Athletes urged to give field hockey a try

Free field hockey camp set for March 1 and 8 at UVic

Looking for a new sport? Victoria Junior Field Hockey is hosting a “try field hockey for free” camp, a great way for young athletes age four to 18 to try out the sport for no cost.

Upon arrival, participants will be treated to free gear for the session, along with experienced coaching and plenty of fun. Choose from either March 1 or March 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. on the UVic turf.

Adult field hockey action also fills UVic turf this weekend. Starting on Feb. 28, the Demons and Stellers will kick the day off at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Patriots and Flickers at noon. The Devils and Kestrels will play off following the Patriots game at 3:30 p.m., Lynx 2 and Blue Jays will play at 5 p.m., and the Pirates and Ravens will finish the day off at 9 p.m. The Mariners and Lynx 1 will be the only game in town on Sunday, March 1 at 9 a.m.

Registration for Carnarvon Baseball and Softball is still open for any people looking to sign up for the 2015 spring season. Players from the ages of three to 18 are welcome to play baseball in the Carnarvon association for the season. For registration information visit http://www.carnarvonbaseball.com/.

While spring sports are getting under way, there’s plenty still on the calendar as local winter sports wrap up.

The Victoria Cougars swept the Kerry Park Islanders in four games during the opening round of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoffs. The Cougars will now face the winner of the series between the Saanich Braves and Westshore Wolves in the next round.

High school AAAA basketball playoff action is also under way at Mount Douglas Secondary School with Oak Bay High’s senior boys the local favourites for top spot on the Island. The tournament, with four school teams from the lower Island and three from the upper Island, finishes Feb. 28. The top two Island teams earn a berth to provincials.

Finishing their regular season ranked No. 1 (women) and 2 (men), Camosun hosts the Pac West Provincial Volleyball Championships Feb. 26 to 28. Coached by Charles Parkinson, the men enter the competition 18-6 on the season, while the Chris Dahl-coached women’s squad finish 21-3.

With volleyball taking over the PISE gym this weekend, the Camosun Chargers men’s and women’s basketball squads hit the road to take on Squamish’s Quest (Friday, Feb. 27) and North Van’s Capilano College (Saturday, Feb. 28) in the final games of their regular season. Next weekend (March 5 to 7) brings the PacWest Provincial Basketball Championships hosted by CBC in Abbotsford.

Also on the road, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team moved ahead in post-season play following a second-half comeback last Saturday to defeat the visiting Calgary Dinos 80-78. The Vikes challenge Thompson Rivers in Kamloops on this weekend (Feb. 27 to March 1) in a best-of-three quarter-final series.

 

Grade 12 student Devon Gall is an avid sports fan, athlete and former Carnarvon baseball player. Send your sports events news to jocktalk@telus.net.