Athletics Week in Review: December 7

Soccer

Fall term sports came to an end November 29, with the Senior boys soccer team looking to add to its recent B.C. AA title with a victory over Reynolds in the prestigious Colonist Cup.

This game, delayed until after the provincial competitions so it could be played at UVic’s Centennial Stadium, was indeed a marquee match-up, as the Roadrunners had completed their own dream season by capturing the B.C. AAA title.

Despite a cold, wet evening and a heavy pitch, the fireworks started early, with three goals in the opening eight minutes. First, Dennis Siegrist opened the SMUS account from a goal mouth scramble. Then Reynolds equalized with a blast from the top of the box, before Siegrist notched a superb, curling free kick.

Amazingly, over the hour, there was no further scoring, though both sides engineered quality chances. In the key play of the game, in the 63rd minute, Ben Wingert was denied in spectacular fashion when his labelled volley from outside the penalty area was somehow headed away by a defender.

At the 70-minute mark, Reynolds was reduced to ten men after a player committed a late tackle on Jon Sudul. However, this only seemed to galvanize the Roadrunners, as they began to monopolize possession and territory against a tiring SMUS defence.

A Blue Jags’ miscue gifted the equalizing goal, with Reynolds connecting shortly after from a corner to go ahead 3-2. A slick set play with little time remaining then produced a clinching goal and a deserved 4-2 triumph for Reynolds.

Congratulations to both sides on an exciting match and for winning provincial crowns.

Basketball

Basketball began on many fronts, first with two highly competitive games against the Alumni. In an odd twist, a late three pointer by Mia Roberts ’16 was then cancelled out by an Emily Stone foul line pull-up, as the women’s game ended knotted at 45. In men’s action, strong performances by grads Matt Rud ’14 and Jake Wilmott ’15 produced a 63-52 victory.

Nonetheless, the AA No. 1 ranked Senior boys defeated Collingwood, Southridge and Nanaimo District Secondary in exhibition action before taking on Brentwood in a very competitive scrimmage. The team moves on to the prestigious Vancouver College Emerald Tournament December 8-10, with an opening match-up against AAAA power Terry Fox.

The Junior boys A team went 2-2 in their opening week, balancing wins against Spectrum and GP Vanier with losses to Belmont and Dover Bay. Swingman Ty Olynyk played very steadily.

Meanwhile, the Junior boys development squad was unbeaten in three games at the Oak Bay Jamboree, recording victories over Belmont, Esquimalt and Reynolds. Ewan Halliday, making his debut on the hard court, performed extremely well.

On the girls side, the Seniors girls took part in the ISA tournament at Crofton House. After a nervy start, SMUS settled down, managing to control a dangerous opposition post player en route to a 48-41 victory over Collingwood.

The semi-final, versus Mulgrave, saw the Blue Jags battle back from various deficits before taking the lead in the final seconds courtesy of a Georgia Haydock free throw. A final defensive stop confirmed the 48-47 win.

In the final, Southridge broke open a tight game midway through the second quarter with an effective 1-3-1 zone defence. This time, SMUS could find no way back, and fell 48-34.

In what is a young team, with only Laura Williams being the lone senior, Zoe Lott, Meredith Selwood, Taylor Noel and Shalese Jordan all made key contributions. Haydock was named to the tournament All-Star team.

Rugby

Current SMUS standout Quinn Ngawati had the distinction of being selected for Canada U19, which will play the USA in two test matches in San Diego over the upcoming Christmas break. The talented centre will then tour with the team to France in April 2017. Congratulations!

On the Alumni front, 2010 grads Mike Fuailefau and Luke McCloskey recently represented Canada at the Dubai 7s. The next leg of this 2016-17 World Series competition is set for December 10-12 in South Africa.

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