Labour Day Weekend 2016
Welcome to Beaver Bowl 2016! The countdown is on, folks, and this year the tournament is back bigger, better, buffer, and beaverer than ever.
If you’ve been suffering from post-Bingham blues, it’s time to dump those dusty cowboy boots and Stetson hats y’alls picked up in Nashville, get your lumberjack plaids on, grab a passport, and head on north for some Canadian bacon (it’s a thing). With 10-12 IGR teams expected to attend this year, Beaver Bowl 2016 is the place to see old friends and make new ones.
Toronto is a diverse, eventful, and open-minded city, home to one of the largest, most vibrant LGBTQ+ communities on the planet.
Muddy York’s home tournament has for years brought together LGBTQ+ and allied rugby players, teams and fans from across North America, for a weekend of great rugby and better parties, in a celebration of the three core values of rugby: working hard on the pitch, playing hard off it… and lots of beer.
In 2016, we are extending a special invitation to our fellow Toronto Rugby Union teams – our regular opponents on the pitch – to help top up IGR teams with local Barbarians. This proactive outreach is part of our continued role in fighting homophobia in sports and in society. There was never a better time to make a strong statement: we’re here, we’re many, we’re proud, and we’re gonna play rugby!
Oh, and if you’re coming from the US and your rugby season is about to kick off, come de-rust your cleats, and save some money while you’re at it.
PS: You won’t see any moose crossing the road up here…
If you have been to Beaver Bowl before, you’re in for a surprise. If you have never been, then you'll just think we were 'born this way'. Either way, we've planned the best Beaver Bowl yet!
In 2016, we’re anticipating a total of 10-12 IGR teams to be represented, making for great, competitive rugby. Teams rosters will be composed by a maximum of 25 players. For teams unable to bring at least 23, they will be assigned barbarian players from IGR or from our fellow Toronto Rugby Union clubs. As usual, priority will be given to the teams bringing smaller sides.
Each team will is guaranteed four games over the two days of the tournament.
Initial pools will be assigned by random draw.
Day 1: four pools of three teams, round robins to determine rankings.
Day 2: Three pools of four teams –- the pool with the teams ranked 1st will compete for the Beaver Bowl; the pool with the teams ranked 2nd will compete for the Beaver Plate; the pool with the teams ranked 3rd will compete for the Beaver Shield.
More information on tournament rules and structure will be added gradually.