2017 CORE Legacy
25th Ensign Cup Brings Victory to Over 30 Players
Date: June 30, 2007
A hotly contested game from start to finish, an enthusiastic audience, and $1,000 raised for charity.
Rusty Ensign couldn’t have asked for anything more from the 25th edition of the Ensign Cup rugby match on Saturday evening at the Parkinson Rec Centre.
“When I look back to the early days when it all started, this is more than I ever expected it would become,” said Ensign, who the game was originally staged for in 1983 after he suffered a broken neck playing rugby.
“I know most of the older guys who play in it, but to see a lot of the younger guys coming out who I don’t really know, is really great to see. It’s quite pleasing and gratifying. And it’s annual reunion for the Crows too, which is nice.”
With about 250 fans watching, the Kelowna Crows over 30s gained a measure of revenge for last year’s defeat against the younger lads, beating the Crows under 30 squad 27-23.
“The game itself was exciting all the way through,” Ensign added. “The guys take it pretty seriously.”
Among the many highlights from the game, said Ensign, was George Curran’s 23rd appearance, the most by any player since 1983.
The match also featured the first trio of brothers to play in the same game—Jacob, Nathan, and Dan Illichmann. Ensign’s own son,the 6-foot-6 Louis Ensign, played in the game for the first time at the lock position.
“At first he was a little hesitant about it, but once he got out on the field he didn’t want to come off.”
About $350 was raised through a raffle for a Team Canada rugby jersey, another $300 came from fans on the sidelines, while the remainder was donated by the players. The $1,000 in donations will go to the Rick Hansen Foundation.