In Memory of Centaurs Legend Cye Beechey

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the greatest Centaurs of all time.

Cye Beechey was a rugby legend that shaped not only our club but also the sport of Rugby in Burlington.

He was a mentor, a father figure, a coach, a club President and a Lifetime Member. 

He was the embodiment of the Centaurs club slogan “Friends through Rugby, Friends through Life”.

Cye loved the club with all his heart & soul and he will forever live in our hearts.

A Celebration of Life will be announced to honour this great man that will be forever missed.

 

Senior Men win NRU A/A2 league

This past weekend the 1st VX and 2nds won there respective leagues.  The firsts finished off the season going 9-1 and the 2nds 7-3. We will continue to practice and work on getting friendlies for our 2nds while the 1sts continue to work and play for promotion.

 

Centaurs and Hornets U18

A hard fought, back and forth, game that resulted in a victory for the Centaur U18 Girls.

Hamilton, with a physically bigger team started out strongly and dominated the first half both offensively and defensively. They were soon ahead by two tries. However, the Burlington team gradually regained their composure and began to improve their defence. The turning point came after halftime when the Centaurs, still trailing, received the opening kick off. Winger Emily Gastaldini caught the ball cleanly and head off down the sideline. She outran her opposing winger, dodged the Hamilton full back and spotted the ball under the goal posts after a 60 yard run. She converted her own try to add an additional two points.
History was to repeat itself as again Hamilton kicked to the other Burlington winger, Renee De Baseggio, who also caught the ball and ran 60 yards down the right touchline to add another try for the visitors. Again, Gastaldini, converted the try.

Additional tries were scored by Emilie Bowen and Emilee Vanstone to bring the final score to 31-20.
Coaches Matt Woodley and Brian Hawkins congratulated their young players on their comeback having been earlier dominated by the more experienced Hamilton team. This is the first time in several years that the Centaurs have fielded an U18 Girls team and is very promising for girls rugby in Burlington.
Photos by John Guilfoyle.

U18 Centaurs Girls Debut with Win!

The Burlington Centaurs newly minted U18 Girls team played their season opener game in Hamilton Wednesday evening.  Due to some missing players, the team only had 14 players to field against a strong looking Hamilton side.  Regardless of playing short, the Centaur Girls scored an early try and finished the first half up 12-5.  However, after two Centaur girls received minor injuries, the Hamilton squad rallied and eventually pulled ahead in the 2nd half.  With only 5 minutes left in the game, the Centaur Girls dug deep and made a final offensive push.  After stealing the ball during a Hamilton scrum, the girls fought back with grit and determination and put one final try over the line.  The Centaur Girls pulled out a hard fought 17-15 victory to start their season.
Tries were scored by Emily Bowen (Captain), Teona Kebede, and Charolette Rea.   Congratulations to our U18 Girls and good luck with the rest of your season!

Mens Weekend Recap June 17th

On Saturday June 17th, the men’s teams of the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Football Club claimed two victories with one loss away against the Niagara Wasps. The day started off with the thirds coming out on the losing end of a 50-12 game. It was a hard fought game by the Centaurs who continued to play hard throughout the match despite the one-sided scoreline and strong defensive efforts by veteran players Andy Maunder and Kyle Wilson helped keep the score from getting further out of hand.

 

The Burlington seconds came together to turn the day around by putting together a strong 45-28 victory. After being down by the score of 21-19 playing against a strong wind in the first half, the Centaurs came back to score four tries in the second half sealing the victory. It was a strong team win with six different try scorers off of several well worked plays.

 

The Firsts continued the momentum by scoring soon after the initial kickoff, placing the ball down to take a 5-0 lead. Niagara came back to go into halftime up 10-8. Burlington bounced back to score 22 points in the second half while putting forward a strong defensive stand to win 30-10. The Burlington side did well after a couple injuries early in the first half to maintain composure, with the substitutes coming in and not missing a beat. The men now have a couple weeks off to rest up and recover before the Firsts and Seconds take on Fergus, while the Thirds are taking on Grimsby this Thursday June 22nd.

Mens Weekend Recap June 10th

The Burlington Centaur’s men’s rugby teams had another successful weekend at home this week winning two and tying one of their matches. The Thirds started it off with a 22-22 draw against Waterloo who scored in the closing minutes to even the score. A few veteran players returned from injury to help the Thirds regroup after a tough road loss last weekend.

Following that match the Burlington 2nd XV put on a strong performance to win 36-12 over the Guelph Redcoats 2nd XV. Good ball movement and decision making helped the offensive play of Juan Palacio and Dave Cooper really shine, while strong defence from youngsters Gurvir Romana and Jack Ellis helped stifle the Guelph attack.

Rounding the day off for the men was a Burlington 1st XV victory over the Guelph 1st XV by a score of 60-3. The entire team played a role in the win having to defend against a very strong wind in the first half finishing the half up by a score of 17-3, and coming out strong in attack in the second half with the wind at their backs to score six more tries. It was also a strong 1st team debut by Sam Crane at scrum half for Burlington, scoring one try while setting up multiple others and scoring another 15 points from kicks.

photos by John Guilfoyle

 

Canada Touch Rugby

Try Rugby Day will be held on Sunday, June 25th at Sherwood Forest Park from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Great for new players or parents to test the waters and for veterans looking to drop in for some fitness.

League kick off Sunday July 9th (10 weeks of rugby)

Teams and Individual players always welcome

  • THE FIRST 40 registrants will receive FREE recreational insurance ($65 value) thanks to Rugby Canada and Rugby Ontario! This insurance will cover players for the year including our fall and winter leagues. To receive free insurance, players will need to submit a code when registering, so please send us an email and we will provide the discount code.

 

CTR REGISTRATION LINK:

https://rcmembers.sportngin.com/register/form/912690668

 

Please reach out to us if you have any questions contact info@canadatouchrugby.ca

 

 

Weekend Recap May 27 – Senior Squads v Hamilton Hornets

Burlington Centaurs Senior women opened their season win against the Hamilton Hornets with a score of 35-19, the first ever win over these opponents.

Despite a hamstring injury, newcomer Rachel Ghargoury ran for 41 meters to score a pivotal try.

Women’s Director, Aislinn McNally says “We have had a surge of registrations and are expecting to have good showing in the NRU Women’s A conference this year.”

The Burlington Centaurs women are hoping to continue their winning streak in London next Saturday June 3 when they play the St. George’s club.

Captions: Photos by John Guilfoyle;

It was a successful weekend for the Burlington Centaurs Men’s teams with all three squads picking up victories.

On Saturday the 2nd XV opened up the season with a strong 27-5 victory over local rivals, the Hamilton Hornets. The Burlington defence was the highlight of the game holding the opposition to only one try, while strong forward play helped pave the way for the win.

Similarly the 1st XV was matched up against Hamilton and put on an impressive display winning 89-5. The Centaurs were nearly unstoppable in attack with a great display of handling skill and strong running. In the end, 8 Burlington players combined for 15 tries.

A friendly match followed the success of Saturday between the Centaur’s 3rd XV against visiting Binghamton University from New York State. Burlington bested the youthful visitors utilizing a combination of experienced players with some young, quick, and upcoming talent. The final score was 66-12 in favor of the hosting side that was proud to have several new players debut for the Centaurs.

Head Coach Chris Kelly stated he was “proud to see such a strong display to open up the season, and the hard work the players have been putting in being realized. We had lots of new faces to the club and a resurgence of many of our veterans with everyone buying into the goals we have set for ourselves this season.”

Captions: Photos by John Guilfoyle;

Weekend Recap May 27 – Roddy Allan Festival

RODDY ALLAN FESTIVAL: A huge success by all accounts with nearly 900 athletes, 2000 people, and 1000 hot dogs grilled, all hosted at Sherwood. This is the 9th annual tournament that opens the season in Mini Rugby for teams from Niagara to Markham.

U8s: With a big squad of new kids and seasoned players, the U8 Mini-taurs acquitted themselves very well, narrowly dropping a game to Hamilton 6 -5, then playing strong against older experienced squads from the Markham Irish and Toronto City. Coaches Alex Rappos and Aislinn McNally are thrilled about the future with such a great crop of new and current players and families at the club.

U10s: This seasoned group of players, with some new faces and under the tutelage of Coaches Leigh Bowen and Clayton Gillis started off slowly against Toronto.  Later efforts equaled their adversaries against Hamilton and perennial opponents Oakville. Plenty of great passing and player support indicate a strong squad in the offing for this new season.

U12s: Kicking off the summer rugby season with a dedicated, motivated squad, the U12s were very nervous before their first game with only 5 practice sessions under their belts. Dominating a first game against Markham, the team held a strong defensive line preventing any Markham tries! Subsequent games were outstanding, marked by completed tackles, cohesive play and copious supporting cheers. Coach Chloe Seidner is very proud of the 12s and is excited for the season ahead. Watching this squad learn and grown will be something to behold, and marks a team to look out for during this season’s festivals.

 

Captions: Photos by John Guilfoyle

 

Ontario Blues Match Preview – May 20 v. Glendale Raptors

As May long weekend approaches and rugby season begins, a few of Ontario’s finest Senior Men’s players will be taking the pitch in Burlington in what is likely to be the most anticipated games on the Blues’ calendar. The Blues will be taking on the Glendale Raptors at Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Gates will open at 1:00pm EDT and the two North American sides will kick-off at 3:00pm EDT.

The Glendale Raptors will be tough competition for the Blues side. Not only have the Raptors recently been named to North America’s new professional rugby league – Major League Rugby – for its inaugural 2018 season, but the squad could also be comprised of up to nine internationally capped players.

Most notably, the Raptors recently signed US Eagle Midfielder Bryce Campbell, as they begin to shape their professional roster. Campbell is a young, strong midfielder who is likely to start for the US when they face Canada in their June World Cup qualifier.

The Raptors roster will likely be released ahead of the match on Friday.

The Blues have their share of internationally capped players also and their talents will be on full display. Loose Head Rob Brouwer of Lindsay has recently become a mainstay for the Canadian National team and continues to be a dominant front row player. Along with Rob, the Ontario squad is likely to include many players who have had experience with the National team or the Canada A Development side.

It was the young stars who came out to play in the Blues’ 34-31 win over New York Old Blue RFC on April 29. Andrew Ferguson recorded three tries and one conversion, while Kainoa Lloyd scored twice. Rory McDonnell recorded the match-winning try after an impressive turnover forced by Josh Campbell.

“We have guys that are pro caliber and ready to make that step,” said Blues’ Head Coach Chris Silverthorn. “Playing a pro side at the beginning of the MLR concept is something everyone in our program is extremely excited about.”

Tickets are still available for the match! Discounted group rates are also available for groups of 25+. Email info@rugbyontario.com for more details!

The Blues’ roster will be announced on Wednesday, with the starting XV being released on Friday

The match will be streamed on Rugby Ontario’s YouTube channel. The link to the match broadcast will be shared in the coming days. Also, stay tuned to Rugby Ontario’s social media channels for coverage leading up to the match, match-day updates and a post-match recap.

Weekend Wrap up May 13

The Burlington Centaurs were hosts to the Mississauga Blues on Saturday May 13th in preseason action. Due to low numbers for the opposition, the 2nd XV’s game was only played for 40 minutes in which the Centaurs helped provide numerous players for the opposition side in order to get everyone a game. Burlington’s Josh Jones, Mike Boulanger, and Brock Kelly were standouts while wearing opposition colours, showing true rugby spirit along with all the other Centaurs who put on a Mississauga jersey for the day.

In the 1st XV match it was a very back and forward game with the Centaurs ultimately coming out on top by a score of 21-15. Try scorers included Gurvir Romana, Colin Mcleod, and Matt Woodley who was set free by a beautiful over the shoulder pop by Jordan Tanner. All three tries were converted by Fly-half Brendan Bryan.

The men’s coaching staff was happy that despite many last minute changes to the format of this preseason meeting, 47 Centaurs suited up to play as much rugby as they could get, and were more than willing to help out a neighboring club. Having so many athletes excited to play the game bodes well for the future of Burlington Centaurs Rugby.

 

Chris Kelly

Senior Mens Coach

 

Premium Rugby Ticket Package – Rugby Canada – Ontario Blues

Tickets are NOW ON SALE for Ontario Blues Games & the Rugby Canada vs USA World Qualifier Game at Tim Horton’s Field (100 Ticket Block Reserved).

The Premium Rugby Ticket Package Includes:

Saturday, May 20th – Ontario Blues vs Glendale Raptors at Sherwood Forest Park KO at 3:00 pm

  • Gates Open at 1:00 pm – Curtain Raiser – Junior Showcase Rugby at 1:30 pm

Saturday, June 24th – Rugby Canada vs USA – World Cup Qualifier

$70 Premium Ticket Packages can be purchased over the Bar at the Clubhouse OR Email transfer to president@centaursrfc.com

Currently ONLY Premium Ticket Packages are being sold that includes the Rugby Canada Game.Ontario Blues Tickets for May 20th event are available separately for $10.

Ontario Blues vs Glendale Raptors TIckets – Saturday, May 20th

 

The Club needs your help in promoting the BIGGEST event hosted by the Centaurs at Sherwood Forest Park next Saturday.

All proceeds from the event next weekend will go towards the Sherwood Revitalization Project to bring the club a NEW Rugby Clubhouse and a 2nd rugby pitch to Sherwood Forest Park.

Tickets are ONLY $10 – Saturday, May 20th

Gates open at 1:00 pm

Junior Rugby Showcase at 1:30 pm

Ontario Blues vs Glendale Raptors KO at 3:00 pm

We need your help in selling tickets to friends, family, co-workers, & rugby fans and promoting the event across your Facebook & social media.

The extended forecast is calling for a sunny weather and a great a day for rugby.

Spread the word for the biggest club fundraiser, tickets are available for sale at the clubhouse or email transfer.

The Senior Men’s team players will also be taking two tickets each to sell to friends & family to support the fundraiser.

Please pick up tickets tomorrow night at the club to sell and promote the event. Tickets are ONLY $10.

On Friday night – May 19th and Saturday, May 20th morning & afternoon we will be looking for volunteers to help set up the fencing, set up tents, rope the fields, and staff the event.

High School players looking for volunteer hours are encouraged to sign up.

The Ontario Blues are the senior men’s representative rugby team for Rugby Ontario. They were founded in 2009 to compete in the Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) against other representative teams from Canada, Argentina, and the United States. The Ontario Blues have several international Rugby Canada Players on their squad.

 

The Glendale Raptors Men’s elite team compete for the Major Rugby Championship in the United States and play out of Glendale’s Infinity Park in Denver.

2017 Registration is live

Calling all Centaurs,

this upcoming season is quickly approaching. Are you ready?

Online registration is now online so you can register yourself or your child.

Register Here

If you have any questions or issues with registration, please contact snrmen@centaursrfc.com

Senior Women Head Coaching Announcement

The Burlington Centaurs RFC is proud to announce the appointment of Paul Harrington as the new head coach for our Senior Women’s Team. Some of you may remember him from the amazing skills session he ran for us back in the fall. Paul Currently lives in England but will be making a move to Burlington in January.

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Snr Men Head Coaching Announcement

kelly_chris-jpgThe Burlington Centaurs RFC are proud to announce the appointment of Chris Kelly to the role Head Coach for the Senior Men’s Division. After spending two years as Assistant Coach, Chris is a natural fit for the position. He is a World Rugby Level Two trained coach and has previously coached the under 16, 18, and 20 age groups for Burlington. He has also been a member of the coaching staff of Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, and player/coach for York University’s Rugby Club.

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2016 AGM Review – New Board Elected

Thanks to all who showed up last night at the clubhouse for our Annual General Meeting. Lots of Old Boys and Womens team members were in attendance. It was good to see so people truly care about what is happening with our club and the work it takes run it.
Congratulations to our new Executive Board for the 2017 Season and the many new faces we have willing to contribute to the success of the club moving forward.
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Awards Banquet wrap up

The executive would like to thank everyone for coming out last night to our year end Awards Dinner and Dance. What a great way to cap off the year with a sold out venue, dinner and drinks with your club mates. We would like to congratulate our award winners;
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Annual General Meeting Dec 6th @ 6 pm

On Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 pm is the chance for all registered members in good standing to come together to determine the direction and future of the Burlington Centaurs RFC by attending the Centaurs Annual General Meeting. The Nomination board will be up this week at the clubhouse.

Your input is extremely important and this is the chance to put forth your ideas and for all divisions to work together towards a common goal.

Please encourage other players to attend or have them send in a proxy if they are in good standing.