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A WEEKEND OF VARIED EMOTIONS Last weekend was a mixture of frustration (to put it mildly in one case), disappointment, encouragement and excitement for our teams as summarised below. Ladies 1sts . The team laboured to a deserved 4-1 win at a cold Weybread over bottom-placed Ipswich.

Emma Lee-Smith put them ahead in the first half only for a lively Ipswich to equalise after the break. The game was then transformed when seemingly out of the blue Abby Gooderham fired home one of the goals of the season with a superb reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle. Susan Wessels then converted a penalty corner before Abby set up Susan for a simple tap-in after another piece of individual skill.

With time running out Abby seemed destined for a deserved second goal only for the umpire to blow for the end of the game with the ball about to roll into the unguarded goal! The team remains in fourth place and this coming Saturday is away to Maidenhead (1.30). Ladies 2nds.

There was further frustration for the team when they conceded two early goals away to St Albans 2nds following decisions which on another day might have gone in their favour. But they went on to battle hard combined with some excellent hockey and they got a deserved late goal when Kara Kilbourn deflected home at a penalty corner. With this 2-1 defeat the team need to win at least two of their last three games (starting at home this Saturday against Maidstone (2.00) to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

Ladies 3rds . After their 6-0 away win over Pelicans 2nds (with goals by Sarah Legg 2, Millie Preece 2, Katie Ogden and Mia King) and the draw for the 4ths the team now lead their league by three points from the 4ths who have a game in hand. Katie Woollatt was MOTM.

This Saturday Lucy Field and her team are at home after four successive away games when they host third-placed UEA 2nds (3.30). Ladies 4ths . After five wins on the trot the team had to be content with a 1-1 home draw against a gritty Norwich City 2nds.

Laura Tibbenham put them ahead in the first half after considerable City pressure and City hit back with a scrappy goal after the break for a deserved equaliser. Despite these two dropped points Treacle Griffin and her team can still win the league but they have a tricky away game with fourth placed Norwich Dragons 3rds (11.30) this Saturday who drew last weekend after coming up against the resolute defence of lowly Evergreens. END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING including Buffet & Disco SATURDAY 19 MARCH, APOLLO CLUB, HARLESTON Arrive 7.30pm Awards 8.00pm Taxis 12.00am.

Dress: Smart Tickets (which must be purchased in advance) are 20.00 and are available from clubhouse bar or from Jackie and Kevin Ridley 01379 854697 or 07815 199803. Please come to help make this evening both enjoyable and successful. Ladies 5ths .

Two weeks ago in a re-arranged away game the team went down 6-3 to Watton 2nds but they were determined there would be no repeat at home and they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners. Imi Meynell-Anderson and Alice Evans-Hendrick put them 2-0 up at half time and skipper Jose Tibbenham made the game save with a couple later in the game. Fourth place is still attainable by the team but they will need to keep winning including at home to UEA 3rds on Saturday (10.15).

Ladies 6ths . It was good to see the team earn a deserved point at home in a 2-2 draw with Evergreens 2nds. Ellie Fawkner gave them a first half lead and after Evergreens fought back to take the lead Ellie popped up with the equaliser with five minutes to go in an end to end match.

This Saturday they are away to Norwich Dragons 6ths (3.15). Ladies 7ths . With a scheduled 5.30 start away to Norwich City 7ths the team knew they were in for a late finish.

In the event with a delayed start they eventually came off the pitch at 7.20! After starting with ten players they lost Jane Collins through injury. Nevertheless they put up in a strong performance eventually losing 3-0.

This week they are at home to Pelicans 3rds (12.15). Girls Development . Manager Sandra Elliner was obliged to select a very young side to play Pelicans with several players unavailable as they were playing the next day and with four playing for the 6ths.

After a good game Pelicans came out on top winning 2-0. This Saturday the team is away to Yarmouth (10.00) whom they beat 5-0 in the middle of December. Men s 1sts.

They just had to win their home match on Sunday with Teddington to keep alive their very slim national league survival hopes but it wasn t to be sadly as they went down 5-3. Myles King (with his first national league goal) and Ben Wright (with a penalty stroke conversion) had given the team the boost of a two-goal lead. Teddington hit back just before the interval and the game was transformed early in the second half with Teddington scoring three times in four minutes.

Myles then scored again to give Magpies some hope but seeking an equaliser Magpies were caught on the break and the visitors, for whom it was good see out-on-loan Carl Sitch playing against his brother Leigh, scored again to win 5-3. This Sunday the team play their last home game of the season when they host Cambridge City at the changed time of 12 noon. Men s 2nds .

Skipper Lawrence Baynes and his team were looking to build on their fine away win over Spalding when they took on fellow-strugglers Cambridge Univ 2nds at Weybread. It was soon clear they were in for a tough game and it was good to see Sam Moore and Richard Ling playing for Magpies for whom Thomas Ridley was in sparkling form. After a keen struggle the game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw but the students struck with five minutes to go.

This spurred Magpies on even further and Thomas gave them a deserved equaliser. While now off the bottom of the league Magpies will need to win at least two of their last four games to avoid relegation starting hopefully away to Felixstowe on Saturday (2.00). Men s 3rds .

The team knew they were in for a tough game against league leaders IES 2nds despite beating them at home 5-1 earlier in the season. They conceded two sloppy goals early in the game and after getting to half time without further damage they let in another soon after.

3-0 down soon came 4-0 but third-placed Magpies hit back with late goals by Jake Sewell and skipper Matt Brand to lose 4-2. With three games left promotion is still a possibility for Magpies but they will need to beat Norwich City 4ths at home on Saturday (1.45) to have a realistic chance.

END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING including Buffet & Disco please see above Men s 4ths . After their fine win over IES 3rds the previous week the team took a big step to avoiding relegation when they beat IES 4ths 1-0 away to move up to 5th place in their league. Their goal came in the last minute through Ali Williamson with his first for the club in thirteen years after he beat three players in the circle.

What a goal! But they are still not completely safe although a win on Saturday at home to North Norfolk 2nds (12.00) would do the trick. Men s 5ths .

They were up against league leaders Bury St Edmunds 4ths in the last game at Weybread by which time I have to confess I had sought the warmth of the clubhouse and with it an excellent meal thanks to the Ladies 1sts. Andy Caston twice brought his team level before Bury pulled away to lead 5-2. Lewis Belsey then scored to make the final score a respectable 5-3.

On Saturday they are away to Thetford Town (2.30) who like them are in mid-table comfort. Men s 6ths . Eric Davy s team continues to amaze!

Their 2-1 home win over Norwich Dragons 5ths was their seventh in their last eight games with the other ending in a draw. They were a goal down at half time before Eric got the equaliser (although this was incorrectly challenged in the clubhouse by jealous team-mates!) after Jon Wells had created the penalty corner. With seven minutes to go and with an appreciative roar from the spectators Richard Chopper Allcock fired home the winner after a shot from Roger Kent had come back off a post.

The prospect of promotion for the team remains a concern (!) but they have three demanding games remaining including away to Norfolk Nomads on Saturday (2.30). Boys Development . While father Andy was scoring a brace for the 5ths sons Tom and Jake Caston were scoring the four goals by which the Dev team won 4-0 away to Pelicans.

Tom went one better than his father scoring three times while Jake had to be content with one. The team, which does not have a game this week, is now back on the top of their league two points ahead of Norwich Dragons (having played a game more) who they play away on Saturday week. Mixed.

The team is at home to Norwich City on Sunday (2.00) in the 3rd round of the EH Trophy. U18 Girls. The team had the frustration of their mini-bus breaking down on their long trip to play Neston South Wirral on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the EH Plate.

They then had the further frustration of losing 1-0 through a late goal. But to their credit they honoured the fixture. U16 Girls.

Frustration mixed with bewilderment (and something stronger) must have be the emotions of the team and their supporters when after beating Cambridge City 2-1 and drawing 1-1 with hosts Leicester in the regional finals their game against Worcester was called off with ten minutes to go when they were leading 8-0 (with Abby Gooderham scoring a remarkable seven goals). The reason being that it says in the rules no team may lose by more than eight goals. This meant our team lost out to Leicester on goal difference of two after Leicester had surprisingly beaten a strong looking Cambridge City 8-0.

U16 Boys. They had drama of their own at the regional finals in Canterbury drawing 3-3 with Teddington after being three up with six minutes to play. They then came from two down to draw 2-2 with Old Loughtonians before losing 3-1 to Canterbury.

U14 Girls. They missed out on reaching their regional final when they lost 3-2 away to Norwich City. They recovered from 3-0 down with goals by Grace Collison and Georgie Cantrell and were pressing for the equaliser at the final whistle.

U14 Boys. The team is through to the Midlands regional final on goal difference after Norwich Dragons beat Bury St Edmunds 3-1 on Sunday. U10/U12 Boys and Girls.

Congratulations to our four A teams who have qualified for the East Finals to be held at Weybread over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 16/17 April after their exciting successes in the Norfolk Championships at Pelicans HC on Sunday. The U10 Girls finished as champions while the other teams came second. This coming Sunday they will be joined by our B teams, who had their own event at Weybread, when they all compete in the Norwich Dragons Minis.

Finally, a remarkable record at Weybread last Saturday when on the sand-based pitch there was a member of the Davy family playing in all four games for Magpies, namely Louise (10.45 for the 5ths), Katie (12.15 for the Development), father Eric (1.45 for the 6ths) and Louise and Julie and mother Marie (3.15 for the 6ths). Best of luck to all our teams this weekend. Please see the website for the full list of fixtures.

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MIKE'S MUSINGS – 15 December 2015

TOM WILSON AND ABBY WEBB The hockey world will have been greatly saddened by the deaths last week of Tom and Abby. Both were young and gifted players. Tom died the day after being hit on his head by a stick in a freak training accident at Old Loughtonians HC while Abby of Buckingham HC died from cancer.

The club s condolences go to the families and friends of Tom and Abby on their great losses. * * * * * FOUR MORE FOR LAURA Laura Tibbenham has been banging in the goals all season and last Saturday was no exception when she found the net four times in the Ladies 4ths 7-0 win over Dereham 3rds under the lights at Weybread. Imogen Meynell-Anderson gave the team the perfect start with a goal in the first two minutes and Rachel Goodson was on hand to make it 2-0 from short range a few minutes later. Laura then got going and her speed and stick work worried the Dereham defence for the rest of the game.

By half time she had scored a hat-trick (i.e. three consecutive goals!) and bar some most unlikely event the contest was effectively over. Nonetheless the game continued to keep the small group of spectators well entertained together with the nonsense some of them were mouthing!

Magpies, for whom Rachel, Rosie Blackmore and Phoebe Preece were in particularly good form in defence, lost a little of their sparkle after the break but we still saw a second goal by Imogen which owed a considerable amount to a Dereham defender before Laura scored easily the best goal of the game. She ran onto a long ball out of defence and after outrunning the Dereham defenders she drew the goalkeeper before netting in style. This win rounded off a splendid first half of the season for skipper Treacle Griffin and her team who are now in second place in the Norfolk Premier League behind the club s 3rds.

The Ladies 3rds were back to winning ways after being held by the 4ths last week when they beat Norwich City 2nds 2-0 away. They were in top form from the start and after withstanding some initial City pressure Sarah Legg put them ahead after 15 minutes from a well-executed penalty corner. Midway through the second half Plum Sweet put them further in front at another penalty corner in a game in which sisters Katie and Alice Woollatt were outstanding to the extent they were voted joint MOTM.

With Norwich Dragons 3rds dropping points Lucy Field and her team are now four points clear at the top of the league. They have the excellent record of 10 wins, 2 draws and just one defeat as they join all our other outdoor teams for their Christmas break. In the only other league match of the day at Weybread the Ladies 6ths enjoyed a good start against Beccles who against the run of play took the lead midway through the first half with a quality strike from the edge of the circle.

Thereafter Magpies battled hard under increasing pressure before going down 5-0 to a team who must be favourites to win the league. It has been a tough three months for the 6ths but as in this game they have shown plenty of spirit which augurs well for the rest of the season. Meanwhile there was mixed fortune for the club in other matches away from home with the Girls Development winning , the Ladies 5ths drawing and the Boys Development losing .

The Girls agreed to play Yarmouth knowing their hosts would have to concede the game 5-0 due to fielding three adults and two over-age players in order to raise a team. The actual score was 1-1 with Yarmouth taking the lead against a young Magpies side that battled hard throughout the game and were rewarded when Georgie Gardens popped up with the equaliser eight minutes from the end with a reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle. After the game one of the umpires wrote on the match sheet that it was a good game played in the spirit of development hockey.

It has been a good season to-date for player-manager Sandra Elliner and her team who have not played at home since 10 October! The Ladies 5ths were up against Norwich City 4ths who took the lead against the run of play in their first attack. Georgie Cantrell then converted a penalty corner for the equaliser before City regained the lead.

Magpies got a deserved point when skipper Jose Tibbenham won the ball on the 25 and proceeded to fire the ball into the far corner of the net. After a slow start to the season the team has done well winning four and drawing two of their last seven games. Away to Dereham the Boys Development fielded a much younger team than their opponents (who also included an adult) but they still took a two-goal lead through Tom Caston and Arthur Johnson.

Dereham then fought back and at half time it was 3-2 to Magpies with Tom scoring again. In a fluctuating game Dereham then went into a 5-3 lead only for Magpies to draw level through Tom and Arthur and they went close to getting in front again before late in the game Dereham snatched the winner with the final score 6-5 in their favour. Despite this defeat it has been an excellent season so far for manager Mark Emms and his team who remain top of their league hotly pursued by Norwich Dragons.

CONGRATULATIONS TO The U16 Girls on winning the East Indoor Championship at the University of Essex last Sunday and to the U18 Boys on finishing as runners-up in their event at Oaklands College, St Albans on the same day. Both teams now go forward to the national indoor championships to be held over the weekend of January 23/24. Unfortunately the U18 Girls just missed joining them by losing out on goal difference in their event.

The U16 Girls won all their four games scoring a total of 25 goals with just three against while the U18 Boys won three and lost one of their games in finishing as runners-up to City of Peterborough. Club chairman and goalkeeper Murray Graham who has been selected to represent Scotland O55s in the Masters World Cup in Canberra at the end of March. He will be up against fellow club member Phil Cobbald who will be representing England and who knows Murray s strengths and, dare I say, weaknesses!

As previously reported other club members who will be playing for England are Tristan Baynes (O40s), Andy Law (O50s) and David Blackmore (O60s) while Kath Johnson will be representing the England Ladies O40s. Jon Aldridge was selected for England O55s but had to decline due to business commitments. The U12 Boys A who after a recount have been promoted to runners-up in the Magpies Minis held on Sunday 6 December.

OTHER NEWS AND COMMENT Best wishes to the Men s 1sts as they prepare for their national indoor campaign in January by competing in the East Championship at Kelsey Kerridge SC in Cambridge this coming Saturday. It is a big thank you to George Hunter and Mike Eastaugh for the work they have done recently at the club by cutting, respectively, the hedges and banks. We have some 14 acres of grounds to keep under control and we are indebted to George and Mike for all they do throughout the year to keep things looking neat and tidy.

I know I am not the only one to question the format of the recent World League Finals in which all eight teams in the men s and women s events proceeded to the quarter-finals making almost a mockery of the pool matches. Surely two teams should fall by the wayside in the pools? Please note for your diary Cheese & Wine Evening (Saturday 30 January) with new venue to be announced.

Overheard at the club last Saturday (I said earlier a load of nonsense was being spoken!) The Men s 1sts are currently the best team in the East Conference after beating league leaders Richmond in our last match . * * * * * Musings will be back in early January . In the meantime please see the website for any important breaking news. I hope all readers and their families will be able to have a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year.

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There was a real buzz at Weybread last Saturday. The weather was bright and warm, there was a good number of spectators throughout the day to enjoy the full programme of eight matches, four of which were won by Magpies teams with one draw, and in addition there were also encouraging performances by our three other teams. Later we were further cheered by the news that the Ladies 1sts and Ladies 3rds had won away from home.

The Ladies 4ths got the ball rolling at 10.15 and Kate Russell soon had them ahead against Pelicans 2nds and shortly afterwards goalkeeper Georgie Goodin made a fine save to maintain their lead. Pelicans then enjoyed a good spell but goals by Kathryn Bullen and Rachel Goodson just before half time put Magpies in total charge. After the break Kathryn scored again before a brace by Laura Tibbenham made the final score 6-0.

Meanwhile on the other pitch the Men s 4ths with four stars of the O50s team in defence, namely goalkeeper Murray Graham, David Blackmore, Bob Skinner and Jerry Blackmore were up against Ipswich 3rds. After a goalless first half the home side took control to win 5-1. Iain Cumming made the vital breakthrough converting a penalty corner before adding the fifth after further goals by Sol Barker (2) and John Pope.

Next up were the Ladies 2nds against Cambridge University and the Boys Development who were entertaining Pelicans . The Ladies 2nds needed a boost after their heavy defeat the previous week and they got it with a really encouraging performance despite a narrow defeat. They had a couple of early chances but decided to pass when a shot on goal would have been preferable.

CU took the lead after 25 minutes and added to their score following a defensive mix-up ten minutes before the end. In the meantime Magpies for whom goalkeeper Megan Brown, Lucy Chubbock (welcome back Lucy), Amy Hipwell, Georgie Minta and Molly Redgrove stood out in a good team effort won several penalty corners converting one through Lauren Mickleburgh on the cusp of full time. Meanwhile the Boys Development , in front of their enthusiastic supporters, were winning 3-0 with goals by Jude Pottruff (with a penalty corner conversion), Jack Largent and Jake Caston.

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SUBS CAN BE PAID ON-LINE ****** The Men s 1sts were next into action facing newly-promoted Sevenoaks and the game had everything. Sevenoaks as befitting a team which has started the season in fine style were soon into their stride and were 4-0 up at half time including a penalty stroke conversion. Ten minutes into the second half Magpies took advantage of Sevenoaks being reduced to nine players with Ben Wright converting a penalty stroke and a few minutes later he scored from a penalty corner to take his total to six in three games.

Magpies were now back in the game but their cause was not helped when forward Andy Hipwell was hit over the head by John Livings, his own goalkeeper, in a frantic defensive melee and departed to hospital with blood pouring from the wound. Fortunately Andy was soon back at the club having had the wound glued. Magpies continued to more than match their opponents who frustratingly scored another goal in the last minute to give them a 5-2 win a score line which didn t reflect how well Magpies had played in the second half.

This Sunday Magpies are away to league leaders Richmond (1.30) where they will be up against ex-England star Mark Pearn who has joined them from East Grinstead. Last Sunday Richmond beat Bromley & Beckenham 7-1 away. Also at home were the Ladies 6ths who went down 4-0 to Yarmouth 2nds, the Ladies 7ths who had an encouraging 0-0 draw with UEA 4ths and the Men s 3rds who maintained their good start to the season by beating Norwich Dragons 3rds for whom it was good to see James and Rob Goodson back at the club and playing well in midfield.

For the Ladies 7ths to survive this season (they had to concede their match the previous week) the continued support of the club s other teams will be essential. The Men s 3rds were goalless at half time but after Gavin Cole took advantage of a defensive howler he soon got a second before goals by Andy Johnson (penalty corner) and Sol Barker made the final score 4-0. During this game the very welcome news came through that the Ladies 1sts had clinched their must win game against Ipswich by two goals to one.

Emma Lee-Smith put them ahead in the forty-seventh minute and after an Ipswich equaliser Abby Gooderham got the winner eight minutes from time. This Saturday the team are at home to St Albans (2.00) and they will be mindful of the threat posed by England players Ellie Watton, who last Saturday scored four times in her team s 5-3 win over Maidenhead, and Hannah Macleod. Meanwhile the Ladies 3rds were maintaining their excellent start to the season with a third straight win beating Norwich City 3rds 4-0 away.

Millie Preece put them ahead in the first half and after the break there were further goals by Katie Kinsella (2) and Alice Woollatt. ****** CHILLI AND QUIZ NIGHT Saturday 10 October, Clubhouse, 7.30pm Tickets 10 from behind the bar or on the door. Please come! ****** In other away games the Ladies 5ths drew 1-1 against Thetford; the Men s 2nds (who this Saturday host Spalding (1.45)) played better than the previous week in going down 4-0 to Saffron Walden; the Men s 5ths lost 2-1 (Alex Kilbourn) against Bury St Edmunds 3rds; the Men s 6ths drew 2-2 against Ipswich 4ths (Lewis Belsey and Richard Allcock) and a very young Girls Development lost 3-1 against Norwich City. The Girls Development included eight U12s of whom two were U10s.

After conceding two early goals the team had plenty of shots but couldn t find a way past an in-form City goalkeeper until Georgie Gardens and Georgie Cantrell combined well once again for Georgie Cantrell to score. This Sunday the England Hockey Youth Championships get underway with our following teams playing in the first of their Tier 1 local league matches. U14 GIRLS v Pelicans (Home) 11.00 (S) U16 GIRLS v Sudbury (Away) 1.30 U14 BOYS v Norwich Dragons (Away) 2.00 U16 BOYS v Norwich Dragons (Home) 11.00 (W) Good luck as always to all our teams playing this weekend.

Please see the Latest News page of the website for the complete list of fixtures. HOORAY FOR HARLESTON David Johnson and James Smith kindly manned our stall/display at this event in town last Saturday. It gave us a chance to promote the club and to emphasise the part we can continue to play as part of the local community.

RUBBISH WATCH Number of water bottles left on the pitches or near the dugouts last Saturday 15.

As I remember saying a year or two back they do not levitate into the nearby bins!

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