Lau­ren­tians’ sup­port­ers rally around the team

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS - BY JOHN BROWNE TC ME­DIA SPORTS

St. Lawrence pro­duces great soc­cer play­ers and, ap­par­ently, some pretty good fund rais­ers as well.

The 2013 Mol­son Chal­lenge Cup soc­cer cham­pion St. Lawrence Lau­ren­tians are well on the way to rais­ing just over $30,000 to make the trip to Hal­i­fax for the national cham­pi­onship next month.

St. Lawrence Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Hu­bert Beck said early last week “Right now, I think we will raise the money needed but it’s tough try­ing to raise $1,000 a day for five weeks.”

In a small town with a pop­u­la­tion of slightly over 1,200, you have to be in­ven­tive and tena­cious to raise that sort of money.

Beck em­pha­sized “I can as­sure ev­ery­one that the Lau­ren­tians are go­ing to the na­tion­als. I’ll pay for it my­self if I have to.”

He out­lined some of the fund rais­ing cur­rently un­der way, in­clud­ing an on-line auc­tion.

“We just hosted the provin­cial masters tour­na­ment and used that as a fundraiser a with 50/50 draw. A guy from Par­adise won it and do­nated the money ($550) back. We did well on the gate.

“We also sold fries and moose burg­ers at the games, and all the of­fi­cials from the area never charged any fees, so that was good.”

Beck said there was a town yard sale this past week­end, which al­ways goes well.

The team also has a national beer bot­tle drive where St. Lawrence na­tives across the coun­try sell their bot­tles and email the money to the club.

“We’re hav­ing a take-out hot roast beef din­ner later, but we are tak­ing it one week at a time.”

Beck also noted there have been do­na­tions from busi­ness all over the Burin Penin­sula.

“There’s a su­per fundrais­ing team in place.”

He also pointed out each team from the Mol­son Chal­lenge Cup league pays an ex­tra $500 each year, to be passed on to the provin­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the end of the sea­son.

“We got about $2,000 from the gate from last (Sept. 1) week­end,” he said about the provin­cial fi­nals played in St. Lawrence.

“Fans al­ways think that all the gate money stays at home, but on fi­nal week­end, that’s not the case.

“Af­ter the of­fi­cials and host­ing fees come out, there is a five-way spilt with the New­found­land and Labrador Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion (NLSA) get­ting 40 per cent, the win­ner get­ting 40 per cent, sec­ond-place get­ting 10 per cent and the other two teams get­ting five per cent each.

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved the win­ning team should get more, and I’ve said it for years. If you lose, well thanks for com­ing, here a few beers for the bus ride home and that’s it. I don’t care who wins, that’s the way it should go.”

Beck, a mem­ber of the St. Lawrence Soc­cer Hall of Fame, in­di­cated in any case the team’s fi­nan­cial goal will be reached.

“Our soc­cer fam­ily in St. Lawrence will make it hap­pen again, I be­lieve.”

St. Lawrence earned the right to rep­re­sent the prov­ince at the Cana­dian Chal­lenge Cup tour­na­ment Oct. 9-14, by de­feat­ing St. John’s Feil­dians 2-0 in the provin­cial fi­nal, the team’s first se­nior men’s crown in five years.

St. John’s Tele­gram

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