Magpies Ladies’ IV beat Evergreens at Gresham’s School to clinch the Norfolk Premier League title on goal difference from Magpies’ III and did so with just one first-half alarm, winning 4-1, writes Mike Denham.
They had the boost of a goal after two minutes from Kathryn Bullen. After Evergreens equalised, Magpies were back in the lead with a shot from the prolific Laura Tibbenham which caught the Evergreens’ goalkeeper unsighted before Rachel Holloway made it 3-1 from the edge of the circle.
Evergreens won a flurry of penalty corners which came to nothing, before, in the last minute, Tibbenham made it 4-1 with her 38th goal of a remarkably productive season. Phoebe Preece again played well in midfield, with Krystal Jenkins and Rosie Blackmore prominent in defence.
This win means promotion into the East League but comes at the expense of the club’s IIIs, who topped the league for much of the season. However, the IVs took the league title on goal difference due in no small part to Laura Tibbenham. Both teams can be proud of their performance this season.
Although the league season is over, the U14 Boys’ regional finals take place in Peterborough on Sunday, April 10, while on the same day the Mixed team continue their national title defence when they entertain Wisbech in the Last 16 round. The following weekend, the club hosts the East Club Minis finals for which the U10 and U12 Boys and Girls have qualified. The season ends over the May Day weekend, with the annual social tournament.
The FIH 2016 Masters Hockey World Cup is underway in Canberra, and the club is represented through Kath Johnson (England O40s), Tristan Baynes (England O40s), Phil Cobbald and Andy Law representing England O55s and club chairman Murray Graham, who is playing in goal for Scotland O55s.
David Blackmore will be playing for England O60s in the World Grand Masters in Newcastle, NSW in early May.