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Articles from 2006:

Season ends in dramatic fashion (10/18/2006)
Submitted by: MTFL Press

Under ideal sunny skies and a light breeze on the Halifax Wanderers Grounds, the MTFL 2006 season ended on Saturday, September 30 with Championship games in the first and second divisions. With its usual Commons A and B venues declared unplayable from a Stones concert the weekend before, quarter and semi final games were played at St Francis and Wanderers Grounds earlier in the day. In the semi-finals for Division II, regular season winners Subway defeated Grizzlies 32-22, while Jr Sensations downed Storm 13-6. In Division I, DMB came from behind to nip Pogue 27-26 in the 1-2 game to send them directly to the final. On the other side of the draw, Ten Years After beat Thunder 22-8, and were then eliminated by Budweiser 21-18 in a back and forth affair. Pogue then edged Bud 26-25 when a last play rouge attempt fell short, setting up a DMB - Pogue final.

In the Division II championship game, Subway took control from the beginning and never looked back in defeating Junior Sens 30-8.

It was a much different contest in Division I. DMB scored early to lead 6-0 and played stellar defense in edging Pogue 12-7 in a game that was in doubt right to the final play. A great way to end the 2006 season and the 40th Anniversary for the Metro Touch Football League.

Videos of both finals have been produced and can be purchased at the league awards event to be held in early November. Stay tuned!

Remainder of playoff schedule set (09/28/2006)
Submitted by: MTFL Press

Guys: Playoffs will resume this Saturday, September 30 at 9:00AM


Field A - Wanderers Grounds
Field B - St Francis

Back-up weather field - Rockingstone

Finals will take place at Wanderers Grounds and will be filmed again this year. DVDs will be available at annual year end awards event.

We are attempting to go with 3 paid officials for both championship games.

Here is the amended schedule:

Time Game # Field Teams Lining

9:00AM 13 A DMB vs Pogue TBA
9:00AM 14 B Ten Years vs Thunder Jr Sens
10:30AM 15 A Grizzlies vs Subway L13
10:30AM 16 B Jr Sens vs Storm L14
12:00PM 17 B W14 vs Budweiser L16
2:00PM 18 A W15 vs W16 MTFL officials
2:00PM 19 B W17 vs L13 L17
4:00PM 20 A W13 vs W9 MTFL officials

Exhibition Weekend Results (07/21/2006)
Submitted by: MTFL Press

Teams from Moncton and Newfoundland enjoyed a rare window of good weather last weekend to play some exhibition games against MTFL teams. Thanks to Mike Flynn for helping organize this weekend, the boys definitely enjoyed both the nightlife and the football.

Moncton went 2-1 and NF 2-2.


DMB 45 NF Outlaws 12
Moncton Bulldogs 35 Subway 6
NF 29 Boston Pizza 28
Moncton 32 Ten Years 18
NF 31 Jr Sens 22
Thunder 45 NF 20
Pogue 40 Moncton 6

Week 7 Review (07/19/2006)
Submitted by: CJ Purdy

Week 7 Review

Saturday July 8th, 2006

In an effort to make up for rained out games, the Commons played host to 10 Division 2 games and a Division 1 game this weekend in Sunny 30 degree temperatures.

Division 2


NEWSFLASH: Ch 4 gets their first win with a 42-6 blow out victory over their rookie counterpart Lonestars. In their first meeting earlier in the year Lonestar edged Ch4: 31 - 26. Snake bitten after an opening day victory, Lonestar has now lost their last 5 games. Ch 4 had their best outing of the year thanks to QB Peter Eddy who shredded the Lonestar defense with a career high 7 TD's. Eddy distributed the ball with relative ease hooking up with 4 different receivers. Collin Powers led the way with 3 TD's in this one sided affair. Congratulations to Ch 4 on their first MTFL victory!


These 2 teams are really starting to build a rivalry atop the Division 2 leader board, after the Sensations beat Subway to go to the final last year. Subway responded with a thrilling opening day 15-14 victory over the Sensations. But not this time, QB Todd Brine led the charge hooking up with receiver Tarek El-Bitar for 3 TD's and a 2 pt convert, Bitar also finished the game with an interception to cap off an outstanding day. On defence Andrew Livingston had 3 sacks on the usually untouchable veteran QB Rick Rivers. Besides getting sacked, Rivers also threw 2TD's to Ryan Henneberry and another to Shaun Keyes.


After suffering an opening game 48 - 6 loss to BP, Curves bounced back with a final play touchdown to reel off their 4th win in a row. Adam Smith continued to lead the way throwing for 3 touchdowns and running in another for his Curves team. Blair Ryan caught 2 TD passes and Phil Gautier had an interception and tallied his first TD of the year with 3 plays left to seal the victory. Rusher C.J. Purdy added 3 more sacks to remain atop the sack leader board. Billy Robinson threw 3TDs, all coming in the second half to James White, Sam Saade and Dave Kelly but it wasn't enough for BP on this day.


Shortly after their first victory of the season, the short benched Ch 4 News team got chewed up by the Tigers in this Saturday afternoon feast. Gary Walsh had a chance to pad his stats throwing and converting 7 TDs. Marc Pollett lead the offence with 3tds, Rod Badcock, Fred Bonner, Colin Franz, and Scott Thomas all made a trip to Pleasure Town. Peter Eddy connected with Dylan Brennan and another reporter who requested to go unnamed in this losing cause.


The Storm notched their second win of the season this afternoon over the team formerly know as the "Sophmore Sensations". Todd Brine and Mike Mullally exchanged blows all day throwing 4tds apiece. However, it was a 1pt convert by Mullally that proved to be the difference in this one. Dan Caya, Phil Clark and Mark Royale provided the punch for the newly formed Storm. Last years rookie of the year Andrew Livingston had 2 tds, while singles went to Bitar who continues to roll along and Daniel Burbridge.


In the absence of starting QB Daniel Williams, Doobie Taylor painted the Grizzlies defense with 4tds. It took no time for Doobie to find a go to receiver connecting with Ryan Cosgrove for a season high 3 TDs. Lacen Johnson rounded off the scoring with his 3rd td of the year. The Grizzlies gave the rock to Todd Van Ritchie in this losing cause and again found William Tanner who is proving to be a threat on offence in just his first season in the league. The Grizzlies remain in a tie for first place and will have a tough time staying there as they face the Pogue Fado next.


Subway kept pace with the upstart Grizzlies tallying their 4th win of the year over the expansion Lonestars. Rick Rivers threw for 5 TDs on this sweltering Saturday afternoon to keep Subway in a tie for 1st place in D2a. Rivers managed to avoid the rush and find John Nass for 3tds and a covert, and dropped 2 more into the hands of team point leader AJ Tufford. The Lonestars finally got on the board with QB Jeremy Eastwood providing some spark for the lonely lonestars. Mario Vauto and Nigel Mailman hit pay dirt for the Lonestars

Sunday, July 9

Division 2


Would the real Paint Can please stand up? They beat the Grizzlies then fall to D2b Tigers by 16. The Tigers got a much-needed upset victory over last years D2 champions. Walsh was on his game today as he fired 3 TDs to Colin Franz and another to Rod Badcock to help build some momentum for the squared tooth Tigers. Doobie Taylor threw 2 tds to receiver Lacen Johnson in a losing cause as the paint is starting to drip.


After the battle for restaurant supremacy I don't think anyone from Lonestars will be taking their friends and family to BP anytime soon after this 61-0 loss. George Nathan spurred the Lonestars for 5 TDs! Dave Kelly took the wheel for BP and threw 4 TDs in this lopsided affair. The Lonestar defense had picks from James Richards and Mario Vuotto, who is starting to establish his presence on defense.


The weatherman was calling for rain and rain it did as Dave Kelly again threw for 4tds giving BP back-to-back victories to follow up an earlier loss to Curves for the division lead. James White added to his division leading point total with 2 more tds in another shutout for BP. Mike Shea and George Nathan also chipped in for 6 as BP regains its D2b lead.

Division 1


If you take a look at the standings this comes as no surprise. DMB continues to roll along and sits comfortably on top of the Division 1 standings at 7-1. Shawn Johnson led this offensive juggernaut with 5td passes, a receiving td and an interception. Rodney Fraser reeled in 3tds and Jason Bailey played a big roll grabbing 2tds and 2 ints to become the league leader in both categories.

Till next week...

Good Luck!

NFLD & NB Teams to Square Off with MTFL Teams (06/27/2006)
Submitted by: MTFL Press

Teams from New Brunswick and Newfoundland will be coming to Halifax in July to play exhibition games against MTFL teams. This is a great opportunity for our teams to see where they measure up against some different competition.

The games will be played as follows:

EX A FRI Jul 14 6:30 Newfoundland vs DMB REF Curves

EX A SAT Jul 15 10:00 New Brunswick vs Subway REF 10 Years
EX B SAT Jul 15 10:00 Newfoundland vs Bost Pizza REF Jr Sens
EX A SAT Jul 15 1:00 10 Years vs New Brunswick REF Tigers
EX B SAT Jul 15 1:00 Jr Sens vs Newfoundland REF Lonestar

EX A SUN Jul 16 10:15 Pogue vs New Brunswick REF Curves
EX B SUN Jul 16 10:15 Thunder vs Newfoundland REF Grizzlies

Hope to see you there!

Mainland Common not our field (06/13/2006)
Submitted by: MTFL Press

Please keep in mind that Mainland Common is the all weather field in Clayton Park, and should not be confused with our fields. Our fields are Commons #13 and #14.

MTFL gets Commons A & B back (05/25/2006)
Submitted by: MTFL Press

After a break of one season in order to regenerate growth, Commons A & B will be used as fields for the MTFL in 2006. This is a welcome development for all the purists and veterans in the league who are used to using these fields. The fields offer a great atmosphere and more traffic is generated to watch games this way. We look forward to playing new games there this season!

40th Season set to kick off (05/25/2006)
Submitted by: MTFL Press

The 40th season of the MTFL is set to kick off on Friday. The first scheduled game will be a rematch of last year's exciting Division 1 championship tilt between Budweiser and Dartmouth Metals and Bottles. The game will be played back on the familiar Commons A field, which the league will be using along with Commons B after a one year hiatus. There will be games right through the weekend as the league is starting earlier this year. Playoffs will be played prior to Thanksgiving for the first time in recent memory.

We look forward to a great season this year from everyone!

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