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A Message from Tim Welcome back! I hope you had a fabulous break and have come back feeling energerized and raring to kick off a new rugby term.

In This Issue: • Centaurs appoints new director of rugby

Well here it is; the first edition of our quarterly newsletter “The Breakdown”. We have included news from all areas of Centaurs Group, so please enjoy! If there is anything in particular you want to read about make sure you drop us a line.

• Centaurs collaboration helps less fortunate kids in Singapore • NZ Rugby Experience • Centaurs Touch • Behind the Shed Individual Highlights: • Centaurs Kids Camps

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August, 2011 Issue 1

Over the break, our Club featured a number of times in the media

– If you haven’t seen the stories, we have set up links on our facebook page: Centaurs Rugby

support the people that support our club. You can find out what is happening on page 5.

A new initiative for Centaurs is our Community Outreach Rugby Development programme (CORD) – you can read all about this incredibly important project on page 4.

This term we have a full rugby schedule planned in the lead up to our main event in December – CIMYRT. Each year we are amazed by the number of kids that participate and this year will be no exception - we are anticipating record numbers again!

Rugby World Cup is nearly underway and some of our sponsors and partners are hosting events around the island. It would be fantastic to see our parents participate as it is a great way to

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And finally, have a great term 3; enjoy the camaraderie and friendships that go handin- hand with being part of the Centaurs family.


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This term we sadly say goodbye to Dave Docking as our Director of Rugby. Dave or “Dockers” as he is fondly known around the club is stepping down to concentrate on his new business and (in his own words) “is looking forward to expanding his Saturday’s beyond rugby”. Dave has been Director of Rugby for the past two years and during this time, was instrumental in developing 12 and 15 a-

side rugby at the club as well as introducing Colts referees. It’s not all doom and gloom so don’t despair, Dave will still be involved in the club and you will no doubt see him on and off the field. Harry Orgee will be taking over as Centaurs Rugby Director. Harry has an impressive background in Rugby Union both in Singapore and the UK and will play a pivotal role

in driving our club forward and cementing our position and ethos as” the club for all”

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NZ Rugby Experience Our NZ Rugby Experience camp held during the summer holidays was a huge success. Over 120 kids participated and enjoyed a week -long camp with the boys from the land of the long white cloud (NZ). The kids had an added treat when Justin Marshall (ex All Black scrum half) turned up to

hang out with them and so keep an eye out for teach them the finer points details. of the game. The kids had fun learning the “haka” and performing it with Justin and the guys from NZ Rugby Experience. All in all it was a fantastic week of rugby and both kids and parents enjoyed the experience. Future camps are in the pipeline .

For our players Term 3 – our busiest term is jammed packed with rugby, tours and the all important CIMYRT in December (dates to be advised). Saturday, 27th August is our first day back and as usual it is going to be extremely hectic. If you want to avoid delays, get your

registration and payment to us before the 27th August–you can find all details online at Players do not forget your kit, mouth guard, head gear (optional) and loads of water. Mouth guards will be available to purchase on Saturday.

make sure you wear comfortable sports gear and sneakers or boots (soccer boots are fine) and most importantly enjoy yourself, have fun and give it a go! **Kit will be provided once registered**

For our new members,

Centaurs Touch Girls Touch begins again this Saturday with the following Coaches U10's – Amy Walter/ Emily Crowe U12's – Claire Devine/Naomi Hudson U14's & 16's - Head Coach - Joe Hudson, Mentor Coach - Simon Stacey, Fitness Coach - Rob Devine Head of Touch remains as Claire Devine - any issues, please see Claire either before or after training. Please note that Claire is not available for consultation between 11 - 12.30, as the priority is coaching during this period. We are pleased to announce that selected members of the U16's will be joining the Touch Football Singapore League at Ladies B Level. Look out for their progress on the following website Competition begins 3rd September - good luck girls.


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Behind the Shed With… In the first of many tongue in cheek, hard hitting interviews (ok so this section won’t be nominated for a Pulitzer prize any time soon) we go behind the shed with U16s coachThomas “Pinky” Burns. How long have you played for Singapore’s National Squad? I have played in two Asian Five Nations, 2010 and 2011. I trained with the squad in 2009 only to be told a week before the tournament that I wasn't eligible to play! Career Highs and Lows? It was a very proud moment running out against Malaysia for my first cap in 2010 and then being named man of the match. On the flipside, it was a difficult losing to Korea so convincingly this year - especially when we thought we had them on the ropes with 15 minutes to go. Outside of the Singapore National Team, I've thoroughly enjoyed captaining the SCC over the last couple of years. Toughest game to date and why? I guess it would have to be Korea. You suddenly realise the difference between a team full of professional players and a bunch of guys who have to go to work 5 days a week! The speed with which they passed the ball down the backline was phenomenal. I also had the misfortune of playing against the

Tongan U19 side during a school rugby tour. Playing your rugby in Berkshire (England) doesn't really prepare you very well for the physicality of the Tongans!

was playing for Leinster. Lots of modern rugby players spend their free time lifting weights and playing Playstation all day - it was good to see him doing something beneficial.

Your highest match score and against which team? I had a good haul against Malaysia in 2010 when I picked up 12 points. That doesn't sound like many points now - it felt like much more at the time! A general lack of pace means that most of points come from kicking conversions and penalties! Any pre-match rituals or superstitions? I always like to have my wrists taped up before a game and the tape has to be perfectly symmetrical. I think that is more for aesthetics than superstition! As a schoolboy, I used to get pumped up listening to heavy metal on my "walkman". Prefer to be more relaxed before a game these days - it is much better to go into a game with a clear head if you're playing flyhalf. Who is your rugby idol and why? Probably the Argentinean flyhalf/centre, Felipe Contepomi. I like the way he relies on skill and power as opposed to speed (man after my own heart!). Plus, I like the fact that he went through Medical School while he

Thomas “Pinky" Burns in action

World Cup predictions? It’s hard to see anyone beating NZ. If England can make it to the final and Jonny Wilkinson is wearing his kicking boots, I could see him ruining the day for the Kiwis! After the tri-nations, I can't see any of the southern hemisphere teams causing a problem for the All Blacks. And lastly…why do they call you Pinky? Haha, when I turned up at the SCC I was fresh faced 18yr old. I went on a rugby tour and, as part of my initiation, had to wear a pink nightie. Then, during the game, I managed to break my pinky finger. As no one had a clue who I was, they started calling me Pinky!

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Centaurs Collaboration helps less fortunate kids in Singapore Community Outreach Rugby Development “CORD” Limited is a non-profit organisation incorporated in Singapore in 2011. A joint collaboration between Centaurs Group Pte Ltd (CG) and Ta’Moko Lions Rugby Football Club (TLRFC), CORD was the brainchild of Tim Lambert, Rob Devine and Daniel Khor and was established to give less fortunate youths and young adults in Singapore the opportunity, through rugby, to better themselves whilst instilling hope that they can improve their lives. DHL joined as a founding member prior to the official launch in August and subsequently the club was renamed the DHL Ta’Moko Lions RFC. The CORD programme achieves this by adopting the five core social and emotional concepts, central to rugby. Youths will be able to better themselves both sportingly, academically and ultimately in the workplace, so they are recognised as being wanted and valuable, and given the chance to improve and succeed; to be inspired and to be inspirational.

The collaboration will pool the expertise, resources and corporate contacts which CG and DHL TLRFC have built up over the past 8 or so years. Less fortunate children in Singapore will be identified and then supported financially and pastorally through involvement as player, coach and/or official in the sport of rugby union through the CORD programme. These children will also be exposed to career mentoring, internships and possible employment placement. Want to be part of the team that makes a difference in the lives of our less fortunate youths? Call or email us at +65 9632 3885 / or to find out more about our membership packages. For further information on our CORD Programme go to

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The Breakdown Centaurs TeamBuilding Centaurs Group is not just about rugby, fitness and kids camps. We have developed unique TeamBuilding programmes that target specific needs for companies and staff. TeamBuilding days usually elicit dread amongst staff and a

“What fabulous memories they will have, it’s [Loola] the nearest thing they’ll get to camping in Asia.” V.Lamb

“Great camp - the girls seem to have had a wonderful time and as you say, I am sure it was good for their confidence and self esteem.” Mrs S.Stonham

rush to book business trips and meetings on that date is unusually high! Teams leave Centaurs TeamBuilding events wanting to come back next year!

Operations Director has many years experience helping organisations develop teams that work together, communicate and make decisions more effectively.

Rob Devine, Centaurs

Centaurs Kids Sports & Holiday Camps Our sports and holiday camps are becoming extremely popular and places get snapped up quickly. Term 3 camp dates are as follows:

19th-23rd Dec – Adventure camp (Rock climbing – combat skirmish) 2nd- 6th Jan – Treasure Island Camp (Ski 360 – Sentosa Beach Challenge).

17th – 21st Oct – Wet & Wild camp (Ski 360 – Water Sports)

Loola Resort Camps

24th – 28th Oct – Adventure camp (Kidz Amaze – Combat Skirmish)

18th – 23rd October

23rd – 28th October All registration forms are on our website

Rugby World Cup Upcoming Events Some of our sponsors and partners are getting into the spirit of RWC 2011 and are hosting events to celebrate. So if you are stuck for a place to watch your team, or want to be part of the atmosphere and excitement check out the following events. Rugby Village 2011 is hosting a

business luncheon for the opening match NZ v Tonga on 9th September – Centaurs parents receive 10% discount off ticket prices. Details can be found on Picotin are hosting several “Beer and BBQ” nights over the course of RWC. There is nothing like chomping down on a hot lamb (or

beef or chicken) sandwich, knocking back a cold brew whilst watching your team romp to victory!! Cost for Centaurs members is $15 nett for the BBQ. You can also purchase a $35 bucket of 5 beers (Corona, Heineken, Asahi, Steinlager). For games being shown live go to

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Centaurs Fitness Fresh Air and Sunshine: The benefits of exercising outdoors For generations parents and grandparents have known that fresh air and sunshine is vital for good health.

it significantly improves mental well-being compared with exercising indoors.

The team also concluded For many of us, the that exercising in natural Saturday morning mantra environments was “get outside and play and associated with greater don’t come back unless feelings of revitalisation, you are hungry, hurt or its increased energy and dark” was very much a positive engagement, way of life. together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger Sadly, as adults we are and depression. (Science now spending around 90 Daily, Feb 5th, 2011). per cent of the day inside. Whilst trying to combat our hectic lifestyle by It has long been known to popping large amounts of medical practitioners and vitamin supplements or scientists that sunlight grabbing the 35 minute and in particular “fresh quick fix at the local gym, air” is beneficial to the we may have forgotten body. about the importance of getting our daily dose of A research team from sunlight i.e. vitamin D. Peninsula College of Vitamin D is essential for Medicine and Dentistry bone growth and prevents conducted a study on the bones from becoming benefits of exercising thin, brittle or misshapen. outdoors, and found that Very few foods contain

vitamin D, so sunlight is nature’s way of making sure we top up. Alright, now is the time I stop preaching (I think you get the idea) and mention our MilitaryFit programme . For those that don’t know, we have a fantastic, unique military style bootcamp, run by our resident (ex-military) instructor Les Halasz. We guarantee our programme provides both fresh air (not the recycled, germ laden kind) and sunshine. But don’t take my word for it, come down and give it a try!

A salute to our Saturday morning heroes Every Saturday morning an army of parents march their way to Turf city to stand on the sidelines; more often than not in the blazing heat or torrential downpour (or dare I say it - with the hangover from hell), to cheer their kids on. This issue we are paying tribute to the Mums out there (sorry Dads you are not forgotten – check out our RWC events pg 5) The lovely ladies from Doorstep Luxury, a multi-brand online retailer are offering our parents 10% discount off all items. brings designer handbags, jewellery, accessories and clothing from brands all around the world to one easy-to-shop website. Miranda and Sonali from took up the challenge and tried our Bootcamp. These brave ladies were put through their paces by Les and from all accounts absolutely loved it! As such the promotion code for our members is BOOTCAMPERS. Check out their site and don’t forget to plug in the promotion code at the checkout. Happy shopping!

MilitaryFit’s unique obstacle course. or contact Les Halasz on 96749978

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The Breakdown Dates for your diary th

27 August (Sat) – Term 3 Commences rd

3 September (Wed) – First Wed training session th

9 September – World Cup Opening Match – Rugby Village Business Luncheon th

10 September – Centaurs U13s & U16s SY-RUC (Singapore Youth Rugby Union Club) Club Challenge

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11 September – Centaurs U14s &U16s SY-RUC Club Challenge st

17 September– Centaurs U13s &U16s SY-RUC Club Challenge th

18 September – Centaurs U14s& U16s SY-RUC Club Challenge

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October – Centaurs U14s – SY-RUC Club Challenge


8 October – Touring Teams – UWA University of Western Australia, Paraparauma – NZ v Centaurs and Ta’moko Lions RFC (U13s & U14s) th

9 October – Paraparauma 7s tournament, fun day, Centaurs U13s & U14s th


17 -21 October – Multi-sports Camp th






24 – 28 October – Multi-sports Camp 23 – 28 October – Loola Adventure Camp 28 – 30 October – Phuket Tour (U13s combined U12s+U13s) and (U15s combined U14s+U15s) th


18 -23 December – Loola Adventure Camp th


19 – 23 December – Multi-sports Camp nd th – 6 January 2012 – Multi-sports Camp We want to hear from2 you

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