Jock Talk: Oak Bay basketball kicks off on the road

Rugby spreads across the region Saturday, Windsor park to UVic

The Oak Bay High senior boys basketball squad starts the week on the road when they head to Mount Doug Secondary Tuesday, Dec. 12 for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

Oak Bay’s senior girls are also in action Dec. 12, hosting Claremont for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Saturday features a full day of rugby.

The Castaways Wanderers premier men host Meraloma at Windsor Park Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Up at the University of Victoria campus, UVic takes on Seattle, also at 2:30 p.m.

Head to the fields early for even more action: Castaways Wanderers 2 takes on Meraloma 2 at 12:45 at Windsor Park while the UVic Norsemen welcome Seattle 2 at 12:45 at UVic.

The UVic Vikes swimmers are set to dive in to the UVic-Pacific Coast Swimming Association Christmas Cracker meet, Friday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 10 at Commonwealth Pool. Head to the pool to cheer on your local swimmers.

The Vikes Cross Country team returns to Centennial Stadium for its annual Christmas tree sale, continuing through Dec. 23. Visit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, when the athletes will help you pick out the perfect tree.

In Oak Bay men’s soccer, the Div. 1 Bays United team welcomes Lakehill to Oak Bay High turf tonight (Friday, Dec. 8) for an 8 p.m. kick-off.

On Sunday, Dec. 10, the Castaways Juniors team takes on the UVic Alumni at noon at Glasgow Field. Later that day at 2:15 p.m. both the U21 Bays United FC take on the Cowichan United FC and the Div. 3 Bays United FC take on the FC Sagres at Oak Bay High. Following at 4:30 p.m., the Div. 4A Bays United FC faces the Castaways Invite, also at Oak Bay High.

Looking ahead to Friday, Dec. 15, the UVic Alumni take to the UVic turf to host Gorge FC at 7:15 p.m.

In women’s soccer Sunday, Dec. 10 has the Div. 1 Castaways FC meeting Saanich Fusion United and Ays United FC facing the Juan de Fuca United, but both game times and locations were still to be determined at press time. Visit liwsa.com for updates.

In Div. 2 play, Sunday, Dec. 10 takes Bays United FC to visit Gorge FC at 12 p.m. at Hampton, while Castaways FC visits Prospect Lake at Layritz, also at noon.

In Junior B hockey, the Victoria Cougars start their week up Island, with an afternoon game against Kerry Park Sunday, Dec. 10. Returning home to Archie Browning Arena, it’s the Cougs’ turn to host Kerry Park Thursday, Dec. 14, with a 7 p.m. puck drop. Heading to Saanich on Dec. 15, the Cougars face the Braves at 6:30 p.m. at Pearkes Arena.

Looking ahead to their spring season, the Greater Victoria Minor Ball Hockey Association is accepting applications for head and assistant coaches in all divisions until Jan. 15. Head coaches will receive e a 50 per cent refund on player registration for each head coach who is assigned a team and completes the season. Learn more under the Coaches tab at gvmbha.com.

GVMBHA player registration also continues to Jan. 15 with assessments set to begin Feb. 4.

Colin Gall writes Fridays about coming local sports events.

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