Club History

The Burlington Centaurs were founded in 1973. The first club president was Dave Swift and the first club captain was Monty Heald. The Centaurs were always a very competitive side in those early years. Off the field, development was second to none and in four short years B.C.R.F.C. had organized (in conjunction with the City of Burlington and Wintario) a headquarters at Sherwood Forest Park for the 1979 season.

These facilities, which included a full international size pitch with a compound camber and a “pop-up” watering system, were soon to become one of the best rugby fields in all of Canada. We started with a small but very cozy ground floor club room. With Cye Beechey’s sound coaching and an obvious enjoyment of the new head quarters, playing standards improved dramatically. This resulted in the 1st XV going undefeated in league play and the 2nd XV also having a winning season in 1978.

The club continued to develop in playing skills and depth. A third team was added in 1979 and a strong junior program was also part of this growth. In 1980 the first major tour was organized for 10 glorious days in Bermuda. Fundraising and touring gave the club a new boost toward obtaining Senior League status.

In 1983 the Centaurs enjoyed one of the best years of any club anywhere. The 1st XV won the Niagara region 1st division and went on to win the Intermediate Cup resulting in promotion to Senior League status. The 2nd XV won its division and were promoted to the Niagara top division. The 3rd XV also had a winning campaign. The Junior team won the Ontario Championships Trophy. Capping the season was a tour to the U.K.

In 1986 the Centaurs made another trip to Bermuda and over the next few years had mixed success teetering between promotion and relegation. In 1990 a major project was completed, in that, our new clubhouse was officially opened. This superb clubhouse, built over the original facility, opens out on to balcony overlooking the pitch at the half way line. Nothing better on a wonderful Saturday afternoon than to watch the boys play while enjoying a cold one with friends.

Members of the Burlington Centaurs have made some significant contributions to rugby outside of our club. Founding member Monty Heald was president of Rugby Canada for many years and recently stepped down in 1999. Dave Swift, is also a past president of the Ontario rugby Union. The current ORU president, Gord Snedden is also a Centaur Past President. Another co-founder of the club, John Guilfoyle, is a member of the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame ( as is Monty Heald and Dave Swift). As a club we have provided more excellent referees than any other club in Ontario. Representative honours for players have included Canada East, Ontario, Niagara region, Rugby Canada Super League and the Maccabi Games.

In 2008 the club celebrated its 35th Anniversary and the club is firmly established as a Senior Ontario club. With the formation of the new Jones division, we start the new season with a feeling of excitement and anticipation because our beloved Rugby club is strong and growing stronger and so much fun to belong to and be apart of.

In 2013 the club celebrated its 40th Anniversary having a fantastic weekend in late July, The banquet was a huge success with guest speaker Canadian rugby legend Al Charon.