Sporting Highlights - 28 February 2020

We start by congratulating Pippa S who represented Lancing College in the 85cm class at Merist Wood for the Farlington School NSEA show jumping qualifier, during Half Term. Pippa was placed 6th out of 54 riders and has qualified for the NSEA championship plate competition later in the year which is fantastic news. Well done Pippa.

We hosted several netball matches this week with the U15s taking on Shoreham College and the Seniors playing Charterhouse. The U15As were outstanding and far too strong for the opposition winning 40-14.  Well done to Issy A who was voted MVP. The Bs had a much closer game ending in a 23-23 draw.

The highlight of the afternoon was in the U15C match. They took the lead from the start, with accurate shooting from Hannah H and Chanya C and never looked back. Vivi S and Bugie V-U made some crucial interceptions to prevent Shoreham's shooters from gaining much momentum. The final score was 26-11, with Maisy M being voted MVP.

The Senior matches were cut short because of the hail(!) but at the final whistle the 2nds were drawing 16-16, the 3rds were winning 13-10 and the U16As were out in front by 16 goals winning 28-12.

The County Championships were completed last weekend with Lancing College Swimming Club retaining the top position out of 20 clubs in the Boys' Junior Championships.

George C and James R added to their already impressive haul of medals and Rania K finished 3rd overall in the girls' 14 years age groups, with impressive swims in 50m and 100m freestyle. Grace S showed her strength in the longer distance events. In total 68 personal best times were achieved during the Championships from a small but very significant group of dedicated swimmers. All will be training hard now as we head towards National qualifications.

Just before Half Term the climbing team took part in two external competitions. The inter-school competition was a tough challenge, but Lancing impressed in all climbing categories including the advanced specialism of lead climbing. In the regional bouldering competitions, high scores were achieved all around, with notable personal records for Kristina M and Anatolii S. Bradley K impressed with an outstanding climb of tiny holds that required exceptional balance. Daniel S gained 183 points by climbing unbelievable overhangs, only to be surpassed by a single point by Laurentz L. Both are now focussed on breaking Lancing’s top score of 201 points, set in 2019 by Harry F ... Congratulations to the climbing team!

On Tuesday Lancing Basketball team travelled to Eastbourne College for their last game of the season. In the absence of the captain, and despite the height advantage of the Eastbourne team, our boys played really well defensively and were leading after the 1st quarter. Unfortunately, luck wasn't on our side and the game finished 41:30 to Eastbourne. The MVP and highest sorer was Ben D with 20 points for the team. Well done to everyone who played!

The 1st and 2nd hockey teams played against Bede’s on Thursday in two very competitive matches. The 1st team started well with a very dominant first half and demonstrated their best performance this season. Lancing College ended the half 1-0 up. Bede’s however started better in the second half, with Lancing beginning to lose their shape in the middle. Bede’s found their way back into the game and scored twice to win the game 2-1 

The 2nd team match was also very competitive; however Lancing began to tire in the second half, eventually losing 3-0.

A special mention to Marsel S who stepped in to play in goal for the 1st and 2nd team, and was exceptional. 


Good luck to the football teams playing Bede's, the hockey teams playing Worth and the netballers against Roedean this coming weekend.