News: 2017 - 2018 Season

The 41st Gobbler Tournament is fast approaching! The 2-Day Thanksgiving Weekend tournament kicks-off Saturday October 7th!

Men's and Women's Prizes:
First Place - $500 
Second Place - $300
(based on 6 team entry)

Men's and Women's Tournaments are both 10-aside this year
Registration is $250 per team, if a club registers both a men's and women's team the fee is $400!

Weekend Itinerary:

Friday, Oct 6

  • Welcome Party at the ARFC Clubhouse (the club will be open at 7pm)

Saturday, Oct 7

  • Tournament begins at 10am; Beer Garden opens at 11am 

Saturday Night

  • The Gobbler Dance at the ARFC clubhouse featuring the band "Rev" and all night drink specials.

Sunday, Oct 8

  • Day 2 of the tournament starts at 10am
  • awards at 3pm
  • 7pm - post tournament party at the ARFC clubhouse

There are both Men's & Women's Divisions

Entry Fee:

  • Men (10 aside) - $250 Canadian ($50 refund after completion of 3rd game)
  • Women (10 aside) - $200 ($50 refund after completion of 3rd game)
  • If a club registers both a men's and women's team the fee is $400
  • 3 games per team minimum

Cash Prizes (based on at least 6 registered teams):

1st - $500
2nd - $300

1st - $500
2nd - $300

Best Social Team

Social Turkey Trophy

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For out of towners:

We have an airport in Abbotsford - checkout Westjet for flights. Airport is about a 10 minute drive to clubhouse.


  • Comfort Inn - 604-859-6211 - it backs on to our clubhouse, so good location. 5 min drive to playing fields.
  • Alpine Motor Inn - 604-859-3171 - 5 minute walk t clubhouse, 5 minute drive to fields.
  • Coast - 604-853-1880 - 10 Minute drive to club and playing fields
  • Best Western - 604-853-3111 - 5 minute walk to the club and 5 minute drive to playing fields

The Gobbler Rugby Classic is a tournament that happens every Thanksgiving weekend in Abbotsford at CFV Exhibition Park. The event began in 1977 and in its early years, was held at McMillan Park with a beer garden in the lacrosse box (now replaced by a rec center). The tournament now takes place at the four fantastic fields at CFV Exhibition Park with a covered sideline beer garden that pumps out tunes and good times all day Saturday and Sunday.

Originally the tournament involved teams primarily from the Fraser Valley competing for a variety of prizes, including the coveted live turkey that was awarded to the winning team. Expectedly, animal rights activists expressed their discontent with this award, and cash prizes are now given out, as well as an award for the top social side. The tournament now includes teams from all over the Pacific Northwest from the US and Canada.

The Gobbler Tournament is also famous for its Saturday night dance, featuring a live band and an annual theme. At various points throughout the history of the Gobbler, the dance has attracted over 2,000 patrons for the evening event and has seen many big names on the stage. There is also an elusive myth about an infamous beer slide that brave participants have endured at the close of the night...

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ARFC Clubhouse

31929 Mercantile Way
Abbotsford, B.C.
V2T 4C3
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ARFC Home Field

CFV Exhibition Park
32315 Haida Drive,
Abbotsford, B.C.
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