Athletics Week in Review: May 23

Grade 6-7 rugby

Soccer

The Senior girls soccer squad got the week off to a fine start, playing its best games of the season in romping to the Island AA title. While Day 1 of the tournament featured a few shaky moments versus both Ballenas (3-0) and then Mark Isfeld (1-0), Day 2 was a complete domination, with the Blue Jags taking out Brooks 2-1 and then, in the final, accounting for Carihi 4-0.

Gabby Freer had the distinction of scoring in each of the four matches while Taylor Noel managed a pair of goals.

The defensive line of Zoe Lott, Meredith Selwood, Chloe Fitzgibbon and Elise Lincoln performed soundly all tournament, while only a SMUS own goal against Brooks kept Kaia Gyorfi from keeping a clean sheet throughout the competition.

The Blue Jags now move on to the B.C. AA Tournament in Kamloops May 31-June 2.

Field Hockey

The Middle School field hockey program saw 30-32 girls come out for weekly practices and games at UVic in April and May. The two squads for the season gave the girls the opportunity to play with peers in their own grade as well as with other grades. The games were played against 12 other Middle Schools from around Victoria. With 17 teams playing in the league, the varied competition allowed our girls to show tremendous growth and development over the duration of the season.

Mrs. Mollenhauer, along with Raechel Jones, Stef Sloboda and Julie Williams had the pleasure of coaching this wonderful group of young athletes and thoroughly enjoyed working with them. The students’ commitment to both practices and games was admirable and we certainly hope many of the girls will continue on with the sport at the school and possibly in leagues and programs in the community.

Track and Field

In Track and Field Islands, the Junior girls produced some dominant performances, led by Angelina Shandro who won three gold medals in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay.

Lauren Randall-Guy won the 800m and was part of the relay, while also claiming a bronze medal in the 200m. Kenzi Farish further medaled three times, with silvers in the 300m hurdles and triple jump, and gold in the relay. Suzie Stone was the fourth member of the successful relay squad.

At Senior level, Nathan Von Hagen won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump, recording personal bests in both events.

Overall, there were many excellent performances, with 10 SMUS athletes qualifying for the provincial meet in two weeks.

Rugby

The 1st XV team was literally seconds away from a massive upset of Oak Bay in the Howard Russell Cup final. A courageous rearguard action, with plenty of gutsy tackling, held out until the final minute when the Barbarians squeezed over in the left corner for a 12-10 victory. Luke Rainier-Pope, in addition to kicking a penalty goal and a conversion, was a tower of strength throughout, with Adam Gheis, Bolu Ososami and Elvis Duru also catching the eye. SMUS now moves on to the May 23 Island AA final versus Brentwood.

The Junior boys XV put on a fine display of passing and support play in defeating Brentwood 45-12 in an Island semi-final. Josh Mao scored a brace, while Will Kinahan converted five of the seven tries. Max Nishima was a live wire at openside flanker and Ben Shaw dangerous at fly half. SMUS now moves on to its own Island final on May 23 versus Shawnigan. The Junior boys will then face a still-to-be-determined mainland opponent in a B.C. quarterfinal on May 26.

Finally, the City Middle School 7s jamborees for Grades 6-8 played out May 14 and May 16 at SMUS. The 6-7 B-team closed its season well, with two wins versus North Saanich B and Glanford B. The A-team eased through pool victories versus North Saanich B, Spencer and Royal Oak before pulling away from talented Monterey in the semi-final.

In the final, SMUS got on top from the outset, with smothering defence not allowing North Saanich’s strong runners any room to operate. This, allied to several top-notch team tries produced a resounding victory. Numerous players performed very well, notably Xander L., Matthew B., Reagan V., Tomi C. and Tyson C.

Not to be outdone, the Grade 8 team, seeded fourth, clawed its way into the semi-finals, notching a solid win over a speedy Glanford group. Then, against heavily favoured Bayside, the Blue Jags spread the ball wide at every opportunity, with winger Jhye G. the beneficiary with four tries in the upset victory. In a wonderful team effort, Alejandro C., Erik X., Louis C., Emilio R., Dave D. and Calum W. were just a handful of those who stood out.

VIVAT!

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