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Harleston Magpies player and Framlingham College pupil Georgie Gardens making impression on international situation with Great Britain



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Harleston Magpies Hockey Club’s chair Fiona Cadman is confident Georgie Gardens has what it takes to get to the very top of the sport.

The Magpies teenager’s potential was recently underlined when she was selected to be part of the Great Britain Elite Development Programme for 2021. And that was followed last week by a call-up to the full Great British squad for a friendly encounter against Ireland.

“Georgie is a cracking player and we are all very proud of her,” said Cadman. “She’s been with us since she was a little girl and you could tell even back then that she had something special.

Harleston Magpies have a good track record of producing international players. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Harleston Magpies have a good track record of producing international players. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“I’ve no doubt she’s got what it takes to go all the way through to the senior squad and be successful.

“It’s fantastic how well she is doing. Her mum is always so supportive of the club and she goes to Framlingham College, who we have a great relationship with.

“She’s worked so hard to get here and we couldn’t be prouder.”

Gardens is the latest in a growing list of Magpies to capture the attention of national selectors.

And while it is not all about producing international stars of the future, Cadman is delighted to see how well the club’s youth set-up is thriving.

“We’re a family club. It doesn’t matter what standard you are, as long as you enjoy yourself, that’s all that matters to us,” she added.

“But to have players go through our ranks to international level is fantastic. It’s like the sprinkles on top of the cake.”



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