Sporting Highlights End of Advent Term 2018

Over the course of the Advent Term, Lancing Sport has fielded more than 40 teams and played 187 matches across 12 different sports.

Football

The Football Club has had another good season. As a whole its win percentage has improved by 10% from last year; at the time of writing two College teams remain unbeaten. The mighty U15C team with the guidance of Mr Bullen have won both of their matches. The U14A is yet to lose any of its seven matches, having won five. Playing records in the Senior Club have also shown progression, with both the second and third teams greatly improving their win percentage from last year.

Progress was made in the County Cup by the U15A team. Both the 2nd XI and the U14A will play further competitive matches after Christmas in their respective competitions. Top scorer at the moment is Miles M with 11 goals, hotly pursued by U14 Henry H with 10.

Faris K and Isaac A were selected for advanced trials with the county and both will continue to represent the College and Club with distinction.

As ever at this time of year we thank all the players and the staff but most importantly the Upper Sixth Form for all their input and efforts over the course of this long term. 

Trophies for the House titles will be presented next term.

Half colours are awarded to: Chris B, Owen C, Will H, Barney J-D, Bader J, Matthew L and Seb L

Full colours are awarded to: Elian C, Thomas M and Seb S

Hockey

Girls’ Hockey has had a fantastic term with the club gaining its highest win ratio in a number of years. It has been excellent to see some fantastic performances from the all teams with strong performances from U15B and 3rd XI teams. The 2nd XI , although a very young team, has also been very successful; led by Ella P they have produced a number of stunning wins including 4-1 and 1-0 wins over 1st teams from KES Witley and Charterhouse. In the junior ranks we continue to celebrate a number of county players, with Freya W and Rosie H already through to the next round of the county academy set up. Rosie also made a number of appearances for the 1st team this year, scoring on her debut against Christ’s Hospital.

The highlight of the year so far has to be the performance of the 1st XI, the most successful Girls’ Hockey team in Lancing history. After narrowly losing the county final 1-0 to Hurst, they were the first Lancing team to represent the school at the South of England Finals, where they performed fantastically against some huge hockey powerhouses. The Girls’ 1st XI are the top scoring team in the whole school with 49 goals (representing 45% of all goals scored by our Hockey Clubs). Emily B has been a standout goalkeeper for the team in her first year as a senior. In front of goal the top scorer was Molly C-H for the second year running, scoring an exceptional 16 goals and beating out a late challenge from Georgia T. With 10 of the first team squad leaving the school at the end of the year, there will be a big gap left for the younger players to fill, but those leaving have left a fantastic culture in place for them to follow on and we wish them all the best for the future.

Trophies for the House titles will be presented next term.

Half colours are awarded to:

Mary B, Natasha C, Flora D, Ella P and Georgia T

Full colours are awarded to:

Lydia B, Molly C-H, Anna F, Louise H, Savannah K, Bella M, Bupi M, Maddison S, Sophie W and Mabel W

Climbing

This term Lancing’s rock climbers have firmly established themselves as a powerhouse in the region. We would like to celebrate in particular two climbers who have embraced their sport as a passion and a lifestyle, climbing in regular sessions, in regional and inter-school competitions, as well as in the Welsh Borderlands and in the Alps. They lead by example in both performance and attitude, and are an inspiration for the climbing team.

Half colours are awarded to:

Alex E and Harry F

Cross-Country

We had two very successful matches this term. Firstly we travelled to Sevenoaks to run part of their Knole Run course. Despite the truly terrible weather we had some terrific performances there, particularly from Faris K and Joe F in the intermediate race. We followed this up with our best performance in our home fixture for many years; leading the way were our Intermediate Boys, who beat some top schools to come in a very close third. Our Girls’ team finished second behind Sevenoaks while the Senior Boys were 7th in a high quality race. First over the line for Lancing for the Junior Boys was Freddy B in an excellent 4th position, whilst Daryna T was our leading girl finisher in 6th, and Harry Fisher was our first finisher round the 5 Mile. We look forward to more of the same in our main Cross Country term after Christmas.

Fencing

This term was extremely busy in Fencing as we welcomed dozens of new fencers from the Third Form picking up a weapon for the first time!

The Club attended training sessions at the Sussex Scorpions Fencing Club in Brighton and took on fencers from the universities as well as current members of the GB squad.

The Club’s biggest success this term was in the Sussex County Epee Competition on 2 December: in the Open Men’s Épée Kenneth K was placed 10th and Manol M was 8th overall. Manol’s position was the highest of any U18 épéeists in the county; his achievement included a victory over the current veteran world silver medalist.

In the U14 event Third Former Samuel W won all seven of his qualifying fights to reach the final fight for the title. After the allotted time both Samuel and his opponent were equal at four hits each, but in the last attack Samuel scored the winning point. Well done to Samuel for becoming Sussex Under 14 Champion.

Half colours are awarded to:

Kenneth K and Manol M

Full colours are awarded to:

Club Captain Anson W for all of his work over the last five years. The trophy for the Sussex U14 Épée goes to Samuel W.

Squash

This term has been a busy and enjoyable one for Lancing squash. Third Former Jonah B won the Young Sports Personality of the Year Award at the Sussex Sport Awards – an outstanding achievement. Alice C and Tim C also stood out for their contribution to the Club, along with the dedication of first team Captain Tobias R. 

Squash colours will be awarded next term.

Swimming

At the beginning of term we held the first open day for the newly formed Lancing College Swimming Club; it’s an exciting new project and we have already started to see some successes come through.

The intermediate boys’ relay team swam to silver and qualified for the National Secondary Schools finals despite a huge entry of over 500 swimmers (and despite being the youngest team in their group). The senior girls led by Hannah E were joined by Rosie H, Yana M and Lena K to finish just outside the medals in 7th place.

In November we swam against Cranleigh and Hurst, when our junior boys completed all their races finishing either first or second - the team came 1st place overall. The senior girls (Grace S, Grace B, Rosie H and Yana M) finished 2nd in their group, with a magnificent swim by Grace who won the 50m fly. The senior boys’ team (Damian T, Jason T, Luca I R and Charlie B) also held their heads high finishing 3rd overall in their group.

Third Former James R won the Sussex Winter County Short Course Competition with 14 PBs in his 14 races, whilst Archie N came second in the same competition. James and Archie were joined by George C and Ben B to compete at the English Schools Swimming Association National championships 4 x 50m freestyle relay at the London Aquatics Centre. Despite being the youngest team there, they finished seven places above their ranking and reached the final.

Archie was also selected to represent Sussex in the County Team Champs in Sheffield.

An excellent start so far and exciting times lie ahead, as the team grows in strength and depth.