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.


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


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.