Loss of coach not a distraction
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.