This week in Saanich Sports (May 1-6): Family Sport Recreation Festival at PISE, Saturday

Family Sport Recreation Festival this Saturday, Mariners and Eagles at home, high school rugby playoffs

Saanich’s Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence will host the sixth annual Family Sport Recreation Festival this Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will include more than 30 mini-sport activities for kids of all ages to try. Also a great way to introduce kids and parents to sport, recreation and physical activity opportunities in Greater Victoria, activities include Adrenaline Zipline (by donation), numerous physical literacy and sport fundamental activities, outdoor rock climbing with experts from Boulders Academy, tennis, orienteering, karate and taekwondo, motocross, and adapted sports including wheelchair basketball, and bocce.

Also at PISE this weekend is the provincial semifinals for the BC Under-21 Cup. The Victoria Highlanders Prospects squad will face the Surrey United on Sunday, May 3, with kick-off at 3 p.m.

This is the final week in the high school senior boys and girls rugby league play. The senior boys have five games on the ledger this coming week, all on May 7. For the Saanich squads, Claremont hosts Oak Bay, Spectrum hosts Edward Milne, Reynolds visits Esquimalt and St. Michaels visits Belmont.

Senior boys rugby playoffs begin May 11.

The senior girls will have their final games on Friday, May 1 with three mini-tournaments. Mt. Doug and Reynolds visit Claremont for an all-Saanich match-up, Oak Bay hosts Esquimalt, and Stelly’s at Windsor Park, and GNS joins Edward Milne at Belmont. All games will begin at 3:45. The season’s final jamboree is next Friday, May 8, with the top six teams playing at Westhills and the bottom five teams at Goudy field. Games start at 10:20 a.m. with the Cup final starting at 2 p.m.

On the PBL diamond, the Victoria Eagles Premier Baseball team is at home this Saturday, May 2, when they host the Coquitlam Reds at Lambrick Park. First pitch will be at 12 p.m., with game of the doubleheader at 2:30 p.m. – perfect timing for a ball park hot dog!

The Victoria Mariners Premier Baseball club spends Saturday in Vancouver before returning home to host the Coquitlam Reds on Sunday, May 3. First pitch of the doubleheader is at 11 a.m.

On the big diamond, the Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club is seeking to complete its roster of 2015 Summer Host families. The season 10 weeks long with the players on the road for half of it. Hosts are provided with two season tickets per player hosted. For more information, contact Brittany French at 250-889-3754 or

This weekend brings the sixth annual KidsRun Victoria, Sunday, May 3. Along with the Saanich Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation, KidsRun aims to raise awareness of childhood cancers plus $20,000 for Pediatric Oncology for Vancouver Islands’ Kids. Visit for details.

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


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