Harleston Magpies U14s hockey tournament delivers 

Harleston Magpies hockey club hosted a terrific day of youth hockey on Sunday 9 September with no less than 30 teams and 200 youngsters travelling from all over the region for a fun day of friendly hockey in the sunshine.

Harleston Magpies entered three boys teams and four girls teams, a record number of team entries in this age group. They were joined by teams from Norwich City, Dragons, Felixstowe, IES, Framlingham, Chelmsford, Blue Hornets and Bury hockey clubs. The team played 12 minute matches in a seven a side format, making each match fast and furious. Seven young umpires from Magpies supported the matches, profiling the importance of getting more young people involved in that side of the game. Jude Pottruff, aged 15, has recently qualified as a level 1 umpire and said: ‘This tournament gave us a great opportunity to work on sharpening up our umpiring skills after a break from hockey over the summer. Being an umpire means you understand the rules, and this really helps your hockey game when you play in matches.’

Commenting on a successful day, coach and event organiser Jim Menzies said: ‘We were so impressed with the number of teams entered into our friendly U14s hockey tournament. It just shows how popular the game has become in recent years. The club was packed and we saw some excellent hockey skills on display throughout the day from the youngsters.’

U14 girls cup winners were Norwich City, with runners up Magpies. Dragons under 14s won the U14s boys cup, with Norwich City runners up. In the plate finals, IES won the plate for the girls, with Bury runners up, and Blue Hornets took the boys plate, with Felixstowe runners up. Well done to all the teams playing on the day.