Sporting Highlights - 9 February 2018

Last weekend Anje B finished second in the national silver event at U15 level. This is an excellent achievement and is reward for an impressive recent period of performance in squash from one of our stars.

We also report of outstanding news for Alice C, who has been selected for training with the England Women’s Cricket development pathway team. This session in early March will focus on batting skills when dealing with both pace and spin. The sessions will take place at the National Performance centre at Loughborough. 

In team news, it has been a superb week of both training and competition across a range of sports. 

The ‘occasionals’ took to the field this week, and won yet again. This time the team recorded a 1-0 win over Seaford College with George A grabbing his first goal for the College. 

The 2nd XI travelled to Bede's on Thursday, and one player could not hide his delight with the performance. He writes: “at precisely 2.34pm the 2nd XI started what would turn out to be the sporting feat of the century. After a nasty injury to Harry D it was time for the super sub saviour (Tom M) to enter the fray. Despite being 1-0 down at the break, and surviving 13 short corners, Fred V B equalised. With the game finely poised at 1-1, it came down to sheer skill in the execution of a sublime reverse stick shot that slammed against the backboard;  2-1 to Lancing, and the hero? Tom M. MVP was Tom M and this report was written by ... Tom M. 

On Tuesday, the 1st XI took part in the U18 Sussex tournament. Being drawn in arguably the toughest pool, the team finished second with wins over Bishop Luffa and Eastbourne College. A semi-final against Hurst may have been lost 3-1, but in parts the boys controlled the game and used the ball well. Top Scorer was Elian C. 

It has been another excellent week for the Club. In the block against Christ’s Hospital last Saturday, there were Junior wins for the U15C and U15B teams. The MVPs in the respective games were Christina M and Olesia G. Result of the day for the Seniors came in the 1st VII game. After a close first quarter, excellent work from Molly C-H and Bella M gave Lancing a 16-10 half time lead. In the second half, the girls pulled away further to take the game 32-21. MVP was Anna F for superb shooting. 

On Thursday, Hurstpierpoint visited the courts for five games. Despite tough games at some levels, the efforts of the U15A team stood out. Playing some fierce opponents, the girls came within 90 seconds of a famous win but still came away with a 30-30 draw. MVP in this epic was Honor S. 

Result of the afternoon again came from the 1st VII, where brilliant defensive work from Sophie W retained a half time lead for the girls. The game remained tight throughout the second half, but excellent interceptions from MVP Bella M secured a 41-34 win. This win gives the team a +65 goal difference, with the team having scored 212 in only seven games. 

Yesterday afternoon the U15 team took on both Simon Langton College and Wilson's School in round two of the National Cup. The matches were won 4-1 and 3-2 respectively and across the matches Anje B remained unbeaten. This means the team is now one win away from the National Finals in Manchester.