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.


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


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.


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!


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

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.


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) .



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


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.


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

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



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 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

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.



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.




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


Rugby Ontario Referee Course Level 1 – April 11th

Rugby Ontario is looking for some rugby enthusiasts to become referees for the Halton Region.

The Centaurs will be hosting Rugby Ontario Referee Course – Level 1 at the clubhouse on April 11 9 am – 12 pm.

To register please go to the Rugby Ontario website:

Once you have registered please contact Brian Chapple at



2015 Season Registration now open

Senior Men and Women preseason training starts March 3rd and you can now register online for the 2015. Dues and information on the registration process are now listed under the registration tab. If you have any questions please reach out to Nick Manz or Tim Morton.

Click here to register 

St Practice Day

Warm up for St. Patrick’s Day All day Saturday with St. PRACTICE Day hosted by the Burlington Centaurs RFC on March 14, 2015.

We will have the double header for the 6 nations in the morning. $20 for admission if you are watching the games.

Wales vs Ireland 10:30 am
England vs Scotland 1:00 pm

The party will continue after the games conclude. Bring your green hat and wear your IRISH colours and join in the festivities with some pints of GREEN beer.

Special prices on all CARLSBERG beer products including a T shirt and beer mug combo. We will also have GUINESS pints on sale for $5.50 and Irish Carbombs for $5.50

We will have live music at night with The Fullertons playing some tunes for us. Make sure to come out it will be a great time.


Centaurs took the Plunge

A rag tag group of Centaurs took part in Sears Great Canadian Chill this afternoon. The group raised over $1500 dollars towards fighting children cancer. Senior Womens player Emily Fretts was leading the way raising the funds and the event was organized by Senior Womens Player Rebeccas Rosa. Great job to all who particpated and donated.


Join Gainline Africa’s Annual Coaching Tour

n June 2015, Gainline Africa will host its 4th annual Coaching Tour, taking approx. 10-15 rugby coaches or players to northern Uganda to help facilitate their community development and after-school rugby programs across the region. Tour participants will have the opportunity to experience Ugandan culture at a grassroots level, build relationships with Ugandan students and community leaders through a shared love of rugby and have the opportunity to explore the region through small day excursions and a safari in Murchinson Falls National Park.
As you may or may not already know, Gainline Africa is a sports-for-development charity that uses rugby as a tool to address and access development issues in post-conflict communities, specifically in northern Uganda. By partnering with local rugby communities, Gainline Africa provides after-school rugby programs to post-secondary students. Through these programs and annual coaching tour Gainline Africa works to promote unity and partnership between Canadian and Ugandan rugby players, while educating Canadians about development issues and inspiring their involvement in rugby communities outside of their own.

For more information please visit


Attached you will find additional information about this year’s tour as well as an application form should you or anyone you know be interested. Applications are due Monday February 16, 2015. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you may believe will be excited by this opportunity.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to let me know or contact Brittany Cheeseman, 2015 Coaching Tour Coordinator at


2015 Gainline Africa Coaching Tour – Overview

Coaching Tour Application Form(2015)

Burlington Firefighters Superbowl Fundraiser

The fundraiser night will included some great prizes. We will be raffling a 50″ Samsung Smart TV, Samsung tablet, raptors tickets, a BBQ, signed leafs stick and more. We will also be doing a 50/50 and Superbowl squares (must arrive before kick off to purchase).

Admission is $10 and we will be providing food. All are welcome!! Doors open at 530.