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Harleston Magpies sponsored by Durrants Estate Agents travelled to Nottingham for the 2nd weekend of Indoor action. Magpies started the day in second place in League Division 1 from Surbiton on goal difference and three points behind the leaders Sutton Coldfield.
Magpies did not play that well in their opening match against Gloucester City, but still managed to lead 2-1 and 3-2 but just could not play out the final 50 seconds and Gloucester equalised from a penalty corner with no further time left on the clock. Magpies goal scorers were Emma Lee-Smith, Lara Taylor and Debbie Francis.
In the second match against Reading Magpies found themselves 3-0 down, 4-1 down but pulled back a crucial goal just before half time to make it 4-2. In the second half Magpies responded very well and went on to finish 6-4 winners. Goal scorers Sarah Brook 2, Lauren Barber 2 and Emma Lee-Smith 2.
On Sunday Magpies had a crunch match against Sevenoaks which they needed to win to stay in contention for promotion. Unfortunately Sevenoaks proved too strong and really punished Magpies on the counter attack leaving Magpies 4-1 down at half time. As hard as Magpies tried they could not get back into the match and finally lost 6-2. Goal scorers Sarah Brook and Lauren Barber.
Before the final match Surbiton had won the League and Sutton Coldfield were confirmed in second place. However Magpies finished the Tournament playing some excellent hockey and came back from losing 2-0 at half time to score three goals at the start of the second half  to take a 3-2 lead. Sutton Coldfield levelled the scores at 3-3 and that is how the match finished. Goal scorers Lauren Rowe 2 and Emma Lee-Smith.
After two hard weekends of hockey Magpies finished in a respectable fourth position but were not quite able to challenge the top two teams who won promotion to the Premier Division.

Squad: Emma Lee-Smith (Player Coach), Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Lauren Rowe, Kristine Ayling, Debbie Francis, Charlotte Harrison, Lara Taylor, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Sarah Brook and Annie Nunn.


Harleston Magpies Ladies Indoor squad were involved in their first weekend of action at Bristol in Division 1. It proved to be a very successful weekend with three wins and one draw leaving Magpies in second place on goal difference from Surbiton. Sutton Coldfield are top at the half way stage with four wins.
On Saturday Magpies opening game was against Chelmsford and they made the perfect start winning 8-2 with goals flowing from Sarah Brook 2, Emma Lee-Smith 2, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Harrison and Aoife Lowe-Davies.
In the second game against Surbiton this proved to be a much harder match. Magpies went a goal down went 2-1 up, 3-2 up but just could not quite secure the win and in the end had to settle for a 3-3 draw. Nevertheless a good result. The goal scorers were Sarah Brook 2 and Kristine Ayling.
On Sunday morning Magpies beat Cambridge City 4-2 in what proved to be a more cagy match but after going a goal down early on recovered well to go 4-1 up with an excellent performance, before conceding a late goal. Scorers Kristine, Emma 2 and Lara. In the final match Magpies beat the University of Birmingham 6-2 in not their best performance, but still a great result. Scorers Lauren Rowe 2, Emma, Lara, Charlotte and Sarah.
The team were very well led by Player Coach Emma Lee-Smith and Magpies are in a great position going into the second weekend. Next weekend will be at Nottingham with the matches as follows:

Saturday Gloucester City at 13.30 and Reading at 17.30. Sunday Sevenoaks at 11.00 and Sutton Coldfield at 17.00.

Squad: Emma Lee-Smith (Coach), Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Kristine Ayling, Lauren Rowe, Sarah Brook, Charlotte Harrison, Aoife Lowe-Davies and Lara Taylor.


Ladies Indoor Jaffa Super 6’s

Harleston Magpies Ladies Indoor team sponsored by Durants Estate Agents traveled to Nottingham University for the second weekend of league competition in the Jaffa Super 6’s Division 1. With no reward for their improving performance over the first four league games, every game this weekend was going to be crucial for the team’s continued presence in Division 1. The team welcomed Charlotte Harrison and Lucy Whiting to the squad.
Magpies first game of the weekend was against Surbiton. After conceding an early goal Magpies re grouped and pressured the Surbiton defence but were unable to find the finishing touch and it remained 1 – 0 as the half ended. A strong performance from the Surbiton goalkeeper restricted the Magpies chances and Surbiton eventually extended their lead and won the game 4 – 0.
Magpies next opponents were promotion chasing Beeston.  Magpies were again very competitive and not out played by their opposition but were unable to convert key penalty corners and open play chances , while a clinical Beeston converted their opportunities and took all three points with a 3 – 2 victory (Lauren Rowe and Lizzie Jones).
Although the league table did not look favourable as Magpies went into their last two league games still looking for their first points of the competition, the statisticians had done their homework and Magpies simply required two wins from the last two games.
The game against Chelmsford started at a high tempo and Magpies were quickly rewarded with a penalty corner which Lauren Rowe converted with an unstoppable flick into the top right hand corner of the goal.  A second clinical corner from Lauren Rowe put Magpies 2 – 0 up,  before half time Magpies had extended their lead further to 3 – 0 with an open play goal from Charlotte Harrison.  Just four minutes into the second half Chelmsford thought they had got themselves back into the game with an open play goal, but a driving run and a cool finish from Tor Findlay restored Magpies three goal advantage instantly.  A goal line clearance from a penalty corner resulted in Chelmsford being awarded a penalty stroke, but Megan Brown was not going to be beaten again and made a fine save. Magpies continued to control the tempo and Sarah Brook scored from the final penalty corner of the game.  The first part of the great escape plan had been achieved; the team just needed one more victory.
A determined Magpies team took to the pitch prepared to give everything to gain the three points they needed. Scoring freely in the first game of the day had given the team a new confidence and after only four minutes Sarah Brook broke away from the St Albans defence and put Magpies ahead,   soon after Lucy Whiting increased the lead to 2 -0. Before half time Magpies leading goal scorer Lauren Rowe stepped up to score two further penalty corner goals and extend the lead to 4-0.  A disciplined and organised Magpies defensive unit led by Debbie Francis who had been outstanding all weekend frustrated the St Albans attack and limited their chances in front of goal. They were unable to beat Megan Brown who kept a clean sheet to ensure that Magpies won the vital three points they needed.
The team can be very proud of their achievement and demonstrated true Magpie team work and determination throughout the weekend. Special thanks to Nick McAllen for his instrumental contribution to the team.
Squad: Lauren Barber (Captain), Sarah Brook, Megan Brown, Tor Findlay, Debbie Francis, Charlotte Harrison, Jess Howland, Lizzie Jones, Lauren Rowe and Lucy Whiting.


Harleston Magpies Ladies Indoor team sponsored by Durrants Estate Agents began this season’s indoor league campaign with a long trip to Bristol. The Magpies team included a mixture of youth and experience, with Alice Woollatt and Charlotte Seaman making their Indoor National League debuts and Sarah Brook and Lizzie Jones returning to play in Magpies colours.
The first match was a tough test against Premier Division Birmingham University and with only 4 mins left to play the score remained 2-1 to the students, but some clinical finishing in the final minutes of the match saw them run out 5 – 1 (Lauren Rowe) winners.
Magpies stepped up their performance in the second game of the day against Brooklands Poynton and went into half time with a 2-1 lead after goals from Lauren Rowe and Lauren Barber. With Magpies unable to extend their lead Poynton where fortunate to find themselves back on level terms and before Magpies could reply Poynton took the lead and all three points.
An experienced Sevenoaks team were Magpies next opponents. The organisation and work rate of the Magpies defensive unit of Lizzie Jones, Lauren Barber, Debbie Francis and Megan Brown was exceptional throughout the game frustrating the skilful Sevenoaks attack on numerous occasions. The deadlock was finally broken late in the second half and as Magpies pressed for the equaliser Sevenoaks scored a second.
The final match of the first weekend was against table topping Premier Division Buckingham. The 6-0 score line did not reflect the quality of the Magpies performance against an in form Buckingham team.
Magpies will travel to Nottingham University on Saturday 13th Januaryand Sunday 14th January to complete their remaining four league fixture against Surbiton, Beeston, Chelmsford and St Albans.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Captain), Sarah Brook, Megan Brown, Tor Findlay, Debbie Francis,  Charlotte Harrison, Jess Howland,  Lizzie Jones and Lauren Rowe

U18 girls indoor National final

We travelled to Whitgift school, South Croydon to play in the U18 girls indoor National final as East Champions. The girls knew we had to start well to give us a great chance of progressing to the final.

The first game was against the West champions and eventual winners Isca. We started strongly and at half time were leading 3-2. After the break in a frantic 2 minute period we found ourselves 5-3 behind. We kept pushing but despite pulling a goal back we lost the game 6-4. Magpies goal scorers were 2 x Lauren Rowe and 2 x Tor Findlay.
Next up were Wycombe who qualified as runners up from the South. This was a close hard fought game. The match finished 3-1 to Wycombe with Lauren Rowe scoring the magpies goal.

On Sunday we had a 9.35 am start against Beeston who were the Midlands champions. Both teams battled hard with both teams having some early chances. Beeston went 2-0 ahead midway through the 1st half, Lauren Rowe quickly scored to reduce the score to 2-1 but Beeston scored again and went in at half time 3-1 ahead. In a very even 2nd half both sides created chances but it was Beeston who scored again, the final score was 4-1 to Beeston.

The last Pool game and our last match was against the North runners up Brooklands. After 3 defeats the squad could have gone into this match with negative thoughts, but they have shown a great togetherness over the past few weeks and this was demonstrated by racing to a 4-0 lead in the first 8 mins. Magpies never let up and scored 3 more goals in the 2nd half. The match finished 7-2 to Magpies. Goal scorers were Lauren Rowe x 2, Sophie Child x 2, Tor Findlay x 2, Anna Tighe x 1.
The win in the last match wasn’t enough for us to progress to the Semi final, but we can be proud that each game was close and hopefully we can build on this ready for next year.

Unfortunately in the last match Olivia Locke broke her finger. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Squad : Alice Gooch (GK), Charlotte Seaman, Katie Crawford, Lauren Rowe, Anna Tighe, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay (captain), Sophie Child, Olivia Locke.

Coaches – Rob Sorrell + Nick McAllen
Manager – Andrew Woollatt
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Match report – Ladies’ 1sts Indoor – Sunday 18 December 2016


The Ladies Indoor team, sponsored by Durrants Estate Agents, began preparations for their indoor campaign in the England Hockey Super 6’s Championships in January with two warm-up games at the East Championships at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre in Cambridge on Sunday 18th December.

The team once again welcomed back Sarah Brook from university and were also joined by Tor Findlay and Lauren Rowe making their 1st team indoor debuts the day after their success in the Under 18 East Championships.

Magpies started slowly against St Albans, taking time to adapt to the pace of the indoor game and conceded an early goal. The game was

close throughout with both teams creating clear chances in open play. Magpies converted two penalty corners (Sarah Brook and Lauren Rowe) but were unable to prevent St Albans converting two further chances to win the game 3-2.

Magpies started the second game against Chelmsford with more control and confidence on the ball. Sarah Brook put the team ahead after being set up by some skilful work on the right from Lauren Rowe. The second goal came from a strong run out of defence from Bryony Lund who found Lizzie Clymer in the circle who calmly beat the keeper. The third came before half time when Annie Nunn won the ball in midfield and set up Lizzie for her second of the game.

The team’s final goal came from a powerful penalty corner flick from Maria Andrews. Chelmsford pulled two goals back before the final whistle to give Magpies a 4-2 victory.

St Albans also beat Chelmsford to win the championship.

Squad; Tosh Peet, Lucy Belsey, Lauren Barber, Katherine Ridley, Bryony Lund, Annie Nunn, Sarah Brook, Lizzy Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe and Maria Andrews.

U18 Girls Indoor East Regional Final


East U18 Club Indoor Champions

Harleston Magpies won the Norfolk U18 girls indoor hockey final and qualified for the East regional final which took place on Saturday 17th December 2016 at Essex university. Magpies had five games to play against teams from Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Cambridgeshire with the top two teams qualifying for the National final which takes over the weekend of 21st/22nd January 2017.

Harleston’s first match was against Canterbury who were representing Kent. Magpies won the opening game 2-0 with goals from Sophie Child and Lauren Rowe.

The next match was against St Albans representing Herefordshire and after Magpies going a goal behind won the match 2-1, goals scored by Sophie Child and the winner from Charlotte Seaman.

Our third match was against neighbouring Suffolk rivals Ipswich, goals from Anna Tighe, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe and Sophie Child meant we won the match 4-2.

Three games played and with two games remaining Magpies knew they had a great chance to qualify for the U18 girls National indoor hockey final in Croydon on 21st/22nd January 2017 and next up to play was Peterborough representing Cambridgeshire. Magpies played some great attacking hockey and won the game 7-1, goal scorers were Lauren Rowe 4, Anna Tighe 2 and Sophie Child.

Alice Gooch was having a good afternoon in goal for Magpies and the whole team were growing in confidence as the competition went on. The final game was against Old Loughtonions from Essex who also went into this match knowing a positive result would send them through to the National final.

Magpies started the game strongly and soon went 1-0 ahead thanks to a goal from Lauren Rowe, this was soon followed by the best goal of the afternoon when a slick passing move involving all five outfield players was finished by Anna Tighe. Anna then added a third and Katie Crawford completed a fantastic afternoon by scoring the fourth goal and securing a 4-0 win. Magpies finished the afternoon with the proud record of played 5, won 5 and finished U18 girls indoor hockey East champions.

Magpies will now represent the East region at the National final.
Harleston Magpies squad: Victoria Findlay (captain), Alice Gooch (GK), Alice Woollatt, Anna Tighe, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Seaman, Katie Crawford, Sophie Child.

Ladies Indoor 2nd weekend

Ladies Indoor 2nd weekend

Saturday started with an entertaining / stressful match v St Albans.

Magpies, sponsored by Durrants, started well with 4th minute PC by Sarah. St A went 2-1 were 3-1 up before half time from a series of PCs. Magpies fought back through 2 good field goals by Charlie. Despite a host of chances Magpies could not force a winner. Conceded a PC with seconds left to lose 3-4.

2nd match was a crucial 4-1 win v Olton to make certain of place in Div 1 next year. Magpies 1-0 down but went 2-1 up at half time from Charlie and Sophie PC. Dominated second half with goals from Lucy and Lauren . Plus goals for Angie and Anna disallowed.

Sunday started with hard match v Clifton. Magpies went 1-0 up through CJ PC. 1-1 at half time. 2nd half was quite even but tale of missed chances by Magpies and hit on the break to lose 4-1.

Magpies finished with good performance v Brooklands. Played some of their best attacking hockey but struggled to beat outstanding keeper. From 3-0 down Magpies changed tactics at corners to come back to 2-3 with goals by Sarah and CJ. Nearly found an equaliser in last few minutes.

Overall good performance to finish mid table with 10 points and a positive goal diiference. Pcs were second only to Clifton but we did struggle to score from open play. But a much changed squad this year including 3 under 16s played with huge effort and skill. Only team to take points off Holcolmbe.

Attached photos are from Holcombe game:

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Ladies Indoor report



4-0 V Firebrands: good start with early PC goal by Sarah Brook quickly followe by 2 goals from open play by Charlie Harrison. The 2nd half was more even but the Magpies defence held firm and a 4th goal was added by Abby Gooderham.

0-1   v Buckingham. This was a very tight and high level match against strong opposition. Just before half time Magpies were denied a goal when Debbie Francis was judged to be outside the D. Bucking ham scored with a few seconds to go afte an interception. In the 2nd half Magpies created a string of chances. Abby hit the post, PCs clearer off the line and Lucy very nearly scoring at the end. A great performance but no points.

2-2 v Holcombe. A brilliant result against of team full of internationals. Magpies kept a very disciplined defensive shape- looking to play of the break. Magpies were 2 down with 5 minutes to go. 2 superb corner routines shocked Holcombe and their keeper Maddi Hinch. Firstly Sarah rturned the ball to the injector Lauren Barber to deflect home. Secondly Sarah shor directly past the keepers left to get a dramatic equaliser. Magpies then defended superbly for the last 2 frantic minutes.

3-0 v Wakefield. This sounds straightforward but was in fact a hard game. Sarah scored another PC. But her second goal did not come till 3 minutes from the end and the 3rd (from Abby) with seconds to go.

Overall an excellent weekend. 7 points from 4 games and several players making their debuts at this level. A superb team effort.

Match Report – U16 Girls at the Indoor National Finals – 17/18 January 2015


Magpies had a difficult start to the Tournament facing Surbiton and struggled against a better team losing 6-1. However Magpies should have competed better as they conceded a number of soft goals. Lauren Rowe pulled back one goal from a corner. In their second game Magpies had a confidence boosting win against Cheltenham winning 5-3. Magpies took the lead but were pulled back by Cheltenham who levelled the score at 2-2. Magpies then pulled away again to record a comfortable 5-3 win. Abby Gooderham scored two penalty flicks with other goals from Tor Findlay, Anna Tighe and Abby.

On Sunday morning Magpies faced Leicester at 9.00am knowing that they had to win if they wanted to qualify for the semi finals. Magpies started really well creating plenty of excellent chances in the first half and should have been 2-0 up. As always if you let the opposition off the hook they strike back and Leicester took a 2-0 lead with two quick penalty corner goals. From then on Magpies had a struggle to catch Leicester but they scored early in the second half to give themselves a chance at 2-1. Unfortunately every time Magpies came close to catching Leicester they conceded another goal. In the end Leicester won 5-3 with Magpies goal scorers Abby, Anna and Lauren.  In the final match Magpies beat Wakefield 4-1 taking a 2-0 lead, then 3-1 and finally 4-1. The goal scorers were Abby 2, Tor and Lauren.

As always playing in National Finals is a great experience and with many of the players still Under 16 next season they will be looking forward to having another crack at it again next season.

Beeston went on to win it beating Surbiton 2-1 in the Final.

Squad: Tor Findlay (Capt), Abby Gooderham (V-Capt), Hollie Riches, Katie Crawford, Georgina Warren, Lauren Rowe, Izzy Knowles and Anna Tighe.

Magpies Ladies Indoor Report – weekend of Jan 3rd and 4th + photos

Magpies put in a brave, gritty and at times thrilling effort to stay in the Premier league.

On Saturday morning Magpies started with an excellent 5-3 win vs a Clifton team bolstered by the return on England player Joe Leigh. Emma scored a hat trick (including 2 penalty corners), Sarah Brook also scored a PC and Bryony Lund bravely got on the end of a super team move. Magpies were 2-0 up, 3-2 down at half time. Three unanswered goals and a penalty stroke save by Tosh Lee-Smith earned Magpies 3 valuable points.

In the afternoon Magpies faced a crucial game vs Sutton Coldfield. This proved to be a dramatic and frustrating game. Magpies keeper (Tosh) and captain (Emma) both suffered injuries and despite creating lots of chances went 2-0 down. Magpies then missed 2 penalty strokes and went 3-0 down and Tosh could not continue in goal and so Trina bravely and skillfully played kicking back for a full 15 minutes. During this time Sarah Brook pulled a goal back and Maria scored a super goal on her debut. Magpies continued to pile forward but could not get past the superb Sutton keeper. Sutton scored 2 goals on the break to give a most flattering scoreline of 5-2 in a game which most observers felt Magpies deserved to win handsomely. Indoor hockey at this level can be very cruel.

On Saturday evening Magpies were on 6 points and above the relegation positions.

Sunday morning at 9.00am was not a good time to be facing a strong Reading squad with an injured goal keeper and limping captain. Magpies battled but ultimately could do little to stop Reading.

The final match for Magpies was a shoot- out vs Birmingham University who were on 5 points. A very determined Magpies team raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Sarah and Trina. B’ham hit back for 2-1, Sarah scored another superb PC for 3-2 and followed this with a great shot from open play for her hat trick and a 4-2 half time lead. Huge credit also went to Tosh in goal and the brilliant defending of Debbie Francis (who played the whole game), Bryony and Lauren Barber. Birmingham (featuring full international Lily Owsley and 5 current England U21 players) came out firing in the 2nd half. Their much bigger squad enabled them to keep up a high pace throughout the match. Magpies started to tire and injuries again took their toll as B’ham pulled level and scored 3 late goals to move above Magpies in the table.

6 points was still a creditable performance at this level. There were no easy games this year and Magpies can take pride in beating 2nd place East Grinstead and a fine performance against 1st place Bowden. Emma and Sarah finished in the top goal scorers list with Sarah having the second best PC score in the league.


Follow link below for photos from Magpies games taken by professional pohotographer:



U14 and U16 Girls Indoor at Brentwood

Magpies started the Tournament really well beating Brentwood 7-0, Chelmsford 2-1 and Blue Hornets 3-0. In the final game in the section Magpies lost 3-0 to Old Loughtonians.

With Old Loughtonians and Magpies having identical records Old Loughtonians went through to the final based on the result between the two teams.

Magpies then played Havering for the 3rd/4th place play off. After taking a 2-0 lead Havering came back to level the scores at 2-2. Magpies then went to a shoot out but lost 2-1 to finish 4th. This was a great experience to play in an Indoor Tournament.

SQUAD: Martha Lawrence (Capt), Amelia Preece, Abi Page, Lottie Summers, Georgie Cantrell, Emily Woollatt and Keisha Hilaire.


This was a great opportunity for Magpies to pick up some match practice before going to the National Finals on Jan 17/18th at Wolverhampton. Unfortunately the results were disappointing losing both their opening matches 3-2 to Chelmsford and Canterbury. In the final cross over match Magpies showed more spark to beat Havering 3-0 to finish 5th.

SQUAD: Tor Findlay (Capt), Hollie Riches, Lauren Rowe, Georgina Warren, Anna Tighe, Izzy Knowles and Katie Crawford.

Ladies indoor report

Magpies Ladies enjoyed a challenging weekend of Premier hockey in Bromsgrove with 4 matches against some of the strongest sides in the country.

The first game on Saturday was against Slough – featuring Maddie Hinch in goal. She is like 2 players for the price of 1 – defender and amazingly agile keeper.

Magpies started well but fell 2-0 to Slough’s slick PC routine. Emma Lee-Smith pulled a goal back in open play followed by a Slough penalty stroke to give a half time score of 1-3.

Emma missed a PS and scored another field goal to make it 2-3.

Slough pulled away in the last few minutes with 3 more PCs to give a rather flattering 2-6 final score.

Magpies second match of the day was against old rivals East Grinstead – who featured 2 current England internationals in Sophie Bray and Kirsty Mackay.

With a game plan to contain their quick forwards, Magpies played excellent counter attacking hockey. Emma and Sarah Brook were also putting huge pressure on the EG defenders resulting in 2 goals from open play. EG pulled one back to leave Magpies in a 2-1 half time lead.

The Magpies defence continued to display excellent concentration to keep out EG. Magpies then gained a PC corner which was flicked high into the net by Sarah. This was quickly followed by Emma’s hat trick goal to put Magpies into an impressive lead. Magpies spent much of the last 10 minutes a player down due to a succession of cards. EG took advantage to pull 2 goals back. Magpies held on for a well- deserved 3 points.

On Sunday Magpies faced another challenge against regular indoor champions Bowden. Magpies went 1 down to an unstoppable PC from Sally Walton and responded with an equaliser from a Sarah Brook PC. Emma hit the post twice as Magpies started to play with confidence towards half time.

Magpies dominated for long spells in the second half and were unlucky on several occasions. Just as the game looked like it might end in a draw – Emma found herself on the floor and Sally Walton took a free hit quickly (as Magpies were a bit disorganised) to put Bowden in the lead. They added a 3rd at the end to leave Magpies disappointed but proud of a fine performance.

Magpies last game of the weekend was against a Canterbury team full of former and current internationals. Magpies did go into a 2-1 lead thanks to 2 fine goals by Emma and Liz Clymer but Canterbury equalised just before half time. The second half saw a tired Magpies team struggle to contain Canterbury’s skilful forwards resulting in 4 unanswered goals.

Magpies were quite pleased with 3 points from a tough first weekend. Bowden were the only team with max points and Clifton with none. The other sides have all looked close in standard. Magpies are optimistic about their chances for the second weekend of matches in January.


Harleston Magpies U16 Girls Indoor match report


Harleston Magpies Girls U16s qualified for the Indoor National Finals by beating Ipswich and Chelmsford. Ipswich had already beaten Chelmsford 7-1 before they played Magpies. Magpies quickly rushed into a 4-1 lead against Ipswich with some excellent hockey and although they only won 5-4, in the end they were able to comfortably see out the final few minutes. The goals were scored by Abby Gooderham 3, Anna Tighe and Tor Findlay. In the second match against Chelmsford. Magpies produced some excellent attacking hockey but also some sloppy defending, but still ran out comfortable winners 8-3. Goal scorers Tor Findlay 3, Abby Gooderham 3, Anna Tighe and Izzy Knowles.
This was a vey good start on the build up to the Finals and Magpies will have learnt a lot from the matches against two Club sides that have a tradition of producing good Indoor sides. Magpies have the potential to carry a real threat on penalty corners which could make a big difference. Magpies have entered the Brentwood Tournament on Sunday Jan 4th which will give them a great chance to experience more competitive hockey against 5/6 teams from the East.
The National Finals take place at Wolverhampton on Jan 17/18 against nine other teams from the different regions in the country.

SQUAD: Tor Findlay (Capt), Abby Gooderham (Vice Capt), Holly Riches, Katie Crawford, Phoebe Preece, Lauren Rowe, Anna Harrod, Anna Tighe and Izzy Knowles



Harleston Magpies 1st team ladies competed and came second yesterday in the East Indoor Championships. This tournament prepares the ladies for next weekend, which is the first weekend of the Premier Indoor division hosted in Bromsgrove.

Yesterday, Magpies started the day well with a 10-1 win against St Albans, the ladies controlled the game using and trying out formations to manipulate the play to create chances. The St Albans ladies were unable to keep up with the pace and movements of the game allowing Magpies ladies to take control and for multiple people to score.

The next opposition for Magpies to take on was Chelmsford. This team was much tougher opposition for Magpies and the first half of the game saw all of the 5 goals scored making it 4-1 to Magpies. The second half was a battle with both teams trying to change tactics to gain the advantage but with both teams defending well and their keepers making great saves, the score was left as it was at half time.

These two wins allowed Magpies to progress in to the semi-finals against Old Loughts. This game was very close and physical with goals being scored at both ends. But as players got more tired and tackles became more erratic green cards were given, taking Magpies down to four players on the pitch. The half ended on 1-1 but the start of the second half taught Old Loughts that you must be on the pitch when the hooter goes as Magpies player Emma Lee-Smith strolled Magpies second goal passed the line. However, both teams did not give up the battle with Old Loughts equalizing. Magpies continued to use all their knowledge and skill to pull Old Loughts goalkeeper out of position and place the final goal in the net with minutes to spare. Magpies were in the final!

With only a short break the ladies were playing again against Holcomb, who are another good indoor team. The game was even in the first half with both teams holding the other and only scoring 1 goal each. Green cards were shown again in the second half and for periods both teams were down to four. However, Magpies could not keep out Holcomb and they placed another goal in to the net. Magpies had plenty of chances in open play and short corners but the Holcomb goalkeeper had a great game to keep Magpies at 1 goal. Holcomb gained two short corners near the end of the match and scored from the second leaving us with the final score of 3-1 to Holcomb.

Magpies ladies will take the knowledge they have gained in this tournament in to next weekends matches and hopefully will come away with some wins.

Ladies Indoor Team Stay Up in Premier League

front row: Lauren Barber, Lizzie Clymer, Trina Sitch, Sarah Brook & Kath Johnson
back row: David Brook (coach), Charlotte Lee-Smith (gk), Alex Smith, Bryony Lund, Emma Lee-Smith (cap), Megan Adams (gk) & Louisa Greenacre (manager).
Magpies came through a second weekend of Premier league indoor with a total of 7 points – enough to finish ahead of Leicester and Olton.
Saturday started with a disappointing performance in losing to East Grinstead. Saturday evening saw Magpies running riot in scoring 11 goals against Olton – the highest scoreline of the tournament.
On Sunday morning Magpies earned a vital point with a 2-2 draw against top of the league Slough.

More Pictures from Ladies Indoor

There were 4 professional photographers at the Premier League weekend.
The one above (of Sarah tackling Alex Danson) and the one below vs Canterbury were sent to me by Peter Savage. He was one of the official hockey photographers at the London Olympics.
These 2 pictures above (Liz Clymer vs Sutton Coldfield) and  below (Emma vs Leicester) were taken by Andy Smith – another hockey photo expert. He also took the picture of Kath Johnson in full flight vs Canterbury.