Athletics Review: September 19, 2011

Senior Boys Soccer
At a tournament at UVic, the SMUS team faced off against Oak Bay, the Gulf Islands and Lambrick Park. SMUS spent half the Oak Bay match in a 1-1 tie before falling to their opponents 4-1. The boys defeated the Gulf Islands team 2-0, with both goals from Mauricio Montiel, but lost to Lambrick Park 4-0 in the final game.

Field Hockey
The Senior field hockey girls finished 8th in the Friendship Cup this past weekend. After losing in the last minute on a penalty corner to Lambrick Park, we met Mt. Doug in our last game to battle it out for 7th/8th. With the Grade 10 players still on out trips and missing some key Grade 11 players, the team had six Grade 9 girls on the pitch and a very new goalie in net. This didn’t seem to faze the girls though, as they played hard only to end losing 4-0 to a strong Mt. Doug squad.

Kudos to all of the Grade 9 girls who were awesome both on and off the field. Tessa Owens stepped up to play brilliantly in the center midfield spot while veteran players Erin Hope and Charlotte Queen kept the defence sharp and worked tremendously hard each and every game. Player of the tournament would have to be Orla Glen, who filled in for provincial U16 goal keeper Shinai Sorensen who was on an out trip. Orla was, to put it simply, outstanding between the posts with the highlight being saving 4 out of 5 penalty strokes in our game against Brentwood, who we went on to defeat for the first time in several years.

With our Grade 10 girls returning and key Grade 11 players coming back from injury, it promises to be a very exciting and rewarding season for the team.

Grade 9 Rugby
The team opened its fall season with an exciting and competitive match vs St. Georges. A fine contest, the game featured six lead changes and one tie, eventually ended 29-20 in favour of SMUS. Both teams used lots of players and substitued freely.

For SMUS, Dante Morandin scored three tries, while Mitch Newman and Simon Gray added singles. Gray also contributed a conversion, as did Graeme Hyde-Lay. The teams looked to run the ball on every possible occasion, which made for a great deal of enterprising play. Max Pollen thrilled the crowd with some crunching tackles.

SMUS now looks forward to another home game on September 22 against Shawnigan.

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