UVic Vikes Rachel Francois competes in the 600-metre at the 2015 CIS Track and Field Championships in Windsor

This week in Saanich Sports (March 20-26): Women’s field hockey enters semifinals

This Week in Saanich Sports: Vikes visit Castaway Wanderers in CDI Premier Men's rugby match at Windsor Park

By Devon Gall

The Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey League heads into semifinals this weekend, March 21 at the University of Victoria field hockey turf: Sailors vs. Blue Jays at 8 a.m.; Lynx 2 vs. Cardinals at 9:45 a.m.; Pirates vs. Ravens at 11:15 a.m.; Kestrels vs. Stellers at 1 p.m.; Mariners vs. Flickers at 2:45 p.m.; Patriots vs. Lynx 1 at 4:30 p.m.

The Pacific Athletics Track and Field Club is holding two introductory practices for people ages 10 to 15 interested in trying out the club’s various activities. Come check everything out this Sunday, March 22, and next Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at UVic’s Centennial Stadium.

Also on campus, the UVic Vikes men’s and women’s soccer squads host the Keg Spring Cup with the women taking on March 20: Alberta today (Friday, March 20) at 2 p.m., at Centennial Stadium. The consolation final goes at 10 a.m. March 21 with the Gold medal match at 2 p.m.

On the men’s side, the Vikes take on Trinity Western today at 4 p.m. at Centennial Stadium, with the  men’s consolation final at 12 p.m. Saturday and the Gold medal match at 4 p.m.

Head to Oak Bay’s Windsor Park this Saturday (March 21) for top-notch rugby union, as the UVic Vikes face the Castaway Wanderers in CDI Premier League at 2:30 p.m.

On the high school rugby pitch, the Spectrum Thunder visit the Reynolds Rogues March 26, with kick-off at 3:45 p.m.

Girls’ rugby has two tournament-style matches for Week 3 play, with one set of games hosted at Reynolds Secondary on March 27 and the other at Vic High. For more information, visit lowerislandschoolsports.ca

Local baseball fans awaiting the season’s first trip to the diamond are in luck. The Lambrick Park-based Victoria Eagles high-performances baseball teams welcome the Calgary Blues for the second annual friendly tournament March 20 to 22.

The three-day event will pit the visitors against some of the Islands’ best baseball talent. The Victoria Eagles premier squad opens play versus the Eagles AAA team today (Friday, March 20) at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Victoria Mariners playing Calgary 2 at 2:30 p.m. The Mariners face Calgary 1 at 5 p.m. while the Eagles premier squad finishes the day versus Calgary 1 at 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 21 has the junior premier Eagles playing the Eagles AAA team at 12 p.m., before taking on Calgary 2 at 2:30 p.m. The Eagles AAA team finishes the day against Calgary 2 at 5 p.m.

The final day of the tournament pits the Eagles AAA against Calgary 2 at 9:30 p.m., while the Eagles junior premier face Calgary 1 at 12 p.m. and Calgary 1 plays the Parksville Royals at 2:30 p.m. before the tournament concludes on an Island note with the Royals and premier Eagles playing at 5 p.m. All games are played at Lambrick Park in Gordon Head.

Get the skills to officiate the game with BC Baseball’s 2015 umpiring clinic, coming up this coming week with Level 1 March 23 and 25 at 7 p.m., and March 26 and April 2 at 6 p.m., all at Central Middle School. The Level 2 umpiring course will be March 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence.

The Saanich Junior Braves is holding junior development camp for players born 1907 to 2000 runs select days March 25 to May 29. Visit www.saanichbraves.ca for details.

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


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