Conference action gets under way on Labour Day weekend

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The Canadian Interuniversity Sport soccer andrugby seasons officially get under way on Labour Day weekend inOntario and Quebec, respectively.

In women’s and men’ssoccer, a total of 32 matches are scheduled on openingweekend in the OUA conference, including 15 on Saturday and 17 moreon Sunday. League play starts on Sept. 5 in the AUS, RSEQ andCanada West.

The Trinity Western Spartans and UBC Thunderbirdsenter the campaign as women’s and men’s nationalchampions, respectively. Both programs have captured the CIS bannereach of the past two years.

The 2014 CIS soccer championships are set forNov. 6 to 9 at Laval University in Quebec City (women) and theUniversity of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown (men).

In women’s rugby, theregular schedule begins on Monday with a trio of RSEQ contests. Theaction starts on Sept. 5 in the OUA, Sept. 6 in the AUS and Sept.19 in Canada West.

The Alberta Pandas captured a record sixthMonilex Trophy as national champions last fall, marking their firsttriumph since 2003.

This year’s CIS tournament is scheduled forOct. 30 to Nov. 2 at the University of Guelph.

NOTE: The inauguralnational rankings in CIS soccer and rugby will be released onTuesday.

2014 CIS WOMEN’S &MEN’S SOCCER: KEY DATES

Aug. 30: Start of regular season inOUA

Sept. 5: Start of regular season in AUS,RSEQ & Canada West

Oct. 31 – Nov. 1: Canada Westwomen’s & men’s Final Four

Oct. 31 – Nov. 2: AUS women’s& men’s Final Six

Nov. 1-2: OUA women’s andmen’s Final Four

Nov. 2: RSEQ women’s &men’s finals

Nov. 6-9: CIS women’s championshipat Laval University (Quebec City)

Nov. 6-9: CIS men’s championship atUniversity of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown)

2014 CIS WOMEN’S RUGBY:KEY DATES

Sept. 1: Start of regular season inRSEQ

Sept. 5: Start of regular season inOUA

Sept. 6: Start of regular season inAUS

Sept. 19: Start of regular season inCanada West

Oct. 17 & 19: Canada West FinalFour

Oct. 25: OUA & RSEQ finals

Oct. 25-26: AUS Final Four

Oct. 30 – Nov. 2: CIS championship atUniversity of Guelph

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