Athletics Review: September 23, 2007

Rugby

Grade 9 Rugby
Following three weeks of practice, the Grade 9 rugby squad opened its season at an ISA Jamboree hosted by Brentwood. One win, one loss and one draw from very competitive games against Brentwood, Shawnigan and St. George’s suggested that the regular league play between the schools will be hotly contested. Centres Joe Furness and Zach Austin, flanker Logan McColl, #8 Kieran Hyatt and lock Harrison Duncan played particularly well.

Next up is a home match against St. George’s on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Grade 10 Rugby
The Grade 10 rugby team was up in Mill Bay at their ISA Tournament. It was an encouraging start for the team, who played hard in their three matches. In particular, Luke McClosky and Mike Fauilefau were outstanding in their debut.

Next up is a home match against St. George’s on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Senior Girls Volleyball
The senior girls volleyball got off to a great start this weekend at the Camosun Tournament. After playing against some high-caliber competitors, the girls placed 6th out of 11 teams. The SMUS team even won a game against Spectum, the team that ended up winning the tournament. Outstanding players included Jessica Harvey and Shelby Boehm.

The first league night is Sept. 25th at Spectrum against Spectrum, St. Margaret’s and Belmont, with games starting at 6 pm.

Senior Boys Soccer

At the ISA Tournament at St. George’s in Vancouver, the Senior Boys won three out of four of their group matches, beating St. John’s 4-0, Collingwood 1-0 and St. George’s 1-0. Although tied for 1st on points at the end of the group games, the team finished 3rd in the group after goal differential was taken into consideration. The team finished 6th overall, after succumbing to West Point Grey in the final game, 2-1. Felix Koenings’ commitment and endless work in both defence and midfield earned him the title of MVP.

Cross-Country
The cross-country season began with the first race at Lambrick Park. It was a great turnout from the SMUS cross country team, with 19 participants in all. Coaches Tobacco and Keziere were impressed at the team spirit the group demonstrated.
Top finishers included Tyler Olsen, who placed 3rd in the Grade 9 boys race of 4km; Jocelyn Stedman, who was one of the top finishers in the overall girls’ race and our first female finisher; Andrew Dorman, who finished strong in the Senior Boys’ Division.

Next race is Sept. 26th at Beaver Lake.

Middle School Cross-Country
A small but determined group of Middle School runners can be seen these days flying around the playing fields as they complete another diabolical workout. From hill repeats on Terrible Tolmie, to dodging golf balls at Cedar Hill chip trail, the runners have tested their metal.

The season is under way with the first of five meets having taken place at Lambrick. The team made a strong showing with many personal bests. Top ten finishes were registered by Chrissy Robillard, Jeremy Chan and Luke Friswell. This week there will be a meet at Beaver Lake on Wednesday. The season is still young and all runners in the Middle School are encouraged to participate so the school can field teams in boys and girls in each grade, as an additional inducement any new participants will receive an extra candy upon completion of their first workout!

Senior Girls Field Hockey

The Victoria League High School season started this week. Both Red and Blue teams welcomed back the Grade 10 and 12 students from outdoor education trips last week and played two games apiece. For the Red team, both opponents were strong AAA teams, expected to reach their Provincial Tournament later this season. In both games, SMUS scored first with goals from Henriette Commichau against Mt. Doug, and Christie Silver against Claremont. The opponents fought back and Claremont scored a winner at the last minute from a penalty corner. The commitment and enthusiasm shown by team were exemplary.

The Blue team, mostly Grade 9 and 10 students, played two competitive matches on the water-based turf at UVic. Definite improvement was seen through both games and the Grade 9 students showed no hesitation in taking on opponents who were often bigger and sometimes more skilled than themselves.

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