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U14 Girls – All Aboard The National Express

With the Nest bathed in glorious sunshine we welcomed Spencer HC, Amersham & Chalfont HC and Southgate HC for a regional final and a chance for the U14 girls to compete for a spot in the national finals. Up first were Spencer HC and to their credit they started more fluently than Magpies and retained possession well albeit mostly in their own half. The girls then seemed to throw off the nervous shackles and got into the game. They opened the scoring when a goal bound shot was stopped on the line by a foot and was awarded initially as a shortie, but was then overturned in an umpire consultation and calmly dispatched by Emma W into the bottom left. Emma W then added another quite quickly to send us into HT 2-0 to the good. Hollie D-R then scored quite soon after the break and Magpies saw out the rest of the game to secure our first points of the day.

Up next were Amersham & Chalfont and again we were slow out of the blocks (too much cake between games maybe) and were punished at the back when not clearing effectively and a dribbly dribbler went over the line (just) to leave us 0-1. My brow was furrowed at bit at that but to their huge credit they went up the other end and smashed in three goals in four minutes to turn the game on its head. First another short corner melee with a deflected shot being cleared dangerously that lead to another flick for Emma W to tuck away, then she scored another with Hollie D-R smashing the backboard to make it 3-1 at HT. No more goals in the second half but no real danger from Amersham and we were able to see out the game comfortably. A brief look at the table told us that a draw and even a 2-0 loss would’ve been good enough but that was never the plan as we lined up against Southgate HC for our final fixture. Thankfully we did start this game much more positively and soon found ourselves 2-0 up with another lovely goal from Emma W and a smart centre forward’s finish from Ella S who ran her socks off all day and deserved her goal. We then faced a series of short corners as Southgate upped their game but the girls defend so bravely and kept them at bay. With half time approaching Alicia P scored a proper poacher’s back post deflection that roofed nicely following a pacy delivery from outside the D to leave us 3-0 up at HT. The second half saw the girls play some really good relaxed and confident hockey with some great interplay but no more goals, not for the lack of trying. We conceded a flick that was scored in the last minute but by then the damage was well and truly done and cue the delight from the girls at the final whistle.

Goal scorers often get the headlines so well done to Emma W (5), Hollie D-R (2), Ella S (1) and Alicia (1) but I will point out with satisfaction that this was a genuine all squad display with everyone playing their part and contributing. Loads of effort all round the park so a huge well done to the girls on reaching the U14 Tier 1 National Finals on May 12th.

Squad :- Sophie P (c), Abi L (GK), Georgia F (GK), Ruby P, Talitha K, Evie B, Anna C, Jessica M, Emma W, Holly W, Ella S, Hollie D-R, Loulou F, Alicia P, Jessica T


Girls U14 B Team v IES W 3-0

A bright sunny morning was what greeted the U14 B team/development as we traveled to play Ipswich & East Suffolk HC for a 10am push back. We are lucky to have good numbers in the U14 age group and with only one team playing in the EH Championships this was a great opportunity to get those not involved in that to get the gang back together and play age group hockey again. I am very pleased to report that the whole group played extremely well and played the type of hockey they can be proud of and ran out deserved 3-0 winners. Admittedly we did have a tricky first 10 minutes full of the normal nonsense that puts any team under pressure i.e. Not clearing the ball from the back, running into contact and losing it, no width and snail like passing. That said they defended well and from then onwards they got back into the game and dominated the rest of the game bar the odd IES foray that was rebuffed by resolute defending, calm distribution and off they went again. 
So in summary, the first 10 wasn’t great but the rest was excellent with all of the girls front back to front showing good simple and effective skills on the ball with some lovely inter passing that combined their willingness to try something different, see that it works and then continue to play in that way and actually get better as the game went on which was the most enjoyable part of the morning. Passing the ball makes any game come alive so really well done girls, excellent work all round from all. 
Goals came from Amie H following a mazy run, then Ellen M who cooly slotted home  following a classic down the right base line draw the keeper run from Beth G leaving Amie H to score another mazy runner to conclude the scoring. Plenty of other chances and shots on goals from others on a really promising morning. 
Squad – Katie D (GK), Alyssa W, Megan D, Anna S, Olivia E, Ellen M, Ellie B, Rosie M, Jade B, Tilly D, Amie H, Flo C, Beth G & Grace C


U14 Girls v Norwich City W 7-2

We welcomed Norwich City to The Nest for the final tier 1 U14 group game with top spot in the group up for grabs for both teams. It was frosty and icy first thing to say the least but a 45 minute delayed start allowed the sun to do its thing and off we went at 11.30am. We didn’t have to wait very long for the first goal as Magpies started positively and dominated possession and took the lead in the 2nd minute after a strong run down the right from Emma W who finished calmly at the near post. Magpies had the better of the first 15-20 minutes, passing the ball well but City then got back into the game with a goal which was reward for some good passages of play from them, 1-1. Magpies responded well and restored their lead with a crisp finish from Hollie D-R and then with the half time whistle about to be blown Holly W roofed with a smart reverse stick finish to make it 3-1 Magpies at HT. 
In a re run of the first half Emma W raced down the right and slotted in at the near post to make it 4-1 Magpies in the first minute of the second half before she completed her hat trick following a delicious through ball from Loulou F to round the keeper and again calmly slot home. Emma W then turned provider as a good break led to a classic 2v1 and she fed Ella S who turned the ball positively into the backboard. City then grabbed another to make it 6-2 before Hollie D-R completed her brace finishing well in a crowded D to make the final score 7-2 to Magpies. 
Excellent work from both keepers Abi L and Georgia F who both made good saves at important times and really solid work from the back four of Sophie P, Ruby P, Talitha K & Evie B who communicated well, battled and kept City at bay who played positively throughout. 
We can now look forward to a regional final on March 24th which gives us several weeks to iron out any wrinkles we might have and also keep up the momentum. Well done girls, good work all round. 
Squad :- Sophie P (C), Abi L (GK), Georgia F (GK), Ruby P, Talitha K, Evie B, Anna C, Jessica M, Jessica T, Alicia P, Emma W, Holly W, Hollie D-R, Ella S, Loulou F


U 14 Girls v IES W 6-0

A beautiful sun splashed autumnal morning saw the U14 girls play their second Tier 1 group game away at IES. Having finished the previous game with good positive momentum we discussed the importance of learning from what worked well in the last game and am pleased to report that there were good periods in this game that were a pleasure to watch. The first half began and Magpies passed the ball about well and probed continually down both flanks with good work from Holly W and Emma W in particular and it was from such a surge down the left that the first two goals came with Jessica M slotting home on both occasions from quality cut backs. Very good work all round. Neat work in the D saw a goal on debut for Hollie D-R, big thumbs up and then a solid strike from Emma W saw the first half finish 4-0 Magpies. Just before half time we almost scored what would’ve been a contender for club goal of the season as an intricate series of one twos and runs from the halfway line ended in a shot that just shaved the wrong side of the post and drew gasps and oohs from the crowd. IES fought hard throughout and frustrated us a little in the second half and we did probably if we were honest with ourselves resort to running too much with it again and it was only when we started to pass it again that more chances were created with Anna benefitting once from open play and then again with a sweet short corner strike. The girls worked really hard throughout and produced a good amount of excellent team hockey and it was this that produced some really well worked goals. I must add that the IES keeper had a very busy day and made at least 10 decent saves, four of which were quite outstanding and kept the score down without doubt but this was still a convincing 6-0 victory for Magpies. We have a few weeks now to do some fine tuning before out final group game v Norwich City on February 4th.

Squad – Sophie P (C), Abi L (GK), Georgia F (GK), Ruby P, Talitha K, Molly L, Anna C, Jessica M, Emma W, Holly W, Hollie D-R, Ella S, Jessica T, Alicia P


U14 Girls v Ipswich W 7-1

The U14 girls began their Tier 1 EH campaign for this season at The Nest with a well deserved 7-1 victory over Ipswich. Magpies came out of the blocks strongly and dominated possession from the off but were guilty of running with the ball too much to the detriment of any width and so huffed and puffed a bit and got a little frustrated. The front players did however convert a full press error from Ipswich into an interception for Emma W on the 22 who duly smashed the ball into the back board, 1-0 Magpies and this was the half time score. Everything was working ok ish but at our half time chat we all agreed that run with it less, pass it more and keep the width was the recipe for the 2nd half. Evie B and Molly L moved to right back and right half and both had an excellent half of hockey and stuck to the recipe. Ella S was a constant nuisance for the Ipswich defence all day and was rewarded with a goal and two more followed for Anna C to put Magpies 4-0 up. A rare Ipswich attacked produced a short corner goal with a fortunate deflection doing the damage but that only spurred on Magpies with Anna C completing her hat trick and one a piece for Loulou F and Jess M to make the final score 7-1. We as coaches learnt plenty from this first match and hopefully the girls also will remember the recipe that produced some really good hockey in the second half and also six goals ! One down with two more games to go in the group stage starting with a trip to IES in two weeks.

Squad – Sophie P (C), Abi L (GK), Georgia F (GK), Jessica M, Jessica T, Ruby P, Loulou F, Evie B, Emma W, Holly W, Alicia P, Molly L, Ella S, Anna C, Talitha K

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


Girls U14 v Norwich City (Away (C) D 1-1)

Magpies took a strong U14 side to Norwich City for their first EH Cup pool game expecting a tough game and that is what they got. Right from the off they dominated possession with City not able to gain much of a foothold. Surging runs from midfield from Georgie and Amy created a few half chances but no goals. With 25 minutes gone another swift break from midfield from Georgie who beat a couple of players and then fed Kiera who calmly slotted home, 1-0 Magpies and well deserved. You never dominate all of a game and City broke on occasion forcing three shorties in a row but the back four held firm and so the half finished 1-0 to Magpies.
We agreed at half time that we were working hard as a team and it was going pretty well but we were too narrow and running with the ball a bit too much so that was the aim for the second half. A second goal was always going to be crucial and we tried and tried, Amy hit a post and their keeper made some good saves so when a deflected equaliser from City came with 8 minutes still to go we were made to pay for not being clinical enough. One more half chance before the final whistle for Magpies but not glory finish.
There were positive performances all over the team with one or two being asked to play out of position. There was no shortage of effort from the girls all afternoon but a case of two points lost rather than one point gained probably but we will go into our next group game with Sudbury on Nov 19th knowing what needs to be rectified. Big thanks to John Pope for umpiring.

Team :- Grace (GK), Georgie (C), Ellen, Honey, Jess M, Jess T, Holly M, Holly T, Kiera, Georgia, Mimi, Victoria, Tabitha & Amy

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

Magpies Under 14s – Midlands Regional Group A Results – Sunday 2 April 2017

Magpies under 14 girls with a young team of predominantly of year 8s – four year 9s in total – and a year 7 debuting in goal arrived at Leicester Grammar school on a warm sunny day with high hopes.

Team: Abi Lewis (GK), Alice Wiseman, Amelia Slade, Amy Collison, Beth Moodie, Ellen Pope, Holly Hanrahan, Honey Lamdin, Georgie Cantrell (Capt), Georgie Gardens, Keira Wheeler, Molly Warnes, Tabitha Borrett, Victoria Spouncer

Undefeated in competition all season a tough round was expected with toughest game up first.

Game 1: Reading 2-1 Magpies (Leicester 0-1 Cirencester on other pitch)

Goals: Georgie Cantrell

Classic Magpies we gave Reading a half start in this one getting a thorough 1-0 thrashing in the first. The score-line merely shows what a nervy start it was by both sides and the tremendous defence we displayed during a period when we barely got out of our own 25 including at least one phenomenal diving save by Abi to prevent a goal with her stick. Wave after wave of penalty corners ensued with Reading misfiring until eventually toward the end of the first half they inevitably scored.

This part of the team strategy I was clearly not privy to.

The same eleven stepped on the pitch in the second half but it was a completely different team.

Wave after wave of Magpies attack ensued and Reading were rumbled. With around four minutes to go a mazy run from Georgie C through the D ending in a close quarters nerveless push past the keeper broke the deadlock. Game on. And we continued to press for the winner.

Knowing full well that you’re at your most vulnerable when you’ve scored it was in this period that the team manager lost his voice. And sure enough, from a Magpies attack Reading countered getting a ball through our midfield and defence to a group of three attackers camped out in our D behind our defence. Abi handled two but the ball fell to the third who reversed it into the goal with less than two minutes to go.

We picked ourselves up and immediately went for the Reading goal but despite giving it everything the whistle came too soon.

It was small consolation to know that we had give Reading their toughest game of the season.

Game 2 Magpies 0-2 Cirencester (Leicester 0-3 Reading)

A strange one this. It neither felt as intense nor did Cirencester feel to be as good a side as Reading. Nevertheless we couldn’t take our chances and Cirencester got two relatively simple goals at key stages in each half.

After on paper our two toughest games, we’d played all our 14 girls all of whom had given absolutely everything. I shan’t forget Georgie G’s look towards me towards the end of the second game when I helpfully suggested another run – even telepathy has ***s in it – and despite a strong sense that the 50/50s were not to be going our way every team member stayed positive, committed and dedicated to the team.

So with one game to go and our first outing on the water pitch anticipated…

Game 3 Leicester 0-7 Magpies (Reading 2-1 Cirencester)

Despite the official score sheet saying 6, it was 7.

Goals: Alice Wiseman, Ellen Pope, Georgie Cantrell (3), Georgie Gardens, Molly Warnes

A tactical tweak, a ringing of the changes, the shackles off and only pride to play for… and it all came together. We played with freedom and our fitness showed, by the end Leicester understandably looking the more tired. Goals were now coming from everywhere with both Bobby and Molly getting their first u14 goals of the season and Georgie C her regulation hat trick. The one small disappointment was that one of our most skilful, dedicated, hard working, deserving and above all modest players, Amy, didn’t quite get on the score-sheet this year – saving it up for next!

Thank-yous abound:

Firstly to Wendy and her team at Leicester who put on a great event and supplied us with a very fair and calm umpire in Graham who is welcome at Weybread at any time – bring a responsible adult to drive you home Graham, we have a very good bar!

Secondly as always to our wonderful supporters and support crew. Our parents and especially to Grace, Izzy and Rob who helped me run the bench, especially to Rob for all the running player repairs! We can rebuild her….

Penultimately to Martin, Nick and Sandra for all their dedication, hard work and unlimited patience (especially with me!) throughout the winter.

And finally to all the girls. The team, the wider squad and birthday girl Grace our regular GK. We couldn’t want for better. We hope you come back wanting more next season. And good luck to Alice, Beth, Georgie, Liv and Molly in the u16s.

We have (at least – I’ve just seen a note possibly about another from Sandra!) two remaining fixtures

Sunday 30 April – Braintree Blue Hornets end of season friendly – details to follow

Friday 19 May – Youth Presentation Evening (remember to let Alison and Nick know that you’re coming!!)



Match Report – U14 Girls – Regionals warm up matches v Braintree Blue Hornets – Sunday 19th March

Braintree and Magpies met up for a sociable and highly competitive warm up match at Weybread.

With both teams looking to up the ante a high tempo high quality encounter ensued. Using the regionals model of 15 min each way games we held two game one on sand and one on water and by the end honours were even with Braintree winning the sand encounter 2-0 and Magpies winning the water encounter 2-0.

A big thanks to Marcus and all the Braintree girls and their families for making the Sunday trip out and a big thanks to all our usual support crew for all their pitch side support, backroom support and the after match refreshment.

Two weeks to go!


Magpies Team: Abi Lewis (GK), Alice Wiseman, Amelia Slade, Amy Collison, Beth Moodie, Elena Flatt, Ellen Pope, Georgie Gardens, Hattie Reader, Holly Hanrahan, Honey Lamdin, Keira Wheeler, Lily Reader, Molly Warnes, Tabitha Borrett, Victoria Spouncer

EH U14 Girls Championships – Midlands League 4 – Sunday 19th February – Pelicans v Magpies 2-2

With all to play for, Pelicans needing to win by a clear 4 goal margin and anything less than that meaning group leaders Magpies would qualify for the next round, a hotly contested final round was expected. And with three quarters of the players on the pitch playing for Norfolk or Suffolk we weren’t to be disappointed. The quality and intensity were both high.

Both teams set themselves up to attack. Magpies, operating under the caretaker management of Clare Moodie and Mel Slade and interpreting the umpire-for-the-day-and-not-really-looking-forward-to-it-team-manger John’s hieroglyphics (crikey – spelt that right first time!) took two or three minutes to adjust to their self management and within ten minutes of end to end absorbing hockey with chances at both ends opened up the Pelis defence with a cross-cum-pullback across the D from Georgie C finding Ellen some 10 metres out on the left who calmly slotted perfectly into the far corner beyond the keeper.

With around 10 minutes gone, Georgie G limped off with a sore ankle and having failed to be provided with the what-to-do-when-one-of-your-strongest-players-gets-injured procedure the reserve team management improvised with aplomb putting on our most versatile trouble-shooter Bobby who, throughout the afternoon thereafter, popped up in all manner of places from sweeper to centre forward to either save the day or create genuine concern in the Pelis defence.

Despite several attacks the Pelicans defence was resolute and precise with several great tackles in their own D and no penalty corners conceded in the entire first half. This gave them a tremendous platform to counter attack and on one such they finally made the most of the Magpies attacking defence getting around them with a superb long range right to far left shot past Grace, who throughout the day was commanding of her D and defence.

Honours even at half time and the hope and expectation was that Pelicans would tire and Magpies, as in several of their previous games, would prove the stronger throughout and wear down their opposition. But it wasn’t to be with several Magpies tiring from their league efforts the day before and Pelicans pounced with a swift counter putting them deservedly in front.

And with 15 minutes to go Magpies tried to up the intensity even more. Georgie G, defying instructions from Framlingham High Command, brought herself back on finding it easier to run than walk! Bobby, Georgie C, Molly and the entire team went into overdrive and with 10 minutes to go another ball randomly bobbling all around the Pelis D again found Ellen in almost identical space who again slotted an even more precise shot home.

2-2 and it was anybody’s. And both teams gave it their all with, at the death, Ellen just missing a pinging ball across the D for her second hat trick of the season. At U14s that’s just a grounding for three weeks!

Both teams contributed to a high quality intense encounter and a draw was probably a fair result on the day. Pelicans will rue their early season performances and they were deservedly in the mix at the business end of the group.

Thankfully we enjoyed Pelis excellent hospitality after the game as I fear it would have been a waddle-over had it been before. Bar two players, Pelis U14 girls will be identical next year and will be a formidable opposition.

And thanks to our ever loyal supporters and most of all Clare and Mel for running the team today. I think they went for a good lie down after. Yes, all of them.

So at the end of the group stage despite not losing a game and beating Cambridge City, Magpies find themselves second in the group, so likely to face the tougher regional group on 2nd April.

The stats to date read as follows:

3-3 Norwich City – a game where we snatched a draw from the jaws of victory (3-1 up)
9-1 Bury – against a good young team we overwhelmed them before they could get into gear
2-1 Cambridge – a tough resolute backs-to-the-wall performance in which the better team did not win
9-1 Norwich Dragons – another game against a young team where the result belies the hard work and level to which Dragons made us rise to eventually win through
2-2 Pelicans – all out attack and a high quality entertaining (for the impartial bystander) game

Squad used so far: Grace R (GK), Alice W, Amelia S, Amy C, Beth M, Ellen P, Georgie C, Georgie G, Hattie R, Honey L, Holly H, Keira W, Lily R, Molly W, Olivia L, Tabitha B, Victoria S

Scorers to date

13 – Georgie C (+3 beyond permitted 8 gd)
5 – Ellen
3 – Georgie G (bar a stewards inquiry this could be +1 GG, -1 GC re Norwich tbc)
2 – Keira
1 – Alice
1 – Tabitha

P-5, W-3, D-2, F:25, A:8
Cambridge City 1st by 1pt, Magpies has the best league defensive record – not bad when you play just two at the back – and identical goal difference with Cambridge.


Match Report – U14 Girls – Sunday 5 February 2017 – EH Champs, Home v Norwich Dragons 11-1 (9-1 rounded) win

A very calm composed set of u14 Magpies girls arrived early on a beautiful clear spring-like morning ready to engage with the most junior member of this year’s league.

Looking to defend our position, preparing for hopefully several more games ahead and trying to absorb the lessons of our intense tight pre Christmas win in Cambridge we started out with a completely new formation.

Within 90 seconds this looked to have paid off with George C penetrating from deep and roofing the ball cross field past the keeper. But Magpies weren’t going to have it all their own way and Dragons pushed us hard from then on until the end of the first half. After several squandered chances including Ellen rattling the upright Keira, on her team debut duly fulfilled her CF job description despatching coolly in front of the keeper.

Then from a bit of ambitious Magpies defending Dragons pounced on us looping a ball over Grace from a deflection when trying to make amends for our earlier mistake and they were very much back in it. We kept faith with our new set-up and continued to make chances; and with two further goals from Bobby and, on the half time whistle Georgie C we were 4-1 up.

Team talk was easy – we were playing well – everyone was happy in their positions. We just had to do something about the 6 chances we missed in the first half.

And with the noon-day sun at our back we did just that. Keira deservedly got her second finishing of a cross field pass and Tabitha deservedly got on the score sheet after numerous near misses rounding off a wonderful whole team move. With a goal from Georgie G sandwiched by 4 more from Georgie C and with the crowd in good spirits we retired to some well deserved teas.

But not before some very positive words for both teams. Dragons belied their results history in giving us a strong opposition throughout. They are a very young side who will only benefit from these games for next year and they made Magpies raise their game. And lots of praise for our girls too, particularly our defence and deep midfield who give our attackers the platform to shine and to all our players especially our stronger players who tried to play simple quick precise passing throughout.

A big thanks to Shirley and Louisa for umpiring before their later victory and to Alison, Roisin for teas and to everyone for helping out and supporting.

With one game to go against Pelicans on 19 February (away 12.30) and two to qualify for the next round it looks like this:

1 Magpies – 10 pts GD (17)
2 Cambridge City – 9 pts (11)
3 Pelicans – 7 pts (9)
4 Norwich City – 5 pts (3)
5 Bury – 3 pts (-8)
6 Norwich Dragons – 0 (-32)


Match Report: Magpies Girls U14 Championships – Midlands League 4 – Match 3 v Cambridge City


Magpies travelled to Cambridge knowing the winner of this top of the table clash would top the group with three games played and two to go.

A clash of the titans was what we expected and was exactly what we got. Where in previous games players of both sides had enjoyed the luxury of space and time no quarter was given in this game. Tackles were full on and the pace was relentless, mistakes, even by the very best, were inevitable. But who was to prevail?

Magpies started the better with runs from right, left and centre all making inroads to the Cambridge final quarter who in turn stood resolute and made more effective counter-attacks with our midfield seemingly unable to cut out defence to attack balls. With 15 minutes gone and nothing on the board to show the tables were starting to turn and Magpies early dominance was starting to be reversed by the hosts.

Then we really did it! After a period of hard fought possession in around the 20th minute in the City final third Georgie C found an opening in the D and slid the ball past the keeper to the opposite left hand posting quite literally edging Magpies in front. And how City responded. The final 10 minutes of the first half was a Cambridge onslaught during which our defence, and Grace in particular rose their game to the occasion. A combination of Cambridge misfiring at PCs and very brave #1 running from Molly kept our clean sheet at half time.

We expected a response in the second half and Cambridge gave it. Whilst out possession may have been even in the first 15 minutes of the second the territory all belonged to Cambridge who tried every route possible to penetrate our defence and eventually and deservedly equalised. The Cambridge pressure continued but our defence stood resolute and the harder we worked the luckier we got. Several counter attacks ensued and on one Georgie G made a fabulous run giving her a one on one with the keeper which she coolly despatched.

Ten minutes left and the every member of the team gave everything – no-one singled out so the team sheet below because every one of the team gave their defensive all.

Cambridge literally tried everything to win and would have tunnelled their way to goal if it had been an option but they weren’t to be given the chance and with much relief and a few hoarse voices we celebrated the final whistle.

And with that Magpies edge their way to the top of the table with two games (Dragons and Pelicans) to go:

  1. Magpies 7pts
  2. Cambridge 6pts
  3. Norwich City 5pts
  4. Pelicans 4pts
  5. Bury 3pts
  6. Norwich Dragons 0pts

Team: Alice Wiseman, Amelia Slade, Amy Collison, Beth Moodie, Ellen Pope, Georgie Cantrell, Georgie Gardens, Grace Robertson, Honey Lamdin, Molly Warnes, Olivia Lapage, Victoria Spouncer

Match report: U14 Girls EH Champs, Sunday 6th November

Bury and Magpies U14 girls met in their second England Hockey Midlands League match at Weybread, both with something to prove. Bury had opened their account with an 8-0 drubbing of Dragons and Magpies had somehow snatched a draw from the jaws of victory away at City.

A Sunday morning 10.15 game can go one of two ways. Abandoning the away 4-1-4-1 and taking the advice of one or two well informed spectators our new formation passed its test within 10 minutes by which time we were 3-0 up. With the promise of free reign up front for 15 minutes Georgies G (2 goals) and C (1 goal) backed up by Tabitha’s pace on the right and threats and solidity from Beth, Molly and Bobby in midfield gave Bury no chance to breath. This was genuinely a day when it wasn’t Bury that were bad but it just came together for us all.

By half time Ellen had grabbed the first of what was to be her hat trick with an around-the-houses penalty corner, Georgie C had completed her hat trick, and all four subs – Amy, Hattie, Holly, Lily were on. And the year 8 defence of Amelia, Ellen, Honey and Victoria had done their bit by deservedly keeping a clean sheet.

The second half year 9 defence started their shift with what under the 6-0 up circumstances could be described as a comedy concession in trying to run the ball out of defence somehow resulting in a counter attacking rebound off the upright landing in front of a Bury attacker in classic tap-in position.

A gentle suggestion to focus and normal service resumed.

After giving some of the subs a run out, Ellen and Georgie C returned and completed the 10-1 performance – which under league rules is trimmed to 9-1 – final tally being Georgie G (2), Ellen (3) and Georgie C (5). Our attacks are warming up very nicely. But once again all credit to our engine room and notably Amelia, Amy, Molly and Victoria who snaffled many potential opposition attacks.

All that remained after we’d chipped the ice off Grace – who, what little she had to do did well and without fuss – was to retire for a well-deserved tea courtesy of Honey’s dad Miles.

A big thank you to all of you today, especially our terrific supporters who as always followed us with good natured enthusiasm. We will need you all in good voice in two weeks’ time in our top-of-the-table clash at Cambridge City.

Team: Alice, Amelia, Amy, Beth, Ellen, Georgie C, Georgie G, Grace, Hattie, Holly, Honey, Lily, Molly, Tabitha, Victoria


Match Report: U14 Girls – Sunday 16 October – Away v Norwich City 3-3

This was a game where it was very clear from the outset that a 0-0 was not on the cards. Magpies launched attack after attach only for City to counter with equal strength and skill.

After 9 minutes it was 1-1. When on the 8th minute Magpies showed how much they were up for it when defending the first penalty corner, one player was immediately despatched to the halfway line and another on a warning. This was not a game for the faint hearted. Conceding the first goal, Magpies immediately charged to the other end and levelled the score with the first of Georgie Cantrell’s hat trick.

The second goal was a sublime move involving several of the team culminating in an armour piecing one-two from the two Georgies and neat placement past the keeper.

At half time we were very clear we were in a match and this wasn’t over.

The second half continued as the first with everyone putting in a shift and a half, and, just as it could so easily have been 2-2 we gained another goal Georgie completing her hat trick to go 3-1.

End-end hockey followed with saves at both end and notably several good stops from City’s excellent keeper and on the line stops by their defenders alike. City again counter attacked and with around 15 min left gained their second.

Wave after wave followed and even more so than everyone else Molly put in an even bigger shift protecting the defence and making countless last ditch midfield tackles on both her strong and reverse side. But the almost limitless attacking out of our own 25 was starting to take its toll and with three minutes to go City pounced on some tired movement on the half way line and Grace faced four attackers bearing down on her. Despite a valiant sprint from right back across to try and stop the City right half cum forward (by then I think they were playing four up front) Victoria just failed to prevent the shot instead deflecting the ball into her own net.

No shame in that and no shame in the performance. Everyone gave it their all. We are probably the youngest team in the group with plenty to learn at this level. All of which we can and will do very quickly.

Next match is at home on Sunday 6th November against Bury.

Although this time we’ll try not to put on what is euphemistically called ‘a good one for the neutrals!’

Come and join us!


Team: Alice, Amy, Amelia, Beth, Ellen, Georgie, Georgie, Grace, Honey, Holly, Molly, Olivia, Victoria

Match report, Magpies u14girls, Sunday 11 September 2016: Hockey Fest Small Sided Tournament, Rushmere, Ipswich

Magpies under 14 girls opened the 2016-17 youth account with a tournament win at the 7-a-side tournament in Ipswich this afternoon.

An opening run out on a hot hot day produced impressive hot hockey. Not only did the girls get a well earned victory against strong opposition but they did it in style. Many of our team have know each other since they were 7 and – finally – it begins to look like it.

We tried throughout to play whole squad hockey trying to maintain a high tempo with frequent rotation of players and positions.

A good start against Felixstowe was followed by a stuttering performance against Harwich, who despite the eventual 3-0 win kept us at bay for a long time with athletic reactive shot stopping from their excellent keeper. Against IES we were up against old friends managed by Martin Reader and they gave us a good run for our money until again we prevailed.

Ipswich always looked on paper like the biggest challenge and meeting them in the last game of the group gave us a good opportunity to appraise the situation by which time only (ha!) a draw was needed to progress. That said we started well and sustained pressure led to a stroke that Georgie – despite the need for management encouragement despatched confidently. A robust and feisty encounter ensued – Mike you’d have loved it – with Magpies giving as good as they got, and the standard was high with Ipswich deservedly equalising. Both sides gave it everything but Magpies maintained their performance with a semi for reward.

Group games
1 v Felixstowe 3 won 2-0 Amy, Bobby
2 v Harwich won 3-0 Ellen x 2, GeorgieG
3 v IES 3 won 4-0 Molly, GeorgieG x 2, Amy
4 v Ipswich 2 drew 1-1 GeorgieG

v Bury won 3-0 GeorgieG 2, GeorgieC

Despite receiving a full briefing from our prior opposition, Bury didn’t quite have the strength in depth and we were able to pull clear for the final.

V Ipswich 1 won 4-0 Ellen, GeorgieG x 2, Amy

Ipswich had spread their JRPC players across their sides but with their 1sts having beaten their 3rds in the other semi we looked to be facing another feisty encounter. We could not have wanted a better start and with sustained pressure Ellen opened our final account with a free play drag back and strike across goal to the far post. Ipswich gave it everything but we countered fabulously with penetrating runs down the middle and wide.

There were match winning performances all over the park and I could tell from every rotation we made the players coming off had given everything. The skills on display were phenomenal but they were seconded by the work-rate and by the end the other teams just couldn’t match us on sustained speed and intensity. It was a privilege to watch and here’s hoping it continues.

Because we’ll need it!


A big thanks to all the parents and support crew, Charlie Farrow for setting up, Kathy Gardens and Georgie Cantrell especially for TM support, and Jack Robertson for umpiring for the day. Next game is our opening EH U14s on Sunday 16th October – more details soon.

Match Report – U14 Girls – Sunday 19 April 2015

In their first game of the Midland Section Finals of the England Hockey Cup Magpies faced Cambridge City and the game was played at great pace with both teams pressing the ball all over the pitch. 

Cambridge took the lead through a flowing move down the right before Magpies fought very hard in the second half and equalised thanks to a superb pass from Rose Winter which was deflected in by Mia king. Either team could have won but a draw was a fair result.

Magpies then knew that they would need to win their other two games to qualify for the national finals starting with host club Wallingford. After totally dominating the first half, Magpies played poorly in the second half and were grateful to some great goalkeeping by Holly Riches to finish with a draw.

Cambridge City then comfortably beat Wallingford and Lichfield meaning that Magpies could not now qualify for the national finals.

They finished with a 1-1 draw against Lichfield with Keisha Hilaire finishing off a good team move.

The squad were naturally disappointed with the outcome but they have the considerable satisfaction of knowing they went through the season unbeaten.

Cambridge City have some very talented players and deserved to qualify for the finals.

Nearly half of Magpies’ team can play in this age group next year.

U14 and U16 Girls Indoor at Brentwood

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

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

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

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


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

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

Harleston Magpies U14 Girls 5th in National Finals


Harleston Magpies U14 Girls finished 5th in the National Finals at Wakefield Hockey Club.

Magpies had a very tough baptism to the National Finals when they played Surbiton in their opening  match. Clearly Surbiton are a top side but Magpies did not have a chance to settle before Surbiton took a 2-0 lead in the opening eight minutes. From then on it was a battle to contain Surbiton, but Magpies settled down in the second half as they regained some composure and in a few attacks showed glimpses of what they are capable of, but over all Surbiton had too much quality and ran out 3-0 winners.

In Magpies second match they met Kirkby Lonsdale who had already beaten Worcester 4-0 in their opening match. In the first half Magpies were the better team and probably deserved to be in the lead at half time, but just before the interval  Kirkby Lonsdale took the lead against the run of play. From then on the opposition grew in confidence and punished Magpies in the second half with a second goal that killed the game.
In the final match in the section Magpies beat Worcester 3-2 with goals from Georgina Warren, Abby Gooderham and Tor Findlay. Magpies should have won more comfortably as they were the better side, but defensive frailties kept allowing Worcester back into the game.

So Magpies finished third in their section and in the final match they played City of York in the 5th/6th playoff match. Magpies completely dominated the match and took the lead through Tor Findlay and then continued to squander chances to keep City of York in the match. In the final minute Magpies had to defend a penalty corner to secure 5th place.

This was a great experience for these young Magpies to compete against the best teams in the country and on another day they could realistically have been involved in the 3rd /4th playoff match.
Hopefully the experience will motivate them to want to continue to improve and to have the opportunity to play in more occasions like this in the future.
SQUAD: Georgina Warren (Joint Capt), Lauren Rowe (Joint Captain), Abigail Page, Ismay Whitaker, Sophie Child, Rose Winter, Martha Lawrence, Abigail Rapkin, Anna Tighe, Amelia Preece, Alice Woollatt, Victoria Findlay, Abby Gooderham, Lottie Summers and Matilda Warde-Aldam.