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Youth Awards 2018

Harleston Magpies celebrate their best season yet at annual youth awards!

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Youth Section has had an exceptional year.  Every age group from U10s to U18s, boys and girls, have something to be proud of. Many squads have achieved the highest level possible with national final appearances including the U12 girls, U14 boys and girls and semi-final finishes for both the boys and girls U18s.

On Friday 19 May at Magpies clubhouse, it was all about celebrating this success and recognising the hard work of every player, all team officials, the army of volunteer coaches and assistants and of course the fleet of mum and dad taxi’s!

Over 120 children played games throughout the early evening and then crowded into the clubhouse to see the lucky recipients of the highly prized annual awards, presented by stars of Magpies 1st teams and former junior members, Rose Winter and Jack Hobbs.

The Magpies junior section was also delighted to welcome Andrew Longe, Honorary Life member of Harleston Magpies to present the Longe Trophy for outstanding Youth Coaching services.  Since 1994 Andrew has wanted to shine a light on unsung heros in the youth section, those coaches who tirelessly strive to deliver high calibre coaching, giving up evening after evening year after year and this year the entire room agreed that Chris Flatt was a more than worthy winner of the award for his work with Magpies junior goal keepers (pictured Chris Flatt and Andrew Longe).

Club Youth Chairman David Johnson was thrilled at the turnout for the evening, saying: ‘Our awards evening is always a terrific night made even better this year with a glorious summers evening.  It was really good to see youngsters from across the age groups mixed up and playing some hockey whilst parents mingled and supported from the side lines before everyone came into the clubhouse for the awards presentation.  Well done to all the winners on the night but equally important well done to all who have been part of Magpies youth system. It really has been an exceptional season which everyone can take some credit for.”

[For pictures of the  prize winners see below]

David Johnson continued: ‘This year’s event was even more special because before the evenings’ entertainment, Magpies hosted a quick sticks hockey coaching and mini tournament afternoon for three local primary schools. This introduced hockey and Magpies to over 70 year three and four pupils from Pulham, Dickleburgh and Newton Flotman primary schools.  We hope many will come back and take part in the clubs summer hockey taster sessions in June’.

For more information email  Our thanks go out to Lauren Goodswen the Sports Coordinator for the Harleston and Diss Primary school pyramid to enable this to happen.

If you fancy getting your kids involved in hockey, check out the summer taster courses running in June and July at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on their website at


Development Most Improved Boy
Development Most Improved Boy
Development Most Improved Girl
Development Most Improved Girl
Development Player of Season Boy
Development Player of Season Boy
Development Player of Season Girl
Development Player of Season Girl
Development Special Award Girl
Development Special Award Girl
U9 Most Improved Boy
U9 Most Improved Boy
U9 Most Improved girl
U9 Most Improved girl
U9 Player of Season Boy
U9 Player of Season Boy
U9 Player of Season Girl
U9 Player of Season Girl
U10 Girl special award
U10 Girl special award
U10 Most Improved Boy
U10 Most Improved Boy
U10 Most Improved Girl
U10 Most Improved Girl
U10 Player of Season Boy
U10 Player of Season Boy
U10 Player of the Season Girl
U10 Player of the Season Girl
U11 Most Improved Boy
U11 Most Improved Boy
U11 Most Improved Girl
U11 Most Improved Girl
U11 Player of Season Boy
U11 Player of Season Boy
U11 Players of the Season Girls
U11 Players of the Season Girls
U12 Most Improved Boy
U12 Most Improved Boy
U12 Most Improved Player Girl
U12 Most Improved Player Girl
U12 Player of Season Boy
U12 Player of Season Boy
U12 Players of the Season Girls
U13 Most Improved Girl
U13 Most Improved Girl
U13 Player of Season Boy
U13 Player of Season Boy
U13 Player of Season Girl
U13 Player of Season Girl
U14 Most Improved Boy
U14 Most Improved Boy
U14 Most Improved Girl
U14 Most Improved Girl
U14 Player of Season Boy
U14 Player of Season Boy
U14 Player of Season Girl
U14 Player of Season Girl
U15 Player of Season Boy
U15 Player of Season Boy
U15 Player of Season Girl
U15 Player of Season Girl
Youth Coach of the Season
Youth Coach of the Season



What a fabulous afternoon for the U10 boys in the last tournament of the season at Watton only being denied top spot on the podium on goal difference having won two and drawn two in a pulsating afternoon’s entertainment.

First up were Dragons and in a tight contest our boys battled hard and were able to claim a deserved 1-0 victory with a debut goal for Alfred, cue ear to ear grin ! A mention for James in goal who pulled off a tremendous stick save that was almost behind him to keep us in the game.

Next was a funny old goalless draw against Pelicans where we couldn’t quite find a rhythm but a point is a point. Next up were Watton and the formation of the formidable defensive pairing of Nicholas and Monty who timed their tackles well and cleared the ball effectively. Finlay moved up to centre half and put in a good hearty effort and was rewarded with the winning goal for Magpies so it was all to play for in the crunch game against Norwich City who also had drawn one and won two games ! It proved to be a modern day classic with end to end stuff right from the off. WIlliam smashed in an early goal for Magpies only for them to be pegged back by a scrappy City goal, 1-1. The midfield was not for the faint hearted and Finlay, Freddy and George all got stuck in making crucial tackles at the right time. The ball went up the right with Billy making a trademark surge down the right channel and cooly slotted home to make it 2-1 to Magpies. Tick tock went the clock and with seconds to go oh no ! In goes a thunderbolt shot for City from the top of the D to level things up at 2-2 but what a game.

Great work from all the boys on the day who well deserved their runner up spot but it was oh so close !

Squad :- James, William, Billy, George, Freddy, Nicholas, Monty, Finlay, Alfred


U10 Boys Norfolk Championship

The Magpies U10 boys team avoided the worst of Sunday’s weather, heading to Kings Lynn in the afternoon with hopes of qualifying for the East finals. A full squad was available and, after some good training sessions and a positive warm up tournament, a top 2 finish was a real possibility.

In the first match, Magpies faced red hot favourites Norwich Dragons. Magpies marked well, not getting drawn just towards the ball. However Dragons overwhelmed the defence on a couple of occasions, with Finlay Clarke doing well in goal to limit the usually free scoring Dragons to only 2 goals.

Up next were North Norfolk. Magpies showed their superior experience, with Will Menzies intercepting numerous 16s and Ben Currie and Henry Brice creating good opportunities to help make the final score 4-0 to Magpies. This gave the Harleston boys a good foothold in the tournament and a big confidence boost going into the next vital match against Norwich City.

Magpies started as the dominant team, creating good early pressure. A powerful cross from Henry Brice led to a short corner, which Magpies were very unfortunate not to convert when Will Menzies’ blast struck the inside of the post before agonisingly rebounding to safety. Norwich then seized the moment and, despite strong tackling from Ben Brand and Finn Hudson, managed to score a scrappy goal. This momentum shift changed the match. With Magpies chasing the game, they left themselves open to the counter attack- Norwich scoring to make the final score 2-0, the scoreline flattering them slightly in a very even game.

With qualification now unlikely, the young Magpies team relaxed against Dereham with Harry Spouncer turning defence into attack well. Magpies scored midway through the game and had to settle for a 1-0 win against a dangerous side.

The final match against Pelicans was delayed and restarted after a Pelicans player received a nasty injury the first time round. Magpies were completely dominant, but despite the best efforts of Connor Hudson, Henry Brice and Will Menzies, the Pelicans goalkeeper was found to be on top form to resist all efforts, making the final score 0-0.

Magpies played with a great spirit all day, with all 9 members contributing strongly to the squad and everybody supporting each other throughout the day. Despite not qualifying for the East Finals, this squad is as good as any Magpies team of recent years and are very likely to achieve highly in the future. The standard this year in Norfolk is very high and Norwich Dragons, especially, will be very successful at the East finals. A massive thank you to all of the boys and their parents for their effort this season so far- You are a pleasure to coach!

Richard Larkin

Match report – HMHC Minis (‘B’ Tournament) – Sunday 5 March 2017

Dear All

We were due a wet mini hockey tournament at Magpies one day soon and sadly it arrived today as soon as the first whistle was blown. Although the rain and wind did take the edge off the day I hope none of you, players, managers, umpires, helpers and parents are announcing your retirement from the sport based on today’s experience! It was a bit of a shocker but I was really impressed with everyone’s efforts whatever part you played. Well done and thank you.

Between the rain, guest of wind and driving rain there was some good hockey played, signs of improvement all round and even at times signs of enjoyment out on the pitch. For those interested I have listed below the final positions in each competition (scoring was based on 3 pts for a win, 2 pts for a score draw and 1 pt for a 0-0 draw). Congratulations girls, some fine results and well done boys – we have never fielded three U12 teams in a weekend and with a bit of doubling up you looked competitive in all your matches and there is no doubt the U10s are improving and get very close to winning some matches. The final positions were:

Boys U10s

1st Norwich dragons

2nd Norwich City

3rd Harleston Magpies

Boys U12s

1st Norwich City Saxons

Joint 2nd – Magpies Stripes and Norwich City Vikings

4th Norwich Dragons

5th Magpies Red

Girls U10 Gold

1st Norwich City Yellow

2nd Magpies White

3rd Green Dragons

4th Norwich City Green

Girls U10 Silver

1st Norwich City Pink

2nd Red Dragons

3rd Magpies Red

4th Norwich City Orange

Girls U12 Gold

1st Magpies Red

2nd Norwich City Lions

3rd Norwich Dragons

Girls U12 Silver

1st Magpies White

2nd Magpies Blue

3rd Norwich Dragons

4th Norwich City Tigers

Thanks again for all coming down to Magpies this morning and enduring the weather. I look forward to seeing back at training and preparing for our next tournament at Dereham on Sunday 19th March. Hopefully the Sun will be shining for this


If today has inspired you to get more involved with the youth project at Harleston Magpies, whether this be on a coaching front, organisational in terms of events, youth committee involvement, fund raising initiatives please get in touch. We are always looking for help and open to offers and new ideas. The more helpers we can muster the more we can achieve for girls and boy in our community”


James & Nick

HMHC Boys & Girls Youth Development Officers

Sunday 5 March 2017

Report – HMHC Minis – Sunday 26 February 2017

HMHC MINIS SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017 and Minis at Pelicans and HMHC on Sunday 5 March 2017

18 teams from Magpies, Felixstowe, Watton and IES at U10 and U12 ages took to the pitches at Magpies this morning and after 2 and a half hours of good fun hockey, in the sun at times, Felixstowe B topped the Girls’ U10 league with four wins from four, Magpies Red took the Girls’ U12 league title, again with an unbeaten record and without conceding a goal.

Magpies’ U12 Boys’ teams

As for the Boys IES were unbeaten and topped the U12 league although having scored 13 goals against Felixstowe A, Felixstowe B and Watton they failed to get past the two Magpies’ team in this tournament.

Magpies’ U10 Boys’ teams

Good defending lads. As for the U10s, Richard Larkin’s boys are showing signs of real progress with Magpies Black taking the league title although Magpies White did not let them have it all their own way defeating them 1-0 in their opening meeting.

A real team effort from our band of team managers, catering experts and our young and experienced umpires as a result of which our guests for the day have already said what a great time they had:

“It was a wonderful tournament, pitched just at the right level with the usual HM organisation and family feel to it, and we loved it!”  Felixstowe Hockey Club

Needless to say they would love to come back for more.  On behalf of the youth committee and wider club please accept our thanks to all those who contributed in making this such a good fun morning.

However, the mini Hockey does not stop there and next weekend, Sunday 5th March our ‘A’ teams in each age group will be representing the Club at the Norfolk Championships at Pelicans HC.  Good luck squads.  Meanwhile the rest of the youth section will get an opportunity for another round of matches at Magpies with Norwich City and Norwich Dragons coming to visit.  With our resources stretched with teams in two locations any help club members or parents can offer will be appreciated and needed – umpiring, kitchen duties, team management or tournament organising will be appreciated please let James or Nick know if you can help in any way or

Match report – U10 Boys at Pelicans – Sunday 13 November

U10 Boys at Pelicans

With a mix of A and B team players, we had hoped for a gentle run out in what would have been the “silver” tournament, but with a lack of teams, we were split into two pools, to decide who played the second round in either Gold or Silver half.

Pool 1
Norwich City Wizards v Magpies 1:0 W (Ben Currie)
Dragons Red v Magpies 5:0 L
Dragons White v Magpies 4:0 W (Ben Currie 2 Will Menzies)

Although we lost heavily to Dragons side, we played really strong hockey in all three games, dominating play in the last. The two wins made us runners up in our pool, which put us into the Gold play off with the winners of our pool ( Dragons Red) and the winners ( City Knights) and runners up (Dereham) of pool 2.

Magpies v Dereham 0:0 D
Magpies v Dragons Red. 3:0 L
Magpies v City Knights. 1:0 W (Ben Currie)

Spurred on by the goals in the first pool, the boys played good, strong hockey in their last three games, as the scorelines show, with a much smalller loss to the very strong Dragons team.

Great offence and defence played all day, very well done boys, you thoroughly deserved your third place for today.

Thank you parents for making the trip and giving your support.

Team sheet
Ben Currie
Ben Brand
Ben Holmes
Billy Flatt
Will Menzies
Harry Spouncer
Sam Ash
Alfred Sturges

Match Report – U10 Boys at East Club Minis – Sunday 17 April 2016

Having fought past many strong Norfolk clubs Magpies looked forward to displaying their skills on the regional stage at Weybread.

Opening against Harpenden a nervous first half was soon forgotten when Hayden showed great composure in the D to turn and finish. Captain Charlie soon doubled the score and Magpies were on the board.

The second game was a rude awakening when the eventual Champions Old Loughtonians ran out easy 3-0 winners. This game produced notable performances by Inigo saving a penalty stroke and Jake with excellent strength in defence.

Having seen the highs and lows already it was clear the remaining two games would be close and Suffolk’s best, in the form of Felixstowe, would be next. However despite a strong start by Magpies with the two Bens and Seth pushing forward creatively no reward was forthcoming and Felixstowe took the lead. Jacob and Rory would clearly not let this situation stand and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with the resulting equaliser fully deserved.

So it came down to the last group game and manager Mark Ash reported a positive 2 goal victory would ensure a semi-final spot. Playing with real purpose Charlie was soon on target again, and after securing a couple of corners shortly afterwards it seemed the goal difference could be achieved. But their opposition, Saffron Walden, had lots to play for too and they would score first an equaliser and then a winner to cruelly push Magpies into 4th place in the group. Close but not to be.

Crostyx were the qualification opposition and were soon put under pressure with Nathan enjoying particular success for Magpies. But somehow the Crostyx defence stood strong and goals either side of half time would prove costly for the boy’s chances. A late surge by Magpies, with Rory converting a flowing move, would however ensure the U10s ended on a high.

Well down to Old Loughtonians worthy champions. And whilst the day may not have panned out as Magpies wanted, the development across the season cannot be doubted and the junior section was fantastically represented by these excellent young men. Well done team.

Matt Brand



15 teams from across Norfolk converged on Magpies for the first Boys’ mini tournament of the season.

In the U10s Magpies were able to field two teams but both found the day tough going against some strong Norwich Dragons and Norwich City teams. Magpies ‘A’ finished a good third with Magpies ‘B’, fielding a young team, a very credible 5th with William Menzies’ goal bonus securing him 50p.

The tournament was won by Norwich Dragons ‘A’ who were unbeaten all day scoring an impressive 19 goals in their 6 matches conceding none thereby staking an early claim for Norfolk champions later in the season. Norwich City ‘A’ were runners up.

In the U12s Dragons continued their dominance with another win with only Dereham able to find a way round their strong defence although with Dereham coming a cropper against Magpies ‘A’ and Norwich City ‘B’ they were only able to finish the tournament as runners-up to Dragons.

Magpies were again able to field two teams and with a bit more work at training I am sure they can improve on their 4th and 7th positions.

Finally special mention needs to be made of our young umpires, Holly Riches, Isobella Slade, Jude Pottruff, Ollie Hall, Graham Mobbs, Jake Sewell, Seth Read and Louis Calvert. Impressive debuts to umpiring were made by all and with the support of a number of senior umpires who gave up half a day, or in the case of James Webster the whole day, I am sure they have learnt a lot. My thanks go to all the umpires to all the other club members who helped with running the tournaments.

James Smith

Magpies U10 Tournament match report at Pelicans

Magpies arrived early at Pelicans Hockey Club in Kings Lynn with a squad of 7 players, keen to continue improving after the last tournament at Watton.

In the first Match, Magpies faced Norwich Dragons B. Will Johnson in goal came out smartly to kick the ball clear early on. After that, Magpies had most of the play, but could not force the ball into the goal, resulting in a 0-0 draw.

Magpies then faced Watton. This match proved to be very frustrating, with Magpies creating 4 or 5 short corners through good play by Rory Salter and Inigo Bueno de Mesquita, but unfortunately, the ball always either found more Watton feet or went wide of the goal. This meant another 0-0 result in a game Magpies felt like they should have won.

Next up were Norwich City. Both teams played well in a lively game. Good defending by Jacob Ash and Charlie Hall meant that again Magpies were not threatened too much at the back. Sam Emms hit the post for Magpies in the best opportunity of the match, but again the scoreline stayed at 0-0, a common result in these short 8 minute games.

Norwich Dragons A were the next opposition. Dragons continued their formidable run in the tournament, winning impressively. Hard work by the defence and Tristan Kendall in Midfield managed to keep the score down to 3-0. Also Sam Emms did nearly score on a counter attack in Magpies’ brightest spell of the game.

Magpies saved their best performance till last, bouncing back well from the defeat to play Pelicans. Playing with a greater urgency, Magpies looked the stronger team throughout. Inigo and Rory came close to scoring, but eventually it was Sam who scored with a powerful strike to defeat Pelicans 1-0 in a much deserved victory.

Magpies would end up finishing 4th in the tournament- a position which was lower than it would have been had Magpies scored in the games which they had dominated. Beating the 2nd placed team, Pelicans, showed the potential that this Magpies team truly has.

Magpies defended well throughout, only conceding goals in one out of 5 matches. With an excellent performance like this and a stronger squad developing, the rest of the season looks very encouraging for the U10’s as they build towards the Norfolk Championships.


Squad: Will (GK), Charlie, Jacob, Sam, Tristan, Rory, Inigo

Magpies Mini Tournament


Harleston Magpies hosted their annual Mini Tournament on Sunday with 16 Girls teams competing in the morning. As this was the first Tournament of the season a lot of young players were experiencing their first taste of Tournament hockey and hopefully they enjoyed it.

Norwich City A won the U10 Girls Tournament with the same number of points as Magpies A but their superior goal difference pushed Magpies into 2nd place. Magpies B team came a very creditable 4th.

The Magpies U12 Girls won their Tournament winning all their matches and beating Norwich City A 1-0 in a decisive match. Norwich City A finished runners up. Magpies B team finished 3rd losing only to the two top teams. A remarkable performance.

The Boys tournament started in the afternoon with a strong entry of 15 teams. Norwich City won the U10 Tournament winning all their matches with Dereham finishing as runners up. Magpies U10s started well but could not maintain it and finished 3rd. The U12s Tournament was won by Pelicans with Magpies A finishing second two points behind the winners. Magpies B finished in joint 7th place.

Many thanks to all the team managers, umpires, youth helpers, players, helpers in the kitchen. Special thanks to Helen Barber for time keeping and scoring all day as well as to Kirstin Cumming and Bex Potruff for all their back up administration. The medals were presented to the players by Chairman Murray Graham.

Nick McAllen

Under 10 Boys tournament report

The Magpies under 10 boys put on an good display in their first tournament of the season. With many boys playing for the first time it was tough to know what to expect up against potentially more experienced teams.

Magpies started against Watton and showed complete control of the game, pinning Watton back in their own half and forcing a lot of pressure. An Edward Brice hat-trick and an Ollie Mayhew short corner secured a strong opening 4-0 win.

Next up were Norwich Dragons. An early goal being conceded set the tone for the match. With Magpies pushing for an equaliser, gaps started to appear at the back giving Dragons the opportunity to score again. The score stayed at 2-0 thanks to Finn Smith in goal making some good saves.

Harleston played their best hockey in the 3rd game against Pelicans. A goal within 30 seconds from Sam Emms was followed by another 2 strikes for a well taken hat-trick. Elliott Chapman completed the scoring with a well deserved goal, after a strong run by Edward Brice. Good defending at the back by Tristan Kendall and Ollie Mayhew kept the Pelicans attack from scoring for a final score of 4-0.

The final match against Norwich City ended in a 2-0 win for Norwich. The lack of substitutes for Magpies showed as the side started to tire in a stretched game. However good play down the left by Kit Whitikar put Magpies close. Strong defence by an experienced Norwich side meant that Magpies were denied a goal that their possession and territory maybe deserved.

Overall Magpies finished 3rd out of the 5 teams. A very encouraging start to the season for a young team shows a lot of potential and are definitely a team to watch for tournaments to come.

Squad: Finn Smith (GK), Ollie Mayhew (C), Tristan Kendall, Sam Emms, Edward Brice, Kit Whitikar, Elliot Chapman

Magpies Minis Tournament Photos

Under 12 Girls: B Team in red and the A Team in white – tournament winners.
Under 12 boys – 3rd place in tournament
Under 10 girls: B team in stripes and the A team in white – tournament winners

                      Under 10 boys – tournament winners

Loti Summers in action for under 12 girls

                                        Georgie Cantrell scoring for under 10 girls

Molly Warnes and Ellie Gorling vs Norwich City under 10s.

U12 and U10 Boys Winners of Pelicans Tournament

U12 were undefeated at the Pelicans Tournament on Sunday 30th October 2011. 

They beat Pelicans 2-0 with Alex scoring both goals.

Then it was a 4-0 win against Watton with Cameron scoring two and Alex ans Sam one each.

Followed by a 3-0 win over Norwich Dragons (Sam, Alex and Cameron all scoring).

Finally a 3-0 win over Norwich City with the same three scorers.

Freddy made some great saves against Pelicans and Norwich City.

David and George were solid in defence. Josh and Tom were tireless in midfield and up front.

Well Done, worthy winners!

Norwich City Minis – Boys U10 & U12

U10 Boys

The U10’s won their first tournament of the season at Norwich City. They started with two 0-0 draws where they enjoyed lots of possession but just couldn’t apply the finishing touch. They then won the next two matches 2-0 against Norwich – Seth and Jude scoring the goals – and 1-0 against Pelicans with Alfie scoring the crucial goal. A promising start to the season with all the boys performing well, with some nice passing and resolute defending when necessary. The squad consisted of Edwards Friar (GK), Sam King, Jude Pottruff, Max Warde-Aldam, Alfie Burton, Oliver Mayhew, Todd Chapman & Seth Read.

U12 Boys

The U12’s also won the Norwich City tournament with a powerful display of hockey. They won 6 games out of 6 scoring an impressive 39 goals without conceding. Top scorers were Archie & Jolyon with 10 each closely followed by Kieran with 9. Cameron Woodcock showed his versatility playing in midfield and as a forward and scored 6 goals. The other scorers were Will Simpson with 3 and a fine goal from Max King. Freddie Dixon in goal made valuable contributions when called upon and both David Cadman & Will Donsworth put in strong displays. Overall, a very good performance with lots of good passing combined with individual skills, providing great entertainment for the Magpies supporters.

Norfolk Boys Club Championship

Magpies enjoyed a successful day at Greshams with the U10 boys finishing second an the U12 boys retaining the title they won last year.

The U10’s started slowly with a 0-0 draw against Pelicans before losing 3-0 to eventual winners Norwich City. They then beat Dereham 3-0 to finish second on goal-difference. The Norwich City team are a class act and were deserved champions but Magpies have improved massively since the start of the season and this result is reward for all their hard work at training.

Unfortunately, only the top team progresses to the next round of the tournament.

Team – Freddie Dixon (GK), Seth Read, Max Warde-Aldam, Todd Chapman, Josh Mayhew, Morgan Manly, Jude Pottruff, Alex Kilbourn (Captain), Charlie Whyte & Alfie Burton

The U12’s started with a 5-0 win against a much-improved Dereham side. The score-line was a little flattering but Magpies were clinical in the circle. Next up were Norwich City and, in an end-to-end game, Magpies eventually won 7-4. A great game for the spectators but the coach was left with slightly frazzled nerves!

Magpies went into the final game determined to reverse their defeat to Pelicans from a few weeks ago but got of to a bad start conceding a goal from a very-well struck short-corner in the first couple of minutes. However, they dug deep and got a deserved equaliser from a short-corner. The remainder of the half was even but there were no further goals and the sides went in level at half-time. However, the second half was one-way traffic with captain Sol Barker outplaying his opponent to control midfield and Jolyon Summers and William Donsworth putting in commanding defensive performances. The whole team never stopped working for each other, scoring 3 times to run out 4-1 winners. Magpies now go on to play in the East Regional finals on 17th April.

Goal-scorers – Jolyon Summers 6, Sol Barker 4, Archie Winter 2, Will Simpson 2, Jonty Hershel-Shorland 1 & Sam McCluskey 1

Team – Josh Butler (GK), David Cadman, Sam McCluskey, Jolyon Summers, Archie Winter, Sol Barker (Captain), Will Simpson, William Donsworth and Jonty Hershel-Shorland.

Boys U10 Tournament

Harleston Magpies U10 came a creditable 2nd in the first tournament of the season at Norwich City.

Team : Freddie Dixon (GK), Jude Potruff, Seth Read, Max Warde-Aldam, Joshua Mayhew, Callum Oakes, Todd Chapman, Sam King and Charlie Whyte

The first game was against Watton and despite plenty of possession Magpies failed to score so the 0-0 draw didn’t fully reflect all their hard work. Second up was Norwich who had a very strong side and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners but Freddie in goal made a number of fine saves to keep City at bay until the last couple of minutes. The final game was against Dereham and Magpies dominated from start to finish but this time managed to apply the final touch and won 6-0 with Callum and Josh both scoring hat-tricks. Overall, an excellent first outing, especially given most were playing their first tournament.

East of England Regional Hockey Finals

East of England Regional Hockey Finals

Saturday U12 Boys Regional Final

Magpies had a frustrating day at the regional finals on Saturday. They opened their account losing 3-1 to eventual winners Bury. Having soaked up early pressure, Magpies scored against the run of play when Matt Bensly latched onto a through ball and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper. Magpies then started to settle down and should have extended their lead from a well worked short-corner. However, a defensive lapse allowed Bury to equalise just before half-time. The second half was also tight but, again, Magpies gifted Bury two goals and, despite late pressure could not find the back of the net again.

The second game was against Blue Hornets and Magpies knew a win was needed to keep them in with a chance for qualifying for the semi-finals. Magpies started well and went ahead after a great run and shot from Jolyon Summers. Magpies then dominated play but paid the price for failing to score from the many chances they created by conceding a soft goal just before half-time. Magpies started the second half in determined mood and were rewarded when Will Hall scored from a well struck short-corner. However, despite outplaying their opposition with seconds of the game remaining another defensive lapse saw Hornets equalise.

Magpies entered the final game knowing they needed to win convincingly against Louth to keep alive their semi-final place. Magpies finally started to play the hockey they are capable of and ran out very comfortable 4-1 winners. The quickly went 2-0 up with gaols from Matt Bensly & Tristan Hipper. Louth did pull one goal back jut before half-time but Matt & Tristan scored another goal each in the second half to complete the win.

Unfortunately, Magpies missed out on the semi-final place to Hornets by one-point. Magpies then played two more games to finish the competition in style. A scrappy 1-0 win against Luton, courtesy of another Will Hall goal and a comprehensive 5-0 win against Colchester. Goalscorers were Sol Barker, Jolyon, Tristan & Matt.

Despite the disappointment of not making the semi-final this was a good experience and most of the squad will be eligible at this age group next year.

Squad – Jordan Wiseman (GK), George Donsworth, Will Hall, Alex Lawrence, Jolyon Summers, Sol Barker, Tristan Hipper, Matt Bensly. Absent – Jack Hobbs & Jonty Hershel-Shorland.

Sunday U10 Boys Regional Final

Magpies started the 6-team round robin tournament slowly. Despite lots of possession, Magpies often tried to hit the ball too hard, all around the pitch, in the first half of their opening game against Old Loughtonians. Nerves quickly settled when Archie Winter scored early in the second half after a very good run and pin-point shot. However, Magpies couldn’t add further goals even though they played virtually the second period camped in the opposition half.

Second game up was against a skilful looking Ipswich team. The early exchanges looked like it was going to be a tight game but in a 3-minute spell Magpies took complete control of the game. Archie opened the scoring, Kieran Peters then thundered home a short corner before another great run from Archie left Will Simpson with a simple tap-in to make it 3-0. Magpies took their foot of the gas at the start of the second half and allowed Ipswich to score. However, the defensive unit of Oliver Scovell (goalkeeper), Will Donsworth and Sam McCluskey repelled all other attacks and with great running from Alex Kilbourn in midfield Magpies completed a 3-1 win.

In the next match Magpies faced Spalding who had narrowly lost their opening two games. It wasn’t long before Magpies took the lead from a cheeky reverse stick flick from Kieran and they were 2-0 by half-time when Archie scored again. Magpies dominated the second half and wrapped up a 4-0 win with further goals from Will Simpson and a fantastic short-corner by Will Donsworth.

Next up were Cambridge City, who had also won their first three games. A stunning opening spell saw Magpies score three times with goals for Archie, Kieran and Will Simpson. The game then became even for the rest of the first half with Oliver called on to make a couple of good clearances and good contributions from Cameron Woodcock and David Cadman. The second half saw Magpies play probably their best hockey of the tournament scoring 5 times. Great passing between Archie & Kieran saw both players complete hat-tricks and Will Simpson grab his second of the match. Final score 8-0 to Magpies.

The final game was against Broxbourne and Magpies started eagerly to try and maintain their 100% record. However, they were guilty of taking too many touches and good tackling from Broxbourne kept them at bay. Eventually, Magpies started to play more fluently and scored two goals, both from Archie to lead 2-0 at half-time. Now full of confidence it wasn’t long into the second half before it was 3-0 as Archie completed his hat-trick and then 4 more goals followed from Archie, Will Simpson, Cameron & Kieran. Final result 7-0 to Magpies, making Magpies East Region champions.

This was a fantastic team performance, especially given half the team have only been playing tournament hockey since March! A big mention should be made of our goalkeeper Oliver who stepped in at the last minute and Cameron Woodcock playing in his first tournament for Magpies.

Squad – Oliver Scovell (GK), Kieran Peters, Archie Winters, Will Simpson, Will Donsworth, Sam McCluskey, Alex Kilbourn, Cameron Woodcock, David Cadman. Absent – Josh Butler (GK).