The Mount Pearl Soccer Association and the City of Mount Pearl has been selected to host the 2010 Boys and Girls U18 National Club Championships.
Congratulations Mount Pearl !!!!
At this festive time of year, it is important to gather with family and friends and to embrace all the joy and wonder that the holiday season has to offer. It is also a time to remember those who are less fortunate, as well as the brave men and women of our Canadian Armed Forces who will be spending the holidays far from home.
As the New Year approaches, may we all take the time to truly experience the peace and comfort that the holidays bring as we prepare for the challenges and triumphs that await us in the year ahead.
On behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, I extend to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, my warmest wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season.
DANNY WILLIAMS, Q.C.Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
St. Lawrence native and long time resident Don Turpin has accumulated an amazing 62 year broadcasting career. Don, born in 1929 , became a media personality in 1946 at the tender age of 16. He was initially hired as a news correspondent for VOCM after they expanded their news coverage from St. John’s to the Burin Peninsula. Don Turpin’s work ethic resembles that of a work -alcoholic. His full time employment over the years shows that he has had five years working in the fishery, seven years experience in the mining field and twenty-five years as an employee with the Town of St. Lawrence. Don has expressed that his true love, the media, is "my record of enjoyment." Don contributes his longevity in broadcasting to his love of the subject and the support that his wife Suzanne has given him over the years.
Hall of Famer
Respected By All
Wils Molloy played a major role in the winning of 41 soccer championships. Included in this extremely impressive list of soccer championship teams on which Molloy played are: nine provincial first division crowns, five Eastern Canadian titles, nineteen Burin Peninsula first division crowns and eight provincial masters championships. The climax of Molloy's career may have come in 1972, when he was selected as a member of Canada’s Olympic Team. He performed for Canada against Mexico in a Olympic qualifying game played at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Ontario. He played against Ayre United of Scotland in ‘74 and ‘75 and against Queen Park Rangers of Scotland in ‘78.
He scored a goal for St.Lawrence in a 3-2 loss to Toronto in ‘67 Challenge Cup, the first time that Newfoundland was ever represented at national competition. Wils scored twice as a member of Newfoundland’s Challenge Cup All-Star Select Team which beat Ontario for the first time in Challenge Cup play in Winnipeg in 1970, and he also notched the winning goal as Newfoundland won the Eastern Challenge Cup in ‘75. Perhaps the greatest single-game performance came in the 1970’s National Challenge Cup when Wils scored five times against Nova Scotia despite sitting out the first half of the game.
Wils’ red hair combined with his shooting talent and the ability of heading the ball made number nine of the Laurentians loved at home, hated by opponents but respected by all. Molloy was voted "Player of the Decade" for the 70’s and he was ranked the top soccer player in the sport of Newfoundland soccer during a poll done in 1994.
Involved In Coaching
In the late 1980’s, after he had completed playing at the senior level, Wils tried coaching for a period but became frustrated with players not performing at the same level to which he had been accustomed during his playing days.
In 1992 when I became head coach of the St. Lawrence Laurentians, I felt that in order to be successful as a head coach, my first instinct would be to try and surround myself with a very knowledgeable and respected player to act as an assistant coach. This I did. I got a person who was by now inducted into the St. Lawrence Soccer Hall-Of-Fame, Burin Peninsula Soccer Hall-Of-Fame, Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Hall-Of-Fame, and a person who had been inducted into the highest honour bestowed on any athlete in Newfoundland and Labrador, an induction into the Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Hall-Of-Fame. That individual was Wils Molloy. I breathed his knowledge, dissected his thoughts, inhaled them, and I then completely applied them as I saw fit. I attribute my personal coaching accomplishments, and the St Lawrence Laurentians team’s successes to this living legend.
Soccer associations and sport governing bodies should construct monuments or display plaques of recognition for individual achievements or team accomplishments, especially for something which is so prestigious to your community and your heritage.
Molloy Answers Questions
The soccer powers should use the Wils Molloy’s of soccer to try and improve the direction of our program. Recently I sat down with Wils and asked him to reveal some of his past experiences and present day thoughts of the game.Q.) What was Molloy’s greatest thrill?
A.) Playing with the Canadian Olympic Team in 1972.
Q.) What was Molloy’s greatest disappointment?
A.) Losing to B.C. in the Challenge Cup final hosted by St. Lawrence in 1977.
A. ) Frank (Red) Fizzard of the Grand Bank Gee-Bee’s.
Q.) Who was Molloy’s most respected goalie opponent of all time?
A.) Gord Grandy of the Grand Bank Gee-Bee’s.
Q.) Who was Molloy’s most respected midfielder/halfback opponent of all time?
A.) George "Bow" Collier of the Fortune Apollo's.
A.) Max Crocker of the Grand Bank Gee-Bee’s.
Q.) How did you feel about moving back to play fullback after being the star striker?
A.) I really didn’t care, actually I had no other choice. When coach Jack Simms made the change I then left a lot of my fullback duties to our captain , Keith Farrell.
Q.) Name some of the top Laurentian players you played with.?A.) Bob Slaney, Al Slaney, Keith Farrell, Frank Tobin, Cyril Quirke, Keith Walsh, Sam Tobin, Brendan Slaney, Joe Turpin, Norm Kelly, Junior Edwards, Phonse Cooper, Tom Tarrant, Greg Qurike, Reg Farrell, Junior Doyle, Frank Haskell, Rudy Slaney, Frank Pittman, Jim Loder , Ray Molloy, Hugh Tarrant, Mario Tarrant and Carl Ferrie.
Q.) In conclusion what can we do to improve the game?
A.) I would forget about the All-Stars programs and concentrate on the club or community teams where adults would be coaching these minor players and the students hired on for the summer would do the assistant coaching. If this doesn't occur, then soccer will continue to decline.
Deadline for Applications - January 12, 2009
Harris, a 2008 AUS 1st team and CIS 2nd team All-Star, is a former NLSA provincial team, Canada Games and NTC player.The current pool of 35 players will continue with the tryouts process into the New Year with the final roster to compete at the 2009 World University Games next July in