2007 was another year of growth for the Capital Area
Minor Football Association. A total of 846 players aged 6 and up played on
35 teams in 10 different programs. This represents an increase of 10% over the
participated in 2006.
On the field, the
Fredericton Eskimos won the eight team Squirt Flag
that league's 12th season while the Devon Knights won the title in the
year of our Mosquito Tackle program. The Northside Mounties and the East
End Crush were added to the Mosquito program, bringing the total number of teams to
Street Eagles won their fifth Middle School championship in
the last six years with a 34-0 domination of the George Street Crusaders in the
final. The Eagles defeated the Moncton Lancers 38-7 in the provincial PeeWee
semi-final before losing a heartbreaking last minute 18-12 decision to the
Hampton Huskies in the provincial final. Albert Street had rallied from a 12-0
halftime deficit to tie the game 12-12 before the Huskies scored with seconds
remaining to record the victory.
The 6th 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
Junior Blues won their fourth Capital Area Bantam championship
in the last six years with a come from behind 20-15 decision over a game
Northside Junior Lions squad. The Junior Blues would prevail 19-16 over the
Hampton Junior Huskies in the provincial semi-final before being drubbed 52-0 by a powerful Riverview Junior
Royals team in the provincial final.
The Capital Area
"Gladiators" 17 &
Under team played games against Halifax, Fundy and Saint John. The 15 & Under
Gladiators program had enough players register that two teams, the Trojan
Gladiators and the Spartan Gladiators. They played
games against each other as well as one game each against Moncton. The 13 & Under Gladiators program
once again operated two teams, the Trojan
Gladiators and the Spartan Gladiators. The two teams played one another
For the first time, Capital Area Minor Football operated an 11 & Under
program. Three teams, the Spartan Gladiators, Trojan Gladiators
and Roman Gladiators played a round robin schedule during the program.
Capital Area Minor Football was
once again actively involved
again in operating the Capital Area Gladiators men's team during its
seventh year of existence in the the Maritime
Football League. The Gladiators ended
the season with a record of 4-5.
The Capital Area Lady Gladiators women's tackle football team operated
in its fourth season as part of the four team Maritime Women's Football
League. The Lady Gladiators won their second consecutive league championship
with an exciting last minute 15-14 victory over the Moncton Vipers in Maritime
SupHer Bowl IV.
Individually, a number of our volunteers were honoured. Our association's
"Coach of the Year" was
Marty Arsenault. His Albert Street Eagles came within a hair of
winning the Provincial PeeWee championship.
James Strohm and his wife Cate Brander were selected to receive the association's
"Ted Mather Volunteer of the Year" award. Over the last several
years James and Cate have coached and managed at least two teams every year.
Junior Blues coach Dave Blanchard was selected as the Football New
Brunswick Bantam Volunteer of the Year.
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 250,000 visitors. Our website Trivia
now in its 9th 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 a Leo Hayes High vs Oromocto High 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 9th Annual Pass,
Punt and Kick competition.
On the fundraising front bottle drives in the
spring and fall netted over to $11,000. 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 also raised over $7,000 by including the cost of
TURBO cards in registration fees.
Sponsors contributed almost another $6,000 to the budget. For the seventh year Devon Lumber paid for the T-Shirts worn by
our Squirt Flag teams. "DQ" sponsored three sets of game jerseys
for our 11 & Under teams. Tim Horton's sponsored the game jerseys
for the two new teams in our Mosquito league.
Capital Area Minor Football paid $250 bursaries to Julia Coleman, Bobby
McIntyre, Andrew Hubbard and Justin Conn of Fredericton High as well as Kyle
Roesler, Brian Von Richter and Jeremy Bigger of Oromocto High.
During April 2007 C.A.M.F.A. held an NCCP Level I for a number of its coaches
C.A.M.FA. spent over $127,000 in 2007, including $26,000 on tackle football
equipment, $23,000 on uniforms and $10,000 on awards.
2008 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 8 aside teams with
three 8 aside 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 2008. We will also be modifying this
program to conform more closely with the Football Canada flag program. Teams
will play 6 aside ball on a 25 yard wide field
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.
We will once again be operating 11 & Under, 13 & Under, 15 & Under and 17 &
Under Spring programs. 11 & Under and 13 Under will each consist of
local four team leagues. Negotiations to set up games with outside teams in 15
& Under and 17 & Under are in process.
U.N.B. now has a new all-weather "field turf" field. CAMFA
has arranged to play some games there in both our spring and fall programs.
We are also working on setting up a 6 aside High School Aged Girls Tackle
Football Program starting in the fall of 2008.
the development front, CAMFA will be hosting a National Coaching
Certification Program Level I clinic in April 2008 as well as a Novice
Clinic in August 2008..
we got ourselves better organized in 2007 we still need reliable volunteers in
all areas of our organization. If you can help, please volunteer!
Jeff Murdock, President
Capital Area Minor Football Association
April 10, 2008