OWL Cup Day 2019
(MARKHAM, ON) -The matchups are set for OWL Cup Day 2019! On Saturday, August 17th, the OWL Cup will be handed out at Fletcher’s Fields! The all-day event features the OWL 2 Cup Final, the second and final leg of the Intermediate Cup, the OWL Bronze Medal Match and the OWL Cup Final.
The OWL Cup Final between the Guelph Redcoats and the Brantford Harlequins will be streamed on the Rugby Ontario YouTube Channel! Kick-off is set for 3:30PM. too find the Rugby Ontario YouTube Channel, click here.
Follow Rugby Ontario on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for pictures and score updates from the other matches. A preview of all four matches can be found below. We hope to see you at Fletcher’s Fields this Saturday for a great day of rugby!
OWL CUP DAY FULL PREVIEW
OWL 2 CUP
Toronto Saracens (East Seed #3) vs. Aurora Barbarians Guardian Angels (West Seed #1)
The OWL 2 Cup Final features the Toronto Saracens and the Aurora Barbarians Guardian Angels. The Toronto Saracens went 3-3-0 in the OWL 2 league in 2019, recording 16 points. The team finished 3rd in the Eastern Conference. The club earned the right to compete for the league championship after defeating the Toronto Nomads 25-12 last Saturday at Fletcher’s Fields in the OWL 2 Playoffs.
Their opponent is the Aurora Barbarians Guardians Angels, who were the top side in the OWL 2 league during the regular season. The team finished with a record of 5-0-1, tallying 28 total points. The side lead the league in points for and points against. The Guardian Angels only non-win of the season was a 45-45 draw against the Niagara Wasps in Round 4 of the season.
The Intermediate Cup takes place at the end of the OWL Regular season. The fourth-place team in each division in the OWL faces relegation. The teams will participate in the Women’s Intermediate Cup against the top teams from the Niagara Rugby Union and Toronto Rugby branch leagues for a chance to retain a position in the OWL next season. The fourth place OWL West club will play the top team from the NRU, while the fourth place OWL East club with play the top team from the TRU. The teams will play each other in a two-match series, with aggregate score determining the winner. The Crusaders Rugby Club have automatically been relegated, thus there will be only one Intermediate Cup series.
Oshawa Vikings (TRU Seed #1) vs. Toronto Scottish (OWL East Seed #4)
It was a tightly contested affair in Leg 1 of the Intermediate Cup. The home side Oshawa Vikings pulled out a 26-22 victory at Thompson Park in a match where both teams scored four tries. The Vikings will look to replicate that effort this weekend at Fletcher’s Fields and earn promotion to the OWL for the 2020 season. The Vikings, who competed in the TRU’S McKenna league this year, went 6-2-0 during the regular season, recording 30 points.
The Scottish will look to bounce back from the loss in Leg 1 and score a victory on their home field. The team went 3-7-0 during the regular season, earning 15 points. Despite their losing record, the Scottish were a tough side to play at Fletcher’s fields. More than half of their wins came on their home field. They will look to grab one more home victory and secure their spot in the OWL for the 2020 season.
OWL CUP BRONZE MEDAL MATCH
Aurora Barbarians (East Seed #2) vs. Toronto Saracens (East Seed #1)
It’s a match-up of Fletcher’s Fields residents as the two top teams in the East Division battle for the OWL Bronze. In the Semi-Final round, the Barbs were defeated by the top team in the West Division, the Brantford Harlequins. Aurora will look to bounce back and end the season on a high note. Despite finishing behind the Saracens in the table during the regular season, they did have success against their rival this year. In Round 10 of the regular season, the Barbs defeated the reigning OWL Cup Champions 34-30, handing the Saracens their second loss of the season.
The Saracens dream of three-consecutive OWL titles came to an end last weekend. The reigning champions were defeated by the 2018 OWL Cup finalist, the Guelph Redcoats, in the Semi-Finals. Despite the loss, the Saracens can still win some hardware to wrap up their 2019 season. The squad finished first in the OWL during the regular season, posting a record of 8-2-0, earning 43 points. They’ve played Barbarians twice this season with each team coming away with a victory.
OWL CUP FINAL
Guelph Redcoats (West Seed #2) vs. Brantford Harlequins (West Seed #1)
The best in the west will square off at Fletcher’s Fields for the 2019 OWL Cup. The Guelph Redcoats have waited a year for another shot at the Cup. The team lost the 2018 Cup Final to the Toronto Saracens 46-36. The Coats entered the 2019 season with something to prove and didn’t miss a beat. They finished with a record of 7-3-0, earning 39 points during the regular season. They defeated the Toronto Nomads in the first-round of the OWL Cup, setting up a 2018 OWL Cup Final Rematch in the Semi-Final round against the Saracens. This time, the Redcoats came out on top, defeating the Saracens 31-17, giving themselves another chance to be crowned champions.
The only team better than the Redcoats in the West Division during the regular season was the Brantford Harlequins. Brantford finished with a record of 8-2-0, recording 41 points, putting them two points clear of Guelph at the end of regular season play. Their first place finished earned them a bye into Round 2 of the OWL Cup and a matchup with the Aurora Barbarians. Brantford took care of business on their home pitch, beating the Barbs 73-32 and earning a spot in the 2019 OWL Cup Final!
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