Athletics Review: Oct 4, 2010

Field Hockey
The SMUS 1st team played two league games last week. They were two very contrasting games – a superb 1-0 win in a crucial game against GNS on Monday, and a 4-0 loss to Claremont on Wednesday with a very depleted and weary team (in a game which did not count in league standings).

The GNS game was excellent, particularly in the manner in which SMUS played collectively as a team, and while 1-0 did not suggest a thumping win, in territorial terms it was a dominant performance with many more goals possible with the number of goal-scoring opportunities. Jenna Dhillon was the clear MVP, not only with a great surge into the ‘D’ to score the winning goal, but also for all her defensive work. Overall, it was an exciting game up on the water turf at UVic, and showed with all the players available, that we have a good chance against most of the AA opposition who will be encountered up to and during the Island tournament in three weeks time.

The 4-0 loss to Claremont reflected the number of players away on the Grade 11 out trips, in Montreal with the U15 soccer team, or partly injured. Claremont played very well and it was a good learning opportunity for the fringe players on the team, and even for some regulars to play out of position.

This coming week sees league matches against Reynolds on Monday and an important AA match against Lambrick Park on Wednesday. And then on to the prestigious Bridgman Cup over the Thanksgiving weekend!

Rowing
Saturday saw the SMUS rowing team begin their fall competitive season at the annual high school Crabfest Regatta. The regatta gets its name from the concept of a crab, which is when an oar becomes stuck in the water because it was not removed in time. A very common act for rowers very new to the sport! The SMUS team’s goal was to be crab-free. With a reduced team due to the Grade 11 outdoor trips, the rowers showed their force by making two finals of the four events they entered.

  • Open Novice Boys 8+: 1st place (Colin Knightley, Nicholas Cunningham, Marcus Lelewski, Kai Newman, Brody Watkins, Alex Lamberti, Josef Svorkdal, Alpha Willeboordse, and Brayden Jebbink)
  • Senior Girls 2X: 3rd place (Jocelyn Stedman and Olivia Krusel)

Congratulations to all of the SMUS rowing team for a great day of racing! The weather was brilliant and so was their sportsmanship and support of one another. The SMUS rowing teams next competition is the 2nd Annual Regatta, the weekend of October 23-24th at Elk Lake.

Junior Boys Soccer
The first week of the Junior boys soccer team’s season was a winning one. The boys started things off on Monday with an exhibition game at SMUS against Claremont in which the boys humbled their opponents, 6-2. Mark Kiggundu got the scoring underway after only six minutes. Two minutes later, Mauricio Montiel converted a penalty and added another with a beautiful free kick just before the half. Dawit Workie scored twice, one goal in each half. Although the boys conceded a couple of goals in the second half, the visitors never looked to really trouble our back four of Sam Reid, Lindon Carter, Mark Yorath, and Monty Fraser-Brown, especially after Keilor Totz put a sixth past Claremont’s keeper and killed the game off.

On Wednesday, the team travelled to Lambrick Park for their season opener, knowing that the game would not be as easy as Monday’s. Early in the first half, the boys went one down, but continued to fight for control of the match. In the final play of the first half, Mark Kiggundu scored from a corner kick and tied the game up. In the second half, the boys went down a goal again, but soon Michael Baart brought the team level again. As the half wore on, Lambrick tired and SMUS began to control the game, with Kielor Totz and Dawit Workie adding two more goals and ensuring all three points for the team. In the end, the boys beat Lambrick confidently, 4-2.

On Friday, SMUS hosted the ISA Junior Boys Soccer Tournament. With two convincing victories earlier in the week and two players returning to play with the team after being out through injury and illness, the team’s confidence was high, and it showed in their first two round-robin games against Brentwood and St. Georges. Against the former, SMUS dominated and scored five goals. Michael Baart, Georgios Ikonomou, and Keilor Totz added to the tally in the first half. In the second half, Georgios added another while late in the game Russell Carleton stepped up and coolly converted from the spot and finish the game at 5-0.

Against St. Georges, the game was tighter with the score level at the half at 1-1. Georgios and Michael Baart, however, could not be held back and were able to put two past the opposition’s keeper and win 3-1. Their first knockout game put SMUS up against local rivals, GNS, who were unable to stop Michael Baart scoring two and Keilor Totz’s from adding a third before full time. After this victory, SMUS found themselves in the final gold medal game against Shawnigan Lake. The boys found themselves 1-0 up after a lovely goal from Michael Baart.

In the second half, Georgios and Dawit managed two more goals to put SMUS 3-0 up. The game looked to be over, but soon after the third goal Cole Tamburri, our starting keeper who had been playing brilliantly all tournament, picked up an injury and Jason Wong was brought in to hold off Shawnigan. After making some great saves, Jason was unable to stop two excellent shots from Shawnigan. The remainder of the game was tense but SMUS managed to hold off and win the 2010 ISA Tournament and their first piece of silverware for the season.

The coaches would also like to highlight other members of the squad who worked hard not only Friday but all week long: David Daehler broke up much of the opposition’s forward momentum and managed some great runs himself. Fynn Kehl, our team captain, was versatile as ever, playing effectively as either a full back or as a wide midfielder. Chris Bjola, Russell Carelton, and David Pollen filled in, replacing tired legs, and were crucial to helping the team win this tournament.
The team will be hosting Oak Bay on Monday, which promises to be a great game.

U15 Girls Soccer
Fifteen girls travelled to Montreal to play soccer and explore part of Quebec. The students toured Montreal’s Olympic Stadium that hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics and visited the Montreal Science Centre before joining the Sacred Heart School of Montreal.

The team opened the tournament with three games on Thursday. The girls were ecstatic about their game against Southridge School of Surrey, which they won 2-0. Against Sacred Heart, the team were up 1-0 at the half but then collapsed in the second half to lose 5-1. To make the championship round, the team needed to beat St. John’s Ravenscourt School of Winnipeg. The girls really worked hard and made it to 2-0 before SJR scored. This made for an action packed ending but SMUS prevailed and we advanced into the championship round.

The team now had to play three more games against even better opponents. The weather and tough opposition took its toll. We fought extremely hard in every game with our goalkeeper Shinai Sorensen and her key defenders Sarah Taylor, Isabella Gudgeon, Sam Colby and Sarah Loughton showing that sheer effort could neutralize skill. Alas, it was not to be, and we ended up with three 1-0 losses. The girls never lost confidence and continued to fight valiantly right to the end.

For Sam Colby, Jenna Dhillon and Alisha Murtland the tournament ended three years of wonderful effort and cooperation. There was no doubt as to the key player this year; Shinai Sorensen kept us in virtually every game, playing remarkably well despite the elements. It was a great trip with girls that truly represented the school in an exemplary manner. Vivat!

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