31st Ensign Cup set for Saturday

Rusty Ensign (left) will be on hand for the 31st annual Ensign Cup Saturday at the Parkinson Rec Centre fields.  - Contributed
Rusty Ensign (left) will be on hand for the 31st annual Ensign Cup Saturday at the Parkinson Rec Centre fields.
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The 31st edition of the Ensign Cup charity rugby match is set for this Saturday afternoon at Parkinson Rec Centre.

Kick off between the over 30s and under 30s teams is set for 3:15 p.m. on field P10.

The game promises to be hotly contested as the current tally is 14 wins for the old boys, 13 wins for the kids, and three ties.

There will be a social at the Kelowna Riding Club, including the raffling off of a signed Team Canada rugby jersey.

This year's edition of the Ensign Cup will be donating $1,000 towards the CORE (Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts) Endowment fund to be held by the Canadian Rugby Foundation in perpetuity.

This assures that there will be bursary support for rugby players forever. The CRF donates $250 to the account which puts the fund $1,250 closer to the goal of $100,000 by 2015. The fund is currently at the $90,000 mark.

Currently, at the 3.5 per cent interest it receives every year, it funds four $500 bursaries and one $1,000 Courtney Walls Bursary for graduating rugby players every year.  Once it reaches its $100,000 goal, it will be five $500 awards and one for $1,000.

The balance of proceeds will go to Kelowna Youth Rugby.

The Ensign Cup is held each year in the name of Rusty Ensign who was seriously injured in a rugby match in 1983 and became a quadriplegic due to the injury.

Ensign continues to be a fervent supporter of local rugby.


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