Athletics Week in Review: October 4

September came to a close with its usual flurry of athletic events, with all fall term sports now fully underway.

Soccer

The Junior boys soccer team continued its fine play, defeating Shawnigan 5-3 and St. George’s 1-0 to reach the ISA final. Callum Colgate registered a hat trick in the first match and then the game-winner in the second. Goalkeeper Allistair Catto did extremely well to keep a clean sheet

The championship game was a tight affair from start to finish, with Brentwood deservedly victorious 1-0. For SMUS, Louis Chang continued his strong start to the season.

Field Hockey

Senior girls field hockey, minus its complement of Grade 11s (all away on out trips), dropped a 4-0 decision to a skilled Mount Douglas side. Elle Nelson, Julia McDermott, Jenna Coward and goalie Haruka Ogawa all had their moments.

The team returns to full strength and now looks forward to competing in the prestigious Bridgman Cup tournament, set for the Thanksgiving weekend at UVic.

The Senior girls development team continues to gain experience, more than holding its own on those occasions when players are not called up to join the 1st XI squad. Ogawa has been very solid in goal, while Anna Dansereau and Preetinder Dhillon featured prominently versus both Claremont and Esquimalt.

Volleyball

The volleyball teams were on court all across the city, with the Senior girls, led by Zoe Lott and Katharina Mayer, securing a pair of two-set victories versus Mount Douglas (25-12, 25-11) and Royal Bay (25-21, 25-21).

The Junior girls hosted a jamboree, playing very consistently in defeating Oak Bay 25-14 and 25-23. Josie Hallatt, Veronica Franco, Anna Brinham and Marina Fabris all turned in solid, all round performances.

On the boys side, the Juniors boys opened league play with games versus Claremont, Oak Bay and Belmont. Despite several narrow defeats, SMUS, led by Ben Ingimundson and Xavier Mainwaring, displayed enough potential to suggest they will be in the playoff mix in six weeks’ time.

Some of the Juniors were then required to debut with the Senior boys squad, which was also shorthanded due to the Grade 11 out trips. Tadeo Allerding and Kyle Stenberg both played with distinction in a victory over Esquimalt and close losses to St. Andrews and Stelly’s.

Rugby

The Grade 9 boys rugby group took part in a jamboree at Shawnigan Lake School, drawing with Brentwood before falling 7-3 to the hosts. Louis Chang, Eric Xiong and Dave Duru all showed well. SMUS now looks ahead to hosting an ISA 7s event on October 11.

Rowing

The fall rowing team took part in the Crabfest Regatta at Elk Lake. All the competitors, most of whom had only been on the water in a shell a handful of times, learned a great deal in this series of 500m sprints. Both the Junior Novice Girls 8+ and the Junior Novice Boys 8+ reached the podium and the entire group looks forward to the next competition October 13-14.

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