April means the SMUS field is in heavy rotation. The Senior girls are back on the pitch and coach Kaufmann provides a run-down of their recent games while we also receive updates on Middle School, Junior and Senior rugby. On the waterways, Susanne Walker-Curry recounts a very successful weekend at the Maple Bay regatta.
In addition, former Rugby 1st XV Hugh McGillivray ’64 makes an appearance in Two Minutes With…. In it, he recalls his high school training regime and speaks to one of his great passions: philanthropy.
Senior Girls Soccer
The Senior girls soccer team was in action against GNS and Vic High for more league play this past week. On the GNS pitch, the SMUS girls quickly adapted to the pace of the ball on the turf. SMUS did well to control the play for much of the first half, however, there were few scoring chances at both ends of the pitch. Early in the second half, a scramble in front of the net off of a SMUS corner left Yasmin Roudsari open on the near post to tap in the first goal of the game. SMUS held the lead for a little while but with continued pressure by GNS, the tying goal seemed inevitable. Unfortunately, SMUS couldn’t contain or match the pressure of the GNS side and eventually suffered a 4-1 loss. Despite what the score suggests, SMUS did well to compete with a very strong GNS side.
The Vic High game was a different story as SMUS dominated the whole game and a great team effort earned SMUS a 7-0 win. Goal scorers included Roudsari, Erin Hope and Becca Clayton, with Abbey Piazza and Jackie McKay both adding two each.
This week the team is at Esquimalt for another league game and then will compete in the UVic High School Tournament, where they will face tough competition from around the province.
Middle School Rugby
Grade 6, 7 and 8 rugby began this past week, with 43 students taking part. SMUS is fielding two combined Grade 6/7 teams and one Grade 8 team for their Spring 7s, who will play against Victoria-area schools.
Three teams played six games, with all players showing much promise with their skills and game understanding. Many players played particularly well, especially Grade 6 students Lucas Galloway and Marcus Miller as well as Grade 7 students Tony Liu and Harry Shaw. Amongst the Grade 8 team, Jasper Bosley and Donovan Sturdy showed courage and skill.
The Middle School spring season continues with games each Tuesday and Thursday through until the Victoria Day long weekend.
Two Minutes With… Hugh McGillivray ’64
Hugh McGillivray ’64 stopped by to talk a little about his time at SMUS, the importance of athletics and why donating to the school is vital for those that can.
On Saturday, the SMUS rowing team attended the Maple Bay Regatta. SMUS raced against local clubs (Maple Bay, Nanaimo, Gorge and Victoria City Rowing Club) and schools (Claremont, Brentwood, Shawnigan and Gulf Islands) on the Island. The weather kept us on our toes, with sun, strong winds, rain and sleet, white cap racing water, and variable temperatures.
Gold: Junior Girls 2X, Junior A Boys 1X, Junior A Boys 4X, Junior A Womens 8+, Junior A Mens 8+
Silver: Lwt Mens 4X, Lwt Men 2X, Novice Girls 4X
Bronze: Junior B Boys 2X, Lwt Mens 4X, Novice Boys 8+, Lwt Boys 2X, Junior B Girls 8+
Fourth: Lwt Girls 2X, Novice Boys 4X, Junior A Girls 2X
Fifth: Junior A Boys1X
Sixth: Junior Boys 1X
Seventh: Junior Boys 8+
Overall team standing: 3rd (behind two clubs, 1st school)
Boys division: 3rd (behind two clubs, 1st school)
Girls division: 4th (behind two clubs)
It was a great weekend of racing where all athletes learned a lot. Congratulations to the entire SMUS Rowing team! Thank you to all of the parent supporters. Our next racing event will be the Brentwood College Regatta, April 26-28, at Brentwood College School, Mill Bay, BC.
Junior and Senior Rugby
Though the euphoria of the April 10 Boot Game victories over Oak Bay remained quite fresh, it was back to business for all the SMUS rugby squads.
The Grade 9 squad played twice, with the team in very good form against Brentwood and Lake Trail of Courtenay. Captain Jonas Robinson spearheaded much of the attractive, multiphase play, with centres Tyler Strandberg and Joe Johnson both running strongly. Flyhalf Pablo Fernandez and fullback Dimitri Boroto also figured prominently. In the forwards, hooker John Cook toiled diligently, with prop Marcelo Olsen always a ball-carrying threat. While mentioning the above individuals, it really was all about the team on both occasions, with the players working hard to support each other in attack and defense.
A Grade 10 team, missing a number of starters due to 1st XV call-ups, also took on Brentwood. Seven different players scored tries, with fullback Owen Sudul adding four well-struck conversions. On little preparation, Grade 9 Josh Kahn was strong in the fly half position, with half back partner Carson Smith his usual industrious self. Wingers Diego Olivares and David Lee ran strongly, with good support from James Hayashi, Michael Cernucan and Myles Duncan. The return of Noah Pryce-Baff strengthened the front five, with tighthead Jansen Gibbs and hooker Douglas Peerless also in good form. The Grade 10 players now look forward to an away trip to Collingwood on Friday, April 19.
At 1st XV level, the schedule featured the first of two important Sevens competitions, with SMUS looking to qualify for provincials at the Island event. In opening round action, the team, under the direction of former Canada 7s member Mike Danskin, disposed of Ladysmith 22-0. This was followed by an opportunistic 33-7 win over Brentwood.
The 5-1 try tally in this latter game virtually ensured that SMUS would top its pool, and so it proved, with a last minute 24-21 defeat to GP Vanier of no real consequence.
In the tournament final, SMUS faced a powerful Shawnigan side. A gutsy performance, led by Sam Reid, David Boroto, Wayne Lin and Dawit Workie, had the team reasonably well positioned at 12-7 down at halftime. An early raid, immediately after the break, almost saw SMUS draw level, but a knock on a few metres from the Shawnigan try line saw the ball then returned the length of the field. 17-7.
The next promising SMUS attack ended only in an interception, with Shawnigan, by virtue of two inch perfect restarts, then scoring yet again. Such is the nature of the Sevens game, as 36-7, while reflecting a very good performance by the winners, was a somewhat cruel scoreline.
Nonetheless, SMUS will take an Island #2 seed to the full BC Sevens event April 28-29 at UBC. Reid, Workie and Mark Kiggundu were named to the All-Tournament team. Grade 10 athlete Mitchell Newman also contributed well and certainly did not look out of place in older company.
Carrying a whole rack of bumps and bruises, SMUS then had to front up two days later for a local Tier 1 league match at Reynolds. Huge props must go to the host Roadrunners, who, using their huge forward pack to great effect, pounded away at a depleted opposition for most of the seventy minutes.
SMUS did recover from a 17-7 deficit to lead 21-17, but then fell behind on two more occasions, 24-21 and 31-26. Some loose passing and ill-advised kicking continued to gift possession back to Reynolds. Happily, with only three minutes to play, Dante Morandin powered over from close range. Michael Baart completed an outstanding day with the boot, converting from wide out on the right for a narrow and edgy 33-31 win.
Congratulations to Graeme Hyde-Lay, Liam Hyatt, Jacob Wilson-Potter and Alex Heidrick on their 1st XV debuts. All did well, with the latter capping his day with two well taken tries on the left wing.
Up front, Boroto, Saeed Shokoya, Matt Shin, Alex Campbell, Matt Rud and Clarence Choy stood up to the physical pounding, making countless tackles throughout the game in the narrow channels.
For SMUS, a key match away to BC AA #2 Collingwood awaits on April 19. Hopefully, Workie, Kiggundu, Keenan Manhas, Cole Tamburri, Chris Bjola and Zach Kahn will return to the starting XV.