by Jake Humphries, university counselor
The six SMUS rugby players who joined Team BC for the 2009 Canada Summer Games were treated to a wonderful nation-building event, superb PEI hospitality, and some exciting rugby. Following an opening ceremony which included the athlete’s parade, various entertainers, and speeches by both the Prime Minister and the Governor General of Canada, the BC rugby team got down to the serious business of a seven game tournament. In the pool play, BC won all but one of its games by large margins. Their pool play game against Ontario ended in a 7-7 tie, with Chad Margolus scoring BC’s only try after chasing a loose ball across the line and falling on it. In quarter-final and semi-final games, BC again posted huge try tallies, outscoring opponents by 50 and 70 points. Johnny Humphries was featured in the Team BC Newsletter on August 20 in recognition of his 50-meter run down field as he sliced through the Manitoba back line to score a try in the same game. The same newsletter features a photo of two Manitoba players trying to tackle Beau Parker, who demonstrated his light-speed several times during the tournament. >Won Jin Kim and Michael Fuailefau played well for BC and Tom Bridger posted a hat-trick of tries in one of the pool games.
BC met Ontario in the gold medal game and came out of that contest with a silver medal. This reviewer will not attempt an analysis of the game, except to say it was exciting to watch and our six SMUS athletes acquitted themselves well. The final game was played as Hurricane Bill began to show his strength on PEI. The rugby team and several other Week One teams made a hasty retreat off the island that evening just in time to beat the onslaught of the Sunday, August 23 high winds and rain.