Sports Round-up – November/December 2017
As the Advent Term comes to a close, pupils across the College have been demonstrating their sporting prowess in various competitive fixtures.
The Football Club had an entertaining block of matches against Lingfield College in November. In six matches there were two wins, two losses and two draws. In total, 21 goals were scored by Lancing teams, with the U15A and B teams accounting for nine of these! The A team drew 4-4 after coming from behind, and the B team drew 5-5. The 1st XI produced its second clean sheet of the season with a 4-0 win. Seb S and a Demi A hat-trick saw off the opposition. The 3rd XI got its first win of the season with goals from Barnaby JD, Louis R and a long range effort from Harry C.
The following week saw excellent game playing from the Club. The U14A grabbed a fine win over a fancied Hampton School by 4 goals to 3, with the 2nd XI producing a battling performance to draw 0-0 in the same block. The 1st XI were unfortunate not to beat Hampton and took a point in a lively 2-2 draw. Goals were scored by Dan C and Bader J.
The team then faced Collyers College in the Sussex Cup. The boys were outstanding from start to finish, proving too strong in every department with a superb 4-2 win. Goals were scored by Demi A (now with 17 goals in 11 matches), Joe H, Luke H and MVP Elian C. The team will now face either Cardinal Newman or Chichester High in an away quarter-final. We of course wish Demi the best of luck in his upcoming trials for the full ISFA England team.
In an away game, the U15A team faced Bradfield College. With the opponents flying high in the Southern Schools League, the Lancing team produced the performance of the season to draw 1-1. After strong playing from Sumin K and Jake B, Isaac I gave the team the lead in the first half. The boys created more chances and could have put the result out of sight, only for Bradfield to grab a late equaliser. The team should receive high praise for the way they played; MVP was Sumin K.
The block against Seaford College saw the 2nd XI and U14B team lose narrowly. The result of the weekend was produced by the 1st XI. After taking a one-nil lead into the break, the girls scored two more in the second period to take the game away from the visitors. Goals here were scored by Georgia T, Eugenie D and Molly CH. These three goals mean that the 1st team alone has scored 19 goals in just 11 games.
Soon after, the Junior teams set an impressive ‘club best’ in the goal scoring stakes. Despite only two games taking place, 19 goals were scored against KES Witley. The U14A game started with Lancing on top, with Ruth B scoring the first goal. However, KES did have some breakaways and our defence did well to stand firm. The girls managed to keep the upper hand throughout the game to run out 6-0 winners. Other goals were scored by Rosy H, Jaime J, Kira C and Kitty CH.
In the same block against KES, the U15A team secured a sensational 13-0 win. The game was notable not only for the avalanche of goals, but also for some great defensive support from Jess E and Hannah G. In the second half, the team rotated positions, giving the defenders a chance to attack and vice versa. In the win, goals came from Maya R (3) Olivia A (3) Alice C (2) and also Hannah G, Talia W, Jess E, and Nelu M.
The U15B team recorded an excellent win against local competitors Bede’s. After taking a 2-0 lead into half time, the team played well to score once more and win 3-1. Isabella A, Ploy A and Emilie J were the goal scorers. In the 1st XI match, the girls earned a well-deserved 3-3 draw. Leading 2-1 at the interval, the second half saw Bede’s score twice and Lancing once in what was a very entertaining encounter. Goals were scored by Georgia T, Eugenie D and Molly CH. MVP was Maddie S.
In addition to the excellent game playing from our Girls’ Hockey teams, recent county selections have resulted in wonderful news. Tommy H has been selected for the Sussex Boys' Hockey Academy Centre at U17 level. Well done Tommy!
We also congratulate Hannah G, Noah M, Owen M and Ollie D, who have been selected for the Sussex Hockey JAC in their respective age groups. We wish them all well for their future training and selection.
We had around 100 runners take on our 3 Mile and 5 Mile courses in November, with teams from six visiting schools and the Senior Running Club of the South London Harriers (whom we have been running round the 5 Mile on an annual basis since before the First World War). Many of the visiting staff run the course themselves; it is one of the last remaining genuine Cross-Country courses and is regarded as one of the most challenging on the Cross-Country circuit (thanks to a legendary hill in the middle of the Senior Course). Many thanks go to the staff and pupils who spent their afternoon out on the South Downs marking the course and helping with the administration, ensuring that all our guests enjoyed their day and got round the course safely.
Towards the tail end of November, the U14 and U15 girls took on Shoreham College. After a shaky start the U14A team recovered well to win 9-7, thanks to the amazing teamwork between the defence and the shooters. Special mention to Tallulah R, who was Girl of the Game.
The U15A team made it two from two by winning 23-12. Goals were scored by Issy P, Honor S and Abby H. Special mentions to Olivia A and Maya R for their excellent movement around the court.
Lancing played Harrow School in a closely fought encounter across 1st, 2nd and Junior age groupings. The 1st team started strongly with wins for Jonah B (the new U13 National Champion) and Toby R. With two losses, the game then fell onto the shoulders of Anje B to close the tie - which she duly did.
The 2nd team game was held at two matches each, before Seb Brooks stepped up and won his rubber to give Lancing the victory. The Lancing Juniors proved much too strong, winning all their matches comfortably. The future is bright for the Lancing Squash Club!
The Senior Boys’ team took on Seaford College at the end of November. It was a great performance, with wins from Angus N and Arya G in the doubles, and Joe R and Angus N in the singles. At 3-3, a deciding tie-break was played by Joe and Angus which they duly won for Lancing to take home the win. MVP was Angus for winning both his singles and doubles.
We also report on the recent tennis successes of George N and Tiana F. George secured third place in the Grade 4 County Tour U14 Boys' Singles competition and managed to finish as runner up in the following tournament, further consolidating his strong position in county tennis. Tiana F’s involvement with an ITF ranked tournament resulted in her reaching the final of the doubles and the last 16 of the singles. As an U15 this means she is now back in the U18 top 1000 players. Congratulations to both pupils!