JOCK TALK: Rugby action returns to the West Shore

Your weekly roundup of West Shore sports

It’s a busy Saturday for Westshore rugby, with a day full of action at Juan de Fuca fields.

The Div. 2 women kick the play off with a 10 a.m. start against Surrey Beavers AA, followed by the Premier women taking on Oak Bay’s Castaway Wanderers and the Premier Reserve men hosting Seattle. Competition winds up with the 2:30 p.m. start of the Premier Westshore-Seattle tilt.

From the pitch to the ice, the Victoria Grizzlies enjoy a two-game home weekend, taking on Chilliwack at The Q Centre Saturday, Oct. 28. The puck drops at 7 p.m. In an afternoon game Sunday, Oct. 29, the Grizz host Salmon Arm at 2 p.m., then finish the week on Friday, Nov. 3 when they host Merritt at 7 p.m. at the Q Centre.

The Westshore Wolves start their week on the road, heading up the Malahat on Saturday, Oct. 28 to take on Kerry Park. After returning home Nov. 1 to host the Oceanside Generals at 7 p.m. at The Q Centre, the Wolves finish their week Thursday, Nov. 2 when they face off against the Victoria Cougars at 7 p.m. at Archie Browning Arena.

Div. 1 men’s soccer returns to the West Shore Saturday, Oct. 28 with Westcastle United hosting the VI Wave at 8 p.m. at Westhills Stadium. Head to Westhills early to cheer on the Div. 2 Juan de Fuca team, taking on Saanich Fusion FC at 6 p.m.

In women’s soccer, the Div. 1 Juan de Fuca FC goes head-to-head with the Gorge FC on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 12 p.m. at Hampton Park. Sunday also has Juan de Fuca United hosting Castaways FC at noon at a field still being determined at press time. Stay up to date at liwsa.com.

With many high school fall sports seasons drawing to a close, senior girls’ volleyball playoffs continue, with teams vying this week to compete for the Vic Lindal and Veterans cups. Keep up to date with results and schedules at lowerislandschoolsports.ca.

In senior boys volleyball, Royal Bay joins Pacific Christian and Esquimalt secondary schools at Mount Doug Secondary Wednesday, Nov. 1, while Belmont and St. Michaels University School visit Edward Milne. Play begins at 6 p.m.

Senior boys soccer also opens playoffs this week with seeding still being determined at time of writing. Stay up to date at lowerislandschoolsports.ca.

Registration opens Nov. 1 for the 2018 Greater Victoria Minor Ball Hockey season. Register early at vmbh.ca early to ensure a spot.

The Shamrocks lacrosse organization continues its online auction of game-worn jerseys from the ‘Rocks’ 68th season available through November – learn more at victoriashamrocks.com or by calling 250-478-ROCK. In support of local food banks, for every donation of money or non-perishable food item dropped off at the team store throughout the auction, get an entry to win Jesse King’s 2016 signed, game-worn jersey.

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


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