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Harleston Magpies Hockey Club are celebrating a bumper weekend of youth action after both the girls and boys under 18 squads progressed to the quarter finals of the England Hockey National U18 cup competition on 11 March. Both teams did very well, with the girls qualifying by beating Chelmsford 5 – 3 and the boys beating Saffron Walden 4 – 1. There are no other East Region teams left in the competitions.
Against Chelmsford, Magpies U18 girls had the better of the early play, playing attacking hockey throughout. 20 minutes into the first half, the score was level at one all, making Magpies rally together and after 25 minutes some excellent passing resulted in a great goal to restore the lead. A third goal after 29 mins put Magpies 3-1 ahead at half time. In the first minute of the second half, Chelmsford caught out Magpies and scored to make the score 2-3 and put Chelmsford back into the game. Robust defending by the Magpies girls helped Magpies go 3-4 ahead at 56 mins. Magpies pushed forward looking for another goal and on 62 minutes a fifth was added from just inside the D with a powerfully struck shot, making the final score 3-5 to Magpies.
Magpies U18 boys (pictured) won a tough encounter against Saffron Walden. Starting brightly, Magpies scored within two minutes when a great break then doubled their lead from a short corner after the initial shot was saved but Magpies picked up the rebound and calmly slotted home. The boys made it 3-0 with a strong run and reverse stick strike. The second half was a more even affair with both sides creating chances and neither side really taking control of the game. Saffron Walden scored to reduce the arrears but the goal spurred Magpies on and it was no surprise when Magpies scored again, and controlled the final minutes of the game to run out 4-1 winners.

David Johnson, Chair of the Youth Committee at Magpies said: ‘It’s a huge thank you from me to all the managers, coaches and other helpers who support Magpies youth section. The hard work put in by the young people and everybody who supports them is producing an enjoyable hockey experience as well as tremendous success on the pitch. The results last weekend in the national competitions are testament to this, and we have high hopes for 11 March!’
Attached photo of the U18s boys team in action – photo credit: Stuart Peters, Harleston Magpies

For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on or 07500 945247


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


Junior Super 6’s U18 & U16 Girls


This weekend the u16 girls travel to Aderlsey, Wolverhampton for the National Super 6s Club Championships. Buoyed by our performance before Christmas at the Regionals we go into the competition full of optimism, under no illusion however of the task in front of us. The competition is divided into two pools of 5 teams which represent the five hockey regions of the country. Magpies are in pool B and play Marlow from Buckinghamshire
In the 1st game on Saturday afternoon. This is quickly followed by a match against Clifton who are from Gloucestershire. Sunday brings a further two matches first up are Stourport from Worcestershire and finally Wakefield representing Yorkshire. If we finish in the top two of the group we progress to the finals later that day.
All the girls are really excited and looking forward to a weekend of new challenges. Whether success comes their way or not they will have experienced and been part of something that they can all be proud of.

Squad: Beth Farrow (GK) capt, Georgie Cantrell, Phoebe Eglington, Georgie Gardens, Amelia Hershal Shorland, Mimi Salsby, Molly Warnes, Emma Williamson. Head Coach Nick McAllen, Team Manager James Cantrell


U18 girls indoor National final at Whitgift school, Croydon on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st Jan.

This coming weekend we travel to Whitgift School, Croydon for the U18 indoor hockey National final.
We are going there as East champions, having won the East region final. Our opening game will be played against the runners up from the West ( Team Bath Buccaneers ) followed by the South champions ( East Grinstead ). On the Sunday we are playing the runners up from the Midlands ( Beeston ) and the final pool match is against the North runners up ( York ). The top 2 from each pool then play a Semi final then a final.

Charlotte Seaman ( Captain ), Alice Gooch (GK), Lottie Summers, Alice Woollatt, Abby Gooderham, Lauren Rowe, Martha Lawrence, Tor Findlay, Sophie Child, Olivia Locke, Anna Tighe, Aoife Lowe Davies.


Magpies festive program kicks off star performances in the U10 In2Hockey Tournament

Harleston Magpies hosted the second Norfolk U10s In2Hockey tournament of the season on Sunday 3 November. 18 boys and girls teams took part in a morning of hockey. For many this was their very first appearance in a competitive environment and the start of a long and enjoyable playing career in the ‘hockey family’.

The early drizzle and grey skies did not dishearten and over the morning 52 matches were played with goals galore, some fine defending and excellent goal keeping. With the encouragement of a bustling crowd of family and friends, coaches, managers and a squad of umpires that included a number of Magpies National League Ladies Hockey team members, and from the mens section former GB international Tim Whiteman, all of whom who started their respective hockey careers in tournaments just like this. There were some really sparkling performances by Magpies teams.

The boys U10 A team started brightly, cruising through to the cup competition undefeated, the B team battling valiantly into the plate final. Eventually the boys A team secured the runners up spot in the cup missing out on the title to the very impressive Norwich City team. Magpies’ young and less experienced B team finished fourth in the plate, a result to be improved upon in future tournaments.

In the girls competition Magpies were fighting hard and getting some great results. The B team picked up two wins to finish third in their group. The A team went one better with four wins from four games and progressed into the semi-finals. Although they failed to score again, their earlier strong performances and goals got them through to the final where they ended the day as joint winners with Norwich City. Magpies Girls B team entered the playoff match to end the day joint fifth but also the highest finishing B team in the event.

Final results:

U10 Girls – Gold Tournament Winners Harleston Magpies and City Yellow
Joint 5th Harleston Magpies B
U10 Boys – Cup Winners City Thunder
Runners Up Harleston Magpies A
U10 Boys – Plate Winners City Lightning
4th Place Harleston Magpies B

Lucy Belsey, Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st team captain was on hand to present the medals, certificates and sweets for all teams. She was delighted with the results from the young Magpies players, saying: ‘Having started my hockey career here at Magpies at the age of just eight, it’ fantastic to see so many new boys and girls getting involved in hockey. I am sure several of them will follow in my footsteps one day and make it into the clubs first teams and even appear on the national hockey stage. Many congratulations to all who took part today whether as a player, coach or volunteer helping to host the event. It’s what Harleston Magpies hockey club is all about.’

As hockey gets ready for its Christmas break youth coaching comes to a close for the first half of the season. However, it is never too late to join the hockey family. In January coaching returns and for anyone in School Years 2 and above whatever your hockey or sporting experience you are welcome at Magpies. Visit Magpies website for more details



Harleston Magpies Hockey Club youth teams were back in action this Sunday 19 November with five wins out of five matches five in the England Hockey Age Group Competitions, conceding just five goals and scoring an incredible 32 goals in normal time.
Richard Stacey, Harleston Magpies Club Chairman said: ‘This really was a marvellous day for the club, following on from a very successful set of results for us on Saturday 18 November. These strong youth performances really bode well for the clubs future success.’

The U18 girls lead the way with twelve of these goals confidently defeating Norwich Dragons. It took just five minutes for Alice Woollatt to display her pace and skill down the right and set up Tor Findlay for the opener. However it took a further fifteen minutes before Grace Cresswell added Magpies second goal from a short corner. With the team playing fluent, attacking hockey it wasn’t long before Lottie Summers and Lauren Rowe were able to also get on the score sheet making it 0- 4 at half time.

However the second half saw Magpies really take control of the game adding 8 further goals with no reply Lauren Rowe completing her hat-trick and bagging a fourth, Martha Lawrence getting a brace of goals, Tor Findlay completing her hat-trick and Rose Winter finally getting on the score sheet and fair reward for her work rate throughout the match.

On Dragons other pitch, the Magpies Boys U18s were facing a much stiffer encounter.

In an even contest Magpies had to dig deep to salvage a draw and force the result to strokes, which they won 4-3.

Despite creating a good number of chances in the opening exchanges Magpies fell behind to a well worked Dragons goal. Magpies responded with Jack Hobbs scoring with a powerful strike from the top of the circle and just before half time Archie Winter scoring from an acute angle with a brilliant reverse stick shot. Halftime 2-1 to Magpies.

The second half started Magpies were guilty of wasting good chances to extend their lead which Dragons made Magpies pay for with two quick goals to turn the game on its head. Winter added his second to bring the scores level but Dragons were not done and scored again to lead 4-3 and with time now against Magpies. However Winter was not finished and calmly took control of Magpies final short corner of the game to complete his hat-trick and level the scores at four a piece.

The game then went to flicks and with scores level at 3-3 Magpies needing their last flick to win. Up stepped Kieran Peters who coolly slotted home via the post and the keepers helmet!

Magpies Boys U16 deservedly got their first tier one win of the season after being out classed by Norwich City in the first round of matches Magpies dominated against Cambridge City with a classy first half performance leading to Ben Emms creating the opportunity for Jude Pottruff to slot home to score Magpies first, and Tom Caston being in the right place at the right time, to pinch the ball off the keeper and net the second.

Cambridge City rallied after the break and pulled a goal back when panic lead to indecision in the Magpies defence but this only resulted in spurring Magpies forward, with Michael Ahrens threading the ball past the keeper with a lovely short corner flick.

At an U14 age group Magpies girls got back to winning ways. The form book said they should be the stronger team and so this proved to be but much patience and application of well known and well practised simple skills were needed to break down the Sudbury defence.

Georgie Gardens broke the deadlock at last midway through the first half and three more followed to make the half time score 4-0. With two further goals swiftly after the break the game and result was sealed there was still time left for Ellen Pope and Jess Menzies to make it 8-0.

The next round of matches will be played on 4 February 2018.

Harleston Magpies Press Release 16th October 2017

England Hockey Age Competitions off to a cracking start at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club

England Hockey boys and girls U18, U16 and U14 national competitions all started this Sunday with Harleston Magpies Hockey Club fielding a team in each age group and returning with a fantastic set of results.

At U18 level, teams play a knock out competition with the result from the first match determining whether you progress to a second round in the Cup or Plate competition.  Both Magpies teams were drawn against Norwich City.  A tough opening draw for any team, nevertheless both teams secured a victory and will progress into the second round of the Under 18 National Cup.

Magpies U18 girls had the more convincing win against their Norwich City counterparts.  A 4-0 victory thanks to goals from Mia King, two goals in less than 10 minutes from the start of the match and then Grace Cresswell and Anna Tighe adding further goals to make the half time score 4-0.  Norwich looked a much stronger team in the second half, causing Alice Gooch in the Magpies goal to make a number of excellent saves to keep a clean sheet.

Meanwhile Magpies U18 boys were involved in a very competitive match, coming through as 2-0 winners by making the most of the chances they created. They were indebted to their goalkeeper, Will Gravier, for making a number of fine saves, particularly in the first half.

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club
Harleston Magpies Boys U18 Team

Coach Stuart Peters said: “This was a tough game, against quality opposition. Our work rate was excellent but we need to work really hard on our ball pace in the next round”.

At U16 and U14 level the national Competition consists of a local mini league, before the top two from each group progress to a regional finals day and then national finals weekend.  Last season, Magpies girls and boys teams made the regional finals, and wanted to get this season’s league stage off to a flying start but again found stiff competition in their way.

Both U16 teams faced Norwich City.  The U16 Girls played away at Norwich coming through a tight encounter with a 3-1 victory.  Norwich City opened the scoring from a well worked short corner midway through the first half.  In the second half, Magpies had more possession of the ball, and put the result beyond doubt with a beautifully worked goal culminating in Georgie Cantrell playing in Emma Williamson who picked her spot rifling the ball into the bottom left corner.

Magpies U16 Boys came up against a very good Norwich City team.  A tough match was expected and so it proved to be.  Manager Chris Hall was proud of the boys’ performance saying: ‘Despite the final 6 – nil score line, our Magpies boys played their hearts out, with a very high work rate, and never let their heads drop til the final whistle.’

Away at Ipswich, another strong display from the U14 boys secured a fine win ending in a 9-1 score line against IES.  High quality passing and clinical finishing lead to Magpies being 7 – 0 up by half time.  An envious position for any coach and manager to be in enabling the management team to use the second half to test players in differing roles and give the wider squad good pitch time.  The U14 girls played a friendly at home against Blue Hornets to build up their match time, and also secured convincing wins.

James Smith, Magpies Youth Development Officer was delighted, saying: “After a busy Saturday when all our youngsters and indeed coaches and umpires were involved in league matches it is always challenging to get another six teams out of Sunday.  But the desire of our youngsters to play hockey shone through with a full squad of players available in every age group.  The U18 teams did particularly well with some high class performances and results.  The U16s showed promise with the girls coming thorough a tough opener, but the boys not quite able to match the clubs wider results against Norwich. There is plenty to play for with the top two from each mini league progressing to the Regional finals.’

The next round of matches will be played on 5 November.  Final results were:

U18 Girls – Home – Norwich City W 4-0
U16 Girls- Away – Norwich City W 3-1
U18 Boys – Away – Norwich City W  2-0
U16 Boys – Away – Norwich City  L 0-6
U14 Boys – Away – IES 1.00pm W 9-1

U14 Girls – Home -Blue Hornets (F) W 5-1


Pictured:        Harleston Magpies Boys U18 Squad 2017

Photo credit – Harleston Magpies

Norfolk Mini Hockey Festival Sunday 8th October 2017

Norfolk Mini Hockey Festivals Kick Off with Encouraging Results

Norwich Dragons hosted the first Norfolk Mini Hockey festival of the new season on Sunday 8 October providing no less than 39 under 10 and under 12 boys and girls teams with the opportunity to play some competitive matches.  Harleston Magpies Hockey Club fielded nine teams across the competitions.

The first event of the new season is always interesting for coaches with new faces in each age group, which makes team selection tricky. But Magpies returned from the tournament with some great results.  The U12 girls started the day winning the gold tournament and finishing third and fourth in the silver competition with two young squads, a very good start.  Magpies’ boys U12s achieved a credible third place finish in both the gold and silver tournaments showing much promise and considerable potential for future tournaments.

The Girls U10s then took centre stage with two very ‘new look’ teams.  In the gold tournament a third place finish was achieved with just one match conceded, and in silver tournament the Magpies girls went one better performed above all expectations remaining unbeaten, conceding no goals and finishing second.

The best was yet to come from Magpies Boys under 10s.  The silver tournament saw a young team with 5 of the 7 players experiencing their first ever tournament hockey achieving a win and draw before two losses finishing fourth overall.  However in the gold tournament the team found their confidence and form finishing a fantastic first!

James Smith, Magpies Youth Development Officer was delighted, saying: “All our youngster performed exceptionally well, taking all their effort in our weekly coaching sessions into every match.  The Magpies coaching team couldn’t ask for more. I am sure if the group continue with the same dedication, more success will follow.  I can’t help feeling particularly proud of our boys U10 group though. It’s been a long time since we last won a tournament at this age level. I hope this is the first of many more successes.’

For more information on Youth Hockey at Magpies and how your son or daughter can get involved visit Magpies website and the Magpies Youth tab.

Attached photo of the combined U12 Girls Silver Squad and Boys U12 Silver Squad –  photo credit: James Smith, Harleston Magpies

Harleston Magpies U14s Super Successful start to the Season

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club were celebrating today after a terrific start to the season at the England Hockey and Ipswich East Suffolk Hockey Club ‘HockeyFest’ U14s tournament hosted by Ipswich School on Sunday 10 September.

Harleston Magpies fielded four U14s teams and came away as champions for both the boys and the girls, with a strong runner up position for the second boy’s team, and a commendable third for the second girl’s team. The girls celebrated a win at this tournament for the second year running, against challenging opposition from clubs from around the area including IES, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich City, Chelmsford, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Blue Hornets, Harwich, and Framlingham.

The 7 a-side HockeyFest tournament was organised by England Hockey and England Hockey Regional Manager Charlie Farrow at IES.

Magpie’s juniors sometimes have a history of slow starts in tournaments and with strong clubs like Chelmsford and Braintree’s Blue Hornets first up for both girls’ teams there was no room for error. But there was no slow start this time with all teams fully on their game, the relatively younger Magpies produced some astonishingly good hockey throughout the day.

John Pope, team manager for the U14 girls said “We really didn’t know what to expect today. We have a great squad of girls and at the start getting both teams to the semis looked to be a stretch. More importantly than the results the girls played really well from the start and the New Year 8s gelled perfectly with the year 9s for which everyone deserves credit. This 7-a-side opener has given our squad a fabulous start to the new season.’

James Smith, Youth Development Officer at Harleston Magpies added: ‘Magpies put on a great show of junior hockey this weekend, which highlights the strength in this club at this level. Even so, new members are always welcome; you don’t have to start hockey at aged 7 to be a success! Some of Magpies stronger players have picked up a stick for the first time in their mid-teens, sometimes later, me included!’

Attached photo of the four U14s teams from Magpies – photo credit: Bex Pottruff, Harleston Magpies

 For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on or 07500 945247

Harleston Magpies Hockey Fest

Harleston Magpies Hockey Fest Huge Success!

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club hosted a fantastic Hockey Fest on Saturday 2 September as part of England Hockey’s Hockey Fest 2017 – the prelude to the 2017/2018 hockey season.

Existing Magpies, returning friends a


nd new faces turned out in the warm September sunshine from Under 10’s to Over 60’s to take part in some mixed hockey games for all the family.


James Smith, Magpies Boys Youth Development Officer (pictured – centre) said: ‘We had 140 people down at the club throughout the course of the day.  Our Hockey Fest really showcased the best aspects of the sport,

and a great time was had by all the families and friends that came along.  We had everything from an exhibition match with the ladies and mens 2nd and 3rd teams, to coaching for people new to hockey from aged 10 to 65, all having a go. It was a great atmosphere.’

Ruby Pottruff, aged 12 (pictured first left on the back row) said: ‘I have been playing hockey for five years, and I love it! It was brilliant to be back after a longsummer break with no hockey at all. I really enjoyed helping the coaches teach some of the children who were new to hockey about the rules, and how to use a stick properly.’

If you are feeling inspired from a summer of sport then hockey and Hockey Fest is a perfect way to join the hockey family where an equal split of men and women play, inclusive of all ages and abilities.  Many clubs have a range of generations taking part; hockey really is a family affair.

If you want to get involved in Magpies hockey this season, please get in touch with our Club Captains Adam Lascelles or Emma Tolhurst at or