Sport Round Up January 2020

Basketball 
The Basketball team hosted Worth in a must-win match and it was... worth it! The boys produced a great performance and won 53-51. Top scorers were Ben D and Marvin Y with 15 points, and Michael M with 12 points. Henry C and Bader J were also instrumental in securing three points each.

Climbing
The Climbing team went out for the third instalment of the Winter Bouldering Competition last week. In spite of the challenge of many impracticable boulder problems, the strength, skill, and willpower of our climbers led to high scores all around. Anatolii S, Daniel S and Laurenz L managed to assemble high scores of 131, 157 and 164, placing high in regional rankings. Well done to all the climbers for an outstanding effort.

Cross-Country
We had a very successful first League Run of the term with nearly 200 runners completing the course. First finishers were Joe F in the Boys’ Race and Madeleine P in the Girls' Race. 

The runners then had to take on a very tough course at Sevenoaks the very next day. Madeleine P was again our first finisher, and she was well backed up by Olesia G, Talia W, Katie T and Alex W.  In the Boys’ Race, first in for Lancing was Joe F, closely followed by Ralph H, Raphael K and Mack McD. This is a terrific effort from all these pupils in such a long and demanding race and really promises great things for the future.

A small and elite group of runners took part in the Sussex Cross Country championships in Brighton. First in for the Junior Boys’ Race was Ralph H, with an excellent position of 36th in a large high-quality field. Our first finisher in the Intermediate Boys’ Race was Raphael K who was 28th – another excellent run. 

Fencing
We are proud to announce that Sam W has won Silver in the Sussex County Under 14 Épée Competition over the Christmas period (losing only one fight in the final) and will now go forward to the Regional Competition later in the Lent Term.

Football
The Juniors achieved a resounding victory over Gordon’s School. Although the match was played in poor conditions, Lancing pulled through and won the game 6-2. Braces from Adam M and Kwame N-O as well as goals from Josh R and Timo A gave the team an impressive victory in their first match together. 
Two Lancing players, Nicolo B and Marvin Y, represented LOBFC against The Old Brentwoodians. Despite the 2-1 loss for the Old Boys, both players were voted as joint men of the match with Marvin scoring the Lancing goal. 

Hockey 
The highlight of the term so far has been playing Portsmouth Grammar School as a pre-season block. The 2nd team were winning 1-0 at half time, creating plenty of chances thanks to some outstanding creativity from Frederick V B down the right hand side. Unfortunately, Portsmouth recruited a few more senior players at half time which led to the 2nd team losing 2-1. Although the boys were gutted about the result, it was a promising performance.

Netball
A fantastic start to the season for the U14B netball team with a dominating 18-11 win over Worth. Our girls took the lead from the start, with accurate shooting from Annabelle J and Iyana P. MVP went to Emilia S-F for her consistent effort on the court and quick decision making.

Another highlight from the block came from the 15As who drew their match 24-24. Tight marking from Mimi C and Zoe C made it difficult for the opposition to gain much space. A really positive performance by all and promising start to the season ahead.

The Senior teams travelled to Ardingly and came away with two wins and a narrow loss. A slow start for the Lancing 1st VII meant we were down 8-5 in the first quarter; a reshuffle and a switch of Abi H to defence and Pomme J into shoot seemed to make the difference. Lancing finally won the game 30-20 which is a fantastic result. The 16As played in a tight fixture; the game could have gone either way but the shooting accuracy of Georgia M kept us on top and the final score was 16-13 to Lancing.

Rugby
The team of 27 Rugby players travelled to Cardinal Newman for a match against their 2nd XV in a wet and muddy encounter. Captain Harry A led from the front throughout and Olly H was a brilliant flanker making some big hits and covering tackles. MVP went to Freddie M for outstanding effort, attitude and tackling. The team we will now be getting ready for a 7s tournament at the College just before Half Term. 

Shooting
We are delighted to announce that Thomas C-F has been selected for arguably the most prestigious team in the U19 shooting world – the British Cadet Rifle team, also known as the Athelings. Our cadets have enjoyed a number of high-profile successes in the past few years but this in the first Lancing student to become an Atheling since 1978! The Shooting Team continues to go from strength to strength and 2020 has got off to a roaring start.