Athletics Review: September 30, 2007

Cross Country

Middle School
The Cross Country team took on the challenges of Beaver Lake. Jeremy Chan and Leanne Farmer both finished in the top ten while Michael Rossi completed an amazing sprint finish. All members of the team put in solid efforts, with some even running further than the required distance.

Senior School
Because of the Grade 11 outdoor education trips, the team was somewhat depleted. Nevertheless, the boys’ team performed very well, with Derek Stedman and Mike van der Westhuizen delivering outstanding performances and finishing in 10th and 11th place, respectively.

This Thursday’s meet at Beacon Hill Park represents the half-way mark in the Cross Country season and the team members are poised to bring home some impressive results.

Soccer

The Senior Boys Soccer ‘A’ Team competed against a strong Claremont side. The team fell to a 3-0 loss in spite of inspirational play shown by Jake Kislock and Benson Ling.

The Senior Boys Soccer ‘B’ Squad played their second game since their season opener, which was marked by a standout performance by keeper Sebastian Vogg. In last week’s match against Esquimalt, they dominated the field for much of the game. Despite having few subs, the team showed flashes of brilliance at both ends of the pitch.

The defense was solid, the midfielders created some great chances, and the persistence of the strikers was rewarded with a goal by Yoo Shin Choi, who scored on his third attempt. Both keepers Olev Anniko and Sebastian Vogg showed great courage coming off the line to steal the ball from Esquimalt’s feet, time and time again. This team effort bodes well for their next match against Parklands.

Rugby

Grade 8
In their first full ISA game of the season, the Grade 8 Rugby Team hosted a large, very physical and athletic St. Georges side. SMUS played with much courage and commitment. When in possession, they put together some great patches of running rugby. Of note were hooker Jacob Duvenage, lock Killian Widdis, flanker Marcel Sanati and fullback Jonty Considine, who never stopped trying. The team now has two weeks of practices, including a race with the cross-country team, before their next game at Shawnigan Lake School on Saturday, October 13th.

Grade 9
The ‘A’ team gave a wonderfully committed display in its first ISA league game against St. Georges. Outstanding defense, from start to finish, limited their fast and powerful opponents to only two tries and ended the game in a 10-7 defeat. A last minute tally by Joe Furness, converted by Colin Smith, was the result of a gallant effort. Loosehead prop Connor Thomson battled heroically in the scrums, despite being outweighed by some 80 pounds by his opposite number. Lock Harrison Duncan won key lineouts, while Kieran Hyatt and Logan McColl made numerous brave tackles. In the backline, left wing Anthony Sharma made several exciting runs and once again, fullback Eric Beban was dangerous with ball in hand. The team initiated several excellent counterattacks.

A number of the reserve players joined forces with some 10 “B” players in a second match, which became a competitive contest. Prop Ingemar de Wet made some surging runs and strong tackles to suggest he will be a candidate for promotion to the top team.

Grade 10
The Colts Rugby Team also was in tough against a much larger and stronger St. Georges side. The boys gave it their all and ended the game with a 15-all draw. Tackling and defense proved to be the team’s strengths. On numerous occasions, the Saints team was thwarted close to the try line due to a last-ditch tackle. Approaching the end of the game, it was Charlie Southwell who made the conversion to tie the game. Coach Anderson was pleased with the effort, but admits that the team still has room to improve.

Next up for the 9’s and the 10’s are matches at Shawnigan, on Saturday, October 13.

Rowing

This past Saturday, the SMUS Rowing team began their 2007 competitive season at the annual Crabfest Regatta. A crab is when an oar becomes stuck in the water because it wasn’t removed in time. For many of the SMUS team, the day’s goal was to be crab-free. With a reduced team due to the Grade 11 trips, the rowers still managed to make seven finals in the nine events they entered.

The senior boys were represented by Derek Stedman, who performed well in the single, winning his heat and then coming third in a very close final. For the double Derek was joined by Brandon Ewonus, pushed up from the junior division, and a strong performance in a large field got them to the final. The senior girls were represented by Cassandra Zawilski who won the senior quad event with three juniors. Two juniors also rowed in the open double, posting the second fastest time.

The junior boys had a strong performance in their quad, coming in a close second. In their eight, an open novice event against students of any grade, the SMUS boys lost by only 0.25s to a large group of senior students from Oak Bay.

The junior girls’ novice quads performed strongly, winning their heats and meeting in the final. For most of the race, the Middle School girls appeared to be ahead, but a steering error allowed the Grade 10 crew to snag the win. The novice eight won their heat, despite a couple of whopper crabs. In the final, the GNS senior boat crashed into them, forcing them to stop, regroup and get going again. They almost caught the Reynolds crew, who had avoided the early collision, but had to settle for second place.

A special mention goes to our Middle School athletes, who had to row in the Junior events against Grade 9 and 10 athletes, and in some cases against Grade 11 and 12 athletes.

The SMUS Rowing team hits the water at Elk Lake for their next competition, the 2nd Annual Regatta on October 20 and 21.

Field Hockey

Monday: Reds v Reynolds 2-1. Goals by Janine Hsu and Christie Silver. 
Very sound performance by the Reds with many chances and plenty of territorial possession.
Monday: Blues v St. Margaret’s 0-4. 
St. Margaret’s fielded a team consisting mostly of Grade 12s, and the Blues (mostly in Grade 9) tried hard, but were out-fought on the ball.

Wednesday: Reds – bye
Wednesday: Blues v Mt Doug 0-4. 
Mt Doug fielded their strongest team, which includes one player from the Canadian National team. The Blues battled much harder across the field and defended stoutly. Rebecca Griesser (Grade 9) had another strong game in goal, and improvements are definitely being seen with all the players.

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