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Aug 18, 2019

19th annual Duckworth Challenge played on October 6 and 7/09
Posted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 2:29 PM
The 19th annual Duckworth Challenge pitting the University of Manitoba versus the University of Winnipeg Wesmen in volleyball and basketball varsity competition has a couple new wrinkles for this edition.
The 2009-10 Duckworth Challenge edition will be played started on Tuesday, October 6 at the Duckworth Centre (U of Winnipeg campus) for the volleyball portion while the basketball games will be played the next night on Wednesday, October 7 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre (U of Manitoba campus).
For the first time in the Duckworth Challenge history, these games will be part of the non-conference, pre-season schedule for both university teams.
In addition, starting this year, there is a new tie-breaker process to determine the winner of the Duckworth Trophy. The tie-breaking formula will be used only if the Challenge ends up tied at two wins for each university.

New tie-breaker process for annual Duckworth Challenge
-      The volleyball matches will be scored on a five points per set won basis, and the basketball games will be scored on a every point counts basis.
-      Which ever university is ahead on the points would win the tie-breaker.
-      If the points end up as a tie, the Duckworth Challenge title remains with the defending champion.

In the 2008-09 season, the Bisons tried to win back the Duckworth Challenge trophy but the Wesmen retained the trophy with a 3-1 victory margin.
Manitoba still holds a strong Duckworth Challenge overall record of 8-5-5 in the contest's 18 year history.

The Duckworth Challenge was started by Dr. Henry E. Duckworth (president of the University of Winnipeg from 1971-81 and Chancellor of the University of Manitoba from 1986-92) in an effort to profile the intense but friendly cross-town rivalry between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. It originated in the 1991-92 season.
Duckworth Challenge Notes: Tickets for the University of Manitoba basketball portion are available for $10 adults, students, seniors and children at $5 and under six are free. 
For more information, contact:
Chris Zuk
Bison Sports Information Officer
Sport and Active Living Centre
Phone: (204) 474-7492
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