Rams begin their playoff quest

Mount Douglas tackles Kelowna Friday in B.C. high school football playoff action

The Mount Douglas Varsity Rams continue their quest for another provincial football title when the take on Kelowna Friday in quarterfinal play. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at the West Shore’s Goudy Field.

Also in Saanich football action, Spectrum Tier II Varsity players are on the road for their semifinal playoff game this week, facing Earl Marriot at Burnaby Lakes on Friday.

In Vancouver Island Junior Hockey play, the Saanich Braves host the Nanaimo Buccaneers at Pearkes Rec Centre Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Braves travel up Island on Sunday, when they’ll go head-to-head against the Campbell River Storm. The Braves again face the Storm on Nov. 27 at Pearkes Rec Centre. The puck drops at 6:30 p.m.

Coming off a silver finish at last week’s Greater Victoria Midget Hockey Classic, the Midget Tier 1 Braves welcome Comox Tier 1 this Sunday at noon on the Pearkes Gold rink.

Turning to university basketball, University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team hosts the Calgary Dinos Friday and Saturday at the CARSA Performance Gym. After a clean sweep of the Saskatchewan Huskies last weekend, the Vikes are the Canada West Pioneer Division’s top team to start the year with a 4-0 conference record.

The Vikes women also face the Dinos, with games at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.

On the rugby pitch, the Vikes look to make it a perfect 9-0 in Barnard Cup action this season when they face Westshore RFC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Wallace Field.

The Camosun  Chargers men’s and women’s basketball teams have two home games this week. They first take on the Quest University Kermodes with the women’s game at 6 p.m. and the men’s game at 8 p.m. at PISE on Friday. Come Saturday, the Chargers take on the Langara College Falcons with the women taking to the court at 1 p.m. and the men at 3 p.m. All games are at PISE.

Vancouver Island Women’s field hockey has a busy week starting Saturday at the UVic pitch, when the Blue Jays take on Lynx 2 at 9:30 a.m., the Ravens face the Demons at 9:30 a.m., the Stellers play the Pirates at 11 a.m., the Renegades play the Devils at 12:30 p.m., the Lynx 1 play the Patriots at 2 p.m., and the Kestrels play the Lynx 3 at 3:30 p.m.

In Vancouver Island Men’s field hockey play Sunday on the UVic pitch, Rebels 2 plays the Rebels 1 at 9 a.m., the Hawks take on the Mutineers at 10:30 a.m. and the Tigers face the Marauders at 2 p.m.

In Lower Island Women’s premier soccer, it’s an all-Saanich match-up as Saanich Fusion FC hosts Prospect Lake at Lochside field Saturday at 8 p.m. On Sunday, Lakehill hosts the Castaways Highlanders at Breafoot for a noon kick-off and at 6 p.m., Vancouver Island Wave hosts the Victoria Athletics at PISE.

In Division 1 play, Lakehill hosts Vic West FC at Braefoot Friday at 6 p.m., while Prospect Lake visits the Castaways FC at Carnarvon Sunday at noon. Also Sunday, Bays United hosts Saanich Fusion FC at UVic Field No. 3 for a 7 p.m. kick-off.

On the Division 1 men’s soccer calendar, Gorge FC hosts Vic West FC at 7 p.m. Friday at Hampton Park, while the Saanich Fusion Maude Hunter’s Div. 1 team welcomes VI Wave to Tyndall Park for an 8 p.m. kick-off. Lakehill also hosts Bays United Liquor Plus 1 at Braefoot at 8 p.m.

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