Column: Spring sports sprout in Oak Bay

Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 12 student at Mt. Douglas Secondary.

Registration is open for the 2017 Oak Bay Half, featuring a half-marathon, relay, 10K and a kids’ 1K race. Register at a reduced price until April 15 at

In Oak Bay rugby, the Castaway Wanderers women’s premier team take on Capilano at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25 at Windsor Park. Later that day, the Castaway Wanderers 3 team visits Westshore 2 at 1 p.m. at Juan de Fuca fields.

The Victoria Eagles regional high-performance club’s annual Ice Breaker Weekend tournament continues to March 26 at Lambrick Park. Today the Victoria Eagles face the Eagles AAA at 9:30 a.m. before the Eagles take on Calgary 1 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26 has the Eagles facing the Parksville Royals. First pitch goes at 2:30 p.m. Visit for the full schedule.

Oak Bay’s Victoria Mariners premier ball team welcomes Nanaimo for a double-header starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 26 at Layritz Park in a warm-up for the March 30 to April 2 Kelowna Invitational.

For lacrosse fans, the Victoria Shamrocks have announced the first Lacrosse Hot Stove event on April 18 at the Metropolitan Grill at Four Points Sheraton. Shamrocks alumni and players will tell stories from their lacrosse careers and answer questions from fans.

Pick up tickets – $150, including include admission, dinner and beverage – at or at 250-478-7625. Proceeds go toward the Shamrocks alumni.

Registration is also open for Ryder Hesjedal’s Aug. 20 Tour de Victoria mass participation cycling event, with routes through Oak Bay. Produced by the Ryder’s Cycling Society of Canada, a non-profit organization promoting cycling across Canada, register at a reduced price until July 31. On top of reduced pricing, the event also offers free admission to any biker 18 and under. Visit

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

Advancing on to the next round of playoffs, the Victoria Cougars take on the Campbell Rover Storm this week. Game was played Thursday in Victoria, before the Cougars head up Island to Campbell River tonight (Friday, March 24). Game 3 goes Sunday, March 26, when they host the Storm at 3:30 p.m. at Archie Browning Arena, before Game 4 on the road March 28. If needed, Game 5 will be played in town on Thursday, March 30 when the Cougars host at 7 p.m. at Archie Browning.

In Junior A hockey, the Victoria Grizzlies go head to head with the Powell River Kings this last week. At the time of writing the Grizzlies trailed two games to one, with Games 4 and 5 scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. If needed, Game 6 goes on March 25 in Powell River with Game 7 at 7 p.m. March 27 at the Q Centre.



Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 12 student at Mt. Douglas Secondary.


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