Athletics Review: From the Water to the Pitch

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Photos by Ann Fenje

April 18, 2012

Rowing
by Susanne Walker-Curry

On Saturday, the SMUS rowing team attended the Maple Bay Regatta. It was the first regatta of our spring competitive season on the west coast. We raced against local clubs (Maple Bay, Nanaimo, Gorge and Victoria City) and schools (Claremont, Brentwood, Shawnigan and Gulf Islands). The team was fortunate to have some sun and warm temperatures with a little wind thrown in for good measure (it is Vancouver Island, after all).

Event

Result

Lwt Girls 2X, Novice Girls 4X+, Junior B Mens 1X, Lwt Girls 1X, Lwt Mens 1X, Lwt Girls 4X, Novice Girls 2X

Gold

Lwt Mens 4X, Mens 1X, Lwt Womens 1X, Junior B Boys 4X+, Womens 4X, Mens 4X, Mens 8+

Silver

Junior B Boys 2X, Lwt Mens 4X, Lwt Girls 2X, Junior B Boys 1X, Lwt Mens 2X

Bronze

Junior B Girls 2X, Junior B Boys 8+, Lwt Mens 2X, Junior B Boys 2X, Lwt Mens 1X

Fourth

Girls Junior 1X

Fifth

Junior B Boys 4X+, Girls 2X, Lwt Mens 2X, Lwt Mens 1X

Sixth

Girls Division: 3rd
Boys Division: 1st
Overall Team Standing: 2nd

Congratulations to the entire team — it was a great weekend of racing! Thank you to all of the parent supporters.

Our next racing event will be the Brentwood College Regatta, April 27-29, at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, BC.

Junior Girls Soccer
by Kimie Waneck

The Junior girls soccer team came into their first league game last week with only two practices as a full squad, but dominated their match against Spectrum. The team demonstrated strong communication, crisp passing, and a killer instinct.

SMUS maintained possession for much of the first half and become comfortable on the field. Jenna Dhillon and Sam Colby controlled the midfield while Sam Biberdorf shut down Spectrum in the back. With the help of the outside midfields Yasmin Roudsari was able to make a few runs in the first half, but the score remained tied at zero at halftime.

In the second-half, the girls came out strong and hungry for the lead. Yasmin converted a beautiful cross from Sam Colby to put SMUS up 1-0. Spectrum turned up the intensity, but SMUS continued to battle hard. After a scramble in front of the net, Sarah Taylor scored a picture-perfect header to insure the win and a strong end to the match.

Shinai Sorensen was a solid keeper, shutting down Spectrum throughout the game.

We’re looking forward to a great season. Well done girls!

Senior Girls Soccer
by Nikki Kaufmann

The Senior girls soccer team kicked off their season this past week with two home games against strong opponents. Having just come together after a long break, the results were not in the girls’ favour. However, the team is showing great potential. Erin Hope, Claudia Wheler and Colleen Wong all netted goals for the SMUS side this week. The team is looking forward to a busy week of soccer with two league games and the UVic High School Classic Tournament.

Junior Boys Rugby
by Ian Hyde-Lay

The Junior rugby squad played its first match of the spring term, battling well against All Saints Bathurst from Australia before finally succumbing 38-26.

In a fast, free flowing match featuring ten tries, the visitors jumped out to a 19-0 lead before SMUS pegged back one score as the intermission drew near. In the second half, the margin remained between 12 and 19 points, though SMUS did manage three excellent team tallies. One in particular, which saw the ball moved from one end of the field to the other and from sideline to sideline, featured some superb ball handling and support play.

In the forwards, Captain Zach Kahn worked tirelessly at openside flanker, while props Abe Kharaghani and Dante Morandin made most of the hard yards around the rucks and off the first receiver. Leading the backs, centre Max Pollen again displayed superb tackling form and made several telling breaks also. Michael Baart ran well and kicked three fine conversions. At both wing and scrum half, Carson Smith played intelligently while Owen Sudul continued his solid form at full back.

The team now embarks on a very demanding two-week patch with league games against Claremont and Oak Bay in addition to exhibitions with Shawnigan and Collingwood.

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