While many islanders already have or will hit the highways for camping or head over to the mainland for the Canada Day long weekend, three sports teams will be busy in the capital region, each seeking more consistency in their play.

West Coast League Baseball

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Friday night, the West Coast League Victoria HarbourCats (10-11) will be hosting the Kelowna Falcons (12-9) for game one of their three-game set at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park. They will also play Saturday and Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35 pm Friday and Saturday and 1:00 pm on Sunday. Saturday night is fireworks night. A big crowd is expected. Meanwhile, the young HarbourCats are looking for an identity and some consistency.

Western Lacrosse Association

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The Shamrocks (5-3) also play Friday at The Q Centre in Colwood as they host the Nanaimo Timbermen (4-5-1). The high-powered Shamrocks will be looking to stay within reach of the New Westminster Salmonbellies, who sit atop the league with a 7-2 record. One of those two losses came at the hands of the Shamrocks. The Shamrocks are coming off of a 13-10 loss on the road against the Burnaby Lakers. Expect an exciting game with plenty of goals. Four of the top nine in the league points race are Shamrocks players, led by Victoria’s own Jesse King in third place. He has collected 15 goals and 29 assists in eight games, while the two players in front of him have played nine times this season.

Victoria will also visit the Coquitlam Adanacs on Saturday. By Saturday night, the Shamrocks could, in theory, jump into a tie for first place with the Salmonbellies.

Game time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

USL/PDL Soccer

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The Victoria Highlanders hope to improve upon their record and standings Friday night at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium. Currently, they sit in last place in the USL/PDL with a record of 3-0-7. The Highlanders will be hosting the TSS Rovers of Surrey, who sit in second place in the Northwest Division with a record of 5-2-1 just behind the Calgary Foothills (7-1-2).

The TSS Rovers won the two previous meetings between these teams.

Game time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

Team Canada – National Junior Team – Field Hockey

The Canadian Women’s Junior National Team (JWNT) is excited to have their first set of international competition after what has been a vigorous few weeks of camps and ahead of a busy summer competition schedule in the early build-up to the 2022 Junior World Cup.

A 24-member roster was declared for the summer training that includes a two-week camp at the artificial pitch and grounds of Shawnigan Lake School in Shawnigan Lake, B.C., June 11-24, the Chile Series in Victoria, June 29-July 6 and a 6-Nations tournament in Antwerp, Belgium from July 9-22. A narrowed-down roster has been selected for both the Chile series and Belgium-hosted tournament.

There will be a pair of names to watch for Vikes fans, with both Anna Mollenhauer and Samantha McCrory earning a spot on the Canadian roster.

Mollenhauer had an amazing first season competing for the Vikes, winning the 2017 Canada West Field Hockey Rookie of the Year Award after starting every game and leading the team with four goals scored, while also being one of the strongest defenders on the Vikes.

McCrory is an incoming Vikes recruit for the 2018-19 season and the native of Ontario has already made an impact on the international stage despite her youth. McCrory competed for the senior Canadian Women’s Team at the Hockey Series Open in Mexico earlier this summer and scored six goals in her debut for Canada, good enough to be the team’s top goal-scorer in her first international tournament.

All games scheduled for 4:00 pm

Match 1 – Friday 29 June
Match 2 – Saturday 30 June
Match 3 – Monday 2 July
Match 4 – Tuesday 3 July
Match 5 – Thursday 5 July
Match 6 – Friday 6 July