Athletics Review: Apr 19, 2010

Junior Girls Soccer
This past week, the Junior Girls Soccer team hosted GNS and Reynolds. On Tuesday, the game against GNS was a very well matched game for the Jags. Although the girls dominated for the first half of the game, with numerous scoring opportunities, striker Shannon Toogood was the only one able to get the ball past their keeper. In the second half, GNS came out with a lot determination and put an immense amount of pressure on SMUS. The girls battled hard, played good defence, and were able to keep their 1-0 lead for their first win of the season. Allie White and Leanne Farmer were very strong on defence and were able to shut down most of the GNS breakaways. The outside midfields Meriah Drabkin and Hannah Keziere did a good job of keeping the ball wide and crossing the ball into the goal area.

On Wednesday, the girls were feeling fairly confident about their win the past day, however knowing that Reynolds is a strong team that had tied Spectrum they were a little anxious as to how they would fare against them. In the first minute of the game, Reynolds scored on a corner kick (not a good way to start the game for SMUS). The Jags showed that they were not about to give up and fought hard to tie the game up with a beautiful shot coming from Shannon Toogood from the end line that rebounded off the Reynolds goal keeper. Shortly after, a successful penalty kick by Hannah Keziere moved the Jags into a 2-1 lead.

The game continued to be well fought by both teams, with Reynolds scoring another goal and Toogood popping another one in to make the game 3-2. The Jags had good momentum and continued pressuring the defence and Toogood scored her third goal of the game to give the Jags a 4-2 lead. In the last ten minutes Reynolds scored another goal but the Jags played a bit more defensively to keep their lead with a final score of 4-3. Abbey Piazza played a very solid game in the midfield, and keeper Leah Hall was very strong for the team in the second half. Hannah Keziere played a very good game on right midfield but unfortunately was injured in the last few minutes of the game. This incredible win was a full team effort and we are really pleased to see how much the girls have improved as a team in such a short period of time.

This week the team will be facing Oak Bay on Monday, and hosting St. Andrews on Tuesday. SMUS will also be hosting the ISA tournament on Friday this week.

Middle School Rugby
Middle school spring rugby began this week with one Grade 6 team and two Grade 6/7 teams playing in the local Victoria area middle schools competition. Most unfortunately, due to a lack of numbers, there is no Grade 8 team this spring. Hopefully a rethink from the current crop of Grade 8’s along and an influx of new students come September will ensure that a Grade 9 team does operate.

The Grade 6 squad traveled to Cedar Hill for their first games, where they were up against Gordon Head Middle School and Cedar Hill, which resulted in a draw and a loss. All 17 players received lots of playing time, many getting their first taste of rugby, and showed lots of development across both games. A greater willingness to tackle and allowing the ball to do the work by passing into space will be their keys to greater success. It is not possible here to name all those who displayed improvement, however some do deserve mention such as Josh Khan, Samuel Perelmuter, Jonas Robinson and Trent Norris.

The Grade 6 players host North Saanich and Cedar Hill on Tuesday, April 20th.

The 25 Grade 7 players (with three of the bigger Grade 6 players) were split into two relatively even teams for their first games of the season. The blue team hosted Glanford and put on a top showing scoring a number of tries. Forward Haydn Hopkins, flyhalf/scrumhalf Simon Gray, and centres Max Pollen and Trevor Smith were amongst the many who performed well. The white team traveled to GNS where they faced Lansdowne. Leading the way in this group on the day were prop Byron Huang, flyhalf Graeme Hyde-Lay, and centres Mitch Newman and Matty McColl, along with many others performing very well. For both teams, supporting the ball-carrier when tackled, trying to claim the ball back at the tackle, and better defensive organization will be the focus of the next practice.

Next week on Wednesday, April 21st the white team hosts Shoreline while the blue team travels to Cedar Hill.

Senior Girls Soccer
The Senior girls soccer team started off the week with their second league game at home against Esquimalt high school. SMUS set the pace of the game early and dominated the play throughout the game. Laura Simandl, Sydney Green, Marta Bakowska and Teryl Noble found the net to give SMUS a 9-0 victory. On Wednesday, the team played their first away game at Victor Brodeur. The team had a shortened bench due to the grad fashion show but despite lack of numbers, the players that were there put on a show of their own and sailed to an 8-0 win. Lisa Evans, Teryl Noble, Marta Bakowska and Maddy Petersen netted goals on various occasions in the winning effort. The team had their first tournament of the season at UVic featuring 24 teams, the majority of the which were from AAA schools.

SMUS won their first game against the local Mt. Doug squad. Nicole Bunyan and Lisa Evans scored a goal apiece to give SMUS a 2-0 victory. Against a strong South Kamloops team, the game was even up to the final whistle with a 0-0 tie. SMUS came up short in shootouts. The team finished pool play against South Delta and a 3-1 win found us finishing at the top our pool. We then met Handsworth in the quarterfinal game. This was an even game all around but no scoring on either team’s part. A 0-0 final meant shootouts again and this time SMUS pulled out the win. We advanced to the semi final against Gulf Islands where both teams battled to a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation. For the third time of the tournament we found ourselves in a shootout. In the end, SMUS lost to a sharper shooting Gulf Islands team. Despite the semifinal loss, it was the best the team had finished at this tournament and the players should be credited for their great team play throughout.

Track and Field
On April 1, the SMUS track and field team was in action at the third meet of 2010. It featured the Victora schools as well as a travelling Australian girls team and the St. George’s boys team from Vancouver. Final results have still not been posted, but this week’s highlights included strong runs by Lindon Carter in the Grade 9 boys 200 metre race, Cole Turner in the junior boys 800 metre and Leo Marchand in the senior boys 3000 metre. The next league meet on April 22nd will allow athletes to again try new events, hone their skills and improve their current standings.

Rowing
This weekend, the SMUS rowing team competed at the Maple Bay Regatta. Of a total of 10 clubs participating, SMUS came in third place beating both Shawnigan School and the Gorge Rowing Club. Of the 17 races in which our small team of 20 athletes participated, they placed in virtually every event and in several events, SMUS placed multiple boats in the top three across the line for a total of 8 first places, 7 second places and 3 third places and one fourth place. Of note were men’s single openweight and lightweight events in which Robert Wyatt placed 4th and 3rd respectively in only his 3rd regatta of the season!

The team is now looking forward to racing at the 40th Annual Brentwood Bay Regatta which takes place this coming weekend – good luck team! Many thanks to coaches Ms. Walker, Mr. Curry, Ms. Hall, Bea Seaman and Brett Malcolm.

Golf
The 2010 high school golf season began last week with a two round team qualification tournament at Uplands GC and Gorge Vale GC. Round one was played after school at Uplands. The weather was great and the greens were very firm and fast. Most of the scores were in the high 70s and low 80s with Alex Davies the leader in the clubhouse after shooting a very tidy 78. Day two at Gorge Vale was a very different story. If the greens’ being much slower due to punching and sanding two weeks earlier wasn’t enough, the wind gusting to over 60kph certainly garnered everyone’s attention. Scores were significantly higher to say the least with one golfer, who shall remain nameless, being 19 strokes higher than the previous days round. Mark Wizinsky was low man on the day shooting a very impressive, given the conditions, 83, which ultimately made him the low qualifier after two rounds.

The week that lies ahead is a busy one. Monday after school features a friendly match with St. Georges from Vancouver at Victoria GC. Tuesday and Wednesday the school will be represented by Mark Wizinsky, Nathan Haussmann, Josh Edgar, and Cole Turner at the Victoria Police Tournament being held at Gorge Vale GC and Olympic View GC.

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