Harleston Magpies Under-12 Girls go so close to winning National Hockey Championships
Harleston Magpies Under-12 Girls came agonisingly close to winning the National Championships at the weekend, when they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by their Sevenoaks counterparts in the final.
Magpies started the tournament pool phase in positive fashion with a three-goal victory over Leicester, with centre-forward Amie Hunt on target on each occasion.
Next time out they rallied from a goal down to beat Clifton Robinsons 5-1, with their third victory coming at the expense of Kirkby Stephen, who would have lost by a margin of bigger than 2-0 had not been for a string of smart saves from their goalkeeper.
That was followed by a clash against the other unbeaten side in the pool, Surbiton.
The Kingston-upon-Thames-based side started on the front, forcing Magpies goalkeeper Catherine Pope to make an impressive save.
Up the other end, Magpies looked to hit their opposition on the break and it was tactic that played off when Natalie Saunders set up Hunt to score and keep up the good form that would see end the tournament as leading goalscorer with eight.
Surbiton soon equalised, but after the restart the clinical Hunt restored Magpies’ lead and they managed to hold off some late pressure to edge the contest.
That sent them into the final but while they had managed to beat Sevenoaks on penalty flicks a few weeks earlier, this time they were beaten by a goal from a short corner.