Published on February 06, 2014
Canada’s Ciaran Hearn tackles the U.S.A.’s Chris Biller (left) during the nations’ Rugby World Cup Qualifying action in Toronto this past summer. Hearn, a native of Conception Bay South, was voted the Molson Coors St. John’s male athlete of the year for 2013.
— Photo by The Canadian Press
Published on February 06, 2014
C.B.S. Holy Cross Kirby Group forward Malorie Harris was voted the Molson Coors St. John’s female athlete of the year for 2013.
— Telegram file photo
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.