Sporting Highlights - up to 26 May 2017

This week we wish LPH pupil Thady W all the best has he travels to Scotland to compete in the Junior European Championships. The tournament will see the world’s best young golfers ages 5–18 descend upon East Lothian. Over 630 players from 52 nations will compete, and Thady will take on the historic Gullane links.

Last Sunday, Miss Macready, Pat Martyn-Smith, Mrs Mann, Izzy Pope and Ms Edwards all completed the Arundel Sprint Triathlon. In the glorious sunshine they swam 400 metres in the Lido, cycled 20km and finished with a 5km run. It was a fantastic achievement by all and special congratulations to Miss Macready who finished first in her first ever triathlon!

Cricket
Last Saturday Lancing took on Whitgift – the first time in recent history that the Croydon School has made the journey south. The 1st XI recorded an emphatic win by a margin of 96 runs. On a damp and tricky wicket Ollie J made 25, and Luke H top scored with 29. The 120 that the team made seemed to be a few short, but who could predict what was to happen next? Matt L and Alex S ripped through the opposing order taking the first 7 wickets between them. This left Harry Cand Will E to tie up the match. Whitgift last only 9 overs and were dismissed for 24.

Thursday saw the final of the House Cricket competition. A keenly fought affair saw Second's House beat Gibbs'. A feature of the game was the accurate bowling of the Second's team, clean-bowling all bar one of the Gibbs' side.

Karate
Last Sunday Lancing put two students in for their Black belt grading. Diana M and Tai-Wan K took a 2 hour test in Japanese karate language and techniques. Diana and Tai-Wan have trained for over four years to take this exam and we are pleased to say that both students achieved a full pass. They are the first Lancing students to take, pass and now hold their black belts.

Tennis
After the busy nature of last week, the Tennis club has had a slower week. With weather and opposing team’s cancellations putting paid to a number of matches, the only team in notable action was the Senior Boys' squad who beat Portsmouth Grammar School 7–2. The team consisted of Michael S, Sam N, Joe R, Connor S-W, Guy B and Will B.

Target Rifle Shooting
You may recall Jacob P and Russell W being selected for the England Schools’ smallbore teams at the end of last term. The scores are now in and it has been confirmed that both England teams won their matches and as an individual achievement Jacob placed 14th for England and only one student in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Channel Islands was able to beat his score of 194 out of 200.

At Easter, seven of the team stayed at Bisley for a residential weekend honing their marksmanship and teamwork skills.

On Easter Sunday, the morning kicked off with the main competition of the trip with Jacob P winning it to claim the Easter prize. The afternoon provided an opportunity for competition against the OL team where Russell W gained the top scores at combined distances of 300 and 500 yards.

The year will culminate in mid-July where the team will compete for silverware amongst the top schools in the country. Until that point there have been several warm-up matches.

A week ago, the team entered the Surrey Schools' Championship, and although the main team had a few setup issues knocking them back down the overall ranking, our youngest firers Seb L and Thomas C-F won the Under 16 pairs event with a score of 121 and seven v-bulls – knocking the Wellington A, B and C pairs back by at least two points and RGS Guildford’s A and B pair back by over five points. An excellent achievement.

Team of the week
There is only one award today, and this goes to the 1st XI Cricket team for their outstanding performance in the field against Whitgift.