The spring sporting season well and truly kicked into gear, with multiple SMUS teams in action in the first week back at school.
The Senior girls team backed up its early March league victory over St. Margarets with a pair of 2-0 victories, the first over St. Andrews and the second away to Parkland. Anna Mollenhauer recorded both shutouts, making the necessary saves in support of solid defensive efforts. Desiree McIntosh and Mia Roberts provided a spark in midfield, while Robyn Noel, Chloe Fitzgibbon, Aysha Emmerson and Maggie Manson-Blair were among the goal scorers.
The team looks forward to the April 15-16 UVic Invitational tournament and an opening-round test versus Okanagan AAA powerhouse Salmon Arm.
At the Junior girls level, SMUS defeated Esquimalt 5-2, behind an Emily Jackson hat trick. Charlotte Bussche and Emma Hill also scored, while goalkeeper Zoe Lott made some outstanding saves. The team then gave another solid performance against Reynolds, though coming out on the wrong end of a 4-1 score.
Track and Field
In the second City Meet of the term, Christian Okiring (400m) and Silke Kuhn (1,500m) each recorded impressive times, while Aidan Cole, with a shot put of 11.20m, and Conrad Chin, with a javelin throw of 48.52m, claimed silver medals. Topping the podium were Grade 9s Danae Gendall in the 100m and Ella Chin in the 400m.
In rugby, the 1st XV bounced back from Boot Game disappointment to defeat Claremont 45-13 in league action. Lock Bryn Haydock, hooker Bryce Forbes and fullback Jon Sudul were in good form, with winger Hari Ikonomou notching two of the seven tries scored. Quinn Ngawati, in addition to a fine all round game, kicked five conversions. The Blue Jags, ranked AA No. 1 in the first BC poll, travel to North Vancouver April 15 to meet No. 2 Rockridge.
The Juniors, after an exhibition win over Esquimalt, battled hard before going down 33-7 to a powerful Oak Bay side. Centres Matt Hagkull and Luke Rainier-Pope enjoyed fine afternoons, running strongly and putting in tackle after tackle. Up front, lock Simon Gilmour, prop Ethan Ko, and flankers Tucker Forbes and Tony Liu played very bravely.
The girls team continued its rapid development on the 7s circuit, giving a combined Mount Douglas/Reynolds squad all it could handle before going down 15-7. Then, against Spectrum, tries from Charlotte Bussche, Julia Henry, Tate Robinson and Oria James paved the way for an exciting 20-15 victory.
The coaches have been delighted with the progress made by all players. In particular, they noted the leadership and all round skill of Robinson and Hayley Watson, the quick thinking of Saje Griffith and Lucy Zeng, and the physical commitment of Maya Jervis and Ivy Chatvijitchoke.
SMUS finishes its short season April 15 at Windsor Park in games against Glenlyon Norfolk School and Stelly’s.