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Harleston Magpies came agonisingly close to winning the under 12 national championship losing one – nil in the final against Sevenoaks Hockey Club.

Earlier in the day the team put in a series of magnificent performances, to come through the group stages unbeaten.  The stand out result being a two – one victory over perennial women’s hockey champions Surbiton.

Many of the girls in this group had the benefit of being part of the Magpies squad that qualified for the same championships last year, albeit as under-elevens.  That maturity showed as the team put in a solid opening performance against Leicester City with centre-forward Amie Hunt scoring all three goals for the win. Magpies then really showed their collective class in the second game against a physical Clifton Robinsons team.  Going behind to a soft early goal the girls rallied to win five – one with excellent work across the mid-field creating the goal opportunities.   Their third victory came against Kirkby Stephen whose obdurate keeper made a series of saves to keep the score down to two – nil to Magpies.

The game against Surbiton attracted a large crowd as both teams went into the match unbeaten.  They were not disappointed as they were treated to a game of the highest quality and drama.  Surbiton played perfect hockey, shifting the ball around rapidly putting Magpies under continuous pressure.  Keeper Catherine Pope pulled off an early save to keep Magpies in it and captain Beth Gardens was at her most industrious at centre-mid screening the defence against probing runs.  Magpies looked to hit Surbiton on the break and went ahead through excellent work from Natalie Saunders down the wing setting up Amie Hunt to run in on goal and score.  

Surbiton hit back immediately after half-time to level the score before a sublime piece of skill from Beth again set Amie free to run in on goal where she scored past the keeper with an outstanding back handed strike.  Magpies then endured wave after wave of Surbiton attack and at the death had to defend two nail biting short-corners before the final hooter confirmed their qualification for the final.

The final against Sevenoaks was a repeat of the Eastern Region Championship match which Magpies had won on penalty flicks a few weeks earlier.  With both teams aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses so it was a tense, nervous affair.   After a scoreless first half Sevenoaks seemed to have a bit more running left in their legs and created more chances than Magpies , which led to a short- corner.  The keeper saved the initial shot well but in the resulting melee Sevenoaks eventually powered the ball over the line. With their noses in front the Kent team then got everyone behind the ball and held out to win leaving Magpies as silver medallists after an outstanding set of performances against the very best in the Country. 

Special mention to Amie Hunt the Magpies Centre forward who finished the day as the tournament’s highest scorer.

Team (goals in brackets):  Alex Pearson-Smith, Amie Hunt (8), Beth Gardens (2), Daisy Wicks, Emily Clarke (1), Evie Wheeler, Natalie Saunders (1), Jasmine Freeman (GK), Catherine Pope (GK), Harriet Soper. Coaches Nick McAllen, Cathy Gardens, Assist Coach Sandra Elliner, Team Manager Michael Soper.  


Magpies A girls continued their preparation for the East Regional Finals with a convincing run of games at the Alex Hill Memorial tournament.

The first two matches were played back to back on the same pitch and one particular goal took a battering as Beth G and Amie H in attack repeated hit the post, side-boards or cross-bar.  The initial opponents, Dereham A, looked like holding out as we repeated found the metalwork.  Fortunately Amie and Beth stuck to their task and eventual combined to give Amie a brace to start the morning with a win.

The second game saw some truly brilliant goals as the girls hit top gear.  The opening goal was a passing masterclass, from Harriet S in defence to Amie to Beth to Alex-PS to tap in, leaving Norwich B standing.  The second was equally good, finishing with a one handed, one touch reverse-stick flick from Alex to play in Amie for simple finish.  The subs were swapped on and Honer continued the goal rush scoring a further two goals.

The third game saw us up against a resolute Dragons A keeper, who played really well to keep the Magpies margin of victory down to two – nil. Both Beth and then Alex played Amie in to shoot but the keeper repeatedly saved her shots before a change of tactic, dribbling around the keeper, saw Amie score.   The team won a couple of short corners and both routines were well worked and they were unlucky not to score before Beth made the points certain with a second goal.

As per normal our toughest game was against Norwich A, these girls have become our friends during the year as we’ve played out so many close encounters with them.   This time it was honours even as the game ended in a nil – nil draw.  Magpies perhaps had the best chance of the game, Amie’s smart pass playing in Honor for a shot that just went wide.  At the other end both Harriet and Daisy were kept busy by the Norwich forwards as they looked to hit us on the break.

The game against Magpies B was a low key affair, Amie scored three goals and Honor one. For the last game we played Dereham B, Grace S was rewarded for her hard work on the wing with a goal and the girls demonstrated that the flowing moves from earlier in the morning weren’t a fluke, Harriet again starting of a passing move that went through Alex, Amie and then on to Beth to ram the ball home. The team used two goal keepers during the morning and both Jasmine and Kathryn proved able when called upon, overall then a good day out.

Team (scorers in brackets): Honer (4), Harriet, Beth (2), Amie (7), Alex (1), Daisy, Kathryn (GK), Grace (1), Jasmine (GK)


Magpies amazingly entered four U12 Girls teams in the Watton Tournament despite the A team standing down, having played in the Norfolk Championship the previous week. Three of those U12 teams played in the Gold Tournament and one in the Silver Tournament.

The senior U12 team on the day finished second and did well winning four matches and losing just one match to a strong Norwich City A team.


Norwich Dragons Won 1-0 

Norwich City A  Lost 4-0

Watton                 Won 1-0

Magpies Blue     Won 2-0 

Magpies Reds    Won 2-0

Cara Richardson scored all the goals. 


Catherine Pope GK, Amelia Marjoram, Isabelle Potter, Cara Richardson, Grace Stacey, Florence Collins and Jessica Smith.

The Red team secured three draws and two losses and the blue team had one win, two draws and two losses.

In the Silver section the white team had two wins, one score draw and lost two games.

Red Team

Jasmine Freeman GK, Millie Shepherd, Evie Kemp, Sophie Reynolds, Dulcie Seppings, Molly Denny and Lexi Foster.

Blue Team

Alice Ling, Emma Seggons, Evie Faulkner, Phoebe Christopher, Ella Proudfoot and Isla Paternoster.

White Team (Silver Section)

Lily-Ann Hare GK, Lily Smith, Tiggy Taylor, Isabel Navarro, Hannah Hodgson and Charlotte Scott.


All the Girls played really well and it is evident how much they are all improving. There was great team spirit and everyone conducted themselves impeccably both on and off the pitch.

We now look forward to the next Tournament at Dereham on 24th March, where we hope to continue our progress and success.


The Magpies Under12 girls played some exceptional hockey on their visit to the wild west (of Norfolk) to become County Champions and qualify for the Eastern Region Championship.

The fixture schedule handed Magpies an early shootout against season-long rivals Norwich City. But a comprehensive warm-up saw ‘Pies first to the draw with Beth G and Amie H probing down the right hand side.  Norwich defended in numbers and looked to hit Magpies on the break, one such move was broken up by a super tackle from Harriet S in defence. Consistent pressure brought the reward of a short corner from which Beth’s low shot caught the ankle of a City defender.  After a minute’s pause for her to be carried off in obvious pain Magpies repeated the same routine and with no one keen to get in the way this time, Beth scored. From the restart Norwich created one chance down the other end that Jasmine F in goal kicked away.  Magpies though maintained momentum and much to the game was played in the Norwich half, Nathalie S eventually breaking through the defence to put the ball across to Amie H who scored a second to confirm the win.

The following match against Pelicans showed no let up in Magpie’s intensity with Amie H rattling in three goals in quick succession, the best of them being a strong backhanded shot to finish off a chance created by Beth G. Grace S scored a winger’s goal getting on the end of a cross at the far post.  Beth then won a rare penalty as she was denied a scoring chance, she converted it confidently.  Pelican’s then scored a consolation from pretty much their only attack of the game before Evie W sealed the six – one win.

Dereham proved to be a surprise package, coming up with a one – nil win over Norwich City (knocking them out of contention for regional qualification) before facing off against Magpies.  Their number eight had rattled in a number of goals against Dragons and ran Norwich ragged however Magpies defending duo Harriet S and Daisy W have worked well together all season and were able to tackle and follow-up together to keep her quiet.  Beth G at centre-mid also provided excellent screening when needed.  Along with high tempo play Magpie’s hallmark for the morning was exceptional wing play. Natalie S and Emily C were full of running and combined to open the scoring, a Beth G pass setting Natalie S free to execute a run and cross which Emily C converted.  Magpie’s pressure continued and Evie W subbed on as centre forward provided a target for repeated Magpie’s crosses and was eventually rewarded with a goal after being picked out by Natalie S. The two – nil win securing qualification for the regionals with a game to spare.

The final game showed that the team still had plenty of energy to burn, a must for a successful tournament; in contrast Dragon’s energy had certainly dipped.  Beth G was on form, scoring five goals to finish as Magpies top scorer with Emily C getting another before Amie H unleashed a glorious backhand shot to finish the tournament off with a seven – nil win for Magpies and a County Champions medal. 

Squad (Goals in Brackets): Evie W (2), Daiy W, Jasmine F (GK), Emily C (2), Beth G (7), Natalie S, Harriet S, Amie H (5), Grace S (1), Kathryn P (Reserve GK).  Coaches Kathy G and Nick M.


Magpies under 12A girls’ team have two strong defensive displays to thank for winning the Norwich City Mini tournament.  As ever they started off relatively slowly, building up team cohesion through the morning.  The first match was a scrappy 2-nil win against Norwich City’s B team, Beth showing her skill in scoring both goals.  Then followed the first of the two defensive performances…by Magpies B, who in the reverse fixture held Norwich City A to a nil-all draw.

The next game against Dragons A was mostly played in and around the Dragons goal.  Magpies scored both their goals from short corners, first through Beth and then Nathalie. A brief period of pressure saw a goal at the other end, again from a short and the match finished 2-1.  Against Norwich C, the girls were at their confident best. Natalie sniped three goals, including an excellent solo effort and Beth scored the other for a 4-nil win.  Magpies A were similarly dominant against Magpies B as Natalie and then Evie rattled in two early goals. This gave the coaches the chance to  sub-off the two regular forwards, Grace S and Evie both went close to increasing the lead but the game finished 2-nil.

Having drawn with Magpies B earlier Norwich A knew they had to beat Magpies A to win the tournament however it was the team in the white that started more aggressively. Beth carried the attack forward and created a number of half chances and a cross from Emily just eluded Evie at the far post.  Natalie was then felled by a ball that struck the side of the ankle and Magpies lost their shape as she was subbed off.  Momentum shifted to Norwich and the defence of Harriet and Daisy had to be at their very best to keep them at bay, Jasmine in goal also had to stretch to kick away a chance that was heading for the corner.  As the pressure mounted Magpies had to defend two short-corners.  Coaching paid dividends though as the organisation in the goal proved a match for the well-rehearsed Norwich penalty routines with the game ending in a nail-biting draw and tournament victory.

Coaches Kathy and Nick

Players (With goals in brackets): Beth G (4), Grace S, Jasmine F, Harriet S, Daisy W, Artimis W, Emily C, Evie W (1), Natalie S (5)


After last year’s Pelican’s tournament, where we battled with the elements and suffered hypothermia, it was a relief to be greeted by sunshine and no rain as we arrived in deepest Norfolk for an early Sunday morning start. Unusually for us the Harleston team did not require the first match to get out of the starting blocks and hit the ground running. In fact, due to us not concentrating on the instruction that our pitch was working on a horn and the U10s were on the bell, we managed to stage an impromptu pitch invasion in our eagerness to get our GK in the end away from the sun with a mis-timed charge. Perhaps it was this that woke everyone up but the result was that we scored against Dragons in pretty much the first move of the game. That goal very much set the tone for the whole tournament in which time after time the Magpies girls worked the ball out wide before stringing more passes together en route to goal. Some of the goals had moments of excellent individual skill (a lovely reverse hit strike from Amie springs to mind) but many involved so many quality passes that the final touch was just a simple tap in, the hard work already having been done. The final score against Dragons was a comfortable 5 – 0  win (Amie 1, Beth 2, Evie 2). Next up was Norwich – and the question was, were the Norwich Pixies or the Norwich Elves their A team?? As it happened, they had split their strength and the Harleston team proved too strong for both with 5-0 v the Pixies (Amie 4, Beth 1) and 6-0 v the Elves (Amie 4, Beth 1, Evie 1). It was a very dominant performance by the Magpies team that left the City teams struggling to create many attacks at all as they were under constant pressure from both flanks. The morning finished with a match against our B team. We were concerned that this would be tough for our B team but in the end they defended strongly and made it hard for the A team to take their chances in this game. A couple of goals close to the end resulted in a 4-0 score-line. So, all in all a successful morning and a really good demonstration in how to play simple hockey in order to get results!


U12 “C” Team Minis Tournament at Pelicans

The C team was entered into the Silver section of the tournament. We knew the opposition was going to be tough as both Pelicans and Watton had entered their only team into this section. This did not deter our girls. They came out strong in their first match against Pelicans with a convincing 2-0 win (Lexi, Amelia). This was followed by a succession of great results:  2-0  win against City Reindeers (Molly, Isla), 1-0 against Watton (Lexi), another 1-0 win against City Snowmen (Lexi) and finally a no score draw against Dragons B
All the girls played some lovely hockey, reading the game well and moving the ball around the pitch with confidence. No goals conceded and a great team effort.
Squad: Catherine Pope ( GK, loaned from the B Team), Molly Shepherd (cpt), Amelia Marjoram, Emma Seggons, Molly Denny, Sophia Berkley, Isla Patternoster, Phoebe Christopher, Alexia Foster
Manager: Jane Collins


The girl’s style of play matched the brisk autumnal breeze as they hustled and bustled their way to victory and their first winner’s medals of the season.
The opening game was a scrappy encounter against Magpies B, neither side looked entirely comfortable playing competitively against their club mates.  Beth broke the deadlock before setting up Honor who grabbed a double to seal a 3 – 0 win.
Beth also opened the scoring in the next match against Dragons A, a chip shot just creeping in underneath the crossbar.  Nathalie showed great skill moments later to turn the ball past the keeper before Beth knocked in a third following a short corner.  Concentration then dipped slightly with plenty of chances going begging in the D and Dragons stealing a consolation goal at the other end to take the shine off of the win.
After a re-group and words of wisdom from their coaches the girls put together their strongest performance of the day.  They blew through Norwich City’s B team 6 – 0, the goals coming from six different players as Magpies pressurised the D from all angles.  Beth, Honor, Nathalie, Evie, Emily and Artimis all getting on the score sheet.
And so to the deciding game against Norwich A.  At the Dragon’s tournament a month ago Norwich came out on top and for a while it looked like this would be the case again.  Norwich took the lead from their first attack as Magpies failed to deal with a cross allowing a simple tap in at the far post.
This stung the team into action and an intense mid-field battle ensued with Nathalie probing down the left and Beth on the right trying to unlock the Norwich defence.  Beth finally broke through with a fine dribbling run, weaving through City to level the match and to Magpie’s delight she set up Honor to tap in soon after for the lead.  At the back, Harriet and Daisy did a fine job to repulse repeated Norwich attacks and were spotted high-fiving after a particularly intensive period of defensive work! Norwich pushed Magpies all the way and a fine through ball almost put a striker through at the death but goal keeper Jasmine was alive to the danger and sprinted forward to kick clear.

Verdict on the day was good progress made but also plenty to work on in training.

Team (goals in brackets): Beth (5), Honor (4), Nathalie (2), Evie (1), Emily (1), Artimis (1), Daisy, Harriet, Jasmie (GK)  


Minis U12 Dragons Tournament

The absence of key attacking players meant that this tournament was a chance to try out new positions, and the new look Girl’s Under 12s A team showed a willingness to improve and learn as the morning progressed.
Being drawn fifth in the five team pool meant the team had to wait a while before a tough match up against Norwich City A who already had one game under their belt.  The team withstood the early Norwich pressure well until a cross took an unlucky deflection off of a Magpie stick for an own goal.  Pressing for an equaliser Magpies left spaces at the back which allowed Norwich to confirm the win with a well taken breakaway goal just before the end.
Coach Nick’s pep talk on roles and positioning was taken on board and Magpies looked much more fluid in the next game against Watton.  Emily C started owning the Centre Mid role, her passes finding willing runners, Grace S and Florence C, down each flank.  Evie W and Flo C providing the finishing touches to well-crafted passing moves before a great solo effort from Dulcie S topped off a good 3 – 0 win.
Against Dragons, Magpies were more than a match defensively with Harriet S and Daisy W snuffing out attacks and launching the ball down each wing.  Again this was where Magpies put in most of their good work with Jessica S performing well in this energy sapping role. Frustratingly, chances were either hit wide or straight at the Dragons keeper and it took until the last minute before Evie W got the winning goal Magpies deserved.
The team looked somewhat off pace for their last game whilst Norwich City B still looked full of running.  Jasmine F in goal did a good job at her near post as the Norwich attackers repeatedly tried to run around the outside of the defence. In attack, Magpies couldn’t quite find their earlier fluidity and the game broke down into a scrappy 0-0 draw. Overall, there are many reasons to be optimistic for the season ahead and time on the training pitch will knit this group into a tougher unit.


Dulcie S, Grace S,  Harriet S, Florence C, Jessica S, Evie W, Jasmine F (GK), Daisy W, Emily Clarke (Cpt)

Goal Scorers
Evie W  – 2
Dulcie S  – 1
Florence C – 1

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


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The Magpies under-12 Girls team proved themselves capable of rivalling the very best teams in the Country rounding off a decent day’s competition with a 5 – 0 victory over Yeovil to secure 5th place at the national hockey play-offs finals at Nottingham over the weekend.

The team qualified for the national play-offs as runners-up in the regional round of the completion, having previously earned the Norfolk County Championship.

Magpies started brightly winning their first pool match against Thirsk from behind after conceding an early goal.  They created plenty of pressure, racking up nine short corners with Evie Brice and then Amy Hunt slotting away their chances for a 2 – 1 win.

The second match was a scrappy affair against the West regional champions Clifton Robinsons with no clear chances in the first half.  Magpies applied plenty of pressure through Captain Anna Cogdell in midfield whilst the bulwark defence of Harriet Soper and Alicia Pryce dealt with the Clifton attack.  Unfortunately, early second-half Clifton scrambled a goal which enabled them to get every player behind the ball for the remainder of the match to hand Magpies a 0 – 1 defeat.

Magpies conceded early in their third pool game to a cross and tap-in by the Rugby & East Warwickshire forward. They were then faced with similar tactics of a massed defence.  A strong drive into the D by Cogdell drew four defensive players to her but she slipped a clever ball to Brice who one-on-one with the keeper finished confidently levelling the match. Further chances fell to the Magpies forwards but each time they hit the keeper rather than the backboard and the game ended in a 1 – 1 draw.

Magpies gave the eventual national champions Surbiton a very early scare with Hunt drawing a great save from their keeper in the opening minute. Georgia Flatt was in equally good form in the Magpie’s goal saving numerous shots from the clever, rapid Surbiton forwards.  Eventually Magpie’s conceded two goals, before substitute Tilly Dodds strengthened the back line and effectively blunted the Surbiton attack but the damage was done and Magpies went down 0 – 2. 

After the pressure of the pool games Magpies saved their best for last, brushing aside Yeovil in the 5th / 6th play-off game.   Cogdell scored with a superb back-hand shot from a narrow angle before Beth Gardens first drew the defenders and then slipped the ball to Hunt for a tap in.  Cogdell found the backboard again before Magpies switched the team around with all the younger players on the pitch. Gardens in the middle set up some great runs down each wing by Nathalie Saunders and Emily Clarke feeding Hunt in the centre for a further two goals to reach her hat-trick.  Magpies finishing 5th best in the Country and with half the team remaining in this age group there is every reason to think that they’ll challenge strongly again next year.

Full Squad: Evie Brice, Emily Clarke, Anna Cogdell (C), Tilly Dodds, Georgia Flatt (GK), Beth Gardens, Amy Hunt, Alicia Pryce, Nathalie Saunders Harriet Soper 



U12 Girls Qualify for the National Finals

The U12 girls started their regional campaign against Saffron Walden. Fearing a slow start we were out on the pitch early and spirits were high. A super start saw us 2 – 0 up at half-time (both from Anna) with the game well in control. However, the second half was a very different story and disappointingly we let the lead slip with the game ending 2-2. Next up were an amazingly strong unit from Sevenoaks. We nearly caught them napping in the first few seconds but from then on we had to work really hard to hold them at bay with the final score a 3 – 0 loss. So with 2 matches played and only a draw against our name we knew that it would have to be wins all the way from then on if we were to make the semis. Next up was St Albans and now the girls were starting to move nicely into gear, passing the ball around well and stretching the game out wide. The final score was a 4 – 0 win (Amie 1, Anna 1 and Beth 2) though one of Beth’s goals from a metre out only just had enough pace to make it over the line! Blue Hornets were our next opponents and Harleston were quickly on the scoreboard with a goal from Amie, but this was quickly followed  by us conceding to a penalty stroke and so scores were back level again. Luckily the girls did not panic and were soon back in their rhythm with lots of well worked goals and the match finishing 5-1 in our favour. Now only Bury stood in our way for a place in the semi-finals. Due to our superior goal difference a draw would be enough but the girls were certainly going all out for the win. There were excellent finished from Anna and Amie – and arguably an even better one from a poor Bury defender. Even Alicia from the back was trying to get in on the action with a storming run.
So we had made it to the semi-final, but as runners-up in our pool it meant we would face Cambridge City who had won every match in their pool. Despite Cambridge coming at us hard we kept our shape and managed to take an early lead (Beth) and then for the rest of the half we struggled to get out of our half under relentless pressure and umpteen short corners! As we started the second half it seemed it would be only a matter of time before Cambridge took one of the many chances they created but our defence held strong and Georgia pulled off the most amazing save to tip a fiercely struck shot over the cross bar. Having survived this barrage the game became more open and Anna put Evie through to complete a tremendous 2 – 0 win. 
And so we had made it to the Final – not an easy journey by any means and the supporters had certainly gained some grey hairs along the way. This meant that we had qualified for the Nationals, but also that we had to face Sevenoaks again to decide who would be East champions. We were hoping that if we could keep it tight at the start and spoil their wonderful attacking play we might be in with a shout but sadly Sevenoaks were very much in form and passed the ball around beautifully so we were unable on the day to match it, going down heavily in the end. Disappointment was short lived however as the girls were soon celebrating their achievement in reaching the national Finals in 2 weeks time.
A massive thank you to everyone at Harleston that made the day run so smoothly and to all our supporters for withstanding such awful conditions and remaining cheerful to the end!
Squad: Georgia, Harriet, Alicia, Tilly, Natalie, Emily, Amie, Anna, Evie, Beth


U12 Girls Mini Tournament at Watton

The Girls U12B team moved up a level and entered the Gold section of the Watton Mini Tournament filling the space of our usual A team who had organised a separate training session in preparation for the East Regional Finals in a few weeks time, so we knew we were going to be against some stiff opposition.
This did not deter our girls. We came out strong in the first game against Watton, passing the ball well and using the width of the pitch. Two excellent goals scored by Ellie gave us a comfortable 2-0 win. 
The next game was against City Lions and again the girls played with determination and showed some great skills, particularly Ellie who scored a fantastic reverse stick shot. Kate was very solid in midfield and distributed the ball well. Florence and Jess made some lovely runs down the wing and the game was secured by an excellent goal from Grace, another 2-0 win.
The next two games were the toughest. Dereham A were very strong and although we went down 2-0, Isabelle and Amy played really well in defence, clearing the ball off the line on several occasions and making some very timely tackles.
The final game was against Dragons Hinch. We narrowly lost by 1-0 but again the game showed how much all the girls have improved over the season, playing some lovely hockey. Peter shared his wealth of experience with his strategic team talks so we go to Dereham in a couple of weeks time with our heads up, ready to revenge the teams we narrowly lost to today
Overall the team came 2nd in the Gold tournament which was an excellent result
Squad: Lily-Ann Hare (GK), Isabelle Potter, Amy freeman, Kate Ford (Capt), Florence Collins, Ellie Bowden, Grace Seppings, Jessica Smith

U 12 Tournament at St Joseph’s 22nd October

U12B Girls match report from Tournament at St Josephs on Sunday 22nd October 


The U12B girls had a very enjoyable and successful tournament, showing continued improvement from the tournament they played in a couple of weeks ago.
We fielded a very young side, with all the girls being under 11 years old with just one exception. This however did not hold our girls back; they worked hard, displaying good stick skills, passing the ball well and making good use of the width of the pitch.Lily-Ann made some fine saves in goal along with Ellie, Isabelle and Dulcie in defence who put in some great tackles and were much more involved in play when we were on the attack. Emily, Grace and Jess worked tirelessly down the wings, dodging defenders and putting in some great crosses into the D for Florence to connect onto. Alex worked hard in the middle and distributed the ball well.We played 4 matches, starting off against our C team which was played in great spirit and it was clear to see how much all the girls have improved over the last few weeks. Training with David is really making a difference! Score 2-0 to the B team (Florence & Emily). We then took on IES who we knew were going to be tough opposition. Again the girls played well as a team and were unlucky to go down 1-0. St Josephs were next who came out very strong and we found ourselves down 1-0. However, the girls fought back well and two goals followed (Florence) for us to secure the win. In last game against Felixstowe, we had a convincing 4-0 win (Florence). We used this match to move players into different positions and it was interesting to see how well some of them played, particularly Isabelle on the wing and Dulcie in midfield. Overall, the team came 2nd. A great team effort and I’m sure the girls will be looking forward to the next tournament which is at Magpies on 12th November.
Many thanks to James for his input with team talks and for all the umpiring!



When the dust of disappointment settles for the girls they will realise that they have had another fantastic season. We set ourselves high standards at Magpies and the girls more than achieved that today so girls when you’ve stopped frowning (me included) give yourselves a big old pat on the back as the good ship total hockey development is definitely sailing in the right direction !

So we come to the In2hockey East regional finals having safely navigated the Norfolk Champs and a pool containing Sevenoaks, Hertford, Old Loughtonians, Ipswich and Cambridge City. First up were Sevenoaks who proved to be a mightily strong side and it was backs to the wall stuff as we went down 3-0 with a string of great saves from Georgia. They were the eventual winners of the competition and played extremely well all day so good to get them out of the way early.

Up next were Hertford who we’d lost to in the East U10 final two years earlier so a chance to set the record straight but a scrappy early goal saw us 1-0 down. Oh no I hear you say but we kept our composure and more importantly shape and drew level early in the second half. A winner soon came and with some composure the girls saw out the win. I have an admission of guilt in that I’ve got three names down in my black book for two goals and for the life of me I can’t remember who scored in which order so Holly, Anna and Emma you can have two thirds of a goal each or I’m sure two of you can correct me!

With Hereford vanquished up next were back to back games against Old Loughtonians and Ipswich and I’m pleased to report that in these two we played as we can and should and recorded two fine victories 3-0 and 4-0 respectively. When we are confident and keep our shape and make the ball do the work we are a very effective side and a delight to watch so extremely well done to the girls in these two games with a goal each for Sophie, Emma, Evie and Anna and three for hotshot Holly !

We then had an hour and a half break before our final pool game against Cambridge City and after a detailed look at the table with Fi Brice to do the maths we established that a draw would’ve been good enough to take second place in the group by virtue of goals scored as Cambridge had also won three and lost one. With Fi sworn to secrecy we kept this to ourselves and with the girls fed and watered we played our final group game with victory assuring us of a semi final berth. I think it was our best performance of the day and the girls really got stuck in with the tackling and also kept the width which was testing Cambridge on both flanks. Mid way through the first half a foot in the D and a short corner. Smooth text book flat injection from Evie, composed gather from Anna and then a straight strike smash into the back board, 1-0 Magpies. Then on the stroke of half time came the moment of controversy and the awarding of a flick to Cambridge. A clean break down the right for Cambridge and cue alarm bells. Georgia makes the courageous and correct decision to come sliding out to challenge the Cambridge player and gets a toe to ball and it goes off the back line. Long corner we think but no, the Umpire calls for a flick perhaps swayed by the positivity of Georgia’s advance and the hurdling of the Cambridge player which most felt was extremely harsh (including the Cambridge coach so thank you to him). So it came to it with Georgia on the line, teeth bared and Cambridge ready to go. Parp went the whistle and off went the flick towards the bottom left but down went Georgia superbly to turn the ball onto the post and away from danger. A moment to be proud of for Georgia so well done. That invigorated the team and the second half was more or less controlled by Magpies with the odd chance from Cambridge on the break but we held on for a deserved win and a spot in the semi final.

So came the semi final against pool A winners Canterbury and a place in the national finals to play for. It wasn’t a great game and both sides were tired and running with the ball took over a bit too much and not the fluid style that we can play. A scrappy goal from a cruel deflection off a Magpies stick that looped over Georgia was all that separated the two sides and we huffed and puffed but couldn’t quite find a chance to save the game and so it ended there…….

It has been yet another tremendous season for this group of girls with multiple tournament wins, goals galore, qualification for the East Finals, progression through to the semi finals where on goal difference we would’ve been placed third overall with the consolation of being the best placed Norfolk team. Everyone in the squad played their part on what was a hot and tiring day. Goals and great deeds often claim the headlines but everyone worked tirelessly in a genuine squad effort so also a massive well done to Alyssa,Molly, Jessica and Ruby as well. Many thanks to Duncan for his council and support on the sideline.

I will echo what Kathy Gardens wrote in her report for the U10 girls that it was so good to see so many parents, friends and supporters there cheering on the girls and epitomises what our club is all about with particular mention to David Brook who came along to advise and observe in his normal guru type fashion.


Squad – Ruby (c), Georgia (GK), Jessica, Molly, Holly, Alyssa, Anna, Sophie, Evie, Emma
TM – Jim Menzies




With only the bare minimum of 7 players available, the A team tackled their last hurdle before their end of season highlight when they compete in the East In2 Hockey finals this weekend. The first game against a reinvigorated Dragons didn’t go to plan as we huffed and puffed and forgot how to play as we all know we can and a scrappy goal off a rebound was enough to give Dragons a deserved victory. From there on it was better news as we rediscovered our more expansive style and passed the ball around more fluidly and were more decisive in front of goal which was enough to bring 2-0, 3-1 and 3-0 victories against Dragons B, Watton and Norwich City which was good to see. A really good shift from all the girls and with no subs there is no rest or hiding place so well done.

We set ourselves high standards because we know that we are capable and we hope to see this in excess on Sunday ! COME ON YOU MAGPIES !

Squad :- Georgia, Alyssa, Ruby, Jessica, Holly, Molly & Evie

B Team
The Magpies B’s fielded a strong side for our last tournament of the season and started strongly with a 6-0 win over Norwich Dragons, goals from Sasha, Maddie (4) and Amy. Next up we faced Dereham and came away with a 1-0 win thanks to Maddie’s strike.

Ella was on top form against Pelicans and used her silky skills to bag 5 goals, with Grace Clarke adding the 6th. We finished the morning by playing Magpies C’s where we shared the goals around amongst Ella (2), Maddie, Evie and Sasha.

Katy made some great saves in goal and organised her defence well with Megan and Grace making some lovely tackles. Great work rate and attitude from all of the girls and an awesome way to end the season.

Squad :- Katy, Megan, Grace C, Ella, Maddi, Sasha, Amy & Evie N

C Team
Our first game was against Pelicans who came out strong. But it didn’t take long for Magpies to get into the game, lovely passes coming into the D from Sofia and Hattie, passing the ball round and creating space. Unfortunately Pelicans got a short corner which they scored from, this resulted the first game finishing at 1-0 to Pelicans.
Our second game was against Norwich Dragons. This game we were quick on the ball, and this resulted in a good ball into the D from Sukey followed by a goal from Ellie. Not long after the first goal the same happened again, but this time the ball was put into the D by Kate and again found Ellie who scored her second goal. This game finished 2-0 to Magpies.

Our third game we lost against Magpies B’s, we knew it would be a hard game as they had already won two of their games 6-0! But that didn’t stop us, Ellie and Emma did well in defence, and we didn’t give up. Some brilliant hockey was played moving the ball wide and passing it down the line into space. Well done Magpies B’s!!
Last game of the day resulted in 0-0 against Dereham. Out of all the games we played during the tournament this game was the game we played our best hockey. Everyone was supporting each other, free hits were taken early and the ball was going out wide.
Brilliant team spirit from everyone, well done team!

Squad: Emma, Ellie C, Hattie, Sukey, Sofia, Kate & Ellie B


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


With the U12 A Team competing in the Norfolk Champs at Pelicans, Magpies hosted a B / C team tournament in the wind and rain at Weybread. Please see below for match reports.

Magpies Red – Gold Tournament winners

The girls performed brilliantly on a morning when the tournament was hit by one of the worst spells of weather that any of us could have imagined! Braving the biting winds and heavy rain, the girls displayed a high level of commitment in each of their four matches.

First up we faced Norwich City Lions and the girls were soon into their stride with a quick goal by Hannah reacting quickly to a shot from Molly that the goalkeeper initially cleared. Without the efforts of their goalkeeper Norwich could have been beaten more heavily as the team spent most of the game camped in the opposition’s half.

Next we faced the first of our two matches against Norwich Dragons who perhaps lacked the experience of our girls and this was evident straight away as early pressure resulted in the first of the team’s goals. Seven further goals followed with all scorers being Ella (4), Maddie, Hannah, Georgia and Molly.

Our third game was the 2nd match against Norwich City Lions who were clearly determined to battle for a result in what was likely to be key match. They fought hard with no little skill and Magpies were clearly not having things their own way that they had enjoyed in their previous match. The all-important and ultimately decisive goal was scored by Hannah and the team deservedly ran out 1-0 winners.

Our last game was against Dragons who started the game keen to score their first goal of the tournament but this was always going to be difficult against a confident Magpies and Katie; in goal who despite not being called upon too much throughout the matches had already proved her value with a fine save against Norwich City. Another fine victory was to follow with scores by Hannah, Georgia and Ella (3).

A great morning’s work despite the weather with 4 victories, 15 goals and none conceded.

Squad – Katy, Ruby B, Grace C, Hannah, Maddi, Molly, Georgia S, Ella

TM – Vanessa

Magpies Blue – Silver Tournament runner up

Magpies Blue had most of the possession in all of the games, first one we drew 0-0, second one 0-0, third one we beat Norwich Dragons 1-0, the goal was scored by some excellent passing into the D and Ellie was found in front of the goal who slapped the ball in past the goalkeeper. The last game we unfortunately lost 1-0. Everyone played really well, and despite the weather was a good day!

Squad – Katy/Lily, Anna S, Saskia, Ellie, Olivia, Emma F & Kate F
TM – Katie

Magpies White – Silver tournament winners
Strong start by Magpies Whites against Norwich Dragons. Led by captain Jade Bishop we were soon into the swing of things and passed the ball well. Sofia Chopra set up Ellen Moodie for the only goal of the game.
Next up we played the Magpies Blue team and the evenness of the teams was reflected in the 0-0 score line. Tilly Dodds worked really hard to keep out the attackers and Lily kept the goal safe with some good saves.
We then faced Norwich City Tigers and after numerous opportunities for Grace King and Amy Freeman upfront, Ellen scored again from Jade’s pass.
Last up we played Dragons for a second time and despite their determination, we played some lovely hockey, passing well between ourselves and calling for the ball. Ellen snuck her 3rd and 4th goals of the day past the Dragons ‘keeper which meant that we won the Silver Tournament.
Fantastic team spirit despite the miserable weather meant that we all left with smiles on our faces, well done girls.

Squad – Lily, Jade, Sofia, Grace K, Tilly, Ellen & Amy
TM – Rosie



The In2hockey Norfolk Championships were held at wet, cold and wild Pelicans today with a place in the The East Championships held at Magpies at the start of April up for grabs and our girls came through the test on what was a shocking day to play hockey in let alone spectate so also a big well done to all the parents who made the trip and stuck it out.
Up first were a determined Dereham side that were unable to withstand whirlwind Holly Wills who rattled up a cheeky hatrick to get the day started with a goal each for Anna Cogdell and Jessica Menzies to seal a 5-0 win. Up next were Norwich City and pretty sharpish we were 2-0 down. Oh no I hear you say and that’s how it finished with two errors being punished and a disjointed performance which left the girls disgruntled. So all was clear, we had to win the next two games against Dragons and Pelicans to progress. Up first were Dragons and it was one of those games, 80% possession and wave upon wave of attacks but no goals but up pops Jonny on the spot Holly Wills with a scrappy dribbler that just about went in to secure a twitchy 1-0. Last up were Pelicans who were unable to keep the girls at bay and they rattled up a 7-0 victory with two more from Holly, Evie B and Jessica Tarrant and one from Anna to finish the scoring.
Well done girls, good work from all on a tough weather day and onwards we go.

Squad – Georgia F, Alyssa, Jessica T, Jessica M, Anna, Holly, Ruby, Sophie & Evie B

Jim Menzies


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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