A group of wildly enthusiastic Centaurs traveled up the 401 to Waterloo to take part in the annual Oktoberfest beer rugby tournament. It’s a long standing tradition, and our attendance has been up and down over the years, but this is the third or fourth year in a row for Burlington.
First game kicked off at 9:20 am. The jerseys showed up at 9:07, thanks to a short little 10’s inability to get himself home on Friday night. However, the game was tight until the start of the second half, when the Burlington back line was released into space. Tries by Rohan A and David Jones were the highlight of the match.
Second game in our pool was against Wilmont RFC. That club, in this person’s humble opinion were not there in the proper spirit of the day, as they were taking the tournament quite seriously. They warmed up and were seen drinking lots of water. We lost the game 23-19. I, of course, yelled the score like the Police in film Monsters, Inc.
Since we came second in our pool, we were into the Plate quarter finals against Stratford RFC, the fourth placed team in the tight NRU B division. They were another club who took this tournament way too seriously. We won a fair nuber of scrums and line outs during this game and kept the pressure on them the entire time. Tries were back and forth between the two teams, until Nathan Bryan stepped up to restart the game. The ball went high and Ryan “Ball Thief” Siddal got under it, shook a few tackles off with moves worthy of James Brown and took the ball over the line for the decisive try. After that, the backs and forwards teamed up to run out the clock on Stratford to preserve the win.
The Plate final game for the much beloved Centaurs was shortly after 3pm, against the visiting Ottawa Beavers. This again was a tight game, each team scoring two tries with one conversion each at half time. There was equal scores in the second half until the last minute or so in the game. At that time, Darryl Vermulen, taking some time away from playing for South Africa in the RWC, took the ball off a nicely worked ball and crashed it over for the winning try. Burlington took the Plate for the tournament in 2015!