Magpies – courtesy Waveney Valley Blog

Magpie

Magpies are passerine birds of the crow family. Magpies seem to be jacks of all trades – scavengers, predators and pest-destroyers, their challenging, almost arrogant attitude has won them few friends.

Characteristics
The magpie has black-and-white plumage and a long tail, the tail accounts for over half the total length of the bird. The head, breast and back are black, the shoulders patches, belly and flanks are white. When seen close-up its black plumage takes on an altogether more colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail. Juvenile Magpies have much shorter tails than their parents, the white of the plumage is dirtier, and the black is less glossy.

Habitat
Magpies build a large nest, which can take several weeks to complete, from small branches and twigs, and line it with mud and vegetation.

The nest is usually in a large tree (but sometimes in pylons) and domed to prevent predation by other crows. The hen lays and incubates eggs that are smooth, glossy and pale blue with olive-brown or grey spots. Both parents feed the young after they have hatched.

Behaviour
Magpies have quite a varied diet in their original rural habitat – insects, rodents, carrion, eggs and nestlings, grain, berries and fruit. This variety carries over into the suburban garden where they will also eat allsorts of kitchen scraps and bird foods.

The magpie can be seen all year round and surprisingly, the car, may well be the real reason behind the magpie’s recent population explosion. Until relatively recently, numbers were probably kept in check by lack of food during the winter and early spring. (During the winter months the magpie’s diet is mainly a mixture of vegetable matter and invertebrates.) The increase in the number of cars on the roads has led to a corresponding increase in wildlife road casualties, something the scavenging magpie appreciates. It is this new abundance of food that has allowed magpie numbers to grow so quickly.

Magpies are among the most intelligent of birds, so are quick to make use of new food supplies, such as car kills. What’s more, they are adept at avoiding being run over themselves.
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CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 6 September 2007

Another season is just around the corner

Despite the recent unseasonable weather I hope you have been able to enjoy the summer and are looking forward to the season ahead during which we are bound to experience our usual quota of successes and disappointments.

I begin my first “Chat” of the season thanking the following:

All officers and members who have worked hard in preparation for the new season and I have in mind all those involved with fixtures, grounds, pitches, kit, finances, coaching, clubhouse, captains’ meeting, handbook, fund raising etc. Work does not stop just because it has been “summer”.

Everyone who helped run and the 104 players (in 26 teams) who participated in the golf day at Bungay GC on Thursday 23 August which raised £1276 for club funds.

Last week’s clubhouse etc painting party which included (in no particular order) John Pestell (our foreman), Tony Williams, Peter Halls, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie McAllen, Robert Stimpson, Mouse and Cali Clark, Lizzie Clymer and Katrina Warnes. I hope what we did has been noticedand for all the right reasons! Philippa Taylor and Graham Clark for running last Saturday’s BBQ.

I’m pleased to say the disabled toilet is nearly ready and it awaits the return of the electrician from holiday for the final touches and if you’ve been to the club in the last few days you will have noticed that the main structure of the new balcony has been erected. When complete the new balcony will look splendid and will be a great asset to the Club and a big benefit to everyone who uses the clubhouse. The fitting of the stairlift will follow in due course. And before I leave the subject of the clubhouse the carpets have been professionally cleaned and await the next spillage of beer!


Congratulations to:

Coach Danny Kerry and the England women’s team on their bronze medal in the recent EuroHockey championships in Manchester and with it a prized place for GB women in next year’s Olympics. Meantime the England men after their fifth place (one better than two years ago) face the tough task of a qualifying tournament (possibly in Chile) early next year for another try for their Olympic spot. For this event the team goes as GB.

Everyone involved at England Hockey, including the huge number of EuroCrew volunteers, on the staging of the championships in Manchester. They did us proud.

Mark Lambert (former Magpies goalkeeper) and his team which won the men’s section of the recent golf day. Also in the team were Sam Lambert, Jonathon Timmins and Keith Parker (former long time Magpies men’s 1st team coach). Graeme Smith’s team came second, Peter Thorpe’s team third and Mike Longe’s team fourth. The Ladies’ section was won by Bungay Pacers with Bungay Dames in second place and the mixed section was won by The Bully Team. My thanks again to all teams for their support.


Connie Bedingfield

Best wishes to Connie (Norfolk Hockey’s Development Officer) who has obtained a full-time appointment outside of hockey. Connie has done an enormous amount for Norfolk Hockey and has produced many initiatives for the furtherance of the sport in the county. Thank you Connie for all you have done for Norfolk Hockey and for Magpies in your HDO role and it is good to know you will be continuing your coaching involvement with the Club.


Subscriptions

I hope you have paid your sub for the new season? The sooner you do so the sooner you will be rewarded with your handbook to read! If I may say so this ought to be a big incentive to get your chequebook out!!


SOCIAL AND FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES 2007-2008

Please put the dates in your diaries! More details will be issued in due course.

2007
Saturday 6 October Family Quiz Evening
Friday 2 November Fireworks Spectacular (gates open 6.30pm)
Saturday 24 November “Cocktail” Evening
Saturday 29 December Fancy Dress Inter-Club Mixed Hockey

2008
Saturday 2 February Social Evening
Saturday 1 March Race Evening
Saturday 12 April Silent Auction and Spring Prize Draw
Saturday 3 May End of Season Bash
Sat/Sun/Mon 3/4/5 May Magpies Tournament
Summer Five evenings of mixed hockey
Sunday 22 June Strawberry Luncheon, by kind permission of Jill and Roy Whipps
August Golf Day (tbc)
Saturday 13 September Summer Ball

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
6 September 2007

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT

NOTTINGHAM TOURNAMENT
AUGUST 25/26 2007

With the Ladies 1st team having lost 8 players from last season Magpies took a very inexperienced side to the pre season Tournament at Nottingham, where they had to blood a lot of players for the first time at national league level. In the first game on Saturday Magpies acquitted themselves well against Sutton Coldfield who have just come out of the Premier Division, losing 1-0 to a goal in the last ten minutes. In the afternoon it was a different story as Poynton who have just been promoted to the Premier Division proved far too strong running out 8-0 winners. To be fair to the young side they kept going to the end and still created some excellent chances in the last ten minutes, but even Magpies team from last season struggled against Poynton.

On Sunday morning Magpies bounced back to beat Cannock 2-0 with a solid performance as they became more comfortable with the new system. Artemis Clark and Cherry Seaborn scored the goals. In the final game of the Tournament Magpies lost 2-0 to Nottingham Highfields who were playing their first game of the day and had much fresher legs. However Magpies looked the better side for most of the game so the result flattered the Nottingham team.

Sarah Cave who has just joined the Club did well in midfield. Cherry Seaborn at 15 certainly worried the opposition with her pace whilst East goalkeeper Calianne Clark also 15 played in the final game and acquitted herself well. Magpies also blooded a number of 16 year olds namely Helen Brook, Katrina Warnes and Lizzie Clymer, while Jess Hull and Artemis Clark are only 17. Lucy Miller and Kathryn Hinsley who ran the 2nd team last season added some useful experience to the team and university bound Naomi Hull and Hannah Coulson came along to help out for the weekend. New Captain Louisa Greenacre supported by the very experienced players Lucy Hayman, Angie Wheelhouse and Debbie McAllen have a big task on their hands to guide this young team through what is going to be a very testing season.

Over all Magpies can be pleased with the weekend as a number of players made great progress and showed plenty of fighting spirit as the new team bonded well. Thanks go to Colin Wheelhouse for his support with the coaching.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 7 August 2007

Work continues at Weybread in advance of the new season

Following the upgrade of the floodlights the lines on the water-based pitch and the circles on the sand-based pitch have been re-painted; the building of the disabled toilet has commenced; the erection of the new balcony is scheduled for the next two weeks; the grass pitches have been sprayed to kill off the weeds and other regular maintenance of the grounds has continued in order to keep pace with Mother Nature over the last few wet weeks.

In addition the work to solve the flooding problem outside the entrance to our car park has been completed with the laying of a bigger drain pipe under the car park. This work was carried out on behalf of Mid Suffolk DC and paid for by the council.

Arrangements for the forthcoming season

1.
I remind members that the training/coaching programme for the season can be accessed from the Home Page of the Club’s website.

2.
Invoices in respect of subscriptions and training fees with be issued to members in the next few days and prompt payment would be much appreciated, especially in view of the considerable expenses facing the Club with all the various developments outlined above.

3.
Work continues on the handbook for the new season and, following printing, copies will be issued to members on payment of their subscriptions.

4.
Following last season’s leadership problem (i.e. lack of until after Christmas) and availability problems it has been decided to drop the Men’s 7ths. This decision was not taken lightly but will come as no surprise to those aware of the struggle and worries we had over this team last season. I hope we will be able to reinstate the team for season 2008/9.

5.
With U13s now prohibited by England Hockey from playing in adult leagues a girls team has been entered in the new Norfolk Development League. As a consequence and because the Club does not have the capacity to run nine ladies teams in terms of team officials and umpires it has been decided to merge the Ladies’ 4ths and 5ths teams (especially as they will be playing in the same league) under the banner of the 5ths.


Congratulations to

1.
Andy Smith and Jody Sharp on their recent marriage.

2.
Kirstin Cumming who has once again won for the Club the EHL Division 1 (Ladies) hospitality award. This award is based on the votes of all visiting teams.

SOCIAL AND FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES 2007-2008
Please put the dates in your diaries! More details will be issued in due course.

2007
Saturday 1 September BBQ after pre-season training matches
Saturday 6 October Family Quiz Evening
Friday 2 November Fireworks Spectacular (gates open 6.30pm)
Saturday 24 November “Cocktail” Evening
Saturday 29 December Fancy Dress Inter-Club Mixed Hockey

2008
Saturday 2 February Social Evening
Saturday 1 March Race Evening
Saturday 12 April Silent Auction and Spring Prize Draw
Saturday 3 May End of Season Bash
Sat/Sun/Mon 3/4/5 May Magpies Tournament
Summer Five evenings of mixed hockey
Sunday 22 June Strawberry Luncheon, by kind permission of Jill and Roy Whipps
August Golf Day (tbc)
Saturday 13 September Summer Ball

WAVENEY VALLEY BLOG
For a wide range of information about Diss, Harleston, Bungay, Beccles, Lowestoft, Halesworth, Loddon and Southwold and surrounding villages I recommend you have a look at this very entertaining and informative blog which includes videos, local features, business editorials, advertisements etc, etc.

Please access the blog via www.waveneyvalleyblog.com or via the link on the Home Page of the Club’s website.

Euro Hockey Nations Championship – 18-26 August 2007 (Belle Vue, Manchester)
This event is fast approaching. Have you considered supporting England Women and Men in their quest for the European crown and British Olympic qualification? With the top three sides in each event gaining automatic qualification for Beijing these championships are even more important than ever. If the England teams fail to qualify via Manchester they will have to try again in the early months of 2008 in one of three further qualification events (in Chile, Japan or New Zealand for the men and Azerbaijan, Canada or Russia for the women) in which only the top team from these events will qualify for the 2008 Olympics. Olympic qualification is getting harder and harder as the FIH seeks to give more countries a chance.

Tickets are on sale and are priced from just £5.00.

Please buy online from www.eurohockeymanchester2007.com or call 0871 230 9842

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
7 August 2007

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 12 July 2007

Clubs 1st Accreditation for HMHC

We have now received official confirmation and congratulations from England Hockey of our Clubs 1st accreditation and I am pleased to repeat here what I have said on the Active Norfolk website (please see LINKS at the bottom of the Home Page of the Club’s website) . “We are delighted to have received this accreditation and I thank our youth development officer Nick McAllen and the youth committee chaired by Helen Barber who worked so hard to achieve this recognition on behalf of the Club. I also thank Charlie Farrow and Connie Bedingfield of England Hockey for all their help and guidance during the preparation process”.

I take this opportunity to remind members that Clubs 1st is part of Sport England Clubmark, a nationally recognised accreditation for sports clubs with the aim of club’s demonstrating that they provide a safe, effective and child friendly environment for their membership. The scheme has four main focus areas – i) duty of care and child protection, ii) the coaching programme, iii) sports equity and ethics and iv) club management. This status is not awarded without an enormous amount of work and comes as another boost to the Club.

The official presentation of our Clubs 1st award together with our Community Clubs Development Programme award from Sport England (which amounted to an invaluable grant of £35,000 towards the re-carpeting of the sand-based pitch) will be made at 9.30am on Saturday 22 September 2007 during a youth coaching session.

Strawberry Luncheon
This was a very successful social event held in the lovely surroundings of Gawdy Hall and I thank everyone who supported the event. I also thank, of course, our hard working hosts David and Wendy Green and members of the organising committee led by our president David Alexander and secretary Daphne Beckett for all they did to make the luncheon so enjoyable. The event, which was blessed by surprisingly good weather, raised the excellent sum of £1130 for Club funds.

Update on ground and clubhouse upgrades

1. The testing of the upgrade of the floodlights on the two pitches was completed last night (Wednesday 11 July).

2. Work will begin on the building of the disabled toilet next week.

3. The old balcony is now just a memory (many thanks to Andrew and Richard Longe for its removal thereby saving the Club a considerable amount of money) and its replacement will be installed in early August, after which the stairlift will be fitted to the main staircase to the balcony.

4. Harrod UK Limited has very kindly provided the Club with a set of new goals and LMB Services has very kindly donated a set of wheels for goals on the sand-based pitch. The continuing support of these businesses is much appreciated.

Drainage of the road outside the car park
The Club continues to co-operate with Mid Suffolk DC and by extension Weybread Parish Council to solve the flooding problem on the road outside the entrance to our car park. For the next few days a trench is being dug, at no cost to HMHC, across our car park for the installation of a bigger pipe to solve the problem. I thank David Cobbald for all the liaison work he has undertaken on this project in addition to all the other jobs he has carried out at Weybread in recent weeks.

Congratulations to Carl Sitch who is currently playing for England U18s in the EuroHockey Youth Nations Championship in Edinburgh and to Tristan Baynes and Leigh Sitch who have been selected to play for the England Mixed team against the Combined Services and Wales in Southampton this coming weekend.

GOLF DAY – STILL TIME TO ENTER!
Thursday 23 August 2007 – Bungay GC
If you would like to enter a team of four (men, women or mixed) for 18 holes of golf, luncheon and the chance of prizes please contact me (Mike Denham) on 01603 506925.

SOCIAL AND FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES 2007-2008
The Fund Raising and Social Committee has finalised the programme for the coming season as follows. Please put the dates in your diaries! More details will be issued in due course.

2007
Saturday 1 September BBQ after pre-season training matches
Saturday 6 October Family Quiz Evening
Friday 2 November Fireworks Spectacular (gates open 6.30pm)
Saturday 24 November “Cocktail” Evening
Saturday 29 December Fancy Dress Inter-Club Mixed Hockey

2008
Saturday 2 February Social Evening
Saturday 1 March Race Evening
Saturday 12 April Silent Auction and Spring Prize Draw
Saturday 3 May End of Season Bash
Sat/Sun/Mon 3/4/5 May Magpies Tournament
Summer Five evenings of mixed hockey
Sunday 29 June Strawberry Luncheon
August Golf Day (tbc)
Saturday 13 September Summer Ball

The training/coaching programme for the forthcoming season can be accessed from the Home Page of the Club’s website. www.magpies-hockey.co.uk

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
12 July 2007

Help with Harleston ABC!

What makes Harleston special?

The A B C of distinctiveness

Last autumn Harleston Development Partnership held an event looking at what makes Harleston special.

A group of people got together to consider things that made Harleston unique and tried to come up with something for every letter of the alphabet.

A B C

We thought about things that can be seen and also those that are unseen such as friendliness and maybe ghosts!

There were many suggestions including ‘M’ for Magpies and ‘S’ for Stone, ‘I’ for independent shops and ‘A’ for atmosphere.

It was such an interesting, fun thing to do we have decided to do more work on this and prepare postcards, a wall chart or booklet with the complete A B C.

However, before we do this we would like your help, could you spare a few minutes to prepare your own A B C ?

Maybe as you fly off on your holiday or as you sunbathe in the garden(!) there will be time to think about what is special and distinct about the town?

We would also like children and young people to give us their Harleston alphabet, this could be words, pictures or photographs.

Blank A B C forms are available from Harleston Information Plus, (or just jot your thoughts on a piece of paper).

Completed A B Cs should be returned to:
Harleston Information Plus at 8 Exchange Street by 1st September.

Or send us an email:

hip@harleston-norfolk.org.uk

We will keep you posted and put the final A B C on the Waveney Valley Blog.

HARLESTON MAGPIES SUMMER CAMPS 2007

MAGPIES YOUTH
SUMMER TRAINING CAMPS 2007

THURSDAY AUGUST 16th

FRIDAY AUGUST 17th

MONDAY AUGUST 20th

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22nd

For Boys and Girls, 9 to 14 yearolds

COST:
£12 FOR ONE DAY AND
£7 FOR ANY OTHER DAY

10.00am-4.00pm Each Day

This is for outfield players only. Regrettably no Goalkeepers on this Course

DETAILS: Please meet in the Clubhouse at 9.45am with the intention of starting on the pitch at 10.00am. Depending on the weather conditions, we will normally work for one hour on the pitch followed by a break. The emphasis will be on practising the skills of the game as well as a variety of fun games.
Please bring your own packed lunch although soft drinks, crisps etc can be purchased from the Clubhouse. Please bring appropriate clothes for the weather conditions. As the sessions are held on artificial surfaces (water based and sand based pitch) trainers or astro shoes are essential. No studs.
Organiser Nick McAllen (01508 493269).

DO NOT JUST TURN UP ON THE DAY – PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE
USING THE FORM BELOW

>> Click here for application form < <

Magpies achieve Clubs’ 1st Accreditation


Harleston Magpies Hockey Club have achieved the England Hockey Clubs’ 1st Accreditation.

Clubs’ 1st is the England Hockey version of Clubmark, which indicates that a club offers safe, child friendly playing opportunities. The club have put a lot of hard work into achieving this accreditation and are to be congratulated on their success!

Mike Denham, Chairman of HMHC, says: “We are delighted to have received this accreditation and I thank our Youth Development Officer Nick McAllen and the Youth Committee chaired by Helen Barber who worked so hard to achieve this recognition on behalf of the Club. I also thank Charlie Farrow and Connie Bedingfield of England Hockey for all their help and guidance during the preparation process.”

Their Clubs’ 1st certificate will be presented to them alongside their Community Club Development Programme Award on Saturday 22nd September 9.30am at their club ground in Weybread.

Magpies U11 minisTo find out more about Harleston Magpies Hockey Club visit our web site.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – July 2007

The 2006/7 season is now over and that’s official!

Yes – the 2006/7 season really is over and before it fades completely into the background I begin by thanking all members who attended the recent AGM and I congratulate the Mixed team, so expertly captained by Kathryn Hinsley and David Francis, for doing the Club proud in reaching the final of the national mixed trophy. After edging out a very good Staines side in their semi-final clash at Old Loughtonians HC they had an even tougher final the next day against Phoenix and only a poor ten minutes spell in second half denied them victory.

I remind all members of the Strawberry Luncheon to be held on Sunday 1 July at Gawdy Hall. Please see website (and below) for more details. It is not too late for you to make your decision to attend with family and friends!

At the AGM I gave my chairman’s report and I feel it deserves a wider audience – you will not be surprised to read! – so I take the liberty of showing an almost unexpurgated (!) version below.

AGM – 21 June 2007 – Chairman’s Report
The reports of the members of the Executive had two purposes – to relieve the captains of giving individuals reports and to spare you all from a long chairman’s report! So I will try to do just that while also picking up on a few aspects not naturally covered by the reports bearing in mind I have issued regular Chairman’s Chats throughout the season.

As was evident from the reports it was another long and very busy season both on and off the pitch. For the Club to have reached five national finals as well as winning division two of the men’s national indoor league was a remarkable achievement unmatched by any other club in the country.

Another success was to have provided hockey for 16 regular Saturday teams and throughout the season to have fielded a total of 28 teams in the various competitions.

I take this opportunity to thank Shirley McAllen for all her hard work as Playing Manager. She is standing down from this role and she will be very badly missed.

We have had an upbeat report from the Finance Manager and have been reminded of the successful social and fund raising events run throughout the season. I take this opportunity to thank Brian Pring and Jose Tibbenham for all their hard work on behalf of the Club

The youth section has had another very successful season and it is impossible to overstress the importance of this side of the Club.

One aspect of the Club not fully covered by the reports is publicity and here our website plays a vital role. It is a superb website and we are indebted to Nigel Bedingfield for his sponsorship and enthusiastic and pro-active maintenance of the site. Thank you very much Nigel.

Other aspects of the Club not fully covered by the reports include maintenance of the grounds, equipment & sales, fixtures and bar and here I thank in no particular order David and Philip Cobbald, Andrew Longe, Kirstin Cumming, James Smith, Irene Bicker and Robert Stimpson for all their hard work.

Over the years the Club has striven to upgrade its facilities on a regular basis and this season has been no exception with the planning and financing of the clubhouse improvements which will be carried out before the start of next season. In addition the upgrading of the pitch floodlights began last week and is now almost complete. I thank David Cobbald and Andrew Longe for all the time and effort they have put into these projects over the past few months.

Another important project has been our successful bid to obtain Clubs 1st designation for the Club and I thank Nick McAllen for heading the team responsible for this success. Our bid entailed an enormous amount of work and I’m very grateful to Nick and all other members of the Club who were involved. And talking of Nick I cannot stress how much he does for the club. We are very lucky to have him.

I take this opportunity to thank all other officers and officials of the Club for their friendship and work throughout the season. A club such as ours requires the active participation of many members and in this direction we are very fortunate. I also thank all other friends of the Club for their support.

In addition I thank the small group of members whom I have bothered on a regular basis. For some it must feel like a daily basis! They include Andrew Longe, David and Judy Cobbald, Jose Tibbenham, Philippa Taylor, Kirstin Cumming, Nick McAllen, Nigel Bedingfield, Robert Stimpson and Daphne Beckett. I am very grateful to them for their patience and guidance.

Notwithstanding that I know the close season is a busy time for several officers I hope all members will be able to take at least a small break from helping us to run the Club – a club of which we are proud to be members.

I conclude by thanking our President, David Alexander, and Deputy President, Irene Bicker, for the enormous support they have given me during the past twelve months.

Mike Denham

At the end of the AGM the President congratulated and made presentations to the following 2006/2007 trophy winners.

Female Club Person of the Year
Jose Tibbenham
This award is given for another season of devoted service to the Club as a member of the Fund Raising & Social, Executive and Finance Committees, a team captain and most importantly as the Club’s Treasurer.

Male Club Person of the Year
David Cobbald
Once again he has spent an enormous amount of hours at the Club on an almost daily basis doing vital and often unseen work in connection with the pitches, grounds and general infrastructure of the Club. He has also been closely involved with the current upgrades of the clubhouse.

The Magpie Cup (To mark a season of outstanding service)
Kirstin Cumming
For another season of remarkable devotion to the Club as amongst other things equipment controller, equipment seller, “meeter and greeter” to visiting teams, member of the youth and tournament committees.

Male Young Player of the Year
Carl Sitch
Breaking into the 1st team at the start of the season pushing for the left back role he soon made the position his own. Not only was his defensive work first class his attacking from deep also put the opposition under pressure. Along with his success with Magpies he also represented England U18s at the international tournament at Exeter University over Easter.

Longe Trophy (For outstanding Youth coaching services)
Nigel Wooltorton
This award has been given to recognise his outstanding services to youth Coaching. He has been involved with coaching 3 sessions a week throughout the season and has also helped with running the U11 Girls team. He has also recently Qualified as a Level I Coach.

Leeder Cup (Men’s 1st Team Player of the Year)
Andy Hipwell
He moved back to the Club at the beginning of the season after completing his course at Loughborough University. Although playing out of his preferred position as striker he fitted in well at right midfield giving the team many attacking options and many problems for opposing teams. His tally of 24 goals for the season shows how much he got forward at one point trying to chin the ball in resulting in a trip to A&E!

Rushworth Ward Trophy (For outstanding long service)
Shirley McAllen
This is the third time she has won this award, the first being in 1992 season and the second in 1999. Her service to the Club over many years has been quite remarkable evidenced in more recent years by serving as a hard working Playing Manager and captain of the Colts A team. While standing down from both positions it is good to know she is intending to carry on playing.

Betty Whipps Cup (Ladies’ 1st Team Player of the Year)
Lucy Hayman
Being voted Player of the Season by her team mates was a fitting tribute for a player who had a tremendous season. The team have been very fortunate to have had such an outstanding goalkeeper who has contributed enormously to the success of the team over many years.

Female Young Player of the Year
Jess Bloom & Hannah Coulson
This award goes jointly to two players. Both players contributed significantly to the 1st team’s performance this season and they were a major reason for the U18s reaching the national indoor and outdoor finals.

Congratulations also to Linda Hunter on being made a Vice-President in recognition of her long and distinguished service to the Club.

EuroHockey Nations Championship
18-26 August 2007 (Belle Vue, Manchester)
Have you considered supporting England Women and Men in their quest for the European crown and British Olympic qualification? With the top three sides in each event gaining automatic qualification for Beijing these championships are even more important than ever. If the England teams fail to qualify via Manchester they will have to try again in the early months of 2008 in one of three further qualification events (in Chile, Japan or New Zealand for the men and Azerbaijan, Canada or Russia for the women) in which only the top team from these events will qualify for the 2008 Olympics. Olympic qualification is getting harder and harder as the FIH seeks to give more countries a chance.

Tickets are now on sale for Manchester and are priced from just £5.00. Please buy online from www.eurohockeymanchester2007.com or call 0871 230 9842.

STRAWBERRY LUNCHEON
Sunday 1 July 2007 12 noon
I hope you will be able to support this event which this year is being very kindly hosted by David and Wendy Green at Gawdy Hall, Redenhall.
Tickets (including a drink) are £10 (adults), £5 (children 7 to 12) with children under 7 free.
Please contact
Daphne Beckett (07850 709297)
or David Alexander (01508 530237).

GOLF DAY
Thursday 23 August 2007 – Bungay GC
If you would like to enter a team of four (men, women or mixed) for 18 holes of golf, luncheon and the chance of prizes please contact me (Mike Denham) on 01603 506925

SUMMER MIXED HOCKEY
For regular league players
Mondays 2 & 16 July 7.30pm
Please bring white and coloured shirt
and £3 match fee!

I wish all members, supporters and friends of the Club an enjoyable summer.

Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
E-mail: MDenham975@aol.com
27th June 2007

Magpies Strawberry Luncheon

Strawberry Luncheon
on Sunday 1 July 2007, 12 Noon

at Gawdy Hall, Redenhall
(please follow signs leaving the A143 into Church Lane, Redenhall)
by kind permission of Mr and Mrs David Green

You and your relatives and friends are cordially invited to the above event, which is always one of the most enjoyable in the Club’s annual fund raising and social calendar.

Please bring suitable chairs and tables.

Tickets (including a drink) are £10 (adults),
£5 (children 7 to 12) with children under 7 free.

Please contact:
Daphne Beckett (Tel: 07850 709297)
or
David Alexander (Tel: 01508 530237)
by Friday 22 June

Magpies AGM – 21st June 8pm

We hope as many members as possible will be able to get to the AGM at 8.00pm on Thursday 21 June 2007.

This is your chance to raise matters of interest to you or to express some words of praise for the officers and officials who work so hard to keep the Club running!

Mixed Cup Final – MATCH REPORTS

Harleston Magpies mixed team travelled down to Old Loughts Hockey Club looking to add to their previous success in the mixed competition.

Semi Final
Harleston Magpies 2-1 Staines

Staines surprised Harleston in the first half of a very hot Saturday afternoon with Harleston being pushed back into their own half. Harleston struggled to find their feet and play their style however they did eventually take the lead when Tristan Baynes broke down the right and cross for Angie Wheelhouse to finish in emphatic fashion deflecting the ball past the goal keepers head.

Staines constant pressure was finally rewarded with a goal before they had another disallowed, if it had not been for resolute defending from Iain Martin, Louisa Greenacre, Donna Causton, Glenn Masterson, Leigh Sitch and Amy Tuffs Staines could have gone in with the lead at half time.

Harleston started the second half a lot brighter pushing Staines onto the back foot, with good attacking play down the right from Artemis Clark. Midway through the second half Harleston took the lead at a short corner when Leigh Sitch’s shot was deflected off David Ling for David Francis to slot home at the back post. Staines came back strongly but Harleston managed to shut them out, Iain Martin making two vital saves to see them through to the final against Phoenix.

Final
Harleston Magpies 2-3 Phoenix

On another hot after noon the final saw Harleston take on Phoenix the team which knocked them out last year. Harleston started the game a lot better then they did their semi final putting Phoenix under pressure early on, Phoenix did however always look good on the break and fancied their chances of scoring. Harleston were moving the ball well down the left flank well allowing Debbie McAllen and Kathryn Hinsley opportunities to break down the Phoenix defence. With David Ling, Phil Cobbald and David Francis holding up the midfield Phoenix could find now way through.

Gavin Cole was having an inspirational game in midfield getting his reward with a well taken goal on 20 minutes. With Phoenix looking shaky at the back Harleston continued to press and doubled the lead after a cracking ball from Angie Wheelhouse found Gavin Cole in the circle he rounded the goal keeper only to be up ended and Harleston were awarded a penalty stroke. Tristan Baynes held his nerve to slot home and extend Harleston’s lead.

The second half saw Phoenix come out fighting taking Harleston by surprise. In the onslaught Harleston failed to regain the midfield area allowing Phoenix to come forward at ease. Ben Allberry scoring Phoenix’s first goal from a tight angle with an upright reverse stick shot. Harleston were struggling to maintain possession of the ball and gifted Phoenix a short corner which Ben Allberry slotted home finding the smallest of gaps to slot home in. Harleston were shaken and had no time to recover before Phoenix grabbed their third through John Barrett.

Harleston knew they needed to push forward in search of the equaliser leaving themselves exposed in defence, Iain Martin having to pull off a great one on one save to keep Harleston in the final. With time running Harleston won a corner in the last minute but Tristan Baynes shot hit the post and rebounded to safety.

Phoenix eventually running out winners. Harleston put on a great performance in the final but their hard fought semi final victory finally took its toll in the final.