History of the A's
A's Win Mann In British Columbia
TITLE TO ST. CATHARINES
RETAIN MANN CUP LAURELS WITH 11-9 VICTORY IN FINAL GAME
A’S LED 2-1, 5-2, 7-2 TO HOLD VICTORY IN FINAL GAME
St. Catharines Standard
STAN MONCRIEFF, Canadian Press Staff Writer
heady playing crew from St. Catharines, Ont., fought off a last surge of
British Columbia’s Richmond Farmers to take an 11 – 9 victory here
last night in the final and deciding game of the best-of-five series for
the dominion lacrosse title and the Mann Cup. The victory gave the
easterners the series three games to two and the Mann Cup for the third
time in four years.
Kitts won the first and third games 10-9 and 17-9, respectively, but
Richmond twice evened the series with 21-10 and 14-11 victories.
Catharines best weapon in winning the Canadian championship was experience
which they used to perfection. Richmond were ever attempting to increase
the pace, but through clever tactics, the Athletics slowed them up and
forced the Farmers to play the slower, methodical game of the eastern
in the series was that St. Catharines won all three of their games on the
Vancouver Forum floor, while Richmond were successful on the smaller New
Westminster, B.C., floor in their two victories.
a smooth working machine, St Kitts predominated in the first three
quarters last night and were never in serious trouble as they hammered
their smaller and lighter opponents at every turn.
flared and sticks were held high during the final two quarters, but
officials held the game under control and no actual fighting broke.
opened the scoring early in the game, but their lead was shortlived at St.
Catharines took a goal edge to end the first quarter 2-1.
Kitts came out strong in the second and piled up a halftime lead of 5-1,
while holding the Farmers scoreless.
third period was all St. Catharines and the easterners outscored the
British Columbians two to one to a three quarter lead of 7-2
to get their combination play working earlier in the game Richmond moved
better in the final quarter and from the starting bell hammered at the
defending champions to outscore them 7-4, but they were unable to crash
through to equalize the score before the gong ended the 1941 series.
Catharines—Goal, Whittaker; defence, Madsen, Wright; rover,
McMahon; centre, Cheevers; forwards, Wilson, Fitzgerald. Spares: Hope,
Barnard, Coles, Urquhart, Morton, Teather.
Delmonico; defence, Noble, Jenion; rover, D. Ross; centre, Black;
forwards, W. Ross, Hamson. Spares: J. Smith, Pruden, Lee, Lang, Lortimer,
Officials: Harry Gilmore and Jimmy Gunn.
ATHLETICS SCORING RECORDS FOR 1941 SEASON AND FINALS
St. Catharines Standard
Tuesday October 21, 1941
Roy (Punk) Morton firmly established himself as the leading goal scorer in the ranks of the St. Catharines Athletics, Mann Cup victors and world champions for the 1941 season which ended at Vancouver on Monday night. Morton tops Joe Cheevers by 16 points, while a deadlock exists for fourth place, behind Capt. Gus Madsen, who finished third on the season. the compilated records of the double-blue personnel are shown below, covering games, goals, assists and total points in their four series that constitute the complete 1941 season.
St. Catharines Standard
October 21, 1941
Good old Athletics! They rewrote history of 1935 again last night at the coast, as the first team since that year to win the Mann Cup on the enemy battlefield since Orillia Terriers turned the trick. Coincidental or not, the same silent and cagey Billy Wilson was a member of both teams and the only playing member of either Athletics or Richmond Farmers to be so honoured on Six Mann Cuppers.
the boys back home here will get out the band along about Friday night and
if plans materialize, the same triumphal (or better) procession of 1938
will be seen along the staid thoroughfares of the Garden City to welcome
home the champs. Seemingly, the double blues were not fooling in their
mail to this city when they said they were going to lift the title for the
third time, even though they had to do it the hardest way.
season ends as most good sportsmen would have it, with honor to the
Athletics. It has been a torrid season, what with turmoil existent and one
thing or another to hamper, more than help, the national game of Canada.
Nine in every ten of Garden City folk are perfectly satisfied now . . .
for Athletics are perfectly redeemed. The good, old double-blues survived
the most severe gunfire of their careers and came through like the
champions they are.
Billy Wilson's record in 1941 was actually 7 Mann Cups, not the 6 that Clayton Browne mentions above. Wilson possessed a deadly accurate shot and was one of the best box lacrosse players to ever come out of St. Catharines. Billy Wilson's Mann Cup teams were: