NLSA Molson Challenge Cup

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Coach' Corner - Tyler Forsey – A kid with a bright future - Click Here

Tyler Forsey – A kid with a bright future

In July, Fortune native Tyler Forsey, 18, accompanied by his father, Walt, went on a soccer player’s trip-of-a-lifetime when he travelled to eastern Germany to attend two pre-season soccer training camps.

Forsey’s first week was in Cottbus where he trained with the under-19 FC Energie Cottbus squad, which competes in the German first division league.

Upon arrival at the field, he met with the coach who is a 20-year veteran of German first division soccer and was informed that he would initially be taking part in an inter-squad game.

Forsey said he was told up front that if he couldn't play at this level, he would have to train elsewhere. He was very impressive in that first outing, scoring both goals to lead his side to a 2-1 victory. The coach liked what he saw. After the match, he told Forsey to hang up his cleats in the change room and to pick them up the same time the next day – a tradition in Germany.

The coach, who expressed much excitement about him, said he was the fastest player on the field, described his one-on-one as excellent and was surprised to see that he was equally strong with both feet. His only negative comment was he would like for him improve his level of physical fitness.

While in Cottbus, Forsey indicated he trained six hours a day. Last year, two players from the USA’s under-18 squad practised with the same team but did not make it past the second day. He said he was most impressed with the fast pace of play and the one-touch passing ability of the midfielders.

For the second week, Forsey practiced with the Dresden Dynamos under-19 team.

In Dresden, the games and practices were very intense, with players coming from all over Europe. When Germany won the gold in soccer at the 1976 Olympics, six players from the national team had originally played with the Dynamos.

Forsey explained each session in Dresden brought a new experience for him. He would see players being dropped, and in some case, more were added on a daily basis.

Again he got off to a good start that week and scored the winning goal in a 2-1 decision in his first inter-squad game. There was absolutely no time for playing around. Forsey said he witnessed two players from Hungary being told to leave with only 20 minutes left in the practice.

He survived the vigorous training and remained there for the full week. During his last practice, his side lost 2-1, but he once again scored for his squad.

The session ended with fitness testing that culminated four by four minute sprints with three minute intervals between each sprint. During the last sprint, Forsey indicated he took off out in front of the rest of the team and finished 20 meters ahead of his next teammate. The players all ran over to congratulate him for his acceleration and finish. Dresden’s coach was apparently very interested in him.

Forsey said the experience has now made him come to the realization that he can play at the highest echelon. He said he knows it will take a lot of hard work and dedication in order to perform to the best of his ability at the top level.

He noted it was a culture shock to him to find out these young players live and train with the teams all year around and only get to go home twice per year for 10 days each time. They also attend school inside the gated area, sleeping and eating there as well.


I have watched Forsey play soccer for the past two seasons with Mount Pearl’s Under-18 and Challenge Cup teams.

Personally, I feel he has a lot of raw talent. Right now, while I don’t necessarily think he is the number one striker in our province, I do feel he is the most dangerous.

I also realize that there are some areas of the game and certain skills that he needs to polish up. However, it is his blistering speed and ability to hit the ball with both feet that virtually makes him a threat every time he touches the ball in the offensive zone.

As I have previously said and I recently heard Clarence Senior acknowledge at a game in St. Lawrence, young players must be put on the field and play in order for them to develop and progress.

Actually, if Forsey was on my team, he would be a 90 minute, fulltime player.

Unfortunately, fans on the Labour Day weekend won’t get to see him play in the Challenge Cup Play-offs this year because he recently led the Mount Pearl Under -18s to an upset victory over St. John’s in the provincial ‘A’ championships.

Under the current Canadian Soccer Association rules, he is ineligible to play in a second tournament that leads to a national championship.

Scoring the team’s only goal in a 1-0 victory, It was no coincidence Forsey was named Mount Pearl’s MVP in the provincial championship game.

Dunphy’s Details: The 2011 Provincial Challenge Cup Play-offs should be very interesting. Gone is the old page play-off format where there was a second life for the first versus second place teams. Instead, you will see the first place Holy Cross play the fourth place Feildians and second place Mount Pearl go against the third place St. Lawrence Laurentians this Friday evening. The winners meet to decide the Challenge Cup champion Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

CBS's --------- James Grant & Thomas Pioroway

James Grant

Very Good Season
James had a very good season with CBS scoring 3 goals in eighteen games
along the way. James has an excellent attitude, is very coach-able and has an excellent
work ethic. All in all he is a good team player.

Way to go James !!

Thomas Pioroway

Thomas Pioroway - A young goalie with great potential

I've seen this 15 year old kid play goal with the CB Auto Strikers on August 18 against
Holy Cross and he totally amazed me. Although, Cross won the game 2-1 the kid put in a solid performance. After the match, I had a brief chat with the young fella and encouraged him to keep with it. He has all the tools to be a great keeper.He has the height - 6'4', the athleticism and is technically sound for a minor keeper.Should Thomas Pioroway continue with his development he very well could make a lot noise on the provincial scene and CBS will be heard from.

Thomas - Keep working hard !!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Referee Kevin Pittman : 1, 994 games and counting

Kevin Pittman

Kev Pittman - "The Man In The Middle"

From the beginning he has kept a record of every game, date, score and assignment he has been given. Today, with a total of 1994 soccer games under his belt, he plans to go at it for one more season and hopes to referee in his 2000th game, next summer

In 1992, he was appointed as a National Referee by the Canadian Soccer Association and continued to retain his status until he reached the mandatory national retirement age in 1999.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CBS - A great addition to Challenge Cup Soccer

2011 - CB Auto Strikers FC

A very much improved club.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Feildians clinch 4th place

The Final Four are set

Well, the final four are decided for the Molson Challenge Cup Labor-day Play-offs. It will be the Holy Cross playing the Feildians and the Laurentians playing Mount Pearl.
Sunday's action
In the first contest on Sunday at 2 PM, the CB Auto Strikers FC team pounded the Laurentians by a 4-0 score. Ryan Sheppard, led the CBS team with two goals. While, Corey Mullett and Chris White added singles and Chris Hayes recorded the shut-out. This contest was the last game of the season and the victory moved CBS into 4th position but their celebrations would only last for a few hours. This contest was followed up by a Feildians and Mount Pearl match in Mount Pearl. The Feildians required a total of three points in their two remaining games to move ahead of the CBS squad to clinch the 4th and final play-off spot. They wasted no time in doing this, that's exactly what they did in this match. They defeated a somewhat depleted Mount Pearl lineup, who were resting some key players that were in card trouble, by a 2-1 final score. For the second consecutive game Jay Babstock was the hero for the Feildians. He netted his, third of the weekend, and 10th of the season at the 69 minute mark after Rudy Norman had tied the game for Mount Pearl after David Hickey had scored the opener.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Feildians move into 4th

Jay Babstock

Feildians move into play-off position

Jay Babstock scored two goals as he led the Feildians to a 2-0 victory over St. Lawrence Laurentians in Challenge Cup action played at KGV on Saturday. Babstock is now currently tied for third place in the Challenge Cup goal scoring race with 9 goals. Jay scored his opening goal at the 3 minute mark on a penalty shot and his second goal came 31 minutes
Laurentians were very flat
The Laurentians came out in the contest flat and the Feildians early goal even deflated the Laurentians from getting into the contest, that much more. The Laurentians have clinched 3rd place in the standings and lacked any form of emotion or desire throughout the contest. However, the Feildians on the other hand were all over the Laurentians and by virtue of the victory and the three points they got for the win have moved into the 4th and final play-off position. They are presently one point ahead of CBS.
Today's matches
The Laurentians will be in CBS today to take on the CB Auto Strikers FC team at 2: 30. While the Feildians will entertain Mount Pearl at the Smallwood pitch at 4:30.

Saturdays other action
In other Challenge Cup action on Saturday the leagues top two teams went at in war like fashion at the KGV pitch. Both teams played well, both team had their moments and in the end it was a scoreless draw. Should be a very interesting Labour day Week-end play-off tournament.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Challenge Cup weekend-action : Aug. 20/21

Saturday - St. Lawrence- 0 vs Feildians - 2

Saturday - Mount Pearl - 0 vs Holy Cross - 0


Sunday - St. Lawrence vs CBS - 2:00 PM - Topsail

Sunday - Feildians vs Mount Pearl - Smallwood


Current Standings

Team # Games Wins Losses Ties Goals

Holy Cross Kirby 18 17 1 0 77
+67 51
Mt. Pearl/That
Pro Look/Molson
18 13 3 2 49
+31 41
St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians 18 9 7 2 27
+3 29
CB Auto Strikers FC 19 5 10 4 25
-8 19
Feildians Ernst
& Young Orenda
17 5 10 2 15
-17 17


Leagues Top Goal Scorers

Jon Hawco - 16 goals


Justin Pickford - 12 goals

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mount Pearl Under -18's to represent the NLSA at the Nationals

Mount Pearl's Under 18 MVP - Tyler Forsey

Mount Pearl U-18's to represent NLSA

Mount Pearl Under - 18's beat St. John’s 1-0 in the final, and will represent the province at Nationals in October in New Brunswick.

Championship Game - Mt. Pearl 1 vs St. John’s U18 0
Goalscorer: Tyler Forsey 22 min
Shut-out : Bradon Noseworthy

Award Winners

Team MVP

Mt. Pearl -Tyler Forsey

CBS - Adam Scott

St. John’s - James Seifert

Avalon -Tyler Butt

Western - Dan Smith

Happy Valley - Adam Cull

Play-off Schedule - Molson Challenge Cup / Breen’s Jubilee Trophy

Molson Challenge Cup / Breen’s Jubilee Trophy

Play-off Schedule

Date : Sept. 1-5, 2011

Location - St. John’s - KGV




Game 1.

2nd vs 3rd

Competition - Jubilee Trophy

Thurs. Sept. 1, 2011

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Game 2.

1st vs 4th

Competition - Challenge Cup

Friday Sept. 2, 2011

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Game 3.

2nd vs 3rd

Competition - Challenge Cup

Friday Sept. 2, 2011

Game Time: 8:30 PM

Game 4.

Jubilee Trophy

Championship Game

Sat. Sept. 3, 2011

Game Time: 3:00 PM

Game 5.

Challenge Cup

Championship Game

Sunday Sept. 4, 2011

Game Time: 3:00 PM

Monday, August 15, 2011

Holy Cross and St. Lawrence split weekend series

August 14, 2011

St. Lawrence - 2 vs Holy Cross - 0

On Sunday, the St.Lawrence Laurentians came up with what can be described as the greatest upset in NL soccer thus far in 2011. The 3rd place Laurentians, who at times this year appears totally unorganized with their system of play, upended the heavily favoured 1st place Holy Cross team. The Laurentians are in a rebuilding stage. However, it was the Laurentians changing of their system of play, plus the maneuvering of some of their key players, that created the upset. Laurentians coach, Jim Loder got away from his 2011 three players defensive unit and instead went with the traditional four backs, pairing up Clinton Edwards and Marc Pittman in the center back position. In fact the old system worked what I would call, " A Laurentian miracle." This was followed up by veteran Andrew Perrott being positioned into the center mid -field position . Next, came what I would say was the most crucial move. The Laurentians, who have struggled all season looking for a bonafide striker, started young Sean Edwards in the striking position. Edwards answered the call with flying colors. He got himself into the game early, challenging for the 50/50 balls while giving out and taking a few good old knocks. He scored a beauty at the 19 minute mark on a volley, and in the second half, he outran and out skilled the Holy Cross fullbacks as he scored his second of the game at the 65 minute.
Both teams learned a lesson
There is no doubt that both teams will benefit from this match. Cross, who are certainly the team to beat this season, have to realize that it is never a given that you are going to win. While the Laurentians must realize they must play and work a system that benefits your players.

Saturday - August 13, 2011
Holy Cross - 2 vs St. Lawrence -0

Holy Cross continued their winning ways on Saturday as they walked into St.Lawrence and dominated the Laurentians in nearly every aspect of the game, winning their 16th straight game of the season. St.Lawrence did have a few moments in the first 20-25 minutes of the game but that would be it. Holy Cross rookie Michael Brushett, scored at the 36 and 40 minute mark while Colin Doyle posted the shut-out.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Coach's Corner by Gord Dunphy - - Click right here

One-on-one with Rudy Norm

Name: Rudy Norman

Position: Midfield/striker

Height: 5'11”

Weight: 178 lbs

Occupation: Physical education teacher at Mount Pearl Senior High School

Born and raised: St. Lawrence

Leisure activities: Right now, I love spending as much time as I possibly can with my wife Karen and my son Quinn who’s 18 months old. They are the most important things in my life.

Earliest memories of playing soccer: My earliest memory playing soccer was in the kitchen of my Nan Norman’s house when I was three or four. I remember my Uncle Junior (John Norman) rolling me the ball, and I would kick it hard as I could, trying to land it in the kitchen sink, which my Nan had filled with dish detergent bubbles. Nan was none too pleased when the bubbles and soap splashed everywhere.

Players you looked up to growing up in St. Lawrence: ‘Looked up to’ may not do it justice. ‘Idolized’ is probably a better word. When I was playing minor soccer, there were so many great players playing Challenge Cup with St. Lawrence, but in particular Harry Kelly, Dr. Paul Slaney, Bob Spearns and Scott Bishop. These guys are legends of soccer to me, and as a minor player in St. Lawrence, I wished and dreamed I could be like them.

Top three players you played with: Clinton Edwards - the best overall player I played with. Not only can he play any position, but he is the best player on the field in that position when he plays. Richard Kelly - the best goal scorer probably in the history of NL soccer. Blair Aylward - one of the best right backs to play the game. Blair had the heart of a champion.

Top three players you played against: Derek Strang - by far one of the fittest, ferocious and most intelligent players I played against. I don't know if I was more glad when he decided to join the Laurentians or relieved I didn’t have to mark him anymore. Shane Antle - one of the best center midfielders I ever played against. Tom Dunderdale - a former Burin Eagle and Fieldian, Tom was a big, strong, powerful center back.

Most memorable soccer goal: The 2002 Challenge Cup final goal to beat Holy Cross in overtime. This goal gave us the 2002 Challenge Cup, but more importantly, it gave us the right to be NL's host team at the Nationals in St. John's that same year.

Greatest soccer moment: Winning the bronze medal in 2007 in Halifax. Our only loss at that National was to the Calgary Callies in the opening game. We then riddled off four straight wins, including having to play three games within 30 hours. Anyone who played the game knows how hard that is, but to do it at the Nationals and win all three was an amazing accomplishment by our team.

Most painful soccer moment: Losing the National gold medal championship game in 2002 in St. Johns in overtime 1-0. That was the most disappointing moment of my life to date, not alone in soccer.

Most treasured soccer award: As an individual, the ‘Player of the Decade’ award for 2000-2009, but my most treasured awards are the 12 Challenge Cups I have won with the St. Lawrence Laurentians.

Influential coaches you have had: I have been really lucky to have great coaches. Jack Simms and Jerome Slaney were very important coaches for me in minor soccer. They taught me the basics that are so important. Derek Strang, who kind of reinvented me as a player and moved me from a striker to center midfielder. Yourself, Gord, who showed me to play with heart and determination. But the most influential coach was Clem Jr. Edwards. Edwards has coached me more years than anyone. He gave me my first call up to Challenge Cup when I was 17, and I owe a great deal to him, not only for the player I am but the person I am today.

Closest soccer friend: Without a doubt, Andrew Perrot. We have played soccer together since we were four years old. He is one of the best and toughest players I have played with and has an enormous amount of heart, something you can’t teach a player to have. I always knew when Andrew was on the field I had a teammate that would go to hell and back for me and ask nothing in return.

I will ask you a question that may be very difficult for you to answer, but it is a question that soccer fans throughout Newfoundland, and in particular Laurentian soccer fans, really would like to know. Why switch to Mount Pearl at this stage of your career?

Gord, the decision I made this year to play with Mount Pearl was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make in my life. I feel, at the age of 35-years-old, that my immediate family is now the number one thing in my life. It is no longer soccer. Soccer is now number two. However, I also felt I would like to carry on and play soccer at the highest level for a few more years. Playing with Mount Pearl has allowed me to spend much time during the summer with my wife and son. It also has permitted me to train regularly, which I feel is crucial at this stage of my career. Playing in Mount Pearl has allowed me to still play the game I love. I treasure the 16 years of soccer I played in St. Lawrence. I will always hold my friends, former teammates and the fans of St. Lawrence with the utmost respect. I will always be a Laurentian by heart

Monday, August 8, 2011

St. Lawrence Day - 2011

The Opening Ceremonies

EmCee- Paul Pike

The crowds watch on during the Opening Ceremonies

Both - MHA Honorable Darin King and MP Judy Foote were in attendance

Saturdays Game - MP -1 vs St. Lawrence -0

The kids put on a half time show

The Kids Are Our Future

I always sit at center field by the boys
from Marystown

Sunday's Game - Mount Pearl -1 vs St.Lawrence - 1

Tyler Forsey :

A star in the making scored both goals for Mount Pearl

the weekend

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mount Pearl Rosie O'Grady's, for the third consective season, will represent the NLSA at the Eastern Canadian Masters

Mount Pearl Rosie O'Grady's

Mount Pearl Rosie O'Grady's - 3 vs St. John's Feildians - 1


Mount Pearl: Alec Turpin - 3 minute, Bill Bavis - 22 minute, Andrew Moyst - 29 minute

Feildians: Gus Richards - 40 minute

Round Robin Scores:

Game 1. Mount Pearl Rosie O'Grady's -3 vs St. John's Feildians -0

Game 2. Mount Pearl Rosie O'Grady's -3 vs CBS - 0

Game 3. St. John's Feildians - 1 vs CBS - 0