Athletics Review: October 21, 2007

Rugby

Grade 8
In their third ISA game, the Grade 8 rugby team travelled to Brentwood College. The team let in a try soon after the start of the game, but a converted try came about through some good rucking and passages of play. Brentwood eventually took back the upper-hand and scored more tries. After halftime, the team played some outstanding rugby, scoring two tries and allowing only one oppositional try. One of their tries was an outstanding multi-phase team effort, with left winger Charles Yang running the final 20m to score in the corner. Players of note on the day were prop Killian Widdis, flankers Marcel Sanati and Quinn Kliman, scrumhalf Alex Davies and winger Johnathon Sipos.

The team has their next match at St. Georges on Wednesday and host Ladysmith on Friday.

Grade 9
The A team improved its ISA record with a hard fought 22-19 away victory over Brentwood. As has been the case all season, captain Joe Furness played a strong game, while Kieran Hyatt was an excellent forward.

The B group, with a handful of Grade 10s, also enjoyed a competitive match, which they won 14-10. Flanker Alastair Bryson was sterling in defence, while scrumhalf Lachlan Glen put in several pressure-relieving kicks.

Finally, various combinations of both teams defeated Spectrum in a free flowing exhibition match by playing some enterprising rugby. Eric Beban enjoyed a run at flyhalf instead of his customary fullback position, and ran and kicked effectively.

Next up, the A team travels October 24 to Vancouver to play a powerful St. Georges side.

Grade 10
The Grade 10 team also faced a tough Brentwood side last Tuesday. The team escaped with a 5-5 draw. One bright spot for the team was the playing of Joe Shan.

Next fixture is on October 24, as the team travels to play St. George’s.

Rowing
Seventy-four members of the SMUS rowing team and their parents enjoyed two days (15.5 hours) of racing at the 22nd Annual 2nd Regatta held at Elk Lake.

Glen Keogh/ Benji Schaan/ Aidan Morrice/ Maxim Ellison) and 6th (Middle School Grade 7 team)

Event

Result

Senior Girls 1X (single)

2nd (a new event to high school
rowing, Liz Fenje lost by less than 1 second)

Senior Girls 2X (double)

2nd

Senior Girls 4X (quad)

3rd

Senior Girls 8+

3rd (2 seconds between 1st- 3rd)

Senior Novice Girls 4X

5th

Senior Novice Girls 8+

1st (Alex McKinnon / Charlotte McGee/ Charmaine Niewerth/ Cassandra Zawilski/ Michelle Cheimak/ Claire McKenna/ Nicole van der Wal/ Sara Traubel/ Anna Fretz)

Senior Boys 1X

3rd (a new event to high school rowing, Derek Stedman)

Senior Boys 2X

5th

Senior Boys 8+

5th

Senior Novice Boys 4X

3rd

Junior Girls 2X

1st (Caryn Dooner + Maryann Watson)

Junior Girls 4X

3rd

Junior Novice Girls 4X

6th (*our Middle School Grade 8 students were the only middle school competitors to make the final)

Junior Novice Girls 8+

5th

Junior Boys 2X

4th

Junior Novice Boys 4X

Junior Novice Boys 8+

2nd (made up of grade 7 to 10)

Next up for the team are the City Championships, November 3-4, 2007 at the Elk Lake Regatta.

Cross Country

Middle School
Congratulations to the Grade 8 Boys team for taking home second and third place team honours at the Cedar Hill meet SMUS hosted on October 10th. The annual cameo appearance of the Boys Rugby Team played a part in the success.

Some members of the cross country team have logged as much as 24,000 meters this season and competed in as many as four meets. Leading the pack this year was Cole Turner who made every practice and meet of the season, followed closely by Luke Friswell, who will no doubt lead the team next year.

The final test of physical and mental preparation of the season was the Island Age Group Invitational October 17th at Beaver Lake. The meet was open to top runners from all over the Island and our own Caitlin Hastings photographed much of the event.

Senior School
The final league meet took place last Wednesday at Beaver Lake. All runners gave it their all and the Senior Girls team took 3rd place. Individually, Heather Buckingham came in 11th, Samm Dark finished in 34th, Tica Bengston was in 35th, and Christine Schweitzer took 39th place.

The Island Championships are next up, and take place this Wednesday, Oct.24 at Beaver Lake, starting at 1:00 pm.

Senior Boys’ Soccer

A Team
The A team had an exciting week. After defeating Victoria High School early in the week, the team faced an undefeated Stelly’s squad. The boys played some of their best soccer to date and rebounded with some encouraging runs by Oscar Duran and Beau Parker after an early goal by Stelly’s. On one run, Oscar flipped the ball over the keeper and the ball was hammered home by Jake Kislock. This goal marked only the second goal all season that the Stelly’s side gave up.
Just before half, the Stelly’s team once again took the lead and for much of the game, it remained 2-1 despite plenty of chances at either end. Goalkeeper Benson Ling kept the game from getting out of hand. In the second half, Stelly’s scored a controversial goal followed by a second. After a Stelly’s player earned a red card, the SMUS team created chance after chance to score, but the Stelly’s defence were simply too fast. Even speed-demon Beau Parker could not outrun their defence and the game ended in Stelly’s favour.

The next match for the Senior Boys will be in the Colonist Shield.

B Team
The B team had a difficult final week of the season. On Monday, the team received word that the Lambrick Park team was not going to show up for their match. Thursday, the final day of the season, a game against Edward Milne was cancelled due to rain and high winds.

Congratulations go to coaches Klenz and Lynch for their commitment to this team and soccer programme. Coach Lynch says, “Though we didn’t win any games, we had lots of fun, and hopefully learned a lot as well. The team showed steady improvement throughout the season, which was all too brief.”

Senior Girls Volleyball
In their longest night of the season, the SMUS team beat Oak Bay and Claremont (both in three games), but lost narrowly to Belmont. Jessica Qualley, in particular, was in good form in the matches. The team is now poised and ready to take their game to the next level as they head to Nanaimo this Friday and Saturday in the prestigious NDSS Tournament.

Junior Girls Volleyball
The B team is nearly halfway through their season with two league games left. Our school hosted the league game this week, playing Victor Brodeur and Esquimalt. We won one set and lost one set in the match against Brodeur, and lost both sets in the match against Esquimalt. Sylvia Ho and Anita Chow had strong serves and displayed strong defensive skills.

This week, the girls look forward to playing Dunsmuir.

Senior Field Hockey

The Red team was in stride last week as they played against arch-rival GNS. In a closely-contested affair, the score ended up in a 1-1 draw. Henriette Commichau and Ceilidh McLeod controlled the midfield for much of the game, while Emma Abrioux shut the door on the back end. Coaches Kerr and Bates also highlighted Kathryn “Wizzy” Wizinsky as having a superior performance.

The team is gearing up for this weekend, when they play at UVic in the Island Tournament. Games run all day on Friday and Saturday.

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