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Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Victoria Shamrocks

The Victoria Shamrocks are back in action in Langley tonight against the Langley Thunder after an unusual 12 days off. The Shamrocks defeated the Thunder during their previous meeting at The Q! Centre in Colwood, 13-3.

The Shamrocks are tied for third place in the Western Lacrosse Association with the Coquitlam Adanacs with 12 points, however, have two games in-hand over the first place New Westminster Salmonbellies and one game in-hand over the Maple Ridge Burrards. The Adanacs and Shamrocks sport identical records, 6-3-0 and 12 points.

The Shamrocks have the best offense in the league, by a large margin, having scored a total of 104 goals in just nine games, which is an average of 11.55 goals per game, while the second most offensive team, the Salmonbellies have scored 109 goals in 11 games, which is an average of 9.90 goals per game.

The Adanacs will visit the Shamrocks Friday, July 8th.

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Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Victoria HarbourCats

The first place Victoria HarbourCats are visiting the Cowlitz Black Bear tonight, Thursday and Friday. The HarbourCats recently had their league record 19-game win streak broken by the Kelowna Falcons, but bounced back and trounced the Falcons 10-4 in the final game of their four-game set at Royal Athletic Park.

The HarbourCats return to R.A.P. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday as they host the Bend Elks.

Canadian Track and Field Championships

Several Victoria area runners will be competing in the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton at Foote Field this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. The nationals double as the Rio Olympic Trials, where athletes will lay it all on the line to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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Brendan Hoff

Hilary Stellingwerff, a 2012 London Olympian in the 1500-metre distance, will need to finish first or second to be named to Team Canada, or if she ends up third, there are subjective rules around naming her to the team. Several University of Victoria Vikes will be racing as well, either to qualify for the Olympics, IAAF World Junior Championships or World University Games (FISU).

Vikes Rachel Francois (800m) and Thomas Riva (1500m) will be looking to qualify for the Olympics. Riva is the defending national champion from 2015, while Francois red-shirted this year to concentrate on training.

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Rachel Francois – photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Reynolds secondary grad, Brendan Hoff, who will attend UVic next year, will be racing. He owns every island high school record from grade 9 to 12 in the 1500m and 3,000m distances as well as the provincial high school record for both distances.

Stream the event live at: www.athleticscanada.tv

Rugby Canada

On Friday, Rugby Canada will be announcing their roster for the Women’s Rugby Sevens team to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. We will have the news for you as soon as it breaks.

Highlanders

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Cam Hundal

Monday, July 11, Lane United FC will be in Victoria to take on the Highlanders at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium. Game time is 7:30 PM. It should be an exciting game for the Victoria side, as they need to pull off some wins.

MEC Race Series

In case you missed it, the rapidly growing Mountain Equipment Co-op Race Series hosted their third event this past weekend and they had two and-a-half times the participants in their three events: 5K, 10K and half-marathon (21.1K) as compared to 2015.

Continuing with the running theme, there will be a national record attempt in the 4 x800m distance relay during the July 23rd track meet at UVic: The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series. All abilities are welcome.

Link to all National teams that train in Victoria, here>>

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