Track and Field
At the fifth track and field meet in the lower Vancouver Island league last week, a number of SMUS athletes posted strong performances. Although the weather was cold, wet and gloomy both Lindon Carter and Laura Woods displayed strong sprinting skills to post excellent times in their 200 metre races, while Allie White and Arden Mollenhauer shone in the middle distance events. Chrissy Robillard continued to post personal bests and thus far has qualified in the 80m hurdles, 300m hurdles and the 400m race. Standout Ethel Kiggundy also continues to improve her performances weekly and has qualified in three spring events and both the long and triple jumps. The next meet is the final in the league series and the last chance for athletes to qualify for the upcoming Lower Island and Island meets.
Junior Girls Soccer
This week in Junior girls soccer was eventful with two games played; one at home and one at Stelly’s. On Tuesday, 5th place finisher St. Margaret’s challenged us for our 4th place position. SMUS proved that they were the most deserving for the title and won 6-0. The first goal of the game was scored by Ellie Patmore. A few minutes later, Allie White scored with a flick off her head by a beautiful set up from Abbey Piazza. Abbey followed this set up with a goal of her own and Yasmin Roudsari, Isabella Gudgeon and Erin Hope all scored a goal as well.
On Thursday, the girls were off the City Playoffs at Stelly’s, who finished 1st in their pool. The girls played very solid and managed to hold the score to 2-1 by half time. Unfortunately, Stelly’s battled hard and defeated SMUS which unfortunately ended the season for the girls in the single knockout game. Abbey Piazza played well and was the only goal scorer for SMUS.
Next week the Junior girls will be at Brentwood for their ISA tournament.
It was a very big week for the Senior badminton team. SMUS got straight to business on Tuesday with a convincing 8-3 win over Oak Bay. Wednesday, the team faced Claremont once again, with the city championship on the line. The team rose to the occasion and a key victory by Jessica Jiang in girls singles put Claremont on their heels. The boys had the best game of the year, and played out of their skins to win all four doubles games. Of note, the team of Joe Ekthumrong and Ethan Lee played marvellously. SMUS won 7-4, clinching the city title.
On Thursday, SMUS hosted the ISA Championships. For the first time ever, the boys’ event and the girls’ event ran simultaneously. The girls played very well to take 2nd place; the only loss being to Crofton House. The sister duo of Helen Ip and Candice Ip led for the duration. The boys made big news however, as SMUS would upset heavily favoured St. George’s by a 5-0 game score. The boys continued to play very well, and role players Paul Min and Bryan Yam looked especially good. The 1st place finish at the ISAs for SMUS is our first in well over a decade.
This coming week, the team will be shorthanded as three players will be in Richmond all week at the Junior National Badminton Tournament. We wish Helen Ip, Candice Ip and Robbie Thomas best of luck as they represent BC at the prestigious event.
For SMUS, only two league games remain this week. On Tuesday the team is away versus Lambrick Park and then on Thursday the team will be host to Mt. Doug. Both games will act as a final tune-up for the Island Championships, which are at SMUS on Tuesday, May 10.