Sporting Highlights - 18 January 2019

Climbing
Climbing is more popular than ever this term, with larger numbers of climbers and outstanding results in recent competitions. Harry F, the captain of the recently established Climbing Team, now ranks fourth in the bouldering discipline regionally. Last Friday, Harry threw himself from hold, to hold, to finish in one of the hardest sets of routes that we have seen thus far: he scored a whopping 177 points. However, this is no time to get complacent for our new captain - because Laurenz L, Anatolii S, Daniel S, and Alex E are only a few small holds behind him. Well done to the Lancing Climbing Team. The way forward is clearly going up!

Football
Last Friday the U14A Football squad travelled to other side of the county to play at Claverham Sports College in the latest round of the County Cup. Playing on a 3G surface under lights, they produced an outstanding performance to run out winners 9-2. The whole squad got game time and everybody played impressively with intelligent football, to maximise the team’s performance. The goals were spread out between six players but Henry H took his total for the season up to 13. Most valuable player could have been any number of individuals but goes to captain Ozzy R.

Cross-Country
Well done to Joe F, Charlotte H, Seb O and Freddy B who represented the school at the Sussex Championships in Brighton on Wednesday. This was a major event with six races. Our runners faced fields with well over 100 runners, and there was some very high quality at the front. All of our runners ran well in testing conditions on a day when the weather was not kind, and they can be proud of their efforts.

OLs vs Pupils
Last Sunday our returning OLs took on our 1st VII netball team, and 1st XI girls’ and boys’ hockey teams.

For our 1st XI boys, this was their first game of the season. A young and inexperienced side (after losing eight of last year’s starting 11 players), the 1st XI came out with a superb attitude and worked tirelessly until the final whistle. Against an experienced OL team formed of some of the best hockey players Lancing has produced over the years, our boys rose to the challenge, defending stubbornly, with Matt L shining in goal with a string of very impressive saves. Going in to the half time break at 1-0 down, the boys came out firing for the second half, quickly adding more attacking flair to the defensive performance. The score was quickly 1-1, after some good work from Tommy H in the midfield sent Max L away down the left wing. More composed play from him allowed the ball to be transferred to the other side of the pitch where a late run in to the D and smart finish to the far post resulted in the equalising goal from Elian C. Despite going 2-1 down not long after, the 1st XI fought back again, winning a penalty corner that was smashed hard and low into the goal by Max L, for 2-2. The game stayed tight until the final 10 minutes, when the OLs punished the boys for losing possession too many times. With tired legs, they were unable to recover. Four goals in the final 10 minutes meant a harsh result of 6-2 to the OLs, but a positive performance with much learnt on the day.

In the second game of the day, the Girls' 1st XI completed their final game of the hockey season. After competing in a full hour of netball before this match, there were some very tired legs which produced a slow start, with both teams untidy in their possession. The OL team was the strongest they had formed in recent years, with two National League players in their ranks. Lancing, however, grew into the game well and it wasn’t long before the first goal, with Molly C-H picking the ball up in the D and turning quickly to push the ball low and hard past the keeper. The OLs were level not long after, thanks to an unstoppable strike from a short corner. The teams exchanged goals once again to make it 2-2, before some quick reactions from Savannah K to grab her first goal of the year, and another smart goal from Molly, made it 4-2 at half time. The second half was a much more controlled affair for the 1st XI who kept possession well and limited the OLs to very few chances. The final score, a very solid 6-2 win. Molly C-H, with five goals in the game, took her tally for the year to a very impressive 21 goals in 18 games.

Netball
In Saturday’s block vs Ardingly the match of the afternoon went to the 1st VII Netball team. Lancing was the stronger side throughout the fast-paced game and the girls played as a team to read the game and continue to increase their lead. Great defensive work and quick reactions meant Ardingly barely held the ball and the final score was a 51-18 victory, with MVP Molly C-H and the team looking strong for the season to come. 

On Sunday, the girls played their second match of the weekend against a strong side of OLs. The match was tight and a few errors meant that the OLs managed to remain on an even score with Lancing up until the final quarter. With some excellent, hard-fought turnovers, and brilliant interceptions Lancing finished 36-28 winners. MVP was Anna F.

Success came for the juniors on Tuesday as the U15A, and U14A teams both beat Shoreham College, 26-13 and 26-7 respectively. MVPs were awarded to Izzy H for excellent shooting alongside Amelia L.
The Netball Club is looking strong for the season to come.

Swimming
A spectacular start to the year by Lancing College Club swimmers who have attended two galas and an official time trial for swimmers to chase County qualifying times in the last eight days!
The Littlehampton Splash Gala featured George C and Grace S winning several golds, whilst Grace B and Grace S scooped silvers, and Charlie B a bronze.

This was followed by a two-day gala at Tom Handley in Brighton. Here, Grace S won gold in 100m freestyle, silver in 100m fly and back, and bronze in 200m fly. Damian T came third in 100m fly and 100m freestyle. The star of the event was George C who gained gold in 100m back stroke and 200 m IM in a dual age group, and silver in 200m backstroke, 100m fly, 200m freestyle, and bronze in 100m breaststroke.
George is now nationally ranked 5th, 10th and 11th in the UK for three events, and if he can repeat these times he will be heading for the British Championships!

Inter-House Hockey
The end of last term saw the annual House hockey tournaments take place. This year the games alternated between Junior and Senior teams, which meant a fantastic atmosphere with Houses supporting their teams with great enthusiasm. The junior tournament was a tight affair with no match being decided by more than one goal. In the end it was the combined skill of Manor and Saints' that triumphed over Sankey's with two wins and a draw from their three matches.

In the Senior tournament, it became clear early on that it would come down to the very last game between Sankey's and the combined Houses of Manor & Saints' again to decide the destination of the title. After trading large wins over the other Houses, with Sankey's scoring 12 goals and conceding 0, while Manor and Saints' smashed in 14 goals and conceded 0 in their two opening games. The showpiece final did not disappoint, with fantastic end-to-end attacking play being matched only by some incredible defensive performances from defenders and goalkeepers. In what was always going to be a close encounter, it was a single, clinical finish that was enough to win the game. Flora D provided it to win the title for Sankey's, preventing Ms Edwards and Mrs Lawrence from completing a clean sweep in their first tournaments as housemistresses!

Junior Winners – Manor & Saints'
Senior Winners – Sankey's