Posts By: Alex Kurial

Rangers FC play Highlanders in exhibition match

UPDATED: August 14, 2014 UVic’s Centennial Stadium hosted a marquee soccer matchup on July 21, as local PDL side Victoria Highlanders played a spirited exhibition game against world famous Rangers FC.  In front of an estimated 6 000 fans, many of whom had travelled from across western Canada and beyond to see their beloved Glasgow side,… Read more »

Vikes shine at athletics banquet

The Victoria Conference Centre played host to the Vikes Athletics Awards Banquet on April 1, held each year to honour the achievements of hundreds of UVic’s varsity athletes. The gala event was MCed by Jordan Cunningham and Mira Laurence from CTV Vancouver Island sports. Those of us lucky enough to attend were treated to Laurence’s… Read more »

A season of balls…and oars, and more

It’s another semester in the books for the Vikes athletic teams, a season that featured plenty of achievements from UVic’s many athletes. Track Major accomplishments were scored on the track for UVic, highlighted by a strong showing by both the men’s and women’s teams in the CIS Championships, which ran March 6–8. Vikes athletes took… Read more »

Vikes repeat as Canadian rugby sevens champions

The UVic Vikes remain champions of the Canadian rugby sevens world, defeating the rival UBC Thunderbirds in the final, to claim the 2014 title. The Vikes double up their 2013 national title by keeping the trophy on Vancouver Island for another year. The weekend-long event, taking place March 7–9 in Langford, saw the Vikes start… Read more »

Vikes overpowered by top-seeded Ottawa at CIS Final Eight

Fresh off an impressive showing in the Canada West playoffs, the Vikes headed to Ottawa last weekend looking to end UVic’s men’s basketball title drought. The school’s last national championship came in 1997. The tournament got off to a great start for the fourth-seeded Vikes, as they were able to put their nationwide top-ranked defense… Read more »

Vikes secure bid to CIS Final Eight


The Vikes men’s basketball postseason charge is rolling into March with a dominating win over the Fraser Valley Cascades in the Canada West semi-finals, securing UVic a spot in the CIS National Finals. UVic had just missed out on hosting the regional tournament, as the top-ranked Alberta Golden Bears eclipsed the Vikes by one game… Read more »

Whitecaps beat Vikes on home turf

Despite less than ideal weather conditions, the annual Vikes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps showdown still managed to entertain a crowd of 2 500 at Centennial Stadium on Feb. 16, 2014. The Whitecaps brought a full roster to the island, including former English Premier League star Nigel Reo-Coker, and Canadian national team member Russell Teibert. The Vikes meanwhile… Read more »

UVic team sails Hawaii


UVic’s international sailing tour brought the team to the beautiful shores of Hawaii this past month, where they put on an amazing display over the two-day Rainbow Cup, on Jan. 18 and 19, to place second in the event, stunning some of the Pacific sailing powerhouses in the process. UVic’s senior “A” boat, sailed by… Read more »

Vikes and ball star each other’s first choice

UVic’s strong commitment to its student athletes, both on and off the court, has paid off yet again, as the women’s basketball team secured the services of star provincial player Amy Sprangers starting next season. Sprangers, a forward playing out of Holy Cross Regional High School in Surrey, was highly sought after as one of… Read more »