The Sydney Convicts rugby team has won this year’s Bingham Cup, held in Amsterdam over the weekend.
Known as the “World Cup of gay rugby”, the three-day Bingham Cup tournament came down to a grand final match between the Convicts and New York’s Gotham Knights.
The Convicts took home the trophy with a 22 to 8 win.
“The Sydney Convicts are the extremely proud to win the Bingham Cup,” the club’s president Don Rose said.
“After 3 days of Rugby the Convicts ‘A’ team progressed unbeaten into the grand final and in an extremely tough and hard fought final against the New York Gotham Knights we came away with the Bingham Cup for the 5th time.”
The Sydney Convicts B team also won the Bingham Shield, and Rose said both victories were a “testament to the preparation and hard work of the whole club leading up to the tournament.”
Around 2,500 players from over 70 different teams travelled from North America, Europe and Oceania to take part in this year’s competition, and the Convicts were joined in Amsterdam by their interstate rivals the Brisbane Hustlers and the Melbourne Chargers.
The Hustlers went down against the Gotham Knights 5-12 in the semi-final.
“The boys have had an amazing three days and we at the club are super proud of their achievements in this wonderful tournament,” the Hustlers wrote on social media.
In a Bingham Cup first, four women’s teams took part in the tournament.
Three of the womens’ teams were from Sweden, Canada, and the Netherlands respectively, with the fourth made up from women across the world.
The Bingham Cup has been held biennially since 2002 and is dedicated to the memory of Mark Bingham, the rugby player who helped establish the gay rugby teams San Francisco Fog and the Gotham Knights before his death in the 9/11 terror attacks.
As one of the tournament’s original participating teams, the Convicts have won the cup four times before, in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2014.
(Top photo by Sydney Convicts/Instagram)