Harleston Magpies narrowly miss out at indoor finals

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club is celebrating the tremendous achievement of getting two girls’ team to the national indoor hockey finals in 2018. This rural Club was delighted to be represented in both age groups at this level, with the U18 girls narrowly missing out a semi-final place on goal difference.
The weekend of January 21 and 22 saw two Magpies girls team setting off in opposite directions for the England Hockey 2018 national indoor finals. Magpies U18 girls travelled to Whitgift School, Croydon and the U16s girls team travelled to Wolverhampton in the Midlands.
Magpies U18 girls’ opening match in pool A was against Team Bath Buccaneers. Unfortunately Magpies didn’t get off to the start that they had hoped. Bath won the opening game 4-2, Magpies goals were scored by Lauren Rowe and Lottie Summers.  With a two hour gap until their next match coach Rob Sorrell had time to reflect on the opening match and prepare for the second against East Grinstead.   This match gave Magpies their opening point of the finals. A 2-2 draw with a goal from Anna Tighe and an equaliser in the dying seconds from Lauren Rowe.
The team went back to the hotel for the night knowing that they had to return and win the remaining two pool matches to give us a chance of progressing to the semi final.  First up were Beeston, From previous matches with Beeston we knew this was going to be a hard fought game. Goals from Abby Gooderham and Lottie Summmers meant we won the match 2-1 and had the perfect start to day two.
Before going into the final pool match against York the team knew they had to win the match and hope that Bath would beat Beeston in the other match in the pool for them to progress to the semi final.  Magpies won the match 4-1 with goals from Abby Gooderham, Tor Findlay and two from Martha Lawrence. Magpies had done their bit, but Bath failed to beat Beeston and Magpies sadly just missed out on a place in the semi finals on goal difference.
U18s Team Manager Andrew Woollatt said: ‘It was a heart breaking way to miss out on a place in the semi final for the players but the girls can really take pride in how as a team they grew stronger after each match and the girls played some really excellent hockey.’

The U16s girls had a tougher time of it in Wolverhampton, but were still thrilled to have made it there. The list to Marlow 2-4  and Stourport  2-4 but picked up a draw against Clifton Robinsons 1-1 and finally a win against Wakefield 5-1.
Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Chairman Richard Stacey was absolutely delighted when he heard that goth the U18s and the U16s had qualified for the national indoor finals, saying: ‘Indoor hockey is a fast and furious game, and our youngsters get a real thrill from playing it. At Harleston Magpies hockey club, we work hard on extra indoor training sessions alongside our regular outdoor training, and at weekend this extra commitment has really paid of. We are all very proud of our two girls team for making it to the national finals, and putting on such a terrific performance. It’s very inspirational for all our youth teams.’
U18s Squad 
Charlotte Seaman (Captain), Alice Gooch (Gk), Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Lottie Summers, Alice Woollatt, Anna Tighe, Martha Lawrence, Sophie Child, Tor Findlay.
Coach – Rob Sorrell, Manager – Andrew Woollatt