Vince Greco

The first week back was exciting and a great way to start 2019, we are pretty sure the 2nd week back ( a.k.a. Week 15 ) will also be a treat.

Here are the upcoming games for the VISL’s top flight – Division 1.

The one solo game on Friday night has boys from Oak Bay looking to get on the right track. It will be tough as they face the team from the Saanich District next door – Lakehill FC at Braefoot Turf.

Lakehill will be looking to bounce back after a very tough away loss to Comox, while Bays will just be looking for a win and earn three points.
Saturday kicks off with Goliath beaters, Comox, facing Gorge at Hampton Turf.
Comox will be in tough as they are missing a couple of bodies due to suspension (yellow card accumulation) and Gorge will be looking to win their second straight of 2019.
Also looking to bounce back are Mid Isle and they will be hosting Nanaimo United at Forrest field in Ladysmith.

Mid Isle is coming off the tight loss to Cowichan – while Nanaimo is coming off of a 4-0 blanking of Fernwood.

This game should be a spirited affair as both teams are in close proximity and old friendships will be renewed.
Westcastle looks to keep the winning going when they face Fernwood at Westhills Stadium Saturday night.

Fernwood will be in tough as they face the young group who are challenging for the Garrison Cup.
The final game of the weekend could be interesting as Vic West host Cowichan at Finlayson Turf.

Vic West has been snake bitten this year and will look to take down the rising Cowichan team who is exceeding all expectation from the beginning of the year.
Some odd things to think about potentially for this weekend:
This will be one of the rare situations that Cowichan will be cheering for Bays as they do some math in the standings.

We see that a Bays win over Lakehill with a Cowichan draw with Vic West and a Westcastle win over Fernwood will equal a three-way tie for first place atop the division.

That could all be blown out of the water and Mid Isle or Nanaimo could launch into first place if the other teams around them draw.

Needless to say, it should be an interesting weekend and it has not been this close in MANY years.
Here are the standings going into the weekend.

Keep in mind, teams earn three points for a win and one point for a draw.