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Sporting Highlights - up to 17 March 2017
17th March 2017

Sporting Highlights –  up to 17 March

Huge congratulations to Landry C who has secured an excellent academic and football scholarship to NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division II institution Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, USA. We wish him all the best in his future sporting career and study.

Climbing
Last Saturday, Harry F travelled to Boulder Brighton for its fourth anniversary competition. There were 25 different technical problems for Harry to solve, and he scored 200/250. Up against teams from all over Sussex and London, he placed 1st in his age group, and 5th overall.

Cross-Country
Last Saturday, the Cross-Country team took part in the Ranelagh Harriers Race, a 3.8 mile race held at Richmond Park. The weather during the afternoon was perfect; almost no wind and surprisingly sunny. The team did well, especially Charlie W and Paul H who placed 19th and 25th overall in a very high quality race. Well done to all the runners who took part.

Hockey
The last seven days has seen the Hockey Club take on Charterhouse and then Bede's in a range of matches. 

After going behind from a short corner, the U15A team fought back to lead Charterhouse 2-1 on Saturday. Swift counter-attacking hockey gave two chances to Freddie V B, which he clinically took. A late response from another well-worked move gave Charterhouse a deserved equaliser in what was a very good game. MVP was Charlie B. This 2-2 draw means the U15A team are unbeaten since Half Term! 

The 2nd team came away with a 3-2 win and the 1st team with a resounding 6-1 victory, thanks to goals from Joe B, Stephen L, Toby R, Josh S, Luke H and Hector M.

On Tuesday the 1st and 2nd teams played Worth, and repeated the feat of Saturday with two wins, a 5-0 and 6-0 respectively. The highlight in the 1st XI win was a fantastic goal from Joe H, opening his account as a Lancing College 1st XI player. Then on Thursday the 2nd XI made it three wins in six days by beating Bede's 4-2, in a season's-best performance. Max L stood out for the team.

Netball
In its last match of the season, the U14A team took on Epsom last Saturday. The team led 10-1 after the first quarter, with great goals from both Honour S and Hannah G. Amelia R, Olivia C and Maya R played with speed and accuracy of passing in the centre third and were well supported by Talia W and Abby H. In the last quarter, Epsom rallied but the team came away with a fantastic 16-21 win. Abby was the well-deserved MVP.

Swimming
The National Independent Schools event of the year – The Bath Cup – attracts teams from all over the UK. Last Friday, nine swimmers represented Lancing.

Luca I R, Jeff L, Nigel W and Grigory V swam well in the 4 x 100m Freestyle relay and only just missed out on a place in the final; all swam PBs. Our ‘all-junior’ girls’ team was up against strong opposition. Grace B (Lancing Prep Worthing), Selena K, Hannah E and Angelica A-H swam a very fast 4 x 50m Freestyle race (all PB splits), but just missed qualification.

In the afternoon everyone was even more determined. Jeff led out the 4 x 50m medley relay on Backstroke, Nigel followed on Breaststroke, Miles H on Butterfly, and Grigory finished with a very fast Freestyle leg. Although the boys were easily within the time to achieve a possible medal in the final, we were disqualified for an alleged false takeover.

The girls rallied in their 4 x 50m medley with Grace heading out on the Backstroke, Selena on Breaststroke, Hannah on Butterfly and Angelica on Freestyle. Yet again we just missed the final by a couple of places. Mrs Wooliscroft thanks all the swimmers for their great team spirit. The focus now is to make finals in all events next year and bring some medals home!

Team of the Week
This week we have two clear winners in the form of the 2nd XI boys' Hockey and the U14A girls' Netball teams!