This week’s Off The Pitch interviewee has been putting plenty of goals away this year, currently leading the NPL Queensland Womens Golden Boot standings. This week we caught up with Palm Beach’s Deeanna Thompson.
(Picture: Palm Beach SC)
QSN: How were you introduced to the game and who was your main football influence?
DT: I loved playing football with my school mates at lunch time. That was my first playing experience. My introduction to the game wasn’t as normal as most. My parents clearly knew I needed to take part in some kind of sport activity and football was the only sport played on Sundays. Sundays was the only day they had off work to take me to a sport, so football it was.
QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.
DT: My first season of competition football was at ten years of age when I signed for Mullumbimby Soccer Club in the Under twelve Seahorses. I played for this club up until I was fifteen. This is when I became old enough to play premier women’s football and I then signed for Bangalow Soccer Club and played for the premier women’s team there under the coach Jimmy Gelagotis (who is now coincidently the Technical Director of Palm Beach).
In 2013 I made the move to the Gold Coast to study at Griffith University, so I needed to play up here also. That year I met Gary (French – Palm Beach NPL Womens coach) and played for the Palm Beach NPL open womens team. I have been playing with them since. I played representive football for Football Far North Coast from 2012 – 2015. I also represented North Coast (NSW) and New South Wales through the Schoolgirls competition.
QSN: What opportunities has football given you?
DT: Football has given me the opportunity to travel to different places around NSW and Queensland in representative sides. It has also given me the opportunity to come up against some of the best coaches. Honestly, without football I don’t know what I would do with myself outside work and uni.
QSN: How are you enjoying playing at Palm Beach Sharks?
DT: Being a part of this team has been the highlight of my playing career. It is one of the greatest group of girls I have ever played with and working under Gary as a coach has been cruicial to my development as a footballer.
QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?
DT: In 2012 I was playing for North Coast, I came up against Alana Kennedy (Matilda Player). I was completely blown away with her level of skill and could not match her for skill or form in any way. It’s no wonder she is now playing in the 2015 World Cup team.
QSN: You top the NPL women goal scoring charts, how does that feel?
DT: It does feel pretty good. The credit shouldn’t go to me however, it should go to the team. I’m the player making the finishes but the girls are doing the hard work to get it to me.
QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?
DT: Drink – Doctor Pepper. Music – Whatever is on the radio however I will mention that the girls and myself do enjoy some Pitch Perfect melodies in the shower post game. Food – Hogs Breath restaurant. Football Idol – Currently James Rodrigez. Football Team – Real Madrid
QSN: How does Gary French compare to your previous coaches?
DT: Gary is a one of a kind coach, he knows every one of his players inside out. He knows every detail of their game and plays close attention to all things in and out of football. It’s great to have a coach who has so much passion for the game and loves each quality of every player.
QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?
DT: i’m currently in the third year of a Bachelor of Business (Sport Management). I am also working as the Rugby Administrator for Gold Coast and District Rugby Union.
QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?
DT: If I wasn’t a footballer, I would be continuing my career in athletics looking at improving my speed and times over the 100m and 200m events.
QSN: Well thanks Deeanna for taking time out to talk to us and best wishes to yourself and the Palm Beach womens side for the remainder of the season. You can catch Deanna this Sunday as Palm Beach make the journey to the other coast to take on Sunshine Coast Fire. Kickoff is at 3pm at the Kawana Sports Precinct.
Preferred Positions: Right Forward
Career Highlights: Playing for NSW
Goals this Season: 20