School picks up national honours

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Littlegarth School continues to achieve outstanding sporting success at a national level, with the under-11 boys winning the Independent Schools Association national rugby title in its inaugural year.

Not to be outdone, the under-11 girls also reached the Independent Association of Prep Schools national hockey finals.

The rugby team produced some convincing performances in the early rounds.

Littlegarth were in a pool with Stoke College, Rushmoor (Bedford) and Loyola (London). They scored convincing victories over Stoke and Rushmoor but were pushed hard by Loyola, eventually running out 14-7 winners.

In the semi-final they beat Dixie Grammar School 41-0 to qualify for a tight final against Crackley Hall from Coventry.

At full-time the scores were level at 7 -7 so the game went into golden-try extra-time, George Whitelaw scoring the winner.

The squad was Toby Bryant, Jack Christey, Taylor Clark, Seb Gifford, Charlie Gillam, Thomas Hardwick (captain), Milo Howard, Harvey Keeble, Jamie McCarroll, Charlie Richardson, Thomas Ryan and George Whitelaw.

The hockey team made the long trek to Derbyshire for the national finals, with 24 teams from the original entry of 156 schools were competing.

Littlegarth improved with each match to finish third in their group.

They competed in the 9th–16th place playoffs, and their improvement continued as they finished ninth, beating prestigious schools like Millfield in the process.

The team was Mary Robinson (captain), Esmae Macgregor, Verity Iglesias, Emma Watling, Maddy Mann, Lydia Gee, Francesca Hughes, Harriet Pettit and Millie Church.