JOCK TALK: Plenty of sports action on tap for West Shore fans

Racing, ’Rocks and more are on the week’s docket in and around the West Shore

Local lacrosse action is in full gear as the Victoria Shamrocks open the weekend Friday (May 27) by hosting the New Westminster Salmonbellies in Western Lacrosse Association play at 7:45 p.m. at The Q Centre.

Come Saturday, May 28, the Shamrocks head up Island, going head-to-head against the Nanaimo Timbermen at 7 p.m.

After a few days’ rest, the Shamrocks are on the road next Thursday, June 2 to face the  Salmonbellies on their home floor. Finally, the Shamrocks finish off a busy week next Friday (June 3), when they host the Maple Ridge Burrards at 7:45 p.m. Back in Colwood.

The intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks open their week on Sunday (May 29), visiting the mainland to take on New Westminster before heading up to Nanaimo next Thursday for a 7 p.m. tilt. Back in Victoria, the Shamrocks host Coquitlam on Sunday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. at The Q Centre.

Completing the Shamrocks trio, the Victoria juniors host the Burnaby Lakers on Saturday (May 28) at 5 p.m. at The Q Centre. Sunday takes the Shamrocks on the road to visit the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Returning Saturday, June 4, the junior ’Rocks host the Port Coquitlam Saints at 5 p.m. at The Q Centre.

In weekend racing, Western Speedway hosts a busy weekend at the track, including freestyle motocross, demolition, drifting and more starting Friday (May 27) and running through Sunday. Visit westernspeedway.net for full schedule details.

Coming up Saturday, June 4 it’s demo night at the speedway, including the Total Destruction Derby, Lordco Demo series and NEXX Financial Claimer Car action.

In high school cycling action, the season concludes with a Freeride Threeride at Bear Mountain on Tuesday, May 31.

In Div. 1 cricket, Metchosin heads to Windsor Park next  Wednesday (June 1) to face the Pigs Trotters at 6 p.m.

From one ball game to another, the Victoria Eagles’ Bantam AAA Red Eagles visit the West Shore on Saturday, challenging Triangle AAA at 3 p.m. and the AAA Black Eagles at 6 p.m. at Luxton Field in Langford.

The B.C. Premier Baseball League’s Victoria Mariners have a six-game week ahead. Saturday the regional squad heads up Island to play the Nanaimo Pirates in a double-header starting at noon. They come home to play the Langley Blaze on Sunday in a double-header at Henderson Field, with games scheduled to start at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The Ms return to play regional rival Victoria Eagles on Tuesday, May 31 at Lambrick Park and Thursday, June 2 at Royal Athletic Park, with a 6 p.m. start.

The Junior Premier Mariners have this coming weekend off from league play, but return to action next Saturday, June 4 when they hit the road to face the Coquitlam Redlegs. The JP Mariners return home Sunday, June 5 to host the North Delta Blue Jays in a doubleheader at Henderson starting at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The Victoria Eagles Premier team has four games this week, all in town. In addition to the two mid-week games against the Mariners, the Eagles play host to the Nanaimo Pirates in a doubleheader Sunday, May 29 when they are at Lambrick Park. First pitches are at noon and 2:30 p.m.

The Junior Premier Eagles also return after last week’s action-packed week. On Saturday (May 28) the JP Eagles host the Langley Blaze in a doubleheader at Lambrick Park with games going at 12 and 2:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 4 the Eagles return to Lambrick to play face the North Delta Blue Jays.

Good news for junior golfers, Thrifty Foods and the University of Victoria Vikes host youth golf clinics for ages six to 16 at Uplands Golf Course. The clinics include lessons, two week-long passes to the Bayview Place Island Savings Open, T-shirt and more. The registration deadline is Friday (May 27); to register and for more information visit govikesgo.com/TFYouthGolf.

Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 11 student at Mt. Doug High school. Send him your coming sports events to jocktalk@telus.net.

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