NLSA Molson Challenge Cup

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Challenge Cup League Could Grow by three by John Browne

C.B.S. plans to return, Corner Brook, Grand Bank look to join, too


Two new teams, along with Conception Bay South, have expressed interest in joining the Molson Challenge Cup Soccer League in 2015. The new teams interested in joining the league next season are Corner Brook and Grand Bank.
The defending champion Holy Cross Kirby Group Crusaders, St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians, Mount Pearl First Choice Molson and Feildians Ernst & Young will return.
“The C.B.S situation is a little different than the other two potential new entries,” said Challenge Cup commissioner Gord Dunphy.
 Dunphy explained that in April of 2014 at the spring planning meeting, the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association granted C.B.S. Strikers FC a one-year leave with an understanding that the team would be back in 2015.
“However,” Dunphy added “they will still have to prove that they will be ready to compete next season.”
Dunphy said his plan is to meet with all three clubs early in the new year to assess their status and their actual plans for a Challenge Cup team.
He said the NLSA is always looking was to promote the game and have “a true provincial league with as many regions of the province competing as possible.
“However, all new clubs will be informed that there is an application process in place and process that will strictly be adhered to,” said Dunphy.
“Realistically,” added Dunphy, “I feel all new entries will struggle while playing and trying to compete with the four established clubs.”
The C.B.S. club’s record over their four seasons was 16-62-11. The team’s 1-25-1 record two year’s ago was their worst.
Corner Brook and the Harbour Grace Shannons of Conception Bay North were involved in the league in past years but they were not competitive. The Shannons finished 0-20-1 in the 2005 season.
Rugged Edge Western United FC last played in 2010. The Corner Brook-based United, which finished at the bottom of the standings that year with a 3-19-1 record, forfeited its final two games of the regular schedule.
Grand Bank, which hasn’t competed in provincial senior soccer for 20 years, won the Challenge Cup title in 1974.
The Grand Bank Gee Bees F.C. Committee is in place to seek entry into the provincial senior league next summer given the town will celebrate a Come Home Year.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

NLSA Award Night

      CLASS OF 2014

     Back Row HOF : Murdock Hiscock, Joe Browne, Walt Mavin, Clarence Senior, Ed Kelly

     Front Row Honorary Life Members : Brian Murphy, Clayton Welsh, Ed Moyst, Doug Sweetapple



   Back row: Dragon Mirkovic, Mike Edmunds, Jean Thompson, Gord Dunphy

   Fron Row : Anna Aucoin, Malorie Harris, Jake Warren, MUN - Team of Year Representative

It's all about family and friends and not forgetting where you come from.

Indeed, an award I am very proud to receive

My 2014 BIO

Thanks : Mr. Redmound

Co-winner of my award for sure- My wife: Jocelyn

Gord & Jocelyn

Myself with my mom and my wife

Me with Mom and Bob

Gord and brother Shane 
Aka : Rob & Doug Ford - LOL

Myself and Shane with NLSA's top referee, MIke Edmunds

Myself with Kris Slaney and his wife - Joanne
Jimmy Cluett, HOF : Clarence Senior, Gord Dunphy
 My friend, Yann Blinn : ASIA - St. Pierre

Myself and Shane with NLSA President Doug Redmound

 Ed and Dick Kelly - St. Lawrence

Burin Peninsula Award Winners (L-R)

Walt Mavin : HOF
Ed Kelly : HOF
Clarence Senior : HOF
Murdock Hiscock : HOF
Clayton Welsh : Honorary Life Member
Gord Dunphy : 2014 Executive of the Year

Monday, November 17, 2014

Provincial Representantatives From NWT to BC and on to NL

Vaughan Ontario - 2014 

Newfoundlandlers : Some of Canada's Best Soccer Fanes


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

St. Lawrence Laurentians 2014 Annual Awards & HOF Banquet

St. Lawrence Soccer Association
President : Hubert Beck
VP: Junior Edwards
2nd VP ; Jonathan Edwards
Minor Soccer Chair : Marc Pittman 

Ren Edwards  --- Justin Murray
Pad Slaney --- Kirk Slaney
Brent Tarrant --- Pat Brake
Yvonne Edwards --- Judy Pittman
Aggie Slaney --- Judy Turpin 

Hall of Fame Committee
Hubert Beck --- Leo Loder
Jim Loder --- Eddy Kelly
Junior Edwards --- Junior Doyle

EMCEE ; Kevin Pittman
Greetings from Town : Mayor Paul Pike
Greetings from NL : Hon. Darin King
Greetings from MP Judy Foote: Carol Anne Haley
Greetings from BPSA/NLSA : Gord Dunphy
Presidents Reports  : Hubert Beck 


 Photo -L-R: Blair Aylward, Hon. Darin King, Mike Howlett, 
Mayor Paul Pike, Judy Pittman, Carol Anne Haley

ClASS OF 2014

Judy Pittman : Builder
Blair Aylward : Player
Norbet Doyle : Player
Darin Dunphy : Player
Mike Howlett : Player

 First Division Soccer Awards    2014

1. Robert E Slaney Memorial Trophy - Most Improved Player 

Corey Mullett

2. D & D Engraving Trophy (Warren Pike) - Most Dedicated Player
Marc Pittman

3. Cecil Shea Memorial Trophy- Most Sportsmanlike  Player

Jordi Slaney

4.Mick Turpin Memorial Trophy - Top Scorer Award

Sean Drew/ Stefan Slaney

5.Gerard Quirke Memorial Trophy- Award Of Excellence

Marc Pittman
6.Robert Kelly Memorial Trophy - Most Valuable Player

Clinton Edwards 

7. Kevin & Myles Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Award

Jordi Slaney

8. Keith Walsh Memorial Award – St. Lawrence Laurentian’s Fan of the Year Award

Sandy & Joy Slaney

2014 Intermediate Soccer Awards

Most Valuable Player: Adam Kelly 

Most Dedicated Player: Kyle Walsh

Most Sportsmanlike Player: Liam Haley

Top Defender : Brent Hennebury

Monday, November 10, 2014

NLSA announces it 's 2014 Award Winners

 2014 NLSA Award Winners
Junior Male Player of the Year: Emmanual Dolo
Junior Female Player of the Year: Anna AuCoin
Senior Male Player of the Year: Jake Warren
Senior Female Player of the Year: Malorie Harris
Team of the Year: Memorial Seahawks Ladies
 Executive of the Year: Gord Dunphy
 Volunteer of the Year: Jean Thompson
Coach of the Year: Dragan Mirkovic
Ross Arlett Memorial Award: Mike Edmunds

2014 NLSA Hall of Fame Inductees
Joe Browne : St. John's
Clarence Senior : Burin
Murdock Hiscock : Fortune
Walt Mavin : Mount Pearl / Fortune
Ed Kelly : St. Lawrence

2014 NLSA Honary Life Members
Brian Murphy : St. John's
Ed Moyst : Mount Pearl
Doug Sweetapple : Corner Brook
Clayton welsh : Grand Bank


Congratulations to the 2014 MUN Seahawks on claiming the AUS Banner

The Memorial Sea-Hawks won the AUS women's soccer championship banner for the first time in it's history. They defeated the UNB Varsity Reds by a 3-1 score in the championship game.

 Sea -Hawks Award Winners 
Emily Bailey - Jessie Noseworthy - Jane Pope 
Memorial soccer player Emily Bailey won the AUS Rooke of the Year .
Bailey along with Jessie Noseworthy were given first team all-star honours.
While Jane Pope received a second team award.

2014 Challenge Cup/ Jubilee Trophy National Report

Gord Dunphy

The  National Club Challenge Cup/Jubilee Championships run  from October 8-13,2014 and was hosted in Vaughn, Ontario. It was a super tournament with both teams representing the NLSA performing exceptional.Holy Cross:  In the Sr. Men’s Challenge Cup Division all ten provinces and the NWT were represented. The host Ontario also were permitted a second entry to have a twelve team schedule.
The structure for the tournament was a  four division format comprised of three teams in each division.  Holy Cross/Kirby were  the NLSA representatives. They were grouped with the Saskatchewan and Quebec representatives. In Holy Cross’s opening match, NL were upset as Saskatchewan defeated NL by a 2-0 score. Holy Cross came back with revenge in their second contest as they upset the 2012  National Challenge Cup Champions from Quebec by a 1-0 score. This victory put Holy Cross on to a quarter final play-off. Holy Cross faced the host Ontario Provincial champions in the quarter final and what a game it would turn out to be. Holy Cross opening the scoring early in the contest. Ontario tied the contest late in the first half and then went up 2-1 relatively early in the second half . Then Holy Cross dug down, and clinched the tying goal late at the end of regulation for a 2-2 final at the end of regulation. As CSA rules state, a tie would send the game directly to a penalty kick –shoot out. It took both teams to have seven shots each before Ontario won.  What a heartbreaker!!  The following day, Holy Cross dominated the representatives from New Brunswick and beat their reps by a 2-0 score. In Holy Cross’s  final match they were playing against British Columbia, and had gone up on the BC reps 4-2 in the second half before BC tied the game at 4-4 before the end of regulation. This time Holy Cross prevailed and scored on all of their 5 penalty shots and won the match by a 5-4 score and clinched 5th place.  It was a great finish. It was a great tournament by the NL Men’s Holy Cross team. Holy Cross showed they belonged, and above all, they have earned the respect of the nation. They realize they lost to the 2014 National Challenge Cup champions on pk’s. Certainly a remarkable effort by coach Jake Stanford and his 2014 Holy Cross Team.
Kirby United: In the Sr. Women’s Jubilee Trophy Division seven provinces were represented. There were no teams from PEI, Saskatchewan or New Brunswick . As a result of only seven provinces entering, as in the men’s division, the host Ontario team were permitted a second team. The structure for the Jubilee National Tournament was different. It had just the two divisions with groups of four in each division. The NL entry were seeded with both teams from Ontario and the Alberta Rep. Kirby United opened up the tournament with a fine showing against the Ontario Provincial Champions and tied the host 1-1. In Kirby United’s second contest they faced a very strong team from Alberta and through pure determination they again tied a very strong team. This time it was a 2-2 score. However, in game three, it was all Kirby United when they defeated Ontario #2 by a very one-sided 3-1 score. Ontario just managed to score their one goal in the dying moments of the game. These two ties and their victory placed NL second in their group and paired them up against the second place team in the other division for a Bronze Medal showdown.  However, in the Bronze Medal contest NL’s opponents from Quebec took it to the Kirby United and they defeated the NL entry by a 2-0 score. In the end it was a very similar occurrence for the Kirby United NL team. They too earned respect and showed the nation that they belong and can compete with the best in the country. They also realize that they played the 2014 National Jubilee Champions to a 2-2 score in their round robin game. And again, we had a remarkable showing by our NL coach Dragan Mirkivoc and his Kirby United Team.

In concluding I must add, I was very proud to be Newfoundland and Labrador rep at this national tournament. Again, my hat goes off to both NL coaches and their team's performances on and off the field. Both clubs played remarkable and were true ambassadors. I would like to thank Ontario Soccer, you were great hosts. I also want to thank the CSA but there is one thing I would like to address and that is I would like to have all Challenge Cup and Jubilee Trophy games played for duration of 90 minutes.