JOCK TALK: Lacrosse, racing and more on tap here this weekend

Colin Gall highlights plenty of long weekend action scheduled for West Shore

Don your green and head to The Q Centre tomorrow night (Friday, May 20) for the Victoria Shamrocks’ Western Lacrosse Association season opener. The Shamrocks host the Nanaimo Timbermen for a 7:45 p.m. start. The ’Rocks return to the floor in Colwood next Friday, May 27 when they host the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

The intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks host Richmond on Saturday afternoon (May 21), with play starting at 1:30 p.m. at The Q Centre. The team hits the road to play in Coquitlam on Sunday, then returns to the local floor next Tuesday (May 24) when they welcome Nanaimo for a B.C. league game at 7 p.m.

Still with local lacrosse action, the junior Shamrocks host the Langley Thunder at 5 p.m. Saturday (May 21) at The Q Centre, before travelling to Port Coquitlam to take on the Saints on Sunday.

Racing fans will want to head to Western Speedway this Saturday when the track welcomes the Allterra Construction and Environmental Night at the Races. The Keg Late Models will make their season debut and return with the popular Twin 50 main event format. Also on tap are the Wilroc non-winged sprint cars, stock cars, mini stocks and Old Timers Racing Association. Qualifying is at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 6:30 p.m.

From car racing to bike racing, the high school cycling league brings track racing to the Juan de Fuca Rec Centre velodrome on Tuesday (May 24). The season concludes with a Freeride Threeride at Bear Mountain the following Tuesday, May 31.

Juan de Fuca Rec Centre grounds are also the place this Sunday for the HPR Youth Tri Westshore, a Kids of Steel triathlon open to youth ages six to 17. Visit hpryouthtriathlonwestshore.ca for details.

While the Victoria Eagles and Victoria Mariners teams in the B.C. Premier Baseball League both have the May long-weekend off from league play, you can turn to the junior Premier Eagles and Mariners to scratch your baseball itch.

The Junior Eagles start their weekend on the road Saturday, taking on the Coquitlam Redlegs, but return home Sunday (May 22) for a doubleheader against the Abbotsford Cardinals at Lambrick Park in Saanich. Games are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Head to Henderson Park in Oak Bay on Saturday, when the junior Premier Mariners host the Abbotsford Cardinals in a doubleheader. First pitches are slated for 1 and 3:30 p.m. Then on Sunday, the Whalley Chiefs are in town for a second doubleheader at Henderson, with games at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The JP Eagles and Mariners next hit the field against each other on Tuesday, May 24 for a mid-week game, starting at 6 p.m. at Lambrick.

Looking ahead, the Premier Eagles return to play Sunday, May 29 when they host the Nanaimo Pirates in a doubleheader at Lambrick. Games kick off at noon and 2:30 p.m.

The Mariners’ Premier squad travels up Island to take on the Nanaimo Pirates in a doubleheader next Saturday, May 28, then hits the field at Henderson that Sunday hosting the Langley Blaze in a doubleheader. Catch the action starting at 1 and 3:30 p.m.

Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 11 student at Mt. Doug Secondary, Send your sports news to jocktalk@telus.net.

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