Loss of coach not a dis­trac­tion

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL: They’re a young team that lost their coach mid-sea­son but you wouldn’t know it look­ing in from the out­side.

Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club’s pre­mier men are fly­ing this year, hav­ing not dropped a game through Mackay Pre­mier League, FFA Cup and North Queens­land Club Chal­lenge fix­tures in 2015 – all de­spite the ab­sence of foot­ball direc­tor Eric Thomp­son, who has ceased coach­ing.

Given how young the group is, it would have been no sur­prise to any­one if they had lost di­rec­tion, but to the team’s credit they con­tinue to take care of busi­ness on the foot- ball field.

“I’m sur­prised how lit­tle it has af­fected them,” WFC pres­i­dent Steve Tween said.

“They en­joyed his (Thomp­son’s) pas­sion but now they’re just get­ting on with it, they’re do­ing re­ally well.

“It’s hardly spo­ken about at all.

“We just get on with what we’ve got to and to their credit they’ve done well.

“The lads have im­pressed me and they haven’t gone down­hill at all.”

Tween, who has been at the club for 10 years, said this week­end’s FFA clash was the “big­gest game we’ve ever had here” but en­cour­aged the play­ers to view it as an av­er­age fix­ture.

“Strik­ers played the Roar here 10 years ago and they were only both pre­mier league clubs at that stage but this will def­i­nitely be the big­gest game of foot­ball here,” he said.

“The boys just need to keep level-headed and stick to their game-plan... we can come out on top.

“I hon­estly be­lieve we’re go­ing to win this game.

“If the lads turn up, we’ll win but if the big game gets to them it will get a lot harder.”

If WFCis suc­cess­ful against Frenchville on Satur­day night the team will then play ei­ther the North­ern Fury or the FNQ Heat – who played late last night.

Win that and then the lit­tle “vil­lage” team, as they like to re­fer to them­selves as, will take on the best of big city, Bris­bane.

No mat­ter what the re­sult of this week­end’s match, WFC’s achieve­ments in the FFA Cup should be ac­knowl­edged.

A team full of teenagers, mostly born and raised in the Whit­sun­days, tak­ing on the best teams in Queens­land – who re­cruit and pay for qual­ity play­ers.

Satur­day’s game will start at 6.30pm at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark.

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