Oak Bay rugby back in action

Lots happening on the sports calendar around Oak Bay

The University of Victoria’s men’s rugby team heads to James Bay Saturday, Feb. 20, taking on the Athletics Association for  2:30 p.m. kick-off at MacDonald Park.

The Castaway Wanderers Premier men’s squad heads to Vancouver to play the Ravens Saturday, Feb. 20,  returning home to take on the Vikes at Wallace Field at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The men’s and women’s Vikes Basketball teams are both hosting Brandon University on Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20. The UVic women play first both days, hitting the court at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by the men at  8 p.m. The women play at 5 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the men at 7 p.m.

UVic rowers hit the water for the Trial Eights. Cheer on the Vikes Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Gorge Waterway.

Looking ahead, Vikes basketball players compete in the Canada West Play-In series Feb. 26 to 28 and March 16 is the graduating athletes reception.

Coming off a win at the city finals, Oak Bay High’s senior girls basketball team is at the Islands this week at Claremont Secondary, vying for a berth to the B.C.’s.

The Bays United Gunners  U21 men’s soccer team hosts Juan de Fuca on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 12 p.m. at Henderson Park, while the Bays United FC MC team meets the Cordova Bay Bobcats Alumni MC Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:15 p.m. at UVic.

The Women’s Div. 1 Castaways FC play Prospect Lake Saturday, Feb. 20 at Layritz Field at 5 p.m. and the Div. 1 Bays United FC play the Saanich Fusion FC at Tyndall Field on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.

In hockey, the Victoria Cougars finish their regular season this weekend, first travelling to Saanich to take on the Braves at 6:30 p.m. at Pearkes Rec Centre. The special evening marks the Braves’ annual community fundraiser, which this year raises money for Victoria Hospice and cancer research through Anneswer to Cancer. The Cougars encourage fans to come and support a great cause The Cougs hit the road Saturday, Feb. 20, to face the Oceanside Generals.

After finishing first in Island round-robin play, the Saanich Braves Midget Tier 1 team, which also includes players from Oak Bay, Esquimalt and Victoria, face the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies Tier 1 hockey in a best-of-three Island championship.

Game 1 goes at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Pearkes Rec Centre at 4 p.m., with Game 2 at the Q Centre at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Game 3, if necessary, will be played the following Saturday at Pearkes. The top team from the Island earns a berth to the provincial championships, hosted this year in the Comox Valley.

Colin Gall is a local athlete, sports fan and Grade 11 student at Mt. Doug Secondary. Send your coming sports events to jocktalk@telus.net.