U11 Boys Norfolk Championships

HARLESTON MAGPIES UNDER 11 BOYS MINI TEAM MAKE THE SEMI-FINALS OF THE NORFOLK HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS AT GRESHAMS SCHOOL

Magpies U11 Boys were very competitve in what is a difficult tournament for the Norfolk club teams. There were 8 teams competing, 4 from private schools and 4 from Norfolk club teams.

Magpies Group Games:

v Pelicans drew 0-0 (1pt)
Magpies started cautiously, and it was Pelis who had the first chance to score, but the ball hit Magpies post and went wide. Magpies then had chances of their own, with Mitchell Tomkins forcing a fine save from the Pelis keeper, and then a lovely reverse stick shot from Kalun Bedingfield unluckily hit the post and went out. Good defending from Barnaby Carless and Jack Frere-Smith helped keep the final score 0-0.

v Town Close School won 2-1 (3pts) Sonny Molloy, Mitchell Tomkins
Magpies best performance of the season by far, they pressurised Town Close from the start with slick accurate passing, and Sonny Molloy deservedly opened the scoring. Not long after a fine strike from Mitchell Tomkins made it 2-0. Kalun Bedingfield and George Collins were linking up well with the forwards which created more chances for Magpies. Then a slight lapse in defence allowed Town Close to get a goal back, but not long after the final whistle followed to give Magpies a memorable victory.

v Beeston Hall School lost 0-3 (0pts)
Unfortunately Magpies got caught out from the start of this match, and allowed Beeston to score an easy goal. Magpies battled hard to get back into this game, with George Collins doing great covering work at the back. However Beeston were proving difficult to defend down the left and scored a second. Magpies pushed up to try to get something from the game, but were punished again in the last seconds of the match.

Group Runners-up and Semi-Finalists
Magpies finished runners-up of their group on 4pts, which qualified them for the Semi-Finals.

SEMI-FINAL

v Greshams lost 0-1
This was always going to be a tough match against the host School, but Magpies were proving to be very resilient, a series of fine saves from goalkeeper Jonathan Coe kept the scores level. A very painful, stick to knee injury to George Collins disrupted the side, but Josh Elgood came on and worked hard to stem the flow of mounting Gresham attacks. Mitchell Tomkins had a great chance to put Magpies ahead, but it was the Greshams’ pressure that finally told as they scored the winner with 2 minutes to go.

3rd/4th PLAY-OFF

v Dereham lost 0-1
Dereham have been the top Club team this season, but Magpies competed very well with shots from Kalun Bedingfield and Sonny Malloy both going just wide, either could have given them the lead. But it was Dereham who scored the only goal, managing to find an unmarked player on the back post who clipped the ball over the line for the winning goal.

This was a good days hockey for the young and improving Magpies team, who are proving to be a difficult team to play against. Very well done guys.

Team: George Collins, Jonathan Coe(GK), Josh Elgood, Kalun Bedingfield, Sonny Molloy, Mitchell Tomkins, Barnaby Carless(Capt) and Jack Frere-Smith

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT

HARLESTON MAGPIES 2-2 CLIFTON

This match turned out to be a thriller as first Magpies were in the ascendancy and then Clifton came back strongly at the end. Magpies took the game to Clifton early on and Angie Wheelhouse had the first real chance of the game which was saved by the goalkeeper. Clifton won two penalty corners in the first half which were their only attacking threats at this stage. Magpies deservedly took the lead before half time when Jess Bloom swept home a right wing cross to confirm their ascendancy.

Magpies started the second half well as their forwards continued to trouble the normally solid Clifton defence. Descent from Clifton players led to Magpies being awarded a penalty corner and Angie Wheelhouse’s penalty corner strike was partially saved by the goalkeeper but Anna Truman followed in to force the ball over the line. Promotion chasing Clifton were stunned by the turn of events but as expected responded in a positive way.

Unfortunately Clifton pulled a goal back almost immediately which gave them all the momentum they needed. Magpies started to defend too deep and put themselves under unnecessary pressure. One breakaway saw Jess Bloom clear of the Clifton defence but the goalkeeper did well. In the end Clifton levelled the scores and could even have snatched a third goal as the game turned on its head. In the last minute Magpies won a penalty corner with a chance to snatch a late winner but unfortunately the umpires over turned their first decision.

Next week Magpies play Birmingham University away.

Mens 1s – MATCH REPORT

Blueharts 1s 2-2 Harleston 1s

Harleston travelled down to Hitchin this weekend for a tough game against third place Blueharts. The teams started evenly with chances few and far between. Harleston struggled to maintian possession against a Blueharts side that closed them down early. Harleston deservedly took the lead through inform Andy Hipwell slotting home a through ball with a first time shot which took the keeper by surprise. Blueharts struck back quickly when the ball was given away by Harleston which allowed Blueharts to hit them on the break and John Barrett slotted home for Blueharts. The teams then both started to push for the breakthorugh they were after. Harleston eventually found the breakthrough when David Ling played a ball into the path of Cloin Wheelhouse who drew a defender before playing the ball across to Tristan Baynes to slot home from close range. The teams went in at half time with the scores at 2-1.

The second half started similar to the first with possession by both teams given away cheaply. Blueharts were twice reduced to 10 men however this seemed to spur them on more and once they were back to 11 players they equalised with a good deflection at the near post. With time running out Harleston pushed forward in search of the vital winner. On the stroke of time Harleston won a short corner which was put on a foot and with the following corner Harleston won a penalty stroke. Unfortuanelty the stroke was not converted and the game finished with a draw.

Ladies 2s – MATCH REPORT

Harleston Magpies 2s 3-3 City of Peterborough 1s

This game for the Magpies was seen as a chance to come back after last weeks dissapointing result. The first goal came from Kathryn Hinsley, who got on the end of a lovely cross into circle from Lucy Miller. The team continued to have a good first half until Peterborough equalised before the end of the half.

After a good first half Magpies were feeling confident going into the second half, but unfortunatly Peterborough scored two early goals as Magpies hadn’t yet switched on and gave Peterborough way too much time on the ball.

Magpies’ hard work and patience paid off half way through the second half when Lucy Miller did another superb cross to the back post, where Kathryn Hinsley made it 3-2. Magpies continued to put the pressure on and won a short corner late on in the second half, Kath Malvern slipped it right to Artemis Clark who scored to earn the Magpies a 3-3 draw.

Men 2s – MATCH REPORT

Harleston Magpies 2s 6-0 Ely 1s

Magpies kept up the pressure on the top two with a comprehensive victory over lowly Ely. Leading 3-0 at half time, following goals from Robbie Kinsella, Lawrence Baynes and Mike Warlow, it was important they kept their shape in the second half in order to score more goals. Dispite Ely scrapping for every ball, Magpies were able to score three more goals. Mike Warlow scoring a neat solo goal, Jimmy Wheeler finishing off from close range after good work from Stuart Peters, and Matt Brand charged forward from defence to finish well, leaving the final score 6-0.

With 4 points separating the top 4 teams, there is all to play for in the remaining 3 weeks.

Men 4s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies 4s 7-0 Lowestoft Railway 1s

Magpies put in a very strong performance from start to
finish in order to secure 3 more points in division
3NE.

The development team started strongly, putting
pressure on the opposition from the initial push back.
And after some solid defence and good passing moves,
Magpies found themselves 4-0 up at half time including
a penalty stroke from Will Harrison after good work
from Dan Legg and Richard Larkin in a break away move.

The second half also saw magpies on top. Chris Barber
completed his hat trick with a good variety of goals
and looked very lively up front, making good movement.
Richard Larkin managed to score his second after
converting the second penalty stroke of the match.
Mark Legg in goal also made some very good last ditch
saves which helped keep a clean sheet in defence. The
performance was very encouraging in many aspects, with
Dan Legg’s fitness looking improved, and no weak
performance amongst any of the team. Hopefully Magpies
will look to consolidate their 4th place in the league
in the last few fixtures.

RESULTS – 03 Mar 2007

LADIES 1s v Clifton Ladies’ 1s – H – D 2-2
LADIES 2s v City of P’borough 1s – H – D 3-3
LADIES 3s v UEA 1s – A – L 2-3
LADIES Colts A v North Walsham Ladies 1s – A – D 1-1
LADIES 4s v North Walsham Ladies 2s – AL 2-3
LADIES 5s v Harriers Ladies 1s – HL 0-1
LADIES 6s v Dereham Colts 2s – HL 0-2
LADIES Colts B v Norwich Union Ladies 4s – A – W 5-0

MENS 1s v Blueharts 1s – A – D 2-2
MENS 2s v Ely City 1s – H – W 6-0
MENS 3s v Dereham 2s – A – W 4-2
MENS 4s v Lowestoft Railway 1s – H – W 7-0
MENS 5s v Watton 1s – A – L 0-3
MENS 6s v Crane 2s – A D 1-1
MENS 7s v Norfolk Nomads 1s – HW 7-3
MENS Vets v City of Peterborough – L 0-1
SUN
U11 Boys Norfolk Championships – losing semi-finalists

U13
Boys Norfolk Championships
National Cup
U18 Boys v Belper – A
W 2-1

Carl Sitch England U18 International

Young star takes England step-up in his stride
Report taken from the Diss Express

Harleston Magpies’ Carl Sitch expanded his international horizons last week with three appearances for England Ul8s.

Sitch, 17, spent the week with the Young Lions at the Belle Vue Complex in Manchester and played in all three of their training matches against Ireland.

The visiting Irish side got the better of their English counterparts, winning the first and last fixture, while the home side won Wednesday’s match 2-1.

The former Archbishop Sancroft High School pupil said he had enjoyed the experience, which came on top of winning 12 caps for England Ul6s last year.

“I was told that I had done well by the coaches,” said Sitch, who played left and right-half for England during the week.

“We would have liked to have won all three games but the training was also important and it was the first time we had all played together.

“It was a big step-up from the Ul6s squad, with the speed and the core skills needed.”

The Needham teenager is waiting to hear if he has retained his place in the England squad for the four nations tournament, which will be held in Exeter at Easter.

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