Athletics Review: October 14, 2007

Junior Boys Rugby

Grade 8
In their second ISA game of the season, the Grade 8 rugby team travelled to Shawnigan Lake School. They put together some good passages of play in the first half, but didn’t get across the goal-line. A falling off of tackles let in some soft Shawnigan tries, but the team came back strongly in the second half to score a deserved try. The SMUS team were impressive in their courage and tenacity. Players of note were hooker Jacob Duvenage, lock Killian Widdis, scrumhalf Alex Davies and centre Len Luo.

The team plays Brentwood College on October 16th.

Grade 9
The team travelled to Shawnigan for their second of six ISA matches. SMUS emerged victorious 36-19, scoring six fine tries in the process. Hooker Goven Sandhu’s pinpoint lineout throwing ensured a lot of quality possession. Centre Joe Furness, flanker Eali Hopper and fullback Eric Beban were all dangerous in attack. Scrum halves Taylor Bridge and Lachlan Glen distributed the ball well throughout the game. The pack also performed well, with Kieran Hyatt, Logan McColl and Harrison Duncan continuing their fine form.

Next up is an October 16 fixture at Brentwood.

Grade 10
In the game against Oak Bay, strong support play and excellent defensive organization resulted in a decisive 36-7 win. Charlie Southwell made many tackles and put the ball down field with good tactical kicks. Joe Shan led from the front with incisive running and solid scrimmaging.

Against Shawnigan, the team earned a 5-5 draw, but a few handling errors resulted in a loss for SMUS. Robby Trusler put in a solid performance as lock with powerful rucking and impressive tackling, while Marc van der Wal impressed on the left wing.

Senior Girls’ Field Hockey

The Reds came up against Lambrick, the strongest team they have played in the Victoria League. Despite a late goal by Henriette Commichau, the SMUS Red team were forced to defend for lengthy periods. The final quarter of the game showed more penetration of the Lambrick defence with greater intensity and some fluent moves linking up to the forwards where Christie Silver, who had a particularly strong game, as well as Stephanie Bentzon and Janine Hsu started to create chances. The fine positioning and interceptions from sweeper Emma Abrioux and the goalkeeping of Victoria Sapsford kept the scoreline respectable. Henriette Commichau and Ceilidh Macleod were powerful presences in the midfield.

Over the weekend, the Reds played in the Bridgman Cup, the oldest field hockey tournament in North America, which includes all the top AAA and AA teams from the province. SMUS were in a very tough pool against South Delta, Shawnigan and Cowichan, who are the only team to have won the cup twice in the last 10 years. SMUS played excellent games against the first 2 teams, holding the more powerful opposition to only a few chances with some solid defence and lots of hustle. Victoria Sapsford in goal was outstanding, particularly against Cowichan. The level of determination and team spirit was very strong. The follow-up game in the Consolation rounds saw a fine 2-1 win over Oak Bay, with goals from Ceilidh Macleod on a penalty flick and Henriette Commichau on a short corner with 4 minutes left in the match. The final match against Claremont on Sunday morning was closely fought but was decided in Claremont’s favour by the only goal of the game. SMUS ended up 12th out of 18 high-quality teams, above Mt Doug, Oak Bay and Shawnigan.

The Reds are back in action on Monday against Claremont and face Glenlyon Norfolk on Wednesday.

Cross-Country

Middle School
Last week, the SMUS runners had meets at Cedar Hill and Beacon Hill, which includes the infamous “Cry Baby Hill.” The team has a core of athletes who all put in very solid performances at these two meets. At the Cedar Hill meet, our ranks were bolstered by the Grade 8 boys’ rugby team. Strong performances by Johnathon Sipos, Cole Turner, Quinn Kliman and Peter Harrison helped the squad become one of the top Grade 8 teams.

Senior School
The Senior team was also at Cedar Hill, in the longest and the hilliest race of the season, for a meet hosted by SMUS. The Senior Team had an excellent showing across the board. The Senior boys’ team, led by Derek Stedman, finished in 3rd place. Captain Tony Chuang had his best race of the year. In the Senior Girls’ division, Heather Buckingham finished in 13th place. The Grade 10 girls’ team took home 2nd place, with the assistance of the rowers. In the Grade 10 Boys Division, the team of Mark Wizinsky, Leo Marchand, Morio Oyake, and Josh Edgar took 1st place.

This Wednesday is the final meet of the season at Beaver Lake. SMUS will compete against schools from all over the Lower Island.

Senior Boys’ Soccer

On Tuesday, the Senior Boys’ Soccer A team faced Spectrum at home and took an early 2-0 lead through the efforts of Tom Bridger and Beau Parker. Spectrum came back and ended the game in a draw. In their second game, the boys hosted Mount Douglas. Beau Parker was brought down and the team was awarded a penalty, which Oscar Duran easily converted. Minutes later, Oscar scored a second goal. The boys passed the ball around the pitch, kept possession and created many chances. Jake Kislok’s late strike finished the game off and the boys look solid going into the last week of league play.

The Senior Boys’ Soccer B team played St. Andrew’s High School at home. After giving up two early goals, Gordon Tse replied with a class finish as he lofted a ball passed up through the middle over the unsuspecting keeper’s head in the 10th minute. For the remainder of the game, the play moved evenly from one end of the pitch to the other. Despite an even split of possession and much action near St. Andrew’s net, the wonderful passing game didn’t end in victory.

Senior Girls’ Volleyball

The Senior Girls’ Volleyball team played St. Margaret’s and Reynolds. Against Pacific Christian School, who they needed to beat in order to move up to tier ‘A’ in the next round robin, the girls’ won with strong serving and offense. In the Spectrum Tournament, the girls finished 2nd in their round robin pool. In playing Timberline, the number one rank team in the tournament and ranked 3rd in BC, the team lost despite solid effort. The team came out on top against Reynolds and played against Claremont for their final match. The SMUS team competed hard in the first set, but struggled in the second. With an outstanding block by Jessica Harvey and consistent serving by Kelsey Harbord, SMUS won the match and took 5th out of 16 teams. Brittney Martin held the team together with her excellent serves and consistent setting, while honorable mention goes to Katrina Macintosh for her stellar passing and digging.

Junior Girls’ Volleyball

The Junior Girls’ A Volleyball team was in Maple Ridge for their ISA Tournament and finished 8th. The team beat the Brentwood B team on the final day over the tournament, and Judy Kwaon and Brenna Nixon were particularly strong. This week, the team plays Mount Douglas and Reynolds.
The Junior Girls Volleyball B team had the first regular season game this week at St. Margaret’s. The girls won against Oak Bay and lost to St. Margaret’s in two close sets. Christina Clemente, Musu Ofosu and Hannah Furness were all strong powerhouses at the net.

The girls are looking forward to their first home game on Monday against Esquimalt and Victor Brodeur.

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