The Burlington Centaur’s Women traveled to Stratford and dominated in the scrum and set piece. The women had a huge improvement in ball presentation and counter rucking. The backs played with confidence demonstrating fluid play and support around the field. A good team effort by working together allowed Amber Aquin to cross the try line several times and the Centaurs defense shut out Stratford to finish the game 38-0 over Stratford.
The Burlington Centaurs men’s teams travelled to Guelph to take on the Redcoats with the Burlington Centaurs 1st XV looking to maintain their undefeated record so far in 2015.
The 2nd XV were eager to continue their winning ways also and got off to a flying start dominating from the onset with impressive forward dominance leading to an early try by wing Ken Waring who nicely outfoxed his opposite number to score in the corner after 4 minutes of play. With a dominant scrummage allowing for front foot rugby the Centaurs continued to enjoy quick ball and the majority of the possession culminating in a nice counter attack set off by fullback Ryan Siddall with nice interplay from the backs leading to a 40 yard finish by left wing and new recruit Rohan Augustine. Further tries would be added in the first period by Siddall, Tim Morton, Dave Cooper and Craig Nicholson establishing a 34 – 0 lead at half time for a delighted Centaurs squad. The second half saw the Redcoats come back into the game as they strengthened their team at the half which saw them cross the tryline early on to bring some respectability to the scoreline. Mark Van Dyk would add the Centaurs final try of the game picking up from a breakdown outside the Guelph 22 metre line to charge unhindered a full 25 metres to score under the posts, which would be converted by Captain Zach Dundas who would have 3 conversions total on the day. The 2nd XV lads could be proud of their efforts on a hot and humid day with many fine performances to behold and a lot of players pushing for places in the 1st XV would make their mark. Coach Jon Goldie has some interesting decisions to make this week as the Centaurs welcome Guelph to Sherwood Forest Park for Alumni day this upcoming weekend. Final score Burlington 41 – Guelph 5.
Centaur Darryl Vermeulen fends off the Guelph defence. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie.
The 1st XV were looking to improve on a couple of scrappy performances over the past few weeks as they took on the newcomers to the league, the Guelph Redcoats at Exhibition Park. A lush field and near perfect conditions would await the team. The Centaurs got off to a good start with the front row of Leigh Cotter, Robbie Carter and Nathan Bryan dominating the Guelph scrummage and causing no end of havoc for the Guelph pack which led to a dominant display of possession rugby. However the Centaurs would struggle to put the phases together in the loose with too many unforced errors and loose passes leading to a stop start affair. Wing Zach Shurtleff however was a bright spark and made something out of nothing beating 2 defenders and setting free opposite wing Matt Woodley, who round outside his man to score under the posts, which would be converted by fly half Brendan Bryan. Bryan would go on to convert 7 out of 9 tries on the day maintaining his recent high standards and receiving his second man of the match award in as many weeks. Guelph would come back into the match however capitalising on some Burlington mistakes and a turnover out wide would result in a 50 yard score in the corner for the Redcoats wing.. The Centaurs backs were playing with great confidence and made further tries out of nothing with Woodley adding a brace for the hat-trick on the day. The highlight of the game was a 43 yard driving maul by the pack which resulted in a try for Louis Hinshelwood after great work from the forwards. Further tries would come from Denny McCarthy, Andrew Porter and replacements Ken Waring and Nick Evans. Guelph Redcoats came back into the game late in the second half and gave the Centaurs a scare after some slack defending from Burlington, however too much damage was done early on for the result to be in doubt. Although at the top of the league, the Centaurs will be aware they will have to show much improvement in order to achieve their goal of winning the league and getting into playoff rugby this fall.
Final score: Burlington 59 – Guelph 24.
Burlington Centaur Zack Shurtleff out paces the Guelph Redcoat defence. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie.
This upcoming weekend, Saturday, June 20th, the Burlington Centaurs celebrate the club’s Annual Alumni Weekend with the following rugby action at Sherwood Forest Park:
- 11:00 am – Burlington Alumni v NOBS
- 12:00 pm – Burlington Women v Stratford
- 1:30 pm – Burlington 2nd XV v Guelph Redcoats 2nd
- 3:00 pm – Burlington 1st XV v Guelph Redcoats 1st
- 4:30 pm – Burlington III v Buffalo
The Dickens Pub will be on the sidelines providing food and cold refreshments all day long, cash sales.