NLSA Molson Challenge Cup

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Keith and Angie

Blues capture ‘4A’ boys provincial crown print this article

Provincial boys ‘4A’ soccer champions St. Lawrence Academy Blues included (Front): Patrick Slaney. Centre Row: Center Row: Jeffrey Foote, Lucas Slaney, Jordan Lambe and Jordi Slaney. Back Row: Coach Klarke Pike, Gordon Pike, Tommy Tobin, Chad Miller, Sean Edwards, Marcus Turpin, Tyler Beck, Jody Beck, Stefan Slaney, Donald Slaney and Assistant Coach Jonathan Edwards. Cynthia Farrell Photo

St. Lawrence Academy ‘Blues’ won the Provincial Boys ‘4A’ Soccer Championship Oct. 18 in St. Lawrence.
Six teams competed in the weekend tournament with the Blues blanking Marystown Central High Clippers 4-0 in the final. Marcus Turpin, Sean Edwards, Jodi Beck and Chad Miller scored in the win while Patrick Slaney earned the shutout in goal.
Other teams competing were O’Donel High of Mount Pearl, Herdman Collegiate of Corner Brook, Gonzaga High and Holy Heart High, both of St. John’s
The Blues clipped Holy Heart High 2-1 in one semi-final in the provincial championship while Marystown got by Gonzaga High by an identical score.
MCHS advanced to the provincial tournament as a ‘wild card’ team after St. Lawrence defeated the Clippers in a two-game, total goal, playoff 2-0 for the Burin Regional Tournament Championship.
Goal medals were presented to the championship Blues team and the silver medals to the Clippers by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador representative Sheldon Stringer.
Sportsmanship awards were presented to a player from each finalist team including Sean Edwards of St. Lawrence and MCHS’ Ryan Hanrahan.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Mount Pearl declared 2008 Masters City Champions

Mount Pearl/Rosie O Grady's Masters Team

Mount Pearl/Rosie O Grady's Masters are the St. John's 2008 City Champions. Mount Pearl defeated Duke of Duckworth/Molson by a 2-1 final in the Championship Game to take the best of three series 2 games to one.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The young Shamrocks from Lawn

James Grant, Andrew Strang, Clay Roul

St. John's Intermediate Soccer Championships are presently taking place. Today, October 26 the St. John's FC defeated St.John's United by a penalty shot shoot out. The score at the end of regulation time was 0-0 and the game then went immediately to penalties. Three of young fellows from Lawn, James Grant, Andrew Strang and Clay Roul all shot penalties for the FC team and scored. In the end it was the FC defeating the United by a 4-3 final score. Playing in goal for the United was Grant Abbott who also has played in goal for the Marystown United Challenge Cup Team.

Goalkeepers Special

Grant Abbott makes a dazzling attempt at a ball that just goes inches wide in a Intermediate play-off Contest at St.John's, KGV Field

Brothers - Stephen and Jared Beck

Ray Becks Grandsons

First of all, I guess I should distinguish which Ray Beck I'm talking about here, seeing that we got three of them that hails from St.Lawrence. When the National were on the go in St.John's I was having a chat with Ray Beck. In this case, Ray is the guy that's lives in St. John's and has a home on the Burin Peninsula in Lord's Cove. While chatting with Ray he informed that his son Ambrose is living in Witby Ontario and he has two sons, Stephen and Jared that are playing minor soccer in the Witby program. He then pulled a photo of his two grandsons out of his pocket and proudly showed me their pictures. So here they are, on the Blog. Maybe one of these years one could see one of these kinds suiting up with a Ontario rep at a National Soccer Tournament.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Seahawks Soccer and Seahawk Acknowledgements

MUN Lady Seahawks -5 vs University of Moncton -0

A very one sided contest that saw Laura Breen and Nicole Adams scoring their goals in the opening half. MUN added three more in the second half. Laura Breen was a standout for MUN and was named their player of the game.

MUN Fans watch on as celebrations occur for 3 MUN Soccer Players:
Janine Bursey, Mike Dawe and John Douglas.
These 3 individuals will be graduating from MUN at the end of this year and this weekend marks the final weekend that these 3 athletes will be playing for MUN at home.

MUN Graduate : Janine Bursey

Janine Bursey with coach Walt Mavin

Janine Bursey has been the last line of defense foe the women's team for the last five seasons. Her quick reflexes and good decision making skills have helped her to 4 shutouts in 2008.Against Mount Allison she did not allow a goal in the two game weekend series. For her efforts she was named the AUS Athlete of the Week. She has played more games in goal for MUN than any other keeper. Janine was an all-star keeper in 2008 with EPR Kirby The/Dock team . Janine's hometown is St. John's, NL

MUN Graduates: John Douglas and Mike Dawe

MUN goalkeeper - John Douglas (L) & MUN Midfielder -Mike Dawe (R)

John Douglas finished out his eligibility with the Sea-Hawks this weekend. The veteran keeper is known to one of the top keepers in Newfoundland. He joined the roster this season and provided additional stability to a strong defense. So far this season the Sea Hawks have only allowed 14 goals in 11 games played. John Douglas is St.Lawrence Laurentians All Star goal keeper and his hometown is Grand Bank, NL.

Mike Dawe played five solid years for the Sea Hawks. He finishes his varsity career at home this weekend. During the last home weekend against Mount Allison Mike provided a huge spark offensively for Memorial with a goal and two fine plays to set up goals. Mike is a energetic player who gives an all-out effort every time he puts on the red and white. Mike is presently a member of the 2008 Holy Cross squad. Mike's hometown is St.John's, NL

Congratulations !! To : Keith and Angie who will be getting married on Sat. Oct 25,2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Facts about National Challenge Championships Teams since 1967

It was in 1967, some 42 years ago, that
first entered National
Challenge Cup competition.

Listed below are the National Challenge Cup
Provincial Soccer Champions since 1967.

1.British Columbia - 19 Championships

2. Alberta - 7 Championships

3. Ontario - 7 Championships)

* The three provinces listed above equated for
80% of the total championships since 1967.


Weaker sisters of Canadian Soccer

Manitoba - 3 Championships

Quebec - 2 Championships

Nova Scotia - 1 Championship

New Brunswick - 1 Championship

Newfoundland - 1 Championship

Saskachewan - 0

Prince Edward Island - 0

* The seven provinces listed above equated for
20% of the total championships since 1967.


Listed below Are The Individual National
Club Championship Teams Since 1967

1967 - Ballymena United (Toronto)
1968 - Toronto Royals
1969 - Vancouver Columbus
1970 - No competition
1971 - Vancouver Eintract
1972 - Westminster Blues
1973 - Vancouver Firefighters
1974 - Calgary Kickers
1975 - London Boxing Club (Victoria)
1976 - Victoria West
1977 - Vancouver Columbus
1978 - Vancouver Columbus
1979 - Victoria West
1980 - Saint John Drydock
1981 - Toronto Ciociaro
1982 - Victoria West
1983 - Vancouver Firefighters
1984 - Victoria West
1985 - Vancouver Croatia
1986 - Hamilton Steelers
1987 - Winnipeg Lucania
1988 - St. John's Holy Cross
1989 - Scarborough Azzuri
1990 - Vancouver Firefighters
1991 - Vancouver Norvan ANAF
1992 - Vancouver Norvan ANAF
1993 - Vancouver Westside Rino
1994 - Edmonton Ital-Canadians
1995 - Mistral-Estrie (Quebec)
1996 - Westside C.I.B.C. (Vancouver)
1997 - Edmonton Ital-Canadians
1998 - RDP Concordes (Quebec)
1999 - Calgary Celtic
2000 - Winnipeg Lucania
2001 - King of Donair (Halifax)
2002 - Winnipeg Sons of Italy
2003 - Calgary Callies
2004 - Surrey Pegasus
2005 - Scarborough GS United
2006 - Ottawa St. Anthony
2007 - Calgary Callies
2008 - Calgary Callies

Monday, October 20, 2008

BPSA Hall of Fame Selection Committee announces their 2008 inductees

The Burin Peninsula Soccer Association
Hall of Fame Selection
Committee has
announced that the following

six people will be in inducted into their
BPSA Hall of Fame.

Player Category:
Gord Lambe – Lawn
Rod Roul - Lawn
Eugene Brushett - Marystown

Builder Category:
Russ Murphy/CHCM – Marystown
Judi Kelloway – Burin

Player/ Builder Category:
Gord Dunphy – St.Lawrence

Note :

The BPSA will be having their Hall of Fame
Banquet and Annual Awards at the
Little Bay Heritage Center in Marystown
on Nov.1,2008 at 7:30. The cost is $20
per person. The deadline to purchase
tickets is Monday,Oct 27/08

Please contact Shane Dunphy at 279- 2392
or email

Saturday, October 18, 2008

St.Lawrence won the 4 A High School Boys Soccer Championship defeating Marystown 4- 0 in the final.

Carbonear won the 3 A High School Boy's Soccer Championship defeating Holy Trinity 4-1 in the final. Photo's by Keith Walsh

Stay tuned for Gord Dunphy's next Coach's Corner "Live from King George V Field" Gord lays it on the line about St.Lawrence's national performance.

Live from King George V Field

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Newfoundland’s undisputed champions

In 2008, the Laurentians were no doubt the best team in Newfoundland and they may be able to compete with the weaker sisters of Canadian men’s soccer but that may be ............

“Have Not’s of Canadian Soccer”

Yes, we can compete fairly well with the “Have Not’s of Canadian Soccer”. There is no doubt in my mind that we can .............

NL - 60’s - 70’s - 80’s

Newfoundland teams weren’t always dominated by the ............

Newfoundland men’s soccer in a tailspin

Ever since the new millennium Newfoundland men’s soccer appears to in a tailspin. Players are no longer willing ............

Laurentians of 2008

After having high hopes for the Laurentians of 2008, right from the beginning of the season all was not well. For what ever reason St. Lawrence didn’t ............

A new era begins

In 2009, retirement appears in the cards for Captain Blair Aylward, Alec Turpin, Andrew Perrott, Mike Howlett, Paul Slaney and .............

Friday, October 17, 2008

NLSA Report

Local Referee Jessica Singleton Appointed to CIS Nationals

The NLSA would like to congratulate Jessica Singleton of Paradise for her appointment to the CIS women's nationals that are being hosted by Trinity Western University in Langley, BC from November 6-9th. The top female officials in Canada are appointment to this competition and it is a great achievement for Jessica to referee at this level.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Coach's Corner 2008 Award Winners

Blair Aylward - Coach's Corner 2008 Male Award Winner

Blair Aylward, is my choice for the 2008 Coach's Corner Male Award. I chose Blair for this award based on his dedication to the St.Lawrence Laurentians since 1991. Blair has had a remarkable career and has played in the provincial final every year since he first became a member of the St.Lawrence Laurentians. He is the present all time record holder of 13 Provincial Challenge Cup Championships. Blair was a key performer on the Laurentians when they won a National Challenge Cup Silver Medal in 2002 and when they won bronze in 1999 and in 2007. He has been captain of the Laurentians since 2003.

Laura Breen- Coach's Corner 2008 Female Award Winner

Laura Breen is my choice for the Coach's Corner 2008 Female Award. In my opinion Laura is the top female soccer player that Newfoundland has ever produced. Her performance at the Nationals gave all fans in attendance the opportunity to see a Newfoundlander that has the potential to play at a national level. No doubt Laura is surrounded by great players but it is her leadership ability, her vision and her soccer skills that are unparalleled in our province. She is a pleasure to watch and I feel her best years are yet to come. Laura Breen played for the Canadian National Team that competed at the World University Games in Bangkok,Thailand.
She is presently a member of the Memorial Sea-Hawks, Breen was named an AUS first-team all-star and a CIS second-team all-star in 2006, in addition to winning Provincial Female Athlete of the Year. Laura was also named the 2005 and 2006 Breen’s Provincial Jubilee Trophy League MVP. Laura was all so playoff MVP this season when her current team EPR Kirby/The Dock defeated Holy Cross by a 2-0 score

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Photo's From the 2008 Nationals in St.John's NL - More to come!

The Blog's Photographer,Keith Walsh, in disguise at the Nationals

To enlarge any of the photo's - Just double click !