The 2011 Thanksgiving weekend of Oct 8-10 saw 12 men's teams and 6 women's teams participate in the 35th annual Gobbler Classic Rugbyfest at Exhibition Park in Abbotsford. Teams from as far away as UNBC, William's Lake, and Western Washington University travelled down to play in the local tournament. There were also a number of local alumni teams that took the field again this year.
Saturday night was the annual Gobbler Dance. The 'Out to Sea' theme was largely embraced by the nearly 500 people in attendance. The band Harma White played for the crowd with intermissions from DJ Dunham.
The men's division was quite competitive with three pools of 4 teams. The top team in each advanced, as well as the next best team based on points for and against. Surrey went undefeated in the tournament, beating Bateman Alumni in the final. Abby Alumni edged out Yale Alumni in a boat race for the consolation prize.
On the women's side, United and Capilano teamed for the tournament up as Unilano and went on to beat Abbotsford in the final match to earn the women's title.
The ARFC wants to thank all the teams and players who took the time to attend the tournament. We also want to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who made this event possible. We look forward to seeing teams back for another year next Thanksgiving weekend.
See the article in the Abbotsford News.