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U16B - Ipswich U16B (EH U16 C5) - W 10-1 - Ten out of Ten for City U16 Boys
U16 BOYS - 19/02/2017 VS IPSWICH U16B (A) 
 
TEAM: U16 Boys 
DATE: 19/02/2017 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 19/02/2017 
HEADLINE: Ten out of Ten for City U16 Boys 
LEAGUE: EH U16 Boys Cup 
VENUE: Ipswich School 
RESULT: Won 10-1 
 
REPORT: 
The u16 Boys travelled to Ipswich East Suffolk knowing they were nearly through to the Regional Finals, but determined to put in a really good performance. City attacked from the outset and, after the initial skirmishes, began to hit their straps. IES could not hold out for long and, after some nice interpassing between Harry Paterson and Alex Merron, Harry slid the ball through to Ben Withers to open the scoring. IES came back, but City hit them on the break with fast passing out of defence ending with Ben Withers setting up Ben Chapman to slot the ball home. 
 
Harry Paterson scored the next two goals, the first with a dribble into the D before nutmegging the keeper, the second poaching a rebound after Cameron Cook had hit the post. Ben Withers finished off the half with a smart reverse stick shot after a lovely run from Dan Phillips. City were 5-0 up at half-time and that probably didn’t fully reflect the extent of their dominance. 
 
The plan for the second half was to try to keep our shape and pass the ball around the pitch, but it became more difficult as Ipswich understandably began to play deeper. Nevertheless Cameron Cooke took City’s sixth smartly after good work from Harry Bassett, before IES nicked one back with a short corner goal somewhat against the run of play. Alex Merron popped up from left midfield to bundle the ball home on the left hand post after a goal mouth scramble for City’s seventh, before Ben Withers completed his hat-trick with a lovely bit of 3D skill on the run before hammering the ball home. Cooke got the ninth with a lovely manoeuvre round the keeper and, finally, Dan Phillips made it 10-1 slapping home a cross from the right. 
 
Amongst all this there was excellent play from the rest of the team: Ben Millett in goal, Tom Bailey and Jack Watling marshalling the defence, Fitz Hornor and Jack Watling on the flanks, and midfield generals Doug Tomlinson and Sam Bingham. 
 
There were so many strong performances that the Man of the Match award could have gone to almost any one of the players, but the players decided to award it to Alex Merron for his runs up the left wing. 
 
This result means City U16s end up comfortably in second place in the league behind Braintree (who narrowly beat us in a tense thriller) – these two teams dominated the competition. City finished up with three wins out of four with a massive goal difference of +25 and now qualify for the regional finals on 5 March. Congratulations to all the boys! 
 
RESULT: W 10-1 
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Ben Chapman,Harry Paterson,Harry Paterson,Ben Withers,Cameron Cooke,Alex Merron,Ben Withers,Cameron Cooke,Daniel Phillips 
POTM: Alex Merron

U18B - Lindum U18B (EH U18 C4) - W 3-1 - City U18 Boys into Quarter Finals of EH U18 Boys National Plate Competition beating Lindum 3-1 away in Lincoln
COLTS XI - 05/02/2017 VS LINDUM U18B (A) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 05/02/2017 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 05/02/2017 
HEADLINE: City U18 Boys into Quarter Finals of EH U18 Boys National Plate Competition beating Lindum 3-1 away in Lincoln 
COMPETITION: EH U18 Boys National Plate 
VENUE: Lindum HC, Lincoln 
RESULT: City 3, Lindum 1 
 
REPORT: 
 
On the 5th of February, Norwich City U18's travelled to Lindum in the last 16 of the plate competition where both teams were competitive throughout, Lindum with the edge in the first 10 minutes, however Norwich had some good opportunities on the break, Ross Pitcher with a lovely chip which just cleared the bar. As the play opened up Norwich were capitalising on some wide weaknesses from Lindum with some good balls into the D, Norwich finally got the breakthrough as we came to half time with the finish from Alfie on the p-spot. As the second half commenced Norwich doubled their lead with a great deflection from Will Kidner. As we approached the last 20 minutes Lindum got one goal back from a lovely deflection past Jake's left shoulder, however, Norwich got a third from a pin point slap into the D from Fred Anthony which left Alfie with a tap in. Norwich had good structure throughout the game and kept it until the final whistle overall a good team performance, also we wish Ali recovers soon from his blow to the face. 
Final Score 3-1  
We all wish Ali Husband a speedy recovery after taking the ball in the mouth during the game and having to whizz off to A&E in Lincoln. 
Finally, thanks to Pies and Frosty and all the parents for driving. 
 
Report provided by POTM, Alfie Cooper. 
 
RESULT: W 3-1 
SCORERS: Alfie Cooper,William Kidner,Alfie Cooper 
POTM: Alfie Cooper

U14B - Harleston Magpies U14B (EH U14 C4) - L 3-4 - Slick penalty corners nearly salvage a draw
COLTS XI - 05/02/2017 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U14B (H) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 05/02/2017 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 05/02/2017 
HEADLINE: Slick penalty corners nearly salvage a draw 
LEAGUE: EHA U14 Boys cup 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT: NCHC 3-4 Magpies 
 
REPORT: City chose to play a 1-2-3-3-2 formation to pack the midfield and nullify a Magpies team that had scored 21 goals in their previous 3 games. Whilst this meant the two forwards (in particular Freddie Paterson and Richie Mann) did a lot of sometimes unrewarded running it did mean City were able to compete and for large periods of the game dominate possession. 
 
After a positive start by the home team with Max Merron and Louis Hart looking dangerous in midfield it was a little against the run of play when Magpies took the lead through a penalty corner after about 10 minutes. Five minutes later a neat move saw the visitors' lead extended at which point the home team rather than crumble really stood up to the plate and took the game to Magpies. A tactical switch, moving Rio Iaccarino from defence to midfield added solidity and dynamism as the Hart, Merron, Iaccarino and Elliot Fox combination started to dominate the centre of the pitch. Whilst Iaccarino, Merron and Hart in particular combined endeavour with delightful stick work it was man of the match Fox whose reading of the game and simple passing really got the home side ticking. 
 
City reduced the arrears just before half time thanks to a pre planned penalty corner move that allowed Rio Iaccarino to score. 
 
The second half saw both teams play some excellent attacking and defending hockey. Cameron Husband and Reuben Cooke were awesome in defence with Ethan Rushton making some crucial saves it was again a bit frustrating that Magpies should restore their two goal cushion with 20 minutes remaining. However, just as in the first half, this seemed to galvanise the home team with some flowing moves down both flanks driven by Iaccarino, Hart and Fox. City's second penalty corner was again clinical, a slip to Fox and a calm finish into the bottom corner. 3-2 and game on. With City pushing for the equaliser, a swift Magpies counterattack saw the goal of the game - Jude charged down the inside right channel and nailed his shot into the roof of the net. City responded immediately and having forced a penalty corner made it three out of three thanks to a Hart dummy and fierce strike. 4-3. 
 
As City pressed for the equaliser they eventually ran out of time. All the City players worked tirelessly, often out of their preferred positions, and can justly be proud of their performances. A great game, a dramatic finale and a fine advertisement for youth hockey. 
 
The City heroes were: 
 
Ethan Rushton (GK), Rio Iaccarino, Cameron Husband, Reuben Cooke, Joseph Roy, Elliot Fox, Monty Platt, Max Merron, Louis Hart, Jonty Black, Freddie Paterson, Richie Mann, Robert McCall and Rocco Iaccarino. 
 
RESULT: L 3-4 
SCORERS: Saverio Iaccarino,Elliot Fox,Louis Hart 
POTM: Elliot Fox

U16B - Braintree U16B (EH U16 C3) - L 3-6 - City U16 Boys Beaten but Unbowed
U16 BOYS - 20/11/2016 VS BRAINTREE U16B (A) 
 
TEAM: U16 Boys 
DATE: 20/11/2016 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 20/11/2016 
HEADLINE: City U16 Boys Beaten but Unbowed 
LEAGUE: EH U16 Boys Cup 
VENUE: Braintree HC 
RESULT: Lost 3-6 
 
REPORT: 
 
Unbeaten in their two U16 Cup outings so far, City’s Boys knew that the away trip to Braintree would probably determine who finishes top of the Regional Group. City started the better and within the first five minutes Ben Withers won a short corner with a strong run into the D, drawing a Braintree stick tackle. Harry Paterson struck a well-hit shot which the Braintree keeper could only parry to Withers who scrambled the ball home. Braintree came back strongly and looked like they had a good counter attack, when Tom Bailey made a superb tackle just outside the City D. The ball was shipped quickly to George Harrad on the left flank who crossed to Withers just outside the Braintree D. Withers sped into the D and unleashed a howitzer into the top right corner. 2-0. 
 
Braintree bounced back again, attacking in numbers. With City’s defence struggling to man-mark the runners, Braintree started to play some excellent 3D hockey. Braintree scored two quick goals to equalise. City not knowing what had hit them, began to rush the play and gave the ball away too cheaply. Heads dropped. Braintree scored three more times before a halftime whistle which was desperately needed from City’s perspective. 
 
The coach’s message at half time was that we needed to use our heads, keep the ball and concentrate on quick passes to our team mates. At the same time, we needed to communicate better in defence and win the 50:50 battles across the field. City started the second half in a completely different manner. Dan Phillips, Harry Paterson and skipper Sam Bingham in midfield tackled and passed like their lives depended on it and Cameron Cook joined Tom Bailey in defence to form a formidable centre pairing. And up front, Harry Basset, Ben Chapman and George Harrad made run after run, stretching the Braintree defence. 
 
The second half was a fantastic gladiatorial combat of end to end hockey from two very good teams. Braintree scored first with a well worked short corner routine. City bounced back, with a great breakaway goal, Withers smashing a diagonal ball from the right which Harrad at full stretch deflected into the goal. City had several more chances, with one short corner being miraculously saved on the line and another in the net but too high.  
 
The match ended a 6-3 loss to City. However, it was a great game of hockey and, apart from a 20 minute spell in the first half where we lost our heads somewhat, we were very competitive against a strong Braintree side. The Boys will learn a lot more from this match than they have from the easy wins they have had so far in the competition. Our final match is not until February, when we take on IES when a good result should take us through into the Regional Finals. 
 
There was strong competition for man of the match, with candidates including the versatile Cameron Cook and the midfield dynamo Dan Phillips. However, the award goes to Ben Withers who not only scored two goals and assisted the third, but also sprinted back to assist the defence on a number of occasions. 
 
RESULT: L 3-6 
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Ben Withers,George Harrad 
POTM: Ben Withers

U14B - Sudbury U14B (EH U14 C3) - W 3-0 - Quick out of the blocks City ease to comfortable victory
COLTS XI - 20/11/2016 VS SUDBURY U14B (A) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 20/11/2016 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 20/11/2016 
HEADLINE: Quick out of the blocks City ease to comfortable victory 
LEAGUE: EHA U14 Boys Cup 
VENUE: Sudbury 
RESULT: Sudbury 0-3 Norwich City 
 
REPORT: 
City started quickly and were immediately on top thanks to Louis Hart's aggressive dribbling and the attacking movement created by Alex Tomkinson, Freddie Paterson and Rafe Lochore. Whilst it was no surprise that City should open the scoring, the fact that the first goal game inside 4 minutes from City's fourth attack was. An excellent run and pass from Hart found Tomkinson one on one with the keeper. His initial shot was saved but he calmly slotted the rebound. 
 
With Elliot Fox, Monty Platt and Max Merron controlling the midfield City were able to pen the hosts in their own half. After a couple of "sighting" penalty corners City doubled their lead when a 12th minute corner was inially saved for Platt to calmly rifle in a shot from the top of the D. Hart made it 3-0 in the 16th minute with a trademark jinxing run and shot. 
 
As is often the case when one side is dominant City tried to dribble the ball too much and it was somewhat of a delight to see Reuben Cooke, Rio Iaccarino, Monty Platt and Elliot Fox move the ball with pace and fluency "back and around" to excellent effect to set up a number of attacks down both flanks. 
 
The second half saw the hitherto quiet Jonty Black stamp his authority on the game with some slick one-twos combined with his trademark Duracell-like work rate. Rocco Iaccarino was tireless up and down the right flank supporting attacks and showing real discipline when tracking back in defence. A moment of magic from Rafe Lochore nearly extended City's lead when heswivelled and span through the Sudbury defence then smashed his shot just the wrong side and of the post. And then right at the end an awesome run from Paterson saw him latch on to a through ball beat the keeper then elect to pass rather than shoot which the defence managed to smother. 
 
Whilst this was a dominant performance City were indebted to Ethan Rushton who made a number of critical saves to ensure the score line remained comfortable. 
 
Naming a man of the match in such a dominant performance is always hard with Louis Hart's dazzling skills and Rio Iaccarino's mature reading of the game at the back and his desire to switch play from side to side were both worthy candidates but in the end the manager's man of the match was Monty Platt for quite simply the best performance in terms of decision making and personal responsibility I have seen from him! 
 
And finally.....when you pass the ball like you did today your hockey is A....Maz...Ing! 
 
RESULT: W 3-0 
SCORERS: Alex Tomkinson,Monty Platt,Louis Hart 
POTM: Monty Platt

U16B - Bishops Stortford U16B (EH U16 C2) - W 8-1 - City U16 Boys Beat Bishop’s Stortford to Top the League
U16 BOYS XI - 06/11/2016 VS BISHOPS STORTFORD U16B (H) 
 
TEAM: U16 Boys XI 
DATE: 06/11/2016 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys XI VS 06/11/2016 
HEADLINE: City U16 Boys Beat Bishop’s Stortford to Top the League 
LEAGUE: EH U16 Boys Cup 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT: WON 8-1 
REPORT: 
 
Having beaten Pelicans convincingly three weeks ago to become the unofficial Norfolk Champions, City’s U16 Boys faced Bishop’s Stortford in a battle for one of the top spots in the League element of the EH Cup. Bishop’s Stortford reached the National Finals at u14 level last season and were bound to be tough opposition. On a cold, rain swept pitch, Stortford came out hard and, after five minutes where City repeatedly gave the ball away, snatched the lead with a well taken deflection off a short corner. 
 
City started going up through the gears and began to take control of the game, with some excellent harrying through George Harrad and Alex Merron. With Tom Bailey and Jack Watling snuffing out any Stortford attacks, City began to win the 50:50 balls and attacked quickly, feeding speedy wingers Harry Bassett and Ben Chapman. The equaliser didn’t take long to come with Cameron Cooke dribbling through into the D and smashing a well placed strike into the corner of the goal.  
 
City’s strong midfield of Sam Bingham, Dan Phillips, Harry Paterson and Dan Phillips now hit their straps and were to dominate for the remainder of the game, winning the battles in the centre of the pitch and feeding our speedy forward line. Three more goals were to come in the first half, all to Cooke, who was in irrepressible form. One of them involved a beautiful piece of 3D ball-juggling as Cooke charged into the D before smashing the ball into the back of the net, and another was rifled off the post into the goal from a narrow angle! 
 
4-1 up at half time, but the boys recognised that they needed to keep the width and pass more. The second half continued with the same intensity and, with Stortford heads beginning to drop, City carried on the torment. Ben Withers was added to the scoresheet after some mazy dribbling by Cooke gave him a simple tap in. Cooke scored another and then Ben Chapman was to tap in from a short distance for the seventh after good work by Harrad. Finally it was Withers who finished off the scoring for City: after a venomous Cooke shot, the goalkeeper parried the ball invitingly towards Withers who dispatched the ball with gusto into the roof of the net.  
 
The game finished an 8-1 win to City and could have been more. Credit is due to all the players in what was an exciting and convincing performance, but Man of the Match could only really go to one player, Cameron Cooke, who was unstoppable yesterday and has now scored ten goals in two cup games.  
 
The win leaves City well placed in top spot in the League. Our next match is in a fortnight away to Braintree HC (previously Phoenix) in what will be a challenging and well matched game. We are looking forward to it! 
 
RESULT: W 8-1 
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Withers,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Withers,Ben Chapman 
POTM: Cameron Cooke

U18B - City of Peterborough U18B (EH U18 C2) - L 1-3 - Close encounter in first round of EH U18 boys Cup
COLTS XI - 06/11/2016 VS CITY OF PETERBOROUGH U18B (H) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 06/11/2016 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 06/11/2016 
HEADLINE: Close encounter in first round of EH U18 boys Cup 
LEAGUE: EH U18B CUP 
VENUE: TAVERHAM 
RESULT: NORWICH CITY 
 
REPORT: NORWICH CITY U18B 1, CITY OF PETERBOROUGH U18B 3 
 
Last year saw the two City sides compete in the first round of the EH U18 boys cup, this season it was to be the same opening game of the competition and with City of Peterborough having gone all the way to the semi-finals last season it was clear that they were considering themselves as the favourites, especially with the result being very much one sided last season. 
 
This season the game was very unlike the previous encounter, both teams competing well and the game seeing chances for both teams throughout the game. It was however the visitors, City of Peteborough, who took the lead following a very long spell of deadlock hockey and some great midfield battles taking place, but the equaliser that followed from Norwich City was a remarkable team move, starting with their left half feeding the ball down the left, the ball moving around the top of the 23 and then finding George Brine moving in from the right to slot the ball past the advancing goalkeeper. With two late goals and the visitors running down the clock with even a two goal advantage it was clear that this was a tight game. 
 
Norwich City will take many positives out of a game against what was a very good travelling City of Peterborough team. The next stage is the EH Plate, hoping that performances like this will give the U18 boys a chance of a good run in the Plate competition instead. 
 
POTM: Fred Anthony 
 
RESULT: L 1-3 
SCORERS: George Brine

U14G - Pelicans U14G (EH U14 C2) - D 1-1
FILLIES XI - 06/11/2016 VS PELICANS U14G (A) 
 
TEAM: Fillies XI 
DATE: 06/11/2016 
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 06/11/2016 
HEADLINE:  
EH U14 CHAMPIONSHIP 
VENUE: LYNNSPORT 
RESULT: PELICANS U14 1 NORWICH CITY U14 1 
 
REPORT: 
Battling against the cold, with plenty of heavy rain and even hail thrown into the weather mix, a shivering Norwich overcame ice-cold fingers and goose-bumped legs to win the best of the play and stave off a series of dangerous attacks from Pelicans left flank.    
  
Norwich were on the team sheet early when they converted their first short corner of the game. Claudie injected the ball to Amelia who slipped it left to Amy to take a shot on goal. The keeper saved it but Abbie dived to pick up the rebound - was tackled but found enough space to neatly flick in a second shot which thankfully found the back of the net.   
  
By half time the sky was so dark and the rain so heavy, that the break was extended while Pelicans struggled to find out where to switch on the floodlights. Meanwhile, a soaked and blue-lipped Norwich team shivered in the dug-out and had to do a series of shuttle runs to keep warm.  
  
Once play restarted Norwich were on the attack again throughout the rest of the match, but a skilful Pelicans threatened to score at any time and Norwich had to remain on high alert. Any less-than-carefully passed Norwich-to-Norwich ball was picked up by a hungry Pelicans attack and taken straight into Norwich’s D. 
  
However, Norwich managed to keep them at bay blocking several heart-stopping attacks in front of the goal and managing to clear them safely and mostly out wide. 
  
Player of the match Alice Moore, together with the D-team of Rosie Osborne and Lottie Smith, mopped up any dangerous balls coming through from a voracious Pelicans attack. The ball was duly dispatched straight back to the Norwich forward line, picked up frequently Claudia, Amelia and Amy who defeated Pelicans defence to repeatedly threaten the home team’s goalie. Unfortunately, Pelicans held firm or pushed attackers out wide in the D and Norwich were unable to capitalise on wave after wave of attacking play.  
  
The cold made it hard to grip and players on both sides repeatedly locked sticks or had them pulled out of their freezing hands. The wet surface also meant lots of slipping over. Norwich had to dig deep to keep their spirits high and unfortunately with just minutes left to play Pelicans converted a short corner making the final score one all.  
  
The squad was: Abi Flatt; Alice Moore; Amelia Barclay; Amy Barker; Claudia van Poortvliet; Ellie Hobden; France Byrne; Kate Houldey; Kitty Taylor; Lottie Smith; Lucy Jenkinson; Millie Hyatt and Rosie Osborne 
  
Player of the match: Alice Moore 
 
RESULT: D 1-1 
SCORERS: Abigail Flatt 
POTM: Alice Moore

U16B - Pelicans U16B (EH U16 C1) - W 13-1 - City U16 Boys Win in Style at Pelicans
U16 BOYS - 16/10/2016 VS PELICANS U16B (A) 
 
TEAM: U16 Boys 
DATE: 16/10/2016 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 16/10/2016 
HEADLINE: City U16 Boys Win in Style at Pelicans 
LEAGUE: EH Boys U16 Cup 
VENUE: Pelicans HC 
RESULT: Pelicans 1 - Norwich City 13 
 
REPORT: 
 
The City U16 Boys left Norwich early on Sunday Morning for the first match of this season’s campaign, away to Pelicans in rain soaked King’s Lynn. From the first forays of the match it became clear that City were significantly stronger than their opposition and it wasn’t long before all the City players, bar goalie Ben Millett, were stationed well inside the Pelicans half. 
 
In the first half of the match, City tried to bludgeon the Pelicans into submission by going straight through the middle in all out attack. Some great goalkeeping from Pelicans and some profligate finishing by City meant that a 5-0 half time score was somewhat disappointing! 
 
Instructions at half time were to keep our structure, spread play wide and move the ball quickly. By and large it worked, although not before City had conceded a sloppy goal from one of Pelicans’ rare attacks. City then started to attack at pace, scoring eight times in the half, for a final 13-1 scoreline. Although the first half was a little pedestrian at times, the second half was a thing of beauty, keeping the City supporters in good spirits. 
 
There were some very classy goals in the 13 scored. Goal of the match winner was awarded to one which started in defence: Harry Paterson tussled hard to win the ball just inside the City half and, after beating a player, passed a good ball into George Harrad in space on the left. George got his feet round and smashed the ball diagonally across the Pelicans D where Ben Chapman at full stretch deflected the ball high into the back of the net. Fantastic Hockey! 
 
In terms of scorers, Cameron Cooke got his standard 5 goals, one of which was an absolute scorcher into the net. Harry Bassett also scored a hat-trick, coming in off the left wing to slot the ball home on three separate occasions. Chapman scored two, with one apiece for Paterson, Harrad and the effervescent Daniel Phillips.  
 
However, it wasn’t all about the scorers and there were strong performances across the pitch. Of note, Tom Bailey was majestic at the back, supported by Alex Merron and Jack Watling, Sam Bingham played the captain’s role with aplomb and Fitz Hornor played a confident game at right midfield. Man of the Match could have gone to almost any of the players, but it was awarded to Doug Tomlinson for a very mature performance where he played deep and laid the ball off sensibly throughout the game. 
 
The remaining fixtures in a tough Group are likely to be much harder, but we are looking forward to the challenge, with the next match being at home to Bishop’s Stortford on 4 November. 
 
RESULT: W 13-1 
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Daniel Phillips,Ben Chapman,Harry Paterson,Cameron Cooke,George Harrad,Ben Chapman,Cameron Cooke,Harry Basset,Harry Basset,Cameron Cooke,Harry Basset 
POTM: Doug Tomlinson

U16G - Dragons (EHC U16 R5) - W 7-4 - City Win Again To Qualify For Regional Finals
FILLIES XI - 14/02/2016 VS DRAGONS (H) 
 
TEAM: Fillies XI 
DATE: 14/02/2016 
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 14/02/2016 
HEADLINE: City Win Again To Qualify For Regional Finals 
LEAGUE: U16 England Hockey Cup  
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT:Win 7-4 
 
REPORT: Needing to avoid defeat to qualify for the finals City were confident of a good performance. However with only 11 players available and no keeper it proved to be an exciting game! The team started in amazing fashion with a goal in the opening minute from a long range shot by Abbie after a neat break by Evie. The Dragons then gave the ball away, after some great pressure by Abi, straight from the centre and again the powerful city attack created a chance for Ella to tuck away. The half continued to be dominated by City. Evie scored two with two trademark power shots and Abbie bagged another after some great work by Phoebe. The score at half time was 5-1.  
 
The second half saw City be a little less determined and we gave a couple of poor goals. It could have been more with last ditch clearances from Ellie, Alice and then Molly. However, everytime we kept possession we created a scoring chance. The last 10 minutes saw City in complete charge. The defence well marshalled by player of the match Megan would not let Dragons into the D. Ella bagged another after City had put ball in the net twice but both were disallowed. The final goal was a highlight of the game with a great interception by Maddie followed by a quick break and pass by Emily to release Abbie to score. The final score was 7-4. The girls thoroughly deserve the title of the best team in Norfolk. They have played as a team throughout and they will give their all to make an immediate return to the National Finals. 
 
RESULT: W 7-4 
SCORERS: Abbie Ingham,Ella Sharrock,Evangeline Wills,Evangeline Wills,Abbie Ingham,Ella Sharrock,Abbie Ingham 
POTM: Megan Conway

U14B - Dragons U14 (EH U14 R5) - W 5-0 - City Colts put Dragons to the Sword
U14 COLTS XI - 07/02/2016 VS DRAGONS U14 (H) 
 
TEAM: U14 Colts XI 
DATE: 07/02/2016 
FIXTURE: U14 Colts XI VS 07/02/2016 
HEADLINE: City Colts put Dragons to the Sword 
LEAGUE: U14 Championship 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT: 5:0 win 
 
REPORT: 
The Under-14 colts secured qualification to the regional finals of the U14 Championships with a commanding performance in their final group match against Norwich Dragons. 
 
The derby match, played at Taverham on Sunday, saw City establish an early advantage through a Ben chapman goal, when he seized upon a long pass from the half way line, controlling the ball to round the keeper and finish into an open goal. 
 
City continued to dominate possession, with few Dragons attacks being sustained far into the City half, as the midfield team of Cooke, Harrad and Basset held firm. In attack, City’s ability to move the ball under control saw them put pressure on the Dragons’ defence and they were rewarded when a strong defensive press at a Dragons free hit saw Cooke win the ball, weave his way through the defence and finish by flicking the ball into the centre of the net before the keeper could react. 
 
Dragons rallied and the game was briefly a more even affair, but the strength of central defenders Cameron Husband alongside City captain Tom Bailey meant that goalkeeper Darley was rarely called into action. 
 
Before half time, City claimed a third goal from a penalty corner, Cooke’s direct shot from the top of the D proving unstoppable. 
 
In the second half, City again began well, creating multiple chances down the right side, with Milne-Brown and Keeley linking well with Granville in midfield. Before long, Chapman scored City’s fourth, his initial shot rebounding off the keeper’s pads straight back to his stick, the striker delightfully lifting the ball over the keeper’s head into the goal. 
 
Moments later, City had another penalty corner and Harrad was unlucky not to score from a powerful drag-flick that went millimetres wide. Dragons then mounted their strongest attack of the match, for once breaching the City defence and forcing 3 successive saves from the ever alert Darley. 
 
City’s attacking focus switched to the left and saw half back Byrne combine brilliantly with Conway on the left wing to create a number of chances. Late on, left-wing substitute Keeley, took the ball into the D and passed superbly to Merron who stroked the ball past the stricken keeper to seal the 5:0 win. 
 
City will now go forward to the regional finals on 10th April – a fantastic achievement having had to concede one of their four matches. The main achievement, though, was the excellent team play in this match: one of the most entertaining games of hockey all season. 
 
RESULT: W 5-0 
SCORERS: Ben Chapman,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Chapman,Max Merron 
POTM: Cameron Cooke

U16G - Sudbury U16 (EH U16 R2) - W 3-0 - Crunch game vixtory for City
FILLIES XI - 31/01/2016 VS SUDBURY U16 (H) 
 
TEAM: Fillies XI 
DATE: 31/01/2016 
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 31/01/2016 
HEADLINE: Crunch game vixtory for City 
LEAGUE: EHC U16 Cup 
VENUE: Redmayne Fields Norwich School 
RESULT:Win 3-0 
 
REPORT: 
This was a vital game for City with both teams level on points. After an earlier postponement the girls were determined to show they had what it takes to qualify for the regionals. The game was end to end in the first 10 minutes with stand in keeper Maddie making two important saves. The team constantly pressed Sudbury who were repeatedly forced into errors. This eventually led to our opening goal from the tireless Matilda who hit a powerful strike from just inside the D. From that point City dominated the match and the few attacks Sudbury managed were dealt with confidently by the defence of Louisa, Megan, Alice, Ellie and Becky. Either side of half time Abbie scored twice, with the second sending the keeper the wrong way following a clinical pass by Phoebe. Sudbury almost scored a consolation goal but Megan dived full length across the goal in a brilliant act of bravery! We won the game because virtually every tackle was won by City and the midfield's relentless pressing led by Evie and fully supported by Emily and Ella constantly won the ball back. 
 
Thanks also to the backroom team of Karl, Gillian and parents who ensured we put on a great match tea! 
 
Our final game is against Dragons with City needing to avoid defeat to progress. 
 
RESULT: W 3-0 
SCORERS: Matilda Warde-Aldam,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham 
POTM: Matilda Warde-Aldam

U16B - Norwich Dragons (U16 Cup) - W 5-1 - City U16s Sign off in Style
U16 BOYS - 20/12/2015 VS NORWICH DRAGONS (A) 
 
TEAM: U16 Boys 
DATE: 20/12/2015 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 20/12/2015 
HEADLINE: City U16s Sign off in Style 
LEAGUE: U16 Cup 
VENUE: Dragons 
RESULT: WON 5-1 
 
REPORT: 
 
On an unseasonably warm December afternoon, Norwich City U16 Boys convincingly beat Dragons 5-1 in the England Hockey U16 Cup. However, were it not for an outstanding day’s work from the Dragons keeper and some Christmas generosity from the City strikers, the score could have been a lot more one-sided. 
 
The Norwich City Boys arrived at Dragons wanting a big win to strengthen their chances of progressing in the U16 Cup. The pattern of the game was established from the outset, with City immediately on the attack. City kept the ball well, with Rob Duffy and Jake Cushion in the centres cleverly spreading the play and Harry Paterson and Josh Bailey driving forward at pace. However, City quickly realised that this was not going to be easy as the Dragons keeper saved everything that came his way. Wave after wave of attacks and short corners yielded no reward, until one particularly desperate tackle as City were about to pull the trigger left the umpire with no choice but to award a penalty flick. Up stepped Josh Bailey who, ignoring the friendly encouragement from the keeper, slammed home a great low flick for a 1-0 City lead. 
 
City continued at pace, with dribbling Dan Phillips on the right wing causing havoc. City’s wing backs were getting in on the action too, with Jack Watling, Harry Ingham and Alfie Cooper all pressing up the flanks to provide more width. Goal number two eventually came, with some good work from Ben Withers on the left enabling Dougie Tomlinson to deftly reverse sweep the ball against the backboard for a 2-0 lead at half time. 
 
The second half continued in the same way. City were camped in the Dragons half and tried valiantly to break down the defences but, with shots raining in on the Dragons goal, their keeper was imperious. City tried everything but somehow every strike, prod, sweep and stab of the ball either found the keeper, the post or missed the goal by a whisker. Eventually a goal had to come and it was cool-headed Sam Bingham who swept the ball home after a cross from the right eluded the Dragons defence. The game continued in the same vein and, after another batch of City missed chances, Ben Withers on the right post showed great reflexes to volley the ball into the net for a 4-0 lead.  
 
With City thinking the flood gates might now open, surreally it was Dragons who scored next with their only meaningful attack of the game. Dragons broke quickly and the attack looked about to be snuffed out when the ball bobbled against a City foot. The resultant short corner was hit straight at the City goal, deceiving City’s defence, bringing the score back to 4-1. 
 
City continued to press hard without any reward until a frustrated Harry Paterson intercepted a Dragons 16 yard hit, drove into the D and smashed a hard shot into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. The game ended with City running out 5-1 winners and, unusually, fairly disappointed with the result – we had around 15 or more short corners, about 80% of the play and around 100 shots at goal. Nevertheless, the boys should feel proud. They have played outstanding hockey this season, are a team chock full of talent and have been a pleasure to manage. 
 
There were a number of candidates for man of the match from City, including Jake Cushion, Harry Paterson and Alfie Cooper. However, the winner is Harry Ingham, who didn’t put a foot wrong in defence and provided a great wide option up and down the flanks. 
 
RESULT: W 5-1 
SCORERS: Josh Bailey,Doug Tomlinson,Sam Bingham,Ben Withers,Harry Paterson 
POTM: Harry Ingham

U16B - Sudbury U16 (EH U16 R4) - W 10-0 - City Boys Put Ten Past Understrength Sudbury
COLTS XI - 22/11/2015 VS SUDBURY U16 (H) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 22/11/2015 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 22/11/2015 
HEADLINE: City Boys Put Ten Past Understrength Sudbury 
LEAGUE: BOYS U16 CUP 
VENUE: TAVERHAM 
RESULT: WON 10-0 
 
REPORT: 
 
Having got less out of their first two group matches than they wanted, City’s U16 Boys needed a good win today against Sudbury. Their cause was helped when Sudbury arrived with only nine players, but playing against a reduced team is not as easy as it sounds. Sure enough Sudbury had some good players, they dug deep and filled their defence with numbers. For the first 25 minutes City worked hard but could not break through until finally Ben Withers found space and crashed the ball home. City began to work wider and started scoring more freely. With Jake Cushion, Josh Bailey and Sam Bingham working hard in midfield, Harry Paterson scored City’s second with a great reverse stick volley, and Ben Withers completed his hat-trick with two more goals before half-time. 
 
Ahead by four goals at half-time, City’s aim was to achieve the maximum allowed goal difference of eight. The coaches urged the boys to get the ball moving more quickly and to use the width of the pitch. With City’s defensive line of Harry Ingham, Rob Duffy, Jack Watling, Alex Merron and James Hewett pushing up the pitch, City continued to pressurise Sudbury. Declan Ordish scored City’s fifth with a shot that deceived the Sudbury goalkeeper, before Paterson scored two more for his hat-trick. Withers got his fourth, Ordish scrambled home City’s ninth (and his second) before Josh Bailey rounded off the match by sneaking the ball home off a short corner on the final whistle.  
 
So, with a 10-0 win, it was job done for City, who got maximum points and goal difference from the game. The boys’ dominance is best demonstrated through the fact that keeper Ben Millett did not touch the ball through the whole game. However, credit is also due to Sudbury who defended resolutely throughout. Man of the Match voting was spread between several players, but the winner was Sam Bingham who played well throughout.  
 
RESULT: W 10-0 
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Harry Paterson,Ben Withers,Ben Withers,Declan Ordish,Harry Paterson,Harry Paterson,Ben Withers,Declan Ordish,Josh Bailey 
POTM: Sam Bingham

U16G - Magpies U16 (EH U16 R4) - L 0-5 - Defeated by a strong team
FILLIES XI - 22/11/2015 VS MAGPIES U16 (H) 
 
TEAM: Fillies XI 
DATE: 22/11/2015 
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 22/11/2015 
HEADLINE: Defeated by a strong team 
LEAGUE: U16 Cup 
VENUE:Home 
RESULT:Loss 
 
REPORT: 
The scoreline reflects a tough game against a Magpies team who cam third in the Nationals when U14s. The score after 30 mins was only 1-0, City then lost a key defender to injury when we were playing well and counter attacking dangerously. Two spells either side of half time saw Magpies, led by their dominant England player, score four goals. The team battled and battled and in the last 25 minutes of the match there were no goals at either end. Jessie in goal made a string of brilliant saves and we actually defended better then we did against Bury when we won 11-3. Next week we play Sudbury to decide if we will go through to the regionals. It will be a close game but we can do it! 
 
RESULT: L 0-5 
POTM: Florence Duffield

Under 10s away at Harleston for season opener!
Of Storms, Sickness and treasured hockey skills to behold! 
 
On a windswept, sickness-affected November Sunday morning, two keen hearted crews of Under 10 Norwich City Hockey Club boys took to the field, away at Magpies for their first, long awaited matches of the season. The two teams, Jets, (in their traditional yellow and green) and the Dolphins , in their newly adapted kit of yellow and green with orange socks) put the weeks of gruelling training and preparation to good effect, competing well in all games against a Magpies A, Magpies B and Ipswich side.  
 
What was really impressive and great to see, was the way in which the two Norwich City teams took the time to watch, applaud and cheer for one another, promoting a real club ethos. Of course the gloves were off when facing each other in the head to head fixture. Special team thanks go out for stepping in to the shoes of those not able to play due to last minute sickness….Josie Miller who kept an impressive 6 out of 7 clean sheets, keeping goal for both the Jets and Dolphins, Lucas Hay anchoring the defence and ‘parking the boat’ for both teams and Harry Ford, stepping in to brother Ollie’s (not a monk) shoes - well, goal keeping kit to be more accurate, to keep goal for the Dolphins in the head to head. 
 
Dolphins Team - Jets - Josie Miller (Harry Ford), Lucas Hay, Ellis Byland-Brookes, Louis Miller, Freddie Miller, Charlie Hutchinson, Jurian Meijer  
Result Summary - Drew 2, Lost 2, (Two clean sheets) 
 
Game 1 - Dolphins 0-0 Magpies ‘Simon’ 
A positive start with an early goal attempt from debutant Charlie H 
We did show a little naivety, or nerves as we didn’t seem to be quite out fluid selves in defence, passing the ball across the ‘d’ and bringing pressure back on ourselves. (one for the training field) 
Once we did get the ball out of defence we looked a threat with some good distribution from the back from Ellis, Freddie and Lucas, with Jurian and Charlie able to find space and move forward with pace. Added to this was some clever controlled reverse stick hitting down the line from Louis, finding his team mates in wider positions to attack down the flanks. 
Both teams had fairly equal amounts of possession, with neither able to find that break through. 
 
Game 2 - Dolphins 0-0 Ipswich 
Some more good counter attacking hockey with pace. Early action saw a great attempt on goal by debutante Jurian with more fast attacking hockey from Charlie who was a constant nuisance to the Ipswich defence. 
Again, our defence was at times a little disorganised, with some of our players so eager to win the ball, they ended up tackling each other. More solid work in the middle of the park by Freddie helped break up attacks early and kept pressure away from the defence. 
Another clean sheet, with a couple of opportunities that on another day, could have seen us win the game. 
Both teams had fairly equal amounts of possession, with neither able to find that break through. 
 
Game 3 - Dolphins 0-3 Jets  
Some encouraging forward play from the Dolphins against their club mates. A Jurian shot forced Josie Miller into a great save. It was also good to see Charlie continue in his positive running with the ball taking on the Jets and getting down the outside right on a number of occasions, balanced nicely with good play on the left by Ellis. Harry Ford, standing in for brother Ollie as goalkeeper kept a number of great shots out and although the score may suggest otherwise, the Dolphins put up a really great fight and had the Jets worried at times. Not quite as one way as the score may suggest 
 
Game 4 - Dolphins 0-2 Magpies ‘Blake'  
Some great keeping with Josie making a number of saves keeping the Dolphins in this games with the defence coming under lots of pressure. When the opportunity to look up came about it was encouraging to see Lucas getting the ball away, finding Charlie to hit them on the break. As in previous matches, we looked a little nervous when defending, but against the more senior of the Magpies team, this was a great effort and one the boys should be proud of. 
Great result against one of the stronger teams playing 
 
Jets Team - Josie Miller, Lucas Hay, Krishna Patel, Mattie Roy, Harry Ford, Ed Beake, Corey Rushton 
Result Summary - Won 2, Drew 2, didn’t concede a goal 
 
Game 1 - Jets 0-0 Ipswich  
A slow start by the Jets, taking their time to feel their way into the game. Early pressure form Ipswich forced Lucas into making some good clearances, backed up with some impressive saves by Goalkeeping debutant Josie ‘The Terminator’ Miller, who worked hard to earn the clean sheet. The team absorbed a lot of early pressure with Krishna and Mattie battling hard in midfield, but looked inventive on the attack with good strikes from Mattie Roy. Corey ‘3D’ Rushton was a constant threat in attack, going close on a number of occasions with his trademark reverse stick hitting and 3d action, the closest attempt seeing him flattened by their keeper. Having had the lions share of the play, we were unlucky not to win…  
With more clinical finishing on both sides, 3-1 would have been a fairer result. 
 
Game 2 - Jets 0-0 Magpies ‘Blake' 
A stronger start to the match saw a great ball straight out of defence set up Corey for an early shot on goal that just went wide. 
Magpies, then went close with narrow miss well covered by Josie in goal. The Jets seemed a little slow in decision making and passing in the centre of the park, (nerves, a sense of occasion, or just no one to pass to in space,??. Always good though to leave with something to take back to the training pitch. On an attaching note it was also good to see Harry ‘Houdini’ Ford appearing in some great forward attacking positions and getting in on some reverse stick hitting action of his own. 
A fair result, equal game with possession shared against the stronger of the Magpies teams 
 
Game 3 - Jets 3-0 Dolphins 
Although Harry Ford did his best to foil his fellow Jets team mates efforts with some great saves, having appeared in goal for the Dolphins, Corey Rushton eventually got the break through scoring the first goal of the game and Jet’s first goal of the morning. They didn’t have to wait long for their second as a mazy run by Corey drew the keeper allowing the ball to be squared to give Ed a very highly assured finish for his first goal. It was then left to Mattie ‘The Maestro’ Roy, having bossed the midfield, to slot in the third despite the best the desperate efforts of Charlie H who managed to get a stick on the shot, but couldn’t deflect it around the goal 
A fair result, not as one sided as the result suggests. Confidence renewed 
 
Game 4 Jets 6-0 Magpies 'Simon' 
Building on from their previous win, a quick goal by Corey inside the first min following some great attacking play from Ed and Harry, settle nerves and allowed the boys to turn on the style. Some more brilliant positive right wing work from Ed and then Harry ‘Ford, refreshed from his stint in goal brought about his first goal of the morning and The Jets second of the match. More sustained pressure saw Mattie Roy go close before Harry chipped in with his second goal. More good work out on the right by Harry carved out the opportunity for Corey to score his second (Jets fourth) before a well rehearsed short corner routine saw our 'power hitting specialist’ Krishna ‘The Rocket’ Patel fire an unstoppable shot past a stationary keeper. A quickly taken free hit from Corey later in the game then released Harry to slot in his third to complete his hat-rick and finish the game six goals to the good and with a clean sheet as well. 
A thoroughly well deserved and stylish win 
 
Scorer Summary 
Corey 3 Goals 
Harry 3 Goals 
Ed 1 Goal 
Krishna 1 Goal 
Mattie 1 Goal 
 
In summary, a great first performance, with both teams equipping themselves well against some good opposition, Lots of highlights with a few development areas to take back to the training pitch. More ’team names’ to be found over the forth coming weeks me thinks :)

U16B - Harleston Magpies U16 (EH U16 R3) - D 4-4 - City U16 Boys held in 8 Goal Thriller
U16 BOYS - 08/11/2015 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 (H) 
 
TEAM: U16 Boys 
DATE: 08/11/2015 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 08/11/2015 
HEADLINE: City U16 Boys held in 8 Goal Thriller 
LEAGUE: Boys U16 Cup 
VENUE: Taverham  
RESULT:DREW 4-4 
 
REPORT: 
 
After an unlucky and narrow loss against Phoenix in the first group game of the u16 Cup, City’s Boys now came up against Magpies. Both teams had a host of JRPC and HiPAC players so the game was sure to be competitive. The challenge was made tougher for City’s boys in missing five players – three not available and two more pulling out during the week injured – and so we turned up with just one sub and with a number of players playing out of their preferred positions. 
 
City started out tentatively and, after five minutes, it was Magpies who scored first, dribbling along the byeline from their left hand side and somehow squeezing the ball into the goal. It was a wake-up call for City, who started attacking with speed and skill. Within minutes, City had equalised. Dan Phillips threaded a ball through to Harry Paterson who drove down the right hand channel and smashed the ball in off the far post. City continued to attack and soon made it 2-1. Ben Withers skilfully dribbled the ball in from the left and showed the awareness to cross to Harry who calmly slotted the ball home from the P spot for his second of the match. 
 
The game was now end to end. Jake Cushion was doing a fantastic job mopping up at centre midfield, ably supported by the defensive line of Rob Duffy, Harry Ingham, Alfie Cooper and Jack Watling. City were winning most of the midfield battles but Magpies were attacking regularly and, after an unusual defensive hesitation from City, Magpies scrambled the ball home for 2-2 at half time. 
 
After the break, the game went on at a frenetic pace. City continued to attack, but this time it was Magpies who took the lead from a shortcorner. City’s heads dropped but then equalised with a moment of brilliance. The excellent Josh Bailey pounced on the ball just inside the opposition half and used his pace to get round the defender and bear down on goal. With the goalie coming out fast, Josh pushed the ball to the right, leaving the keeper floundering and coolly slotted the ball home from a narrow angle. City started to believe and had a host more chances, before James Hewitt got City’s fourth: a beautiful threaded pass found James free in front of goal, he spun and squeezed the ball under the keeper for a slender lead.  
 
Sadly for City, the speed of the game was taking its toll and, with Rob Duffy coming off injured, City had no subs left and a tiring team. The coaches’ worst fears were confirmed when a speculative Magpies ball into the City D was deflected up and into the netting, leaving the excellent Ben Millett in goal with no chance. Like two heavyweights tiring towards the end of a bout, both teams held on for the last five minutes and the game ended 4-4. A great game for the neutrals, but not quite the result we would have liked. Yet again, City played well and probably didn’t get as much from the game as we should have. As one of the boys said, if the game was decided on the quality of the goals (a novel concept), we would have stormed it! Nevertheless, the boys played brilliantly and put everything into the game. 
 
There were a large number of potential players of the match, but the clear winner of the vote was Josh Bailey who had a great game in midfield, winning loads of ball and causing all sort of problems to the opposition. Champagne moment went to defender Alfie Cooper in dealing with a fast bouncing ball into the D which would have caused any player problems. Rather than stopping the ball, Alfie showed his cricketing credentials by driving the ball back with a magnificent cover drive one bounce and over the sideline. Four runs! 
 
RESULT: D 4-4 
SCORERS: Harry Paterson,Harry Paterson,Josh Bailey,James Hewett 
POTM: Josh Bailey

U18B - Bourne Deeping U18 (EH U18 R2) - W 6-2 - City hit six as they down Deeping
COLTS XI - 08/11/2015 VS BOURNE DEEPING U18 (H) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 08/11/2015 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 08/11/2015 
HEADLINE: City hit six as they down Deeping 
LEAGUE: Cup 
VENUE:TRF 
RESULT:6-2 
 
REPORT: 
Norwich city U18 boys turned up to Taverham with mixed views about their game ahead against Bourne Deeping. City began well stringing some good passes together and creating some good chances. Also creating good chances from short corners. The first goal came when a long ball found Ross Pitcher in the D who beat the keeper with the ball but in the meantime got wiped out by the oncoming keeper resulting in a penalty flick. Sam Paterson then dispatched the flick superbly putting it in the top left hand corner of the goal. Straight from the start after city scored, Bourne Deeping attacked down the right hand side of the pitch and won a short corner that was then scored and got them right back in the game. The goal from the opposition seemed to urge city on that little bit more and again they put constant pressure on the Bourne Deeping goal and this resulted in a short corner. Sam Paterson then scored a great drag flick, which hit the bar and flew straight into the back of the net. From that point onwards city dominated the game with the solid defence of Ethan Marchant and Ali Husband, Alfred Kidner and Tom Ling. The third goal came when Sam Paterson broke up play and moved it onto Sam Tomlinson who played the ball into Will Kidner, the keeper saved the first shot but could not keep out the on coming Ross Pitcher who fired home a fierce shot.  
 
Half time 3-1 
City once again began the second half and had most of the play in the oppositions half with odd break away from the opposition. City won constant short corners but just was not able to score. Bourne Deeping however did bring some breakaway attacks and if it wasn’t for the solid goalkeeper Fred Anthony pulling of a good save from a reverse hit shot Bourne Deeping would have been back in the game. Norwich continued to work with great work up top from Joe Holden, Lewis Goodhall, Will Kidner and Ross Pitcher. Another goal finally came however when Lewis Goodhall had a shot and the rebound fell nicely to Sam Tomlinson who hit the ball home. Norwich’s superb work ethic continued as they carried on creating chances and finally the last goal came when Sam Tomlinson played the ball to George Brine at the top of the D who shot and placed it superbly in the bottom corner of the goal. Unfortunately Norwich did let their concentration slip and let a sloppy goal in but they will take the positives into the next round of the cup on the 22nd of November. 
 
RESULT: W 6-2 
SCORERS: Sam Paterson,Ross Pitcher,Sam Paterson,Ross Pitcher,Sam Tomlinson,George Brine 
POTM: Sam Tomlinson

U16G - Bury SE U16 (EH U16 R3) - W 11-3 - An Outstanding Start For City
FILLIES XI - 08/11/2015 VS BURY SE U16 (A) 
 
TEAM: Fillies XI 
DATE: 08/11/2015 
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 08/11/2015 
HEADLINE: An Outstanding Start For City 
LEAGUE: EHC Cup U16 Girls 
VENUE: Culford School 
RESULT: 11-3 Win 
 
REPORT: 
 
In the first game of the new season City wanted to begin with a win but also send out a message to the other teams in their tough group that we were a stronger team this year. They did both with an emphatic 11-3 win. There was plenty of work for the defence to do and the midfield and attack put together some brilliant moves.  
 
The game started well with City scoring from two short corners in the first five minutes! They continued to press and Bury hit back on the counter attack to score. There was some end to end play and city finished the half on top 5-1 including two more successful short corners. 
 
We started a little slowly in the second half and Bury scored from their first short corner. From that point on the city attack was dominant with lots of excellent patient passing creating chance after chance which city took. 
 
The final score was 11-3. Next game is against top of the table Magpies and hopefully City will play just as well as they did today. 
 
RESULT: W 11-3 
SCORERS: Evangeline Wills,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Matilda Warde-Aldam,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Alice Beckett,Abbie Ingham,Eliza Barclay,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham 
POTM: Maddie Anthony

U14B - Harleston Magpies U14 (EH U14 R3) - W 5-0 - Dominant City U14s Go Top
U14 COLTS XI - 08/11/2015 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U14 (A) 
 
TEAM: U14 Colts XI 
DATE: 08/11/2015 
FIXTURE: U14 Colts XI VS 08/11/2015 
HEADLINE: Dominant City U14s Go Top 
LEAGUE: U14 championship 
VENUE: Shotford Heath 
RESULT: 5:0 win 
 
REPORT: 
The U14 Colts team rose from their beds early on Sunday morning for a championship match at Harleston. The water based pitch had been adequately dampened by the weather, allowing both teams plenty of prep time. 
 
Magpies began the game strongly, dominating possession but yielding no good opportunities from their early pressure, due to the robust defensive skills of Bailey, Husband, Milne-Brown and Byrne. 
 
As the half wore on, Norwich City grew into the contest and took the lead through a Cameron Cooke goal. Magpies continued to press and would have equalised but for a great reaction save from Woodhead. From the resulting clearance, Keeley forced his way out of the Norwich half, breaking multiple tackles before Harrad received the ball on halfway and threaded a superb through ball to Cooke, who beat the keeper for his second goal. 
 
A third goal was added by Harrad off the keepers pads. Harleston continued to have a good share of possession, but their attacks were mostly dealt with by the outfield defence and any shots they did manage were comfortably dealt with by Woodhead's solid goalkeeping. 
 
In the second half the pattern of play continued and Norwich added a fourth goal free Keeley had worked the ball into the D from the right wing to lay the ball off to Cooke, who finished confidently for his hat trick. 
 
The match was finished off after an unfortunate incident in which Magpies conceded a penalty corner off a foot in the D just as one of their defenders came in from the wrong side and took a nasty blow to the head from Cooke's attempted shot. Un-phased by the incident, it was Cooke who put away the corner to complete the 5:0 victory, which leaves City 3 points clear at the top of the group table. 
 
RESULT: W 5-0 
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,George Harrad,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke 
POTM: George Harrad

U16B - Phoenix (Essex) U16 (EH U16 R1) - L 2-3 - Super City Shaded in the Sun
U16 BOYS - 04/10/2015 VS PHOENIX (ESSEX) U16 (A) 
 
TEAM: U16 Boys 
DATE: 04/10/2015 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 04/10/2015 
HEADLINE: Super City Shaded in the Sun 
LEAGUE: EH U16 Cup 
VENUE: Felsted School 
RESULT: Lost 3-2 
 
REPORT: 
 
The Norwich City Boys couldn’t have had a harder start to the U16 Cup with an away fixture to the strong Phoenix HC in Essex. And so it was that the U16s and assorted relatives trekked down the M11 to Felsted School on an unseasonally hot Sunday. 
 
It became clear from the off that this was going to be a fight between two heavyweights. Both teams were packed to the gunnels with quality and the skill levels on display were high. After the initial skirmishes, it was Phoenix who scored first. City were unluckily adjudged not to have backed off five yards for a free hit outside the D, a short corner was awarded and Phoenix skilfully dragflicked the ball just inside the right hand post. 
 
With Skipper Duffy bellowing instructions from the back, City dragged themselves back into the game and equalised with a beautiful example of fast, flowing hockey. Josh Bailey took the ball at pace inside his own half and surged forward, laying the ball off to Harry Paterson on his right. Travelling at speed, Harry laid a perfectly weighted pass into the run of Declan Ordish on the right wing who crossed accurately for Ben Withers to slot home. Perfection! 
 
City were now in the ascendancy with Jake Cushion, Paterson and Bailey snapping up everything in midfield and our speedy front three of Sam Bingham, Ordish and Withers cutting Phoenix apart with their speed and skill. City were irresistible and it was fitting that it was Birthday Boy Cushion who would put City ahead with a well taken goal to make it 2-1. It wasn’t all City’s way though and Phoenix also looked dangerous. Our defensive line up of Duffy, Nathan Sharpe, Alfie Cooper, Will Pierson and Harry Ingham all had to make crucial interceptions and Ben Millett in goal was making himself a nuisance to the opposition attackers. Added to this, the heat was beginning to take its toll, with subs rolling at a regular pace to take on board fluids and provide respite from the sun.  
 
2-1 up at halftime, we knew it wasn’t over. Having sent off parents for more water, the game continued end to end, with City still having the balance of the play. Doug Tomlinson ran tirelessly at left wing creating the space, Withers and Paterson both blazed shots narrowly wide of the goal and the keeper was called in time and again to make saves. However, against the run of play, it was Phoenix who scored next, using an aerial ball across the field to change the point of attack, the ball was smashed into the City D and deflected into the goal. 
 
City continued to press and would have taken the lead had advantage been played when, after a Phoenix foul in the D, the ball fell to Paterson clear in front of the goal. Meanwhile, as the boys began to wilt in the heat, both teams started making mistakes and it was clear that the next goal would win. With minutes remaining in the tie, it was Phoenix who came out on top somehow bundling the ball into the goal after a collision which ended with two of our players on the floor. 
 
This was an excellent game of hockey between two strong teams and (I imagine) would have been great for the neutral. City were probably marginally on top and were very unlucky to come out on the losing side. Nevertheless, the boys put everything into this and we couldn’t ask for any more. Our cup campaign is not over – the two top teams from the group of five go through, so there is still everything to play for. 
 
There were 13 strong candidates for Man of the Match, but the clear winner was Jake Cushion who not only played a very strong game at Centre Midfield but also made the inspired tactical decision to hand out birthday cake just as the vote was being made.  
 
RESULT: L 2-3 
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Jake Cushion 
POTM: Jake Cushion

U14B - Ipswich & ES U14 (EH U14 R1) - W 4-1 - Norwich 4 Ipswich 1
COLTS XI - 04/10/2015 VS IPSWICH & ES U14 (H) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 04/10/2015 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 04/10/2015 
HEADLINE: Norwich 4 Ipswich 1 
LEAGUE: EH U14 R1 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT: 4:1 win 
 
REPORT: City colts U14 team opened this season's cup competition with a good win at home against Ipswich & East Suffolk. With the older and more experienced boys available for this match, Norwich opened the scoring through Cameron Cooke, who went on to add the second from a narrow angle. 
 
I&ES managed to pull a goal back, despite the best efforts of Tom, Luke and Cameron Husband, who gave strong defensive performances. Cooke got his habitual hat-trick before a goal-bound shot from Ben Pestell was deflected in by Louis Hart. 
 
RESULT: W 4-1 
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Louis Hart 
POTM: Cameron Cooke

U14G - Saffron Walden U14G (EH U14G RF) - W 2-0 - City Fillies Reach National Finals!
FILLIES XI - 19/04/2015 VS SAFFRON WALDEN U14G (H) 
 
TEAM: Fillies XI 
DATE: 19/04/2015 
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 19/04/2015 
HEADLINE: City Fillies Reach National Finals! 
LEAGUE: U14 Girls EHC Regional Finals 
VENUE:NCHC 
RESULT:First 
 
REPORT: After topping their group in the early round the U14 Girls played in a group of four in the Midlands regional Round with the winner going through as one of only eight teams to the National Finals. City were drawn against Oxford Hawks, Stourport and Saffron Walden. 
 
Our first game was against fellow group winners Oxford Hawks. They were a well drilled team with a particularly strong midfield combination. City started well and had a couple of short corners which were close. Oxford hit back and scored first with a very well taken reverse hit. City continued to press and were rewarded with their own goal when Abbie Ingham fielded a wide pass and brilliantly lobbed two defenders and the keeper to level the game on the stroke of half time. City sacrificed a forward player to bolster our midfield and throughout the second half continued to press. Emily Rash joined by Tilly Mann in the second half did a great job in stopping their two best players in midfield. We again had two short corners and a couple of chances. Importantly the defence of Becky Gaffney, Elllie Pitcher, Molly Crabtree and Maddie Anthony were rock solid, not allowing Oxford a single shot on goal. Right at the end we thought we had won when Emily dribbled past two defenders and scored only for an obstruction to be seen! However, after a draw City remained in the competition. 
 
The second match saw us play a powerfull looking Stourport side who were playing with confidence after defeating Saffron Walden. City made a sluggish start and defended for most of the first half with Stourport missing a great chance to take the lead. With seconds to go in the half Eliza Barclay broke down the right with tremendous speed and slipped it to Abbie who beat her marker to score and take the lead. City started the second half strongly and soon had a second from another clinical shot by Abbie after some good work by midfielders Emma Richardson and Abigail Bourne. Again Stourport had a chance to score but somehow missed. They took their keeper off and played with an extra outfielder. This resulted in some exciting end to end hockey but without another clear cut chance and the game ended with City securing a crucial 2-0 win. 
 
With City playing in the final game of the day against Saffron Walden we were able to see the other games played out. Another defeat for Saffron Walden by Oxford was then followed by Stourport playing City's closest rivals Oxford. Stourport won 2-0 and this left City with the knowledge that a victory in the final game would be enough. 
 
The game was completely dominated by the City attack and after a couple of missed chances we took the lead from a well worked move from the left involving Grace Kidner and Abi releasing Abbie who passed to Eliza to blast it in for City to take a 1-0 lead into half time. Saffron Walden did not give up but with Maddie Anthony remaining steadfast in the centre they could not get the ball out of their half. The pressure told and the midfield broke through once again for the attack to create a chance which Grace Kidner slotted home to see us safe with a 2-0 lead. The final whistle blew with City on top and into the National Finals to be played at the Lee Valley Olympic Stadium on May 10. 
 
The girls deserved to win as they played the best team hockey when it mattered most and showed the determination needed to continually win the ball back and create the chances which they ruthlessly took.  
 
The team 
 
Sophie Turner (GK) 
Ellie Pitcher 
Becky Gaffney 
Molly Crabtree 
Maddie Anthony (C) 
Abi Bourne 
Emily Rash 
Emma Richardson 
Grace Kidner 
Abbie Ingham 
Eliza Barclay 
Rachael Phillips 
Tilly Mann 
Ellyn Roberts 
Jess Beeson 
 
We had lots of support on the day and the Club did a great job as hosts. Managers Ian and John really benefitted from have Ali on the touchline and Pies offering advice between games. 
 
RESULT: W 2-0 
SCORERS: Eliza Barclay,Grace Kidner 
POTM: Maddie Anthony

PELICANS MINI TOURNAMENT REPORT FOR U10 GIRLS
For the second tournament in a row the U10 girls came away with Gold Medals and again their goalkeeper, Sophia Colman, was barely called into action during the 6 matches.  
 
v Watton: won 5-0 
Playing in glorious February sunshine the girls got off to a fast start in their first match. Despite the games only being 8 minutes long they managed to find the net 5 times with Octavia Udy (4 goals) and Niamh Campbell completing the scoring.  
 
v Magpies II: won 1-0 
Their second game again saw the girls dominate with Sabina Baker and Matilda Butterworth combining well to set up Octavia to score the winning goal.  
 
v Dereham: won 4-0 
A young Dereham team were next up and constant pressure told as Niamh, Maddie Hallam, Matilda and Sabina scored in a 4-0 win. It was good to see that the girls were beginning to play some excellent hockey with the ball moving quickly down the wings and away from the congested centre of the pitch.  
 
v Dragons: won 1-0 
Our next game saw us pitted against an improving Dragons team and for the first time in the tournament Talitha Cooke in defence was called into action but alongside Sabina they managed to snuff out any attacks before Sophia in goal was needed, the game was won with a fantastic finish from Ivy Fisher who robbed the goalkeeper before slapping the ball hard into the corner of the goal.  
 
v Magpies I: drew 0-0 
What was on paper our toughest test again proved to be the case as a resolute Magpies 1 defence and excellent goalkeeping prevented any goals being scored, the one positive thing being that the girls realised after this game that the closer they get to the goalkeeper the harder it is to score.  
 
v Pelicans: won 1-0 
Despite the tournament being won before the final game (the girls weren’t told this) the team saved their best hockey until last with some excellent ball retention from Octavia and Matilda, great distribution from Sabina and some good powerful strikes on goal from Niamh, from one of which saw Octavia pick up a rebound to score the winning goal.  
 
In Summary. What was particularly pleasing was that we had 6 different goal scorers in the tournament, the girls team work and spirit was superb which made it an all round enjoyable day. A big thank you must go to all the parents for supporting throughout the day in the unusually warm sunshine, all the players for their effort and especially to Sophia for being a spectator/goalkeeper for the day.  
 
Coach: Graeme Campbell 

U9 Girls put on Fantastic Performance at Dragons
U9: A fantastic performance! Everyone of the squad played 3 full games and it was great to see the confidence among the players growing with every match. 
 
Match 1 the team were up against Magpies Bs who quickly showed that they were a little more used to playing with each other and scored an early goal. However this simply injected some fire power into the Leopards who quickly got back on level terms with a fantastic goal after some expert passing and running all the way from defence. Loulou made some confident runs with the ball from the middle and Rosie showed her killer instinct in front of goal. After the early goal, Tilly and Daisy were rock solid in defence and Sophia who delighted the crowd with some great saves. Hannah and Kate did some great work out wide and kept the ball moving. A great start and a fantastic 1st result against a strong Magpies team. Final Score: Draw 1:1 POTM Rosie 
 
Match 2 – Against Dragons Bs. Sophie and Holly joined the team with Daisy and Rosie on the side. Holly immediately showed her confidence in the middle of the park, making some strong tackles and great runs. Sophie grew in confidence during the game and played a great part in helping the team to a confident victory. Loulou was fantastic in front of goal. I think the final score was 4:0. Everyone had a great game and moved well around the pitch. Sophia was a little quiet in goal – but the crowd behind her were nice and noisy during the waves of attacking play! Final Score Won 4:0 POTM Loulou 
 
Match 3 – Daisy and Rosie rejoined the team and Loulou and Kate were on the side. The team were a little slow to get going in this game and Magpies took full advantage with a couple of well taken goals. There was then plenty of great open play and spells of fantastic attacking play in front of their goal but their keeper played a blinder and kept the ball out. Holly controlled the centre of the pitch and Rosie made some great runs. Magpies kept up the pressure but Tilly and Daisy were strong in front of goal and made lots of strong tackles and protected Sophia well. Final Score Lost 2:0 POTM Holly & Daisy 
 
Match 4 – Another great performance by the team. A victory in the final game beating Dragons 2:0. My one clear memory from this game was seeing Kate’s run down the left, pass inside, back to Kate, who quickly got her feet round and blasted the ball into the corner of the goal. A leap into the air and a beaming grin said it all. POTM and most improved player during the day: Kate.

U12 Girls A team Dragons Tournament
Game 1: Norwich v Dragons A 
0 - 0 
Norwich had the best of the play but a strong Dragons defensive unit meant they couldn't net the ball. Norwich marked the opposition impressively, with striker Ellie Hobden tracking back to make sure Dragons didn't have a single passing option. It paid off but a rogue fast break from Dragons looked dangerous and led to a one on one with goalie Daisy Ford. She made an incredible, heart-stopping save to prevent what had seemed like a certain goal. The match ended in a draw. 
 
 
Game 2: Norwich City A v Pelicans A 
2 - 2 
This was a nail-biting game with a strong Pelicans team scoring two early goals from powerful top of the D strikes that were impossible to save. In the early stages it looked a certain win for Pelicans. Their intercepting and passing skills tested Norwich but the yellow team held their nerve, tightened their passing, and towards the closing stages of the game increasingly pressed the play into Pelicans defensive circle. Finally two goals from Norwich equalised - a strike from Tallulah Guerney and a second from Poppy Wharton who defeated the goalie close to the net. 
 
 
Game 3: Norwich A v Magpies A 
0-0 
Another tense game against a strong, well-drilled team. Play was end to end and strong defending on both sides resulted in a draw. 
 
 
Game 4: Norwich A v Dereham A 
3 -0 (Norwich win) 
Norwich dominated the play and never looked in danger. Their neat passing and team work made Dereham seem disorganised and eventually Claudie van Poortvliet scored after some neat triangle passing to take the ball up the pitch. Next Amy Barker scored two impressive goals after neat stickwork defeated Dereham's defenders and eventually found the back of the net.

U12B Boys won gold in the 'B' team tournament
First up we played Magpies and won 4-0. We looked sharp all over the pitch with the midfield of Harry, Monty and Rocco linking very well with Louis's attacking flare. All the goals were excellent examples of balls down the wing, taken along the by-line and then simple lay-offs for players to score. First Louis set Harry up, then Harry returned the favour for Louis, the Rocco tapped. Louis shot in which probably was going in anyway (good following up from Rocco though), then I think Harry completed the scoring. 
 
Next up was Dragons C which finished 0-0 despite some excellent play and some astonishing reverse stick shots we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. The game was a lot more even than the first game with some good defensive work by Ethan and Kieran. 
 
Our third game was against Dereham Barbarians who had 4 of our players (Kienan, Kurtis, Henry and Jacob) helping them out. I would just like to thank those gentlemen for allowing the small group of Dereham players the opportunity of actually playing in the tournament, and secondly to say how well they played. City B started in blistering fashion with Louis's pile driver of a shot rebounding off the right-hand post for Rocco (I think) to tap in. Then Louis scored following some beguiling stick work and then Monty completed the scoring for City B however, just to remind the team that it is important to concentrate on team structure and defending even when you are 3-0 up Kienan stole the ball in midfield slipped past the City defence and slotted the ball calmly into the goal...well done to Kienan and very well done to the Barbarians for their continued perseverance. 
 
As ever, our final match and tournament decider was against Dragons B. Whilst the game was reasonably even City always looked the better team with the midfield (Monty, Rocco and Harry) working tirelessly and Louis simply gliding all over the pitch as if the ball was glued to his stick. City scored two goals in quick succession thanks to Louis and Rocco (I think) but were then indebted to some very good defensive tackling by Samuel and Ethan. When Kieran came on in attack, with Louis dropping to midfield, he was unlucky to see his shot slip just wide to extend the lead further. And finally, in the dying seconds William in goal showed how important concentrating throughout the whole match is when he thwarted a one on one by racing to the top of his D making a save and then clearing the ball with his stick whilst lying full stretch...an excellent way to seal a splendid team performance. 
 
I was so excited about the way the whole squad played that I forgot to take notes so whilst I hope scores and scorers are correct please forgive me if my excitement affected my memory!! 
 
U12 Boys B squad: William Woodhead, Ethan Rushton, Kieran Limb, Rocco Iaccarino, Monty Platt, Harry Mackenzie, Louis Hart and Samuel Doncaster 
Coach: Simon Black 
 
Played 4, won 3 and drew 1. Goals for 9, goals against 1. City player of the tournament: Louis Hart 
Well done gentlemen, you played in the right spirit, supported each other throughout and played some very good hockey.

Super City U12 Boys A Team Miss Out by A Whisker
The City U12 A Team played some great hockey at the Dragons Tournament, won two of their three matches and missed out on being overall Champions on the basis of numbers of goals scored. This was a really strong performance from a young team and bodes well for next week’s County Championship. 
 
 
On a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, our first match was against a strong Dereham team. The game started off fairly evenly but gradually City came into the ascendancy with Jonty Black driving well up the right hand side and Elliot Fox unlucky not to score a couple of times. But then with five minutes to go, came the decisive moment. Ben Granville took the ball up the right wing and unleashed a hard cross which Freddie Paterson swept majestically into the corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead. After that, City shut up shop, with Rio Iaccarino and Cameron Husband in defence keeping Dereham at Bay and City close to scoring again at the other end. Player of the Match: Jonty Black 
 
Our next opponents were Magpies, who were noticeably older (and bigger) than most of our boys. City had the early chances, with a great short corner strike from Ben somehow being cleared off the line by the Magpies defender. However, against the run of play it was Magpies who scored when a bit of dozy defending from City allowed the opposition to scramble the ball home. City’s heads dropped momentarily but then they got back into their stride. Again it was a Granville-Paterson combination that unlocked Magpies, with another great cross from Ben being swept in by Freddie. City continued to attack, with great workrate from Elliot and Joseph Roy, but the game ended a 1-1 draw. Player of the Match: Freddie Paterson 
 
Our final opponents in this strong A team tournament were Dragons. With Jack Beckett playing well all afternoon in goal, Dragons didn’t look like they would get through our defence, and the question was whether we could score. City had several attacks, winning several shortcorners and having two or three shots somehow scrambled away from the goal line. As fate would have it, the goal came from exactly the same route as the previous two, with an exocet cross from Ben on the right being banged home by Freddie for a 1-0 win. Player of the Match: Ben Granville 
 
With seven points out of nine, City were on top of the table and needed Magpies to drop a point in the last game. As it turned out, Magpies won 1-0, so the tournament ended with both teams on seven points with the same goal difference and having drawn with each other. So the tournament was decided on goals scored, with Magpies having scored four, to our three. 
 
More importantly than the result though, City played great hockey today and every single player in the squad worked their socks off, played really well and showed flashes of brilliance, making us all very proud. All in all it was a great afternoon’s work and sets us up well for the flurry of tournaments in the last few weeks of the season. 
 
Finally, a special mention is due to the four City players (Henry Ingram, Kurtis Reynolds, Keinan Barber and Jacob Brown) who played for the Barbarians, a side put together from City, Dereham and Watton. The City coaches were impressed with the boys’ maturity when asked to play for the Barbarians and especially delighted with their loyalty by insisting on wearing the City strip underneath the Barbarian shirts. Having not played together before, it was always going to be a tough tournament for the Barbarians, but the coach was glowing in his praise for our four boys, with Kurtis winning the player of the tournament accolade for the BarBars. 

U10 Boys take Silver at Dragon's Mini Tournament
Cold it was but happy not to be in King's Lynn this weekend were we. Those that partook of the last hot chocolate can pity the later U12 tournament with narry a cup of tea to be had for the warmth so vital to the efficient working of muscles, and apart from the spectators it can be tough on the players too. 
 
Game 1 v Watton 
Result 0-0. 
It takes a while for teams to gel sometime but not Norwich, the boys pushed on from the start and Watton, who had already had a game to act as warm up, must have felt themselves lucky to escape with a draw by the end. 
MOM Edward Beake and Mason Goodall who gave it plenty working together right from the get go, stretching the defence so close to breaking point. 
 
Game 2 v Dragons 
Result 0-2 Loss 
An unfortunate break from Dragons on the far side of the pitch during our substitution gave them the first followed up rapidly with a short corner that was met by a slow response off the line and allowed them in once more. Disappointment is inevitable from time to time and how players handle this is a key learning point: we handled it with composure and maturity that some beyond the boys' years struggle with; taking comfort from the sharper passing game that we put together and the strikes that just might have been. 
MOM Sebastien Kimber for keeping a clear head while chaos briefly reined all around and Matt Roy and Lucas Hay for sheer work rate. 
 
Game 3 v Watton 
Result 0-0 
Plenty of attacks again kept us camped in the opposition half, and the music began to play with Jago making sensible passes upfield to the open stick and Hugh valiantly giving it everything to intercept passes in defence. Will took charge of the midfield position and spread the ball wide and fast, tracking back to help deny Watton a passing game - everything we needed of them. 
MOM Hugh Garson, Jago Taylor and Will Hopgood. 
 
Game 4 v Dragons 
Result 0-0 Draw 
A more balanced game and one in which our Hockey play showcased this young team's talents. Particular note was Alex's determination covering a lot of the pitch, timing his passes and runs perfectly and anticipating the opposition's next move. Dragons didn't seem so threatening somehow, more like Iguanas really. 
MOM Alex Illing 
 
In all the games we had more attacks, shots on goal and the majority of possession and the draw against the eventual winners in the final game during which we pinned them in their half for the majority of the 11 minutes should give us satisfaction that we are as strong as we want to be and can play the better Hockey. Further, with determination and certainty of purpose we will take our chances and to this end I look forward to next week's tournament on home ground. 
 
Well done to all and thanks to the parents for their support and encouragement. 
 
Squad: Seb Kimber, Lucas Hay, Alex Illing, Jago Taylor, Matt Roy, Edward Beake, William Hopgood, Hugh Garson and Mason Goodall. 
Coach: Paul Roy

U16 Boys Regional Finalists - March 2015
Having won the first regional tier of the England Hockey U16 competition, beating City of Peterborough, Norwich Dragons and Harleston Magpies to top the initial East regional group, Norwich City’s U16 boys went to play in the East Regional Finals, the last 32 in the country, at Surbiton HC in London. The Norwich boys had drawn hosts Surbiton, Oxsted and Saffron Walden in their regional final and so knew a fixture packed day on Sunday 1st March was going to be intense and feature much challenging hockey.  
 
The first game, thankfully the anticipated easier fixture and a chance for the Norwich side to overcome the fact they have travelled far further than all other teams, was against Saffron Walden, a team consisting of some U14 national finalists from last season and initially not proving to be as simple a victory as hoped. City started out a little slowly, as anticipated in all fairness, but eventually managed to get a lucky break when a fast counter attack saw Ross Pitcher with a one on one with the Saffron Walden keeper and delicately slipped the ball through as he ventured out towards him. This seemed to get City going and it wasn’t long before more opportunities fell their way, another opportunity for Ross Pitcher, this time a rifled shot from the top of the circle giving the keeper no chance. The midfield and defence continued to hold any pressure and great through balls to the forward line continued to create chances. The next goal fell to Sam Paterson after some great solo skills, and another goal again for Ross Pitcher but this top a top of the circle screamer coming off the inside of the far post and rattling around the goal behind a helpless opposing keeper. The final goal was another for Ross Pitcher, taking his tally of four and earning his well-deserved Man of the Match award (City 5, Saffron Walden 0). 
 
With their next game sadly back to back it was time to play the hosts, Surbiton, without doubt the group favourites and a team unbeaten and not having dropped a point so far, progressing to this stage with ease by all accounts, so a City team knowing the lack of rest and the quality of the opposition was going to make this a very good challenge, one that the boys, coaches and supporting parents were hoping would bring with it an exciting game. The game started with a high tempo, Surbiton pressing high immediately from the push back and put lots of pressure on the City defence, making the midfield work very hard as the play began to move from one end to the other. It was however City that would make the break, a threaded pass through to Ross Pitcher allowed him to turn and shoot and take City into the lead. This began to open up the game and fantastic hockey started to be put onto show from both teams, great goalkeeping at both ends stopping some great chances, great work on the forward, midfield and defensive lines from both teams and clearly signs that both teams were up for this game. It was Surbiton who scored the next goal but shortly afterwards George Brine scored the second for City with a well-placed pass to find him unmarked at the far post. With the game opening up more and more, and legs clearly starting to tire, Surbiton began to throw more and more forward and some fortuitous short corner decisions began to let them show off their very well drilled routines, sadly letting them equalise and then not long afterwards a long aerial ball was mis-controlled by City, albeit maybe a little too much pressure within the 5 metre space, and allowed the opposition to break and take the score line to 3-2, Surbiton now in the lead for the first time in the game. It was with seconds to go and some great work into the Surbiton circle saw City awarded with a short corner and as they huddled at the top to discuss their tactics the final whistle was blown and this was now their only chance to get something out of the game. The ball came out to the top of the circle and a switch left saw Sam Paterson fire home a precision shot just inside the far post and giving City a very well deserved draw and for Sam Paterson to take the award of Man of the Match not just for the exciting finale but also his outstanding work rate throughout the game (Surbiton 3, City 3). 
 
It was time for a well-deserved break and City would need to focus on both a win but also a very positive goal difference as with only one team progressing out of the group it was going to be down to how many Surbiton would score against Saffron Walden and what Norwich City could do against a very strong Oxsted team. With so much riding on the last game and nothing but a win and a big win at that being needed, no prizes sadly for second place, City came out raring to go and hoping that they could build upon such an impressive and proud performance in the draw against Surbiton and with Oxsted still very strong and having beaten Saffron Walden 3-1 it was a sign that this was going to be a close game. 
 
City started their last game very positive and started to push everything forward against what seemed like a very defensively minded Oxsted team, possibly looking to focus on not letting City score than they themselves looking to score. With all eleven of the opposition behind the ball in the Oxsted third it was clear that things were not going to be easy and it was probably the lack of space and movement to create space that saw City start to play unlike their previous games and lots of solo encounters and trying to force the play and individual skills through the opposition players. Opportunities were a premium and sadly most of the City attacks continued to be intercepted by the deep Oxsted formation and it looked as though our plans were not going to work as hoped. With the City boys trying to force their way into the Oxsted circle and threading balls into and through ambitious spaces it started to prove very hard to penetrate their defence and opportunities were few and far between. It was however a break away by Oxsted against the run of play, possibly City pushing more and more forward, that saw them go into the half time break 1-0 ahead of Norwich. The half time team talk was more of the frustration of how Norwich were playing and that we’d not been doing what we’d done so well in the previous two games, and possibly not helped by a well packed and well working Oxsted defending formation. So, the second half started and it was now all or nothing, and the City boys did indeed start to play far better and started to create more opportunities. Chances began to fall and some fine goalkeeping for Oxsted and some hard working defending around him continued to thwart anything City could throw at them. With the clock ticking the tactics turned to replacing a City defender for another forward and to try and push numbers forward, which created chances but still the final product was just not forthcoming. With more and more focus on getting a goal for City the inevitable soon happened and as the half started to close it was Oxsted who managed to absorb the pressure and two break away opportunities took them further ahead and that was it for the hopes and dreams of pipping Surbiton to the National Finals. Man of the Match was awarded to Fred Anthony. 
 
Norwich eventually finishing third in the group but with Surbiton beating Saffron Walden 11-2 it was clearly a goal difference that the Norfolk side was never going to achieve in their final game anyhow. A very proud performance for the team and on the journey back they will have taken the positives that they will have been the only team to take points from Surbiton in this competition so far and we can look to focus on what will now be the U18 competition for next season as many of the balls move up to the next age group banding. 
 
U16 Boys Squad: Rob Duffy, Josh Bailey, Sam Tomlinson (C), Fred Anthony, George Brine, Will Kidner, Ali Husband, Miles Doncaster, Ross Pitcher, Sam Paterson, Harry Ingham, James Hewitt, Tom Ling, Jake Aisthorpe (GK) 
Coaches: Matthew Brine, Al Paterson

U14B - Bury U14 Boys (EH U14 Cup) - W 3-1 - U14 Boys win Local League
COLTS XI - 01/03/2015 VS BURY U14 BOYS (A) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 01/03/2015 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 01/03/2015 
HEADLINE: U14 Boys win Local League 
CUP: EH Under 14 Cup 
VENUE: Culford School 
RESULT: Bury St Edmunds 1 Norwich City 3 
 
REPORT: 
City visited Culford School to play their re-arranged Under 14 Cup fixture which was previously rained off. City were already top of the league, but were aware a heavy defeat could see them lose top spot. However, City were confident having conceded no goals thus far in the competition. 
Bury proved to be no pushovers and started brightly initially penning City in their own half. As a result the City defence of Sam Bingham, Jack Watling, Fitz Hornor, George Harrad and Dan Phillips had to look sharp to keep Bury at bay and repel the opening short corners. However, City then started to gain a foothold and with an early counter attack took the lead. A break down the left culminated in Ben Chapman playing a a ball to Cameron Cooke behind the Bury defence who took the ball into circle and crashed the ball home. 
This goal lifted City and they started to assert their authority on the game adding a second soon after. A lovely 1-2 in midfield between Ben Withers and Harry Paterson opened up the Bury defence allowing Ben to release Cameron Cooke. Though his initial shot was blocked Cameron was on hand to convert the rebound. A third soon followed which was a great team goal. Starting from a 16 City put together a number of passes moving the ball from the back to front. The ball again fell to Cameron Cooke whose shot was saved by the keeper. Cameron reacted quickest to retrieve the ball from the edge of the circle and his cross was turned in by Ben Chapman. Dan Byrne entered the fray as City rotated their squad. 
 
With a 3-0 lead at the break City were asked to make more use of width and to improve their marking. After the restart City immediately moved the ball wide to Alex Merron and his cross almost resulted in a further goal. Bury responded forcing a short corner and from a variation smashed the ball home to reduce the arrears. The match then became very even with both sides creating chances. City were indebted to Player of the Match Sam Bingham for some timely interceptions and tackles and Ben Millett in the City goal made some vital saves to deny Bury further goals.  
 
A hard fought win that sees City top their group with a 100% record. They now await the draw for the Regional Finals. 
 
 
RESULT: W 3-1 
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Chapman 
POTM: Sam Bingham

Watton HC Mini Tournament 25th January u12 Boys B
Thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of the U12 age group we were able to have a squad of 10 for the B's to take part in the silver competition. Having 10 keen and eager players was fantastic but made balancing pitch time for all entertaining given there were only four 9 minute games spread over two cold hours. Many thanks to the players (and parents) for being so understanding in terms of substitutions and positions. 
 
For the record the squad was: 
Keinan Barber (GK), Jacob Brown, Samuel Doncaster, Oliver Gaudoin, Cameron Husband, Rocco Iaccarino, Henry Ingram, Kurtis Reynolds, Ethan Rushton and Alex Tomkinson, with Kurtis, Kienan and Jacob making their debuts. 
 
In the first match against Magpies the team played well and worked very hard with Cameron and Ethan looking solid at the back and Rocco and Alex linking nicely in midfield. Kienan, making his debut in goal having only tried goalkeeping out the week before in training made a couple of very good saves whilst a goal line clearance from an Alex deflection denied City. The final score of 0-0 was a fair reflection and a promising start. Whilst all the players did well man of the match was Rocco. 
 
We then had nearly hour's break before our next game against Dereham. This was another close affair which City edged in terms of possession and chances but couldn't quite get the ball over the line. Cameron played particularly well at the back linking steadfast defending with some excellent distribution to both wide midfield players whilst Kurtis and Jacob made promising contributions. Ethan, having switched to centre forward, made a couple of good chances and came very close to scoring with a well worked penalty corner strike. Final score 0-0. Man of the match was closely run with Ethan and Alex doing well but not quite enough to take the award from Cameron. 
 
The third game was a farce for central timing and confusion! Despite central timing we somehow managed to run 10 minutes behind schedule which meant that Peli's U10 started our game against Dragons U12 C's! (Because on the time sheet Peli's were meant to be playing at that time)!! Once we got the right teams on the right pitch (City Vs Dragons C) there was only about 6 minutes left. Sadly a managerial error (yes they do happen!) meant I was busy substituting our defenders at or about the same time City lost the the ball and Dragons broke with a 4 Vs 1 to score. Everybody worked really hard to press for the equaliser but we simply ran out of time. Final result 0-1. Man of the match went to Alex for his tireless effort. 
 
Our final game was against the strongest team in the silver section, Dragons B. This turned out to be the best game with chances at both ends. Initially Henry and Cameron did well in defence with Oliver, Rocco and Alex converting defensive cover into attacking options for our striker Ethan. Ethan then switched to defence and Henry moved up front. City fell behind to a good goal but then almost equalised when Alex's deflected shot via a cross from the left edged just past the post. Kurtis, having made his debut as a defender finished as centre forward and Jacob as left midfield. But with City pressing for an equaliser Dragons broke and looked certain to score until Kienan made three saves one after the other to keep us in the game. Final score 0-1. Man of the match Kienan. 
 
Whilst we ended up drawing 2 and losing 2 I was very impressed with the attitude and work rate of the whole squad - lots of positives to celebrate and the odd one or two things to think about in training. 
 
Thank you all. Simon Black, coach

Watton HC Mini Tournament 25th January u12 Boys A
The Watton Tournament’s format was such that the City U12 A team had four nine minute games against other A teams spread over a long cold afternoon. With a wealth of players available, we had the luxury of two substitutes and thanks are due to all the players for being mature about the need for time on the bench. 
 
In our first match against Pelicans we looked a little rusty and the game could have gone either way. Although Norwich probably had the best of the play, with Joseph Roy tackling well in midfield, we were a little relaxed at the back, letting the Pelicans centre forward ghost away from us on a number of occasions. Fortunately we had William Woodhead in goal who was alert and imperious, keeping Pelicans out and ensuring a clean sheet for a 0-0 scoreline. Player of the Match: William Woodhead. 
 
After an hour’s break, we were back in action, against Dereham and from the beginning we showed we meant business. With Rio Iaccarino playing as the sole defender and mopping up all the Dereham attacks, City had a great attacking formation. This strategy seemed to be paying off as City attacked relentlessly and appeared to have scored when an Elliot Fox cross/shot was deflected off the goalkeeper’s pads into the goal. However, the umpire had seen something amiss,  
and decided to award a hit to Dereham instead of a goal to City, much to the mystification of all present. City continued to attack but in the short time remaining just could not get the ball across the line. Man of the Match: Rio Iaccarino. 
 
We now came across Magpies A, another strong team who were expecting to win. However, City had other ideas and, with Jonty Black taking them on down the right flank, were on the ascendancy. The closest to a goal was Freddie Paterson who hit a rocket of a shot at the top right hand corner only for it to miss by a matter of inches. Meanwhile at the other end, we also had plenty of defending to do, and excellent hassling was needed from Harry McKenzie and Monty Platt to keep Magpies at bay. And so: another 0-0 draw and Man of the Match: Jonty Black. 
 
Finally, a match against Dragons pitted many of the team against their school friends with the playground bragging rights at stake. The match was an excellent one, with end-to-end play. City’s  
defence of William, Elliot and Rio was immoveable, but at the other end we just couldn’t find a way through the resolute Dragons, despite some good hassling from Kieran Limb and Freddie. So, inevitably the final match of four was also 0-0! Man of the Match: Elliot Fox. 
 
The final analysis was: Played four, drew four. Goals Scored 0; Goals Conceded 0! We learnt that it is actually quite difficult to win a game which only lasts nine minutes. We also learnt that the tournaments come down to fine margins: had our goal against Dereham been allowed, and Freddie’s shot against Magpies been a couple of inches lower, we would have had two wins, and that would have made us Champions. However, overall, I was very pleased with the team’s performance, which got better each game. Thanks to all the parents who patiently supported for what seemed like a long time in very cold conditions. 
 
Squad: William Woodhead (GK), Jonty Black, Harry Mackenzie, Monty Platt, Freddie Paterson, Rio Iaccarino, Elliot Fox, Joseph Roy, Keiran Limb 
 
Al Paterson, coach

Watton HC Mini Tournament 25th January u10 Boys
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Pelicans HC Mini Tournament 8th February U12 Girls
Following on from the Watton HC morning tournament which was called off due to a frozen pitch, we were blessed with good weather in Kings Lynn. This was great but caused problems for our goalie as the sun was so bright. It was the first time that these girls had played together all season but they soon gelled very quickly. 
 
We had 3 games to play in our pool Dragons 2, Magpies 1 & Dereham. The girls played good solid hockey passing it nicely between each other looking for space, which then created the opportunities for us to score. We won quite comfortably against Dereham & Dragons but unfortunately it was not to be against Magpies who eventually went on to win the tournament. 3rd & 4th play offs saw us face Pelicans & then Dragons 1 where we lost to both, giving us 4th place. 
 
Praise goes to Tilly who played in goal for us for the first time, she was extremely nervous but soon calmed her nerves, showing great promise. Player of the tournament has to go Ellie as she had some great runs down the line and then hit it across for either Amy or Claudia to score.  
 
Thanks to Liz Hollis on the sideline, giving lots of support and encouragement to the girls, it woke them up. Well done!! 
Karen Hobden - coach

U14G - Dereham U14 (EH U14 Cup) - W 9-0 - U14 Girls Finish Top of the Midlands Cup Qualifying Group
FILLIES XI - 15/02/2015 VS DEREHAM U14 (H) 
 
TEAM: Fillies XI 
DATE: 15/02/2015 
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 15/02/2015 
HEADLINE: U14 Girls Finish Top of the Midlands Cup Qualifying Group 
U14 Cup - City Finish First 
 
City knew a win today would see them top their group. With five member of the regular squad missing a number of younger players made their debuts. The team were not going to settle for second best and this showed from the very beginning with Dereham pressed back from the push back and unable to get the ball away from their D. City scored their opener after Abbie stole the ball from a defender and beat the keeper to score. Just now minute later after an interception by Maddie the ball was played through to Tilly on the edge of the D and she placed it in the corner to put City two up. More good work from the tireless Becky saw a flowing move which allowed Grace to calmly slot home on the far post. Captain Maddie scored the fourth with a powerful hit from a shot corner. The defence well marshalled by Ellyn, saw strong tackles by Molly and Hannah keeping Dereham to just one shot. Half time saw City lead 4-0.  
 
The second half followed the same pattern with more pressure from the midfield of Emma, Tilly, Maddie and Becky resulting in most of the game being played around the Dereham goal. Abbie scored two more, Maddie blasted in a short corner, Rachael followed in a shot to score and Abbie unselfishly played in Verity who scored on her debut. City changed the positions around a little and Dereham had chances to score but Rosie in goal was determined to keep a clean sheet and made a fantastic diving save towards the end of the game. The final score was 9-0. 
 
City finished on top of Midlands League 4 scoring 27 goals and conceding 4 in just four games. They will go forward to the Regionals on April 19 with the opportunity to qualify for the Nationals. 
 
RESULT: W 9-0 
SCORERS: Abbie Ingham,Grace Kidner,Maddie Anthony,Rachael Phillips,Abbie Ingham,Maddie Anthony,Abbie Ingham,Verity Wills,Rachael Phillips 
POTM: Abbie Ingham

Pelicans HC Mini Tournamen 8th February U12 Boys
The warmest February day I've ever experienced in Kings Lynn - still cold then, greeted our earlier than usual start and heralded bright hopes for the U12 boys many of whom were part of the team that won 1st place last year as under 10s at the same tournament which I had the pleasure of coaching in 2014. In one year these boys have developed in stature, skill and presence of mind and as long as they keep working hard at the game they will progress well. 
 
Against Magpies 2. Sub Elliot/Rio. Result: Drew 0-0 
Despite more attacks and quality strikes from Joseph, Ethan, Rocco and Freddie, we came away rightly disappointed that the result was a 0-0 draw. The team got over this in a matter of minutes which was good as we can't dwell on past results or decisions such as the short corner that could have been given etc... but must move on ready for the next game, which was quite a while. 
Man of Match: Joseph passing quickly and tackling cleanly in the centre mid role. We discussed quicker passing rather than being caught in possession trying to dribble around more than 1 player: where we get past one player and draw another player we make an overlap - freeing up our next pass. 
 
Against Dragons 1. Sub Cameron. Result: Lost 1-0 
The team came roaring out for their second game and after a goal from Dragons, we showed our mettle and determination, our shots on goal being turned away we were unable to draw back in the 8 minutes. We discussed choosing a pass to our incoming man rather than a direct shot at goal as an option in this situation. 
Man of the match was Rio for making only sensible passes from the middle of the pitch which always found our players and to Ethan for some super tackles, getting strong and low and picking out ball cleanly even on the reverse side. 
 
Against Pelicans. Sub Joseph. Lost 3-0 
Pelicans were well drilled and despite some great saves by Jack they converted 3 goals. A quick pass from Elliot set up our best attack in the closing minutes and we found our confidence in each other moving the ball well and when working together we really looked the better team. 
Man of the match: Cameron for really getting stuck in, a very composed and resilient performance under pressure. 
 
Against Dereham. Sub Rocco. Won 1-0 
Finally we got that short corner and was it good to see - deftly passed from Freddie to Elliot for a resounding crack off the backboard. We didn't get the chance to take the one given in the final minute of play but it wasn't needed. What with Rio's reverse stick shot, Freddie and Elliot playing 1-2s well together up front and Joseph's airborne slapshot we might well have had more. Yes it felt good. 
Man of the match: for Elliot who passed the ball after beating his man and before being closed down time and again. 
 
Against Dragons 2. Sub Ethan. Drew 1-1 
Again a pass from Freddie to Elliot made a great goal, looking like a nice habit is forming. Despite a quality save from Jack and saves off the line by Cameron they equalised 1-1 which didn't reflect the game. 
Man of the match: Freddie for his excellent passing asking questions of their defence and to Jack for athletic saves. 
 
Against Magpies 1. Sub Freddie. Lost 1-0 
A couple of promising attacks from Rio in the midfield passing the ball around well and tireless chasing from Rocco gave Magpies a lot to think about and little space, unfortunately a looping ricochet cleared both Cameron and Jack, so again good hockey. 
Man of the match: Rocco working ceaselessly to find space up front. 
 
Putting into place the routines we train with each Sunday is paying dividends and when we work together and work hard we can beat any team. Well done to all. 
 
Squad: Jack Beckett (GK), Cameron Husband, Ethan Rushton, Rio Iaccorino (Capt), Joseph Roy, Rocco Iaccorino, Elliot Fox, Freddie Paterson. 
Lead Coach: Paul Roy with assistant Sean Beckett

U14B - Norwich Dragons U14 (EH U14 Cup) - W 2-0 - City U14 Boys Win Local League and Qualify for Regional Finals!
COLTS XI - 08/02/2015 VS NORWICH DRAGONS U14 (H) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 08/02/2015 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 08/02/2015 
HEADLINE: City U14 Boys Win Local League and Qualify for Regional Finals! 
LEAGUE: EH U14 Cup 
VENUE: TRF 
RESULT: WON 2-0 
 
REPORT: 
 
On a cold and crisp afternoon, Norwich City U14 Boys beat local rivals Dragons 2-0 to win the league and qualify for the Regional Finals of the England Hockey U14 Cup, despite still having a game to play. 
 
Buoyed by easy wins earlier in the competition, and despite some words of warning from their coach, City opened in a relaxed fashion against Dragons. It quickly became clear that this was going to be a tougher game, with the first fifteen minutes being very evenly matched and both teams having their share of play. However, with Sam Bingham and Tom Bailey marshalling the defence and the ever-alert Ben Millett in goal, Dragons had few chances. Meanwhile, our strong midfield spine of Harry Paterson, Ben Withers and Dan Phillips began to win the crucial battles, getting the ball forward to Alex Merron and Ben Chapman on the wings. Time and again City entered the Dragons D, only to come away with nothing, having managed to pepper the Dragons goalie with shots and narrowly miss the goal on either side. 
 
Still 0-0 at half time, this was a game for the taking but one we could also easily lose. We talked about keeping our shape and winning short corners. As the second half began, City’s dominance continued, with all our players camped in the Dragons half and just the occasional breakaway to contend with. With the Dragons goalie supreme and City not being clinical enough, the game was in deadlock. But then, with City’s sixth short corner of the game, Ben Withers fired a torpedo of a shot which Dragons could not keep out.  
 
With the game at 1-0, City began to play more confidently and, within minutes, Ben Withers scored again from the right hand side of the D with another absolute exocet of a shot which smashed into the backboard. 
 
City continued to attack but could not quite get the third and the game finished a 2-0 win. It was a good, if nerve-wracking, game of hockey against strong opposition and we will have learnt a lot from it – on another day we could have won this by a lot more. Equally, it was a game that we could have lost and all the boys put in huge amounts of effort to keep City on top. 
 
Most importantly this win sees us through to the u14 Regional Finals on top of the Group – despite having a game to play. Our record so far: played 3, won 3, goals for 15, goals against 0.  
 
Man of the Match went to Ben Withers who played a great game as inside forward, scoring two and causing real problems for Dragons. Special mention also goes to our unsung heroes, Sam Bingham and Tom Bailey, who played a disciplined and faultless game as our two central defenders and gave us the platform for our attacking game. 
 
RESULT: W 2-0 
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Ben Withers 
POTM: Ben Withers

U14B - IES U14 (EH U14 Cup) - W 9-0 - Norwich City Boys Stun IES in Nine Goal Demolition
U14 BOYS - 23/11/2014 VS IES U14 (A) 
 
TEAM: U14 Boys 
DATE: 23/11/2014 
FIXTURE: U14 Boys VS 23/11/2014 
HEADLINE: Norwich City Boys Stun IES in Nine Goal Demolition 
LEAGUE: BOYS U14 CUP 
VENUE: Culford School 
RESULT: Won 9-0 
 
REPORT:  
 
Norwich City U14 Boys travelled to Culford on a very, very wet Sunday to play an U14 Cup match against the regional league leaders Ipswich East Suffolk. Despite the torrential rain, City Boys played some sparkling hockey to run out 9-0 winners against a shell-shocked IES team, with Cameron Cook scoring an amazing double hat-trick (that’s six goals for the mathematically challenged) in 40 minutes of hockey.  
 
City knew that IES would very likely be tired after playing Bury St.Edmunds that morning, so our aim was to get on top quickly. The Boys delivered on that, playing some swift passing hockey that tore IES apart. With Harry Paterson and Sam Bingham winning all the challenges in the middle of the pitch, the irrepressible inside forwards of Alex Merron and Ben Withers covering lots of ground, and Dan Phillips and Ben Chapman shredding the opposition on the wings, we were playing real champagne hockey. After tha,t all the Boys had to do was get the ball to Cookie, and the Goal Machine would do the rest. 
 
I am afraid that my paper records turned into papier mache in the rain, so I can’t recall the detail of all the goals, but I do know that Cookie scored two goals in the first five minutes after good team interplay, Ben Chapman swept the ball into an open goal after some hypnotic Dan Phillips dribbling and Ben Withers scored a very good short corner deflection. Finally Cookie rounded off the first half with two more for a 6-0 halftime lead.  
 
IES’s obviously had a good half-time time teamtalk, as they came out more strongly in the second half, with Daniel Byrne, George Harrad, Jack Watling and Fitz Hornor all having to tackle strongly in defence and sadly preventing our goalie Ben Millet from having much to do at all. However, City inexorably pulled ahead again, with Cookie scoring two more mid-way through the second half. Finally, skipper Harry Paterson decided Cookie had had too much of the limelight, beat four tackles on his way into the D before slipping the ball under the diving goalie for the 9-0 win. 
 
All-in-all it was a superb exhibition of hockey with many claimants for the man-of-the-match award. However, it would be churlish not to give the award to Cameron “Six Goals” Cook, even though it was pointed out that he had missed a couple of sitters and really must do better. 
 
Sadly our second game of the day, against Bury, was postponed as the Culford Pitch gave in to the deluge and was only traversible in a canoe. However, with two wins out of two so far and a goal difference of +13, the City Boys have taken a big step towards qualification from the Group and look forward to the last two games against Dragons and Bury. 
 
RESULT: W 9-0 
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Chapman,Ben Withers,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Harry Paterson 
POTM: Cameron Cooke

U16B - Dragons U16B (EH U16 Cup) - W 8-1 - George Brine scores 5, I repeat George Brine scores 5
COLTS XI - 09/11/2014 VS DRAGONS U16B (A) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 09/11/2014 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 09/11/2014 
HEADLINE: George Brine scores 5, I repeat George Brine scores 5 
LEAGUE:  
VENUE: 
RESULT: 
 
REPORT: 
To start the report lets re-cap…..  
 
City started this year with the same squad from 2 years ago which travelled all the way to Beeston in the under 14 national finals (well when I say all, we all know who has departed). City started this year against the current league leaders City of Peterborough with City knowing that it was going to be one of the toughest games. City played their very best while keeping ‘discipline’ and recorded a 2-0 win, the next game brought local rivals Magpies and this game was one to forget as City fell down 2-1 in what was a poor and disappointing performance, however in City’s last game a trip to Spalding the normal standard was followed with a 4-0 win, that 4-0 win left City second in the group and thanks to Magpies 2-2 draw with Dragons city knew that if they were to win their next two games, 2nd place would be secure. City face bottom of the league Dereham in February but the most important game was today’s game against a strong and skillful Dragons side. City met up early (too early!) at Dragons Den for pre-match talk before eventually being allowed to enter the pitch and complete a well organised warm up (well done skip). City then got there pre-match exercises going and looked a really strong and well organised team as the game started.  
 
City started the game with the clubs new formation with Duffy, Ling, Cushion and Hewett along the back, Paterson, Tomlinson and Husband in the midfield and the front three off Brine, Pitcher and Bailey. City started the better and created early chances with Sam Paterson coming close, Sam Paterson then set up the game’s first goal with an excellent through ball to Ross who pushed it past the on rushing goalkeeper to give City an early and deserved 1-0 lead, however soon after some hesitant defending by City saw Dragons left level, after a penalty flick was awarded and scored (R#B, #U#F#). However this didn’t knock City down and soon were back in front thanks to George Brine who volleyed home a cross from Ross Pitcher. 2-1 then became 3-1 when Sam Paterson did some good skill in the box, or has Pies put it ‘Solo Skills’ to push it past the keeper into the goal. George then got his second and City’s 4th as a short corner was well worked, Sam Paterson drag flicked and George glanced home on the post. City still weren’t finished and scored a fifth when Will Kidner drove towards the goal and passed towards George Brine who took his time and was composed as he smashed home a low shot into the corner for hit hatrick (behave George), 5-1 at half time, yes 5-1!! It could have been had someone not missed from 2 yards.  
 
At half time Pies was very happy with the way the team where playing against a good Dragons side, however he wanted more off the same after the break and that was what he got! Within 5 minutes off the restart George Brine scored again (I know what is happening), anyway this one was actually a really good goal as he fired a reverse stick shot high and off the crossbar into the goal. 6-1 now to City. Dragons then had a chance to score when a poor pass across the pitch from (let’s not mention his name) however Dragons couldn’t capitalise and it remained 6-1. George then scored a 5th, (this is getting crazy now) as he turned and fired a low shot pass the keeper. In the final 15 minuets the game became more open and Dragons were more of a threat towards goal with Jake Aisthorpe having to make some good saves in the city, despite Dragons becoming more threating, it was City who were the ones who were scoring today and Jake Cushion capped off a good performance as he finished the scoring with a reverse stick strike from the top of the D. Full Time: 8-1, what a performance! 
 
To update then, Magpies are the only team who can now catch City, Magpies have 7 points meanwhile City have 9, plus a +14 goal difference so as long as City avoid defeat to Dereham there place in the regional finals should be secure. So too finish the awards…… 
 
MOTM – Between to players, first Jake Cushion who played really well in midfield as he passed it well and did some great skill, plus got on the score sheet but it has to go George Brine who managed to score 5 goals (let’s be honest it doesn’t happen too often, especially George), well done George, that was hard to say that….. 
 
Now for the TYFC award, and the contenders are; Josh Bailey for the simplest of things ‘lateness!’, Rob Duffy who committed the earlier offense in this report or even Tom Ling for his excellent pass across the pitch but it has to be Ross Pitcher (read the last line of Paragraph 2). 
 
MOTM award – George Brine 
TYFC award – Ross Pitcher 
‘I forgot my towel and was going to use my shirt as a towel award’ – Harry Ingham (Silly boy) :) 
 
RESULT: W 8-1 
SCORERS: Ross Pitcher,George Brine,George Brine,George Brine,George Brine,Jake Cushion,Sam Paterson,George Brine 
POTM: George Brine

U14B - Harleston Magpies U14 (EH U14 Cup) - W 5-0 - Fantastic Five For City U14 Boys
COLTS XI - 09/11/2014 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U14 (H) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 09/11/2014 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 09/11/2014 
HEADLINE: Fantastic Five For City U14 Boys 
LEAGUE: Boys EH U14 Championships 
VENUE: Home (TRF) 
RESULT: Won 5-0 
 
REPORT: 
 
Norwich City has a great pedigree in the Boys U14 Championships, having been National Finalists two years ago and Regional Finalists last year. So it was with great excitement that Norwich City kicked off this year’s campaign with a resounding 5-0 victory over rivals Harleston Magpies, with two goals apiece from Ben Withers and Cameron Cooke, and the fifth from Ben Chapman. 
 
As the early rain cleared away, the City Boys started strongly and it was only five minutes into the game when Ben Withers crashed a reverse stick shot against the backboard for a 1-0 lead. City continued to attack, and for most of the time only City goalkeeper Ben Millet was to be found in the City half. Magpies defended well, with their keeper making some vital saves, but City’s attack was not to be resisted. Dan Phillips on the right drove the ball along the bye-line before pulling it back to striker Cameron Cooke, who carefully slotted the ball past the keeper. Soon after, skipper Harry Paterson in centre midfield threaded a ball through to Cooke who this time thumped his reverse stick shot into the goal for a 3-0 half-time lead. 
 
The second half started off scrappily, with both teams winning and losing the ball in equal measure. Fortunately City’s defence was in fine form, in particular Tom Bailey and Sam Bingham, who mopped up everything coming their way. After twenty minutes without a City goal, Dan Phillips started injecting real pace into the game, with some rapid dribbling on the right wing. City responded and changed up a gear, with Ben Withers scoring at a short corner with a beautifully hit shot just inside the left post for 4-0. 
 
Then came two chances for Cameron Cooke, who was put through on goal with great through balls from Harry Paterson and Ben Withers. On the first, Cameron skilfully lobbed the keeper, only to see the ball just going over the bar, then with the second Cameron committed the keeper before unselfishly passing to the onrushing Ben Chapman who was able to slot the ball into an empty goal. 
Having not touched the ball all game, our keeper Ben Millet was finally tested in the last few minutes of the game and, with the Magpies striker bearing down on him one-on-one, Ben just managed to get a stick to the ball to deflect it wide and keep his clean sheet. 
 
And so the game ended 5-0, with the score arguably being somewhat flattering to Magpies. This was the first game the Boys have played together for some months, so it is a great start and is a promise of even better play to come. Unsurprisingly, the Man of the Match votes were evenly spread, with the winner being Dan Phillips. 
 
RESULT: W 5-0 
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Withers,Ben Chapman 
POTM: Daniel Phillips

U14G - Harleston Magpies U14 (EH U14 Cup) - D 2-2 - A solid draw for City
U14 GIRLS EHC - 09/11/2014 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U14 (H) 
 
TEAM: U14 Girls EHC 
DATE: 09/11/2014 
FIXTURE: U14 Girls EHC VS 09/11/2014 
HEADLINE: A solid draw for City 
LEAGUE:U14 EHC Girls  
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT:Draw 2-2 
 
REPORT: 
City went into this game full of confidence knowing a win today would leave them favourites to win their group. We got off to a slow start conceding a goal inside the first few minutes as a half hit shot hit a city player and trickled in. We struggled at first to find our rhythm and were guilty of forcing the pass through players rather looking for the spaces. However gradually we got on top and after hitting the post and a period of domination with some good saves by their GK we scored when a cross shot from Abigail Bourne was tucked away by Jess Beeson at the far post. The city dominance continued into the second half with a series of short corners from the pressure we built. Magpies were left to the odd counter attack and GK Sophie Turner made a couple of excellent saves. City created the move of the match when smart build up play from captain Maddie Anthony allowed Abbie Ingham to break through their defence and deliver a perfect cross for Rachael Phillips to calmly pick her spot to score to take a 2-1 lead. Again more short corners for city but no goal to finish the game off. Magpies eventually broke through from a long corner and a couple of missed tackles let them in to level 2-2. Despite further pressure we could not find the winner that our possession and territory deserved. Never the less all the girls fought hard throughout what was a physical game and deserve great credit for turning round a 0-1 deficit to finish on top and go forward to our next game still unbeaten with the chance to qualify for the Midland finals with a game in hand. 
 
RESULT: D 2-2 
SCORERS: Jessica Beeson,Rachael Phillips 
POTM: Sophie Turner

U16B - Spalding U16B (EH U16 Cup) - W 4-0 - City U16 Boys Flourish in the Fens
COLTS XI - 19/10/2014 VS SPALDING U16B (A) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 19/10/2014 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 19/10/2014 
HEADLINE: City U16 Boys Flourish in the Fens 
LEAGUE: Boys U16 Cup 
VENUE: Surfleet 
RESULT: 4-0 Win 
 
REPORT: 
 
The City U16s and parents turned up bright and early at the Spalding Ground looking forward to their bacon butties and coffee, only to find the portakabins locked up and the nearest coffee some 15 minutes away across the Fens. Neverthess City warmed up well, with the boys firing rocket shots at new keeper, Jake Aisthorpe, who was in superb form swatting away the exocets as if they were flies. 
 
Spalding started quickly and our defensive line of Tom Ling, Harry Ingham, Rob Duffy and Will Kidner realised they had to be sharp to hold off the quick attacking force against them. However, after five minutes, City started to get more possession and Josh Bailey opened the scoring with a sharp finish after good work by Sam Tomlinson down the right. 
 
City remained the stronger for the rest of the half, but occasional poor decision-making and a lack of shape meant that it was a nervy lead, and in fact keeper Jake had been forced to made a couple of excellent saves to keep City 1-0 up. At half-time the message to the Boys was to have more discipline around the structure, get the wings out wider and move the ball more quickly. 
 
It certainly worked, with City getting much more of the possession and attacking relentlessly. Meanwhile our defensive line was strengthened by bringing our magnificent utility player, Jake Cushion, in to Right Half to ensure that our 16s were used constructively. Josh Bailey doubled the lead at a short corner, deflecting in a Ross Pitcher strike at goal. Almost immediately, Spalding’s heads dropped and they started resorting to long ball hockey, much to the delight of our strong central triangle of Ali Husband, Sam Paterson and Sam Tomlinson, who were now able to dominate the midfield and orchestrate attack after attack. The next goal came after good work down the left, with the ball fired across the goal and George Brine tucking the ball home with a well taken volley. Finally, after a Miles Doncaster shot was brilliantly saved by the Spalding Keeper, Ross Pitcher reacted swiftly to lift the ball in. 
 
So after a nervy first half, City eventually won comfortably to head towards the top of the table. It is always good to win when you know you are still at about 75% of your best! And so the City caravan wound its way back home, with the sole remaining challenge for the coach being to keep Brine junior out of the four Golden Arches passed on the long journey back to the highlands of Norwich. 
 
Man of the Match was evenly balanced with several players deservedly getting a vote, but the winner was James Hewett who had made some excellent runs up the left hand side and put himself on the line to stop the Spalding attacks. 
 
RESULT: W 4-0 
SCORERS: Josh Bailey,Ross Pitcher,Josh Bailey,George Brine 
POTM: James Hewett

U14G - Bury St Edmunds U14 (EH U14 Cup) - W 9-1 - City In Total Control Make A Great Start To The Tournament
U14 GIRLS - 19/10/2014 VS BURY ST EDMUNDS U14 (A) 
 
TEAM: U14 Girls  
DATE: 19/10/2014 
FIXTURE: U14 Girls VS 19/10/2014 
HEADLINE: City In Total Control Make A Great Start To The Tournament 
LEAGUE: U14 National Cup 
VENUE: Culford School 
RESULT 9-1 Win 
 
REPORT: 
The team made up of last year's Development League Champions had enjoyed a good warm up night against the U16 team and a mixed ladies team. We started strongly against the previously unbeatenBury St Edmonds with an attack from the push back and the theme of the first half began with City camped out in the opposition half but lacking a little composure to score the goals our possession demanded. We ended the half two up with Bury not having a shot at all. 
 
The half time talk was one of be in the right place, take a shot when you have one and most of all follow up shots looking for rebounds. The team tore into Bury throughout the second half and scored seven more times allowing Bury only one shot on goal in the entire game. Some of our goals involved more than ten passes between five or six players sweeping from the back left to right and clinical finishing. 
 
The defence looked solid with Maddie composed as ever with Ellie and Becky tackling strongly. The Link between Emily and Abbie was devastating and created many excellent chances for Grace and Eliza who deservedly got on the scoresheet. Emma and Abi constantly backed up the attackers with crisp passing. I should also mention Rachael, Ellyn and Rosie, the younger members of the squad who all made good contributions. Despite our superiority the girls played as a team throughout and continued to receive applause from the opposition for their brilliant play. 
 
Goalscorers: Grace x2, Abbie x5, Eliza x2 
 
Next time we are playing Magpies which will be a harder game, but we will be ready for them! 
 
RESULT: W 9-1 
SCORERS: Emily Rash,Grace Kidner,Eliza Barclay,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Eliza Barclay 
POTM: Emma Richardson

U16B - Peterborough U16B (U16 Boys Cup) - W 2-0 - Discipline was good
COLTS XI - 21/09/2014 VS PETERBOROUGH U16B (H) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 21/09/2014 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 21/09/2014 
HEADLINE: Discipline was good 
LEAGUE: England Hockey Under 16 Championship 
VENUE: Taverham Recreation Facilities  
RESULT: Norwich City (U16) 2-0 City Of Peterborough (U16) 
 
REPORT: 
As City’s boys arrived for their first game of the new under 16 campaign, a sense of excitement with expectation after the National final success only 2 years ago. A massive squad of 15 was selected sadly without newly appointment captain Sam Tomlinson, who we all wish a speedy recovery from a bad ankle. Please note the COP stands for City of Peterborough I mean can’t we play a team with a shorter name! City knew that there first game was mostly likely to be there toughest, as opponents COP where a very strong side, so Norwich had to be at their best to compete and pick a result they knew they could get if they played well with discipline. – Make note of this word DISCIPLINE as I am sure that I will mention it more through the two reports. As both teams lined up and were ready to go, City’s new formation seemed to be almost identical from there opponents on the opposite side of the field, so both teams where to set up the same way so basically it was who was the best trained or the most DISCIPLINED. Both teams started well with a lot of hard work pressing the ball down with mistakes being made on either side, although the possession was even City were creating chances and winning short corners and it wasn’t too long before City made there pressure count as Ross Pitcher drag-flicked a perfect shot into the top corner, 1-0 to city. After this COP settled down and started to come back in the game and started to create chances but the defence of Rob Duffy, Tom Ling, Alfie Cooper, Harry Ingham and James Hewett kept COP at bay until half-time. In the second half Sam Paterson, Ross Pitcher, Ali Husband and especially Jake Cushion, worked hard, kept DISCIPLINE and ran the midfield as COP pushed for an equaliser. COP did win short corners and created chances but Will Kidner the class keeper he is never looked in danger and as COP pushed for a goal, Norwich counted and scored a 2nd, as a great aerial ball from Ross Pitcher put Joe Flatt through who helped up the ball before passing it to Josh Bailey who smashed home. After the 2nd goal city kept calm and saw out the game to pick up an excellent 2-0 win against a strong COP side, an excellent team performance filled up with DISCIPLINE to secure a 2-0 win in the first game. 
 
RESULT: W 2-0 
SCORERS: Ross Pitcher,Josh Bailey 
POTM: Jake Cushion

U16B - Magpies U16B (U16 Boys Cup) - L 1-2 - Discipline was not so good
COLTS XI - 21/09/2014 VS MAGPIES U16B (H) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 21/09/2014 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 21/09/2014 
HEADLINE: Discipline was not so good 
LEAGUE: England Hockey Under 16 Championship  
VENUE: Taverham Recreation Facilities  
RESULT: Norwich City (U16) 1-2 Harleston Magpies (U16) 
 
REPORT: 
Game number 2 off the day as City hosted local rivals Harleston Magpies and City knew another win in this game and they would pick up maximum points from the day and have a great start to the new campaign. City were confident after their previous performance against Peterborough but sadly it just wasn’t to be. The game yet again started even, with the Harleston forwards proving a threat going forward as did City’s. Norwich yet again created early chances but none were converted this time and City were made to pay. Magpies scored a counter attack goal to give them the lead and they saw that out until half-time. Half time team talk, you could have a guess what was said….. NO DISCIPLINE! The crowd, Pies and the injured captain demanded some improvement in the second half and City did improve, after Harleston scored a 2nd goal to win the game :( Even going 2-0 the improvement was there and City created numerous chances and did eventually score as Sam Paterson drag-flicked low into the corner, 2-1 and City had belief. With DISCIPLINE gone as City pushed and pushed for an equaliser which sadly just never came and City went down 2-1. Overall a good opening day for City’s under 16s, however one 1st half against Magpies was simply not up to the standard and that was why a defeat was on the scorecard. Anyway City move and focus on winning the next game as they face an excellent away trip at Spalding, team mini bus?  
 
RESULT: L 1-2 
SCORERS: Sam Paterson 
POTM: Sam Paterson

A Good Day for the U10 Boys
On a beautiful late April afternoon, the City U10s congregated at Dereham Hockey Club for the annual Alexander Hill Memorial Tournament. City’s numbers were depleted by the call of cricket and parents going off the grid, and it was only the addition of two U8 debutants, Corey Rushton and Mattie Roy, which enabled City to get two teams into the competition. 
 
A Team Tournament Winners 
 
With Joseph ill and Jonty on cricketing duty, Skipper Freddie Paterson was moved back into Centre midfield and Rocco Iaccarino given Centre Forward’s duties. Having not played for some weeks, City started off slowly, taking a while to find their feet. Nevertheless, once Freddie opened the scoring, the flood gates opened. Rocco smartly prodded home the second and Harry MacKenzie swept in a third off a good cross from Rocco before scoring a brilliant solo goal for City’s fourth. And finally, defender Matthew Burton put the icing on the cake with a well taken goal for a 5-0 win. Men of the Match were Samuel Doncaster and Harry for industrious work on the flanks. 
 
Next up were Dragons and, with our emergency sub not having arrived, the City A team elected to play one short with only six players. Added to this, the Dragons team flooded the space in front of their goal, making it difficult for City to get those important shots away. It was Freddie again who broke the deadlock, rolling out of a tight space to give just enough room to squeeze a shot inside the right post. Freddie scored again to make it a good 2-0 win to six man City, and keeper Will Farrow had still not been troubled in defence. Men of the Match were Rocco Iaccarino and Matthew Burton. 
 
With a long gap before the next game, the Coach suggested to the Boys that they rest their legs and take on plenty of fluids before the next game. Clearly the Boys knew better, and decided an impromptu game of football was a much better idea. Therefore, Coach Al, with his PhD in "I told you so" was not surprised when City started the third match against Pelicans looking tired and lacklustre and without the energy to chase back. Fortunately City have a strong defence, and this was their moment. Ethan Rushton and Matthew Burton tackled well, and anything that got through them was dealt with imperiously by Keeper Will. After a few minutes the rest of the team got their breath back, with Freddie scoring twice in a 3-0 scoreline. Men of the Match were Will Farrow and Ethan Rushton for coming to the fore when needed. 
 
So with three wins out of three, only the City B team could prevent the As from a clean sweep. Fortunately Coach Al has been around the block a few times, and so was able to see through the mind games of B team Coach Paul, and put out his best (and only) team. The A team attacked relentlessly, with only keeper Oliver Leary and his miraculous acrobatics keeping the score down. Freddie scored the first two, the second being a short corner where he received the ball, dribbled past three defenders and slotted it past the despairing Oliver. Harry scored a third before Matthew Burton skilfully swept a bouncing cross from the effervescent Samuel Doncaster into the net for a 4-0 scoreline. Man of the Match was Freddie Paterson. 
 
So with four wins out of four, City A's retained the title they had won 12 months earlier. In a good day for City, the U12 Boys did the same, and it was with pride that the victorious teams collected the trophies and medals. 
 
B Team Finish a Very Credible Fourth 
 
City's "Elite Bs" went in cold against a Pelicans side that had already faced Dragons. However both teams gave no quarter as we repulsed wave after wave of attack and countered with well controlled dribbles down the right wing by Joshua Kim and shots on target from Henry Baker. Unfortunately, and despite the team having made the effort of getting back for a long corner, a lack of communication led to an easy Goal for Pelicans. It can be difficult having gone one down and City just could not fight back: 1-0 the final result. Man of the match was James Byrne for showing a cool head under pressure and a clear eye for the ball. 
 
Against Dragons, Corey Rushton made his debut for the U10s and showed grit, getting stuck into the tackling as a valuable line of defence. Despite our best efforts and some good running into space from Edmund and taking good yards down the right by Joshua we couldn't get many strikes on goal away and one quick counter attack led to their goal. 1-0. Man of the match as debutant Corey Rushton for some great tackles in defence. 
 
For us, the Watton game was going to be key, and, refreshed with water, we began to play as a team with some nice passing up front and in the midfield plus some super dribbles to the by-line from Mattie Roy and Joshua Kim who share man of the match. Result 0-0. 
 
The final match against the city 'A's was always going to be our toughest challenge but we were up to it and limited them to only a small handful of goals. Of particular note was Oliver Leary who came good, let me correct that, came really good as our goalkeeper, finding his inner Rottweiler and laying down some incredible saves that both entertained the crowd and drew applause from the opponents. Man of the match goes to Oliver for showing mettle, continuing on into the storm. 
 
The team finished fourth, and with all but goalie Oliver still in this age group next year, this was a great performance and a sign of things to come. 
 

Under 12 Girls retain County Championship!
Norwich City Under12 girls defended the County title at Pelicans on Sunday. By winning three and drawing their other game the girls maintained their unbeaten record this season and ensured the County Championship returned to Norwich City for the fourth consecutive year. 
 
In a series of closely contested games City beat Magpies in their first game 2-0, came back from a goal down to beat Dereham 2-1, drew 1-1 with Pelicans and in the final game won 1-0 against Dragons. The girls now go to the Regional Championships in April hoping to progress to the National Finals in May 
 
The City squad was Sophie Turner (GK), Tilly Mann, Ellyn Roberts, Abby Ulph, Anna Brook, Rosie Osborne, Rachael Phillips, Jess Beeson, Amelia Barclay, Charlotte Gundry. 

City U10 Boys A's Stamp Their Authority at Dragons
In this short but high class 'gold' tournament City played some excellent hockey that improved with each game to emerge as champions.  
 
Played 3, won 2, drew 1. Goals for 9, goals against 0. 
 
Squad: Freddie Paterson, Will Farrow, Samuel Doncaster, Joshua Means, Joseph Roy, Jonty Black, Toby Pallister and Harry MacKenzie. 
 
Our first game, against a Magpies team that has improved as the season has progressed, was to prove the closest. City controlled large parts of the 10 minute game but could not quite get the ball across the line despite Freddie, Jonty, Harry and Joseph all coming close. In fact Samuel and Joshua were called upon to make a couple of extremely timely interventions to limit Magpies to only a couple of chances. Move of the match was a smash from the Jonty on the halfway line all the way back to Joshua at left defender! Then hard and square to Samuel at right defender and then up the line on the right - I don't care what level you play at....that was out of the top drawer. Man of the match Samuel Doncaster. Result 0-0. 
 
The second match, following straight on from the first, was against Pelicans who had proved fairly strong opposition at City's own tournament a month ago. However, what a difference a month can make.....City were imperious from the off with Joseph controlling the middle of the park with guile and élan, ably supported by dynamic running from Jonty, Joshua, and Harry when he came on halfway through the game. 
 
Freddie scored from a well worked short corner which just eluded Joseph and the Peli's keeper. Jonty then doubled the score with a fantastic tackle over on the right then a mazy dribble with his now customary flick before a reverse stick dink past the oncoming keeper. Harry then came on for Jonty and immediately helped set up Freddie for his second, a lovely strike from the middle of the D. By now, the City midfield were dominant, with Samuel and Toby supporting from the back to ensure city used the full width of the pitch. Freddie's third came in a blur with a fantastic solo effort round three Peli’s defenders, before Harry added a fifth and Joseph the sixth. Man of the match was a close run affair between Joseph's almost General like qualities in midfield and hat trick hero Freddie, Freddie just getting the manager's vote. Result 6-0. 
 
The last game of the tournament was the customary City/Dragons confrontation with both surprisingly having won one and drawn one, there was everything to play for. If you thought the team played well against Peli's, well this was even better against a very strong Dragons team. Most thought a fantastic strike by Freddie following a good move down the right had opened the scoring but the ball crashed off the inside of the post and back into play. Undeterred the midfield moved the ball from left to right and back again to create a tiny amount of space for Freddie to calmly take on the last defender and slot the ball past the keeper. Dragons fought back and the defensive qualities of Toby and Sam really came to the fore as they tackled and harried to make sure what little opportunity Dragons did create was soon swatted with aplomb. The second goal came following a good run by Harry (having by far his best game of the three matches) down the left, squared to Joseph who played a lovely one-two with himself (fooling everybody) before a ball back to the top slipped to Freddie...2-0. Goalie Will, who had been a spectator for most of the tournament, snuffed out the one half chance Dragons had. Joshua came on for Joseph in the middle and did an excellent holding job of stopping Dragons' play maker having any room at all. To put the icing on the cake Jonty scored a quite astonishing goal playing right midfield he picked the ball up at the top of our D, ran the length of the pitch to the far right touch line/ base line and then undercut the ball into the top corner - not too sure how this happened or indeed if this could be repeated but a very fitting way to finish the tournament. Man of the match (for sheer audacity) Jonty. Result 3-0. 
 
Excellent defending, excellent, passing, excellent tackling and some really rather fine goal scoring.....just need to repeat this at next week's County Championships. 

Great Performance by City U10 Boys Bs!
After a tough first tournament a month ago, our U10 B team arrived at the Dragons Tournament keen to show how they could do against other B teams (and the Dereham A team which had been included in the B team tournament). With coach Caroline Illing and manager Rachel Millet in charge, we were all set for a good day. 
 
In our first game against the Dragons “Brown” Team, good play from the City Boys delivered a 1-0 win. Next up, was the Dereham A team, which was sure to be a tough game. Dereham won 2-0, the second being a really good goal. However, it wasn’t all one way traffic with City having a couple of chances and being unlucky not to be awarded a couple of penalty corners.  
 
Finally we came up against the Dragons “White” team which City dominated to win 3-1 with all the goals coming from open play. Our first two goals came from series of strikes in the circle with Alex Illing and Oliver Millett working determinedly for Rocco Iaccarino to score the goals. Meanwhile, Henry Baker was fantastic in defence, at one point foiling a four on one overlap with a perfectly timed tackle, before driving forward and winning a free hit which led to the 3rd goal. 
 
Throughout all the games, all the City players did well: Oliver Leary in goal dominated the D and enjoyed being in control for defensive short corners. Ethan Rushton was patient in defence delivering well-timed tackles and sensible free hits. Alongside him, Matthew “MatMat” Burton, on his City debut, had an outstanding day with direct play and good skills. In midfield, Henry Ingram moved the ball on well, showing good maturity. Oliver Millett was keen and strong, which is what was needed to win these short games, whilst Alex Illing was determined from the off, winning any number of tackles and free hits, as well as setting up one of Rocco’s goals. Henry Baker was another outstanding player showing real strength to win the ball. And finally, up front, Rocco was a classic striker with his determination to deliver the goals for the team. 
 
All in all it was a fun afternoon. Although we came second to the Dereham A Team, we were the first of the B teams, which is a great result for a group of boys who have improved throughout the season. They were really pleased! Player of the Tournament was awarded to MatMat Burton who “played a blinder” and a good day was finished with Haribos all round. Well done Boys! 

U14B - Phoenix Blue Hornets (EHB U14B R5) - D 3-3 - City Boys finish 'Top of the League'
COLTS XI - 02/03/2014 VS PHOENIX BLUE HORNETS (A) 
 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 02/03/2014 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 02/03/2014 
HEADLINE: City Boys finish 'Top of the League' 
LEAGUE: U14 Championships 
VENUE: Felsted School 
RESULT: 3-3 Draw 
 
REPORT: 
City took a strong 13 man U14 squad to Felsted School to face Phoenix Blue Hornets knowing they were already champions of their regional league. 
 
Blue Hornets proved to be strong opposition and it took Norwich 5 minutes to settle into their stride. On 7 minutes Norwich won a short corner, and when Harry Peterson's initial strike was saved it was left to Foe Flatt to coolly slot home the rebound and put City ahead 
 
For the next 10 minutes City's central spine of Duffy, Cushion and Bailey soaked up everything Blue Hornets could offer and created chances of their own with great work down the right from Dan Phillips. However, on 17 minutes, a rare series of defensive errors allowed the opposition a shot at goal which Cazier was unable to stop and the scores were level 
 
City's good work was rewarded on 27 minutes when Josh Bailey dribbled into the 'D' and forced a good save out of the Blue Hornets keeper only for Harry Paterson to pounce on the rebound and put City ahead once more 
 
Despite good work from City's back line of Duffy, Pierson, Ingham, Watling and debutant Nathan Sharpe, they were unable to prevent Blue Hornets from winning their first short corner of the match on the stroke of half time which they converted to make the score 2-2 at the break 
 
The second half continued in much the same way as the first with both midfields battling for supremacy. City won a short corner after 13 minutes which Captain Cushion made short work of with a clean strike into a corner giving the keeper no chance 
 
City were unable to hold on for the victory they deserved after allowing Blue Hornets to draw level once more from another short corner goal late on 
 
3-3 at full time and City progress to the next phase of the competition in April 
 
RESULT: D 3-3 
SCORERS: Joe Flatt,Harry Paterson,Jake Cushion 
POTM: Harry Paterson

U12 Boys Gold tournament
The under 12 boys A team got off to their now traditional slow start against a robust Pelicans team with play confined to the city half for the first five minutes. When the team got into their stride, Cooke opened the scoring, Bailey bagged the second from a strong short corner routine, before Iaccarino slotted home Cooke's selfless pass across the D. The strong defence offered by the Norwich team held strong until one too many sloppy 16-yard hits was picked off by Pelicans and they pulled a goal back. 3-1 win 
 
The second match against Magpies presented a stronger midfield battle, with Harrad, Byrne and Osborne tackling hard and making progress into the Harleston half. Cooke again opened the scoring and Osborne got the second goal. The defensive unit of Millet in goal, Milne-Brown and Bailey held strong to keep a clean sheet. 2-0 win. 
Next up was a very strong and skilful Norwich Dragons team. An end to end competition ensued with Osborne making strong attacks down the right and getting good passes into Cooke who opened the scoring for City. Dragons pulled level before an excellent save from Millet kept the match open. Two more excellent goals from Cooke secured his hat-trick and the City victory. 3-1 win. 
The second meeting with Pelis saw a much stronger performance from the whole team. City dominated all over the pitch and Cooke produced another hat-trick to win the game for Norwich. 3-0 win. 
A tiring team came up against Magpies once more and Bailey, Iaccarino and Milne-Brown had to defend strongly to keep the opposition at bay. Harrad, Osborne and Byrne combined well in midfield and Cooke once again came up with the goal to win the match. 1-0 win. 
The final game against Dragons was another hard fought game in which Dragons took the lead. 
Millet pulled off a great save to keep City in it and Cooke earned the draw with a goal at the death. 1-1 draw. 
 
Overall, a great tournament in which the team's matchplay showed clear improvements and the goal machine continued to impress. 
 
Norwich City U12 boys won the Gold Tournament with 17 points, scoring 13 goals and conceding 3 
v Pelicans won 3-1 and then 3-0 
v Magpies won 2-0 and then 1-0 
v Dragons won 3-1 and then drew 1-1 
 
Team: Ben Millett (GK), Tom Bailey, Dan Byrne, Cameron Cooke, George Harrad, Rio Iaccarino, Michael Milne-Brown, Joe Osborne

Norwich City Tigers NCHC U10's Tournament
Norwich City Tigers started with a victory against Dereham by two goals. Their next match was to be their most pleasing as they defeated eventual tournament winners Norwich City Lions by a single goal. From a coaches perspective it was a pleasure to see how all the players from both sides put into practise in a match what they had been learning in training.  
 
The team had won their first two matches with great goalkeeping, solid defending, a determined midfield and fluent attacking, however the team was disrupted by having a break of two games and did not get into their third game against Dragons until too late. They ended up losing by three goals, the last of which was scored by a Lion, who will remain nameless, as City were great sports and provided Dragons with a player for each game. 
 
The fourth match saw one of the team's best all round performances. Initially the team had to defend as Pelicans pushed hard for a goal but as the game wore on City gained the upper hand and could have snatched victory late on. 
 
There was a long wait for the final match but the Tigers knew that a 5-0 victory would be required to win the tournament but seemed more interested in the Pet Day offered if they won by that margin. The coach was most concerned about a pony on the pitch, especially when the girls raced into score an opening goal within a minute. The Lions on the sidelines suddenly did not know whether to cheer for their friends or worry that they might be overtaken as only the Tigers could beat them to the title. Unfortunately and despite some fantastic play from Tigers, Harleston managed to equalise and then following a clearance off their own line go and score the winner.  
 
The pleasing aspect was that Tigers could have won the tournament but ended up with 7 points having scored 4 goals and conceding 5 finishing in 5th place fifth. 
 
Daisy Ford was brilliant in goal and had star performances against Dragons and Pelicans. Alice Farrow and Ivy Fisher were a very solid defensive unit, tackling strongly and distributing the ball well out of defence. They also added a further dimension to the team when they pushed up with play. The midfield unit of Charlotte Richardson-Howell, Mia Edmond and Sabina Baker were full of energy and running, coupled with strong tackling and accurate passing. Up front Lucy Hutchinson and Niamh Campbell were lightning fast and caused the oppositions defences lots of problems combining well with and helping out the midfield. 
 
From a coaches perspective the most pleasing aspects from all matches watched involving the Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Jaguars was seeing the techniques coached being put into action. The movement into space and looking up to see who they were passing to was a joy to watch. They should all be proud of their performances, which have continued to improve for each tournament. 
 
Ian Hardcastle 
Coach 

U10 Girls Silver Tournament
In the good spirit of the NCHC tournament, three Norwich City Under-10 girls, Tilly Gray, Emily Leeming and Sophie Rowlands teamed up with four girls from Dereham to make the combined Derewich Jaguars team. This was to ensure that everybody who attended the event had plenty of pitch time rather than each team taking lots of subs. It was a great idea and worked fantastically well with everybody having plenty of match time and plenty of fun as well. 
 
As the team came together and learned to play as a unit, the game improved match by match. The first game was a little faltering and saw the play move mainly down the middle of the pitch, but through the tournament the girls began to use the width of the pitch more and up their game with some excellent passing and moving. It was impressive to watch the improvement through the morning. By the end of the tournament they had come together as a team and were thoroughly enjoying themselves. Tilly, Emily and Sophie were even talking serious tactics in the break between play. Throughout the tournament the team’s defensive play was strong – with each player taking a turn at the back, and everybody doing their best to fend off some threatening attacks, especially from fellow Norwich City Leopards opposition. The Derewich Jaguar’s only goal in the tournament was an excellent strike by Norwich City’s Sophie Rowlands.

U12 Girls Silver Tournament
NC Falcons, points 15, goals for 18, goals against 2 – winners 
4 teams in tournament, played each other twice 
 
beat Ospreys 2-0 and then 2-0 again 
lost to Magpies 0-1 and won 2-1 
beat Dragons 6-0 and then 6-0 again 
 
The weather was good and the girls were raring to go. It was the first time since last season that these girls had played together as a team so it was going to be interesting to see how they would play. Their first game was against a mixture of Norwich and Dereham girls which proved to be a good warm up for them. Spirits were high as they won 2-0 but they knew the next was against Magpies. The match was very even but were piped to the post 1-0. NC Falcons then played Dragons which was the lift the girls needed beating them 6-0. The ball stayed in our half for most of the game giving our goalie a rest as she had played not only for us but 3 other teams. Everyone had to play each other twice so a win was needed against Magpies if the Falcons were to be placed first. They rose to the occasion playing with width and strength winning 2-1. Their final game was played knowing that they were placed joint first, just needing to score a goal. They succeeded with a 6-0 win. 
During the tournament the girls were mixed around and playing 6 mins and then swapped. They all played extremely well and put into practice what had been taught in training. They should be very proud of themselves as I am. 
Thanks Karen

U16B - Harleston Magpies (EHB U16B R4) - W 7-2 - U16 Boys Finish Strongly with Convincing Win Over Magpies
NORWICH CITY U16 BOYS XI VS HARLESTON MAGPIES (H) 
 
TEAM: U16 Boys XI 
DATE: 09/02/2014 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys XI VS Harleston Magpies U16 XI 
HEADLINE: U16 Boys Finish Strongly with Convincing Win Over Magpies 
LEAGUE: U16 Cup 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT: WON 7 - 2 
 
REPORT: 
 
On a cold windy day at Taverham, the U16 Boys came together for the final win of their Cup Campaign, knowing that they couldn’t qualify but that a win against Magpies would keep them above local rivals Magpies and Pelicans in the East Anglia table. 
 
Despite the fact that one of our squad had arrived promptly at the meet time at an empty Magpies ground (!), City started strongly, with Ross Pitcher scoring twice in the first ten minutes from well taken short corners. City continued to stay on top, and the rare Magpies counterattacks were snuffed out by our defence of Fred Anthony, Sam Kenny, Ali Husband, Tom Ling, Tom Watling and, freshly arrived from his tour of Norfolk, Will Kidner. 
 
City continued to win the battle in midfield, with Jonty and Ethan Marchant battling doggedly for the ball. The third was sure to come and midway through the first half a good ball through from Sam Tomlinson was well controlled and dispatched by Miles Doncaster. This was followed up by a great pass by Jonty which split the Magpies defence for George Brine to coolly slot past the keeper. 
 
4-0 up at half-time, but City hadn’t yet kicked into third gear - we were going for too many long balls and not using the flanks. The second half was much, much better, and yet it was Magpies who came back, with Norwich guilty of giving the Magpies Captain a bit too much respect and room as he danced through our defence twice to score. The bench started getting a little nervous and instructions were passed to the field to keep the focus, the shape, the passing and the faith! 
 
Sure enough the plan worked, and Norwich came back, dominating the last quarter. First of all Ross at top diamond moved the ball right to Sam Paterson who beat the first defender and hit a reverse stick shot to nutmeg the keeper. Sam then won a succession of short corners, one of which was dispatched with aplomb by skipper Ethan Marchant, who was delighted to be allowed a rare escape from his GCSE revision. And then finally Ali Husband, on a long distance trip from his centre back position, dribbled the ball along the Magpies byeline before lifting the ball across the goal for Miles to volley his second. 
 
And so with Norwich in the ascendancy, the match ended at 7-2 and Norwich ended their campaign in mid-table respectability. We knew qualification was going to be pretty much impossible for such a young team in a very difficult group, but with only two players not eligible for next season’s u16 Cup, this has been great preparation. 
 
Man of the Match voting was very close with the whole team playing well and both Ethan and Sam scoring highly. But the winner is Ali Husband for marshalling the defence, tackling well and making his presence known all over the pitch. 
 
RESULT: W 7-2 
SCORERS: Ross Pitcher,Ross Pitcher,Miles Doncaster,George Brine,Sam Paterson,Ethan Marchant,Miles Doncaster 
POTM: Alistair Husband

City U10 Boys A Team So Close in Home Tournament
Played 6, won 4, drew 2, lost 0 
Goals scored 14, goals conceded 2 
Position: Equal first on points, second on goals conceded! 
 
Team: Jonty Black (captain, birthday boy, 2 goals, 1 man of match); Samuel Doncaster (1 man of match); Josh Means (1 goal); Ethan Rushton, Harry MacKenzie (2 goals, 1 man of match); Freddie Paterson (6 goals, 1 man of match); Toby Pallister (1 goal, 1 man of match) and Will Farrow (4 clean sheets, 1 man of match ). 
 
 
City U10 Boys A team, AKA the Norwich City Musketeers, came into our home tournament full of confidence, following their win in the previous tournament at Pelicans. The first three games went to plan and Will, Samuel and Ethan had little to do as the Musketeers had convincing wins over the Red Dragons (4-0), Pelicans (4-0) and the Norwich Knights (3-0). Jonty Black's magical 3D skills and Freddie and Harry's clinical finishing were supported by the dominant midfield of Josh and Toby.  
 
The fourth game was a tough midfield battle against Magpies. The Musketeers were on top and created such chances as there were, but could not convert - a result that would come back to haunt them at the end. 
 
Back-to-back matches followed: Firstly a tight 2-1 win against Dereham, with Will producing a couple of match winning saves - he even got a good block on Dereham's goal only to see it crawl over the line.  
 
Then straight into their final game against the Green Dragons. Norwich Musketeers' superior passing and skill levels took them into the lead. Toby ran down the right, a pass into Freddie; a shot and a diving Jonty to knock it past the helpless keeper. The City legs now started to tire and Dragons came back into the game. Sam and Ethan came into their own making numerous tackles, but with only minutes to go a short corner was drilled into the corner of the goal by the Dragons striker to make it a draw. 
 
Equal on points and goals scored with Dragons, it came down to goal difference. With one more goal conceded, City were pushed into second place. However, the Boys played some fantastic hockey in the process and ran themselves into the ground for the cause, so we are all extremely proud of a very good performance. 

Great Experience for Norwich City U10 Boys B Team
Norwich City were pleased to be able to enter two teams into the U10 Boys age Group at our home tournament on Sunday. The B team, AKA the Norwich City Knights, was made up of more inexperienced players, half of whom were a year young for the age group and were playing in their first tournament! Unfortunately only City and Dragons had enough numbers to enter a B team, so the plan of having a B team tournament was scuppered, and our Brave Knights had to play in the A team tournament, which was always going to be challenging. 
 
Our aims for the Tournament were to have fun, to play our best, to get tournament experience and to learn from the day – we were not worried about results. With this in mind, the day was a real success, despite the scorelines not going our way, and we should all be proud of the way the Knights played. They were a credit to the Club, they never gave up and they will have learnt so much.  
 
The first couple of games saw the boys start slowly, with our inexperience showing through against Magpies and Dereham A teams, who took advantage to win comfortably. We got better against City A and Dragons A, and came into our own against Dragons B and Pelicans where we narrowly lost out in two tight games. It was obvious to all watching that, even in the space of an afternoon, the Boys had improved significantly. 
 
Our most experienced player and captain, Rocco Iaccarino, operated in the heart of the team and led by example, showing good technique and never stopping running. Rocco passed well to Henry Ingram on the left who showed good stick skills taking the ball up the flank and always looking for the pass. Oliver Millet played in midfield and attack, ran well and tackled hard for the team. Farrin showed some great positional play and tackling up front and Alex Illing improved as the day went on, making some good runs and getting really stuck in. 
 
In defence our boys were under pressure throughout, and Oliver Leary was extremely brave and committed in goal, making some sublime saves. Henry Baker, who is relatively new to hockey, was a revelation, fighting for every ball, tackling hard and at the end having the energy to surge up the right flank to unleash a couple of thunderbolt shots that narrowly missed the goal. Alongside Henry, our young defenders Ben Brind and James Byrne both tackled commendably, worked hard and got better and better as the day wore on. 
 
So overall it was a worthwhile day and I am very proud of the effort and commitment the boys put in. They never gave up, despite the results going against them, and will all have learnt an awful lot today.  
 
The Knights’ Player of the Tournament was Henry Baker, with special mention to Oliver Leary being a close second.  
 
Al Paterson (Boys U10 Coach) 

City U12 boys at Pelicans Mini's Tournament
Pelicans Tournament was, for a change, on a bright, autumnal (if a little bit chilly) November afternoon. On arrival the U12 boys were all ready to go...... 
 
The opposition for the day was Pelicans, Harleston A, Harleston B, Norwich Dragons and Dereham. The afternoon progressed brilliantly with the results for the first 4 matches being: 
 
Pelicans 0 - 1 NCHC 
NCHC 3 - 0 Harleston B 
Norwich Dragons 0 - 5 NCHC 
NCHC 5 - 0 Dereham 
 
The victories were secured by goals coming from Cameron Cooke, George Harrad and Tom Gourlay. There were a number of periods of exquisite passing and awareness between Joe Osborne, Cameron and George. During these moments the defence of Kieran Limb and Daniel Byrne remained alert, clearing the lines with strong passes up field when called on. In goal Kieran Myatt kicked the ball away with confidence, on some occasions getting the ball to the 1/2 way line. 
 
The final match against Harleston A, who had won 3 matches and drawn 1, meant that we needed to win or draw to secure overall victory. The boys went on to the pitch confident, it was a fast start with play going from end to end. After 1 minute Cameron received a pass from George, took a shot but hit the post. Play went straight down to our goal area, free hit awarded to Magpies out side the D. The ball was taken straight into the D, no whistle, the ball was struck, Kieran went down but it squeezed under him, Kieran Limb was stood right behind but couldn't get to it before it sneaked across the line, 1-0 to Magpies! All the boys stayed strong, time was getting short, another good run and pass combination from Tom and Joe up field got the ball to George, he took a shot, hit the other post......it was not to be for NCHC this time. 
 
All the boys made an outstanding contribution in all the matches, my thanks go to them and their parents.

U16B - Peterborough (EHB U16B R3) - L 1-7 - Warning: The Scoreline does not Reflect Reality!
U16 BOYS XI - 24/11/2013 VS PETERBOROUGH (A) 
 
TEAM: U16 Boys XI 
DATE: 24/11/2013 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys XI VS 24/11/2013 
HEADLINE: Warning: The Scoreline does not Reflect Reality! 
LEAGUE: U16 Boys Cup 
VENUE: City of Peterborough 
RESULT: Lost 7-1 
 
REPORT: 
 
In all my many years of hockey, I am not sure I have ever seen a match where the score has so not reflected the balance of the match! To be fair to City of Peterborough they finished their chances much better than we did and so deserved a win. However, this was a very even and high quality game, in which Norwich has several periods when they were the better team. So how did we end up on the wrong end of a 7-1 scoreline? Let’s start at the beginning… 
 
Norwich’s U16 Boys turned up at a damp, grey City of Peterborough ground with some trepidation. A couple of our players carried knocks including the brave Alex Fisher who had come all the way to Peterborough with one good leg, following a strong Dereham challenge the day before. Combined with a late withdrawal, this left us with only 11.5 players to play a strong City of Peterborough team which was unbeaten in the Cup and had defeated the very impressive Cambridge City.  
 
City started the stronger and for 15 minutes the match was goalless with good hockey on both sides. First blow was to City of Peterbrough who won a short corner. Whilst City were still organising themselves, CoP were allowed to inject the ball and shoot unopposed for a 1-0 lead. City bounced back quickly winning a short corner themselves, which Ross Pitcher duly dispatched with a thumping hit against the backboard to level the scores. 
 
City were now beginning to win the midfield battle and it was then that the big turning point of the game happened. City attacked the CoP goal at speed, the ball was slipped through to Jonty at the top of the D and his majestic slaphit beat the stranded keeper before being saved by an obvious foot on the line. Sadly for us, the only two people not to see it were the two umpires and nothing was given. CoP broke quickly and scored, making it 2-1 to them, rather than a City lead. The game continued to ebb and flow and Peterborough nicked a third before the break. 
 
The second half continued in a similar pattern. The game surged back and forth and, without a substitute, our midfield and forwards put in a massive shift, chasing everything down with determination and speed. Skipper Ethan Marchant and Jonty were bossing the middle of the park, the two Sams (Paterson and Tomlinson) were causing trouble dribbling down the flanks and Ross and George Brine were chasing everything down up front. However somehow our chances just did not get over the goal-line: Ross beat two players before hitting the inside of the post, Jonty missed two short corners by a whisker and the CoP goalkeeper made some excellent last ditch saves.  
 
At the other end it was a different story. Our defensive line of Fred Anthony, Will Kidner, Tom Ling and Ali Husband, supported by Alex’s good leg, tackled as if their lives depended upon it and our open play defending was good. However, we were vulnerable at short corners and, during the half, City of Peterborough scored four identikit short corners out of five, including one on the final whistle. Each time the first shot was saved well by Tom Watling in goal but CoP reacted quicker to the breakdown and scored with either their second or third attempts on goal.  
 
And so it ended 7-1, much to the bemusement of all involved. Nevertheless the story is much more positive than that. The boys played well against a strong team, and showed much character and backbone in doing so. The effort put in by the team and some of the skill and passing was a joy to behold and made the parents and coach proud. 
 
Fittingly just about the whole team won votes in the MOTM process in what was surely the ultimate team effort. The winner was Ali Husband who showed typical dynamism both in defence and surging forward with the ball, although special mention has to go to Ethan Marchant for some wondrous karaoke which kept the team bus "entertained" on the way back.  
 
RESULT: L 1-7 
SCORERS: Ross Pitcher 
POTM: Alistair Husband

City U16s go out fighting in Indoors Tournament
Last Sunday the UEA Sportspark was the venue for the first U16 Norfolk Clubs Tournament, with Norwich City, Dragons and Magpies competing for the title. The Event was organised at short notice, with the aim of finding a winner to go through to represent Norfolk at the Regions. From a City perspective, this was about gaining experience and having fun – although three of our boys play indoor regularly at school, we had little experience in the squad and hadn’t had the chance to practice as a team before the event. 
 
Our first game was against Magpies. City started well, going 1-0 up through a well-taken goal by Ross Pitcher. However, it wasn’t long before Magpies came back, aided perhaps by the inexperience of the City team as we got used to the game and the rules. Soon Magpies were scoring at a quick rate, despite the bravery of Fred Anthony in goal and some excellent defending from Alex Fisher. City hit back three times, with good goals from Ross, skipper Ethan Marchant and Sam Paterson but sadly it wasn’t enough. The final scoreline of 10-4 did not reflect what was actually a fairly balanced game! 
 
Following Dragons exciting but narrow win against Magpies, City could still win the overall competition if they beat Dragons in the final game by a good margin. Again City scored first through Ethan Marchant before Dragons equalised through a rocket-like short-corner. The pattern for the game was set, with first one team going ahead, and then the other. Sam P and Ross were dominating the play and muscling their way through tackles and Sam Tomlinson was quickly getting to grips with indoor and using his pace and ball skills to run at the defence. Meanwhile George Brine was chasing down opponents with speed and determination and Alex Fisher and Ethan Marchant were like brick walls defensively. 
 
However, in the end, despite City’s dominance, it came down to set plays. Both teams had about eight short corners: Dragons converted a fantastic seven of these corners (all of them absolutely unstoppable it has to be said) whilst City scored a miserly one. The final score, a 9-6 win to Dragons would have been a City win had we been able to convert at a similar rate. And that comes down to one thing: practice. For the record, the scorers of the remaining City goals were (I think) Sam P 2, George, Sam T 2. 
 
This was a great taster of indoor hockey for both boys and parents alike. We loved it and would like to do it again!  
 
The Squad: Fred Anthony (GK), Ethan Marchant (Captain), Alex Fisher, Ross Pitcher, George Brine, Sam Tomlinson, Sam Paterson 
 
Al Paterson

CITY U10 BOYS ARE CHAMPIONS!
City overcame all comers to convincingly win the Pelicans U10 Boys tournament scoring 10 goals and conceding none in their five games. An achievement that was all the more pleasing as, for a number of reasons, we didn't have a substitute and so all seven boys worked their socks off in each and every game. 
 
On a cool but significantly warmer day than last year (those that were there last year will remember Eskimos and snowmen wouldn't have looked out of place) the sun shone and the wind abated.....is this a first for Kings Lynn? Competition was provided by two Dragons teams, Magpies, Pelicans and Dereham with matches lasting 8-9 minutes. 
 
Game 1 - Dragons B (won 3-0) 
 
The first match was against Dragon's second team who adopted an unusual tactic to keep the score down.....turn up on the pitch after 5 minutes which when you're centrally timing makes rules and regulations interesting. Anyway, as the conspiracy theories ran wild, City’s boys won 3-0 in the remaining 3-4 minutes of the game. We dominated from start to finish with our defence untroubled, the midfield of Joseph Roy, Jonty Black and Oliver Millett passed and moved with total assurance and Freddie Paterson was irrepressible up front. The first goal came from a magnificent move by Joseph who slipped the ball to Freddie for a simple tap-in (a fine example of good and unselfish hockey). The second was an excellent example of how to read the game. Dragons tried to clear the ball across the defence, Joseph, ever alert pounced with the predatory skills of a soaring Eagle, to rob the keeper and calmly slot the ball home. The third culminated in a period of continued pressure that eventually resulted in Freddie popping the ball in. City still had time to give Ethan Marchant and Toby Pallister some time on the ball as they stepped into midfield for the final minute whilst Jonty and Joseph took up defensive (observational) duties. Man of the match was Freddie. 
 
Game 2 - Magpies (won 2-0) 
 
Both teams were ready and on the pitch in time to share a full and closer contest. Whilst this was a tougher game, City were always in control, their fast passing, dribbling and ball retention a joy to behold. When they play like this it really makes management easy! The opening goal came from an excellent defensive interception from Toby who drove the ball down the right before passing to Oliver who then just weaved his stick as if it was Harry Potter's wand past the hapless defenders and bashed the ball into the far corner....WOW! Not content with scoring an excellent goal Oliver then weaved his creative magic battling for the ball down the right before a neat cross to Freddie who simply did what he does best....bashed it in the goal. Yet again Joseph, Jonty and Oliver were superb. Man of the match was Oliver. 
 
Game 3 - Pelicans (won 3-0) 
 
Another very good game where City's defence were actually put under some pressure.....just to show that in addition to a multi-dimensional marauding attacking force we have a heart of steel. Goal one, followed some excellent pressure by Jonty that forced a penalty corner.....step up Freddie....BASH, BANG and the the ball is rebounding off the back board before the Pelican's have barely moved - take that! A lovely pass from Joseph, beautiful in its simplicity, to Jonty on the left allowed Jonty to drive into the D and smash his shot against the post....never fear, Jospeh was there to snap up the rebound! There are some moments in any game that will live with you, some for their genius, some for their simplicity and some for their down right audacity......step forward Ethan.....Pelicans hit the ball down the left flank....Ethan with plenty of time to step around the ball! take it on his open stick and decide which one of his dynamic team mates to pass to (per the coaching manuals!!!) decides NAHHHH ....reverse stick smack straight to Joseph through the Peli's defence...deserved a goal for audacity....sadly not this time. Goal three ...... Joseph to Freddie who drove into the D, made space for the shot, good save by the keeper only for Jonty to slot the rebound. Late on Ethan nearly got on the score sheet....so close! So, three games down and our Goalie Will, hasn't had a touch! 
 
Man of the match Jonty. 
 
Game 4 - Dereham (won 1-0) 
 
This was a bit of an unknown quantity in that Dereham hadn't played in the previous tournament at Magpies but they had already drawn with Dragons first team so needed to be treated with respect. The team did not play very well having passed and moved so brilliantly in the previous games they all decided to try and dribble....Hmmmmmmm! Our goal game from good defensive work by Ethan who (back with the coaching manual) passed with pin point precision to Joseph. Joseph and Freddie then raced down the pitch using a series of one-twos for that man Freddie to score again. Ethan and Toby both worked well in goal but it was Will's first touch of the tournament....a splendid kick that made sure we remained with a clean sheet and a 100% record.  
 
I (Simon Black) take most of the responsibility for this performance not being up to the standard of the previous three....I forgot to hand the jelly babies out before this game....normal service was resumed for the final match....sorry team....I'll try and do better next time. 
 
Man of the match Will. 
 
Game 5 - Dragons A (won 1-0) 
 
This was always going to be tough (we'd just lost out at the Magpies tournament to them and they had a couple of subs and we didn't) but a sheer will to win meant the result was never in any doubt. Joseph's reading of the game, when to attack, when to defend, when to dribble, when to pass was majestic. Oliver, Freddie and Joseph all came close to scoring but it was Jonty who got the crucial goal with a reverse stick hit following yet another good Freddie penalty corner strike. When Dragons did attack Toby and Ethan, ably supported by the midfield snuffed out any and all threats. Again, Will showed his powers of concentration with another excellent kick to thwart the Dragons who huffed and puffed but clearly ran out of fire [sorry ed., couldn't resist]. 
 
Man of the match Joseph. 
 
Whilst we were pretty dominant in all the games special thanks to the defence for retaining their concentration and so that we maintained FIVE clean sheets. Also very well done to Oliver and Toby in their first tournament of the year and a get well soon to Harry McKenzie who fell ill on Saturday and will be gutted to have missed out on the medals. 
 
Well done to you all and I hope to see you all at training on Sunday. 

U18B - Sudbury (EHB U18B R3) - L 1-3 - Next year we will be stronger
TEAM: COLTS XI 
DATE: 11/11/13 
FIXTURE:vs Sudbury 
LEAGUE: U18 Cup 
VENUE: Tav H2O 
RESULT: 3-1 loss 
HEADLINE: Next year we will be stronger 
 
REPORT: 
Despite the loss, the Norwich U18s in no way disgraced themselves in a game that saw them lose to a Sudbury team boosted with their two highly talented (and yet eligible) guest players from Ipswich, one of whom put away two excellent penalty corner drag flicks, the other whom almost certainly prevented goals from spirited attempts by Henry Crane, Felix Broadway and Oliver Cooke.  
The City squad was made up of several regular club members, but few of which play regularly together (Alastair Cooke, James Carnell, Felix Broadway, Jack Ingham, Harry Brown, Sam Southgate & Henry Brock), with the help of several club-less (but far from clue-less!) Norwich School boys (William Perkin, Ben Douglass, Tom Beckett & Henry Crane), to which the squad owe a debt of gratitude in enabling the game to be possible at all. The first half was clearly a period of discovery and the City team smacked of a team unfamiliar with each other’s activity. In contrast the Sudbury team appeared to gel from the start and soon made it pay with a field goal on 10 minutes and a well-executed penalty corner on 20 minutes. If it hadn’t been for several excellent saves by keeper Cookie (one brilliant one with his stick), it could have been more. Score 2-0 at half time and a job to do. A change in formation, risking leaving just 3 at the back, resulted in a much more effective 5-man midfield (swelled by the addition of Sam Southgate) and City dominated much of the second half with excellent, high work-ethic performances from all, but particularly Jack Ingham, Tom Beckett and Felix Broadway. The defence stayed solid and James Carnell, Harry Brown and Henry Brock put in sterling efforts to keep Sudbury away from their D. City were unlucky to lose Captain Ingham after an injury to his knee. Jack and Felix had been rotating their top and bottom diamond positions very effectively and losing Jack was a significant downturn, although Ben Douglass did well as his replacement. Eventually, a pass from Felix to Henry Crane deep into the right corner, that initially looked far to wayward, was picked up by the Usain Bolt like sprint of Henry, who skilfully took the ball into the D, had his effort on goal saved, but beautifully slotted home on the rebound by Will Perkin, from a ridiculously tight angle from the left of goal. Score 2-1 and game on! Unfortunately, Sudbury reacted with an immediate long-ball attack, won a penalty corner and with their smartly organised routine slotted in another low drag flick goal that would have been difficult for anyone to save. For the last 10 minutes the game was end-to end, but neither team were able to breach the solid lines of defence and City eventually ran out of time – 3-1 the final score. So, an improved second half (1-1) and yet another sign that these lads need to play together more often. The good news is that the majority of this squad will remain as U18s next year – we must organise some pre-Cup friendlies next year to get a squad that will gel from pushback until the final whistle every game. 
Many thanks to Seth Brown for his help in the dug-out and to all the parents and club member supporters….. we will be back next year! 
 
RESULT: L 1-3 
SCORERS: William Perkin 
POTM: Felix Broadway

U16B - Bury St Edmunds (EHB U16B R2) - L 4-7 - Norwich City U16 Boys Lose out in Goal Bonanza!
TEAM: Boys U16s 
DATE: 10/11/2013 
FIXTURE: Norwich City U16 Boys vs Bury St Edmunds U16 Boys 
LEAGUE: EH U16 Cup 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT: Lost 4-7 
HEADLINE: Norwich City U16 Boys Lose out in Goal Bonanza! 
 
REPORT: 
 
Our very young U16 Boys team hosted Bury on Sunday, giving away a year per player to a Bury team who have National Finals aspirations. It is credit to the City Boys’ performance that we look back at the game disappointed that we didn’t win! 
 
The match started at a quick pace with both teams attacking strongly. After six minutes Ross Pitcher put City ahead at a short corner, with a hard shot that was deflected in by a Bury stick. 1-0 to City and Bury realised they were in for a game! Bury came back hard and City were a little guilty of not clearing the ball strongly enough and giving too much possession away. Bury scored three times in 15 minutes, to take them into a 3-1 lead, before Ethan Marchant slammed a short corner home to make it 3-2 at the break. 
 
The coaches needed to galvanise the team at half time, pointing out that if we played anywhere near our best we would have been winning rather than losing. City listened and came out better in the second half. Sam Tomlinson did some good work on the left side of the D before smashing the ball across the D where Ross skilfully controlled the ball and banged it home. Back level! Sadly it didn’t last and some sloppy defending let Bury ahead again after three minutes.  
 
With both teams tiring, the game opened up and both teams got more space. City continued to defend manfully with Fred Anthony, Sam Kenny and Will Kidner all making crucial tackles in our own D to stop Bury scoring. Tom Watling in goal made some excellent saves which made the next goal particularly cruel. Bury, attacking out of the setting sun, hit the ball hard into the D. Tom left the ball, not realising that a Bury attacker had got the slightest deflection on it inside the D, and it was a goal, much to Tom’s bemusement. City hit back, scoring courtesy of Sam Paterson who poked the ball home with his reverse stick to make it 5-4 with 20 minutes to go. 
 
Could a City revival be on the cards? Sadly not – a telegraphed City sixteen yard pass across goal was intercepted by the Bury forward to make it 6-3, before they added another for a one-sided 7-4 scoreline that didn’t reflect the balance of play. 
 
On the plus side, we gave a good game to a Bury team who are significantly older than our Boys and have some very good players, and at times we played some very good hockey. However, we really could have won this match if we had stuck to our game plan, used our heads and made the right decisions at the right time. Man of the Match was elder statesman, Ethan Marchant, who played a gutsy game in midfield, diving all over the place to stop the opposition. 
 
RESULT: L 4-7 
SCORERS: Ross Pitcher,Ethan Marchant,Ross Pitcher,Sam Paterson 
POTM: Ethan Marchant

U14G - Ipswich (EHB U14G R2) - W 1-0
TEAM: UNDER 14 GIRLS 
DATE: 10 NOVEMBER 2013 
FIXTURE: NORWICH CITY v IPSWICH 
CUP: ENGLAND HOCKEY U14 CHAMPIOSHIP 
VENUE: TAVERHAM HIGH SCHOOL 
RESULT: NORWICH CITY 1 IPSWICH  
 
REPORT: 
City produced a gritty performance to clinch a narrow victory over a good Ipswich side in the England Hockey U14 Championship. It was Ipswich who started brightly with their two midfield players and right winger looking particularly threatening, posing danger deep into City territory. City were guilty of giving the ball away too easily and found difficulty in relieveing the pressure. Despite the Ipswich pressure the City defence managed to hold firm, Evie Wills, Lydia Ellis-Baumber, Louisa Crabtree putting in some good strong tackles and interceptions. City eventually started to find their feet, intitially relying on breaks down the flanks through Eliza Barclay and player of the match Emma Richardson. City, slightly against the run of play, then found themselves ahead. An initial shot was saved but the ball fell to Eliza Barclay on the edge of the circle who expertly placed her shot into the far corner. The goal gave City a boost, whislt deflating Ipswich and the tide began to turn.  
After the break City gained the upperhand forcing Ipswich onto the back foot. Flo Duffield and Emily Rash worked hard in midfield with support from Abbie Ingham to maintain the momentum. However, City were unable to increase their lead and as the final whistle approached City began to tire and were forced to defend again, Alice Beckett and Emma Richardson putting in some timely tackles. 
 
A good result that sees City unbeaten in their league so far.  
 
RESULT: W 1-0 
SCORERS: Eliza Barclay 
POTM: Emma Richardson

City Boys edge Merchant Taylors in Excellent Game
Norwich City Old Boy Joe Cowan, now Director of Sport at Merchant Taylors School, brought his band of young School Hockey Stars along to Norwich City on the last leg of their Norfolk Tour. Having enjoyed the delights of Pleasurewood Hills, Wensum Valley Lodge and beating the Norwich Dragons, the MT Boys were looking forward to a match against a select bunch of City 11-13 year olds to round off their trip. 
 
In front of a good crowd, the 7-a-side match got off to a cracking pace. City scored first with Daniel Phillips taking the ball to the bye-line before passing the ball to Cameron Cook to sweep home. However, before the City crowd could even start a chant of “Easy, Easy”, MTS had hit back on the break to make it 1-1. City again took the lead when Cameron nudged the ball delicately over the line following Josh Bailey’s good work, but again MTS hit back: 2-2. 
 
With the first third over, City coaches Al and Frosty reminded the midfield to avoid dangerous crossfield balls in 7-a-side hockey, and to make sure they guarded the ball. The City boys had obviously listened and they took the lead again following a short-corner, where James Hewett passed the ball back to injector Josh Bailey to slot home. Surprise, surprise MTS equalised. Would they ever give up? 
 
The game continued to ebb and flow. City’s keeper Ben Millett was ever alert in goal, coming off his line quickly to snuff out chances, and Tom Bailey and Harry Ingham both made crucial tackles in defence. Meanwhile Sam Bingham, Harry Paterson and Jack van Poortvliet were surging round the pitch, as if powered by v8 engines, closing down players quickly and distributing the ball well. This drive must have been catching because the crowd were treated to the unusual sight of centre forward Cameron Cook tackling back and becoming the last man in defence. Good work, that man! 
 
Shortly before the second break, Dan Phillips gave City the lead again, with an excellent solo goal, dribbling past the defenders from the right before lifting the ball over the goalie’s stick for a 4-3 lead. Frosty and Al urged the boys to make it count in the final period, and put in an extra effort. Now we are not sure whether it was the Churchillian speeches or the fact that the MT Boys were flagging after a long tour, but it worked. We scored a good team goal to make it 5-3, and then Joe Flatt put the game beyond reach with a well taken goal following a short corner to make the final score 6-3 in an excellent game. 
 
The teams settled down to a post-match tea of balanced carbohydrates (AKA Pizza). MT’s Skipper Al named Dan Phillips as Man of the Match, presenting him with a MT hockey top as a prize, before thanking the lovely Sharon for preparing the food ON HER BIRTHDAY (shame on you, Frosty!). Skipper Josh Bailey responded on behalf of City thanking MT for the match.  
 
All in all it was a great game with a good attitude. Thanks are due to Joe Cowan and his team for bringing the boys here and to the City parents for making the boys available during the week for the game. 

U16B - Cambridge City (EHB U16B R1) - L 0-12 - U16 Cup – Part 2: A bridge too far!
TEAM: COLTS XI 
DATE: 20/10/2013 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys Vs Cambridge City 
LEAGUE: U16 Cup 
VENUE: Pelicans 
RESULT: Lost 12-0 
HEADLINE:U16 Cup – Part 2: A bridge too far! 
 
REPORT: 
 
Before we judge the game solely on the scoreline, let’s consider the context. Cambridge City has an impressive line-up. Only two of their squad was under 15, compared to nine of Norwich City's, the average age of their squad is about 15 months older than ours and physically their team was markedly bigger than ours. On top of this, the Cambridge squad is filled with JRPC, HiPac and national players. That, in itself, made the match a mountainous task. Then consider the fact that our boys had just finished a very hard-fought battle against Pelicans and the Cambridge City boys were fresh, this being their first game of the day. And finally, in about the third minute of the game, our dynamic Centre Back Ali Husband got struck on the ankle and could play no further part in the match.  
 
Inevitably, this match was backs against the wall stuff from the first minute to the last. City fought valiantly, with Tom Watling in goal flinging himself all over the place and Skipper Ethan Marchant leading by example making some crunching tackles in the middle of defence. Sam Kenny, Fred Anthony and Will Kidner defended manfully despite being outgunned by some top quality opposition, and our midfield and forwards ran themselves into the ground trying to repel the opposition. Cambridge scored 12 against us, and although we forced their keeper into a couple of saves and won a couple of short corners, we remained goalless. 
 
Nevertheless, today was a good day for City with a win and a loss and some good experience for a team that is very young for the competition, and the boys should be proud of the resilience and effort they showed in what was a very, very difficult game. Man of the Match goes to Tom Watling in goal, who pulled off some great saves. 
 
RESULT: L 0-12 
POTM: Tom Watling

U16B - Pelicans (EHB U16B R1) - W 7-2 - U16 Cup – Part 1: Fabulous Win for our Boys
TEAM: COLTS XI 
DATE: 20/10/2013 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys Vs Pelicans 
LEAGUE: U16 Cup 
VENUE: Pelicans 
RESULT: Won 7-2 
HEADLINE: U16 Cup – Part 1: Fabulous Win for our Boys 
 
REPORT: 
 
Norwich City travelled to Kings Lynn to play matches against Pelicans and Cambridge City in the League stage of the U16 Cup. Despite the success of the U14 Boys in reaching the National Finals last year, our expectations were limited as we have a very young side– all but 5 of our squad are still only 14 years old! 
 
Our first game was against Pelicans who, on paper at least, had to be the favourites. The game started with a high tempo, both teams playing a fast passing game and the City midfield of Ross, Sam P, Jonty and Sam H working very hard. It was Norwich who broke the deadlock, with Henry dribbling skilfully round the back of the Pelicans defence and, as the goalie moved off his line anticipating the drag back, coolly slotting the ball home. City continued to attack, winning a short corner. Ross Pitcher struck the ball well at the goal and only a Pelicans foot could prevent it going in. Ross stepped up for the flick and slotted the ball home with aplomb. 2-0!  
 
The game continued at pace with Pelicans winning a short corner and reducing the deficit with a dragflick past the despairing Tom Watling in goal to make it 2-1, before Sam Paterson restored the two goal buffer, dribbling into the D, riding a couple of stick tackles and slotting home. 
 
So 3-1 up at half-time and you think the coaches would have been happy. Not a bit of it! Whilst we had fought well for the ball, we were guilty of not passing early enough and trying too much showboating . The boys listened and the second half was a thing of beauty! Jonty, playing majestically at the bottom of the diamond, threaded a lovely pass through to put Sam Tomlinson through for 4-1.  
 
Pelicans got one back when Will Means scored a good solo goal to make it 4-2 and after that it was all City. Ross won the ball in midfield, passed the ball to George Brine who laid the ball off to Sam T for his second. Next George beat two players before setting up Sam P who also scored his second and a 6-2 lead, and then finally George scored a lovely reverse stick goal to round off an excellent 7-2 win. 
 
The boys had really put everything into this game against good opposition and all of them had earned the well-deserved praise from the coaches at the end. The only downside was whether the boys had enough left in them to play the exceptionally strong Cambridge Squad half an hour later.  
 
Man of the Match is awarded to George Brine who chased and harried the Pelicans defence throughout, as well as showing some lovely skill and unselfish play. 
 
RESULT: W 7-2 
SCORERS: Own Goal,Ross Pitcher,Sam Paterson,Sam Tomlinson,Sam Tomlinson,Sam Paterson,George Brine 
POTM: George Brine

U10 Boys come so close in Magpies Tournament
A four match tournament at Magpies promised to give the City U10 team something to get their teeth into. With some players having had experience last year of this tournament, which comes so early in the year, we had some conviction that we might get a few goals. Making their debuts into the fiery cauldron stepped Ethan Rushton, Henry Ingram and Will Farrow - well done to them all in what was a step up in standard and skill levels since last these guys played competitive Hockey. 
 
Vs Pelicans 
Result 3-0 win 
 
In a comfortable victory, the goals came from Freddie Paterson with an assist by Joseph Roy, Harry McKenzie again with an assist by Joseph and then a lovely three man play involving Rocco Iaccarino to Freddie to Harry. Several more short-corners then ensued with no reward, despite good pressure and plenty of ambition. Also of note were crucial intercepts by the indomitable Jonty Black turning their counter attack into our counter attack and some nice dribbles down the right wing to the corner using the whole width of the field by Harry. 
 
Vs Dragons 
Result 0-1 loss 
In this well-matched game, with superior possession and territory by City, we committed the cardinal sin of not switching on from the start which meant a good Dragons finish put us behind in the first minute. This early goal then dictated the game tempo: too many rushed passes went to opposition sticks and we lost possession too often at crucial moments which, coupled with taking on too many players through undoubtedly immense frustration, left us inevitably without space to play the passes necessary to score. Even with 6 Dragons in a row we tried to do the impossible and dribble through them all when the easy pass could have bypassed the lot... Food for thought, and sadly despite having most of the play we went away empty handed. The highlights were some nicely weighted passes by Rocco and a couple of great clearances by Will. 
 
Vs Watton 
Result 9-0 win 
A clean sheet and 9 goals in 12 minutes illustrated the quality and passion in our side when we play hockey as a team. We passed the ball to stick and made space by running off the ball. It looked like a transformation with some nice half and forward interplay, even though the backs would have liked more to do! Freddie scored a hat-trick plus 1, Harry a hat-trick too, Rocco scored the fifth goal in the series and Jonty wasn't going to miss out on the great goal fest and slotted the ball 'twixt keeper and post. Freddie may have scared a couple of defenders with his "Charging Rhino" shot, so named as it could have downed a 2 tonne adult male Rhino in full canter (approx 35mph).  
 
Vs Harleston 
Result 2-0 win 
A really exciting finale despite the result being somewhat a foregone conclusion again illustrates the deep wells of tenacity and resilience from this team that seemed to mature before the spectator into a precision drilled unit, never giving an inch and always looking to work for each other. Will, Ethan and Jonty had plenty to do and were ably assisted by the hard working halves. Harry scored from a really well worked short corner routine with the interplay from Joseph and Jonty creating the space and time for a solid strike that crashed through the defense's sticks. Joseph scored from another interplay with Jonty and Harry in open play. Henry played a vital role up front, stretching the Harleston defence so they couldn't apply the pressure on our goal that they would have liked to and Ethan repulsed wave after wave of the black and white Harleston Magpies. Will made some great saves covering his posts and keeping his head and showed a really good start for a promising season. 
 
Overall the team came narrowly second in the tournament, having won three of the four games with a goal difference of +13, which gives us an indication of what the team can achieve this year. The boys played well and were justifiably pleased to collect their medals for a good performance. Well done to all the team and thanks to Manager Rachel Millett, the coaches and parents for making it all happen. 
 
 
 

Great Win for City U12 Boys at Magpies Tournament!
The opening tournament of the season took place on a damp Sunday afternoon at Harleston with two teams entered from the U12 boys squad. 
 
The tournament was won by the Norwich City A Team with a clean sweep of victories. 
 
The opening match against Watton required the support of other squad members due to some late travel issues and thanks go to Freddie and Kieran for their help. The boys in past seasons have started tournaments slowly and often paid the price. On this occasion a switched on defence held firm against their opponents' forays into the City half and Dan Byrne, Kieran Limb, Michael Milne-Brown and Rio Iaccarino worked strongly together to cut out all opposition attacks. Substitute striker Cameron Cook claimed his first goal of the day to secure the victory. 
 
Next up were Dragons and City needed to work harder to penetrate the opposition D and maintain their own defence. The midfielders Joe Osborne, George Harrad and Tom Gourlay combined well to set up several chances, with Cooke scoring City's opener. Dragons pulled a goal back in a swift attacking move which saw Norwich keeper Ben Millett beaten for the only time in the tournament by a strong finish. City maintained their composure and style and Cooke claimed the winner in the closing minutes. 
 
Norwich City's B team provided the next opposition and a formation change gave Dan Byrne a rare chance to make it into the opposition D, claiming 2 goals in the 4:0 victory. Cooke and Osborne scored the other goals in a well contested match. 
 
A 1:0 win over Magpies A team put City in a strong position to go on and win the tournament provided they could overcome a competitive Pelicans team. More skilful and confident hockey from the whole team saw them dominate the key match in the tournament, with outstanding controlled performances from Gourlay on the left wing, Harrad in the centre working tirelessly to support every attack and play his part in defence, as well as Iaccarino and Milne-Brown both making critical defensive interceptions. Most strikingly, the teamwork was excellent, with defensive cover being automatic when Byrne surged through from defence to net his third goal of the tournament, the cool, clinical finishing making a strong case for him to continue to be used in a more attacking role. Cooke inevitably added his name to the scoresheet and City secured a 3:0 win. 
 
With the tournament effectively won, the closing match against Harleston Bs was somewhat disrupted by various delays, most notably for a nasty injury to Rio Iaccarino and City managed to make it to maximum points with the only goal coming, predictably, from a clean strike by Cooke. 
 
A great performance form all the boys. Thanks as always for the great support of all the parents and my fellow U12 coaches. 

U18G - *BYE* (EHB U18G R1) - BYE
BYE in the first round. 
 
RESULT: BYE

U10 Boys Win Watton Tournament
The glorious sunshine brought out the best in the players and the spectators and produced some excellent hockey. Whilst all the squad played very well I'd particularly like to thank Rio Iaccarino for playing the first match for the U10s and then performing very well for the U12s for the remainder of the tournament. 
 
In fact most of the U10s had the unusual warm up of getting pitch time in the U12s first game against eventual winners Dragons. We are really not too sure why the U12s were one short but all the U10s enjoyed the experience. Rather than try to juggle players rotating on and off for both the U10s and U12s, Rio became the hero of the hour. 
 
Now back to the exploits of the U10s.... 
 
The first game against Dragons always looked to be our toughest test on paper and this proved to be the case, although City's flowing movement controlled the game with an opening victory never looking in doubt. City took the lead inside the first 5 minutes (games were 15 mins one way....tough in the sun!!) from their second short corner. A good strike from Freddie Paterson led to a goal mouth scramble which eventually saw Joseph Roy slipping the ball past a despairing keeper.  
 
Whilst City always looked the most likely to score, the defence of Jack Beckett and Rio made some fantastic tackles followed by assured passes down the flanks. Jack was playing a dynamic defensive role that led to several mazey runs and a number of good shots. At times it was difficult to tell who was playing in midfield and who was in defence as the whole team seemed to capture the essence of fluid 'total hockey' that left the coaches (yep opposition ones too!) purring. The second goal game from a Jack Beckett tackle in his own D, then a dribble the length of the pitch before a calmly weighted pass to Freddie who popped it in the back of the net. 
 
As is often the case, Kieran Myatt in goal made a couple of excellent saves (a nice one with the stick standing out) on the odd occasion he was called on. Final result 2-0. Man of the match: Jack Beckett. 
 
Next up was Watton. After an early scare when one of the Watton players tried scoring from the push back (thanks Jack for the tackle) this became a dominant display with the almost telepathic understanding between Joseph Roy and Jonty Black coming to the fore. Joseph provides positional awareness and a calmness beyond his years whilst Jonty is simply a bouncy ball on speed. 
 
Freddie opened the scoring with a trade mark Exocet into the bottom left hand corner from City's second penalty corner. The second followed shortly afterwards...Jonty made a driving run down the right then slipped the ball to Freddie who slipped it to Jack (yep our defender!) to slot home. 
 
Now the cogs were oiled, the wheels turning and the team were...C-R-U-I-S-I-N-G!!! 
 
Goal number three was reward for sheer determination. Jonty went off on one of his mazey dribbles (well more like fast and direct runs) down the right, drove the ball into the D where the cross was blocked. Jonty tackled and the next cross was blocked. Jonty tackled again...three defenders and a goalie versus Jonty....ball pops across the gaol for that man Jack to score again! Not to be outdone, Freddie completed the scoring calmly converting yet another Jonty cross. Just before the end Rocco took a nasty blow to the ankle and was replaced by six year old Matty Roy who made a couple of excellent tackles and even got in on an attack....the cherry on the icing on the cake for the Roy household. Final result 4-0. Man of the match Jonty Black. 
 
Our final game was against Dereham. This proved to be a scrappy affair where the heat of the day looked to have taken its toll. Much of City's attacking came from the midfield trio of Samuel Doncaster, Joseph Roy and Jonty Black but this was largely negated by some resolute, often last ditched defending. Freddie created a number of half chances that were thwarted at the last minute. After 10 minutes a nice move down the left between Joseph and Samuel came to Freddie who looked to have taken the ball too far right but what do I know as he calmly belted the ball passed the outstretched form of the goal keeper into the opposite corner. Just when you thought City were going to take control, Dereham broke away and Kieran Myatt stormed off his line to kick the ball to safety. Not to be outdone Jack Beckett made the game safe with a couple of minutes to go with a drilled shot from the top of the D. Dereham were unlucky in the dying seconds not to get a consolation goal when a breakaway saw a shot hit the post (Kieran assures me he had it covered). Final result 2-0. Man of the match Joseph Roy. 
 
A good day out and a lovely way to end the season for the U10s. Good luck to those boys who now move up an age group and I look forward to seeing you all at training next year. None of the team's success would be possible without the fantastic support of the parents...warm sunny days at Watton are "easy" but freezing Sundays at coaching (even with Sarah's boundless enthusiasm) can be tough - a big thank you to you all. 
 
Good luck to the U14s in the national finals.....maybe just maybe some of this year's U10s might get to that level with a bit of luck one day. 
 
Thank you and see you all next season (or the official opening of the new pitch...27 May)! 
 
Al, Sam, Paul and Simon. 

U12 Boys Win Alex Hill Memorial Trophy in Style!
The U12 Boys turned up at Dereham HC, determined to show how well they could play hockey after a slightly disappointing day at the Regionals. In addition, this would be the last time that Harry Paterson, Sam Bingham and Dan Phillips would turn out for City at Mini level, so they were keen to finish off this part of their hockey career with some quality hockey. 
 
First up were the hosts Dereham, and it was clear that City were the stronger. Cleverly making the ball do the work, and first to every ball, City soon began knocking the goals in. When the hooter went 15 minutes later, City were 9-0 winners, with Cameron Cook having scored seven and Harry Paterson and Daniel Phillips one apiece. On occasion, Dereham did attack but Ed Briggs in goal and Tom Bailey in defence held their concentration and foiled each attack. 
 
Next up were Watton, and City continued in the same vein. Once again, the final scoreline was 9-0, this time with four goals each for Sam Bingham and Cameron and one to Harry Paterson. Then came Pelicans, a stronger opposition with a couple of County players in their midst. City were on fire by now, and won 5-0, three to Cook and two to Bingham. 
 
And finally, City faced Dragons with Coach Al warning the boys that they needed to keep their shape and pass the ball or substitutions would take place. City were majestic, winning with the familiar 9-0 scoreline: four to Cook, three to Bingham, one each to Paterson and Phillips. The goalscorers were helped in their efforts by Daniel Byrne at left back who several times dribbled the ball up the pitch to set up goalscoring opportunities. 
 
And so the boys signed off in style, winning the Alex Hill Memorial Trophy, with the following statistics: Played 4, won 4. Goals for 32, goals against 0 – all in 60 minutes of play! It was impossible to select a Man of the Match in such a majestic performance, but I would like to pay tribute to the boys who, whilst still only 11 and 12 have now represented City for five years and been County Champions at U10 and U12 level. 
 
Al Paterson 

U10 Boys Win Alex Hill Memorial Trophy
A bright and sunny day welcomed the Norwich City Team to Dereham's Alex Hill Memorial Tournament. Not only was the team shocked by the warm weather but also by the sight of Coach Paul arriving on time. It had to be a good omen!  
 
We took time to prepare for the games and settle into the environment, which with the warmer weather helped us to get off to a quick start and seemed to sustain our energy levels through the series of 15 minute games. Our first game was against Dragon 'B's. Monty created an early short corner through a foot infringement in the opposition D. Struck by Kieran Limb onto the pads this was finished off by Freddie. It was nice to be off to an early lead but Dragons came back fast and only an important tackle by Jack kept us in front. A couple of further short corners kept the pressure on Dragons and then a classic move down the right wing started off by Jack's tackle and swift pass led to a good strike by Harry scoring our second.  
Result 2-0 WIN 
POTM Jack Beckett 
 
Our second game was against Dereham. Jonty, Joseph and Harry made the midfield their own in the opening set of plays with some nice one-twos leaving defenders in their wake. We had a great strike from Freddie from a short corner with Jonty and Harry following up. 3 more short corners followed the last forced by Freddie and eventually, inevitably we drew a goal with a one on one finish against the goalie by Harry. Again the score nearly drew level as a quick take by Dereham caught us with a gap in defence and only the quick response of Kieran Myatt (off his line like a rocket propelled bulldozer) saved our bacon. A neat reversal of this occurred with an interception by Rio who passed the ball up to Monty who knocked it to Harry to score. Really good Hockey; making the ball do the work. 
Result 2-0 WIN 
POTM Harry McKenzie 
 
Our final game against Dragons 'A' was played with a tournament win already guaranteed. Nonetheless the boys had a taste and so it would seem, a knack for it now. Freddie was closest with a shot that struck the pads and made spectators on the U12 sideline turn their heads in wonder. Monty made an important clearance from the D when the pressure was beginning to tell. It was a close game, with end to end play at the end of a hot day, so when in the dying seconds of the game Harry forced a short corner and Freddie connected it was great to hear the thud of the backboard and know that victory was ours.  
Result 1-0 WIN 
POTM Freddie Paterson 
 
Squad: Kieran Myatt, Kieran Myatt (GK), Kieran Limb, Monty Platt, Rio Iaccarino, Joseph Roy, Freddie Paterson, Harry McKenzie, Jack Beckett, Jonty Black 
 
Well done, a terrific day! Congratulations to the team and thank you to the parents! 
 
Paul and Simon  

Norwich City U12 Boys Finish 5th at Regionals
 
The Norwich City U12 Boys team arrived at the Regionals full of hope after comfortably winning the Norfolk County Championships. Our first pool match was against Ipswich and Norwich City started well but without any urgency. A few chances were missed by our boys and then, against the run of play, a defensive slip-up allowed Ipswich to score. The game went on in similar vein, with Norwich City having most of the play but somehow losing 3-0 to the eventual Regional Champions. 
 
With only two from the Pool going through to the semi-finals, we knew we had to beat Old Loughtonians to keep our dreams of qualifying alive. Throughout the first half Norwich were well on top with Harry Paterson at centre mid controlling the game. However City just couldn’t get the ball in the net. Then in the second half, the game was suddenly changed. Old Loughts had a rare attack and their shot was brilliantly saved (or so we thought) by Jack van Poortvliet on the line. However, after a deliberation, the umpire ruled it a goal. Norwich fought desperately to make amends, but it just wasn’t our day, with a penalty flick appeal denied and shots just missing the target.  
 
And so, having lost the first two games, qualification had already gone, and the team was playing for pride. First of all, we came up against Saffron Walden and fortunately, the boys seemed to have woken up fully! With Daniel Phillips causing havoc up the right wing and Sam Bingham on the left, City were on the attack all the time. The first goal came from a Daniel Phillips cross, which Cameron Cook converted. Harry Paterson hit a fabulous reverse stick shot which the goal keep gloved down onto the line and Cameron Cook poked home. Ben Millet in the Norwich goal made a fantastic diving save off a short corner to keep our lead intact, before Sam Bingham made it 3-0. 
 
Our final pool match was against Hertford. Against the run of play, Herts scored first but then it was the City show, with Cook scoring two more, one to Bingham and one to Dan Phillips for a 4-1 win. 
 
And so, with six points, we finished third in our group, one point behind old Loughts. This left us to play Dragons for 5th place in the Tournament. By now, City were back to normal. George Harrad was crossing some fantastic balls from the right wing, and Daniel Byrne and Tom Bailey were playing well in defence. The first goal came when a rocket of a cross from Sam Bingham was cruelly deflected into the Dragons goal and the second when Daniel Phillips crossed the ball to Harry Paterson at the top of the D who smashed an unstoppable shot into the goal. 
 
The boys and parents were disappointed not to get a shot at the title. However, it is important to look at the positives: we are Norfolk Champions and the way we played at the end of the tournament, we would have beaten anyone. And it is not so bad to be the 5th best in the whole of East Anglia on one of your bad days. We just need to work out how to wake up for the first game! 
 
Player of the Tournament was the combative Harry Paterson who controlled midfield in every game, winning the ball countless times and distributing it around the pitch. 

Great Experience for Norwich City U12s at Pelicans
With many of our seasoned veterans away at JAC, a young Norwich city U12 boys team managed a creditable 3rd place in the Pelicans tournament at Lynnsport.  
 
The opening game against Watton ended 2:1 with George Harrad scoring the first after good build up on the right side with Tom Gourlay and Dan Byrne combining well. After a surprising set-piece equaliser by Watton, Norwich finished strongly with an amazing goal from Dougie Tomlinson. 
 
The second game against Pelicans showed the effects a long gap since the last training session with some errors creeping into the play. Despite this, the city team fought hard throughout, with The midfield covering lots of ground, George claiming a consolation goal in the 3:1 defeat. 
 
The team was asked to put in a strong performance in the final game against a skilled Dragons team and didn't disappoint. An early lead came courtesy of another goal from George after good attacking play from Michael Milne-Brown. Continuous pressure from Dragons was resisted well by keeper Ben Millett and some outstanding defence from Joe Osborne in a real team performance. Sadly, the Dragons pressure saw them net from a short corner and then score a well worked winner in the dying minutes. 
 
Thanks to all the players for their efforts and their parents for their support. Special mention as well for Sam Myatt helping me out on the coaching side.

City U10 Boys in the Medals at Pelicans Tournament
 
Having recovered from the shock of a warm day at Kings Lynn, we were entertained by some very enjoyable hockey. 
 
There were only three teams in the U9 section, Pelicans, Dragons and ourselves. Teams played each other once (10 minutes each way) with City coming 2nd and collecting runners up medals which was a nice surprise. The City squad was Kieran Myatt, Kieran Limb, Cameron Husband, Samuel Doncaster, Jonty Black, Joseph Roy, Monty Platt and Ethan Rushton. 
 
The first game was against Pelicans, who were just that little bit stronger than us and probably deserved to win, although 2-0 was a little flattering to them. Having said that, man of the match Kieran Myatt pulled off a string of excellent saves to keep the score level until midway through the second half. Cameron and Kieran Limb combined well in defence and the midfield (Joseph, Jonty and Monty) worked tirelessly. Samuel worked hard up front but did not get much chance in a largely defensive City display. Ethan came on as an attacker for the second half but his defensive tendencies supported the wider team effort. 
 
The second game against Dragons was a very even affair that ended 0-0. Both teams played a mixture of flowing hockey and resolute defending. Ethan and Cameron performed well in defence and Kieran Limb demonstrated his versatility by playing up front. Jonty, Joseph and Samuel combined well in midfield in the first half, with Monty doing well in the second half. Man of the match was Jonty for his tackling and determination in defence, midfield and attack. 
 
For the record, Pelicans finished first winning both their games with City coming second on goal difference. It was another good performance from our young U10 team, who are gaining experience with every tournament. 
 
Simon Black, Paul Roy and Sam Myatt

Norwich City Girls U10s Are County Champions!
The NCHC u10girls arrived at Pelicans on Sunday morning ready to play their first match of the tournament against Magpies. Magpies had beaten NC the previous Sunday at the Dragons tournament, therefore a 0 – 0 final score proved a very positive start for City. Claudia van Poortvliet and Sarah Andrews defended very well against a determined Magpies attack and in the second stage of the game City managed to have most of the game in their half with many unsuccessful attempts at goal.  
 
The second match against Dragons started tentatively with much of the play in the Dragons half testing City’s defence and challenging Molly Barker, City’s keeper. After some excellent work in the midfield, notably by Ellie Hobden on the right wing a goal by Victoria Garson at the half way mark settled City into an attacking game. The subsequent play was then concentrated in City’s half with Amelia Barclay scoring a second goal.  
 
NC had not met the Pelicans this season so they were an unknown opponent going into the third game. City started confidently with Amy Barker scoring quickly to start. After some confusion over a short corner decision Victoria Garson listened to the referee, kept the play going and scored a second goal.  
 
Going into the final match City were leading their group on goal difference and the girls knew that they would need to score as many goals as possible against Dereham win. Alice Moore’s first goal seconds after the opening whistle lifted City’s confidence and City played an exciting and fast moving final game with Amelia Barclay scoring again.  
 
NCHC U10 girls won the county championships and all the girls should be congratulated for their contribution to a determined team performance played with great spirit and commitment. 
 
Scores:  
NC v Magpies 0 – 0  
NC v Norwich Dragons 2 – 0 (Victoria Garson, Amelia Barclay) 
NC v Pelicans 2 – 0 Amy Barker, Victoria Garson) 
NC v Dereham 2 – 0 (Alice Moore, Amelia Barclay) 
 
 
Picture shows Norwich City U10 Girls and U12 A Girls, both of whom are County Champions for their age group. 
 

Norwich City U12 Girls As Crowned County Champions
Norwich A's were crowned county champions after an amazing performance in terrible weather conditions. 
 
There first game was against Dereham, they started off slowly but after a few minutes the goals started to pour in. Great team work saw goal from Eliza x 3, Emily x 1 and Abbie x 1. Won 5-0 
 
Pelicans were next, and Norwich were unstoppable, with flowing moves from left to right and back again we were able to put 6 goals passed them that had even the opposition applauding. Goal scorers: Abbie x 5, Grace x 1. Won 6-0 
 
Magpies were next and both teams were unbeaten so far. Both teams had periods of possession with Norwich slightly on top but not finding the clear cut chance. Maddie in goal dominated the 'D', and Rebecca Gaffney did an amazing job of marking their best player out of the game. Draw 0-0 
 
Our forth game was Watton, where the girls returned to their flowing hockey and ran out 5 -0 winners. More excellent team goals were scored. We dominated the whole match. Goal scorers: Abbie x 2, Grace x 1 & Rachael x 2 
 
Dragons were next, we lost a little bit our flowing hockey, as the started to get cold. Despite this Dragons still did not get into our half. Won 2-0 Goal scorers: Abbie x 1, Emily x 1 
 
The final game saw Norwich having to beat the B team 4-0 to become the County Champions. The girls were given a bit of a freight by a feisty team but kept their heads to score the goals they needed. Won 4-0 
Goal scorers: Abbie x 2, Eliza x 1 & Grace x 1 
 
In awful weather conditions the girls played the best team hockey of the day scoring 22 goals and conceding 0! 
 
The A Squad 
Maddie Anthony (GK): always dependable when required 
Ellie Pitcher: solid tackling, let no one through 
Becky Gaffney: dominated her opponents with ease 
Rachael Phillips: made timely interceptions and took her chances well 
Emily Rash: key midfield tackling, and scored some well taken goals 
Eliza Barclay: tireless running, setting up a number of goals 
Emma Richardson: excellent crossing and created a number of chances for others. 
Abbie Ingham: powerful attacking runs and deadly in front of goal 
Grace Kidner: accurate finishing and kept her cool to score the crucial final goal 
 
 
Photos (from top): 
 
U10 and U12 Girls with their County Championship Medals 
U12 A and B Team 
U12 A Team 
 

U12 Girls B Team Excels at County Championships
The B team were looking to repeat their success at the recent Norwich Tournament where they came third.  
 
First Match was against Pelicans where we completely dominated the game but just could not get the ball in the net. Pelicans only attack of the match they scored. We lost 1-0 (player of the game Ellyn Roberts) 
 
Our next match was against Watton, once again we dominated. Watton did not get the ball into our half, the best player on the pitch was the Watton goalkeeper and we just could not convert our chances. Draw 0-0 (player of the game Molly Crabtree) 
 
Third match was against Dragons and a familiar pattern emerged again with Norwich having all the ball but just not being able to get any goals in. Dragons broke towards the end and Maya made a spectacular save. Draw 0-0 (player of the game Tilly Mann) 
 
Forth match was against Dereham with Norwich determined to get a goal. The girls once again dominated completely and this time we were rewarded with a well taken goal from Molly. Win 1-0 (player of the match Molly Crabtree) 
 
Fifth game was against the unbeaten Magpies, we started very slowly and conceded some early goals, for the whole game we defended but after being 4-0 down after 3 minutes, we recomposed ourselves to come back into the match and not concede further. Lost 0-4 (player of the match Maya Conway) 
 
Our last match was against our own A team. The girls tried some new positions and played some of their best hockey. They made Norwich A fight for every goal. Lost 0-4 (player of the match Tilly Mann) 
 
We finished 4th out of 6 but as the only B team there gave an excellent account of ourselves. 
 
The Squad  
Anna Brook: tireless attacking runs 
Ellyn Roberts: calm assured defending under pressure 
Evie Andrews: created a number of attacking chances for the team 
Lucy Horner: some skilful running on the right 
Maddie Clements: determined midfield attack and defence 
Molly Crabtree: dominated much of the play through most of the games 
Maya Conway (GK): brave keeping and made some crucial saves 
Tilly Mann: powerful defending and created a number of chances for the attackers. 

U10 Boys' Valiant Efforts Bode Well for the Future
Our young team competed well over the four games in the County Championship, getting better each game which bodes well for the future. 
 
Played 4, won 1, drew 1, lost 2. 
 
The first match was against Pelicans who were clearly geed up as the home team. They started very quickly and took an early lead. An unfortunate injury to Joseph Roy upset our shape and despite the sterling efforts of Monty Platt and Harry Mckenzie our desire to equalise meant we got caught on the break near the end to lose 2-0. Player of the match Monty. 
 
Next up was Dragons. A much better performance where the defence and midfield worked very well in an even contest of few genuine goal scoring opportunities. Jack Beckett did particularly well on the left and deserved the player of the match award in this 0-0 draw. 
 
Dereham were next in a game that City dominated. Excellent movement and passing from the defence of Rio Iaccarino and Kieran Limb through the midfield to attack meant we created many chances. Jack's movement up front generated plenty of scoring opportunities that were saved or slipped just wide of the post. With Joseph dominating the game at both ends it was fitting that having started a delightful interchange down the left he should pass across the goal for Jonty Black to score with the last hit of the game. City won 1-0 and Joseph was player of the match. 
 
By far our best hockey was saved for the last game against Magpies. From Freddie Paterson's stick work creating chances and concern in the Magpies defence to the midfield tackling and passing of Monty, Harry and Joseph and the defending of Kieran, Rio and keeper Kieran Myatt it looked liked we really had a chance to topple the tournament leaders. We lost 1-0 to a shot that agonisingly trickled into the corner but I really thought Freddie's last second penalty corner strike was going to give us the draw we deserved. In a very good team performance Joseph Roy again earned player of the match for a delightful move that started with him saving a ball on the line and ended with a good save by the Magpies' keeper. Kieran M made some very good saves to keep us in the game. 
 
With most of our team a year younger than the opposition, overall this was a good performance. Thank you to all the players for giving it their all, to the parents...your support is invaluable (and it was bitterly cold!) and to Al, Anna, Sam and Paul (and Sarah of course!). 
 
Simon Black

U12 Boys Crowned County Champions!
 
Following the Norwich City HC Girls’ double Championship success in the morning, the pressure was on the U12 Boys as they arrived at Pelicans on a freezing cold Mothers’ Day. The boys are made of strong stuff though and started well from the start.  
 
Our first game was against a big Pelicans team. Despite nearly getting caught on the break at the beginning, Norwich City were on the attack immediately with only a great display from the Pelicans keeper keeping out a barrage of shots from our boys. Finally, Harry Paterson broke the deadlock scoring from a short corner just inside the Pelican’s right hand post for a 1-0 win. 
 
Next up were Dragons, who managed to hold out the boys for a few minutes before the flood gates were open. With Jack van Poortvliet surging forward from defence and Dan Phillips tormenting Dragons up the right flank, Cameron Cook got his eye in, scoring four goals in five minutes, with Sam Bingham rounding it off with a well-taken goal for a 5-0 victory over the eventual second-placed team. 
 
After such a strong performance, the boys suffered an inevitable lull in the next game but with Daniel Byrne, Tom Bailey and goalkeeper Ben Millet majestic in defence, we were never under threat. After hitting one ball out of bounds off the crossbar and breaking another one on the post, it was third ball lucky for Cameron with two goals for a 2-0 win.  
 
And finally we faced Dereham with the boys desperate to complete a full set of wins. Again we were on the attack from the first minute, with Sam Bingham converting the first and Cook the second. Finally skipper Bingham made it 3-0 running from one end of the pitch to the other to tap the ball over the goal-line after good work from Cook and Paterson. 
 
In summary, our U12 Boys won their County Championships in superb style. The boys won all four games, scoring 11, conceding 0 and playing exceptionally skilful hockey based on swift movement, strong passing and sniper-like accuracy on goal. With every player performing exceptionally well, it would be wrong to pick out a player of the Tournament. Massive congratulations to the team of Sam Bingham, Cameron Cook, Harry Paterson, Daniel Phillips, Jack van Poortvliet, Tom Bailey, Daniel Byrne and Ben Millet. Roll on the Regionals!!! 
 
Al Paterson

U12 Girls Success at Dragons Den
Both the U12 Lions and Tigers girls teams finished their respective tournaments undefeated and without conceding a goal - unfortunately Magpies also had the same record and with goals scored also being identical Dragons decided that as there was no time for penalty flicks and the coaches didn't fancy a sprint race (yes that was the other option put forward by Dragons!!) it was agreed that the first place would be shared. 
 
Lions faced Magpies in their first game. Excellent defensive performances from Ellie Pitcher, Becky Gaffney and Emily Rash and a great last minute stick save from keeper Maddie Anthony gave us a 0 - 0 scoreline. 
 
Pelicans were next and goals from Grace Kidner, Rachael Phillips and Abbie Ingham resulted in a comfortable 3 - 0 win.  
 
Dereham were our third opponents and in a one sided game goals from Eliza Barclay (3), Grace Kidner (2) and Rachael Phillips produced a 6 - 0 scoreline. 
 
We went into our last game against Dragons knowing that we needed to win by 5 goals to better Magpies and win the tournament outright. We quickly went 3 - 0 up with goals from Eliza Barclay and Abbie Ingham (2) but with Dragons having all their players in their "D" we were finding it hard to create clear chances. Abbie got the fourth and her third with a couple of minutes left but despite a series of penalty corners the fifth goal would not come and we were left to share the tournament title with Magpies. 
 
During the tournament we played some exciting and expansive hockey with the ball being switched around between the players and the whole width of the pitch being utilised resulting in the scoring of a number of open play, team goals. 
 
Tigers played Dragons in their first game and despite being camped in Dragons half for all of the game it wasn't until the final couple of minutes that a deflected penalty corner shot from Molly Crabtree finally beat the keeper for a one-sided 1 - 0 win. 
 
Pelicans were next up and again goals were hard to come by. Eventually they came from Anna Brook and Anya Wimmer for a 2 - 0 victory. 
 
The final game was against Magpies with victory ensuring a tournament win. Once again the goals didn't materialise although the girls were convinced they had scored but it was not given by the umpire. A 0 -0 scoreline and a share of the title.  

U10 'B' Girls Score Maiden Tournament Victory
Norwich City Girls U10B's arrived at the Dragon's Den with the aim of hopefully breaking their duck and managing to score a goal as well as gain their first ever victory! 
 
On a very pleasant bright morning we started very well against Dragon's B. We bossed the game from the very first minute and made our possession count. When after good play from Kate Houlday, Abi Flatt got in front of the defender to squeeze the ball past the Dragon's goalie to secure their first victory 1-0. 
 
The second match was against Magpies B which we anticipated would be tough. Norwich again enjoyed the majority of play. With again most of the play being spent in the oppositions half. Unfortunately we could not break Magpies down and the game finished in a 0-0 draw. 
 
In our third game we faced Dragon's B for the second time. The girls were straight out of the blocks with Kate scoring a quick fire double in the first few minutes to take the game out of Dragon's reach with minutes still to be played. With the defensive rock pair of Lottie Smith & Amelia Anema in top form we gained our second victory 2-0. 
 
As we went into the final game, after three matches the girls had won two & drawn one. We knew all we had to do was not lose against Magpies B and a first tournament success was there for the girls taking. We needn't have worried, as with confidence sky high we opened the scoring through Abi Flatt after good work from Abi Hill. The victory was sealed with the best move of the tournament with Lila Hallam slotting the ball into the back of the net after excellent work from Lottie, Abi Flatt & Kate, to seal a magnificent day with a 2-0 win. 
 
So over all, we played four, won three and drew one. With five goals scored and nil conceded. It was extremely pleasing to see the girls continue to flourish game by game and see such a big improvement from our last tournament.  
 
A quick mention to Grace Thrower in goal who was always alert but was never troubled. 
 
The whole team was outstanding and it is very difficult to name a player of the tournament with good performances and determination throughout. But Kate Houlday deserves it with her non stop running and great smile! 
 
Finally a big thank you for all the great support. 
Alex Flatt 

Great Performance from Norwich U10 Boys
Norwich City U10s are a very young group, with most of the players in the U9 age group. With that in mind, our aim from the tournament was simply to play good hockey. However, the boys played out of their skins and easily exceed the coaches’ aspirations! 
 
A Team Tournament - Finished Second 
 
Having played friendlies against Dragons last week we knew we had to dig deep to win our first game. The goal build up came from sterling work in defence clearing through the line to reach our striker Freddie Paterson who calmly dribbled through a defender, drew the keeper and slotted it home. POTM goes to Kieron Limb for rebuffing attack after attack which helped City hold on for a1-0 win, a result that drove a stake through the Dragons’ heart.  
 
Next up were Harleston. Highlights were the strong clearances and positive goalkeeping from Kieron Myatt (who wins Player of the Match) and a short corner forced by Freddie at the other end but alas it wasn't to be and we were pipped by the eventual tournament winners in a tight game.  
 
A short break rekindled our spirits and hard work brought a convincing and deserved victory against Pelicans. Joseph, Harry and Monty controlling the midfield and stringing passes together building the pressure that resulted in a coolly taken run from Freddie that resulted in the goal and earns him Player of the Match in the 1-0 City win. 
 
And finally, we came up against Dereham. Again putting the work in led to the creation of chances that brought nicely finished goals from Freddie and Harry McKenzie. The first a reverse stick sweep, the second a cracking shot from a narrow angle. Meanwhile Rio Iaccarino was the rock at the back, tackling well and earning Player of the Match. 
 
Overall the A team came narrowly second, behind Harleston, which was a pleasing result and better than we hoped for! The good things we put into practice : clearing our lines, playing as a team, a better work rate including tracking back. Off the pitch we learnt that keeping warm and focussed helped us win these short tournament games.  
 
B Team Tournament - FInished Second 
 
There is only one word to describe the performance of the B Team at Dragons and that is AWESOME! 
 
The silver tournament only had 3 teams, Norwich City , Dragons and Harleston. 4 games were played in total, 2 against each team. 
 
The first and third game were against Dragons, a side we had played friendly matches with the previous weekend at which they faired slightly better than we did. The boys did not let this get them down, on the contrary, they performed out of their socks. During the first game the defence of Rocco Iaccarino and Cameron Husband held the Dragons off with some crunching tackles and strong passes up front. The midfield combination of Jonty Black and Samuel Doncaster worked well with many balls being passed into the goal area to Oliver Leary who tried his best to get them in the back of the net. Both matches ended goalless but it was not for the want of trying. Players of the match were Jonty Black and Oliver Kimber respectively. 
 
Our matches against Harleston were both immediately after playing the Dragons, but the boys dug deep and performed well. During the first match Alex Dagless worked relentlessly at right midfield, a position he had never tried before but suited him, covering all of the pitch. Against the run of play Harleston scored even though our goalkeeper, Oliver Kimber, had managed to keep out every other effort that any of the teams had against him. The final match against Harleston was tough, it was Ethan Rushton’s first tournament for Norwich, he showed lots of skill and listened to all instructions making sure the ball didn’t get past him. Within the last minute of the game Cameron took a nasty knock to the ankle which meant a change at the back but we continued to hold them off for a draw. Players of the match for these last two games were Rocco Iaccarino and Samuel Doncaster respectively. 
 
Overall a great performance by a group that is still in the very early days of its competitive career. 
 
 
Well done to all the boys and thank you to the organisers especially the cake bakers! 
 

U12 Boys A Team Wins Dragons Tournament!
The Norwich City U12 As came here with a point to prove after coming second at our home tournament. On a bright afternoon we started strongly against Dragons and it wasn’t long before Dan Phillips took the ball to the byeline and dragged it back for Cameron Cook to sweep it home. Norwich continued to improve, and Cameron scored twice more to make it a hat-trick in ten minutes and a 3-0 win for City.  
 
Next up were Magpies, and City continued in the same vein. Harry Paterson at centre mid dominated play, setting up Cameron for two goals, before skipper Sam Bingham pushed a half-saved shot over the line for City’s third. Cameron rounded off a convincing 4-0 win after a lovely 1-2 with Dan for his second hat-trick. 
 
Pelicans were also doing well in the tournament and we knew this match could be the decider. City had most of the play but kept finding the keeper’s pads until Cameron scored the only goal of the match. City continued to dominate and when Pelicans did break through a couple of times their attacks quickly foundered on the rock-like defence of Daniel Byrne and Tom Bailey. 
 
And finally, Norwich played Dereham, whose keeper must have wondered what was going on as he stood up to a barrage of shots. George Harrad and Sam Bingham both came within inches of scoring before Cameron (two goals) and Harry sealed a magnificent day with a 3-0 win. 
 
So overall, we played four, won four; goals for eleven, against nil. And what was most impressive is that the boys played a lovely passing game. We should also spare a thought for poor Ed Briggs in goal who stayed alert throughout but had little to do. The whole team were outstanding but Player of the Match goes to Cameron Cook, for some excellent goals, but more importantly the willingness with which he tracked back to tackle. 

U12s Boys Second in Home Tournament
Having won the Harleston tournament convincingly, Norwich City started off slowly in their own tournament today. Perhaps we were a bit complacent or maybe we were just a bit sleepy after lunch, but whatever it was, the Norwich boys did not really get going in their first match against Dragons. City opened the scoring with a trademark goal, Dan Phillips taking the ball to the byeline and crossing to Cameron Cook to slot home. However, Dragons hit back and scored three times, going straight through the middle and leaving keeper Ben Millett with little chance. 
 
After this, City began to get back to their normal form. First of all we beat Watton 3-0, with two goals from Cameron Cook and one from Skipper Harry Paterson. Next came Dereham. Good work on the flanks from Tom Gourlay and Jack Watling gave us the platform from which to attack and we ran out 4-0 winners, the goals shared between Harry and Cameron. 
 
Our fourth match was against Pelicans, who scored early. However, Norwich pressed hard and after much pressure equalised, with Dan Phillips crossing from the right, leading to a reverse stick shot from Harry which was deflected in by Cameron. Meanwhile City were also doing some good defensive duties, with Daniel Byrne and Tom Bailey in control at the back and Ben Millett making a couple of excellent saves. As the clock ticked down, Cameron scored the winner with an absolute thunderbolt of a shot leaving the Pelicans’ excellent keeper stranded. 
 
By now, it was clear that Dragons had already won the tournament and the result of our match against Harleston was academic. Although we had several good shots on target, we could not quite score and the match ended goalless.  
Overall Norwich finished second having won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1, which is really a pretty good day’s work. However the boys were still disappointed, which shows the very high standards they have set themselves! 
 
Player of the Tournament goes to Daniel Byrne who, in his first tournament for the U12 A team, stepped up to the plate and made some vital interceptions and good tackles. 
 
Finally thank you to all the parents for their support in freezing conditions and to all the volunteers who made this tournament the success it was.

U10 Boys do everyone proud at NCHC Tournament!
On a bitterly cold day, the Norwich City Knights and the Norwich City Wizards lined up in the NCHC tournament. This was always going to be a tough tournament. We have a very young squad – only five of our outfield players are in Year 5, and of the nine Year 4 boys, almost all are born at the end of the school year. It was clear in the matches that we were giving away several inches and many kilos to our opposition. Add to that the fact that the Wizards was the only “B” team in the “A” team tournament, and you can see the mountain we had to climb! 
 
Norwich City Knights Team 
 
We started off with the NCHC derby, a good energetic game enjoyed by all. The Knights scored their first goal with a Monty Platt strike from a short corner, then Kieron Limb got a second came from a long corner which he picked up and flicked over the head of the goalie. Jack Beckett made his presence felt as right back linking well into this team, ensuring a 2-0 win to the Knights. 
 
The Knights faced Dragons next and had the lion's share of territory, passing and moving well in midfield. Rio Iaccarino sent some nice wide passes direct to stick giving Freddie Paterson a chance to work his magic down the right hand side. A couple of moves faltered metres from a goal line and then, against the run of play, we lost to the eventual tournament winners at the final whistle - the dragons scoring from a break and getting the benefit of an unstoppable deflection. No one's fault but it felt a bit like England vs South Africa in the recent Rugby union tests: close but no Rosette.  
 
Next the Pelicans offered a sterner test with several shortcorners and, as Cameron Husband and Joseph Roy were rotated at the back, this allowed Pelican pressure to eventually tell again right on the whistle. The luck clearly had to turn and the boys were determined to keep their heads up. In the final match,the Knights faced the Magpies. A new formation helped to repel attack after attack and, when the Magpies did get through, Kieran Myatt came into his own in goal with good clearances and saves. Midfield still maintained distribution to the forwards and we had some good runs. Goals were possible from either side but we matched the winners of the previous tournament on the field securing a good draw in what was probably the most dynamic and complete game we had played.  
 
All the boys played well, but player of the year goes to Kieran Myatt for excellent goalkeeping and wholehearted determination. 
 
Norwich City Wizards 
 
The boys of the Norwich Wizards were raring to go on this cold Sunday afternoon, but were also a bit nervous that they were to play in the Gold tournament. However, they soon settled when they found out that the first game was against Norwich Knights. The boys were told to enjoy themselves and run around lots so they didn't get cold. Throughout all 4 matches Oliver Kimber's performance in goal was inspiring, He blocked many shots and made some good clearances. Rocco Iaccarino, Oliver Leary and Harry Mackenzie were rotated through the striker and midfield positions. They all worked well together, supporting each other and getting the ball forward when they could. Because of this hard work Harry was rewarded with a goal against Pelicans. 
 
In defence Cameron Husband and Samuel Doncaster put in lots of really good tackles against some very strong attacking teams. During all 4 games the Wizards midfield, in particular, Jonty Black and James Bussey held the ball up well, getting it out wide in a stalwart attempt to get the ball up front for that elusive goal.  
 
Jonty Black was named as Player of the Tournament for his focus, determination and very high work rate. 
 
Overall this was a good performance from both Norwich City teams. Whilst finishing 5th, The Wizards learnt a lot about hockey in the tournament, played well and never let their heads drop. The Knights finished fourth, but all their games were extremely close and a couple of different bounces and we would have been very close to the top. The boys should be proud of their performance and we are very grateful for the continued support of the parents.

U14 Boys continue success in National Cup
The Norwich City U14 Boys travelled to Saffron Walden for two tough games. First up was a top of the table clash with a very strong Cambridge City team. An end-to-end battle of the highest quality and huge amounts of passion and energy ended 2-2 with Cambridge twice coming back from behind.  
 
The boys followed this with a 6-2 win against Saffron Walden in a game Norwich dominated from the start. These results leave Norwich top of the table on goal difference from Cambridge with both teams having won three and drawn one. With two teams to go through, the result is in Norwich's hands in the final round of matches on February 10.  
 
All the boys played fantastically well, especially Fred Anthony who stepped into the goalkeeper role at late notice (and for the first time in a couple of years) and played really well. A full report is on the results page.  
 
Al Paterson

U18G - Magpies (U18 Cup) - L 0-5 - A GREAT EFFORT FROM A VERY YOUNG SIDE
TEAM: LADIES DEVELOPMENT XI 
DATE: 18/11/2012 
FIXTURE: City U18 Girls v Harleston U18 Girls 
LEAGUE: HA U18 Cup 
VENUE: Taverham  
RESULT: 0-5 
HEADLINE: A GREAT EFFORT FROM A VERY YOUNG SIDE 
 
REPORT: 
A very young City side that had not played together at all before took on a strong and well drilled Magpies team in the 2nd round of the HA Cup.  
 
Although Magpies dominated possession throughout City never gave up and as the first half wore on they came more and more into the game. Unfortunately Magpies had scored after 10 minutes just as City were becoming more established in the game and they scored a second just before half time from a disputed short corner.  
 
City however continued to battle with Georgie Kidner working exceptionally hard ably supported by Maria Andrews in the middle of midfield. The defence soon sorted out an effective pattern of play with Danni Garwood making some vital tackles and Joy Andrews, Caitlin Dawkins and Rachael Cornwell all working exceptionally hard to stay tight to their opponents.  
 
City came more into the game and some promising breaks were made especially down the right hand side through Molly Grange, Emma Wood and Amber Sayers but City were unable to get the ball often enough or early enough to the dangerous Krystal Bishop, Rachael McCarney and Ellie Brine up front who all worked tirelessly throughout.  
 
It is a credit to City and the effort they put in that Magpies did not score again until inside the last 10 minutes. This was in no small part thanks to man of the match Alice Wells who was playing her first game for City and had a great game in goal. Unfortuately however the third goal meant City's heads went down a bit and 2 more goals were scored in the last 5 minutes to take some of the gloss off such a committed performance.  
 
All in all a great effort against a side that is likely to go far in this competition - well done everyone!  
 
John Grange  
 
 
 
RESULT: L 0-5 
POTM: Alice Wells

Norwich U10 Boys Impress at Harleston Tournament
At this early stage of the season our aim was to give the U10 boys a good run out, field two teams of fairly equal experience and, particularly, to make sure the boys enjoyed what was, for several, their first ever tournament! 
 
The first match was the City A v B derby, which was an excellent opener with all players getting involved. The B team defended strongly, particularly with Ben Millet in goal, Nat Buxton tackling everyone that crossed his path and Daniel Griffiths fighting gallantly at the back. However once Kieran Limb opened the scoring , the As got into their stride and ran out eventual 4-0 winners. Kieran scored a second and Freddie Paterson scored two more, dribbling down the right and always looking to get involved.  
 
A Team: 
 
The A team followed the City derby with Harleston A, which was always going to be a tough match. Our midfield and backs, particularly Joseph Roy, repelled attack after attack with some good saves and kicking clearances from Kieran Myatt and a timely clearance from Cameron Husband virtually off the line. However, Harleston ran out eventual 3-0 winners. 
 
Revenge did not take long to come, with the boys rallying strongly against the Harleston B team with a convincing 5-0 victory. A hat-trick was scored by Kieran Limb and goals by Freddie and Harry McKenzie completed our best win on the day. Particular mention must go to Harry's marvellous dribble, nimbly flicking the ball over one stick and around two more players down the left side. Some nice one-twos were seen in the forwards and the flowing hockey was great to see.  
 
Next up were Dragons. Particular praise is due to Cameron Tasker for the anticipation shown in coming forward for the 50:50 ball and for bossing the back half of the pitch denying many a fleeting attack. Harry McKenzie again showed great dribbling down the left half of the pitch with offloads to Keiran and Monty both picking the ball up well. However both teams failed to break out of the crowded midfield and the game ended 0-0.  
 
In the final game of the tournament, Norwich needed to beat Pelicans. Good work throughout the team led to a couple of City chances going begging. But, in a sudden break-away reversal it was nearly lost at the other end and only a heroic diving save from Keiran Myatt, the likes of which the Men's teams would have been proud of, kept the score to nil-nil. 
 
Everyone played exceedingly well, but A Team Player of the Tournament goes to Monty Platt for passing consistently well, dribbling when necessary and tirelessly making the effort to get back and defend.  
 
B Team: 
 
With the team boosted with an athletic snack (chocolate biscuits) we went into the second match against Magpies B. Rio and Rocco Iaccarino worked well together throughout the game with accurate and strong passes which lead to Rio getting the first goal for the team. After the game restarted Rio made a slick pass to Rocco who turned his defender and took the ball in a solo effort from midfield to score.  
 
The boys were buzzing when they took to the pitch to face the Dragons. Most of the play was in midfield, with the ball held up well by both Oliver Leary and Alex Dagless on the right. Jack Beckett, B Team Captain for the tournament, ensured that any ball that got through the midfield did not make it any further and the match ended in a well earned draw. 
 
We knew the last 2 matches would be the most difficult, Pelicans and Magpies A and whilst these resulted in losses, the team showed real character. Samuel Doncaster showed great skill and speed in all matches and during these final 2 matches his work rate was outstanding. Oliver Kimber, in goal, made some significant saves during both matches. Given he had only had 40 minutes goalie time prior to this tournament he was fantastic throughout!  
 
All the boys played well and contributed to the success of the team, which has made the choice of Player of The Tournament even more difficult, which is why on this occasion there will be two. First Rio Iaccarino for his all around skill and drive and, secondly, Samuel Doncaster for showing great commitment, enthusiasm and work rate during every match. 
 
Overall: 
 
All the boys put lots of effort into the tournament and were a credit to Norwich City. The A team finished a credible third, winning two, drawing two and losing only one; what is particularly impressive is that they only conceded three goals, with only Magpies A’s breaching City’s defence. The B team finished fifth, but given this was the first tournament for several players, their performance was impressive. And this is only the start - we are sure that both the teams and the players individually will continue to improve through the season.  
 
Finally the coaches would like to thank the many people who helped on the day including Graham Limb, Anna Platt, Janice Beckett and Karen Paterson, as well as the boys who were enthusiastic and a pleasure to coach. 
 
Paul Roy, Sam Myatt and Al Paterson

U12 Boys Successful at Harleston Tournament
Norwich City entered two U12 Boys teams into the first tournament of the season at Harleston Magpies. The A team was a reassembly of the strong U10 team who were Norfolk Champions two years ago and were aiming to win the tournament, whilst the B team was made up of some of our less experienced players with the aim being to gain valuable match experience. Both teams achieved their goals and did us proud. 
 
The tournament presented the young B team with a challenging start, pitching them straight into a tough match against the more experienced and very strong Norwich City A team. The whole team rallied to the defensive task and debutant keeper Ben Millet pulled off some great saves to keep the first five minutes goalless. Eventually, the pressure was too much and the A-team found a way through, running out 4:0 winners. 
 
Moments later the B team were up against the Harleston A team. Once again, strong defence was the order of the day, with the defensive pair of Daniel Byrne &Alex Turner, assisted by midfielders Tom Gourlay, Michael Milne-Brown and Ben Chapman managing to keep the score down to a 1:0 defeat. Next up were Dereham and the Norwich striker, Angus Cringle was able to see more of the ball. Good support from Dougie Tomlinson and the rest of midfield resulted in some attacking moves, but none could be converted into goals and the match ended in stalemate. 
 
Watton provided the next challenge and another even contest was fought. Watton took the lead when a save from Millett fell to an onrushing attacker. The game looked to have slipped away from Norwich, when Michael Milne-Brown pushed a loose ball between the keeper's kickers to score his first ever competitive goal. Encouraged by the comeback, the Norwich boys dominated the next game and the goals seemed to fly in. Cringle, Milne-Brown, Chapman and Gourlay each got their names on the scoresheet with some strong hockey skills against the Harleston B squad to secure the win. With young legs tiring, the last two games were losses against a strong Pelicans team and an impressive Dragons attack. Ending seventh out of the eight teams, the Norwich B team can be very happy with a great days' hockey which saw each player try their hardest and put in a team performance which improved greatly as the day went on. Player of the Tournament was awarded to Ben Millet for outstanding goalkeeping all day! 
 
The A team played majestically through the tournament winning six out of the seven games and drawing one, comfortably winning the overall tournament. In the 84 minutes of playing time, the As scored 43 goals and only conceded one. The goals were shared out with front man Cameron Cook scoring 21 goals, supported by the midfield trio of Harry Paterson with fourteen and Sam Bingham and Dan Phillips with four goals each.  
 
What was particularly pleasing was that the boys played superb hockey and looked like a real team. Ed Briggs, Tom Bailey and George Harrad were excellent at the back, snuffing out chances quickly. Harry Paterson worked like a demon in midfield, twinning any 50:50 balls then distributing the ball to Sam Bingham and Dan Phillips on the flanks. Sam and Dan consistently beat players along the byeline before delivering inch-perfect passes for Cameron Cook on the penalty spot to sweep the ball home. All in all, it was an excellent performance and it would be wrong to single out any one player as the player of the tournament. The challenge for the coaches and players will be to keep improving from such a good start! 
 
Finally, thanks to all the parents and helpers for all your support, and congratulations to all the players for being such a credit to Norwich City Hockey Club. 
 
Al Paterson & Colin Milne-Brown

U18B - Dereham (U18 Cup) - W 3-1
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RESULT: W 3-1 
SCORERS: Felix Broadway,Jack Ingham,James Savage  
POTM: Alastair Cooke

Success for City U8s in their First Tournament
On a scorching summer’s day, five U8 teams congregated at the Dragon’s Den for their first tournament. Norwich City fielded two enthusiastic and well-matched teams: the Wizards and the Knights, with the other teams coming from Dragons (2) and Bury HC.  
 
The first match was the Norwich City derby. Both teams played extremely well in an end-to-end affair. It was the Wizards who scored first, through Rocco Iaccarino. The Knights fought back and with a well taken short corner routine Joseph Roy got them back into the game. The match continued from end to end, and both the Norwich City coaches were very relieved that the score ended at a fair 1-1! 
 
Next the Norwich Knights came up against the Dragons White Team. For the first few minutes the game was evenly matched, with Lottie Smith and Cameron Tasker in defence keeping the Knights in the game with some excellent but uncompromising tackling. Then Joseph Roy in midfield struck a long ball towards the Dragons goal. Freddie Paterson chased after it, just kept it in play and dribbled it into the goal. After that, it was all Norwich, and shortly afterwards, Freddie added a second for a 2-0 victory.  
 
The Knights’ third game was against Dragons Green team and it was a real rollercoaster, with Dragons going into the lead three times! But the Knights are made of strong stuff, with the tenacious midfield of Alex Illing, Abi Hill and Abi Flatt fighting for every ball and Freddie scoring three times. Then, as the final whistle was about to blow, Knights were awarded a penalty which under U8 rules is a 1-on-1 play. Freddie stepped up, dribbled the ball into the D and belted it past the Dragons defender for a last gasp City 4-3 victory. 
 
Meanwhile, the Wizards second game was against Dragons Green team. The Wizards played exceptionally well to record a 6-0 win, with the highlight being a wonderful passing move which started from a Niamh Campbell hit in defence which found Mia Bartram. Mia’s first time pass was picked up by Harry MacKenzie, who beat a defender before unselfishly passing to Rocco Iaccarino to score. Rocco scored another goal with Harry MacKenzie scoring two. Oliver Leary and Mia Bartram completed the scoring. 
 
The Wizards then played against Bury who proved to be a stern test. Some splendid defending from Connie Scott and Oliver Leary helped resist the Bury forwards until, with 5 minutes to go, Bury managed to score on the break. The Wizards were not to be denied, pouring forward to try and equalise and were unlucky when a shot from Mia Bartram was adjudged to be outside the circle. With only about a minute to go the team got their deserved equaliser as Harry Mackenzie picked up a pass from Krishna Patel and raced clear to score. 
 
And so, coming into the last game, the tournament was still up for grabs, with the two City teams and Bury in the hunt for the medal places. The Knights were up against Bury, and played really well but ran out of steam in the blazing midday sun. In an even game, Norwich were hit twice on the break to lose 2-0. Meanwhile the Wizards came up against the Dragons White team and, in a see-saw game, the Wizards took the lead twice with 2 goals from Harry before being pegged back. Things were desperate as time ran out and both Niamh Campbell and Harry MacKenzie had to put in match-saving tackles. But then Harry cleared the ball upfield and a touch from Krishna saw Rocco clean through for what proved to be the tournament winning goal. 
 
It was with great pride that the Norwich City coaches and parents saw the Wizards take first place and the Knights third place in the tournament. Most of the players were playing their first tournament and the enthusiasm, excitement and moments of skill were fantastic to see - the attention from the massed paparazzi (see picture)was well deserved. Thanks to all the parents for their support and Sarah for the welcome celebratory ice lollies as the temperature nudged into the high 20s! 

U10 Boys End Season with Gold at Watton
A strong Norwich City Under 10 Boys squad ended the season on a high note with victory in the Watton Mini Hockey Tournament on Sunday 29th April. 
 
The squad of Edward Briggs in goal, Daniel Byrne, Rio Iaccarino, Tom Bailey, Michael Milne-Brown, Tom Gourlay, George Harrad, Kieran Myatt and Kieran Limb put in three strong performances against Dragons, Derham and Watton to emerge winners on goal difference over Dragons. 
 
The first match, against Dragons, was a closely fought affair, but remained goalless to the end. 
 
Dereham were up next and City took the win courtesy of a fine hat-trick by Harrad. 
 
With the tournament result clearly resting on goal difference, the team were instructed to be ruthless against a young Watton team and they didn't disappoint, taking the win 6:0 with goals from Byrne, Harrad, Bailey and a hat-trick from Limb. 
 
So, a fine victory from a great bunch of lads brings the season to an end. All the under 10s have worked hard all season and have developed well together. 
 
For me and Sam Myatt, with a great deal of assistance from Graham Limb (amongst others) and with the support of Team Manager Anna Hipperson and Sarah Anthony, it has been a real pleasure coaching this group of boys throughout the season. Thanks to them and to their mums and dads. See you in September. 
 
Colin Brown 

U12 Boys Triumph at Watton Tournament - 29 April
John ‘Frosty’ Ingham took a strong squad of eight boys to Watton on a wet April Sunday afternoon for the final tournament of the season. With Pelicans and Harleston absent, Norwich’s first game was against hosts Watton. It didn’t take long for City’s finest to shine, with Josh Bailey opening the scoring early on with a precise close range finish. Harry Paterson doubled the lead, giving the Watton keeper no chance with a fine top of the ‘D’ short corner strike. With City’s defence holding firm with Harry Ingham and Sam Bingham, Josh Bailey then went on a scoring frenzy, grabbing 3 more goals in quick succession. James Hewitt capped a fine display, deservedly scoring City’s sixth to finish 6-0 winners. 
 
City’s second game was against Dereham and they soon got into their stride. Excellent work from the midfield trio of Harry Paterson, Jack Watling and James Hewitt allowed Josh Bailey to open a comfortable lead with two neatly taken goals. Harry Paterson was then rewarded for his tireless efforts with his second of the day. With Dereham struggling to test Jack Cazier in City’s goal, Norwich dominated possession and James Hewitt was soon able to bag City’s fourth. With plenty of time still on the clock, Sam Bingham burst out of defence to slot home past a diving Dereham keeper and make the score 5-0. Sadly, the Dereham keeper’s effort left him with a badly twisted knee and was unable to continue, calling an early end to the game. 
 
City’s final game of the day was against Norwich Dragons and avoiding defeat would mean a tournament win. With James Hewitt deciding to miss out due to a hand injury, City continued their excellent form and Theo Hinton joined in the fun, only to be thwarted by a spirited Dragons Keeper. The result was never in doubt though and after Sam Bingham opened City’s account, Harry Paterson quickly bagged two more to finish the game with a 3-0 City win. 
 
After finishing second in several tournaments this season, it was great for the U12 Boys to finish off with such an emphatic tournament win. The boys looked suitably proud as Josh Bailey led them up at the presentation ceremony to collect the Winner's certificate and medals. 
 
Final statistics were: Played 3, won 3, goals for 14, goals against 0! 
 
Scorers: 
Josh Bailey 6 
Harry Paterson 4 
James Hewitt 2 
Sam Bingham 2 
 
Player of the tournament: Josh Bailey 
 

U12 Boys at the Regional Finals 14 April 2012
The U12 Boys arrived at the Regional Championships at Harleston with high hopes, having performed so well in the Norfolk County Championships a month earlier. Our first two matches backed this up. We dominated Blueharts, the Hertfordshire Champions, from the off. The early pressure paid off when Josh Bailey won the ball on the right, slipped the ball to Jake Cushion whose pass to the far post was majestically knocked in by Sam Bingham. Shortly after, Norwich won a short corner. Jake slipped the ball to James Hewitt who calmly took his time to lift the ball over the diving keeper for a 2-0 lead at half time. With Harry Ingham and Tom Spencer keeping us solid at the back, Norwich continued to press in the second half and were unlucky not to win by more.  
 
Norwich continued in the second match against Cambridge (Cambridgeshire Champions) in the same vein. Our first goal came from another short corner. Harry Paterson passed left to James who clinically beat the keeper. The second goal was a solo effort from James who dribbled the ball up the right hand side of the pitch and, when everyone (including the keeper) was expecting the ball to be pulled back, he coolly slid the ball inside the near post. It finished 2-0 to Norwich and could have been more. 
 
Having played two, won two, we had a good chance of qualifying for the finals, but sadly it just wasn’t to be. Norwich moved onto the water-based astro and struggled to adapt to the change in bounce. In a thrilling game Bury scored twice through bouncing mis-hit shortcorners which our defenders just couldn’t stop, as well as one awesome strike. The boys fought back bravely, with one fantastic short-corner goal from Jake Cushion and another from a well-taken Josh Bailey strike. But sadly it was not enough and we lost 3-2. 
 
Our final group game was against Blue Hornets. Against the run of play, BH scored first, with a bouncing short-corner ricocheting off our defender and past Jack Cazier in goal. After that Norwich attacked relentlessly, with Rob Duffy and Tom Spencer firing balls up from the back and Dan Phillips on the right searing past the BH midfield. In a tense game we just couldn’t convert and, with everyone thrown forward, we succumbed to a BH breakway goal for a 2-0 loss. 
 
Sadly, results did not go our way on the day and narrowly coming third in our Group meant we did not go through to the semi-finals. The Championship was ultimately won by Harleston Magpies, who will be representing the East at the National Finals in Cannock HC and we wish them all the best. We should take heart from Harleston’s win, as it shows the strength of Norfolk hockey and we know from the County Championships we are not far behind them. 
 
So, whilst results, and a little bit of luck, did not go our way, the squad has performed extremely well and the boys should be really pleased with what they have acheived. We finished equal 5th in the whole of the East Region, the boys played really well both individually and as a team and they have been a pleasure to coach.  
 
Player of the Tournament: Dan Phillips for continually tormenting the opposition down the right hand flank. 

U12 Girls - East Region Finals, Sunday 15th April
As county champions the girls had high hopes of doing well in this tournament. In new tops and socks they began with a great 1-0 win against Sudbury from Suffolk. In our second game despite having most of the shots at goal we could not find the winning goal and conceded late on to Cambridge 1-0. 
We then faced Blueharts from Herts, again we had most of the possession but Blueharts scored from their only one shot at goal we not needed to win both our final two games and other results to go in our favour to progress. 
The team took on the challenge fantastically and played superb hockey to beat Chelmsford, Essex 8-0, they then defeated top of the table Canterbury, Kent 2-0 with a performance of the day. 
Despite scoring the most and conceding the least it just was not enough. 
This was our final game for the U12 A team having won 4 tournaments in a row without conceding a goal the bit of luck they needed did not arrive. 
 
The magnificent team: 
Maddie Anthony (GK), great saves and strong clearances. 
Evie Wills (defence), consistently strong and powerful clearances. 
Louisa Crabtree (defence), excellent tackling and accurate clearances. 
Abbie Ingham (mid), excellent link up play and great cover tackling. 
Lauren Rowe (forward & captain), powerful attacking and amazing finishing. 
Victoria Findlay (forward), tireless attacking play and great vision with skill. 
Eve Barnes (forward), skilful and deadly in front of the goal. 
Anna Tighe (forward), excellent setting up and great driving skills. 
Well played girls see you in the ladies development team! 
Mandy & John Ingham 
U12 Girls Coaches. 

NORWICH U12 GIRLS ARE COUNTY CHAMPIONS!
The Norwich U12 girls were in awesome form at the county tournament held at Pelicans. The team won all 6 games scoring 23 goals and conceding 0. After winning at the Dragons tournament last week the coaches decided to play a more attacking formation, and it paid off. 
 
They began against Dereham A, and completely dominated possession with chance after chance to score not taken but finally with seconds left Lauren Rowe hit a high ball into the top corner of the net to get us off to a deserved win 1-0. 
 
The second game was going to be the toughest challenge against Pelican A. The girls again started well with early shots. Pelicans also had chances to score but keeper Maddie Anthony made three amazing saves. In the end our possession paid off with a flowing move that resulted in Eve Barnes scoring for another 1-0 win. 
 
The team went into the third game against Magpies A with confidence, once again they had most of the possession and scored early through Anna Tighe. The defence of Louisa Crabtree and Evie Wills did not give Magpies a single chance and we recorded our third 1-0 victory. 
 
Next match was Dereham B, where the Norwich City team were in complete control winning 10-0 with hat tricks for Lauren Rowe and Eve Barnes. 
 
Our fifth game was against Norwich Dragons. The girls again completely outplayed the opposition with Abbie Ingham setting up some excellent flowing moves and Victoria Findlay showed her deadly finishing ability to record a hat trick in a 5-0 win. 
 
The final game was against Pelican Bs, Norwich City knew they had secured the top spot but wanted to go out with a perfect record. They saved their best play until last and with an awesome team display they scored five superb goals record their sixth straight win. 
 
Overall the team played the best hockey of the day and thoroughly deserved the title of County Champions.  
 
Lauren Rowe (Captain) LF (9 goals) 
Maddie Anthony GK 
Evie Wills LB 
Louisa Crabtree RB 
Abbie Ingham CM 
Anna Tighe RF (2 goals) 
Eve Barnes RF (5 goals) 
Victoria Findlay CF (7 goals) 
 
Mandy Ingham 

First Place for U12 Girls at Dragons Tournament

U12s Qualify for Regional Finals!
It was a rainy, cold, early Sunday Morning for the County Championships at Greshams – some things never change! With only four teams in the competition, we knew we had to come out strongly to stand a chance of finishing in the top 2 and qualifying for the Regional Finals in April. 
 
Pelicans was the first, difficult hurdle. Norwich started very brightly and quickly went ahead via a well taken Jake Cushion goal. We continued to press before half-time but couldn’t quite convert our chances. 1-0 up at the break, the coaches urged Norwich to play their hearts out to make sure that we kept the lead. Sure enough the boys delivered, with Rob Duffy and Harry Ingham tackling strongly at the back and keeper Jack Cazier keeping Pelicans at bay. As Norwich continued to surge forward, Sam Bingham passed the ball to Harry Paterson who released a thunderbolt of a shot towards the top of the goal. Somehow the Pelicans keeper got a hand to the ball to keep it out. The ball dropped loose and there was Dan Phillips pouncing to make it 2-0 to Norwich. After that Norwich controlled the game, and the parents watching were delighted with a 2-0 win against strong opposition. 
 
As the spectators and other teams huddled in the gazebos to avoid the heavy rain, our exuberant squad continued to practice until it was time for our second foe, Harleston Magpies. We knew that if we won this match, the Championship would be ours. Magpies started quicker, but after an early attack broke down, the ball was cleared out to Jake Cushion, just inside the Magpies half. Jake dribbled the ball at pace before slipping the ball past the Magpies keeper. 1-0 and the boisterous (but always fair) Norwich City supporters went wild! The game continued, with Norwich looking strong. Shortly after, the ball was pinging around the D, hit a Magpies foot and James Hewitt slotted the ball home. Sadly the whistle had already been blow and the goal didn’t count. Magpies surged forward and won a short corner just as the half time whistle blew. The corner was played and Magpies well struck shot made it 1-1 at half time. 
 
The second half continued at the same frenetic pace, with both teams having chances, and Norwich on top largely due the efforts of our players who were putting everything into the game: Jake Cushion, James Hewitt, Sam Bingham, Dan Phillips and Josh Bailey were all over the pitch and Tom Spencer was a rock in defence. However, against the run of play, Magpies won a second short corner, and with the same routine made it 2-1. Norwich kept fighting, but sadly the whistle went, leaving us very unlucky on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. 
 
Finally, Norwich came up against Dragons. Within a minute Norwich were 1-0 up, with a Josh Bailey cross from right wing being swept in by Harry Paterson. Norwich continued to attack with James Hewitt scoring the second, and a host of opportunities going begging. In the second half, Harry Paterson scored his second, before Josh Bailey scored with a thunderous shot. The team was looking tired by now and some slightly chaotic defending allowed Dragons to get a goal, with the game ending 4-1 to Norwich. 
 
And so Norwich finished second in the tournament, with only that narrowest of defeats against Harleston preventing us being crowned Norfolk Champions. However, we had played extremely well, worked hard and have achieved our aim of reaching the Regional Finals. The coaching team were extremely proud as Jake Cushion led up the brave bedraggled team to receive their pennant and medals from Norman Hart, Umpire Coach. 
 
Player of the Tournament: Despite strong competition from absolutely everybody, player of the tournament goes to Jake Cushion for leading from the front and putting everything into the game. 

U18 Boys Should Subscribe to NetFlix
Despite a valiant second half comeback from 0-3 down, the Norwich City Under-18 lost on penalty flicks to Bury. 
We knew that Bury would be a good team (they lost narrowly to Saffron Walden who then beat Peterborough) so the lads put up an excellent show on a hot afternoon. Captained by Charlie Horn, the team got to the half-time break at 0-0 with play pretty even. A few pieces of individual skill saw Bury get three quick goals but heads didn’t go down: a sharp finish from Rob Meyer followed by two George Anthony penalty flicks got the score back to 3-3. It’s never nice to lose on flicks but we missed two and were very gracious in defeat! Well done to everyone!  
Many thanks to the 7 players for whom this was their last junior match for Norwich City: Charlie Horn, Robert Meyer, James Turner, Johnny Jones, Freddy Hooper, Angus Marshall and Oliver Kennard 

U12 Boys Getting Closer!
Norwich took a strong U12 Boys Squad to the Harleston Magpies Tournament, with the toughest decision being how to choose an A and a B team. In the end, we went largely on age, with the A team being the more experienced boys and the Bs being mostly those new up from U10s this season.  
 
The 9.30 start on a bitterly cold morning in half-term proved too early for some, with players careering in from all corners of East Anglia as some parents woke up late/got lost [delete as appropriate!] and did their best to make the start time. Our first game was the A v B derby, with manager Kerri having her work cut out to find two goalkeepers to allow us to start. An exciting game was end-to-end but finished scoreless, largely due to three super saves by U10 goalkeeper Kieran Myatt on behalf of the B team. 
 
The A team moved on to play Magpies B. We started well but, in playing attacking hockey, we were left exposed at the back and against the run of play, Magpies broke through and easily beat our borrowed keeper No 3. With only ten minutes in each game, Norwich needed to score quickly and surged forward time and again, before James Hewitt drove through the middle and got his shot home. Norwich continued to press with defenders Theo Hinton, Tom Spencer and Rob Duffy pushing forward, but were unable to turn the draw into a win.  
 
Buoyed by the arrival of goalkeeper Jack Cazier, the As continued to improve. We beat Dragons 2-0, through two Joe Flatt goals, the second stemming from a superb driving run by Josh Bailey. Next up was Ipswich. It wasn’t long before Sam Bingham put us 1-0 up with the “Goal of the Day” – a well struck lifted shot into the right-hand cornerof the goal. James Hewitt made it 2-0 to City, before some lax defending allowing Ipswich to score. With the coaches bellowing for more focus on defence and less on attack, the final whistle went for a 2-1 victory.  
 
Norwich As next played Magpies A team, firm favourites for the tournament. For the first five minutes we held them and looked good. However, strong pressure from Magpies eventually paid off, and Norwich were a little guilty of ball-watching as Magpies eventually won 3-0.  
 
Finally we played Thetford, and had all the play. James Hewitt made some good running before putting Josh through for our first. Shortly later, James’s short-corner strike was stopped on the line and the alert Sam Bingham pushed it home from almost 15 cm (they all count!) before Joe Flatt made it 3-0 with another poacher’s goal.  
 
Norwich B’s second game was against Thetford, and a real team performance led to a 4-0 win, with goals from Harry Paterson, Jack Watling, Cameron Cook and Dan Phillips. Next up against Magpies B the team overcame a shaky start thanks to some good defensive work from Yu-Hin Chan, before goals from Cameron and Joe Wales gave us a good 2-0 win.  
 
The B team’s next opponents were Dragons. Cameron kicked off the scoring with two goals, the second coming after a super dribble along the bye-line from Dan Phillips. Harry scored the third with a short corner strike and Joe Wales smartly pushed home the fourth. Finally Jack Watling received the ball in front of goal and cleverly lifted the ball over the sprawling goalkeeper. 5-0 in a ten minute game is pretty impressive. 
 
Finally our young team came up against Magpies A, knowing that if they won, they would win the tournament. Sadly it was a bridge too far and despite holding out for half the game, eventually the dam burst and we lost 4-0. Wise beyond his years, skipper Harry Ingham was philosophical, feeling that the team had performed well across the day. 
 
In the end, out of seven teams, Norwich City B were second and Norwich City A came third. In total, the two Norwich teams won seven, drew three and lost two, and it appears that the gap to Magpies is narrowing. The boys performed really well, earnt their drink at the bar (see photo!) and have given the coaches some tough but welcome selection problems to think about! 
 
Players of the Tournament:  
A team: Josh Bailey for showing real drive and determination and setting a great example for the rest of the team 
B team: Dan Phillips for great running and dribbling down the right wing: “harder to catch than smoke” 
Manager of the Tournament: Kerri for all her hard work in finding goalkeepers for nearly every game and making lots of new friends in the process 

U12 Boys On Fire at Freezing Rudd Tournament
On a bitterly cold Sunday morning, the U12 boys and their dedicated parents met up at Greshams for the Rudd Tournament. We had the benefit of three substitutes so the team orders were to work really hard and take frequent breaks. 
 
Out first match was against Pelicans and Norwich were on top from the off. Several Norwich attacks down the right were snuffed out, so we switched play to the left: Sam Bingham took the ball down the line before rocketing a pass across the D for James Hewitt to convert. Shortly later Joe Flatt got the second, applying dogged determination to get the ball over the line. Harry scored a third with a good shot from the top of the D. It wasn’t all our way, and Pelicans nipped in for a goal before Josh Bailey got our fourth with a well taken goal to give us a 4-1 win. 
 
Against Magpies, Norwich started sharply and had several attacks but couldn’t quite score. After a few minutes, and against the run of play, Magpies seized a lost ball, moved forward and scored. Our heads didn’t drop and we continued to press. It was an even game, with good defending at both ends and some super saves by Jack Cazier in goal keeping us in the match. Eventually the goal came, but sadly to Magpies. The 2-0 win flattered Magpies, whose coach was very complimentary about how well Norwich had played. 
 
Next match was against Dereham. With Rob Duffy making some marauding runs through the middle and Tom Spencer passing forward with awesome power, Norwich were soon on top. Josh started the scoring with a well taken goal from the left hand side. Next Dan ran onto a ball in the D and calmly passed the ball past the keeper into the corner of the goal. The next two goals were well struck shots from the top of the D from Joe and Harry P. 
 
In the second half, Josh scored a great goal from the top of the D. James slotted another, before Sam Bingham converted an awesome solo effort - but sadly it was disallowed due to an earlier infringement. Norwich were not deterred - Harry P came in from the right, hit the post and then quickly netted the rebound with a chip over the keeper for a 7-0 win. 
 
In our last match Norwich seemed to underestimate Dragons. In fact, it was Dragons who nearly scored first, with only a super stop by Harry Ingham on the line keeping us ahead. At half-time we were nil-nil, and the coaches encouraged the team to lift their workrate, keep passing and the goals would come. And so it proved. Harry P got the ball at the top of the D, span round to escape a tackle and slotted the ball home. Next Joe poached a goal in a goal mouth scramble. Harry’s second came when his strike got deflected into the goal off a Dragons defender and finally James Hewitt (I think) swept the final goal home for a 4-0 win. 
 
Meanwhile in a “what happened next” moment, a hard lifted shot from Harry was brilliantly saved in front of goal by one of the Dragon’s defenders. The ball deflected over the cross bar, then over the fence before landing with a sickening crunch on the windscreen of the Dereham coach’s car. Ouch! 
 
And so Norwich finished a close second in the tournament with goals coming so thick and fast that I may not have recorded them all correctly (sorry!). It was really pleasing to see how much the team has improved and it was with great pride that coaches and parents watched the team, led by Skipper Sam Bingham, proudly collect their medals from Graham Britton and Stu Peters.  
 
Player of the Tournament: it was difficult to pick a POTM today as the whole team played brilliantly, but it goes to James Hewitt for his excellent workrate -particularly in getting back to defend.  

One for Sorrow, TWO for JOY - U10 Girls Triumphant
Only two weeks after travelling to Kings Lynn two NCHC U10 girls teams made the trip to Harleston for their club tournament. The Lions were looking to continue their undefeated season. Tilly Mann and Claudia van Poortvliet came into the squad after their performances for the Tigers at Pelicans. With seven teams in the tournament it was going to be a good test of the team’s stamina as well as ability if they were to be successful again.  
 
Dereham were up first and two goals from Rachael Phillips ensured a winning start in an easy if disjointed performance with Dereham not managing a shot on goal in the game. 
 
Pelicans were next and another goal from Rachael gave us a 1-0 win. Again this was not a flowing performance with mistakes being made and chances missed. The team were grateful for a great piece of goal keeping from Verity Wills who saved from a one on one break following two missed defensive tackles on the edge of the “D”. 
 
We found our scoring sticks in the next game against a young Magpies “B” team. The game was played almost entirely in the Magpies half with Verity not touching the ball the entire game. Goals from Maya Barnes(2), Anna Brook(2), Claudia(2) and Tilly gave us a 7-0 win with a number of other clear chances going begging. 
 
Tigers showed that they were playing confidence in the next game and although they did not create any scoring opportunities they tackled and defended well. Goals from Maya and Anna were enough for a 2 -0 Lions victory. 
 
Ipswich provided the opposition in the penultimate game – a game that again saw Verity not touch the ball and all the play in the Ipswich half. Goals from Maya, Claudia and Rachael(2) resulted in a 4-0 scoreline although again this could have been doubled if the numerous chances were converted. 
 
The final game was against Magpies “A” who were also undefeated but had drawn one of their games so the girls knew that avoiding defeat would give them the winners medals. We dominated possession but only had a goal from Maya in the opening two minutes to show this dominance. From their possession Magpies did put pressure on the defence for the really the first time in the tournament but solid defending and strong tackling from Ellyn Roberts and Tilly ensured that Verity was again not called upon to save a shot. 
 
Another tournament victory with a record of 6 wins from 6 games, 17 goals scored and 0 conceded. All the girls played their part in the success but for her all round forward play Anna Brook was player of the tournament. 
 
Team: Verity Wills, Ellyn Roberts, Tilly Mann, Rachael Phillips, Maya Barnes, Claudia van Poortvliet, Anna Brook 
 
 
Ian Roberts  
 

U12 Girls B Team Fight Fiercely for Fifth
What a pleasure it was to look after the Norwich Under 12 Girls B today - the epitomy of being a very good "team". They are a happy and commited bunch - with great prospects as seven of the nine girls are still under 12 next year. Our goalkeeper Amelia Ellis-Baumber was dependable when called upon -which wasn't that often with the superb defence of Ellie Pitcher, Rebecca Gaffney & Emily Rash. Emily Rash's remarkable recovery and triple goal saving interception against Ipswich deserves special mention. Midfielders Molly Crabtree, Grace Kidner, Anja Wimmer & Lydia Ellis-Baumber worked effectively and tirelessly to the end. Upfront Eve Barnes with the pace and skill to frighten any defence - scoring a last gasp goal to secure a deserved draw against the eventual winners Ipswich B and a solo winner against Norwich A to the delight of half the Norwich supporters.They ALL gave their best and very much enjoyed the last match! Thank you and very well done.  
 
For the record: Played 9, Won 5, Drew 3, Lost 1 
 
v Magpies A Drew 0:0 
v Watton Won 3:0 (Eve Barnes 2, Rebecca Gaffney) 
v Dereham Won 3:0 (Grace Kidner 2, Eve Barnes) 
v Magpies B Won 1:0 (Grace Kidner) 
v Pelicans Lost 3:1 (Eve Barnes) 
v Dragons Drew 0:0 
v Ipswich A Won 1:0 (Eve Barnes) 
v Ipswich B Drew 1:1 (Eve Barnes) 
v Norwich Won 1:0 (Eve Barnes) 
 
David Kidner

Girls U12A Team Take Silver at Magpies
What a lovely Sunday morning - crispy cold yet the sun was out, a perfect day for a hockey tournament for both players and spectators! 
 
The 'A' team had a squad of 8 players who were (in alphabetical order): 
Maddie Anthony - self motivated solid goalie 
Megan Conway - reliable defender and attacker 
Louisa Crabtree - consistent solid defender 
Victoria Findlay - steady and consistent striker 
Abbie Ingham - steady feeder and crosser 
Anna Tighe - consistent feeder and crosser  
Lauren Rowe - all rounder and big hitter 
Evie Wills - solid defender 
 
A strong team indeed, as each and every one of these girls bought their own special skills to the hockey pitch. On paper we looked extremely unbeatable, especially watching them play, it seriously bought back memories of them in 2010 winning the U10 Yazoo East Regional Championships, but due to this being the only day that the girls had actually played hockey together since then I must admit I was a bit nervous for them! We did not have the best of starts but after the first three games we soon settled down and started to play like the team they used to be - but older! 
 
Scores were: 
Ipswich B Loss 1-2 
Ipswich A Won 1-0 
Magpies Draw 0-0 
Watton Won 5-0 
Dereham Won 2-0 
Magpies B Won 3-0 
Pelicans Won 2-0 
Dragons Won 3-0 
Norwich City B Loss 0-1 
 
On the whole, the very NEW 'A' team fought a good fight, and all goals scored were not just taps-in over the line (although a goal is a goal) they were amazing, in fact most were like bullets! Our defenders played so well that most of the opposition found it really hard to even get into their own attacking D. 
 
Mandy Ingham 

U10 Girls Sail High in Kings Lynn
After the success of our own tournament we again had two teams in the Pelicans tournament with 16 girls making the trip to Kings Lynn. 
 
Norwich Lions started against Pelicans and were soon on top with a goal from Maya Barnes. They continued to dominate the game and scored further goals from Victoria Garson and Amy Barker on her club debut to give a 3 – 0 scoreline.  
 
Norwich Tigers faced Dereham in their first game. Very few goal scoring chances were created by either side and the game finished 0 – 0. 
 
The next game was between Lions and Tigers. Lions again dominated the possession and created several chances but found the “on loan” Pelicans keeper and Tilly Mann, Emily Spencer and Emily Bloom in the Tigers defence on form. The deadlock was eventually broken with a goal for Rachael Phillips to give Lions a narrow 1 – 0 win. 
 
Tigers were next up against Pelicans. Again defences were on top with Tilly again looking solid with Verity Wills in goal showing her developing ability in that position. Claudia van Poortvliet showed good skills in creating a chance for Emily Bloom which went narrowly wide as the game ended 0 – 0. 
 
Lions faced Dereham and for the first time in the tournament were put under pressure with Rachael and Ellyn Roberts having to make tackles to prevent Dereham creating any clear chances. Verity was tested on a couple of occasions and kept another clean sheet. Anna Brook scored the all important goal to give Lions a 1 – 0 win although enough possession was held to have given the score a more healthy look. 
 
Both teams had to face Magpies in their last games. Lions were first up and scored early on with a goal from Rachael. They continued to enjoy the majority of the play but again Verity had to be alert to clear from Magpies attacks. Anna scored a second goal and again chances were created to have put the game beyond doubt – as it was it finished 2 – 0 to give Lions a 100% record with seven goals scored and four clean sheets. 
 
Tigers put up a great defensive display in their game with the outstanding Tilly Mann and Verity Wills dealing with most Magpies attacks. Every player involved gave top performances and another clean sheet was maintained. Even though no goals were scored the team were not over run and 3 draws and a narrow defeat was a good outcome for this inexperienced team. 
 
Rachael Phillips was the Lions and Tilly Mann the Tigers players of the tournament. In addition Verity Wills must get special mention for playing in 7 of the 8 games and keeping a clean sheet in every one. 
 
Lions: Verity Wills, Ellyn Roberts, Victoria Garson, Rachael Phillips, Maya Barnes, Anna Brook, Sze Chit Chan, Amy Barker, Elsa Scott 
 
Tigers: Verity Wills, Tilly Mann, Emily Spencer, Claudia van Poortvliet, Amelie Hitchings, Jess Loose, Emily Bloom, Ella Bartram  
 
Ian Roberts and Geoff Spencer 

U12 Boys in the Medals at Pelicans Tournament
With several players at the JDC or on holiday, we sent a relatively inexperienced team up to the Pelicans U12 tournament – five of the eight boys had only moved up from U10s this season. However, they did the Club proud! 
 
Our first game was against Watton and we struggled initially to break them down – in fact it was only some solid tackling from Yu-Hin Chan and Harry Ingham in defence that kept us in the game. However, after a few minutes our boys got going and we fired off a number of shots only for each to be saved by the keeper. The breakthrough came from a Cameron Cook strike from the top of the D which was well saved by the keeper. The rebound reached Harry Paterson who rocketed a shot over the outstretched keeper’s leg into the far corner. Norwich had all the attacking after this and our second goal came from a powerful Cameron strike off a short corner for a 2-0 win and a great start. 
 
We continued in the same vein against Dragons, with some beautiful hockey played: Dougie Tomlinson and Jo Wales battled hard for the ball in midfield, Dan Phillips and Harry P exchanged passes up the right and Cameron was a constant threat up front. We missed a number of chances until we won another short corner and Cameron scored a carbon copy of his earlier goal for a good 1-0 win. 
 
Next against Pelicans, we started off well and the match looked evenly balanced. We missed a couple of opportunities before a through ball from Pelicans found one of their players unmarked in front of goal and we were suddenly 1-0 down. It was here that the team’s inexperience showed a little: our heads dropped, we were less confident on the ball and Pelicans took full advantage – we lost the game 4-0 but, had we snatched the first goal, we probably would have won. 
 
And finally Magpies, the eventual tournament winners: we battled hard and our superkeeper, Jack Cazier, re-found his normal robust style of play. However, Magpies were just too strong and we failed to clear our lines quickly or strongly enough, eventually losing 4-0 in a tough game.  
 
Overall Norwich came a respectable third in the competition. Whilst the boys were disappointed, they shouldn’t be: for much of the afternoon the team had played really well and there were some great individual performances. From a coach’s perspective, you learn more from the games you lose than those you win, so we will be working on keeping our heads and shape when we are losing, marking strongly and clearing our lines. Fortunately these are not difficult to address and the team will come back stronger!  
 
Player of the Tournament: Harry Paterson, for his high work rate throughout and visionary passing. 
Most Improved Player: Yu-Hin Chan, who was a revelation in defence with some great tackling and interceptions.

U10 Mixed Team Conquer Suffolk
An email from Sarah: fancy taking an U10’s mixed team to a tournament at Ipswich HC on the 25th September? “Seems like a good idea” replied Colin – so it was that we were enjoying the pleasures of the A140 on a sunny Sunday morning with five U10 boys and 4 girls who had never played together as a team before. 
 
Our first game was against Ipswich ‘A’ team who, we were told, play mixed hockey at this age group as the norm. As expected, it took the team time to get used to each others game and for the boys to realise that the girls could actually play!! Several chances were created but not taken and good defending by Norwich resulted in a creditable 0-0 draw.  
 
Next up were Sudbury ‘B’s and we began to play together as a team creating chances with goals coming from Rachael Phillips, Kieran Myatt, George Harrad, Tom Bailey and Maya Barnes to give us a 5-0 win which could have been doubled but for a fine performance from the Sudbury keeper. Verity Wills, Ellyn Roberts, Maya and Rachael all realised that they could compete with the boys and came out of their shells in this game. 
 
We went into the final game against Bury St Edmunds ‘B’s, knowing that we needed to win by 5 goals to top the group after Ipswich had beaten Sudbury 9-0. We attacked from the start and with the exception of a couple of breaks from Bury, which were dealt with easily by Ellyn Roberts and Daniel Byrne in defence, we spent the game in the Bury half. Unfortunately, we could only score four goals with 2 a piece for George and Tom which meant that we had to play the winners of the other group to reach the final.  
 
Sudbury ‘A’s were our opponents in the semi final. Again we played much of the game in Sudbury’s half but were restricted to half chances by good defending. At the other end Michael Milne-Brown in goal had to be alert on a couple of occasions to deal with Sudbury attacks. With around two minutes of the match remaining the score was still 0-0 although we had the advantage of 2 short corners. Rachael, who again covered every blade of Astroturf, won possession from one of the Sudbury boys and got the ball to Tom in the right hand corner – he drove the ball across the area and George was there to flick the ball in - 1-0 to Norwich and we were in the final to meet Ipswich ‘A’s again. 
 
We started the final confidently and had much of the play but Ipswich were competing and looked dangerous on the break. From one of these breaks Daniel won a tackle inside his own half and took the ball forward before passing 30 meters to George on the left – he took the ball on and passed into the area to Tom who beat a defender before scoring – the goal of the tournament which demonstrated how well we were playing as a team. Michael was then called upon to make a vital save to preserve our advantage as Ipswich pressed with again Daniel and Ellyn looking strong in defence winning a number of important tackles. We kept attacking and another good series of passes around the area gave George a chance which he took well to give us a 2-0 lead. Verity, Maya, Kieran and Rachael all played a significant part in the game and gave 100% - we were the champions! 
 
Everybody agreed what a great experience it was for the players who really gelled as a team after that first game – we played 5 games without conceding a goal against experienced teams, all of whom play mixed hockey on a regular basis and all the players should be extremely proud of their performances – it would be unfair to single any one player out for player of the tournament as this was a real team show in every game. 
 
Talking afterwards the consensus was that we should try to do more of these mixed games, certainly during the season on a Sunday morning with “in club” games and consider an inter club tournament later in the season. 
 
Colin Brown (U10 boys) and Ian Roberts (U10 girls) 

U10 Boys Snatch Well Deserved Silver
The first of the Mini Club tournaments provided a great opportunity for the new U10 crop of boys to gain some valuable experience in match play. With just Magpies and Pelicans able to enter teams, each team was played twice. The Norwich squad was Michael Milne-Brown, Daniel Byrne, James Parsons, Keiran Limb, Kieran Myatt, Tom Bailey, Tom Gourlay, George Harrad, Rio Iaccarino and Monty Platt 
 
The first match against Magpies resulted in a 0:0 draw with strong performances from the whole team in an end-to-end encounter with neither team able to convert some good approach play into goals. Tom Gourlay's industrious efforts on the left earned him man of the match. 
 
Against Pelicans, the Norwich defence were severely tested throughout the match, but were able to hold out until the end after two great saves from 'keeper Michael Milne-Brown, earning him man of the match. The whole team's performance in this game turned out to be particularly good when it was realised that the Pelicans team we had played were actually the under 12s! 
 
The repeat match against Magpies resulted in a 2:0 loss for Norwich and a painful injury for Tom Gourlay. Kieran Myatt's defensive efforts earned him man of the match with the remainder of the team rallying well from the two early goals, but ultimately unable to pull a goal back. 
 
The final match against the correct Pelicans team brought a deserved win for the team with Keiran Limb scoring the winning goal after relentless pressure from Norwich. Keiran was awarded man of the match for both the goal and his tireless efforts on the left wing. 
 
Overall Norwich were placed second and more importantly, learned a great deal about tournament hockey and had fun doing it. Whilst it is very difficult to single out individual performances when all the squad played well, the coaches settled on George Harrad as player of the tournament for his incredible workrate throughout. 
 
 

U12 Green Goddesses Gun for Gold in Mini Tournamen
U12 Green Goddesses Gunning for Gold in First Mini Club Tournament of Season 
 
1st match v PELICANS (0-1) 
Although we started off really well, in the middle of the game Pelicans made a clean break and scored a goal, so unfortunately despite a good first performance we just lost. 
 
2nd match v NCHC Blues (0-0)  
We managed to come away with a goal-less draw only because we knew the opposition very well and our defenders knew what they had to do to keep the scores low. Well done to Lydia, Rebecca & Ellie. 
 
3rd match v MAGPIES A (0-1) 
This was our toughest game of the day; we had to work very hard but only conceded a single goal. The whole team fought off constant attacks. We had the odd attack but they were just too much for us on this occasion – next time we hope to improve the result!  
 
4th match v DEREHAM (0-0) 
Eve Barnes missed out on two goals after some great dribbling down the pitch, and Grace Kidner blasted a ball at goal but missed by only a millimetre. Norwich had the most possession and we were permanently attacking. The score-line does not adequately describe the heart-stopping game this was. Well done girls!  
 
5th match v NORWICH CITY Yellows (3-0) 
We won this match due to a great team effort, our defenders Rebecca Gaffney, Ellie Pitcher & Emily Rash kept intercepting their attackers and feeding our mid Lydia Ellis-Baumber who then in turn passed to Eve Barnes and then to Grace Kidner. Grace scored all 3 of our goals! 
 
6th match v MAGPIES B (1-0) 
Our final match and the girls worked so hard managing to claim another win. This time Eve Barnes was on a mission to score and it worked! The whole team played in this and the defenders rolled-around. They were really positive and worked well together. All defenders and attackers fought the whole way until the final whistle. 
 
A big thank you to the girls for their great effort today! In the end we came 4th in the tournament, not bad for a team who is not use to playing together, it took a few games to gel but when we did we were fabulous. Everyone contributed to each game in their own way and here are the team contributions: 
 
Eve Barnes – Attacker, never gives up, goal scorer. 
Amelia Ellis-Baumber – Calm Goal Keeper. 
Lydia Ellis-Baumber – Calm defender & big hitter! 
Rebecca Gaffney – Solid defender. 
Grace Kidner – Tournament Captain, Attacker & goal scorer 
Emily Rash – Solid defender. 
Ellie Pitcher – Solid defender 
Anja Wimmer – Attacker and great cross passing in the D. 
 
 

Under 12s Promising Start to 2011/12 Season
As it was so early in the season, the coaches decided to use the tournament to give all our available U12 players matchtime and we put in two reasonably even teams - the Norwich Knights and the City Wizards. 
 
In contrast, Magpies put out their Norfolk Championship side from the previous season, so it was always going to be a tough start for the Knights to face them in the first game. And so it proved, with the Knights looking rusty after a long summer off and without their “game heads” on. Only Jack Cazier in goal kept the score down to 8-0 and, even worse, Harry Paterson had to be carried off after receiving a direct hit to the ankle and couldn't take part in the rest of the tournament. 
 
However, the defeat woke the Knights up and after that they got stronger with every game. We were the better team against Red Dragons, but couldn't manage to find the goal in a 0-0 thriller. Josh Bailey scored the winning goal against North Walsham with a goal from an impossible angle and probably should have had a hat-trick, hitting the post and narrowly missing a couple more. We went on to beat Green Dragons 2-0, again with Josh scoring. By then the midfield was working well with Josh, Sam Bingham, Daniel Phillips and Theo Hinton covering lots of ground and passing well. At the back Jack Watling and Yu-Hin Chan were very solid, getting in crucial touches to prevent the opposition scoring, and Alex Pollard acquitted himself well as a utility player. 
 
Next up was the Knights vs Wizards derby - a really even game with attacks both ends. The game ended in controversy with the Knights letting the ball go behind for their 16 yard hit and the Wizards carried on with Joe Flatt pushing the ball into the goal, which the umpires confirmed, giving a 1-0 win to Wizards. The Knights felt somewhat hard done by, but fortunately it made no difference to the tournament result. Finally the Knights played Pelicans, and with goals from Dan Phillips and Theo Hinton, won 2-0 in a very convincing manner. 
 
The Wizards started with a 2-1 win against Pelicans. We had most of the possession and at 1-0 up looked in total control. Pelicans, however, scored a breakaway equaliser leaving little time for us to fight back. Fortunately Joe Flatt finished a good move involving Will Sutcliffe to score his second goal of the match. The second game saw the Wizards dominate against North Walsham with Will finishing well to score 2 goals. Will scored his third goal in the 1-0 win over the Green Dragons, which saw good midfield work from Dougie Tomlinson and Lee Allsop. Next we beat Red Dragons 2-0 with both James Hewett and Joe Flatt scoring and an excellent contribution from Rob Duffy in midfield.  
 
So, magically, the Wizards had won all their six games, with the final game against Magpies deciding the winners of the tournament. Despite valiant efforts from Harry Ingham and Tom Spencer in defence and support from the midfield, the result was never really in doubt once the Magpie goal machine got into gear and, despite a number of quality saves from Jack Cazier, the result finished as a 7-0 defeat. 
 
At the end of the tournament, out of seven teams, the Magpies came a very convincing and deserved first, City Wizards a spellbinding second and Norwich Knights a valiant third. Given this was only the second hockey game of the season and some of our players were new to U12s and relatively inexperienced, this was a great result. It has also given the coaches a better understanding of the relative strengths of all our players and the things we need to work on over the next few weeks in training. So all in all, lots of fun, a successful day and the promise of a good season ahead. 
 
Player of the Tournament: Jack Cazier for goalkeeping for both teams and making some absolutely superb saves 
Knights Outfield Player of the Tournament: Sam Bingham for working tirelessly and effectively in mid-field 
Wizards Outfield Player of the Tournament: Joe Flatt for scoring 4 goals from a midfield position 
 
Al Paterson & Geoff Spencer

U12 Boys Proud Performances at East Finals...
Despite finishing third in the Norfolk finals the team was invited to still represent Norfolk in the East Finals on Sunday 17th April at Harleston. 
 
This was always going to be a great experience for the boys to be a part of, playing teams wider across the East of England, teams that the boys have never had the chance to play before. 
 
Our day started against Old Loughtonians, once of the most famous clubs in the East with their many years of Mens and Ladies National League experience, so likely to be a tough encounter. The coach remained calm and left the boys to battle into the unknown none the wiser, hoping that they would not be phased about who they were up against. It was a shock start as Norwich City launched the early attacks and soon George Brine found himself on his favourite reverse stick (!) to fire home the opener from close range, 1-0 ahead. Then a well worked short corner routine allowed Sam Paterson to dance around the first runner and fire in from the close range, 2-0 ahead (blimey!). The Old Loughts coach was clearly concerned and the noise levels rapidly increased as he tried to get his team back into the game. A few excellent runs from Old Loughts soon brought them back into the game, bringing it to a 2-2 a piece at half time. The second half was a good battle both ends, both keepers making some fine saves from varying angles. It was late in the half when Old Loughts got their third and pushed 2-3 ahead. With almost time at an end Norwich pushed forward for the equaliser, only to conceed posession and the opportunity quickly came the other end for Old Loughts to score a break away goal, leaving it 2-4 at the final whistle. Almost a shock opening result and Norwich supporters amazed by how well they had played against such strong oposition (who went on to be unbeaten and win the entire event to become East Champions!). 
 
Our next fixture was against Saffron Walden, a quick change of socks into black to void the clashe, and hoping that the passing wouldn't start to go astray as we found passes to yellow socks insteads of yellow and green shirts. A more balanced game and both teams began strong with action in both circles for the goalkeepers to deal with. It was George Brine who swung the balance in City's favour as he opened the scoring with a great solo finish. Sam Paterson shortly followed up with a great run and a hit from the top of the circle into the bottom corner. The score line remained at 2-0 for Norwich, and with the attacks from Saffron Walden being picked up well by Fred Anthony, Josh Bailey and Tom Ling at the heart of the City defence, Jack Cazier behind them in the goal seeing all chances cleared with seaming ease. A victory at the final whistle 2-0 to Norwich. 
 
Then it was on to Essex club Maldon, a team we knew nothing about but Essex and Kent normally one of the stronger areas of the East region to contend with. The first half was hard faught, this time the opposition goalkeeper (son of ex-Wanderer super star Phil Aspinal) was on fine form and stopping every opportunity that City were firing at him. It was just before the half time whistle when George Brine managed to break the deadlock and slotted from close range into the far corner. The second half continued in City's favour, pretty much camped in the Maldon half of the pitch, but again Aspinal in the Maldon goal getting his feet to everything. George soon got his second with a great strike from the top of the circle, a fine finish. And with minutes to go George got his hat-trick goal with great interplay from Sam Paterson and Sam Bingham in midfield laying it through to George to finish from close range. Another victory, 3-0, and yet another clean sheet for City's defence. 
 
The last of the preliminary matches was against Bury St Edmunds, last years winners of this event, so obviously a team to watch out for. And knowing that a victory in this match would see Norwich City U12 boys progress into the last 6 of the tournament (15 starting in the event) and on into the playoffs. The game began well balanced, both teams playing great hockey, but a dart through midfield, linking with Sam Bingham, Jake Cushion and Joe Wales beside him, it was Sam Paterson who opened the scoring, a well struck shot from just inside the circle giving the keeper no chance. This seemed to give the City boys belief and they continued to improve, playing the ball amongst themselves with ease and great passing and moving all over the pitch. The last goal fell to George Brine, another 1-on-1 opportunity for him to slot into the bottom corner. A victory of 2-0 at the final whistle, and clean sheets in their previous three fixtures, but more importantly a place in the last 6 of the event, an achievement nobody had come with such a high expectation. 
 
The last 6 play offs consisted of the winners and runners up in all three groups, and was a delight to see all three Norfolk sides in that last 6, Norwich City, Harleston Magpies and Pelicans, a great achievement for the county and showing how strong we are to take 3 of the last slots. 
 
The play offs would see us take on Cambridge City, Sudbury and local rivals Pelicans, a true battle was upon us against such strong opposition and in what was starting to be alot of hockey (the majority of the boys already playing the day before was clearly taking its toll). 
 
As you can tell the coach is trying to set up the excuses for what was to come, and the boys just seemed to not play as well as they had done so far, and with the first game slipping away to Pelicans 3-0, the end of the day was looking not far away. The next result fell to Sudbury, 2-0, a game which the boys could have easily won, but they did seem to be flagging, and back to back games after Pelicans was definately not a good thing. Then a loss of 1-0 to Cambridge City ended the days proceedings. 
 
BUT, without dwelling on the play off round, the boys did fantastically well, placed third in the Norfolk Campionships and competing in the East Finals was such an achievement, let alone making it through to the final 6 teams for the play offs was a remarkable outcome to the day. Everybody played so well, the boys playing such great hockey for the majority of it, and clearly a peak performance on the season as a whole. 
 
The eventual winners were Old Loughtonians who went on to play and beat Pelicans in the final, both of which had given Norwich City fine games in previous rounds. 
 
A great squad performance from all, Fred Anthony, Josh Bailey and Tom Ling in the heart of the defence, with Jack Cazier performing so well in goal. Sam Paterson, Sam Bingham, Jake Cushion and Joe Wales working so hard in midfield, and George Brine working tirelessly up front. 
 
A great finish to the season, a weekend packed of hockey, winning the Pelicans tournament on the Saturday and then getting to where they did in the East Finals on the Sunday must be seen as a proud way to conclude any year of hockey. 
 
Well done to all those who played, BE VERY PROUD OF WHAT YOU ACHIEVED, great assistance from Al Paterson as always on the Sunday, and look forward to seeing the boys again next season, albeit time for me to move onwards as George steps into the world of Development Hockey. 
 
Pies (Coach)

Norwich City Boys U12s win Pelicans Tournament...
On Saturday 16th April the U12 boys took part in the Pelicans Tournament, a great warm up for the East Finals the follow day at Harleston. 
 
With usual suspects Harleston Magpies neglecting to enter a team it was a great opportunity for Norwich to finish their U12 season on a high note. 
 
The first game was against Watton, and with the usual slow start expectations of City, they needed to be alert to make sure they kept their chances alive by a good first match performance. Watton having a good strong side made it a tight first half, with chances for both teams to open the scoring. It was a great strike into the roof of the net from Sam Paterson to open the scoring, and this seemed to kick start Norwich to up their game. George Brine soon scored the second with a reverse stick strike, and Sam Paterson finished up with a great converted short corner (victory 3-0 vs Watton).  
 
The second was against Pelicans, our hosts, and having got off to a good start it wasn't long before we started to rattle in the goals. Joe Wales starting with a great finish at the far post, George Brine finishing a good solo run, George Brine working well with Sam Paterson to open the Pelicans defence for George's second, Josh Bailey sweeping in high into the net and soon afterwards with a near post finish, and a final goal for Sam Paterson from another well worked short corner routine (victory 6-0 vs Pelicans). 
 
The last game was against Dragons, a result we should win and secure the tournament victory. Again a great start and this time tournament captain Sam Bingham picked up a great cross and slotted from close range, then Sam Paterson rattled in another, Josh Bailey on a great run at goal for another, Sam Paterson again from a great worked short corner, Josh Bailey getting another through great pace from midfield, and Sam Bingham concluding the scoring with a well struck goal from just inside the circle (victory 6-0 vs Dragons). 
 
A convincing day of hockey, yet again Jack Cazier saving everything put his way, and great work in defence by Fred Anthony, Will Kidner and Alfred Kidner. Good inter-play along the midfield of Samp Paterson, Sam Bingham, Joe Wales and Josh Bailey, playing great passing and moving at times. And solo striker George Brine, linking well with his midfield and making a menace of himself for the opposing defenders. 
 
A great conclusion to mini hockey for this season, and with some moving on to the development team next season, and the others staying to fight another year at U12s, what a great way to finish. 
 
As always a pleasure to be able to work with the U12 boys and best of luck for those remaining with the U12 next season. A final thank you to Al Paterson and Geoff Spencer for their assistance all season on the coaching side, and great that both of them can remain involved with the U12s again next season, welcoming in the new faces from the U10s.  
 
Best of luck to everybody with their future hockey - some excellent talent amongst every one of them, a great future ahead for the club as they progress onwards and upwards... 
 
Pies (Coach)

Norwich City Boys U10s are East Region Runners-Up!
After winning five tournaments out of five this season, the Norwich City U10 Boys team turned up as Norfolk Champions at the East Finals with a sense of excitement. It was going to be a long day, with seven teams playing in a round robin. 
 
First up were Bury St Edmonds. Norwich started brightly and it wasn’t long before Jack van Poortvliet deflected in a corner for the first goal. Cameron Cook added two more, including one lovely piece of skill, before Harry Paterson lifted the fourth into the net. With the job done, City switched off slightly, allowing Bury to come through the middle. Two Norwich players went for the same tackle and the ball bounced free to an unmarked Bury player, leaving Michael Milne-Brown in goal with no chance. But whilst we don't like to concede, a 4-1 win over the Suffolk champions was a great start to the campaign. 
 
Next up, against Cambridge, Norwich dominated throughout. Cameron Cook scored a hatrick, as did Harry Paterson, with Daniel Phillips scoring one for a conclusive 7-0 win. Norwich continued strongly by beating Saffron Walden, the Cambridgeshire champions, 6-0, with five from Cameron and Daniel a lovely solo goal. By now it was extremely hot and the boys were ordered to remove their thermals and take on some water! 
 
It was clear from the results that the last three opponents would be the hardest. First of all, Harleston Magpies, who have been getting better all season. However, Norwich played well with, the defence of Tom Bailey, Jack Watling and George Harrad holding firm and the midfield dominating. In the end Norwich won 3-0 (Cook, Jack vP and one own goal off Daniel’s cross). 
 
Next it was Hertford who had beaten Magpies earlier in the competition. Some good scouting had identified Hertford had scored most of their goals from a short corner routine, where the ball was played back to the injector to score, so we gave Harry the job of spoiling the move. The tactic worked a dream, much to Hertford's consternation and with that threat eliminated, Norwich were able to take control of the game. Dan opened the scoring, Cameron got another hat-trick and George Harrad popped up for the fifth – 5-0! 
 
And so to the last match. Both Blue Hornets, the Essex Champions, and Norwich had won five games out of five and everything was riding on the game. With our superior goals scored and goal difference, a draw would be good enough. With a large and lively crowd watching, Norwich started strongly, but were knocked back when Blue Hornets scored twice within the first three minutes. Both goals were fast breaks through the middle and Norwich weren't alert to the threat. Lesser teams would have folded, but not this group of Norwich boys. They fought back strongly, piling the pressure on, and just before half time Harry managed to get the ball home. 2-1! The second half continued in a similar manner. Norwich had all the ball and were trying desperately to get the one goal they needed to be Regional Champions. However, the eight minutes passed too quickly, and we couldn't quite convert. The Boys were very disappointed, but it was a good final and Blue Hornets were worthy opponents. Norwich were cheered off by both our own and Blue Hornets supporters after an excellent match.  
 
So, in the end we finished runners up in the East Finals and the boys were very disappointed. However, to come second in the East of England is something to be proud of and the Boys will be stronger as a result.  
 
It has been a great season for the U10 Boys. In six tournaments, their record is: played 26, won 23, drawn 2 and lost 1. Goals for 111, against 5. This team have a great future ahead of them. 
 
Both Colin and I would like to thank all the parents for their support throughout the season, but most of all to the boys for being such a pleasure to coach and making our job very easy and enjoyable! 
 
Al Paterson 
 
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U10 Boys "youth" team do us proud at Pelicans
The Pelicans Tournament 2011 saw Norwich City field a young U10’s team. With only three players destined for the U12’s next season it was an opportunity for the rest of the boys to gain that all important match experience before next year. There was a low turn-out therefore the two teams, Pelicans and Norwich City, would play each other twice. 
 
The first game was a very close affair with Pelicans winning 1-0, but they had to fight for the win. It took a while for the Norwich boys to get into their stride during the first half but, due to the agility of Matthew Fish in goal and the dogged determination of Yu-Hin Chan, it remained all even at half time. The second half was a totally different game, Norwich had the upper hand with James Parsons, Kieran Limb and Kieran Myatt working the pitch well up front and doing everything they could to try and get a goal, but unfortunately they just couldn’t get it in. Norwich were caught unawares by one of the few Pelicans breaks and despite the strong defence of Gus Sanders and Tom Gourley, Pelicans scored and the final whistle blew. 
 
The boys performed very well in the second game albeit this is not reflected by the 3-0 score to Pelicans. The passing improved tremendously during the course of the two matches with their accuracy getting better with every touch. This game saw Yu-Hin Chan perform ‘out of his socks’, he was strong and rallied the team showing his strength as a player. Alex Pollard took on a role in defence and put in some very important tackles. Again the trio up front worked well together but were just missing the final shot. Matthew Fish proved that he is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to goalkeeping and should do well in the U12’s next season. It was a very warm day and the boys should be proud of their achievement, they played well as a team and should do well in the season ahead. 
 
This tournament saw Hing Kai Chan and Simon Parsons manage the team as Al and Colin were away with the other U10’s team. I am sure the boys would like to thank Hing Kai and Simon for their help, especially Simon who gave the team talks. The talks were very informative and technical, not sure how much the boys took in or understood but Simon seemed enthusiastic!

Norwich City U12s Boys at Dereham
The weekends of tournaments continued and this time the U12 boys went over to Dereham to play in their Alex Hill Memorial minis tournament. With a few of the regular faces away playing in the U13 JAC tournament it was a great opportunity for some of the less regular players to get an opportunity to play. Up stepped debutants Tom Ling, Lee Allsop and out of goal for the first time Fred Anthony. 
 
The tournament started brightly as Norwich took on the host team, Dereham, with Sam Tomlinson leading the way as team captain with a solo reverse stick flick high above the goalkeeper from close range. Sam Bingham scored the second goal, a great team play moving the ball forward, with the final pass finding Sam at the far post for a sweep high into the roof of the net. A 2-0 victory to get them off to a flying start. 
 
With only 10 minute games it was always going to be a quick dash to get ahead in these games, the next game was against Pelicans B, a team who played well in defence, lots of numbers, and Norwich struggling to find the passes to get around them. Joe Wales opened the scoring in this match, a seized opportunity by snatching a shot at a lose ball in the circle. A moment of lapse in concentration saw Pelicans B score the equaliser when they broke down a City attack and the turn around gave them extra numbers against an out of position midfield and defence. The final hooter went and Norwich had secured more valuable points with a score-draw. 
 
Then came Watton, and this match was the "Josh Bailey Show" as Josh managed to use his skill and pace numerous times to carve through the Watton defence, using great technique to get around the back time and time again. The first goal was scored from close range in at the near post by Josh, the second from just inside the circle by Josh, and yes his hatrick was concluded with a great strike from the top of the circle (Sam Tomlinson ushering the ball in without needing to take the touch to take it away from Josh). 
 
The next two game was against Magpies and it looked as though it was going to be an even match, however ex-City boy Kieran Peters was soon to upset the balance of play by his instrumental involvement in their opening goal. Magpies weathered the storm from the subsequent City attacks, but there was just enough time for Magpies to score a couple more goals before the end of play, 3-0 loss to Magpies. 
 
Tournament leaders, Pelicans A, were next up, and playing with their strongest team they have had all season this was clearly going to be a challenge for Norwich. Despite a strategy of marking their key players tightly, the goals began to go Pelicans way, rattling in 5 goals in total to give Pelicans a 5-0 victory. 
 
The last game was against Dragons, and the packed scheduled was obviously taking it out of the boys, showing tired legs as the game progressed. Dragons put on the finest performance we had yet to see from them, with ex-City player Mark Savill playing very well for the opposition in the heart of their midfield. The Dragons defended in numbers, conceeding any attacking play in the Norwich end of the pitch, but stopping any of the City attacks. Some great goalkeeping and last ditch saves by their goalkeeper made this game look like a scoreless draw. However, with 10 seconds left on the clock, Josh Bailey managed to break through and fired a shot goalbound, Sam Tomlinson ushering this one over the line, making 100% certain by giving it an extra touch. A tight victory, winning 1-0. 
 
So, the points were added up and the team were awarded a very respectable third place, a result to be proud of considering how well they had played, and with excellent passing and moving to create "team goals". 
 
A quick well done to the entire team on how they played, and a very special mention to Tom, Lee and Fred for putting in fine debut performances, none of them looking out of place, all working hard and playing the roles asked of them. 
 
Pies (Coach)

Norwich City U10s at Dereham
Norwich City put two teams into the Alex Hill Memorial Tournament at Dereham, the A team being made up of the “old hands” and the Bs largely consisting of younger players who had not played in a tournament before. 
 
The A team had the spectators on the edge of their seats in the first match against Pelicans. The boys won short corner after short corner without converting and it was only seconds before the hooter that Harry Paterson managed to push the ball home for a 1-0 victory. Next up was the Norwich City derby: despite the B team’s valiant defence and the barracking from their parents, the As were not to be stopped. The score was 7-0 – Cameron Cook 5, Daniel Phillips 1, Paterson 1. 
 
Against Dereham, the As were back to their best , and won 7-0, with goals from Phillips 4, Cook, George Harrad and Paterson. Pick of the bunch was a solo effort from Daniel Phillips where he dribbled from the halfway line through the Dereham defence to score. The As beat Harleston B team 6 – 0 (Paterson 4, Harrad 2), then completed their whitewash with a 3-0 win against Harleston As (Paterson 2, Phillips). Whilst the results appear one-sided, our defence of Tom Bailey, Daniel Byrne and Michael Milne-Brown had to remain alert throughout to snuff out any opposition breaks. This was the A team’s fifth tournament win this season and stands them in good stead for the East Finals on April 16. 
 
For the B team, the day was about getting experience of being in a tournament and having fun. Whilst the results didn’t go for them, the team surprised everyone with the way in which they got stuck in and improved during the day. Yu-Hin Chan had a storming game in defence and James Parsons showed some excellent dribbling skills. Dougie Tomlinson was a revelation in the way he played, Alex Pollard got stuck in with some good tackles and Kieran Myatt was a threat up front.  
 
The Bs best game was a 0-0 draw against Dereham which could have gone either way. For City, Gus Sanders broke free and nearly beat the keeper with a good shot, whilst at the other end a Dereham break was foiled only by the bravery of Matthew Fish charging out of his goal. 
 
Overall it was a successful day for City, with the A team winning another tournament and the Bs gaining some great experience to kick off their hockey careers.

Norwich U10 Boys Win Watton Tournament!
A low turn-out meant that the three participating clubs would play each other twice. Playing together for the first time and with two boys making their competitive debuts, Norwich City were held to a 2:2 draw in the opening match against Pelicans, with George Harrad grabbing the opening goal and Cameron Cook securing the draw. 
 
The second match, against Magpies, was a tightly fought affair which saw the midfield of Yu Hin Chan, Jack Watling & Tom Gourlay working hard to cover the whole pitch. The deadlock was broken by a Cameron Cook goal, which proved enough to secure the win. 
 
City’s second meeting with Pelicans saw the team working together strongly to record a 5:0 win with Tom Gourlay and Yu Hin Chan both scoring their first tournament goals, sparking Cameron Cook to follow up with his first hat-trick of the day. Amongst Cook’s goals was a true end-to-end team effort begun when goalkeeper Michael Milne-Brown cleared the ball from the city D with a strong kick to Daniel Byrne who laid the ball off to midfielder Harrad who, in turn, picked out Cook whose unerring composure in front of goal allowed him to draw the keeper out and subtly push the ball into the bottom right corner. 
 
Norwich’s last match was another meeting with Magpies which was a great opportunity to demonstrate the benefit of tournament hockey for these young players. The defensive pairing of Daniel Byrne and James Parsons gelling into a unit able to skip happily through the match, while centre-half Jack Watling lead a strong midfield and scored the opener, before Cameron Cook once again sealed the win with another hard-working hat-trick. 
 
Another great tournament win for this year’s very strong Under 10 group. Roll on next week! 

U12 Girls Win Norfolk Hockey Championships
NORWICH CITY U12 GIRLS WIN NORFOLK HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS WITHOUT CONCEDING A GOAL 
 
On the 13th March, on a cold overcast morning, history was made by Norwich City’s U12 girls by winning the Norfolk Hockey Championship, scoring a total of 25 goals to none conceded. The individual game results were as follows: 
Dereham B 3-0 
Watton 9-0 (after an appeal - the umpire actually admitted he lost count!) 
Dereham A 1-0 
Dragons 10-0 
Harleston 1-0 
Pelicans 1-0 
 
Alice Hopgood scored 9, Victoria Findlay 7, Abby Gooderham 3, Gussie Welsh 2, Lauren Rowe 1, Alice Whitmore 1, Eleanor Perkin 1. You will see that we are 1 goal short and this is because the Dereham goalie kindly scored that one for us! After a slightly shaky first 5 minutes, where the girls were setting down and getting used to the water based pitch, we showed an early dominance over Dereham B and then had an hour wait until Watton, which turned into a bit of a goal fest and gave everyone the chance to warm up before going straight into our first tough match against Dereham A which was well fought, although we had the upper hand and Summer was beginning to feel as though she wasn’t going to see any action. We then went into another goal fest against Dragons. Now came the hard part, Harleston and Pelicans. Harleston had not lost one game and they fought extremely well against a slightly flagging Norwich side. This is where Summer came into her own and did some fantastic saves to take us through to the final game where there only had to be one result. Again Summer was stretched to the limit at times but Eleanor popped one in and we were home and dry. Individual performances per game are too numerous to mention, but in summary: 
 
Summer Haylock (GK)- really rose to the challenge when required and saved our bacon on more than one occasion 
Alice Beckett – always solid in defence, dependable, ice calm and there just when you need her 
Victoria Findlay – 6 goals in one game, need we say more! 
Abby Gooderham – super quick, always offering support and great skills 
Alice Hopgood – a little tiger, enthusiastic throughout, 9 goals and essential skills 
Eleanor Perkin – great for finding space on the wings and feeding the ball into the D, an essential last goal 
Grace Rider – solid as a rock and I never have to worry if Grace is about. Didn’t score a goal, but definitely would have if I had let her go forward 
Lauren Rowe – shows great maturity, knows her stuff and is very dependable 
Gussie Welsh – never-ending energy, a great attitude and very hungry for the ball 
Alice Whitmore – buzzing around, hugely enthusiastic and great for always being in there with the action 
 
Girl of the Tournament goes to Alice Hopgood, for scoring 9 goals and huge determination. 
 
Bring on the Regionals! 
 
Thank you to all the parents for their wonderful support and to the whole team for their kind words from the winner’s balcony. 
 
Adrian Fennell - Coach

U12 Boys Runners-up at Watton - Sunday 20th March
The U12 boys embarked on yet another of the back to back weekends of tournament hockey, this time at Watton where they were up against Dragons, Pelicans, Harleston and Watton. 
 
City started brightly and unlike previous tournaments were out of the blocks as soon as the hooter went. Their opening fixture was against Dragons and they knew they needed to focus to make sure they got an early tournament win to give them a chance of being in the medals at the end. They started with some great team hockey, fabulous one two passes and a sign of playing as a true team. I wasn't long before the great play was rewarded with goal mouth opportunities and soon they began to see them rattling in. Sam Paterson getting himself a hatrick, Sam Tomlinson getting another, and George Brine getting himself 2 goals. A victory against Dragons with a scoreline of 8-0. 
 
Their second was against Pelicans, and City having won their opening game with ease they needed to make sure they focussed on playing as a team and expecting more of a fight against one of the teams normally finishing high in these tournaments. City passed well and movement off the ball was a great delight to watch, some fine work by the City midfield was soon rewarded as yet more goal mouth action begun. It wasn't long before the goals began to fall and again Sam Tomlinson getting a hatrick, and Sam Paterson also getting one for himself too. A slight lapse in concentration with a breakaway chance from Pelicans gave them their only goal, giving City a 6-1 win at the final hooter. 
 
The third fixture was against Magpies, who had also won their previous fixtures, so a battle at the top of the league, but City knowing that a draw would be enough to go top due to their far superior goal tally. City started the stronger of the teams and some great work by the City midfield began to find their way through the Harleston defense. It wasn't long before Sam Bingham got the reward for his hard work by opening the scoring with a great sweep at the far post. The game became very open with both teams making great moves on the oposing team goals, with defenders working overtime to keep the ball out of the danger area. Harleston soon found a way through the City defence and managed to squeeze in a goal from close range, City giving them a few too many seconds to pick out that much needed pass. The game continued with end to end action, and it wasn't until a heroic stick block by Harry Ingham to a Harleston top of the D shot saw his stick fly out of his hand and whilst trying to recover from the floor was struck from close range directly into the foot and that was the end of his hockey for the tournament and sadly a few weeks of recovery needed. A short corner was awarded and whilst City tried to find their shape without Harry it allowed Harleston the chance to convert for their second goal. The hooter wasn't long after the restart and City disappointed that points were conceeded, a great performance to very proud of and sadly "these things happen". 
 
The last game was against Watton and City knew that a win here would put them into second place and a silver medal finish. The team bounced back from the previous match and again their superior strength in midfield and on the forward line soon saw them create more goal mouth chances. Sam Tomlinson opened the scoring and soon rattled in more to complete yet another hatrick, Sam Paterson soon followed with his hatrick, and goal of the day soon came from George Brine with a reverse stick shot from the top of the circle into the far corner of the goal. Another great victory and a 6-0 scoreline concluded this match. 
 
A great performance by the entire team, signs of how to play as "a team" and how passing and moving can create so many more chances than just trying to run with the ball. With a disappointing late goal conceded to Harleston, the came in a very respectable second place, a goal difference way ahead of anybody else, and signs for further tournament matches and the East finals to come. 
 
Well done to the entire squad, Jack Cazier as solid as ever in goal, Harry Ingham, Tom Spencer and Charles Larner playing well as a team to hold the defence, Sam Paterson, George Brine, Theo Hinton and Sam Bingham working well together in midfield and Sam Tomlinson working well up front. 
 
Our best wishes to Harry Ingham, fingers crossed nothing was broken and a good rest and feet up will soon get him back on the road to recovery... 
 
Pies (Coach)

U13 Boys Norfolk Squad
The Norfolk U13 boys team recently played against Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Essex, with the squad including a number of members from our U13 and U12 boys sections (Cameron Wardale, Joe Holden, George Brine, Ethan Marchant and Tom Watling). They had a tough first match which Suffolk won convincingly. They then took on Hertfordshire and played extremely well having had a game getting to know each other and as a result secured their first victory. Their last match was against Essex, usually one of the strongest in the East, and this was an evenly balanced match which Essex managed to secure a narrow victory.

U12 Boys County Championships - 13 March 2011
The U12 boys took on local rivals Dereham, Harleston Magpies and Pelicans in the Norfolk U12 County Championships.  
 
The team drew Pelicans in their first match and knowing that their opening performance is normally a little shakey they were keen to make sure they competed from the outset in what was going to be a challenging tournament ahead. Norwich started with an excellent first half with end to end action, seeing a number of fine saves from a very tall Pelicans goalkeeper, and going in at 0-0 at the break. The second half saw Norwich have a 5 minute purple patch and this was just what Pelicans needed to get themselves ahead, scoring 2 goals in quick succession whilst Norwich were unable to find their shape in their defensive formation. Norwich recovered well and an excellent move saw Josh Bailey sweep the ball into the roof of the net. A number of chances continue to fall for Norwich in the second half but again the Pelicans goalkeeper was on fine form. Pelicans managed to put away 2 more goals, with Norwich scoring a late goal in the dying minutes when George Brine had a fine solo run from the half way line to eventually slide the ball past the advancing keeper. The final whistle went before Norwich could continue their recovery, Pelicans taking a 4-0 victory, a scoreline which flattered the winners but on the balance they did deserve the win.  
 
The second match was against Harleston Magpies and this was a fantastic game for the spectators with end to end action and a real test of fitness for both sides. Magpies opened the scoring with 2 quick successive goals, both through some lapses in concentration with defensive duties, too many players chasing the same ball and not picking up the free players. Norwich soon kicked into gear and George Brine found himself in front of goal and fired in a shot into the far corner. Magpies nudged further ahead with 2 further goals, and another George Brine goal saw them go into the break just slightly behind. The second half was just as exciting and both teams playing exceptionally well. Norwich pulled back another goal when Sam Tomlinson managed to break through the defence and slot the ball just inside the near post. Magpies advanced further ahead, another hic up with picking up unmarked players in the circle. Norwich continued to fight back and a late goal from George Brine, to secure his hatrick, was not quite enough to stop the final Magpies victory scoreline of 7-4. 
 
The last game of the day was against Dereham, and Norwich were playing for pride and not wanting to be bottom of this tournament. Norwich were showing signs of "being up for it" from the start and Sam Tomlinson soon found himself unmarked in the circle and fired in a great shot which gave the keeper no chance. The second goal for Norwich fell to Josh Bailey, an excellent skillful move from midfield got him into the top of the circle and a great shot found its way to the backboard with ease. Dereham pulled a goal back before half time, showing Norwich that they need to work to the finish as the game was by no means over. The second half started and Dereham found themselves back in the game with their second, Norwich needed to get themselves back in front. The goal of the tournament was to follow, a great ball out the back from Will Kidner found its way to Sam Bingham, a pass through to Sam Paterson who with a one-two with George Brine at the top of the circle cut through the defence with ease and Sam Paterson fired in from close range (a great team goal, passing and moving was perfect). Norwich began to dominate the play and they wrapped up the result when George Brine worked well with Sam Tomlinson, George eventually placing the ball just inside the far post. A 4-2 victory went to Norwich, seeing them finish third overall. 
 
A vast improvement in their style of play from previous tournaments, and scoring 10 goals was clear they knew how to find the back of the goal. A little bit more focus on positional play and decisions with the ball could have made their results against Magpies and Pelicans much closer. All in all a great performance, and good work from every squad member (Jack Cazier, Will Kidner, Harry Ingham, Alfred Kidner, Sam Bingham, Josh Bailey, Sam Paterson, George Brine, Sam Tomlinson). And finally, a special mention to player of the tournament, Jack Cazier, showing great quality in the Norwich goal.

Norfolk Under 10 Girls Tournament - 13 March 2011
Norwich City Under 10 Girls finished as runners-up in the Norfolk Championship. It took the first two matches for the coaches and the girls to find their feet. In the first match against Dereham there wasn’t too much teamwork but the girls were still strong enough to win 4-0 (Emma Richardson 4). In the next match against Magpies B despite enjoying the lions share of the possession City were unable to find a way through the Magpies B defence and the spoils were shared as the match remained scoreless.  
Next up were Watton and the girls started to pass the ball around. The first goal resulted from a good passing move. Molly Crabtree battled well in the circle to win the ball and set up the second for Anja Wimmer. When Watton did break Verity Wills and Ellyn Roberts were on hand to ably mop up the attacks. City’s fourth goal started from a quickly taken 16 yard hit by Ellen to Rachel Buce on the wing. Rachel moved it on to Molly who in turned played it into the circle for Emma Richardson to score her third of the match. 
The penultimate match was against Magpies A and despite losing 0-3 the team performed well. Kate Shearer playing her first match in goal was called into action for the first time and made some fine saves and clearances. Although getting a foot to the first she was unable to keep it out, the second was arguably struck from outside the circle and the third was going wide until unfortunately deflected in off one of our sticks. It wasn’t all one way traffic, with the Magpies keeper having to make a number of saves. 
The girls went into the last match knowing that a win would see them finish as runners-up and they did not disappoint. Another good performance where the ball was move around led to goals from Emma and Molly. Victoria Garson and Anna Brook produced some determined running in midfield. 
Well done girls on a good performance, you improved as the tournament progressed.  
A big thankyou to Ian Roberts for his help running the team. 
Ali Wardale 

Norwich U10 Boys Crowned Norfolk Champions!
The Norwich City u10 Boys team won the Norfolk Championship today playing some exceptional hockey. Our first match was against an inexperienced Dereham team. Often in these situations, the stronger team eases off or starts trying to elaborate, but not our team who were clinical in passing the ball and ruthless in execution. We won 20-0, with goals from Cameron Cook (9), Harry Paterson (3), Daniel Phillips (3), Jack Van Poortvliet (3) and Jack Watling (2). 
 
The next match was a different proposition – Harleston Magpies were a well organised team, getting bodies behind the ball and proving difficult to break down. After a few frustrating minutes, the boys started believing in themselves, picking up the ball speed and taking on defenders. Daniel Phillips opened the scoring, with Harry Paterson converting the next and Dan grabbing a second for a 3-0 victory. Special mention needs to be made of Michael Milne-Brown who stayed alert and made an excellent save when Magpies broke free. 
 
And finally, we took on Pelicans. Norwich started quickly and spent most of the game in the opponent's D; every time Pelicans did break out, their attack was snuffed out through well timed tackling from Jack Watling, George Harrad and Tom Bailey. We won 9-0, with goals from Paterson, Cook (5), Van Poortvliet (2) and Phillips.  
 
After winning all their games, the Norwich team were delighted to be presented with the trophy by none other than NCHC legend, John "Frosty" Ingham! Overall today it was an excellent team performance, based on good passing and a high workrate – it would be impossible to pick out a player of the tournament because all the boys played well. We now represent Norfolk in the East Finals on 16 April; it will be interesting to see how the team stacks up against the strongest teams in the region. 
 
Al Paterson 

Junior Mixed Team - June 2010

U16 Girls National Cup - Result to be Proud Of!
On Sunday 13th February a young Norwich City U16 Girls team faced up to a senior Havering side in the last 16 of the National Cup and despite a loss on the score-sheet we have come away with a game to be proud of, giving the squad huge experience for next year’s Cup chances.  
 
Whilst Norwich boasted a mix of Norfolk JAC and other players, the average age of the team was a whole year younger than that of the opposition with some of ours as young as 13, so the majority of the NCHC girls will see at least one more season in this competition. We played against a very seasoned opposition, but aside from the size differential it wasn’t immediately obvious that we were the junior side.  
 
Havering have come through this competition having beaten very established sides such as Old Loughts by 9-2, so our 5-1 loss in the last sixteen against a team who go through to the national quarter-finals is a creditable result. Something for Norwich City girls to be very proud about.  
 
We knew what we were up against from the outset and went out to play to make our opponents work hard. Vigilant from the start we kept them away from success in our goal for a while but nonetheless all the play in the first fifteen minutes was in our defending half with a lot of penalty corners awarded and Havering finally found their first goal from a short with an unlucky rebound from our defender’s stick. Ten minutes later Havering found their next goal from free-play but Norwich were not the walk-over they may have expected and we kept the pressure on at their end as well with play pretty much end-to-end for the rest of this half with a number of very good attacking tries.  
 
Half-time saw us at 0-2 score-line but not with our heads down and the girls went back out to see some great running and skill to take the ball out and around by our midfields and forwards, and pretty soon we were back in the game with a goal from Jess Harris. At this stage we could see the reaction from the other side, shaken by our out-sized but not out-skilled team who really started to work the ball and our well-practiced routines. Everyone was hoping to get the equaliser to open this game back up and it was not beyond our reach and the watching crowd started to buzz with anticipation that something different was about to happen.  
 
But at 25 minutes into the second half we finally succumbed to another Havering shot corner. Although heads didn’t drop a minute later the 4th opposition goal went home from open play, and finally their fifth from a short five minutes from the final whistle.  
 
Norwich are entirely to be credited with keeping heads held high and holding composure even when the pressure of play finally told. There are good losses and bad losses, and this was very definitely a game which whilst it never had our name on it could just possibly have seen us as minnows win out against the strong-on-the-sheet opposition.  
 
We wish Havering every success in the quarter-final and beyond. Today was a game well-played.

U16 Boys National Plate - Round 3 Victory!
On Sunday 13th February Norwich City hosted their local rivals, Dereham, in a closely fought last 16 of the National Plate tie. With lots of opposition players knowing each other from their Norfolk exploits, this match always promised to be a close one to call. 
 
Both teams started the game at a frenetic pace and both Managers wondered if this could continue for 70 minutes. Both keepers were tested early on and it was Dereham who took an early lead with Lavers smashing home a short corner past City’s goalkeeper, Cooke. 
 
Norwich soon replied with Anthony crashing high into the Dereham net from the edge of the circle. 
 
With the game still being played at a fast pace, Dereham were ahead again after 15 minutes via a well taken open play effort from Turner, only for Anthony to dominate at a short corner and bring Norwich level again. 
 
Norwich then took the lead with Anthony completing his first half hat-trick running into the circle unchallenged and scoring past a helpless Dale in the Dereham goal 
 
After a rousing half time team talk form Manager Ingham, it was City who were able to pull further away with their best goal of the match, City turning defence into attack in the blink of an eye and a quick flowing move involving Anthony and Broadway allowed Bloom to coolly slide the ball under Dale in Dereham’s goal 
 
Dereham were not finished though, and with 10 minutes remaining, a lapse in City’s defence gave Dereham renewed hope when Toby Price scored from open play. 
 
City saved the best for last and deservedly put the game to bed with two more late strikes from Man of the Match Anthony to win 6-3 
 
Norwich’s reward is a Quarter Final home tie against Bishop’s Stortford U16 Boys on Sunday 6th March at Taverham

U16G - Havering (U16 Girls Cup) - L 1-5 - Result to be Proud Of!
TEAM: Under 16 Girls National Cup 
DATE: 13th February 2011 
FIXTURE: National Cup Round 4 
LEAGUE: 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT: 1-5 
HEADLINE: Result to be Proud Of! 
 
REPORT: 
A young Norwich City U16 Girls team faced up to a senior Havering side today and despite a loss on the score-sheet we have come away with a game to be proud of, giving the squad huge experience for next year’s Cup chances.  
 
Whilst Norwich boasted a mix of Norfolk JAC and other players, the average age of the team was a whole year younger than that of the opposition with some of ours as young as 13, so the majority of the NCHC girls will see at least one more season in this competition. We played against a very seasoned opposition, but aside from the size differential it wasn’t immediately obvious that we were the junior side.  
 
Havering have come through this competition having beaten very established sides such as Old Loughts by 9-2, so our 5-1 loss in the last sixteen against a team who go through to the national quarter-finals is a creditable result. Something for Norwich City girls to be very proud about.  
 
We knew what we were up against from the outset and went out to play to make our opponents work hard. Vigilant from the start we kept them away from success in our goal for a while but nonetheless all the play in the first fifteen minutes was in our defending half with a lot of penalty corners awarded and Havering finally found their first goal from a short with an unlucky rebound from our defender’s stick. Ten minutes later Havering found their next goal from free-play but Norwich were not the walk-over they may have expected and we kept the pressure on at their end as well with play pretty much end-to-end for the rest of this half with a number of very good attacking tries.  
 
Half-time saw us at 0-2 score-line but not with our heads down and the girls went back out to see some great running and skill to take the ball out and around by our midfields and forwards, and pretty soon we were back in the game with a goal from Jess Harris. At this stage we could see the reaction from the other side, shaken by our out-sized but not out-skilled team who really started to work the ball and our well-practiced routines. Everyone was hoping to get the equaliser to open this game back up and it was not beyond our reach and the watching crowd started to buzz with anticipation that something different was about to happen.  
 
But at 25 minutes into the second half we finally succumbed to another Havering shot corner. Although heads didn’t drop a minute later the 4th opposition goal went home from open play, and finally their fifth from a short five minutes from the final whistle.  
 
Norwich are entirely to be credited with keeping heads held high and holding composure even when the pressure of play finally told. There are good losses and bad losses, and this was very definitely a game which whilst it never had our name on it could just possibly have seen us as minnows win out against the strong-on-the-sheet opposition.  
 
We wish Havering every success in the quarter-final and beyond. Today was a game well-played. 
 
POTM: Norwich City U16 Squad 
 
RESULT: L 1-5 
SCORERS: Jess Harris

U16B - Dereham (U16 Plate) - W 6-3
TEAM: U16 BOYS 
DATE: SUNDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 
FIXTURE: U16 NATIONAL PLATE, ROUND 3, LAST 16 
LEAGUE: U16 BOYS NATIONAL PLATE 
VENUE: TAVERHAM, NORWICH 
RESULT: NORWICH 6, DEREHEM 3 
REPORT: 
 
Norwich City hosted their local rivals, Dereham, in a closely fought cup tie. With lots of opposition players knowing each other from their Norfolk exploits, this match always promised to be a close one to call. 
 
Both teams started the game at a frenetic pace and both Managers wondered if this could continue for 70 minutes. Both keepers were tested early on and it was Dereham who took an early lead with Lavers smashing home a short corner past City’s goalkeeper, Cooke. 
 
Norwich soon replied with Anthony crashing high into the Dereham net from the edge of the circle. 
 
With the game still being played at a fast pace, Dereham were ahead again after 15 minutes via a well taken open play effort from Turner, only for Anthony to dominate at a short corner and bring Norwich level again. 
 
Norwich then took the lead with Anthony completing his first half hat-trick running into the circle unchallenged and scoring past a helpless Dale in the Dereham goal 
 
After a rousing half time team talk form Manager Ingham, it was City who were able to pull further away with their best goal of the match, City turning defence into attack in the blink of an eye and a quick flowing move involving Anthony and Broadway allowed Bloom to coolly slide the ball under Dale in Dereham’s goal 
 
Dereham were not finished though, and with 10 minutes remaining, a lapse in City’s defence gave Dereham renewed hope when Toby Price scored from open play. 
 
City saved the best for last and deservedly put the game to bed with two more late strikes from Man of the Match Anthony to win 6-3 
 
Norwich’s reward is a Quarter Final home tie against Bishop’s Stortford U16 Boys on Sunday 6th March at Taverham 
 
POTM: George Anthony 
 
RESULT: W 6-3 
SCORERS: George Anthony 5, Sam Bloom 
POTM: George Anthony

U12 Boys at North Walsham - February 2011

U10 Boys win Harleston Tournament!
The U10s cheered up a cold early morning at Harleston with a rousing Happy Birthday to George Harrad and after that they let the hockey do the talking. First match against Dereham was an impressive 8-0 victory, with Cameron Cook scoring five, and Harry Paterson a hat-trick. However this was not a two-man show – the victory was built on some good support play, particularly from Jack Watling and Tom Bailey. 
 
We underestimated Watton in the next match and were a little taken aback by the speed with which they started. George Harrad, Yu-Hin Chan and Daniel Byrne all had to make last ditch tackles to keep us in the match, and keeper Michael Milne-Brown needed to be alert throughout. We clawed ourselves back into the match, and finished strongly, throwing everyone forward, but sadly weren’t able to convert our chances. 0-0. 
 
This served as a wake-up call and it was back to business as usual against Pelicans. The team started much more strongly, with some ruthless passing and tackling which put us on top. The first goal came from a classy Daniel Phillips dribble before he slipped a slide rule pass through to Harry to hit first time into the corner. Harry then broke through to set Cameron up for a good 2-0 victory against a strong Pelicans team. 
 
Norwich finished against Magpies B & A teams. Magpies Bs were particularly well organised and took some breaking down. Daniel P had a lot of attacking ball down the left wing but it was proving difficult to score against the massed ranks of Magpie defenders. However, a little of the Phillips magic managed to thread a ball through, which Cameron swept home for the win. 
 
Finally against Magpies A, the team really came together and played some beautiful attacking hockey. We won 6-0, with three to Cameron, two to Harry and one from Daniel Phillips, and the Harleston Tournament was ours! The team unanimously gave George, as birthday boy, the proud honour of leading the team up to collect the certificate and medals. 
 
So, in summary, the stats were: Played 5, Won 4, Drew 1, Lost O. Goals for 17, Goals against 0. What was especially pleasing was the boys played like a real team, the passing and tackling was very good and the whole squad made a contribution. A Great Day for Norwich City! 
 
Al Paterson 

Norwich City U12 Boys at Harleston!

3rd Place in 1st Tournament of Season for U10 Girl
The U10 girls got off to a very promising start with a 5-0 win over Dereham on the unfamiliar water-based pitch. With a hat trick from Emma Richardson, the captain, the team was in good spirits with Anna Brook and Rachael Phillips also managing to whisk it past the goal keeper who was diving around and giving the girls a harder task to convert the goals. Anja Wimmer was Player of the Match for her enthusiasm, her ability to spread the game down the wing and to find space.  
 
This win buoyed the spirits and a confident team stepped onto the pitch for the second game against Watton. Anna and Emma were again on the score sheet with some superb dribbling round many defenders to make the game a 2-0 win. Anna’s hard work gave her the well-deserved Player of the Match award for her sprints down the line with the ball and, the intimidation she put on their defence.  
 
Unfortunately, the third game against Pelicans was stolen from us. It was 1-0 to us 5 minutes into the game with a great goal from Molly Crabtree, then we lost 2-1. Some excellent goalkeeping from Estelle Carver, who only put the kit on a couple of weeks ago, was produced. However, their tactical passes were too much for the defenders, so a disappointing 2 goals went in. However this did not dampen our spirits. Emma was Player of the Match as she showed determination throughout the match which held the team together and kept fighting.  
 
The fourth match against Magpies ‘B’s saw a well-deserved 3-0 win to the girls. A superb goal was converted by Victoria Garson when she dribbled past many defenders then neatly put the ball away into the bottom left hand corner. Rachael and Anna also scored some good goals with deflections from a good pass in by Anja from the right hand side. Victoria was the Player of the Match in this game as she did not give up whenever the ball was around her and kept fighting to give the defenders something to worry about. 
 
The fifth and final match was the decider and, unfortunately, we lost 3-0. However, there was some excellent defending by Ellyn Roberts and Verity Wills as they kept going even when the score started to go further one-sided. Verity was Player of the Match in this game as she had a lot to do and although didn’t want to play defence rose to the challenge well and took on the attackers even when it was a one-on-one situation. 
 
Coach and Manager: Emily Anthony 

U12 Girls 'A' Team at Harleston - A FANTASTIC WIN
Norwich city A girls won a hard fought 9 match spectacular, by not conceding one goal and winning 8 of the matches and drawing one. The team comprised Summer Haylock (GK), Alice Beckett, Abby Gooderham, Alice Hopgood (Hoppy), Eleanor Perkin, Grace Rider, Lauren Rowe, Gussie Welsh and Alice Whitmore (Whitty). 
 
Such is the keenness and true spirit of the team that Grace and Gussie travelled 13 hours back from France arriving with little sleep wondering whether to speak in French or English and were they balls or boules!  
 
There were too many matches to comment on individually. The match scores with goals scored were as follows: 
 
Norwich B win 1-0. Abby  
Dereham A draw 0-0 
Watton win 2-0 Hoppy and Abby  
Dereham B win 5-0 Abby x4 and Lauren 
Pelicans win 3-0 Abby x2 and Eleanor 
Magpies win 2-0 Lauren x2 
Bury win 5-0 Abby x2, Lauren and Grace 
Magpies B win 3-0 Abby x2 and Lauren 
Dragons win 3-0 Whitty x2 and Abby 
 
24 goals for, none against! 
 
The girls worked as a close-knit professional team and the lack of any goals scored against them is a reflection of their true ability and also Summer’s skills in goal which were not often put to the test, but when they were, she was invaluable and as always as cool as a cucumber. 
 
Grace and Alice B were, as ever, very reliable in defence. Hoppy, Gussie and Lauren were just as reliable and very active in midfield and Whitty, Eleanor and Abby were busy in attack. Abby’s 13 goals deserve special mention. 
 
It is an absolute pleasure to coach such a fun and positive group of girls. Very special thanks to all the parents for their support throughout the morning and for delivering at 8.45am a group of smiling, ready to go girls, with in some cases the dog already walked! 
 
With 9 matches it was a real team effort, one of the umpires commented what a superb and charming team they were! But, Player of the Tournament goes to Hoppy for her exceptional enthusiasm throughout and her unceasing determination to hunt that ball down! Well done. 

U12 Girls 'B' Team at Harleston Tournament
It was B for brilliant as Norwich City Bs swept into fourth place in the Magpies Tournament at chilly Harleston on Sunday (7 Nov). The team, ably skippered by Maddie Anthony, improved with every match and finished on a high with two excellent victories, against Watton and Dereham B. It was all hands to the pump as the team played nine matches in all, including three on the bounce.  
 
Defenders Jemima Fennell, Sabina Illing and Grace Kidner were sturdy and uncompromising in the tackle, and were heroes during some desperate defending in the Norwich Goal. Maddie provided a stern line of defence making some good saves and showing very good judgement about what to leave alone and what to kick.  
 
Against Norwich A, Dereham and Pelis we lost only by the odd goal, and against Pelis in particular we really were really unlucky to concede in the final seconds of the game. Leo Wills and Ella Peters fulfilled their utility player roles in midfield with no little skill and plenty of determination. Up front, wingers Abby Ingham and Milly Brown put in some great crosses (and both got on the scoresheet too) while Victoria Findlay confirmed her growing maturity with some excellent stickwork and well taken goals.  
 
The other victories came against Dragons (2-0) and Magpies B (2-1).  
 
It's a great pleasure to coach these girls; they all want to play, they really enjoy their hockey and there was no difficulty in getting them pumped up, even in the cold weather. While the other teams began to tire, our girls just got better, and are beginning to show real promise.  
 
I want to pay tribute especially to the tremendous support we received from parents. It's no fun going to Harleston at 8.45 on a Sunday morning, but the help and support of the parents made a big difference, and they helped make it seem as though we were playing at home. Thanks also are due to the indefatigable Bill Anthony, who kept the show on the road and also found time to remind his daughter to come out of her goal and terrify the opposition from time to time. 
 
Girl of the tournament? I can't decide between Jemima Fennell and Victoria Findlay - both were outstanding in defence and attack respectively, so the award is shared between them. 

NORWICH CITY MINI CLUB TOURNAMENT U12 GIRLS
On a glorious autumnal day in October, Norwich City Minis were able to field FOUR U12 girls teams. A total of 38 girls represented the club and stood proud in their green and yellow shirts, dominating the colour theme of the day. The event was divided into two tournaments, a gold and silver. Each club in the county put one team into the gold tournament and all the other teams they wanted to enter, were pitched against each other in the Silver Tournament. 
 
Our U12 Percy Pigs' team were Runners-Up in the Gold Tournament after it came down to a penalty flick decider. 
 
Our U12 Jelly Babies' team were Winners of the Silver Tournament with the Haribo Star Mix coming third and the Strawberry BonBons coming sixth.

NCHC Gold Tournament U12 Girls Runners Up 17/10/10
The Norwich Percy Pigs U12 girls team represented the club in the Gold Tournament and fought long and hard. Not one single performance was better than any other, these girls needed to work as a team and the results show they did just that. 
 
v Norwich Dragons 5-0 
v Magpies A 1-0 
v Watton 3-0 
v Pelicans 3-0 
v Dereham A 0-0 
 
At the end of the last game of the tournament, the Percy Pigs were level on points with Dereham, both clubs had scored 12 goals and both had conceded none. The final result went to flicks. Drama to the end. Summer Haylock showed no fear and was rock solid in goal. Unfortunately for the Percy Pigs, Dereham took the winning medals and in this, the Gold Tournament, Norwich Percy Pigs took the Silver. 
 
Well done all the girls for a thrilling performance.

NCHC Silver Tournament 17/10/10
AFTER ONE WOBBLE, THE JELLY BABIES FLY 
 
The Jelly Babies took part in the Silver Tournament and the first match was played against Norwich City’s Strawberry Bon Bons which they won 3-0. Lauren Rowe got off to a flying start scoring two goals, with Leo Wills popping in the 3rd, ably demonstrating her prowess as an attacking forward. Abbie Ingham and Grace Kidner supported determinedly in midfield, feeding the ball up to maximise the team’s chances. The 2nd game was against Dereham B team and on paper our hardest game. This was soon disproved with Lauren scoring and early goal, Jemima Fennell and Victoria Findlay having a joint touch on the second goal and Jemima clocking up the numbers to score the 3rd. Evie Wills and Anna Tighe were strong in defence ensuring a clear win. 3-0 was becoming a habit....or so we thought. The third game was against our club mates, the Haribo Star Mix, on paper this should have been a win, but perhaps with a bit of complacency and a fantastic spirited attack by the Harribo Stars, we ended with a 1-1 draw, Victoria being the one that averted a disaster. There followed a concentrated ‘do we want to win’ talk from the coach and we went out with a more determined attitude resulting in a 5-0 win against Dereham C. Goals being scored by Abbie (2), Jemima, Victoria and Lauren. Our final match was against Magpies B team, a formidable looking team. In the end we had a decisive victory with Lauren and Grace scoring goals to set up a 2-0 win. Maddie Anthony, our goal keeper performed throughout with great skill only letting in one goal. 
 
We won the tournament gaining 14 points out of a maximum of 15 giving the Jelly babies a clear win. Girl of the match is Lauren Rowe for her very positive participation and never giving up attitude. 

Strawberry BonBons - Play Sweet Hockey
I had the pleasure of managing the U12 Girls "Strawberry Bon Bons" team in the Silver Tournament at the Norwich City Mini Club Tournament. 
This team were a great bunch of girls. So enthusiastic and lovely to work with. 
They all played well, and all girls got a minimum of 3 games. 
They were all very sporting and it was a thrill to see such nice teamwork and skills from such a young team. 
Players of special mention were Millie Spinks, who for me was an outstanding defender, never giving up and constantly battling and chasing for the ball. Emma Richardson for scoring our only goal and narrowly missing another, Grace Baldwin also did some excellent defending, Maddie Anthony for saving lots of goals. 
More moments of outstanding teamwork and quality hockey came from Jessica Fish, Anja Wimmer, Sophie Briggs, Ella Peters, Brooke Simmons and Jemma Parsons. 
A great tournament, 
 
Karen Ditchfield (NCHC Coach) 

Haribo Star Mix U12 Girls Shoot Forward
Harribo Stars, comprised Amelia Ellis- Baumber (GK), her sister Lydia, Ellie Pitcher, Emily Rash, Meg Conway, Felicity Chaney, Louisa Crabtree, Imogen Daisley, Rebecca Gafney and Kitty Davies. The girls did not lose one game and had a fantastic day coming 3rd in the Silver tournament with some excellent hockey and ‘can do’ attitude being shown. Amelia, as a debutante goal keeper only conceded two goals, a fantastic effort. Meg, Lydia and Emily added to this strong defence. Goals were scored by Ellie and Felicity with Louisa just missing out with an excellent goal, but defeated by the whistle. Imogen and Kitty were invaluable for their enthusiastic midfield play supporting Rebecca’s consistent attempts at goal. In all a very impressive team effort and the girls were very sportive of each other. The results were Dereham B 0-0, Magpies B 0-0, Norwich Jelly Babies 1-1, Norwich Strawberry Bon Bons 0-0 and Dereham C 1-1. Girl of the Tournament goes to The Team. 
 
 
 

U10 Boys Win Home Tournament!
It was great for the U10 Boys to get a tournament so early in the season, and with only four teams in the tournament we had the luxury of longer games and a midday start. However, our boys are used to being on the pitch on Sundays before most people are even awake, and the lie-in seemed to have affected them as they started sleepily against an inexperienced Dereham side. Norwich had all the play but it was nearly halftime before Harry beat two players and passed to Daniel Phillips to shoot home. This got our team going with Cameron Cook scoring three good goals. The final score was 4-0 to Norwich but it is fair to say we should have scored many more! 
 
Next up was Magpies. This time Cameron opened our account with a real poacher’s goal. Next Harry and Dan had some lovely interplay down the right hand side before crossing for Jack Watling to sweep the ball home. Finally Daniel Phillips scored the goal of the day, with a lovely solo run down the right before feinting to pass and beating the goalkeeper on the nearside post. It wasn’t all Norwich though. Magpies were a nippy team who broke away a few times, but fortunately Tom Bailey and George Harrad at the back defended well and mopped up any counterattacks. 3-0 to Norwich. 
 
Finally against Watton, the team moved up a couple of gears. Jack, Tom and George tackled well and made sure the ball stayed forward. The Daniel and Harry combination worked smoothly for Cameron to score a well taken goal. Daniel slotted home next, before Harry scored a hat-trick, two of them from short corners. I would like to say these were well coached, but for some reason the boys decided to ignore the routines agreed in training (words will be had!). Michael Milne-Brown in goal was alert to the risk of a breakaway, but unfortunately for him the only real action he saw all day was in the warm-up. It won’t always be like that! 5-0 to Norwich. 
 
In summary, this was a great start to the season, with Norwich winning the tournament with relative ease. Still, there are plenty of areas for us to work on at training over the next few weeks and I expect the team will get better and better.  
 
Player of the Tournament: Daniel Phillips. 
 
Al Paterson 

Development Girls Win Summer 7s Trophy
Our development girls played their last competitive games in "development" hockey, next season seeing them moving up the the ladies league as a newly established team making it 5 teams in the ladies section. The girls did a fantastic job and retained their "summer 7s" trophy from the last season, winning all of their 6 matches, scoring 32 goals and conceeding none. Next season the opportunity to play in the summer development 7s will fall to the newly formed development girls team, so a good luck to them next time.

U11 Girls Reign Supreme at Norwich City Tournament
What was that famous rock song? The Boys are Back in Town, by Thin Lizzy (sorry showing my age!). Well yesterday it was the NCHC U11 girls A team who were back in town, when, after a long lay off, they crushed all before them to win the final tournament of the season at Taverham. To illustrate the strength in depth at this level, Norwich U11 entered three teams. Simon Parsons stepped in to coach the C's, who beat Pellies 1-0 in a famous victory (Skipper Leo Wills scoring the goal), and achieved a creditable draw against Watton. They came eighth overall. Sophie Wood had an outstanding tournament, turning up everywhere, and we liked the look of the defence, Anna Tighe (playing out of her skin despite feeling unwell) and Evie Wills, who were pretty solid all day. 
 
 
Jemma Parsons and Marina Popp both had some good moments, but extra praise goes to Jessica Fish, Ella Peters and Maddie Ahier, all of whom agreed to turn out for the Watton team who were two girls short. I'm very grateful to them for doing so, and they definitely gave the Watton team a touch of Norwich class. 
 
 
So, back to the all-conquering As. The statistics tell their own brutal story: Played 6, Won 5, Goals for 21, Goals Against 0. Livy Broadway in goal had a quiet afternoon between the posts, though she made up for it by helping out the Cs and making some more fine saves. Our defence was hardly stretched. Indeed, Alice Hopgood eventually decided that a little marauding was in order, and she joined the attack Viking-like several times during the last couple of games. Grace Rider was in her usual imperious form, delivering excellent distribution from the back. At centre-mid, Gussie Welsh (2 goals) was also on terrific form, demonstrating her reverse stick passing skills on a number of occasions, and running rings around opponents with her dribbling. 
 
 
Up front, there were plenty of goals for the usual suspects; Imogen Ray (6 goals) kicked off her afternoon with a hat trick against Watton and was very impressive on the left. Flo Allen (3), up front combined well and unselfishly passed the ball a number of times when she could have scored herself. On the right, Abby Gooderham (6), the little dynamo, played her socks off, and, if she had her shooting boots on at short corners, would have grabbed another hatful of goals. Finally, there was shy and retiring Tally Watt, scoring four goals in nonchalant manner, thanks to her excellent positional sense, sweeping in the ball from the back post. 
 
 
This team win their matches because they do the simple things really well; they spread the ball wide, they don't allow opponents time, and they instinctively know how and where to pass into space for their team mates to run onto. A large number of appreciative parents were there to watch a masterclass in junior hockey.  
 
 
All in all, a tremendous end to another successful season for the club at this level. The team got through to the regional U12 Yazoo finals (getting to the semis), they won most of the local tournaments - Magpies, Pelicans, Dereham - and in my view they have the ability to compete with some of the top southern club sides, such as Old Loughtonians and Canterbury, finalists at the Yazoo Tournament. 
 
 
I was speaking to my fellow coach Adrian yesterday, and we both agreed that the U11 girls are an absolute pleasure to work with. We regularly get 30 girls plus attending Sunday morning training, whatever the weather, and the enthusiasm with which they go about their work makes coaching a pleasure. We'll be saying goodbye to some of the girls as they head off to higher age group squads, but many will be staying with us thanks to new rules which mean the U11s become U12s next season. 
 
 
So, on behalf of the coaches, I want to thank all the girls for making our job such fun. Thanks to all the parents for their terrific support both at tournaments and during the regular Sunday sessions, and to Sarah Anthony for her tireless management of the minis; the club has gone from strength to strength in the last two/three years, and it's no coincidence that this coincides with Sarah taking over at the helm.  
 
 
See you all next season 

More U9 Success at Watton - 9 May 2010
The U9 bandwagon rolled into Watton on a beautiful Sunday morning! This time, Sam Bingham and Luke Byrne from the A team kindly agreed to support the B team. 
 
The A team started with an easy 3-0 win against Watton 2, goals courtesy of Emma Richardson and Harry Paterson (2). Next were Magpies, the team to beat. Magpies started strongly and, despite one awesome save from Maddie Anthony in goal, took the lead to the dismay of the Norwich supporters. However, our As are not to be beaten and fought back strongly, with two superb Cameron Cook goals turning the match on its head: an exciting 2-1 win to Norwich! 
 
After that, the team continued to play well - Grace Kidner and Sophie Briggs tackled strongly at the back, Daniel Phillips and Emma Richardson were superb up the flanks and Harry Paterson and Cameron Cook formed the spine of the team. Ellie Pitcher and Abby Ingham were the utility players -both ferocious tacklers, equally at home up front or in defence! The team quickly dispensed of Pelicans 1s 3-0 (Cameron 3), Dereham 4-0 (Cameron 2, Ellie 2), Pelicans 2s 3-0 (Emma 2, Abbie 1) and Watton 1 2-0 (Harry, Cameron). And finally we came up against the Norwich B team - a hard fought game with some great hockey, which the As team ultimately won 2-1 (Cameron 2). 
 
The B team also started well. Luke Byrne, relishing his B team role, scored two goals from defence in a 2-0 win aganst Watton 1, before a hard fought 0-0 draw with Dereham, in which Millie Spink, Brooke Simmons and Anja Wimmer all played well. The team got into its stride against Dereham, winning 1-0 thanks to Daniel Byrne's first goal for the Club and some good work from Rachael Phillips in midfield. The Bs then played out a tough 1-1 draw against Pelis 1s, thanks to a fantastic solo goal from Sam Bingham who ran most of the length of the pitch to score. We comfortably beat Watton 3-0 (Sam 2, Yu-Hin Chan) before narrowly losing to Magpies 2-0 in a tough encounter. Finally, we had the narrow 2-1 loss to Norwich As, in which Luke Byrne scored for the B team and Matthew Fish made a couple of great saves.  
 
So where did that leave us? The A team were tournament champions, having won all their matches, and the B team also came in the medals, placed third out of 8 teams. Another great day! 
 
This brings to an end a run of four U9 tournaments in a month, and Norwich has had a great campaign: 
- 24 players have represented Norwich at U9 level.  
- The A team has won all four tournaments, in the course of which they have played 24, won 23, drawn 1 and lost none. 
- The As have scored 81 goals and conceded only four. Ten players have contributed to the goal tally. 
- The B team has finished in the top 3 twice, which is fantastic for a second team.  
 
Well done to all the players who have done so well this year and thank you to the parents who have given up their weekends to transport the children round the county! 
 
Al Paterson 

U9 Success at Norwich Tournament – 8 May 2010
The U9s continued their successful 2010 campaign at Norwich City Hockey Club on a dreary wet Saturday morning. With the A team having won the last two tournaments very comfortably we decided to balance the teams more and three of our strong A team players Harry Paterson, Maddie Anthony and Daniel Phillips agreed to lend some weight to the B team.  
 
The A team started slowly against Magpies and were unhappy to go behind to a goal which clearly wasn’t! However, our team fought back and, despite struggling to convert, managed to salvage a one all draw, courtesy of Abbie Ingham. In the second match, order was restored with a 5-1 win over Dereham with goals from Abbie, Emma Richardson and a hat-trick from Cameron Cook. Next up were Pelicans Squabs and another Cameron hat-trick, this time from midfield. A strong defensive partnership between Luke Byrne and Sophie Briggs, with a good save from Michael Milne-Brown in goal saw Norwich notch up their first shut-out of the tournament, winning the game 3-0.  
 
In the next match, we were up against the other Norwich City team and were stunned to fall behind to a good finish from Jack Watling, who flicked the ball over the prone Michael in goal. Despite some great B team defending, the fighting spirit of the As saw them eventually win through to take the game 2-1 with goals from Emma and Ellie Pitcher. Against Watton, the Cygnets took another 3-0 win, this time the goals coming from Abbie and Cameron (2). The final match was against Pelicans Fledglings, who troubled the defence a few times, but Michael, Abbie and Luke held firm with great midfield support from Sam Bingham, Emma and Ellie, before the team completed a great tournament with a 3-0 win, the goals again coming from Abbie and Cameron (2).  
 
So first place in another tournament, more great play, good short-corners, fantastic teamwork. Ten more goals for Cameron Cook and four great goals from Abbie Ingham. Even more encouraging is that this very young team are really starting to know their preferred positions and are very aware of their role in the team.  
 
The Bs started with a frustrating 0-0 draw against Pelican Fledglings. Norwich mounted wave after wave of attack but Pelis crammed their D with all seven players and we couldn’t find a way through. Next, against Peli Squabs we conceded an early goal whilst still half asleep, but fought back well with Jack Watling equalising, although we couldn’t quite get the win we deserved.  
 
The Bs then took off against Watton. Rachael and Daniel Phillips combined well a number of times, before Daniel scored the first goal. Harry Paterson joined in, lifting the ball with a reverse stick over the goalkeepers’ despairing save. Another 2-0 victory followed against Dereham Chicks with goals from Harry and Jack and some good work in the centre from Brooke Simmons. Then came the narrow 2-1 defeat against our A team, in which Rebecca Gaffney, Millie Spinks, Fitz Horner and Maddie Anthony all defended heroically. 
 
Finally we came up against Magpies, knowing we had to do well to have a chance of a medal and to help our A team to a tournament victory. In a hard fought game, Norwich had most of the play, bravely shrugging off some physical tackles. Whilst we couldn’t score, we held Magpies to a crucial 0-0 draw and were probably the better team. 
 
Overall, out of seven teams, the Norwich City A team came first with the B team also in the medals in third place, demonstrating the strength in depth of our squad this year! It was a great day at our home tournament, and it was a proud moment for parents, coaches and players alike when the U9 players went up to receive their medals from the Club Chairman. 
 
Al Paterson & Colin Brown 

U9 Champions at Pelicans Tournament - 24 April
Fresh from their success at Dereham, the U9s arrived in confident spirits at Pelicans. The A team (AKA The Owlets) started off against Magpies. Strong defence from Grace Kidner & Harry Paterson and great link play from Maddie Anthony and Abbie Ingham set up a 2-0 win, with goals from Cameron Cook & Maddie. Goalkeeper Michael Milne-Brown came close to touching the ball in a rare Harleston attack. Next up was Dereham. Two goals came from Cameron and one from Harry, assisted by strong approach play from Daniel Phillips and Maddie. Abbie & Emma Richardson tackled well, meaning that the Dereham team never challenged the Norwich goal. With progress beyond the group stage assured, the team tried a different formation and this time Daniel Phillips’ & Maddie’s tackling skills ensured another shut out. Emma & Abbie’s forward play led midfielder Cameron to score the only goal of the match and ensure the Owlet’s 100% record in the group stage. 
 
And so to the Semi Final: Group 1 Runners-up Watton could not get beyond the superb defending from Harry and Abbie with support from Grace and Emma. A hat-trick from Cameron was completed inside the first 5 minutes, before Daniel added a fourth, with the team’s self-conceived and well-executed short corners enabling Harry to complete the six-goal victory. The final saw a rematch with the Squabs team. A very strong performance from the whole team allowed another clean-sheet victory with Cameron scoring a second hat-trick, the most memorable of the three being a coolly-taken push wide of the keeper, after Daniel Phillips’ dazzling stick skills saw him take the ball down the right wing before beating several Squabs defenders and making the pass to his strike partner. Daniel rounded off his performance with the fourth goal and the Owlets were champions! A fantastic tournament victory for the Owlets, great teamwork, strong skills and lots of hard work. Five wins from five games, sixteen goals scored and none conceded, can’t ask for more than that! 
 
The B team (AKA The Cygnets) also played really well and are gaining invaluable experience. The team's strength lay in its tenacious defending: Matthew Fish kept goal heroically, with Rachael Phillips, Sophie Briggs, Ellie Pitcher, Yu-Hin Chan and Millie Spinks tackling strongly at the back. Rebecca Gaffney played the role of midfield dynamo, and Rachel Bruce and Brooke Simmons took the ball well down the wings. The team started with a good 0-0 draw with Pelican Chicks, having much of the play, followed by narrow losses to Pelican Fledglings, Watton and Magpies. Our downfall was the lack of a natural goalscorer, but the team should take heart from a good fighting display and the experience they are gaining. It is great to see how much this group of players have improved this season. 
 
Al Paterson and Colin Brown 

U11 Boys at Dereham

U9s - Winners at Alex Hill Memorial Cup, Dereham
On a beautiful sunny day in Dereham, our U9s finally had their first tournament of the season.  
 
The A team was buzzing with confidence, many of the players having done well in the U10 tournaments and school matches. The team gelled quickly and played some beautiful hockey. Luke Byrne was a rock in defence stopping the opposition in its tracks. In the centre, Rebecca Gaffney, Ellie Pitcher and Sophie Briggs tackled ferociously and distributed the ball well. Dan Phillips and Sam Bingham played beautifully on the flanks, consistently dribbling past players to the by-line, then crossing for Cameron Cook, the goal machine, to whack the ball as hard as he could into the net. And that leaves poor Maddie Anthony in goal who didn't touch the ball all tournament but maintained her focus and support of the team throughout. The end result was that Norwich won every game, played beautiful hockey and were clear tournament winners. The statistics speak for themselves: Played 6, won 6; Goals for 29, Against 0. Goal scorers: Cameron 15, Daniel 5, Sam 5, Ellie 1, Luke 2, Sophie 1.  
 
The B team was made up of less experienced players with half of the team being U8 rather than U9. Nevertheless they did extremely well, winning two games and narrowly missing out on a couple more. Daniel Byrne and Rachael Phillips, two of our younger players, tackled ferociously at the back. Jack Watling showed some lovely stick skills up front and Michael Milne-Brown in goal pulled off some spectacular saves. Added to this, Verity Wills, Yu-Hin Chan, Brooke Simmons and Millie Spinks all showed good passing and tackling skills during the tournament and the team got better as the day went on. A great sign for the future and they all did themselves proud. 
 
Overall, it was a great day for the U9s, adding to an extremely successful weekend for Norwich City Hockey Club! 
 
Al Paterson

Alex Hill Memorial Trophy U11 Girls - Winners

Alex Hill Memorial Trophy - U13 Boys
Team: Tom Watling (GK), William Fennell, Cameron Wardale, William Perkin, Alex Fisher, Ethan Marchant & Felix Broadway 
 
Results: 9-0 win v Watton 
4-2 win v Dereham 
7-0 win v NCHC Bs 
2-4 loss v Pelicans 
 
Final tournament position: 2nd 
 
 
A slightly disappointing end to a fantastic overall performance in glorious sunshine 
 
To have played 4 games, scored 22 goals, conceded only 6 and come away runners up seems harsh, but the boys should be very proud of their performances and overall team effort. 
The afternoon began well with a win over Watton, Felix scoring an early hat-trick, Ethan and William F scoring one each and both William P and Alex Fisher getting a couple each to wrap up a resounding victory. Man-of-the-match = Ethan for superb stick work and passes into the D. 
The game that followed was much more competitive, but Felix scored to make it 1-0 and Tom made a couple of excellent saves to maintain the narrow lead. Felix scored 2 more and secured a 3-0 lead with his second hat-trick of the day. Dereham fought back hard and after scoring 2, made Norwich think again. Cameron and William F secured up the defence and William P increased his work-rate to eventually supply Felix for his fourth goal. Man-of-the-match = Felix for coolness in front of goal. 
The victory against the Norwich B-team was not as one-sided as the score might suggest and the B-team were unlucky not to score on at least 3 occasions. The team effort of the more experienced A-team however paid off and Felix scored 4, William P 2 and Ethan 1, so that 3 straight wins boosted confidence for the final match against Pelicans. Man-of-the-match = William F for intelligent ball distribution. 
The boys were somewhat surprised to see 2 girls in the Pelican’s team. For the first 5 minutes the Norwich team was asleep, perhaps the surprise of seeing the mixed team they were facing resulting in thoughts elsewhere! Their slumbers resulted in Pelicans punishing the Norwich defence with 4 early goals. The fourth goal finally got the team going and William P dominated the mid-field for the final 10 minutes. The fight-back commenced and Felix scored with 5 minutes remaining. Two minutes later William P had added a second. Shots from Alex, Ethan and Felix went just wide. Cameron was strong in defence being left on his own as William F joined forces with Alex, Ethan, Felix and William P in attack for the final 3 minutes. The Pelicans goal-keeperess however made 4 good saves during the final 5 minutes and perhaps denied the Norwich boys the come-back victory they deserved. Man-of-the-match = William P 
 
It is impossible to pick a player-of-the-tournament. Felix scored 12 goals (the role of a centre-forward). Tom, William F and Cameron conceded only 6 goals (the role of a defence…well you know what I mean!). Alex and Ethan played excellent attacking hockey on both wings and William P had his On-Switch firmly switched on and ran the mid-field like a pro. So the award goes to the Whole Team! 
 
The boys should be proud of the quality they showed on the pitch, their work-ethic, team-spirit and attitude throughout the afternoon. 

U13 Boys at Pelicans Tournament
The Pelicans Boys U13 Mini Hockey Tournament, Sunday 24 January 2010 
 
Norwich City Hockey Club Match Report (David Broadway – U13 Coach) 
 
With a depleted number of older boys available to play, Alex Fisher was again asked to “act up”, this time along with Tom Watling in goal and Ethan Marchant. Along with the “older” members of the squad (William Perkin, Felix Broadway - captain, William Fennell, James Whitmore and Sam Rowe), the three younger squad members belied their relative youth and played full roles in all of the games. 
First up were the Norwich Dragons (featuring loan NCH club members Cameron Wardale, Tom Byrne, Adam Byrne and Joe Holden!). The City team had listened well to the team talk, and although Felix scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 win, the team played well as a team, using simple, neat, expansive hockey with excellent passing, so that the whole team deserved credit for the result. 
The second game against Magpies, again resulted in victory for City (1-0), but the first half was harder fought with a couple of Magpie shots that on another day could have punished us. Tom stood tall in goal and the second half saw City back to playing better quality hockey. Once again good team play resulted in the winning and only goal (Felix). Solid defence from Tom (GK), William Fennell and Sam ensured the victory. 
The good play continued into the third game against Pelicans, but home turf seemed to favour the Pelicans and City were soon 1-0 down, perhaps against the run of play. City fought back hard and soon levelled the game, once again after a series of short accurate passing involving five of the team - the final pass to Felix from Ethan being timed to perfection. William Perkin in the centre of midfield ran his socks off and ensured a City domination, but a score-draw it was to be.  
Perhaps the unbeaten run led the squad to a false sense of security, because in the fourth game against Dereham, the unselfish team-play appeared to breakdown to some extent and Dereham capitalised with a well taken goal that no goalkeeper could have stopped. One late City opportunity taken from just inside the D was too weak to test the Dereham goalie and City lost the game. 
An unbeaten Dereham (12pts) were in the final, but City (second equal on 8pts) were destined for the 3rd/4th play-off, since Pelicans with the same points score had a better goal difference of +4, compared with City’s +3. A slightly dejected City team, therefore, had to play Magpies (3pts) again. The psychology of sport then had its role to play, City conceding an early goal, only this getting them back into the groove of playing hard and fast. A better second half performance was rewarded by an excellent goal, superbly taken by Alex Fisher, but it was all too late and the final result stood at 1-1. Despite City’s greater tournament points haul (cf Magpies), the 3rd place was to be decided on penalty flicks. It was as if we were facing Germany and in classic English style, City were to lose out, going down 3-1 (Sam). Having been so close to a place in final, it was harsh to finish in 4th place, but that’s the beauty of sport! 
 
[Man-of-the-Tournament: Felix Broadway (5 goals)….not selected by the coach!] 

U10 Girls clinch Yazoo East Region Title
Having won the Norfolk round of the Yazoo Mini Hockey Club Championships without conceding a goal, Norwich City Hockey Club U10 girls played in the East Regional Finals on Saturday 17th April, held at Harleston. The girls played clubs from across the East of England, each representing their counties, including Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Chelmsford, Canterbury and Sevenoaks, in an all day final. The girls won all of their matches demonstrating a very superior level of hockey against the best of all the East of England hockey clubs. In total they conceded just one goal throughout the day, whilst scoring 9. The team comprised Maddie Anthony, Jemima Fennell, Victoria Findlay, Abbie Ingham, Grace Kidner, Emma Richardson, Lauren Rowe, Anna Tighe and Evie Wills. Their coach Adrian Fennell said ‘that he had never seen such dominance at a regional level and this was a team that should be watched out for in the future, they showed a winning determination on attack whilst the defence was virtually impenetrable’. 
 
 
 

Pelicans Mini Tournament U11 Girls
Glory Glory Norwich City.  
 
 
 
Football fans will no doubt be celebrating Norwich City FC’s ascent to the top of the first (or is it second) division, but, frankly, who cares about the football when you can watch the real stars in action, this time at King’s Lynn, where the NCHC U11 girls chalked up another tournament gold medal. They swept all before them to register their second straight victory of this season: played six, won six, goals for 11, goals against 0. 
 
The team, well skippered by Grace Rider, put two past Norwich Dragons (both goals by Imogen Ray), then went on to 3-0 vs Watton (Lauren Rowe, Eleanor Perkin, Abby Gooderham), 2-0 vs Pelicans A (Lauren Rowe, Milly Brown), and 1-0 vs Dereham B (Abby G). Abby Gooderham again did the damage in the semi final, against Norwich B, and in a terrific final, Lauren Rowe scored the all important winner against a well drilled Dereham A side.  
 
‘Keeper’ Livvy Broadway had little to do again, but made an all important save in the final to keep Dereham at bay. Alice Hopgood once again dominated the back. Elderly fans will have seen in Alice the hockey equivalent of ‘Kaiser’ Franz Beckenbauer, imperious both in the tackle and ball distribution from the back. Gussie Welsh and Grace Rider controlled the midfield, and the forwards fed off their accurate passes to weave their magic among the hapless opposition defences.  
 
Milly, Lauren and Eleanor looked sharp up front and on the wings, while Abby and Imogen led the line with aplomb, always looking dangerous when they got into the D. 
 
This team are supremely comfortable on the ball. They pass quickly and intelligently, and harry defences into making mistakes. If one attack breaks down, back they come, piling the pressure on the goal until the opposition metaphorically raise their hands in despair and cry: ‘enough, enough ...we surrender!”  
 
And the player of the afternoon? Hard to say as they all played out of their skins, but a special mention goes to Milly Brown. The smile on her face as she celebrated her beautifully taken goal [and checking to see whether Mum was watching] was simply wonderful to see.  
 
Not even the chill Kings Lynn air could dampen their enthusiasm, nor that of a large number of parents, who’d come to cheer the girls on. The support from parents was particularly welcome given the long breaks between matches.  
 
So, what next and where next for this team? The last time they conceded a goal, let alone lost a competitive match, seems like a distant memory, but everyone loses eventually. Right now though, these girls don’t want to think about losing; winning is a habit that’s very hard to break; bring on the next tournament. 
 

Pelicans Mini Tournament U11 Girls
Norwich B team showed a fantastic team spirit to secure 3rd place, only conceding two goals in the entire tournament, one to the winners Norwich As in the quarter final (well we did need to help them along the way!) and the other in our second match against Dereham As, which was a lucky break away goal from them and otherwise we dominated the match with the majority of ball play at their end. On the way to our 3rd place, we also beat Pelicans B team 4-0, Magpies 1-0 and in the 3rd/4th place play off, Pelicans A team 1-0. 
 
 
 
Flo Allen and Tally Watt were a force to be reckoned with in attack, with Flo scoring 5 of our goals and Tally getting so close on more than one occasion. Victoria Findlay showed great flexibility by scoring a goal when she played forward, but defending aggressively when we most needed it, helped in midfield by the buzzing Jemima Saunders being all places at once and making sure the ball didn’t pass her by. Olivia Richmond and Maddie Ahier showed great determination in feeding the ball out and intelligent passing and close marking, that was a signature of the day. Alice Beckett and Jemima Fennell were solid in defence with Alice also playing up when she had the opportunity giving the opposition a run for their money, whilst Jemima remained the dependable back stop. The team’s defence of short corners was excellent and Flo being quick out of the blocks ensured that the opposition really did not get a decent first hit. Summer’s excellent performance was demonstrated by only letting in two goals, despite some hairy moments. She is a solid and dependable rock for the team. 
 
 
 
Girl(s) of the tournament goes to both Flo for scoring so many of our goals and always being there when needed and to Summer for only conceding two goals. Very well done to all, you should all be proud of yourselves.

U12 County Championship – Gresham School 21 March

U10 County Championship – Gresham School 21 March
We entered the U10 County Championship with a very young team – six of the squad were from the U9s including Michael, our goalie, who is not yet 8 – and our aim was to gain experience rather than win.  
 
We started against Dereham in a fast, end-to-end match, the team fighting hard for the ball. Luke Byrne tackled strongly at the back and Tom Spencer saved the team with a clearance off the line, before we really got going. In the second half, we worked out the long ball was key and twice Luke Byrne struck balls from our 16 all the way through to Cameron Cook (on a goalscoring bonus scheme), who finished clinically. A great two nil win. 
 
Next was the Harleston Magpies side who beat our U11s at Watton a few weeks earlier. We started off nervously, allowing Magpies to dominate and were only 3-0 down at half time thanks to some good goalkeeping from Michael Milne-Brown. However, our team started to believe in themselves and in the second half played tenaciously, fighting for every ball. Norwich got their just desserts with Harry Paterson scoring a good goal – the only goal Harleston conceded all day – and despite losing 5-1 we finished the stronger team. A good lesson in self-belief. 
 
And finally Pelicans. Our team got into top gear, playing some beautiful hockey. Sam Bingham and Joseph Wales played beautifully on the flanks, terrorising the defence. Cameron Cook was dangerous up front (particularly if you were standing anywhere near the goal) and Harry Paterson tackled tenaciously in midfield. We scored quickly, Cameron roofing the ball, much to the goalkeeper’s surprise. We carried on in the same vein, with Jack Watling knocking one in on the near post and Cameron getting his second. We continued to dominate in the second half, with Joseph Wales and Harry Paterson each scoring good goals, before Cameron completed his hat-trick. A fantastic 6-0 victory, with the whole team playing superbly. 
 
All-in-all it was a very good day’s work, with a good second place in the tournament and young Master Cook decidedly richer after a five goal haul. It bodes very well for the upcoming U9 tournament and next year’s U10 county championship when we will have much the same squad. 
 
Squad: Tom Spencer, Joseph Wales, Harry Paterson, Luke Byrne, Sam Bingham, Michael Milne-Brown, Jack Watling, Cameron Cook

U11 Boys Watton Tournament - March 2010
In unusually dry weather, the U11 Boys visited Watton determined to put their training into action. The team started off against Dragons like a train, our defenders and goalkeeper not actually touching the ball all match! With Joseph Wales and George Brine conducting the play, we won 1-0, thanks to Will Kidner, and were unlucky not to score a hatful. Next up was the home team Watton. In a great end-to end game, Alfred Kidner played well up front and Tom Spencer and Harry Ingham tackling strongly in defence. Despite having a lot of play, somehow we couldn't quite convert our opportunities and were unlucky to concede a goal a minute from time. With a suspicion of a foot involved, the team came off feeling a little hard done by!  
 
Next it was Pelicans and, against a physically bigger side, Norwich just didn't get going and were under pressure throughout the match. Even some great goalkeeping from Fred Anthony couldn't keep the Pelis from scoring three well worked goals. After that, Norwich were playing for pride and it all began to come together. Against Harleston the boys gave their all. The new short corner routine worked like clockwork and Jake Cushion added some bite in midfield. Shots rained on the Magpies goal. Magpies somehow kept out 3 short corners and we then had one effort tantalisingly sitting on the line before Magpies somehow scrambled it clear. Then, towards the end, we gave the ball away on our free hit and Magpies broke away and scored, completely against the run of play. It was now officially "one of those days"! Finally it was Dereham and another good performance. Sam Paterson gave a lesson in classy dribbling on the wing, drawing foul after foul, but somehow Dereham held on for a goalless draw.  
 
So what do we take away from this? Well, the boys played really well in nearly all the games and on a different day, with a bit of luck and some clinical finishing, could have been in the medals. We just need to keep believing in ourselves, stick to the game plan and victory will come!  
 
Team: Fred Anthony, Will Kidner, Sam Paterson, Jake Cushion, Alfred Kidner, Joseph Wales, George Brine, Harry Ingham, Tom Spencer  

U10 Girls are Norfolk U10 Champions
‘The Norfolk leg of the Championship comprised teams from Norwich City, Pelicans, Dereham and Magpies, with each team playing against each other twice.  
 
 
 
Our first match was against Pelicans and we started with a solid 2-0 win with Abbie Ingham showing off her shooting skills by scoring both goals. In attack she was ably supported by Grace Kidner, Victoria Findlay and Emma Richardson, with all the girls moving the ball around and passing up the wings. We played our second match against Dereham with some concerns, but these were ill founded with some blistering play from the attack. Abbie again demonstrated her goal skills by scoring two, but Victoria Findlay was having nothing of that and also scored two, whilst Lauren Rowe decided to pop another one in to make it 5-0. All three were again supported by Grace making sure that she was setting up the ball for them and tackling hard. The defence of Anna Tighe and Evie was always ready and alert but with such a blistering attack, they were seldom in demand. 
 
 
 
The third match was against Magpies and the tables were turned. This is where our defence of Evie Wills and Jemima Fennell really came into their own, the game went from end to end, and each time Magpies attacked they just couldn’t get it over the line, with Maddie Anthony making some brilliant saves. Lauren came back in to support and guarded the top of the D, making it an all round effort. Abbie showed off her goal scoring skills and drilled a goal in and we won 1-0. Emma showed some fierce attacking and was moving the ball superbly up the line. 
 
 
 
It was now the half way stage and we had to do it all over again! 
 
 
 
The fourth game was against Pelicans and by now a little tiredness was showing and as our positioning slipped this meant that the defence were again busy with Anna working hard and moving the ball out whilst Maddie was warming up her goal keeping skills, but without too much threat as Abbie and Lauren were up to their old tricks and scored one goal each, giving us a 2-0 win Victoria and Grace were also very strong in attack and showed how much of a team effort it was. We swiftly moved on to the fifth game and by now the girls were definitely getting a little tired and so we only beat Dereham 2-0 this time, but still a vital win. 
 
 
 
Our last game was against Magpies and after a good team talk the girls went on to the pitch with fire in the eyes! Again the defensive skills of Jemima, Anna and Evie were brilliant, but it was Maddie’s diving and gymnastic goal keeping that just meant Magpies just couldn’t score. Our attacking was spirited and we so nearly scored on a number of occasions. In the end it was a 0-0 draw, meaning.... 
 
 
 
WE HAD WON!! 12 goals for and none conceded. A brilliant result and a fantastic team effort. We are now going forward to the East Round on April 17th. It is hard to pick a girl of the tournament when they did all so well, but the honour goes to Abbie for her 6 goals’. 
 
 
 
A big thank you to all the parents for their excellent support and to my Manager Sarah Findlay. 
 
 
 
Adrian Fennell 
 

U13 Goal Machines at Harleston Tournament
Norwich City's domination of Norfolk U11 hockey continued where it left off last season with a clean sweep at the first tournament of the year, at Harleston Magpies. The team completed nine victories, scoring 24 goals with none conceded. 'Keeper' Livvy Broadway had no meaningful saves to make AT ALL. 
 
The team, skippered by Gussie Welsh, came out fighting on a cold sunny morning to beat old rivals Dereham 1-0 in the key opening match. Dereham had defeated us in a friendly a month ago, and there was the smell of revenge in the air. That set the scene for a 5-0 demolition of Watton, with goalscorer supremo Abby Gooderham putting four past the hapless Watton defence. 
 
The victories just kept coming: 1-0 (Norwich B), 5-0 (Dragons), 3-0 (Magpies A), 2-0 (Magpies B), 3-0 (Pellies) and a tricky but decisive 1-0 win over tournament newcomers Bury. Then it was back to the clubhouse for an hour to warm up again before the final match, against Dereham B, where Norwich ran out easy 3-0 winners in the November rain.  
 
The hockey from these girls was simply in a different class. Centre forward Abby Gooderham scored 15+ goals [yes, I did say 15]; she was simply outstanding. Great support from wingers Victoria Findlay, Milly Brown and Lauren Rowe, while Grace Rider and Gussie Welsh were the So Solid Crew in defence. My pick for top player was centre back Alice Hopgood; unassumingly good, made the tackles when necessary, and always looked to play the ball out wide, as per coach's instructions. Girls, if you want to be MVP [most valuable player, if you need to know], just do what your coach says. That's what Alice Hopgood did, and how! 
 
David's team really did Norwich proud; there was another fine performance by the irrepressible Summer Haylock in goal, defenders Alice Beckett and Anna Tighe kept things tight at the back, Alice Whitmore, Ella Peters, and busy busy Jem Sanders (apparently, she was everywhere!) did the hard graft in midfield, while Imogen Ray led the frontline (scoring a cracking goal against Bury), ably supported by Sabina Illing and Eleanor Perkin. 
 
It's back to normal practice next week, but how do you improve on a near perfect display? Answers on a postcard please....  
 
I'd like to thank all the parents for their noisy and welcome support. A special mention to Mark Sanders, who made it to Harleston on time after a very late night. The girls respond so well to the support and encouragement of the parents. Thanks to all who made it.  
 
Finally, a particular thank you to David Broadway, the flying winger, who ably stood in for Adrian Fennell. David saw his team get third place, highlighted by a 1-0 victory over the dangerous Bury St Edmunds, and throw down the gauntlet to Adrian: I see your third place and raise you...., second, first?  
 
Well done girls. Bring on the next one.

U14 Boys East Tournament 1st Round
The U13 Boys beat Pelicans 3-0 and then unfortunately lost to Peterborough 3-2. 
 
 
In the following match Pelicans beat Peterborough 2-0, so all three teams have 3 points in the League, our goal difference being the best! 
 
 
MATCH REPORT 
The team took the game to Pelicans from the start and an early goal from Felix Broadway got Pelicans rattled. Henry Crane was soon back in their D and produced a thunderous shot, a certain goal that was in fact poked over the line by Oscar Marshall, scuttling towards the goal with masses of enthusiasm. Oliver Cooley had a few good runs up the right wing, but the Pelicans left side defender was a persistent dam to our attempts at any useful cross. Instead the ball up the centre to Felix and his interplay with Oscar produced more threat, but alas no goals. The Norwich defence then had their work cut out for an intense 10 minutes, but solid performances by Sam Rowe, Lewis Gooderham (& his sub James Whitmore) and William Fennell, together with a couple of superb saves from the GK, Alistair Cook maintained our clean sheet. Angus Raffles (captain) and Henry Brock formed the mainstay of central midfield and were the main play-makers, well supported by William Perkin (& his sub Louis Naryan) and Dylan Simmons, whose passing should be commended. Angus Raffles worked his socks off and was rewarded by scoring the 3rd goal ensuring that Pelicans had no way back into the game. It was a well deserved victory and the most pleasing aspect was that the boys played well as a unit. Good dribbling, good passing, good tackles and sporting behaviour. 
Playing on a full pitch was perhaps harder for the boys than they had first thought. Angus Raffles was man-of-the-1st-match for a completely tireless performance and his work ethic was out-standing. He was shattered and requested to be subbed for the start of the following match, the draw meaning that we had back-to-back games. The draw perhaps played against us, since the fresh Peterborough team out-classed us for the first period and in retrospect we sat too deep to produce any threat and were soon 3 goals down, the third of which was an unstoppable fantastic shot, perhaps worthy of a victory. A change in the formation, making us more attacking with a return to the field by Angus, lead to a turn of fortune. Louis, Angus, Oscar and Felix all had good shots on goal. It was extremely pleasing to see that the boys did not let their heads drop for the second half. Indeed the team all turned up a gear and Oscar Marshall (man-of-the-2nd-match) scored 2 goals within 5 minutes of each other to set up a thrilling final few minutes. In was end-to-end stuff and a draw almost looked on the cards, but perhaps would have been flattering to us following our relatively poor first half. The signs are there for us to do well this season, remembering that we have a young squad, who have not played many games together. It was a pleasure to manage the team on Sunday and I look forward to helping them improve throughout the season. The boys almost certainly know what they need to concentrate on, but repetitive feedback may be helpful! 
1. General fitness (I need more of this too!) 
2. Give and Go (Once a pass is made, standing still is rarely useful!) 
3. The quick look up before the hit (Reduces the chance of an embarrassing pass to the opposition, or missing the goal!) 
4. Passing the ball before running into traffic (Saves a lot of hassle!) 
5. Avoid positioning yourself behind the opposition players (the ball won't get to you if you are hidden!) 
6. Remember the 5m rule! 
 
Finally, many thanks to Frosty for traveling all the way to Kings Lynn to umpire the games.  

U13 Girls / Ladies Development - Summer 7s Winners
On Tuesday 7th July the 2009 Summer 7s, organised by Broadland Hockey Club and held over a number of months at Taverham, concluded with the league finals. This season saw the introduction of a Development Summer 7s and the girls who played in last years U13s and Ladies Development team took part. The girls put on a fantastic performance throughout, conceeding just a single goal in all of their 8 matches, and winning 7 matches and drawing one, found themselves unbeaten. It was great to see the hockey being played by the girls and how well they have progressed this season, and with the sessions being run along side the ladies Summer 7s it was a good opportunity for the Norwich City ladies to get to see some of the young talent coming through. Congratulations on a great performance and a fully deserved set of trophies were awarded for the girls to take home...

26 April 2009 - U13 Girls @ Norwich City Tournam't
The U13 girls season was to draw to a close at our own hosted tournament on a pleasant sunny Norfolk day, with the club buzzing in numbers to help push us closer to our target of getting another pitch at Taverham. 
 
It was for most of the girls the finale to many years of mini hockey so they were all very keen to put in their best final performance. And, didn't they do just that, primarily in terms of how they played than maybe the final result with the As finishing third behind Dereham and eventual winners Magpies, and the Bs finishing 6th behind the other A teams but above Dereham B. 
 
The A team played their best hockey of the season at the tournament, showing how to pass and move and play as a complete team, moving the ball around the pitch in a style that would give lessons to many of our adult sides in the club. With Freddie Briscoe in goal showing such confidence and a dominance of her goal area was great to see, and her commitment in playing for the As and Bs back to back all day was so much appreciated. The defensive partnerships of Caitlin Dawkins and Kathryn Twentyman, and missing regular Polly Curtin sadly missing through injury, have been outstanding and the composure that they have been showing of late and strength as a unit has been a delight to watch. Our midfield workers of Amy Campbell, Phoebe Welsh, Livvy Ripman and Emily Brown have been tremendous all season and I am sure a group of girls that would prove an asset to any side, but the way they have evolved as a close working team and the way they just work the ball between each other has just shown how much they have continued to improve. That leaves us with the ever present Emma Wood who has been our primary forward player and as with her team mates she has just found more and more confidence in her ability and has started to make those wonderful runs across the pitch and all of this is now rewarding her with more and more goals. Back to the tournament, where they started out well with a straight forward 5-0 victory over Dereham B (Amy 3, Emma, Livvy), but this followed with a hic up against Dereham A losing 1-0 after having the majority of the play but just a late lapse in concentration allowed the opposition through to take the win, then a convincing win against Pelicans 2-1 (Livvy 2) with so much possession not quite finding the volume of goals it deserved, a 5-0 (Amy 3, Livvy 2) win against their fellow B team, and a straight forward but low scoring 1-0 (Phoebe) win against Watton, leaving them to finish their season against Magpies and what a performance they put in with an intense battle up and down the pitch but sadly a disappointing end when Magpies scored in the last few seconds when many would say the game was deserving of a draw. 
 
The B team have started to gel as a team over the past few tournaments and team spirit is obviously something very strong amongst them and great to see that despite the results of any game their heads remain high and every one of them works so tirelessly to give their best all of the time. With a few missing players the problem has recently been their lack of fire power up front and with no natural goal scorers they have been able to compete very well in midfield and show great strengths in defence but not quite found that person with the instinct in front of goal to put away the chances. The newly formed defensive partnership of Katie Clemitshaw and Maddie Taylor have worked so well together and continue to improve with experience, Maddie coming such a long long way this season with her hockey ability and making such a noticeable change to her game and being ever present and imposing herself on every opposing player, fantastic improvement. The midfield of Sophie Clemitshaw, Chloe Dhesi, Ellie Brine and Saskia Delacave have continued to improve and now able to compete in games which before they would have found more of a challenge, and with Ellie and Saskia playing throughout the season between both the As and Bs it has helped bring some structure to the midfield with both of them utilising their strength and confidence on the ball. With Anna Denman thrown into the unfamiliar territory of the forwards role of late, knowing that she is far more comfortable playing in midfield, continues to give her all and works so hard up and down the pitch to continually cause trouble for the opposition. Again, back to the tournament, where they started with a straight forward 1-1 draw (Saskia) against Dereham B, another great performance ensured a 1-1 draw (Ellie) against Watton, a loss of 0-5 to Magpies followed by another 0-5 loss to their A team was always going to be tough matches, then a 0-2 loss to Dereham A where they defended so strongly as a team, and finally a narrow 0-1 loss to Pelicans showing that as a B team they are definitely able to compete with the other A teams.  
 
What a fine conclusion to the season and despite not winning medals it was a delight to watch some great hockey being played and such personal pride to have been able to be a part of their hockey development and both teams have definitely finished the season on a high, performances as individuals and as teams to very extremely proud of. With the majority of the girls now concluding mini hockey the focus for me and them will no doubt move to the development league next season, where for this season those who have already participated will have had a chance to play 11 a-side hockey on a Saturday and I am sure this has been instrumental to their outstanding hockey progression. 
 
So, a great bunch of girls to have been able to enjoy my hockey coaching experience with and for some it must have been four seasons now starting from the first year at U11s with them… Wow doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!!! 
 
Finally, I know I will continue to see many of the girls next season, but on behalf of their team mates and me we must wish all the best for Phoebe Welsh and Livvy Ripman who are leaving for schools afar next season and both of them have been such a key part of the minis make-up and success this season and those gone by and you will be sadly missed. Best of luck for the future girls!!! 
 
Enjoy your summer break from hockey and seeing what it is like to have Sundays free again… 
 
Pies

26 April 2009 - U13 Boys @ Norwich City Tournament

26 April 2009 - U11 Girls @ Norwich City Tournam't
NCHC Under 11 A's signed off 2009 in style with their fourth tournament victory of the season on home turf at Taverham. Five victories and one defeat - against Magpies, was more than enough to seal the gold medal for this excellent team, who frankly have been in a different class to the competition all season.  
 
The mighty Bs put a up a good show, and continue to improve, but just weren't able to find the net on the day. A couple of goals would have made all the difference, but they can be proud of their performance, and some talented individuals have been unearthed during the course of the season. 
 
Back to Norwich A. Captained again by Maria Andrews, the team continued from where they left off the previous weekend with a 2-0 victory over Dereham B. A similar scoreline saw off the challenge from a strong Pelicans unit, and a third 2-0 victory over Dereham A set things up nicely for Magpies.  
 
In truth, the team took their foot off the gas, allowing Magpies to sneak a goal in the final minute to win 1-0; it was, however, a small blemish, and the girls responded magnificently, putting four past Norwich B then trashing Watton 6-0 in the final game. Polly Watson scored 5 goals in this game alone, and would have continued to rattle the board all afternoon if the bell hadn't put Watton out of their misery.  
 
Amy Brown continued her poachers touch in the D, scoring six goals during the afternoon and a marauding Gussie Welsh also scored against Norwich B. I have a feeling that Maddie Denman also got her name on the scoresheet, but in my excitement I forgot to write it down, 
 
Maria Andrews completed proceedings with a couple of trademark strikes. Livvy Broadway in goal made a number of crucial saves; her kicking has been a revelation in recent matches, and a combination of Annabel Kennard, Emily Cocker and Gussie Welsh held firm at the back. Maddie Denman, a strong candidate for most improved player of the season, supported the attack with some excellent wing play, feeding on passes out wide from the defence and regularly beating her opponents. 
 
The final match saw Summer Haylock, goalie extraordinaire, take over from Livvy, who had to leave early for a swimming match.  
 
What has made this team so successful? It's a combination of factors - good positional sense, hunger for the ball, the ability to think before passing, as opposed to hoofing the ball anywhere. They think and act as a single unit, they get the small things right. For example they arrive quickly on the pitch and are in position ready to play while other teams are still filing on. They support the other teams too. 
 
They are gracious in victory, and positive in those admittedly rare defeats. Above all, these girls love to play hockey and love to score goals. They have been a pleasure to coach. 
 
Finally a word of thanks to parents who've sacrificed their Sunday mornings to bring the girls to Taverham, and been hugely supportive to me and the team during the season. And thanks also to Andrew 'Jose' Brown, for looking after the mighty B's, and David Broadway for his wise guidance and enthusiasm.  
 
Just a reminder then, of the team's record for this year: 
 
Magpies tournament (2nd), Pelicans (1st), Watton (1st), Yazoo Norfolk Championships (3rd - leading club side), Dereham (1st) and Norwich City (1st). Phew!  
 
Ben

26 April 2009 - U11 Boys @ Norwich City Tournament
On a bright sunny Sunday morning the U11 boys took to the field to play their part in the Norwich City Tournament at Taverham, on home turf and two enthusiatic teams raring to get going. 
 
The A team were hoping to see some medals in their home tournament especially after a great performance the week before at Dereham where they finished second. Unfortunately a shakey start against Pelicans and not quite working together as a team in the initial stages of the tournament saw them struggling to find many chances of creating goal opportunities, and fine defensive play ensured the chances for the opposition were limited. The true potential of the team came at the end of the tournament when they beat Watton 3-0 in a game where they played such great hockey, everybody passing and moving and pinging the ball around with ease, creating numerous chances and giving very little ball time for Watton to get into the game. The outcome was a respectable third place behind Pelicans and eventual winners Magpies, but much positives knowing that had they been consistent throughout with the quality they had found in the latter stages of the tournament that they could have been up there in the medals, but a great result none the less. 
 
The B team got off to a good start with a deserving draw against Watton, but the rest of the tournament was always going to be a tester for them being the only B side participating. They did however battle extremely hard in tough games against Pelicans and Magpies but the goal opportunities were few and far between. They did give the As a good fight with the final result was 2-1 when the As managed to pip a goal in the last few minutes. They finished fighting out in the lower end of the table with Watton, but dramatic signs of improvement in the team are positive signs to take forward to next season (and what a find in Eddie in goal who in his second tournament ever was outstanding!). 
 
The goal scorers making their mark included Sam Paterson (2), Sam Tomlinson, Ethan Marchant and Jake Cushion, all of whom taking their opportunities with fine finishes. 
 
It has been a delight to be involved with the U11 boys this season and working alongside their coach Sarah Shelly to see how they have continually improved throughout the season. With many of them having at least another year at U11 level next season it should be an exciting time as they continue to evolve as a team and I am sure they will see themselves benefiting from this extra time together and the tournament successes I am sure will start to flood in. 
 
Results : 
 
Norwich B vs Watton - Drew 0-0 
Norwich A vs Pelicans - Lost 0-1 
Norwich A vs Dereham - Drew 0-0 
Norwich B vs Pelicans - Lost 0-3 
Norwich A vs Magpies - Lost 0-2 
Norwich B vs Dereham - Lost 0-2 
Norwich A vs Norwich B - A's Won 2-1 
Norwich B vs Magpies - Lost 0-3 
Norwich A vs Watton - Won 3-0 
 
A Team : 
 
Fred Anthony 
Alex Fisher 
Cameron Galawan 
Jake Cushion 
Ethan Marchant 
George Brine 
Sam Paterson (C) 
Sam Tomlinson 
 
B Team : 
 
Eddie Milne-Brown 
Charles Larner 
Alfred Kidner 
William Kidner (C) 
Mark Savill 
Harry Ingham 
Tom Watling 
Joe Holden 
 
That concludes a much enjoyed 2008/2009 season for the U11 boys - enjoy the hockey free Sundays... 
 
Pies

19 April 2009 - U13 Girls @ Dereham Tournament
The U13 girls tournament featured both an A and B side this year, something we haven’t done for a few seasons at Dereham so great to see the enthusiasm this season to continue their hockey way into April. The A team had the usual faces, many of whom having played with each other throughout the U11 and U13 years and now more recently in the development team on Saturdays, and the B team seeing an opportunity for some of the less experienced girls take to the field with this being their first season with the club. So, a good positive turn out and with the girls keen and ready to get going it was time to start the tournament. 
 
Our first match was between the As and the Bs and for an established A team they got into their usual stride quite rapidly and started to impose themselves on the newly formed B team, making it hard work and giving the As a final winning result of 4-0 (Livvy 2, Phoebe 1, Amy 1). The A team continued their winning way, with such an improved pattern of hockey being played and the passing and moving showing that they had improved so much over the season, and with an excellent close game against Pelicans the final result after a late goal was a 2-1 victory (Amy, Emma). Their next fixture was against usual favourites Magpies and with opportunities for both teams to score and with end to end action, it was Magpies who eventually broke the deadlock with a break away opportunity and giving a final loss of 0-1 to Harleston. The bounce back opportunity came against Watton and with most of the action in the Watton end of the pitch the eventual result was another win for Norwich, 2-0 (Saskia, Amy). The game against Dereham B just needed a goal to reward the pressure that the As continued to put on the Dereham goal, and eventually it came and the result was 1-0 (Livvy). The final game was against hosts Dereham A but the pressure and opportunities that fell to Norwich were continually blocked by their usual ever present young goal keeper, and a one off break away by Dereham gave them their only goal from their only opportunity and an unfortunate loss of 0-1 to Norwich. 
 
The Bs knew that the day would be a challenge for them and with only Dereham putting in a B team all of their fixtures were to be against A teams. This was not going to dampen the spirits of the girls and they showed such enthusiasm and determination to get “stuck in” in each and every match. Their first was a loss to their fellow A team, but their commitment was never questioned and some great defensive play enable them to weather much of the attacking play on them. There next fixture was against Dereham B and with action end to end and with a number of chances narrowly missing it was to end a 0-0 draw, a fair reflection of the end to end play that had been displayed. The losses them unfortunately came, but most of them saw very few goals for the opposition as a result of excellent defending by the team as a whole, everybody working for the full duration up and down the pitch and just never stopping. The following results came, with a 0-2 loss to Watton, a respectable 0-2 loss to Magpies, just one goal deciding the 0-1 loss to Pelicans, but an unfortunate and tiring last game to Dereham to let them finish with a 0-4 victory. The whole team stood out as great workers during the day, no sign of heads dropping which was a delight to experience, but a special mention must go to Maddie Taylor who was outstanding throughout the tournament and at the heart of the defence for the first time she looked such a natural and was such a barrier for all oppositions who tried to get through. 
 
The final outcome was a third place for the As, and a respectable sixth for the Bs ahead of Dereham B. The eventual winners were Magpies with Dereham A in second. 
 
A and B goalkeepers: 
 
Freddie Briscoe 
Rose Buchan 
 
A squad: 
 
Caitlin Dawkins (C) 
Kathryn Twentyman 
Emily Brown 
Phoebe Welsh 
Amy Campbell 
Polly Curtin 
Emma Wood 
Olivia Ripman 
Saskia Delacave 
 
B squad: 
 
Katie Clemitshaw 
Sophie Clemitshaw 
Ellie Brine (C) 
Anna Denman 
Chloe Dhesi 
Abi Simpson 
Maddie Taylor 

19 April 2009 - U13 Boys @ Dereham Tournament

19 April 2009 - U11 Girls @ Dereham Tournament
Hockey fans witnessed some scintillating hockey from Norwich City U11s during a beautiful spring afternoon at Dereham (19 April). Despite a long lay off over Easter, NCHC A's stormed to their third tournament win this season, carrying off the Alex Hill trophy with five out of five wins and no goals conceded. The 'Mighty Bs,' managed by Andrew 'Jose' Brown, scored three draws, coming fifth overall. 
 
For the A's, a 5-0 opener against Dereham A was swiftly followed by 4-0 trouncing of Dereham B. Your correspondent had barely written down the goalscorer of one goal before another one rattled the back of the opposing goal.  
 
Maria Andrews, captaining the team, was in imperious form, quickly finding her range to hammer goal after goal, especially from short corners. She was ably supported in attack by Sacha Welsh, Amy Brown, and Polly Watson, all of whom got on the scoresheet. Wingers Abby Gooderham and Maddie Denman made opposing defenders look leaden-footed with some sparkling wide play.  
 
2-0 against a stronger Watton side was followed a satisfactory demolition of Magpies, 3-0, and then the game of the afternoon, a hard fought 1-0 win against Pelicans. Pellies were on good form, however, sturdy defending from Gussie Welsh, Emily Cocker and Annabel Kennard made sure of the tie, while Livvy Broadway, dominating her goal, made some crucial interventions to maintain her clean sheet.  
 
The As wrapped up maximum points with a 2-0 victory against Norwich B, Abby Gooderham scoring both goals from the right wing.  
 
These girls hadn't played any hockey for three weeks, but their teamwork, workrate off the ball and positional sense made a nonsense of the Easter break - it looked as though they'd be playing together for months.  
 
One particular move, against Watton, saw a stunning ball out wide from defence by Annabel Kennard, picked up by Abby Gooderham who sprinted up the wing, beat a couple of players before crossing the ball into the D for Amy Brown to notch home. Ooh Aah Cantona!  
 
All in all, a great day's work from all the girls, who must be looking forward to the final tournament of the season, on home ground next weekend. As always, terrific support from NCHC's travelling 'hockey moms,' and a few hockey dads as well - with a special mention to Ryan Andrews for helping out with the warm up and giving Livvy B some great tips from behind the goal.  
 
All hail the the mighty Norwich - perhaps our footballers could learn a thing or two from these mini-maestros. 
 
Ben 'Rafa' Welsh

19 April 2009 - U11 Boys @ Dereham Tournament
Two keen and enthusiastic teams took to the field with intention of making their mark on the U11 Boys tournament as part of the Alex Hill Memorial event at Dereham. This time we were able to enter two teams so it was good to be able to give those wishing to play a chance to participate. 
 
The A team was put through their paces in their first fixture against a seemingly older Pelicans line-up and were unfortunate to concede a late goal which gave them a 0-1 loss to start with. They seemed to lift themselves for the remaining fixtures and some excellent inter-play amongst the entire team, showing signs that they had started to become a true team, saw them rewarded with victories over Watton (1-0, Jake C), Dereham (2-0, Sam P and Sam T) and a nice way to round off the day with a convincing win over Magpies (2-0, both by Sam T). Their only other points dropped in the event were midway through the tournament when the As and Bs clashed and end to end hockey soon emerged and some great goalkeeping, especially Eddie for the Bs who was playing in goal for the very first time, and the defending at either end of the pitch saw an eventual 1-1 draw outcome (Sam T, Charles L). 
 
The B team were the only B team in the U11 boys tournament and from the outset it was going to be a good opportunity for them to step up to the challenge. The opening game showed promising signs when in a hard fought game against the home side Dereham ended in a 0-0 draw, great start. The following two matches were against usual the stronger sides of Pelicans and Magpies and unfortunately both were lost 0-2. The bounce back for them was against the As whereby they showed such determination to prove themselves and in an end to end game with opportunities both ends it was a score draw, 1-1 (Sam T, Charles L). The lifted performance against the As seemed to get them in the hunger for victory and their final fixture saw a 1-0 (Charles L) victory against a strong and hard working Watton team. 
 
The As eventually came second behind Pelicans, and the Bs came fourth ahead of both Watton and Dereham, so great results all round and some good performances by both teams.  
 
As 
 
Fred Anthony 
Sam Tomlinson 
George Brine 
Jake Cushion (C) 
Harry Ingham 
Sam Paterson 
Ethan Marchant 
Cameron Galawan 
 
Bs 
 
Eddie Milne-Brown 
William Kidner 
Alfred Kidner 
Charles Larner 
Gregory Bullock 
Alex Fisher (C) 
 
A big thank you to David Kidner for helping with the running of the Bs during the day and for Al Paterson for helping me with the As and providing pitch side encouragement to the players. 
 
See you all next week... 
 
Pies

19 April 2009 - U9s @ Dereham Tournament
City A team started well against Pelicans Bs, winning courtesy of goals from Joseph Wales and Cameron Woodcock. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds and great tackling from Anna Tighe and Harry Paterson kept Pelicans out several times when Pelicans broke. Against Dereham A, we were unlucky to draw 2-2. Good play by Daniel Phillips and two Joseph Wales goals were cancelled out by some slightly lucky Dereham goals! Finally in our Group we took on Watton – Emma Richardson and Lauren Rowe ran the midfield, Maddie Anthony played well in goal and another goal from Joseph meant we won the game 1-0. Being unbeaten, we topped the league easily and came up against Magpies in the final. Sadly it was a repeat of the Watton Tournament – City As held their own in the game with some great tackling and passing, but fell victim to some excellent shooting from Magpies and we lost 2-0. Nevertheless our tournament position of second out of eight teams was a really good end to the season. 
 
City Bs had a tough start as they played eventual winners Magpies and lost 4-0. The next game was against Dereham B and City won the game 1-0 with a deserved goal being scored by Luke Byrne from a well struck short corner. In the final group game against Pelicans City started well and took the lead when Lydia Ellis-Baumber followed up Abbie Ingham’s initial shot to score. However, Pelicans A equalised from a swift counter-attack when goalkeeper Amelia Ellis-Baumber found herself facing 3 attackers with her defenders nowhere in sight! City finished 3rd in their group and played Pelicans B in the playoff match, which despite lots of possession for City, ended 0-0. A good all round performance with good contributions from the other members of the team – James Anderson-Brown, Ella Peters & Jemima Fennell. 
 
Whilst all the players did themselves proud, the following were chosen by the coaches as the players of the game for each match: 
 
A team 
Pelicans B - Anna Tighe 
Dereham A - Joseph Wales 
Watton - Cameron Woodcock 
Magpies - Lauren Rowe 
 
B team 
Magpies – Abbie Ingham 
Dereham B – Luke Byrne 
Pelicans A – Lydia Ellis-Baumber 
Pelicans B – Ella Peters 
 
Over the course of three tournaments in the last month, 22 different players have represented Norwich City at Under Nine Level and have done the Club proud with both the standard of hockey but also good manners and sportsmanship. Well done to all of them!

29 March 2009 - U9s Watton Tournament
The clocks going forward meant the 10am start at Watton was not the lie-in we had all been led to believe, but all 16 Norwich U9s were ready and raring to go for the A and B team tournaments. The two teams eagerly donned their brand new Norwich City Hockey Club strips for the first time, kindly sponsored by Global Diagnostics. 
 
A Team Tournament 
 
City were unlucky to come up against Magpies before the team had really got going! Despite some desperate tackling at the back from Harry Paterson and Anna Tighe and a couple of excellent saves from Maddie Anthony in goal, Magpies striking was too strong for us and we lost 2-0.  
 
From then on, Norwich City went from strength to strength. Our strong midfield of Victoria Findlay and Sam Bingham dominated Pelicans and, with goals courtesy of Harry Paterson and Joseph Wales, Norwich City swept to an easy 2-0 win. 
 
This was followed by a 1-0 win against Watton. City ran the game, with Lauren Rowe and Cameron Woodcock linking well up the left, before Joseph Wales scored another excellent goal for the win.  
 
City finished the tournament against Dereham. Despite having most of the possession we struggled to score and the City parents (a rowdy bunch!) were getting increasingly concerned. However, with only minutes to go, Cameron Woodcock received the ball in the D, dribbled towards the goalie and calmly slotted the ball home for a 1-0 win. 
 
Overall, we finished second in the tournament out of five teams – a really good result, but with the team planning revenge against Magpies for next time we meet! 
 
 
B Team Tournament 
 
City started brightly against Dereham, having most of the possession and being camped in Dereham’s D. Ella Peters nearly scored with the goalkeeper somehow preventing the ball crossing the lane, before James Anderson Brown, our defender, popped up from nowhere to sweep the ball in for a 1-0 victory.  
 
Next came Pelicans where, in a game mostly fought out in midfield with Brook Simmons and Maddie Ahier getting stuck into the play, neither side could break the deadlock. 
 
Against Magpies the team started well and had much of the possession, with short-corners being won by Jack Watling and Lydia Ellis-Baumer. However, Magpies hit us on the counter attack three times and, despite the best efforts of Amelia Ellis-Baumer in goal, managed to achieve a 3-0 win which did not reflect the balance of play. 
 
Finally, we came up against Watton and the team exploded into life. Cameron Cook scored a great hat-trick within five minutes of the start, with Isobel Hodges topping off the day for a fantastic 4-0 win. 
 
The team was delighted to come second in the B team tournament. When you consider that this was the first tournament for most of the team members and only the second time Amelia has put goalkeepers pads on, it really puts into perspective how good a performance this was! 

22 March 2009 - U13 Girls @ County Championships
The U13 girls took part in the U13 girls County Championships, taking on the usual clubs and schools, including Magpies, Dereham, Pelicans, Watton, Greshams and Norwich School. 
 
The first game to open the day was against Greshams, tournament favourites, and it was Norwich who managed to look the stronger for much of the game, narrowly missing the goal to take the lead, however Greshams were the eventual winners with a 1-0 close scoreline. A great start and the girls continued to play some enthusiatic and excellent hockey showing that they had all progressed over the season with their standard of hockey. The second match was against Magpies and the usual battle, City managing to hold the game for some time until Magpies broke the deadlock and managed to get a few late goals to get a 3-0 victory. A straight forward 3-0 win against Watton followed and gave the girls a chance to find their winning ways, two goals from Chloe Dhesi and another from Emma Wood. The momentum continued and a 1-0 win was the result against Pelicans, the goal coming from Ellie Brine. It was an end to end game against Norwich School, with club team mates Amy Campbell and Saskia Delacave playing for the school, and causing problems to block out the City attacks in a game which City would have hoped to have won. The final game was against Dereham and a victory would see City challenging Greshams and Norwich School for second place, but the domination of play just could not find the final goal and it resulted in a 0-0 draw. 
 
This left Norwich dropping back to 5th behind Dereham on goal difference and a reflection on how well they played all day but with a win not coming against Dereham just slipping back in what turned out to be a very close tournament, with Magpies eventual unbeaten winners. 
 
Team : 
 
Freddie Briscoe 
Ellie Brine 
Emily Brown 
Emma Wood 
Catriona MacIver 
Maddie Taylor 
Caitlin Dawkins 
Jemma Smalls 
Chloe Dhesi 
 
A good team performance and despite the final position in the table they did play and compete so very well against all of the other teams, with a notable good end to end game against Greshams.

22 February 2009 - U13 Girls @ Pelicans Tournament
Norwich U13 girls took to the pitch at Pelicans, the proud wearers of the newly arrived shirts, kindly sponsored by Global Diagnostics, coming away with a very worthy Silver medal. 
 
The first of their matches was against Dereham B, and unlike previous tournaments it was key that they took the opportunity to guarantee the points from what was going to be one of the easier matches of the day. The team did not disappoint and the coach and crowd were soon enjoying a flowing game of hockey with the passing and moving that they had been showing throughout the season in their Saturday development hockey, giving Phoebe Welsh (proud captain for the day) a chance to secure two well taken goals and Amy Campbell the third, all of them as a result of good hockey team play. The next fixture was against Watton and an opposition that too often prove a challenge for Norwich to break down, but this time it was Olivia Ripman that was able to break the deadlock and give Norwich the 1-0 victory and 3 points they desperately wanted to achieve. The third game was against Pelicans B, a fortunate easier start to the tournament, but again games that had to be won and points they really need to gain to stand a chance of winning the tournament, and again Olivia Ripman finishing a great run and making it a 1-0 win. Dereham A was the next fixture and despite having so much pressure they just could not break through the hard working defense and with a few chances just missing the post, it was an unfortunate 0-0 draw that was going to be a slight set back for them. They then had a top of the table clash with Harleston and the winner was likely to win the Gold medal so both teams were obviously very keen to get the result. Both Harleston and Norwich played some end to end hockey, challenges the keepers at both ends, but Harleston were to get the opening goal. Despite a few chances falling to City, missing the post by inches on a number of ocassions, it was the pushing forward that gave Harleston the chance to get a second goal catching Norwich on the break. The final game was against Pelicans A and with the team tiring from a long day of hockey it was again a chance for Olivia Ripman to get another goal for her tally for the day, ensuring Norwich got the win and the points to guarantee them the Silver medal position. 
 
Squad: 
 
Freddie Briscoe (GK) 
Emily Brown 
Caitlin Dawkins 
Olivia Ripman 
Catriona MacIver 
Phoebe Welsh 
Polly Curtin 
Amy Campbell 
Ellie Brine 
 
A visible improvement week after week, and for those attending Wednesday training, Sunday coaching and playing Saturday in the development team (phew what a lot of hockey!), it is definately showing signs of improvement time and time again and obviously well worth the commitment being shown. 
 
Keep up the excellent work... 
 
Pies

22 February 2009 - U13 Boys @ Pelicans Tournament

22 February 2009 - U11 Boys @ Pelicans Tournament
The U11 boys took to the field at Pelicans, taking on the usual rivals of Watton, Dereham, Harleston and Pelicans, to win Bronze medals. 
 
A slight adjustment last minute to cater for a handful of absences, and a recruitment last minute of young Mark Saville who thought he had come to watch his older brother, gave the team the squad they needed to make their mark on the tournament. 
 
The start was against Watton and unfortunately all the excellent work and possession just didn't quite enable them to find a goal to break the deadlock, and a draw of 0-0 was their opening scoreline. The next game was against Dereham and some great play from newcomer Matthew May gave City the 1-0 victory. The next challenge was against Harleston, against their new local rival Kieran Peters as the Magpies target man, and this ended up with a loss of 2-1, despite a great solo goal from Sam Tomlinson. The final game was against Pelicans and this was a very similar battle to that of the Harleston game, with the final scoreline the same with a loss of 2-1, and again a good run by Sam Tomlinson to secure a goal to make it a tight game. 
 
The final points were added up and Norwich became the proud owners of the Bronze medal, a reward well deserving of the way they had worked and played throughout the tournament. 
 
The boys played some excellent hockey throughout the tournament and every game proved to be a tight match, even against the tournament top two of Harleston and Pelicans they put on a great contest. The ever present Fred Anthony in goal led by example, solid and determined as he always is, with Harry Ingham and Tom Byrne playing very well as a defensive duo in front of him. The midfield of George Brine, Matthew May, Mark Saville and Adam Byrne worked so very hard in every match, working up and down the pitch to the screams of "work work work" from the sideline. Leaving the primary striker role to Sam Tomlinson who managed to find the target with some great runs at goal. 
 
Well Done!!! 
 
Pies

22 February 2009 - U11 Girls @ Pelicans Tournament
Norwich City U11 Girls A team triumphed again at Pelicans last Sunday (22 February), picking up a gold medal to follow the Watton tournament victory the previous weekend.  
 
Led by skipper Amy Brown, the team - playing in smart new club shirts and sponsored by Global Diagnostics - ran up four wins and a draw. Attacking hockey was the order of the day; the team scored 13 goals for and one against. Another solid defensive performance (Olivia Broadway in goal, Gussie Welsh and Sabina Illing) meant we could effectively play with four attackers. Once the ball spread wide to Maddie Denman and Sacha Welsh on the wings, opposing defences couldn't cope with the neat passing and running off the ball. 
 
Maria Andrews and Amy Brown scored the majority of the goals. They have become a highly effective partnership this season, working hard for each other around the D and making the most of their complementary style of play.  
 
This team look the part, staying together when off the field of play, warming up together, messing around together, and, this season, winning tournaments together too. A special well done to Sabina Illing for stepping up to A team hockey for the first time. 
 
For the B squad, a hard afternoon's work was capped by a terrific performance against Harleston Magpies, where the team only lost by a single goal and were deprived a draw by sheer bad luck.  
 
Joy Andrews once again led the attack, supported by a number of stalwarts, including Olivia Richmond, Gemma Poole, Milly Brown, Alice Beckett, Ellie Kingston, Summer Haylock and Emily Matthews. Olivia Broadway earned double time for playing in goal for the B team too.  
 
Norwich once again brought with them excellent travelling support in the shape of parents, brothers and sisters, who cheered the teams on all afternoon. At times it seemed like Norwich were playing at home. Coaches and teams really appreciate this support - thanks to all who completed the long trek to Kings Lynn. Sabina's dad Andy was paparazzi in chief, with strong support from Ian Andrews, so I'll hope to get some pictures through in due course. 
 
Once again, a big well done to the U11 girls. Let's hope the purple patch continues.  
 
Ben 'Rafa' Welsh

15 February 2009 - U13 Girls @ Watton Tournament
It was a cold and windy morning at Watton and not a great introduction to tournament hockey for some of the girls to venture out into for the first time. Missing a few of the regular faces and with holiday clashes it was a great opportunity to let some of the less regular players have a run out in the U13 girls tournament, consisting of the usual regular clubs including Watton, Pelicans, Dereham and Harleston. 
 
The tournament got off to a great start with the girls playing some great pass and move hockey, seeing them start out with a convincing win against Watton B (2-0, Phoebe Welsh x 2), and another win against the usually strong opposition of Pelicans (1-0, Emily Brown). The game against Dereham was to follow, and later proved to be a vital loss of points, and on the balance of their performance they should have won had it not been for the great commitment of the Dereham defence and goalkeeper, losing out 1-2 with Phoebe Welsh on the score sheet again. The match against Watton A was a hard faught match, with Watton breaking down the Norwich play with their usual determination and non stop effort, giving a draw of 0-0. The last fixture was against the unbeaten Harleston and despite good end to end action a break away chance allowed them to get the winning goal, 0-1 final score. 
 
The final points were tallyed and the key points lost to Dereham saw the girls end up in a still respectable third place, looking back on the win against second placed Dereham as "what could have been". 
 
A great performance and despite the cold weather the girls worked so very hard from start to finish and were just so close to getting the second place medal. Well played to you all... 
 
Squad: 
 
Freddie Briscoe (GK) 
Kathryn Twentyman 
Georgia Heaton 
Emily Brown 
Phoebe Welsh 
Maddie Taylor 
Katie Clemitshaw 
Sophie Clemitshaw 
Ellie Brine 
Anna Denman 
 
Great to see the enthusiasm and work rate throughout the day, despite the bitter cold wind, and keep up the good work and keep enjoying your hockey! 
 
Pies

15 February 2009 - U11 Girls @ Watton Tournament
It was one of those magnificent days when everything went according to plan. The baddies were vanquished, the good guys saved the world, and the hero got the girl too! The U11 A team ran out convincing winners of the Watton Tournament, while the B team, with many girls playing competitive hockey for the first time, came a tremendous third.  
 
A Squad 
 
Magies and Pelicans alike were blown away by the Norwich whirlwind. Sacha Welsh, playing in goal, had virtually nothing to do all afternoon. Rock solid defenders Emily Cocker, Gussie Welsh and Annabel Kennard prevented opposing teams getting a sniff of goal. By contrast, at the other end opposing defences were overwhelmed by wave after wave of yellow and green.  
 
A 3-0 opening win over the hosts was followed by 3-1 against Magpies and 4-0 against Dereham. A hard fought draw against Norwich B was followed by a 2-0 victory over Pelicans to seal a day of stunning success for this excellent team.  
 
Norwich were especially devastating at short corners, where Maria Andrews (outstanding) made full use of the space she was given to rifle in goal after goal. Defences had no answer to her precision and power. Amy Brown's energy and 'never-say-die' attitude in the forward line also landed her a hatful of goals, while Skipper Polly Watson and Maddie Denman provided terrific support out wide.  
 
It wasn't just the scoreline that wowed the crowds, but the way the team played, looking to spread the ball wide, marking well to prevent opponents getting the ball and tackling like demons. The girls were simply in a different class to everyone else and thoroughly deserved the trophy. Who wouldn't want to coach this team?! 
 
B Squad 
 
Young players came of age on Sunday as the B Squad did the club proud, winning third place in the tournament. The team's success was built on a fantastic performance by the defence. Lucy Hopgood and Rishika Kaushal were marvellous, and alongside Jessica Fish - once again doing a great job in goal - created confidence which then spread to the rest of the team.  
 
Joy Andrews, leading the attack, proved a real handful for opposition defences. The more she played, the better she got, and had several goals to her name by the close of play. Coach Andrew 'Jose' Brown could call on a number of enthusiastic girls - among them Alice Hopgood, Grace Baldwin, Emily Matthews, Olivia Richmond, Gemma Poole, Ellie Kingston and Eleanor Perkin, who all played impressively and thoroughly deserved their third place finish.  
 
All in all a very satisfactory morning's work for the U11s, who received tremendous support from parents, brothers and sisters alike.  
 
Ben 'Rafa' Welsh

16 October 2008 - U13 Girls @ Magpies Tournament
With excellent availability from the U13 girls and a return of some of the older faces that haven't been around for a while, it was great to be able to field two sides for this tournament. 
 
The A team, consisting of many of the usual suspects, put on some excellent performances throughout the tournament and through recent attendance at Sunday and Wednesday coaching sessions and playing Saturday hockey for the development XI, showed so much improvement from last season and for the majority of the play it was a delight to watch and proved far too much of a challenge for oppositions to deal with. 
 
The B team had a mix of some of the younger players and a few of the older more experienced girls and as with the A team played some great periods of hockey. A bit of inexperience in attacking situations unfortunately left them struggling to score, however throughout the ups and downs and results not always going their way it was a credit to see all of them keeping their heads up and putting in such great commitment. It was also a credit to those who have historically played with the 'A's and who missed out due to overwhelming numbers of players this time, and the manner in which they continued to give their all and worked extremely hard in every match. 
 
'A' Team: 
Rose Buchan (GK) 
Caitlin Dawkins 
Polly Curtin 
Phoebe Welsh 
Emily Brown 
Saskia Delacave 
Amy Campbell 
Olivia Ripman 
Emma Wood 
 
'B' Team: 
Freddie Briscoe (GK) 
Chloe Dhesi 
Jemma Smalls 
Kathryn Twentyman 
Abi Cowe 
Georgia Heaton 
Ellie Brine 
Catriona MacIver 
Ella Higham 
 
The final outcome was that the 'A' came in second place and winning medals, losing only one game to the eventual winners Magpies, and the 'B's finished a respectable 6th, putting on a great performance to hold the 'A's to a 0-0 draw and made the 'A's work hard to win their subsequent games to ensure their final placing. 
 
Results: 
A vs Watton, Won 2-0 (Phoebe, Emma) 
B vs Pelicans, Lost 0-1 
A vs Magpies A, Lost 0-2 
B vs Magpies B, Drew 0-0 
B vs Dereham B, Drew 0-0 
A vs Dereham A, Won 3-0 (Amy 2, Emma) 
B vs Watton, Drew 0-0 
A vs Pelicans, Won 3-0 (Amy, Emma, Livvy) 
A vs B, Drew 0-0 
A vs Magpies B, Won 2-0 (Emma, Livvy) 
B vs Magpies A, Lost 0-6 
A vs Dereham B, Won 3-0 (Saskia x 3) 
B vs Dereham A, Lost 0-3 
 
So, it was great to see such improvements being made by the girls and obviously coaching and playing on a frequent basis is beginning to pay dividends, so keep it up. And finally, a big thank you to Doug Smalls for helping me at the last minute to run things from the side line when both teams were playing at the same time, and for his vocal input to see a 0-0 draw between the As and Bs.

16 October 2008 - U13 Girls @ Magpies Tournament

16 October 2008 - U11 Boys @ Magpies Tournament
A mixed performance for the U11 boys at the Harleston Magpies tournament, fielding an A and B side. 
 
The A team unfortunately finished towards the bottom of the table after struggling to get a win in any of their games, despite excellent play from the team, they just didn't quite find goals for the hard work they were putting in. 
 
The B team finished a few places higher than the A after a win over Watton and a win over their rival A team, again excellent play from the team and even good to see some of the new players starting out in tournament hockey for the first time adapting so well. 
 
'A' TEAM 
 
Squad: 
Fred Anthony (GK) 
Max Weaver 
Sam Tomlinson 
Cameron Galawan 
Sam Paterson 
Harry Ingham 
George Brine 
Joe Holden 
Ethan Marchant 
 
Results: 
 
Watton, Drew 0-0 
Magpies B, Lost 0-1 
Dereham, Drew 1-1 (Sam P) 
Magpies A, Lost 0-1 
Norwich B, Lost 0-1 (Alex F) 
Pelicans, Lost 0-5 
 
'B' TEAM 
 
Squad: 
William Kidner (GK) 
Mark Savill 
James Reeve 
Alfred Kidner 
Charles Larner 
Gregory Bullock 
Tom Watling 
Alex Fisher 
Alex Levinson 
 
Results: 
Magpies A, Lost 0-3 
Dereham, Won 1-0 (Gregory) 
Magpies B, Lost 0-1 
Pelicans, Lost 0-1 
Norwich A, Won 1-0 (Alex F) 
Watton, Won 1-0 (Alex L) 
 
A huge thank you to David Broadway who helped out with the running of each side between watching his own son playing for the U13s, much appreciated! 
 
Good to see team spirits remain high throughout, despite the results and not matching the second place of their previous tournament at North Walsham.  
 
See you all in the forthcoming coaching sessions on Sundays to prepare for the next tournament.  
 
Well Done!!!

16 October 2008 - U13 Boys @ Magpies Tournament
Alastair Cooke (GK), Edward Richardson, Felix Broadway, Jack Ingham, John Savill, Oscar Marshall, Robert Jepson, Sam Rowe & William Fennell. 
 
Results: 
 
Dereham A - Lost 2-0 
Magpies - Drew 0-0 
Dereham B - Won 5-0 (Felix Broadway 2, Jack Ingham 2, Ed Richardson 1) 
Watton - Lost 1-2 (Felix Broadway) after taking the lead !!! 
Pelicans - Drew 0-0 
 
Finished 5th, a win in the last game would have seen us finish in a respectable 3rd spot. 
 
Tournament winners - Dereham A 
Runners up - Magpies 
 
David Broadway was a great help to Pies and myself on the day and definitely a star for the future!

16 October 2008 - U11 Girls @ Magpies Tournament
Norwich City were able to put in two teams for last weekend's U11 Girls Tournament at Harleston Magpies, a testament to the great progress NCHC have made in creating a thriving minis section. 
 
An enthusiastic group of girls played their hearts out on a mercifully rain-free afternoon. The A team, led by skipper Emily Cocker, finished the afternoon runners up, while the B team got a great taste of tournament hockey. There was terrific support from parents, who cheered the girls on in fine style.  
 
For the A team, an unlucky blip in the first match against Pelicans was followed by a draw (against Magpies) and three wins. The team put together some excellent moves, especially when they remembered to move the ball out wide, and thoroughly deserved the silver medal.  
 
In the B team, coach Andrew Brown was able to test a number of new players, and while the team were unable to record any wins, there were some promising performances from a number of girls. A special mention goes to Jessica Fish, who donned the goalkeeping pads for the very first time.  
 
As usual the tournament was extremely well organised, with excellent facilities for the visitors.  
 
Looking forward to the next tournament, when we'll hope to go one better.

19 October 2008 - U13 Girls @ North Walsham
The U13 girls, unfortunately struck in a major way by a lack of the usual faces due to Norfolk County trial commitments, plus a general shortage of availability, and turning up a player short (but lucky enough to borrow a Dereham player to help with numbers) began their participation in the North Walsham tournament with odds stacked a little against them. 
 
The day started with a fairly even match against hosts North Walsham, but the nature of the newly formed side saw them struggle to get out of the blocks and get into the swing of playing before the opposition managed to take the victory with a 2-0 win. The next opposition was Watton and despite great work throughout the side they were unfortunate to not convert the posession they managed to have, resulting in a 0-0 draw, but a vast improvement on their first match. Their next fixture was against Pelicans and a lapse of concentration from the start saw them conceed a few early goals which they were unable to recover from and found themselves on the end of a 0-3 loss. They then took on Dereham and this was a good faught match with a number of great saves being made by the Dereham goalkeeper, but with moments to spare Dereham managed to break away and score the only goal of the game and give them the 1-0 win. The last match was against a strong Magpies side, seamingly not impacted as with other sides by the County trials and seeing them field a number of older players, and this ended in a 0-7 loss for City. 
 
The girls put their full commitment and heart into every match and it was great to see moments of wonderful hockey and as the event went on they seemed to look more and more like a team. It was great to see young Chloe in goal and pulling off numerous great saves, looking like a natural and obviously enjoying herself. Caitlin and Sophie played well together as a defensive unit, thwarting numerous opposition advances. The midfield was led by Emily in her central midfield role, adapting to the new position extremely well and showing no signs of tiredness with the non stop running, and beside her was the hard working Katie who worked and worked and worked, following by our guest Bethany from Dereham. The lone striker role was left to Ellie who managed to force a number of great saves from the opposing goal keepers, linking up well with her midfield team mates. 
 
A good early season tournament to get the team into the swing of competitive hockey, just a shame we were unable to have a few more players to help those who worked tirelessly throughout every match. Well done to those who played and it was very pleasing to see how heads never went down and how they worked so hard in every match! 
 
North Walsham 2 - Norwich City 0 
Norwich City 0 - Watton 0 
Pelicans 3 - Norwich City 0 
Dereham 1 - Norwich City 0 
Norwich City 0 - Harleston Magpies 7

19 October 2008 - U13 Boys @ North Walsham
Squad:- Liam Mooney, Robert Jepson, Edward Richardson, Jack Ingham, Henry 
Page, Matthew Calrk, Paul Wilson & Oliver Cooke 
Manager:- John Ingham 
Asst. Manager:- Thomas Cooke 
 
The team was stripped of it's better players having Norfolk U13 trials at Dereham. A closely fought opening game against Watton resulted in a 1-0 loss 
followed immediately by a 1-0 victory over hosts North Walsham, Robert Jepson deflecting an Ingham cross past the stranded keeper. Two late goals to Pelicans put paid to any hopes of finishing well (2-0) followed by heavy losses to Dereham (5-0) and Magpies (6-1), Richardson scoring a late 
consolation. 
 
Played 5, Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 4. Goals for 2 (Robert Jepson & Edward Richardson), Goals against 14 
 
A sorry tale but invaluable experience for new and old players. Spirits high and looking forward to the next tourney.

19 October 2008 - U11 Boys @ North Walsham
It was tough being up in Cromer at 9am on a Sunday morning, but those who made it will know it was worthwhile – a great City U11 performance worthy of being champions, only to miss out on the trophy through an unusual points scoring system which awarded more for a score draw than a no score draw! 
 
The boys were raring to go from the start, and kicked off with a hard fought 0-0 draw with Pelicans, followed by a 1-0 win against North Walsham, the goal scored by Sam Paterson, who dribbled past a series of defenders before sliding the ball past the goalkeeper. 
 
Norwich were now firing on all cylinders, with Mark Savile and George Brine tackling well and passing the ball up to the front. Against Dereham it was completely one-sided, with Norwich winning one short corner after another, hitting the post and having a number of shots saved. Sadly the siren came too soon for our valiant team and it was another 0-0 draw. City then took on Watton and, with a lovely goal from Sam Tomlinson, won 1-0.  
 
And so to the finale and the old enemy. Harleston Magpies were also unbeaten, had scored a bucketful of goals and were favourites to win. The game started at a furious pace, and Norwich City were soon making all the running. With Ethan Marchant (just like his Dad but more mobile!) booming passes up to the front two, it was soon Norwich on the offensive and Sam Tomlinson scored, much to the delight of the vocal, but well-behaved, City parents. 
 
The teams were evenly balanced and Magpies were soon on the attack. The City defence did a fantastic job – Fred Anthony in goal pulling off some excellent saves and Joe Holden, Max Weaver and Cameron Galawan doing some great no-nonsense defensive work. Wave after wave of Magpies attacks foundered on City’s defensive wall. 
 
When the siren sounded, the result was one to be savoured: City 1, Magpies 0. The team had played five matches, were unbeaten, hadn’t conceded a goal and beat the tournament winners - whilst Norwich were equal on points with Magpies, we came second on goal difference. A good day’s work and a good omen for the rest of the season - congratulations to all the U11s! 
 
Team: Sam Paterson, Max Weaver, Sam Tomlinson, George Brine, Fred Anthony, Joe Holden, Ethan Marchant, Mark Savill, Cameron Galawan. 
 
Results: 
City 0 - Pelicans 0 
City 1 - North Walsham 0 (Sam P) 
Dereham 0 - City 0 
Watton 0 - Norwich 1 (Sam T) 
City 1 - Harleston Magpies 0 (Sam T)

19 October 2008 - U11 Boys @ North Walsham

19 October 2008 - U9s @ North Walsham
NCHC U9’s – played 4, won 4 
NCHC 3 – North Walsham 0 
NCHC 2 – Pelicans 0 
NCHC 5 – North Walsham 1 
NCHC 6 – Pelicans 0 
 
Goalscorers: 
Abbie Gooderham – 11 
Jake Cushion – 4 
Kieran Peters – 1 
 
Players: 
Maddie Anthony 
Alice Beckett 
Anna Tighe 
Abbie Gooderham 
Kieran Peters 
Harry Ingham 
Sam Bingham 
Jake Cushion 
 
Norwich entered a strong side into the North Walsham tournament and, playing really good attacking hockey, came away as winners recording 4 victories and scoring lots of goals. Kieran got proceedings going with the first goal against North Walsham and goals from Abby and Jake secured the win. Abby then scored both goals in the 2-0 win against Pelicans. In the return games North Walsham pushed Norwich hard and pegged Norwich back to 2-1 after two early goals from Abby. Then some great individual skills saw Jake grab a brilliant hat-trick, which gave Norwich a 5-1 win. Norwich saved the best til last with a great display against Pelicans. Abby scored all 6 goals but Kieran worked tirelessly in midfield setting-up most of the goals. Alice and Anna played really well keeping things secure on the left side whilst Sam & Harry shared defensive duties on the right side and Maddie, in goal, kept everyone on their toes. A great all-round team performance so “well done” everyone. Finally, my thanks to a) all the parents for their support and b) to Al Paterson and John Ingham for their help in organising the team.

17 May 2008 - U9s voted 'Best Team 2008'
On Saturday 17th May , a team of U9s from Norwich City Hockey Club returned from a national tournament acclaimed as the best team. Forty U9 teams from all over the country met at the Highfields Sports Club in Nottingham for the Yazoo National Youth Hockey Festival, to end the 2007/08 season.  
 
Since 2008 is an Olympic year, teams were asked to get into the Olympic spirit and were randomly allocated a nation that is affiliated to the FIH – the world’s hockey governing body. Norwich City Hockey Club represented Kenya with coaches dressed up in tribal costume and Norwich players taking to the field carrying authentically decorated shields and presenting opponents with African necklaces.  
 
While strictly at U9 level there is no formal national competition, when taking account of performances on the pitch, together with entering into the spirit, Norwich were awarded the trophy for the 'Best team' by the judging panel from England Hockey. The players were presented with their trophy by Kate Walsh, captain of Great Britain and England Women’s Hockey Teams. 
 
Norwich City HC (Kenya) scored 7 goals conceding only one. In doing so they beat the much fancied Leicester and ended Bournemouth's 54 game unbeaten run! The festival was well supported by a large and noisy contingent of parents, who rallied under an enormous banner to cheer on the Norwich City boys and girls. 
 
The results: WON 4-0 Rover Oxford, WON 2-1 Bournemouth, Drew 0-0 Lichfield, WON 1-0 Leicester. 
 
The Players, aged between 7 and 9 were: Flo Allen, Fred Anthony, Jake Cushion, Sabina Illing, Harry Ingham, Kieran Peters, Sam Paterson, Anna Tighe. Thanks go to their inspirational coaches John Ingham, Al Paterson, and lead coach and tribal chief Stuart Peters. The team were kindly sponsored by The Range Home & Leisure Store at Longwater Trading Estate, Norwich and Sport Link in Drayton. 
 
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27 April 2008 - U13s at Dereham Tournament
The concluding event to the 2007/2008 minis seasons saw an excellent 2nd place finish for the A team and a 5th place finish for the Bs at the Dereham Alex Hill Memorial Tournament.

27 April 2008 - U9s at Dereham Tournament
'A' Team – Kieran Peters, Sam Tomlinson, Jake Cushion, Abby Gooderham, Alice Beckett, Anna Tighe and Eleanor Perkin 
 
NC were quickly out of the blocks recording a comfortable 3-0 win against the hosts Dereham. Goal scorers were Abby x 2 and Kieran. The second game was against our “B” team, with the “A” team coming out on top with a 2-0 win. However, they were aided by the fact that the “B” team keeper was still putting on her kit! Goals from Abby and Jake. An excellent team display saw us record a 4-0 win against Pelicans. Roving left defender Sam scored twice with Jake and Kieran rounding of the scoring. The toughest and best match was our last game against Watton. Sam scored first but we were pegged back by a good team goal from Watton. Both sides pushed hard for the win but the game finished 1-1, which was enough for NC to win the tournament on goal difference. This was another excellent all round team performance to go with our first place at Watton and third place at Pelicans. Well done to keeper Maddie for three clean sheets, Alice and Anna for their defensive contributions and Eleanor’s enthusiasm and hard-work playing upfront. 
 
Stu 
 
 
'B' Team: Luke Byrne, Sabina Illing, Jemima Fennell, Harry Ingham, George Brine, Summer Haylock, Sam Bingham & Freya Allcock 
 
Fixtures: NCHC 'A', Watton, Pelicans, Dereham 
 
Sad to say no goals scored and a few conceded meant a last place finish for my brave little soldiers. Some good performances though from the girls and boys and thanks must go to Freya who did a great job in goal. 
 
Character building stuff!!! 
 
Frosty

27 January 2008 - NCHC U13 Girls Tournament
The U13 girls squad who played in the Norwich City Hockey Club girls tournament at Taverham on Sunday 27th Janaury 2008. The 'A' team were unlucky to capitalise on great performances in a number of their games, seeing them finish a very close third in the tournament, with the 'B' team finishing towards the bottom of the table but proving that they can defend well against a number of the top placed sides. 
 
The squad consisted of : Keira, Polly, Amy, Mia, Alice, Lizzy, Alex, Molly, Kate, Ellie, Catriona, Kathryn, Georgia, Emily, Olivia, Katie, Emma, Caitlin, Phoebe, Ellie

2008 Sponsored Dibble
Congratulations to all of the Minis who helped to raise more than £1,000 in sponsorship money for this years Sponsored Dribble. Well Done!!!

11 November 2007 - Pelicans U13 Boys Tournament
On a bitterly cold November afternoon, Norwich City U13 boys came away victorious. In a tightly contested tournament Norwich City produced some excellent Hockey full of inventive passages of play and stunning goals, resulting in six matches won and just one drawn(against Pelicans the host club). A true team effort saw all players contributing fully and probably a record goal tally for this team. The team was Ryan Andrews, George Anthony (C), Sam Bloom, Sam Clabon, Alastair Cooke (GK), Jack Ingham, Max Mullis and Angus Raffles.

18 November 2007 - U11 Girls Tournament (Magpies)
A stunning performance from Norwich City U11 Girls saw them cruise to a first tournament win of the season at Harleston Magpies. At a cold and windswept Harleston on 18 November, the team notched up four victories (against Magpies A and B, Watton, and a combined Norwich/Dereham team) as well as a draw against Dereham.  
 
Keeper Freddie Briscoe kept a clean sheet, and had a particularly fine match against Magpies A. Freddie was assisted by staunch defending from 'ice cool' Jemma Smalls, Joy Andrews and Emily Cocker. Isobel Alcock at the heart of midfield had another outstanding tournament, alongside Sophie Clabon and Saskia Delacave, who played despite a sore wrist. Up front, Brittany Parkinson and Maria Andrews put the wind up opposing defences with some neat stick work and powerful hitting.  
 
Two other members of the U11 squad, Amy Brown and Abi Cowe, picked up some useful hockey tournament experience playing in the mixed Norwich/Dereham team.  
 
Coach 'Rafa' said: "All the girls showed terrific commitment and worked really hard at their game in the miserable conditions. It was also great to have so much encouragement from parents, some of whom had driven a long way to be there. Thanks to everyone for their support, especially Doug Smalls, who kindly volunteered to help coach the team and demonstrated his impressive shouting skills from the touchline."

18 November 2007 - U13 Girls Tournament (Magpies)
Two teams were entered into the U13 girls tournament at Magpies. The A team saw an excellent start with good results, but were unable to maintain the consistency and therefore finished in a respectable third out of nine teams. The B team played their best hockey all season and came away with a well placed sixth position. 
 
B vs Pelicans A (0-4) 
A vs Dereham (2-0, Keira/Amy) 
A vs Old Buck (7-0, Molly/Keira/Amy 2/Olivia 2/Ellie E) 
B vs Magpies B (0-0) 
A vs Pelicans A (0-0) 
B vs A (0-2, Keira 2) 
B vs Pelicans B (1-0, Emma) 
B vs Watton (1-0, Kate) 
A vs Magpies A (0-1) 
B vs Old Buck (1-0, Ellie B) 
A vs Watton (1-1, Olivia) 
A vs Pelicans B (1-2, Olivia) 
B vs Dereham (0-3) 
A vs Magpies B (3-1, Olivia/Amy 2) 
B vs Magpies A (0-3)

October 2007 - U13 Girls
Norwich City U13 Girls get off to a promising start this season with a 4th place at a hard fought tournament at Pelicans and a close runners up position at North Walsham, with the second team finishing low at each event but showing positive signs of things to come later in the season with them only conceeding one or two goals to some of the tournament leaders.

22 April 2007 - U11 Girls Tournament (Dereham)
City entered both an A and B side into the last tournament of the season at Dereham. City A had a convincing win over Dereham B with a hatrick from Amy Cambell, a 1-1 draw against Magpies after another goal from Amy Cambell, but they were unable to capitalise on the dominated play against North Walsham where it finished 0-0, leaving them second in the group and by beating Pelicans in a penalty flick showdown they take third place overall. City B were drawn in a tough group and started with a 3-0 loss against Dereham A, a goalless draw against Watton and a 2-0 loss to Pelicans, leaving them bottom of the group one point from Watton, and with the final deciding seventh place match against Dereham B which was held to a 0-0 draw they finished joint seventh. It has been enjoyable and rewarding to see so many of the girls continue to improve over the season and especially the progress of the B side girls. Well done for a well fought season by all the 20+ who have represented the club at U11 girls hockey this season and good luck to those girls who will be moving up to the U13s next season. 
 
Players : Rose Buchan, Caitlin Dawkins, Kathryn Twentyman, Ellie Eagle, Elizabeth Jones, Amy Cambell, Georgia Heaton, Olivia Ripman, Isobell Alcock, Sophie Clabon, Jemma Smalls, Hollie Allen, Molly Rutterford, Emily Brown, Emma Wood, Ellie Brine, Harriet Hudspith.

15 April 2007 - U9 Tournament (Pelicans)
Very well done today. There was some excellent hockey played by the Owlets  
and Cygnets and some young players in the U9s who still have a year or two  
to go.

15 April 2007 - U9 Tournament (Pelicans)
Very well done today. There was some excellent hockey played by the Owlets  
and Cygnets and some young players in the U9s who still have a year or two  
to go.

25 March 2007 - U11 Girls Tournament (Watton)
The U11 girls came away with a well deserved Silver medal but were unfortunate not to win the Gold medal after not losing a game, nor conceeding a single goal. Sadly an early draw against a well worked Watton side and a disappointing draw against a Magpies B side despite being camped in their circle for the entire match and having a crucial goal oddly disallowed. However excellent wins were achieved over Magpies A, Dereham A and Pelicans A, but sadly the loss of points to draws allowed Magpies A to win the tournament. 
 
The team consisted of Ellie Eagle, Holly Allen, Georgia Heaton, Katie Witting, Emma Wood, Rose Buchan, Ellie Brine, Olivia Ripman, Kathryn Twentyman and Amy Campbell. 
 
Another excellent performance by all those girls who played, especially those representing the A team after a last minute cancellation for the B team, and very unlucky not to come away winners. Next tournament hopefully!

25 March 2007 - U9 Tournament (Watton)
The U9s took to the pitch at the Watton U9 mini tournament on Sunday 25th March 2007.

29 October 2006 - U11 Girls Tournament (Magpies)
The U11 girls played in yet another tournament and this time were represented by a number of new faces. The team consisted of Ellie Brine, Ellie Eagle, Emily Brown, Pippa Horn, Olivia Ripman, Elizabeth Jones, Jemma Smalls, Amy Campbell, Sophie Clabon and Rose Buchan. This time they unfortunately only managed to finish third closely behind Dereham and eventual winners Harleston Magpies, despite a well faught final match which they narrowly lost to Dereham after such good pressure seeing them pushed out of the second place spot. 
 
Results : 
 
vs Watton (Won 1-0, Olivia) 
vs Magpies A (Lost 5-0) 
vs Dereham B (Won 2-0, Ellie B, Ellie E) 
vs Magpies B (Won 1-0, Amy) 
vs Pelicans (Won 1-0, Olivia) 
vs Dereham A (Lost 1-2, Amy) 
 
Another good performance and next time we are hoping to enter both an A and B team in future tournaments now that we have so many girls attending our U11 girls sessions, which is excellent! 
 
Keep up the good work!!! 
Pies

15 October 2006 - U11 Girls Tournament (N Walsham)
The Norwich City U11 Girls were represented by Ellie Brine, Rose Buckhan (GK), Amy Campbell, Caitlin Dawkins, Ellie Eagle, Georgia Heaton, Elizabeth Jones, Olivia Ripman and Jemma Smalls. 
 
An excellent start to the season for the U11 girls who worked well together for their first competitive hockey since training started in early September and for some of them playing together for the first time in this age group. 
 
The tournament was closely contested between Norwich, Dereham A and Harleston Magpies and it came down to the final game before City managed to beat Magpies by goal difference. All of the girls worked very hard and the determination to keep scoring was the deciding factor that ensured that City won on goal difference, after dropping their only goal and defeat to Dereham A. 
 
A good solid defence of Jemma, Caitlin and Georgia ensured that all attacks were blocked. Marvellous goalkeeping by Rose ensured the number of goals conceded for the tournament was just one with a special mention of the late short corner strike by Harleston which saw a superb save to ensure the valuable win was still achieved. The combination of Elizabeth and Ellie E provided a good solid midfield showing marvellous skill to create numerous goal-scoring opportunities. An ever-running strike force of Amy, Olivia and Ellie B converted well to help sustain a good goal difference in the end. All in all a proud performance throughout the team and non-stop running and a battle to win the ball at all times was very much rewarded with medals at the end of the day. 
 
Results: 
 
vs North Walsham (Won 1-0, Ellie E) 
vs Pelicans (Won 2-0, Amy x 2) 
vs Dereham B (Won 4-0, Olivia x 2, Amy x 2) 
vs Harleston (Won 1-0, Amy) 
vs Dereham A (Lost 1-0) 
vs Watton (Won 4-0, Amy, Olivia x 2, Georgia) 
 
 
Well Done!!! 
Matthew Brine (Pies) :)

12 March 2006 - Pelicans Under 9 Tournament
Pelicans Under 9 Mixed Mini Hockey Tournament - Sunday 12 March. 
 
The Norwich City Under 9 squad comprised, William Fennell, Freddie Vahey, Maria Andrews, Sophie Clabon, Mikaela Fester, Henry Page, Jemma Smalls, Felix Laing and Liam Mooney. 
 
Six teams took part - Wisbech, Dereham, Watton, two from Pelicans - the Chicks and the Squabs and Norwich City.  
Norwich's first game was against Pelicans Squabs which was won in fine style by one goal to nil. An individual goal from Freddie Vahey which bamboozled the goalkeeper. The next two games were both goalless but that doesn't reflect the exciting way that each team played with both matches keeping the crowd enthralled. There was no break before the next game and Pelicans Chicks started very well scoring an early goal. Norwich fought back strongly but were unable to get the equaliser. The only defeat of the tournament at 0-1. 
The final game was definitely the most exciting with excellent play from both sides before Norwich scored a very late winner through Freddie Vahey.  
 
Looking back at the five games, the Norwich squad can reflect on some fine performances with many players having spells in various positions. 
Some excellent defensive work from William Fennell and Jemma Smalls, some great attacking play by Sophie Claborn and Freddie Vahey with the midfield dynamos of Maria Andrews, Henry Page, Felix Lang and Mikaela Fester tirelessly going backwards and forwards between defence and attack. There's one person who needs a special mention - Liam Mooney played valiantly in his first ever games in goal letting in just one goal in five matches of normal play.  
 
Norwich had finished their games and made their way to the club house thinking they were in with a good chance of finishing well in the table with two wins, two draws and just one defeat. Then came the exciting news that Norwich and Wisbech were absolutely tied on points, goal difference and goals scored. As Norwich and Wisbech had drawn nil nil even that couldn't separate the teams. 
The Norwich squad rushed back to the pitch and practiced penalty strokes while Liam kitted up once again. Wisbech won the toss and decided to go first. Wisbech took the lead 1-0 before William Fennell levelled for 1-1. Wisbech went ahead again before Freddie Vahey was unlucky not to score. Wisbech calmly slotted their third penalty to put the decision beyond reach and saving Jemma Smalls from having to take a penalty.  
 
The Norwich squad were not down hearted and proudly collected their certificate and bronze medals for a well deserved third place behind winners Pelicans Chicks (the only side to beat Norwich) and second placed Wisbech.  
 
All in all an excellent morning at a very well organised tournament. Much fun was had by all - players and parents alike.  
 
Doug Smalls 

20 November 2005 - Pelicans U13 Boys Tournament
Norwich City Boys U13 had a fantastic day at Kings Lynn. The boys played brilliantly backed up by our usual vocal and enthusiastic supporters. 
 
Great spirits and effort were shown by the whole side and we played some great hockey. 
After conceding just one goal in five games (and scoring 10), losing in a very close game with Pelicans, we met Harleston in the last game, in what turned out to be the final. The winner of the last game would win the tournament. We lost by one goal in another close encounter, and showing 
how tight the tournament was, ended up coming fourth on goal difference. 
 
"Most effective" player of the tournament was Thomas Cooke. "Best effort / spirit" player of the tournament was Charlie Horn. 
 
WON 2-0 Dereham (Brighton, Cooke) 
LOST 0-1 Pelicans 
WON 1-0 North Walsham (Brighton) 
WON 3-0 Wisbech (Cooke 3 [1pen]) 
WON 4-0 Watton (Jones, Allen, Cooke 2) 
LOST 0-1 Harleston 

20 November 2005 - Pelicans U11 Boys Tournament
Game 1 Pelicans 
A tough first game to start off the tournament. Despite numerous Pelicans attacks, Norwich definended resolutely and fought them off to achieve a brilliant 0-0 draw. 
 
Game 2 Dereham 
Norwich were the stronger side and deservedly took a 1-0 lead with a George Anthony goal from a short corner. This prompted Dereham to up their game and they equalised with a few minutes to spare. Result 1-1. 
 
Game 3 Wisbech 
Our best result with Norwich on top the whole game. Two open play goals from captain George Anthony and another from Sam Clabon took us to an excellent 3-0 victory. 
 
Game 4 Harleston 
A defensive masterpiece with excellent resolute play at the back saw us achieve a 0-0 draw that had the crowd cheering. 
 
Game 5 Watton 
Norwich's last game and one that could have been won. Watton played well and managed to score the only goal of the game to give Norwich their only defeat of the day. 
 
Overall an excellent team performance on a very cold day at King's Lynn. Jake Smalls and William Fennell were strong in defense repulsing numerous attacks, Vaughan Woods displayed his versatility playing in defence, midfield and finding his way into the opposition circle while Sam Clabon and Freddie held the midfield. Louis Narayn was unlucky not to score from a number of chances he created. George Anthony played a captain's role covering the whole pitch many times over. Finally, a brilliant goalkeeping display from Alistair Cooke helped Norwich to their overall fourth position in a tight league where one or two more points would have seen them finish much higher. A particular point of note was the failure of the top two sides in the tournamenet - Pelicans and Harleston - to score against us. Well done to all.  

24 April 2005 - Watton Under 9 Tournament
Results ; 
 
Watton II 0-0 NCHC 
NCHC 1-3 Dereham (Jack Ingham) 
Pelicans 0-0 NCHC 
NCHC 0-0 Watton I (NCHC dominated!) 
 
Final Standings; 
 
1. Dereham 
2. Watton II 
3. Pelicans (on goal difference from NCHC!) 
4. NCHC 
5. Watton I 
 
Everyone enjoyed the glorious conditions, children and parents alike. 
 
Jack did two stints in goal but seemed to like it as well - bonus! 

17 April 2005 - Dereham Mini Tournament Girls
Both the under 13 and under 11 girls achieved their highest finishes of the season showing that improvement has been made. The under 13 girls finished 4th with three girls, Katie Taubman, Brittany Burton and Lara Cator making their debuts. Good performances from Esme Barber, Holly Wardale and Emily Sadler. 
 
Results: 
v Dereham B Won 2-0 (Katie Taubman 2), 
v Dereham A Drew 0-0, 
v Watton Lost 0-1, 
v Harleston Drew 0-0, 
v Pelicans Lost 0-1. 
 
Squad : Esme Barber, Brittany Burton, Lara Cator, Jessica Craig, Lucy Craig, Emily Sadler, Katie Taubman, Holly Wardale. 
 
The under 11's produced some good defensive performances to keep the opposition at bay and then capitalised on some swift attacks. A good team performance with players showing potential for the future. Their hard working performance earned them a deserved 3rd place. 
 
Results: 
v Magpies Drew 0-0, 
v Dereham B Won 3-0 (Lucy Temple 2, Emily Anthony), 
v Watton Drew 1-1 (Lucy Temple), 
v Pelicans Lost 0-1, 
v Dereham A Drew 1-1 (Emily Anthony). 
 
Squad: Ellie Mitchell, Emily Anthony, Hannah Durban, Molly Grange, Lily Greig, Lucy Temple, Jade Ashby, Elizabeth Jones. 
 
 

17 April 2005 - Dereham Tournament - Boys U13
We were able to enter two under 13's teams in the Dereham tournament which gave more of the boys the opportunity to play. The 'B' team were grouped with Pelicans, Dereham B and North Walsham and looked to have a good chance of reaching the semis. They suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Pelicans, but then beat Dereham B 1-0 (Olly Heaton). However, needing a point to reach the semis they found the Walsham keeper in great form and despite having lots of pressure and chances conceded a breakaway goal and lost 1-0. They eventually finished equal 5th after drawing 0-0 with Dereham in the 5th/6th place play-off. 
 
Squad : Tom Owen, Olly Fisher, John Rutterford, Olly Heaton, Tom Large, Josh Addington, Josh Ashby, Will Bannock. 
 
The A team commenced with a 2-0 (Rory Preston, Rupert Wood) victory over Watton. This was followed by a 1-1 (Rory Preston) draw with Dereham A and then a 1-0 (Rory Preston) victory over Magpies. This put us top of the group to face Walsham in the semi's. Once again the Walsham keeper was in great form and denied us on numerous occasions. After the normal 9 minutes the score remained at 0-0 so we went into 9 minutes golden goal time. With little of this time remaining Rory Preston scored to move us into the final to face Pelicans who had secured victory in normal time and had a short break. 
With our squad going straight into the final fatigue was beginning to tell and despite working hard and creating chances we could not score. A mistake at an attacking short corner led to Pelicans gaining possession, going straight downfield and gaining a short corner from which they scored. Despite battling hard there was no equaliser and we again finished as runner-up. A good end to the season with a win and two runners-up finshes. 
 
Squad : Joby Castlo-Hall, Lewis Burton, Rory Preston, Tom Sheard, Will Stuttard, Rupert Wood, Aaron Westlake

10 April 2005 - Harleston Mini Tournament Boys U13
City's under 13 boys finished as runners-up in the Harleston Tournament with a good all round team performance and improved as the tournament progressed. City played the two strongest sides in their first two games and as usual with a different squad it took a while for the squad to play as a unit. Joby, in goal, once again showed great potential. 
 
Results: 
v Magpies Lost 0-1, 
v Pelicans Drew 1-1 (Rory Preston), 
v Dereham Won 2-0 (Rory Preston, Tom Dawkins), 
v Walsham Won 5-0 (Rory Preston 2, Olly Heaton 2, Tom Dawkins), 
v Watton Won 3-0 (Rory Preston 2, Olly Heaton), 
 
Squad: 
Josh Ashby, Joby Castlo-Hall, Tom Dawkins, Oliver Fisher, Rory Preston Aaron Westlake

17 April 2005 - Dereham Mini Tournament Boys U11
Norwich City U11 finished the 2004/05 season as champions. They won "The 
Alexander Hill Memorial Tournament 2005", the final encounter of the U11 
Hockey season. Norwich fielded a strong squad of 10 players : Owen, 
Andrews, Jones, Fennel, Cushion, Meyer, Horn, Merrick, Anthony and Wormall, 
who were all outstanding and played with great team spirit, effort and 
commitment. Norwich beat Harleston 1-0 in the final in the last second of 
the match from a short corner. The drama had continued from the semi finals, 
when Norwich had scored from another short corner as a "golden goal" in 
extra time to take them through. The tournament was very close and played 
with great sportsmanship, friendship and fun by all the teams. 
 
The results: 
Watton 1-0 Jones 
Dereham 2-0 Anthony, Meyer 
Harleston 0-1 
Pelicans (semi final) 1-0 [Golden Goal] Jones 
Harleston (final) 1-0 Jones (in the last second!) 
 
Player of the tournament was given to the whole squad. 

10 April 2005 - Harleston Mini Tournament Boys U11
Norwich City U11 won the tournament at Harleston on 10th April, beating the 
hosts into second place. After coming second and third many times this 
season it was a great result for the team. Thanks mainly to Tom Owen, Alec 
Fennel and Johnny Jones, the team kept a clean sheet in all five matches. 
Ben Cushion, Henry Merrick and Ryan Andrews work selflessly in midfield, 
while Jake Smalls made a huge impact in only his second tournament, scoring 
a great debut goal to the delight of the noisy Norwich following. Charlie 
Horn was voted the most entertaining player by the supporters and was in 
lethal form, scoring four of the eight goals. The Coaches' "player of the 
tournament" was Alec Fennel. Great team spirit and a disciplined approach 
capped a fine afternoon" 
 
Results: 
Harleston DREW 0-0 
Pelicans WON 1-0 (Horn) 
Dereham WON 4-0 (Andrews, Cushion 2, Horn) 
North Walsham WON 2-0 (Smalls 1, Horn) 
Watton WON 1-0 (Horn) 

3 April 2005 - Pelicans Under 9 Tournament
The squad playing their first tournament comprised Oliver Chapman, Caitlin Dawkins, Ellie Eagle, Georgia Heaton (GK), Elizabeth Jones, Olivia Ripman, Jemma Smalls, Isabelle Temple, Emma Wood and Vaughan Woods. 
 
There were seven teams taking part and Norwich City finished fourth overall with 7 points out of a maximum 18.  
 
Our results were: -  
 
Dereham Lost 2-0 
Pelicans B Lost 1-0 
Watton B Won 3-0 Goals by Oliver and Elizabeth (2)  
Wisbech Drew 0-0 
Watton A Drew 0-0 
Pelicans A Drew 1-1 Goal by Oliver 
 
As you can see from the results, we got off to a bit of a slow start but that was to be expected. Our first game was against the ultimate winners of the tournament who won every game they played and let in only one goal! 
 
We think everyone really enjoyed the experience and we can all look forward to next season. 
 
Thanks to everyone on the squad and to the parents for cheering so enthusiastically from the side lines. 
 
We've attached a picture of the squad for the scrap book!! 
 
Justin and Doug 
(Managers Justin Ripman/Doug Smalls)

20 March 2005 - Watton Mini-Tournament
The girls participated in the morning and it was an opportunity to give some of our newer under 13 girls the chance of competitive matches. They finished 6th of 7 with the under 11 girls also finishing 6th of 7. 
 
In the afternoon the boys competed with a degree of success. The under 11 boys commenced with a 2-0 (Harry Wormall 2) win over Watton A and followed with a 0-0 draw against Dereham. In the third match they achieved another 2-0 victory (Jonny Jones. Harry Wormall) this time over Watton B. This was followed by a surprise 1-0 defeat at the hands of North Walsham and ultimately our chance of winning the tournament. However, results against Pelicans and Harleston enabled us to finish 3rd. 
In the under 13's we fielded 2 teams combining experienced and less experienced players in each. The B team lost 0-2 to Dereham, 0-1 to Pelicans, 0-1 to City A, 0-1 to North Walsham, 0-3 to Harleston and drew 0-0 with Watton finishing 7th of 7. However, they played some reasonable hockey and were unfortunate with some of the results.  
 
The A team beat Watton 1-0 (Ashley Raghu), North Walsham 2-0 (Tom Dawkins, Ashley Raghu), City B 1-0 (Lewis Burton), Harleston 1-0 (Tom Dawkins), drew 1-1 (Ashley Raghu) with Pelicans and 0-0 with Dereham to win the tournament. All the boys contributed to the performances but Tom Dawkins played particularly well in the middle of the park. 
A very good effort.

13 March 2005 - U11 County Boys Tournament
Spectators and supporters of Norwich City Boys U11 were rewarded with and 
exciting time in the county tournament at Greshams on 13th March. Alec 
Fennel was outstanding at the back, and George Anthony played well in a 
variety of positions. Henry Merrick and Ben Cushion worked hard in midfield 
to ensure that Norwich matched or dominated the middle in all games. Harry 
Wormall was unlucky not to get on the score sheet. Albeit losing to both 
school teams, Norwich took their unbeaten run against club sides to 10 
games. With Tom Owen again in fine form, he extended his run (against club 
sides) of 'not conceding a goal' to 8 games. Ryan Andrews brought 
proceedings to an exciting climax, in his new found position of striker, 
with a thunderous shot, greeted with much excitement from parents and 
followers. Robert Meyer, who made his debut for the club on this day, played 
consistently well in all games, and was voted Player of the Tournament. The 
boys worked very hard, and despite the difficult start, showed a great team 
sprit. 
 
Results: 
Taverham Hall (School) 0-2 
Town Close (School) 0-2 
North Walsham 1-0 (Cushion) 
Harleston 0-0 
Dereham 1-0 (Andrews)

16 January 2005 - Marsh Under 15 Shield
City's under 15 boys finished as runners up in the Marsh under 15 shield. With only three teams in the competition following the late withdrawal of KES, Kings Lynn the winners were always likley to be either City or Greshams. Greshams beat Walsham 4-0 in the opening match and then City beat Gresham 8-0 (Mark Ffrench-Constant 4, Shaun Sims 3, Mike Warlow). In the final match City started brightly, but conceded a short corner against the run of play. After the break City equalised through Mark Ffrench-Constant. However, despite City being the more dominant team Greshams scored a second with 5 minutes remaining to seal victory and the Norfolk Under 15 title.

5 December 2004 - Rudd Mini-Hockey Tournament
The U11 came a creditable third in the Rudd Tournament at Greshams. They 
missed out on second place on only "goal difference". After a first minute 
error which resulted in a goal conceded, Norwich came back and put eventual 
tournament winners pelicans under great pressure and were unlucky (plus some 
great goal keeping!) only to convert one of the many chances they created. 
The second game was a very close affair with Harleston finishing well to 
score the one goal to separate the teams. Norwich eventually found their 
stride with wins over North Walsham and Watton. Harry Wormall made a 
significant impact when he came on, and Charlie Horn was very effective 
through the middle. Both Ben Cushion and Johnny Jones worked hard to give 
Norwich width and Alec Fennel and Ryan Andrews are maturing into very good 
defenders. Tom Owen had some more good games in goal, and player of the 
tournament George Anthony was outstanding with his attitude, effort and 
effectiveness in the team. Having lost only 2 of the 14 games in tournaments 
this season, and backed by some great support from parents, the team felt 
some disappointment that they were not yet able to convert the good play and 
sound performances into some silverware ... maybe in 2005? 
 
Results: 
DREW 1-1 Pelicans (Charlie Horn) 
LOST 0-1 Harleston 
WON 1-0 North Walsham (Harry Wormall) 
WON 4-2 Watton (George Anthony (2), Ben Cushion, Harry Wormall) 
 
The under 13 team was severely depleted due to 5 of our boys being selected for Norwich School. However, we were still able to field a team, though somewhat weakened and still had enough boys not playing to have fielded another team which shows that we do have a large number of boys in this age group. With a fairly makeshift side the boys found it hard going. This was further compounded by two late arrivals which meant that we lost the opening match to Watton, which we may otherwise have won. We then suffered defeats at the hands of Harleston and Pelicans before achieveing a draw in the final match against Greshams to leave us in 9th place. 
 
Squad : Lewis Burton, James Greig, Tom Large, Will Bannock, Josh Harvey, Matt Fretwell, John Rutterford. 
 
The good news was that our "A" team (Norwich School) won the tournament beating Greshams in the final on penalty strokes. 
 
"A" team members : Will Stuttard, Rory Preston, Rupert Wood, Tom Dawkins.

Boy's East & England - 2004
At the recent Regional tournaments the club had two boy's partipating in the East under 17 squads, Mike Strickland and Luke Hedley. The East finished third in a very close tournament and our congratulations go to both. Luke has now been selected for inclusion in the England U18 Development squad following his representation for England U16's last season. Very well done.

County Boy's Representation - 2004
Several boy's have represented the county at various age groups so far this season. Congratulations to all those involved. 
 
Under 14 
Chris Jones, Rory Preston, Shaun Sims 
 
Under 15 
James Bradley-Watson, Harry Bush, Mark Ffrench-Constant, Chris Wardale, Mike Warlow 
 
Under 16 
Mark Ffrench-Constant, Stuart Huntington, Nick Jones, Chris Wardale, Mike Warlow 
 
Under 17 
Gethin Harvey, Luke Hedley, Andy Lister, Alastair Russell 

7 November 2004 - Pelicans Mini-hockey Tournament
The under 11 boys came close to winning their section of the tournament, but finished 3rd when their 9 match unbeaten run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Harleston. A win would have secured the tournament. 
 
Pelicans 0-0 
Dereham 2-0 (Ben Cushion 2) 
North Walsham 3-0 (Charlie Horn, Ryan Andrews, Tom Bradfield) 
Watton 1-1 (Tom Bradfield) 
Harleston 0-1 
 
Man of tournament - Alec Fennell 
 
Squad: 
Tom Owen, Alec Fennell, Ryan Andrews, Ben Cushion, Charlie Horn, Tom Bradfield, George Anthony. 
 
The under 13 boy's with a mixture of experience and youth improved during the course of the tournament finishing 4th. 
 
Finding enough girls for the under 11's proved to be a bit of a problem, but with the addition of Emily Sadler in goal and one of the under 13's in each match we were able to ful fill our fixtures. The under 11's finished 4th winning one match, Emily Anthony scoring all three goals. 
 
The under 13 girls despite showing good potential are struggling to score goals, consequently finishing 5th having failed to score a goal, but managing a draw with Union. 
 
Pelican's 0-2 
Dereham 0-1 
Watton 0-1 
Harleston 0-3 
Union 0-0  

17 October 2004 - N.Walsham Mini-Hockey Tournament
The under 11 and under 13 boys turned in promising performances at the first tournamnet of the season. The under 11 boys performed particularly well finishing as runners up and unbeaten. 
 
The U11 boys got their season off to a magnificant start with an unbeaten run of 5 games in their first tournament at North Walsham. They finished runners up, conceding only one goal. Jonhny Jones got three goals and Ryan Andrews one. Goalkeeper Tom Owen was outsnding as was the pairing of Alec Fennel and Ryan Andrews in defence. Ben Cushion and Jonny Jones provided excellent width and Charlie Horn was surging through the middle. 
George Anthony was outstanding in a number of positions and Harry Wormall made a promising debut. "Man of the tournament" went to the whole team. The team played some excellent Hockey and we look forward to the next tournament. 
Results: 
2-1 N Walsham 
1-0 Watton 
0-0 Dereham 
0-0 Pelicans 
1-0 Harleston  
 
Under 13 boys 
 
N. Walsham 0 Norwich 2 (Matt Fretwell, Lewis Burton) 
Watton 0 Norwich 2 (Lewis Burton, Rupert Wood) 
Norwich 0 Dereham 1 
Norwich 0 Pelicans 1 
Norwich 0 Harleston 0 
 
Dereham won the tournament. 
 
Consensus of opion was that the under 13's need to work on defensive moves as Dereham and Pelicans could have easily scored several more goals. Nick made many saves and was on his own on a couple of occassions. The boys played 3 in defense for the final game and they had a couple of near misses at goal and should have won.  
 
 

Mini-Hockey Coaching 2004-2005
Mini-hockey coaching sessions for the 2004-2005 season will commence on Sunday 3 October at Taverham 10am - 11.30am

Under 18s - National U18 Plate Champions - 2004
Norwich City Hockey Club's Boys Under 18 team were able to emulate the success of their more illustrious footballing conterparts when they secured a 4-1 victory against Reading in the National Final of the Under 18 Plate, the first time a City side had won a National Final since it was formed. Despite going a goal down in the first minute City showed great composure, commitment and patience in a thoroughly deserved win with goals from Mike Strickland, Jeremy Elliott and Luke Hedley (2). 
The day started well for City with the heavy overnight rain ensuring that Matt Kelly, Ali Russell and Andy Lister were available and that a full strength side would travel to Old Loughtonians HC for the Final. The match itself started badly for City as they lost possession and Reading somehow threaded the ball through the centre of the City defence, eluding attempts to stop it, before it found a Reading forward 5 yards from goal who slapped it past a bemused Tom Hedegard. City ignored this set back and started to apply themselves with Chad Stanford finding space well up front. Mike Strickland and Jeremy Elliott were making searching runs into the heart of the Reading defence well supported by Luke Hedley and Andy Lister and seemed only a matter of time before a goal would arrive. However, Yates in the Reading goal was proving a formidable barrier, whilst at the other end Guy Walsh, Ali Russell, Tim Shelley and Gethin Harvey had to be on their toes to keep the sporadic Reading attacks at bay. 
Just as it seemed half-time would be reached with Reading still leading, City equalised in the 27th minute when a short corner was slipped to Mike Strickland who cracked a shot just inside the near post. This inspired City and three minutes later they had extended their lead. This time Strickland turned provider as he found Jeremy Elliott 12 yards from goal and he made no mistake lashing the ball home. Mal Dunkeld was brought on and used his speed and reach to unsettle the Reading defence. City soon extended their lead after the break, another surging run from Elliott started just inside the Reading half and took him to the circle where he slipped it left to Strickland who quickly moved it left agin to the unmarked Luke Hedley to convert from 12 yards. 
City were then reduced to 10 men when Dunkeld was adjudged to have been a little over enthusiastic with a challenge. This did not deter City who settled the match with a fine individual goal from Luke Hedley, taking the ball on the 25 he outpaced the defence and scored with a delightful flick over the keeper as he went to ground. City made use of their full squad bring Mike Timm, Ben Stuttard, Tom Hindle and Tim Watkin into the fray as both teams missed good chances, Reading hitting the bar and Stanford putting the ball just wide. 
Youth Development Officer, Ali Wardale said "I am very proud of the boys achievement. They thoroughly deserved the victory and have been a great credit to the club, their schools, parents and themselves. The victory has been achieved through hard work from the boys and is a reflection of the work of the various club and school coaches." 
Squad: Tom Hedegard, Guy Walsh, Tim Shelley, Alastair Russell, Gethin Harvey, Matt Kelly, Luke Hedley, Andy Lister, Mike Strickland, Jeremy Elliott, Richard Stanford, Mal Dunkeld, Mike Timm, Tim Watkin, Tom Hindle, Ben Stuttard

Watton U9 Tournament - 14 March 2004
A very useful morning for the under 9's, 4th place overall but some very encouraging performances from all the squad members, Watton A won 5-0 , Dereham won 2-0, 
Watton B drew 0-0 game where we had most of the ball but just couldn't find the net, Pelicans A lost 1-0, Pelicans B lost 1-0 both even games where we had chances. 5 goals for Jack Ingham and 2 for George Anthony. Very good mornings hockey with the whole squad performing with a good sense of positional awareness looked to have some great potential for next year. 

County U13 Girls Tournament - 2004
City's under13 girls finished 3rd in the County under 13 tournament and were unlucky not to win. 
City had beaten Harleston and Greshams before drawing with Beeston. City then were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Watton conceding a goal when Claire Strickland went down with cramp. The Watton goal led a charmed life. A victory against Dereham meant that the title was all on the last game against Pelicans. Whicjever team won this match would win the tournament whilst a draw would hand the title to Harleston. A pulsating game ensued but both goals remained intact. Harleston thus won the tournament with Pelicans second on goal difference from ourselves.

Marsh U15 Challenge Trophy - 18 Jan 2004
City U15's have been crowned Norfolk U15 Champions and receive the Marsh U15 Challenge Trophy. City were participating in what should have been a 4 team tournament, but due to an administrative error Dereham failed to appear. City therefore faced North Walsham and Greshams School. In the opening match against Walsham City did not perform particularly well, but still managed a 9-0 victory. Greshams then took on Walsham and again achieved a convincing victory, 10-1. City then faced Greshams in the final match knowing that anything other than a victory would give Greshams the trophy. City produced an excellent performance holding the upperhand for most of the first period and gaining a 1-0 lead through joint man of the match Mark Ryan. Greshams were always dangerous on the break and City were indebted to their other man of the match Charlie Williams to keep Greshams at bay. After the break Greshams came more into the game, but some resolute defending by the whole City team kept them at bay whilst City added 2 more, a stroke from Nick Jones and an open play goal from Chris Wardale following an excellent passing move.

NCHC Boys Mini-Hockey Tournament 11 Jan 2004
City hosted their Annual Boys Mini-hockey tournament on 25 January and both City teams acquitted themselves will. The under 11's turned in a much improved performance winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 1 to finish 3rd. The under 13's won 3, drew one and lost their final game 1-0 to Harleston and also finished 3rd. Harleston won both the U11 and U13 boys section. Three of our recently qualified umpires, Ian Phoenix, Michael Timm and Nick Jones undertook the umpiring and performed very well.

Plate Results - 14 Dec 2003
The Girls U15 and Boys U15 and U18 teams all played their first matches in the plate. The girls played St Ives and acquitted themselves well managing a 1-1 draw at full time, but losing out 3-2 on penalty strokes. The boys U15 managed an emphatic 9-1 win against Dereham, however due to an administrative error played an over age player and hence had to concede the game. The boys U18's travelled to Brentwood and achieved a very creditable 5-1 victory. They now play Brentwood at home on February 22.

Norfolk Under 15 boys - 2003
Congratulations to the following boys that represented Norfolk under 15's this season: Charlie Williams, Ed Corbett, Mike Warlow, Tom Strickland, Nick Jones, Stuart Huntington, Tom Allen, Chris Wardale, Mark Ffrench-Constant. and Harry Bush All except 4 of the squad were City players.

U15 Girls lose at Ipswich in Cup - 2003
The under 15 girls went down 6-2 to Ipswich (Alice Hodges, Sara Ffrench-Constant) in their first round match of the Under 15 Cup.

Cup and Tournament Results 16 Nov 2003
Both the Under 15 and Under 18 boys went out of their respective cups at the first hurdle. The under 15's lost 5-1 away at Ipswich though the scoreline flatters Ipswich, whilst the under 18's lost 2-0 at home to Dereham. 
At the Pelicans Tournament the under 13 boys were winners with 13 points winning 4 games and drawing with Dereham, whilst the under 11 boy's came 4th.

Norfolk Boys U14's
Congratulations to the following boys who represented the Norfolk U14 side that finished 3rd in the East championship - James Bradley-Watson, Harry Bush, Mark Ffrench-Constant, Chris Wardale & Mike Warlow.

NORWICH CITY COLTS 9 NORTH WALSHAM COLTS 0
28/09/2003 
City gave colts debuts to Mark Ryan, Ciaran O'Neill, Rory Preston, James Bradle-Watson and Charlie Cadywould and though not playing their best hockey secured a comfortable win with goals from Tom Allen (2), Chris Wardale (2), James Bradley-Watson (2), Mark Ryan, Charlie Cadywould & Harry Bush  

U18s through to last 4 in EHA National Cup
Norwich City U18 progressed through to the last 4 of the EHA National U18 Cup on Sunday winning 3-1 against Urmston Hockey Club. 
 
After a good start applying pressure down both flanks, Norwich wasted early chances to take the lead. 20 mins into the first half good work down 
the left allowed Tim Watkin to arive at the far post to convert with his first touch of the game. This settled Norwich who played some good hockey 
moving the ball around the pitch smoothly. Urmston still created pressure and were unlucky to go into halftime 1-0 down having hit the post and made Tom Hedegard make some good saves in the Norwich goal. 
 
After good movement all game from David Skinner he topped it off with a good finish 10 minutes into the 2nd half after Andy Kelly skipped past his marker and centred the ball. With Norwich down to 10 men after Peter Jacob was sin binned, Urmston came back hard and got back into the game scoring a scrappy goal with 10 mins to go. All composure was lost in the Norwich side with Urmston having all the possesion up to the final 
minute when Norwich came forward and won a short corner. Ed Foster duly struck the ball into the far corner of the net with the last hit of the 
game to secure a 3-1 victory for Norwich. 
 
The Semi-final will be played away to Winchester in April 2003. 


 

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