November Sports Review
A number of teams wrapped up very successful competitive seasons in November.
Our Senior Boys Soccer team had a thrilling playoff run to end their season. After capturing the Mid-Island league title, the boys advanced to the North Island Championship that we hosted. The boys played excellent soccer but met a scrappy team from Carihi in the final where, despite dominating much of the game, they could not find the back of the net and eventually lost a thriller 2-1 in extra time. Despite this loss, the team advanced to Islands where they again looked impressive earning a berth to the final thanks to an impressive 2-1 win over SMUS in the semifinals. Once again, Brentwood met up with Carihi, and once again the boys were unable to convert on some great scoring opportunities and ultimately lost the game in penalty kicks. Nonetheless, as Island silver medalists, the team earned it first berth in 10 years to the provincial championships in Burnaby.
At provincials, the boys came second in their pool and ultimately finished the tournament as the #7 team in the province. While the team was disappointed with this result, it was a fantastic season for the boys. They were the only team to beat the eventual provincial champions, SMUS, all season and, more impressively, earned an elusive berth to the provincial tournament. The Grade 12s provided excellent leadership, and with a strong and deep group of Grade 11s returning, the team is already fired up for next season.
Meanwhile, our Junior Boys Soccer team also wrapped up a strong season. They won the Mid-Island title for the second year in a row and earned a berth to the Island Championships where they finished 7th and more than held their own against some of the top 4A teams on the island. For those who don’t know, at the junior level, there is no distinction between school size and Brentwood, a small AA school, must compete with much larger 3A and 4A programs.
In volleyball, our Junior Girls showed tremendous growth over the course of the season and captured gold at the Mid-Island Championship and represented us very well at Islands. Some heart-breaking losses meant they and came up just short of their goal to reach the provincial championship. Again, just making the Islands at the junior level is an excellent accomplishment given the size of our school.
The Senior Girls also made an impressive post-season run. They breezed through the North Island and Island Championships capturing double gold for the second year in a row! At provincials, the girls played well in pool play then lost a heart-breaking five set crossover match to Notre Dame. This team improved a ton over the course of the season and we are immensely proud of they way they represented Brentwood.
The Grade 8/9 rugby team also had a positive season. They were very young this year, with an equal mix of Grade 8 and 9 players, and though we didn’t score as many tries as we would have liked, we certainly made many tackles, worked hard, and improved significantly over the course of the season. The boys remained positive throughout, knowing full well they have long rugby careers at Brentwood ahead of them.
Our Senior Girls Field Hockey team wrapped up a nice season in November. They won silver at the Island Championships and then played excellent hockey at provincials and came 6th in BC. Coach Martin and Svoboda were super impressed with the growth of this team and the resilience they showed, particularly at provincials, where they battled hard all tournament and, despite being short-handed, played some of their best hockey of the year.
The field hockey development team also had an excellent season. They worked hard, learned quickly, and brought a positive attitude to each session. They started from never having seen the one sided stick before, to learning the rules of a complicated game and being able to play competitively. Indeed, at the final tournament, these girls played against much more experienced teams and were able to hold their own; a highlight was the girls earning a hard fought shutout in their last game.
With December upon us, second term sport gets underway. We look forward to watching our basketball and hockey teams in competitive action in the months ahead.