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Lloyd Dobson’s Memorial Service

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

The Toronto Nomads and the wider rugby community in general are together mourning the loss of one of our modern day club greats. Lloyd Dobson tragically passed away at the age of 39 last weekend.
 
A member of the Nomads since his arrival in Toronto in 1997 from BC, Lloyd was well known throughout the sport as a fierce competitor, a committed teammate, a rugby brother and a true cornerstone of the rugby community. His love for the game saw him continuing to represent the Nomads at 1st XV level up to last season and he was looking forward to locking horns with long time opponents and young up and comers in the front row again this season.
 
In addition to his playing prowess, Lloyd was coach, mentor and “big brother” to so many younger Nomads over the years. His influence with the Nomads U18’s as well as with Oakwood Collegiate was instrumental in developing passionate, committed young rugby players who have gone on to achieve so much on the field and in life.
 
Lloyd was the embodiment of the rugby spirit and values that we all hold so dear. A true competitor on the pitch and a man for all off it. He was proud of his club and his sport and we are proud to have had Lloyd as a club man, teammate and rugby brother for the time we did.
 
The Toronto Nomads and the wider rugby community extends our condolences to Lloyd’s mother and family.

The service for Lloyd will be held at the Salvation Army church at 789 Dovercourt Rd., one block north of Bloor Street at 2:00 pm on Friday.  Following the funeral there will be a gathering at The Hogtown Pub and Oysters which is at 633 College St (College & Grace) starting around 3pm onwards. For those who cannot make the event and have a memory that you would like told please message us (info@torontonomads.com) and we will ensure it is shared as we raise a glass to the big man.

The Monumentally Sad Passing of Lloyd Dobson

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Brothers and sisters,
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you all that Lloyd Dobson passed away last night of an apparent heart attack.
Lloyd was a friend and a teammate and a brother and a true Nomad for most of his life. I know that he was a teacher to many of you younger players and was responsible for many of you finding your way to the game of rugby and to our club.
He was a mainstay of the Nomads and I’m crushed that we won’t be able to share the field again.
My family is gutted as my children genuinely loved him and my daughter Lucy, just yesterday had a great time teasing and goofing around with Lloyd at the game. She is shattered today.
If there is any comfort in this, at the very least, Lloyd spent his last day surrounded by his Nomad brothers and sisters, watching his club play and having a laugh with everyone afterwards.
We don’t have any details regarding a memorial just yet but will pass them along as soon as we do.
Rest easy my brother, you will be missed.

-Adam Mernick

Senior Training: Saturdays at Lamport

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Our indoor season is happening under the Lamport Dome this year. That’s right: Turf!

All keen senior men and women’s players, new and old, show up Saturday at 5pm at Lamport for  training. 

Wear workout gear. Cleats recommended, but not necessary. 

Nomads vs. Touring Buffalo Team | SATURDAY MARCH 16

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Join us March 16 for a friendly versus Buffalo. Kick off is 1:30 pm at De La Salle College, followed by celebratory drinks at Hemingway’s. 

Guest Coach Steve Piatek Leading Feb 16 Session at Lamport

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

This Saturday (Feb 16 @ 5pm) we have a special guest coach session at Lamport! Steve Piatek will be leading the clinic and we invite all senior players (women and men) to come out for what will undoubtedly be an excellent training session. Bring cleats, mouthguard and water.

Get to know Steve Piatek:
A philosophy that is based on smart rugby, all skills for all players and “hard work beats talent” guides me as a player and coach. My passion for the game that has stretched for 20 years; most of which has been in the rugby mad town of Brantford. Specializing in kick, pass and attack; career highlights include multiple McCormick Cups, multiple age grade National Championship Gold medals, Canada age grade, Canada A caps and a semi professional stint in the south of France. My coaching experience also includes the last 3 years as Assistant Coach with the Brantford Harlequins, 5 years with Upright Rugby Academy and 10+ years coaching Brantford high schools St. John’s College and Assumption College.

Nomads Senior Training (Women’s and Men’s) Starts February 2

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

We’re happy to announce that the 2019 Nomads’ Senior Rugby preseason training kicks off this Saturday, February 2 at Lamport Stadium from 5:00—6:30 p.m. This open to any new or returning players of all skill and experience levels and is completely free to try! What to bring: 

  • cleats or running shoes
  • water bottle 
  • mouthguard (if you have one)
  • a willingness to learn and have fun!! 

We’ll be running these every Saturday (except Feb 9) from now until April 13 – please feel free to reach out if you have any questions! info@torontonomads.com is the best way to reach us.