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.

Mens 1s – MATCH REPORT

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

GIRLS U18 NATIONAL CUP

HARLESTON MAGPIES U18s 2-2 IPSWICH U18s 2
(WON 2-1 ON PEN STROKES)

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.

Mens 4s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Mens 4s 3-2 Bury St Edmunds 2s

This was by far Magpies Development XI best performance of the year if you exclude the first 10 minutes of the match! Magpies started very slowly against one of the top teams in the league and Bury seized upon this and took the initiative scoring twice in quick succession.

With the game looking like a one way affair the resilience and determination of Magpies young players shone through and with the introduction of Dan Legg and Ben Wright into the Midfield Magpies turned round the slow start and started to pressurise the Bury keeper who looked unbeatable saving shots with all parts of his body.

Craig Snelling eventually managed to break the deadlock arriving late in the D to sweep the ball low and hard into the goal. This goal before half time proved to be decisive and gave Magpies the encouragement they needed to keep chasing the game in the second half which they all did. The forwards of Will Bamber, Andy Caston, George Moore all created opportunities and eventually completed the victory through a Bamber brace of short corner variations.

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

UEA 3s 5-1 Magpies Ladies Colts B

On a very cold morning and a delayed start because of a lack of umpire for the UEA play eventually started with UEA quickly getting their first goal. Magpies played well but could not prevent UEA’s strong forward line quickly adding to this tally to make it 5-0 at half time.

In the second half Magpies fought back strongly Shirley McAllen scored from a short corner and the UEA failed to add any further goals thanks to some good defending from the Magpies.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 22 November 2007

More Magpies’ Mini Magic!

It was pleasing to see so many people at the club last Sunday for the girls’ minis tournament expertly run by Shirley and Nick McAllen with invaluable help from Richard Larkin (timekeeper), Amy Tuffs (i/c scoreboard), Kirstin Cumming with her team in the kitchen and the Club members who kindly umpired – my thanks to them all. On a cold but thankfully dry morning we saw a lot of excellent hockey and congratulations to Magpies A, managed by Nigel Wooltorton, on winning the U13 event.

The previous day it was good to see former HMHC members Ali Bicker and Lou Waite returning to Weybread with the Doncaster team. Not for the first time Ali scored against us but at least Lou didn’t this time as she was hobbling around on crutches following a football injury. To my disappointment she declined to use the stairlift! Nevertheless I’m sure we all wish her a speedy recovery! As for the game the Ladies’ 1sts played well in their search for that elusive first point (or three) of the season before letting their first half lead slip after the break. Best of luck to the team this Saturday (12.30pm) when in the last outdoor national league match until February 2nd (!) they entertain Sutton Coldfield coached by Magpies’ Vice-President Debbie Leonard who will be making a welcome return to the club.

Congratulations to the Men’s 1sts on retaining their 100% record with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Havering. After conceding three quick goals just before half time Havering packed their defence even more in the second half to thwart the lively Magpies’ forwards. This Saturday the team is away to Harpenden while second-placed St Albans are at home to Broxbourne who have yet to hit form this season.

Have you paid your subscription yet please? If not please do so this weekend. If we applied the rules very strictly all defaulters would by now have been banned from playing until they had paid. I do not want this to happen but unless payment is received in the next few days this might well be the consequence as is an entry on the imminent ‘Name and Shame’ list to be displayed in the clubhouse.

Please come along to the following event
this Saturday (24 November)

COCKTAIL EVENING
IN THE CLUBHOUSE 7.30PM
TICKETS £3 (including food) available from the bar
Dress: Smart Casual

An enjoyable evening guaranteed!


And next day after the Cocktail Evening why not spend a few enjoyable hours at the Club cheering our teams to victory in their respective national youth cups, namely U18 Girls v Ipswich (12.00), U15 Boys v Dereham (1.00pm) and U18 Boys v Cambs Nomads (2.00pm).

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

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
E-mail: MDenham975@aol.com
22 November 2007

WEEKEND PREVIEW

HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
24th November 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, play Sutton Coldfield at home starting at 12.30 in their English League Division I game. This is Magpies final League game before Christmas break prior to the start of the Indoor season.

Sutton Coldfield who were unfortunate to be relegated from the Premier Division last season are coached by Debbie Leonard who knows Magpies well as she coached the Harleston team for four years before work took her back to the Midlands.

Although Magpies are struggling this season they had their chances last week against Doncaster and for the last two games they have produced two good performances but with no result. In the end lack of experience at crucial moments have cost the team at both ends of the pitch.

SQUAD: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Ellie Blake, Artemis Clark, Katrina Warnes, Debbie McAllen, Laura Parker, Jess Hull, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, continued their period at the top of East Premier League following a convincing win 3-0 against Havering. Whilst the scoreline may not suggest complete dominance the Magpies goalie had but one shot to save, Havering defended well in the second half to prevent Magpies extending their half-time lead.

St Albans continued their pursuit of Magpies with a narrow victory against equal bottom of the table Wapping. This week it is Magpies turn to play a bottom of the table side with a visit to Harpenden. St Albans have a tough fixture against Broxbourne. However it would be a suprise if the table did not have the same look at the top following these games.

Robert Stimpson commented following the Havering game “this was a confident display against a side who did not stop trying to disrupt our pattern. Whilst on paper the visit to Harpenden should result in three points it will only happen if we continue to get our preparation and attitude spot on.”

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT

Harleston Magpies 1-3 Doncaster

Magpies are still awaiting their first point of the campaign after a home defeat to fellow strugglers Doncaster.

The home side’s prospects had looked good as they led 1-0 at half-time, but their failure to convert more of their chances came back to haunt them in the second half as Doncaster fired three goals without reply.

Unsurprisingly, given both teams’ positions in the league, the match started in a cagey manner.

The Magpies defence looked solid and compact in the early exchanges with the back four of Helen Brook, Louisa Greenacre, Lucy Miler and Debbie McAllen able to deal with most of Doncaster’s early attacks.

Magpies went ahead after 25 minutes when, from their first penalty corner, Artemis Clark found the back of the net.

For the next 10 minutes, Magpies were clearly in the ascendancy and put the Doncaster defence under real pressure, creating three golden chances.

But somehow the Doncaster goalkeeper kept the ball out of the goal and the home side had to settle for a single-goal lead at the interval.

Kathryn Hinsley made a real impact coming off the bench, but the missed chances were to prove costly in the final analysis.

Within five minutes of the start of the second half, Doncaster were on level terms and then 2-1 in front following a penalty corner goal and fast counter attack.

Magpies were still in the game, however, and Laura Parker was having a tremendous game in midfield, well supported by Jess Hull and they caused continuous problems to the Doncaster defence.

Magpies had two further excellent chances on the break with Angie Wheelhouse and Cherry Seaborn threatening Doncaster, but the final pass let Magpies down.

Doncaster killed the game off with a late third goal, leaving Magpies left to reflect on those missed early chances.

It does not promise to get any easier for Magpies this weekend, as they face third-placed Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

RESULTS – 17 NOV 2007

LADIES 1s v Doncaster (L) 12.30 (W) H L 1-3
LADIES 2s v Watton I (L) 1.45 (S) H L 1-2
LADIES Colts A v Broadland I (L) 2.30 A L 0-3
LADIES 5s v Thetford I (L) 1.30 A L 0-8
LADIES 6s v UEA 3s (L) 4.00 A D 2-2
LADIES Colts B v Lowestoft Rail. 2s (L) H W 11-0
LADIES Dev. v Pelicans (L) 12.15 (S) H D 2-2
SUN –
Magpies Minis Tournament
U11 A GIRLS MAGPIES minis – 3rd
U11 B GIRLS MAGPIES minis – 5th
U13 A GIRLS MAGPIES minis – 1st
U13 B GIRLS MAGPIES minis – 7th

MENS 1s v Havering (L) 2.15 (W) H W 3-0
MENS 2s v Shefford & Sandy (L) A W 5-3
MENS 3s v IES 2 (L) 3.15 (S) H L 1-2
MENS 4s v Pelicans 2 (L) A D 2-2
MENS 5s v Bury St Eds 3 (L) 4.45 (S) H L 0-2
MENS 6s v Sudbury 3 (L) A L 0-4
Men VETS v Norwich Exiles (L) 4.00 (W) H D 2-2

Mens 1s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Men 1s 3-0 Havering 1s

Calm & Controlled Harleston Keep 100% Record Intact

A Havering team with a track record of being frustrating opposition came to Weybread on Saturday, and they did not let their reputation down. The resulting game was an unspectacular affair in which Harleston were required to be controlled and disciplined in taking a 3-0 win from a game where the usual flowing hockey seen at Weybread was never seen.

On a cold and dark November afternoon it was obvious from the first few minutes of the game that the visiting team were putting all their attention and effort on breaking down the game. Harleston despite of this kept the ball well and the back four of Sitch Snr, Ling Jnr, Sumner and Bedwell moved the ball confidently allowing increasing pressure to be placed on the Havering defence.

The breakthrough came half way through the first period when a clever and well worked short corner was emphatically scored by Gill after a cool pin point pass from Baines. This goal spurred Magpies on and the next ten minutes saw Havering having to defend mercilessly. Despite this and much poor sportsmanship from Havering another two goals were added by the home team. The first of these was a text book goal scored by a Hipwell deflection after a well struck free hit from the ever present Gill, and the second of these was a carbon copy of Harleston’s first giving Gill his deserved second of the match.

Harleston could also have had the chance to add another after a good combination from Sitch Jnr and Hipwell set Barber clean through only for the defending keeper to cynically foul and somehow only concede a short corner. The last five minutes of the half saw the only real pressure from Havering as Harleston took their foot off the gas and played some sloppy hockey. A well struck Havering short corner looked like it would provide a way back into the game but for Gill showing his steel on the line to deflect the head height ball over the cross bar.

The second period saw Harleston completely dominate but a combination of good goalkeeping, disruptive tactics and umpires who couldn’t control the Havering players resulted in a period where territory could not be converted into goals. Despite of this Ling Snr, Wheeler and Fanger caused Havering consistent problems in the rare moments where play was allowed to continue long enough for their pace to show.

The end score line of 3-0 will disappoint Harleston as a game allowed to flow could have resulted in a much superior outcome. Even though a first clean sheet of the season for mature keep Martin and the defence will increase confidence as Harleston go into a difficult set of fixtures before the winter break looking to keep up their excellent run and stay as the only team in the league with a 100% record.

Mens 2s – MATCH REPORT

Shefford and Sandy 1s 3-5 Magpies 2s

A match which magpies expected to win ended up being
more hectic than initially expected after an open game
at Shefford and Sandy.

The home team started the brighter side of the two.
Men were pushed forward to great effect, and after
overrunning the defence, a 1-0 lead was taken. This
gave magpies the wake up call that they needed. With
passing from magpies showing signs of improving, the
ball was worked to Robbie Kinsella who scored the
equalising goal. Magpies now getting into their stride
continued to press hard during the first half. This
tactic paid dividends when magpies took the lead,
again through Kinsella after good work from the
midfield. Magpies did not stop at that though. With
the ball being won high up the pitch, it was slipped
to Kinsella who slotted home calmly for his first half
hat-trick.

With Magpies smelling the scent of a very good goal
difference, the black and white shirted men came out
with scoring more on their agenda. With yet more space
appearing down the wide passages. Stuart “Rodney”
Leate had good time to combine well with James Stacey
who together looked dangerous. Two more goals were to
be scored by Magpies. They came in the form of Robbie
Kinsella again, who much to his delight notched up his
fourth of the game. The other goal came from the
penalty spot, when Dave Francis scored cleanly into
the corner after Mike Warlow had won magpies the
stroke.

With magpies starting to cruise and enjoy the game
though, Shefford and Sandy redoubled their efforts and
much to their credit had the best of the closing
moments of the game. Magpies failure to keep the ball
was their downfall, and the home team used this to
their advantage. With Mark Lewis in goal again making
a number of good saves keeping the scoreline down,
however he could do nothing about the two goals that
magpies did concede in the last phase of the game.

However magpies can take many positives from the game,
including the obvious 3 points away from home, but
also that they have the ability to win games even
without reaching top form. This is a very promising
sign for the rest of the season and also next weeks
game at home to Saffron Walden.

Ladies 5s – MATCH REPORT

Thetford 8-0 Magpies 5s

Magpies ladies 5ths travelled to Thetford with a strong team and a good match from last week behind them. Sadly the team did not wake up at the starting whistle and a goal against them was scored within the first minute. Shocked, the ladies then started to play the hockey they are capable of passing the ball and using the wing.

Thetford had a very fast side with the right wing player out running Ginny Crawford and Emma Lacey on several occasions. ‘Pies made a few breaks with the speed of Lisa Kent and Kay Dennis but could not find a finish. Rachel Clifford nearly made the scoreboard with a lovely cross from Becky Ford but it just slipped past the post.

Thetford’s second goal also came in the first half. At half time Georgie Bore gave some encouraging words and we went out to try to recover the game.

Sadly this did not happen! In fact quite the opposite. A flurry of goals were scored against ‘Pies and then poor Peg Bridges after making some monumental saves fell to the ground and twisted her knee. The decision was made to continue for the last 10 mins without a goalie.

Emma Lacey dropped back into defence and Georgie Bore became the ‘backstop’ as Graham Hughes puts it. Then more injury occurred when Georgie stopped dead a long corner ball with the bridge of her foot, so she too went off hobbling. Three goals were score against us in the last 10 minutes with the final score line 8-0.

Emma Lacey had to alert the Thetford captain that not as many players would be going back for teas as pre-arranged as a fair few were off to A and E.

The few players who could stay voted Peg as Player of the match as she made some really good saves.

Next week we are away at Pelicans.

Mens 4s – MATCH REPORT

Pelicans 2s 2-2 Magpies Mens 4s

Magpies Mens 4th XI suffered a rare case of player shortages this weekend and with 6 changes and an away form that to date is less than convincing this was always going to prove a difficult match.

However Magpies managed to get into a 2 – 0 lead with goals either side of half time and looked good for their first away win of the season. Duncan Stevens scored Magpies first, recalled to action late in the week and Dan Legg added a superb second beating the keeper with a rising shot from the top of the D. Craig Snelling deserved to make it three but was denied by an outstanding save by the Pelicans goal keeper.

However Pelicans fought back and two rare slips in defence gave Pelicans scoring opportunities which and they took and with Pelicans finishing strongly Magpies held on for the draw.

U13 Girls Harleston Magpies Minis – WINNERS

HARLESTON MAGPIES U13 GIRLS MINI TOURNAMENT

Harleston Magpies U13 Girls A team won the Harleston Tournament with 6 wins and two draws.

With four new players making their debut this season it took a while for the team to gel and they were a little fortunate to record a draw against Watton in their opening game.

Gradually the team steadily improved and in the end won the Tournament with points to spare.

U13 Girls A team – 1st

Watton drew 1-1 Sarah Brook
Dereham won 3-0 Beth Absolon, Keira Booty, Lizzie Jones
O Buckenham won 2-0 Beth Absolon, Lizzie Jones
Pelicans A drew 0-0
Norwich B won 3-0 Lauren Reeve, Sarah Brook 2
Magpies B won 2-0 Sarah Brook, Beth Absolon
Norwich A won 1-0 Keira Booty
Pelicans B won 1-0 Beth Absolon

Team: Beth Absolon, Alice Wilson, Tania Pendreich, Sarah Brook, Micayla Tootill, Lauren Reeve, Keira Booty and Elizabeth Jones.


Magpies also entered an U13 Girls B team in the Tournament and they finished 7th.

They would probably have done much better but two girls who had been struggling with illness all week went home early.

U13 Girls B team – 7th

O Buckenham won 4-0 Paris Wood 3, Hannah Gormley
Pelicans A lost 0-1
Norwich B drew 0-0
Norwich A lost 1-3 Katherine Ridley
Magpies A lost 0-2
Pelicans B drew 0-0
Dereham drew 0-0
Watton drew 2-2 Katherine Ridley 2

Katherine Ridley, Sophie Podd, Hannah Gormley, Holly Baker, Paris Wood, Rosie Cole, Lucy Crawford, Lucy Pring and Henrietta McDaniel.

Under 11 Girls Magpies Tournament

Magpies as hosts entered two under 11 teams in their own tournament.

Magpies A started very well winning their first two games against Watton 4-0 (Georgia Scott 2, Saffron 1, Kira 1) and a Norwich/Dereham mixed team 3-0 (Saffron 2, Georgia Scott 1).
However Magpies could not sustain their impressive start and a goal less draw against Dereham, a 1-0 defeat against Norwich (eventual winners) and although they managed to beat our own B team 1-0 (Emma 1) Magpies finally finished a very creditable 3rd place.

Team :- Madeleine Eglington GK, Saffron Wilford, Kira Wooltorton, Emma Owen, Geogia Scott, Georgia Pearson, Catherine Kilbourn, Kara Kilbourn.

Magpies B had many girls playing in their first tournament and performed very well. Although losing to Norwich 1-0, Dereham 3-0 and Magpies A 1-0, two very hard fought 0-0 draws against Watton and a mixed Norwich/Dereham enabled the girls to finish in 5th place.

Special mention must go to Ruth Denham who took on the goal keeping task at the last minute and made many crucial saves.

Team:- Ruth Denham GK, Olivia Gooderham, Harriet Catchpole, Jessica Young, Laura Davidson, Alice Milne, Harriet Underdown, Sophie Meynell-Anderson, Sophie Long, Emily McCluskey.