Saturday 26.9. in Espoo’s Otaniemi the domestic finals were held.
Men’s Finnish Champions Helsinki Rugby Club
Match Result Helsinki RC vs Warriors RC 40-29
Women’s Finnish Champions Tampere Rugby Club.
Match Result Tampere RC vs Turku Swans 26-22
Men’s Promotion / Relegation fixture winners Jyväskylä Rugby Club
Match Result Jyväskylä Rugby Club vs Pori Rugby 25-5
Helsinki Rugby Club and Helsinki Warriors Rugby Club met in the Men’s Finnish Championship final. Both teams have a long history in the sport. Helsinki RC won the division fixtures, finishing top of the table and going straight to the final. Warriors won a semi-final against Porvoo’s Old Town Shamrocks. The final started with Helsinki RC in control and with points being scored but Warriors stuck at it with points begin scored midway through the game., until Helsinki put the deciding points on the board and ran out the game 40 – 29 . This victory makes it the clubs 5th.
The Women’s Championship final was won by Tampere RC, who faced of against Turku Swans. Tampere RC got a clear route to the final by finishing top fo the league table. Swans beat Helsinki Rugby Club in a semi-final to secure their place.. Tampere won the Finnish Championship in 2017. Turku Swans have yet to win the Championship put pushed their oponnents to the very last play with the game ending 26 – 22.
The 3rd game of the day was the Promotion – Relegation decider, played between last placed in the Men’s Championship, Jyväskylä Rugby Club and the winners of the 1sst Division, Pori Rugbyn. Jyväskylä won the match with a scoreline of 25-5 and continue their season in the Championship next year.
Pictures Wille Rönkkö
The rugby Championship and domestic season reach their pinnacle this coming Saturday, 26.09.2020. In Espoo’s Otaniemi Sports Park, the rugby finals take place in the Men’s and Women’s Championsship as well the match to determine promotion & relegation from Division 1 and the Men’s Championship.
In the Men’s Championship final the 2 Helsinki based teams face off against each other, Helsinki Rugby Club and Warriors Rugby Club. Helsinki’s route to the final was via an unbeaten season. Warriors played and won in a semi-final against Old Town Shamrocks on 19.09.
In the Women’s final, unbeaten season winners Tampere will face Turku Swans. the Swans beat Helsinki Rugby Club in the semi-final played on 19.09.
The promotion – relegation match will also be played between the Division 1 Champions, Pori Rugby and the last placed Men’s Championship team, Jyväskylä Rugby Club. Should Pori win then they have the opportunity to replace Jyväskylä in next season’s Men’s Championship.
Due to the ongoing Corona epidemic the 2020 season was played in a shortened format which began at the end of July. The Men’s Championship has been played since 2020 and the Women’s Championship started in 2006.
26.09 Otaniemi Sports Park, Espoo:
11:00 Jyväskylä RC vs Pori Rugby, Men’s promotion – relegation game
13:00 Tampere RC vs Turku Swans, Women’s Championship Final
15:00 Helsinki RC vs Warriors, Men’s Championship Final
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