Second Row positional players Andrew Johnson (right) of the Bayman RFC, and Rich Tsinghou (left) of Swilers, grapple for the ball during a line-out in second-half action of the Collins Cup final at Sgt. Ned Nugent sports complex in Kelligrews Friday night. Swilers won 35-33.
©— Photo by The Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
The St. John’s-based Atlantic Rock opened their 2014 Canadian Rugby Championship season Saturday, dropping a 20-11 decision to defending champion Ontario Blues at Ottawa’s Twin Elm Rugby Park.
The Blues jumped out to an early lead with Canadian international Ray Barkwill scoring a try four minutes in. Following the conversion, Ontario nailed a penalty kick for a 10-0 lead.
Rock fullback Patrick McNicholas made good on a pair of penalty kicks in the latter stages of the half to bring the Atlantic side to within four points of the Blues, and then the visitors gained the lead just before the half, with McNicholas scoring a try. He missed on the conversion, but The Rock led 11-10.
In a steady rain, Ontario scored a try and a conversion for a 17-11 lead and capped the victory on Derek Daypuck’s second penalty kick of the game.
The teams meet again Sept. 27 in St. John’s in the sixth and final match of the CRC.
The Rock’s next game is Sept. 4 in British Columbia against the Bears.
Swilers win Collins Cup
At the Sgt. Ned Nugent rugby pitch in Conception Bay South, Adam Paul scored a try in the last minute of play to give Swilers a 35-33 win in the Collins Cup summer rugby league final.
Four provincial competitions remain on the rugby calendar — the under-18 men’s Jacobs Cup, the senior women’s Deacy Cup, the senior men’s B Sully Cup and the senior A Goodyear Cup.
Black Horse finish second at men's ball hockey nationals
The Montreal Red Lite scored seven second-period goals for a 10-1 win over Newfoundland Black Horse in the gold-medal game at the Canadian senior men’s ball hockey championship Saturday in Saskatoon, Sask.
The St. John’s-based Black Horse squad finished 4-2-1 in the event.
Saskatoon also staged the women’s nationals, with the Newfoundland United dropping a 4-2 decision to the Alberta Rockies in quarter-final play for a 1-3-1 overall record.
In the men’s final, it was Terry Ryan with Newfoundland’s only goal.
In other playoff games, Black Horse beat Manitoba Selects 5-2 with Jordan Escott leading the way with two goals and an assist. Ryan, Andrew Dewland and Brandon Anderson netted singles.
Kyle Wright and Terry Clark scored as Black Horse stopped Edmonton Savages 2-1 in Newfoundland’s first playoff game.
C.B.S. blanks Burin for provincial intermediate men’s soccer title
Conception Bay South blanked Burin 1-0 to win the Molson provincial men’s intermediate A soccer championship Sunday in St. John’s.
Brad Raymond scored the lone goal for C.B.S. and Adam Coleridge recorded the shutout.
Mike Reddy of C.B.S. was named tournament MVP, and Ryan Hanrahan of Burin was named most sportsmanlike player.
Members of the championship team are Allan Power, Adam Coleridge, Andrew Oliver, Brad Raymond, Dave Traverse, Emir Elezovic, Eric Mathiasen, Ryan Kirby, Kolin Walsh, Liam Kelly, Mike Reddy, Mike Rees, Nathan Jones, Nick Jones, Rod Stafford, Robbie Perks, Steve Power, Matthew Foote, Adam Wicks and coach Steve Reddy.
St. John’s girls win U14 B crown
In C.B.S., St. John’s won the B division championship of the Pepsi Cola girls’ under-14 Mega tournament with a 2-0 win over Labrador West.
Juliana Koen-Alonso and Ashley O’Neill scored for the winners, and Mackenzie Drake and Megan Connors shared the shutout.
Members of the championship team are Megan Connors, Mackenzie Drake, Allison Icon, Sydney Young, Lauren Courage, Lindsey Gover, Emma Hayden, Jennifer Kelly, Ellen Kearley, Julie Williams, Rebecca Rees, Laura Murray, Julie Oliver, Abbie Betts, Juliana Keon-Alonso, Melissa Bazan, Ashley O’Neill, Emily Wicks, coach Chris Schwartz and assistant coach Adam Courage.
Corner Brook won the C division championship with a 3-1 over Marystown. Rebecca Sherstobetoff scored all three goals for Corner Brook. Alysha Cheeseman scored for Marystown.
Bulldogs beat Hitmen in senior softball action
The Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak as they blanked the NTB Hitmen 5-0 in Molson St. John’s senior softball Sunday at Lions Park.
Sean Cleary went the distance, giving up just three hits and striking out a dozen Hitmen. Ward Gosse (4IP, 1R, 4H, 2W, 6K) took the loss with Robbie Greene (4R, 5H, 0W, 5K) tossing three innings in relief.
The Bulldogs scored all their runs on solo home runs with a pair from Jon Kelly, and singles from Mark Lewis and Sean Cleary. Kelly’s 60 career home runs puts him fifth on the all-time list, behind Blair Langmead with 64. Gosse leads the list with 103, Len Beresford is second at 73 and Dick Davis has 70 in third.
Kenny Gosse, with two, and Fergus Griffith with one, had the only hits off Cleary.
Team W L PTS
Bulldogs 17 5 34
Bud Light 13 10 26
Hitmen 13 10 26
The Bigs 11 12 22
Junior Canadians 0 17 0
Junior Canadians finish sixth at national junior softball championships
Kelly’s Pub Junior Canadians of St. John’s dropped a 10-6 playoff decision to the Saskatoon Junior Diamondbacks to finish with a 3-7 record and sixth at the national junior men’s softball championship in tiny Irma, Alta., southeast of Edmonton.
Eric Healey was tagged with the loss, allowing nine runs in four innings of work. Colby Murphy finished up.
Peter Kavanagh had a pair of hits, including a solo home run, for Kelly’s. Philip Corbett and Troy Leonard also had two hits apiece.
Earlier in the day, Kelly’s got three hits each and solo home runs from Murphy and Nick Pittman in an 11-6 decision over the Quebec Express Saint-Leonard-d’Aston.
Healey got the win on a seven-hitter with six strikeouts over seven innings.
Corbett also homered and collected two hits, along with Riley Kenny.
PCI Roebothan McKay Marshall 9, C.B.S. Storm 8 (Friday)
WP/RP: Matt Power (3.2IP, 2R, 4H, 1W, 3K)
SP: Simon Power (3.1IP, 6R, 1H, 1HBP, 7W, 4K)
LP: Liam Myers (7IP, 9R, 9H, 6W, 10K)
TB: PCI — Chris Thorne (2-3, 2RBI), Isaac Power (2-3, 2R, RBI), Corey Drake (1-3, R, 2RBI); C.B.S. — Myers (2-3, R, RBI), Andrew Wade (1-2, R, RBI), Kyle Abbott (1-2, R, RBI)
MJR Masonry 9, Rob Roy 5 (Friday)
WP: Murray Preston (7IP, 5R, 3H, 6W, 4K)
LP: Daniel Dalton (7IP, 9R, 8H, 9BB, 4K)
TB: MJR — Zack Janes (2-2, R, 2RBI), Chris Doran (1-2, 2R, 2R-HR, 3RBI); Rob — Andrew Gale (1-3, R, HR, 3RBI), Kris Abbott (1-3, 2RBI)
Team W L PTS
C.B.S. Storm 8 4 16
Lafontaine Club Molson 7 3 14
Goulds 6 5 12
MJR Masonry 5 5 10
C.B.C. Junior Canadians 5 6 10
Bay Roberts Coors Light 5 6 10
Power Conditioning Inc 5 8 10
Midget Selects 4 4 8
Game on Gear 3 7 6
Provincial midget squad goes winless national 18-and-under baseball tourney
Newfoundland had a tough go of it at the national 18-years and under baseball championship which finished up over the weekend in Magog, Que.
The provincial team was winless in five starts, allowing 55 runs while scoring only 16.
At the Canada Cup 17-years and under tournament two weeks ago in Saskatoon, the Newfoundland Selects were 0-6 with a runs for and against ratio of 67-20.
PROVINCIAL MINOR TOURNAMENTS
In Grand Falls-Windsor, the St. John’s Capitals defeated the Mount Pearl Blazers 20-10 Sunday to win the Pepsi provincial 13-years and under peewee AAA baseball championship.
The Capitals went unbeaten in four games in the five-team round robin, and needed their double life to take the title as Mount Pearl won the first playoff game 7-4.
St. John’s and Mount Pearl both earned the right to play in the Sept. 4-7 national peewee Eastern Canadian championship in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Tournament award winners were:
MVP: Lucas House (St. John’s)
Top batter: Alex French (Mount Pearl)
Top pitcher: Michael White (Corner Brook)
Most spirited: Ben Rideout (Grand Falls-Windsor)
Best defensive: Jared Milley (Mount Pearl)
In Conception Bay South, the Conception Bay North Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge St. John’s Capitals 4-3 to win the peewee AA title.
The seven-team tournament had each team playing two games prior to all teams advancing to a series of single elimination games. The Bulldogs advanced to the final with a 5-3 win over Conception Bay South Raiders, while St. John’s advanced to the finals with an 11-5 win over Paradise. Corner Brook Barons, Pasadena Pirates and Mount Pearl Blazers also played in the tournament. Conception Bay North earned the right to play in the Sept. 12-14 Atlantic peewee AA tournament in New Brunswick.
Tournament award winners were:
MVP: Lucas Adams (Conception Bay North)
Top Batter: Aaron Clarke (Conception Bay South)
Top Pitcher: Nicholas Donovan (Conception Bay North)
Most Spirited: Ryan Park (Mount Pearl)
Best Defensive: Alejandro Lopez (St. John’s)
In St. John’s, the Mount Pearl Energy Management Services Ltd. Blazers scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the St. John’s Capitals 18-17 Sunday afternoon for the peewee A crown.
The Capitals had scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 17-16 lead, but the Blazers came back with their own two runs in the bottom half to take the victory.
Members of the winning team are Noah Harty, Ryan Collett, Nicholas Moore, Ethan Moore, Zachary Dalton, Cameron Short, Michael Gill, Sam Curnew, Noah Adey, Carter Freake, Nicholas Philpott and Zachary Skinner.
Tournament Award winners:
MVP: Ethan Moore (Mount Pearl)
Top Batter: Zachary Dalton (Mount Pearl)
Top Pitcher: Michael Gill (Mount Pearl)
Most Spirited: Carley Crane (Conception Bay North)
Best Defensive: Ryan Norman (St. John’s)
In Grand Falls-Windsor, the Grand Falls-Windsor H&R Block Braves took a 9-8 win over Grand Falls-Windsor Bluebird Investments Braves to capture the Aquafina provincial 12-years and under mosquito girls title.