The majority of teams in the Men’s and Women’s Senior Leagues are taking a breather over the Remembrance Day weekend, but there are still a handful of games taking place on Vancouver Island, including an exciting “Friday Night Lights” match in the Men’s Premier League between Castaway Wanderers and UVic Vikes. Without a doubt, a lot of the rugby fans in the province will be eagerly anticipating Canada’s opening World Cup Qualifying Repechage game against Kenya early on Sunday morning, but before you turn your attention to the international matches, here’s a quick summary of the domestic action this weekend.
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Men’s Premier League
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It’s not often that the Premier League matches make a switch to Friday nights from Saturday afternoons, so there will be some extra theatre and atmosphere under the lights at the University of Victoria when the Vikes host Castaway Wanderers this evening, kicking off at 7.30pm (PT). Despite having only played four matches in the Premier League this season (most teams are on 6 or 7), Castaway Wanderers are already sitting third in the table, undefeated in four games and only conceding an average of just over 16 points per game. They also got the upper hand against UVic Vikes the last time the two sides met, winning their September encounter 36-14. The Vikes, on the other hand, have had a mixed set of results in their opening five games of the season and currently sit eighth in the standings. However, a big win over James Bay AA last weekend will have boosted their confidence and home-field advantage can never be underestimated. All in all, it is shaping up to be an exciting spectacle this evening for everyone watching from the sidelines. In the only other game in the Men’s Premier League this weekend, Nanaimo Hornets will host Westshore on Saturday at the regular time of 2:30pm (PT). The hosts will doubtless still be riding high on confidence after dispatching Seattle last weekend and securing their first win of the season. Will this and home-field advantage give them the edge and back-to-back wins, or will the visitors from the south leave with all the points?
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Men’s Premier Reserve
With their attentions split between Premier Reserve matches and Times Cup matches, it’s been a busy start season for the island teams in this league. Nanaimo Hornets and Westshore may be occupying the bottom two spots in the table at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that the action at May Bennett Pioneer this weekend will be any less enthralling. The hosts will be keen to avenge the 78-0 loss that Westshore inflicted the last time the two sides met back in Septemeber. Elsewhere, UVic will host a match between their Norsemen and Castaway Wanderers. The hosts have yet to lose a game to an Island team in the Premier Reserve so far this season and will be keen to maintain that record as they seek to contest at the top of the table.
There is also a Times Cup match this weekend between James Bay AA and Cowichan set to take place at MacDonald Park, kicking off at 12:45pm (PT).
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