On Saturday, the club hosted ‘Hockey Fest’, a national incentive by England Hockey to open the doors to new and existing players with a focus on the social side of the game. Magpies aimed to highlight the best aspects of hockey – the inclusivity of gender, age and ability.

Starting the day with ‘Minis Madness’, children in school years 2-8 took to the pitch either to pick up a stick for the first time or to take part in mini matches. The boundless energy and enthusiasm showed by the children, coaches and parents alike, set the tone for a fantastic celebration of hockey.

The majority of teams begin their league campaigns next weekend but the Ladies Fifths, which is made up of mostly of youngsters, travelled to Diss for their first competitive game. The 5-1 loss sounds like a one sided affair but the match was even in terms of chances. Going into half time at 1-1, play was end to end but lapses in concentration by Magpies enabled Diss to execute their chances and add 4 goals to their tally. Magpies kept fighting until the end, unable to find the finishing touch but encouraging performances from four new young players, in particular Honey Lamdin in midfield bodes well for the season ahead.

The Norfolk Premier Division also began on Saturday with Magpies Ladies Fourths hosting UEA 2s. Coming off the back of a tough season which saw the Fourths narrowly avoid relegation, a young team took to the field hoping to capitalise on the students lack of preparation. Coming from behind, the hosts went into half time with a 2-1 lead (goals from Alice Evans-Hendrick and Keira Wheeler).

UEA caught Magpies on the break and levelled the score, only to take the lead moments later. Despite numerous attacking short corners Magpies didn’t seize their chances in open play but Ellen Pope claimed a goal back via a confidently taken penalty stroke, ending 5-3 to UEA.

Inter club friendlies provided valuable match practice for many of the remaining Magpies teams. The newly promoted Ladies 2s used their game against the 3s to try out players in different positions and ascertain which aspects need attention before travelling to Canterbury on Saturday. Proving that they hadn’t lost their finishing touch over the summer, two goals each from Anouska Stott and Laura Tibbenham saw the 2s win 4-2 against the 3s who’s young players coped well with the pace and skill of the game.

The Men’s 4s faced an amalgamation of the 5/6s in a tightly fought game which was played in tremendous spirit and resulted in a win for the 4s in preparation for their league opener with Watton (11.30 at home) this weekend with Jack Largent making an impressive debut for the team. The Ladies Sixth and Seventh teams mixed their squads in a friendly game with a 1-1 result and strong performances all over the pitch.

Eager for yet more hockey, the Ladies then travelled to Taverham on Sunday to participate in a 7s tournament against local teams. Following the group stages, a win over Cambridge South set Magpies up for the Plate semi final against arch rivals Watton. In their best performance of the day, a sustained attack was unfortunately not converted and Watton took their chance with a fast counter attack, resulting in the only goal of the game. The Ladies 6s host Broadland at 11.30 on Saturday.

Following a competitive pre season run, the Men’s Firsts welcome Wapping to The Nest this weekend for their first competitive game of the 2018/19 season. Push back is at 1.30pm so hopefully the crowds will gather to offer their usual vocal support and check out Magpies’ new signings. The Ladies Firsts follow the game (3pm) in their last friendly before the National League commences the following week.


Ladies 4th v UEA 2 home  L 3-5

Magpies had a bit of a slow start to the season and after the first five minutes or so we were 1-0 down against UEA 2’s. After some hard work and determination the score came to 1-1 with Alice Evans-Hendrick’s goal. Then with a penalty corner Ellen Pope score was disallowed as the umpire had blown for another penalty corner before the goal. But that didn’t stop us, as soon after, forward-Keira Wheeler scored making it 2-1 to us at half time.
Second half did not go so well for us, we all played well but didn’t grab all our chances but they took their chances well. We won a few more short corners but could not seem to convert to goals with the exception of when we managed to win a stroke and Ellen buried it into the bottom left corner.
The game finished 5-3 but our team spirit for even when the score was against us was high as we were still trying and didn’t let it get us down. The score didn’t bely play, and there was a positive feel for the start of a new season.

Thank you to Richard Stacey and Jose Tibbenham for being our manager and coach on the bench.

Sophie Matsell won player of the match deservedly.  Well played


Ladies 5th v Diss away L 1-5

Magpies 5ths ladies started their league campaign with a disappointing heavy loss, although the scoreline makes it sound like a drubbing but in truth the match was even in terms of chances.  The big difference was Diss were very clinical in their finishing.  The teams went in even at half time with a goal apiece.  Play was end to end with the Diss keeper easily dealing with any shots magpies fired at her.  Lapses in concentration enabled Diss to show the young magpies how to make chances count scoring 4 in the second half.  Magpies kept fighting until the end but couldn’t find the finishing touch.

Solid performances from the four new young players were very encouraging to see.  A strong performance in midfield from Honey earnt her player of the match which was well deserved for her tireless running.


Harleston Magpies U14s hockey tournament delivers 

Harleston Magpies hockey club hosted a terrific day of youth hockey on Sunday 9 September with no less than 30 teams and 200 youngsters travelling from all over the region for a fun day of friendly hockey in the sunshine.

Harleston Magpies entered three boys teams and four girls teams, a record number of team entries in this age group. They were joined by teams from Norwich City, Dragons, Felixstowe, IES, Framlingham, Chelmsford, Blue Hornets and Bury hockey clubs. The team played 12 minute matches in a seven a side format, making each match fast and furious. Seven young umpires from Magpies supported the matches, profiling the importance of getting more young people involved in that side of the game. Jude Pottruff, aged 15, has recently qualified as a level 1 umpire and said: ‘This tournament gave us a great opportunity to work on sharpening up our umpiring skills after a break from hockey over the summer. Being an umpire means you understand the rules, and this really helps your hockey game when you play in matches.’

Commenting on a successful day, coach and event organiser Jim Menzies said: ‘We were so impressed with the number of teams entered into our friendly U14s hockey tournament. It just shows how popular the game has become in recent years. The club was packed and we saw some excellent hockey skills on display throughout the day from the youngsters.’

U14 girls cup winners were Norwich City, with runners up Magpies. Dragons under 14s won the U14s boys cup, with Norwich City runners up. In the plate finals, IES won the plate for the girls, with Bury runners up, and Blue Hornets took the boys plate, with Felixstowe runners up. Well done to all the teams playing on the day. 


With league hockey starting next week for some teams, this weekends friendlies provided the chance for players to impress before captains select their squads. The Ladies Sixths and Sevenths joined forces in Taverham where Rachel Clifford continued where she left off last season and opened the scoring at close range. Magpies continued to control the game, showing confidence in attack which transferred to two more goals and a 3-0 defeat of Norwich City.

A youthful new look fifth team took a while to adjust to the pace of Ladies hockey and conceded 4 goals but created some good chances and once settled, scored twice against City. A number of last years Fifth team gelled well with the more experienced players in the Ladies Fourths in their last friendly of pre season. Abi Lewis organised a strong defence and kept a clean sheet whilst Keira Wheeler scored the two goals of the game.

The Ladies Seconds went into half time against City with honours even thanks to a positive approach and winning the majority of 50/50 balls. Bobbi Wiseman opened the scoring from close range following a penalty corner and following good work down the right of the pitch, Anouska Stott sent the ball crashing into the goal from the top of the circle to cement the Magpies win.

The Ladies Firsts travelled to St Albans and started well, dominating the home team with a high press and netting the first goal from a penalty corner courtesy of a Lauren Rowe drag flick. St Albans concerted a penalty corner against the run of play but Lauren added another to put Magpies a goal ahead. Unfortunately the game ended early with captain Lucy Belsey receiving an injury which will put her out of action for the foreseeable future. Everyone at Magpies wishes Lucy a speedy recovery and the team hope to see her back on the pitch as soon as possible.


Ladies 2 v Norwich City 1 won 2-1

After last years brilliant season, this season brings a step up to the East Premier League for the Ladies 2’s and the Magpies made the short trip to Taverham for their 1st pre-season game against a strong looking Norwich City squad.
Pies started the game on the front foot winning most of the 50 50 battles all over the pitch and not allowing the home side to settle into their patient passing game.. This positive approach allowed us to keep the home defence on their toes as well as forcing the home keeper into a couple of decent saves from penalty corners.
This drew a reaction from City who had a strong period of pressure before halftime when they also looked dangerous in and around the D but the hard working Pies managed to see off the threat to go into half-time on level terms.
The second half began with Pies out of the blocks early and duly went a goal up when a well worked penalty corner allowed Bobbi to nett from close range.
Norwich began to rotate their squad trying to find a way back into the game and duly had their strongest period of dominance in the game.. Despite excellent defensive work all over the field, a well worked move down the right gave City the chance to level the scores 12 minutes into the second half.
However, this drew an immediate response from the team and after good work down the right, the ball was fed into Anouska at the top of the D who sent the ball crashing into the net with a sweet strike.
The remainder of the game was closely contested with City looking to get back on terms whilst Magpies always looked dangerous on the break. Both teams created chances in the final stages of the match but we managed to bag a solid away win.
A spirited hard working skilful display from the 12  Magpies on show gave us a well deserved first victory of the season.


Preseason is well underway at Magpies and six teams were back in action on Saturday. The Men’s 1s travelled to Southgate where, despite a 2-1 defeat, there were many positives to be taken from the experience against a National League team. The Ladies 1s headed to Reading with a mixture of youth and experience among the ranks. Georgie Gardens, Phoebe Eglington and Lara Taylor made their first team debuts and whilst Reading found the net four times from four short corners, Magpies did create chances and know what to work on in training in preparation to face St Albans on Saturday in another friendly.

Back in Weybread, the newly promoted Men’s 2s faced Norwich Dragons with a much changed team in this early stage of the season. After going a goal down, Magpies managed to reorganise and level the score but heavy legs and a lack of concentration allowed Dragons to break through late in the game and score the winning goal.

The Ladies 3s hosted Norwich City and fielded a young side who, despite the 6-2 defeat, played some good attacking hockey and coped well with the pressure from a well organised team. Bobby Wiseman looked sharp upfront and Lucy Gooch made some important saves in goal. The Men’s 3s made hay whilst the sun shone with a 5-2 win against Norwich Dragons 2s. Starting brightly with a goal from Toby Hughes, Magpies extended their lead when Kieron Peters volleyed past the keeper. Dragons pulled a goal back before half time but more goals from Toby and Kieron, plus Ben Emms, alongside notable performances from Seth Read and Dicken Taylor, ensured the victory.

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Founded in 1935, Harleston Magpies is one of the biggest hockey clubs in the Eastern Counties, providing competitive and social hockey for players of all ages and abilities. Throughout the country more than 10,000 new players have picked up a hockey stick since the Great Britain Women won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics and as a club we pride ourselves on having those who haven’t played since school, as well as ex internationals, among our members. 

Last season saw both Men’s and Ladies’ 2nd teams secure promotion and our Girls’ development side, for girls up to the age of thirteen, have another very promising season. Out of 15 teams fielded every weekend only one was relegated and the Men’s 3rds will be aiming for a quick return to the East Division 2N. 

Dropping too many points away from home contributed to both 1st teams finishing fifth in their leagues. The Ladies, sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, will begin their twentieth successive National League East Conference campaign away at Bedford on the 29th September whilst the Men, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, host Wapping on the 22nd September. 

With the restructure of the national leagues from season 2019-20 both 1st teams have an extra incentive to do well in the months ahead. 6th place or better for the Ladies would see them promoted to the new Division 1 South while 4th place or better for the Men in East Premier ‘A’ would see them promoted to the East Conference.

The 2017/18 season demonstrated the strength of the Magpies Youth sides, with both U18 cup sides getting to the Semi Finals and the U12 Girls, U14 Boys and U14 Girls teams making it to the National Finals. The Club also entered teams into the Mixed, Women’s O35s, Men’s O40s and Men’s O50s National Cup competitions with the Women’s O35s narrowly losing the final to Canterbury on penalty shuffles at the Olympic Park in London.

A number of Magpies players were selected to represent their country in recent weeks with Georgie Cantrell (U16), Archie Winter (U18) and Rose Winter (U18) flying the flag for the youth section; and Tristan Baynes (O40s), Kath Johnson (O50s), Phil Cobbald (O55s), Murray Graham (Scotland O55s), Judith Masters (England LX) and Shirley McAllen (O65s) playing at the Masters World Cup in Spain this summer.

In addition to fielding thirteen senior and two development teams each Saturday, and entering squads in National Cup competitions, the Magpies U10 and U12 members will gain valuable experience in a number of tournaments throughout the 2018/19 season to develop the skills and confidence which they will carry into the adult leagues when they turn 13. Options will also be provided for club members to gain coaching and umpiring qualifications and become better acquainted with other players via the packed social events diary. 


Whatever your age and experience you will be made very welcome at Magpies Hockey Club. Weekly training sessions with qualified coaches are available to all players aged 8 and over, details of which can be found at Alternatively, see the fixture list below or keep an eye on Magpies’ social media and come down to The Nest at Weybread to witness a high calibre, fast tempo sport just a mile from Harleston Town Centre


England may have fallen short in their pursuit of glory at the recent Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup, but the numbers of people playing the sport continues to grow.

Seth Read, Julie Davy, Helen Richardson-Walsh (3567424)
Seth Read, Julie Davy, Helen Richardson-Walsh (3567424)

Ever since England Women captured Olympic gold two years ago, more than 10,000 new players have picked up a stick.

The seemingly bright future was a theme developed by England Hockey over the course of the London-hosted competition, culminating in hockey clubs nominating inspirational young leaders to join the governing body at the World Cup for a day of discussion around the future of the sport and to seek ideas on how to move things further forward in a positive way.

And Harleston Magpies had two of their members involved in the day, namely Seth Read and Julie Davy.

Both had been nominated by the club for their voluntary contributions to the sport through training younger players.

Alongside their own training commitments and studies, the duo assist on a weekly basis with coaching of the Magpies’ Under-10 age groups and are developing their coaching qualifications through the England Hockey system.

They were part of a 90-strong group of young leaders who were treated to a question and answer session with Rio Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh, who is also a Team GB and Hockey Futures initiative ambassador.

She inspired all with a description of her Olympic experiences and explained her current involvement developing the sport for young people, particularly those with disability.

The experience was wrapped up with an evening of hockey, watching the first of the World Cup knock-out rounds as Spain beat Belgium on a penalty shoot-out and Argentina demonstrated the strength of South American hockey with a 2-0 win over New Zealand to reach the quarter-finals.

Reflecting on the event, Read said: “I really enjoyed the day and found it very helpful in terms of what I can do to develop as a coach.

“It was nice to contribute towards a national hockey development plan as well as meeting two England international players as well as several important English hockey officials.”



Whilst the Lee Valley Hockey Centre in London hosted a fantastic Women’s World Cup this Summer, the Masters teams were in action at the Masters World Cup in Terrassa, Spain.

Magpies were represented by Tristan Baynes (England O40s), Kath Johnson (England O50s), Phil Cobbald (England O55s) and Murray Graham (Scotland O55s), whilst Judith Masters and Shirley McAllen played in the Grand Masters World Cup, making the England LX and O65s squads respectively.

Tristan, who played a key role in securing promotion with Magpies Men’s 2s last season, came second with the O40s in the group stages behind Spain on goal difference (with whom they drew 2-2 in their pool match). However in the final they played out a 3-2 thriller which England edged, bagging the gold medal.

Following wins over Wales and Italy, and a draw against Germany, the England Ladies O50s team topped their group and beat Wales 3-0 in the quarter final. A 2-1 defeat by Australia in the closely contested semi final saw Kath and her team face Scotland in the play off for third place. Trailing 1-0 with 6 minutes to go England scored twice to secure the win and another bronze medal to add to the one Kath won at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Three of Kath’s teammates from the ‘92 Great Britain squad also played in the match, with Ali Ramsey and Lisa Prince representing Scotland, and Wendy Justice captaining England.

Phil’s O55s team topped their group, beating Wales, France and New Zealand and drawing with Australia. After a convincing 7-0 win against USA in the quarter final the winning streak continued with a 3-0 defeat over the Netherlands (where Phil scored his third goal of the World Cup). The gold medal was secured for England by coming out 3-0 winners against Germany.

Despite the Scotland O55s finishing 9th out of 15, Murray didn’t concede many goals and relished the camaraderie and intense standard of hockey. There were over 3000 hockey players gathered in Terrassa with countries such as Zimbabwe and Oman represented. Making the Scotland squad is a fantastic achievement for Murray who only started playing hockey thirteen years ago and has now been to two world cups!

Judith narrowly missed out on selection for the O60s squad (having played with them for the previous 3 years) but did make it into the LX team who faced all the same teams as the O60s as well as the O65s teams. Alongside winning the trophy competition, Judith’s highlight was beating Argentina O60s 2-1 in a hard fought match which was played during the hottest part of the day (32 degrees!)

In her first season as an England International Shirley faced a gruelling schedule of matches but the O65s, as a newly formed age group, did themselves proud by winning 6 out of 6 games with Shirley contributing a goal against Alliance O60s. Judith and Shirley then had the honour of playing in an exhibition game at the Olympic Park in London before the England team took to the pitch. The match was billed as a showcase of Masters Hockey in the hope that it inspires more people to play into their fifties and sixties.

As a club, Magpies prides itself on providing hockey for all ages and abilities and to have so many players representing their country this summer, from ages Under 14 to Over 65, is a real reflection of the level of talent and commitment from these members.

If their stories have inspired you to pick up a stick you will be made very welcome at Magpies, please visit for more information about the club or email our mens or ladies club captains directly for hockey playing and training opportunities at or 


The club is very grateful to Bungay & Waveney Golf Club and to the twenty three teams of four players (in Ladies, Gentlemen and Mixed sections) who helped to raise £1253 for club funds.
This was the club’s sixteenth annual golf day (all held at Bungay & WGC) and as in the past it raised a very considerable sum to help the work of the club while boosting the profile of the club in the local community.
The event comprised one round of golf with Stableford scoring (the best 3 out of 4 per hole to count playing off full handicaps) followed by lunch and presentations.
The winning teams were
Mixed (5 entries) – 1st LMB Services (122 points) including club vice-president Les Bicker; 2nd Hazbeens including George & Kay Hazell of Bury St Edmunds HC (107).
Ladies (4 entries) – 1st Happy Girls (116); 2nd Sprowston Ladies (112).
Gentlemen (14 entries) – 1st Tramps (121) including keen Magpies’ supporter Rob Holmes; 2nd Where, Where Is Nick Moss? (120, 64 on count back) with Phil Oldroyd and Magpies’ Pete Thornett and Andrew Bedwell and East umpire Jason Evans; 3rd It’s In the Genes (120) featuring Magpies’ Kevin & Thomas Ridley and John & Archie Winter with Archie contributing a remarkable 43 points (!) off a handicap of 5; 4th White Harters (119).

Youth Awards 2018

Harleston Magpies celebrate their best season yet at annual youth awards!

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Youth Section has had an exceptional year.  Every age group from U10s to U18s, boys and girls, have something to be proud of. Many squads have achieved the highest level possible with national final appearances including the U12 girls, U14 boys and girls and semi-final finishes for both the boys and girls U18s.

On Friday 19 May at Magpies clubhouse, it was all about celebrating this success and recognising the hard work of every player, all team officials, the army of volunteer coaches and assistants and of course the fleet of mum and dad taxi’s!

Over 120 children played games throughout the early evening and then crowded into the clubhouse to see the lucky recipients of the highly prized annual awards, presented by stars of Magpies 1st teams and former junior members, Rose Winter and Jack Hobbs.

The Magpies junior section was also delighted to welcome Andrew Longe, Honorary Life member of Harleston Magpies to present the Longe Trophy for outstanding Youth Coaching services.  Since 1994 Andrew has wanted to shine a light on unsung heros in the youth section, those coaches who tirelessly strive to deliver high calibre coaching, giving up evening after evening year after year and this year the entire room agreed that Chris Flatt was a more than worthy winner of the award for his work with Magpies junior goal keepers (pictured Chris Flatt and Andrew Longe).

Club Youth Chairman David Johnson was thrilled at the turnout for the evening, saying: ‘Our awards evening is always a terrific night made even better this year with a glorious summers evening.  It was really good to see youngsters from across the age groups mixed up and playing some hockey whilst parents mingled and supported from the side lines before everyone came into the clubhouse for the awards presentation.  Well done to all the winners on the night but equally important well done to all who have been part of Magpies youth system. It really has been an exceptional season which everyone can take some credit for.”

[For pictures of the  prize winners see below]

David Johnson continued: ‘This year’s event was even more special because before the evenings’ entertainment, Magpies hosted a quick sticks hockey coaching and mini tournament afternoon for three local primary schools. This introduced hockey and Magpies to over 70 year three and four pupils from Pulham, Dickleburgh and Newton Flotman primary schools.  We hope many will come back and take part in the clubs summer hockey taster sessions in June’.

For more information email  Our thanks go out to Lauren Goodswen the Sports Coordinator for the Harleston and Diss Primary school pyramid to enable this to happen.

If you fancy getting your kids involved in hockey, check out the summer taster courses running in June and July at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on their website at


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The Magpies under-12 Girls team proved themselves capable of rivalling the very best teams in the Country rounding off a decent day’s competition with a 5 – 0 victory over Yeovil to secure 5th place at the national hockey play-offs finals at Nottingham over the weekend.

The team qualified for the national play-offs as runners-up in the regional round of the completion, having previously earned the Norfolk County Championship.

Magpies started brightly winning their first pool match against Thirsk from behind after conceding an early goal.  They created plenty of pressure, racking up nine short corners with Evie Brice and then Amy Hunt slotting away their chances for a 2 – 1 win.

The second match was a scrappy affair against the West regional champions Clifton Robinsons with no clear chances in the first half.  Magpies applied plenty of pressure through Captain Anna Cogdell in midfield whilst the bulwark defence of Harriet Soper and Alicia Pryce dealt with the Clifton attack.  Unfortunately, early second-half Clifton scrambled a goal which enabled them to get every player behind the ball for the remainder of the match to hand Magpies a 0 – 1 defeat.

Magpies conceded early in their third pool game to a cross and tap-in by the Rugby & East Warwickshire forward. They were then faced with similar tactics of a massed defence.  A strong drive into the D by Cogdell drew four defensive players to her but she slipped a clever ball to Brice who one-on-one with the keeper finished confidently levelling the match. Further chances fell to the Magpies forwards but each time they hit the keeper rather than the backboard and the game ended in a 1 – 1 draw.

Magpies gave the eventual national champions Surbiton a very early scare with Hunt drawing a great save from their keeper in the opening minute. Georgia Flatt was in equally good form in the Magpie’s goal saving numerous shots from the clever, rapid Surbiton forwards.  Eventually Magpie’s conceded two goals, before substitute Tilly Dodds strengthened the back line and effectively blunted the Surbiton attack but the damage was done and Magpies went down 0 – 2. 

After the pressure of the pool games Magpies saved their best for last, brushing aside Yeovil in the 5th / 6th play-off game.   Cogdell scored with a superb back-hand shot from a narrow angle before Beth Gardens first drew the defenders and then slipped the ball to Hunt for a tap in.  Cogdell found the backboard again before Magpies switched the team around with all the younger players on the pitch. Gardens in the middle set up some great runs down each wing by Nathalie Saunders and Emily Clarke feeding Hunt in the centre for a further two goals to reach her hat-trick.  Magpies finishing 5th best in the Country and with half the team remaining in this age group there is every reason to think that they’ll challenge strongly again next year.

Full Squad: Evie Brice, Emily Clarke, Anna Cogdell (C), Tilly Dodds, Georgia Flatt (GK), Beth Gardens, Amy Hunt, Alicia Pryce, Nathalie Saunders Harriet Soper 



Ladies O35 Team v Canterbury 0-0 (3-1 to Canterbury after Penalty Shoot out)

Magpies over 35’s sponsored by Ultimet Films traveled to a very, very sunny Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre to take on defending champions Canterbury in the Over 35’s Tier 1 Cup Final on Saturday.

From the start Magpies worked hard to control the ball in midfield but were unable to find the finishing touch in front of goal.   Canterbury’s pressure was rewarded with a number of penalty corners which the Magpies defence manged well including a goal line clearance from Debbie Francis on the stroke of half term.

Magpies started the second half strongly and began to dominate possession in the attacking half of the pitch but were unable to break the deadlock. With five minutes left to play a penalty corner strike from Emma Lee – Smith struck a Canterbury defenders foot on the line resulting in Magpies being awarded a penalty stroke. Magpies were not able to capitalize on this opportunity and the score remained 0-0. Further pressure from the Magpies forwards in the final moments of the game did not bring the team the goal they needed; instead the game was to be concluded with a penalty shootout.

An early save from Lucy King and the pace and accuracy of Lucy Field ensured that the scores remained equal after the first two rounds of the shootout.  But the crossbar, the post and an in form Canterbury goalkeeper prevented Magpies from adding to their goal tally. This gave Canterbury the victory and they took the title for the fifth time in seven years. Magpies can be proud of their efforts in only their second season of entering this competition, they will aim to go one better next season!



U10 Girls East Hockey Champions

Magpies U10 Girls beat Chelmsford in the Final to be worthy U10 East Champions.

On paper they had a difficult section with Canterbury, Sevenoaks, Blue Hornets, Hertford, Sudbury and Magpies, with only the top team going through to the final.

Magpies had a tough start having to play Canterbury the Kent Champions in the opening match, but they produced the right performance and an early goal from Evie Wheeler settled the team down and put Canterbury on the back foot for the rest of the match. Magpies defended well when they had to, but despite creating other chances they could not add to their score. This was a huge result to start with and gave Magpies their momentum for the rest of the Tournament.

Sevenoaks proved to be a tough team to crack but eventually Magpies work rate and determination saw them come out 2-0 winners (Evie Wheeler, Honor Wild).

Sudbury made a hard game of it but finally goals from Honor and Evie gave us a 2-0 lead, before Sudbury scored a late goal from a penalty corner for Magpies to win 2-1.

Hertford proved to be a very competitive side, but again with the Magpies defence continuing to be so solid it was only a matter of time before Magpies scored again thanks to Honor and Evie.

With one game to go Magpies had already qualified for the Final having scored four straight wins and it also gave Magpies a chance to rotate the squad to give some players a well earned rest. This did not make any difference to the performance or the result beating Blue Hornets 3-0 (Evie, Honor, Artemis Wild).

Magpies had reached the Final with a series of five impressive wins. The success to date was based on a very strong defence with Jasmine in goal and Boo Harrod and Daisy Wicks giving the opposition few chances. Artemis in centre midfield commanding the middle. Up front Evie and Honor were scoring the goals whilst Mia North worked tirelessly for the team. It was a great team effort from all the squad including Mia Spaull, Millie Shepherd and Molly Denny.

In the final Magpies completely dominated the match but on this occasion they just could not finish off the chances they created so the game finished 0-0. The final was to be decided on penalty flicks and fortunately Magpies had learnt their lesson from the Norfolk Championship and won by two penalty flicks to nil.

This was nothing less than Magpies deserved as they were clearly the best team there.

SQUAD: Daisy Wicks (Capt), Jasmine Freeman GK, Boo Harrod, Millie Shepherd, Artemis Wild, Mia Spaull, Mia North, Molly Denny, Evie Wheeler and Honor Wild.


Harleston Magpies Hockey Club hosted the East Hockey In2Hockey Club Championships this weekend 28 and 29 April, and witnessed a display of brilliant hockey, resulting in one Magpies youth team carrying off the title of ‘Regional Champions’, and the U12 girls finishing runners up and bound for the England Hockey national finals in May at Nottingham.

Teams travelled to Harleston from across the East including Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge City, Chelmsford, Sevenoaks and Saffron Walden, plus Norwich City and Norwich Dragons amongst several others. 

The Harleston Magpies U10 girls played very well throughout on Saturday 28 April, finally beating Chelmsford 2-0 on penalty strokes in the final after a 0-0 draw in normal time, and winning the title of Regional U10 girls Champions. 

On paper they had a difficult section with Canterbury, Sevenoaks, Blue Hornets, Hertford, Sudbury and Magpies, with only the top team going through to the final.

Magpies reached the final with a series of five impressive wins. The success of this team is based on a very strong defence, a commanding centre midfield , and strong goal scoring up front. 

In the final, Magpies completely dominated the match but on this occasion they just could not finish off the chances they created and the game finished 0-0. So the final was decided on penalty flicks and fortunately Magpies had learnt their lesson from the Norfolk Championship and won by two penalty flicks to nil. Coach Nick McAllen said: ‘This was nothing less than the U10 Magpies girls deserved as they were clearly the best team there. They played consistently throughout Saturday afternoon, and they thoroughly deserved to be crowned East hockey champions.’

The u12 girls played their regional campaign in high spirits, against Saffron Walden first with a tough 2-all draw. Next up were an amazingly strong unit from Sevenoaks. Magpies nearly caught them napping in the first few seconds but from then on the girls had to work really hard to hold them at bay with the final score a 3 – 0 loss. So with two matches played and only a draw against our name, the Magpies team had to win every game to make it to the semis. Fortunately this was the case with wins against St Albans,  Blue Hornets, Bury and then Cambridge in the semi-final. 

The girls were thrilled to make it to the final after a tough journey. This meant that the team had already qualified for the Nationals in May in Nottingham. Playing Sevenoaks again to decide who would be East champions was a challenge. U12 girls coach Kathy Gardens said: ‘We knew if we could keep it tight at the start and spoil Sevenoaks’ wonderful attacking play we might be in with a shout but sadly they were very much in form and passed the ball around beautifully. We lost but disappointment was short lived however as the girls were soon celebrating their achievement in reaching the National Finals in just two weeks’ time’. 

Club Youth Chairman David Johnson said: ‘This is an excellent set of results from our teams, with the U10 boys also finishing seventh. Despite the cold wet weather, all the players had fun. My sincere thanks to everybody who helped make the tournament happen, both on and off the pitch. The good news is that for some, the season is still not yet over with our U12 girls, and U14 girls and boys playing in national finals over the weekend of 12 and 13 May. They are all a credit to the club.’



U12 Girls Qualify for the National Finals

The U12 girls started their regional campaign against Saffron Walden. Fearing a slow start we were out on the pitch early and spirits were high. A super start saw us 2 – 0 up at half-time (both from Anna) with the game well in control. However, the second half was a very different story and disappointingly we let the lead slip with the game ending 2-2. Next up were an amazingly strong unit from Sevenoaks. We nearly caught them napping in the first few seconds but from then on we had to work really hard to hold them at bay with the final score a 3 – 0 loss. So with 2 matches played and only a draw against our name we knew that it would have to be wins all the way from then on if we were to make the semis. Next up was St Albans and now the girls were starting to move nicely into gear, passing the ball around well and stretching the game out wide. The final score was a 4 – 0 win (Amie 1, Anna 1 and Beth 2) though one of Beth’s goals from a metre out only just had enough pace to make it over the line! Blue Hornets were our next opponents and Harleston were quickly on the scoreboard with a goal from Amie, but this was quickly followed  by us conceding to a penalty stroke and so scores were back level again. Luckily the girls did not panic and were soon back in their rhythm with lots of well worked goals and the match finishing 5-1 in our favour. Now only Bury stood in our way for a place in the semi-finals. Due to our superior goal difference a draw would be enough but the girls were certainly going all out for the win. There were excellent finished from Anna and Amie – and arguably an even better one from a poor Bury defender. Even Alicia from the back was trying to get in on the action with a storming run.
So we had made it to the semi-final, but as runners-up in our pool it meant we would face Cambridge City who had won every match in their pool. Despite Cambridge coming at us hard we kept our shape and managed to take an early lead (Beth) and then for the rest of the half we struggled to get out of our half under relentless pressure and umpteen short corners! As we started the second half it seemed it would be only a matter of time before Cambridge took one of the many chances they created but our defence held strong and Georgia pulled off the most amazing save to tip a fiercely struck shot over the cross bar. Having survived this barrage the game became more open and Anna put Evie through to complete a tremendous 2 – 0 win. 
And so we had made it to the Final – not an easy journey by any means and the supporters had certainly gained some grey hairs along the way. This meant that we had qualified for the Nationals, but also that we had to face Sevenoaks again to decide who would be East champions. We were hoping that if we could keep it tight at the start and spoil their wonderful attacking play we might be in with a shout but sadly Sevenoaks were very much in form and passed the ball around beautifully so we were unable on the day to match it, going down heavily in the end. Disappointment was short lived however as the girls were soon celebrating their achievement in reaching the national Finals in 2 weeks time.
A massive thank you to everyone at Harleston that made the day run so smoothly and to all our supporters for withstanding such awful conditions and remaining cheerful to the end!
Squad: Georgia, Harriet, Alicia, Tilly, Natalie, Emily, Amie, Anna, Evie, Beth


Boys U18 v Marlow ( EH U18 Cup L 2-4)

Magpies U18 boys travelled to Marlow in the semi-final of the national competition on Sunday and, in front of a big home crowd, both sides played a out a very entertaining match. With home advantage, Marlow started strongly but Magpies defended resolutely and then, very much against the run of play, opened the scoring. A firmly struck ball found Bensly in the circle who deftly deflected the ball past the Marlow keeper and into the back of the net. The next 10-minues saw Magpies get a foothold into the game only to concede a break away goal having committed too many players to attack. The game swung back into Marlow’s favour and they took the lead when they finally scored after a succession of short-corners. Magpies remained in the game and should have equalised before half-time when a slick move between Bensly and Sewell saw the final shot go just wide. Half-time 2-1 to Marlow.

Following a spirited half-time team talk Magpies started the second half well and were rewarded when Bensly scored his second with a spectacular first time shot from the top of the Marlow circle. Unfortunately, Magpies got caught again on the counter to concede a third goal and before they had time to catch their breath Marlow scored a fourth from another short-corner. However, with plenty of time left Magpies settled down, took control of the game and a tense finish looked on the cards. The final 10-minutes saw Magpies force chance after chance but were just unable to apply the final touch. Then, with the goal begging a Marlow defender illegally stopped the ball on the line but, from the ensuing penalty flick, Magpies missed the chance. Marlow continued to defend resolutely and despite Magpies dominating possession and creating further chances the game finished with no further goals. Final score 4-2 to Marlow.

This was an excellent game of hockey with both sides playing with great passion and skill. Ultimately, the game was decided by small margins with Marlow fully capitalising on the chances they created and Magpies rueing the number of chances they missed, particularly in the second half. This game was the culmination of 10-years hard work from a committed and talented bunch of boys who have carried forward the Magpies tradition of playing free-flowing and totally committed hockey.

Special thanks to Richard Larkin, Andrew Bedwell and Tim Whiteman for the excellent coaching sessions leading up to Sunday’s game and to all the parents for their support this year and for many years before.




Saturday saw the majority of teams play their last game of the season, with only the development squads still to rearrange a few fixtures. The Men’s Firsts travelled to St Albans and held the hosts to 0-0 at half time, only for the Hertfordshire side to score three times in the second half. The squad would like to wish Archie Winter, Jonty Gosling, Sam Paterson and Jake Sewell all the best as they head off to university after the summer.

Both Magpies First teams have finished the season in fifth place, with their away form proving restrictive. Sam Patterson and Lauren Rowe, alongside many other talented young players, demonstrate how integral the Magpies development set up is for providing home grown players who can hold their own at this level. The return of Emma Lee-Smith really boosted the attacking strength of the ladies and the men have developed their mentality and improved tactically. Player Coach Tim Whiteman says ‘It has been a hugely enjoyable season and I can’t wait to work with the squad next year and reach the goals we have set ourselves.’

Goals from old boys Tristan Baynes and Martin Fields ensured that the Men’s Seconds topped off a fantastic season with a 3-1 victory over St Ives on Saturday, meaning they won 22/22 games and are champions with 15 points between them and runners up Norwich City. Despite a 2-2 draw away at UEA (goals from Kieran Peters and Arthur Johnson) the Men’s 3s finish third from bottom and are relegated following a fantastic endeavour with virtually all games going down to the last ten minutes. True to form, the Ladies Fourths lost narrowly away to Norwich City but live to fight another season in the Norfolk Prem due to UEA being docked points for using unqualified umpires.

Thank you to everyone who made the End of Season Fun Day such a success on Saturday. Frisbee and rounders matches were followed by the annual awards where Mike Denham, Treacle Taylor, Lucy Belsey, Bob Skinner, James Smith, Tristan Baynes, Kirsten Cumming and David Johnson were acknowledged for their services to the club.

Each team nominated their player of the season and the following were voted by their teammates; Georgia Hood, Jack Glover, Felicity Perry, Ben Emms, Victoria Spouncer, Seth Read, Sophie Meynall Anderson, Stuart Field, Sarah Legg, Amelia Hershell Shorland, Thomas Ridley and Emma Lee-Smith.

Sunday saw Magpies’ U10 and U12 teams head to Watton where ‘It was great to finally get our teams back on a hockey pitch and play some competitive matches’ commented James Smith, Magpies Boys Youth Development Officer. There has been a number of Minis tournaments cancelled due to the weather but the players have been working hard at training and the improvement was plain to see. Anyone interested in giving hockey a try can for details on a summer taster course at Magpies throughout June.

Finally, congratulations to Tristan Baynes and Chris Routs who have been selected for the England O40s squad for this summers tournaments. Also to the unstoppable Jose Tibbenham who, whilst captaining the Ladies Fifths, is this seasons top scorer out of all the Magpie teams with 25 goals.