Sporting Highlights - End of Lent Term 2019

As we run speedily toward the end of the Lent Term, Lancing Sport has played a total of 660 matches across 19 active sports. We thank the dedication of staff, students and supporters alike for their contribution to this integral part of College life.

Badminton
This year we have seen the return of House badminton; a big well done to all those who took part, with some very strong teams and competitive matches. Last Thursday’s junior competition saw School House take the boys competition and Field's winning for the girls.

Basketball
2018–2019 was another exciting season for basketball, with the addition of Eastbourne College joining the league. After a number of tight affairs and results elsewhere not going in our favour, Lancing Basketball Team finished 4th in the table.

We are saying good bye to our captain, Seb L, as well as such key players as Rony H, Alfred W and Cyril L. They have all been excellent and we wish them best of luck at their respective universities. Next year’s hopes lie on the expertise of Michael M, Declan B, Jason P and the rest of the team who will hopefully finally beat Ardingly home and away.

The winner of this year’s Inter House Basketball Competition is Gibbs' House, with both junior and senior team winning all of their games and winning the trophy.

Half colours are awarded to: Declan B, Michael M, Jason P and Alfred W

Full colours are awarded to: Rony H and Seb L

Climbing
Last Saturday, the climbing team attended a regional competition that mixed intimidatingly large volumes and slippy wooden holds with a line-up of national champions. Team captain Harry F outdid himself with a top score of 193 out of 250. The rest of the team is hot on his heels. If this was not a high-point, excuse the pun, this was a worthy end to the term!

This term has been busy for the climbing team, with one inter-school and three regional competitions. Lancing College is producing more climbers than ever before, and an increasing number of students climb routes that simply leave Dr Reesink in awe. In addition to the steady increase in scores and grades climbed, highlights of this term include impressive improvements by Daniel S, Kim K, Zaki F, and a miraculous 7a arête climbed by Anatolii S.

Half colours are awarded to: Laurenz L and Henry J

Full colours are awarded to:  Harry F


Cross-Country
Cross-County has had a real resurgence this year, with a new place for the League Run, some very competitive fixtures and a good number of pupils committing to weekly running. Highlights of the team fixtures included the Knole Run and the Ranelagh Cup in Richmond Park where Anna S led the girls’ team home to victory. Alex E also did really well to come in third in the under 18s of the Hasting Half Marathon last weekend. 

We had an excellent series of League Runs with 11 races in total, during which 1805 runners made it round the course inside the time limit. There was excellent competition throughout the series with some fine times at the front of the field from both junior and senior runners and some very tight finishes, with just a few seconds between the winning runners each week.

Fastest runs of the season were by Bella M in the girls’ section with a time of 12:29, and Charlie W in the boys’, who clocked 10:20.

In the team competition the boys’ section was very tight right up to the last race, with Teme just edging out Second's and Saints' coming third. In the girls’ section Manor won, with Handford second and Sankey's third.

Half colours are awarded to: Charlie B, Yumi M, Bella M, Laura P, Anna S, and Seb S.

Full colours are awarded to:  Alex E, Ted F, Harry F, Daryna T and Charlie W.


Hockey
The Hockey Club has played nearly 50 matches this term, winning nearly a third overall. The team with the best win ratio was the U15A team which won 57% of its games. The 2nd XI won 50% of its games and also recorded the best goal difference in the club. Top scorers in the club were Elian C with 8 for the first XI, followed by Thomas B with 5 for the U15A team. Most valuable players over the course of the season were Brian Z, Rocco G, Lucas O and Henry H, all with two votes each.

Saturday saw a thrilling afternoon for House hockey. In the Senior competition there were some incredibly high quality matches. Second's House proved to be too strong for the competition as they won all of their games without conceding a goal. In the battle for second place it was Gibbs' House who edged out School House to third place by just 1 point.

The Junior tournament saw an exciting finish to the day. In the final game Second's House needed to beat Head's by 2 goals to secure the title, with School House watching on, knowing a positive result for Head's would see them crowned champions. It went down to the final play of the game: a penalty corner fell to Brook L who scored with the final touch of the game. This result meant that, to separate the two teams, a penalty shootout took place. Here each team had 8 seconds to score a goal in a one-on-one with the opposing keeper. After three attempts each they were level and it was down to sudden death. Jamie C rounded the keeper to put School House ahead. Going next and needing to score, Second's had their first shot hit the post, still with a few seconds on the clock there was a scramble to get to the loose ball and another shot came across the goal, only to hit the opposite post and stay out, sparking wild celebrations from the School House crowd. School House won from Second's, with Gibbs' in third place.

Well done to all who participated in a fantastic afternoon of hockey to finish an excellent term.

Half colours are awarded to: George A, Chris B, Ollie C, Ollie D, Tommy H, Will H, Barney J-D, Max L, Tom M and Seb S.

Full colours are awarded to: Elian C, Matt L, Owen M and Lucas O

We also wish the best of luck to Mr Naughalty as over Easter he will travel to Kuala Lumpur with the Welsh Hockey squad to compete in the FIH Hockey Series Finals. In his group he will face Austria, Canada and Belarus.


Netball
The Netball Club has played 90 matches this term. It has scored 1710 points; an average of 19 goals scored per game. The highlight was most definitely the crowning of the 1st VII as FASTNET champions and the 6 pointer scored by Lydia B on the way to that famous victory. The most successful team was the 2nd VII. It won 56% of its games and pipped the 1st VII to this title by only 6%. The most valuable players of the term were Abby H, Mabel W, Sophie M, Riva S and Alexandria T, all of whom had three votes, but the winner was Issy A who was named MVP four times in nine matches.

The Senior House competition kicked off the proceedings last Saturday and the girls were warming up well ahead of schedule. Highlight of the afternoon came from the incredible shooting from all four Houses. All those spectating on Saturday were impressed at the standard of netball they watched. 

The winners of the afternoon would come from the third and final round which saw Sankey’s take on reigning champions Manor House. With a half time score of 8-3 to Manor it was still too close to call. Second half Sankey’s scored 5 goals and Manor just 4, but that was enough to give Manor a 12 - 8 win and retain the Senior House Competition Winners for the third consecutive year. Handford and Field's battled it out for third place and Handford just pulled away to win 9-7 – a close and nail biting finish.

3rd Place Handford

2nd Place Sankey’s

1st Place Manor/Saints'

The competitiveness and highly charged atmosphere carried on to the junior competition. Handford took no prisoners with a 12-2 win over a shell-shocked Sankey’s. Handford then took on Manor and with a half time score of 6-5 to Handford, it was still anybody’s game. Handford didn’t look back in the second half and scored goal after goal to win 13-7. In the final round Field's provided the opposition, despite a strong performance in every period, Handford raced away to win 10-3.

3rd Place Field’s

2nd Place Manor

1st Place Handford

Half colours are awarded to: Jade B, Natasha C, Louise H, Savannah K and Julia R. 

Full colours are awarded to: Lydia B, Molly C-H, Anna F, Bella M, Bupi M, Maddison S, Sophie W and Mabel W.


Rugby
Both junior and senior squads have trained and played hard this term. It has been pleasing to see the return of matches, with the senior sevens team playing against other schools as well as in tournament play. The club is thankful for an excellent coach in Jack Roberts, as well as a very dedicated upper sixth year who will leave having firmly established strong roots for future competition. 

We would now like to mark that outstanding commitment with awards of half colours to: Kadir C, Punn-Punn I and Cameron Y.


Squash
Squash has had a good year with fluctuating moments of victory and defeat. A highlight was the qualification of our KS3 team to the National Plate competition – an excellent achievement considering the match inexperience of some of the team. Our Junior team goes from strength to strength and it has supported our Senior teams well throughout the year. Pupils have coped well with a multitude of away fixtures and we look forward to seeing their contributions to squash next year.

Half colours are awarded to: Oleksandra Do, Kyron S and Mortimer S.

Full colours are awarded to:  Toby R.


Swimming
It has been a great term for swimming. Outstanding swims came at this year’s County Championships where girls' captain Hannah E, George Ch, James R, Archie N, and Grace S won over 40 Medals between them and boys' captain Damian T in his first Sussex outing improved his personal best times. George broke the County 800m record and George, James and Hannah look set to compete in their main events in July–August this year at the National Championships, having moved up significantly in their national rankings.

At the Bath Cup, the same County swimmers were joined by Grace B, Rosie H and Charlie B to make up four very strong relay teams which qualified for four out of a possible four finals – a new record for Lancing pupils in this competition. 

Last week George, James, Archie, Damian and Charlie, joined by Grace S, Oliver P, Malachy S, Cameron K, Ethan A H and Luca I-R swam against Hurst and Charterhouse in an exciting match of 23 races where two swimmers swam for Lancing in each race! Lancing won the U14 age group helped by Grace S and came a close second in the U16 and Senior age groups. Newcomers Oliver and Malachy swam very well indeed and special thanks goes to Captain Damian T for maintaining a great team atmosphere despite swimmers having virtually no recovery time between races! 

Half colours are awarded to: Charlie B, Rosie H, Luca I-R and Damian T.