2005 was another year of growth for the Capital Area Minor Football Association. A total of 686 players aged 7 and up played on 28 teams in 9 different programs. This represents an increase of 12% over the 615 that participated in 2004. On the field, the Fredericton Eskimos won the eight team Squirt Flag (Ages 7-9) championship in that league's 10th season while the West End Rough Riders won the title in the 7th year of our six team Mosquito (Ages 9-11) program. The Albert Street Eagles were our Middle School champions for the fourth year in a row, defeating the Oromocto Panthers  36-6 in the championship game. Albert Street lost a hard fought 8-2 decision to the Riverview Lions in the provincial PeeWee final. The Eagles had the ball inside the Lions 10 yard line on three different occasions but were unable to score.
                The Oromocto Junior Blues won the Capital Area Bantam championship with a come from behind 12-6 victory over the Fredericton Junior Black Kats. The Blues lost a heartbreaking 20-15 decision in double overtime to the Moncton Junior Highlanders in the provincial semi-final. 
              The Squirt Flag League expanded by two teams with the Fredericton Lions and Oromocto Blue Bombers joining the fold. The Devon Middle School Wildcats operated for the first time in 2005, bringing the number of Middle School teams to five. The 4th Annual Southside Bowl Game between the Albert Street Eagles and the George Street Crusaders was held at College Field on the U.N.B. campus with the entire student bodies (1,300 kids) of both schools in attendance. The Nashwaaksis Nordics and Devon Wildcats played the 1st Annual Northside Bowl Game at the Nasis Field before 900 students from the two schools.
              The Capital Area "Gladiators" 17 & Under team played games against Fundy, Moncton and Nova Scotia. The 15 & Under Gladiators played a home and home series with Nova Scotia. The 13 & Under Gladiators program proved so popular that two teams were operated, the Trojan Gladiators and the 
Spartan Gladiators
. The two teams played one another 3 times as well as a game each with the Fundy team.
                Capital Area Minor Football was actively involved again in operating the Capital Area Gladiators men's team in its fifth year of existence. The four team New Brunswick Senior Football League added two more teams and changed its name to the New Brunswick Football Conference of the Maritime Football League. The Gladiators ended the season with a record of 1-6.
                The Capital Area Lady Gladiators women's tackle football team operated in its second season as part of the three team New Brunswick Women's Football League. The Lady Gladiators, made up of 29 ladies aged 16 and up played a total of seven games against teams from Saint John and Moncton.
               Individually, a number of our volunteers were honoured. Our association's "Coach of the Year" was 
Ed Curtis.  Ed did a super job of organizing the Nashwaaksis Axemen team, getting almost all the parents involved in running some aspect of the team. The Axemen lost a hard fought 9-8 decision to the West End Rough Riders in the Capital Area Mosquito championship game. 
               Kelly Huskins
was selected to receive the association's "Ted Mather Volunteer of the Year" award. Kelly organized, fundraised, coordinated team pictures and managed the New Maryland Mosquito Rams.  
               O.J. Burnett was selected  as the "2005 Football New Brunswick PeeWee Volunteer of the Year" for his work in starting a team at Devon Middle School.  Larry Wisniewski received the "Football New Brunswick Lifetime Service Award".  Terry Mcintyre received the "2005 Town of Oromocto Mayor's Award for Outstanding Service to Youth" in recognition of his having started minor football in Oromocto in 1996.
              Off the field a large number of significant events took place. Our website keeps growing in size and is becoming more and more popular. Since its launch in December, 1999 we have had over 150,000 visitors.  Our website Trivia Quiz, now in its 7th year and complete with CFL and CAMFA merchandise for prizes, continues to be very popular.  We held our 7th Annual Fastest Player Competition. C.A.M.F.A. players wearing their game jerseys were admitted free to the Leo Hayes High vs Ecole Odyssee football game. At halftime, representatives from each the teams in our four divisions participated in 40 yard races to determine the fastest player. We also held our 7th Annual Pass, Punt and Kick competition. Our 11 & Under winner, Philippe Long went on to win in the New Brunswick championship held at Mount Allison University.  
               On the fundraising front the association made $3,800 by selling "Varsity Gold Cards". Bottle drives in the spring and fall netted over to $7,500. This money was used to pay for year end Pizza Parties for all teams and to buy trophies for every single player on every team.  The association raffled off a Wittenauer watch and other prizes to net more than $6,000. 
              Sponsors contributed another $7,000 to the budget. For the fifth year Devon Lumber paid for the T-Shirts worn by our Squirt Flag teams. Dairy Queen agreed to sponsor a set of high quality game jerseys to be used by both our men's and 17 & Under teams. St. Mary's Entertainment Centre purchased game and practice jerseys for the new Devon Middle School Wildcats. Pizza Twice sponsored a new set of game jerseys for the Junior Black Kats. Scotia McLeod made a significant donation towards the purchase of new game jerseys for the Oromocto Panthers and new practice jerseys for the Junior Blues.
                Capital Area Minor Football paid $250 bursaries to Marc Belliveau of Fredericton High School  and Todd Munn of Leo Hayes High. The City of Fredericton lined another field at Liverpool Street School for use by our expanding Squirt program.   
                During May, 2005 we held a National Coaching Certification Program Level I Technical Clinic at Leo Hayes High School for 18 coaches.
               Local football legend Donnie Davis held held his 4th Annual quarterbacks and receivers development camp in July.
               After ten years at the helm long time Capital Area president Terry McIntyre stepped down and Walter Stacey took over the top job. Terry will remained involved with the organization doing administration, officiating and special projects.
               C.A.M.FA. spent over $108,000 in 2005, including $25,000 on tackle football equipment, $20,000 on uniforms and $10,000 on awards.  

                 For 2006 we are hoping to add another Middle School team in Oromocto to be called the Tigers and made up of students from Ridgeview Middle School.
                 Efforts will be continued to get a Bantam team going in Miramichi. We have found two potential coaches and are presently seeking organizers living there.
                 The popularity of our Squirt Flag program continues to grow. We may see another two teams join this league in 2006. Potential exists for the Oromocto Renegades and Fredericton Storm to begin operations and bring the total number of teams to ten.
                 Last year Capital Area Minor Football purchased flag football kit bags for use in the Oromocto elementary and middle schools. Efforts to organize spring flag football programs in these schools in 2005 were nixed by the teachers' work to rule campaign. We are optimistic that this program will take flight in 2006.
                 We will once again be operating 13 & Under, 15 & Under and 17 & Under spring programs. Negotiations to set up organized Spring Leagues with Saint John and Moncton are expected to take place in the near future.  
                 Capital Area Minor Football continues to lobby for better playing field facilities. Rumours are circulating that College Field at U.N.B. will have a "field turf" surface in time for the 2007 season. 
                 On the development front, CAMFA will be hosting a National Coaching Certification Program Level I clinic at Leo Hayes High School some time in May, 2006. 
                 While we got ourselves better organized in 2005 we still need reliable volunteers in all areas of our organization. If you can help, please volunteer!

Walter Stacey, President
Capital Area Minor Football Association
March 10, 2006