Women’s Rugby move on to the finals
The Lady Islanders took on Heritage College in their semifinal. The first half saw some good attacks by the Lady Islanders stopped by untimely penalties and unforced errors. Keeping the game tied 0-0 at the half. The second half saw more of the same, as the lady Islanders spent the whole period in Heritage’s half of the field, but had trouble scoring. That is when the best players stepped up. The leaders of this team took control, with Tess Armstrong, Dana Silerova and Victoria McCann scoring tries to secure the victory. Dana Silerova was good on all 3 conversions. The Lady Islanders will take on Dawson College next Sunday at home as they look to defend their regional championship.
Men’s Rugby regains home field advantage
With a resounding 41-0 victory over Vanier combined with a 6-3 win by Heritage, the Isles will be hosting the men’s final next Sunday versus the Hurricanes. This will be the tail end of a double header with Women’s Rugby at 13h00 vs Dawson and the men at 15h00.
Lacrosse looking to defend their championship
In a game delayed by lightning and inclement weather the Isles remained undefeated as they disposed of Dawson 21-4. A balanced offensive attack saw 12 different scorers and a defense that was not willing to give an inch. The Isles will face off against Brebeuf next Sunday at 13h00, the game will be played in Concordia Stadium. The Isles are looking to complete their 2nd undefeated season since their return into the RSEQ league.
Football looking to stay perfect on the road as they prepare for St Jean in the semis
The John Abbott Islanders are moving on to the semi-finals of the RSEQ Division Two playoffs following a 42-31 victory against the Beauce-Appalaches Condors. Quarterback Adam Sinagra threw four touchdown passes while defensive lineman A.J. Fields had two sacks in the Islanders’ final home game of 2015.
“We played really well offensively,” said John Abbott head coach Patrick Gregory. “We were able to both run the ball and pass the ball effectively and it was just a good day.”
Last week, the Islanders embarrassed the Condors with a 37-6 win on the road. This week, Beauce wasn’t going down without a fight. They found the end zone on their first drive and followed that up by forcing Abbott to punt.
However, on the next drive, defensive back Jacob Bernett jumped a route and picked off Condors’ quarterback Jean-Daniel Lecours. A few plays later, Sinagra found Nori Volny for his first of two touchdown receptions on the day. Following the interception, the Islanders went on a 21-3 run and led by eleven points at the half.
“It was a big play,” said Gregory. “On our first series, we went three and out. We had 18 snaps on offense in the first-half and we typically get around 70 per game. For us to get the ball right back was huge.”
Coming out of the break, the Condors once again showed their resilience. The team which travelled more than 300 km to get to Memorial Field scored back-to-back touchdowns to take a three point lead.
Then, the Islanders took the momentum back, capped by an incredible, 81 yard touchdown run by Kwame Osei to restore an 18-point lead. The run was the cherry on top of a 216 yard day for the first-year player, who was without a doubt, a key to the Islanders’ victory.
For the second time in as many years, the Islanders won a home playoff game, which is a huge boost for the program after years of underachievement. John Abbott will now be on the road for the remainder of their 2015 campaign. Their semi-final opponent is the Saint-Jean Géants, who finished the season with an 8-1 record and earned a quarter-final bye.
Islander fans have reason to be optimistic however, as the defending champions lone loss came at the hands of…John Abbott. Abbott is also perfect away from Memorial Field this season, with a 5-0 record.
The game will be played on Saturday, November 7 at Stade Alphonse-Desjardins in Saint-Jean. Kickoff time has yet to be confirmed.
Flag football finds the silver lining in a turnaround season
On Saturday, the Islanders face d a tough Assomption team and came out on the winning end of a 23-12 score. The offence had trouble getting started as nerves came in to play. Finally QB Andrea Hevia got her offence going and ended up completing 29 of 49 passes for 377 yards, 3 touchdowns, and two 2 pt conversions. Marie-Li Lapierre had 5 catches for 92 yards, 1 TD, and a 2 point conversion, Kelly Chiavaro had 6 catches for 65 yards and 2 TD’s, and Claudia Gagnon had 7 catches for 98 yards. Kaitlyn Gumby had the other two point conversion. Chiavaro also punted in the endzone for a point.
Defensively, the Isles did well to hold Assomption to 12 points. Chloe Hamelin had 7 flags, and Jessica Gosselin had 6 flags. Sandrine Bernard rushed in the first half before leaving with an injury and came away with one QB sack. Alexa Barron took over in the second half and was on fire. She pressured the Assomption QB well and sacked her 4 times.
The Islanders 8 game winning streak would unfortunately end on Sunday in the finals vs Edouard Montpetit who averaged over 40 points a game during the regular season. The final score was 20-7. The weather affected both teams, however it seemed to affect Abbott more. Once again, the Islander offense had trouble getting started. In the end the offense hovered around 35%-40% completion rate. Sadly, the offense had a case of the “Dropsies”. Hevia still managed to throw for 344 yards. The Isles drove the field but could not convert in the red zone. Chiavaro had a slow start, but was key on 3rd and 4th down conversions. She finished the day with 7 catches for 63 yards, and a 1 point conversion. Frederike Lague-Lalonde had 6 catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Amy Michon Hughes had 5 catches for 41 yards.
The Islander defense was stingy and held the high octane Lynx offense to only 14 offensive points. Hamelin and Bernard had 4 and 5 flag pulls respectively. Hamelin also had 1 interception. Gosselin had 2 flags, 2 pass deflections, and 1 interception. Barron finished the day with 2 sacks.
Men’s volleyball finding their stride
In the second of six league tournaments the Isles went 4-0 only dropping one set all day. The day started out with an easy victory over Ahuntsic 25-13, 25-10. In the second match against Montmorency the Isles won 25-15, 21-25, 15-11, the Nomades were able to shut down the Isles offense in the second set but the some key players stepped up in the third set to take the victory. Against Valleyfield the Isles won 25-19, 25-17 with a number of bench players seeing court time. The final game of the day saw the Isles face a must win scenario in order to finish first in the pool move up to section A. The Isles never lost more than 2 consecutive points and took the match in straight sets of identical 25-17 scores.
Second year libero Tyler Tweedie Smith and all other serve receivers were able to stabilize play and let rookie setter Simon Dufour (85 assists, 6 aces, 3 blocks) run a quick Islander offence. Rookie power hitter Justin Pemberton led the offense with 26 kills, taking over the team season lead. Kurt Tremblay was key on defence with 14 stuff blocks while adding 19 kills and 7 aces. Although not a stellar offensive day with only 8 kills, rookie Markus Nitka did lead the team with an 84% passing efficiency, allowing the team to total 90 kills, the highest in the past 3 years.
The Isles will now host the next league tournament on November 22nd in the Casgrain gymnasium. With tie-breakers to be settled the opposing teams have yet to be determined but the competition will be much tougher as it will be the highest section of the league.
Women’s Basketball struggles continue
The women’s basketball team’s losing ways continued Sunday when they dropped a 81-50 decision to Champlain-Lennoxville. The Islanders trailed 14-13 at the end of the first quarter but Champlain outscored them 26-9 in the second quarter to put the game out of reach. Darnelle Noel scored 15 points before fouling out early while Rikki Blumenfeld added seven points and nine rebounds to the Abbott cause.
Hockey with another tough loss
The Isles went into the third period in a 2-2 tie with goals from Julia D’Alleva and Sandrine Hachez. However a late 3rd period penalty proved to be the Isles down fall as Andre Laurendeau scored the power play marker with just over 2 minutes remaining.
Cross Country closes out the year at Provincials
After a 2 hour bus ride to Grand-Mere the Isles runners were able to stretch it out and the women’s team finished 10th out of 35 teams, the best showing of the season. The men finished 13th out of 37 teams.
Islander Athletes of the Week:
Kwame Osei from the Football team led the Isles into the next round of the playoffs with 216 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.
Justin Pemberton from Men’s Volleyball had 26 kills to pace the Isles to a 4-0 record in the league’s second tournament of the year.