This week in Saanich sports: Braves host Wolves on Shania giveaway night

Westshore Wolves visit Pearkes Rec Centre Friday night

Head to Pearkes Rec Centre Friday (Oct. 23) to cheer on the Saanich Braves as they start their week with a home game against the Westshore Wolves.

The Braves will debut their new third jersey and are giving away tickets to the Saturday night Shania Twain concert at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

Puck drops at 6:30 p.m.

While the Braves enjoy a week between games, they’ll likely be practising hard in anticipation for next Friday’s home game against Comox Valley Glacier Kings, also getting underway at Pearkes at 6:30 p.m.

In Midget AAA action, the Saanich Midget Tier 1 Braves welcome the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies Tier 1s for an exhibition game at 4 p.m. Saturday in what will likely be the final weekend before league play. The Braves beat the Grizzlies 1-0 last Sunday.

On Sunday, the Midget T2 Braves and Grizzlies also face-off at Pearkes, with the game starting at 2:30 p.m.

Turning to baseball, the Victoria Eagles are hosting a Midget AAA/Junior Premier Open Tryout at Lambrick Park Sunday. Players not invited to the second Premier tryout on Oct. 18 should attend the Midget AAA/Junior Premier Open Tryout. Visit www.victoriaeagles.com for more information.

In high school football, both the Junior Varsity and undefeated Varsity Mount Doug Rams return to Conference play Friday, with a home double-header against New Westminster. The JV kickoff is at 12:30 p.m., while the Varsity start time is at 3 p.m. As “Senior Day,” the Rams will recognize their graduating Grade 12 players before the 3 p.m. start.

Saanich high school runners will head to Beaver Lake for this week’s only cross-country meet on Wednesday. The first event begins at 3:30 p.m. with the senior boys finishing the day at 4:30 p.m.

Senior high school boys soccer takes to the pitch Tuesday. In tier one, St. Michaels University School hosts Royal Bay at 3:45 p.m., Reynolds hosts St. Andrews at 3:30 p.m., and Claremont hosts Glenlyon Norfolk School at 3:30 p.m.

In tier two, Lambrick hosts Esquimalt at 3:30 p.m., Spectrum hosts SMUS B at 3:30 p.m., and Mt. Douglas visits Vic High at 3:45 p.m. Play continues Thursday, when Tier 1 play has St. Andrews visiting GNS at 3:45 p.m., Claremont hosts Reynolds at 3:30 p.m., and SMUS hosting Oak Bay at 3:45 p.m.

In Tier 2, SMUS B visits Esquimalt at 3:45 p.m., Lambrick hosts Parklands at 3:30 p.m., and Spectrum hosts Mount Douglas at 3:30 p.m.

On the volleyball court, senior boys’ play Wednesday, with Spectrum hosting Belmont, Royal Bay and Stelly’s, Lambrick Park hosting Oak Bay, Reynolds and Claremont, and Pacific Christian School hosting Mount Douglas and Parklands.

Vancouver Island field hockey play continues this week at the University of Victoria turf, with Oak Bay taking on the Mutineers at 8:30 a.m., before Rebels 2 plays the Tigers at noon, and Rebels 1 goes head to head against the Hawks at 2 p.m.

While the UVic Vikes men’s basketball team is away, the women’s team starts exhibition play Friday. The women face off against the University of Western Ontario at 5 p.m. at CARSA performance centre. On Sunday, the Vikes women host Ryerson University at 11 a.m., also at CARSA.

Vikes soccer keeps going strong this week with the men’s team hitting the Centennial Stadium pitch Friday against Fraser Valley at 7:15 p.m. On Saturday, the squad hosts Trinity Western at 7:15 p.m.

The Vikes women’s soccer team is also in action, going head to head against Trinity Western at 5 p.m. Friday at Centennial Stadium, before hosting Fraser Valley at 5 p.m. Saturday.

In local rugby, UVic’s men’s rugby team visits the Castaway Wanderers at Windsor Park Saturday, for a 2:45 p.m. start.

 

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