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.

President’s Day October 29th

 

For those who did not come last year. The President’s Day match will be the 2nd annual match held at the end of the season between two teams made up from our club.  There is a President’s XV and a Captain’s XV (chosen by club President and club Captain). . During the match drink breaks are Frequent and encouraged.
What is required

  • Silly Hat is mandatory during the match  and No try scored shall count unless it is completed whilst wearing a silly hat.

We ask everyone shows up at the clubhouse around noon where we can have a couple pre match bevys and Colin and Andy can sort out teams. After the game we will continue to drink and eventually head down town.. it’s going to be a good one boys. Any new players or old are welcome to come out for a run around.

 

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Voting- 2016 Centaurs Awards & Banquet

ime to vote for this year’s Award Recipients for the 2016 Centaurs Annual Awards Banquet.

 

Tickets are now available for purchase over the bar or by $50 email money transfer to Tim Morton – tim.morton9@gmail.com

 

 

Centaurs Annual Awards Banquet

When:             Saturday, November 19th – Cocktails 6:30 pm

Where:            Burlington Lion’s Club – 471 Pearl Street

Cost:                $50 per ticket.

 

Please send submit your votes for the player recipient for the Endeavour Cup, the Endeavour Bowl and the Endeavour Shield to awards@centaursrfc.com

 

Endeavour Bowl – women players/coaches‎

 

Endeavor Cup ‎- men players/coaches

 

Endeavour Shield – all voting club members‎ in good standing

 

The Endeavour Cup(Men) /Endeavour Bowl (Women) :

This award is presented to a player from any team who has shown unselfish devotion to the club and teams, has a high degree of sportsmanship, is a keen competitor and has demonstrated personal improvement in performance during the last season. 

NOTE:

No emphasis is placed on ability as such, this is not intended to be the “Most Valuable Player of the Year” award, as understood in the world of professional sport.   

 

The Endeavour Shield‎:

Awarded to the club member(player or non-player) who has given outstanding ‎service to the club off the field during the last year.  

EPC Centaurs Team workout training tonight from 7:00-8:00 pm.

 

These sessions will work on many aspects of fitness and physical development from strength and explosiveness, to mobility and body positioning needed in rugby; all building towards improving the individual athlete while considering the expectations the coaches and your teammates have for one another.

 

Come on out to get fit & strong

 

EPC is located at 3466 Mainway, Burlington, Ontario.

 

Payments can be made $13 per session or a discounted $60 monthly payment includes both Tuesday & Thursday workout sessions.

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Roddy Allan Rugby Festival & Weekend Recap

There was a full house at Sherwood Forest Park last weekend with the 8th Annual Roddy Allan Minor Rugby Festival had its most ever participants with 88 teams and just over 1000‎ players and coaches.

The Centaurs had a great showing as the U8’s impressed coaches Alex Rappos and Aislinn McNally with how well a number of their “mini‎-taurs” performed in their first ever rugby games.

The U10’s coaches Chloe Seidner and Leigh Bowen were also pleased as a number of returning players are developing well. Their 3 -0 record was a great start to the season.

The U12’s got off to a rocky start as first game jitters lead to a loss but they rallied in the remaining two games to go undefeated. Coaches Steve Venimore and Jason Chantler are anticipating a great season as a number of these players have been playing together for the past 4 years and new to contact players are adjusting well.

All junior teams are still accepting registrations – www.centaursrfc.com

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Senior Men & Women Season Openers

The Burlington Centaurs Women took on the London St. George in a tough game versus an experienced London side.
With new faces on the team the women continued to work on their game play throughout the match and look forward as they develop togther as a team through the season.

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Burlington Centaurs Men got off to a winning start in the 2016 season with home victories for all 3 men’s team on Saturday at Sherwood Forest Park. The return of the Berties was highly celebrated and well attended by the senior players past and present who managed to squeeze by Wilmot for a 33 – 22 BERTIES win in the curtain raiser. The 2nd XV dominated local rivals Hamilton with a 29 – 0 Centaurs scoreline demonstrating the teams gritty and at times polished performance. Standout performances by Mike Doherty, Captain Zach Dundas and fly-half Juan Palacio were the highlights.

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The 1st XV took on Hamilton in the eagerly anticipated derby start to the season and game out of the gates flying only for an uncharacteristic error to gave the Hornets a 7-0 lead against the run of play. A penalty by Brendan Bryan would cut that lead to 4 followed by a try by the Centaurs which would lead to a 10 – 8 scoreline at half. Hamilton had dominated the breakdown in the first half frustrating Burlington’s wide game plan attempt, forcing coach Jon Goldie to make changes at half to both personnel and the strategy. Thomas Pichet and Robbie Carter came on to great effect allowing the Centaurs to compete more effectively in both the loose and the tight and this would manifest itself in another score for the Centaurs shortly after the second half commenced.
This allowed workhorse Jeff Brownson to influence the game more on his own terms and the Centaurs began to put phases together more consistently. Another mix-up however of the back of a dominant scrummage would gift Hamilton their second try and put the Centaurs on the back foot again. Trailing by 2 points with 5 minutes to go the Centaurs showed their trademark quality of great heart leading to sustained pressure against a stuffy Hamilton side. Good setup play would lead to quick hands by the backs to set free Matt Woodley who would beat his man on the outside to finish under the posts for a fine try which would be converted by Brendan Bryan. Scrum half Zach Shurtleff would finish the game by kicking the ball out of play for a fine 22-17 win against their fiercest rivals. Coach Jon Goldie although unhappy with the performance was satisfied with the win and noted the Centaurs will have to be much better next week against Niagara Wasps if they are going to make it 2 wins out of 2.

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Coaches Corner – May 28 recap

Burlington Centaurs got off to a winning start in the 2016 season with home victories for all 3 men’s team on Saturday at Sherwood Forest Park. The return of the Berties was highly celebrated and well attended by the senior players past and present who managed to squeeze by Wilmot 33 – 22 in the curtain raiser. The 2nd XV dominated local rivals Hamilton with a 29 – 0 scoreline demonstrating the teams gritty and at times polished performance. Standout performances by Mike Doherty, Captain Zach Dundas and fly-half Juan Palacio were the highlights.

The 1st XV took on Hamilton in the eagerly anticipated derby start to the season and game out of the gates flying only for an uncharacteristic error to gave the Hornets a 7-0 lead against the run of play. A penalty by Brendan Bryan would cut that lead to 4 followed by a try by the Centaurs which would lead to a 10 – 8 scoreline at half. Hamilton had dominated the breakdown in the first half frustrating Burlingtons wide game plan attempt forcing coach Jon Goldie to make changes at half to both personnel and the strategy. Thomas Pichet and Robbie Carter came on to great effect allowing the Centaurs to compete more effectively in both the loose and the tight and this would manifest itself in another score for the Centaurs shortly after the second half commenced. This allowed workhorse Jeff Brownson to influence the game more on his own terms and the Centaurs began to put phases together more consistently. Another mixup however of the back of a dominant scrummage would gift Hamilton their second try and put the Centaurs on the back foot again. Trailing by 2 points with 5 minutes to go the Centaurs showed their trademark quality of great heart leading to sustained pressure against a stuffy Hamilton side. Good setup play would lead to quick hands by the backs to set free Matt Woodley who would beat his man on the outside to finish under the posts for a fine try which would be converted by Brendan Bryan. Scrum half Zach Shurtleff would finish the game by kicking the ball out of play for a fine 22-17 win against their fiercest rivals. Coach Jon Goldie although unhappy with the performance was satisfied with the win and noted the Centaurs will have to be much better next week against Niagara Wasps if they are going to make it 2 wins out of 2.

Coaches Corner – Senior Men Weekend Recap April 30

Burlington Centaurs hosted Toronto Nomads in the home opener at Sherwood Forest Park on Saturday 30th May. Taking advantage of recent excellent weather and field conditions and special dispensation from Burlington City the Centaurs were able to use their home field for the first time this year and the capacity crowd were rewarded with an excellent game of rugby between two teams looking to keep the ball in hand and entertain. Nomads came out strongest and dominated possession in the first 10 minutes forcing the home side to play defence from the outset. This was rewarded with a try in the right corner form the Nomands wing after a missed tackle in centre field, which went unconverted into a strong wind. Burlington replied soon after taking advantage of turnover ball to release the returning curling superstar Zach Shurtleff who grounded in the corner after some nice passing from the Centaurs backs. Brendan Bryan would convert from the touchline before leaving the field shortly after with a suspect in-growing toenail. Nomads continued to build pressure with their direct style of rugby and in their next foray into the Centaurs half took advantage of a mismatch on the right side resulting in the excellent Nomads centre scoring under the posts. This would be converted and the Nomads would lead 12-7 at the half.

Playing back into the wind the Centaurs would finally find their stride putting successive phases together resulting in new found wing talent Jordan Tanner beating his opposite number on the outside to sprint home and finish in the right hand corner tying the score at 12-12. The Centaurs were now the dominant side especially in the scrummage with the introduction of long time stalwart and golf irrigation professor James Raynor. This dominance would pay dividends with a neat chip kick releasing Tanner again who would win the footrace to score his second try of the game for the Centaurs to lead 17-12.

In the third period the Centaurs once again had the wind and used this to their advantage kicking well and spreading the ball across the park with aplomb trying to utilize their pace on the outside. Pressure on the Nomads line would result in Deny McCarthy spinning out of two tackles to score a trademark effort providing some breathing room for the young Centaurs team. As the Nomads tired the Centaurs saw out the game with some guile and nuance pushing one more try over to end the game 27-12 winners over a gritty and able Nomads squad who proved difficult to break down at times and who were aggressive and physical in contact situations.

Coaches Jon Goldie and Tony Godzeik were well satisfied with the effort and courage shown by the squad after a tough beginning and a victory against a team one tier up in the Marshall leagues. Next week the Centaurs host their annual Full Monty Heald tournament at Sherwood Forest park which is sure to be an excellent day of rugby as the club prepares for the league opener on May 28th.

Jonny Goldie
Head Coach
Burlington Centaurs RFC
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Centaurs Weekend Update – This Friday, April 29th NOBS Membership Pub Night @ the Clubhouse

Rugby Enthusiasts!

 

This past Saturday was the Centaurs Annual Orange vs Blue inter-squad game which was held at Nelson HS.

 

The Centaurs had great numbers out for the event as the club looks to host THREE teams in the NRU for 2016 with the Centaurs 1st XV, the Burlington Berties, and the Centaurs 2nd XV.

 

Jon Goldie and his coaching staff were busy taking notes and will continue to build on their pre-season training as the Centaurs head closer to the kick-off of the season in May.

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Centaurs President Andy Maunder poised to assist in tackling Denny McCarthy. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie.

 

Open Practices continue this week, tonight in the dome 1 from 7:00-8:00 pm and Thursday outdoors at 6:30 pm (weather dependent) or back-up in dome.

 

This Saturday, April 30th the Centaurs have an exhibition match at HOME on the grass rugby pitch (no more turf burn!) at Sherwood Forest (weather dependent) vs the Toronto Nomads.

 

All players need to be registered – please go online at www.centaursrfc.com to register and pay your dues.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP NIGHT/PUB NIGHT – Friday, May 29th – 7:00 start

 

This coming Friday is the official start of the 2016 season and events. The NOBS are starting with a Membership/Pub Night at the Club House.  This event is open to ALL, so bring your significant other! we mean it!  If you are paid up, still drop by.

 

It starts at 7:00, ends at 9:00, but feel free to stay longer.  Paying your annual NOB fees ($100 – Contact, Touch; $25 Social) will get you a free pint.

We encourage the wearing of club ties to show your colours.

 

  1.  Sunday May 1st is the NOBS Season opener.  Touch will start at 12:00, bring a friend.  At 1:00 (Contact) there are 4-teams squaring off with the GITS, Bruce County, Hamilton and NOBS. Festival Coverage will be in place so if you have not registered for Contact you will be covered.