The extracurricular fall sporting season continued on many fronts, with several teams enjoying their first taste of action.
The Senior boys opened league play with a hard-fought 3-1 victory versus St. Andrew’s. Captain Ewan Halliday scored twice, while Elvis Duru stood out in defence. Ben Shaw was also a constant threat on the left wing.
At the Junior boys level, behind the strong play of Paul Mueller, Izzy Helman and Callum Colgate, SMUS moved top of the local table by virtue of wins over St. Andrew’s (7-1) and Royal Bay (5-3). The latter game in particular was fiercely contested, with both teams notching some fine goals.
The Senior girls field hockey team dropped a 4-0 league encounter to a classy Oak Bay side, but then bounced back to defeat Glenlyon Norfolk School 2-1 and Lambrick Park 4-1. Cordel Tromp and Nadine Reis performed extremely well, while Olly Parkinson and Jordan Stonehouse defended strongly. Haley Sinclair and Suzie Stone paced the attack.
The Senior boys volleyball squad made some early season waves, not only reaching the semifinals of the Camosun College Invitational tournament, but, for the first time ever, claiming a spot in the provincial AA rankings. Tristan Kuhn, Noah Helman and Ty Olynyk were just a few of the players who made their mark, especially in a three-set triumph over traditional AAA powerhouse Dover Bay.
The Senior girls season began with a decisive two-set exhibition win versus Mount Douglas, followed by the first regular season game versus Royal Bay. Strong serving efforts by Katharina Mayer and Zoe Lott helped keep the Blue Jags in the lead for another two-set victory.
At the Junior girls level, the A team played games against Mount Douglas and Pacific Christian School. Veronica Franco served 10 balls in a row to win the first set against Mount Doug, but SMUS lost the second set and then both sets against PCS. The team is still finding their footing while learning new systems and new positions.
The Junior girls developmental team played two games against St. Andrew’s and GNS. Starting off strong against St. Andrew’s, setter Marbella Rodriguez-Ramirez got the team ahead with a seven-point serving streak. This helped lead the team to their first victory, winning both sets. The second match against GNS was equally as exciting, and resulted in a tie game with a win in the first set and a loss in the second.
Calum Webber-Smith, Kelly Jiang, Emma Coetze, Karina Morales and Jack Batoni all ran well in their respective races at Lambrick Park. The return of the Grade 10s from their out-trips will strengthen the team in the next competition, set for this afternoon (September 27) at Henderson Park.
Eleven squash players traveled to Shawnigan Lake School for a Junior Invitational Tournament on September 21-22. Alex Brown, John Duffey, Owen Vincent and Jay Herring all performed solidly, while Christian Yuen reached the final of the U17 Boys event before falling, in a five-set thriller, to the No. 5-ranked player in Canada.