Athletics Week in Review: June 9

Our year of sports has officially wrapped up and there are several teams that competed in the last couple of weeks that deserve recognition.

Rugby

SMUS arrived in Abbotsford on May 25 in top form for the BC AA tournament, riding a five-game winning streak and fresh off a 22-0 shutout of Oak Bay in the Howard Russell Cup final.

In the quarter-final, the Blue Jags had an unusual matchup, squaring off with Victoria-based GNS. Full credit to the undermanned Gryphons, who played extremely well to limit the damage to 25-5. SMUS took a long time to settle and never did come to grips with the referee’s interpretation of the tackle zone.

Fortunately, Jonas Robinson was on his game, with the captain registering a hat trick of tries thanks to some clever footwork. Josh Kahn scored the other tally while Quinn Ngawati added a conversion and penalty goal.

With the win, SMUS advanced to the semi-final versus Brentwood. After having to defend for the first few minutes, the team kicked into high gear, running in multiple multi-phase tries to lead by 38-0 at half time. Slick offloading and good support lines allowed Felix Butterfield (2), Kahn (2), Jasper Bosley and Bernardo Villegas to dot down.

With the game well in hand, the paced slowed somewhat after the break, in what finished a 52-7 victory.

And so it was on to the final versus Collingwood. In atypically cold, wet and miserable conditions, the SMUS forward pack put an immediate vice grip on proceedings. The front row of Bryce Forbes, John Cook and Aidan Cole was in fine form, while locks Villegas, Pablo Fernandez and Dimitri Boroto did plenty of the necessary blue collar work. Ngawati, Josh Graffi and Myles Duncan turned over plenty of possession as well and tackled themselves to a standstill.

While conditions were not conducive for running rugby, the backs, with Sam Kahn a bundle of energy at scrum half, were very solid, especially in defence. Bosley and fullback Jon Sudul dealt well with a barrage of kicks in the rain storm.

Cole, in the 14th minute, and then Lucas De Vries, midway through the second half, scored the two SMUS tries. Ngawati’s perfect afternoon from the tee confirmed the 17-3 final result and a second straight AA provincial title.

In rugby 7s news, a team of rugby players represented our school last weekend in Vancouver at the BC High School 7s Championship. After coming off the AA title, our boys had no trouble transitioning to the 7s game. The team came away with the bronze medal, defeating Yale in their final game.

Sailing

On Saturday, the SMUS sailing team competed to try to retain the City Championship and enjoyed a day of champagne sailing: blue skies and perfect wind! After 14 races, the team (made up of veterans and newbies to the sport) managed to rise to the top of the field of six high schools with some excellent and consistent sailing to be the first-ever repeat winners.

Rowing

SMUS-Athletics-160609-Rowing-05The SMUS Crew competed in St. Catharines, Ont. last week at the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association Regatta. There were 126 schools competing in the event. Our team of 22 athletes did very well, racing in nine boats. All crews advanced to the semi-finals with five crews advancing to the finals. Despite the tricky weather conditions, we had some great results: the Senior women’s fly quad, the junior women’s quad and the senior men’s double finished in sixth place; the Senior women’s quad finished in fourth place; and the Senior Men’s 66 kg four (Coxwain Katie McAulay, and rowers Nick Considine, Aubry Williams, Brennan Parson and Rosendo Gutierrez) came in first and brought home the gold.

Golf

Last Thursday, Amber Yun, Candy Li and Kitty Liang represented our school at the Brentwood Invitational Girls Golf Championship.  Thanks to some strong play by all three members, the girls won the team event and Kitty garnered the low gross title for the second consecutive year.

Track and Field

Eight SMUS athletes competed at the B.C. Track & Field Championships last week in Nanaimo. There was a personal best time by Danae Gendall in the Junior girls 100 m and our highest finish was had by Conrad Chin who placed sixth in the Senior boys triple jump. Well done to all track and field athletes.

Badminton

The badminton team was in Richmond competing at the Provincial Championships. They entered the tournament as the No. 10 seed, and after round robin play they were third in their pool with a record of one win and two losses. They defeated Claremont 9-2 in their first consolation match, then defeated Moscrop 6-5 in what was certainly their best match of the season, before losing to J.N. Burnett to finish 10th overall. Congratulations on a great season.

Soccer

The Senior girls soccer team competed at the AA B.C. Championships in Campbell River last weekend, entering the tournament as a top-4 seed. After round robin play the team was 3-0 securing a berth to the semi-finals.

In pool play they defeated Smithers 1-0 on an early goal by Aysha Emmerson, then went on to beat MEI 4-0 with goals from Gabby Freer (x2), Zoe Lott and Taylor Noel, and finally a 2-0 win over Notre Dame with goals from Taylor and Sara Cui. This set up a cross-over match with St. Thomas More of Burnaby. After 70 minutes of play and an additional 15 minutes of overtime, it was still a scoreless draw. This meant that they were headed into penalty shots.

SMUS-Athletics-160609-Soccer-04Unfortunately after five shooters, it was not meant to be, and SMUS lost in the shoot out. This was a particularly bitter pill for the team, as they had not conceded a goal in regulation play to another AA team since mid-April at the ISAs.

Full credit to the team and coaches who were able to rally for the bronze medal match the next day against Okanagan-Mission. Gabby Freer opened the scoring and Okanagan Mission tied the game with less than 10 minutes to play before heading into overtime. SMUS dominated the overtime, scoring two more goals (Gabby and Angel Tsui), to finish with the win 3-1, and capturing the bronze medals!

Robyn Noel was named to the tournament Commissioner X1 team, and Aysha, Gabby, Taylor, Anna Mollenhauer and Mia Roberts all received game MVP awards.

Congratulations to all of our athletes, coaches and supporters on a stellar year of athletics at SMUS!

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