KELOWNA, BC - The UBC Okanagan Heat men's rugby squad took on the University of Calgary Dinos in the finals of the third annual Hindson Cup, defeating the Dinos 15-3 on Saturday to win their second title in three years.
"I'm absolutely thrilled," commented Heat flanker Sam Overton. "It was a tough competition like last year, but this year coming into the second half we buckled down and went in as hard as we did in the first half; we never let up for a moment."
Fellow Heat flanker Cole Mosychuk played an integral role in the Heat victory, scoring two tries and earning MVP honours for the tournament. "The game could've ended either way," said Mosychuk. "They could be holding the trophy right now but honestly I think we wanted it more and that's all it took today."
UBC Okanagan's James Scott also got a penalty kick and a conversion to add to the Heat scoring.
In round robin play for the tournament UBC Okanagan defeated the Alberta Golden Bears 43-0 and the Simon Fraser 24-0.
Alberta had a strong showing in the consolation final winning 29-0 over SFU.
Ro Hindson, for who the tournament was named, was in attendance to present the MVP awards for each team and also present the Cup of his name.
This years MVP’s were James Welsh from SFU, Tom Winter from Alberta, Malcolm Wilson from Calgary and Cole Mosychuk from UBC Okanagan.
UBC Okanagan's women's rugby squad was also in action on Saturday, taking on the Meraloma Rugby Club in regular season action at the Apple Bowl earlier in the day. The Heat women came out with a convincing 56-7 win on the day.
The Heat men travel to Richmond next weekend to take on the Richmond Rugby Football Club. The match kicks off on Saturday November 2nd at 2:30 p.m. The Heat women travel to Abbotsford take on the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club, and that match kicks off on Saturday November 2nd at 11:30 a.m.
Former tournament MVP Judah Campbell was also at the finals on Saturday, making his first public appearance since sustaining an injury in a match playing for the Kelowna Crows several weeks ago. To access his Facebook support group and get more information on his path to recovery, please click on the following link: http://www.facebook.com/judahcampbellrecovery and to view his donation page click here.
The MVP award for each player was a stein to with the image of Judah Campbell.
- with notes from Rob O'Brien