Athletics Review: May 25, 2008

Best of luck to our teams
This is a very exciting week in Athletics, as many of our teams have made it to the pinnacle of their seasons. The Golf team is currently in Kamloops at their Provincials, the Senior Girls Soccer team leaves this Wednesday for their Provincials in Richmond, the Senior Boys Rugby team also leave Wednesday to UBC for their Provincials. Our Track and Field team have 2 jumpers who have qualified for their Provincial Championships in Vancouver later this week. Finally, our Rowing team is heading to the National Championships later this week to participate in the National Rowing Regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario. Best of luck to all of our SMUS athletes.

Senior Boys Rugby
The Senior Boys Rugby team were up at Brentwood on Saturday for the first round of the Provincial Championships. The boys were facing Cowichan, and from the opening whistle they took it to Cowichan. For much of the game, the 2nd XV took the field, ensuring that the 1st team would not be injured or tired for the rest of their Provincial games. When the dust settled, it was a 57-10 win for the team. The coaches would like to applaud the efforts of the 2nd XV, who stepped in beautifully when the time came for it.

Cricket
On a hot sunny Saturday, the Cricket XI put Collingwood on the rack and emerged victorious by 4 wickets. Notable batting performances included Jon Cunningham and Nathan Haussman, who scored 32 and 25 runs respectively, and notable bowling performances included Bhupinder Dulku with 3 wickets for 12 runs and Colin Sedgewick with 2 wickets for 15 runs. Overall though, it was a fine team performance. The next school match is this coming Saturday when the squad faces a tough Byrne Creek XI.

Junior Boys A Soccer Team
The Junior Boys A Soccer team capped off a very strong season with a strong finish in the ISA Championship this weekend. Due to some late cancellations, the draw involved 3 games: one against the SMUS B team, one versus Glenlyon-Norfolk School and one against Shawnigan Lake School. After a slow start, the boys started to find ways through the resilient B side’s defences and managed to get on the scoreboard. The As defence was tested, but in the end, they were able to prevail 5-0.

The second match was a replay of a league game against GNS, this time on a bigger pitch, which favoured both the fitness and playing style of our side. The first goal was a very astutely taken early free kick by Tycho Mommsen-Smith to Jamie Yorath, who was to have a very prolific day indeed. Jamie lobbed the keeper for the second goal, and then combined with Tycho and a great Tom Nicholson cross early in the second half. The scoring was rounded out as Jamie punished a defensive error to hammer in a rebound from an impossible angle to finish the game 4-0. Very strong performances by the back 4 of Jordan Souc, Luke McCloskey, Mike Fuailefau and Travis Denley, who supported the impressive achievement of a clean sheet by Jure Erlic, who made a number of clutch acrobatic saves.

The third game, which turned out to be the final, saw us playing an unknown challenger. Shawnigan got on the scoresheet first with a goal early in the first half. This awakened the team and Jamie Yorath was to reply 7 minutes later with an equalizer. Kevin Kim, anxious about losing his status as top goal scorer, replied with the go ahead goal shortly before the half time whistle. 10 minutes into the second half, Jamie showed that he can also assist and played a lovely incisive ball through to Tycho who made no mistake and made it 3-1. At the 51 minute mark, Jamie scored an impressive solo effort after schooling a good number of the Shawnigan defenders in the art of the Welsh-hip-swivel-and-feint. Shawnigan broke down our defence two more times and Jamie again combined with Tycho, who scored our fifth in a high scoring 5-3 victory for the coveted ISA trophy. Jamie Yorath – in case you lost track – scored an impressive 7 goals on the day and both coaches were delighted with the level of play and commitment from the side.

The coaching staff would like to thank all of the athletes for their effort and commitment over the course of the season.

Junior Boys Soccer
On Saturday, the Junior Boys B Soccer team took to the field for the ISA Championship. Following a last minute cancellation by Brentwood College, the squad found themselves facing the SMUS A team in the first of their round-robin games. The boys played commendably, holding the city champions to only four goals. In their second game, the squad faced off against a very physical Shawnigan side. The team rose to the challenge and gave their best performance of the tournament. Despite a number of missed opportunities, strong performances from keeper Alejandro Castro and midfielder Cameron Metcalfe, and a goal by Harrison Chang, kept the team in contention for much of the game, before Shawnigan ultimately prevailed. In the consolation final, the team was matched up against cross-town rivals, GNS. After conceding several unfortunate, early goals, the team rallied. Overcoming their fatigue, they controlled much of the play in the second half. Strong pressure and impressive passing by forwards Logan MoColl, Andy Tak and Andy Sung paid off in the final few minutes, as striker Joe Ekthumrong scored on a picture-perfect cross from Harrison Chang. The coaches would like to commend the boys for the hard work and commitment they demonstrated throughout the season. Improvements in skill-development and team-play were evident, and much fun was had by all. In these ways, the season was a clear success.

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