The spring season is now fully underway, with SMUS recently competing at the annual Maple Bay regatta on Lake Quamichan. The races, featuring local clubs and a number of school crews, played out in calm conditions and glorious sunshine.
For SMUS, the girls turned in a terrific overall effort, winning gold in A 4X, A 2X and 8s. Second-place finishes were recorded by the A 1X, B 4X, and B 8. The B 1X also claimed a podium finish.
On the boys side, the Novice 4X won a silver medal, while the 8, B 4X, and A 2X also performed well.
Next up is the much anticipated Brentwood College regatta, set for April 29-May 1 in Mill Bay.
In Senior girls soccer, the Blue Jags opened the UVic Invitational with a 3-0 victory over Salmon Arm, setting up a match against tournament favourite Oak Bay. In an exciting contest, a Gabby Freer goal just seven minutes in staked SMUS to an early lead, but the Breakers, who went on to capture the tournament title, connected on a late free kick to edge home 2-1.
SMUS then defeated L.A. Matheson 2-0, and Okanagan Mission in penalty kicks. However, a 0-0 draw versus Burnsview went the way of the visitors via the shootout. Maggie Manson-Blair was selected to the All-Tournament team.
Overall, it was a very successful weekend, with the close and highly competitive match against Oak Bay (ranked provincial AAA No. 3) a good indicator that SMUS might again contend for provincial honours.
Certainly, the strong defence supplied by Taylor Noel, Aveen Glen, Chloe Fitzgibbon and Sara Cui, in front of goalkeeper Anna Mollenhauer, is cause for optimism.
SMUS defeated Vic High 10-0 on Tuesday in league action, and they face off against Lambrick Park on April 21 before entering the ISAs at Glenlyon Norfolk School on the weekend.
The girls played three 7s games at Windsor Park, drawing with a Mount Douglas/Reynolds combination, losing narrowly to GNS and then defeating Claremont. As has been the case all season, Hayley Watson, Tate Robinson, Lucy Zeng and Charlotte Bussche were prominent. Grace Kwok, Kaitlynn Torstensen and Jane Wong all contributed positively. The team will play a similar round robin April 22.
On the boys side, a SMUS selection from the 2nd XV split four games at the Mulgrave tournament, but ended up on the wrong end of a 10-5 result in the final against the hosts. Dennis Siegrist and Tyler Strandberg, among others, adapted well to the 7s code.
Meanwhile, the 1st XV, in a much anticipated provincial AA No. 1 versus No. 2 encounter at Rockridge, narrowly missed a penalty kick on full time to fall 12-11. Back rowers Josh Graffi and Quinn Ngawati played extremely well, with Myles Duncan dominant in the lineout. Unfortunately, the team could not finish off a number of grade A scoring chances and so slipped to defeat.
Next up is an April 23 game at St. George’s, as the BC high school “Stadium Series” gets underway.