Message from the desk of the PresidentPosted on:
As the end of the 2015 season draws close, it is time to reflect on our successes and our challenges.
The club has grown and continues to move forward (Advance) both on and off the pitch.
The 2015 season was hectic, and full of great successes:
– First year BACK in the Super League
– McCormick Cup playoffs,
– Resurgence of the Blues 3rds,
– The Blues Classics (aka BOBs or Old Boys)
– The start of the rookie rugby, aka mini flag rugby,
– The start of U12 contact rugby,
– Our “End of School Rugby Fest”,
– 1 U16 & 2 U18 touring sides
– Our U16 and U18 provincial playoffs.
– Junior representative players
– Blues Foundation
The season was also challenging:
– FRQ registration and league disorganization
– New registration system (2 in as many years)
– Lower Junior registration numbers
– 3rds numbers in the first couple of weeks
– Lack of competitive Junior teams to play
– Reduction in mini-festivals
Super League Rugby 2015
You know you belong when the number one team in the league is quoted as saying: “THE BLUES ARE BACK”.
Yes indeed the Blues are back in the Super League, after the long trek up the competition ladder. The 1sts, finished
in 4th place with a 5-5 record; 3 of those loses by a combined total of 5 points, could have easily been 8 – 2. The 2nds
finished in 3rd place with a 6-4 record.
A generally positive season, with some challenges to address, but I have full confidence in our senor men’s coaches
and players to step up and not only meet those challenges, but to surpass them. Advance.
The 2015 season saw the return of the Blues 3rds. Although the first couple of matches were challenged with having
sufficient numbers, overall it was a positive season. 8 of the 10 scheduled matches were played, with one game played
as 12s (first match vs Lanark). It took a while but once people knew we had a 3rds side, they started to come out of the
And Yes PATCH is a Blue although seemingly playing for our opponents when they were short in numbers.
I believe with the strong growth in our juniors moving up to men’s, the strength of our senior men’s program and the general knowledge
of our 3rds, this program will be moving up to the Blues standard of a competitive rugby team. Advance.
Blues Classics (BOBs)
The old boys were resurrected this year for a couple of matches and friendlies. Unfortunately, a few players got injured in the first match
versus the Indians Old Boys. Thanks to Wheels, we have started the long road to bringing back the Old Boys. Our goal is to have the Old
Boys up and running for the 2017 Vintages tournament. Advance.
Rookie Rugby and U12s
A great thanks to Lee Powell, Jim and Karen Nordin, and especially Ian “Duff” Bingeman for a great inaugural season for the Blues
minor program. Being the newest club on the block to start a minor program, we were only one of two clubs to successfully plan
a mini festival. The Blues End of School Rugbyfest on June 28th was a great success, and I look to that becoming a standard fixture on
all EORU rugby clubs calendars.
And a great thanks to Flu and Jim Risk for helping the U12s to a great start. The 2nd and 3rd generation Blues are starting their long and
enjoyable journey to the love of rugby. Advance
Blues Junior Program
Another undefeated year in EORU club rugby for the U16s and U18s. The Blues U16 played a total of 14 matches this year (6 league games,
Blackburn U16 touring side, 4 NCYRF games, 1 friendly vs Beaconsfield and 2 Ontario Provincial playoff matches). They finished undefeated
in the EORU league match play, and won 3rd place at the provincials (with a 53-0 victory in a 40 minute match).
The U18s also were undefeated in their EORU league schedule. They played a total of 16 matches (7 undefeated league games, friendly vs
Beaconsfield U18, Oratory Pax and Stewart’s Mellville touring sides, 4 NCYRF matches, and 2 provincial matches). They finished undefeated
in the EORU league match play, and won a silver medal at the provincials.
As a club we need to start looking outside of EORU for competitive matches for our Juniors. How and where we go is another challenge…Advance
Blues Junior Representative players
U20 Canada – John Shaw
U18 Canada trials – Nicholas DeLallo, Thomas Davidson, Jamie McNaughton
U17 Canada East Trials – Cameron Butterfield, Alex Hoerdt, Jacob Lowe
Once again we will be running our Winter Program. The hope is to have a section for U12 & 14 (given enough numbers), a U16 & U18 section
and a section for our senior men.
Date: Saturday Nights
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Season: Jan 2 – March 5th, 2016 (10 sessions)
Location: Ottawa University’s Lees Avenue Campus Dome
Cost: $100 (registered players)
$125 (non-registered players, must register online, insurance coverage)
New Sponsor! Pro Physio
Pro Physio has agreed to a sponsorship deal for 3 years with the Bytown Blues RFC. Our beloved Athletic Therapist Erin Quinn who works primarily for the Senior Mens Team works for Pro Physio!
We will be sending out a notice announcing the date and location for our AGM. Stay tuned…
Bytown Blues RFC – President