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September 14, 2018 | Rugby (W)

John Drummond and Doreen Haddad join the Stingers every year.John Drummond and Doreen Haddad join the Stingers every year.

Rugby community rallies at Kelly-Anne Drummond Cup

The Concordia Stingers women’s rugby team will host one of the most popular and emotional events on the schedule – the 14th annual Kelly-Anne Drummond Cup – Sunday afternoon at Concordia stadium.

The Stingers will battle the McGill Martlets at 1 p.m. The winner of the game will be awarded the Kelly-Anne Drummond Cup, symbolic of women's university rugby supremacy in Montreal and a tribute to Drummond, a former Stinger who died tragically on Oct. 4, 2004.

Drummond left behind many relatives, friends and teammates from her playing days at Concordia and with the Montreal Barbarians Rugby Club.

Everyone gathers to celebrate Kelly-Anne’s spirit and love of rugby. She was a member of the Concordia women's rugby team from 1999 through 2001. A front row player, she was respected by her teammates for her commitment to the game and her work ethic. She also charmed her many friends with her inquisitiveness and fun-loving approach to life.

She graduated from Concordia University with a major in Communications in 2002.

After the game Doreen Haddad and John Drummond, Kelly-Anne’s parents, will present the trophy to the captains of the winning team.This year the Stingers have a new initiative in memory of Kelly-Anne.

With her parents’ support, the team will raise funds to start a rugby scholarship in Kelly-Anne’s name. Those who wish to contribute can make a donation by following the link below.

Kelly-Anne Drummond Scholarship

There is a $5 charge to attend the game on Sunday.

As well, Haddad and Concordia are asking spectators and participants to make a donation to help support Women Aware programs.The Montreal organization is a non-profit, community-based centre founded by former victims of domestic violence. Its mission is to support, inspire and empower as well as prevent and strive to end domestic violence against women, men, youth and children.