Sporting Highlights - 8 February 2019

Football
The U14 football team played their semi-final game in the County Cup on Tuesday afternoon. Dorothy Stringer proved powerful opponents and despite our best efforts we lost 3-0. 
The most valuable player was Jude S. This was therefore the final game of the season and the first time the U14s have experienced defeat. They have enjoyed a magnificent season playing as an impressive team unit and they look an exciting prospect for the future.

Hockey
On Thursday the 1st XI boys travelled to Ardingly for the County Tournament. With a rusty start, the team lost the opening game 2-0 to Hurst. In the next game the boys came up against Chichester, who had the threat of an England player in their ranks. Despite this the boys dominated and two goals from Elian C and one for Ted E gave them a comfortable 3-0 win. The third game of the day was against hosts Ardingly and proved to be a tight match. Unfortunately, the stubborn Lancing defence was broken from a penalty corner and, despite late pressure, the boys couldn’t prevent a 1-0 loss. The final game of the day was against a strong Seaford side; despite going down 1-0 early in the game to another penalty corner, the boys defended resolutely and looked to counter attack with speed and intensity. It was from one of these attacks that the boys created an excellent 2v1 chance, and the ball was slipped across goal for Max L to tap in. Despite a last minute penalty corner, the Lancing boys could not force the victory. Third place in the group meant missing out on a semi-final place, but there were a lot of positives to be taken. MVP for the day was Elian C.

Further Senior matches on Thursday afternoon saw Lancing’s mighty 2nd XI take on Hurstpierpoint. With Lancing holding strong in possession in the first half, and a counter attack from Hurst in the second half, the action was end to end. However, two goals each from George A and Luke K and another goal from Owen M meant Lancing never looked back, and the team secured a convincing 5-0 win. Man of the match was George A.

Netball
A special mention to the U14Bs and Cs who managed two very close matches against Lewes Old Grammar School earlier in the week. MVPs were Marie-Therese R and Alexandria T for the Bs and Cs respectively, with both teams showing lots of potential – well done!

On a busy Thursday for the Sports Department, the 1st VII and U16A teams travelled to Hurst for the annual Independent Schools Netball tournament. With both teams drawn in very strong groups, we faced the prospect of a tough afternoon. Highlights of the day included wins against Bede’s, Ardingly and Worth for the 1st VII and an impressive win over Eastbourne for the U16s. MVP for the 1st VII was awarded to Bupi M, and to Abby H for the U16s.

Squash
Lancing hosted Stage 2 of the KS3 National Plate competition on Wednesday. We played a triangular fixture against Fairley House and John Hampton School. Our U14 team had a challenging but enjoyable afternoon, and after beating Fairley House in all matches, we lost to John Hampton overall. MVP goes to Oscar S for his unwavering determination.

Despite coming second we scored a reasonable number of points, so may yet make it through to the finals as a wild card entry. Next week our U15 team will travel to Sevenoaks to take on Fairley House and Sevenoaks for their Stage 2 heat.

Swimming
In the 800m Sussex County Championships last weekend, George C was triumphant, coming first in the U14 800m freestyle with a new County Record time of 9 minutes 22 seconds. He also finished second in the U16 Junior Championship. James R came second, with Archie N finishing fifth in the U14 boys' 800m.

Grace S finished fifth in the girls U14 age group, and came 11th overall in the U16 Junior Championship, from a very large field of entry this year.

All of our swimmers are looking to put some sterling efforts into the Championships which continue this weekend with a variety of events. Most of the Lancing Club swimmers have qualified for a large number of events! Very well done to all and keep up the good work.