Athletics Week in Review: October 19

It was a busy week on the sporting front, with SMUS teams in action across multiple sports despite some very inclement weather.

Field Hockey

The Senior girls 1st XI defeated Lambrick Park 5-0 in league action before taking part in the GNS Invitational tournament on the weekend. In the wet and cold, the team won its pool games against Ridley College (of St. Catherines, Ontario), Brentwood College and SMUS’s development team (a last-minute entry after poor travel conditions saw one out-of-province team unable to reach Victoria).

Following a decisive 4-1 semi-final win against St. John’s-Kilmarnock School from Kitchener, Ontario, SMUS contested the final, once again matched up versus Ridley College. Although down 1-0 late in the game, the Blue Jags, thanks to a wonderful Anna Mollenhauer backhand, tied the game 1-1 in the final seconds. In the subsequent shootout, SMUS registered five consecutive goals before goalie Tireny Wuraola made the crucial save to secure the championship.

The Senior girls then defeated Oak Bay 2-1 in league play on Monday, with Mollenhauer scoring both goals for SMUS. The team has one more league game against GNS on October 19, and then will face Mount Doug in the May Tully Shield match for bragging rights as the top team in the city.

Special mention is due for the SMUS development squad, which, although not winning a game in the GNS Invitational, played with great enthusiasm and spirit. Well done!

Squash

At the Vancouver Island Open Squash event, Brooke Herring won the Women’s Division 1 event, with Madison Liew placing third. Rachel Yuen enjoyed success as well, capturing the Women’s Division 2 tournament.

In Women’s Division 3, Charlotte Campbell, Sofia Q. and Ellie Ross claimed all three podium finishes, while, in the Men’s Division 4, Stanley Weng, Aamir Djearam and Mark Felea-Motet did the same.

Rugby

The Grade 9 boys traveled to Shawnigan Lake School, with both A and B teams playing in the ISA 7s competition. All five competing schools performed well, with SMUS, Collingwood and the hosts all even after posting 2-1-1 records in the round robin format. Based on head-to-head results among these three schools, and the tie breaker based on tries scored throughout the day, Shawnigan edged a narrow victory.

Nonetheless, there was plenty of good rugby to celebrate, with Max Nishima in the thick of things from start to finish. Newcomers Kevin Sheridan and Owen Snyder both acquitted themselves extremely well. In the B competition, SMUS finished 1-2-1, with Jack Batoni, among others, enjoying a productive afternoon.

Cross Country

Conditions were ideal last week as the SMUS team took part in race No. 3 of the league series. Perhaps the most challenging course of the series, Cedar Hill provides the runners with a multitude of nasty hills.

In the 4 km Junior girls race, the pairing of Fionnuala McKenna and Lene Goedde finished in 11th and 12th places, respectively. As a team, the Junior Girls finished in 4th place overall.

The next event was the Junior boys race, and Max Zhang had a particularly good race (18th place), finishing atop for SMUS.

At the Senior level, the Senior girls had a spectacular day, with notable performances by Kristin Gage (5th) and Julia Southgate (9th). As a team, the Senior girls would finish tied for 2nd place with Oak Bay.

The final race of the day was the Senior boys. Unlike the other three events, the Senior boys run a 6 km distance, as opposed to the usual 4 km distance for the other divisions. SMUS came ready to participate and had a huge contingent of boys. Finishing in the top 10 were Aubry Williams (7th) and Tucker Forbes (9th). Like the Senior girls, the boys would also finish in 2nd place as a team.

The next race in the league takes place at Beaver Lake on Thursday (Oct. 20).

Volleyball

The Senior girls, after splitting league games with Vic High and Belmont, departed for Calgary and the Western Canadian Invitational. The early loss of Semele Smith to an ankle injury made life somewhat difficult in the exhausting round robin tournament. And despite the challenges of the tournament, SMUS could proudly point to an exciting win over host Strathcona Tweedsmuir in front of a jam-packed gym, as well as a consolation victory versus St. John’s Ravencourt.

Maggie Helmke was named the team MVP, while Jessa McElderry was in consideration for best server at the tournament. Both Lindsay Gage and Taylor Noel played solidly through all nine matches.

The team returns to league play October 18 versus Claremont and Oak Bay.

The Senior boys hosted their first tournament last week! Amazing energy was in the air as fans rolled into the gym to cheer on the boys in their first game against heavy hitting Lambrick Park. The boys played a great set, combining for 14 kills but fell just short to Lambrick losing 21-25. The second game was against Mount Doug, which our boys rolled past – beating them quickly in both sets.

The final showdown was against Parklands, who we have faced numerous times throughout the season but have yet to pull off a win. Our boys came out swinging hard, beating them 25-13 in the first set. Unfortunately, the Blue Jags lost momentum in the second set and fell just short of the win. Despite our great serve receive and well-placed sets by Tristan Kuhn in the tie-breaking third set, the boys could not capitalize and lost 13-15. The boys continue to work hard in practices and were rewarded with a third place finish at the tournament.

Soccer

The Senior boys 1st XI maintained its second place local standing, riding the solid play of Ben Wingert to a 3-3 draw at Reynolds before beating Lambrick Park 5-0. Final league standings will hinge on matches this week against Oak Bay and Glenlyon Norfolk School, with Colonist Cup playoffs then to follow. Of course, there is also the small matter of the Island AA tournament, with SMUS hopeful of extending its streak of qualifying for the B.C. AA competition.

The Senior boys development team enjoyed an exciting 3-1 victory over Vic High, thanks to a Roy Oh winner. In what was a total team effort, 25 players saw action.

Rowing

SMUS co-hosted a Sprints Regatta with Pacific Christian School on October 15 and 16. Despite a very trying weekend of rain and high winds at Elk Lake, much was learned, with all the volunteers owed a huge debt of thanks for their perseverance and patience.

Saturday’s highlights included a second place finish by Meg Montgomery in the Senior Advanced Women 1X, while the Junior Novice Men’s 8+, coxed by Max Bramadat, placed third.

On the Sunday, Liam Hodgins, Nathan Yang, Matthew Jaffey and Thomas Dansereau combined to win the Junior Men’s 4X, while Radha Raina and Terra Rolfe triumphed in the Junior Women’s 2X. The Junior Men’s 8+, with Anna Considine at the controls, also finished first. The Junior Women’s 8+, directed by cox Ellie LeBlanc, won a silver medal.

Next up for the entire team are the City Championships, set for November 5-6.

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