Athletics Review: June 6, 2011

Senior Girls Soccer
The Senior girls soccer team wrapped up their season at the BC Championships in Burnaby last week. The team faced tough competition in their pool and having dropped their first game to a strong Windsor squad, SMUS finished second in their pool. In consolation play, SMUS defeated Pitt Meadows in a penalty shootout to claim 7th place overall. Marta Bakowska-Mathews was named to the Commissioner’s 11 tournament team for scoring all of SMUS’ goals, a total of 6 goals in 5 games.

Senior Boys Rugby
The 1st XV concluded its season by competing in the annual BC High School Championships. In opening round action, SMUS, playing at home and seeded #8, took on Robert Bateman from the Fraser Valley. In the team’s best performance of the year, a superb forward effort and wonderful support play resulted in a 17-0 lead at halftime. In fact, but for some poor finishing, the scoreline could have been much higher.

Joe Furness set a captain’s lead right from the start, and, along with prop Fraser McGee, lock Alastair Bryson, flanker Marcel Sanati and #8 Jeff Nishima, dominated the forward exchanges against a much bigger opposition pack. Fly half Colin Smith orchestrated the attack well, and the return of Eric Beban, this time playing at outside centre, gave the backline some needed pop.

Then the tide turned. Two poor restarts gifted momentum to Bateman, with two penalty kicks making the score 17-6. Another superb SMUS team try, this time finished by Sanati, put SMUS back in control. Yet, Bateman’s superior size and weight began to take its toll, with SMUS falling off tackles and missing several defensive assignments to concede a soft lineout try.

With three minutes to play, the score stood at 22-18, with Bateman on attack. Then, from a turnover, came a piece of magic by Grade 10 fullback Dawit Workie. The speedster took a loose ball, kicked downfield, with only a cruel bounce stopping him from scoring a sensational individual try. Nonetheless, with the forwards on hand, quick rucked ball was spread wide to the left for winger Jakobus LaRoux to register the clinching tally. A final riposte from Bateman was thus rendered meaningless, with SMUS advancing to the BC quarterfinals courtesy of a 29-23 victory.

After a four day break, SMUS, by virtue of its seeding, drawing the dubious honour of matching up with #1 ranked Shawnigan. A gallant effort made little difference against an opponent stacked with national players from all across the country, and the resulting 50-14 defeat was expected. There was some consolation in the two SMUS tries, scored by Smith and Peter Harrison, which proved to be the only ones Shawnigan conceded in the whole tournament.

The next day, SMUS played St. George’s. Wind and rain made for very awkward playing conditions, and a free for all at the tackle area made any continuity difficult. Still, a superb SMUS team try, one of the best of the entire competition, saw centre Joe Erlic squeeze in at the corner flag ten minutes into the second half to bring SMUS to within three points. Yet, that was to be the last hurrah, as two late opposition tallies made for a 20-5 final.

After a must needed rest day, SMUS took the field for its final match, against Handsworth of North Vancouver. All the graduating players started, which made for some positional switches and interesting combinations. Again, though facing another physical mismatch, the team played some delightful rugby, with Mike Shaw capping a 15 phase movement to open the scoring by the right hand post. Then seconds before the halftime whistle, a cheeky quick tap by Erlic on his own goalline saw SMUS combine to go the length of the field for Goven Sandhu to touch down.

Up 19-7 at the break, SMUS then scored two more tries to win 29-14 and finish in 7th place overall.

Head coach Eliot Anderson was pleased with the performance of the team. “Without question, SMUS played the most difficult schedule of any team in the province this season. We were up against it physically in all but one game but the boys displayed tremendous courage.”

At the 66th Annual Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (CSSRA) Championship Regatta, the SMUS crew competed against over 2500 athletes from 128 schools across Canada and the USA over three days. Our small team of 21 athletes rose to the challenge and achieved nine finals of the twelve events that we entered, with all 21 athletes making it into the final of at least one of their events. Overall, SMUS was 7th out of 128 schools, tying with Brentwood College School and right behind Shawnigan Lake School.

Event Crew Final Result
Senior Women 63 kg Pair (2-) Hannah Nielsen, Michelle (Mickey) Aylard Gold
Senior Women 63 kg Four with Coxswain (4+) Hannah Nielsen, Michelle (Mickey) Aylard, Alexis Thind, Cortney Ewonus and Christopher Fenje Gold
Junior Men 72kg Four with Coxswain (4+) Luke Friswell, Taylor Ellison, Josef Svorkdal, Liam Hyatt and Erynn Pawluk Silver
Junior Men Four with Coxswain (4+) Marcus Lelewski, Taylor Ellison, Luke Friswell, Liam Hyatt and Erynn Pawluk Bronze
Senior Women 63kg Single (1X) Jocelyn Stedman 4th
Junior Men Double (2X) Marcus Lelewski and Josef Svorkdal 5th
Junior Girls Four With Coxswain (4+) Julia Milden, Lihani du Plessis, Hannah McElderry, Charlie White and Sage Friswell 5th
Senior Men Quad (4X) Kieran Hyatt, Liam Knightley, Harrison Duncan and Maxim Ellison 5th
Senior Men Four with Coxswain (4+) Kieran Hyatt, Maxim Ellison, Liam Knightley, Harrison Duncan and Christopher Fenje 6th

Coach Susanne Curry would thank her athletes’ parents for their support, including organizing the SMUS tent at the race course, preparing meals, Tweeting race results, and cheering. She is also grateful for her coaching staff (Mrs. Suzy Hall, Mr. Richard Curry, Bea Seaman and Brett Malcolm) for their knowledge, encouragement and support throughout the season.

Susanne would also like to congratulate Elizabeth (Liz) Fenje, 2009 SMUS grad, who won her second IRA (intercollegiate Rowing Association) Championship on Saturday rowing 6-seat in the Stanford Lightweight Women’s Eight with Coxswain (8+). Liz was also named to the CRCA (Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association) 2011 Lightweight All American Athletes. Liz will now travel to London, Ontario to participate in Rowing Canada’s selection for the U23 World Championships.

Best wishes go to the six SMUS rowers (Mickey Aylard, Hannah Nielsen, Erynn Pawluk, Liam Knightley, Kieran Hyatt and Maxim Ellison) who have been invited to participate in the final selection for Team BC for the 2011 Western Canada Games (August) this weekend at Burnaby Lake.


  1. An outstanding effort by the 1st XV at the BC Rugby High School Championships and all season! Thanks to all the dedicated coaches and team players! We enjoyed cheering from the sidelines.


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