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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.

Hope you are all well.  We are beginning to see glimpses of light as both the provincial and federal government are slowly loosening restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Over the weekend you could have watched the likes of MMA, soccer and NASCAR on TV and other sports have allowed their players to resume training at their respected practice facilities like the NBA and NHL.  Hopefully rugby follows suit shortly. The link below outlines Rugby Canada’s initiative to a return to play strategy. https://rugby.ca/en/news/2020/05/rugby-canada-and-provincial-unions-establish-working-group-to-develop-return-to-play-strategy  

Also I invite you all to watch the link below and and join Kyle in helping support the Rugby Ontario Ambassador Club. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj_DAPLmiIE&feature=youtu.be  

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 businessesLink 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 tanishewitt@hotmail.com should you have any questions or are looking for more information.

CLICK HERE FOR BLOOD DONOR DETAILS WITH PHOTOS

 

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 lisadesario@gmail.com. We will tally up the photos at the end of the day on April 30th to get the grand total.

UP THE BEACH! Lisa De Sario – email: lisadesario@gmail.com
416-580-0559

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 find a website below for a GOFUNDME campaign for Rugby stalwart Hal Rowan. Hal is in need of some financial support and is struggling with his health. https://www.gofundme.com/f/37wymd-the-friends-of-hal-campaign

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.

Toronto Arrows – Grassroots Assistance Program Overview 2019 >>>

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!

Field Opening PixField Opening Pix >>

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.

Miles Martin – New Balmy Beach Alumni Chairman – Read Post

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. rick.chambers@tbs.toshiba.ca

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.

Ted Reeve Hockey Assoc 65th

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.

If there is someone who may be able to help, they can contact me at kerry.m.singh@gmail.com or connect with me on LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerrymsingh/

Thank you! Cheers, Huggy – Up the Beach!!!

 


Beach Best 15 May 1955 to May 2019

Gerry Allen Weekly Report – Click Here2020-06-22T13:06:14-04:00

Interview with Kyle Nichols – Canadian Rugby Legend

Interview with Kyle Nichols – Canadian Rugby Legend2020-05-06T12:50:36-04:00

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 businessesLink 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 tanishewitt@hotmail.com should you have any questions or are looking for more information.

Our Local Businesses2020-04-09T14:56:24-04:00

Blood Donations

View the Blood Donot Photos Below…

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 lisadesario@gmail.com. We will tally up the photos at the end of the day on April 30th to get the grand total.

Competition:
We have challenged Burlington Rugby Club to do the same. They have accepted and they must get as many donations as they can by April 30th 2020. The Club with the most club member donations wins. The losing team must wear the winning teams sweaty jerseys with pride throughout the entire post game beer-up.

The Balmy Beach Rugby Section is also challenging sport sections of the club to do the same. If we win that section must come to our home opener and if they win we must show up to a game, tournament, or event of their choice.

You are more than welcome to come up with your own hashtag to work with your club or section but please also tag @balmybeachrugbyclub and use the hashtag #uptheblood so we can keep track of all the donations and hopefully inspire our communities to do the same.

If for some reason you do not meet the requirements to donate blood we encourage you to get someone else to donate on your behalf as long as they are wearing your club colours.

Other things to keep in mind:
1. Since we have a worldwide health issue, blood donations are not taking drop in appointments. Therefore you must go online and make an appointment. https://blood.ca/en/blood

2. You cannot donate blood if you are currently quarantined or have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. Once your quarantine is complete and you’re healthy, game on.

3. Lastly, there are certain rules/parameters on blood donations dependant on travel, medications, health, etc. Please use the link below to be sure you’re eligible to donate blood before making an appointment. https://blood.ca/en/blood/am-i-eligible/abcs-eligibility

If there is any confusion on if you are eligible to donate please call 1-888-236-6283

We are such a strong club and hopefully this will make a difference and encourage others to do the same. We have all donated blood on the field, ice, court and field but now it’s time for us to donate blood to the people who need it most.

UP THE BEACH!
Lisa De Sario – email: lisadesario@gmail.com
416-580-0559

Blood Donations2020-04-10T18:15:28-04:00

Myles Martin – Rugby Alumni Chairman

Hi all!

Just wanted to drop a quick line and introduce myself. For those who don’t know me, my name is Myles Martin a recently retired player from the blue and gold. As Gerry mentioned, I will be your Balmy Beach Alumni Chairman. I recognize I have some very large shoes to fill and I know I can’t do it alone. There are some very special people who make up this group and they should be recognized as well.
Kyle Nichols, Gord Young, , Andrew Steele, Adam Marshall, Paul Mathieson, Rick Chambers, Glenn Miller & Lisa De Sario

I think that all of us combined can probably do half the job Gerry has done for the last 15 years but we’re going to do our best. Thank you Gerry for all of your hard work and dedication.

Our goal is simple. We want to continue to support rugby at the Balmy Beach Rugby Football Club and help grow the best game on the planet.

Hope to see you all at the fall dinner on October 17.

Thank you for your continued support

Up the Beach!!

Myles Martin – Rugby Alumni Chairman2019-09-06T11:30:00-04:00

Message from Kerry Singh aka Huggy

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.

If there is someone who may be able to help, they can contact me at kerry.m.singh@gmail.com or connect with me on LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerrymsingh/

Thank you! Cheers,
Huggy – Up the Beach!!!

Message from Kerry Singh aka Huggy

I’m currently completing a post-graduate certificate at George Brown College. My project group has created a short 5-7 minute survey and I need some help distributing it in order get responses. Ideally, we want to get 100+ responses by midnight on Wednesday. To date we have approximate 46.

Please send the link below to the Beach Alumni. I know that this is not directly related to rugby, but as a Beach alumnus it will help me to successfully complete my post-graduate certificate.

https://forms.gle/C6aYsbTWqETVvhyY6

Thank you!

Kind regards,

Huggy – “Up the Beach!”

Message from Kerry Singh aka Huggy2019-08-02T12:49:36-04:00

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 23rd2019-02-05T11:04:21-05:00