Sporting Highlights - 22 March 2019

And we thought the week after Exeat was going to be quiet ...

This week we start with the exciting Cricket news that Alice C has been selected for the England Academy Ladies squad to tour India for three weeks over Easter. Alice is the youngest representative on this elite tour and we wish her the very best of luck.

We also congratulate the cricketing performance of Conor L. On the recent tour to Cape Town, Conor returned the amazing bowling figures of 5 wickets for only 9 runs against Curro High School.

A small team of athletes competed at K2 in Crawley on Thursday night as a pre-season trial event for the Independent Schools Diamond League. It was great to see our boys and girls competing with such great determination, and we are looking forward to the season ahead.

In the midweek Hockey fixtures against Eastbourne there were some remarkable results. The U15A team carried on its excellent recent form with a 5-4 victory. Leading 3-2 at the break, the team found itself under immense Eastbourne pressure but clung on due to the counter-attacking threat the Lancing boys held. Goals here were scored by Louis J-Q, Thomas B (2) and a brace from MVP George D-B. 

The result of the block was produced by the U15B team that grabbed its first ever win on the hockey field. Playing with nine men at one point, the team produced a defensive performance that held strong. Goals were scored by Miles McN and Kwame N. Justin K was the MVP.

The 1st VII Netball Team made history on Tuesday afternoon by winning the Fastnet Tournament at Seaford for the first time. A 11-6 victory against Seaford 2s was the start of a very successful afternoon. The girls worked tirelessly in a set of exhausting matches to beat Worth and Burgess Hill, with special mention to Natasha C who was injured badly but kept playing. The final match in the group was against Portsmouth Grammar School, who were unbeaten until Lancing took them on. A 15-0 victory followed with the highlight of the game being a Lydia B goal from outside the circle in the final moments of the power play section, to give Lancing 6 points! The team placed first in the group, so took on Itchen Sixth Form College in the semis. A comfortable 10-5 win followed and Lancing was in the final! 

The final saw Lancing take on Epsom, who had been unbeaten until that point, and a controversial 9-9 draw at full time led to a nail biting extra time of two minutes. Lancing kept a cool head to finish 10-9 victors and win the tournament. MVP for the tournament was Bella M for her incredible centre court play and interceptions.

Our team of nine Lancing swimmers succeeded in qualifying for four out of four possible finals at the National Bath Cup swimming competition, held at the London Aquatic centre last Friday. This was an amazing achievement considering most of our swimmers are aged 13 or 14 and up against mainly Sixth Formers, with well over 100 schools from all over the UK taking part! 

Rosie H, Grace B, Grace S and girls' captain Hannah E swam for the girls. It was Hannah's last Bath Cup and she rallied the team, who finished sixth overall in the Freestyle final and eighth in the Medley final. 

James R, Archie N, George C and boys' captain Damian T swam the 4 x 100 Freestyle in magnificent style, coming eighth in their final. In the 4 x 50m Medley race, sprinter Charlie B swam the freestyle leg with George, James and Damian and the team finished in 10th place in the final. It's possibly the first time Lancing has ever made all four finals so we look well poised to improve again next year.

On Tuesday the Senior Girls' 1st team faced a tough Eastbourne College side in the first round of the National Schools Aberdare Cup. Captain Tiana F dominated her singles match winning 6-0 6-0, second seed Isabella H fought hard but eventually lost 7-6 6-4 in her singles, and both Natalia Y and Emily S lost to their counterparts in straight sets. After the singles matches the girls were 3-1 down; however a solid doubles performance from Tiana and Izzy, winning 6-2 6-0, put Lancing back in the game. The pressure was now on for Natalia and Emily; however Eastbourne's strong third and fourth seeds proved too much for our girls and they lost 6-3 6-2 in their final match, leaving the overall score 4-2 to Eastbourne. All the girls showed great spirit throughout the afternoon and MVP was awarded to Tiana.

On Wednesday, the 1st IV Senior Boys' Tennis team took on a very strong Worthing College side in their first round of the National Schools Glanville Cup tournament. Rated and ranked higher than our boys, Worthing College went into the match as favourites to win. After the first round of singles matches, both Charlie W and William T walked away triumphant with a 6-0, 6-0 and 6-4, 6-4 win over the opposition. It wasn’t to be for captain Alfie F nor George N, who fought exceptionally hard but eventually lost 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. With the teams currently tying at two matches each, it all came down to the doubles. Alfie and Charlie took to the court and dominated the match with a 6-1, 7-5 win, all that was left was for Will and George to close the match out with a win against Worthing’s number one and two seeds. Powerful serving from Will, combined with George’s winning volleys, resulted in the boys taking the first set 6-3. Worthing College were not ready to give up just yet and fought back to win the second set 3-6. However, their comeback was short-lived as Will and George regained focus and won the third set tie-break 10-5, resulting in an overall 4-2 win to Lancing.

With exceptional performances from all, MVP was awarded to William Taunton for his outstanding performance against the number one seed from Worthing College. It was a sensational match to watch and the boys now face either Sevenoaks or Langley Park in the quarterfinals next week.