The Shawnigan lake Junior Tournament
- Boys Gold Event: Winner, Tyler Olson
- Girls Gold Event: 3rd place, Nicole Bunyan
- Boys Silver Event: Saucer winner, Michael Groot
Junior Boys Soccer
After three tryout sessions, the Junior boys soccer team has been selected. The team this year is full of promise with many returning players and some strong new talent. After taking a few days off last week while the Grade 10 students were away on out-trips, the boys resumed training this week in preparation for the up-coming season, which begins this Monday at the school when they play Claremont in an exhibition match. The regular league will begin on Wednesday, September 29 when the team travels to Lambrick Park for a tough season opener. If that weren’t enough soccer for the week, the boys will also participate in the ISA Tournament, which will be held at SMUS. After a quick week of preparation, the second week promises to be a busy week for the team.
Congratulations to both Joe Erlic and Jeff Nishima, who have been invited to attend the Canada U17 Rugby trials in mid-November. From this camp, the national U17 team will be selected to play in an international Festival in Wellington, England in April 2011.
Soccer player and SMUS alum Niko Mavrikos ’07 of the Western Mustangs was named the Canadian Interuniversity Sport male athlete of the week. Mavrikos, a third-year management and organizational studies student, scored all five goals in a 5-0 win over the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The Mustangs have the best record in the nation at 6-0-1.
It has been a very busy week in SMUS field hockey. By the end of the tournament on Saturday, the 1st team had played 12 matches in 8 days – possibly a record! Not only was this physically exhausting by the end of the week, but it meant there was only room for one practice to work on areas in which improvements were felt to be needed.
Monday and Wednesday were the first games in the Victora school league, and we were welcomed with tough games against the AAA powerhouses of Mt Douglas and Oak Bay, with the latter probably the strongest school on the Island this year. 1-0 and 3-0 losses were very respectable results, given the preponderance of Grade 11 and 12 students on their teams compared to a young SMUS team, which is in the process of rebuilding. Size and experience certainly played a factor in the results, but coaches David Kerr and Nancy Mollenhauer were very encouraged by the way the team battled hard and indeed generated some decent offence, particularly against Mt Douglas – if the finish had been there, the scoreline would have been markedly different.
At the Senior ISA tournament at Shawnigan on Friday and Saturday. Our team was further depleted with other outside commitments, so that in essence we fielded a Junior team, consisting of Grade 9 and 10 players, and even one Grade 8 player. It did mean, however, that we would be up against it with other teams able to field plenty of senior grade players. Nevertheless, a 5th place finish was again respectable, and noteworthy highlights had to be the final game against Crofton House, where with only 10 players remaining the team nearly held out for a scoreless tie until a late Crofton goal.
Players who really stood out over the tournament were Paula Weech for her tireless running amazing progress up the right wing; Jenna Dhillon and Arden Mollenhauer for their control in the midfield, both with offence and defence; Erin Hope for growing self-belief in attack; and Montana Sawyer and Meredith Witoski, who stepped up during the tough games against Shawnigan and Crofton. Our goalkeepers, Selby Knudsen, Nuraiyah Kassam and Shinai Sorensen had strong games, but commiserations must go to Ronnie Tsai who went over badly on her ankle and is now out for probably the rest of the season.
This Monday is a must-win game against traditional rivals, GNS, in an important league game up at UVic starting at 4.30pm. All support is most welcome!