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Mens 4s v North Walsham, won 2-0, photos

Mens 4s 2-0 North Walsham

Magpies Mens 4th XI continued their winning running at home with a good win over North Walsham. A difficult first half saw Magpies eventually come out on with their midfield of Dan Legg, Ben Wright and Jamie Legg winning the battle for possession and creating the goal scoring opportunities.

Dan Legg opened the scoring from a short corner and on his return from injury Andy Caston added the second just before half time with a clever little touch diverting the ball around the advancing keeper at the last moment.

This second goal proved to be decisive knocking Walsham’s confidence and despite a barrage of North Walsham pressure in the second half Magpies defence held strong recording another home clean sheet.

With three wins and three clean sheets at home Magpies now just need to find a little away form.

Photos courtesy Diss Express


Harleston Magpies 1s 5-2 Bishop Stortford 1s

5 star Magpies see off Stortford

A vintage performance from Andy Hipwell inspired Magpies men to a 5-2 victory over a well organised Bishop Stortford team. Hipwell opened the scoring with a drag flick from a short corner. He then made it 2-0 after a strong run was finished with a superb strike in the top right hand corner. 10 minutes later he went on to complete a first half hat-trick with a deflection from a Richard Gill free hit. Iain Martin later pulled off a superb diving save to keep the lead at 3-0 going in to half time.

Stortford came out strongly in the second half and pulled one back through a corner, when the left post man was unlucky to deflect the shot into his own net past veteran keeper Iain Martin. In an evenly contested second half, Magpies restored their lead with an early contender for goal of the season. James Wheeler started the move inside the home side’s half, initiating a sequence of slick balls to cut open the Stortford defence. James Fanger then squared the ball for Wheeler to finish in style.

Moments later Carl Sitch had a chance to continue his goal scoring form but missed with the goal at his mercy. A plucky Stortford team then struck back midway through the second half from a deflected short corner. However, Magpies Men weren’t finished. Neil Toulson aka ‘the Silver Fox’ ran 30 yards beating the Stortford defender before squaring the ball to Hipwell. The rest was history as he waltzed past 2 Stortford defenders, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home for his fourth of the game. This ensured a comfortable 5-2 win to maintain top of the table with 4 wins from 4 games.

Next week the men’s 1st team face a tricky away game against Bedford.

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Andy Hipwell’s 2nd (out of picture),
‘a strong run was finished with a superb strike in the top right hand corner’

Mens 4s v IES 2s, won 3-0, photos

Mens 4s 3-0 IES 2s

Magpies Mens 4th XI got back to winning ways at home with a very good performance controlling the match from the start leaving Charlie Garrod in goal with very little to do for long spells of the game other than marshal his defence.

In fact Magpies were unlucky not to have gone into the break a goal or two to the good, Will Bamber coming the cloest but early in the second half Will broke the deadlock turning the ball in at the back post.

As the game progressed into what looked like becoming a nervous last 10 minutes Craig Snelling settled the nerves turning a James Smith through ball round the advancing keeping. Dan Legg then completed the victory with a well worked short corner routine slotting the ball home from close range.

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Mens 2s v Crostyx, lost 1-2, photos

Mens 2s 1-2 Crostyx 1s

Magpies were hopeful of continuing their winning form,
especially with the boost of Dave Francis
strengthening the squad, however it was not to be as
they came up against a strong Crostyx side.

Much of the possession and play was in magpies favour,
however Crostyx took their chances well, leaving
magpies with a 2 goal deficit. A second half goal from
Robbie Kinsella could not turn the match, meaning the
final score was 2-1 to the visiting team. Magpies
could argue that they were slightly unfortunate to not
have got a draw from the game, however Crostyx proved
the more clinical of the sides, and may be emerging as
one of the stronger teams in the league, so overall
not a poor performance from the magpies.

Next week the magpies face a tough clash with top of
the table Cambridge Nomads. Hopefully the winning
streak will return and magpies can bring back the 3 points.

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North Walsham minis

Magpies Under 11 boys took part in their first tournament of the season.

With only Sonny Molloy remaining from last year’s team this was good experience for this group of boys.

They got off to a great start winning their first 3 matches. Magpies then took the lead in the next game v Watton but were then guilty of running with the ball too much & got caught on the break twice. The tournament was still in their hands going into the last match v Norwich City.

Magpies gifted City 2 goals when we stopped playing – expecting the whistle to blow for fouls. They pulled back to 2-2 thanks to two goals by Harry. However, we lost the leadership of the tournament in the last few seconds – despite the ball being controlled by a Norwich foot.

Some harsh lessons but a very encouraging start. I’m sure that this group of boys will have plenty of sucess this season.

The Under 13 girls were winners of their tournament at North Walsham.

This picture shows Kiera Booty scoring against North Walsham. Below is their team photo.

Team photos on October 13th

On a glorious sunny morning at Weybread Magpies had a very successful set of results.

First of all the Colts A enjoyed their best performance of the season so far. They completely dominated the game against Norwich Union. Our keeper did not have anything to. Magpies won 2-0 and could have had many more thanks to some great hockey.

The Development Team then scored 9 goals without reply against Lowestoft.

The Ladies 6th team also played well to beat Herlings 2-1. No photo I’m afraid.

Finally the Mens Vets kept up their 100% record in the league with a 12-2 demolition of Bedford. That’s now 37 goals in four games.

Clubs 1st award, 22nd Sept 2007

Clubs 1st Presentation for Magpies

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club marked two important achievements on Saturday when Martin Gotheridge, President of England Hockey, presented the Club with its Clubs 1st award and Nick Boulter, Senior Development Manager of Sport England, congratulated the Club on the refurbishment of its sand-based artificial grass pitch.

Mr Gotheridge paid tribute to the work of the Club’s youth committee, under the chairmanship of Helen Barber, in achieving Clubs 1st status and together with Club Chairman, Mike Denham, thanked Sport England for their invaluable grant of £35000 towards the upgrading of the pitch.

The presentation was held at the end of a youth coaching session as Clubs 1st, England Hockey’s nationally recognised accreditation for sports clubs, is focused on young members with particular regard to child protection, coaching, club management and sports equity.

For more information please contact –
Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
24 September 2007

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Magpies – courtesy Waveney Valley Blog


Magpies are passerine birds of the crow family. Magpies seem to be jacks of all trades – scavengers, predators and pest-destroyers, their challenging, almost arrogant attitude has won them few friends.

The magpie has black-and-white plumage and a long tail, the tail accounts for over half the total length of the bird. The head, breast and back are black, the shoulders patches, belly and flanks are white. When seen close-up its black plumage takes on an altogether more colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail. Juvenile Magpies have much shorter tails than their parents, the white of the plumage is dirtier, and the black is less glossy.

Magpies build a large nest, which can take several weeks to complete, from small branches and twigs, and line it with mud and vegetation.

The nest is usually in a large tree (but sometimes in pylons) and domed to prevent predation by other crows. The hen lays and incubates eggs that are smooth, glossy and pale blue with olive-brown or grey spots. Both parents feed the young after they have hatched.

Magpies have quite a varied diet in their original rural habitat – insects, rodents, carrion, eggs and nestlings, grain, berries and fruit. This variety carries over into the suburban garden where they will also eat allsorts of kitchen scraps and bird foods.

The magpie can be seen all year round and surprisingly, the car, may well be the real reason behind the magpie’s recent population explosion. Until relatively recently, numbers were probably kept in check by lack of food during the winter and early spring. (During the winter months the magpie’s diet is mainly a mixture of vegetable matter and invertebrates.) The increase in the number of cars on the roads has led to a corresponding increase in wildlife road casualties, something the scavenging magpie appreciates. It is this new abundance of food that has allowed magpie numbers to grow so quickly.

Magpies are among the most intelligent of birds, so are quick to make use of new food supplies, such as car kills. What’s more, they are adept at avoiding being run over themselves.

Listen to Magpie Call: