The Burin Peninsula Soccer association inducted 10 people into its Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at the Shamrock Lounge in Lawn on Friday, Nov. 15.
This year’s inductees in the Athletes category are Scott Bishop, Keith Jackman and Rudy Norman of St. Lawrence, Brad Edwards, Peter ‘Scott’ Edwards, Toby Lockyer and Michael ‘Mikey’ J. Edwards (posthumously), of Lawn; and Sarah Drake and Jeff Warren of Burin.
Shane Dunphy of Marystown will be inducted as a Builder.
Scott Bishop represented the province nine times at the National Challenge Cup as a member of the St. Lawrence Laurentians, winning a silver medal in 2002 and a bronze medal in 1999.
He is a 16-year veteran of the provincial Challenge Cup, winning nine championships with the Laurentians. He earned two provincial U21 championships, three provincial U18 championships, and two Atlantic U16 championships.
At the masters level, Scott won five provincial championships, two Eastern Canadian Masters Championships, and earned a silver medal at the Eastern Canadian Championships.
In the 1990s Scott was awarded most improved player and most gentlemanly and effective player for the Laurentians, which was also named 'team of the decade’ during the Challenge Cup. Bishop is a two-time Challenge Cup all star.
Keith Jackman is a seven-time representative at the National Challenge Cup Competition as a member of the St. Lawrence Laurentians, winning a bronze medal in 1999. He represented the province twice at the U18 National Championships where he was awarded a try-out with the national team.
Provincially, Jackman is a seven-time Challenge Cup champion and a two-time winner of the Provincial Indoor Championships in which he was named most valuable player in 1987.
He is a winner of three provincial U18 championships and two Atlantic championships, earning top goalie award in 1985.
In 1987, Jackman won a provincial U21 championship and was named top goalie and BPSA’s most valuable player. In 1991 and 1992, he was named the Challenge Cup all-star goalie.
Jackman enjoyed an outstanding career as a goaltender during his 32 years of playing soccer. His ball stopping performances earned him respect from teammates and opponents alike. He was inducted into the St. Lawrence Hall of Fame in 2009.
Rudy Norman has had an outstanding career NL soccer player, reflected in the numerous awards he has accumulated over 23 years of play.
Norman is a 14-time Challenge Cup champion, a seven-time Challenge Cup top scorer with an amazing 197 goals scored in Challenge Cup play. He is a fourteen-time challenge Cup All-Star and was chosen NLSA’s Player of the Decade for 2000-2010.
Norman represented the province 14 times at the national Challenge Cup competition winning two bronze and one silver medal as a member of the St. Lawrence Laurentians.
He is a three-time winner of the Gerard Quirke Award given to a Laurentian player for outstanding play at the nationals.
Norman played five years of university competition as a member of the Memorial Seahawks. In 2000, Rudy was named Atlantic University Soccer’s first team all-star and was Memorial Seahawks top scorer.
He is cited for team leadership. When many Laurentian players had to relocate to other areas of the province and outside, while still playing for their home town team, Norman was able to organize and motivate these players to still compete at their highest level.
At the provincial level, Brad Edwards was a Challenge Cup winner in 1987 and represented the province in national Challenge Cup competition. In 1986, he was a Premier’s Cup silver medal winner as a member of the St. Lawrence Laurentians. In 1983, Edwards won the All NL U21 championship with the Lawn Shamrocks.
He played for Memorial University Seahawks and was team leader in scoring in 1985. He was a member of the NL Canada Games team winning the NL Indoor Soccer Championship in 1985 and also leading his team in goal scoring.
As a member of the Lawn Shamrocks, Edwards won two Burin Peninsula 1st division championships and one U21 Burin Peninsula championship. He is a two-time Challenge Cup all-star and a top scorer in Burin Peninsula 1st division.
Edwards was a top-notch striker during his playing career. He was an all star, MVP, captain, and provincial champion.
Mike Edwards was a member of the Lawn Shamrocks for close to 14 years.
At the minor level, he was selected to play with the Provincial All Stars at the national Bantam level. He was the only player selected from Lawn for the Provincial All-Star team in 1966 and competed at the Expo ’67 tournament in Montreal.
At the regional level, Edwards is a four-time winner of the Burin Peninsula 3rd division championship as a member of the Lawn Shamrocks.
At the provincial level, Edwards won the provincial 3rd division championship in 1972 and a silver medal at the provincial 3rd division championship in 1979. In 1972, he was a member of the Lawn Shamrocks winning the All NL Junior Soccer Championship.
Considered a team player, he was gifted with the ability to play with both feet and, as quoted by NLSA Hall of Famer Winse Strang, “one of the best players on the Burin Peninsula”.
At the provincial level, Scott Edwards was a member of the Lawn Shamrocks team winning a Senior A provincial championship, an All NL U21 provincial championship, and the ultimate prize, the provincial Challenge Cup in 1987. As a Shamrocks team member he represented the province at the national Challenge Cup competition.
Edwards played several years of masters soccer with St. Lawrence Laurentians winning two provincial titles and in 2008 was selected most sportsmanlike player of the tournament.
He enjoyed success at the regional level, earning two Burin Peninsula 1st division championships and a Burin Peninsula Challenge Cup championship win in 1986. He was named MVP in Burin Peninsula 1st division play in 1989.
Edwards is cited as a very versatile soccer player. Although he played most of his career as a centre back, he could also play the wing back position, mid-field or even at the forward position. As a centre back, Scott possessed great judgment and an ability to out jump opponents winning numerous headers for his team.
As a member of the Lawn Shamrocks, Toby Lockyer won a provincial Challenge Cup in 1987 and represented the province in national Challenge Cup competition. He won two Senior A and Senior B championships with the Shamrocks.
In Burin Peninsula play, Lockyer won three senior championships, one Burin Peninsula title, and one All NL U21 championship.
At the Masters Level, Toby won four provincial championships with St. Lawrence/Lawn teams including one as coach of the Lawn Shamrocks in 1998. He is also the winner of a gold and silver medal at the Eastern Canadian Masters championship.
Toby enjoyed success as a high school coach, with his teams winning four consecutive 3A provincial gold medals and a single Burin Peninsula 4A high school championship.
Lockyer’s ability on a soccer field can best be measured by his commitment to fitness and his willingness to always put his team’s best interest first. His work ethic and determination could never be questioned.
Sarah Drake has had an outstanding and distinguished playing career at all levels of soccer.
Drake is a four-time provincial champ at the high school level and a two-time winner of the most sportsmanlike and effective player award. She is also a five-time high school athlete of the year winner.
Regionally, she is a five-time Burin Peninsula ladies champion with the Burin Eagles, and was top scorer in four of these five years. In 1998, she scored 21 goals in 10 games as a member of the Burin Ladies team. Sarah is a four-time BPSA all-star and a two-time most sportsmanlike player.
Provincially, Drake is a two-time senior female player of the year and in 1998 was a NLSA team member, as well as NLSA junior female athlete of the year.
She started playing soccer at the University of Cape Breton in 1998 where she continued to excel. In her first year, she was awarded rookie of the year in Atlantic university soccer and was its leading scorer. She is a two-time Atlantic University first team all-star as well as being named MVP in 2002. Sarah was the recipient of Atlantic University Athlete of the Year in 2002 and in 2003 named Cape Breton University’s Athlete of the Year.
At the national level, Drake represented Canada at the World University Games in Seoul, South Korea in 2003 and participated in the All Pro Soccer Tournament in Las Vegas. In 2002, she was named Canadian University Soccer MVP and was one of eight players selected as top athlete for All Canadian University Sports.
In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Drake's #5 jersey was retired by the University of Cape Breton in 2003
Jeff Warren is a 25-year veteran of NL soccer competition, beginning his playing career as a member of the Berney Memorial High School team.
He is a two-time representative at the national Challenge Cup competition as a member of the Burin Eagles.
Provincially, Warren is a two-time Challenge Cup champion and a three-time Challenge Cup all-star, as well as serving as team captain of the Eagles. In 1999, he won the All NL Indoor Soccer championship and was selected tournament MVP. In 2009, while serving as player/coach of the Burin Eagles,Warren won the All NL Intermediate A Championship.
Regionally, he is a Burin Peninsula senior champion and an U21 champion. As a member of the U21 championship team, he was team captain, top scorer, and MVP. In 1982, he was selected to the All NL U14 All-Star team, on which he was team captain.
Acknowledged as one of the top midfielders of his era, Warren is cited for bringing leadership, a winning mentality, and an ability to score decisive goals for his team.
Builder inductee Shane Dunphy was recognized for his 28 years of soccer involvement at community, regional, provincial, and Atlantic Canada levels.
As a player, coach, referee, and as an executive member, he has made a tremendous contribution to the growth and development of soccer in our province.
Dunphy's love of coaching and his desire to help preserve and grow the sport has brought him an enormous amount of enjoyment, especially his mentoring of young soccer players. He taught young soccer players the importance of self-respect, respect for their teammates and opponents.
He holds a provincial B coaching licence which allowed him to coach all levels of teams. In 2017, Dunphy was an assistant coach to the NL Men’s Canada Games team. For 10 years, he coached high school, Burin Peninsula, and provincial Elite teams. In 2016, he was the coach of the BPSA U-18 team competing in the Provincial B championships.
He was involved 15 years in the organizational aspect of soccer, especially during the difficult years on the Burin Peninsula when it was becoming increasingly harder to convince individuals to be involved and organize programs. He served as president of Marystown soccer for five years and president of the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association for 12 years. One of his major accomplishments was the return of the Burin Peninsula to provincial “A” tournaments and the participation of players in provincial elite programs.
As a qualified official, Dunphy officiated numerous soccer games at the minor, high school, and senior level on the Burin Peninsula. In addition, he organized coaching clinics for officials to upgrade, while recruiting new individuals for the program.
He has worked with both the BPSA and NLSA at the executive, manager, and director’s level, organizing and convening numerous tournaments. He won the NLSA volunteer of the year award as well as the NLSA executive of the year honour. In addition, he was awarded the NL Sport volunteer of the year award and in 2011, was presented with the Investors Group national volunteer sport administrator award recognizing outstanding commitment and service to sport in his or her community.