Sunshine Coast Stadium
9.45am: U18 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC v Gold Coast City FC
11.45am: U20 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC v Gold Coast City FC
2.00pm: Senior Men – Sunshine Coast FC v Gold Coast City FC
Kawana Sports Precinct
9.30am: U13 Girls – Sunshine Coast FC v The Gap
11.00am: U15 Girls – Sunshine Coast FC v The Gap
From the Managing Director
I would like to welcome everyone visiting from the Gold Coast today as we return to the Sunshine Coast Stadium for Round 3.
Today we have the first rounds of Under 13 and 15 Girls football taking place at Kawana Sports Precinct to start off the day. Last season the Under 13 Girls finished at the top of the ladder, losing only one game of the entire season and finishing with a 20 game winning streak.
The Under 18s and 20s missed out on playing in Round 2 due to poor weather conditions so they should be well-rested and ready for today’s games.
The Senior Men will definitely be aiming for their first decisive win today after starting off the season with two draws against Redlands and SWQ Thunder. The inclusion of our younger players in the squad has shown the quality of Fire’s NPL Pathway and coaches.
I would also like to encourage parents to register for the April Holiday Camp before time runs out.
Best of luck to everyone today.
From the Technical Director
Welcome to our visitors from Gold Coast City FC, three stadium games sees our U18s, U20s and Senior Men go head to head in the first of two ‘Coast Derbys’ in 2017. Our Senior Men have started the season well with two draws against 2017 Grand Final winners Redlands United, and also picking up a well earned point on the road in the last fixture away to SWQ Thunder.
Our U18s also picked up a fantastic result against Redlands United, whilst the newly formed U20s went down to the same opposition on the same day, unfortunately both teams weren’t in action last weekend due to adverse weather in Toowoomba.
Our U13 & U15 girls kick-off their 2017 campaign today at home on Fields 5 & 6 to The Gap, both girls teams shaping up well in their last two pre-season fixtures, with well earned wins for both.
Our U12 – U16 boys are on their travels today, heading down to Ipswich to play Western Pride, all boys teams performing well thus far, some mixed results but some encouraging performances from all.
We’ve had 19 players to date this season already identified for State High Performance programs, as well as NZ World Cup squad training camp selection for one of our U16 boys.
We expect this year will be no different for players pushing for state selections, as we look to improve on last season’s tally of 33 players.
We thank all of our 2017 sponsors, who’s support and contribution helps us to press forwards both on and off the pitch, any business interested in our sponsorship packages can receive further information by emailing email@example.com
Finally, any aspiring footballer male and female wishing to have lots of fun and endless learning, please register for our April 2017 Holiday Camp, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 5437 8955 for more information.
From the Senior Men’s Coach
Our first two games are now behind us and we are still undefeated this week we welcome Gold Coast City to Sunshine Coast Stadium. I would like to welcome all the players and the coaching staff from Gold Coast for this afternoon’s game. The Gold Coast are coming off a good win over Brisbane City and understandably we expect today’s game to be a tough challenge but as with every game we play this season we will be looking to get a result.
Our first two matches have been encouraging, the team has worked very hard and deserved something from both games. We have been defending well and creating chances but just failing to take them hopefully we can put that right over the next few games. We are still a work in progress, there is a lot of room for improvement as the season progresses as the players gel and become comfortable with each other and the new playing philosophy.
I’m delighted that we have been able to give an opportunity to our younger players to show that they are capable of playing Senior NPL football. Jez Lofthouse, Ollie Blackmore, Terone Wattegedara and Kurtis Modlin have all come through our junior program and featured in the first two matches. I am also delighted that our captain for 2017 Tom Land is at last able to make his debut, he has been working really hard in training and can’t wait for the weekend to lead the team out.
While we are undefeated we are still chasing our first win hopefully we can put in a good performance on Sunday in front of our fans for our first win of season.
Sunshine Coast FC Line-Up
Head Coach: Roger Hardwicke
Assistant Coach: Matt Huston
1 Kevin Downes
2 Damien Kallis
3 Blake Kallis
4 Zachary Munster
5 Scott Murray
6 Tom Land
7 Shoichi Koshimizu
8 Ryan McMaster
9 Scott Rocker
10 Nathawat Magee
11 Dhruv Chico
12 Nathaniel Giabardo
13 Giacomo Mellino
14 Ollie Blackmore
15 Jez Lofthouse
Gold Coast City FC Line-Up
Head Coach: Grae Piddick
Assistant Coach: K Rees/B Budwee
1 Ryan Meskell
2 Riley Dillon
4 Martin Vazquez
5 Matthew Schmidt
6 Roman Hofmann
7 Justyn McKay
8 Curtis Stollery
9 Jarrod Kyle
10 Jacob Boutoubia
11 Nik Mirkovic
12 Lochlan Reus
14 Benjamin Lyvidikos
15 Eoghan Murphy
16 Tom Miller
18 Daniel Dragicevic
19 Ethan Grimley
20 Joshua Langdon
21 Sam Smith
22 Jaiden Walker