Jock Talk: Saxons hit UVic pitch Saturday

Catch a wide range of sports action in and around Oak Bay this week

Colin Gall

While men’s premier league rugby has the University of Victoria and Castaways on the road, catch men’s Div. 1 rugby action this week, when the University of Victoria Saxons host Westshore 1 Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m.

Cyclists are invited to learn more about the Victoria Wheelers Cycling Development Program at a Tuesday meeting at Oak Bay Bikes. The program offers accepted applicants the use of a bike for the season, riding kit (shorts, jerseys, cool weather gear), race travel support and the chance to apply for coaching funding. Coaching will be provided by the Pacific Cycling centre. Learn more at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting or contact Karl Ullrich at mailto:karl@oakbaybikes.com or 250-598-4111.

High school basketball returns to Oak Bay High Tuesday, Jan. 31 when the senior boys host Belmont for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. St. Michaels University School also hosts Claremont at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday before hitting the road to Lambrick Park Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and to Parkland Friday, Feb. 3, with Friday’s game time still to be announced.

With league play finished for the Oak Bay High senior girls, catch exhibition action this Saturday at 11 a.m. when the girls host Abbotsford’s MEI secondary.

On the soccer pitch, Saturday, Jan. 28 has the Castaways Highlanders FC women taking on Victoria Athletics in Premier women’s play kicking off at 6 p.m. at PISE. In Div. 1 action, the Castaways FC plays Prospect Lake  Saturday, Jan 28 at 5 p.m. at Layritz while on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4:30 p.m., Bays United FC  hosts Vic West FCat the Oak Bay High turf.

On the men’s side, the Div. 1 Bays United men take to the Oak Bay High turf Friday, Jan. 27 to face Gorge FC at 8 p.m.

Oak Bay baseball steps up to the plate this week with registration open for three different leagues. Carnarvon’s spring season is open for both baseball and softball. Registration closes Feb. 28 but register before Feb. 18 and save $50. Visit www.carnarvonballclub.com for information.

Little League registration is also opening. North Oak Bay residents can check out National Little League at www.nationallittleleague.org while south Oak Bay players can contact Beacon Hill Little League at www.beaconhilllittleleague.com.

The Victoria Cougars return home after four games on the road to host the Saanich Braves Thursday, Feb. 2. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at Archie Browning Arena. Follow the Cougs, Friday, Feb. 3, when they play the Peninsula Panthers at 7:30 p.m. at Panorama Arena.

In WHL action, the Victoria Royals have a three-game series against the Vancouver Giants this week, hosting two at home Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and 5:05 p.m. Sunday at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

Bear Mountain Resort announced its new Bear Mountain Bike Festival, March 4 and 5, with exciting cycling events for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. The festival will include elite-level XC and Enduro racing, challenge events for enthusiasts and kids’ activities.

A bike expo will also showcase the top mountain bike brands in the industry. The highlight event will be the UCI Bear Mountain Canada Cup MTB Race March 4, featuring Canada’s finest athletes, including Olympic bronze medallist Catharine Pendrel. Learn more and register at www.bearmountain.ca.

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

 

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