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2010-2011U10

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  
 

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 

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. 
 
 

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 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! 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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’. 
 
 
 

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

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 
 


 

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