2005 Kevin Morton Award Winner
The Kevin Morton Award
speaks to skill, commitment and dedication. These qualities are
difficult to define. Sometimes the best measure is the respect of
team mates. The Roadrunner's defense struggled at times last year
but Mike never lost his faith in them and they returned that respect by
giving all they had. Mike missed many games last year because of
his job. No matter how large a concern it was that the starting
keeper was missing, to a man everyone agreed that he must have a had a
good reason to miss the night's match. In team discussions, before
the match, at half time or in the pub afterwards, Mike's opinion is
always carefully considered by everyone. He is always there when
you need him, on the field or enjoying a beer after the match. He
has earned his place in Roadrunner lore.
Stinson - December
Dick has attacked this
season on and off the field. His play on the pitch has been marked
by pin point passing and dogged determination on defense. He
dominates while on the field and then shortens his shifts to make room
for others. Off the field he has managed a difficult financial and
administration challenge effectively. This is a vital job that is
rarely acknowledged. Dick is a manager and a legend.
Hickey-Cameron - August
The first half of the
season has been a difficult time for the Roadrunners as they adapt to
life in the 2nd Division with much of the 2004 edition of the team
injured or retired. The message from the coach has been consistent,
play with heart. Duncan has attacked on every play, jumped
for every header and challenged for every ball. He has also fought
through a serious callous, a sore toe nail and two bouts of bitchitus.
He is truly a warrior.
- April 2005
Eoin has been on fire
in 2005 crashing through defenders and scoring goals in almost every
game. This is made all the more amazing considering he is fighting
through a major knee injury sustained just before the Christmas
break. His courage and determination is the stuff of legends.
The Roadrunners return
to the 2nd Division has been a challenging one. The championship
outdoor roster has been depleted through retirements and
injury leaving the remaining players with the difficult task of rising
to a challenge. Lawrence has risen to that challenge. He
shook off the effects of last season's injuries and his hit the floor
running. He is playing smart, scoring goals and contributing every
Kevin Morton Award Winner -
The 2004 campaign
brought on a new era in Roadrunner soccer. Newly assigned coach
John Schepers spoke at length about commitment, skill development and
playing smart. While the team trained and learned, in many ways it
was the addition of Gerry Kane to the line-up that took the advice off
the chalk board and on to the pitch. From the two cleated tackle
on his first play as a Roadrunner to playing the shield final on an
injured hamstring, Gerry showed us what we needed to do to win.
While his skill and
experience raised the entire team, it was his high expectations for
himself and others that turned the Roadrunner fullbacks into an
unbeatable unit. The team held the opposition to an incredible 10 goals
with six shut outs in regular season play. A remarkable feat made
possible by a great center back.
- August 2004
The Roadrunner fullback
line has been beyond solid, helping the keepers hold other teams to only
10 goals this season. This has largely been due to the sweeping
tandem of Conrad Bell and Gerry Kane. With the fullback line
subject to late season injuries, Conrad has anchored the line with
confidence. Playing through a sore knee and being there every game
has allowed the rest of the team the confidence to win control of the
ball at mid-field and win games.
ballots were also received for Eoin and Duncan Hickey for their tireless
and aggressive play. These unfortunately had to be discarded due
to voter confusion when they started wearing the same headbands.
Fernandez - July 2004
Fernandez, a lonely stoic man, an island. Nev is the bed rock on
which the Roadrunners will build the 2004 season. With towering
headers, quick feet, and a passion for supporting his team mates he has
led the way through the month of June which saw the team win all of its
Darryl had a great
season supporting the Roadrunners through the undefeated season of
2003-04. With 13 goals and only one yellow card Darryl was focused
on winning all season. In the early part of the season Darryl's
three games in goal turned the tide on the fledgling campaign and gave
the Roadrunners the confidence to face all the rest of a very successful
Raymond - February
It all starts with the
keeper. If the goalie has confidence, then the defense has confidence,
then the midfield doesn't have to cover the defense, and the forwards
have the support they need. That's what Mike brings to the
table. He is fast, skilled, brave and ready to play. Since
his signing in the summer of 2003 he has brought confidence to the
Roadrunner's side of the pitch. His big saves and occasional runs
up field set the pace for a confident, successful team.
No surprise, Kirk is
here again. The Roadrunners started off the 2003-04 indoor
campaign with some questions at forward. Several key offensive
players from the outdoor squad moved on and it was not certain where the
goals were going to come from. As other players rise to the
challenge, Kirk has has held the fort, generating goal after goal and several
hat-tricks. He has regained the confidence in his knee and leaves
all opposing defenses shaking their heads.
Kevin Morton Award Winner - 2003
Conrad is more than a good
player, he has the skill and the desire to play at forward, mid or
fullback. As the Roadrunners worked through the season he was moved
to where he was needed and dominated every game at every position.
He could strike a goal, slice through the midfield or shut down a game as
a sweeper. His skill was most evident when he would win a ball in
his own end and turn up field with such speed and ball handling that the
defending team would all retreat in confusion. He also leads by
example with a steady, confident outlook to the game that inspires others,
of diffuses tension. He never has to yell or scream, a simple
"we gotta get those" is all he ever needs to say.
Bruneski - August 2003
It is always the plan to
carry the ball strongly through midfield and
pass through the opposing defense for an easy score. But, it
doesn't always work that way. When you are down players,
when the midfield can't get established, when it is 35 degrees out,
sometimes you send the ball long and hope. Chad has carried that hope
for the Roadrunners. Game in, game out he has worked, scrapped, run,
fought and scored. He has scored key goals, he had created many
chances. He wants the ball, he wants to win.
Matt Wieclawski - March 2003
Mat leads by example.
In all sports there are players that speak with their actions. In
Roy Keane type fashion, Mat scores important goals that win games or turn
the momentum in the Roadrunner's direction. He has the courage to
play through injuries, and the team insight to know when to sit out
because he can't play at full speed. He is positive and motivating,
and yet occasionally loses his temper showing his desire to win. He
is always supporting, always encouraging. When the chips are down,
you want Mat beside you. Good luck Mat.
- February 2003
The Roadrunners are playing
their best indoor soccer in modern history. This has been due to
many factors, great goalkeeping, steady defense, strong midfield play, but
mostly, many many goals. Kirk Nordick has amassed a staggering 29
goals and the season is not over. What would have happened if he had
his knee surgery in the fall?
merit also goes out to Nick Corcoran for his tremendous performance
in the RSA tournament. This even garnered attention from our DIV II
- January 2003
John started his career with
the Roadrunners late last summer. All through the World Cup, threats
and promises were received from Japan that our new danger man was
coming. He arrived and the goals followed, but the quiet two footed
powerhouse seemed out of place among forwards that had played together for
years. The season ended in unfortunate fashion with a suspension
that defied logic. After being forced to start the indoor season on
the bench, he has now found the team and they have found him. With
16 goals already his impact is only beginning to be felt. He can
score from anywhere, and the power of his shots has all but the most
courageous of goalies backing into their nets when he has the ball.
He is truly a gifted player.
The Roadrunners are
playing the best soccer they have played in recent history. The
success on the floor has come from a complete team effort so it makes no
sense to single anyone out. The team is playing together, subbing
appropriately, moving the ball from defense to offense and controlling
the game through the middle. Every man is playing consistently and
confidently. The team is therefore the player of the month.
Morton Award -2002
It was a dark, cold
night in mid-winter and the Roadrunner management team was going over
the depth chart one more time in an attempt to replace Roadrunner
and varsity star keeper, Max Lingard. The Roadrunner net had been a
revolving door, both figuratively and literally. Then the homepage
picked up a hit, a keeper from Calgary was moving to Regina and wanted
to know if we were interested. The team cautiously replied that we could
perhaps have a look, how about you start in net on Tuesday? The new man
arrived, covered in tape, and before the game had even started was
dangerously close to a yellow card from Laurie over his lucky
shirt...That is how the legend of Dave Smith begins.
Whether knocking down
Red Dogs in his penalty area, clearing goal kicks 60 yards, or thinking
up excuses so Darryl will play net, Dave is an impact player. His
intensity and skill drive the fullbacks to play at their best, and his
"Shit Happens" attitude defuses all but the worst of
situations. A soccer team builds from its keeper, and Dave is a great
place to start.
- August 2002
Nick has turned on his
game in 2002. He has shown skill and drive on offense, hard work
at mid-field, and has supported the defense at every turn. His
goals have have shown determination, and his support of the defense has
shown a commitment to the team. Nick has been there when the team
has needed him.
Murray Hilderman - July 2002
2002 welcomed back the
return of wayward warrior Murray Hilderman to the Roadrunners. His
courage, speed and drive for the ball (and the need to score more goals
than Jeremy) have ripped open the mid-field of every game he has
played. He has inspired the rest of us with his attack and his
team attitude. If he would just stop calling us Concordia.
- March 2002
appears to be throwing off the effects of his long-term knee injury
and has returned to his scoring form. He started March with two,
two goal outings and he finished off the Dragons with a four goal
barrage. When he steps on the the floor he is always
threat. The Roadrunners always look to Kirk for leadership, and
2002 is no different.
2002 - Scott Dupperon
In January, Scott has been on fire with stifling defense and
lightning offense. A steadying force at the back, Scott
approaches the opposition net like a cat, pouncing on
opportunities. His quick release on set plays has finally made
the Roadrunners a threat on free kicks.
2002 - Max Lingard
When Max asked to rejoin the team there was no question he
was welcomed back. His tremendous respect for his team-mates,
however, made him uncomfortable that he was taking someone's
spot. This only shows what an all around team player he
is. His brilliance in net is matched only by his commitment to
improving the team in anyway he can. He will be missed.
Morton Award -2001
Chris is no stranger to the player of the month page.
With skill and determination he patrols the left side at fullback and
midfield. His consistent play and speed have made that side of
the field a no man's land for the opposition. The contribution
on the field and sidelines by Chris and his family make the
Roadrunners a much better team.
2001 - Dick Stinson
Back in the glory days Dick used
to dazzle us with end-to-end runs. Lately, a persistent calf
injury has caused Dick to play deep back. The last month,
however, we have seen the return of the master as he has returned
to moving forward, dribbling through forwards and setting up key
offensive plays. Its nice to have him back.
Honourable mention goes to Steph Snider who has been valiant in
net. We applaud his courage to take the position, and his
skill and persistence to stay there and help give us a chance to
return to glory.
2001 - Chris Ference
team rebuilds it is important to focus on what the team could be and not what it was.
Chris has been a steady influence on defense and has had a very positive impact on
the team. Through his play and his attitude he has helped make these awkward games
positive and has had kept the defense focused and fun.
The first winner of the Kevin
Morton Award in the new millenium is Sterling Snider. The award speaks to
dedication, commitment and skill development. In a very difficult season Sterling
came to every game, every practice and gave his best. Sterling has made the
Roadrunners a part of his life by bringing fans and family to the team and the sidelines.
His commitment and dedication is a positive hope for the future of the team.
of the Month - July 2000
When the team is struggling as bad as it is not
appropriate to single out individual efforts. So for July 2000 we salute several
2000 - Kirk Nordick
- Dallas Stinson for his steady calm while playing a position he is not used to
- Kirk Nordick for his leadership and courage playing through his injury
- Sterling Snider's goals
- Paul Harasen's performance in the net while suffering through the flu
- Max Lingard's
untested skill in net
- Darryl Luterbach's
handling of roster decisions
- The front office working through a fluid roster, debt, suspensions and protests.
Kirk led the team in scoring again this
season. On top of that he played through bruised ribs and several leg injuries
severe enough that even a fullback would have winced. His talent and determination
are always appreciated.
Honourable mention goes to Sterling
and Chris for taking out Dusty in the last
2000 - J.Ryan Tuck
The "Pastor of Disaster" has been a
quiet but dominant force in the middle of the court all season. Hustle, hard tackles
and speed have been the standard for this hard working player. All he really needs
is a better picture.
2000 - Darryl Luterbach
Darryl broke things open in December with
a flurry of goals and showed flashes of brilliance around the opposing team's net.
He worked hard on all shifts and did his talking with his foot.
1999 - Curtis Silzer
Curtis has taken control of the net this
year. His daring slide tackles and courageous challenges have turned the tide in all of
the Roadrunners wins this year. After years of being told to tell the defenders what to do
he has found his voice and the whole team benefits.
Honorable mention goes to Joe
Muldoom. He has had a tremendous impact in the
games he has played, unfortunately other commitments has kept that number fairly low.
Morton Award - 1999
This year, several players could have taken home this coveted award,
the winner truly earned it. Gabe, or "Gab" as he likes to be called,
joined the team early in the season and was eventually moved back to sweeper. His
skill, attitude, and determination did a lot to sure up an under achieving fullback
line. His constant threat to take the ball through half also contributed to a
successful August and September.
1999 - Sterling Snider
This summer the Roadrunners, through injuries, have found themselves in
the unusual position of being short fullbacks. As every player that hasn't scored
ten goals was cycled through the fullback line, Sterling emerged as a dependable and
occasionally fast right back. His ability to shut down his wing has been
instrumental in the team's positive first half of the season.
1999 - Mike Stercl
At the beginning of the month Mike asked what he had to do to be player of the
month. The answer was, play as well as you can. Mike answered with goals and
impressive off the ball play. Almost instantly his play was full of thought and
precision. For turning it on in the home stretch, Mike is Roadrunner of the Month.
Also worthy of mention for this, the final award of the indoor season,
is Chris Ference and Chad Penny. Chris had a dominant presence in the middle
position and was dearly missed in the final. Chad showed a great deal of confidence
and skill as the season progressed.
Curtis Silzer -
Curtis rose to a higher level by taking control of the defense and inspiring the
team to stop and score goals. Curtis has long been the quiet keeper, the Roadrunners
can only benefit from his insight and leadership.
Nordick - August 1998
Through the heat of summer Kirk has patrolled the forward line with power and
speed. A genuine deep threat he has provided a much needed outlet for the halfbacks long
seeking balls. He also showed leadership by actually reading his schedule
Sigurdson - June 1998
In the early part of the season Bryan led by example by shaking off the effects
of injured knees and surgery (intended to reduce the fan base) to take his usual position
on the field. As usual, the left side of the pitch was a grave yard for the
opposition and the birth place of many scoring opportunities for the Roadrunners.
Curtis Silzer - March 1998
When a team struggles no one suffers more than the goalie. Curtis has
played some of his best games to date behind a team that sometimes did not deserve his
efforts. His aggressive slide saves have kept the Roadrunners in many games. With the
summer season only weeks away, Curtis can look forward to some much needed support and
opportunities to win games on the forward line.
As the Roadrunners struggle to find
themselves in the fledgling 1997/98 indoor campaign, Kirk has kept us in contention. With
a 5 goal explosion in one game and a constant threat in all others, Kirk has again led the
way. All this while supplying Regina's crime community with a wide selection of used
Morton Award -
In a season of change on the fullback line Bruce
Anderson was the anchor that held it all together. While the line was torn apart with
assorted ankle and knee injuries Bruce rose to the top and played his best season to date.
Patrolling the back with power, skill and determination he let little by. With occasional
slices into the midfield he dazzled and amazed. He also led by example off the field by
bringing his daughter to most games, and by hosting the year end wind-up. Bruce was an
inspiration to us all.
Scott Samis -
On a cool night in May the Roadrunners met to discuss the dissapointing indoor
season and regroup for outdoor. The roster was already large but there were free agents to
consider: best friends, good athletes, Colombian exchange students. What to do. Through it
all Shaun insisted that he knew a goalie from Edmonton, a superstar from the
UofA. He made
the cut, mainly since none of our goalies wanted to play in the net anymore. Who could
blame them. Scott arrived and we were all taken aback by his aggressive attitude and
desire to play his best. After some shaky dropped balls and other growing pains Scott
found his form. It all culminated in a two game performance in the playoffs that will not
soon be forgotten. Both fans and opposition alike were impressed with his style and
HAWK" - July/August 1997
Many years ago a young insurance man arrived in Regina. He was staying in a hotel
waiting for his first day at his new job. As would happen fate had intervened as Bryan
Sigurdson had noticed that Micheal had noted he was the captain of his high school soccer
team on his resume. Bryan phoned and introduced himself as the vice president of corporate
actuarials and told Micheal to be ready in the lobby at 6pm because he was about to play
the first game for his new team, the Roadrunners. Moments into that game he became the
"Hawk". No one played the game harder and smarter than Hawk. There were few in
the league prepared to go in the air to get a ball from him. Even though he occasionally
missed games to play softball with the girls, his dedication to the team was never
doubted. Countless times he replaced his dislocated shoulder to finish games, and who
could forget the puss wick. Hawk was indeed a legend.