Athletics Review: Sep 28 – Oct 4, 2009

Junior Girls Volleyball
The Junior girls volleyball team kicked off their season with exhibition play and the First Annual SMUS Invitational Junior Girls Volleyball Tournament.

In exhibition play on Monday, SMUS beat Reynolds and tied against PCS and Mt. Doug. Setters Leah Hall and Abbey Piazza provided a solid foundation for the team, with middle blockers Gilly Maycock, Stephanie Marsh and Hannah McElderry proving to be formidable foes at the net. Solid passing and backcourt defense from Tina Yu and Kate Cluley helped build team momentum. The squad was solid in team positioning, with commendable movement and transitioning for such an early point in the season.

In tournament play over the weekend, with four players missing for U15 soccer and one setter newly returning from injury, the girls captured third place medals. Outstanding play from co-captain Gilly Maycock — in serving, spiking, blocking, and overall court play — provided inspiration for the team and ensured many a victory. Stephanie Marsh is also a player to watch, with outstanding serving and spiking. Setters Ashton Louie and Isailah Ferguson-Johnson provided solid setting throughout the entire tournament, building to outstanding play in the final match against Lambrick Park.

Ali Pollen had her best play to date, delivering strong overhand serves and hits from power. Tina Yu was not only the heart and soul of the team, but also contributed excellent serving and all-around court play. Newcomers Madi Hadfield and Sophia Niewerth had excellent play on Saturday, each earning several kills at the net; both will be players to watch for blocking and net play. Finally, Shade Souc played an outstanding tournament, with incredible focus and energy. Her consistently strong passing and hitting kept the team in the game at challenging points, and her overall leadership was a great asset to the team.

SMUS heads into league play on Monday, October 5, against Mt. Doug, Oak Bay A team, and Stelly’s. Games start at 3:45 pm at Mt. Doug.

Senior Girls Volleyball
The Senior girls had their first night of league play and it was a home game! The girls first played Oak Bay and, thanks to a great comeback fuelled by Deryn Ramsey’s powerful serve and Musu Ofosu’s threatening net play, they almost took the first set. Unfortunately, SMUS lost the second set due to Oak Bays consistent serving and aggressive attacking.
The second match was against St. Margaret’s and SMUS came out playing very aggressive. The girls worked together to easily take the two sets and shut down their star player. Player of the week was Musu Osofu! Great job ladies!

Rowing
Saturday saw the SMUS rowing team begin their short 2009 competitive season at the annual high school Crabfest Regatta. Newcomers to the sport may think that this is a day of celebration of crustaceans with short red tails! Rowers and spectators soon learn, however, that a crab is when an oar becomes stuck in the water because it was not removed in time. For many of the SMUS team, the day’s goal was to be crab free. With a reduced team due to the Grade 11 outdoor education trips and the majority of the senior team having the regatta off, the rowers showed their force by making five finals of the seven events they entered.

  • Senior Novice Boys 4X+: 3rd (Johann von Schack, Josh Edgar, Andrew Henning, Justus Koenigs, Erynn Pawluk)
  • Junior Novice Boys 4X+: 1st (Marcus Lelewski, Robert Wyatt, Logan Gilmore, Ju Yong Shin and Erynn Pawluck)
  • Open Novice Boys 8+: 2nd (Julien Bryant, Nicholas Cunningham, Emiliano Iturriaga, Jackie Chuang, Logan Gilmore, Marcus Lelewski, Rio Hong, Ju Yong Shin and Erynn Pawluck)
  • Junior Boys 4X: 2nd (Luke Friswell, Liam Hyatt, Robert Wyatt and Taylor Ellison)
  • Junior Girls 4X: 1st (Rebecca Berardelli, Katherine Fretz, Sara Taylor and Gaby Jezliakov)

Congratulations to all of the SMUS rowing team for a great day of racing! The weather was brilliant and so was their sportsmanship, on and off the water, and their support for each other. A huge thank you to Jessica Spoor, Caryn Dooner, Jinsun Choi and Brandon Ewonus for their day-long volunteering as dock marshals and boat drivers helping the regatta run! The SMUS rowing teams next competition is the 2nd Annual Regatta, the weekend of October 31st at Elk Lake.

Senior Boys A Soccer
The Senior boys A squad marked the midpoint in their short season with a game against SMUS’ own Senior B team. The play was back-and-forth for the first fifteen minutes, with the B squad keeping up the pressure, and defending very successfully. Ultimately, however, the balance of play began to shift as the A squad started to focus on completing passes and keeping possession. Striker Jamie Yorath was the first to score at the twenty minute mark. Moments later, midfielder Charlie Southwell capitalized on a convenient trap in from of the net, sending a shot rocketing past the opposing keeper.

Southwell kept up his pressure, setting up the next goal by winger Ben Beaudoin, who knocked in a rebound after a big save by keeper Brian Christensen. Right before halftime, Yorath, left unopposed at the top of the box, scored again. In the second half, despite continuing pressure and repeatedly gritty defensive play on the part of the B team, A squad players Tycho Mommsen-Smith, Colin Smith, Jordan Souc, and Jure Erlic were able to score several more times to clinch the team’s second victory of the season.

Grade 8 Rugby
The Grade 8 rugby team travelled to Shawnigan Lake School this past Saturday for their second match of the season. With a squad of 14 players involved on the day, the team played 11aside on a field meant for 13 or 15aside. Shawnigan scored within the first 10 minutes, but after some tactical changes, the SMUS team began to play much better both in attack and on defence. Fullback/flyhalf Jacob Wilson-Potter made some strong runs, as did Zach Khan in his new position of lock. Scrumhalf Liam Keeler-Young also looked lively, whilst prop Jordan Lane never gave up in defence, tackling soundly. Although out-scored on the day, the team showed signs of promise for the future that will be achieved only through continued hard work and commitment. With the long weekend ahead, the teams next game is set for Thursday, October 15, against G.P. Vanier school from Courtenay.

Junior Boys Soccer
The Junior boys soccer team had a busy week with two league games and the ISA Tournament rounding out the week.

In their first game of the week, the boys hosted a hard-working and physical St. Andrew’s team. After being down 3-1 at the end of the first half, the boys showed great character and determination and managed to score six goals in the second half to finish the game 3-7. Juan Pedro Gandoulf, Jorge Canedo, Keiler Totz, and Georgious Ikanomou all managed to find the back of the net.
In their second game of the week, the boys hosted local rivals, Lambrick Park. The team was not so successful in their mid-week fixture. With some players absent, the boys conceded some early goals and were not able to overcome the early deficit to a solid Lambrick side.

On Friday, SMUS hosted the 2009 ISA Junior Boys Soccer Tournament. In their first game against Brentwood, the boys conceded an early goal but were quickly back in the match when Juan Pedro Gandoulf’s scored a strike. The boys continued to press until the final whistle, hitting posts, but failed to get back on level terms. In their second match, the team kicked off against Southridge. Soon, the boys were in control and up 5-1. By the end of a comfortable game, the boys finished 6-4, with Mark Yorath and Fynn Kehl also on the score sheet.

After finishing second in their pool, the best the boys could hope for was third place. Despite playing two games earlier in the day, the boys out-hustled and out-played a physical Shawnigan Lake side, beating them 4-0. Juan Pedro Gandoulf, Jorge Canedo, Keiler Totz, and Georgious Ikanomou were again among the goal scorers. Cole Tamburri was as solid as ever in goal. The team, from the back four through the midfield and attack, is starting to play some attractive soccer.
The Junior boys are away from SMUS this week, visiting Spectrum on Monday and Claremont on Wednesday.

Senior Boys B Soccer
Coming off a win against Vic High and a loss to Parkland, the boys were looking to continue to improve and work as a team this week as they faced St. Andrew’s and the SMUS A team. Both games were hard fought with the B squad giving 110%. Unfortunately, the boys came up short both games. Brian Christensen was outstanding in goal, making some tremendous saves. Working hard in the midfield was Morio Oyake and Lachlan Glen with supporting outside midfielders Andy Tak and Alex Preis. Our back line of Kobus LeRoux, Goven Sandhu, Zack Austin and Joe Furness put in a solid performance in every game. Up front our super speedster, William Lo, gives any defender palpations with his skill and phenomenal speed.

Next week, the boys have a chance to improve their record as we travel to Esquimalt on Tuesday, October 6.

Grade 9 Cross-country

The Grade 9 boys cross-country team claimed yet another victory at the second race of the season at Lambrick Park on Thursday, October 1. Our top scorers were Dawit Hailerariam (5th), Jason Chiu (7th), Wayn Lin (12th) and David Pollen (14th) who accumulated 38 points, bettering their score from their race last week.

Three quarters of the girls team were away in Toronto, but Rachel Sibbald (4th) and Jocelyne Yan (6th) ran really well for SMUS!

Senior Cross-country
The Senior cross-country team had their second meet of the season last Thursday at Lambrick Park. With the Grade 11 students away on outdoor education trips, and most of the Grade 12 students leading those trips, a depleted group of committed runners took the start line.

The course was wet and the thick grass made it difficult to get in a decent pace, but Leo Marchand had no trouble with the boys’ 6k course and finished in 6th place in the Senior boys division. In the Junior ranks, Cole Turner had an excellent run and paced himself very well throughout. On the girls’ side, Grade 10 Aussie-import Kariesa Van Zyl continued to impress with yet another strong showing.

The next race for the team is Wednesday, October 7, at Beaver Lake.

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