Athletics Review: Newbies Make Their Mark

by Darin Steinkey
Strong novice players dominate the AR this week, and Ethel Kiggundu gives props to Brown Hall in “Two Minutes With…”.

Grade 8 Rugby
by Bruce Kuklinski, coach

Halfway through the fall season the Grade 8 rugby team have played four and won four, with first-day wins over Shawnigan Lake School and George Bonner School, and since then victories against St. Georges School and a second win against George Bonner. Even more important than the results is that the team is developing their rugby skills and abilities for the future. Led by inside centre and captain Jonathan Sudul, the team is playing an open and expansive game, with backrower Jasper Bosley, lock Bryce Forbes, scrumhalf Sam Kahn, and newcomer to the school in flyhalf Quinn Ngawati helping provide a strong supporting cast. The team has three more games in the coming weeks, with the final home game after school on October 11th against Shawnigan Lake School, before an away fixture the following week at George Bonner, and then the final game on October 25th in Vancouver at St. Georges School.

Grade 9 Rugby
by Ian Hyde-Lay, coach
The Grade 9 boys rugby squad has been training and playing for several weeks now, with all the boys getting their first real taste of the 15-aside game.

September 18 saw a practice match at Shawnigan, with the hosts emerging winners by four tries to three. For SMUS, centre Artem Sakhbiev, flyhalf Joshua Kahn and scrumhalf Jonas Robinson all performed with great credit in what was an entertaining and wide open contest.

On September 26, a big and fast St. Georges team paid a visit, and used its size and speed effectively to jump to a 19-0 halftime lead. However, once SMUS settled down and kept possession for a few phases, things evened up considerably, with the final half hour of the contest dead even. Sakhbiev capped off another fine outing with a 50m scamper for a try in the left corner, while newcomer Leo Shang, in addition to Joe Johnson and Johnny Cook in the forward pack, put in a lot of hard work.

October 3 sees the arrival of Castaway Wanderers U15s for a controlled scrimmage session, with SMUS then meeting Brentwood and Shawnigan on October 9 and 11 respectively.

Coaches Spencer Robinson and Clayton Daum are both very pleased with the group’s progress to date, especially in terms of the work ethic and positive culture being displayed.

Rowing
by Susanne Walker-Curry, coach

SMUS rowers had a very successful weekend taking part in their first regatta of the season, aptly named Crabfest for the 100+ novice rowers taking part. Everyone managed to successfully navigate the narrow 500m course down the Gorge waterway, with several boats making finals and minimal crabbing (the rowing term for when an oar gets stuck under the water). SMUS completed the entire regatta with smiles on their faces and no flipped boats, crashes or large technical difficulties, giving new and old rowers alike a great start to the season.

  • 1st Place: Junior Novice Girls 4X
  • 2nd Place: Junior Novice Girls 8+
  • 4th Place: Jr Novice Boys 8+, Junior Novice Boys 4X and Senior Girls 4X

Congratulations to all of the SMUS rowing team for a great day of racing and hours of volunteering to help put on the regatta! Their sportsmanship on and off the water and support for each other was brilliant! The next competition is the 2nd Annual Regatta, the weekend of October 20-21st at Elk Lake.

Two Minutes With… Ethel Kiggundu
by Lizette Greyling, Athletics Review intern

From field hockey to basketball to track & field, this boarding Head of House and all-around team-player loves what she does and it shows.

Field Hockey
by David Kerr, coach

The developmental team played their first game on Thursday against the Mt. Doug senior team and came away with an excellent result of 0-0, with some clear scoring opportunities near the end. A stand-out performer was Leanne Farmer, who ruled the midfield, but the whole team played well. This pleased coaches Graham Lilly and Raechel Marchand to no end, and prepares them well for a game against Brentwood on Tuesday this week.

The senior team had a much quieter week last week, largely due to the Grade 11s and most of the Grade 12s away on out-trips. There were only two league matches played against Claremont and Oak Bay, both of whom are AAA schools, and thus the results did not count for league standings with SMUS in the AA category.

The game against Claremont resulted in a solid 2-0 win, with goals from Ethel Kiggundu and Kasey Boyle. In an effort to rest some of the senior players before their out trips, the second half was played almost exclusively with Grade 9 and 10 students, all of whom excelled in their role against the larger Claremont girls (including a couple of useful German and Spanish midfield players). Stand-out performers were the Boyle triplets (Kasey, Rylee and Jamie), with Emma Loughton and Tessa Owens playing well on the left side, and Becca Thomson and Rebecca Bosworth anchoring a solid defence. Chloe Keeler-Young also played well, but the Player of the Game was Aveen Glen, who enjoyed a wonderful match in the centre of the midfield.

Wednesday’s match against Oak Bay saw the Senior team essentially be a Junior team, with only Orla Glen (in an unusual position as goalkeeper) and Erin Hope representing the senior grades. With only 11 starting against a strong Oak Bay team, a scoreline of 5-0 looks a whitewash, but the girls battled really hard, and for long periods of the game, held their own against some very talented Grade 12 players. It was certainly a respectable performance, and we are looking forward to a rematch with our strongest team.

This upcoming week sees two league games, with an important one against GNS on Wednesday. The weekend has plenty of action for the Senior team in the prestigious Bridgman Cup at the University of Victoria.

Senior Girls Volleyball
by Melanie Masson, coach
The Senior girls volleyball team had an exciting night of league play last week. The team split sets with Lambrick Park, second place at AA provincials last year, split sets with Mount Doug (AAAA) including a 38-36 victory in the first set and also split sets with Parkland. The Senior girls did not compete this past weekend however they are very excited for our home opener in League play on October 2nd. The team will be playing St. Andrews, Stelly’s and Vic High starting at 6:00pm in the Double Gym in what promises to be a very exciting start to the season. The team will also be competing in the Camosun Senior Girls Tournament this Friday and Saturday.

Senior Cross Country
by Jeff Hunt, coach

This past week, the Senior cross-country team was at Beacon Hill Park for the second race of the season. The conditions were unseasonably dry and dusty, but the SMUS runners were determined to put forth a solid showing. In the first event, young Sean Lider was bowled over into the gravel off the start, but showed tremendous resilience as he finished in 16th place. In the same event, Michael Wong-Harrison led the field for the first 2k, but eventually was caught by two Oak Bay runners toward the end. Nevertheless, a 3rd place finish was a stellar result. On the girls side, it was once again Jackie MacKay who led the way for SMUS. She improved significantly over her previous week’s standing, finishing in 5th place overall.

Next Thursday, the expectations will be high as SMUS travels to Beaver Lake for Race #3 of the season.

Junior Boys Soccer
by Jeff Taylor

After a one-year hiatus, the Junior boys ISA title has returned to SMUS. The boys traveled to Shawnigan Lake School and were successful in their bid to pry the trophy out of St. George’s hands.

Before participating in the tournament, the team had two league games to play. On Monday, SMUS hosted Mt. Doug, in what turned out to be a very one-sided game. By the time the final whistle had blown, Kieran Large and Max Pollen had each scored one, while Matty McColl, Alex Carrion, and Gavin Maxwell scored two each. Alex was unlucky not to have four goals to his name after hitting the post twice in the first half. The team managed a clean sheet with the likes of Noah Pryce-Baff in goal and Graeme Hyde-Lay and Michelangelo Cernucan in the heart of the defence.

On Wednesday, the team made the short journey to Oak Bay, always a difficult away fixture for SMUS. Despite the jeers and taunts of the home fans and the poor condition of the pitch, the boys were able to focus on their game and come away with a vital three points. In the first half, Oak Bay kept things tight and almost scored in the tenth minute, but Noah Pryce-Baff made a great save from close range. As the half worn on, however, our midfielders started to find our strikers in space and in the 25th minute Alex Carrion managed to latch onto a lovely ball from Matty McColl and find the back of the net. Three minutes later Alex provided Kieran Large with a great cross from the left flank, which Kieran slotted home to finish the scoring off at 2-0 in the visitors’ favour.

Friday morning came early as the team headed up island to Shawnigan Lake School for the ISA Tournament. In their first game, the boys took on the hosts and managed a convincing 2-0 win with goals coming in each half from Alex Carrion. Stand-in keeper Aidan McCleary was excellent, saving a penalty early on.

In their second game, the boys met ISA champions St. George’s. The boys knew they had to beat this team to give them any hope of winning the tournament. After seven minutes, Matty McColl scored off of a beautifully placed cross from Max Pollen. The build-up play along the left flank from Ryan Cui and Owen Sudul was fluid and lovely to watch. As the game wore on, neither team was able to break down the other’s defence. In the dying minutes of the game, Hari Ikonomou came on for Alex Carrion who had picked up a knock and managed to score a second goal and put the game beyond St. George’s reach. It was a great win for the team.

Saturday morning found the boys facing Stratford-Hall. SMUS controlled the play and managed a comfortable victory with Max Pollen, Michelangelo Cernucan, Alec Keech, Grant Nicholson, and Ben Edwards all making it onto the score sheet. This win cleared the way to the fourth and final game for the championship against Brentwood. In the final, the play was tight and controlled, with good build-up play, but SMUS struggled to finish in the final third. Sebastian Luna and Owen Sudul were particularly effective down the right flank where the team started many of their attacks. Jake Wilmot provided great cover down the left side of the park. With fifteen minutes remaining in the contest, Alex Carrion, playing through injury, dribbled through the back line and fired from close range to score the only goal of the game. The victory was sweet and the boys, medals in tow, returned to the SMUS ISA Champions.

1 COMMENT

  1. Well done SMUS. May the Lord continue to bless your institution. I must say also that I am very proud of my nephew Mark and niece Ethel for making a difference in that great institution.

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