Junior Boys Rugby
The Junior Boys Rugby team capped off a fine season at the Vancouver Island Tournament held at Shawnigan Lake School. All three games were held in dry conditions, which provided excellent conditions for the faithful supporters who were witness to some fine rugby. The tournament kicked off on Thursday against Ladysmith. Many up and coming grade 9 stars got the nod to start for this game and they showed their worth earning a 27-17 victory. Playing against bigger and stronger opposition this crew showed the depth of the junior rugby programme and let the crowd know that they will be a force to be reckoned with next year.
This put the boys through to the semi-finals on Friday and for the third year in row, they faced Brentwood College. In a scrappy affair, our kicking game proved to be the deciding factor. Fly-half, Alex Harvey, repeatedly turned Brentwood around and our downfield tackling put them under tremendous pressure. Hisham Ismail had yet another superb game but was injured and put out for the rest of the tournament. Marc van der Wal put in a two-try performance and Won Jin Kim rounded out the scoring in a 17-7 victory. It was onto the final!
In a script like finish, it was the #1 seeded Shawnigan against the #2 ranked SMUS. The teams split their regular season matches and both games were within seven points. The final was to be no different. SMUS started off on the front foot putting the ball deep into Shawnigan territory and making it difficult for them to clear their lines. This needed to be rewarded with points but despairingly, Shawnigan slowly managed to turn the momentum in their favour. A score against the run of play put them up 5-0 at the half. The first 10 minutes of the second half also belonged to SMUS, but again, we were turned back by a strong Shawnigan defence. A courageous effort by the forward pack against a much bigger set of eight was taking its toll physically and small holes started to appear in our defence. With 15 minutes to go, Shawnigan scored again to go up 10-0. Five minutes later, we had a fine scoring opportunity but a mishandle in the backline gave Shawnigan the out they needed, and we were again under pressure. Some excellent, heart-filled defence was on display for the last 10 minutes and a 10-0 loss to Shawnigan was the end result.
The SMUS Colts had a superb year and when one considers their independent school record (0-6) from their grade 9 season, one can not help but be impressed with their level of commitment and corresponding improvement. A season in which a team loses only twice and improves each day must be looked upon as a success and we look forward to seeing this team develop for the next two years.
Term 2 Sports Begin
With Term 1 sports now officially over, it is time to get excited about Term 2 sports. Tryouts in both basketball and badminton have been underway, and game fixtures begin this week.
The Middle School is currently mid-season with their 8 basketball teams, and the Senior School is ready to launch our 6 basketball teams and 1 badminton team into league play.