Coaches Corner – Senior Men Weekend Recap April 30

Burlington Centaurs hosted Toronto Nomads in the home opener at Sherwood Forest Park on Saturday 30th May. Taking advantage of recent excellent weather and field conditions and special dispensation from Burlington City the Centaurs were able to use their home field for the first time this year and the capacity crowd were rewarded with an excellent game of rugby between two teams looking to keep the ball in hand and entertain. Nomads came out strongest and dominated possession in the first 10 minutes forcing the home side to play defence from the outset. This was rewarded with a try in the right corner form the Nomands wing after a missed tackle in centre field, which went unconverted into a strong wind. Burlington replied soon after taking advantage of turnover ball to release the returning curling superstar Zach Shurtleff who grounded in the corner after some nice passing from the Centaurs backs. Brendan Bryan would convert from the touchline before leaving the field shortly after with a suspect in-growing toenail. Nomads continued to build pressure with their direct style of rugby and in their next foray into the Centaurs half took advantage of a mismatch on the right side resulting in the excellent Nomads centre scoring under the posts. This would be converted and the Nomads would lead 12-7 at the half.

Playing back into the wind the Centaurs would finally find their stride putting successive phases together resulting in new found wing talent Jordan Tanner beating his opposite number on the outside to sprint home and finish in the right hand corner tying the score at 12-12. The Centaurs were now the dominant side especially in the scrummage with the introduction of long time stalwart and golf irrigation professor James Raynor. This dominance would pay dividends with a neat chip kick releasing Tanner again who would win the footrace to score his second try of the game for the Centaurs to lead 17-12.

In the third period the Centaurs once again had the wind and used this to their advantage kicking well and spreading the ball across the park with aplomb trying to utilize their pace on the outside. Pressure on the Nomads line would result in Deny McCarthy spinning out of two tackles to score a trademark effort providing some breathing room for the young Centaurs team. As the Nomads tired the Centaurs saw out the game with some guile and nuance pushing one more try over to end the game 27-12 winners over a gritty and able Nomads squad who proved difficult to break down at times and who were aggressive and physical in contact situations.

Coaches Jon Goldie and Tony Godzeik were well satisfied with the effort and courage shown by the squad after a tough beginning and a victory against a team one tier up in the Marshall leagues. Next week the Centaurs host their annual Full Monty Heald tournament at Sherwood Forest park which is sure to be an excellent day of rugby as the club prepares for the league opener on May 28th.

Jonny Goldie
Head Coach
Burlington Centaurs RFC
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Centaurs Weekend Update – This Friday, April 29th NOBS Membership Pub Night @ the Clubhouse

Rugby Enthusiasts!


This past Saturday was the Centaurs Annual Orange vs Blue inter-squad game which was held at Nelson HS.


The Centaurs had great numbers out for the event as the club looks to host THREE teams in the NRU for 2016 with the Centaurs 1st XV, the Burlington Berties, and the Centaurs 2nd XV.


Jon Goldie and his coaching staff were busy taking notes and will continue to build on their pre-season training as the Centaurs head closer to the kick-off of the season in May.


Centaurs President Andy Maunder poised to assist in tackling Denny McCarthy. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie.


Open Practices continue this week, tonight in the dome 1 from 7:00-8:00 pm and Thursday outdoors at 6:30 pm (weather dependent) or back-up in dome.


This Saturday, April 30th the Centaurs have an exhibition match at HOME on the grass rugby pitch (no more turf burn!) at Sherwood Forest (weather dependent) vs the Toronto Nomads.


All players need to be registered – please go online at to register and pay your dues.



MEMBERSHIP NIGHT/PUB NIGHT – Friday, May 29th – 7:00 start


This coming Friday is the official start of the 2016 season and events. The NOBS are starting with a Membership/Pub Night at the Club House.  This event is open to ALL, so bring your significant other! we mean it!  If you are paid up, still drop by.


It starts at 7:00, ends at 9:00, but feel free to stay longer.  Paying your annual NOB fees ($100 – Contact, Touch; $25 Social) will get you a free pint.

We encourage the wearing of club ties to show your colours.


  1.  Sunday May 1st is the NOBS Season opener.  Touch will start at 12:00, bring a friend.  At 1:00 (Contact) there are 4-teams squaring off with the GITS, Bruce County, Hamilton and NOBS. Festival Coverage will be in place so if you have not registered for Contact you will be covered.

Mini/Junior Registration Live

Putting aside Mother Nature’s belated April fool’s joke, rugby season is just around the corner. The 2016 Burlington Centaurs youth and mini rugby programs kick off‎ the week beginning May 2nd.

The online registration is now live and can be accessed by visiting and selecting “click here to register” ‎.

If you are a returning player, just use your login ‎details from last year. If you’re new to the Centaurs, you’ll have to sign up and create a profile. It’s pretty easy to follow, but if you have any questions please ask.

Registration Fees:

U8 & U10 – $199
U12 to U18 – $250

Each player will receive shorts, socks & a t-shirt.

U8, U10 & U12

The “mini’s” will once again practice Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm with the Festivals being played on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Here is our proposed schedule :

May 28 (Sat) – Burlington Centaurs
June 5 (Sun)‎ – Markham Irish
June 11 or 12 – tbd
June 19 (Sun) – Toronto City (hydro fields)
June 25 (Sat) – Hamilton
July 9 (Sat) – Oakville
July 23 (Sat) – Brantford
Aug 13 (Sat) – Fergus
Aug 20 (Sat) – Guelph
Aug 27(Sat) – Rugby Ontario (Fletchers Fields)

U14, U16, U18 Boys/Girls

All the “youth” teams will train from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays except the U18 girls who will practice Mondays/Wednesdays.

The U14’s & U16’s play games Saturday mornings. The U14 schedule is not completed yet but typically begins after the May long weekend. Practices will begin May 3rd‎.

The U16 league typically begins the last weekend in June. Practices will begin early June. Once registered, you will be contacted with details.

The U18 boys and girls teams play games Wednesday evenings and usually start the last week in June once school is finished. If your high school doesn’t have a rugby program and if you have registered with the Centaurs, you are welcome to join the men or women’s team practices which have already begun (tuesday/thursday in the Sherwood Dome for April, then outdoor in May).

Formal U18 practices begin once the high school season is completed, usually the first week of June.

Upcoming Information

Keep watching your inbox for information on great upcoming rugby events such‎ as:

Centaurs/Upright Rugby Camp – J‎uly 11-15
Ontario Blues vs‎ Atlantic Rock at Sherwood – June 4
‎Tickets for Canada vs Italy – June 26

It’s shaping up to be another great summer of rugby. Sign up and be a part of it!

Friends through Rugby, Friends through Life

Go Centaurs!

Barry Goldberg
Director of Jr Development
Burlington Centaurs RFC

Senior Men’s 2016 Coaching Staff

The Burlington Centaurs RFC would like to announce the Senior Men’s Coaching Staff for the upcoming 2016 season.


With the return of coaches Jon Goldie – Head Coach & Chris Kelly – Assistant Coach, the coaching staff has expanded this season to include Tony Godziek & Jim Flynn as specialist coaches in attack and defence.


Both Tony and Jim are no strangers to the Centaurs organization and both bring a great wealth of coaching experience and rugby knowledge to compliment the coaching staff as the Centaurs gear up for the 2016 Rugby Season.

Return of the BERTIES

With the great success of hosting a exhibition 3rd XV team in 2015, the Centaurs have decided to revitalize the BERTIES to compete competitively in the NRU B Division.


The BERTIES, Burlington Experienced Rugby Team in The Extreme, were an integral part of the Burlington Centaurs and the NOBS rugby organizations. It is a great pleasure to bring this team back to its original luster to the rugby pitch. (See the original news article from the archives re: BERTIES attached)


Being an ‘experienced’ Rugby Team within the Centaurs organization it is understood that life and work commitments may come into play during the rugby season and throughout the work week but when available let it be known once again that SATURDAY IS A RUGBY DAY!


The BERTIES are a great opportunity for alumni players and rugby players new to the club to come together on the field as one. “Friends through Rugby, Friends through Life”




Rugby Ontario High Performance Manager David Butcher to run a two-part front row session in Burlington, Ont., open to Ontario coaches and aspiring provincial athletes.

(TORONTO, ON) – Rugby Ontario has announced that High Performance Manager David Butcher will run a front row development and provincial program talent identification session at Burlington Centaurs Rugby Football Club on Mar. 26, 2016.

Butcher, a 13-year professional prop in leagues across the United Kingdom and Europe, will lead the session, and will be joined by former Canadian national team props Tom Dolezel and Dan Pletch.

Rugby Ontario provincial coaching staff will be looking to identify male and female players interested in developing front row skills, and are aspiring to play within the Ontario Blues senior and under-19 men’s provincial program and the Ontario Storm senior and under-20 women’s provincial program. Ontario Blues and Storm program coaches will also be in attendance, assisting with session content and player identification.

Session space is limited to 40 male and female players, with age range limited to those who fall between the under-19 (turning 19 in 2016) and under-25 (turning 25 in 2016) age grades. Athletes are required to pre-register for this session, and to bring rugby attire appropriate for a full contact training session.

Prior to the player development and talent identification portion of the session, Butcher will lead a coaching presentation on scrum development. This presentation is open to all interested coaches across the province.

Session Content:
– Specific exercises to develop functional strength for scrummaging
– Individual body shape and control
– Technique development
– Scrum process

Session Schedule:
1:45-2:45 p.m. – Coaching Presentation [Coaches to arrive at 1:30 p.m.]
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Practical; Player Development & Talent Identification

Session Registration (Players):
– Step 1: Visit
– Step 2: Log in, or create a Sport Ngin account
– Step 3: Complete registration and payment (credit and debit cards accepted)
* Coaches do not need to register to attend this session

Fee Structure:
– Players who are registered as a 2015 Full Member with a Rugby Ontario club for the 2015 season (May 1, 2015 – Apr. 30, 2016): $20 Session Fee
* Rugby Canada Insurance fee previously paid during 2015 Full Member registration
– Players who are NOT currently registered as a Full Member with a Rugby Ontario club for the 2015 Season (May 1, 2015 – Apr. 30, 2016): $20 Session Fee + $45 Rugby Canada Preseason Insurance Fee
– It is mandatory that all participating players are covered by the Rugby Canada National Insurance Policy. During the registration, registrants will be prompted to select the appropriate fee structure based on the above criteria.
– Players must register by 5 p.m. on Mar. 22, 2016

The session is complimentary for coaches.

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

AGM Deck


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