By Ali Lee, with files from Canada West
The first conference championship will take place on Oct. 21, at the University of Alberta, where women’s rugby will be awarded. Following rugby will be the men’s Final Six soccer tournament and the women’s Final Four, with those finals each taking place on Nov. 4.
The field hockey title will be decided on Oct. 21, the final day of the conference season, unless a tie-breaker is required on Oct. 27, while cross-country gold medalists, team and individual, will be awarded on Nov. 10 at Western University in London, Ont.
The UVic Vikes will play host to the first conference championship of the new year, hosting the Canada West swimming championship Jan. 25-27. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete on Mar. 1-2, hosted by the highest seed to advance through to the eight-team conference quarter-finals.
WOMEN’S RUGBY / SCHEDULE
In 13 seasons, only two schools have ever won the Canada West women’s rugby title. Alberta claimed the first seven, while Lethbridge has won the past six. The Vikes women will host the 2011 champions, the Pronghorns, on opening weekend, Sept. 21-23. The Vikes will also host in their second weekend of play, with the Alberta Pandas visiting on Sept. 28. Both Friday games will take place at 5:00 p.m. while the the Sept. 23 game will take place at 11:30 a.m. All home games will take place at Wallace Field.
WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY / SCHEDULE
With only three schools competing in the Canada West women’s field hockey division, there will be one two-game series each weekend for the UBC Thunderbirds, UVic Vikes and Calgary Dinos. UVic will travel to Calgary on opening weekend to play 2011 CIS silver medallists, the Calgary Dinos, Sept. 15-16. Each school will have two games at home and two on the road for each opponent, tallying eight games total per team. UBC hosts Victoria Oct. 21-22 to close out the regular season, where the conference banner will be awarded. CIS Nationals will take place Nov. 1-4 at an OUA school to be determined.