Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports

SMUS competes at the varsity level in 14 sports. At the Senior level (Grades 11-12), all athletes compete through to the provincial championships. At the Junior level (Grades 9-10), all athletes compete through to the Vancouver Island championships.

In most sports, SMUS competes at the AA level (based on school size). At the Senior School level, all teams are competitive and thus, have a tryout component. Some competitive teams complete pre-season training, or fitness and conditioning programs, in addition to attending practices and games. Students who also play on a non-SMUS team outside of school are expected to prioritize their school team. 

Senior School sports require a high level of commitment. Players will often travel for competitions, occasionally miss class time for games, and can expect to train 4-6 times per week. Students should ensure that they are able to meet the requirements outlined by their coach.

Girl hitting ball in Field Hockey
SMUS teams play at home on world-class water turf pitches

SMUS is the dominant field hockey team in Victoria and one of the best places in Canada to develop as a player.

SMUS has three girls field hockey teams. The Senior A team features older, more experienced players while there are also two developmental teams where players prepare for the A team. Outside of SMUS, Victoria has a vibrant field hockey community, including a Rising Stars program for skilled teenage players and a three-divison adult ladies' league.

SMUS Advantages

Some of the highlights and advantages of field hockey at SMUS include:

  • Elite coaching from David Kerr (former Canadian Premiere League player) and Nancy Mollenhauer (three-time field hockey Olympian and inaugural inductee into the Canada Field Hockey Hall of Fame)
  • Access to world-class water turf facilities that have hosted the Commonwealth Games and Olympic qualifiers
  • Second-to-none developmental program in an open, inclusive and friendly environment
  • Travel to provincial and national tournaments
  • Victoria is a field hockey town giving plenty of on pitch playing time

Senior School Field Hockey

Players: Approximately 15 (per team)

Teams

  • Senior A team
  • Two developmental teams

Recent Highlights

  • 1st in Vancouver Island (2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13)
  • 1st in Victoria City championships (2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14)
  • 2nd in provincials (2014/15)
  • 3rd in provincials (2015/16)

Play

  • September to October
  • Matches 2/wk (UVic)
  • Practices 2/wk (UVic)
  • Several tournaments (Friendship Cup, Senior ISA, Bridgman Cup, Island Championships)
  • Occasional matches against international teams outside school  league season (e.g. Scotland, Australia)
  • Development teams have exhibition matches in Victoria Ladies League and occasional matches against other schools

Coaches

  • David Kerr (A team)
  • Nancy Mollenhauer (A team)
  • Raechel Marchand (developmental team)
  • Graham Lilly (developmental team)