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

Congratulations to Ireland on their Six Nations win!

it was a very exciting cup run this year with lots of great rugby. Thanks to all of the die hard fans who braved the early morning frigid temperatures to come out and support the club and cheer for their teams .

A special thanks to Dermot Fogarty, who Graciously donated our favourite Tim Horton’s coffee and also whipped up the breakfast sandwiches, of which the sales went to support our Junior program. So, say Hi the next time you see him at the drive through window at his Third line (Oakville) Timmies store

Konno Performance Wear partnership

Burlington Centaurs RFC and Konno Performance Wear are proud to announce a new a three-year partnership agreement making Konno Performance Wear the official On field and off field provider for all apparel. In the coming months Centaurs will have a dedicated online retail shop where you will be able to purchase several items from Training vests to Polo Shirts.

About our new partners.  Konno Inc. is a  Canadian manufacturer, distributor and reseller of team wear, apparel, equipment and accessories in a variety of different sports. Newly restructured, Konno has emerged as a designer and developer of team wear for sports like rugby, hockey, football, basketball and will continue to expand into other.

 

Senior Men’s Indoor Starts this week!

Indoor training begins this Thursday March 6th. Show up for a warm up at 7 pm. This will be the first session with our new coach Jonathan Goldie, so make sure to get out there. All old and new players welcome out. For any questions please send an email to Tim Morton @ snrmen@centaursrfc.com

6 Nations continues

We continue to show the 6 nations down at Sherwood Forest Park. So Come down to the club and cheer openly and proudly for your team.

Admission will once again be $20 for the Saturday games. This money goes directly to Premium Sports who hold the North American rights to broadcast the games.

Saturday March 8 09:30am Ireland vs Italy
Saturday March 8 12:00pm Scotland vs France
Sunday March 9 11:00am England vs Wales
Saturday March 15 08:30am Italy vs England
Saturday March 15 10:45am Wales vs Scotland
Saturday March 15 01:00pm France vs Ireland

Burlington Centaurs RFC Welcomes Jon Goldie as SMD NEW HEAD COACH

The Burlington Centaurs RFC would like to formally announce Jon Goldie as the new head coach of the Senior Men’s Division.

Hailing originally from Scotland, Jon Goldie, now a proud Canadian citizen, comes from a strong rugby background with 25 years of experience in the game. He has represented Ontario at all levels and Scotland at the Under 21 and University levels. He currently relives his glory days representing the Canadian Classics Rugby club annually in Bermuda.

During his rugby career, Jon has been fortunate to have worked under some of the most esteemed coaches in the British game and thus brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Since immigrating to Canada, Jon can list the Burlington Centaurs, the Oakville Crusaders and the Brantford Harlequins amongst the clubs for which he has played.  He has also captained and coached the Niagara Thunder in the Rugby Canada Super League.

The Burlington Centaurs are proud to welcome Jon Goldie back into the Centaurs organization and look forward to him leading the Senior Men’s team in the upcoming 2014 rugby season.

Stay tuned for additional coaching personnel announcements coming soon.

Winter Dome Skills & High School Rugby

Winter Dome Skills

Ages U8 to U14

Every Saturday afternoon 3:00-4:00

January 18th to March 29th

10 weeks of fun for boys and girls aged 6-14. Designed for all levels and experience to enjoy this wonderful global sport.

High School Rugby

Grade 9 and older

Tuesday afternoons 4:00-5:30
Thursday afternoons 4:30-6

January 7 to March 13

10 weeks of fun in a great league environment. These games are designed for current and potential High School players who want to be active throughout the year. We welcome players of all levels and experience to enjoy the league.

please contact burlingtoncentaurs@hotmail.com to register

New Year – New Website – New Executive

Happy New Years to all. 2014 will be an exciting year for the Burlington Centaurs. We have just launched this site and will continue to add improvements and content throughout the new year.

We also have a new executive. Your 2014 Executive board is :

Andy Maunder – President

Nick Manz – Secretary

Claire Pilloud – Treasurer

Mark Chesser – Game Chair

Kyle Wilkins – Facilities Chair

Tim Morton – Senior Men’s Chair

Kim Robb – Women’s Chair

Jeff Ellis – Junior Development Chair

Josh Jones – Social Director

Senior Men’s Head Coach – Burlington Centaurs RFC

The Burlington Centaurs RFC seek a head coach for the 2014 season and beyond.

Burlington is a progressive club with 3 Senior mens sides, a Senior womens team and a strong junior system (including minis), plus old boys. Playing at Sherwood Forest Park, their facilities include a clubhouse with change rooms, full and well maintained pitch, access to artificial field Turf pitches for winterized dome environment and a well earned reputation for great hosting.

The ideal candidate shall be able to fulfill the following criteria:

-Plan and execute two or more training sessions per week from March through October;

-Plan and execute game plans for pre-season, regular season and Cup matches as appropriate

-Seek to develop and improve skill level of all senior men players

-Understand and work within the parameters of Ontario senior mens club rugby, and be willing to work with the High Performance pathway of provincial/national rugby as requested.

-Work with the club executive to raise the profile and success level of the club

-Must have or working towards NCCP Competition Introduction Certification

Salary to be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Interested applicants should forward their rugby CV to Barry Goldberg, President bgoldberg1@cogeco.ca , before 4:00 pm on Friday, November 15, 2013. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Late Breakng News – Live Fall Internationals

Centaurs, Alumni, and Supporters:

Negotiations have just been concluded to bring the Fall Tour Tests, live via satellite to Sherwood Forest Park beginning with England vs Wales tomorrow morning at 10:30 am.

We will try and keep the entry costs down but need people to come down and watch the games, otherwise we won’t be able to continue bringing you live international rugby from around the globe.

So come down for a great warm-up to Sundays Canada/Maori game.

Entrance for tomorrows game is $15 but an “all-in ” viewing package price for all 14 tests will be finalized and presented when you come for tomorrows game.

Doors open at 10:00.

Here is the full schedule of games :

Saturday, November 2
Fall Tour Rugby: England vs Australia 10:30am ET
Saturday, November 9
Fall Tour Rugby: England vs Argentina 9:30am ET
Fall Tour Rugby: Wales vs South Africa 12:30pm ET
Fall Tour Rugby: France vs New Zealand 3:00pm ET
Fall Tour Rugby: Ireland vs Samoa (Delayed) (Time TBC) 5:00pm ET
Saturday, November 16
Fall Tour Rugby: England vs New Zealand 9:30am ET
Fall Tour Rugby: Ireland vs Australia 12:45pm ET
Fall Tour Rugby: Wales vs Argentina (Delayed) (Time TBC) 2:45pm ET
Sunday, November 17
Fall Tour Rugby: Scotland vs South Africa 10:00am ET
Friday, November 22
Fall Tour Rugby: Wales vs Tonga 2:30pm ET
Saturday, November 23
Fall Tour Rugby: Scotland vs Australia 1:00pm ET
Fall Tour Rugby: France vs South Africa 3:00pm ET
Sunday, November 24
Fall Tour Rugby: Ireland vs New Zealand 9:00am ET
Saturday, November 30
Fall Tour Rugby: Wales vs Australia 12:00pm ET