Watch: Highlights from Bingham Cup Grand Final
Over 6000 people gathered at the Woollahra Oval to watch as the Sydney Convicts beat the Brisbane Hustlers to win the 2014 Bingham Cup.
“We saw a spectacular game of rugby in the final and we had a very successful three days at the tournament, and ultimately that’s what is important," said Bingham Cup President Andrew Purchas, founder of the Sydney Convicts.
"In some respects the Southern Hemisphere dominated, winning the top three trophies: the Sydney Convicts A team won the Bingham Cup, the Melbourne Chargers won the runner up prize which is called the Bingham Plate, and the New Zealand Falcons won the lower-tier competition, called the Bingham Bowl. The Sydney Convicts C team also won the runner-up in the lower-tier, called the Bingham Shield,”
Now that the tournament has concluded, Purchas said the Sydney Convicts, will continue their focus on ensuring Australian sporting organisations fulfil a commitment to implement policies to eliminate homophobia and make sport welcoming for everyone regardless of their sexuality.
“We had a vision to put on more than a rugby tournament when we decided to host the Bingham Cup and we wanted to shine a spotlight on the issues of homophobia in sport. This work will continue both in Australia and around the world. For example, later this year we will announce results of the first study on homophobia in sport and the largest study ever done, called Out on the Fields, which we commissioned," Purchas said.
This is the fourth time the Sydney Convicts have won the Bingham Cup. The rugby club is also the only gay rugby team in the world to also have won its local competition, winning three times. With 62 gay rugby teams around the world, The Sydney Convicts are by far the most successful.
Watch highlights from the Grand Final