Walkerton is playing host to Midwestern Ontario’s largest female rugby tournament of the year: the 7th annual Doogie Cup Tournament.
It’s a day of celebration, team work and honoring the memory of Allison Dugas a Sacred Heart High School student who was tragically killed in a car crash on her way to OFSAA Banquet eight years ago.
20 female rugby teams from across Midwestern and Southwestern Ontario are participating in the Doogie Cup.
Coach Bill King says the Doogie Cup helps keep Allison’s memory alive and promotes the game she loved - female rugby.
There will be no score keeping - today is all about the game and the celebration of Allison’s life.
All participants will receive a Doogie Cup t-shirt will Allison’s number 9 on the side.
Each year the t-shirt has a different saying and this year’s shirt is sure to be a hit with the players….it states ‘Girls play rugby, Chicks watch.’
With over 400 rugby players participating, the tournament will be spread out across town with some games taking place at Sacred Heart High School, Walkerton Community District School and Mother Teresa School.
King invites the public to come out and cheer the girls on.
He says this annual event is becoming a tradition for high school female rugby players across the province.
Along with a number of local and regional teams, some have come from as far away as Sarnia to participate.
The tournament begins at 9 AM and will wrap up around 3 PM.