Athletics Review: Oct 12-18, 2009

Grade 8 Rugby
With almost a two-week break between games, the Grade 8 rugby team hosted G.P. Vanier from Courtenay on Thursday for their third match. The focus during practices leading into the game has been on fitness and a review of skills and game plans, and this paid immediate dividends with prop Abrahim Kharagani scoring soon after the kick off. Both sides battled strongly throughout, with SMUS having the upper hand and scoring a number of tries. Unfortunately, many of these were a little too wide out for goal kicker and wing Alfredo Gonzalez to convert, though he tried valiantly to do so. For everything in closer though he garnered the extra two points. Two of the leading performers on the day were prop Jordan Lane and scrumhalf Jeremy Chan.

The well-played win was deserved by SMUS, but no doubt G.P. Vanier will want the result reversed when the two sides meet again this Thursday in Courtenay. Before then, the SMUS side hosts Ladysmith on Tuesday, October 20.

Field Hockey
SMUS played two games this week; a crucial match against Lambrick and an exhibition game against Francis Kelsey. The Lambrick game was tense, very close, and for the most of the game, SMUS outplayed their opponents, particularly in the first half. Likewise, and perhaps more so, the team did well against Francis Kelsey on Friday. In both games, the foraging runs from the dynamic forward line of Janine Hsu, Teryl Noble and Paula Weech often exposed the defence, while the hard-battling midfield players, Jenna Dhillon, Arden Mollenhauer and especially Kirsten McLeod, provided a basis for the numerous attacks. The defence was strong, ably led once again by Emma Abrioux, who mopped up many of the opposition attacks. Unfortunately, all the possession did not translate into any goals, although there were several gilt-edged opportunities, particularly in the Francis Kelsey game.

In the Lambrick game, the only goal was a unlucky break against SMUS, when hit someone or something ballooned and went over our goalkeeper’s body. Very fortuitous, but it proved to be the decisive strike for the game. With Francis Kelsey, two days later, the SMUS team playedprobably the best hockey of the season, but missed several great goal-scoring chances, though they performed remarkably well in breaking down a stubborn defence to create those chances.

Senior Girls Volleyball
This week marks the end of the league matches with a game against Vic High on Monday, and against Oak Bay on Wednesday.

This past week was quieter for the Senior Girls AA Volleyball team, who returned straight from Grade 11 outdoor education trips and Thanksgiving long weekend for a long night of league play on Tuesday. The team played at Claremont and sat out the first game so they had the chance to scout out their competition, the very competitive and athletic Mount Doug and Claremont teams. With a recent injury and two key players absent, the girls seemed worried while watching the quick sharp hits and great rallying of their competition. However, they came out very strong and with lots of energy against Mount Doug and certainly surprised them with a tough match. Unfortunately, Mount Doug’s high skill level and experience playing together lead SMUS to lose the match in two straight games.

With the night progressing, the girls dove right into the second match against Claremont. With consistent and powerful serves by Tanya Rossa and impressive attacks by Sophia Ducharme, the team dominated the first game winning 25-15. Struggling to keep the same intensity level against the aggressive Claremont, the girls lost the second game, tying the match. It was an impressive night with some star moments signalling the team’s improvement and indicating the potential for great competitive play for the rest of the season.

On Friday, the girls head to the AA Islands and hopefully on Saturday (depending on pool positions from Friday) they’ll play up at the Cowichan Sports Complex in Duncan. A big week for all the players!

Junior Boys Soccer
While the boys had a quiet week with no games, they were busy, preparing for their last three league matches. On Monday, the boys host Stelly’s and on Wednesday they travel to Oak Bay. The team is in a positive mood and hoping to grab some crucial points in the penultimate week of the season.

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