Women’s Rugby brings home the first banner of the year!
After a week off for Thanksgiving, the Islanders finished off their back to back match up against rival Dawson College. After a close first game (15-10), the team was prepared for another tight battle. The nerves were evident on both sides as they both made some errors to start the game. As things settled, the Islanders went on the attack and were rewarded with a try by Tess Armstrong. But the team seemed to sit back, and Dawson was able to take the lead with a converted try, and lead 7-5 at the half. The second half started better, but the Dawson defense held. After some good rucking, led by Armstrong and Victoria McCann, the team attacked down the field. They were finally rewarded with a try by McCann. As the game neared the end, Dana Silerova put the finishing touch on the game with a try to end any thought of a Dawson comeback.
Now 5-0 with a game remaining against last place St Lambert no one can catch the Isles for first. JAC will host a home semifinal game on November 1st at 11h00 versus Heritage who the Isles beat 45-8 earlier this year.
Football clinches home playoff game with win over Sherbrooke
The John Abbott Islanders clinched a home playoff game with a 30-16 win over the Sherbrooke Volontaires (3-5) on Saturday night at Memorial Field. Nori Volny had 154 receiving yards to send the Islander faithful home happy.
On the first play of the second-quarter, quarterback Adam Sinagra scampered into the end zone from eight yards out. Sinagra then nailed the extra-point – he was also serving as a kicker because JJ Molson is out with an injury.
In the final five minutes of the first half, John Abbott started to pull away. Kwame Osei got through the Volontaire line to block a punt, and the Islanders recovered on the 15 yard line. Two plays later, Sinagra found rookie sensation Liam Yeldon in the end zone.
After another blocked punt, Sinagra connected with Nori Volny for a 45 yard catch-and-run, giving the home team a 23-2 advantage at the half.
Gregory brought in his second string players in the second-half, but not before Jeremy Pryde plowed into the end zone. The running-back now has three touchdowns in the past two weeks.
Stopping the run has been a problem for the Islanders all season. However, with the defense being responsible for a mere seven of the sixteen points given up, Gregory says he has been seeing some improvement.
“For sure it’s better. We shut them out until the third-quarter. Hey, if you don’t give up any points, you’re doing a great job on defense.”
Sinagra amassed 327 passing yards and threw two touchdowns. This was the second straight week he was counted on to serve as a kicker in addition to his duties under centre. He converted all four of his extra point attempts and averaged 47 yards per kickoff.
John Abbott now sits at 6-2, and can finish no worse than fourth in the RSEQ Division Two. Next week is their final regular season game, when they travel up to Beauce-Appalaches (4-4) and it is possible that the Islanders could face the Condors in back-to-back weeks. As it currently sits, John Abbott and Beauce would face off in the first round of the playoffs.
Lacrosse to host a semifinal game
Bettering last week’s result the Isles defeated Saint-Hyacinthe 21-1. The win locks up a semifinal game on November 1st at 15h00. Keanu Hemlock led the way with 6 goals and 1 assist. With a road game left at Brebeuf, the Isles would have to lose by 13 in order to give up the regular season title.
Men’s Rugby right the ship
The Islanders were on the road this weekend and grabbed a fantastic bounce back win 52-0 against the hard working André-Laurendeau squad. Not even the snow could hold back the Isles in this clash as they scored often and in bunches. The forwards showed great hands on this cold Sunday afternoon, and the backs struck the line with pace making the lives of “Le-Boomerang” very difficult. Man of the match deservingly went to Mike Bergeron with three tries in one half including a beautiful 50m run. Other standouts were Jackson Matthews and Greg Watson. Next up, the Islanders face St-Lambert Sunday 1:00pm at home and are looking to finish off the season with a bang in preparation for playoffs
Flag football clinches a first round bye
The Women’s flag football team is now 6-1 after a 34-0 win over Cegep de Joliette on Sunday. The Islanders were very inconsistent on offense but still managed to pull through. The offense was unable to get a rhythm going as QB Andrea Hevia complete just over 50% of her passes. She went 25 of 48 passes for a mere 270 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Just over a third of those yards went to receiver Kayla Audet, who had her biggest game of the season with 11 catches for 110 yards and a two point conversion. Touchdown catches went to Frédérike Lague-Lalonde (5 catches, 72 yards, two touchdowns), and Marie-Li Lapierre (5 catches, 48 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 point conversion).
The Islander defense carried them through this game. It was a great team effort as the defense combined for 6 passes knocked down, three interceptions, and 21 flag pulls. Alex Trahan had 2 flags, 1 knockdown, and 1 interception, Jessica “Gus” Gosselin had 8 flags, and her third “pick 6” of the season. Chloe Hamelin had her 2nd Special Teams touchdown as she ran back a punt return 65 yards for a TD. Rusher Alexa Barron had a great game pressuring the Joliette QB. She came away with a QB sack.
With 3 games left in the regular season the Isles have clinched a semifinal game on October 31st, 13h00 at Bois de Boulogne.
Men’s Volleyball opens the season
The Isles started their season with a 2-2 record in the first league tournament. They will play 6 tournaments over 2 semesters to see which of the 10 teams will qualify for the playoffs (8 team regionals). The day started strong with wins over Ahuntsic 25-15, 25-12 and Lionel Groulx 25-16, 19-25, 15-9. Needing a win to move up into the top pool, the Isles could not find the energy or key plays as they lost 20-25, 19-25 to Edouard Montpetit and 22-25, 22-25 to Marianopolis.
Offensive leaders were middle Kurt Tremblay and captain Jonny Diamond with 21 and 20 kills respectively. Rookies Simon Dufour (setter), Justin Pemberton (power) and Markus Nitka (power) were also key contributors on the day.
Slow start for Women’s Basketball
The Islanders had a poor start to the 2015-16 RSEQ season as they were dropped a one-sided 91-39 decision to the Champlain Cavaliers. The Islanders trailed 9-8 four minutes into the game before Champlain finished the quarter on a 13-3 run and the rout was on. Sydney Netto and Meagan Charbonneau led the Islanders with 7 points apiece.
Soccer seasons over too early
Both women’s and men’s teams have been eliminated from playoff contention after the weekend’s action. The women lost 2-0 to St Lambert and 2-1 at Ste Foy. Frederique Bilodeau had the lone goal for the Isles.
Although taking the lead in the game versus St Lambert on a goal by Rashaan Williams the men lost 3-1.
Both teams will close out their season on the road to Ahuntsic this Friday night.
Hockey trying to find the positive
Facing the top team in the league the Isles lost 6-0 to Limoilou. A small victory as the Isles outshot the Titans in the second period and held them off the scoreboard.
Men’s Basketball drop season opener in OT
The Isles travelled to St Lambert to open the 2015-2016 season but lost in overtime to the Cavaliers 93-82.
Islander Athletes of the Week:
Leading the Islanders to the first championship banner of 2015-2016 season, Victoria McCann from the Women’s Rugby team and helping clinch a home ¼ final game, Nori Volny of the Football team with 5 catches for 154 yards and 1 touchdown.