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Gerry Allen Weekly Report

Sad Note – We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Duncan Hammond last Thurs evening. Duncan was a great individual and friend to so very many at BBC. He is already missed. There is a Celebration of Life at BBC on Sun Aug 19 at 2pm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.

High Notes!! – Senior ladies – Great semi final victory on Sat over Peterborough with a 38-27 come from behind win! The ladies advance to the TRU Finals on Sat Aug 18 at Fletcher’s at NOON vs either Oshawa or Belleville. ‘Bon Chance!!!

Beach 1’s – In high gear. what a pleasant surprise to see such fast flowing action from the big guys!! Should everyone stay healthy and available this side can do some real damage in the McCormick Cup(Yahoo) The score 66-22. a little ragged at the end but a superb start. Unfortunately for Stoney Creek, the loss sends them to relegation for next year as will Peterborough who lost to the Cru

Sat Aug 18 Triple Header at HOME
Beach 1’s continue in Marshall Premier Plate Final vs the Cru at HOME at 3. In reality the game is for the 5th and 6th seeds in Sept McCormick Cup action
Beach 2’s will play Cru 2’s at 1:30 at HOME in a tune up for Gee Gage Cup action in Sept.
Academy 1’s are also at HOME on Sat at NOON vs Miss. Blues in TRU Premier CUP action semi-finals

You know from a season that had some misgivings and angst throughout much of the spring, the DAWG DAYS of summer seem to have a Blue and Gold hue to them!!!!

ALUMNI Fall Dinner is Thurs. Sept 27!!
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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!

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

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.

EDDIE CATERER AWARD CRITERIA

  • SELECT A FAN, PLAYER OR COACH WHO BEST EXEMPLIFIES SEVERAL OF EDDIE’S MANY SUPERB PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS.
  • ie. SKILLED ATHLETE
  • “TEAM PLAYER”
  • CLUB AMBASSADOR ANYWHERE HE WENT
  • SENSE OF HUMOUR
  • GREAT ORGANIZER
  • ALWAYS “ESPRIT DE COUR” RE Club activities
  • UNSELFISHLY GIVES HIS TIME
  • LOYAL
  • TRUSTWORTHY
  • NOT QUIET! A NATTERER SPOKE HIS MIND

 

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!!!

 

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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!!!

 

BEACH RUGBY VOLLEYBALL
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 >>>

 

http://members.rugbycanada.ca/page/show/2224867-on-club-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 >>>

 

http://members.rugbycanada.ca/page/show/2224867-on-club-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 www.worldrugby.org

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!

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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

GREAT NEWS! 2 NEW CANADA CAPS for BEACHERS!

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!

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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.
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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!

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Gerry Allen Weekly Report2018-08-13T14:09:51+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

Beach Chatter

Doug Underwood – Email: dunderwood@rogers.com

Great seeing two nice beach wins on consecutive weekends, but doubt I will go to any more after going to club twice and not one player (ours or opposition showing up at BBC following the game. Exception is PEI Liam who was there with his lovely gal. Get it together off the field as well as on.

Brian Spanton – Email: Brian.Spanton@cra-arc.gc.ca

Good day lads, good win Saturday vs. Oakville. Our next match is Saturday August 12th at home vs Lindsay. Might be a good day to buck the trend of pinting post-game at the pitch and getting back to The BBC and laying on some beer and burgers for our guests. They are a good lot who are coming a long way to play the game. To me, it is a tradition, especially when hosting non-GTA sides, that we should be respecting.

Beach Chatter2017-07-31T21:53:44+00:00

John “Fox” Pineo

John’s Obituary:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=john-pineo&pid=184442315

Many of you know the “Fox” as an “Original” member of the very first Balmy Beach Rugby team (check out the photo at the club), and as a past president of the club for many years and one of few lifetime members!

The “Fox” has been fighting a very rare blood disorder for about 5 years now, and as expected it has finally reached a stage where the blood transfusions are not longer effective.

The Fox has decided to control the situation and effectively “go out” on his own terms. Fox is in good spirits and has been spending time with family and friends…mostly farting and telling old war stories! This is a unique situation where the Fox has a few weeks to reconnect with old and new friends alike.

Speaking with the Fox I know he’d love to hear from any of you who can make the time to give him a shout out. He can be reached by email atm.jpineo@sympatico.ca For those who would like to call, please email me atjpineo@cmgmarketing.com and I’ll send along his number.

Cheers and up the beach! Bomber

John “Fox” Pineo2017-03-16T17:26:21+00:00