JOCK TALK: Student athletes have a busy week ahead

Race fans will get a special treat this Saturday

It’s a busy week in high school sports.

Rugby action will keep West Shore athletes busy, with the junior and senior boys both in action.

Belmont’s junior squad hosts St. Michaels University School Monday, May 2 for a 3:45 p.m. kick-off, while the senior boys host Spectrum at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

In girls’ play, Belmont hosts senior girls’ rugby action with games between Vic High, SMUS, Mt. Doug, Reynolds and Stelly’s today (April 29).

The following Friday, May 6, Belmont travels to Esquimalt where additional teams include Mt. Doug, Reynolds, Oak Bay and Claremont.

On Tuesday, May 3, senior badminton returns to the West Shore when Belmont hosts Ed Milne at 3:45 p.m.

On Thursday, May 5, Belmont heads to Stelly’s for a 3:45 p.m. start.

West Shore student athletes travel to the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium Wednesday, May 4 for the next high school track and field meet, with events getting underway at 4 p.m.

Turning to lacrosse, the Junior Shamrocks head over the Malahat today (April 29) to take on the Nanaimo Timbermen before returning Saturday, April 30 to host the Delta Islanders at The Q Centre. Game time is 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 30 also brings the Victoria Intermediate Shamrocks to The Q Centre, where they host Maple Ridge at 2 p.m. before heading to the mainland to take on Richmond on Sunday, May 1.

The season heats up for race fans on Saturday, (April 30) when Western Speedway hosts A Night at the Races, featuring the Richlock Rentals sprint cars, Galaxy Motors stock cars, mini stocks, dwarf cars and the Old Timers Racing Association. Qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m.

In local cricket action, Division 1’s Metchosin hosts United for a 1 p.m. start Sunday, May 1 at the Metchosin pitch. The Div. 2’s Metchosin Midweek team visits the Wicket Maidens at Beacon Hill Park Friday, May 6. Game time is at 6 p.m.

On the diamond, the Henderson Park-based Premier Mariners spend a four-game weekend at home. Games start Saturday, April 30 when the Ms host the Coquitlam Reds at 1 and 3:30 p.m.

Come Sunday, May 1, the Mariners host the North Delta Blue Jays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The Victoria Premier Eagles also play four at home this weekend, welcoming North Delta to Lambrick Park for a Saturday double-header starting at 12 p.m.

On Sunday, the Eagles host the Coquitlam Reds for back-to-back games starting at 11 a.m.

In junior premier play, the Eagles are on the road, visiting North Delta then the North Shore Twins.

The JP Mariners play only two games this weekend, visiting the North Shore Twins Saturday, April 30.

Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 11 student at Mt. Douglas Secondary.

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