Winter Mini Rugby 2018

BCRFC Mini Rugby for 2 to 5 year olds (U5) begin to introduce children to Rugby and the specific skills involved, providing a positive environment for children to discover a new world of sporting imagination. Activities are group play based with an emphasis on fun activities that begin the sporting skills for rugby like cooperation, running, taking flags and carrying the ball.

As your child gets older (U7 and up), our practices gently introduce the basic rules of Rugby. Our activities for 5 and 6 year olds focus on fun, encouragement, building self-esteem and confidence. Skills will include ball handling while running and passing and basic attack, defense and scoring.

U9 introduces more advance techniques and play skills. U11 introduces contact with safe tackling and more advanced handling skills coupled with a larger and more expansive game overall. The winter sessions are very fun and designed to keep rugby skills active, introduce new players to the sport at all levels and prepare for the summer season ahead

WHEN: Saturdays starting January 13, 3-4 PM, 10 weeks

WHERE: Sherwood Forest Park – Dome

WHO: Ages  3 to 12

COST: $125

Registration: In person January 13 @ Centaurs Clubhouse, Timbits and hot chocolate provided for the kids

Questions: please contact



AGM Recap – Welcome New Board



We would like to thank all the attendees of yesterday’s Annual General Meeting. The board was happy to present a recap of this year and present plans for the future. It truly was a  banner year for the club and we have the membership to thank for that. We would also like to thank the 2017 board members who sacrificed their time and effort to help make this year one of the best.


It is our pleasure to announce the 2018 Burlington Centaurs Executive Board


President – Nick Manz

Treasurer – Jeff Ellis

Administrator – John Guilfoyle

Facilities – Andy Maunder

Social – David Jones

Senior Mens – Dave Wilson

Games Chair – Mark Chesser

Senior Womens – Rebecca Rosa

Junior – Alex Rappos


Among many things that the board wants to implement in 2018, we have identified some roles that we would like to fill to help us run better as a club. If you are interested in any joining any of the below committees, please contact Nick Manz directly  at







Coaches Corner with Coach Kelly

First off, I would like to congratulate everyone that has been a part of this year’s men’s division. It has been a great year and we have accomplished many things including:
Fielding three men’s teams all season (very few clubs in Ontario can lay claim to this)
The 3rd XV/Berties finishing 3rd in the NRU C
The 2nd XV finishing 1st in the NRU A2
The 1st XV finishing 1st in the NRU A1
Winning the Monty Heald Tournament of Champions
Winning the Abercairn Cup
Winning the Roddy Allan
Winning the NRU Cup
Winning the Intermediate Cup
Earning promotion to the Marshall Provincial Championship
Once again, thanks to everyone for your commitment and hard work in what truly was a fantastic year for us and the club for a whole.
Now we look forward to the future and what we can do to continue to improve ourselves and have a positive impact in the club.
Off season Strength & Conditioning at EPC
As we have done in the previous couple of years, we will be utilizing our sponsor over at Elite Performance Center to get us a good rate on our off season training.
We have been given a discounted rate of:
$13 per drop in session
$50 for unlimited sessions for the month
$90 for combined full gym membership and unlimited team sessions
Sessions will be run mainly by myself but will also feature Brett Guist on occasion.
These sessions will begin this coming Tuesday October 24th at 7pm and will run every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7-8pmSaturdaymorning sessions may be added shortly.
The first few weeks will be focused on mobility, injury recovery, movement correction and exercise form.
Please contact me for more information at
More information to follow soon.
Centaurs Rugby Academy – Coaches Needed
The Burlington Centaurs Rugby Academy started up this Tuesday but is still looking for coaches to help out. The sessions are on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm and on Thursdays from 4:30-6pm in the domes beside the club. Even if you are not the most experienced coach or are only available for a few sessions please contact Clay Gillis at if you are interested. Also if you know of any Males or Females aged 13-18 that would be interested in this please direct them/ their parents to Clay.
Centaurs Coaching Committee
To piggyback off of the coaching request by the Centaurs Rugby Academy, I would like to ask anyone that is interested in coaching or developing as a coach, whether you are new or experienced to send me an e-mail to join the Burlington Centaurs Coaching Committee. We had been hoping to start things earlier this year for the committee but finally with season now finished we are ready to fully launch the program.
This project is open to all current coaches in the club (from Senior Men and Women to Juniors and Minis), those interested in becoming club coaches in the future, and those who coach in local schools.
This committee will be a pooling of resources, information, and experiences to further develop the quality of coaching within the club and the community in order to better engage players and promote participation in both coaching and playing our beloved game.
We are hoping to begin the committee with periodic e-mails filled with different content on drills, techniques, strategies, and articles about rugby and coaching in general. We are also hoping to set up regular (monthly to bi monthly) meetings with internal and guest speakers on pre-determined topics ranging widely from season and practice planning to different skill development.
We are also hoping that anybody that has been interested in coaching but doesn’t know where to start will now have the support and resources to take that first step.
If you are interested in the Coaches Committee or have any questions please e-mail Chris Kelly at

Centaurs Men win Intermediate Cup – Promoted to Marshall Championship

The Burlington Centaurs Rugby Football Club took home the 2017 Intermediate Cup with a 35-5 win over the Vaughan Yeomen Oct. 14 at Sherwood Forest Park.

The game was the second of a two game series and followed Burlington’s 41-17 road win Sept. 30 in Vaughan. Overall, the Centaurs finished with a 76-22 aggregate victory and earned promotion into the Marshall Championship next season.

The Yeomen got on the board first with an early try on Saturday, but that was all they would muster, as Burlington replied with 35 unanswered points to take the victory.

Burlington was paced on offence by winger Matt Woodley, who notched two tries, while fullback Brendan Bryan scored one try, made three conversions and added nine points on penalties. Dave Wilson also scored for the Centaurs.

The win caps a successful year for the Centaurs, who also won the Niagara Rugby Union A and A2 league titles.


Intermediate Cup Game 1 recap – Game 2 Oct 14th

On Saturday, the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Team traveled to face the Vaughn Yeomen in Game 1 of a two-game series The team with the top combined score wins the Fall Intermediate Cup for promotion.

Both teams finished at the top of their leagues, the Centaurs winning the Niagara Rugby Union and Yeomen winning the Toronto Rugby League.

Hooker Steve Giboney scored first for the Centaurs with a run up the middle to touch the ball down over the line.

The Centaurs’ strongly matched the Yeomen forwards and scored two push-over tries touched down by flanker Dave Wilson, who would score three tries on the day.

The hard-running Yeomen were cut down by the Centaurs’ defense. Allowing the speed of the Centaurs’ backs to attack the gain line to set up tries by Cam Hogg and Jordan Tanner.

Brendan Bryan was on target with 4 conversions and a penalty try to help the Centaurs defeat the Yeomen 41-17. Special thanks to the Centaurs supporters bus that attended the game.


The Burlington Centaurs host Game 2 of the Fall Intermediate Cup at Sherwood Forest Park on Saturday, October 14th at 3:30 pm.

The NOBS/BERTIES are hosting Hamilton as the curtain raiser game at 1:00 pm. (Festival insurance to be provided).

We are looking to get everyone out to cheer on the boys as they battle for promotion into Marshall Rugby. Come out to support the Men’s Centaurs Rugby team in their quest for the Cup!

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.




Please reach out to us if you have any questions contact



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 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

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