No 6 Nations this week but will return next week, March 9th. Also there will be a jersey presentation for the U19s who are headed to Ireland for their rugby tour.

Rugby Squash Click Go to the Post – I am ecstatic to advise that Rugby Squash will be running March 20th, 21st and March 23rd of 2024 and this is your formal invitation to sign up! It is time to dust off your balls, your racquets, your goggles and such and squeeze onto the courts for some epic Squash action! We need 64 players of varying skill sets, from beginner to pros (it’s a state of mind); to pay $65, get a deluxe souvenir T-Shirt to prove you were really there, a bite to eat during the week, a few pints, a chance to win fabulous prizes and most importantly the opportunity to rub shoulders with new people, old friends, exes, foes and some cool rugby players pretending to play Squash. Format is rally-point to 25, no need to win by 2 and you will be matched up, as best as humanly possible, with someone of like ability or inability, keeping in mind we make the odd mistake in ranking players! Having said this, any mismatches will be addressed as best as possible and all matches should be reasonably even. Please confirm via e-mail, as soon as possible, to gyoung240@yahoo.ca and e-transfer the cash and I will solidify your spot. We do our best to accommodate timing on the schedule but it is relatively flexible. Games will run from 4pm to about 10pm and if you are not pissed by then, it’s your fault. Eight teams of 8 players for the Wednesday and Thursday evening, we then take the aggregate for each team and the top 4 teams play off on Saturday with a clean slate and 4 teams are eliminated after play on Thursday, pretty simple! Thanks for all of your wonderful support over the years and incidentally, all proceeds go to the rugby section. Sign up, do it now as it will fill up quickly.

Brian Williams – It is with a heavy heart I have to inform you about the passing of Brian Williams. A Nomad and Beach player who represented Canada on several occasions. His love lives on through his many family and friends who we think about during this most difficult time. https://memorials.ashburnhamfuneral.ca/brian-williams/5367493/

Congratulations Lisa De Sario, for winning the position of Sports Director with the BBC board of directors. Hugh Sutcliffe (Finance Director) and Jennifer Sharp (Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director) remain on the Board

6 Nations Rugby Starting on February 2, 6 Nations games will be played at the club, please see the attachment for the schedule. Some matches will be shown in the hall on the BIG SCREEN with a $20 entrance fee. Matches shown in the bar, no charge to watch.

BBC 6 NATIONS SCHEDULE 2024 >>>

Save the Date – The club will be celebrating their 70th in 2025 and we want you to come hang out with us and join in the festivities on June 5,6,7 (Saturday) and 8, 2025.

The Balmy Beach Club AGM will be held on Monday January 22. If you are a current member and in good standing with the club you will receive a voting link today (January 19th). Or if you choose to vote in person, the polls open at 6pm on January 22.

Remember your voice counts. Good luck to our very own, former Rugby Section President Lisa De Sario who is running for Sports Director.

CLICK HERE TO MEET THE CANDIDATES

The rugby section is still hard at work as they transition to the pre-season with indoor training soon. Here are some other notes:

2024 Coaching
The rugby section has been busy looking for new head coaches for both the men’s and women’s sections. Stay tuned for an update on this.

2024 ORU Men’s Schedule
The club master schedule is at the link below: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18mkCBRLUbHcDklw3lFpU-JXMDaXPpZDI?usp=drive_link

Currently only the ORU Men’s Schedule has been released, but when the men’s and women’s TRU schedules are released I will update this document to include them.

For the men’s ORU I’s the seeding for McCormick Cup is now based on the overall league standings NOT August playoffs. The more successful we are in our season games, the higher seeding we will get come September.

2025 League Reformatting
After this year, on the men’s side, the entire league is being restructured into a “Top 6 Premiership”, two conferences of 5 “ORU B Championship”, and then branch unions (TRU, NRU ect…)

No one wants to be in a relegation battle in August, so that means our first on the field goal this year is to win our East Division and get us an automatic pass into the premiership next year.

Before anyone asks; yes, it is possible for us to finish second in our division, lose the relegation battle, win the McCormick Cup, and then still get relegated based on league standings.

6 Nations
The tournament returns on Saturday February 3rd and games will be played on the big screen at the club. There will be breakfast and lunch specials so please stay tuned for more details and match fixtures.

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.