4th Annual Hindson Cup – Saturday, October 25, 2014
Game 1: 9:30 a.m. Calgary Dinos vs. the Simon Fraser Clansmen**
Game 2: 10:45 a.m. UBC Okanagan Heat vs. the Alberta Golden Bears**
Hindson Cup Consolation: 1:30 p.m. Loser (G1) vs. Loser (G2)**
Hindson Cup Final: 3:00 p.m. Winner (G1) vs. Winner (G2)**
**All Games will be played at field City Park Oval, Kelowna, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat will play at 3 p.m. regardless of result of the Game 1.
Preview courtesy of Kevin Ilomin, Sports Editor of the Phoenix News.
The Heat men’s rugby squad will get to host Alberta, Simon Fraser, and Calgary for the fourth annual Hindson Cup, a tournament in honour of Robert “Ro” Hindson, a Canadian rugby legend and 2013 inductee of the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The tournament will be held on October 25 at the City Park Oval in downtown Kelowna.
“Ro is arguably one of the best tight five players this country has ever produced,” said O’Brien of Hindson. “He is an inspiration to young players from more remote regions who aspire to make it to the next level of sport.”
Hailing from Naramata though initially born in South Africa, the 6-5 Hindson was more than simply height and size. Utilizing an all-around set of power, agility, and skill, he made a name for himself quickly on Vancouver Island playing for the Brentwood College high school team. Upon retiring in 1990 he had accumulated a record 31 international caps, including two appearances representing Canada against Ireland and Wales at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987.
The Kelowna tournament was the brainchild of women’s rugby coach Rob O’Brien, who hopes to see the tournament evolve into a national university 15s championship further down the road.
The coach has called the event a “highlight of the year for many players,” and has gone on to say that building the 15s rugby competition for men is critical to the development of rugby in Canada.
The Heat have won two of the last three cups, including last-year’s taking-back of the throne from the Calgary Dinos, a foe that the home team has seen in each of the finals. It is entirely possible for the rivals to meet again, but the Heat have the edge in winning the season series with Calgary 2-0 in decisive matches (24-5, 38-25).
A dominant defensive showing has aided the Heat in each of its victories over Calgary this year.
Kick-off for the Tournament is 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. UBC Okanagan will play at 10:45 and at 3 p.m. at the City Park Oval in downtown Kelowna.
- With notes and research from the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and Heat Athletics
Women's Rugby this weekend:
UBC Okanagan Heat vs. Cowichan, Saturday (12 p.m.) at the City Park Oval, Kelowna, BC