Season 2010 is now officially underway for Sunshine Coast FC, after the club held its season launch at the Lake Kawana Community Centre on March 18.
The Fire’s new home and away strips were unveiled, as Managing Director Noel Woodall and coaches Aston Bell and Andy Watson spoke of their excitement at the forthcoming season.
This season’s leadership groups were also announced, with senior team coach Aston Bell and U19 coach Andy Watson each opting for a three-man leadership team.
The senior team will be led by two-time top scorer Shaun Blackman, with Tyson Holmes and Antony Hall deputising.
Josh Taylor will captain the U19 squad, with Matthew Bevan and Nick Roth serving as vice-captains.
Managing Director Noel Woodall believes the cream of Sunshine Coast football is represented by the Fire.
“Before us we have the best group of players on the Coast, and perhaps beyond,” Woodall said.
Woodall reminded the players that success in not only about silverware, and told of his belief that individuals from the Fire will go on to bigger and better things.
“We will boast just as much about winning as we will about our players going on to greater success,” Woodall said.
“I hope that these players remember their roots, and remember where they came from.”
New senior team captain Shaun Blackman is excited about the challenge that lies ahead for him.
“It’s going to be an honour to lead such a great group,” Blackman said.
Blackman believes being captain will not affect his own performance.
“It won’t change my role too much,”
“At the end of the day, we need to have the right attitude to succeed.”
Newly appointed U19 captain Josh Taylor will not be making many changes to his playmaking role.
“I’ll be keeping things much the same,” Taylor said.
“It’ll be a good opportunity to see if I can influence the team.”
For both the senior and U19 teams, the Hyundai QSL’s first fixtures will take place on March 28 at Stockland Park.
The senior team play the Far North Queensland Bulls, while the U19’s will face Logan.
Blackman is hopeful fans of the Fire will turn out in great numbers.
“It would be good to get as many supporters as we can, to help get us over the line.”