Athletics Review: Apr 26, 2010

Rowing
This past weekend, the SMUS rowing team attended the 40th Annual Brentwood Regatta hosted by Brentwood School. Over 1500 athletes from the US and Canada raced for three days in rain, wind and a little bit of sunshine! The Canadian Forces Snowbirds flew overhead on Friday afternoon to delight the crowd, and the live music, international food and great rowing all made for a memorable weekend.

Our small team of 20 athletes qualified for 11 Finals with three gold finishes, two silver finishes, three bronze finishes as well as two fourth place and one fifth place finishes.

  • Gold: Junior A Women’s 4x, Junior A Lightweight 4+, Junior A Men’s Novice 4+
  • Silver: Junior B Girls 4+, Junior A Girls 4x
  • Bronze: Junior A Women’s 2x, Junior B Lightweight Boys 4+, Junior B Boys 4x+
  • Fourth: Junior B Girls 4x, Junior A Women’s Novice 4+
  • Fifth: Junior B Boys 4+

As a team, we placed 12th out of 38 teams, some of whom fielded well over 100 athletes each. A good weekend of great racing with excellent results, thanks to the coaches Mr. and Mrs. Walker Curry, Mrs. Hall, Bea Seamen, boatman Brett Malcolm and to the school for support and beautiful boats to race in!

Our next racing event will be the Shawnigan Lake Regatta on May 8th and 9th.

Junior Girls Soccer
The Junior girls soccer team had a busy week with the last few games of league play wrapping up. They started the week off with a tough game against the top team in the pool Oak Bay. The girls held Oak Bay to a 1-0 lead at half, but an onslaught from the Oak Bay strikers concluded the game, defeating SMUS 5-0.

The girls finished on a high note, wrapping up league play with a game against St. Andrews. Abbey Piazza played an unreal game, staying strong in the middle of the pitch and contributing all three goals to make it her first hat-trick of the season. The girls dominated the game and the defense: Ali Pollen, Ali White, Leanne Farmer and Kate Cluley were solid and distributed the ball well.

To conclude this busy week, SMUS hosted the ISA tournament. With the sun, wind and rain that Friday brought, the girls played four games. Things started out well for the team with a win over Southridge 4-0, which was a real team effort with goals from a variety of team members: Shade Souc and Cortney Ewonus with their first goals of the season as well one each from Abbey Piazza and Erin Hope.

The girls continued to dominate on the pitch in their second game and were rewarded with a win over West Point Gray. Erin Hope and Orla Glen were both able to find the net in the first half and then the team worked hard to defend their lead into the second half. Leah Hall was stellar in net and received her second shut-out of the day with a 2-0 win. Immediately following their win over West Point Gray, the girls had to take on Collingwood. The game went back and forth with both teams having some close chances. Bairavi Murugakumar was strong in the net and Cortney Ewonus and Ellie Patmore had a great game up front. The outcome was sadly decided in the last 10 minutes when a penalty shot was rewarded to Collingwood, allowing Collingwood to upset SMUS 1-0.

After a grueling day, the girls fought for third place in their final game against WPGA. Erin Hope dominated upfront with two goals to her name and Meriah Drabkin and Shade Souc did a great job of getting crosses into the box. Ellie Patmore fought hard upfront and scored the last goal for SMUS, making it a 3-0 win for and resulting in a bronze finish.

The girls finished third in their pool in league play meaning they will be facing second place finisher, Stelly’s, on Tuesday in the first game of the City Championships.

Golf
Last week was a very busy one for the golf team beginning with a match on Monday versus St. Georges from Vancouver and ending with a team practice session on Friday, with a two day tournament in between.

Monday afternoon saw four members of the team squaring off with a foursome from St. Georges, who were in town for the Victoria Police Tournament the following two days, at Victoria GC. On a very pleasant afternoon that saw little or no wind at the start and finish of the round SMUS was victorious in all four matches. The breeze became noticeable midway through the round and contributed to the somewhat surprising high scores but did not prevent the home squad from claiming victory in what is hoped to be the first of many matches to come.

Tuesday and Wednesday were spent at the Victoria Police Tournament at Gorge Vale GC and Olympic View GC. This tournament featured over 100 players from over 20 different schools on the island and lower mainland. Day one at Gorge Vale saw some very good scores from the SMUS squad but most were not able to sustain that good play through day two at Olympic View. Grade twelve student Mark Wizinsky was the exception shooting stellar and steady rounds of 78 and 79 respectively.

The week concluded with the second of three team practice sessions scheduled with associate professional Germain Francoeur at Gorge Vale GC. These sessions are focusing on the short game and proving to be very beneficial to all involved.

Next week features the ISA Tournament at Arbutus Ridge GC.

Senior Rugby
All the Senior rugby squads were in action this past week, with the main focus on the 1st XV in Vancouver taking part in the St. George’s Invitational. The weekend’s festivities and matches were in honour of the Saints retiring Headmaster, Mr. Nigel Toy, and featured a celebratory dinner followed by matches involving most of the province’s top 10 schools.

SMUS played Argyle and, in an encounter that featured lots of good play and some that left a bit to be desired, the team (still minus captain Wonjin Kim, prop Joe Shan and flanker Luke McCLoskey) protected its number-two provincial ranking with a 39-15 victory. When in possession, the team played some fine rugby, with Mike Fuailefau (2), Jure Erlic (2), Marc van der Wal and Robbie Trusler all dotting down for tallies. Van der Wal added a further three conversions and one penalty goal to complete a fine all-around performance, while Brad Sawyer performed well as prop.

A somewhat depleted 2nd XV travelled to Brentwood April 20, and suffered a nightmarish first half before recovering well after the break. The team will have a chance, hopefully at full strength, to reverse the 30-7 scoreline in a scheduled May 8 rematch. Logan McColl continued his steady play, running strongly and making countless tackles.

Junior Rugby
At Junior level, a combined Grade 9/10 squad travelled to Ladysmith for an exhibition match. Some of the rugby played over the five 15-minute periods reflected well on the hard work put in by all players this term. Jeff Nashima was a powerful presence at No. 8 while Truan Forsyth, Jacob Duvenage and Jacky Chuang controlled the set pieces.

Also, the Grade 9 squad hosted an Invitational Sevens event, winning three and drawing one of four matches against Vic High and Spencer. All 22 players involved enjoyed thoroughly the experience, running in some fine tries on a rainy afternoon. Keenan Manhas and Sam Reid led from the front, while newcomers Jorge Canedo and Juan Pedro Gandoulf showed some neat touches.

Upcoming for the Junior teams are an important away league game to Claremont on April 28, as well as home matches vs Oak Bay as part of the Alumni weekend celebrations.

Middle School Rugby
This past week the three Middle School rugby teams played their second round of matches.

The Grade 6 squad hosted both Cedar Hill and North Saanich. The boys had obviously paid heed at practice the day before, as their defence and playing the ball into space showed much improvement in a very-even encounter against Cedar Hill, resulting in a draw. Unfortunately, North Saanich was not able on the day to bring a full complement of players. All credit to the few SMUS boys who willingly stepped in to fill the North Saanich squad in their match with Cedar Hill. These SMUS boys were then replaced by another set for the second half of play.

This helping each other out is what sport and rugby is all about so compliments to the boys who did this. When it came time for SMUS to play North Saanich, a sufficient number of SMUS boys were loaned across in each half so that each side had the proper numbers. In doing so, everyone received lots of playing time. Though not taking away anything from a number of others, top SMUS players on the day were Mark Piazza, Myles Duncan, Hari Ikonomou, Trent Norris and Michael Wong-Harrison.

The Grade 6 players next play Glanford at SMUS on Wednesday, April 28th.

The Grade 7 players all traveled to Cedar Hill, where the SMUS teams faced each other, as well as each playing against Cedar Hill. All players have shown much development already, especially in their tackling and ball handling. A number of tries were scored, with Cedar Hill also getting their share, but both our blue and white teams earned victories. Against each other, there was little love lost between the two teams, with the white team earning the win on the day. A focus at the next practices will continue to be on supporting the players following a tackle, as well as on support play to keep the ball alive. Among the 22 who were able to play on the day, there are too many names that deserve mention. However, props Jack Sherrad and Steven Piazza, scrumhalves Owen Sudal and David Cunningham, centre Alex Caton, and Grade 6 wing/centre Ryan Totz do deserve mention for their improved play.

This week the two teams will be re-split into two new relatively even teams with the white team hosting GNS and Lansdowne and the blue team traveling to Royal Oak, both on Wednesday April 28th.

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