Athletics Review: May 24, 2009

Track and Field
The track and field team wrapped up their season with the Island Championships at UVic last week. All team members improved throughout the season and highlights of achievement are outlined below:

  • Leo Marchand: top performer and best work ethic and commitment
    to the programme
  • Hanna Loeffler: huge amount of potential and
    currently in 2nd place overall in the league’s long jump event.
  • Julie
    Shim: strong effort and improvements this year in both
    the long jump and 100m
  • Alex Zapantis: took up javelin late in
    the season and is looking forward to attempting the hammer
    throw next year
  • Rowan Stewart: took up javelin late in the season
    and is looking forward to attempting the hammer throw next
    year
  • Carlos Angeles: 100 metre sprinter, good speed and fast
    starter
  • Zac Benloulou: was committed to both improving his speed
    and learning the art of throwing the discus

Strength shown by many of the juniors at the Islands bodes well for next season:

  • Austin Smith -1st, 800m
  • Jocelyn Stedman – 2nd, 3000m and 5th, 1500m
  • Tyler Olsen – 4th, 1500m
  • Alexis Thind – 8th, 3000m

Senior Rugby
The 1st XV travelled May 23 to Vancouver to play its first round BC AAA Tournament match. The opponent, Kitsilano, was something of an unknown quantity, having moved smoothly through the Vamcouver City league though relatively untested against ranked opposition.

A nervy start, with SMUS falling foul of the referee with concerning regularity, allowed Kitsilano two penalty goals and an early 6-0 lead. After that, it was all one-way traffic, with SMUS using some slick handling and support play to produce nine tries without reply. Four conversions from Charlie Southwell ensured a 53-6 victory.

Mike Fuailefau notched a hat trick, the first tally benefit of a lovely grub kick from fly half Alex Harvey. Superb passing between locks John Humphries and Chad Margolus led to a try for the latter, while Tom Bridger, Jared Sweet (2), Beau Parker and Zac Austin also dotted down.

The team now moves on to a May 27 matchup at UBC vs provincial #6 seed Robert Bateman of Abbotsford. Also in the same quarter are #2 St. Georges and #7 Oak Bay.

Without question, SMUS is playing its best rugby of the season at the most important time. The return to health of fullback Parker and prop Masaki Kunimoto has been a huge boost, with a renewed focus on basic skills also paying big dividends.

Cricket
In their first school match, the cricket team defeated Stellys by seven wickets. Callum Davies took two wickets for four runs and scored thirteen runs, Nathan Haussman took one wicket for nine runs and scored twenty nine runs not out, and Karan Vats scored fourteen runs.

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