JOCK TALK: High school sports kick into high gear

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

  • Mar. 30, 2017 12:00 p.m.

Fast on the heels of spring break, high school sports action returns to Oak Bay this week.

Oak Bay rugby teams return to the pitch Tuesday, April 3, with the boys’ second team taking on Esquimalt High at 2:30 p.m. and the first team kicking off against a touring side from Bristol at 4:15 p.m. Both games are at Macdonald Park in James Bay.

The senior badminton team returns to the court Tuesday, April 4 with Oak Bay hosting St. Michaels University School at 3:45 p.m. On Thursday, April 6, Oak Bay visits Claremont at 3:45 p.m.

Senior girls soccer also kicks off Tuesday, April 4 when Oak Bay plays Claremont at Lochside Turf at 3:30 p.m. On the same day SMUS hosts St. Margaret’s at 3:45 p.m. at SMUS. SMUS is also in action later in the week, hosting Parkland at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 6.

Victoria Track and Field Club and Pacific Athletics Track and Field Club open spring training at the University of Victoria April 4 for youth age 10 to 15. Find details and registration forms at victrack.ca or pacificathletics.ca.

While minor hockey has wrapped up for the season, pick up gear for the fall at a Saanich Minor Hockey Swap and Shop Saturday, April 1 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Fieldhouse at Pearkes Arena.

Following their exciting game-seven win in double overtime, the Victoria Grizzlies head right into the next round of playoffs, facing off against Chilliwack. Play begins on the Mainland tonight (Friday, March 31) and Saturday, April 1 before returning to the Island on Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5. The puck drops for both Q Centre games at 7 p.m.

If needed, games five and seven will be played in Chilliwack April 7 and 10, with game six slated for Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Q.

From the ice to the floor, Greater Victoria Minor Ball Hockey has added a date for Team BC tryouts on Sunday, April 30 for birth years 1998 to 2003. For more information and to register visit vmbh.ca.

Help kids win their race against childhood cancer at the eighth annual KidsRun Victoria, May 7 at Tillicum Centre. Register by April 25 to guarantee a shirt for the event, which raises funds for pediatric oncology. Donations are also welcome in person and online at www.solesistersvictoria.com/kidsrun-victoria.

The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame hosts the eighth annual Family Sport and Recreation Festival at PISE Saturday, May 6, featuring a variety of activities, such as para-sports, obstacle courses, outdoor rock wall climbing, and other healthy living activities. Organizations are invited to participate by providing an interactive station at no cost for kids to try out while you promote your services and help to build a healthier and more physically literate community. Visit piseworld.com to learn more.

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