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Keenan Playoffs Schedule

Toronto Saracens Mens 1s heading into Keenan Finals

Keenan 1s Playoff Structure

EAST Saracens, Buccaneers, Pigs
WEST Yeoman, Dragons, Beavers

Saracens v. Buccaneers
Dragons v. Beavers
Pigs and Yeoman BYE weekend

Pigs v. (Saracens/Buccaneers)
Yeoman v. (Dragons/Beavers)

Cup Final Winners of East v. Winners of West

Saracens Women Third Best in CANADA

Toronto Saracens Women competed in the first ever Canadian Rugby Club Championship (CRCC) held for women this long August weekend. Taking a loss in the first round to Quebec City on Friday August 2nd, got the Saracens women in gear for the bronze title on Sunday August 4th as they played hard, tremendous rugby against P.E.I. and acquired the bronze medal, officially making them 3rd best in the country! A major milestone for our Saracens women as they head into the OWL semi-finals this following weekend (Aug 10th) to defend their Ontario championship for the third year in a row.

OWL Finals Breakdown

Toronto Saracens Womens 1s heading into OWL finals as league winners!

OWL Playoff Structure
EAST Saracens, Redcoats, Nomads
WEST Harlequins, Barbarians, Wasps

JULY 27 
OWL 1 Bye 
OWL 2 No games

AUG 10 
OWL 1 Semi Final v. Redcoats
OWL 2 Semi Final v. Aurora Barbarians 

AUG 17 
OWL 1 Cup Final (winners of East & West Semi Final) 
OWL 2 Cup Final (winners of Semi Final)

Creds: Petra Woods

A huge THANK YOU to the Toronto Arrows for supporting Toronto Saracens Women entry in the upcoming Canadian Rugby Club Championship (CRCC)

The Toronto Saracens wish to thank Bill Webb and the Toronto Arrows for their very generous support and assistance provided to the Saracens Women in their quest to compete in the national women’s club competition. This August’s tournament is the first ever set of final games to determine the top women’s club rugby squad in Canada, as part of the annual Canadian Rugby Club Championship (CRCC).

The Saracens qualified for the CRCC tournament by winning the Ontario Women’s League in 2018 (Saracens have won the league in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and have been Rugby Ontario Cup Champions in 2017 and 2018)

Toronto Saracens President, Pooya Jalali, mentioned that “the Saracens Women teams have been very strong competitors over the past 3 years. This is a testament to the athletes and coaches efforts to build a long-standing successful club here in Ontario. In creating this competition, the organization of the CRCC is certainly helping to build the grass roots of rugby here in Canada and helping to showcase some of the talent available locally throughout Canada! We are very fortunate that the Toronto Arrows have assisted the Saracen Women’s entry into this historical first ever Women’s national club competition and we’re doubly fortunate that this opportunity lands on our 65th anniversary as a rugby club in Ontario! This generosity certainly illustrates the Arrows commitment to both supporting the rugby community as well to help grow the game.”

Games will be played on Aug 2 & 4, 2019, at Fletchers Fields, in Markham, and will feature the top 4 clubs in Canada: Capilanos RFC (BC), Charlottetown RFC (PEI), Club de Rugby de Québec (QC), and Toronto Saracens RFC (ON).

Al Graham at RWC 2019 Qualifier!

As told by Al Graham, Saracens Alumni & past Club President:

“So how is this for a rugby experience……

I was invited, through the local referee society in Toronto, who had learned that I was going on vacation to Grenada, to be a referee assistant (4th/5th official) on the sidelines for the very first qualifying match for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The match, St Vincent vs Jamaica, took place in St Vincent on Sat 05 March and the referee was none other than Nigel Owens, the No 1 referee in the world!!! Nigel was the referee for the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham last October. Apparently, the referee who does the Rugby World Cup final is offered as a perk the first game of the subsequent World Cup.

I flew over to St Vincent from Grenada on the Friday night and returned on Sunday morning – it is only a 30 minute flight. I met up with Nigel Owens and the assistant referees at their hotel on Saturday morning for a briefing before the game. One of the assistant referees was from the Caymen Islands and the other from Trinidad. Then I got ride with them to Cricket/ Rugby Ground, got changed and set up with radios with them in the dressing room. With the World Rugby game organizer, I assisted them with keeping track on the yellow cards (sin-bin) and the injury replacements/substitutes.

Al at RWC qualifier with Nigel Owens.

The actual Rugby World Cup (the real one!!) was there as a centre piece of the pre-game formalities (see photos).
The rugby could be best described as frantic – some good breaks by both sides but wild passing causing numerous knock-ons (reminded me of high school rugby). Jamaica clearly dominated (48-0) and Nigel let the game flow. With the hot weather there was lots of substitutes to keep track of. Afterwards there was the usual post game function put on by locals with beer and food for both teams and the referees.”
Al and the RWC Trophy