By Devon Gall
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Jock Talk, a weekly look at upcoming Saanich sports.
The Saanich Junior Braves are away this weekend, traveling to Campbell River Friday (Nov. 21) to take on the Campbell River Storm, before returning to town Saturday to face the Westshore Wolves at the Q Centre in Colwood. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
The Braves welcome fans for home action at Pearkes Arena Wednesday (Nov. 26), when the team squares off at 7:30 p.m. against the Oceanside Generals. It will be a good warm-up for the Braves’ Nov. 28 tilt versus cross-town rivals the Victoria Cougars, 7:30 p.m. at Pearkes.
Saanich Braves Midget AA hockey team battles the Nanaimo Clippers AAA squad Sunday Nov. 23 at Pearkes Rec Centre – come cheer on the home team at 4 p.m. on the Gold Rink.
Following this week’s road trip to Saskatchewan, the UVic Vikes basketball teams return home to McKinnon Gym next weekend to face the Alberta Golden Bears & Pandas. Women’s action gets under way at 6 p.m. Nov. 28, followed by the men at 8 p.m. Game time starts an hour earlier Nov. 29.
UVic’s men’s rugby squad is home at Wallace Field this Saturday against the Vancouver Rowers; the game begins at 2:30 p.m. The Velox Valkyries and Vikes premier women’s sides are playing an exhibition match at Velox on Saturday, starting at 11:30 a.m. On Sunday Velox’s U18 boys are in the B.C. Plate Final in Burnaby, and the U16 boys host a B.C. semifinal against Capilano at noon.
Camosun Chargers women’s volleyball team squares off against the Capilano Blues at 6 p.m. Friday at PISE, with the men’s teams at 8 p.m. The teams repeat with Saturday matinee games at 1 and 3 p.m. respectively.
In soccer action, Saanich Fusion U18 boys gold visits Cowichan Valley U17 while Saanich’s U17s host Cowichan’s U18s. On the girls side Sunday, the Gold schedule has Saanich Fusion U17 visiting Juan de Fuca U18, Prospect Lake U18 hosting Cowichan Valley U18 at Layritz and Lake Hill U17 hosting Bays United U18 at Reynolds.
It’s a slow weekend for high school sports, as several teams head out of town for championships. St. Michael’s University School celebrates a day of hoops Saturday. Following middle school games earlier in the day, SMUS senior girls play an alumni game at 3 p.m., followed by the senior boys versus alumni at 4:30 p.m.
And lastly, the gridiron is hot this weekend as the Mount Douglas Rams seek a trip to their fourth straight B.C. AAA Subway Bowl. The Rams host Kelowna Friday (Nov. 21) at Westhills, 1 p.m. kickoff. The winner earns a spot in the semifinals, Nov. 29 at UBC.
Meanwhile it’s been a long test for the league-less Victoria Renegades junior bantam football team. The ’Gades qualified for the provincial playoffs despite being barred from the Island Co-Operative league earlier this year. They’ll host the Abbotsford Falcons, 5:30 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 22) at Westhills.
– Devon Gall is an avid sports fan and athlete attending Grade 12 at Mount Douglas secondary. Send upcoming sporting events to firstname.lastname@example.org.