Hall of Fame- Class of 2016
Colin Baker – Colin was on the first wave of players from Victoria Park SS in the early 70s. At a young age he became committed to Rugby playing a key role on our Provincial Champion Colts Team in 1973. Colin has played for The Barbs every year since. He has served on the Club Committee in a number of roles over the years, as well as working for The TRU. He has been a tireless worker at Fletcher’s Fields for decades taking on every task and has represented us well.
Nat Bendavid – Nat has been the cornerstone of the women’s program for the past 15 years. He excellence on the pitch earned her positions with the National U-23, Canada 7s and Women’s 15s and made her a constant threat on the field with the Baabaas. Her dedication to the game and the club goes beyond just playing – she has been an incredible role model for young players and has actively coached the junior sides. Nat has also always pitched in to support the administrative side of running the club.
Drew Macpherson – Drew Macpherson joined the Toronto Barbarians for the 1990 1991 campaign brought over to the Barbs by Kevin Jones. The next year, 1992 Drew took over the role of player coach for the Toronto Barbarians and continued on as head coach through the clubs merger with Aurora in 2002. Drew continued as the Head coach of the aurora barbarians until 2008. Drew took the newly formed Aurora Barbarians men’s first team to an undefeated 14 -0 session in the Keenan division, ensuring promotion to the top level of Ontario rugby, the Marshall premier Division, unforeseen success would follow; Drew went on to lead the club to Premier Division titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008; Drew coached the senior men’s team to 2 appearances in the McCormick Cup finals winning the first cup for Aurora in 2007. Drew has brought is knowledge and love of the game to all levels of the rugby world; coaching U17 for Ontario, being an Ontario Selector and coaching with the extreme east Canada. Drew was always keen to lend a hand with the mini’s, juniors and women’s programs.
John Twomey – John was on the third wave of Victoria Park boys who brought talent, energy and commitment to The Club in the early eighties. Since then his work and Club loyalty have been highly visible. In the early 90’s when the Club struggled, John was one of the few who kept things running. He has filled every role as a team captain, Club captain, various executive positions and especially as our representative at Fletcher’s Fields. Up until last year, John was President of Fletcher’s Fields where he provided innovations and the upgrading of our facilities. John also provides vocal guidance to referees
Hall of Fame- Class of 2014
– John is the “father” of rugby in York Region. John was a teacher at Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School and introduced rugby to the students there in 1970. He went on to found the Aurora Yorks which later became the York County Rugby Club re-locating to Newmarket in the mid 70s. John supported the transition of the County Club to Aurora RFC and was inspirational at the school and club level until his retirement in 2000. John also served as President of Rugby Ontario from 1970 -72 and was inducted to the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 1999.
Marco Di Girolamo
– Marco joined the club as a 16 year old and has been an elite player from his first appearance for the Barbarians in 1992. He has made 23 appearances for Canada and Captained Canada’s international 7s team for two years. He has never failed to play for the club when not seconded to national teams and has been the club’s MVP on five occasions. He has appeared in eight McCormick Cup finals winning on three occasions.
-Tony arrived from Bristol England after the War and soon gravitated to Rugby when it was in its fledgling stages. In 1950 three new Clubs were founded in Toronto and Tony soon was elected as Barbarians Captain, at a time when The Barbs were consistent Champions. Tony played regularly until he was 70. Over a 40 year span, Hundreds of young men played 3rd Team with this perennial Father figure. His son Richard was a top winger in the 80s. Tony would be 90 this year and is still missed.
– Ian led the second wave of Victoria Park imports in the mid-70s. He led our talented Colts team and was soon on the 1sts, a team he went on to Captain culminating in two Ontario Finals. Ian played for Ontario and went on to captain Canada. Over the last 30 years, Ian has been generous with his time providing coaching clinics at various schools with no discussion of a fee. Ian also initiated The Black Sheep Fund, which draws contributions from former players and supporters to help the costs of Junior Development for the Club.
-Steve Marsland was the heart and soul of York County Rugby for several years. He seemed to be president, team captain, club whip and fundraiser all in one at a particularly challenging point in the club’s history. A good friend of Steve’s, James Green, was seriously injured in a collapsed scrum and latter died; morale in the club was low, as were the numbers, but Steve rallied the club in the mid 90’s and we steadily rose through the TRU divisions to become a dominant team. Steve’s constant support for York County was an inspiration and it held the club together through both good and bad times.
– Nick joined the Barbs in the 60’s as very active and skilled team member. He was Club Captain in 72-73 when he launched the first official Barbs Colts team which won an Ontario Championship. Colin Baker was a part of this championship team and many successful barbs have come through the “Colts ” since. Nick remained an active club supporter through the 80″ – 90s and from his teaching positions shepherded many successful Players to the Barbs. He has been a very visible presence in the Barbs organization the past 10 years with His leadership of the “Black Sheep Society” and infamous News “Bleat”. Through his hard work the Old Boys network has re-emerged and grown and now contributes substantially to the clubs financial and strategic success
– How much space do we have? John better known as JR has been a captain on field, Jr. coach to Ontario champs, club president forever, treasurer, financier, strategic thinker, equipment manager, tour organizer & moral compass to the club since his joining in the latter 1970’s. In his 35 years, few Barbarians have not been positively affected by JR’s calming influence. If only he could kick with his left foot…
– Nigel, a recent immigrant from New Zealand, joined us in 1968 and soon became a key player and later Captain where he showed remarkable leadership. He also played for Ontario “A” in the early 70s. Nigel introduced Rugby to North York and specifically Victoria Park SS which became a powerhouse in Ontario Rugby. 51 VP Alumni and 3 Teachers played for the Barbs, many playing a big part in our early 80s success. Nigel was also a Director of The ORU where he promoted Junior Development. The N.R.L. Toy trophy, awarded each year to the most improved player, was founded in his honour on his return to New Zealand in the 80s.
Fran Mason retired from Rugby Ontario in August 2015 after working their for 11 years. Fran has been instrumentalist over the years not only assisting our club in many different ways but in supporting our Ontario and Canada players who were representing our club at the provincially or national level. The ABRFC Board of Directors in 2015 voted unanimously to award Fran the first ever Honourary Barb award and presented her with a club sweater on Junior Cup Day on her last day of service for Rugby Ontario. While she retired from Rugby Ontario, Fran will still be apart of the game in another shape or form down the road. Thanks Fran for everything you have done.
Mr. Domenic Scuglia was the Principal of St.Max Kolbe CHS in Aurora from 2009 to 2016. St. Max of Kolbe CHS became the home of the Barbs and our clubs largest feeder school upon opening. Mr. Scuglia has provided support, advice and guidance to our club for a number of years and draws from his experience of over 40 years of rugby in Ontario. He was the past president and Board of Directors for Rugby Ontario and a long-time club member of the Yeomen RFC. The ABRFC Board of Directors in 2016 voted unanimously to award Dom the second ever Honorary Barb award and presented him with a club jacket and long sleeve during a final meeting on May 16, 2016. While Mr. Scuglia leaves St. Max and moves to Regina, he will always be a part of our club. His son, Andrew has played for our Senior Men for a number of years and we look forward to seeing him at the games and around the park.