The 2018-19 school sporting season got underway last week, with both field hockey and soccer on the docket.
The Senior girls 1st XI opened its exhibition season, traveling up Island to take part in the Friendship Cup. Behind strong play from Cordel Tromp and Suzie Stone, backed by Grade 10s Elle Nelson and Julia McDermott, SMUS won three and drew one of its four matches. The Blue Jags defeated local rivals Glenlyon Norfolk School and Lambrick Park by 5-0 margins, earned a 1-1 tie versus Frances Kelsey and then dropped Brentwood College 3-0. The team finished first in the Tier 2 event.
The girls development XI showed great enthusiasm in all three of its matches. With virtually every player new to field hockey, the group displayed real enthusiasm and, as a result, learned quickly.
In Soccer, the boys teams hosted the ISA A and B Tournaments. The Senior boys A team managed to negotiate its pool, edging Brentwood 3-2 before accounting for Mulgrave 2-1 and West Point Grey 1-0. However, a shaky start versus a polished St. George’s side proved too much to overcome in the final, with the Blue Jags earning a second-place finish.
Captain Ewan Halliday led by example, with Adam Roberts, Ben Shaw, Andres Vega Perez, Jom Umpujh and Andrei Mironov combining well up front.
The Senior boys development team won one of its three games, beating Glenlyon Norfolk School in the sixth round of penalty kicks after a 0-0 regulation time draw. While Southridge and St. George’s B then proved too strong, Matthew Le Roux, Ryan Ellsay, Nemesio Artola, Sahaj Grewal, Owen Delichte and acrobatic goalkeeper Jesus Quesada were just some of the SMUS players who stood out.
League and exhibition action continues on a number of fronts this week, with Grade 9 rugby, volleyball and cross-country set for action.