Sporting Highlights - 8 March 2019

With only three short weeks to go before the Easter break, Lancing Sport has competed in over 140 fixtures this term alone. This weekend see us add to this with cross-country, hockey and netball all calendared. We must also wish the swimming team the best of luck as it heads to the National Aquatic Centre to compete in the prestigious Bath Cup. We hope to report on this next week. 

On Thursday, our climbing team competed in the inter-school climbing competition at Boulder Brighton. This year’s competition was extremely tough, with a record number of schools attending. Nonetheless, Harry F, Laurenz L and Daniel S made it to the finals in the 16+ category with scores of 200, 214, and 227 out of a possible 250. The final (a 5 minute scramble) was simply breathtaking. There were some successes, but fatigue sets in fast and hard in this discipline. Laurenz edged his way up unusually widely spaced holds only to come out at the penultimate hold. Daniel clung to crimpers only to twist off one of the minute holds at the top. Harry stuck to volumes like glue, but ... The audience watched with broken hearts. Gravity always wins. We came fourth. It was a fantastic effort from all our team climbers, and especially our champions.

The greatest success for the club this week came in the block fixtures against Bede's. The U16A team earned a 26-26 draw in what is a rare result in a netball match. Stealing the limelight was the 2nd VII that convincingly beat Bede's by 47 points to 12. It was a fantastic team performance with Lancing dominating from the start. Rosie H and Jojo W were ruthless in the defensive circle and Savannah K (voted MVP) made some outstanding interceptions. In our attacking circle, Julia R, Pomme J and Millie S were on target throughout and were unfortunate not to hit the big 50!

This season, the Netball club has played 71 matches scoring 1257 points in the process. At the time of writing, the team with the best record is the 2nd VII, having won 57% of its matches.

The Hockey Club has had a fantastic week, and on Saturday the block against Worth saw three wins from three. The 1st XI were comfortable winners: two goals each for Ollie D, Max L, Elian C and one for Owen M were enough for a 7-0 win.

The U15As played a tough match and after a nervy 0-0 first half the boys turned up the intensity and managed to seal a 1-0 victory due to some great build up play and a well finished goal from George D-B. MVP for the game goes to Thomas B who dominated the midfield.

The U14A team won a very close game 2-1 thanks to a last minute winner from LPW student Jack B. Joint MVPs were Henry H and another of our prep pupils, Harry S.

On Thursday the 1st XI travelled away to old rivals Bede's. After an even first period with chances for both teams it was Lancing who made the breakthrough after a hard cross into the D from Owen M allowed an advancing Max L to smash first time past the keeper. In a frantic second half there were some chances for Lancing to put the game to bed but they couldn’t find that second goal. However some solid defence from all players, and important saves (including a 1-on-1) from Matt L in goal meant that the team held on for a fantastic win away from home. Unanimous MVP went to Owen M for a superb display in the middle of the pitch.

With a few new faces, we took the girls' 1st team along with boys' 1st and 2nd teams to Epsom to play a round robin fixture against Epsom and Sevenoaks on Tuesday. The girls' 1st team are improving game by game with notable improvements seen in Janice W and Oleksandra D. It wasn’t to be though, with Lancing losing out 4-1 in both matches, despite Alice C being formidable as ever winning both of her games.

The 1st team faced a strong Epsom and Sevenoaks side. There were few close matches against both opponents, but the challenge was too big and Lancing lost to both Epsom and Sevenoaks. A notable mention goes to Isaac P who made his debut for the first team and won his match against Sevenoaks.

The second team fared better, beating Epsom 5-0. Sumin K built on his impressive form last week to beat his opponent 2-0, victories elsewhere came from Alfie F, Owen C, Olly C and Dylan L. A great team performance.

On Wednesday, five brave squash players travelled for four hours to face Reed's, Bancroft's and The King’s School in Canterbury in the second stage of the KS5 National Plate competition.

Isaac P flew to the rescue as a last minute addition to the team and greatly impressed us all with his dedication and willing. Lancing played Bancroft's first and were victorious, but the combined force of Reed's and King’s proved too mighty and we settled for third place. Everyone played very well and were in good spirits.