Heat set to chase down another Hindson Cup

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File photos for UBC Okanagan Heat athletics

Kelowna, BC – The Hindson Cup has served as an annual competition among UBC Okanagan and the top two teams from the Alberta University Rugby league competition and is set to go down this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 27-28th) at the Parkinson Recreation Centre Fields in Kelowna.

Now in its eighth year the Hindson Cup, named in honour of Robert “Ro” Hindson, a Canadian rugby legend and 2013 inductee of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, will take on more meaning in the men’s university rugby world as the tournament serve as a vehicle for determining the second Canada West representative at the upcoming inaugural Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC).

The winner of this weekends Hindson Cup will earn a birth into the 2018 Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship that will be hosted by the University of Victoria on Nov.21-25th. This marks the second season of the event following last years tournament which was hosted by Guelph University and won by the UBC Thunderbirds.

Due to the Vikes hosting this years championship, they will earn an automatic berth into the national tournament and are not competing this weekend. The Heat and Calgary Dinos each have two teams competing this weekend, with the Dinos Red team versus the Heat’s Gold team determining the Cup.

Schedule of this year’s Hindson Cup:

Sat. 27 @ 1:00 PM | University of Calgary Black versus UBC Okanagan Blue |

Sat. 27 @ 3:00 PM  |University of Calgary Red versus UBC Okanagan Gold | Hindson Cup Final

Sun. 28 @ 1:00 PM | Winner of Hindson Cup versus University of British Columbia | CUMRC Play-in Final

All matches to be played at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, Kelowna

More about the National Championship:

The six-team tournament will include representation from regions across Canada including the maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and western Canada.

“The Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship is an integral part of Rugby Canada’s men’s high-performance pathway for providing our coaching staff with an opportunity to identify top-level university athletes in a high-quality competition,” said Dustin Hopkins, Rugby Canada Interim General Manager of Rugby Operations and Performance.

“Last year’s tournament in Guelph proved to be an excellent competition from the opening kickoff to the final and I expect this year’s event at the University of Victoria will be of the same calibre.”

History of the Hindson Cup:

1st Cup | 2011 | Winner: UBC Okanagan | Runner Up: Calgary | Score: (21-17)

2nd Cup | 2012 | Winner: Calgary | Runner Up: UBC Okanagan | Score: (14-13)

3rd Cup | 2013 | Winner: UBC Okanagan | Runner Up: Calgary | Score: (15-3)

4th Cup | 2014 | Winner: UBC Okanagan | Runner Up: Calgary | Score: (25-10)

5th Cup | 2015 | Winner: Alberta | Runner Up: UBC Okanagan | Score: (15-5)

6th Cup | 2016 | Winner: UBC Okanagan | Runner Up: Calgary | Score: (41-12)

7th Cup | 2017 | Winner: UBC Okanagan | Runner Up: Calgary | Score: (19-13)

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