Jock Talk

The local cricket league welcomes three weekend games

It’s a busy weekend on the cricket pitch with two games on the weekend calendar.  This Saturday (July 11), United takes on the Colts for a 12:30 p.m. start at Beacon Hill Park.

Sunday has the Islanders CC taking on Albion at Beacon Hill, also with a 12:30 p.m. start.

In Division 1 play, University takes on the Alcos at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Oak Bay’s Windsor Park.

It’s a light week in local baseball with several teams off for tournaments.

Following a weekend away from League Play, the Junior Mariners welcome cross-town rivals the Junior Eagles to Henderson Park Tuesday, July 14. First pitch is at 6 p.m.

The Victoria HarbourCats are also in the middle of a long stand on the road, but come Thursday, July 16, the ‘Cats look to sweep the Bellingham Bells in a three-game series through July 18.

The Sailors Field Hockey Club hosts drop-in sessions for anyone, age 14 years or older who would like to try field hockey with some of Victoria’s best coaches and players.

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

Coming up, Carnarvon Park is hosting the BC Baseball’s Pee Wee AAA 2015 Provincial Championships July 23 to 26.

Ten teams of the best 12- and 13-year-olds will compete to determine the province’s best Pee Wee team, with approximately 120 players and 400 parents, siblings and baseball fans visiting Oak Bay.

For Little League, Fairfield’s Hollywood Park hosts the 2015 Softball National Championship Tournament July 25 to 29, welcoming teams from all over the country at both the major and junior level.

Teams will vie for the opportunity to represent Canada at the Softball Little League World Series in August.

Following the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition’s Farm Fresh Flavour Trail ride Saturday, July 25, the Victoria Tweed Ride is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8, beginning and ending at Oak Bay’s Willows Beach.

The ride gets underway at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is required for this ride – visit tweedridevictoria.ca for more details. Funds to go to Bicycles for Humanity.

Registration is also under way for  Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria, which will wind its way along the Oak Bay coastline as part of its travels around the Capital Region.

Choose from three levels – 45 km, 85 km or 140 km – and see www.tourdevictoria.com for more information.

Can’t ride but still want to be part of the fun? Volunteers are also needed.

Devon Gall is a Mt. Douglas secondary student, local athlete avid sports fan. Email your Oak Bay sporting news and events to jocktalk@telus.net