JOCK TALK: It’s a busy week in West Shore hockey.

Hockey abounds on West Shore sports plate

 

The Victoria Grizzlies Junior A hockey squad starts their week on the Sunshine Coast, taking on the Powell River Kings in back-to-back play Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6. Returning to Victoria, the Grizz host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at The Q Centre on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Puck drops at 7 p.m.

In Vancouver Island Junior Hockey play, the Westshore Wolves start their week late, first welcoming the Victoria Cougars to The Q Centre on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Game time is 7 p.m. The local squad hits the road Thursday, Dec. 10, going head-to-head with the Nanaimo Buccaneers at 7:15 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

The league-leading Midget Tier 1 Juan de Fuca Grizzlies play one game this weekend, hosting the Peninsula Eagles on Saturday, Dec. 5. The game goes at The Q Centre at 1 p.m.

The Grizzlies Tier 2 team plays at home Saturday, Dec. 5, taking on the Juan de Fuca Juvenile team at 8:30 p.m. at Juan de Fuca Arena. The team heads up Island Sunday, Dec. 6 to take on Cowichan Tier 2.

Westshore Division 1 rugby finishes the regular season this Saturday, Dec. 5 when Westshore takes on James Bay 1 at the West Shore Parks and Recreation Centre. Kick-off is at 1 p.m.

On the soccer pitch, Westshore Division 1 men’s play starts this week on Saturday, Dec. 5 when Saanich Fusion FC takes on Westcastle United 1 at Westhills Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

On the women’s side, Division 1 play has Juan de Fuca visiting Prospect Lake at the Layritz turf Saturday, Dec. 5 for a 4 p.m. kick-off.

In Division 2 play, the Juan de Fuca FC women host the Castaways FC Sunday, Dec. 6 with kick-off at noon. The field was still being determined at press time; see liwsa.com for more details.

Trail runners can lace up for the 12th annual Stewart Mountain 10/5 Mile X-Country Challenge at Thetis Lake Dec. 12, including a 5.5-mile shorter course and a 10-miles longer course. Start/finish is at the main beach, with the regular start at noon, and an early start at 11:30 a.m. for runners expected to take over two hours.

Registration is $30 ($40 race day). See www.pih.bc.ca/stewartmountain.

In West Shore field lacrosse play, the Pacific Rim U15 Tier 2 visits Victoria 2 at Westshore turf Saturday, Dec. 5 for an 11:30 a.m. start.

Looking forward to spring, Greater Victoria Minor Ball Hockey Association is accepting applications for head and assistant coaches in all divisions for the 2016 season. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15. Learn more at www.vmbh.ca.

The University of Victoria Vikes Athletics and Recreation has issued a call for nominations for its Hall of Fame in all categories. Inductees will be added to the newly-unveiled Lynda and Murray Farmer Walk of Excellence. Submit nominations to vicvikes@uvic.ca or by mail.

Nominations are accepted on an on-going basis and those not considered for 2015-16 will be kept for future consideration.

Colin Gall is an athlete, avid sports fan and Grade 11 student at Mt. Doug secondary. Send your coming sports events to jocktalk@telus.net.

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