Sport at Littlegarth

Sport has a prominent position in the life of the school and we are fortunate to have excellent facilities to allow the children to enjoy a variety of activities. The Sports Hall was completed in 2006 and incorporates badminton, basketball, tennis and netball courts, as well as two lanes of cricket nets. We have rugby, soccer and hockey pitches on our games field; a floodlit all-weather surface allows for multi-sport practices. All year groups, from Reception to Year 6, are taught by P.E. specialists. Pre-Prep children are taught a variety of games skills, gymnastics and swimming. From Year 3 onwards, team sports become a central focus, with regular fixtures beginning in Year 4. We endeavour to give every child the opportunity to represent the school in a match each term.

Match Reports – 10th June, 2018

All four under 11 cricket teams “bounce” back after half term!.

Following our half term break all four of the Under 11 boys Cricket teams took on St Joseph’s College Ipswich with great success.  Every team played the pairs format which was a fantastic opportunity for every boy to show how their bowling and batting has developed over the term.  All four games were very exciting and played in a great spirit:

A TEAM (Win)             Littlegarth Score = 255                                     St Joes score = 250

B TEAM (Win)             Littlegarth Score = 210                                     St Joes score = 144

C TEAM (Win)             Littlegarth Score = 183                                     St Joes score = 163

D TEAM (Win)             Littlegarth Score = 180                                    St Joes score = 170

Congratulations to all the boys who did the school proud.  We return to St Joes next term for our opening Rugby and Cricket fixtures and with only four weeks of term left, that’s not a million miles away!

Match Reports – 23rd May, 2018

A “Testing” week.

As England start their test series the Littlegarth U11 Cricket teams had a testing week against our closest rivals Holmwood House

UNDER 11 Boys Cricket V Holmwood House

A TEAM (Loss)             Littlegarth Score = 120 for 10                                      Holmwood score = 137 for 4

After a three wins from three our A team faced their first defeat of the season on Wednesday afternoon in an extended 25 over match.  Although disappointed we finally saw the attacking cricket with the bat the team have been looking for. Scoring 100 runs off the first 20 overs the team were perhaps too cavalier in their approach and fell 17 runs short of the chasing total.  Congratulations should go to Zak Troman, however, who scored an unbeaten 54 to mark his name in Littlegarth Cricket History.  In scoring such he joins the role of honour on the coveted “fifty bat” which was first established in 2006.

B TEAM (Loss)             Littlegarth Score =  103 for 10                                      Holmwood score = 110 for 6

On Wednesday afternoon Littlegarth B team welcomed Holmwood House to what turned out to be a very exciting and close match.  Winning the toss the Littlegarth opted to bowl.  Opening with Finley Ridgers and Otis Gee, the two took three wickets and the visiting team looked rattled.  The following bats men were big hitters and the Holmwood team finally finished their innings on 110.  Chasing the set target the Littlegarth battled hard and needed just seven runs off the last over to win.  Consistent bowling from the Holmwood final bowler prevented more runs being scored and the Littlegarth team were just short of the total.

C TEAM (Win)             Littlegarth Score = 92 for 3                                      Holmwood score = 91 for 4

The C team continued in impressive form to reach the Holmwood set total with two overs to spare.  Top scoring with the bat Hayden Swampillai led from the front to finish off the consistent display seen by our bowlers.

D TEAM (Win)             Littlegarth Score =    220                                  Holmwood score = 150

Using the pair’s format once again the D team won another exciting match.  All the boys bowled and batted well with birthday boy Charles Hyams hitting his best total from the last four games.  Oliver Hillier topped scored hitting three fours in a single over.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 14th May, 2018

“How’s That?!”.

UNDER 9 Boys Cricket V Finbrough School

A TEAM (WIN)           Littlegarth Score = 162                                                  Finbrough score = 113

The A team got their first win of the season with an impressive display against Finborough School.  The team bowled well and kept a tight field.  With the bat, correct shot selection and effective running between the wickets edged the team to a 49 run winning margin.

B TEAM (WIN)           Littlegarth Score = 202                                                  Finborough score = 131

The B’s put in another inspired performance to outscore their opponents by 71 runs.  Once again the team put on a consistent display with both bat and ball to record two wins from two matches.   A special well done must go to Ben and Jake Bliss who recently joined the school and performed well in this their debut match.

UNDER 11 Boys Cricket V Colchester High

A TEAM (WIN)             Littlegarth Score = 67 for 2                                          Colchester High score = 66 for 9

Once again the Littlegarth A team looked strong with the ball and managed to restrict Colchester High to just 66 runs.  With the bat they were equally decisive and reached their target with seven overs to spare. Captain Thomas Bentley led by example and top scored with the bat. With the ball every boy bowled two overs, with Thomas Morovic taking a wicket with the first ball of the game!  There were many positives to take from the match not least Nathan Karri’s throw out from twenty metres away!

UNDER 11 Boys Cricket V Finbrough

C TEAM  (WIN)          Littlegarth Score = 89                                                   Finbrough Score= 86

Using the pair’s format the B team found themselves needing three runs off the last two balls to win the game.  Ed Eeles and Sam Barker kept cool heads under pressure and secured the victory with the required runs achieved with no loss of wicket.

D TEAM  (Loss)       Littlegarth Score = 56                                                     Finbrough Score = 78

Cricket is a very unforgiving sport and after the highs of last week the boys had a disappointing afternoon with the bat.  Consistent bowling from the opposition restricted our run rate and even an impressive individual batting display from Henry Staines was not enough to make up the difference.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 7th May, 2018

Cricket, cricket, cricket.

The cricket season finally got under way this week following the mixed weather, various Year 5 and 6 residential trips and bank holiday.

UNDER 11 Boys Cricket V North East Essex

A TEAM (WIN)             Littlegarth Score = 82 for 9                                   North East Essex score = 81 for 7

Led by new sports captain Thomas Bentley, the Under 11 A team opened the season with a tough evening match against North East Essex.  In the field nine different Littlegarth boys bowled well to restrict the visitors to a respectable 81 for 7. Chasing a totally achievable score, the boys got off to a slow start with the bat and found themselves with only 32 runs off 12 overs.  With wickets falling fast all seemed lost until Thomas Morovic came in as eighth man and hit a series of impressive fours.  When his wicket finally fell, Harry Law continued where he had left off and hit three quick fours. The team now needed just three runs off the last six balls to win the match but only had one wicket to spare.   On the first ball of the over Nathan Karri caught an edge to hit a four to win the game! With a variety of bowling and batting options, the team look set to have an exciting season.

B TEAM (Loss)             Littlegarth Score = 68 for 10                               North East Essex score = 70 for 6

The B team also kicked started their season on Tuesday evening against North East Essex.  Made up from mostly under 10 boys, it is important to note that this was their first match using a hard ball and following the 20-20 format.  Up to and including an under 9 level the boys play pairs cricket with a soft ball.  Opening with the ball, the team impressed and were taking this new experience in their stride.  Taking six wickets and keeping the score to just 70, it fell to our batsman to finish the job.  Unfortunately the aggressive bowling from the visitors was just too much for our batsmen to handle and the team were bowled out before reaching the total.

UNDER 11 Boys Cricket V Orwell Park

A TEAM (WIN)             Littlegarth Score = 81 for 5                                          Orwell Park score = 79 for 10

Bowling Orwell out for just 79 and reaching their total with four overs to spare, the A team continued their impressive start to the season.  Captain Thomas Bentley top scored with the bat and with the ball, Charlie Condon took an impressive four wickets off his two overs.  Once again nine different boys bowled to post a second strong team performance.

B TEAM (Loss)           Littlegarth Score = 69 for 10                                          Orwell Park score = 71 for 5

As with the North East Essex game, there were lots of positives for the B team on Wednesday afternoon.  Once again the boys put in a good performance with the ball but it was with the bat where further work needs to be done.  Plans are already in motion to work on this area and we have every confidence the boys will be hitting the fours in their next match!

C TEAM  (Loss)     Littlegarth Score = 85 for 5                                         Orwell Park score = 115 for 5

Like the B team, run rate was the issue for the C’s on Wednesday afternoon.  In this their opening game of the season the team looked strong in the field but needed to be more aggressive with the bat.  Although it was not the start they had hoped for it was a good team performance and the boys have made fantastic progress in their skills during lessons.  Next week the team face Finbrough School and expectations are high.

D TEAM (WIN)           Littlegarth Score = 156                                                     Orwell Park score = 78

The D team game was scored using the pairs format; (where everyone bats, bowls and the team start on 100 runs, losing 5 if out). The boys had a fantastic afternoon and finished the game doubling the Orwell Score.  Isaac Boatwright was man of the match with both bat and ball, as captain Ben Wooldridge led the side to a winning start to the season.

UNDER 9 Boys Cricket V Holmwood House

Using the pair’s format where everyone bats, bowls and the team start on 100 runs, losing 5 if out, this was for many of our boys their first competitive cricket experience.

A TEAM (Loss)          Littlegarth Score = 181                                                  Holmwood House score = 201

The A team were just 20 runs short when chasing the total set by Holmwood House. Even two fours in the final over from Oliver Martin was not enough to close the gap.  The boys should be pleased with a strong all round performance and reflect on a good first outing.

B TEAM (WIN)          Littlegarth Score = 206                                                  Holmwood House score = 152

The B’s put in an inspired performance to outscore their opponents by 54 runs.  It was a great match, played with great spirit by both teams.  Jamie Spendiff was named man of the match as he top scored with the bat and wickets taken.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 5th March, 2018

Following last week’s extreme weather conditions, normal service was resumed, with pupils back in sporting action both for their House and in competitive inter School matches.

Inter House Swimming (Year 3 and 4 Swimming Gala)

Tuesday morning saw the first of our two swimming gala’s.  All the pupils from Years 3 and 4 took part in breast stroke, back stroke and free style aiming to win points for their House.  It was a very exciting and tense event with all 80 pupils competing in a total of 35 races in one hour! The overall winners of the event were Munnings with Constable second and Gainsborough third.  We are extremely proud of all the pupils and feel that our continued success at a National level is in safe hands based on today’s performances.  This week it’s the turn of our Year 5 and year 6 pupils.  If this week is anything to go by, it should be one not to miss!

Under 11 Football

On Wednesday afternoon, St Margarets visited us for an afternoon of Football.  Our teams have had a successful season to date and this afternoon the success continued.  There were some fantastic individual performances, notably Jack Travers who moved up to our “B” team to score three goals.  The collective team work in all three matches led to some excellent results. Well done boys!

Under 11 A: (WIN 2-0)

Under 11 B: (WIN  6-1)

Under 11 C: (WIN 5-1)

Year 4 Rugby and Hockey Festival

On Thursday afternoon Littlegarth once again hosted our annual Rugby and Hockey festival for Year 4 pupils.  It was a great afternoon of sport with some very competitive matches.  In the Rugby the Littlegarth “A” and “B” teams finished a respectable third and fourth.  In the Hockey there were two separate competitions.  In the “A” pool Littlegarth finished second and in the “B” pool third.  We are delighted with the progress all the pupils have made over this term and in the way they have played.  We soon move to summer sports and hope the success continues.

U11A IAPS Regional Netball Qualifier

On Wednesday 7th March, the U11A Netball team competed at the Regional IAPS Netball Tournament at Felsted.  The girls played seven matches in total and fought very hard against some tough opposition.  Results varied during the day but the enthusiastic performances by the team members and the fact that they won a number of their matches at that level displays how much effort the girls have put into their netball over the last two years.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 29th January, 2018

The sporting success continues

This week we saw continued success for Littlegarth sport teams both at a local level and in Regional ISA competitions.

National Under 11 Football finalists!

A trip to Stoke College for our Under 11 football teams marked the start of the annual Eastern Regional ISA football competition.  In all there were 22 teams competing and as in previous years, Littlegarth entered two teams to take on the best our region.  Although the two squads were not at full strength, both teams did the school proud in their determination, attitude and approach to a highly competitive tournament. Under 11 “A”: The Under 11 “A” team made an impressive start, playing their way into the quarter finals, by topping their group in an impressive unbeaten run.  Here they faced Ursuline, in a very open encounter.  Three quick goals from Littlegarth saw the team progress into the semi-finals and a guaranteed top four finish.   This is significant, as a top four finish guarantees qualification into the National finals! The team now found themselves up against a very impressive Alleyn Court. Like us, they too had topped their respective group and were unbeaten.  In a very intense and close contest led to a 0-0 score at the end of normal time.  This led to extra time which soon became penalties.   With nothing between the two teams after everyone had taken a penalty, the match quickly moved to sudden death penalties!  Throughout, goal keeper Tom Morovic made some impressive saves but ultimately a saved shot from the Alleyn Court goalkeeper sent the boys into a third and fourth playoff against Finbrough.   In what was a very one sided match, the team put three goals past Finbrough to finish third in the Eastern Region and a National final to look forward to.  Under 11 “B”:  The “B” team had a tough start to their day, facing Alleyn Court in their opening group match.  A 4-0 defeat was hard to take but the result seemed to rally the boys into action and from then on they played like a different team.  A win, draw and a 1-0 loss in games two, three and four ended in a 1-0 win against the hosts, Stoke College in game five.  This result ended their chances of making the knockout stages by one goal, as they needed to score two or more to progress.  To end their day, the boys played a friendly against a St Margaret’s.  They had saved their best football until last, winning the game 5-1!   With four goals from Josh Connor, the boys ended the day on a high and should be proud of their achievements.

ISA Under 11  Netball.

On Wednesday our U11A Netball team travelled to Alleyn Court in Southend for the ISA Regional Netball Tournament.  With 11 schools competing, Littlegarth won 4 of their 5 pool games to progress to the knockout stages.  Littlegarth met Brentwood Ursuline in the semi – final. Although the girls played their best netball to date, they lost the match.  This set up a 3rd and 4th playoff against the hosts Alleyn Court.  The top 3 schools of the Regional tournament would qualify for the ISA National Netball finals.  In a nail biting deciding game, at full time the score was tied at 5-5.  This sent the match into extra time.  Alleyn Court scored first to make the score 6-5.   Littlegarth responded to make the score 6-6 with approximately 20 seconds of extra time left.   Alleyn Court moved the ball down the court with speed and in the last second of the game, scored to make the final score 7-6.  Littlegarth missed out on the National finals by one goal but should be extremely proud of themselves.  They were a very determined, enthusiastic, hard-working and did the school proud.

Primary Partnership.

The school continues to work very closely with local primary schools to forge working partnerships.  The growing links in our community continued this week when Nayland Primary School joined us for a Under 9 Rugby “master class”.  Both Littlegarth and Nayland pupils enjoyed an afternoon of rugby development.  Mixing pupils together in practice and match situations, this was an opportunity to collaboratively work together to enhance the pupils understanding and enjoyment of the game.  With the six Nations starting this week, this was the perfect time to hopefully inspire the next generation of rugby stars.

Under 11 Football.

The football success continued on Wednesday afternoon when Colchester High School and Finbrough School joined us for an afternoon of football in a very exciting triangular competition.  Five teams from Littlegarth played a total of eight matches over the course of the afternoon.  From the start it was clear that the boys were putting all they had learned in lessons into practice.  Six wins out of eight marked a successful afternoon for all involved.

Team Result against Colchester High Result Against Finbrough
Under 11 A Win 4-1 Draw 1-1
Under 11 B Win 4-0 Win 2-0
Under 11 C Win 6-1 Win 4-0
Under 11 D Win 1-0
Under 11 E Loss 2-0


Under 11 Netball

Whilst our A team competed in the ISA competition, our B, C and D Netball teams travelled to Rushmere to play Ipswich Prep.  The girls had an inspired afternoon to win all three matches.  The B’s won 12-8, C’s won 4-2 and the D’s won 4-0.  It was a wonderful end to a fantastic afternoon of sport and once again left us feeling very proud of all our U11 teams.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 22nd January, 2018

ISA National Swimming Success:  Following on from becoming Regional Champions for the 11th consecutive year, pupils that won their races in the regional competition qualified for the National finals event at the Olympic Pool Stratford! An amazing experience for all was topped off with some fantastic results.  Harrison Brook came 2nd nationally in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 53.17seconds.  This was followed by another Littlegarth pupil, Lyla Belshaw coming 3rd and medalling in the 50m girls Breaststroke.  In all six pupils competed from Littlegarth and did the school proud.   Congratulations to all!

ISA Regional Cross Country Success

On Friday, our cross country teams once again competed in the ISA Eastern Region Cross Country competition. Cross Country has a growing tradition at Littlegarth and this year our pupils once again performed very well.  In all, five of our pupils finished in the top ten and qualified for the National finals to be held at Rugby School in March.  Congratulations to Zac Troman, Lyla Belshaw, Megan Palmer, Oliver Martin and Henry Alexander will all represent the Eastern Region.  Fingers crossed for National success.  In the team event our year 3/4 boys came 1st out of 15 schools with the year 5/6 boys and 5/6 girls finishing 2nd respectively.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 15th January, 2018

A great start to 2018

This week saw the return of competitive sport after the Christmas break.  It was time to run off the mince pies and forget about the endless turkey sandwiches.  Both the Under 9 boys and Under10/11 boys took on St Joseph’s College in what has become an opening fixture in the past two terms.  Playing rugby and football respectively all the matches were very exciting and the results reflect, the continued progress our pupils are making.

Under 9 Rugby

Following a successful football season, Monday afternoon marked the start of the rugby season for our under 9’s.  In four very close and competitive matches the boys did themselves and the school proud.   Fantastic sportsmanship, skill and team work culminated in some very good results.  It should be an exciting and successful season ahead if the boys are able to build on their efforts from today.

Under 9 A (Draw 12-12)

Under 9 B (Win 8-5)

Under 9 C (Win 2-1)

Under 9 D (Win 8 -4)

Under 11 Football.

Moving from rugby to football this term, allows the boys to play in mixed year group teams for the first time in competitive matches.  This added factor made team selection even more competitive and allowed us to select five very strong teams to field against St Joseph’s.  A windy Wednesday afternoon did not allow for the “total football” we have come to expect from our teams, but we did see glimpses of what we hope will be the foundation of a successful season.

Under 11 A (Loss 2-1)

Under 11 B (Win 1-0)

Under 11 C (Win 5-0)

Under 11 D (Win 5-1)

Under 11 E (Loss 5-0)

Match Reports – Week Beginning 27th November, 2017

Final 2017 fixtures for the boys

This week was the final week of fixtures for our Under 9 football teams and Under 10/11 rugby teams.  The Under 9’s took part in our annual B team football tournament followed by a trip to St Margaret’s, whilst our U10/11 rugby players took on Framingham Prep followed by a local derby against Holmwood House.

Under 9 Football Tournament at Littlegarth

Following a successful “A” team tournament, it was the turn of our B and C teams.  In all, twelve teams took part in the event to include eight visiting schools.  There was a great festival atmosphere boasting highly competitive games with a good level of skill on show.  Our B team won their group and played themselves into the Cup competition.  As for the C’s, a second place in their qualifying group put them into the Shield.  In the final stages both did extremely well and I am pleased to announce the B’s finished 3rd overall and C’s second in the Shield event.

In our final match of 2017 the A, B and C teams took a trip to St Margaret’s, Gosfield. All the teams played extremely well in adverse weather conditions and marked the end of a strong season with three great results.

Under 9 A (Win 3-0)

Under 9 B (Win 5-0)

Under 9 C (Draw 3-3)

In non-tournament matches, this means that both our under 9 B and C teams have had unbeaten seasons!  Well done to all the boys this year and thank you for all the parental support.  The boys have earned a well-deserved rest and return in January for the start of the Rugby season.

Under 10 and 11 Rugby.

Under 10 A v Framlingham Prep (Win:  40-20): The under 10 A’s have made exceptional progress this year and once again displayed great skill in a strong team performance.  Many of our B team players worked their way into the A’s for this our final home game of the season and demonstrated the depth of skill in this talented year group.

Under 10 A v Holmwood House (Loss 25-20): This was the last game for the boys before the start of the football season.  In a stop start encounter, the boy’s normal game was disrupted.  Although disappointed to lose their first non-tournament match all season, eight wins out of nine is a mark of a highly successful season and is very exciting for next year!

Under 11 A v Framlingham Prep (Loss:  40-35): In an end to end match the boys narrowly missed out.  In truth, the team were slow to start and played some outstanding rugby to turn around a twenty point deficit at half time.

Under 11 A v Holmwood House (Win 40-0): This was the last match the boys will play for the school and arguably they saved their best performance to last.  Moving the ball out wide, strong tackles and a real desire to win, marked a fantastic end to what has been a great season.

Under 11 B v Framlingham Prep (Win:  40-20): The Under 11 B team were once again on top form.  Moving the ball to our wide men, the boys played flowing rugby.  Strong in the contact zone, the team played hard for each other, to earn a well-deserved win.

Under 11 B v Holmwood House (Draw 20-20): As with the “A” team this was the “B’”s last game for the school.  On reflection a draw was a fair result as both teams competed hard for the ball and played some exciting rugby.

Once again I would like to thank all the boys for their hard work this term, the parents for their continued support and lastly, a special thank you goes to Finn Kearney our Rugby Sports captain.  He has led by example and has been a big influence all season.  We turn our attention to football after the Christmas break and hope for continued sporting success.

Final 2017 fixtures for the girls

Wednesday saw our U11 hockey teams close the season with 4 matches against Finborough in freezing cold conditions. The girls knew it would be a tough afternoon in terms of competition and weather but they wrapped up warm and went out with their usual determination and fighting spirit.

The A team finished their afternoon with a 0-0 draw, the B’s won 2-0, the C’s lost 5-1 (with Littlegarth’s only goal being scored by Izzy Fatt in the final 4 seconds of the game) and the D’s won with an incredible score of 11-1!!

We would like to thank the girls for not only playing with such spirit in very difficult conditions, but also for playing so brilliantly throughout the season and we cannot wait for the Netball season to begin when we return to school in the New Year.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 13th November, 2017

Under 9 Littlegarth Football Tournament

On Monday Littlegarth hosted its first Under 9 football tournament of the year.  The tournament was for “A” teams and brought both independent and state schools together for this friendly but highly competitive competition.

Playing in groups and then qualifying for a Trophy, Plate or Bowl competition the Littlegarth team won their group in the initial stages and played themselves in the top Trophy league.  Here they would faced two of our closets geographical rivals, Holmwood House and Colchester High School.  Two draws for the High School set up a deciding match for us against Holmwood.  It was a very fast past game with end to end action.  Holmwood took the lead early on from a corner and hung onto their one goal advantage until the last minute.  A physical tackle in the area brought Stanley Kemp down and led to a Littlegarth penalty.  Stepping up Angus Strathern fired a shot that hit the cross bar and looked to cross the line.  However, like that infamous Frank Lampard “non-goal” against Germany, the referee adjudged the ball did not cross the line and the game ended one nil to Holmwood.

Next week we welcome 12 teams for our Under 9 B tournament and hope that the B’s can continue with their unbeaten season!

ISA East Anglian Swimming Champions!!

Swimming at Littlegarth has been strength for many years now and on Wednesday our swimming team once again travelled to the crown pools in Ipswich to compete in the ISA East Anglian swimming gala.  As reigning champions for the past ten years the pupils were clearly feeling the pressure to perform but very quickly got into their stride.  Individual event winners qualify for the National finals in the Olympic pool after Christmas and once again we are proud to announce Littlegarth will be represented on this stage.  The following pupils qualified for their events:

Year 4 Boys:

  • Harrison Brook ISA East Anglian 50m Breastroke champion.
  • Harrison Brook ISA East Anglian 50m Backstroke champion.

Year 5 Girls:

  • Lyla Belshaw ISA East Anglian 50m Breastroke champion.
  • Lyla Belshaw ISA East Anglian 50m Backstroke champion.

Year 6 Boys:

  • Zak Troman ISA East Anglian 50m Free style champion.

Year 6 Girls:

  • Emily Pettit ISA East Anglian 50m Breastroke champion.

The Littlegarth relay teams also did extremely well with three teams being crowned East Anglian ISA champions;

  • The Year 4 boys relay team: East Anglian ISA champions.
  • The Year 5 girls relay team: East Anglian ISA champions.
  • The Year 6 boys relay team: East Anglian ISA champions.

As a team the pupils did extremely well with many second and third place spots.  So what did this mean for the overall result?  The Year 4 and 5 Boys were regional champions for their age group and so too were the Year 5 and 6 girls. We are also pleased to announce that the Littlegarth School are regional swimming champions for overall boys and for the overall competition for the 11thconsecutive year!!!!

Match Reports – Week Beginning 30th October, 2017

Rugby, Rugby, Rugby

National Rugby success: This week was an incredible week for rugby at Littlegarth School.  The highlights were:

  • Host school for the very first ISA Under 10 National Rugby festival.
  • Littlegarth Under 10 “A” team third in the ISA National under 10 contact rugby festival.
  • Littlegarth Under 10 “B” team third in the ISA National under 10 touch rugby festival.
  • Littlegarth Under 11 ISA National Rugby Plate Champions.

Under 10 National final: This week Littlegarth hosted the very first Under 10 ISA National rugby festival.  The event saw fifteen schools travel from all over the country to take part in ether a contact or touch competition.   To make the event even more exciting numerous “master classes” were organised for competing teams as the festival aimed to not only allow pupils to play but to also develop their skills.  We were very privileged to have representatives from England, England touch rugby, Lions academy and even a few international players on hand to help educate the rugby stars of the future.  As host school we entered both competitions and both teams did very well.  In the contact competition the boys played some very exciting rugby and in a tense contest finished third.  In the touch competition things were much closer.  In the end the team again came out in third spot.

It was a great privilege for the school to host a National competition, to welcome such high profile guests and a great achievement for all the boys in Year 5 to have done so well.

Under 11 National final: Following last year’s National success the team were very keen to defend the schools title and come back from Bedford Athletic RFC with some silver wear.  The day started very early with expectations high.  Winning their first game against Gateway School comfortably the team looked on good form.  As things progressed in the group stages a late 2-1 defeat in our last game to a strong team from Queen Ethelburga’s Prep put us in the plate competition as we entered the knock out stage.  A victory against host school Rushmoor set up a final game against Crackley Hall.  Like us they had only lost one game and were playing some exciting rugby.  The game was end to end with resolute defending from both teams.  With the clock running down the score was 1-1 until a break away from Tom Bentley was finished off in the corner by Liam Climpson.

In other sports News : In other sports news the Under 9 football teams continue to impress and travelled to Woodbridge on Thursday to face the Abbey.  With three teams in action both the B and C teams continued their unbeaten season with 8-3 and 5-0 victories.  As for the A’s, they put in a strong performance but lost out 2-1.  Although disappointed with the score the team were very pleased with how they played and look in good form going into the first of two football tournaments the school is hosting over the next two weeks.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 25th September, 2017

After a successful first week of fixtures this week, the boys’ teams took on Finborough School in Football and Rugby and The Abbey in Rugby in our first home fixtures of the new season.

Under 9 Football

A Team: (2-2) Draw:  The team played some fantastic football, moving the ball with speed and accuracy.   In a very entertaining match it was a story of missed opportunities and although the boys recorded another draw, they are getting stronger and stronger with every minute played.

B /C Team: (3-1) Win:  It was always going to be hard to emulate last week’s ten nil victory but the boys once again put in a great team performance. Two goals from Seb Booth and a third from Oscar Bromley made it two wins from two.


Under 10A (35-5) Win v The Abbey AND (20-5) Win v Finborough: The team have adapted well to the introduction of scrums and rucks this year.   They have been working well together and are looking to play expansive and exciting rugby.   No one individual stood out but captain Harry Tucker must be pleased having recorded three wins from three.

Under 10B (40-30) Win v The Abbey: In this their first competitive match of the year the boys played some very exciting rugby.  They were unbeaten last year and based on today’s performance they seem to set for another successful season.

Under 11A (35-5) Win v The Abbey AND (15-0) Loss v Finborough:  Both under 11A games were extremely physical, with some excellent rugby on show from all.  Against the Abbey, the boys put in a great team performance.  Moving the ball well they looked strong both in attack and defence.  The Finborough match was a very close game and in truth could have gone either way.  Hard tackles and fast moving attacks from both teams made for a very entertaining match.  When asked about the game Joe Whittaker commented; “we look forward to a rematch at the National finals after half term”.

Under 11B (20-10) Loss v The Abbey AND (30-0) Loss v Finborough:  It was a tough afternoon for the under 11 B’s.  Although highly skilful, the boys were simply out muscled and were unable to match the physicality of both the Abbey and Finborough.  They are a talented bunch of boys and we are sure they will bounce back next week.



Match Reports – Week Beginning 18th September, 2017

This week saw the return of competitive inter-school matches for our senior pupils.  The boys opened with a trip to St Joseph’s, Ipswich for Under 9 football and Under 11/10 rugby.

Under 9 Football

  • A Team: (2-2) Draw:  In this very tight game the boys showed great potential for the season ahead. Going behind twice, two inspired changes resulted in honours being shared.  Firstly, substitute Stanley Kemp scored for Littlegarth with ten minutes to play.  A move from goalkeeper to centre midfield then saw Harrison Brook level the score to mark a great team performance all round.
  • B Team: (10-0) Win:  The boys made a great start to the season with an impressive first performance scoring ten goals in total.  Six goals from Seb Booth stands out, but the whole team performance was one to be proud of and sets the team up well for the games ahead.
  • C: Team: (4-0) Win:  Great movement and a great fighting spirit saw the C team record their first victory, in this their opening game.  Two from Theo Bond Roberts gave the boys a two goal cushion and allowed them to enjoy this, their first competitive match for the school.


  • Under 11A (30-10) Win:  Captained by Finn Kearney for the first time, the boys showed real potential.  Finn opened the scoring and led the team by example.  Strong in the contact zone and creative with the ball, the team won against a very physical St Joseph’s team.   Man of the match Nathan Karri stole ball after ball against the head and even went on to score a try from out wide………Watch this space for what could be a fantastic season.
  • Under 11B (30-25) Win:  Charlie Butcher put in a captains performance in this end to end contest.  A great team performance was finished off in the last play of the game.  Chasing down a St Joseph’s player who was sure to score, Charlie put in a match winning tackle.   The resulting spilt ball allowed Charles Condon to pick up and run almost the length of the pitch to score the winning try.
  • Under 10A (50-15) Win: Last year the Under 10 teams improved week on week. This year however they started with a bang scoring a flourish of tries.  Man of the match Archie Ball made some impressive tackles.

The girls also kicked off their competitive season this week with matches against both the Abbey and Holmwood House.

U11 A-D Hockey v’s The Abbey School

What a fantastic afternoon of hockey the girls had on Wednesday in their first Official fixture against The Abbey School.  Every team put in a fantastic performance and worked extremely hard to secure a good result.  At half time the A team were leading 2-0 but tiredness got the better of them in the closing minutes and The Abbey squeezed into the lead by 1 goal.  The B and D teams both had a great wins and finished their games 4-0 each.  The C team drew 1-1 – with Poppy Waugh saving a shot on goal with just 3 seconds to go which prevented Abbey from being victorious.

This really was an exciting afternoon of sport for our U11 hockey teams and we are looking forward to more exciting play throughout the coming season.

U9 A&B Netball v’s Holmwood House

I’m not sure two netball teams have ever been more excited than our teams were on their way to their first ever fixture against Holmwood House last Thursday.  It was a certainly a steep learning curve for the girls as they began to play.  They worked hard to understand where they were supposed to go, what they were supposed to do, learn a whole new set of rules and positions for each new quarter.  The A team had a cautious start to their match but went into the second quarter with new found energy and enthusiasm which continued throughout the game and allowed them to go on to win the match 8-6.

The B team were similarly cautious finding the frequent change of positions and change in direction quite challenging.  They listened well to instructions given from the side line and as a result, enjoyed a 3-3 draw against a tough opposition.  What a great start to the season for these U9’s and we are looking forward to seeing more exciting play from them in the coming weeks.