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Victoria Shamrocks

Victoria Shamrocks Lacrosse Club Photo June 14, 2013
Victoria Shamrocks Lacrosse Club Photo June 14, 2013

The Victoria Shamrocks Western Lacrosse Association team and defending Mann Cup Champions want to get back to their winning ways, as they had during their 3-0 start to the season, tonight at the Q Centre in Colwood.

The Shamrocks started the season, where they left off 2015, winning and they won big, by absolutely destroying the Nanaimo Timbermen in their season and home opener 18-6. They then defeated the New Westminster Salmonbellies 11-9 and handed the Timbermen a 13-11 loss in Nanaimo.

Then they lost two in a row, 14-6 and 12-10 to the Salmonbellies and the Maple Ridge Burrards, respectively.

Never underestimate a team who feel that their back is against the wall.

Game time is scheduled for 7:45 PM.

Victoria Highlanders

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Riley O’Neill – photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

The Highlanders had a strong showing out last game at Centennial Stadium defeating the Kitsap Pumas 4-1, to move their record to 2-1-2. They play the Calgary Foothills in two games this weekend, tonight and Sunday night.

The Highlanders are back in the PDL after spending a season in the Pacific Coast League. The Highlanders have a potent offense, which makes for exciting footy; they also have a strong backend that is steady. The next step is to link the defense and offense with transition. Veteran Riley O’Neill is back and brings that steady and calming influence to the game.

Calgary is currently leading the Northwest division with a record of 3-1.

The Highlanders next play at home at Centennial Stadium against the Washington Crossfire on June 25 and the 26.

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Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Track and Field 

All BC High and middle school track and field meets are done for the season, the big kids get to play now. The National Track League is coming to Victoria on Sunday, June 19. The NTL includes five meets that visit Halifax, Guelph, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria, with the long-running Victoria Track Classic.

Most of Canada’s Olympians will be at Centennial Stadium and many more hopefuls will be there too, racing, jumping and throwing their best to better the Canadian standards required to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Once the NTL is all over, the Rio Olympic Trials will take place in Edmonton July 7 to 10 – Edmonton dubs itself TrackTown Canada. Athletes in all track and field events will need to finish first or second in their event to qualify for the Rio Olympics and here is the thrilling nature of the sport – an athlete may already be the fastest or have the best jump or throw in their event in the country, but if they don’t make top-2 or third in some cases at the trials, their season will be for nought. It’s a do or die season-ending meet in respect to the Rio Olympic Games.

The day after, Athletics Canada, the governing body of the sport will announce the team that is headed for Rio.

This weekend there are Victoria athletes competing in the Portland Track Festival – June 11-12. Portland is quickly becoming a favourite venue to compete at a high level. What happens this weekend will greatly influence the NTL and the Victoria Track Classic and finally the trials in Edmonton.

Vancouver Island Soccer League 

According to Vince Greco, President of the Vancouver Island Soccer League, BC Soccer has declared winners of awards, which will be presented this weekend in coordination with the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting.

“Every year, league and association leaders submit recommendations from across the Province.  This year, the VISL is fortunate to have four community members acknowledged for their ongoing support, hard work, participation, and volunteering over the course of the year,” Shared Greco.

See the list here>>

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Canada’s Senior Men’s Team Head Coach Mark Anscombe has named his starting XV for Saturday’s historic test match against Japan at BC Place.

Captained by Jamie Cudmore, the team features eight returnees from Canada’s 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC) squad. The other seven starters competed for Canada at the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) earlier this year.

“You can expect to see guys who are committed and proud to put on the jersey,” Anscombe said. “They’ll empty their tanks on Saturday and give it everything they’ve got.”

Djustice Sears-Duru, Ray Barkwill and Jake Ilnicki will lineup in the front row with Cudmore pairing with Evan Olmstead at lock. Summerside, PEI, native Kyle Baillie will start at blindside flanker with Scarborough, Ont.’s Lucas Rumball getting the nod at openside. 71 test cap veteran Aaron Carpenter starts at No.8.

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Roller Derby

Roller derby returns to the Victoria area June 25th with two bouts, first The Rotten Apples against the Stone Cold Stellas of Comox Valley, followed by the Margarita Villains against the Rainier Roller Girls from Washington State.

First whistle is at 5:30 at the Archie Browning Arena. Doors open at 5 pm, seats are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online, or at Logan’s Pub, Hive Hair and The Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

The Eves of Destruction Roller Derby League was formed in 2006, and has over 70 players, refs, and officials, and features five teams. EOD’s A-Team, The Belles of the Brawl, The Margarita Villains and The Hard Cores. The league also has a gender-inclusive Junior team, The Rotten Apples, made up of players aged 10-18.