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A Message from Tim

In This Issue:  A Message from Tim

As 2011 draws to a close, I would just like to take a few moments to reflect on the past 12 months.

 A Word from Harry Orgee – Director of Rugby

We have had some exciting times this year as well as some tough times. But one thing that has really stood out for me is; when times are tough, Centaurs members stand behind their club!

 Coaches Comments – A Wrap up of 2011  Behind the Shed  Farewell to our Friends Individual  Centaurs Highlights: Corporate  CORD

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 Kids Holiday Inside Story Camps

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 Rhino Rugby Asia Last Story

November, 2011 Issue 2

We made a tough decision this term – to 6cancel our biggest event of the year. We truly understand that this is the highlight for many kids and parents (and us), but circumstances were beyond our control. If we thought running around naked, chanting to the sun gods would make the rain disappear, we would have done so!

There are only two suitable facilities in Singapore that can host an event this size, but as most of you are aware, our venue of choice was priced out of contention and the second venue was flooded, creating a dangerous environment for players. Moving forward; next year will be different – watch this space. Harry Orgee, Centaurs new Director of Rugby has brought a new dimension to our coaching philosophy which is being rolled out by our pro-coaches (many of whom are current players in the Singapore Premiership). One of the club’s differentiators has been to focus on utilizing current training and playing regimes for all players as well as instilling in our children the best approaches to the current game. We couldn’t operate at this level if the club didn’t have the input and organisation of the parent coaches – I thank you all for your commitment, support and dedication to the kids. I would also like to thank our parents and Centaurs staff. Without your support and loyalty Centaurs could not operate as it does today.

Next year will be a very interesting year for us as we take over Plot 5 at Turf City from March. Our tenancy covers the land from (and including) the Mini Pitches up to (and including) the tennis club, as well as the entire ravine (the Pit) and the lower carpark. There are many plans in the pipe line and more will be revealed next year! 2012 will also see us celebrate our 10th Anniversary and we are already thinking about celebrations in June. We will keep you posted of our plans. Sadly, our first head coach and very good friend of mine, Russell Williams passed away in July at a very young 34. Russ had spent three years with us before moving to the Middle East. He is sorely missed and our thoughts are always with his family. I want to wish all our departing members bon voyage, safe travels and success in your new adventures where ever you go around the globe. Many of you have become good friends and have been long-time Centaurs members. You will be missed. I do hope your kids keep playing as I know we have sent them off with a good grounding in the game. I wish everyone a fabulous Christmas holiday and New Year. Stay safe over the break and we look forward to 2012 and all that it brings!

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The Breakdown A word from Harry Orgee – Director of Rugby Singapore Youth Rugby League wrapped up in early November with our U16’s rugby squad at the top of the table.

With Term 3 rapidly coming to a close, there is plenty to reflect on ahead of the New Year and the new term starting in January. Unfortunately the end of 2011 didn’t bring the Centaurs International Youth Tournament much luck with torrential rain causing major damage to fields that lead to the cancellation of the event. However, the Centaurs coaches made the best out of a bad situation and together with neighbouring coaches were able to arrange some friendly matches at a few of the local synthetic turf fields. The term overall has seen huge success both on playing and coaching sides. The

During November, we had the pleasure of hosting two international teams from Australia and New Zealand with the latter being billeted out to Centaurs players and family. On that note, I want to say a huge thank you to all that helped. The day itself was a great success with our U13’s coming out on top and U14’s finishing runners up. We ended the event with a function at the British Club whilst watching the rugby world cup. On the coaching side, both head coaches and pro coaches have been working closely together to ensure all content being delivered is focused around the whole-part-whole and game sense approach. This enables all players to learn both through skill drills and conditioned game environments.

Ultimately, we would like all players to aspire to and go on to represent the club in both tournaments at home and abroad. This gives a much stronger direction and focus for the whole club and gets Centaurs out into the local Singapore Rugby Union league scene. From the top of the age group to near the bottom, Centaurs’ U6’s have had a wonderful term, with over 50 players in the group, and led by a strong coaching team headed by Bryan Coole and Jason Neal who have taken on a strong learning process through APES (Active Purposeful Enjoyable and Safe) which is essential for player development as provides a stable learning environment. Overall term 3 has been a great end to the year and for me personally, it has been easy integrating into the club smoothly.

Harry

Looking ahead to the future, 2012 will see the introduction of the Centaurs Rugby 1st XV squad who will represent the U18 age group.

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The Breakdown Coaches Comments – A wrap up of 2011 As we march towards 2012 and eagerly await a new year of rugby, Centaurs coaches have put pen to paper and reflected on the past year’s highs and lows, achievements and credits. Don’t forget all players move up an age group in 2012.

U5s – Coach Joe Hudson As the term draws to a close, it’s been a great few months with membership passing the 60 mark. The kids have shown great enthusiasm, turning up week in week out with regular renditions of the “teddy bear” chant and sometimes showing too much energy as they try and U6s – Coach Brian Coole The U6s had a sensational 2011! The term began with over 50 players on the roster, causing the coaches to recruit several parents to assist with the large numbers. Together, the entire coaching team was able to keep all players actively and positively learning the core skills of rugby. It wouldn't have been possible without the dedicated assistance of these parents. Many thanks to everyone who helped out this year! Picking up where they left off in U5s, the U6 group quickly started applying their running and passing skills to the game situation. With emphasis on further developing the basics of tackling, getting back on side,

put older age groups to shame by completing a text book tackle! On behalf of all the coaches we would like to thank the parents for their continued support and eagerness to get involved. We look forward to seeing you next year. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

spreading out across the pitch and staying in a line - not to mention running forward and passing backward. It didn't take too long before these rookies started to look like real rugby players! Of course, it wasn't all work and no play, and a hit of the training sessions were games like 'Stealing the Zombie's Gold' which emphasized rugby skills but in a more playful way. By mid-year, the U6s showed their amazing progress with a runner up finish in the cup final and a plate championship in the Tanglin tournament. In the last part of the year, the U6s started to focus on their total game skills and the pace of training sessions intensified to reflect this. By November, it was clear; they were well on their way to rugby stardom.

Despite the cancellation of the Centaurs tournament, a day of round robin games was put together with the Tanglin and Dragons rugby clubs. It was a great way to end the year, and all players really showcased what they had learned in training by putting in positive performances across all four teams. The coaches are all very proud of the effort and dedication of the players and believe the U6s made outstanding progress this year. They look forward to seeing everyone out on the pitch next year in the U7s age group. Sadly, however, we have to bid farewell to Coach Jason, who will be leaving Singapore in late December. He will be missed along with his son and fellow U6 teammate, Matthew.

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The Breakdown U7s - Coach Billy Connolly The Under 7’s have made an enormous amount of progress in 2011. The commitment they have displayed every Saturday has ensured that all players’ skill levels have risen to a standard of which we can be very proud.

Centaurs Rugby put in a mighty defensive effort and once again see out TRC in the final - defending the Barclays Cup.

Last Saturday we played a round robin tournament against TRC and Dragons at Turf City. All participants enjoyed a morning of rugby played in good spirits. Centaurs Rugby played Dragons in the final running out 4/1 winners. Since winning the Barclays Cup in 2010, this group remain unbeaten in tournament play. Thanks to Nigel D’Acre, Peter MacCallum and Adrian Foulger for their efforts in coaching this year and to the parents for their continued support and words of encouragement from the sideline.

In the summer, Head Coach Paul Henaghan departed for America, the enthusiasm and passion he brought to coaching ensured that all of the U7’s were adept at the basic skills levels required to play the game.

Lastly I would like to thank all the kids in the U7’s. Coaching them has been a hugely rewarding experience. Sadly this Saturday will be my last before I depart for Australia. Merry Xmas and all the best.

U8s – Coach James Drummond Centaurs U8s started the year on a high after a successful U7 season; culminating at the Polo club tournament where they managed a win and finish third place. With new boys joining the U7 veterans this season has focused on making sure that basic passing skills and fitness levels have improved and new techniques learnt.

to make sure that all experience levels have been catered for. This has meant that those new to the game have had more ball time with “like” skilled players. It is in these groups that we have really seen some significant improvements both in focus and skill levels. Overall, the boys are now communicating much better, thinking about what they should be doing and playing together - not as individuals.

attained while playing friendly matches. Most of all, we hope we have instilled in them the spirit of the game - having fun and working hard within a team.

As the season has progressed, we have also tried

As coaches we are proud of all the boys and the success they have

U9s – Coach Andy Robertson Centaurs U9s has had a great year, and finished 2011 as we started - with a roster of

around 60 boys, and over 50 on any given Saturday.

In February we entered the first Centaurs U7’s team to take part in the KL tournament. The team was very excited to be staying overnight and played various forms of rugby or British bulldog in the hotel corridors, the pool and even on the lawn with older club members. The team was undefeated on Saturday and carried that form into Sunday, winning against TRC in the Cup Final. Over two days, they scored 26

tries and conceded 3 an outstanding achievement. Onto the Barclays Cup in April; we were able to field four teams and in very hot conditions the U7’s saw plenty of action in what was a long day. Some children were playing tournament rugby for the first time and thrived on the chance to play against different opposition.

Next season U9s is full contact which we know many boys have been looking forward to all year! We also look forward to next season and the continued support of the parents who make it all possible.

On Saturday, December 3rd we put out four teams in “friendly” matches at UWC Tampines against

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The Breakdown two teams each from Dragons and Tanglin and one from Hong Kong Football Club. Our teams were well prepared, having had a couple of roundrobin festivals against Dragons and Tanglin in November. We managed about 90 minutes of rugby before the lightning struck and forced an early cancellation. From a mostly complete pool stage, our teams placed equal 1st, equal 3rd and 2x equal 7th out of 9. The standard of rugby was excellent, and the event was considerably enhanced through the presence of the tourists from HKFC. Twelve die-hard U9s then turned up the following morning for a double round robin against one team each from Tanglin and HKFC,

U10s – Coach Oli Wingrove With the spirit that has epitomized the U10s all year, we managed to conjure two teams at Tampines on Saturday for some “friendlies” with TRC and HKFC. Having spent the last few weeks at the mercy of the mud and weather, the boys made the most of the surface and rediscovered some running rugby - even if some of it was sideways! Some tough games

where Centaurs secured two wins against HKFC (one coming back from two tries down) and a draw and a loss against Tanglin. With Tanglin securing a win and a loss against HKFC. Overall honours on the Sunday were shared between Tanglin and Centaurs, as they had been on the Saturday. Across the whole weekend, the games were played in excellent spirit. For some pictures from the matches on Saturday, and with many thanks to Dom Garetto, check out “Centaurs Rugby Friendly Matches 3 December 2011” at http://gallery.me.com/dgaretto/100 857 Many thanks to the boys, parents, parent-coaches and procoaches (great ref’ing guys) who made the trip, sometimes twice, out

showed that we will still have plenty of work to do in the New Year to stay top of the pile, but we acquitted ourselves reasonably well. Despite the skies once again doing their best to put a dampener on the day, we were able to get in a couple of hours of hard, close rugby before the lightning intervened. To wrap up 2011, thank you to all the parents for their enthusiasm and patience through the year, as well as leading by example as rugby

to Tampines over the weekend. And to the even greater numbers who have made Centaurs U9 such a great community in 2011. We are all looking forward to having some fun at the last training session this coming Saturday December 10th. We will start at the usual time of 8:30am, the boys will probably be in the pit so bring a change of clothes, and the parents may need to provide some relay teams to compete against the boys, so wear something you can run in. After Saturday thoughts will be turning to our season from January 2012 as Under 10s. Keep in mind that the KL tour dates are Feb 17-19. And no boys, at Under 10 you still don’t get to hand-off, or kick ahead!!

supporters. Thanks to the coaches;for once again moving the boys on in their rugby development. And, most importantly, thanks to the players. Whether you are a Barclays Cup winning captain or a player just beginning your rugby journey, the boys have all shown the right mix of enthusiasm and mischief to make the year a fun one. Have a good break and we will see you for more in 2012!

U11s – Coaches Tom Hutchinson & Paul Stephens Another enjoyable and The boys picked up silverware in both successful season for our U11s. the Bintang 10’s and Barclays Cups.

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The Breakdown They also got their first taste of 15 aside rugby in a practice match with the U12s. We’ve a healthy, regular turnout of about 40 players and it’s been very pleasing to see the development of skills across the group and also the addition of numerous new faces this year. Sadly , as is the way in Singapore we also said goodbye to several players this year, Jacob Boe, William

U12s – Coach Mark Lewis Sad to see Liam Connolly, Max O’Brien, Rhys James and Drew Stephensen leave the club - all boys who have been with us since U6’s. They will of course be reminded before they leave that ‘Once a Centaur always a Centaur’. We look forward to seeing them back in yellow or blue or at least as opposition at some point in the future. On a positive note, lots of new boys have also joined U12’s this year and the rugby played by Centaurs Blues last Saturday shows the great promise we have for a new look team going into 2012.

Parsons, to name a few and we shortly also bid farewell to stalwarts Lawson Brien-Arnold and Tom Galloway. Similarly we also said goodbye to coaches Quinn ‘ the Clipboard’ Parsons and Dave Arnold, both off to Sydney to spread the Centaurs message - thanks for all your efforts guys it’s been fun. Also a big thanks to our two Pro Coaches, Paul Clayton and Nick Dance, these guys knowledge of the game is an

tournament. Centaurs U12’s had to beat the best of the Hong Kong teams and a couple of ‘youth’ teams from China to win the tournament and receive the cup from David Campese and Keith Wood -A proud moment for them all. The Highlight of the year was winning both the cup and plate at the Barclays tournament, but this was closely followed by simply enjoying the great rugby

important part of teaching the boys proper techniques and skills. Finally,a big thanks to all you parents for your support and enthusiasm. It wouldn’t be possible without you!” Cheers “U11 Coaching Team”

played by both Centaurs teams last weekend. The hard work put into ball retention, contact and passing skills, during some tough training sessions through the season, paid off to produce a fine display of fast, flowing rugby. The combination of great performances and promising new players bodes well for the U13 season and we look forward to lots of 15’s rugby, pushing in scrums and lifting in Line outs. Let’s go Centaurs!

The U12’s tour to Hong Kong 7’s in March included the actual 7’s, a boat trip around the harbor and visit to Ocean Park. But the highlight was the U12’s

U13s – Coaches Paul Stephens & Brett Wright The U13s had a successful 2011. performed manfully to come away We started the year with our regular with the Plate (3rd place) beating trip to the Bintang KL 10’s. It was a HKFC in a feisty Plate final. real step up in physicality from the previous year - despite taking a far We then commenced our first from full strength team on tour and full year of full pitch 15 a-side rugby suffering tournament ending injuries and again the boys adapted for key players. On day one, the boys magnificently, finishing the year

unbeaten in the Singapore U13s league and unbeaten in games outside of the league. The highlights being good wins v Paraparaumu from NZ and a strong ACSI side. We also had our first taste of full pitch 7 a-side rugby at the LFS 7’s,

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The Breakdown where despite virtually no previous experience, the boys played like experienced 7s exponents. Unfortunately the rains came down and finished the day early…sadly a theme we’d see later in the year too! Onto the TRC Barclays Cup; where the boys really pulled out the stops to beat TRC with a last gasp winning try in the final to bring home the Cup. This was particularly notable for the coaches as it was a real squad effort with everyone stepping up to the plate to contribute.

Wellington and Stellenbosch respectively.

and has been offered a place Congrats mate!

Whilst it’s sad to see these lads go, it’s also encouraging to see the many new faces that have joined us this year, so despite the departures we ended the year with about 40 active players. A real strength this year has been operating as a squad with real depth where we’ve been able to slot many players into teams seamlessly whilst maintaining the high quality of rugby. We win, lose or draw as a squad of 40, not as teams of 10 or 15. Long may this last!

Our squad also provided several players for the Singapore U14 Academy and National team; so take a bow, Matt Pangrazio, Matt Grundlingh, Emeric Bucaille, Edo Cristiani, Marcus Smith and Cameron Stephens. Bear in mind this was an U14 squad and some of these guys were still only 12 (and in once case just 11 years old at the time). To those that got their first ‘test Cap’ v Hong Kong many congrats!

Also worth mentioning was the return of a Centaurs old boy Luke Wilson, over on vacation who donned the yellow and blue for the first time in a couple of years and took a winners medal back home with him. Also good to see ‘Wilson Senior’, Ross, one of our Coaching Old Boys…in many senses of the word! Now, onto the players side of things.

Rugby is the ultimate team game and we pride ourselves by playing and training as a squad. However, there were a couple of individual achievements worth highlighting.

We said good bye this year to some key players, Marcus Smith, Nick Rozenauers, Oscar Boe, James Smith, Dan Collins, Alex Vanderos and others, and sadly at the end of this year we also bid farewell to 2 long standing Centaurs stalwarts Josh Wilson and Charl Fouche, who return home to

Edo Cristiani attended the Saracens Residential Rugby Camp in England over the summer and in addition to having a great time, came away with the Player of the Camp award, no mean feat as the award was for all age groups attending, not just his own. Our only fear is that someone will spot his talent and spirit him away from us! Marcus Smith had barely settled into life in England before being invited to try for the Harlequins U13 Academy. Of no great surprise to anyone that has seen Marcus develop over the last few years he impressed the coaches

A big thanks also to our ‘Pro Coaches’, Nick Dance, Paul Clayton, Rory Jones and Iain Mc Mullan - the latter of which we also bid farewell to this year as he moved to Dubai. These guy’s input is invaluable in ensuring the boys get quality coaching to stand them in good stead for their future rugby careers. Winning is fun but learning the skills and temperament to take into future rugby years is as imperative. Lastly, big thanks to all the parents who pitch up every weekend and provide enthusiastic support. We as coaches appreciate it and I know the boys do too. It wouldn’t be as much fun without you guys. Cheers and have a great Christmas and New Year and we’ll see most of you in January (and remember to block the weekend of 18/19 Feb for the KL Tour).

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The Breakdown U14s – Coach Les Halasz The U14s have had a great year of rugby - they had a successful season. The boys did extremely well in the U14 SYRUC, as well as on the tour to Bintang - they played against strong opposition. To

U15s/U16s – Coach David Walter The U16s managed to salvage a mini 10s festival on Saturday at UWC East with the two squads playing two teams from Wanneroo RFC, Perth and Kuala Terangganu, Malaysia. Each side played 4x10 minute games in a round robin. The Centaurs Rugby team competed well with good wins over the Malaysians, the Blues and Wanneroo RFC B but unfortunately lost 12-7 to a much bigger and well drilled Australian A team. The Blues lost all their games but competed well and were level 0-0 at full time against the

parents, thank you for support on these wet and muddy days and to all the coaches who dedicate so much time and effort to support our players. Our U14s played various local tournaments and friendlies this year and the skills they have

developed over the season shone through – it was good hard rugby…love it! Thank you to all the boys who wear the Centaurs jersey with pride; may you continue to play this beautiful game for years to come!

massive Wanneroo RFC - as before the ref decided to play some “Fergie” time. Stand outs on the day were Come Ferre and our new flying wing, John Gallagher - for Rugby. And Tristan Currie and Jerome Neale for the Blues.

Mann and the other a forward effort finished off by Come Ferre. Best and fairest was Tristan Currie. While this defeat showed the boys the step up in size and class overseas, it has been a good year. The Rugby XV were unbeaten domestically while the largely U15s Blues have made massive strides over the year.

On the Sunday, we came back to UWC to play the Wanneroo in a full XV a side match in the heat of the midday. Having lost a few players the previous day through injury, we spent much of the game on the back foot conceding five tries in the first half against the much bigger physical side. We came back in the second half with two tries - one a lovely individual cameo from centre Charlie

My thanks to the skipper Charlie Hyde and pack leader Sam Docking. As well as to our coaches Joe Coady, James “Robbo” Robertson, Will Murrills and Tommy “Pinky” Burns.

Russ Williams Memorial Touch Match @ UWC Dover UWC Dover will be hosting a Memorial Touch Match in remembrance of their coach Russell Williams who unfortunately passed away in July. Prior to joining UWC, Russ was head coach of Centaurs from 2004 to 2006 and many of you will remember Russ with great fondness. The Match will take place at 1pm on Thursday 15th December at UWC Dover. All are welcome to attend.

Girls Touch – Coach Claire Devine A fabulous year for Centaurs Girls Touch, with our numbers increasing steadily

over the course of the past 12 months, particularly in the U14/16 section. This is due to our exceptional coaching team, introduced halfway

through the term - namely Joe Hudson, Ross Morris, Diego Garcia & Sean Fox. We are the envy of every other club!!!

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The Breakdown Our young, fit, nubile coaches guide the girls through fitness, skill development and team motivation. This was witnessed recently during the

proud of each and every member.

Touch Football Singapore Women's B league where the girls proved themselves exceptional. A Special mention to our Captain, Mathilde Huybens. In the younger sections, Amy Walter, Emily Crowe and Naomi Hudson continue to inspire with their great leadership, focused approach and above average playing ability. We have seen a huge growth in confidence and skills at all levels and continue to be

U10 Maia & U12 Nicole, of the Wilson Dynasty, a dynamic pair who have shared their skills, leadership and sense of fun on and off the field. They are well loved and more importantly well respected by all their peers and will leave a huge gap in our lives. U16's Tegan Carling & Kathryn Nelson, two dominant forces who have shared their athleticism and ball handling skills throughout the year and been instrumental in the success of their team in the many tournaments they have represented

It is therefore sad to have to say goodbye to some of our most exceptional players:

over the past couple of years. Both dedicated members and delightful personalities. We will most certainly feel their absence in the upcoming Clifford Chance Cup 2012. Have a wonderful Christmas ladies, we've had a BALL (pretty pink ones too), party hard and we will see you all back in the fold on the 7th January 2012. And let's hope Santa brings you a year of health (Grace, Ines, Erin, Alice, Georgia, Anya, Tian etc.), wealth (me) and an abundance of Happiness. BIG LOVE -Claire

Boys Touch – Coach Rob Devine What a first few months! Having only started this group before the summer break we have made huge strides. We entered our first competitive league and would have won the finals if only Schools 7s,

School Holidays and The Rugby World Cup hadn't intervened!! Centaurs Boys Touch were top of the league from week 1 and made the cup semi final as top seeds. Unfortunately our opponents in the semi, Tanglin Rugby Club Men (who we'd beaten 11-2 in the

league), were unable to help us reschedule the match - to take into account our boys school commitments and we had to forfeit. A very disappointing way to end the season. Well done boys!!

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The Breakdown Behind the Shed with… In this issue I was lucky (or unlucky, depending on who you ask) to go behind the shed with Andrew “Robbo”Robertson, Centaurs “true blue” Aussie larrikin.

How long have you been coaching U5-8s? And why this age group? Issy (my daughter) got involved when she was six. I was minding my own business on the sidelines (keeping quiet…no, really I was) when the next thing I know, I am on the field coaching. I mentioned to Tim that Garry and I would think about taking on the U8s and fast forward six years; now coach and coordinator for the lot. Everyone else seems to have moved across to that other side but the walk is too far so I am happy where I am.

Favourite position?(let me clarify…rugby)? And why? Hooker (clarified as in rugby!) Just a great place to be and lets face it everyone wants to be next to one; arms around, head next to, couple of hanger-oner’s desperate to get in on the action... Best rugby moment? And why The year I was introduced to the number 2 position and the first scrum (I was 13). I got addicted to the hit and the wonderful dazed feeling you have as you wheel away from a scrum. Playing half back later in life didn't have the same feel, it just made me angry, frustrated and yell a lot!!!! Worst rugby moment? And why? Two really! As a player loud popping noise in knee, followed by an expletive and a sudden falling to ground, served me right for playing away from the scrum. As a spectator; watching that kick in that world cup by that English chappy - just gutted....

Any special training involved to get it so loud? Usually the night before I like to warm up with a couple of reds, prefer usually Australian or kiwi, though have noticed a Bombay and tonic does bring a deeper timbre...warm down is important as well and find a couple of 100+ just does the trick especially if I get one out of the throat. Over the years have ensured diaphragm has adopted right shape and in early years found VB off the tap a good regime, which also assists in talking out of the side of the mouth allowing a good bellow. As one brings the voice out of the belly and projects it as far as one can (oh and wearing a slouch hat and marching chaps and chapettes up and down a parade ground is good fun, beats actually marching yourself!!!) Favourite rugby player and why? Fwd - Kearns (hooker, nothing more to be said). Back - Mark Ella just brilliant.

Any funny moments on the field? All my moments on the field are funny - have you ever seen me run!!! What is your rugby background? Short lad running around trying hard! Became short bloke running around trying harder! Went from promising school career to University to army via the pub, still has heaps of potential but running out of time....

cleaning etc. Unbeknown to me there was a disclaimer made for first timers; “kids best to stand and watch first before lining up on the white line”.

You have a loud voice - do you scare the kids? God I hope not! However, I have been asked whether the voice is for rent when rooms need

If you could be a famous person (singer/actor/sportsman) for a day who would you be and why? Billy Connolly (not our U7 coach) - just the concept of walking on to a stage in front of a full house with nothing but your voice to entertain and just make people laugh, think and get some perspective.

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The Breakdown Farewell to our friends Centaurs would like to thank the following members for their support over the years and we wish you all safe travels, fabulous adventures and success in all that you do!

Dave Arnold (Coach U11) Jacob Boe (U11) Oscar Boe (U13) Thomas “Pinky” Burns (Coach U16) Lawson Brien-Arnold (U11s) Tegan Carling (U16 Girls Touch) Billy Connolly (Head Coach U7s) Liam Connolly (U12s) Jude Connolly (U7s) Charl Fouche (U13s) Tom Galloway (U11s) Bryn James (U14s) Rhys James (U12s) Huw James (U8s) Jason Neale (Coach U6) Mathew Neal (U6) Kathryn Nelson (U16 Girls Touch) Tom O’Brien (Coach U12) Max O'Brien (U12s) Drew Stephenson (U12s) Josh Wilson (U13s) Mia Wilson (U10s Girls Touch) Nicole Wilson (U12 Girls Touch)

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The Breakdown Centaurs Corporate Get out of the concrete jungle…and come into ours We probably have the best kept secret in Singapore! Centaurs is not just a rugby club or simply a kids holiday camp provider – You might not know it, but Centaurs has a proven track record for providing quality Team Building and Leadership programmes for organisations based in Singapore and throughout the region. Centaurs Operations Director, Rob Devine is not just one of our coaches (or simply part of the office furniture); he is also a qualified and very experienced educator in Adult Education and Professional Development. Rob has over 15 years experience within the pharmaceutical industry covering research and development, product communications, and sales and marketing. In all of these areas Rob’s main function was to work as an educator for industry professionals at all levels, government officials and policy makers, as well as health care workers across the region. Before embarking on a new career path as a Team Building and Leadership facilitator, Rob’s primary role was in learning and development activities, organisational change and business innovation. Rob holds a degree in Biology (major in Psychology and Behavioural Studies) and a postgraduate diploma in International Marketing. He also holds a diploma in Adult Education and Professional Development awarded by the University of Cambridge (UK). Rob is also a principal facilitator with The Thinking Network™. Rob develops and runs a comprehensive range of workshops, conference sessions, consulting and coaching assignments in the areas of Whole

Brain Thinking, Productive Thinking, Creativity and Innovation. He is much sought after in this role as an excellent facilitator and a most perceptive consultant and speaker. He has presented at creativity conferences, workshops and meetings around the World. Rob is also a Neethling Brain Instruments (Whole Brain Thinking, thinking preferences) and Productive Thinking, Master Practitioner. A director of Formative - an organisation focusing on leadership development and team building through involving industry leaders in community service ventures working alongside aid providers in the field – Rob delivers extremely practical and down-to-Earth approaches to leadership development, whilst at the same time providing huge benefits to the society they serve. For more information contact Rob at robdevine@centaursgroup.com or online at http://www.centaursgroup.com/corp/corp.html

Thank you for a wonderful team building afternoon held for Tanker Pacific Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd. Our people not only enjoyed the mental and physical challenges, but also learnt a lot about themselves and others in the office. Many learnt the value of considering the different skills people brought to the team and not to overlook people simply because their role was not senior - that is we all have something to contribute to the team. We appreciate all your assistance and advice and the way you ensured that the afternoon was well set up and well organised. The best compliment being that our people have asked to do it again next year. Kind regards, Steve Kunzer Managing Director Tanker Pacific Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd

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The Breakdown Club News CORD The boys and girls from the CORD programme have had an exciting six months performing amazingly well both internationally and locally. DHL Ta’Moko Lions RFC took out the U15s Plate Champions 2011 at the Phuket Lomas Tournament, Thailand. At the Iskander Rugby 10s the U15s squad were the Plate Champions 2011 In the SYRUC League DHL Ta’Moko Lions U16s were the runners up and the U14s placed 4th on the table. Competing in the Barclays Cup, U14s were Bowl Champions

and the U16s took the title of Plate Champions. Off the field, over 10 boys started internships with DHL - the programmes co-founding member. And by all accounts the lads are enjoying their time with DHL and gaining valuable work experience. Companies are starting to take notice of CORD and currently SPEED INSTITUTE has tied up with the club to provide fitness training for the boys once a week. There will be new sponsors coming on board in 2012 to support the programme and details will be made available once sponsors have “signed on the dotted line”.

recent months the boys have been subjected to theft, so this container will act as a storage facility during training sessions. In November, Singapore was ganted another rugby club. DHL Ta’Moko Lions gained official rugby club status from Singapore Rugby Union. And finally, as of next year, tuition fees will be provided for Secondary 1 to Secondary 5 CORD members, which is fantastic news for the kids!

DHL Ta’Moko Lions have put in an application for a DHL container to be permanently located at their training grounds, Farrer Park. In

Sports & Holiday Camps Centaurs – Loola Adventure esort, Resort Bintan, 18th - 23rd- Bintan December (Residential) Centaurs - Loola Adventure Camps Centaurs and Loola Adventure Resorts have joined forces to offer our members a fantastic, adventure camp 18th - 23rd December experience. Our Centaurs-Loola Resorts Bintan experience will be running over the December break. These camps are very popular and include activities such as Boat & Boomnet, flying fox and rock climbing, skywalk and coconut tree Centaurs kayaking, and Loola dragon Resort Adventures have joined forces and to offer our members a fantastic, climbing, boat, survivor island, crabbing fishing. adverture camp experience. Adventure Camp – 19th -23rd December (Singapore based) Our Centaurs-Loola Resorts Bintan–experience will beadrenalin running over the December break. Combat Skirmish & Rock Climbing An Action filled, pumping week of fun. These camps are very popular and include activities such as Boat & Boomnet, flying fox and rock climbing, kayaking, Treasure Islandskywalk – 2nd –and 6thcoconut Januarytree 2012climbing, (Singapore based)dragon boat, survivor island, crabbing and fishing. Ski 360 & Sentosa Beach Challenge – Sun, surf and tons of “backside spins” is sure to bring a smile! Our camps are are fully supervised with and first children's aid qualified staffisand have low child to of staff ratio. We provide a mid Our residential adventure camps supervised safety a top priority for any morning snack and drink offsite venues included. further information please contact Joe our camps. Marc and his and teamtransport at Loola to Adventure Resortishave manyFor years experience Hudson at joe.hudson@hotmail.com or visit our website at www.centaursgroup.com/kids/kids.html running successful camps not only through Centaurs but through local and international schools in Singapore - your children will be in safe hands!

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The Breakdown Rhino Rugby Asia Winner of the coveted Technical Innovation Award 2011 at the Rugby Expo Awards (Twickenham) leading sports provider, Rhino Rugby has come to Asia with a bang, to offer top quality rugby training equipment and balls to assist and develop rugby throughout the region. Rhino are a brand well known to the rugby playing community, and take pride in their range and safety record of their training equipment.

From Scrum Machines, to ruck pads, to balls, and much more Rhino Rugby Asia can ensure that your training needs are looked after. Currently there are 3 x Rhino Collision Kings and a Dictator Scrum Machine at Centaurs grounds, Turf City, which are all used to assist players in their technique of rucking and scrummaging in a safe and controlled environment. Moving forward, Rhino will be supplying

balls, team wear and other equipment to the region, in this ever growing market. If you are interested in any Rhino products, or require more information, then email us at nickdance@rhinorugbyasia.com, or check out our website http://www.rhinorugbyasia.com. We would be happy to discuss your requirements with you, be it for protective clothing, balls, training equipment, team wear and much more.

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The Breakdown Dates for your diary 18th – 23rd December – Centaurs-Loola Bintan Camp 19th-23rd December – Centaurs Holiday Camp 2nd-6th January 2012 – Centaurs Holiday Camp

We’re on the Web! Visit us at: www.centaursgroup.com

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7th January – Centaurs Rugby Term 1 2012 starts 17th -19th February – Bintang, KL tour for U7s to U18s 10th March – Centaurs Rugby Awards BBQ 21st to 26th March – HK tour U12s to U18s (provisional) 23 to 25 March – HK 7s

We want to hear from you We are always looking at ways of improving our club and your views, comments, gripes and suggestions are very important to us. We would love to hear from you so drop me a line at jorathbone@centaursgroup.com

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The Breakdown  

A Centaurs Group publication covering youth rugby in Singapore.

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