In 1994 the first game of the ACT Gridiron League season was given the title of the Charity Bowl with funds raised on the day going to local charities. Since 1998, ACT Gridiron (formerly ACTGL) has supported the ACT Cancer Society as a memorial to Shane Gray; a founding member, player and gridiron official who died from cancer in 1996.
The first Charity Bowl saw the Tuggeranong Tornadoes come head-to-head with the Queanbeyan Wolverines, and the overall victors of the inaugural Bowl game. Since then, the Charity Bowl is contested annually by the previous season’s first game (Charity Bowl) and grand final (Capital Bowl) winners. If by luck, the Charity Bowl winners hold both trophies, the Capital Bowl runners-up contest the game.
Charity Bowl Records
The Tuggeranong Tornadoes appeared in every Charity Bowl between 1994 and 2001, losing only two bowl games. Currently, they hold the ACTG record for winning the Charity Bowl trophy an astounding nine times (1994-1996, 1998-2000, 2004, and 2009-2010). With six Charity Bowl wins under their belts, the University of Canberra Firebirds come in second with the Astros following third with just three Bowl wins. The Central Spears have claimed the Charity Bowl in the last 2 consecutive years (2013, 2014). The Canberra Tigers have claimed Charity Bowl victory only once in 1997 .
Charity Bowl Winners
|Year||Charity Bowl #||Winner|
|2016||XXIII||University of Canberra Firebirds|
|2012||XIX||University of Canberra Firebirds|
|2011||XVIII||University of Canberra Firebirds|
|2008||XV||University of Canberra Firebirds|
|2007||XIV||University of Canberra Firebirds|
|2006||XIII||University of Canberra Firebirds|
|2001||VII||University of Canberra Firebirds|