Athletics Review: November 11, 2007

Senior Girls Volleyball

In what was a momentous day of SMUS Athletics, the Senior Girls Volleyball team found themselves in the city final against our arch-rival, Lambrick Park. In what was their best game of the season, the girls rose to the challenge and won the game. Although Emily Reid did not see any playing time in the game, she was pointed out by the coaches as being the best cheerleader. For their efforts, the girls took home the prestigious Vic Lindel Cup, a trophy that our school has never won before.

The team now heads to the Island Championships in Nanaimo on November 16-17, where we enter the tournament as the #1 seed from the South.

Junior Girls A Volleyball

The Junior Girls Volleyball A team finished off their season with their best performance thus far. In the final league game, the girls beat powerhouse Stelly’s and tied Lambrick. This eventful day of games finished the SMUS team with a record of 5-13. This record tied us with Lambrick, but in the tiebreaking format it was the points for/points differential that ousted us from the playoffs. This was a pity, as the team was just finding its form.

However, with seven of the 11 players in Grade 9, the future certainly looks bright for next year.

Congratulations to Ms. Susan MacDonald and Ms. Marlene Donaldson on a stellar season.

Junior Girls B Volleyball

The Junior Girls Volleyball B team finished off their season this week with playoffs at St. Margaret’s. The girls played Parklands and Esquimalt on Tuesday. Both games ended in a loss; however, the team exhibited tremendous effort and displayed strong skills throughout both games. The team faced Oak Bay on Thursday and played a close game that ended in a tie. Unfortunately, the team did not advance to the semi-finals.

The girls had a wonderful season, and will look forward to hitting the courts again next fall. Ms. Meredith Kullman and Mr. Joel Tremblay would like to thank the girls for an outstanding season.

Junior Rugby

Grade 8

The final match of the fall season for Grade 8 rugby was against Brentwood College. With tremendously large and valued student and parent support on hand, the team continued to play its open wide running style, especially centre Len Luo and winger Johnathon Sipos (linked in with some sound tactical kicking by flyhalf Derek Hyde-Lay and centre Joe Erlic). Play went to and fro for most of the first half, with neither side gaining the upper hand for any period of time.

A few handling errors crept into play when under pressure and this prevented either side scoring in the first stanza. The talk at halftime was about reducing the errors and the need to want to take the game to the opposition and thereby leaving nothing on the field at the game’s end. This, the team tried to do, with number eight Quinn Kliman coming close to scoring more than once. Just as pleasingly, the team’s defence held strong, with a great cross-cover tackle by wing Charles Yang saving the day on one occasion. Despite battling strongly to do so, neither side could break the scoreless deadlock, and it remained at a very rare 0-0 tie at the end.

The 18 boys, four of whom were new to rugby this season, came a long way in terms of their collective and individual development, and finished the season with likely their best performance. Not taking anything away from the team effort throughout the season, and without wishing to focus on individuals, some players do deserve special mention.

In the forwards, two of the front row and co-captains Jacob Duvenage and Killian Widdis, lock/flanker Peter Harrison, and the backrow of Marcel Sanati, Truan Forsythe and Quinn Kliman deserve credit. In the backs, the scrumhalf to flyhalf link between co-captains Alex Davies and Derek Hyde-Lay was invaluable, whilst inside centre Joe Erlic, wing Johnathon Sipos and fullback Jonty Considine were the top performers. Many others also had their moments.
The coaches Mr. Bruce Kuklinski and Mr. Jerome Foenander would like to thank the boys for their willingness and commitment throughout the season.

Grade 9

The Grade 9 A Rugby team, though somewhat depleted by injury, completed a 4-2 ISA season with a 7-0 win over Brentwood. Despite a surfeit of possession, the players struggled to make any real inroads into a stingy opposition defence. In the end, a superb cross kick from Joe Furness found Connor Eden in space, and the right wing scooted home for the game’s only score.

In the B game, numerous scoring chances also went abegging, with Brentwood capitalizing on some errors to record a 19-5 win.

In what was a bridge too far, an undermanned Grade 9 side then visited Oak Bay for an exhibition encounter. The first 40 minutes proved to be reasonably well-balanced, but with SMUS failing to bag a crucial try right after halftime, the momentum shifted. The home team subsequently dominated the last quarter of the game, running and handling impressively to register a number of quality tries. No.8 Kieran Hyatt, centre Joe Furness and fullback Eric Beban did everything possible to stem the onslaught.

Some of the 9s will now move up to the Grade 10 XV for the Island Tournament, to be held November 20-24 at Shawnigan. The remainder wait to see if a scheduled Tier 2 Island event will take place.

Mr. Hyde-Lay, Mr. Lawson, and Mr. Common would like to thank to all the players for their efforts this season.

Grade 10

The Grade 10 Colts Rugby team continued the positive momentum last week with a satisfying 24-10 win over Brentwood last Tuesday. In the victory, coach Anderson highlighted both Robbie Trusler and Luke McClosky as having standout performances.

This sets up the team very well, heading into next weeks Island Championship, where the team will surely face Shawnigan one final time for all the glory. Best of luck to all the boys with their last week of training.

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