Elmwood Girls are having a great year!
⅚ Soccer: On Monday, October 7, the 5/6 Soccer Team participated in a tournament in the Ottawa Independent Schools Athletic League. The girls won all their games and ended up becoming the undefeated tournament champions, scoring a total of 15 goals. This would not have been possible without the help of their coaches, Ms. Tweedie and Ms. Campbell. The enthusiasm, teamwork, and spirit of all the girls were very inspiring. Congratulations to all the players!
⅞ Soccer: This fall, the ⅞ soccer team welcomed a majority of new players, some with little to no soccer experience. The returning players proved themselves as remarkable leaders in teaching these girls some of their skills and knowledge about the sport. The girls, along with their coaches, Dr. Conlon, Ms. Walsh and Aviva Gerring (21’), prompted to divide the team into two groups, A and B, with no particular levels in mind and rotate which group was on the field at the time of their games. With their hard work and perseverance, the girls were able to end the season with a 7-0 game against Joan of Arc, with this being one of their highlights. Each girl has significantly improved since the beginning of the season, and most have expressed their intent to play again next year.
Cross Country (5-8): A big congratulations to a 5th grader won the Pumpkin, Naila and Freya came 12th, Sascha came 32nd, and Rowan came 34th!
⅞ Fall Flag Rugby: The flag rugby team has been hard at work this fall season, with a wave of new players joining this year. During their tournament, the girls played hard and had some remarkable plays, both in offense and defense. The team played their hardest and worked on improving their skills every practice with the help of their coaches Mr. Martin and Sarah Allam (21’). Despite their loss during their final tournament, the girls have nothing but positive comments to take away from their season on the rugby field.
8 Rowing: Despite their small numbers, the grade 8 rowing team had great enthusiasm and presence throughout the fall. This team has mostly been focusing on developing their skills on the water despite the short season. New coach Jamie has made this possible by using her experience as a Varsity level rower to teach the girls on water technique. They are all excited for the winter season ahead, looking forward to improvement and team bonding.
Rowing: The rowing squad under the tutelage of Mr. O’Farrell and Ms. Howell has had a very successful fall season. The new Grade 8’s and the REC club have regularly been out on the water developing new skills and improving technically under the expert guidance of four new coaches to the program. While this has been happening, the competitive team have trained three times a week and attended three different regattas having traveled far and wide. The new girls to the competitive program have taken on board all the advice given and have shown marked in improvement. We now head into the winter dry land training season to improve stamina and strength under the expert guidance of Mr Zak Lewis.
Basketball: This year Mr. Sambles felt the team were up for a new challenge and he, therefore, entered them to a higher division than in previous years. The girls rose to the challenge, and although some games didn’t go their way, they managed to finish the season with three very strong wins and are now preparing for the trip to Saint John NB to play in the CAIS basketball competition.
Cross-Country: As with every year, the team continues to steadily grow in numbers and improve in results. It even got to the point were Mr. Perreault (one of our regular staff runners and coach), enquired about bringing in a bike to ride alongside the girls so that he could really push the fastest girls harder. The early mornings really paid off, and the girls steadily improved in preparation for the two meets. All girls ran a very tough and gruelling race, including many clocking a much faster time at the city finals. Well done for a great season.
Tennis: The tennis season saw a blossoming number of players, that led to even greater success in the championships. Three girls progressed to the finals and Mr. Hodgins is very excited for the future. An outstanding year, with a huge amount of promise for the future.
Field Hockey: The field Hockey team has become our team to watch this year. They continue to excel on the field under the expert eye of Ms. Marchand and the enthusiasm of Ms. Aylen. The girls played a great regular season built on strong defence and fantastic teamwork. This led to them finishing in a play-off spot. They proceeded to play the strongest team in the league in the semi-final, and ran out 1-0 winners to progress. In the final, they were narrowly beaten by Sir Robert Borden, but the girls held their heads high and enjoyed the great season they have had.
Rugby 7’s: Ms. Chin is rightly proud of this amazing group of girls. Mr. Sambles had the pleasure of watching them recently and commented that, "the girls are like a new team, the progress they have made is phenomenal." This year, the improvements have been so quick, that they excelled beyond all expectations! They have moved up into the top 8 teams at the high school level in the city at varsity level, without any Grade 12’s. Now they are starting winter training to work on power, speed, and stamina, in preparation for a tournament in April.