Bon Scott on Sunshine Coast
Brisbane City ‘keeper Bon Scott says that the Sunshine Coast Fire are in a very difficult spot at the moment as they head to Corporate Travel Management Stadium this weekend, but the talent is there on the Sunshine Coast for them to turn things around.
The recipients of last years wooden spoon, Sunshine Coast have suffered a horror three weeks, conceding a whopping 33 goals in their three games, scoring just 2 in reply to find themselves bottom of the NPL ladder.
Bon Scott empathised with his home town sides struggles, suggesting that it was important for the Sunshine Coast region to have a strong team in the NPL.
“Obviously it’s not nice to see a team going through what they are going through.” Bon said, “You want the league to be competitive and they are just having a very bad run of things.”
“I think for the region it’s important that they turn things around soon, but hopefully after this weekend though!” Bon caveatted with a grin.
The Fire romped to four Grand Final victories in just five seasons in the Queensland State League as they harnessed the talented players that developed on the Sunshine Coast, but the Fire have suffered repeated setbacks since those heady days.
So has the talent pathway dried up for the Fire?
A former junior with Kawana, Bon doesn’t think so, highlighting the Wanderers’ success this year.
“As a whole, there’s a lot of potential on the Sunshine Coast.” Bon emphasised. “The Wanderers are really showing that and I think they’ll have a good season (in the Football Queensland Premier League).”
“When I was a youth there were plenty of players who would progress through the pathways,” Bon reminisces. “In the Rebel Sport Junior Premier League every Sunshine Coast side would do very well and the region would produce lots of QAS reps and Queensland State reps, so the talent is definitely there.”
Bon will not face up against his home-town team this weekend as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, but emphasises that he will be supporting the team in any possible way from the sidelines at training.
“I’m there to offer moral support.” Bon explained when asked what his role was in the team whilst he was injured. “ I just love helping the lads in any way that I can.”
“Full credit to the lads, they’ve been doing really well over the past few weeks.”
“It’s obviously not fun being injured,” Bon stated, “but I’m working hard to get back, just focussing on trying to get fit and do my rehab and I’m looking forward to getting back involved and hopefully having a big impact towards the end of the season.”
Nethertheless, Bon admits to being frustrated initially as to what the best course of action was going forward and after he completed such a strong pre-season.
“It was (difficult) at the time – because I’m not sure anyone really knew exactly what was going on.” Bon admits.
“But Zoe (Brisbane City’s physiotherapist from PhysioWorks) has been brilliant and the Doctors are looking after me really well so there’s a clearer picture of what to I need do and a date I’m now working towards.”
City take on Sunshine Coast at 6:30pm at Corporate Travel Management Stadium on Saturday night. Prior to the seniors, the Under 18’s kick off at 2:30pm and the Under 20’s kick off at 4:30pm against the same opponents.