JOCK TALK: Sports happenings around and about the West Shore

Hockey is big in the West Shore this week; junior and minor Grizzlies, Wolves hit the ice in Colwood

Head to The Q Centre Sunday, Oct. 3, when the Victoria Grizzlies host Vernon in B.C. Junior A hockey action. The puck drops at 2 p.m. for this matinee game.

The boys are back in action Thursday, Oct. 7, playing host to Island rivals the Port Alberni Bulldogs at 7 p.m., before heading over the Malahat to face the Cowichan Valley Capitals Friday, Oct. 9 at the Island Savings Centre – “The Big Stick.”

The Westshore Wolves junior B hockey squad starts their weekend with a game Friday, Oct. 2 at Pearkes Recreation Centre, taking on the Saanich Braves at 6:30 p.m. The Wolves continue on the road Saturday, Oct. 3, travelling up to Kerry Park to take on the Islanders at 7:30 p.m. The Wolves are back on the ice mid-week, hosting the Victoria Cougars on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at The Q Centre. Puck drops at 7 p.m.

Feel like a road trip? The Wolves end the week up Island, where they take on the Campbell River Storm in their barn on Friday, Oct. 9.

In Midget hockey action, most of the senior teams are on the road this weekend. While the Tier 3 midget rep Grizzlies travel to Comox Valley Saturday, Oct. 3, the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Grizzlies face Nanaimo. The Tier 1s are at Frank Crane Arena and Tier 2s are at the Nanaimo Ice Centre, with both games starting at 3 p.m.

Head to The Q Centre, on Sunday, Oct. 4, when the Midget Tier 2 Grizzlies host Powell River. Puck drops at 10:30 a.m.

There’s plenty of action in high school sports this week.

On Oct. 6, the senior girls’ volleyball schedule has Belmont secondary travelling to Stelly’s where the Bulldogs take on the hosts and Pacific Christian School, with games starting at 4 p.m.

West Shore runners head to Beaver Lake Wednesday, Oct. 7 for middle and high school cross country competition. The Grade 6 girls and boys start at 3:30 p.m., the Grade 7s at 3:45 p.m., the Grade 8s at 4 p.m., the Grade 9 to 12 girls and Grade 9 boys at 4:15 p.m., and the Grade 10 to 12 boys at 4:30 p.m. Come cheer on your school.

Senior boys’ volleyball hits the court on Wednesday, Oct. 7 when Belmont hosts both Royal Bay and Lambrick Park, beginning at 6 p.m.

The region’s senior boys’ soccer schedule kicks off for the week on Thursday, Oct. 8, when the West Shore’s Tier 1 Royal Bay hosts Glenlyon Norfolk School.

The Belmont Bulldogs Varsity and Junior Varsity teams head to Parksville Saturday, Oct. 3. The Junior Varsity take the field at 12 p.m. and Varsity plays at 3 p.m. at Ballenas senior secondary.

Come Friday, Oct. 9 the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams both head to the Mainland, travelling to New Westminster’s Mercer Stadium.

Colin Gall is an athlete, sports fan and Grade 11 student at Mt. Douglas secondary. Send him information about your upcoming West Shore sporting events to jocktalk@telus.net.

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