Manitoba Bisons Win 26th Annual Duckworth Challenge

Manitoba Bisons Win 26th Annual Duckworth Challenge

University of Manitoba BisonsThe Manitoba Bisons won the 26th annual Duckworth Challenge against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen by a 3-1-1 margin after a sweep of volleyball matches on Thursday night at the University of Manitoba. The Bison men’s volleyball team won 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-21) over Winnipeg while the Bison women’s volleyball won 3-1 (15-25, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24) against Winnipeg to clinch this season’s Duckworth Challenge title for Manitoba.

On December 3, Winnipeg won 79-71 in women’s basketball while Manitoba won 79-78 in men’s basketball action. All the games during the 26th annual Duckworth Challenge counted in the Canada West standings, as they are conference regular season matches.

Earlier in the 2016-17 season, women’s soccer started the Challenge as it was played at Manitoba in Investors Group Field with a 1-1 result on October 6. With Winnipeg now fielding a women’s soccer team in conference play, The two universities have made the Duckworth Challenge into a competition of five games over three sports with the winner of the title in a best three-out-of-five.

Manitoba now holds a winning Duckworth Challenge overall record of 14-6-6 (17 titles counting tie-breakers) in the contest’s 26 year history. Overall, Manitoba’s Duckworth Challenge 26 year record in all games stands at: 63-44-1 with the Bisons breakdown in women’s soccer matches at 3-0-1; basketball games overall record at: 21-31 (women’s: 8-18; men’s: 13-13) and volleyball matches overall record at: 39-13 (women’s: 19-7; men’s: 20-6).

The Duckworth Challenge was started by Dr. Henry E. Duckworth (president of the University of Winnipeg from 1971-81 and Chancellor of the University of Manitoba from 1986-92) in an effort to profile the intense but friendly cross-town rivalry between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. It originated in the 1991-92 season. A new trophy was presented at the end of the 24th annual Duckworth Challenge to replace the original shield handed out.

Duckworth Challenge Notes: Manitoba won the Duckworth Challenge in the 2014-15, 2015-16 editions with a 3-2 margin and had the first-ever 5-0 sweep in 2013-14. The Bisons now have captured this Duckworth Challenge Trophy for four consecutive seasons and in seven of the last eight seasons.

— Bison Sports

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