Balmy Beach Club captures McCormick Cup

The Balmy Beach Rugby Club’s premier men’s team earned another in a long history of titles at the McCormick Cup final against the Toronto Scottish on Oct. 25. Balmy Beach won 27-22 to hoist the provincial championship trophy at Fletcher’s Fields in Markham.

“We knew we had to come to play today,” said Haydn Gage, the club’s co-president and now a four-time McCormick Cup winner. “The Scottish are a good team, and they’ve been building the last four, five years. Rugby’s one of those team sports where if you don’t live and breathe together, you don’t stretch yourselves.

“I won’t say we’re lucky to win, but we had to play hard to beat a good team.”

Ryan MacSween of the Balmy Beach Rugby Club's first team pulls a signature move during the McCormick Cup final against the Toronto Scottish on Oct. 25 – throwing off a tackle while running the ball up the sideline. Balmy Beach took home the cup with a 27-22 victory. PHOTO: Andrew Hudson
Ryan MacSween of the Balmy Beach Rugby Club’s first team pulls a signature move during the McCormick Cup final against the Toronto Scottish on Oct. 25 – throwing off a tackle while running the ball up the sideline. Balmy Beach took home the cup with a 27-22 victory.
PHOTO: Andrew Hudson

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