Athletics Review: September 26, 2011

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Senior Boys Soccer
The Senior boys A team had a very busy week. On Thursday afternoon, they lost a tight game against Lambrick Park 2-1 after conceding a goal late in the second half. There was no time to think about it though, as they were right back on the pitch at 8:30 am on Friday morning for the annual ISA tournament being hosted at SMUS. In pool play, SMUS overcame Brentwood 2-1, with goals from Keiler Totz and Mark Yorath. The second game of the day saw SMUS take a 5-0 win over West Point Grey Academy with Rory Brodhurst leading the way with a hat trick.

In the third game of the day and fourth game in 24 hours, the SMUS team finally ran out of steam against eventual tournament winners St. George’s and were taken down 6-2. On the Saturday morning, SMUS started slowly and fell behind 3-1 to a strong Mulgrave team before storming back with two late goals from Rory Brodhurst to complete his hat trick and send the game to a shootout. All five SMUS shooters scored (Rory Brodhurst, Mauricio Montiel, Alex Brilz, Keiler Totz and Sergio Pike), and Mark Yorath, playing for injured starting goalkeeper Cole Tamburri made the key save to send SMUS to the bronze medal match against rivals Shawnigan Lake. SMUS somehow found energy and stormed Shawnigan, with Rory Brodhurst scoring two goals early and SMUS held on for a 2-1 victory and the bronze medal. Incredible character was shown from the entire SMUS team as they could have folded and given up, with every player on the team having picked up at least a minor knock with six games in less than three days.

Junior Boys Soccer
The Junior boys soccer team enjoyed a successful first week of action. With only one returning player from last year’s team, the new squad consists of a good blend of Grade 9 and 10 boys. This year sees a lot of talent coming up from the Middle School and a strong influx of players in Grade 10, who are new to the school, including players from Alberta, Mexico, and Germany.

With the Grade 10 students away on outdoor education trips last week, the boys had only a couple of training sessions to get into shape before facing Stelly’s on Wednesday in a pre-season exhibition match. The first half saw a very open game, with chances coming from both teams. Michael Cernucan and Graeme Hyde-Lay were strong on defence, breaking up much of the Stelly’s attack. In the second half, keeper In Woo Jeung made some great saves, but one deflected shot managed to get past him. But the boys pressed on, passing fluidly and controlling the midfield play. Soon, lovely through-balls were splitting the Stelly’s defence and Michael Bart and Max Gaethje latched on to two of these and delivered them into the back of the net. Later, Jose Basave managed to get himself into a good position to tap in a third goal before the final whistle.

Overall, the boys demonstrated that they could quickly gel into a fluid attacking team. This quality bodes well for their opening league games on Monday at home to Reynolds and away to Oak Bay on Wednesday. Friday and Saturday will find the boys up at Shawnigan Lake School, where they will be playing to regain the ISA trophy.

Senior Girls Volleyball
The Senior girls volleyball team competed in their first competition of the season this past weekend at a 48-team tournament at UBC. The girls were amongst 570 athletes competing at the TBirds high school tournament. The tournament was an important bonding experience for the girls and a first for many to compete for the Sr. SMUS squad. The team won an important playoff match which advanced them onto the championship side of the draw. Many of the girls were asked to play multiple roles and positions on the court this weekend and rose to the challenge. The SMUS team opens up league play this week at Lambrick Park on Tuesday. Keep up all of the hard work girls!
Stay tuned for a very exciting season!

Field Hockey
The first full week of league matches saw the A team up against the powerhouses of Mt. Doug and Oak Bay last Monday and Wednesday. Still without their influential centre midfield player, Arden Mollenhauer, SMUS did welcome back the Grade 10 players from out trips, and performed very promisingly in both matches although they come up short on the scoresheet. The Oak Bay game was most encouraging as the players worked tirelessly against an older, more experienced team, which included a Junior National team player, and really held their own. Stand out players were Jenna Dhillon, who had to mark the national team player, Ethel Kiggundu who ran and harried the opposition defenders, and Erin Hope who played a great game at right wing. We were also delighted to see so many Grade 9 players coming through, including Rebecca Bosworth, Emma Loughton, and the Boyle triplets. Matches this week include a crucial game against GNS on Monday, and Claremont on Wednesday. Certainly a promising start to the season.

Grade 9 Rugby
The Grade 9 rugby team enjoyed its second home game of the season, defeating Shawnigan 26-5 in a very well played contest. Both teams looked to move the ball at every opportunity, and, with any number of provincial age grade performers on display, the skill level was high.

Try scorers for SMUS were Byron Huang, Mitchell Newman, Owen Sudul and David Lee. Graeme Hyde-Lay kicked three conversions from wide out. Other strong performers, in a balanced SMUS team, included Dante Morandin, Jack Sherrod, Max Pollen, Liam Catto and Carson Smith. For Shawnigan, centre George Barton was a standout.

In a second game, played 10-aside, SMUS proved too strong. Doug Peerless, James Hayashi, Noah Pryce-Baff and Steve Piazza all figured prominently in what was a comfortable win. SMUS now looks forward to hosting Brentwood on September 29.

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