McCormick Cup Day Preview
October 16th, 2019
(MARKHAM, ON) - Saturday, October 19th is McCormick Cup Day at Fletcher’s Fields. The day will feature three Cup Final matches to cap off the Senior Men’s 2019 season! Join Rugby Ontario at Fletcher's Fields for a super rugby day! If you are unable to attend, the McCormick Cup Final will be streamed on the Rugby Ontario YouTube Channel! McCormick Cup tickets will be sold at the gate for $10. Below is a preview of all three Cup Final matches.
Gee Gage Cup Final
Toronto Scottish v. Balmy Beach, 12:30PM
The 2019 Gee Gage Cup Final features the Toronto Scottish and Balmy Beach. The Toronto Scottish finished with a 12-2-0 record in the Marshall 2nd League. The Club finished in a tie for first-place in the East Division with 60 points. The Scottish recorded a bonus point in all twelve of their wins during the Marshall Season. In their first match of the Gee Gage Cup, they defeated the Niagara Wasps 31-10 to move onto the Gee Gage Cup Final.
Balmy Beach finished with a 10-4-0 record in the Marshall 2nd League. They earned 52 points, finishing in second place in the West Division. The Beach defeated the Bay Street Pigs 26-17 in Round 1 of the Gee Gage Cup. In Round 2 , Balmy Beach defeated the defending Champion Hamilton Hornets 37-21 to earn a spot in the Gee Gage Cup Final.
Fall Cup Final
Crusaders Rugby Club v. Barrie RFC, 1PM
The Fall Cup Final will feature a matchup of Marshall West clubs. The Crusaders finished the 2019 Marshall season with a record of 3-11-0, finishing 7th in the West Division with 25 points. The Cru were drawn into a Pool A for the Fall Cup pool stage with London St. George and the Ajax Wanderers. The Crusaders were dominant in the pool stage, scoring 86 points and allowing only 15 over two matches.
Barrie RFC finished in fifth place in the Marshall West Division in 2019. They posted a record of 6-8-0, earning 35 points along the way. Barrie were the top seeded side in Pool B, which also featured the Toronto Nomads and Lindsay RFC. During the Pool stage, Barrie went 2-0-0, scoring 93 points in their two matches.
This will be the third time the Crusaders and Barrie RFC will face-off this season. Barrie won both matches during the Marshall regular season, but neither victory came by more than four points.
McCormick Cup Final
Markham Irish v. Brantford Harlequins, 3PM
For the second straight season, the Markham Irish and the Brantford Harlequins will meet in the McCormick Cup Final. Last season, the Markham Irish took home the Cup, defeating the Harlequins 24-20 and ending Brantford’s quest for a third straight McCormick Cup Championship. Now, it’s the Harlequins turn to try to dethrone the defending Champions.
The Harlequins finished in first place in the Marshall West with a record if 12-2-0, earning a league high 61 points. They were awarded the top seed in Pool B for the McCormick Cup Pool stage, competing against the Toronto Scottish, Balmy Beach and the Peterborough Pagans. After two rounds of play, the Harlequins and the Scottish both sat at top the Pool B standings with matching 2-0-0 records. The two clubs met up in Round 3, with the winner of the match moving onto the McCormick Cup. In a closely contested affair, the Harlequins managed to pull out a 27-22 victory, earning a third-straight trip to the McCormick Cup Final.
The defending Champion Markham Irish finished the 2019 Marshall season with a record of 12-2-0, earning 60 points. The club finished in first place in the Marshall East division, earning them the top seed in Pool A for the McCormick Cup. The Irish were drawn into the same pool as Waterloo County and the Burlington Centaurs. Markham finished the Pool stage with a record of 2-0-0, limiting their opponents to twelve points.
The McCormick Cup Final will be streamed LIVE on the Rugby Ontario YouTube channel! To view the RO YouTube Channel, click here. Be sure to follow Rugby Ontario on social for further updates from McCormick Cup Day.
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