SPORTS IN BRIEF: Vikes mad-hatter is at it again; Rugby Canada selects ARC squad; Friday night rugby vs. football, and more

Vikes breakfast raises $402,000 for scholarships, Vikes golfer Woodland third

Cross training:  Seamus Maguire of Reynolds secondary leads the pack of high school cross-country runners through Beacon Hill Park with Liam Farrar of Oak Bay High

Cross training: Seamus Maguire of Reynolds secondary leads the pack of high school cross-country runners through Beacon Hill Park with Liam Farrar of Oak Bay High

Vikes breakfast raises $402,000 for scholarships

The UVic Vikes Championship Breakfast rode the Olympic success of the school’s athletes and raised $402,000 toward athletic scholarships.

The Sept. 25 breakfast raised far beyond the initial $150,000 mark, which is matched by the university itself.

Patrons dined with several Olympians who are current or ex-Vikes, including silver medal winning rower Gabe Bergen and bronze medal winning open-water swimmer Richard Weinberger.

Swimming Canada CEO and national team coach Pierre Lafontaine was this year’s

keynote speaker.

Support from the event goes to athletic financial awards, a strong determinant for prospective student-athletes in choosing their post-secondary institutions, said Clint Hamilton, UVic’s director of athletics and recreation.

 

Vikes golfer Woodland third

The UVic Vikes women’s golf team wrapped up the Sept. 23 to 25 Grand Canyon Women’s Fall Invitational in Arizona with a seventh place team finish.

The Vikes’ reigning NAIA champion Megan Woodland played her final 18 at 1-under-par, carding a 71 for third overall.

Hosted at the Wigwam Golf Course, the Vikes shot a team score of 620, two rounds of 310.

Next up for the Vikes women is the St. Martin’s Invitational Oct. 4 to 6 in Olympia, Wash.

 

Beware the mad-hatter

For the third time this season and in just six games played, UVic Vikes striker Emma Greig scored a hat trick. Greig paced the Vikes soccer team (6-0-1) to an 11-0 win over the Winnipeg Wesmen on Saturday.

Lindsay Hoetzel, Jacqueline Harrison, Jaclyn Sawicki and Sarah Douglas each had two. The Vikes won again on Sunday, 5-1 over the Manitoba Bisons. Sawicki and Nathalie Scharf each scored once, Douglas twice, and the Bisons scored an own-goal.

 

Rugby Canada selects squad for Americas Championship

Local ruggers Connor Braid and Sean White, a pair of Oak Bay High grads, will suit up for Canada at the 2012 IRB Americas Rugby Championship.

They’ll be joined by Michael Fuailefau, a St. Michaels University School and current Castaway Wanderers player.

All six matches of the international tournament, of which Canada is a last-minute host, will happen at Westhills Stadium in Langford. The facility will be expanded to hold an estimated 2,800 fans.

White, a scrum half, Braid, a fly half and Fuailefau, a centre, are the only born and bred Victoria players on the team though the squad features many players with local connections to club teams, such as CW’s prop Hubert Buydens, UVic Vikes fly half Pat Kay and former Velox Valhallians centre Nick Blevins.

Canada faces Uruguay on Oct. 12, U.S.A. on Oct. 16 and Argentina on Oct. 20, all starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

Friday night rugby at UVic

James Bay and the UVic Vikes renew their CDI Premier League men’s rugby rivalry under the lights of Centennial Stadium on Friday night.

Kick off is 6:30 p.m.

The Vikes defeated the UBC Thunderbirds 52-28 in the first of the two-game Wightman Boot series, played at Wallace Field on Saturday. James Bay and the Vancouver Rowing Club renewed their annual Cox Cup shield match with the Bays winning convincingly, 64-7.

 

RAP right for Friday night football

The Mount Douglas Rams bounced St. Thomas More Collegiate 41-26 in the first game of the AAA senior varsity high school football season at Royal Athletic Park on Friday.

Running backs Mason Swift and Julian Luis led the scoring for the Rams with two touchdowns each. Receiver Brian Dowds caught a long 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ashton MacKinnon, and Callum Duke was perfect hitting two field goals, 21 and 34 yards, and making all five TD conversions.

Defensively, the Rams forced four interceptions, who of them to Luis.

Earlier on Friday the junior Rams lost to St. Thomas More 21-7.

This Friday (Oct. 5) Rams football returns to RAP against Vancouver College. Juniors start at 2:30 p.m., seniors at 5 p.m.

 

Belmont Bullogs hammer Hamber

The Belmont Bulldogs hammered Eric Hamber 49-6 in the Bulldogs’ first regular season, AA senior varsity football game at Belmont on Friday.

Next up for the Bulldogs is an exhibition match versus Ballenas at Belmont secondary. Kick offs are 3 p.m. for the juniors, 5 p.m. for the senior varsity squads.

 

Rebels drop to Rams

The Westshore Rebels (6-2) six-game win streak came to an end with a 41-7 loss to the Langley Rams (6-1-1) at Westhills Stadium on Sunday.

Running back Greg Morris continued his excellent season with 124 yards rushed and scored one touchdown, the Rebels’ only scoring play in the game.

The third-place Rebels’ winning season is still in tact, and the team is playoff bound with four a win advantage over fourth-place Okanagan Sun.

On Saturday the Rebels visit the Kamloops Broncos (2-6).

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