Grade 9 Rugby
The Grade 9 rugby season came to a close on November 15, as SMUS hosted an ISA Sevens Tournament. The event was played in perfect conditions, with the fields immaculate and the sun shining throughout.
In the A Division, all four competing teams were very well balanced, with SMUS, behind the dangerous running of Max Pollen, Owen Sudul, Kieran Large and Mitch Newman, narrowly winning all three pool games to qualify as top seed in the semifinal round.
In this semifinal, vs Brentwood, a quick start powered the home side to a 30-10 win, setting up a finals match with Shawnigan who had advanced 25-15 vs St. George’s.
The final perhaps swung on Shawnigan’s inability to convert an early chance when already ahead one score. SMUS then came back with four fine tries in a row, with Angus Catto and Carson Smith prominent and Dante Morandin — despite playing with a sore knee — running powerfully. Shawnigan did claw back two late markers, but it was not enough, and SMUS prevailed 20-15.
In the B flight, St. George’s moved through pool play unbeaten, with SMUS, Shawnigan and Brentwood scrapping it out to see who would provide the opposition in the final. In the end, thanks to a well rounded team effort, SMUS won the honour, and then started well enough to lead 10-5 midway through the first half. However, the superior team speed of St. Georges and a few missed tackles then told the tale, as the Vancouver visitors finished in style to win 25-10.
For SMUS, Jake Wilmott, Doug Peerless, David Lee and David Cunningham showed some neat skills.
Thanks to all SMUS players for their efforts in what has been a successful season.