It has been an exciting start to 2018 for the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Minor Soccer Association with the installation of a brand new indoor turf floor at the EJ Broomfield Arena, replacing the old wooden boards and the confirmation of the Mazol Shriners as the major sponsor for the 32nd year in succession at a ceremony April 29.
The Potentate of the Mazol Shriners, Paul Rose, who resides in St John’s, was joined by other local members of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mazol Shriners, along with Mayor Wally Andersen, MHA Perry Trimper, current and previous members of the HVGB Minor Soccer Association executives, along with a large gathering of minor soccer players, to formally announce the continuation of their sponsorship relationship with the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Minor Soccer Association and the presentation of a cheque for $5,000.
Speaking at the ceremony, Andersen said, “on behalf of the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, I want to give a special thank you to the Shriners for the $5,000 they are putting into minor soccer. But there is something else I want to add … the millions of dollars that you contribute in helping little children who have suffered severe burns, children who have hopes, and dreams and prayers of someday playing sports and playing soccer again, and Shriners, you have answered their hopes, you have answered their prayers and you have answered their dreams.”
“Shriners and the Shriners organization, you are a credit to our communities, you are a credit to mankind, and a credit to the world,” said Andersen.
In what is the beginning of another big season for the HVGB Minor Soccer Association, Trevor Paine, association co-president, told The Labradorian that so far, the feedback on the new turf floor has been overwhelmingly positive, and with 625 children registered thus far, this keeps it pretty consistent with that of previous years.
“The Shriners Program is coming up to its third week of competition and we have just completed the tryouts for the Junior ALL Star Tournaments with the final squads for Under 10s through to Under 17s to be finalized this week,” said Paine.
The teams will travel to towns such as Lab City, Mount Pearl, Grand Falls, Harbour Grace to compete against the other Provincial All-Star Teams. All of the respective HVGB Junior All-Star Teams from Under 10s to Under 15s will be also be competing Guardian Hamilton Drugs Junior Labrador Cup which will take place at the EJ Broomfield Arena between May 18 and May 20, with teams expected from Lab City and Churchill Falls to be apart of the tournament.