McCormick Cup Day Preview
September 29th, 2022
(Whitby, ON) - McCormick Cup Day is back! On Saturday, October 1st at Fletcher’s Fields, four Senior Men’s Cup matches will take place, three of which are Cup Final matches: The Gee Gage Cup, The Fall Cup, and the McCormick Cup. 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! Below is a preview of all the matches.
McCormick Cup Final
Toronto Scottish v. Balmy Beach RFC, 3:30 PM
The 2022 McCormick Cup Final will feature the Toronto Scottish and Balmy Beach. The two teams have already matched up twice this season with both club scoring a victory. In Round 8 of the Marshall Regular Season, the Beach defeated the Scottish 39-34. The two teams met up once again in the Marshall League Final. This time it was the Scottish coming away as the victors, winning the match 38-23.
Balmy Beach enters the Cup Final looking for their first McCormick Cup Championship since 2015. The Beach finished first in the Marshall East Division with a record of 9-0-1. They finished top of the table in the overall Marshall League standings. The Beach entered the McCormick Cup as the #2 seed. In the opening round, they defeated the Aurora Barbarians 51-24 at Tubs Gee Gage field. In the Semi-Final round, the Beach defeated the defending McCormick Cup Champions the Brantford Harlequins 32-23 to punch their ticket the Cup Final.
The Toronto Scottish are seeking their first McCormick Cup Final since 1972. Similar to the Beach, the Scottish finished first in their division, posting a record of 8-1-1 during the regular season. The Scottish entered the Marshall League playoffs as the #3 seed and were crowned Marshall League Champions after victories over the Brantford Harlequins and Balmy Beach. With their Marshall League title, the Scottish earned the #1 seed entering the McCormick Cup. They defeated the EORU champions the Kingston Panthers 43-10. In the Semi-Final round, the Scottish defeated the Burlington Centaurs 16-10 to earn their spot in the McCormick Cup Final
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.
Fall Cup Final
Crusaders Rugby Club v. Peterborough Pagans, 12:30 PM
The Crusaders Rugby Club and the Peterborough Pagans will meet in the 2022 Fall Cup Final. The two clubs are the top two seeds in the Fall Cup competition. The Crusaders were the top seeded team in the bracket. They finished the Marshall Regular season with a record of 6-0-4, placing second in the South division. The competition featured seven teams, meaning the Crusaders were awarded a BYE into the second round. In round two, the Crusaders defeated the defending Fall Cup Champions Barrie RFC 52-0. Barrie defeated the Crusaders in 2019 to capture the title.
The Peterborough Pagans finished the Marshall Regular season with a record if 5-5-0 and entered the Fall Cup as the #2 seed. The defeated the Ajax Wanderers in the opening round and edged out London St. George’s 43-42 to earn their spot in the Fall Cup Final.
Gee Gage Cup Final
Balmy Beach 2XV v. Lindsay Gryphons RFC, 12:00 PM
The Gee Gage Cup is another historic Rugby Ontario Championship, which is contested by Marshall 2nd League sides and Branch Union first teams. The 2022 Gee Gage Cup Final features Balmy Beach 2XV against the TRU Champions, Lindsay Gryphons RFC.
Balmy Beach 2XV went 8-0-2 in the Marshall 2XV League regular season. Lindsay RFC competed in the TRU 1 Division in 2022. They went 6-0-2 during the TRU 1 regular season, finishing in third. They won the TRU Cup defeating the Brampton Beavers in the final.
McCormick Cup Consolation Final
Aurora Barbarians v. Oshawa Vikings, 12:30 PM
The Aurora Barbarians and the Oshawa Vikings will meet in the McCormick Cup Consolation Final. The Aurora Barbarians posted a record of 5-2-3 during the Marshall League regular season and finished second in the Marshall North Division. The Vikings finished second in the East Division with a record of 6-1-3. The Vikings and Barbarians met twice during the Marshall season, splitting the season series 1-1 – the Barbs taking the regular season matchup and the Vikings winning in the 1st round of the Marshall League Playoffs.
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