History of the A's
1942 Ontario Juvenile Champions
the “red-jacketed” Tecumsehs beat out the “maroon and white”
Alerts for the championship of the juvenile St. Catharines city league in
1942, many players from those two teams would form the nucleus of a squad
that went on to capture the O. L. A. title.
provincial championship team of 1942 had two, future Canadian lacrosse
hall-of-famers in their lineup, Stu Scott and Bobby Thorpe. Scott would be
an important component of the Athletics 1946 Mann Cup team, while Thorpe
would be part of four Mann Cup championship teams in Peterborough in the
"Tecumsehs Bring St. Catharines Only Lacrosse Title of the Year"
16 – 9 IN
St. Catharines Standard
October 21, 1942
Catharines Alerts went seven goals up on Mimico Mounts at Haig Bowl here
last night in the triple-postponed opener of their O. L. A. juvenile box
lacrosse finals, when the maroon-white squad of Coach Hal Manning trounced
Jack Campkin’s double-blue team 16 to 9. The return game of the last
series to be decided in provincial championship competition goes at Mimico
on Friday night and the Garden City youngsters will have to play as good
lacrosse as they did in the second period here to emerge with the only
title to repose in the Garden City.
the victory and lead, they can thank masked Jimmy Blank in the Alert
rigging, as after a shaky start that saw him fan on the first two tallies,
the home minder proceeded to turn in a genuine sensational game, breaking
the hearts of Mounts snipers time and again. Mounts romped in to an early
lead, when Alerts reverted to individual play and the first period ended
with the Campkin crew in the lead by 3 to 1. However, when the second got
under way, it was different. Paced by Bob Thorpe and Skip Essery, and
getting smart aid from the alternate line, Alerts zoomed seven goals in a
row past Saint in the visitors hut, without return. That changed the
complexion of the game by a lead of 8 – 3 at the gong. But Alerts were
not done yet. They whipped two more past Saint to run the count to 10 –
3 and go up seven goals on the round, before Mounts dented the hemp behind
Blank. After the homester’s ninth tally, Saint was so disgusted that he
burned the ball right at team-mate Reddy, kayoing him for one of the
quintet of stoppages of the game for injuries.
after the 13th goal of the night, Alerts fell back into loose
and individual play, watched the man and not the ball as in the first
period and before they could shake off the slump, Mounts had beaten Blank
twice at 10 – 5. A pair of return counters by Alerts in the last two
minutes of play ended the third quarter at 12 – 5 and for the second
time Alerts were leading by seven goals in the round.
into the final, it was to see the Garden City maroons go even worse than
in the third and Mimico capitalized quickly with four goals in a row to
whittle the advantage back to 12 – 9. A penalty to Reddy for kayoing
McClelland by boarding started Alerts back on the victory whirl again,
with Bob Thorpe snapping the jinx. He made it again from Essery, then the
latter zipped in a third register and also potted the final of the night
with Thorpe aiding.
game was comparatively clean, with only three minors meted out, but it may
by much brisker at Mimico on Friday. Mounts showed smarter passing and
artistry in the early and late stages, but suffered from loss of subs and
were forced to change players frequently. The game also was 45 minutes
late starting due to the non-arrival of Max Peart, whom Sec. Dopp
appointed for the chore, not knowing that the Port Colborne official was
engaged in military duties then. However, George Cleverley was pressed
into action and beyond one squabble with Jack Campkin over interpretation
of illegal checking, all was peace in the bowl.
Mounts: Goal, Saint; defence, Drupina, Brooks; rover, Woods (3,0); centre,
McKay; wings, Needham (1,1), Reddy (4,1); subs, Christie (1,1), Gouzacky, Haney,
Kitts Alerts: Goal, Blank; defence, Scott (3,1), Gamble (2,1); rover, Caton
centre, Thorpe (4,3); wings McClelland (1,1), Essery (4,1); subs, Inkol, Budd, Wignall,
Nealin (0,1), Campus (1,0), Angus, Olsen, Prodger.
Referee: Geo. Cleverley, St. Catharines.
24 – 17
CAPTURE JUVENILE LACROSSE TITLE OF PROVINCE
8 – 8; TECS
St. Catharines Standard
October 24, 1942
Catharines Tecumsehs accomplished what no other lacrosse unit of the
Garden City could last night at Mimico bowl when Hal Manning’s
youngsters captured the Ontario juvenile championship from Mimico Mounts.
It was the only box title to come to this city for the 1942 season and the
score was a deadlock at 8 – 8 on the return game. Following Tuesday’s
victory here by 16 – 9 for Tecs, the tally on the two-game goals to
count series stood at 24 to 17 on the round.
who again sported the white-maroon togs of their sister Alerts for the
title series, had to be exceptionally keen to retain their lead and
capture the provincial honors, as Coach Jack Campkin dressed his strongest
roster, after missing Merrick in the opener here. He also added Walton and
Douglas for the home stand, but that did not deter the Garden City
juveniles from displaying sturdy box tactics to offset them. The first
period was stalemated at 2 – 2, with Tecs in the pan at 4 – 2 at
halftime. Mimico showed to better advantage in the third chapter when they
pared the lead of Tecs back to 6 – 5 by outscoring the visitors 3 to 2,
and duplicated that feat in the final by the same register for the final
game was closely checked but not rough, as only three penalties were meted
out in the hour of play. Coach Manning rostered a team of real champions
last night, with no player being outstanding except Jimmy Blank in the
Tecs rigging, while Saint in the Mimico net turned in a sparkling game as
well. Every player of Tecs was brilliant both ways in the return game, and
that’s what won the title. Coach and players of the champs are asked to
meet at the clubhouse, Haig street, Monday night at 7 o’clock to sit for
Catharines Tecumsehs—Goal, Blank; defence, Gamble (1,1), Scott
Caton (1,0); centre, Thorpe (0,1); wings, Essery (3,0) and McClelland
(2,1); subs, Wignall, Nealin, Budd (1,0), Inkol, Campus, Angus, Olsen, Prodger.
Mimico Mounts—Goal, Saint; defence, Merrick, Gouzacky (1,1); rover, Woods (0,1); centre, Reddy (3,0); wings, Needham (0,1), Christie; subs, McKay (1,0), Walton (1,0), Haney (1,0), Stone (1,1), Brooks, Douglas.
related reading: An Interview With Stu Scott