Athletics Week in Review: May 1

As usual, it was a very busy week on the sporting front.

Rugby

The Junior boys played very well in defeating Claremont 60-19 in league action. Then, 12 members of the squad took part in the B.C. Junior 7s competition, an all-day affair held at St. Georges.

After wins versus Claremont and Collingwood, SMUS turned in its best effort of the season to beat the hosts 24-5. Excellent team defence, spearheaded by Max Nishima and Will Kinahan, proved to be a platform for four fine tries, as Ben Shaw and Andres Vega Perez capitalized on turnover ball.

In the semi-finals, the Blue Jags kept their noses in front of Brentwood en route to a 22-12 victory, and so moved in to the championship game versus Shawnigan. This was a fine contest, full of cut and thrust, before the opposition triumphed four tries to two.

At 1st XV level, a somewhat depleted side took on Claremont, with a berth in the Howard Russell Cup final at stake. SMUS, after weathering some serious early pressure, scrambled some opportunistic scores en route to a 31-7 win. James Scott did well in his first start in midfield, while Harry Shaw was a constant threat at scrumhalf. Mohammed Al Abdul Salam treated himself to the final try after backing up a Nick Strandberg break.

Still clinging on to the B.C. AA No. 1 ranking, the Blue Jags enter an important week, travelling to No. 3 Brentwood on May 1 before entertaining No. 2 Collingwood May 5 on Alumni Saturday.

In Middle School action, the Grade 6/7 boys played Central, North Saanich and Shoreline. Xander L. (7) Reagan V. (7), Kyle S. (7), Tyson C. (7), Ty D. (7) and Ethan W. (7) played strongly, with Finley R. (6) also to the fore. The two teams, Red and Black, showed much improved handling skills which led to some multi-phase tries. May 2 sees a return trip to North Saanich with games versus Glanford also scheduled.

Rowing

The SMUS Crew also traveled up Island, this time to the 48th Brentwood Regatta. More than 1,600 athletes from schools all over the Pacific Northwest took part in three days of competition. While string winds caused a five-hour delay on the Friday, flatter water on the weekend saw all races completed.

Both the U17 Men’s 4+ (Scott Roberts, Matthew Le Roux, Sam Shipley, Liam Hodgins and Ellie LeBlanc) and the U19 Novice Women’s 4+ (Hannah Look, Firinne Rolfe, Emily White, Sonya Pareiko and Naomi Tung) took pride of place with gold medal performances, while the U19 Novice Men’s 4X+ claimed bronze.

Other crews which performed strongly included the U17 Men’s 8+, the U17 Women’s 4+ and both the U17 and U19 Women’s 8+.

One final local event remains, with the school set to attend the Shawnigan Lake Regatta May 11-13. Then selected boats will be finalized for the Canadian Secondary School Championships in St. Catharines, Ont.

Badminton

The Senior badminton team ended local league play in first place. Next week the team will play in both the City and Island Championships. Reven Liu, Wilson Ye, Jenny She and Jessie Cheng have all played well, with the first two also providing excellent leadership and peer coaching.

Track and Field

In the fourth of five City Track and Field meets, Lauren Randall-Guy continued to dominate the Grade 9 division, this time in winning the 200m in a personal best time of 27.34. Grade 10 Angelina Shandro captured her 200m in a strong time (26.67), while Kenzi Farish placed first in the 300m hurdles (53.48) and second in the triple jump. Jenna Sedgwick and Suzie Stone once again showed fine form in the shot put and 800m.

At Senior level, Nathan Von Hagen again won the triple jump (12.17m) while Joel Kiggundu finished second in both the long (5.29m) and high jumps (1.60m), and third in the triple jump (10.43m). Preet Dhillon was 3rd in the shot put (8.70m)

Soccer

After easing past St. Margaret’s, the Senior girls took on Glenlyon Norfolk School. In an excellent match, SMUS took home the honours by a 2-1 margin. Sara Cui opened the scoring with a superb free kick, before providing the corner for Taylor Noel to extend the lead. The host Gryphons fought back to within a single goal, but the Blue Jags’ composure kept them ahead.

With the win, SMUS secured the South AA No. 1 position prior to playoffs. Next up is a final league game versus Esquimalt before a first round Ryan Cup playoff game.

The Junior girls saw their season come to a close, with a defeat at Mount Douglas keeping them from post-season action.

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