This coming weekend the club is hosting for the eighth successive year the East Club Minis or to give them their correct title the East Club IN2Hockey Championships. On Saturday the U12 Boys (from 10.30) and U10 Girls (from 1.25) will be in action and on Sunday it will be the turn of the U12 Girls (10.00) and U10 Boys (1.00). The club will be represented in each of the events with our teams having qualified through the Norfolk championships.

All four Magpies’ teams have enjoyed impressive seasons and after preparing well for the weekend ahead it will soon be time to pit their skills and determination against the best squads in the region.

The U12 Boys won the Bury St Edmunds tournament and have finished second in their other outings this season including the Norfolk Championship while the U10 Boys have also had a consistent season finishing second in all their events. Meanwhile the U12 Girls have won three of their five tournaments scoring 66 goals and conceding just 4. They were pipped for the Norfolk Championship by Pelicans without conceding a goal in the event and their only defeat of the season came at the hands of Cambridge City, their first opponents on Sunday, when coming second in the Bury tournament. The U10 Girls have had an even better season winning all five of their events scoring 79 goals while conceding just one!

All the very best to our teams, listed below, for an enjoyable and, hopefully, successful weekend. Best wishes also to our teams competing in the Alex Hill Memorial Tournament in Dereham on Sunday.

Saturday 16 April (Weybread)
U12 Boys
(Norfolk runners-up) – Elliott Chapman (GK), Edward Brice (captain), Elliott Cooper, Bruce Daniels, Sam Emms, Freddie Herschel-Shorland, Oliver Currie, Oliver Mayhew, Matty Nesling, Ben Waters, Mark Emms (manager), Richard Larkin (coach).

Section B: Magpies v Cambridge City (10.30), St Albans (10.52), Old Loughtonians (11.40), IES (12.24) followed (hopefully) by the semis (2.05) and final (2.40).

U10 Girls (Norfolk Champions) – Lily Yallop (GK), Georgia Flatt (GK), Catherine Pope, Tilly Dodds, Evie Brice, Evie Nesling, Anna Cogdell (captain), Emily Clarke, Harriet Soper, Beth Gardens, Kathy Gardens (manager), Duncan Cogdell (coach).

Section Y: Magpies v Old Loughtonians (1.30), Cambridge City (3.15), Tunbridge Wells (4.05), Hertford (4.25), IES (5.05) followed (hopefully) by the final (5.40).

Sunday 17 April (Weybread)
U12 Girls
(Norfolk runners-up) – Grace Robertson (GK), Amelia Slade, Amy Collison, Ellen Pope (captain), Emma Williamson, Georgie Gardens, Holly Wills, Jessica Menzies, Ruby Pottruff, Sophie Pettitt, John Pope (manager) with David Brook and Jim Menzies (coaches) supported by Holly Riches and Sarah Brook.

Section B: Magpies v Cambridge City (10.00), Bury St Edmunds (10.22), Upminster (11.06), Blueharts (11.32), Sevenoaks (1.22) followed (hopefully) by the semis (2.05) and final (2.40).

U10 Boys (Norfolk runners-up) – Inigo Bueno de Mesquita (GK), Charlie Hall (captain), Jacob Ash, Ben Currie, Seth Faulkner, Rory Salter, Jake Jackson, Benjamin Brand, Hayden Stokes, Nathan Turner, Mark Ash (manager), Matt Brand (coach).

Section L: Magpies v Harpenden (1.30), Old Loughtonians (2.20), Felixstowe (3.20), Saffron Walden (4.10) followed (hopefully) by the semis (4.40) and final (5.10).

The winners and runners-up of the two U12 events will go on to represent the East in the national championships to be played at Beeston HC on Saturday 14 May.

2016 FIH MASTERS WORLD CUP, Canberra, Australia
Gold – Phil Cobbald (England O55s), Andy Law (England O50s)
Silver – Kath Johnson (England O40s), Tristan Baynes (England O40s)
Bronze – Murray Graham (Scotland O55s)

The Mixed team is through to the quarter-finals of the England Hockey Trophy after their 5-0 home win over Wisbech yesterday. The two teams also met last year with Magpies winning 9-0 but a repeat of that scoreline was never in prospect after Magpies took thirty minutes to open their account. Umpire Trevor Norman, who together, with his colleague Nikki Butcher had an excellent game, skilfully played an advantage when several in the crowd were calling for a penalty corner enabling Simon Hipwell to at last find a way for Magpies past the outstanding Kevin Shippey in the Wisbech goal. Two minutes later Lucy Whiting squared the ball in the circle for Maria Andrews who made no mistake from close range. Shortly after the break Maria scored the goal of the game finishing off a move down the left involving Simon and Robbie Kinsella. Sam Moore then finally located the goal after some earlier misses before Robbie scored the fifth with ten minutes remaining. Maria was voted MOTM while Sam, despite a typically wholehearted performance, was awarded the accolade that due to club policy we are no longer permitted to name!



Back row L-R. Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting, Dickon Taylor, Simon Hipwell, Sam Moore, Frances Taylor, Richard Larkin, James Meek

Front row L-R. Lauren Mickleburgh, Lizzie Clymer, Katrina Sitch (vice-captain), Robbie Kinsella, John Livings (GK), Andrew Bedwell, Leigh Sitch (captain), Lauren Barber

Meanwhile in Peterborough the U14 Boys were playing in the regional finals of their national championship and they started with a 1-1 draw with Cambridge City who took the lead in the first half before Arthur Johnson equalised following good work by Jude Pottruff. The team then suffered 3-0 defeats at the hands of hosts City of Peterborough and Leicester. Despite the final score Magpies played some good hockey against Leicester and the experience of playing at this higher level should stand the players in good stead next season.

300 CLUB April 2016 winners – £20 Rosie Chubbock, £20 Kath Johnson, £15 Brian Riches, £15 John Young, £15 Lyndsey Boatman, £15 Les Howlett. The names of all the monthly winners going back to September 2012 are on the club’s website.

For your diaries please: Sunday 19 June – Strawberry Luncheon, Thursday 23 June – Annual General Meeting.

Please see the Latest News page of the club’s website for details of the following:
(a) Introduction to Hockey Coaching at Langley School on Sunday 24 April.

(b) Magpies May Day Weekend Hockey Festival (Saturday 30 April and Monday 2 May) and how to enter teams.

(c) Magpies summer training for Boys and Girls 2016.

(d) Level 1 Umpire Course at Bury St Edmunds HC (Culford School) on Sunday 8 May.

(e) Level 1 Umpire Course at Pelicans HC on Sunday 15 May.

GRAND NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKE (held during the U10 & U12 Boys’ training last Saturday)
If you drew Rule The World your £20 prize can be collected from the clubhouse bar during the East Club Minis.

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]


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