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Welcome to the Balmy Beach RFC! We are one of Canada’s oldest, largest and most successful grassroots rugby clubs. The Balmy Beach RFC constists of 4 men’s teams, 1 women’s team, and youth teams for boys and girls from Under-8’s up to Under-18’s, and an alumni section.

Established in 1955, Balmy Beach Rugby Rugby Club has a long and storied history in the Toronto and Ontario rugby communities. We are a progressive club whose members have gone on to feature for Canada and teams around the world.

Serving Toronto’s Leslieville and Beaches neighbourhoods, Balmy Beach Rugby Club runs programs for players ages 6-50+. Our programs prioritize strong fundamentals, fun, and a love of the game at all stages of life.

Balmy Beach Alumni are a key component of our Club and remain engaged with our section long after their playing days end. For more information on their activities, head to the Alumni section of our site.

Balmy Beach Rugby Senior Men’s section is tied for the winningest club in Ontario Rugby history, boasting a remarkable 13 McCormick Cups, and 4 Carling Cups, the highest honour for a Senior Men’s team in the province.

As a club, our objective is to develop and empower players of all ages to go on to long and successful rugby careers, whether they be playing, coaching, or officiating.

Balmy Beach Rugby welcomes new and experienced players of all ages, genders and abilities.

Mark your calendars because the Balmy Beach Rugby Club Holiday Auction and Market is back, and it’s going to be bigger & better than ever!

But, to make this event truly spectacular, we need your help! We are on the hunt for generous donations and table vendors to add that extra sparkle to our auction and market. Your support can make a world of difference to our dedicated players and the local community.

Here’s how you can get involved:

1. Save the Date: Mark December 2nd in your calendars and make plans to join us for an evening of fun, shopping, and entertainment. All proceeds go toward supporting our rugby club and community initiatives.

2. Donate: Got something special you’d like to contribute? Whether its sports memorabilia, unique experiences, artisan crafts, or services, your donation can make a huge impact; along with social media promotions.

3. Become a Vendor: Secure a table at our Holiday Auction and Market and showcase your products and services to a vibrant community. You’ll receive advertising and social media exposure!

Your support makes all the difference in nurturing our rugby talent and giving back to the community we love. Together, we can create lasting memories for our players while strengthening our Balmy Beach Club family.

To donate, please contact: bbcsilentauction@gmail.com

Annual Holiday Market & Auction

Join us at the The Silent Auction and Holiday Market THIS SATURDAY December 2nd from 4-7 PM at the Balmy Beach Club hosted by the Rugby Section. Bring the whole family down for a day of holiday cheer, complete with live music, kids activities, drinks, and more!

Vendors Include:

🎅 DCT Leathers : Leather bags and other accessaries

🎅 Beach Nursery : Garlands, wreaths, houseplants, and more

🎅 Jen Sharp Bath and Body Products

🎅 Nicola Reynolds Jellies & Jams

🎅 Lorim Art Work

🎅 Kaitlyn Kelly Baked Goods & Custom Krafts

🎅 Sams Stitchworks & Custom Embroidery

🎅 Tamsin Salter with Material Matters : Handmade Blankets

🎅 Bill Suddick & Phil Marion : Books & Calendars

🎅 Cadence Physiotherapy : Physio, Chiro, massages and more

🎅 Honey Financial : Mortgage Advice, Financial Planning & Insurance

🎅 Unique Balance Holistic Nutritionist : Health Food & Services


Great auction items include, but are not limited to:

⛄ Signed Raptors Scottie Barnes Jersey and other Apparel

⛄ Leather Bags

⛄ 2023 Rugby World Cub Gear

⛄ TSN Nike Golf Apparel

⛄ One Academy Claesss

⛄ Canadia and Ontario Rugby Apparel

⛄ Kids Games

⛄ Houseware

⛄ Gift Certificates (Beech Tree, BOA Boutique, Chatbooks, Beaches Hot Yoga, AGO, Old Spaghetti Factory, Massages, Pilates, Hockey Hall of Fame)

Balmy Beach Club Section Awards Night

On November 4th, the Balmy Beach Club held its Annual Section Awards Night. On this night, one member from each section is honour for their contributions as an athlete and service to the section. This year, the Senior Rugby Section Award winner was Maddy Harris.

Maddy joined the Balmy Beach Women’s Rugby Team in 2017. Since then she is most often found playing No. 12, but has also filled in as a winger, flanker, and in desperate times, No. 9. Maddy is a workhorse on the field, making her tackles on defence, and breaking tackles on offence. Her on-field impact extends beyond her physical play as she is constantly ecouranging her teammates, and helping others improve their game. It’s no wonder she’s been named Captain. 

However, Maddy’s greatest contributions to the rugby section have occured behind the scenes. For the past 3 years, Maddy has volunteered as the Rugby Section’s Communication’s Director. In this role she has developed a fresh and modern look to our social media accounts. She has ensured that game-day rosters, results, rugby socials, and fundraising events are promoted to our athletes, BBC members, and beyond. Her dedication to the position, and her creativity has lead to increased player recruitment as well as the success of many events. Maddy has also coached highschool girls rugby at Malvern Collegiate Institute, helping grown the game at the youth level, which is integral to the continued success of Senior Rugby Programs.

Maddy Harris’ commitment to the Rugby Section on and off the field is exemplary! Congratualtions Maddy!

The Section Awards Night also paid tribute to this year’s recipients of the Bill Webster Awards. William C. “Bill” Webster was a lifetime BBC member, and inductee of the BBC Sports Hall of Fame. Almost 17 years to the day, Bill passed away on November 3, 2006. His legacy continues as a generous endowment to support the development of young Balmy Beach Club athletes. This year there were 2 recipients of the Webster Award from the Balmy Beach Junior Rugby program, Romano Pizzuti and Carolyn Gill.

Romano Pizzuti is a talented rugby player who comes from a rugby family! His older brothers also played at for the Balmy Beach as youths and are now on the men’s team.

Romano always has a wonderful attitude in training and is well liked by his team mates and his coaches. He is supportive with his team mates and treats everyone with the highest amount of respect. He also displays great listening skills and is a very humble young man.

2023 was a breakout year for Romano and he had an excellent performance as a prop on the U18 team. In a key game at the end of the season, Romano’s heroic crashes with the ball on attack sealed the win at the end of the game against the Toronto Dragons.

In addition to playing at Balmy Beach, Romano has also participated in the Ontario Junior Blues program. Congratulations Romano!

The Junior Rugby program’s other recipient of the Webster Award was Carolyn Gill. This was Carolyn’s first season with the Balmy Beach and she quickly established herself as a leader and dynamic presence on the field. As part of the U16 Girls rugby team, Carolyn was frequently selected to captain the 15’s and 7’s sides and won the U16 MVP Award.

She was the leading try scorer and her offensive success was matched by her fierce defense. Her competitive spirit, coupled with a commitment to giving her best effort, makes her a standout performer in every game. She has also helped build a positive culture that will help our program continue to grow. 

Carolyn is extremely active in sports and volunteering in the community. Outside of rugby, she plays field hockey, indoor soccer, lacrosse, and ice hockey. Outside of sports, she gives to her community through volunteering at Michael Garron Hospital and the Salvation Army Toy drive.

Carolyn’s dedication to both sports and community service make her an ideal recipient of the Webster Award. Congratulations Carolyn!

The Balmy Beach RFC would like to thank the Webster Fund and Bill’s son-in-law Stuart Statton for their continued support of youth athletes at the BBC!

Myles Martin Weekly Alumni Report

Here are thee award winners from last week’s Rugby Banquet – Congratulations to all the winners

ORU 1s Most Valuable Forward – Owen McLean Lavado
ORU 1s Most Valuable Back – Jason Park
ORU 2s Most Valuable Forward – Matthew Mufandaedza
ORU 2s Most Valuable Back – Simon McLean Lavado
TRU 1s Most Valuable Forward – Elamu Karego Maswi
TRU 1s Most Valuable Back – Simon Onyango
TRU 2s Most Valuable Forward – Adrian Godwin
TRU 2s Most Valuable Back – Cian Donohoe
Men’s Most Improved Player – Waleed Popal
Men’s Most Dedicated Player – Hugh Barry
Men’s Most Dedicated Player – Ben Jones
Men’s Rookie of the Year – Evan Dermott
Women’s Most Valuable Forward – Kristin Bonomo
Women’s Most Valuable Back – Autumn Gervais
Women’s Most Improved Player – Cassia Cidro
Women’s Most Dedicated Player – Maddy Harris
Women’s Rookie of the Year – Bethany Spiers
Volunteer of the Year – Maddy Harris
Harvey Jaanuson Award – Mark Lawless
Ed Caterer Award – Krisitin Bonomo
Asshole of the Year – ORU 1’s

Holiday Silent Auction & Market On December 2nd, the Balmy Beach RFC will hold its annual Holiday Silent Auction & Market. This event is one of the most important for the rugby section. You can find more information on how to contribute in several ways on the Home Page. Please see the attachment and make it a point to make it to the club. Holiday Auction Donation Letter >>>


Rugby Annual General Meeting & Board Elections On the night of November 13th, the Balmy Beach RFC held its AGM. Some great discussion about some important issues took place, and the Board for the 2024 Season was elected. Please welcome…

President – Iain McLeish
Fundraising and Sponsorship – Brock
Clancy Secretary – Kristin Bonomo
Communications Director – Ben Jones
Social Director – Mark Lawless
Player Safety – Andrew Crawford
Treasurer – Malency Wainwright


Celebration of Life for David Baldwin – David played rugby for the Balmy Beach in the 1960’s. Ken McAulay, a teammate, remember’s David as a tough competitor who laughed easily, and enjoyed a joke and a beer. David passed away peacefully at the age of 84 at his home in Victoria Harbour on Thursday January 20, 2022. There will be a celebration of Life held for David at the Balmy Beach Club November 19th from 1:00-5:00PM.

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