Rugby World Cup Games @ the Rugby Club

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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
RUGBY WORLD CUP (HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW SHOWN AT RUGBY 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.

 

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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 www.BeaverBowl.ca or to find out more about Muddy York RFC visit www.MuddyYork.ca

 

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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

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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 bgoldberg1@cogeco.ca

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.

 

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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

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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.

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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

Monty Heald Celebration of Life – Thursday, August 20th – 1:00-4:00 pm

Monty Heald  June 11, 1937 – July 11, 2015

Many of you know this wonderful man Monty Heald passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.  They would like to extend to you to come and Celebrate Monty’s Life on Thursday August 20, 2015 between  1-4pm  at the following location:

 

The BURLINGTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

440 LOCUST STREET

BURLINGTON, ON

(T)905-681-2551

www.burlingtonpac.ca

 

Monty Heald – A True Rugby Legend

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It is with great sadness that Monty Heald, Rugby Canada’s longest serving President (1991 – 1999) and one of only two Honorary Life Members, passed away on Friday July 10 at home with his family around him.

George “Monty” Heald was born in Derby, in the East Midlands region of England. He first became involved in Rugby at Royal Masonic School, Hertfordshire, in 1949 playing for the Colts team. Upon graduation from school, he played for Derby R.F.C. over a fifteen year period as well as for Greengarth R.F.C., and Ashbourne R.F.C.,

Monty immigrated to Burlington, Ontario in 1968 and moved to Puslinch in 1971.  He played for the Hamilton Hornets from 1968 to 1972, and captained that Club in 1971.  The Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club was founded in 1973 and Monty became a founding member and the Club’s first captain.  He also served the Burlington Club as its second President, a position he held for four years, and ultimately became a Life Member of the Club. Monty’s playing career concluded in 1988 as he had already become involved in the administration of the Game at a number of levels.  He served the Niagara Rugby Union as the Director of its Senior Team, and the Ontario Rugby Union as a selector for two years (1979/80).

In 1981, Monty became a National Selector and chaired the Canadian Rugby Union Selection Committee for the period 1983 to 1994.  In 1984 and 1985 he was appointed as the Manager of the Canadian Sevens team which played in the Hong Kong Sevens.  In addition, in 1984, he was appointed as the Manager of the Canadian team and he served in this position for Can-Am matches in Chicago (1984), Tucson (1986) and Seattle (1990).  His managerial career was highlighted by the seven match tour to Australia, in June, 1985, in which the Test matches in Sydney and Brisbane represented the first ever meetings between Canada and Australia.  Monty was also the manager of the first Canadian team which participated in the CANZ (Canada, Argentina/New Zealand) series (1989) taking the National team to Argentina and New Zealand.

Monty was elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Rugby Union in 1986 and served as Director of The National Team for the period 1986 – 1991.  He was elected as President in 1991 and he served in this capacity for eight years. In 1995 the Pan America Rugby Association (PARA) was formed and Monty served as the Canadian Rugby Union’s initial representative including two years as PARA’s President. The National Union underwent many significant structural changes during Heald’s term of office resulting from the Boards and staff efforts to maximize the many opportunities which were created including those in the Marketing and Communications area as well as in the tremendous growth in the number of domestic players, and the growth of the Women’s game, both domestically and internationally.

The number of international fixtures involving Canada increased by 160% over the period 1990 to 1999, as Canada prepared for and participated in three Rugby World Cups, in 1991, 1995 and 1999. Monty’s concluding term, as a Director, in 2000 brought his total years of service to the National Union up to twenty.  He was inducted into the Ontario Rugby Union Hall of Fame in 2004 and in 2013 Rugby Canada inducted him as its second Honorary Life Member.

Up until last year, Monty was still actively involved in the Rugby community, coaching at the Waterdown High School and serving as Chair of Rugby Canada’s Past Presidents committee, Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee and member of the Annual Awards Committee of Rugby Canada.

The Centaurs had also just created an annual Tournament named after Monty and were lucky enough for him to come down earlier this May and speak before and after the tournament took place.

A celebration of Monty’s life will be held in a couple of months. Letters of condolences can be sent to Una Heald at  #19- 25 Hamilton Street South, Waterdown, Ontario, L0R 2H4

Job Post – IDN Canada

IDN Canada is a leader in security hardware distribution and is currently seeking an individual for an entry level position in our Inside Sales team based out of our Burlington office. IDN Canada provides security products, access control solutions, and related hardware to locksmiths and security professionals nationwide.

The successful applicant will report to the Branch Manager and work closely with our inside and outside sales teams.

Duties include (but are not limited to):

Respond to customer inquiries, entry of customer orders and preparation of quotes

Maintain and grow current customer base

Develop strong customer & vendor relationships

Strive for the highest level of customer service

Uphold company initiatives & policies internally

Support all branch personnel

Light warehouse duties

 

The ideal candidate should possess sales skills and/or customer service experience, computer aptitude, and strong communication skills. This person must be organized, passionate, and a motivated self-starter who enjoys a competitive environment. A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle are also beneficial. (Experience with mechanical or electronic security hardware is an asset, but not mandatory.) Training will be provided.

 

We offer a competitive base package as well as benefits and RSP program.

 

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume with cover letter outlining your related strengths as well as salary expectations. Due to the nature of our business and products carried, candidates must be bondable with no criminal record.

Please email your resumes to mjohnston@idncanada.ca

 

Available: Immediately, Full Time.

 

Weekend Recap July 4th

Centaurs, Alumni & Friends,

 

After the mid-week break with Canada Day the Centaurs were back to practice on Thursday in preparation for the full day of rugby action this past Saturday, July 4th at home.

 

Burlington Centaurs Women hosted a re-match of the Niagara Wasps women team, after a tough loss last week in Niagara the Centaurs women played with enormous confidence and aggression. The Centaurs women came up with some great defence against an undefeated Niagara team and held Niagara to their lowest points scored in a game all season. A couple of mistakes in finishing being the only reason the Centaurs didn’t win the game on Saturday.  Amber Aquin kicked for Burlington’s points. Final Score: Centaurs Women 3 – Niagara Wasps Women – 17.

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Centaur Shelby Holland was an offensive threat throughout the game vs Niagara Wasps. Photographs by Carolyn Ritchie

The Centaurs women program would also like to congratulate Emily Curwen on being selected to represent her province with the U20 Ontario Storm team as they travel to Regina next week for the Canadian Rugby Championship. This year Emily finished grade 12 as an Ontario Scholar, and is extremely excited for the future ahead of her. She will be attended the University of Waterloo this fall 2015 for Honours Arts and Business, with her prospective major being Social Development Studies and a specialization in working with youth. Emily would like to graciously thank the sponsors that made her opportunity to play at the Canadian Rugby National Championships a reality: Monilex Sports Ltd., Longos Burloak, Burlington Centaurs RFC, and the rest of the community who made this dream possible. She would also like to make a special mention to her girlfriend, Maria Skinner who was on the long list for the Ontario U20 rugby team as well but unfortunately was not selected to travel to Regina this year.

Centaur Emily Curwen selected to U20 Storm – Rugby Ontario Press Release http://www.rugbyontario.com/en-us/highperformance/ontariostorm/u20team/squad.aspx

Burlington Centaurs 3rd XV got their first win of the year against the Toronto Buccaneers on Saturday on a well-attended sunny afternoon at Sherwood Forest Park. The Burlington Pack would dominate the scrummage creating a solid platform for the backs who ran in multiple tries over the 80 minute contest. Fullback Ryan Siddall scored in the left corner early on after beating his opposite number on the outside after good interplay from the forward pack and would add 2 more before his day was ended due to a torn hair follicle above his left ear. Stand in fly half Regardo Redermeyer returned to the fold fresh from a 2 year sabbatical studying Buddist Philosophy in Tibet to excel in what would be his debut appearance for 2015, scoring a try, controlling the game and setting free his young back line time after time. Further tries would be added from Brandon Maunder, Mike Reitemeir, Nirvan Hulangalumu debuting at 13, and Barbara Walters (2) returning to the inside centre position after a long sabattical due to chocolate teapot syndrome. The 3rds would run out comfortable winners in the end with stand in kicker Tim Morton converting one from all of 4 yards. Final score: Centaurs 3rds 63 – Toronto Buccaneers 5.

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Centaur Brenden Maunder out paces the Toronto Buccaneers’ defence. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie

Burlington Centaurs 2nd XV faced local rivals Niagara Wasps in what would prove to be a convincing win for the home team under perfect skies at Sherwood Forest Park. Tight head prop James Raynor returning from the world pie eating championships in Yorkshire would prove a handful for the inexperienced Wasps front row creating turmoil in the set piece, denying the Niagara team good set piece ball, which would set the tone for the game allowing a strong Centaurs backline to operate with time and space. This was to prove crucial allowing Fly Half Joshua Jones to run the show offensively, distributing the ball with aplomb. 7 tries in total would follow the highlight being back row Donnie Hammonds’ line break followed by a neat grubber kick past the fullback to touch down under the posts which would be converted by captain Zach Dundas.  Further tries would be added by sprightly wing Rohan Augustine, Joshua Jones, Callum Sharp, Kenny Hamstrings and replacement wing Jordan Tanner, the last of which would be converted by scrum half Joe Faint. Senior men’s debuts for under 18’s Gurvir Romana and Graeme Francolin would showcase the future of the club on what would be a convincing 7 try victory for the 2nd XV. Final Score: Centaurs 2nd XV 40 – Niagara Wasps 2nd XV 5.

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Centaur Jordan Tanner scores a try vs Niagara Wasps. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie

The Centaurs 1st XV hosted Niagara Wasps in what was to be a bruising, physical, top of the table clash on Saturday June 4th at Sherwood Forest Park. The Centaurs took an early lead after sustained forward pressure would allow centre Brian Woodley to scamper over for a try in the right hand corner, which would be converted by Fly Half Brendan Brian. The Wasps would respond however after poor Centaurs defence allowed the Wasps scrum half to dive into the corner score an unconverted try to make the score 7-5. Bryan would later add a penalty after a wasps infringement at the breakdown to make it a one score game but Niagara would take advantage of a botched Centaurs free kick to tie the score at 10 -10. The Centaurs went down to 14 men after a late hit by flank Jeff Brownson saw a yellow card issued by referee Dan Gana. The Centaurs pack however continued to pressure the Niagara Scrum despite being shorthanded but were unable to prevent the Wasps scoring in the left corner early in the second half after poor goal line defence by the Burlington boys. Another driving maul would allow the Centaurs Captain Colin McLeod to score which was converted by Brendan Bryan who added a penalty for good measure to leave the score at 20 -15 with only minutes remaining. Niagara would add a 4th try after a missed tackle at the back of the scrum allowed the Wasps fullback to sprint clear and score near the posts. The convert was missed however which would prove crucial in the final reckoning as the score was now tied at 20-20. On the restart Denny McCarthy recovered the Centaurs kick-off and good Centaurs forward play orchestrated expertly by scrum half Tom McLeod would cause Niagara to infringe and the stage was set for kicker Brendan Bryan to win the game on the last play. However, his penalty attempt would strike the left upright allowing a contest for the ball in front of the Niagara posts. Referee Dan Gana would rule another Niagara infringement at the breakdown and this time Bryan was not to be denied as he coolly slotted his 3rd penalty to steal the game for the Centaurs in added time. Final Score: Burlington Centaurs 1st XV 23 – Niagara Wasps 1st XV 20.

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Upright Rugby – Burlington Centaurs Summer Camp

Upright Rugby Summer Camps are the perfect way to enhance the potential
in all young players and develop their personal playing goals. We are
committed to teaching the core skills, principles and values required to be
successful in this rapidly growing sport.

Our summer rugby camps provide a fun and rewarding rugby experience
where young players develop cooperative and leadership skills while learn
the value of team work and collaboration and the values of sport and healthy
competition.

Upright provides the core skills for beginners and juniors, U10 to U16, as
well as knowledge and expertise for players taking their game to the next
level.

After just one week of camp, players will improve their core skills and
decision-making, as well as understanding the importance of roles within a
team.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
• Upright Rugby’s excellent technical coaches delivering high-quality instruction
• Junior National Player-Coaches
• Exemplary Player-to-Coach ratio (1:10)
• Suitable for both new and experienced player
• Ideal for both 15s and 7s players
• Designated age groups for 2015:
• Boys 1999 through 2005
• Girls 1999 through 2005

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Senior Recap June 13

The Burlington Centaur’s Women traveled to Stratford and dominated in the scrum and set piece. The women had a huge improvement in ball presentation and counter rucking. The backs played with confidence demonstrating fluid play and support around the field. A good team effort by working together allowed Amber Aquin to cross the try line several times and the Centaurs defense shut out Stratford to finish the game 38-0 over Stratford.

 

The Burlington Centaurs men’s teams travelled to Guelph to take on the Redcoats with the Burlington Centaurs 1st XV looking to maintain their undefeated record so far in 2015.

 

The 2nd XV were eager to continue their winning ways also and got off to a flying start dominating from the onset with impressive forward dominance leading to an early try by wing Ken Waring who nicely outfoxed his opposite number to score in the corner after 4 minutes of play. With a dominant scrummage allowing for front foot rugby the Centaurs continued to enjoy quick ball and the majority of the possession culminating in a nice counter attack set off by fullback Ryan Siddall with nice interplay from the backs leading to a 40 yard finish by left wing and new recruit Rohan Augustine. Further tries would be added in the first period by Siddall, Tim Morton, Dave Cooper and Craig Nicholson establishing a 34 – 0 lead at half time for a delighted Centaurs squad. The second half saw the Redcoats come back into the game as they strengthened their team  at the half which saw them cross the tryline early on to bring some respectability to the scoreline. Mark Van Dyk would add the Centaurs final try of the game picking up from a breakdown outside the Guelph 22 metre line to charge unhindered a full 25 metres to score under the posts, which would be converted by Captain Zach Dundas who would have 3 conversions total on the day. The 2nd XV lads could be proud of their efforts on a hot and humid day with many fine performances to behold and a lot of players pushing for places in the 1st XV would make their mark. Coach Jon Goldie has some interesting decisions to make this week as the Centaurs welcome Guelph to Sherwood Forest Park for Alumni day this upcoming weekend.  Final score Burlington 41 – Guelph 5.

 

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Centaur Darryl Vermeulen fends off the Guelph defence. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie.

 

The 1st XV were looking to improve on a couple of scrappy performances over the past few weeks as they took on the newcomers to the league, the Guelph Redcoats at Exhibition Park. A lush field and near perfect conditions would await the team. The Centaurs got off to a good start with the front row of Leigh Cotter, Robbie Carter and Nathan Bryan dominating the Guelph scrummage and causing no end of havoc for the Guelph pack which led to a dominant display of possession rugby. However the Centaurs would struggle to put the phases together in the loose with too many unforced errors and loose passes leading to a stop start affair. Wing Zach Shurtleff however was a bright spark and made something out of nothing beating 2 defenders and setting free opposite wing Matt Woodley, who round outside his man to score under the posts, which would be converted by fly half Brendan Bryan. Bryan would go on to convert 7 out of 9 tries on the day maintaining his recent high standards and receiving his second man of the match award in as many weeks. Guelph would come back into the match however capitalising on some Burlington mistakes and a turnover out wide would result in a 50 yard score in the corner for the Redcoats wing.. The Centaurs backs were playing with great confidence and made further tries out of nothing with Woodley adding a brace for the hat-trick on the day. The highlight of the game was a 43 yard driving maul by the pack which resulted in a try for Louis Hinshelwood after great work from the forwards. Further tries would come from Denny McCarthy, Andrew Porter and replacements Ken Waring and Nick Evans. Guelph Redcoats came back into the game late in the second half and gave the Centaurs a scare after some slack defending from Burlington, however too much damage was done early on for the result to be in doubt. Although at the top of the league, the Centaurs will be aware they will have to show much improvement in order to achieve their goal of winning the league and getting into playoff rugby this fall.

Final score: Burlington 59 – Guelph 24.

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Burlington Centaur Zack Shurtleff out paces the Guelph Redcoat defence. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie.

 

This upcoming weekend, Saturday, June 20th, the Burlington Centaurs celebrate the club’s Annual Alumni Weekend with the following rugby action at Sherwood Forest Park:

  • 11:00 am      – Burlington Alumni v NOBS
  • 12:00 pm      – Burlington Women v Stratford
  • 1:30 pm        – Burlington 2nd XV v Guelph Redcoats 2nd
  • 3:00 pm        – Burlington 1st XV v Guelph Redcoats 1st
  • 4:30 pm        – Burlington III v Buffalo

The Dickens Pub will be on the sidelines providing food and cold refreshments all day long, cash sales.

Pre Game Team Dinners every Friday @ Eatalia

We have an exciting opportunity to get together Friday nights for a pre-game team meal at Eatalia! Senior Men and Women team are welcome to attend and it will be a great way to get our minds on rugby.

$15 a person for salad, bread, chicken and pasta.

NO DRINKING!

This dinner will be occurring weekly before all games.

Please Contact Kaitlyn Sharpe to reserve your spot.

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Senior Mens Recap June 6th

Burlington Centaurs RFC continued their winning ways on the weekend with wins against the Hamilton Hornets for both the 2nd XV and 1st XV. Beautiful conditions at Sherwood Forest made for an entertaining open game in the second XV fixture which would see the 2nd XV prevail I their 3rd league game by a score of 29 – 17, scoring 5 tries in the process to secure a bonus point victory.. Taking advantage of good set piece play early in the first half the Centaurs built pressure in the Hamilton end early on resulting in a nice overlap execution with Callum Sharp still having some work to do crossing in the left hand corner to put the Burlington boys 5-0 up.  Sharp continued his excellent play throughout the half making yards at every opportunity and putting the Centaurs on the front foot. However, an untimely interception led to a Hamilton try from 80 yards out which was converted leaving the Centaurs with a 7-5 deficit half way through the first half. Strong play by the front row and Captain Zach Dundas in the second half would bring the Centaurs back into the game with the captain breaking the line to score early in the second half. This would be marred however by a yellow card on the same play for both Dundas and the Hamilton player who followed through after the touch down leading to a few fisty cuffs after. Further yellow cards for the Centaurs would follow leaving them down to 12 men at one point however this adversity was matched by a determination to win even short-handed and the Centaurs would use all the tools in their bag to pull out a further 3 tries in the second half to run out comfortable winners 29 -17.

 

Burlington Centaurs 1st XV continued their winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought victory against local rivals the Hamilton Hornets at Sherwood Forest park. A healthy crowd of 300+ people showed up to take in the local derby anticipating an old fashioned rugby battle and they would not leave disappointed.. The Centaurs took an early lead after a sprightly start with winger Zach Shurtless crossing in the corner after good play from the Centaurs pack created an overlap which he accepted with glee to touch down in the left hand corner. The try was converted Waterdown High alumni Brendan Bryan, who went on to kick almost flawlessly throughout the afternoon. The Hornets would reply with a penalty after Burlington indiscipline in front of their own posts but Bryan would repay the favour 5 minutes later with a penalty of his own to make the score 10-3. Hamilton though would build the pressure towards the end of the first half and were rewarded with a try late on to leave the teams tied at 10-10 at the half. The Centaurs were dominating the set piece winning lineout ball at will and pushing around the Hamilton pack in the scrums in a reversal of this fixture last year. Further, referee Thomas Krebbs allowed the players to express themselves with a liberal performance creating an entertaining contest where the players would decide the outcome. However, those efforts were to be in vain as solid pay by the Centaurs forward pack was not capitalised upon by the Burlington back line who made too many unforced errors. Coach Jonny Goldie introduced 3 replacements at the half time mark in an effort to kick start his teams rather lethargic performance and it told early on as  a catch and drive play from a lineout in the Hamilton 22 would result in Nathan Bryan touching down on the right side. 15 – 10 Centaurs. A further penalty from slightly shorter brother Brendan Bryan would increase the Centaurs lead to 18 – 10. A yellow card for replacement 2nd row Darryl Kletke for diving over the ruck would heap the pressure on a young Centaurs side however and this pressure told as the Hornets moved the ball left to provide a score for their left winger to close the gap to 18 – 15. Intense Hamilton efforts at the end to find the winning score fell just short though and Centaurs were glad to hear the final whistle on a somewhat disjointed performance although they can be proud of their 3 and 0 record so far, and satisfied with a huge set piece performance by the young Burlington forward pack which bodes well for future games. Final score: Burlington Centaurs 18 – Hamilton Hornets 15.

Senior Mens Recap May 30th

Burlington Centaurs travelled to Fergus Saturday to take on a gritty Highland RFC club looking to capitalise on their opening day victory against Guelph. The 2nd XV came up against a strong Highland scrummage in the opening half and struggled to assert any authority or gain any momentum from the set piece. What followed was a scrappy affair made more difficult by the testing conditions. The Centaurs took the lead somewhat against the run of play when after an offside penalty was quickly taken by Jordan Tanner who fed Irish out half Brian O’Driscoll who sold a neat dummy to score next to the posts. O’Driscoll converted his own try to give the Centaurs a 7-0 lead. Zach Dundas dummied of a quick tap to sprint between the posts for a 7- lead. Further pressure later in the half would tell as Zach Dundas defied his years to cut incisively through the Highland defence and sprint clear to score under the posts. O’Driscoll converted to make it 14-0. The second half saw Highland gain momentum which was rewarded with a nice try in the corner by the left wing. The Centaurs would consolidate however and late pressure saw lock Craig Nicholson dive into the corner to finish off a nice move in the right corner, which would complete the scoring, Centaurs taking it by 19 points to 5.

 

The first XV were keen to build on an outstanding display against Waterloo the previous week but stuttered at the start, setting the tone for a sloppy first half display which would frustrate the coaching staff and the players alike for the opening 40 minutes. The highlight was a nice move by the Centaurs backs setting up Matt Woodley on the outside who beat his winger to score a fine try, which was converted by Denny McCarthy. Highland got on the scoreboard with a penalty after consistent indiscipline form the Centaurs finally took it’s toll, leading to a 7-3 lead for the Burlington team. A stern team talk by coach Jon Goldie followed by a number of choice substitution seemed to get the message across and the Centaurs took control in the second half leading to tries by centre Brian Woodley and Denny McCarthy, the latter converting 3 out of 4 tries on the day. The error strewn performance however continued in the second half exacerbated by the worsening conditions as wind, lightning and driving rain took it’s toll on both teams’ efforts to play fluid rugby. However the Centaurs persevered for their bonus point and were rewarded at the end with a penalty try after Highland brought down the driving maul for a second time near their own goal line. Final score, Burlington 26, Highland 3. Next week the Centaurs play Hamilton Hornets in a local derby match which is always fiercely contested and the boys know they will have to up their performance somewhat if they are to prevail.

Senior Teams Recap May 23rd

Centaur Women vs St. Catharine’s Tigers 

The Centaur women defeated the St. Catharine’s Tigers by a score of 44-8.

The women forwards worked hard for possession and were matchless in the set piece winning all of their line outs and scrums over the opposition. The forward dominance provided the backs with great ball and the Centaur women were able to capitalize by crossing the try line on several occasions.

Emily Fretts ran some great lines making several big breaks through the Tigers defense. Shelby Holland showed off her speed and knowledge of the game by touching down for three tries on the day. Other try scorers included Jordan Orlando, Nina Trask and Katelyn Carey.

Men’s Centaur 2nd XV v Waterloo County IV

The Centaur 2nd XV started the scoring early in the game with Andrew Porter scoring a try off of a turn over ball. Shortly thereafter Dan Velasquez scored on the wing after some great passing skills by the Centaur backs.

The Centaurs struggled against the Waterloo IV’s strong lineout ball during the game.

Andrew Porter was able to connect with his teammates to cross the line for his second try of the game.

After a lineout play the ball was passed to Brian O’Discoll who thundered his way to add to the Centaurs’ score.
Waterloo County IV answered back before the end of the first half with a try under the posts.

The 2nd half was a battle back and forth between the two teams with no score until Branden Maunder took a hard line to touch down for a try and the final score for the Centaurs 2nd Xv was 38-7 over Waterloo County IV.

 

Men’s Centaurs 1st XV v Waterloo County III

The Centaur 1st XV utilized the speed of their backs to dominate over the Waterloo County III team. Centaur Matt Woodley started the scoring off with a great run down the sideline to score on the wing.

The Centaurs had some discipline issues with a red card early in the first half and a yellow card in the second half.

Even though the Centaurs were down 2 men for part of the game the players rose up to the challenge and continued to move the ball with pace allowing the back to score several times throughout the game.

Zach Shurtleff scored four tries on the day, followed by Matt Woodley, Denny McCarthy, Brian Woodley and Brendan Bryan.

Denny McCarthy used his foot with great success on the day splitting the uprights to help bring the Centaur final score to 70-20 over Waterloo III.

Roddy Allan Tournament Recap

On Saturday May 23rd, the provincial mini rugby season started as over 650 girls and boys descended on Sherwood Forest Park for the Burlington Centaurs 7th annual Roddy Allan Memorial Mini Rugby Festival.

Rugby clubs from across the province entered 62 teams at the  U8, U10 and U12 levels. The U8 and U10 divisions play flag rugby, while the U12\’s play contact. All divisions have boys and girls playing together.

The day began with Ward 5 councilman Paul Sharman becoming an honorary Centaur and then addressing the over 1000 athletes, coaches and parents, welcoming them to Burlington. He commended them for their participation in sport and their choice of rugby as it is keeps them active from ages 5 to 75.

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The Burlington Centaur U8 and U10 teams ended the day with similar records of 2 wins and 1 loss. The‎ Centaur U12 team had a tougher day with a 1-3 won/loss record.

’85 percent of our U12 players have moved up from flag to tackle rugby but they held their own and will get more confidence as the season progresses’, said U12 coach Tom Jenkins.

Assistant coach Steve Venimore added, ‘At the end of the day with seeing this many kids enjoying the game….rugby‎ is the real winner!’ The Centaur minis, junior and senior programs run from May to September and are still accepting registrations.

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