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Gerry Allen Weekly Report

BEACH BEST 15 Possibles????? You make the choice and ADD others if you wish!
Balmy Beach Rugby Best 15 Ballot sheet Please print!

Hope the Easter Bunny keeps you hoppin’ have a great long weekend

ALUMNI SPRING DINNER – Thurs May 2nd, 2019 (just a month away)
Keep those reservations pouring in! You won.t want to miss Jamie’s Night!
The evening festivities will include:
Honouring Jamie Reynolds
(speakers Ryan Anderson, George McConnachie and Ian McConvey)
Beach Best 15 (the rest)
Visit by the Toronto Wolfpack
Cost: $125 for BOTH dinners
$90 for one dinner
I have about 70 confirmations so far and we expect about 100. There are still some “regulars” that have not responded……please get back to me asap! Since inviting our significant others, there has been good response! Reservations are pouring in so please get back to me asap. Cut off date is Monday Apr 29th, less than 3 weeks away! (Significant Others to the dinner to support Jamie so we will have a fee of $50 for your”date”!!!
Snowbirds should be soon reappearing on the horizon! replies to me, E-transfer, cheque (Beach Rugby Alumni) or cash!

Toronto Arrows – Lose a heartbreaker in Home Opener to a full house at York U. Next week again on Sunday at York!

Toronto Wolfpack – Another victory! Soon to move to Toronto for Home Opener.

Beach Senior Rugby – League starts May 11th Beach @ Waterloo

Junior Rugby needs Coaches! – The Juniors are searching for volunteers to lead the U15 and U17 Boys squads. These two squads are critical to the development and retention of future senior Beach players. We have numerous volunteers who have already stepped up to help organize in the pre-season, but the teams are still in need of someone who can lead on the pitch and help administer. If you’re looking for a way to give back to the club and the game, volunteering with Junior Rugby is a great start. As well as earning the right to sport the sharpest-looking coaching kit in Ontario, we also offer certification assistance through Rugby Canada and NCCP. If you’re interested, drop me a note at .
Chris Kalbfleisch – (Director Junior Rugby, U11 Head Coach) –

Toronto Wolfpack – Continue to win with a victory on Sun. Next match is April 6th

Season Schedule begins Sat May 11 – full schedule on Rugby Ontario website!

Sorry to report that old friend of the Club, Evan Butchers has passed. Our condolences to Evans many friends and family!.
International Rugby

Canada – Wrong side of the tally sheet to the USA but real close as the USA wins on last play of the game!!! ARC tourney is now over, Argentina wins!

Beach OLD BOYS Hockey – Bon Voyage as the lads and lasses head to Europe on Wed for another European junket!

Want to order Beach Rugby Gear? – We have a new, more efficient supplier! Go to this link!

Help Required! – Sean Harvey, younger son of Bert and Karen is hospitalized with leukemia. Not only is Sean striken with this affliction he had recently quit work to go back to school and as such has no personal insurance to cover many of the outstanding, extreme costs. A GoFundMe page has been created. If you wish to help!!!!!

Annual Rugby Squash TournamentRead Full Post

Mens Senior Rugby -2019 Schedule is released and has some changes from last year. The province is divided into east and west, two 8 team divisions. This means that many former 2nd tierd Clubs are all promoted to Marshall League play. We play home and home with The Cru, Stoney creek, Brantford, Burlington, Barrie, London and waterloo! Seven major road trips!Also, apparently the Clubs second teams will be included in the standings for Cup Placement. Our first two games are scheduled for HOME but, of course we will not have our new field by then. Not sure what will happen there! There are Cup games in October!! There is an opening on the ORU Board of Directors–anyone wish to step up????


SR League Details – It appears that Clubs have settled upon something for 2019. Not exactly what we wanted!!!!Details soon.


Rugby AGM – Haydn Gage and Chris Sopik return as co Preses!
New Secretary Chris Hewitt – No word re new field!!! – No word on 2019 schedule! (meeting and vote happening this weekend?)

Club AGM – JP Cormier returns as Pres as does Bob Johnson. New House Director Rugby Alum Mark Scanlon!! Great to see Mark getting in there! Congrats! No significant changes as a result of the meeting!

Beach players with Canada in South America Jamie McKenzie and Lucas Rumball

JUNIOR RUGBY – Coaches required for several youth teams! see Chris Kalbfleisch or I can help direct you!!
Jr Rugby IS operating 6 Nations Rugby viewing at the Club later this winter. More details to follow!

Sr Rugby Schedule – Hopefully there will be more info re 2019 schedule that will be improved over last year!. meetings are ongoing! Stay tuned.

Red Lipsett is improving to the point that he is leaving the rehab centre on Tues this week and will continue rehab from home. !!!

Rumours abound re amalgamation of several Clubs and the future of fletcher’s Fields! We’ll keep an ear out!!!

Red Lipsett has begun his rehab at Bridgepoint. he will likely be there over the holidays and would sure enjoy conversation with friends! telephones or in person!

Toronto Arrows have begun prep for new professional season and are creating some buzz! Road trip to New Orleans in January???

Clubs met last Sat to discuss the 2019 season but I have not heard any results or resolutions to last years mess! perhaps soon!

Should you feel the need for a last bit of Christmas gifting, Huggy is just a bit short of his goal for his van fund and could use more help!


Toronto Arrows – First season for New Pro Team in Toronto playing in MLR. 16 game sched, starts in Jan with first 8 games away. Season ends late June. 3 Beachers have signed on Lucas Rumball, Jamie McKenzie and Dan Moor. Lucas rumoured to be named Captain!! This should promote greater skills and compete levels as opposed to winter training in Victoria.Home games site not confirmed but played games last year at York U.

Old Beacher! – Our fearless leader, Red Lipsett has had some bad luck in suffering a mild stroke last week! Red is recovering and moves today to Bridgeport for rehab. i am sure he would enjoy some visitors! I do not have details just yet. Up The Pubes!

Potluck Party – Invite for a Holiday get together at Kristen and Jules place, Sat Dec 22 97 South Edgely Ave
What: BBC Rugby Holiday POTLUCK Party
When: Saturday December 22nd
Where: Kristin and Jule’s House – 97 South Edgely Ave, Toronto, ON M1N3L2
Who: Balmy Beach Rugby Men, Women, Alumni and significant others

Bring your favorite dish to share and BYOB.

Optional (White Elephant Gift Exchange): – If you want to participate bring a Funny/Weird Gift under $20. If your not sure what a White Elephant Gift Exchange is – here are the details.

Prizes will given for: – BEST Ugly Sweater (winner of all winners) – Funniest Ugly Sweater (funniest)

Huggy’s Van Fund – Huggy is still in need of financial support to keep his van running smoothly. Please send your donations to the Go Fund Me site posted here.

No matter the weather, the spirit of giving warms the heart!

Now and Then! Lucas Rumball, Canada ’16-’18, Scott Hendry, Canada ’96 2018 WC Repechage, Marseille, France

Canada Repechage – Coverage begins with Canada vs. Kenya on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN3. Qualifier coverage continues live Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN3 with Canada vs. Germany, and concludes on Friday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN4 as team Canada faces Hong Kong.

All three matches are also available for TSN and TSN Direct subscribers on TSN.caand the TSN app. TSN’s Kelcey Brade hosts the network’s coverage from the TSN studio alongside Brian Spanton, a former member of Canada’s men’s rugby team, who delivers in-depth analysis on the tournament. With Canada currently standing at 23rd in world rankings, the round robin-format tournament is the team’s last chance to qualify for the sport’s most significant showcase. Having never missed a World Cup, all eyes will be on Canada captain Phil Mack, Lakefield, Ontario’s Tyler Ardon, and Canada’s all-time try-scoring leader DTH van der Merwe.

UPDATES – World Classics in Bermuda – Unfortunately the magic wore off as Canada dropped the semi-final in a thriller to Ireland, 10-7 with a late penalty( who was the culprit?) One more to go.

Canada – Canada defeats Coventry in warmup to Repechage. First must win game is Sun Nov 11 vs Kenya. Cheque schedules on RC website for broadcasts!

Dec 1st 2018 – Sr Rugby Auction at the Club

International Rugby – Great News! Canada defeats South Africa 26-24! On Sunday, in the World Rugby Classic in Bermuda, it actually happened. This tourney has played for 30 years now and finally Can out does the Springboks with 9 Blue and Goldies in uniform! Led by Kyle Nichols, Haydn Gage, Mark Tarver, Jesse henkenhoff, Scott Dunham, Aaron Mittler Mark MacSween, the Dude and the Tooth Fairy, A great start and good luck later this week. > More pics on the website.

Rugby Canada – The “other” guys— also won last week, over a boosted Oxford Club side. Lucas Rumball was captain, dan moor was called in and Jaimie McKenzie did not not see action. They have 1 more tune up before Repechage action on Nov 11– if you can remember it!

Huggy Fund Raiser – Huggy is again in need of financial assistance for maintenance for his van! please support him if you can

Rugby Auction – Saturday December 1st, 2018 @ the Club

Lest We Forget! Wear Your Poppy Proudly!

Canada Rugby – As Canada prepares for repecharge in France, staring Nov 11,we must win three games from Germany, Kenya and Hong Kong. TWO Beachers are amongst the aspiring 34 on the long list, Lucas Rumball and Jamie McKenzie! last chance for World Cup Qualify and whatever comes next! Good Luck !

Rugby Auction – Sat Dec 1st @ the Club – Got any quality goods to donate ie tickets et al??

Rugby Ontario Hall Of Fame -You may have noticed that RO has announced HOF inductees for 2018. Your Alumni Exec did put forward 2 nominations but they were not accepted by the committee. No feedback as to why. They can’t yet be tired of having a capacity HOF dinner, filled with obnoxious Blue and Goldies????

Post season celebrations have largely been concluded and were well attended and enjoyed by all!

Fall Alumni Dinner – Presentation of Beach Cap to Huggy to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his tragic injury
Mugs and T-Shirts to those who were directly connected to the ’68 Cup Team to celebrate our 50th anniversary of the first major Cup win.
Ed Caterer Award was presented to Lisa DiSario of ladies Sr TRU Champs
Beach best 15 – Seven of the 15 were announced
Tight head- Jake Lipsett
Lock-Bernie Baldwin( accepted by Brother David!)
Wing- Fred Forster
Cenre-Ed Caterer(accepted by ian McConvey)
Flanker- Jeff Tomlinson
Stand Off- Rick Chambers
#8- Peeter Oolup
Rest TBA in the Spring!

SR Rugby Awards Night – terrific evening but only the BBRFC could award MVP and “Asshole” of the year to the same person!!!
Alumni, Jaanusen Award to Kristin Bonomo

Christmas Auction – Sat Dec 1st 2018 at the Club (if renos are completed!)

Rugby Canada – Repacharge for World Cup qualifiers begins Nov 11—try and Remember it!
I have attached a press clipping given to me by an Alumnus. You guess who it was???

Several announcements!

Passing of Gord Ramsay – Colin James asked me to send an email to all of you letting you know that a Celebration of Gord Ramsey’s Life will be held next Thursday, Oct 18th starting at 1:00. Further details are below and attached.

Gordon William Ramsey Memorial

As far back as everybody can remember and I apologize if I do not get all the history correct, Gord started playing rugby for the Toronto Saracens back in 1961. In fact Colin remembers that Gord was a Life Member of the Saracens before Colin joined in 1965, as Gord helped the club financially to get well established in the Rugby community at that time. Gord may have been the first Canadian-born player to play for the Saracens. Skip Ellis remembers that Gord and his brother Gerry, plus Glen Hamilton and Lorne Fisher all went to Danforth Tech, probably around 1961. Knowing all those guys they were probably at Danforth Tech for 6 or 7 years…..Gord and his brother may have played a few years for Balmy Beach before joining the Saracens.

Visit to Club By Al Major! AN INVITATION by Al Major:

  • Malvern Collegiate late 1950’s
  • Balmy Beach rugby early 1960’s
  • U of T law school and captain of U of T rugby team mid

Al has lived in Burnaby BC for the past 50 years. He will be in Toronto next week and hopes to connect with some old friends. He will be at the Balmy Beach Club Thurs Oct 25 th from 8:00pm on Oct 25th is the same night as the club kids Halloween party so an earlier arrival is not recommended.

Sr Rugby Awards Dinner Fri Oct 19th, 2018.

Info re Al Charron’s induction into Ontario Hall of Fame – The BBAA is pleased to announce and support the induction of Al Charron into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. While a fierce rival on the field Al has always been supportive of our Club; as a role model and mentor to young players, to making many appearances and presentations. When asked he always delivers. Here are the details:

  • Website: – you’ll note that Al is the first and only Ontario HoF inductee in the sport of rugby!
  • Venue: Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
  • Date: October 23rd
  • Time: 5:30
  • Dress Code: they say black tie, business attire and ‘Festive’ attire… so I say any rugby blazers that you still fit into… or not… would be appropriate!
  • Cost for BBC members $150

Al Charron, a former Canadian captain, is considered by many Rugby experts, as the greatest forward Canada has ever produced. Between 1990 and 2003, Charron earned 76 caps for Canada – remarkably, all as a starter – and represented his country at four Rugby World Cups. Five times he suited up with the famous Barbarians all-star squad and was part of the World 15’s side that faced Argentina in 1999. He has also played professionally in England and France, but Charron has always called Ontario home. He is being inducted with the likes of Blue Jays Tom Henke and new Jersey Devil Scott Stevens! The BBAA has purchased and is subsidizing a table of 10 for the event. For those interested in attending the cost is $150 per seat.

Lots of action in the last few days!

Goodbyes – Farewell to two ladies, Linda Gage and Sandy Sealy/Clifford. Celebrations of Life held in Brampton and Scarborough last week. may you rest in Peace!

Rugby – To summarize the final week of 2018 rugby action, it was good to see that even though we had not advanced to any Cup Finals, we at least took seriously our participation on Cup Day. The Beach 1’s took Burlington to task with an energetic 76-5 whomping! Earlier in the day, Beach 2’s also bore down on an unsuspecting Saracens squad with a 40-10 shellacing. Once again it was necessary to create our own trophy for the events!!! Perhaps this foretells success for 2019. Lets hope that RO can create a more effective and relevant schedule so we see rugby in October!!!

Fall Dinner – Unqualified success with over 120 guests!! Fantastic to see the return of several Ladies from our ninties Sr ladies team! Not be outdone, our present Sr Ladies squad showed up in numbers to support Lisa DeSario who was this years recipient of the Ed Caterer Award. Red Lipsett spoke on behalf of the 1968 Carling Cup winners as they celebrated 50 years since their victory! Huggy had his family in tow as we commemorated the past 25 years since his catastropic spinal injury. Lastly we announced 7 of our BEACH BEST 15! More in a later missive! Thank you all for your participation!. Tons of Dinner Photos – Click Here

Ontario Arrows – Canada’s 1st pro squad gets formal acceptance into North Americas pro League for 2019 MLR

Not much good stuff this week, – Firstly, the very sad part. I am sorry to announce the passing of Linda Gage! Linda passed last Fri evening after a long and difficult battle. Typical of the Gage stoic nature, both Bruce and Haydn showed up for action at Sat game in Brantford. Don’t know how they do it! No details yet re funeral services but I will send them when they arrive. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Bruce and the rest of the Gage family.

Some very sad news to report in that Sandy Sealy/Clifford,, Mike (Cec) Clifford’s wife, passed earlier this week. Cec is a rugby Alum and former jr Administrator and our hearts go out to he and his daughters. I have no other details at this time re cause and I believe there will be Visitation next week and a Celebration of Sandy’s Life, probably on Wed Sept 26. I will provide details when I get them.Far too young…….. Our prayers are with the family and friends.

Last Sat Results!
Beach 1’s continue with some great effort and despite the intense heat and humidity, managed to subdue a very game Lindsay side 47-10. The score flatters the Beach as Lindsay had a lot of the play and made some crucial errors close in when threatened by a stiff Beach defence. Outside speed and terrific support proved the difference. Kind of a shame that game was played on a high school field and with no touch judges( 1/4 final Cup Game)

Both Beach 2’s suffered losses. Beach Keenan lost at Home to a very well prepared Hamilton squad( coached by Scott Hendry!) score was 42-10 Beach Marshall squad goes down to Fletcher’s North Gee Gage Cup action Ontario Arrows defeat Glendale 40-18

This week
Sat Sept 22 – Cup Semi-finals – Beach 1’s at Brantford 3 pm KO – May be a bus for both players and spectators!

Beach 2 Keenan at Sunnybrook vs Bay Street at 3pm

Beach 2 Marshall @ HOME vs Saracens 1:30 pm

Sept 27 – Alumni Fall Dinner – Reservations coming in at a rapid rate as we near the 100 mark! I MUST have your reply by Sunday!!!!!

Champions? Everywhere!!! – Beach Academy clearly took the bit to overpower Vaughn Yeomen last Sat! A bit of a wet track did not derail the Blue and Gold with a 38-10 victory in the TRU Premiership! Although the lads dearly want to attain even loftier heights, the powers that be will not allow promotion as a Club cannot have 2 teams in the same division(Marshall) Vaughn will advance to seek that goal. Excellent team play by both forwards and backs and a well deserved win. Many of the Academy players will now find themselves as either subs for the Beach 1’s in upcoming Cup play or on the roster for the Beach 2’s in Gee Gage Cup play.

Ontario Blues – Champions again with a tight win on Sun over the Rock! 22-17
Beacher Lucas Rumball is named MOM ( Man of Match!!!)

– Last few days to get your votes in to me. If all goes well, the results will be announce at the fall Dinner!

As the pregnant Lady always says “Have a Happy Labour Day!!!”

Charlene! – Congratulations to Charlene Provan, Club Manager, on 20 Year Anniversary! Imagine putting up with us folks for that long!! Well Done Charlene!

TRU Championship Game! – With their infinite wisdom, the TRU has elected to play the Premier Championship Game on Sat Aug 25, between Balmy Beach Academy and Vaughn Yeomen in Raglan, Ont! Home of Oshawa RFC at 4pm. Tough to get a lot of fans to make this road trip but lets hope we have a good showing of Blue and Gold to support the lads as they have had a terrific season.

From Aaron Mittler! – BBC Alumni, Inviting you all to the 6th Annual Lucky Lucy’s Casino Night, in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The BBC crew have been AMAZING supporters of this great cause and this year we have our best line of up auction items ever! Incl. a week at a Whistler Chalet and an awesome spring-free tramp. It’s September 6th at the Toronto Hunt Club and you can get tickets here: Hope to see you all there! Best, Mitts.

Senior Women – Congratulations on a super season! Big win over Oshawa on sat to capture crown! score 36-17 Special nod to Alum’s Scotty Tait whose Grand-daughter, Maddy played a role! great work!


Lots of good news! – Balmy Beach Club survives another Beach Rugby Volleyball Tourney! Just like in Vegas, whatever happens on V-Ball day.

Perhaps the biggest event on Volleyball Day happened at Centenary Hospital! A baby Oolup was born!!!!Steffan and Sophia are now the proud parents to Adalynne. Everyone doing well. Grandpa Peeter is taking longer to recover than Sophia! Always new I would be a “GREAT” Uncle! Yahoo!

Sr. Men, Beach Academy 1 and Beach Academy 2 Schedule & Sr. Women Schedule 2018CLICK HERE

Balmy Beach Rugby got a mention in the media. Click Here.

International NewsAmerica’s Rugby News reports that Dan Moor was invited to play a Professional game with Wasps last weekend. Apparently, Wasps lost but Dan acquitted himself well with 2 tries!! Senior Editor is Bryan Ray, a Balmy Beach Alumnus.

Sr Rugby – Outdoor training starts on Saturdays,we hope!!!

Some good news along with some sad news! – Congratulations to Chris Rhora and Arlyssa Brown(John;s daughter!) on their marriage in Costa Rica last week! I wonder how long the ocean waves would take to wipe out the beach indentations made by all those Sementheads??

Sadly, we offer our condolences to the Harvey family as matriarch, Alice, passed last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bert and Jamie and their families. Alice will be missed by all of us. The Family is planning a Celebration of Life for Sun Feb 25 at the party room in Alice’s Guildwood Gates condo from 1-4pm.

Canada – Canada unsuccessful again vs the USA last Sat, losing 29-10. Lucas Rumball had a good run but the results are still not there. Next up, This Sat vs Brazil, something gotta give sooner or later!


Nominations for the Best Beach 15 will be made, BY YOU Folks, from the floor!!!Put your thinking caps on and get your wallets at the ready! More details later!!1

Rugby Announcement! – Rugby Ontario announces that Kyle Nichols of Balmy Beach will be inducted into the Ontario Rugby Hall of Fame in Nov 25, 2017!

Also Being inducted is the Balmy Beach 1’s of the undefeated, untied 1980-1981 Cup winning squads! This includes the players of the Owen Sound victory in the Cup run of 1980!!! Congratulations to all. The dinner is Nov 25th–Details to follow.

International – Good luck to Lucas Rumball who is with Canada A in South America for 3 matches starting this weekend.

Ed Caterer Award – Please forward nominations to me for this prestigious award. I have attached the qualifications. Award will be presented at Oct 19 Fall Dinner. Previous winners—Gerry Allen, Haydn Gage.


  • ALWAYS “ESPRIT DE COUR” RE Club activities


Under 18 Boys City Champs! – 23-18 win over the Scottish


Sunday on the deck of the Club saw a mini reunion as many old comrades sauntered in to say hello to old friends Keith and Allison Caldwell from Dunedin, NZ. Below is an awesome threesome from the seventies – Jake, Keith and Salts! 42 years between pics. They look better now than in 1975 and still in the correct positions! Keith Caldwell, Bill Salter & Jake Lipsett

ECAT OPEN – Last weekend also a number of us gather in Amherst NY for the annual ECAT OPEN Golf Tourney. No major injuries this year as Bruce hall survived a battle with a chunk of meat and nobody fell crossing the road. Thanks to Ian McConvey, John Brown and Jake Lipsett. 34 years in a row!!!



What can I say! Rugby Volleyball, another successful day. Sold out teams wise, great weather and spectacular athleticism!!!! Kudos to Telf, Myles, the rest of the crew and especially to Charlene and the Club staff. The “new” Pubic Reds were reinvented by the Piglet and almost played up to their namesakes abilities!!!


As always it will be fantastic and as always, hardly remembered!

1st Rugby Volleyball Winners–Als Army!!!

Garry Lummis, Capt. Al Quance, Bert Vermaskari – Standing Basil Cultrera, Glen Hamilton, Bob Fullerton, Gord Forbes

More Vintage Rugby Volleyball Up The Beach!

Another RV Championship Team! The PUBIC REDS!!! Who, by the way are being resurrected this year!
This is a Championship squad because RED L is not there! Bottom–Red Wyles, Red Allen, Red McConvey. Standing(barely!) Red Pappas, Red Rava?? Red Quinn, Red Bell, Red( Jake) Lipsett, Red Oolup

Capping Ceremony – Wow, what a way to start a season! Great crowd, great food, great atmosphere! About 130 Beach players, past and present and family joined in the Sat night festivities! The new Beach “CAPS” are a hit. Pics will be loaded on to our website asap and are on FB. Many thanks to Club staff, Fuel, Jeff T and his committee, Guest speakers.

Capping Event PhotosView Photos by Clicking Here

Balmy Beach Club awarded Huggy, Kerry Singh, a Membership for Life at the dinner!

Also planned but unannounced as he was absent for the FIRST time ever. Original, Gord Forbes is being honoured as Beach Life Member! Gord was stuck at home trying to unflood his basement after the massive rains of recent days!

Beach’s 1 & 2’s Senior Rugby ScheduleClick Here >>>

Junior Rugby – Registration and fees now posted on our rugby website! U8/10/12 $200.00 – U14/16/18 $300.00

Porter C.I.( Satec) has lots of players and two inexperienced staff sponsors. They need a rugby person to make it a deal!! Let me know if U have an interest!

Your Junior Registration is up and live! Registration Post Page >>>

Furthermore, All coaches, match officials, managers, medical staff, board members and volunteers will need to register through the Management Registration Tab.

You will see on the Rugby Ontario Club page, that there is a Management Registration button, highlighted in the attached screenshot. You will want to direct them there to register.

Capping Ceremony – Wow, what a way to start a season! Great crowd, great food, great atmosphere! About 130 Beach players, past and present and family joined in the Sat night festivities! The new Beach “CAPS” are a hit. Pics will be loaded on to our website asap and are on FB. Many thanks to Club staff, Fuel, Jeff T and his committee, Guest speakers.

Capping Event PhotosView Photos by Clicking Here

Queen’s University announces Matt Spanton as Rookie of the year 2016.

Beach’s 1 & 2’s Senior Rugby ScheduleClick Here >>>

Junior Rugby – Registration and fees now posted on our rugby website! U8/10/12 $200.00 – U14/16/18 $300.00

Porter C.I.( Satec) has lots of players and two inexperienced staff sponsors. They need a rugby person to make it a deal!! Let me know if U have an interest!

Your Junior Registration is up and live! Registration Post Page >>>

Furthermore, All coaches, match officials, managers, medical staff, board members and volunteers will need to register through the Management Registration Tab.

You will see on the Rugby Ontario Club page, that there is a Management Registration button, highlighted in the attached screenshot. You will want to direct them there to register.

Canada Men and Women – All games on the Internet

Club AGM – An excellent turnout with about 250 members jamming into the Club to make their voices count!
The new Directors are as follows:
President: J.P. Cormier
Membership: Bob Johnston
House : Jules Marsen
Secretary: Jen McLean

Kim Hines stepped up for the absent outgoing President, Jake Lipsett and did a good job of herding the huge crowd and even managed a few parting shots(via pics) Jake’s way!

Budget seemed to be in order. Looking forward to new things from this group.

Thanks to those who ran unsuccessfully, all 5 of them, for having the courage and commitment to step up and take a shot at being involved.

Put Sat May 6th on your calendar for the Spring Alumni Function. More details to follow but it promises to be a special evening!

Rugby AGM – Went smoothly last night. President and Secretary were acclaimed. More info next week

Cheryl Lavender–Is involved and hails primarily from the Club Squash section

Secretary – Laura Di Batista-Has supported a number of sections and can be seen participating in Fitness, squash, volleyball and a host of social activities.

Jen McLean- my research indicates that Jen is active in our Squash section.

House Director – Jules Marsen- He is presently on the Board as House Director. He is a former rugby player and former co Pres of Rugby section.

Jen Sharp – Is active in the Club Squash section

To get full bios and perspective of these candidates, come to the AGM, hear them speak and interact directly. The direction of our Club is again in your capable hands.See U There!

Junior Rugby – Jim Drohan is pleased to announce a new Jr Director, Chris Kalbfleisch. See Jim’s missive below! 6 Nations Broadcasts and more will be detailed soon.

“It is with great pleasure I announce that Chris Kalbfleisch will be taking on the role of Director of BBC Junior Rugby. I have included many of the BBC sections and Rugby stakeholders in this note but I ask that you share the news with any others who should be aware.

As a second row he as cleverly cropped his ears out of all photo’s. He has 30 years of Rugby starting in Ottawa High-School and club play with Ottawa Beavers. In 1999, he commenced wearing the blue and gold of the BBC and played 10 seasons – primarily with the Mighty Thirds of TRU legend. Chris has a deep commitment to the club and rugby is a passion. Chris is a multi-sport junior coach (rugby, hockey and baseball) with his Respect in Sport and IRB Level 1 certification. He started coaching junior rugby at the Beach in 2015 and is committed to making the experience a fun and engaging way to bring kids into the rugby community and grow our great game.

I greatly look forward to supporting Chris in the transition to his new role and continuing in my capacity as treasure for the program in 2017.

For those of you already committed to the program for 2017 I thank you in advance for your continued support. We are in the hunt for additional coaching support for 2017 with a very specific need for help at U16. We have lots of need for additional help outside coaching and anyone interested in assisting with the program should contact Chris . We have on-going needs for; team/parent communication, equipment management, fund raising, field painting, tour management etc”…Jim Drohan

HOF Induction – Fantastic turnout by the Beach at HOF dinner to induct The Mess and Tubs and Gee. Thanks to 240 for doing the bus and an entertaining evening for all. Jake Lipsett spoke on behalf of Bruce and two of the Granddaughters, jennifer and Leslie spoke on behalf of Tubs and Gee . Full whack of pics to be posted on FB and our rugby website.


To Illuminate the Harvey Jaanuson Award, Please see the following post re the award. Nominations are still being accepted.

University Final – After a close win last week over Western, on a last minute try by Beacher Dylan Young, Queens moves on to play Guelph, @ Guelph, 5 pm Sun Nov 13. A number on Beach players are involved!
Jaanuson Award nominations??

Wear those POPPIES! November 11 is a significant day in our lives.

canada-south-africa-2016-800More Beachers in Bermuda. Supplying a core for the Canada team a narrow loss to South Africa.

Large number of Beachers in Chicago on Sat to see history made as Ireland knocked off the All Blacks! Lots of excited commentary on FB and twitter!


Congratulations! – I am very happy to announce that three of our own are being inducted into the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame for 2016!
Tubs and Gage are going into the Hall as a pair and are finally given their due for their storied role in building rugby both at The Beach and in Ontario!

Not to be outdone, The Mess, our own Bruce Gage, will be inducted with his parents at a gala dinner in December( details later!) I think we all realize that Bruce and Gee did not always see eye to eye with the Provincial Rugby gurus but it is time that those wounds have mended the contribution made by all three far outweigh any discord and they are most deserving of this honour! again our congratulations!!!

More Congratulations! – At our 1st Alumni Brunch on Sat we announced the winner of the Ed Caterer Award. Ian McConvey did the honours as we presented Haydn Gage with the trophy made personally by Larry(Bones) Taylor! Everyone seemed to enjoy event. we had over 60 in attendance. Food was good and Another gage event in that Leslie Gage joined us and represented our Original Womens Rugby team.


McCormick Cup – We are there! The elimination rounds begin this Sat Sept 24. An old foe, the Toronto Nomads will host Beach 1s at Fletcher’s at 3 pm.

Gee Gage Cup – Our twos play a round robin series that also begins on Sat Sept 24 that sees the Toronto Scottish hosting us at Fletcher’s at 1:30. The top 2 teams after the 3 round robin games will play for the Gage Cup on Oct 22( Cup Day!

Congrats to Hank McQueen, Dan Moor and Lucas Rumball for their integral rolls in the Ont Blues again acquiring the bragging rights to the McTier Cup, a Canadian Championship with wins over the Bears, The Rock and the Wolf Pack.

For those following roster selections for our sides it is of note that Dan Moor and Lucas Rumball will NOT be suiting up for the Blue and Gold for the next few weeks. BOTH are selected to the CANADA list for the RISEASONE Summer Series of International games!!! Canada plays Japan, June 11 in BC, Russia in Calgary June 18 and Italy at BMO June 26( Gordie might still have a couple of seats left!!) STAY tUNED FOR MORE DEVELOPMENTS! UP THE BEACH!


A terrific shout out last week on the Floor of the House of Commons from our local MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith. Hopefully it is copied here and if not it is on Facebook! Sauce and I are going viral!!! Click to Read the Post.

TEACHER /COACHES and the schools at which they worked:
Allen, Gerry —- Cedarbrae C.I — R.H.King C.I — Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I. — West Hill C.I.– W.A. Porter C.I — Birchmount Park C.I.
Ambrose, Paul— West Hill C.I.— Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I.
Bushe, Andrew— Cedarbrae C.I.
Cameron, Don— Satec
Camastra, Kris— Sir Oliver Mowat C.I.
Douros, Paul— Senator OÇonnor C.I.
Gage, Leslie— Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I.—-Malvern C.i.
Glover, Graham—Sir Winston Churchill C.I.
Jones, Chris— Cedarbrae C.I.
Lipsett, John(JAKE)—,Stephen Leacock C.I.– W.A. Porter C.I.– Cedarbrae C.I.
Lipsett, Robert(RED)— Cedarbrae C.I.
Lyttle, John — Cedarbrae C.I. — Sir Oliver Mowat C.I.
MacMenamin, Tim— BPCI Girls
MacSween, Stuart—Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I.
Marshall, Adam— Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I—Newtonbrook C.I.
McLeish, Ian—Blantyre P.S —Satec
McLeod, Bill — Sir John A. MacDonald C.I. – Stephen Leacock C.I.
Mulgrew, Ken— Stephen Leacock C.I. Sir Winston Churchill C.I.
Oolup, Peeter,— W.A. Porter C.I.– Cedarbrae C.I.
Quance, Al — Oakwood C.I.,– TDSB
Rhora, Chris — Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I. — Birchmount Park C.I.
Tarver, Glenn— Sir Oliver Mowat C.I. — Sir John A. MacDonald C.I,– West Hill C.I. — Rugby Ontario
Toole, Mike— W.A. Porter C.I—West Hill C.I.
Tyrell, Claudine— Malvern C.I.
Underwood, Doug — Cedarbrae C.I. — Malvern C.I.
Wilson, Jim— Dr. Norman Bethune C.I— Woburn C.I.
Winter, Mike— David and Mary Thomson C.I.
Wyles, Bob—Stephen Leacock C.I—W.A. Porter C.I

Volunteer Coaches and the schools at which they worked

Bolton, Craig—-Malvern C.I.
Caterer, Ed—Cedarbrae C.I.
Hobson, Eric— W.A Porter C.I.
Magee, Garrett— Satec
McIntyre, Owen
Morton, Gary—Birchmount Park C.I— Cedarbrae C.I.
Myers, Paul—Malvern C.I.—T.I.R.F.
Quinn, Kevin— Satec—West Hill C.I.
Reynolds, Jamie—Malvern C.I.
Salter, Bill—Neil McNeil High School, Malvern High school
Salter, John— Neil McNeil High school
Scanlon, Mark—Birchmount Park C.I.
Spanton, Brian— Malvern C.I.
Steele, Andrew— York Mills C.I
Taylor, Larry— Birchmount Park C.I.

Referees who organized referees and recruited players for BBRFC

Bolton, Craig
MacMenamin, Tim
Mathieson, Paul


BOTH Dan Moor on the wing and Lucas Rumball at Flanker have been selected to start for Canada vs Uraguay tomorrow at 7pm in a full test as part of the ARC tournament! Game can be watched, livestreamed, by googling Rugby Canada website.

I am writing to give thanks to you and the Balmy Beach RFC Alumni for the tremendous support I received towards my van fund over the past two months. After crowdfunding website and payment transaction fees, a total of $6,871 was raised. A significant proportion of that was contributed by the Alumni! To date, here are the expenses (including taxes) that contributions have helped to pay:

Mobility equipment repair: $498.85
Honda scheduled maintenance and oil change: $249.59
Complete winter tire and wheel package: $1,718.28
Krown rust control: $129.89
Honda Plus Roadside Assistance (4 years): $239.56
Honda Plus Warranty (3 years): $1,749.24
Petro-Canada car wash card: $50.85

My campaign page will remain active until February 1, 2016 for anyone who wants to support my van fund.

Please Help with Kerry’s Care – A Fund for Huggy

THANK YOU!!! UP THE BEACH!!!, Cheers, Huggy

Caitlyn Harvey
Some good news re Sr Women in that Caitlyn Harvey has bee named to the Canada Sr long list, our fist Sr Woman to achieve that honour. Good Luck Caitlyn!

Balmy Beach Ring Order Form – Click Here >>

Rugby Apparel!
A Sr rugby player, who is in the sports gear business (Brendan Singbeil), has produced and arranged to sell a variety of Beach Rugby gear! This is ALL online. You order and pay online and products are delivered to your address!! Click on the following to find out more. Some interesting stuff! This a LIMITED sale only. Closes Nov 29th.

Hall of Fame 2015 click here for photos

Another excellent evening! – Rugby Ontario fetes Hall of Famers and League Medal Winners!

Beach Blue and Gold is in much evidence as Red Lipsett, Tony McGann and David Lougheed are inducted into Provincial rugby Hall of fame! 50-60 Beach Alumni turned out at the Maples Banquet Hall in Mississagua on Sat in this gala event.A well deserved compliment to the inductees as we were honoured to share the time with the families and friends of our comrades. Peeter Oolup spoke on Red’s behalf and Brian Spanton for Tony and as expected, did a terrific job! The evening was topped off by a new RO Award, the President’s award which went to Haydn Gage and Conor McCann for their heroic efforts to resuscitate Eric Shannon earlier in the season. Truly an appropriate tribute on a super evening!


Gerry Allen Weekly Report2019-04-16T10:01:20-04:00

Annual Rugby Squash Tournament on March 20th-21st and 23rd

Beach Rugby – Should you be in need of some nefarious activity, please read on!

Ladies & Germs,
You are formally invited to participate in the annual Rugby Squash Tournament on March 20th, 21st & 23rd of 2018 at the Balmy Beach Club. Don’t be mislead by the Rugby portion as there really isn’t any rugby involved, for the most part and helmets are available upon request.

You pay $60 for the whole week and for that you receive:
Commemorative high-quality T-Shirt
Entry Fee for the Tournament
A chance to receive valuable prizes
Fun & Frivolity
Free abuse from the gallery
Unsolicited coaching from unqualified muppets
An opportunity to mingle with Rugby Legends (just ask)
Game guaranteed Wednesday/Thursday

So, I know had you at BEER, the rest is really just frills which may or may not be true.

The skinny is that this is a fundraiser for rugby, net proceeds go directly to their bottom line and it really helps them out. Games will be rally point to 25, no need to win by 2 and this is a team concept. Winning is nice, but getting points in a losing effort is equally important. It’s team aggregate after 2 days and four teams advance to the finals on Saturday. Clear as mud, sign up it’s fun……like the fat guy in the Goodlife commercial, “just start”………….

There are 8 teams of 8 players or varying skill levels (pristine and sub-par) and you will be playing other players in your skill (or lack thereof) peer group and should expect a competitive match. Games will run from 4pm to about 9:30pm Wednesday and Thursday and if you are lucky enough, 1pm to 4pm on Saturday for the championships of the World (Between Fallingbrook and Woodbine, north to Danforth)!

There is a lot of flexibility in timing, however, both preliminary matches must be played by 10pm Thursday night. The schedule will be posted March 17th, 2019 to allow time to maneuver!

Please confirm with Gord Young at or 416-258-1976 only. Please do NOT inundate the various messengers with confirmation. This fills up fast, so if you are thinking about it, confirm today with me! Interac transfer to the same e-mail is best mode of payment!

Thank you for your support!
Gordon Young (240 Gordy)
Squash (Ball) PRO (vider)

Cheers, Gord Young B.A.,R.I.B.(Ont.), C.A.I.B.

Annual Rugby Squash Tournament on March 20th-21st and 23rd2019-02-05T11:04:21-04:00

6 Nations @ The Club

6 Nations Rugby – Games start this Fri although Club Presentation will begin on Sat, with a doubleheader!.

This Saturday at the Club. 2 Great matches. 9:15 Scotland vs Italy – 11:45 |Ireland vs England!
$20 for both games – Breakfast available – Proceeds to Jr Rugby–see u there!

6 Nations @ The Club2019-01-31T11:35:29-04:00

Scott Hendry – Hamilton Hornets

Fellow Alum,

I am writing a post I never thought I would have to.

I brought the Hamilton Hornets down on the weekend for round 2 of the Gee Gage Cup.

A spirited match against the 2nds, with no on-field issues. A good clean game by both sides.

We had a full side of 23 and about 10 old boys down supporting plus a couple of folks in from overseas.

I was excited to have them back to the club to show it off and enjoy a little Balmy Beach Rugby hospitality. Most made it down.

I was shocked and saddened by the total lack of rugby etiquette displayed by the 2nds. No beer with your opposite #. No banter with the opposition. No chucking shit at the referee. NOTHING.
One player, Rick Honeyford, who made it back from Fletcher’s brought over a pitcher for us we toasted the game.

Where has the ethos gone? I am posting here, because it is incumbent upon us as, senior statesmen of the club and the game, to ensure the positive traditions live on.

Yours in Rugby

Scott Hendry

Scott Hendry – Hamilton Hornets2018-09-20T10:30:00-04:00

HOOPS: Help Optimize Outstanding Potential

I mentioned that we are initiating a program for Juniors to assist in Jr development. It is called HOOPS HOOPS: Help Optimize Outstanding Potential

Balmy Beach Junior Rugby, Balmy Beach Rugby Alumni and the Balmy Beach Club are proud to announce a new program to help develop the potential of our junior players.

This program, named for the iconic hooped socks worn by the Balmy Beach First XV, will provide a year long athletic membership to the Balmy Beach Club to those select junior players who show a commitment to personal development and the game of rugby.

Open to U17 and U19 boys and girls, HOOPS will help your players realize their full potential; in the gym, on the pitch and in life.

Help us, Help you get your HOOPS.

Here are the Bios of our first two recipients Derek and Jordan Persaud from Neil McNeil High School.

My name is Derek Persaud. I am currently in grade 12 at Neil McNeil and am 18 years old. I play rugby for Balmy Beach and for my high school. Recently, my twin brother (Jordan) and I were selected to be members of the HOOPS program at The Balmy Beach Club, receiving free memberships to the club for the next year.

I started playing Rugby in grade 10 when I played 7s for my school Junior team where we won the TCDAA championships. The same year, we were finalists in TDCAA 15s. After having such a fun time playing rugby and developing a passion for the sport, my brother and I convinced our ever so skeptical parents to sign us up with Balmy Beach to play 15s in the summer of 2016. During the season, the team played very well but were eliminated in the semi-finals by Ajax. However, the following season at Balmy, we bounce back and won the championship.
In grade 11 at Neil we were able to win TDCAA Senior 7s in the fall. Unfortunately, I was unable to play in the 15s season in the spring of 2017 for Neil as I was out with a knee injury (hockey-related injury). The following high school season however was another bounce back, where we won TDCAA 7s finals and were again crowned champions. The upcoming school rugby season was one I looked forward to, hoping to cap off high school with a trip to OFSAA, but Neil does not have a Senior 15s team this year due to coach-related issues. On the positive side, the time off allows me to work out and get stronger at Balmy Beach Club as I prepare for the upcoming 15s season this summer with the U19 team.

Good evening,

My name is Jordan Persaud. Both my brother and I recently received free club memberships. Below is a list of my experiences with rugby (my brother, Derek, will send you his own story).

I was born March 8, 2000. I grew up in a loving household with all of my close family members–both parents and my twin brother. I began playing rugby in the spring of 2016, when I started playing 15s in grade 10 for Neil McNeil High School (where we were finalists, finishing second at TCDAAs). I was unable to play rugby prior to this season due to numerous injuries on separate occasions. Having developed a new passion for the sport after the school season, both my brother and I decided that, seeing that we had a few friends already involved with the league) we wanted to try playing U16 15s for Balmy Beach Club over the summer. With a little persuasion of our parents, they accepted and were supportive of our wish to do so.

In grade 11, I played 7s (for the first time) at Neil McNeil, and we went on to win the TDCAA championships. Later that school year, I played 15s again at Neil McNeil, but we lost in the finals, finishing second for a second time. I played Balmy Beach Club again in the summer of 2017, playing second row on the U18 15s team.

At the beginning of grade 12, I played 7s at school again, where we won the TDCAA championships a second time. Unfortunately, however, we do not have a senior rugby 15s team at Neil McNeil this year.

I have had a lot of fun playing rugby in my high school years and I look forward to playing with the Balmy Beach Club for the next couple of years, especially this upcoming U19 season!
Pics and more info on these twins!

HOOPS: Help Optimize Outstanding Potential2018-05-03T11:28:09-04:00

Chile Names Extended Squad

Balmy Beach Rugby got a mention in the media. – Bryan Ray a Balmy Beach Alumnus is the senior editor.

Chile Names Extended Squad2018-03-29T11:02:10-04:00

Metro Rugby Association

Metro Rugby Association (MRA)

The Metro Rugby Association is an affiliation of four Toronto-based clubs (Balmy Beach, Toronto City, Toronto Dragons and Toronto Nomads) established in 2015. The MRA runs a spring rugby house league (May to June) at a single location in the GTA where players are organized by age cohort to balanced teams to play weekly competitions in advance of the TRU or Rugby Ontario summer season.

The MRA season increases playing opportunities and development for junior players, and shares resources across the Toronto clubs and to help grow the game across the GTA.

If your player is interested in participating please contact your head coach for information.

Age categories available are:

U11 (Co-Ed Intro to Contact)
Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm May 16 – June 23 – Eglinton Flats

U13 (Co-Ed Contact)
Saturdays – De LaSalle College
Spring Training – March 24 – April 7
Regular Season – April 21 – June 2
•7 week Regular Season (excl. Victoria Day wknd)

U15 (Boys/Girls Contact)
Fridays 6:00 – 8:00 PM – De LaSalle College
Spring Training – March 23 – April 13
Club-led training and development
Regular Season – April 20 – June 15
8 week Regular Season
Plate/Cup Finals – June 22

Metro Rugby Association2018-03-27T12:24:35-04:00