Athletics Week in Review: September 29

Rugby

Nineteen Grade 8 rugby players began their season hosting Shawnigan Lake on a wonderful sunny afternoon, with half the team playing their first-ever rugby game. The players and coaches were very happy with how the things went, and though the score was not as important as how the team played, a 6-tries-to-5 victory was achieved, with a number of extra conversion points being kicked by five players. Top performers on the day were Duke C., Finn S. and Toby W. The teams will meet again today (Sept. 29) at Shawnigan.

Grade 9 rugby also made its season debut, hosting Brentwood and Shawnigan in a jamboree style format. Veterans Will Kinahan, Max Nishima and Josh Mao led from the front, while everyone enjoyed both the 7 and 15 aside contests. All three teams will renew acquaintances today (Sept. 29) in Mill Bay.

Field Hockey

After defeating Lambrick Park in opening round league action, Senior girls field hockey then took part in the ISA tournament at Shawnigan. After two pool wins, the Blue Jags lost 4-2 to provincial AA No. 1 Collingwood, and then fell 3-1 to the hosts in the bronze medal game. Grade 9s Suzie Stone and Izzy Champion showed well in the fast, high-pressure competition, while Angel Tsui and Chloe Fitzgibbon performed admirably in the absence of the squad’s regular goalie. Anna Mollenhauer, by virtue of her prolific scoring and play making, was heavily marked throughout.

Not one, but two development squads, reflective of the great interest in the sport this year at SMUS, participated in several local exhibition games. For all players involved, it continues to be a wonderful learning experience.

Volleyball

After a very short practice window, the newly minted Senior boys team opened its league campaign against Oak Bay, the defending AAA provincial champions. Led by Ryan Hindson and Tristan Kuhn, a major upset was on the cards as SMUS led 19-17 late in the first set. However, the Bays then stabilized enough to recover for the win. The Blue Jags also acquitted themselves well in subsequent matches versus Pacific Christian School and Claremont, before competing in the annual Camosun College tournament.

After pool defeats to the same Oak Bay and Claremont teams, the group went on to defeat Royal Bay, Gulf Islands, and Ballenas and so capture the consolation bracket title.

On the Senior girls‘ side, SMUS finished middle of the pack at the Trinity Western University tournament. Pool matches versus Langley Christian, White Rock Christian and Notre Dame were all closely contested affairs, with crossover matches against both Burnaby Central and Langley Secondary going right down to the wire. Senior Semele Smith gave an outstanding all-round performance, while new setter Maggie Helmke also played strongly.

Soccer

Senior boys soccer had a quiet week, with a sole league game at Reynolds. Another solid defensive effort, with Bryce Forbes up front, negated the opposition attack. However, for the third game in a row, goal scoring punch was lacking, with the 0-0 tie a fair reflection of proceedings. SMUS now looks forward to crucial matches, both at home, versus St. Andrews and Mount Douglas.

Squash

Finally, the squash team competed at the Shawnigan Junior Open. Top performers included Brooke Herring, who reached the Open division Girls’ semifinal before falling 3-2 to 2016 SMUS alumnus and Canada Junior player Grace Thomas.

In the Boys Gold event, Matias Totz placed 5th, while at Silver level, Matthew Wong and Stanley Weng finished 3rd and 4th respectively.

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