BCRFC Official statement on Rugby Canada Dues Increase

Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club official statement on Rugby Canada Dues Increase:


While the Burlington Centaurs RFC supports our Canadian National Rugby Programs we are disappointed and do not support passing the financial burden directly to the athletes at the grassroots level.

As registration of our annual rugby dues were already established and launched for the Burlington Centaurs RFC, which includes the registration dues for Rugby Canada and Rugby Ontario, this season our club will absorb the Rugby Canada dues increase on behalf of our senior players.

As a result, this year we are asking for the support from all players and membership to help our club offset this burden through the following avenues:

2018 Player Recruitment Program – Any club member referring a new senior registered player, and upon full payment of their dues, will receive a $25 gift card redeemable at the clubhouse.

Increase Club Volunteer Participation– we are extremely fortunate to have our very own clubhouse that the Centaurs call home. The maintenance of the clubhouse and running of club events involves a lot of planning and hard work from our Executive. Ask your divisional directors how you can volunteer and help out your club.

Build our Centaur Rugby Family– encourage family, friends and teammates to support all divisions at our home games and club events. Everyone is welcome to come upstairs to enjoy snacks and refreshments in our clubhouse while watching a game of rugby from our balcony.

Support our 45thAnniversary Weekend – We will be celebrating our 45th Anniversary through August 24th – 26th,. Get involved and support our Golf Tournament on the Friday, the Alumni Game and 45th Anniversary Dinner on the Saturday and our Centaur Breakfast on the Sunday. We will also be commemorating the club’s history with a “Centaurs Through the Years” memory book available for purchase.


For Additional information regarding the National Player dues increase:


Thank you for your continued support of the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club.

“Friends through Rugby, Friends through Life”


Nick Manz

Club President


Summer Mini + Junior Rugby Info – REGISTRATION OPEN

We are expecting and planning for a big year with growth in numbers at the club, having completed highly successful programs for HS aged athletes (Centaurs Academy) and Minis/Juniors (Winter Indoor Rugby). As I always say, looking forward to welcoming new friends and old alike! Spread the word about the program and the club!

  • Fee information and registration for U7 and up at: http://centaursrfc.com/registration/
  • Note on U5s: Pre-register for U5s with player name, DOB and parent contact details to this email or juniors@centaursrfc.com   U5 registration and fee payment at the club in May (date TBD)
  • Start Date: May 7th, subject to weather and post-winter field conditions.

Summer Season:

  1. Training & Details: May to August

Minis – Coed:

    • Training Monday and Wednesday 6pm to 7pm
    • Non-contact: U7, U9, Intro to contact: U11, U13

Super Minis – Coed:  Weekly Mondays, no official games.

    • U5 (3 and 4 year olds), play based program.
    • More advanced players always welcome to participate with the U7s.

Junior Rugby – Boys and Girls

    • U15/U17/U19 Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Game schedule TBD

Registration includes: festival fees (plus player lunch on festival days) and uniform (shirt, shorts, socks).

Needed: Basic field, rugby or soccer shoes, mouth guard (all ages U7 and up).

  1. Game and Event Details:


    • 8 to 10 festival-style tournaments on scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays.
    • Three games between 9am to 12PM
    • Usual locations: Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton, Brantford, Toronto/GTA.
    • Full scheduled TBD and shared ASAP.


    • Planned once monthly friendly versus local clubs at Burlington during practice time.

JUNIOR GAMES: U13, U15, U17, U19

    • Regular schedule of games, on a pre-determined day (TBD).
    • Some travel to games within region + opportunities for tournaments,

  1. Other Activities:

PARENTS PUB TIME: Open pub planned for key nights – dates TBD.

PARENT V KIDS GAME + AWARDS SOCIAL: End of the year social with food, cake and snacks, plus player recognition awards.

SENIOR RUGBY EVENTS: The club usually hosts  a couple of high-level games among touring sides and provincial teams during the season and mini players and families are always welcome.

Extended Season + Events:

  • Continued training in September and October for minis (U5, U7, U9, U11, U13)
  • No tournaments, but 1 or 2 game nights possible (TBD)
  • SUMMER CAMP (TBD @ additional registration): We are developing a BCRFC summer camp with Kids Play Sports, Burlington! Details to follows
  • SANTA PARADE (DECEMBER): Participate in the parade with the club by decorating and tiding the float with the club Santaurs!
  • EASTER EGG HUNT (APRIL): The Easter bunny comes to visit with a field wide hunt and hot chocolate at the club pub.
  • CENTAURS ACADEMY (OCT – MAR @ additional registration): Winter skills training for high performance high school athletes.
  • WINTER INDOOR RUGBY (JAN – MAR): U5 to U13 indoor rugby skills training

Please reach out with any questions, cheers!

Alex Rappos


Director of Junior Development

Burlington Centaurs – RFC


  • Start your Saturday morning off with the return of the 6 Nations Games – Will Ireland win the Grand Slam! Or be spoiled with a win from England?? Followed by the Wales vs France Game
  • Club will be closed shortly following 6 Nations and Re-Open at 7:00 pm for Live Music and Celebrations

Registration is live!

Everyone has been asking when they could sign up.. and now is the time. You are now able to register online for the 2018 season.


BCRFC Online Store up and Running!

Our Partners over at Impact Pro Wear have opened up the first ordering window for the year. The store is up and running now and will be taking orders until March 15th. The next window wont be till late spring so get your orders in for the 45th Anniversary, including the Blue Polo which is an online only special.

Official Burlington Centaurs RFC On-line Store

Welcome Kaitlyn Sharpe – New Womens Assistant Coach


We would like to welcome the latest addition to the Senior Womens coaching Staff, Kaitlyn Sharpe. Kaitlyn is a retired Centaur lock who recently underwent 2 hip replacements which prevent her from playing. She remains an active individual who figure skates, lifts weights and trains for adventure races. She will be completing her Level 1 coaching this spring and will be assisting Head Coach Paul Harrington where ever he needs an extra pair of eyes or hands. I hope you will extend your congratulations and well wishes to Kaitlyn as she moves into this role as we are grateful for her time and efforts to develop this team.

Senior Womens Director
Rebeca Rosa

TRY Rugby This Saturday Jan 13th

LOCATION: Sherwood Forest Park Near Appleby and Fairview, 5270 Fairview Street

REGISTER – Please register your children when you arrive or at the reception afterward.

MEET 2:30PMDue to the tremendous response, parents should come to the clubhouse at 2:30PM. We can then get the children sorted into their groups and get their flag belts for the event.

MOVE 2:55PM – Coaches will guide parents and kids to the dome for the TRY RUGBY session!

PLAY 3-4:00PM – Try rugby session!

SNACK 4-4:30PM – All are invited to the clubhouse for cake and snacks for the kiddies, and the bar will also be open.

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  juniors@centaursrfc.com



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 Nick_manz@toyota.ca







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 ckellytherapy@gmail.com
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 academy@centaursrfc.com 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 ckellytherapy@gmail.com

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