Sporting Highlights – 26 January 2024

Hockey News
U16 Girls: Our U16 girls competed at an England Hockey Triangular Tournament on Monday. The side put in two excellent performances, just losing out to a strong Sevenoaks side and managing a fighting 2-2 draw vs Notre Dame. The results mean that the girls narrowly missed out on the next stages by goal difference, but I am immensely proud of how they performed on the day.

U18 & 16 Boys National Cup vs Worth: Both our U18 and U16 Boys faced Worth in the first stages of the national cup at home on Thursday. The U18s showed excellent determination and despite being 2-0 down, they worked incredibly hard to close the gap to 2-1 which was how the match ended. MVP was awarded to Harry S. The 1st XI will now face Eastbourne in the next round. 

The U16s put on the show of the season so far, winning their cup fixture in emphatic style with a final score of 5-1. A brilliant team performance now sees them take on Hurst in the next round.

2nd XI vs Hurst (Saturday): A Great 5-2 win for the 2nd team against Hurst last Saturday. A good team performance with Sutirth K playing particularly well in defence and Austin J having an excellent game in the middle of the pitch. Lancing seamlessly transferring from defence to attack, with some excellent assists from Julian N. Loui G scored a hat trick and Luca B scoring 2. MVPs were Austin J and Loui G.

U15A v KES Witley (Thursday): A spirited affair saw Lancing take an early lead and retain it with grit and determination, winning 3-2. A performance full of character! MVP was Bryn H.

U15A v Worth (Saturday): After a tight first half, Worth broke the deadlock not long after half time only for Gethin W to quickly equalise with a well-taken solo effort. Worth then took the lead again but Lancing remained patient and fought hard, putting their defence under real pressure. In the dying moments of the game, Alex G slotted the ball past the Worth keeper to finish the game as a well earned 2-2 draw. MVPs were Cyrus D for his composed performance in defence and Shimon M for the attacking opportunities he created.

U15B v Lingfield U15A: A slow start to the match saw Lingfield convert their chances in the first half. The second half however was a different story with good link up play allowing Luca C to score an excellent goal. Overall, lot of positives to be taken playing a team up against Lingfield's U15A. MVP was awarded to Will N after a solid performance in the midfield.

U15B v KES: The U15Bs were unlucky not to walk away with the win against KES Witley with both teams having several good opportunities on goal which were ultimately shut down by two solid defensive back lines. The team displayed continued improvements on previous matches, showing control on the ball which will allow for scoring opportunities to emerge. MVPs were Logan B and Harrison P.

Team of the week goes to our U16A Boys for their dominant cup performance! Notable mentions to Mr Harvey’s 2nd XI and Mr Grime's U15A who go into the exeat weekend undefeated so far this season.

Badminton News
Our Senior Girls' team travelled to Roedean to face a strong opposition. After a round robin of doubles matches the girls managed to sneak the win by just one point, taking the overall score to 52 to Lancing and 51 to Roedean. 

Congratulations to Nam S, Shanna J, Cloris C, Tiffany X, Keria Y, Alysha H, Connie Wong and Audrey N.

In other badminton news we have regional success ...
Nam represented Sussex in the Senior 3rd team over the weekend, playing at Basildon Sporting Village.

Facing Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire, Nam represented Sussex as our Women’s single and Women’s doubles player, winning 3 out of her 4 matches. As usual, Nam’s performance was played at an extremely high level, winning most of her games except her only (close) loss to an England junior player, who came across to praise her performance and showed how impressed they were with her.

With Nam’s efforts, Sussex is currently second in the table, massively contributing toward the team fighting for a potential promotion.

Following the fantastic performances on Saturday Nam was asked to play again on Sunday for the 1st team in Worcester to play against a very strong Gloucestershire team. Nam jumped at the chance to play again at an even higher level than Saturday. She was selected to play in the ladies’ doubles which was a tough ask against two former England players. Sadly they lost but she then went on to play her singles against another young England junior. After three long hard sets Nam hit the winning smash, not only winning her match but also the final point for the whole team, which meant Sussex beat Gloucestershire 6-5. What an incredible performance!

Netball News
Hurst (18 Jan): Our 1st, 2nd, 3rd and U16A teams faced Hurst last Thursday in a friendly block fixture for the Seniors. A nail-biting game for the 1sts narrowly missing out on victory to be defeated 16-15, followed by a closely contested game for the 2nds losing 27-11. The 3rds demonstrated an excellent performance beating their opponents 22-6, along with another close fixture for our U16s, who proved too strong for Hurst, coming out victorious by a two goal difference, 20-18. MVPs were awarded to Claire M, Ava S, Pippa S, Grace M and Kitty H.

Worth (20 Jan): The 1st VII faced a challenging game against Worth. The team put up a tough fight, pressuring Worth and forcing errors and turning over possession on numerous occasions. The game remained closely contested throughout; however, Worth pulled away in the final moments of the game, securing the win 18-14. MVPs were awarded to Claire M and Ellie F-S.

The 2s displayed an impressive performance, starting strong with an 8-1 lead in the first quarter. Their shooting remained consistent throughout the game with Verity achieving 100% shooting accuracy for the two quarters. With an excellent performance from both attacking and defensive players, the 2s were victorious  29-8. MVPs awarded to Hanna G-R and Chloe W for their numerous turnovers and interceptions.

A well-contested start to the game for our 3rds resulted in some exciting end-to-end netball. Plenty of good play from both sides, with Worth coming out victorious on this occasion, but plenty of positives to be taken from the fixture heading into the exeat break. MVP on the day was awarded to Sienna R.

The 15As got off to a terrific start dominating the first quarter and leading by 7. With the second and third quarter increasing in physicality, the score line was very even entering the fourth and final quarter. The girls fought hard to the bitter end but were unfortunately pipped to the post in the final minute with Worth taking the win 25-23. MVPs were awarded to Sophia W and Amelia G.

The 15Bs played exceptionally well against Worth, displaying excellent teamwork and determination for every ball. A very well contested game saw U15Bs as victors with a final result of 33-4. MVPs awarded to Anika M and Jaz B.

U15Cs faced a tough game against Hurst. The team worked hard and showed great determination, giving it their all until the final whistle. Tessa O, Hana C and Hattie S were awarded MVP for their performance, but a very well done to the whole team.

A competitive start against Worth on Saturday for the U14As, resulted in just a one goal lead for Lancing at the end of the first and second quarters. With positional changes at half time and the girls regaining composure, we pushed ahead in the third quarter with a 5-goal lead. Some excellent through-court play, final score 22-13 and the second win of the term for U14As. Gabby O-N and Lily S were MVPs.

Our U14Bs dominated play and worked well as a team both on and off the court, to secure a victory beating Worth 13-6. The energy and efforts of every member of this team shone throughout Saturday’s match. MVP was awarded to Flo D and Purdey M.

In a very compeitive fixture, the U14Cs secured an early lead and continued to work hard throughout. Despite a strong offensive effort from Worth, the Lancing team emerged victorious with a score of 14-11. MVPs were awarded to Lila D and Bianca S-A. 

League Run
We had a very successful first League Run of the term, with 258 runners completing the course – the biggest turn out for a number of years. Leading the way in the Boys' race was Max W, and the first girl home was Bibi W, both in fine times. The team competitions are in their early stages but at present, Second's and Manor have a small lead.