As we approach the end of term we can reflect on a very busy and successful sporting season. Miss Andrew comments that she is continually impressed with the dedication and commitment shown by our students. Although we celebrate our team and individual successes each week, it is important to reiterate that sport is for ALL at Lancing and, therefore, well done to everyone, staff and pupils who have been a part of this programme. Without your involvement the sporting culture at Lancing would not be able to develop.
The Cross-Country team had a rather curtailed program this term, due to the wet weather and slippery conditions. Highlights were terrific runs from Joe F and Seb O at Charterhouse early on in the term, and impressive runs from Mark McD, Oliver L, Ben B and Madeleine P at the Simon Houghton Trophy at Sevenoaks.
It has been an exciting term for our newly formed Equestrian team. We have five riders registered with the National Schools Equestrian Association and four have competed this term, covering all three disciplines of Arena Eventing, Show Jumping and Dressage.
Both Pippa S and Islay L jumped clear in the recent NSEA Eventer's Challenge and Islay won her class. Congratulations to them.
Also well done to Third Former Kaydence L, our 'most improved rider of the term'.
It has been an excellent season for the Football Club. A total of 195 male and female pupils (almost a third of the College) have been selected for competitive fixtures with even more training during the week. The 12 teams have played 92 matches, winning one third of all outings and scoring 251 goals in the process. We have heard each week about the highlights from each team but special mention should go to the U14 team – in their first season together they beat Winchester, Bradfield and Royal Russell in the Southern Schools League. Two teams hold the best win ratio with 50% – these are the U15B and 2nd XI teams. Maru’s Marauders have scored 32 goals in 10 games whereas Moles’ Maestros have returned 33 goals in 12 games but more impressively have an unbeaten run stretching back to 5 October!
In the House events, the Junior Champion was School House.
Both the 1st and 2nd XIs remain in the County Cup and will play their quarter-final ties after the Christmas break. As a result Football colours will be awarded after the cup runs of both teams have reached a conclusion in the Lent term.
Finally, Mr Crowe would like to thank all the players for their effort, enthusiasm and commitment this term. Above all, he would like to thank his dedicated team of coaches and team managers who have given so much to the development of their charges; they should be very proud of all they give to the school.
It has been a competitive season for the Hockey Club with the girls playing in over 76 fixtures. The mighty 3rd team were the most successful, defeating both Eastbourne College and Charterhouse and drawing to Christ Hospital and Lingfield. Special mention must go to Georgia T, who is our top goal scorer, whilst MVP of the season is awarded to JoJo W – both 1st team players.
The Junior House Competition took place on the last week of term in very wet and windy conditions. The outright champions, winning all of their games, were Sankey's.
Half colours this term are awarded to: Hannah G, Emily B, Amelia P.
Full colours are awarded to: Georgia T, Flora D, Tash C, JoJo W, Pomme J and Jade B.
Squash has had a good term overall, with fluctuating moments of victory and defeat. A highlight has been the success of our KS3 & KS4 teams in Stage 1 of the National Schools Squash competition – we look forward to seeing how far they progress next term. Our Fifth Form are going from strength to strength and their commitment has really helped to improve our Senior Team. We are also pleased to see so many students playing recreationally and would encourage anyone interested to come to the courts for a hit around.
Rifle shooting is growing in popularity at Lancing with eight new students starting this term. The College team have been involved in two friendly matches against RGS Guildford and the OL rifle team. Against very tough opposition the team came very close on both occasions, but narrowly missed out on the win. Thomas C-F remains our top points scorer, ably supported by Loren P, Jeremy C and Katherine P. An excellent start to the year – well done.
Lancing College Swimming Club members have all been working hard in training this term in readiness for the major competitive season starting in the new year.
As a new swimming Club, Lancing joined the South East division 2 of the National Arena League in September and after two rounds they are currently in 2nd place (only one point behind). Lancing Swimmers are poised to win or at least finish in the top 3 out of 12 teams in the league, which will allow Lancing College to move up to Division 1 for next year. A great achievement in such a short space of time.