Get Ready for the Rivalry!

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2022

Group of Gee-Gees fans cheering

The 2022-2023 Gee-Gees Varsity season has already begun, with the women’s soccer, women’s rugby, and football teams all ranked in the National Top 10 for big performances to open the year.

But soon, all anyone will be focused on is beating the cross-town rivals. Bragging rights, a place in the standings, and making a mark in Ottawa sports history are all on the line as the Gee-Gees take on the Carleton Ravens across many sports.

Here’s what you need to know to be prepared to cheer on our Gee-Gees against the Ravens in some key matchups!

First up this year is the women’s soccer showdown, Thursday September 29 at the Minto Sports Complex. The Gee-Gees have only lost to Carleton once in the 28 years these rivals have matched up, but the games are always intense.

The next night, Friday September 30, the rugby teams will battle the Ravens in a double-header at the Minto Sports Complex with the Ravens looking for their first ever wins over the Gee-Gees in both men’s and women’s rugby RSEQ conference action.

On October 1 it’s the Panda Game – the one that started it all, way back in 1955. Pedro the Panda is the lovable trophy-slash-mascot for the annual football game, and generations of students have enjoyed afternoons cheering their teams to victory at Lansdowne Park. The Gee-Gees have won the Panda Game for the last three years straight, and 35 times overall (out of 52… sorry birds).

After exams, there’s more rivalry matchups to look forward to! On the ice, the Colonel By Classic in January will feature the men’s and women’s hockey teams in a double-header at TD Place and a few weeks later the basketball teams will tip off the 2023 Capital Hoops Classic on the court at TD Place.

Now that you are in the loop it’s time to grab your Garnet and Grey gear and get your tickets. With our rivals just across the city, uOttawa-Carleton matchups are always closer than they appear. Whether it is fall or winter, rain or shine, the Gee-Gees versus Ravens rivalry in Ottawa is sure to stand the test of time! 

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