2006 was another year of growth for the Capital Area
Minor Football Association. A total of 766 players aged 7 and up played on
30 teams in
9 different programs. This represents an increase of 12% over the 686 that
participated in 2005.
On the field, the
Fredericton Argonauts won the eight team Squirt Flag (Ages 7-9) championship
that league's 11th season while the West End Rough Riders won the title in the
year of our six team Mosquito Tackle (Ages 9-11) program. The Oromocto
our Middle School championship with a 27-2 upset of the George Street
Crusaders. The Tigers lost a hard fought 27-25 decision to the Calais-St.
Stephen Silverados in the
provincial PeeWee semi-final. The Tigers missed a convert in the final
minute of the game that would have sent the contest into overtime. The Fredericton
Junior Black Kats won the Capital Area Bantam championship with
24-15 decision over a game Oromocto Junior Blues squad. The Kats were drubbed
44-6 by the Calais-St. Stephen Silverados in the provincial final.
Oromocto Tigers operated for the first time in 2006, bringing the number of Middle School
teams to six. The 5th 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 2nd Annual
Northside Bowl Game at Leo Hayes Field before 900 students from the two
The Capital Area
"Gladiators" 17 &
Under team played games against Fundy and Hampton. The 15 & Under
Gladiators program had enough players register that two teams, the Trojan
Gladiators and the Spartan Gladiators were formed. They played
games against each other, Fundy, Hampton and Nova Scotia. The 13 & Under Gladiators program
once again operated two teams, the Trojan
Gladiators and the Spartan Gladiators. The two teams played one another
as well as Fundy.
Capital Area Minor Football was actively involved
again in operating the Capital Area Gladiators men's team during its
sixth year of existence in the New Brunswick Football Conference of the Maritime
Football League. The Gladiators ended
the season with a record of 3-4.
The Capital Area Lady Gladiators women's tackle football team operated
in its third season as part of the four team Maritime Women's Football
League. The Lady Gladiators dropped their first game of the season before
winning all the rest including a 20-8 victory over the Halifax Xplosion in Maritime
SupHer Bowl III.
Individually, a number of our volunteers were honoured. Our association's
"Coach of the Year" was
Mike Young. His Fredericton Junior Black Kats advanced to the New
Brunswick Bantam championship game.
Vince Sturgeon was selected to receive the association's
"Ted Mather Volunteer of the Year" award. During 2006 Vince
coached the 13 & Under Gladiators, Squirt Fredericton Tiger-Cats, Mosquito
Northside Knights and the Devon Middle School Wildcats. Vince was
also selected as the "2006 Football New
Brunswick Gridiron Award Winner" for his efforts.
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 200,000 visitors. Our website Trivia
now in its 8th year and complete
with CFL and CAMFA merchandise for prizes, continues to be very popular. We held our
Annual Fastest Player Competition. C.A.M.F.A. players wearing their game jerseys were
admitted free to the Leo Hayes High vs Fredericton High North-South Bowl 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 8th Annual Pass,
Punt and Kick competition. Our 11 & Under winner, Ryan Colpitts went on
to win in the New Brunswick championship held at Mount Allison University.
On the fundraising front 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 an MP3 player and other prizes to net
Sponsors contributed almost another $5,000 to the budget. For the sixth year Devon Lumber paid for the T-Shirts worn by
our Squirt Flag teams. "DQ" sponsored two sets of game jerseys
for our 13 & Under teams and one set for our second 15 & Under
team. Pizza Twice and Xpert Office Products sponsored a set of game jerseys
for the new Oromocto Tigers team in our Middle School League.
Capital Area Minor Football paid $250 bursaries to Ethan McClellan and
David Skillen of Fredericton High and Nolan Gervais of Leo Hayes High.
During April 2006 Terry McIntyre attend a Football Canada Novice & Level
1 Learning Facilitator's Course in Moncton. CAMFA now has somebody in the
area who can certify coaches at the Novice and Level 1 status.
stay as president lasted only one year as he had to retire due to health
concerns. Jeff Murdock took over as CAMFA prexy for 2007.
C.A.M.FA. spent over $109,000 in 2006, including $25,000 on tackle football
equipment, $14,000 on uniforms and $10,000 on awards.
2007 we are looking at the
possibility of creating an 8 aside Bantam program to complement the
current 12 aside Bantam program. This will help ensure that there is a place to
play for all kids coming up from our Middle School League, regardless of
ability. We are also working on getting some games for our 12 aside teams with
other programs in New Brunswick as well as Junior Varsity teams in Maine.
The popularity of our Squirt Flag program continues to grow. We may see another
two teams join this league in 2007. Potential exists for the Oromocto Renegades
and Fredericton Storm to begin operations and bring the total number of teams to
Capital Area Minor Football has purchased flag football kit bags for use
in the Oromocto elementary and middle schools. We will attempt to organize this
program to some extent this year and in the future.
Due to increased levels of registration we are looking at adding two more teams
to our Mosquito Tackle League in 2007. At this point we are considering adding
the East End Crushers and the Northside Mounties to the fold and thus increase
the number of teams to eight.
We will once again be operating
13 & Under, 15 & Under and 17 & Under Spring programs as well as a
new 11 & Under Spring program.
Negotiations to set up organized Spring Leagues with Saint John and Moncton are
expected to take place in the near future.
U.N.B. will build two new all-weather "field turf" fields in 2007.
CAMFA is negotiating with UNB to try and find a way for football to be able to
play on one of them.
On the development front, CAMFA will be hosting a National Coaching
Certification Program Novice & Level I clinics some time in 2007.
While we got ourselves better organized in
2006 we still need reliable volunteers in all areas of our organization. If you can help, please
Jeff Murdock, President
Capital Area Minor Football Association
April 7, 2006