Sporting events have been coming thick and fast, in multiple sports and in events taking place not only locally but across Canada.
The girls had some very strong results too, with Grace Thomas completing an outstanding SMUS career in getting all the way to the U19 final before falling 3-1 to the defending champion. Alex Brown and Brooke Herring both reached the quarterfinals in their respective groups.
Track and Field
Track and Field continued with the fourth of its six league meets, with high jumpers Joel Kiggundu and Ryan Hindson, and long jumpers Lucy Zeng, Jayne Leggatt and Erin Forbes all in good form. Jasper Johnston, Santiago Mazoy and Ella Chin had solid races in the 200 and 400 metres.
The Senior girls squad has been extremely busy and successful, notching comfortable league wins over Vic High and Lambrick Park before drawing 0-0 against a strong Royal Bay side.
In the SMUS-hosted ISAs late last week, the team moved unbeaten through a very competitive pool, defeating Shawnigan Lake, York House and Crofton House each by a single goal. Riley Clare, deputizing in goal for Anna Mollenhauer, played strongly, while Gabby Freer paced the attack.
The 2-1 win over Crofton House proved to be important, as they had already beaten tournament co-favourite Glenlyon Norfolk School. As a result, even a shootout loss for the Blue Jags to GNS (after the final finished scoreless) allowed SMUS to retain the title for a third consecutive year.
The Junior boys traveled to Vancouver for a pair of games, jumping out with three quick tries against Collingwood to win 24-17. The following day, in a very even contest, the team dropped a 29-22 match to St. George’s. Connor Way ran well on the left wing, while Simon Gilmour did a lot of the blue collar work up front.
The 1st XV, playing in the B.C. cross-zone series, scrambled back from a halftime deficit to draw level 8-8 midway through the second half versus St. George’s. However, the hosts struck back with three late second-half tallies, while SMUS failed to finish its chances in a 25-8 defeat. Myles Duncan, Jonas Robinson and Josh Kahn performed well.
A keen and diverse sailing group has been attending regular sessions at the Royal Victoria Yacht club. With the support of experienced racers such as Ethan Otto, Ben Parker, Olivia Roberts and Andrea Ellsay, the novices are quickly learning the basics of the sport and how to race. The first regatta of the season takes place on May 14.
The girls field hockey XI, though not officially in season, put together a team to play visiting Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School from Calgary. SMUS won both contests, 3-0 and 6-0, which should be good preparation for the scheduled match versus SMUS alumni on April 30.
The golf team has also played in multiple tournaments. Grade 8 Richard Z. carded 74 and 73 at the prestigious Delta Police event, as the team enjoyed a 21-stroke improvement in the second round to move up to 9th overall.
At the ISAs, played on a windy and treacherous Victoria Golf Club, SMUS, led by Tony Liu and Matt Berntsen, finished in 5th position.
On the immediate horizon is the annual Alumni weekend, with the the Senior girls squaring up versus the grads in field hockey and soccer. Following an Alumni touch rugby game, the 1st XV will look to reverse the April 7 Boot Game defeat to Oak Bay.
(photos by Kyle Slavin & Chris Hanebury)