U13 Girls Pelicans Minis Tournament


Harleston Magpies entered two U13 Girls teams in the first Tournament of the season at Pelicans finishing 3rd and 8th.

U13 A team finished 8th
v Pelicans A drew 1-1 Paris Wood
v Watton drew 0-0
v Greshams lost 0-3
v Norwich A drew 0-0

7th/8th play off
v Norwich B lost 0-1

Team: Katherine Ridley, Henrietta McDaniel, Hannah Gormley, Lucy Pring, Rosie Cole, Anna Lacey, Paris Wood and Jemima Jacobs.

U13 B team finished 3rd
v Dereham won 1-0 Beth Absolon
v Pelicans B lost 0-1
v Norwich B won 2-0 Lucy Crawford, Sarah Brook

Semi Finals
v Greshams lost 0-1

3rd/4th Play off
v Norwich A won 2-0 Keira Booty, Sarah Brook

Team: Bethan Absolon, Katie Rudd, Sophie Podd, Sarah Brook, Holly Baker, Lizzie Jones, Lucy Crawford and Keira Booty.

It was good to be able to enter two Under 13 teams in the first Tournament of the season to give 16 players the opportunity to play and show what they can do.


Magpies 5s 3-0 Sudbury 3s

Harleston Magpies started strongly with some excellent stick work from Ben Wright and Charles Durrant. However it was Sudbury who put the pressure on the Magpies goal with three short corners in quick succession, ome of which had to be excellently saved by keeper Tom Marshall.

Magpies settled down well after this and with some constructive midfield play were soon 1-0 up thanks to a good strike from Charles Durrant.

In the second half, Magpies maintained the pressure with the defence having very little to do. Ben Wright continued to impress and almost scored but the shot was well saved by the keeper. Two more goals came from short corners, one being neatly slotted away from a tight angle by young Sam Collins and the second from the old hand-Tim Mann.

Final score Magpies 3 Sudbury 0
– Robin Hayward

Under 11 Girls Pelicans Tournament

Sunday 7th October 2007

Magpies Girls first under 11 tournament of the season was held on Sunday Oct 7 at Pelicans.

Magpies started against a strong and well organised Gresham team (eventual winners) and finally lost a tough opening game 2-0. Further games against Dereham, Pelicans and Norwich city resulted in goaless draws. Magpies best performance was against Watton where 2 goals from the impressive Saffron Wilford enabled the girls to get their first win.

Strong performances from Saffron Wilford, Kira Wooltorton and Georgia Pearson ably supported by goalkeeper Madaline Eglington, Catherine Kilbourn, Jessica Young, Olivia Gooderham and Harriet Catchpole enabled magpies to finish a creditable 3rd.

RESULTS – 6 OCT 2007

LADIES 1s v Loughborough S (L) 12.30 (W) H L 1-2
LADIES 2s v Lincoln I (L) 1.45 (S) H D 2-2
LADIES Colts A v Sprowston I (L) 2.00 A L 1-0
LADIES 5s v Evergreens II (L) 3.15 (S) H L 3-5
LADIES 6s v Diss (L) 11.00 A L 2-3
LADIES Colts B v Herlings (L) 2.00 A D 2-2
LADIES Dev. v Norwich Union conceded to magpies
Girls U11 3rd & U13
3rd and 8th, Minis @ Pelicans

MENS 1s v Broxbourne (L) 2.15 (W) H W 3-2
MENS 2s v West Herts 2 (L) A W 5-0
MENS 3s v Pelicans 2 (L) 12.15 (S) H W 2-1
MENS 4s v Sudbury 2 (L) A L 0-2
MENS 5s v Sudbury 3 (L) 4.00 (W) H
W 3-0
MENS 6s v Crane 2 (L) A W 2-0
Men VETS v Bury St Edmunds (L) A W 5-0


Sudbury 2s 2-0 Magpies Mens 4s

Magpies Mens 4th XI found their first trip on the road more challenging than they expected coming up against a spirited Sudbury 2nd XI who had only narrowly been defeated the previous week. Nevertheless the tireless work rate of the young Magpies team was a real positive of the day and a lot was learnt from this encounter.

Indeed it was not until the second half that Sudbury final found a way through Magpies solid defence to get the opener. Charlie Graham and Louis Stevens in Magpies defence proving just how much they have come on since the start of the season with outstanding performances.

Sudbury finally gaining their second close to the end of the game when, with Magpies chasing an equaliser, Sudbury caught Magpies on the break leaving Charlie Garrod in goal with a two forwards to deal with. A situation despite his best efforts he could do little about.

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Herlings 2-2 Harleston Magpies Ladies Colts B

The first half was tough for both teams Magpies kept a lot of the possession but Herlings kept fighting back and were very strong in defence.

The first goal scored was from Magpies by Beth Alexander and the score stayed 1-0 for the rest of the first half. The second half saw Herlings with most of the possession and many short corners, scoring a goal from one of these short corners and levelling the score at 1-1, then Herlings managed to score another putting them into the lead at 2-1.

After Herlings two goals they had one disallowed. Magpies kept their heads up and managed to bring the score back to 2-2 giving Beth her second goal of the game. Although both teams kept up the hard work the score remained 2-2 at the final whistle.

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6 October 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston play Loughborough Students at home on Saturday starting at 12.30 in their English League Division I game. Magpies can take a number of positives from their game away at Doncaster last week, as for large parts of the game they matched their opponents in most departments. Concentration for 70 minutes with a young team is something the players will have to learn very quickly as they compete against older and more experienced players. In the end that was the difference between the two teams.

Jess Hull in midfield has shown that she can make the step up to National League hockey, whilst Lucy Miller at right defender looks very solid. Artemis Clark on penalty corner strikes has looked more threatening each week and at times can be a real attacking force from right midfield. The youngest player in the team Cherry Seaborn has been great playing up front.

Loughborough Students as always will be tough opponent as they have more time together to prepare during the week and are able to recruit quality players. Magpies will be looking to continue the progress they made last week and will continue with a very positive attitude.

Squad from: Louisa Greenacre (capt), Lucy Hayman, Ellie Blake, Lucy Miller, Debbie McAllen, Jess Hull, Artemis Clark, Helen Brook, Amelia Thomson, Katrina Warnes, Sarah Cave, Laura Parker, Cherry Seaborn, Kathryn Hinsley and Angie Wheelhouse.


Norwich Union 4s 1-3 Magpies 5s

After a good strong fifteen minutes Magpies were unlucky to not score in the first half with good interlocking play from the right side; though led to no goal remuneration. It was a balanced first half with chances at both ends.

Norwich Union started well in the second half which resulted in a quick goal. With an assist from Ed Watson and Tim Mann, Kyran Weir finally put Magpies on the scoreboard on his debut with a clinical finish past the keeper to bring the scores level.

After continued pressure magpies won a short corner to which Robin Hayward put the fifths in the lead with a well directed shot in the corner of the goal. As both sides tired, Magpies midfield and forwards made use of the extra space to score a third goal. Tim Mann received the ball in the D from Robin Hayward, turned and executed with precision a powerful shot into the corner.

A solid 3-1 victory to start the league season with good performances from the back four and goalkeeper Tom Marshall.
– Robin Hayward

Ladies 5s – MATCH REPORT

Old Buckenham 3-0 Harleston Magpies Ladies 5s

Magpies Ladies 5ths travelled once again to Watton Sports Centre this time for a game against Old Buckenham. Bucks have some very established players but on the back of last weeks win Magpies were full of hope.

During the first quarter of the match Magpies held control of the ball with some very good skills and passing. Playing a new formation which makes the most of the strength in the mid field and the speed of the young players, Magpies had some good chances at goal but sadly the finishing lacked its usual precision. The pressure continued against Bucks but sadly no conversion.

In the second quarter leading to half time pressure was on the Magpies goal when the ball slipped through the usual strong defence and ended in a scramble in front of the goal. The ball hit poor Lisa Kent’s foot which prevented it from a goal and resulted in a penalty.

Poised for the shot Peggy Bridges dived valiantly to the right but just missed the save. Earlier Peggy had suffered an injury to her jaw from an attacking Bucks player. At half time the score was 1-0.

The second half was very memorable for many reasons. Magpies ladies made many moves into their attacking D but just could not find the finish. Two such occasions were a run from defence by Lisa Kent which upon reaching the D hit her feet, and a drive forward by Becky Ford, past several players and a dive finish, just to put it past the goal.

Ginny Crawford got knocked for six but continued in her unmistakable strong defensive game.

Still unable to finish Magpies let a few counter attacks into their defensive D which with a combination of Lisa Kent’s feet and Peggy laying on the ball resulted in another penalty! Peg once again poised ready against the same striker but this time she save it! A huge cheer form the Magpies ladies followed.

Sadly the game turned against Magpies with a short corner being given outside of the D, which resulted in a goal. One other shot late into the second half made the score 3-0.

Harri Milburn was player of the match.

Magpies finished defeated but cheerful if a bit bemused at a very action

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 1 October 2007

No need to panic – yet!

I am sorry to say that the Club has withdrawn the Ladies’ 3rds from the East League. This comes on top of the earlier decision to drop the Ladies’ 4ths although this loss was partly offset by the establishment of the Ladies’ development team which I am delighted to say got off to a winning start away to Pelicans.

The decision to withdraw the Ladies’ 3rds was inevitable, but not taken lightly, when it was discovered we had lost up to 15 players from the senior end of the Club from last season. The reasons for the losses include retirements, injuries, departures to universities and other clubs and a pregnancy.

This is not yet a cause for panic but if the position is not to get any worse before we can rebuild it is imperative that members make themselves available for selection as often as possible. Already this season despite the reduction in the number of teams some of our ladies’ sides have taken the field with less than eleven players. The overall situation has been aggravated by England Hockey’s regrettable decision to ban Under 13s from playing in adult hockey.

Clubs 1st presentation
We were delighted to welcome England Hockey President Martin Gotheridge, Mrs Gotheridge and other guests to the Club last Saturday week during which Martin kindly presented Helen Barber, the chairman of the youth committee, with our Clubs 1st award. Needless to say I wrote thanking Martin and Margaret for taking the trouble to visit us and Martin in turn has thanked the Club for making them so welcome.

Super Saturday for the men’s teams
All seven of the men’s teams won last Saturday – what a record! Congratulations to all concerned. I saw the 2nds, 4ths, 6ths and Veterans play some excellent hockey to give us hope for a successful season. Richard Larkin’s goal for the 2nds against Norwich Union was the pick of all those I saw (followed closely by Gavin Coles’ second in the same match) when he picked up the ball some forty yards from goal and ran through to beat the goalkeeper after feinting to pass. I’m sure Richard will be pleased to talk to you about it!

Congratulations to the following
Kate and Matt Gray on the birth of Matilda (Tilly) Beatrice.

Richard (Ratty) Alexander (Surbiton and ex-Magpies) and George Pinner (Beeston and ex-Ipswich) on their selection for Great Britain’s 26-strong training squad to prepare for next March’s vital Olympic qualifying tournament in Chile from which only the top team of the six will make it to Beijing.

Dereham HC on the opening of their refurbished pitch. In introducing the EH President, Club President John Carrick said ‘Martin is a good friend, but not of mine!’ Martin took this typical Carrick joke very well.

I know I talk a lot of rubbish!
OK – for once I will not mention the huge amount of drinking bottles and other detritus I continue to pick up each week on the pitches and in the car park!

Family Quiz Evening
I take this opportunity to remind you of this event which is being held this Saturday (6 October) in the clubhouse at 7.00pm. Please support this first social/fund raiser of the season. Teams of four (£12 per team) with prizes and nibbles!


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

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

Saturday 2 February Social Evening
Saturday 1 March Race Night
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
Saturday 5 or 12 July Summer Ball
Thursday 14 August Golf Day (Bungay GC)

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
1 October 2007

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT


Harleston Magpies Ladies gave a much improved performance and with a little more experience could have come close to getting a result. Magpies survived some early pressure but took the lead after about 15 minutes from a penalty corner when the Doncaster goalkeeper saved a fierce strike from Artemis Clark and deflected it on to the crossbar and Angie Wheelhouse was the first to react as she scored with a reverse stick shot.

Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse were combining well up front whilst Jess Hull was having a strong game at left midfield. Magpies visibly grew in confidence but unfortunately conceded an equaliser before half time.

At this stage Magpies were right in the game and they needed to make a good start to the second half to continue their good work. Just 50 seconds into the second half Doncaster scored the decisive second goal which turned the game away from Magpies. The third and fourth goals came from penalty corners and were very avoidable as through lack of experience Magpies gave away cheap corners and paid the penalty. This is one of the areas this young side will need to work on but experience takes time.

Magpies responded well and produced some of their best attacking moments of the game with Artemis Clark attacking strongly from right midfield supported by Lucy Miller. Angie Wheelhouse was unlucky not to add a second goal when her fierce shot from a penalty corner rebounded off the post.

Overall Magpies gave a much improved performance from the previous week with a better shape and some excellent pressing of the ball which meant Doncaster knew they had been in a game. This is the way Magpies need to continue as the younger players learn the ropes at this level.


Wapping 1 – 5 Harleston Magpies

Harleston travelled down to Wapping for the opening league game of the season. Harleston welcomed Jimmy Wheeler and Chris Barber into their first league game for the first team and also the returning Richard Gill and Phil Cobbald. Harleston struggle to play their style trying to look for the long ball but they did find the break through when Andy Hipwell slotted home from a short corner.

After struggling to maintain possession Harleston managed to grab a second again through Andy Hipwell after a smart free hit from Richard Gill allowed Hipwell to deflect home from close range. Harleston were hanging on during the end of the first half but managed to hold on despite being reduced to 10 men when Carl Sitch was sent off.

In the second half Harleston began to find their feet playing some nice flowing hockey, when the ball broke to Chris Barber in the opposition half he beat the keeper for Jimmy Wheeler to slot home. Harleston were now in full flow Hipwell completing his hat trick after the keeper kicked the ball to him on a clearance to leave Hipwell to slot home. Wapping scored a consolation goal when poor marking allowed them in round the back of the defence. Harleston won a short corner on the stroke of time and Richard Ling slotted home to make the final score 5-1.

Next week Harleston host a strong Broxbourne side

Old Loughts 9 – 3 Harleston Magpies

Harleston travelled down to Old Loughts for the second round of the cup taking on a strong Old Loughts side a couple of leagues above them. Harleston welcomed in to the team Gavin Cole, Robbie Kinsella, Mark Lewis, Andy Bedwell and Stuart Leate. Harleston struck the first blow when Andy Hipwell found the net continuing his good scoring form. Old Loughts managed to find 3 goals despite some resilient Harleston defending.

Harleston were not finished for the half and managed to grab another goal through Jimmy Wheeler to leave the game open at half time.

At the start of the second Harleston were reduced to 9 men after a couple of harsh umpiring decisions. This left Harleston open in the defence this allowed Old Loughts to grab a couple more goals before Harleston grabbed another through Andy Hipwell.

Towards the end Old Loughts movement up front began to take its toll and Harleston conceded 4 more goals with out reply.


Magpies 2s 4-2 Norwich Union 1s

Magpies season got off to a fantastic start, with the
main objective of winning all 3 points being taken
from the game.

Magpies started the match very brightly, keeping union
pinned back in their half for the early part of the
game. The pressure was building, and sure enough the
first goal came converted by Gavin Cole. Some good
strong defending at the back by man of the match Harry
Blandy and others helped Magpies take a well deserved
2-0 lead in to half time after another opportunist
stroke from Cole.

The second half seemed a slightly more nervous affair
for the home side since they knew the importance of a
positive start to the season. Union had some chances
to pull a goal back, but after some narrow misses and
good saves eventually the game was made closer after a
low short corner strike. However home nerves were soon
about to be eased. Richard Larkin picking the ball up
from near the halfway line and running all the way to
goal after beating a defender for pace on the way, he
then dummied a pass to the back post, leaving the
goalkeeper stranded. Leaving him with the simple task
of pushing the ball home from all of 1 metre. After
scoring this early contender for goal of the season,
the game settled down. Union were given some late hope
after pulling one goal back, but a Stuart Leate strike
from a short corner wrapped up the points for the home

Next week the Magpies travel to West Herts where they
hope that their 100% league record may continue!


Magpies Mens 4s 1-0 Norwich Union 2s

Magpies Mens 4th XI opened their 2007/08 league season with victory over Norwich Union 2nds. Magpies up and coming stars youthfulness and running off the ball overcame the experience of the Norwich Union XI and just after the break Magpies Ben Wright created a gap on the top of the D for Fred Merret to fire the ball home from.

Norwich Union pressed hard to find an equaliser but Ross Stannard proved more than a match for the Union forwards and with tireless running from the midfield of Snelling, Wright, Legg and Moore and decisive defending from Stevens and Graham Magpies secured a hard fought but well deserved victory.

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Diss 4-2 Harleston Magpies Ladies Colts B

The dreaded phone call was received Saturday am, but we carried on regardless with just 10 players and no goalie.

The match started a bit lively for Diss and we sound found ourselves 2 goals down. But we didn’t panic (at least not too much) and we became more accustomed to the grass and soon started to attack the Diss goal when up popped Mrs McAllen to calmly put away a short corner. By half time we’d equalised with a fine goal from Anna Lacey and hopes were high(ish).

The second half was quite even, with some sterling work by Mrs Absolon who was playing an impressive kicking back. As we pressed for an equaliser Diss scored a breakaway goal, for the final score to be 4:2 to Diss. Every member of the team played their part and hopes are high for a win next week.

RESULTS – 29 SEPT 2007

LADIES 1s v Doncaster (L) A L 1-4
LADIES 2s v Braintree I (L) 1.00. A L 0-1
LADIES 3s v withdrawn
LADIES Colts A v Briston (L) 2.30 A L 0-4
LADIES 5s v Old Buckenham II (L) 10.00 A L 0-3
LADIES 6s v Norwich U IV (L) 10.30 (W) H W 3-1
LADIES Colts B v Diss (L) 11.00 A L 2-4
LADIES Dev. v (Loddon – friendly?) 12.15 (S) H

MENS 1s v Wapping (L) A W 5-1
MENS 2s v Norwich U (L) 2.15 (W) H W 4-2
MENS 3s v Lowestoft Town (L) A W 2-0
MENS 4s v Norwich U 2 (L) 1.45 (S) H W 1-0
MENS 5s v Norwich U 4 (L) W 3-1
MENS 6s v Norfolk Nomads (L) 4.00 (W) H W 5-4
Men VETS v Cambridge City (L) 3.15 (S) H W 12-0

MENS 1s v Old Loughtonians Men’s 1s A L 3-9