Sporting Highlights - 12 October 2018

Well done to Charlie G, who last Sunday won the U16 Cottesmore Open. Shooting a 3-over gross 75 Charlie won an impressive salver as well as £100 in vouchers.

Thew 1st V opened the new season with an away win at Bede’s on Thursday night. Under the superb guidance of captain Seb L, the team managed to steal the win in the last seconds and the game ended 41:44 to Lancing. Very well done to Michael M, Declan B, Henry C, Jason P, Kyron S and Cyril L. But the MVP award went to Seb L who scored 23 points. The Lancing team now travels to Ardingly next Thursday to challenge last year’s champions.

With a light smattering of sideways rain accompanied by the odd gale force wind, the team headed to Sevenoaks for the formidable Knole Run last Saturday. The team ran extremely well amidst the tough competition of Harrow and Sevenoaks and despite the harsh conditions Faris K placed 19th overall as our first Junior boy, with Harry F placing 30th as our first senior. On debut, Joe F came in 31st showing promise for the rest of the season. This was a great performance by Lancing with notable improvement noted by not only Mr Brookes but also other schools across the board.

Last week, 20 Lancing swimmers took part in the Sussex Schools Relay Championships, a qualifying round for Nationals. James R, Archie N and George C and Ben B put in a fantastic performance to gain silver in the 4 x 50 boys' Intermediate freestyle relay, despite being the youngest team in this category. The results will be confirmed by the ASA in due course. They also made a fine finish in the 4 x 50m medley relay.

Rosie H has joined Yana M and Selena K this year for the Senior girls’ team led by Hannah E. They finished just outside the medals this time but put in a strong performance on which to build for the future.

It was a first competition for our new Senior boys’ team of Damian and Jason T, Charlie B and Luca I R. They swam well, although they were one of the youngest teams in the Senior age group. Overall, it was an exciting opening event, with many of the swimmers continuing to train hard this term; there is real promise for future matches.

On Tuesday, the U15A team beat Eastbourne College 1-0. Ruth B was the scorer and Rosie H took the MVP award. 

Last Saturday, the 1st XI recorded the result of the weekend by beating Christ’s Hospital 4-0. Winning by two at the break, the team scored two more to put the game beyond the reach of the hosts. Goals here were scored by Rosy H on her 1st team debut and a hat-trick from Molly C-H. This treble makes Molly the top scorer in any sport this term at the College, returning an impressive 10 goals in 11 games and grabbing the MVP award twice so far. The 1st XI is also the top scoring team in the College, notching 29 in 11 outings.

On Thursday, the U15A team took on Varndean in the Sussex Cup. A very pleasing 4-1 win followed with goals scored by Marvin Y, Faris K, Miles McN and Louis J-Q. Miles is now top scorer in the Club with five goals in as many games. 

The weekend block against KES Witley brought first wins for the 1st and 4th XI teams and as well as continued development from the U14 age group. Away from home, the U14A team won 4-2, with goals coming from Henry H, Nana O-N and two from Ozzy R. This continues the 100% record of this squad. In the Senior teams, the 4th XI won 2-0, with goals coming from Ollie C and Thibault L. In this game, the team performance was so good that Mr Miller named FOUR MVP’s in the shape of both goal scorers as well as Seb L and Jonathan W. The 3rd XI took the lead in the second minute through a Gus C penalty and was only pegged back by an ’unsave-able’ effort from the opposition. Dr Norris however used his creativity, and as the game finished 1-1 has claimed a victory on penalties simply down to the fact that we scored one in the game and they didn’t. MVP was David C. The 1st XI played very well in its 2-0 win. In torrential rain, the team scored through Thomas M and Elian C. It was a tough physical encounter and the boys did well to hold their nerve.

On Wednesday, the Senior Girls 1st Team took on Eastbourne College in its first round match in the Year 11–13 Senior Students Competition. Natalia Y and Emily S represented Lancing as the number 1 and number 2 seeds in singles and doubles. Despite some fantastic tennis being played from both, the pair lost 6-3, 6-1, and 6-4 in the doubles. However, all was not lost as Olesia G won her singles match 6-1 and Alicia H battled through her marathon match and accomplished a very satisfying 7-6, (7-1 tiebreak) win, leaving the girls just 3-2 down against Eastbourne going into the final rubber. The pressure was on for Olesia G and Alicia H in their doubles, however the girls stuck to their game plan, remained solid, consistently rallying cross court and looking to attack at the net, which successfully lead to their 7-5 victory over Eastbourne. Now drawing 3-3 in rubbers, a deciding 10-point shoot-out was all that was in between Lancing taking victory over Eastbourne. Unfortunately it was not to be for the Lancing team as the girls narrowly lost 10-6 to a strong Eastbourne team.