As always the weekend was crammed full of hockey action at The Nest featuring some of our most junior and senior members. The Ladies 2s got the ball rolling on Saturday with a convincing win against Wisbech 1s to keep their position at the top of the table safe. Goals from Laura Tibbenham (2), Alice Woollatt, Fran Burrell and Anouska Stott (3) secured a 7-1 victory for the home team with an outstanding performance from Amelia Herschel-Shorland.
The Men’s 4s came out on top when they played mid table counterparts Thetford 1s in a closely contested game which ended 6-4 to Magpies, with Arthur Ross contributing a hat trick. There was also a victory for the Ladies 7s who ensured they entered the Christmas break on a high, winning 4-0 against Carrow. Veteran Shirley McAllen scored twice, ably assisted by Abi Wallis and Bex Portruff. Georgia and Ellie, two of the less experienced players also scored to take the game out of Carrow’s reach.
The crowd were unable to relax as they watched the Men’s 1s host St Albans, knowing how little there is between the teams at the top of the East Premier League table. 0-0 at half time it was Magpies who broke the deadlock via former Canada international Elliot Marsh, only for St Albans to react by converting a penalty corner within 5 minutes to even the scores. Despite numerous chances from the home team, St Albans clinched the winning goal in the last minute much to the devastation of the home crowd.
On Sunday the club hosted the second Norfolk U10s In2Hockey tournament of the season where they welcomed 18 boys and girls teams from local clubs. The matches are a fantastic way for the juniors to get a taste of competitive hockey and there was a lot of potential on display. The tournament was followed by the Magpies Ladies 1s National Hockey Cup match against league rivals Bedford which finished 2-0 to Magpies.
At the other end of the age scale the Men’s O50s hosted Norwich Dragons in the National Plate competition. The team featured many individuals who played National League hockey for Magpies back in the 80s and Jonathon Aldridge, Phillip Cobbald and David Blackmore who have all represented England at Masters level. It was a straight forward 6-0 win for the team who have historically been very successful in this competition, with goals from Phillip Cobbald (3), Roger Kent (2) and Andy Caston.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Men’s 1s face Wapping at The Nest (2pm) in a bid to come back from their first league defeat last week and the Ladies 2s host Newmarket at 12pm where they will look to extend their 6 point lead at the top of the table.