Cricket hits the pitch at Windsor

Oak Bay's sports scene looks forward to start of fall sports

Windsor Park plays host to local cricket action this weekend when the Victoria and District Cricket League’s United hosts the Islanders Cricket Club. Their game begins at 12:30 p.m.

While the Victoria Royals’ pre-season doesn’t begin until September, the Victoria Cougars open their two-week main camp this week an opportunity to allow coaches to look at prospects for their 2015/16 roster. See www.victoriacougars.com for details.

The pool is is action-packed this week as Greater Victoria plays host to the BC Summer Swimming Association provincial championship.

The event welcomes athletes in a variety of sports, including water polo, springboard diving, synchronized swimming and speed swimming from Aug. 17 to 23.

The tournament will see swimmers from more than 60 clubs around the province competing for their place on the podium at Saanich Commonwealth Place.

The Vancouver Island Soccer League invites those interested in becoming a soccer referee to register for an Entry Level Referee Clinic, the entry point into 11 a-side soccer.

Once successful in passing this clinic you’ll be classified as a Youth Referee (if 14 or 15 years old) or a District Referee (if 16 years old or older).

The clinic runs at Braefoot Park Friday, Aug. 28 to 30. To register, visit www.bcsoccer.net/referee-clinics

Can’t wait for soccer season to start? The UVic Vikes men’s team is in pre-season action, taking on Lakehill at UVic Field 4 Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. On Aug. 23, the Vikes welcome Kwantlen College for a 2 p.m. match-up, also on Field 4.

On the women’s side, UVic takes on Peninsula College Aug. 20 at 3:30 p.m. on Field 4 before travelling to Washinton State to face Seattle Pacific Aug. 24 and Western Washington Aug. 25.

League play opens Sept. 5 when the women host the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds at 5 p.m. at Centennial Stadium.

Oak Bay cyclists are gearing up for Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria, Aug. 23, which will pass through Oak Bay along Beach Drive.

Cyclists can choose from three different levels based on their experience level: a 45-kilometre Challenge route for the beginning cyclist; an 85km Legend route for the cycling enthusiast; and the main event, the Harbour Air Epic, a 140km route for the experienced rider.

To register or volunteer, visit www.tourdevictoria.com.

Practices began this week for the Greater Victoria Minor Football League’s fall league. For registration information, including information about player draw areas/boundaries for individual teams, visit www.victoriafootball.ca.

Registration also continues for Oak Bay players wanting to participate in Pacific Rim Field Lacrosse’s 2015/16 season.

Evaluations begin later this month for players in divisions from U7 through U18.

See prfl.pacrimlacrosse.com for details.

At the University of Victoria, the Sailors Field Hockey Club continues its summer-long drop-in sessions through Aug. 31, welcoming those age 14 or older to come try the sport of field hockey with some of Victoria’s best coaches and players.

Drop-in cost is $5 per session for 90 minutes of skills and drills. Sessions take place on the UVic turf field Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, email leeronnie19@gmail.com

 

 

Devon Gall is a local athlete, avid sports fan and Mt. Doug Secondary grad. Email your sports events to jocktalk@telus.net