ST. JOHN’S, NL – Four more players from the Burin Peninsula are headed to the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Hall of Fame.
Rod Drake, Colin Edwards, Craig Edwards and Alex Noseworthy will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the Shrine Club in St. John’s on April 6.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association announced the 2017 inductees on Thursday.
Laura Breen will also enter the hall in the player category while referee Rob Antle was also selected for the honour.
Whenever the name of Rod Drake is mentioned, the usual response is “outstanding goalkeeper.”
Blessed with sure hands and quick feet he established himself as one of the premiere goalkeepers of his era. When it came to making the big save when the game was on the line, you could always count on him to make the save, especially if was a penalty shot.
During his career, he won four Burin Peninsula championships and three Challenge Cups, one with Lawn and two with Burin.
In addition to his championships, Rod won the MVP award on two occasions, was named top goalie on three occasions, and had three all-star selections.
In a career that spanned over 30 years, Colin Edwards established himself as a team leader.
Accepting the position of captain, he was determined to lead his Lawn Shamrocks team out of the Burin Peninsula's third division. His determination paid off as his Shamrock's went on to eventually capture three Burin Peninsula's first division championships and a Challenge Cup.
From the central defender position, he established himself as an intelligent but tough and fearless defender while inspiring his teammates to victory.
During his Challenge Cup years, he was named top defender on two occasions and was twice named to the all-star team. After his Challenge Cup years, he went on to play Masters with Lawn winning five provincial titles in five years.
During his 18 years of Challenge Cup competition, Craig Edwards, established himself as one of the top central defenders of his era.
As team captain and leader on the field, he helped his Marystown team to its only provincial Challenge Cup championship in 2004.
Leading by example earned him the respect of his teammates and that of his opponents. Displaying the skill sets of great defenders - dominance in the air and aggressive challenges on the ground - earned him the league's top defender award twice, and a MVP selection.
To further support his recognition as one of the league's top defenders, he was named a Challenge Cup all-star defender on four occasions.
In 1951 at the age of 14, Alex Noseworthy began his senior soccer career while playing for the Fortune Apollos.
His first two years saw him playing as forward because of his speed and aggressive play. Recognizing that he had more than just pace and aggressiveness, he was moved to the center midfield position, a position he played until he retired. While playing in this midfield position he was able to demonstrate his true abilities as one of the top midfield players of that era.
While playing against the powerful St. Lawrence and Grand Bank teams of the 1950s and 1960s, he more than held his own as he made them earn every inch of field they gained.
One the highlights of his career was the winning of the Dr. Dubinsky award, an award which recognized skill and ability and was given to the Burin Peninsula all-stars most valuable player. Alex is also a member of the Burin Peninsula and Fortune soccer halls of fame.
Rob Antle has enjoyed a very successful 25-year career as an official.
Honing his skills in youth leagues, he demonstrated an ability to quickly read the emotion and passion within the game and adjust accordingly. The senior officials of the day encouraged and pushed him to seek the highest levels.
Having bought into the program, Rob quickly moved up the referee ladder till he reached the level of national referee. His tenure as a national referee, saw him officiate at the professional, international and national levels, while still doing his share of games at the provincial and local level.
During his time as an official, Rob officiated in nine international matches, did five professional games and officiated at fifteen national championships. His ability to control the game and give fair assessment, earned him the appointment of referee, for seven provincial Challenge Cup finals.
Throughout her career, Laura Breen had demonstrated that she was one of, if not the premiere soccer player of the modern era.
That designation was verified by the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association naming her Female Player of the Decade (2000 to 2009).
Her accomplishments were many over that period. She had been an all-star in Jubilee Trophy and university competition, as well as winning scoring, top defender and MVP recognition in both competitions. She had twice been named Sport NL and Memorial University's Senior Female Athlete of the Year. She has been a St. John's Athlete of the Year, and was twice named NLSA's Senior Female Player of the Year.
On two occasions, she represented Canada at the World University Games and had received three invitations for tryouts with Canada's national teams.