Rugby action hits UVic turf

From rugby to running, there's lots happening in Oak Bay sports this week

Ready for some rugby action?

The University of Victoria’s men’s rugby team hosts James Bay AA on Friday, Oct. 16. The game kicks off at Centennial Stadium at 7 p.m.

The Castaway Wanderers senior teams have a bye this weekend but will be back in action at Windsor Park Oct. 17.

The University of Victoria men’s and women’s soccer teams are both on the road this weekend, taking on the UBC Thunderbirds on Friday, Oct. 9.

It’s a big weekend for local runners and running enthusiasts as Oak Bay and Victoria welcome the 36th annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. On Sunday, Oct. 11, thousands of participants are expected in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run events.

An official Boston Marathon qualifier, the event also hosts the B.C. Marathon Championships. For more information, including road closures and good viewing spots, see the related story Page A1.

In local hockey action, the Victoria Cougars start their week of games on Friday, Oct. 9, travelling to the Saanich Peninsula to take on the Panthers in their own barn.

After a Thanksgiving weekend break, the Cougs host the Westshore Wolves on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Archie Browning Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. in what’s sure to be a fiercly competitive game.

To end the week the Cougars visit long-time rivals the Saanich Braves at Pearkes Arena on Friday, Oct. 16. The game begins at 6:30 p.m.

On the baseball diamond, Oak Bay’s Junior Premier Victoria Mariners start the weekend on the Layritz midget field on Saturday, Oct. 10 playing Nanaimo and Parksville at 1 p.m.

Also Saturday, the Bantam Premier team plays on the Layritz bantam diamond against the Langley Blaze.

Come Sunday, Oct. 11, the JP Mariners travel to Nanaimo to once again take on the Nanaimo and Parksville squad. The game begins at 1 p.m. at Serauxmen stadium.

In high school sports, Oak Bay High’s competitive field hockey team plays Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the UVic turf, facing Glenlyon Norfolk School at 3:30 p.m.

Oak Bay runners will be hard at work Thursday, Oct. 15 when local school teams visit Beacon Hill for this week’s cross-country meet. Events begin at 3:30 p.m. – come cheer on runners from Grades 6 to 12.

On the high school soccer pitch, senior boys’ action on Thursday, Oct. 15 has St. Michaels University School visiting Glenlyon Norfolk School, while SMUS Tier 2 hosts Lambrick Park, and Oak Bay welcomes Saanich’s St. Andrews.

Colin Gall is an athlete, sports fan and Grade 11 student at Mt. Douglas Secondary. Send your coming sporting events to



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