Rams return to the gridiron

Friday is Homecoming Day as Mount Douglas hosts Mainland rival Notre Dame

It’s Homecoming Day Friday as the Mount Douglas Rams invite alumni back to the football field. Games start at the Mount Douglas upper playing field for both the junior varsity and varsity teams against Mainland rival Notre Dame. The JV game kicks off the action at 12:30 p.m. with the varsity game at 3 p.m.

Across town, Spectrum Thunder launch their regular season with the Varsity game today  (Friday) against Timberline at 2 p.m. on the Spectrum field. Looking ahead to next Friday (Oct. 16), the Thunder face the crew from Eric Hamber, with kick-off at 2:30 p.m. at Spectrum.

It’s a quiet Thanksgiving weekend on campus for the University of Victoria Vikes. The men’s and women’s soccer teams both play in Vancouver Friday, taking on the UBC Thunderbirds.

Heading to the rink, the Saanich Junior Braves start the week off on Friday, hosting the Nanaimo Buccaneers at Pearkes Arena at 6:30 p.m. After a weekend break, the Braves return to the ice Wednesday, hosting the Peninsula Panthers at 7:30 p.m. The Braves finish the week at home on Oct. 16 playing against the Victoria Cougars at 6:30 p.m.

On the baseball diamond, the Bantam Premier Mariners take on the Langley Blaze on the Layritz Bantam field, while the Junior Premier Mariners start the weekend Saturday, playing Nanaimo and Parksville starting at 1 p.m. at the Layritz midget field. The JP Mariners return to the field, Sunday in Nanaimo, once again playing Nanaimo and Parksville.

In Division 1 Vancouver Island Soccer League play Friday, Lakehill FC 1 visits Saanich Fusion FC Maude Hunter’s at Tyndall Park, while Westcastle United 1 visits Bays United Liquor Plus 1 at the PISE field.

In high school sports, Lambrick and Mount Douglas secondary schools’ competitive field hockey teams go head-to-head on Wednesday, taking to the field at 3:30 at UVic.

Thursday  is a big day for senior boys’ soccer. Saanich’s Claremont visits Royal Bay, Spectrum plays at Stelly’s and St. Michaels University School plays at Glenlyon Norfolk School. SMUS Tier 2 hosts Lambrick Park,  Mt Douglas  hosts Esquimalt, and St. Andrews high school visits Oak Bay.

On Tuesday, senior girls volleyball is a popular activity. Oak Bay hosts Claremont and PCS, Spectrum hosts Mt. Douglas and Stelly’s, Lambrick hosts Belmont and SMU, Reynolds hosts St. Margarets and Victor Brodeur, Esquimalt hosts St. Andrews and GNS.

Senior boys’ volleyball hits the hardwood Wednesday, with Mt. Douglas, Lambrick and Belmont visiting Stelly’s, Reynolds hosting PCS, Royal Bay and Parklands, and Spectrum hosting Oak Bay and Claremont. Games get underway at 6 p.m.

Saanich high school runners will be hard at work Thursday, when the week’s cross-country meet hits Beacon Hill starting at 3:30 p.m. Come cheer on runners from Grades 6 to 12.

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