JOCK TALK: Running, rugby events on tap for this week

Colin Gall gives the lowdown on upcoming events for West Shore athletes, teams

The weekend weather forecast bodes well for the second event in the MEC Victoria race series, “The Pace Setter,” 5K/10K, this Sunday, March 27. The fun starts at 9 a.m. and both routes start and finish on the main beach at Thetis Lake Regional Park. For details, see events.mec.ca.

Looking forward to baseball season? The West Shore’s Triangle Athletic Association is looking for coaches, in particular head coaches for its Mosquito and Bantam A level teams. Those available to coach are asked to contact park president Chris Cox at coachcoxy@gmail.com or 205-744-7033.

High school athletes head back to the field, track and pitch this week, beginning with local rugby teams.

The Belmont junior boys kick things off, hosting Esquimalt in exhibition play Wednesday, March 30 at 3:45 p.m.

The senior boys follow Thursday, March 31, when Tier 2 play has the Belmont boys at Stelly’s at 3:45 p.m. and Royal Bay visiting Glenlyon Norfolk School at 3:45 p.m.

In high school track and field, West Shore teams join others at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium Wednesday, March 30 for the first meet of the 2016 season.

The action gets underway at 4 p.m. with sprints, hurdles and distance events, along with boys’ and girls’ triple jump, boys’ high jump, boys’ discus, girls’ discus and girls’ shotput.

While the Westshore Wolves may be out of the running for the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League championship, planning is underway for next season. Prospective players can sign up for the Wolves’ spring camp, April 8 to 10, at westshorewolves.ca.

Still not ready for junior hockey to end? While the Victoria Cougars and Campbell River Storm battle for the Island championship, the Cougars also prepare to host the Cyclone Taylor Cup, a four-team, round-robin tournament April 7 to 10 featuring the Cougars, the Storm and the champions from both the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and Pacific Junior Hockey League.

Eight-game tournament passes and single game tickets are available from Gary Boyer at 250-686-7709 or cougarpres@gmail.com.

The registration deadline has arrived for Juan de Fuca Whalers lacrosse. Children of all ages are welcome through March 31; visit jdflacrosse.com for details.

The Whalers also host a goalie clinic April 3 at the Pearkes Recreation Centre Fieldhouse. Find details on the website and register by emailing linda.cretney@gmail.com.

The renewal deadline for Victoria Shamrocks season ticket holders is Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m., after which all remaining season tickets will be available to the public. Call 250-478-7625 to renew or for more details.

Looking ahead to Division 3 Vancouver Island Rugby Union play, the Westshore RFC Valhallians men head across town to take on the Castaway Wanderers at Windsor Park at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 3.

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

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