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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
There will also be a meet and greet with Wendel Clark down at the park.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
This dinner will be occurring weekly before all games.
Please Contact Kaitlyn Sharpe to reserve your spot.