Sporting Highlights - 8 December 2023

Hockey news
An excellent weekend of results for Lancing Hockey Club as the girls managed five wins with just the one loss with the block against Embley.

1st XI
The 1st XI played at home with a nail biting end to end match, Lancing creating some good chances to win the game and unlucky not to convert. The game ended 1-0 to Embley despite the strong performance from the team. Harriett S, Harriett B and Nerea K-M were our MVPs on the day.

2nd XI 
The 2nd XI also hosted to Embley, putting in a fantastic performance with the majority possession throughout the match. Goals from Sienna R and Darcy H secured a comfortable 2-0 win. MVPs were awarded to goal scorers Sienna R, Darcy H and also to Romily T-J for a solid defensive performance.

The U15A travelled away and faced a challenging Embley team. Some superb teamwork for Lancing, helping to keep possession and creating multiple opportunities, which led to Ava U breaking through to continue her awesome scoring streak and score the only goal of the match, giving Lancing the 1-0 win. MVPs go to Polly E and Amelia G.

The 15Bs came away with a stunning 4-1 win against Embley – a great way to end the season – with a pair of goals each for Nadyia L and Daisy D-P. MVPs were awarded to Ollie C (GK) for some amazing saves, and the coach’s MVP was Poppy G.

Lancing had all the possession but couldn't convert chances into goals in the first half. Embley had a breakaway attack that resulted in them being 1-0 up at half time. An excellent response from the team in the second half as goals from Coco M and Gabby O-N sealed the win for Lancing 2-1. MVPs were awarded to Coco M, Bibi W, Lily S and Esme B-R. 

The U14Bs finished their season with a 1-0 win at home. The girls all give 100% effort and played some fantastic hockey in what were some truly difficult conditions, so late was their match on Saturday afternoon. Stella C and Sasha S were the two MVPs. 

 Hockey Team of the Week goes to the U14As after coming back from a goal down at half time to win their fixture in confident style.

Football news
An excellent weekend of football for Lancing with seven wins, three draws and just two losses against sides from both Tonbridge School and Kent College. 

The U14As rallied back from 2 goals down to draw 2-2, whilst the U14Bs won comfortably 4-1. A clean sweep for the U15s with victories for the U15A team 3-2, U15B team 6-2 and U15C team who – with their first win of the season – won a convincing 9-1 and completed an unbeaten afternoon for the Juniors.

The Seniors also impressed, with excellent performances from the 1st XI who extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with a 4-3 win over Tonbridge. Not to be outdone the 2nd XI excelled to a resolute 1-0 win, extending their unbeaten run to nine matches. Close matches for the 3rd and 5th XI finished honours even, but the 6th XI maintained their excellent season with a 3-1 win.

Football Teams of the Week: U15B and U15C teams 

Team of the week: Ethan B, Alex W, Tom M, Alex G, Thomas R, Tolu A, Carl F, Marshall D, Nick P, Isa J, Jan C, Finlay W, Ethan F, Otis M, George H H and Seb F.

Star Player of the Week: Alex G (who scored four goals)

Looking ahead: We look forward to a 10 fixture block with King Edward's School Witley and Bradfield on Saturday, as well as House football next week with the Junior Tournament on Tuesday and the Senior Tournament on Thursday. Good luck to all teams in their final matches this term. 

Cross-Country News
Max S, Lara N, Grace S, Luca C and Bibi W all enjoyed the course at Stanmer Park last weekend in the third round of the Sussex League, with special mention to Bibi W who finished 4th in the girls' race. 

We wish Finn S, Max W and Bibi W all the very best of luck as they travel to Oxford on Saturday for the Southern Cross-Country Inter-Counties Championships. 

And finally, Tennis news
Last Thursday, Lancing hosted Brighton College in a pre-season friendly, where students competed in both singles and doubles. Confident wins from Coco M, Amelia P and Esme B R secured an overall 5-1 win for the girls, with the boys following in suit with flawless performances from George H and Ralph H in the singles, and Artem O, Artemii B, Alex K and Sam Y in the doubles. 

This week saw the start of the LTA Year 11–13 Tournament which spans across both this term and next, with league winners progressing through to knockouts and then regional finals. Lancing have three teams competing in the south east draw, two of whom were in action on Tuesday against a competitive Seaford College.

The entire boys' team put in a stellar performance, with MVPs Artem O and Alex K securing back to back wins in their singles and doubles. Drawing after the first six matches meant the final result would be decided in a 10 point shoot-out. Captain Ralph H and Artem O stepped up to play in the doubles, demonstrating nerves of steel and great team work, but narrowly lost out 8-10 to a dynamic Seaford duo. A positive performance by all and one that bodes well for the next round against Rikkyo in January.   

The girls also put in a solid shift on Tuesday, having found themselves 1-2 down after the first round, which put the pressure on for the second round, needing to win all three matches to avoid the dreaded shoot out. Continuing her winning streak from her earlier singles match, Costanza D partnered Verity K where the girls obtained a confident 6-2 victory in the doubles, Kitty H continued this success dropping only one game to take a confident 6-1 win in her singles, and Hattie P fought back from 1-4 down to win her singles 7-5 and secure the Lancing girls' team with the overall 4-2 win. The girls now progress through to the knockout stages in February.   

This Saturday sees our highly anticipated Senior and Junior House Hockey tournament, push back from 1pm and football kicks off from 2pm as we welcome King Edward’s Witely and Bradfield College.

We look ahead to next week and we wish the College Ski Team the very best of luck as they set off to take part in races against Hurstpierpoint, Cranleigh, Sevenoaks and Heriots in the French Alps. Dr Norris writes, this is the largest ski squad we have put together and with the snow falling heavily in the Alps some exciting racing is in prospect, exciting times indeed.