You know that I am a big believer in promoting all the area teams and that includes some teams who may not hit our normal radar. Unlike Berger, I happen to think that Toronto is a great sports town, offering tons of bang for the consumer buck across many sports that you can’t find in other cities. The good folks at Rugby Union dropped me a note about their big game this weekend and of course I am all too happy to help them promote their match. Hell, who doesn’t love a good scrum from time to time??
Rugby Union may not be the first sport you think of when you’re considering the top teams in Toronto. But with the Jays fourth in the AL East and the Argos off to an all too familiar slow start in the CFL, a Toronto sports fan could legitimately start looking for a greener pasture … well, here it is.
The Toronto Rebellion is Toronto’s rugby team; it represents an all-star array of under-20 players from across the various Toronto Rugby Union clubs. And the Rebellion have already smashed their way through the regular season going undefeated at 4 and 0. Huge wins over the 2008 National Junior Champions Niagara Lightning (twice I might add), the Ottawa Jr Harlequins (twice again), coupled with senior men’s victories over the Quebec Caribou and the Ottawa Harlequins Sr side, have cemented Toronto’s place in the upcoming Championship.
This coming Sunday, the Toronto Rebellion will face off against the Newfoundland Rock to determine who’s the best rugby team in Eastern Canada. The game kicks off at 2pm at Fletcher’s Fields in Markham. Admission is a mere five bucks for eighty minutes of champagne rugby.
Once the Rebellion make neat work of the Rock – as General Manager Alan Kasperski has predicted ‘crushing them into pebbles’ – the victors will move on to the Rugby Canada National Junior Championship out west against the winner of the game between the Vancouver Wave and the Calgary Mavericks … the National Championship game taking place on August 1st. Toronto has won the Eastern Championship three times in the past, but never a National Championship. This year is Toronto’s year. We expect to see you there.
The ‘When and Where’:
Rugby Canada Eastern Final: Sunday July 26th, 2009 – Kick off at 2pm sharp
Admission: $5, includes parking on site
Location: Fletcher’s Fields in Markham – 2743 19th Ave, Markham, ON L0H 1G0
Toronto Rugby website
Toronto Rebellion photos