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

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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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Roddy Allan Tournament

Each year for the last few years, the Centaurs have hosted a tournament called the Roddy Allan tournament. This year, since there are so many new faces to the club, I thought it would be a great idea to let you know who he was. His picture is just inside the door to the clubhouse, on the right, inside the trophy case. But more on that later.

Roddy Allan was a great player, and rugby coach of the Minis and Juniors for the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club for several years. Roddy came over from Scotland, played for the Niagara Wasps for several seasons, and then played for Burlington for eight more seasons.

Roddy was an excellent coach of the minis, and juniors. The Under-12 teams Roddy coached were undefeated at most tournaments. The young players liked and respected him, developing tremendously while he coached. While Roddy played for Burlington, he went up and down playing for the firsts and seconds, and was eventually named captain of the 2nds. While captain our 2nd team experienced our greatest success in terms of win-loss-draw, going 63-5-2 over a 5 season span from 2006-2010, including one season undefeated, a perfect 14-0.

Playing with him was always a great challenge, as he was always just on the edge between getting us a card and setting up the scoring of yet another try. As a captain, he was that guy that was always about the pitch, helping to direct traffic. You never worried about whether he was going to win a ruck or not as you just knew it was going to be won.

One of my favourite Roddy stories was while at training one night, during a live game activity. We both went into a ruck, and both fell over, thanks to someone hitting us both from behind. It must have been quite a sight, watching both of us faceplant over top of a ruck. As we got up, the both of us, in our middle to late thirties, groaned at the same time about how that felt on our backs and necks. As we trotted back to the next play, we glanced at each other, shook our heads and went on having fun.

Before our time, the seconds team were known as “The Reds”. As a part of that, we took it upon ourselves to wear red electrical tape during games somewhere on our kit. In this tradition, I keep Roddy’s spirit on the field by still wearing the red tape on my cleats during games to this day.

One of the last games that Roddy played with Burlington was the annual away fixture in Niagara Wasps RFC, as mentioned, also his first club here in Canada. He has a lot of people at that club who have memories of Roddy. To keep that connection alive, we also play an annual Allan Cup game for a Quaich, a traditional Scottish cup. This particular one is hand-crafted by a friend of Roddy’s in Scotland, brought to Canada by Roddy’s family and provided by them to us for the annual event. The Quaich is kept for the year in the clubhouse of the team which won the game, and is currently at the Burlington Rugby Club on display, along with picture of Roddy.

I miss Roddy, his gentle nature and his great rugby sense. He was a good person to know and a great person to just be around. I hope, if you’ve read this far, to aspire to be as good a person, as good a rugby player as my friend Roddy Allan.

Good luck to everyone in the Roddy Allan tournament; please be safe and have a great time playing the sport they play in heaven!

Centaur Weekend Game Recap May 09

This Saturday was the Burlington Centaurs 1st time the season playing on our home pitch at Sherwood Forest Park and there was plenty of action with the Centaurs hosting the Mississauga Blues in pre-season triple headed.

 

It was a hot and humid afternoon when the Centaurs Women took the pitch against the Mississauga Blues Women’s team. The Blues came out even hotter running up a score of 10 points over the Centaurs. But the Centaur women were able to come back strong in the 2nd half to defeat the spirited Mississauga Blues 20-10. Try scorers on the day were Amber Aquin, Nina Trask, Rebeca Rosa and Carrie Cianconne.

 

DSC_3869RCentaur Nina Trask touches down for atry to defeat the Mississauga Blues women’s team Photograph provided by John Guilfoyle

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Captain Louis Hinshelwood makes a try saving tackle in the Centaurs 1st XV game. Photo by John Guilfoyle.

The Burlington Centaurs Men 1st XV signed off their pre-season fixtures with a hard fought victory against a gritty and speedy Mississauga Blues XV on a scorching day at Sherwood Forest Park. Coming out of the blocks quickly, the Centaurs used their shortened 4 man lineouts to good effect,  punching holes in the Blues defense resulting in 2 early tries for erstwhile glamour model winger Matt Woodley, who outstripped the cover defense on a number of occasions to touch down in the left corner. The Centaurs continued to pressure the Blues resulting in scrum half Tom McLeod, touching down after a catch and drive in the Blues 22, latching on to a short pass from Dave Cooper, who was making his 1st XV debut.

 

The Mississauga Blues thereafter came back into the game and poor Centaurs tackling resulted in 2 first half tries for the Blues speedy left winger who left a number of Centaurs defenders in his wake touching down under the posts twice within 5 minutes. Matt Woodley was to collect his hat-trick however after nice interplay from brother Brian Woodley allowed him to cross once more in the corner.

 

The second half was a scrappy affair with poor handling from both sides from fatigue due to the humid conditions.

Memorably, first team debutant Peter McDonald took advantage of a break in play to collect and dive over in the corner for his first try in a Centaurs jersey. Excellent performances also from Denny McCarthy, Leighland Cotter, Brian Woodley and Tom McLeod.  Ultimately the Centaurs were not to be denied, and held on for the WIN after the 80 minutes were up. Much work remains to be done if the Centaurs are to build on their successes from last year, but the boys will go into their season opener May 23rd with optimism and renewed confidence in their ability to win games whilst playing exciting fast paced rugby.

 

The Centaurs 2nd XV also defeated the Mississauga Blues on the day for the Centaurs to finish 3-0 on the day. A great day for the club and the sport of Rugby in Burlington.

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Jordan Tanner distributes the ball the Centaurs 2nd XV. Photo by John Guilfoyle

 

Much work remains to be done if the Centaurs are to build on their successes from last year, but the teams will go into their SEASON HOME OPENER on Saturday, May 23rd with optimism and renewed confidence in their ability to win games whilst playing exciting fast paced rugby.

Centaurs Pre-Season Games @ Sherwood Park TOMORROW

Centaurs, Alumni & Rugby Enthusiasts,

The Rugby Pitch at Sherwood Forest Park officially opened this week.

This Saturday the Centaurs are hosting the Mississauga Blues in TRIPLE HEADER ACTION!

The Centaurs Women are looking strong and will host the Mississauga Blues Women’s Team with KO at NOON.

The Centaurs 2nd XV host Mississauga Blues with KO @ 1:30 pm.

The Centaurs 1st XV host the Mississauga Blues with KO @ 3:00 pm.

Everyone is invited to come down to the club and cheer on the Centaurs with their first game at Sherwood.

Come and enjoy the glorious weather while enjoying a cold beverage from the Centaurs Balcony overlooking the 50 metre line of the field. It doesn’t get any better than this!

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Those still interested, team registration is still open for Senior Men, Women and Juniors. Go online now for more information and register www.burlingtoncentaurs.com

Weekend Recap April 25th

Over the weekend the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club was involved in the Sherwood Forest Park Spring Clean-Up Green-UP Event organized by the Friends of Sheldon Creek Watershed. The Centaurs along with numerous groups from the community were able to clean up the park and the creek.

 

Saturday, April 25th the Burlington Centaurs senior men hosted Kent Havoc at Norton Community Park for some pre-season action. The Burlington Centaurs dominated Kent Havoc in the first half with several Centaurs crossing the try line to score. In the spirit of the game the Centaurs provided some players to Kent for the second half which increased the intensity and physicality of the game. The Centaurs continue to improve under the direction of head coach Jon Goldie and assistant coach Chris Kelly to develop and focus on the start of the regular season in May.

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Nick Manz touches down for a try to score to finish off the 1st half action on Saturday. Photograph by John Guilfoyle

The Burlington Centaur Women’s Rugby Team were in Oakville versus their Halton rivals, the Oakville Crusaders. This pre-season game put the Centaurs off-season training skills to the test by playing Oakville who compete in a league above the Centaurs. The Centaur women showed their determination and raised their game to defeat Oakville Crusaders by a score of 36-27. Scoring for the Centaurs were Jordan Orlando (x2), Amber Aquin (x2) and Emily Fretts (X1) .

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Open practices continue at Sherwood Forest Park on Tuesday & Thursday evenings for the men and Monday & Thursday evening for the women. This Saturday the Annual Orange vs Blue Intersquad game will be held at 1:00 pm.

VOUNTEEERS NEEDED – Sherwood Forest Park & Sheldon Creek Clean-Up

THIS SATURDAY April 25th 9:00 am – 11:00 am

 

  • In honour of Earth Day this week and to give back to the community the Centaurs will be helping the Friends of the Sheldon Creek Watershed with their annual spring clean-up. This also includes helping to clean up our own home, Sherwood Forest Park.

 

  • We will be meeting Sheldon Creek representative at 9:00am at the playground area by the Rugby Clubhouse. Representatives from Sheldon Creek Watershed will bring supplies and bags for people.

 

  • Please wear some Centaur gear or colours. Councilor Sharman from Ward 5 will also be on hand to help out.

Crown Worldwide Yard Sale in support of Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton

MASSIVE YARD SALE!

Crown Worldwide is proud to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary and we are celebrating by hosting a massive yard sale to raise funds in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton!

Furniture, appliances, household items, collectibles, tools, books, kids’ stuff, clothes, etc…Great bargains, in support of a great cause!

 

Join us:

Date:          Saturday May 23, 2015

 Time:         8:00 am – 12:00 noon

 Location:   Crown Worldwide

3100 Harvester Road, Unit 4*

Burlington, ON

*Back of Building*

See you there!

Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton is a registered charitable organization that raises funds to enrich the lives of children, youth and families, enabling them to thrive and reach for tomorrow. The funds raised at this event will directly impact children and families living right in this neighbourhood.

Burlington Centaurs Full Monty Heald Pre-Season Tournament Recap

This past Saturday, April 18th, the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club hosted their 1st Annual Full Monty Heald Pre-Season Tournament at Norton Community Park in North Burlington.

Monty Heald, for who the tournament is named after, was on hand on Saturday to kick off the Tournament and present the Award winners back at the clubhouse.

Monty is one of the founding members of the Burlington Centaurs RFC and was the team’s 1st club captain. He was the 2nd club president of the Centaurs and he ultimately became a lifetime member of the Club. Monty also served as president of Rugby Canada (1991-1999) and in 2013 was inducted as a Rugby Canada Honourary Life Member.

Thank you Monty for supporting the tournament and demonstrating what it means to be a true rugby gentlemen.

The tournament consisted of two men’s divisions including the Burlington Centaurs 1st & 2nd XV, Stoney Creek, Toronto Dragons, Toronto Buccaneers 1st & 2nd XV, Sudbury Stones, and the Grimsby Gentlmen. The tournament also involved a women’s showcase game between the Burlington Centaurs and Stoney Creek.

The spring weather was warm and sunny and the turf fields provided some fast paced action from the Centaurs backs which were too much for the opposition to shut down with the Centaurs 1st XV going undefeated and winning the Division I.

The Division II competition was very even on the day with the Burlington Centaurs 2nd XV and the Sudbury Stones splitting the tournament for a tie.

 

Thanks to the Dickens Pub for setting up on site to provide food and refreshments for all the teams and to Tim Morton for organizing the teams and the tournament.

 

Special thanks to John Guilfoyle and Carolyn Ritchie for taking photographs on the day.

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Rugby Pracitces continue for both the men’s and women’s teams on Tuesdays & Thursdays at Sherwood Forest Park.

For more information visit the Centuars website www.burlingtoncentaurs.com

This Saturday, April 25th the Men’s Burlington Centaurs host Kent Havoc in an exhibition game at Norton Community Park KO @ 1:30 pm while the women are in Oakville for an exhibition game vs the Oakville Crusaders.

 

Centaur Louis Hinshelwood fends off a Toronto Buccaneer’s tackler in Division 1 action. Photograph by John Guilfoyle

 

Centaurs coach Jon Goldie congratulating the team after winning the Division 1 tournament. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie

 

Cheers

Clearance Sale

Clearance Sale! Low prices on all items listed below. Must be able to pickup from the clubouse. We will not be shipping these items out. Please email snrmen@centaursrfc.com if interested

Hoody (grey) – large: 1 $20
Hoody (navy blue) – small: 1, large: 2 $20
Konno men’s shorts – x-small: 2 $20
Lionheart Shorts – X-large: 15, large: 2 $10
Rugby shorts (Centaurs) – x-large: 1, large: 5 $10
Polo’s – x-small: 2, small: 3 medium: 5 $10
Polo’s (40th Anniversary) – medium: 2, large: 8, xl: 9, xxl: 12 $15
Ties: 6 $25
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Easter Egg Hunt April 4th

Our Annual Easter Egg hunt is back on this year. The hunt starts at 10:30 am and is happening at our clubhouse for children aged 0-10. We hear the Easter Bunny will be hopping by to visit the children so make sure you don’t miss out.

 

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Roddy Allan Memorial Tournament May 23th 2015

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In honor of a great rugby man. The Burlington Centaurs will be hosting its Annual Roddy Allan tournament this coming May 23rd. Last year we had 56 teams and anticipate to welcome over 500 youth rugby players to our field Sherwood Forest Park this year.

We look forward to an exceptional day of Junior Division Rugby at Under 8 / Under 10 and Under 12 tackle age groups.

 

roddy

 

MAP Sherwood Forest Park Centaurs Tournament

Alumni day Finalized June 20-21

The Centaurs Annual Alumni Weekend is shaping up to be another great weekend event. We will be moving the Centaurs Golf Tournament from Friday to a Sunday event. Hopefully this will drive more participation.  On the Saturday the 20th we have an action packed day of Rugby starting with;

10:30 KO Nobs vs BARFS

12:00 PM Women v Stratford

1:30 2nd XV v Guelph Red Coats

3:00 1st XV v Guelph Red Coats

Social to follow at the club and then Downtown Burlington

Alumni day