Athletics Review: May 9, 2011

Rowing

The SMUS team travelled to the Brentwood International Regatta with 24 athletes competing in 19 events. Brentwood is the largest high school regatta in the Northwest, with over 1700 athletes participating. Although the regatta was delayed by wind on two occasions. SMUS put in a strong performance.

Gold

  • Junior Boys coxed quad
  • Junior Boys coxed four

Silver

  • Senior Girls lightweight coxed four
  • Junior Boys double
  • Senior Boys JV coxed four
  • Junior Girls coxed four
  • Senior Girls JV coxed quad

In addition, SMUS crews also finished in the top six in the following events:

  • Senior Girls JV coxed four
  • Boys School Eight
  • Girls School Eight
  • Senior Boys Single

Overall, the team finished 9th out of 40 clubs, and second amongst all schools, ahead of established rowing schools such as Shawnigan Lake School, St. George’s, Vancouver College, Crofton House, Lakeside School and Holy Names Academy from Seattle, and Pymble Ladies College from Australia. Congatulations to the athletes and thanks to all the coaches and the parents for their support.

Junior Girls Soccer
The Junior girls soccer team had a great day on Saturday at Brentwood College for the ISA tournament. The girls played three short games and demonstrated how well they have meshed over the season and what they have learned.

The girls came out strong in their first game, intimidating their opponent, Shawnigan Lake School, with their energy and their communication on the field. SMUS managed to dominate the play but despite numerous shots on net, were only able to score one goal to win the game 1-0. The goal was scored in the second half by Abbey Piazza from a free kick that bounced off a defender into the net.

The second game was against Vancouver’s West Point Grey Academy. At almost exactly the same time in this game ten minutes into the first half, Abbey Piazza scored our one goal for the game. The Jags were feeling confident until ten minutes were left in the half and WPGA scored two quick goals. The girls battled hard and were very close to tying the game with 20 seconds left in the game. This loss put the girls into the running for bronze.

The bronze medal game was played against hosting team Brentwood College and the Jags had to play immediately after their second game. With only two subs and not many breaks the girls had to come into this game having to shake off an unfortunate loss. The Jags played with a lot of heart and once again had many scoring opportunities. Shannon Toogood scored a great goal from the right midfield position. Shortly after Yasmin Roudsan scored our second goal to win the game 2-0. This secured the team a bronze medal for the tournament.

All players had a lot of heart and determination for this tournament and this success was by all means a team effort. Special mention goes to Abbey Piazza who was very solid in the midfield and our top goal scorer, Leanne Farmer who saved us numerous times on defence and Becca Clayton who played her best soccer of the season. The coaches were very pleased with the team this year and wish our season was longer!

A special thank you to Yasmin Roudsan and Orla Glen who volunteered to play goalie for us unexpectedly after our goalie was injured. We would also like to thank Maddy Laslett, our team manager, and our fans for their support over the season.

Badminton
The Senior badminton team continued on in their season with two league games last week. In normal circumstances, SMUS would have no concern with facing either Lambrick Park or Mt. Doug, however, SMUS was missing five key starters who were playing at the Junior Nationals.

On Tuesday, SMUS travelled to Lambrick Park to take on the Lions. Things did not look good early, but a timely win by Jessica Jiang and with key wins in the boys’ doubles (led by Frank Chang, David Shi and Ryan Cuo) sealed the victory for SMUS. The 7-4 win would mathematically clinch the City Championship for SMUS.

Thursday’s match versus Mt. Doug proved to be equally difficult, as many role players were forced into starting positions. With the result meaningless in terms of the overall league standings, it was a great opportunity to give every player a chance to play. With the exception of a win in the girls singles by Nghi Nguyen, the girls were beaten soundly. The boys also did not have their best game on the day, and a 7-4 loss was the end result.

The 6-2 SMUS Jags now heads into next week as the top seed into the Island Tournament. The team will have all players back for this, but no doubt it will inevitably be close.
The Islands take place at SMUS, with round one games starting at 11:30 am. SMUS will play Reynolds at 1:00 pm, and if they win, SMUS will face Claremont at 2:30 pm. in the final. The winner of the Islands earns a berth to the Provincial Championships, which will be help in Kamloops at the end of the month.

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