JOCK TALK: Canada’s national cycling team is at Bear Mountain this weekend

Your weekly round up of all things sports on the West Shore

Join current Canadian national team athletes, national champions and cycling legends for a VIP supported road ride for the 2017 Cycling Canada Summit this Saturday, Oct. 21. Starting and finishing at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, the ride (2 to 5 p.m.) will be followed by the Road to Glory Fundraising Gala at 7 p.m., featuring a gourmet dining experience, live and silent auctions and exclusive opportunities to engage and interact with Canada’s national team athletes and legends. Learn more at roadtoglorycycling.com.

After last week’s decisive win over the Langley Rams, the Westshore Rebels will defend their 2016 title in the BCFC Conference Cullen Cup championship. The team returns to the field Saturday, Oct. 21, going head-to-head with the Vancouver Island Raiders for Game 1. Play opens at 7 p.m. at Westhills Stadium.

The Junior A Victoria Grizzlies are back on home ice tonight, Friday, Oct. 20, when they host the Coquitlam Express at 7 p.m. at The Q Centre. The Grizz then hit the road to Alberni Valley on Oct. 22 and Nanaimo on Oct. 25. They return home on Saturday, Oct. 28 to face Chilliwack at 7 p.m. at the Q Centre.

In Junior B play, the Westshore Wolves start the week in Parksville Saturday, before returning to The Q Centre Wednesday, Oct. 25 to host the Victoria Cougars for a 7 p.m. start.

Turning to high school sports, Belmont Secondary’s senior boys volleyball squad hosts Oak Bay, Spectrum and Victor Brodeur on Wednesday, Oct. 25, with play starting at 6 p.m.

With an eye on the Nov. 4 championships at Jericho Beach, the West Shore’s high school cross country runners compete in the Islands this Wednesday, Oct. 25. Fans and supporters can head to Beaver Lake park to cheer on the local runners, with the junior girls opening competition at 1 p.m., followed by the junior boys at 1:30 p.m., senior girls at 2 p.m. and senior boys at 2:30 p.m. Awards wrap up the afternoon at 3:15 p.m.

In community sports, the Westshore Premier Reserve men take the field at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, welcoming James Bay AA 2. The Premier teams from both clubs follow at 2:45 p.m. Catch both games are at Juan de Fuca field.

And in soccer, the Div. 2 Juan de Fuca men’s soccer team takes on the Vic West Casuals at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Finlayson field. The team returns home Saturday, Oct. 28 when they host Saanich Fusion FC at Westhills Stadium at 6 p.m.

Shamrocks lacrosse fans take note: Game-worn jerseys from the Shamrocks’ 68th season are available via online auction through November. Each Friday, bids will open on three jerseys through to the following Tuesday at 5 p.m. Learn more at victoriashamrocks.com or by calling 250-478-ROCK.

In support of local food banks, the ‘Rocks will also offer a chance to win Victoria-born Jesse King’s 2016 signed, game-worn jersey. For every donation of money or a non-perishable food item dropped off at the team store throughout the auction, fans will receive an entry to win.

West Shore ball hockey fans can register for the 2018 Greater Victoria Minor Ball Hockey season beginning Nov. 1. The GVMBHA also hosts its Annual General Meeting Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Pearkes Rec Centre’s Lam Room.

Colin Gall writes Fridays about coming West Shore sports events. Send your coming games and events to jocktalk@telus.net.


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