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Chance for Vikes to end home schedule on a high when they take on James Bay


Slotted securely in third place of the Island Premier Division, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team will have a chance to take down the top team when they welcome James Bay to Centennial Stadium on November 18.

Before the game begins at 7:00 p.m., there will be a special ceremony honouring the members of the Vikes that helped the team win the University Seven’s Championship last season.

James Bay and the Vikes met just two weeks ago, in a game played in extremely muddy conditions that ended tied 10-10.

Last Time Out

A 35-24 loss to the Castaway Wanderers cost the Vikes the chance to defend their title as Barnard Cup champions as they sit 13 points behind second-place Castaway with just two games left to play.

Fourth-year Vike Guiseppe du Toit was named the Muscle MLK™ Vikes Male Athlete of the Week for his performance of four penalty goals and one convert in the loss.

“He’s always been a very talented goal kicker,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. “That was some of the best kicking I have seen from him in a while, he was striking the ball very well.”

James Bay helped secure their place at the top of the standings last weekend with a big 35-5 victory over Westshore.

By the Numbers

89: The number of points James Bay has surrendered this season, the least in the Premier Division

2: The number of tries Jonathan Lorimer scored for the Vikes in their game against Castaway

Coach’s Take
Doug Tate, Vikes head coach

“The guys are pretty disappointed about the game last Friday. Squandering a pretty good lead is hard and they are going to be wanting to end the season on a high note.”

“James Bay games are always physical so we have to be prepared to play well.”

Game Info
Friday, Nov. 187:00 p.m. – vs. James Bay AA, Centennial Stadium, Victoria, B.C

Vikes look to get season back on track in games against MacEwan

It’s not often that momentum can be gained from a loss, but that’s exactly the situation the University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team find themselves in as they head to Edmonton for two games on November 18 and 19 against the MacEwan Griffins.

“There are some positive things we can build off of from the second night, our overall performance on both sides of the ball was better in some areas,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp.

The opening tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on the 18 and 6:00 p.m. on the 19.

With the Griffins previously playing in the now defunct Explorer’s division of Canada West basketball, the two programs have not never met in either a regular season or playoff game.

Last Time Out

The Calgary Dinos, the No. 4 ranked team in the nation, came into the CARSA Performance Gym and picked up two straight wins over the Vikes.

While it may not have been reflected on the scoreboard, the Vikes showed great resolve in battling back on the second night and were right with the Dinos until a big third quarter from Calgary separated the teams.

The Griffins split their games against the University of Regina Cougars last weekend.

Fourth-year forward Ryan Coleman came off the bench to score 21 points in the Griffins 88-84 victory over the Cougars.

“They do great job of moving the ball and making the extra pass,” said Beaucamp. “We have to be good defensively for the entire shot clock because they are a team that is patient and moves the ball side-to-side very well.”

By the Numbers

15.8: The number of points per game Fifth-year Vike Grant Sitton is scoring to lead the team.

19.8: MacEwan likes to move the ball. They lead Canada West with the most assists per game.

75: The number of free throws MacEwan has made through four games, second most in the conference.

Coach’s Take 
Craig Beaucamp, Vikes head coach

“The toughest thing for a young team that’s looking to develop is keeping an open mind set when you face challenges. We need to treat every experience, whether it’s a positive or a negative one, as a learning experience.”

“Hopefully we can keep the big prize in mind and work on getting better each and every weekend. We played a really good team last weekend that stretched us in a lot of areas both offensively and defensively.”

Game Info

Friday, Nov. 187:00 p.m. – @ MacEwan Griffins @ Edmonton, AB– Watch live oncanadawest.tv

Saturday, Nov. 196:00 p.m. – @ MacEwan Griffins @ Edmonton, AB – Watch live oncanadawest.tv

MacEwan Griffins (1-3)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings: t-13
Last Week: 1-1
Streak: L 1
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

No. 10 Vikes will try to keep winning streak going in Edmonton

Buoyed by recent success, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team will head out on the road this coming weekend for a pair of games in Edmonton on November 18 and 19 against the MacEwan Griffins.

The games will take place at 5:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. respectively.

Some measure of revenge will be on the minds of the Vikes who will be looking to erase the memories of their last games played in Edmonton. MacEwan eliminated UVic from the playoffs last season with back-to-back wins in the Canada West quarter-finals.

“I think for our veteran girls that will provide a little added something to the games,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair. “But they are a new team, we are a new team and it’s a new year.”

The Griffins will be trying to replace the production of graduated forward Megan Wood, who scored 57 points over those two games.

Last Time Out

After a tough start to their season, two losses to the then No. 1 ranked Regina Cougars, the Vikes got back on track with two straight wins at home over the previously undefeated Calgary Dinos.

Fifth-year forward Jenna Bugiardini led the way for UVic in both points and rebounds. The product of Hamilton, ON, was named the Canada West third-star of the week after putting up 39 points and 24 boards over the two games.

MacEwan pulled off the biggest shock of the young U Sports basketball season last weekend.

After losing the first contest in their two game set with the Regina Cougars, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, MacEwan rebounded to pull off the shocking 73-72 victory at home in the second game.

“They are tough, physical and are playing in their home gym,” said Sinclair.

By the Numbers

15: The ranking, out of 17, of MacEwan in the Canada West pre-season coaches poll

3: The number of games in a row that Bugiardini has led the Vikes in points scored

10: The ranking of the Vikes in the latest U Sports national poll

Coach’s Take
Dani Sinclair, Vikes head coach

We’ve been talking about being better in practice to continue to create good habits. We have to get back to what our goals are and in the end we just have to be the best we can be every single day in practice and that will transfer into the game.”

“We want to be playing perfect every game but we still have lots of room for growth. We gave up a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter on the Saturday night so there is a lot to learn from that.”

Game Info

Friday, Nov. 185:00 p.m. – @ MacEwan Griffins, City Centre Gym, Edmonton, AB – Watch live on canadawest.tv

Saturday, Nov. 194:00 p.m. – @ MacEwan Griffins, City Centre Gym, Edmonton, AB – Watch live on canadawest.tv

MacEwan Griffins (2-2)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings: t-6
Last Week: 1-1
Streak: W 1
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

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