NDHC Match Reports: Saturday 5th December 2020

Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s Vs Dereham

Score: 1-1

Scorers: Haz Green

MOM: Freddie Briscoe

Ladies 1s managed to come away with one point with a draw at home against Dereham finishing 1-1. Good intensity and a fairly even match between both sides so a fair result. Great goal came from Haz Green who equalised within the last few minutes of the game! MOM Freddie Briscoe and DOD Mia Bartram bring on Watton next week!


Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s Vs Colchester

Score: 3-4

Scorers: Maddy Reynolds, Harriett Marlee & Lilli Ballard

MOM: Maddy Reynolds & Florri Smith

Ladies 2s travelled to Colchester for our first game back. Down to 11 players due to a late call off, the 2s knew it was going to be a tough, intense game but wanted to make the journey worth it. Quick to start, dragons dominated the opening minutes of the match but weren’t able to convert. Colchester then went on the attack and dragons found themselves 3-0 down half way through the first half. But the dragons fought back with some well worked goals from Maddy Reynolds Harriet Marlee and Lilli Ballard to go 3-3 until the last few minutes of the game. Unfortunately, the lack of subs may have caught up on us and we conceded in the final few mins ending the match as 4-3 to Colchester. As always, each of 2s put in 100% effort and played hard until the very last whistle. POM shared between Maddy Reynolds and Flori Smith. An extra special THANK YOU to the parents/family members who drove 2s players to Colchester ensuring that we would get a match – it’s really really appreciated!


Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s Vs

Score: 3-2

Scorers: Gill Walker, Lucy Buxton & Vicki Earley

MOM: Jenna Mills

What a fabulous game this was!

Broadland started with a good goal after we tried ourselves previously minutes before, but failed to do so!

Nevertheless less we came back with vengeance and with superb team play we got two goals back by half time, with Broadland only getting another one, coming into the second half even 2-2, and ready to start again

Each player played amazingly well today, in fact the best we’ve played together as a team. Lots of superb passing, defending and well as attacking, lots of player support, and fun!

We a back a scored one more superb goal with a superb assist.

Fabulous play and great teamwork by a bunch of fabulous ladies today!


Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s Vs Harleston Magpies Ladies 5s

Score: 1-3

Scorers: Amy Forse

MOM: Amy Forse

 An eventful day for the 4’s, shaded the first half and unluckily to be a goal down. Harleston were the better team in the second half. Final score 3-1 to Harleston. Dragon’s scorer was Amy Forse, a great reward for persistence.

The game was well umpired and play in a lovely spirit – a great advert for hockey and the wider hockey family! POM Amy Forse


Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s Vs Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s

Score: 5-0

Scorers: Anita Mancini & Liz McDonnell x 4

MOM: Liz McDonnell

A lovely bright morning for our return to hockey. 5s were keen to get back to playing again to make up for a disappointing loss before the break. With key players returning to the team, we were quick to settle into our rhythm despite a very well drilled 6s team coming out fast and hard. They certainly made things difficult for us with some excellent passing and movement on and off the ball. None the less, the 5s settled when Anita kicked off the scoring with a great piece of individual skill working her way into the D and calmly slotting the ball into the back of the net. We kept the pressure up through the game, and 6s continued to counter with some very close efforts – but luckily the defence and Kristina stayed focused and kept a clean sheet. We went on to score 4 more with 3 assists from Anita to Lizzie who kept her composure scoring 4 great goals. The 5th goal assisted by Freya in the last few minutes. Final score 5:0. We still have some things to work on and hope we can maintain our momentum into the next game against Magpies! Well played all Dragons involved. It’s good to be back!


Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s Vs Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s

Score: 0-5

MOM: Joanna Jennings

We are back! And what a way to restart the season. Optimistic as ever, the 6s went out to have some fun and give the 5s a run for their money on this crisp Saturday morning. It was a tough game for the 6s – the underdogs before the whistle went in this biannual face off. However, we held our own and put up a decent fight. Lots of fantastic passing across the pitch, and a few good chances too! However, the 5s demonstrated their own slick passing and efficiency in front of goal. 2-0 down at halftime and buoyed by our weekly Pat Chat, we kept the pressure on in the second half with constant encouragement from all players throughout. As always, the team remained positive, and we have plenty to take away for our next match against Dereham. Final score 5-0. Player of the match was Joanna Jennings for an ever-present performance (literally) all over the pitch!


Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s Vs Norwich City 6s

Score: 1-5

Scorers: Lara Nuthall

MOM: Ellie Wagstaff

The ladies 7s played the first home game of the day against Norwich City 6s. A very even game to begin and some great play by the 7s, who were unfortunate to go down 3-0 in the first half. Once again we came out fighting and everyone worked together to create some good passes. We managed to get a goal back (scored by me) and it really improved the spirit of the team. Final score was 5-1 to City 6s. MOM was Ellie Wagstaff and a big shoutout and thank you to Mia McGhee who played in goal for us today.


Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s vs North Norfolk 3’s

Score: 2-3

Scorers: Adrian Kemp & Elliott Stevenson

MOM: Elliott Stevenson

Defensive errors cost us but good to be back! Bottom line is that if we are going to be so attack minded then we need to convert the chances. NN scored first when a poor free hit gave the ball away in our half(hand up it was the captain) but our guest, Adrian Kemp, equalised after Matthew Cook got round the back of their defence. This was followed by the most obvious foot stopping a goal bound ball & NN converted the flick to lead 1-2 at HT.

M6 then equalised early 2nd half when Elliott Stevenson moved to joint LGS with his 3rd goal in consecutive league games(looks like Golden Stick form). There were chances to take the lead but it was a breakaway down our left, centred to a first time shot from the top of the D that sunk us.

MOM – Elliott Stevenson who has really adapted to adult hockey & like Crossy, knows where the net is.


Norwich Dragons Men’s 7s vs Dereham 4d

Score: 7-0

Scorers: Will Bloom, Adam Bowles (x2), Dan Orsborne, Andrew Cross (x3)

MOM: Adam Bowles

 A positive restart to the season for the 7s with a seven nil home win against Dereham 4s. Dragons maintained most of the possession in the first half with Zak McEwan and Tom Clifton creating attacking opportunities down the left and right wings. Will Bloom opened up the score with an early goal, shortly followed by two goals from Adam Bowles who was playing defence in the first half.

Dereham looked more threatening in the second half however solid defensive play from Max Linford, David Pentin and Ali Smyth ensured a clean sheet. Some strong passages of play down the right wing and baseline from Adam Bowles created plenty of opportunities in the Dereham D with a superb goal from Dan Orsbourne followed by 3 goals from Andrew Cross.

Overall a great team effort and an enjoyable good natured game. MoM this week was Adam Bowles for his work rate down the right wing and 2 first half goals

Norwich Dragons Boys Development vs Norwich Dragons Boys Development (Friendly)

Score: 1-1

Scorers: Louis Bolton-Smith scored for the bibs and Hector McNeill the equaliser for non-bibs.

MOM: Hugh Baragwanath for the non-bibs and Theo Chapallaz & Cameron Connell joint (both stepping up from u12) for the bibs.

 Dev boys took to the pitch for an in-house friendly this afternoon after Pelicans were unable to get a side together.  Two evenly matched sides made up of dev boys along with seven u12’s played out an entertaining 1-1 draw.  Louis Bolton-Smith scored for the bibs and Hector McNeill the equaliser for non-bibs.  Lots of opportunities for players to try different positions meant everyone got a good run out.  It ended as a low scoring draw with both defenses coming out on top through a mixture of good defensive play and midfielders holding onto the ball too long when simple passes would have opened up more opportunities. 

Players of the match were Hugh Baragwanath for the non-bibs and Theo Chapallaz & Cameron Connell joint (both stepping up from u12) for the bibs.

Thanks to both umpires for keeping the game flowing and to Andy, Alpesh and Martin for coaching the sides.  Special thanks though to Natalie for getting the friendly together and letting 23 boys have a match when Pelicans pulled out.


Norwich Dragons Girls Development B vs Yarmouth Girls Development

Score: 1-0

Scorers: Katie Hume

MOM: Katie Hume

The girls Dev B team started this match with only 10 players. Despite this they started on the front foot with attacking moves with good wing play by Imogen Cook and Imogen Thomas linking up with Freya McAllister and Elizabeth Taylor the forwards. Chances were created but the Yarmouth keeper stopped them well. Katie Hume was playing strongly at the top of the midfield diamond playing balls into the D and also trying to get on the end of crosses.

The short neat passing used by the girls was a pleasure to watch. Not to be outdone the defenders were playing their part with Ella Borrett once again strong in defence with her good tackling. Lola Brooke was playing a captain’s role by taking on an unfamiliar defensive role and working hard with tackles and good shadowing.

Ottillie Vinters showed great concentration and positive decision making when called on with good kicking and saves.

The forwards were pressing and winning the ball off Yarmouth’s sixteens.

In the second quarter though a Yarmouth clearance accidentally flew high and hit Freya in the face. She had to be withdrawn and go home and we send her our best wishes and that a small bruise maybe the limits of any damage. (Hope you’re feeling better soon Freya)!

At half-time the girls were asked to try to make passes earlier when they made breaks in the second half and had numerical advantages as had occurred in the first half. They put this perfectly into practise in the second half.

Despite now playing with 9 players the girls continued to attack. Their pressure and chances led to the opening goal which they deserved when Katie Hume shot into the corner of the goal to finally beat Yarmouth’s keeper.

As the final quarter arrived fog started to drift in but the defence worked hard and when they were breached Ottillie was there to pull off saves to ensure a clean sheet and a glorious 1-0 victory.

Special thanks to the three adults Sophie Thomas, Amy Forse and Lois Metcalfe who rotated the two adult place on the pitch.They played just the right way supporting and guiding the girls in the team.

Thanks to the two umpires and to Yarmouth who played the match in a great spirit.

Player of the match: Katie Hume for her performance. This coach is very proud of each and every member of today’s Girls Dev B team for a result  without a full team. Apologies for the long report but this was a special performance and result.