All posts by Kevin Whitmarsh

CLUBHOUSE UPDATE

The City of Surrey has identified an appropriate architect, Thinkspace Architecture, for the Bayside Athletic Association Field House. Thinkspace Architecture also has a team of sub-consultants available to work on the project. Thinkspace Architecture is now in the process of drafting the detailed design (blueprints) of the field house. The City’s Planning and Development Manger has explained the construction of the field house is expected to begin in September 2015 and is expected to be completed in April 2016. A development and planning sign should be installed at the construction site any day.

I have requested the City of Surrey Planning and Development Manager and Thinkspace Architecture meet with the Bayside Athletic Association members and supporters. An information meeting to review the construction process has been scheduled for 6:00pm July 6, 2015 at the Rotary Field House in South Surrey Athletic Park. If you have ever inquired about the status of the Bayside Athletic Association Field House it is highly recommended that you attend this meeting. Please notify and ensure any supporters of our home and community project attend.

Remembering Joey Meekley

It is with great sadness that Bayside Athletic Association mourns the loss of Joey Meekley.  Joey was a versatile player that played Lock, Fly-half and Wing for the Bayside U15 and U16 teams.  He was an integral part of Bayside’s U15 and U16 BC Championship teams.  His very close team mates will always remember the last minute winning try to secure a hard fought victory against the U18 Bellarmine Academy at the 2012 Las Vegas Invitational Youth Tournament.  Joey was not only a great success on the field, but as a true Rugby player Joey opened his house to his own and visiting teams as a place of companionship and comaraderie.  Joey was also known as an outstanding musician with the piano, and in particular the guitar.  Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences are with Chris and Paddy at this time.

Please join us for a gathering to celebrate Joey’s life on Friday May 29, 2015 at Kwomais (Kiwanis Park South Surrey) Sandford Hall 1367 128th Street @ 2pm. We request that you wear your most brightest and most colourful outfits and hats that would make Joey proud. There will be an open mike so please so please bring your guitar, songs, poems and wonderful stories to share with everyone. As it is a park, please bring a blanket if you are wanting to sit. Additionally, while parking is limited, please try to carpool or park in Ocean Park and walk down to Kwomais. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Sources Community Resource @ (604) 531-6226 with reference to Child and Youth Mental Health.  There will also be a Musical scholarship set up in Joeys name. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/RememberingJoeyMeekley/ for more detailed information.

Bayside Remembers a good friend to Rugby

Gordy Hosler August 19 1956 – May 9 2015

Gordon Frederick Hosler (Blondie), age 58, passed away May 9, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Gord will be well remembered for his long and dedicated Rugby career. He was an exceptional player during his many years with the Langley Rugby Club.  Gord was a great competitor on and off the field.  He was a true Rugby personality.

Following his playing years, Gord assisted the Fraser Valley in coaching representative Rugby.  Many Bayside players had the opportunity to play for Gord in the McKechnie Cup competition and the Rugby Canada Super League where they won a national title.  

Thank you Gord for being a great Rugby role model, and a great friend to many.   Our deepest sympathies to Gord’s family.  He will be well remembered.

A  celebration of Gord’s life will be held this Saturday, May 23rd, 3:00 PM, at The Langley Rugby Club located at 21280 Crush Crescent in Langley.

THANKS TO JOANNA MACLENNAN AND ERIC SUGAWARA

Bayside Athletic Association would like to notify the membership of the retiring of Joanna MacLennan and Eric Sugawara as the Senior Women’s coaches. Jo and Eric have decided to step down to place more priority on their personal goals, including marriage and family. Jo and Eric have already informed the Senior Women’s team of their future endeavours. This announcement is to recognize the commitment and dedication Jo and Eric have provided to the Senior Women’s team over the last 15 years.  Over the years, Jo has been involved as a player, manager and coach within the Bayside organization. Eric has also been involved as a player with the Men’s team and coach of the Senior Women’s team.

On behalf of the Executive, Womens’ teams, and the entire membership of Bayside Athletic Association, I thank Joanna and Eric for their energy and accomplishments over their many selfless years of commitment. Given their positive character and examples of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and leadership we know they will be a success in their future family endeavours.

While Bayside Athletic Association will miss the involvement of Jo and Eric in our Senior Women’s program, we are hopeful to build on the foundation they have left behind. As a result of Jo and Eric’s consideration of notifying the Bayside Athletic Association of their future plans, we have begun the search and interview process for a new head coach for the Senior Women’s team. The announcement of the successor for this position will occur prior to the start of the new 2015/16 season.

THANK YOU JO AND ERIC!

Stephen Black, President, Bayside Athletic Association

MINI RUGBY JAMBOREE APR 19/15

We are hosting a 16 club  Mini Rugby Jamboree this Sunday April 19th

Kick off 10:00         Ending at 11:30

As we all know these events take a number of people doing small jobs to make it happen. We are looking for helpers from all teams where possible. We do have parent involvement but would be great to have the other groups along to help out and be involved if possible. Please pass along to your groups and let me know who is able to help in these specific areas.
1 – Field Set-Up – 8:30-9:30 (Laying out field cones, placing field signs, set up tent, tables & BBQ)
2 – First Aid Station – 10-11:30 – Certified First Aid Attendants – Available to help out if needed / called
3 – Concession – 10:30 – 11:30 (prepare / hand out free hot dogs and water for the kids) – short 30 min shifts
4 – Field Take Down – 11:30 – 12:00- Collect the field cones, signs, pack up tent, tables and BBQ and quick garbage sweep
Anyone with Media friends – this will be a great photo opportunity. Expecting 300 + cute little kids
Greatly Appreciated,
Andrew Fiddis
Bayside Mini Rugby Director

2015 AWARDS BANQUET

Saturday May 9, 2015                                                                               Bayside/Rotary Field House                                    

Doors open:  6:30pm  
Dinner
:  7:30pm
Tickets: $30.00

See your Team Manager or Director for tickets

EMS Japan Tour Send Off Party Mar 28/15

Just a reminder about the EMS Japan Tour Send Off Party this coming Saturday (March 28th) at the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club.

EMS is attending the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament in Fukoaka Japan.  (See http://sanix-sports.info/rugby/english/ for more info).

This is the official send off party and last big fundraiser before the boys leave.

There will be food, booze, DJ, silent auction, and lots of fun.

Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or in advance.

Let Jim Moore, jim.moore@shaw.ca, know if you are interested

SENIOR MEN’S SCHEDULE CHANGE

Please note the change in venue for the Mar 28/15 game against the Surrey Beavers

Games will be played at Sullivan Heights Park                                                (64th Ave and 144 St, Surrey)

KO times:  1st team= 2:30pm     2nd team= 1:00pm