Saturday, June 13, 2020

Grimsby Gentlemen 0: Covid 19

Well, we haven't lost any games yet this year. 

There have been some very nice Saturdays but no rugby. 

Perhaps there will be some games in the fall but that might be difficult but if we had played the gas would have been cheap. . 

Make sure you are getting some exercise in but take care and stay safe, the clubhouse awaits.

Oh no , not again.

Dirk Reichow


We put Dirk on to the change room wall of honour for all his help with the club for seven or eight years.  He played from 2011 to 2018 but was also a member of the executive from 2012 to 2017.

Two years ago the entire Reichow family was our Clubman of the Year.  the family was involved in the club of many years with his daughter playing flag rugby, his son Drake coaching the flag rugby and his wife involved in salad making. Dirk moved to Nova Scotia last simmer and we hope they are doing well.

Thanks Dirk

Dirk in action
Dirk getting bothered by some creepy old guy in a bow tie
   In 2018 The entire Reichow family was awarded the Clubman of the Year for all their efforts over the years.  Claire the daughter played for the flag team,    Drake played for the high school but was especially good at coaching in our flag program. Jennifer was always available to prepare food for the club games and taking thousands of photographs.



In the summer of 2019 after Drake's graduation from high school, the entire Reichow family left Smithville and moved to Halifax.

The following is the last update from Dirk in Nova Scotia.

How are you and everyone doing? We are all well, healthy and safe.

I'm glad to hear from you and also very deeply honoured that the club has given me a place on one of the plaques in the change room. Having never played the game before James convinced me to come out and try, I am happy that I contributed to the Team, Club and; Executive in some way. I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped me learn how to play (James, Kyle, Derek, Mullet and; yourself - to name a few) and also those that made myself and; my family welcome and part of the Organization (Erin, Nick Lord, Chris & Vic - again to name a few, as well all the 'Old Boys').

Nova Scotia has been a nice change for us all. Claire enjoyed her first, be it shortened, year of school and fit in well. Drake is working at a nearby Tim's while taking some time to decide what he might do next. Jennifer is finishing up an online course in Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to lead to a job as a Nutrition consultant (not a Nutritionist – can’t use that title here in Nova Scotia – I don’t know why). I am going to Nova Scotia Community College starting in September to take the Music Production and Engineering program. I have put some equipment together for a small recording studio and have been taking some online courses and following YouTube channels practicing music recording, mixing, etc.

Hopefully, once this pandemic is under control, we will continue to explore Nova Scotia and the surrounding areas.

Again, I thank you for this honour and want to thank everyone who is a part of the rugby club.

Everyone stay safe and healthy, all the best,

Club Dinner 2019 (in 2020)

Club Dinner for 2019 (January 11, 2020)
Future Gentlemen practicing their binds last year

Our generic award for every category 

Once again we were a little late in delivering the club dinner for 2019 but in our fashion it happened. We had about 35 show up for an exciting evening of suspense, self congratulations and  socialization (the non-political kind).. 
We want to thank Vic, Erin, Chris, Isobel, John, Lindsay, Joe, Jake, Dean and everyone else who had a hand in producing the meal.  Martin and Laura of Naked Acres Grain-fed Meats donated much of the meat and it was Vic who cooked it all and delivered it hot.  We had a meal for the Super Bowl from the leftovers.
This year our old boy's table, which passes for royalty here, was made up of Paul Rohner, Wayne Scobie, Bill Stabler, Jim Van Roon (ended up at 566 in Hat Trick Hockey - he was beaten by Frank Shilte (77) who was beaten by his daughter (58).  If you don't know what Hat Trick Hockey is then you don't hang around Grimsby enough. Kirk Stevens made his first appearance at one of our dinners (at least in the last 15 years). Honorary old boys were Adam Meehan who signed for Oakville and Kyle Wilson of Burlington who both played some games with us this year.

Josh Thompson joined the club in the spring after playing for GSS (a former Grimsby flag player) and got his first yellow card in his first game. (Likely not a record but we don't actually keep records) and  Josh gets the Miss Congeniality (since James Vinneau who won it the last four years.did not play any games) .Josh worked on his game all season (which means he came to practice a lot) and he played really well.  Josh earns gets the Junior Player of the Year. award. Sorry for the focus in the picture Josh - you must have had too much to drink.We actually don't lets juniors drink but we give them an empty glass. 


Laughlin Hill is our 2019 Rookie of the Year. He played at Blessed Trinity and make a trip with the school to play in New Zealand. He was a fullback mainly and played in the fall at Conestoga College.

A rookie not a junior - he can have a drink.
   The ,most improved player of the year went to Ryan Montgomery who developed into an exciting player and gave out a lot of punishment when he ran.   Ryan could not make the dinner but here he is at tight head with his father, Jeff at scrum half.


The awards committee looked at several players for the Player of the Year and of the many considered two stood out as being very deserving and because the awards committee is wishy-washy they decided to name two members for the award. One of those players played gingerly at the start of the season (coming back from injury) but soon got back into his stride and was named as player of the match several times by the other teams because of skill and talent. This was of course Dean Crozier (Kiwi) who came back after two years from an injury.  The other player had a great season for the team as he scored 17 of our 41 tries and with his kicking duties scored 151 of the 277 scored by the team or (55%). In the final game against Hamilton he scored all 24 of our points. Always a threat to score from anywhere Daniel Prentice-Chowen is a repeat winner in this category from last season. 

Shared Players of the Year honours Dan and Dean
Dean was a Master of the Game of Throwins
 (except this one which we will blame on the thrower)
 We wanted a storage ashed built and when we asked around Jake said "I'm Italian and I can build it" and so he did.  Jake came back to the club after four years away (at school in Peterborough) and made a great impression on and off the field.  Jake D'Achille was named Clubman of the Year (and also elected to the committee- that's what happens when you show any sense of responsibility. . 


His creation

post paint
Traditionally the last official award is the Deer's Rear, which if you have been around the club and paying attention goes to the player that does something not accepted a good rugby on the field. Dan Prentice-Chowen was nominated because one of our games got switched to a Thursday and even though Dan was at the game he could not play.  (We got Glaan Butler to fill in).  Dan went home a got his stuff and played the second half and the reason he did not want to play was because he had gotten a large tattoo on his arm that day and it hurt. It was pointed out that this episode did not really take place on the field of play and therefore did not meet the criteria. So although it was a good attempt Dan was disqualified and we gave the award to Dan Prentice-Chowen who in the Brooker Cup game against Niagara tried to get the ball past the defender by droping the ball to his left side and kicking with his right foot (you had to see it) and it did not work as his left leg was in the way.
Dan trying to give me a single finger salute. 
We announced that we had added two players to our change-room walls of fame. 

Pete VanRyn was a tight head prop and played for the club from 1883 to 1988.  In later years he helped in the remodeling of the clubhouse. Pete passed in February 2009.

 Dirk Reichow played for the club between 2011 and 2018 at lock and was a member of the executive for 5 years as secretary.  Although often beset with injury problems, Dirk was a very dedicated player and administrator. Dirk and family moved to Nova Scotia last summer. (see next blog)

Thanks Dirk
 Overall we had a good year with many exciting wins (after the first two games) and a number of new and younger players. Hopefully we build on this next season unless something unforeseen comes along.

A great night was had by all with lots of fun.  However sophisticated humour ( like Game of Throw-ins) is lost on rugby players and all they want to do is to drink and get naked.               

Don't ask

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Jan 1 2020


We had our annual touch rugby game and chilli contest and set numerous records.  Among them we had the most participants with 35 and the most chillies entered with 9.Thanks to all those who came out and especially the chilliers which made the day a success.
I know if you count them there is only 8 (one was in the kitchen)
 It was a chilly day (weather) and quite cold in the wind.There was a little bit of snow and a bit of a crust but underneath it was muddy.
A few contemplated their attendance in the future.

It was cool so most dressed warmly

like these spectators

and these spectators

some came in shorts (actually only two)
and some in less than that. 
and one dog
We had to split up into two games.

We only had one female playing

oops that is from 2010
Back in 2010 we had a campaign to get rugby into the winter olympics but it did not work.
This is 2020

Joe brought the best chili (according to the judges)
Jon Millington won in 2010
Welcome to 2020 from the New Years's Baby(someone took my camera again)

We have had 58, 394 all time hits with 20,500 from Canada, 9,000 from the U.S. and 8,500 from Russia, I bet we get more from Russia after the above picture. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Grimsby Grubbers Team Party August 19th

At the annual team party the parents got to play the kids. There were no medals and we did not keep score. It was a pot luck and everyone had a good time

lots of action 

even some good sportsmanship.

post game

Friday, January 3, 2020

New Executive (well some new) elected November 4th 2019

We had an AGM on November 4th at the clubhouse with a quorum.  We spoke about our last year which was better than the last two seasons especially on the playing field.  We moved to a different division as Norfolk's second team and it seemed to work very well for us and we got a number of good younger players back playing with us. (if you  want the minutes we will send them to you.
We had elections:

President: Bill Stuart (same old) acclaimed
Secretary: Chris Atkinson
Treasurer: Erin Stuart
Club Manager: Derrick Weber (new)
Social Secretary (two persons are doing this file) Nick Lord and Jake D'Achille (new)
Fixtures (and we have added a Social Media responsibility): Will George (new)
Junior Manager: Dean Crozier is going to help out John Fraser
Clubhouse Manager: Myron Jurychuk will help Brendan Vorstenbosch.

New Year's Touch Game and Chilli Challenge.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Grimsby Grubbers Flag Rugby 2019

The flag rugby Grimsby Grubbers had a very good season with 60 participants in three age groups (jkand sk, grades 1 and 2, and grades 3 to 5 (two teams white and red).  (We still do not have a grade 6 to 9 group with enough individuals)They started in mid May and played until mid August with 5 tournaments.  The last tournament was in Grimsby and it was the one where scores were kept and medals handed out.

Its 8:00 am and
the fields are ready

the clubhouse ready

we just need some strategy,

decide on a plan 

and go

make a break and look for support
Grade 1 and 2 (well done)

don't let them know what your thinking

Its 12:00
Grade 3, 4, 5 Grimsby gold medal (white) and silver medal (red)

Well done everyone.