Joining us ‘Off The Pitch’ this week is a player who was a big part in Taringa Rovers returning to the top flight of Brisbane football in 2015. Learn more about midfielder, Steven Chester.
(Picture: Taringa Rovers FC)
QSN: How were you introduced to the game and who was your main football influence?
SC: My family has a big AFL history with my grandad playing representative football in South Australia, but to their disappointment I decided to play the round ball game as all my friends at school played football. My first club was St Catherines United, and my biggest influence was my coach Kevin Sciberras. Kevin has done a lot with various clubs in Brisbane over the years including Brisbane Force and Taringa, and he taught me a lot at a young age.
QSN: Tell us about your football playing history?
SC: I played the majority of my junior football at Queensland Lions and moved to Taringa at 18 to play senior football as Lions didn’t have senior teams at the time due to their deal with the Roar’s entry to the A-League. I then debuted in the BPL with Taringa and had several years under Joe Fenech (now SWQ Thunder Technical Director).
I moved to Brisbane City in 2012 and had an enjoyable season there before joining Lions FC for a brief stint in 2013. I moved back to Taringa in the back half of 2013 to play in Capital 1 and was a part of the promotion and Grand Final winning squad in 2014.
QSN: What opportunities has football given you?
SC: I think football is a great sport for young people growing up as it gives you the chance to express yourself on the ball in comparison to other sports available. As well as the opportunity to play against good players and travel with representative teams, I have met the majority of my close friends through football over the years.
QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?
SC: I will never forget the torment I endured playing for Met West against South Coast at the Queensland School titles in 2006. I was matched up against Mitch Nichols in midfield and I lost count of the number of times he nonchalantly nutmegged me, as well as bagging himself 3 or 4 goals. It was no surprise for me to see the Roar snap him up.
QSN: What is it like playing for Taringa Rovers?
SC: Taringa Rovers is a club with a proud history and has always had a great bunch of lads every year. A lot of great players from the local league have had a stint at Taringa at one time or another in their careers and they always speak highly of their time at Jack Speare Park.
QSN: How does Mick Matthews compare to your previous coaches?
SC: I have had a lot of good coaches over the years including Joe Fenech and John Stewart and they all bring something different that can improve you as a player. Mick Matthews is great at instilling a good work ethic and getting the best out of his players which showed during the clubs promotion and Grand Final winning season in 2014. He also has an infectious laugh that rivals Mark Bosnich!
QSN: What is your favourite Taringa goal you have scored in your time there?
SC: Although we lost 5-4 in extra time, my favourite goal for Taringa would be against Logan Lightning in the 2013 Canale Cup Semi Final. We were down 4-3 in the 90th minute, and I was put through over the top and chipped the keeper from outside the 18 yard box to bring us level at 4-4. It was a good moment in front of a vocal Taringa balcony.
QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?
SC: Iced coffee, Death Cab for Cutie, Indian, Ronaldo, Manchester United
QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?
QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?
SC: I have recently started following basketball, so I would like to try my hand at that if they accept 5’11″ power forwards.
Thanks for joining us Steven and all the best to you and your Taringa teammates for the rest of the year. Taringa Rovers make the short journey to UQFC on Saturday night as the near-neighbours meet in a derby match.
The added component is that UQFC will celebrate it’s 60th anniversary as a senior side. Sure to be a great day with plenty on offer for those going to the game, including the kids. Kickoff is at 6pm.
Nationality : Australian
Age : 25
Nickname : Chest or ‘The Brick’
Height : 181cm
Preferred Positions : Attacking midfield or wing
Career Highlights : 2014 Capital 1 Grand Final Win