Ms. Ayotte has been an amazing coach and mentor for our track athletes for many years now. Not only has she coached, she has also been one of the key organizers at all the North Shore meets. Sadly, Ms. Ayotte is leaving Collingwood to take a new position at Fraser Academy. This is fantastic news for Ms. Ayotte but not for Collingwood track. Not only will her athletes miss her always sunny personality and her first-rate coaching, but it also means that we will be deprived of her terrific meet summaries. We wish Ms. Ayotte the best. Here is Coach Ayotte's last report as the Collingwood track coach:
The golf team returned this week from Castlegar with the BC AA silver medal. The team overcame a poor opening day and roared back into contention with some terrific play in the second round. In the end, they finished a mere one stroke out of the first. Here is Coach Payne's report:
The golf team is in Castlegar at the BC Championships. Yesterday, the athletes took to the course in very hot conditions. The Cavs are an incredibly talented group of golfers so they would not have been happy with their individual scores yesterday, but they are only five strokes off the lead so they are well within striking distance.
The senior rugby team bounced back from their devastating semi-final loss on Thursday with an outstanding 29-7 win over McMath to win the bronze medal at the BC AA Rugby Championships yesterday. The Cavs overcame an early 7-0 deficit to the Wildcats as they secured their 9th straight trip to the medal podium with a brilliant mix of forward power and outside speed and handling.
The senior rugby team entered their BC AA semi-final knowing that they needed to play a near-perfect game to defeat a formidable Brentwood side. While the effort was there all game long, a couple of major defensive blunders in the first half allowed BCS to take a 12-0 lead. While the Cavs battled back in spectacular fashion to take a 14-12 lead early in the second half, the would eventually fall 24-14.
The senior rugby team was given an enormous scare but rallied to defeat GW Graham 36-14 in their BC AA quarter-final today. The Cavs started the second half with a 12-7 lead but immediately made a number of mistakes which led to a Grizzlies score. Down 14-12, the Cavs were able to regain their composure and scored three straight tries to ensure that they will be playing in their 9th straight provincial semi-final tomorrow.
The junior field hockey team travels to California every second year to compete in the Cal Cup. Almost all of our senior players who have brought Collingwood so many medals at the BC Championships have played in this tournament as juniors. Coach Shirkoff sends in this report from sunny California:
In order to win the BC Tennis Championships you must win at least six of the eleven matches. For the coaches, it is often a chess match where they need to plan and strategize how best to reach the magic number of six wins. Over the past nine years, Collingwood's opponents tried a number of tactics but always failed to outsmart Coach Al Rose or simply outplay his very deep teams.
This year, Coach Andy Wong has taken over from the retired Coach Rose. Coach Wong's tactical planning turned out to be perfect as he stacked his A doubles teams and counted on them winning four games. He knew if this went to plan then the title would likely belong to Collingwood again as his star singles' players were likely to win at least one of their matches. If they won both, Collingwood would reign again.
If SMUS somehow managed to win one of the singles matches, he was confident that Conor Robertson and Neeki Alavi could combine to win the mixed doubles if it came down to a 5-5 tie with one match to go. This is exactly what happened: Here is Coach Wong's report:
Evan Mant had an amazing day as he won the the cross-country race at the BC Mountain Biking Championships today. Coach Calindy Ramsden sends in this report on a great day for Collingwood's Grade 12 star and his teammates:
The tennis team is once again in the BC AA Final. The Cavs defeated Immaculata and long-time rival Brentwood today to advance to the final against St. Michaels University School. Collingwood and SMUS are long-time rugby, field hockey and basketball rivals and now they will face off tomorrow in the gold medal tennis match. It will be another interesting chapter in the great sporting rivalry between the two schools. Here is Coach Wong's report on today's matches:
Collingwood's powerhouse tennis team scorched the opposition this morning and moved onto to the BC AA quarter-finals. The team is looking very strong. Here is Coach Wong's report:
The junior rugby team has qualified for the BC Championships. The Cavs won two do-or-die games to earn a wild-card berth into the eight-team tournament. This is a fantastic result for a team that has been stretched a little thin due to injuries and school events. However, with their season on the line, the team stepped up and demonstrated their true rugby class in wins over Lord Byng from Vancouver and RE Mountain from Langley. Here is Coach Hall's report on his team's huge wins:
It took a while for the sun to actually arrive this spring, but when it has appeared our cricket team has managed to fit two games in against arch-rival St. George's. Senor Diaz has barely been able to contain his joy as the Cavs have hammered the Dragons in both matches. Here is his report:
Last year, Collingwood won the Lower Mainland AA Rugby Championship 11-10 on the last play of the game. This year, the team scored four beautiful first-half tries to speed to a 24-0 lead and then cruised to a 41-12 victory. The win means that the Cavs have now won the AA New Zealand Shield a record 12 times since 1996.
Three years ago, the NSSSAA introduced a new trophy for high school golf on the North Shore. All schools whether A, AA or AAA would compete for the North Shore Golf Championship trophy and banner. Therefore, Collingwood would get a chance to test themselves against all the bigger schools.
The senior rugby team will be playing in their 7th straight Lower Mainland AA Final today. The Cavs will be facing McMath from Richmond who will be making their first appearance in the championship game. Both teams have enjoyed very successful seasons. Collingwood is currently ranked #2 in the province, while McMath is ranked #4. Collingwood has won the AA New Zealand Shield a record 11 times so the Cavs hope to make it an even dozen today.
Collingwood's mountain bike team has a storied past. It has always been a small but hearty group of young men and women. It is a team that is not always in the spotlight, but it is a team where all have been welcome and where our athletes have always thrived. This year's team has done very well. Here is a season recap from Coach Ramsden:
The golf team competed in the Lower Mainland Championships at Northlands Golf Course yesterday. Coach Payne reports that we took a very strong team to make sure there were no doubts about qualifying for provincials. In the end, this was never in doubt as the team won the event by 26 strokes.
The track and field team was firing on all cylinders yesterday at the North Shore Championships. Coach Kate Ayotte has once again sent in one of her amazing reports on how our athletes did against the top-notch competition from across the North Shore:
The junior rugby team has had a terrific season so far. They went undefeated in league play and handily won their North Shore semi-final against Handsworth. Unfortunately, they ran into a big and physical Carson Graham team in the North Shore Final yesterday and lost 11-0. However, they are still alive in the hunt for a berth in the BC Junior Championships. Here is a report from Coach Hall:
The Sr Girls Netball Club headed to the High School Provincial Championships this past weekend hosted at Burnaby Mountain Secondary. Placed in a pool with Burnaby Central, Centennial High School from Coquitlam, and the Burnaby North "A team" (who they had lost to in 2015 in the finals, in OT, by 1 point), the Cavs knew they had an uphill battle ahead of them.
The junior tennis team headed out to the BC Junior Championships on Thursday and Friday. With so many good young players currently in Grade 8-10, Coach Vidic was confident that both the girls' and the boys' teams could compete for medals. It turned out that this confidence was not misplaced as the boys' team brought home the gold and the girls returned with the bronze. Here is Coach Vidic's report:
After rain had marred pretty much every track meet this spring, the sun was out in full force on Thursday and the Collingwood throwers responded with a tremendous day of results. Here is Coach Ayotte's report on our throwers and a final summary of all the Cavs who are moving on the North Shore Championships:
The senior rugby team travelled to Abbotsford to face the #7 ranked Robert Bateman Timberwolves on Friday in the second round of the Stadium Series. These games are used to help rank all the teams for the provincial championships so a win was a must for the #2 ranked Cavs.
The Collingwood track bus to the upcoming North Shore Championships is getting fuller by the day. Coach Ayotte's Cavs had another phenomenal day at the third prelim meet. The team already has 20 athletes on their way to Swangard Stadium on May 16th. Here is her report on our amazing track stars:
After the emotional Hatch Shield victory on Friday afternoon, the senior rugby team headed out to Richmond for a first-place battle with McMath. Both teams were sporting identical five-win records so it was crucial that the Cavs were ready for another tough test.
The mighty Collingwood senior tennis team continues to roll over all North Shore AA opponents. Despite being a very youthful team, the Cavs are still the class of the league. Here is Coach Wong's report on their win over Mulgrave.
The track team continues to shine under the tutelage of Coach Kate Ayotte. Here is Coach Ayotte's report on the second prelim meet. As expected, Collingwood athletes are qualifying for the North Shore Championships in almost every event.
The senior rugby team defeated Rockridge 26-15 yesterday to win back The Hatch Shield. The Hatch Shield is awarded to the winner of the first league game of the year between Collingwood and Rockridge. Since these two rugby powerhouses are always contending for first-place in the AA Lower Mainland league, this game always has huge significance.
The never ending deluge of rain this spring has played havoc with the high school tennis circuit. With this in mind, the ISA tennis gurus decided to split the junior tournament into a Lower Mainland and Island affair. The three Lower Mainland schools met on Monday at UBC. Our junior boys were victorious as they knocked off both St. George's and West Point Grey. This is a terrific accomplishment. Here is a report from Coach Vidic.
Coach Ayotte has once again sent in one of her amazing reports on the track team. Once again, our Collingwood athletes are tearing up the track and qualifying for the North Shore Championships. Here is her report:
The senior girls' soccer team came through with a very clutch performance on Monday to win their first league game of the year. Coach Mulock sends in this report on their big win:
The Grade 10 rugby team is in the midst of an outstanding season. When they headed out to the BC Junior 7's Championships last Friday morning, they felt they had a good chance to win their pool and advance. As it turned out, the team did exceedingly well and was unlucky to lose their final two games. Both losses were in heartbreaking fashion, but the team should be very proud of their 4th place finish in this tough event that involved almost all the top AA, AAA, AAAA teams in the province. Here is Mr. Hall's report:
The senior rugby team started yesterday's game against Sentinel in a very giving mood. Time and time again they gave the ball back to the Spartans through poor execution and mental mistakes. Despite complete domination in the early going, the Cavs found new and wonderful ways to squander sure try opportunities. However, the team was able to overcome this horrible start and put together a terrific 20-minutes of play where they scored four quick tries to earn an automatic bonus point.
The University of Oregon is considered by many to be the mecca of Track and Field in the USA. The USA Olympic trials are often held at Hayward Field and Oregon has produced some of the most famous American track athletes. This past weekend, Charlotte Campbell and Austin Sutherland had a chance to compete in Oregon. Here is a report on their amazing weekend from Coach Ayotte:
The Collingwood track and field team participated in their last exhibition meet on Tuesday, April 18th before the preliminaries begin next week and there were some fantastic results!
The track team has been suffering through the awful spring weather like all our other outdoor athletes. Cold and wet weather is particularly troublesome to track athletes as the fear of a muscle-pull is constant for runners, while slick surfaces are a definite deterrent to personal-best performances in throwing events. Despite the terrible weather, Collingwood's track-stars are persevering and performing very well. Here is Coach Ayotte's report on last week's results:
On the recent Australia Rugby Tour, the junior team went 2-2. With this great showing in mind, it is no surprise that the team has performed very well at the outset of the season. Here is a report from Coach Hall on the team's first three games back in Canada:
The senior rugby team scored 30 seconds into the game and never looked back as they defeated Cambie 72-19 this past Thursday. Despite the fact that the team was without four starters, the Cavs were far too strong for Cambie. When Collingwood scored its fifth try by the 13-minute mark, wholesale substitutions were made. This made it a much better game, but Collingwood's 'finishers' were keen to make an impact and they played good rugby throughout the rest of the game.
After a power outage closed down Handsworth last week and prevented the first track meet of the year, the Collingwood track stars finally got a chance to strut their stuff yesterday. Coach Ayotte sends in this report on a great start to the year:
The field conditions were ugly. The game was ugly. However, in the end, the senior rugby team will take their ugly win over Brentwood and move on. The important thing is that the Cavs found a way to overcome a terrible first half and then play good enough rugby to win an important ranking game that could have great bearing later in the year when it comes to provincial rankings.
The senior rugby team played some very tough opposition on their recent Australia rugby tour so it is no surprise that the team opened league play with a convincing 45-12 victory over the Tupper Tigers. Although the Cavs were not as sharp as their coaches would have liked, the team had more than enough firepower to defeat Tupper.
The tennis team kicked off their season with a clean sweep of the Rockridge Ravens yesterday. Coach Wong's troops blew away their local rivals in quick fashion. Here is Coach Wong's game report:
After devastating a huge portion of Northern Queensland, the tail-end of Cyclone Debbie touched down on Australia's Gold Coast on Thursday. This meant that it was a rainy and blustery end to Collingwood's 2017 rugby tour. When 600mm of rain falls in just over one day, it's hard to continue with any plans for a practice or jet-boating. However, the rugby squad is not one to let a little rain get it down. The team rolled with the punches and simply trudged through endless puddles and streams of water as it made its way over to a local gym for an indoor practice and then over to a mall for an afternoon movie and final team dinner.
The rugby squad has now been in Australia for four days and it has been quite a trip so far. The boys landed in Sydney and after a two-hour bus ride arrived on the Central Coast. After a quick lunch, the team hit the paddock for their first training session. While seeing the sun was a joyous occasion for the water-logged and snow-weary Vancouverites, the boys were not so keen about the temperature being ninety degrees.
The junior and senior rugby teams are in the last stages of preparation for their upcoming three-week tour of Australia. Since 1999, Collingwood has taken a squad 'Down Under' every second year. In those nine tour years, the team has come back and won five BC AA gold medals, one silver and two bronze. The correlation between touring and winning provincial championships is clearly very strong.
Last year, the Collingwood ski team came home with two provincial championship banners. This year they went one better and brought home all three as they won the boys', girls' and combined titles. Here is Coach Ramsden's report on this amazing feat:
Collingwood's powerhouse alpine team won two provincial banners last year. Last week at the North Shore Championships, they proved that they will once again be a contender for provincial glory as both the boys' and girls' ski teams won North Shore titles. Here is Coach Ramsden's report:
The Grade 8 girls' basketball team were in fine form this weekend as they won the ISA Championship. The Cavs used their rebounding dominance and highly effective pass-and-cut offence to take home the title. The boys' tournament was also being hosted by Collingwood. The boys avenged an opening game loss to West Point Grey with a resounding victory over them in the Consolation Final.
Three weeks ago, the Whistler Storm blew into town and sent the senior boys' basketball team into a brief downward spiral when they upset the Cavs on Collingwood's home court. This defeat was tough on both the boys and the coaching staff, but the team's strong finish to the regular season gave Coach Wong hope that the Cavs would be 'storm-busters' in the first round of the playoffs. The Cavs proved their coach right with an outstanding 75-62 victory over Whistler yesterday. Here is Coach Wong's report:
- Cross Country - Senior Boys and Girls
- Junior Field Hockey - Blue Team
- Junior Field Hockey - Gold Team
- Field Hockey - Senior Girls
- Rugby - Grade 8 Boys
- Rugby - Grade 9 Boys
- Soccer - Senior Boys
- Swimming - Senior Boys and Girls
- Volleyball - Grade 10 Girls
- Volleyball - Grade 8 Girls
- Volleyball - Grade 9 Girls
- Volleyball - Senior Girls
- Alpine Team - Senior Boys and Girls
- Basketball - Grade 10 Boys
- Basketball - Grade 10 Girls
- Basketball - Grade 8 Boys
- Basketball - Grade 8 Girls
- Basketball - Grade 9 Boys
- Basketball - Grade 9 Girls
- Basketball - Junior Girls
- Basketball - Senior Boys
- Basketball - Senior Girls
- Wrestling - Senior Boys and Girls
- Ice Hockey - Senior Boys
- Badminton - Junior Boys and Girls
- Badminton - Senior Boys and Girls
- Cricket - Senior Boys and Girls
- Golf - Senior Boys and Girls
- Mountain Biking - Senior Boys and Girls
- Rowing - Senior Boys and Girls
- Rugby - Grade 10 Boys
- Rugby - Senior Boys
- Soccer - Junior Girls
- Soccer - Senior Girls
- Tennis - Junior Boys and Girls
- Tennis - Senior Boys and Girls
- Track And Field - Senior Boys and Girls
- Triathlon Club - Senior Boys and Girls