Magpies enjoy success in the In2Hockey Club event

TOURNAMENT WIN: Harleston Magpies Under-12 Boys celebrate a victory in the In2Hockey Club Championships

TOURNAMENT WIN: Harleston Magpies Under-12 Boys celebrate a victory in the In2Hockey Club Championships

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Harleston Magpies were the hosts for the In2Hockey Club Championships that saw two of their youth teams claim the title of Regional Champions.

The Under-12 Boys’ team beat Old Loughtonians, from Essex, in the final after a tense penalty shootout to progress to the national finals in Nottingham, on May 14.

The Under-10 Girls also had success, taking the title of Regional Under-10 Girls Champions.

Teams travelled to Harleston from across the east including Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge City, Old Loughtonians and Sevenoaks.

The Under-12 Boys’ team progressed to the semi-finals against a confident Blue Hornets team which ended in a draw and went on to penalty flicks.

The Magpies boys won out with a brilliant save from their young keeper, securing their qualification for the national finals.

The boys battled on and secured success once again against a strong Old Loughtonians, with the match being won on penalty flicks.

Mark Emms, team manager on the day for the victorious Under-12 Boys said: “The last game was very tough against strong and confident opposition who played with great spirit.

“But our boys kept their heads and came away with a thoroughly deserved result.”

James Smith, Boys Development Officer at Harleston Magpies was thrilled with their performance on the day, saying: “This is a truly fantastic achievement for our boys’ Under-12 team.

“We will be training hard for the next couple of weeks now to prepare for the national finals in May.”

Also flying high this weekend were the Under-10 Girls, who carried off the title of Under-10 Girls Regional Champions.

The girls have had an amazing season, remaining unbeaten throughout.

Coach Kathy Gardens said: “The girls have been a pleasure to work with all season, so willing to try to put what we work on in training into practice and to learn and improve.”

The club’s Under-12 Girls’ team finished equal third after losing in the semi-finals to Canterbury, the eventual champions.

While the Under-10 Boys finished fourth in their pool in the event won by Old Loughtonians.

Club President Philippa Taylor was delighted with the results saying: “It’s an honour for the club to host the In2hockey Club Championships for the Eastern region.

“We are delighted with the success of our youth teams this weekend.”