Girls’ Sport News

On Wednesday 22nd November our four U11 Hockey teams travelled to Framlingham College where  our U11A team were very fortunate to have a coaching session with Jamie Kingston who is Head of Hockey at Framlingham and an England Hockey coach.  This was a fantastic opportunity for the girls especially the afternoon before the ISA National Hockey Festival in which they were competing.  Our U11B, C & D teams all had fixtures against Framlingham College Prep School who are renowned for their excellent hockey standard and facilities. We were thrilled with not only our results from the afternoon but also the sheer determination and effort from all our players.  Well done girls!

Results:

U11B

Littlegarth: 1 – Framlingham College Prep: 1

U11C

Littlegarth: 1 – Framlingham College Prep: 2

U11D

Littlegarth: 2 – Framlingham College Prep: 1

On Thursday 23rd November our U11A Girls’ Hockey team travelled to Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at the Olympic Park, London for the annual ISA National Hockey Festival.  This was a fantastic opportunity for our girls to play against many other teams from across the country.

Sixteen Schools took part in the Festival and came from as far as Bournemouth and Lancashire!  The festival took the format of four schools in each of the four pools (A-D).  Each team played a round-robin with the other schools in their pool.  Our girls played Ballard (1-1), Lingfield College (2-0 to Littlegarth) and Malvern St James (1-0 to Littlegarth).  This gave us 12 points at the end of the pool matches and placed us as the top point scoring school across the sixteen schools ensuring a move into the “Cup” competition.

The Girls had played some of their best hockey to date throughout the first stage of the tournament but to qualify for the final of the cup, they would have at least another four matches to play.  Again, the next stage took a round robin format against another three schools.  Our girls played Copthill (0-0), Queen Ethelburgas (0-0) and finally Northwood College (1-0 to Littlegarth).  The girls’ tactical awareness and passing was fantastic and they really played well as a team.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t quite secure a goal against Copthill or QE resulting in Littlegarth finishing 2nd in the pool and taking them into the 3rd/4th playoff.  The girls played Holme Grange and worked exceptionally hard, determined to take home the bronze!  They managed this with only a few minutes to spare with a fantastic goal giving them a 1-0 win and 3rd place in the ISA National Hockey Festival!  The girls’ should be exceptionally proud of their efforts and determination throughout the season and this festival.  They have been an absolute pleasure to teach and watch and we are very proud of them as a school.