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

Rugby Float for Santa Claus Parade – Dec 1st – Decorate Float Nov 30

Centaurs, Alumni & Supporters:

See the message below from our Santa Clause parade Float Co-ordinator, Karen Dagleish :

Please come out and join us for this fun family event!

The Club is having a float in the Burlington Christmas Parade again this year. The Parade is the afternoon of Sunday December 1st. Please come out and join us – you can ride on the float and wave to everyone or join the players who follow the float and toss balls to the crowd. All ages are welcome & bring the whole family – sibling and even friends are welcome on the float.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to decorate the float on Saturday Nov 30th at the bus garage at Burlington Transit. It is inside and warm. Come out and join us – it is always lots of fun. We also need help planning the float design. Please email Karen Dalgleish Kldalgleish@sympatico.ca or Debbie Park theparks@bell.net if you are interested in helping and we will arrange a planning meeting in the next 2 weeks.

Thanks & hope you can make it.

Awards wrap up – Fall Tests – NRU AGM – Important Dates

Centaurs, Alumni & Supporters:

Cold weather is upon us but still lots of rugby happenings and events. But first a reminder that today at 1pm is the Keith Grant Memorial at Sherwood Forest in Dome 1. Burlington Youth Soccer Club is asking on behalf of Keith to just wear a jersey, bring a lawn chair and bring down a canned good to donate. The Clubhouse will be open for those wanting to raise a pint to Keith.

Annual Awards Dinner

Last Fridays awards dinner was a scaled down affair from previous years due to numbers. Perhaps a lot of you were still recovering from the 40th dinner. No matter, all in attendance rose to the task and had a great time.

With regular dinner host Cye Beechy out of town, Monty Heald had agreed to emcee the evening. Unfortunately, an eleventh hour bug keep Monty in for the night and sadly for the attendees the role fell to me.

I acted more as a traffic cop, efficiently moving things along so we could get to the partying portion of the evening. However, I was saddled with the task of leading grace. Now having lead the Christmas Carols last year and subsequently B’nai Brith keeping an eye on me, I chose a “berachot” (hebrew for blessing) over wine. Another first (and last !) for Centaurs rugby.

Anyways, enough of me and on to the important folks……the Award recipients :

BOTY: Louis Hinshelwood
GIMP: Tim Morton
Iron Man: Mark Van Dyke
3rd XV Award: Saad Kahn
2nd XV Award: Kyle Wilkens
Rookie of the Year: Nate Bryan
Most Improved: James Edgar
Jr Endeavour: Maria Skinner and Brendan Bryan
Endeavour Cup: Danny Jenkins
Endeavour Sheild: Nick Manz and Claire Pilloud

Congratulations to these well deserved Centaurs.

Thanks also to the Dickens for catering yet another fantastic meal and to Centaur alumni Paul Kelly for dj’ing the evening. Photos can be found on the club facebook page.

Fall Internationals

The fall tests continue Saturday with England taking on the All Blacks at 9:30.
The NRU AGM is being held in Burlington this year and so the plan is to have the Ireland /Australia game at 12:45 be taped. It is hoped that the AGM will be completed by 2:45, in time for the Wales / Argentina game and then show the taped Ireland game after.

Cost for entry is $15 and we will attempt to move a TV downstairs if the taping plan falls through. But come in the morning for confirmation of viewing schedule.

Go Centaurs !

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.