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Youth Hockey


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. 

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

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

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.

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. 

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 

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.

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. 

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.  

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. 





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