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.
Myles Martin Weekly Alumni Report2023-12-01T07:20:03-05:00
The great news of the weekend is that both Beach Sr Men’s Teams won the McCormick Cup. The 2XV beat Lindsay to win the Gee Gage Cup and the 1XV won a nail-biter to beat the Scottish. That makes 16 McCormick Cups for the Blue and Gold. If you didn’t make a chance to see the game here is the link:
Beach II’s V Lindsey – Just as a little history on this match; Beach TRU I’s and Lindsay played in the same league this summer. In our one match up, Beach won a close fought game. Beach finished 2nd after the TRU season qualifying for the TRU cup game. However, the league passed a rule that Beach was, by this new league rule, not allowed to win the TRU cup. As a result 3rd place Lindsay was promoted to the cup game, and Beach was moved to the “Plate” bracket. Lindsay then went on to beat Brampton to win the TRU Cup. Beach then went on to beat Brampton winning the “plate”. So this game represented a massive opportunity for Beach ORU II’s (many of whom played on Beach TRU I’s this summer) to take it to the current holders of the TRU I Cup. A cup at the Beach was denied a chance to win, due to a league rule banning us from competing for it. And “bring it” we did.
As this game kicked off it became clear pretty quickly that Lindsey was in trouble. Led by Captain Malency Wainwright at inside center and directed from the front by 16 year old Stephen Webb, Beach marched down the field again and again seemingly unopposed. By the time the whistle blew for half time the score was 28-7. The deep Beach bench brought fresh legs into the fight with solid shifts put in by long time Beach stalwarts Brandon Connerty and Curtis Brown. By the time the final whistle blew the score was 52 – 26 for Beach and the boys in Blue and Gold once again hoisted the Gee Gage Cup.
Beach I’s V Toronto Scottish – Balmy Beach VS Toronto Scottish in a McCormick Cup Final. A tale as old as time. This was a game that promised to be a hard hitting battle and boy did it deliver. An early penalty led to the Scottish being able to kick their way into our 22. What followed was a 10-minute battle encompassing 3 different line out maul defenses and over 30 cumulative defensive phases. After realising that Beach would not break, the Scottish settled for three points. A line out shortly after left the Beach in prime scoring position and quickly led to a Beach try in the corner by team try leader Denzel Borrice. Score 5-3. This set the dynamic for the rest of the match with the theme of; every time the Beach maintains 5 phases we score, every time the Scottish have the ball they grind through a million forward balls off nine, and we have to gut up and defend over and over again for 10+ minutes at a time. This made it absolutely integral that the Beach defense hammered into the Scottish forwards in order to stop their momentum. Another Scottish line out 5 minutes later would see Beach steal the ball and put Beach into the Scottish 22 and then shortly after on the goal line. Beach tight head prop Julian Alexander would not be denied as he took a crashing ball off 9 to thunder over the try line. 12-3 for Beach. Another two tries, both following line outs led to a half time score of 17-15. The Scottish struck first in the second half as they rumbled into our 22 to score a try in the corner. Score 17-20 Scottish. By minute 60 the Toronto Scottish had worked their way into our 22, but Beach defense held firm after multiple phases. The Scottish eventually generated a “not rolling away” penalty and looked to kick for points. Score 17-23. Shortly after a Beach line out puts Beach into position to score. After going wide, the Forwards bring the ball back under the posts with loose head prop Pete Vandersteen picking and going to get over the line and dot down the ball. Team Captain Stephen Drwyer lined up the kick, which banged off the uprights. Thankfully the rugby Gods were smiling on Beach and the ball crossed over the posts after the bounce. Score 24-23 for Beach. The score remained the same leading into the dying minutes of the game. Well into injury time and with the Scottish banging on our door, Beach defense held up for over 25 consecutive phases when Aidan Abbott and Beach newcomer Kyle Lagasca double teamed the Scottish 13, holding him up to force a maul. The Scottish were unable to retrieve the ball from the resulting mass of bodies piling in, leading to a penalty against them. Game over. Beach wins its 16th McCormick cup tieing us with the Markham Irish for the most ever cups at 16.
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