Sporting Highlights - 20 September 2019

This week we start by wishing Jonah B the best of luck as he is competing at the Millfield Junior Open later today (Friday), which is a mandatory selection event for all potential England players.

Hockey
The weekend saw our annual block fixture against Lingfield for the girls' Hockey Club. The notable team performances were the U15As, who went 2-0 up just after half time with goals from Izzy G and Amelia L.  Unfortunately, some silly defensive errors let Lingfield back in and the match finished 2-2. MVP was Isabella A who was a defensive rock at the back. The 3rds also drew but dominated throughout and frustratingly should have won; but a positive start and lots to look forward to. Our 1st XI fought hard on Saturday and kept their heads even after going down 3-1. We equalised late into the second half with two well executed goals from Georgia T driving through the middle and Jade B outsprinting her defender. At 3-3 it was all to play for but with 5 mins to go our fitness just let us down and unfortunately we let in two sloppy goals. 

Determined to put things right on Thursday the 1st and 2nd teams played Bede's. The 1st XI lost 6-2 which wasn’t a fair reflection of the game as they had several chances to score. The goal of the day was from Flora D who dribbled round the keeper and on her reverse stick pushed the ball into the goal.

The 2nd XI girls started off strongly, with a powerful offence and a number of shots on goal from Alice C and Amelia R; following some good deflections from the Bede’s keeper, the ball finally found the back of the net with a lightning shot from Nelu M to send Lancing 1-0 up. Our defenders were then quick to react with a number of interceptions and tackles from the likes of Emma P and Tallulah R, but the Bede’s forward slipped through the defence to equalise just before half time. Lancing came back refreshed and were quick off the mark to score a well-anticipated second goal from the stick of Amelia and with a number of saves from Delphine J in goal, the girls were 2-1 victors at the final whistle.

Cross-Country
A small but elite band of runners represented the College at Charterhouse last Saturday in a tough fixture against some very good opposition. Well done to all who took part and in particular to Joe F and Seb O who came 7th and 9th out of 50+ runners in the Intermediate boys’ race.

Squash
Our junior squash team travelled to Westbourne House on Tuesday and made an enthusiastic start to their season. Special mention must go to Lincoln M for his stellar effort playing against a County squash player, and also Will P for his unwavering energy and resolve against a tough opponent. Every member of the team demonstrated great potential and we look forward to seeing the results of their future efforts.

Swimming
Last weekend saw the return to competition for the Lancing College Swim Club in the Ken Deeley Gala. Just missing a gold medal, James R, George C and Archie N finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the individual medley race, with Grace S picking up gold in the 50m backstroke and silver in the 50m fly. New Third Former Rosa F, on her first outing for the team, also swam well to claim sixth place in the 50m fly.

Football
As we reach Exeat, the Football Club has continued its excellent start by returning an overall 60% win ratio. The 3rd, U15A and U15B teams have won all of their games and the goal difference stands at a very healthy +40! Although the 1st team lost 3-1 in the league against Aldenham on Tuesday, they will look to bounce back in the National Cup next week, when they face Kimbolton at home.  

Dr Norris got his first win against Wellington College on Saturday with a resounding 3-0 win. Goals came from Keith I, Bun I and a ‘wonder strike’ from the pink boots of Jeffrey K-D. In the same block there were two 1-1 draws for the 1st and 2nd XI respectively and another win for the U15A team by 8 goals to 4. Finally, to add to their winning streak, the U15B team beat Shoreham College 6-2 this week, with James R earning MVP. 

Good luck to our players this weekend as many will trial for the Sussex Schools on the pitches here at the College.