Thursday, January 22, 2009
Right from the horse's mouth
I am playing out home this summer. We are far from done.... when all the chips are down we will be there again in the end next summer. You can count on it...
If you want to talk about character - You should talk about Rudy Norman.
If you want to talk about dedication - You should talk about Rudy Norman.
If you want to talk about determination - You should talk about Rudy Norman.
And if you want to ask me, "Who do I feel should take over as Captain of the Laurentians now that Blair Aylward has retired?"
My vote for the next Captain of the St.Lawrence Laurentians is Rudy Norman
After spending the past four seasons as head coach of the St.Lawrence Laurentians, Dereck Strang is calling it quits. Strang is not the only Laurentian that won't be donning the "Laurentian Blue" in 2009. Veteran Laurentians, Blair Aylward, Alec Turpin and Mike Howlett have all indicated that they are retiring. Three Laurentian youngsters, Sean Edwards, Stefan Slaney and Tyler Beck, who are on the verge of becoming impact players with St.Lawrence,will be suiting up for the Newfoundland and Labrador Canada Games Team in 2009. Besides the six players I previously mentioned, what the future holds for Rudy Norman, Andrew Perrott, Darren Pike, Jonathon Pickett, Paul Slaney, Richard Kelly and John Douglas, is anyone's guess.
The Laurentians, at this point are at a critical crossroads in what the future holds for soccer in St. Lawrence. Maybe it could even develop into a crisis unless some new blood becomes involved and offers their services to the lifeblood of the community, which I feel is soccer. The team must get back and get themselves identified with the community. The Laurentians need to get the townspeople back in their corner. It's not always about winning or losing either, but I guess what sometimes St.Lawrence would deem as an under achievement, other communities would boast about it as a victory. Actually, I feel this is what makes St.Lawrence different from the rest. In St.Lawrence you are only as good as your last performance.
I myself, am proud to say that I am from St.Lawrence and am a very proud Laurentian. The fact that I've lived in St.Lawrence for 45 years or 90% of my life and the fact that my four children call St.Lawrence home, is something that I am very proud to say. My advice now to all Lautrentians is to regroup, reorganize and develop a strategy that will see soccer remain in St.Lawrence for years to come.
Good Luck to All !!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Adam Kelly and his mom DelseyKelly -St.Lawrence, Shayne Dunphy and his father Shane Dunphy - Marystown and Christine Lace and his father Norm Lace - Burin were in St. John's at the Drill Hall in Pleasantville attending Under -13 Provincial All - Star practices this past weekend.
I must say that the parents of these kids and the players themselves that play on the provincial all-star teams from regions outside the Avalon Peninsula certainly make a big commitment to the game of soccer in our province. For example; the players shown above had practices scheduled on Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday evening and Sunday morning .
Saturday, January 17, 2009
8 Robert Slaney Left Wing
Weight: 203 lbs
Born: Oct 13, 1988 — Upper Island Cove, NL
Acquired: 2005 QMJHL Draft Round 6 (107th)
Rights: Eligible 2006
Robert Slaney is again this season making a name for himself in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, playing for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. At present, Robert leads his team in goal scoring and in total point production. His stataticits are at an impressive at 25 goals and 36 assists for a total of 61 points in 47 games played. Actually, Robert's present stats places him overall in 8th place in individual standings in the QMJHL
Robert was the Scholastic Player of the Year in the QMJHL. Does a great job balancing hockey and school. One of the top power forwards in the league who can also jump in on the blueline in a pinch. Attended Carolina Hurricanes Training Camp this year. Has had 18 multi-point games this season. Tied a career high for points in a game earlier this season with a three-point night against Acadie-Bathurst on Sept.26. Scored his first “Q” goal on Nov.11,2005 against Saint John. He played his 200th game in the OMJHL on Nov.23 against PEI.
Roberts Career Stats are:
|2005-08-12||Entered "Quebec Major Junior Hockey League"|
|2005-08-12||Recruted/Drafted by "Cape Breton"|
|2006-01-31||* Academic player of the month – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
– JANUARY 2006 -
|2006-12-31||* Academic player of the month – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
– DECEMBER 2006 -
|2008-04-02||* 2007-08 Trophée Marcel-Robert |
- Joueur étudiant de l'année / Scholastic player of the year
Slaney, Robert Cape Breton
|2008-12-15||* Player of the week - OFFENSIVE – (4gp, 5+2=7pts, diff.+2, 1bdn, 2gwg),|
from 2008-12-08 to 2008-12-14
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
NL Soccer suffers another major setback
Just six weeks after a major rainstorm storm severely damaged the King George "V" Field, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is faced with another major setback. Earlier today,
( Corporate Business) are the owners of the building. Mr. Buckingham informed me that the building is a 100% write-off. Jim also said,"that there was no one on the site at the time that the building collapsed".
Front - Patty Brake, Tony Cuza, Darin Dunphy, Paul Cavalini, ???????????, Norbert Doyle, Lessie Wells
Coaches - Jim Loder and Tom Tarrant
If anyone knows who the guy in the photo ??????? is , could you please email me at email@example.com I'm after having quite a bit of discussion on who the guy is but no one really seems to know.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Denise Hickey of St. John’s has been
for female soccer. Her appointment
was announced by Newfoundland
and Labrador Soccer Association
president Doug Redmond.
Hickey assumes an executive
position that was unfilled during
the Association’s 2008 annual
Redmond said “the association is
very fortunate to have the services
of an extremely experienced
soccer personality with an impressive
soccer background. She brings
extensive experienceto her position.”
A medical doctor, Hickey was a
very skilled all-star throughout
her minor soccer career in the
St. John’s system with several
championships to her credit.
She was a valuable member of the
provincial team at the 1993 Canada
Summer Games,in the process of
putting a rewarding five-year
intercollegiate career together.
From 1990 to 1992 she was a member
of the Mount Alison University
varsity team and from 1994 to 1997
was a standout performer for the
Memorial University varsity club.
During four of her five seasons within
Atlantic University competition she
earned four all-star selections
and twice earned academic all-Canadian
Invited twice to the Canadian
University national high
performance camp, her senior soccer
career started in 1988 and she performed
in national Jubilee Cup championships
five times.She has two children who play
soccer and she helps with their coaching.
Judi Kelloway of Burin is youth VP,
Gordon Dunphy of St. Lawrence is
senior men’s VP, Doug Kirby of St. John’s
is treasurer and Dave LeGrow of
Mount Pearl is secretary.
Directors of the Association include
Bob Antle of St. John’s,
Ron O’Neill of Mount Pearl ,
Jeff Clancey of Paradise,
Sharon Langor of Corner Brook,
Trevor Paine of Happy Valley-Goose Bay,
Ronald Manet of St. Pierre and Miquelon,
Pat Wells of Conception Bay South,
Shane Dunphy of Marystown,
Chris Murley of Gander
and Don Stoddart of Labrador City.
Ronaldo, the young Portuguese star who led Manchester United to two major titles, was heavy favorite for FIFA men's award. Brazil's Marta wins women's award for third time.
Friday, January 9, 2009
In a season filled with highs and lows, Julian de Guzman was named the winner of the 2008 Adidas Canadian male soccer player of the year.
The Toronto native was chosen in a vote weighted evenly between Canadian media and coaches who have taken the Canadian Soccer Association's national course at the B and A levels.
This is the first year the male player of the year award - first handed out in 2005 - has gone to a player other thanDe Guzman, 27, scored two goals in seven games for Canada this past year, including one during the disastrous , who is de Guzman's teammate when the two play for Canada.World Cup qualifying campaign.
"With the national team it was pretty disappointing with not being able to qualify for the World Cup," said de Guzman, whose only two previous international goals came against Costa Rica in 2007.
A positive aspect of de Guzman's season was his play for Deportivo La Coruna, which he helped earn a spot in the UEFA Cup, along with being named the team's player of the year.
Sinclair led the national team to victory at the Cyprus Cup tournament in March, and to a second-place finish at the Peace Queen Cup in August. She also recorded her seventh career hat trick in 2008, a Canadian record. Sinclair is Canada's all-time leading scorer with 95 goals, and sits seven games shy of tying Andrea Neil's record of 132 national team appearances.
The Canadian men's player of the year will be revealed Friday
Attakora-Gyan, from Orangeville, Ont., is a member of the Canadian U-20 team that will play in next year's CONCACAF men's U-20 championship. He also plays for Toronto FC of Major League Soccer, appearing in five games with the club last season.
Filigno, from Mississauga, Ont., split the 2008 season between the Canadian women's senior and U-20 teams. She helped the latter win the gold medal at the 2008 CONCACAF women's U-20 championship, scoring four goals in the tournament, including the winner in the semifinals against Mexico. She also played in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile, scoring one goal in two matches after missing the opener because of a knee injury.
Filigno helped the senior national team win the Cyprus Cup in March, finish second at the Peace Queen Cup in June and reach the quarter-finals at the Olympics in August. She started 12 of her 20 games and scored her first-ever goal against Trinidad and Tobago in April.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame.
This was the first team to represent Newfoundland in
Friday, January 2, 2009
Click on the photo for an enlargement
Middle Row - (L-R) Hugh Tarrant, Jerome Slaney, Brendan Slaney, Norm Kelly and Gerald (Moose) Fitzpatrick
Back Row- (L-R) Ron Slaney, Howard Lake, Pat Slaney, Keith Walsh, Mike Quirke, Reg Farrell, Wils Molloy, Carl Farrell and Coach Jack Lundrigan
I took a photo of this 1966 St.Lawrence team on my digital camera when I was home during Christmas. Never had I seen this team picture before. Wils Molloy had the picture and Wils informed me that the picture was taken in St.John's at Fort Pepperell ( Pleasantville, then known as Fort PEPPERRELL, was an American military base) Actually, you can see some of the old Buildings that are still standing in the background.
I can remember this team fairly well and most of the guys that were on it also played on the St.Lawrence 1967 team that were the first team to represent Newfoundland in Challenge Cup Competition.