NLSA Molson Challenge Cup

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Six more to be inducted into NL Sports Hall of Fame

The new inductees are:

  • Thomas L. Gallant, Builder (Judo)

  • Andrea Hutchens, Athlete (Basketball)

  • Harold St. Croix, Athlete (Athletics)

  • Iain Robert Tennent, Athlete (Swimming)

  • Donald Richard Yetman, Athlete/Builder (Hockey/Baseball)

  • Joseph "Joe" Wadden, Athlete/Builder (Baseball/Basketball)

Thomas L. Gallant - Builder
Tom Gallant was the founding member of Judo in Newfoundland and Labrador. He started Judo clubs in Corner Brook, Stephenville, and St. John’s and was the founding member of the provincial association in 1969. He served as Vice President of Judo Canada for four consecutive terms and was the founder of the Atlantic Council for Judo which organized all four Atlantic Provinces in one group. Gallant is a National "A" Referee, the only national "A" ranked in the province, and he has officiated at the national and international levels. As a Level 3 Certified Coach for Canada, Gallant coached over 3,000 athletes in Newfoundland and Labrador and produced 19 Black Belts, four national medals, and over 40 Atlantic medals. One of Gallant’s biggest contributions to building the sport of Judo was his work developing, implementing and setting a standard for Judo Canada’s national coaching certification program.

Andrea Hutchens – Athlete
Andrea Hutchens proved to be one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s best female basketball players to play the game. She achieved outstanding success at the university, national, and international levels from 1991-1995. Her recruitment to The University of Winnipeg’s Wesmen basketball team turned out to be a career highlight. Hutchens was part of a team that won 88 consecutive games and three straight national championships. Because of her success at the University of Winnipeg, Hutchens was selected to play on several national teams from 1993-1995 and competed in a number of international tournaments. In October 1995, Hutchens was elected to the Basketball Canada Hall of Fame.

Harold St. Croix – Athlete
Harold St. Croix, through his persistence and dedication, excelled in the sport of athletics. In 1976, St. Croix took third place at the National Juvenile Division, winning Newfoundland’s first ever national cross-country medal. Eighteen years later, he won a bronze medal at the National Cross Country Running Championships. St. Croix holds the all comers road race records for the half marathon and the twenty-mile road race. He won the Tely Ten six times and is one of only two people who have run the Tely Ten in under 50 minutes. St. Croix is the only runner who has won the Tely Ten in three consecutive decades - 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s.

Iain Robert Tennent – Athlete
Iain Tennent was an outstanding swimmer. He competed at the Canada Games and Canadian Nationals, earning one gold and two silver medals. In 1997, he was named a CIAU All Canadian, AUAA Swimmer of the Year, and the University of New Brunswick Athlete of the Year. In 1994 he won four gold medals at the AUAA Swimming Championship. In 1993 he won four gold medals at the AUAA Swimming Championship, was named a CIAU All Canadian, received the Newfoundland Athlete of the Year Award, the St. John’s Athlete of the Year Award, the Newfoundland Unisys Quest for Excellence Award and the AUAA /UNB Swimmer of the Year Award. In 1992 he won four gold medals at the AUAA Swimming Championship, was named the AUAA /UNB Swimmer of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Tennent has set 32 records in Short Course swimming which still stand today. At the international level, he was a member of the Canadian Junior Swim Team which competed in the ‘8 Nations Cup’ in France in 1991.

Donald Richard Yetman – Athlete/Builder
Don Yetman provided the province with many great years of exciting hockey and baseball. He played with three provincial senior championship baseball teams, two provincial junior championship hockey teams, and the St. John’s Townies which won four consecutive Master League All Newfoundland Baseball Championships. Yetman earned most valuable player awards in baseball, hockey, and soccer. Though his accomplishments were great as a player, he also gave unselfishly back to the community as a coach, spending more than 20 years coaching minor hockey and minor baseball. In 1986, Don Yetman was inducted into the St. John’s Baseball Hall of Fam


Joseph "Joe" W
adden - Athlete/ Builder - Baseball and Basketball.
Joseph "Joe" Wadden enjoyed a remarkable athletic career as an athlete, coach, and contributing executive volunteer. He excelled in baseball and basketball. Wadden was a member of four provincial senior baseball championship teams and two provincial junior basketball championship teams. He coached baseball teams to three provincial junior titles, two provincial senior titles, and two Atlantic championships. Wadden also served as secretary and president of the Newfoundland Amateur Baseball Association. Joseph Wadden has been inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Baseball Hall of Fame and the Newfoundland and Labrador Basketball Hall of Fame

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

St. Lawrence Soccer Association Seeking Coaches for the 2009 Season

Hubert Beck - President of St.Lawrence Soccer Association

SLSA seeking coaches for the 2009 season

President , Hubert Beck of the St. Lawrence Soccer Association has informed the blog that the St. Lawrence Soccer Association are presently accepting applications for coaches of the Masters , Challenge Cup , and the Intermediate teams, for the 2009 season. Should there be any questions please contact Hubert at 873-2564 or VP Clem Edwards at 873 2661.

Interested applicants should apply in writing to:

P. O. Box 274

Thank you
Hubert Beck
Pres. SLSA

PS : Anyone that filled these roles last year please let the SLSA know of your plans for the up coming season.

News and Events

Mount Pearl Senior Ladies Soccer
The next training session and open try-out will be on Thursday, February 26th at the Mount Pearl Intermediate (MPI) school on Ruth Avenue from 9:00PM to 10:30PM.

Date set for the 2009 NLSA Spring Planning Meeting

The 2009 NLSA Spring Planning Meeting will be held on April 24-25th at the Battery Hotel & Suites in St. John's.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stars and Legends Awards Gala set for March

The 2009 Stars and Legends Awards Gala will take place on March 28, 2009 at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. This celebration of sports excellence combines the Provincial Annual Awards and the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony into one commemorative event.

The event will be co-hosted by Jonathan Crowe of CBC News: Here and Now and Dr. TA Loeffler of Memorial University. This year's event will feature a Keynote Address by Dr. Steve Norris of the Canadian Sport Centre, Calgary.

"Last year's event was a huge success and we anticipate this year will be no different," said Doug Fowler, president of Sport Newfoundland and Labrador."It's very important to recognize the accomplishments of our athletes, coaches and volunteers at this prestigious event and we look forward to another successful Gala this year."

The Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame recognizes, honours and serves as a tribute to individuals, groups, associations, families or teams who have achieved extraordinary distinction in either amateur or professional sport, or have given distinguished services and/or made a major contribution to the development and advancement of amateur sport in the province.

The Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Annual Awards recognizes the best athletic achievements in the past year. Awards are presented in seven categories: Senior and Junior Male and Female Athlete; Coach; Team; and Executive. Nominations for these awards are accepted only from provincial sport organizations which are members of Sport Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Latest Update on David Beckham

MILAN — The vice-president of AC Milan says the club's offer of $3 million US for David Beckham was the market rate and it won't be increased.

The Los Angeles Galaxy recently turned down the offer, calling it 'ridiculous.' Adriano Galliani said in Saturday editions of La Gazzetta dello Sport there won't be another offer.

"Absolutely not," Galliani said. "I have experience of knowing a player's value and in the European market it doesn't make any sense to spend more. Milan has made an offer that it feels is right for a loan of about eight months ... from Nov. 30, David will be available for zero."

Beckham has a clause in his Galaxy contract that would allow him to leave at the end of this year.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

NLSA Minor Soccer Tournments

The following are dates for Provincial NLSA Youth Tournaments in 2009.

July 31 - Aug.2 - U-8 Jamboree

Aug. 7-9 -- U-16 Megas Boys & Girls

Aug. 14-16 -- U-14 Megas Boys & Girls

Aug. 21-23 -- U-12 8x8 Boys & Girls

U-14 A Boys & Girls

Aug. 28-30 -- U-10 Jamboree Boys & Girls

U-16A & U-18A Girls

Sept. 4-6 -- U-16A & U-18A Boys

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fast Facts about Pele

  • Full name is Edson Arantes Do Nascimento; childhood nickname was "Dico."
  • Began playing soccer in a Brazilian minor league team, aged 16
  • Scored 2 goals in championship World Cup game, helping Brazil beat Sweden (1958); he was 17, the youngest to play in World Cup finals.
  • Brazil declared him a national treasure to keep him from being transferred to a team out of the country
  • Scored Brazil's 100th World Cup goal with his head (1970)
  • Ranks #1 in career goals: 1,280 in 1,360 games
  • Holds world record for hat tricks (92) and number of goals scored in international play (97)
  • Dubbed soccer "the beautiful game"
  • Played two seasons with New York Cosmos
  • His final game was an exhibition match between NY Cosmos and his former Brazilian team Santos; he played first half with the NY team, second half with the Brazilian team (1977).
  • Composed entire soundtrack for the film, Pelé
  • Inducted into National Soccer Hall of Fame (1993)
  • Named IOC Athlete of the Century (1999)
  • From 1956-1974, scored 1,220 goals – like hitting an average of 70 home runs a season for 15 years
  • Scored an average of one goal per international game – like hitting a home run in every World Series game for 15 years
  • In 1967, both sides in Nigerian civil war declared a 48-hour ceasefire, so Pelé could play an exhibition match in Lagos

Beckham closer to staying with AC Milan

David Beckham

MILAN — AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said the club was closer to completing David Beckham's transfer from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

“In the past few hours we have taken steps forward,” Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport after arriving back in Milan following the team's 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup late Wednesday.

There have been conflicting reports the past few days over the state of the negotiations following the expiration of last Friday's Major League Soccer-imposed deadline.

Milan's owner, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has said he is hopeful that the England international star would remain at his club.

Speaking after a meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Berlusconi said: “I would like it if he stays with Milan because his passing is essential.”

Soccer personalities anounced as finalists for Sport Newfoundland and Labrador 2008 Awards

The finalists for the Ferd Hayward Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award are:

Ryan Brockerville of Marystown - Athletics

Joey Russell of Labrador City - Figure Skating

Frank Walsh of St. John’s - Rugby.

Ryan Brockerville


The finalists for the Elizabeth Swan Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award are:

Nichole Adams of St. John’s - Soccer

Katherine Quackenbush of St. John’s - Basketball

Allison Rockwood of Heart’s Content - Wrestling.

Nicole Adams


The finalists for the Joseph P. Mullins Junior Male Athlete of the Year Award are:

Sean Edwards of St. Lawrence - Soccer.

Patrick Parfrey Jr. of St. John’s - Rugby.

Matthew Young of Corner Brook -Figure skating.

Sean Edwards

The finalists for the Margaret Davis Junior Female Athlete of the Year Award are:

Maura Hayes of St. John’s - Volleyball

Victoria Ralph of Carbonear - Wrestling

Katarina Roxon of Stephenville -Swimming.

Victoria Ralph

The finalists for the John Drinkwater Coach of the Year Award are:

Scott Betts of St. John’s - Soccer.

Patrick Parfrey of St. John’s, rugby.

John Smyth of St. John’s, rowing.

Scott Betts


The finalists for the Graham Snow Executive of the Year Award are:

Shane Dunphy of Marystown - Soccer.
Ralph Payne of Stephenville - Powerlifting.

Bev Power of Labrador City -Figure Skating.

Shane Dunphy

The finalists for the Edward P. Browne Team of the Year Award are:

EPR/The Dock Women's Soccer Team
MUM Women’s Basketball Team


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Latest : Tony Mullett Will Assist Junior Edwards As A Laurentian Coach in 2009

Junior Edwards

St.Lawrence Laurentian inside sources are revealing that Junior Edwards will be coaching the St. Lawrence Laurentians in 2009.

"Hall of Famer"

Edwards is one of the best soccer players to ever wear the Laurentian colors. He is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Hall of Fame, the Burin Peninsula Soccer Hall of Fame, and the St. Lawrence Soccer Hall of Fame.In 2008 he was inducted into Sport NL "Sports Hall of Fame. He is only the fourth Laurentian to bestowed this honor. Former, St. Lawrence Laurentian greats, Gus Etchegary, Wils Molloy and Norm Kelly are the other three.

Experienced coach
Edwards has previously coached the St. Lawrence Senior Laurentians on three different occasions. He first coached St. Lawrence in 1991. He again coached the Laurentians from 1994 - 1997. He followed this up by coaching the Laurentians from 2000 - 2004. During his years of coaching he has coached the Laurentians to five provincial Challenge Cup Championships; 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2001. Undoubtedly, his greatest achievement occurred, at the National level in 2002, when he coached St. Lawrence to a National Silver Medal in St. John's.

Truth or Fiction

Reports are further mounting that the St.Lawrence Laurentians will be having former Holy Cross all -star player Tony Mullett joining Junior Edwards as his assistant coach in 2009. Inside sources reveal that Mullett will be taking care of the players that are living in the St. John's area. Edwards, who is presently employed at Voisey's Bay working a shift schedule that involves a 2 week on 2 week off rotataion will be very hard pressed to perform the full time duties as head coach of the Laurentians by himself.
13 players
Word has it that the Laurentians are hard pressed themselves for players in 2009 and so far they have 13 players that are committed. Strangely enough the vast majority of these players are now residing in St. John's.
Interesting !
This could be a interesting season for the Laurentians

Very Interesting Indeed !!
After I posted this latest post concerning the St.Lawrence Laurentian coaching situation, for the 2009 season, I received a very interesting telephone call. The caller asked me, " How could my about the coaching situation be true because at this point, after the resignation of Derek Strang, the caller further stated, the St.Lawrence Soccer Association haven't even advertised the coaching position for the 2009 season?

I told him his comments are: Very Interesting Indeed !!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dave Dunphy and Gerald Mallay take in the Superbowl

My brother in law Gerald Mallay and my brother Dave both took in the 2009 Superbowl

Friday, February 6, 2009

Rob Antle is appointed NLSA Director of Officials

Rob Antle of St. John’s has been appointed chair of officials for the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association. His appointment was announced by Association president Doug Redmond.“We are extremely pleased to have Rob Antle accept this important position,”
Redmond said. “Soccer continues to grow and with increased players, teams and leagues there is a great need for more and more qualified officials.”“Rob Antle has an officiating career that is overflowing with experience and respect and we are confident he will provide the leadership and knowledge that soccer needs.”