Did You Know?
The Provincial Newfoundland
and Labrador Soccer Association head coaches for the following teams in
the 2002 season were:
Under 12 Boys - Angus Barrett & assistants Sean Cashin and Albert Anstey
Under 12 Girls - Glen Sheppard & assistant Laura Connolly
Under 13 Boys - Jay Babstock & assistant Trevor Paine
Under 13 Girls - Susan Russell & assistant Gillian Russell
Under 14 Girls - Denis O’Grady & assistant Bruce Carter
Under 15 Boys - Dragon Mirkovic & assistant Terri Lyn Tibbs
Under 15 Girls - Larry Walsh & assistant Rebecca Coffey
Under 17 Boys - Andrew Moyst & assistant Bren Brenton
Under 17 Girls - Tony Mullett & assistant Stephanie Wade
2002 All Star Boy’s results
The National U17 and U15 All Star Boys championships were played in St. John’s/Mount Pearl on July 24 - 28, 2002.The Newfoundland U17 Boys were winless in four games. They were outscored by a 10 - 2 margin, losing to Manitoba 4- 0, Prince Edward Island 2 - 0,Quebec 2 - 1, and to Saskatchewan 2-1.
The Newfoundland U15 Boys were also winless in four games. They were outscored by British Columbia 7 - 0, Nova Scotia 1 - 0, Saskatchewan 2 -1 and lost to Prince Edward Island by a 3 - 1 margin. Although both of these boys’ teams were the host squad, both placed dead last and were seeded 9th.
2002 All Star Girls Results
The National U17 and U15 All Star Girl’s championships were played in Trois - Rivieres, Quebec on July 24 - 28, 2002.The Newfoundland U17 Girls won only one of their four games defeating Prince Edward Island 3 - 0, while losing to Alberta 7 - 1, Saskatchewan 4 - 0 and to a Manitoba entry by a 2 - 0 score. This Newfoundland entry also placed 9th for a last place finish in this tournament.
The Newfoundland U15 Girls won one of the three games that they were involved with. They were outscored by a goal differential of 3 - 0 by Quebec and a 3 - 2 margin by Saskatchewan. The only bright spot for this team came when the Newfoundland girls defeated Nova Scotia 4 - 3. The Newfoundland U15 Girls were seeded 6th.
New Brunswick withdraws
Did you know that in 2002 the New Brunswick Soccer Association realized that they were not on par to compete at these nation All-Star tournaments and withdrew from all-star competition? However, New Brunswick will continue to participate in national club competition both at the minor and senior levels.
In 2001, I coached the Burin Peninsula U16Boys to a Provincial “A” Championship and then competed at the National U16 Championships in Edmonton, Alberta. It was after the completion of that tournament that I made the following recommendation to both the Canadian Soccer Association and the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association: National minor soccer tournaments should be divided into a two-tier system.
After carefully reviewing the scores and the 2002 standings, I will reiterate that the Newfoundland and Labrador soccer officials should endorse this proposal and bring forward a motion to the Canadian Soccer Association that they should adopt a national two tier system for minor soccer.
Provincial “A” Tournaments
The Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association have adopted the format that all “A” tournaments are tournaments, which are comprised of regional all- stars. These teams usually come from St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Central, CBS, CBN, Western, Burin Peninsula and sometimes Labrador is represented.
NLSA Girls “A” results
This year in Provincial Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association “A” Girls Tournaments, St. John’s has won the under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and under 18 age categories. In the mean time, the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association did not have a team representative in either of these girls age categories.
NLSA Boys “A” results
In Provincial Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association “A” Boy’s Tournaments, St. John’s has won the Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, while Mount Pearl has been declared provincial champions in the Under 18 age category. The Burin Peninsula Soccer Association only had a single representative - the Under 14 group. The National U14 Boys/ Girls tournament is slated for Kelowna, British Columbia. The National U16 Boys/ Girls tournament is scheduled for Etobicoke/Vaughn, Ontario, while Calgary, Alberta will play host to the U18 Boys/ Girls Nationals.
Provincial “B” Tournaments
The “B” tournaments are Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association sanctioned tournaments where regional club champs meet for competition. Usually, these entries have engaged in regional competition before the NLSA competition.
NLSA “B” results
According to the results, St. John’s has demonstrated that their region is the area of Newfoundland and Labrador presently demonstrating soccer supremacy. St John’s has won the boy’s U12, U14 and U16 Provincial “B” Championships. The St. John’s girls have captured the U12 and U14 Provincial “B” Titles.
Burin Peninsula Soccer in
To date in 2002, St John’s have won seven out of a possible eight Provincial “A” Minor Soccer Tournaments. They have won five out of a possible seven Provincial “B” Minor Tournaments. In senior soccer St. John’s United have also won the Provincial “B” Intermediate Championship. This intermediate tournament consisted of twelve teams, and eleven of those teams came from the Avalon Peninsula. Springdale was the only outside entry. The Burin Peninsula failed to have a single entry.
The Molson Provincial Senior Ladies Soccer Championships were played from August 22-24 in Mount Pearl. The teams registered for this tournament, Guards, Holy Cross-, Feildians, Mount Pearl and the Avalon All- Stars, were all from the Avalon Peninsula. Again, the Burin Peninsula failed to have an entry. In addition to the provincial title that these ladies were playing for, was the right to represent Newfoundland and Labrador in the National Jubilee Shield championships which are scheduled for St.John’s/Mount Pearl from October 10 - 14, 2002.
Coach’s Corner All-Star Team and award winners for 2002 are:
Strikers: Richard Kelly, Matthew Wilkins
Midfielders: Shane Antle, Rudy Norman, Paul J. Slaney Cris Caines
Fullbacks: Tommy Dunderdale, Chad Parsons, Clinton Edwards ,J.B.Delirroza
Goalie: Matthew Prim
Coach of the Year - Paul Reddy
League MVP: Richard Kelly
Top Defender: Tommy Dunderdale
Most gentle and Effective Player: Paul J. Slaney