Athletics Review: November 3, 2008

Swimming
Grade 11 student Jeremy Bagshaw competed in the Island Championships for high school swimming this past weekend. He competed in the 50 m and 100 m freestyle, the 100 m butterfly and the 200 m individual medley. He won gold in all four events, qualifying him for the B.C. Championships on Saturday, November 15th in Richmond.

Senior Girls Volleyball
The Senior girls volleyball team began the week with wins against Reynolds and St. Margarets and a loss to Spectrum on their last night of regular league play. The team then headed to Crofton House in Vancouver early Friday morning where they once again had the opportunity to easily beat St. Margarets School.

The team continued with wins against Mulgrave, and Southridge but with a loss to the host school, SMUS finished second place in their pool. In the first round of playoffs SMUS was up against rival GNS, a team that is very equally matched with SMUS. In the first set, GNS took off with the points and just when it seemed that they would easily win it, SMUS fought back and although they barely lost the set, they had all of the momentum heading into the next one. This energy helped SMUS shut down GNS’ best attacker and SMUS quite easily won.

However, in the third match the GNS team took a lead that was almost impossible for SMUS to regain, an upsetting loss for all the players. The team then played Mulgrave again and although SMUS lost to them this time, the second half of the match was filled with outstanding play on the SMUS side.

This tournament was a full team effort and although they placed 7th we are very excited for the team’s potential this week at South Islands!

Senior Boys Soccer
This week the boys prepared for the Island Championship tournament this coming Thursday and Friday up in Parksville. Besides working mainly on fitness during the week’s training sessions, the boys played an exhibition game against Stelly’s, one of the stronger AAA sides in the area. The game gave the team an opportunity to play under difficult conditions, as many key players were absent through injury. This Thursday morning the boys begin their challenge for the Island crown with games against Shawnigan, Brentwood, and Reynolds.

Senior Girls Badminton
SMUS played host to the ISA Girls Badminton Tournament last Friday. The team of Carol Ng, Helen Ip, Sylvia Ho, Monica Lee, Candice Ip and Cassandra Quon was perhaps collectively the youngest team ever fielded for such an event. In spite of their youth, the team began the tournament very well, and cruised into easy 5-0 wins against St. Margaret’s and York House’s B Team.

The next match versus York House’s A Team however, would prove to be a difficult one. After two narrow games lost in the early going, the team was forced into a final ‘winner-take-all’ game. In that final game, the sister pairing of Helen and Candice Ip overcame much fortitude to squeak out a win and send the SMUS girls into the final. The final would be a rematch of 2007, with us pitted against powerhouse Crofton House.

In the final, it was evident that our girls were outmatched. However, Candice Ip played the match of her life and gave the SMUS team hope, when she beat Crofton’s strongest player in singles action! However, the remainder of the team would not have the same luck as Candice in their matches, and in the end, the SMUS girls came up slightly short.

However, a 2nd place showing at this ISA event was a superb result. The Senior badminton season has not officially begun, and with no practices under their belt, the girls still played with much skill and tenacity.

Mr. Hunt would like to thank the girls for their efforts and he would like to invite boys and girls of SMUS to tryout for the Senior badminton team on November 19th and 21st.

Grade 8 Rugby
The Grade 8 rugby team travelled to Vancouver the past Saturday for their return match with St. Georges. Having been defeated heavily in their first encounter by a much larger and faster side, this game would help give an indication of how far the grade 8’s had progressed during the season. The team began very well, playing with much heart and commitment, having much of the early possession.

However, as soon as any time and space were given to St Georges when they had the ball, some of their very fast players proved to be difficult to stop. The first-half effort by the SMUS Grade 8 team was a worthy one, as they gave their all throughout. This commitment continued through the second half, and although St Georges crossed the line on a few occasions, the SMUS Grade 8 team crossed once as well, with a well-deserved try being scored by inside centre Adrian Sanchez.

Although on the wrong side of the result, the team can be pleased with their progress as indeed they provided steeper opposition for St Georges than in the first encounter and with continued strength and skill training, the gap will become closer and closer.

Top performers on the day were hooker and lineout jumper Keenan Manhas who stole several St Georges lineout throws and threw his body around with abandon; prop/lock Alex Campbell and number-eight Marcus Lelewski, who both tried their hardest, with the latter also making some telling runs; flyhalf Sam Reid, who did all he could with ball received; and outside centre Dave Pollen, who made several telling breaks and sound tackles.

The team rounds out their ISA season, acting as host for Brentwood College in the return match on Thursday November 6th with a 2:30 pm kick off. The team will be looking to finish the fall season on a high a note as possible with this best performance.

Cross-Country
The final event for the Senior cross-country team was the Island Championships, which took place at Beaver Lake. The SMUS runners had trained hard for this event all season, and the weather was ideal for some personal bests.

The girls’ race had a record 250 entries and each team was given only three feet of room at the start line. The race turned out well for Lisa Evans, who finished in 121st place, and Jocelyn Stedman, who earned the best result for SMUS with 24th place, despite being only in Grade 10.

On the boys’ side, SMUS had many entries and as the race began, both Austin Smith and Leo Marchand charged out with the lead pack, while others such as Sam Sherrod and Hanmi Richards kept up. The boys team finished in 13th place out of 19 teams.

Leo Marchand and Austin Smith took spots in the top 50 and the Grade 9 pair of Cole Turner and Samual Jackson did very well in their first Senior Islands, both scoring some valuable team points. Veterans Paul Tut, Bhupinder Dulku and Bryan Sun all had strong races in their final year.

Both Ms. Tobacco and Mr. Hunt would like to thank the team for their commitment and determination throughout the season.

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