UVic Vikes midfielder Sam Prette

Jock Talk: Rugby, soccer seasons heats up in Saanich

The Saanich Braves play host to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings tonight (Friday, Sept. 18).

  • Thu Sep 17th, 2015 4:00pm
  • Sports

The Saanich Braves play host to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings tonight (Friday, Sept. 18). Puck drops at Pearkes Rec Centre at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 19 the junior Braves travel to Oceanside to take on the Generals before taking nearly a week off until their next home game.

Last week the Braves had to cancel the Friday night home game versus the Westshore Wolves due to bad ice conditions at Pearkes. That game will be rescheduled.

The Mount Douglas Rams football team continues preseason exhibition play this weekend, welcoming Lord Tweedsmuir Saturday, Sept. 19. The juniors take the field at 12:30 p.m., followed by the senior squad at 3 p.m.

The young Spectrum Thunder football team enters its third season. The senior team hosts Nanaimo District for a preseason match today, 2:30 p.m. at Spectrum.

The University of Victoria women’s soccer team opens the weekend tonight (Friday, Sept. 18) with a home game at 5 p.m. against the University of Northern British Columbia at Centennial Stadium.

On Saturday, Sept. 19 the local women host the University of Alberta at 5 p.m. at Centennial Stadium before taking a week’s break from game-play.

The UVic men’s soccer squad starts its weekend with two road games, heading to Langley on Friday, Sept. 18 and Abbotsford on Saturday, Sept. 19. Returning to the Island, the Vikes take on the University of British Columbia Okanagan Friday, Sept. 25, with kick-off at 7:15 p.m. at Centennial Stadium.

UVic Men’s rugby team has its season opener Saturday, Sept. 19 against James Bay AA. Head to UVic’s Wallace Field at 2:45 p.m. to cheer on the men.

The UVic Women’s rugby team opens its season Friday, Sept. 25 against Lethbridge at Wallace field. The women take to the field at 5 p.m.

The Premier Baseball League’s Victoria Mariners take over Layritz Park in Saanich this weekend for the Zach Downey Memorial Tournament, with games daily from Friday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 20.

The Premier Mariners will take on the White Rock Tritons tonight (Friday, Sept. 18) at 5 p.m. before facing the Nanaimo Pirates Saturday at 5 p.m. and the Coquitlam Reds Sunday at 12 p.m.

The Victoria Eagles draw the early slot through the weekend, facing Nanaimo at 8 a.m. today (Friday, Sept. 18) and the Mariners at 10:15 a.m., before taking on Coquitlam at 8 a.m. Saturday and White Rock on Sunday.

On the Bantam field, the Mariners squad faces Coquitlam Bantam Reds at 4:30 p.m., before taking on the Nanaimo Pirates Saturday morning at 8 a.m., and the Parksville Royals at 5 p.m. Come Sunday, the championship game goes at 1:30 p.m.

The Mariners Baseball Club will also be presenting the Downey family with a bronze memorial plaque that will have a permanent home at the Mariners’ home field Henderson Park. The ceremony will take place Sunday, (Sept. 20) at 3 p.m. just prior to the championship game on the Layritz Midget field.

The Victoria Eagles continue their open tryout for the Premier Eagles team Sunday, Sept. 20 at Lambrick Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tryouts are free and people are encouraged to come out.

In Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association play, the UVic Vikes Field 1 is home to the Division 1 Flickers visiting the Mariners at 3:30 p.m., followed by Lynx 1 at the Patriots at 5 p.m.

Men’s Field Hockey League play takes over the field Sunday, with the Tigers at the Marauders at 8:30 a.m., the Hawks at the Mutineers at 12:30 p.m. and the Rebels 2 at Rebels 1 at 2 p.m.

Visit TSN.ca for the schedule of the upcoming Rugby World Cup, as Canada features plenty of Island talent on its roster including former UVic Vikes John Moonlight, Phil Mack, Jamie Mckenzie and Nathan Hirayama.

The RWC starts Saturday as Canada faces Ireland in round robin play at 6:30 a.m. PDT. Canada plays Italy at the same time on Sept. 26 and finishes the round robin versus at noon on Oct. 1.

On Saturday, Gorge United  of the Div. 1 senior men’s Vancouver Island Soccer Association face Vic West, 6 p.m. at Finlayson. Saanich Fusion plays the Vancouver Island Wave at Finlayson, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Send your upcoming Saanich sports events to jocktalk@telus.net.

– Colin Gall is a Saanich athlete, avid sports fan and Grade 11 student at Mount Douglas secondary.