The inaugrual Crusaders Cup was held in Canberra in the autumn of 1997. The cup was designed to act as a selection tournament for the Crusaders National Touch League teams to compete later that year. Teams from Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT regions contested the three day tournament. Belconnen were the crowned champions in the Womens, while Woden took the mens title, making it a clean sweep of titles to the ACT. Tasmanian womens had successful tournament finishing sixth after losing the plate final to Victoria, while the mens found the restructured competition tough going, and collected the wooden spoon in eighth.