Centaurs, Alumni & Friends,
After the mid-week break with Canada Day the Centaurs were back to practice on Thursday in preparation for the full day of rugby action this past Saturday, July 4th at home.
Burlington Centaurs Women hosted a re-match of the Niagara Wasps women team, after a tough loss last week in Niagara the Centaurs women played with enormous confidence and aggression. The Centaurs women came up with some great defence against an undefeated Niagara team and held Niagara to their lowest points scored in a game all season. A couple of mistakes in finishing being the only reason the Centaurs didn’t win the game on Saturday. Amber Aquin kicked for Burlington’s points. Final Score: Centaurs Women 3 – Niagara Wasps Women – 17.
Centaur Shelby Holland was an offensive threat throughout the game vs Niagara Wasps. Photographs by Carolyn Ritchie
The Centaurs women program would also like to congratulate Emily Curwen on being selected to represent her province with the U20 Ontario Storm team as they travel to Regina next week for the Canadian Rugby Championship. This year Emily finished grade 12 as an Ontario Scholar, and is extremely excited for the future ahead of her. She will be attended the University of Waterloo this fall 2015 for Honours Arts and Business, with her prospective major being Social Development Studies and a specialization in working with youth. Emily would like to graciously thank the sponsors that made her opportunity to play at the Canadian Rugby National Championships a reality: Monilex Sports Ltd., Longos Burloak, Burlington Centaurs RFC, and the rest of the community who made this dream possible. She would also like to make a special mention to her girlfriend, Maria Skinner who was on the long list for the Ontario U20 rugby team as well but unfortunately was not selected to travel to Regina this year.
Centaur Emily Curwen selected to U20 Storm – Rugby Ontario Press Release http://www.rugbyontario.com/en-us/highperformance/ontariostorm/u20team/squad.aspx
Burlington Centaurs 3rd XV got their first win of the year against the Toronto Buccaneers on Saturday on a well-attended sunny afternoon at Sherwood Forest Park. The Burlington Pack would dominate the scrummage creating a solid platform for the backs who ran in multiple tries over the 80 minute contest. Fullback Ryan Siddall scored in the left corner early on after beating his opposite number on the outside after good interplay from the forward pack and would add 2 more before his day was ended due to a torn hair follicle above his left ear. Stand in fly half Regardo Redermeyer returned to the fold fresh from a 2 year sabbatical studying Buddist Philosophy in Tibet to excel in what would be his debut appearance for 2015, scoring a try, controlling the game and setting free his young back line time after time. Further tries would be added from Brandon Maunder, Mike Reitemeir, Nirvan Hulangalumu debuting at 13, and Barbara Walters (2) returning to the inside centre position after a long sabattical due to chocolate teapot syndrome. The 3rds would run out comfortable winners in the end with stand in kicker Tim Morton converting one from all of 4 yards. Final score: Centaurs 3rds 63 – Toronto Buccaneers 5.
Centaur Brenden Maunder out paces the Toronto Buccaneers’ defence. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie
Burlington Centaurs 2nd XV faced local rivals Niagara Wasps in what would prove to be a convincing win for the home team under perfect skies at Sherwood Forest Park. Tight head prop James Raynor returning from the world pie eating championships in Yorkshire would prove a handful for the inexperienced Wasps front row creating turmoil in the set piece, denying the Niagara team good set piece ball, which would set the tone for the game allowing a strong Centaurs backline to operate with time and space. This was to prove crucial allowing Fly Half Joshua Jones to run the show offensively, distributing the ball with aplomb. 7 tries in total would follow the highlight being back row Donnie Hammonds’ line break followed by a neat grubber kick past the fullback to touch down under the posts which would be converted by captain Zach Dundas. Further tries would be added by sprightly wing Rohan Augustine, Joshua Jones, Callum Sharp, Kenny Hamstrings and replacement wing Jordan Tanner, the last of which would be converted by scrum half Joe Faint. Senior men’s debuts for under 18’s Gurvir Romana and Graeme Francolin would showcase the future of the club on what would be a convincing 7 try victory for the 2nd XV. Final Score: Centaurs 2nd XV 40 – Niagara Wasps 2nd XV 5.
Centaur Jordan Tanner scores a try vs Niagara Wasps. Photograph by Carolyn Ritchie
The Centaurs 1st XV hosted Niagara Wasps in what was to be a bruising, physical, top of the table clash on Saturday June 4th at Sherwood Forest Park. The Centaurs took an early lead after sustained forward pressure would allow centre Brian Woodley to scamper over for a try in the right hand corner, which would be converted by Fly Half Brendan Brian. The Wasps would respond however after poor Centaurs defence allowed the Wasps scrum half to dive into the corner score an unconverted try to make the score 7-5. Bryan would later add a penalty after a wasps infringement at the breakdown to make it a one score game but Niagara would take advantage of a botched Centaurs free kick to tie the score at 10 -10. The Centaurs went down to 14 men after a late hit by flank Jeff Brownson saw a yellow card issued by referee Dan Gana. The Centaurs pack however continued to pressure the Niagara Scrum despite being shorthanded but were unable to prevent the Wasps scoring in the left corner early in the second half after poor goal line defence by the Burlington boys. Another driving maul would allow the Centaurs Captain Colin McLeod to score which was converted by Brendan Bryan who added a penalty for good measure to leave the score at 20 -15 with only minutes remaining. Niagara would add a 4th try after a missed tackle at the back of the scrum allowed the Wasps fullback to sprint clear and score near the posts. The convert was missed however which would prove crucial in the final reckoning as the score was now tied at 20-20. On the restart Denny McCarthy recovered the Centaurs kick-off and good Centaurs forward play orchestrated expertly by scrum half Tom McLeod would cause Niagara to infringe and the stage was set for kicker Brendan Bryan to win the game on the last play. However, his penalty attempt would strike the left upright allowing a contest for the ball in front of the Niagara posts. Referee Dan Gana would rule another Niagara infringement at the breakdown and this time Bryan was not to be denied as he coolly slotted his 3rd penalty to steal the game for the Centaurs in added time. Final Score: Burlington Centaurs 1st XV 23 – Niagara Wasps 1st XV 20.