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.
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.