Annual Vikes Shootout returns to Cordova Bay
Tale of the Weekend

Cordova Bay Golf Course and the UVic Vikes will host the annual Vikes Shootout, October 17-18. It will be the first home event of the season for the Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams.

The action will get underway at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning.

The men will play three rounds of golf, while the women will play two and the competition is sure to be tight on both sides of the bracket.

The Vikes men enter the weekend ranked fourth in the NAIA rankings. The only team at the Shootout ranked ahead of them is their long-time rival, the UBC Thunderbirds.

“It will be a strong challenge, especially from UBC. The guys ultimate goal is to take the team victory but they understand that UBC has been playing well lately too, so it’s not going to be easy,” said Justin Clews, Vikes head coach.

UBC will also be the top competition for a Vikes women team that is looking to rebound after a difficult start to their season.

“The Bellingham event was a good eye opener for them. They know that it’s going to be a little bit of an uphill climb from here for them to get their rankings down, but if they play smart golf at Cordova Bay that will bode well for their rankings,” said Clews.

About the Event

UBC and the Vikes won’t be the only teams competing at the Vikes Shootout.

Corban University, Calgary University, the University of Alberta, Skagit Valley, Lethbridge University and the University of Manitoba will also by vying for the title.

The Vikes were dominant on their home course last year, capturing three of the four available trophies.

The men’s team will be looking to defend the 2015 overall title that they captured at the Shootout, while the Vikes women will be hoping to improve on their third place finish last season.

Both Andrew Funk and Quinn Fitzgerald of the Vikes will be back to try and defend their individual titles.

Scouting the Course

Cordova Bay is a course that all members of the Vikes will know well. The advantage of playing at home may be equalized a little bit by what are expected to be some very wet conditions.

“The course is going to be playing differently than it did the last time we were on it. Cordova Bay drains really well so I don’t anticipate the course to be wet to point where it’s unplayable, but it’s going to play a little bit longer because it will definitely be saturated,” said Clews.

Coach’s Take
Justin Clews, Vikes head coach

On the men’s team

“The guys are pretty excited to defend their title. Going into the shootout last year we were considered an underdog to UBC where as this year we are more evenly matched. It could potentially be a coin flip but I think our guys are pretty prepared for this event.”

On the women’s team

“They struggled in Bellingham. Unfortunately they are not playing to the ability that they know they can play. I’m confident that they’ll play well at the shootout. It’s going to be a very tough task to beat UBC for the women. I think it’s achievable but it’s not going to be easy.”

Regular season ends with Vikes battling Pronghorns
Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA— After a weekend of rest and relaxation the Vikes women’s rugby team will be back to the grind of Canada West rugby on October 16 when they host the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

The game at Wallace Field is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.

Lethbridge and the Vikes met in three games last season with the Vikes winning all three contests.

Their most recent match up was a game at the CIS Championship tournament and the Vikes 27-24 victory secured them a fifth place finish in the nation.

Last Time Out

The Vikes had the Thanksgiving weekend off and took full advantage of the rest that provided them.

“I think the weekend off was great for the players to have a mental break from rugby. They definitely kept up with their fitness while they were gone but it’s nice to have a little bit of a rest,” said Vikes head coach Brittany Waters.

The last time the Vikes were in action, Madeleine Graham scored four tries to lead UVic to victory over the Alberta Pandas.

In their last game, the Pronghorns ran into a very strong University of Calgary team that defeated them by a score of 64-10. The loss dropped the Pronghorns record to 0-2 on the season.

By the Numbers

6: The number of consecutive Canada West titles Lethbridge won between 2006 and 2012.
30: The number of points Madeleine Graham has scored this season, good enough for second in Canada West.

Coach’s Take
Brittany Waters, Vikes head coach

“Lethbridge is not a team you can take lightly ever, which was evident last season. They are the type of team that plays with a lot of heart and they bring everything they have to every game.”

“We want to go into the nationals ranked number one in Canada West so we need to peak for Canada West playoffs as well as nationals. This game on Sunday is important, we want to win three out of the four games in our season and then take that momentum into the Canada West tournament.

Player Perspective
Jess Neilson, Third-year Fly Half

“They are going to be very skilled. They are going to very well coached and very fast. Based on their coaches and the recruits that they’ve brought in they are going to be exciting.”

“I think we are going to react really well. It’s been great to have a couple days off to reset and recharge our batteries. I think everyone is excited and ready for the challenge.

Game Info
Sunday, Oct. 1611:30 a.m. – vs University of Lethbridge Pronghorns – Victoria, B.C.

University of Lethbridge (0-2-0)
CIS Top Ten: N/A
Canada West Standings: 4
Last Canada West Title: 2011-12
Last CIS Title: 2009-10

Vikes rowing looks for another strong performance at WCURCs
Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA—The Vikes men’s and women’s rowing teams will be back in action this coming weekend when they travel to Burnaby to take part in the Western Canadian University Rowing Championships on October 16.

The event is the primer for CURC’s, preparing the varsity boats for 2 km racing as well as giving the novice and reserve athletes an opportunity to test their readiness against their counterparts on the west coast.

About the EventBoth teams put up dominant performances at the event last year. The women’s team won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals to help them secure the WCURC title while the men’s crew swept every event.

From a developmental perspective, the performance was an exciting one for the Vikes and they showed the speed that the crew would go on to capitalize on at the Brown Cup.

This year the men’s team will see a strengthened heavyweight program with the addition of Taylor Perry to the boat. The lightweight program will suffer from the loss of assistant captain Alex Walker. This places Patrick Keane into a leadership position as the Vikes develop a young but exciting light men’s program.

Scouting the Course

Burnaby Lake is one of the premier race courses in Canada and attending the WCURC’s helps to prep athletes for future events like NRC’s by familiarizing them with the layout of the Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavillion.

This course was a part of the Canada Summer Games in years past and has been targeted with an overhaul of the grandstands and some other key infrastructure in the next few years. 

Coach’s Take
Aalbert Van Schothorst, Vikes Men’s Rowing Coach

“The fall racing calendar has been heavily impacted by National Rowing Championships being hosted at this venue not three weeks ago. That event focused on small boats like the single and the pair.  WCURC’s will give us an opportunity to take a look at the speed being produced in the larger hulls so that we can get a better picture of where our training needs to focus in the upcoming weeks leading to CURC’s.”

Rick Crawley, Vikes Women’s Rowing Coach

“This will be a good battle. UBC has a good group of heavyweights but I think we are stronger with the lightweights. Our team is young but powerful. It will be a good battle between two premier programs with Calgary poised to be a spoiler.

“I am interested to see how our young 2V’s fare in their first race as a Vike. Should be exciting as well for our novices.”

Player Perspective  
Mark Davies, Vikes assistant captain

“As a team everyone is excited to get the fall season started and to demonstrate all the work we have put in leading up to this regatta.
For our freshmen this is the first time they will have the honour of racing in the Uvic colours so this will be quite an event for them.”

“For the CURCs crew the regatta gives the varsity team a good look at what to expect going into the university championships so we can prepare further for the best result possible.”

Athletes to Watch

U-23 World Champion (2015) Taylor Perry and U-23 Worlds athlete Lucien Brodeur will represent the Vikes in the single at this event. Each of them has a depth of racing experience that will lend well to their performances.

FISU men’s pair of Adam Donaldson and Mark Davies will hope to have strong performances in the pair and eight races.They will be joined in both of those events by up and coming U-23 athletes Daan Arscott and Mathew Szymanowski.

Becca Zimmerman will be one to watch for women’s rowing after strong performances at both the FISU and the NRC’s.

Sarah Craven performed well at the U-19 Worlds, while Jessica Bateman—the reigning Vikes women’s athlete of the month—also had a strong showing at the NRC’s.

Avalon Wasteneys is an athlete that will be competing for the first time for the varsity team after graduating from the Vikes novices.

Event Info

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 – Western Canadian Rowing Championships @ Burnaby, B.C.