Thanks to Soccer World, Queensland’s leading boutique football retailer specialising in a wide range of boots, indoor futsal shoes and turf shoes, we catch up with a player who tasted Grand Final success as part of Peninsula Power’s 2015 squad. Get to know Chris Swain a little bit better in this week’s edition of Off The Pitch.
QSN: How were you introduced to the game and your first junior club?
CS: When I was twelve I was introduced to soccer by a close mate. I had no idea what the rules were but just had a go. My first junior club was Berserker Bears Soccer Club in Rockhampton.
QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.
CS: I just started out playing local football in Rockhampton and from there came down to Brisbane to improve myself and challenge myself in a higher league. I played with Moreton Bay Jets but unfortunately injury struck me and I was forced to have a year off in 2014. I then signed with Peninsula Power in 2015.
QSN: What opportunities has football given you?
CS: Football has given me opportunities to meet new people and venture into new leagues and clubs. Soccer had always been my second sport to cricket throughout most of my life. It’s always enjoyable because I’m constantly learning something new every training session about the game and still developing as a player.
QSN: What have been your greatest individual and team moments in football so far?
CS: Winning the Grand Final with Peninsula Power last season in my first full season of Brisbane Football. Also individually it would have been just to be able to sign for a team in Brisbane. Everyone is so good down here so just to be able to sign for a NPL and a BPL team was a great achievement for me.
QSN: Your preseason form for Peninsula Power FC was excellent. What are your personal goals for the 2016?
CS: My personal goals for this year is to start week in and week out and provide our strikers with quality service to score goals. I also want to hit peak fitness this season for the first time in years and score goals as well as providing them.
QSN: What are your longer terms aspirations?
CS: I have no idea to be honest. I just stroll on by and just take it day by day pretty much. I’m enjoying my football this year and whatever opportunity comes my way I just take it and give it a shot. Returning to the NPL in the future would be good though.
QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?
CS: I would go with Royce Brownlie from Moreton Bay Jets. The professionalism he brings to a team is first class.
QSN: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
CS: Not really, I’m a very quiet person before a game and just chill out.
QSN: Your most embarrassing moment on the football pitch was?
CS: Countless times! But I can’t think of one that stands out.
QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?
CS: Coffee, RnB, Sushi, Steven Gerrard, Liverpool
QSN: Who has been your most influential coach or main football influence and why?
CS: Terry Kirkham I would say because he gave me constant opportunities to prove myself and develop as a player. Otherwise I guess I would have been playing in a lower league somewhere.
QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?
CS: I spend time with my family and work as a course advisor. Also hanging with mates and having a fish when the time presents itself.
QSN: Do you have a passion away from football?
CS: No not really, just spending time with friends and family are very important to me.
QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?
CS: Either cricket or tennis.
Thanks very much for catching up with us Chris. Sunday afternoon at AJ Kelly Park promises to be a ripping match. Holland Park Hawks have already defeated last year’s BPL Premiers and the Champions are next on the radar so Swainy and his teammates will need to be on the lookout. Kickoff is at 4pm.
Also, Peninsula Power make their 2016 FFA Cup debut against Capital 1 club Brisbane Knights tonight at AJ Kelly Park with kickoff at 7:30pm.
Name: Chris Swain
Nationality : Australian
Age : 25
Nickname : Swainy/Swainsy
Height : 167cm
Preferred Position/s: Winger/Midfielder/Striker
Career Highlights: CQFC Energy, Moreton Bay Jets, Peninsula Power 2015 grand final winners.