Hot on the heels of guiding Peninsula Power to a win in the Brisbane Premier League Grand Final, Terry Kirkham has been named the Red Lion Football/Queensland Soccer News Coach of the Year from the Brisbane Premier League.
What looked like would be a rebuilding year down on the peninsula with only three players remaining from last year’s squad and Kirkham coming back to the club after a three-season absence has turned into major success with the coach delighted that his efforts and that of his squad were recognised after being written off as legitimate contenders in many quarters prior to the start of the season.
‘I was just ecstatic after coaching for so long to be told that I would be receiving this award. It’s been a lot of work, not by just me but by the boys behind the scenes, including Rob Wallbridge, Dom Hudak, Dave Wells and then all the players who have just been fantastic.’
‘I just gave the vision and everyone bought into it and they’ve stuck behind it.’
Respect was high on the list of qualities that Kirkham pinpointed as a reason his side’s successful season, ‘Well it’s just their efforts and their respect more than anything else. To build a change-room and have so much respect from everybody and that respect goes both ways because if it didn’t, I wouldn’t have them there.’
The tight-knit nature of the squad was evident on Grand Final day with the squad gathering for a team breakfast where there was plenty of banter and happy faces. The coach had one final word on the culture of the club who collected their third Grand Final trophy in a row on Sunday evening.
‘It’s just a great place to be and I think that’s what’s been a big driver of our success.’