Harris, Hearn, Under-18 girls soccer side take 2013’s honours

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Molson Coors St. John’s athletes and team of the year awarded

A sublime soccer player and a Canadian national team rugby player were selected the 2013 Molson Coors St. John’s athletes of the year Thursday night at City Hall.
Malorie Harris of C.B.S. Holy Cross Kirby Group was selected winner of the Margaret ‘Mag’ Davis Memorial Award for female athlete of the year, while Ciaran Hearn of The Rock rugby team was chosen winner of the Tom ‘Dynamite’ Dunne Memorial Award for male athlete of the year.
The national silver medal-winning St. John’s under-18 girls’ soccer side was chosen the team of the year and awarded the Molson Coors Award.

The 63rd anniversary of the awards were presented at a banquet at City Hall.

Harris led her C.B.S. Holy Cross team to the Breen's Jubilee Trophy senior women's soccer league final by scoring two goals in a 3-0 championship game win.

The league’s top goal scorer with 27 goals was also an all-star and MVP of the Jubilee regular season. At the senior women's national soccer championship, she led her team and the tournament with seven goals and won the Golden Boot award.

Harris was named Molson Coors Canada St. John's Athlete of the Month for August and October.

She also competes in the Molson 67 Women's Volleyball League and was named MVP for the circuits playoffs the provincials championships. She was also named regular season MVP in the St. John's Touch Football League. Harris has been a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary since 2010.

Holy Cross Kirby teammate Laura Breen said this summer, “This is by far the best season she has ever had,” and coach Dragan Mirkovic said it’s a shame that Harris has been overlooked for a national team tryout.

The other female finalists were Leslie Amminson (handball), Jane Pope (soccer) and Katarina Roxon (swimming).

Hearn, who can play several positions including fullback and centre, competed for the Atlantic regional team in the Canadian Rugby Championships (CRC) league. Throughout 2013, Hearn, who has been capped 32 times, also played with the Canadian national team and has been a huge part of the nationals side’s back line.

He played in every 7’s and every 15’s game for the national team and travelled to the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Scotland, Portugal, Russia, Australia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa, all while wearing the Maple Leaf.

Hearn topped off his 15's season with a two-try performance in a 52-8 win over Portugal in Lisbon. Hearn is training to make the Canadian Olympic 7’s team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Hearn is a carded athlete who lives and trains in Langford, B.C., with the support of Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program and Own the Podium.

The other male finalists were Owen Daly (swimming) and Jason Hill (softball).

The under-18 team came oh so close to winning a gold medal at the national championship in St. John’s. The team took on Quebec in the final. The game couldn’t be decided in regulation time or extra time as the teams battled through the scoreless contest, although St. John’s had the best scoring chances. The match was eventually decided when the visitors won on penalty kicks.

“The girls played an unbelievable tournament and I'm so proud of them,” St. John’s coach Jake Stanford said after the final.

In order to reach the championship game the girls had to defeat teams from Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and the province’s other team from Mount Pearl.  Overall, in five tournament games played, the team had four wins and one loss, while scoring 14 goals and giving up seven. The team won the Team of the Year honours at the NLSA awards induction in November. Members of the team are Alyssa Armstrong, Claire Skanes, Emily Bailey, Erin George, Jana Gordon, Jane Pope, Jenny Tiller, Jessie Noseworthy, Julie Crocker, Keisha Younge, Laura Whelan, Meghan Earle, Melissa Reid, Noelle Stanford, Stacey Hanlon, Teri Murphy, Lindsay Stanford (manager), Jake Stanford (coach) and Phil Oliver (coach).

The other finalists for team of the year were  3 Cheers Pub Bud Light men's softball team and the Memorial Sea-Hawks men's cross-country running team.

Organizations: C.B.S. Holy Cross, Molson 67 Women, Volleyball League Touch Football League

Geographic location: Portugal, St. John's, Atlantic United States Hong Kong Japan Scotland Russia Australia United Arab Emirates South Africa Maple Leaf Lisbon Rio de Janeiro.Hearn Langford Quebec Ontario Alberta British Columbia Mount Pearl

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Recent comments

  • Glenn Stockley
    February 08, 2014 - 15:06

    both of these young men are tremendous athletes and fine gentlemen.......all of these 'best of" competitions have a subjective element in the judging......my hat is off to both of them.....

  • M
    February 07, 2014 - 11:22

    Arguing for a softball player as Athlete of the Year over guy playing international rugby??!! Perhaps we should have a look at the guys who played in the World Dart Championships??

    • Steve
      February 07, 2014 - 13:26

      I don't want to blow my own horn but I should be considered for athleter of the year as I was able to win the Stanley Cup with Edmonton Oilers in NHL14 on playstation 3.

  • Joe Hanlon
    February 07, 2014 - 06:48

    this is the biggest farce since the easter bunny. How an athlete who lives and trains in BC can win athlete of the year for "playing" for team canada, over an athlete who dominated at every event for NL, while living in NL (Jason Hill) is beyond me. I guess Robin's article regarding softball sits pretty with the voters. Mindblowing. How many 'Caps' has he had playing softball...........endless.

    • Jack
      February 07, 2014 - 09:25

      I agree that the Molson Coors St. John's Athlete of the Year awards are a farce as many high quality athletes were left out of the awards in favour of a professional athlete like Ciaran Hearn. For other cities with athletic awards, such as Corner Brook's Achievement in Community Excellence awards, professional athletes are automatically ineligible for receive their Male or Female Athlete of the Year awards. Lets take for example, Owen Daly. He was one of only two Newfoundland and Labrador athletes whom won a medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke along with Chris Dugas, but yet St. John's snubbed him. With the City of St. John's and Sport Newfoundland and Labrador having a reputation for intentionally leaving out elite amateur athletes for their major awards, especially Owen Daly in St. John's or 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games Powerlifting Champion, Jackie Barrett, for the 2011-2012 Sport NL Male Athlete of the Year Award in favour of an athlete whom didn't perform as well. With Newfoundland and Labrador snubbing high quality athletes whom put this province on the map like Owen Daly or Jackie Barrett in favour of athlete whom didn't perform as well, this province obviously doesn't care about high quality athletes, and this has got to change. For starters, those whom decide finalists or winners of major awards should be those with athletic backgrounds, not those whom didn't throw a ball or played any sports in their lives.

    • Glenn Stockley
      February 07, 2014 - 10:10

      thanks for the enlightenment joe....i was always under the delusion that being a cared olympic athlete and playing at an international level , especially in a sport like rugby, was considerd a gretaer achievement than winning provincial softball game.....

    • Jay Coolio
      February 07, 2014 - 14:13

      Hint Glen, read the story again. Jason appeared for Canada, not only did he just 'play' he was a star on the team. Did you read the part about him capturing MVP honors every tournament he played in? Re-read Glen. Jason was 'capped' with an MVP award, not a participation button.