The Pacific Athletics Track and Field Club is holding two introductory practices for youth ages 10 to 15 interested in trying out the club’s various activities. Come check everything out this Sunday, and next Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at UVic’s Centennial Stadium.
Also on campus, the UVic Vikes men’s and women’s soccer squads host the Keg Spring Cup with the women taking on Alberta Friday at 2 p.m. at Centennial Stadium. The consolation final goes at 10 a.m. Saturday with the gold medal match at 2 p.m.
On the men’s side, the Vikes take on Trinity Western Friday at 4 p.m. at Centennial Stadium, with the men’s consolation final at noon Saturday and the gold medal match at 4 p.m.
Head to Oak Bay’s Windsor Park this Saturday for what’s sure to be top-flight action when the Castaway Wanderers host the UVic Vikes men’s rugby squad at 2:30 p.m.
Girls’ rugby has two tournament-style matches for Week 3 play, with one set of games hosted at Reynolds Secondary on March 27 and the other at Victoria High School. For more information, visit www.lowerislandschoolsports.ca.
The Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey League heads into semifinals this Saturday at the University of Victoria field hockey turf. Mark your calendar for the finals, taking place Saturday, March 28, also at the UVic turf.
Local baseball fans awaiting the season’s first trip to the diamond are in luck. The Lambrick Park-based Victoria Eagles high-performance baseball teams welcome the Calgary Blues for the second annual March friendly tournament March 20 to 22.
The three-day event will pit the visitors against some of the Island’s best baseball talent. The Victoria Eagles Premier squad opens play versus the Eagles AAA team Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Victoria Mariners playing Calgary 2 at 2:30 p.m. The Mariners face Calgary 1 at noon while the Eagles Premier squad finishes the day versus Calgary 1 at 5 p.m.
Saturday has the Junior Premier Eagles playing the Eagles AAA team at noon, before taking on Calgary 2 at 2:30 p.m. The Eagles AAA team finishes the day against Calgary 2 at 5 p.m.
The final day of the tournament pits the Eagles AAA against Calgary 2 at 9:30 a.m., while the Eagles Junior Premiers face Calgary 1 at noon and Calgary 1 plays the Parksville Royals at 2:30 p.m. before the tournament concludes on an Island note with the Royals and Premier Eagles playing at 5 p.m. All games are played at Lambrick Park in Gordon Head.
Get the skills to officiate the game with B.C. Baseball’s 2015 umpiring clinic, coming up this coming week with Level 1 March 23 and 25 at 7 p.m., and March 26 and April 2 at 6 p.m., all at Central Middle School. The Level 2 umpiring course will be March 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence.
On the ice, the Victoria Cougars dropped two hard-fought overtime games to Campbell River in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League championships. Game 3 was set to go Thursday at Archie Browning Arena, after presstime. Game 4 goes Friday, in Campbell River. If necessary, Game 5 returns to Archie Browning Arena Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Looking forward to next year, the Cougars are holding a spring prospects camp in late April. For more spring camp information, see www.victoriacougars.com.