Sporting Highlights - 17 March 2023

Cross-Country – The 5 Mile

Exactly 50 runners made their way round our 5 Mile course on Tuesday in excellent running conditions. The course is always a terrific challenge and very well done to all who finished.

The first two finishers in the Boys’ race were both guests – Fin S and Max W – fresh back from the National Cross-Country championships in Nottingham at the weekend, where they had also produced excellent runs. Fin was first to finish the 5 Mile in a superb time of 34.33.

Similarly, the first finisher in the Girls’ race was a guest – Lara N – in another excellent time of 49.38.

Senior Boys' Race

In the Senior Boys’ race (for Sixth Form) the first three finisher were:

1st - Joseph K (Upper Sixth, Gibbs') 38.53
2nd - Joseph C (Upper Sixth, Head's) 39.22
3rd - Joseph F (Upper Sixth, Second's) 39.39

In the team race, 
Second's retained their title, with Gibbs' second and Head's third.

Senior Girls' Race

In the Senior Girls’ race (again for Sixth Form) the first three in were:

1st - Harriet S (Lower Sixth, Sankey's) 49.53
2nd - Poppy S (Upper Sixth, Sankey's) 53.58
3rd - Beatrice J (Upper Sixth, Manor) 55.23

In the team race it was very close between Manor and Sankeys, with Sankey's just coming out on top to steal the title from Manor.

The U15 and U14 A&B teams went away on Tuesday to Ardingly. After a quick warm up the girls got straight into action facing a strong Ardingly side. As usual the girls dug deep and played some fantastic netball, leading to a mixed result in scores. The U15As lost with POMs Hattie P and Lily T; the U15Bs went to a nail biting draw with POMs Romily T-J and Sasha F; the U14Bs just lost with POMS Isabel M and Anna B; and finally the U14A continued their winning streak with an impressive 35-19 win, POMs Emily S and Freya T. 

The 14As travelled to Ardingly on Tuesday for their penultimate fixture of the term. Despite not having long to warm up, the girls got off to a terrific start, playing with real composure, controlling the pace, working as a team and dominating play throughout the first two quarters, taking an early lead 23-9. 

Highlights include some stellar interceptions from Freya T and Grace W and top teamwork from shooting duo Nadiya L and Grace H. A slight lapse in concentration resulted in the team losing the third quarter, but during the final break they pulled themselves together in order to seal the match 35-19. Great performances all round. MVPs were awarded to Emily S and Freya T.

The 1st and 2nd XI were in action on Wednesday against Westminster with their final matches in the Elgin League. Despite a very close 3-2 loss for the 2nd XI, the 1st XI won comfortably 3-0 with a dominant display. Two goals from Jamie C and one for Henry H secured victory and top spot for table-topping Lancing. Having won their last three matches in a tough group, we are extremely proud of their achievement. Having won the League, Lancing progress through to the knockout semi-finals and have a home draw against Alleyns next week.

Lancing swimmers travelled to London Aquatic centre last Friday for the prestigious National Bath Cup competition, with over 100 schools competing. In the Boys Aldenham Cup 4 x 100 freestyle relay Archie N, James R, and Alessio M swam their fastest ever 100m swims to help Isaac B – our youngest swimmer – bring home Silver for the team on the final leg. In the Dunelm Cup 4 x 50m Medley relay, the boys qualified for the final in sixth position. Lancing then played its ace card, swimming Ethan G on the final leg who almost took Lancing to first place. We had to settle for silver by the closest of margins – 0.19 secs – to The Leys School. This was the last Bath Cup for James, Archie and Ethan. 

Mia J, Bella B, Grace W and Jorja S swam in the Girls' 4 x 50m Medley and Freestyle ‘Otter’ cup relays. A Valiant effort from the girls, who missed finals but said they thoroughly enjoyed the day and the experience gained. Certainly one of the most memorable Bath Cup competitions Lancing has competed in since last winning the boys 4 x 100m in 2010 – an excellent effort and team spirit shared by all.

The Senior 1st XI welcomed Hurst on Thursday afternoon. Lancing led the half time break with a 1-0 lead. In an exciting second half, Hurst secured an equaliser from a penalty corner. Not to be deterred by the Hurst goal, Lancing pressed on and had some excellent chances, with Vice-Captain Joe F coming close on two occasions. A great performance, with the game ending 1-1. MVP was awarded to Jamie C.

House Hockey
A great turn out for the Junior Boys’ house Hockey competition on Tuesday saw a very competitive group stage with very little separating the Houses. The knockout stages left it wide open with plenty of exciting hockey and everything to play for. Results are as follows:

  • 6th - Teme
  • 5th - Saints'
  • 4th - Gibbs'
  • 3rd - School
  • 2nd - Second's
  • Winner - Head's

Tournament MVP - Fintan H (Head's) Tournament Golden Glove (Best goalkeeper) - Zechariah A (Second's)