Soccer World ‘Off The Pitch’ – Tiarne Petterwood (Logan Lightning)

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Thanks to Soccer World, we catch up with a player who had a bumper 2015. A Premiership, Golden Boot and Player of the Competition in last year’s Brisbane Women’s Premier League rounded out a full house of achievements. Learn more about Logan Lightning’s Tiarne Petterwood.

QSN: How were you introduced to the game and who was your main football influence?

TP: I started playing in grade two at school with friends and then joined my local junior club Logan Lightning. My parents have always been big on thinking kids should play in a sporting environment while growing up.

QSN: Tell us about your football playing history?

TP: My first club that I joined was Logan Lightning where I stayed there for the best part of nine years. I moved to Palm Beach for a season in the NPL a couple of years ago which was an awesome experience getting the chance to be coached by Gary French.

Whilst there I got to play along side talented players like Amy Morland & Bronte Rose before moving back to Logan where I’ve been playing the last few seasons.

QSN: What opportunities has football given you?

TP: My favourite opportunity that football has given me is the people I’ve met. I’ve made some really good friends through the different teams I’ve played in. They have helped shaped me into being the person and player I am today.

QSN: How are you enjoying playing at Logan Lightning?

TP: I love it. Logan Lightning is my junior club and therefore I’ve grown up around a lot of the people here. The club has such an awesome vibe to it. The women’s program is progressively getting better and better every season. They’re really focusing on building the women’s program which is great.

QSN: How does Jimmy Hodsdon compare to your previous coaches?

TP: Jimmy knows how to get the best out of our team. He knows the standard and talent that the team has and won’t stand for any less. He really pushes us as individuals and as a team to get the best out of us.

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QSN: How did it feel to win the Premiership last year and be top scorer of the competition?

TP: Going into the season knowing that some of the other teams didn’t rate us really pushed us. We felt we needed to prove to other teams that we deserved to be in the league (2015 was Logan’s first year in the Premier League) and I think we showed that by winning the Premiership.

The girls in my squad are so talented. They did the hard work of getting the ball to me each game so the credit goes to them.

QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?

TP: I work fulltime in our family screen-printing/promotional product business Lifestyle Australia which keeps me pretty busy.

QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?

TP: I’d probably still be playing tennis. As a kid I had a love for tennis as well as soccer. When I got older and had to decide between the two, I chose soccer.

QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?

TP: Favourite drink is definitely an Ice Latte, they’re quality. Favourite music is pretty much anything in the top 20 or what’s on the radio at the time. Nandos is definitely my favourite food, my team is addicted to that place. My football idol would have to be Jo Burgess (former Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC W-League player) and the football club I support is Manchester United.

Thanks Tiarne for sharing your footballing journey to date with us. We’re sure there’s still plenty of stories to tell in your future career.

This should be a beauty. One of the up and coming women’s clubs against a traditional powerhouse. Catch Tiarne and her Logan Lightning team mates in Saturday night’s Brisbane Women’s Premier League match against Easts at Cornubia Park with kickoff at 6:30pm.

Tiarne Petterwood

Nationality – Australian

Age – 19

Nickname – T

Height –175cm

Preferred Position – Striker

Career Highlights – Winning the Brisbane Women’s Premier League Player Of The Year and Golden Boot Winner in 2015.