February 14, 2013 · Updated 4:19 PM

MIKE 'THE HONEY Badger' Hackert has a big fight Friday in Edmonton at MFC 36: Reality Check. / PHOTO SUBMITTED

Local MMA fighter Mike "The Honey Badger" Hackert is scheduled to compete in MFC 36: Reality Check tonight (Feb. 15) at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.

His heavyweight showdown will not only decide who the top big man in Canada is but also give the winner of the bout a direct shot at the Maximum Fighting Championship heavyweight title.

Canada's top-ranked heavyweight, Hackert (6-1) meets Smealinho Rama (5-0) as both men attempt to position themselves at the top of the MFC’s heavyweight ranks.

Rama, who fights out of Calgary, was named Fight Matrix’s Rookie of the Year for 2012, while Hackert, who hails from the Comox Valley, bolstered his record with back-to-back wins over former Canadian heavyweight kingpin Tim Hague.

The MFC 36 card will air live on AXS TV Fights beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).







B.C. bronze

The BC U18 Women took third place at the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens rugby tournament last week.

The 2013 Vegas Invitational was the first tournament for a B.C. women's provincial sevens team and the squad made up of players from Vancouver, Vancouver Island (including Samantha Rumney of GP Vanier) and the Interior did not dissapoint. The team went 3-1 in pool play recording 118 points for and allowing just 20 points against. After falling 10-5 to invitational side BC Banshees in the semifinals, the B.C. provincial team were convincing winners in the consolation final against Bishop's College, blanking the Montreal-based team 26-0.

In pool play, BC. beat Snow Canyon Warriors 44-0, Bishop's 27-5 and B5 37-0 before falling 15-10 to ICEF.




Hockey skills

Registration for hockey skills academies at both G.P. Vanier and Highland secondary schools is now open.

The Hockey Canada Skills Academy program allows students to play hockey as part of their school curriculum. E-mail, phone 250-339-0705 or visit




Field use

Courtenay Recreation's annual spring playing field users meeting goes Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Tsolum Building at Lewis Park.

All groups or individuals wishing to use either Courtenay parks or School District 71 playing fields located in Courtenay should attend.

FMI, call 250-338-5371.




Ladies darts

On Saturday, Feb. 16 the Comox Legion is hosting its annual Ladies Open, a doubles followed by singles event. Cost is $10 per player per event, with total payout. Toe line for the doubles is 10 a.m.

Pre-registration is preferred until 6 p.m. Friday the 15th; if you can't make it in to register, you can register by phone 250-339-9592 or 250-339-2112 also by e-mail to

There will be prizes for the highest score and take out. A light affordable lunch will be available.





The Comox Valley Horseshoe Club's annual meeting goes Sunday , Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. sharp in the Tsolum Building at Lewis Park in Courtenay.

Everyone is welcome: men, women and juniors. Mixed teams are on the agenda.


For more information, phone 250-336-2148 and leave a message.