Sydney Convicts reclaim Bingham Cup in Manchester
The Sydney Convicts has reclaimed the coveted Bingham Cup in Manchester, capping off one of their most successful gay rugby tournaments ever.
The Convicts A team defeated rivals San Francisco Fog in the grand final, winning 22-5.
The Convicts B team also won their grand final match against the Dallas Diabalos 13-3 to win the Bingham Bowl.
Sydney Convicts spokesperson Erik Denison said the wins were a culmination of hard work and determination from the entire club.
“It was a hard-fought victory for both teams, which quite a few injuries as well the games were in cold and wet conditions. The boys played with courage and the spirit of sportsmanship that is at the core of who we are as a team.
For many of the players, this was their first international tournament and many are also new to rugby and the Sydney Convicts.
The entire club pulled together, veterans and new players, on and off the field. There was also an incredible group of supporters including coaches, team managers, doctors, physios, trainers, medics and partners who came to support both teams.
The Cup and The Bowl could not have been won without them.
This year’s Bingham Cup, held in Manchester, England, was so far the biggest Bingham Cup tournament yet.
“The Convicts are extremely proud of our achievements at the Bingham Cup but also proud of the entire gay rugby community. This was the largest Bingham Cup ever and it is now absolutely, without a doubt, the largest rugby tournament in the world.
“The calibre of playing has increased significantly and so has the level of organisation of the competition. The host club, Manchester, did a great job.”
Denison also praised fellow Australian club, the Melbourne Chargers, for their first Bingham Cup campaign.
“They had a great semi-final match against the San Francisco Fog's B team and won 8-0 bringing them to the final. Unfortunately they lost in the Grand Final to a very tough team, the Kings Cross Steelers from London. They lost 12-0 in a great game of rugby.”
“The players on all three Australian teams did a phenomenal job at the Bingham Cup and as the teams played their best to represent not only our community but also our country.”
[Pictured] Sydney Convicts A team win the Bingham Cup. Photo: Mark Dickson/Deep Field Photography