- Gerard Hagerty
- January 04, 2011 - 07:04
Totally agree with you Bogger!! Is there something that the public isn't aware of between this ball hockey team and the telegram? These posts sure point to something. Any comments? BTW, a great feat accomplished by this team in a demanding sport, in a demanding tourney, that went under the tely radar. Why?
- Brian O'Grady
- January 03, 2011 - 01:07
No doubt about it Johnny, you missed this one badly. I don't know if I would put the boys(Nfld. Black Horse) up there with the rugby boys; but for sure they should be at the least #2 story of the year. I know when the India Beers won their championships(Canadian and North American) they were rightfully so recognized big time by the Evening Telegram. Johnny, don't forget when the Best Western Travellers(coached by your brother) won their championships, the press they received from you and for team of the year honours was recognized, and also deservedingly so.
- Terry Ryan
- January 02, 2011 - 08:55
My name is Terry Ryan and I want to say I am a little put off by the top ten sports stories of the year and the lack of mention of a very important ball hockey team in which I happened to be a member of. Our team, "Newfoundland Black Horse" brought Newfoundland it's first National Championship in over 2 decades and we accomplished the feat at home, in Torbay, with arguably one of the best hockey teams ever assembled - ball or ice - in the province's history. We gave it everything we had, and beat out over 10 clubs for national glory in front of a packed Jack Byrne Arena. Everyone in attendance - including the team - stood up and sang the "Ode to Newfoundland" as the clock ticked down and victory was ours and a stunned Brampton Midnight Express team (winnners of many nationals) looked on in defeat. None of us did this for personal glory. In fact we had many high profile players who checked their egos at the door, including two current NHLers in Adam Pardy and Teddy Purcell. We weren't supposed to win either, and weren't taken seriously at the tournament's start, going on to win every game with an abundance of grit and determination. I think we showed what it takes to be a winner and how much we all cared about our province, leaving more sweat and blood on that floor than any ice hockey team I have ever played for. Also, I should mention that as a result of winning , we have at least 5 players who will be representing Canada at this years World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia in June. This victory also made such an impression on the International Ball Hockey Federation that Newfoundland has been given the priviledge of hosting the 2013 World Ball Hockey Championships at Mile One Centre. As co-captain of the squad I feel it is my responsibility to write this letter. Again, congrats boys, winning that championship on home soil was the most fulfilling moment of my long sporting career thus far.
- January 01, 2011 - 08:51
Ball hockey? that's not even a real sport. Shame that guys like TR are still trying to hang onto some sort of fame and attention for what is generally a fun activity for kids. Does anyone else remember Gus Greco from the old newfoundland senior hockey league - same as a certain Blade today...
- Len Slaney
- December 31, 2010 - 23:03
While checking the Swiss Chalet National Championship of Curling on the computer, I was shocked that I did not See Brad Gushue's name on the schedule. I couldn't believe it when I discovered that the Newfoundland team that had won an Olympic Gold Medal was now being listed as FERBY. What a disgrace to Newfoundland Curling to have an Albertan's name listed as Skip!! It;s even more ridiculous to list Ferby's (Alberta) team as #3 sports story of 2010 when there were so many other great Newfoundland achievers during the past year. You're right NL BALL HOCKEY, It's terrible when your National Championship doesn't get mentioned but Alberta's Ferby ranks 3rd! Come on TELEGRAM reporters, support and promote Newfoundland young achievers, not an old man from Alberta who wasn't wanted by his own team. For what it's worth, congratulations NL Ball Hockey team on your National title. What a great achievement for such a small populated province!!
- December 31, 2010 - 18:58
Great point NL Ball Hockey.....although Brad Gushue deserves a lot of credit regarding his accomplishments. just because Ferbey joins the team shouldn't be the top 100 sport stories this year. Think of all the minor teams who won Atlantics, etc. I would actually put ball hockey championship ahead of rugby.
- December 31, 2010 - 16:56
I think Colin was the third sub 50 minute Tely, Harold St Croix from St. Mary's and Paul McCloy were the other two! Definitely should have been higher than # 10!!!
- Proud Special Olympics Supporter
- December 31, 2010 - 12:55
Sounds like "The Telegram" doesn't truly value the accomplishments of Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador athletes, and their tremendous performances at the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in London, Ontario. Although Team Newfoundland and Labrador was the only provincial team to have every athlete win at least one medal at the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, their achievements should have definitely made the "The Telegram's" top news story. To add insult to injury, although Jackie Barrett set a Special Olympics World Squat Record at the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in London, he didn't make the top ten, leading to perceptions that "The Telegram" doesn't truly value the accomplishments of elite disabled athletes. To add another insult to injury, although two Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador athletes, Jackie Barrett and Michael Harris, were named to Team Canada for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, the first time in six years Newfoundland and Labrador is sending athletes to the world's second largest sporting event, this story didn't even make the top ten. Its not only elite disabled athletes like Jackie Barrett or Michael Harris getting excluded from The Telegram "Top Ten Sports Stories", even our own Paralympian and Commonwealth Games competitor, Katarina Roxon, didn't make the Top Ten. With our elite disabled athletes being excluded from the top ten, especially Jackie Barrett and Katarina Roxon who made Newfoundland and Labrador proud with their athletic feats, it seems to me that "The Telegram" doesn't truly value the accomplishments of hard working disabled athletes as opposed to the able-bodied counterparts. Perhaps now is the time for media agencies, especially The Telegram and other Transcontinental Media related papers, start treating elite disabled athletes performing major feats the same way as able bodied Newfoundland and Labrador athletes. They have to realize disabled athletes work just as hard as the able-bodied counterparts, even harder. With the exclusion of our hard work disabled athletes stellar performances in 2010, especially at the Commonwealth Games and Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, this Top Ten Sport Stories is a joke.
- Hockey Buzzard
- December 31, 2010 - 11:30
Newfoundland wins the National Ball Hockey Championship for the first time in 22 years on HOME soil and don't get a mention !!!!!!! This article is a joke, a soccer team finishes last place and Ferbey joins Gushue to make numer 3. Nice to see Ball Hockey is promoted here in NL guys.
- Barry Horlick
- December 31, 2010 - 11:20
where is ball hockey because the boys gave it there all playing 7 or 8 games of rough hockey all week and on sunday walking away championships beating a ball hockey team midnight express in the final who r the new york yankess of ball hockey.I guess fog devils getting bronze and holy cross winning a provincal tournment is more important then a national championship which wasnt won in 2 decades
- Nl Ball Hockey
- December 31, 2010 - 08:08
Newfoundland wins a Ball Hockey National Championship for the first time since 1988 and doesn't make top 10. But Ferbey joining Gushue is three. Great Job promoting local sports! Not to mention St. John's Lock in the 2013 Worlds what a joke.
- John Lynch
- December 31, 2010 - 12:40
Ball hockey champs win gold is a GLARING!!!! oversight. How did you miss that one, John?