The opening month of the school sporting calendar came to a close at this Thanksgiving long weekend, with the CAIS U15 Girls Soccer Tournament in the spotlight.
Ten teams from all across Canada traveled to Victoria, with SMUS hosting 34 games over a three-day period.
In the end, behind an all-round team effort which included the fine goalkeeping of Claudia Murr and some opportunistic strikes by Grade 7 Cassidy C., the Blue Jags moved smoothly through pool play before edging local rival Glenlyon Norfolk School 1-0 at the semi-final stage.
This victory moved SMUS into the tournament final vs Sacred Heart of Montreal. The solid play of Claire Pontefract, allied to the leadership of various Grade 9s such as Kenzie Farish, saw the home team control the majority of the 60 minutes. However, an early opposition goal, somewhat against the run of play, proved to be the difference in a disappointing one-goal loss.
Nonetheless, second place represented a fine finish in the tournament. Congratulations to all the players and coaches!
The Senior boys soccer team finally broke out of a scoring slump, registering several pretty goals in an important 3-1 league win versus St. Andrews. At the Junior level, SMUS, sparked by Euan Halliday’s offence and some quality saves by goalie Matias Totz, reached the ISA final before falling to St. George’s. Then, in league action, the Blue Jags notched an important 2-1 away victory over Royal Bay.
The fall rowing season opened with the Crabfest Skill Regatta and Head of Hamster races. Most of the athletes competed on the water for the first time, learning a great deal in the process.
At Crabfest, the Junior Novice Girls 4x and Junior Novice Girls 8+ placed first in their 500m sprints, while the Junior Novice Boys 8+ and Senior Novice Boys 8+ finished second.
In the 3.5km Head of the Hamster competition, both the Senior Girls 2X and Senior Girls 1X claimed bronze medals.
Next up is the annual Elk Lake Regatta, set for October 16-17.
The Senior girls 1st XI enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Oak Bay, thanks to stingy defence and an Anna Mollenhauer hat trick. Next up was a 5-0 triumph over GNS, before Mollenhauer recorded another three goals in an exciting 3-3 draw with Mount Douglas.
The Thanksgiving weekend sees the team taking part in the prestigious Bridgman Cup at UVic, with the event featuring all the top AA and AAA programs in the province.
The development teams continue to improve and gain valuable experience.
The Grade 9 rugby squad took part in a second jamboree, this time at Brentwood College, falling to Shawnigan Lake School but edging the hosts. Flanker Carlos Lerma performed extremely well. All the players now look ahead to an ISA 7s competition up Island on October 13.
In the opening cross-country race, held at Lambrick Park, Kristin Gage and Chrissa Tromp ran very well in the Senior girls division, while newcomer Mark Hansen impressed at Junior boys level.
Thanks to some outstanding serving by Zoe Lott and powerful hitting from Jessa McElderry, the Blue Jags opened their Senior girls league campaign with two wins. The team dropped Spectrum 25-21 and 25-14 before accounting for GNS 25-21 and 25-16.
Meanwhile, the Juniors, with Georgia Haydock, Aimee Look and Carly Smith to the fore, defeated GNS 25-16 and 25-8.