The Gobbler Tournament

When: October 7-9, 2016

Theme: TBA

Weekend Itinerary:

Friday, Oct 7

  • Welcome Party at the ARFC Clubhouse; Beer Pong Tourney (the club will be open at 7pm)

Saturday, Oct 8

  • Tournament begins at 10am; Beer Garden opens at 11am
  • Visit the Kukri tent for gear

Saturday Night

  • The Gobbler Dance at Agrifair Arena - new location! (8pm-1am)
  • Chris Buck Band

Sunday, Oct 9

  • Day 2 of the tournament starts at 10am
  • awards at 3pm
  • 7pm - post tournament party at the ARFC clubhouse

There are both Men's & Women's Divisions

Entry Fee:

  • Men (15 aside) - $350 Canadian ($50 refund after completion of 3rd game)
  • Women (10 aside) - $200 ($50 refund after completion of 3rd game)
  • 3 games per team minimum

Cash Prizes (based on at least 8 registered teams):

1st - $800
2nd - $400
3rd - $200

1st - $500
2nd - $250
3rd - $100

Best Social Team
Social Turkey Trophy

To register your team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact at 604-309-8407

For out of towners:

We have an airport in Abbotsford - checkout Westjet for flights. Airport is about a 10 minute drive to clubhouse.


  • Comfort Inn - 604-859-6211 - it backs on to our clubhouse, so good location. 5 min drive to playing fields.
  • Alpine Motor Inn - 604-859-3171 - 5 minute walk t clubhouse, 5 minute drive to fields.
  • Coast - 604-853-1880 - 10 Minute drive to club and playing fields
  • Best Western - 604-853-3111 - 5 minute walk to the club and 5 minute drive to playing fields

The Gobbler Rugby Classic is a tournament that happens every Thanksgiving weekend in Abbotsford at CFV Exhibition Park. The event began in 1977 and in its early years, was held at McMillan Park with a beer garden in the lacrosse box (now replaced by a rec center). The tournament now takes place at the four fantastic fields at CFV Exhibition Park with a covered sideline beer garden that pumps out tunes and good times all day Saturday and Sunday.

Originally the tournament involved teams primarily from the Fraser Valley competing for a variety of prizes, including the coveted live turkey that was awarded to the winning team. Expectedly, animal rights activists expressed their discontent with this award, and cash prizes are now given out, as well as an award for the top social side. The tournament now includes teams from all over the Pacific Northwest from the US and Canada.

The Gobbler Tournament is also famous for its Saturday night dance, featuring a live band and an annual theme. At various points throughout the history of the Gobbler, the dance has attracted over 2,000 patrons for the evening event and has seen many big names on the stage. There is also an elusive myth about an infamous beer slide that brave participants have endured at the close of the night...

Gobbler 2013 Results


  • 1st - Bateman Alumni
  • 2nd - Chuckanut
  • 3rd - Prince George


  • 1st - Wild Guns
  • 2nd - Abby U-18
  • 3rd - UNBC

Best Social Team: Chuckanut Men

Gobbler 2012 Results


  • 1st - Bateman Alumni
  • 2nd - Edson
  • 3rd - Edmonton Clan


  • 1st - Abbotsford
  • 2nd - Leduc
  • 3rd - United

Best Social Team: Edson

Gobbler 2011 Results


  • 1st - Surrey
  • 2nd - Bateman Alumni
  • 3rd - Abby Alumni


  • 1st - Unilano (United and Capilano)
  • 2nd - Abbotsford
  • 3rd - SFU

Best Social Team: William's Lake

Gobbler 2010 Results


  • 1st - Bateman Alumni
  • 2nd - Abby Sr. Alumni
  • 3rd - William's Lake


  • 1st - Capilano
  • 2nd - Abbotsford
  • 3rd - Bayside

Best Social Team:
Prince Rupert

Gobbler 2009 Results


  • 1st - Surrey
  • 2nd - Brit Lions
    3rd - William's Lake


  • 1st - Bayside
  • 2nd - William's Lake
  • 3rd - Capilano

Best Social Team: William's Lake

Gobbler 2008 Results


  • 1st - Surrey
  • 2nd - Port Alberni
  • 3rd - UNBC


  • 1st - Capilano
  • 2nd - United
  • 3rd - William's Lake

Best Social Team:
Prince George Women's Team