The fall sports season continued on many fronts, with SMUS teams beginning league play and competing in various invitational tournaments or jamborees. October promises to be a big month, as the Blue Jags manoeuvre for playoff positions.
In the space of a week, the Junior boys soccer team, led by Callum Colgate and Julian Fitzgibbon, took two of three league games, defeating St. Andrew’s and Glenlyon Norfolk School before falling to Dover Bay.
At the ISAs, played in Mill Bay, strong performances by captain Adam Roberts, Ben Shaw and Andres Vega Perez propelled the team to pool wins against Shawnigan Lake School and Collingwood. A 0-0 draw was then enough for the Blue Jags to reach the tournament final versus Brentwood. However, the hosts scored three times in the opening half to claim the trophy.
The U13 boys soccer team enjoyed its first action, showcasing some dynamic offensive talent against Arbutus and Monterey middle schools. An upcoming exhibition versus GNS will be a further opportunity to fine-tune tactics ahead of the annual CAIS Tournament, to be played this year in Victoria.
The Grade 7-8 boys group took part in its first jamboree, taking on two different Glanford teams. Alejandro C. and goalie Axel O. played particularly well. A second jamboree is set for Monday, Oct. 16.
The competitive Grade 6-7 girls side dropped its league opener to Monterey, but, behind the leadership of Makena A. and Eva C., then beat a strong Gordon Head team 3-0. The recreational squad took part in a city-wide jamboree, with Marlene D., Anika D., Jenna R. and Ellie M. all playing particularly well.
The Grade 8 girls, with a mixture of returnees and new players, beat Cedar Hill and Colquitz Middle Schools before coming from behind to draw 2-2 against Lansdowne. Emma C. led the way in defence, while Cassidy C.’s speed and agility made her a constant threat up front.
The Senior girls, thanks to a Chloe Fitzgibbon strike in the last minute, secured an important 1-0 away victory against GNS last week. Suzie Stone, Lizzy Bass and goalie Jessie Cheng continued their fine play.
While SMUS then lost 2-0 to Mount Douglas, the game was notable for the solid efforts of younger players Cheng, Elle Nelson and Julia McDermott, along with Grade 12s Judy Kim and Kalsang Dolker.
October 4 sees another key league game versus GNS. The team then competes at UVic in the prestigious Bridgman Cup over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Check out more photos of the Senior girls field hockey team at the SMUS Photo Gallery.
Our rowing team made its initial foray into the local high school athletic scene, with the annual Crabfest Regatta taking place Oct. 1 at Elk Lake. Most SMUS athletes were racing for the first time ever, with a great deal learned by all the Grade 9 and 10 newcomers.
In the 500m sprints, both the Junior Novice Girls 8+ and Junior Novice Boys 8+ placed second, while a Junior Novice mixed 8+ crew won its event.
Next up, in two weeks, are the October Sprints, held again at Elk Lake.
The Grade 8 rugby squad enjoyed a home and away series versus Shawnigan. Both games were well contested, with the home side coming out on top each time. SMUS players who caught the eye included Rocky P., Louis C., Dave D., Eric X., Hemmesh P. and Alejandro C. All look forward to the next match, scheduled for lunchtime on Oct. 5.
Grade 8 rugby photos courtesy of Spud Matthews
A deep Middle School team was fielded for the opening race at Lambrick Park. The many solid performances augur well for the remainder of the season.