Braves play host to Glacier Kings Friday night

Saanich will travel up Island Saturday to take on the Oceanside Generals

The Saanich Braves start their week off at home on Friday, welcoming the Comox Valley Glacier Kings to Pearkes Rec Centre at 6:30 p.m.  On Saturday, the Braves travel up Island to take on the Oceanside Generals. The Braves will play next on Friday, Nov. 6 when they host the Westshore Wolves at 6:30 p.m. at Pearkes Rec Centre.

League play for Saanich Minor Hockey’s Midget Tier 1 opens with a roadtrip to Port Alberni Saturday, while the Tier 2 team is on the road to Nanaimo and Cowichan.

With the men’s UVic basketball team away in the Quinn Classic in La Grande, Ore., the women’s team continues pre-season exhibition play at home.

The women’s first game is on Saturday against Thompson Rivers at 2 p.m. at UVic’s new CARSA building, before the squad hits the hardwood against MacEwan at 1 p.m. Sunday, also at CARSA.

UVic’s men’s and women’s rowing teams are both competing at the Canadian University Rowing Championship in Antigonish, N.S. Saturday and Sunday, but the university’s swim teams are competing locally at Commonwealth Pool in the Senior Circuit SCM on Saturday.

The UVic men’s and women’s soccer teams both are competing in the Canada West quarterfinals this coming weekend. Head to Centennial Stadium on Friday, when the men face Mount Royal at 7:15 p.m. The women play Fraser Valley at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Abbotsford.

Also coming up at UVic, the Vikes host CIS Women’s Field Hockey Championship Nov. 5 to 8 at UVic’s Field 1.

Mount Douglas Rams football continues this weekend with the Junior Varsity Rams playing an away game against Vancouver College at 2:30 p.m. Friday, while the Varsity Rams also hit the road against the Vancouver squad at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

In local Div. 1 rugby action, the UVic Norsemen take on Westshore 1 at Westshore Rec Centre fields Saturday at 1 p.m. while at 2:45 p.m., Premier League rugby takes to the pitch with the Vikes visiting the Westshore Valhallians, also at Westshore field.

Victoria men’s field hockey hits the UVic turf on Sunday. Starting off the new month, the Rebels play the Hawks at 10:30 a.m., the Tigers play the Mutineers at noon and Oak Bay plays the Marauders at 1:30 p.m.

Victoria women’s field hockey league has a very busy weekend. Starting on Saturday, the Blue Jays play the Sailors at 11 a.m., the Mariners face the Pirates at 12:30 p.m., and the Pirates take on the Devils at 3:30 p.m. On  Sunday, the Demons play the Lynx 3 at 9 a.m., the Lynx 2 face the Cardinals at 11 a.m., the Ravens play the Kestrels at 12:30 p.m., and the Renegades play the Stellers at 2 p.m.

Fall’s high school sports start heading into playoffs this week, with the field hockey AA B.C. championships on Nov. 4 to 6 and single A senior boys’ soccer from Nov. 5 to 7. Senior boys’ volleyball also heads into playoffs this coming week. For further details, visit lowerisland schoolsports.ca.

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