Conference action hits full swing on Labour Day weekend

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Michel Belanger

August 30, 2013, OTTAWA (CIS) – The Canadian Interuniversity Sport soccer and rugby seasons officially get under way on Labour Day weekend, while in football, league games are scheduled in three of the four CIS conferences.

In football, RSEQ and Canada West teams take the field, one week after the new campaign opened in the OUA. The Laval Rouge et Or kick off their defence of the Vanier Cup on Saturday night against McGill, in Quebec City.

In soccer, 28 matches are on the schedule this weekend, all in Ontario, starting Friday evening in Hamilton with a women’s and men’s doubleheader between Laurier and McMaster. Last year’s national champions, the UBC Thunderbirds (men) and Trinity Western Spartans (women), join the action on Sept. 6 and 7, respectively.

In women’s rugby, the season begins on Monday with a pair of RSEQ matchups, including Ottawa at Carleton and Laval at Montreal. The defending CIS champion StFX X-Women play their AUS opener next Friday.

All the action over the next few months will lead to the national championships, beginning with women’s rugby in Quebec City from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. The two CIS soccer tournaments follow one week later in Toronto (women) and Fredericton (men), while the TELUS Vanier Cup will also be contested in Quebec City, on Nov. 23.

The inaugural national rankings in soccer and rugby will be released on Tuesday. In football, Laval was the unanimous No. 1 choice in the first Top 10 published earlier this week.

2013 CIS FOOTBALL: KEY DATES

Aug. 25: Start of OUA regular season

Aug. 30: Start of Canada West regular season

Aug. 31: Start of RSEQ regular season

Sept. 6: Start of AUS regular season

Nov. 9: Conference finals

Nov. 16: Uteck Bowl (RSEQ at AUS) & Mitchell Bowl (OUA at Canada West)

Nov. 23: TELUS Vanier Cup (Laval University, Quebec City)

2013 CIS WOMEN’S & MEN’S SOCCER: KEY DATES

Aug. 30: Start of OUA regular season

Sept. 5: Start of RSEQ regular season

Sept. 6: Start of AUS & Canada West regular season

Oct. 31 – Nov. 3: Canada West men’s Final Six

Nov. 1-3: AUS women’s & men’s Final Six

Nov. 2-3: OUA women’s and men’s Final Four

Nov. 2-3: Canada West women’s Final Four

Nov. 3: RSEQ women’s & men’s finals

Nov. 7-10: CIS women’s championship at University of Toronto

Nov. 7-10: CIS men’s championship at University of New Brunswick

2013 CIS WOMEN’S RUGBY: KEY DATES

Sept. 2: Start of RSEQ regular season

Sept. 6: Start of AUS & OUA regular season

Sept. 20: Start of Canada West regular season

Oct. 18 & 20: Canada West Final Four

Oct. 26: OUA final

Oct. 26-27: AUS Final Four

TBD: RSEQ final

Oct. 31 – Nov. 3: CIS championship at Laval University

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