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.
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.
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.
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 www.gainlineafrica.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Christmas Eve Carols
Centaurs/Family are invited to the Centaurs Rugby Club to come meet Santa & sing some Christmas Carols.
Meet Santa 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Christmas Carols 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Outdoor Touch Rugby – Boxing Day
Come out and run off some of that holiday cheer you have been indulging in this past month. Touch will be outside at the main pitch for 1 pm.
Gnome Bowl – New Year’s Day
All Centaurs, Members, NOBs and families are invited for the annual gnome bowl.
· Minimum age of players is 16 year old.
· Sign up time is 11:50 am.
· Games are from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
· Minimum donation to play starts at $5
All Proceeds go towards the Dave Burnett fund
Thanks for everyone showing up to last nights AGM. A more detailed wrap up of the AGM will be provided in the coming week. For now congratulations to our newly elected 2015 Executive board.
Andy Maunder – President
Nick Manz – Administration Director
Claire Piloud – Finances Director
Louis Hinshelwood – Social Director
Mark Chesser – Games Chair Director
Tim Morton – Senior Mens Director
Kaitlyn Sharp – Senior Womens Director
Barry Goldberg – Junior Development Director
The Burlington Centaurs Annual General Meeting (AGM) is upon us. Mark Tuesday, December 9th off on your calendars and attend the club for the AGM at 6:30 pm.
All registered members are strongly encouraged to put forth your ideas and determine the direction of the future of the club. Your input and votes are extremely important towards the growth of the club.
Attached is a copy of the amended Constitution. The nomination board will be posted this week at the club for nominations for 2015 Executive members. Each member must be nominated and seconded by voting members in good standing.
Please encourage other players and members in good standing to attend or have them submit their proxy vote (See link below) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s all work together to continue to move forward with the success of the Centaurs organization this season and strive to improve the club for 2015.
This years winners are;
|Iron Man||Tim Ellis|
|Most Improved Male||Louis Hinshelwood|
|2nd XV Men’s Coaches Award||Don Hammond|
|Dan Quinlan Men’s Rookie||Zach Shurtliff|
|1st XV Men’s Coaches Award||Daryl Kletke|
|Most Improved Female||Rachel O’Neil|
|Ceri Jones Women’s Rookie||Jordan Orlando|
|Jim Barnes Junior Endeavor||U16 Boys|
|Endeavor Bowl||Laitkin Littlejohns|
|Endeavor Cup||Colin McLeod|
|Endeavor Shield||Tim Morton|
Thanks to everyone who helped our during the season and with the banquet and a special thanks to our emcee Cye Beechy.
Centaurs, Alumni and Supporters, All the fall tests WILL be shown at the club. Come down,spread the word and bring your friends and enjoy top international rugby. Save money and buy the “all-in” package and get all 16 matches for $80 or pay $30 for the day. We appreciate your support that allows us to bring you these games. Go Centaurs!
The Fighting Squirrels Wheelchair rugby team is a newly formed wheelchair rugby team in Southern Ontario. They re now fundraising until December and would appreciate your assistance. We are trying to raise money for practice equipment, facility rental and rugby jerseys.
Please go to there site linked below for ways to donate their club. Also follow them on Facebook and twitter @FGSquirrels
The First Registration Night for the Dome League will be this Thursday upstairs prior to the dome.
Please bring your $150 to secure your spot in the 2013 dome league. All players MUST be paid in order to be eligible for the draft on November 7th.
The Dome is open tonight from 8-9 pm in Dome 1.
The dome league will again hold a DRAFT for teams after the registration night on November 7th.
The league will be capped at approximately 60 players to ensure equal playing time for all paid members.
If you are a certified referee and would like to be involved again this year please contact me.
CENTAURS ANNUAL WINTER DOME LEAGUE – REGISTRATION NIGHTS – October 30th & November 6th @ 7:30 pm
COST: $150 (Includes Official Dome League Team T-shirts) NO PAY = NO PLAY
REGISTRATION TIME: 7:30 pm – Upstairs in the Clubhouse
The Dome League runs from Thursdays 7:55 pm to 8:55 pm from November to February with over 15 Weeks of playing time.
(No games on December 25th or January 1st)
Please review the rules attached below. Quick summary:
- Tackle is made by 2 hands which must touch simultaneously below the shoulders and above the knees
- After a tackle is made the offence MUST place the ball between the legs and the defence MUST retreat 1 meter (2 steps)
- The tackler may not make the next tackle or obstruct the scrum half
- The scrum half can run, but if tackled the ball is turned over to the defending team
- A score is made when the ball carrier crosses the defending goal line (touching the ball down when possible) – for safety reasons please immediately release the ball on the ground in the dead ball zone – DO NOT THROW/KICK OR RUN WITH THE BALL AWAY AFTER CROSSING THE LINE (will be enforced by referees)
- The scoring team must immediately retire to behind the halfway line before moving forward and may not cross until the attacking team has begun to advance
- If the ball is knocked-on, passed forward, etc, it results in a turnover. A legitimate “Dropped ball” is LIVE – again for safety on defense do not jump on loose balls or kick the ball.
Get your money in to secure your spot or let me know ASAP that you are interested
Although we fell short at the final hurdle regarding promotion to the Marshall League this season was a special achievement in many ways. To come from a position of not even having a team in the fall cup last year, to playing for the Intermediate Cup and promotion was a remarkable achievement for essentially the same squad of players as last year. The dedication and commitment shown by the players to practice and to the club’s schedule throughout the summer was fantastic, and it yielded results. Saturday’s game was a slugfest with two relatively similar teams competing ferociously for all the marbles. No quarter was asked or given and in the end the difference was a couple of tackles here and there. No one can doubt the commitment and the heart of the Centaurs this year, embodied in the wins at home versus Hamilton Hornets and also versus Barrie RFC last week. Many of the younger players matured greatly over the past season most notably Brendan Bryan versus Barrie. All in all a very positive start to a journey both for the new coach and for the senior men of the Centaurs RFC.
About the band
Uncorked performs a unique blend of rock, country-rock and east coast standards in their own upbeat style of melody and harmony. Keep your glass in hand for the occassional “sociable” tradition, and expect some good-hearted light humour to fill in the breaks. If you’ve ever been “pubbing” on the East Coast, then you’ve likely experienced the atmosphere of a well-known kitchen party. You know its all about good friends, good song, and good times. And you also know what to expect when you get Uncorked.
Whether you just want to tap your feet, or you want to bellow it out with your favourite sing-a-longs, you’re guaranteed to have a good time, so come join the boys for a few “pops”, and get yourself Uncorked!”
They will be playing at the club on Friday October 24th. Tickets are $10 and can be bought through Nick or Bob Cunningham.
Burlington Centaurs continued their winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a 22-17 Niagara Rugby Union Cup victory versus Highland RFC who made the short trip down from Fergus on what turned out to be a spectacular day for rugby.
The men in blue and orange got off to a flying start coming out the blocks from the opening whistle putting together phase after phase and pushing back Highland into their own half. This pressure translated into points soon after as the ball was worked wide to 18 year old fullback Ryan Siddall who weaved his way outside the cover defence to score a wonderful try in the corner. More Centaurs pressure and more scything runs by Siddall would soon put wing Joshua Jones under the posts for a second try. A recent lack of match practice due to uneven scheduling was soon to take its toll whoever as the Centaurs play became scrappy, leading to numerous mistakes and often falling foul of the rather overly fussy referee. Highland came back into the game with three tries of their own in the second half but a final effort from captain Colin McLeod was enough to see the Burlington side over the finish line, adding to an already impressive 9 and 1 record for 2014.
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.