It doesn’t look like there will be any rugby this season so Bruce Gage has decided to hang up the whistle after 40 years of coaching. Next year we would like to have a function honoring his many accomplishments. Here are some of his highlights……
The Mess first played for the Club when he was in high school at Malvern in the mid sixties! He played for our first Carling Cup Team in 1968 at centre and was still at Malvern. Bruce has been involved with Beach rugby since about 1965, until now, with a brief hiatus in ’83, ’84, ’85. He assumed the coaching role around ’78-’79 and has been an active part in all but 1 of our 16 Cups!!( not around in ’85 for the 1st of 5 in a row) He returned in ’86. Bruce has coached Team Ontario and has been elected to the Ont Rugby Hall of Fame (before his retirement as special dispensation so he could go into the Hall with his parents Tubs and Gee). Nicknamed The Mess! for having a cigarette and a beer in hand during games! Revered by Beach players and an Icon of Beach Rugby an Incredible number of “capped” players have passed through the Beach during Bruce’s reign as Beach head Coach. Happy retirement coach. All the best in all your future endeavours.
Lastly the Beach Alumni would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the President of the board JP Cormier for the passing of his wife Krista.
Some sad news to pass along regarding John Gallant’s wife Patsy. Dear Friends, So sorry to tell you that my darling Patsy passed away Sunday a.m. here in Pindara Hospital where she had been for 10 days. I was with her and she was very peaceful. She continued to say what a lucky life we’d had with such good friends. Our daughters and families were able to FaceTime with Patsy right up to the Friday/Saturday. Later we will hold a Life Celebration for local friends. Love and Best Wishes, John I hope you are all keeping well through these tough times but it seems like there is some light at the end of the tunnel. We continue to see sports making their way back to their […]