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PREVIEW: Hindson Cup this Saturday for Heat

PREVIEW: Hindson Cup this Saturday for Heat

Kelowna, BC - Hosted every fall, the Hindson Cup is UBCO rugby's centrepiece event, and this Saturday at 2 p.m. the Cup will be played once again at the Parkinson Recreation Centre Fields in Kelowna.

Cutting straight to the chase this year, the Cup will feature just the one match to determine a Cup winner. For the eighth time in nine years, it will be the University of Calgary and the UBCO Heat once again locking horns to take home the prized Cup.

Now in its ninth 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 showcase some of the best university rugby in Western Canada.

This year the Cup winner will not have a direct line to the third annual Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship (CUMRC), but the teams will continue to play for the second berth allotted to Western Canada next weekend at the Western Championships in Calgary. 

Calgary took down the Heat last October to grab the Cup, prior to that it was UBCO hoisting the Cup four of the last five times. Overall the Cup has been won by UBCO, five times, Calgary twice, and the University of Alberta once.

Schedule of this year's Hindson Cup:

Sat. 19 @ 2:00 PM  | University of Calgary versus UBC Okanagan | Hindson Cup Final

To be played at the Parkinson Recreation Centre (P10P, Kelowna


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)

8th Cup | 2018 | Winner: Calgary | Runner Up: UBC Okanagan | Score: (26-15)


More about the National Championship:

3rd Annual Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship Hosted by Concordia University

TORONTO – Following on the heels of the inaugural Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship (CUMRC) hosted by the University of Guelph in 2017, and the 2018 CUMRC hosted by the University of Victoria, the 2019 Championship will be held November 20-24 in Montreal, hosted by Concordia University.

Tournament Qualifiers

University Men's Rugby is in a unique position in Canada – varsity programs in Ontario (OUA)and Quebec (RSEQ), varsity and club programs in the West including UBC and UVic's membership in the BC Premier League, and Club sports in the Maritimes – but unlike Women's Rugby, not an official U SPORTS sport…yet. It was in view of this gap in U SPORTS programming that the Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship was developed in 2016 and had its inaugural tournament in 2017.

No longer will university men's rugby seasons end with regional and provincial championships. Rather, all teams will have an opportunity to compete against the best university rugby teams across Canada, play for bragging rights as THE best team annually, and play an important role in the development path for Canada's national team and the MLR including Canada's sole member, the Toronto Arrows. Of course, the role played by the Canadian Rugby Foundation which has been the primary seed funder, and by CRF Chairman Mike Holmes who continues as a founding member of the CUMRC Organizing Committee, has been critical to our success and much appreciated.

As the CUMRC continues to growth, the Organizing Committee has also expanded its scope, with support to the first (annual) match between the Canadian University All Stars and the USA Collegiate All Americans in Glendale, CO on July 27 and the return engagement in 2020 back in Canada. Also under early development is a true national championship for University Men's 7's, hosted by UBC in conjunction with the Vancouver 7's tournament in March 2020, with two national semi-final tournaments.

We wish a warm welcome to our 2019 participating teams, families, friends, and rugby fans. Bienvenue et à bientôt à Montréal!

by Jeff Chan