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 respective pitches with modified seasons. Some sports are better than no sports.
A few months back I sent out an email advising of the tragic passing of Coach Cowan. Through working with the nephew of the coach Hamish Young, I am providing an update that the coach will be cremated in the coming weeks. The Young family has asked that I send out the link to a Go Fund Me account for those who would like to contribute to the Coach’s family.Any support is greatly appreciated
Junior Rugby at Balmy Beach – 2020 – Junior Rugby at Balmy Beach RFC is an excellent introduction and development program at one of Canada’s most successful rugby football clubs. Our junior players have gone on to represent their club at the McCormick Cup, Ontario and Canada at the Rugby World Cup. We have a dedicated team of NCCP Level 1 & 2 certified coaches and look for players, parents and supporters who are committed to making a positive contribution in an environment that fosters mutual respect, sportsmanship and a lasting love of the game.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 junior program will be skills and fitness focussed with added competition as the Rugby Ontario Return To Play Phases progress. The Beach Junior Rugby program currently offers age categories from U10 to U18 and will run from August to October.
Hope you are all well and had a great Father’s Day. Unfortunately I have some new to pass along regarding Stafford Dobbin. Please put him in your thoughts. 2020 has not been too kind to him so far. He has been diagnosed with cancer, but going to another procedure to get an accurate diagnosis of the type of cancer, he suffered a stroke. This stroke has affected his speech, reading and writing but he does understand what is being said to him. His extremities were not affected so moves around alright. Stroke occurred June 10th, was in hospital for a week and is now home and will get private speech therapy. Also needs chemotherapy starting next week. You guys are all very dear to him and loves being in all your company. If you would not mind passing on the news to those who know Stafford I would appreciate it and any healing thoughts and prayers sent his way can only help. Thank you, Susan
I have some sad news to pass along – Gerry Bradshaw passed away at Scarborough General Hospital on May 26, 2020. Messages can be left on the message board at Pine Hills Funeral centre (on-line) Funeral is private but there will be a celebration of Life to be announced.
Roger “Coach” Cowan – It is with a heavy heart I’m writing to inform you that Roger “Coach” Cowan has passed away.
OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES
We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during these challenging times. Covid-19 has brought about a lot of change to our community and in our daily lives. The effects of these circumstances are being felt by many.
In an effort to support our community the Balmy Beach Rugby Club has already stepped up with our Blood Drive Campaign. With all this extra time and energy on our hands it has us asking ourselves what we can do to help.
These circumstances have proven to be difficult particularly for businesses. Many of these businesses have supported us in the past and we are looking to help them out in this time of need.
We recognize the large role that sponsors play in our success on and off the field. Because of support from sponsors, the Balmy Beach Rugby Club has won more Ontario Championships than any other club in the 70-year history of Rugby Ontario. The Balmy Beach Club now has an exciting opportunity to give back to those who have supported us.
We have compiled a list of businesses – Link to the Businesses List >>> that are currently available to contact that could use our help. Although their storefronts may not be currently open, we can order food delivery, gift cards, access virtual fitness training, and have products shipped to our homes.
It’s great to see everyone coming together as a community to make the best out of a difficult situation.
Please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions or are looking for more information.
BLOOD DONATIONS – Hey everyone, obviously the world is in a bit of a crazy state at the moment. With our rugby seasons on pause, we figured we could take this time to do something as a club to make a meaningful impact in our community and add some competition into the mix as well.
So here’s the deal: In a time of crisis and uncertainty we need our Rugby Clubs and Sports Sections to get out there and donate blood!
Make an appointment to donate blood. When you donate, please wear something balmy related or something blue and gold (t-shirt, shorts, socks, whatever). While or after donating take a picture and post it, tag @balmybeachrugby and use the hashtag #uptheblood. Then send it to Lisa at email@example.com. We will tally up the photos at the end of the day on April 30th to get the grand total.
Coming up – The Spring Dinner to be held on Wednesday May 13th is being closely monitored with the club due to COVID-19.
We continue to work with the club and assess the impact of the outbreak. Stay tuned.
Rugby AGM was held on Thursday January 16 and a new executive was elected.
President – Hayden Gage
Vice President – Tanis Hewitt
Secretary – Chris Hewitt
Treasurer – Malency Wainwright
Social Coordinator – Matthew Mufandaedza (Africa)
Social Media Coordinator – Ben Jones
We wish them all the best for this season
Special thank you to Sanjeev Desai for your 10 years of service to the executive and helping the Beach win dominating fashion.
Results from the rugby awards
Women’s Backs MVP – Lisa De Sario
Harvey Jaanusson Award – Andrew Bushe
Men’s 3rd Team MVP – Neil Lacroix
Women’s Rookie Back – Shanni White
Women’s Rookie Forward – Allison Plummer
Men’s 2nd Team MVP – Malency Wainwright
Women’s Box Office Award – Kaitlin Kelly
Women’s Club Player of the Year – Kim Hunter
Men’s Rookie of the Year – Stephen Dodo Dwyer
Dwayne Moses Award – Julian Alexander
Men’s 1st Team MVP – Thomas Larouche
Women’s 1st Team MVP – Abi Moody
Gee Gage Award – Kristin Bonomo
Men’s Asshole of the Year – Jason Ryback
Women’s Forward MVP – Catherine Buckhan
Bill Lark Award – Nick the knife Macan
Women’s Asshole of the Year – Tanis Hewitt
Please see the note below by Beach Jr coach Iain Mcleish and help a very talented beach jr player on his New Zealand Tour with the Canada U18s. Every little bit helps. Hey everyone. Great news, Prince Ndukwe (The athlete we paid for to try out for Team Canada last month), was selected to join team Canada U18 7’s for their tour to New Zealand at the end of December. The next hurdle for him is the cost of the trip which will end up being $3000. Is it possible for the Alumni, Junior, and Men’s section to contribute to sending him to New Zealand? He has also set up a GoFundMe account which I have linked below. Myles would it be possible to send the link out to your alumni email list to see if any of them would like to contribute as well? Here is the link to his GoFundMe Link:
Our very own Toronto Arrow Dan Moor has presented us with a ticket promotion. For every seasons ticket bought by a member of the Balmy Beach Alumni group, the Toronto Arrows will donate 20% back to grass roots rugby. Just use the promo code BALMYBEACHALUMNI at checkout. Download attachments for more details.
The Rugby World Cup final is being played this Saturday November 2 at the club on the big screen live! England vs South Africa should be a great match. The club will be open at 5am and kick off is at 5:30am. Complimentary coffee, juice and fruit will be available for members. Peameal on a bun will be available for purchase for $6 + HST but unfortunately the bar will not be open for beverages until 9am
On a sad note, long time club friend Jimmy Howard has passed away please look out for his obituary in the Globe and Mail on Thursday and the Star on Saturday. We wish the Howard family our deepest condolences.
Please keep an eye out for details of the rugby auction in early December
CUP DAY!!! – A great win for our Beach 2’s as the lads brought home the Gee Gage Cup! 37-34 in sudden victory OT! Penalty kick in OT by an unsuspecting kicker as primary guys were either not on the field or injured. jesse comes thru, first kick in 12 years! Beach awarded a 7 pt penalty try on last play of regulation to tie the game as our scrum dominated the Scottish and forced the issue. A hard hitting, demanding game but we persevered. One interesting comment heard along the Scottish sideline in a post game scrum was “how did we lose to those “Fuc…g old”guys!?” Well deserved guys! They’ll learn!
McCormick Cup – Brantford beats Irish!
Alumni Dinner – Good turnout last Thurs as Myles starts his time as Alumni Chairperson. Congrats to Craig Telfer on winning Ed Caterer Award! Bill Webb, Arrows owner attends and extends an offer to those who purchased Arrows season tickets, kickback to Beach Jr Rugby! Dan Moor great presentation on the Arrows. Chris Kalbfleisch Jr Director, updated 2019 Jr season. Peeter Oolup attempted to roast me but unfortunately, his Estonian spit wouldn’t go all the way through! Thanks to all for your support!
UP THE BEACH! – Get Off Your Butts and VOTE!!!!!! (GERRY)
RUGBY AUCTION – Sat Dec 7th 4pm-7pm – DONATIONS ANYONE???
Toronto Wolfpack – Win Grand Final to be promoted to Super League Rugby League! 24-6
The Blue and Gold of our Beach Juniors looked fantastic as part of the half-time celebrations! Thanks to jr Director Chris Kalbfleisch.
Ontario Rugby Union Hall of Fame – Congratulations to Paul Meyers on upcoming induction into the hall! Well Done Paul!
Kukri Gear Website – up for 1 week. Please note that items ordered will probably not arrive until after the McCormick cup. Last chance of the year to order. Kukri Gear Website Order
Action last week
It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of Mattia Trinier . Carl’s wife, Mom to Adam, Samantha and Mathew, Mattia succumbed after a long and difficult battle with brain cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. Details of arrangements when I get them. Mattia passed away at home on September 11th surrounded by family. Loved by her husband Carl, her children Adam, Samantha and Matthew, her son-in-law Henry, and the rest of her family, friends and former students, she will be dearly missed. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, September 18th at 2:30 p.m. at McDougall & Brown Funeral Home – Scarborough Chapel. Visitation will be held at the same location Tuesday, September 17th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Alumni Organization – We continue to press forward and bring new ideas into fruition to encourage a lifelong sense of belonging to the game of rugby and specifically, Beach Rugby. To that end we have a new committee Chairman in Myles Martin Esq.!! Myles has graciously offered to step up and drive this part of our Blue and Gold machine! Thanks Myles and good luck! To those who are wondering about the fate of this communique, no worries. I am hanging around to continue to whisper in your ears and keep U up to date with what’s happenin’
Get your butts out to the fall games and the Alum Dinner on Oct 17th!!
Cec Moody – So sad to report the passing of a great Ontario Rugbian, Cec Moody. Our condolences to Cec’s family and friends.
Ted Reeve 65th Anniversary – I have great news from the Ted Reeve 65th Anniversary committee. We had a discussion about ticket prices and we are dropping the price to $35 if you reserve your tickets before September 06th. There will be a limited number of tickets at this price, so reserve early. There will be finger food, a slide show, music for dancing, if you are bringing your better half, and a lot of time to reminisce with old friends. If you have any pictures that you can scan to me, please do. If possible ifyou can remember names or year of the picture please add it. Please use this email address for confirmation of tickets or for any questions that you might have. firstname.lastname@example.org
Beach rugby has long been involved with Ted Reeve Hockey! Alum Rick Chambers is directly involved with TR 65 Reunion. Please contact Rick for more info!!!
The Ted Reeve Hockey Association is celebrating their 65th anniversary the weekend of Oct 4th and will be having an alumni party to reunite as many former players that we can. It will be held at the Balmy Beach Club. Please see the attachment for details.
If you know any former players that are not on the list, please forward this note to them. We are putting together a slide show, so if anyone has pictures, etc. from the past, please let me know or scan them to me. If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to answer them. Tickets go on sale the early part of September but we are trying to get as many players/coaches from early years as possible, so the powers to be are giving you a chance to reserve your ticket in advance. There is only a limited number of tickets that can be sold, so send me an email so I can hold a ticket for you.
Request from Huggy! I’m writing to ask for your help by reaching out to your connections on my behalf to inquire about potential paid co-op job opportunities. Currently, I’m searching for a co-op job as a Business Analyst, or similar role with a September 2019 start date. My preference would be an employer within the technology sector or within the technology functional area of a company. I realize that you do not have technology backgrounds but you might have a friend, family member or other connection who does.
I’ve been following your weekly e-mails but haven’t managed to attend a Beach home game yet because I have a Saturday morning class at George Brown College that carries over into the early afternoon.
I’m writing to reach out to the Balmy Beach RFC Alumni for their help. Currently, I’m completing a post-graduate certificate in Information Systems Business Analysis and am required to complete a paid co-op internship.
My goal is to secure a co-op job that is directly or indirectly related to business analysis. The roles in the job postings by my co-op coordinator have been fairly diverse. Mostly, they require using analytical and problem solving, decision making, time management, verbal and written communication, teamwork skills, etc.
I’m searching for a co-op internship to commence this September. To date, I’ve applied to just over 20 positions and have not received a response from an employer for an interview. I’m hoping that there’s someone from the alumni who may know someone who knows someone, etc. that has a suitable employment opportunity within their company. There is a provincial tax credit available to businesses up to a maximum of $3,000.