RESULTS – 8 DEC 2007

LADIES 1s No Fixture
LADIES 2s v Lowestoft I (L) 10.00 A Postponed
LADIES Colts A v North Walsham I (L) A L 0-1
LADIES 5s v Herlings – friendly 12.15 (W) H
W 2-1
LADIES 6s v Colts B (L) 10.30 (W) A L 0-4
LADIES Colts B v Magpies 6ths (L) (W) H W 4-0

MENS 1s v Cambridge City (L) A L 1-2
MENS 2s v Witham (L) 2.15 (W) H W 2-0
MENS 3s v Norwich Union 2 # (L) A W 3-0
MENS 4s v Dereham 2 (L) 4.00 (W) H L 1-4
MENS 5s v Norfolk Nomads # (L) A W 5-0
MENS 6s v North Walsham 2 (L) (S) H L 0-9
Men VETS v Ipswich (L) A L 1-4


Cambridge City 2-1 Magpies Men 1s

Magpies dropped their first points of the season by losing 2-1 to Cambridge City in a closely fought encounter played in wet conditions, but go into the winter break in good spirits being top of the league having picked up 30 out of a possible 33 points on offer so far this term.

The first half was dominated by Magpies who created a number of chances with Fanger and Sumner combining well down the right and Baynes going close with a trademark reverse stick effort. The defence of Bedwell, Ling, Sitch and Sumner controlled the game and veteran keeper Martin did not have a save to make. However, chances went begging and Magpies’ normally fluent short corner routine failed to fire despite numerous attempts. Just as it seemed that the first half would end goalless, Hipwell picked up a sharp pass from Gill and slotted home under the advancing keeper to put Magpies 1-0 up at half time.

The second half proved to be a very different contest with Cambridge looking comfortable in possession and Magpies, starved of the ball, struggling to play their usual attacking style of hockey. Despite their dominance, Cambridge did not create many clear cut chances but deservedly equalised after 50 minutes with their only short corner of the match. The final part of the game saw chances for both sides but it was Cambridge who scored with a breakaway goal with only minutes remaining to condemn Magpies to their first defeat of the season.

Magpies can have no complaints with the result against a well organised and hard working Cambridge side, however the players and coaching staff can be very satisfied with their efforts in the first half of the season. The dedication and application of the whole squad has been first class and has given Magpies a great chance to maintain their challenge for the league title in the New Year.

The players and management would like to thank all those who have supported the team, home and away, throughout the season so far. Your encouragement and dedication to the cause are greatly appreciated.


Magpies 2s 2-0 Witham 1sts

Magpies headed into a crucial match knowing that a win
would help to secure them a lead going into Christmas
over their fellow competitors for 3rd place in the
league, Witham.

Magpies not only had to battle the opposition, but
also the elements were to be conquered, with the
temperature low and the wind and rain not allowing
magpies fluent passing game to be at its most
effective. Magpies soon gained the upper hand in the
match. Early pressure led to magpies going 1-0 up.
Magpies knew that the strong Witham side were to come
at them again which they did, but with a high work
rate all over the pitch and strong play in defence,
magpies managed to maintain their lead up until half

Into the second half Magpies had to stay very alert at
the back, with any slip up would ignite Witham’s
passion further to score 3 valuable points. However the
young defence led my Phil Cobbald and Mark Lewis in
goal were up to the task of keeping the home sides
lead. Magpies midfield pairing of Dave Francis and
Lawrence Baynes were also starting to dominate and
together they helped build to a short corner, which
Mike Warlow converted to give Magpies a 2-0 lead. With
Magpies playing solidly all over the field and with
the work rate staying high, the points which magpies
deserved were indeed to belong to the home side.

The Magpies 2nd team can be very pleased with their
first half of the season. For a team which still
involves improving players, the second half of the
season is set up well, as the 2nd team strive to
achieve the feat of promotion twice in two seasons.

Ladies 5s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies 5s 2-1 Herlings

Ladies 5ths met at home on the water for a friendly match against Herlings. Herlings had defeated magpies earlier in the season (against a very depleted ‘Pies team of 8!!) so we were eager to make our mark.

The Herlings team play on grass so are hard hitters but Magpies controlled the game with quick passing and speed. Magpies tried a new formation with Becky Ford taking the central defence position and Emma Lacey taking her comfortable Left Wing position. Yaz Bellamy covered very well for the absence of Ginny and a very determined right side was operating with Lisa Kent, Sophie Hoseason and the ever present and solid Frances Fulcher.

Soon into the game the team found the goal with a scrummage around the D and then a push in by Emma Lacey. Sadly the goal was dis-allowed for a foot foul just before the line. Many short corners were given in favour of Magpies in this match but this was highlighted as a weak area as no score arose from any of them!

The first goal came from a run down the right wing and a cross from Lisa Kent, via Soph and firmly put in the goal by Clemmy Ardley-Forder. Thrilled, the girls returned to the centre eager for more goals.

At half time the score was 1 -0.

During the second half the rain poured down but the play continued with some Strong hits from Herlings. Poor Nick McAllen – he wished he had not agreed to a last minute request to umpire as peered out from under his hood whilst his dinner was waiting for him in the clubhouse.

Many attempts were made by Magpies but the second goal came from a cross from Clemmy to Emma who hit the goal home. Herlings never gave up and had some good breaks but they were ably thwarted by Karen Hunt assuming her regular position as Sweeper. One break though saw a shot by Herlings deflect off of Becky Fords stick, the ball skimmed over Peggy Bridges pads for a goal.

The last ten minutes was very tough as the rain was so heavy that neither teams could really see! The final score was 2 -1 to Magpies and it was a very enjoyable match (despite the conditions).

Thanks again to Nick!!

Player of the match as voted by the players was Emma Lacey

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 5 December 2007

A Winning Weekend

There were some excellent performances by our teams last weekend including the Men’s 1sts superb win over Dereham; the Men’s Veterans narrow victory over Bishop’s Stortford in the EH Veterans’ Cup; the U13 Boys in winning their minis event at Gresham’s School where the U11 Boys came second and the Men’s 4ths beating Norwich City 3rds 8-2. And I daren’t overlook the Ladies’ 6ths’ well deserved 5-5 draw away to Broadland 2nds! It was just as well that one of our most experienced defenders made three goal line saves! This result allowed Diss to move past our 6ths and Broadland 2nds but both teams are only a point behind Diss at the top of Division Three of the Norfolk League. This Saturday (10.30am) the 6ths play Magpies’ Colts B who will be out to make up for their 3-2 defeat earlier in the season.

The Men’s 1sts played some splendid hockey against opponents who have had some really good results this season and I wish them well when they travel to play Cambridge City this Saturday looking for their eleventh successive win. Meanwhile the Men’s Veterans went into their game at Bishop’s Stortford without four of their leading players due to injuries (three) and turkey plucking (one) and they came up against opponents who turned out to be better than expected. As a result our team were forced back on defence for much of the first half but after the break, with skipper Bob Skinner’s motivational words ringing in their ears, they played far better. However, they still went behind to a penalty stroke with eight minutes to go before the lively Roger Kent scored from close range and with ninety seconds on the clock Roger and Peter Dolton combined to give Phil Alexander an open goal chance which he took with glee to add to the four goals he scored on Saturday. The team has another away tie in the next round – this time against Bournville on 17 February.

I know I talk a load of rubbish – or at the very least about it! But I haven’t done so for a few weeks. But now I have another gripe (in addition to the innumerable bottles left pitch side) and it is over the many tissues left around. Forgetting for now what is on them – and that is bad enough if you have to pick them up – they partly dissolve as they get wet leaving even more mess to clear up!

Fancy Dress Mixed Hockey – are you interested please in the following event to be played on Saturday 29 December? If you are please let Jose Tibbenham know as follows. A final decision as to whether to go ahead with the event needs to be made this weekend (i.e. Saturday 8 December).

Three important dates for your 2008 diary please –

Saturday 2 February – Savoury & Sauvignon Soiree
Saturday 1 March – Race Evening
Saturday 12 April – Silent Auction & Spring Prize Draw

With kind regards and best wishes to all members, supporters and friends of the Club.

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
5 December 2007


8th December 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, no game

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, extended their lead at the top of the league following their emphatic win against local rivals Dereham and St Albans dropping two points with a draw away to Blueharts. Whilst Dereham battled hard and held Magpies for twenty minutes during which keeper Martin made a fine save the home side took control of the game and showed why they are top of the league. Magpies dominated the remainder of the game and looked a confident side with all members of the squad making a contibution.

This week sees the final game before the Christmas break. Magpies visit third placed Cambridge City and Magpies will need to be at their best to go into the break maintaining their 100% record. This week sees a selection dilemma with England under eighteen international Carl Sitch being available following his weekend away on England duties.

Robert Stimpson commented this week “I have been very pleased with the effort and commitment of the squad both in training and in matches and the discipline in many games when we have been under severe provacation has been exemplary. I shall be asking for another star performance from all the squad before the break. I desperately want us to keep up our record which puts more pressure on St Albans”.


Magpies Men 1s 7-0 Dereham

Perfect ten out of ten for Magpies

Harleston Magpies beat Dereham, to extend their lead over St Albans at the top of prem A. Magpies won seven nil at home taking them to a perfect ten straight wins, while St Albans could only draw away at Blueharts.

The opening exchanges saw an evenly contested derby game, with Dereham pressing hard, trying to fashion early chances. Harleston were always dangerous on the break but just failed to connect the passes together. Dereham were close to opening the scoring on a couple of occasions, the second of which forced Ian Martin into a full length dive on his nose to deny the Dereham forward.

Undeterred Harleston carried on playing their hockey, with reward coming midway through the first half. Sumner worked well down the right before delivering to Baynes who stroked the ball home. Soon after, Tristan Baynes scored again, directing the ball powerfully from a short corner. This put Magpies into a two goal lead as they dominated going into the break.

After half time the home side continued to play the better hockey while being repeatedly fouled. Another rash foul by the Dereham goalie on Chris Barber, resulted in a penalty stroke, duly despatched by Hipwell. Andy Hipwell then followed that up by converting well from another short corner. Magpie domination was now apparent, and it was only a matter of time before more goals would come (Ref: Mike Denham). Neil Toulson scored next from a broken down corner making it 5-0.

Dereham’s plight deepened further when they were then reduced to ten men after more industrious tackling. Toulson then took a big hit from behind inside the dee resulting in a harshly awarded penalty stroke. Hipwell professionally scored his second penalty stroke of the game, thus completing his hat-trick. Magpies were also then reduced to ten men after an innocuous incident, but with the game won Harleston continued to dominate in defence through Sitch and Ling.

Finally the game was finished off in style with the best goal of the half coming with a flowing move which climaxed with Wheeler combining with Toulson before Wheeler celebrated as he slotted home.


Norwich City 3s 2-8 Magpies Mens 4s

Both teams had to make several changes to their regular line ups before this match including a last minute switch in umpires due to traffic problems on route but Magpies mix of youth and experience settled the quickest and took the early initiative. Dan Legg was in sparkling form and too much for the Norwich City midfield to handle firing Magpies into the lead with a brace of short corner strikes.

Norwich City deservedly pulled a goal back, their dangerous forward pairing causing Magpies defence problems and leading to various short corners being conceded in the first half from which Norwich City pulled a goal back but with just a few minutes left before half time Will Bamber and Duncan Stevens added a goal a piece to put Magpies in a commanding position and close to their first away win of the season.

In the second half Magpies were determined not to let their first away win slip away and continued to attack the Norwich defence, breaking fluidly and control possession many scoring opportunities came but it was late in the half before Magpies added to the score line.

Finally Dan Legg completed his hattrick with a further short corner strike, Will Bamber added his second and Simon Bardwell filling in for absent team regulars added a pair turning in two pin point crosses from Craig Snelling on the left.


Harleston Magpies U18 Girls finished 4th in the East Indoor Finals in what proved to be a frustrating day.

Magpies played Canterbury in their opening game and gave Canterbury a 3-0 start after a couple of poor give away goals and then proceeded to pulverise Canterbury in the second half. Magpies pulled the game back to 3-2 with goals from Amy Tuffs (pen flick) and Artemis Clark but despite numerous corners Magpies could not find the equaliser. Canterbury then clinched the game at 4-2 with a goal in the last minute.

Magpies got back on track with a comfortable 5-0 win against Saffron Walden HS with goals from Artemis Clark 3, and Lizzie Clymer 2.

Against Queenswood School Magpies needed a result. Unfortunately Queenswood were gifted a 1-0 lead when their shot was clearly outside the circle and then Magpies gifted them a second goal. Magpies were 3-0 down before once again they produced a tremendous second half display with goals from Lizzie Clymer and Artemis Clark 2. Artemis also hit the post twice once from a penalty corner and once from open play. Queenswood added two more goals to come out with a slightly flattering 5-3 win. Queenswood also went on to win the East Finals.

In the final game against Chelmsford Magpies only had pride to play for but despite a great effort Magpies allowed the opposition a 2-0 start but this time there was no come back.

Team; Jess Hull, Artemis Clark, Jade Daly, Helen Brook, Frances Taylor, Amy Tuffs, Katrina Warnes, and Lizzie Clymer.

RESULTS – 2 DEC 2007

LADIES 1s No Fixture
LADIES 2s v St. Ives I (L) 12.30 (W) H D 1-1
LADIES Colts A No Fixture
LADIES 5s v Sprowston II (L) 12.15 (S) H L 1-3
LADIES 6s v Broadland II (L) 4.00 A D 5-5
LADIES Colts B v Yarmouth III (L) 4.00 A
LADIES Dev. No Fixture


MENS 1s v Dereham (L) 2.15 (W) H W 7-0
MENS 2s v Vauxhall (L) A W 2-0 abandoned
MENS 3s v North Walsham (L) 1.45 (S) H W 4-1
MENS 4s v Norwich City 3 (L) A W 8-2
MENS 5s v Dereham 4 (L) 4.00 (W) H W 2-1
MENS 6s v Thetford (L) A L 2-4
Men VETS v Chelmsford Evergreens (S) H W 7-2
SUN – Rudds Mini Tournament @ Greshams
U11 BOYS 2nd
U13 BOYS 1st
English Hockey Vets Cup
Men VETS v Bishops Stortford A W 2-1

U13 Boys, Rudds Minis Tournament – Winners

The Rudds Minis
Tournament – at Greshams


v Dereham won 1-0 (3pts) Tim Alexander

v Norwich City drew 0-0 (1pt)

v Pelicans won 2-0 (3pts) Dom Absolon, Tim Alexander

v Watton won 2-0 (3pts) Tim Alexander (2)

Magpies finished up with 10pts, 5 goals for, 0 against, which gave them 1st place in the competition.
Norwich City were 2nd, with Pelicans finishing 3rd.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 27 November 2007

Angie’s trick and a timely boost

Just over two weeks ago the Men’s 1sts gave a superb display to beat St Albans and last Saturday the Ladies’ 1sts matched it with their well-deserved 3 – 1 win over Sutton Coldfield. All members of the squad were on top form and Angie Wheelhouse’s hat trick was something to behold – a reverse stick shot for the first, a rasping drive high into the net for the second on the cusp of half time and following a superb run by Laura Parker a conversion at the right hand post for the third. The team overcame Sutton Coldfield’s early goal in the second half to give themselves this timely boost going into the long outdoor Christmas break. Well done to all the players and manager Nick McAllen and coach Colin Wheelhouse.

Not to be outdone the Men’s 2nds also recorded a hat trick in the next match (through Gavin Cole) when they gave an impressive display in beating Saffron Walden 7 – 2 to further their promotion chances.

On Sunday we fielded three teams in their respective national youth cups and all three won by various methods and margins. The U18 Girls squeezed through against Ipswich following a 2 -2 draw and a controversial penalty strokes barrage while the U15 Boys beat Dereham 23 – 0 in one of the most ill-matched games imaginable. Our boys were considerably older and bigger than their opponents and one can only hope that the sporting Dereham lads will not be too discouraged by the experience and result. To their credit they kept going and even forced a penalty corner in the last few seconds of the game. In the last match of an eventful afternoon the U18 Boys had a comfortable 4-0 win over Cambridge Nomads. They played well to establish a 3-0 half time lead before some indifferent passing let them down after the break. Congratulations to our teams and best of luck in the next round.

The pitch perimeter advertising boards on the water-based pitch are an important means of fund raising for the club and I thank James Goodson for obtaining the BP LPG board and James Stacey for providing the board advertising his shop (O&C Butcher) in Aldeburgh. Both boards have been erected to the left of the goal at the clubhouse end of the pitch so please give them a look plus all the others around the pitch kindly provided by the various sponsors. If any other members can help the club by this method would they please have a word with me?

The club is also very grateful to Mercian Sports Co. Limited and England Hockey’s Youth Trust for donating a junior goalkeeping set to us following the award of our Clubs 1st designation.

The Cocktail Evening held in the clubhouse last Saturday was a great success although once again it would have been even better had he had another thirty or so people present. The atmosphere was terrific and I thank everyone who supported the event including, of course, the main organisers, namely Tracy Baker, Mary Wright, Graham Clark and Laura Betts. I also thank everyone else who worked so hard to make the event so enjoyable including the two 2nd teams who provided the excellent catering.

Colchester HC is celebrating its centenary with a special dinner on Friday 29 February 2008. The guest of honour will be hockey umpire and Chief Executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board David Collier. If you would like to attend this event please let me know in the hope we can organise a Magpies’ table.

Team captains are kindly asked to let Jose Tibbenham know how many of their squad would be interested in playing in this event and if they would prefer it to be in the morning or afternoon.

With kind regards and best wishes to all members, supporters and friends of the Club.

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
27 November 2007


1st December 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, no game

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, continued in winning ways against bottom of the
table Harpenden. Although this wasn’t the goal glut some anticipated Magpies extended their lead at the top of the league with St Albans’ being the victim of a frozen pitch. Harpenden made Magpies fight all the way but keeper Martin had but one shot throughout the entire game.

This week looks to be a sterner test with local rivals Dereham the visitor’s to Weybred.Magpies will have to be at the top of their game as the visitors are sure to go up a gear for this encounter. Neil Toulson is expected to be fit and Magpies retain their squad of fourteen. St Albans have to visit fourth placed Bluharts and this is also likely to be a close game.

Robert Stimpson commented earlier this week “We had hoped for a better win but with a number of our players having off days and Harpenden performing their best of the season we were happy to grind out the three points. First versus fifth and second versus fourth are both likely to be close games and we will have to be at our best throughout the pitch to secure the points.”

RESULTS – 24 NOV 2007

LADIES 1s v Sutton Coldfield (L) (W) H W 3-1
LADIES 2s v City of Peterborough (L) A L 0-1
LADIES Colts A v Watton II (L) 2.30 A L 0-4
LADIES 5s v Pelicans Colts (L) 11.00 A L 0-5
LADIES 6s v Yarmouth III (L) H conceded to us
LADIES Colts B v UEA III (L) 11.30 A L 5-1
SUN – National Cup
U18 Girls v Ipswich H 12.00 W D 2-2
Won 2-1 on Penalty Flicks

MENS 1s v Harpenden # (L) A W 3-0
MENS 2s v Saffron Walden (L) (W) H W 7-2
MENS 3s v UEA (L) A D 1-1
MENS 4s v Bury St Edmunds 2 (L) H W 3-2
MENS 5s v Norwich City 4 (L) A L 1-2
MENS 6s v Bury St Edmunds 4 (L) H D 2-2
Men VETS v City of Peterborough (L) A W 3-0
SUN – National Cup
U15 BOYS v Dereham H 1.00 S
W 23-0
U18 BOYS v Cambs Nomads H (W) W 4-0

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT

Harleston Magpies 3-1 Sutton Coldfield

A hatrick of the highest quality from Angie Wheelhouse ensured that Magpies secured their first League win of the season against a high riding Sutton Coldfield team and showed that this young Magpies team had finally come of age.

Magpies started well taking the game to the visitors but could never relax against the quality of the Sutton forward line. Angie Wheelhouse opened the scoring in the first half with a reverse stick shot to go 1-0 in front and was well supported all game by Laura Parker whilst the pace of Cherry Seaborn was a constant threat. With Angie in devastating form she put Magpies further in front before half time with a ferocious shot into the roof of the net.

Despite all the warnings at half time Magpies lost concentration at the beginning of the second half and allowed Sutton to pull the score back to 2-1. For 10 minutes Magpies were rattled under pressure but survived a few scares thanks to good goal keeping from Lucy Hayman and a few missed chances. Magpies gradually recovered their composure and threatened to add to their score.

Jess Hull playing her first game at centre midfield did well whilst Katrina Warnes at left midfield was highly competitive. Magpies were producing a real team performance and once again no one could fault the commitment of the side. With ten minutes to go Laura Parker broke down the right and crossed for Angie to complete her hatrick with a first time shot.

In their final League game before Christmas Magpies will take a great deal of belief from this performance and can look forward to the second half of the season knowing that they can now compete at this level.


Harpenden 0-3 Magpies Men 1s

Magpies 1st XI travelled down Harpenden looking to continue their 100% start to the season. However when one of the umpires called off on Saturday morning it looked like the match would be abandoned. Fortunately another umpire was found and the match got underway without any real disruption.

Harleston started the game looking to show the attacking play that has taken them to top of the league and came out the blocks the stronger. However for all their possession Magpies were unable to produce any real clear-cut chances and after their initial good spell, Harpenden came in to the game. The away team were unable to produce their usual brand of passing hockey and became increasingly frustrated as Harpenden looked to play on the break.

Harleston were generally comfortable at the back but did have one scare when a lone Harpenden striker was put through. However veteran keeper Martin used all his experience to hold the forward up long enough for Leigh Sitch to make a covering tackle.

The second half started with the home team still packing the defence and clearly looking to hold on for a draw. Magpies were still unable to get into top gear but eventually a break through came after some crappy play in the D resulted in James Fangor poking the ball over the line.

The goal relaxed Harleston and two further goals were added from Richard “goal machine” Gill through neatly deflected short corners. Tristan Baynes also went close with a reverse stick shot that narrowly went over the bar.

Magpies were pleased to keep a second clean sheet of the season and although this was not their best display of hockey, a ninth successive win meant with St Albans not playing they stretched their lead at the top of the league to 6 points.

U18 Girls – EHA Cup



Magpies produced a woeful first half performance where they hardly had a shot and did not win a single penalty corner, whilst conceding several themselves. Ipswich took the lead from a freakish bobbly shot from a penalty corner but probably deserved their first half lead.

Magpies produced much more of a fighting performance in the second half led by captain Jess Hull, where for the first time they really pressed Ipswich in their half. As a result they levelled the scores from their first penalty corner when Artemis Clark fired home. Just as Magpies were pushing for the winner Ipswich broke away to win a penalty corner and scored to make it 2-1.

Magpies hauled themselves back into the game with a late winner when Artemis Clark scored from a penalty corner after the first shot had been saved.

Magpies won 2-1 on penalty strokes in a rather unsatisfactory manner.

U18 Boys – EHA CUP

Harleston Under 18’s 4-0 Cambridge Nomads Under 18’s

Harleston Magpies hosted Cambridge Nomads in the Under 18 National Cup competition for the third successive season looking to continue their string of good results against the opposition. Harleston came out of the blocks flying, pressurising the Cambridge defence at every opportunity. With only 2 minutes on the clock Harleston found a break through following a short corner struck by Dan Legg forced a save from the goal keeper and Carl Sitch was the quickest to pounce on the rebound to slot home.

Harleston continued to push on playing scintillating flowing hockey going forward, the movement off the ball simply cutting the Cambridge defence to shreds. With the sustained pressure Harleston scored their second through Chris Barber following a decisive ball from Richard Larkin.

With George Moore coming on with a fresh pair of legs caused immediate problems for the Cambridge left back with his stick skills, it was on one of these mazy runs that George won a short corner which Richard Larkin was able to convert following a good routine.

With Harleston cruising at half time they took their foot off the gas and allowed Cambridge back into the games as they came out fighting. The second half was a much more even contest as Harleston started to dribble with the ball too much which disjointed their flowing hockey.

Despite the game becoming more open the Harleston defensive unit of Johnson, Legg, Blandy, Snelling and Stevens held firm, their dominance so superior that Julian Waelzholz didn’t even have a save to make. With chances few and far between Harleston rounded off a good performance when Chris Barber scored his second at a short corner.