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Bob Hillier was a Mount Pearl sports stalwart

 Bob Hillier, a 2007 inductee into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame, died Saturday after a lengthy illness. He was 69.

A long-time employee in the provincial government’s Recreation and Sport division, Hillier served as president of the Mount Pearl Soccer Association from 1991-97, and headed up the old St. John’s Commercial Softball League from 1967-73. Keeping with softball, he was instrumental in negotiating with the St. John’s Lions Club to construct the present Lions Club ball park for St. John’s senior and junior softball.

Hillier spearheaded the development of the Mount Pearl Sport Alliance, which uses a collaborative approach for the delivery of sport in the City of Mount Pearl. In 1998, he chaired the bid committee that secured the 2000 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games for Mount Pearl, and served on the executive and board of directors for the Summer Games which at the time was the largest Games in the province’s history with the largest volunteer involvement.

In 2000, he raised $46,000 from the corporate sector in six weeks to cover the budget commitments for the national under-17 boys and girls soccer championships co-hosted in St. John’s and Mount Pearl.

He is a former executive of the year award winner in Mount Pearl, and is a member of the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame.

Visitation to be held at Barrett’s Funeral Home in Mount Pearl today from 2 p.m. -4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Parish of the Ascension in Mount Pearl 2 p.m. Wednesday.


Neville starred

on the diamond for Holy Cross

Bill Neville, who patrolled the greener pastures as an outfielder for Holy Cross junior and senior baseball teams in the 1950s and 60s, died Friday. He was 72.

Neville was a starting outfielder on the Crusaders for years, and suited up for the St. John’s Capitals in all-Newfoundland play.

Resting at Caul’s Funeral Home from 2 p.m.-9 p.m. today, a funeral mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from St. Patrick’s Church.


Team Green was good as gold

 in winning provincial title

Team Green captured Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial championship, the Atul Ahuja Cup, in a hard fought low-scoring game on Sunday.

The game was all but decided early on as Team Red chose to bat after winning the toss, and struggled against some excellent bowling from man-of the match Senthil Selvamani and Shameem Islam.

Senthil took four wickets and Shameem three as the Reds slumped to 26/8, and only a partnership between top-scorer Waqas Hanif and Eldho Paul took the total past fifty.

The Reds were bowled out for 55, leaving the Greens a modest 56 to win. A steady opening partnership between Gurman Khurana and Rajender Dyapa took them nearly half way, and despite losing five wickets the Greens cruised home with five overs to spare.


Atul Ahuja Cup: Team Green

League Champions: Team Red


League awards

Most valuable player and best batsman: Nick Baxter (Team Blue)

Best bowler: Suhail Aziz Parrey (Team Red)

Best wicket-keeper: Kranthi Kumar (Team Red)

Top fielder: Kaivallya Kulkarni (Team Green)

Most improved player: Alex Dias (Team Green)

Most spirited player: Mark Russell (Team Blue)


Members of championship team

Green are Kaivallya Kulkarni, (captain), Gurman Khurana, Alex Dias, Sarvanna Kumar, Fahad Ijaz, Asim Kamran, Saad Shaifan Ahmed, Shameem Islam, Senthil Selvamani , Rajendar Dyapa, Kankayalian Thilayamplam


Provincial boys’ U14 title

for Feildians

Feildians won the 2013 Subway provincial under-14 boys soccer championship Sunday with a 3-1 decision over St. John’s.

Feildians now advance to the national championships in Lethbridge, Alta., Oct. 9-14.

Felly Elonda paced the Feildians win with two goals and Emmanuel Dolo added the other. Lucas Tucker scored for St. John’s.

Members of the A Feildians champions include Emmanuel Dolo, Matthew McCarthy, Evan Bursey, Daniel McCarthy, Thomas Osmond, Dean Turpin, David Goulding, Marcus Greene, Morgan Cole, Jordan Robbins, Tristan Wawrzkow, Stephen Haring, Josh Taylor, Ryan Connors, Seth Bryant, Felly Elonda, Saul Bryant, Chris Peacock, Jeremiah Kakoko, Declan Maunder, coach Ian Osmond, assistant coach David Banfield, assistant coach John Acreman and manager Hugo McCarthy.

Conception Bay South won the bronze medal on penalty shots over Avalon. Goalies Mitchell Terry of C.B.S. and Sam Hawco of Avalon had shutouts after regulation time and two 10-minute overtime sessions.

Harry Carter and Liam Piercey scored for St. John’s who edged Conception Bay South 2-1 in semifinals. Gary McKeown had the C.B.S. goal.

Felly Elonda scored three goals and paced a 4-2 Feildian semifinal decision over Avalon. Emmanuel Dolo had the other Feildian goal while Zack Yetman and Jordan Pitcher scored for Avalon.

Playoff award winners

Hard hat: C.B.S., Joshua Goudie; Avalon, Reese Morgan; Feildians, Jordan Robbins; St. John’s, Antonio Shano

Most spirited player: C.B.S., Joel Stead; Avalon, Logan Strickland; Feildians, Felly Elonda; St. John’s, Gary McKeown

MVP: C.B.S., Mitchell Terry;  Avalon, Sam Hawco; Feildians, Emmanuel Dolo; St. John’s, Fomba Fambulleh


Justin time in senior play

at St. Pat’s

Justin Crawley gave up only one hit in five innings of work as Holy Cross trimmed Knights 11-1 in St. John’s Molson Senior Baseball League play Monday at St. Pat’s Ball Park.

Crawley allowed one run and struck out five. Shawn Beason (4IP, 11R, 14H, 2W, 3K) was tagged with the loss.

Gerry Stone, who cracked a three-run home run, James Walsh, Steve Crouse, Ron French and Shawn Hedges all had two hits for the winners. Doug Gosse had the only Knights hit.


Gonzaga 9, Storm 5

At St. Pat’s, Kieran Buckingham scattered four hits over seven innings to pace the Vikings.

Peter Madden was four-for-four at the plate, and Mike O’Neil had three hits and four runs scored. Gerald Butt had two hits and four RBI.

Grant Kenny (6IP, 9R, 12H, 2W, 5K) was tagged with the loss. Blair Connolly had two hits for Storm.



Feildians 15, Gonzaga 4

Scott Fleming had two doubles and Andrew Wright had two hits and two RBI to lead the Double Blues. Brad Roche (6IP, 4R, 9H, 2W, 6K) won over Andrew Paul (6IP, 15R, 11H, 10W, 3K). Scott Hynes was three-for-three in a losing cause.

Prior to the start of that game, Feildians finished off Gonzaga 10-9 in a game continued from June 11.

In another game, Feildians crushed Holy Cross 12-1.

Andrew Wright led Feildians with two hits in two at bats while driving in five runs.

Matt Murphy tossed the win over Elliott Phillips.

Organizations: Lions Club, Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall, Recreation and Sport division Mount Pearl Soccer Association Commercial Softball League Mount Pearl Sport Alliance Reds Team Green Molson Senior Baseball League

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, Lethbridge

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