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EXCELLENT PITCHES BUT NO HEAT
I've just returned to my desk to complete this week's Musings following a stroll over Eaton Park in Norwich. It brought back happy memories of many games, both as a player and spectator, on the excellent natural grass pitches where older readers will remember Norwich Exiles, Norwich Grasshoppers and Norfolk Wanderers (as well as Norfolk CHA) playing their home matches. Less happy will be the thoughts of the concrete floored and unheated changing rooms in the middle of the park!
Your attention please!
§ I take this opportunity to remind you of the Rioja and Roll Evening to be held this coming Saturday (30 January) at 7.30pm in Tibbenham's Barn, Weybread. If you cannot attend – or even if you can – the organisers would be delighted to receive a prize for the raffle. If you are not coming but can help with a prize would you please give Irene Bicker a call on 01379 853475.
§ It is still not too late to kindly offer Promises for the Auction of Promises to be held on Saturday 13 March. I would be delighted to hear from you.
Now for the very busy last weekend and what a weekend it was for indoor hockey with our three teams all doing well in their respective ways in national events. Pride of place must go to the U18 Girls in the club championship in Sheffield where they reached the semi-finals despite a series of injuries including, sadly, a broken arm for Jazz Bartlett and a broken hand for Bryony Lund. Coach David Brook was extremely grateful for the assistance of Dr Jenny Blyth on the bench. This was a fine effort by the squad and augurs well for the future. Meantime the Ladies' 1sts, under coach Nick McAllen, were without three of their team who were in Sheffield (no thanks here to England Hockey for this clash of events) but they still won their concluding two games in Croydon to finish a highly creditable third in Division 1 of the national league conceding just eleven goals in eight games.
Some further 80 miles to the south the U18 Boys' squad, under coach Stuart Peters, competed well and learned a lot in their club championship finishing with one win from their four games in Eastleigh. This experience will be extremely beneficial to the squad for next season. The club can be proud of the efforts of our three indoor squads under their dedicated leaderships.
Outdoors it was dull and overcast at Weybread last Saturday where the Ladies' 6ths went down narrowly to Herlings before the Men's 4ths played well to secure a 2-2 draw with Dereham 3rds with goals by Tom Hart and Alex Slater. The Ladies' 2nds were next up and after getting back to 2-2 eventually lost 4-2 to St Ives although I have to confess I was distracted for a considerable part of the game trying to get the temperamental scoreboard to work properly after the recent cold weather! I returned with a new battery for the remote control (it was only a partial success) to see the Men's 6ths push league leaders Felixstowe 2nds all the way in an exciting game before losing to two late goals after missing at least one good chance ourselves.
Away from home the Men's 5ths returned with a useful point after their 0-0 draw against Dereham 4ths while the Ladies Development won 4-0 at North Walsham to stay eight points clear at the top of their league and the Ladies 5ths secured their sixth successive win (and fourth successive clean sheet) by beating Old Buckenham 2nds 4-0. Meantime the Ladies' 4ths went down 3-1 against Watton 3rds; the Men's 2nds had a remarkable 7-4 win at Broxbourne, thanks in no small part to five goals from Martin Fields, to keep in touch near the top of their league and the Men's 3rds beat Gorleston 4-1, with two goals apiece from Matt Brand (24 now for the season) and Gavin Cole, to maintain their unbeaten record and top spot in their league. Unfortunately the Men's Veterans were forced to postpone their match away against Shefford and Sandy due to injuries including a broken hand sadly sustained by Roger Kent while playing the previous week. Frankly the future of the Veterans side is not looking too good especially if we are unable to honour our away matches despite the hard work of skipper Simon Bardwell.
This Saturday the Ladies 3rds, who had an excellent 5-1 win away against Watton 2nds last Saturday, and the Men's 2nds have top billing at Weybread with the Ladies playing Panthers (12.30) and the Men entertaining Harpenden (2.15). Please see the Home Page of the website for a full list of this Saturday's matches. Good luck to all our teams.
News and comments in brief
§ The decision of the coaching committee to cancel the Men's Club training session on Mondays due to lack of support (both numerical and financial) has not been well received by those members now affected. If you would like the session reinstated please contact Jordan Ball on 07769 202771.
§ You may have seen the splendid new trophy cabinet in the clubhouse kindly donated, with all the new furniture, by Janet Reader. If you have any trophies at home associated with the club please bring them along one weekend – after cleaning them!
§ Congratulations to ex-Magpie Richard 'Ratty' Alexander on his selection for the England team to play in the FIH World Cup beginning on Sunday 28 February in Delhi.
§ Last Sunday the Men's 1sts had a very encouraging 4-1 away friendly win over Southgate as part of their build-up to the league resumption on Sunday week.
With kind regards and best wishes
Mike Denham 01603 506925 MDenham975@aol.com 26/1/10
On the Saturday our first match v Beeston finished in a frustrating defeat. The opposition were very big and physical. After a few minutes our captain (Bryony Lund) suffered a nasty hand injury when trying to tackle Beeston's most dangerous player. This turned out to be a broken bone. Beeston took a half time lead and Magpies were struggling. However, we were to suffer two disallowed goals (both over rules after a goal had been given) which would have equalised the score. Within a few seconds of the 2nd one we were 2 - 0 down. Beeston added a 3rd to give them a flattering scoreline.
Magpies picked themselves up to outplay Surbiton. Amy Brook had a strong match at left defence against their England U18 forward. Cherry Seaborn worked very hard setting up Verity Blyth for one goal and Verity added another from a corner. However, this match was marred by another horrible accident - Jazz Bartlett breaking her arm in a fall. Magpies held out despite a late Surbiton goal for a vital 3 points.
The Magpies team then spent a nervous few hours waiting for 2 of their team to come back from hospital. The news was not good. The added loss of Cherry (because of exams) meant that we were going into the second day severely depleted.
Sunday morning arrived with Jazz in a plaster cast and Bryony with a swollen hand but determined to play. The girls were lifted by this news and turned in a superb performance. Emily Wilford was excellent, scoring a hat trick and narrowly missing several other efforts at goal. Cali Clark was also outstanding in goal, keeping out a string of short corners to earn Magpies a 3-1 win. Bryony suffered another injury this time getting hit in the face.
Beeston meanwhile were winning all of their matches to finish top of the group. Magpies went into their last match (v Clifton) knowing that a point would put them into the semi finals. We started well creating a string of chances. However, it was one of those games were everything went straight at the keeper. Magpies started to get tense and frustrated. Clifton took the lead from their only chance of the 1st half. Finally 5 minutes into the second half Magpies pulled level when Amy Brook flicked in a rebound from a short corner. Further injury worries came with Lauren Barber getting hit in the face. However, Verity calmed our nerves with a decisive short corner strike. Laura Tibbenham and Becca Banham put in a super effort over the last 10 minutes to help give Magpies another 3 points and the reward of a semi final against Belper.
This match sapped a lot of energy and confidence from the squad but as you can see from the team photo below we still kept our sense of humour. Indeed the whole injury situation helped in a strange way to create a Magpies v the World team spirit.
A careful game plan was agreed to stop Belper from dictating the game. Against a team of 5 internationals Magpies played a very disciplined counter attacking strategy. The Belper full backs started to play over ambitious passes which we intercepted. Lucy Chubbock narrowly missed a great chance to put Magpies ahead. Meanwhile Cali was busy keeping out all of Belper short corner variations. Belper managed to scramble in a goal from short range but Magpies hit back with Verity sweeping in a cross from Bryony after a brilliant dribble past 2 players.
Belper had seemed to run out of ideas and Magpies were deserving of the 1-1 half time score.
The second half was dramatic with Lauren Barber making an incredible head high clearance with her stick from a short corner. A 16 yard restart awarded by the umpire to Magpies became a penalty flick after a Belper protest. Cali produced a brilliant diving save to keep the scores level. Belper then started to get on top and scored twice. Incredibly Magpies found reserves of energy to get back in the game. A short corner was powered in by Verity to bring the score back to 3-2 with 3 minutes left. Magpies pushed for an equaliser which would have taken us to penalty flicks and the brink of a huge upset. However, Belper scored from a superb short corner in the last minute. As parents and coaches we all felt very proud of our girls. They did themselves and the club proud and could not have given any more effort. England Hockey recognised this on their website today. Click here to go to report.
Harleston Magpies Ladies Indoor team completed their indoor campaign on Sunday in English Hockey League Division 1 with two more wins against Liverpool and Sevenoaks to finish in an impressive third place.
At the start of the day seven out of nine teams were in a scrap to stay out of the relegation zone because the League was that tight. Magpies first game against Liverpool was a must win to ensure they were out of danger. Goals from Artemis Clark and two from Lucy Fields recorded a 3-1 win. This win saw Magpies move up to 3rd place and in their final game against Sevenoaks after trailing 1-0 at half time Angie Wheelhouse and Lucy Fields scored in the second half as Magpies ran out 2-1 winners.
Ironically having finished the League strongly with three successive wins Magpies were just two points behind Sutton Coldfield in second place who were promoted to the Premier League. After promotion from Division 2 last season Magpies were happy to consolidate in Division 1. Magpies had the best defensive record in the League conceding just eleven goals but only scored thirteen which by indoor standards is low. This meant every game was always going to be a tight battle but the team competed well throughout the weekend. In the process Bryony Lund, Lucy Fields, Jasmine Bartlett and Verity Blyth all made their Indoor League debuts in the first weekend and Ellie Bale in the second weekend. This was also a big achievement.
Squad over the 2 weekends: Debbie McAllen (capt), Lucy Hayman, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Warnes, Frances Sumner, Bryony Lund, Verity Blyth, Jasmne Bartlett, Lucy Fields, Angie Wheelhose, Artemis Clark, Ellie Bale and Cherry Seaborn.
Bryony Lund, Verity Blyth, Jasmine Bartlett and Cherry Seaborn all played for the U18s in the Indoor National Finals on the second weekend.
The girls managed to win three and draw three, scoring eleven goals whilst conceding none.
Results:-v Dereham A 0-0, Pelicans A 0-0, Norwich City 4-0, Pelicans B 0-0, Watton 4-0, Dereham B 3-0
Goal scorers Saffron Wilford 6, Kira Wooltorton 3, Sophie Long 1, Emily McCluskey 1
Team: Kira Wooltorton capt, Ruth Denham GK, Georgia Pearson, May Bowden, Imogen Craig, Emily McCluskey, Saffron Wilford, Sophie Long
Further pressure resulted in Emily McCluskey and Frankie Eaves increasing Magpies lead and with ten minutes to go Lisa Dobson completed the scoring with a well placed shot from the edge of the circle.
Another good win from a much improving team.
LADIES 3s v Watton 2s (L) (A) 2.30 5-1 W
LADIES 4s v Watton 3s (L) (A) 10.00 1-3 L
LADIES 5s v Old Buckenham 2s (L) (A) 11.30 4-0 W
LADIES 6s v Herlings (L) (H) 10.30 (W) 1-3 L
LADIES Dev. v North Walsham (L) (A) 11.30 4-0 W
MENS 2s v Broxbourne (L) (A) 1.30 7-4 W
MENS 3s v Gorleston (L) (A) 2.30 4-1 W
MENS 4s v Dereham 3s (L) (H) 12.30 (W) 2-2 D
MENS 5s v Dereham 4s (L) (A) 12.45 0-0 D
MENS 6s v Felixstowe 2s (L) (H) 4.00 (W) 0-2 L
MENS Vets v Shefford & Sandy (L) (A) 2.30 OFF
Following a break of close to two months, Magpies travelled to Watton to play their first league match of 2010.
The home side came out hard and dominated possession for the opening ten minutes, with most of the play in Magpies' defending third. The away side defended well and absorbed the pressure, and started to assert themselves, making some dangerous moves on the break. The game settled into a steady rhythm with both sides having their share of the play, and threatening to break the deadlock. It was Magpies who got the opener; a quick move on the counter attack ending with a superb shot from the edge of the D from Rhiann Earrye flying into the far corner. Kristina Erith in the Magpies goal made a fantastic double save and Magpies thought they would take their lead into the break, but with only minutes to go before half time the home side scrambled an equaliser over the line.
Magpies came out positively for the second half, confident they could get something from the game, but Watton had other ideas, and soon found themselves 3 - 1 up, and after that Magpies could find no way back. The away side had a couple of chances, and with better luck, on another day, they could have snuck a draw, but it wasn't to be.
All things considered it wasn't an awful result for Magpies first game back, and there is certainly only one way to go from here!
Kay Dennis, Magpies Ladies 4th's.
I have been asked (correction – ordered!) by the ladies on the Fund Raising and Social Committee to begin this week's Musings with a reminder of the Rioja and Roll Evening to be held in Tibbenham's Barn, Weybread at 7.30pm on Saturday 30 January. I'm not too sure what the Roll bit means but the evening is sure to be an enjoyable one so please come along – you will be very welcome. Tickets (£12 each including food and drinks) are available from the bar or from me.
Unless you have been to the club in the last few days you will not have seen the splendid furniture which has been kindly donated by vice-president and former chairman Janet Reader. The whole clubhouse has been given a huge 'lift' with new tables and chairs at the kitchen end and new tables, chairs and sofas and a display cabinet at the television end. Thank you Janet for your generosity which I know will be appreciated by everyone who uses the clubhouse.
It was good to be back watching hockey again at Weybread last Saturday (despite the almost incessant rain) following the Christmas and snow break. The thaw - aided by the use of the watering system the previous day - came in time for three league matches to be played. In the first the Ladies' 2nds, for whom Calianne Clark was in fine form in goal, showed great determination to come from behind to gain a vital 2-1 win over Cambridge City 2nds with goals by Kathryn Bullen and Lauren Barber. With the rain still falling Norwich Dragons 3rds then used their experience and strength to pip the generally younger and smaller Men's 6ths who did well to battle away in the miserable conditions to lose by the odd goal in three.
The stage was then set for the return clash between the Men's 3rds and 4ths and when the 4ths, who were in fine form inspired in defence by Andy Palmer (playing his first game in goal since breaking his arm at the end of last season) and the outstanding Bob Skinner, went ahead through Tom Hart a repeat of last season's shock result became a possibility. However, the 3rds dominated the second half and equalised when a shot by Gavin Cole just evaded the defenders and Matt Brand eventually shook off the attentions of Bob Skinner to fire home the winner for the relieved league leaders. An excellent match played in an excellent spirit. Away from home there was a good 2-2 draw for the Men's 2nds against Cambridge City and a first class 4-0 win in horrible conditions for the Ladies Development over Yarmouth.
Last weekend our three teams in indoor action emerged with mixed results. The Men's 1sts, despite getting four points from their four matches in Bristol, were relegated from the Premier Division of the national league due to the outcome of at least two matches being, as I feared, affected by the absence of the England players following the weather enforced rearrangement of the second weekend of the event. This is not sour grapes but a realistic assessment of the situation. Meantime the Ladies' 1sts gained eight points from their six matches in Div 1 of their national league and in a very tight league (except for runaway leaders Reading) will need a win from their two remaining matches this Sunday (again in Croydon) to be sure of avoiding relegation or of finishing in the top half!
Last and certainly not least the U18 Boys won through to the national qualifying stage of the national club championship to be held in Eastleigh this weekend when they beat City of Peterborough 13-5 in Colchester having earlier lost by the same score to Old Loughtonians in the East Championship which was reduced to three teams by withdrawals due to the two earlier postponements of the event.
Good luck this weekend to the Ladies' 1sts, the U18 Boys and the U18 Girls - the latter having won through earlier to the national qualifying stage of their national club championship to be held in Sheffield.
Needless to say (but I will nevertheless!) it is also good luck to all our outdoor teams in action this weekend including the U11 and U13 Boys and Girls in the Pelicans' Minis on Sunday. Please see the Home Page of the website for a full list of this weekend's matches.
News in brief
§ Congratulations to Rob Goodson and Louise Foreshaw on their recent engagement. I've told Rob that they must not get married in the hockey season!
§ It is good to welcome Tom Hart back to the club after an absence of some five years and to see Andy Bedwell and Tom French back after their round the world trip. Unfortunately Andy broke his left collarbone (for the third time) in a practice session at the club last Sunday – after being hit in the face in training last Thursday!
§ I am also sorry to say that due to his back injury Richard 'Chopper' Allcock has decided to retire from playing but the good news is that he will continue to manage the 5ths and to umpire.
§ Our thanks are due to everyone who umpires (be they from outside or from within the club) on a regular or occasional basis and their dedication was personified last Saturday when in the horrible conditions the matches were controlled, respectively, by Mike Pepper & John Pestell, John Pestell (again!) & David Johnson and Kevin Ridley & Tiger Young – the latter pairing after playing in the previous match!
With kind regards and best wishes
Mike Denham 01603 506925 MDenham975@aol.com 19/1/10
Cambridge took an early lead when their penalty corner struck the bottom corner having beaten Livings in goal and the postman. Despite going behind it seemed to strengthen Harleston and they started to create chances. Magpies were quickly back on terms when a drilled cross from Robbie Kinsella found Dave Francis on the far post to level the game at 1-1. The first half scoring didn't stop there, Cambridge retook the lead from yet another penalty corner which this time went into the other corner again beating both lines of Harlestons defence.
Despite going behind again Magpies hit back again from a penalty corner of their own, this time Dan Legg firering home from the top of the circle. The first half ended at 2-2 in a tight game which both sides created chances to take the lead. The second half started similarly with both sides creating chances but for good play in both the goals for Magpies and Cambridge. As the half wore on Magpies lack of training due to the weather started to show with Cambridge starting to create more clear cut chances but for Livings in goal and solid commitment at the back to clear the ball Magpies would have found themselves behind again.
Magpies best chance of the half fell to Sam Moore who despite diving full length could not latch on to the end of Ben Wrights cross. The Match ended at 2-2 with both teams pleased with a point. Man of the match went to John Livings in goal whos string of saves in the second half helped Magpies to gain a point and draw closer to leaders Wapping. Next up for Magpies is Broxbourne away were Magpies look to continue their impressive run and keep the pressure on Wapping.
Harleston Magpies Ladies started off their in England Hockey League Division 1 programme with a difficult match against the favourites Reading and lost 4-1 with a goal scored by Cherry Seaborn. In their next match Magpies were frustrated by drawing against Barnes 0-0 in a game where they controlled the match but could not score. In the third game on Saturday Magpies recorded their first win by beating Aldridge 3-1 with a hat trick from Angie Wheelhouse.
On Sunday morning at 9.00 Magpies produced a good performance against Sutton Coldfield who are favourites with Reading to go up. Magpies scored first with a goal from Verity Blyth. Sutton responded with two goals early in the second half but Magpies never gave up and Verity scored again to equalise in the final minutes.
Unfortunately in a tight game against Old Loughtonians Magpies gave the opposition a 2-0 start and although Verity Blyth pulled a goal back Magpies could never quite open up the Old Loughtonians defence.
Magpies then watched a series of matches as teams picked up points to leave Magpies at the wrong end of the table. However the League is so tight that when Magpies beat Bradford 1-0 in their final game (Artemis Clark) they moved up to 4th place with 8 points. That leaves Magpies two points away from a promotion spot and two points away from a relegation spot!
Magpies play two matches next Sunday.
Squad: Debbie McAllen (capt), Lucy Hayman, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Warnes, Frances Sumner, Bryony Lund, Jasmine Bartlett, Angie Wheelhouse, Lucy Fields, Cherry Seaborn, Verity Blyth and Artemis Clark.
Surbiton 5 - Harleston Magpies 1
In standard form Harleston started the game slowly going a goal behind within 5 minutes, despite the early set back the team rallied and found an equaliser through Ben Gowing. Despite finishing the first half the stronger team Harleston were unable to capatalise and take the lead.
During the second half the team were punished for missing their chances when Surbiton turned their domination into goals, finally running out 5-1 victors.
Loughborough Students 10 - Harleston Magpies 2
Loughborough had obviously done their homework on the Magpies side as they pounced on Harleston from the start pressing high. This tactic worked as the students took an early lead pouncing on a loose ball from Sitch to take the lead. The students soon took control of the game going 3-0 up within 5 minutes. This left Harleston with a massive uphill task. Harleston started to play better hockey but still continued to hold onto the ball for too long allowing the students opportunities to catch Harleston in possession. Harleston managed to pull a goal back through Baynes. Despite this Harleston were unable to capatalise and Loughborough continued to pressurize before adding more goals. Harleston managed to pull goals back in the second half through Simon Hipwell and Andy Hipwell before the students ran out 10-2 winners.
Harleston 4 – Havant 4
The last game of the day saw Harleston take on bottom of the table Havant. On paper this was three points to Harleston but with the form Magpies were in and Havant needing two win their remaining games to stay up this was anybody's game.
For once Harleston started brightly moving the ball early with the same patterns that they used before Christmas. Harleston started the opened the scoring before Havant pulled a goal back. Despite being in the ascendancy they were unable to extend their lead to two goals which would have killed Havant off. The teams continued to exchange goals until the final whistle. At the final whistle Harleston won a short corner but again were unable to gain the vital 3 points they desperately needed.
Harleston were glad to see the end of a miserable Saturday session knowing that they needed to win their remaining game on Sunday morning and hope that Beeston were defeated by Havant to avoid relegation.
Harleston 4 – St Albans 0
Harleston started this game on fire flying out of the traps. The team pressurized St Albans as every opportunity forcing them into mistakes that the team could capatilise on. Harleston took a deserved lead when Riches slotted home early on before Harleston doubled their lead through Hipwell. Harleston managed to find a third goal when Sitch ghosted in at the back post to be set up by Gowing.
Harleston only managed to extend their lead by one goal in the second half to leave the final score at 4-0.
Despite the win it was too little too late for Magpies with the Beeston result going against them the team were relegated and will play in the National Div 1 competition next season.
Saturday 16 January
v Reading 1-4 L,
v Barnes HE 0-0 D,
v Aldridge 3-1 W
Sunday 17 January
v Sutton Coldfield 2-2 D,
v Old Loughtonians 1-2 L,
v Wakefield Bradford 1-0 W
Last two games next Sunday
Saturday 16 January
v Surbiton 1-5 L,
v Loughborough Students 2-10 L,
v Havant 4-4 D
Sunday 17 January
v St Albans 4-0 W
Relegated to Div 1
v Old Loughtonians 5-13 L,
v City of Peterborough 13-5 W
– team through to National Qualifiers of the National Indoor Club Championship
The second half followed a similar pattern with Magpies pushing forward at any opportunity. A well worked goal by Lily Felton saw Magpies go three ahead before Kira Wooltorton fired in a short corner to complete the scoring.
The 4-0 victory was a fine team performance achieved in difficult conditions by a determined and energetic team.
Spare a thought for goalkeeper Ruth Denham who bravely stood in near sub-zero temperatures and was untroubled throughout the game.
LADIES 3s v Pelicans 2s (L) (H) 1.45 (S) OFF
LADIES 4s v Pelicans 3s (L) (H) 12.15 (S) OFF
LADIES 5s v Yarmouth 2s (F) (A) 1.00 OFF
LADIES 6s v Loddon 3s (F) (H) 10.45 (S) OFF
LADIES Dev. v Yarmouth (L) (A) 10.00 4-0 W
MENS 2s v Cambridge City (L) (A) 12.30 2-2 D
MENS 3s v Magpies 4s (L) (A) 4.00 2-1 W
MENS 4s v Magpies 3s (L) (H) 4.00 (W) 1-2 L
MENS 5s v Thetford Town (L) (A) 3.00 OFF
MENS 6s v Norwich Dragons 3s (L) (H) 2.15 (W) 1-2 L
MENS Vets – no game
Harleston Magpies Ladies Indoor team start their English Hockey League Division 1 campaign at Croydon this weekend. After a few difficult Indoor seasons since their days in the Premier League the Ladies had to start from a very low base last season. They started by winning the East League to qualify for the National League and followed this up by winning Div 2 South. They then beat the leading teams in Div 2 North to qualify for Division 1 this season.
Unfortunately a practice Tournament at Cambridge was cancelled because of the travelling conditions so preparation has not been ideal. The Division 1 programme has also been amended in the last 7 days because of difficulties in rearranging Premier games. The revised schedule is as follows:
Sat Jan 16 Sun Jan 17
12.15 Reading 9.00 Sutton Coldfield
16.00 Barnes 12.45 Old Loughtonians
17.30 Aldridge 17.15 Bradford
Sun Jan 24
Fortunately the rearranged fixtures with 6 games in the first weekend and 2 in the second weekend will help Magpies because on the second weekend they will lose a number of players to the U18 squad who will be playing in the National Finals at Sheffield.
Squad: Debbie McAllen (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Warnes, Bryony Lund, Frances Sumner, Jas Bartlett, Cherry Seaborn, Verity Blyth, Artemis Clark, Lucy Fields and Angie Wheelhouse.
When will we be playing again? I remember back at the beginning of 1963 (yes – I can!), while I was a member of Norwich Union HC, we didn't play for three months due to the snow and, mainly, the severely cold weather. In those far off days we didn't have artificial grass pitches or leagues (all the matches were so-called 'friendlies') so postponed matches were not required to be played later.
After last weekend's total shutdown of both outdoor and indoor hockey there must be some doubt regarding outdoor play this coming weekend although the signs of at least a slow thaw are encouraging.
I draw your attention to the following changes brought about by recent postponements.
§ The Ladies' 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and 5ths will now play their 9 January matches on 13 February when the Ladies' 6ths will play their 'lost' 2 January match.
§ The Men's 1sts will now play their four remaining National Indoor League (Premier Division) matches this coming weekend at the UWE in Bristol instead of Eastleigh. The matches have been reduced to 15 minutes each way (instead of 20) with no timeouts (good!) and as they are sharing the venue with Division One they play three games on Saturday (Surbiton (11.30), Loughborough Students (2.30) and Havant (4.45)) and one on Sunday (St Albans at 9.45). This change of weekend means that the matches will be played without the England players who played on the first weekend and who will now be representing their country in the EuroHockey Indoor Nations Trophy in Poznan, Poland. As Magpies have already played against the majority of these players in their opening four games it is to be hoped that their absence this weekend will not give an undue advantage to the teams we hope to head in the league!
§ The Ladies' 1sts who start their National Indoor League (Division One) campaign this weekend at Whitgift School in Croydon will play six matches over the two days instead of four with the remaining two games being played on Sunday week (at the same venue) to accommodate the Premier Division. On Saturday Magpies play Reading (12.15), Barnes HE (4.00) and Aldridge (5.30) and on Sunday Sutton Coldfield (9.00), Old Loughtonians (12.45) and Bradford Wakefield (5.15) with Liverpool Sefton and Sevenoaks on Sunday week.
§ The U18 Boys will hope (at the third attempt) to see action in the East Indoor Finals to be played in Colchester on Sunday.
Hopefully there will be outdoor play on Saturday in which case the top matches at Weybread involve the Ladies' 2nds (12.30) and the Men's 4ths who entertain Magpies' 3rds at 4.00pm. After two defeats at the beginning of December the Ladies' 2nds need points badly when they play Cambridge City 2nds to help avoid the four relegation spots at the end of the season while the Men's 3rds, who are top of their division, will be hoping that there is no repeat of last season when in the corresponding fixture the 4ths won 1-0 to help derail their promotion bid. It should be an interesting clash! Meanwhile away from home the Men's 2nds will do well to complete the double over in-form Cambridge City in their bid to maintain a realistic hope of promotion. Early in the season the 2nds played extremely well to beat their opponents 3-2 with goals from Robbie Kinsella, Hamish Barton and Simon Hipwell. Good luck to all our teams in action this weekend.
I take this opportunity to remind you of the Rioja and Roll Evening to be held in Tibbenham's Barn at 7.30pm on Saturday 30 January. Tickets are £12 each (including food and drink) and are available from me (or the clubhouse bar when it reopens) so PLEASE give me a call or send me an email.
With kind regards and best wishes
Mike Denham 01603 506925 MDenham975@aol.com 11/1/10
LADIES 2s v Ipswich 2s (L) (H) OFF
LADIES 3s v Norwich City 2s (L) (H) OFF
LADIES 4s v Reepham (L) (H) OFF
LADIES 5s v Norwich City 3s (L) (H) OFF
LADIES 6s v Magpies Dev. (F) (H) OFF
LADIES Dev. v Magpies 6s (F) (A) OFF
MENS 2s v Ipswich (F) (A) OFF
MENS 3s v IES 2s (F) (H) OFF
MENS 4s v IES 3s (F) (A) OFF
MENS 5s v IES 4s (F) (A) OFF
MENS Vets v Chelmsford (L) (A) OFF
So much for global warming! I've always been a sceptic and the last few weeks have done nothing to dissuade me from my view. And as I write, watching yet another football match on television while comparing football unfavourably with hockey as a spectator sport, the coming weekend's outdoor fixtures must already be in doubt following on from last Saturday's lost programme.
Should the weather relent the top fixture sees the Ladies’ 2nds entertaining Ipswich 2nds (12.30) hoping to avenge their 2-1 away defeat back in the balmy days of November while the Ladies’ 3rds welcome Norwich City 2nds (2.15) seeking a repeat of their comfortable victory on the opening day of the season. In other home matches the Ladies’ 4ths play Reepham (12.15) who they beat 2-1 early in the season and the Ladies’ 5ths entertain Norwich City 3rds (1.45) hoping to reverse one of their only two defeats of the season. Of the men’s teams only the Vets are in league action this Saturday with their re-arranged match at Chelmsford (1.45). With the exception of the 1sts the rest of the men’s teams resume league action on the 16th although four of the teams have friendly fixtures this Saturday. Please see the Home Page of the website for more details.
The Men's 1sts will be hoping that the road conditions are favourable as they travel for the final weekend of the premier division of the national indoor league in Eastleigh near Southampton and with four points in the bag from their first four games in mid-December one more win from their final four matches should see them retain their status. On Saturday the team plays Surbiton (12.30) and Loughborough Students (4.30) and on Sunday their opponents are Havant (9.00) and St Albans (2.30), the current bottom teams.
Good luck to all our teams in action this weekend including, on Saturday, the U18 Boys in the East Indoor Finals in Colchester – the event having been postponed before Christmas.
Members will, I know, have been shocked to learn of the death of Mrs Katherine Aldridge following a car accident in Pulham St Mary on Christmas Eve. Katherine, together with her husband Mike, were proprietors of Aldridge Electronics in the village for many years prior to their retirement a few months ago. Katherine and Mike were good friends of HMHC and our condolences go to Mike and his family on their great loss.
News and comments in brief
§ The media has been full recently of 'Sportsman of the decade' debates. Bolt, Federer and Woods top most people's lists but I would like to suggest Teun de Nooijer of Holland. He has been, in my view, the best hockey player in the world over the past 10 years, as evidenced by being selected as World Player of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2006, and with his speed, stickwork, passing, movement off the ball, goalscoring and sportsmanship has been, and remains, a joy to watch. What a player!
§ Congratulations to England Hockey's Barry Middleton, Ashley Jackson and Helen Richardson on being named in the FIH WorldHockey All-Star teams for 2009. Barry was also selected in 2008.
§ England have been drawn in Pool B of the FIH Men's World Cup to be played in New Delhi from 28 February to 13 March and their opponents will be Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Spain. The top two teams will qualify for the semi-finals. The other pool is made up of Argentina, Canada, Germany, Holland, Korea and New Zealand.
§ The U16 and U18 Girls competed in the Brentwood Indoor Tournaments over the weekend. Congratulations to the U18 Girls on winning their event.
§ In view of the present uncertainty over fixtures and training due to the inclement weather details of the Rioja and Roll Evening, Spring Prize Draw and Auction of Promises have been posted to members instead of handing them out in the clubhouse. The Rioja and Roll Evening is being held in Tibbenham's Barn at 7.30pm on Saturday 30 January. Tickets are £12 each (including food and drink) and are available from me so PLEASE give me a call or send me an email.
I wish all readers and their families the very best for 2010.
Mike Denham 01603 506925 MDenham975@aol.com 5/1/10
This is a very young Magpies team. Most of them can play in this age group again next year. As you can see in the photos the girls have learnt a great deal about indoor positioning and technique. Hopefully we will see the benefits in their outdoor game over the coming months.
Harleston Magpies U18 Girls had a useful warm up Tournament at Brentwood on Sunday prior to the National Finals at Sheffield on the weekend of January 23rd and 24th. Magpies won all their matches to win the Tournament.
Chelmsford won 1-0 Bryony Lund
O Loughtonians won 6-0 Emily Wilford 3, Verity Blyth 2, Amy Brook
O Southendians won 4-0 Verity Blyth 2, Laura Tibbenham, Lauren Barber
Canterbury won 2-0 Verity Blyth, Bryony Lund
Team: Bryony Lund (Capt), Calianne Clark, Amy Brook, Lauren Barber, Lucy Chubbock, Verity Blyth, Rebecca Banham, Laura Tibbenham and Emily Wilford. (Cherry Seaborn was unavailable as at England U18 training)
MONDAY JAN 4 BOYS
TUESDAY JAN 5 LADIES 1/2
WEDNESDAY JAN 6 GIRLS BOTH SESSIONS
THURSDAY JAN 7 LADIES 1/2 + YOUTH
FRIDAY JAN 8 U11 GIRLS/BOYS
SATURDAY JAN 9 U11 GIRLS/BOYS
Men's Club Training
Due to lack of support it has been decided not to run the Men’s Club Training Sessions in the New Year. Those who have paid and are interested in attending training should contact Robert Stimpson or Nick McAllen to discuss the situation.
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