The 2023 Saratoga Cup features four Men’s teams competing for the Saratoga Cup, and two Women’s teams competing for the Women’s Saratoga Cup.
Following a competitive summer season, Men’s teams will compete their respective semi-finals on the Saturday, with the winners advancing to Sunday’s final. Semi-Final loses will contest the third-place playoff on Sunday.
The teams competing the Men’s Saratoga Cup are:
- Rocky Mountain Rogues (Defending champions)
- Elk Valley Bulls
- Terrace Northmen
- Vernon Jackals RFC
Semi-Final 1: Vernon Jackals RFC vs. Elk Valley Bulls
Vernon Jackals RFC topped the Okanagan League with three victories and one tie from four matches, following a tough tussle with the Penticton Harlequins for the No. 1 spot. The Elk Valley Bulls, meanwhile, head to the Saratoga Cup as joint hosts alongside the Rogues and finished the season with two defeats to their rivals in the Kootenay Cup.
Semi-Final 2: Rocky Mountain Rogues vs. Terrace Northmen RFC
This year’s hosts, the Rocky Mountain Rogues, will be vying for a hat-trick of Saratoga Cup championships after lifting the trophy in 2021 and 2022. The Rogues won both of their Kootenay Cup matches against the Elk Valley Bulls, and will go into this year’s Championship full of confidence to achieve a third straight title.
Terrace Northmen RFC enjoyed an unbeaten season to secure a place at the 2023 Saratoga Cup, with five wins from five matches, seeing off the challenge from Williams Lake Rustlers, Prince George Gnats and the Prince Rupert Seamen RFC.
While four teams were originally scheduled to compete for the 2023 Women’s Saratoga Cup, Terrace RFC and defending champions Kamloops RFC have unfortunately withdrawn from the competition.
The two teams that will contest the 2023 Women’s Saratoga Cup are:
- Elk Valley RFC
- Rocky Mountain Rogues RFC
The two teams will play a Best-Of-5 Series, with the first team to claim three wins being declared 2023 Champions.
Rugby in the Rockies is enjoying a significant rise, thanks to the tremendous efforts of both these Clubs. Rucking in the Rockies was a major highlight, with Men’s Rugby, Women’s Rugby and Junior Rugby sessions all taking place during a fantastic event.
The weekend schedule is as follows: