Bytown Blues Update May 2nd 2017 – Season Starting Edition

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Mens Pre-Season Training

With the almost summer weather here we are now into the pre-season training mode. Anyone in the club is welcome to come and participate as it will be mostly handling, fitness, and a little bit of contact basics. The next 2 sessions are as follows:

May 2nd: Tuesday evening 630 to 8 pm at Vincent Massey Park

May 4th: Thursday evening 630 to 8 pm at Vincent Massey Park

President’s Message

We are looking forward to another exciting year ahead for the club, in 2017. Our 1st and 2nds are looking to defend their Super League Championship, and win the playoffs as well. Every year the depth and talent of our senior men’s squad improves. This is evidenced by our representation on that¬†other¬†Blues’ squad; we had four individuals playing with the Ontario Blues in 2016; Ryan Surgenor, Myles Dingwall, Pat Lynott and John Shaw.

And we start 2017 in the same direction; with Ryan Surgenor and Pat Lynott being selected for the Ontario Blues vs Old Blue New York match on Saturday, April 29th, well done lads! Let’s keep the ball rolling, Blues signup and show up to training! Tues & Thursday night (Vincent Massey Park until Canterbury is dry enough)

Senior Men Registration

So far only 16 senior men have registered, and your 2016 registration coverage (club paid) expired this past Sunday. You need to be registered to practice or play. You put the other players at risk by not being registered.

We play Ajax this Sunday at Lester B Pearson High School (details to follow).

Availability is done through Team Snap (Email for the invite link)

The Blues 3rds:

Only have time for a few matches?

Family, or work, commitments making it hard to commit to a 10 game season with travel?

Can’t find the time to make practices, because the ‘honey do’ list is getting long?

Feeling a little woozie under the effect of odoriferous diapers?

Wish there were some local rugby to fill in that void you have?

Well, the best Rugby Club in Eastern Canada has your back; we have the programme just for you!

The Blues 3rds!!!

Once again we are rekindling the Blues 3rds, to play in the EORU Division I league. They will play 10 league games; and will be in a ‘central’ division playing with Indians II, Wolves and Petawawa. They will have home and away matches with those teams and cross over match with Brockville, Lanark, Cornwall and Kingston.

3rds is a great way to stay in the game, play some fun, challenging and LOCAL games; with 7 of the 10 matches being played in Ottawa. 1 of the 3 away matches will be for Kingston’s 50th anniversary bash on July 8th (so all three sides will be there)!

For this reason, we have added a new senior men’s registration category, ‘3rds ONLY’ of $250, plus online fees.It covers just the cost of playing and doesn’t cover travel or Blues shorts/socks.

The deadline for Blues 3rds only fee is May 13th, we need people signed up to run this squad!

Blues Minor Rugby

Blues U12 and U14, boys and girls programs, starts this week Monday, May 1st and Wednesday May 3rd at Brantwood Park.

Signup now!

Registration info is at Blues web site

Registration link is here

Blues Junior Rugby

The Blues U14 boys and girls (NEW) will be starting up next week on May 1st. We are looking to have EORU setup a league structure, so 3-5 league games.

The U14s will be hosting a U14 touring side, Hockerill College, on July 10-11.

The U16s will have 6-7 league matches and 2 touring sides this year

The U18s will have 7 league games with 3 touring sides.

So another fun and action packed season in store for the club!

Sign up now!


The Vintage world Rugby Carnival is being hosted by us, the Bytown Blues, this August for Canadas 150th Anniversary bash year! A lot of amazing work has been done by our Vintages committee to get this event in Ottawa. Signup for Blues Classics (aka Old Boys), please contact Wheels at ( for more info.

Twin Elm Support:

Shout out to the Blues alumni for helping Twin Elm stay viable. The Blues alumni have been instrumental in keeping the park viable, and alive..

Curtis Crawford and Dave Best for working with OREC to get the solar deal!

Ryan Kruyne at Kott Group for reparations of the roof.

Kerry Labine for getting the boiler fixed.

Events this year:

A few dates to put in your calendar.

Sunday, April 30:     Twin Elm Cleanup day

Saturday, June 10:   Blues Mini festival @ Canterbury High School

Sunday, June 11:     2nd Annual Blues Prez Golf Tourney

                                   Рdetails to follow

Saturday, June 17:   Blues Club day at Twin Elm

  • All teams will be playing on the front pitch (hopefully)
  • Annual Club Photo will be taken after the 1XV game
  • Each team Photo will be taken.

August 20-25:          Vintages Festival

Special thanks to our sponsors!

And last but not least, a special shout out to our sponsors for 2017. Without their tireless support we couldn’t hope to run the programs that we do at the level that we run them at!

Kott Group

Pro Physio

Lieutenant’s Pump

Lorenzo’s Restaurant

Coaching Reimbursement

If you helped coach the Bytown Blues in 2016 and would like to be reimbursed for your registration fee please let us know so we can sort that out.

As per usual if you have any questions or want to provide additional information feel free to email us at


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