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NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 15th February 2020

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sNorth Norfolk 1A2-1 (L)Holly SetchellAlex Daplyn
L2sNorwich City 2H1-1 (D)Grace KidnerKristina Smyth
Karen O'Neill Simpson
L3sUniversity of East Anglia Women 1A7-0 (L)
L4sSlip Date
L5sSlip Date
L6sSlip Date
L7sSlip Date
L8sSlip Date
M1sLong Sutton 1A2-0 (L)
M2sBury St Edmunds 2AP:P
M3sNorwich City 3H1-0 (W)Jon MilesTom McLean
M4sBury St Edmunds 4AP:P
M5sSudbury 3H3-4 (L)Will Gwyther
Jamie Allsop
Casper Lind
Ed Cross
M6sNorwich City 7H0-1 (L)Will Sexton
BD ASlip Date
BD BSlip Date
GD ASlip Date
GD BEast CoastH6-1 (W)

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v North Norfolk 1s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Holly Setchell
MOM: Alex Daplyn

The Ladies 1s lost 2-1 against North Norfolk 1s. A very unlucky and frustrating score line as we played extremely well. We were patient on the ball, waiting for a suitable pass to open up, there were good transfers around the back and movement off the ball was fantastic. The Dragons goal came from Holly Setchell after a scramble during a short corner. A lot of chances but sadly just couldn’t make much of the short corners that we had. The opposition scored their first goal from a short corner, and the second was an unlucky own goal. But we had great support, happy to say that there was no heckling from the sideline by Mr Barrow, and Storm Dennis didn’t push us off the ball! Player of the match went to Alex Daplyn for her amazing runs, composure on the ball and tenacious work rate.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Norwich City 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Grace Kidner
MOM:  Kristina Smyth, Karen O’Neill Simpson

Whilst Storm Dennis threatened, conditions for the early local derby were actually quite pleasant so the game got away as scheduled! Dragons had slightly depleted numbers, whilst City arrived with a full squad of 15.

Early encounters were extremely one-sided with City forcing a number of early short corners and forcing Dragons to defend for their lives, GK Kristina Smyth and Karen O’Neill Simpson throwing themselves at everything whilst Ally Windsor Waite took one effort off the line. Eventually however City’s pressure counted with the ball forced home after a bit of a scramble in the D.

This served as a bit of a wake up call for Dragons, who started to get themselves back into the game, beginning to close the ball down and finding each other better with their passes. Sophie Farrow was having a fine game in midfield, whilst both Lucy Buxton and Piper Hempsall were also battling hard and winning possession back for the home team. 

Midway through the half, another commanding run from the ever dangerous Grace Kidner saw a free hit awarded. Once again Grace saw the opportunity to pick up the ball quickly and drive into the D, once there her shot at goal was deflected off a City stick, flying up over the keeper and into the net.

From here on, the game remained pretty even. Both teams had their chances and had good spells of play, but there was some strong defending meaning the final score remained 1-1. Given their depleted numbers, Dragons were relatively happy to take the point. 

Some excellent performances for the Dragons, notably Stella Windsor-Waite in a new position which she is starting to make her own, Grace Kidner, who improves week on week with the strength of her tackling and all round play, and Sophie Farrow, stepping up for the 3’s and battling really hard for the team. To a player however, Dragons showed excellent spirit and workrate. Thank you to both umpires for a well umpired game.

PoM was split between Karen O’Neill Simpson and Kristina Smyth. 

 
 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v UEA 1s:  0-7

MOM: 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s – slip week

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s – slip week

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s – slip week

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s – slip week

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s  – slip week

 

 
 

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Long Sutton:  0-2

MOM: 

With storm Dennis the Destroyer on the horizon – causing many a strange happening to occur across the land – in a deep forgotten corner of Lincolnshire cutting crosswinds saw the Dragons’ flight falter.

The sporting bout began crazed and confused, with slow play and our opposition maximising the long ball to wise effect – knowing that to play a ground-pass in the thick yellow wasteland was futile.

End to end, we soon ‘scored’ through Dan Rix but alas was disallowed, just not be 😕 minutes later Long Sutton bundled the ball in! After a reflective half-time we pushed ahead and had much of the ball with Rixy, Pedro Goss, and I (Sean Orton) having decent chances to level proceedings. Long Sutton applied their game-plan very well and Olly Buck saved us on the line with Pete Dickerson pulling off some spell-binding saves. They scored a rasping short corner in the dying minutes to all but end the game.

A frustrating day for the Dragons.

This season’s shock giant killing result – understandably boisterously celebrated by Long Sutton, and one that will surely be celebrated in the barns of deep Lincolnshire for many moons to come!

We dust ourselves down and empty all pockets and orifices of sand, and go again in a fortnight!

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Bury St Edmunds 2s:  P:P

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Norwich City 3s:  1-0

Goalscorer:  Jon Miles
MOM:  Tom McLean

Dragons Men’s 3s secured a huge win in their fight to stay up today during storm Dennis. A home game against relegation rivals Norwich City 3s in a windy affair saw the home team come out 1-0 victors thanks to a stunner from Jon Miles.

After a reasonably well imposed (if with grumbles) Friday night of sobriety the home side defended excellently and made the best of the few chances they had. Special mention should go to the back 4 of Jim Goodson, Ed Smith, Stu Kelly and Harry Brown who played 70 minutes of excellent defensive hockey but ultimately MoM goes to captain fantastic T Mac for the game of his season keeping the clean sheet including a few stunning short corner and double saves (not to toot my own horn too much). Outfield highlight of the game goes to Rob Goodson’s last ditch sliding tackle in the D. DoD to John Ives for breaking the curfew and spending a bit too much time searching for gold in his nose 

A massive 3 points today and a nice relaxing slip weekend to enjoy next!

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Bury St Edmunds 4s:  P:P

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v  Sudbury 3s:  2-4

Goalscorer:  Will Gwyther, Jamie Allsop, Casper Lind
MOM:  Ed Cross

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norwich City 7s:  0-7

MOM:  Will Sexton

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A  no fixture

Dev Girls B  v East Coast:  6-1

Goalscorers:  Katie Hume x1; Megan Davis x1;  Poppy Francis x4 
MOM:  Poppy Francis

Dev Boys A v 

Goalscorers: 
MOM:

Dev Boys B v 

Goalscorers: 
MOM:

 

 

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 1st February 2020

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sSt Neots 1A3-2 (L)Sarah Jenkins
Holly Setchell
Sophie Thomas
L2sBroadland 1H1-2 (L)Georgie ManlyGrace Kidner
L3sEast Coast 1A7-1 (L)Lily Sore Lilli Ballard
L4sUEA 2A1-1 (D)Nat CrispKatherine Hardwick
L5sBeccles H8-0 (W)Hatty Harrison Mobbs
Gemma Ballard x4
Mimi Rutterford
Anita Mancini x2
Mae Clarke
L6sN City 5A0-10 (L)Lizzie Costello
L7sN Norfolk H0-0 (D)Rosie Tarleton
L8sWatton 3A6-0 (L)Issy Gale
M1sHarleston Magpies 3A1-2 (W)Dan Rix x2Dan Rix
M2sIpswich-East Suffolk 3A2-1 (L)Rupert Snelling Jason Wolfe
M3sIpswich-East Suffolk 2H1-0 (W)Jon MilesEd Smith
M4sIpswich-East Suffolk 5A0-10 (W)Greg Reynolds
Adrian Kemp x3
Tommy Gale x3
Will Kirby x3
Tommy Gale
Garnett Jones
Will Kirby
M5sEast Coast 2H3-1 (W)Will Kidner x2
Tom Helfer
Tom Helfer
M6sNorth Norfolk 2H0-5 (L)Adam Jones
BD ADerehamA2-1 (W)Vithu Baskaran
Will Sexton
Will Sexton
BD BEast CoastH3-0 (W)Louis Bolton Smith x2
Aryton Rant
Joshua Thisam
Aryton Rant
GD ADereham H5-0 (W) Dereham conceded
GD BYarmouth H0-1 (L)

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v St Neots:  3-2

Goalscorers:  Sarah Jenkins, Holly Setchell
MOM:  Sophie Thomas

The Ladies 1s lost 3-2 to St Neots 1s. We held most of possession during the first half, and our high press worked well, however we could not make anything from the breaks that we had. There were lots of short corners from both sides, but all of ours were unsuccessful. During the second half we dropped the tempo and were unable to keep hold of the ball. Our first goal was scored by Sarah Jenkins from a wonderful penalty flick. Our second was scored by Holly Setchell from open play. Two opposition goals were from short corners and one from open play.
Player of the match went to Sophie Thomas for her solid runs up the pitch and being the play maker throughout the game.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Broadland 1s:  1-2

Goalscorers:  Georgie Manly
MOM:  Grace Kidner

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v East Coast 1s:  1-7

Goalscorers: Lily Sore
MOM:  Lilli Ballard

Ladies 3s went to sunny but windy Lowestoft to play clinical and quick East Coast. First half dragons went 5-0 down after a quick series of impressive goals. But the 3s really rallied at half time with a lot more possession and great teamwork resulting in a lovely reverse stick goal from Lily Sore after a well worked long corner from Fiona Fletcher and assist from Catherine Matthews. Second half score 2-1 to East Coast (you can do the maths). POM Lilli Ballard for great attack on the wing and a superb goal line save!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v UEA 2s:  1-1

Goalscorers:  Nat Crisp
MOM:   Katherine Hardwick

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Beccles:  8-0

Goalscorers:  Hatty Harrison Mobbs, Gemma Ballard x4, Mimi Rutterford, Anita Mancini x2
MOM:   Mae Clarke

A strong start with lots of linking play and well organised passing. Midfield were strong with excellent distribution from Louise Brooks. Forwards used the space well to create lots of opportunities goals soon came with  Gemma Ballard getting 4, Hatty Harrison-Mobs getting 1, Mimi Rutherford getting 1 and Anita Mancini grabbing 2. Mae Clarke got a well deserved PoM. Goals from a variety of open play and short corners. Beccles continued to battle to the last whistle, meaning no one could rest. Lara King and Jo Jennnings kept up the pace in midfield and the defensive line pushed and channelled through out. A good game of passing hockey.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Norwich City 5s:  0-10

MOM:  Lizzie Costello

Ladies 6s went out to Taverham for some fitness and fun in the sun. Emphasis here on the fitness, the result is not worth talking about really (for anyone that really needs to know it was 0:10 – it is what it is…). Lots of fantastic individual performances but not quite linking up as a team just yet – lots to work on. MoM goes to Lizzie for a brilliant final appearance for us before she leaves us for the wondrous world of London.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v North Norfolk:  0-0

MOM:   Rosie Tarleton

The 7s played out a hard-fought goalless draw on a breezy and bright afternoon. After the disappointment of last Saturday, the whole team put in an absolute shift in a really enjoyable game!

POM deservedly goes to Rosie Tarleton for an absolute stormer at LB

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s  v Watton 3s:  0-6

MOM:  Issy Gale

Ladies 8’s were away playing Watton 3’s and despite a loss of 6-0 it was a fabulous match to be a part of and we ALL played our ‘green dragon’ socks off!

POM went to Issy Gale who was a deserved choice and played solidly throughout.

We were delighted to welcome Lois Metcalfe back into the fold as our Goalie.

She made some truly awesome saves!  And proved to have a strong, powerful kick when clearing the ball which any Premiership footballer would be proud of!!!!

Lois’ kick proved invaluable as it carried such pace that 9 times out of 10 it was picked up on the wing by Issy or Nic Harrison who both sped off down the pitch.

Dragons were awarded at least three short corners where we came so close to scoring.

Sadie Jacobs having said at the start she had not played a match in a while, (I can only wonder if the reason being is she has been at a 24 hour Hockey Boot Camp!!) She played some fabulous hockey displaying skill, confidence and ‘dogged determination’ which we embrace in the 8’s.  Sadie made excellent use of the width and was often seen picking up one of Bridget Le Good’s numerous and legendary cracking hard hits and speeding down the wing. Bridget was another player who seemed to be everywhere at once much to the vexed opposition!

Louise Crouch-Reed and Hettie McClean were great upfront as forwards, finding space and receiving the ball up high and taking it into the D.

Karen Davidson was her usual awesome self and never seems to be afraid of making some bold tackles with confidence and strength.

Back in defence, Jess Lockwood, Jo Lee’s and myself fought hard to mark players and NOT the ball and Lois was fabulous at letting us know who was unmarked. Jo Lee’s made an awesome save on the post which made an impressive cracking noise as it deflected off her stick!!!

Our Captain Johanne Steward could be seen playing upfront and in defence and was another player who made one or two brave tackles in defence and clearing the ball wide.

Team spirit and camaraderie shone brighter than the February sunshine and the strong gusts of wind which swept relentlessly over the pitch stood no chance of blowing away our ‘dogged determination’.

We remain Strong and we remain the Awesome 8’s!

 
 

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Magpies 3s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Dan Rix x2
MOM: Dan Rix

First Half

  •  The game began with end to end play
  •  Some early chances for Dragons
  •  Special mention to Ali Smyth’s improved manager’s attire
  •  It was too easy to pass it to our own players…
  •  Pedro Goss was a workhorse throughout the game
  •  They scored a decent goal
  •  Owen Tennant engaged sprinting – a rare and thunderous lumberous quelling of their forward
  • We piled on pressure and a slick breakaway saw us score at half time…weeeeell almost, as the half time whistle was blown less than 2 seconds before we had the ball in the net (Cries of “Why!” could be heard echoing through the Harleston countryside )

Second half

  •  Pete Dickerson pulled off some great saves
  •  Jim Barker the enforcer commanded the anchor of our midfield, with a very tidy mid-air pick too
  •  Rixy (Dan Rix) scored following some quick-thinking forward combination play
  •  I set up Jim to take his glory but it wasn’t to be
  •  Roman Cassidy had a great chance (swiiiiiiing…and a miss)
  •  Bucky (Olly Buck) saved us on the line with a smart clearance
  •  A solid debut from Kade Bond
  •  a real battle of a game ensued as the points hung in the balance
  •  In the last minutes of the game Rixy (putting aside some earlier chances) fired in a rocket from a short corner for the winner!

A real grind of a win but three points none the less…Rixy this week basks in the smooth buttery coconut glow of his man of the match upgrade!

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v IES 3s:  1-2

Goalscorers:  Rupert Snelling
MOM:  Jason Wolfe

Men’s 2s narrowly lost 2-1 in a competitive game. We started the first half by playing some good flowing hockey all over the pitch, which saw us go 1-0 up through a drag flick from Rupert Snelling.  However, we couldn’t keep out 2 of IES’s short corners and finished the game 2-1 down.

MoM – Jason for a top performance playing at right back.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v IES 2s:   1-0

Goalscorers:  Jon Miles
MOM:  Ed Smith

Fantastic 1-0 win for NDHC Men’s 3s against IES 2s. Jon Miles with the goal from a short corner drag flick. MoM to Ed Smith for a great defensive performance (he even voted for himself cheeky).  Big 3 points, onto North Norfolk next week!

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v IES 5s:  10-0

Goalscorers:  Greg Reynolds, Adrian Kemp x3,  Tommy Gale x3, Will Kirby x3
MOM:   Tommy Gale, Garnett Jones, Will Kirby

And it’s 3 hat tricks in 3 weeks for Will Kirby.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v  East Coast 2s:  3-1

Goalscorer:  Will Kidner x2, Tom Helfer
MOM:  Tom Helfer

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v North Norfolk 2s:  0-5

MOM:  Adam Jones

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A  v Dereham:  Dereham conceded

Goalscorers: 
MOM:

Dev Girls B  v Yarmouth:  0-1

Goalscorers: 
MOM:

Dev Boys A v 

Goalscorers: 
MOM:

Dev Boys B v East Coast:   3-0

Goalscorers: 
MOM:

 

 

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 25th January 2020

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sIpswich-East Suffolk 1H0-3 (L)Holly Setchell
L2sNorwich Dragons 3A0-3 (W)Georgia Rant
Shelly Seaman
Lucy Buxton
Grace Kidner
L3sNorwich Dragons 2H0-3 (L)Harriet Rant
L4sPelicans 2H4-3 (W)Lisa Harwood
Niamh Somers
Amy Forse x2
Gill Walker
L5sWatton 2A4-0 (L)Louise Brooks
L6sBeccles H3-4 (L)Adelice Stanley x2
Mia McGhee
Mae Clarke
L7sUEA 3H1-4 (L)Brittany HopkinsMaisie Dearmer
L8sUEA 4H0-4 (L)Rosie Tarleton
M1sKettering 1H0-2 (L)
M2sNorwich Dragons 3H2-2 (D)Joe Flatt
Eddie Gould
M3sNorwich Dragons 2A2-2 (D)Charlie Creasy
Jon Miles
Stuart Kelly
M4sNorwich Dragons 5H1-4 (W)Will Kirby x3
Bobby Sheppard
Robin Clarke
M5sNorwich Dragons 4A1-4 (L)Will KidnerMatt Armstrong
M6sno fixture
BD ATBC
BD BDereham H0-6 (L)Theo Demetriou
GD APelicans A5-0 (L)Dragons conceded
GD BEast Coast A2-7 (W)Imogen Dolding x4
India Bunn
Katie Hume
Rosie Smith
Charlotte Douglas

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v IES:  0-3

Ladies 1s lost 3-0 to IES 1s. A long high intensity game against a very good team. The first half was very slow.  Our decisions were not accurate and we needed to pick up the pace, which was seen at times in the second half, where we were more aggressive and moved the ball quicker. There were many defending short corners, most of which were successfully defended against. We are ready to take what we have learnt from this match into training and work on what needs to be improved. Player of the match went to Holly Setchell for her consistent hard tackles, and her aggressive attacking play.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Norwich Dragons 3s:  3-0

Goalscorers:  Georgia Rant, Shelly Seaman, Lucy Buxton
MOM:  Grace Kidner

Dragons 2’s with several people unavailable for different reasons welcomed Harriet Green, Lucy Buxton, Sophie Farrow and Piper Hempsall into their team. They were also pleased to see Georgia Rant finally arrive just before the start of the game via Taverham, even though her sister Harriet Rant, who was playing for the 3’s, manged to get to the correct pitch on time!!

Inter-club games are never easy but this was a good game played in the right spirit. The first goal came from a strong shot from Hannah Hardy which was well blocked by the 3’s. However Lucy Buxton who was in a great position was first to the ball and fired it into the goal from a narrow angle. This gave Dragons 2’s the lead and they went into half time 1-0 up.

In the second half Dragon 2’s started to apply a bit more pressure. The second goal was again assisted by Hannah Hardy who saw Shelly Seaman in a great space and slipped the ball to her. Shelly Seaman took her chance and from a acute angle fired it towards the goal, giving the keeper little chance, to make it 2-0. The third and final goal came from a lovely ball across the pitch from Grace Kidner to Harriet Green. Harriet Green then fired the ball into the D and found Georgia Rant on the P spot who deflected it skilfully into the goal to make it 3-0 to Dragon 2’s.

Player of the match for Dragons 2’s went to Grace Kidner who played LB for the first time and had a great game. Donkey of the Day went to Georgia Rant for thinking Dragons 2’s would be playing Dragons 3’s at Taverham. Emoji

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Norwich Dragons 2s:  0-3

MOM:  Harriet Rant

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Pelicans 2s:  4-3

Goalscorers:  Lisa Harwood, Niamh Somers, Amy Forse x2
MOM:   Gill Walker

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Watton 2s:  0-4

MOM:  Louise Brooks

Dragons 5s played Watton 2s away and lost 4-0. First half we had two unlucky goals scored against us, and one good goal. Dragons had some excellent chances but just missed the target. Second half Dragons found their form and were much better, but still failed to score and Watton scored on a break to end the match 4-0. Watton played well, we had some good chances. Looking forward to the next match… 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Beccles 3-4

Goalscorers:  Adelice Stanley x2, Mia McGhee
MOM:  Mae Clarke

It was a level game between the two teams, we went out strong and Mia McGhee got in there early to bring us 1:0 up. Unfortunately a couple of decent short corners and some nice runs down the middle by them made the score look slightly less attractive towards the half time whistle. A slighly scrappy goal by myself (Adelice Stanley)  brought us back into the game and we went into the break 2:4 down. The second half saw a much stronger Dragons team, we had some lovely passing play, particularly in mid and used the final minute to score another even scrappier goal (me again). But alas it was not quite enough in the end. Man of the match was very spread but Mae stole it in the end for a fantastic game at top of the diamond. Onwards and upwards as always 6s!!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v UEA 3s:  104

Goalscorer:   Brittany Hopkins
MOM:  Maisie Dearmer

Ladies 7s had a strong start against UEA 3s, Dragons scoring first with straight strike at a short corner from me. UEA responded almost immediately, converting a penalty flick after a stunning goal line save by my thigh (sorry Nola 🥴). UEA then put the match to bed with a further 3 goals, leaving us with a final score of 1-4.

MoM to Maisie Dearmer for some beautiful runs down the right despite being definitely quite ill…with Lucy Courtier a close second!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s  v UEA 4s:  0-4

MOM:  Rosie Tarleton

This was a really gutsy performance by the 8s. We are now well into the second half of the season and the 8s are giving it everything they’ve got in order to improve their standard of hockey – without losing the great team spirit and friendship that has hallmarked their performances.

So with high availability for once, the captains went for the bold step of selecting just 13 players in order to help with making the best use of the subs. In the past, using more players has not actually strengthened the team or enabled the less-experienced players to understand their positional roles. There is also a new focus on attending training, which has been so beneficial since Christmas. On Wednesday the players were trying new skills and discussing solutions to hockey problems. Before the match, the team planned how they would put training into action. 

In the early stages, the plan worked. Kristina Smyth always puts up an outstanding performance  when she plays in goal for the 8s, and part of the benefit of using her experience is the way in which she guides the defenders in front of her. Emma Young is improving every week with her clearances and marking. Jess Lockwood and Jo Lees are always solid and in the first half Rosie Tarleton and Karen Davidson shared the holding role, and linked well with mids.

A brave but perhaps misdirected attempted to stop a high ball opened the scoring for the Us, but after that the defenders learned to focus on making the tackles and letting Kristina stop the shots. The students were fast in the outfield and clever about passing the ball in the circle. This tested the ability of the defenders to keep on their marks, and led to a certain amount of scrambling and a lot of penalty corners.  Well done to Jess, Emma, Jo, Rosie and Nic Harrison for holding firm – and to Karen  for knowing when she had to come back to defend. During the frantic spell, Kristina saved a penalty flick.

Ellie O’Kane was back after a few weeks absence, and began to make an impression in midfield. She showed a willingness to run the length of the pitch with any opponent on a raid, and her jab tackling improved throughout the game. Kaia Peris has also not played many games, but showed some very nice touches – and some even nicer determination when tackling. Louise Crouch-Read is another player making an increasingly positive contribution.

Possibly the skill difference between UEA and the 8s was the visitors’ ability to be first to the ball and to show greater speed and stamina as the match progressed. This made life very hard for the forwards, mainly Johanne Steward and Ceris Burgues who had to create their own opportunities. Ceris formed useful partnerships with Ellie and Kaia. This was her last match for Dragons, and we hope it was memorable for many positive reasons.

Towards the end of the second half, Dragons defence faded in stamina but not in spirit. Some players are still recovering from virus and injuries, and this was a step up on last week’s performance. Dropping Bridget Le Good back to bottom of the diamond gave Dragons a bit more welly in getting the ball out of defence, and also released Rosie to play a more creative role. For her tenacious tackling in defence, accurate passing and determined running in attack, Rosie was voted player of the match.

Once again, there is a lot the 8s can take from this match. Their heads never dropped, they worked hard at moving the ball around, and they encouraged each other. Typically, even other members of the squad turned up to support. Come on 8s!

 
 
 

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Kettering 1s:  0-2

MOM: 

 

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s:  2-2

Goalscorers:   Joe Flatt, Eddie Gould
MOM:  

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Jon Miles, Charlie Creasy
MOM: Stuart Kelly

David and goliath. The tortoise and the hare. Norwich City vs. Man City. These are all stories of incredible underdog performances and today witnessed a new tale for the history books. Listen closely fellow readers as I recount the story of the men’s 2s vs. 3s.

Picture the scene, a brisk Saturday afternoon fourteen men, nay, heroes gathered together at the Den to face off in the ever epic NDHC derby between the 2s and 3s. These heroes knew they faced an uphill battle against the odds, outnumbered and out gunned but were they scared NO! There were butterflies in the stomach and nervous toilet trips of course, but not for one minute did the plucky 3s feel unready for this mammoth task. And so, after the long wait, the game finally begun with the blow of the whistle and you could feel the pantheon watching from above for what promised to be a fantastic, feisty and frantic game of hockey.

The first half saw some excellent interplay between Kit Scott, AJ Edwards and Jon Miles upfront with numerous chances just missing wide of the target or flying past the back post untouched with the 2s sitting deep and inviting pressure, pressure we gave. After 15 of so minutes disaster struck. A quick free hit saw a ball enter the D where a 2s striker turned and found the bottom corner with a good reverse stick finish. The 3s responded with more liquid hockey and some beautiful passing plays but were thwarted by the 2s keeper. All over the pitch we saw stick tackles and desperate challenges and the 2s struggled to keep up the pace and beauty of the 3s play, a sign the away side took of respect but none the less disruptive to our Barcelona-esque tactics. Despite all of this pressure the underdogs saw themselves down 2-0 just before the half when a crash ball found its way to Eddie Gould who fabulously (and fortuitously) deflected the ball into the top corner.

You would think at half time our plucky protagonists would be dismayed, 2-0 down but once again my dear reader you would be wrong. With all the chances and beautiful play we knew more chances would come our way and if we kept playing how we were then the goals would come. Captain fantastic gave a rousing team talk (think “Once more into the breach, dear friends…”, “We shall fight them on the beaches…” etc) and distributed the liquorice all sorts (a debatable choice this week) before once again sending his band of merry men out to undertake the impossible.

The second half saw a change in fortune for our fellows with the ticky tacky hockey leading to Charlie Creasey slotting a beautiful finish into the bottom corner to bring the 3s back into the game. Seeing the opponents on the ropes saw our underdogs change tactics (The “going for it” method) throwing caution to the wind and going for the jugular. A scrap in the opposition D saw a goal line clearance using an illegal body part leading to a penalty flick being given and the ice man himself, Jon Miles, stepped up to guide the ball into the corner, the stands erupting in celebration, the fans going wild and we even heard a small squeak of joy from the often-taciturn Stu Kelly. The final 5 minutes saw the biggest backs against the wall defensive performance ever witnessed with every single member of the 3s putting everything on the line to ensure the precious point was kept including a gift from the gods as an uncleared save from keeper extraordinaire Tom McLean saw Eddie Gould hit the post with the follow up.

After what seemed an age the umpires blew for full time and the comeback was complete, they’d done it! A 2-2 draw, feeling like a victory and I believe everyone player on the pitch will agree the most enjoyable derby game in a long long time. A few special mentions are needed with an unnervingly good performance from Stu Kelly earning the MoM award and DoD going to John Ives for falling off his chair whilst reaching for a slice of pizza, I won’t mention his height but it probably played a part.

Shout out to the 2s for being a fantastic opposition and giving us a game that will be fondly remembered for both teams I hope, a really really enjoyable derby (even ignoring the score).

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s:  4-1

Goalscorers:  Will Kirby x3,  Bobby Sheppard
MOM:   Robin Clarke

The game started pretty even as both sides found openings. Eventually Dragons 4ths found Kirby in space on the left post who’s shot was deflected in off the keeper. With a goal up the game remained open with both sides pressing well. Another was added by Kirby before half time to ensure Dragons 4ths felt a bit more comfortable.The second half opened up but the end result was put beyond doubt by Kirby completing his second hattrick in two games. Kirby then set up Bobby Sheppard for the 4th. Dragons 5ths didn’t stop at any point though and finally got one past Chris Millar with Will Kidner slotting home. Good game had by all and thanks to Pat and Sharpie for umpiring. Men’s 4ths man of the match to the engine room performance from Robin Clarke.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Will Kidner
MOM:  Matt Armstrong

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v no fixture

 

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A  

Dev Girls B  v East Coast:  7-2

Goalscorers:
MOM:  

Dev Boys A v 

Dev Boys B v Dereham:  0-6

MOM:   Theo Demetriou

 

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 18th January 2020

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sWisbech Town 1AP-P
L2sChristchurch 1H3-0 (W)Hannah Ellis
Maddy Reynolds
Georgie Manly
Shelly Seaman
L3sHarleston Magpies 3A6-0 (L)Piper Hempsall
L4sDissA0-5 (W)Amy Forse x2
Nicola Cage Brimelow x2
Niamh Somers
Mia Somers
L5sEast Coast 3H4-0 (W)Katie Lister
Gemma Ballard
Lara King x2
Lara King
L6sWatton 2A5-1 (L)Mimi RutterfordMimi Rutterford
L7sBroadland 3H1-4 (L)Lara NuthallHattie Stuart
L8sMagpies 8A17-0 (L)Lucy Courtier
M1sUniversity of East Anglia Men 1A1-1 (D)Jack HallworthPeter Dickerson
M2sNewmarket 1A4-0 (L)Dim Ives
M3sUniversity of East Anglia Men 2H0-2 (L)Rob Goodson
M4sHarleston Magpies 5A0-4 (W)Will Kirby x3
Jamie Allspop
Alberto Embarba
Will Kirby
M5sNewmarket 2H5-2 (W)Will Kidner x2
Josh Bingham
Tom Helfer
Ross Barnshaw
Will Kidner
M6sUniversity of East Anglia Men 4H0-1 (L)Adam Jones
BD ADereham H2-0 (W)Ayrton Rant
Will Sexton
Will Sexton
Rahul Kaushal
BD BEast Coast A2-3 (L)Louis Bolton SmithTommy Cahir
James Hollis
GD AEast Coast H
GD BWatton A

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Wisbech 1s:   P-P

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Christchurch 1s:  3-0

Goalscorers:  Hannah Ellis, Maddy Reynolds, Georgie Manly
MOM:  Shelly Seaman

The game started a bit slowly with Norwich Dragons giving the ball away too easily and putting themselves under unnecessary pressure. Dragons still had plenty of chances but were struggling to take advantage of them. Finally about halfway through the first half the ball fell to Maddy Reynolds who quickly took advantage of this and calmly slammed the ball into the goal to make it 1-0 to Dragons.

At half time Dragons coach Pete Thomas made it clear that we needed to step it up and play better hockey, something none of us could argue with! 

With his words ringing in our ears Dragons started to play much better hockey and take control of the game. Under pressure Christchurch started to give away short corners, but the Christchurch keeper made some excellent saves keeping the score at 1-0. Finally though the pressure paid off. The ball was put out at speed by Hannah Ellis, smartly stopped by Karen O’Neill-Simpson and struck hard by Gail Thomas, again the keeper made a great save. However the ball was then jumped on by Hannah Ellis and a Christchurch defender and a battle of strength began cms from the goal line which Hannah Ellis won to make it 2-0. Dragons were now playing much better hockey and put the game to bed with a lovely run from Grace Kidner who passed the ball at speed to Georgie Manly who slotted it home to make it 3-0. As usual the votes for player of the match were really spread with Shelly Seaman just pipping Mia Bartram and Grace Kidner to it.

Not Dragons best game ever but they were pleased to take 3 point, to score 3 goals and to keep a clean sheet.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Magpies 3s:  0-6

MOM:  Piper Hempsall

Ladies 3s suffered a 6-0 defeat against a very skillful, quick and well drilled Magpies squad. Some great moments of play from us with everyone on the pitch giving 100% effort but it unfortunately wasn’t enough. Special mention to Mia Somers for some awesome saves and great talking from the back line. POM goes to Piper Hempsall for relentless play down the wings – On to the next!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Diss:  5-0

Goalscorers:  Amy Forse x2, Nicola Cage Brimelow x2, Niamh Somers
MOM:   Mia Somers

Ladies 4’s won 5-0 against Diss. Slow start into the game with the first goal coming about 15 mins into the game from Amy Forse, Nicola Cage Brimelow x2, Niamh Somers and then Amy with a second goal. We kept up the momentum throughout the game and kept fighting. Some great hockey girls!!! Pom Niamh Somers!!! 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v East Coast 3s:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Katie Lister, Gemma Ballard, Lara King x2
MOM:  Lara King 

Ladies 5s win 4-0 against East Coast. We were a little slow to get started but had a few shots on goal which we were unable to convert. Our first goal came from a top of the D hit from Lara King. The opposition then levelled the score from a lovely short corner. We then decided we would go up a gear & goal number 2 came from a short corner received at the top & slipped to Katie Lister on the left who got the ball in the back of the net. Third goal again from Lara at the top of the D. Goal number 4 was a lovely run down the right from Katie to Mary Bowles into Liz McDonnell & then tapped in by Gemma Ballard at the left post. Well played everyone. Thank you Anita Mancini and Will Kirby for your sideline guidance & management. MOM Lara.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Watton 2s:  5-1

Goalscorer:  Mimi Rutterford
MOM:  Mimi Rutterford

Despite mostly dominating the first half, and still holding well in the second, Ladies 6s went down to Watton 2s a slightly painful 5 – 1 (painful to our pride and injuries sustained)
The solitary goal was scored by Mimi Rutterford, who also won player of the match (most deservedly). This one goal was a cracker, lifted slightly past a defender and the goalie, into the net. The crowds (all five dragons supporters) went wild. Hope renewed, but soon dashed.The details escape me, but Watton scored three in rather quick succession.
Despite the lack lustre outcome, there was some right good hockey played.
Yet again, the rally cry of the sixes is heard “onwards and upwards!”
Injuries sustained in order of severity: Emma Dyer maybe broke a finger, I took a minor blow to the head, and Georgia Heaton was icing her leg but I’m not sure why.
Massive thanks to Pat for yelling at us from the side lines.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Broadland 3s:  1-4

Goalscorer:   Lara Nuthall
MOM:  Hattie Stuart

Ladies 7s lost 4:1 to Broadland 3. Goal by Lara Nuthall. POM Hattie Stuart. We battled hard with only 10 players and Broadland certainly didn’t have an easy time. Heads up ladies!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s  v Magpies 8s:  0-17

MOM:  Lucy Courtier

Ladies 8’s took on Magpies 8’s away in Harleston and despite a cricket score style result! (not in our favour sadly) I might add! We played some amazing hockey, showing grit and determination and never more so than in the second half.We lost 17-0 but did not go down without fighting back. The team spirit was flying higher than any magpie could ever possibly wish to reach and as our captain Jess Lockwood said there were times in the match that any spectator walking passed and watching for five minutes would no doubt be surprised at the score!POM went to Lucy Courtier who was joining us from Dev’s in her debut appearance for the 8’s and we were very happy to have her onboard. She played some excellent hockey with the ‘dogged determination’ we all embrace as a team.Lucy picked the ball up on the right wing and glided effortlessly up the pitch, she was an awesome player to watch and a very welcome addition.Lucy and Bridget Le Good soon picked up an excellent rapport and between them devised a plan which had Bridget keeping the ball and then passing out wide back to Lucy who having found space picked it up and sped off! Nola Mitchell was a absolute legend as Goalie and made numerous, incredible saves and without her competence, bravery and again ‘dogged determination!’ the score would have been considerably enhanced for Magpies. She never gave up and was a pleasure to have on the pitch with us.Karen Davidson was top of the diamond and played brilliantly showing her speed, skill, and yes! you guessed it ‘dogged determination’! which she carried every minute of the match and most importantly she never gives up!Jess in defence made some spectacular tackles allowing Nola a brief reprieve as did Jo Lee’s.Hettie McClean dropped back to Defence in the second half and was soon making some bold tackles which was fantastic.Louise Crouch-Reed picked up some great balls playing as left forward as did Johanne Steward in Center Forward. Nic Harrison was her usual fast and reliable self as Left Mid. We also used the width of the pitch brilliantly, just as we had practiced on Wednesday night training and it worked an absolute treat!!! 

The coaches would have been proud!!!!

We remain Strong and most importantly We remain The Awesome 8’s!!!!! 

 
 

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v UEA 1s:  1-1

Goalscorer:   Jack Hallworth
MOM:  Peter Dickerson

The sun shone in the biting cold at UEA as the students attempted to extend their recent impressive league form – today scuppered by an energetic and resolute Dragons display.

Lively from the start, UEA took the lead through a low-driven short corner. Not to be down for long, some explosive link-up play down the left wing between Pedro Goss and Sean Orton saw Jack Hallworth finish exquisitely!

UEA pushed into the game with many, many short corners however could not finish, and  Dan Rix spurning a good chance just wide.

Honours even – thanks mainly to the monstrously elegant display by captain Pete Dickerson in goal – he takes home the coconut gel 

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Newmarket 1s:  0-4

MOM:  Dim Ives

Mens 2s lose 4-0 to a strong Newmarket side. Some good play and chances to score, but beaten by a better side on the day. Man of the match goes to Dim Ives for keeping the score lower than the home fixture with some fantastic low saves (although kicking the ball directly in to my privates was less fantastic..). DoD to Isaac for keeping us waiting at Goals for 30 minutes while actually being in a car already half way to the pitch.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v UEA 2s:  0-2

MOM: Rob Goodson

A tough game against what seemed like a squad of 20 UEA 2s players ended in a 0-2 defeat for the Men’s 3s. With most of the game being played in midfield the dilapidated home team put up a great fight but two not-so-clever moments leave the 3s thinking what could have been.

Many positives to take from the game including a great debut for Tommy Gale in tough conditions and another stellar performance for Rob Goodson garnering MoM! DoD goes to Will Main who seem to spend half the game on his arse. Suggestions for correcting the range from new footwear to getting personal running lessons from Will “the gazelle” Kirby.

With many players returning for next week’s epic against NDHC 2s we aim to return to winning ways.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Magpies 5s:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Will Kirby x3, Jamie Allsop
MOM:  Will Kirby, Alberto Embarba

A tight first half drew saves from both keepers as the game ebbed and flowed. Dragons managed to break the deadlock first with a Will Kirby strike but Harleston didn’t back down. Using their subs well Dragons finally found more chances and Kirby added another two good finishes. With the game open Dragons ran harder in the last quarter and Jamie Allsop added a good 4th before the end. A good game and competitive til the end.

Man of Match was tied between the goal machine Kirby and the midfield general Alberto Embarba.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Newmarket 2s:  5-2

Goalscorers:  Josh Bingham, Tom Helfer, Will Kidner x2, Ross Barnshaw
MOM:  Will Kidner

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v UEA 4s:  0-1

MOM:  Adam Jones

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A  

Dev Girls B 

Dev Boys A v Dereham:  2-0

Goalscorers:  Aryton Rant, Will Sexton
MOM:  Will Sexton, Rahul Kaushal

The match started fairly even between both teams. Us and the opposition had some great chances but didn’t quite manage to put anything in the goal. Some good passes were made but what we lacked was enough urgency to get the ball and the game seemed a bit relaxed in the first quarter.

Going into the second quarter, it was clear that our team had warmed up and we were willing to fight for the ball a lot more. Chance upon chance came up but we still struggled to score a goal. About halfway through the second quarter, Vithu Baskaran did an excellent pass to Monty Patel who then drove up the left wing and managed to put in a great cross which was quickly followed up by Ayrton Rant slotting the ball bottom corner which gave us our first goal.

This goal gave Dragons something to fight for and, shortly into the third quarter, Monty got the ball on the left wing once again and swept the ball across the goal, which was when Will Sexton made a run from right midfield and put the ball passed the keeper and gave us another goal.

The final quarter was when Dereham started to fight back harder, and they made some great passes and opportunities were coming up everywhere for them. One of there players made a run down the centre of the pitch, he then cut left and had a great shot on goal. Thankfully, Rahul Kaushal was there to make an incredible stop on the line which he then cleared quickly.
The whistle then blew, signalling the end of the match and a great 2-0 win for us.

POM joint between Rahul Kaushal and Will Sexton 
 

Dev Boys B v East Coast:  2-3

Goalscorers: Louis Bolton Smith x2
MOM:   Tommy Cahir, James Hollis

After a late start to the game, we all were passing the ball wide and we had a few chances. We had a short corner in the middle of the first quarter, but it was well defended by East Coast. Nearing the end of the first quarter East Coast made a breakthrough and passed through our defence and scored. Going into the second quarter, Tommy Cahir is off with the ball racing down the wing and passes it to Louis Boulton-Smith, he controls it and puts it bottom left corner. East Coast have a couple of shots on goal, but they go wide. Then Archie Griegg has the ball on the right wing and passes it through to Louis Boulton-Smith, who pushes it past the keeper, its 2-1 at half time. In the third quarter we have a short corner, but it’s well defended by EC. Getting near to the end of the third quarter EC coast get a goal just past the reach of Patrick O’Rourke in goal.  Then it came to the last quarter, we had to get a goal to win. We were all passing it well, both teams had some good chances. James Hollis did some great defending at the back, controlling the back 3. Then just when we coming to the end, there’s a stumble at the back it looked like it hit an EC players foot but the umpire carried on and it went left bottom corner. It was the end of the game, both teams played well, and we all worked and played amazing. Final score was 3-2, to East Coast. POM James Hollis and Tommy Cahir.

 

Final result – 3-2 to East Coast.

 

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 11th January 2020

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sColchester 1H4-1 (W)Holly Setchell x2
Harriet Green
Kate McKenna
Sophie Thomas
L2sIpswich 2A3-1 (L)Grace KidnerJillian Christie
Stella Windsor Waite
L3sNorwich City 2H1-5 (L)Lilli BallardBeth Prakash
L4sReephamH4-3 (W)Amy Forse
Lisa Harwood
Nicola Cage-Brimelow
Katherine Hardwick
L5sCarrow A4-0 (L)Lara King
Lizzie Costello
L6sMagpies 5H1-12 (L)Emma North
L7sThetford H2-1 (W)Claire Fairhurst
Lara Nuthall
Paige Fisher
L8sSlip Date
M1sCity of Peterborough 3H2-2 (D)Dan Rix
Jack Hallworth
Jim Barker
M2sNorwich City 3H3-1 (W)Chris Simmonds
Rupert Snelling
Isaac Diver Hall
Mark Walmsley
M3sNorwich City 4A1-5 (W)Crossley Eccles
John Ives
Jon Miles
Kit Scott x2
Kit Scott
M4sSudbury 3H2-0 (W)Tommy Gale
Will Kirby
Greg Reynolds
M5sNorwich Exiles 1A3-2 (L)Tom Helfer
Dan Murphy
Tom Bailey
M6sNorwich City 6A0-2 (L)
BD AEast Coast A6-0 (W)Oli Rudling x2
Rahul Kaushal
Monty Patel
Ayrton Rant
Dylan Bondi
BD BMagpies H1-5 (L)Theo DemetriouTheo Demetriou
Hector McNeill
James Hollis
GD ATBC
GD BPelicans H2-1 (W)Imogen DoldingImogen Dolding

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Colchester 1s:  4-1 

Goalscorers:  Holly Setchell x2, Harriet Green, Kate McKenna
MOM:  Sophie Thomas

Ladies 1s beat Colchester 1s 4-1. A good first game after Christmas, preparing the team to step up the tempo. There were brilliant transfers round the back, effective use of triangles and game management was good. The first 10 minutes was a bit slow, however after we picked up the pace and went out and smashed it! The first goal was scored by Holly Setchell after a fantastically worked short corner. After stretching Colchester and hitting them on the break, the second goal came from a wonderful reverse flick into the corner by Harriet Green after a hit in from Sophie Barrow. The third goal came from Holly Setchell again after multiple deflections, and the fourth goal was from Kate McKenna after an assist from Alex Daplyn. The opposition goal was a straight strike into the left corner of the goal from a short corner. Overall, a very good cohesive performance where everyone worked as a unit. Player of the match went to Sophie Thomas for her composure on the ball, amazing defensive work and fighting spirit.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Ipswich 2s:  1-3

Goalscorer:  Grace Kidner
MOM:  Jillian Christie, Stella Windsor Waite

The game started at a fast pace with Norwich Dragons 2’s determined to close their opponents down and not give them time on the ball. There was a lot of good play from both teams but Norwich Dragons 2’s work rate was giving them the edge and they started to control play. Hannah Hardy, Gail Thomas, Grace Kidner and Sophie Farrow were wining the battle in midfield and providing some great balls forward. Any Ipswich attacks were cut out by Hannah Ellis and Shelly Seaman who were protecting the middle well. Ally Windsor-Waite and Georgia Rant were working hard up front and Norwich Dragons 2’s were unlucky to go into halftime at 0-0.

As expected Ipswich started the second half all guns blazing. On numerous occasions Karen O’Neill-Simpson, Esme Potter and Stella Windsor-Waite found themselves outnumbered as Ipswich drove forward on mass. Even with some good defending and some great saves from Jillian Christie, Norwich Dragons 2’s unfortunately found themselves 3-0 down within 15 minutes of the re-start. However Norwich Dragons 2’s didn’t give up and started to work their way back into the game, earning themselves a short corner. The ball was put out by Hannah Ellis and well stopped by Esme Potter. Gail Thomas then slipped it to Ally Windsor-Waite, who found Grace Kidner, who calmly slotted the ball into the goal, exactly as we had practiced in trainiing!!! Norwich Dragons 2’s continued to pressure the Ipswich goal, back on top of the game, but unfortunately ran out of time as the final whistle went.

A great team effort from Norwich Dragons 2’s who have made great progress since September and are excited for the rest of the season. There were several players who got votes for Player of the match but it was shared between Jillian Christie and Stella Windsor-Waite. 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Norwich City 2s:  1-5

Goalscorer:  Lilli Ballard
MOM:  Beth Prakash

Ladies 3’s took on the tough Norwich city 2’s today. A slow start saw us 2-0 down, but a great goal from a short from Lilli Ballard got us one back. Half time ended at 3-1 and despite much better play in the second half we were unable to better the score. The game unfortunately ended 5-1 but there were signs of great play which will hopefully lead to a better score next week 👍🏼😊 pom to Beth Prakash!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Reepham:  4-3

Goalscorers:  Amy Forse, Nathalie Crisp, Lisa Harwood, Nicola Cage-Brimelow
MOM:   Katherine Hardwick

Smashing game in the sunshine for Ladies 4s vs Reepham.  A battle from start to finish. New formation working well with lots of opportunities to score – resulting in a 4-3 win. Goals from Nic Cage, Nathalie Crisp, Lisa Harwood and Amy Forse .  2 goals from shorts (thanks for the help and advice Pete Thomas). POM to Katherine Hardwick for some sound attacking defence. 6 points from 2 games makes a great start to 2020!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Carrow:  0-4

MOM:  Lara King, Lizzie Costello

We started off the game with good play from both teams. We each had opportunities and from a 16 they unfortunately smacked it past our defence, there was good play in the D resulting in a goal and 2 goals were from well-drilled short corners.  Well played everyone

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Magpies 5s:  1-12

Goalscorer:  Adelice Stanley
MOM:  Emma North

Ladies 6s took on top of the league Magpies 5s. We always knew it was going to be a tough game and we went out there with a smile and buckets of enthusiasm. We fought hard and kept the score low for a significant part of the first half, even scoring a goal (yes everybody, we scored a goal against magpies 5s!!!). Unfortunately as time went on the Magpies got stronger and eventually went on to win quite clearly…final score 1:12…oh well!
Man of the match goes to Emma North for a cracking game in goal. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Freya!!!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Thetford:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Claire Fairhurst, Lara Nuthall
MOM:  Paige Fisher

Well done to the 7’s who played Thetford today with a winning score of 2-1. It was a strong game on both sides with Dragons making a great comeback from an 11 nil loss at the start of the season. Well done to Claire and Lara for scoring the goals and congratulations to Paige getting WOM. Thank you to Des and the umpires for a great match and start to the season.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s – no fixture

 
 

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v City of Peterborough 3s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Dan Rix, Jack Hallworth
MOM:  Jim Barker

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Norwich City 3s:  3-1

Goalscorers:  Chris Simmonds, Rupert Snelling, Isaac Diver-Hall
MOM:  Mark Walmsley

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Norwich City 4s:  5-1

Goalscorers:  Crossley Eccles, John Ives, Jon Miles, Kit Scott x2
MOM: Kit Scott

Mens 3s started their match away against NCHC 4s slowly (I blame too much Christmas spirit(s)) and went 1-0 down after 5 minutes but fought back and immediately responded with a beautiful back post finish from Crossley Eccles to even the scores. Then followed two wonderful goals from Kit Scott making an excellent debut and John Ives with his 4th of the season making it 1-4 at the half.

Second half saw dragons defending about a million (no exaggeration) short corners including a few spectacular diving stick saves from Captain Fantastic (Tom McLean) before John Miles put the game to bed with some sort of goal I didn’t see because it was far too windy to view the other end of the pitch. A fantastic start to 2020 and long may it continue… 

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Sudbury 3s:  2-0

Goalscorers:  Tommy Gale, Will Kirby
MOM:  Greg Reynolds

Both teams missed chances to score in the first half with a few more eluding Dragons. In the second half Dragons got the goal they needed at the end of a good move with Tommy Gale rolling the ball home. The game opened up and Dragons got a second from a strong shot by Will Kirby.  Sudbury kept fighting to the end but Dragons held them. Well done all with man of the match going to Greg Reynolds.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norwich Exiles 1s:  2-3

Goalscorers:  Tom Helfer, Dan Murphy
MOM:  Tom Bailey

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norwick City 6s:  0-2

MOM:

 

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A  – no fixture

Dev Girls B v Pelicans:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Imogen Dolding x2
MOM:  Imogen Dolding

Dev Boys A v East Coast:  6-0

Goalscorers:  Oli Rudling x2, Rahul Kaushal, Monty Patel, Ayrton Rant, Dylan Bondi

Dev Boys B v Magpies:  1-5

Goalscorer: Theo Demetriou
MOM:   Theo Demetriou, Hector McNeill, James Hollis

 

 

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 4th January 2020

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sNorwich Dragons Ladies 2sH
L2sNorwich Dragons Ladies 1sA
L4sEvergreens A4-0 (W)Catherine Matthews x2
Lillian Sore x2
Emma Merryweather
L5sMagpies 5H2-2 (D)Gemma Ballard x2Jillian Christie
L6sDereham 3A0-7 (L)Lizzie Costello
L7sSlip Date
L8sSlip Date
M2sIES2A4-0 (L)
M4sNorwich Dragons Men's 5sH
M5sNorwich Dragons Men's 4sA
BD BMagpiesA2-1 (L)Vithu BaskaranGeorge Wilson
GD ASlip Date
GD BSlip Date

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s – no fixture

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s – no fixture

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s – no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Evergreens:   4-0

Goalscorers:  Catherine Matthews x2, Lillian Sore x2,
MOM:   Emma Merryweather

Ladies 4’s start the year off with a 4-0 win against Evergreens. 2-0 at half time with the opening goal from Catherine Matthews and the second from Lillian Sore.   We kept fighting in the second half knowing they could win the game back but we put in another two goals, first of the second half from Lillian Sore and the last goal from Catherine.  We had a green card against us and some challenging play but we kept up the high intensity and bagged ourselves yet another win! Pom Emma Merryweather for some excellent play!!!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Magpies 5s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Gemma Ballard x2
MOM:  Jillian Christie

First game back after all the Christmas and new year excesses! The 5s rolled down to the pitch and into a much needed warm up led by our ‘warm up Queen’ Lou!  We knew the game would be one of our toughest games against top of the table and unbeaten Magpies 5s, meaning we were very much the underdogs! We didn’t start well conceding a goal in the first 5 mins. It was a bit of a shock to the system! Think we had forgotten how to play hockey. None the less we stayed strong and started to find our rhythm. Play started to link well and our first goal game after a great passing move down the right between Lara King, Claire Stuart, Lizzie McDonnell and Gemma Ballard. Gem narrowly missed a second goal a few moments later. We continued to match Magpies who had a lot of chances but our keeper Jillian Christie was AMAZING! Lizzie has a goal disallowed too. The first half finished 1-1. Magpies started strong in the second half getting a second goal from a short corner move with just 10 mins to go. Hannah Edwards also made a great goal line clearance to keep us in the game. We pushed on with Anita Mancini winning a short corner. Lizzie’s straight strike led to us equalising through Gem!! We were very happy.  Final score 2-2. Great game by all. MOM to Jillian  for keeping us in the match. Lara (Carol) in second place! Looking forward to the Carrow game where we will all be feeling fitter and stronger!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Evergreens:  

Goalscorers:  
MOM:  Lizzie Costello

The 6s continue to yo-yo between winning and losing, going down 7-0 to Dereham 3s.  Again, we hadn’t played as a team before, and Dereham wouldn’t let us settle, tackling as soon as we won the ball.
Still, the match tea was good.
POM goes to Lizzie Costello for her wonderful defending. Special mention to our goalie, Emma North,  who saved a hell of a lot more than went by her.

Chin up for next week ladies, a yo-yo must come back up!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s –  no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s – no fixture

 
 

 

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s –  no fixture

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v IES 2s:  0-4

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s  – no fixture

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s – no fixture

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s – no fixture

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s – no fixture

 

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A  – no fixture

Dev Girls B – no fixture

Dev Boys A – no fixture

Dev Boys B v Magpies:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Vithu Baskaran
MOM:   George Wilson

On Saturday the boys dev B team suffered a close 2-1 loss to magpies.  They scored first from a short corner.  Vithu Baskaran equalised for us with a great strike.  Magpies then scored the winner when their winger was left unmarked during a rare Magpie attack.  Dragons had majority of the ball and played some good hockey but two excellent saves from the Magpies keeper prevented us equalising. After that, despite lots of effort, we failed to successfully work around the Magpies adult who defended resolutely. George Wilson was player of the match.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 14th December 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sCambridge City 3sA3-3 (D)Sarah Jenkins x2
Liv Leary
Sarah Jenkins
L4sNorwich City 4sH0-1 (L)Katherine Hardwick
L5sSlip Date
L6sMagpies 6sA1-5 (W)Adelice Stanley x3
Gemma Ballard x2
Hatty Harrison-Mobbs
L7sNorwich City 6s friendlyA1-2 (W)Brittany Hopkins
Paige Fisher
Mia Norris
L8sNorwich City 7sA1-0 (L)Issy Gale
M5sPelicans 3sH0-3 (L)
M6sDereham 4sH3-0 (W)Mike Banham x2
Rich Draeger
BD AMagpies H1-1 (D)Vithu BaskaranVarun Naik
BD BTBC
GD AN City A6-1 (L)
GD Bblank

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge City 3s:  3-3

Goalscorers:    Sarah Jenkins x2, Liv Leary
MOM:   Sarah Jenkins

The Ladies 1s drew 3-3 with Cambridge City 3s.  Blood, sweat and tears as the team fought throughout the whole game – a determination that we haven’t seen in previous weeks.  Dragons scored the first goal from a brilliantly worked short corner. A one, two, to be smashed in by Sarah Jenkins. At half time it was 1-1; the opposition scored from a short corner just before the whistle went for the break. In the second half, we went 2-1 up after another fantastic short corner and another strike from Sarah Jenkins to be deflected off a defender’s stick. The third goal came from a lovely drive to the base line by Lucy Morton who played it in to Liv Leary to hit in. Another two goals were scored by the opposition, the 2nd from open play on the break, and the 3rd from another short corner. A great game where all 50/50 balls were ours and, solid but dynamic defending. Great work from everyone. Player of the match went to Sarah Jenkins for her amazing goals and work upfront – well deserved.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s – no fixture

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s – no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Norwich City 4s:  0-1

MOM:  Katherine Hardwick

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s – no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Magpies 6s:  5-1

Goalscorers:  Adelice Stanley x3, Gemma Ballard x2
MOM:  Hatty Harrison-Mobbs

Ladies 6s go out strong and positive on a cold and breezy morning in the fields of Harleston to take on the Magpies 6s. We started on a high with 3 goals in quick succession by Adelice Stanley, which surprised both them and us if we are quite honest. Things calmed down a bit and the Magpies stole one back before half time. A rainy but sweets-filled half time talk later and we were back on form, for Gemma Ballard to score another two in the second half. Lots of fantastic play all round, with Hatty Harrison Mobbs stealing that MoM in the end. Final score 5:1, a great result to go into the (short) break with. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Norwich City 6s:  2-1 
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Goalscorers:  Brittany Hopkins, Paige Fisher
MOM:  Mia Norris

Ladies 7s beat City 6s 2:1 in a friendly. Great game with dragons dominating. Cracking goals by Paige Fisher and Brittany Hopkins. Paige then received a ball to the wrist putting an end to her game. POM Mia Norris in her first adult game. Special mention to Ella Peart too as it was also her first adult match came 2nd in POM votes. 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Norwich City 7s:  0-1

Ladies 8’s took on City 7’s away at Taverham and despite a great match with some fantastic goal opportunities we lost 1-0.

POM was deservedly awarded to Izzy Gale although there were plenty of others who could have taken away the title!

We welcomed Nola Mitchell to our team and she proved to be a strong asset as our goalie making some fantastic saves with lightning responses and confidence against a strategic opposition of Forwards when they got the ball in the D.

We were also delighted to have Rosie Tarleton with us and between her and Issy Gale they tirelessly took the ball up the pitch with the aid of Sophie James in midfield and in the first half we very much dominated the game with a Very near goal from Issy which packed some pace. 

Two short corners in the first half sadly did not end to our advantage but we kept up the fight.

A goal to the opposition shortly before halftime did not dampen the Awesome 8’s spirits, needless to say!!!!

Emily Matthews proved a force to be reckoned with for our oppositions as a defender getting to the ball first and sending it back in the direction it came from, to the obvious annoyance of City players!!

Johanne Steward was our team captain and as always kept us strong and focused. It was a great match and hugely enjoyable for us all showing some amazing hockey skills honed from our Wednesday night sessions. 

Well done to everyone who played.

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s –  no fixture

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s – no fixture

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s  – no fixture

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s – no fixture

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Pelicans :  0-4

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  Dereham :  3-0

Goalscorer:  Mike Banham x2, Rich Draeger

Men’s 6th team win 3-0 against Dereham 4ths.   2 short corner strikes from Mike Banham in his first full match for Dragons of the season and a goal from Rich Draeger.   Some great passing hockey from the team created several more opportunities with the Dereham keeper making some great saves to keep the score down.   The defence prevented Dereham from having any shots on target and only one short corner conceded and cleared away.   The 6ths finish first half of the season with three league wins and confidence for the second half of the season.

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A  v Norwich City:  1-6

Goalscorer:  
MOM:

Dev Girls B – no fixture

Dev Boys A v Magpies:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Vithu Baskaran
MOM:  Varun Naik

Dev Boys B – no fixture

 

 

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 7th December 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sBury St Edmunds 1H0-3 (L)Sarah Jenkins
Carmel Windsor Waite
L2sUniversity of East Anglia Women 1H1-7 (L)Nat BealShelly Seaman
L3sYarmouth 1A3-0 (L)Kristina Smyth
Catherine Matthews
L4sMagpies 4H1-4 (L)Amy ForseAmy Forse
Jen Buskell
Sarah Wagstaff
L5sDragons 6A0-10 (W)Hatty Harrison-Mobbs
Anita Mancini x2
Gemma Ballard x4
Lizzy McDonnell x3
Gemma Ballard
L6sDragons 5H0-10 (L)Karen Davidson
L7sSlip Date
L8sSlip Date
M1sDereham 2A2-2 (D)Jack Hallworth
Dan Rix
Peter Dickerson
M2sNorth Norfolk 1A5-0 (L)
M3sBury St Edmunds 2H0-0 (D)Rob Goodson
M4sBury St Edmunds 5A2-1 (L)Jason WolfeGreg Reynolds
M5sBury St Edmunds 4H0-1 (L)David Kidner
M6sNorfolk Nomads 1H0-4 (L)
BD AN City A1-4 (W)Monty Patel
Rahul Kaushal
Hector McNeil
Tom Clifton
Hector McNeil
Tom Clifton
BD BWattton H7-0 (W)Zac McEwan
Louis Bolton Smith x2
Monty Patel
Theo Demetriou x2
Ayrton Rant
Theo Demetriou
GD AWatton H5-0 (W)Mia Rutterford x2
Lucy Courtier
Ivy Hodds
Hannah Shepperson
GD BDereham A1-3 (W)Libby Ong
India Bunn
Caitlyn Hernon
Libby Ong

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Bury St Edmunds 1s:  0-3

MOM:  Carmel Windsor Waite, Sarah Jenkins

After a week off due to last week’s weather cancellations Ladies 1s played Bury St Edmunds 1s at home. Dragons lacked some intensity in the 1st half and Bury were able to capitalise on a couple of our mistakes. A rousing half time talk from our captain gave us more fire in the 2nd half but sadly not enough to turn the game around, ending 3-0 to Bury. PoM joint between the dynamic defensive duo of Sarah Jenkins and Carmel Windsor Waite.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v UEA 1s:  1-7

Goalscorer:  Nat Beal
MOM:  Shelly Seaman

With availability issues across the Ladies Club, Dragons fielded a squad of 12 against much healthier looking numbers for UEA!

The game started evenly, with both teams having spells of possession but lacking composure in the final ball. Dragons were first to break the deadlock, a fine run down the right by Georgie Manly saw the ball crossed into the D, Gail Thomas has a good strike saved but Nat Beal was there to finish off on the rebound.

Dragons almost had a 2nd through an excellent Hannah Ellis strike from the top of the D, but unfortunately it glanced off a Dragons foot on the way to goal, meaning the strike was disallowed.

Dragons were holding the game although UEA were starting to get more into it – they earned a penalty flick, which Dragons keeper Jillian Christie saved smartly to her right. An injury to influential defender Esme Potter saw Dragons lose their shape a little, as they struggled to adjust just before half time. In this spell UEA capitalised scoring 2 quick goals to turn the tie going into the break.

2nd half the game changed completely with UEA dominating the attacking play and scoring some excellent goals. The speed and fluency of their play combined with their all round ball pace meant Dragons were somewhat outplayed in this half. 5 goals for UEA saw the game finishing with a convincing victory for a team who on the day, played some very strong hockey.

Dragons need to take this on the chin, rebuild and come back stronger in the new year. Some good displays notably from Georgie Manly and Shelly Seaman with Shelly taking PoM.

 
 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Yarmouth 1s:  0-3

MOM:  Kristina Smyth, Catherine Matthews

3’s lose 3-0 to a tough Yarmouth team. 2 goals half way through the first half  meant Dragons needed to really rally at half time.  We started strongly in the second half and had some great play with numerous opportunities and more of the possession but a few harsh injuries and an unstoppable short corner hit from Yarmouth sealed their lead. Score doesn’t reflect the hard work and great team play of the 3’s.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Magpies 4s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Amy Forse
MOM:  Jen Buskell, Sarah Wagstaff, Amy Forse

Ladies 4’s lost 4-1 to a good Harleston side. Goal scored by  Amy Forse. Our good play was good enough but there wasn’t enough of it. Thanks to coach Lynn Price! POM three ways Amy Forse, Jen Buskell and Sarah Wagstaff but in typical 4’s fashion the votes were spread across 7 players.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s:  10-0

Goalscorers:  Gemma Ballard x4, Lizzy McDonnell x3, Anita Mancini x2, Hatty Harrison Mobbs
MOM: Gemma Ballard

Dragons 5s vs Dragons 6s – always a difficult game to play. Both teams came out fighting.  End to end play, Gina Hunt was fantastic keeping a clean sheet for us. However by half time the 5s were up 5-0.  The 6s came out strongly at the beginning of the second half, but when the 5s managed to get another goal they then dominated the last few minutes. Great play by both teams, lots of short corners on both side and near misses.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s:  0-10

MOM:  Karen Davidson

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s – no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v – no fixture

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Dereham 2s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Jack Hallworth, Dan Rix
MOM: Peter Dickerson

A patchy grey afternoon in Norfolk’s forgotten wilderness witnessed a frustrating, confusing, and battling performance.

It was one of those games…couldn’t get our game firing on all cylinders and tackling a persistent long-ball game against us …we stuck at it with effort, guile, and vigour.

First half – happened.

Second half – Conceding the first goal to a penalty-flick we rallied and Jack Hallworth rifled a beautifully orchestrated short-corner drag-flick routine into the roof of the net.
After controlling some impressive phases of play we found ourselves behind once again to a good Dereham short-corner routine. It was tense. The massing local crowds were biting their clenched fists in anticipation of a fairytale win, and believed this day to be the fateful giant-killing moment…all before Dan Rix, the dream breaker, pounced in the very final second to torpedo a leveller from the angle into top bins!

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v North Norfolk 1s:  0-5

 

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Bury St Edmunds 2s:  0-0

MOM:  Rob Goodson

This morning Men’s 3s faced a much changed and strong Bury 2s who were coming off some big wins. Dragons got off to a strong start with Jon Miles narrowly missing a beautiful drag flick just past the post. It was a fairly even and open first half but ended goalless.

Second half saw a change with Bury being well on top but Dragons held strong for 35 minutes to come away with a much deserved and welcome point.
Onto the Christmas meal!

Man of the match goes to Rob Goodson for some fantastic midfield play and being pivotal for the clean sheet.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Bury St Edmunds 5s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Jason Wolfe
MOM:  Greg Reynolds

Men’s 4s lost 2-1 away to Bury St Edmunds 5s.  Dragons were strong throughout and constantly on the attack. Everyone played well in all parts of the pitch except for in front of goal. Everyone had their fair share of fluffed shots so blame was shared equally between the lads.

Our only goal came from Jason Wolfe, who took advantage of a perfectly stopped ball on a short to give dragons hope in the second half.

MOTM was awarded to Greg Reynolds in order to ‘mix things up’ from the usual MOTM picks. Shoutouts to Tommy Gales, Bobby Shepard and Arj P for their usual performances. Alberto’s defensive debut was deemed a moderate success by the lads.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Bury St Edmunds 4s:  0-1

MOM:  David Kidner

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  Norfolk Nomads 1s:  0-4

 

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A  v Watton:  5-0

Goalscorers:  Mia Rutterford x2, Lucy Courtier, Ivy Hodds, Hannah Shepperson
MOM:

Dev Girls B v Dereham:  3-1

Goalscorers:  Libby Ong, India Bunn, Caitlyn Hernon
MOM:  Libby Ong

 

Dev Boys A v Norwich City:  4-1

Goalscorers:  Monty Patel, Rahul Kaushal, Hector McNeil, Tom Clifton
MOM:  Hector McNeil, Tom Clifton

The Dragons had a fantastic start to the game with the first goal coming within two minutes of the starting whistle.  Moments earlier the team had stood with only ten men but not only did Hector McNeill arrive with seconds to spare he scored with lightening speed.

Norwich City were not phased by this coming back strong and moments later we saw their equaliser.

Both teams fought on for the rest of this quarter but with the Dragons stronger up front.

The second quarter was a battle between both sides. From a short corner hit by Will Sexton, the ball was deflected by one of their defenders, past the keeper, and hit the backboard. But for some unknown reason the goal was disallowed.

This made us more determined and we went on to score once again. (scored by Monty Patel)

By the third quarter we were dominant but only leading 2-1. The team talk brought confidence resulting in the Dragons third goal moments after the play began. (scored by Rahul Kaushal)  City had their fair amount of chances but our defence was very solid.

The weather was bitterly cold as we hit the fourth quarter but both teams fought on. The forwards had a decent press again with many attempts at goal with Tom Clifton scoring the final of this four goal win. The opposition were still trying to get goals but the defence made sure they wouldn’t let that happen.

 Player of the match shared between Hector and Tom Clifton

 

Dev Boys B v Watton:  7-0

Goalscorers:  Zac McEwan, Louis Bolton Smith x2, Monty Patel, Theo Demetriou x2, Ayrton Rant
MOM:  Theo Demetriou

 

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 30th November 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sCambridge City 3AP-P
L2sWatton 1H3-4 (W)Maddy Reynolds x2
Nat Beal x2
Maddy Reynolds
L3sBroadland 1A1-3 (W)Jenna Mills x2
Beth Prakash
Jenna Mills
L4sN City 4HP-P
L5sDereham 3H2-0 (W)Claire Stuart
Lizzy McDonnell
Louise Brooks
L6sMagpies 6AP-P
L7sDereham 4A2-1 (L)Lucy CourtierEmma North
L8sDereham 5A5-2 (L)Bridget Le Good
Hattie Stuart
M1sHarleston Magpies 2A4-1 (L)Matt KnightsPedro Goss
M2sIpswich-East Suffolk 2AP-P
M3sIpswich 2H3-2 (W)Jon Miles x2
AJ Edwards
Charlie Creasy
M4sEast Coast 2A1-4 (W)Greg Reynolds
Tommy Gale
Bobby Sheppard
Rich Phillis
Tommy Gale
M5sPelicans 3HP-P
M6sDereham 4HP-P
BD AWatton HP-P
BD BN City A2-1 (L)Vithu BaskaranTom Clifton
GD ADragons BA2-0 (W)Josie Kell
Yona McDonnell
Yona McDonnell
GD BDragons AH2-0 (L)

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge City 3s:  P-P

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Watton 1s:  4-3

Goalscorers:  Maddy Reynolds x2, Nat Beal x2
MOM:  Maddy Reynolds

 

With early games succumbing to the frost, the lunchtime slots gave time for the sun to clear the pitch. The Ladies 2’s had faced late call offs and were grateful to Maddy Reynolds (returning from injury) and Natalie Beal for helping the team. Once again Amy Forse stepped into Goal for the team and Georgie Manly deservedly got her 2nd Team debut. Dragons knew they were in for a tough game against the free-scoring league leaders who had achieved 9 wins out of 9 games to date.

The home team started on the front foot, with everyone working hard, closing down the visitors early with some strong tackling all across the pitch. Natalie Beal and Maddy Reynolds were combining well together, and a constant threat in behind the Watton defence. The first goal came from Dragons’ 1st short corner of the game following a 1v1 on the GK which saw Maddy Reynolds upended. A clinical routine with a strong put out, perfectly stopped by Esme Potter and dragged with precision into the corner by Maddy Reynolds. Dragons continued to pile on the pressure, whilst also knowing they needed to be tight defensively. A 2nd goal followed fairly quickly, following some good play down the right from Georgia Rant and Georgie Manly, the ball was fired goalwards, and came back off the post – the first to react was the ever alert Maddy Reynolds, who tucked the ball past the keeper, for hers and the teams 2nd goal.

Watton were always a threat with their firm hits into the D, but defensively Esme Potter was strong in the tackle, Karen O’Neill Simpson was brave blocking everything and Alex Daplyn having an excellent game at left defence, always in the right place to clear the danger. Watton, however earned a couple of short corners, one of which they scored from to make the score 2-1.

Dragons didn’t let their heads drop and the whole team, playing with much more belief continued to attack. The centre of the pitch was being dominated by Shelly Seaman and Hannah Ellis, protecting the defence, but also pushing forward at every opportunity. In addition, Gail Thomas was holding the middle well, and releasing the wingers at every opportunity with some fine balls out wide. The 3rd goal came again following good work down the right by Sophie Farrow and Georgia Rant, who firmly pushed the ball across the D, picked up on the far side by Hannah Hardy, who found Georgie Manly in a good position at the top of the D, Georgie showed good skill to beat a defender and get the ball to Hannah Ellis, whose shot was blocked only to fall to Natalie Beal for a reverse stick strike at goal, beating the keeper. 

Dragons had dominated the half, and earned themselves a short corner right at the end of the half; the team calmly discussed a plan. This time the execution was less clinical, however a fine strike by Gail Thomas, was neatly deflected in at the far post by Natalie Beal, to put the icing on the cake, and give Dragons a 4-1 lead at half time.

The 2nd half was always gone to see the league leaders come out strongly, which they did, scoring their 2nd relatively quickly to make it 4-2. Dragons had their chances but to be fair to Watton, they pushed the home team back and really went for the win. Dragons were reduced to 12 through injury, with Hardy comically managing to twist her ankle by standing on her own stick! Dragons midfield were working so hard as a unit, with some great tackling all the way across the pitch. Esme Potter was tackling strongly and releasing the pressure with her great aerials down the pitch. Shelly Seaman and Hannah Ellis were showing discipline protecting the back line and releasing the attacking Mids. Alex Daplyn was popping up everywhere to make important clearances. Watton earned a number of short corners, which Karen O’Neill Simpson and team were bravely breaking down, and GK Amy Forse was in dominant form, making some really important saves to keep Dragons ahead.

With 15 minutes to go, Watton made a short corner count and make the score 4-3, which lead to a tricky last quarter of the match. Watton tried everything, with players running at the home team defence, but to a player, Dragons defended for their lives! The whole team gave all they had and on the break still threatened, one particular chance saw Natalie Beal find an excellent position, and fire a perfect pass to release Maddy Reynolds, who had a one on one with the Keeper, but despite some great skill, couldn’t quite force the ball home.

Never-the-less the home team held firm and the final whistle went, securing a great 3pts for Dragons. Some of the best hockey they have played this season, with fluidity in attack, the mids moving the ball on early and the defensive unit working extremely hard and being strong together. PoM could have gone to anyone, as the whole team played so well, but Maddy Reynolds took the honours. This performance gives the team lots of encouragement and so much to build on going into the 2nd half of the season.

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Broadland 1s:  3-1

Goalscorers:  Beth Prakash, Jenna Mills x2
MOM:  Jenna Mills

Ladies 3s get their first win of the season away to Broadland 1s!  HT 0-0 but some excellent play and Dragons came out fighting for the second half. A cracking effort from Lilli Ballard was saved but the rebound was put away by Jenna Mills shortly before a short corner strike from Beth Prakash rattled the goal as it hit the back board for a 2-0 lead. Broadland pushed and pushed and eventually got one back but then Jenna pulled off an absolute screamer into the top corner from a narrow angle making it 3-1 FT. A great game for the whole team, with Jenna also winning the POM title.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Norwich City 4s:  P-P

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Dereham 3s:  2-0

Goalscorers:  Claire Stuart, Lizzy McDonnell
MOM: Louise Brooks

The pitch defrosted just in time for the Ladies 5s push back vs Dereham 3s. The struggle was real with Dereham going out hard and fast from the start. Their youthful team looked dangerous on the break, but the 5s stayed strong with our first goal coming from some quick passing around the D and a tap into the left corner by Claire Stuart. The defence of Lou Davies, Georgia Butterworth and Emily Grint worked so hard to keep the Dereham attack at bay with Esther  Jacobs making some great saves – even getting the ball stuck under her shin pads. Emily made a save on the line.  Louise Brooks put an absolute SHIFT in, reliable as ever in defensive midfield! (Think the valuable experience she gained as a forward in the over 45s game paid off!!) Our solid midfield of Anita Mancini, Emma Merryweather, Nat Crisp and Floss Andrews made intelligent passes between the defence and the attack and helped to keep the pressure on the Dereham defence. The second half was just as tough with a second goal coming from a short corner to Anita at the top, slipped right to Liz McDonnell who pushed it into the goal! Jane Wells had a lot of shots on goal which were saved by the Dereham keeper. The dying seconds saw an amazing passing move down the left resulting a great effort by Claire, missing the goal by millimetres!! Another great team performance against a strong Dereham side! POM going to Louise Brooks. Well done all. FIVES!!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Magpies 6s:  P-P

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Dereham 4s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Lucy Courtier
MOM:  Emma North

Ignoring the fact the opposition scored in the first few minutes, there was some excellent play from across the team, especially the defence who stood firm, sharpened their elbows and tried to give as good as they got against a very robust team. Dragons got their reward in the second half after some excellent play lead to debutant Lucy Courtier scoring her first senior goal! The team continued to fight till the end but unfortunately Dereham snuck in a very good goal. Special mention to the defence and Emma North who was our player of the match! Final score 2-1 to Dereham.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Dereham 5s:  2-5

Goalscorers:  Bridget Le Good, Hattie Stuart
MOM:  

The 8s went down to lowly-placed Dereham, but in this match they achieved far more as a team than they have done in recent games. Dragons did not let their heads drop, and in the second half their determination and ‘sticking to the knitting’ (continuing to put into practise all the work they have been doing in training) actually saw them ‘draw’ 2-2.

An unfortunate recurrence of an injury meant that they were without Nic Harrison, who has been playing so well in recent weeks. But, coming back after a long injury was Hattie Stuart who had to play a restrained game but still added some much needed pace into the team. As her confidence grew, Hattie began to turn on the stick skills and in one glorious move in the second half ran half the length of the pitch, beating three players  before placing the ball past the goalkeeper.

This gave the 8s a terrific boost. The midfield of Hattie, Emily Matthews and Sadie Jacobs redoubled their efforts and did some nice linking with the forwards who consisted at various times of Emma Young, Johanne Steward, Louise Crouch-Read and Hester McLean. These very same players also did stints in defence. The 8s may not as yet be getting the results on the pitch, but every one of them will do her very best in whatever position she is asked to play. This is particularly creditable to the less experienced, and this versatility is one of the plus points of the team, and why the team spirit is so good.

The defensive unit was mainly Jess Lockwood, Jo Lees in the middle and Karen Davidson on the right with Bridget Le Good as bottom of the diamond. In the first half they tended to give the nippy Dereham forwards too much respect, hanging back because they could be shredded by slick through passes. This gave Emma Northie North a lot to do, but as always she kicked and cleared far more than went in.

A bit of a talking too (nicely) by coach Pat Cline at half time saw Dragons up their efforts. The defence were tackled more confidently and were clearing to the mids. 

Bridget Le Good continued to smack the ball the length of the pitch, and gradually the forwards are developing the skill of collecting these balls.  After one of these forays, Dragons won their second penalty corner. Up stepped Johanne to take a sweet injection straight onto Bridget’s stick. One little push into the circle and the ball was hit straight into the corner of the goal. Another move straight out of the practice book. Much who-hoo-hooing. No more goals for Dereham.

The team didn’t vote for a POM because they had to race back to the City for Quiz Night. Nothing beats a pack of Dragons going for a curry!

 

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Magpies 2s:  1-4

Goalscorers:  Matt Knights
MOM: Pedro Goss

 

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v  IES 2s:  P-P

 

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Ipswich 2s:  3-2

Goalscorers:  AJ Edwards, Jon Miles x2
MOM:  Charlie Creasy

You’ve heard it here first folks. Nobody beats the Men’s 3s 8 games in a row! It was a cold and sunny afternoon that saw the home side take on Ipswich 2s at 1pm. With a strong side dragons weathered a high press and strong start from the visitors before Charlie Creasey drove down the right wing to drop it back for Jon Miles to finish well on his return. The visitors scored a thundering strike from a short corner just before the break to leave the score 1-1 at the half.

Second half the dragons weathered a storm where they did well to only concede one more, this from another short corner after 15 minutes of intense pressure. Dragons then won a short which Jon Miles duly dispatched in wonderful fashion then deciding to fall over during his celebration. It was the time for the home time to pile on the pressure and the winner came through AJ Edwards keeping his cool and firing a vicious reverse hit through the keepers legs. The last 5 minutes was a defensive masterclass even with Harry Brown, at the end of an awesome performance, truly cementing his place in the 3s by getting a green card after disgustingly hitting the ball away (after the quietest whistle ever).

The taste of victory is sweet for this recently starved team and whilst every player deserved MoM it goes to Charlie Creasey who’s performance was truly exemplary. DoD goes to Harry for his truly dirty play…

What a win!

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v East Coast 2s:  4-1

Goalscorers:  Greg Reynolds, Tommy Gale, Bobby Sheppard, Rich Phillis
MOM:  Tommy Gale

On a bright day Dragons used their bench wisely and went ahead via a clever short corner conversion from Rich ‘poacher’ Phillis.  Lowestoft didn’t back down and it took good play for Bobby Stuart-Sheppard to double the half time score. Lowestoft came back with vigour and made a short corner scramble count. This meant the game opened up and in the end Dragons made their subs count with Greg Reynolds (aka don’t call me Greg) and man of the match Tommy Gale both slotting seemlessly in to take the game away from a battling Lowestoft.

Good teas and a warm room after much appreciated.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Pelicans 3s:  P-P

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  Dereham 4s:  P-P

 

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A v Dev Girls B:  2-0

Dev Boys A v  Watton    : P-P

Dev Boys B v Norwich City:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Vithu Baskaran
MOM:  Tom Clifton

1ST QUARTER

The First quarter was a real rollercoaster of 15 minutes, with attacking displays coming from both sides, but mostly from our opponents who played some great hockey up front, but ultimately failed to penetrate our solid defence, whom had been well prepped for the game. When we did attack though we looked very strong, with our wide midfielders generating a couple of good attacks, but getting unlucky after our attacks were broken down. Ultimately though, our opponents were dominant in this quarter and had many good chances and once the quarter ended we had a lot to praise and reflect on.

2ND QUARTER

After the break, we came out playing even better than before and started to limit the number of their attacks whilst increasing our own, including a good shot saved by the keeper. However though, Norwich City increased the pressure on all our players but mostly our defence. Who were playing exceptionally well to keep up with the high press of Norwich, many great tackles and interceptions by our defence kept our clean sheet intact. But, a few minutes before half time, a splitting ball by Norwich, cut open our defence and their striker slotted in a shot to make it 1-0. This gave us an extra boost for the rest of the quarter but we couldn’t find a way through before the half-time whistle blew.

3RD QUARTER

After an extensive team talk at half-time, we set out to dominate possession in the second half which we did for the whole of this quarter. We started attacking a lot more now and we had many good drives up the field. but many were smothered by Norwich’s’ ’Smother the attack from the core’ tactics which meant our attacks didn’t pose much threat to the Opposing keeper, until we really got going with a great team move being saved by the keeper with Vithu Baskaran then chipping in a rebound to make it  1-1. This gave us a spring in our step and more attacks rained in on Norwich, but we couldn’t really get fluidity in the final third like before. We then saw a turnover in play and a rapid-fire attack from our opponents lead to a Norwich short corner. Our defence rushed out to counter or block the shot, but Norwich managed to slot the ball in to the goal to make it 2-1 just before the break.

4TH QUARTER

After the final stoppage, we set out with an attacking outlook more than anything else this quarter. Our defence kept us in the game on a pitch that was beginning to freeze, slips were beginning to become common for us in attack and defence but we kept strong despite the freezing conditions, a few last gasp attacks gave us some light but Norwich had kept their solid foundations at the back, making getting in on goal hard. Norwich kept on shutting us out until the final whistle blew. Despite a loss on paper, the boys were unfortunate to come away with a loss and not picking up any points. Against one of the strongest teams in the region, a great performance was had all round from the boys.

Man of the Match was Tom Clifton for an excellent display in defence

Adam

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 23rd November 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sSt Ives 1H3-1 (W)Lucy Morton
Kiera Goymour
Harriet Green
Carmel Windsor-Waite
L2sEast Coast 1A4-0 (L)Stella Windsor-Waite
Elsa Scott
L3sno fixture
L4sEast Coast 2H3-2 (W)Lillian Sore
Georgie Manly
Fiona Fletcher
Nat Crisp
L5sYarmouth A0-12 (W)Gemma Ballard x6
Lizzy McDonnell
Emma Merryweather
Anita Mancini
Jane Wells
Claire Stuart
Jane Wells
L6sHerlings H3-3 (D)Mia McGhee x2
Adelice Stanley
Orla Hardiman
L7sPelicans 3A2-0 (L)Emily Matthews
Sophie James
L8sPelicans 4H0-10 (L)Freya Dolding
M1sSt Ives 1H5-3 (W)Sean Orton
Olly King x2
Olly Buck
Roman Cassidy
Sam Avery
M2sPelicans 2H4-4 (D)Joe Flatt x2
Mark Walmsley
Cley Hamilton
Rupert Snelling
M3sIpswich-East Suffolk 3A3-0 (L)Charlie Creasy
M4sIpswich Cranes 1H7-1 (W)Robin Clarke x2
Matt Hull x2
Will Ives
Arj Puvanachandra
Bobby Sheppard
Robin Clarke
M5sIpswich-East Suffolk 5A1-4 (W)Jason Wolfe x2
Tom Bailey x2
Tom Bailey
M6sNorth Norfolk 3A2-1 (L)Josh CormackFreddie Royall
BD ADragons B A0-7 (W)Will Secton x3
Paul Wigglesorth x2
Freddie Upe
Hector McNeil
BD BDragons AH0-7 (L)James Hollis
GD AMagpies A4-0 (L)Nola Mitchell
GD BN City H0-8 (L)Perdie

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v St Ives:  3-1

Goalscorers:   Lucy Morton, Kiera Goymour, Harriet Green
MOM:   Carmel Windsor Waite

The L1s secured a 3-1 win against St Ives. Fantastic game with so much movement from everyone. The two wing defenders pushed high up the pitch to put further pressure on the opposition.
After starting the game down a player with just 12 the team stepped up to the challenge, however sadly Sam Franklin got injured and we were down to 11.
The transfer was used well, and everyone worked as a unit, offering the pass 24/7.
The first goal was scored by Lucy Morton – assisted by Katie Taubman – who was on the post to hit in. The second goal was scored by Kiera Goymour from a broken down short corner – quite messy but a brilliant goal. The third goal was scored by Harriet Green from a 1,2 at the top of the D and a rogue ball to hit in. The opposition goal was scored from a short corner off the post player.
Player of the match went to Carmel Windsor Waite for making incredible runs up the pitch, getting into the D and working the ball around the defence. Well deserved.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v East Coast 1s:  0-4

MOM:  Elsa Scott, Stella Windsor Waite

The team arrived bright and early, looking forward to this fixture against 2nd in the League. Sophie Farrow was deservedly given her 2nd Team debut and Amy Forse stepped into the breach once again to help the team in goal.

Early play was pretty even with Dragons slightly on the ascendancy, with some great hassling by the forward line of Georgia Rant, Ally Windsor-Waite and Sophie Farrow putting the East Coast defence under pressure. Unfortunately Dragons couldn’t take advantage of this possession, and unfortunately they weren’t able to work the East Coast GK enough. East Coast came more into the game with some smart hockey and scored two goals in quick succession – slightly against the run of play. This forced Dragons too deep for the remainder of the half and they had to withstand a lot of pressure.

Second half saw a similar pattern – the Dragons defensive line of Karen O’Neill Simpson, Stella Windsor-Waite, Esme Potter and Amy Forse were working hard as a unit – ably supported by Shelly Seaman and Hannah Ellis, but East Coast were growing in confidence and played some smart hockey, letting the ball do the work, playing neat triangles and being more clinical in front of goal.

Dragons earned a few short corners of their own following some good play in the wide attacking midfield positions from Elsa Scott, Gail Thomas and Alex Daplyn, but unfortunately they couldn’t convert the chances created. The final score ended 4-0 to the team 2nd in the league.

Stella Windsor-Waite and Elsa Scott were voted joint players of the match.

 
 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s – no fixture 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v East Coast 2s:  3-2

Goalscorers:  Lillian Sore, Georgia Manly, Fiona Fletcher
MOM:  Nat Crisp

Ladies 4’s win 3-2 against east coast, finishing the first half at 1-0 with Fiona Fletcher getting the first goal. The rain decided to join us towards the end of the first half, obscuring everyone’s vision just slightly. We started the second half strongly knowing that the opposition were going to want to grab a goal back,  which they did . But in true dragon fashion we went back in front with a second goal from Georgia Manly with the help of a defender putting the ball into the back of the goal for her! East coast continued to fight back and bagged themselves a second goal which put the game head to head at 2-2 with about 5 minutes left to play. It was a very equal game with no team having the majority of possession. And in the last few minutes of the game Lillian Sore scored the winning goal – on her birthday – and we managed to hold on until the end of the match making it another win for us! 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Yarmouth:  12-0

Goalscorers:  Gemma Ballard x6, Lizzy McDonnell x2, Jane Wells, Claire Stuart,
Emma Merryweather, Anita Mancini
MOM: Jane Wells

Ladies 5’s won 12-0 against Yarmouth.  In the first half we scored 4 goals, struggling to finish many short corners. Yarmouth played well with only 10 players in the first half. We came into the 2nd half strongly, with great passing between everyone. MOM went to Jane Wells, well played everyone.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Herlings:  3-3

Goalscorers: Adelice Stanley, Mia McGhee x2
MOM:  Orla Hardiman

Dragons Ladies 6s held onto (and fought b***** hard for) a 3:3 draw against Herlings. We scored one then they scored one then we scored one then they scored one then they scored one then we had a break then we scored one. All clear? Lots of fantastic play all round and a thriller of 4 tense short corners in the last 20 seconds of play (who knew that was possible…).  Player of the match went to Orla for an excellent game in left mid. A well deserved point and a highly enjoyable game 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Pelicans 3s:  0-2

MOM:  Emily Matthews, Sophie James

It was a very close game with some great saves from Emma North. The Pelicans were very fast paced and began to dominate towards the end of the second half.

There were lots of falls and tumbles with the Dragons but with no subs we all ploughed on, well done to everyone.

Players of the match were Emily Matthews and Sophie James

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Pelicans 4s:  0-10

MOM:  Freya Dolding

Dragons Ladies 8’s lost 10-0 to Pelicans. It was a tough game and the first half was absolutely fantastic with Freya making her debut performance in style.

Huge thanks to Karen Davidson for putting a brilliant effort in goal and there were some truly excellent moments out on pitch.

Great support from the whole team as usual and some good points to develop on for future wins.

 

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v St Ives 1s:  5-3

Goalscorers:  Ollie King x2, Sean Orton, Roman Cassidy, Lewis Wilkins
MOM: Sam Avery

With a chill in the air and fresh lashings of wind, the atmosphere was set for St Ives’ signature brand of long-ball hockey…and set to witness a battling Dragon’s victory!

Exploding out of the gate, we dominated the opening passages of play, only to be betrayed by a short corner St Ives goal – I think Pete will warm up before the game next week! With some nice work from Jack Hallworth to reach their D, Sean Orton swept in our reply, curling into the bottom corner. But again, our over exuberance witnessed a St Ives breakaway win a short corner that was finished to make it 1-2!

Our response saw a Lewis Wilkins dangerous cross deflect  off their keeper into the net with the last touch from Ollie King.

It was our turn for a defensive muddle when their third deflected off Peter Dickerson into our net…but a Dragon would rise…Olly Buck set up a wonderful move seeing Ollie King pop in his second of the game!  Olly Buck then pounced again in the second half to bring us in front! Solid defending, and a consistently monstrous Sam Avery performance saw the St Ives’ attack quelled in the second half. In the dying embers of the game Sean Orton found Pedro Goss sauntering onto the back-post from a short, whose saved strike allowed Roman Cassidy to  finish to nicely round off the game.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v  Pelicans 2s:  4-4

Goalscorers:  Joe Flatt x2, Mark Walmsley, Cley Hamilton
MOM:  Rupert Snelling

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v IES 3s:  0-3

MOM:  Charlie Creasy

An early away game in Ipswich for the 3s against IES 3s saw the biggest loss (although a very even game) of the season at 3-0 against a very strong side with about a million subs. 3s debuts to Greg Reynolds and Charlie Creasy who excelled up front on the counter. Although the defence played well all 3 goals game from very good and well designed short corners. The away side came close with a few good attacks through the rapid Jamie Allsop.

Man of the Match goes to debutant Charlie Creasy for an excellent performance up front fitting in to the team with ease.

Dragon of the Day goes to Will Kirby for turning up late, having the worlds longest toilet break and also forgetting his socks and shorts and forgetting how to finish.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Ipswich Crane 1s:  7-1

Goalscorers:  Will Ives, Robin Clarke x2, Arj Puvanachandra, Bobby Sheppard, Matt Hull x2
MOM:  Robin Clarke

Men’s 4ths took on a plucky Ipswich Cranes coming out 7-1 winners.

Dragons used their youth and subs well to head into an early lead but Cranes limited the half time score to 3. More attacking play and a constant set of rolling subs saw the second half open up and more goals flowed. Cranes did pull one back but Dragons had too much for them. Well played all.

Goals came as follows with Robin Clarke taking Man of Match. Apparently Will Ives goal was the pick of a talented bunch.

1-0 Robin Clarke
2-0 Bobby Sheppard
3-0 Robin Clarke
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4-0 Matt Hull
5-0 Will Ives
6-0 Arj Puvanachandra
6-1
7-1 Matt Hull

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v IES 5s:  4-1

Goalscorers:  Jason Wolfe x2, Tom Bailey
MOM:  Tom Bailey

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  North Norfolk 3s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Josh Cormack
MOM:  Freddie Royall

Mens 6th lost 2-1 to North Norfolk 3. A match where we probably deserved a share of the points and maybe some of the decisions didn’t quite go our way.  A good performance by a team where experience and youthful skill and energy combined well.

Man of the Match:Freddie Royall.  Who had a great match on the right wing and hit a stunning shot that required a fantastic save from the keeper to prevent from arrowing into the net.

 

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A v Magpies:  0-4

MOM:  Nola Mitchell

Dev Girls B v Norwich City 0-8

MOM:  Perdie

Dev Boys A v Dev Boys B:  7-0

Goalscorers:  Will Sexton x3, Paul Wigglesworth x2, Fredd Jupe, Hector McNeil

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 16th November 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sCity of Peterborough 2H2-1 (W)Kate McKenna
Sam Franklin
Polly Watson
L2sno fixture
L3sChristchurch 1H0-0 (D)Elsa Scott
Beth Prakash
Catherine Matthews
Piper Hempsall
Georgie Manly
L4sLoddon A5-3 (L)Hannah Edwards
Aditi Naik
Niamh Somers
Mia Somers
L5sHerlings H3-0 (W)Liz McDonnell x2
Gemma Ballard
Emma Merryweather
Mae Clark
L6sEast Coast 3A3-4 (W)Hatty Harrison-Mobbs
Mia McGhee
Claire Stuart
Lara Nuthall
Georgia Heaton
L7sBreckland A0-3 (Breckland conceded)
L8sMagpies 7A8-0 (L)Esther Jacobs
M1sHorncastle 1H8-0 (W)Mark Beckett-Flatman
Roman Cassidy x2
Dan Rix x2
Matt Knights
Sean Orton
Cley Hamilton
Dan Rix
M2sUniversity of East Anglia Men 2H1-4 (L)
M3sPelicans 2A3-2 (L)Matt Hull x2James Goodson
M4sNewmarket 2H3-0 (W)Bobby Sheppard
Tommy Gale
Dan Murphy
Arj Puvanachandra
M5sIpswich Cranes 1A4-3 (L)Ross Barnshaw
Jason Wolfe
Andrew Cross
Alex Wolfe
M6sPelicans 4A4-0 (L)Josh Cormack
BD A
BD BDereham A3-1 (L)Rahul KaushalRahul Kaushal
GD AYarmouth H7-0 (W)Mia Rutterford x4
Mia Norris x2
Indian Bunn
GD BMagpies A0-0 (D)

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Peterborough 2s:  2-1

Goalscorers:   Kate McKenna, Sam Franklin
MOM:   Polly Watson

The Ladies 1s secured 3 points winning 2-1 against City of Peterborough 2s after a few weeks of disappointing results. The game began as a relatively evenly matched affair, with chances from both sides coming before the break. However, the score-line remained at 0-0 at half time. The dragons went a goal down mid-way through the second half, as Peterborough executed a slick short corner routine, deflecting the ball high into the goal from the left post. The score-line was shortly brought back level after a short corner for the dragons saw Kate McKenna slot the ball over the line. With only a few minutes to go, the hosts began to pressure the ball higher up the pitch. This led to a mistake from the opposition defence and a loose ball sent towards the top of the circle was picked up by Sam Franklin, who took the opportunity to put the Dragons ahead by slapping the ball past the goalkeeper into the bottom right corner. With some smart possession hockey in the final few minutes, Dragons held onto the lead to secure the 3 points. A solid performance from the team, and a great 1stXI debut from Alex Daplyn. 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s – No fixture

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v  Christchurch 1s:  0-0

MOM: Elsa Scott, Beth Prakash, Catherine Matthews, Piper Hempsall, Georgie Manly

Ladies 3s double their season’s points with a 0-0 draw against Christchurch 1s

After a rousing team talk from substitute captain Beth Prakash and a sermon on the Wolfie Ways from Caroline Wolfe, Dragons had a solid warm up and a cracking game, we just couldn’t convert! POM votes showed what a good match the 3s had, split between half the team and resulted in a 5-way tie.

Thanks to Caroline Wolfe for managing (aka shouting at us!) and the ladies 2s that used their no game weekend to come and support.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Loddon:  3-5

Goalscorers:  Hannah Edwards, Aditi Naik, Niamh Somers
MOM:  Mia Somers

Ladies 4’s lost 5-3 in a tough match against Loddon. Some lovely play and amazing team spirit but luck was not running our way today.

In typical 4’s fashion a spread of votes but the amazing Mia Somers was player of the match!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Herlings:  3-0

Goalscorer:  Gemma Ballard , Liz McDonnell x2
MOM: Emma Merryweather, Mae Clark

Dragons Ladies 5s played a hard fought game against Herlings.

We dominated the first half with all three goals being scored by play from the right. First goal was a deflected goal crossed from Lizzie McDonnell and tapped in by the Herling’s defence. 2nd goal was crossed from Lizzie to Gemma Ballard with a classic tap in. 3rd goal was the result of a cross from Jane Wells and tap in from Lizzie.

2nd half saw Herlings coming out stronger with some strong hits out and important interceptions. Dragons Defenders: Lou Davis, Georgia Butterworth and Emily Grint absorbed the pressure and Gina Hunt put in some good saves to keep us in the game. Lou even made a save on the line! Midfielders Emma Merryweather, Nat Crisp, Lara King and Mae Clark worked hard to break up the play. Emma fell over in the middle of the pitch (really no idea how!). Final Score 3-0 Win. POM – joint between Emma and Mae! Well done all. Go 5s!!!!!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v East Coast 3s:  4-3

Goalscorer: Hatty Harrison-Mobbs, Mia McGhee, Claire Stuart, Lara Nuthall
MOM:  Georgia Heaton

Dragons came out cocky, and let two goals by in the first ten minutes. Suitably humbled, we pulled our socks up, picked our sticks up, and remembered how to play hockey. Hatty Harrison-Mobbs put away a messy goal, via the keepers shin pads, but the crowd roared it’s appreciation (well, the sub and someone’s boyfriend). Within the next few minutes Mia McGhee scored a cracker.

Half time came and we congratulated ourselves on equalising, but suggested more goals would be optimal. Having eaten too many sweets, we went back on the pitch on a sugar high.
Newcomer Georgia Heaton, who had a fantastic game, crossed the ball forcefully through the D, where Claire Stuart niftily popped it in – who breathed a sigh of relief as we were now in the lead, and despite turning 40 recently, she hasn’t lost her edge.  Our fourth goal was courtesy of Lara Nuthall, assisted by Fern Daly.


We had several scuffles on our defensive goal line, with Esther Jacobs playing marvelously. Fern frequently picked up the ball on the edge of D and moved out further up the pitch.

Unfortunately the opposition scored a third goal, whilst Briony Johnstone had gone off the pitch coughing a lung up, which nobody noticed, so we were a man down when that went in.

It was a harder match than we anticipated, but the East Coast ladies were friendly and fun to play against. Cracking match tea as well.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Breckland:  Breckland conceded

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Magpies 7s:  0-8

MOM:  Esther Jacobs

Dragons put up a very spirited defence away against Magpies 7s, who are currently romping away with Division 3. The Magpies, playing a settled blend of experience and youth, have won all their matches and have had only one goal scored against them so far – and they have now scored 50. The 8s never seriously looked like making a dent on this record, although there were a few forays in the second half which were nearly the stuff of which dreams are made!

The captains decided to set out a defensive formation as this was the 8s best chance of making an impression. To an extent, they achieved their goal because they held Magpies to just about their ‘average’ goal feast.

Where Dragons are improving is in their determination to be first to the ball and get their tackles in, and to get the ball out wide when under pressure. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two sides is that Magpies demonstrated how to find team mates all over the pitch with firmly struck passes that were brought immediately under control, where Dragons know they still have a lot of work to do in this area. 

Magpies scored 5 in the first half, but Dragons played a lot better in the second. There was some stand out performances, particularly from Esther Jacobs in goal who must have saved two dozen shots. Her POM recognition was not just for her blocking but also for her strong kicks out wide, particularly impressive when she could stand up tall and impose her presence on the marauding forwards.

Dragons mids caught the eye. Sarah Lucas played mostly at the top of the diamond and was electric throughout the game, particularly good at tackling back. Nic Harrison gets better every game, and drove forward at every opportunity but also played a steady wide role when defending.

All the Dragons team played some good hockey at times. As individuals they again demonstrated their willingness to work for each other. This was a game that everyone enjoyed, even though it was something of a lesson in how to play the game from a very sporting team. The 8s might well expect that they can carry forward the lessons learned to next week’s game when they play against a team who might be more at their level. Perhaps!

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Horncastle 1s:  8-0

Goalscorers:  Mark Beckett-Flatman, Roman Cassidy x2, Dan Rix, x2, Matt Knights, Sean Orton, Cley Hamilton
MOM: Dan Rix

A fast start by Dragons saw a silky passing move finished by this week’s hattrick-chasing-and-failing Rixy (Dan Rix). Then, fuelled by fresh analysis of last week’s game via NorwichCity Tv, Mark Beckett-Flatman pounced to score a saucy reverse. With Horncastle’s goal aching for more, airshot-Knightsy (Matt Knights) and Roman Cassidy stepped up with a goal each to round off the half. Oh yeah, and Rixy pulled an absolute wonder goal out of his proverbial backside – an absolute blinder, no man on the pitch looked as surprised as the scorer as it kissed the top corner! 

The second 2,100 seconds witnessed more solid defending and impressive forward play. Roman saw the Horncastle defence part like the red seas, before he sent a cheeky undercut into the roof of the net…a decent debut. Sean Orton remembered that hitting the ball at goal is a genuine option, so enacted this to rifle one in from a short corner . Pete Dickerson pulled off a devilish double save, and Cley Hamilton then got in on the act with a clinical eighth just to make sure of the 3 points! 

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v  UEA 2s:  1-4

Goalscorers:  
MOM: 

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Pelicans 2s:  2-3

Goalscores:  Matt Hull x2
MOM:  James Goodson

A tough away game for Men’s 3s away at Pelican 2s who have had some huge home wins recently. A series of short corners ended in a goal for the home side before  Dragons hit back with Matt Hull scoring . A wicked reverse hit into the top corner saw dragons go into half time 2-1 down with all to play for. Dragons then equalised after the half through Matt Hull again via a  own goal! Pelis then took the lead through another reverse through the keepers feet (which he’ll never hear the end of) before the visiting side then weathered a storm forcing captain fantastic (Tom McLean) to make a series of excellent saves but not enough to save him from DoD for being a human sieve. Despite a few half chances  the game ended in a midfield battle and finished 3-2 to Pelis. Another close score and lots of positives to take from the game, on to IES 3s next week. 

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Newmarket 2s:  3-0

Goalscorers:  Bobby Sheppard, Tommy Gale, Dan Murphy
MOM:  Arj Puvanachandra

Dragons started with enthusiasm, and the tireless running of the midfield and forwards meant Newmarket had to work hard to keep the game level. But eventual pressure meant Dragons found themselves 2 up at half time and more chances beckoned. The second half opened up and good goal keeping from Newmarket kept the score the same. Dragons substitutes then told towards the end of the game and a third was added. Goals from Bobby Sheppard (cool slide under the keeper) , Tommy Gale (great composure) and Dan Murphy (classic tomahawk). Man of the match to Arj Puvanachandra closely followed by Tommy and Bobby. Cheers to Ali and Dim for the umpiring and Newmarket for a good game.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Ipswich Crane 1s:  3-4

Goalscorers:  Ross Barnshaw, Jason Wolfe, Andrew Cross
MOM:  Alex Wolfe

Dragons fell behind early but managed to quickly get back into the game & ultimately lead 2-1 at Half time.
Goals from Ross Barnshaw & Jason Wolfe.
A crazy 15 minutes at the start of the 2nd half saw Cranes pull 4-2 ahead.
Andrew Cross pulled one back but despite lots of pressure, the equaliser eluded the team.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  Pelicans 4s:  0-4

MOM:  Josh Cormack

Bottom of the table sides are often difficult to beat on their home pitch. Pelicans scored 2 goals in each half but first half M6’s had enough chances to turn level. Trying to push the game later, the M6’s gave away too much ball especially getting too close to defenders & being picked off. Plenty to work with before visiting Cromer. MOM – Josh Cormack for a tireless display

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A v Yarmouth: 7-0

Goalscorers:  Mia Rutterford x3, Mia Norris x2, Indian Bunn x1
MOM:  Mia Rutterford

Dev Girls B v Magpies:  0-0

MOM:  

Dev Boys A – no fixture

Dev Boys B v Dereham:  1-3

Goalscorer:  Rahul Kaushal
MOM:  Rahul Kaushal

It was a fairly even game with Dragons B team starting well early on, but Dereham upped their game in the second quarter and got two goals. In the fourth quarter Rahul Kaushal scored but Dereham topped that with another goal which made the game 3-1. Well done to man of the match Rahul.

 A big thanks to Steve Linford and Andy Kelsall for their encouragement and support.’

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 9th November 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sSudbury 1A7-0 (L)Polly Watson
Carmel Windsor Waite
L2sHarleston Magpies 3H2-1 (W)Gail Thomas
Mia Bartram
Mia Bartram
L3sIpswich 2A3-0 (L)Sophie Farrow
L4sN City 3H1-5 (L)Lisa HarwoodMia Somers
L5sMagpies 6A0-1 (W)Gemma BallardEmma Merryweather
L6sCarrow H1-6 (L)Jade BlanchflowerBrittany Hopkins
Jade Blanchflower
Maddie Gibbs
L7sLoddon 2H2-0 (W)Claire Fairhurst
Orla Hardiman
Paige Fisher
L8sCarrow 2A4-0 (L)Ellie O'Kane
Karen Davidson
M1sNorwich City 2A4-0 (L)Pedro Goss
M2sNorwich City 4A6-2 (L)Alex Sharpe
Eddie Gould
Eddie Gould
M3sNewmarket 1H1-3 (L)John IvesJohn Ives
M4sNorwich Exiles 1A3-2 (L)Neil Shorten
Bobby Sheppard
Dim Ives
M5sHarleston Magpies 5H4-0 (W)Dave King
Pete Latoy
Tom Bailey
Charlie Creasy
Shiv Kapur
M6sRest Day-
BD ADereham A1-4 (W)Rahul Kashul
Will Sexton x3
Rahul Kaushal
BD BEast Coast H1-0 (L)Monty Patel
GD ADereham A0-8 (W)Freya D x2
India Bunn
Mia Norris
Mia Rutterford
Freya D
GD BYarmouth A0-0 (D)Sophie Rice

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Sudbury:  0-7

MOM:  Carmel Windsor Waite, Polly Watson

The Ladies 1st team lost 7-0 to Sudbury 1s.  A match of two halves, with a high intensity first half finishing 1-0 down after a flukey opposition goal from a reverse stick deflection. Fantastic movement off the ball using everything that was worked on in training.

The second half lost a lot of momentum after Sophie Barrow was given a green card. Two further goals were conceded with 10 players.  Frustratingly a further four goals were scored by Sudbury, however there were improvements towards the end of the match. Players of the match went to Carmel Windsor Waite for making some brilliant passes and strong defending, and Polly Watson for an overall fantastic game and distributing the ball brilliantly from the middle.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Norwich City 2s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Gail Thomas, Mia Bartram
MOM: Mia Bartram

This week Dragons Ladies 2’s welcomed Harleston Magpies 3’s to the den ready for a tough encounter as both teams were in a similar position on the league table. The game started at a high pace with both teams displaying good skilful hockey all over the field. During the first half Dragons created more attacking opportunities and short corners, but Magpies managed to take the lead a couple of minutes before the half time whistle.

Dragons remained positive and confident they could still win the game at half time and believed if they stuck to their game plan and fought hard for each other some points could be taken. The second half was played in a similar style to the first half with constructive attacking play from both teams. Dragons managed to equalise half way through the second half from Gail Thomas with a clean strike on goal at a short corner.

Dragons now believed they could take all three points and continued to battle hard all the over the pitch and were soon rewarded with a second goal from open play scored by Mia Bartram. Magpies continued to put pressure on the Dragons defence but were unable to find an equaliser. A great team performance to build on in the coming few weeks and the player of the match was awarded to Mia Bartram.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v  Ipswich 2s:  0-3

MOM: Sophie Farrow

Dragons 3’s had an unfortunate result against Ipswich losing 3-0.
Their goals were from well rehearsed short corners and a straight strike.
3’s played hard with some great defensive work and we go again taking lessons learnt with us.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Norwich City 3s:  1-5

Goalscorers:  Lisa Harwood
MOM:  Mia Somers

After a buoyant game the previous week the 4s were keen for a repeat performance.  The Norwich City 3s were near the top of the table and we expected a tough game.  In the first 10 minutes the Dragons battled hard and had a couple of chances on goal, passing out and round the opposition.  Then we just became a bit sloppy, hanging on the ball and City were quick to capitalise making breaks into our D.  At half time we were 2-0 nil down, with words of wisdom from our sideline posse we managed to pull back a goal with a ball slipped into the D from Amy Forse and stuck into the right corner from Lisa Harwood.  Final score was 5-1.  Player of the match was Mia Somers for fighting off many attacks.  DOD goes to Amy Forse for not being able to count to 11 and subbing herself on and off and on! 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Norwich City 5s:  Magpies 6s:  1-0

Goalscorer:  Gemma Ballard 
MOM: Emma Merryweather

Ladies 5s started their hockey Saturday with a minute’s silence with Magpies 6s. The game was a well fought battle with decent Dragon’ possession. Magpies 6s were a well drilled young team who were quick to fight back but Dragons held their own and a beautiful cross from Jane Wells to Gemma Ballard on the corner (signature move!) gave Dragons the lead which we held on to for a 1-0 win. Player of Match Emma for her hard work in mid.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Carrow:  1-6

Goalscorer: Jade Blanchflower
MOM:  Jade Blanchflower, Maddie Gibbs, Brittany Hopkins

Ladies’ 6s took on second in the league Carrow 1s in a dark, damp game. After a ropey start including not having a full team on the pitch and a bit of confusion about what was and wasn’t a match ball we got going and gave it our all.

A solid performance in the first half against a technically strong and tactical team saw the half time score at 0:2. After a motivational team talk at half time (thanks Anita Mancini), Dragons came out roaring and went on to score a beautiful goal from a short corner, a straight hit from myself which Jade Blanchflower swiftly tapped into the back of the net. Our confidence boosted we became more attacking as the game went on, which however left some gaps in the defence, which Carrow took advantage of. Final score was 1:6, however, overall a smashing performance and one to be proud of! 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Loddon 2s:  2-0

Goalscorer:  Claire Fairhurst, Orla Hardiman
MOM:  Paige Fisher

Dragons 7s played their best hockey yet this season winning against Loddon 2s. Scoring quickly in the first half and then following up with a second left Dragons to win 2-0.  Goals from Claire Fairhurst and Orla Harriman. All round excellent hockey, good use of Triangles (thanks Des). Man of the match well deserved by Paige who worked hard and placed the ball really well in midfield. First clean sheet and win of the season

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Carrow 2s:  0-4

MOM:  Ellie O’Kane, Karen Davidson

Ladies 8’s took on Carrow ladies 2’s on Saturday under a cold but brilliant blue sky, the sun shone and Langley school provided an idyllic backdrop on such a beautiful Autumn day.

Johanne Steward was captaining the team and one of her first words of advice to us all was to lose our base-layers! 

This was understandably met with a gasp and the obligatory “but it’s freeeeeezing!”

But not for the first time and definitely not the last Johanne was right! We only had eleven players and not a sub in sight, we were therefore on the move constantly and any chill was quickly forgotten. 

We played valiantly for the first 30 minutes and there was little difference in the standard of hockey between the two teams which was impressive considering this same Carrow team beat top of the table Watton 6-0 last weekend.

But then a  goal for Carrow brought the standard up a level! But as true Dragons, and not just any Dragons, but Awesome 8’s Dragons, we kept up the fight!

Esther Jacobs made some fantastic saves in goal and ‘unlucky’ (but only for a second) Johanne Steward playing in defence put her stick down to stop a goal which annoyingly flicked offf the wrong way and an own goal went in Carrow’s favour. But it needs to be said that Captain Johanne made up for it in spades in a similar situation in the second half and stopped the ball on the line with such strength, grit and determination, there was no way the same mistake was happening twice.

Johanne also played some great hockey in defence and stopped a lot of balls making into the oppositions D which were more often than not  picked up by Nic Harrison in midfield who could be seen running through Carrow players fast and skilfully on the wing. Nic is always noticeably enthusiastic and always gives it her ‘all’.

Karen Davidson played in defence and proved her weight in gold as she blocked numerous balls  and sent the ball out wide. Jo Lees was also kept busy, and at times seemed to appear from nowhere with her legendary clearance shots which saved the day on many occasions. 

Bridget Le Good was bottom of the diamond and the opposition soon scattered when she played one of her remarkable and accurate and EXTREMELY hard hits which flew out wide and up towards the Center line where Sadie Jacobs as left forward was ready with stick down to receive the ball. 

Louise Crouch was Center forward and was only to happy to drop back and help out in defence and quickly  learned to find a space and intercept the ball much to the annoyance of our opposition.

Shaniece Clayton was top of the diamond and as always played a high level of hockey, executing some beautiful stick skills and text book block tackles. 

We loved having Ellie O’Kane join us and she was an amazing mid fielder who moved like lightning, picking up balls and driving them forward with skill and confidence.

Emma Young was playing right forward and although we did get the ball into the D and we had a short corner in the first half, Carrow proved just a bit quick in their defence and we weren’t able to execute any accurate shots on goal although we gave it everything.

We were down to ten players in the second half due to injury, but we carried on with pace and determination and did not allow them to take advantage of this.The whole team gave it a 100% until the final whistle blew. 

The final score was 4-0 to Carrow Ladies 2’s.

We may not have won but the camaraderie and team spirit was totally awesome and I for one have never been prouder to wear the Dragon shirt alongside my team mates. Well played everyone!!

 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Norwich City 2s:  0-4

MOM: Pedro Goss

A bad day at the office for Men’s 1s, starting slowly at Norwich City 2 and never recovering from their 3 goal headstart.

A much improved second half couldn’t find the goal to bring about the comeback, and City added a 4th from a corner.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v  Norwich City 4s:  6-2

Goalscorers:  Alex Sharpe, Eddie Gould
MOM: Eddie Gould

Men’s 2nd team made the long journey to bottom of the league Norwich City 4s.

On the back of some strong form a win was inevitable.

Despite being away from home our travelling squad was strong and we even had substitutes.  There was a Dragons’ debut goal for Alex Sharpe – back-foot squeeze,  and one from Ed Gould – top of circle rocket through the keeper’s legs.

With all that being said, we lost 6-2 and shall never speak of it again.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Newmarket 1s:  1-3

Goalscorer:  John Ives
MOM:  John Ives

Mens 3s had an early game against top of the league Newmarket 1s. With a few key players missing to injury or child birth including Mitch Smith with “ouchy ribs” and Joel Dennis falling to pieces it was always going to be a tough ask but Dragons got off to a flying start. “Experienced” forward Jon Ives scored half way through the first half to put the home side 1-0 up after weathering a serious storm in which keeper and captain fantastic Tom McLean made a number of impressive stops (if I may say so myself). The away side then scored from a good short corner routine near the end of the first half to take it to 1-1.

The second half saw the away side take the lead with another short corner and as with the game against North Norfolk it was all Dragons in the last 10 minutes seeking an equaliser (including one disallowed) but ultimately the away side scored another short to take it a final score of 1-3.

Another flattering score line for a very equal game restricting the visitors to short corners only and only conceding 3/10+ should be applauded.

MoM to Jon Ives for continuing his scoring streak 

Lots of positives to take against a very good side. Onto Pelicans next week!

 

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Norwich Exiles 1s:  2-3

Goalscorers:  Bobby Sheppard, Neil Shorten
MOM:  Dim Ives

Exiles started strongly as you would expect from a top of the table team. But a short corner strike from Neil Shorten saw Dragons take the lead.  Exiles rallied though and pulled one back before half time despite good saves from Dim Ives. The second half opened up and Exiles pulled 2 goals ahead via a great strike and a penalty stroke. Dragons didn’t give up and another goal from Bobby Sheppard meant the final 10 minutes of the game was in the balance. Exiles managed the game well at the end and Dragons couldn’t convert their chances. Well played all and great to see familiar faces #hockeyfamily MOM to Dim the cat Ives.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Magpies 5s:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Charlie Creasy, Dave King, Pete Latoy, Tom Bailey
MOM:  Shiv Kapur

Dragons 5s record their first win of the season with a brilliant team display. Four goal from four players (Peter Latoy, Charlie Creasy, Tom Bailey and Dave King)

Harleston started the game brightly but were unable to break down the defence.  Dragons broke forward from a long pass by Jason Wolfe resulting in a scramble in the box from which Dragons won a short corner. Peter Latoy was able to score with the ball thundering into the bottom left corner.  3 minutes later Dragons made it 2-0 with a goal by Charlie Creasy.

After the second goal Dragons looked in full control, the defence, which was excellent today, managed to push forward stopping Magpies’ midfield dead on many occasions, and allowing our defence especially Shiv Kapur to offer many a chance to score.

Goal 3 was set up by a great run by Shiv from which Tom Bailey was able to make it 3 nil shortly before half time.

During the second half Dragons got even tighter at the back and midfield, and so Magpies’ only shot of the half came from a short corner. With 5 minutes to go Dragons then won a short corner from which, our one of our main creators, Dave King,  was able to score.

As a note of how good the team played there were six names on the MOM sheet.

I’d also like to congratulate our young midfielders and strikers who pulled off some stunning passes.  This was by far our best game this season, and was well cheered on by a sizeable crowd.

 

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  No fixture

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A v Dereham: 8-0

Goalscorers:  Freya D x2, India B, Mia N, Mia R
MOM:  Freya D

Dev Girls B v Yarmouth:  0-0

MOM:  Sophie Rice

Dev Girls B played a fantastic match away at a, for once sunny and pleasant, Yarmouth. With a good number of u12s stepping up, the girls fought hard against players in some cases nearly twice their height and considerably older than themselves. Everyone in the team showed some great passing skills, fearless tackling and super runs for each other. It was a thrilling game to watch, coach and manage, with some heart stopping moments at either end. A super 0-0 result for the team (though is it ok that I’m a little disappointed for the girls that they didn’t get a win, which would have been thoroughly deserved from the effort and work they put in?!) A deserved POM for Sophie Rice who made some great runs down the right from midfield to set up several chances at goals. Well played everyone & thank you to Amy Forse & Bridget Le Good for their help & being playing adults.

Dev Boys A v Dereham:  4-1

Goalscorers:  Rahul Kaushal, Will Sexton x3
MOM:  Rahul Kaushal

Dev Boys B v East Coast:  0-1

MOM:  Monty Patel

Dragons Dev Boys hosted East Coast Dev Boys at the Dragons den on Saturday the 9th November for a League match. The weather conditions where good and Dragons fielded an 11 boy team plus 1 adult player. East coast fielded a full squad of mixed age boys plus two adult players.

The first half was an even contest ending 0-0. Key learning points were for the back 3 to pivot and to avoid passes on the stick side of the opposition. The second half was equally close however East coast scored a goal in the 3rd quarter.  In the final quarter Dragons where able to push forward and a last minute short corner for Dragons could not be converted in to a goal.

A good effort from all players and lots to take away for the next match. The POM was Monty Patel.

Thank you to Natalie for organising and managing on the day. 

James Hollis

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 2nd November 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sNorth Norfolk 1H1-2 (L)Katie TaubmanSophie Thomas
Holly Setchell
L2sNorwich City 2A2-0 (L)Esme Potter
L3sUniversity of East Anglia Women 1H0-3 (L)Kristina Smyth
Beth Prakash
L4sBroadland 2 A0-3 (W)Emily Smith x3Lillian Sore
L5sN City 5H5-1 (W)Jane Wells
Anita Mancini
Gemma Ballard x2
Claire Stuart
Kate Atkins
L6sYarmouth 2A0-4 (W)Hatty Harrison-Mobbs x2
Stevie Spencer
Mia McGhee
Hatty Harrison-Mobbs
L7sN City 6H1-1 (D)Claire FairhurstClaire Fairhurst
Brittany Hopkins
L8sN City 7AP-P
M1sLong Sutton 1H4-1 (W)Jack Hallworth x2
Cley Hamilton
Olly Buck
Peter Dickerson
M2sBury St Edmunds 2H2-1 (W)Rupert Snelling
Eddie Gould
Patrick Gordon
M3sNorwich City 3A2-1 (L)John IvesJamie McKinnon
John Ives
M4sBury St Edmunds 4H3-1 (W)Phil York Smith
Jason Wolfe
Bobby Sheppard
Bobby Sheppard
M5sSudbury 3A3-2 (L)Charlie Creasy x2Charlie Creasy
M6sNorwich City 7A6-0 (L)David Pentin
BD AEast Coaast HP-P
BD BMagpies AP-P
GD APelicans H7-0 (W)Freya D
Josie K x2
Mia Norris x2
India Bunn x2
Nell Morrey
Mia Norris
GD BEast Coast H

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v North Norfolk:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Katie Taubman
MOM:  Sophie Thomas, Holly Setchell

The Ladies 1st team lost 2-1 to North Norfolk 1s today after a tough match. A disappointing game with a lot to learn but amazing fighting spirit from all players. The first North Norfolk goal was scored in the first half from a ball that was hit over the top of the goalie’s head. The second half saw a levelling goal scored by Katie Taubman; a straight strike from a short corner. However, frustratingly North Norfolk scored the winning goal from a break. Players of the match went to Holly Setchell and Sophie Thomas for their solid attacking and defensive play.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Norwich City 2s:  0-2

MOM: Esme Potter

With the wind subsiding and the sun shining, the respective Norwich 2nd teams played in what was was the best conditions of the day. Dragons were once again grateful to Amy Forse for helping the team out in goal.

The visitors started the brighter of the teams, attacking the City goal through good work by the attacking mids of Gail Thomas, Alex Daplyn, Elsa Scott and Grace Kidner. Ally Windsor Waite and Georgia Rant were working hard upfront however clear cut chances were few and far between.

The Dragons defence were working hard to protect the goal with Esme Potter and Stella Windsor Waite looking really strong on the wings and helping launch the attacks. The spine of the team was well marshalled by Karen O’Neill Simpson, Shelly Seaman and Hannah Ellis and it was all square at half time.

The 2nd half was much of the same with neither GK overly troubled, however Dragons lost their shape a little and allowed themselves to drop a bit deep, inviting City pressure which ultimately lead to a City goal.

With 10mins to go Capt O’Neill Simpson changed the formation in order to try and get the equaliser. Dragons had a bit more pressure but alas couldn’t make any clear cut chances and City scored a 2nd on the break to seal the points.

An improved performance from Dragons with plenty to encourage the team who are still building. Esme Potter was player of the match, run closely by Stella Windsor Waite, both of whom are improving week on week, showing the confidence, composure and tenacity needed in this league.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v  UEA 3s:  0-3

MOM: Kristina Smyth, Beth Prakash

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Broadland 2s:  3-0

Goalscorers:  Emily Smith x3
MOM:  Lillian Sore

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1

Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Norwich City 5s:  5-1

Goalscorers:  Gemma Ballard x2, Anita Mancini, Jane Wells, Claire Stuart
MOM:  Kate Atkins

Despite the very wet and blustery weather conditions, Dragons 5s were ready to go out and be ‘RELENTLESS’. With the direction from Captain Gemma Ballard to ensure we were first to the ball, to use the width and make early passes, we started strongly and dominated the first half. 

The first goal came after some good play between our awesome and unrelenting midfield line, which led to Anita Mancini picking up the ball in the D, working her usual magic and calmly slotting it past the keeper; 1-0. 

Dragons continued to pressure City with some great movement and play down the right between Emma Merryweather and Jane Wells. Two more goals were scored in quick succession: both from firm right crosses from Jane followed by first time touches by Claire Stuart and then Gem to put the ball against the backboard …. textbook and 3-0 up! 

Dragons had a lot of short corners during the first half and the 4th goal was scored as a result of a well worked move from Gemma’s injection to Anita; who slipped the ball left to Jane,  who hit a strong first time strike into the bottom left hand corner of the net. 4-0. 

The 5th goal was scored by Gem at the end of the second half again from build up play between Emma to Jane who crossed the goal to Gemma to tap in. 5-0. 

The second half saw continued pressure from the Dragons, with the midfielders of Mel Widdows, ‘Haley’ (Katie Hale) and Emma working tirelessly and chasing down every ball. With our strong defence behind them, they were able to play high and keep the pressure on the City defensive line. 

However City were certainly seeing more of the ball after their half time talk. With some strong hits out of their defensive third, their nippy wingers were able to break through the Dragon’s midfield. Nevertheless, the Dragon’s fearsome defensive line of Kate Atkins, Lou Davis, Nat Crisp and Brooksy (Louise Brooks) worked hard to absorb any pressure with some very strong tackles getting the ball back out wide to the Dragon’s midfield. 

City kept the pressure up but our stand in Goalie Emily Grint (who we are VERY grateful to!!) did her job and kept her calm to kick away any shots on goal. 

We were nearly through the game with a clean sheet, but one last push from City led to a short corner. This was well taken with a good first shot on goal, that was initially blocked by Brooksy. City’s persistence meant that the ball was scrambled into the Dragon’s goal at the left post. 5-1. 

Overall a really great game and a huge team effort. City are always a difficult side to play. The 5s worked hard for each other and we were relentless; as was the wind and the rain! 

Player of the match to Kate Atkins for some excellent interceptions at crucial moments and fab distribution of the ball out to the midfielders. 

Finally, you’ll all be pleased to know that Nat’s freshly manicured nails remained intact. RESULT!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Yarmouth 2s:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Stevie Spencer, Hatty Harrison-Mobbs x2, Mia McGhee
MOM:  Hatty Harrison-Mobbs

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Norwich City 6s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Claire Fairhurst
MOM:  Brittany Hopkins

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Norwich City 7s:  Postponed

 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Long Sutton 1s:  4-1

Goalscorers:   Olly Buck, Jack Hallworth x2, Cley Hamilton
MOM: Peter Dickerson

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v  Bury St Edmunds 2s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Eddie Gould, Rupert Snelling
MOM: Patrick Gordon

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Norwich City 3s:  2-1

Goalscorer:  John Ives
MOM: Jamie McKinnon, John Ives

 

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Bury St Edmunds 4s:  3-1

Goalscorers:  Bobby Sheppard, Jason Wolfe, Phil York-Smith
MOM:  Bobby Sheppard

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Sudbury 3s:  2-3

Goalscorers:  Charlie Creasy x2
MOM:  Charlie Creasy

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  Norwich City 7s:  0-6

MOM:   David Pentin

Development Leagues

Dev Boys A and B – both postponed

 

Dev G A v Pelicans:  7-0

Goalscorers:  Freya D, Josie Kx2, Mia N x2, India B x2
MOM:  Nell Morreg, Mia N

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 26th October 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sCambridge University 2A1-1 (D)Lucy MortonSophie Barrow
L2sYarmouth 1H1-0 (W)Hannah HardyKristina Smyth
Grace Kidner
L3sWatton 1A14-0 (L)Esther Jacobs
L4sUEA 2H1-4 (L)Niamh SomersEmily Smith
L5sBeccles A0-3 (WC)Beccles Conceded
L6sN City 5H0-4 (L)Emma Dyer
Stevie Spencer
Emma North
Mia McGhee
L7sSlip Date
L8sSlip Date
M1sPelicans 1A5-2 (L)Mark Beckett- Flatman
Matt Knights
Mark Beckett-Flatman
M2sIpswich 2A5-4 (W)Joe Flatt x3
Isaac Diver Hall
Angus Blazer
Isaac Diver Hall
M3sNorth Norfolk 1H2-4 (L)Jon Miles x2Stu Kelly
Phil Good
M4sPelicans 3A2-1 (L)Bobby SheppardKit Scott
M5sBury St Edmunds 5H1-1 (D)Ali SmythTom Bailey
M6sNorfolk Nomads 2H4-0 (W)Mike Banham x2
Dan Orsborne
Casper Lind
Andy Hollis
BD ASlip Date
BD BSlip Date
GD ASlip Date
GD BSlip Date

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge Uni 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Lucy Morton
MOM:  Sophie Barrow

The Ladies 1st team drew 1-1 against Cambridge Uni 2s today. It was very evenly sided with a lot of ‘ping-pong’ action in the middle of the pitch for most of the game. It was 0-0 at half time, however Cambs scored from a penalty flick in the second half. After a strong fight back, Dragons scored when Lucy Morton tapped in from a well worked short corner.  Player of the match went to Sophie Barrow for her goal-line saves and runs up the pitch.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Yarmouth 1s:  1-0

Goalscorer:  Hannah Hardy
MOM: Grace Kidner

With half term holidays causing havoc with availability and a last minute drop out, Dragons were extremely grateful to Elsa Scott, Harriett Marlee and Harriett Rant who all stepped up to play for the 2’s and performed extremely well on their 2nd team debuts. It was great to see the Rant sisters take to the pitch for the first time together in the 2’s. Dragons also warmly welcomed Grace Kidner to the team for her debut for the Club.

The game started with a concerted spell of Dragons pressure, with the central midfield duo of Han Ellis and Grace Kidner breaking down Yarmouth’s crash balls down the centre of the pitch and quickly turning defence into attack. Gail Thomas on the left and Elsa Scott on the right were providing great midfield support and feeding the willing forward runners, however Dragons couldn’t quite work the Yarmouth GK as much as they should have.

Finally a dangerous attack into the D saw Georgia Rant use her skills alongside Harriet Marlee, the Yarmouth defence struggled to clear the ball and a shot at goal was stopped near the line by a defenders leg. The umpires deliberated before a short corner was awarded. The resulting short corner was despatched inside the near post by Hannah Hardy.

Whilst Dragons were largely on top, they still weren’t quite playing their fluent hockey and Yarmouth had breaks of their own, earning a number of short corners particularly in the first half. Kristina Smyth in goal made some fine saves against the direct strikes from Yarmouth. The defensive line of Stella Windsor Waite, Alex Daplyn and Karen O’Neill Simpson worked really hard to break down play and ensure a clean sheet at half time.

The second half saw more of the same with Dragons working hard to gain possession, but just not finding the effective final ball to cause the Yarmouth GK any real problems, however there was lots of good work particularly through joint PoM Grace Kidner. Kristina Smyth was the other joint PoM with some important saves again from short corners and one particular one on one effort with Yarmouth centre forward, where Smyth and Alex Daplyn combined really well to clear the danger and kept the clean sheet intact.

So 3 points to Dragons, it wasn’t pretty but they all count!

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v  Watton 1s:  0-14

MOM: Esther Jacobs

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v UEA 2s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Niamh Somers
MOM:  Emily Smith

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Beccles:   Beccles conceded

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Norwich City 5s:  0-4

MOM:  Emma Dyer, Stevie Spencer, Emma North, Mia McGhee

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v no league game

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v no league game

 
 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Pelicans 1s:  2-5

Goalscorers:   Mark Beckett-Flatman, Matt Knights
MOM: Mark Beckett-Flatman

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Ipswich 2s:  5-4

Goalscorers:  Joe Flatt x3, Isaac Diver Hall, Angus Blazer
MOM: Isaac Diver Hall

Mens 2s travelled to 2nd placed Ipswich 2s this morning, showing our true dedication to the club by missing the England game!

A poor start and saw us go 2-0 down within 15 minutes. However, some excellent play and brilliant teamwork saw us draw level just before half time.

A busy second half saw us at 4-4 with around 5 minutes left on the clock before we finally (for the first time in the game) took the lead at 5-4.

A short corner was given to the opposition seconds before the final whistle and powerful drag flick to the top right corner forced a spectacular diving save from our wonderful keeper to see us hold on for the win.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v North Norfolk 1s:  2-4

Goalscorers:  Jon Miles x2
MOM: Stu Kelly, Phil Good

After watching the England rugby team demolish the All Blacks NDHC Mens 3s went into their game with high-flying North Norfolk 1s with spirits high even with the weather doing its best to dampen that elation. Unfortunately it seemed all minds were still on the rugby as Dragons went 0-1 down in the first minute, simply not having switched on and NN 1s taking full advantage finishing at the back post. Soon after the visiting team went 0-2 up after a deflected shot, high in the sky, was volleyed down into the goal, slowly the home side worked their way back into the game coming to close to scoring but at half-time the score was still 0-2. NDHC 3s weathered another storm after starting slowly in the 2nd half again but were dragged back into the game by prolific striker Jon Miles, scoring a beautiful drag flick high into the corner. With 10 minutes to go and still 1-2 down Dragons threw caution to the wind taking off multiple defensive players and playing four upfront to push for an equaliser. They came close before suffering a dagger blow conceding from a short corner. With a never-give-up attitude the team brought it back to 2-3 after a nice move ending in Jon Miles finishing yet again (taking his tally into the double figures for the season!). With everyone attacking the visiting side broke on the counter and scored their final goal on the bow of the whistle leading to a very flattering score of 2-4 to North Norfolk 1s. Many positives to take from the game including some gorgeous attacking, solid defence against a very good side and an unbeatable attitude. MoM was shared between Phil Good and Stu Kelly for superb defensive work and some great runs down the right from Phil!

 
 

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Pelicans 3s:  1-2

Goalscorers:  Bobby Sheppard
MOM:  Kit Scott

Dragons 4s suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday, against direct rivals Pelicans 3, who swapped positions in the league table, pushing Dragons down to the third position on a goal difference basis only.  As soon as they left Norwich the rain started, and it never stopped, neither during the long trip to Kings Lynn, nor during the game, not even on the way back to Norwich.

As soon as the game started Dragons knew it would be a tough one. Pelicans were strong and very well organised, with quite a few well-known faces that had been seen before playing in higher leagues. Soon after the push back captain Alberto Embarba made good progress in the run fur goof of the day, by brilliantly intercepting a ball in the midfield, making no apparent effort to use the lawful side of his stick, the same stick that was later seen flying backwards off Alberto’s slippery hands after a hit. As time went by Pelicans were dominating more and more and managed to lock Dragons in their half of the pitch. But Dragons proved to be really strong in defence and stopped every single attack from Pelis. With some 10 minutes still to go, Bobby Sheppard got the reward to his efforts when he scored a great goal that brought Dragons some fresh air. But a few minutes later Pelicans got the equalizer, setting a 1-1 score at half time.

The second half started in a slightly different fashion, with Dragons gaining momentum and pushing Pelicans defence more and more often. The combinations between Kit Scott, Bobby Sheppard, Gregg Reynolds and Robin Clarke were very prolific, but still a second goal couldn’t be achieved. Keeper Peter Dickerson, with his magnificent saves, managed to keep Dragons’ aspirations alive for most of the game, but Pelicans got their second goal in the end. Nevertheless, Dragons never gave up and kept fighting fiercely in the ruthless rain until the final whistle.

Everyone played really well but Neil Shorten, Bobby Sheppard and Kit Scott were shortlisted in a very tight MOM draw, with Kit Scott getting the award in the end for his brilliant contribution to the game.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s vBury St Edmunds 5s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Ali Smyth
MOM:  Tom Bailey

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  Norfolk Nomads 2s:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Mike Banham x2, Dan Orsborne, Casper Lind
MOM:   Andy Hollis

Development Leagues

Slip Week

Friendly Mixed Ability Dev Boys v Norwich City Dev 3-12

On a very rainy Saturday afternoon Norwich Dragons played Norwich City at Taverham High School.  Dragons did well to clear the ball wide and made some good runs but City were strong on the attack. Dragons lost 12-3 but despite played well. Dylan Bondi scored first for dragons with a reverse stick near the top of the D into the right side netting. This was followed by Ayrton Rant running down the right side of the pitch and sending it just in between the post and the goal keeper. Zak McEwan made it three by receiving it from across the box and tapping into the goal. Ultimately this was not enough and City scored again and again. POM Aytron and Dylan

By Elliot.

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 19th October 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sSt Neots 1H2-2 (D)Lauren Lawrie
Haz Green
Liv Leary
L2sBroadland 1A2-0 (L)Alex Daplyn
L3sEast Coast 1H1-6 (L)Lilli BallardSophie Farrow
L4sPelicans 2A1-4 (W)Lillian Sore x2
Lisa Harwood
Amy Forse
Emily Smith
L5sWatton 2H1-0 (W)Gemma BallardAnita Mancini
L6sBeccles A0-1 (W)Lara KingHoney Wells
Hatty Harrison-Mobbs
L7sNorwich Dragons 8Friendly
L8sNorwich Dragons 7Friendly
M1sHarleston Magpies 3H4-0 (W)Jack Hallworth x2
Sean Orton
Ollie King
Jim Barker
M2sIpswich-East Suffolk 3H5-3 (W)Jack McIntyre
Rich Moulson
Joe Flatt
Rupert Snelling x2
Joe Flatt
M3sIpswich-East Suffolk 2A4-2 (L)Mitch Smith
John Ives
Harry Brown
M4sIpswich-East Suffolk 5H5-1 (W)Tommy Gale
Adrian Kemp
Jon Miles x3
Bobby Sheppard
M5sEast Coast 2A4-0 (L)Alex Wolfe
M6sNorth Norfolk 2A7-1 (L)Richard DraegerStephen Holland
BD ANorwich City DevFriendly
BD B
GD ADev Girls B1-2 (L)
GD BDev Girls A1-2 (W)

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v St Neots 1s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Lauren Lawrie, Haz Green
MOM:  Liv Leary

Dragons Ladies 1s played St Neots at home and came away with a 2-2 draw. 

Dragons went ahead in the first half with Polly Watson finding space through the middle to play a lovely ball to Lucy Morton on the edge of the D, who touched it into Lauren Lawrie for a well composed finish.

St Neots lead the scoring in the second half with a strike off a short corner at a difficult height into bottom right corner. Though Dragons soon scored from a short corner of their own, with a slip right to Katie McKenna for a beautiful shot across goal, hitting the far post where Harriet Green was already waiting to tap the ball into the goal from the rebound. With less than 10 minutes to go Dragons were playing for time to hold onto their lead but were punished when they played a loose pass into the middle of the pitch allowing St Neots to break through the middle and bring the score level before the final whistle.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Broadland 1s:  0-2

MOM: Alex Daplyn

Dragons started the game brightly with a prolonged early spell of pressure. Maddy Reynolds looked bright on her return to the team, however after less than 5mins was forced off with a back injury to take no further part in the game. Then just minutes later, GK Emma Cleland stretched to for a ball, and in doing so, potentially tore her hamstring. Whilst sitting in the dugout she was then taken ill, needing to be taken to the Clubhouse and play no further part in the game – get well soon Emma.

So Dragons saw themselves down to a bare 11 with no GK, a goal down and 65 minutes remaining. The team battled hard however with the defence and mids working hard to keep the ball out of the D. Unfortunately despite some decent build up play, Dragons didn’t quite do enough in the final 25 and the home team went into the break 1-0 up.

The second half saw a similar pattern and despite lots of good build up play by Dragons, the goals wouldn’t come. Broadland were awarded short corner after short corner and eventually they made one count against the team playing with no GK! Dragons continued to attack and could have scored but poor finishing combined with good GK’ing meant the score remained 2-0.

A strong effort from a depleted Dragons team. Best wishes to Emma and Maddy for speedy recoveries. PoM went to Alex Daplyn for some strong work down the left.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v  East Coast 1s:  1-6

Goalscorer:    Lilli Ballard
MOM: Sophie Farrow

Dragons started with determination for the first 15 mins of the game and we were playing with confidence. But East Coast started to find their feet with clinical playing hockey they ruled the rest of the first half.  Two goals were scored, one  from a short corner for East Coast.

Dragons battled hard and achieved 3 short corners of their own but the opposition’s back line was so confident we couldn’t get a goal past them.

Eventually our hard work paid off as the game started from Spike (Angela Murgatroyd) at the back switching to Beth Prakash who passed through to the midfields of Catherine Matthews, Sophie Farrow, and Harriet Rant and eventually onto Vicki Earley who set up Lilli Ballard who scored our goal.

We were now in hope of increasing our goals, with Nic Cage-Brimelow battling and working hard and Jess Haw running the line forcing Abi Flatt to sprint fast up front we weren’t able to score any more goals.

Grace Brown and Emma Bambridge did a superb job in defence but we just couldn’t keep out the clinical work of our opposition.

Jillian Christie had a storming game – in more ways than one!

At the end of the day we played against an excellent well controlled team but we kept our heads up and didn’t give up, lots to learn!

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Pelicans 2:  4-1

Goalscorers:  Lillian Sore, Lisa Harwood, Amy Forse
MOM:  Emily Smith

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Watton 2s:  1-0

Goalscorer:  Gemma Ballard
MOM: Anita Mancini

On a crisp but unexpectedly sunny and dry morning, Ladies Dragons 5s took on the mighty Watton.  After an enthusiastic warm up routine by Kate Atkins (in Lou’s absence) and a motivational pep talk by skipper Gemma Ballard the game began. Both teams began at a pace with both teams’ mids and forwards pressing hard. Watton had some good early breaks but the Dragons defence of Emily Grint, Kate and Nat Crisp held firm. Dragons worked the Watton defence hard with short corner after short corner with just that first goal alluding them. Fortunately for Dragons it seemed that Watton forwards may also be suffering the same frustration on the final strike.  Opportunities were missed by both sides with Claire Stuart, Jane Wells and Lizzie McDonnell coming close to breaking the deadlock.  Watton pressed hard and had an opportunity to go 1 up from a 1 on 1 against the Dragons goalie, but there was no way any ball was going to get past the immeasurably experienced Kristina Smyth in the Dragons goal who comfortably cleared the ball wide. After breathing a sigh of relief, the Dragons mids pressed forward and from a beautifully delivered ball from the right by Jane to Brooksy (Louise Brooks) who then perfectly floated the ball past two Watton defenders on to the stick of young Gemma  (back on form after time away through injury) who aced the ball into the back of the net- hurrah! The deadlock was broken after 22mins and Dragons were in the lead. Dragons lifted by this started to press the Watton defence with the formidable mids of Brooksy, Mel Widdows,  Emma Merryweather, Floss Andrews and Anita Manchini distributing the ball well to the forward line but they just couldn’t pierce through the Watton defence . First half ended 1:0 and time for a quick review.

Second half began at a pace – so much so it had to be restarted as the Watton forwards began the pushback before the whistle had started. Restart. Again there was good to end to end pressure down the left and right wings by both teams with some lovely creative play especially across the back (Nat, Kate and Emily) and up the wing. Pressure by Dragons on the short corners saw some excellent strikes at goal from Jane and Gemma with the goalie thwarting their best efforts. Floss came close with a reverse hit from a rebound, Lizzie had opportunities to widen the gap between the sides but just couldn’t find the backboard. It seemed as if the Watton defence had built a blue wall between the goal posts with even defenders on the ground scrambling the balls away . Short corner hit from the left (Mel and Emma) from the right (Lizzie and Jane) and centre (Neet and Lizzie)…Dragons just could not find the net- guess we need to practise A LOT more 😊 Hopefully we can borrow Emily’s mums recording . All credit to the Watton Mids and Defence from holding off the continued pressure from Dragons throughout the second half …A much better second half girls, some nice creative play, clever use of triangles and relentless barrage of shots in the D. Well done to all. Bod of the match Neet M

Special thank you to Amy F for first half scribing and subbing (hope the bench wasn’t too wet) and Emily’s mum for pizza delivery.

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v  Beccles:  1-0

Goalscorer:  Lara King
MOM:  Hatty Harrison-Mobbs, Honey Wells

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v no league game

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v no league game

 
 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Magpies 3s:  4-0

Goalscorers:   Sean Orton, Ollie King, Jack Hallworth x2
MOM: Jim Barker

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v IES 3s:  5-3

Goalscorers:  Rupert Snelling x2, Jack McIntyre, Joe Flatt, Rich Moulson
MOM: Joe Flatt

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v IES 2s:  2-4

Goalscorers:  John Ives, Mitch Smith
MOM: Harry Brown

On a beautiful sunny autumn Saturday the NDHC Men’s 3s, in their black away kit, headed down to Ipswich to face IES 2s. The home team had a clear advantage from the start being used to playing on the trampoline-like blue pitch and after 10 minutes took the lead through a penalty-flick.  Dragon’s missed some key chances during the rest of the half but kept the home team at bay to go into halftime 1-0 down. The second half started brightly with Mitch Smith scoring quickly from a penalty corner before the home team responded in the same manner. Dragons looked to be getting back into the game before another penalty-flick was awarded to IES which was converted. After that all the play belonged to IES with captain/keeper Tom McLean having to make some smart saves to keep the score respectable including a stunning stick save. Finally IES scored their fourth before the experienced Jon Ives capitalised on some lax defending to score a great consolation goal. On reflection an excellent match by both sides. Man of the match went to Harry Brown for his excellent work on the right hand side, offensively and defensively. 

 

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v IES 5s:  5-1

Goalscorers:  Jon Miles x3, Tommy Gale, Adrian Kemp
MOM:  Bobby Sheppard

Dragons met at the Den with plenty of time before their 2.30pm push back. Unlike in previous games, there were only 12 of them this time, mainly due to schools’ half term. With the previous game running late and a very vivid memory of what happened in the past, Dragons decided to go for a team run-around outside the pitches. As expected, as soon as both teams put their feet on the pitch the umpires requested a quick start, but that didn’t catch Dragons with their pants down this time.

Dragons started well in the first half, keeping control of the ball and creating multiple chances but the scoreboard remained untouched for a very long time. Their attacks kept gaining momentum but Ipswich-East Suffolk’s defence, also with some help from the goal posts, managed to hold Dragons for most of the first half. Finally, with some ten minutes still to go before the break, Dragons found their path to goal when Tommy Gale, after challenging a few opponents, managed to send a great pass from the right side towards the top-right side of the D, where Alberto Embarba was waiting to slap in a ball that was brilliantly deflected by Adrian Kemp around the penalty spot. And not long after that, a very similar second goal came with Greg Reynolds long shot being just tapped by Jon Miles to slot it in between the keeper’s legs. That brought us to a 2-0 score at half time.

Ipswich-East Suffolk boys reacted well after the break and managed to shorten distances with an early goal, coming from a striker who managed to break the defence lines and have an unexpected reverse hit on target which ended up finding its way to the net. With 2-1 on the scoreboard the game seemed to have changed direction for a little while, but soon it was redirected by Jon Miles scoring for the second time, with a strong square hit from the right side, next to the end line. But Jon wasn’t happy with just two goals, he wanted to get a hat-trick before going on his paternity leave. And he got it, from a short corner this time, with a brilliantly executed drag flick to the top side of the net. It was just 7 minutes after the break and Dragons had granted themselves a comfortable advantage. But Ipswich-East Suffolk boys were determined to fight and got a few chances, with keeper Jamie McKinnon having to pull some of his best saves to keep the score. A few minutes before the end of the game, Tommy Gale got a well-deserved reward to his fantastic contribution to the game with a fantastic late goal that set a final 5-1 score.

Another great win for Dragons, which will keep them on the second position of the league table for another week, with equal points as the first team. Man of the match went to Bobby Sheppard this time, for his magnificent contribution throughout game, proving his great value not only as a goal scorer but also as a generous passer. But he wasn’t alone in the contest. Will Mares was also in the draw after completing a really good game. Of course, Jon Miles also had a say here with his hat-trick. And, as usual, Greg Reynolds and Tommy Gale were both well worth their weight in gold.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v East Coast 2s:  0-4

MOM:  Alex Wolfe

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  North Norfolk 2s:  1-7

Goalscorer:  Richard Draeger
MOM:   Stephen Holland

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A v Dev Girls B:  1-2

Goalscorers:
MOM:  

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 12th October 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sIpswich-East Suffolk 1A0-4 (L)Katie Taubman
L2sNorwich Dragons 3H6-1 (W)Shelly Seaman
Gail Thomas
Georgia Rant
Ally Windsor Waite
Stella Windsor Waite
L3sNorwich Dragons 2A6-1 (L)Jess HawHarriet Marlee
L4sDissH0-1 (L)Flori Smith
L5sEast Coast 3A0-7 (W)Claire Stuart
Emma Merryweather
Lizzy McDonnell x2
Jane Wells
Gemma Ballard x2
Jane Wells
L6sWatton 2H2-1 (W)Mia McGhee
Adelice Stanley
Hannah Woods
L7sN Norfolk 2A7-0 (L)Jess Young
L8sWatton 3H1-8 (L)Shaniece ClaxtonShaniece Claxton
M1sKettering 1A2-3 (W)Sean Orton
Ollie King
Matt Knights
Peter Dickerson
M2sNorwich Dragons 3A1-2 (W)Eddie Gould
Rupert Snelling
Jamie McKinnon
M3sNorwich Dragons 2H1-2 (L)Josh RollasonEd Smith
M4sNorwich Dragons 5A3-4 (W)Joe Flatt
Paul Keating
Greg Reynolds x2
Joe Flatt
M5sNorwich Dragons 4H3-4 (L)Tom Bailey x2
Josh Bingham
David Kidner
M6sWatton 2H5-0 (W)Casper Lind x4
Ross Bradshaw
Casper Lind
BD AMagpies A0-7 (W)Will Sexton x3
Hector McNeill x2
Dylan Bondi x2
BD B
GD AEast Coast A0-7 (W)Lucy Courtier x2
Hannah Shepperson x2
Josie Kell x2
Ellie Wagstaff
Josie Kell
Yona McDonald
GD BWatton H0-2 (L)Libby Ong

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v IES 1s:  0-4

MOM:  Katie Taubman

The Ladies 1st team lost 4-0 to IES 1s today. It was a hard game against a well drilled side, however all short corners were successfully defended against.
It was 3-0 at half time with one goal scored after a ridiculous deflection. In the second half, Katie Taubman made a great shot on goal but unfortunately couldn’t make anything from it.
Player of the match went to Katie Taubman for having incredible determination and going for every short corner.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s:  6-1

Goalscorers:   Shelly Seaman, Gail Thomas, Georgia Rant x3, Ally Windsor Waite  
MOM: Stella Windsor Waite

A grey derby day at the Den saw the Ladies 2’s take on the 3’s in their League encounter. With GK Jillian Christie helping the Club out this week by kindly switching teams, Emma Cleland returned to the Ladies 2’s.

The opening 15 mins was very open and even, with both sides having good attacks and both Keepers being called into action. The 2’s took early advantage with Georgia Rant getting her first smart finish of the afternoon, before the 3’s equalised with a well taken effort from Jess Haw.

The 2’s continued to press however and more goals came. Shelly Seaman scored a great goal at the far post, whilst Georgia Rant showed calmness in the D slotting 2 more away by half time completing a very well taken hat trick!

Whilst the 2’s has been clinical in the D, they still lacked a little in strength and determination to be first to the ball across the pitch, and this is an area they need to improve on.

The 2nd half saw a similar pattern, good spells of play by both teams, but the 2’s made the most of their chances. Gail Thomas scored a 5th with a smart short corner strike and Ally Windsor Waite fired home following some good build up play by Sam Franklin on the right.

PoM was Stella Windsor Waite showing tenacity and bite in a strong defensive display in her more familiar position of left defender. 

A game played in good Club spirit and well umpired by both umpires – thanks to all who played and supported both teams. 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s:  1-6

Goalscorer:    Jess haw
MOM: Harriet Marlee

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Diss:  0-1

MOM:  Flori Smith

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v East Coast 3s:  7-0

Goalscorers:  Claire Stuart, Emma Merryweather, Lizzy McDonnell x2, Jane Wells, Gemma Ballard x2
MOM:  Jane Wells

Ladies 5’s travelled to a slightly damp Lowestoft to take on a newly formed East Coast 3’s. The game started with Jane channelling the best of the personal trainers to prepare us for the game ahead “you know, that one. It’s stretching there I think!”

The game started with Dragons taking a few minutes to settle before setting out strong in search of goals. Jane was first on the board with a goal which set the game in motion. A few short corners led to Gemma making a return to the game after injury, only to be sent up to the half way line after a difficulty with the short corner routine.  2 goals from Gemma balanced out the misdemeanour!

Midfield were strong together and kept hold of the ball, slipping it through to the forwards in the D to capitalise on chances. East Coast’s Goal keeper who had stepped into the role for this game played well deflecting many a shot from the Dragons attacking play.

Lizzie in a dazzling display reminiscent of strictly come dancing kept the ball away from her feet and completed a 360 degree turn to score another goal, taking her total to 2! Further goals from Claire and Emma after good passing and attacking play saw Dragons tally reach 7.

Defence had little to do thanks to the strong attack but were challenged on some good breaks from East Coast who made the most of opportunities given to them. Emily defended the Dragons half well when her fellow defensive players went for a run which saw Nat run from left to right across the pitch and up into the top right hand corner with Jo not far behind her and Brooksie in the D. Kate made the most of the opportunity to stretch her legs and run the ball up the right wing.

Dragons good luck charm Gillian who had come to support us in goal had to be alert in case Emily needed support when all around her had pushed up into the attacking half. A great sense of teamwork shown throughout with egos left at the door to capitalise on goal scoring opportunities.

Game finished with teas where half the team were very eager and were worried, they were in the wrong place when the other half of the team and the opposition took a while to arrive! Hot food much needed after a drizzly game. Final score of 7-0 to dragons. Special thanks go to Gillian for coming to support us in Goal and Will for supporting with team management on the sideline.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v  Watton 2s:  2-1  

Goalscorers:  Mia McGhee, Adelice Stanley
MOM:  Hannah Woods

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v North Norfolk 2s:  0-7

MOM:  Jess Young

The score was 7-0 to North Norfolk ! The Dragons were not the champions but we kept on fighting until the end. The game started with Dragons having first push back. Formation was good at the start especially Ceris Burgues who remained in good space throughout the game. North Norfolk were very strong players and were good at switching the ball over. Everyone played well ,  especially the defence who repeatedly put in their tackles – Jessica young winning player of the match. I feel there was no bad mistakes, but some may feel they made a few, we had our share of sand kicked in our faces due to a sandy pitch, but we came through. The second half was pretty much the same and everyone kept up their energy levels. 

In the future we need to make sure we spread out and use the space. By doing this we will be able to switch it across and get round players instead of sending the ball through. We as a team need to strengthen are basic skills such as putting a name on the ball and looking up before passing. Once we have mastered this skill we will then be able to play a more skilled game. 

Overall well played  Dragons !!!! 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Watton 3s:  1-8

Goalscorer:  Shaniece Claxton
MOM:  Shaniece Claxton

The 8s are probably right to feel a little frustrated at the way in which they allowed this game to slide away from them into a significant loss, particularly when they gave as good as they got at the start of each half. Watton edged it in the skills department, with their free-running forwards moving the ball around and getting into the circle too often too easily. The character of the 8s will be tested as they work out how to pull their game together to get more consistency. 

 
The brightest moment of the game was undoubtedly POM Shaniece Claxton’s goal. She had impressed with some good runs down the right wing, cutting in and also going outside to link up with Johanne Steward, Emma Young and Sadie Jacobs. But her best move was to get into space near a post and slam the ball home early in the second half to lift the Dragons’ spirits.
 
Early in the game, both sides disappointed with their tendency to kick the ball.  Watton got over it, but Dragons continued – it was a combination of poor footwork and increasing tiredness – and it cost Dragons dearly in the amount of territory they gave away. The defence, which began with Jo Lees in the centre, Jess Lockwood on the left and Karen Davidson on the right (in front of Esther Jacobs in goal) looked strong to begin with, but as Watton began to move the ball around inside the circle Dragons tended to back off  and leave Watton with some soft chances. Bridget Le Good was at the bottom of the diamond, and while she could take the credit for frequently getting the mids away with some strong passes, she has to work at timing her tackles. In the excitement of the match, she tended to rush at forwards outside the D and then leave the other defenders exposed. 
 
In the second half, Esther was back to her blocking and kicking best, and where four more goals came from was really something of a surprise.
 
To the credit of the 8s, they showed their willingness to be flexible and Johanne Steward came back and did an excellent stint in defence while late on Karen Davidson, who was carrying an injury, moved up to high forward and did a good job at picking up long passes and then holding the ball up.
Some nice combinations are starting to form, and Jess is forming a good partnership with Nic Harrison at left mid. These two tirelessly tackled and harried the nippy forwards, and Nic is to be congratulated for the use of her newly acquired skill – the jab tackle! Two of the less experienced team members, Louise Crouch-Read and debutante Kaia Peiris, shared the very responsible role at the top of the diamond and deserve a lot of credit for the way they executed the defensive side of their role – and the distribution will come.  What a pleasure it was to have Lizzie Costello at right mid. Her speed and ball control was an example to the team, and she collected every one of the long passes Bridget aimed at her, and created some lovely attacking moves.
 
Tactically, because the 8s were unable to get their midfields linking with their forwards consistently, Johanne, Shaniece, Sadie and Emma Young did not have much to go on. But they almost certainly worked more balls into the circle than in previous matches this season. Accurate weighted passes of all types to the forwards has to be high on the training list. The players showed an improvement in being ‘first to the ball’ in this match, and once again enthusiastically supported and encouraged each other. They know there is still a long way to go on improving stamina, and the captains are doing their best to protect the players with long-term injuries. But just at the moment anyone who rocks up for the 8s, trains hard, then rolls on and and rips into the match is very, very welcome!  
 
 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Kettering 1s:  3-2

Goalscorer:   Sean Orton, Ollie King, Matt Knights
MOM: Peter Dickerson

Norwich Dragons made the long away trip to Kettering this weekend looking to extend their perfect run to four wins from four and remain top of the table. Dragons started slowly surrendering the bulk of possession to the home side but still managing to carve out the better chances early on. This soon paid dividends as a third short corner in a few minutes lead to tactical re shuffle at the top of the D and seen Matt Knights deflect in from close range to take the lead 1:0.

Again Kettering found themselves with the lion’s share of possession and after an explosive tactical change in their press caught the Dragons defender Owen Tennant napping and his wayward pass was played long for the Kettering striker to round the keeper and tie the game at 1:1. Norwich Dragons showed why they have been perfect so far this season and continued to press whatever possession they had into goal scoring opportunities and when the Kettering keeper got down to make a smart save from the first strike Sean Orton stepped up to smash home the rebound for his first of the season and restoring Norwich Dragons lead going into half time 2:1 up.

Norwich Dragons came out stronger in the second half and had several short corners repelled by the Kettering defence before Ollie King had a goal ruled out by the umpires. Kettering applied pressure of their own and after a smart save from a short corner by keeper Peter Dickerson was cleared some lacklustre defending saw Kettering instantly regain possession and get away another shot which the keeper saved only to see the rebound poked home by the Kettering striker 2:2.

The game really opened up from here as both teams exchanged threatening attacks in the search of the winning goal. The Dragons keeper Peter Dickerson found himself called upon again as a sly Kettering striker found himself clean through 1 on 1 only to be denied by the out rushing keeper and covering. Dragons returned the favour and Matt Knights came close to adding to his tally with a drag flick from a short corner that rattled the cross bar. Dragons pressure eventually paid off and they managed to sneak a late winner through forward Ollie King with roughly 5 minutes to go. Kettering in turn through the kitchen sink at dragons trying to claw back the one goal deficit but were denied by a resolute dragons defence. In the final moment Kettering had their last attack from a short corner which a slick passing routine seen their forward find himself free from 2 yards out only to be denied by a reflex diving save from the goalkeeper.

Dragons held on to win 3-2 with man of the match going to Peter Dickerson. That makes it the perfect start to the season for Dragons and sees them sitting joint top of the league with 4 wins from 4.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s:  2-1

Goalscores:  Ed Gould, Rupert Snelling
MOM: Jamie McKinnon

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s:  1-2

Goalscoresr:  Josh Rollason 
MOM: Ed Smith

Last game of the day saw a clash of the titans. The highflying Mens 3s taking on pointless Mens 2s in a fixture that should, and eventually did, only have one outcome. A quick start by the 2s saw the 3s go 0-1 down after a minute from an Eddie Gould back-post tap in. Things evened out after that and the 3s clawed their way back in before half time with a great attack by AJ Edwards leading to a tidy finish by Josh Rollason. The second half saw a similar start as to the first with the 3s caught sleeping and Rupert Snelling finishing smartly after a goal mouth scramble. After that it was all 3s, forcing the 2s keeper into making some fantastic saves including one with his helmet. Unfortunately despite some slick play the 3s could just not find a way back in. Final score 3s: 1-2 :2s. MoM to Ed for a fantastic performance all over the pitch. Next up is a tough game away at IES 2s.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s:  4-3

Goalscorers:  Greg Reynolds x2, Joe Flatt, Paul Keating 
MOM:  Joe Flatt

Saturday marked a great competitive day amongst Dragons’ teams at the Den, with brilliant hockey being displayed from all sides. Dragons 4s were facing what was soon described as the strongest fifth team ever seen before, and as a result, the 4s got off to a not-so-good start, which is unfortunately becoming a bad habit. Not so long after the push back 5s were awarded a short corner which was brilliantly converted by Josh Bingham with one of his strongest hits on the goal board. Josh (AKA the Ballbreaker) had another attempt from a short corner shortly after, but this time his shot hit the bullseye of keeper Dave King’s soft areas instead of in the net. The 4s’ efforts to level the game were relentlessly stopped by a defence masterly commanded by an incredibly solid David Kidner, who proved to be Peter Davison’s perfect counterpart. What’s more, the 5s managed to score again before the break after a great team effort converted by Tom Bailey. 2-0 down at half time and the feeling that things could still get worse.

With a serious chat during the break the 4s tried to recompose the picture by addressing the main issues spotted during the first half. And they reacted well. With just 5 minutes of the second half gone, Arj Puvanachandra brilliantly set Joe Flatt to score the first goal for Dragons 4s, bringing them back into the game. They kept pushing, and not long after the first goal Greg Reynolds got the equalizer. But 5s were still fighting well and went ahead again with another great goal from Tom Bailey, but their joy didn’t last long since 4s managed to level it up again, with a controversial goal by Paul Keating, since nobody seems to remember that one… later it was agreed that it would be considered as a great goal though . But 5s never gave up and kept attacking, with Charlie Creasy and Kit Scott creating multiple chances. Just a few minutes before the final whistle Greg Reynolds saved the day when he got his second goal, setting a final 3-4 score for Dragons 4s.

Man of the match went to Joe Flatt for his great contribution to such an important victory, which leaves Dragons 4s in second place in the league table, with same points as the first team.

Congratulations to Dragons 5s, who played really well and could easily have won the game.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s:  3-4

Goalscorer:  Tom Bailey x2, Josh Bingham
MOM:  David Kidner

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  Watton 2s:  5-0

Goalscorers:  Casper Lind x4, Ross Bradshaw
MOM:   Casper Lind  

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A v East Coast:  7-0

Goalscorers: Lucy Courtier x2, Hannah Shepperson x2, Josie Kell x2, Ellie Wagstaff
MOM:   Josie Kell, Yona McDonald

Dev Girls B v Watton:  0-2

MOM:  Libby Ong

Dev Boys A v  Magpies:  7-0

Goalscorers:  Will Sexton x3, Hector McNeill x2, Dylan Bondi x2
MOM:  

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 5th October 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sWisbech Town 1H4-2 (W)Mia Bartram x2
Lauren Lawrie
Sarah Jenkins
Mia Bartram
L2sChristchurch 1A1-3 (W)Alex Daplyn x2
Hannah Hardy
Alex Daplyn
L3sHarleston Magpies 3H2-4 (L)Maddy Reynolds
Harriet Rant
Piper Hempsall
L4sReephamA3-4 (W)Georgie Manly x3
Amy Forse
Georgie Manly
L5sCarrow H0-0 (D)Emily Grint
L6sMagpies 5A8-0 (L)Esther Jacobs
L7sUEA 3A3-1 (L)Lara NuthallLara Nuthall
L8sUEA 4A6-0 (L)Emily Matthews
M1sUniversity of East Anglia Men 1H3-1 (W)Mark Flatman
Dan Rix x2
Peter Dickerson
M2sNewmarket 1H0-5 (L)Alex Sharpe
M3sUniversity of East Anglia Men 2A0-1 (W)Jon MilesJamie Mckinnon
M4sHarleston Magpies 5H3-3 (D)Harry Brown
Greg Reynolds
Arj Puvanachandra
Arj Puvanachandra
M5sNewmarket 2A4-2 (L)Charlie Creasy
Andrew Cross
Charlie Creasy
M6sUniversity of East Anglia Men 4A2-0 (L)
BD AN City H3-3 (D)Will Sexton x2
Vithu Baskaran
Will Sexton
BD BWatton A0-0 (D)Freddie Jupe
GD A
GD BPelicans A

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Wisbech Town 1s:

Goalscorers:   Mia Bartram x2 , Lauren Lawrie, Sarah Jenkins
MOM:  Mia Bartram

This match against Wisbech Town 1s was a great build on last week, taking into account what was worked on in training. A 4-2 win saw goals from Mia Bartram x2, Lauren Lawrie after working the ball around the D, and Sarah Jenkins after a fantastic short corner with a deflection off the opposing player. There were fantastic runs up the pitch, notable work by Holly Setchell, and a high work rate was kept throughout the game. Two goals were conceded in the second half, the last scored on the break. Player of the match went to Mia Bartram for an incredible game and working hard to the end.  

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Christchurch 1s: 

Goalscorers:    Alex Daplyn x2 ,  Hannah Hardy  
MOM: Alex Daplyn

An early start for Dragons saw them head down the A140 for an away trip with Christchurch. Changes saw Kate McKenna and Sam Franklin return to the team, plus a deserved debut in the 2’s for Alex Daplyn.

Dragons had a good warm up and started the game well, with a long period of pressure following some good work down the right by Sam Franklin and Ally Windsor Waite who combined well. Having earned a couple of short corners, Dragons eventually scored with their 3rd, following a neat pass from Gail Thomas to Hannah Hardy who found the corner. Unfortunately the team then switched off a little, allowing Christchurch to attack and earn a couple of short corners of their own, with the 2nd, a neat routine saw a strike from the left deflected neatly past the Dragons Keeper.

Despite plenty of possession, Christchurch defended deep and in numbers and the visitors found it difficult to break them down. Christchurch had good spells too and Shelly Seaman, Karen O’Neill Simpson and Stella Windsor Waite needed to be alert to the threat, whilst Jillian Christie in Goal pulled off some important saves.

At halftime Captain O’Neill Simpson asked for the team to look to play with a bit more composure, move the ball on a bit quicker and believe the goals would come. The team heeded her words, good work down the right from Georgia Rant saw the ball forced across the D where debutant Alex Daplyn found herself in a great position to fire home into the roof of the net. Dragons 3rd quickly followed, again from the right of the pitch saw Georgia Rant showing good skills to find Hannah Hardy who fired the ball across the D, where Alex Daplyn had once again found space at the back post, to claim her second of the day.

More good Dragons build up play continued; Hannah Ellis was strong in the middle alongside Gail Thomas, both feeding great balls into the ever willing forward runners, Lilli Ballard worked hard, alongside Kate McKenna and Ally Windsor Waite, but the 4th goal just eluded Dragons, with the Christchurch Keeper making some strong saves.

An improved performance and plenty to build on for the 2’s. Player of the Match deservedly went to Alex Daplyn on her 2nd Team debut.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Magpies 3s:  

Goalscorers:    Maddy Reynolds,   Harriet Rant  
MOM: Piper Hempsall

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Reepham:

Goalscorers:  Georgie Manly x3,  Amy Forse  
MOM:  Georgie Manly

Dragons got off to an attacking start, with some good movement and quick passing. The game was end to end and some good defence was utilised as was the strong attack. They were unlucky to concede a well taken penalty flick after sustaining a quick attack making the score 1-0 to Reepham. Dragons went into the attack once again and after some quick passing,using the space wide, Amy Forsedrove into the d and offloaded to Georgie Manly who scored a great goal , making it 1-1 at half time. After the break Reepham came back out with great intent scoring another goal to make it 2-1. Dragons weren’t to be fazed and after using the space out wide and Amy passing to Georgie who scored again the score was 2-2. After more attacking Dragons won a short corner which Georgie managed to convert giving dragons a 3-2 lead. Reepham scored after a prolonged period of attack equalizing the score once again 3-3. Dragons kept attacking hard, giving everything in the final three minutes. Amy made a blistering run and managed to get another goal with only a minute left on the clock sealing the 4-3 win for Dragons. A very good game against a very strong team. 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1

Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Carrow:

MOM:   Emily Grint

This was always going to be a tough game, Carrow are a strong and well organised team who have developed a style of play that works well for them and often wrong foots the opposition. However, Norwich Dragons, having played them last season, soon got the measure of them and set about taking advantage of youthful midfield in the form of Mary Bowles and Emma Merryweather who worked well to move the ball along the wings and towards the D.
Carrow tried to dominate the middle ground during the first 15 minutes, but the skilful Anita
Mancini and tenacious Louise Brooks, stopped most attacking play before it reached the defensive end of the pitch. Nat Crisp and Jo Jennings both worked hard to move the ball up towards the Carrow goal and successfully played the ball into the D and the waiting stick of Claire Stewart, who came close on a couple of occasions, but a very agile keeper stopped everything coming her way. The best chances in the first half came from a one-on-one with the keeper for Emma Merryweather and a lovely short corner strike from Jane Wells, again, strong keeping and a determined Carrow defensive line stopped all chances. Even two short corners on the half time whistle couldn’t get passed them!

A good half time talk from captain Gemma Ballard, reminded the team to keep its shape and make more of the wings, communication was key and so was easy passes and keeping possession.

The second half saw Dragons taking more chances with Louise Davis and Kate Atkins both taking chances to move out of the defensive quarter to overload the attacking play and this allowed multiple attacks on goal, with Floss Andrews having a couple of lovely runs into the D from the right. However the D was nearly always packed with Carrow defenders, who did a great job of stopping everything coming their way. Carrow had several chances in the second half, with some nice paired runs and passes to high forwards hanging around the D, but Dragon’s defence was equally up to the Job with Emily Grint (POM) making some lovely stops and channeling most attacks out wide. Mia Sommers was always in control of the D and took an attacking stance against the Carrow forwards. With the score resolutely staying a 0:0 both teams ramped up their efforts in the final 5 minutes with Carrow getting a short corner, which was expertly stopped by Emily Grint and Jo Jennings. This was quickly broken down and turned into a Dragon’s attack with Claire Stewart having one last shot on goal. The final score of 0:0 was a fair result for what was a pretty end to end game.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v  Magpies 5s:  

Goalscorers:  
MOM:  Esther Jacobs

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v UEA 3s: 

Goalscorer:  Lara Nuthall
MOM:  Lara Nuthall

Ladies 7s played out their heart and soul against UEA 3s, however we simply out ran by a team of young nippy students with many more subs. Although the scoreline at 3-1  to UEA was the same as against Broadband the game was not as there was improvement throughout. 

Pulling ahead in the 1st half Dragons looked promising with Ceris Burgues working hard at top of the diamond to distribute the ball and from training remembering to push it.  The forwards starting to work well together, Claire Fairhurst taking some stealth positions and working the ball round followed by a shot in front of goal from Lois Metcalfe, however not quite finished on the post (I must learn to find those corners :-)) 

Paige Fisher focused and placed an intelligent slip of the ball to Lara Nutall (Man of the Match)  who with a tiniest of touches guided the ball into the goal. This made us jump around. Unfortunately UEA 3s fought back hard and pushing up the pitch led to a series (I lost track) of short corners and eventfully a save on the line (albeit with a foot) led Emma North to the high pressure situation of a flick. The flick was well executed and landed UEA in a 1-1 draw just going into half time. 

 

In the 2nd half,  we were under continued pressure and almost constant short corners. Maisie Dearmer worked hard to distribute the ball into Dragons possession but it was relentless.   Emma Dyer proving stoic in the middle worked hard along with Jessie Young and Ella Hanly improving the defensive work from the previous week. Despite this they were under almost constant pressure with too many short corners to count. Briony Johnstone worked hard to push up with some well considered runs and at times there were signs of opportunity. 

We have to admit we  tired, with the defence under significant pressure. Help had arrived int he form of Sarah Lucas with her boundless energy . Claire Fairhurst and Lara Nutall moved into midfield this gave some rest for some tired legs, however UEA simply didn’t tire whilst Dragons wanted to in the words of James sit down. 

Scoring two more well executed goals they proved themselves the winner working an excellent passing game that the 7s plan to learn from. Keep focus, keep going and let the ball do the work!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v UEA 4s:

MOM:  Emily Matthews

After last week’s fine point-scoring display, the 8s were brought down to earth by a fast-moving UEA team who bagged 5 goals before half time.

Dragons faced a number of challenges, with illness and injury leaving them short of players. When Jo Lees had to go off early with the recurrence of a hip injury, the 8s had no subs whilst it felt like the students had an endless supply of fast, fresh legs. If Dragons had any spare legs, they should have been kicking themselves for failing to take advantage of an empty pitch on which to get to know their new players and get a slick warm up routine going. As it was, they started slow and soft, creating a number of opportunities for the opposition when they gently pushed clearances into the path of onrushing forwards.
 
But enough of the ‘minuses’. Onto the ‘pluses’, of which there were plenty. Dragons had to build from the back, and their re-shaped defence began to create an understanding. Emma Northie North was kicking more strongly and stopped some fierce shots. In front of her, Jess Lockwood moved to centre back and exerted calm control. Debutante Emily Matthews proved her flexibility in a number of positions, and earned POM for a very confident display of tackling and clearing. Debutante and ‘Get Back Into’ player Hester McLean also put in a determined display, whilst Louise Crouch-Read, playing her second game, was lively and fearless running forward or tracking back.
 
Bridget Le Good could be relied on to clear the ball the length of the pitch, but her passes would be more useful if she could direct them onto the sticks of the forwards. The link play between the mids and forwards did not get going in the first half, although Katy Cole chased down every ball in the centre and her distribution looked as though it is going to be an asset as the season progresses. Nic Harrison is another great tackler and chaser who was seldom passed, while Sadie Jacobs picked up some good balls on the other side of midfield.
 
Dragons got the ball up to the forwards several times in the second half, but some solid marking by the UEA defence made it difficult for Johanne Steward, Emma Young and Louise to pick up the long balls.
 
It was in the second half, when Nic and Sadie switched sides and Jess, Emily and Hester/Louise all showed their determination in clearing wide, that the Dragons put in a much improved performance. UEA only added one goal to their tally, a well-taken short corner. The 8s began to move the ball around more accurately. The mids were coming back to tackle, and if the whole team can improve their fitness they should be able to set up more attacking moves with the press..
““““““““““““`Every player in the 8s kept playing hard to the end, and felt no need to be discouraged when captains Jess and Johanne could clearly explain  how the side can improve, working with coach Pat Cline. The 8s know that positivity and determination will carry them a long way. If they can build skills and work on their team understanding then the results will come.

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v UEA 1s: 

Goalscorer:   Mark Flatman,  Dan Rix x2  
MOM: Peter Dickerson

Another fine performance saw Dragons take all three points from a fast end to end encounter. Mark Beckett-Flatman put Dragons in front and despite pressure from UEA throughout the game Dan Rix scored a brace to see the home side home comfortably.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Newmarket 1s: 

Goalscores:  James Cross, Eddie Gould
MOM: James Cross

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v UEA 2s:

Goalscoresr:  Jon Miles 
MOM: Jamie Mckinnon

A tight encounter against a fit UEA side saw Dragons control their D well and Jon Miles’ goal ended up being the difference between the two sides.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Magpies 5s: 

Goalscorers:  Harry Brown , Greg Reynolds ,  Arj Puvanachandra  
MOM:  Arj Puvanachandra

Harleston started brightly and pinched two goals before Dragons got going. But Harry Brown pulled one back and the momentum swung to an energetic Dragons side. Soon it was 2-2 after a fine team goal resulting in Greg Reynolds putting Dragons back in the game. Dragons then went ahead with Arj  Puvanachandra finishing calmly in front the keeper but it wasn’t to be as Magpies hit back with 10 minutes remaining. Despite the pressure Magpies held out for the draw playing well in the final stages.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Newmarket 2s:

Goalscorer:  Josh Bingham Andrew Cross
MOM:  Charlie Creasy

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v  UEA 4s: 

MOM:   Tom Helfer   

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A no game

Goalscorers: 
MOM:  

Dev Girls B v Pelicans 

Dev Boys A v  Norwich City:  3-3

Goalscorers:  Will Sexton x2 ,  Vithu Baskaran  
MOM:  Will Sexton

As the score would suggest the match was very even and both teams had the advantage at different points in the game. After the first quarter city were 0 – 1 up but after the second quarter 

Dragons had matched the score and as the half time whistle was blow it was 1 – 1. Into the third quarter City took a lead and made it 1 – 3 by the end of the quarter. From then on Dragons brought it back too the 3 – 3 draw which was well deserved after a great team play in the last few minutes. 

Also because of a lack of players on City’s side they played with 2 Adults who definitely played a big part in the city defence.

Dev Boys B v  Watton:  0-0

MOM: Freddie Jupe

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 28th September 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sColchester 1A1-2 (W)Mima Watson
Kate McKenna
Mima Watson
L2sIpswich 2H0-2 (L)Shelly Seaman
Esme Potter
L3sNorwich City 2A2-0 (L)Kristina Smyth
L4sEvergreens H2-2 (D)Lisa Harwood
Amy Forse
Lillian Sore

L5sMagpies 5A4-1 (L)Mary BowlesEmily Grint
L6sDereham 3H5-2 (W)Mia McGhee x3
Hatty Harrison-Mobbs
Lara King
Mia McGhee
L7sBroadland 3A3-1 (L)Lara NuthallEmma Dyer
Erin Aldous
L8sMagpies 8H0-0 (D)Rosie Tarleton
M1sCity of Peterborough 3A1-2 (W)Ollie King
Jack Hallworth
Patrick Gordon
M2sNorwich City 3A3-2 (L)James Cross
Eddie Gould
James Cross
M3sNorwich City 4H7-1 (W)Jon Miles x4
Will Kirby x3
Jon Miles
M4sSudbury 3A1-5 (W)Alberto Embarba x2
Phil York Smith
Tommy Gale
Josh Rollason
Alberto Embarba
M5sNorwich Exiles 1H1-1 (D)Josh BinghamRobin Clarke
M6sNorwich City 6H0-3 (L)Graham Cormack
Young MOM: Daniel Shirley
BD AWatton A0-11 (W)Ayrton Rant
Will Sexton x2
Hector McNeil
Raul Wigglesworth x4
Tom Skelton x2
Blade Earley
Will Sexton
Raul Wigglesworth
BD BN City H0-4 (L)Dylon Bondi
GD AN City H5-2 (W)Mia Rutterford
Lucy Courtier x4
Josie Kell
GD Bblank

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Colchester 1s:  2-1

Goalscorers:   Kate McKenna, Mima Watson
MOM:  Mima Watson

The Ladies 1st team played an inspirational match, winning 2-1 against Colchester Ladies. The first half saw Colchester leading 0-1 after scoring from a short corner, however, we made an amazing come back in the second half scoring two wonderful goals. The first was scored by Jemima Watson, and the second by Kate McKenna after receiving a well worked ball from Lucy Morton. Incredible work from everyone and a solid defensive line!

Player of the match went to Jemima Watson for her fantastic goal and great skill.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Ipswich 2s:  0-2

MOM:  Shelly Seaman, Esme Potter

Dragons lined up against Ipswich looking to improve on the previous week’s performance, as this new team builds together. 

The home team started strongly with a good spell of possession but failing to capitalise on this early pressure. Ipswich grew into the game and forced Dragons deeper, however goal scoring chances were few and far between.

Eventually the deadlock was broken with Dragons disappointingly allowing a ball to go right across the D, which was put away at the back post, giving Ipswich a slender lead at halftime.

Whilst Dragons had good spells in the 2nd half, Ipswich always looked comfortable and continued to move the ball around the back well. Dragons possibly sat back too much and should have pressed the visitors a bit sooner, as when they did this bought them success. In doing so however they left gaps, meaning Ipswich forced a late short corner home, with just 5 minutes remaining.

Player of the Match votes were split, the final vote a tie between Esme Potter and Shelly Seaman. 

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Norwich City 2s:  0-2

MOM:  Kristina Smyth

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Evergreens:  2-2

Goalscorers: Lisa Harwood, Amy Forse
MOM:  Lillian Sore

Only the second game into the season, the 4s started with some new combinations today. As expected, Evergreens started hard and hassled the Dragons players, making sure they did not have much time on the ball. It was Dragons who had the early territory though, camping in Evergreen’s D for a chunk of time as short corner after short corner was awarded. Unfortunately, Dragons were unable to capitalise, and soon Evergreen were exerting pressure of their own. Some fabulous saves by Mia Somers kept the scores even until a quick break by Evergreens used to exploit tired Dragons legs (the team were working with no-substitutes) led to a goal.

The second half saw the arrival of Sarah Wagstaff on the pitch, coach and captain having to rush on as injury cover. Again, Evergreens exerted early pressure and were awarded with the first goal of the half, a deflection from a short corner attack. Dragons kept their heads up and kept trying to work the ball around the pitch, with big shifts put in mid-field by Hannah Edwards and Gill Walker to distribute to Lisa Harwood and Charlotte Dowson on the wings. Eventually Dragons were rewarded with a short corner, which lead to a goal by Lisa Harwood. That goal led to increasing belief in the Dragons team, and three minutes before the end a break down the left by Lily Sore and feeding into Amy Forse led to another goal. Evergreens were awarded a final short in the dying minutes of the game, but a cool save by Mia kept it to 2-2. MOM votes were split evenly across the team, reflecting the hard work put in by all, but the winner was Lily for her great attacking play on the left.

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Magpies 5s:  1-5

Goalscorer:  Mary Bowles
MOM:   Emily Grint

Dragons started strongly and caught Magpies off guard but their young, well-drilled team were quick on the break and Dragons had to work hard to keep on top of them.

 A Dragons short corner led to a great strike by Jane Wells, sadly blocked by their runner. Claire Stuart made good use of the wing and there was great joined up play in midfield by Mel Widdows, Emma Merryweather, Louise Brooks and Nat Crisp. End to end play in the first quarter eventually led to Magpies finding their way through a battling Dragons defence to score their first goal. Despite Dragons holding their shape well, a second Magpies goal was scored via a short corner.

There were some great saves by Mia Somers and Kate Atkins, Lou Davis, Georgia Butterworth and Emily Grint worked tirelessly in the face of repeated attempts at goal from Magpies. They scored their third goal, despite Emma  displaying her usual determination in midfield.

Lizzie McDonnell and Mary Bowles worked brilliantly together in the second half, resulting in a goal from Mary…making the score 3-1.  A near-miss by Jane in 60th minute left the bench on the edge of their seats. However another break from Magpies lead to the final score being 4-1.

Great work rate by all, just couldn’t quite match the speed of the Magpies runs and passes. Thanks to captain Gemma Ballard guiding us from the bench. Onwards and upwards!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v  Dereham 3s:  5-2

Goalscorers:  Mia McGhee x3, Hatty Harrison-Mobbs, Lara King
MOM:  Mia McGhee

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Broadland 3s:  1-3

Goalscorer:  Lara Nuthall
MOM:  Emma Dyer, Erin Aldous

The first half showed Dragons to be having a strong game against Broadland 3 with many opportunities on goal, winning short corners and maintaining pressure on the hosts. Dragons continued to deliver clean, clear passes and played the ball well, using the wings successfully. Erin Aldous as bottom of the diamond, kept the shape in midfield and was excellent at moving the ball around, making Broadland work! Claire Fairhurst began on as Left forward and had some great attempts at running the ball down the line and bringing it into the D via the baseline, Lois Metcalfe was receiving the rebounds well and Lara Nuthall managed to keep her game by the goal putting endless pressure on their goalie!

Our mid’s were also showing great play of attacking wide, Sophie James joined us from 8’s and had a particularly good game and it was great to see how over the past season her confidence has clearly grown!

Us defenders had a quiet first half, however unfortunately conceded 2 goals, the first from a short where the ball rebounded of my stick! Apologies team! The second being that of their forward being by the post and taking the opportunity to be swift! Something we can definitely learn from!

Jessie Young and myself have played in defence together many a time and we appear to be reading each other well and having great advice from Des allowed me to be an effective pivot at the back! Briony Johnstone joined us as right back and was playing some great clean, strong passes up the wing regularly.

In the second half the heavens opened and at one point play became impossible! A soggy second half allowed us to again concede from a short; however wearing a mask in torrential rain does limit sight and again Broadland were great opportunists! However, the fantastic Lara got what she had been working for all game, and scored a well-deserved goal bringing the result to 3-1.

This score does not reflect play at all and this should have been a game we should have at least drawn let alone win! From the defence point of view, we get to see the whole game play in front of us and we had many chances, something to take from the game would be to practise bringing the goalie out of their comfort zone and go around them. We had most of the possession and kept pressure both halves, an unlucky loss! With Biblical rain too! A quiet second half meant poor Northy got soaked through too; well played goalie!

Finally, a big thank you to Des who gave some great feedback and something we all need to apply to our games moving forward.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Magpies 8s:  0-0

MOM:  Rosie Tarleton

Dragons 8s started their season with a very encouraging draw against Magpies 8s. This match had plenty of end-to-end excitement involving two teams who were similarly set up with blends of youth and experience. Perhaps Magpies had the edge in goalmouth action and shots on target, but the luck of the draw on goalkeeper availability brought Kracking Kristina Smyth to the 8s. Her calmness under pressure and her ability to kick powerfully  with either foot gave Dragons a solid base.The defence also looked pretty solid, with Jo Lees in the middle backed either side by Jess Lockwood, Johanne Steward and Rosie Tarleton and they all got in some excellent tackles and improved the accuracy and power of their hit outs. Rosie was a particularly strong blocker and tackler, and she sealed a POM performance by doubling up as a speedy midfielder. 

The 8s welcomed two new players to the squad. Charlotte Carr proved her flexibility from the start by playing up front and in defence – typifying the willingness of this team to do any job asked of them. Louise Crouch-Read also impressed with some good distribution and marking-back at the top of the diamond. Another double debut for Louise – first time in the 8s and first time in that position. Bridget Le Good was bottom of the diamond, and she got a lot of accurate long hits away. The 8s were very encouraged that these long passes were picked up by Charlotte, Sadie Jacobs, Shaniece Claxton, Johanne Steward and Emma Young. All five of the players taking a stint up front could work the ball into the circle, but the Magpies defence was very resolute and shots on target were hard to come by. 

Potentially, the 8s have a strong midfield. Nic Harrison had to carry out a more defensive role on the left in this match to keep two strong right sided players quiet, and she began for form a good understanding with Jess. Ceris Burgues was a brave powerhouse in the centre, able to hold play up and push forward at speed despite some unfortunate strikes to the legs. Shaniece also did very well in her turn as left mid.

The 8s have two new captains this season. Johanne Steward and Jess Lockwood have enthusiasm and determination in abundance, and pronounced themselves very pleased with this first result. They noted the strong camaraderie, and the fact that the heads never dropped. Players kept running until the final whistle, and switched flexibly as the needs of the match dictated.  Not surprisingly, 10 players got at least one POM vote. The captains also concluded that the team spirit should carry the 8s through the hard work that needs to be done on certain key skills. We know what they are and we are committed to achieving. But we start with pride and a hard-won point!

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v City of Peterborough 3s:  2-1

Goalscorer:  Ollie King, Jack Hallworth
MOM:  Patrick Gordon

Men’s 1s make it two wins out of two with a closely fought 2-1 victory against Peterborough 3s. A deft deflection from Ollie King gave Dragons the lead before the break. A cracking half volley from Jack Hallworth put Dragons 2-0 up before Peterborough dragged one back from a short corner after the final whistle.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Norwich City 3s:  2-3

Goalscores:  James Cross, Eddie Gould
MOM: James Cross

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Norwich City 4s:  7-1

Goalscoresr:  Jon Miles x4, Will Kirby x3
MOM: Jon Miles

After a tough opening fixture NDHC Men’s 3s faced inter-city rivals Norwich City 4s for their first home game of the season. Dragons got off to an uneasy start missing a few chances and after 20 minutes going 0-1 down after a well-worked deflection by City slotting the ball into the bottom corner of Dragon’s goal. It went from bad to worse as Dragons then lost right midfielder Nick Turner to injury. However the tide finally turned and through striker Jon Miles Dragons hit back twice in quick succession to go into the break 2-1 up. After the break Dragons continued where they had left off with Jon grabbing another goal. With City’s team tiring after pressing high and hard with one sub all game and a combination of a resolute defence (bolstered by the return of Stu Kelly) and quick counter-attacking hockey the game quickly became a rout with Jon taking his final tally to 4 and reborn striker Will Kirby also grabbing a hat-trick. Whilst the numbers look impressive for the forwards in reality it was great team hockey that made it possible with a huge effort put in by Will Main, John Ives and Ed Smith in midfield. Final score 7-1 with MoM going to Jon Miles for his 4 goals and the team looking forward to a tough match-up with UEA 2s next week.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Sudbury 4s:  5-1

Goalscorers:  Alberto Embarba x2, Phil York Smith, Tommy Gale, Josh Rollason
MOM:  Alberto Embarba

Dragons 4s went on a long trip to face Sudbury’s 3rd team. But the hour-and-a-half trip paid back when they managed to leave behind the cloudy skies of Norfolk to enjoy the sunny spells of what seemed to be the last day of the summer.

It was shortly after the push-back that Dragons learnt the hard way that they were playing on a very slow pitch. In the first minutes of the game quite a few passes ended up short from target and being intercepted in dangerous places. A few embarrassing moments were seen as well, when the ball failed to cross the D after injection in a couple of short corners. Nevertheless, lessons were learnt, and Dragons started to move the ball around effectively by hitting, slapping and lifting it off the ground to overcome the problem. And then the goals came. The first one started with Owain Hall eliminating his opponent in the centre of the midfield and sending the ball to the top-right corner, where Tommy Gale did his part and sent a great pass to the centre of the D where Josh Rollason was waiting to brilliantly finalise a great team effort. The second goal was signed off by Phil York-Smith from a short corner, brilliantly pushed on target. The third goal started with Greg Reynolds moving incredibly fast from the left side and sending in a great ball which was collected by Bobby Sheppard and sent past the keeper, with Tommy Gale tapping in on the right post.

In the first minutes of the second half Sudbury managed to intercept a ball in midfield and move quickly into the D, dribbling superbly around a few Dragons and get their one and only goal of the day. As a response Dragons reacted well and got their fourth goal from a short corner, which was shot on target by Bobby Sheppard but stopped by the keeper, with Alberto Embarba collecting it and scoring, after four consecutive attempts! The fifth goal should have come from another short corner amazingly pushed by Phil York-Smith, which was deflected off the goal line by a defender sitting on the right-side post. We had to wait a few more minutes until another short corner was awarded to see Alberto picking up the ball deflected by the keeper and lifting it to the net. 1-5 win at final whistle, which places Dragons in second position in the league table, in a great game where we could see Will Ives coming back on track from injury and playing at the highest level again.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norwich Exiles 1s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Josh Bingham
MOM:  Robin Clarke

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norwich City 6s:  0-3

MOM:  Graham Cormack
Young MOM:  Daniel Shirley

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A v Norwich City:  5-2

Goalscorers:  Mia Rutterford, Lucy Courtier x4
MOM:  Josie Kell

Dev Girls  – no fixture 

Dev Boys A v  Watton:  11-0

Goalscorers:  Ayrton Rant, Will Sexton x2, Hector McNeill, Raul Wigglesworth x4, Tom Skelton x2, Blade Earley
MOM:  Will Sexton, Raul Wigglesworth

Dev Boys B v  Norwich City:  0-4

In the first half Norwich City had the majority of the ball and went 1-0 up in the second quarter. At half time we lost our keeper that we had loaned. They went 2-0 up in the third quarter and scored the other two in the last quarter. They also had one disallowed. Thanks to Andy Hollis for playing as an adult. 

MOM: Dylon Bondi

 

NDHC League Match Reports – 21st September 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Bury St Edmunds 1s:  2-2

Goalscorers:   Kate McKenna, Katie Taubman
MOM:  Liv Leary

The Ladies 1st team started the season off today with a well earned 2-2 draw against Bury St Edmunds 1s.  We dominated the first half with some great transfers and moving the ball into space. There was lots of attacking play and many chances to score. The second half started off with a fantastic goal from Kate McKenna, which was then followed by a levelling goal by the opposition. Another unlucky goal by the opposition led to us being 2-1 down, however, after a strong fight back, Katie Taubman scored a fantastic equalising goal in the final 2 minutes of the match as a result of working the ball round the D and the back line. Player of the match went to Liv Leary for magnificent attacking play on and off the ball.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v UEA 1s:  2-4

Goalscorer:  Hannah Ellis
MOM:   Jillian Christie

The new season commenced with a number of new faces in the Ladies 2’s – with East League debuts for Georgia Rant and Lilli Ballard, who have worked hard over the summer and pre-season to earn their chance, plus a warm welcome to newcomer to Norwich Jillian Christie in goal.

UEA started brightly with Jillian pulling off a number of smart saves to keep the game level. Dragons grew and eventually a sharp attack down the right wing by Georgia Rant saw a great cross finding Hannah Ellis, who had ghosted into the back post, to place the ball past the keeper, to take the lead which the visitors held until half time, despite some UEA pressure.

The 2nd half saw UEA come out strong and draw level early after the break. It was end to end stuff though and an attack down the left involving Piper Hempsall and Hannah Ellis saw Ellis drive into the D and hit an excellent strike, beating defenders and the GK for her second of the game.

Unfortunately this only spurred UEA on further and despite the efforts of the Dragons defence and an outstanding MoM debut performance by Jillian Christie, the home team grabbed a further equaliser and then went on to take 2 further chances and all 3 points.

Dragons have work to do to fully establish themselves as a team, with a new mix of players, but the signs are promising and with continued hard work at training they will reap their rewards. 

 
 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Yarmouth 1s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Harriet Marlee
MOM:  Alex Daplyn

It was a very sunny and hot morning at the Den as the Ladies 3’s went out for their first league match against Yarmouth 1s. The 3’s started off strongly, winning a short corner in the first quarter with a brilliant straight strike from Harriet Marlee to go 1-0 up. Dragons kept their lead, with some other close scrambles near the opposition goal, up until late in the second half. 

However, Yarmouth were a strong side who challenged the Dragon’s defence on a couple of occasions in the second half. Eventually, the opposition secured a short corner in the last five minutes which brought them level. A quick break from Dragons in the last couple of minutes with a good shot on goal nearly brought them to 2-1 but it was saved and well cleared by a strong Yarmouth keeper.

All in all a good start to the season with lots of good play, team support and chances at goal! POM was very close but went to Alex Daplyn for some great play at both ends of the pitch.

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Magpies 4s:  1-6

Goalscorer: Fiona Fletcher
MOM:  Jen Buskell

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Dragons 6s:  8-0

Goalscorers:  Claire Stuart x4, Lizzy McDonnell x3, Jane Wells
MOM:   Nat Crisp

As usual the season kicked off for the 5’s with their first game up against the 6’s.  With lots of new faces in both teams it was a chance for both teams to try and establish themselves with their new mix of players. 

The 6’s started strongly and were obviously determined from the off.  But 5’s soon had a quick break down the right with Megan Beckett-Flatman finding Anita Mancini, and then her cross being calmly deflected in by Lizzy McDonnell.  Claire Stuart soon added to the scoring tucking in another cross from Megan on the left post.  6’s continued to challenge with some great runs down the right-hand side but were cut out by the defensive line of Emily Grint, Kate Atkins and Hannah Woods and again the 5’s would be set off back on the attack.  Esther Jacobs made some great saves for the 6’s but couldn’t keep out a short corner slipped to the left by Anita.  Nat Crisp, Hatty Harrison-Mobbs and  Louise Brooks all found themselves making runs into the attacking D and with Lizzy and Claire’s finishing the 5’s finished the 1st half 6-0 up.

The 2nd half saw the 6’s work tirelessly and eventually winning a flick for their persistence in front of goal, but this was saved by Mia.  2 further goals came from Jane Wells and Lizzy, but then an excellent goal line clearance by Ella in the 6’s denied the 5’s of any more.   6’s had an opportunity in the last minute of the game when Hatty Stuart found herself charging at Mia one on one, but Mia remained cool and sent the ball wide to keep a clean sheet and end the game 8-0. 

A good start to the season and great hockey played by all.  POM was very close but eventually went to both Nat Crisp and Claire Stuart. 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v  Norwich Dragons 5s:  0-8

MOM:  Ella Handy

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Thetford:  0-11

MOM:  Paige Fisher

Dragons lost heavily to a very well-drilled Thetford side who were superior in the key areas – they could move the ball all over the pitch more accurately and more powerfully, and they were frequently first to the ball. However, captain on the day Emma North said she was very pleased with all the players who made themselves available to fill the gaps in the team. Everyone gave 100 per cent, and the heads never went down.

With the first goal coming in two minutes, Dragons were able to identify Thetford’s most speedy and skillful player. When she was left unmarked and not tackled, Thetford scored. Once Paige Fisher was given the task of marking and tackling her, Thetford had less freedom, and an exhausted Paige earned the POM award.

Dragons had a lot of defenders. Jo Lees, Jess Lockwood, Emily Roper, Rosie Tarleton and Karen Davidson all had their moments with some very brave and solid tackling, but having never played as a unit before this was always going to be a baptism of fire.  They picked up a lot of the tonking shots, but where Thetford were clever was in the way they moved around in the circle at speed and forced the marking to break down. Dragons worked at establishing an understanding and even if the goals came at regular intervals, Northie kept out three or four for every one that went in. That in its turn is a measure of how much pressure Thetford created and how hard Dragons worked.

The 7s are really going to benefit from their own dedicated coach this season, and Des D’Souza made an instant impact with his crisp instructions, his ideas on developing the formation and his ability to keep the team positive.  He needs his full squad available to develop his themes, but his first insistence was on stronger, more accurate passing and the midfielders getting free to pick up from the defence, especially at 16s. Sarah Lucas seems to double her prowess every time she plays, and in this match she was particularly effective when she dropped into right mid where she tackled, won the ball and then got the passes away. Sharing the mid roles, Katy Cole always impressed with her speed, Sophie James with her tackling and Claire Fairhurst with her clear-headed distribution. Claire also made an impression in a more forward role.

In the second half of the second half, Dragons improved their link play. The defence  were getting the ball through to the mids, and the forwards in their turn were getting a better understanding  of  how to make themselves available. With Dragons under pressure, Ceris Burgues and Lara Nuthall were often isolated up front, but they learned how to time their runs, especially with Bridget Le Good spraying strong passes around.  Ceris used her speed and Lara took up some great positions in the circle – and the reward shortly before the end of the match was a penalty corner, which was executed according to plan.

This was a glorious day for hockey.  Vice-captain Claire summed it up; ‘We played, they scored – it was hot!’ Every player was delighted to have had the opportunity to play in this hard-fought but sporting game, and has Des’s words ringing in their ears for what needs to be done at training next week.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s – no fixture

 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Dereham 2s:  5-2

Goalscorers:  Pedro Goss, Matt Knights, Dan Rix x2, Cley Hamilton
MOM:  Dan Rix

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v North Norfolk 1s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Rupert Snelling
MOM: 

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Bury St Edmunds 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Jon Miles
MOM: John Ives

For the first game of the 2019/20 season the NDHC mens 3s headed down to Bury St. Edmunds to take on their 2nd team in what proved to be a thrilling match. In the glorious Saturday sunshine the away side got off to a good start with new member Jon Miles opening the scoring after a counter-attack led by pacy winger Will Main. For the rest of the half the Dragons weathered a storm of pressure and short corners but the defence remaining resolute including some important saves from captain Tom McLean. The second half featured much of the same with Dragons missing a few key chances in breakaway attacks and enduring constant pressure but centre-backs Joel Dennis and Mitch Smith proving up to the challenge whilst Rob Goodson shut down the midfield with his constant hounding of their best players. Finally the home side got their breakthrough with a nasty bobbling ball through the D finding their striker at the back post for an easy tap-in. The 3s dug in for the final 10 and came away with a very respectable and hard-earned point at 1-1 final score. Many positives to take away from the tough game, man of the match was awarded to John Ives for his experienced and “terrier-like” performance.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Bury St Edmunds 5s:  3-1

Goalscorers:  Rich Phillis, Ali Smyth, Bobby Sheppard
MOM:  Tommy Gale

The Men’s 4th team got off to a good start to the season, not without a fair portion of drama, I must admit. They were facing a well organised Bury St Edmunds 5th team, who arrived at the Den with plenty of time before a theoretical 3:30pm pushback. Shortly after their arrival and having made introductions, they requested access to the blue pitch, which wasn’t being used at that time, for a very disciplined warm up session. Meanwhile, Dragons awaited the final whistle of the previous game, which was carrying the cumulative delay of the rest of the games played before on that shiny Saturday. It was just a couple of minutes after the previous game ended that we learnt a great lesson from the Bury guys, who had been brilliantly plotting their masterplan: having noticed that we were not warming up while we waited, they requested a quick start of the game to “overcome the delayed pushback”. And their plan definitely paid off. With just a couple of minutes of play gone, Bury managed to raze into our D through the centre several times, catching us with the guard down, and scored an early goal from a short corner. Despite Dragon’s efforts, for most of the first half the game seemed in Bury’s hands, with Dragons lagging behind unable to turn their chances into goals, until young Bobby managed to slot in a ball getting the equalizer after a brilliant team effort of great passing between midfielders and attackers. That late-first-half goal seemed to bring Dragons some fresh air, with Bobby Sheppard, Tommy Gale and Adrian Kemp only missing a few more chances by millimetres.

The second half saw Dragons progressively getting into the game and creating multiple chances. Soon a second goal came from a short corner in which Ali Smith managed to send a bouncy ball in from the right side of the D. As time went on, more and more details of quality were seen. Like Paul Keating running up the side line, eliminating opponents with his 3D skills, Rich Phillis diving trying to reach every ball coming around the midfield or Tommy Gale navigating brilliantly from midfield into Bury’s D. With some 10 minutes still to go, Bobby had to leave the pith being a hit on his ankle, pushing Jon Price into the attack line, along with Mr Kemp, with a combined age of 111. But fear not, since both proved to be really fit and gave Bury a really hard time in defence for the remainders of the game. A last goal finally came from Rich Phillis, making the final score 3-1.

It was a great fair-play game, with the score not really reflecting on how well Bury fought. Man of the match went to Tommy Gale for his relentless work throughout the game, but needing a second vote to resolve the draw, since Bobby Sheppard, Jamie McKinnon and Will Mares had also received a fair number of votes for their flawless work on the day. Special thanks to both umpires, Angela Murgatroyd and Dave King, whose great work was also commented after the game.

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Bury St Edmunds 4s:  3-3

Goalscorers:  Craig Burley, Josh Bingham, Owain Diver Hall
MOM:  Charlie Creasy

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norfolk Nomads 1s:  1-5

Goalscorer:  Casper Lind
MOM:  Graham Cormack

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A v Watton:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Rosie Smith, Mia NOrrish
MOM:  Rosie Smith

Dev Girls B v Dereham:  0-0

MOM:  Ella Peart

Dev Boys A v  Dev Boys B:  3-1

Goalscorers:  Will Sexton x2, Raul Wigglesworth
MOM:  Blade Earley

On Saturday 21st September Dragons A took on Dragons B at the den. I (Fin Dearmer) was captain of the B team and unfortunately we lost but it was still good fun. I scored the only goal for the B team and the A team scored four. They had most of the possession during the first and second quarter and it paid off when Will Sexton scored from a short corner and the A team went 1-0 up. Half way through the game we had to move pitch and that’s when I scored my goal. It was one all at this point and even though the A team had all of the ball we were still getting chances. In the third and last quarter the B team kind of fell apart and conceded three goals, with one more from Will Sexton and another from Raul Wigglesworth. Tom Clifton and Marcel Moore played their first game for dragons and played very well with Tom getting the assist for my goal. In the end it was 3-1 to the A team, however we still gave them a good match.

Dev Boys B v  Dev Boys A:  1-3

Goalscorer:  Fin Dearmer
MOM: Fin Dearmer

On Saturday 21st September Dragons A took on Dragons B at the den. I (Fin Dearmer) was captain of the B team and unfortunately we lost but it was still good fun. I scored the only goal for the B team and the A team scored four. They had most of the possession during the first and second quarter and it paid off when Will Sexton scored from a short corner and the A team went 1-0 up. Half way through the game we had to move pitch and that’s when I scored my goal. It was one all at this point and even though the A team had all of the ball we were still getting chances. In the third and last quarter the B team kind of fell apart and conceded three goals, with one more from Will Sexton and another from Raul Wigglesworth. Tom Clifton and Marcel Moore played their first game for dragons and played very well with Tom getting the assist for my goal. In the end it was 3-1 to the A team, however we still gave them a good match.

From Saturday 14th September

Dev Boys v Norwich City:  0-4 
MOM:  Connor Kerrigan

It was a beautiful summers evening when the ‘Magnificent Seven’ (and the ever dependable Chris), played a pre-season friendly against City, who were kind enough to lend us a couple of players making it a more even game!

City were quicker out of the box, leading with 2 clear goals by half time!

The second half followed a similar pattern with City scoring a further 2 goals. 

Dragons goal keeper was in exceptional form, keeping the score line down by making some fantastic saves! 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 23rd March 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sIES 1H3-1 (W)Issy Wolfe
Maddy Reynolds
Liv Thomas
Carmel Windsor Waite
L2sBury 1A5-2 (L)Jess BennettSaskia Williams
L3sDereham 2H1-3 (L)Laura Van den BergEsme Potter
L4sUEA 2H2-2 (D)Lisa Harwood x2Lisa Harwood
L5sN City 5A2-4 (W)Gemma Ballard
Jane Wells
Amy Forse x2
Hannah Edwards
L6sReephamH1-5 (L)Emma MerryweatherJoanna Jennings
Amelia Keitley-Webb
L7sBroadland 3H3-0 (W)Mia McGhee x2
Paige Fisher
Briony Johnstone
L8sWatton 3A4-1 (L)Lois MetcalfeAnna Chapman
Lois Metcalfe
M1sSt Ives 1A3-2 (L)Rupert Snelling
Ollie King
Sam Avery
M2sNth Norfolk 1H2-1 (W)Alex BrowneJono Chaney-Baxter
M3sMagpies 3A4-0 (L)James King
M4sBury 3A2-1 (L)Joel LawrenceCharlie Creasy
M5sNo Fixture
M6sUEA 4A2-2 (D)Andrew Cross
Will Bloom
BD AWattonA2-8 (W)Harry Fuller x3
Raul Wigglesworth x3
Vithu Baskaran x2
Finn Pond
BD BDerehamA5-1 (L)Hector McNeillConnor Kerrigan
GDN CityH2-2 (D)Nellie Ong
Mia Rutterford
Hattie Stuart
Freya Dolding

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v IES 1s:  3-1

Goalscorers:   Liv Thomas, Issy Wolfe, Maddy Reynolds
MOM:  Carmel Windsor Waite

Dragons Ladies 1s finish off the season in style with a 3-1 win over IES.

Following a frustrating away performance against IES before the Christmas break, Dragons were looking for redemption on home turf, and to put a stamp on the end of the season. The team went out hard from the opening whistle and soon began to dominate the play, transferring the ball well round the back, and staying strong on the ball in the attack, despite some physical tackles from the opposition. The team’s perseverance was soon rewarded when – capitalising on some loose work from the opposition defence – the ball fell kindly to Maddy Reynolds in the circle, and she calmly slipped the ball into back of the net. IES had a few attacking chances throughout the first half, but some solid tackles from Sophie Barrow and player of the match Carmel Windsor-Waite, alongside some tight defensive work from the midfield line, kept the visitors at bay.  A disallowed IES goal kept the Dragons ahead at half time.

The second half saw the hosts quickly put themselves in a more comfortable position, where two goals were scored in relatively quick succession. The first came from a real team passage of play. Sophie Barrow picked up the ball on the left hand side of the pitch, and as she did, Lucy Morton made a baseline run to draw the defender, creating the space for Barrow to thread a beautiful ball straight into the circle, where Issy Wolfe was posting up. She picked up the ball and cracked out a classic Wolfe reverse stick shot into the bottom corner. Only minutes later, Liv Thomas added her own slick reverse stick goal to the tally as Holly Setchell found her on the top of the D, and Thomas found the sweet spot on the stick to smash the ball into the back corner. IES upped the intensity of their game for the final stages of the game, trying to stretch the defence and create some more chances. After a goal mouth scramble, IES were able to pull back a conciliatory goal, but it was not enough to shake the Dragons, who finish their season in 4th place.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Bury St Edmonds 1s:  2-5

Goalscorers:  Jess Bennett x2
MOM:   Saskia Williams

Once again Norwich Dragons Ladies 2’s faced Bury St Edmunds 1’s away on the last game of the season – this seemingly a regular occurrence! With North Norfolk deservedly securing the title, this game between 3rd and 4th would decide the 2nd promotion place in the league. A very late 3.15pm start saw Bury with a large squad and a vocal and lively sideline, for this winner takes all game.

Dragons were quickly on the back foot – with numerous short corners being awarded against them. They found themselves 2-0 down early in the game, but were not downhearted. Jess Bennett scored a great individual goal stealing a wayward pass across the back, driving into the D, rounding the keeper and firing home. Then not long afterwards, following great work by Mia Bartram and Saskia Williams down the right, the ball found its way to Jess Bennett again who calmly slotted home to make it 2-2. Just before the break, through yet another short corner, Bury took the lead once again.

Dragons were playing well and were still very much in the game – the sideline support were getting more vocal with every attack and Dragons knew they had to be totally on their game, given Bury seemed to have so many pairs of fresh legs! The early part of the 2nd half saw some strong attacks down the flanks with Sam Franklin and Haz Green down the left and Dragons PoM Saskia Williams and Mia Bartram down the right, creating threats. Unfortunately the visitors didn’t seem to get the breaks, earning just one short corner in the half, which they were unable to convert. Midway through the half, Bury settled the nerves, scoring after a period of pressure to make it 4-2. This effectively sealed the win and relaxed the home team and meant Dragons needed to try and force the game, leaving gaps and eventually conceding a 5th.

Congratulations to North Norfolk and Bury for their promotion to Div 1. For the Dragons Ladies 2’s, another thoroughly enjoyable season, with many close competitive matches and some good hockey played. Special thanks go to all who have played in the 2’s squad, to our coaches for all their help and dedication (especially Pete, Richard, Jason and Rob), to our umpires, to our sideline manager on many occasions this season Ollie King who has been excellent for the team (good luck with your return from injury) and finally to our Captain Karen O’Neill Simpson for all her hard work, dedication and for all the energy she has put in to drive the team week after week. We sign off, rest up and look forward to going again – bring on pre season fitness!!!

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Dereham 2s:  1-3

Goalscorer:  Laura Van den Berg
MOM:  Esme Potter

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v UEA 2s:  2-2

Goalscorer:  Lisa Harwood x2
MOM:  Lisa Harwood

Dragons’ Ladies’ 4s had a very evenly balanced game for the final fixture of the season against the UEA 2s.

Both teams had good spells of hockey, with plenty of accurate passing, using the whole of the pitch well. Short corners came at both ends,  all of which were defended successfully.

The break came first for the Dragons in the second half, when a ball through to Lisa Harwood found the back of the net in two teriffic, text-book, touches.

UEA equalised shortly after, following what looked like a bundle in front of the goal.

Dragons used the left side of the pitch better throughout the second half, and following some lovely linking play through the midfield, Harwood struck home again, earning her the majority of the MoM votes.

Disappointingly, UEA scored their equaliser from a quick turnover ball minutes after.

Dragons finish the season 7th in the Norfolk Premier division, which is commendable considering how many different players have been represented in the team.

Thank you skipper Trish Hagan for doing a brilliant job all year, and Lynne ‘Neeps’ Price for managing the sideline  every week.

Finally, we wish you well Chloe Mikronis on your return back to Aus – we will miss you!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Norwich City 5s:  4-2

Goalscorers:  Gemma Ballard, Jane Wells, Amy Forse x2
MOM:   Hannah Edwards

Dragons travelled the short distance away to City for a very unusual afternoon fixture. After a rousing team talk from captain Hannah,  further advice was given to not mix our balls with the men’s balls. It was their request.

Dragons had a strong start with an early break from Amy Forse. Anita Mancini sent a ball towards goal and was secured by Jane Wells on the reverse stick (taking notes from Gem Ballard).

City made a brief attack but was well defended by Jen Buskell, making a confident block tackle and dispatching to Hannah Edwards. Hannah made full use of the right wing to drive to ball high and deliver to the hungry attackers in the D. Dragons remained on the attack and dominating possession. Gill Walker sent a perfectly placed pass to Amy who scores with conviction. 2-0 Dragons.

City deserve credit for their quick turn-over of the game, working the Dragons midfield hard to track back and cover, but ultimately were no match for the silky stick skills of Anita, who trapped the ball and dispatched wide to Mel Widdows to the left. Anita held her central position well and took a lifted ball to her chest like a champ. Despite the City player attempting to carry on the play after this, Anita took a quick ball but was dispossessed and City were on the break again. Jen challenged and Steph Samson steps into action in a very busy D. Georgia Butterworth covers her player excellently, but Dragons found themselves with a City forward performing a rather impressive roll-out to shoot, scoring past GK Mia Somers whilst the Dragons could only look on.

The restart saw the midfield driving forwards again, with Han and Gill working hard. A cross from Han to Amy sees a short corner awarded: Gem injected to Amy, who sent the ball back to Gem streaking to the post. Her shot was saved by the keeper, Amy collected the rebound and sent back to Gem who scores! 3-1 to Dragons.

City capitalised on the restart and drive straight on the attack. Dragons defend a short corner with a solid save from Mia and confident clearance from Jen. Katherine Hardwick made herself ready to pick up from defence and calmly kept possession to distribute to Louise Brooks, who kept her composure under pressure to send the ball to Mel. Lots of lovely passing between the team and a high intensity work rate saw Dragons working towards the key points captain Hannah requests each week. First half summary: good stuff Dragons! Need we say more?!

The second half started with Han playing a really rubbish ball, but made up for it by playing many ‘amazing balls’. Lizzy McDonnell makes herself known in the D and sends a great ball to Jane Wells, who’s shot sadly went wide. Gem has a moment of mad ping pong with the City GK and their defence and cannot find a path through to goal. The forwards continued to put the pressure on with the support of midfield.

A short corner was awarded to Dragons again, with Amy taking a strike but denied by the keeper. Jen steps in to take the subsequent long corner, finds Amy who takes a strike which sails past the keeper: 4-1! Mia performed two forward rolls in celebration (quite impressive when we remember she is fully kitted up, but is nimble and ninja-like in her movements so equally is unsurprising).

Unfortunately Brooksy has to leave the pitch with a nasty injury. The medical team of Steph, Lizzy and Amy attended the scene to assess the damage. Jen diagnoses an ankle sprain, and keeps the patient laughing whilst Brooksy was patched up. We all secretly thanked her for giving us a five minute breather.

Dragons continue to dominate the game after the restart, with Georgia successfully tackling and sending the ball to Han who makes another run up the wing. City take a 16 yard hit out to drive on the attack, leaving Dragons on the back foot a little as City get through to the D for a strike. Mia makes another save, and another, and another! Lots of bodies in the D and lots of scrabbling about eventually saw Dragons conceded to make the score 4-2. Amy does an aerial which knocks City off balance (metaphorically, not literally) and Han shouted a lot to push forwards. Legs were tired and struggling to counteract the bounce of City’s water pitch but still we dug as deep as we could to win every ball that we could and attack at every opportunity. We learnt that Hannah does not know her left from her right, when guidance from Steph commands to the right and Hannah just goes to her other right.

Dragons win another short, injected but defended well by City. However a further short is given and Han steps in to inject. A master plan was established, but alas Hannah didn’t send the ball to the correct person and the plan was off, a further goal could not be found.

Finally, the last whistle blew and ladies 5s end the season on a convincing win.

The Second Half Summary was established later at the End of Season social: Amy’s birthday cake was more of a challenge than the game. Cutting it with a butter knife did not help.

A special thank you to our fabulous supporters: having your cheers and motivational comments kept us going when we were tired and willed us on to score. This result saw Dragons finishing 5th in a strong league, with the 5th best scoreline and joint second best defensive record. The team should be proud of what they achieved this year.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v  Reepham:  1-5

Goalscorer Emma Merryweather
MOM:  Joanna Jennings, Amelia Keitley-Webb

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v v Broadland 3s:  3-0

Goalscorers:  Mia McGhee x2, Paige Fisher
MOM:  Briony Johnstone

Dragons were keen to finish on a high and couldn’t have been happier with the result.

Dragons had the majority of control from the off, pushing Broadland and having plenty of shots on goal. Broadland defended well, thwarting Dragons attacks. Dragons persistence paid off when Mia McGhee ran into the D and hit a good firm shot into the goal. Broadland kept on fighting although Mia and the other forwards of Adelice Kraemer and Claire Fairhurst kept up the attack in the D. The solid central midfield of Brittany Hopkins and POM Briony Johnstone stopped Broadland’s attacks up the pitch, distributing the ball out to Paige Fisher and Maisie Dearmer on the wings. When Broadland did manage to break through, the defence of Bethan Greaves, Emma Fielding, Emma Dyer and Lizzie Costello were there to assist keeper Emma North in stopping them in their tracks.

Half time saw the arrival of Nathalie Crisp to help out in midfield, and Dragons were raring to go again after an encouraging pep talk from Mike Hardy. The second half continued to see Dragons dominating. Paige Fisher got her second goal of the season with a great decisive shot. Mia soon followed up with her second goal of the match, making it her 14th league goal of the season and top scorer for Dragons 7s. Dragons continued to press Broadland but they were defending well. Right at the end Broadland were awarded a short corner just as the whistle blew. Broadland all pushed up and as the ball was injected, so did all of the Dragons, with Adelice hitting the ball out of play to end the game.

Great game to end the season, with Dragons working hard and well together. Now for a short break before summer hockey starts up! #supersevens

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Watton 3s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Lois Metcalfe
MOM:   Lois Metcalfe, Anna Chapman

After last week’s encouraging result, this was not the score the 8s wanted and neither was it the way they wanted to end their season. But as always, ever since they were formed, Dragons 8s have developed a reputation for welcoming all comers, whether players coming up from development or returning to hockey or being new to the area. Some move on to higher teams during the course of the season, but the regular players train hard, learn different positions (even goalkeeping!) and enjoy fun, friendly hockey.

The sporting home team won’t mind us saying we never mastered the flat, heavy beach of a pitch. Watton have a massive task on their hands to replace their artificial surface and we were shocked to learn they won’t get much change out of a quarter of a million. It made Dragons appreciate how lucky we are to have two superb pitches that are maintained so that we can play seven days a week.

Watton took an early lead when defensively the 8s began to try to stop the shots instead of making the tackles, and a ball dropped directly onto a forward’s stick and with the keeper unsighted Watton couldn’t miss. A few strong shouts from Kristina Smyth, welcomed back in goal again, and we learned our lesson. Kristina kicked with great power and purpose and Dragons got into the game.

The 8s are developing their skills at playing out from the back. Jo Baker is at the heart of everything that happens in defence and weekly she gets better at controlling movements in the D and getting the hits out wide. She now plays as a unit with reliable Rosie Tarleton and the equally determined Anna Chapman with the very brave Karen Davidson just in front of them proving that how ever many times she gets knocked down, she bounces back up again. There were several milestones in this match – it was Jo’s last as a single woman and the evidence is she is going on to bigger and better things! So too is Anna, who is going on to University. Anna is now a confident and competent defender. Her display in the her last match earned her a share of the POM award and the acknowledgement she will be missed. Also rotating in the defence was Ariadna Miguel who is fitting in really well.

Up until half time, the midfield  did really well at intercepting and blocking. Katy Cole once again set an example for chasing, harrying and never seeing a lost cause. Sadie Jacobs,  Shaniece Claxton and Katie Davidson all had moments of really skilful play as they linked the defence and forwards.. Unfortunately, for the 8s the work in progress is still about learning to be first to the ball, avoid faffing about with it when being given close attention by nippy players and generally making faster decisions. This can be their problem all over the pitch and these are aspects of the game that are not so easy to coach into players – but recent work in training has resulted in the 8s improving  their passing and collecting the ball without kicking it.

Another area where the 8s have improved is in working their penalty corners, and one goal in four pens is a good return. It was a smashing, tenacious goal from captain Lois Metcalfe, her first of the season,  that helped earn her the share of POM. Lois injected to Bridget Le Good, who slipped the ball to Sadie for a sweep that was bang on target. Watton thought they had got the ball away but reckoned without Lois’ determination to force the ball home from a central position. The tactic almost worked again, with this time the slip to the right finding Shaniece who went close. So 1-2 was the closest Dragons could get, and despite some good running by Lois and the wide forwards Johanne Steward and Emma Young the Watton defence held firm.

Dragons worked hard to the end, and sideline manager Jess Lockwood (injured) was kept busy as the 8s made their own suggestions for improving their formation. At present getting the ball into the attacking circle is very hard work, and it would seem to need either a lot more work on powerful passing, or not so much reliance on defending deep. Or perhaps both. Food for thought for next season. It was a beautiful afternoon for hockey, and after a plateful of chips and loads of cuddles from the adorable Florence and Meredith Smyth, the 8s  found their spirits restored. Make no mistake, we’ll be back!

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v St Ives 1s:  2-3

Goalscorers:  Rupert Snelling, Ollie King
MOM:  Sam Avery

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v North Norfolk 1s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Alex Brown x2
MOM: Jono Chaney Baxter

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Magpies 3s:  0-4

MOM:  James King

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Bury St Edmunds 3s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Joel Lawrence
MOM:  Charlie Creasy

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v no fixture

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v UEA 4s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Andrew Cross, Will Bloom
MOM:

Development Leagues

Dev Boys A v  Watton :  8-2

Goalscorers:  Harry Fuller x3, Raul Wigglesworth x3, Vithu Baskaran x2
MOM:  Finn Pond


Dev Boys B v  Dereham :  1-5

Goalscorer:  Hector McNeill
MOM:  Connor Kerrigan

Dev Girls v Norwich City :  2-2
Goalscorers:  Nellie Ong, Mia Rutterford
MOM:  Freya Dolding, Hattie Stuart

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 16th March 2019

 

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sCam City 3A1-1 (D)Liv ThomasIssy Wolfe
Mima Watson
L2sChristchurch 1H3-0 (W)Donna Vaughan
Harriet Green
Jess Bennett
Shelly Seaman
L3sYarmouth 1A2-1 (L)Elsa ScottAngela Murgatroyd
L4sN City 3A6-1 (L)Lilli BallardJemima Williams
L5sCarrow 1H2-2 (D)Lizzy McDonnell
Gemma Ballard
Hannah Edwards
Katherine Hardwick
L6sDissA4-0 (L)Louise Brooks
Amy Beadman
L7sUEA 3A3-1 (L)Brittany HopkinsNathalie Crisp
L8sUEA 4H0-0 (D)Issy Gale
M1sPelicans 1H2-4 (L)Rupert Snelling
Will Main
Dim Ives
M2sBury 2A1-1 (D)Ed GouldPhil York Smith
M3sIES 3H2-2 (D)Jon Goodson
Ed Smith
Rob Goodson
M4sPelicans 2H1-10 (L)Rich PhillisDan Murphy
M5sDereham 4A1-4 (W)Matt Armstrong
Thomas Helfer
Will Bowman
Will Kirby
Greg Reynolds
M6sWattton 2H0-5 (L)
BD AMagpiesA4-4 (D)Josh Cormack x2
Ben Panter
Freddie Royall
Ed Cross
BD BNo Fixture
GDDereham PanthersH4-5 (L)Mia Rutterford
Evie Marlee
Freya Dolding
Lucy Courtier
Freya Dolding

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge City 3s:  1-1

Goalscorer:   Liv Thomas
MOM:  Issy Wolfe, Mima Watson

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Christchurch 1s:  3-0

Goalscorers:  Donna Vaughan, Harriet Green, Jess Bennett
MOM:   Shelly Seaman

The penultimate game of the season with the Ladies 2’s playing their last game of the season at the Den on the red pitch!  A strong squad took to the pitch, determined to improve on the last 2 weeks performances.

The home team started brightly with some great runs down the wings by Saskia Williams, Sam Franklin, Harriett Green and Mia Bartram putting pressure on the visitors goal, but not creating any clear cut chances. With Gail Thomas and Donna Vaughan having a lot of space in the centre of the pitch to dictate play, Dragons were on top in the half. Finally they took the lead with a textbook short corner straight of the training field – Sarah Borrett dragged out with pace and accuracy, the stop from Karen O’Neill Simpson and finished with a bullet strike from Donna Vaughan.

The second quickly followed following good work from Jess Bennett, beating a couple of players and finding Harriett Green at the top of the D, whose firm shot nestled in the corner. More opportunities came and went, with the score at 2-0 at half time, with Amy Forse in the Dragons goal having hardly been called into action, largely thanks to some good defensive work from Stella Windsor-Waite, Sarah Borrett, Karen O’Neill Simpson and Donna Vaughan.

Ollie King asked for the team to up their levels a bit and to look to use the space / width a bit better. This the home team did but unfortunately despite some good efforts it just wasn’t Dragons day in front of goal, with the Christchurch GK having a good day. Eventually the third came following good work from Jess Bennett unleashing a fine reverse stick strike into the corner.

More opportunities came and went during the half, with Dragons passing the ball much better. Dragons scored a fourth through Mia Bartram, only for it to be reversed due to an earlier obstruction in the build up, seen by the umpire at the far end. The vote for Player of the Match went to Shelly Seaman for her usual high work-rate, tenacity in the tackle and general positive play. Last game of the season next week sees a late fixture against Bury St Edmunds.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Yarmouth 1s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Elsa Scott
MOM:  Angela Murgatroyd

This week saw Dragons Ladies 3rd team travel to Yarmouth to face an undefeated in 2019 Yarmouth team. Dragons started sluggish and let Yarmouth put pressure on them from the start which quickly resulted in Yarmouth scoring their first goal from a short corner.

Dragons soon began to play some strong attacking hockey all over the field and secured a short corner for themselves which was scored reverse stick into the bottom left hand corner by Elsa Scott to level the scores.

Next it was Yarmouth’s turn to convert another well struck short corner into the bottom left hand corner and the first half finished 2 1 to Yarmouth.

Both teams continued to play attacking hockey and Dragons had opportunities to equal the score line again but unfortunately the score remained 2 1 to Yarmouth on the final whistle. Player of the match was Spike (Angela Murgatroyd).

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Norwich City 3s:  1-6

Goalscorer:  Lilli Ballard
MOM:  Jemima Williams

Dragon’s Ladies’ 4s headed to Taverham for their penultimate game of the season, against City’s 3rd team. Placed 3rd in the table, the City team is known to be a well drilled side with lots of young, skillful players in the ranks.

All started well, with the Dragons playing a far more relaxed game as of late. The two teams appeared well balanced, and a great game began to unfold. Movement on and off the ball helped create space for the Dragons, and allowed the play to flow, with good strings of passes creating opportunities for attack.

City won several short corners which were successfully defended. Then, with just a few minutes of the first half remaining, a break by Lily Sore got the ball behind the City defenders. A deft pass was made through to Lilli Ballard who then took the keeper on, neatly slipping the ball into the net with a strong push from the top of the D.

At half time, City clearly must have had the most inspiring of team talks, which resulted in their play being far more aggressive and decicive. Dragons struggled to maintain their shape, and unfortunately their lead was quickly erased, and some.

By the final whistle, City’s accomplished pressing yielded six goals.

Sometimes you just have to say well played to the opposition and take it on the chin!

Player of the match was spread around the team again, but Jemima Williams was the winner, so she got to take Dave the Dragon home this week.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Carrow 1s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Lizzy McDonnell, Gemma Ballard
MOM:   Hannah Edwards, Katherine Hardwick

Dragons 5 started their game against Carrow 1s on another blustery day (although not quite as
blustery as last week and minus the hail!). We started strong with much of the possession, Jen Buskell keeping the ball high and pushing it towards our strong midfield players. Anita worked the ball nicely up the pitch towards Amy Fose who then dribbled the ball towards the back line, making a quick pass across the Carrow goalkeeper, for Lizzie McDonnell to knock into the back of the net! 1-0 to Dragons.

After the restart, Dragons quickly regained possession with a good ball from Hannah Edwards into the D, but sadly no one was there to capitalise on the chance. Dragons continued to dominate play for at least another 10 minutes with Mel Widdows making some good tackles and passes on the left, however Carrow managed a rare break from their defence. Georgia Butterworth dealt confidently with the Carrow attack, by pushing the ball up the right to Katherine Hardwick who worked hard to keep possession. Dragons continue to pass the ball. On receiving the ball, Steph Samson makes a strong drive up the left working well with
Charlotte Dowson who made numerous interceptions and some great tackles throughout the game. Another period of attacking play from Carrow saw Hannah deal confidently with a player attempting to penetrate the D. Dragons regain possession and move the ball quickly forward to Jane Wells, who’s attempt on goal was well defended by Carrow. Dragons win a long corner with another attack on goal by Lizzie, but again the Carrow defence stayed strong. Carrow move the ball forward on a break with some good movement, beating our defence, but not beating Mia Somers who closes the player down to make two great consecutive saves! Dragons regain possession with Emma Bambridge using the space well and hitting a great ball from defence up
to the midfield. The ball is then picked up by Jane on the left, bringing the ball forward into the D and winning a short corner. Gem Ballard injects the ball to Jane who smashes a straight strike from the top, which Gem deflects into the top of the goal. 2-0 to Dragons.

Carrow respond with another attack, but again Mia is there with an AMAZING diving double save!! However Carrow regain possession in the Dragon’s half and win a short, which they convert to make it 2-1. Dragons have one last run of attacking play before half time. Lizzie falls over (OBVS), and Dragons win a short, but this time it’s not converted. Dragons keep the pressure on the Carrow defence with Jen winning a long corner.

After a very positive half time talk with Hannah praising the efforts of all of the team and
encouraging us to keep doing what we’re doing, the Dragons came out strong in the second half. They worked the ball around the D, but just couldn’t find the finish. Dragons continued to dominate with a great run and hustle from Gem, winning the ball high in the Carrow half. Dragons keep possession seeing another ball into the D from Jen, which Gem just missed, falling over in the process. (At least it made a change from Lizzie falling over!) Further pressure from Dragons saw a lovely reverse stick attempt on goal from Lizzie and then Anita Mancini also falling over (it’s catching!). The Dragons continue to work well together from defence to mid with Hannah making a run and getting the ball across the D to Gem, but Carrow manage to keep us at bay, showing their strength in defence. Amy picks up the ball and makes a great run down the right and an attempt on Goal, but sadly its saved by the keeper. Dragons follow up with another short corner seeing Amy smashing the ball from the top and another near miss from Gem. Carrow regain possession and put together a good attack into their D, but Hannah worked the ball out of danger getting it to Charlotte on the left. The ball is passed to Anita, pushing the ball into the Carrow D seeing another attempt on goal from Lizzie. A further run from Jane on the right getting the ball behind the carrow defence to Lizzie who saw another effort cleared. In the last few minutes, Carrow crank up the pressure and push hard for an equaliser. The Dragons defence and midfield work hard to keep the ball out with Charlotte making a vital interception in the D. Carrow win a short, which again is well defended by Jen. Somehow Carrow manage to get the ball back despite our best efforts, breaking down our defence to score an equaliser in the dying minutes.

A well fought and enjoyable game for all involved. Disappointing not to get the win but Carrow are contenders for 3 rd place in the league. Let’s hope we can make it happen in the last game of the season against City 5s!

Thanks to the support and encouragement from Will and Beth (in particular to Beth for her very
useful match notes – couldn’t have written the report without them.)

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v  Diss:  0-4

MOM:  Louise Brooks, Amy Beadman

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v UEA 3s:  1-3

Goalscorer:  Brittany Hopkins
MOM:  Nathalie Crisp

After their win last week, Dragons were confident they could have another successful match but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

Dragons started well, on the attack from the off and having plenty of shots at goal. These kept hitting the keeper and no one was ready to receive the deflection or weren’t sitting on the post to knock the ball in, allowing UEA to clear it away. UEA soon rallied and ended the first half 1:0 up.

The half time talk saw the team being told to maintain their shape, be first to the ball, stop hiding behind the opposition and to mark up, with the defence reminded to take the hit outs wide.

UEA soon got their second goal and Dragons battled on, with their efforts being rewarded with a short corner. The injection went to Brittany Hopkins who gave the ball a strong strike that flew past UEA defence and into the back of the goal. Dragons were buoyed by the goal but UEA didn’t let up and got goal number 3. Play was stopped as POM Nathalie Crisp received a ball to
the nose, ending her time on the pitch. Play resumed with 6 minutes left, Dragons fighting hard but couldn’t find the goal again.

Dragons have lots to learn from this match. Not our finest performance but lots of positives too. Onwards to the last match of the season.

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v UEA 4s:  0-0

MOM:   Issy Gale

Wow! Whoohoo! Hooray! The 8s have at last taken a league point, and arguably deserved to win for their determined attacking game and all-round team effort. Although there were absentees through illness and injury (with captain Lois Metcalfe passing herself fit after being unwell all week) there were 21 players pressing for a game and 15 selected.

So step forward Krystyna Smyth, back from maternity ‘leave’ who put on the goalkeeping kit and proved she has lost nothing. She kept a smart clean sheet, dominating the circle and belting the ball away when she had to. Jo Baker had another defensive lineup to manage, and did it with her usual authority, linking particularly well with Karen Davidson who made some excellent tackles at bottom of the diamond. Rosie Tarleton earns a regular place in defence now for her tackling and clearing skills, while the Shammy sisters opened up new possibilities for the Dragons defence. Mehnaz stopped a speedy left wing from getting crosses into the circle, while Neha also blocked well and also proved she could link defence to forwards as well.

UEA had the best of the early exchanges, with Dragons starting a little tentatively as the new combinations needed time to find each other with their triangular passes. But when it became clear that the defence could smother the UEA attack and get away some nice wide clearances, the 8s midfield began to exert their influence. Nobody gets the ball off Sadie Jacobs at right mid, and her holding play was invaluable. The more the game went on, the more Issy Gale grew in confidence, and on a day when seven players got POM votes, she was the pick. Her defence was good, but the way she managed to smuggle the ball upfield was even better. Katy Cole set a great example for being ‘first to the ball’ and never gave up on a chase. This has been an 8s weakness in the past – but in this game Katy, Neha, Issy and Sadie gave the Dragons most of the possession. Katie Davidson plays a slightly different game, and she used her speed and stick skills to drive the ball forward where Shaniece Claxton, Johanne Steward and Lois were eagerly moving to pounce.

So Dragons created a solid base in defence and midfield for their draw, and for once they created shots and penalties as their attack began to threaten. It took some good UEA goalkeeping to keep them out. Johanne got the first shot on target, ghosting in as she often does in good positions which are not always spotted. Johanne also did some excellent injecting for the penalty corners. Bridget Le Good slipped twice to Sadie, who got in some nice first time sweeps. Then Bridget got in a thumper near the end which the keeper stretched to save, which she had done earlier to thwart Lois’s clean strike from the top of the D. With 6 shots on target out of 9, the 8s showed they have something to offer in all departments.

Towards the end of each half of the season, the 8s have built up their game and looked likely to win. Now they are raring to go for their last match, unfortunately not at home where injured players like Jess Lockwood can manage the subs and Mike Hardy can dispense words of wisdom and encouragement. The draw against UEA wasn’t their prettiest, but for sheer cussed determination, and a willingness to get every team member onto the ball, this was the game to give the 8s pride, pleasure and confidence.

 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Pelicans 2-4

Goalscorers:  Rupert Snelling, Will Main
MOM:  Dim Ives

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Bury St Edmunds 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Ed Gould
MOM: Phil York Smith

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v IES 3s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Jon Goodson, Ed Smith
MOM:  Rob Goodson

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Pelicans 2s:  1-10

Goalscorer:  Rich Phillis
MOM:  Dan Murphy

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Dereham 4s:  4-1

Goalscorers:  Thomas Helfer, Will Bowman, Will Kirby, Matt Armstrong
MOM:  Greg Reynolds

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Watton 2s:  0-5

MOM:

Development Leagues

Dev Boys B v Magpies:  4-4

Goalscorers:  Josh Cormack x2, Ben Panter, Freddie Royall
MOM:  Ed Cross

 

Dev Girls v Dereham:  5-4
Goalscorers:  Mia Rutherford, Evie Marlee, Freya Dolding, Lucy Courtier
MOM:  Freya Dolding

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 9th March 2019

 

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sCam Uni 2H4-0 (W)Issy Wolfe x3
Liv Thomas
Issy Wolfe
L2sMagpies 3A4-0 (L)Sarah Borrett
Shelly Seaman
L3sWatton 1H0-3 (L)Beth Prakash
L4sBroadland 2H1-1 (D)Caroline WolfeChloe Mikronis
L5sDissA2-1 (L)Charlotte DowsonHannah Edwards
L6sWatton 2H1-4 (L)Kelly MillsJoanna Jennings
L7sMagpies 6H4-2 (W)Adelice Kraemer
Mia McGhee x2
Paige Fisher
Briony Johnstone
Emma Dyer
L8sMagpies 7A9-0 (L)Mia Somers
M1sLong Sutton 1A4-2 (L)Rupert Snelling x2Mark Flatman
M2sNewmarket 1H0-8 (L)Isaac Diver Hall
M3sSudbury 2A1-1 (D)Jon GoodsonJon Goodson
M4sMagpiesA7-1 (L)Bobby SheppardJoel Lawrence
M5sPelicans 4H7-0 (W)Charlie Creasy x3
Dan Orsborne x2
Josh Bingham
Will Bloom
Charlie Creasy
M6sNflk Nomads 1A5-1 (L)Tommy ChambersTommy Chambers
Christian Cornell
BD AN CityH1-3 (L)Harry Fuller
BD BMagpiesH4-1 (W)Hector McNeill x4Hector McNeill
GDMagpiesA9-3 (L)Mia x2
Rosie
Harriet Pymm

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge Uni 2s:  4-0

Goalscorers:   Issy Wolfe x3, Liv Thomas
MOM:  Issy Wolfe

The Ladies 1s continue to consolidate the experience they have gained this season, beating Cambridge Uni 2s 4-0 on home turf.

The Dragons came out hard from the opening whistle, determined to work on areas of weakness following a sub-par performance the previous week. The game was relatively evenly matched for the opening stages, with both sides having a number of chances from open play and from short corners. The Dragons defence looked much tighter than in previous weeks; supported by a midfield line that is coming into its own defensively as well as in attack, the defensive unit of Sophie Barrow, Sarah Jenkins, Holly Setchell and Carmel Windsor-Waite managed to keep the students at bay. After these early stages, the Dragons went on the offensive, with some superb work from the forwards. After breaking through the midfield, Maddy Reynolds used her pace to eliminate two players and create a 3 on 1 situation. Threading the ball through to Katy Hands in the D, Hands drew the keeper, and then unselfishly slipped the ball to player of the match Issy Wolfe who was waiting on the post to finish and put the hosts a goal ahead. The team maintained their pressure for the remainder of the half, and a silky piece of skill from Liv Thomas in the left hand corner of the pitch saw her find Wolfe on the baseline, for her to once again flummox the keeper and put the Dragons 2-0 up at half time.

The second half saw much of the same, with some opportunities coming from both sides. However, with some fantastic saves from Gina Hunt and with the midfield grafting through the high winds, the students never really looked particularly dangerous. It was to be the day of the Dragon, as two slick short corner routines sealed the game for the hosts. The first was a slip out to the right to Liv Thomas who shot across the circle to a waiting Issy Wolfe to deflect into the goal for a hattrick. The final goal saw Thomas get a deflection of her own, as Kiera Goymour set her up perfectly with a slap across the face of goal. This game showed a marked improvement on recent performances, and demonstrated how far we have come as a team this season. Tight in defence, aggressive in attack, with some slick short corner routines, the Dragons are ready to finish the season strong!

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Magpies 3s:  0-4

MOM:  Sarah Borrett, Shelly Seaman

Somewhat inclement weather conditions at the Nest, with strong winds blowing in the rain for the start of the game. Dragons continued with a largely unchanged squad, coming up against a very different looking Magpies Team from the one they had played previously.

With just a brief warm up on the pitch, the game got underway with Dragons immediately on the back foot, with Magpies youthful midfield spraying the ball around well and using the width of the pitch, to get in round the back of the defence and find their forwards in strong positions. The visitors quickly found themselves a couple of goals down.

A slight tactical switch by Coach Ollie King saw Dragons tighten things up a little in the middle, seeing them come into the game a little more towards the end of the half, forcing some short corners and having a couple of half efforts on goal, however the score remained 2-0 at half time.

The second half followed a similar theme, with Magpies looking strong and threatening in front of goal. Through some strong work from Sarah Borrett, Gail Thomas and Shelly Seaman, Dragons tried to relieve the pressure and once again had opportunities to break, but unfortunately the forwards too often found themselves isolated and outnumbered in the final third of the pitch.

Ultimately 2 more goals for the home side sealed the points, for a team who belied their league position. Dragons weren’t quite at the races again today and will need to pick themselves up and dust themselves down for the final 2 games of the season. Joint Players of the Match go to Sarah Borrett and Shelly Seaman both of whom gave their all with tenacious tackles and their attempts to pass their way out from the back, to build the attacks.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Watton 1s:  0-3

MOM:  Beth Prakash

This Saturday the Ladies 3 rd Team welcomed Watton 1 st Team to the den anticipating a tough match as Watton are battling for promotion. Watton put the pressure on Dragons right from the start and managed to score their first goal from open play after about 10 minutes of the match.

The wind and Watton were getting stronger and to add to the storm for Dragons the rain began to fall, which lead to play being abandoned for 5 minutes. Dragons regrouped and the defensive combination of Kat Speirs, Ally Windsor Waite, Angela Murgatroyd, Esme Potter and Grace Brown dealt with the attacking pressure being put on them. The midfield of Katie Hale, Laura Van Den Berg, Katie Lister, Beth Prakrash and Hannah Ellis worked hard to protect the defence and support the forwards but unfortunately, Watton managed to score a second goal just before half time again from open play.

The second half saw Dragons forwards, consisting of Catherine Matthews, Elsa Scott, Jenna Mills and Vicky Earley begin to get create some chances as Dragons began to gain confidence. The play was more even in the second half with Dragons having the wind behind them, however it was Watton who sealed the three points by scoring their third goal from a well worked short corner. Player of the match was awarded to Beth Prakrash.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Broadland 2s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Caroline Wolfe
MOM:  Chloe Mikronis

Tough weather conditions were faced for this Empresa Norfolk Premier Division game at the Dragon’s Den between the Ladies’ 4s and Broadland 2s.

The Dragons, having had a poor run of results of late, struggled to find the confidence to play well in the first half. The were moments of good hockey, with plenty of running from Harriet Rant and Lilli Ballard. But all too often play, across the whole of the pitch, was taken into contact, giving possession away cheaply.

The Dragons put on a better performance in the second half, retaining the ball and making more sensible decisions with passing. Unfortunately, and against the run of play, Broadland broke away and scored, their attackers finding plenty of space.

Determination and effort returned to the home side, and eventually a short corner was won. This was converted with a straight strike fired in by Caroline Wolfe from the top of the D.

The game was temporarily put on pause as black clouds engulfed the sky, bringing with them a sudden hooly, with high winds, rain and hail.

Once the game resumed, Dragons had several goalmouth scrambles, but were unable to convert any of these opportunities to find the winner.

Player of the match votes were widespread across the whole team; Chloe Mikronis came out on top, taking ‘Dave the Dragon’ home with her for the week.

Dragons had to be content with a single league point after this performance.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Diss:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Charlotte Dowson
MOM:   Hannah Edwards

The wind whipped Dragons into a strong start at Diss with play remaining in our attacking half for much of the game. A new mascot, Baby Shark, provided some pre-match entertainment and support from the sideline, alongside a very windswept Amy Forse (champion team manager) and supporters Emma Somers and Will Kirby, who hid in the car.

Dragons won a long corner, with play sweeping out back and round to the left but sadly no conversion to a goal.

Diss made a break but were intercepted by a strong tackle from Hannah, keeping the Dragons firmly in control.

Lou Davis made an exceptional break up the right and drives into the D with plenty awaiting Dragons, but sadly no goal.

Diss make a break again and score from a reverse strike that no one was expecting. Genuinely impressed with Diss’ goal, Dragons push back and continue to drive forwards. Plenty of linking passes in midfield and excellent shadowing by Dragons defence see us maintaining possession. Anita performs an excellent volley clearance but was pulled up to give a free hit. Diss won a short corner from driving into our D and finding a foot, but super-goalie Mia saved the strike and was subsequently cleared by Jen with confidence and force.

Charlotte made a good run up the right but was intercepted and play turned over. Not for long, as Katherine challenged and sent the ball left to find Mel who drives forwards once more.

Hannah picked up a loose pass from Diss and took the ball into the D – with various shouts to shoot, she pushed the ball hard to Charlotte who put the ball through the keeper to score!

A further goal was scored by Diss in the same manner as their first one, leaving the half time score 2:1 to Diss.

The Yellow Weather Warning swept in dramatically and brought all the wind and hail that the unnamed storm between Storm Freya and Storm Gareth could muster. Umpires called for an intermission before 5 minutes of the second half was played. Thankful Dragons and supporters fled the pitch with hail stinging their thighs and faces to drip sodden wet all over the changing room for half an hour. Various deliberations took place between umpires, captains and players and after finding a broom to sweep away the puddles in the pitch, the sun came through as though nothing had happened and play resumed.

The second half maintained a 0-0 score: Dragons came away from top-of-table Diss with an impressive result and impressive play. The team should be proud of their selfless passes, calm decision making and positive attitude.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Watton 2s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Kelly Mills
MOM:  Joanna Jennings

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Magpies 6s:  4-2

Goalscorers:  Mia McGhee x2, Adelice Kraemer, Paige Fisher
MOM:  Briony Johnstone, Emma Dyer

On a blustery day, Dragons faced Magpies with enthusiasm, determined not to be intimidated by the division leaders.

Dragons were on fine form, engaged from the start, making Magpies work hard. Dragons were first to score, with a scrappy goal from Paige Fisher, her first for the club. Magpies battled on and soon equalised, but Dragons kept on fighting and Mia McGhee slotted the ball past the keeper from a lovely assist by Adelice Kraemer. Everyone worked hard, a great step-up from last week. The defence of Emma Dyer (joint POM), Jessie Young, Erin Aldous and Emma Fielding worked solidly in thwarting Magpies and getting the ball out to the midfield of Paige, Brittany Hopkins, Maisie Dearmer, Briony Johnstone (joint POM) and Lara King. The forwards of Mia, Adelice and Claire Fairhurst were ever ready to put in full on attacks at goal. Dragons were pleased to go into the half-time break in the lead but were determined to keep their cool and hang on to it in the second half.

Play resumed as it had in the first, with lovely hockey from both teams. Dragons welcomed Nat Crisp into midfield, putting in her usual solid performance. Adelice got her name on the score sheet and Magpies battled on, getting their second goal, but Mia wasn’t finished, slotting another ball past the keeper to make the final score 4:2 to Dragons. Dragons are buoyed up by the win determined to carry on playing the same in the final two games of the season. Well done ladies!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Magpies 7s:  0-9

MOM:   Mia Somers

If we are totally honest, the young Magpies 7s team ran absolute rings round the Dragons, with only a phenomenal performance from the POM Mia Somers in goal keeping the score to reasonable levels.  Mia blocked, kicked, dived, leapt and twisted as the Magpies fired bullets at her from every angle – energised as they were by the injection of fresh blood from more ‘just 13s’ out of their development squad. Frighteningly good with their speed, tomahawks, reverse sweeps, slams and the full range of strokes.

And yet… there wasn’t a single Dragon who did not enjoy this match with its fast tempo and its opportunity for every player to work her hardest and make a contribution which drew a cheer from her team mates – when they could catch a breath. Initially, there was some confusion in the defence which allowed Magpies to nip in with an early goal, but then Jo Baker in central defence and captain Lois Metcalfe playing a strong central midfield role got their units working and were very pleased that the Dragons never allowed their heads to drop. Amongst the first to make an impression was Anna Chapman at left defence and Jessica Lockwood who played on the right and also shared bottom of the diamond duties with Karen Davidson. These three tackled with great determination and made some strong clearances out wide. Jessica and Nic Harrison were very unlucky to pick up strains that curtailed their pitch time, particularly frustrating for Nic who was making speedy inroads down the left wing.

Dragons midfield held up play nicely for long periods, but then had to experience the Magpies cutting their way through – using their excellent stick skills and then clever use of the drag past the Dragons ‘weak’ side. Katy Cole, newcomer Ariadne Miquel and the much-improved Sadie Jacobs all showed determination to block and take the ball from the marauders. The mids also managed to get the ball through to the forwards, where Katie  Davidson, Johanne Steward and Ceris Burgues were just longing to force the ball upfield, with Katie Cole and Lois in good support. But unfortunately for Dragons, the Magpies were fast upfront, and solid at the back so the attacks petered out.

The goals somehow seemed to arrive in bursts of three, but Ariadne, Bridget Le Good, Jo and Alice improved their understanding and managed to build something of a wall round the edge of their circle. Mia continued to roar on her encouragement, Bridget threw the odd aerial to add some variety to the hit outs, and Katy Cole and Sadie were full of running to the end.

So Dragons did not have to look far to see signs of the improvement they are working hard for in training. There’s still a fair bit more to do that can be done even at this late stage of the season. What’s more, the 8s are showing every sign of enjoying marking, getting first to the ball, and making quicker decisions all over the pitch. Go Dragons!

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Long Sutton 1s:  2-4

Goalscorers:  Rupert Snelling x2
MOM:  Mark Flatman

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Newmarket 1s:  0-8

MOM: Isaac Diver Hall

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Sudbury 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Jon Goodson
MOM:  Jon Goodson

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Magpies 4s:  1-7

Goalscorer:  Joel Lawrence
MOM:  Bobby Sheppard

Dragons started well against a swift yet experienced Magpies side. The first half saw Dragons defence hold well with Will Mares speed and Pete Davison’s experience working well together. Magpies went 2 up before Dragons responded with a lovely (maybe our best team goal of the season) round the baseline goal from Jones to Bobby Sheppard across for Joel Lawrence tap in on the far post. Dragons conceded another soft goal before half time though. Undeterred Dragons started the second half with confidence but unfortunately a few lapses and turnovers meant Magpies forwards slotted two quick goals. Dragons dug deep and pushed for goals as that’s what the game is about. Unfortunately, despite creating chances and short corners they couldn’t convert. Magpies broke again for more goals, but Dragons kept at it til the end of the game with real spirit. Thanks to the team for always running and trying and playing with a smile on their faces. Man’s of the match close between our young legs that never stopped but Bobby Sheppard nipped ahead of Will Mares. Still a very proud captain for the way the team plays and the attitude shown.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Pelicans 4s:  7-0

Goalscorers:  Charlie Creasy x3, Dan Orsborne x2, Josh Bingham, Will Bloom
MOM:  Charlie Creasy

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norfolk Nomads 1s:  1-5

Goalscorers:  Tommy Chambers
MOM: Tommy Chambers, Christian Cornell

Development Leagues

Dev Boys A v Norwich City:  1-3

It was a cold day and we took the field against a very experienced looking City side. The opposition got into their stride very quickly with slick passing along  their left and through the middle which forced our goalkeeper to make a succession of good saves. They went 1-0 up with a move again down the wing. This was the very least they deserved for all their pressure. Their goalkeeper made a fantastic save from a short corner following one of our rare attacks.

In the second half,  having ridden our luck to be only 1-0 down, the sides, unfortunately, carried on as they had started. they quickly went  a second and third goal ahead. At that point the home team started to show their confidence and composure and played more like they can and after some good defensive, midfield and wing play got the ball into their D forcing the goalkeeper to juggle a save which allowed a goal to be scored with Harry Fuller hitting the ball that was above his head down into the goal.  We carried on from there with some threatening genuinely creative hockey but it just wouldn’t click in the final third of the pitch. City scored their final goal with a very slick movement from front to back leaving the final score as 3-1.

Dev Boys B v Magpies:  4-1

Goalscorers:  Hector McNeil x4
MOM:  Hector McNeil

Dev boys got off to a fine start with their enthusiasm and hard work, and it wasn’t too long before they scored their first goal by Hector McNeill.

Unfortunately Magpies followed suit and made the score 1-1.
After some strong play by both sides no more goals came and the first half ended 1-1.

Dragons kept their strong passing going within the midfield with some awesome teamwork and skills from Blade Earley, Vithu Baskaran, Archie Griegg, Aytron Rant, and Josh Cormack, with Zak McEwan darting between midfield and the forward position thus creating some wonderful hockey play enabling Hector to score a further 3 goals.

Tom Irvine and Sam Reynolds in defence made sure that Magpies didn’t get a look in when it came to scoring goals, although it was quite close at times they made sure they kept the dragons winning scoreline in tact. With Connr Kerrigan in goal doing some amazing saves the game came to a close with Dev B team winning 4-1.

It’s a big thank you to Tom Heiffer and Dan Osborne, the adult helpers, to guide and support the boys with their hockey knowledge.

Chris Sexton did a great job managing the team and he had some fab words to say about the boys

 

Dev Girls v Magpies :  3-9
Goalscorers:  Amy x2, Rosie
MOM:  Harriet Pymm

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 2nd March 2019

 

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sSudbury 1A4-2 (L)Issy Wolfe
Katy Hands
Gina Hunt
L2sNth Norfolk 1H0-3 (L)Sarah Borrett
L3sFelixstowe 1A0-1 (W)Hannah EllisEsme Potter
L4sPelicans 2A3-0 (L)Beth Elgood
L5sReephamH0-7 (L)Charlotte Dowson
L6sYarmouth 2A1-1 (D)Megan BeckettNat Crisp
L7sBrecklandH1-6 (L)Mia McGheeLizzie Costello
L8sNth Norfolk 2H0-7 (L)Rosie Tarleton
M1sCity of Pboro 3H2-3 (L)Sam Avery
Al Browne
Sam Avery
M2sLow Railway 1A2-2 (D)Louie Barby
Matt Hull
Louie Barby
M3sIpswich 2H1-4 (L)Tommy ChapmanTommy Chapman
James King
M4sN City 5H0-1 (L)Tommy Gale
M5sNflk Nomads 2A2-3 (W)Thomas Helfer x2
Andrew Cross
Thomas Helfer
M6sNth Norfolk 3H2-3 (L)Mike Banham
Lloyd Wade
BD Ano fixture
BD BWattonH7-3 (W)Monty Patel
Sam Reynolds
Ayrton Rant x2
Will Sxton
Monty Patel
GDDereham PenguinsA6-1 (W)Hattie Stuart x3
Lucy Courtier
Hannah Shepperson
Nellie Ong
Rowan Hewitt

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Sudbury:  2-4

Goalscorers:   Issy Wolfe, Katy Hands
MOM:  Gina Hunt

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v North Norfolk:  0-3

MOM:  Sarah Borrett

Perfect Hockey weather at the Den saw a top of the table clash between League leaders North Norfolk and Norwich Dragons in 3rd place. A good warm up on the pitch saw both teams raring to go.

There was nothing in the first 10 minutes – both teams having chances and Dragons having a particularly good chance following fine work from Shelly Seaman, however it was the league leaders that scored first following a break away. Whilst Dragons battled, they weren’t quite on their game in the first half, with their passing game not quite coming together. Defensively Sarah Borrett and Mima Watson in the wide positions were winning their individual battles, however down the centre of the pitch, North Norfolk were strong and scored a 2nd before the break.

At half time, Ollie King and Karen O’Neill Simpson called for a little more desire and for the team to ‘want it’ a little more. The 2nd half showed some improvement from the home team, but a third goal for North Norfolk sealed the points and consolidated their lead at the top; the visitors playing some strong fluid passing hockey. Dragons hit the inside of the post twice in the game, but it wasn’t meant to be this weekend! The home team know they can play better, but there were some good individual performances, notably from Mima Watson and Dragons Player of the Match Sarah Borrett. The team will look to train hard and look to come back stronger next weekend.

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Felixstowe 1s:  1-0

Goalscorer:   Hannah Ellis
MOM:  Esme Potter

On a warm Saturday afternoon Norwich Dragons Ladies 3 rd Team travelled to Felixstowe looking for their first win since the beginning of December. The game could not have started better for Dragons putting Felixstowe under pressure from the first whistle, winning a free hit just outside the Felixstowe circle.  The hit was taken quickly by Ally Windsor Waite, to Elsa Scott and on to Hannah Ellis on the top of the D, who reverse flicked the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net to make the score 1-0 within the first two minutes of the game.

Dragons maintained the pressure on the Felixstowe goal for most of the first half but unfortunately could not put the ball past the Felixstowe keeper. The second half also saw Dragons with the majority of the play in the Felixstowe half, but a second goal eluded Dragons efforts, summed up by the quote of the day ‘that was not my feet, that was called skill!’
Felixstowe sensed the increasing frustration for Dragons and grew in confidence to pressure the Dragons D for the final few minutes of the game but with no reward. Player of the match was awarded to Esme Potter.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Pelicans 2s:  0-3

MOM:  Beth Elgood

Dragon’s Ladies’ 4s took the trip to King’s Lynn via minibus (fun bus). Spirits were up and everyone was looking forward to playing in near perfect hockey conditions, on the new Lynn Sport pitch.

Dragons were slow to get in to the game, playing against a much improved Pelican’s side, compared with their first encounter earlier in season. The visitors allowed Peli’s to get to the ball first, and left players unmarked on several occasions. The Pelican’s side capitalised on this, scoring two in the first half (the first from a short corner and the second from free play).

The second half was better for Dragons, with increased movement off the ball and improved decision making with passes. Newcomers to the team Jennifer Buskell and MoM Beth Elgood linked well with their surrounding players. Dragons began to penetrate deeper into the opposition’s end with stirling work from Niamh Somers and Harriet Rant, however the Pelis’ attacking play was too much, and a third goal was conceded.

Dragons finally won a series of short corners during the final 5 minutes, but could not convert for a conciliatory goal.

 
 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Reepham:  0-7

MOM:   Charlotte Dowson

In the 1st half Dragons started well and had the majority of the possession,
however, were caught on the break multiple times resulting in a 3 on one
situation with the ball fired across and in for their first goal. This was quickly
followed by another fast break resulting in another goal seeing Dragons go
0-2 down. Reepham were awarded a short corner when the ball collided
with Steph’s feet and the resulting shot was saved by Mia. A free hit for
Reepham from just outside of the D found another of their strikers and was
swept in taking the score to 0-3 to Reepham. Dragons battled their way up
the pitch and were awarded a long corner from which there was a good
strike on goal but an unlucky miss. Reepham found their way back into our
circle and when the ball was swept off the back line by the defence they
were awarded another short corner. A sharp strike from the top of the D
deflected of Mia’s pads into the goal … 0-4. Dragons were then caught on
the break again and with a swift overload and an unstoppable strike put
themselves 0-5 up at half time.

In the second half Dragons found their rhythm and strength, switching the
ball from side to side, calling well and having multiple attempts on goal
which were kept out by their keeper. Hannah picked up a good interception
from Reepham and was able to pass it on for a fast attack. Reepham
gained possession again and pressured our D with good clearing from Mel
and Katherine keeping them at bay. As the pressure grew so did their
confidence with another short corner. This time it deflected off one of the
defending sticks, straight at our keepers head taking the score to 0-6. At
this point Brooksy became the first casualty and hobbled off having been
taken out by one of the Reepham players. After another kerfuffle in our D,
Reepham gained another short corner. This one was saved by Mia and the
follow up strike from Reepham’s 21 was also saved and almost headed off
the pitch by Emily. Dragons surged back with a great ball forward from
Hannah to Crossy on the right. Hannah continued to lead by example with
a good push forward leading to an attempt on goal by Gemma then a
rebound by Amelia but the ball simply wouldn’t go in. There was good play down the left between Emily, Mel and Gemma but sadly nothing came of it.
Hannah was brutally taken down by Reepham’s number 13. Dragons lost
possession of the ball and despite the defence all making a huge effort
made to get it back Reepham took advantage of another break and scored
again. 0-7. Further great work from Brooksey saw the ball passed back into
our attacking D with a short corner awarded. An unlucky miss from Gemma
saw a return to open play with the final whistle going. Described as “not our
day” by players on the bench the scoreline didn’t really reflect the level of
effort and application but the opposition came away deserved winners for
taking the opportunities they created.
POM went to Charlotte for all her hard work, however, votes covered nearly
the whole team. On to next week!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Yarmouth 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Megan Beckett
MOM:  Nat Crisp

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Breckland:  1-6

Goalscorer:  Mia McGhee
MOM:  Lizzie Costello

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v North Norfolk:  0-12

MOM:   Rosie Tarleton

Ladies 8’s took on North Norfolk at home. Despite some of our best hockey yet we were unable to end victorious and lost 7-0.

Emma North doubled up in goal to play for us and was later on playing for the 7’s. As always she did us proud and made some spectacular saves.

We were privy to some great pre-match advice from Mike and our captain Lois Metcalfe. I am sure Mike can say he had witnessed much of what he advised brought onto the pitch and utilised to the best of our advantage.

Bridget Le Good was in defence as one of two sweepers and played magnificently. On numerous occasions the loud crack that was heard as she executed the ball out wide made any opposition in her wake jump out of the way for fear of contact to their feet. Jess Lockwood also in defence very nearly made her second ‘on the goal line’ save but today that was not for her, but definitely there will be a next time Jess, just keep doing what you are doing!!!

Karen Davidson was a forward sweeper and although new to that role, made an admirable debut.

We welcomed three of our newcomers to the match with Ceris Burgues playing the Dragons shirt for the first time. She played a speedy game on the wing and we all benefitted from her presence. Ari Miquel-Clopes also made some great tackles and was often seen finding space exactly where she could intercept the ball. Rosie Tarleton played another great match and deservedly took home Brian and the hockey stick for being awarded POM.

Katy Cole played as a midfielder and displayed all her usual energy and enthusiasm and one can only get drawn into her excitement and optimism. Sadie ‘speedy’ Jacobs was another midfielder to be reckoned with and more often than not was first to the ball when it came her way.

Nicola Harrison was ‘on fire’ and played some excellent hockey down the wing, and although she was on the receiving end of a fast ball to her knee and the obligatory ice pack as a result just before halftime was not to be thwarted and came back stronger than ever in the second half. There was some awesome and very welcome ball clearance in defence from Jo Baker who received the ball quickly and even more quickly was able to whack it out to the side.

Myself (Emma Young) and Johanne Steward played as forwards, we had one or two chances in the D but were not able to execute a goal at this point. I for one learn so much from Johanne every time I play with her and she has patiently and kindly given me continuous advice and encouragement and I am eternally grateful to learn from her experience and knowledge.

Awesome 8’s have come a long way this season and with three games to go we may have to accept we will not finish at the top end of the table, but we can say we we have come a long way this season and we always come on to the pitch fighting, we hold our heads high, look out for our team mates and have a great time.

 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v City of Peterborough 3s:  2-3

Goalscorers:  Al Browne, Sam Avery
MOM:  Sam Avery

Men’s 1s lose 3-2 against City of Peterborough 3s. Despite having plenty of chances and lots of the ball, Dragons found themselves 2-0 down shortly after half time. A cracking comeback was on the cards momentarily as a Sam Avery deflection and an Al Browne goal, both from shorts, gave the home team hope. Unfortunately, a short corner conceded in the dying seconds meant Dragons came away with nothing. Our best wishes go out to Matt Knights whose second half was cut short due to a nasty injury and a notable mention to Ali Smyth for the longest sliding tackle seen this turn of the millennium.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Lowestoft Railway 2s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Louie Barby, Matt Hull
MOM: Louie Barby

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Ipswich 2s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Tommy Chapman
MOM:  Tommy Chapman, James King

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Norwich City 5s:  0-1

MOM:  Tommy Gale

Dragons 4ths welcomed back a few players after the half term break and immediately benefited from some additional defensive strength. City pressed hard in the first half and strung some good passing moves together while Dragons tried to find their midfield structure. Despite some Dragons pressure City picked up a goal from a short corner variation after a fine first save from Chris Millar. After the break as the game opened up as the  midfield substitutes along with the never tiring Tommy Gale gave Dragons a chance. More short corners and circle penetrations came as the Dragons defence held well , typified by Will Mares chasing down anything that broke through. But despite an exciting end Dragons failed to find an equaliser. Thanks to City 5ths for a great game and good sportsmanship as well as the umpires – much appreciated.

 

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norfolk Nomads 2s:  3-2

Goalscorers:  Thomas Helfer x2, Andrew Cross
MOM:  Thomas Helfer

 

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v North Norfolk 3s:  2-3

Goalscorers:  Mike Banham, Lloyd Wade
MOM:

Development Leagues

Dev Boys B v Watton:  7-3
Goalscorers:  Monty Patel, Sam Reynolds, Ayrton Rant x2, Will Sexton x3
MOM:  Monty Patel

The morning sun was blocked out by the dark clouds but other wise it was a perfect day for hockey. The game was played in quarters (4 quarters of 15 minutes). Watton were on the front foot for the first quarter. Within the first 2 minutes Watton had scored 2 goals but about 8 minutes through, the tables turned and Dragons were on a charge. At the end on the first quarter, despite dragons fight back, it ended 2-1 to Watton.

Dragons continued their charge in the second quarter. There were constant barrage of attacks but no shot would go in because of the valiant Watton defending. On one attack though, we got a short corner which went to Sam Reynolds who struck but just missed. Thankfully it went to Monty Patel who then stopped it and swept it past the goalkeeper. The second quarter, or first half, ended 2-2.

The third quarter started with high confidence as the dragons were on the attack. With some amazing plays and passes. Ayrton Rant managed to put 2 goals on the scoresheet, Sam Reynolds put 1 on and Will Sexton put 3 on. The final quarter ended 7-2 to Dragons.

For the final quarter Watton came back fighting with multiple attacks, not being able to pierce the Dragon’s defence.However Watton got one goal back and the game ended 7-3 to Dragons.

Man Of The Match went to Monty Patel with 3 votes but was closely followed by Will Panter and Will Sexton who both secured 2 votes each.

Dev Girls v Dereham:  6-1
Goalscorers:  Hattie Stuart x3, Lucy Courtier, Hannah Shepperson, Nellie Ong
MOM:  Rowan Hewitt

 

 
 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 23rd February 2019

 

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sSt NeotsH7-2 (W)Maddy Reynolds x3
Issy Wolfe x2
Katy Hands
Olivia Thomas
Issy Wolfe
L3sMagpies 3H0-1 (L)Lucy Buxton
M1sCity 3A0-4 (W)Pedro Goss
Jono Chaney-Baxter
Al Browne
Sam Avery
Pedro Goss
Jono Chaney-Baxter
M4sDragons Men's 5s - friendly
M5sDragons Men's 4s - friendly
M6sDereham 4A5-1 (L)Dan OrsborneStephen Holland

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v St Neots 1s:  7-2

Goalscorers:  Issy Wolfe x2, Maddy Reynolds x3, Olivia Thomas, Katy Hands
MOM:  Issy Wolfe

Norwich Dragons ladies 1s found their form this week, winning 7-2 at home against league
strugglers St Neots.  Determined to put an end to the last few weeks of lacklustre performances, the ladies 1s came out hard from the opening whistle, dominating possession for much of the first half.  The opening 10 minutes saw some lovely linking play between the midfield and forward lines, and some good early chances. Against the run of play, however, St Neots won a short corner, and found the back of the net through a deflection on the left post, putting them 1-0 up.

The Dragons kept their heads, however, and countered within a few minutes with a goal of their
own as Maddy Reynolds took the ball past one defender and slipped the ball to Lucy Morton,
only to receive it back on the p-spot and deflect it reverse side into the goal. Player of the match
Issy Wolfe added her own just before half time, receiving the ball at the top of the D, and taking
a reverse stick strike to find the back of the net and to put the Dragons up by 1 goal at half time.

St Neots came out hard in the opening minutes of the second half, and having won another
short corner, they converted in a carbon copy of their first goal, drawing things level. It was at
this point that the Dragons really hit their stride, however, and the next 35 minutes saw a feast of goals from the hosts. Maddy Reynolds found the goal twice more, setting up her hat trick for the day;  Issy Wolfe scored another reverse sweep after a foray down the baseline; Katy Hands got in on the action receiving the ball from Holly Setchell and sweeping it into the goal; and Liv
Thomas finished the day with a lovely piece of skill during a short corner play, eliminating two
players and slipping it past the keeper’s right foot. The forward line’s feast of goals was well-
supported by a hardworking midfield, and by some patient play round the back to open up the
spaces on the pitch. Overall, this was a much better performance from the team, and we’ll be
looking to take that into the last few games of the season.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s – no fixture

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Magpies 3s:  0-1

MOM:  Lucy Buxton

On a warm sunny February morning Norwich Dragons Ladies 3 rd team welcomed Harleston Magpies 3rd Team to the Den. The game was a close encounter with both teams creating chances and short corners. Unfortunately for Dragons, Harleston managed to convert a well worked corner in the second half to clinch all three points. Player of the match was awarded to Lucy Buxton.

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s –  no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s – no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s – no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s – no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s – no fixture 

 
 
 
 
 
East League, Men’s 2N

Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Norwich City 3s:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Pedro Goss, Jono Chaney-Baxter, Al Browne, Sam Avery
MOM:  Pedro Goss, Jono Chaney-Baxter

Men’s 1s win the derby 4-0 at Taverham. 0-0 at half time despite a decent start, Dragons turned the screw in the second half, dispatching 4 unanswered goals whilst Dim Ives was alert enough to keep his clean sheet when called upon. Goals from Pedro Goss, Jono Chaney Baxter, Sam Avery and a contender for goal of the season from Alex Browne.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s – no fixture

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s – no fixture

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s – no fixture

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s – no fixture

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Dereham 4s:  1-5

Goalscorer:  Dan Orsborne
MOM:  Stephan Holland

DEVELOPMENT LEAGUES

no fixtures

 
 
 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 16th February 2019

 

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sLow Ladies 1H1-1 (D)Issy WolfeMima Watson
L2sUEA 1A2-4 (W)Haz Green
Jess Bennett
Jess Haw
Saskia Williams
Esme Potter
L3sN City 2H1-1 (D)Victoria EarleyThe team!
L4sSlip Date
L5sSlip Date
L6sBecclesA1-1 (D)Gemma BallardFloss Andrews
L7sPelicansA1-2 (W)Mia McGhee
Lois Metcalfe
Emma Fielding
L8sCity 7H0-2 (L)Esther Jacobs
Ari Miquel
M1sKettering 1A4-2 (L)Olly Buck
Rupert Snelling
Ed Gould
M2sUEA 1A5-0 (L)Peter Dickerson
M3sLow RailwayH4-5 (L)Mitch Smith x2
Jon Goodson
Piers Gordon-Brown
Piers Gordon-Brown
James Goodson
M4sIES 4A5-3 (L)Tommy Chapman
Garnett Jones x2
Isaac Diver-Hall
Charlie Creasey
M5sN City 7H6-0 (W)Andrew Cross x4
Adie Kemp x2
Arjuna Puvanachandra
M6sNo Fixture
BD AMagpiesH3-2 (W)Ben Panter x2
Jake Reynolds
Jake Reynolds
BD BSlip Date
GDPelicansA5-0 (CL)

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Lowestoft Ladies 1s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Issy Wolfe
MOM:  Mima Watson

Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s put in a much improved performance on home turf to draw
1-1 with Lowestoft Ladies.

Despite struggling in recent weeks, and suffering a dip in confidence levels, the Ladies 1s
came out on Saturday determined to play to their potential. The game started well, with
the Dragons dominating possession and creating some early chances. The Lowestoft
goalkeeper did a good job of keeping her team in the game in the early stages, making
some great saves from the attempts by the forward line of Issy Wolfe, Maddy Reynolds,
Katy Hands and Lucy Morton. As the first half went on, Lowestoft did manage to break
through the lines on a number of occasions. Seeking the long ball through the middle,
their defence managed to find their high forwards on a couple of occasions, leaving them
with an overload situation. However, player of the match, Mima Watson, and the rest of
the defensive line up managed to clear their lines, along with some excellent keeping
from Gina Hunt. The first half ended with the Dragons narrowly missing the net after a
slick short corner routine found Kiera Goymour on the left castle, who struck in for a
neat deflection from Katy Hands.

The Dragons went into the second half with much more confidence, and dominated
possession for the majority of the game. After a flurry of short corners, Issy Wolfe
managed to get the conversion after an initial strike from Liv Leary was saved on the
post, and Wolfe cleared up. However, after taking the lead, the Dragons were put under
some pressure from a reinvigorated Lowestoft side, as they immediately went on the
counter attack and won a short corner. The hosts managed to clear this, but a few
minutes later, after a break down of play in the middle of the pitch, the Dragons found
themselves on the back foot. Lowestoft drove along the back line, pulling the ball back
to the P-spot. Despite getting a touch on it, the Dragons defence were unable to clear,
and the opposition tapped the ball in at the back post. Despite having all the possession
in the remaining 10 minutes, and a number of short corners, Dragons were unable to
find the winner, leaving the score 1-1 at full time. While a win would have been a better
reflection of the game, the Dragons can take heart from a much improved performance,
which they will be looking to build upon next week.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v UEA 1s:  4-2

Goalscorers:  Jess Bennett, Jess Haw, Haz Green, Saskia Williams
MOM:  Esme Potter

Half Term meant that most people were either ‘on the piste’, off to sunnier climes or the rigours of the term had caught up with them and they were ‘off sick’. With Captain Karen O’Neill Simpson having succumbed to illness and another half dozen of the regular team away, Dragons knew this was going to be a tough encounter. The team were grateful to Shelly Seaman and Joanna Raymond for helping the team out, alongside amazing youngsters Esme Potter, Saskia Williams and Lucy Buxton all stepping up into the team and playing key roles.

It was UEA who started the brighter, with Dragons GK Issy Mumbray needing to be alert to smother a couple of early chances, but it was the home team who struck first from a smartly struck short corner routine. Dragons took a little while to get properly into their stride, understandable given the changes, but midway through the half scored the equaliser, Hannah Hardy and Lucy Buxton combining to square the ball to the incoming Jess Bennett to slot home. Not long after this, Dragons were reduced to 11 players, with Lucy Buxton twisting her knee and unable to play any further part.

Dragons had started to pass the ball better towards the end of the half, this continued in the second half, using the width better rather than trying to force the ball through the middle. Dragons second came from a fine individual run down the right by Saskia Williams, who beat a number of players, calmly driving into the D and firing a reverse stick strike under the out rushing GK. UEA continued to press however and the newly formed Dragons back four of Esme Potter, Stella Windsor-Waite, Shelly Seaman and Jess Bennett worked really hard as a unit and cut out most of the threats, however a short corner routine by the students, led to an equaliser.

Dragons didn’t let their heads drop and continued to press – Joanna Raymond working hard in the middle supported well by Debs Smith and Haz Green on either side of midfield. The third came following good work by Debs Smith, who found Jess Haw on the left, who worked hard to get into the D and fire the ball across the goal, where Haz Green had ghosted in at the far post to slot home. The fourth followed shortly after, Saskia Williams again making a fine run down the right, finding Hannah Hardy on the back line, who glanced the ball back towards Jess Haw who was clinical with her finish in front of goal.

A pleasing win given the changes the team had been forced into. Player of the Match was tight between Saskia Williams and Esme Potter, with Esme taking it for a fine, mature display and some strong tackles, but all round there were some excellent performances all across the pitch, with everyone giving their all for the team.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Norwich City 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Victoria Earley
MOM: The team!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s –  no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s – no fixture

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Beccles:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Gemma Ballard
MOM:  Floss Andrews

Dragon’s arrived at Hobart with lots on energy and keen on leaving with points.

Despite recent results not going their way, they have been playing progressively better hockey and have really started to come together as a team.

Winning the pushback Dragon’s started strong, however, were not prepared for the physicality of the game and soon found themselves 1-0 down after a lifted ball over the Dragons defence led to a break away goal.

Dragon’s continued to dominate possession, putting countless amounts of pressure on the Beccles keeper, however, she made save after save denying the 6s of an equaliser in the first half.

The half-time team talk focused around using the space of the pitch and showing tenacity in the final third. This paid off after a break-away led to a corker of a reverse stick goal by Gemma Ballard.

This gave the time a renewed sense of determination. They upped the pressure on Beccles through some great distribution to the forward line, earning Floss Andrews a well deserved player of the match after intercepting countless Beccles clearances and up-cycling them into great chances.

Unlucky not to clinch a winner, the 6s come away with a point. With 4 games left and the mission of climbing one more place the next 2 games will be crucial.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2

Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Pelicans 3s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Mia McGhee, Lois Metcalfe
MOM:  Emma Fielding

Ladies 7s saw a difference to the team sheet this week due to some of
the regular players being unavailable. However, this was not going to
stop the grit and determination as we  thrived for the game ahead of us
against Pelicans.

We started the game with the majority of possession of the ball, using
all members of the team to get it round the nippy Pelis players, with a
strong mid-field line of Maisie Dearmer, Briony Johnstone, Nat Crisp and
Brittany Hopkins we were able to work the ball around them and pass it
nicely to our forward line of Mia McGhee, Lois Metcalfe and Lara King
who worked together well. After having many shots at goal during the
first half, Mia scored the first goal of the match which came from a
lovely pass from Lara, which the goalie managed to get a touch on but
Mia got the rebound and scored making us 1 nil up. Pelis also had a few
shots at goal but our keeper Emma North was on form and was saving them.
However, shortly after we scored our goal Pelis were quick to fight
back, and managed to work the ball round us and our defensive line of Bethan
Greaves, Emma Fielding (Mouse) and Anna Chapman and got it past Emma
making it a 1-1 draw just before the half time whistle went.

After a quick team talk, some sweets and a drink of water Dragons were
ready for round 2. Like in the first half we had most possession but
even more so in the second half. Our second goal came very early in
the second half after another lovely cross from Lara which again
deflected off of the keeper as she dived to save the ball and Lois
managed to get a reverse stick on it with enough power to whack it home
scoring her first goal of the season! Throughout the second half Dragons
absorbed a lot of pressure from Pelis as they were trying to level with
or beat us. This meant they also began to show determination as they
were awarded 3 consecutive short corners and were really pushing and
hoping to level the score but were unsuccessful as our defensive line
and a few midfielders were able to put the pressure on and clear the
balls. After a bit more play Sophie James was getting stuck in and was
working tirelessly to tackle Pelis and win the ball back into our
possession in both the first and second half of the game. She was a
flexible player who started in defence in the first half and moved to
left mid in the second. Shortly after the full time whistle went and we
cheered and shook the hands of the young Pelis team.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Norwich City 7s:  0-2

MOM:  Esther Jacobs, Ari Miquel

Half-term availability had a big impact on the 8s squad, but with two new players, the return of Louise Bond, and Karen Davidson determined to play despite a nasty abductor injury, the Awesome 8s were their usual excited and positive selves looking forward to their re-scheduled match against their derby rivals.

But even before the match started, enthusiastic drilling took out Johanne Steward (black eye) and Shaniece Claxton (bloody nose). However, you can’t keep a Dragon down and both picked themselves up to play, particularly welcome for Shaniece who was giving herself a few minutes on the pitch after injuries before Christmas.

Dragons started well, finding each other with well-timed passes and holding their formation. But gradually City began to dominate and if it had not been for Esther Jacobs being in fine kicking and diving form, the visitors could have had more goals. The Dragons defence held firm, with Captain Jo Baker looking solid at centre back and getting the see-saw going. The defence improved the percentage of 16s and free hits they managed to get out wide and clear, with Jo, Jessica Lockwood and Rosie Tarleton working well together and protecting the centre castle.

Going in only one goal down, Dragons were still well in the game, but they did not keep their shape or pass as accurately in the second half. City created threats with some excellent crosses, Dragons contributing to their downfall by ‘fishing and missing’ with reverse stick tackles. So having learned to be strong through the middle, the 8s will work on their marking and tackling. Debutant Rosie impressed with her sweeping clear, and Ari Miquel, also making her first appearance, took top marks for her tackling, high energy runs and tenacity. Ari shared the POM with Esther with both of them the role models for never giving up. Some players did get stronger as the match wore on – Sadie Jacobs having so improved her ability to win the ball out on the left wing. Nic Harrison is almost back to her courageous best after long term injury (not hockey related!) and was finding her touch on the right wing, and the experienced Louise Bond combined well in the defensive unit.

Seems hard to award Karen Davidson DOD after she bravely stood up to some crushing tackles, and managed to distribute the ball beautifully.  But any player who wants to take a restart bully with THREE ‘ground sticks’ AND face the wrong direction is going to have to take some bantz. Some of the nicest touches came from Emma Young and Jo Steward, who know how to steal into good positions and send the ball away. Katie Davidson also created space in midfield and linked the play well.

This week, the 8s had far more of the attacking play and actually got a penalty corner which Bridget Le Good whistled past the post.

Jo Baker pronounced herself pleased with the individual work rate  and effort of all her players, but is looking for the squad to maintain energy and consistency throughout the match to get over the finishing line. The squad benefited from some high-energy coaching from Mike Hardy during the week and this was carried through into sideline management during the match, which all the players appreciated. Go Awesome 8s – the win is within reaching distance!

East League, Men’s 2N

Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Kettering 1s:  2-4

Goalscorers:  Olly Buck, Rupert Snelling
MOM:  Ed Gould

The men’s 1s threw away a 2-0 lead at half time to lose 4-2 away at Kettering. A couple of injuries essentially meant we played the majority second half with a player less and legs began to tire. An extremely disappointing result against a team in a similar position in the league.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v UEA 1s:  0-5

MOM: Peter Dickerson

M2s well beaten by a strong UEA 1s side. A poor spell of 4 goals conceded in the first half left a mountain to climb and unlike last week we couldn’t pull it back. Final score 5-0.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Lowestoft Railway 1s:  4-5

Goalscorers:  Mitch Smith x2, Jon Goodson, Piers Gordon-Brown
MOM:

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v IES 4s:  3-5

Goalscorers:  Tommy Chapman, Garnett Jones x2
MOM:  Isaac Diver-Hall, Charlie Creasey

Dragons travelled to Ipswich with a team or youth and experience. Starting brightly Dragons matched IES in the opening exchanges with Garnet Jones rolling back the years and slamming home a rocket past the IES keeper. This woke IES up and the game became more entertaining with Ipswich poaching the lead before half time to make it 2-1, despite Charlie Creasy excellent reverse stick shot clipping the post. Undeterred and Dragons up to a full complement with Tommy Chapman back on up front Dragons continued to threaten. Unfortunately, Dragons couldn’t get in front and IES pounced on two rare mistakes to the end score to 5-3. Garnet Jones continued to poach goals with a well taken finish as did Tommy Chapman from a good short corner variation. But despite tireless running and positive play from Will Plank , Will Mares and Isaac Diver-Hall Dragons failed to get another in the last 10 mins despite penning IES in their own half. Excellent play from the Dragons young guns still left us with a smile on our faces as did the nice teas and good company from IES (many thanks). Also hats off to the netball mum and the clubhouse steward who looked after our patient for the first half enabling us to play a full and competitive game. Man of the match very hard to split between Isaac Diver-Hall and Charlie Creasy who both had fantastic games.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norwich City 7s:  6-0

Goalscorers:  Andrew Cross x4, Adie Kemp x2
MOM:  Arjuna Puvanachandra

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s- no fixture 

DEVELOPMENT LEAGUES

Dev Boys A v Watton:  3-2

Goalscorers:  Ben Panter x2, Jake Reynolds
MOM:  Jake Reynolds

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 9th February 2019

 

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sBedford 2A7-0 (L)Mia Bartram
L2sN D 3H4-0 (W)Jess Bennett x2
Hannah Hardy
Kate McKenna
Mima Watson
L3sNDHC 2A4-0 (L)Kat Speirs
L4sN City 4H1-4 (L)Jemima WilliamsChloe Mikronis
L5sMagpies 5A2-2 (D)Anita Mancini
Gill Walker
Amy Forse
L6sCarrow 1H0-3 (L)Hatty Harrison-Mobbs
L7sLoddon 2H1-1 (D)Mia McGheeBriony Johnstone
L8sCarrow 2A5-0 (L)Anna Chapman
Karen Davidson
M1sBury 1H1-0 (W)Al BrowneDave Sloman
M2sMagpies 3H3-5 (L)Cley Hamilton
Ed Gould
Angus Blazer
Angus Blazer
M3sUEA 2A3-0 (L)
M4sNewmarket 2H4-0 (W)Isaac Diver Hall x2
Joel Lawrence x2
Alex Wolfe
M5sNDHC 6A0-6 (W)Will Bowman
Andrew Cross x2
Adie Kemp x2
Tommy Chapman
Will Bowman
M6sNDHC 5H0-6 (L)Casper Lind
BD ADerehamH3-2 (W)Lawry Williams
Vithu
Raul
Lawry Williams
BD BN CityA2-0 (L)Theo Demitriou
Oli Rudling
GDWattonA3-3 (D)Nellie Ong
Hattie Stuart
Mia Rutterford
Honey Wells

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Bedford 2s:  0-7

MOM:  Mia Bartram

Ladies 1s struggle on the road to a well-organised Bedford 2s side, losing 7-0. A difficult day but lots to learn and we’ll come back stronger next week. Pom Mia for some great tenacity and work.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s:  4-0

Goalscorer:  Jess Bennett x2, Hannah Hardy, Kate McKenna
MOM:  Mima Watson

The sun shone but the Storm Eric blew, the Dragons Ladies 2’s and 3’s prepared to meet at the Den for the 2nd of their League encounters. The 2’s welcomed Mima Watson and Gina Hunt into the team, as a prior engagements meant they were unable to travel away.

The game started fairly evenly, with the 2’s putting pressure on the 3’s midfield and defence, but unable to take their early chances with Kat Speirs in the 3’s goal, starting the game strongly. The 3’s always threatened on the break however the 2’s defence remained resolute. Midway through the half, Kate McKenna took at trademark reverse strike, which found its way into the goal via a deflection.

Whilst the 2’s had a lot of pressure, they didn’t make the most of their chances in the 1st half. The 2nd half saw the 3’s come out well and force a few short corners; one of which saw a goal mouth scramble needing Gina Hunt to make a couple of good saves, and also requiring Sarah Borrett to make a an excellent save on the line, to avoid an equaliser.

From this point the 2’s started passing the ball better, with more patience as a team. They started to use Mima Watson’s pace as an outlet out on the right, with the youngster making some great driving runs into the D. From one such run, Watson found Jessica Haw on the edge of the D, she fired a ball across which made its way to Hannah Hardy on the back post, to volley in at the back post – a good team goal. From here, confidence grew and the team played with more composure – a broken down short corner saw a shot from Harriett Green saved, only for Jess Bennett to pounce and fire home for a 3rd. The final goal, again from Jess Bennett, was following good work on the left, she drove into the D and smashed home into the corner.

Some good hockey from both teams, Mima Watson deservedly Player of the Match for the 2’s, whilst equally as deservedly, Kat Speirs was unanimously Player of the Match for the 3’s for a fine display in their goal.

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s:  0-4

MOM:  Kat Speirs

Ladies 3’s lost to dragons ladies 2’s, 4-0. Played in good spirit, 3rd team made the 2’s work hard for their points. POM goes to Katrina Speirs for some excellent saves!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Norwich City 4s:  1-4

Goalscorers:  Jemima Williams
MOM:  Chloe Mikronis

Ladies 4’s lost to local rivals City 4’s 4-1. Stunningly smooth goal by Jemima Williams. Well deserved POM to Birthday girl Chloe Mikronis!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Magpies 5s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Anita Mancini, Gill Walker
MOM:   Amy Forse

On a beautiful crisp, chilled and exceptionally windy morning, Dragons Ladies 5s came up against the youthful HarlestonMagpies 5s. The last encounter ended with Magpies victorious over the Dragons. Would history be repeated, or could Dragons extend their 7 games undefeated run to 8?We knewthis time we would be up against it, with numerous injuries and illness amongst us all from last week – too numerous to say and would take up half the match report! Dragons welcomed the youthful Amelia Keitley-Webb coming up for the 6s to help strengthen a depleted forward line… andwhat a great job she did.

In the warmth of the changing rooms, inspiring Captain Hannah Edwards began pre-match prep with a master plan for both offensive and defensive moves and a reminder of the qualities and skills that have seen us hot on the heels of the leader board all season.

The game began as expected with both teams fighting hard for every ball. Dragons moved the ball around confidently for the first half, distributing the ball across the whole of the pitch from Neet, Beth, Katherine, Gillie and Mel keeping the pressure on the Magpies’ midfield and defence. Lovely assertive attack from Hannah E and Jen Buskell throughout, playing some precision passing to the forward line of Gemma B, Sue C and Amelia. Shots at goal from Sue C and Amelia were very well saved from a very quick reacting goalie who early on looked to be the Dragons nemesis, after saving two well directed high balls from Gemma B and Amelia. The game was fast and furious for pace and skill with the Magpies showing why they too are title contenders with some beautiful one-touch ball distribution as well as individual slick stick skills. Finally, the deadlock was broken after Amelia KW broke down the right with the ball and after managing to outmanoeuvre two Magpies defenders, crossed the ball into the D, picked up by Neet “dodgy hamstring” Mancini who slotted the ball home underneath the sprawling goalie – 1:0 to the away team. With the game finely balanced between the two teams and great play by both sides, Magpies’ unrelenting drive forward saw them level the score after some very dogmatic and defiant defending from our back four. Eventually…somehow after a Magpies short corner, the ball pinging off between players like a pin ball machine – eventually hit the Dragons back board – 1:1. An encouraging half time pep talk by Han E and light refreshments of Jen’s oranges and mega jelly beans, the Dragons began the second half – tired but determined to give it their all.

Second half the game continued to be hard fought and fast and remained that way for a while. Magpies took advantage of the break and a short corner deflection off Jen to take the lead to 2:1. But not giving up, the hard grafting of the Dragons and some great play up the pitch by Beth Elgood and Mel Widdows fighting for every ball and working back to support the defence when the youthful legs of the Magpies front line broke through… After many a brave tackle by Brooksy, Han and Emily it was a tough break to find Magpies awarded a penalty flick after a strike at goal was a stopped by an accidental defensive foot (a fair but gutting decision for the team). To be 3:1 down could have sealed Magpies win and left the Dragons team facing an uphill battle to get back into the game. Goalkeeper Amy made a great save to her right to deny the Magpies a goal.

Inspired and with all cylinders firing, Dragons pushed forward with renewed energy but again were stopped hard in their tracks when Sue C collided with a Magpies defender, knocking the wind out of her and having to come off with an injury. With a change of forward line, Gillie W took on the role of forward and Jen came up from defence to be a second top D… with a few minutes to go after a ball from midfield saw Jen take the ball towards the Magpies’ defence; she shot but it was saved by the goalie, only to fall to Gillie who with calm and precision struck that ball home…GOAL!!!!!! The majority of the team were confused for Jen to be playing so high, but with her instrumental work in preparing the second goal, Han declared “that’s why!” much to everyone’s realisation.

2:2 at the final whistle: An amazing game between two finely balanced teams. Magpies can very very proud of how they played today. Great umpiring really made the game enjoyable and fair with both teams playing in good spirits.

Finally in the words of Han E a very proud captain …”smashing game today ladies, should all be thoroughly proud..I am chuffed.” Man of the Match to Amy for her exceptional keeping of the goal, in spite of her deflection-loving-defence and for excellent reading of the penalty flick taker.

Thanks to our great supporters: little Nell and Edith (with Dad, George) and Amelia’s Great Aunt –

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Carrow 1s:  0-3

MOM:  Hatty Harrison-Mobbs

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Loddon 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Mia McGhee
MOM:  Briony Johnstone

Dragons started the match in good spirits, hoping to gain some much-needed points and were content with the draw. Loddon fought hard and the game was pretty evenly matched with plenty of end-to-end play. Dragons went 1:0 up halfway through the first half when some great linking play saw them break away from Loddon, allowing Mia McGhee to slot the ball past the keeper. Loddon kept up the pressure and equalized in the second half. 

Due to availability issues, Dragons had a different line-up, with some new faces making up the squad. Making her debut in the 7s, Emma Fielding had a great game, settling in and playing well with the other defenders of Jessie Young, Lizzie Costello and Issy Gale. Briony Johnstone had another stonking game, proving how invaluable she is at bottom of the diamond and deservedly earning POM. Lara King was welcomed back after illness and put in lots of great tackles at top of the diamond, confounding Loddon’s attempts through the middle. Paige Fisher and Brittany Hopkins worked hard on the wings, getting the ball up to the waiting forwards of Mia, Katy Cole, Katie Davidson and Claire Fairhurst. Keeper Emma North was kept busy and made several amazing saves, stopping Loddon from scoring. She was only defeated by a short corner when Loddon slotted in a neat, strong strike.

Although it wasn’t the win that Dragons are craving, it was a good result from a new formation, showing that regular attendance at training makes all the difference! Onwards and upwards, the next win is surely within grasp!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Carrow 2s:  0-5

Dragons 8s played with much more commitment this week against a very strong Carrow team with a Carrow Teamsheet showing at least 5 players doubling up.
Dragon’s defence battled hard but the final score was 5-0 to Carrow.
In defence Eva Muiruri, Jo Baker, Anna Chapman and Jess Lockwood played solidly to support Emma North in goal. With no sweeper this week a more attacking line up was tried having Karen Davidson , Sarah Lucas, Lois Metcalfe, Sadie Jacobs, Nic Harrison and Fern Daly rotating for each other in the mid using a diamond formation. Emma young, Bridget Le Good and Johanne Steward played up front but unfortunately the Carrow defence was not letting them play in to the D.
Emma North was occasionally left on her own to defend against a couple of their fast paced players making great one on one saves.
Dragons had a good amount of possession but just couldn’t break through. Good passing and control was made in the mid field but at times dragons were bunched together making pressing up the field difficult.
First half score line was 2-0 and looked like the visitors could come back in the second half but Carrow had some unstoppable short corners and players on the post to capitalise scoring opportunities gave them 3 quick goals in the later part of the second half.
Man of the match was split between Karen and Anna with a total of 7 nominations.
Well played and battled till the end. Plenty to find positive in and also to develop in training for next weeks game.

 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Bury St Edmunds 1s:  1-0

Goalscorer:  Al Browne
MOM:  Dave Sloman

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Magpies 3s:  3-5

Goalscorers:  Cley Hamilton, Eddie Gould, Angus Blazer
MOM: Angus Blazer

Another goal fest game for the neutral by the Mens 2s. Unfortunately we didn’t start well, going in 3-0 down at half time. After having a good word with ourselves at the break, we let another goal in before then stepping it up and pulling the game back to 3-4. Chasing a 4th, unfortunately we let in a 5th, losing 3-5. Another good game for the youth of the club. Goals by Ed Gould, Angus Blazer, and a penalty flick from Cley Hamilton. MoM votes went to just about everyone in the team, with Angus Blazer winning a 3 way tie on 2 votes by rock-paper-scissors. Sol Blazer just avoids DoD by turning up, unlike Chris Simmonds having the weekend off and hence being awarded it. Thanks to all those watching and supporting!

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v UEA 2s:  0-3

MOM:

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Newmarket 2s:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Isaac Diver-Hall x2, Joel Lawrence x2
MOM:  Alex Wolfe

This was a big game for two teams who haven’t had much luck this season with results. But as the game started neither team was put off playing some nice hockey. Newmarket started well with structures approach play meaning Alex Wolfe was called into play a few times to keep things level. Always dangerous on the counter attack Dragons got the goal they wanted before half time mainly thanks to the pace and work of Jones , Gale and Diver-Hall. As the second half started Dragons broke away for another goal to make things more comfortable with Newmarket always threatening. Dragons managed to close out the game with two more goal despite Newmarket puling one back mainly thanks to man of the match Alex Wolfe in goal. Overall well played Newmarket for a good open game and to the Dragons goal scorers with Joel Lawrence denied by the post for his hattrick and Isaac Diver- Hall  also threatening his first hat trick but settling for a brace.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s:  6-0

Goalscorers:  Will Bowman, Andrew Cross x2, Adi Kemp x2, Tommy Chapman

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s:  0-6

MOM:  Casper Lind

Men’s 6 lose 6-0 to Men’s 5. Some good play and much better than when we last met. MOM to Casper Lind. Congrats to the 5’s being champions

Development Leagues

Dev Boys A v Dereham :   3-2

Goalscorers:  Lawry Williams, Vithu Baskaran, Raul Wigglesworth
MOM:  Lawry Williams

The game had a cold and windy start but that did not stop the teams from playing to their best. The first half was very even and very end to end. The first goal in the game was scored by Vithu Baskaran. It was ‘luck’ as some people would say but Dragons knew that it was Vithu’s pure skill. He had whipped it in to the goal from the base line, it was truly spectacular and a big surprise. The first half ended a fair 1:1.

The next half again started off very even once again. There were many chances and Dragons were the first to put one away. There was a barrage of attacks on Dereham, which were very well defended, and multiple crosses. Eventually a ball arrived at the stick of Raul Wigglesworth who, with great composure, put it away. In response to this Dereham came fighting back and eventually scoring another leaving it 2:2. It was nearing the end of the game and both teams were looking for a goal to take the lead. In the last minute Dragons were awarded a short corner after an attack. Lawry Williams was the injector and Edward Cross was receiving it. When it reached Edward he took a shot and was saved by the keeper. The ball then came flying to Lawry who made a good stop and then an amazing shot. The ball shot in to the bottom right hand corner and the team celebrated. Dereham went back to the centre spot looking to get a goal in the last 30 seconds. They went straight on the attack but was defended and cleared by dragons. The whistle then blew and the Dragons team celebrated with a 3:2 win.

After the game man of the match was awarded to Lawry but closely followed by others with him winning only by 1 vote.

Dev Boys B v Norwich City :  0-2

MOM:  Theo Demitriou, Oli Rudling

The teams were eager to get cracking on this very cold and dimly lit day.  They were evenly matched, with both Dragons and City quick to get shots at goal, defended well by both Dragons and City GKs.

City kept on the pressure and were awarded by a series of short corners, Dragons went on the defensive and with some great saves by GK Adam Jones kept a clean sheet in Q1.

Dragons then went on the attack with George Wilson and Monty Patel passing well to get Dragons in to shooting distance, but City intercepted and quickly went on the counter attack and awarded another short corner!  Well defended again by Dragons, with some great tackling by Oli Rudling , Theo Demetriou and the boys to keep the score 0-0 in Q2.

Dragons started strong in Q3, Jake Reynolds managed to dribble the ball through City’s players and between him and Monty Patel looked like they could score, but to no avail.

More suspense with short corners for both Dragons and City and after what felt like the 10th short corner City scored to put them in the lead.

In the final quarter Dragons started well and were tantalisingly close to scoring, first with the ball going just wide of the goal and then just off the goal line.  Dragons were awarded with a couple of short corners but unable to take advantage.  Pressure was mounting by Dragons and we felt a goal was coming, but City defended well.  In the final flurry Monty looked like he was going to score but City’s keeper made a cracking save, which then allowed City to dash up the pitch and were awarded with a final goal in the last minute, resulting in a 2 – 0 win to City.

It’s fair to say the final score did not really reflect the overall game, the play was evenly matched throughout with good attacking and defensive play by both teams and an abundance of short corners which kept us spectators on edge to the final whistle!

Dev Girls v Watton:  3-3

Goalscorers:  Nellie Ong, Hattie Stuart, Mia Rutherford
MOM:  Honey Wells

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 2nd February 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sIpswich 2H2-1 (W)Lucy Morton
Kiera Goymour
Kiera Goymour
L2sYarmouth 1A2-1 (L)Debs SmithSarah Borrett
Haz Green
Hannah Hardy
L3sBury 1H1-5 (L)Lucy BuxtonVictoria Earley
L4sEvergeeens 1A4-3 (L)Lilli Ballard x2
Niamh Somers
Lilli Ballard
L5sLow Ladies 2H3-0 (W)Hannah Edwards
Anita Mancini
Sue Cross
Hannah Edwards
L6sMagpies 5A6-0 (L)Emily Grint
L7sPelicans 3AP-P
L8sPelicans 4H0-4Anna Chapman
Sophie James
Katie Davidson
M1sN City 3AP-P
M2sIES 3A7-4(L)Alex Brooks
Angus Blazer
Al Browne x2
Louie Barber
M3sNth Norfolk 1H2-4 (L)Tom Vaughan x2Stuart Kelly
M4sIpswich 3A3-0 (L)Harry Brown
M5sUEA 4H2-0 (W)Dan Ryan x2Tommy Gale
M6sDereham 4AP-P
BD ADragons BH4-2 (W)Sam Leeming
Felix Bartram
Ed Cross
Gabe Overton
BD BDragons AA4-2 (L)Ben Panter
Will Panter
GDPelicansH11-1 (W)Mia Rutterford x5
Hattie Stuart x3
Hattie Courtier x3
Mia Rutterford

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Ipswich 2s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Lucy Morton, Kiera Goymore
MOM:  Kiera Goymour

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Yarmouth:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Debs Smith
MOM:  Sarah Borrett, Haz Green, Hannah Hardy

The game survived the inclement weather by the coast and the pitch was playable. Dragons had a reduced squad through illness and were also missing influential midfielder Gail Thomas, who was jetting off to somewhat warmer climes.

After a short warm up, Yarmouth started the game the brighter of the two teams, content to sit deep, protect the middle and break effectively on the counter attack. Whilst Dragons had possession, they really weren’t on their game. A break midway through the half saw the home team take the lead through strong attacking breakaway play.

Dragons thought they had equalised following a strong pass from Donna Vaughan which was deflected into the path of Jess Bennett who released the ball and collided with the GK at the same time, the ball was slotted home by Kate McKenna, but the collision with the GK was deemed to be a foul. Dragons kept attacking but across the team things just weren’t quite gelling.

The second half saw a similar pattern emerge with Dragons trying to force play down the centre, which was being well dealt with by the Yarmouth defence. A rare attack, using the width of the pitch, saw a ball fired in from wide and after a bit of pinball with the Keeper, Jess Haw fired goalwards, and the ball sneaked in via the faintest of deflections from Debs Smith.

Yarmouth continued to counter attack, and went back ahead through another fine individual effort. Whilst Dragons forced some saves from the Yarmouth Keeper, this just wasn’t their day and to a player, they didn’t play well enough either individually or as a team. Dragons MoM was split by Sarah Borrett, Harriet Green and Hannah Hardy.

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Ladies 3s v Bury 1s:  1-5

Goalscorers:  Lucy Buxton
MOM:  Victoria Earley

On a cold but sunny Saturday afternoon Norwich Dragons Ladies 3rd team played Bury St Edmunds 1st team at the den. Bury St Edmunds began applying attacking pressure right from the first whistle, switching the ball confidently and efficiently. Despite the good communication and determination amongst the Dragons players Bury managed to score two goals early on.

Dragons continued to battle hard for each other as team and began to create some attacking chances down the wings to ease the pressure on the defence, however it was Bury who managed to score a third goal to finish the first half 3- 0 to Bury.

Dragons stuck to their game plan and the second half saw attacking play from both teams and a much more even game. Bury managed to score a fourth, but Dragons had short corner and penalty flick opportunities missed before Lucy Buxton scored from close range to give the home team a much-deserved goal.

Bury managed to score one last goal from a very deep run along the base line to give a final score of 5-1 to Bury. A great team effort from all the players and player of the match was Vicky Earley.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Evergreens 1:  3-4

Goalscorers:  Lilli Ballard, Niamh Somers
MOM:  Lilli Ballard

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Lowestoft Ladies 2s:  3-0

Goalscorers:  Anita Mancini, Hannah Edwards, Sue Cross
MOM:   Hannah Edwards

Considering that City and Dereham had cancelled all their home fixtures, we were pleased to get another win under our belts. We had won our last 6 fixtures and were getting excited. On paper we were the stronger team … which always makes it difficult.

Due to holidays, sickness and a rather nasty broken hand we only had one sub. The subs bench
looked more like a nursing station when after 5 minutes Anita Mancini proved that she can do the splits in the strangest of positions – The curse of tripping over our own feet had obviously been passed on. I don’t want to think where the ice pack was put.

However, not long after that we took the lead from a short. Gem Ballard fed the ball out, Sue Cross stopped it and took a shot.  It hit the keeper on the pads and wafted over the keepers head. Captain Marvel (Hannah Edwards) then appeared with a Murray like serving action to smash the overhead ball into the goal. No one was going to try and stop that one. 1 – 0 Hannah.

The second goal was less controversial; the ball was fed into the D. The keeper came out sliding, and Crossy dribbled round the by that time stationary keeper to push the ball home.
Anita scored the third, although Gem was lurking at the post. A nice simple goal, but well executed.

Take the ball into the D and then hit it as hard as you can.
Poor old Emily Smith who had been playing really well, took a ball to the face, and then had to replace Louise Brooks who took a ball to the elbow. We seem to be raised ball magnets at the minute.

Lowestoft were a lovely team to play against. They had a couple of really strong skilful players, but Hockey is a team sport so Dragons benefited from Lowestoft being unable to stop their own crosses. Steph Samson and Jen Buskell played really well at the back, picking their times to nick the ball. A masterclass in defending.

Hannah, Gem and Sue all demonstrated why tall people should have the ball out in front of them and not between their feet. However they moved well off the ball, picking up balls down the line from Mel Widdows and Charlotte Dowson, and winning lots of short corners.

Mel, Charlotte and Gill Walker were well disciplined, kept their positions and worked their socks off.  Dragons seemed to move the ball around well, Hannah making some lovely runs down the right  wing. That girl really can play in every position!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Magpies 5s:  0-6

MOM:  Emily Grint

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Pelicans 3s:  P-P

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Pelicans 4s:  0-4

MOM:  Anna Chapman, Sophie James and Katie Davidson.

Player of the match had 9 nominations very evenly spread, 3 tied for the top.

The awesome eights had a tough match against Pelicans 4s loosing 0:4
Captain Jo managed to get a great team together despite difficulties.
Dragons started well but then unfortunately let two goals near the start of the first half due
to confusion, thinking penalty corners had been called. It is a reminder to keep playing until
you are really sure the whistle has blown and play has stopped.

Still there was some great play, defenders Anna Chapman, Eva and Jo Baker clearing the ball wide and Karen Davidson was brilliant in goal. Becca James, Sophie James, Sadie Jacobs, Emma Fielding (Mouse), Ellie O’Kane and Katie Cole as mids keeping up with the fast Pelicans and marking close most of the time. Forwards Emma Young, Johanne Steward and
Bridget Le Good  played well getting the ball in the D a few times.

Unfortunately, Becca injured her ankle at the end of the first half so was off for the second
half but by that time we had been joined by Katy C who was full of energy and played a
great half as a centre mid. The two goals in the second half were more deserved but the 8s
still continued to fight to the end and are looking forward to practice next week and their
next match.

 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Norwich City 3s:  P-P

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v IES 3s:  4-7

Goalscorers:  Alex Brooks, Angus Blazer, Al Browne x2
MOM: Louie Barber

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v North Norfolk 1s:  2-4

Goalscorer:  Tom Vaughan
MOM:  Stuart Kelly

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Ipswich 3s:  0-3

MOM:  Harry Brown

Norwich Dragons set off to Ipswich with a straight 11 ready to play. Ipswich started strongly with a very experienced side and a splash of magic upfront. Dragons played well with tireless running from Rich Phillis , Harry Brown and Tom Helfer in midfield cutting most midfield threats out. Unfortunately despite great defending from Will Bloom, Pete Davison , Lloyd Wade and Will Mares the individual skill of Ipswich’s centre forward made the difference in the first half. At 2 nil down Dragons where undeterred and a great attitude and effort continued into the second half led by the (no not bobbled hatted) experience of Keating and Price upfront. Whilst Dragons got into the Ipswich circle a number of times they where once again undone by some fine skill breaking the excellent defence. So it ended 3 nil but huge thanks to those who played and Ipswich as well for the extra beans with great banter while we played. Man of the match ended up with Harry Brown but Will Mares wasn’t fair behind on his 4th team debut. Nearly forgot Chris Millar with more fine saves kept the score line tidy.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v UEA 4s:  2-0

Goalscorers:  Dan Ryan x2
MOM:  Tommy Gale

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Dereham 4s:  P-P

 

Development League

Dev Boys A v Dev Boys B:  4-2

Goalscorers:  Whites: Sam Leeming, Felix Bartram, Ed Cross,  Gabe Overton
Reds:  Will Panter, Ben Panter

The match started great, with players from both side making coordinated passes and moving to create space. Within a few minutes, some simple passing and a lovely cross gave the white team a brilliant first goal scored by Sam Leeming. Even though the reds were now feeling a bit down, they managed to push through and (using some amazing team work and great passes) score a good goal by Will Panter. This goal was quickly followed by another, in which Ben Panter skilfully dribbled the ball through the white’s defences and pushed it into the goal. However, the white’s weren’t pleased with the score so far and started to fight back stronger than ever, this luckily earned them a second and third goal, scored by Felix Bartram and Ed Cross.

The game was pretty even from then on, each team was fighting hard and getting the ball into the other side’s D and coming very close to scoring, but eventually, in the last few minutes of the match, Gabe Overton scored the final goal that settled the match.

Then sadly then final whistle blew to signal the end a a fantastic game. Well done to everyone who played!

Match Report by Will Sexton

Dev Girls v Pelicans:  11-1

Goalscorers: Mia Rutterford x5, Hattie Stuart x3, Lucy Courtier x3
MOM:  Mia Rutterford

This morning we had a 10:30 pushback against Pelicans dev girls. We started off the match with an extremely strong side, with many attackers striking at goal. By the end of the first half we were already 4-0 up.

We carried on with most of the possession and the final result was 11-1, with 5 goals from Mia Rutterford, 3 goals from Hattie Stuart and 3 from Lucy Courtier. Defence was strong throughout the match and lovely balls were passed into the D by mid fielders. Player of the match was Mia Rutterford but well done for an excellent match girls!

Thank you to Maddie Reynolds and Esme Potter for umpiring and Spike for coaching.
Match report written by Honey Wells

 
 
 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 26th January 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sCam Uni 1A7-0 (L)Gina Hunt
Shelly Seaman
Olivia Thomas
L2sWatton 1H3-2 (W)Katie McKenna x2
Hannah Hardy
Katie McKenna
L3sChristchurch 1H2-3 (L)Beth Prakesh
Ally Windsor-Waite
Beth Prakesh
L4sDereham 3H5-0 (W)
L5sBecclesA0-4 (W)Gemma Ballard
Amy Forse
Anita Mancini
Sue Cross
Katherine Hardwick
L6sLow Ladies 2H3-2 (W)Kelly Mills
Amy Beadman
Hannah Woods
Hannah Woods
L7sDereham 4H1-2 (L)Adelice KraemerNat Crisp
L8sNo Fixture
M1sCam South 1H5-4 (W)Matt Knights x3
Sam Avery
Alex Browne
Matt Knights
M2sSudbury 2H5-0 (W)Alex Brooks
Andrew Saunders
Rupert Snelling
Cley Hamilton
Rob Wagstaff
Cley Hamilton
M3sBury 2A0-0 (D)James King
M4sWatton 1H1-4 (L)Phil York-SmithDan Murphy
M5sWatton 2A1-3 (W)Andrew Cross
Josh Bingham
Peter Davison
Will Bloom
M6sPelicans 4H0-0 (D)Stephen Holland
BD ANo Fixture
BD BNo Fixture
GDYarmouthH5-0 (CW)Hattie Stuart
Lucy Courtier
Nellie Ong

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge University:  0-7

MOM:  Gina Hunt, Shelly Seaman, Olivia Thomas

The ladies 1s were dealt a hockey masterclass on the road by Cambridge University 1s.
The opening moments of the game set the tone for how things would progress, with the
students having the lion’s share of possession and moving the ball quickly around their
whole team, from the defence through to the forward line. Stretching the game both
high and wide, the university began to find holes in the Dragons’ defence and created a
number of opportunities. Despite absorbing a significant amount of pressure in the first
10 minutes, the hosts capitalised on their excellent passages of play, taking a
controversial long corner quickly and placing the ball hard and fast to the back right post,
for the incoming striker to deflect into the net for a textbook goal.

The rest of the half saw much of the same, with the students placing the visitors under a
lot of pressure, and winning several short corners. They managed to convert two of these
with some very slick routines to put them 3-0 up at half time. The Dragons came out
harder in the second half, and managed to create a few chances going forwards.
However, the Cambridge defence were strong and mopped up our attacks with relative
ease. Again and again, the students were patient, playing the ball around their team,
stretching the game, and then capitalising on the gaps that were emerging through the
middle and down the sides of the pitch. They extended their lead to 4 with a drive along
the base line, and despite tackles from both Holly Setchell and Sarah Jenkins, the ball was
slipped to the opposite post and tapped in by the waiting striker. The final three goals
came from another three textbook short corner routines leaving the final score 7-0. The

Dragons were outplayed by a classy team this week, and while a humbling experience, it
has given us a lot to aspire to and to think about as we move forward. Player of the
match was split between Shelly Seaman, Gina Hunt and Liv Thomas, with a number of
other votes being spread around the team.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Watton 1s:  3-2

Goalscorers:  Kate McKenna x 2,  Hannah Hardy,
MOM:  Kate McKenna

Dragons faced 2nd placed Watton in what was likely to be a close encounter at the Den. The home team was once again largely unchanged, Stella Windsor-Waite who moved up from the 3’s the week before, rightly retained her place. Unfortunately, illness meant Dragons were down to 12 being denied the services of the talented Liv Leary, becoming unavailable late on Friday.

The game started brightly for the home team, with the ball being moved around well, the midfield of Gail Thomas, Annabelle Phoenix, Sam Franklin and Harriet Green battling extremely hard and distributing the ball well. Watton looked a threat in attack, but Issi Mumbray was strong in the Dragons goal, making some fine early clearances.

The break through came mid way through the half, Jessica Bennett, finding Hannah Hardy in the D, who turned in front of the outrushing GK and was able to slot the ball under her, to find Kate McKenna, who had found a great position to slot home. Dragons continued to be a threat, and before the break scored a second, with Donna Vaughan finding Kate McKenna with a firm ball, McKenna found a deft touch, deflecting the ball into the path of Hannah Hardy who swept home.

Despite the lead, Watton threatened the Dragons goal on many occasions but the defence was strong – Sarah Borrett her usual composed self, Karen O’Neill Simpson and Stella Windsor-Waite are already forming a good understanding, whilst Donna Vaughan was her usual dominant self in front of the back three. Watton forced short corners and had various routines, but Keeper Issi Mumbray was commanding kicking and clearing strongly.

 

After the break, as anticipated Watton came out firing and Dragons knew they were going to be in a battle. The deficit was reduced to one, with a Watton goal from a short corner directly from their left slip. This served to fire up the visitors and Dragons perhaps dropped a little deep, inviting the pressure. Again the whole team defended for their worth, putting their bodies on the line, none more so than Jess Bennett, who made an excellent run from deep, driving into the Watton D towards the outrushing GK; as she released her shot, the two collided, with Bennett taking the full impact. Fortunately she recovered to continue play and was instrumental in Dragons 3rd goal, forcing the ball down the left to Hannah Hardy who had come out to a wide position, turning the defender, Hardy spotted Kate McKenna who had once again found an excellent position in the D. Calmly McKenna drew the keeper, took it onto her reverse and slotted home for her second and Dragons third.

Watton were not done and piled on the pressure, pulling back another goal with around 10 minutes remaining. Both teams gave everything in this full blooded battle between 2nd and 3rd, and with Watton continuing to pile on the pressure, the final whistle went. A good contest against a strong attacking opposition; both teams headed for the warmth of Goals, for their well deserved hot cheesy pizzas.

Dragons Player of the Match went to Kate McKenna, not only for her 2 goals, but for her extremely high work rate, great positioning and all round confident play; special mention should also go to Issi Mumbray, who was dominant in goal for the home team.

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Ladies 3s v Christchurch 1s:  2-3

Goalscorers:  Ally Windsor Waite, Beth Prakash
MOM:  Esme Potter, Beth Prakash

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3 rd team played Christchurch Ladies 1st team at the Den and following a heavy defeat in the previous encounter were keen to put in a good performance. Dragons started promisingly, creating some good play all over the pitch and were soon awarded with a goal by debutant Beth Pakrash.

Christchurch continued to look for long hits across and through the field to their forwards who were dangerous in attack, which resulted in two goals in the first half making the score 2 1 to the visitors at half time.

Dragons began the second half determined to gain something from the game, creating some good runs down both wings and winning a few short corners, but the game remained evenly balanced with both teams having opportunities to score.

Dragons managed to level the score with 15 minutes of the match remaining from a short corner strike from Ally Windsor Waite. However, Christchurch managed to clinch all the points in the final ten minutes also from a short corner strike. Player of the match was shared between Beth Pakrash and Esme Potter.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Dereham 3s:  5-0

Goalscorers:  Victoria Earley, Lilli Ballard, Niamh Somers x3
MOM:  Fiona Fletcher

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Beccles:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Anita Mancini, Gemma Ballard, Amy Forse, Sue Cross
MOM:   Katherine Hardwick

In recent tradition, ladies 5s have written their match report from expert note-taking on the bench. This week, we open with “Anita was late”. Which she was. Leaving Jane to fend for herself in the car park, nearly half the squad squashed into Amy’s car, the team congregated at Beccles. The team talk on the pitch involved lots of whiteboard action, followed by a pumped warm-up to Taylor Swift.

After shaking everything off, Dragons started strongly with early pressure on the Beccles defence with Anita Mancini pushing a great ball to Gem Ballard; sadly stopped by a diving save from the keeper. Gem then got swiped!

A pass from Amy Forse to Sue Cross was intercepted with a foot, winning the Dragons a short corner. This resulted in yet another short, Gem injecting to Amy who performs the famous “5” manoeuvre whereby a scuffle ensued, Beccles keeper going to ground (the whereabouts of the ball could still be seen we are told) and Beccles win a free hit.

Dragons press hard around the big-hitting captain, Anita uses her foot to nicely block said hit but receives a bruise and Beccles win another ball.

Beth Elgood makes streaking progress up the right wing, crossing the ball width-ways to Mel Widdows and at some point Anita scores – 1-0 to Dragons. More action in the D sees Amy passing through to Jane Wells who’s shot was saved.

The Dragons heeded the instructions of captain Hannah Edwards to pass in triangles, the old faithful back-and-round and continue to press onwards. This worked beautifully, with possession dominated by the Dragons who were continuously looking for scoring opportunities.

Despite an injury, Jane valiantly continued into the second half (unknowingly at the time that a bone was broken, and now donning the nickname Bone Crusher). Fuelled by oranges, wine gums and squidgeletts, Dragons went straight out with a roar. Sue Cross scores, as does Gem Ballard and Amy Forse.

Georgia Butterworth defending very smartly, covering players and communicating well when Beccles made a break and working the ball back up the pitch to Charlotte Dowson. Katherine Hardwick covered the bottom of the diamond and kept the momentum high and attacking.

Hannah Edwards spent much of the second half in conversation the Dragons keeper Mia Somers, having a chat about not being afraid to kick the ball away really, really hard. Mia did this with great vigour. Fitbit statistics say that Hannah didn’t run very much at all.

Sadly, note taking desists from Crossy’s goal. Final score is 4-0, with MoM votes split between 7 players with Katherine Hardwick being the winner.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Lowestoft Ladies:  3-2

Goalscorers:  Hannah Woods, Kelly Mills, Amy Beadman
MOM:  Hannah Woods

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Dereham 4s:  1-2

Goalscorers:  Adelice Kraemer

MOM: Natalie Crisp

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s – no fixture

 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Cambridge South 1s:  5-4

Goalscorers:  Sam Avery, Matt Knights x3, Alex Browne
MOM:  Matt Knights

The men’s 1s bounced back in perfect fashion this week, beating league topping Cambridge South 5-4 in an exciting game for the neutral!

Dragons put in easily their most dominate performance of the season, moving the ball with pace and purpose and quickly found themselves two goals to the good courtesy from Matt Knights. The second in particular was a screamer, as he converted a waist high cross with a connection that Joe Root would have been proud of. Dragons conceded to make it 2-1, but Matt Knights then competed his hat trick. Again Cambridge responded before Sam Avery popped up to put Dragons two goals ahead. The score was 4-2 going into half time.

Cambridge scored another goal almost immediately after the restart to drag them back to within one goal. A signature Alex Browne short corner rocket made it 5-3. The rest of the second half was even until, with minutes left on the clock, Cambridge converted a flick to make it 5-4 and had a short corner awarded as the final whistle went, which was valiantly kept out by the Dragons defence.

A cracking team performance and sets a benchmark for future performances, starting with the City derby next week!

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Sudbury 2s:  5-0

Goalscorers:  Rob Wagstaff, Alex Brooks, Andy Saunders, Cley Hamilton, Rupert Snelling
MOM:  Cley Hamilton

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Bury St Edmunds 2s:  0-0

MOM:  James King

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Watton 1s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Phil York-Smith
MOM:  Dan Murphy

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Watton 2s:  3-1

Goalscorer:  Peter Davison, Josh Bingham, Andrew Cross
MOM:  Will Bloom

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Pelicans 4s:  0-0

MOM:  Stephen Holland

Development Leagues

 
Norwich Dragons Development Girls v Yarmouth:  2-2 (Yarmouth had conceded the fixture in advance of the game)
Goalscorers:  Lucy Courtier, Hattie Stuart
MOM:  Nellie Ong
 
 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 19th January 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sSt Neots 1HP-P
L2sFelixstowe 1A0-7 (W)Donna Vaughan
Gail Thomas
Jess Bennett
Hannah Hardy x2
Kate McKenna
Stella Windsor Waite
Stella Windsor Waite
L3sMagpies 3HP-P
L4sBroadland 1A3-0 (L)
L5sWatton 2H4-1 (W)Gemma Ballard
Mel Widdows
Gill Walker
Amy Forse
Mia Somers
Anita Mancini
Amy Forse
L6sBecclesAP-P
L7sN City 6A0-2 (W)Lara King
Mia McGhee
Bethan Greaves
L8sN City 7HP-P
M1sBourne Deeping 2A1-0 (L)
M2sIpswich 2A6-3 (L)Andy Saunders x2
Jordan Hambling
Angus Blazer
M3sNewmarket 1H2-2 (D)Nick Turner
Jon Goodson
M4sFelixstowe 2A2-0 (L)Lloyd Wade
M5sNflk Nomads 1H1-0 (W)Will BowmanWill Bowman
M6sNflk Nomads 2A1-0 (L)Rob Lee
BD AWattonA0-8 (W)Will Panter x3
Ed Cross x2
Harry Fuller
Sam Leeming
Rahul Kaushal
BD BDerehamH4-4 (D)Ben Panter x2
Josh Cormack x2
Monty Patel
GDN CityA3-0 (L)Nola Mitchell

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v St Neots:  P-P

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Felixstowe 1s:  7-0

Goalscorers:  Kate McKenna, Donna Vaughan, Gail Thomas, Jess Bennett, Hannah Hardy x2, Stella Windsor Waite
MOM:  Stella Windsor Waite

Whilst chilly, the pitch at Felixstowe was perfectly playable. Dragons arrived in good time and huddled in the warmth of the changing room, welcoming Katie Taubman back into the team, also Rowie York-Smith, who had very kindly agreed to help out. The final welcome was to Stella Windsor-Waite, who was making her well deserved 2nd Team debut.

The early pressure was all with Dragons, dominating the ball in Felixstowe half, but just not able to make any clear cut chances, as Felixstowe had every player behind the ball and packed the D, plus they had a goalkeeper who was once again on very fine form. Sam Franklin was attacking and hassling well down the right, whilst Stella Windsor-Waite and Rowie York-Smith were combining down the right, but Dragons struggled to convert this pressure into early goals, which maybe caused them to get slightly anxious, which reflected in their decision making.

Eventually the 1st goal came in the 21st minute, with Gail Thomas finding Hannah Hardy who turned and slotted under the keeper; this served to relax the visitors, who started to use the space better, move the ball more patiently and open up opportunities. The second came from Gail Thomas who held her central position well, and when the ball broke at the top of the D, her shout was heard by all, and she fired home a ball, taking a deflection and looping over the GK. The next a fine individual run and strike by Donna Vaughan who again attacked from deep, gliding past defenders and crashing the ball home. A fourth before halftime, was converted by Hannah Hardy, following a good pass from Jess Bennett.

The break gave the team a reminder that patience was key, Felixstowe to their credit hassled and harried for every ball and with the whole team sitting deep, were never going to be easy to break down. Katie Taubman moved into central midfield and started to exert pressure. Sarah Borrett was becoming more and more involved in the attacking phases of the game, moving through the midfield at pace, and playing some excellent balls into the D.

The 5th goal came following good work down the left from Rowie York-Smith who again combined well with Dragons Player of the Match debutant Stella Windsor-Waite, who forced her way through into the D. Her attempted cross was initially broken down and the ball fell back to Windsor-Waite, who saw the opportunity to smash the ball in at the near post! Another came from a free hit which was intercepted by Hardy, who squared to Jess Bennett, who forced the ball past the keeper. The 7th and possibly the best of the game, came following great work on the right by Sam Franklin; she weaved her way through defenders and passed an excellent early ball back to the P spot where Kate McKenna was at hand to dispatch with a smartly taken sweep shot which crashed into the goal!

Special mention goes to Issy Mumbray in goal for Dragons, who despite having little to do in the freezing conditions, kept her concentration well and on a couple of occasions, when Felixstowe broke, smothered the ball well and made vital saves when needed. Final credit goes to Felixstowe, who despite a challenging season, battled extremely hard for every ball and deserve every credit for keeping going – they are a talented and determined group and will come back stronger next season.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Magpies 3s:  P-P

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Broadland 1s: 0-3

MOM:

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Watton 2s:  4-1 

Goalscorer:  Gemma Ballard, Mel Widdows, Gill Walker, Amy Forse
MOM:   Mia Somers, Anita Mancini, Amy Forse

A tense atmosphere at the den with the first frost of the season casting confusion and doubt all over. NDHC Ladies 5s waiting anxiously for news – should I leave now? What’s the pitch like? Will we get a game today? Calm deliberation and communication from cool as a cucumber captain Hannah Edwards, led to a satisfying outcome; play to start half an hour later on a fully-thawed pitch. A quick warm up (much needed) and team talk and then onto the pitch for push back.

Dragons made a confident start with an early short – unable to convert but a solid strike from Sue Cross. A high-tempo Watton responded straight away but their efforts were well defended by Dragons. End to end hockey ensued for a while, great hit outs by Jen Buskell and Steph Samson meant we were well placed for high strikers to pick up in space, leading to a couple of good chances.

Central play from Gill Walker distributed the ball to the wings – a welcome change from a congested middle.  Play eventually made its way to Amy Forse delivering to a sweeping Gemma Ballard. GOAL DRAGONS. 1-0.

A confident Dragons held off the ensuing Watton response, with Katherine Hardwick channeling on the wings and pressuring Watton’s attack into error.

Further hits from Anita Mancini into forward space created opportunity and kept the threat high. Watton switched to a wider formation, using quick runs down the wings to carry the ball forwards, leading to a Watton short at 21 minutes. A tenacious Dragons defence and strong decision making from Mia Somers in goal kept a tidy scoresheet. Watton still kept pressure high though with a near goal, obstructed by a Watton stick tackle. Dragons defence remained strong with Steph Samson’s solid tackles in.

Another short from Watton at 33 minutes – sorted with a no nonsense kick-out by Mia Somers. Width created by Charlotte Dowson and some very good work around the back by defence meant the dying minutes of the second half were all Dragons. 1-0 half time.

A calm start with even play during the beginning of the second half with Watton making a couple of dangerous runs up the wings. At 15 minutes, Watton had a chance at goal but couldn’t convert -another shortly after. However, Dragons pulled together with some excellent interceptions from Hannah Edwards; pressurising Watton and gaining control. Some nice passing play from dragons carried the ball into the D at pace – a hit from Gill Walker and deflection off a Watton player resulted in Goal number 2 for dragons. 2-0.

The second goal gave dragons a real grip on the game, great running from Hannah Edwards led to a well-placed cross picked up by Beth Elgood. Excellent work around the D. A well paced ball into the D from Beth Elgood reached Sue Cross, who made a great pass to Hannah Edwards’ call and well-timed run. Another hit at goal from Sue Cross at 26 minutes fell just wide of goal. Lots of excellent hockey but no third goal yet.

A series of quick, strong passes through the wing to the middle from Watton meant dragons couldn’t quite relax – resulting in a goal at 29 minutes. 2-1.

An unperturbed dragons quickly turned the ball over and the next 5 were dominated by dragons; culminating in a penalty flick. A super cool Amy Forse took on the challenge, 3-1 dragons.

Watton’s response a shot at goal was firmly denied by Mia Somers – again Dragons’ turnover leading to great attacking play – a strike from a rebound from quick-thinking Mel Widdows landed Dragon’s victory with seconds to spare. 4-1 Dragons.

A pleasing result for a Dragon’s 5 team who have won their last 5 games. May the winning streak long continue!

Thanks goes to the supporting crew who braved the chill factor on the sideline. Hope you all managed to thaw out quickly!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1

Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Beccles:  P-P

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Norwich City 6s:  2-0

Goalscorers:  Lara King, Mia McGhee
MOM: Bethan Greaves

Dragons were grateful of the midday push back as it meant the sun had thawed the frozen pitch and the match went ahead. Dragons started out well, and so did City. The game was end-to-end, with both teams trying for goals, but the first half ended 0:0.

The half-time team talk was to concentrate on pressing City, continue to work well together, but cautioned on using the reverse stick. Dragons went out with confidence and they were rewarded when Lara King weaved past City to reach the back of the goal. Dragons were buoyed up by this, continuing to fight hard and not let City equalize. Dragons second goal came from some nice passing play up the pitch that reached Mia McGhee who then slotted the ball home. City didn’t give up and continued to push Dragons until the final whistle but were unable to get the ball past the goalkeeper Emma North and defenders Emma Dyer, Erin Aldous and Bethan Greaves (POM). Briony Johnstone at bottom of the diamond had another stonking game, getting in and tackling hard, distributing the ball to the other mids Maisie Dearmer, Brittany Hopkins, Paige Fisher or Nathalie Crisp. Nathalie at top of the diamond was also a force to be reckoned with and few tackles got past her. The forwards of Lara, Mia and Claire Fairhurst had several attempts at goal that were either blocked by City’s defence or just went too wide.

Dragons were elated by their first win of the season and are confident that they will keep up the momentum so this won’t be their last. Everyone played well and this was shown by the spread of POM votes across the team.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Norwich City 7s:  P-P

 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Bourne Deeping 2s:  0-1

MOM:  George Bowman

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Ipswich 2s:  3-6

Goalscorers:  Andy Saunders x2, Jordan Hambling
MOM:  Angus Blazer

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Newmarket 1s:  2-2

Goalscorers: Jon Goodson, Nick Turner
MOM:

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Felixstowe 2s:  0-2

MOM:  Lloyd Wade

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norfolk Nomads 1s:  1-0

Goalscorer:  Will Bowman
MOM:  Will Bowman

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norfolk Nomads 2s:  0-1

MOM:  Rob Lee

Development Leagues

Norwich Dragons Development Boys A v Watton:  8-0

Goalscorers:  Will Panter x3, Ed Cross x2, Harry Fuller, Sam Leeming, Rahul Kaushal
MOM:

The Dragons plus managers Crossy and Chris gathered on a cold afternoon in Watton. The first quarter was characterised by sustain Dragons pressure on the Watton goal which bore fruit in the 12th minute and immediately after in the 13th with Will Panter scoring both goals. The start of the second quarter saw real pressure from Watton ably defended by Dragons until an unfortunate own goal was scored in the 27th minute. Normal business was resumed in quarter three leading to a short corner on 40 minutes which duly delivered goal 4. Two further short corners at the end of the quarter yielded goal 5. Quarter four saw a further four goals in minutes. A short corner in the dying minutes of the match was not converted. A fantastic team effort with quick, accurate passing generating the opportunities and the space to score a handsome haul of goals.

Thanks to the hosts for a great game and a great tea afterwards.
Norwich Dragons Development Boys B v  Dereham:  4-4

Goalscorers:  Ben Panter x2, Josh Cormack x2
MOM:  Monty Patel

On Saturday 19th January the Dragons held a home game against Dereham.

In the first quarter we got off to a steady start and opened the scoring with a goal from Ben Panter.  Dereham dominated possession in the second quarter scoring twice. Before Ben drew the game level at the end of the second quarter.  We started the third very lively with plenty of possession with a strong team performance with Josh Cormack scoring two goals to Derehams one.   Starting the last quarter with a slender lead it was nip and tuck with Dereham finding the back of the net to finish the game off evens with a scoreline of 4 – 4. Both teams performed well, just unlucky to not win the game.

Norwich Dragons Development Girls v Norwich City:  0-3

MOM:  Nola Mitchell

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 12th January 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L2sN City 2H2-1 (W)Donna Vaughan
Kate McKenna
Karen O'Neill Simpson
L3sNth Norfolk 1A2-0 (L)Ally Windsor Waite
L4sMagpies 4H1-4 (L)Caroline WolfeBeth Prakash
L5sYarmouth 2A1-2 (W)Lizzy McDonnell
Anita Mancini
Hannah Edwards
L6sLow Railway 2H1-1 (D)Stevie SpencerJoanna Jennings
L7sHerlingsH3-4 (L)Bridget Le Good
Ella Bartram
Lara King
Lara King
L8sThetfordA6-0 (L)Fern Daly
M1sCam Nomads 1H2-2 (D)Rupert Snelling
Olly Buck
Pedro Goss
M2sDragons 3H0-1 (L)James Cross
M3sDragons 2A0-1 (W)Tom VaughanMitch Smith
M4sCity 4H0-6 (L)Jordan Hambling
M5sNth Norfolk 3A1-10 (W)Andrew Cross x4
Dan Orsborne X3
Dan Ryan x2
Josh Bingham
Dan Ryan
M6sN City 7H2- (D)Jon Price
Darryl Robinson
The team!
BD AN CityA1-2 (W)Will Panter
Ben Panter
Kit Scott
BD BMagpiesA4-1 (L)Jake ReynoldsFinn Pond
GDDereham PanthersA0-2 (W)Evie MarleeNellie Ong

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Wisbech 1s:  0-3

MOM:  Olivia Thomas

Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s struggle to maintain their pre-Christmas momentum in a 3-0 loss away to Wisbech.

The Dragons travelled to Wisbech hoping to build upon their excellent performance against league-leaders, Dereham, just before the break. The team started strongly, winning a short corner in the opening few minutes of the game. Over the next 10 minutes we looked the better of the two teams, threatening to score on several occasions, with some nice build up play through player of the match, Liv Thomas, in the middle of the pitch, and the forward line of Maddy Reynolds, Lucy Morton, Issy Wolfe, Katy Hands and Mia Bartrum stretching the game and making some good runs. However, Wisbech soon settled into the game and began to make some attacks of their own. The Dragons left too much open in the middle of the pitch, and the hosts capitalised upon this. Despite some excellent goalkeeping from Gina Hunt, Wisbech went ahead just before the end of the first half.

The second half saw a ropey performance from the visitors, with basics letting us down. Despite a number of chances, Wisbech utilised their skills and numbers up front, and after 10 minutes scored an excellent tap in goal, having drawn the defence out. The Dragons battled on, and had plenty of chances in the second half, but this was not our day, and a few minutes before the whistle, Wisbech sealed the game with a strike from the right hand side of the D. A disappointed Dragons team recognise that this was far from our best performance, and that we need to get back to basics in next week’s game.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Norwich City 2s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Kate McKenna, Donna Vaughan
MOM:  Karen O’Neill Simpson

Dragons welcomed back Sophie Barrow from long term injury and Liv Leary from maternity for this first league match back post Christmas. Sadly injury will deny the team the services of Piper Hempsall for the 2nd half of the season, the team wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to have her supporting from the sideline.

Both teams started brightly, with the visitors possibly the sharper of the two teams, moving the ball around well and putting the Dragons defence under some pressure. Sarah Borrett, Sophie Barrow and Kath Mares were working hard either side of Donna Vaughan and Karen O’Neill Simpson, as City used the width well. The home team had welcomed back Amy Forse in goal, who was sharp as ever, and made some important saves from both short corners and open play.

Dragons had attacks of their own with chances created by Liv Leary, Kate McKenna and Jess Bennett, however nothing too clear cut in the early stages. Mid way through the half, a smart break down the right and a good cross, saw City take the lead with a sharply taken effort. Dragons remained composed and continued to play their game, the midfield of Laura Van den berg, Gail Thomas, Deb Smith and Sam Franklin were starting to see more of the ball and put pressure on the City defence.

Dragons earned a number of short corners and it was from one of their routines that the ball was well struck home by Donna Vaughan, the ball taking a deflection off a defender en route to goal.

At half time Ollie King and Captain Karen discussed areas the team could improve and stressed it was the team who wanted it more, that would come out on top. The second half remained tight, both teams having chances. Amy Forse was alert to any goal threat, whilst Karen O’Neill Simpson put her body on the line and earned Player of the Match as recompense for her bruises!

Chances were few and far between for Dragons, but after a spell of pressure, Jess Bennett took a smartly taken early free hit, and fed a great square ball into Donna Vaughan who had ghosted up from deep – Vaughan glided past a couple of players, passing the ball to Kate McKenna who had got in an excellent position and with composure, firmly placed the ball into the corner for the lead.

City continued to attack with width and pace, but were unable to find the equaliser, despite going 4 up front in the later stages of the game. The experience of the Dragons team saw the game out. Dragons know they can play better, but were pleased to take the 3 points as they get back up to speed, following the break.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v North Norfolk 1s:  0-2

MOM:  Ally Windsor Waite

The first league game back after the Christmas break and Dragons Ladies 3rd team travelled to Cromer for a tough game against North Norfolk Ladies 1st team, who have only dropped 5 points this season so far and are currently top of the league.

The game began with North Norfolk pressing Dragons back into their own half and putting their defence under immediate pressure. The defensive combination of Stella Windsor Waite, Angela Murgatroyd, Ally Windsor Waite, Grace Brown and Lily Sore were strong and united and dealt efficiently with the attacking threats and were confidently backed up by Kat Speirs who had a great game in the Dragons goal.

After the initial pressure Dragons began to gain some confidence midway through the first half and created a couple of opportunities to score for themselves through the attacking combination of Lucy Buxton and Jenna Mills (on her third team debut). North Norfolk’s fast attacking play eventually lead to the first goal from a short corner, which saw the first half finish 1 – 0 to North Norfolk.

At half time Dragons felt they were still in the game, looking to build on the progress made in the first half and the second half became a much more open game with both teams creating chances. The midfield of Katie Hale, Elsa Scott, Catherine Matthews, Harriet Rant and Hannah Ellis all continued to work hard both protecting the defence and offering support to the attack, which lead to some chances and short corners to Dragons, that were unfortunately not converted.

The strong attacking force of North Norfolk continued to make dangerous runs and managed to convert a second goal from open play down the left wing. Dragons continued to work hard as a team right until the final whistle and have a lot of positives to work on for their next game. Many different votes across the defensive combination with Ally Windsor Waite generating the most votes.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Magpies 4s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Caroline Wolfe
MOM: Beth Prakash

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Yarmouth 2s:  2-1

Goalscorer:  Lizzy McDonnell, Anita Mancini
MOM:   Hannah Edwards

Dragons arrived at a windy Gorleston hoping for another win after last week.  Captain Hannah Edwards made good use of the whiteboard in the changing room and we all admired the shower cubicles with doors!  After a rousing warm up conducted by Beth Elgood with some funky music we started the game expecting to be dominant.  We soon realized this was a different team from the last time we met Yarmouth and needed to up our game.  Within 2 minutes Yarmouth had won a short corner and then attacked again, both saved by Mia Somers in goal.  It wasn’t long though before Dragons won a short corner that then turned into another short corner, Gem Ballard received the ball on the post and managed to get it to Anita Mancini who put it away in comfortable fashion.

Our lead was to be short lived though as Yarmouth broke away and scored within 2 minutes to put us 1-1.  Dragons settled into the game and worked well together, Anita and Gill Walker in the middle helped move the ball around and we maintained much of the possession.  The game continued much in this way until another short corner was won, Jane Wells did a great strike that was saved and then a few minutes later we won another short corner and with multiple shots on goal it was finally put away by Lizzy McDonnell.

After a good half time talk Dragons started the 2nd half confidently and had much of the play.  Charlotte Dowson made some great runs up the right wing working well with Sue Cross who hit some fantastic crosses.  Likewise on the left side Mel Widdows and Gem passed the ball between each other well.  Anita put in some well-timed tackles, Georgia Butterworth and Jen Buskell in defence often pushed up to keep the ball in our attacking half.  Yarmouth only seemed like they were going to score once after a tense scrap on our goal line involving lots of players, Mia kept her cool though and the danger was eventually cleared.

Man of the match votes were spread across lots of players as it really was a good team performance, Hannah just won for her strong performance out of her comfort zone (and feeling very chilly) as central defender.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Lowestoft Railway 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer:   Stevie Spencer
MOM:  Joanna Jennings

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Herlings:  3-4

Goalscorers:  Bridget Le Good, Ella Bartram, Lara King
MOM: Lara King

The 7s are kicking themselves for somehow snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, allowing a 3-2 lead to slide to a defeat in the last seven minutes. But for any neutrals watching, this was an end-to-end battle with the team at the wrong end of the division almost pulling off a shock against the team in second place.

Dragons at their best play a neat passing game, building from the back where Emma “Meg” Dyer in particularly can hit the 16s wide and hard. Herlings, on the other hand, like to drive the ball powerfully through the middle and take no prisoners in the D. Herlings, who beat Dragons 4-1 on grass, had the best of the early exchanges, but Dragons came back into the game with Mia McGhee running freely on the right and Ella Bartram making ground on the left. The last pass was not quite accurate enough until Maisie Dearmer ran a beautiful overlap on the right and put the ball right on the P spot for Bridget Le Good to smash it home.

 Dragons then dealt competently with everything Herlings could throw at them, with two debut players, one from the dev squad, catching the eye for their pace and determination. Lara King (POM) played top of the diamond and Herlings had no answer to her driving style. Lara was rewarded with a goal early in the second half, when she forced the ball home, and although Herlings pulled one back, Ella made it three and Dragons looked well in control. The forwards and mids were doing some of their most impressive pressing of the season. Erin Aldous and Jess Young were combining well with Meg to create a solid defence in front of Emma “Northie” North, who looked secure in goal. Briony Johnstone was playing a disciplined marking role to snuff out the raids down the middle, with Paige Fisher and Brittany Hopkins linking the midfield skilfully with the forwards.

Where did it all go wrong? In their eagerness to score more goals, Dragons started to get in each other’s way. Individuals began to hold onto the ball and run into trouble, ignoring Ella and Claire Fairhurst, whose runs into beautiful space on the left went begging. The defenders tired slightly, with some weak reverse tackle attempts popping the ball up for the advancing Herlings forwards to win penalty corners and long corners at will.

So it was a slight loss of discipline and shape that did for the Dragons in the end. But they can take this on the chin knowing that if players make every effort to get to training, the squad is gathering new energy, impetus and game craft. Coach Karen O’Neill-Simpson prepared the 7s with great direction in the last session, and Mike Hardy stayed with the team throughout the game to encourage and push them to put the plan into action. Finally, it should not be underestimated the impact and benefit of Captain Claire’s careful subbing plans. Trying to blend four new players into a squad of 13 is a demanding task, and Claire gave the 7s the best possible opportunity to blend into a team.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Thetford:  0-6

MOM:  Fern Daly

Ladies 8’s were away at Thetford and despite a good fight  (not literally) were defeated with a6-0 loss.

We were once again privileged to have Neeps on the sideline and just like last time she proved an invaluable addition to the team, shouting advice and tips from a frustratingly windy touch line which more often than not had her words swallowed up into the air but she never gave up or let us down and I for one was ever grateful for her presence!

We were not short of supporters as Sadie’s Dad Lee Jacobs roared encouragement at us drawing from his own hockey prowess and experience. Also Jess’s and Fern’s mum’s braved the cold to watch and cheer us on.

Player of the match went to a well deserved Fern who had to deal with the added pressure of  being filmed by her mum Clare as part of her GCSE coursework!

We were happy to welcome Katy Cole back into the fold and she was just as fast as ever! Another welcome addition was Nat Crisp in central defence who is so quick and nimble. She plays with an admirable strength and agility!

Karen was in goal and was kept busy and constantly defended our goal with diligence.

The defence (Jess, Mouse, Jo and Anna, with a fleeting return appearance from Johanne) worked tirelessly and time and time again cleared the ball from the D! We all played really well and the score very much showed our progress since the beginning of the season when we welcomed the Thetford team to Dragons.

I am both embarrassed and honoured to include the next sentenced which I was asked to do by our captain Jo Baker which was to say “I, Emma Young played my best league game EVERRrrr!” There I have done it Jo!! Thank you so much for your praise.

We all left Thetford cold, windswept and aching but as always camaraderie and high spirits never left any of us and we will never give up!

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Cambridge Nomads 1s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Rupert Snelling, Olly Buck
MOM:  Pedro Goss

The men’s 1s faced third place Cambridge Nomads in the first league game of 2019 and drew 2-2 after trailing 2-0. Unfortunately, despite having much of the ball in the first half, Dragons found themselves 2-0 down in the first 25 minutes. The home team dragged one back from a short corner just before the half ended courtesy of a Rupert Snelling goal. The second half was evenly matched until Captain Marvel Olly Buck stepped up with minutes left on the clock to bang home a rebound from a short corner to claim his first league goal for Dragons!

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Norwich Dragons Mens 3s:  0-1

MOM:  James Cross

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Norwich Dragons Mens 2s:  1-0

Goalscorer: Tom Vaughan
MOM:   Mitch Smith

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Norwich City 4s:  0-6

MOM:  Jordan Hambling

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v North Norfolk 3s:  10-1

Goalscorers:  Andrew Cross x4, Thomas Helfer x2, Dan Ryan x2, Josh Bingham, Dan Orsborne
MOM:  Dan Ryan

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norwich City 7s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Jon Price, Darryl Robinson
MOM:  The team

Development Leagues

Norwich Dragons Development Boys A v Norwich City:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Will Panter, Ben Panter
MOM: Kit Scott

The Dragons vs City match is always a close fixture and this game started tentatively with both teams passing well and getting used to their formations, with only a few chances in the first 15 minutes for both teams. Eventually the deadlock was broken when Kit Scott drove into the D, passing to an unmarked Wills Patner who shot past the goalkeeper to open the scoring. Dragons continued the pressure, earning a couple of short corners but were unable to score. City then came back with a move that saw them put 3 long passes from a sixteen into the Dragons D resulting in an unstoppable shot from their attacker to level the score. Half-time score 1-1.

After the half-time team talk, Dragons scored from the first play, with Ben Panter pressuring the City defence from their push-back and managing to steal the ball from their last defender and calmly slotting past the charging City goalkeeper. Dragons then started to apply more territorial pressure, preventing any attacking chances from City for most of the second half. Dragons had several trips into the City D where the City defence conceded a number of short corners, but despite a number of near misses, Dragons couldn’t add to the score. As the clock started getting to the end, some good game management, keeping the ball around the City D brought the final whistle and a final score of 2-1 to Dragons. Man of the match was voted as Kit Scott.

Norwich Dragons Development Boys B v  Magpies: 1-4

Goalscorers:  Jake Reynolds
MOM:  Finn Pond

Norwich Dragons Development Girls v Dereham Panthers:  2-0

Goascorer:  Evie Marlee x2
MOM:  Nellie Ong

 

NDHC League Match Reports: 5th January 2019

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L4sLoddon 1A2-1 (L)Jenna MillsVictoria Earley
L5sLow Railway 2H11-0 (W)Amy Forse x4
Gemma Ballard x3
Jane Wells x2
Lizzy McDonnell
Gill Walker
Beth Elgood
L6sN City 5A3-1 (L)Kelly MillsClaire Stuart
GDMagpiesA3-1 (L)Ella PeartTaylor Sisterson

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Loddon 1s: 1-2

Goalscorer: Jenna Mills
MOM: Victoria Early

Dragons 4s travelled to our old temporary home at Hobart High School for what was always going to be a tough game. Loddon have had a good season so far, and are currently 3rd in the table.

Dragons started with great confidence, and looked an even match for the opposition. It was end to end play for the duration of the first half, but it was the  Loddon forwards who eventually broke the stale mate with a well executed goal in free play.

The half time atmosphere was positive; the Dragons knowing that their standard of passing this week during the first half was vastly better than of previous weeks.

With heads held high, Dragons continued into the second half with high ball speed, work rate, and movement across the pitch. Following a neat string of passes around the midfield and forwards, the opportunity came for the Dragons when Jenna Mills received the ball, turned and hit it home to equalise from the top of the D.

Following several unsuccessful short corners and both ends, it was Loddon who, with 7 minutes remaining, perfected their routine to score the winner. 

Dragons’ MoM was Vicki Earley (winning the majority of the votes) for excellent distribution from midfield, and persistent harassment of the opposition – her new stick was worth every penny! 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Lowestoft Railway:  11-0

Goalscorers:  Lizzy McDonnell, Gemma Ballard x3, Jane Wells x2, Amy Forse x4, Gill Walker
MOM:  Beth Elgood

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Norwich City 5s:  1-3

Goalscorer:   Kelly Mills
MOM:  Claire Stuart

Development Leagues

Norwich Dragons Development Girls v Magpies:  1-3  

Goalscorer: Ella Peart
MOM: Taylor Sisterson

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 8th December 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sDereham 1AP-P
L2sDereham 2A0-3 (W)Donna Vaughan
Hannah Hardy
Jess Haw
Piper Hempsall
L3sUEA 1H1-12 (L)Harriet MarleeAlly Windsor Waite
L4sLow Railway 1H4-1 (W)Fiona Fletcher
Caroline Wolfe
Lilli Ballard
Emily Smith
Trish Hagan
L5sL6A1-5 (W)Izzy McDonnell
Gemma Ballard 2
Jane Wells
Sue Cross
Jane Wells
L6sL5H1-5 (L)Adelice KraemerEmma Merryweather
M1sDereham 2A2-3 (W)Al Browne
Pedro Goss
Rupert Snelling
Pedro Goss
M2sUEA 2A1-1 (D)Andy SaundersRich Moulson
M3sUEA 1H1-3 (L)Mitch SmithDim Ives
M4sThetfordA4-1 (L)Phil York SmithJames King
M5sM6 (friendly)H
M6sM5 (friendly)H
BD ASlip Date
BD BSlip Date
GDDereham PenguinsH5-0 (CW)

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s –
Indoor Tournament

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Dereham 2s:  3-0

Goalscorers:  Donna Vaughan, Hannah Hardy, Jess Haw
MOM:  Piper Hempsall

Dragons travelled to Dereham on a windy but dry day, for the first game of the second half of the season. Dragons were very excited to have a surprise guest spectator, in the form of super striker Shreeve. Dragons had beaten Dereham 1-0 at the start of the season, so hoped to try and improve on this.

Dereham started well putting the Dragons defence under pressure straight away. Dragons were a bit lethargic and started the game looking like a team that were ready for the Christmas break! Dragons tried to work their way into the game, but made it more difficult for themselves than it needed to be by giving the ball away cheaply. Slowly slowly Dragons started to improve and started to pressure the Dereham defence, finally winning a short corner. The ball was dragged out at speed by Hannah Hardy and ”cunningly” left by stick stopper Karen O’Neill-Simpson…(Hmmm??)….and fell to Piper Hempsall, who was backing up. Piper calmly passed it to Donna Vaughan, who skillfully beat a couple of players, before she smashed it into the the goal to make it 0-1 to Dragons. This helped Dragons pick themselves up a bit and they started to take control of the game. Soon after this the whistle went for half time with the score still 0-1 to Dragons. The call at half time from Dragon’s coach Ollie King was to up the intensity and we all knew as a team that we could do much better.

From the whistle Dragons started to play much better Hockey and started to take control of the game. This soon paid off when Hannah Hardy passed the ball into the D and found Jess Haw in a perfect position on the P spot. Jess swept the ball with composure past the keeper and into the goal making it 0-2 to Dragons. Dragons continued to play well and had several more chances, making the Dereham defence work hard. With not long left the ball then fell to Laura Van Den Berg who with great vision found Hannah Hardy at the top of the D. Hannah with no hesitation smashed it into the top right of the goal making it 0-3 to Dragons. At full time the final score was 0-3 to Dragons, who were pleased that they managed to give a much better second half performance. Votes for Player of the Match were wide spread, showing what a good team performance the second half was. However the majority of votes went to Piper Hempsall for helping in the build up to two of the goals.

Dragons go into the Christmas break pleased with their performance for the first half of the season. They are fourth in the table, but only 4 points behind the leaders, so there is still all to play for in the second half of the season. Dragons would like to thanks coach Ollie for all his help and super spectator Shreeve for coming to cheer us on!

 East League, Ladies 2NE

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v UEA 1s:  1-12

Goalscorers:  Harriet Marlee
MOM:  Ally Windsor Waite

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Lowestoft Railway 1s:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Fiona Fletcher, Caroline Wolfe, Lilli Ballard, Emily Smith
MOM: Trish Hagan

Today was definitely a day with two very different halves. Having started initially with vigour, the lethargy of last week’s game at UEA soon crept in. Dragons failed to move the ball quickly enough, and allowed Railway to run at them almost the length of the pitch. Dragons conceded a string of short corners, and it was one of these which was converted after 10 minutes of play – Lou Davis was unlucky not to stop the strike at her goalpost.

Dragons did have a couple of opportunities with short corners during the first half, but couldn’t quite capitalise on these. Dragons managed to hang on for the rest of the half, facing fast runs from the Lowestoft forwards and penetration in to the D, but it was not pretty hockey.

At the half time break, captain Trish Hagan gave some stern (well deserved) words to the Dragons; this telling off appeared to do the trick, and the hockey on display from the team in the second half was incomparible.

After just 3 mins of the second half, Dragons won a short corner. A straight strike from Caroline Wolfe was saved initially, but the keeper was not quick enough to clear the ball off her pads. Fiona Fletcher, who was quick to get to the post having injected for the short, took her opportunity and popped the ball across the goal line.

This early second half goal gave Dragons sudden momentum, and more short corner opportunities followed. The second goal for Dragons came from one of these shorts – a slip left to Lilli Ballard was cleanly struck to find the backboard.

Five minutes later, another corner was converted with a straight strike from Caroline Wolfe at the right hand post.

The final goal for Dragons came in free play: building from left midfield, Fiona Fletcher passed to Vicki Earley on the 25; she played it back to Fletch who had continued her supporting run. Fletch moved the ball towards right post where Niamh Somers ran on to it, knocking the ball round the keeper to Emily Smith for a tap in finish.

Yay!

POM votes were spread around many team members, but edging ahead with three votes was Trish Hagan.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1

Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Norwich Dragon Ladies 6s:  5-1

Goalscorer:  Liz McDonnell, Gemma Ballard x2, Jane Wells, Sue cross
MOM:  Jane Wells

Beautiful morning for a great game of hockey with two Dragons teams vying for the win. The 5s
attack started in the first 4 minutes of the game with a shot on goal from Jane Wells, followed closely by several short corners in quick succession, none of which resulted in a goal. 7 minutes in and the 6s filed a counter attack which was foiled by a great save from Mia Somers. Although a little scrappy in the first 15 minutes, the 5s dominated play but were unable to convert the shots on goal. 20 minutes in and the first goal came from a close range shot from Sue Cross. The second goal came from some great play from Jane down the right, which paid off with a great pass into the D where Gemma Ballard was waiting on the far post. 2-0 to the 5s at half time.

Half time talk ensured the second half utilised the wings more and goal number 3 resulted from a great run down the right from Charlotte Dowson, pass to Jane who crossed the ball in front of the goal to Gemma on the far post. A counter attack ensued and despite some great play from the defensive line, a goal was conceded. This didn’t deter the team and Mel Widdows went on the attack down the left, crosses the ball to Lizzy NcDonnell but the defenders were ready and cleared the ball. Goal number 4 came from an incredible strike from Jane from the top of the D and straight past the goalie. Minute 28 in the second half came the 5th and final goal. Nita Mancini skilfully dribbles the ball past the midfield and defensive lines, passes to Lizzy on the P spot who gets the ball past the goalie, at the same time running straight into the goalie winding her in the process. Final score line 5-1 win to the ladies 6s.

MOM went to Jane for her amazing play down the right and of course her incredible goal. The
votes however, were spread with one vote for Georgia Butterworth and Gill Walker, two votes for Mel and Charlotte and seven for Jane. Great final game of the year.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1

Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s:  1-5

Goalscorer:   Adelice Kraemer
MOM:  Emma Merryweather

Slip week for Ladies 7s and 8s

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East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Dereham 2s:  3-2

Goalscorers:  Pedro Goss, Rupert Snelling, Al Browne
MOM:  Pedro Goss

Christmas has come early this year for the men’s 1s as Santa served up a nail biting 3-2 victory against Dereham 2s – which included another last minute winner!

After going a goal down early, Alex Browne pulled one back with a lethal short corner to take us into the break level. Dragons then fell behind from a p-flick.  A dramatic comeback from 2-1 down was spearheaded by  Pedro Goss with a neat finish and Rupert Snelling (who else?) sealed the win with only a matter of seconds left on the clock!

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v UEA 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer: Andrew Saunders
MOM: Rich Moulson

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v UEA 1s:  1-3

Goalscorer: Mitch Smith
MOM:  Dim Ives

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Thetford Town 1s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Phil York-Smith
MOM: James King

Dragons knew this was to be a tough game and started well defensively whilst threatening on the counter attack.  Unfortunately for Dragons, Thetford scored two in quick succession after a number of strong fast carries reached round an exposed Dragons baseline. Undeterred Dragons fought back with some short corners which resulted in a goal back scored by Phil York-Smith. Again, Thetford pulled two more goals back with a deflected short and another close range finish. Half time game with Dragons determined to do better in the second half. The game opened up in the second half and more chances occurred at both end but the defences held. Pete Davison get a special mention for a great goal line take down as does James King taking the man of the match keeping the second half score down to 0-0 in the second half.

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 1st December 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sIES 1A2-2 (D)Olivia Thomas
Issy Wolfe
Sarah Jenkins
L2sBury 1H1-2 (L)Donna VaughanDonna Vaughan
L3sDereham 2A1-2 (W)Catherine Matthews
Ally Windsor Waite
Hannah Ellis
L4sUEA 2A1-0 (L)Jemima Williams
L5sN City 5H3-1 (W)Lizzy McDonnell
Jane Wells
Amy Forse
Gill Walker
L6sReephamA6-1 (L)Claire StuartBeth Prakash
L7sBroadland 3A2-2 (D)Bridget Le Good
Mia McGhee
Natalie Crisp
L8sWatton 3H1-5 (L)Johanne StewardAnna Chapman
M1sSt Ives 1H2-1 (W)Matt Knights
Lewis Wilkins
Lewis Wilkins
M2sNth Norfolk 1A2-1 (L)Andrew SaundersAlex Brooks
M3sMagpies 3H3-5 (L)Tom Vaughan x2
Ed Smith
Tom Vaughan
Jon Goodson
M4sBury 3H1-2 (L)Tommy GaleTommy Gale
M5sSudbury 4A3-1 (W)Dan Orsborne
Matt Armstrong
Tadgh Walsh
Josh Bingham
M6sUEA 4H0-4 (L)
BD AMagpiesHP-P
BD BWattonA1-4 (W)Ed Cross,
Vithu Baskaran X2
George Wilson
GDWattonH7-0 (W)Lara King x3
Hattie Stuart x2
Mia Rutherford x2
Mia Norris

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v IES 1s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Olivia Thomas, Issy Wolfe
MOM:  Sarah Jenkins

The Ladies 1s, coming off the back of a couple of disappointing losses, were ready to
finish off the first half of the season in style as they travelled to the IES home ground.
The team started well, and had the lion’s share of possession in the first half. The
forward line of Lucy Morton, Issy Wolfe, Shelly Seaman and Piper Hempsall, continued
to create chances, but luck was not on their side, as the ball drifted wide, or was saved as
it veered towards goal – on one occasion by the opposition’s foot, but no stroke was
awarded. The midfield worked tirelesslessy up and down the pitch, and the team played
more as a unit than they have done in recent weeks. The hard work paid off when
Harriet Green played a long square ball from the left hand side of the pitch to Holly
Setchell on the edge of the D. Setchell drove the ball wide and to the base line before
pulling it back to an unmarked Liv Thomas waiting on the penalty spot. Thomas picked
her spot and put the ball away with confidence. While IES had a few chances in the first
half these were dealt with by the some excellent saves from Izzy Mumbray and a team
defence, leaving the score 1-0 at half time.

IES came out hard in the second half, creating more opportunities than before.
However, at least for the first phase the Dragons still seemed to be in control. After 10
minutes, Shelly Seaman found player of the match Sarah Jenkins just outside the D.
Driving into the D, Jenkins found herself in some space and placed a shot on target.
While the initial shot was saved, Issy Wolfe was there to clean up, putting the visitors 2-0
ahead. However, the Dragons’ fortunes changed with the arrival of the opposition’s fan
base, and a renewed energy from the host team. IES played with a desire that seemed to
be lacking in the Dragons unit, and were soon rewarded for their renewed vigour with a
short corner. The drag flicker got hold of the ball well and launched the ball at a tricky
height towards the right hand side of the goal, bringing the score back to 2-1. For the
rest of the game it was very much a question of whether the Dragons could hold on to
the 3 points, and while they had a number of chances to score, it was IES that looked the
stronger team. Minutes before time, the hosts manage to draw the game level, after a
loose ball in the middle of the pitch was picked off and played into an unmarked player
on the penalty spot, leaving the game at 2-2 at the final whistle.

This was a disappointing result for the Dragons, who really should have seen the game
off much earlier. Some tough lessons have been learned, and the team look towards the
business end of the season in their campaign to secure promotion.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Bury 1s:  1-2

Goalscorers:  Donna Vaughan
MOM:  Donna Vaughan

Dragons welcomed Bury to the Den knowing it was going to be a hard fought game as both teams were on the same points and in third and fourth place in the table. Dragons were pleased to welcome back Amy Forse in goal, as their usual keeper Izzi Mumbray had been called up to the 1’s.

The game started at a fast pace with Bury having most of the possession. Bury moved the ball around really well with some good sharp passing. Dragons defence had to work hard and communicate well to cope with the pace of the game. During this period Bury won several short corners, but Dragons were determined to keep the ball out of the goal and some good defending and great saves from Amy Forse helped Dragons keep the ball out. After the first onslaught Dragons started to work their way back into the game and won a few short corners of their own. It was on one of these short corners that Sarah Borrett dragged the ball out at speed for Jess Bennett to stop. The ball was then struck with great pace and accuracy straight into the goal by Donna Vaughan. Dragons had ridden the first period of pressure and worked their way back into the game and were 1-0 up. After this the game continued at speed with both teams playing some good hockey and both teams having their chances but when the whistle went for half time it was still 1-0 to Dragons.

After half time both teams continued to battle hard, both determined to try and win the 3 points. Unfortunately not long into the second half Bury attacked at speed and outnumbered the Dragons defence and scored to make it 1-1. Neither team were happy with the draw and both continued to press hard and both had several chances but the score remained 1-1. With the game nearly over and mere minutes on the clock a deflected ball fell to a Bury player and the middle of the pitch appeared to just open up for them and the dragons defence again found themselves outnumbered. There was little anyone could do but watch in horror as the ball seemed to trickle over the line and into the goal in slow motion to make it 1-2 to Bury. Dragons tried to get a goal back but unfortunately time was against them and the final whistle went. Player of the match went to Donna Vaughan for her great goal and some excellent defending.

A disappointing end to the first half of the season for Dragons but it hasn’t dampened their spirit, if anything it has fired them up. Dragons have had a good first half of the season and find themselves in fourth place just 4 points behind the leaders with all to play for and everything still in their own hands. Finally as always thanks to Ollie King for his help and to all the supporters that battle the miserable rain to cheer us on.

 East League, Ladies 2NE

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Dereham 2s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Catherine Matthews, Ally Windsor Waite
MOM:  Hannah Ellis

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3rd Team travelled to play Dereham 2nd Team this week on a wet and miserable Saturday afternoon. With the same squad and following a hard-fought win last week the team were confident of building on the progress made in the last few weeks.

The first half began with both teams testing the opposition defences and it was Dragons who managed to convert a chance first. Following some good build up play from midfield the ball was crossed into the circle for Lucy Buxton to strike but was saved by the keeper, however Catherine Matthews was within close range to covert the rebound. Dereham remained in the game and managed to convert a short corner to equal the scores in the first half.

The half time talk was for Dragons to increase their performance in all areas and at the start of the second half Dragons were putting Dereham’s defence under increasing pressure. Dragons were beginning to play some good passing hockey and from open play Dragons managed to score a second goal slotted home by Ally Windsor Waite.

Dereham remained in the game and for the last ten minutes of the game put the Dragons defence under pressure and won many short corners, but the defence of Dragons remained composed and with some good saves from Esther Jacobs managed to secure the win. Player of the match was Hannah Ellis.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v UEA 2s:  0-1

MOM: Jemima Williams

The Dragons’ Ladies 4s went to a very wet and miserable fixture at the Sports Park to play the UEA Ladies’ 2s, and came away with no points.

Gem Ballard made her 4s debut, enabling her to play league hockey with daughter Lilli.

Despite having the upper hand with percentage possession during the first half, the students managed to slip a goal in, after 10 minutes, against the run of play.

The Dragons had their chances having won several short corners (shots either off target or saved) and narrow misses during free play. But today, for some reason, they were not in favour with the hockey gods.

The second half saw much of the same, with Dragons dominating possession, but the UEA goal had been well and truly clingfilmed.

Dragons’ overall performance today was lacklustre, with little sharpness in passing; a far cry from how the team has played earlier in the season.

POM was Jemima Williams for sterling work in defence.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Norwich City 5s:  3-1

Goalscorer:  Lizzy McDonnell, Jane Wells, Amy Forse
MOM:  Gill Walker

The 5’s had a cold and early start at home against Norwich City 5’s. After a rousing team talk and warm the Dragons started strong. With most of the possession the Dragons were dominating the game from the beginning. A lucky break saw City gain a short corner against dragons. They shot and scored however, the goal was disallowed as the first shot was above the back board. This was kindly pointed out by our knowledgeable keeper Kristina. The dragons were back at it quickly with a shot on goal by Amy that was saved but after winning the ball back the Dragons were awarded a short corner. Gill injected and Amy took the shot which resulted in a goal, 1-0 to Dragons.

City came back fighting after this but their attempts at goal were saved by Kristina in goals. The Dragons were back in attack again but this was turned over by City who make a break for the Dragons goal, their attempt was stopped by captain Hannah Edwards who does a dramatic dive and saves the ball in our D, she then goes on to lead the attack where the goal is narrowly missed following a valiant reverse stick effort from Lizzie. A short corner just before half time was unfortunately not converted leaving the half time score at 1-0.

The start of the second half saw City on the attack but this was stopped and cleared by Jen who got the ball up to Amy.  An attempt at goal was saved by the City goalkeeper which allowed City to launch a new attack on the Dragons but Kristina made a great save at top D for the dragons Beth now on the attack for Dragons drives into the D, Amy takes the shot on goal that is saved but Jane is quick to regain possession and scores. Dragons are now 2-0 up.

Kristina makes some more stellar saves before city get a lucky break and score. Now with the score 2-1 City have an attacking short corner but again this is saved by Kristina. The next 10 minutes sees some strong drives on attack for both sides but after a strong strike from Jane that is saved Lizzie scores on the rebound. The final result sees Dragons win 3-1!

After a brilliant performance from all eight different players were nominated for POM but Gill Walker came out on top with solid performance in both attack and defence in her second outing for the fives this season.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Reepham:  1-6

Goalscorer:   Claire Stuart
MOM:  Beth Prakash

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Broadland 3s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Mia McGhee, Bridget Le Good
MOM: Natalie Crisp

Dragons scored another precious point in a game which they dominated. Two silly slips left them playing catch up, but overall the performance was yet another step up in their progress towards becoming a good team. There were big defensive responsibilities on Emma ‘Meg’ Dyer and Amy Hunter, because once again there had to be some changes in the squad. Grace Adams made her debut at left back (and right back!) and proved early on she has both potential and flexibility. Meg and Amy dealt very competently with the Broadland raids down the middle, and with Briony Johnstone having another stormer at the bottom of the diamond, all the early pressure came from Dragons. Mia McGhee made a brilliant ‘J’ run down the right, but Bridget Le Good coming in from the left wasn’t able to get in front of the defender and the super cross went begging. Orla Hardiman was making her return after nine weeks out with injury, and showed excellent speed on the left and in the centre.

For some reason, the 7s started ball watching and a Broadland forward was left entirely unmarked in front of goal and made no mistake with her shot. Dragons always believed they could get the game back, and with Maisie Dearmer having another fine run out at right mid with her overlapping runs, they equalised. Maisie swept the ball across and Bridget made no mistake, hitting home first time. Dragons piled on the pressure. Paige Fisher again proved how tough she is to get at at left mid, and her lovely disguised passes were getting Orla and Claire Fairhurst away. Nat Crisp (POM) was again in control at the top of the diamond, both defensively and with some excellent distribution.

After sustained pressure by the 7s, another lapse in concentration let Broadland into the D, and in an effort to scramble back, the defence unsighted Emma Northie North and a soft goal was scored. Dragons then really began to fight back. They chased every ball, picked up the ball to stop any time-wasting, and were the only side to get any penalty corners. Both Claire and Mia could inject with accuracy and zing, and Bridget had two saved and one went past the post. A bit more practice with some variety and penalty corners will become potent for them. At last they got their deserved equaliser. Mia, having been well and truly taken out by the keeper, got up minutes later to finish off a 3-man weave with an excellent shot.

 So the 7s are now starting to believe in themselves, demand more from each other, and are playing very well for each other. That is not quite the same as playing well as a team, where they still have to improve their link play. But with another five members of their squad either injured or not available, they have ended the first half of the season on a bit of a high. Now they mustn’t lose their impetus over the long break. Watch out, the 7s are coming!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Watton 3s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Johanne Steward
MOM:  Anna Chapman

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v St Ives 1s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Matt Knights, Lewis Wilkins
MOM:  Lewis Wilkins

Men’s 1s get a well deserved victory against St Ives winning 2-1. A cracking team performance.  Matt Knights got the first goal from a well worked short corner early in the second half. St Ives equalised on the break but with minutes left on the clock,  Lewis Wilkins popped up with an emphatic winner!

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v North Norfolk 1s:  1-2

Goalscorer: Andrew Saunders
MOM:  Alex Brooks

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Magpies 3s:  3-5

Goalscorer: Tom Vaughan x2, Ed Smith
MOM:  Tom Vaughan, Jon Goodson

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Bury 3s:  1-2

Dragons started strongly against an experienced Bury side who demonstrated a better passing game throughout the match. The first half ended 0-0 with both teams thinking the game was for the taking. Unfortunately for Dragons Bury scored very early on with a touch line run well finished. This seemed to unsettle Dragons for the first part of the second half and Bury had other chances they failed to convert. As they have all season Dragons 4ths kept running and working together.The result being an excellent finish from Tommy Gale after a superb touchline run and pass across the D from Tommy Chapman. Dragons then knew they could score again but unfortunately a Bury short corner squirmed its way under James King who couldn’t get a full contact on it and past Neil Shorten on the line.  Dragons had chances as well to level the game but even a short when time was up just didn’t make it in. Well played Bury and just one more game til the xmas break.

Goalscorer:  Tommy Gale
MOM:  Tommy Gale

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Sudbury 4s:  3-1 – Friendly

Goalscorers:  Matt Armstrong, Dan Orsborne, Tadgh Walsh
MOM:  Josh Bingham

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v UEA 4s:  0-4

MOM:

Development Leagues

Norwich Dragons Development Girls v Watton:  7-0
Goalscorers:  Lara King x3, Hattie Stuart x2, Mia Rutherford x2
MOM: Mia Norris
Norwich Dragons Development Boys v Watton:  4-1
Goalscorers:  Ed Cross, Vithu Baskaran x2, George Wilson
MOM:

On a rather cold wet start to December we took on Watton. We kept good possession in our first quarter and made the ball work for us spreading it out wide as well as going direct through the middle. On several occasions we had short corners in which Ed Cross beat his man and drilled it centrally into the goal.

The game was fairly even in the second quarter but a good attack turned into another goal when George Wilson pushed the ball across the D and ended up in the back of the goal. Dragons defence was very solid and it didn’t look as if Watton would score but one lucky defection saw the ball pop up to their player to pass the ball into the goal.

Dragons kept attacking showing great skill and team work which was rewarded with a brace of goals by Vithu Baskaran. Any Watton attack was soon extinguished and Dragons saw out a good but cold and wet end to the game.

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 24th November 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sCam City 3H0-3 (L)Carmel Windsor-Waite
L2sChristchrchA0-3 (W)Kate McKenna x2
Jess Haw
Saskia Williams
L3sYarmouthH2-1 (W)Lucy Buxton
Hannah Ellis
Esme Potter
L4sN City 3H0-4 (L)Kristina Smyth
Emily Smith
L5sCarrow 1A2-1 (L)Gemma BallardMia Somers
Hannah Edwards
L6sDissH2-11 (L)Charlotte Dowson
Amelia Keitley-Webb
Emily Roper
L7sUEA 3H1-1 (D)Mia McGheeClaire Fairhurst
L8sUEA 4A2-0 (L)Becca James
M1sPelicans 1A6-3 (L)Matt Jenkins
George Bowman
Rupert Snelling
Olly Buck
M2sBury 2H3-2 (W)Louie Barby
Jono Chaney-Baxter
Al Browne
Jono Chaney-Baxter
M3sIES 3A2-3 (W)Tom Vaughan x2
Mitch Smith
Tom Vaughan
Jon Goodson
M4sPelicans 2A10-1 (L)Rich PhillisThe Team!
M5sDereham 4H4-2 (W)Charlie Creasy x2
Greg Reynolds
Tommy Chapman
Tommy Chapman
M6sWattton 2A3-3 (D)Shiv Kapur x2
Casper Lind
Shiv Kapur
Stephen Holland
BD ADerehamA0-6 (W)Harry Fuller x2
Freddie Royall
Will Panter
Josh Cormack
Adam Jones
Freddie Royall
BD BN CityH3-1 (W)Kit Scott
Raul Wigglesworth
Vithu Baskaran
Oliver Rudling
GDPelicansH5-2 (W)

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge City 3s:  0-3

MOM:  Carmel Windsor Waite

Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s struggle for a second week running as they fall 3-0 to Cambridge City 3s.

The Ladies 1s started the game very positively, moving the ball well around the pitch and creating some lovely patterns of play. In fact, the hosts looked very much like the dominant side for much of the half, controlling the midfield through Liv Thomas, Tabba Tabbrett, Kiera Goymour and Mia Bartrum, and creating chances up front. A flurry of short corners, however, came to nothing, and just before half time Cambridge caught the team on the break. Driving down the right hand side of the pitch and onto the base line, they managed to pull the ball back past the defence to slot the ball into the far side of the goal. The first half ended 1-0, with the Dragons still very much in the game.

The opening period of the second half saw much the same story, with the Dragons creating a lot of chances, but not being able to convert. However, misplaced passes and lost possession were all too frequent, allowing the visitors to break in attack. Their skilful and pacey forwards saw a carbon copy of the first goal put them 2-0 up with 20 minutes left to go. Despite a strong and aggressive press, a number of opportunities in the attacking D, and despite player of the match Carmel Windsor-Waite’s impressive efforts down the right hand side of defence, Dragons were unable to find the back of the net, and the opposition were able to seal the game through a short corner with just a few minutes to go. While a disappointing result there were a number of positives in the game. But tighter possession and more composure in the attack are needed over the coming weeks.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Christchurch 1s:  3-0

Goalscorers:  Kate McKenna x2, Jess Haw
MOM:  Saskia Williams

The day started brightly with a trip to the seaside for the Ladies 2’s – never had they seen so much water, just a good job there was a bridge! The team welcomed Sumitha Bose for her first game of the season and were grateful to Saskia Williams (and Dad Paul) who completed an early cricket fixture, before heading to Christchurch to help the team.

After a 2 minute warm-up, the Dragons were ready(ish), well fortunately Issi Mumbray was, as she made a couple of vital early saves whilst the rest of the team were getting used to the pitch. Dragons started to settle and started to get their passing game together, however the Christchurch keeper kept them at bay for a while. Midway through the half, a ball in from Laura Van Den Berg found the willing run of Kate McKenna, who unleashed a reversed stick strike, beating the keeper with pace and accuracy.

Dragons continued to play some fine passing hockey, epitomised by the 2nd goal with Donna Vaughan finding Gail Thomas, who drew her player, then found the excellent Saskia Williams out on the right, who drove into the D at pace, and shot across the GK, finding Jess Haw in a perfect position on the back post to slot home.

Going into the break 2-0 up, fuelled with Jelly Babies, the team vowed to continue to enjoy their hockey and that they did, dominating possession, but not quite converting their excellent play into the goals they deserved. Eventually a third came, following a Van Den Berg strike, which was saved, only for the tenacious Kate McKenna to force the ball home for her second of the day.

Too many good performances to mention, however Player of the Match went to Saskia Williams for her excellent runs and fine skills down the right hand flank. All in all, the team were delighted to head back over the bridge (a number of times) and up the A140 with a well deserved 3 points in the bag.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Yarmouth 1s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Lucy Buxton, Hannah Ellis
MOM:  Stella Windsor Waite

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3rd team welcomed Yarmouth Ladies 1st team to the Den on a bright and fresh November Saturday afternoon. Dragons began tentatively but quickly gained in confidence, controlling possession and playing some good hockey, switching the ball across the field and creating opportunities down both wings.

Dragons managed to score first following a good passage of play down the right of the pitch. The ball was passed across the circle where a few dragons players were waiting to pressure the keeper and the final touch was put over the line by Lucy Buxton. The first half ended with Dragons 1 0 up.

The second half began with both teams playing attacking hockey and winning short corners. Yarmouth managed to level the scores mid-way through the first half from open play. However, Dragons maintained belief and continued to play their passing game throughout the pitch, dominating play, but Yarmouth were dangerous on the break.

In the last ten minutes of the game Dragons managed to convert a short corner, Grace Brown picked up the initial save from the keeper and laid the ball across the penalty spot for Hannah Ellis to finish from close range. Esme Potter was nominated player of the match.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Norwich City 3s:  0-4

MOM: Krystina Smyth, Emily Smith

This week Ladies 4’s played Norwich city 3’s in a tough game losing 4-0. MOM was tied between Emily Smith and Kristina Smyth. Emily did great defending and attacking whilst Kristina played excellently as goalie saving goal after goal.

In the first half Dragons where under pressure however we stayed strong, played some great hockey and worked together to do some good passes and runs. We conceded our first goal a fair way into the first half and at half time the score was 1-0 so we were still confident in being able to get a goal or two back. However that didn’t happen, despite Dragons working tirelessly and on occasion coming close to scoring, City managed to get three more goals through some excellent attacking.

Overall it was a great game and we played well against a strong team. Thank you to Caroline for
stepping in as captain and Jason, Neeps and Chloe for their sideline support.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Carrow 1s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Gemma Ballard
MOM:  Mia Somers, Hannah Edwards

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Diss:  2-11

Goalscorer:   Charlotte Dowson, Amelia Keitley-Webb
MOM:  Emily Roper

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v UEA 3s:  1-1

Goalscorers:  Mia McGhee
MOM: Claire Fairhurst

Yippee! The 7s are off the mark with a well deserved point against UEA in a match which they might have won – but such is their delight at last proving that they can ‘play a bit’ they are content to take it as a confidence boost and a platform for the rest of the season. Under the inspirational gaze and guidance of club captain Holly Setch, who gave our sticks the magic tap at the start of the game, the 7s started like trains and their first foray nearly resulted in a goal for Mia McGhee. Dragons did take the lead shortly afterwards, when a clever pass out wide from Adelice Kraemer found Mia who stormed in and shot home a fabulous goal from the narrowest of angles.

There is still some room to improve overall team understanding, but what the 7s did really well was to play for each other. As is often the case, their best play starts with a block or clearance from Emma ‘Northie’ North in goal, which always lifts the team. Then there is Emma ‘Meg’ Dyer’s hit outs which are getting harder by the game. It isn’t easy stepping up a team and a division, but Issy Gale made a big impact in defence with some neat stick skills and some strong tackling. Katie Davidson also made her debut and did particularly well in the first half. Becky Bowen was back to her best after illness and Lily Crew chipped in the defence. Briony Johnstone was excellent this week at bottom of the diamond, playing a controlled game to keep on top of the forwards and listening keenly to guidance from the back as ‘Meg’ marshalled the defence and read the game really well.

The mids were really strong, with Maisie Dearmer outstanding on the right, tackling, running and overlapping. She did not put a stick wrong until unfortunately a heavy slip midway through the second half meant she had to go off.  Nat Crisp is a formidable player everywhere on the pitch, and again it was her tackling and distribution from top of the diamond which kept the Dragons strong through the middle. The enforced changes meant that Captain Claire Fairhurst had to be at her flexible best – and she was better than steady, whether at top of the diamond, tackling in midfield or sprinting up front. She deservedly won the POM – hooray for Claire, who didn’t have to get angry today!

 Clearly Wednesday’s truncated training session, which saw the 7s learning a lot more about tackling (thank you Pete and Jason) had been a big help. Now we need to get a little sharper upfront, and definitely tidy up our penalty corners. It didn’t matter when we didn’t get many, but now we do, and we need to make more use of Addi’s clever work in the circle. The forwards didn’t always use the width, but there was a lot of honest pressure in there and some good pressing on the 16s. it was a great pity that the one time we didn’t get a press on UEA were able to race through the middle and score. But nothing could really spoil this fabulous day – except perhaps the rude people who nicked our pizzas! Go go Super Sevens, and get well soon Erin Aldous and Katy Cole.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v UEA 4s:  0-2

MOM:  Becca James

Ladies 8’s took on UEA 4’s away at the UEA sports park. We were both privileged and very pleased to welcome Lynne Price (Neeps) from Dragons Hockey Club, who is a highly proficient and experienced hockey player and had kindly taken time out on her Saturday morning to show us support and offer vital pearls of wisdom, tips and observations as well as manning the timer and the substitutions and generally keeping us in order. We all so appreciated having her help.
Although we lost 2-0, it was a very close battle with Ladies 8’s having three short corners within the  first 8 minutes! It was nail biting stuff and we all played to the best of our ability and was such a shame we were unable to score.
POM went to newcomer Becca James who was playing her first league match for Dragons. She proved to be a valuable asset and was able to cover the entire pitch with admirable speed and prowess.
Esther Jacobs was in goal and once again defended brilliantly. Before racing back to defend another goal in another Dragons match!
Sarah Lucas, Anna Chapman, Sadie Jacobs, Shaniece Claxton, Louise Bond (Bondie) and Karen Davidson played in midfield and continuously fought to keep the ball out wide enabling it to be passed up the wing with text book style hockey just like we are patiently reminded every Wednesday evening at training! Sarah made some great tackles and seemed to get to the ball before the opposition on numerous occasions. Anna, too, played a great match with some spectacular block tackles.
In defence Jo Baker and Eva looked like they have mastered their roles as ‘the sweeper’ as more often than not when the ball appeared in the D by the opposition they were there to clear it with impressive force, speed and accuracy.
Lois Metcalfe Johanne Steward and I, (Emma Young) played up front as forwards. Johanne made a fabulous job of creating short corners in our favour and Lois as always, not only kept us all in check but played a great game and was often seen going in for a tackle and coming away with the ball!
It was a very close game with both sides matched equally. We just need to get some goals and I think rather like busses once one appears, they will just keep coming!!!

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Pelicans 1s:  3-6

Goalscorers:  Rupert Snelling, George Bowman, Matt Jenkins
MOM:  Olly Buck

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Bury St Edmunds 2s:  3-2

Goalscorer:  Louie Barby, Jono Chaney Baxter, Al Browne
MOM:  Jono Chaney Baxter

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v IES 3s:  3-2

Goalscorer: Tom Vaughan x2, Jon Goodson
MOM:  Tom Vaughan, Mitch Smith

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Pelicans 2s:  1-10

Goalscorer:  RIch Phillis
MOM:  The team

Norwich knew top of the table Pelicans would be a challenge and this proved the case. Dragons started solidly but conceded their first goal after 12 minutes. Despite circle penetrations of the Pelican’s D Dragons continued to concede goals regularly until half time leaving the score at 0-5. Let’s face it it seemed that if a bounce or bobble was going to go one way it seemed to go in and this continued into the second half. Pelicans where too good but the great part was Dragons, as they have all season, still tried to play snatching one back after a short corner drag flick was well saved by the Pelican’s keeper with the rebound falling to an alert Rich Phillis. Everyone appreciated each others efforts and vowed to give Pelicans more to think about when they return to the Den. Thankyou to Pelicans for good teas and drinks post game.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Dereham 4s:  4-2

Goalscorers:  Greg Reynolds, Tommy Chapman, Charlie Creasy x2
MOM:  Tommy Chapman

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Watton 2s:  3-3

Goalscorers:  Shiv Kapur x2, Casper Lind
MOM:  Shiv Kapur, Stephen Holland

Development Leagues

Norwich Dragons Development Boys A v Dereham:  6-0

Goalscorers:  Harry Fuller x2, Freddie Royall, Will Panter x2, Josh Cormack
MOM:  Adam Jones, Freddie Royall

1st Quarter: Dereham started the game strongly, putting Dragons under some early pressure and a few basic errors in passing meant that Dragons struggled to get the ball out of defence. As the quarter developed Dragons began to take control with some good stick skills from Gabe Overton and Blade Earley resulting in a close effort from Harry Fuller. A succession of short corners were well defended by Dereham, but eventually the breakthrough came after a good run down the right from Gabe, an accurate pass and a decisive strike from Wills Panter. (1-0 Dragons)

2nd Quarter: Dragons began to pass the ball round very well and again down the right Gabe and Blade were putting a lot of pressure on the Dereham defence. One of these moves resulted in a goal from Josh Cormack, however unfortunately the umpire had already blown for a short corner. Four successive short corners eventually ended with a goal, a cracking shot from Ben Panter was well saved, but Freddie Royall pounced on the rebound in to slot in Dragon’s second. Dereham responded well to the goal and some great defensive work from Arjuna Puvanachandra, Tom Jackson and Bertie Pinching kept them away from the Dragon’s goal. Adam Jones ended the second quarter still without a touch of the ball. (2-0 Dragons)

3rd Quarter: Dereham were definitely now showing signs of tiredness which Dragons were able to capitalise on. The whole team were now passing the ball around well, creating space and driving forward. There was no let up for Dereham, who themselves were now unable to get the ball out of defence. The Dragons responded well to their enthusiastic and vocal coach Natalie, pressing hard each time Dereham had a 16 yard hit or free hit. We did not have to wait long for the next goal which started from a beautiful aerial pass from Gabe, to Josh who drove down the right wing before slotting a decent pas through to Wills who crossed for Harry to score with a simple tap in. A great tackle from Harry and a probing run from Gabe shortly afterwards resulted in the ball being fed through to Wills for the Dragons’ fourth goal. The fifth goal followed with a great team move and a finish from Josh. Dereham by this stage were deflated, the Dragons had kept them under intense pressure and there was little let up. A change in personnel at the final short corner of the quarter, resulted in Arjun hitting out to Tom Jackson, with a neat pass to Harry who slotted the ball into the goal.  (6-0 Dragons)

4th Quarter: Some substitutions and positional changes from the Dragons. Bertie moved up to left midfield and him and Tom moved the ball nicely down the left side, with one move resulting in a good cross from Bertie and a good shot from Blade which narrowly missed the target. Dereham introduced an adult player which reinforced their back line and Dragons were forced to defend solidly to avoid giving away a goal. Sam and Tom put in several good tackles and Adam finally was forced into his first save of the day which at least brought his toes back to life. A shot from Ben late in the game resulted in a goal, unfortunately this was disallowed.

Summary: A very good team performance. Stoic defence early on kept Dereham at bay when they looked most threatening and as the game developed Dragons were completely in control. Good passing and use of the pitch, great communication between the players on the pitch aided by the coach. Good pressing keeping Dereham under pressure. Well executed goals.

Norwich Dragons Development Boys B v Norwich City:  3-1
Goalscorers:  Kit Scott, Raul Wigglesworth, Vithu Baskaran
MOM:  Oliver Rudling
It started out to be a wet evening but the rain cleared.
The First half was fairly even for possession, but Dragons managed to make the most of their opportunities,  Kit Scott scoring a great goal early in the first quarter.
Two more goals followed from Raul Wigglesworth and  Vithu Baskaran to bring the score to 3-0.
Late in the second quarter City upped the pace and scored taking the score to 3-1.
The beginning of the 2nd half City came out strong, having most of the possession and pushing dragons into their own half for much of the time.
City had several shots at goal finding the post a couple of times. Some good defending and some great saves from Dragons kept the score at 3-1.
Dragons number 10 was injured with a blow to the knee.
The last quarter again saw City pressing hard into Dragons D but they were unable to make any head way against the keeper or the defence.
The score remained 3-1.
Well done everyone.
Norwich Dragons Development Girls v Pelicans:  5-2

1 st Quarter was closely contested with Pelicans taking 3 short corners and 1 shot on goal. Dragons
had 2 shots on their goal. Neither side scored this quarter.

2 nd Quarter
Pelicans took the lead with a goal by their number 3. Dragons came back strongly and Hattie scored
a goal to equalise. However Pelicans then scored again, the goal was from their number 10.

3 rd Quarter
Hattie scored again to bring the game back to 2:2 for Dragons with an amazing goal over the keepers
head! Dragons were now on top for rest of this quarter with a further 3 shots at goal.

4 th Quarter
Ella scored early for Dragons putting us into a 3:2 lead. We then had a short corner before Hannah
was able to score another for Dragons taking the score to 4:2. Lara then capped off a great win with
another goal taking us to a final score of 5:2.

A great win from Dragons with Lara getting a well deserved Player

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 17th November 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sCam Uni 2A1-0 (L)Joanna Raymond
Lucy Morton
L2sMagpies 3H3-1 (W)Jess Bennett
Hannah Hardy x2
Hannah Hardy
L3sWatton 1A7-0 (L)Stella Windsor Waite
L4sBroadland 2A3-4 (W)Caroline Wolfe x3
Lilli Ballard
Trish Hagan
Jenna Mills
Sophia Haehnelt
L5sDissH1-1 (D)Gemma BallardEmily Smith
L6sWatton 2A7-1 (L)Gill WalkerGill Walker
Louise Brooks
L7sMagpies 6A3-1 (L)Adelice KraemerEmma Dyer
L8sMagpies 7H0-5 (L)Neha Shammy
Issy Gale
M1sLong Sutton 1H1-5 (L)Rupert SnellingLewis Wilkins
M2sNewmarket 1A1-3 (W)Jason Wolfe
Ed Gould
Louie Barby
Peter Dickerson
M3sSudbury 2H1-1 (D)Tom VaughanTom Vaughan
Jon Goodson
M4sMagpies 4H1-1 (D)Joel LawrenceIsaac Diver Hall
M5sPelicans 4A1-2 (W)Greg Reynolds
Sam Echevarria
Will Bowman
M6sNflk Nomads 1H1-4 (L)Charlie CreasyCharlie Creasy
BD ANo Fixture
BD BDerehamA1-5 (W)Ben Panter x2
Raul Wigglesworth
Josh Cormack
Will Panter
Tom Jackson
GDYarmouthA0-1 (W)Hattie StuartEvie Marlee

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge Uni 2:  0-1

MOM:  Lucy Morton, Joanna Raymond

The Ladies 1s, welcoming Lucy Morton back into the squad, alongside Harriet Green
and Gail Thomas, travelled down to Cambridge to take on the University 2 nd XI.
Depleted by injury, illness, and absence, it was always going to be a tough game against a
feisty and youthful team, but going down to a bare 11 before the game even started set
the stage for an uphill struggle against the opposition’s army of 15. The Dragons started
tentatively, as the students exposed gaps in our defensive unit, and capitalised on their
pace up front. However, the team soon settled and began to go on the offensive, with
the forward line of Tabba Tabbrett, Maddy Reynolds, and joint player of the match, Lucy
Morton, making some excellent runs up front. The first half saw a few chances for both
sides, with some excellent saves by both keepers to keep the score 0-0 at half time.

The second half started much the same, with plenty of opportunities for the visitors. A
number of chances saw the ball slotted just wide on several occasions, and run across the
face of goal on others. The hosts also had their own chances, with Harriet Green and
Carmel Windsor-Waite needing to make some important tackles on the wide flanks of
defence, and Shelly Seaman making an excellent save off the goal-line to keep the score
at 0-0. However, with no substitutes and a slow pitch, the team of 11 began to tire and
Cambridge were able to exert some pressure. After a flurry of short corners, they
managed to convert through a bobbling straight strike. Despite the tireless running of
Tabbrett, alongside the midfield unit of Holly Reding, Gail Thomas and joint player of
the match, Joanna Raymond, the Dragons were just not able to pull the game back, and
the whistle blew with the score still at 1-0. This was a disappointing and frustrating loss,
but lessons can be learned with regards to game management. And with a full squad, the
team fully expect to take their revenge on home turf.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Magpies 3s:  3-1 

Goalscorers:  Jess Bennett, Hannah Hardy x2
MOM:  Hannah Hardy

On yet another lovely sunny day Dragons welcomed Magpies to the Den, knowing it would be a good hard fought game. Dragons were super excited to welcome Hannah Hardy back to the 2’s after having been out for 8 months, with an Achilles tendon injury.
 
The game started at a fast pace, with Magpies passing the ball around nicely. However Dragons did not panic and stuck to their game plan and soon started to take control of the game. Dragons moved the ball well with the midfield of Laura Van Den Berg, Debs Smith and Annabelle Phoenix working hard to feed the forwards. Dragons had a few early chances but couldn’t quite find the goal. Finally the ball fell to Donna Vaughan who fired it into Hannah Hardy. Hardy collected it well and calmly turned and slotted it into the goal, as if she’d never been away! 1-0 to Dragons! Dragons continued to control the game and soon after this first goal a great bit of individual skill, from Jess Bennett, found Dragons in a 2 v 1 situation against the Magpies keeper. Bennett passed the ball to Kate McKenna, who drew the keeper and passed the ball back to Bennett, who confidently put the ball in the goal, giving the keeper no chance. Not long after this the whistle went to make it 2-0 to Dragons at half time.
 
After the half time break Magpies were fired up and had several good attacks, making the defence of Kath Mares, Karen O’Neill-Simpson, Donna Vaughan and Sarah Borrett work hard to keep the ball out of the goal. Magpies earned several short corners, which Dragons dealt with well, but finally Magpies managed to score from one, making it 2-1 to Dragons. Luckily Dragons didn’t panic at this and started to work their way back into the game again. A good run from Jess Haw saw her feed the ball into Jess Bennett, who played the ball goal ward, resulting in a penalty flick being awarded to Dragons. Hannah Hardy was asked to take the flick and took it well to make it 3-1 to Dragons. After this Dragons reclaimed control of the game and started to pass the ball around well again. Magpies had one final chance to pull one back, with a good strike, but keeper Izzi Mumbray made a great save to keep it out. Soon after this the final whistle went with Dragons winning 3-1. This was a great team effort by Dragons and several people got votes for player of the match, but the majority of the votes went to Hannah Hardy for some great attacking play and two good goals.
 
As always thanks to those who cheered us on and thanks to Ollie King for all of his advice and for managing our sideline.


East League, Ladies 2NE

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Watton 1s:  0-7

MOM:  Stella Windsor Waite

This week saw Norwich Dragons 3rd team travel to play Watton 1st team who are undefeated this season with a team that consisted of no fewer than eight under 18 players. The team welcomed both Lily Sore and Emma Bambridge for their 3rd team debuts.

The game started as a fairly even contest with both teams creating some good hockey all over the pitch. The defensive combination of Esther Jacobs in goal, Lily Sore, Ally Windsor Waite, Stella Windsor Waite and Emma Bambridge combining well for the first time together keeping a clean sheet for the first twenty minutes of the match.

The midfield combination of Elsa Scott, Hannah Ellis, Catherine Matthews and Grace Brown were linking well to fed the forwards of Harriet Marlee, Harriet Rant, Aditi Naik and Katie Lister, who were worrying the Watton defence.

Unfortunately, Watton managed to score three quick goals from open play mid-way through the first half. Dragons kept battling, winning short corners and creating goal scoring chances but the first half ended 3 0 to Watton.

The second half again saw some promising hockey from Dragons but were not able to score a goal and Watton were clinical in front of goal and scored another four goals in the second half, three from short corners.

A great team effort from such a young and inexperienced team, with plenty to work on and build on in the coming weeks. Player of the match was taken by Stella Windsor Waite for a determined performance in defence. Thank you very much to our sideline support and encouragement from Spike, Sarah and Neeps.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Broadland 2s:  4-3

Goalscorers: Caroline Wolfe x3, Lilli Ballard
MOM: Trish Hagan, Jenna Mills, Sophia Haehnelt

The Ladies 4s headed to Taverham for an early start for their fixture against Broadland 2s. With a chilly start to the morning, there was a slight concern that the pitch might be frozen in places, but it was soon apparent that the sparkles on the  ‘bouncy’ pitch was just water glistening in the bright sunshine.

 
The Dragons started well, passing wide and using the space well, but struggled at times with the bounce of the pitch. There were plenty of opportunities, but it wasn’t until the 21st minute that Dragons got off the mark. Following a nice string of passes up the left side of the pitch, the ball was played in to Lilli Ballard, who took it to the top of the D and swept it through the defenders and past the keeper.
 
Broadland fought back and took advantage of a sloppy 10 minutes from Dragons, scoring 2 goals in rapid succession shortly before half time, giving them an unexpected half time lead.
 
Broadland scored again at the start of the second half, taking the score line to 1-3. Dragons did not let this deter their spirit, and as their shape returned, passing became more accurate.
 
The grit and determination shown by Dragons started to pay off 8 minutes into the second half, first with a long pass wide from Sarah Wagstaff to Fiona Fletcher on the right. Fletcher carried the ball up the wing, cutting in and crossing the ball to Caroline Wolfe who was on the near post with stick low and ready, and an angled deflection took the ball past the keeper, into the net.
 
Four minutes later, captain Trish Hagan picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch, beat three players to get in to the D and found Wolfe with a deft pass forward to the left. Wolfe spotted a gap and, with two touches, the ball was in the net.
 
The Dragons’ midfielders worked tirelessly to keep the pressure on and maintain possession, not least Jenna Mills. At 19 minutes, she carried the ball from the half way line, curving in text book style along the baseline. At a meter from the post, Mills played the perfect pass back to beat the keeper resulting in an easy tap in for Wolfe to gain her second hat trick in two weeks, and the winning goal (final score 4-3).
 
The man-of-the-match voting reflected the excellent team effort, with 7 players receiving nominations. First place was tied between midfielders Trish Hagan, Sophia Haehnelt and Jenna Mills.
 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Diss 1s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Gemma Ballard
MOM:  Emily Smith

Ladies 5s faced top of the table Diss on a bright sunny autumn day. The match started as  Steph Samson had requested with good pace and determination from the outset. In the first half Dragons dominated overall with the midfield Anita Mancini, Mel WIddows, Katherine Hardwick and Beth Elgood looking solid. There were attacks both ends of the pitch with Jane Wells crossing to Gemma Ballard who took a shot but it was saved by the keeper, then Diss broke and took a strike but this was blocked by Hannah Edwards. The midfield then sent the ball up to Jane, Beth and Lizzy McDonnell who completed a great move but this was well defended by Diss. Dragons continued to press and Jane then broke down the right sending a powerful shot into the D which Amy Forse sent just wide of the post. Dragons continue the pressure with 2 short corners just before half time but unfortunately were not able to score.

Diss came out fighting in the second half winning an early short corner but Kristina Smyth made a great save. Dragons defence continued to be challenged by Diss but Lou Davis, Steph, Georgia Butterworth and Hannah worked brilliantly to keep them at bay. Beth broke on the right sending a beautiful ball into the D which Gemma just had to touch to seal Dragons goal! Diss were awarded a short corner but Kristina made another great save.  Diss then broke on the wing bringing the ball past our defence at the top of the D to score in an open goal. Dragons did their best to add to the scoreline with further shots at goal but the final score was 1:1 bringing Diss’ 8 match winning run to an end. A solid team performance from Ladies 5’s. Player of the Match went to Emily Smith.

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Watton 2s:  1-7

Goalscorer:   Gill Walker
MOM:  Gill Walker, Louise Brooks

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Magpies 6s:  1-3
 

Goalscorers:  Adelice Kraemer
MOM: Emma Dyer

The 7s turned in a very creditable performance against the division’s unbeaten leaders, holding them to a goalless draw in the first half and pulling a goal back after Magpies established a three goal lead in the second half. The Dragons defence are developing into an assured unit, with Emma ‘Meg’ Dyer turning in another POM performance in the centre ably backed by Erin Aldous and Amy Hunter. Becky Bowen, playing despite a nasty respiratory infection, stuck to her task at bottom of the diamond and got in some good tackles. As usual, Emma ‘Northie’ North was reliable in goal and withstood a barrage of shots in the first half. The midfield continued their progression, with Paige Fisher and her unorthodox way of tackling stopping a lot of raids and cross balls, and Katy Cole worked hard as usual. Captain Claire Fairhurst proved her versatility with different roles in the mid, and showed excellent direction when playing at top of the diamond. Nat Crisp was able to play in the second half and added some bite into the link between forwards and defence.

 Dragons did not make enough use of the potential of Addi Kraemer, because they had difficulty in reaching the right side of the pitch. Magpies wanted to play centrally and down their right, which kept the 7s pinned on their left side. The one time that Bridget Le Good managed to get a decent pass to Mia McGhee, she sprinted down the left channel and timed her cross beautifully for Addi to slot home. During the last 7 minutes, Dragons produced some decent hockey, but Magpies were in no mood to be generous.

 7s know that there are three things they have got to work harder at in training – and the challenging thing is that it is the same three things that have plagued them all season. It is a great shame that illness and other commitments have meant that the 7s are no longer the champions of training that they were last season. They need more than six or seven to take advantage of the excellent coaching available to them if they are to ‘click’. That having been said, this was a pretty good performance against a strong team and all the Dragons made plenty of effort. So thanks to the Magpies for an enjoyable game and the tea of the season so far! The quest for success continues…

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Magpies 7s:  0-5

MOM:  Issy Gale, Neha Shammy

Ladies 8’s were at home against Harleston Magpies today. It was an early pushback and the pitches glistened after a light frost in the early morning sunshine. The setting was idyllic but despite a valiant fight we lost 5-0. We had four opportunities on goal but just couldn’t quite get it across the goal line.
Issy Gale played with energy and dogged determination in midfield and was rewarded with cheers from the sidelines, not just from the Dragons but the oppositions supporters as well! Nehar Shammy played in her debut match for Dragon’s Eights and did us all proud in defence continually clearing the ball and deservedly earning herself MOM. Karen Davidson made an incredibly competent goalie and made some great saves! Also in defence Jess Lockwood, Jo Baker and Eva Muiruri fought tirelessly to form a wall to block the ball going through and we witnessed some awesome play. Mouse Fielding, Sadie Jacobs, Sarah Lucas and Katie Davidson were in midfield and  I don’t think any of them experienced the luxury of standing still!! They were constantly on the move and if any of them were wearing a Fitbit, I would love to know the mileage they covered!
Lois Metcalfe, Johanne Steward and myself, Emma Young were playing as forwards, Lois and Johanne set up some great goal opportunities but we just couldn’t quite finish them with a goal.
But despite the loss today the Awesome 8’s remained positive and determined. We were able on reflection to highlight strengths and weaknesses and how to improve them for next weeks match.
It takes a lot to dull the spirits of the Awesome 8’s and we will be back and we will be Victorious!!!

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Long Sutton 1s:  1-5

Goalscorers:  Rupert Snelling
MOM:  Lewis Wilkins

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Newmarket 1s:  3-1

Goalscorer:  Louie Barby, Jason Wolfe, Eddie Gould
MOM:  Peter Dickerson

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Sudbury 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer: Tom Vaughan
MOM:  Tom Vaughan, Jon Goodson

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Magpies 4s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Joel Lawrence
MOM:  Isaac Diver Hall

Dragons start well with strong running and good positional play helping against a mix of youth and experience in the Magpies side. Dragons scored first with Joel Lawrence slotting home from close range.  Unfortunately this didn’t last as Magpies capitalised on a direct ball into the D to gain a touch to wrong foot the keeper. Both sides played a fast form of hockey with Alberto Embarba making sure the Dragons midfield was well defended. This enabled Dragons player of the match Isaac Diver-Hall to create issues and constantly win turn over ball. The game ended 1-1 despite Dragons having  a few clear opportunities to get good shots on target and pinch the game.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Pelicans 4s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Greg Reynolds, Sam Echevarria
MOM:  Will Bowman

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norfolk Nomads 1s:  1-4

Goalscorers:  Charlie Creasy
MOM:  Charlie Creasy

Development Leagues

Norwich Dragons Development Girls v Yarmouth:  1-0

Goalscorer:  Hattie Stuart
MOM:  Evie Marlee

Norwich Dragons Development Boys B v Dereham:  5-1

Goalscorers:  Ben Panter x2, Raul Wigglesworth, Josh Cormack, Will Panter
MOM:  Tom Jackson

Dragons started the match very strongly, dealing well with everything that came our way. Josh Cormack broke the deadlock to put us one in front, deflecting in from Ben Panter’s cross to score.
 
Dereham’s only goal came in the second quarter. Their player running down the wing, crossing the ball to be deflected in for a deserved goal. 
 
Dragons defended with real discipline throughout the match to protect Finn Pond in goal and limited Dereham to few chances to score again and finished up winning 5-1.
 
Scorers for Dragons were Josh, Will Panter, Raul Wigglesworth and two for Ben Panter – Ben’s second goal sealed the victory when having sent the keeper the wrong way he coolly flicked the ball straight down the middle. 
 
Player of the match was Tom Jackson.
 
 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 10th November 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sSudbury 1H5-1 (W)Shelly Seaman
Issy Wolfe
Olivia Thomas
Maddy Reynolds
Kiera Goymour
Issy Wolfe
L2sNth Norfolk 1A4-3 (L)Jess Bennett x2
Lucy Morton
Sarah Borrett
L3sFelixstowe 1H4-0 (W)Hannah Ellis
Hannah Hardy
Harriet Rant
Sam Franklin
Sam Franklin
L4sPelicans 2H5-0 (W)Lilli Ballard
Lisa Harwood
Caroline Wolfe x3
Steph Samson
L5sReephamA1-1 (D)Gemma BallardAmy Forse
L6sYarmouth 2H6-0 (W)Kelly Mills x2
Amelia Keitley-Webb x3
Adelice Kraemer
Gill Walker
L7sBrecklandA4-2 (L)Mia McGhee
Maisie Dearmer
Maisie Dearmer
L8sNth Norfolk 2A6-0 (L)Shaniece Claxton
M1sCity of Pboro 3A3-3 (D)Matt Jenkins
Rupert Snelling
Jono Chaney-Baxter
Rupert Snelling
M2sLow Railway 1H1-1 (D)Alex BrownePeter Dickerson
M3sIpswich 2A6-4 (L)Tom Vaughan x3
Mitch Smith
Angus Blazer
M4sN City 5A4-0 (L)Alex Brooks
M5sNomads 2H5-1 (W)Dan Ryan x2
Andrew Cross x2
Will Bloom
Dan Ryan
M6sNth Norfolk 3A3-2 (L)Mike Banham
Sam Nutt
Luke Wilkinson
BD ADragons BA0-3 (W)Ed Cross x2
Will Panter
Tom Jackson
BD BDragons AH0-3 (L)
GDN CityH0-4 (L)Mia Norris
Mia Rutherford
Honey Wells
tbc

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Sudbury 1s:  5-1

Goalscorers:  Shelly Seaman, Issy Wolfe, Olivia Thomas, Maddy Reynolds, Kiera Goymour
MOM:  Issy Wolfe

Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s continue to build momentum in Division 1N League, taking
all 3 points in a 5-1 win against Sudbury Ladies 1s. The Dragons began the match
strongly, dominating possession and keeping much of the play in their attacking half.
While Sudbury managed to break through the middle with a couple of long balls through
to their forwards, they did not look overly threatening in the opening stages of the game.
After a flurry of short corners – one of which saw Mia Bartrum’s drag flick sail just
inches wide of the post – the Dragons managed to convert one, through a strike from
Shelly Seaman on the right which was deflected into the roof of the goal by player of the
match Issy Wolfe. The scoreline remained at 1-0 at half time.

The second half opened in much the same way, with the hosts maintaining possession,
and finding the back of the net a second time through a well-timed run from Issy Wolfe,
and a beautifully placed pass to the unmarked Liv Thomas in the D. Thomas took the
ball on her reverse and cooly slotted in past the keeper. Following this, the Dragons
experienced a difficult phase of play and were put under pressure by the visitors. The
defensive unit absorbed the pressure, with Sophie Barrow making a number of fantastic
tackles on the left. However, following a series of short corners, Sudbury managed to
claw their way back into the game after an awkward bobbling strike crossed the line. The
visitors maintained the pressure for a further few minutes before the Dragons took
command of the game again. The forward movement and the feeding of the ball from
the midfield was much improved this week, and the team were rewarded with a further
three goals. Two came from penalty corners, with Kiera Goymour finding the net from
the left, and Shelly Seaman from the right. The final goal came after some lovely
movement off the ball around the pitch, finding Issy Wolfe on the left hand side of the D.
Wolfe crossed the ball on her reverse to a waiting Maddy Reynolds for a tap in goal. A
good performance from the whole squad.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v North Norfolk 1s:  3-4

Goalscorers:  Jess Bennett x2,  Lucy Morton
MOM:  Sarah Borrett

Dragons travelled to North Norfolk knowing they were going to be up for a hard game as North Norfolk had a 100% record at home.

Dragons had a good warm up and started the game at a fast pace. Within minutes of the start Dragons earned a short corner. The ball was put out by Harriet Green straight to Jess Bennett, who stopped the ball and fired it home to put the Dragons 0-1 up. This fired the Dragons up even further and they continued to press and put pressure on the North Norfolk defence. During this spell of pressure several shots were had, but saved well by the North Norfolk keeper. On one of these saves the ball fell to Lucy Morton who calmly slotted it into the goal. This but Dragons 0-2 up within 15 minutes of the start. Dragons had further chances, but unfortunately nothing came of them. Then just before half time and against the run of play North Norfolk got one back. When the whistle went for half time it was 1-2 to Dragons. Coach Ollie King was pleased with the first half and asked for the same again.

Unfortunately for the dragons North Norfolk started the stronger of the two teams and before long had managed to drew the game level at 2-2. After this a real battle ensued with both teams having several chances but neither scoring. North Norfolk continued to work hard and eventually managed to break the deadlock making it 3-2 to North Norfolk. North Norfolk were encouraged by this and not long after made it 4-2. The Dragons however did not give up and continued to try and fight their way back into the game. A piece of good individual skill from Jess Bennett saw her score her second to make it 4-3. Dragons continued to push to see if they could at least get a point from the game but ran out of time. The whistle went with the score at 4-3 to North Norfolk. Player of the match went to Sarah Borrett for some good goal line stops and good defending.

Thanks to Ollie King for his help and to all the supporters that travelled to Cromer to cheer us on. Thanks also to Dragons 8th team who tried their best to spur us on, but unfortunately on this occasion it wasn’t to be.


East League, Ladies 2NE

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Felixstowe 1s:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Hannah Ellis, Hannah Hardy, Harriet Rant, Sam Franklin
MOM:  Sam Franklin

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3 rd team this week welcomed Felixstowe Ladies 1 st team on a bright sunny Saturday morning to the Den. Dragons began the game playing positive attacking hockey, which was to set the tone for most of the game.

Dragons first goal was scored from their first short corner with a clean strike from Harriet Rant at the top of the D. Dragons energised by scoring an early goal and creating chances began to switch the ball at pace around the defence and midfield. Playing a short sharp passing game, the second goal came from a lay off by Hannah Hardy, which was fed up the left-hand wing with Catherine Matthews and Aditi Naik combining well to cross into the circle for Sam Franklin to sweep in style from the right.

The team continued to work hard defending from the front to maintain their lead at the beginning of the second half. Dragons 3 rd goal was confidently put away by Hannah Hardy on her return to hockey this season following injury. The fourth goal was scored from a favourite third team chuckle brother routine between Sam Franklin and slotted home by Hannah Ellis.
Dragons continued to play attacking hockey creating chances and the score could have been higher was it not for a superb performance by the Felixstowe keeper. Dragons defence remained focused throughout the match and kept any Felixstowe opportunities out and were awarded with a clean sheet. Player of the match was won by Sam Franklin for a super strike in the first half and tireless work in midfield up and down the pitch.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Pelicans 2s:  5-0

Goalscorers: Caroline Wolfe x3, Lilli Ballard, Lisa Harwood
MOM: Steph Samson

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Reepham:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Gemma Ballard
MOM:  Amy Forse

Another one of those ‘can’t believe this is November’ sunny Saturdays, and the 5’s were on the road to try and get back to their winning ways against Reepham.

Captain Han adjourned the changing room discussions of dingy white socks and athletes foot to lead us out for a dynamic warm-up (disco style) to ensure we were ready and enthusiastic for push back.

Both teams came out hard from the start but within minutes Dragons found themselves defending a flurry of short corners.  With the defensive line up of Amy Forse, Hannah Edwards, Jen Buskell, Georgia Butterworth and Beth  Elgood all dealing with these without fault, Dragons soon began to settle into the game.
The midfield of Anita Mancini, Amy Beadman, Jane Wells and Mel Widdows worked tirelessly to try and control the ball in the middle with great link up play to the rotating forwards, Lizzy McDonnell, Sue Cross and Gemma Ballard.  It was end to end play with both teams creating a number of chances from open play but both goalkeepers kept the score line goalless in the first half.
The second half began with the same intensity, with both sides determined to finish ahead. It was Reepham however who took control scoring first.  Dragons maintained composure and continued putting pressure on, when a shot from Crossy was saved, for Gemma to get the rebound off the keeper and tuck it away for an equaliser.
There was no time to tire in the final 10 minutes, with the home side throwing numbers forward our swift counter attacks were looking dangerous, but the result was to remain 1-1.
The whole team battled hard and man of the match was awarded to Amy Forse who played amazingly in goal, keeping us in the game a number of times and making some excellent saves.  Also a special mention should go to Lizzy for remaining upright throughout the whole game!

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Yarmouth 2s:  6-0

Goalscorers:  Kelly Mills x2, Amelia Keitley-Webb x3, Adelice Kraemer
MOM:  Gill Walker

After a couple of disappointing defeats, Ladies 6s were full of positivity ahead of their Yarmouth clash.

Moving the ball around well from the first whistle they scored early in the first half through Amelia Keitley-Webb. This just added to their positivity. With great linking play between Amelia and Charlotte Dowson, the Goals flew in!
Finishing the first half 3-0 up, the half time team talk called for more of the same. Amelia finishing the day with a hat trick, Kelly Mills bagging 2 and Adelice Kraemer getting her goal late in the second half, the 6s showed what they are capable of.
The midfield worked tirelessly, with Player of the Match Gill Walker as solid as ever with great distribution into the channels allowing the 6s to play some really intelligent hockey.
Really great work rate, lots of goals and lots of promise, sitting solid in the middle of the table as we approach the half way point.


Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Breckland: 2-4

Goalscorers:  Mia McGhee, Maisie Dearmer
MOM: Maisie Dearmer

Breckland turned over the ball after the second pass and raced away to score a goal inside a minute – unhindered by any tackles from Dragons. But Dragons then picked themselves up and battled courageously, with the defence turning in an excellent performance. Breckland have one very strong player, and after scoring a second goal from a well-struck penalty, it was perhaps fortunate for Dragons she was not available to the home side for the second half. For the 7s, another slightly rejigged defence saw Emma Meg Dyer growing in confidence in the centre, well supported by Bethan Greaves, Amy Hunter, Jessica Young and Erin Aldous. Briony Johnstone was awesome at the bottom of the diamond, full of running and tackles. The midfield was very impressive. Maisie Dearmer on the right, Paige Fisher on the left and Claire Fairhurst at the top of the diamond passed accurately and fast and got the ball into circle. The score was 1-3 at half time, with the Dragons’ goal coming from a melee after a penalty corner, when Maisie Dearmer (POM) showed the greatest persistence by forcing the ball home.

So in the second half it was 1-1, which just shows that the 7s are frustratingly close to the win they so desperately need. Dragons improved the accuracy and timing of their passes and looked as though they could push Breckland close. Playing out from the back, Emma Northie North kicked and cleared strongly as usual and the defence, playing well as a unit could find their mids at will, which led to Dragons having a lot of possession. But the forwards lacked the ability to finish. Breckland packed their circle, and Dragons could not find a way through. Mia McGhee, Bridget Le Good and Katy Cole need to build an understanding quickly, and learn when to pass, when to slip and when to hammer a shot home. Erin Aldous moved up to left forward, and showed she could match Mia for speed and skill, Generally Bridget’s shots lacked their usual  power and too many from the right went straight to the keeper’s pads. After a super move from the back through the mids and into the circle, Bridget passed the ball across the circle for Mia to sweep the ball home for a beautiful goal. Despite urging from Claire, who was having a great game in control at the top of the diamond, there was no further score.

7s remain upbeat and determined, and have a good idea of what they need to do in training in order to find the final piece of the jigsaw. Come on 7s!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v North Norfolk 2s:  0-6

MOM:  Chaniece Claxton

The Seeded Grape! 

It was going to be a tough game against top of the shop North Norfolk. It was a game that started with a 1 minute silence to remember all those lost and ended with the curse of the seeded grape!

North Norfolk proved their speed right from the off but great defensive play from the 8’s kept them at bay.

A rolling number of shorts kept coming but the defence held strong and Emma North In her second game of the day in goal was able to keep them from scoring. In quick succession North Norfolk slotted home some well worked goals from open play.

8’s worked hard to push North Norfolk to the wings and clear the ball wide to stop them from attacking the centre, with forwards and midfield working together to support the back line

A controversial goal came from the left hand side which saw the scoreline go to 3-0. The first injury of the game came just before half time, seeing some position changes for the 8’s.

After half time 8’s were ready to pick up the game once more and it was a half that saw the 8’s head more into the oppositions half with good defensive work and some great passing play. Shaniece out on the left wing never gave up and often came up with the ball, proving her player of the match status.

A lifted ball caught Sadie on the wing and a reshuffle was had once more. With many 8’s now playing out of position and a slight wariness 8’s fought on. 8’s continued to work hard, keeping sticks down and another goal was won with some hesitancy around a short corner.

2 more goals were to be won with a tired 8’s working determinedly to the end of the game showing how well they are working together and honing their skills.

A special shout out to the umpire who caught the ball one handed after a lifted ball to the sideline!

Final score 6-0 to North Norfolk. Several players were voted for in Player of the Match, with Shaniece hitting top spot for her untiring efforts out on the wing.

 

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v City of Peterborough 3s:  3-3

Goalscorers:  Rupert Snelling, Matt Jenkins, Jono Chaney-Baxter
MOM:  Rupert Snelling

After going 2 goals down in the space of the first ten minutes, things looked rather bleak. However, an inspired Dragons come back in a cracking spell of hockey gave them a 3-2 lead with come back kid Matt Jenkins and Rupert Snelling (p-flick – won by Patrick Gordon) and a naughty reverse from Jono Chaney Baxter bagging the goals. CoP hit back just before half time from a short to make it 3-3. An even second half but neither side could find the winner. An honourable mention to Olly Buck who charged down the last short on the whistle with his finger…

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Lowestoft Railway 1s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Alex Browne
MOM:  Peter Dickerson

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Ipswich 2s:  4-6

Goalscorers: Tom Vaughan x3, Mitch Smith
MOM:  Angus Blazer

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Norwich City 5s:  0-4

MOM:  Alex Brooks

Dragons unfortunately stated without a keeper despite City delaying the start. Dragons held there own until a miss control resulted in a goal before the keeper could get on. After that the game flowed both ways , with Dragons not able to convert their short corner chances. City capitalised on their chances with a flick and another goal going City way. The fourth City goal was a good short corner flick which James King manged to get to but couldn’t keep out. Half time looked bleak for Dragons at 4 down but the team knew they had had chances focused the team for the second half.  The second half opened up and unfortunately for Dragons they failed to finish again with the City Goalie blocking Rich Phillis from close range and Bobby Sheppard sending one over the bar. The defence held well with man of the match going to deserving Alex Brooks. So the game ended 4-0 to City and highlighted the need for Dragons to be more clinical in the D again. Thanks again to City for waiting for our late keeper and as always a nice curry and jacket potato.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norfolk Nomads 2s:  5-1

Goalscorers:  Will Bloom, Dan Ryan x2, Andrew Cross
MOM:  Dan Ryan

The game started with both teams standing in a circle to observe a minute’s silence to commemorate Rememberance Sunday and the 100 years since the end of the Great War.

Nomads opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes from a short corner, however Andrew Cross scored two in the next 10 mins. Dragons played very well playing a very good passing game. After half time it was all Norwich Dragons, Dan Ryan slammed home two shorts in, and was very much the play maker all game. Will Bloom got the last goal after a great run from centre back to stike making it 5-1 with 12 minutes left.

The Game was a fantastic team effort and very fun game to play.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v North Norfolk 3s:  2-3

Goalscorers:  Mike Banham, Sam Nutt
MOM:  Luke Wilkinson

Development Leagues

Norwich Dragons Development Girls v Norwich City Girls:  0-4

MOM:  Mia Norris, Mia Rutherford, Honey Wells, tbc

Norwich Dragons Development Boys A v Norwich Dragons Development B:  3-0

Goalscorers for Dev A:  Ed Cross x2, Will Panter
MOM for Dev A:  Tom Jackson

 

Match Report – Ladies O45s

On Sunday  4th November Norwich Dragons O45s travelled out of the city to Taverham to take on Norwich City O45s in the Investec Women’s O45s Championship.

Dragons started brightly and they looked like a team that had played together regularly despite being made up from 6 separate Dragons teams.

Dragons broke the deadlock after a free hit from the top of the D found its way to Hannah Hardy who, after 8 months out with injury, wasted no time and calmly slotted home.

The Dragons defence of Kath Mares, Angela Murgatroyd and Karen O’Neill-Simpson switched the ball round well, protected GK Kat Spiers and assisted with the attack whenever they could.

In the second half Dragons doubled their lead with a sweetly struck short corner from joint player of the match Gail Thomas.

The forward line of Bridget Le Good, Hannah Hardy, Ally Windsor Waite, Claire Fairhurst and Caroline Wolfe created numerous chances including the third goal, a neat move between Wolfe to Windsor-Waite who finished well.

The midfield including joint player of the match Louise Brooks along with Trish Hagen, Vicki Earley and Jen Buskell worked tirelessly and supported the attack in tenacious fashion.

The final goal was a penalty flick, won by a Norwich City foot on the line after a good short corner strike, this was despatched expertly by Hannah Hardy.

An all round excellent team performance with lots of energy that did not allow Norwich City any time or space to threaten the Dragons goal.

Thank you to the management team of Lynne Price, Sarah and Ellie Wagstaff.
Round two here we come.

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 3rd November 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sLow Ladies 1A0-7 (W)Sarah Jenkins x2
Issy Wolfe x2
Kiera Goymour
Olivia Thomas
Maddy Renolds
Sarah Jenkins
L2sUEA 1H3-2 (W)Jess Bennett
Lucy Morton
Donna Vaughan
Kath Mares
L3sN City 2A2-0 (L)Grace Brown
L4sN City 4A0-1 (W)Caroline WolfeCatherine Matthews
L5sMagpies 5H1-3 (L)Gemma BallardJennifer Buskell
L6sCarrow 1A4-0 (L)Emily Roper
L7sLoddon 2A3-0 (L)Emma North
L8sCarrow 2H0-1 (L)Issy Gale
M1sKettering 1H2-2 (D)Sam Avery
Jono Chaney-Baxter
Ed Murphy
M2sUEA 1H1-2 (L)Jason WolfePeter Dickerson
M3sLow Railway 1A1-1 (D)Matt JenkinsEd Smith
M4sIES 4H2-1 (W)Alberto Embarba
Angus Blazer
Isaac Diver-Hall
M5sN City 7A1-3 (w)Dan Ryan x2
Greg Reynolds
Dan Ryan
Greg Reynolds
M6sNo Fixture
BD AWattonH15-0 (W)Josh Cormack x3
Kit Scott x3
Ben Panter x2
Will Panter x2
Arjuna Puvanachandra
Tommy Chambers
Lawrie Williams
Vithu Baskaran
Sam Leeming
BD BDerehamA
GDDereham PanthersH3-2 (W)Freya Dolding
Rosie Sheppard
Lucy Courtier
Lucy Courtier

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Lowestoft 1s:  7-0

Goalscorers:  Sarah Jenkins x2, Issy Wolfe x2, Kiera Goymour, Olivia Thomas, Maddy Reynolds
MOM:  Sarah Jenkins

Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s continue to build momentum in their Division 1 campaign, taking an emphatic 7-0 win on the road at Lowestoft. Seeking to work on a couple of areas of weakness over the last few weeks, the Dragons team came out focused and ready to make a statement. They were rewarded early on in the game, after Holly Setchell executed a perfectly weighted pass through the Lowestoft defence, into a wide and high position for Carmel Windsor-Waite to storm onto from the right back position. Picking the ball up strongly, Windsor-Waite crossed the ball into the D, to a waiting Issy Wolf. Wolfe managed to create enough space for herself in order to lob the keeper on her reverse, a beautiful piece of skill, putting the Dragons 1-0 ahead in the opening 5 minutes of the game. The visitors maintained the pressure upon the Lowestoft team, and after a tussle in the D, with several shots being saved at close range by their keeper, Liv Thomas got hold of the ball and made sure of the second goal. Whilst Lowestoft had a couple of attacking moments in the first half, none looked particularly threatening. The Dragons made more of their attacks, and before half time won a further two short corners. A virtual carbon copy of each other, these short corners saw the ball slipped left, first to Sarah Jenkins, and subsequently to Kiera Goymour, for the pair to slot the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal. The scoreline stood at 4-0 as the half-time whistle blew.

In the half time talk, the Dragons were told to up the intensity of play on the slow pitch, and to create more options in attack. However, the opening few minutes of the second half saw a brief period of Lowestoft possession, with the Dragons needing to keep composed in defence. Some excellent defensive work from Setchell, Windsor-Waite and Sophie Barrow, supported by the midfield line of Joanna Raymond, Liv Thomas and Kiera Goymour, and along with some composed saves from goal keeper Luisa Valentini saw off this period of pressure, before the Dragons went back on the attack. The second half saw a further 3 goals come from short corner chances. The first a straight strike from eventual player of the match Sarah Jenkins. The second followed a break down in the penalty corner routine, with the ball falling to Katy Hands towards the top of the D. Unselfishly, Hands passed the ball across the D to Piper Hempsall, who – on her first 1st XI debut – set Maddy Reynolds up for a tap in on the right hand post. The final goal came following another break down in short corner play; with the goalkeeper dragged out of position by the initial shot from the right, the ball was passed to Sarah Jenkins on the P-spot. A first time slap saw the ball directed towards the open goal, with Issy Wolfe – in classic forward fashion – making sure it crossed over the line! The Dragons did enough to win, and win comfortably on the day. However, there is much more potential in this team, and plenty of things to work on as they seek to maintain this momentum leading up to the halfway point of the season.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v UEA 1s:  3-2

Goalscorers:  Jess Bennett, Lucy Morton, Donna Vaughan
MOM:  Kath Mares

On yet another bright sunny morning Dragons welcomed UEA Ladies 1’s to the Den.

The game started at a quick pace, with both teams making a few unforced errors. UEA got into their stride before the home side and started to pressure the Dragons defence. Not long into the game UEA played a long ball through that fell to one of their forwards. UEA used their speed to out run Dragons defence and hit the ball into the goal giving the Dragons keeper, Izzi Mumbray, little chance of saving it, making it 0-1 to UEA. Full of confidence from this goal UEA continued to pressure the Dragons defence of Kath Mares, Karen O’Neill-Simpson, Donna Vaughan and Sarah Borrett, earning several short corners. However good keeping from Izzi Mumbray kept the score at 0-1. Just before half time another short corner was awarded. The first shot was saved and the ball ended up nearly in the face of defender Donna Vaughan, but play continued and UEA scored. Not long after this the half time whistle went with UEA 0-2 up.

At half time ‘coach’ Ollie pointed out to the team that they needed to up their game, whilst ‘manager’ Hannah encouraged the team to believe that they could still get something out of the game. With their words of advice ringing in their ears Dragons started the second half like a different team. Dragons played with much greater intensity and started to push higher and pressure the UEA defence. The midfield of Gail Thomas, Debs Smith, Harriet Green and Sam Franklin starting to work together and do what they do best, with lots of quick short passes around the opposition. It was from this build up play that a Dragons player was taken out in the ‘D’ and a penalty stroke was awarded. This was calmly taken by Jess Bennett to make it 1-2 to UEA. This made Dragons up their intensity even more and not long after this a quickly taken free hit by Karen O’Neill-Simpson was passed to Donna Vaughan, who found Lucy Morton in a great position and she calmly fired it home to make it 2-2. After this there was no stopping the Dragons and the hard work from the forwards of Jess Haw, Jess Bennett, Kate McKenna and Lucy Morton earned them several short corners, which the UEA did well to defend. With a couple of minutes to go Dragons won another short corner, knowing their chances were running out. Good play between Gail Thomas and Donna Vaughan saw the ball calmly slotted home by Vaughan. The final whistle went not long after this making it 3-2 to Dragons. Player of the match went to Kath Mares for some great defending.

They say it is a game of two halves and this game definitely was! A great come back from the Dragons, which showed their strength in character and fighting spirit. Thanks to Ollie and Hannah for their advice and encouragement and thanks to the supporters for cheering us on.


East League, Ladies 2NE

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Norwich City 2s:  0-2

Goalscorer:
MOM:  Grace Brown

This week saw Norwich Dragons 3 rd team travel to Taverham to play Norwich City 2’s. The play began with Dragons playing some positive attacking play, however City soon settled into the game and put the Dragons defence under increasing pressure. The dragons defence of Kat Speirs, Stella Windsor Waite, Angela Murgatroyd, Grace Brown, Esme Potter and Elsa Scott absorbed all of the open play pressure and only conceded one goal from a short corner in the first half.

Dragons managed to switch the ball more in the second half to play a wider game as requested at half time but unfortunately could not convert the few chances that were created. City maintained their attacking game and again managed to convert another short corner in the second half. The final score was 2-0 to City and player of the match was awarded to Grace  Brown.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Norwich City 4s:  1-0

Goalscorers: Caroline Wolfe
MOM: Catherine Matthews

The Ladies 4s played some great hockey today at Taverham, with clever first time passes and ‘fight’ to get to the ball first, all the way through the game.

The bouncy pitch caused us a few issues, however, that did not stop us, and we had the majority of possession for the 70 minutes. This was down to the determination of players, particularly midfielders Jemma Williams and skipper Trish Hagan, to be first to the ball.

The City team looked dangerous on only two occasions; our defence dealt with those easily with control and composure. Moreover, they did not concede a single short corner during the entire game.

We lost our shape for a spell as the half time break approached, but wise words contained in the team talk given by Lynne Price, and injured Sarah Wagstaff, were adhered to for the second half, resulting in Dragons having more space and passing options.

Despite controlling so much of the game, Dragons struggled to get decent scoring opportunities. More work is needed to ensure crosses are connected with, and opportunities created.

Dragons were getting visibly frustrated towards the end of the game, which looked every bit like it was heading to a draw. Caroline Wolfe returned up front for the last 4 minutes, having had a breather, and was unlucky to have a short corner strike saved by the City keeper.

Then, with just 30 seconds to go, Catherine Matthews (man of the match) took the ball along the right hand side back line, and played a simple lifted pass for Wolfe to volley into the back of the net at speed.

How good it felt to leave the Taverham pitch with all the points!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Magpies 5s:  1-3

Goalscorer:  Gemma Ballard
MOM:  Jennifer Buskell

On a beautiful crisp November afternoon, Dragons Ladies 5s came up against their toughest game yet against Magpies 5s. The big question was, could ‘age and experience’ of the Dragons beat the ‘pace and fearlessness’ of the Magpies? Dragons Capt Hannah Edwards began pre-match prep with an authoritative and motivational speech followed by carefully considered tic tacs to take on the mighty MagpiesFeeling confident and fired up, Dragons ladies welcomed the long awaited return of Kristina Smyth in Goal (congrats on baby no 2). The game began as expected with both teams fighting hard for every ball… so hard in fact that Lizzy McDonnell (aka stunt woman extraordinaire) within minutes of the game kicking off, was ‘swept off her feet’ literally by the Magpies defence. She was down but not out, rising gracefully to continue unfazed but a little grazed. Dragons moved the ball around well with Hannah E, Charlotte Dowson, Sue Brumby and Neet (aka Newt) Mancini moving the ball well from midfield to the devilishly dangerous forward line of Gem Ballard, Amy Forse, Sue Cross, Jane Wells and Lizzy. Before long, ‘on form’ striker Gem broke the deadlock with a stunningly delivered shot past the goalie after a cunningly concealed but well placed pass from Amy. Dragons were one nil up and all looked good for the home side. The young Magpies were unshaken and began to put pressure on the Dragons heroic and stoic defence of Georgia Butterworth, Beth Elgood, Jen Buskell and Katherine Hardwick who put up a great defence with some  precision tackling against the pacey and skilful Magpies forward line. Kristina made some fine saves and kept the Dragons in the game on many occasions. But alas Magpies were unrelenting and equalised mid way in the first half. Encouraged by the great support of our home crowd, Dragons continued to fight back with some great running from Sue B and Sue C along the wings, Dragons continued to fire balls across the Magpies defence but just couldn’t find the net. Before half time, Magpies sneaked home their second goal. After the half time team talk by Han E and nourished by some fine orange slices (thanks Jen) Dragons began the second half in a fighting mood  with Gem, Jane and Amy coming close to equalising. Second half saw some lovely free flowing passes by both sides but it was the pace of the Magpies forwards (yes the average age of the whole team was 19.7 years) that saw them extended their lead to 3-1. The Home team (average age 36.1) bravely fought on but it was not to be a happy ending. With the final whistle, the youthful yet highly talented Magpies ladies won the day. A hard fought game from both teams, played in a “good natured, free flowing, friendly atmosphere” (Umpires post match review) by both teams on a lovely November afternoon. What better way to end the game than with Pizza and chocolate brownies. MOM won by Jen Buskell who like our other nominees for MOM Beth, Newt, Han, Georgia, Katherine and Kristina – played brilliantly.

The final quote goes to Georgia who’s contribution summed it all up and could have saved you all from reading my very long report… “the attackers attacked, the defence defended” in a “game of two halves” where the Ladies “did a lot of running” and on this occasion, ‘the youth piped the oldies to the post’. Literally.

Thanks to Ed Cross ‘time keeper extraordinaire’, the umpires for their very good umpiring, Ma and Pa of Beth, Ma and Pa of Jane, Jane’s hubby and boys Harry and George… and anyone else watching today. Thank you.

 Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Carrow 1s:  0-4

MOM:  Emily Roper


Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Loddon 2s:  0-3

MOM:  Emma North

The three weeks since the last match showed in Dragons performance, especially when some had been unable to train and/or suffering from colds. The first 10 minutes of the match were encouraging and looked like Dragons could be a force to be reckoned with. It was then that they started to lose their shape and failed to mark, allowing Loddon to get the ball too easily. For long spells they had the upper hand over Loddon, getting the ball into the attacking 23 if not so much into the D. But it was Loddon who showed how to get first to the ball and make strong individual runs into the Dragons defence. Fortunately, Emma Northie North (POM) was in brilliant shot- stopping form. She led the way in grit and determination, and after her sliding tackle resulted in a penalty flick being given, she jumped straight up and saved the flick! Whoop whoop.

Dragons held out until the end of the first half, when Loddon got two breakaways, the defence not quite being able to keep their shape. Emma Dyer gave a strong performance at centre back, aided by Amy Hunter, Lilly Crew, Erin Aldous with Briony Johnstone at bottom of the diamond. In the midfield, Nat Crisp had a stand out game as a holding player, and also contributed to support in attack. Maisie Dearmer sparkled at right mid, tackling well and linking up with forward Mia McGhee who made some good runs. Becky Bowen and Paige Fisher made some good attempts to hold up Loddon. The forwards of Mia, Claire Fairhurst, Charlotte Carr and Bridget Le Good tried to get into good positions but didn’t really manage to ping the ball accurately between them.

There is lots for the 7s to work on, with one of the biggest issues is maintaining positioning. If this can be overcome then surely Dragons will be a force to be reckoned with. Come on, we want this long overdue win!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Carrow 2:  0-1

MOM:  Issy Gale

A strong performance was shown by the 8’s this weekly, albeit losing 1-0 to Carrow 2’s at the den, the team showed grit and determination.

Issy Gale was rightly awarded MOM for her amazing runs along the wing, continually fighting for possession of the ball and playing to the width. A special mention to Jess Lockwood for her save of the century, using sheer skill (and not luck!) to stop the ball approximately one millimetre from the goal line. Although this almost caused Lois Metcalfe’ heart to stop, Lois was still able to have some valiant runs, pushing the ball into the D throughout the match

The awesome 8’s were delighted to have Nic Harrison return this week, after some time out due to injury. She was a strong addition to the midfield team, integrating perfectly into the now ‘well-practised’ weekly team formation. She was well supported by BoD ‘Bondy’ (Louise Bond) and with the speedy runs from Katie Davidson, the second half of the game kept Carrows’ defence busy.

The 8’s defence team were kept busy themselves with the six short corners – one of which conceded to Carrows’ goal. Goalie Kat Speirs had a sterling performance and the 8’s were grateful to have her play with them this week. Together with Anna Chapman, Jess Lockwood, Jo Baker and Mouse (Emma Fielding), no further goals were scored.

Playing up forward, Emma Young, Johanne Steward and Sadie Jacobs made some excellent attempts at getting the ball into the D – hopefully as confidence and skills continue to grow those goals will soon come through.

Granted we didn’t accomplish a win this week the team remained sprightly, motivated and driven – keep going 8’s !

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Kettering 1s:  2-2

Goalscorers:  Sam Avery, Jono Chaney-Baxter
MOM:  Ed Murphy

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v UEA 1s:  1-2

Goalscorers:  Jason Wolfe
MOM:  Peter Dickerson

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Lowestoft Railway 1s:  1-1

Goalscorers: Matt Jenkins
MOM:  Ed Smith

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v IES 4s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Alberto Embarba, Angus Blazer
MOM:  Neil Shorten

Dragons started the game with a strong squad but fell behind to an early short corner rebound after the first shot was well stopped by stand-in keeper Lloyd Wade. Dragons rallied and constantly pressed forward with the mid-field and forward line pressing for chances. Dragons equalised before half time from a converted short corner from Alberto Embarda. The game opened up with youngsters on both sides playing well and causing turn overs. Dragons then went ahead after good work resulted in Angus Blazer finishing from close range. More chances followed but Dragons fitness and solid defence closed the game out whilst still creating chances. Man of the match for Dragons Isaac Diver-Hall worked relentlessly and caused numerous problems for IES who played well to create a good competitive game played in the right spirit.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norwich City 7s:  3-1

Goalscorers:  Dan Ryan x2, Greg Reynolds
MOM:  Dan Ryan, Greg Reynolds

Dragons 5’s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a well deserved victory over their closest challengers.  Two goals for Dan Ryan and one for Greg Reynolds sealed victory.

 

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s – no fixture

Development Leagues

Norwich Dragons Development Girls v Dereham:  3-2 W

Goalscorers:  Freya Dolding, Rosie Sheppard, Lucy Courtier
MOM:  Lucy Courtier

Norwich Dragons Development Boys A v Watton:  15-0

Dragons dominated the match from the whistle, playing some outstanding hockey throughout.

Goals were spread around the team, and Dragons passed the ball very well using all players to score a series of ‘team goals’.

Unfortunately our keeper didn’t have much to do, and neither did the defenders. So the coach said that all players must touch the ball before a shot on goal is allowed. This brought an extra element of fun to the match and ensured everyone was involved.

Goals from…
Arjuna P (1)
Josh Cormack (3)
Tommy Chambers (1)
Kit Scott (3)
Lawry Williams (1)
Ben Panter (2)
Sam Leeming (1)
Vithu Baskaran (1)
Wills Panter (2)

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 27th October 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sBedford 2H3-1 (W)Jess Bennett
Issy Wolfe
Katy Hands
Mima Watson
Olivia Thomas
L2sN D 3A2-4 (W)Donna Vaughan x2
Lucy Morton
Jess Haw
Donna Vaughan
L3sNDHC 2H2-4 (L)Hannah Ellis
Harriet Marlee
Elsa Scott
L4sSlip Date
L5sSlip Date
L6sSlip Date
L7sSlip Date
L8sSlip Date
M1sBury 1A2-1 (L)Matt KnightsLewis Wilkins
M2sMagpies 3A3-3 (D)Cley Hamilton
Alex Browne
Ed Gould
Alex Brooks
M3sUEA 2H2-1 (W)Tom Vaughan
Mitch Smith
McCartney Aldous
M4sNewmarket 2A1-2 (W)Alberto Embarba
Joel Lawrence
Neil Shorten
M5sNDHC 6H7-0 (W)Greg Reynolds x2
Andrew Cross x2
Sam Echeverria x2
Dan Ryan
Dan Ryan
M6sNDHC 5A7-0 (L)
BD ANo Fixture
BD BCityA8-1 (L)Ben PanterKit Scott
GDNo Fixture

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Bedford 2s:  3-1

Goalscorers:  Jess Bennett, Issy Wolfe, Katy Hands
MOM:  Olivia Thomas, Mima Watson

Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s continued their streak of good form with a 3-1 win over second-placed Bedford 2s. The opening minutes of the game saw the Dragons’ nerves show, as they struggled to hold possession in their campaign to close the gap between themselves and the top-3 promotion zone. The hosts absorbed some early pressure before capitalising on an attack down the right-hand side of the pitch after the 10th minute. A ball from Tabba Tabrett found Maddy Reynolds on the base-line; driving  into the D, Reynolds found Issy Wolfe on the penalty spot who slotted the ball into the back of the net with her first touch of the game. The remainder of the half saw the Dragons begin to control the game, working the ball well out of tight corners in defence, through Liv Thomas in the midfield, and creating opportunities in attack on the right through fellow player of the match Mima Watson. This pressure soon paid off when the ball was placed on the foot of a Bedford defender for a short corner. The Dragons took the opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the Bedford team, converting it through a textbook straight strike from Jess Bennett. The score remained 2-0 going into half time.

The second half saw Katy Hands put the Dragons another goal ahead as she reacted quickly to a save from the keeper and made sure of the goal. The remainder of the game, however, was a more evenly matched affair, as Bedford began to exert more pressure on the Dragons’ defence.  Despite some excellent defending from Bennett, Holly Setchell, Carmel Windsor-Waite and Watson, the visitors broke through the line and, in a 2 on 2 situation managed to find the back of the net. This period of play saw a number of short corners for the Bedford team, but these were dealt with calmly by the Dragons, with Jess Bennett making several saves on the line. The hosts managed to run the clock down and finish with the 3 points, taking them a step closer to the coveted top 3 position.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s:  4-2

Goalscorers:  Donna Vaughan x2, Lucy Morton, Jess Haw
MOM: Donna Vaughan

Dragons versus Dragons saw the first really wet miserable day of the season, with players getting soaked before the game even started! Dragons 2’s were excited to welcome Saskia Williams, Shelly Seaman and Lucy Morton to the 2’s for their first 2’s game of the season.

The game started with Dragons 2’s having a fair bit of possession, but the opposition didn’t make it easy for them and defended well, with the keeper making several good saves. Finally the pressure from Dragons 2’s paid off and they were awarded a short corner. The ball was put out well by Harriet Green and smartly stopped at the top of the ‘D’ by Karen O’Neill-Simpson. It was then fired home by Donna Vaughan, giving the keeper little chance and making it 1-0 to Dragons 2’s. The 2’s continued to pressure the 3’s, but a break away move saw a bouncy shot from the 3’s bounce it’s way into the goal making it very difficult for keeper Izzi Mumbray and drawing the game level at 1-1. Dragons 2’s then lifted their game a bit and soon after Jess Haw found herself on the ‘P’ spot and calmly forced the ball into the goal to make it 2-1 to the 2’s. Dragons 2’s continued to work hard with the midfield of Gail Thomas, Annabelle Phoenix, Sam Franklin and Saskia Williams feeding the ball to the forwards. The forwards of Piper Hempsall, Jess Haw, Lucy Morton and Kate Mckenna had several chances, before the ball fell to Lucy Morton, who fired the ball goal ward to make it 3-1 to the Dragons 2’s. Soon after this the whistle went for half time with the 2’s 3-1 up.

Not long into the second half the 2’s were awarded another short corner, which was once again struck home by Donna Vaughan making it 4-1 to Dragons 2’s. Credit to Dragons 3’s they did not give up or let their heads drop and they continued to work hard. They stretched the game well making the 2’s defence of Kath Mares, Karen O’Neill-Simpson, Donna Vaughan, Shelly Seaman and Harriet Green work hard. With not long to go the 2’s were awarded an unlucky short corner against them, which was volleyed into the goal to make it 4-2. The game ended 4-2 to Dragons 2’s and player of the match for the 2’s went to Donna Vaughan.

A well battled game by both sides with some promising performances from some of our young Dragons, who I’m sure will continue to move up through the teams. Thanks to Pete Thomas for running our sideline and for the supporters who stayed to cheer, even though the weather was miserable and they weren’t sure who to cheer for!!

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s:  2-4

Goalscorers:  Hannah Ellis, Harriet Marlee
MOM:  Elsa Scott

A cold and wet Saturday afternoon staged the match between Dragons Ladies 2’s and 3’s. The 2 nd team made a stronger start and created chances that lead to the first short corner of the match, which was struck into the bottom left hand corner by Donna Vaughn to give the 2’s a 1 0 lead. Dragons 3’s defended bravely, which was rewarded with a goal created down the right-hand side of the pitch calmly finished by Harriet Marlee to level the score.

Dragons 2’s continued to play attacking hockey and soon scored a second goal, slotted home by Jess Haw and a third goal from a well worked short corner, finished by Lucy Morton. The score was 3-1 at half time.

The second half saw good attacking hockey being played by both sides but with the 2’s creating
more short corner opportunities, which again Donna Vaughn neatly slotted into the bottom corner to score a 4 th goal for the 2’s. Dragons 3’s continued to battle all over the pitch and managed to secure a couple of short corners, of which the second was scored by Hannah Ellis, giving a final score of 4-2 to the 2’s.
Some great performances all over the pitch and player of the match was awarded to Elsa Scott.

Ladies 4s-8s – no fixtures

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Bury St Edmunds 1s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Matt Knights
MOM:  Lewis Wilkins

An electric start from Dragons led to an early goal, scored by  Matt Knights after a well worked move.  However, a goal either side of half time from the home team frustratingly sent Dragons back down the A11 with nothing.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Harleston Magpies 3s:  3-3

Goalscorers:  Cley Hamilton, Alex Browne, Ed Gould
MOM:  Alex Brooks

Mens 2s finish an entertaining end to end game 3-3 against Magpies. A game we could have both won easily and both easily lost. Goals for Cley Hamilton, Alex Browne and Ed Gould. MoM to debutant Alex Brooks.

Dragons took the lead through a shot from Alex Browne to end first half one nil up. Magpies struck twice early in the second half only for Cley Hamilton to draw us level, but the home side edged in front courtesy of a well placed quickly taken shot.  However, thanks to an Ed Gould short corner Dragons departed Weybread with a share of the points. 

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v UEA 2s:  2-1

Goalscorers: Mitch Smith, Tom Vaughan
MOM:  McCartney Aldous

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Newmarket 2s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Alberto Embarba, Joel Lawrence
MOM:  Neil Shorten

This week Dragons travelled away to the cold and wet streets of Newmarket, who were 1 place above us at the bottom of the table. Dragons started well with a few position changes with Josh Bingham dropping into Right back to allow the skilful Isaac Diver-Hall to start in the middle of the park.

We started strongly with some good possession and a lot of through balls down the centre for Bobby Sheppard and Joel Lawrence to chase. We defended well too with some excellent tackles and interceptions from the in-form Neil Shorten, and always amazing Peter Davison, which denied Newmarket any good chances. The First half ended 0-0.

The Half time team talk was filled with jelly babies and inspirational speeches from Peter and Alberto Embarba. The second half was almost a repeat of the first with dragons making good progress in the midfield and chances came through some excellent dribbling from Bobby, Isaac and Angus Blazer. The first goal came from Alberto’s strike aftr an excellent injection from Adrian Kemp. The thunderbolt shot towards the goal took a deflection and went straight into the net.

Dragons looked to build on their lead with some more excellent passing play and eventually scored another. A powerfully struck ball from Josh Bingham took a defection from Tommy Chapman straight into the path of Joel Lawrence, who lifted the ball first time gracefully over the keeper. It was now 2-0 to Dragons. The opposition managed to get one back after a rare defensive error from our brick wall defence gifted them a short corner, which they put away to make it 2-1.  Dragons held on with a few more excellent pieces of play and good defensive performances from Harry Brown and Owain Diver Hall. Chris Millar also managed to put off one of the opposing strikers, forcing them to hit the ball wide in the closing few minutes.

The score finished 2-1 to Dragons, A superb performance from everyone on the pitch gave the dragons their first win of the season!  I would also like to say thank you to Newmarket as this was probably the friendliest game we have had so far this season. Neil Shorten DOD

Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s:  7-0

Goalscorers:  Greg Reynolds x2, Andrew Cross x2, Sam Echeverria x2, Dan Ryan
MOM:  Dan Ryan

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s:  0-7

 

Development Leagues

Dev Boys B v Norwich City:  8-1 (L)

Goalscorer:  Ben Panter
MOM:  Kit Scott

On a blustery and wet and wild day, the B team played City at Taverham in their re-arranged fixture.
In the first quarter, the boys went 1-0 down, mainly as a result of not marking at the back. We had out chances that tended to be created by Kit Scott bursting through the midfield.
In the second quarter, Tash Blyth arrived and played in defence as an adult. The boys took on board the team talk and ended up scoring a great short corner strike from Ben Panter after an excellent pull out from Lawry Williams. A second short corner was nearly converted, but Ben hit the side of the goal.
At half time the score was 2-1
The second and third quarters saw the boys leak 6 goals in total. That being said, Adam Jones in goal made some great saves to keep the score down. We also had our chances, but did not get the oomph behind them to convert them into goals.
City were deserved winners and our heads went down a bit when the goals started going in.
The boys kept going and should be proud of their attitude and determination.

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 20th October 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sIpswich 2A0-5 (W)Tabba Tabrett x2
Maddy Reynolds
Katy Hands
Joanna Raymond
Olivia Thomas
L2sYarmouth 1H7-2 (W)Jess Haw x3
Sarah Borrett
Debs Smith
Sam Franklin
Kiera Goymour
Jess Haw
L3sBury 1A5-1 (L)Harriet RantStella Windsor Waite
L4sEvergeeens 1H2-3 (L)Lilli Ballard
Trish Hagan
Sophia Haehnelt
L5sLow Ladies 2A0-5 (W)Liz McDonnell x2
Gemma Ballard x2
Beth Elgood
Beth Elgood
L6sMagpies 5H1-6 (L)Kelly MillsEmma Merryweather
L7sL8 (f)H4-1 (W)Adelice Kraemer x2
Mia McGhee x2
L8sL7 (f)H4-1 (L)Karen DavidsonJess Lockwood
M1sN City 3H5-0 (W)Stu Leate
Will Main
Sam Avery
Jono Chaney-Baxter
Rupert Snelling
Will Main
M2sIES 3H2-1 (W)Eddie Gould
Jason Wolfe
George Wright
M3sNth Norfolk 1A4-1 (L)Mitch SmithTbc
M4sIpswich 3H0-1 (L)Neil Shorten
M5sUEA 4A1-1 (D)Will BloomDavid Pentin
M6sDereham 4H0-2 (L)Alex Wolfe
BD ASlip Date
BD BSlip Date
GDSlip Date

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Ipswich 2s:  5-0

Goalscorers:  Joanna Raymond, Tabba Tabrett x2, Maddy Reynolds, Katy Hands
MOM:  Olivia Thomas

The Ladies 1s rediscovered their form this week and were rewarded with a 5-0 win
against Ipswich 2s. The team set out with the goal of upping the intensity of play from
the previous two weeks. The increased focus was evident from the opening whistle, and
within two minutes, the Dragons had won a short corner. The game continued in this
vein, with the Dragons enjoying the lion’s share of possession. Lauren Laurie was making
some excellent runs up front, alongside fellow forwards Katy Hands, Tabba Tabbrett
and Maddy Reynolds. However, it took some time for the first goal to come, as the
Ipswich goalkeeper managed to keep our strikers at bay. However, the attacks kept
coming, and after a scramble in front of goal, Joanna Raymond managed to get hold of
the ball on the left post and slot it through the keeper’s legs to put the Dragons 1-0
ahead. The second goal came a few minutes later, and looked much the same; following
an initial short corner strike, confusion in front of goal saw the ball fall for Katy Hands
on the right post, and she tapped in to put the team 2-0 up. Despite being depleted by
illness and injury, the girls did not let the intensity drop and set out to close the game out
early. Having lost possession high up the pitch, the hosts looked like they were about to
attack on the break. But some hard leg work from the forward and midfield lines saw the
ball won back in the middle. Player of the Match, Liv Thomas then went on a mazy run,
driving the ball into the D and perfectly placing the pass to the left post, where teammate
Maddy Reynolds was waiting to put the visitors 3-0 up leading into half time.

The second half saw the Dragons begin to tire, and Ipswich began to test our defence.
However, their chances were calmly dealt with by some fine goalkeeping by Luisa
Valentini, a goal-line save from Jess Bennett, and some brave running from Liv Thomas
in the short corner defence to ensure another clean sheet. Mia Bartrum was tireless in
midfield, attacking and defending with enthusiasm and tenacity. After absorbing some
pressure and regrouping, the Dragons went back on the offensive, and Tabba Tabbrett
joined in the scoring. She slotted one into the back of the net from the penalty spot off a
pass from Liv Thomas, and scored a second from a strike from the top of the D,
bringing the final score to 5-0. This was a much better performance from the team after
a frustrating couple of weeks, and we look forward to maintaining our intensity as we
take on second placed Bedford 2s next week.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Yarmouth 1s:  7-2

Goalscorers:  Sarah Borrett, Debs Smith, Jess Haw x3, Sam Franklin, Kiera Goymour
MOM:  Jess Haw

Dragons welcomed Yarmouth to the Den on yet another warm sunny day! Dragons were also excited to welcome Izzi Mumbray for her debut as a Dragon and Jess Haw from the 3’s.

The game started at a fast pace with lots of unforced errors from both teams. Dragons had quite a lot of the ball but played slightly frantically and didn’t take advantage of their possession. After about 10 minutes Dragons started to settle and began to move the ball around much better. As a result of this Sam Franklin found herself on the edge of the ‘D’ and calmly swept the ball into the goal to give Dragons a 1-0 lead. This helped Dragons settle even further and they started to play some really good Hockey, moving the ball around the pitch with confidence. This lead to Dragons next goal as Jess Haw received the ball with her back to goal and did a skillful reverse hit into the goal to make it 2-0. The third goal came from a well earned short corner. Sarah Borrett injected the ball at pace, but the shot was saved, only for Sarah to smash the rebound into the goal.The fourth goal resulted from a bit of a battle in the ‘D’ involving several people, but determined Jess Haw managed to win the battle and popped the ball into the goal to make it 4-0 to Dragons. The final goal in the first half came from Kiera Goymour with a well worked short corner, that had been practiced in training the week before, to make it 5-0 to Dragons at half time. ‘Manager’ Hannah called for more of the same and encouraged the team not to let the intensity drop.

The second half started well with Dragons continuing to pile on the pressure. This pressure was finally rewarded with a 6th goal for Dragons as Debs Smith scored to the delight of the spectators! To Yarmouth’s credit they did not give up and this paid off when they found themselves in a great position on the edge of the ‘D’ and the ball was calmly swept into the goal, in a similar fashion to Dragon’s 1st goal. However Dragons were not done yet and continued to play good passing Hockey involving the whole team. As a result of some great teamwork to get the ball down the pitch the ball ended up being hit in the air by Yarmouth and Jess Haw volleyed it down into the goal to complete her hat-trick and make it 7-1. With seconds to go Yarmouth were awarded a short corner, the ball was lifted towards keeper Izzi Mumbray giving her little chance as it slipped in off her pads, making the game 7-2 at full time. Player of the match went to Jess Haw.

Even though I haven’t mentioned every player this was a great performance from the whole squad who should be proud of the good Hockey they played. It was proof that all the hard work in training is paying off. Thanks to all the spectators and to Hannah for running the sideline.

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Bury St Edmunds 1s:  1-5

Goalscorer:  Harriet Rant
MOM:  Stella Windsor Waite

Another sunny Saturday and this week Dragons Ladies 3’s travelled to Bury St Edmunds to play their game in the tropical climates of the walled garden pitch. This week saw the team give East League debuts to Fiona Fletcher, Chloe Mikronis, Catherine Matthews and Stella Windsor Waite and involved six Dragons teenagers within the travelling twelve players.

The game started and continued at a very high tempo, with Bury St Edmunds having most of the possession within the Dragons half. However, the defence of Kat Speirs, Katie Franks, Ally Windsor Waite, Angela Murgatroyd and Stella Windsor Waite proved very difficult to break down, with Ally and Angela showcasing their strictly efficient defensive footwork in the centre.

The determined defence combined with the midfield trio of Harriet Rant, Elsa Scott and Hannah Ellis, who supported the enthusiasm of the forwards Harriet Marlee, Chloe Mikronis, Catherine Matthews and Fiona Fletcher, creating a couple of attacking chances for Dragons. Despite the quick attacking pressure applied by Bury St Edmunds they only managed to score one goal before the half time whistle. Dragons felt confident they could still score and stay in the game in the second half.

Unfortunately, the additional player to Bury and heat meant Dragons could not sustain the intensity of the first half and the Bury attacking pressure proved too much and two goals were fired home early in the second half. Dragons remained positive and managed to create a few more attacking chances, one of which fell to Harriet Rant who scored with a clinical shot from the middle of the D.

Bury continued to pressure the Dragons goal and managed to score two more goals before the final whistle. Some stand out performances given the many changes within the team, including Stella Windsor Waite who was awarded player of the match.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Evergreens 1s:  2-3

Goalscorers: Lilli Ballard, tbc
MOM: Sophia Haehnelt

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Lowestoft 2s:  5-0

Goalscorers:  Liz McDonnell x2, Gemma Ballard x2, Beth Elgood
MOM:  Beth Elgood

Ladies 5s travelled to Lowestoft for a sunny (and sandy) morning game. After some stellar pre-game music (yes please Queen) to get the team motivated, we took the game hard to Lowestoft, with some lovely linking play, making the ball work for us on a very slow pitch. For much of the first half, the ball was pinned in the attacking half. Dragons pressure was rewarded with a number of short corners, two of which were converted to points, with goals for Lizzy and Gemma.  Dragons worked well off the ball all match to ensure passing options and (following training advice) avoiding taking the ball into contact. Special commendations must be given to Sue, for soldiering on after taking an early ball to the head, and to Beth, who played pretty much every position (except for goalie – next week perhaps?) The bench was beautifully managed by Emma, who somehow managed to keep track of the multitude of positional changes, and kept Dragons focused with her off pitch instructions.

The second half followed much the same pattern, with Dragons keeping the ball pinned in the
attacking half. Lowestoft defended valiantly, their keeper making some incredible saves, often
appearing as if from nowhere to send the ball careering off the pitch. Ultimately, the pressure was too great, and Dragons slotted in three more – one more a piece for Lizzy and Gemma, and one for Beth with a beautiful strike from the top of the D. At this point, a shout-out should be given to Mia, who despite looking formidable in the warm-up, was not actually called upon to touch a ball for the entire 70 minutes, though I’m sure those half-time jelly-babies helped keep your concentration up!

 
 
 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Magpies 5s:  1-6

Goalscorer:  Kelly Mills
MOM:  Emma Merryweather

On a beautiful October day, the Ladies 6s prepared to take on a strong Magpies 5s side at the den. Coming off the back of two consecutive wins, the dragons were raring to go, with some new additions to the squad since our last match. We knew that the Magpies would be a young, fast and strong team, and Captain Hannah Woods motivated dragons to try to bring home the win.

Dragons took a while to get into the game and were caught napping to concede an early goal. Magpies’ pace and skill as a team overwhelmed our midfield, and a few breaks later Dragons were 0-2 down. Some fantastic work from our defensive line of Kate Atkins, Emily Grint and Hannah Woods, including a clearance from mid-air on the goal line from Emily, kept us in the game at this point. Special mention also to Emily Roper in goal, who not only pulled off some brilliant saves but was a constant vocal presence from the back of the pitch, when too often communication was lacking and led to mistakes. We gained in confidence however throughout the first half, with some excellent passing up the wing resulting in a short corner for Dragons. This was masterfully put away by Kelly Mills, bringing Dragons back into the game. Unfortunately, we could not hold onto this momentum, and finished the first half 1-3 down.

After a half-time pep-talk from Hannah, Dragons were ready to go again, however the fire had somewhat been extinguished and we reverted to a style of hockey that did not suit our game. Ultimately, we failed to pass the ball around and instead were trying to run the ball up the pitch, where time and again we ran straight into an opposing player. The final score of 1-6 was disappointing, and the dragons left with plenty to work on for the next game. Despite not quite coming together as a team, there were some fantastic individual performances, with Player of the Match going to Emma Merryweather, closely followed by Emily Roper and Kate Atkins. With no game next week, the 6s will train hard to come together as a cohesive unit and come back stronger and fighting in our next game.

 

Friendly
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Norwich Dragons 8s :  4-1

7s Goalscorers:  Mia McGhee x2, Adelice Kraemer x2
7s MOM:

8s Goalscorer:  Karen Davidson
8s MOM:  Jessica Lockwood

Ladies 8’s took on Ladies 7’s in a non-league game at home yesterday. We were treated to yet another beautiful Autumn day in Norwich. Push back was delayed due to an earlier match starting late and so it was 5pm by the time we were on the pitch, just as dusk was setting and revealing the most stunning skies and the flood lights were switched on ready for action.
Lois Metcalfe captained the 8’s and thrilled us all with our very own customised white board. It was not just a work of art though and we very quickly all agreed it was a highly beneficial aid to discuss and highlight tactics and players movement.

Ladies 7’s presented a strong side and with no substitutions on either team we all had to work very hard but it did stand out that the 8’s played with a vigorous team spirit and worked closely and constantly as a team. Working together in boosting team morale and showing a fighting spirit which rarely dwindled despite tired limbs.

Ladies 7’s had a strong set of forwards and confidently landed 4 goals in the net.
Esther and Emma North swapped at one point as goal keepers, effectively playing for both sides and both made some great saves and Esther in the first half was very busy and very brilliant.
Jess Lockwood did an amazing job in defence and could often be seen just getting her stick on the ball a nano second before the 7’s and clearing it away. Mouse also did a sterling job in defence. Fern, Izzy and Sadie playing in midfield showed an enviable vitality which did not seem to fade as they ran up and down the line chasing the ball. Johanne kept their defence on their toes with constant movement.

Our time came close to the end of the match when we were in the D at our end of the pitch, I (Emma Young) passed the ball to Lois at the P spot who then passed it to Karen on the post who neatly tucked it into the goal and as we all heard the reassuring klonk of the ball we all squealed with delight, shouting and cheering.
It was the first goal of the season for the 8’s! Well played Karen.
The final result was 4-1 to Ladies 7’s.

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Norwich City 3s:  5-0

Goalscoresr:  Rupert Snelling, Will Main, Sam Avery, Stu Leate, Jono Chaney-Baxter
MOM:  Will Main

This week saw the team come up against city which added extra incentive to turn our bad run of form around and after a rousing pre match team talk from captain Ollie Buck the dragons flew out the blocks with Rupert Snelling scoring a P flick after 10 mins (Sam Avery wants a mention for winning said P flick from a well worked corner routine). Jonathan Chaney Baxter, Sam Avery and Stu Leate added to the scoresheet putting the team 4-0 up at half time.
The second half was a quieter affair probably something to do with the fact someone forgot the half time refreshments! Despite this Will Main was able to add to the score with a reverse stick from the top of the D.
Man of the Match was awarded to Will Main for some great play and DOD was me… it’s a familiar occurrence.

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v IES 3s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  Jason Wolfe, Eddie Gould
MOM:  George Wright

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v North Norfolk 1s:  1-4

Goalscorers: Mitch Smith
MOM:

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Ipswich 4s:  0-1

MOM:  Neil Shorten

Norwich Dragons started brightly against an experienced Ipswich side early in the first half. Once Ipswich midfield settled though Dragons found it hard to link play effectively within the final third of the pitch.  Most chances went Ipswich’s way but Dim Ives was up to the challenge and much appreciated by the Dragons defence. Ipswich though struck in the first half from a narrow angle taking a deflection into the goal. After half time the game opened up and chances at both ends where missed but Ipswich remained in control of midfield. Endless running and endeavour from Angus Blazer led to some of Dragons best chances to equalise linking well with Alex Brookes, Tommy Gale , Bobby Sheppard and Isaac Diver-Hall. It wasn’t enough for Dragons  and Ipswich closed out the good spirited game to take the slender victory.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v UEA 4s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Will Bloom
MOM:  David Pentin

The 5s Remain undefeated so far this season. A bare 11 manage to hold off the very energetic 16 of the UEA. Its fair to say it was a mostly defensive game. With UEA doing most the attacking threw out the game. UEA broke the deadlock 15 min from the end by scoring from a there 6th short attempt. However going 1-0 down seemed to bring a new wave of energy to a very tired squad. Straight after the restart Dragons had their best bits of play of play and had their first couple of real shots of  the game.

With 10 mins left Dragons got their second short of the game, Will Bloom, put the ball in the left corner of the goal with real power taking it back to 1-1. From then on it was batten down the hatches.  UEA began grabbed the game by the horns but failed to score.

David Pentin was a complete rock at the back today and awarded MOM.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Dereham 4s:  0-2

MOM:  Alex Wolfe

Development Leagues

no fixtures

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 13th October 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sCam Uni 1H1-2 (L)Joanna RaymondOlivia Thomas
Sarah Jenkins
L2sWatton 1A2-0 (L)Sam Franklin
L3sChristchurch 1A5-2 (L)Hannah Ellis x2Grace Brown
L4sDereham 3A0-8 (W)Trish Hagan x2
Victoria Earley x2
Niamh Somers x2
Lisa Harwood
Lilli Ballard
Niamh Somers
L5sBecclesH2-0 (W)Lizzy McDonnell
Gemma Ballard
Emily Smith
Anita Mancini
L6sLow Ladies 2A0-4 (W)Kelly Mills x2
Adelice Kraemer x2
Floss Andrews
L7sPelicans 3H2-6 (L)Mia McGhee x2Emma North
L8sPelicans 4A1-0 (L)Karen Davidson
M1sCam South 1A5-1 (L)Rupert SnellingDaumantas Matulevicius
M2sSudbury 2A4-3 (L)Al Browne
Cley Hamilton
McCartney Aldous
Tom McLean
M3sBury 2H2-0 (W)Matt Hull
Tom Vaughan
Rob Goodson
M4sWatton 1A9-0 (L)Tommy Gale
M5sWatton 2H3-0 (W)Dan Ryan
Tommy Chapman
Bobby Sheppard
Alex Brookes
M6sPelicans 4A4-1 (L)Rob LeeWhole team!
BD AN CityH1-4 (L)Edward CrossGabe Overton
BD BMagpiesH4-1 (W)Bertie Pinching
Harry Fuller
Raul Wigglesworth
Monty Patel
Bertie Pinching
GDMagpiesH2-8 (L)Evie Marley x2
Harriet Pymm

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge Uni 1s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Joanna Raymond
MOM:  Sarah Jenkins, Olivia Thomas

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Watton 1s:  0-2

Dragons 2’s traveled to Watton knowing it was going to be a tough game as both teams had won their opening three games. Dragons were pleased to welcome Kath Mares to the 2’s and to also welcome back Sam Franklin.

The game got off to a fast start with Dragons struggling to get used to the sandy pitch. As a result Dragons gave the ball away cheaply at times, putting themselves under unnecessary pressure, as they just weren’t able to get enough pace on the ball.

Watton won a few early short corners which the Dragons defence of Kath Mares Karen O’Neill-Simpson, Donna Vaughan and Sarah Borrett managed to keep out of the goal, aided by keeper Amy Forse.

Dragons slowly managed to work themselves back into the game, helped by the arrival of Sam Franklin on the pitch, whose work rate was second to none! As a result of this hard work and through some skillful work from the forward line of Kate McKenna, Evie-Mae Thorpe, Piper Hempsall and Lauren Lawrie, Dragons managed to win several short corners themselves, but unfortunately couldn’t convert any of them.

As Dragons got used to the pitch the game started to even out with both teams having several chances. Just before half time Watton had another period of pressure and managed to convert this and went into half time 1-0 up.

At half time ‘manager’ Hannah, who is still recovering from injury, called for the Dragons to push up as a team more and to play with a bit more desire.

Dragons tried to listen to this advice, but unfortunately before they could really get into their stride, Watton managed to score form a rather lucky goal that put them 2-0 up. This threw Dragons for a bit and with the scorching temperatures, that would have been better suited to July, they struggled to work themselves back into the game.

With 15 minutes to go Dragons collected themselves and started to pile on the pressure, with some good short passing in midfield from Harriet Green, Gail Thomas, Debs Smith and Sam Franklin. Even though Dragons continued to have several chances and win more short corners it just wasn’t to be and the game ended 2-0 to Watton. Player of the match went to Sam Franklin for her tireless running.

Even though Dragons were disappointed to lose they have learnt a lot from this game and are determined to train hard and to get back to their winning ways. As always thanks to Hannah Hardy for her help and support.

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v Christchurch 1s:  2-5

Goalscorers:  Hannah Ellis x2
MOM:  Grace Brown

A sunny Saturday morning took Dragons Ladies 3’s down to Ipswich to play Christchurch, with a few last-minute changes due to illness, thank you Katie Franks and Esther Jacobs. The dragons took a while to settle due to all the changes but were having the majority of the possession, creating some promising attacking play.

However, Christchurch were direct in attack and converted a short corner to score the first goal
against the run of play. Dragons continued to push up the pitch and were unlucky not to score
despite several chances. Again, Christchurch took advantage of the high press of dragons and broke through to score the second goal.

After a half time break, dragons remained positive and play attacking hockey, but Christchurch’s long and hard hits up the pitch broke through again and they scored another two goals. Dragons kept the pressure on the Christchurch defence and after winning a third short corner in a row, persistence finally paid off when Lucy Buxton strike was saved and Hannah Ellis was within close range to put the ball between the keeper’s legs.

Dragons quickly reset and kept the pace and pressure on, which resulted in them scoring a second goal from open play. The ball was moved quickly down the right-hand side of the pitch and crossed into the middle of the D for Hannah Ellis to cleanly strike into the bottom left hand corner, bringing the score to 4-2 with ten minutes to go.

Dragons determination could not be questioned and they continued to play attacking hockey, which also resulted in Christchurch scoring one more goal in the final minutes of the game. Some great determination shown all over the pitch and the player of the match vote was deservedly won by Grace Brown.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Dereham 3s:  8-0

Goalscorers:  Trish Hagan x2, Victoria Earley x2, Niamh Somers x2, Lisa Harwood, Lilli Ballard
MOM:  Niamh Somers

On an unseasonably warm October day Dragons travelled to Dereham chastened after their defeat the previous week. Captain Trish Hagan motivated the team, demanding better and to bring home the win! With these words ringing in their ears Dragons started strongly and quickly went ahead with a well taken goal by Niamh Somers. Wanting to keep Dereham on the back foot Dragons kicked on and Trish Hagan converted a second. Coach Neeps Price had asked for the team to play with more width and Dragons stepped up playing neat triangles down the flanks and quickly brought the half to and end with a couple more neatly finished goals by Lili Ballard and another for Trish Hagan.

At half-time Coach Price asked for us to play with better shape and hold our structure and with
Hagan’s rallying words the team took to the pitch. Again the team responded to the leadership and were more able to switch play and maintain neat triangles through all areas of the team. This soon paid dividends as Dragons scored again, another for Niamh. With the rotation of players maintaining intensity, Dragons again converted through Lisa Harwood. Dereham kept playing high and trying to break out but this just played into Dragons hands who utilised the space behind with Vicki Earley converting the final two goals.

A great result for Dragons against an inexperienced Dereham team; patterns of play improved over the game and it was brilliant to see our youngsters continuing to develop so well with Niamh voted player of the match following Stella’s win the previous week! Well done everyone and thanks to those who supported.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Beccles:  2-0

Goalscorers:  Liz McDonnell, Gemma Ballard
MOM:  Emily Smith, Anita Mancini

Norwich Dragons ladies 5s took to the pitch on an alarmingly warm October morning, putting their thermals aside and opting for sunglasses instead! I know, we were all shocked as well!

Hoping to build on their winning streak and with the sweet prospect of orange slices at half time, Dragons made a storming start, attacking the ball, and taking the Beccles team by surprise. Gemma scored the first goal after only 3 minutes from a short corner with Lizzie adding to the score board another 3 minutes later, again from another short! Surely 3 was the magic number for the Dragons side and the team worked hard for that third goal.

Unfortunately, the sun got somewhat in the Dragons eyes for the remainder of the first half and Beccles won two short corners. Luckily, however, Steph’s superb pre-match advice was ringing in everyone’s ears and the defenders defended very well! Again, Beccles fought back, with Mia delivering a great kick save in the 13th minute. Dragons dominated possession, however, with Amy and Lizzy working beautifully in the D. The half ended with the first ice pack being used (not just to cool down from the heat….. we don’t think)

The longed for orange slices went down a treat at half time and with the Dragons going into the second half facing away from the sun, energy was renewed (despite Mia heading back towards the wrong goal at the beginning of the second half)

Unfortunately the Dragons side could not quite convert all their possession and instead most Dragons players decided they needed to kick the ball at least once each! The frustration peaked when a hit on goal was saved by the Beccles goalie. There was disagreement about whether the goalie was holding on to the ball, with the Umpire giving the foul against the Dragons.

The second half ended with the final score being 2-0 to Dragons, with the team feeling somewhat deflated as we could not convert our many chances into more goals. The Beccles goalie had her work cut out for her but made some brilliant saves and kept our illusive 3rd goal at bay. Nevertheless, a thoroughly enjoyable game was had by all with a decisive win in the end and about 3 million cups of water after the game to stave off the heat stroke.

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Lowestoft Ladies 2s:  4-0

Goalscorers:  Kelly Mills x2, Adelice Kraemer x2
MOM:  Floss Andrews

 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Pelicans 3s:  2-6

Goalscorers:  Mia McGhee x2
MOM:  Emma North

Three goals in the last five minutes sent the 7s spiralling into their biggest defeat of the season. Such a heavy defeat to Pelicans was baffling, because Dragons matched them all over the pitch at times and were only the odd goal down for much of the game.

Dragons had the best start to a match so far this season, being ready to go as soon as the whistle went thanks to attack vs defence practice in warm up. This proved worthwhile as Dragons opened the scoring when Mia McGhee got the first of her two goals through sheer persistence. After the ball did a couple of pings around in the circle, it was Mia who forced the ball home. However Pelicans retaliated, soon equalizing and then scoring their second. Dragons formation disintegrated towards the end of the first half which easily allowed Pelicans through. Thanks to GK Emma North (POM) the score line would have been higher as she stopped countless attacks.

After a stern talking to at half time by Captain Claire Fairhurst and some tactical words from Hannah Hardy, Dragons started the second half much the same as the first. Mia’s second goal just after half time was better than her first – a clean sweep past the keeper. Mia also made some excellent runs, as did Maisie Dearmer from the right mid position. Hatty Harrison-Mobbs, Paige Fisher, Becky Bowen and Amy Hunter all worked hard at getting the ball into the D, but too often the last pass was off target and Claire, Katy Cole and Mia got into excellent positions without having many chances to get away.

The 7s fell into their old habit of failing to be first to the ball, and this was where Pelicans really excelled. They turned the ball over and raced into the attack, and despite some good interceptions by the defence of Emma Dyer, Erin Aldous, Bethan Greaves and Bridget Le Good, the marking was not always tight enough or the tackling strong enough.  Briony Johnstone at bottom of the diamond was invaluable, getting into great positions and tackling with excellent energy and displaying all the GRIT that the whole team needed. Yet again Dragons lost their shape and drive and that’s when they watched Pelicans slot three balls home.

Dragons will have to remember what they practice at training, trust each other and work together. They know that they can get the results that they want but need to make more effort to achieve them.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Pelicans 4s:  0-1

MOM:  Karen Davidson

After travelling the length of Norfolk to reach Kings Lynn with a strong 14 players the 8s were excited about the prospects of playing hockey after last weeks cancellation. They knew it would be a tough game in the heat against a young Pelicans side with boundless energy.

The game started strongly putting into practice the key points from training of marking up, using the width and protecting the castle. Jess Lockwood, Issy Gale, Jo Baker, Emma Fielding (Mouse) and Anna Chapman all rotating in defence really improved their marking. Some excellent block tackles by Mouse and Jess with Issy weaving constantly around players to get the ball out of danger and Jo Baker really holding the sweeper position.  Throughout the first half Karen Davidson made some excellent saves when the pressure was on. What was really exciting though was the fact that within 10 minutes Dragons had had several shots at goal with Nat Crisp really holding her central position and firing in the goals and creating play in the middle. Her constant pressure and the work-rate of Sadie Jacobs and Johanne Steward meant that the Pelicans defence had to be on their toes. Pelicans continued to mark tightly throughout the game, however pressure in the D by Shaniece Claxton led us to our first of three short corners.  A good shot but sadly note quite enough from  Lois Metcalfe the keeper just stepped in to deflect it out of reach. As the first half ended 0-0 this was a truly exciting moment as it was all for the taking.

The second half continued with a similar level of pressure on both sides and quickly Pelicans took their chance to score. After an initial shot the deflection from the keepers pads was there for the taking. Sadly Dragons did not quite react quickly enough to clear the ball and the young Pelicans player had her moment of glory. Dragons did not give up though ! Sophie James an absolute driving force in the game pushed herself continually and created great opportunities in the second half working well with midfielders Sarah Lucas and Katie Davidson.  They continued to apply pressure up and down the pitch, wining more short corners and also with chances on goal. Johanne Steward took her chance close to the backline but sadly we could not quite get the angle. A special word for Sophie, who even came back on the pitch after crashing to the ground to continue to try and try again. Overall a fantastic game, lots of tenacity, getting better each week and really building on what we are learning. Man of the match a wonderful Karen Davidson in goal who more than held her own and to me the whole team showed grit and determination and never gave up!

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Cambridge South 1s:  1-5

Goalscorer:  Rupert Snelling
MOM:  Daumantas Matulevicius

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Sudbury 2s:  3-4

Goalscorers:  Al Browne, Cley Hamilton, McCartney Aldous
MOM:  Tom McLean

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Bury St Edmunds 2s:  2-0

Goalscorers:  Matt Hull, Tom Vaughan
MOM:  Rob Goodson

Dragons secured back to back victories with a comfortable two goal win against Bury at the Den.

Dragons dominated the first half with Matt Hull scoring a well worked opener, beating the keeper at the near post with a firmly struck shot.

The second half was much more even but man of the match Rob Goodson skilfully shielded the defence and kept Bury at arms length.

Tom Vaughan finished a flowing team move for the second goal, banishing any thoughts Bury may have had of snatching a draw.

4 league games in and the team are up to 4th and, as importantly, are playing some lovely hockey and having a great time doing it.

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Watton 1s:  0-9

MOM:  Tommy Gale

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Watton 2s:  3-0

Goalscorers:  Dan Ryan, Tommy Chapman, Bobby Sheppard
MOM:  Alex Brookes

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Pelicans 4s:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Rob Lee

Development Leagues

Dev Boys A v Norwich City:  1-4

Goalscorer:  Ed Cross
MOM:  Gabe Overton

A very tight first half saw City take the lead with virtually the last hit. Oh how the half could have looked differently if we had taken our chances and also, if the City keeper wasn’t in such fine form.

The second half was again very similar to the first. Unfortunately City’s strength proved too much for our boys as they eventually ended up winning 4-1.

Not all doom and gloom though, had we made better decisions in the final third, not been so wasteful in front of goal and come up against a keeper in such fine form, then we could have been talking about a fantastic victory.

There were some very promising performances yesterday, especially from Gabe Overton (player of the match) who caught the eye with some fantastic runs down the wing.

Eddie Cross scored our consolation goal with a fantastic individual goal.

 

Dev Boys B v Magpies:  4-2

Goalscorers:  Bertie Pinching, Harry Fuller, Raul Wigglesworth, Monty Patel
MOM:  Bertie Pinching

The match started off very evenly with no goals until the third quarter when the Harlseston Magpies scored from a short corner.
 
After a couple of minutes of nonstop chances for the Dragons, the home team scored the equaliser and used the momentum of the first goal to get two more. The Dragons went into the final quarter leading 3-1.
 
In the final quarter, the Magpies were pushing to get back into the game while the Dragons tried to defend their lead. The Magpies were very much in the game when they  scored to make it 3-2 setting up an exciting finish. Thankfully the Dragons scored with not long left to secure the victory. 
 
 
Dev Girls v Magpies:  2-8
 
Goalscorers:  Evie Marley x2
Harriet Pymm
 
 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 29th September 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sWisbech 1H5-0 (W)Tabba Tabrett x2
Oliva Thomas
Lucy Morton
Katy Hands
Carmel Windsor Waite
Olivia Thomas
L2sN City 2A0-1 (W)Gail ThomasDonna Vaughan
L3sNth Norfolk 1H2-1 (W)Ally Windsor Waite x2Hazel Knights
Ally Windsor Waite
L4sMagpies 4A1-1 (D)Fiona FletcherLilly Sore
Catherine Matthews
L5sYarmouth 2H9-1 (W)Stephanie Samson
Lizzy McDonnell
Gemma Ballard x2
Jane Wells
Beth Elgood
Mel Widdows X2
Katie Hale
Katie Hale
L6sLow Railway 2A2-2 (D)Stevie Spencer
Adelice Kraemer
Louise Brooks
L7sN City 6H2-4 (L)Bridget Le Good
Katy Cole
Emma Dyer
L8sN City 7A1-0 (L)Emma Fielding
M1sCam Nomads 1A3-2 (L)Matt Knights
Jono Chaney-Baxter
Lewis Wilkins
M2sDragons 3A1-2 (W)James Cross
Tom Vaughan
Peter Dickerson
M3sDragons 2H1-2 (L)Will Kirby
M4sCity 4A3-0 (L)Chris Millar
M5sNth Norfolk 3H9-0 (W)Pete Latoy
Dan Ryan x3
Lloyd Wade
Andrew Cross
Tommy Gale
Matt Armstrong x2
Dan Ryan
M6sN City 7A5-2 (L)Ed Crosier
Shiv Kapur
Alex Wolfe
BD ANo Fixture
BD BNo Fixture
GDWattonA3-1 (L)Hattie StuartFreya Dolding

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Wisbech:  5-0

Dragons Ladies 1s built on the positives from last week to put in a dominant performance against Wisbech, winning the game 5-0. The hosts, welcoming Joanna Raymond and Holly Setchell back into the squad, opened the game strongly, putting into practice some of the principles they’ve been working on through the preseason. The first half saw some exceptional movement of the ball and patterns of play, as the Dragons put Wisbech under early pressure. The forward line of Katy Hands, Lucy Morton, Tabba Tabrett and Shelly Seaman made it tough for the Wisbech defence as their well-timed runs created plenty of passing options. This paid off within the first 10 minutes as a movement into the circle saw the Dragons win a penalty corner, and Tabba calmly slotted it into the net with a well-practiced drag flick. The rest of the half saw much of the same, with little pressure on the Dragons defence. Just before half time, some nice movement down the right hand side of the pitch from Carmel Windsor-Waite and Tabba Tabrett saw the ball slipped to Liv Thomas on the top of the D and she placed her shot perfectly to drift past the goalkeeper into the bottom left corner.

The Dragons maintained the intensity throughout the second half, winning a flurry of short corners and converting two of them through Tabba and Lucy Morton. Another goal came from open play as Shelly Seaman drew the goal keeper out and pulled the ball back for Katy Hands in front of the goal to put the Dragons 5-0 up. Wisbech had a few forays forward in the second half, but they were dealt with coolly by the defensive line, with youngsters Sophie Barrow and Carmel Windsor Waite making some important tackles and interceptions. Joint players of the match were Carmel Windsor-Waite and Liv Thomas, but this was a strong overall team performance and a deserved 3 points.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Norwich City 2s:  1-0

Norwich Dragons traveled across the city for the first local derby of the season on a bright sunny morning. Dragons were pleased to welcome  Annabelle Phoenix for her first Dragons league game and Sam Franklin for her first 2’s game this season.
 
The game started a bit nervously with both sides struggling to deal with the pitch conditions. Several balls were missed on the bouncy pitch which made it tough for either team to get into their stride. It was during this period of play that City had their best chance of the game. City were awarded a short corner which Dragons struggled to clear and in the confusion Dragons gave away a second short corner. Second time round Dragons were more clinical and managed to clear the ball.
 
Even though Dragons did not play their best Hockey in the first half they stayed strong in defence with Harriet Green, Sarah Borrett, Karen O’Neill-Simpson and Donna Vaughan making sure they held City at bay with the help of some great saves from keeper Emma Cleland. As a result the score at half time was 0-0 despite a few chances for each side.
 
The call from Hannah (who is unfortunately out injured) was for the Dragons to play with more belief and to stick to our key principles that we have been working on in training.
 
The Dragons started the second half much stronger, with nerves settled and everyone getting used to the pitch, Dragons started to push forwards. The midfield of Gail Thomas, Debs Smith, Annabelle Phoenix and Sam Franklin started to link really well together passing the ball at speed and making it difficult for City to get the ball off them.
 
As a result Dragons forwards, Jess Bennett, Kate McKenna, Lauren Lawrie and Laura Van Den Berg started to see a lot more of the ball and had several good chances and earn several short corners. It was from one of these short corners that Dragons took the lead. The short corner broke down hitting a City players foot, the umpire played advantage as he saw the ball had fallen to Gail Thomas at the top left hand of the ‘D’. Thomas took her chance well and smashed the ball into the goal like a bullet, giving the City keeper little chance.
 
Once ahead Dragons controlled the game and the score finished 0-1. A great start for Norwich dragons 2’s who as of yet haven’t conceded a goal!
 
Several players received votes for player of the match but the most votes went to Donna Vaughan for her great defending. Great thanks to all supporters and to Hannah Hardy for running our sideline.

 

 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v North Norfolk 1s:  2-1

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3rd team hosted North Norfolk 1st team on a warm September Saturday afternoon at The Den for their first home league match and were prepared for a tough game. The match began with North Norfolk maintaining the possession and looking to gain an early advantage from their quick wingers. However, the defence of Grace Brown, Kath Mares, Spike and Hazel Knights, well supported in goal by Kat Speirs maintained their composure and dealt with all the danger.

Norwich Dragons began to create some attacking chances following the early pressure from North Norfolk and opened the scoring with a confidently taken strike by Ally Windsor Waite into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

Both teams had short corner and open play chances before the half time whistle but the score remained 1 0 to Dragons at half time. The half time talk called for Dragons to maintain their structure on the pitch and continue the hard work all over the field.

The second half was entertaining for the spectators on the sideline with the game going from end to end, with both attacks showing a good array of speed and skills. The Dragons midfield of Harriet Rant, Katie Lister, Elsa Scott and Hannah Ellis worked hard to support the attack and defence.

However, North Norfolk managed to level the score halfway through the second half from open play. Dragons maintained belief that they could still score and kept playing attacking hockey with chances being created by the forwards of Jess Haw, Harriet Marlee and Aditi Naik.

With ten minutes left on the clock Harriet Marlee made a run down the left wing, along the baseline and passed back for Jess Haw to have a shot saved, the rebound was received by Harriet Rant who shot from the top of the D that was again saved by the keeper, which was collected and fired home from close range by Ally Windsor Waite for Dragons to take the lead again.

Following the pattern of the game North Norfolk pressed forward to gain another equaliser and were awarded a short corner on the final whistle. Norwich Dragons managed to clear the shot and maintain the one goal lead and take the 3 points. A great team effort to build on in the next few weeks, with Hazel Knights and Ally Windsor Waite sharing player of the match.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Magpies 4s:  1-1

It was a sunny late afternoon game at Weybred for the Ladies 4s this week, with surprisingly warm conditions for the time of day. Magpies 4s came out quickly and with intent, scoring within the first five minutes. Rather than getting their heads down, this goal shook Dragons into action, and they started to put the pressure on the Magpies’ defence.

Dragons won several short corners in the first half, and despite exploring the full extent of their playbook, the ball just didn’t seem to want to go in the goal. There were a couple of very near misses on each post and credit must go to the Magpies’ keeper who was forced to make some good saves.

Finally, at the end of the first half, luck was on the Dragons’ side. Another short corner slipped from Amy Forse to Caroline Wolfe, whose shot was deflected clear by the goalie. Fortunately it was kicked into the path of Fiona Fletcher on the right of the D, who got some air beneath her sweep to get the ball past the keeper and into the bottom left corner of the goal.

The equaliser fired up the visitors for the remainder of the match, but sadly the second half ended up being similar to the first. Dragons had many more short corner opportunities, but the Magpies side put on plenty of pressure at the other end too.

The home team were very strong, getting low to the ground and stopping any attempts by Dragons’ midfield to carry the ball. At times the Magpies’ passing pace made them look very dangerous, but Dragons managed to close them down and protect their D.

In the last five minutes of the match Dragons were on the back foot, with continuous pressure and a couple of shots being set loose from the Magpie forwards. However Dragons covered well and managed to keep the score to 1-1 at the whistle for that all-important point.

Plenty to work on for the Ladies 4s, but some positive signs for the season ahead. A welcome back for Lucy Buxton and Catherine Matthews who brought their usual youth and pace to the team. Catherine also shared player of the match with Lilly Sore.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Yarmouth 2s:  9-1

Luckily the final score line did not reflect the score line in my dream from the night before, which if you want to know, resulted in an 8 – 2 loss. Thankfully for us, the real score line was almost the opposite. Phew!

From the the starting whistle, Dragons put heavy pressure on the Yarmouth goal seeing a lot of shots on target, which were defended well by the Yarmouth Team. At one point there were 6 consecutive shots on goal, the last being stopped by a foot (not Lizzie’s) on the line. This resulted in the Umpire awarding a penalty flick which Beth Elgood confidently stepped up to take. It was a great flick matched by a great save (one of many) from the Yarmouth keeper.

Shortly after we were awarded a short corner. A great injection from Gemma Ballard resulted in a fantastic straight strike and our first goal from Steph Samson. 1-0 up.

Dragons inflicted further pressure on the Yarmouth Defence, so much so that Mia Somers even had time to have a little rest (no one saw you sitting down – honest!). The defence worked tirelessly with some great switch arounds between the back line of Stella Windsor Waite, Steph and Emily Smith. Much of the attacking play stemmed from their hard work at the back, getting the ball up to our fab midfield of Chloe Mikronis, Mel Widdows, Kate Hale, Hannah Edwards and Lizzie McDonnell. The second goal came from Jane Wells at 20 minutes from a straight strike at the top of the D, which hit the left post and went in. 2-0.

As the half drew to a close, Dragons switched off a little, losing their intensity and allowing Yarmouth a rare break, in which one of their players managed to squeeze the ball in between Mia and the post. 2-1. Luckily 3 minutes later, Lizzie, with another assist found Gemma who made it 3-1.

At half time with some useful feedback from Amy (thanks for running the bench) and a target of 10 goals, we went out with more intensity and structure to our game. It paid off. The fourth goal coming after 4 minutes with a long ball across the D to Katie Hale who calmly swept it into goal. 4-1. One minute later saw more great work from Katie (POM), with a shot on target which was saved by the keeper, the rebound being put in by Gemma. 5-1.

Two more goals were to follow, both from tenacious midfielder Mel. Again Kate’s distribution of the ball leading up to the goals. 7-1. The Dragon’s relentless force continued with our 8th well deserved goal for Beth, skinning her knees in the process. Further shots continued, with Jane’s high shot being parried away by the Yarmouth keeper’s hand. Our final (well almost final) goal was scored by Lizzie who had worked hard in the D to make the score 9-1 (definitely scored with a stick).

We could have had a 10th, from a fantastic short corner and straight strike from Steph, but it was disallowed due to the final whistle being blown during the strike, and putting off the Yarmouth defence. Dragons agreed to replay the short corner, but sadly we could not make it 10. Luckily Amy was reasonably pleased with our result, and was only a little bit cross that we did not make it to her target. Maybe next time Amy. (Thanks also to Amy for her helpful notes: “Who scored? What happened?” “Bench were nattering”)

It’s safe to say, this was a game dominated by Dragons, with A LOT (Lily counted 19) of short corners going our way. Perhaps the take home is that we need to work more on converting short corners into goals! Nonetheless, a great team effort and a really enjoyable game!

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Lowestoft Railway 2s:  2-2

Ladies 6s played away to Lowestoft 2s on a slow and sandy pitch. Only playing 3 of last seasons 6s, the new look 6s worked hard to together and as a unit in division 1.

 
Taking the lead through a well worked short corner breakdown, finally put away by Stevie Spencer. Extending that lead with Adelice Kraemer just after half time.
 
Railway upped the pressure on the Dragons defence to concede two late goals. However, this Dragons 6s team showed lots of promise and with each week are growing with confidence and team spirit. With a challenging season ahead, the 6s are ready!
 
 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Norwich City 6s:  2-4

Dragons haven’t quite hit their stride yet, and if they needed an excuse it was that four players were suffering from heavy colds/chest infections. Having gone end to end with City for most of the match they tired in the last 10 minutes and City looked the better team with their strong runs.

The Dragons squad individually all contributed, but as a team there is some work to be done. Emma ‘Meg’ Dyer was POM with some excellent tackling and blocking and from her position at the back she urged the Dragons to get first to the ball and onto the posts. City’s right forward was a skilful handful but Meg contained most of the threat with Nat Crisp and debutante Bethan Greaves also catching the eye for their defence.  Briony Johnstone ran herself into the ground in the centre of defence, despite being under the weather. Maisie Dearmer was full of energy and pace at right mid and Paige Fisher showed some nice touches at left mid. Mia McGhee was also keen to pick up the ball and run with it and got some shots away. Mia came into battle in the centre, and the City keeper blocked her shot for Katy Cole to pounce on the rebound and sweep the ball home. The goal was a sweet reward for Katy who has worked hard on her fitness and ball control to get a chance in the 7s. Her goal brought the score back to 1-2, and despite Sophie James getting onto the post as required, Claire Fairhurst charging in from the left, and Becky Bowen tackling ferociously at the top of the diamond and spreading the passes accurately, Dragons didn’t always have the grittiness to control the midfield and the City attack. City got their goals when Dragons failed to smother them on the edge of the circle, leaving Emma Northie North to face the onslaught.

7s have been practising their penalty corners, though not with everyone in the same place or even on the same night! Doesn’t sound too promising… But with Captain Claire taking responsibility for injecting, she slid an inch-perfect ball to Bridget Le Good who slammed the ball (along the floor) into the far corner to bring the ball back to 2-3. Unfortunately Dragons tired more than City but they have a plan to tackle their areas that need improvement which they will put into practice on Wednesday – colds and sneezes permitting – as they press on for their first win.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Norwich City 7s:  0-1

Captain Lois Metcalfe had very kindly spent much of her free time this week devising a new team formation which proved to be very beneficial and with the chance of a goal within the first 7 minutes had team morale on an all time high, which continued throughout the match.

And together with the added help from Mike and Hannah on Wednesday evening, it was clear that the players in defence were armed with a few extra tools to keep the ball out of the oppositions D.

Both Anna’s in defence were quick to clear the ball off the pitch and away from the goal proving to be a simple but very effective technique.

Emma ‘Mouse’ Fielding deservedly was awarded man of the match. She fought tirelessly to defend the goal and displayed some text book hockey skills from all the Wednesday night training. We all cheered when she made a perfect block tackle and took possession of the ball!!!

New to the team and playing her first match for Dragon 8’s was Izzy Gale,  who although confessed to nerves at the start proved to be an invaluable player, making some excellent tackles.

Johanne Steward, Sadie Jacobs and Lois had some very near goals and  every one of us waited to hear the reassuring klonk of  the ball hitting the back of the net. Sadly for us it was not to be today but we certainly all agreed how much we enjoyed the match. Communication was very much in evidence as was team spirit and smiles on faces.

Thanks to Shanese Claxton for organising all the subs and diligently keeping her eyes on the timer.

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Cambridge Nomads 1s:  2-3

Goalscorers:  Matt Knights, Jono Chaney-Baxter
MOM:  Lewis Wilkins

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Norwich Dragons 3s:  2-1

Goalscorers:  James Cross, Tom Vaughan
MOM:  Peter Dickerson

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Norwich Dragons 2s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Will Kirby

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Norwich City 4s:  0-3

Dragons headed to Taverham for a late afternoon game in the sunshine. The game started quickly with early City pressure reflecting the fact this team had been in the league above last season. Despite having possession and field position City failed to convert this into goals mostly in part to great work from Pete Davison , Neil Shorten and good work rate from the returning Rich Phillis.  Dragons had a few decent first half attacks but most of the game was played in the midfield and turn overs made the game open to breaks. Dragons unfortunately did concede just before half time but still felt as the game wore on chances would come. The second half did seem more open but Dragons went two down to a nice move that finally found a cool finish in the circle. Chris Millar had another solid performance in goal frustrating most of the City shots on target. Dragons forwards worked extremely hard with Bobby Shepard and Garnett Jones linking well to cause some concern and a few short corners. Unfortunately a third goal close to the end made things comfortable for City and Dragons knew  they needed to convert their chances. Despite the score line the mid field work of Isaac Driver-Hall, Alberto Embarta , Josh Bingham and Owain Hall was a credit to the never say die spirit the team played with. Onwards to next week and some points. MOM obviously Chris MIllar

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v North Norfolk 3:  9-0

Dragons eased to a comfortable win over North Norfolk.  Dan Ryan controlled the middle of the pitch with Connor Adams.  Man of the match Ryan , help himself to a hat trick whilst fit again Matt Armstrong weighed in with two. The scoring was completed by Andrew Cross, Tommy Gale, Pete Latoy and Lloyd Wade.

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norwich City 7s:  2-5

A new group of Dragons played together for the first time and it showed. The lack of communication early on let the door open for the opposition who took full advantage in the first half. The dragons were down 0-4 going into the sencond. The Dragons team took on the constructive criticism of the half time talk and with better shape and more completed passes held City back and the Dragons were able to push forward. It led to a short corner which was put away by Shiv Kapur after multiple passes within the D. Another late flourish of quick passes allowed Ed Crosier the opportunity to take one last shot at the goal which was put away to bring the final whistle. Dragons won the second half 2-1 to the overall score of 5-2.

Girls Development League
Dragons Dev Girls v Watton:  1-3

Goalscorer:  Hattie Stewart
MOM:  Freya Dolding

 
 
 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 22nd September 2018

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sDereham 1H2-5 (L)Kiera Goymour
Tabba Tabrett
Mima Watson
Tabba Tabrett
L2sDereham 2H1-0 (W)Kate McKennaKaren O'Neill Simpson
Donna Vaughan
L3sUEA 1A0-3 (W)Jessica Haw x2
Ally Windsor Waite
Kath Mares
L4sLoddon 1H1-3 (L)Caroline WolfeKatie Franks
L5sLow Railway 2A0-3 (W)Gemma Ballard
Beth Elgood
Chloe Mikronis
Emily Smith
L6sN City 5H1-3 (L)Charlotte DowsonCharlotte Dowson
L7sHerlingsA4-1 (L)Adelice KraemerBecky Bowen
L8sThetfordH0-11 (L)Emma Fielding
Sadie Jacobs
M1sDereham 2H2-6 (L)Lewis Wilkins
Daumantas Matulevicius
Pedro Goss
M2sUEA 2H3-3 (D)Jason Wolfe
Eddie Gould x2
Chris Simmonds
M3sUEA 1A4-1 (L)Mitch SmithJon Goodson
M4sThetfordH1-4 (L)Nick TurnerNick Turner
M5sNDHC 6(f)A3-2 (L)Sam Echevarria x2Shiv Kapur
M6sNDHC 5(f)H3-2 (W)Rob Lee
Adam Bowles
Charlie Creasey
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BD ADerehamH7-0 (W)Ed Cross x3
Will Panter x2
Harry Fuller
Oli Ruding
Arjuna Puvanachandra
BD BN CityAP-P
GDPelicansAP-P

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Dereham 1s:   2-5

After a promising pre-season, the Ladies 1s went into their first game hoping to replicate
some of their earlier performances. Dragons immediately took control of the game,
dominating the early possession and moving the ball around well. Unfortunately, nothing
was to come of these early chances, and in a rare foray forwards, the Dereham side won
a short corner and converted it with a tricky drag flick.

The Dragons lost a little bit of composure during this period of the game, and a few
moments of disorganisation in the defensive circle saw Dereham put away two more
goals from open play. However, the Dragons began to fight back. A skilful, mazy run
from Liv Thomas into the circle pulled the Dereham goalkeeper out of position; Thomas
slipped the ball back to Kiera Goymour on the penalty spot who slotted it into the open
goal. The team went into half time 3-1 down, but still in the fight.

The second half saw a number of chances for both sides, but the comparative experience
of Dereham next to our younger, more recently-formed squad began to show. Another
open play goal, and another awkwardly levelled drag flick saw two further goals for
Dereham. But, Dragons were not finished, and the team kept fighting right to the last
whistle. They were rewarded for their efforts with a goal from a fantastic strike over the
keeper’s head from Tabba Tabbrett. The game finished 5-2, but the scoreline certainly
does not reflect the quality of some of the hockey on display.

There was a lot of promise and potential shown in this game, with some strong
performances across the board, but especially from joint players of the match Tabba
Tabbrett and young Mima Watson on her league debut. The Dragons will regroup and
continue to work hard in training, ready to build upon this week’s performance.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Dereham 2s:  1-0 

Norwich Dragons were excited to welcome back Maddie Denman to the Den who has been away at university. Several other Dragons were either welcomed back to the 2’s, or made their 2’s debut, but a special mention must go to Piper Hempsall, who had her first Ladies game having just come up from the girl’s development team.

 

 
 
Dragons started the best of the two teams with some good early pressure. The midfield of Gail Thomas, Debs Smith, Piper Hempsall and Katie Lister were working hard to control the middle of the pitch and ensure the forwards were seeing plenty of the ball. They worked well as a unit moving the ball on quickly making it tough for the opposition.

 

 
The forwards of Kate McKenna, Jess Bennett, Lauren Lawrie and Laura Van Den Burg were making some excellent runs and creating some good chances. It was from this good early pressure that Norwich Dragons went ahead with Kate McKenna opening the scoring making it 1-0 to the Dragons.
 

 

Dragons continued to play well, especially considering how many players have only recently joined the squad and the team is still getting used to playing together, however the score remained 1-0 to Dragons at half time.
 

 

In the second half Norwich Dragons continued to press but Dereham never gave up and with 10 minutes to go started to put the Dragon’s defence under a bit more pressure. However the defensive line up of Maddie Denman, Karen O’Neill-Simpson, Donna Vaughan and Sarah Borrett dealt with the pressure well and stayed alert to any danger. On the occasions when the ball did get through keeper Amy Forse dealt with it calmly.
 

 

The final score was 1-0 to Norwich Dragons, with the newly formed team showing lots of promise for the future. Player of the match went to both Donna Vaughan and Karen O’Neill-Simpson.
 

 

Thanks goes to all the supporters, especially the more vocal ones and to coach Pete Thomas.
 

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v UEA 1:  3-0

Norwich Dragons Ladies 3rd team were determined to make a good start to their East Division 2NE debut following promotion from Norfolk Premier last year. Their first league match was away against UEA 1’s and the game began with both teams creating chances whilst settling into the game.

However, patient play from the defence into the midfield and forwards created an opportunity for Hannah Ellis to shoot from the top of the D that hit the post and the rebound was quickly put away by Ally Windsor Waite for Dragons first goal of the game.

The second goal for Dragons was scored from a short corner which was struck by Harriet Rant for Jess Haw to deflect into the goal from close range. The team continued to work hard for each other all over the pitch, maintaining pressure on UEA to finish the first half two nil up.

Dragons tried to maintain the intensity after half time despite going down to 12 players (we hope you make a speedy recovery Sam) and won a few of short corners in quick succession. However, UEA started to increase the pressure on the Dragons forcing some great defending and excellent saves in goal from Kat Spiers.

Dragons managed to score their third goal mid-way through the second half from some strong build up play down the right and back into the middle for Harriet Marlee to have a shot, which was confidently slotted home by Jess Haw in front of the keeper for her second goal of the game.

Dragons found themselves under increasing pressure in the final quarter of the match having lost another player due to a late start. However, some excellent defending from Kath Mares, Spike, Grace Brown and Hazel Knights including some goal line clearances saw Dragons maintain a clean sheet.

A great team performance from start to finish, with Kath Mares winning the vote for player of the match.

 
 

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Loddon 1s:  1-3

Dragons Ladies 4s started their home match against Loddon 1s well, with plenty of fast game play and linked passing. Unfortunately, the Loddon side managed to capitalise on an early break, with a cross from the right hitting the foot of one of our defenders before going in.

Despite Dragons having plenty of the ball, and holding Loddon in their half for the majority of the game, the visitors managed to score again on an opportunistic break, with a hard strike from the top left of the D.

However, Dragons continued to force their opposition onto a defensive footing, and finally managed to convert their third short corner with a straight strike from Caroline Wolfe, which just clipped the keeper’s pad on the way in.

Loddon continued to live up to their physical reputation in the second half, and after some eye rolling at the umpire, one of their players was shown the green card. However, yet again they took their chances, surging at the Dragon’s D on yet another quick break. After pulling keeper Esther Jacobs left, their 2-on-1 attack managed to slip the ball in at the right post.

Dragons had several more opportunities the other end, with plenty of gameplay in Loddon’s D – including an awkwardly trapped ball under the goalkeeper and some near misses from the posts – but it wasn’t to be, and the score finished 1-3 to Loddon.

The whole team showed a great work ethic throughout, which was reflected in the widely spread votes for player of the match. However Katie Franks became the second recipient of Dave the (sparkly pink) Dragon this season, due to her unflinching calm at left back, even when faced with some tricky 1-on-1 situations.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Lowestoft Railway 2s:  3-0

Dragons travelled to Lowestoft with renewed optimism following the previous weeks’ defeat. Returning to our trusted formation, the 5s were able to focus more on what we do best: playing good hockey!

The first goal was a lovely finish from Chloe Mikronis, threading through defenders and the keeper to start Dragons off in the lead. The second goal came from a joint effort from Lizzy McDonnell and seen clear over the line by Beth Elgood. Dragon’s third and final goal came from goal-scoring pro Gemma Ballard, confirming our dominance and giving the final score of 3-0.

Dragons played with respect for each other and our opposition and were commended by the umpires on our attitude. It was an enjoyable game (despite the ability to build sandcastles with the amount of sand on the pitch) and the 5s can certainly say the cobwebs were blown away.

Solid and calm defending from Stella Windsor-Waite and Jen Buskell kept most of the action away from GK Mia Somers, who’s agility whilst grounded was rather entertaining. Katherine Hardwick produced lots of energy to support Anita Mancini, Mel Widdows, Emily Smith and Chloe Mikronis, ensuring that play was constantly pushing forward keep the pressure on Railway.

Needless to say, Lizzy McDonnell was grounded several times but jumped up to valiantly carry on. Gem Ballard made life hard for their defence and prowled the D to await her goal-scoring opportunity.

A special mention to Lilli Ballard who was sadly unable to play due to injury for her side-line management and support.

Player of the Match went to Emily Smith who stormed her debut adult match with conviction and energy.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Norwich City 5s:  1-3

Goalscorer and MOM:  Charlotte Dowson

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Herlings:  1-4

Making their debut in Division 2 on the grass pitch at Herlings, this was a good match to get out of the way. Herlings are usually at their best at home, and know how effective tanking the ball can be. Reading the bounce of the ball was more a question of luck than judgement for both teams, but with two goals in each half, Herlings deserved their win. This was a gutsy performance by the 7s. They had a purple patch at the start of the second half when Adelice Kraemer forced the ball home after a lot of activity in the circle involving Beth Coates, Claire Fairhurst and Mia McGhee and this brought the score back to 1-2. But Herlings were generally stronger in both Ds, and this is an aspect of their game that the 7s will work on.

There was lots to like about the 7s performance. Emma North made loads of good saves. Mrs Becky Bowen was POM for a solid performance at bottom of the diamond, she tackled well and also moved up to support the attacks. The 7s had a right side that caught the eye. Mia had a very good game at right forward and Maisie Dearmer played both the attacking and defending roles of right mid to good effect. Erin Aldous impressed in her first outing at right defence. Erin, like Paige Fisher at left mid, showed how quickly intelligent players can adapt to difficult conditions. They both covered a lot of ground. The 7s had a few players missing and appreciated Flori Smith’s steadying influence. Lily Crew made some brave tackles in defence, and Bridget Le Good’s ability to hit the ball at least half way up the pitch and usually to a Dragon was an asset. Capt Claire has a new tattoo – ‘Grays’ surrounded by 100 dimples on her inner quad – and also got DoD for not being able to spell ‘Fairhurst’.  Onwards and upwards 7s – Division 2 promises to be a lot of fun.

Empresa Norfolk Women’s League Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s v Thetford:  0-11

Dragons 8s started their 2018-2019 season league campaign at home to recently relegated Thetford Town. Dragons starting line up consisted of 13 players including debutants Emma Tarn-Dyson, Ella Handy, Sarah Lucas and Hatty Harrison-Mobbs who were all ready for some hockey action!

Thetford Town brought a strong and experienced team to the den. Johanne Steward. Jo Baker, Maddie Gibbs and Jess Lockwood made up a great defence line-up and did not make it easy for Thetford. GK Emily Roper doubled up this week and made some cracking saves throughout the game showing Thetford that she wouldn’t be broken either even though she was carrying an injury from training earlier in the week.

After half time saw #Awesomeeights come out even stronger. Sarah Lucas, Hatty Harrison-Mobbs and Emma “Mouse” Fielding commanded midfield by pressing hard, showing great skills and speed up the wings. Forwards Katy Cole, Sadie Jacobs and Lois Metcalfe were able to put pressure on Thetford with a lot of the play staying near Thetford’s D, a couple of attempts on goal were unfortunately thwarted by their experienced defence and goalie. It was just not meant to be during this game.

The score line doesn’t show the game that the 8’s played, all players showed determination and resilience though-out the whole game showing Thetford that they wouldn’t make it easy. Man, of the Match nominations where across the whole team but the final award was split between Sadie Jacobs and Emma “Mouse” Fielding.  Everyone worked hard, and all came off with a smile on their face. Onwards and upwards for this season Dragon’s 8’s!

East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Dereham 2s:  2-6

Goalscorers:  Lewis Wilkins, Daumantas Matulevicius
MOM:  Pedro Goss

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v UEA 2s:  3-3

Goalscorers:  Jason Wolfe, Eddie Gould x2
MOM:  Chris Simmonds

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v UEA 1s:  1-4

Dragons faced a tough opening fixture of the league season against UEA I, who had been narrowly relegated from the league above last season.

UEA pressured from pushback and forced a succession of short corners early in the game which they were unable to convert. Dragons began to get into the game and began to launch their own spell of pressure only for UEA to disappointingly score the opening goal from a quick counterattack. UEA added a second shortly afterwards to give themselves some breathing space.

Dragon’s strong work ethic and organisation began to force UEA backwards, with Mitch Smith pulling one back after pushing the ball past the keeper to finish a well worked team move.

The match remained at 2-1 for the majority of the second half, with UEA having most of the ball but Dragons occasionally threatening on the break. With the final whistle imminent, Dragons began to push forward in numbers but were unable to force an equaliser.

Eventually the c20 year age gap between UEA and our average age told, with UEA scoring two late goals on the break. A thoroughly deserved win for UEA but with a slightly flattering scoreline.

Man of the match was Jon Goodson, although the award could have gone to any of defenders (Jon plus Stu Kelly, James Goodson and Phil Good) who kept a strong UEA side at bay for the majority of the game.

East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Thetford 1s:  1-4

Norwich Dragons 4s lost the opening league match in an entertaining encounter.  Early exchanges reflected teams still working out each other’s tactics but Thetford opened the scoring after a few easier chances hadn’t been converted. Dragons persisted though, reflected in the tenacity of Nick Turner’s determined run and strike into the far corner. It ended 1-1 at half time with both teams in contention but early in the first half Dragons failed to make some short corners count. This proved costly as Thetford converted a good short corner flick which meant Dragons started to chase the game. Despite hard work upfront from Adrian Kemp , Bobby Sheppard and Jones chances didn’t come Dragons way as the stretched game suited Thetford’s fast counters resulting in two very good individual goals. Dragons have plenty to reflect on but the performance of the young players was outstanding.  Goalscorer and MOM:  Nick Turner

FRIENDLY – Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s:  2-3

Goalscorers for 5s:  Sam Echevarria, MOM:  Shiv Kapur
Goalscorers for 6s:  Rob Lee, Adam Bowles, Charlie Creasey

Boys Development League

Dragons A  v  Dereham:  7-0
Goals by Edward Cross (3), Will Panter (2), Ollie Rudling (1), Harry Fuller (1)
M.O.M. Arj   PuvanachandraDragons were quick off the mark to take control of the ball and found the back of the net midway through the the first quarter.
 
Great runs by Gabe Overton and Arj  Puvanachandra  down the wing but Dereham did well to intercept the ball back, but Dragons came back stronger and more goals were scored.
Dragons played and marked their opponents well to secure a 7-0 victory, over a younger developing Dereham team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 15th September

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1s/L2sBlueharts 1A1-2 (W)Lucy Morton
Maddy Reynolds
Olivia Thomas
L2s/L3sNth Norfolk 1A
L4sLow Railway 1A1-2 (W)Caroline Wolfe
Lisa Harwood
Harriet Rant
L5sDragons 6H0-1( L)Stella Windsor Waite
Steph Samson
L6sDragons 5A0-1 (W)Emma MerryweatherEmma Merryweather
L7sCity 6Habandoned
L8sCity 7H0-5 (L)Maddy Gibbs
M2sCity 3A3-1 (L)Ed GouldJason Wolfe
M3sCity 4A2-0 (L)Stuart Kelly
M4sLow Railway 2A1-2 (W)Josh Bingham
Adrian Kemp
Tommy Chapman
M5sDereham 4H8-0 (W)Sam Echeverria x5
Dan Ryan
Alberto EMbarba
Andrew Cross
M6sNflk Nomads 2H0-1 (L)Matt Knights
BD ADragons BH3-1 (W)Gabe Overton