.

MIDLANDS LEAGUE U14 GIRLS REGIONAL FINALS In Pool A at Leicester Grammar School last Sunday our team had the frustration of going down 2-1 to the eventual winners Reading in their opening match after conceding a late goal. In their next game they were unable to find a way past Cirencester losing 2-0. But they finished on a high note beating Leicester 7-0. Well done to the players and manager John Pope on a really impressive season which bodes well for the club in the years ahead. Please see the club’s website for a full report from Leicester.

WATTON MINIS There were good performances last Sunday by our teams including wins for the U12 Girls and U10 Girls in the Silver events and second place for the U12 Girls in Gold and a season best second place for the U10 Boys.

Two wags contacted me after last week’s Musings to say it would have saved them a lot of time had I put at the beginning and not at the end that reading the column was not compulsory!

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]
4/4/17

Results – National Youth Outdoor Competitions 2016/17

NATIONAL YOUTH OUTDOOR COMPETITIONS 2016/17

U14 GIRLS
Manager/Coach: John Pope
01728 748201 07960 884366
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(Midlands League 4)
Sunday 16 October v Norwich City (A) 1.45 3-3 D
Sunday 6 November v Bury St Edmunds (H) 10. 15 (W) 10-1 W
Sunday 20 November v Cambridge City (A) 12.45 2-1 W
Sunday 5 February v Norwich Dragons (H) 11.00 (W) 11-1 W
Sunday 19 February v Pelicans (A) 12.30 2-2 D
Sunday 2 April (Regionals – Leicester GS)
v Reading 1-2 L , v Cirencester 0-2 L, v Leicester 7-0 W

U16 GIRLS
Manager/Coach: Nick McAllen
01508 493269 [email protected]
(Midlands League 1)
Sunday 16 October v Bury St Edmunds (H) W/O W
Sunday 6 November v Norwich City (A) 1.45 1-1 D
Sunday 20 November v Sudbury (H) 4-1 W
Sunday 5 February v Norwich Dragons (A) 12.00 4-0 W
Sunday 19 February v Pelicans (H) 11.00 (W) W/O W
Sunday 12 March (Regionals – Pool B, Stourport HC)
v Saffron Walden 3-0 W, v Stourport 0-3 L,
v Oxford Hawks 1-1 D

U18 GIRLS
Manager/Coach: Rob Sorrell
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1st Rd Sunday 16 October v Old Loughtonians (A) 2.30 9-3 W
2nd Rd Sunday 6 November v Dereham (A) 2.00 6-5 W on penalty strokes after a 3-3 draw in normal time
3rd Rd Sunday 20 November v Norwich City (A) 15-0 W
Q/F Sunday 19 February v Beeston (H) 12.45 (W) 1-7 L

U14 BOYS
Manager/Coach: Chris Hall
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(East League 2)
Sunday 16 October v Bury St Edmunds (A) 2.00 9-1 W
Sunday 6 November v Sudbury (H) 10.45 (S) 8-0 W
Sunday 20 November v IES (H) 4-2 W
Sunday 5 Febuary v Norwich City (A) 1.45 4-3 W
Sunday 26 March (Regionals – Pool B, HMHC)
v Cambridge City 0-1 L, v Southgate 2-0 W, v Sevenoaks 1-2 L

U16 BOYS
Manager/Coach:
(East League 2)
Sunday 16 October v Bishops Stortford (A) W/O L
Sunday 6 November v Braintree (H) W/O L
Sunday 20 November v Ipswich (A)*
Sunday 5 February v Norwich City (A)*
Sunday 19 February v Pelicans (H)*
* team withdrawn from the competition due to
a lack of players in this age group this season

U18 BOYS
Manager/Coach: Stuart Peters
07584-054075
[email protected]
Rd 1 – Sunday 16 October – bye
Rd 2 – Sunday 6 November v Bedford (H) 12.00 (W) W/O W
Rd 3 – Sunday 20 November v Norwich Dragons (H) 5-4 L on strokes after a 2-2 D in normal time

Results – Saturday/Sunday 1/2 April 2017

Saturday 1 April
MENS 1s v City of Peterborough (L) (A) 1.00 1-10 L
MENS 3s v Norwich Dragons 2s (L) (H) 2.00 (W) 1-3 L
BOYS Dev. v Norwich City (L) (H) 10.45 (W) 1-0 W
League Champions. Well done to team manager and rest of squad!

Sunday 2 April
U14 GIRLS (Midlands League Regionals – Pool A: Leicester GS)
12.45 Leicester 0 v Cirencester 1, Magpies v Reading 1-2 L
2.00 Leicester 0 v Reading 3, Magpies v Cirencester 0-2 L
3.15 Magpies v Leicester 7-0 W, Cirencester 1 v Reading 2
Reading win the Pool
Watton Minis
U12 Girls ‘A’ – runners-up in Gold Tournament
U12 Girls ‘B’ – winners of Silver Tournament
U12 Girls ‘C’ – 4th in Silver Tournament
U10 Girls ‘B’ winners of Silver Tournament
U10 Girls ‘C’ – 4th in Silver Tournament
U12 Boys – 6th
U10 Boys – runners-up

U10 BOYS AT WATTON

OH SO CLOSE FOR THE U10 BOYS AT WATTON

What a fabulous afternoon for the U10 boys in the last tournament of the season at Watton only being denied top spot on the podium on goal difference having won two and drawn two in a pulsating afternoon’s entertainment.

First up were Dragons and in a tight contest our boys battled hard and were able to claim a deserved 1-0 victory with a debut goal for Alfred, cue ear to ear grin ! A mention for James in goal who pulled off a tremendous stick save that was almost behind him to keep us in the game.

Next was a funny old goalless draw against Pelicans where we couldn’t quite find a rhythm but a point is a point. Next up were Watton and the formation of the formidable defensive pairing of Nicholas and Monty who timed their tackles well and cleared the ball effectively. Finlay moved up to centre half and put in a good hearty effort and was rewarded with the winning goal for Magpies so it was all to play for in the crunch game against Norwich City who also had drawn one and won two games ! It proved to be a modern day classic with end to end stuff right from the off. WIlliam smashed in an early goal for Magpies only for them to be pegged back by a scrappy City goal, 1-1. The midfield was not for the faint hearted and Finlay, Freddy and George all got stuck in making crucial tackles at the right time. The ball went up the right with Billy making a trademark surge down the right channel and cooly slotted home to make it 2-1 to Magpies. Tick tock went the clock and with seconds to go oh no ! In goes a thunderbolt shot for City from the top of the D to level things up at 2-2 but what a game.

Great work from all the boys on the day who well deserved their runner up spot but it was oh so close !

Squad :- James, William, Billy, George, Freddy, Nicholas, Monty, Finlay, Alfred

 

U12 GIRLS REPORTS – WATTON TOURNAMENT

STRONG FINISH TO THE SEASON AT WATTON FOR U12 GIRLS

A TEAM
With only the bare minimum of 7 players available, the A team tackled their last hurdle before their end of season highlight when they compete in the East In2 Hockey finals this weekend. The first game against a reinvigorated Dragons didn’t go to plan as we huffed and puffed and forgot how to play as we all know we can and a scrappy goal off a rebound was enough to give Dragons a deserved victory. From there on it was better news as we rediscovered our more expansive style and passed the ball around more fluidly and were more decisive in front of goal which was enough to bring 2-0, 3-1 and 3-0 victories against Dragons B, Watton and Norwich City which was good to see. A really good shift from all the girls and with no subs there is no rest or hiding place so well done.

We set ourselves high standards because we know that we are capable and we hope to see this in excess on Sunday ! COME ON YOU MAGPIES !

Squad :- Georgia, Alyssa, Ruby, Jessica, Holly, Molly & Evie

B Team
The Magpies B’s fielded a strong side for our last tournament of the season and started strongly with a 6-0 win over Norwich Dragons, goals from Sasha, Maddie (4) and Amy. Next up we faced Dereham and came away with a 1-0 win thanks to Maddie’s strike.

Ella was on top form against Pelicans and used her silky skills to bag 5 goals, with Grace Clarke adding the 6th. We finished the morning by playing Magpies C’s where we shared the goals around amongst Ella (2), Maddie, Evie and Sasha.

Katy made some great saves in goal and organised her defence well with Megan and Grace making some lovely tackles. Great work rate and attitude from all of the girls and an awesome way to end the season.

Squad :- Katy, Megan, Grace C, Ella, Maddi, Sasha, Amy & Evie N

C Team
Our first game was against Pelicans who came out strong. But it didn’t take long for Magpies to get into the game, lovely passes coming into the D from Sofia and Hattie, passing the ball round and creating space. Unfortunately Pelicans got a short corner which they scored from, this resulted the first game finishing at 1-0 to Pelicans.
Our second game was against Norwich Dragons. This game we were quick on the ball, and this resulted in a good ball into the D from Sukey followed by a goal from Ellie. Not long after the first goal the same happened again, but this time the ball was put into the D by Kate and again found Ellie who scored her second goal. This game finished 2-0 to Magpies.

Our third game we lost against Magpies B’s, we knew it would be a hard game as they had already won two of their games 6-0! But that didn’t stop us, Ellie and Emma did well in defence, and we didn’t give up. Some brilliant hockey was played moving the ball wide and passing it down the line into space. Well done Magpies B’s!!
Last game of the day resulted in 0-0 against Dereham. Out of all the games we played during the tournament this game was the game we played our best hockey. Everyone was supporting each other, free hits were taken early and the ball was going out wide.
Brilliant team spirit from everyone, well done team!

Squad: Emma, Ellie C, Hattie, Sukey, Sofia, Kate & Ellie B

 

Magpies Under 14s – Midlands Regional Group A Results – Sunday 2 April 2017

Magpies under 14 girls with a young team of predominantly of year 8s – four year 9s in total – and a year 7 debuting in goal arrived at Leicester Grammar school on a warm sunny day with high hopes.

Team: Abi Lewis (GK), Alice Wiseman, Amelia Slade, Amy Collison, Beth Moodie, Ellen Pope, Holly Hanrahan, Honey Lamdin, Georgie Cantrell (Capt), Georgie Gardens, Keira Wheeler, Molly Warnes, Tabitha Borrett, Victoria Spouncer

Undefeated in competition all season a tough round was expected with toughest game up first.

Game 1: Reading 2-1 Magpies (Leicester 0-1 Cirencester on other pitch)

Goals: Georgie Cantrell

Classic Magpies we gave Reading a half start in this one getting a thorough 1-0 thrashing in the first. The score-line merely shows what a nervy start it was by both sides and the tremendous defence we displayed during a period when we barely got out of our own 25 including at least one phenomenal diving save by Abi to prevent a goal with her stick. Wave after wave of penalty corners ensued with Reading misfiring until eventually toward the end of the first half they inevitably scored.

This part of the team strategy I was clearly not privy to.

The same eleven stepped on the pitch in the second half but it was a completely different team.

Wave after wave of Magpies attack ensued and Reading were rumbled. With around four minutes to go a mazy run from Georgie C through the D ending in a close quarters nerveless push past the keeper broke the deadlock. Game on. And we continued to press for the winner.

Knowing full well that you’re at your most vulnerable when you’ve scored it was in this period that the team manager lost his voice. And sure enough, from a Magpies attack Reading countered getting a ball through our midfield and defence to a group of three attackers camped out in our D behind our defence. Abi handled two but the ball fell to the third who reversed it into the goal with less than two minutes to go.

We picked ourselves up and immediately went for the Reading goal but despite giving it everything the whistle came too soon.

It was small consolation to know that we had give Reading their toughest game of the season.

Game 2 Magpies 0-2 Cirencester (Leicester 0-3 Reading)

A strange one this. It neither felt as intense nor did Cirencester feel to be as good a side as Reading. Nevertheless we couldn’t take our chances and Cirencester got two relatively simple goals at key stages in each half.

After on paper our two toughest games, we’d played all our 14 girls all of whom had given absolutely everything. I shan’t forget Georgie G’s look towards me towards the end of the second game when I helpfully suggested another run – even telepathy has ***s in it – and despite a strong sense that the 50/50s were not to be going our way every team member stayed positive, committed and dedicated to the team.

So with one game to go and our first outing on the water pitch anticipated…

Game 3 Leicester 0-7 Magpies (Reading 2-1 Cirencester)

Despite the official score sheet saying 6, it was 7.

Goals: Alice Wiseman, Ellen Pope, Georgie Cantrell (3), Georgie Gardens, Molly Warnes

A tactical tweak, a ringing of the changes, the shackles off and only pride to play for… and it all came together. We played with freedom and our fitness showed, by the end Leicester understandably looking the more tired. Goals were now coming from everywhere with both Bobby and Molly getting their first u14 goals of the season and Georgie C her regulation hat trick. The one small disappointment was that one of our most skilful, dedicated, hard working, deserving and above all modest players, Amy, didn’t quite get on the score-sheet this year – saving it up for next!

Thank-yous abound:

Firstly to Wendy and her team at Leicester who put on a great event and supplied us with a very fair and calm umpire in Graham who is welcome at Weybread at any time – bring a responsible adult to drive you home Graham, we have a very good bar!

Secondly as always to our wonderful supporters and support crew. Our parents and especially to Grace, Izzy and Rob who helped me run the bench, especially to Rob for all the running player repairs! We can rebuild her….

Penultimately to Martin, Nick and Sandra for all their dedication, hard work and unlimited patience (especially with me!) throughout the winter.

And finally to all the girls. The team, the wider squad and birthday girl Grace our regular GK. We couldn’t want for better. We hope you come back wanting more next season. And good luck to Alice, Beth, Georgie, Liv and Molly in the u16s.

We have (at least – I’ve just seen a note possibly about another from Sandra!) two remaining fixtures

Sunday 30 April – Braintree Blue Hornets end of season friendly – details to follow

Friday 19 May – Youth Presentation Evening (remember to let Alison and Nick know that you’re coming!!)

Thanks

JP

Topcroft Cricket Club Exciting News – When Cricket Meets Hockey

Topcroft Cricket Club Exciting News

When Cricket Meets Hockey

We are both pleased to announce an exciting project to link two of the premier sports clubs in the region. Topcroft Cricket Club and Harleston Magpies Hockey Club are only a matter of a few miles apart and already share a few players and supporters.

With both sports seasons complementing each other and both sports focussed on hand/eye co-ordination, the link and joint promotion of each other’s activities to attract more people playing both sports seems an ideal one. The clubs played a friendly cricket match last year at Magpies, played on a temporary wicket, and the idea of the a close working relationship blossomed from there.

Initially both clubs will joining forces to help promote the growth of
both sport clubs and moving forward looking to establish a more
permanent association for the mutual benfit to both sports.

With Topcroft CC adding a 3rd Saturday Senior Side for the 2017 season, the club would welcome any new players and are hoping some new or ex cricketers from Magpies will be interested in playing. Topcroft CC are also very keen to develop a girls cricket team and encourage more Ladies players and are planning on running some taster training sessions at Magpies in April.

Topcroft CC Chairman Rob Allen said “We are very excited to be working in partnership with such a large and prestigious club as Harleston Magpies and look forward to developing more sporting opportunities for the local community and in particular attracting new ladies and girls to the sport”.

Harleston Magpies Commercial Manager John Rowe said “This represents an excellent opportunity to further enhance our reputation as a community club and at the same time help encourage cricket with Topcroft CC in the South Norfolk Area. Although in the early stages this also dovetails well with our long term strategy to maximise the potential on offer here at our Site”.

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 28 March 2017

MEN’S 3RDS GALLOP PAST NEWMARKET FOR PROMOTION

It was the last day of the season for most of our 15 league teams last Saturday and while all were obviously hoping to go out on a high there were special incentives for four of them with the Men’s 3rds and Ladies’ 1sts achieving their objectives while the Men’s 2nds and Girls’ Development came up a little short.

The Men’s 3rds needed to beat fellow promotion hopefuls Newmarket to clinch promotion after being in the top two all season and they did so with ease winning 10-1. They were soon 3-0 up against a less experienced Newmarket side than usual and thereafter the outcome was never in doubt. Scorers were Tristan Hipper (3), Gavin Cole (2), Greg Jagger (2), Jamie Hudson, Matt Brand and James Stacey. Congratulations to captain Matt Brand (who has worked extremely hard once again with the team both on and off the field of play) and to his squad. They still have two games to play and victory in both would ensure they overtake Bury St Edmunds for the league title. They are at home on Saturday to Norwich Dragons 2nds (2.00) and away to Ipswich 2nds seven days later.

Meanwhile playing on the other pitch were the Ladies’ 1sts and their incentive was to get back to winning ways after three successive defeats and they did so in style beating St Albans 4-0 to round-off a highly satisfying season with an excellent fourth place in England Hockey’s East Conference. There was not much between the teams in the first half but Magpies went into the break leading with a splendid goal by Lizzie Clymer when she swept home a cross from Maria Andrews, the team’s player of the season. Magpies dominated the second half. Maria skilfully created space for herself to add the second goal and soon afterwards, following a fast pushout at a penalty corner by Debbie Francis, she fired in her seventeenth goal of the season to finish as the league’s leading goal scorer – a wonderful achievement. Abby Gooderham completed the scoring with an exciting finish high into the net. Very well done to captain Lucy Belsey and her team and to coach Rob Sorrell and manager Nick McAllen.

The Men’s 2nds needed to beat Wapping 2nds (who came into the game at Weybread with the league title virtually assured) to avoid relegation or failing that for Cambridge City 3rds to slip up in their last two games. In the event Magpies fought hard to get something from the game after going 3-0 down early on. Tristan Baynes converted a penalty corner just before the break and Robbie Kinsella narrowed the gap fifteen minutes into the second half but thereafter Magpies were unable to maintain their momentum leaving Wapping to make it 4-2 in their favour before celebrating the league title by spraying themselves with bubbly! We then heard that City 3rds had beaten second placed Bourne Deeping 8-2 to add to their 3-2 victory the previous week over third placed Shefford & Sandy. There is no doubt that things have gone against the Men’s 2nds in recent weeks, e.g. failure to beat Norwich City 2nds after leading, Cambridge City 3rds recent revival and the late penalty stroke the previous week against Upminster. But the real reason for the team’s relegation (their second in successive seasons) was their failure to take any points from their first five games combined with some recent late goals suggesting fitness issues as a leading member of the squad told me after the game. The upshot is that the Men’s 2nds and Men’s 3rds will next season be in the same league something which would have been hard to contemplate as recently as the start of last season when they were three leagues apart.

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2018 – TICKETS England Hockey is hosting this event at Lee Valley in July 2018 and wishes to reward the Hockey Family for their continued loyalty by offering from Thursday 6 April a priority window for the purchase of tickets. Please see the top left of the England Hockey website (available from the England Hockey logo at the top right of the club’s website) for full details.

The Girls’ Development needed to beat Norwich Dragons in their last game of the season to clinch their league title but it wasn’t to be despite a wholehearted effort by the squad. After Dragons had taken the lead a fine strike by Anna Cogdell put Magpies back on terms only for Dragons to win the game 2-1 with an even better shot from the edge of the circle. Despite this defeat it has been an excellent season by the squad under the enthusiastic leadership of player-manager Sandra Elliner who throughout has sought to be fair to all members of the squad in her team selections. It says much for the work that Sandra has done that nine Development girls have progressed to adult hockey this season.

In other home games the Ladies’ 3rds drew and there were defeats for the Men’s 5ths and Ladies’ 6ths. The Ladies’ 3rds played out a 0-0 draw with Ipswich 2nds for whom out-on-loan Magpie Connie Bedingfield had a good game in midfield while for Magpies goalkeeper Holly Riches was as impressive as ever. The Magpies squad can be pleased with how they have played in their first season in the East League. Meanwhile the Men’s 5ths knew they were in for a tough game against league champions and goal machine that is Ipswich 3rds (Andy Cook got his inevitable goal against Magpies together with a blow to an ankle!) and they played far better than the final score of 6-1 would suggest. Magpies fielded six U14s and they did not look out of place at this level. Tom Caston got their goal in the second half with a good finish. The Ladies’ 6ths also knew they were in for a demanding game against 4th placed Norwich City 6ths and they played some good hockey with plenty of determination despite going down 6-1. Ellen Pope scored their second half goal following a strong penalty corner strike by Vanessa Vigrass.

There was mixed success for our teams away from home. The Men’s 1sts, including at least three injured bodies, lost 1-0 to a late Bedford goal and for the record this was the first time in 46 East Premier ‘A’ games the team had failed to score. This coming Saturday they complete their programme with a re-arranged away game against City of Peterborough (1.00) who lost their chance of promotion back to the national league going down last Saturday to Old Loughtonians who have finished the season strongly to take the promotion spot. Meanwhile the Ladies’ 2nds rounded off their good season in style beating St Ives 4-0 with their goals coming from Jess Howland, Anna Tighe, Lottie Summers and Alice Woollatt. MOTM was Kath Johnson who has had another fine season following her return from injury.

TASTER CRICKET SESSIONS FOR LADIES AND GIRLS AT MAGPIES on Tuesdays 4 and 11 April (6-7 pm) in conjunction with Topcroft Cricket Club – please click image for details.

The Ladies’ 4ths returned to winning ways beating Norwich City 3rds 2-0 with their best performance of the season. Their goals came from Imi Meynell-Anderson and moved the team up to a very satisfactory 6thplace in their league.  The Men’s 4ths ended a most successful season with a slightly disappointing 6-2 defeat against Pelicans 3rds. Their cause was not helped by having to start short of players due to traffic delays on the outskirts of Kings Lynn and they were 4-0 down after twenty minutes. Thereafter they drew the game 2-2 (!) and they dominated the second half with goals by Arthur Johnson and David Cadman. The Ladies’ 5ths drew 3-3 with Diss. After falling a goal behind Grace Collison and Rachel Clifford put them ahead only for Diss to equalise following a mishit by the visitors’ captain! Diss then took the lead before Rachel got her second late in the game to round-off an excellent season by Jose Tibbenham and her team. The Men’s 6ths were required to change alfresco in the car park at Thetford as the changing room was locked! With their usual pre-match routine now badly disrupted (!) they soon fell a goal behind and they eventually went down 5-1 with their goal coming from Lewis Belsey. It has been a tough season for the 6ths but to their credit they have battled away. The Ladies’ 7ths completed their season with a 0-0 draw against Loddon 2nds. At the beginning of the season the future of the team looked bleak but an influx of players has seen the team get to the end of the season in good heart.

Like the Girls the Boys’ Development were also hoping to win their league title by beating Norwich City away but after City called off due to a lack of available players Magpies’ manager Mark Emms agreed in the best spirit of development hockey to postpone the game to this coming Saturday (but now at Weybread at 10.45) instead of claiming the three points.

U14 BOYS EAST LEAGUE REGIONAL FINALS Congratulations to James Smith and Bex Pottruff and all members of their ‘team’ on a very successful management and hosting of Sunday’s Pool B.Cambridge City emerged as deserved winners of the 4-team pool winning all their three games thereby progressing to the national finals. For Magpies, who played well in spells, it was a case of what might have been at the end of a really good season.  In their opening game they were beaten 1-0 by Cambs City when with a little more accurate passing they could have got a point. They then eased passed Southgate with goals by Ollie Mayhew and James Webster and in their final game they were edged out 2-1 (James again) by Sevenoaks who after beating Southgate and then leading City before going down 2-1 had earlier looked favourites.

MAGPIES’ LADIES RUNNING FOR CHARITY  They would much appreciate your support via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Magpies-Ladies-Hockey?utm_id=27 For more details please see the club’s website.

END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING This successful event was held at Wortwell Community Centre last Saturday. Joe Cooksey, the chairman of the Fund Raising & Social Committee, acted as MC and he got the presentations underway with some interesting and varied statistics about the season before thanking club officials and team captains for all their hard work and enthusiasm during the season.  Joe then introduced the team captains who said a few words about their season and club president Philippa Taylor made the team presentations. Club vice-chairman Nick Durrant then read out the citations of the trophy and cup winners and Philippa made the presentations. Nick concluded the presentations part of the evening by thanking the Fund Raising & Social Committee for organising the event and by paying tribute to Philippa for all her hard work and dedication during her three years as deputy president and three years as president.

Team Awards

Team LADIES GENTLEMEN
Players’ player Captain’s player Players’ player Captain’s player
1 Maria Andrews

(Betty Whipps Cup – for player of the year)

ToshPeet

Tor
Findlay

(Young Player Of The Year Trophy)

Thomas Ridley

Leigh
Sitch

(Leeder Cup – for player of the year)

Andrew Bedwell

Thomas Ridley

(Young Player Of The Year Trophy)

2 Jess Howland Alice
Woollatt
Jonty Herschel-Shorland Tristan Baynes
3 Amelia Herschel-Shorland Rheanna Lascelles Jamie
Hudson
Jon Aldridge and Phil Cobbald (support to captain)
4 Helena Knock Phoebe Eglington (Most improved player) Alex Kilbourn (leading goal scorer) Kieran Peters (Most improved player)
5 Alice
Gooch
To be awarded later Ollie
Hall
Louis
Calvert
6 Isabel
Slade
Imogen
Flatt (Most improved player)
Peter
Finnie
To be awarded later
7 Sophie Govier-Schaay (most improved young player) Karen
Hunt
N/A N/A

 

Other Awards

Award  Winners Award  Winners
Rushworth
WardTrophy (For outstanding long service)
Daphne Beckett Female Club Person of the Year Louisa Greenacre
The Magpie Cup

(To mark a season of outstanding service)

Jose Tibbenham Craig Whipps Cup
(For club’s ‘unsung hero’)
Eric
Davy
Male Club Person of the Year Tristan
Baynes
Longe
Trophy (For outstanding youth coaching services)
To be awarded at youth awards evening
80th Anniversary Cup

(For outstanding service to the club)

Nick
McAllen
Chairman’s
Cup(For significant contribution to the Magpies community)
Richard
Larkin

Good luck as always to all our teams this coming weekend including the U14 Girls in the Midlands League Regional Finals where in Pool B on Sunday at Leicester Grammar School they play Reading, Cirencester and Leicester. Please see the website for the list of fixtures.

EAST REGIONAL FINALS Best wishes to Matt Brand, Tristan Baynes and David Francis who have been selected to represent Norfolk O40s in the regional finals at Lee Valley on Sunday and to Eric Davy who will be representing Norfolk O50s.   

Finally, congratulations to out-on-loan Magpie Tom Graham and his University of Durham team-mates on winning the North Conference of the England Hockey League with 18 victories from 18 games! Best wishes to them in the promotion play-offs.

APOLOGIES FOR THE LENGTH OF THIS MUSINGS. Fortunately reading it is not compulsory!

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]
28/3/17

Match report – Men’s 3rds – Saturday 25 March 2017

Magpies’ Men’s 3rds 10 Newmarket 1

After defeat to Bury St Edmunds last week Magpies were expecting a tough game against a Newmarket side just behind them in the league and especially since Newmarket had won the reverse fixture 6-1 just before Christmas. However with a full squad available Magpies felt confident that they could produce their best form when it mattered. As it turned out it didn’t matter as much as they thought, because despite playing some of their poorest hockey for several weeks they went into the break 5-0 up with good finishes from Tristan Hipper (2) and Gavin Cole and slightly scruffier efforts from Jamie Hudson and Matt Brand.

The second half saw both teams playing much better and despite Newmarket being much more resolute in defence they still found it hard to deal with a rampaging Magpies’ team who were clinical down both wings. Five more goals came with Tristan getting a third, Greg Jagger, who had a goal in the first half disallowed, adding two and Gavin and James Stacey completing the Magpies’ tally. It was not, however, the last goal as Newmarket would (in the words of defender) Tiger Brice (who was in superb form again) “ruin magpies afternoon” when they scored in the 69th minute.

So a 10-1 win, a top two finish and promotion guaranteed and with every team in the league beaten at least once Magpies can cast one eye over next season. Horncastle away anyone? However before then Magpies must complete this campaign at home to Dragons and away to Ipswich.