Finally! The new season starts and we get on with what we enjoy and do the best – football.
We’ve had two new ‘recruits’ off-the-field in Technical Director, Bill Mitchell, and Admin Officer, local lass and W-League player, Ashley Spina who is recovering from long-term injury.
On-the-field, we’ve lost a few players, notably Braedyn Crowley who’s with Newcastle Jets in the A-League and Kevin Fraser who returned to Scotland. But I’m very pleased with who we’ve brought into the side. It’s a mix of experience with Michael Eisenhut upfront, who’s joined us from Brothers, and Joe Simons and Dan Wilesmith, both goalkeepers; with some good, fast, young players filling out the ranks around the park.
My intention is to build a good ‘spine’ which is so important in football, once again anchored by captain Jacob Crowley in midfield.
One of our biggest challenges awaits us tonight! We play our ‘derby’ rivals in Cairns - a team we’ve never beaten in the NPL competition. This is a great motivator and the boys are up for it!
It’s also a fixture where we make a club occasion of it, with all of Fury’s teams going along for the weekend.
After this opening round, we face another three games away before our first home game in one month’s time.
Many have commented to me that the draw is tough, but it’s a ‘good’ tough. If we can pick up some points in four away games, then I’ll be very happy. Last season we were not too bad on the road, but we should have been stronger in our home games.
This is an area where we will improve this season: our intention is to make Townsville Sports Reserve ‘Fortress Fury’.
On that note, why not help us and join Fury for 2015? Memberships are just $35 including entry to every home game so it’s great value – and support from you makes a real difference to us.
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.