It’s a fitting prize for a diamond anniversary.
By defeating Oakville Crusaders 29-10 on Sept. 21, Toronto Scottish Rugby Football Club, in their 60th anniversary season, clinched the 2013 Marshall Premiership title.
For the Scottish, their match against Crusaders was a must-win, as Aurora Barbarians and Stoney Creek were nipping at their heels; all three teams won their respective matches on the season’s final matchday, allowing Scottish to secure the title by one solitary point.
This is the sixth time Toronto Scottish have won the Ontario Men’s First Division, and their first title since 1979.
Scottish finished the Premiership season with a record of 11-3-0, and claimed nine bonus points en route to 53 total points.
Aurora Barbarians (10-4-0) won one less game than Scottish, but added 12 bonus points on the year, good for 52 total points.
Stoney Creek, one of the positive surprises of the 2013 Premiership, also ended the year with a 10-4-0 record, and with 10 bonus points, amassed 50 total points.
Markham Irish rounded out the top half of the standings, ending the season with a 9-5-0 record, and 44 total points.
Waterloo County (6-8-0) finished the year well back of the hunt in 5th place, followed by 2011 Premiership Champions Balmy Beach (6-8-0).
In one of the biggest shocks of the 2013 season, 2012 Premiership Champions Oakville Crusaders (4-10-0) ended the year in 7th place.
Premiership newcomers Ajax Wanderers (0-14-0) failed to register a win in their first season back in the top flight, and have been relegated to the Marshall Provincial division for the 2014 season.
With the regular season now complete, Marshall Premiership and Provincial teams now turn their attention to the McCormick Cup, the title championship for Rugby Ontario’s senior men’s first teams. Round One of the Cup begins on Sept. 28th.
2013 Marshall Premiership Standings
1. Toronto Scottish
2. Aurora Barbarians
3. Stoney Creek
4. Markham Irish
5. Waterloo County
6. Balmy Beach
7. Oakville Crusaders
8. Ajax Wanderers
For complete Marshall Premiership standings, click here.