Sports Round Up - Lent Half Term

Badminton
In their first fixture of the term, the Lancing Badminton team played against Charterhouse. Charterhouse played a very strong first pair, which proved challenging for Lancing but they stuck to their tactics and finally won 8-3. The team’s success continued the following week when they defeated Ardingly 11-4. Congratulations to all players and we wish them the best of luck for their fixture against Brighton College after Half Term.

Basketball 
The Basketball team hosted Worth in a must-win match and it was... worth it! The boys produced a great performance and won 53-51. Top scorers were Ben D and Marvin Y with 15 points, and Michael M with 12 points. Henry C and Bader J were also instrumental in securing three points each.

Lancing then hosted Michael Hall, a school who have proven to be difficult opposition and have won the league on several occasions. In a very physical and hard-fought game, Lancing finally took the win 48-41. A special mention goes to top scorers Ben D with 19 points, and Michael M with 22 points.

The Basketball team went on to secure a win against Bede’s School. Despite being slow to start, they gained momentum throughout the match and finally won 66-31. Michael M was again top scorer with 31 points, a record this season. We wish them luck after half term when they will take on Eastbourne with hopes of finishing second in the league.

Climbing
The Climbing team went out for the third instalment of the Winter Bouldering Competition last week. In spite of the challenge of many impracticable boulder problems, the strength, skill, and willpower of our climbers led to high scores all around. Anatolii S, Daniel S and Laurenz L managed to assemble high scores of 131, 157 and 164, placing high in regional rankings. Well done to all the climbers for an outstanding effort.

Cross-Country
We have seen some excellent performances in the League Run so far this term. In the first race of the term, first finishers were Joe F in the Boys’ Race and Madeleine P in the Girls' Race. Later in the term, Joe F and Raphael K fought a close fight for the finish in a race up the Chapel Hill. Joe managed to hold off Raphael by a single second, and came in at 10:09, the fastest recorded time so far this term.

The runners took on a very tough course at Sevenoaks. Madeleine was again our first finisher, and she was well backed up by Olesia G, Talia W, Katie T and Alex W.  In the Boys’ Race, first in for Lancing was Joe F, closely followed by Ralph H, Raphael K and Mack McD. This is a terrific effort from all these pupils in such a long and demanding race and really promises great things for the future.

A small and elite group of runners took part in the Sussex Cross Country championships in Brighton. First in for the Junior Boys’ Race was Ralph H, with an excellent position of 36th in a large high-quality field. Our first finisher in the Intermediate Boys’ Race was Raphael K who was 28th – another excellent run. 

Fencing
We are proud to announce that Sam W has won Silver in the Sussex County Under 14 Épée Competition over the Christmas period (losing only one fight in the final) and will now go forward to the Regional Competition later in the Lent Term.

Football
The Juniors achieved a resounding victory over Gordon’s School. Although the match was played in poor conditions, Lancing pulled through and won the game 6-2. Braces from Adam M and Kwame N-O as well as goals from Josh R and Timo A gave the team an impressive victory in their first match together. 
Two Lancing players, Nicolo B and Marvin Y, represented LOBFC against The Old Brentwoodians. Despite the 2-1 loss for the Old Boys, both players were voted as joint men of the match with Marvin scoring the Lancing goal. 

We didn’t award the boys' football colours at the end of last term because they still had matches to play. Instead, we concluded this week’s Head Master’s assembly by inviting Mr Crowe – former Director of Sport and Head of Football – up to shake hands with the following players in recognition of the skill and dedication they have shown throughout the season.

Half colours are awarded to: Harvey K, John M, David C, Freddie V B, Fabian S, Will S, Isaac A, Barney H, Nicolo B, Jake B and Ben D.

Full colours are awarded to: Barney J-D, Ollie D, Owen C and Bader J.

Hockey 
At the start of the term, the Lancing boys played against Portsmouth Grammar School in a pre-season block. The 2nd team were winning 1-0 at half time, creating plenty of chances thanks to some outstanding creativity from Frederick V B down the right hand side. Unfortunately, Portsmouth recruited a few more senior players at half time which led to the 2nd team losing 2-1. Although the boys were gutted about the result, it was a promising performance.

The boys played a competitive block against Seaford College. The U14As were 1-0 down after 15 minutes, but a hat-trick from Will T proved too much for the Seaford team who only managed one goal in return. Lancing came away from this enthralling encounter with a 3-2 victory.

Seven hockey teams, made up of 80 players, represented Lancing College in the block against Ardingly. Highlights came from the U15A and B teams who won their matches 1-0. Special mentions go to Rocco G for making a crucial save in the final seconds of the game, and also to U15B captain Kiran P who controlled the game brilliantly with his dazzling skills.

Netball
A fantastic start to the season for the U14B Netball team with a dominating 18-11 win over Worth. Our girls took the lead from the start, with accurate shooting from Annabelle J and Iyana P. MVP went to Emilia S-F for her consistent effort on the court and quick decision making.

Another highlight from the block came from the 15As who drew their match 24-24. Tight marking from Mimi C and Zoe C made it difficult for the opposition to gain much space. A really positive performance by all and promising start to the season ahead.

The Senior teams travelled to Ardingly and came away with two wins and a narrow loss. A slow start for the Lancing 1st VII meant we were down 8-5 in the first quarter; a reshuffle and a switch of Abi H to defence and Pomme J into shoot seemed to make the difference. Lancing finally won the game 30-20 which is a fantastic result. The 16As played in a tight fixture; the game could have gone either way but the shooting accuracy of Georgia M kept us on top and the final score was 16-13 to Lancing.

The U14As and U15As travelled to Hurstpierpoint to compete in the annual SISNA Netball Tournament. The girls played eleven matches throughout the day against the top schools in the region. The U14As got off to a fantastic start, beating Bede’s 9-1 in the first round. They went on to face some tough opponents but their heads remained high and they gave it everything they could. MVP went to Ellie F-S and Olivia P.

The U15s played well to win their matches against Brighton and Hove Girls School, Roedean and Mayfield. The highlight of the day however was their final match against Ardingly, whom they had lost to the previous week. Superb defending by Mimi C, crucial interceptions by Poppy S and Issy A, combined with the shooting powerhouse duo of Issy H and Riva S led the girls to a 9-7 win, finishing in 8th place overall.

In the block against Christ’s Hospital, our 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams all came away with impressive wins. The U16As played a very close match and were unlucky to lose out 9-12. On the same weekend, our Juniors had success away at Eastbourne with the U14Bs winning 9-8 and the U15As holding Eastbourne to an 11-11 draw.

The highlight of the term thus far for our Juniors came in the final week before Half Term. The U15As, U15Bs and U15Cs were all victorious over Roedean Moira House, 17-8, 12-1 and 7-6 respectively, and the U14Bs and U14Cs both beath Lewes Old Grammar.

Finally, in recognition of their current progress in the 1st team, Rosie H, Flora D, Pomme J and Jojo W have all been awarded interim half colours in the Head Master's Assembly this week.

Rugby
The team of 27 Rugby players travelled to Cardinal Newman for a match against their 2nd XV in a wet and muddy encounter. Captain Harry A led from the front throughout and Olly H was a brilliant flanker making some big hits and covering tackles. MVP went to Freddie M for outstanding effort, attitude and tackling. 

Shooting
We are delighted to announce that Thomas C-F has been selected for arguably the most prestigious team in the U19 shooting world – the British Cadet Rifle team, also known as the Athelings. Our cadets have enjoyed a number of high-profile successes in the past few years but this in the first Lancing student to become an Atheling since 1978! The Shooting Team continues to go from strength to strength and 2020 has got off to a roaring start.


Swimming
We start by congratulating our Junior Boys' Swimming team who are currently half way through the Sussex County Swimming Championships and sitting in first place at this stage. This makes us third overall in the Boys' Age Group Championships!

George C is Junior Champion in 800m, 1500m and 200m freestyle, and 400m Individual Medley, and second in 200m Individual medley and 100m Fly.

James R is Junior Champion in 200m Individual Medley and 100m Fly, and second in 200m freestyle. Both George and James picked up gold and silver medals in almost all their individual age group events for U15 age group. Archie N came 3rd in the 100m Fly and 4th in the 200m Individual Medley.

The girls are also performing well, with Rania K securing two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal. She also got a silver in the Under 15 Junior Championships for 100m freestyle and a gold in the Under 15 Junior Championships for the 50m freestyle, setting a new county record at 28.11 seconds.

Grace S picked up bronze in the 1500m, 4th in the 200m backstroke, 200m fly and 800m freestyle.

In the last event of the day, George, James and Archie swam in the final of the boys 100m fly Championships and finished in spectacular style with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd for Lancing! These are amazing performances from our swimmers and we look forward to hearing how they are getting on further on in the competition.