Basil Cultrera – It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of Basil Cultrera on Friday November 12, 2021. A long time member of the Balmy Beach family, Basil will be deeply missed by his loving wife Donna, his nephew, niece and their families. Those of us that knew him lost a good friend both on and off the rugby field. He had a strong character and a big heart. He lit up a room with his presence and will be surely missed by all.
Huggy – Here is a note for our good friend Huggy. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Kerry Singh (“Huggy”) suffered a severe spinal cord injury playing rugby for the Balmy Beach Club in 1993. Balmy Beach Rugby Club and Rugby Canada stepped up in 2012 to help him purchase a new van for his transportation needs. His van will soon be 9 years old and continues to serve him well. However, soaring insurance and maintenance costs are proving increasingly harder to cover on his limited disability income as no government funding is available for these expenses. Let’s all get behind this year’s fundraising campaign and support Huggy!! Geoff Reynolds
Beach WIN Beach WIN Beach WIN!! – Hundreds of Beach supporters surrounded the field in blue and gold on the weekend as the Beach Men’s 2’s fought for the TRU Plate Championship V Bay Street, and the Men’s 1’s went hunting for the Ontario Marshall Men’s Cup V Oshawa.
Continuing the same pattern as their season games, the 1’s and 2’s set piece dominated the day giving both team’s backs opportunity after opportunity to strike. The combination of forward power and quick as lightning backs was just too much for either Bay Street or Oshawa to handle and both Beach teams took commanding leads by the half time whistle. Neither team let up in the second half, determined to seal the deal and in the end both teams came off with convincing wins.
Thanks so much to all of the fans, alumni and supporters who came down to the game, and to all of our other games. Whether we have been playing at home or away on the road, Beach was fortunate to have fans in the crowd for every game we have played this year. That support means a lot to the men and women who take to the field every week.
Beach 2’s 44 – Bay Street 17
Beach 1’s 59 – Oshawa Vikings 24
Thank you all who made it to the fall dinner on Thursday night, it was great to see smiles on peoples faces and listen to some great stories of some of the best teams ever to grace the blue and gold. It was a great kick off to two great games of rugby.
On behalf of the alumni executive, we thank you
The Men’s 1st XV wrap up their league games remaining on top of the table and undefeated going into cup day. Our scrums and line-outs continued to impose their will on the opposition leading to the Beach holding onto the vast majority of ball possession and territory. The boys were able to generate line breaks and work their way into position to score multiple times in the first half however despite these efforts had a tough time crossing the try line as slippery conditions led to knock ons and other errors. A line break from 13 Jason Parks and a quick pick and go from 14 Paul Schrofer led to Beach being up 14-0 at the half.
The story remained the same for most of the second half as the Beach dominated the possession and set piece but struggled to actually cross the try line. Tactical substitutions at the 60 min mark brought fresh legs onto the pitch and substitute winger Denzel Borrice was able to take advantage for a tired opposition and pump in two quick tries in succession. Final score Beach 28 Scottish 0.
Today the finals were finalized and on Saturday October 23 and Tubbs and Gee Field the mens 1XV will take on the Oshawa Vikings at 3pm to determine who will bring home the Fall Marshall Cup. The Men’s 2XV will take on the Bay Street Pigs at 1:30pm for the TRU Shield.
The woman played a tough game against the Nomads at home and came across their first big challenge of their season. Unfortunately the women fell short. The women will be working hard this week to prepare for their tournament in Oakville then will be ready to cheer on the men and head back to the club to celebrate a great season.
We still have a few spots left for the Fall Cup Dinner on Thursday October 21. The doors open at 6 and dinner will be served at 7pm. If you are an Original or played in the Carling Cup in 68, 75, 80 and or 81 please let me know if you would like to attend. The cost is $40 and you can pay at the door or send an E Transfer. The price includes an Alumni golf shirt so please let me know what size you wear. It is club policy that you must be double vaccinated with proof in order to attend the event.
Hope to see you Thursday Oct 21st, 2021.
Special shout out goes to Ben Jones, Andrew Norton and Julian Alexander who have been called up to play for the Arrows this Saturday against the Atlantic Rock. Good luck boys!!
Also want to say congrats to Patrick Maulson and Iain McLeish who will be assisting with Arrows coaching staff this weekend. Patrick is the attacking coach and Iain will be handling the video analysis
Just wanted to clarify the amazing night to be on October 21 at the club. The alumni would like to honour the Originals and all the players (1XV, 2XV and 3XV) that played in the Carling Cup in 68, 75, 80 and 81. If you played on any of those teams please let me know ad come on down and let’s fire it up for the Men’s 1XV who will be playing for the Fall cup on October 23. The cost is $40 which includes a hamburger and fries and an Alumni golf shirt. Don’t forget to let me know your shirt size. Let’s get behind our boys and bring home the cup!! Remember you must be double vaccinated with proof to enter the club.
After a 2-year long pandemic shutdown, rugby is finally back and it reminded us that Huggy’s Van Fund for maintenance and repair of his 2013 Honda Odyssey wheelchair van could use some much-needed donations. Huggy suffered a severe spinal cord injury playing rugby for the Balmy Beach Club in 1993. Balmy Beach Rugby Club stepped up in 2012 to help him purchase a new van for his transportation needs. His van will soon be 9 years old and continues to serve him well. However, soaring insurance and maintenance costs are proving increasingly harder to cover on his limited disability income as no government funding is available for these expenses. Let’s all get behind this year’s fundraising campaign and support Huggy!! Go Fund Me Link for Huggy
Here is are your game reports for last weekend – Oct 2nd-3rd.
Please note there are no games this weekend due to the Thanksgiving weekend.
It was a day at the races for the Men’s Ones – as an early intercept and 70m try from Andrew Norton set the tone for the rest of the day. After a forward dominated game the week prior in Oakville the sunny and dry weather made this an ideal game for our backs to truly let loose. Without mud and rain to slow them down the team game plan of playing inside the 15’s was just too much for London to handle as Beach was able to generate line break after line break as Beach Rookie Paul Schroder scored a hat-trick off of clean and dominant set piece ball from the forwards. Half time saw the return to the field of scrumhalf Brendan McGovern for the first time this season, which only served to increase the tempo of the game on an already tiring London team. The final score of 59-5 results in Beach One’s locking down first place in the Fall West division, despite one remaining game vs the Scottish on Oct 16th. There will be a memorial at the pitch honouring Roger at the end of this game by Hamish Young.
The Beach 2’s continue their winning ways over the Toronto Buccaneers. After weathering a strong first half and going into the break down 7-13 the Men’s 2’s came out in the second half firing on all cylinders. Led on the field by fly-half and Captain Caleb Pilz the 2’s took it to the Bucc’s taking advantage of the oppositions lagging fitness to attack broken defensive lines. Excellent support play off of line breaks and dominant scrum performances by Beach rookie prop Reese Gutierrez, and veteran stalwart Chris Hewett were just too much for the Bucc’s to handle as the Beach scored five unanswered try’s in the second half. The final score of 38 – 13 sees the Men’s 2’s move up to second in the TRU East division behind Lindsay.
The women’s team has had a challenging season so far as organization and numbers have been down across the city. The women have played and won 7s tournaments, 10s fixtures and last weekend they played in a mixed game of 15s. The women were placed on teams based on position and placed in a highly competitive game with Beach players dominating the score sheet. Great job ladies. Keep making the Beach proud! The women are hoping to host a home game on October 16, more details to follow.
Bob Whittaker – Keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Bob Whittaker was a long time Beach Rugby player in the 60’s and 70’s. He also played for the “XL’s” which was a team of Over 40 year olds from a number of Toronto Rugby Club. Bob Whittaker Remembered >>>
October 2nd-3rd 2021
THE BEACH IS BACK!!!!!
With a very convincing win over London over the weekend, the Men’s 1st XV have been granted a spot for the McCormick Cup on October 23. Details and a game recap to follow later this week.
On Thursday October 21 the Alumni group would like to invite the 2nd XV and 3rd XV players from the 68, 75, 80 and 81 Championship teams as our guests to the Official Alumni Return to the Cup Party at the Balmy Beach Club. The cost is $40 and includes a hamburger and a Beach Alumni Golf Shirt .
Please note that the club can hold a maximum of 75 people and you must be double vaccinated with proof. If you plan on attending please let me know and advise of your shirt size. More details to follow
September 25-26th 2021
Facing off against our always strong rival Oakville in Oakville last Saturday, the Men’s First Team kicked off in what can only be described as monsoon level rain. The water and mud made for a slick ball and meant that the Beach’s typically unstoppable back line had to pick and choose their moments to strike, relying on the forwards to make the hard yards. The Beach pack stepped up in a huge way bullying Oakville both in the scrum and around the pitch generally to generate penalties. Excellent kicking to touch then put us consistently into position to score. Stand out players include all starting three of our front row Julian Alexander, James Roseborough, and Chris Sopik who dominated Oakville’s front row for all 80 minutes of the game, and young Andrew Hevey who received an unexpected start and first Men’s one’s cap at 9 when the planned scrumhalf Mark Tarver injured himself prior to kickoff. Final score Beach 29 – Oakville 17. The Beach first XV see themselves at the top of the league going into this week’s home game V London at noon Saturday. A win will see them secure a spot in the cup final day on Oct 23.
Kudos to Oakville’s Old Boys Four’s side for stepping up to give our two’s a game on their off week from the TRU competition. Oakville played a tough and hard-hitting game, but in the end our squads youth and speed turned the game into a bit of a day at the races. Final score 65-12. Next game is this Saturday V the Toronto Buccaneers at home Kickoff at 1:30.
A big win for the Beach Women as they beat the Cru women 29-10.
September 18-19th 2021
The Men’s First XV continued their winning ways last Saturday in Waterloo County. The first half saw Waterloo take advantage of an early penalty about 2minutes into the game, kicking to the corner and driving a maul into the try zone to put them up 0-5 right off the bat. That would be the last time Waterloo was able to organize anything offensive for the half as dominant set-piece was able to generate line break after line break after line break. Quick hands, good decisions, and expansive play capitalized on these breaks and saw Beach up 28-5 at halftime.
Breakdown penalties were the theme of the second half allowing Waterloo to once again capitalize by kicking to the corner and mauling for try’s. However, the men in blue and gold weathered the storm and continued to generate line breaks and apply defensive pressure, forcing Waterloo onto the back foot and creating turnover and counter-attack opportunities. A final score of 38-24 for Beach sees us sitting at the top of the league standings.
Men’s First and Second XV take on Oakville 1’s and Old Boys respectively in Oakville, with the Women’s side squaring off with Oakville as well. A big win will leave Beach within striking distance of locking up the West Conference.
Great start of the season last Saturday for both the men’s and women’s sides. The men’s 1’s went up against a forwards focused Burlington, and after weathering what seemed to be about a million off 9 forward crashes came away with a 35-10 victory, and starting them in first place in the Western Conference. The Men’s 2’s although showing a ton of grit and determination came away worse for wear against Lindsey’s 1’s team. And our women’s teams opened up their season with two wins on the road against Ajax and Oshawa. Great start all around for everyone and a lot of momentum to build on and take with us into this week’s games.
Rugby is back!! After a year off, I am proud to let you know that there will be a fall rugby season in 2021.
The dedicated athletes have been putting in the effort and the training and it’s time to let loose. Below is the schedule for the men’s 1 XV and 2nd XV. We are still waiting for confirmation for the women’s schedule. We hope to see you on the sideline cheering on the blue and gold.
Men’s 1 XV
Sept 11 – Burlington @ Beach kickoff at 1:30pm
Sept 18 – Beach @ Waterloo kickoff at 3 pm
Sept 25 – Beach @ Oakville kickoff at 3 pm
Oct 2 – London @ Beach kickoff at 12 pm
Oct 16 – Scottish @ Beach kickoff at 3 pm
Oct 23 – Cup Day! (Details to be announced based on league standings)
Men’s 2 XV
Sept 11 – Lindsay @ Beach kickoff 3 pm
Oct 2 – Toronto Buccaneers @ Beach kickoff 1:30 pm
Oct 16 – Beach @ Brock kickoff 12 pm
Oct 23 – Cup Day! (Details to be announced based on league standings)
Stay tuned for game recaps and news on a special event…….
Bob Wyles – went out on his boat on Thursday afternoon ahead of the storm and has not been seen since. The police have curtailed the search and are now treating this as a missing person case. Please pray for a safe return home. http://www.cp24.com/news/search-for-boater-on-lake-ontario-now-deemed-a-missing-person-case-1.5565188
Ken Shepherd – I would also like to advise you of the passing of our dear friend Ken Shepherd. Please pray for the Shepherd family during this most difficult time.
MICHAEL HUGH MCLAFFERTY – 1947 – 2021 – It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce the death of Michael Hugh McLafferty. Born in Yorkshire, England, Michael immigrated to Canada in 1955 with his parents and four sisters. Mike was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a selfless gentleman who exemplified what it means to be patient. He had a kind heart and gentle nature which were apparent upon meeting him. He had a presence about him that could not be matched. A quick wit and dry sense of humor, any who knew him well will remember his trademark grin after playing a joke or an unexpected return quip. Mike’s loyalty to the people and the things he cared about was immeasurable. He would help family and friends in any way that he could without hesitation. He was a truly generous and caring individual. An innovative and inspiring entrepreneur, Mike developed and engineered many products to support the telecom industry. He was dedicated to his staff and his many employees were committed to support his vision. Mike was a voracious reader, film buff, an avid sports fan and great athlete. He spent much of his youth playing golf, hockey, rugby and football. He played rugby for Toronto’s Balmy Beach Club. Michael was a member of Rosedale Golf Club, Summit Golf Club, the RCYC in Toronto and Jonathan’s Landing in Jupiter, Florida. An avid boater, he is forever captain of his boat, “The Black Irish.”
Michael was predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Margaret (née O’Hara); survived by his wife, Christine (nee McGirr); children, Laura, Sean, RJ, Mike Jr., and Kevin; sisters, Jean, Anne (Wall), Denise, and Helen (Hunt); his brothers-inlaw, Roger, Danny and Steve; and his close cousins, Maureen, Carol, Helen and Jim McLafferty.All of Mike’s family and friends will miss him immensely. He will always be in our thoughts and in our hearts.
There will be a grand celebration of Life on Friday, September 17 from 2 – 5:00 p.m. at Rosedale Golf Club, 1901 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto M4N 2W3. A family graveside service was held earlier this week. In lieu of flowers, please send donations, in his name, to his key philanthropic commitment and passion, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, Cardiology Unit. Call 416 864-5000 or www.stmichaelshospital.com.
Mike Korac – It was with considerable sadness that I learned today of the passing of Mike Korac on June 5, 2021, in Lindsay, Ontario at the age of 95. Mike ran the Alpine Hotel with an iron fist, a kind heart , and a sense of humor for 64 years. He was an imposing figure behind the bar at the Alps and the man who poured many of us our first draught beer. Have one for Mike.
KORAC, Milan Louis – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Milan Korac, fondly known as “Mike”. Milan passed away peacefully at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, on Saturday, June 5, 2021, in his 96th year. Beloved husband of the late Rose Korac (married for over 49 years). Loving father of Diane, Michelle (Neil), Mickey (Denise), Paul (Laura) and honorary son Joe Vrtik. Cherished Jeda to Caitlin (Robin), Michael, Neil, Mitchell, Lindsay, Emma and Andrew. Predeceased by his parents Luka and Deva Korac, brother Louis and sister Milka. Special uncle to Paul Baycetich, Diane Korach (Eli) and George Baycetich and their families. A special thank you for their love and support, Dave and Donna Butt. Mike was the proud owner of the Alpine Hotel in Scarborough for over 64 years. A landmark where friends and families gathered for generations. He enjoyed his retirement at his farm in the Kawarthas where family and friends often visited. Always a busy household and Dad made sure there was plenty of food and Shlivo for everyone. Dad we promise your legacy will live on, we promise to to take care of each other and make sure we put the fire out! God Bless Jeda, and you’re with Nanny now!! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family funeral will be held at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre on Thursday, June 10th. A Celebration of Life for Milan will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. For online condolences please visit https://mountpleasantgroup.permavita.com/site/MilanLouisKorac.html. GOD BLESS AND TO MANY MORE!!
Donald Oliver – Donald Oliver, passed away this past Saturday, May 29th. Donald was an avid paddler and one of the original rugby members of the Balmy Beach Club. The link to Donald’s obituary has been attached. Donald Oliver Memorial
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Happy Victoria Day long weekend. Last week the provincial government announced its plan to reopen. This is fantastic news and the more the COVID numbers continue to decline, the higher the chance we might see our ladies and gentlemen in blue and gold take the field this season. Fingers crossed. In the meantime please continue to be safe and take care of your family and friends.
Tiina Veltmann Stewart – Very sad to announce the passing of Balmy Beach Women’s Rugby Alumni Tiina Veltmann Stewart. Tiina played with the beach as a Jr and was an integral part of creating the most recent Women’s Team and Section. Tiina was only 32 years old and leaves behind her husband and 10 month old daughter. Please visit her gofundme page to donate. https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-in-memory-of-tiina-stewart-veltmann/donate