Five-year-old Dawson Coppinger Carey carries a new bag of hockey equipment that’s almost as big as he is as Toronto Maple Leafs player Ryan O’Byrne

Island Insider: Around Victoria this week

Bidding for the jersey is on eBay and will close on Saturday, July 6, at 3 p.m.

The Ryders Cycling Society of Canada is auctioning off Ryder Hesjedal’s Stage 5 jersey from the 2012 Tour de France.

Bidding for the jersey is on eBay and will close on Saturday, July 6, at 3 p.m.

Visit ryderscyclingsociety.org top bid on the jersey.

 

HarbourCats to host Armed Forces night

Sunday (July 8) is Canadian Armed Forces Night when the Victoria HarbourCats host the Walla Walla Sweets, 7:05 p.m. at Royal Athletic Park.

Tickets to the West Coast League baseball game are $1 for uniformed members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

 

Seven baseball Eagles headed to college

The Victoria Eagles will send seven players from its B.C. Premier Baseball League to college next year.

Mitch Hawkins (Vancouver Island University), Will Wild (Raritan College, New Jersey), Gobind Sall (Brown Mackie Junior College, Kansas), Brett Hull and Brandon Feldman (Otero Junior College, Colorado) and Eric Hegadoren and Vinnie Martin (University of B.C.) are part of a core of Victoria players who earned scholarship deals to play varsity baseball next year.

The Eagles visit the Delta Blue Jays on Saturday and Coquitlam Reds on Sunday. The Victoria Mariners visit the Abbotsford Cardinals on Sunday.

 

Victoria Royals select Czech player in CHL Import Draft

The Victoria Royals added another Czech player with the 31st overall pick in Wednesday’s 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

Jiri Fronk, a 1994-born forward, has size and skill that impressed general manager Cam Hope.

Fronk is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. Both of the Royals allowed imports are Czech, as Fronk joins goalie Patrick Polivka, selected in last year’s Import Draft.

The selection comes a week after Royals’ defenceman Keegan Kanzig was selected 67th overall by the Calgary Flames in the NHL Entry Draft.

 

Canadians win plate trophy at Rugby World Sevens

Canada earned the Plate trophy (second tier) thanks to five straight wins at the men’s Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in Moscow.

The Canadians, featuring a core of Victoria players, dropped the opening pool game to eventual RWC Sevens champs New Zealand on Friday (June 28). They then stormed back to defeat USA and Georgia on Saturday and Tonga, Scotland and Samoa on Sunday.

“To be able to say that the only game we lost was to the winners is pleasing,” said Canada’s Sevens coach Geraint John.

Playing for Canada was Oak Bay High grad and former national sevens captain Phil Mack of the UVic Vikes as well as St. Michaels University School grad Mike Fuailefau of the Castaway Wanderers.

The Canadian women made it to the top tier Cup final but lost 29-12 to New Zealand.

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