Soon, these teams will take on the Carleton Ravens — just three of the many who’ll go up against our crosstown rivals this year, drawing big crowds and tons of hype.
Here’s what you need to know to be prepared to cheer on our Gee-Gees against the Ravens in the key matchups this year, starting in September and continuing through February.
First up this year is the women’s rugby showdown Thursday, September 21 at the Ravens’ home field. The Gee-Gees are undefeated against Carleton and knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs last year. These games are always intense and a great reason to venture over to Bronson Avenue.
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 game, where generations of students have enjoyed cheering their teams to victory at Lansdowne Park. The Gee-Gees have won the Panda Game the last four years, including a huge 37-7 win last year. Join over 20,000 fans at TD Place for one of uOttawa’s biggest traditions — if you got your tickets in time!
Speaking of winning streaks, the Gee-Gees women’s soccer team is undefeated against Carleton since 2013, winning 11 games and tying four. Last season, Ottawa scored a 4-0 win against Carleton as part of its Ontario championship-winning season. The Ravens visit Matt Anthony Field on October 7.
The men’s rugby team plays at Carleton October 14, looking to repeat as winners of the Pumpkin Bowl.
In November, the women’s hockey team will re-stake its claim to the Alerts Cup trophy, which goes to the winner of the annual Colonel By Classic. Ottawa has won the last two times. That game is set for November 19 at TD Place arena.
The first week of February is a huge rivalry week at TD Place, starting with the Capital Hoops Classic on February 2, featuring the men’s and women’s basketball teams in a Friday night double-header. Follow that up with the men’s hockey Colonel By Classic on February 8 and then get ready for the playoffs, Gee-Gees fans!
With bragging rights, a place in the standings and making a mark in Ottawa sports history all on the line each time, make sure you support the Garnet and Grey at a rivalry game this season!