Top weekend for Harleston indoor teams
Harleston Magpies enjoyed a wonderful weekend of indoor success.
The men's and ladies' teams are in pole position after the first legs of the Super Sixes National Indoor Championships, while junior teams swept the board.
On Saturday the men beat Doncaster 7-4 and Team Bath Buccaneers 6-5 before suffering a 5-3 defeat against Barford Tigers.
But a 2-0 victory over Havant ensure Magpies go into next weekend's second leg a point clear at the top of the table.
The ladies did even better, winning all four games – three of them against teams that finished second, third and fifth in the table. With the top two teams promoted after next weekend's second legs, Harleston are already five points clear of third place.
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The weekend started with a scrappy 3-1 win against Old Loughtonians. Emma Lee-Smith 2 and Bryony Lund getting the goals.
The second game against Clifton saw Magpies play outstandingly as they raced into a 9-1 half-time lead and eventually came out on top 13-4. Scorers were Lee-Smith 6, Lucy Fields 3, Lund 2, Frances Sumner and Artemis Clark.
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On Sunday, Magpies took on the favourites Olton, who had won their opening games 11-3 and 14-4.
In a classic match, Magpies led 4-3 with two minutes to go but had a player suspended and had to defend two late penalty corners to hang on. Scorers were Lee-Smith 3 and Katrina Warnes.
In the final game, against Sevenoaks, Magpies produced a real battling performance to win 7-6 thanks to Lee-Smith's stoppage time penalty corner.
She had already scored and ended the weekend with 13 goals to her name. Also on target were Lund 2, Sumner 2 and Fields.
The next generation of players were also in top form. The Under 18 girls qualifed for the National Indoor Finals at the East Finals and the Under 16s teams both won their competitions at the Brentwood Indoor Tournament.