NDHC League Match Reports: 20th January 2018

TeamDateOppositionH/ATimeScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1s20/01/18Ipswich 1A13.00P-P
L2s20/01/18Dereham 2H11.30P-P
L3s20/01/18Broadland 1H10.30P-P
L4s20/01/18Loddon 1A11.001-1 (D)Sarah WagstaffSarah Wagstaff
L5s20/01/18Dereham 3H12.150-3 (L)Elsa Scott
L6s20/01/18Broadland 3H9.45P-P
L7s20/01/18Magpies 7A10.15P-P
L8s20/01/18UEA 4A11.305-0 (L)Maddie Gibbs
M1s20/01/18Horncastle 1A13.00P-P
M2s20/01/18City 4A10.45P-P
M3s20/01/18Sudbury 2H13.15P-P
M4s20/01/18Pelicans 3H14.004-1 (W)Adrian Kemp x2
Angus Blazer x2
Andy Carver
M5s20/01/18Watton 1A14.306-0 (L)Will Bloom
M6s20/01/18Nth Norfolk 3A15.004-2 (L)Darryl Robinson
Tommy Chapman
Graham Muff
BD A20/01/18MagpiesA10.300-5 (CW)
BD B20/01/18WattonH15.452-4 (L)Harry Fuller
Will Sexton
Adam Jones
GD20/01/18DerehamH15.002-0 (W)Issy Gale
Nicky Dawson
Emily Smith


Women’s East Hockey League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge:  P-P



Women’s East Hockey League, Division 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Dereham 2s:  P-P



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


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

So after a quick warm up we started the match. Loddon clearly thought they have the upper hand after they performed a good warm up and skills practice – but they were so wrong!

We got off to a good start and held Loddon in their place with some good passing and skilled work by our forwards. Unfortunately we underestimated the power of Loddons defensive press and they stopped a lot of our through balls. But we held them off and the half time score was 0-0.

The second half started with even more determination and grit by the Dragons defensive team and Loddon didn’t know how to play after we managed to scupper their plans of breaking through.

Unfortunately on one such occasion that they did break through to score.  We didn’t let that stop us and as the final whistle blew we were awarded a short corner – there was no way we were going let the ball out of the ‘d’ – we had to score!  Low and behold Sarah ran to take the ball from a series of rebounds and ricochets and scored in the far corner – To say the team was elated was an understatement – we were drunk with happiness 🙂

The final score was 1-1
The team had their best match so far this season


Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Dereham 3s:  0-4

The 5’s were eager to play after an uncertain morning due to the frost. The game against Dereham earlier in the season had been a tough one but had ended 1:0 so Dragons were hopeful that all was to play for in this match. The game begun with some wonderful linking play from Sue Brumby and Elsa Scott (POM) using Hannah Edwards and Katie Lister on the wings to work the ball around, giving Dereham few opportunities to play. Dereham then began to use their speed to intercept our passing play and begun to advance on our defensive line up. Steph Samson was supported well by Grace Brown and Lou Davis who constantly provided options to pass the ball wide from hit outs and create play along the wing to Mel Widdows so that we could go around Dereham’s strong press. Sue Cross and Ginny Simkin tried to put balls into space in the direction of our waiting forwards Amy Forse, Lilly Sore and Niamh Somers. They all worked hard to meet the ball and make the most of these opportunities with several shots on goal saved by Dereham’s experienced keeper. Dereham continued to use their speed and strong central play to press our goal and gain short corner opportunities. Esther Jacobs stopped a number of shots on goal but Dereham were quick to contain these deflections and maximised their chances in the D. There were definitely positives to take away from the game and the work rate of all team members continues to be extremely high every week.


Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Broadland 3s:  P-P


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


Empress Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s  v UEA 4s:  0-5

POM Maddie Gibbs.

Knowing that this team were the only ones to have beaten top of the league Dragons 7’s, they were well prepared with a bolstered defence.  10 minutes before half time it looked as though it was only going be 1 nil then 2 cheeky goals came from nowhere after short corners were awarded against them.

Seeing how the 8’s had been fairly even against the young students with a couple of really close goals, they decided to changed formation at half time thanks to a fellow non-playing Dragon’s observations and management on the side lines.  There had been several chances of panging the ball up the wing but, with only 2 forwards being marked very closely, it meant that there were not enough Dragons to pass to in the D and take more shots at goal.

The Dragons raised their game in the second half and only conceded 2 goals. It was great to have Emma North back as usual GK, she made some fab saves, was keen to get back into the swing of things with the 8’s. She really does get better each week and is really coming on as a keeper.

Vice Captain Jo Baker, the trusty centre back.  Had some awesome strong and accurate hit outs as per usual, communicated well to balance and support the defenders, continues to put in a hardy performance each week.

Anna Chapman as left back.  Anna made some good tackles and got stuck in, has definitely increased in confidence this season.

Johanne Steward as right back – was determined as ever and took some lovely hit outs resulting in the mids being able to pass the ball up to the other end and gave good opportunities to the attackers to make headway.

Maddie Gibbs, BOD but moved positions in the second half to a forward.  Maddie made some lovely passes up the wing and some fab runs with the ball along the side lines on many occasions – the team were definitely glad to have her as part of the 8s this week, she had a great balance of attacking and defending and complemented Tracy well.

Jess Lockwood – another strong defender who made some accurate passes up the pitch and put in some good tackles against the speedy UEA players.

Tracy Stuart-Sheppard BOD – worked super hard especially when the formation changed in the second half and she was alone as BOD.  Made some lovely note-worthy tackles and distributed the ball well using the width.

Louise ‘Bondy’ Bond – BOD, she was her usual strong performance, whacked the ball from one end to the other several times almost effortlessly.  She got stuck in made some valiant attempts at marking some of the key UEA players (there were lots!)

Olivia Dickson, right mid and second half was a forward.  Great communicator, called for the ball really well and got in to some fabulous spaces, a fast player and another asset to the 8’s.

Nic Harrison, left mid (and also subbed as TOD). Made some good tackles and had a couple of great runs up the wing, was so close to a goal after couple of great passes for the mids to her in the D.  Another great week for her.

Captain Katy Cole – TOD, finally starting to understand the position and getting into it!  Made some great tackles and had lots of good stints running with the ball getting it up to the other end.  Switched to a forward in the second half and had a lovely run with the ball all the way into the D. Had her work out for her marking one of the most dangerous players (the swift UEA Captain.)

Sadie Jacobs – stepped up as a mid, she marked well, got in to some good spaces for passes, ran rings around the opposite with her speed.

Lois Metcalfe – hard worker, communicated well to the team, gave great direction to the other forwards as she always reads the game well and has well-tuned hockey brain, got into some good positions ready to receive the ball and get ready to strike.

Emma Young – proving versatile played as a mid as well as a forward in this game.  Emma worked hard to get in to a space and make herself available to other players, she was hanging high ready to be passed to, had good movement to confuse the opposition defenders.

All in all, another great game who’s score line does not reflect the quality of play.  A continuation of the back to basics for the 8’s who are improving each week but not quite fast enough for the likes of the top league team.  They must continue to keep their sticks down but their heads held high!  Better communication is needed from all players to call when being passed to or once they have secured a good space.  Don’t be afraid to attack, go to the player, not wait for the ball to come to them.  Defence to trust each other more and continue to listen to the GK who can see what they can’t!


Onwards and upwards for the awesome 8’s.



Men’s East Hockey League, Division 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Horncastle 1s:  P-P


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


Men’s East Hockey League, Division 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Sudbury 2s:  P-P


Men’s East Hockey League Division 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Pelicans 3s:  4-1

This chilly Saturday afternoon saw 15 dragons of all shapes and sizes meet at the Den to play what was likely to be a high scoring game. We started strongly in the first half, having a lot of early possession up and around the Pelicans’ D. The first goal came from Adrian Kemp who tucked away a beautiful move down the right wing between Jordan Hambling and Connor Adams. However that was all the action of the first half as we couldn’t find our way past a determined Pelicans defence.

We had a shaky start to the second half with Pelicans playing some nice link up play to win themselves a short corner about 5 minutes in. A powerful strike found its way into the bottom left corner of the Dragons’ goal and we found ourselves at 1-1. This lit a fire in us and we were soon back on top, controlling all of the play. All the pressure on Pelicans goal earned us a short corner.  Which once again found Adrian in the right place at the right time to catch the rebound from McCartney Aldous’ drag flick. At 2-1 up and controlling the game nicely we could’ve grown complacent but we remained strong and we were rewarded when young gun Angus Blazer managed to squeeze a ball past the keeper to go 3-1 up.

It was more of the same for the rest of the game with Angus and Adrian working together to find us our fourth and final goal of the match. Man of the Match was closely contested between McCartney for his work down the left, Angus for his 2 goals and great composure, and Andy Carver for his defensive work and build up play. It was won out by Andy Carver in the end. All in all, a superb result which we can hopefully carry forward onto next week, away to local rivals Norwich City.


Men’s East Hockey League, Division 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Watton 1s:  0-6

Dragons lost a tough game six nil to a strong Watton team.    Thanks to the sterling work of the defensive team the score remained respectable.

Will Bloom was named as man of the match.


Men’s East Hockey League, Division 6NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v North Norfolk 3s:  2-4

Another tough game in a tough season. Without a recognised keeper available, Graham Muff stepped forward to go between the sticks. Unfortunately, NN 3 started strongly and went ahead 10 minutes into the first half. This was quickly followed by a second NN 3 goal. Dragons didn’t give up and through a combination of dogged determination and skill managed to pull two goals back by half time. These scored firstly by Tommy Chapman and then Darryl Robinson.

 The second half was much more even with more action at both ends with Dragons missing at least three good chances to take the lead of the match, but NN 3 continued to press forward and in the end scored two more goals to take control of the game. At full time the final score was 4 -2 to North Norfolk 3.

 The team voted the man of the match to Graham Muff for efforts in goal.


Norwich Dragons Hockey Club
Dragons Dev Boys A v Magpies: P-P


Norwich Dragons Hockey Club
Dragons Dev Boys B v  Watton: 2-4


Norwich Dragons Hockey Club
Dragons Dev Girls v  Dereham:  2-0