We start with the excellent news that Isobel A in the Third Form has been selected for CD Phoenix Netball team. This is a high performance netball team’s under 16 regional netball team for the next season. Isobel is also part of the England netball pathway - having been selected for the England Satellite Academy for 13/14 year olds two years in a row. She has captained their Sussex North team in recent matches. The next stage is the County Academy for U15/16 which she will be trialling for shortly, for the coming season. She is also interested in trialling for the Surrey Storm Academy. This is an outstanding achievement from one of our Sports Award holders and we congratulate her on this accolade.
The inter-House competition made a welcome return recently. After excellent organisation by Miss Patel and great commitment from the House teams the results were as follows:
Senior boys: 3rd Second's House; 2nd Gibbs' House; 1st Teme House
Senior girls: 3rd Handford House; 2nd Field's House; 1st Manor House
On Sunday Alex Edge completed the Hastings Half Marathon in a time of 1:46:05, coming third in the Under 18s group in a race with 2,500 competitors. The race is one of the hardest half marathons there is, going up endless steep hills. This is a terrific effort for Alex’s first attempt at this distance.
The College's Three Mile Race took place on Tuesday in excellent weather, and with course conditions as good as they have been for many years. We had the best times in both the boys and girls race since 2016.
In the Girls’ race the first three to finish were:
1. Jessica E 23:05
2. Stephanie M 23:41
3. Olesia G 23:50
The team race was won by Manor, with Handford second and Field's third.
In the individual Boys’ race only three seconds separated the first four places, with Barney Hall being very unfortunate to come in fourth in the same time as the second and third runner. It is many years since we have had such a close finish. In the end the first three places were as follows:
1. Thomas B 17:29
2. Frederick B 17:32
3. Nana O-N 17:33
In the team race, Teme retained their title, again beating Second's into second place, with Gibbs' coming in third.
We had more excellent weather for the running of the Five Mile on Thursday. It was good to see 69 runners complete the course, with some fine times at the front of the race.
In the Senior Girls' race the first three finishers were:
1. Bella M 46:26
2. Daryna T 46:51
3. Anna S 48:41
In the Senior Boys’ race the first three finishers were:
1. Charlie W 39:36
2. Sebastian L 40:44
3. Alexander E 41:01
The Five Mile is also the Senior Boys’ team race, and Second's retained their title in one of the closest competitions for some time, with Head's taking second and Gibbs' third.
The block against Seaford was a challenging one. With the courts packed with players last Saturday, the Lancing girls were supported by a good number of spectators and there was an excellent atmosphere. Despite the losses of the three senior teams, all matches were incredibly hard fought. The difference in the 1st VII game was the unerring accuracy of the Seaford GS, who hardly missed a shot. Overall, it was an excellent block of competition, but the limelight was most definitely stolen by the U15B team. In this game the girls played exceptionally well and their teamwork shone through led by captain Maddie H. With an early lead in the first quarter the girls managed to maintain their advantage to win 18-8. MVP was Ruth B.
Last week, the 1st and 2nd teams took on Bede's. A number of U15s were promoted to the senior ranks after some excellent individual performances of late. Lancing fought hard and won five out of the eight matches to bring home a well-deserved victory. MVP was Mortimer S for his effort and commitment.