NLSA Molson Challenge Cup

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The 2nd Annual Stars and Legends Awards Gala took place on Saturday, March 28, at the Sheraton Hotel. This year’s awards gala, which was co-hosted by Jonathan Crowe of CBC’s Here and Now, and Dr. TA Loeffler of Memorial University, guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Steve Norris of the Canadian Sport Centre, Calgary. It was a beautiful evening, well attended and it was just great to see a great number of former legends as well as the new inductees in attendance.


The NLSA was well represented, with six members of its core executive in attendance. Then, with soccer having five finalists in various categories it sure added to the excitement of the evening. A big congratulations must go out to Nicole Adams who won the senior female athlete of the year category. For me to see young Sean Edwards from St. Lawrence, my brother Shane and long time veteran coach Scott Betts, there with the very best on the evening program, made me very proud. They were there as NLSA winners and were competing with the provinces best. This sure illustrates to me that these individuals, and in general the sport of soccer, has got to be doing something right. No, I'm not forgetting the Kirby/ The Dock women's team. Actually, if I were a betting man, I predict the best is yet to come for this team.

NLSA Awards -2009

For some time now people have being saying that soccer needs a more formal and eloquent banquet to recognize their province best. Well guess what - Already, the NLSA has plans made and has scheduled the NLSA Annual General Meeting, Awards Ceremony, and Hall of Fame Induction Banquet for 2009. It will be held in St. John's on November 20-21st at the Holiday Inn.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

2009 Stars and Legends Gala

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)

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The 2009 Award Winners are:

1.Victoria Ralph - Wrestling - Junior Female Athlete of the Year

2. Matthew Young - Figure Skating -
Junior Male Athlete of the Year

3. Bev Power - Figure Skating - Executive of the Year

4. The Rock Rugby Team - Team of the Year

5. Nicole Adams - Soccer - Senior Female Athlete of the Year

6. Frank Walsh - Rugby - Senior Male Athlete of the Year

Patrick Parfrey is Head Coach of the Rock.His team has won an amazing three National Gold Medals in the past four years.

When I spoke with Jonathon Crowe he said, "Gord your not going to make me run up them pipes?" He was referring to the flunnen pipes in the West Brook. When I was coach of the St.Lawrence Laurentians,he did some video coverage for CBC of the players in training for me and running up this hill. Obviously,he never forgot it.

Molson's representative,Tom Brewer. Our frienship goes back to the early 90's

I'm very proud of my younger brother, Shane. He has done a lot to restore respect to the BPSA.

Sitting at the table in front of us was Junior Edwards and his wife Yvonne. They were there in support and as proud parents of their son, Sean.

Actually, Junior did confirm to me that he will be coaching the Laurentians in 2009. Congratulations Jr.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Clear the Track here is Len and Shack !!!! "Click Here"

Eddie Shack getting his picture taken with Len

Known to all in hockey as "The Entertainer" or "The Nose," Eddie Shack was a unique talent. Not too many players have a song made that is inspired by his play, called, "Clear the Track, Here Comes Shack."

Shack was working in a butcher shop when he decided to try out for the Guelph Biltmores. When he made the team and moved away from his family, he left with the knowledge that he could always go back and be a butcher. From 1952 to 1957 he played in Guelph before making the move to the New York Rangers farm team in the AHL, the Providence Reds. After only one season in Providence, he was called up to New York where he was expected to become a scorer. Shack was not living up to expectations and when the Rangers tried to make a trade in 1960 with the Detroit Red Wings that involved Red Kelly, the transaction was cancelled when Kelly refused to report to New York. He was finally traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs later that year.
Moving to the Leafs was a resurgence for Shack as he fit in with the team right away. In his first full season with the team, the Leafs brought home the Stanley Cup and won three in a row from 1961-62 to 1963-64. Shack scored a Cup-winning goal and later told the press that the puck had gone off his behind and that he was just trying to get out of the way! Shack won another cup with Toronto in 1967 before being traded to the Boston Bruins the next season.

Shack moved around to several other teams including the L.A. Kings, Buffalo Sabres, and Pittsburgh Penguins before ending up back in Toronto as a Leaf. He retired from the game with four Stanley Cup rings and having made three consecutive All-Star appearances from '62 to '64.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Birthday

Happy 39th Birthday, Keith

From all your soccer buddies

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Public Notice

Please be advised that should you receive an email from my wife or I requesting any amount of money, please discard it. A hacker has gotten into both of our email accounts, changed our passwords, and sent out a bogus letter to everyone that's contained in our address book. The hacker is requesting money.
Presently, the RCMP are now investigating this criminal activity.

Shane Dunphy

Job Posting : NLSA Business Manager - Click here for full details

The Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association(NLSA) invites applications for the position of Business Manager to be located in Pleasantville, St.John’s, NL.

Want to participate in a trip of a lifetime to England

Gerard Kennedy organizing a trip to England

I am organizing a trip to England to watch & play a few games. Here are the details as of today March 18, 2009.

I met with Chris Hodges today. He is the English contact. He has fantastic connections in the soccer world in England. He is in the St. John's area this week doing minor soccer camps.

At Chris' suggestion the trip will be nine days in duration, leaving Newfoundland after supper on Tuesday night October 13, 2009, through Halifax and onto London arriving around 9am on Wednesday morning October 14th. That night we will see England play Belarus in a World Cup Qualifier, to be played at Wembley Stadium in London.

Chris has indicated we will see at least three other league matches and play two friendlies. We do not know what premiership games we will see as the schedule is not released for next season until the end of June.

Chris will arrange a round of golf and a "day at the races".....the horse track. We will also be visiting Liverpool. We will also tour a couple of premiership stadiums. Which ones haven't been determined. We will be returning on October 22nd.

Right now I have 10 people interested. I need another 6 and the cutoff day is May 1st. This will be a fantastic trip. Anyone interested should contact me for further details regarding costs.


Gerard Kenny
CBS Masters

Monday, March 16, 2009

Fan kills soccer player

4BAGHDAD (AP) — Police say an Iraqi soccer player has been shot dead just as he was about to kick what could have been the tying goal in a weekend game south of Baghdad.
Police Maj. Muthanna Khalid says a striker from the Buhairat amateur team was facing only the goalie during a Sunday match in Hillah when a supporter of the rival Sinjar club shot him in the head in the final minute of play.Sinjar was leading 1-0 when the shooting occurred. Khalid said a spectator was arrested.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Former St. Lawrence Laurentian, Corey Walsh

# 4 - Corey Walsh

Corey Walsh

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Hair and Then

This is a 35 year old photo of me when I was 16 years old and in grade 11. This picture brings to mind one thing in particular.

I remember playing soccer with St.Lawrence and we were in Burin, playing against their team. After the game was over and we had beaten the Burin team like we always did, one of Burin's fans came on the field and he tried to cut my hair. But the bus driver, the late Tommy Turpin came to my rescue and stopped the fan . Good old days, I guess

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Manager CBS Soccer Organization

We are seeking to fill a permanent position with an enthusiastic, energetic individual who can:

1. Plan, organize and manage day-to-day operations for CBS soccer
2. Hire, train and manage summer staff in coordination with the technical director
3. Manage facilities, personnel and equipment required for house league and all-star soccer
4. Manage general administration of the soccer association.
5. Act as primary liaison to the CBSSA board of directors for the association.

Start date: April 2009

Hours: Full-time hours Monday – Friday. Some weeknight or weekend work will be required.

Rate of pay: subject to qualifications and would include travel and cell phone benefits

Please submit resumes by March 6th/09 to

Patrick Wells
President CBSSA
10 Breeze Place
A1W 4C2


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Harbour Grace for Hockeyville - Click Here

Come on soccer people Vote! Vote ! Vote ! and show your support for Harbour Grace.

As you have probably already heard the "Home of Champions" Harbour Grace is in the Top 5 for Kraft Hockeyville 2009.

Here's how you can vote ...

Enter your vote at the following address
1. Online at

2. Via toll free telephone 1-866-533-8066

3. Text messaging
Text “Vote Harbour Grace” to 222111 (standard text message rates apply – these rates are applied by carrier).