Flag Football Reclaims Their Crown
With two playoff wins this weekend the Isles are the Regional Champions. Saturday, in the semifinal, the Isles played a tough Joliette team. The score was a close one at the half (12-7 for Abbott), but in the second half, they put Joliette to bed finally winning 33-13. In the finals on Sunday, Assomption couldn’t keep up with the best offense and defense in the league. The Isles rolled over Assomption in a convincing 39-1 win. “Do Your Job” was the theme of the season and the Islanders never stopped. Quarterback Andrea Hevia had her offensive machine on “high” this past weekend. In 2 games, she had over an 80% completion rate going 53/66 for just under 800 yards and 10 touchdowns. All receivers’ contributed, but special kudos go to Katie Tracy for her 4 touchdown performance.
Defensively, the Islanders did not disappoint. Safety tag team of Sandrine Bernard and Chloe Hamelin, had one interception each in the semifinal, 14 flag pulls and 2 passes defended between the two of them. Always solid on defense, in 2 games, Jessica “Gus” Gosselin had 12 flag pulls and 1 interception. Sydney Fewtrell and Shaeleigh Spracklin played the best games of their season with Fewtrell getting a pick 6 in the finals, 3 flag pulls and 1 pass defended, while Spracklin ended the final with a convincing interception.
Coach’s quote: It is hard to narrow down the success of the season in a few stats. Everyone contributed to the success of the season on and off the field. It is not easy bringing 22 girls together, but they did it. Everyone did their job and everyone “finished”. The coaches are extremely proud of their performance.
Men’s Rugby Standing Tall
The Isles will be moving on to the finals after a 36-26 win over the André-Laurendeau Boomerang. Tensions were high on Sunday evening as the Abbott men came out in the first ten minutes with two important tries from Jackson Matthews and Mitchell Khury. The Boomerang came back hard and with brute force muscled their way to the try line, but the Isles answered with a try from David Pelosi. André-Laurendeau closed the gap with a try just before half making the score 19-12 going into the locker room.
The half time break seemed to favour the Boomerang as they were able to tie the match 10 minutes into the second half. Matthews scored two monumental tries after returning from a yellow card and reigniting the Islanders fire. Pelosi decided to add onto the lead with another try 5 minutes later, but the Boomerang came back fighting, pushing Abbott to the limit. The Boomerang’s efforts were rewarded in the last minute of play with one last try bringing the game back to within 10 points, but that was as close as they got.
Going out on a high Vigo Moniz, Justin Davies and Jackson Matthews’ played their last game in an Islanders uniform. This trio will not be playing in the final as they have gotten a higher calling to go to a team Canada fall camp.
Women’s Rugby Continue Their Dominance
The Isles advanced to the Championship game with a 55-20 victory over Heritage College. The offense was led by Lauren Minns with a Double Hat Trick of 6 tries (3 in each half). Sasha Guedes, Jamie Dollimore and Sophie Van Horne each added a try. Vanessa Chiapetta added 3 conversions while Sophie Van Horne had 2 conversions of her own.
In a rematch of their closest regular season game the Isles will play the Dawson Blues for Regional supremacy. The game will take place at John Abbott, 13h00 on November 13th.
RUCK OVER HUNGER
In conjunction with the Regional Rugby Championships, the Islanders will be running a food drive for less fortunate students on campus. The Regional Rugby championship will see the Dawson Blues come to John Abbott at 13h00 for the women’s final and 15h00 for the men’s final on Sunday November 13th. Entry will be $5 or a contribution to the John Abbott Food bank (2 nonperishable items).
Women’s Volleyball Finding Their Way
Hosting their only tournament of the year and the first one counting towards regional standings the Isles played some inspiring volleyball. On a day with many obstacles, the Lady Islanders persevered and overcame all of the difficult challenges they faced.
The Isles did not drop a set finishing 10-0, beating Maisonneuve 25-16, 25-17, Edouard Montpetit 25-21, 25-18, Dawson 25-18, 25-13, Vieux Montreal 25-16, 25-21, and St Lambert 25-21, 25-12.
Hayley Nesbitt coming back two weeks after a severe ankle sprain was one of the many leaders of the day (2.00 Serve Receive Ratio SRR, 38 Kills, 49% Kill percentage, 5 aces, 6 Stuff Blocks, +26 Attack). She was a consistent force all day shutting down the opposition’s primary hitter from the outside. Maxime Simoneau finished with solid numbers (2.00 SRR, 36 Kills, 46% Kill percentage, 15 aces, 5 stuff blocks, +27 Attack, +10 Serve), as did Marjorie St Louis (68 assists, 4 stuff blocks, 10 aces, 100% serving, 2 kills). Natasha Fracassi continued her progression with 13 Kills, 9 Stuff Blocks and +11 Attack, as did Charlotte Dansereau (4 stuff blocks, 6 aces, 5 Kills).
With the first place finish the Lady Islanders will move on to Section B to hopefully continue their progression towards securing one of 8 spots for the Regional finals!
Men’s Basketball Evens out Their Record
Last Friday night the team headed east on the 40 towards Quebec City to face the Ste. Foy Dynamiques. The first quarter saw both teams struggling to find points, however Ste. Foy was able to take a 3 point advantage to end the quarter 12-9. The next quarter saw more of the same with each team finding few baskets, but the Isles managed to creep within a few points but weren’t able to gain much momentum in the quarter. Ste. Foy was able to take a 35-30 lead into halftime.
The third quarter started off poorly for the Isles, but the team pulled it together to end the quarter with an impressive run, and won that quarter 18-14 to cut into the lead 49-48 for the Dynamiques. In the fourth quarter it was all Isles offensively and defensively. Leading the charge was Dylan Cruickshank with 15 rebounds and Elie Mouyal with 21 pts on 7-9 shooting and 7 boards. Adam Pace had another strong showing with 25 pts. Rookie Terrell Shaw-Campbell came off the bench and had 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Hockey Splits Last Week’s Games
Last week Wednesday, the Isles visited the Edouard Mont-Petit Lynx. Despite a very good effort and many shots on net the girls lost 3-1 with an empty net. Two days later, the team was facing Lennoxville at home. The girls took off exactly where they left off on Wednesday and dominated the game from beginning to end outshooting them 51-21. Two goals scored by Sandrine Hachez in this game, Juliana Classen and Kate Ward rounded out the scoring. Aube Racine stopped all 21 shots to record her first shutout of the year in the 4-0 final.
Football and Lacrosse Season’s Come to an End
For football it was a semifinal match up that could have been a heavyweight fight, it was punch, counter punch. The Isles and Lionel Groulx traded touchdowns throughout the entire second half all the way inside the final few minutes. In the end the Isles came up a few plays short as the Nordiques will now move on to the Bol D’Or with a 40-33 victory.
Lacrosse faced off against Dawson for the right to face Brebeuf in the final. It was a close game for 3 quarters, but the young Isles team could not keep up the pace. In the end Dawson came away with a 14-7 victory.
Women’s Basketball in Exhibition Action
With a bye from league action, the Islanders took on the Jean XXIII high school team and came away with a 71-39 victory. Rookie Andrea Batrla led all scorers with 17 points while Rikki Blumenfeld added 13 points, all in the second half. The team returns to league action this Friday when they host the Dawson Blues at the Casgrain Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 19h00.