Sporting Highlights - 25 January 2019

Last Saturday Kitty P represented Kent Badminton team in a match against Sussex. Kitty played in the mixed doubles, the girls' doubles and in the singles. In the mixed doubles Kitty lost the first set but then came back to win two sets to one. In the girls' doubles she dominated to win two sets to love. The singles battle was closely fought, with Kitty losing 2-1 in sets. From this overall success, Kitty has now been selected for the Under 18s Kent Shires League team. 

On Sunday Leo S won the silver medal at the Sussex County Under 16 Tournament. He lost 15-8 to Jamie Briggs who is ranked in the top 10 in the UK. This means that so far, Lancing has the County U14 Épée Champion, U18 Épée Champions, and Silver in U16 Foil. 

The Junior House Football matches were competed for on the last day of the Advent Term. Early matches seemed to show that the competition was between Head's and School. However with many matches finishing in a draw, the tables were turned and School House finished third; in second place was Head's, and the eventual winners – on better goal difference – went to the combined efforts of Teme and Saints'.

Keenly contested as ever, and played in a variety of ‘House’ styles, everyone endured the dropping temperatures and played up with that most commendable Lancing spirit in the Senior matches. A close-fought final league match saw School House requiring a win and Gibbs' needing only a draw to lift the coveted House trophy. School House took the early lead, but a late equaliser secured the draw and ultimately victory for the Gibbs’ House team, who finished the afternoon deserved winners.

Cup Matches
The Senior 2nd XI were knocked out of the County Cup in Wednesday afternoon's quarter final, after a hard-fought match against a strong Weald team. An impressively solid performance by a side that has practised only once since mid-December created chances, but in the end couldn’t match the opposition’s clinical edge, eventually finishing the game 3-0.

This Tuesday the U14 team took on old adversaries Bede's in the quarter final of the County Cup. The team made a great start and dominated the first half. However by full time the score was 2-2. We conceded a goal early in the first period of extra time and many thought the team were down and out. However, with great character and determination, Lancing fought back and, with a minute of extra time to go, Nana O-N scored the winner to take Lancing 4-3 up. Another really fine team performance from all concerned. Most Valuable Player goes to Nana O-N for his hat-trick.

We have had three excellent League Runs already this term, with 600 runners in total getting round the course so far. There has been some fierce competition at the front, particularly from the Senior Boys. We have had three different winners of the individual boys’ races so far, with Thomas B, Nana O-N and Freddy B, with Freddy becoming the first runner to dip under 11 minutes this week in a time of 10:56. Bella M has been the quickest girl on all three occasions, with a fastest time of 13:21.

In the team races it is very tight at the top of the Boys’ competition with just two points between Second's and Teme, and Gibbs' a close third. For the Girls’ Houses, Manor has a slender lead over Handford, with Sankey's third. Well done to all who have taken part so far.

It was an excellent opening fixture and win for the U14As, against Lingfield. A real squad performance with 15 players all making positive contributions. Jamie C and Noah B converted penalty corners to make it 2-0 at half time and the game finished 4-1 with Nana O-N also making it on the score sheet in his first competitive hockey match. MVP was Daniel T. Encouraging stuff!

The Third XI started slowly, conceding three goals in the first 10 minutes. They then established more control to be 3-1 at half time with a goal through George A. Two goals in a dominant second half from Jon McC and Ollie H brought it back to 3-3. Lingfield hung on, but the barrage of shots in the final five minutes failed to secure the win. MVP was Keith I for outstanding midfield commitment.

Well done to Freya W who has been selected as the goal keeper for the Sussex County Hockey Championship team after several months of a gruelling selection process. 

On Saturday the Seniors travelled to Worth for their first away fixture block. The first team took an early lead against Worth, finishing 9-3 up in the first quarter. Although Worth came back fighting, Lancing stayed strong throughout the match and played some great set pieces to finish 33-23 victors. MVP was Sophie W for her powerful defence.

The mighty second team produced a hard-fought thriller and took an early lead. Despite a spirited fight back by Worth, Lancing stayed strong, and the final score was 30-14. The MVP was Savannah K.

A dominant display by the U14 team saw a victorious Lancing return from Eton with a 4-1 win. In their individual games, the prolific Jonah B brushed aside Eton's top ranked U14 player. Oscar S bounced back from being 1-0 down to win 3-1. Anton J was edged out 3-2 in a thrilling match, leaving Conor L and Brook L to win their games in sweeping fashion, 3-0 each.