End of Season U8 Coaches Message

Sunday September 7th marked the final festival for the 2014 U8’s and U10’s of the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club. The day started off at 9amwith the kids ready and eager to play an entire day’s worth of rugby.  However, this was a very emotional day for parents and children alike as it marked the end of a season and the great success of the club’s mini’s program. Parents got to see their kids improve since the beginning of summer and some of the players even got their very first try. The energy of this tournament was at an all-time high with parents cheering and tearing up while their kids played their hearts out.

I had the great pleasure of coaching the Under 8 team in addition to stepping in near the end of the season to coach the Under 10s. I have never seen teams play as well as they did. These teams exemplify the true meaning of teamwork and the meaning “friends through rugby friends through life.” A lot of the children came to me not knowing what rugby was, or the rules. Some of the under 8 kids even stepped up and were able to play in the Under 10 division for the festival.

The season started off as a challenge, coaching between 15-20 kids ranging 5, 6 and 7 year olds is not the easiest task.  Every practice we worked on their skill as well as played fun games to keep their interest alive. Other clubs had asked me how do I get my kids not to pick flowers or throw sand during practice. I would like to say that the key to it was that I ensured it was a scheduled practice with a mix of fun, however the reality is that these kids were here to not only play rugby and learn but to win and grow.

 I couldn’t have asked for a better season or a better group of kids to not only coach but to represent the future of the club.

Coach Chloe
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Centaurs are running for the Cure

For the 3rd year in a row the BURLINGTON CENTAURS RUGBY CLUB will be joining tens of thousands of Canadians to participate in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.

Everyone has been impacted by someone with cancer. Just this past month fellow Centaur Tim Morton’s mother was diagnosed with Breast cancer and she has already had surgery to remove the cancer. She is in pain and is fighting everyday to recover from the surgery. Tim wishes he was as strong as her. This year Tim, his family and the Centaurs will run in her honour.

The Run for the Cure is Canada’s largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education and health promotion initiatives. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, October 5, 2014. 

The Centaurs will again be ordering BRIGHT PINK Team T-shirts for $10 please notify Nick Manz of your size.

We are proud to run as team and support the City of Burlington for this year’s event to support one another in our fundraising efforts. Please help out the Centaurs Rugby Club by joining our team or donating today!

Click here to view the team page for Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club

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1st XV recap

Burlington Centaurs clinched the NRU Division A title with a thrilling win over the Hamilton Hornets at Sherwood Forest Park on Saturday afternoon, securing a 45-21 and running in 7 tries in the process. Needing to win by 21 points over a tough and organized Hamilton outfit, the Centaurs got off to a perfect start with Zach Shurtleff latching on to a dropped catch and sprinting in from 50 metres to score under the posts which was easily converted by Paul Kelly. The lead didn’t last long however as Hamilton responded with three penalties and a try to regain the lead. The tit for tat nature of the game continued as strong Burlington pressure ended with Paul Kelly forcing himself over the tryline under the posts. At half time the Centaurs were up by 19-16 and the Division title seemed out of reach. With the wind behind them in the second half the Centaurs took full advantage, with fly-half kicking smartly into corners and playing the game in the opposition end. This strategy proved effective and led to further tries for Zach Shurtleff who completed his hat-trick in his new favourite wing position, and also for Nick Evans, Brendan Bryan and Denis Tomas. Hamilton were not going down without a fight however and with three minutes to go took advantage of a rare lineout in the Burlington half to score from the set-piece reducing the deficit to 19 points thus temporarily taking control of the number one spot in the division. The Centaurs however were not to be denied and in the final minute pressure on the Hamilton line lead to a mistake at their lineout which flank Louis Hinshelwood took full advantage of, diving on the loose ball to secure the final try and thus the game by a margin of 24 points, which was enough to secure the Centaurs their first NRU Division A title for many years.

Hawaiian Luau and Pig Roast

Come on down to Sherwood Park and catch the last game of the season. We have a triple header with Senior Men and Women taking on heated rivals Hamilton.

On top of our usual Bavarian Garden and food provided by the dickens. We will also be having a Pig Roast. So make sure to come out to support the team but don’t forget your Hawaiian shirt!

 

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Senior Men bring back the Roddy Allan Cup to Burlington

Your Centaurs traveled down the QEW to play a strong Niagara Wasps side and came away with a couple wins. The men short alot of players due to injuries brought down 34 men for the 2 games. The 2nds team used there experience and fitness to there advantage by taking it to the Niagara 2nds 51 to 21. Outstanding performances by Fly half Zach Dundas and 8 turned 9 Andy Maunder.

The 1st team game was a battle with Burlington and Niagara trading trys early in the first half. The men dug deep and after what seemed like hours were able to defeat Niagara 17-12. This was a whole team effort including some key substitutions in the 2nd half with Mark Chesser and Josh Jones both coming in and making immediate impacts.  The men look forward to the last game of the season vs rival Hamilton with the winner taking home the league championship.

 

Centaurs Annual Golf Tournament – Friday, July 25th

Looking for 10 foursomes and will meet at Milcroft Golf Course at around noon.
Dig through your closets and wear your Centaurs Golf shirts (Golf shirts will also be available for purchase).
Dinner to follow immediately after the Golf Tournament at the Rugby Clubhouse supplied by the Dickens Pub.

GOLF w Cart & DINNER $80 pp

Please email Nick_Manz@toyota.ca to confirm the names of your 4some (Sign up sheet will also be posted at the Clubhouse)

 

Alumni Day Events/Pink Ladies Day

We have a lot of events coming up at the club. On July 26th we will have our Alumni weekend and the First Annual Pink Ladies Day. We will be hosting the First Annual Golf Tournament on the 25th followed by a pubcrawl around the friendly confines of downtown Burlington. Please confirm your spot for the weekend with Gareth at Bit_chunky@hotmail.co.uk and make sure to have your 2 week registration completed at http://centaursrfc.com/registration/

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Not only will the Alumni be playing early morning of the 26th but the Senior Men 1st XV and 2nd XV will be playing at home v Windsor/Kent. The NOBS v Centaur Alumni match is kicking off at noon. To add to this day we will be hosting our first Annual Pink Ladies day celebration. We ask everyone to wear pink and we will be holding various fundraising raffles. We encourage as many people to come out as possible, even if you are not able to play.  Bring your wives, girlfriends, partners, and friends and support a very worthy cause. Funds raised on this day will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. We are still looking for donations for raffles. If you have can donate anything please contact Tim.morton9@gmail.com

 

 

Centaurs SMD goes 2-0 v Niagara Wasps RFC

Hard fought matches for both 1st XV and 2nds XV but the Centaurs pulled through and won both matches. 1sts 24-20 and 2nds 22-5.  After a weekend off the Men are looking forward to getting back on the pitch this coming Saturday July 5th vs Highland @ home.

Tragic News – David Tutty

It is with heavy heart that I bring you news of the sudden passing of David Tutty, a long standing coach of our U8 and U10 programs. David, an avid cyclist, was tragically struck down by a vehicle early Thursday evening.

Our thoughts and prayers are with ‎his wife Anna, and sons Matthew and Aiden,

Visitation will be Tuesday  10th June 2-5pm and 6-9pm  at Friscolanti Funeral home, Barton Street between John and James, in Hamilton.

Burlington Centaurs SMD go 1-1 in Home Opener weekend

Burlington Centaurs opened the season at home with games against a strong Waterloo III side and the Bruce County Barbarians. The seconds XV struggled to keep pace with the an organised Waterloo III side although good performances by Andy Maunder and Callum Sharp were the highlight for the Burlington team. Stronger in the loose and overall more experience the Waterloo team ran out comfortable 50-12 winners in the end.

 

The first XV welcomed Bruce County who arrived just before kickoff and it proved to be their undoing, with the Centaurs coming out of the blocks running in 8 tries in the first half and playing some fantastic rugby in the process. Once again for the second week in a row the ball was flowing through the hands with Burlington building phase after phase before crossing the try line on numerous occasions. A spirited comeback by the Barbarians for the first 10 minutes of the second half didn’t yield any points and the Centaurs took advantage adding another 7 tries. Good performances by Mike Daniels and Kyle Wilki were the highlight of many, and the boys did well to push hard for 80 minutes, which was reflected in the 87-0 final scoreline.

Senior Men travel to Fergus and come back victorious

Burlington 2nd XV had a positive start to the season racking up a 19-5 away victory over a large Highland 2nd XV. After trailing 0-5 at the interval courtesy of a deserved Highland try the Centaurs started to build pressure from the onset of the 2nd half and were rewarded with 3 well worked tries over the 40 minute period. The Centaurs superior fitness and handling skills were testament to the preseason work the club has put in and boys were well rewarded for their efforts in the end.

 

The first team traveled to Highland not knowing what to expect after a close game last year and started off quickly putting in 4 tried in the first half. Man of the Match Brian Woodley contributed 4 tries in a total of 10, the rest of the tries being evenly spread throughout the team. Josh Jones returned from a week in Alberta to score 2 tries set up by excellent Burlington forward play combined with good handling to use the overlap in the corner. Centaurs were a constant threat on the counter attack with Brendan Byran spearheading a number of kick returns gaining yardage each time enabling the team to turn defence into attack on a number of occasions. The final scoreline of 66-0 emphasizes the dominance of the Centaurs throughout the match and highlights the hard work put in by all at the club for the past 2 months. That being said, one swallow doesn’t make a summer and lot of hard work lies ahead for the Centaurs to provide consistency in their efforts this year.

Roddy Allan Festival – Huge Success

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The 6th annual Burlington Centaurs Rugby Roddy Allan Memorial Mini’s Festival took place this past Saturday May 24th.  The Centaurs hosted 56 teams from all over Southern Ontario in the their U12/U10 and U8 age groups. The weather and the quality of play from our juniors made for a spectacular day of rugby to kick off the season.  The U16 boys BBQ hotdogs and handed out drinks for over 500 players.

Special thanks to all the wonderful volunteers and Sponsors that make this event the highlight of our mini’s season every year

Blue vs Orange Annual Intersquad match

It was a beautiful day for rugby this past Saturday, temperatures finally above the single digits for the first time since November. The partly cloudy sky kept the temperatures from getting too high, but enough sun got through to make it an incredible start to the 2014 season.

Taking the field were two teams formed entirely by Burlington Centaur registered players. The naming rights went to the highest bidder and that’s why the teams are the Blue and Yellow. Cheques, I’m sure to follow.

Right off the kick off, Donald Hammond was quick to help the Blue team when he stepped on the ankle of fellow Yellow Mark Chesser. He was quick to get up, by took a few minutes of running around to make sure that it was going to be ok.

Early on, Blue were pressing hard on the Yellow defense  and Tim Morton  scored on a nice scamper from 5 meters out. Conversion was not made and so the score was 5-0.

For the next while, it was one way traffic going the other way, with a couple of quick tap tries from Yellow scrumhalf  Paul Kelly , with one conversion being made by Paul Kelly. score at half was 12-5 for the yellow.

At the half the teams switched sides and Yellow was quick to take advantage of the wind. Two tries, one by Josh “I am to sexy for my shirt” Jones was at the end of a nicely worked piece of rugby. Passes came from the back of a scrum, though the hands of at least two Yellow players and into Jones’ hands. With ball in hand, Jones went on a run to put the ball down and earn his team 5 points. With hands like that it’s no wonder he’s earned that nickname. The second try was by Mark Chesser, also scored at the end of a Yellow forward led series of picks and goes, ending with an easy pick up and fall over across the paint into the end zone.

The game ended with a scramble by Blue up the far side of the pitch, nice off loads to Blue players coming at speed. Some very nice ball handling skills on display that ended with Tom Jeknins crashing into the end zone, just before the final whistle. Final score was 30-12 for the Yellow team.

In any case, not a great day for the kickers, as less than 50% of the kicks were made Some excellent handling and some good decisions made by both sides. Some furious runs were made by both sides, one in particular by John MacPherson, knocking the wind out of his would be tackler.

The Centaur’s next preseason game will be Thursday vs the Etobicoke Invictus.

 

Try Scorers;

Blue: Morton, Jenkins

Orange: Bryan, Jones, Kelly x2, Chesser

Senior Men travel to Atlantic City – Win Invitational

The senior men trekked down to Atlantic City this past weekend to compete in the first Annual Atlantic City Invitational. The men played 3 games on the Saturday afternoon and came away with an impressive 3-0 record. The field was wet and the games were a grind but we came away victorious and did not concede a point all afternoon. We would like to thank our hosts Jersey Shore Sharks for putting on a good spread of food and beer afterwards.

 

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6TH Annual Burlington Centaurs RFC Roddy Allan Memorial Festival

MAY 24TH 2014

LOCATION:
SHERWOOD FOREST PARK
5278 FAIRVIEW STREET BURLINGTON ONTARIO

PLEASE RSVP TEAM REGISTRATIONS TO DARYL LOADER @
daryl.loader@rbc.com

BURLINGTON CENTAURS RFC WISHES TO CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO OUR 6TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL MAY 24TH 2014

WE ARE PLEASED TO OFFER GAME OPPORTUNITIES TO OUR PARTNERS IN JUNIOR RUGBY AT U-12 TACKLE AND U-10 / U-8 FLAG DIVISIONS

WE HAVE AMPLE PARKING AND AMENITIES COORDINATED FOR WHAT WILL BE A WONDERFUL DAY OF DEVELOPMENTAL JUNIOR RUGBY

TOURNAMENT COMMENCEMENT 9:00am WITH THE PLAYING OF O’CANADA

ALL PLAYERS AND COACHES WILL RECEIVE CONCESSION TICKETS FOR FOOD AND DRINK

COACHES MEETING 8:30 AM CENTAURS CLUBHOUSE

Canada Vs Scotland

Thanks to the Burlington Centaurs past support of Rugby Canada games we have been able to secure a LIMITED number of Premium seats for the upcoming Canada vs Scotland Rugby International at BMO Field on Saturday, June 14th KO @ 2:00 pm.

The Centaurs were able to secure a block of Premium Tickets in Section 108 on the 50 meter line (Not normally open for Group Ticket Sales).

Rugby Canada currently have the block on hold but ONLY for a limited time.

The Tickets are $60 each which includes a beverage ticket redeemable at the Centaurs Club house on game day.

Please respond to the email to reserve your tickets. You must pay in full to secure your tickets.

Payments can be made over the bar at the clubhouse or by email money transfer to finance@centaursrfc.com

The Centaurs Club will be open at 11:00 am on game day. Please ensure you purchase your GO train tickets BEFORE coming to the club (Appleby to Exhibition).

 

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MONTY HEALD Awarded Honorary Life Membership

Rugby Canada is proud to announce that past President Monty Heald has been awarded an Honorary Life Membership, which is the highest and most prestigious award that may be bestowed by Rugby Canada. The award is given to individuals who have brought significant positive recognition to Rugby Canada at the National or International level and/or has made an outstanding or extraordinary contribution to the growth and development of the game of Rugby in Canada.

Monty Heald Profile:

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. During this period, he also played for Greengarth R.F.C., in Cumberland (1957 – 1959) and Ashbourne R.F.C., in Derbyshire (1959 – 1960). Also, during this period, Monty was selected for and played in every position but hooker and fullback. During his final years with Derby R.F.C., concluding in 1968, he played in what may be a Club record 107 consecutive first grade matches, and was Club captain for two years, 1965/7. Monty immigrated to Burlington, Ontario in 1968 and he moved to Puslinch in 1971. He played for the Hamilton Hornets from 1968 to 1972, and he 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 he ultimately became a Life Member of the Club. Monty’s playing career concluded in 1988 and he had already become involved in administration at a number of levels. He served the Niagara Union as the Director of the Senior Team, and he served the Ontario Rugby Union as a selector for two years (1979/80).

In 1981, Heald became a National Selector and he chaired the C.R.U. 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. Also 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 manager of the first CANZ 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 he 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 PARA was formed 1995 and Monty served as the Canadian Rugby Union representative including two years as President. The National Union underwent many significant structural changes over Heald’s term of office and, as well, there were many major challenges facing the administration, including Marketing and Communications, the tremendous growth in the number of domestic players, and the growth of the Women’s game, both domestically and internationally. In the middle of Monty’s leadership, the Union effected a major change, that being the change in name to Rugby Canada. The National Union, through the services of Alan Sharp, our representative on the Council of the International Rugby Board, became significantly more involved in the activities and programs of the I.R.B. The number of international fixtures involving Canada increased by 160% over the period 1990 to 1999, and 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. He is now retired and lives in Waterdown, Ontario, and is still involved in Rugby, coaching at the Waterdown High School and serving as Chair of the Past Presidents committee, Chair of the Hall of Fame committee and member of the Annual Awards Committee of Rugby Canada.

Indoor / Dome Training continues

Training has now started on Tuesdays in the Dome as the NOB’s RFC have allowed us to share half of the field space from 6:55 – 7:55pm.

Thursday’s session starts at 7pm in the gym for a warm-up and then 7:55 in the dome with Coach Goldie. All are welcome to come out.

The first outdoor training session will be April 12th at Norton Community Park – Field 2. 1 -3 pm @ Tim Dobbie Drive by Walkers and Dundas. After the training session we will have a Senior Mens team meeting back at the clubhouse along with a spring clean.

New Senior Women Coaching tandem

We are pleased to announce the Sr. Women’s coaching team of Gareth Williams and Kim Robb, with practices to start up in May. All women are encouraged to come out for the indoor practices Tuesdays & Thursdays during April” dome time.
We are Also pleased to announce the the Sr women’s dues have been revised to $172. please register asap