Sun ready for Cullen Cup Championship

For the fifth time in team history the Sun will face the Westshore Rebels in the BC Conference Cullen Cup Championship game.

The four previous match-ups have all been at the Apple Bowl (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004) with the Sun owning a 3-1 record.  The only Sun set back was in 2003, when the Rebels won 20-0.  That said the Sun have outscored the Rebels in this championship game 88-75.

The first meeting back in 2000 was an overtime game, only the second overtime Cullen Cup ever.  The Sun claimed a 43-38 victory.

Saturday night’s game marks the first time the Rebels have ever hosted the BC Conference title game and the community of Westshore is ready to be loud.  The last time the Rebels played in the Cullen Cup was in 2004, when the Sun beat them 24-15 at the Apple Bowl.

History however is not on the side of the Sun as the road team in the Cullen Cup.  They beenthe visitor 10 times and have just two wins to show for it.  In 1983 they went into Richmond and beat the Raiders 27-11, then in 1991 visited Surrey and beat the Rams 17-11.

In the greater picture the Sun have owned the Rebels in the playoffs meeting 11 times and winning 10 times.  Oddly enough in the 11 meetings the Rebels have gone through an identity shift known as three different names, and Saturday night will make it a fourth.   In the early 90’s the Rebels were called the Victoria Payless, then the Vancouver Island Sharks in the mid-90s, before changing again to the Victoria Rebels.

In the 11 post season meetings, the Sun have never been a visitor in Westshore.   The last time these two met in the playoffs was a semi-final in 2010 which the Sun won 30-20.

Saturday’s Cullen Cup will be entertaining and should be a very tight match-up.  During the regular season each team won at home by six points.

Kick-off at Westhills Stadium is set for 4:00pm PST.  Ryan Watters will have the play by play call on AM 1150 starting with the Kick Off Show at 3:30pm.