There was a full house at Sherwood Forest Park last weekend with the 8th Annual Roddy Allan Minor Rugby Festival had its most ever participants with 88 teams and just over 1000 players and coaches.
The Centaurs had a great showing as the U8’s impressed coaches Alex Rappos and Aislinn McNally with how well a number of their “mini-taurs” performed in their first ever rugby games.
The U10’s coaches Chloe Seidner and Leigh Bowen were also pleased as a number of returning players are developing well. Their 3 -0 record was a great start to the season.
The U12’s got off to a rocky start as first game jitters lead to a loss but they rallied in the remaining two games to go undefeated. Coaches Steve Venimore and Jason Chantler are anticipating a great season as a number of these players have been playing together for the past 4 years and new to contact players are adjusting well.
All junior teams are still accepting registrations – www.centaursrfc.com
Senior Men & Women Season Openers
The Burlington Centaurs Women took on the London St. George in a tough game versus an experienced London side.
With new faces on the team the women continued to work on their game play throughout the match and look forward as they develop togther as a team through the season.
Burlington Centaurs Men got off to a winning start in the 2016 season with home victories for all 3 men’s team on Saturday at Sherwood Forest Park. The return of the Berties was highly celebrated and well attended by the senior players past and present who managed to squeeze by Wilmot for a 33 – 22 BERTIES win in the curtain raiser. The 2nd XV dominated local rivals Hamilton with a 29 – 0 Centaurs scoreline demonstrating the teams gritty and at times polished performance. Standout performances by Mike Doherty, Captain Zach Dundas and fly-half Juan Palacio were the highlights.
The 1st XV took on Hamilton in the eagerly anticipated derby start to the season and game out of the gates flying only for an uncharacteristic error to gave the Hornets a 7-0 lead against the run of play. A penalty by Brendan Bryan would cut that lead to 4 followed by a try by the Centaurs which would lead to a 10 – 8 scoreline at half. Hamilton had dominated the breakdown in the first half frustrating Burlington’s wide game plan attempt, forcing coach Jon Goldie to make changes at half to both personnel and the strategy. Thomas Pichet and Robbie Carter came on to great effect allowing the Centaurs to compete more effectively in both the loose and the tight and this would manifest itself in another score for the Centaurs shortly after the second half commenced.
This allowed workhorse Jeff Brownson to influence the game more on his own terms and the Centaurs began to put phases together more consistently. Another mix-up however of the back of a dominant scrummage would gift Hamilton their second try and put the Centaurs on the back foot again. Trailing by 2 points with 5 minutes to go the Centaurs showed their trademark quality of great heart leading to sustained pressure against a stuffy Hamilton side. Good setup play would lead to quick hands by the backs to set free Matt Woodley who would beat his man on the outside to finish under the posts for a fine try which would be converted by Brendan Bryan. Scrum half Zach Shurtleff would finish the game by kicking the ball out of play for a fine 22-17 win against their fiercest rivals. Coach Jon Goldie although unhappy with the performance was satisfied with the win and noted the Centaurs will have to be much better next week against Niagara Wasps if they are going to make it 2 wins out of 2.