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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 competative side in those early years. Off the field, developement 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 head quarters 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, was soon to become one of the best rugby fields in all of Canada. We started with a small but very cosy ground floor club room. With 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 organised 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. Another founder, Dave Swift, is a past president of the Ontario rugby Union. 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, and the Maccabi Games.

In 1998 the club celebrated its 25th Anniversary and the century closed with the club firmly established as a Senior ontario club. We start the new millenium with a feeling of joy and pleasure because our beloved Rugby club is strong and growing stronger and so much fun to belong to and be apart of.

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