Sporting Highlights - 21 September 2018

On Saturday, Lancing hosts the Sussex Schools FA trials. This year we have record numbers attending across the Third, Fourth and Fifth Forms; we wish them all the best of luck. 

We also wish good luck to our golfers; Jack C who will join the OL Golfers for the first time, and Charlie G who will play Prince's and Royal St George's in the Alexander Quin Invitational. 

Last week, Kitty P won the silver medal in her U16 Kent tennis singles tournament, only losing to her doubles partner who was seeded #1. Kitty then went on to win the gold medal with her doubles partner on what turned out to be a very long but successful day!

We also say thank you to our six Sports Leaders, who this week travelled to Highfield Prep to officiate football and hockey tournaments. Maddy S, Lewis F, Owen M, Matt L, Luke K and Tom M were all outstanding ambassadors for the College, and Tom was picked out for special praise for his umpiring skills. 


Squash
Fixtures began this week as the Club visited Christ’s Hospital. Stars of the block were the members of the U15 team who brushed aside CH by 4 matches to 1. We also need to give a big shout out to our girls' team, who played its first competitive fixture for a good few years. Apparently the score sheets were ‘lost in transit’ so they claim a moral victory if nothing else!


Football
This week, the U15A team went out of the National Cup against UCS London. The game should be noted for the fact that the team contained five U14 players; all handing the challenge very well. 

The 1st XI took on Chestnut Tree House FC this week and recorded its first goals. Nikita P and Ted E were on target, with youth featuring here in the form of six U16 players starring for the 1st XI. The opposition also featured a star linesman in the form of Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno!

At the weekend, Wellington College visited us for the first time, in games against the 2nd and U15A teams. The Fourth Form got its first win of the season in a 4-3 classic! Goals here came from Louis J-Q and a hat-trick from Miles McN. 

The 2nd XI retained its 100% record by beating Wellington 4-1. A goal from Harvey K along with a Will H hat-trick saw the team home. The Football Club leads the way at this stage, with a 62% win rate.


Hockey
On Saturday the mighty 3rd XI took on Lingfield College. Both teams battled with intense skill and strength but Lancing came out on top with a 1-0 win. The goal was a team effort set up by winger Connie D and centre forward Jess A, but executed by the precision of Oliva C. Strong defensive play came from Esme A-K and Harriet V B with Lilah A and Ploy A rightly sharing the MVP accolade.

In the 2nd XI game, hard work and good passing resulted in Jade B giving Lancing a 1-0 lead. Late in the second half, Lingfield made a breakthrough and levelled the score. Even though it was only their second match, the girls worked together really well and the MVP was Honour S.

The highlight of the week was arguably the performance of the 1st XI at the County Tournament. Playing four times, the girls won three and lost only one. The team beat Ardingly, Claremont and Lingfield with the goals being scored by Mabel W, Anna F, Bella M, Flora D, Molly C-H and five from Georgia T. The team now faces Brighton College on finals day later in the term.