October Sports Review
As you may know, things are never dull in the world of Brentwood Athletics. In the first term we place a heavy emphasis on team sport. There is no better way to get to know your peers, and the lessons learned from playing on a team last a lifetime. It is easy to see the benefits of working closely together towards specific goals in both practice and competition, as we learn to work hard, respect and partner with our teammates and coaches and balance our sport with the other commitments in our lives. That said, team sport is also all about building relationships, and thus, sport can serve as a real asset as we welcome students from all around the world into our school first term. The times our kids spend together in the locker room, on the bus, or at the hotel are often the moments they remember and cherish the most. These are the stories we share for a lifetime. For our first term competitive teams, I know this season has been filled with such moments, but for most of them, they are now in the midst of their playoff runs. The Senior Girls Field Hockey Team is competing at the provincial championships as this is written and had a big 3-0 win over GNS to start the tournament.
Our girls volleyball teams have also impressed to date. Our development teams have actually been thrown into competition with “A” teams from other high schools and more than held their own. Our Junior Girls first team has improved each weekend and is going into the Mid-Island tournament as the #1 seed in the division with hopes of qualifying for Islands and maybe even provincials. Our senior girls have been competing with some of the top teams from across the province and getting better each week. They are poised for yet another run at the Provincial Championship in December.
The Junior Boys Soccer team won the ISAs and their Mid-Island league in convincing fashion to earn a berth at Islands where the boys played some excellent soccer and finished fourth. The Senior Boys Soccer team also won the Mid-Island league, placed second in the North Island tournament and are now battling at Islands and hoping to earn its second consecutive berth to the Provincials.
Our Cross Country team has also had an excellent competitive season and we had more athletes competing at Islands than ever before. This year six of our athletes earned berths to the Provincial meet where Keaton Heisterman (2nd in the province for Junior boys) and Madison Heisterman (6th in the province for Senior girls) highlighted an excellent weekend for the Cross Country team.
In rugby, our Grade 9s have shown remarkable improvement and are starting to hold their own against some of the top programs in BC. Mr Smith and Mr Branchflower are very pleased with how hard this group has worked and how well they are coming together.
November promises to be an equally exciting month – tune into our Twitter accounts for updates on all the playoff action.