It has been a tremendous term for hockey players at Lancing, with some record-breaking successes. After impressively coming through the qualifying group, the Girls’ 1st XI took on Brighton College in the County semi-final. A thoroughly dominant display in the first half took the girls into the lead. The team looked comfortable until Brighton equalised through a last-gasp penalty corner. This took the game to penalties where Emily B saved four, with Maddie S and Flora D scoring to send the team into the county final for the first time in many years. Taking on Hurst, the team suffered injuries to two key players, Bupi M and Louise H. After a lengthy stoppage, sadly the only difference proved to be another penalty corner goal. Silver medallists in one of the toughest competitions in the county is most definitely an accolade to be shouted about.
The Girls’ 1st XI team also took part in the England Hockey Regional Championships this term. This is the first time that the girls have reached this level and they met the challenge head on, finishing a creditable third in their group as one of the best teams in the South.
We were also fortunate to welcome International Hockey Goalkeeper David Kettle in November. David, who is the most capped goalkeeper in Wales’ sporting history, spoke to pupils about mental health in elite sports. He talked about how, despite his successes, he still struggles with his mental health. David was also kind enough to run two goalkeeping masterclasses for the College. After such a positive response from the pupils, we look forward to working with David in the future to educate our pupils further on the benefits of mental well-being.
History was also made this term at Lancing as the Girls’ 1st XI played the first ever floodlit match at the College. The result? A 7-0 victory over Mayfield in the League!