JOCK TALK: Westshore Valkyries premier rugby women hosting Burnaby Lake

Colin Gall offers the low down on West Shore sports events and teams

Westshore rugby has the premier women Valkyries hosting Burnaby Lake at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday (March25) at the Juan de Fuca fields in Colwood. The Westshore 2 men follow, when they take on Castaway Wanderers 3 at 1 p.m. in Island league play.

The Victoria Grizzlies have gone head-to-head with the Powell River Kings in B.C. Hockey League second-round playoff action this week. The series is tied 2-2, with Game 5 scheduled for tonight (March 23) in Colwood. If needed, Game 6 will go March 25 in Powell River and Game 7 would be back at The Q Centre at 7 p.m. next Monday.

The Westshore Rebels have announced their 2017 Spring Training camp dates, May 5 to 7 at Westhills Stadium. For more information or to register, visit

The annual Goddess Run returns to the West Shore bigger than ever this year, with reduced-priced registration continuing through March 31, or the next 600 runners to register, whichever comes first. For signup details and other information, check out

The Victoria Shamrocks have announced the first-ever Lacrosse Hot Stove fundraiser event, set to happen Tuesday, April 18 at the Metropolitan Grill at the Four Points Sheraton. Shamrocks alumni and players will take to the stage to tell stories from their lacrosse careers, and answer questions from fans in attendance.

Current Shamrocks on stage will be Rhys Duch, Corey Small and Tyler Burton, joined by alumni Kevin Alexander and Grant Hamilton. Veteran radio personality and lacrosse fan Steve Duffy and Shamrocks alumnus and play-by-play voice Teddy Jenner will host the evening. Tickets are $50 and include admission, dinner and a beverage. Purchase them online at or call 250-478-7625. Proceeds will go toward the Shamrocks alumni association for their community projects.

Registration is also open for Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria, scheduled for Aug. 20. This mass participation cycling event follows a route through much of the West Shore and is produced by the Ryder’s Cycling Society of Canada, a non-profit promoting cycling across the country. Riders over 18 can register for a reduced price until July 31, and those 18-under enjoy free registration. See for more details.

The Victoria Eagles regional high-performance baseball club’s annual Ice Breaker Weekend tournament continues through March 26 at Lambrick Park. Visit for the full schedule.

The Victoria Track and Field Club and Pacific Athletics Track and Field Club open spring training April 4 for athletes aged 10 to 15. For more details and registration forms visit or

Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 12 student at Mt. Douglas secondary. Send him details of your coming sports events to