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Provincial soccer Hall of Fame opening its doors to five inductees


The Bruin Peninsula is well represented on the list of five new people who have been elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Hall of Fame. Their election was announced by provincial soccer president Doug Redmond of St. John’s.The inductees include athlete Joe Browne of St. John’s, athlete/builder Murdock Hiscock of Burin, athlete Ed Kelly of St. Lawrence, builder/athlete Walt Mavin of Mount Pearl and builder Clarence Senior of Burin.

They will be inducted during a Nov. 22 banquet being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association.

The inductees are:

 

JOE BROWNE

Only five-foot-five, Joe Browne played as big as any player on the field.

Browne led by example. Considered to be one of the fittest players of his era, he was one  of the engines of the St. Pat’s teams of the 1960s. His leadership on and off the field was rewarded with MVP recognition.

His size was never a factor when it came to scoring. Throughout his career, he was often a leading scorer on his team and in the league. His touch around the goal led to two scoring titles while leading his team to seven St. John’s and one provincial championship.

When St. John’s established its Hall of Fame, he was a member of the first group recognized.

 

MURDOCK HISCOCK

A career spanning more than 40 years as a players and as an official, Hiscock demonstrated qualities which proved to bring him success as a player and as an official. From his first game in 1962 with Fortune, he established himself as player with exceptional fitness, toughness, versatility and desire to win which was second to none.

His play on the field garnered him all-star recognition to play against select teams from St. John’s and to play against Ayre United of the Scottish First Division. Although his Fortune team was always competitive at the Challenge Cup level, championship success came later in his career at the divisional and masters level.

When his playing career ended, he turned to officiating and for the next 20 years he earned his way up to a Class I or provincial level status.

For his contributions, he was inducted into the Fortune and Burin Peninsula's Soccer Hall's of Fame.

 

EDDIE KELLY

Eddie Kelly was a dynamic player who possessed exceptional pace, a tireless work ethic and the uncanny ability to put the ball in the back of the net when it mattered most. The diminutive forward was a force to be reckoned with.

Throughout his 35-year playing career Kelly showed blazing speed and scoring exploits as he led his St. Lawrence Laurentians to six Challenge Cup and nine provincial masters championships. Along the way, he won two Challenge Cup and two Burin Peninsula scoring titles. His master's team, in addition to provincial titles, also captured two Eastern Canadian masters Championships.

For his outstanding play, he has been inducted into the St. Lawrence Soccer Hall of Fame and is an inductee for Burin Peninsula's Soccer Hall of Fame.

 

WALT MAVIN

Although a playing career showed potential, Mavin found his calling as a builder. For the past 20 years he has served his region, club, and Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association as a coach and as an administrator.

His coaching career began in 1995 when he started with Mount Pearl youth teams in provincial tournaments. For the next 20 years, in addition to coaching club all-star teams, he has found time to coach provincial, Mount Pearl Challenge Cup and Memorial University women's teams. He’s been named NLSA coach of the year twice.

Mavin spent 11 years serving in various capacities on the Mount Pearl Soccer Association executive, including four years as president. During his tenure as president, he played a major role in helping Mount Pearl acquire a new soccer hut and FieldTurf facility.

For his contribution as a builder, Mount Pearl has inducted him into its Soccer Hall of Fame.

 

CLARENCE SENIOR

For more than 40 years, Senior has served the Burin Soccer Association and the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association as a coach and as an administrator. Since 1970 he has been an active administrator within the Burin association serving in many executive roles, including president. His 25 years with the BPSA executive, saw him serve as VP, ladies’ chair and chair of its Hall of Fame Committee.

His coaching began in the early 1970s coaching Burin minor teams. In the early 1980s he started coaching the Burin ladies team earning six Burin Peninsula championships and three provincial championships. After eight years with the ladies, he moved to the Burin Eagles Challenge Cup team where he co-coached the team for ten years winning two Challenge Cup championships.

For his contributions to soccer on the Burin Peninsula, he was inducted into the Burin Peninsula Soccer Hall of Fame.

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