Women’s Rugby Clinches Another Banner
The Islanders clinched 1st place with a 41-5 victory over Vanier on a cold wet Friday night game. This means that John Abbott will be hosting the finals for both women and men on Sunday November 13th. The first half saw the Islanders start off slow as the game was delayed 30 min as the ref was late, and the field was extremely wet and muddy. The Isles did go into halftime with a 15-5 lead. In the second half, they adapted to the conditions and finished with a comfortable victory. Leading the offence was Sophie Van Horne with 2 tries and 3 conversions, DJ El-Tayar with 2 tries, and Emma Bragg, Sarah Houle, & Morgan McMahon added a try each.
The Lady Islanders finished off the regular season with a 51-12 victory over Heritage to finish the regular season without a loss. The team started off great, jumping out to a 27-0 lead by halftime. In the 2nd half, they kept up the pressure on offence, but they seemed to relax a bit too much on defence and gave up a season high 12 points against. Leading the way offensively were Sasha Guedes and Jamie Dolimore with 2 tries each. Tyra Marely, Olivia Makinson, Catherine Daignault, Tess Armstong and Sophie Van Horne added a try each. Vanessa Chiapetta added 2 conversions and Sophie Van Horne added another.
The Isles will have a week off before their home semi-final on November 6th.
Flag Football Splits Games but Earns a 2nd Banner
In the lovely Friday night rain the Isles suffered their first loss of the year, letting one slip to Vanier by a 22-20 score. Even with the loss the Isles were able to win the second half and earn some key points in the standings. They were able to right the ship and found their winning ways on Sunday as they downed Assomption by shutting them out 21-0. With that result they are clear of 2nd place Vanier and have locked up their section and have earned a bye into the regional semifinals.
The Isles will have 2 more “tune-up” games this weekend at Vanier in preparation for the semis on November 5th at 14h00 at Bois de Boulogne.
Men’s Rugby Overwhelm the Hurricances
In the back end of a Heritage double header Isles rookie Zach Pfefferle opened up scoring in the first 5minutes of play off a nice set play. Heritage quickly answered with a kick from 40yards out. This didn’t slow the Abbott men who came back with four quick tries from veterans Michael Bergeron and Vigo Moniz and rookies Mike Tsitouras and David MacIntyre. The onslaught continued as veteran front row Elijiah Mon made an incredible 40yard dash to score Abbott’s 6th try of the day. Just before half, Veteran Jackson Matthews increased John Abbott’s lead to 48-3 with another try.
The Isles did not let up as Matthews scored his second try right after half. Rookie Dane Hintenmueller followed up with another early try. The score continued to increase as Mon, Sam Montminy and Bergeron made beautiful runs for a try each. Rookies James Thompson and Mitch Khury added to the score total. Adam Rich sealed Heritage’s fate with one last try in the final minutes of play. Robert Da Rocha helped Abbott reach triple digits for the first time this season with his tenth successful conversion making the final 100-3.
Football Closes out Regular Season with a Win
On a rainy, wet and cold day the Isles came out of the gate rather slowly. The game was being played mostly for field position in the first half trying to make the best of the poor weather conditions. The Isles found themselves on the wrong end of a 12-3 halftime score. Not much changed as the score remained the same until 8 minutes into the 4th quarter when Malcolm Weekes found the end zone on 46 yard reception. This seemed to wake up the Isles as the defense held strong and the offence added two more majors to seal the victory 24-12. Jeremy Pryde found the end zone on a 6 yard run and on a tackle eligible play lineman Liam Lapointe caught a 1 yard touchdown pass to end the day.
The Isles will host Sherbrooke in a provincial quarter final game Saturday October 29th. Game time has yet to be confirmed but it will be an evening kickoff as JAC will be hosting soccer semifinals in the afternoon.
Men’s Soccer off to Provincials
On the strength of a come from behind 2-2 against Vanier last Friday night, the Isles finish the year in 5th place and will play in a provincial quarter final versus defending provincial champions Ahuntsic. The game will be at Claude Robillard Tuesday, October 25th at 19h00.
JAC will be hosting the semifinals and medal games this weekend. Two semifinal games will be played at Smiley Park in Kirkland on Saturday, all other games will be on campus. Saturday will feature women’s semis at 10h00 and men’s semis at 12h30. Sunday will see the women’s bronze medal game at 10h00, gold medal game at 12h30, men’s bronze game at 15h00 and gold medal game at 17h30. Entry for all games at JAC will $5 per day.
Swim Team Sweeps Opening Meet
The Isles open the 2016-2017 season in defense of their provincial title by winning both the men’s and women’s meets in Outaouais on Friday night. The men beat Outaouais by 135.5 points while the women out swam St Jerome by 87 points. Combined the Isles were ahead of second place Maisonneuve by 286.5 points.
Women’s Basketball Looking to Dominate Division 2
The women’s basketball team opened their Division 2 RSEQ season with a hard-fought 69-64 victory over Vieux-Montreal. The Islanders jumped out to a 15-point lead midway through the opening quarter and had a double-digit lead at halftime. However the home-team Spartiates rallied in the second half and took a two-point lead with about five minutes remaining in the game. John Abbott regained their composure behind the scoring of Annie Pollender (17 points) and Darnelle Noel (13 points), and rebuilt a double-digit lead with two minutes left in the game to cruise to the victory.
Women’s Volleyball Battle Through a Major Injury.
The Islanders started the day off strong with two straight wins against Marianopolis (25-15, 25-18). However 2nd year player and leader Hayley Nesbitt injured herself early in the next match when the Islanders had a 4-1 lead and were not able to recover mentally from the loss and dropped 2 sets to Bois de Boulogne 25-16, 25-18.
With the loss of Nesbitt many players needed to elevate their play if the Islanders were to have a chance at salvaging their day. They were led by their veterans Maxime Simoneau (1.96 SRR, 39 kills, 15 aces, 8 Stuff blocks), Charlotte Dansereau (23 Digs, 6 kills, 6 aces, 3 stuff blocks) and Marjorie St Louis (5 aces, 15 digs, 49 assists). There were some key breakthrough performances from 1st year players Megan Phillips, Sophia Bouchard and Natasha Fracassi.
The Islanders finished the day with wins overs Valleyfield (25-13, 25-21), Maissonneuve (25-15, 25-21) and a split versus Lionel Groulx (25-22, 11-25). With an overall record of 7-3 they finished the day in 3rd place and will stay in section C.
Lacrosse Wins Final Regular Season Game
In a back and forth game against Saint-Hyacinthe the Isles were able to find some rhythm and come away with a 10-8 victory. The win guarantees a playoff spot with a week off before the semifinals. The Isles could move up to 3rd place depending on other games to be played this week.
Hockey Game Suspended After Two Periods
The Isles were at Andre Laurendeau on Oct 22nd in their first meeting with the Boomerang. Leading 1-0 after two periods the game was suspended due to poor ice conditions. The RSEQ will determine whether or not the game is resumed or the result will be made final.
End of the Road for Women’s Soccer
In their final game of the year the Isles went to Ste Therese and battled to a 2-2 draw versus Lionel Groulx. The Isles finish the year with a 1-5-4 record missing the playoffs by 5 points.