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Bison setter Sydney Booker sets the attack against the UWinnipeg Wesmen

Duckworth Challenge: A 28-year tradition and classic rivalry

A classic weekend includes track & field Indigenous Sport Day on Saturday with 3 sports in action

January 23, 2019 — 

Dig out your brown and gold and come cheer on the Bisons as the the 28th annual Duckworth Challenge is set to conclude on Friday, Feb. 1.

Help celebrate RBC Pride night with U of M alumni and students as the longstanding rivalry between University of Manitoba Bisons and the University of Winnipeg Wesmen comes to a head for men’s and women’s volleyball at Investors Group Athletic Centre. Game time for the men’s match is 6 p.m. while the women warm up for a 7:45 p.m. start.

U of M Alumni special ticket price is $5. General tickets are $10, while U of M Students and fans under 17 get in FREE.

The Duckworth Challenge pits the Bisons and Wesmen against each other in women’s soccer, basketball, and volleyball. The two universities have made the Challenge into a competition of five games over three sports with the winner of the title in a best three-out-of-five.

Established by Dr. Henry E. Duckworth (president of the University of Winnipeg from 1971-81 and Chancellor of the University of Manitoba from 1986-92) for the 1991-92 season, the Challenge was intended to profile the intense but friendly cross-town rivalry between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. 

This year’s edition of the Challenge is currently led 1-0 by Manitoba after a 1-0 victory on the soccer pitch on Oct. 6.

The basketball match up will be played on Thursday, January 31 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre, with the women at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m.

Spirit of the Bison: Indigenous Sport Day

Saturday, Feb. 2

Bison action continues on Saturday and gets under way at 1 p.m. with women’s basketball as the classic match up against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen continues.

Celebrate Indigenous culture throughout the day as intermissions will include performances by the Walking Wolf Singers drumming group, a fancy shawl dancer, a grass dancer and an Indigenous fiddler.

Bison Basketball vs. University of Winnipeg

Women at 1 p.m. | Men at 3 p.m.

Bison Women’s Hockey vs. UBC at 2 p.m.

Bison Classic Track & Field February 1 & 2 at the James Daly Fieldhouse


Tickets: General $10, UM Students and fans under 17 get in FREE.

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