Quest for soccer supremacy reigns

Soccer, hockey playoffs continue around the region

Soccer playoffs continue on lower Island fields, with several Oak Bay squads still in cup contention.

The Bays’ Div. 1 men’s soccer team plays in the semi-finals of the 2016 Jackson Cup, facing Westcastle Div. 1. The date and location of the game was still undetermined at press time; visit visl.org for more information.

The Bays United Gunners U21 men’s soccer team plays in the semifinals of the 2016 George Smith Cup against Saanich Fusion Soccer Club U21 on Sunday, March 13. Kick-off is at 4 p.m. at Tyndall Turf.

The University of Victoria Alumni Soccer Team plays in the semifinals of the 2016 Grover Cup against the Saanich Fusion Soccer Club Old School team on Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at Tyndall Turf.

In Lower Island Women’s Soccer, Castaways Div. 1 faces Vic West FC Div. 1 Friday at 8 p.m. on Finlayson Turf while the Castaways Div. 2 squad faces Nanaimo this Sunday, March 13 at PISE with a 2 p.m. kick-off. The winners square off for the Doug Day Cup March 20 at 2 p.m. on the Layritz Turf.

In Stephanie Shergold Cup play, quarterfinals have Castaways United 030A facing Lakehill Reds Dev. 2 tonight (Friday, March 11) at 8 p.m. at PISE, while the Castaways FC 030A battle Saanich Fusion FC Div. 2 Sunday March 13 at a time and field still being determined at press time. Bays United Div. 2 face Fernwood FC Div. 3 Sunday at 10 a.m. at a field still to be determined.

In the Frank Leversedge Cup quarterfinal action, Oak Bay again factors strong with the Bays Div. 3 facing Peninsula 030B Sunday, March 13 at noon and the Castaways Div. 3 playing VW Scottish 030 Sunday at a time and field still being determined at press time. See liwsa.com for current details.

Hockey playoffs continue for the Victoria Cougars, who have advanced to the next seven-game series against the Peninsula Panthers. Game 1 was scheduled Thursday, March 10 (after the News went to press), with game 2 at Panorama Rec Centre tonight (Friday, March 11) at 7:30 p.m. Game 3 returns to the Cougars’ home barn with the puck dropping at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Archie Browning Arena. Game 4 is Monday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Panorama. If needed, the game 5 will be played Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. at Archie Browning, with game 6 will Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Panorama, and game 7 at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at Archie Browning.

The University of Victoria men’s and women’s rugby teams are both competing in the University 7s Championship in Burnaby from Friday, March 11 to Saturday, March 12. The UVic Norsemen Men’s Rugby also plays at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 against Burnaby Lake at Wallace Field.

Looking ahead, UVic’s men’s and women’s soccer teams host the Keg Spring Cup March 19 to 20 at Centennial Stadium.

Oak Bay runners can lace up for the Bear Mountain Resort St. Paddy’s 5K and 1.5K Fun Run and Walk events this Sunday, March 13. Registration is also now open for the Canada Day Run at Bear Mountain. Visit bearmountain.ca for more information.

And in local baseball action, following two doubleheaders over on the Mainland against White Rock this weekend, the Victoria Mariners are back on the Island, with pre-season play in Nanaimo Saturday, March 19.

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