Markham Irish Rugby Club

150 Austin Drive

Markham, Ontario

L3R 6M7

Fletcher's Fields 

2743 19th Ave

Markham, Ontario

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August 22, 2012

August 22nd, 2012 - U16 Boys win TRU Premiership Cup - Congratulations to the U16 Boys for winning the TRU Premiership Cup. Now they play for the Ontario championship Sunday Aug 26th @ Fletcher's.  They play at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.


U14 Finish Season v Oshawa



June 17th, 2012 - It was a good weekend for Markham Irish. U14 Co-ed lost to in a strong effort, U16 Red team lost a close game while the U16 Blue team dominated Oshawa's 1st team.  The women won both games while the men's 3rd and 1st XV were victorious. The men's 2nd XV lost a close battle. Overall a great weekend of rugby.


May 17th, 2012 - The first Junior training night run by the men and women's senior teams was a great success.  The next session is scheduled in June. Make sure you don't miss it !!  Read the following testimonials: 

Gents, I just wanted to write and personally thank you for last night’s practice.  My son Rhys is playing on the U12 (as a 10 yr old) and this is his first experience with rugby.  If he wasn’t truly sold on the sport and the club (I’m still a Sara and he wanted to play for my club)... he is now.  Wow!  He was immediately ‘adopted’ by a senior who nicknamed him Mini-me right off the bat.  It was a fantastic idea and I thought incredibly well run.
He’s really enjoyed the practices up to now but last night I think he had a glimpse and taste of what it is like to be part of a larger rugby family.  Something I have told him about but is never truly describable.  While initially I would have loved him to play with my club, I am very happy he is finding his ‘own’ club and place.  He has already told me there is another of these practices maybe scheduled in June and that he is going for sure.
It’s always been tough for me to fully describe the effect that rugby has had on my life from the time I picked up a ball in my teens during a walkabout in South Africa until now.  My wife never quite understood but to hear Rhys chatter on and on last night to her, I think she is really believing that there is more to it than just pulling on a jersey and boots.

Still happy to be a Sara ... but very glad to be a Irish Rugby Dad.  Thanks to all of you.


I would also like to thank everyone for including my children and making them feel very welcome. This was a great idea and my kids are already asking if we are going to do it again. The best part and the most important was having the senior players running the drills with the juniors. It was great to see the support and all the positive comments coming from them. My youngest actually said he wants to quit soccer and just play rugby. My wife, who is hesitant about our kids playing, now sees how rugby is so different from other sports. It is a family at all levels.  


March 12th, 2012 - Congratulations to Andrew Coe and Jordan Marsh for making the Canada U17 side. Good luck at the RFU's Wellington Festival in UK. Read Release.

Kurt Gibbons, Jon West and Taylor Paris all played for Canada U20 in recent matches against Romania in BC, Read News.


December 2011


December 6, 2011 - Click here for Dec 13th, 2011 AGM Proxy Form


December 1st, 2011


Congratulations to our Ontario Junior Award Winners


U14 Most Improved Player: Owen Shrimpl & Matthew Ye


U15 Most Dedicated: Brendan Blaikie, U17: Tim Chapman


U15 Best Back: Andrew Coe


November 26th, 2011


See award winners from annual banquet




November 24th, 2011


Congratulations to Megan Gibbs and Natasha Turner on their selection to represent Canada at the Dubai Sevens.


See Taylor Paris's interview on the 2015 PanAm Games


November 16th: Congratulations to Markham Irish Players playing for Seneca:



Men's Rugby Division I Player of the Year
Matt Raguseo, Seneca

Men's Rugby Division I Rookie of the Year
Jesse Lofthouse, Seneca


October 22nd: Markham Irish go down in McCormick Cup semi-final. Click here for report.


October 18th: Results from weekend games
1sts: MICRC 8 Toronto Scottish 3 (after playing 132 minutes of rugby)
2nds: MICRC 15 Barbs 19


October 1st: Results from weekend games
1sts: MICRC 85 Oshawa 5
2nds: MICRC 0 Balmy Beach 72


Sept 27th: Results from weekend's games
Senior Men
2nds: MICRC 0 Beach 48
1sts: MICRC 15 Beach 36


Sept 22nd: Results from weekend's games
Senior Men
2nds: MICRC 13 Stoney Creek 16


1sts: MICRC 14 Stoney Creek 10


Sept 19th: Click here for a list of award winners from the Junior Banquet.


Sept 13th: Junior Banquet tomorrow night (Wed Sept 14th) at the club house (Austin Dr, Markham).


Results for senior men from last weekend
2nds: MICRC 53 Aurora 26
1sts: MICRC 11 Aurora 24


Sept 2ndClick here to read a letter from David Nelson, President of Rugby Ontario about the Blues versus Rock game tomorrow (Sept 3rd, 2011) in Burlington. Game details are at:

August 2011

Aug 29th: Congratulations Markham Irish U18 Boys Plate Champions, defeating the Toronto Scottish 29-12


Aug 29th: Results from weekend's games
Senior Men
2nds: MICRC 20 Oakville 15
1sts: MICRC 22 Oakville 27


Aug 25th: Under 18 Girls defeat Lindsey 26-5 to win the Plate final last night. Under 18 boys are in the Plate finals this Sunday at 5PM at Fletchers (versus either the Scottish or Bellville)


Aug 20th:
U14 boys defeated Oshawa 70 - 31 (Markham boys & girls scored 12 tries and 5 conversions)
Senior Men:
2nds: MICRC 15 London 12
1sts: MICRC 22 London 8


Aug 14th: Senior women defeat the Saracens 43 to 5, in the quarter-finals of the OWL Cup


Aug 13th: Results from today's games
Senior Men
3rds: MICRC 19 Scottish 18
2nds: MICRC 41 Scottish 17
1sts: MICRC 29 Scottish 15

Aug 12th: Results from Senior Women's rugby for last few weeks:


July 23rd: 1sts: MICRC 21 Yeomen 14; 2nds: MICRC 0 Yeoman 20

July 27th: 1sts: MICRC 29 Saracens 29; 

Aug 6th: 1sts: MICRC 15 Scottish 34; 2nds: MICRC 0 Scottish 27


July 2011

July 22nd: Click here to read an open letter to players and supporters from Dave Nelson, President of Rugby Ontario.

July 18th: Congratulations to the under 16 Boys for winning their league with a 4-1 record.

July 18th: Results from last weekend's games
Senior Men
3rds: MICRC 0 Brantford 17
2nds: MICRC 5 Brantford 37
1sts: MICRC 27 Brantford 27

Senior Women
2nds: MICRC -- Brampton --
1sts: MICRC 51 Brampton 5

July 14th: Results from last week

Wed July 13th
U20 Men MICRC 33 Brampton 19
U18 Boys MICRC 5 @ Beach 11
U18 Girls MICRC 0 @ Beach 40
Tues July 12th:
Women's 1sts: MICRC 12 v Yoemen Lions 15

Sat July 9th
Women's 2nds: MICRC 17 @ Barbs 14
Women's 1sts: MICRC 26 @ Barbs 31 
U16 Boys MICRC 47 v Barrie 27 (2nds team also won)

Thur July 7th
Men's 3rds: not posted
Men's 2nds: MICRC 15 @ Beach 54
Men's 1sts: MICRC 17 @ Beach 19

Wed July 6th
U18 Girls MICRC 105 @ Mississauga 5 !! Wow this should pump

July 3rd: Results of mens June 25th
3rds: MICRC 31 Stoney Creek 26
2nds: MICRC 27 Stoney Creek 23
1sts: MICRC 14 Stoney Creek 5


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June 2011

June 23rd: Results from last night's game
Under 20 Men
MICRC 26 Barrie 13


June 21st - Get your tickets here for Canada v USA Sat Aug 6th CLOSED !

June 20th: Results from last weekend's games
Senior Men
3rds: MICRC 10 Aurora 12
2nds: MICRC 29 Aurora 15
1sts: MICRC 24 Aurora 12

Senior Women
2nds: MICRC 5 Yeoman 50
1sts: MICRC 10 Scottish 10

June 17th: Results from last weekend's games
Senior Men
3rds: MICRC 15 Oakville 13
2nds: MICRC 6 Oakville 44
1sts: MICRC 17 Oakville 34

Senior Women
2nds: MICRC 5 Yeoman 51
1sts: MICRC -- Yeoman --

June 10th: Markham Irish Pegg Sisters Both Selected to Nations Cup U20's. Click here for the story from the Rugby Ontario website

June 10th: Results from last weekend's games
Senior Men
2nds: MICRC 22 London St George 5
1sts: MICRC 8 London St George 27


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April 2011

April 28th: Open Registration (for juniors and seniors), Sunday May 1st From: 10:00 am till 2:00 pm At the clubhouse – 150 Austin Drive, Markham. You must be paid up and registered before the first practice or games in May.


April 7th: Sadly we report the sudden death of Dave Burnett of the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club, an obitury and detais of a Celebration of Dave's life can be found by clicking on this link


March 2011

March 29th: More preseason games added. Details in upcoming games.


March 23rdClick here to read an article about Bob Elder from the Rugby Canada website


March 22nd: Sad News: Bob Elder, a long time member of the ICRC and MICRC passed away March 21st after a

long battle with cancer. Bob made an enormous contribution to rugby at the club, provincial and national level. Some of the roles he filled were President of Rugby Canada, President of Rugby Ontario and President of Ottawa Irish. In 2004 he was inducted into the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame. There will be a celebration of Bob's life from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 25th March at the Fox and Fiddle (Just a few hundred metres south of Eglinton at 190 Laird Drive).


March 7th: The senior Men's and Women's (preliminary) schedules have been released - Click here.


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Feb 2011

Feb 24th: Open Registration days - Sat April 16th and Sunday May 1st 10 am to 2pm at the clubhouse.


Feb 24th (update Feb 26th): Sad News. Former member if the ICRC and long time member of Markham Rugby Cub, Aidan Tracy, has passed away. Aidan was a key player in the merger of the two clubs over the past few years. Click here for details


Feb 15th: The senior men's coaching staff are pleased to announce that Darryl "Posty" Snider has accepted the role of 1st XV Captain for the 2011 season. Posty brings to the role an extremely high Rugby IQ and youthful leadership style that will undoubtedly help the club be successful. Click here to read a message from Posty about the season ahead.


Feb 6th: Results from the Chilli cook-off
What wonderful day it was. We had plenty of players show up for the annual snow rugby game. The outfits were varied and colourful! As for the chilli, we had plenty of entries: Howe family, Dave McCartney, Adam Moody, Dale Fitzgerald, Josh Madeley, Doug Robinson and Colin Campbell Jr. / Sharon Jarvis.

3rd place went to Josh Madeley, 2nd place Adam Moody and 1st place goes to Howe Family!! Congratulations.

In case you missed the judging, have a read of this.

Oh yeah, the Steelers won (according to Doug).


Feb 5thClick here to read a message from Taylor Paris, currently in New Zealand with the Canada 7's team


Feb 3rd: The Markham Irish Canadian Rugby Club is pleased to announce the Senior Men's 2011 pre-season schedule:

Saturday April 9th @ Ajax Wanderers
Saturday April 16th @ Kingston RFC
Saturday April 23rd @ Brampton Beavers
Saturday April 30th @ Oakville Crusaders
Saturday May 7th - 1st XV vs. Barrhaven Scottish, 2nd XV vs. Toronto Dragons (both games at Austin Drive)


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Jan 2011

Jan 20th: Congratulations to all the following junior men who have been selected to Canada U17 and the Canada and Ontario Academies

Ontario Academy
Andrew Coe (U 14), Brendan Blaikie (U 14), Mathew Carrick (U 14), Rob Wingrove (U 16)

Canada Under 17 and Ontario Academy
Jarell Williams, Richard Ormrod, John Pappas

Canada Academy
Maxx Gibbons (U 16), Brandon Black (U 20), Kurt Gibbons (U 18), Jon West (U 18), Connor Fitzsimmons (U 20)

Canada Senior Men XV and Canada Senior Men 7's
Taylor Paris (U 18)


Jan 14th: Annual Co-ed Drag snow Rugby/Football, Chili Cook Off and Super Bowl Party will be on at the clubhouse on Sunday, February 6th, 2011. Click here for more details.


Jan 9th: The FabYourLife Off Season Training Program starts 7pm Thurs. Feb 3rd @ York University. Click here for more information.


Jan 6th: Taylor Paris to take a development stint with the Northampton Saints of the English Aviva Premiership. Click here to read the story from the Rugby Canada website.


Jan 5th: Congratultions to John Pappas, a junior with the MICRC, for representing the Canada U 17 Team in the US this winter. Click here to read an interview with John from the Rugby Canada website.


Jan 3rd: Sign up now for indoor practice at the Hangar. Click here for more information.


Jan 2nd, 2011: At 7:00 am this morning Lori gave birth to a 7lb 2oz baby boy named Sebastien Leon Racine. Mother and baby are doing well.

Lori played for the Markham women's team for a couple of seasons some years ago and Leon has been involved with rugby for many years. He started the junior program about 11 years ago with one U-14 boys teams. His twin sons, Luke and Cole came through the junior program, one has represented Canada and the other has been on the short list and both are now playing in B.C. Leon's daughter, Dana, also played for the junior program.


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Dec 2010

Dec 22nd: To read the latest edition of the Blarney click here. Merry Xmas to all.


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Nov 2010

Nov 25th: The first Annual General Meeting of Markham Irish Canadian Rugby Club will be held on Thursday December 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Clubhouse. Click here for more information and to dowload agenda and items for discussion.


Nov 24th: List of winners from the Awards Banquet. Click here


Nov 13th: Taylor Paris bags two tries as Canada defeats spain 60 to 22. Click here for the story from Rugby Canada


Nov 13th: Taylor Paris to earn his second cap for the Canadian Senior Men's team against Spain this weekend. Click here to read about his rise to the Canada team in an article from the Globe and Mail


Nov 11th: Games are being played this weekend for the Ontario Student Rugby Champtionships on both Saturday (women) and Sunday (men). Click here for details


Nov 7th: What a great day for Markham Irish rugby !!! Develpment team win the Gee Gage Cup with a win over the Beach. First team win the McCormick Cup Consolation Final with a win over Barrie:
Senior Men
MICRC 2nds 17 -- Beach 2nds 8
MICRC 1sts 16 -- Barrie 11


Nov 4th: Taylor Paris named on the wing for the Canada Senior Men's team for this weekend's game against Belgium. This will be Taylor's first national cap, and marks the first Markham Irish Men's player to gain a full cap. A truly historic moment for Taylor and for the club. Click here for details.


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Oct 2010

Oct 30th: Results from Today's games:
Senior Men
MICRC 2nds 20 -- Toronto Scottish12
MICRC 1sts 48 -- Kingston 7


Oct 25th: Taylor Paris named in the Canada Senior Men's squad for their upcoming four week European Tour. Click here for details


Oct 24th: The Markham Fire Services is hosting a Holloween Party for the Town of Markham in support of the United Way. Markham Irish Canadian Rugby Club is running the bar for the event. The event date is Friday October 29th at Victoria Square Community Centre at Woodbine and Elgin Mills, Markham. VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED. PLEASE CONTACT CHRIS SERPANCHY @


Oct 23rd: The Toronto Golden Oldies Festival Fund Committee is pleased to announce that Claragh Pegg of the Markham Irish Canadians is a nominee for the Tuition Assistance Award for 2010. The Fund has now distributed over 50 such Awards of $1 000 each since 1992. For more information contact Ken Smith, the Committee Chairman


Oct 23rd: Results from Today's games:
Senior Men
MICRC 2nds 25 -- Balmy Beach 3rds 0
MICRC 1sts 58 -- Ottawa Indians 3


Oct 16th: Results from Todays games
Senior Men
MICRC 2nds 63 -- Stoney Creek 2nds 7
MICRC 1sts 12 -- Ottawa Irish 20


Oct 4th: The latest edition of The Blarney has been released. Click here to download


Oct 3rd: Results from the weekend's games
Senior Men
MICRC III 51 -- London III 0
MICRC II 61 -- London II 7
MICRC I 22 -- London I 5

Congratulations to all teams on great league results. The 3rd XV won their division, the 2nd XV were in second place and the 1st XV were in fourth place.


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Sep 2010

Sept 30th: The Canadian Rugby Foundation is very pleased to announce that applications are being accepted until November 30th, 2010 for the Thomas Family Scholarship. Applicants must be between 17 - 21 years of age, studying at a Canadian post secondary institution and playing rugby. Click here for more information.


Sept 26th: Results from the weekend's games
Senior Men
MICRC III 10 -- Beach III 17
MICRC II 10 -- Beach II 29
MICRC I 25 -- Beach I 18

Sept 19th: Results from the weekend's games
Senior Men
MICRC III 48 -- Scottish III 5
MICRC II 29 -- Scottish II 5
MICRC I 20 -- Scottish I 15


Sept 13th: Markham Irish Canadian junior teams complete a very successful weekend. The Under 18 men won the Ontario Championship. The Under 14 boys won the Ontario Championshi (click here for coaches report), and the Under 12 Minis won second place in Ontario (click here for the coaches report).


Sept 13th: Under 18 Markham Irish player Taylor Paris scores two tries in the Ontario Blues win over the BC Bears (55 - 20), is named in the Canadian Commonwealth Games 7's team, and is featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the crowd. Click here to read the entire article from the Rugby Ontario website.


Sept 13th: Results from the weekends games
Senior Men
MICRC III 42 -- Aurora Barbs III 15
MICRC II 20 -- Aurora Barbs II 17
MICRC I 22 -- Aurora Barbs I 32


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Aug 2010

August 29th: Results from weekends games 
Senior Men
MICRC III 20 Brampton III 14
MICRC II 23 Brampton II 0
MICRC I 6 Brampton I 7
Senior Women (playoffs)
MICRC II 20 Aurora II 10


August 26th: Under 18 men advance to the league final with a 46 to 5 victory over the Oakville Crusaders. Click here for details. Under 20 men go down to Oshawa in league final 24 -- 31. Congratulations on a great season.


August 22nd: Results from weekends games 
Senior Men
MICRC III 30 Oakville III 17
MICRC II 18 Oakville II 14
MICRC I 20 Oakville I 6
Senior Women (playoffs)
MICRC II 15 Saracens II 10
MICRC I 22 Saracens I 27

Under 14: defeated Oakville 24 - 15.

Under 16: defeated Ajax 20 - 10.


August 20th: Under 18 women go down 29-22 to Mississauga in an exciting game in Mississauga. Congratulations to all the girls and coach Jess Panzer on a great season. The U20 men defeated Waterloo 38-12. Markham now plays Oshawa for the Championship Wed Aug 25th, 6:30pm at Fletcher's. The U18 men defeated Ajax 38 - 0 to advance to the semi-final next Wednesday at Austin Drive (kickoff at 7pm).


August 17th: MICRC Men's Under 20 side to play semi-final versus Waterloo at Fletchers this Thursday after defeating Mississauga 46 - 6 last night at Austin Drive. Kickoff for Thursday's game is at 7pm.


August 16th: Results from weekends games 
Senior Men
MICRC III 43 Oshawa III 12
MICRC II 34 Oshawa II 3
MICRC I 41 Oshawa I 8
Senior Women (playoffs)
MICRC II 5 Scottish II 34
MICRC I 51 London I 5


August 16th: Under 18 women make the playoffs in 6th place. They play their quarter-final game this Thursday in Mississauga


August 7th: Results 
Senior Men
MICRC III 39 Brantford III 24
MICRC II 73 Brantford II 7
MICRC I 29 Brantford I 18
Senior Women 
MICRC 74 Brampton II 0
MICRC I 58 Brampton I 5

U16 Boys 20 Oshawa 14


August 4th: Grey Hares tour to Italy announced (May 7th to 21st, 2011). Click here for details. To register for the tour email Colin Campbell