Looking for a Christmas gift for that hard to buy for Rugby Player?
Wanting to support the Harlequins on the sidelines, but don't know what to wear?
Looking to promote your Club and your Sport on your chest?
Want to support the Junior Men's team on their European Tour - and get some cool swag too??
We have an answer for you - Quins Wear!!
The U16 Harlequin's Men team are fundraising for their trip to Europe (Germany, Netherlands & Belgium) in 2016. All proceeds from this clothing sale will go directly to the athlete's trip costs. Help us help them - as we haven't done a junior tour in years!
Buy a hoodie or jacket, get an exclusive "Harlequins" scarf to wear and wave at games. T-shirts, hats, toques - we have something for everything and everyone.
Contact Dave McLean for the apparel guide with pricing & images.
Everything placed in this first order will be available for Christmas - if you are buying it as a gift / surprise - we'll mark that done.
If you want to try on the sizes before you buy - we are running a Sizing event at the Harlequin's Clubhouse on Sunday, November 15th from 1:30pm - 3:00pm. Come try on the jackets, hoodies, etc and place an order.
We will accept:
- Check (payable to "Brantford Harlequins"
- EFT or Paypal to "firstname.lastname@example.org"
- Visa or Mastercard - in person only!!
Brantford Harlequins U16 Capture Silver Medal on Ontario's
On the wake of their Niagara Rugby Union U16 Championship, the Brantford Harlequin's U16 Men Team traveled to Fletcher's on Sunday, August 31st to represent the NRU in the Ontario Rugby Union IntraBranch Ontario Finals.
The Quins' first match was against the EORU representatives from the Bytown Blues. We are quickly down 9-0 in the first half on the strength of some very impressive long-range kicking from the Blue's flyhalf. However, our boys didn't give up and didn't disappoint. Some very timely and strong tackling from Tommy Gemmell, Myles Maloney and Matt Donn started to turn the tide in Brantford's favor, which we were able to capitalize on through the excellent ball service provided by Talen de St Croix that enabled Keegan LeBlanc, Gemmell, Hadden Hammill & Nate Penny to attack in space, at pace. Overall our forward pack slowly began to assert our size and skill dominance and we were able to score 2 second half tries, with a Gemmell deep conversion, to take the game away from the Blue 12-9.
In the championship finals, we ran up against a well rested Oshawa Vikings team who had a much easier path through London St. George to the finals. It was a back & forth game dominated by strong forward play and a tremendous number of rucks. An unfortanate breakdown just before the half time whistle saw the Vikings score a last second try to go into half time 10-7. The second half was more of the same - with the hot sun beating down on our players. We continue to push and play an expansive attack game through all phases, but the combination of pushing from behind + tired bodies & minds saw the Vikings push over for another try. No other scoring was seen, as Oshawa took the ORU Championship 15-7.
A great day, and a great season by all - with the majority of our (extremely) large roster there, in uniform, to support and cheer on their brethen-in-arms. It was remarked by a sr. Rugby Ontario official that he has never seen this level of club support and it was great to see.
Brantford Harlequin's U16 Men the 2015 Niagara Rugby Union Champions!
On a beautiful August 23rd day, our Brantford Harlequins traveled down to Hamilton to compete in the Niagara Rugby Union championships. Having both teams undefeated in the regular season saw us coming in with a lot of confidence and swagger.
Glad to say - we did not disappoint! In the first of 2 semi-final games, the Quins stuck a zero on the scoreboard as they blanked the London St. Georges 22-0. The 2nd semi-final game was a tighter affair dominated by tough defense on both sides but saw the Quins take home the victory 17-7 over Waterloo County.
The final was an entertaining affair - as it pitted Brantford vs Brantford for the Championship. Forwards became backs and backs became forwards we played a game "for the fun" that eventually involved referees and coaches on the pitch. A good time was had by all and set us up in good stead for the Ontario championships the following week.
Sitting: Zach Thomas, James Hanna
Front Row: David Darrell (Coach), Mathew Canessa, Harrison Owen, Davin Simpson, Myles Maloney, Hadden Hammill, Devan Fielding, Ben MacNeil, Ethan Atkins, Josh Feijo, Spencer Ramey, Connor Dol, Tanner Sheppard
Second Row: Keegan LeBlanc, Luke Henry, Austin Grech, Lucas Bailey, Talen de St Croix
Back Row: Chris Wilson (Coach), Kevin Nichols, Brynmor Dayes, Anthony Escobar, Nathaniel Penny, Hawhk Son, Stephan Ralston, Zach Webber, Andy Lee, Devon Hippolyte, Elliott East, Jason Murchie (Coach), Ryan Goodall, Hayden Lane, Andrew Hazell, Jackson Tinker, Gavin Myhal, Jack O’Connor, Drew McLean, Quin Misener, Lucas Wilson, Tobias Edgar, Dave McLean (Coach)
Absent: Liam Boeyenga, Jon Darrell, Matt Donn, Cameron Geddes, Joel Goertz, Devon Guenther, Diego Meier, Chris Niebert, Fletch Peters, Zachary Portelli, Calum Shannon, Connor Webb, Chris Zadlo, Braedon Blank (Coach), Ben Tinevez (Coach)
Jesters 7s U18 Men win The Q-META Cup
With a couple of gritty wins under their belt in pool play our U18 Men's Jesters 7s team went into the final against the Toronto Nomads. The first half was a cagey but exciting affair with much give and take. With the game tied 12-12 at half time our boys came out and dominated the second half of the game winning 38-17. It was a great team tournament win with everyone contributing over the course of pool play and championships. A tip of the hat to coach Josh Van Horne, excellent to watch.
This is the 2nd big tournament win for our Jesters 7s program with the U16 Men winnng the Midsummer 7s back in July. With the fall 7s season upon us we look forward to watching all our teams competing and evolving.
From L to R, Hayden Clarke, Tommy Gemmell, Joe Barber, Ethan Hager (MVP), Walsham Owen (C), Jason Wolski, Brandon Baker, Zach White, Ian Chisholm, Ryan O'Shaugnessy
HARLEQUINS WINTER PERFORMANCE ACADEMY
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August 16th, 2015
Brantford Harlequins RFC
Brantford Harlequins RFC are thrilled to announce the formation of Harlequins Winter Performance Academy. The inaugural academy schedule will run starting in October 2015 through to the beginning of High School rugby season in March of 2016 with a two week break for Christmas. The program includes rugby skills, speed agility and quickness, and strength and conditioning components.
The entire academy program is built around Sport Canada’s Long Term Athletic Development Model (LTAD). LTAD implementation is difficult in any organization fielding competitive teams as winning takes precedence over the athletes’ development. With that in mind the Academy’s focus will be athlete specific skill development that will be independent of the club's competitive programs.
After much research into how the USA, both at the club and state level, was growing their rugby base so quickly on the Atavus Rugby Platform (formerly Serevi Rugby) it was determined that a similar partnership with Upright Rugby Academy of Oakville was the right way forward. Ken Courser, President of Brantford Harlequins RFC commented "We have been working with Upright Rugby for over 3 years now and the results are starting to show in the quality of players our junior program is producing. It was only natural that when we wanted to expand our support to the high school and provincial programs that we partner with Upright."
Rory McDonnell has been spearheading the build. A long time Harlequin with a solid management background, McDonnell is also excited about the long term prospects of this project. “The advantages to this academy are many, including the fact that local resources are used and that helps in keeping costs down for athletes attending the academy. Our “all skills, all players” approach makes this an attractive option for most. Added to that, the fitness levels required by rugby players makes this academy an attractive option for athletes from all sports wishing to cross train.”
Specific registration and schedule details will be released in the next couple of weeks.
On Friday July 24th Brantford Harlequins' Jesters 7s program captured the Midsummer 7s U16 Boys title. The tournament, held in Oakville, attracted 7s sides from far and wide. In an exciting and hard fought affair, the Jesters won their final game against English side Shelford RFC 15-14.
Front Row L-R - Harrison Owen, Lucas Wilson, Liam Boeyenga, Zach Thomas, Ryan Kirby, Andrew Hazell, Jacob Laracy, Jack O’Connor, Mat Canessa Back Row L-R - Liam Rose, Tobias Edgar, Drew McLean, Diego Meier, Devan Fielding, Hawhk Son, Keegan LeBlanc, Nate Penny, Harry Cooney, Coach Mitch McIsaac, Coach Jack McIsaac.