A week after the Sunshine Coast Fire celebrated their 50th game as part of the Hyundai Queensland State League, an individual milestone has been achieved by one of the team’s star players.
Tyson Holmes yesterday played his 50th QSL fixture for the club as the Fire fought to record a 3-2 victory over the Queensland Academy of Sport.
One of the Fire’s first signings for the inaugural 2008 season, Tyson quickly became a permanent fixture in the side and went on to play 48 consecutive QSL games.
He was ruled out of this year’s Round 7 clash against the Bundaberg Spirit with a knee injury, but returned in Round 8 to score a vital goal against the Far North Queensland Bulls.
And with yesterday’s match, Tyson became the first QSL player to crack 50 games. Fire managing director Noel Woodall presented Tyson with a jersey to commemorate the occasion. His usual playing strip will now carry a star on the back with the number 50 on it.
Although usually filling a playmaking role, Tyson has scored on a regular basis throughout his Sunshine Coast Fire career, netting 20 times in 50 fixtures.
He has also received a number of accolades in his playing career with the Sunshine Coast, most notably being named the competition’s Most Valuable Player in 2009, as well as helping the team to a Premiership and Championship double in the inaugural season.
Part of the Fire’s leadership group this season, Tyson has been integral in the team’s march to the top of the table, forming a solid midfield partnership with Yuta Gonai that is often the foundation of the team’s attack.
The Fire are confident that regardless of where his football career takes him, Tyson will have continued success.