NLSA Molson Challenge Cup

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Click right here at 6 pm today ( 29 April - 09 ) to listen to interview on soccer.

Radio Interview

I've done an interview today with Jacinta Wall from CBC Radio on Senior Men's soccer.The interview will be carried today 29 -April - 2009 at 6 o'clock . Jacinta Wall - Jacinta Wall is the voice of daytime news at CBC Radio.

Jacinta is also the host of Time Out, a program about the provincial sports scene. Time Out airs Monday to Thursday at 6 PM/5:30 PM in Labrador on CBC Radio One. The interview will be carried today at 6 pm NL Time, tune in.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NLSA 2009 Senior Men's AGM

Corner Brook is back and six teams have entered the 2009 Molson Challenge Cup provincial senior men’s soccer competition. Cup commissioner Gordon Dunphy predicts “an excellent season with close and exciting games that will promote soccer a great deal.”
St. Lawrence, Feildians, Mount Pearl and Holy Cross are back from last season and the Canada Games Club will participate on an exhibition basis making for “a good full schedule of games” according to Dunphy.
He explained that team registration has a May 20 deadline and the season opens June 20. Based on the Canadian Soccer Association rule, Dunphy said “if a player plays
even one game for a club he’s tied to that club for the entire season. Canada Games players wishing to play with a Challenge Cup team after the completion of the Canada Games may do so by informing the NLSA in writing prior to the start of the 2009 season.”
“Any Games player failing to notify the NLSA will be deemed illegible to play during the Labor Day championship series,” Dunphy stressed. “To be eligible for the final weekend, a player must have dressed for 25% of his team’s games. “
He disclosed that provincial soccer will start to promote Challenge Cup competition this season by bringing Challenge Cup to Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander, Clarenville and Conception Bay South. Our Canada Games team could be showcased in these towns along with all four of our Challenge Cup Teams.
Plans call for a June 13 all-star game in St. Lawrence. It will open the soccer season with defending champions St. Lawrence facing a provincial all-star squad.
The season all-star team and individual awards winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of a representative from each club plus five members from the NLSA. All-stars and award winners must participate in a minimum of 70 percent of their team’s schedule to be considered an all-star or an individual award winner in 2009.
The Canada Games Players would not be eligible for either all-star selection or individual awards as they are playing on an exhibition basis only. However, Canada Games players are eligible to win the league’s scoring title.
Each game will have a total value of three points with a winning team earning three points. Each game ending in a tie will have each team awarded one point. During the final weekend, all play-off games that are tied will go to two fifteen minute extra time periods followed by penalties if the score remains tied.
The top four clubs advance to the Labor Day Weekend championship tournament
Dunphy explained that “to allow Corner Brook to re-enter the league the NLSA has agreed to assemble a schedule that will permit Corner Brook to play a reduced number of games. Each of Corner Brook’s away games will be worth six points per game, while all of their home games will be worth three points per game.”
“AUA Soccer uses a format comparable to the one the NLSA will adapt in 2009.”
“Based on a 20-game schedule, St. Lawrence, Holy Cross, Feildians, Mount Pearl and Canada Games play 20 games at three points per game for a total of a possible 60 points. Each club will play ten home games and ten away games.”
”Corner Brook will play St. Lawrence, Holy Cross, Feildians, Mount Pearl and Canada Games twice at home and once on the road. This means ten homes games worth three points each for 30 points and five away games worth six points each for 30 points for a possible 60-point total.”
Gate charges have been set at $3.00 per game with children under ten free. : Final Weekend games will cost $ 6.00 per game for adults with children under-ten free.
The card situation for 2009 regular season will be the same as in 2008. Four yellow cards will see a one-game suspension while seven card mean two games, ten cards mean three games) and 12 cards mean four games.. Dismissals, red cards, will see players/team staff suspended for: one game for one card, three games for two cards five games and a hearing with the NLSA discipline committee for three cards.

However there is change made to the cards in the provincial 2009 play-offs has two yellows or a red card in any one game drawing suspensions.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I'm back from a Florida Vacation - Now it's time to catch up on the latest .

Gerard Brenton and myself and Orlando Airport

Congratulations !! Robert Slaney

Congratulations Robert !!!

You can bet that the family and friends of Robert Slaney are very proud and so they should be. I'm a life long Leaf Fan and now to have, what I would refer to as, one of our very own to wear the Maple Leaf makes me very proud. I'm sure I can speak for all of St.Lawrence when I say, St.Lawrence is very proud as well.
When I was down in Florida on Easter vacation, I received no less than ten emails informing me of Slaney's signing with Toronto. The 20-year-old son of Val and Edith said his family and friends in all of Newfoundland and Labrador and Cape Breton were ecstatic to hear the news of his NHL contract. The pride of Upper Island Cove, N.L. has signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.“It’s been in discussion for the past two weeks and we got her done,” said Slaney, who led the Screaming Eagles in the 2008-09 regular season both in goals, with 36, and points, with 81. Slaney was honoured twice at the Screaming Eagles’ recent awards banquet, as the team’s regular season scoring champ and with the fans’ choice award.
St. Lawrence Homecoming ???
This summer, in August, St.Lawrence will be celebrating a Homecoming. I would like to suggest to the Homecoming Committee to have Robert there for the opening celebrations. I'm sure he will be the pride of every one of his relatives on the Burin Peninsula, including the Slaney's the Hollett's and every Leaf fan.

NL Canada Games Teams Tour England - Photo's courtesy of Jonathon Edwards

Pictures are of Walker Stadium in Leicester City where we watched the home team play Leeds United and win 1-0 in the 91st minute.

NL Canada Games Teams Tour England - Photo's courtesy of Jonathon Edwards

Pics of the Aston Villa vs. Everton game at Aston Villa Park. The first pic is of our special police escort to the grounds

NL Canada Games Teams Tour England - Photo's courtesy of Jonathon Edwards

pics of the boys practicing at an indoor facility in Leicester City

NL Canada Games Teams Tour England - Photo's courtesy of Jonathon Edwards

Above Pictures from the Man U vs. Sunderland in Sunderland at the beautiful Stadium of LIght

Thursday, April 9, 2009

BPSA Annual General Meeting - April 20/09

The Burin Peninsula Soccer Association will be holding it's Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers on Monday April 20,09 at 6:30 P.M. at Sacred Heart Academy in Marystown.
It is very important for all clubs to have a representative there.
Thank you,
Shane Dunphy
President - BPSA
PS : If you are planning on attending could you let me know.
Email or phone 279-2392

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

NLSA - Hall of Fame

Seeking nominations for Hall of Fame

The Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association is seeking nominations for its provincial Hall of Fame.

AGM - Senior Men’ Agenda

NLSA AGM April- 24-25, 2009

Senior Men’ Agenda

  1. Registration Date
  2. Gate Charges
  3. Challenge Cup Schedule
  4. All-Star Teams and Individual Awards
  5. Labor Day Weekend Eligibility
  6. Cards – Red/Yellow
  7. Points – Per/Game
  8. Challenge Cup Play –Off Format
  9. Premier’s Cup
  10. Senior Men’s Intermediate
  11. Senior Men’s Masters

Note :

Notices will be distributed to all clubs with regards to:

  1. A new revised gate split which has been adapted and sanctioned by the 2009 NLSA Executive and the Board of Governors for both Challenge Cup and Jubilee Trophy Play-Offs
  2. CSA Travel Policy for NLSA Provincial Club Championship Teams.

Eight Finalists

Miss Teen Achievement Pageant - 2009

A slate of 20 contestants was narrowed down to 8 semi-finalists: (left to right)
Samantha Lambert of Harbour Breton
Kelly Clarke of Victoria
Georgina Barbour of Witless Bay
Kayla Carroll of St. Lunaire-Griquet
Andrea Andersen of Makkovik
Gerianne Rowe of Carbonear
Allison Dunphy of St. John's (St. Lawrence)
Kimberly Williams of Portugal Cove-St. Phillip's.

Friday, April 3, 2009

60,000 Hits

Gearing up for the 2009 Soccer Season

Blog has 60, 000

Last winter I did ED-3801, a Multi- Media Course at MUN. Presently I am teaching at the College of the North Atlantic and as a part of my contract for employment, I was required to complete a Post- Secondary Certificate from Memorial. Actually, word had it that ED 3801 was supposed to be one of the hardest courses to complete ( I got 90% in the course).
However needless to say, I loved the Multi-Media course because I have a lot of interest in any form of media. I also felt this form of media would be a perfect forum for soccer in Newfoundland Labrador.
Blog's Goal
Hopefully, you enjoy my Blog. My ultimate goal for the Blog is to get 550,000 hits; that's one hit for every person that lives in our province. To date, my Blog has averaged 6,000 hits a month. Yes, our snow is now slowly disappearing and I am certainly looking forward to the 2009 season. My Blog and my Coach's Corner will again be very active this summer.I have also registered at MUN this summer to do some additional studies. So no doubt, it will be a very busy season ahead for me. I am enjoying the work that goes along with being VP of Senior Men's Soccer with the NLSA. I am looking forward to the AGM. It should be very interesting !!!
Enjoy & Thanks !!
I must add a big thank you to Keith Walsh, Vicki Lockyer and Roger Slaney for the digital pictures that you guys sent to me in 2008.

Thanks for your support !!!

Gord Dunphy

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Laura Breen Named to Canadian University Team

Laura Breen of the Memorial University women’s soccer team has been named to the Canadian women’s university soccer team that will travel to Belgrade, Serbia June 30th to July 12th for the 2009 Summer Universiade, commonly referred to as the FISU Games.

Breen, a native of St. John’s, had an outstanding year in 2008. She led the Atlantic conference in scoring with nine goals. Her play earned her the conference MVP award, in addition to a place on the conference first all-star team. For the first time in her four year varsity career Breen was named a first team All-Canadian. She has previously been named a second team All-Canadian twice (2005 and 2006).

The tournament in Belgrade will be Breen’s second FISU Games. She travelled to Bangkok, Thailand in August 2007 where Canada finished in tenth place.

The FISU Games team was selected from a camp consisting of the top university soccer players in Canada. The FISU team plans to travel to Belgrade on June 22nd for a pretournament training camp.

The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city and which is second in importance only to the Olympic Games. FISU stands for Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation).