Sporting Highlights - 7 February 2020

League Run
We had another excellent League Run last Friday with some fine performances at the front of the field. The top three boys were all from outside the Sixth Form, with Joe F just holding off Raphael K by a single second, in a race for the finish up the Chapel hill. This was the fastest recorded time so far this term at 10:09. In the Girls’ race the top two were also outside the Sixth Form, with Celestina D just beating Nixie V to first place.

In the team competition the Boys’ race is very close, with Teme just in front of Second's, and in the Girls’ race there is very little between Manor, Sankey's and Saints', with Manor just edging it at present.


Badminton
The Lancing badminton team played in their first fixture this term against Charterhouse on Tuesday. Charterhouse played a very strong 1st pair, which proved tricky for our team but we stuck to our tactics and finally won 8 to 3. The team look forward to their next fixture against Ardingly at the weekend.


Hockey 
Last Saturday the boys had a competitive hockey block against Seaford College. The highlight of the day was from the U14As who recorded an impressive victory! 1-0 down after 15 mins didn’t seem a viable result to Will T, so he took it upon himself to flick, trick and blitz his way to a hat-trick. This was too much for the Seaford team who could only manage a solitary goal in return. The boys won an enthralling encounter 3-2.

The 14As ran into them again in the Sussex Cup on Tuesday and drew 0-0. This was followed by a 2-0 win over Oathall with Will on the score sheet again, and Teddy B finishing a seamless attack up the left wing. However, we were undone by (former Lancing Director of Hockey) Joe Naughalty’s Ardingly and suffered a 2-0 loss. This means we didn’t get through the opening qualifying round. Notable mentions to James N’s salmon-like reactions in goal, Harry S's stoic defence and Tom H's captaincy.


Netball 
On Tuesday the U14As and U15As travelled to Hurstpierpoint to compete in the annual SISNA Netball Tournament. The girls played a whopping 11 matches throughout the day against the top schools in the region. The U14As got off to a fantastic start beating Bede’s 9-1 in the first round, and despite coming across some tough opponents, the girls' heads remained high and they gave it everything they could. MVP went to Ellie F-S and Olivia P.

The U15As had a tough start against overall winners Brighton College and runners-up Hurst, but successfully defeated Brighton & Hove Girls, Roedean and Mayfield. However, the highlight of the day was their final match against Ardingly, whom they lost to last Saturday. Everyone gave it their all, with superb defending by Mimi C, crucial interceptions by Poppy S and Issy A, combined with the shooting powerhouse duo of Issy H and Riva S. The girls eventually won 9-7 and finished in 8th place overall.


Basketball 
Last Thursday Lancing Basketball Team hosted Michael Hall. This school have always proven to be difficult opposition and have previously won the league on several occasions. In a very physical and hard-fought game, the victory was in our favour, finally winning 48 – 41. Top scorers were Ben D with 19 points and Michael M with 22 points. Very well done to all; our next game is also at home v Bede’s.


Good luck to the hockey and badminton teams taking on Ardingly at the weekend, and to the netballers playing in a triangular against Seaford and Christ's Hospital. Also, good luck to the rugby boys playing in the 7s tournament next Thursday at home.