Athletics Review: Hat-Tricks, Taking Their Licks and SMUS Coach Clicks

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Lots of goals, saves and top-ten athletes in this week’s Review, plus: What I Did Last Summer with Ian Hyde-Lay and Sailing Gangnam style.

Field Hockey
by David Kerr

It has been a very busy week for the Senior field hockey team. The team played their first two league matches on Monday and Wednesday, resulting in convincing wins against Mt. Douglas (3-1) and Reynolds (5-0). Emma Donald scored a sweet hat-trick in the Mt. Doug game, including one where she batted the ball out of the air after a hard cross from Arden Mollenhauer. On Wednesday, it was Arden’s turn to score a hat-trick, including two goals from hard strikes in penalty corners, while Ethel Kiggundu featured strongly in her role as a hungry centre forward to score two goals. The whole team played well, and it was good to have the Grade 10 players integrated back into the fold after their out trips.

The team then hit the road for the Senior ISA tournament at Crofton House on Friday and Saturday. Everyone felt quietly confident and the first game against a physical, but rather inexperienced, Shawnigan junior team resulted in a comfortable 3-0 win, powered by another hat-trick from Arden Mollenhauer and fine performances all round. Of particular note were hard-working Jenna Dhillon and Orla Glen in the midfield, solid play from Charlotte Queen and Victoria Lunn on defence, and Erin Hope, Kasey Boyle and Emma Donald up front.

The next game was against a strong Collingwood team, who were runners-up in the BC provincials last year. SMUS played very competitively and were quite evenly matched. The game unraveled when Collingwood received four penalty corners — all resulting in goals — two of which were in the last five minutes of the game. The team was encouraged by their performance never-the-less, and exhibited the level of competitiveness and intensity that the top teams in the province have.

The Saturday games were tight, entertaining bouts with a 0-0 draw versus Crofton House. This meant SMUS were able to play Southridge for third place. In that game, the girls were able to achieve a comfortable 2-0 win with goals from Arden Mollenhauer and Kasey Boyle, and a third shutout from Shinai Sorensen in goal. All the Grade 9 and 10 students had a role to play, especially newcomer Becca Thomson, Emma Loughton, Chloe Keeler-Young and Aveen Glen. The Boyle triplets and Rebecca Bosworth were also noteworthy contributors on the field and from the bench!

So, the girls were super excited to win bronze medals, with only the powerhouses of Collingwood and the Shawnigan senior team above them in the competition. They had plenty of parents come out and support, which was wonderful, and many compliments about the way the girls played their games and the fun they were having. It was a very successful tournament, and will provide a good basis for continuing improvements as the team heads back into league play this week. Congratulations to all the athletes!

Junior Boys Soccer
by Jeff Taylor

After three try-out sessions, the Junior boys soccer team has been selected and looks very strong for the upcoming season. The core group of Grade 9 players who helped propel the team to its second consecutive Island Championship last year are back and the coaching staff couldn’t be happier.

The boys had their first taste of action on Wednesday when they hosted Spectrum in a pre-season friendly. Things started out well for SMUS when, in the sixth minute, Alex Carrion was pulled down in the box and awarded a penalty that he converted. A high-tempo game ensued with Spectrum fighting hard for an equalizer, which they found at the fifteen-minute mark. The goal came from a shot outside the area that managed to curl past keeper Graeme Hyde-Lay.

As the half worn on, SMUS took hold of the game. The team started passing well and created a number of chances. By the end of the first half, new-comer Matty McColl had scored a tap-in and Keiran Large had netted two goals.

The boys started the second half well, controlling the midfield play and much of the possession as the team really began to gel. By the twentieth minute of the half, Hari Ikonomou scored with a wonderful header, and in the thirtieth minute, Ben Edwards scored from open play. In the last ten minutes of the game, the team was awarded a second penalty, which Graeme Hyde-Lay slotted home from the spot. The team’s performance in this exhibition match bodes well for the season.

Coming up next week, the boys start their regular season, hosting Mt. Doug on Monday and travelling to Oak Bay on Wednesday. On Friday and Saturday, the team travels to Shawnigan to participate in the ISA Tournament. It will be a busy week, but the lads are up for it!

Cross-Country
by Jeff Hunt

The Senior cross-country team travelled to Lambrick Park last Thursday to compete in the league’s first race. The conditions were ideal on the day, and SMUS was dominant in both their performances and their overall participation. The Senior girls team took third place overall, with Jackie MacKay leading the way with a sixth place individual performance. The Senior boys, with exceptional participation numbers, took both the second and third place team awards. Taylor Ellison was the top SMUS runner in eighth place, while Gabe Lunn was hot on his heels in ninth. In the Junior ranks, both David Cunningham and Sean Lider showed significant promise.

Sailing
by Lizette Greyling

A little sailing, Gangnam style, from the Sailing team!

Senior Girls Volleyball
by Melanie Masson

The Senior girls volleyball team participated in the Mizuno UBC 48 Team High School Tournament in their first games of the season. The squad battled teams from all over BC and competed in seven very demanding matches including four, three-set matches. The team was noted as one of the most improved compared to last years tournament. The girls finished strong, competing in the Tier 3 semi-final and finished the tournament tied for third place in their respective tier. Outstanding contributions by the entire team is leading to high expectations for the upcoming season.

Senior Boys Soccer
by Jon Davidson

The Senior boys team kicked off their season last week with a heavy schedule of matches. They had been preparing well in training and were eager to get things going. Their first match was against Reynolds and played at Braefoot Park. Trenton Schulz-Franco slotted one in the back of the net in the second minute of play to help the team to a quick start. As the match progressed it was evident that Reynolds had some skilled players and this forced SMUS to defend well. A developing back line did their best, but were penetrated, allowing Reynolds to score two goals. If not for the play of keeper Cole Tamburri, the team could have suffered more; he pulled off many top-drawer saves and kept the match competitive. The result was a 2-1 Reynolds victory.

The team’s second match was against Belmont, a squad the boys knew they needed to attack often, but with awareness of the counter attack. The team was able to dictate play at times, but both teams struggled to maintain possession. Once again, defending in our box would be key and Tamburri kept the Belmont strikers frustrated. In the midfield, Mark Yorath and Tian Cai put in a lot of running as well starting attacks and defending in key areas of the pitch. The only SMUS goal came off of the boot of Michael Baart after much pressure and good work in their 18-yard box. From there it was a seesaw affair that afforded both teams ample opportunities to score the winner; the game however ended in a 1-1 draw.

This past weekend had the team travel up-island, to Shawnigan, to compete in the ISAs. With the help of some developmental team players, the team competed admirably and came away with two wins and two losses. At times, the boys were able to develop their game and improve their play in possession and developing the attack. Keiler Totz and Michael Baart scored key goals along with a lovely volley from Remy Furrer. The team’s last match tested them physically, but the boys showed resolve, a willingness to compete, and some quality, with a late goal to stay in the game.

This past Tuesday’s match was a bout against, arguably, the top AAA team in the region: Claremont. A much-reduced squad made the trip, with no substitutes to help the cause. Mark Yorath, a new goalkeeper, was between the sticks, and he was easily Player of the Game. He stood on his head many times and stymied the Claremont attack. His backline performed admirably, and the new pairing of centre backs Sam Reid and Jordan Lane stepped up their game. By the end of the match, the boys were exhausted and, by the 60-minute mark, were playing with just nine men because of two injuries. The boys will lick their wounds from a tough loss, but after a short break come back refreshed and ready to compete.

National Spotlight for Coach Hyde-Lay
by Lindsay Brooke, Director of Athletics

It has been a busy summer for Ian Hyde-Lay, with the SMUS staff member centrally involved with both the Canada sevens rugby setup and the national Senior men’s basketball program.

In July, Hyde-Lay guided the Canadian Maple Leafs, essentially the Canadian “B” team, to the title at the Victoria International Sevens Tournament. Along the way, the team defeated Atlantis and the USA Development squad, before dumping a BC Select team 43-7 in the final.

The month of September also promises to be busy, with Hyde-Lay helping train the Canadian senior “A” squad that has just qualified for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens Tournament in Moscow. In the short term, this group of players will be preparing for the first leg of the 2012-2013 IRB Sevens series, to be held October 13-14 in Australia.

On the basketball front, Hyde-Lay has just returned from Toronto, where he took part in the Canadian Senior men’s ID camp, and also presented at the Basketball Canada Coaches School. The invitation came from SMUS’s very own Steve Nash ’92, who, as he contemplates his upcoming move to the Los Angeles Lakers, has just added the role of Canada Basketball General Manager to his portfolio.

“Getting Hydes involved was an easy decision for me,” noted Nash, the two time NBA Most Valuable Player. “He is as good a coach as I have ever played for and a proven teacher of the game.”

Hyde-Lay himself has relished the numerous opportunities that have come his way this summer. “More than anything I am grateful,” says Hyde-Lay, “as not everyone receives the chance to work with world class athletes. And, of course, along the way, there is always a tremendous exchange of information and new ideas. I look forward to sharing what I learned with all the coaches and athletes at SMUS.”

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