JOCK TALK: Ball season drawing near on the West Shore

Columnist Colin Gall takes us around the West Shore sports scene

Following their exciting game 7 win in double overtime, the Victoria Grizzlies head right into the next round of playoffs, facing off against the Chilliwack Chiefs. Play begins on the mainland Friday (March 31) and continues Saturday before returning to Colwood next Tuesday and Wednesday (April 4-5). The puck drops at The Q Centre at 7 p.m. for both games.

If needed, games five and seven will be played in Chilliwack April 7 and 10, with game six slated for Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at The Q.

While minor hockey has wrapped up for the season, pick up gear for the fall at a Saanich Minor Hockey Swap and Shop on Saturday (April 1) from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Fieldhouse at Pearkes Arena.

From the ice to the floor, Greater Victoria Minor Ball Hockey has added a tryout date for Team B.C. tryouts on Sunday, April 30 for birth years 1998 to 2003. For more information and to register visit vmbh.ca.

Regular ball hockey league games are scheduled to start mid-month with games at Eagle Ridge and Juan de Fuca, among other regional arenas.

With hockey winding up, it’s almost time for the first pitch at the Juan de Fuca ball fields. Triangle Baseball hosts its 2017 Meet and Greet Night there next Thursday, April 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. for players and parents interested in learning more about Triangle Baseball and meeting the coaches before opening ceremonies.

B.C. Rugby playoffs hit the West Shore this weekend when the Westshore 1 team hosts Port Alberni at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Juan de Fuca. Come cheer on your home-town boys!

Fast on the heels of spring break, high school sports action also returns this week.

Senior badminton season is back on the court Tuesday, April 4 with Belmont playing at Edward Milne at 3:45 p.m. Come Thursday, April 6, Belmont hosts Royal Bay at 3:45 p.m.

The Victoria Shamrocks host their inaugural Lacrosse Hot Stove on Tuesday, April 18 at the Metropolitan Grill at the Four Points Sheraton.

The sports fan-centric event will see well-known senior Shamrocks alumni and current players take to the stage to tell stories from their lacrosse careers and answer questions from fans in attendance.

Tickets are $150 and include admission, dinner and a beverage. Pick them up at victoriashamrocks.com or by calling 250-478-7625. Proceeds go toward the Shamrocks alumni.

Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 12 student at Mt. Douglas Secondary. Send your coming sports events to jocktalk@telus.net.

 

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