With the calendar turning to May, league play began to wrap up in various sports and playoff rounds kicked into gear.
Senior girls soccer confirmed its South AA #1 finish with a 5-0 victory over Esquimalt. Sara Cui and Chloe Fitzgibbon both notched a pair of goals, with Aysha Emmerson adding a single. Kaia Gyorfi recorded yet another shutout.
Then, at the quarter-final level of the city-wide Ryan Cup, SMUS downed Stelly’s 2-0, thanks to markers from Cui and Megan Johnson. This win moves the Blue Jags into the semi-final vs Oak Bay on May 8.
Of course, all eyes are on the following week, with SMUS set to host what promises to be a highly competitive Island AA tournament. Stay tuned for schedule updates.
Track and Field
In the final league track and field meet, Angelina Shandro set a new Junior girls 400m record, clocking a superb 58.20. Other medalists on the day included Matias Totz, Joel Kiggundu, Nathan von Hagen and Kenzie Farish.
24 SMUS athletes now move on to the Lower Island Finals on May 9.
SMUS has competed recently in both the ISA and Victoria City Police Tournaments. Adrian Hof and Sonja Tang have both turned in some good scores. The upcoming Island tournament at Pheasant Glen should see the team at full strength for the first time and looking to snatch one of the three provincial berths on offer.
The badminton team finished second in its Island Championship event, just failing to hold on vs Mt. Douglas in what finished a narrow 6-5 loss. Nonetheless, SMUS still qualified for provincials. Reven Liu and Wilson Ye continued their strong play.
On the rugby front, it was a long and difficult week for the 1st XV. First came a defeat at Brentwood, with the home side starting fast and never letting up in recording a well-deserved victory. Then, on Alumni Saturday, an improved performance vs newly anointed BC AA #1 Collingwood still was not enough, as the Cavaliers cashed in on set piece dominance and some slick back play to win 34-6. Fullback Harry Shaw gave a fine performance in difficult circumstances.
The team looks to get back on its feet for a final month’s push towards the BC AA Tournament. In preparation, a league match vs GNS, the Howard Russell final vs Oak Bay and then a rematch vs Brentwood are all on the docket between now and May 23.
In contrast, the Junior boys, even though missing some key personnel, rode 29 unanswered points at Brentwood to recover from a 33-12 deficit to win a 41-40 thriller. Then the squad gave its most complete effort of the season in beating Collingwood 40-7. As usual, Max Nishima, Josh Mao, Will Kinahan, Andres Vega Perez and Ben Shaw were prominent, but of equal importance was the performance of some of the less heralded players, all of whom look to be in good nick with City playoffs beginning May 7.
At Middle School level, the grade 6/7 squad dropped Glanford and then scrambled home vs a strong North Saanich side. Jonah J, Daring M, Rohan L, Matthew B, Xander C, Tomi L led the way.
Defensive organization and first-up tackling will remain the focus at practice, in advance of final league contests and then a May 14 season ending Jamboree.
The girls rugby squad waded into uncharted waters as they entered the May 4-5 Island Qualifier tournament, hoping to secure a spot in the upcoming provincial championships. While SMUS did not reach this ultimate goal, missing by one place, other significant milestones were achieved. The coaches were particularly pleased with the contributions of Janet Enge, Tate Robinson, Jordan Stonehouse, Sophia Tafel, Kiri Ngawati and the irrepressible Nadine Reis. As all return in 2019, the future looks bright.