The annual SMUS Alumni Weekend highlighted another busy week of sport, with the SMUS girls battling the grads in field hockey, badminton and soccer while the boys’ rugby teams hosted Oak Bay.
In front of a bumper crowd and playing in cold, wet conditions, the 1st XV battled the Barbarians in a game which, with the coveted Rees Boot also at stake, took on added significance.
The wonderful pre-match contribution of the Canadian Scottish Regimental Pipe Band set the stage for a ferocious battle, with the Blue Jags, thanks to tries from captain Quinn Ngawati and Jasper Bosley, squeezing home 17-7.
Luke Rainier-Pope, Felix Butterfield and Jon Sudul tackled bravely all afternoon, while Owen Weismiller and Bryn Haydock were the pick of a solid group of forwards. View the full match replay.
With the win, SMUS squared the Boot Game series at 11-11-1 and now looks forward to a May 5 clash at UVic’s Centennial Stadium versus AA No. 4 McMath.
The Junior XV, massive underdogs, produced the performance of the season in their Alumni Weekend game versus Oak Bay. A courageous and scrambling defence somehow kept the attackers at bay for long periods of time. Excellent team tries, against the run of play and finished by Mark Finamore and Jack Batoni, improbably saw SMUS leading 12-10 with time running out. Alas, last-minute opposition pressure produced the winning score right on full time.
Will Kinahan, Jin Woo Park, Matthew Gordon and Max Nishima were just four who put their bodies on the line all afternoon in gutsy rearguard action. The team now faces a last league game at Claremont, with a City semifinal against the same opponent to follow on May 8.
On the soccer pitch, the Senior girls failed to convert multiple chances versus Glenlyon Norfolk School, falling 1-0 in AA league play. However, goals by Maggie Manson-Blair and Meggie Edwards then confirmed a 2-0 victory against Royal Bay and, with it, a place in the May 15-16 Island Tournament.
Then, a late marker from Taylor Noel and a clean sheet by goalie Riley Clare saw the Blue Jags slip by AAA Stelly’s in a Ryan Cup quarterfinal.
Track and Field
Grade 9s Kenzi Farish and Angelina Shandro continued their excellent form, combining to set new league records in the long jump, triple jump, 100m, 200m and 400m. Furthermore, classmate Izzy Champion won the 800m.
On the boys side, Nathan Von Hagen placed first in the Senior triple jump while both Aimee Look (1,500m) and Joel Kiggundu (high jump) continued their steady improvement.
The City Championships are set for May 10-11, with Islands the following week.
At the ISA Golf, SMUS placed fifth, with Matt Berntsen, though hitting only three of 18 greens in regulation, leading the way with an impressive 77. Candy Li won a closest-to-the-hole prize and had the distinction of playing the three tough closing holes at Arbutus Ridge Golf Course in only one over par.
The team this week takes part in the Victoria City Police tournament.