This week in Saanich Sports (June 5-11): Track Classic brings internationals to UVic

Top-level athletes to compete in Victoria International Track Classic at UVic's Centennial Stadium Wednesday, June 10.

By Devon Gall

Top-level athletes from the track and field world will face off against top local athletes as the 27th annual Victoria International Track Classic fills the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium Wednesday, June 10.

Come cheer on Saanich’s future stars!

Golf fans will be heading to Uplands Golf Club this weekend for the Bayview Place IslandSavings Open, a chance see pros from around the world compete in one of the PGA Tour’s Canadian stops. Day Passes for the tournament will be $10 and a week pass will be $30. For  more information visit bpisopen.ca

The Saanich Tigers midget A lacrosse team plays up Island this weekend but returns for two games Wednesday and Thursday at Pearkes Recreation Centre, welcoming Cowichan at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Juan de Fuca at 6 p.m. the next day.

Coming up, the fifth annual Pickleball Tournament comes to Pearkes recreation centre June 12 to 14, with categories for men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles, and 65-plus mixed doubles.

The Victoria Mariners and Victoria Eagles Premier Baseball  Leaue teams are in the Mainland but will back to face each other at Saanich’s Lambrick Park Wednesday, June 10 in what’s sure to be another hotly contested game, 6 p.m. start.

The junior premier Eagles return home from Surrey Saturday, June 6 to face the Abbotsford Cardinals on Sunday. Games will start at  11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  While the junior team is out of town on Saturday, the midget AAA Eagles gear up for a double-header against the Nanaimo Pirates. First pitches will be at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Lambrick Park.

The Victoria HarbourCats celebrate their home opener Friday, June 5 with against the Kelowna Falcons. Don’t miss members of the Victoria Skydivers who will jumpstart the season.

Games continue through Sunday with first pitch at 6:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

The Victoria and District Cricket League will be in action this weekend. Saturday, the Incogs will play against the Colts at 12:30 p.m. at Saint Michaels University School. On Sunday, play moves to Beacon Hill Park when United plays University.

Looking a fun family activity this weekend? The Frontrunners-hosted Mad Hatter 3K Fun Run is this Saturday, June 6, preceding the 53nd annual Oak Bay Tea Party parade to Willows Beach. Baby strollers are welcome. The run kicks off at 10:15 a.m. and supports the Victoria CoolAid Society. Find more atoakbayteaparty.com/parade.

Fancy a game of horseshoes? The Victoria Horseshoe Club hosts games for many different age groups, including Wednesday’s year-round senior men’s drop-in starting at 10 a.m. The ladies’ league runs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. while the junior league is Mondays at 7 p.m. Visit gvhpa.org for details.

– Devon Gall is an avid sports fan and athlete attending Grade 12 at Mount Douglas secondary school.