Sr. Women Promotion to NRU A

We are excited to announce that the Sr. Women have been promoted to the NRU A. The promotion was obtained following a hard working and rewarding 2015 season. The women are looking forward to the new challenges and development that come with a higher level of rugby. Congratulations to the women!

Also, the women are always looking for new players, no matter the skill level. For more information or if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact:


Kaitlyn “Salsa” Sharpe
Senior Women’s Director at

6 Nations live @ Burlington Clubhouse

Admission is ONLY $20 for the Saturday and all Centaur Social Members only pay $10 for the Sunday games.

How do you become a Centaur Social Member?
A 2016 Burlington Centaur Social Membership can be purchased at the clubhouse for $25 providing discounts on Centaur social events.
(Membership is included with your Centaur Rugby Dues – Registration is now open online for 2016 Rugby Dues)

The club will have hot coffee available and breakfast sandwiches available for purchase.

Ensure you get to the club early as the seats for these events fill up fast.

We look forward to seeing you at the club, everyone is invited. Ensure to wear your Team Colours or Team Jerseys!!


High School Indoor Rugby Skills Registration Tonight Dome 2 @ 7:00 pm

We are excited to offer this opportunity for high school athletes to attend our registration sessions for the upcoming High School Indoor Rugby Skills Session.

Registration continues TONIGHT at 7:00 pm.

High School Indoor Rugby Skills Sessions – Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:00 pm


  • Open to all High School players – Male & Female
  • Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:00 pm in Dome 2 starting on Tuesday, January 5thleading up to the outdoor rugby season.
  • Significantly reduced cost of approximately $60 per player for ALL sessions
  • Please pass this information along to high school rugby coaches and players
  • Below is a rough outline of the high school players indoor rugby sessions
  • Please contact Tom McLeod




Date Focus  Purpose
Week 1 Registration – Play – Assorted Games Assess Participants abilities and knowledge
Week 2 Registration – Ball Handling – Catch Pass Teach/Reinforce proper technique
Week 3 Decision Making – Attack Executing 2 on 1
Week 4 Tackling Teach/Reinforce safe and effective technique
Week 5 Ball in Contact Teach/Reinforce safe and effective technique (What happens during the tackle)
Week 6 Breakdown – Support Players Teach/Reinforce safe and effective technique (What happens after the tackle)
Week 7 Decision Making – Attack Manipulating the Defense to create 2 on 1s
Week 8 Games – Play Rugby Assess Progress and identify Major deficiencies
Week 9 Decision Making – Defense Teach/Reinforce the Power of 3
Week 10 Offloading Teach/Reinforce safe and effective technique
Week 11 Fitness – Assorted Games introduce game relevant fitness activities
Week 12 Kicking & Fielding Kicks Teach/Reinforce proper technique
Week 13 Decision Making – Defense Teach/Reinforce the Push vs Blitz Defense
Week 14 Games – Play Rugby Assess Progress and identify Major deficiencies
Week 15 Contact Getting all players reps in contact, increase comfort level and ability. ex) Tackle, Double, Breakdown, Maul
Week 16 Positional Skills *Identify what players would like/need to learn and plan accordingly
Week 17 Games – Play Rugby Execute under game pressure

AGM 2015 Review – New Executive Board

Thanks to all who showed up last night at the clubhouse for our Annual General Meeting. Not great numbers but 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 2016 Season and the many new faces we have willing to contribute to the success of the club moving forward.

President: Andy Maunder

Administration Director: Nick Manz

Finance Director: Mark Van Dyk

Senior Men’s Director: Tim Morton

Senior Women’s Director: Kaitlyn Sharpe

Social Director: Bryan Hannon

Facilities Director: Chris Walters

Junior Director: Barry Goldberg

Games Director: Carrie Ciancone

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Centaurs Annual General Meeting Notice – Tuesday, December 8th @ 7:00 pm

Good Afternoon Club Members,

You are formally invited and given notice to attend the Burlington Centaurs RFC Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 8th at 7:00 pm upstairs at the Burlington Rugby Club located at Sherwood Forest Park.

All registered members are strongly encouraged to put forth your ideas and determine the direction of the future of the club. Your input and votes are extremely important towards the growth of the club.

The Nominations Board for club positions for 2016 has been posted upstairs in the clubhouse. Nominations must be seconded by voting members in good standing.

During the AGM will review the Director’s reports of the club and the Club Positions will be voted upon.

From Section IV of the Club Constitution the club positions to be voted upon include:

  • The President
  • Director of Administration
  • Director of Finances
  • Director of Facilities
  • Director of Social
  • Director of Games
  • Director of Men’s Rugby
  • Director of Women’s Rugby
  • Director of Junior Development

All voting and social members are encouraged to attend. From Section III of the Club Constitution:

  1. d) A Social Member shall be a non-playing member interested in furthering the objects of the club but will not be entitled to vote at general meetings. ($25 social membership fee – included in NOBS dues)
  1. e) A Voting Member shall be a non-playing member interested in furthering the objects of the club including being eligible to vote at general meetings. ($75 voting membership fee – included in Club dues)

If you are unable to attend and you are a voting member in Good Standing please fill out the attached proxy vote and email




Nick Manz

Director of Administration

Burlington Centaurs RFC

“Friends through Rugby

Friends through Life”

Award Banquet a Huge Success

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;

Women’s Rookie of The Year – Nina Trask

Men’s Rookie of The Year – Rohan Augustine

Men’s Most Improved –  Brian Ó Curráin

Womens’s Most Improved – Rebecca Rosa

2nd XV Coaches Award – Bryan Hannon

3rd XV Coaches Award – Mac Christie

Gimp – Emily Fretts

Ironman – Matt Brotman

BOTY – Jacob Kerpel

Endeavor Bow – Amber Aquin

Endeavor Cup – Jeff Brownson

Endeavor Shield – Nick Manz



Rugby Ontario Gee Gage Cup Recap



The Burlington Centaurs participated in the Gee Gage Cup this Fall.

Round 1 of the Gee Gage Cup was at home at Sherwood Forest on Saturday, October 3rd. The Burlington Centaurs forward pack caused a lot of problems for the Balmy Beach II side. Unfortunately the skilled backs of the Beach II were able to capitalize and the with the Burlington Centaurs were defeated by the Balmy Beach II by a final score of 48-10.

With a weekend off for the Thanksgiving, Round 2 of the Gee Gage Cup resumed on Saturday, October 17th at Sherwood Forest Park with the Burlington Centaurs hosting Balmy Beach III team. The Centaurs came out strong against the Balmy Beach III and dominated every facet of the game to come away with the win and a chance to play for the Gee Gage Cup Consolation Final. Burlington Centaurs 65 v Balmy Beach III 15.

dennisCentaur Denis Thomas scores a try against the Balmy Beach III. Photograph by John Guilfoyle.

The Gee Gage Cup Consolation Final was a Halton Region match-up with the Burlington Centaurs v the Oakville Crusaders II and was held at Crusader Park this past Saturday, October 24th. With an early morning kick-off the Centaurs arrived to Crusader Park eager to take the rugby pitch. The Centaurs were the first to score with penalty kick by Brendan Bryan. Denny McCarthy was an offensive force on the pitch outrunning the Crusaders defence to score under the posts. Denny McCarthy would score two tries on the day. Josh Jones and Jordan Tanner would also score in the first half along with Colin McLeod from the back of a scrum. At the half the score was 29-19.

In the second half the weather turned colder and the rain started to fall from the sky but the Centaurs spirits could not be dampened even after the Crusaders were able to score and keep the game tight. The game action in the second half was back and forth with Mike Boulanger and Darryl Vermeulen scoring tries in the 2nd half to keep the Centaurs victorious at the final whistle to defeat the Oakville Crusaders II and for the Centaurs to become the 2015 Gee Gage Cup Consolation Final Champions. Burlington Centaurs 39 v Oakville Crusaders II 31.


Goal line defence by Centaur James Raynor stuffs the Crusaders offence. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie.


Centaur Denny McCarthy’s pace cannot be matched as he scores twice on the day. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie


Burlington Centaurs – 2015 Gee Gage Cup Consolation Final Champions

Centaurs join Nuts & Juggs UK Tour

Earlier this October several of the players from the Burlington Centaurs Men’s & Women’s Teams traveled to England for a 10 day tour to take in some 2015 Rugby World Cup games and also display their rugby skills in the UK with games vs Worthing RFC with the Nuts & Jugs Rugby Touring side. The tour was a great success and new friendships were forged between their American teammates and the Worthing Warriors RFC who will be looking to tour Canada on their 100th Anniversary in 2020.

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Late Oktoberfest wrap up – Plate Winners

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!

Rugby World Cup Games @ the Rugby Club


The Centaurs Clubhouse will be open to show the big games and during the weekends.

Come down enjoy the Rugby Games and support the Club! The RWC only comes around every 4 years.

Below is the game schedule shown at the clubhouse.

Rugby World Cup on at the Centaurs Clubhouse

Thu. Sep. 24 8pm Match of the Day

Sat. Sep. 26 9:30am Italy vs. Canada
Sat. Sep. 26 11:45am South Africa vs. Samoa
Sat. Sep. 26 3pm England vs. Wales

Sun. Sep. 27 9:30am Scotland vs. USA
Sun. Sep. 27 11:45am Ireland vs. Romania

Thu. Oct. 1 11:45am Wales vs. Fiji
Thu. Oct. 1 3pm Canada vs. France
Thu. Oct. 1 8pm Match of the Day

Sat. Oct. 3 9:30am Samoa vs. Japan
Sat. Oct. 3 11:45am South Africa vs. Scotland
Sat. Oct. 3 3pm England vs. Australia

Sun. Oct. 4 11:45am Ireland vs. Italy

Fri. Oct. 9 3pm New Zealand vs. Tonga

Sat. Oct. 10 9:30am Samoa vs. Scotland
Sat. Oct. 10 11:45am Australia vs. Wales
Sat. Oct. 10 3pm England vs. Uruguay

Sun. Oct. 11 11:45am France vs. Ireland
Sun. Oct. 11 3pm USA vs. Japan

Sat. Oct. 17 11am QF #1 – W Pool B vs. RU Pool A
Sat. Oct. 17 3pm QF #2 – W Pool C vs. RU Pool D

Sun. Oct. 18 8am QF #3 – W Pool D vs. RU Pool C
Sun. Oct. 18 11am QF #4 – W Pool B vs. RU Pool B

Sat. Oct. 24 11am SF #1 – W QF1 vs. W QF2

Sun. Oct. 25 11:45am SF #2 – W QF3 vs. W QF4

Fri. Oct. 30 3:45pm Bronze Medal Game

Sat. Oct. 31 11:45am Final

Senior Men Recap – September 19

This Saturday marked the beginning of the Niagara Rugby Union Fall Cup competition. The Guelph Redcoats were unable to field a team and the Centaurs were awarded the default win.

With the Centaurs 1st XV and 2nd XV looking for an exhibition game, the Western University Team accepted the challenge and traveled with some of their team to Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington.

With plenty of numbers for both teams it was decided to play three 40 minute halves to allow all players to receive ample game time.

The Western University coaches were excited to get some of their younger players some real rugby action and use this game as a player development opportunity.

The day was cool with a light rain that made rugby conditions similar to England where Canada is preparing for the 2015 Rugby World Cup starting this week. Rugby fans can catch all the Rugby World Cup action at the Centaurs Club House starting this week as the games will be shown live on TSN.

The Centaurs team was a mix of youth and experience and were able to take the lead over Western in the first 40 minutes. Western coaches spoke to their team during the break and in the 2nd 40 minutes Western was able to capitalize with their speed to tie up the game.

In the last 40 minutes the Centaurs forwards were able to dominate utilizing their size advantage over Western with several pick and go’s and crash balls from scrum half Jordan Tanner to the forwards.

Overall it was a great day of rugby with the Burlington Centaurs defeating Western University 37-33 at the end of the three halves.

Special thanks to Matt Brotman and Ian MacInnis for referring the match.

Next week the Centaurs continue their quest for the Niagara Rugby Union Fall Cup with games vs their golden horseshoe rivals the Hamilton Hornets at Mohawk Sports College.



Beaver Bowl Champs

This past weekend the Centaurs sent a mixed squad of juniors/buccaneers and senior Men to compete in the Beaver Bowl. We would like to thank the muddy York for having us compete in the tournament. The Men finished on the hot hot day 3-0. It was a great time and our guys had alot of fun.

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More details about the event from Rugby Canada’s site”

TORONTO – Toronto’s local “gay-inclusive” rugby club continued its mission to challenge stereotypes with its annual Beaver Bowl tournament, which attracted teams from across North America.

“We’re proud of our community and we’re proud of our sport. Rugby is fundamentally about inclusiveness. We’re thrilled to have the support of the local rugby community and to showcase that support to teams across the continent,” said John Jeffery, President of Muddy York RFC.

The tournament, which takes place every Labour Day Weekend, is a chance for LGBTQ and allied rugby players to play hard on and off the field. This year’s matches took place at Markham Irish RFC’s clubhouse and were complemented by a series of social events, including traditional rugby staples such as a Kangaroo Court. Among the participants are 5 teams affiliated with International Gay Rugby (the global convening body for gay-inclusive rugby teams) and a non-IGR team who joined as a sign of support.

“Congratulations to the Burlington Centaurs, who joined the tournament for the first time and won this year’s beaver bowl. The support for inclusive rugby across the Toronto area at all levels continues to grow, and having a non-IGR team compete for and win the Beaver Bowl underscored that acceptance. This was the largest ever Beaver Bowl, and we look forward to growing it further in years to come,” said Tom Chervinsky, tournament organizer.

Founded in 2003, Muddy York RFC welcomes players of diverse backgrounds, skill levels, ages and body types to challenge themselves physically and mentally. To learn more about Beaver Bowl visit or to find out more about Muddy York RFC visit



Friendly Saturday September 12 – Senior Men v Western University

Summer is wrapping up but that does not mean rugby is over. Come out this Saturday to Sherwood forst park for a 3 pm kickoff as the Centaurs Senior Men squad takes on OUA Powerhouse Western University in a friendly tune up.  The bar will be open so make sure you come down and support your Centaurs.

Senior Men’s Recap August 17th

Burlington Centaurs traveled to Waterloo for the penultimate league game of the season on a stifling hot Ontario summers day. The 2nd XV which saw a host of changes got off to a fantastic start with centre Josh Jones breaking the gain line at will early on to establish a solid platform which would lead to 2 early tries from Samoan winger Rohan Augustine who was sprightly throughout the contest. Waterloo would come back into the game after some poor Centaurs tackling to even the contest midway through the first half. Fullback Brian Curran taking over kicking duties from newly promoted Captain Zach Dundas would add a penalty and a conversion to give the centaurs a half time lead of 15 – 5. Augustine would take advantage of an inspired kick by Colombian refugee Juan Pastachio to seal his hatrick in the second half, a score which would be matched by Waterloo but not built upon leaving the Centaurs eventual winners by a score of 22-10. A proud outing by the Burlington lads involving many new faces would leave coach Goldie feeling satisfied with his young team’s performance.


The Centaurs 1st XV had a must win game to continue their league challenge and they didn’t disappoint in a first half performance which would deliver 6 tries, 4 of them converted by ex Waterdown HS no 10 Brendan Bryan. Denny McCarthy scored three with the others added by winger Brenda Woodley, flank Jeff Brownson and stand I scrum half Zach Shurtless. A host of personnel changes in the second half saw the Centaurs struggle to maintain their first half dominance as Waterloo came back onto the game, scoring 3 tries which would be answered by 3 also from the Centaurs, fullback Andrew Porter crossing for one and flank Jenny McCarthy grabbing the other 2 after poor defence from the Waterloo side. McCarthy would end the day with 5 tries, setting a club record for scores by a forward in what would ultimately turn out be a one sided affair. All efforts were in vain however as local rivals Hamilton Hornets would win their fixture against fellow league challengers Niagara Wasps putting the league title out of reach for the Burlington side due to more bonus points gained by the Hamilton side. The Centaurs travel to Niagara next week in a rearranged fixture playing for pride in what will be a hard fought physical game aiming to achieve second place in the NRU A league.

Children’s Festival – Volunteers needed


This Sunday, August 16 the Centaurs are looking for volunteers for the upcoming Burlington Children’s Festival.

The Children’s Festival runs on Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at Spencer Smith Park – 1400 Lakeshore Road.

We need volunteers to man the Centaurs inflatable and represent the club within the community.
Please speak to Barry Goldberg for more details

There will also be a meet and greet with Wendel Clark down at the park.

Senior Recap Aug 8

This past weekend the Burlington Centaurs hosted all 4 teams at home at Sherwood Forest Park.

Special thanks to President Andy Maunder for co-ordinating the Centaurs Annual Pig Roast and Kaityln Sharpe, Emily Fretts and the women’s team for putting together the raffle prizes and the Hawaiian Luau.

Jon Goldie and The Plaidz put on a great show upstairs at the clubhouse after the games as The Centaurs 3rd XV hosted the Trinidad & Tobago U20 National Team on their Canadian Tour.

The Burlington Centaur Women’s team dominated over Norfolk for the last women’s home game of the season. The Burlington women displayed aggressive rucking, strong scrummaging and great backplay to run up the score on Norfolk and hold them to a shutout for as the Centaurs defeated Norfolk 69-0. Excellent performances from positions 1-18 have the women in a tight race for 2nd place in the NRU B League.



Centaur Shelby Holland pushes off a Norfolk defender while being supported by Katelyn Carey. Photograph by John Guilfoyle.

The Burlington Centaurs Men’s 2nd XV hosted Fergus Highland at home on an overcast afternoon. The Centaurs played a tough game that saw both sides crossing the try line and answering back with scores. Unfortunately the Men’s 2nd XV were unable to capitalize on some key opportunities and the Centaurs 2nd XV lost to Highland to a score of 15-23. Try scorers: Bryan Hannon, Tim Morton, Don Hammond


Centaur Tim Morton running with the ball through the Fergus defence. Photograph by John Guilfoyle.

The Burlington Centaurs Men’s 1st XV hosted Fergus Highland for the Centaur’s last regular season home game of the season. Fergus started the game off with possession of the ball and the Centaurs played some tight defense holding off any significant Fergus territorial gain. The Centaurs were able to force a Highland penalty and Brendan Bryan was easily able to slot the posts. Soon after on a Fergus turnover the Centaurs were able to score on the outside. With the momentum in favour of the Centaurs, as the Centaurs continued to cross the try line for the bonus point with the team playing some strong defence to hold Fergus to a shutout. Scoring on the day were Zack Shurtleff with two tries, Matt Woodley, Josh Jones and Danny Jenkins each with one try as the Centaurs 1st XV defeated Highland 34-0.


Centaur Jeff Brownson powers through a tackle to bring the ball to deck and set up a great platform leading to a try. Photograph by John Guilfoyle.


Awards Banquet – President’s Day dates announced

President’s Day- Nov 7th

The best day of the year and its coming to Burlington this fall. Presidents day is a an inter-squad rugby match of PRESIDENT’S XV vs. CAPTAIN’S XV. Drink breaks, Silly hats and glory are all on the agenda for this day. We will be playing for the brand new President Cup.

You don’t want to miss this day.

Awards Banquet – Nov 21

Come join us for our annual Awards Banquet. This year we were on the ball and booked the hall far in advance so it will be on Saturday November 21st. This is a great night all all players to take out the person that let you play rugby all season. . The meal once again will be provided by The Charles Dickens.

We have awards to give out recognizing the fantastic efforts from people on and off the field. Make sure to circle the calendar and save the date as this is one you wont want to miss.

Cost for a single ticket $50 and with a Centaurs tie its $65

Tickets can be purchased at the club