This Saturday was the Burlington Centaurs 1st time the season playing on our home pitch at Sherwood Forest Park and there was plenty of action with the Centaurs hosting the Mississauga Blues in pre-season triple headed.
It was a hot and humid afternoon when the Centaurs Women took the pitch against the Mississauga Blues Women’s team. The Blues came out even hotter running up a score of 10 points over the Centaurs. But the Centaur women were able to come back strong in the 2nd half to defeat the spirited Mississauga Blues 20-10. Try scorers on the day were Amber Aquin, Nina Trask, Rebeca Rosa and Carrie Cianconne.
Centaur Nina Trask touches down for atry to defeat the Mississauga Blues women’s team Photograph provided by John Guilfoyle
Captain Louis Hinshelwood makes a try saving tackle in the Centaurs 1st XV game. Photo by John Guilfoyle.
The Burlington Centaurs Men 1st XV signed off their pre-season fixtures with a hard fought victory against a gritty and speedy Mississauga Blues XV on a scorching day at Sherwood Forest Park. Coming out of the blocks quickly, the Centaurs used their shortened 4 man lineouts to good effect, punching holes in the Blues defense resulting in 2 early tries for erstwhile glamour model winger Matt Woodley, who outstripped the cover defense on a number of occasions to touch down in the left corner. The Centaurs continued to pressure the Blues resulting in scrum half Tom McLeod, touching down after a catch and drive in the Blues 22, latching on to a short pass from Dave Cooper, who was making his 1st XV debut.
The Mississauga Blues thereafter came back into the game and poor Centaurs tackling resulted in 2 first half tries for the Blues speedy left winger who left a number of Centaurs defenders in his wake touching down under the posts twice within 5 minutes. Matt Woodley was to collect his hat-trick however after nice interplay from brother Brian Woodley allowed him to cross once more in the corner.
The second half was a scrappy affair with poor handling from both sides from fatigue due to the humid conditions.
Memorably, first team debutant Peter McDonald took advantage of a break in play to collect and dive over in the corner for his first try in a Centaurs jersey. Excellent performances also from Denny McCarthy, Leighland Cotter, Brian Woodley and Tom McLeod. Ultimately the Centaurs were not to be denied, and held on for the WIN after the 80 minutes were up. Much work remains to be done if the Centaurs are to build on their successes from last year, but the boys will go into their season opener May 23rd with optimism and renewed confidence in their ability to win games whilst playing exciting fast paced rugby.
The Centaurs 2nd XV also defeated the Mississauga Blues on the day for the Centaurs to finish 3-0 on the day. A great day for the club and the sport of Rugby in Burlington.
Jordan Tanner distributes the ball the Centaurs 2nd XV. Photo by John Guilfoyle
Much work remains to be done if the Centaurs are to build on their successes from last year, but the teams will go into their SEASON HOME OPENER on Saturday, May 23rd with optimism and renewed confidence in their ability to win games whilst playing exciting fast paced rugby.