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2009 Schedule : Challenge Trophy

Posted on 20 April 2009 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Should the Calgary Callies advance to the BMO National Championships for the fourth-consecutive year, it will open the 2009 tournament as the top seed against the 8th-seeded Manitoba champions. The Callies, who finished second in 2006 and first in 2007 and 2008, learned the 2009 Challenge Trophy schedule this week. The 2009 championship runs 7-12 October in Saskatoon, SK.

Of course, the Callies still have to win the Alberta provincial championship if it wishes to defend its back-to-back national titles. Ten teams - one from each province - qualify for the annual senior men's competition. Both the Challenge Trophy (men) and Jubilee Trophy (women) are contested during the same week in Saskatoon. The Jubilee Trophy schedule has yet to be announced.

The Challenge Trophy is awarded annually to Canada's senior men's national champion. Calgary is one of five four-time champions (1999, 2003, 2007, 2008) along with the Vancouver Firefighters, Vancouver Columbus, Victoria West and Westminster Royals. The Westminster Royals are kings with a record eight national championships (1928, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1953, 1955, 1958 and 1960). The Norwood Wanderers was the first official Canadian champions back in 1913 (they won the Connaught Cup).

As was the case in 2008, the 10 teams are divided into two groups for the 2009 competition. Each team plays four games in five days in the preliminary group round-robin action from 7-11 October.

MEN'S SENIOR CLUBS
Group A : Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Group B : Québec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland Labrador, Yukon

Wednesday 7 October 2009
# 1 : BC v. ON
# 2 : AB v. MB
# 3 : PE v. NS
# 4 : QC v. NL

Thursday 8 October 2009
# 5 : AB v. SK
# 6 : BC v. MB
# 7 : QC v. YT
# 8 : PE v. NL

Friday 10 October 2009
# 9 : AB v. BC
#10 : ON v. SK
#11 : QC v. PE
#12 : NS v. YT

Saturday 11 October 2009
#13 : AB v. ON
#14 : MB v. SK
#15 : QC v. NS
#16 : NL v. YT

Sunday 12 October 2009
#17 : BC v. SK
#18 : ON v. MB
#19 : PE v. YT
#20 : NS v. NL

FINAL DAY'S RANKINGS
From the group stage, the 10 teams are split directly into five matches that determine the medal winners and final rankings. First-place teams play for gold or silver; second-place teams play for bronze or fourth; third-place teams play for fifth or sixth; fourth-place teams play for seventh or eighth; and fifth-place teams play for ninth or 10th place.

Monday 12 October
#21 : 5th-place Group A v. 5th-place Group B
#22 : 4th-place Group A v. 4th-place Group B
#23 : 3rd-place Group A v. 3rd-place Group B
#24 : 2nd-place Group A v. 2nd-place Group B
#25 : 1st-place Group A v. 1st-place Group B

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