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…. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
Now and Then!
Lucas Rumball and Scott Hendry Canada ’96 2018 WC Repechage
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Doug Underwood – Email: email@example.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 […]
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 […]
You are invited! Sat Dec 10 to Rugby Auction @ the club 1-4pm!
Far be it for me to try and recap the storied careers of two sporting icons, as there are countless others who can do it so much better. Nevertheless, if you were born in a certain era you got to see two immortals that we have lost in the past week. I was one of the fortunate ones to see both Ali and Gordie in their primes.
One was brash, outspoken, both reviled and loved by many, because of his ways. He often referred to himself as “the greatest.” Arguably he was the best boxer of all-time. I first saw Ali live when he trained in Boston in 1965, for his fight with Sonny Liston, in Lewiston, Maine.The other was humble […]
Our sympathies are extended to Steeler and his family upon the passing of his father. Visitation is at McDougall & Brown on Kingston Rd from 6-9 on Thursday.
Sorry I do not have any other information.
The URL for the blazers is: https://balmybeach.navigateapparel.com/shop/bbc-rugby-blazer/
The blazers are $165 each and the the deadline for orders is Dec 30 at 11:59pm. I will have sizing samples at the club Tues Dec 15 and Mon Dec 28 (7-830pm) for anyone that wants to try them on beforehand.
Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to pass any other questions onto myself. Thanks for your help with this!
I am writing to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the Alumni for their generous support of my recent campaign to help fund the costs of a winter tire package and general maintenance expenses of my wheelchair van. I am happy to say that the majority of the contributions came from rugby guys, particularly Balmy Beach RFC Alumni! Up the Beach!
Last winter was my first winter driving the new van. I learned from that experience that I would definitely need winter tires to be able to operate the van safely in our winter driving conditions with snow and ice covered roads. My van has a 12-inch lowered floor so I need […]
It is with great humility that I accepted the Harvey Jaanuson award on Friday night. I am blown away by this honour, and I can only hope to extol the virtues and attributes of the man for which the award was named. I have heard stories of Harvey, and I think that the way he approached the game is what rugby is all about – hard as nails on the field and a gentleman off of it. It is truly in the spirit of Balmy Beach rugby that we continue this tradition. As always I take pride in wearing the blue and gold, and hope to for years […]
Winning Decisively 45 – 7 over the CRU.
Matt says…I would like to send a very warm and sincere thanks to the Balmy Beach Rugby Football Club in Toronto for hosting a enjoyable and supportive fundraiser at their beautiful beach-side clubhouse. The event was full of friendly and familiar faces of all ages with plenty of kind words and offers of support. Jim Drohan, who MC’d the event as an add-on to the junior awards ceremony, was extremely generous with his kind comments of support. Over the past number of years, Jim has been the cornerstone of a blossoming beach mini-rugby program that continues to foster growth and community engagement. It’s this sense of community, where rugby feels like a way of life rather than just a sport, […]
Gee Gage Cup – Finally! Beach 2’s and 3’s in the Gee Gage Cup Competition
Sat Oct 03
- Beach 2’s @ Burlington 3:00 pm KO
- Beach3’s @ Tubs and Gee Gage Field vs Scottish 2’s 1:30 pm KO
The Balmy Beach Alumni thought we’d try to help raise some money for Matt King by having a World Cup Rugby Pool. It should be a simple process. Click the link below. Register. Pick your teams and send your money. The minimum donation is $20 which can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, mailed to the Balmy Beach Club or left behind the bar in c/o Gerry Allen or Jeff Tomlinson. Half the proceeds will be divided among the winners and the other half given to Matt. Please feel free to forward this on to anyone else you know that might like to have a little fun with the upcoming World Cup and support Matt. Not for serious poolies.
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Liam and Doug Underwood at Rugby Canada Dinner in Toronto, Tues Aug25—2015 World Cup Team Announced!
Nice win for the boys vs Oak Singers 32-14! Thanks again for all your support Jim and Gerrry and Beach Alumni! Great season.
Academy TRU Champs Keenan Division 2015
Sunday Sept 13 11am-4pm @ Balmy Beach Club
Balmy Beach Rugby Alumni, in conjunction with the Calgary Canucks, are holding a fundraiser for Matt King on Sun. Sept 13 at the Club(11am-4pm) Matt came to the Beach from UCC and he enjoyed a very successful career with Beach and Ont Rugby. He starred at U of W and Captained Cambridge. Matt played many matches for Canada, including the 2003 World Cup. Matt was the initial coach of our Beach Academy Squad.
Matt is presently unable to work and is in constant pain from a disease known as EDS( Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) This affliction is not curable and the treatments incur costs well above Provincial guidelines!Hence Matt’s need for assistance and […]
Good to see the boys are still dominating top of the table. Hoping you can pass this email on. Hope all is well back home. Life’s great down under, let me tell ya.
I’ve been playing for the University of Queensland here in Brisbane. Carol and I are living in an apartment in St. Lucia, a suburb of Brisbane, and only a few minutes walk to the campus and our fields. It’s Winter down here, but we’re still feeling the sunshine in the low 20’s, so I can’t complain.
Rugby is going well for me. I arrived mid season, so I’ve had to work my way up to the 1st grade team, which is who I’m playing with now. We’re in […]
Spearheaded by the Brantford Club, the Marshall Premier Clubs are planning a Friday night s 7’s competition this summer. Over 3 Fridays, at a variety of sites, formal 7’s will occur. Divided into 2 Divisions, there will be round -robin competition followed by Cup/Bowl and Plate playoffs.
Fri July 10 – East Div @ Tubs and Gee Gage Field – West Div. @ Brantford
Fri July 31 – East @ Fletchers – West @ Stoney Creek
Fri Aug 21 – Playoffs and Finals @ Fletchers
East Division: Beach, Scottish, Irish, Aurora Barbs
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Canada Rugby – Good luck to Liam Underwood who is off with Canada”A” to the Pacific Rim competition where many of Canada’s World Cup choices will be made!
March 10 vs Japan JR March 14 vs Samoa “A” March 18 vs Pampas and March 23 playoffs.
Excellent Article! – Latest issue of Rugby.ca, Rugby Canada mag (2014-Year in Review) there is an excellent article by Brock Smith of RO (pg.38) along with a championship McCormick Cup pic. Not often do we get this kind of positive media! Feels kind good! see attached >>>.
7’s! – Liam Underwood has terrific debut in Wellington 7’s! While Canada did not fare well as a team, Liam played quite well in his first efforts with […]
BALMY BEACH RUGBY WELCOMES BACK HUNDREDS OF ALUMNI, SPECIAL GUESTS AS THE CLUB CELEBRATES 60 SUCCESSFUL YEARS
Nine members of Balmy Beach Rugby Football Club’s original 1955 team were present for the festivities, held at Toronto’s Balmy Beach Club on May 22.
(TORONTO, ON) – It was six decades ago that twenty teenagers banded together, bringing a mix of competitive spirit, raw talent, a desire to learn a new sport, and a never-back-down attitude to form Balmy Beach’s inaugural rugby side.
The rest, as they say, is history.
On the evening of May 22, more than 225 current club members, alumni, and special guests packed Toronto’s iconic Balmy Beach Club to celebrate the roots of the rugby club; […]
About 220 showed for dinner with guests Piped in by Mark Clancy, an exciting opening! Great dinner by Fuel and thanks to our speakers and emcee ! ( The Fox, Jake Lipsett, Ian McConvey, Kyle Nichols, Al Charron, Gareth Rees, Haydn Gage and Cameron Shepherd)> Ed caterer Award winner…. Me! What an honour!!
The Originals honoured with certificates and Alumni shirts.. 9 of 10 present at dinner!
There is a terrific article and over 100 pics on our Beach Rugby website from the dinner!
A big thank You to Charlene and her staff and Fuel!!! Also to bob Johnson for th neat lighting touch!
57 golfers at Riverside— excellent day and prizes and food by Fuel on the Deck at the Club.Thanks to […]
SUNDAY TOUCH LEAGUE
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In Bermuda! 5 Beachers represent Canada in the Bermuda Classic. Kyle Nichols, Adam Marshall, Aaron Mittler,Haydn Gage and Haddon Murray don the red jerseys in this yearly event. First match was a loss to Argentina, good luck next game. Pics and info on Bermuda Classics web site.Up The Beach
Beach Rugby News! Ed Caterer, inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Amber, Ian McConvey and Ken Naples on hand to accept the honour.
Queen’s U wins OUA Championship with 3 Beachers playing prominent roles. Lucas and Jacob Rumball and Michael Douros. Jacob Rumball is named OUA Player of the Year!
The celebration continues! – Fri Nov 07 saw the culmination of […]
Cup Photos October 2014
WOW! A Cracker! Our 14th Cup is in the books. 27-22 over the Scottish. We continued to play with skill and poise as we have all year. This time, however the Scottish seemed determined to throw us off track with a relentless attack of their own and almost succeeded, but not quite! To a man, each Beacher was pushed to give his all and it proved enuf as we hung on with a stalwart defense in the waning minutes to thwart siege after siege by the Scots. Sure made the beer taste even better! Excellent job, great season. Lots of hard work with kudos to all.
Beach 2’s save the best for last in 38-25 victory over Scottish. With a somewhat sluggish start we were behind until the last 20 min when the afterburners kicked in and we roared away to victory and the first cup of the day! With “the Dude’s” leadership, Bushe controlling the helm and the speed of the younger lads, its a hard combo to beat. Great job and enjoyable to see. A fitting and deserved end to the season.