Sunday, August 31, 2014

Flag Rugby final BBQ. Aug 18th.

To finish off our very successful season our last practice included games and a bbq.  Thanks to all the kids, parents and coaches.

Fist that traditional rugby warm up: the parachute

Then a game where the kids allowed the parents to play.

Then Brian shows off his anti-aircraft bottles. 

Once again I missed getting all the parents and kids into one picture but this was a few of the players at the party.

Thanks to all who contributed and came out.

flag rugby championship

 Final Championship at Grimsby Aug 16: a lot of players and parents

 Lots of trying
 and lots of crying

Hey look, a spider
some of our younger group

The sign is getting a little old.
and our older group
so is the guy in the back. 
a player of the game

A couple more talented players with new shirts donated by Ruckwear 
Well done players, coaches, parents.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Clubhouse Announcement

July 31, 2014

GRIMSBY, ON - The Grimsby Gentlemen Rugby Football Club is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a grant of $66,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

The grant will allow the club to redo the roof, create home and visitor change rooms with showers, and to finish off the main hall which will create a functional community space for Grimsby. "This grant will help our club with much needed improvements," said Bill Stuart, President and Coach of the Grimsby Gentlemen Rugby Football Club.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investments in community-based initiatives. "The team is extremely appreciative of the Ontario Trillium Foundation for recognizing our application as a priority," said Nick Lemieux, Director for the Grimsby Gentlemen Rugby Football Club. “We cannot thank them enough for their support.”

The rugby club has been working closely during the application process with Bruce Atikson, Director of Recreation, Facilities and Culture at the Town of Grimsby, to ensure the Town’s support for the project. “We wouldn’t be here without Bruce’s continued support," said Mr. Stuart.

The majority of the work will be completed by Marty Vorstenbosch of D.F. Gerow Plumbing and Heating and Sara and Reg Perry from Your Electrician along with the club’s many volunteers. “The club would also like to thank its sponsors on the project, Paul Rohner from Permacon, Any Colour you Like, Aqua Flow, JJ Cores, Profast and Rikochez Pub. Your help is truly appreciated,” said Mr. Stuart. The club has twelve months to complete the work and report back to the Trillium Foundation on progress.

What the clubhouse looks like at present.

What the president envisions it to look like when finished.

Stay tuned to see progress on this next phase of the club's history.

Vic arrived at the clubhouse with new t-shirts. They are fetchingly modeled by Brendan and Chris.

the back says "80 minutes, 15 positions, no protection. Wanna Ruck"
Come and see them, he has them in different colours and styles. 

Wilmot away

Grimsby Gentlemen  26 (4 tries: good) Wilmot Warthogs 59 (9 tries: bad)


Venue: Waterloo Oxford High School.(somewhere between Waterloo and Stratford) at 2:15 p.m.

Referee: ? (There was an announced shortage of refs on Saturday)

Attendance. ? (There was an announced shortage of supporters on Saturday)
Weather.  Mid twentiies, partially cloudy

Team:  1. Ross Matheson (c), 2. Brendan Sculland(60 min) 3. Jon Millington,  4.Jeremy Young , 5. Martin Van Den Hurk 6. Adam Meehan (20 min) , 7. Nick Lord, 8. Mark Woodward, 9. Dillon Trimble, 10. Martin Colyn, 11. Will George (Sassy), 12. Vic Blaney, 13. Chris Fothergill , 14. James Vienneau 15. Jamie Farrell , 16. Dirk Reichow (60 min)

Game:  I missed the game so any information is actually hearsay and probably made up.  I was with the Niagara Rugby Union under 17 sevens teams at the Ontario Summer Games in Windsor ( I am the director of representative teams for the NRU).  After a Friday in which all four team (boys and girls, A and B, ) went undefeated, the finals on Saturday led to a Gold and Bronze for the girls and a Gold and fourth place for the boys.  (last year at the interbranch, the NRU got one silver by the boys).  The tie in to Beamsville  High School is that Annie Berg would have made the girl's team but made the Ontario team instead and Dakota Unrau who made the boy's squad but could not go to the tournament due to work. 

Anyway back in Wilmot, there was a slow start as usual and we did not score until near the end of the first half when Martin touched down.  The conversion was missed. 

Half time score: 1 try by Grimsby and 4 or 5 by Wilmot

At about 56 minutes Martin got a yellow for a little hockey but we scored at 60 minutes when Nick made a run and fed to Dillon (tenth try this season).  Dillon made the conversion.   At 65 minutes a long run by Vic led to a try and which Vic converted himself. At the end of the game a tripping penalty on Martin gave us  a penalty try which Vic also converted.  

Final Score:  Grimsby Gentlemen 26: Wilmot Warthogs 59

Congratulations to the Canadian Women's team who made it to the final of the world cup by defeating France by 18 to 16.  Canada was up 11 to 6 early in the second half but France had a scrum on Canada's 5 meter line.  A great push by the Canadian left side caused a steal and Canada were off running the  ball out of their end.  A pass to the very fast Magali Harvey send her flying down the wing and with a Milliesque head fake on the fullback and she was gone.  Harvey is short listed for the IRB Womens Player of the Year. 
Canada plays England for the championship on Sunday.

Another player learning from the master was Dillion who after a difficult post-game reception and while observing a poker game on TV said:  "Poker - that's just like playing cards!".  Milli you will live forever in the young men and women of this nation.