It’s a change that’s been forced upon us because of the work at Townsville Sports Reserve, but I’m really looking forward to taking the game to one of our big supporter areas this weekend at the Burdekin.
We have a lot of junior players who come from the area and we hope that they, their friends and family turn out to cheer us on. The Northern Fury squad also includes a local lad, Jake Perry, who has the opportunity to play an NPL match, and turn on the style he is capable of doing, in front of his home crowd.
It will be a challenging game for us. Obviously, it’s a home game but at a different ground. Western Pride is six points ahead of us, although we have three games in hand. And we also had last week off. I’ve said it before this season, but the stop-start nature of the fixtures is not conducive to fitness or the best football that can be produced. Nonetheless, as a home game, it’s important to win this one to stay close to the leading pack.
Western Pride is a team that has improved significantly from last year under Karl Dodd. He is a decent coach who has recruited well and has the Pride playing with some pride, with a lot of energy and a nice style.
We’ll be bringing in a few 18-year-olds to help us again this week. We only have a small squad so this is necessary when we suffer a run of injuries as we have. Unfortunately, Caleb Hobson and Sam Herlihy are out for the season, having both suffered cruciate ligament injuries.
We’re also still waiting for Michael Eisenhut and Joe Thornton to be back on deck – hopefully in time for next week when we meet Palm Beach in Ingham.
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.