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Youth Hockey


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! 

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 
Abbie Gooderham – 11 
Jake Cushion – 4 
Kieran Peters – 1 
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 - 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. 
'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!!! 





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