About the Saratoga Cup
The Saratoga Cup is contested by teams from three regions: the Okanagan, the Kootenays, and the Interior. Contrary to the Island and Lower Mainland rugby communities, these regions play their rugby during the summer months on account of the challenging winter weather that they experience between Fall and Spring. This adapted rugby schedule does nothing to diminish the players' passion and enthusiasm for the sport, with club roots and traditions running deep in these communities. To play in these leagues, players can travel ten hours or more across to play other teams, which really shows their commitment and love for rugby. For example, the drive from Prince Rupert to William's Lake is ten and half hours long and a 952 kilometres distance.
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The 2018 Saratoga Cup will once again take place in Penticton, BC, generously hosted by Penticton Harlequins RFC. Set in the lush Okanagan Valley, surrounded by mountains and sandwiched between two beautiful lakes, you would be hard pushed to find a more picturesque rugby venue. For those of you unfamiliar with Penticton, check out the town's website, full of information about where to eat, stay and what to do in the area (once the rugby is finished of course).
The Rugby action will be centred at McNicol Park Oval (see map below) on Saturday, September 8th, with plenty of free parking available. If you are parking on neighbouring streets, please be mindful of local residents and don't block fire access roads.
2018 Line Up
The following teams have qualified for the 2018 Saratoga Cup:
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11:30am - Vernon Jackals vs Prince George Gnats
1:30pm - Terrace Northmen vs Rocky Mountain Rogues
10:00am - Third Place - Loser game 1 vs Loser game 2
11:30am - Final - Winner game 1 vs Winner game 2
Results from the 2018 Tournament will be posted here after the tournament.