Athletics Review: May 10, 2009

Track and Field
The sixth and final training meet took place at UVic last week. Top performers included Leo Marchand, who placed 6th in the Lower Island 3000m, and Jocelyn Stedman, who finished 3rd in the Junior Girls 3000m. The team also saw strong runs in the 100m for Stephen Lam, Sky Richards and Julie Shim.

Next meet is May 13th at the Lower Island Championships

Senior Boys Rugby
The 1st XV chose a banner day to showcase their skills – putting together a full 70 minutes to defeat Earl Marriott at the annual “Super Saturday” at Shawnigan. The 38-24 victory was a rich reward for a complete performance, full of courage, skill and enterprise, against a powerful and physically huge opponent that has been laying waste to teams on the Mainland.

In ideal conditions, SMUS made the perfect start, putting the ball through the phases for lock Chad Margolus to score wide out after only three minutes. Wing Charlie Southwell, in his first goal-kicking assignment, grazed the post with the conversion, but was to prove rock solid from then onwards. Earl Marriott, after a concerted forward drive, equalized shortly after, but two more SMUS tallies – the first a lovely weaving run by the outstanding Jared Sweet and the second a close quarter plunge by #8 Mac Stone – ensured a 19-5 lead. Indeed, with the centre combination of Mike Fuailefau and Tom Bridger in commanding form, several other searing line breaks might have been finished off as well.

Half-time required some lineup juggling, with Stone off with a head knock. However, prop Mike Zhou and the flanker Joe Furness did their bit, and, as did John Humphries and Joe Shan in a gutsy forward effort. However, Marriott were not to be denied, capitalizing on another powerful forward effort, and scored two fine conversions, leaving the score deadlocked at 19-19 with still some 20 minutes to play.

Led by Fuailefau, SMUS moved right back on the offensive, and while a well-executed, front lineout wind did not produce a score, another multi phase move saw wing Jure Erlic score. SMUS were again immediately on the attack, prepared to throw caution to the winds even from deep positions, and being rewarded. First, Fuailefau scored after a 17 pass movement, with Southwell’s nervy conversion pushing the lead to 33-24 with just minutes to play.

Saving the best for last, after a brave mark near his own line by fullback Conor Mackenzie, a quick tap and breakout moved the ball the length of the field for a scintillating insurance try which capped a wonderful afternoon. Every player on both teams can take a bow for their part in a thrilling, well-played contest.

Next up for SMUS is the Howard Russell Cup final, to be played May 14 at Oak Bay. Kickoff is 4 pm. Then, after a short break, the team will then begin preparations for the opening round game of the BC AAA Tournament, to be played May 23 in Vancouver.

Rowing
The SMUS Rowing team competed in their last spring season regatta this past weekend. Shawnigan Lake School hosted the regatta that saw racing over two days. It was the crew’s last regatta before the national championships in Ontario, May 29-31. The crew had a busy but successful weekend.

  • Junior B Womens Single (1X): Michelle Aylard ~ 3rd
  • Junior B Mens Single (1): Maxim Ellison ~ 3rd
  • Junior JV Womens Coxed Quad (4X+): Michelle Aylard, Rachel Ellis, Sydney Stockus, Jessica Spoor, Christopher Fenje ~ 1st
  • Junior JV Womens Coxed Four (4+): Michelle Aylard, Rachel Ellis, Sydney Stockus, Jessica Spoor, Christopher Fenje ~ 1st
  • Junior A Mens Double (2X): Jonathan Cunningham and Maxim Ellison ~ 6th
  • Junior A Womens Double (2X): Maryann Watson and Elizabeth Fenje ~ 1st
  • Junior A Womens Single (1X): Elizabeth Fenje ~ 1st

On a related note, Liz Fenje has been named to Team BC (Rowing) for the 2009 Canada Games in PEI this August. Liz started this selection process in the fall and after a final day of selection on Friday up in Shawnigan she maintained her #1 ranking in the province as a lightweight and will row the lightweight double (2X) for BC.

Middle School Rugby
In the penultimate week of spring rugby at the Middle School, the Grade 7/8 lights team opened the action on Monday with a repeat away game at Colquitz. The team played more physically earky on and had some chances to score. Colquitz’s size and strength eventually proved a little too much. Nonetheless, the game showed an improved effort for the lights team. Captain and flyhalf/scrumhalf Chris Bjola toiled bravely throughout, with Christian Sharp also having some promising moments. The twins Vincent and Jeffrey Wu also showed signs of development.

Tuesday saw the Grade 6 team at Bayside. A skilled and fast bunch, as they need to be for their diminutive size, the Grade 6 players have shown much progress throughout the season. On the day, they were too strong for Bayside, with Hayden Hopkins, Max Pollen, Matty McColl and Mitch Newman being amongst the leading performers.

Wednesday saw the Grade 6/7 under 135lb players travel to Monterey to face both their Grade 7 team and Lansdowne. Against Lansdowne, the 6/7 squad moved the ball well and ran strongly. The game against Monterey team was a different affair, with the SMUS side being mostly on the defensive against the powerful Monterey runners. The team put in an improved showing than the match two weeks earlier against the same team, tackling more strongly and having some chances to score. Hooker Marco Sanati, fullback Jacob Wilson-Potter and winger Alexander Simson put in some very good tackles.

The Grade 7/8 heavies team rounded out the weeks games on Thursday travelling to Spencer. After a slow start, the team put in a very good group effort scoring a number of quality tries. Flyhalf Dave Pollen, fullback Dawit Workie, utility player Keenan Manhas, and centre/wing Colton Stockus were the leading players on the day.

This week is the last of Middle School spring rugby, with SMUS hosting Lower Island jamborees on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the varying levels of competition. The Grade 7/8 lights and heavies kick off the week on Monday with first games at 9:30am for the 15 teams involved. The Grade 6 team is next on Tuesday with six teams involved starting at 10am. The Grade 6/7 team hosts on Wednesday with nine teams involved starting at 9:30am. The Grade 6 team then rounds out the season travelling on Thursday to Klahanie Park in West Vancouver for an independent school jamboree.

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