It has been an action-packed beginning of term at the College, with the Netball and Boys' Hockey Clubs commencing their respective competitive seasons.
The 1st XI Hockey team took on Seaford College in the National Cup. Despite the 3-0 loss, the game had many positives including six debutants at Senior level. MVP was Elian C. A good performance against KES Witley brought a 4-0 victory. Winning 1-0 at half time, the team pulled away in the second half to add three more. Goals were scored by Joe H, Luke H and two from Ollie J. MVP was Michael L. This was followed by the the U18 Sussex tournament. Being drawn in arguably the toughest pool, the team finished second with wins over Bishop Luffa and Eastbourne College. A semi-final against Hurst was lost 3-1, but in parts the boys controlled the game and used the ball well. Top Scorer was Elian C.
The 2nd XI travelled to Bede's; one of the players writes: “At precisely 2.34pm the 2nd XI started what would turn out to be the sporting feat of the century. After Harry D's painful injury, it was time for the super sub saviour (Tom M) to enter the fray. Despite being 1-0 down at the break, and surviving 13 short corners, Fred V B equalised. With the game finely poised at 1-1, it came down to sheer skill in the execution of a sublime reverse stick shot that slammed against the backboard; 2-1 to Lancing, and the hero? Tom M, who was hailed MVP.” This report was written by ... Tom M…!
The 3rd XI took to the field and recorded a 1-0 win over Seaford College, with George A grabbing his first goal for the College.
The seven fixtures against Lingfield brought four wins and three losses. The U15B team were the only squad to win away, and they have Dylan B to thank for some excellent goalkeeping in the 1-0 win. Nikita P grabbed a goal on debut. The 3rd XI won 2-0 in fine style. Goals were scored by Keith I and Will B, and MVP was Jonny W. The 2nd XI produced an excellent display in its 3-2 win with all goals coming from MVP Max L. To finish the block, the 1st XI won 3-0 with goals coming from Joe H, Ollie J and Georgia T. MVP was Owen M.
In the block against Christ’s Hospital, there were Junior wins for the U15C and U15B teams. The MVPs in the respective games were Christina M and Olesia G. Result of the day for the Seniors came in the 1st VII game. After a close first quarter, excellent work from Molly C-H and Bella M gave Lancing a 16-10 half time lead. In the second half, the girls pulled away further to take the game 32-21. MVP was Anna F for superb shooting.
Hurst visited the courts for five games. Despite tough games at some levels, the efforts of the U15A team stood out. Playing some fierce opponents, the girls came within 90 seconds of a famous win but still came away with a 30-30 draw. MVP in this epic was Honor S. Result of the afternoon again came from the 1st VII, where brilliant defensive work from Sophie W retained a half time lead for the girls. The game remained tight throughout the second half, but excellent interceptions from MVP Bella M secured a 41-34 win. This win gives the team a +65 goal difference, with the team having scored 212 in only seven games.
The Netball Club has already played 19 matches this season. Despite some of the games against Worth falling to the weather last Saturday, the girls still played five and won four across the block.
The U14A team lost the first quarter 4-5, but thanks to some amazing interceptions by Amelia G and Phoebe P, as well as steady play down court and consistent shooting in the D, the team came away with a well-deserved 22-15 win. Player of the match was Amelia G.
In the U15A game, Tiana F played well helping transition the ball from defence to attack. Along with this, Hannah G put up some excellent shots. The team should be proud of its performance, and a special mention goes to Girl of the Game, Abby H.
The most emphatic win came from the 1st VII. Excellent defensive work from Sophie W and Amelia L-W gave the team a 20-7 lead at half time. The girls went from strength to strength after the break to win 38-13. It was an excellent team performance, with Girl of the game being Anna F for her consistent shooting. This excellent set of results takes the win percentage of the Netball Club to 58%.
The Club took on Ardingly College in ten matches. It was a successful block, with Lancing winning four matches. The girls scored 163 goals, with the biggest margin of victory coming from the U14C team. In its 21-13 win, MVP was Natasha M.
The U15C team won 12-9 with the MVP being Isabella A; the U15B team won 17-11 (MVP Tiana F); and the 2nd VII fought hard to grab a 31-27 win. This was the ‘game of the day’ with the lead being exchanged a number of times. By half time the strong defensive work of Vira V and Louise H enabled Lancing to take back possession of the ball, and with good shooting from MVP Liubov V, Lancing took a lead that was never surrendered.
Anje B finished second in the national silver event at U15 level. This is an excellent achievement and is reward for an impressive period of performance in squash from one of our stars.
The U15 team took on both Simon Langton College and Wilson's School in round two of the National Cup. The matches were won 4-1 and 3-2 respectively and across the matches Anje B remained unbeaten. This means the team is now one win away from the National Finals in Manchester.
The Squash Club travelled to Eton for its annual block. Team of the day was the U14 quartet who won 4-1. Debut victories came from Ollie C, Alice C, Isaac P and Thor R.
We also report of outstanding news for Alice C, who has been selected for training with the England Women’s Cricket development pathway team. This session in early March will focus on batting skills when dealing with both pace and spin. The sessions will take place at the National Performance Centre at Loughborough.
The Club took on the might of the six mile course for the Knole Run. This is a huge event that attracts 40 schools. Paul H was our first runner home, with Oliver Y running extremely well. The teams then took on the Sussex Championships. Paul was our first Senior runner home, and Finn H did the same for the Juniors. Thanks to all who took part.
The 1st XI concluded its league campaign with a 2-1 won over Ibstock Place. Under lights at Culver Road, the team produced a good first half performance, and goals were scored by Will B and Elian C, with Luke H being voted as MVP. This means the team finishes fifth, with only two losses all season. The last time the team was beaten was in mid-October!
In January, we hosted our annual Midwinter Prep Schools' Swimming Gala, with a record eight schools and 30 teams entered! We thank all who helped with the smooth running of one of our largest events.
Against Eastbourne, a flurry of wins late on saw the Lancing swimmers catch our visitors. Lancing then won the cannon relay in splendid style by half a length, but finished the match one point behind Eastbourne!
Captain Jeff L won the Senior boys’ 100m Individual Medley and 50m Backstroke races. Captain Hannah E won the Senior girls’ 100m Individual Medley and 50m Freestyle races. The Boys' Senior team of Jeff L, Nigel W, Miles H and Max H won the freestyle relay and John-Paul M swam final 50m Freestyle leg of the Senior Medley relay in a new PB of 29 seconds. In the Junior boys’ Freestyle relay, Ben B, Ethan A H and Cameron K swam PBs, but special mention goes to Will P who, on his first outing for the team, won the 50m Breaststroke! Well done to all the swimmers.
The 1st V started the season with an away win at Rikkyo, followed by a very narrow home defeat to Michael Hall School. Away at Bede’s, our players displayed excellent defensive skills, leading 34:10 after the first two quarters. With continued resilience and technical superiority over the home team, the game ended 62:39 to Lancing with everyone in the team putting their names on the scoreboard. 15 points were scored by Michail M, 14 by Jacky L and 10 by Jack S. Very well done on a much deserved win!
Congratulations go to Grace B, who has been selected to attend a national water polo academy organised by Swim England. This is following a recent competition in Birmingham she took part in.