By Devon Gall
The Saanich Junior Braves are in action tonight (Nov. 28) when cross-town rivals the Victoria Cougars visit Pearkes Arena. Puck drops is 6:30 p.m. on the gold rink.
The Braves picked up a point in an overtime loss Saturday (Nov. 22) against the Westshore Wolves (results from Wednesday’s game versus the Oceanside Generals were after The News deadline).
In a home-and-home match-up, the Junior Braves will travel to Esquimalt’s Archie Browning Arena against the Cougars Thursday, Dec. 4, before welcoming the Peninsula Panthers for the annual Pink in the Rink game Dec. 5. Expect plenty of give-aways, a post-game jersey auction and of course, great hockey at this fundraiser for local breast cancer programs. Watch for the special Pink in the Rink section in Wednesday’s (Dec. 3) Saanich News.
In gold-level soccer action, the Saanich Fusion Boys U18 host Sooke for what’s sure to be an exciting match-up Sunday on (Nov. 30). The U17 boys visit Bays United U18, while Gorge U18 boys visit Juan de Fuca. On the girls’ pitch, the U17 Fusion welcomes Prospect Lake U18, while Lake Hill/Saanich Fusion U18 visits Cowichan Valley U17. Lake Hill U17 has a bye. All games start at 10 a.m.
The Pacific Rim Field Lacrosse U14 Tier 1 team hosts Newport in an exhibition match-up tonight (Nov. 28) on the University of Victoria all-weather turf before facing Victoria Lacrosse in a 7:30 p.m. tilt on Sunday, Nov. 30 at UVic.
Camosun’s volleyball teams are the only Chargers in action this weekend – they visit the University of the Fraser Valley for a final set of games before winter break.
The UVic Vikes, meanwhile, have a busy weekend around Saanich.
After tough road losses in Saskatchewan last weekend, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams return home to host Alberta University in a two-day double-header. The women tip-off at 6 p.m. today (Nov. 28) at McKinnon Gym, followed by the men at 8 p.m. Games start at 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
UVic’s men’s field hockey team squares off against the Vancouver Hawks Saturday, Nov. 29 for a 2 p.m. home game on the UVic field hockey turf, while the Vikes swim team dives in to their last competition of the calendar year Dec. 5 to 7, the 12th annual PCS Christmas Cracker meet at Saanich Commonwealth Place.
On the rugby pitch, following a 36-36 draw against the Vancouver Rowers, the UVic Vikes men’s rugby team will take on the Castaway Wanderers Saturday. Game time is 2:30 p.m. on Wallace Field.
In youth sports, Saanich hockey fans can keep the season going with the Greater Victoria Minor Ball Hockey Association, which has opened registration for the coming spring’s season. Running from late March to late June and welcoming players from across the region, the league offers recreational play for children and youth born between 1999 and 2010.
Visit vmbh.ca for details.
– Devon Gall is an avid sports fan and athlete, and Grade 12 student at Mount Douglas secondary