JOCK TALK: Indoor sports loom large for West Shore teams this week

Columnist Colin Gall takes us around the West Shore sports scene

Senior high school boys Div. 1 and 2 basketball returns to the court next Tuesday, Dec. 13 for the last day of league games before winter break.

The Div. 1 Belmont team hosts Oak Bay at 7:30 p.m. while Div. 2 Royal Bay visits Esquimalt, also at 7:30 p.m.

Royal Bay’s Div. 2 senior girls are also on the road to Esquimalt Dec. 13, with tip-off at 5:45 p.m.

In Div. 2 Island men’s soccer, Westcastle United hosts the Powell River Villa at 7:15 p.m. this Saturday (Dec. 10) at Westhills Stadium.

It’s an all-West Shore tilt this Sunday when the Div. 1 women hit the pitch at noon in Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association action. Juan de Fuca United faces Juan de Fuca FC at a field still being determined at press time. Confirm the location at liwsa.com.

In Junior A hockey, the Victoria Grizzlies kick off their week at home against Wenatchee on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at The Q Centre. The Grizz continue at home Sunday, Dec. 11 when they host the Nanaimo Clippers for a 2 p.m. matinee at The Q, before heading to the Alberni Valley later in the week to face the Bulldogs.

Island Junior B hockey has the Westshore Wolves on the ice at Pearkes arena Friday (Dec. 9) when they face the Saanich Braves at 6:30 p.m.

Next Wednesday, Dec. 14 has the local squad hosting the South Division-leading Victoria Cougars at 7 p.m. at The Q Centre, then the Wolves finish off their week the next night in Nanaimo against the Buccaneers.

After starting the week on the road playing games in Portland and Kennewick, Wash., the  Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals return to Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre to host the Portland Winterhawks in a doubleheader next Tuesday and Wednesday, with both games starting at 7:05 p.m. They finish up before winter break on Saturday, Dec. 17, hosting the Vancouver Giants at 7:05 p.m. at the Save-on Centre.

In Midget rep hockey, the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies teams are done for 2016 and pick up again on Jan. 7. The Tier 2 bantams welcome Kerry Park on Saturday for an 11:30 a.m. game at The Q Centre, the same day the Tier 3 bantam Grizz are in Campbell River.

Keep the hockey going into the spring with Greater Victoria Minor Ball Hockey. The organization, which plays at Juan de Fuca and Eagle Ridge arenas in addition to others around town, is accepting player registrations as well as applications for head and assistant coach positions in all divisions for the 2017 season.

For more information, visit vmbh.ca. Coaching applications will be accepted until Jan 15.

The Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club’s 13th annual Stewart Mountain 10/5 Mile X-Country Challenge comes to Thetis Lake this Saturday, with race proceeds to Harriers Foundation projects. Visit pih.bc.ca for details.

Victoria Shamrocks eye the start of the 2017 Western Lacrosse League season, with the league schedule expected to be released early in the new year. Season tickets start at just $45, allowing fans to guarantee their seats to cheer the boys in green on their quest for the Mann Cup.

The University of Victoria’s Vikes Athletics and Recreation have issued a call for nominations for the UVic Sports Hall of Fame, looking for recommendations in the athlete, team, coach, builder or administrator categories.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 11. Email vicvikes@uvic.ca.

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

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