Sunday 25 February 2018
Sunshine Coast Stadium
10:00am – Under 18 Boys v Brisbane Roar
12:00pm – Under 20 Boys v Brisbane Roar
2:00pm – Senior Men v Brisbane Roar Youth
Kawana Western Sports Precinct
10:00am – Under 15 Boys v Brisbane Roar (Field 2)
11:30am – Under 14 Boys v Brisbane Roar (Field 3)
12:00pm – Under 16 Boys v Brisbane Roar (Field 2)
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From the Technical Director
Welcome to our visitors from Brisbane Roar FC, it is great to see so many players in the academy and youth set up who have made the progression from Sunshine Coast FC to Brisbane Roar, and we wish them all well.
We are delighted to be staging our first set of home fixtures for the 2018 season. I am delighted to announce the progression of Dane Dawson as a Junior player to Senior football, and now onto the coaching staff as Head Coach of the U13 Boys.
We also welcome David Becker as Assistant Coach for the U14 Boys, Wayne Platz has now taken the position as Head Coach of the U15 Boys, and the introduction of Shane Wills as the Head Coach of our U16 Boys.
In the youth section, we are delighted that Jason New has now stepped up to Head Coach of our U18 Boys squad, Mitch Cattermole has now taken the reins of the U20 Youth Men squad, and in the Senior team the well documented appointments of Ali Demircan as Head Coach and Alex Smith as Assistant Coach.
Our U14 – U16 all playing at home over on the Western Fields complex, and our U18 – Senior Men all playing at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.
In other news around the club, we have our April School Holiday Camp with dates to be announced next week, please be sure to keep a look out and be sure to register online.
Also during the April school holidays, we will be staging a couple of unique events which will be exclusive to Sunshine Coast FC, announcements to these will be made in the coming weeks, so please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date.
Finally I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new and returning sponsors for 2018, it’s great to have so many local and national businesses supporting us, and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.
I wish all teams the very best of luck with their respective games today, and I’m sure it will be an entertaining day of football for the spectators who have made the journey to the Western Fields and Sunshine Coast Stadium.
From the Under 18’s Head Coach
Time flies and we are into Round 4 of the competition, after a postponed first game against Gold Coast and two friendlies we are ready to test ourselves in the first home game at the Stadium on Sunday.
So far we are undefeated with two wins, a 5-1 win away to Bundaberg and an easier win against Mitchelton 2-0 last weekend.
In each game we have improved our ball possession and passing which has been very pleasing and we are starting to see some combinations starting to fire, in particular the defence is looking settled and Rex Pollock has made some critical saves in goal. Our midfield has created some good momentum going forward which is encouraging however to be competitive in this league you have to take your chances and there is still a lot of room for improvement with our composure and quality of finishing. Despite that we haven’t lost and that’s building great confidence in the team.
Unfortunately we lost Ewan Bell in the first game in Bundaberg and it looks like he will be out for the whole season, the club and team wish him all the very best for his recovery.
It’s going to be a great test this weekend for the U18s and I am very much looking forward to seeing you there to help support the team.
– Jason New
From the Under 20’s Head Coach
Sunshine Coast Fire U20s finally get our season underway this week in what promises to be a tough encounter against Brisbane Roar, who will no doubt include some former Fire juniors in their talented squad. Roar will be well coached, and technically their players should be very strong, so it will be a fantastic challenge for our squad.
The past few weeks has seen our squad get ready for the season with some solid friendly matches against QPL sides while the first team has been travelling North, and the squad has handled themselves quite well with a 2-0 win against Wide Bay followed by a 2-2 draw with Mitchelton in the past two weeks. Ben Platz with a goal in each of those matches.
As always, the remit for the U20s is to help get players ready for the jump to senior football, and I think this young squad should provide the first team with some solid players over the next few seasons. Most of the squad is still eligible to play in the U18s, so we will be a young squad with plenty of enthusiasm. From the moment pre-season started I have been impressed with the squads desire to improve and learn and while I’m sure we’ll have many testing matches this season I’m also sure the boys will equip themselves well and give maximum effort each week.
– Mitch Cattermole
From the Senior Men’s Head Coach
It’s now the fourth round of the season and for our first home game we welcome the Brisbane Roar Youth to the Stadium today. Another test for our predominately new squad which has played the first three games of the season away in Townsville, Cairns and Mackay.
The first round in Townsville saw us go down 4-2. The new look Fire squad had plenty of opportunity to take the game from Townsville, having the better of the match. However, some fine work by the Townsville keeper coupled with a late ten-minute lapse in concentration by Fire saw Townsville slot in 3 quick fire goals, which took the game from us. Fire’s goals were scored by captain Chris Swain and striker Matthew Sanchez.
The following round found us in Cairns where Fire recorded its first win for some time. The 2-1 result was cause for celebration, with the Fire digging deep late in the game to keep Cairns out. Some fine keeping by Daniel Hyde saw him named in the NPL team of the week. Both of our goals were scored by Fire’s marquee player Alex Smith, who had returned to his old club in Cairns for this match. This was a great effort by the Fire with the new look squad starting to show signs of things to come.
Last week we travelled to the Mackay Magpies where we went down 3-2. This was a disappointing result in a game of two halves. Mackay had the better in the first half and Fire outplayed Mackay in the second. Again, the opposition keeper kept us out with some exemplary saves, one in particular from an Alex Smith free kick, which helped Mackay get to the final whistle with the win. Our goals were scored by captain Chris Swain with mid fielder Doug Brown heading in a late goal.
We are looking forward to our first home game of the season with our home fans cheering us on. Even though the results over the past three weeks have been mixed, I feel the squad has shown the determination and commitment required to get the Fire back to winning ways.
Go the Fire!
– Ali Demircan