In some ways it seems such a long time ago since the first of my columns for this season. In other ways, the time appears to have flown. That probably sounds familiar to many of you!
But it is the case that we play our final game of the season this weekend – in fact, a re-scheduled one from earlier in the year when poor Brisbane weather prevented us from travelling. We meet our opponents of just three weeks ago, Brisbane Strikers, who will desperate to win as they sit equal first with last week’s opponents, Moreton Bay United, but behind on goal difference.
We lie in 8th position and could possibly jump two places if we win – which, of course, is what we aim to do.
I have said it almost every week, but the two key lessons I hope all of us take away from this season are good lessons for life also. That is – consistency and hard work. They always pay off. On-the-field, at school, at work, at home.
When something goes wrong, I don’t want to see heads down and hands on hips. I want to see a player who, if he loses the ball, chases it down and does his best to get it back.
In closing for this year, I want to say ‘well done’ to all the boys who have been part of the NPL squad this season. I may be a tough taskmaster at times but that’s my job. I’m actually really pleased with the way the team has played and taken shape. Thank you also to my assistant coach, Paul Daly, and team manager, Azra Rantucci, for their contribution and efforts.
Thank you also to our supporters and the many volunteers who help the club tick-over week-in, week-out.
We’re looking forward to more great football and times in 2016, and hope to see you then.
Ian Ferguson is Director of Coaching of Northern Fury FC and Head Coach of the NPL team. He has previously coached Perth Glory and the former NQ Fury in the A-League. His playing career spanned 18 years, mostly with Rangers in the Scottish Premier League. He was capped nine times for Scotland.