Front Row: Mr. Lawrence, Executive; Glen Brown, Coach; Andy Allerton, Waterboy; Gord Naylor, Waterboy; Ken Jones, Equipment Manager
Second Row Sitting: Mike Daly, Jim Langill, Ernie Gray, Bob Iredale, Solly Mastro
Third Row: Frank Bruneau, Bill "Nookie" Smith, John Chomay, Unknown, Glen Douglas, Jim Birmingham, Unknown, Harold Hay, Edgar Mott, Don Henderson, Don Logan, Gordon Odell, Presdident, Harold Greenshields, Physiotherapist
Fourth Row: Don Aird, Unknown, Howie Odell, Bill White, Mickey Ball, Don Macquisten, Unknown, Clyde Whitman, Vic Curtis, Bill Surphlis, Inset-Don Toohey, Manager
Article in the Monitor, May 9, 1946
by George Cochrane
We found in our mailbag this week a letter from a literary group of local footballers who became very indignant when the Lower Canada College authorities had the police remove them from playing fields one day last week. The boys, Ken Barclay, Nookie Smith, Clifford Harrison, Clifton Barr and one other gentleman (if I may presume a little)whose signature we found undecipherable, wrote as follows;
Dear George, It is now 2.35 p.m. and we and our beloved football have just been ordered off the seemingly sacred confines of the Lower Canada College playing fieids. And for what reason? The field, roughly 400 by 200 yards, say (actually two fields in one), was unpopulated. Utterly void of anything except a few blades of optimistic grass. We happen to be a couple of "college boys" (thanks to D.V.A.) in search of a momentary respite from our exams. All we were looking for was a place to toss the pigskin around. But this was not to be. Why? We don't really know, since we can't envision any conceivable damages to the premises. Even the police, who were summoned seemed to think (to slip into the vernacular) that the idea stunk. Nevertheless, duty won out. And so we got the boot. Actually we don't really care since we are fortunate enough to have other fields at our disposal. But perhaps there are some kids who haven't. In line with the policy of "keep the kids off the streets" we fail to see how this ties in. Perhaps Lower Canada, like so many other privately operated, financially independent institutions, is just the personification of all the narrow minded bigotry that is supposedly not a characteristic of our democracy.
Yours'until cricket replaces football,
Well, "boys," we're willing to give you space to express your beef and while we personally don't see why the L.C.C authorities should object to a few young men kicking a football around on their unused playing field, it must be remembered that it's L.C.C.'s property, that a lot of kids pay fees to play on it and that about 99 per cent of all landowners object to trespassers-even when the trespassers are such sterling good fellows as "the boys."
And if the L.C.C people would like to answer here. we'll be more than pleased to put some space at their disposal.
NDG MONITOR Thursday May 2, 1946
Shorts on Sports - by George Cochrane
It’s no longer a rumour. Westmount will definitely have a team in the Junior section of the Quebec Rugby Football Union this fall. The official announcement was made Monday night after a meeting held at Victoria Hall.
This means that if Notre Dame de Grace and district is to have a team in the same loop they’d better start organizing fast. As it was, there were a few lads from out West Hill way at the Westmounters Monday meeting.
Also on hand were Reg Watson and Norm Gillespie, vice-president and secretary of the QRFU who both spoke briefly and about 35 would-be players. Bruce Johnson, the man who coached the old Junior Westmount team that disbanded in 1939, has been signed on as mentor once more, with Andy McGillis, Mr. Sport, of St. Leo’s Academy, as his assistant.
NDG MONITOR Thursday August 22, 1946
NDG Junior Football Meet Tomorrow Night
A meeting to discuss the possibility of entering an NDG team in the junior section of the QRFU will be held at NDG Park Club House tomorrow evening at 8:30. All those interested in either playing or helping the team are asked to attend.
If they act fast, the NDG gang will be able to just get under the deadline date for entering the local grid set-up, which, according to George E. Jones, publicity director of the QRFU is August 29. The first league game is slated for September 21, but the entire schedule has not yet been drawn up.
NDG MONITOR Thursday August 22, 1946
Shorts on Sports - by George Cochrane
With the Westmount Junior Quebec Rugby Football Union Club's campaign for funds swinging into high gear, you're shorts on sports has been doing considerable thinking recently about the lack of a football team in these here parts. And by these here parts, I mean Notre Dame de Grace, Montreal West and Hampstead. It is ostensibly a pity that such a large section of the city, which is so rich in grade-a player talent, will not be represented in the Montreal junior grid set-up.
There was some talk back in May about Glen Brown organizing a team out this way. But the talk was just that-talk. Nothing, so far as I have been able to learn, came from the idea and once again the most westerly of this metropolis will be left without representation in the local junior set-up this fall.
Any reasons for this unhealthy state of affairs could, and should be overcome if a nucleus of enthusiastic footballers were to set themselves the task of putting the west end on the junior grid map. And what are the reasons? There is certainly no lack of good footballers of junior age. The fellows who have brought so many grid titles to West Hill and Loyola the past few years have not been duffers. And Montreal West and Daniel O'Connell have both developed a number of fine players. Its true that a number of the lads have graduated from high school and gone on to college. But it's equally true that many have gone straight to work from high school and they’re the ones who are suffering because of a lack of a west end junior team. Sure, a few of them will likely lose out trying for a berth on the Westmount outfit (which, by the way, is stated to start with work-outs right after Labour Day at Westmount Park) but the West End outfit could be found.
It might be Glen Brown - It might be any number of experienced football men residing in the west end. The money could be raised. The Westmount team has started off without a cent in its treasury but they have aimed a campaign for $1,000 and the way things are going it looks as they're going to get it.
Where to play? That's another problem but it could be solved. Some sort of half-decent gridiron could be found.
The Purple and White suburb team is content to use the Westmount Park cricket pitch until such time as the Westmount Athletic Grounds on Ste. Catherine Street, now inhabited by the army, are in playing condition. I am sure that the NDG players would be willing to play on a similar field.
It's too late to get into action this season. But it's not to early to enter to bring about getting this west end on the junior map.
NDG MONITOR Thursday August 29, 1946
Shorts on Sports - by George Cochrane
After what I wrote in this space last week about the need for an N.D.G. Junior football team, it's a real pleasure to report the tremendous progress which the energetic and enthusiastic crew behind the idea have made in just about 5 weeks.
It would not be going too far to say that in the one week they have been organized, the locals have done more than the Westmount juniors which have been talking and doing And what is more it look’s as if this N.D.G. team should go places. They have just about the best coach they could obtain - Glen Brown. Glen knows his football, every phase of it. He won't stand for any fooling or fits of temperament and when the N.D.G.ers take to the field for their first scheduled game, that'll be some time about September 21, you can be sure about one thing: they’ll be bubbling over with fight. All Glen Brown's teams are. For Glen drives the boys hard, even mercilessly, in practice, and he instills his own enthusiasm and fight into every member of his team.
The locals are also very fortunate in the pair of assistant coaches they have obtained. Bill Davies, a veteran footballer with loads of big time experience, and chunky Solly Mastro, the plucky guy who just missed making the Alouettes, both know a lot more about this grid game than that it's played with an inflated pig-skin.
And the players themselves are as keen as the proverbial mustard. All in all, it looks, even at this early date, that this Notre Dame de Grace football club is really going to go places. Here's hoping they do.
Glen Brown was a very innovative coach. In the forties teams always put a man behind the uprights to catch field goals. Glen decided that was a waste because if the field goal was good, what use was the man behind the posts. He then put men on either side to catch missed FG’s. He also had both punt returners act as if they were going to catch the ball, hoping to distract some of the opposition to the individual that wasn’t going to catch it. He also employed a no huddle offense a lot whereby the two guards would stand one step back and all the backfielders and flying wing would line up in a straight line behind the center. The quarterback would then call shift right or left and the two guards would go to the called side along with the flying wing. The backs would line up in normal positions and then a play would be called at the line depending upon how the defense reacted to the shift.
NDG MONITOR Thursday August 29, 1946
by George Cochrane
NDG To Be Represented in QRFU Junior Section
Glen Brown agrees to coach local Junior Grid entry
1st practice at Trenholme Park tonight at 6:30. All welcome at drills.
Well fans, it’s now definite that Notre Dame de Grace, long the birthplace of this city’s greatest football players, will be represented in the Junior Section of the Quebec Rugby Football Union. The all-important announcement came after meeting of those interested was held in the N.D.G. Park clubhouse last Friday night under the chairmanship of Philip Wimmer, sports convenor for the City of Montreal’s West End. Wimmer pointed out that while the city is not sponsoring the team, it will lend it every assistance in the way of dressing room facilities and playing grounds that it can.
The NDGers are the latest Junior entry into the QRFU loop. They have just squeezed in under the deadline date for entries, which is tonight. But while the local gridders have organized rather tardily, it looks as if the contagious fire of enthusiasm which was set alight last Friday is sweeping right through the West End.
Glen Brown, Montreal High Football Coach and the mentor of that Navy team which in 1944 went on to capture Dominion honours and the Grey Cup, has agreed to coach the locals. Solly Maestro, who barely missed making Lew Hayman’s Alouettes, and Bill Davies, veteran gridder, will act as assistant coaches.
FIRST DRILL TONIGHT
The first practice of the team will be held at Trenholme Park at 6:30 tonight. All interested are asked to turn out. There’s no residence rule, there are no maximum or minimum weight, and, as far as age is concerned, you have to be under 21 on September 21 to be eligible for play.
If there are any who can’t make tonight but who’d like to tryout for the team, contact either Glen Brown or Solly Maestro immediately. There’ll be no practices over the long Labour Day week-end but the lads will begin intensive practicing at Trenholme next Tuesday and will be drilling daily, except Sunday, until the schedule gets underway on Saturday, September 21.
Just where the local juniors will be playing their home games has not yet been decided. At present, it looks as if it might be Trenholme Park but the team’s executive committee has been led to believe that once they’re fully organized they will permitted to practice and play on the Lower Canada College grounds.
Equipment is a big problem for every football club but this enthusiastic gang of NDGers have it partially solved already. From the Montreal Alouettes they have already obtained a number of shoulder pads and helmets and more are said to be coming from the same source. Then again, most of the squad’s would-be players have some of their own equipment to use. In addition, any residents who have discarded football equipment for which they no longer have any use, can do a good turn by handing it over to the N.D.G. Juniors.
For funds, the locals hope to have a few exhibition softball games with the entire proceeds being turned over to the club. Donations are also welcome and can be sent to Glen Brown or to any member of the squad’s executive committee. A drawing is also planned, and silver collections will be taken at the club’s home games.
On this executive committee are the Messrs. H.J. Lawrence, S.J. Langill, Glen Brown, A. McMahon, S. Maestro, Phil Wimmer, F. Portwine, and D. Toohy. The committee’s next meeting has been called for next Tuesday evening and will be held at Mr. Langill’s home, 5636 Notre Dame de Grace Avenue.
Among those who have signified their intentions of trying out for the team are Ducky Aird, well known St. Augustine softballer; Willie Mosdell; Ken Barclay, high-powered backfielder who quarterbacked West Hill’s 1944 Senior A Championship team; Edgar Mott, captain and star halfback of West Hill’s Championship 1945 team; Harold Hay, hard tackling outside wing who played on a couple of West Hill’s title teams; Frank Bruneau, the southpaw forward passer who last year heaved the pigskin for Loyola’s Senior A team; Mike Munro; Mickey Ball, stalwart lineman who played stellar ball for West Hill the last two seasons; Jim Langill; D’Arcy Lamb; Jim McMurray; Ron Sutherland, driving former Loyolian; Nookie Smith, plunging, fast-running ex West Hill half; and a flock of other high school grid stars of yesteryear.
The executive committee want it made quite clear, however, that the huskies listed above are not yet on the team, that everyone turning out will be given a fair trial and that ability, and ability alone, will decide whether or not a man makes the team.
NDG MONITOR Thursday September 5, 1946
Shorts on Sports - by George Cochrane
NDG Junior Football Club is still rolling along at a rate that indicates they’ll be providing plenty of opposition this season. Phil Wimmer who is helping the team in every way he can, was down in The Monitor office last week doing his darndest to get some raffle tickets printed which is one of the local squad’s many fund-raising efforts.
Nine team Junior QRFU loop formed - Division split into sections
The Quebec Rugby Football Union is now comprised of a nine team junior league and six intermediates. The opener is set for the week-end of September 21-22. The junior division has been split in two sections, an East and a West.
The East section will be composed of Verdun, St. Lambert, Eastward and Rosemount. The West section has a new member to their group, Youth Centre, They were admitted to the junior league by a vote of 6-2. at the meeting which was held recently in the Sun Life Building.
The section will also have, besides the Youth Centre, Lachine, Westmount, Notre Dame de Grace.
The league schedule had to be revised, and will be released at a later date.
In the intermediate league there is McGill, Dawson College, Verdun Grads, Eastward and Rockland. The latter has been out of the grid picture during the war years.
Verdun will start on the weekend of September 21-22, with their four team juvenile and four team midget league. St. Lambert has a two team league of midgets, and Eastward are also planning a midget squad as well,
A letter was read at the meeting, which was received from Quebec, saying that they would have an Intermediate league In that city, but. did not mention any playoff dates. It was also proposed that a QRFU Coaching Association be formed and Glen I was elected as its convenor. Coaches will meet during the winter months. The meeting was attended and was presided by President Myer Insky.
The Youth Centre team was from a youth club on St. Mark Street near the old Montreal Forum. It was formed in 1943 by a Ladies Sorority for kids in the downtown area. They formed sports teams, initially got into hockey and then football. The first coach was Darcy Quinn, who went on to be President of Canadian International Paper. One of his assistants was Jim Easton. They practiced at St. Andrew’s Park, now the site of Dominion Textiles headquarters on Sherbrooke St. and played their games at Atwater Park. Their first quarterback was Jim Britton who would move over to NDG for the ’47 and ’48 seasons.
NDG MONITOR Thursday September 12, 1946
Organization of NDG Footballers well underway. Jim O’Dell in Prexy Post; Funds lacking
Popular Sportsman takes over executive reins of NDG Club - Donations to Club disappointing
By Red Fisher
At a meeting at the home of Mr. J. Langill on Tuesday September 3, Jim O’Dell, well known local sportsman, was elected Prexy of newly formed NDG Football Club. Appointed to the remaining executive posts were Mr. F. Langill, vice-president, J. Leclaire, secretary-treasurer and as directors of the Club, H. Lawrence, J. Taylor, C. Naylor, F. Round and J. Lemonte.
In electing Mr. O’Dell as president of the organization, the NDGers have chosen a man intimately associated with local sportsdom for a goodly number of years - one who is well capable of handling the reins of such an undertaking.
Coaching the local hopefuls will be Glen Brown, no stranger to NDG football enthusiasts, with Solly Mastro and G Lawrence of CHS fame, acting as his assistants. D. Toohy will manage the team.
Donations to the Football Club have been disappointingly inadequate. Inadequate from both a financial and equipment obtaining standpoint. The Montreal Alouettes have obligingly donated ten helmets to the Club, and sweaters were presented the footballers by Mr. Langill. However this equipment is far from being sufficient, what with football shoes, pads, and the like, left wanting. Raffles are being sold by local lads in aid of the team, and all interested local residents are asked to help their boys along in every small way possible.
SHAPING UP WELL
The team itself, although sorely hampered by the utter lack of equipment, is shaping up reasonably well. Particularly effective at the practice sessions, which are held nightly at Trenholme Park commencing at 6:30, have been “Nookie” Smith, Ken Barclay, Don Aird, Frank Bruneau, Mickey Ball, and Don Macquisten.
End and quarterback Don Macquisten.
All aspirants who have not as yet turned out to practice session are asked to get in touch with Coach Glen Brown. Latest reports have the NDG entry’s opening game scheduled for September 22, hence all local would-be footballers should waste little time in trying to obtain a berth on the squad. Particularly on the wanted list are linesmen.
An executive meeting of the club has been called for tonight, said meeting to be held at the home of the vice-president, Mr. F. Langill, 5636 N.D.G. Avenue. Financial and Club-organization matters will be discussed.
Equipment was very hard to come by so soon after the war as was money, but donations and purchases of used equipment were coming from many sources. A gentleman by the name of Eric Fleet, late of the Montreal Hornets Football Club, “obtained a loan” of equipment for which Solly gave him “rent” of $20.00 after Eric dumped it in the middle of the dressing room floor.
The nightly practices at Trenholme Park were virtually in the dark as there was only one light on a pole. Working on a passing game was next to impossible and this would affect NDG’s ability to score later in the season against Hamilton who had a full-blown passing attack. Lighting improved later on as the lights for the skating and hockey rinks went up.
NDG MONITOR Thursday September 19, 1946
by Red Fisher
NDG Footballers Set for Season Opener
Play at Lakeshore Sunday Squad Promising
Team has Eight-Game Schedule Games With Holy Cross, Youth Centre To Be Four Pointers
The NDG footballers, replete in new football togs, will trot out on the gridiron this Sunday to engage in their initial scheduled football tilt. All is in readiness for the big game, to be held on the home grounds of the Lakeshore team, with a bus being hired to transport the players and club officials to their destination. Looking at it from all angles, the local lads have a squad that will bear watching. Daily practice sessions at Trenholme Park have served well to burnish the rough spots in the line-up. Turnouts have averaged about thirty-five gridders nightly. Coach Glen Brown has brought down the axe, with a few players already cut from the team, and more slated to go within the next few days. However, promising new prospects are still welcome to show their wares, linesmen especially being on the wanted list. All scheduled tilts, with the exception of the Sunday opener and a Thanksgiving Day joust, will be played on Saturdays. The schedule calls for eight games, four at home on the Trenholme grounds, and four away. The squad will engage Westmount, Lakeshore and Lachine twice during the regular schedule while meeting the recent entries, Holy Cross and Youth Centre, on single occasions. The games with the last-named two teams will be four-pointers.
Football cleats and helmets are still on the wanted list. Any footballer who would be interested in either donating or selling this equipment to the club are asked to contact Solly Maestro or Gordie Lawrence.
Candidates who have all but assured themselves of a berth with the squad are the following:
Snaps - C. Barr, B. Champion
Halves - F. Bruneau, D. Aird, W. Smith, E. Mott, D. McLaughlin.
Outsides - D. McQuestin, E. Gray, B. Surphliss, B. Iredale.
Insides - W. Harrison, M. Ball, D. Logan.
Middles - E. Rassenti, J. Birmingham, J. McGowan, K. Jones
Quarters - K. Barclay, J. Langill.
The following have subscribed towards the benefit of the club:
Mr. J. Langill, H. Naylor, G. Allerton, H. Lawrence, Miss K. Lawrence, Mr. J. Greco, N. Goldman, F. Murphy, Nat’s Cigar Store, Heller’s Cigar Store, LaSalle Music Shop, Hartes Drug Store, Sunbeam Florist,, Wilson Barber Shop, Palmer’s Drugs, and Tarter’s Drugs.
NDG MONITOR Thursday September 26, 1946
by Red Fisher
NDG To Show Wares On Loyola Gridiron This Saturday - College Grants Use Of Field To Local Lads
NDGers Take Initial League Fixture By 22-6 Count. Ken Barclay Notches 2 Majors
In a move designed to help foster the advancement of local amateur football, the Loyola College authorities have granted the use of their spacious playing field to NDG’s Jr. football squad for this coming Saturday afternoon. The local lads tackle the Westmount Jr. aggregation on that day in a scheduled QRFU tilt. The Loyola move hailed by NDG officials and players alike well serves to point out the favourable attitude of the institution. Indications are that the local Jr. gridirons will be able to obtain the Loyola grounds for a second fixture at some future date and possibly a third.
NDG’s Junior footballers raised the curtain of their gridiron season on a triumphant note last Saturday afternoon when they traveled to Lakeshore to drub homesters 22-6. Pushing across majors in the first and last quarters and counting two more in the third period, the local lads were never threatened. Completing the festivities, NDG’s fleetfooted end man Ernie Gray pounced on a Lakeshore fumble behind the Lakeshore goal stripe following a long boot by Bruneau to give the westenders a much coveted 5 point lead. The count was up to 6-0 when Gray booted the ball for a successful conversion between the uprights. Lakeshore soon knotted the count in fighting fashion coming through with a rouge and a major on a few fast breaking plays. Neither team came in for any further scoring for the remainder of the half, the score remaining deadlocked at 6-6. Glen Brown charges really opened up in the second half as Ken Barclay charged over the stripe with the first of his two touchdowns a scant few minutes after the opening whistle. Nookie Smith followed with another 5 pointer pouncing on to another Lakeshore miscue and galloping 65 yards while hanging onto the pigskin for dear life. The winners elected to try an end run for their conversion attempt but were stopped cold by the Lakeshore line. Ten minutes after the start of the final quarter, Barclay added insurance to his teams healthy points advantage by going over the Lakeshore line for another major. And the Westmount crew whom the NDG gridders meet this Saturday afternoon at the Loyola stadium. Starting whistle to be blown at 2:30 PM. The local athletes will find a lighter team that is their own. What the Westmounters lack in weight, however, they make up in all around fighting spirit.
Glen Brown intends to alternate two squads during Saturdays play, each team being initiated into the play on 7-1/2 minute sessions. Tentative starters on the two outfits will be: flying wings, McLaughlin and Logan, quarterbacks, Barclay and Chomay, Halves, Mott and Aird, Smith, Hersey, Bruneau and Birmingham, Snaps, Barr and Champion, Insides, Ball, Bassett, Harrison, Whitman, Jones and White in the middle along with Douglas and Rassenti, the Outsides are Gray, Hay, Macquiston and Iredale. Alternates are Surphliss, O’Dell, Brunt, Patterson and Coleman.
After this game Ken Barclay and his center Cliff Barr(two West Hill boys) decided that they didn’t like Glen Brown’s system. Most of the players were from WestHill and they were hoping that Roy Chesley, the West Hill coach would come and coach NDG. Ken was a High School All Star who led West Hill to City Championships in ‘44 and ‘45 and a very gifted Quarterback. Solly said “If you want to go - go, but Glen Brown is the coach.” Ken and Cliff left the team and it had a devastating effect on a lot of West Hill friendships, some of which were never rekindled. Ken and Cliff, apparently, could not handle the fact that they had as teammates players from other schools that they loved to beat. Ken went on to play for McGill and became President of Dominion Bridge. Ken also had tragedy to deal with later in life as he lost a son in the Lockerbie Pan Am air crash in Scotland.
The outbreak of polio had caused The Protestant School Board to cancel interscholastic sports, so NDG was formed partially as a result of this. Glen Brown who was an Industrial Arts teacher and coach of Montreal High brought quite a few Montreal High players with him; Jim “Tubby Baldwin, John Chomay who replaced Ken Barclay at QB, Vic Curtis, George Gorloff, Don Henderson, Don Logan and George Valois. At the beginning the players from West Hill would sit on one side of the dressing room and the Montreal High boys on the other, but it wasn’t long before they started to mix and become undivided teammates.
John Hersey of West Hill was cut from the Leafs and went over to Westmount for the season. He was tragically killed in an automobile accident on the 2-20 Highway some years later.
NDG MONITOR Thursday October 3, 1946
by Bob Lunny
NDGers Down Westmount In Tight Encounter - Down Visitors 11-5 On Loyola Lot: Play Saturday
Valois Edgar Mott Score Majors For Locals. Register Clincher In Final Quarter......
The NDG football entry made it two straight at Loyola when they downed Bruce Johnson’s Westmounters 11-5 in a nip and tuck affair. The issue remained in doubt right up until the final quarter when Edgar Mott carried the football over the Westmount stripe for the NDGers second major score of the day. Valois counted the first NDG major in the second quarter taking the ball over from the Westmount four yard stripe Although not entering the scoring column Ducky Aird and Nookie Smith turned in standout performances. The local entry meets the Lachine aggregation this Saturday afternoon at Trenholme Park, starting time slated for 1:30 PM.
NDG ran back Ken Shield’s boot to their own 40 and the NDGers started up the field on plunges by Smith and Mott gaining 20 yards. Mott who played a sensational game made first down again on an off end plunge. George Valois made the first down again on a end run after making four first downs in a row. McLaughlin was finally stopped by Westmount’s John Kay. Westmount took possession of the ball on their own 12 yard line and after a 5 yard plunge by Bill Telford, Westmount kicked to mid field and Nishio recovered a fumble. Ash’s plunge was good for 9 yards, Ewart made first down on a quarterback sneak. Nishio kicked for 30 yards. Barclay was stopped by Ben Young of Westmount. NDG elected to kick after Smith was smeared for an 11 yard loss. Dave Ash snared the ball and carried it for a 15 yard gain. Westmount was stopped and kicked on their third down. NDG failed to make a gain and the ball changed hands. Kay made 20 yards on a pass from Nishio. On the last play of the quarter, Ash brought the ball up to NDG’s 5 yard line.
Nishio scored Westmount’s first major. The convert was blocked, Gray kicked to Westmount’s 37 and NDG regained possession of the ball on the next play when Westmount fumbled. Smith was tackled by Dryden after he made yards. Edgar Mott made a 5 yard gain on a plunge stopped hard by Bruce Marshall. Mott faked a kick and plunged to the Westmount 4 yard stripe. Valois went over for a touchdown on plunge. Bruneau made good the convert. Westmount was offside on the kick and were penalized. Smith made a nine-yard gain to NDG. The ball changed hands and Ash made another nine-yard gain. Westmount was nailed behind the line of scrimmage and kicked on the next down. Westmount was awarded a first down on NDG interference. Nishio kicked on the third down. Smith was stopped on the line of scrimmage by Westmount's Don Jackson. Mott made an eleven-yard gain on an end run. With first down and ten to go Mott was stopped by Bruce Marshall. Sandy Spence carried back an N.D.G. boot fifteen yards.. Westmount kicked to NDG’s forty-five. Valois made an eighteen yard gain. An NDG attempt at a placement failed, and on the last play of the first half Lamb made a four-yard gain for Westmount.
Gray kicked for N.D.G. A sleeper play failed for Westmount. Nishio kicked after an offside. Smith was stopped by Binmore. NDG fumbled and Ash made a ten-yard gain on the same play. Telfer was good for five yards on plunge. Ewart made first down for Westmount. Nishio’s pass to Binmore was good for thirty yards. With first down and ten to go Dave Ash made a nine-yard gain. On the next play Ewart was stopped on the line of scrimmage. Third down and one to go. Westmount tried for a field goal. The ball struck the pole and bounced back on the field hitting a Westmount player. The Westmounters were penalized ten yards and NDG were given the ball. Kay stopped Logan on the second down. NDG kicked on the next play. Logan tackled Ewart on the last play of the third quarter.
Sandy Spence kicked for Westmount and recovered an NDG fumble. A Westmount pass was incomplete. On the third down Spence kicked and again NDG fumbled. Marshall was tackled by Macqueston on an off-end play. Westmount tried for a convert but it was blocked. Chomay started things rolling for NDG when he made a fourteen-yard gain. Smith was stopped by Dryden after he made six yards. Mott's plunge was good for a first down. Bruneau brought the ball up to Westmount’s fifteen yard line. Mott went over standing up for touchdown. The convert failed Westmount received but fumbled. On the next play, Valois made first down on a ten yard gain. Dudley tackled Valois on the next play. The ball exchanged hands when a Westmount pass was intercepted. Smith made a 20 yard gain for NDG. Aird was stopped on the line of scrimmage by Young. Final Count NDG 11, Westmount 5.
John Chomay had practiced twice with the Leafs that week and went out to Loyola to watch the game. He was standing behind the bench when coach Glen Brown noticed him there. “What are you doing there? You’re supposed to be out there at Quarterback.” John replied he hadn’t been told he was playing. “Get some equipment on and get out there!” said Brown. George Gorloff, a centre, had been playing at QB as he knew Glen’s system from Montreal High.
George was also a natural born leader, going on to one day be President of The McBee Company. He also tells of his many broken noses and was advised not to have his nose operated on until he quit football. There were no face guards in those days. George decided to hang up his cleats after the ‘46 season and had his nose repaired. In 1948 there was a rash of injuries and George was asked to return to the team. He had a face guard of sorts. There were no penalties for “Grabbing the face mask” at the time and he ended up being more worried about his neck than his nose as his face guard was constantly being grabbed.
Westmount Coach Bruce Johnson was a firey individual and was famous for throwing his hat on the ground and jumping on it when he was incensed.
Ben Young, brother of future NDGer and CFLer Wenty Young played his first game of football in this match. Ben had returned from service in the war and was listening to Bill Dryden, a Westmount team mate say how tough the football was and Ben just laughed and said “You guys don’t know what tough is, I was in Special Services training where we were taught to kill people with piano wire around they’re neck” So Dryden persuaded him to come out and Ben went on to play for Bill Davies Canadian Champion Senior Lakeshore Flyers.
NDG MONITOR Thursday October 10, 1946
by Red Fisher
NDG Junior Footballers Trample Lachine 35-0
Take Third Win. Aird and Valois in Starring Roles......
Displaying a lightning-like offense, superbly backed up by an impassable defense, N.D.G.'s rampaging Junior football entry romped to their third successive win in lambasting the winless Lachine eleven 35-0 last Saturday afternoon at Trenholme Park.
The win places the NDGers in a first-place deadlock with the Westmount crew. Insofar as the number of points garnered is concerned, each team having chalked up six of same. However, included in the Westmount total is a four-pointer, snared at the expense of the Holy Cross outfit. Glen Brown’s charges have a golden opportunity to take over sole leadership of the loop this Saturday afternoon, when they are scheduled to hookup with the Holy Cross aggregation in a four-pointer at Notre Dame Stadium with starting time slated for 2:30. The locals are also slated to play their Westmount rivals on Monday, Thanksgiving Day, in a contest at the Westmount grounds, starting time for this tilt also being on tap for 2:30.
The high charging N.D.G. gridders haven't met up with the Holy Cross crew as yet, the same crew which went down to an 11-0 defeat at the hands of the Westmount jobbies last Saturday afternoon. The Westmounters, in turn, dropped their only decision of the season to date when they came out on the short end of an 11-5 count in the previous encounter with the local lads. NDG lost little time in impressing the magnitude of their power and superiority over their opponents on the minds of the bumper crowd present, when Frank Bruneau booted a placement but three minutes after the opening whistle. "Ducky” Aird, the winner’s hard fighting halfback, counted the first major of the game five minutes later, when he climaxed a steady march downfield by scoring, charging over the Lachine goal-stripe. The attempted convert was blocked. Lachine then did a little marching of their own, driving deep into NDG territory. However the quarter ended with no further scoring.
Lachine continued their onslaught on the NDG goalmouth with the resumption of play in the second quarter, but were unable to chalk up anything in the way of points. Play see-sawed back and forth throughout the quarter, with the winners finally breaking the ice with but three minutes remaining in the half, when Aird booted a single. Big George Valois kept things humming when he racked up NDG’s second five-pointer of the afternoon with a beautiful run. Bruneau made good the convert try with a well-placed punt. NDG 15, Lachine 0.
VALOIS, MOTT, COUNT
It was all NDG in the third quarter as they lugged the pigskin over the Lachine pin-stripe on two different occasions, Valois counting his second five-pointer of the day after eleven minutes of play. Hay's attempted convert was blocked. With one minute remaining in the quarter, Mott toted the sphere over the goal-mouth for a major score. NDG 25, Lachine. 0.
Lachine received the NDG kick off. A Lachine-attempted forward pass was intercepted by Douglas, who was finally downed on the Lachine twenty-yard line after some heady ball-carrying. Nookie Smith made yards on the next play, and carried the ball over the line seconds later with a plunge through centre. Once more, Bruneau’s attempted convert was blocked. The winners took to the air, at this point. a Valois-to-Hay heave being good for forty yards. Chomay intercepted a Lachine pass minute later, and lateralled to Logan, good for twenty-five more yards.
With two minutes of time remaining, Aird wrapped up the NDG scoring with another major, his second of the afternoon, going over the line with a series of bucks.
Final Score: NDG 35 Lachine 0.
Edgar Mott, one of the stars of this game, was also a star hockey player for The Montreal Royals Juniors. Edgar moved to the US and died tragically in the early ‘90’s from a severe reaction to an antibiotic whilst being treated for a sinus infection.
Shorts on Sports - by George Cochrane
There’s another local team earning itself a niche in local athletic circles. That’s the NDG Junior QRFU gridders, who, at the time of writing, boast an undefeated and untied record and are perched atop the standings which is as good as any place to be perched.
Glen Brown, one of Montreal’s better football mentor’s, has molded together a very powerful crew composed chiefly of stars of WestHill and Loyola High Schools. My prediction is that the locals will sweep aside all opposition and will end up with the Junior title which would be quite a feat for a first year team.
Loyola High, was in fact, only represented by Frank Bruneau, as Montreal High players were second in numbers to WestHill having at least seven.
NDG MONITOR Thursday October 17, 1946
by Red Fisher
NDG Griddies Top League - Five Wins, No Losses
Nip Holy Cross 8-0, Overwhelm Westmount 20-2
Holy Cross Team Shows Wares In Sunday Game;
Aird, Mott, Valois Sparkle Offensively; Play Sat.
NDG’s onrushing Junior Maple Leafs (1st time team identified as Maple Leafs) made it 5 straight besides remaining the sole unbeaten crew in the western section of the Junior Loop when they won two fixtures over the holiday week-end. Sunday they blanked a surprisingly hard-fighting Holy Cross squad at the Notre Dame Stadium, then went on to lambaste Ossle DalzieIl’s Westmount aggregation, 20-2, the next day, on the Westmount grounds.
The two wins consolidated Glen Brown's boys' position atop their section of the league, giving them a three-point advance over the second-place Lakeshore combination. Westmount occupies third spot with a seven-point total.
The locals take to the field once again on Sunday afternoon, hookup with the Youth Centre twelve. The tilt, tabbed as a four-pointer, will be played on the Trenholme Park grounds, starting time set for 2.30.
N.D.G. 8, Holy Cross 0
Holy Cross, although blanked by highly-favored Maple Leafs, drew the admiration and praise of its opponents, and the sparse gathering present, in defeat. True, most of the afternoon's play was in the Holy Cross half of the field, time and again the inexperienced poorly equipped aggregate from Montreal South balked N D G efforts at striking paydirt with the Leafs camped forcefully on their goal-stripe. The locals ripped through for long yardage gains when stationed towards mid-field, but were stalemated once deep in the plucky Holy Cross’s territory. Play see-sawed back and forth.
Although the ball remained in Holy Cross territory during most of the play. Logan broke the scoreless deadlock early in the second quarter with the only point of the half, when he booted a long rouge. Bruneau added another singleton midway through the third quarter.
The winners counted their sole major of the contest in the final quarter when Edgar Mott carried the ball over the line on a plunge through centre, after Mott and Valois had brought the sphere down to their opponent's five-yard stripe with some fancy ball-carrying. Ernie Gray completed the scoring when he split the upright with a flawless boot.
N.D.G. 20, Westmount 2
It was a horse of a different hue when the green-and-white shirts N.D.G. lads hooked up with The Westmount combine, last Monday afternoon on the latter's home grounds. Here the locals virtually ran the Westmounters ragged slapping a 20-2 defeat on the homesters. F r a n k Bruneau's talented toe was sending the pineapple for healthy distances. Mott and Aird carried the ball as if their life depended on it. The team's plunging was bone-crushing, with Ball, Henderson, Whitman, McLaughlin and Douglas making their tackling tell up front.
Port-sider Bruneau opened the scoring for the winners when he unerringly booted a 35-yard placement after but three minutes of play. Kas Nishio, Westmount’s fleet-footed back clipped a point off the N.D.G. advance when he booted a singleton at the ten-minute mark. There was no further scoring in the quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, Chomay plunged through centre, after an N.D.G. march down-field, to rack up the first major of the ball-game. The convert was blocked.
The Leafs really set things humming in the third stanza, with Ducky Aird striking pay-dirt twice on plunges through the middle after a couple of heaves had placed the team on the Westmount goal stripe. Hay spilt the posts neatly on one try, was blocked on another convert try.
Each team added singletons in the final quarter to complete the afternoon's scoring.
NDG MONITOR Thursday October 24, 1946
by Red Fisher
NDG Gridders in Final Drive for Section Crown
Trip Lakeshore 18-11; Keep Win Record Intact
Bruneau in Fine Punt display. Mott, Hay score 5 pointers
Meet Youth Centre on Saturday Here
Glen Brown's N.D.G. Maple Leafs all but wrapped up the QRFU Junior West Section championship when they came surging from behind with a nine-point second-half effort to best the Lakeshore entry 18-11.
The win, their sixth straight, gives the locals a three-point advantage over the second-place Westmount crew, hence any NDG win - Westmount loss will bring the championship home to roost.
The local gridders should accomplish this much sought-after feat when they tangle with the winless Youth Centre combine at Trenholme, Park on Saturday afternoon. The contest, a four-pointer, is slated to swing underway at 2.30!
With Frankie Bruneau's energetic booting and Edgar Mott's equally spirited plunging showing the way, the NDG-ers came through with nine points in the last half of the ball game, at the same time holding their opponents to a goose-egg.
Bruneau contributed six points via two stylish placement efforts, while Mott and Hay counted majors, the latter converting his own touch. Grey clicked with the second convert. Chomay played a driving game up front, as did Ball Logan, and Ernie Gray. N.D.G. racked up their first major on some heads-up ball by McQuieston and Edgar Mott. The former intercepted a Lakeshore attempted forward heave midway the initial quarter, bringing the ball down to the visitors' twenty-five yard stripe. Mott, a tower of strength on the offense throughout the afternoon carried the ball for 15 yards, lost the sphere when downed heavily, but was on it again like a flash, enabling the Leafs to retain possession of the play. Mott then went over for pay-dirt on two plunges through the middle - ploughing over the line with four Lakeshore heavies clinging to his frame. Scrappy little Ernie Gray clicked on the convert try.
The orange-shirted lads from down Lakeshore-way lost no time in deadlocking matters. A Lakeshore boot, coupled with an N.D.G. fumble told the tale. The losers punted a beauty to the N.D.G. 10-yard stripe, where the Leaf's back-fielder bobbled the ball long enough to allow Crabelle to kick the sphere over the line, where he fell on it for a major. A Crabelle to Semmelhaack pass was good for the extra point. There was no further scoring in the quarter.
Lakeshore forged ahead early in the second stanza's play. Semmelhaack intercepted a weak N.D.G. forward early in the second quarter, carrying the ball down to the locals 30-yard line. A plunge through middle netted twenty more yards. Wilson then rifled a bullet-like pass to Parson who received the pass standing on his lonesome behind the N.D.G. goal - posts. The convert try was blocked. Lakeshore 11, N.D.G. 6.
Lady Luck beamed brightly on green-and-white when, on the last play following the touch, Lakeshore fumbled, losing the ball on their own twenty-five. Frankie Bruneau then lifted the first of his two stylish placements, splitting the upright from an extremely difficult angle, to narrow the Lakeshore advance down to a two-point total. At the half, the count remained unchanged, Lakeshore 11, N.D.G. 9.
The winners came through with a concentrated drive downfield with the resumption of play, chunky Edgar Mott ploughing through for three straight first downs. With the ball on the Lakeshore 25-yard line, Bruneau booted his second placement of the afternoon, a difficult angle shot that split the uprights neatly, pushing the locals ahead 12-11.
N.D.G.'s final scoring effort came via a Lakeshore miscue. The visitor's safety was too anxious going after an N.D.G. punt, fumbled, allowing the hard-charging Hay to fall on the ball for a major score. Hay counted the convert to complete the afternoon's scoring.
In the 40’s, the hash marks were much closer to the sidelines which made short field goals more difficult due to the severe angles. John Chomay relates the story that led to Bruneau’s field goal that put NDG ahead 12-11. Edgar Mott was screaming in the huddle “Give me the ball, I’ll get the first down” and John said “No, there’s lots of time left, we’ll go for the field goal” The quarterback called the plays including field goals and Frank left-footed it through at what seemed a high risk attempt. It seems the team had no regular place-kicker with many different players making attempts and not a high rate of success.
They had cheer leaders (Red Fisher Sports Column)
NDG’s Junior footballers are up to all kinds of words said about them. Six of the hardest workers are the teams pretty and youthful cheerleaders.
Cheerleaders; Joan Kinna, Dot Menzies, Liona Davis, Joyce Irvine, Phyl Chalmers, and Barbara Davis.
Nookie Smith sidelined with chipped bone in his arm.
NDG MONITOR Thursday October 31, 1946
NDG Opens Junior Finals at Loyola on Saturday Kick-off 2:30
Trample Youth Centre 28-1
Finalists Both Unbeaten During Regular Season
Won the Junior West Section Title
by Red Fisher
They brought home the bacon, they did, these NDG Junior Gridders. Bacon in the form of a Junior West Section title. Whether or not the eggs are to come along with the aforementioned vittles will hinge on the outcome of the NDG-St. Lambert playoffs for the city and district championship, which swings underway on Saturday afternoon at the spacious Loyola grounds. Kick-off time is slated for 2.30.
The locals are extremely fortunate to have obtained permission to use the West-end lot for these fixtures, for it is no secret that more than a few aggregations have cast their application for this gridiron plum. The series, it is reported, will be a two-game total point affair, the second contest to be played on Saturday, November 9, at, as an yet, undesignated field. The local stalwarts wrapped up the West section style last Saturday afternoon at Trenholme Park, when they steamrolled their way to a one-sided 28-1 win over the hapless Youth Centre.
Glen Brown’s jobbies will take the field probably slightly favoured to cop the honours, mainly on the basis of their impressive season scoring punch. Glancing at the locals' lineup, we find the NDG pigskin toters have left little wanting in the way of a grid powerhouse machine. Up front they have such capable journeyrnen as Douglas, a 'boy' who drives all the way., Mickey Ball, a stone wall on defence, Henderson Chomay, and plucky Ernie Gray. Edgar Mott, Ducky Aird, Daly, Bruneau have on glittered offense and defence. Harold Hay and Logan are dangerous men in any situation, with the first two, mentioned consistently being the keynote of the NDG offense.
On the other hand, Coach Reg Williams' St. Lambert squad, highlights a few gents who aren't to be trifled with, namely, Cameron Kenney and Nelson Greene, a pair of fine puntsmen; Bill Strathdee, Don Johny, Johnny Berry, and rough, tough, Don Askew.
Looking at it from both sides of the'' barrier”, the N.D.G.-St. Lambert set-to promises to be a humdinger of an affair. Both squads have gone through with ease. record. The Maple Leafs chalked up 143 points in seven games, while holding the opposition to 25 markers. Meanwhile, the boys from Longueuil have come through with 79 points in an even half dozen jousts, holding the opposition to a mere eighteen.
St. Lambert demonstrated a portion of their much talked-about prowess on the gridiron, when they sewed up their section title with a 19 0 white-washing of' the second place Rosemount ease. Both teams have proven, on the basis of their. seasonal play, that they are powerful both on the offense and defense, with the Maple Leafs having the edge on their opponents as far as points scored are concerned. Statistics are blown high, wide and handsome, as a rule, when it comes to the final playoff. How the book will fare in this instance promises to be settled this Saturday p.m. One thing is certain, however, football at its Junior best will be on display on the Loyola lot once the whistle calls for kick-off time.
NDG MONITOR Thursday November 7, 1946
NDG - St. Lambert draw 1-1 in title fixture
Deciding Game to be Played on Rockland Field
Saturday’s Game Played Under Trying Weather Conditions;
Fumbles Costly to Both Teams
by Red Fisher
The N.D.G., St. Lambert teams might just as well have stayed in bed as far as the result of their first playoff encounter having a bearing on the Junior QRFU title hunt is concerned. The game, played last Saturday afternoon on a rain-soaked Loyola campus, ended in 1-1 stalemate.
Fumbles en masse dotted the day’s play, with both team’s muffing golden opportunities at striking pay dirt when foiled by the slippery pigskin. St. Lambert drove down to the local eight-yard stripe only to lose possession of the ball on two occasions - once on a bad snap, then again on a heavy tackle.
The St. Lambert crew opened the scoring late in the first half helped along by an N.D.G. miscue. Pouncing on the ball after an N.D.G. fumble on their own thirty-yard line, Nelson Greene lifted a long, high punt after two plunges through the middle failed to click. Ducky Aird, receiving the ball deep inside the locals' goal-stripe, was smeared heavily for the rouge. There was no further scoring in the half, with no prominent yardage gains being registered by either team.
The green-and-white banner of N.D.G. started rolling downfield with the resumption of play in the second half. With but three minutes of the third quarter ticked off, N.D.G. battled their way down to the Combine 25-yard line. Here two attempts at carrying the bail through the line produced no results. Electing to kick on the third down, Don Logan got away a 40-yard hoist, good for the singleton, stalemating matters at 1-1.
St. Lambert all but stowed away the playoff fixture in their victory locker late in the final quarter when they battled their way down to the Maple Leafs' two-yard stripe on some heavy plunging. After being stopped at the scrimmage line on their first ball-carrying attempt, the boys from Montreal South blew their chances by fumbling on the next play.
St. Lambert, if anything, had a slight edge on the afternoon's play, Their play-making was more polished, their plunging more successful than the locals. However, little can be taken away from the N.D.G.ers. They rose to heights in the clutches, especially on that St. Lambert drive to the two-yard line.
The two teams hook up in the second, and as circumstances have it, the deciding game of their two-game total point affair Saturday afternoon, with latest reports having the Rockland field as the site of the crucial fixture, Both teams will have their full lineups primed for the start, with the victor walking off with the Q.R.F.U. crown, and with it the Bunny Sabbath trophy. Kickoff time is slated for 2.00.
Whether or not the victor of Saturday's tilt will be able to continue along the championship trail towards a Dominion play-down is undecided as yet. Aside from the usual difficulties of obtaining suitable playing sites, the question of the high expense encountered in such an undertaking must be considered. Be that as it may, the Q.R.F.U. promises to come out with a statement on the matter in the future.
The boys loved to tease Glen Brown on the bus trips back from away games by singing out “What’s the colour of horseshit? --- “BROWN - BROWN!!
NDG MONITOR Thursday November 14, 1946
by Red Fisher
NDG, St. Lambert All Square in Junior Final.
Play 2-2 Draw in St. Lambert In Last Minute Drive.
Reg William’s Squad Ties Game With Minute Flag Up;
Greene In Fine Fettle. Valois Impressive.
As far as the NDG Maple Leafs are concerned, the popular ditty presently sweeping the country should have been called "Give me fifteen seconds more" instead of the oft-plugged "five minutes". For after holding onto a one-point advantage for most of the afternoon in last Saturday's QRFU championship struggle with the gritty St. Lambert Combines at Rockland Park, the Leafs weakened in the last minute of play to allow Nelson Greene to boot the game-tying single with fifteen seconds of regular playing time remaining.
Greene's marker tied up the ball game at 2-2, which remained unchanged after the squads had battled through two scoreless ten-minute overtime periods. This, on top of the 1-1 stalemate reeled off in the teams' initial encounter at the Loyola campus, squares the two-game total point series at 3-3, which puts everyone concerned neither here nor there as far as naming the local Junior kingpin is concerned.
Latest reports have it that the wheels have been set in motion to secure the Molson Stadium as the site of the next Junior tussle, the game to be played on Saturday, Nov. 23. An important feature of this set-to is that no admission will be charged at the gate, however it is expected that a collection will be undertaken during the game.
N.D.G. were on the long end of a 2-1 count, with the minute flag up, when shifty Mickey Maguire knifed through a gaping hole in the N.D.G. line, finally being downed heavily on the Leaf 20-yard stripe after carrying the ball 25 yards. The ball was moved up to the N.D.G. ten yard line, ref. Red Storey slapping a roughing penalty on the locals in downing their man. Here, Nelson Greene, whose phenomenal booting highlighted the St. Lambert offense, throughout the afternoon, hoisted the game and series-tying tally.
Once again the game promised to become a "comedy of errors" when in the first quarter six miscues, three by each team, were chalked up. At one point the ball exchanged hands on four straight fumbles, with neither team gaining any yardage in the process. Although St. Lambert dominated the initial stanza's play, it was N.D.G.'s Frankie Bruneau who opened the day's scoring. The Maple Leafs took possession of the ball on the St. Lambert 15-yard line following Greene's weak punt from his own' goal-stripe. Here, Bruneau, who together with Don Logan, showed the way in the N.D.G. punting department, booted to the deadline for the rouge.
Glen Brown’s boys forced the play in the second quarter, holding a wide margin in territorial play. George Valois came through with some beautiful runs, as forceful plunging and polished broken-field running sparking his team's offense. However, it was St. Lambert's potent puntsman, Nelson Greene, who racked up the first point in the quarter. An attempted placement from the N.D.G. 30-yard line swung wide of the up-rights, bouncing out of play just three feet behind the goal-stripe for the rouge.
There was no further scoring in the half, the teams trotting off the gridiron with the count knotted at 1-1.
The big green-and-white N.D.G. banner once more forged into the lead early in the second half. Don Logan got away a 50-yarder at the five-minute mark that Nelson Greene bobbled behind the pay dirt stripe. However St. Lambert pounced on the sphere to save the major while sacrificing the singleton.
Play roughened up somewhat from this point on, ref. Red Storey handing out penalties liberally, with the majority of these being slapped on the locals. The ensuing slam-bang football battle reached it’s climax in the last minute of regular playing time with Maguire setting the stage for St. Lambert’s game-tying stint,
George Valois scintillated for the local club all afternoon, his heady ball-carrying figuring in the majority of the N.D.G. plays. Nelson Greene and his talented toe stood head and shoulders above the rest of the St. Lambert squad.
Shorts on Sports - by George Cochrane
This game was played in an absolute quagmire as heavy rains had turned the field at Rockland into a sea of mud. St. Lambert had tied the score on a boot by Nellie Greene that landed about the five yard line and squiggled out of touch just about a yard into the end zone. Near the end of the quarter, NDG had a chance to win it when they were on the St. Lambert 30. Confusion reigned as Glen Brown wanted to know if a kick that sailed through the end zone would be a point or did it have to land in the end zone first. Discussion revolved around whether or not it was a regulation end zone or not. It was all academic as Frank Bruneau could not get the wet pigskin even to the end-zone, slicing one off the side of his foot.
Nelson “Nellie” Greene was a dominant player for St. Lambert. The following season saw him graduate to the Ottawa Rough Riders for three seasons and then moved on to the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1950 to 1954.
NDG MONITOR Thursday November 21, 1946
by Red Fisher
Junior Footballers Renew Bid for Title on Saturday
Latest Fixture to be Contested at Molson Stadium
Tightest Football Tussle in Local Grid History Renews After 2-week Layoff.
All's in readiness for what is expected to be one of the tightest football classics in local Junior grid history when the N.D.G., and St. Lambert teams trot out on the Molson Stadium gridiron this Saturday afternoon at 2.00 p.m.. The onlookers will be treated to the spectacle of seeing two teams meet in the third game of what was originally scheduled to be a two-game total-point affair for the Junior QRFU championship. Two successive stalemates however, necessitated the third contest.
The teams battled to a 1-1 draw on a mud-soaked Loyola campus in their initial encounter, and wrestled to a 2-2 deadlock the following week when the St. Lambert team, last year's titleholders, counted the equalizer in the last minute of play.
No admission will be charged for Saturday's tilt, however, a collection will be undertaken during the game.
It is reported on good authority that the team coming out on top in the Saturday fixture will travel to Hamilton to hook up with the Junior titleholder's of that city in an Inter-provincial playdown.
Don Toohy, manager of the NDG squad, comes forth with the assertion that his team is in the prime of condition, and "rarin to go" following their two-week lay-off. "We're putting the boys through their paces," said Toohy. "They're showing lots of steam in their nightly drills, and you can expect a fine game from the boys on Saturday,"
An item interesting to watch in the week-end joust should. be the revival of the punting duel between St. Lambert's Nelson Greene and NDG's Frankie Bruneau. Both these boys have come through with phenomenal booting stints in the team's encounters to date, and their kicking in the third game should be no less sensational. It was Greene's last minute deadline boot that snatched the St. Lambert draw game out of the fire in the teams' last meeting to date, and their kicking in the third game should be no less sensational.
NDG MONITOR Thursday November 28, 1946
by Red Fisher
NDG Footballers Capture Junior QRFU Crown
Whip Combines 19-0 at Molson Stadium on Saturday
Mott, Bruneau, Smith count Majors; hook up with Hamilton in Eastern Canadian Playdowns Saturday
There was no joy in St. Lambertville last Saturday night, for N.D.G.'s mighty football machine steamrollered to a one sided 19-0 trouncing of last year's titleholders, the St. Lambert Combines on Saturday afternoon at Molson Stadium before a bumper crowd of grid enthusiasts.
The champs will travel to Hamilton on Saturday to hook up with the Junior Tigers from that city in an Eastern Canadian playdown. The Tigers, conquerors of St. Mikes 46-2 in a two-game total point series have a smart, hard-kicking outfit, and will take a lot of beating.
There was no mistaking the complete supremacy of Glen Brown’s boys over the St. Lambert crew. Following close on the heels of the teams' two stalemate affairs, their first and second meetings of their championship series, N.D.G. out-plunged, out-ran, out-kicked, and generally outclassed the South Shore gridders.
After collecting singletons in each of the first and second quarters, the green-and-white ran wild with three majors, a convert, and another rouge in the second half of the ball game.
Frankie Bruneau opened the afternoon's scoring late in the first quarter when he hoisted a 40-yard boot to the Combine deadline. Don Logan, who together with Bruneau carried the burden in the N.D.G. booting department, chalked up another singleton late in the half.
It was all N.D.G. In the second half, as they rolled downfield for three majors, another singleton by Bruneau, and Ernie Gray's convert try.
Edgar Mott went over for the first major score of the afternoon, late in the third quarter, squirming his way through a maze of St. Lambert players from the 2-yard stripe. Ernie Gray, N.D.G.'s hard-driving end, split the up-rights on the convert try.
Minutes later, "Nookie" Smith, playing his first game following a long layoff with a broken arm incurred at the outset of the season's play, reeled off the most spectacular run of the day, weaving his way 40 yards down the right side of the field for the second major of the afternoon. The convert attempt by Bruneau u~
With three minutes of playing time remaining, Frankie Bruneau went over for the third N.D.G. touchdown following a St. Lambert miscue on their own 12-yard strip
George Valois, although not showing in the scoring column, glittered on the offense, his repeated effective plunging setting up three Maple Leaf touchdown tries.
Douglas, MacQueston, Ball and Harold Hay came through with sterling efforts up front.
Team-captain Johnny Berry, Don Askew, and Dan Johnston turned in standout performances in the St. Lambert losing cause.
McGill had played their last game in a mud bowl of a game the week before and the field had been chewed up considerably. Later in the week it turned very cold and the field came up icy. On game day, Glen and a few players who lived near Molson Stadium went up to check the field early in the morning. They had cleats on and quickly realized the footing was going to be treacherous. Glen instructed George Gorloff to go to Murray’s Sporting Goods on Mansfield, where George had a part time job, and purchase a few dozen pairs of running shoes. In the warmups, Glen had the players put their cleats on, but after the warm-up, the players put the running shoes on and ended up with a definite advantage over the Combines when it came to getting their footing.
St. Lambert Combines had some great future stars, namely Nelson “Nellie” Greene who played with The Ottawa Rough Riders and Cec Findlay who later played for the Maple Leafs and then graduated to McGill Redmen and then the Alouettes.
Before the game coach Glen Brown had a bouquet of Violets sent to George Valois with a card saying “St. Lambert Combines”. The Combines colours were Purple and White and was suggesting that George might be a “Patsy”. This was a psychological ploy by Glen to “wind up” Valois. It obviously worked, as Valois had a standout game. George had his career ended when he was playing an exhibition game with the Alouettes and teammate Ray Cicia fell on his leg causing severe damage.
Highlights from the Jr. QRFU Football Title Game
Strange game this game of football. In the first two games of the QRFU Playdowns scores ended in ties of 1-1 and 2-2 but on Saturday NDG broke away and outscored their opposite opponents St. Lambert 19-0.
There was plenty of colour at this Junior game, but the two colours that stood out were Purple and White and they saw Red and went to town. The NDG team had a cheerleading squad of teenage girls complete with sweaters. The game was really done up in style. It was quite cold and every time the girls would finish a cheer they would put on their coats. They must have been tired doing that all day.
From the press box, Otterburn Park and Ste Hilaire mountains could be seen as the air was clear and crisp and Johnny Bennett, McGill Intermediate coach was in the box along with Marc Pilon, Buck Tahamont; Montreal Football Club doing a little scouting. The game was so strong that even Fred Roberts of the Gazette attended although Charlie Halpin covered the game.
Two fans started to mix it up after half time and gathered quite a crowd. The QRFU executive were pleased with the silver collection arrangements. It costs about sixty dollars for the use of the field and the game officials. The officials Platt, Giles and Storey handled a good game, but forgot to give any signals when penalties were made. When the game was over the NDG team was mobbed by its supporters. Before the game was over they lined the sidelines.
In the dressing room NDG were giving cheers for all from the waterboy to Coach Glen Brown. After the rejoicing many of the boys went to St. Lambert’s room which was very quiet until NDG hit it. Some of the boys on the Saints played with some of the NDG boys when they went down to Halifax to play recently. Glen Brown shook hands with Reg Williams, coach of the Saints for a good game that they played. But from other sources Glen was reported to have said “That’s something for them to pick out of their teeth”. President Myer Insky of the QRFU and other members of the executive made calls to both dressing rooms. George E.J.
HAMILTON SPECTATOR Monday December 2, 1946
Notre Dame Swamped By Bengals, 22-1 In Junior Playoff
Scoring eight points in the first half and adding another 14 in the second, Vince Bryant’s Tiger juniors turned on the heat before more than 1200 spectators on Saturday afternoon at the H.A.A.A. grounds when they swamped the Notre Dame de Grace Maple Leafs, 22 to 1 in the sudden-death Eastern Canadian junior football semi-final.
From all advance notices concerning the Quebec champions, it looked like the Hamilton aggregation was going to have a real fight on their hands, but surprisingly the Montreal Club didn’t have much to offer and the Tigers had no trouble at any stage of the game.
One Single Point
Notre Dame tried hard but aside from a few splurges in the first half when they got their only count by virtue of a kick by Bruneau, they didn’t have much to show against the razzle-dazzle play of the speedy Tigers.
Tigers started driving from the opening kickoff when, with Joey Pal and Granby showing the way, they found holes in the Montreal line and went for yards in the early minutes of the first quarter. The Tigers’ driving style of play paid off when Flaherty booted an onside kick to give his team one point. Just before this score, Tigers got a major that was called back for an off side when Joey Pal took the ball from his own line of scrimmage and crashed through the Montreal club with a 40 yard gallop to take it to the Notre Dame ten yard line and then O’Connor took it over for a touchdown, only to have it ruled no good.
The Tigers got this one back a few plays later when Pal was stopped after taking Logan’s kick and then lateralled to Tommy O’Connor who brought it back to the centre strip where Flaherty hoofed a long one to put Montreal on their own ten yard line. A blocked kick then gave Tigers possession with Scotty Murchison skirting his left end for a touchdown in the dying minutes of the first quarter.
Hamilton added two more points in the second quarter while the Montreal team were getting their only score of the game. Tigers got their first point after Gudgeon, who turned in one of the best individual efforts of the afternoon, and was about the hardest man on the field to stop, bulled his way past four Notre Dame tacklers before being pushed into touch on the Montreal 25.
Boot For Rouge
Tigers, with Scotty Murchison carrying the ball both times, took two raps at the Montreal line and then Manoian booted for a rouge. Montreal got their score several plays later when after taking it to the Tigers 25 and not being able to advance any further, Bruneau kicked to the deadline. Flaherty got the other point in the dying minutes of the first half when he kicked to Montreal and then tore up the field to recover his own kick, and after taking two raps at the Montreal line, kicked to rouge Bruneau behind the line.
The Tigers came close to adding another major count in the third quarter when Scotty Murchison blocked a Montreal kick to gain possession on the ten yard strip where Manoian booted one to the deadline instead of taking the chance on a touchdown. Hamilton’s other two points in this quarter came from the boots of Manoian and Flaherty.
Early in the last quarter, Flaherty intercepted a Montreal pass to gain possession on the Notre Dame 30 yard line and then Joey Pal took the ball on the next play and cut his way around the right end and across the Montreal line for a major count. Flaherty kicked for a single a few plays later, and in the last minutes of the game, Woods jumped high in the air to intercept a Notre Dame pass and after shaking himself loose, went over for the final score of the game.
Offensively the Montreal club did not have much to show. Tigers stopped them cold all through the game and the score might easily have been doubled if it had not been for the fact that the Tigers had numerous penalties called against them when in excellent scoring position.
Bruneau, Aird, Valois, Gray and Chomay for the Montreal club tried hard for a losing cause, while Scotty Murchison, Flaherty, Joey Pal, Granby, and Festeryga, along with Gudgeon, Aull, Santucci and Manioan turned in a neat chore for the Hamilton team.
Montreal - Flying Wing; McLaughlin; backs; Valois, Aird, Bruneau; snap; Gorloff, quarter; Chomay; insides; Baldwin, Ball; middles; Henderson, Douglas; outsides; Hay, McQueston; alternates; Daly, McLeod, Rossenti, Curtis, Logan, Gray, Iredale, Jones, Smith, Birmingham, White.
Hamilton - Flying Wing, Ormsby; backs; Pal, O’Connor, Flaherty; snap; Eafals, quarter; Festeryga; insides; Aull, Marshall; middles; Puandomatteo, Cicero; outsides; Kyle, Whitfield; alternates; Lucknan, Alford, Traicoff, Gudgeon, DiFrancesco, Santucci, Cooper, Wood, Moskan, Montour, Hogan, Repei, Beatty, Wade, Rothwell, Murchison.
Referee - Seymour Wilson, Hamilton; umpire, Ralph Harrison, Montreal; linesman, Norm Crichton, Hamilton.
HAMILTON SPECTATOR Wednesday December 4, 1946
Sport Trail by Ivan Miller Sports Editor
Those disappointed pans being toted about by Jerry Ingrassia and Vince Bryant, manager and coach of Tigers Big Four grid champions are ample indication that the Bengals are through for the season.
When they captured the Junior Big Four title, the Yellow and Black had visions of winging their way through an eastern Canada play-off series and, possibly, taking a shot at the Canadian junior laurels.
This, not withstanding the realization that nothing in the nature of junior play-offs had been considered, spurred the Bengals considerably. They arranged a sudden-death battle with the Quebec champions at considerable expense and subsequent deficit and emerged from that tilt as easy victors.
Visions of further action, however were rudely dispelled for various reasons, and now the Bengals are claiming a title of some kind without any argument heard from the rivals they might have had.
Tigers had hoped to get a game with the winners of the O.R.F.U. series. When Mahoney Bears were eliminated, they sought in vain for a city title game with that outfit.
Prior to the Assumption College-Toronto Ajax clash last Saturday, the Ingrassia-Bryant combine went hotfoot after both clubs for a playoff. Ajax promised to battle if they defeated Assumption, but they didn’t. Assumption won’t, and the playoff isn’t!
So now the Bengals are surveying the scene wondering just what they can claim. They captured part of the eastern Canada title (mythical) at any rate, tossed out challenges to all and sundry, in vain, and must take consolation in the knowledge that either other winners have had enough football or that Tigers’ reputation has scared them off.
PLAN FOR FUTURE
Tigers are determined about one thing, however. . . . they will insist that minor play-offs be re-established.
“We would like to see the C.R.U. make definite plans for title play-offs in all classes” declared “Huck” Welsh. With proper adjusting of schedules there is no reason why junior, intermediate scholastic play-offs cannot be carried through the same as in senior ranks. If the senior clubs wish to contribute toward the continued development of homebrews, they will find it in their interests to assist in every way possible in the advancement of such playoffs, for it is from the ranks of the youngsters that the senior stars of tomorrow emerge, and the more incentive provided the youngsters, the more enthusiastically they go about the business of striving for top-ranking.
NDG MONITOR Thursday December 5, 1946
by Red Fisher
NDG Juniors bow from Football Picture
Drop 22-1 game to Mountain City Junior Tigers
Hamilton Team too strong for local entry
Mott, Whitman missing from NDG lineup
It was an ill N.D.G. football that the Hamilton Junior Tiger blew over 22-1 last Saturday afternoon in the Eastern Canadian junior final at the Hamilton A.A. A. grounds.
Minus the services of their ace ball-carrying half, Edgar Mott and Clyde Whitman, the N.D.G. club were never in the picture as the Hamilton crew out-plunged, out-kicked, and generally humbled the Maple Leafs entry. Hamilton chalked up nine first downs on the afternoon's play as compared to the N.D.G. total of three.
The game was a free-passing affair, with the Hamilton crew attempting 17 heavies while completing only three. Glen Brown’s boys meanwhile, attempted 11 forwards ringing the bell with four. However two faulty N.D.G. throws were intercepted and converted into Hamilton touches.
In running roughshod to their one sided win, the Hamilton team racked up an even half dozen points in the first quarter, a brace of singletons in the second canto, three more in the third quarter and sewed up the ball game with 11 markers in the final stanza.
The ball-carrying of Joey Pal, Wood, Luckman, and Bob Gougeon, coupled with the sensational booting of Flaherty and Manoian were the telling factors in the Hamilton landslide. Flaherty and Manoian booted seven singletons between them while Pal, Wood and Luckman clicked for touchdowns.
Frankie Bruneau hoisted the locals sole marker late in the first half.
Hamilton opened the scoring early in the afternoon’s play with Flaherty lifting a long, high boot to McLaughlin following Granby’s 40-yard run to the N.D.G. 10.
Midway through the initial quarter Hamilton crashed through to block Logan’s attempted boot on his own 10 yard line. Murchison then lateraled to Luckman on the next play who galloped round the left end for the touch. The attempted convert was blocked.
The onrushing junior Tigers made it 7-0 minutes later when Manoian booted the sphere out of touch from the N.D.G. 30.
Glen Brown’s boys garnered a single with 5 minutes to go in the half. Daly, making his first appearance in the game, reeled off a 15-yard pass to Hay who was brought down on the Tiger 20.
A second pass across the scrimmage line went wide of the mark. Bruneau then kicked to the deadline for the point. Hamilton added another point to their total in the last minute of the half. Tigers recovered their own boot on the maple Leafs one yard stripe with the minute flag up. After two plunges through centre failed to click, Flaherty booted to Bruneau who was smeared for the rouge.
Vince Bryant’s Tiger team started rolling with the renewal of play in the second half. A Luckman-to-Rothwell heave was good for 20 yards. Here Bruneau was rouged by Rothwell with Manoian booting a 30-yarder from the N.D.G. 20-yard stripe. Manoian made it 10-1 minutes later when Murchison recovered his own kick to the N.D.G. 18-yard line.
Hamilton racked up another singleton at the eight minute mark when Flaherty hoisted a 35-yard punt falling on Logan’s blocked kick on the N.D.G. 23-yard stripe. Hamilton went into the last stanza sporting a healthy 11-1 lead.
Hamilton notched their second major of the afternoon at the four-minute mark of the final stanza. Flaherty intercepted an N.D.G. forward toss, finally being downed on the Montreal team’s 30-yard line. Joey Pal then reeled off the pay-off run around left end scoring standing up. Pal’s attempted convert try was blocked.
The winners completed their scoring with Flaherty kicking another singleton, his fourth of the afternoon, and Wood intercepting Aird’s forward heave, galloping over the locals line with Hamilton’s third major score of the afternoon.
Notes from NDG Monitor article December 5th, 1946.
by Red Fisher
William Shakespeare once uttered “To be or not to be, that is the question”. Well the NDG football club simply wasn’t last Saturday afternoon at the Hamilton AAA grounds, there was no question about that. The local squads displayed none of the super rushing qualities that swept them through an unbeaten schedule here and also a 19-0 trouncing of the heretofore unbeaten St. Lambert combines squad in the QRFU final. The hard playing Mott and Whitman weren’t there, Mott was home in bed nursing a malady bordering on pneumonia while Whitman cropped up with a body injury. Nookie Smith had to leave the game early with a shoulder separation, as did Glen Douglas who was carried off the field suffering from a slight concussion, after one of the inimitable headlong drives - speaking of Douglas there is a boy who puts more into his football game physically and vocally that an other Jr. gridder we’ve had the pleasure of watching. You can see him gearing himself for the opposing team’s half back and once it came heaven help anyone rash enough to try and stop him from getting his man.
Of course, all this is meant in the light of excuses for an NDG club. In all fairness to the Hamilton aggregation, an NDG club with half a dozen Motts and Whitmans couldn’t have beaten that Vince Bryant coached crew last Saturday. The Mountain City boys were outstanding, they couldn’t do anything wrong, their plunging was bone shattering, their kicking phenomenal, their interference superb. There’s a couple of boys on that club, Joey Pal and Bob Gudgeon who could graduate into Big Four ranks tomorrow and create a healthy stir in that exalted company. It is not too early to start planning for a larger and better football set up here for next fall and among the best things the local guiding lights could do to better the local football picture would be to install suitable dressing room accommodations at Trenholme Park. There’s also a crying need for lighting facilities on the grid field. The facilities available at present at the park are in a tumbled down state and certainly far from the adequate if we are to produce teams on a par with our Ontario brothers. The Hamilton boys have the best of everything at their disposal. The dressing room was well equipped with showers and their football field well supplied with lights for night scrimmages. We’re labeling the above as an opening shot for procuring better conditions for our boys. If enough sports minded citizens can rally the call, perhaps we can emanate enough words, yours and mine, from this pillar, to have somebody to do something about the situation.
Don Macquisten says the game was very anticlimatic after the St. Lambert series as they were a very sore and battered lot before the Hamilton game. The Tigers came out in resplendent uniforms and the new style helmets. NDG were rag-tattered and their uniforms were still dirty from the week before. They were psychologically at a disadvantage before the game started, but despite all the adversities never quit. Hamilton had quite a few players go on to the CFL including Joey Pal, George Festeryga, Jim Quandamatteo and Mel Aull. Bill Smith seemed to think Hamilton were 1 year older. George Gorloff likes to tell the story of this game when he, as an inside linebacker, had as his opposite number on Hamilton, a guard by the name of Aull who was deaf, and would keep hitting long after the whistle. George was convinced that Aull was taking advantage of his disability and the sympathetic view of the referees. Nookie Smith did not suffer a separated shoulder but had suffered a cracked rib the week earlier on the frozen McGill turf against St. Lambert, and aggravated it in the Hamilton game which further reduced NDG’s offensive threat. Nookie, after the game, saw Glen Douglas on the table still not sure where he was, when Glen asked him, “Did we lose?”, and Nookie replied “Yes, Glen, we did.” The extremely talented and proud Douglas then broke down at the fact of their loss.
Most of the fields, with the exception of Loyola, that the Leafs played on were in awful condition and many players had cuts, bruises, scrapes and charley-horses which wore on them as the season went on.
There was a huge party on the train back to Montreal with many of the lads being introduced to rum and for many years the smell of rum would remind them of how ill they got. Both trains were on the milk run and took a long time between cities. The team executive had elected to take everybody involved on the team to Hamilton and by taking the slow train they received cheaper fares.
NDG MONITOR Thursday February 20, 1947
by Red Fisher
Football of all things crops up in the news this week. George E. Jones, publicity boy of the QRFU advises that Alouette Football Club is throwing a feed for the champion Intermediate and Junior grid squads of the Province, Eastward and NDG Maple Leafs. The local football following, we imagine, are still fanning themselves following the torrid St. Lambert - NDG final series which saw the two junior combines play 1-1, 2-2 deadlocks before the locals hitched up their mildly dilapidated socks and steamrollered their way to a 19-0 triumph. The supper incidentally....
NDG MONITOR Thursday February 27, 1947
by Red Fisher
’47 Alouettes Fete East Enders, NDG at Rifles Lot
Awards Presented To Teams And Players
Eastward and NDG Maple Leafs, the reigning Provincial intermediate and junior football kingpins were hosted and toasted at the Victoria Rifles Armory on Tuesday evening with the Montreal Alouettes filling their former role. Informality was the byword for the evening as the youthful gridders were properly feted for their past seasons performance with leading lights in the city’s sports world sharing in the festivities. The spotlight in the evenings doings was the presentation of trophies to the deserving members of the Eastward and NDG teams. The Hanson-O’Connell-O’Reilly Memorial trophy awarded by Glen Brown to the Maple Leaf judged most cooperative during the season’s play was carried out by the team captain Edgar Mott. The trophy was put up by Brown in commemoration of three former NDG footballers, all fatalities in overseas action. Further awards saw Ed Fennell being presented with the Dunnville trophy by QRFU prexy Myer Insky, team captains Harold Hay and Edgar Mott the Sabbath trophy emblematic of the QRFU junior supremacy by its donor Bunny Sabbath. The Tutor Pott Mug awarded to the Eastward Combines by Colonel Stuart Forbes and Most Valuable Player award presented to Stan Rose of the Eastwards.