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Gerry Allen Weekly Report

Some “extra news” this week! Some of the good variety and some not so great!

Last week, our rugby community lost two former players and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of both gentlemen.
First, Eddie Lynch, after a long illness, Eddie passed last week. I do not have any details with respect to his funeral. Anyone who played alongside Ian Shuell had to be able to keep up, and we know Eddie did that well. God speed!

Secondly, Hugh Fulton, who played in Ireland as a young man and then for the Irish Canadians and along side Ken Bingham with Ontario as a scrum half. Hugh is Erin Chamber’s (Rick’s wife) father. Funeral was Wednesday in Oakville.

Good News…. Zoe Smith, former Club player and Birchmount grad lives and works in Hong Kong and has just been selected to represent Hong Kong on National 15’s squad!

Its gotta warm up soon!

Hopefully everyone has thawed out after the long weekend! Lots of rugby action coming our way, especially if you like traveling to Fletcher’s!
Home games at Fletcher’s! – 5 beach matches
12:00 Sr Women vs Miss Blues @ Fletcher’s
1:30 Academy 2 vs bay St’ Pigs @ Fletchers???
1:30 Beach 2 vs Cru @ Fletcher’s
3:00 Academy 1 vs bay St. Pigs @ Fletcher’s
3:00 Beach 1 vs Cru @ Fletcher’s

Toronto Arrows – Sunday May 26 2pm @ Lamport vs Glendale

Toronto Wolpack – Friday May 24 @ Sheffield, England 2:45 est (not sure of Game TV!)

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And so the action unfolds! Not always with a bang! I Waterloo County, the Beach 1’s encountered stiffer than planned opposition. A close one but the home side prevailed 25-23. Beach 2’s had a much better outing finishing ahead 32-17. In Brampton vs the Dragons the Academy lads stretched out with a 40-0 runaway!. Academy 2’s did not play.

Alumni Dinner – Thanks to everyone who participated! 110 guests!Jamie Reynolds feted appropriately. Great to see so many Ladies in attendance! Home Field will be Fletcher’s until ours is sodded properly! Beach Best 15 announced: Prop Jake Lipsett, prop Red Lipsett, Hooker, Scott Hendry, Lock Bernie Baldwin, Lock Scott Dunham, Flanker, Jeff Tomlinson, Flanker Stew MacSween, #8 Peeter Oolup, Scum Half Tony McGann, Fly Half Rick Chambers, Centres, Ed Caterer, and Kyle Nichols, Wings, Fred Forster and Ryan MacSween, Fullback Ian McConvey, Coach Bruce Gage!! Congratulations!

Break out the Blue and Gold gear, gas up and head to the sidelines!


Beach Best 15 May 1955 to May 2019

Gerry Allen Weekly Report2019-05-23T11:35:45-04:00

Mattia Trinier

Message from Hank McQueen – As many of us at the Beach know, one of our own, Mattia Trinier, was diagnosed with brain cancer late last year.

In trying to do something positive with this bad news, I had registered for the Ride to Conquer Cancer in BC. Fundraising went well, so I’ve decided to try and raise more funds by signing up for the Ride in Toronto supporting the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Between the two rides, this will mean over 400km on the bike for a second row.

We have all had our stories and run-ins with this disease, and I hope we can continue to support research and clinicians to and improve patient outcomes. I lost my own mother to cancer over 10 years ago, and would quite simply like the disease to leave our families and friends alone!

I was hoping you might share this with the Beach Rugby Alumni, given the strong connection to the club.

Thanks for the support and Up the Beach!

https://secure.conquercancer.ca/site/TR/Ride/Toronto2019?px=3901431&pg=personal&fr_id=1692

Mattia Trinier2019-05-17T10:20:50-04:00

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:
Beer
Food
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 gyoung240@yahoo.ca 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.

AmericasRugbyNews.com

AmericasRugbyNews.com – 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