Jock Talk: Basketball hits the CARSA hardwood

A look at what's happening in local sports this week

The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team makes up for the men being on the road all week by hosting Thompson River at 5 p.m. at Centennial Stadium today (Friday, Sept. 30). On Saturday, they host the UBC Okanagan women at Centennial Stadium at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

UVic’s men’s and women’s basketball teams host the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament this week at CARSA gym.

Already underway, the men continue today (Friday, Sept. 30) when they host McGill at 8 p.m. The men play McMaster at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 to conclude their games.

The women played their first of two games on Thursday, and play their second game on Saturday, Oct. 1 when they host UNBC at 3 p.m. For a full schedule of all the teams visit govikesgo.com

Still with the Vikes, the UVic men’s field hockey team hosts the Kings at the UVic field hockey turf at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

In rugby, the UVic men visit the Castaway Wanderers at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Windsor Park, while the Div. 1 CW squad hosts the Norsemen at 1 p.m.

The Castaway Wanderers women visit the Westshore Valkyries for an 11:30 a.m. tilt at the Westshore recreation facilities off the Old Island Highway.

With the high school senior boys soccer season underway, Oak Bay heads to Mount Doug Tuesday, Oct. 4 to play at 3:30 p.m. while St. Michaels University School hosts St. Andrews at 3:45 p.m. In junior boys soccer, SMUS heads to Royal Bay to play at 4 p.m. and Oak Bay plays at Claremont at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Oak Bay hosts SMUS at 3:30 p.m. at Carnarvon field.

Senior girls volleyball also continues this week with Glenlyon Norfolk School hosting St. Michaels and SMUS and Oak Bay hosting Belmont and Mount Doug, both starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Oak Bay runners welcome others from across the region at Henderson Field Thursday, Oct. 6 for this week’s high school cross country competition. Events start at 3:35 p.m. with the final event taking place at 4:05 p.m.

Turning to Vancouver Island Men’s Soccer, the Div. 1 Bays United FC  plays two home games this week starting on Friday, Sept. 30 when they host Lakehill at 8 p.m. at Braefoot Park. Play continues Friday, Oct. 7 when they play the Saanich Fusion FC at Tyndall Park at 8 p.m.

In Lower Island women’s soccer Premier play, the Castaways Highlanders visit Vancouver Island Wave at Pise this Sunday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is at noon.

Div. 1 women’s soccer has the Bays United FC visiting the Lakehill Reds at Braefoot tonight (Friday, Sept. 30) at 6 p.m, while the Castaways FC visits Saanich Fusion FC Sunday at Tyndall field. Game time is 12 p.m.

Finishing September on the road, the Victoria Cougars Junior B hockey team heads to Panorama arena Friday, Sept. 30 to face the Peninsula Panthers at 7:30 p.m.

Returning home Sunday, Oct. 2, the Cougs host the Campbell River Storm at Archie Browning Arena at 3:30 p.m. The Cougars head to the Q Centre Wednesday, Oct. 5 to take on the Westshore Wolves at 7 p.m. Finishing the week at home, the Cougars host the Saanich Braves at Archie Browning Arena at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

The Victoria Royals are also in action this week hosting Kelowna in back to back games on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1.

Both tough games will be played at Save on Foods Memorial Centre at 7:05 p.m. For tickets and more information visit: victoriaroyals.com.

The Victoria Grizzlies finish September at home, hosting the Coquitlam Express at the Q Centre at 7 p.m. today (Friday, Sept. 30). Following a roadtrip to Powell River, the Grizz return home Friday, Oct. 7 to host the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Q Centre.

Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 12 student at Mt. Doug Secondary. Send your coming sports events to jocktalk@telus.net