The SMUS crew returned home after a very successful three days of racing at the 65th Annual Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association regatta, held in St. Catharines, Ontario. The event attracts over 2500 athletes from 133 schools across Canada and the USA for three days of intense competition on a world-class eight-lane course that hosts the Canadian Henley regatta in July. Our small team of 18 athletes rose to the challenge and achieved six finals in the ten events that we entered.
Our Senior men placed sixth in the finals of both their events, the Senior Men’s Quad and Senior Men’s Four with Coxswain. Our Senior women placed fourth in the Senior Women’s Quad and fourth in an exciting finish of the Senior Women’s Double. The Senior Lightweight Women’s Four with Coxswain won the bronze medal in SMUS’ first entry in this event!
In the Junior Women’s Four, SMUS rowed at the front of the field for the length of the course, finishing with 2 lengths clear to win the gold medal and the Beta Sigma Phi Trophy.
The SMUS teams in the Junior Women’s Double, the Junior Men’s Four with Coxswain and the Junior Men’s Double came through their heats to reach the semi-finals on Saturday in very competitive events. Two Grade 9 boys, Liam Hyatt and Luke Friswell, entered in the Senior Men’s Lightweight Pair and performed well in their strong heat.
Thank you very much to our coaches Mrs. Walker-Curry, Mr. Curry and Mrs. Hall for their encouragement and support through the whole season and at the regatta- despite snow, rain, wind and sun. Thanks also to coaches Brett Malcolm and Bea Seaman. Our appreciation to St. Michaels University School for the generous support of our crew and to all the parents for your support – your athletes did you proud!
- Senior Men Quad: Harrison Duncan, Maxim Ellison, Kieran Hyatt and Brandon Ewonus
- Senior Men Four: Harrison Duncan, Maxim Ellison, Brandon Ewonus and Kieran Hyatt, with cox Alicia Pawluk
- Senior Women Double: Mickey Aylard and Maryann Watson
- Senior Women Quad: Caryn Dooner, Rachael Ellis, Mickey Allard and Maryann Watson
- Senior Womens Lightweight Four: Julia Milden, Hannah Nielson, Rachael Ellis and Caryn Dooner, with cox Alicia Pawluk
- Junior Women coxed Four: Julia Milden, Lihani Du Plessis, Alexis Thind and Hannah Nielson, with cox Chris Fenje
- Junior Womens Pair: Lihani DuPlessis and Alexis Thind
- Junior Mens Coxed Four: Liam Hyatt, Luke Friswell, Logan Gilmore and Taylor Ellison with cox Chris Fenje
- Senior Men Lightweight Pair: Double Liam Hyatt, Luke Friswell
- Junior Men Double: Logan Gilmore and Taylor Ellison
Senior Girls Soccer
The Senior girls soccer team were in their final week of competition this past week. The team was in Kamloops competing at the provincial championships. On day one, SMUS was matched up against LV Rogers from Nelson and Brock from Kamloops. The girls earned two victories winning 3-0 and 2-0 respectively. Lisa Evans found the net once and Marta Bakowska scored a pair in each game.
SMUS had their final pool game against St. Thomas More on the morning of day 2. A 2-0 win put them atop their pool and into the semi-final game. Goals were scored by Sydney Green and Meredith Witoski. In the semi –final, SMUS was matched up against Burnsview from Delta. An early goal made Burnsview the eventual winner.
The girls still had a chance to bring home a medal in the third and fourth place game against Archbishop Carney on day three. Carney scored in the 19th minute which left SMUS down 1-0 for most of the game. In the 72nd minute of the 80 minute match, Lisa Evans capitalized on a cross and tied the game at 1. SMUS didn’t let up and with two minutes to go in the game, Marta Bakowska found space in front of the net and put away her fifth goal of the tournament. The final score would remain 2-1 for SMUS who brings home the bronze medal. Selby Knudsen was named to the tournament’s commissioner 11 for her solid goalkeeping and Marta Bakowska earned the Golden Boot for most goals scored by a player throughout the tournament.
The 10-7 defeat to Yale in the first round of the BC AAA Tournament ensured that the 1st XV could do no better than a 9th place overall finish in the event, as the final three rounds took place June 2-5 in Abbotsford.
In a season wrecked by injury, there was a certain irony that a number of key players, though not perhaps 100% healthy, were able to at least take part in the final three games. That the group then played so well only underlined what might have been possible had all been available the past ten weeks.
In the end, and en route to the aforementioned 9th place, SMUS easily defeated Rick Hansen (43-7), Handsworth (29-10) and Earl Marriott (36-15), with the latter game the team’s best of the year in terms of balance, skill and overall performance.
Hopefully, though outstanding servants of SMUS Rugby, such as Joe Shan, Mike Fuailefau, Jure Erlic, Won Jin Kim, Luke McCloskey and Marc van der Wal move on, the younger players who were thrown into the breach will show the benefits come the 2011 season.
At Grade 9-10 level, some 40 players continue to train, with an eye to matches on June 12 vs the Crimson Tide U16 and Vancouver Island U14 select teams.