JOCK TALK: Westshore Wolves down to the wire

From VIJHL play to the rugby pitch and everything in between

own 3-2 in a VIJHL playoff series against the Peninsula Panthers, the Wolves were scheduled to play Game 6 of the seven-game series on Wednesday, March 2, after the Gazette’s press deadline.

If needed, Game 7 will take place in Peninsula’s Panorama Arena at 7:30 p.m. tonight (March 4).

Looking forward to next hockey season, the Victoria Grizzlies have an early bird deal for 2016-2017 season tickets. Purchase tickets before March 15 and receive a $25 Bin 4 Burgers gift card, plus preferred seating, ticket exchanged privileges and first refusal on playoff tickets.

For more details call 250-385-1555 or email vickie@victoriagrizzlies.com.

In local men’s soccer playoffs, following a win against Comox Valley in the VISL 2016 Jackson Cup, the Westcastle Div. 1 team plays Lakehill Div. 1 Saturday, March 5 at 4 p.m. at Braefoot Turf.

In the George Pearkes Challenge Cup, Juan de Fuca 3 plays the Prospect Lake Soccer Club at the Royal Bay turf on Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

On the women’s side, Doug Day Cup action has Juan de Fuca Div. 1 facing Castaways FC Div. 2 at noon on Sunday, March 6, while Juan de Fuca Div. 2 takes on Cowichan Cubs Div 1.

Fields were both still to be determined at press time. See www.liwsa.com for details.

Stephanie Shergold Cup play pits the Juan de Fuca O30A against Gorge FC O30A tonight (Friday, March 4), with kick-off at 6 p.m. on the Hampton Turf.

And in Div. 3 competition, Juan de Fuca Div. 3 visits Cowichan O30B Sunday, March 6 at 10 a.m. on Evans Field.

On the rugby pitch, the Westshore men’s Team 1 faces the Nanaimo Hornets on Saturday, March 5 at the Westshore Velodrome. Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m.

Runners getting ready for spring will want to register for Bear Mountain Resort’s St. Paddy’s 5K on March 13. Visit bearmountain.ca for details.

Lacrosse season is fast approaching and the Victoria Shamrocks join McDonald’s restaurants in the West Shore, Esquimalt and Sooke to bring a little early green to their fans.

Until March 21, with every purchase of a “Shamrocks Shake” at the participating McDonald’s locations, you’ll receive an entry to win one of five Victoria Shamrocks jerseys. Plus, every Victoria Shamrocks 2016 season ticket purchased before March 21 also brings a coupon for a complimentary “Shamrocks Shake” at any of the five participating  restaurants.

Looking ahead, the Shamrocks’ annual St. Paddy’s Day Shoot Around comes to the Esquimalt Lacrosse box on Sunday, March 13 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Various junior, intermediate and senior A Shamrocks will be out in green playing lacrosse and taking pictures with the Mann Cup.

Younger lacrosse players can also get into the action. Regular registration for the Juan de Fuca Whalers continues to March 31. Visit www.jdflacrosse.com for details.

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