Athletics Review: October 28, 2007

Junior Boys Rugby

Grade 8
The Grade 8 rugby team travelled to Vancouver for their return match with St. Georges. The team began very well, playing with much heart and passion, and kept most of the early possession. Centre Joe Erlic scored a try after some continuous good rucking and passages of play. With the wind at their backs for the second half, the boot was put to some good use to gain territory, but no points were scored. All-in-all a very positive performance that showed progression as individuals and as a team. Three players of note on the day were prop/lock Eamon Flanagan, lock Austin Huang and flanker Peter Harrison.

The next day, they hosted Ladysmith School. A few Grade 9 players filled in for some injuries, which created a new team dynamic. With the score tied at one try a piece at halftime, the team went from strength to strength in their play later in the match, to notch three more tries, with one of these being a long distance affair from Quinn Kliman. A final score of 22-5 was a deserved victory. Players of note were wing Johnathon Sipos, scrumhalf Marcel Sanati, lock Ben Holmes and prop Blake Croxford (who was playing his last game before returning to England).

This week the team hosts Shawingan Lake School on Tuesday 30th, and travels to Ladysmith on Friday November 2nd for a return match.

Grade 9
In Vancouver, SMUS took on a bigger and heavier St Georges team. Centre Joe Furness and fullback Eric Beban continued their outstanding seasons, while scrum half Taylor Bridge did a wonderful job clearing away untidy ball. Up front, flanker Stefan Hall made over 15 tackles and tight head prop Ingemar de Wet also played a fine match, ending 17-7. The B team also played well and suffered a similar two-try defeat. Lachlan Glen, Nathan Haussman and Jacob Boness all performed with distinction.

The team was joined by three Grade 10 players to host an adventurous and improving Ladysmith side. In an exciting contest, SMUS prevailed 31-19. Some of the back play was excellent, with a sweeping move early in the second half, finished by winger James Mather.

Grade 10
The Grade 10 team also went up against St. Georges, who they tied against for the third time in a row, with a draw at 24. Another impressive result for the boys, considering the size and strength of the opposing side. Standout players included Luke McClosky and Mike van der Wal.

Next fixture is a home game on Tuesday, October 30 versus Shawnigan.

Senior Girls’ Field Hockey
The team capped off their season last Friday with the Island Championships, where the top two teams get to compete in the Provincial Championships. The first match saw the players in tough against a very strong Lambrick Park side. Victoria Sapsford was simply stellar in goal. In the second half, each team had many opportunities to score and it was evident that Lauren Kipp played her best game. The Lambrick won 3-0.

In the second game of the day, the team took on Shawnigan, who they had yet to beat. The girls played with passion and came very close to getting the ball by the 6’2” Shawnigan keeper, but the game ended with a 2-0 loss.

A big thank-you to coaches Mr. David Kerr and Mr. Steve Bates for all their effort with the team this season.

Senior Girls’ Volleyball
After another league win on the Tuesday, the team was off to Nanaimo to compete in the pretigious NDSS Tournmanet. The team was knocked to the consolation side of the draw early on but rebounded to play some of their best volleyball yet. The team won the consolation round and final two games. Samm Dark and Katrina MacIntosh were named the tournament’s all-stars.

Next game is Tuesday, October 30 at Lambrick Park, followed by the ISA tournament this weekend.

Junior Girls’ Volleyball
The B team took on Dunsmuir on Monday. Nicky Varma and Martika Rodgers had strong serves throughout the game and helped to refocus the team, but the match ended in a loss.

The girls have their last league game Monday, November 5, at St. Andrew’s School and play St. Andrew’s and Parklands.

Cross Country
At the Island Championships at Beaver Lake, the team had record numbers of entries in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions. Jocelyn Stedman led the girls outright, and veteran Heather Buckingham also ran exceptionally well. The team finished in 13th place, a vast improvement from last year.
In the boys’ division, Derek Stedman was at the front of the pack and finished in 16th place standing.

Senior Badminton
In the boys’ ISA tournament, the team of soared to new heights against their competition, taking on St. Georges in the final after a perfect record in the first two matches. St. Georges took first by two points, leaving the team with a strong second place standing.

Thanks to guest coach Gordon Chan for taking the team over for the day.

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